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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.

Neptune OKs ‘Misunderstood’ Ordinance

  By DON STINE A controversial ordinance, described by a lawyer as the most misunderstood ordinance he ever saw dealing with private encroachments onto township-owned property, brought a packed crowd to this week’s Township Committee meeting. The ordinance was eventually unanimously approved by the governing body. The Township Committee was holding the final public hearing on an ordinance that would allow residents to apply for a Revocable License to permit an encroachment onto township properties or right-of-ways, which would also make the township harmless from any injury or damage caused by the encroachment. Some residents called the ordinance a “hot…

Girls High School Basketball Preview

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Year in and year out, the Neptune High School girls basketball team is among the finest in the Shore Conference. Look for the Scarlet Fliers to put another strong team on the court. NEPTUNE Head coach: John Brown, 10th season Assistant coaches: Kerri Quinn, Keshon Bennett Career record: 224-31 Last year’s record: 23-3 Key returners: 5-foot-7 guard-forward Brianna Love (2017), 5-foot-5 guard Desiree Allen (2017), 5-foot-7 guard Alexa Vreeland (2016), 5-foot-6 forward Kaeyln Kimbrough (2016), 5-foot-4 guard Alexis Bennett (2017) Key newcomers: 5-foot-7 guard Rahmena Henderson (2019), 5-foot-3 guard Precious Allah (2018), 5-foot-9 forward Lydia Clancy…

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…

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