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Former Mayor Named Neptune Senior Center Director

  By DON STINE Former Neptune mayor and Township Committeeman Randy Bishop was appointed this week as the new executive director of the township’s Senior Center. Bishop will begin his new job July 1. He is leaving his position with the Monmouth County Superintendent of Elections, where he has been for the last two years. “(The new job) really gives me the ability to come home again and serve the people- and that means a great deal to me. And I am honored they selected me,” he said. His appointment comes on the heels of the controversial removal of the previous…

Family-Owned Neptune Insurance Agency Marks 40 Years

    By ED SALVAS When Ruston “Rus” Sitren opens the Dirus, Inc. Insurance Agency on June 1, it will mark the start of the 41st year in business for Sitren and his wife Diane. The agency they started in 1978 continues to operate at the same location, 1142 Corlies Ave, Rte. 33 in Neptune. Rus Sitren had been working for another agency when he had an opportunity to buy his own business and took it. His wife was working for a chemical company and they needed the steady paycheck, so she didn’t join the family business until four years…

City Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Faces 18 Years

  An Asbury Park man pleaded guilty last week to charges of armed robbery and kidnapping in connection to November 2016 Neptune Township and Asbury Park crimes, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Hakiem K. Wadud, 24, of Asbury Park, pleaded guilty on Fri., May 25, to first degree Armed Robbery and first degree Kidnapping before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Ellen Torregossa-O’Connor. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Wadud faces a term of 18 years in New Jersey state prison, with 85 percent of the sentence, or approximately 15 years and 4 months, before any possible release…

New Home for Dream Center in Neptune

  By DON STINE The Jersey Shore Dream Center now has a new location thanks to a little help from its friends. A New Year’s Eve fire at the original Dream Center headquarters, at the Shore Christian Church at 1301 Corlies Ave., Neptune  forced the organization to move out for renovations, storing many items at Dream Center Founder Pastor Isaac Friedel’s home in Wall Township. “It was crazy. There was not a ton of damage to the property but the entire place was in shambles. We had to move all of our stuff out,” he said. Friedel said he was…

Community Education Talk at Hospital in Neptune

  The Memorial Sloan Kettering – Hackensack Meridian Health Partnership will host its third Cancer Science Today event Tuesday, May 22 at Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. The community education talk is titled “Knowing Your Family’s Cancer Risk” and will jointly feature Dr. Elizabeth Jewell, Director of Surgery at MSK Monmouth and MSK Basking Ridge, and Dr. Verda J. Hicks, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and Medical Director, Gynecologic Oncology, Hackensack Meridian Health Cancer Care in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties. The conversation, which will include an audience Q&A at the end, will…

Neptune-Born Pastor Retiring

    A retirement celebration is being held for Pastor Jerome Nolan at the Ascension Center in Bradley Beach on Sun., May 20. Father Nolan, who was born in Neptune in 1945, the third of five children, has served as pastor of Church of the Ascension since June 11, 2004. He grew up in Philadelphia and Brooklyn before attending St. Mary College in Kentucky and completing his priestly studies at Christ the King Seminary in St. Bonaventure, New York. Father Nolan was ordained on May 18, 1974 at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Trenton by Bishop George Ahr. His…

Fate of 100-Year-Old Neptune House Discussed

  By DON STINE The fate of the old Wardell-Welsh dairy house on Old Corlies Avenue in Neptune is still up in the air but things do not look too bright for the future of the old building. Once again, the fate of the more than 100-year-old house was discussed at the Township Committee’s workshop this week, but this time more financial estimates were available that will probably determine the building’s future. Previous suggestions to use the building, at 703 Old Corlies Ave., for a museum or a recreation center have been discussed but rehabilitating the house would probably be…

Simko’s Grill to Open in Neptune

Simko’s Grill will be leaving its old Brielle location and moving to the former Yvonne’s restaurant in Neptune on Route 35, near the Headliner. After 14 years in Brielle, restaurant owner Mike Simko said the restaurant there will close on June 4 and that he hopes to open the new restaurant, still to be called Simko’s Grill, in Neptune within a week after that. The restaurant serves primarily traditional American fare, including seafood, steaks, pastas and burgers. “I liked the location of the new restaurant. That area is an upcoming area and a bubbling area right now,” he said. Simko said that…

Slight Increase in Neptune School Tax

  If the school budget is approved next week the school tax rate in Neptune will drop by about six cents this year although the average homeowner will pay an extra $66 in school taxes due to the increased value of homes in the township. The total $91.5 million budget, to be voted by the public on April 17, calls for a school tax rate of about 98 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation, down from about a $1.04 tax rate last year. However, due to an increase in ratables, the school taxes for an average home went from $3,023…

Neptune Urged to Build Unique Skateboard Park in Township

  By DON STINE If Neptune plans to design and build a public skateboard park then they need to do it right to make it work. That is the message that avid skateboarder Louis Cuccaro brought to the Township Committee at its last meeting. Cuccaro worked on creating the skateboard park inside the  Carousel building in the Asbury Park Casino. He said the new skateboard park needs to have supervision in its planning. “There are companies with a lot of experience and those with no experience,” he said. Neptune Mayor Nicholas Williams said that the township is looking further into…

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