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In Ocean Grove: Boardwalk Reconstruction on Schedule

  By DON STINE The constant banging of a loud pile driver in action may be annoying to some but residents in Ocean Grove are glad to hear the sound. Pilings are now being driven and work is proceeding on schedule to complete the middle section of the historic district’s boardwalk which was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. “We hope to be done between June 15 and the end of the month so we are still on track with that,” said J.P. Gradone, Chief Operating Officer for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. “The whole boardwalk corridor will now be open…

Pile Driving for New Ocean Grove Boardwalk Begins

  Ocean Grove’s $1.1 million dollar boardwalk reconstruction project is scheduled to begin today (May 29) when Epic Management’s construction crew will begin driving pilings into the sand along a half-mile stretch of beachfront on Ocean Avenue that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. “The new boardwalk is being rebuilt 30 feet west of its former location in line with the existing northerly and southerly sections and behind the existing bulkhead that provided excellent protection during the storm,” said Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association’s Chief Operating Officer, J.P. Gradone. The $1,135,570 construction project has been funded by a Neptune Township Bond…

Shark River: A Place Where Fish Go to Die

  By DON STINE Residents, politicians and biologists are all saying that if the recent fish kill in the Shark River, estimated at 500,000 fish, isn’t a wake-up call to dredge the river – then what is? “Hopefully this fish kill will be a wakeup call that the river has to be dredged – soon. It’s way overdue,” Shark River Yacht Club Commodore Bill Geschke said over the weekend. “The river eventually got the reputation for mud flats and now it has a reputation as a place where fish go to die. When, actually, the Shark River could be a…

Hollywood Comes to Krenkel’s in Neptune

  By DON STINE Hollywood came to Krenkel’s food and convenience store in Neptune Thurs., May 15 when well-known comedian Mike Marino filmed part of a pilot television series there. The half-hour pilot, called “Reconstruction New Jersey,” will be presented to various networks in hopes that it will get picked up. And as far as filming at Krenkel’s, Marino said it was a natural choice. “George is a good friend of mine and I get breakfast here a lot,” said Marino, who hails from Scotch Plains but also has a house in Belmar. As a matter of fact, Marino loves…

North End Building Gets OK for Repairs

  Above – The North End building in Ocean Grove right after Superstorm Sandy. By BONNIE GRAHAM At the most recent Ocean Grove Homeowners Association meeting residents were informed that the Historic Preservation Commission has approved the application for 4 Boardwalk – the North End Building. The approved plan includes a separate, enclosed dining terrace with permanent windows that will not have air conditioning.  At this time, they are going forward with repairing the building. Joan Venezia of the association’s North End Committee thanked the members of the North End Committee (Connie Ogden, Carol Woidt, Ann Horan, Mark Kourey, and…

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…

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