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Neptune Basketball Standout Returns Home

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Shakena Richardson is excited and it’s easy to see why. The former Neptune High School girls basketball standout has returned to the Garden State. “I am happy to be here,” she said. “It’s my home state. I will play for a great university (Seton Hall) and a great coaching staff. I am just happy to be home. Of course, I missed New Jersey (while playing for Florida State University). My whole family is here and I missed them a lot. There is a different kind of play in the Big East (Conference) than the ACC (Atlantic…

Condos, Marina Planned for Shark River

  By DON STINE A new 42-unit condominium project on the Shark River, with a marina, was presented to the Neptune Township Committee this week night for preliminary approval. The Planning Board wuld have to amend the area’s mixed-use site plan to allow for the residential use. Called Marina Pointe, the property is owned by Coast Cities Truck Sales President Douglas M. Gallagher, who said he originally bought the property 18 years ago as a site to park trucks but that it was never developed for various reasons. He called the project “shovel-ready to go,” if approved. The one-acre site,…

The Waverly in Neptune Hosting a Foodie Fest

  Food, fun and the chance to experience the lifestyle of a resort-like rental community with upscale amenities will be on the menu on Sat., Sept. 26 during The Waverly at Neptune’s “Foodie Fest.” From noon to 4 p.m., interested renters from near and far are invited to come sample delicious treats from a variety of food trucks and local eateries. Tours of the Monmouth County community’s stunning new-construction apartments, landscaped grounds, clubhouse, pool, and more will also be available. Guests can see for themselves why The Waverly is the hottest new rental community at the Jersey Shore, and have…

In Ocean Grove: Lights Too Bright on Broadway

  While many Ocean Grove residents welcome new lighting along Broadway, it may be too bright for some. “The lights shine out onto houses more than onto the street or sidewalk – it trespasses into our properties. And it is very harsh at night,” said Ocean Grove resident Shep Pettibone, who lives on eastern Broadway. Pettibone last week presented the Township Committee with a 98-signature petition complaining about the 18 new lights, which have been on for more than two months. The lights are in the center grassy median down the center of Broadway. The old lights used to be…

Neptune Officials Approve New Contractor for Boardwalk Bid

  By DON STINE Ocean Grove’s North End boardwalk will still be repaired this fall but using a new contractor after a potential legal dispute made the Township Committee re-award the contract. “Everything required was not submitted (by the winning contractor) and, obviously, we cannot award the contract,” Committeeman Eric Houghtaling said at a special meeting Monday evening. On Aug. 24, the Township Committee awarded a $609,200 contract to Epic Management Inc., based in Piscataway, who was the lowest bidder for the boardwalk project, which is expected to begin in late September and take 30 to 45 days, depending on…

Neptune Deputy Mayor Filing in For Mayor

  By DON STINE Neptune has been without an active mayor for two months and township officials said that this will remain the case until the annual reorganization meeting on Jan.1. Mayor Mary Beth Jahn has been absent from meetings since July 27 due to medical reasons. In Neptune the mayor is elected from among the five members of the Township Committee. Jahn was selected by the committee members on Jan. 1. Her term is up Dec. 31. In the meantime, Deputy Mayor Kevin McMillan has taken the helm. “We have all been mayors before so we know the process.…

Neptune Seeks $250,000 Grant for Field

  Neptune’s Loffredo Field on West Bangs Avenue would see improvements under a $250,000 Monmouth County Open space Grant being sought by township officials. Three potential projects were under consideration for the grant money at this week’s Township Committee workshop. They are a dog park in the Shark River Hills area; a walking trail from the Bert Willis Park, on Old Corlies Avenue, to the old Welsh dairy farm tract that now is home to the township’s new Veteran’s Memorial Park; or improvements and resurfacing Loffredo Field. “If I weigh in, Loffredo Field has the most merit,” Committeeman Randy Bishop…

Back to School Even Before Labor Day

  Many area students are returning to school before Labor Day weekend where they will be welcomed with new science labs in Ocean Township, a partnering with Google in classroom environments in Neptune and a College and Career Readiness Institute in Asbury Park designed to groom students for post-secondary education. Both Ocean Township and Neptune students will return to class Thurs., Sept. 3. Asbury Park students return Sept. 10. In Asbury Park the district recently partnered with Scholastic to establish a pre-k to 12 comprehensive literacy model for the 2015-16 school year. District officials said they will implement a full-suite…

$1 Million Upgrades in Neptune’s Gables

  By DON STINE The sanitary sewer system in the Gables section of Neptune will see a major upgrading under a $1 million bond ordinance introduced by the Township Committee at its last meeting. The bond ordinance appropriates $1 million for the reconstruction of the township’s sanitary sewer system, mainly for the Gables Sewer Rehabilitation project. “The Gables section has some of the oldest sewer lines in Neptune and there is significant water infiltration into lines in that area. These pipes will be replaced but they are buried very deep and this is not work we can do in-house. We…

No Plan to Dredge Entire Shark River

  By DON STINE The environmentally-beleaguered Shark River will probably only have its navigational channels cleared in the future but most likely never be dredged in its entirety, according to a federal environmental official. “Due to ecological impacts, as well as the logistics and economics of removing that much sediment, the likelihood of a permit being issued for such an activity appears minimal,” said Karen Greene, Mid-Atlantic Field Offices Supervisor for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Habitat Conservation Division, in a statement. “While dredging the entire river would, in fact, be something desirable for everybody unfortunately, in these times,…

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