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Karaoke Contest at Sudsy Mug

  By DON STINE If you like karaoke, whether singing it or just being entertained by it, then you might head over to the Sudsy Mug in Neptune in the near future. The tavern, at 1105 Sixth Ave., is hosting a karaoke contest on Sat., May 23 and May 30, with a grand finale competition on Sat., June 6. “It’s the big weekend Memorial Day bash this weekend so what better way to celebrate it than with karaoke. And anybody can enter the contest,” Sudsy Mug owner Lynn Kieran said. And while karaoke has been a weekly event at the…

Family Dollar to Move to New Location in Neptune City

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Family Dollar of Neptune received preliminary approval from the Neptune City Land Use Board this week to renovate the former Hostess outlet on Route 35 for its new location. Final approval is expected to be granted next month. When the new space is renovated and ready to open the Family Dollar store currently operating in the Stop and Shop center will close. The company will upgrade and renovate the former Hostess building to use a portion for a 9,480 square foot Family Dollar store. The remaining 9,700 square feet is proposed for up to 6 additional…

Neptune Clerk Receives Award

  Neptune Township Clerk Richard J. Cuttrell received a special award from the Municipal Clerk’s Association of New Jersey at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Cuttrell, who was unaware the award was being presented, was given the association’s Spotlight Award for the month of April. “The purpose of this award is to recognize MCANJ members who bring positive attention to the profession of being a clerk through engagement in civic activities or events outside of their normal duties and responsibilities in their home and/or work communities,” MCANJ President John M. Mitch wrote in a May 11 letter. Former Neptune City…

Car Crash Knocks Out FIOS

  A one-vehicle accident on Route 33 in Neptune Sun., May 3, that involved a utility pole caused the interruption in Verizon FIOS cable service for many hours in the area, police said. The vehicle of John Puryear, 39, of Brick struck a utility pole in the area of Memorial Drive at about 9:20 a.m., township police said. Puryear was charged with possession of crack cocaine — although he apparently was not under the influence of a drug at the time, according to police. Puryear also was charged with traffic summonses, including reckless driving and failure to maintain a lane,…

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…

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