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Donations Sought for Rummage Sale

  St. Paul’s Church in Ocean Grove will host its Spring Rummage Sale on Friday, April 6  from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  and Sat., April 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. This event directly benefits many people in the community who would not ordinarily be able to afford retail prices on household items and clothing. The profits made from the sale fund important ministries such as the St. Paul’s Angel Fund which financially assists local families faced with unforeseen emergencies. Donations of new and/or ‘gently used and cleaned’ clothing and shoes, handbags & accessories, linens, china/housewares, books, wall decor, kitchen…

Shuttle Considered for Ocean Grove

By DON STINE Neptune officials are considering implementing a shuttle program to help ease Ocean Grove’s usual summertime parking problem. At Monday’s Township Committee meeting, officials said the program is under review. Mayor Nicholas Williams said that plans for the shuttle service are still preliminary. “We are not there yet,” he said. The project would involve using school district buses and parking lots and giving people a shuttle service into Ocean Grove. “We have most of the puzzle if we need to move forward,” he said. Ocean Grove resident Joyce Klein said she applauds the governing body for trying to do something…

In Ocean Grove: Billy Graham Remembered

  By DON STINE The Rev. Billy Graham, one of the world’s most famous Christian evangelists, died in his North Carolina home on February 21 at age 99, but his sermons in Ocean Grove will long be remembered. Graham preached in Ocean Grove three separate times over the years, with the 8,000-seat Great Auditorium being a perfect pulpit for the evangelist. Ocean Grove historian Ted Bell said he believes Graham’s first sermon in Ocean Grove was around 1950, when his wife, Shirley, was still in high school. “It was the only time I saw him and I remember it was…

In Ocean Grove: $1 Million Boardwalk Project Begins

  The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is beginning a more than $1 million reconstruction project for the north end boardwalk area from McClintock Street to Seaview Avenue. The project will begin this month and completion is targeted for May 2018.  This represents the next phase of the Camp Meeting Association’s ongoing efforts to improve our boardwalk for residents and visitors alike. The Camp Meeting’s goal is to match the new decking material with that of the most recent renovations to the other sections which were installed since Superstorm Sandy. For safety and awareness, there are certain things the public…

In Ocean Grove: Permit Proposal Over

  By DON STINE Permit parking for residents in Ocean Grove is a dead proposal, according to Neptune officials. “There are too many issues with the plan and I am not for parking permits,” Committeeman Robert Lane Jr. said at this week’s Township Committee workshop. Residential permit parking was proposed by some residents in the historic district and about 200 people attended a special meeting, held at the Michael T. Lake Performing Arts Center at the High School on Dec. 18, on the issue. Those attending seemed pretty well divided on the matter but Mayor Nicholas Williams said the meeting…

Ocean Grove Permit Parking Discussed

  By DON STINE Approximately 200 showed up for the Neptune Township Committee meeting this week for a discussion of permit parking in densely populated Ocean Grove, where parking is at a premium. “There are different points of views and concerns,” Mayor Michael Brantley said at the beginning of tje special meeting on creating paid permit parking in the historic district. The committee is expected to give comments on the permit parking issue at its Dec. 21 meeting. Brantley said during his 10 years on the governing body he has seen multiple reports and reviews on the Ocean Grove parking situation. Township…

Overcrowding Postpones Parking Meeting

  By DON STINE A proposal to create a special pilot program that would allow residential permit parking in densely populated Ocean Grove brought so many people to the Nov. 27 Township Committee meeting that the hearing was postponed and has been moved to a larger facility. The public meeting room has a capacity of 125 people with 90 chairs provided. Approximately 175 people showed up for the special meeting, prompting township officials to cancel it. The audience consisted of residents and business owners on both sides of the permit parking issue. “We are postponing the meeting because we are…

Ocean Grove Receives Greatest Neighborhood Designation

  By DON STINE Ocean Grove has been designated as the greatest neighborhood in New Jersey in 2017 by a national planning association and township officials thanked the people and organizations who made it possible on Nov. 9. “These groups have all worked hard and have done a great job,” Mayor Brantley said. More than a dozen groups and organizations in Ocean Grove were recognized with special proclamations at the last Township Committee meeting. Ocean Grove won the Best Neighborhood award this year under the Great Places In New Jersey program, sponsored by the New Jersey Division of American Planning…

New President at Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association

  Michael Badger has been selected as the new president of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. He replaces outgoing president Dale Whilden. “I am delighted and humbled that the trustees have asked me to serve as the Camp Meeting’s new President,” Badge said. Badger was appointed on Oct. 21. He has served on the Board of Trustees for 24 years and is a long-time resident of Ocean Grove. And the Camp Meeting Association welcomes his leadership. “Badger has been a valuable and vital asset, and blessing, to the Camp Meeting Association throughout his time as a trustee,” Whilden said.…

Mary’ s Place Hosting Oceanfront Bash as Fundraiser

  Mary’s Place by the Sea is hosting its fourth annual Oceanfront Bash, scheduled for Fri.,Oct. 6 at Buona Sera Palazzo in Ocean Township. This annual event is the fundraiser of the year for Mary’s Place by the Sea, an organization that provides a place for women with cancer to heal: mind, body and soul. Since its founding in 2009, Mary’s Place has hosted over 8,000 women as “guests”. Each year, the annual bash draws over 200 Mary’s Place by the Sea supporters, for an evening of cocktail-style dining, live music and dancing, open bar and gift auctions. “Mary’s Place Oceanfront Bash!…

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