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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!…

QSpot Center to Host Candidate Meet and Greet

  The QSpot LGBT Community Center will host a Candidate Meet and Greet on Sunday., Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. in Ocean Grove. The event will provide an opportunity for LGBT and allied community members to engage with local leaders running for elected office in November.  The event is open to the public. The center is located at the Jersey Shore Arts Center at the entrance to Ocean Grove. It provides vital services to this under-served community including education, advocacy and support for LGBT youth.

Camp Meeting Would Consider Lawsuit Over Permit Parking

  By DON STINE The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association said it is willing to go to court to stop the township from issuing residential parking permits in the historic district, saying such permits would create problems with far-reaching implications. “The Camp Meeting Association’s Board of Trustees will be reserving the option to pursue legal remedies, if necessary, to protect its property rights and those of its constituents,” said John DiGiamberardino, a resident and executive director of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, at Monday’s Neptune Township Committee meeting. Some Ocean Grove residents have been pushing the governing body to put a…

Restoring an Endangered Landmark in Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE One of New Jersey’s top-ten most endangered historic landmarks will be fully restored under an ambitious project by the Historical Society of Ocean Grove. The society has announced a fund-raising drive to restore the 1907 Fountain of Hope, located in Founders Park at Central and Surf Avenues. Originally a four-tier fountain with cascading water, the fountain has stood at the center of Founders Park for 110 years but has not operated with water since the 1970s. The fountain was listed this year by Preservation New Jersey as one the state’s 10 most endangered historic places. Out…

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