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Neptune to Discuss Possible Park Along Shark River

  By DON STINE Neptune would like to acquire about 18 flood-prone properties along the Shark River under the state’s Green Acres program. “Some properties are vacant, some are environmentally sensitive, and others are commercial and residential properties,” said Leanne Hoffman, the township’s director of engineering and planning. All properties are near the Shark River and between S. Riverside Drive and Valley Road in the Shark River Hills area. The properties can only be acquired if the owner is a willing seller and eminent domain does not come into play. “We are not going after properties that do not have…

Camp Meeting Has No Plans to Acquire Arts Center

  By DON STINE The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association has no plans to acquire the Jersey Shore Arts Center, formerly the old Neptune High School, an association official said earlier this week. J.P. Gradone, Chief Operating Officer for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA), said that a May 29 letter set to the Arts Center “caught me completely by surprise.” “The issue of ever acquiring the arts center was never discussed by the OGCMA. We have no desire to take over that building,” he said. Gradone said that the OGCMA’s properties committee gave their attorney, Edward C. Eastman,…

Fox, Heron and Deer; Welcome to Shark River Hills

  By JOSEPH SAPIA When Mike Reid was moving to the Shark River Hills section of Neptune earlier this year, he was struck by the wildlife. “The amount of footprints I saw in my driveway,” Reid said. “I saw a red fox go by a house about 5:30 (in the morning),” said Reid, 49. “I see a lot of groundhogs and possums.” And he’s not the only one. Shea Eastwick, 35, who grew up in the Hills, knows there’s plenty of wildlife in the area. “Chipmunks, squirrels, birds, the rabbits, raccoons,” Eastwick said. “Recently, a fox has been stopping by.…

Timeless Treasures: Saving Your Memories from Disaster

  The devastation that Superstorm Sandy wrought not only affected physical houses and dwellings, but many people lost all of their memories when storm water ruined photo albums, pictures, slides, films of their children when little, and important documents. Replacing those documents added greatly to the aggravation and annoyance that everyone was dealing with. On July 12 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, the Historical Society of Ocean Grove and the Neptune Public Library will sponsor a Digitization Preservation event, held at the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Community Room (corner of Pilgrim Pathway and Pitman Avenue). This event will…

Unique House Tour in Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE Every time Ocean Grove resident Shirley Bell looks out her window or sits on her front porch there are many memories – but memories that now only bring back a lot of heartbreak. “I just want to cry sometimes and it is a real heartbreak,” she said Saturday. Bell’s family, the Hemphills, used to own the Park View Inn at 23 Sea View Ave., which is directly across from her house. Bell worked for many years in the former hotel. “I just want to cry. But it is too costly and economically unfeasible to restore it.…

Scenes from the Neptune Township High School graduation

  Pictured are family, friends and graduates of the Neptune High School Class of 2014. The graduation ceremony was held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in the Great Auditorium in the Ocean Grove section of Neptune. COASTER photos.  Click on any image to start a slideshow. FOLLOW The Coaster on FACEBOOK here.

To Catch a Thief

  The Neptune Twp. Police Department is conducting an investigation of a residential burglary in the Ocean Grove section of the town. During the burglary, the accused stole credit cards which were used at Hess and Quick Chek on Rt. 71 in Bradley Beach. The images here are that of the subject who used the credit card at Quick Chek. The accused is believed to be a white male in his mid-twenties with a light colored beard approximately 6’ tall. If anyone can identify the actor, please contact Neptune Township Police Det. Matthew Webb at (732) 988-8000 x415. FOLLOW The…

Dog Park Not Consistent with Camp Meeting Mission

  A proposal by some Ocean Grove residents to create a gated dog run at a grassy area near the intersection of Pennsylvania and Inskip avenues, behind a sewer maintenance building, will not be given approval from the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. “We made a made a determination that it is not consistent with the mission of the association,” said J.P. Gradone, Chief Operating Officer for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA). Gradone said the association meet recently to discuss the matter after being approached by residents. “The concept is not consistent with where we are and what…

Fashion Show Benefits Arts Center

  The Jersey Shore Arts Center’s 18th Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show will be held June 25. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune. Tickets are $40 each and can be reserved by telephoning 732-774-5638. Proceeds are to fund the center’s third-floor restoration and culinary project for the visually impaired.

Fish Kill Number Rises to 800,000

  By DON STINE The estimated number of dead fish removed from the Shark River after a massive fish kill about one month ago has risen from 500,000 to as many as 800,000 fish. Neptune Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said this week that revised fish kill numbers came from the Monmouth County Reclamation Center in Tinton Falls where the fish were dumped Gadaleta said that about 310 tons of fish were weighed in at the landfill facility, with fish ranging in weight from three-quarters of a pound to a pound each. “From these weight measurements it was determined that about…

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