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Neptune Seeks $250,000 Grant for Field

  Neptune’s Loffredo Field on West Bangs Avenue would see improvements under a $250,000 Monmouth County Open space Grant being sought by township officials. Three potential projects were under consideration for the grant money at this week’s Township Committee workshop. They are a dog park in the Shark River Hills area; a walking trail from the Bert Willis Park, on Old Corlies Avenue, to the old Welsh dairy farm tract that now is home to the township’s new Veteran’s Memorial Park; or improvements and resurfacing Loffredo Field. “If I weigh in, Loffredo Field has the most merit,” Committeeman Randy Bishop…

Back to School Even Before Labor Day

  Many area students are returning to school before Labor Day weekend where they will be welcomed with new science labs in Ocean Township, a partnering with Google in classroom environments in Neptune and a College and Career Readiness Institute in Asbury Park designed to groom students for post-secondary education. Both Ocean Township and Neptune students will return to class Thurs., Sept. 3. Asbury Park students return Sept. 10. In Asbury Park the district recently partnered with Scholastic to establish a pre-k to 12 comprehensive literacy model for the 2015-16 school year. District officials said they will implement a full-suite…

$1 Million Upgrades in Neptune’s Gables

  By DON STINE The sanitary sewer system in the Gables section of Neptune will see a major upgrading under a $1 million bond ordinance introduced by the Township Committee at its last meeting. The bond ordinance appropriates $1 million for the reconstruction of the township’s sanitary sewer system, mainly for the Gables Sewer Rehabilitation project. “The Gables section has some of the oldest sewer lines in Neptune and there is significant water infiltration into lines in that area. These pipes will be replaced but they are buried very deep and this is not work we can do in-house. We…

No Plan to Dredge Entire Shark River

  By DON STINE The environmentally-beleaguered Shark River will probably only have its navigational channels cleared in the future but most likely never be dredged in its entirety, according to a federal environmental official. “Due to ecological impacts, as well as the logistics and economics of removing that much sediment, the likelihood of a permit being issued for such an activity appears minimal,” said Karen Greene, Mid-Atlantic Field Offices Supervisor for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Habitat Conservation Division, in a statement. “While dredging the entire river would, in fact, be something desirable for everybody unfortunately, in these times,…

Neptune Man Shot in His Car; Police Arrest North Carolina Man

  A North Carolina man was arrested and charged Aug. 18 for the overnight shooting of a Neptune man, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Elijah “Streets” Graham, 27, of Bronco Lane in Fairview, North Carolina, was arrested around 4 a.m. Aug. 18 by detectives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and members of the Asbury Park and Neptune Township Police Departments. He is charged with first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Graham is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional…

Neptune Terminates Developer’s Contract for West Lake Avenue

  By DON STINE Neptune officials have terminated the contract with the sole designated redeveloper for the township’s blighted West Lake Avenue section and will seek multiple developers to move the project forward. CityWorks, a Trenton-based nonprofit development corporation, was designated by Neptune officials to oversee the West Lake Avenue project. The contract was awarded in 2005 and called for redevelopment of the street with mixed-use retail, commercial outlets, and residential units from the Asbury Park border to Route 35. “They have not completed the redevelopment in the set timeframe so we have terminated their contract. We have been having…

In Neptune: Bikes and Bike Helmets Given Away at National Night Out Aug. 4

  The Neptune Police Department is once again hosting National Night Out Tues., Aug. 4. This community event has been a staple of the summer in Neptune for more than 20 years. National Night Out is an event held in over 16,000 communities across the country every year, created by the National Association of Town Watch. This annual community-building campaign promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. The goal of National Night Out is to enhance the relationship between citizens and law enforcement, bolster a sense of community, deter crime, and give…

New Members for Lake Commission

  By DON STINE The Wesley Lake Commission is adding two new member to its board, for a total of 11, in order to be facilitate operations of the board and include more focus on the lake’s watershed. Neptune Township Committeeman Michael Brantley, who is also chairman of the Wesley Lake Commission, said attendance at board meetings was inconsistent when he first came onboard about 10 years ago but that things have steadily improved over the years. “We have a more committed board now than we have had in years. With more people we will have a lot more fresh…

Firefighters Donate Fire Truck

  By DON STINE A second-hand fire truck headed out from Neptune July 21 for an 18-hour drive to Missouri- giving a fire company there a piece of equipment that members there desperately need. A 1999 Mac pumper truck, originally from the Hamilton Fire Department, has been donated to the Lancaster Fire and Rescue in Missouri. “We love helping these guys out. This equipment to them is golden,” said Shark River Hills Firefighter Joseph Malysko. Malysko said that some of the fire equipment in Missouri is just a pickup truck with a water tank and a pump. “When they get…

Jewelry Sale Will Benefit Children of Slain Neptune Woman

  A bracelet and necklace called the Tami Collection by Krista Lynn Designs are on sale at DaniRisi, 329 Main St., Allenhurst. One hundred percent of the sales of the jewelry will be donated to the nine children of Tamara Seidle of Neptune who was killed last month. Krista Lynn Eggering said she started the fund-raiser July 2 and in 12 days raised over $3800 (between online sales www.kristalynndesigns.com and local sales at DaniRis). “My goal is $5000 by the end of the month,” she said in an email “I think that we will surpass that. Tami was a dear…

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