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Neptune Official Leaving Post

  By DON STINE Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop will be leaving his post on the governing body Mon., Aug. 22 after 12 years of service to take a job with the county Board of Elections. “Monday will be my last meeting and I will be resigning my position effective at 11:59 p.m.,” he said. “It is required I step down now that I have a job with the county.” Bishop will be replacing Deputy Commissioner for Administration of Elections for Monmouth County Hedra Siskel although Siskel will stay in her post until after this November’s election to help Bishop…

Concerns Continue Over Land Leases

  By DON STINE Potential hefty increases for land leases in Ocean Grove, particularly for commercial properties, remains an issue with people owning property there and the Ocean Grove Homeowners Association and others have retained an attorney to look into the matter. The Homeowners Association and other stakeholders have retained Roseland-based Attorney Matthew Adams, who is the son of former Neptune Police Chief Robert Adams, to look into the land lease issue. All land in Ocean Grove is owned by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association and leased to its property owners. In addition, property owners are still taxed on…

Dumpsters Off the Streets in Ocean Grove

  Dumpsters and other temporary storage units must be removed from Ocean Grove’s public streets from 3 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Monday during the summer season (May 15- Sept. 15) under an ordinance adopted by the Neptune Township Committee this week. The ordinance, which goes into effect immediately, is intended to free up much-needed parking spaces during the summer months but some residents said it doesn’t make a great deal of sense and may be a burden to property owners. “This is nonsense,” Ocean Grove resident Jack Braden said, who asked if dumpsters can be placed in yards. Township…

British Invasion Concert Will Benefit Mary’s Place

  By DON STINE The British are coming, the British are coming!. Well, at least their music is – to benefit Mary’s Place by the Sea in Ocean Grove. On Sat., July 30, Glen Burtnik and friends will be performing the best of the music from the 1960s British Invasion era at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park. Music from legendary bands such as The Kinks, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Petula Clark, Joe Cocker, Led Zeppelin, Mary Hopkin and others will be performed. Burtnik said the music in the British Invasion show is the music he knows…

Outdoor Theater Returns to Days Celebrating Building’s 140 Years

  The Starving Artist at Days Summer Theater returns to the porch at Days in Ocean Grove with their annual Broadway musical review beginning June 30. This year’s offering, “Days Remembered,” is a collection of songs to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the building Days in Ocean Grove. The historic building is celebrating this anniversary with several events throughout the summer, the first being “Days Remembered,” a Broadway Musical Review. The Ocean Grove themed musical is a collection of songs from musicals including Annie, Gypsy, South Pacific, Kinky Boots and many more Tony award-winning shows. The show was conceived in…

Ocean Grove Ladies Auxiliary Launches 2016 Fund-Raising Season

  By BONNIE GRAHAM The multi-generational Ladies Auxiliary of the Ocean Grove Auditorium Ushers 2016 fundraising season is underway. On June 23 the membership attended their annual “Welcome Coffee” at the Youth Temple. The current officers and committee chairs were introduced, with many addressing the meeting attendees about their specific projects. Camp Meeting Association President Dr. Dale Whilden described the Ladies Auxiliary as “the epitome of volunteerism”, going strong for seventy-two years, and expressed his appreciation for the many improvements to Ocean Grove that have been financed through the funds raised by this organization. He cited the carillon bells, flower…

Ocean Grove Association Urges Opening of North End Lot

  By BONNIE GRAHAM The Ocean Grove Home Owners Association continues on with its active engagement in two “hot button” issues concerning this historic community – the ever-present parking situation, and the increase in the annual ground rent for some commercial properties. At Saturday’s membership meeting, Joyce Klein, Chair of the OGHOA’s Parking Committee, said, “The June 13 Neptune Township Committee workshop meeting did not go as we had hoped. Realistically, we did not expect an immediate “OK” to our recommendations, but we did expect to receive serious consideration.” Klein said the Neptune Township Committee will create its own Ocean…

Parking Task Force Established

  By DON STINE Dealing with Ocean Grove’s constant parking problem will be the focus of a new advisory task force established this week by the Neptune Township Committee. The governing body passed a resolution creating an ad hoc, 10-member task force, which will also have two non-voting advisors. The task force is to meet on or before Aug. 10 and is to report to the township during every third meeting. Members of the task force are expected to be announced at the next meeting. Committeeman Randy Bishop also suggested that a survey question on parking be placed on the…

Women’s History Walking Tours in Ocean Grove

  The Historical Society of Ocean Grove is once again hosting Women’s History Walking Tour. Led by history professor Dr. Lyndell O’Hara, this tour takes participants to various stops in Ocean Grove where women made history. Costumed performers portray history’s characters, such as physician Margaret Coleman, evangelist Phoebe Palmer, and innkeeper sisters Lydia and Matilda Bull. Tour is on foot and lasts approximately 90 minutes. There are three tours: Thurs., June 30 at 10:30 a.m.; Thurs., July 28 at 10:30 a.m. and Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $12 and $10 for seniors. Tour meets at the Historical Society…

New Restaurant Opens on Ocean Grove Boardwalk

  By DON STINE A unique co-op restaurant at the north end of the Ocean Grove boardwalk will open this weekend and it promises to have food items to please just about everyone. The new Dunes Boardwalk Café will house eight different food vendors – each offering their own specialty items. The building has been closed since befoe Superstorm Sandy. It formerly housed the Homestead Restaurant which opened in 1915 and featured white tablelothes on all the tables and silver-plated tea service. It closed in 1978. Later it housed a Perkins Pancake House and several other restaurants. “We will have…

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