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Forum on Voting Scheduled in Neptune

  A forum on voting and why your vote matters is scheduled for May 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the William Small Community Center (the new Neptune Senior Apartments) on Wells Avenue, Neptune. Beverly J. Holland, senior election clerk, Monmouth County Board of Elections is the guest presenter. Agenda items include voter registration, voting by mail, poll worker opportunities and primary and general election information. New and unregistered voters are encouraged to attend. All voters are welcome. The event is free and refreshments will be served. It is sponsored by the Midtown Urban Renaissance Corporation. For more information…

Neptune Director Named President of State Recreation Association

  Neptune Recreation Director Dawn Thompson was recently appointed president of The New Jersey Recreation and Park Association and the title is well-deserved, according to Mayor Kevin McMillan. McMillan, who is the governing body’s liaison to the township’s parks and recreation committee, said the presidency “is a great honor for Dawn.” “Dawn is a leader and a visionary, not only with activities in Neptune but throughout the state and I know she does a fantastic job,” he said. McMillan said recreation is very important for the young people of Neptune and that Thompson’s innovative programs help get them out of…

Neptune Police Promotions

  By DON STINE Four veteran Neptune police officers were promoted at this week’s Township Committee meetings. Sergeant Michael Zarro was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and Patrolmen Vincent Letsch, Brice Byham and Matthew Webb were promoted to the rank of Sergeant. The four officers showed “devotion, hard work and dedication” during their tenure within the police department, Police Commissioner and Township Committeeman Nicholas Williams said. Zarro has been on the police force for 21 years and has served in various leadership roles in the department, including with the traffic bureau, community outreach program, and special assignments. “He serves…

Neptune Resident Fought Racial Injustice

  By DON STINE Ermon K. Jones, who opened the door for African-Americans to teach at Neptune High School and who filed a lawsuit to fight housing discrimination which went all the way to the New Jersey Supreme Court, died May 7. He was 92. The legacy of the life-long Neptune resident who fought racial prejudice and injustice for most of his life was celebrated at this week’s Neptune Township Committee meeting, Committeeman Michael Brantley, who was a fellow fraternity brother of Jones in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, said he knew Jones well and spent many Christmas’s at his…

Neptune Electrical Official Named Inspector of the Year

  By DON STINE Donald Clare, an electrical sub-code official in Neptune, has been selected the 2016 Electrical Inspector of the Year by the Municipal Electrical Inspector’s Association. “We are very proud of Don. He has been an exemplary employee and definitely deserves the award. He is very diligent and active in his industry and prides himself in knowledge of his field,” Neptune’s Director of Code and Construction William Doolittle said. “I am very proud of Don for receiving this honor from his peers. It just reinforces my belief that we have township employees that are dedicated to both their…

Neptune Crime Rate Down

  By DON STINE Neptune’s reportable crime rate, which includes both violent and property crimes, decreased by 12.5 percent last year, according to the department’s 2015 annual report. Presented to the Township Committee and public this weet, the report shows that violent and property crimes went from 1,541 crimes in 2014 to 1,347 last year, according to FBI statistics. Calls for service to the police department dropped from 38,611 in 2012 to 34,258 last year. “I am proud of our 74 sworn full-time police officers, our part-time special law enforcement officers, and our civilian staff who have accepted the responsibility…

Neptune OKs School Budget

  Current Neptune School Board President Jason A. Jones and incumbent board members Michelle A. Moss and Donna L. Puryear have won three-year terms on the Board of Education after running unopposed in Tuesday’s election. William S. Wells ran unopposed for a one-year unexpired term. Puryear was top vote-getter with 656 votes, or 32.83 percent. Moss was the next top vote-getter with 654 votes, or 32.73 percent, while Jones garnered 635 votes, or 31.7 percent. There were 53 write-in votes. Wells received 629 votes, or 98.28 percent since there were also 11 write-in votes. Voters also approved the total $94.4…

Neptune Going to Tax Court Over Hospital Tax Exempt Status

  By DON STINE Neptune officials are going to court in an effort to find out what portions of Jersey Shore University Medical Center is tax exempt and what portions are not. At this week’s meeting, the Township Committee passed a resolution that allocates up to $10,000 for Township Attorney Gene Anthony to file a tax complaint in the Tax Court of New Jersey appealing the present not-for-profit exemption status of the Jersey Shore University Medical Center on Route 33. Gov. Chris Christie recently vetoed a bill that would have kept hospitals tax exempt. The Governor’s veto means hospitals, which…

Retirement on Hold for Neptune Township Official

  By DON STINE Neptune Township Committee incumbents Randy Bishop and Carol Rizzo have officially received the nod from the local Democratic organization to be the party’s candidates in the Nov. 8 general election. Four candidates were put forward last Saturday by the local Democratic County Committee and Bishop, who will be seeking his fifth three-year full term, and Rizzo, who will be seeking her first full three-year term, will be on the ballot. Rizzo is currently filling the unexpired term of former Committeeman Eric Houghtaling, who was elected as a state Assemblyman last November. Rizzo ran unsuccessfully for a…

Neptune Committeeman Will Receive Award

  Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop will receive the Golden Hearts Founders Award from Coastal Habitat for Humanity at is awards dinner April 21 at the Manasquan River Golf Club. The event began in 2015 to commemorate the organization’s 20th year of serving families in need of affordable housing in Southern Monmouth County. This year, Coastal Habitat once again honors its community partners and their dedication to providing affordable housing assistance to low-income families. The 2016 Hearts & Hammers honorees are Bishop, The New Jersey Bankers Association which will receive The Golden Hammer Award and the Star News Group which…

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