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Ocean Grove Camp Meeting to Receive $1.6 Million for Boardwalk

  By JOSEPH SAPIA The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is receiving $1.6 million in federal funds, or 90 percent of the approximately $1.8 million the association needed, to repair the boardwalk damaged in 2012 during Superstorm Sandy. Elected officials of both parties supported the Federal Emergency Management Agency coming through on this project. “I’m thankful that the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is receiving this grant, as it completes a journey that took over two years,” said state Senator Jennifer Beck, R-Monmouth County. “This is a huge victory for not only Ocean Grove, the Camp Meeting Association, but also…

10 Neptune Students Get $200 Shopping Spree

  By DON STINE Two hundreds dollars is a lot of money for a kid to spend on presents for Christmas but that’s the amount given to 10 lucky Neptune students for their own personal shopping spree at the Target store in Seaview Square, Ocean Township. The Neptune police department and the township’s school district, in conjunction with Target, gave $200 gift cards to each of the 10 students Dec. 11 to help brighten their holiday season. “Our group was able to identify 10 children of need in the Neptune school system during the Christmas season and allow them to…

Hard Times for Neptune’s Madonna House

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Madonna House in Neptune has been serving local communities and beyond for the past 27 years providing children’s clothing, formula, diapers, bedding, toiletries, and other necessities to those in need. But now after several decades of tireless giving, the non-profit organization may have to close it’s doors. Financial constraints have forced its founder and director, Rebecca Blonski, to possibly consider closing the Madonna House in the foreseeable future. According to Blonski, the Madonna House has three privately held mortgages for their property. “Our total amount is approximately $223,000.00. One of the mortgages is a balloon…

Town Talk

  ///Get your jingle on at the Christmas Party Sat., Dec. 20 at the Sudsy Mug on Sixth Avenue in Neptune. The festivities begin at 8:30 p.m.with food, fun and karaoke. /// The Neptune City tree lighting will be held on Fri, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. followed by the 12th children’s Holiday Party at 6:30 p.m. at the Neptune City Community Center. Light refreshments will be served. The Police Department and First Aid Squad as well as the Borough Council will be there to celebrate. /// Jersey Shore Writers present a program to meet the authors of “Darkness Falls…

Blue Service Helps Those Dealing with Loss

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The hustle and the bustle of the holiday season is officially upon us as shoppers scurry to find the best deals and plans for the neighborhood Christmas party are finalized. With all of the festivities surrounding the season it is often easy to forget that the holiday is not always a joyous one for all. It can be a time of rememberence for the loss of loved ones or the loss or a job or a home. For the third year, the Hamilton United Methodist Church in Neptune is offering a Blue Christmas service as a…

Neptune Ready for Winter

  Neptune is ready for the onslaught on a severe winter, much like last year, with 41 heavy-duty trucks and more than 900 tons of salt on hand right now to meet the challenge. Public Works Director Wayne Rode told the Township Committee Monday night that the township is ready. Weather experts predict another polar vortex will hit the area this winter with freezing temperatures and inclement weather conditions. Rode said the township has 41 pieces of “heavy equipment” ready to meet the challenge, including 12 trucks with salt spreaders and two new snow plows that replace two “damaged beyond…

Press Building in Neptune Ready for Demolition

  By DON STINE The former Asbury Park Press building on Route 66 in Neptune has been sold and is slated to be torn down before the end of this year by an affiliate of the Tinton Falls-based H. Hovnanian Industries. “We are still waiting for submission of their final demolition and grading plans to be reviewed by township officials but their stated intent is to have it down by the end of next month,” Township Business Administrator Vito D. Gadaleta said on Tuesday. The building was sold to 3601 Route 66 LLC- an affiliate of H. Hovnanian Industries. Gadaleta…

Neptune Honors Veterans

  By DON STINE Neptune resident Anthony C. Repetti fought in World War II pretty much from the beginning in 1941 until the end in 1945, from North Africa and Italy as part of an Army infantry division. “He was injured near the end of the war and was awarded the Bronze and Silver stars,” said his daughter, Madelyn Fox, as she stared down at her father’s memorial brick paver on the walkway leading to the newly-dedicated Neptune Veteran’s Park on Old Corlies Avenue. Almost 200 pavers line the entranceway to the park and Repetti’s is one of many of…

Gables Residents Association to Celebrate 15 Years in 2015

  By DON STINE The Gables Residents Association in Neptune will celebrate its 15th anniversary next year and the organization still spearheads maintaining the quality of life for residents living there. “Preserve and maintain is our motto,” past association president Michale D. Fornino said. According to Fornino, the association was started in 2000 when Jersey Shore University Medical CenterMemorial University Hospital, located just to the east of the Gables section, wanted to build a large parking garage at Route 33 and Wakefield Road, one of the main entrances into the neighborhood. “We felt that would have destroyed the character of…

Mary’s Place Breaks Ground in Ocean Grove

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Mary’s Place volunteers, guests and supporters gathered Wed., Nov. 5, along with its founders, to celebrate the groundbreaking for the organization’s new larger facility on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. “Everyone who has embraced Mary’s Place should feel proud today,” said Michele Gannon, co-founder. “Our mission has officially grown its wings. What began as a dream five years ago has become a movement of hope and encouragement for women fighting cancer.” Mary’s Place will pour the foundation for its new 10 bedroom Victorian-style retreat at 22 Main Avenue within the next few weeks. The hope is…

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