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Upstage Club Building Sold, Restoration Planned

  By DON STINE The iconic Upstage Club in downtown Asbury Park, where rock ‘n roll icons like Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny Lyon got their musical start as teenagers, has been sold. “It’s a done deal,” said Richard Yorkowitz, who bought the three-story building in 2009 for $1 million with plans to restore the building to pay homage to Asbury Park’s rock & roll musical heritage. “I am a little disappointed but, once you decide not to do it, then you have to move away from it,” he said. Yorkowitz, a Garwood-based antique dealer, said that he has other…

In Neptune: Tenth Avenue Improvements Planned if $200,000 in Funding Approved

  By DON STINE Tenth Avenue in Neptune will be improved in the near future if the township receives a $200,000 state Community Development Block Grant. At a recent meeting the Township Committee approved submitting the grant application. If approved, Tenth Avenue, between Route 35 and Memorial Drive, would see new sidewalks, curb repairs and handicapped-access ramps installed, Township Engineer Leanne Hoffman said during a special presentation to the governing body. Hoffman said this project was the “overwhelming choice” from several projects under review by a special citizen’s participation committee that looks a projects to be funded through a CDBG.…

In Neptune: Seaview Island Residents Concerned About Dredge Material

  By DON STINE Neptune residents living on Seaview Island in the Shark River packed this week’s Township Committee meeting seeking more information about a proposal to use vacant property there to dewater dredge materials from the river. “We were totally blindsided by this and are very upset,” said Annette Bergstein, president of the Seaview Island Homeowners Association. “We want to get a handle on this and be prepared.” The Township Committee recently approved a resolution authorizing use of a township-owned parcel along the Shark River to be used as a temporary dewatering site under a state proposal to dredge…

In Neptune: Property Owners Will Face Fines For Not Shoveling Sidewalks

  By DON STINE Neptune is keeping a financial penalty in place for property owners who do not shovel their sidewalks after a snow storm and fines will be especially heavy in areas near schools. “Clearing sidewalks around schools is of the utmost importance because many of our schools have pedestrian traffic,” Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said. The Township Committee has been looking into revising its current snow removal ordinance to remove any penalties for not shoveling sidewalks after a snowstorm- unless you live near a local school. Under the current ordinance, there is no direct fine if property…

Neptune Mourns Death of School Chief

  By DON STINE Neptune School Superintendent David A. Mooij died on Sunday, just a little more than a week from his official retirement date from the job he had held for 10 years. His official retirement date was July 1. “The Neptune Township Board of Education and the dedicated staff members of the school system pay tribute to Superintendent of Schools David A. Mooij. During his remarkable 40-year tenure as a teacher, coach, supervisor, instructional leader, business administrator and school superintendent, he exemplified a life well-served on behalf of the children of Neptune. “We extend the sympathies of the…

Tamara Seidle

  By JOSEPH SAPIA and ELLEN CARROLL Tamara Seidle was remembered this week as a wonderful and loving mother, who was very involved with her children and their activities but was never too busy to show her appreciation to others; to thank the choir at Holy Spirit Church in Asbury Park for singing at her child’s confirmation she brought them a cake. As a member of the Red and Black Booster Club in Neptune she helped out at football games. On Tues., June 16 her ex-husband, Neptune Police Sgt. Phillip Seidel, 51, was arrested and charged with shooting and killing…

Prayer Service for Tamara Seidle

  There will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. tonight (June 17) at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Asbury Park for Tamara Seidle. It will be followed by a gathering in Mt. Carmel School cafeteria at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Trauma counselors will be on hand.

2 Neptune GOP Write-In Candidates Decline to Run

  By DON STINE Former Neptune Mayor Thomas Catley and Ocena Grove attorney Donald Beekman on June 8 announced that they will not accept their recent write-in nominations to be placed on the ballot for two seats on the Neptune Township Committee. The two men, who are the vice-chairman and chairman of the local Republican Party respectively, said they will, instead, support the “Coalition For Change in Neptune” ticket, which includes both a Republican and Democratic candidate. Residents Dianna Harris, president of the Midtown Urban Renaissance Corporation (MURC) and a Democrat, and Kevin Sheehan, a former Republican candidate, have formed…

Dredging of River Channel is Expected

  By DON STINE A contract to dredge about 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the environmentally-beleaguered Shark River is expected to be awarded later this summer, according to area legislators. “This project is closer to reality than ever before. This is a result of years of work coordinating with the many agencies that have authority over this project. This project focuses on what we can do- dredge the state navigation channels of the river,” said Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, a former Neptune City Mayor. “A project like this has to have full cooperation from the federal, state,…

Neptune Raiders Bowling Club Hosts Dinner in Memory of Member

  The Neptune Raiders Bowling Club, founded more than 40 years ago and active in community causes, is sponsoring a dinner Sat., June 6, in memory of member Warren Worthy Sr., who recently died. The dinner will be held 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall, 1515 Corlies Ave. (Route 33). Tickets are $20 each, available through Dave Jenkins, telephone 732-306-6192, or Leamon “Toby” Tatum, 732-768-4333. Worthy died at 63-years-old May 2 with his wife, Gwen Farris-Worthy, at his side. He also was a member of American Legion Post 266, Neptune, and United Fellowship Baptist…

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