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Neptune Honors Veterans

  By DON STINE Neptune resident Anthony C. Repetti fought in World War II pretty much from the beginning in 1941 until the end in 1945, from North Africa and Italy as part of an Army infantry division. “He was injured near the end of the war and was awarded the Bronze and Silver stars,” said his daughter, Madelyn Fox, as she stared down at her father’s memorial brick paver on the walkway leading to the newly-dedicated Neptune Veteran’s Park on Old Corlies Avenue. Almost 200 pavers line the entranceway to the park and Repetti’s is one of many of…

Gables Residents Association to Celebrate 15 Years in 2015

  By DON STINE The Gables Residents Association in Neptune will celebrate its 15th anniversary next year and the organization still spearheads maintaining the quality of life for residents living there. “Preserve and maintain is our motto,” past association president Michale D. Fornino said. According to Fornino, the association was started in 2000 when Jersey Shore University Medical CenterMemorial University Hospital, located just to the east of the Gables section, wanted to build a large parking garage at Route 33 and Wakefield Road, one of the main entrances into the neighborhood. “We felt that would have destroyed the character of…

Mary’s Place Breaks Ground in Ocean Grove

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Mary’s Place volunteers, guests and supporters gathered Wed., Nov. 5, along with its founders, to celebrate the groundbreaking for the organization’s new larger facility on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. “Everyone who has embraced Mary’s Place should feel proud today,” said Michele Gannon, co-founder. “Our mission has officially grown its wings. What began as a dream five years ago has become a movement of hope and encouragement for women fighting cancer.” Mary’s Place will pour the foundation for its new 10 bedroom Victorian-style retreat at 22 Main Avenue within the next few weeks. The hope is…

New Uniforms for Neptune Police

  By DON STINE Neptune police officers will all be wearing brand new uniforms beginning Jan. 1- a move that will cost taxpayers no additional money. Police Chief James M. Hunt Jr., who gave a special presentation to the Township Committee at this week’s workshop, said the new uniforms will be purchased for patrolmen, officers, and even special-class police officers. Hunt said the decision to purchase new uniforms was made after years of discussion, with input from the officers and local Police Benevolent Association, and that more than 90 uniforms will be purchased, enough to accommodate the entire police department.…

Neptune Senior Director to be Honored

  Rosemary Gray, director of the Neptune Senior Center, will be honored as a leader of distinction in the field of aging Oct. 21 at a luncheon at Seabrook in Tinton Falls. This year marks SCAN’s 26th Annual Leaders of Distinction Luncheon and Awards. The lunchon begins at 11 a.m. This year’s honorees are Thomas F. Hayes, NJNG and Penny McDaniel, Investors Bank. Other leaders being honored include Denise Barry, Marlboro; Pat Scinto-Krosnicki, Long Branch; Elaine Mc Namara, Manalapan Township; Patrice Nugent, Middletown Town ship;Wendy Tooker, Keyport and Carol Zur, Howell Township. All have been working in the field of…

Neptune Promotes 2 Police Officers to Rank of Lieutenant

  Veteran 19-year Neptune Police Sergeants Michael D’Amico and Christopher Schembri were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant this week at the Neptune Township Committee meeting. Both officers were sworn in by Mayor Michael Brantley. D’Amico, a former Marine, has served as a detective, a shift commander, and a road supervisor. He has also served on the township’s Quality of Life (Street Crimes) unit and as a field training officer. He is a graduate of Neptune High School and has a Masters of Administrative Services from Farleigh Dickenson University. He has also spent a lot of time coaching and counseling…

Neptune OKs Derelict Buildings Measure Over Some Objections

  By DON STINE Over the objections of some residents, the Neptune Township Committee on Monday adopted an ordinance that will give officials a better way to deal with derelict and abandoned buildings in the township, including in historic Ocean Grove. Some residents suggested the governing body table the ordinance for more revisions. “We have to move forward or scrap the ordinance and start all over. We can always change the ordinance later,” Committeeman Randy Bishop said. Four of the five members of the governing body voted to adopt the ordinance, with Committeeman Eric Houghtaling casting the only dissenting vote.…

Neptune Police Chief sworn in

  By DON STINE James M. Hunt Jr., a 20-year police veteran, was sworn as the new Neptune Police Chief by the Township Committee last week. He has run the police department as deputy chief since June, 2013. “Under his leadership, this department has maintained its position as a highly professional and highly respected police department which has continually adapted and improved based upon the ever-changing world in which we live,” said Chief Financial Officer Michael Bascom. In addition to appointing Hunt, Bascom was also appointed the civilian police director. Hunt will run the day-to-day operations of the police department…

14-Year-Old Girl Charged with Driving Without License

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Allenhurst Police, while working on a driving while intoxicated-enforcement detail, stopped a vehicle for going erratically — and found a 14-year-old driving. The Neptune girl had taken her mother’s vehicle without her permission, police said. A 17-year-old also was riding in the car, police said. The 14-year-old was charged with driving while unlicensed, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, failure to keep right, failure to signal a turn and having improper maintenance of lights, police said. The vehicle’s owner responded and took custody of both juveniles, police said. Patrolman First Class Michael DiBona and Patrolman…

3-Mile Bicycle Path Planned for Neptune, Neptune City

  By DON STINE A three-mile bicycle path through Neptune, which will connect neighboring Wall Township and Neptune City, is expected to be created next year. Township Director of Engineering and Planning Leanne Hoffman said at last week’s Township Committee meeting that a $580,000 Department of Transportation grant has been received to create the bike path. “Out of 149 applicants, only 28 received funding. The connectivity of the bike path with neighboring towns was a determining factor in obtaining the grant,” she said. The bike path will begin at Monmouth County park land on Brighton Avenue, near the Brighton Avenue…

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