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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…

Spring Comes in Like a Lion

  By DON STINE Talk about March Madness! It seems like Old Man Winter just doesn’t want to give up this year as the fourth nor’easter in three weeks hit the Jersey Shore on Wednesday. It was the first full day of spring. “I believe the last time we had this many storms, in such a short period, was 1985,” said Neptune Township Clerk Richard Cuttrell, who tracks storms on his website TriStateStormWatch.com. Cuttrell said the storm was going to hit later in the day on Wednesday than anticipated and that means the snow will continue until as late as 3 a.m. on Thursday. At press time…

$3 Million OK’d for Neptune Improvements

By DON STINE Close to $3 million will be spent on township-wide Neptune improvements under three bond ordinances adopted by the Township Committee March 12. Under a $360,000 bond ordinance, Neptune will have its first skateboard park, with $165,000 of the cost coming from a Monmouth County Open Space grant. The skateboard park will be in the Sunshine Village Park Fields, off Asbury Park Boulevard and Pine Drive, adjacent to existing basketball courts and soccer fields. The 60- by 100-foot project, for a total of 6,000-square-feet, will include concrete skating bowls, railings, steps, benches, landscaping and buffers. The park will…

Students Show Support for Action on Gun Violence

  By DON STINE Neptune and Ocean Township High School students joined other students in a national walkout across the United States Wed., March 14 in a protest urging elected officials to take action on school gun violence The demonstration comes one month after the shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed. More than 2,800 demonstrations were held in all 50 states, from Maine to Hawaii, and drew hundreds of thousands of students. Students also gathered in major cities, like New York, and others gathered outside of the White House to…

Fundraiser for Neptune Woman March 25

  A fundraiser is planned March 25 at the Headliner in Neptune for a member of the Neptune City Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary who has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Sheila Gironda Maher, who grew up in Allenhurst and now lives in Neptune, was diagnosed on Oct. 31. After experiencing a headache and a change in her vision Maher was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center where she learned she had glioblastoma. She underwent brain surgery and most of the tumor was removed. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation and is not able to drive or return to work. Organizers of…

Neptune to Purchase Tract in Shark River Hills

  By DON STINE Neptune officials approved the purchase of a 2.65-acre tract on S. Riverside Drive in the Shark River Hills section to preserve the property as open space. The township would like to acquire about 18 flood-prone properties along the Shark River under the state’s Blue Acres program. Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said this is the biggest tract on the site that is scheduled to become a park across from the Shark River. The property purchased by a $1.25 million bond ordinance at this week’s Township Committee meeting was zoned for nine single-family homes. The purchase price…

Neptune Creating a Skateboard Park

  By DON STINE Neptune will have its first skateboard park under a $360,000 project approved at this week’s Township Committee meeting. An ordinance approves a $360,000 expenditure to create the park, with $165,000 of that amount coming from a Monmouth County Open Space grant. The remaining amount will be bonded. A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for March 12. The skateboard park will be located in the Sunshine Village Park Fields, off Asbury Park Boulevard and Pine Drive, adjacent to existing basketball courts and soccer fields. The 60- by 100-foot project, for a total of 6,000-square-feet, will include…

In Neptune: $1.2 Million Upgrade for Jumping Brook Road

By DON STINE Jumping Brook Road in Neptune will see major improvements under a $1.2 million project approved by the Township Committee this week. A bond ordinance to fund the project was introduced and a public hearing is scheduled for March 12. The cost is being offset by a $887,000 state Department of Transportation grant, with the remaining amount to be bonded. Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said that the entire road will be milled and repaved. Other improvements will include better pedestrian and handicapped access and crossings, some type of a bike lane, some areas getting new curbs and sidewalks,…

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…

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