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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,…

Neptune Man Shot in His Car; Police Arrest North Carolina Man

  A North Carolina man was arrested and charged Aug. 18 for the overnight shooting of a Neptune man, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Elijah “Streets” Graham, 27, of Bronco Lane in Fairview, North Carolina, was arrested around 4 a.m. Aug. 18 by detectives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and members of the Asbury Park and Neptune Township Police Departments. He is charged with first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Graham is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional…

Neptune Terminates Developer’s Contract for West Lake Avenue

  By DON STINE Neptune officials have terminated the contract with the sole designated redeveloper for the township’s blighted West Lake Avenue section and will seek multiple developers to move the project forward. CityWorks, a Trenton-based nonprofit development corporation, was designated by Neptune officials to oversee the West Lake Avenue project. The contract was awarded in 2005 and called for redevelopment of the street with mixed-use retail, commercial outlets, and residential units from the Asbury Park border to Route 35. “They have not completed the redevelopment in the set timeframe so we have terminated their contract. We have been having…

In Neptune: Bikes and Bike Helmets Given Away at National Night Out Aug. 4

  The Neptune Police Department is once again hosting National Night Out Tues., Aug. 4. This community event has been a staple of the summer in Neptune for more than 20 years. National Night Out is an event held in over 16,000 communities across the country every year, created by the National Association of Town Watch. This annual community-building campaign promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. The goal of National Night Out is to enhance the relationship between citizens and law enforcement, bolster a sense of community, deter crime, and give…

New Members for Lake Commission

  By DON STINE The Wesley Lake Commission is adding two new member to its board, for a total of 11, in order to be facilitate operations of the board and include more focus on the lake’s watershed. Neptune Township Committeeman Michael Brantley, who is also chairman of the Wesley Lake Commission, said attendance at board meetings was inconsistent when he first came onboard about 10 years ago but that things have steadily improved over the years. “We have a more committed board now than we have had in years. With more people we will have a lot more fresh…

Firefighters Donate Fire Truck

  By DON STINE A second-hand fire truck headed out from Neptune July 21 for an 18-hour drive to Missouri- giving a fire company there a piece of equipment that members there desperately need. A 1999 Mac pumper truck, originally from the Hamilton Fire Department, has been donated to the Lancaster Fire and Rescue in Missouri. “We love helping these guys out. This equipment to them is golden,” said Shark River Hills Firefighter Joseph Malysko. Malysko said that some of the fire equipment in Missouri is just a pickup truck with a water tank and a pump. “When they get…

Jewelry Sale Will Benefit Children of Slain Neptune Woman

  A bracelet and necklace called the Tami Collection by Krista Lynn Designs are on sale at DaniRisi, 329 Main St., Allenhurst. One hundred percent of the sales of the jewelry will be donated to the nine children of Tamara Seidle of Neptune who was killed last month. Krista Lynn Eggering said she started the fund-raiser July 2 and in 12 days raised over $3800 (between online sales www.kristalynndesigns.com and local sales at DaniRis). “My goal is $5000 by the end of the month,” she said in an email “I think that we will surpass that. Tami was a dear…

Make Your Own Soaps and Learn to Tie Dye at Neptune Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL With the school year finally complete, thoughts of summer activities for the older kids, in particular the tween and teen set, are on the minds of parents and caregivers alike. There are plenty of programs available for younger children but those in the double digit years may feel left out of the mix. But not at the Neptune Public Library where this summer there are several scheduled activities for kids in sixth through twelfth grades. The list includes Tie Dyeing, Soap Making, a Super Hero Design course, and DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Bath Bombs, all of which are…

Upstage Club Building Sold, Restoration Planned

  By DON STINE The iconic Upstage Club in downtown Asbury Park, where rock ‘n roll icons like Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny Lyon got their musical start as teenagers, has been sold. “It’s a done deal,” said Richard Yorkowitz, who bought the three-story building in 2009 for $1 million with plans to restore the building to pay homage to Asbury Park’s rock & roll musical heritage. “I am a little disappointed but, once you decide not to do it, then you have to move away from it,” he said. Yorkowitz, a Garwood-based antique dealer, said that he has other…

In Neptune: Tenth Avenue Improvements Planned if $200,000 in Funding Approved

  By DON STINE Tenth Avenue in Neptune will be improved in the near future if the township receives a $200,000 state Community Development Block Grant. At a recent meeting the Township Committee approved submitting the grant application. If approved, Tenth Avenue, between Route 35 and Memorial Drive, would see new sidewalks, curb repairs and handicapped-access ramps installed, Township Engineer Leanne Hoffman said during a special presentation to the governing body. Hoffman said this project was the “overwhelming choice” from several projects under review by a special citizen’s participation committee that looks a projects to be funded through a CDBG.…

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