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Neptune Senior Director to be Honored

  Rosemary Gray, director of the Neptune Senior Center, will be honored as a leader of distinction in the field of aging Oct. 21 at a luncheon at Seabrook in Tinton Falls. This year marks SCAN’s 26th Annual Leaders of Distinction Luncheon and Awards. The lunchon begins at 11 a.m. This year’s honorees are Thomas F. Hayes, NJNG and Penny McDaniel, Investors Bank. Other leaders being honored include Denise Barry, Marlboro; Pat Scinto-Krosnicki, Long Branch; Elaine Mc Namara, Manalapan Township; Patrice Nugent, Middletown Town ship;Wendy Tooker, Keyport and Carol Zur, Howell Township. All have been working in the field of…

Neptune Promotes 2 Police Officers to Rank of Lieutenant

  Veteran 19-year Neptune Police Sergeants Michael D’Amico and Christopher Schembri were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant this week at the Neptune Township Committee meeting. Both officers were sworn in by Mayor Michael Brantley. D’Amico, a former Marine, has served as a detective, a shift commander, and a road supervisor. He has also served on the township’s Quality of Life (Street Crimes) unit and as a field training officer. He is a graduate of Neptune High School and has a Masters of Administrative Services from Farleigh Dickenson University. He has also spent a lot of time coaching and counseling…

Neptune OKs Derelict Buildings Measure Over Some Objections

  By DON STINE Over the objections of some residents, the Neptune Township Committee on Monday adopted an ordinance that will give officials a better way to deal with derelict and abandoned buildings in the township, including in historic Ocean Grove. Some residents suggested the governing body table the ordinance for more revisions. “We have to move forward or scrap the ordinance and start all over. We can always change the ordinance later,” Committeeman Randy Bishop said. Four of the five members of the governing body voted to adopt the ordinance, with Committeeman Eric Houghtaling casting the only dissenting vote.…

Neptune Police Chief sworn in

  By DON STINE James M. Hunt Jr., a 20-year police veteran, was sworn as the new Neptune Police Chief by the Township Committee last week. He has run the police department as deputy chief since June, 2013. “Under his leadership, this department has maintained its position as a highly professional and highly respected police department which has continually adapted and improved based upon the ever-changing world in which we live,” said Chief Financial Officer Michael Bascom. In addition to appointing Hunt, Bascom was also appointed the civilian police director. Hunt will run the day-to-day operations of the police department…

14-Year-Old Girl Charged with Driving Without License

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Allenhurst Police, while working on a driving while intoxicated-enforcement detail, stopped a vehicle for going erratically — and found a 14-year-old driving. The Neptune girl had taken her mother’s vehicle without her permission, police said. A 17-year-old also was riding in the car, police said. The 14-year-old was charged with driving while unlicensed, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, failure to keep right, failure to signal a turn and having improper maintenance of lights, police said. The vehicle’s owner responded and took custody of both juveniles, police said. Patrolman First Class Michael DiBona and Patrolman…

3-Mile Bicycle Path Planned for Neptune, Neptune City

  By DON STINE A three-mile bicycle path through Neptune, which will connect neighboring Wall Township and Neptune City, is expected to be created next year. Township Director of Engineering and Planning Leanne Hoffman said at last week’s Township Committee meeting that a $580,000 Department of Transportation grant has been received to create the bike path. “Out of 149 applicants, only 28 received funding. The connectivity of the bike path with neighboring towns was a determining factor in obtaining the grant,” she said. The bike path will begin at Monmouth County park land on Brighton Avenue, near the Brighton Avenue…

Police Will Have Chief and Civilian Director in Neptune

  By DON STINE Neptune officials plan to swear in a new police chief next month while a civilian police director will continue to handle administrative functions of the department. This ambitious new arrangement for the police department will be the only one of its kind in Monmouth County. This week the Township Committee passed a resolution to accept applications for the new police chief job. A search will also continue within the current township staff to fill the civilian police director job. Chief Financial Officer Michael Bascom has been the acting-civilian police director since former Police Chief Robert Adams…

2 Police Officers Promoted in Neptune

  Two Neptune police officers were promoted to the rank of captain at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Lieutenants Larry Fisher Jr. and Robert Mangold, both 26-year veterans on the police force, were promoted during special ceremonies. “Filling these captain positions is critical to our police department,” Deputy Police Chief James Hunt Jr. said. Fisher has served as an officer supervisor for 15 years and was the township’s first DARE officer. He has served as a shift commander and a detective. Since March, Fisher has been managing the township’s Community Outreach and Community Policing programs. Now that he has been…

Neptune Business Owner Remembered as ‘Good People’

  By DON STINE Laurie Price, operator of Laurie’s Country Farm Market in Neptune, was remembered by friends this week for her loving and giving nature. Price, who lived in Neptune, died unexpectedly Fri., Aug. 8 at her home. She was 54 years old. Price was born in Sea Girt but lived most of her life in Neptune, where she opened her market on Atkins Avenue seven years ago after working in the restaurant business for many years. Dianne Fitzpatrick, who is a long-time friend and has been helping out at the farm market since it opened, said Price will…

Neptune Plans 11 Speed Bumps and Tables

  A temporary speed bump may be coming to your neighborhood soon if you live in Neptune. Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said the township has purchased a number of speed bumps and speed tables that will be temporarily installed throughout the township in an attempt to slow down vehicular traffic in problem areas. “The purpose is to reduce speeding in trouble spots as part of a comprehensive traffic-calming program,” he said. Gadaleta said that a speed table is much wider than a speed bump, which is about three-feet wide. “The tables and bumps are moveable but are affixed to…

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