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Police Will Have Chief and Civilian Director in Neptune

  By DON STINE Neptune officials plan to swear in a new police chief next month while a civilian police director will continue to handle administrative functions of the department. This ambitious new arrangement for the police department will be the only one of its kind in Monmouth County. This week the Township Committee passed a resolution to accept applications for the new police chief job. A search will also continue within the current township staff to fill the civilian police director job. Chief Financial Officer Michael Bascom has been the acting-civilian police director since former Police Chief Robert Adams…

2 Police Officers Promoted in Neptune

  Two Neptune police officers were promoted to the rank of captain at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Lieutenants Larry Fisher Jr. and Robert Mangold, both 26-year veterans on the police force, were promoted during special ceremonies. “Filling these captain positions is critical to our police department,” Deputy Police Chief James Hunt Jr. said. Fisher has served as an officer supervisor for 15 years and was the township’s first DARE officer. He has served as a shift commander and a detective. Since March, Fisher has been managing the township’s Community Outreach and Community Policing programs. Now that he has been…

Neptune Business Owner Remembered as ‘Good People’

  By DON STINE Laurie Price, operator of Laurie’s Country Farm Market in Neptune, was remembered by friends this week for her loving and giving nature. Price, who lived in Neptune, died unexpectedly Fri., Aug. 8 at her home. She was 54 years old. Price was born in Sea Girt but lived most of her life in Neptune, where she opened her market on Atkins Avenue seven years ago after working in the restaurant business for many years. Dianne Fitzpatrick, who is a long-time friend and has been helping out at the farm market since it opened, said Price will…

Neptune Plans 11 Speed Bumps and Tables

  A temporary speed bump may be coming to your neighborhood soon if you live in Neptune. Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said the township has purchased a number of speed bumps and speed tables that will be temporarily installed throughout the township in an attempt to slow down vehicular traffic in problem areas. “The purpose is to reduce speeding in trouble spots as part of a comprehensive traffic-calming program,” he said. Gadaleta said that a speed table is much wider than a speed bump, which is about three-feet wide. “The tables and bumps are moveable but are affixed to…

Neptune Welcomes 3 New Police Officers

  Three new Neptune police officers were sworn in at this week’s Township Committee meeting, brings the department’s work force back to its full compliment of 74 officers. Christopher Monahan, Angel Marerro, and Christopher Wilson are the new officers and they replace other police officers who are retiring. “Each of the proposed officers display multiple strengths and values that make them the right candidates for Neptune. They demonstrate community involvement, understanding of the communities within Neptune, strong interpersonal skills, and they come well prepared for police work,” Deputy Police Chief James Hunt said. Monahan currently works for Neptune as a…

Neptune to Discuss Possible Park Along Shark River

  By DON STINE Neptune would like to acquire about 18 flood-prone properties along the Shark River under the state’s Green Acres program. “Some properties are vacant, some are environmentally sensitive, and others are commercial and residential properties,” said Leanne Hoffman, the township’s director of engineering and planning. All properties are near the Shark River and between S. Riverside Drive and Valley Road in the Shark River Hills area. The properties can only be acquired if the owner is a willing seller and eminent domain does not come into play. “We are not going after properties that do not have…

Camp Meeting Has No Plans to Acquire Arts Center

  By DON STINE The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association has no plans to acquire the Jersey Shore Arts Center, formerly the old Neptune High School, an association official said earlier this week. J.P. Gradone, Chief Operating Officer for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA), said that a May 29 letter set to the Arts Center “caught me completely by surprise.” “The issue of ever acquiring the arts center was never discussed by the OGCMA. We have no desire to take over that building,” he said. Gradone said that the OGCMA’s properties committee gave their attorney, Edward C. Eastman,…

Fox, Heron and Deer; Welcome to Shark River Hills

  By JOSEPH SAPIA When Mike Reid was moving to the Shark River Hills section of Neptune earlier this year, he was struck by the wildlife. “The amount of footprints I saw in my driveway,” Reid said. “I saw a red fox go by a house about 5:30 (in the morning),” said Reid, 49. “I see a lot of groundhogs and possums.” And he’s not the only one. Shea Eastwick, 35, who grew up in the Hills, knows there’s plenty of wildlife in the area. “Chipmunks, squirrels, birds, the rabbits, raccoons,” Eastwick said. “Recently, a fox has been stopping by.…

Timeless Treasures: Saving Your Memories from Disaster

  The devastation that Superstorm Sandy wrought not only affected physical houses and dwellings, but many people lost all of their memories when storm water ruined photo albums, pictures, slides, films of their children when little, and important documents. Replacing those documents added greatly to the aggravation and annoyance that everyone was dealing with. On July 12 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, the Historical Society of Ocean Grove and the Neptune Public Library will sponsor a Digitization Preservation event, held at the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Community Room (corner of Pilgrim Pathway and Pitman Avenue). This event will…

Unique House Tour in Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE Every time Ocean Grove resident Shirley Bell looks out her window or sits on her front porch there are many memories – but memories that now only bring back a lot of heartbreak. “I just want to cry sometimes and it is a real heartbreak,” she said Saturday. Bell’s family, the Hemphills, used to own the Park View Inn at 23 Sea View Ave., which is directly across from her house. Bell worked for many years in the former hotel. “I just want to cry. But it is too costly and economically unfeasible to restore it.…

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