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Neptune Officials Rededicate Shark River Hills Park

  By DON STINE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – A public park along South Riverside Drive in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune may have gone down during Superstorm Sandy but it was certainly not out. On July 12 township officials and environmentalists rededicated the park, near the township marina on the Shark River, with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. The park was formerly the site of the old Tides Motel, which was razed around 1997. “I am so happy with the park and the local residents are too,” said Mindi Arcoleo, a member of the township’s Environmental/Shade Tree Commission. Arcoleo said…

Hole-in-One Golfer Wins Lexus

  NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Playing golf for 28 years made a Neptune man hit it big time last month. Douglas P. Stewart, who lives at the Villas at Jumping Brook, won a 2013 Lexus ES350, worth $43,306, by hitting a hole in one during a golf tournament at the Jumping Book Country Club in Neptune on Mon., June 17. The car was provided by Ray Catena Lexus of Oakhurst and Freehold. “I am just overwhelmed. It’s just an achievement that not many people attain,” Stewart said. Ironically, Stewart mentioned to a friend that he wanted a replacement for his current…

Neptune Marina Ready for Opening

  NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Neptune’s Township marina on S. Riverside Drive along the Shark River will be fully operational by the end of this month after being destroyed in October by Superstorm Sandy. “We completely rebuilt the marina in five months. We have discounted the slip fees for those who got their boats in later than expected but we could not open the marina until it was safe,” Township Chief Financial Officer Michael Bascom said He said that the state has just finished removing debris from the river. “We are now putting in everybody that wants to go into the…

Neptune Police Chief Retires

  By DON STINE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Neptune officials are keeping their options opening in appointing a replacement for former Police Chief Robert Adams, who retired effective June 1 after 40 years with the department. A retirement dinner was held for Adams at the Jumping Brook Country Club on June 7 with 300 attending. “It is been a pleasure to work with Chief Adams because the first time he took the oath of office, and each time he took another oath for new position, he rededicated himself to those words every time, which are to uphold the constitution and arrive…

Shark River Hills River Concert Raises $50,000

  By DON STINE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Just 12 hours after the close of the Neptune Mayor’s Ball which raised $50,000 for Mary’s Place in Ocean Grove, River Concert 2013 kicked off in the Shark River Hills section of the township which also raised $50,000. That money will go to support township residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. More than 1,300 people turned out for the concert held along the Shark River. The concert featured local resident Nicole Atkins, Steve Forbert and others for a daylong concert which began at noon and continued until 7 p.m. Warren Lapp, treasurer of the…

Neptune Mayor’s Ball Raises $50,000

  By DON STINE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – This year’s annual Neptune Mayor’s Ball raised more money than ever- and all going toward a good cause. Mayor Eric Houghtaling said that the ball raised $50,000. “That’s the most we’ve ever raised and it will all go to Mary’s Place,” he said. Mary’s Place By The Sea in Ocean Grove, a temporary home for women fighting cancer, was the recipient of funds raised from the 20th annual Neptune Mayor’s Ball. Approximately 400 people attended the ball, held at the Jumping Brook Country Club Fri., May 31. “People were very generous and both…

River Concert is Benefit for Shark River Hills

  NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Tickets are still available for River Concert 2013, a benefit for Shark River Hills victims of Superstorm Sandy, featuring Nicole Atkins, Steve Forbert and others. The concert, the first such event in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune, is scheduled for Sat., June 1 beginning at noon and running until 8 p.m. at Riverside Park. As of late last week, 500 tickets had been sold, with another 500 still available, said Vito Gadaleta, a member of the concert committee. Tickets are $25 for those 13 and older and $10 for those 6 to 12. They…

River Row to Raise Awareness for Congenital Heart Disease

  By JOE SAPIA NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – In 2004, Jason Petillo Jr. of Neptune died at birth of congenital heart disease. “This is something close to my heart,” said his father, Jason Sr. So, Petillo Sr. organized the upcoming Shark River Row for Congenital Heart Disease Awareness. It is scheduled for June 7 at 6 p.m. at the Shark River Hills Marina, South Riverside Drive, Neptune. The inaugural event is to have two courses: – A five-mile course for surf-skis and rowboats of all styles. – A four-mile course for kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. The idea of the event is…

Neptune Townhouse Residents Concerned About Rent Increases

  By DON STINE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Residents living at the Winding Ridge townhouse complex in Neptune are concerned that they may be forced out of their homes due to upcoming rent increases. The privately-owned complex consists of 99 two- and three-bedroom affordable townhouse apartments but rents are being raised by several hundred dollars for each unit. Constance Holmes, head of the Winding Ridge Tenants Association, said the complex will soon no longer be affordable housing, with rents going up to $1,400 to $1,800 a unit. At Monday’s Township Committee meeting, Holmes requested officials look into the increases and consider…

Neptune Mayor’s Ball to Benefit Mary’s Place

  NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Mary’s Place By The Sea in Ocean Grove, a temporary home for women fighting cancer, will be the recipient of funds raised from the 20th annual Neptune Mayor’s Ball scheduled for May 31. Mary’s Place founder Michele Gannon said she was “ecstatic” when she learned her organization was to be this year’s recipient. “We are very happy to be supported by Neptune. This is an amazing community, especially after what happened in the wake of Sandy, and we were very humbled when we received the telephone call telling us we would be this year’s recipient,” she…

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