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In Ocean Grove: Replacement Planned for North End Boardwalk

  By DON STINE Ocean Grove’s North End boardwalk is being replaced and widened this fall giving oceanfront strollers the experience of walking along a boulevard as they enter the historic district. This week the Township Committee awarded a $609,200 contract to Epic Management Inc., based in Piscataway, who was the lowest bidder for the boardwalk project. “(Township officials) are very pleased with the earlier boardwalk project and I believe this one will go just as smooth. It shows the strength of a public/private partnership to make certain we accomplish what residents need and want,” Township Committeeman Randy Bishop said.…

The Phoenix Will Rise in Ocean Grove

  By JOSEPH SAPIA After a fire destroyed the three-story commercial-residential buidling at 50 Main Ave. in Ocean Grove in February, The Phoenix is rising. Within the next few weeks construction should begin on a new three-story building — The Phoenix — on the site, according to Kurt Cavano, who owns the property with his wife, Janet Mazur Cavano. The two have been Ocean Grove residents for more than 30 years. Now, the Cavanos are in the process of filing for building permits, Cavano said. The new wooden building will be 12,000 square feet over three floors and a basement.…

Annual Postcard and Antiques Show in Ocean Grove

  The Historical Society of Ocean Grove invites you to its 25th Annual OCEAN GROVE SUMMER POSTCARDS, ANTIQUES, COLLECTIBLES, AND JERSEY SHORE MEMORABILIA SHOW on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Auditorium Pavilion and surrounding grounds directly across from the Great Auditorium. Show hours will be 10AM to 4PM. Admission is free. This popular summer event is one of a number of annual fund-raising events to benefit and support the public programs and ongoing research projects of the very active Historical Society of Ocean Grove. A variety of quality dealers will be set up to provide lots of buying opportunities…

Ocean Grove Chamber Chief Retires, New Director Welcomed

  By DON STINE Lois Hetfield, the Executive Director for the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce, is stepping down from her post after 14 years on the job. “I have very mixed emotions. I have loved this job for 14 years and enjoyed working with everybody. It was a big decision to step down but running our many events does eventually take its toll,” she said. So Hetfield has decided to pass the torch on to a younger person, namely new Executive Director Rebecca Cavanaugh, who is 35. She began her new job this week. Cavanaugh, who lives in Deal,…

Harry Eichhorn is Grand Marshall of Ocean Grove Parade

  With marching bands, floats, community groups, civic organizations, local politicians, businesses and thousands of onlookers, Ocean Grove’s annual Independence Day Parade will kick off Sat., July 4, at 10:30 a.m. The parade begins on Whitefield Avenue and turns east along Main Avenue to Central Avenue; then turns north towards Ocean Pathway, then east again ending along Ocean Avenue. Among this year’s musical participants are: the Monmouth County Police and Fire Pipes and Drums, Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch, the Ocean Grove Summer Band, the Neptune High School Marching Band and the Clown Band. The 2015 parade Grand…

Ocean Grove Prepares for Annual Giant Craft Show

  Ocean Grove’s Annual Giant Craft Show is scheduled for Sat., June 20 rain or shine on Ocean Pathway. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the show will be filled with one-of-a-kind crafters showcasing handmade items including pottery, unique clothing, decorative storage boxes, wreaths, candles, soaps, handbags and wonderful statement-making pieces of original jewelry. With over 250 crafters, this show is on par with some of the largest craft shows in the country. All of these products are handmade in the USA. One of this year’s crafters will be John and Trish Hamm of Hamm’s Art Studio. This creative couple…

Real Estate Agent Celebrates 37 Years in Business

  Jean Westfall Hones of Jack Green Realty, Ocean Grove, is celebrating 37 years as a realtor associate with 22 of those years in Ocean Grove. Prior to her career in Ocean Grove, she was a realtor in Bergen County. Hones began her real estate career in 1978 and has qualified many times for the Medallion and the President’s Clubs and many times for the New Jersey Association of Realtors Million Dollar Club. A native of West Virginia, she moved to New Jersey with her husband and three children. She is now a widow and says that working in real…

Wesley Lake Commission Checks for Return of Pond Weeds

  The Wesley Lake Commission is keeping an eye on the pond weed situation in the lake this season to see if herbicides need to be applied to fight the growth of the weeds. “We are in a wait-and-see situation right now,” said Wesley Lake Commission Chairman Michael Brantley. He said that Princeton Hydro, an environmental management and restoration company that is also the environmental consultant to the Deal Lake Commission, will begin to monitor the lake beginning in June to see if the weed problem seems to be coming back. “If so, they will determine when it is the…

Street Sweeping Measure in Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE Vehicles parked on Ocean and Main Avenues in Ocean Grove will have to be moved for 90 minutes once a week from April 15 through October 15 so streets can be cleaned under an ordinance introduced by the Neptune Township Committee this week. The ordinance, which will have a public hearing on Thurs., May 21, applies to the entire length of Ocean Avenue and on Main Avenue from New York to Central Avenue. It requires vehicles be removed for at least 90 minutes on the east side of Ocean Avenue from 6:30 to 8 a.m. on…

In Ocean Grove: North End Redevelopment Moving Forward

  By DON STINE Redevelopment of the North End section in historic Ocean Grove will proceed under a revised developer’s agreement – but an exact timeline for the project has not yet been announced. Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop, who was mayor during the initial hearing to adopt the 2008 plan, said at Monday’s workshop that recent meetings were held with the main principles of the redevelopment project. “It was very hard and there were very frank discussions. Everyone at the table gave up things to make the plan better,” he said. “No plan will give everyone exactly what they…

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