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Neptune Discusses Lighting for Island

  Street light improvements on Seaview Island, in the Shark River, and Neptune’s participation in such an upgrade was a subject brought up at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Seaview Island residents, who live within two condominium associations, want to upgrade the island’s street light to better match the nautical theme of the island in the Shark River, with a marina. The cost of the new fixtures would be paid for by the condominium associations and the new LED lighting would “reduce significantly” costs for the township to provide the power, Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said. However, the outer…

Neptune Readies for Mayor’s Ball

  What do a magician, a jazz band, a comedian, DJ, and a photo booth have in common? Neptune Mayor Kevin McMillan has created a unique venue for this year’s charity ball. The mayor and Matt Swartz, owner of Comedy Productions, along with the hard-working ball committee, have developed a fun and engaging evening. Joining in the fun is the return of Goodwin’s Good Time Photo Booth. Also new this year are eight honorees chosen by the mayor to be recognized for their innovative ideas and community-minded service. The Mayor’s 2016 Innovator Award winners are Richard Allen, Principal, Poseidon Project…

Neptune Republicans to Host Dinner Meeting, Coat Drive

  As part of its efforts to kick off Neptune Republican Club’s 2016 – 2017 Season, Club President Danielle Daly announced that the Republican Club will hold a dinner meeting on Thurs., Sept. 22nd at Il Posto’s Restaurant on 5 th Avenue in Neptune. (the former Mom’s Kitchen). The meeting itself will begin at 7 p.m. and feature a buffet of Chicken Francese, Eggplant Parmesan and a pasta option of the day, plus more, for members and any guests attending at a great price of only $20 per person. A “Get To Know Everyone Happy Hour” will precede the dinner…

Neptune Official Leaving Post

  By DON STINE Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop will be leaving his post on the governing body Mon., Aug. 22 after 12 years of service to take a job with the county Board of Elections. “Monday will be my last meeting and I will be resigning my position effective at 11:59 p.m.,” he said. “It is required I step down now that I have a job with the county.” Bishop will be replacing Deputy Commissioner for Administration of Elections for Monmouth County Hedra Siskel although Siskel will stay in her post until after this November’s election to help Bishop…

Neptune to Seek $250,000 in Grant Funds for Liberty Park Upgrades

  By DON STINE Neptune officials are looking to pick up to $250,000 from the Monmouth County Open Space Grant Program to make upgrades at Liberty Park. Director of Engineering and Planning Leanne Hoffman said at Monday’s Township Committee meeting that the township has “a good history” with the grant program and will seek money again this year. The grant has a maximum of $250,000, which also requires at 25 percent match in funding from the township. Hoffman said two projects best meet the criteria to receive the funding right now: improving basketball courts and other facilities, such as lighting…

Neptune to Hire Traffic Consultant

  By DON STINE Neptune will hire an independent traffic engineer to look into the chronic parking problem in Ocean Grove, particularly during the summer months. The Township Committee passed a resolution at this week’s meeting to hire independent traffic consultant CME Associates, based in Howell Township, for an amount not to exceed $5,000. The consultant will provide the results of its study to the governing body and to the newly-created parking task force. “We are not experts and we need somebody. I think it’s a necessity,” Committeeman Randy Bishop said. Deputy Mayor Michael Brantley, who has always supported hiring…

Madonna House Will Receive $130,000

  By DON STINE The prayers at the Madonna House in Neptune were recently answered when a generous donor paid off the charitable organization’s $130,000 mortgage. “I was always praying not to have a mortgage and what a burden has been lifted off my shoulders,” Madonna House founder Rebecca Blonski said earlier this week. Blonski said she was struggling to pay off three separate mortgages and the pressure was on when one of the privately-held mortgages needed to be paid off for the Madonna House property at 1401 Seventh Ave. She purchased the property in 1988. The 10,000-square-foot building houses…

Neptune Tables Plan to Fire Cop

  By DON STINE A decision to fire a Neptune police officer who testified in a lawsuit over sexual harassment of two female officers was tabled indefinitely by the governing body July 25. The Neptune Township Committee tabled the resolution that would have fired Officer Kyheem Davis, with his supporters saying at the meeting he was being fired in retaliation for “being a whistle-blower” in the sexual harassment case. In 2012, police officers Elena Gonzalez and Christine Savage filed charges that they were subjected to sexual harassment in the department and an investigation was launched in 2013. The township eventually…

Neptune Reviews Proposal for Dog Park, Skateboard Park

  Proposals to create a dog park and skateboard park are under review by the Neptune Township Committee. Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said the township is looking to fund the parks using Monmouth County Open Space funding. “That process is underway,” he said. Township Committee members said that access and visibility are important factors in creating either of the parks and that a previous proposal to place a skateboard park at the intersection of Stratford Avenue and Neptune Blvd. fell through due to a lack of community support to locate it there. “We need to make sure of their location…

$60,000 Grant for Cleanup in Neptune

  By DON STINE Clean-up efforts will continue on a contaminated section on the former Welsh Farm tract, off Old Corlies Avenue in Neptune, under a a state grant recently received by Neptune. A grant of about $60,000 has been received from the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund Public Entity Program HDSRF to continue clean-up efforts. The program, charged with cleaning up a hazardous substance or hazardous waste, is administered by the state Department of Environmental Protection. “This is basically additional remediation to the former Welsh Farms property at 703 Corlies Avenue,” said Leeanne Hoffman, the township’s Director of Planning…

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