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‘A Night at the USO’ to Raise Funds for Neptune’s Veterans Memorial Park

  The Neptune Veterans Memorial Park Planning Committee is hosting a fund-raiser to help with funding for ongoing maintenance at the park and to add other amenities. The fund-raiser is scheduled for Sat., Feb. 7 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the American Legion Post on Gully Road and is called “A Night t the USO.” Bernadette Sherman, Gold Star Mother, and chair of the Veterans Memorial Park Planning Committee, invites local residents to attend for a “night to remember.” “I am proud of the work that the Veterans Memorial Park Committee and the township have done on transforming a…

Neptune Raises $35,00 for Pancreatic Cancer Research

  The Pound The Pavement For Purple Committee in Neptune, which raises money for pancreatic cancer research, presented more than $35,000 to the Lustgarten Foundation at Monday’s Township Committee meeting. The $35,158.60 was raised during the first annual 5K run/2 Mile walk held last November. The Lustgarten Foundation, based in Bethpage, NY, has provided more than $90 million to advance the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer. Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone and Neptune Committeeman Eric Houghtaling, who helped organize the event, said they were pleased with the amount of money raised, even though weather conditions the day of…

Political Action Committee Forms in Neptune

  By DON STINE The newly-formed Neptune Education Leadership Political Action Committee (NELPAC) hopes to further education excellence in the township through citizen involvement. Committee Chairman Warren Lapp said the group is being formed by area citizens who are committed to educational excellence for every child in the district. He said recent decisions by the school board to not renew the contracts of long-time and respected coaches, to move away from vendors that the district has used for years, and change long-time insurance carriers are a concern. “People are upset about it and they want to know what’s going on.…

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…

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