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Ocean Grove Ladies Auxiliary Launches 2016 Fund-Raising Season

  By BONNIE GRAHAM The multi-generational Ladies Auxiliary of the Ocean Grove Auditorium Ushers 2016 fundraising season is underway. On June 23 the membership attended their annual “Welcome Coffee” at the Youth Temple. The current officers and committee chairs were introduced, with many addressing the meeting attendees about their specific projects. Camp Meeting Association President Dr. Dale Whilden described the Ladies Auxiliary as “the epitome of volunteerism”, going strong for seventy-two years, and expressed his appreciation for the many improvements to Ocean Grove that have been financed through the funds raised by this organization. He cited the carillon bells, flower…

Ocean Grove Association Urges Opening of North End Lot

  By BONNIE GRAHAM The Ocean Grove Home Owners Association continues on with its active engagement in two “hot button” issues concerning this historic community – the ever-present parking situation, and the increase in the annual ground rent for some commercial properties. At Saturday’s membership meeting, Joyce Klein, Chair of the OGHOA’s Parking Committee, said, “The June 13 Neptune Township Committee workshop meeting did not go as we had hoped. Realistically, we did not expect an immediate “OK” to our recommendations, but we did expect to receive serious consideration.” Klein said the Neptune Township Committee will create its own Ocean…

Parking Task Force Established

  By DON STINE Dealing with Ocean Grove’s constant parking problem will be the focus of a new advisory task force established this week by the Neptune Township Committee. The governing body passed a resolution creating an ad hoc, 10-member task force, which will also have two non-voting advisors. The task force is to meet on or before Aug. 10 and is to report to the township during every third meeting. Members of the task force are expected to be announced at the next meeting. Committeeman Randy Bishop also suggested that a survey question on parking be placed on the…

Women’s History Walking Tours in Ocean Grove

  The Historical Society of Ocean Grove is once again hosting Women’s History Walking Tour. Led by history professor Dr. Lyndell O’Hara, this tour takes participants to various stops in Ocean Grove where women made history. Costumed performers portray history’s characters, such as physician Margaret Coleman, evangelist Phoebe Palmer, and innkeeper sisters Lydia and Matilda Bull. Tour is on foot and lasts approximately 90 minutes. There are three tours: Thurs., June 30 at 10:30 a.m.; Thurs., July 28 at 10:30 a.m. and Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $12 and $10 for seniors. Tour meets at the Historical Society…

New Restaurant Opens on Ocean Grove Boardwalk

  By DON STINE A unique co-op restaurant at the north end of the Ocean Grove boardwalk will open this weekend and it promises to have food items to please just about everyone. The new Dunes Boardwalk Café will house eight different food vendors – each offering their own specialty items. The building has been closed since befoe Superstorm Sandy. It formerly housed the Homestead Restaurant which opened in 1915 and featured white tablelothes on all the tables and silver-plated tea service. It closed in 1978. Later it housed a Perkins Pancake House and several other restaurants. “We will have…

In Ocean Grove: Parking Committee to Explore Options

  By DON STINE Neptune officials plan to establish a special parking committee to look into the chronic parking problems in the historic district of Ocean Grove which faces a dramatic increase in population and vehicles every summer. But some residents said more could be done. “This is preposterous. You just keep pushing this off and it’s intolerable,” Ocean Grove Homeowners Association (OGHA) Trustee Joyce M. Klein said after the governing body closed the workshop June 13. Klein and others said the governing body has had enough time to organize a special committee and that there has already been lots…

Ocean Grove Parking Will be Topic of Meeting

  Neptune and Ocean Grove residents interested in parking issues in Ocean Grove may want to attend a meeting of the Township Committee at 5 p.m. Mon., June 13. The committee is scheduled to discuss recommendations made by the Ocean Grove Homeowners Association. Recommendations included possible metered parking and permits in the historic district. The discussion will take place at a workshop meeting and although the public is usually not permitted to speak at a workshop they are welcome to attend. The regular meeting will follow the workshop and the public is permitted to speak at that time.

Woman in Stable Condition After Falling Into Lake

  A 59-year-old female Ocean Grove resident was pulled from the southern shore of Wesley Lake Wednesday afternoon (May 4) and taken to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment. “She was somewhat hypothermic but alive,” Neptune police department spokesman Michael McGhee said. He said a person on the Asbury Park side of the lake witnessed the accident, near the footbridge in the middle, of the lake and immediately called police. McGhee said the woman is visually impaired and fell off the embankment into the lake. Police did not release here name. He said three Good Samaritans…

United Methodist Volunteers Honored at Luncheon

  By BONNIE GRAHAM Volunteers of the United Methodist Communities were honored at a special luncheon April 13 at Francis Asbury Manor in Ocean Grove. Approximately 50 attended the program in the chapel of that facility. Meg Cox Gerth, the FAM’s Volunteer Coordinator, welcomed everyone and spoke of how this facility provides “abundant life for seniors.” “The volunteers do so much to improve the life of our residents”, she said. She said there are many opportunities for volunteering at the FAM, and then read a lengthy list of participating groups, which included: Ocean Township High School, Neptune High School, Shore…

In Ocean Grove: Parking Committee Recommends Some Meters

  By BONNIE GRAHAM The Parking Committee of the Ocean Grove Homeowners Association has recommended ways to alleviate the parking situation in the historic district which include metered parking along the east side of Ocean Avenue and on Broadway between Ocean and Central Avenues, a shuttle service from one of the Neptune schools and establshing a three-hour parking limit in the central business district between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. All the members of the committee live in Ocean Grove and spent many hours over the last several months putting together the recommendations. The committee also researched parking ordinances of…

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