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New Garden in Ocean Grove

  Boardwalk strollers that get to the very northern end of Ocean Gove will be greeted by a new flower/shrub garden this summer. “It is for pure enjoyment for the community. People walking down the boardwalk can sit and enjoy the scenery and the garden.,” Neptune Environmental and Shade Tree Commission Secretary Chris Bedrosian said. A group of volunteers planted the garden, at the very eastern end of Wesley Lake right by the boardwalk, on May 12. The garden is on township owned-land and Bedrosian said the idea of the garden has been in the works for a few years…

Neptune Tables 3-Hour Parking Limit on Ocean Grove’s Main Avenue

  By DON STINE An ordinance that would have imposed limited three-hour parking on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove’s business district was tabled by the Neptune Township Committee at last week’s meeting. “I am not against it but I just want more research,” Committeeman Michael Brantley said. The governing body was scheduled to vote on an ordinance imposing limited three-hour parking on Main Avenue, between Central and New York Avenues, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. It would be in effect from May 15 through Sept. 15 every year. The parking restriction would have been for a three-month trial period. Brantley said he would…

Ocean Grove 3-Hour Parking Limit Planned

  By DON STINE Limited three-hour parking on Main Avenue and more parking spaces on Central Avenue will be created in Ocean Grove under two ordinances introduced by the Township Committee this week. Public hearings on both ordinances will be held May 24. Under the ordinances. limited three-hour parking will be imposed on Main Avenue, between Central and New York Avenues, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. It will be in effect from May 15 through Sept. 15 every year but, if approved, it will not begin until around June 15 this year. Deputy Mayor Carol Rizzo said the ordinance is designed to create more parking turnover…

Possible Parking Restrictions in Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE Imposing three-hour parking limits along Main Avenue in Ocean Grove during the summer is a discussion expected at the next Neptune Township Committee workshop. The Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce urges members to attend the May 14 meeting. The limited three-hour parking would be on Main Avenue, between Central and New York Avenues, and in effect between June 15 and September 15. Also under consideration is three 15-minute parking spots for both banks and the hardware store on Main Avenue, to be in effect from May 15 to September 15. Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said the matter will be…

Lake Commission Seeks Volunteers

  The Wesley Lake Commission is looking for volunteers to join the commission Applicants should be interested in the upkeep and condition of the lake. The Wesley Lake Commission oversees Wesley Lake and its watershed on behalf of the City of Asbury Park and Neptune Township. The Commission’s goal is to improve the ecological balance of Wesley Lake and its surrounding area for the use and enjoyment of residents and visitors. The Commission’s focus is on improving the quality, and quantity, of water entering the lake; the ecology of the lake itself; and the quality of water flowing from the…

Ocean Grove North End Will Be Developed

  Boutique Hotel, 10 Homes Planned The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA) has announced that it has signed an “Options Agreement “with the Ocean Grove North End Development LLC (OGNED) to allow OGNED to develop the land parcel between Wesley Lake and Spray Ave; the boardwalk and Beach Avenue.  This is the site of the former North End Hotel, which burned down in 1974.  The parcel has laid fallow for over 40 years, and has been an eyesore to the residents of Ocean Grove. In 2005, OGCMA engaged a developer to create a landmark hotel and residential project to…

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…

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