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Democrats Keep Seats in Neptune

By DON STINE The Neptune Township Committee will remain all Democratic after a two-member Independent ticket failed to end the one-party rule. For the first time in decades, no candidate was listed on the Republican column in Tuesday’s general election for two Township Committee seats. Instead, Independent Dianna Harris and GOP candidate Kevin Sheehan ran on an independent ticket for the three-year terms. But the Democrats held on with incumbent Committeeman Michael Brantley being top vote-getter with 2,321 votes, or about 30 percent. Second was Democratic newcomer Nicholas Williams, who got 2,142 votes, or almost 28 percent. Harris was top…

Golf Outing in Remembrance of Beloved Neptune Teacher

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER William E. Pullen Jr. would have loved a recent Monday at the Spring Meadow Golf Course in Farmingdale. There was fellowship. There was food. There was golf. And the proceeds from the fourth annual William E. Pullen Jr. Scholarship Fund Golf Outing will make it easier for graduates of his beloved Neptune High School to attend college. “We expect to be able to award four scholarships to deserving graduates of Neptune High School this spring,” said event spokesman Dick Cottrell, Pullen Jr.’s brother in law. The weather was again great for golf, another reason for Pullen…

Shark River Channel Dredging to Begin in a Few Weeks

  By DON STINE Dredging navigational channels in the Shark River will begin within the next few weeks under a contract to dredge about 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the river’s western section. The announcement that the dredging will begin this year was made yesterday after a preconstruction conference Wed., Oct. 14 at the New Jersey Department of Transportation Engineering and Operations Building in Trenton. “After so many years working to get the river dredged, I’m extremely happy that we will see work in this calendar year. This would not be happening without the help of all municipalities around…

Golf Outing Will Honor Beloved Neptune Teacher

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER It’s a most fitting way for William E. Pullen Jr. to be remembered. The fourth annual William E. Pullen Jr. Scholarship Fund Golf Outing will take place Mon., Oct. 12 at the Spring Meadow Golf Course in Farmingdale. “He was an avid golfer,” said his widow, Bertha L. Williams, the assistant superintendent of schools in the Neptune School District. “He loved it. Each time he could get out on a golf course, that’s where he was.” Williams said she will take a couple of swings in honor of Pullen Jr. “I call myself a dysfunctional golfer,”…

Dredging Contract Awarded

  By DON STINE A contract to dredge about 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the Shark River’s western navigational channels was awarded last week and officials hope dredging will begin by the end of this year. “It’s been years and it’s been a fight; it has been a long road,” Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop said at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11), Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone, and Bishop issued a statement last week announcing that the state Department of Transportation’s Office of Maritime Resources has awarded the bid to complete the Shark River dredging…

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…

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