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Neptune Police Officer Promoted to Captain

  A 19-year Neptune police veteran was promoted to the rank of captain at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Lt. Anthony Gualario was promoted during a special swearing-in ceremony attended by fellow police officers, family and friends. “Lt. Gualario has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping this police department and has served in various leadership roles,” Police Director Michael J. Bascom said. Gualario has served with the traffic bureau, the professional responsibility and internal affairs, departments, and served as a shift commander and patrol supervisor in the Operations Division. “He has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping this police department…

Free Winter Festival Offers Music, Refreshments, Performances

  By DON STINE Not only will it be good times at The Jersey Shore Arts Center’s Winter Arts Festival in Ocean Grove later this month but there is something extra special – all events are free! “We have a benefactor providing hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments for events. So, everything is free and there is no reason for tickets now,” JSAC President Herb Herbst said. The second annual festival will span three days, from Friday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 28. Tickets for a dinner and the variety show to be held on Saturday night were originally priced at…

New Campaign to Save Madonna House

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The founder and director of Madonna House in Neptune is once again asking for donations so she can stay in the building where she also runs a thrift store. Madonna House, founded in 1987, is a non-profit organization supporting destitute women and children. Founder Rebecca Blonski said she recently received a letter from the mortgage holders of the building calling in the entire $123,000 mortgage on the property in 30 days. If the entire amount is not paid by then, the letter states, foreclosure proceedings will begin. The mortgage holder, whom Blonksi chooses not to…

Shooting Death in Neptune

  A 20-year-old Bradley Beach man was shot and killed in Neptune on Monday night and police are looking for help in solving the crime. It is the first homicide in Neptune in six years. Neptune Police responded to a report of a gunshot victim outside a residence on Seventh Avenue around 8:18 p.m. on Monday night. Officers located the victim, Andre D. Thorne, 20, of Bradley Beach, who was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune where, despite life-saving efforts, he died at 9:43 pm. “This is the first homicide in Neptune since January, 2010,” Police Lt.…

Aquatic Adventure Camp Hosting Sign-Ups for Summer

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER The Neptune Aquatic Center 206 Aquatic Adventures Camp, designed for swimmers ages 8-14, will run Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in July. The camp will consist of two days per week at the Neptune Aquatic Center and one trip per week for different aquatic activities. Trips will include sailing kayaking, rowing, water parks, Manasquan Reservoir exploration, Adventure Aquarium and Surfing with Family Beach day. On Monday and Wednesday camp days, students will receive a one-hour swimming lesson and two hours of additional aquatic instruction such as junior guard skills, pool-based SCUBA diving, kayaking, log rolling and other…

Neptune Reviewing Possible Boost in Property Taxes for Hospital

  By DON STINE Whether or not Jersey Shore University Medical Center will have to pay more local property taxes to Neptune is a question still up in the air but one that will probably be answered in the near future. “Things are still up in the air but we don’t have the luxury to wait,” Tax Assessor Bernie Haney said earlier this week. Gov. Christ Christie recently vetoed a bill that would have kept hospitals tax exempt. The Governor’s veto means hospitals, which have had long-standing tax exemptions, may now have to cough up more property taxes. Hospitals have…

New Committee Member in Neptune

  By DON STINE Resident Carol J. Rizzo was appointed to the Neptune Township Committee Monday night to fill the unexpired term of Eric Houghtaling, who took office in the State Assembly earlier this month. Rizzo, an Ocean Grove resident since 2001, said it is “a thrill and honor” to be appointed to the governing body, which has been all-Democratic since Republican Thomas A. Catley retired in 2008. “I plan to fulfill the pledges I have made to residents in the past and will work to make the township better,” she said. Rizzo said her pet issues coming onto the…

Longtime Neptune Committeeman to Retire

  By DON STINE Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop announced this week he will be leaving the governing body to take a full-time job in county government. At the Jan, 11meeting Bishop said he will be taking a job, probably next month, as the Deputy Commissioner for Administration of Elections for Monmouth County. “I believe the details will be completed in February, which is when I would step down,” he said. Bishop has been on the committee for 12 years incuding serving as mayor twice. Mayor Kevin McMillan said that Bishop will definitely be missed. “We will miss Randy and…

Shark River Dredging Halted Until July 1

  A dredging project that would open up navigational channels in the Shark River has been stopped by a federal agency and will have to begin again this July. The project calls for removing about 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the river’s western section. “While were unable get as much accomplished as we hoped we have, in fact, started the project and that should give all of us confidence that we will get the channels dredged,” Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop said earlier this week. Bishop, a longtime advocate for dredging the river, said there were some issues that…

New Mayor in Neptune

  Kevin McMillan was sworn in as Neptune’s mayor in Jan. 1. McMillan was chosen by the other members of the Township Committee to serve as mayor. In addition, Nicholas Williams was sworn in for a three-year term on the committee and incumbent Michael Brantley was also sworn-in for another three-year term. Brantley was also appointed the new Deputy Mayor and begins his tenth year on the governing body, serving twice a mayor.

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