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Questions and Mystery Surround Massive Shark River Fish Kill

  By DON STINE What killed massive numbers of fish in the Shark River remains a mystery- and at least three separate theories are being put forward as to the cause of the massive fish kill over the weekend. Tens of thousands of fish, most of them bunker or menhaden, were seen floating in the Shark River early Mon., May 12 and state and county officials stated they believe the fish died due to a lack of oxygen in the water. But one well-known local fisherman and a retired state fisheries expert said they believe that theory is possibly wrong,…

Neptune, Asbury Park Seek $500,000 Grant to Fight Gangs

  Neptune and Asbury Park police plan to aggressively deal with local gang-related crime and violence by seeking a $500,000 federal grant designed to create safer neighborhoods. This week Neptune Chief Financial Officer Michael Bascom submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, for a Violent Gang and Gun Crime Program Grant, also called “Project Safe Neighborhoods.” He said he expects to know by Oct.1 if the grant has been awarded. “The grant money will be used to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in crime associated with gang and gun violence. I believe we have…

Spanish Dance Theatre Opens at Arts Center

  On Friday May 16 at 7:30 p.m., celebrate spring with the vibrant colors, sights and sounds of Spain, with New Jersey’s premier Spanish Dance and Flamenco company, the widely-acclaimed Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre at the Jersey Shore Arts Center, located at 66 South Main Street, Ocean Grove. Ticket prices are $20 General and $17 for Seniors/Students, and may be purchased by calling the Arts Center at 732-502-0050 or on-line at jerseyshoreartscenter.org.  For further information, please visit www.alboradadance.org, call 732-598-3979, or email alboradadance@optonline.net. This performance features world-renowned flamenco guitarist Arturo Martinez with the soloists and ensemble dancers of Alborada and singer Gisele Assi.  A local…

Buy a Poppy; Help Our Veterans

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Every May millions of red crepe paper poppies are distributed throughout the United States as a symbol of the sacrifice of service made by veterans. This year, as every year for 64 years, the American Legion and its auxiliary of Neptune Post 346 are participating in the program. The American Legion Auxiliary Poppy program began in 1921 and “Poppy Days” are a familiar tradition in almost every American community, said Doreen Gallagher, past unit president and past county president of American Legion Auxiliary United 346 in Neptune. “The distribution of the bright red memorial flower to…

Down to the Wire for Dredging of Wesley Lake

  By DON STINE Ocean Grove residents and the co-owner of the swan boat concession on Wesley Lake in Asbury Park are concerned that a project to dredge the lake is coming too late in the season. Neptune Director of Planning and Engineering Leanne Hoffman said that the contract to dredge the lake requires it to be done by Memorial Day, or Mon., May 26. “We are hoping it will be done in advance of that,” she said. The project is being done by Precise Construction, based in Freehold. If the project is not completed by Memorial Day, there is…

250 Register for Run the Hills Race in Neptune

  More than 250 runners and walkers have registered to date for the first annual “Run the Hills” 5K, which will be held on Sun., May 4 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune. The run is being sponsored by Recovery Along the River, a local foundation that has been instrumental in supporting the rebuilding needs of residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy. In addition to the 5K run, there will be a two mile non-competitive walk. The $30 registration fee includes the post-race party. Limited quantities of tee shirts are available for registrations received after…

Ocean Grove Residents Seek Permission for Dog Park

  By DON STINE Several Ocean Grove residents attending this week’s Neptune Township Committee meeting seeking permission to create a gated dog run area at a grassy area near the intersection of Pennsylvania and Inskip Avenues, behind a sewer maintenance building. “People have no place to take their dogs and people complain about dog waste in the parks. Dog parks are a great place for the community to get together and socialize,” said Michael Goldfinger, who lives on Heck Avenue. Goldfinger said he supports creating the park and that his group polled 319 Ocean Grove residents about the proposal. He…

$12 Million Wesley Lake Restoration Project Underway

  The first phase of a proposed $12 million restoration project to Wesley Lake is underway and more funding is being sought to complete the project. “This is just the beginning and we have a lot more planned,” said Neptune Mayor Michael Brantley, who also chairs the Wesley Lake Commission. The Wesley Lake Commission held a press conference and groundbreaking ceremony on March 19 to celebrate the beginning of the project. “We are aggressively seeking more money,” Brantley said. Under the current $1.4 million project, both Wesley Lake, between Asbury Park and Ocean Grove, and Fletcher Lake, between Ocean Grove…

Shark River Dredging Hits Dead End

  By DON STINE Plans to dredge the Shark River hit a dead end last week after state officials said a proposed dewatering site for dredge project was not a viable economic option. In a March 6 letter, state Sen. Jennifer Beck and Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone advised the Monmouth County Park System that the state Department of Transportation (DOT) said it will not fund placing dredge spoils on a 16-acre tract on the river’s edge at the county’s Shark River Park, off Old Corlies Avenue. The letter said that the DOT ruled that the use of the park…

Vote Next Week on Shark River Dredging Plan

  By DON STINE The future of the Shark River will probably be determined on Mon., March 10 by the Monmouth County Board of Recreation Commissioners, which will vote on moving approvals forward on a controversial 16-acre dewatering site for the proposed river dredging project. Proponents and opponents of the project attended the recreation commissioner’s meeting on Feb. 24 at Thompson Park in Lincroft. Another meeting, also at the park, will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 10 when a vote will be taken on moving the recommendation to use a dewatering site in Neptune on to the…

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