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Neptune OKs Derelict Buildings Measure Over Some Objections

  By DON STINE Over the objections of some residents, the Neptune Township Committee on Monday adopted an ordinance that will give officials a better way to deal with derelict and abandoned buildings in the township, including in historic Ocean Grove. Some residents suggested the governing body table the ordinance for more revisions. “We have to move forward or scrap the ordinance and start all over. We can always change the ordinance later,” Committeeman Randy Bishop said. Four of the five members of the governing body voted to adopt the ordinance, with Committeeman Eric Houghtaling casting the only dissenting vote.…

Wak for All Ages Raises Funds for Ocean Grove Residents

  If there’s one group that have always stood by their loved ones, it’s grandmas and grandpas. On Sept. 7 people will have the opportunity to Do Something Grand for Grandparents’ Day at the 20th annual Walk for All Ages in Ocean Grove. National Grandparents’ Day directly relates to the United Methodist Homes’ focus on seniors. The intergenerational charity event benefits the Fellowship Fund, a financial safety net for the United Methodist Homes’ residents. Walk registration runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Francis Asbury Manor located at 70 Stockton Avenue in Ocean Grove. The 107.1FM radio van will…

Ocean Grove Celebrating 145th Annual Camp Meeting Week

  Ocean Grove will celebrate the 145th Annual Camp Meeting Week, a Christian-oriented week of worship and recreation open to the public, beginning Sun., July 27. Sponsored by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, the week runs to Sunday, Aug. 3. Events are planned each day from sun-up to sundown. “One hundred forty-five years ago, Ocean Grove was founded by visionary leaders who chose this beautiful seaside setting to create a Christian community committed to providing opportunities for spiritual birth, growth and renewal,” said association President Dale C. Whilden. “Today, we stand on that same shore to celebrate that wonderful…

Camp Meeting Has No Plans to Acquire Arts Center

  By DON STINE The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association has no plans to acquire the Jersey Shore Arts Center, formerly the old Neptune High School, an association official said earlier this week. J.P. Gradone, Chief Operating Officer for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA), said that a May 29 letter set to the Arts Center “caught me completely by surprise.” “The issue of ever acquiring the arts center was never discussed by the OGCMA. We have no desire to take over that building,” he said. Gradone said that the OGCMA’s properties committee gave their attorney, Edward C. Eastman,…

Timeless Treasures: Saving Your Memories from Disaster

  The devastation that Superstorm Sandy wrought not only affected physical houses and dwellings, but many people lost all of their memories when storm water ruined photo albums, pictures, slides, films of their children when little, and important documents. Replacing those documents added greatly to the aggravation and annoyance that everyone was dealing with. On July 12 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, the Historical Society of Ocean Grove and the Neptune Public Library will sponsor a Digitization Preservation event, held at the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Community Room (corner of Pilgrim Pathway and Pitman Avenue). This event will…

Unique House Tour in Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE Every time Ocean Grove resident Shirley Bell looks out her window or sits on her front porch there are many memories – but memories that now only bring back a lot of heartbreak. “I just want to cry sometimes and it is a real heartbreak,” she said Saturday. Bell’s family, the Hemphills, used to own the Park View Inn at 23 Sea View Ave., which is directly across from her house. Bell worked for many years in the former hotel. “I just want to cry. But it is too costly and economically unfeasible to restore it.…

Scenes from the Neptune Township High School graduation

  Pictured are family, friends and graduates of the Neptune High School Class of 2014. The graduation ceremony was held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in the Great Auditorium in the Ocean Grove section of Neptune. COASTER photos.  Click on any image to start a slideshow. FOLLOW The Coaster on FACEBOOK here.

To Catch a Thief

  The Neptune Twp. Police Department is conducting an investigation of a residential burglary in the Ocean Grove section of the town. During the burglary, the accused stole credit cards which were used at Hess and Quick Chek on Rt. 71 in Bradley Beach. The images here are that of the subject who used the credit card at Quick Chek. The accused is believed to be a white male in his mid-twenties with a light colored beard approximately 6’ tall. If anyone can identify the actor, please contact Neptune Township Police Det. Matthew Webb at (732) 988-8000 x415. FOLLOW The…

Dog Park Not Consistent with Camp Meeting Mission

  A proposal by some Ocean Grove residents to create a gated dog run at a grassy area near the intersection of Pennsylvania and Inskip avenues, behind a sewer maintenance building, will not be given approval from the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. “We made a made a determination that it is not consistent with the mission of the association,” said J.P. Gradone, Chief Operating Officer for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA). Gradone said the association meet recently to discuss the matter after being approached by residents. “The concept is not consistent with where we are and what…

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