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In Neptune: Division Street Will Be Widened

  Division Street in Neptune will be made one way and widened under a proposal under consideration by the Township Committee. A police study and subsequent recommendation from the police department to alleviate problems on the short, narrow street was discussed at Monday’s township committee workshop. Division Street, which intersects with Ridge Avenue, is a small, narrow street that parallels Route 33 near the Midtown Community Elementary School. Under the proposal, Division Street will be made one-way heading west and widened. A west-bound street will take traffic away from the elementary school and take it to Ridge Avenue or Route…

Lights, Camera, Action at Neptune’s Sudsy Mug

  By DON STINE It was lights, camera, action at the Sudsy Mug Saloon on Sixth Avenue in Neptune last Sunday morning. Ocean Grove resident Drew Shiminec, 27, used the bar as one of the settings for his upcoming short movie, “Raising the Dead.” Shiminec wrote the screenplay. “It’s a dark comedy about a kid who comes back home after years volunteering in Uruguay,” he said. “However, both his mother and brother have told the insurance company that he is dead to collect money for a start-up business. The son doesn’t want to turn them in, even though he thinks…

Write a Poem, Win a Prize; Neptune library sponsoring contest

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The month of April has been designated as National Poetry Month and as part of the celebration Neptune Library is sponsoring a poetry contest for township residents in grades six through twelve. The theme of this year’s contest, “Libraries Are a Place of Unlimited Possibilities,” is in conjunction with National Library Week, April 12 – April 18. “We have held a poetry contest in the past with success. We want students to be creative with their poems and to incorporate this year’s library theme into their poems. Libraries are a place where knowledge is gained,” said…

Neptune Library Sponsors Digital Preservation Event

  The Neptune Public Library will sponsor a digital preservation event on Sat., April 25 to help library patrons preserve personal collections of print, photographs, slides and audio-visual material including VHS videos, 8mm and 16mm movies. Neptune Public Library has partnered with Digital Memory Media (a Division of Innovative Document Imaging LLP), a leading provider of digital imaging services to provide digital preservation services to patrons. Once exclusive to industry, Digital Memory Media brings secure, professional preservation services to individuals at an affordable price. Twenty percent of all proceeds from the program will be credited to the library. Digital Memory…

Memorial Display to Honor Communications Pioneer

  Members of the Class of 1945 of Neptune High School are invited to an event Wed., April 8 at at the Jersey Shore Arts Center at the entrance to Ocean Grove to see the memorial display in the “Remembering the 40” Room. Family members of Samuel E. Findler have also been invited. Findler attended Neptune High School but left before graduating to join the Navy during World War II. Findler became a pioneer in the communications field. He played an integral role advancing many of the Army’s subsequent communications satellites. He worked in the private sector for government contractors…

Agencies Will Meet to Discuss Dredging

  By DON STINE Future dredging the Shark River is looking as uncertain as ever although for the first time all agencies involved will be sitting down together to discuss a solution. Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop, who has been a major and vocal supporter of the dredging, said the issue has been approached to the state Department of Transportation and the state Department of Environmental Protection. “And for the first time we are all sitting together and looking for possibilities as one group,” he said this week. In a joint Jan. 15 press release, state Sen. Jennifer Beck, Freeholder…

Neptune School Superintendent Retiring in June

  By DON STINE After 10 years in the position Neptune School Superintendent David A. Mooij is stepping down from his job. “It has been a great time and I now have wonderful, lifelong relationships that have developed professionally and personally. I feel very blessed,” he said. But Mooij, whose retirement goes into effect July 1, said he is retiring with “mixed emotions.” “I have enjoyed my time here tremendously and I still do. But it is apparent to me that it is time to move on and for new leadership to come in- and I am accepting of that,”…

Neptune Flight Nurse Returns from Deployment in Afghanistan

  By JOSEPH SAPIA While a student at Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls, Gretchen Hayes had to figure a way to pay for a college education. “So, I went into the military because they had tuition assistance,” said Hayes, 30, now living in Neptune. “The Air Force, (because) my dad’s prior Air Force.” She chose the healthcare field – first getting a bachelor’s degree in biology from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, then an associate’s degree in nursing from Brookdale Community College and, finally, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Peter’s University. “I always liked to…

Neptune Police Investigate Armed Robbery

  Neptune Police responded to the 500 Block of Myrtle Avenue Sun., Feb. 15 for a reported armed robbery. Two women from Pleasantville were allegedly confronted by three masked men a few minutes before 9 p.m. who demanded money from the victims. The only reported proceeds were the keys to the victims’ vehicle. Police said the three unidentified men ran off with the keys. It was reported there was a gunshot fired at that time. However, there was no confirmation or evidence of a gunshot being fired. Neither victim was injured in the incident. Neptune Police are continuing investigation into…

Neptune Introduces Measures to Better Regulate Density

  By DON STINE Two ordinances have been introduced in Neptune that will help regulate density on large residential development projects and better define what is considered an impervious surface. “I urge you to pass these ordinances,” resident Chris Schuetz said at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Schuetz, who has been spearheading a fight against overdevelopment particularly in the Jumping Brook Road area, said that the revised ordinances will better protect the township’s natural resources and provide construction that is more compatible with surrounding neighborhoods. “We are too densely packed,” she said. Other residents said they do not want to…

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