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Longtime Neptune Committeeman to Retire

  By DON STINE Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop announced this week he will be leaving the governing body to take a full-time job in county government. At the Jan, 11meeting Bishop said he will be taking a job, probably next month, as the Deputy Commissioner for Administration of Elections for Monmouth County. “I believe the details will be completed in February, which is when I would step down,” he said. Bishop has been on the committee for 12 years incuding serving as mayor twice. Mayor Kevin McMillan said that Bishop will definitely be missed. “We will miss Randy and…

Former Ocean Grove Business Owner Admits to Child Pornography Possession

  A former Ocean Grove business owner and resident admitted he was in possession of multiple images of child pornography when he was arrested last year, said Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Peter Tumblety, 58, of Gordon Court in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown Township, pleaded guilty Mon., Jan. 11 to a charge of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Possession of Child Pornography) in front of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley. Tumblety admitted to Judge Oxley that he was in possession of less than 100 images depicting the sexual exploitation or…

Lighting Will Be Replaced Along Broadway in Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE Bulbs on new lighting fixtures recently installed along Broadway in Ocean Grove, which some residents said are too bright, will all be replaced. “We will put the new light bulbs in but we will then draw the line there,” Committeeman Eric Houghtaling said at Monday’s Neptune Township Committee workshop. While many Ocean Grove residents welcome new lighting along Broadway, it may be too bright for some. Residents have complained that the light shines onto houses more than onto the street or sidewalk and is too harsh for the neighborhood. Residents presented the governing body with a…

Stop Feeding the Ducks

  By DON STINE Too many ducks in Fletcher Lake, between Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach, are becoming a problem and some area residents would like to see the issue addressed. “The population is getting out of hand and their ecological impact is detrimental to the lake. The ecology in the lake is imbalanced right now and it needs to get back into balance,” said Ocean Grove resident Ann Horan, who brought the issue up at this week’s Neptune Township Committee meeting Horan, who lives about two blocks from the lake, said the duck population in Fletcher Lake has doubled…

Ocean Grove United Brunch at Starving Artist

Ocean Grove United invites the public to join the group in a Harvest Brunch to benefit St. Paul’s Food Pantry in Ocean Grove Sun., Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. The brunch will be held at The Starving Artist, 47 Olin St, Ocean Grove. The cost is $20 per person (including tax and gratuity) payable at the door (cash only). Thanks to the generosity of The Starving Artist, the bill includes a substantial donation to the Food Pantry. Those planning on attending should RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited. Send an email to ogu.info@gmail.com stating the names of…

In Ocean Grove: Lights Too Bright on Broadway

  While many Ocean Grove residents welcome new lighting along Broadway, it may be too bright for some. “The lights shine out onto houses more than onto the street or sidewalk – it trespasses into our properties. And it is very harsh at night,” said Ocean Grove resident Shep Pettibone, who lives on eastern Broadway. Pettibone last week presented the Township Committee with a 98-signature petition complaining about the 18 new lights, which have been on for more than two months. The lights are in the center grassy median down the center of Broadway. The old lights used to be…

Neptune Officials Approve New Contractor for Boardwalk Bid

  By DON STINE Ocean Grove’s North End boardwalk will still be repaired this fall but using a new contractor after a potential legal dispute made the Township Committee re-award the contract. “Everything required was not submitted (by the winning contractor) and, obviously, we cannot award the contract,” Committeeman Eric Houghtaling said at a special meeting Monday evening. On Aug. 24, the Township Committee awarded a $609,200 contract to Epic Management Inc., based in Piscataway, who was the lowest bidder for the boardwalk project, which is expected to begin in late September and take 30 to 45 days, depending on…

In Ocean Grove: Replacement Planned for North End Boardwalk

  By DON STINE Ocean Grove’s North End boardwalk is being replaced and widened this fall giving oceanfront strollers the experience of walking along a boulevard as they enter the historic district. This week the Township Committee awarded a $609,200 contract to Epic Management Inc., based in Piscataway, who was the lowest bidder for the boardwalk project. “(Township officials) are very pleased with the earlier boardwalk project and I believe this one will go just as smooth. It shows the strength of a public/private partnership to make certain we accomplish what residents need and want,” Township Committeeman Randy Bishop said.…

The Phoenix Will Rise in Ocean Grove

  By JOSEPH SAPIA After a fire destroyed the three-story commercial-residential buidling at 50 Main Ave. in Ocean Grove in February, The Phoenix is rising. Within the next few weeks construction should begin on a new three-story building — The Phoenix — on the site, according to Kurt Cavano, who owns the property with his wife, Janet Mazur Cavano. The two have been Ocean Grove residents for more than 30 years. Now, the Cavanos are in the process of filing for building permits, Cavano said. The new wooden building will be 12,000 square feet over three floors and a basement.…

Annual Postcard and Antiques Show in Ocean Grove

  The Historical Society of Ocean Grove invites you to its 25th Annual OCEAN GROVE SUMMER POSTCARDS, ANTIQUES, COLLECTIBLES, AND JERSEY SHORE MEMORABILIA SHOW on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Auditorium Pavilion and surrounding grounds directly across from the Great Auditorium. Show hours will be 10AM to 4PM. Admission is free. This popular summer event is one of a number of annual fund-raising events to benefit and support the public programs and ongoing research projects of the very active Historical Society of Ocean Grove. A variety of quality dealers will be set up to provide lots of buying opportunities…

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