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Body Found in Ocean Grove Dunes

  By DON STINE Neptune police and EMTs responded to a report of a dead body found in the sand dunes on the Ocean Grove beach Wed., Sept. 14 at approximately 10 a.m. Police Capt. Michael McGhee did confirm that a call came in to police at 10:18 a.m. and that dead body was found in the dunes at the beach. He said that police and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the incident. Unconfirmed sources said the body was a male and was found in a decomposed condition near Atlantic Avenue. Information from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office…

Parking Committee Meets, But No Recommendations Yet

  By DON STINE The special ad hoc Ocean Grove parking committee gave its first official report to the Neptune Township Committee on Monday but presented no concrete proposals yet to alleviate the historic district’s chronic summertime parking problem. Richard Williams, vice president of the Ocean Grove Homeowners Association and a parking committee member, said the committee met twice and that the meetings “were very, very constructive.” “We looked at all aspects of the parking problem. We met and talked and talked and talked but have no official recommendations at this time,” he said. Township Committeeman Nick Williams, a liaison…

In Ocean Grove: Centennial Cottage to Host Yard Sale

  A Cottage Yard Sale is scheduled by the Historical Society of Ocean Grove for Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of Central Avenue and McClintock Street. The event is one of the end of summer events to a successful summer for the society. More than 4000 individuals have visited so far this season to enjoy the new exhibition at the museum, participate in the Annual House Tour, Walking Tours, the Women’s History Tour, varied workshops, Ocean Grove History Days, the annual Postcard and Antique show, and more. The new museum exhibition has been especially…

Ocean Grove Ladies Auxiliary Raised $42,000 to Donate

  By BONNIE GRAHAM Throughout the summer of 2016, a sizeable contingent from the all-volunteer Ladies Auxiliary of the Auditorium Ushers worked a variety of events to raise funds for various Ocean Grove summer and community-wide projects and programs. The multi-generational group was easily recognizable, as always, in their red polo shirts or red T-shirts with the Ladies Auxiliary logo. This year the group raised more than $42,000 through the member’s efforts. The funds will be distributed to almost two dozen groups. The women prepared for their various events in the off-season, with countless hours spent on collecting, sorting, and…

My Week in an Ocean Grove Tent

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Last week due to my precarious living conditions, I had the good fortune of spending the week living in the tent community in Ocean Grove. I sold my house in Brick Township on July 20 and have been living out of a suitcase in my car while circling among my daughter’s condominium in Bayonne and friends in Bradley Beach, while waiting for the closing on my new house in Neptune. It’s been a rough summer, I’ve always had a place to lay my head down. The whole vagabond thing was getting kind of old when…

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…

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