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Demolition of Wardell-Welsh Dairy House in Neptune Discussed

  By DON STINE The old Wardell-Welsh dairy house on Old Corlies Avenue in Neptune will probably be razed, township officials said at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Mayor Nicholas Williams said that the building, at 703 Old Corlies Ave., is “in pretty tough shape.” “I don’t think we should put money into rehabilitating it. A park will be something where everybody can come and enjoy it. (The house) is just an eyesore now,” he said. Township business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said the old house, which is more than 100 years old, would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to…

Proposal to Hire Preservation Specialist

  By DON STINE Neptune is hoping to hire an historical preservation professional to review the existing guidelines governing historic preservation, particularly as it applies to the Historic Preservation Commission. The action is being taken “ in anticipation of recommendations for updating the guidelines to certain standards and, beyond that, to assist the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) in the future,” Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said. “The professional will work with the HPC to review and make recommendations to the current guidelines,” he said. Gadaleta said the Township Committee made a determination that there needs to be such a review…

There’s No Church but There is a Tax bill

  By DON STINE The Union Baptist Church in Neptune may not physically be there right now but congregants still want to worship the Lord and save souls. But that will come at a price – the Neptune tax assessor just slapped the church with a $3,500 tax bill. “The congregation is not in a position to fund this bill,” Rev. John Wright, pastor of the church at 2101 W. Bangs Ave., said at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Wright and about two dozen congregants and supporters attended the meeting. The church was built at its current site in 1972…

Chocolate Pretzels and More at Valentine’s Day Bake Sale

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Neptune Library patrons are in for a real treat this upcoming weekend before Valentine’s Day. As they browse for some new reads or stop by for a quiet place to study, they can also satisfy their sweet tooth at the same time as the Valentine’s Day Bake Sale will take place Sat., Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chocolate pretzels, brownies and dessert loafs are only a few of the homemade goods that will be featured with all proceeds going to the library’s tween and teen programming. Amanda Franco, Reference Librarian and Tween/Teen Coordinator, will…

Neptune Officials Tackle Homeless Issue

  By DON STINE Homelessness in Neptune was an issue at this week’s Township Committee meeting, with residents offering a variety of opinions on what officials should do. “This is a real problem and it does not get enough attention. A more permanent fix is what the target should be,” Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Rev. Edmond Lee Sr. said at the meeting. A group of 10 people, who are known as “The Woodsmen of Neptune,” live in a wooded lot behind the ShopRite, off Neptune Boulevard, near Route 66. The camp has been there for about seven years but it…

In Neptune: Dream Center Collecting Diapers

  By DON STINE For the needy or people going through a disaster, providing food, clothing and housing are the first things to come to mind- but how about diapers? “We have been providing diapers since Superstorm Sandy. We try to focus on unmet needs and we saw this as a major unmet need that we tried to fill. Other organizations were focusing on food, clothing, housing but not on this need- so we do,” said Isaac Friedel, the lead pastor at the Jersey Shore Dream Center located in Neptune. The center will be collecting disposable baby diapers, for newborns…

Neptune Homeless Camp Seeks Help

  By DON STINE If you think the recent cold weather was brutal for you- try living in a tent in the woods in frigid temperatures. That is what 10 homeless people are doing in Neptune. The group, who are known as “The Woodsmen of Neptune,” live in a wooded lot behind the ShopRite, off Neptune Boulevard., near Route 66. Neptune Mayor Nick Williams said he heard about the homeless group’s plight during the recent cold spell and was able to get donations from clergy and others to temporarily lodge the homeless people in the Crystal Inn motel, on the…

Neptune Swears In Deputy Police Chief

  By DON STINE Neptune’s first African-American Acting Deputy Police Chief was sworn in on Dec. 21 after the police department was without a deputy chief for four years. Police Captain Larry Fisher, one of three captains considered for the promotion, has been on the force for 28, with 18 of those years in a supervisory role. Fisher, 59, grew up in Neptune and started with the police department in 1988. His promotion went into effect on Jan. 1. New Mayor Nicholas Williams, who was sworn-in as mayor on Jan. 1, said he believes Fisher “is a great choice.” He…

Santa Delivers Early in Neptune

  A longtime Neptune business has been helping some of the township’s most-needy families during Christmas for more than a decade “We want to make their Christmas as enjoyable as possible and Santa always delivers gifts on his stretch-sleigh limo,” said Martin Ross, owner of Ross Limo on Route 33. Presents, meals and other goodies were all loaded up for Santa to deliver this week in association with the Neptune police department. Ross said he was asked by former Police Chief Howard O’Neil years ago to help provide some food and toys to needy Neptune families. “That was about 13…

In Neptune: Police Panel Makes Changes

By DON STINE The new Neptune Police Committee is currently reviewing standard operating procedures within the entire police department and some changes have already been made. Mayor Michael Brantley said several changes have been made to the police department’s operating procedures- ones that make it an across-the-board process for a high-ranking officer, like captain, to be promoted in a fairer manner. “We want to make sure there is a fair criteria for selecting the deputy chief and other officers and now all three captains will able to apply (for a promotion), Certain criteria are being revised so that more officers…

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