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Neptune Library Hosting Holiday Bake Sale

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Friends of the Neptune Library is hoping to tempt the community with the sweet treats of the season as they hold their first annual Friends of the Library Holiday Bake Sale. Set for Sat., Dec. 19 from 10 am to 2pm, the sale will be held in the Library Lobby with goodies galore and all of the proceeds going to the Mayor’s Book Club, according to Amanda LeMay, Reference Intern and organizer of the event. “This is the first time we are holding a bake sale at the library. We have been looking into different…

Green Parrot in Neptune Was Known for Showcasing Local Bands

  By DON STINE If you wanted good times and really good music at the Jersey Shore during the 1980s, then you might have ended up at the Green Parrot on Route 33 in Neptune. “It was a great time – and a great time for music and FM 106.3 was way ahead of everybody else,” said Ocean Township resident Judi Yaccarino, whose family eventually owned the club. FM 106.3 has been compared to a commercial version of college radio station, playing artists years before mainstream radio and helping showcase local bands. The station played bands, like Redhouse and The…

Midtown Tree Lighting in Neptune

  Midtown Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Midtown Commons, West Lake Avenue, Neptune is scheduled for Wed., Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. The ceremony will take place across from the Jane H. Booker Family Health Center. It will feature performances by Neptune High School Band, Chorus, Cheerleaders, Dancers, NJROTC, and NHS Shakespeare Society. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa. Sponsored by Midtown Urban Renaissance Corporation (MURC) and Neptune High School. For more information call the MURC Office at 732-988-4400.

Preparing for One of Shore’s Oldest Rivalries

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER They’ll go at it again on Thanksgiving Day. The Asbury Park High School football team will host Neptune at 10 a.m. in the 88th renewal of one of the state’s oldest rivalries. The rivalry between the neighboring towns was born in 1908, according to Asbury Park School District spokeswoman Chanta L. Jackson. She said records indicate the Scarlet Fliers lead the series 46-37-4. Jackson said games were not played during war time. Asbury Park coach Tim Fosque and Neptune coach Rodney Taylor are far from strangers to the rivalry. Fosque played guard and defensive end for…

IHOP Restaurant Offering Free Hot Lunches

  The IHOP restaurant on Route 66 in Neptune will be offering free lunches after its regular business hours on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26. When the International House of Pancakes restaurant at 2200 Route 66 closes for business for the day at 2 p.m., it will be open for two hours serving the hot lunches, said owner Rakesh “Rick” Kumar, who bought the restaurant in March. “I can be part of the community,” Kumar said. “People can come and see us. I just want to be able to help. Kumar, who has been in the restaurant business, is maintaining a Thanksgiving…

Neptune Police Officer Indicted; Facing Life Without Parole

  A Monmouth County grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday charging suspended Neptune Township Police Officer Philip Seidle with one count each of first degree Murder, second degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose and second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, announced acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Seidle, 51, of Neptune Township, is currently being held in the Mercer County Correctional Center, Hopewell Township, on $2 million bail with no ten percent option, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, P.J.Cr. Since that time, a motion for bail reduction before…

Democrats Keep Seats in Neptune

By DON STINE The Neptune Township Committee will remain all Democratic after a two-member Independent ticket failed to end the one-party rule. For the first time in decades, no candidate was listed on the Republican column in Tuesday’s general election for two Township Committee seats. Instead, Independent Dianna Harris and GOP candidate Kevin Sheehan ran on an independent ticket for the three-year terms. But the Democrats held on with incumbent Committeeman Michael Brantley being top vote-getter with 2,321 votes, or about 30 percent. Second was Democratic newcomer Nicholas Williams, who got 2,142 votes, or almost 28 percent. Harris was top…

Golf Outing in Remembrance of Beloved Neptune Teacher

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER William E. Pullen Jr. would have loved a recent Monday at the Spring Meadow Golf Course in Farmingdale. There was fellowship. There was food. There was golf. And the proceeds from the fourth annual William E. Pullen Jr. Scholarship Fund Golf Outing will make it easier for graduates of his beloved Neptune High School to attend college. “We expect to be able to award four scholarships to deserving graduates of Neptune High School this spring,” said event spokesman Dick Cottrell, Pullen Jr.’s brother in law. The weather was again great for golf, another reason for Pullen…

Shark River Channel Dredging to Begin in a Few Weeks

  By DON STINE Dredging navigational channels in the Shark River will begin within the next few weeks under a contract to dredge about 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the river’s western section. The announcement that the dredging will begin this year was made yesterday after a preconstruction conference Wed., Oct. 14 at the New Jersey Department of Transportation Engineering and Operations Building in Trenton. “After so many years working to get the river dredged, I’m extremely happy that we will see work in this calendar year. This would not be happening without the help of all municipalities around…

Golf Outing Will Honor Beloved Neptune Teacher

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER It’s a most fitting way for William E. Pullen Jr. to be remembered. The fourth annual William E. Pullen Jr. Scholarship Fund Golf Outing will take place Mon., Oct. 12 at the Spring Meadow Golf Course in Farmingdale. “He was an avid golfer,” said his widow, Bertha L. Williams, the assistant superintendent of schools in the Neptune School District. “He loved it. Each time he could get out on a golf course, that’s where he was.” Williams said she will take a couple of swings in honor of Pullen Jr. “I call myself a dysfunctional golfer,”…

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