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Neptune School Superintendent Retiring in June

  By DON STINE After 10 years in the position Neptune School Superintendent David A. Mooij is stepping down from his job. “It has been a great time and I now have wonderful, lifelong relationships that have developed professionally and personally. I feel very blessed,” he said. But Mooij, whose retirement goes into effect July 1, said he is retiring with “mixed emotions.” “I have enjoyed my time here tremendously and I still do. But it is apparent to me that it is time to move on and for new leadership to come in- and I am accepting of that,”…

Neptune Flight Nurse Returns from Deployment in Afghanistan

  By JOSEPH SAPIA While a student at Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls, Gretchen Hayes had to figure a way to pay for a college education. “So, I went into the military because they had tuition assistance,” said Hayes, 30, now living in Neptune. “The Air Force, (because) my dad’s prior Air Force.” She chose the healthcare field – first getting a bachelor’s degree in biology from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, then an associate’s degree in nursing from Brookdale Community College and, finally, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Peter’s University. “I always liked to…

Neptune Police Investigate Armed Robbery

  Neptune Police responded to the 500 Block of Myrtle Avenue Sun., Feb. 15 for a reported armed robbery. Two women from Pleasantville were allegedly confronted by three masked men a few minutes before 9 p.m. who demanded money from the victims. The only reported proceeds were the keys to the victims’ vehicle. Police said the three unidentified men ran off with the keys. It was reported there was a gunshot fired at that time. However, there was no confirmation or evidence of a gunshot being fired. Neither victim was injured in the incident. Neptune Police are continuing investigation into…

Neptune Introduces Measures to Better Regulate Density

  By DON STINE Two ordinances have been introduced in Neptune that will help regulate density on large residential development projects and better define what is considered an impervious surface. “I urge you to pass these ordinances,” resident Chris Schuetz said at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Schuetz, who has been spearheading a fight against overdevelopment particularly in the Jumping Brook Road area, said that the revised ordinances will better protect the township’s natural resources and provide construction that is more compatible with surrounding neighborhoods. “We are too densely packed,” she said. Other residents said they do not want to…

Lesgislators to Present Plan for River Dredging

  By DON STINE Three local legislators said last week that they will announce plans later this year that will result in the environmentally-beleaguered Shark River getting dredged. In a joint Jan. 15 press release, state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone and Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop said that funding for the project and a means to dewater dredge materials have apparently been resolved with state officials. “2015 will prove to be the year we see movement on the Shark River dredging project,” Beck said in the statement, which did not elaborate on the plan.facts. “I have…

‘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…

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