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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…

Memorial Display to Honor Communications Pioneer

  Members of the Class of 1945 of Neptune High School are invited to an event Wed., April 8 at at the Jersey Shore Arts Center at the entrance to Ocean Grove to see the memorial display in the “Remembering the 40” Room. Family members of Samuel E. Findler have also been invited. Findler attended Neptune High School but left before graduating to join the Navy during World War II. Findler became a pioneer in the communications field. He played an integral role advancing many of the Army’s subsequent communications satellites. He worked in the private sector for government contractors…

Ready, Set, Package 20,000 Meals!

  By JOSEPH SAPIA As part of its mission work, St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ocean Grove will package 20,000 meals on March 22 to be shipped to a third-world country or countries. On the afternoon of Sunday, March 22, about 100 church members and other volunteers are to meet to package the meals at the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Youth Temple. The church is working with the Stop Hunger Now organization, with the congregation supplying the funds and volunteers to package meals with dehydrated rice and soy brought in by Stop Hunger Now. The Rev. John DiGiamberardino…

Patrick Parker Realty Collecting Supplies for Fire Victims

  Patrick Parker Realty is calling on the local community to donate to their Ocean Grove Clothing and Supplies Drive now being held to benefit the victims of the Feb. 6 fire on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. Patrick Parker Realty’s Ocean Grove Clothing and Supplies Drive will accept clothing, food, personal items and household supplies on behalf of the victims. This drive is being conducted in conjunction with other area efforts and all donations will be delivered promptly to collection and distribution centers as designated by the Ocean Grove Home Owners Association. “The fire destroyed the homes and businesses…

Ocean Grove Community Pulls Together as One

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Born and raised in Ocean Grove, Bobby Eastin knows the charm of the late 1800s historic community. And Eastin, 40, knows the dark history of fire in a town of old wooden structures only inches apart from each other, sometime whipped by a Shore breeze. “Everybody in town is very fire-conscious,” Eastin said. “You’re just aware of how dangerous it can be.” But Eastin said he was not thinking of that on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 6, when he walked out of the business he owns, Ocean Grove Hardware at 51 Main Ave., and saw…

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