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Neptune City to Host Community Oriented Fun day August 4

  By PETE WALTON The first Neptune City Community Fun Day will be held on Sat., Aug. 4 in Memorial Park. Festivities begin on the day formerly known as Neptune City Day with a 5k race at 8 a.m. and end as usual with a fireworks display. Borough Clerk Tammy Brown explained that the name change was intended to give a fresh start to the event after its 25th year. “We want to make it more community oriented and less commercial,” Brown said. While there will not be vendors, most of the same activities remain, she said. Tickets for an all-you-can-eat barbecue from 3 to…

In Bradley Beach: Plan to Curtail Use of Plastic Bags

  By PETE WALTON Bradley Beach officials will vote next week on a plan to curtail the use of plastic bags by businesses in the borough as an environmental move. The Borough Council will vote July 24 on an ordinance prohibiting the distribution of most types of plastic bags. “Effective Oct. 1, no operator of any store shall provide any single-use plastic carryout bag to any customer for the purpose of enabling a customer to transport products or goods out of the store,” the ordinance says. Businesses will be allowed to charge no more than 5 cents for a single-use paper bag and…

Bike Sharing Program Planned in Bradley Beach

  By PETE WALTON A bicycle sharing program wants to begin operating in Bradley Beach and other shore towns. Rentatives of JerseyBike and its parent company P3 Global Management made a presentation at this week’s meeting of the Bradley Beach Borough Council. John Kelly, the company’s manager of business development and operations, said there would be no cost to the borough for the firm’s services. He said a fee could be paid to the town once the enterprise was covering its costs. Initially, bicycles would be available near the train station on Main Street and at the beachfront. Kelly said…

New Police Officers in Neptune City

  By PETE WALTON Three new patrolmen have been sworn in to the Neptune City police force. Public Safety Director Edward Kirschenbaum said that more than 100 candidates applied for the positions. Forty were interviewed before six finalists were chosen. Patrolman Zachary Campbell is a graduate of Manasquan High School and holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Delaware. Before coming to Neptune City,  Campbell worked as a special officer and dispatcher in Belmar, where his grandfather, Ken Berger, served as a police sergeant, and his brother Michael is a detective lieutenant. His father Michael retired as…

Bradley Beach Attorney Resigns

  By PETE WALTON Michael R. DuPont has resigned as borough attorney for Bradley Beach. Mayor Gary Engelstad said DuPont decided to leave the position in order to spend more time with his family. The mayor cited the evening hours during which DuPont was required to attend municipal meetings as a particular factor in the decision. DuPont is a principal in the Red Bank law firm of McKenna, DuPont, Higgins and Stone. He is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and John Marshall Law School. DuPont served three three-year terms as a Democrat on the Red Bank Borough Council…

New Partner for Annual Bradley Beach Lobster Fest

  By PETE WALTON Bradley Beach will partner with a private event promoter to sponsor this year’s Bradley Beach Lobster Fest. The Borough Council voted 4-1 at its meeting this week to enter into a contract with the Passion Group to produce the June 23-25 event. The move came after it became apparent to the council that the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce would be unable to enter into an agreement with the Passion Group as it has done in the past. Mayor Gary Engelstad said the new arrangement was a “one-time fix” to allow the event to take place rather than…

Bradley Beach Mourns Beloved Firefighter, Family Man

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI and PETE WALTON Bradley Beach lost one of its most dedicated and beloved citizens this week with the death Mon., May 21 of John McLoughlin. Many in the audience at the Borough Council meeting May 22, who had not heard the news of his death, gasped when Mayor Gary Engelstad asked those assembled to stand for a moment of silence. The mayor described McLoughlin as “a giant in our community.” “He was a giant literally and figuratively in our town,” he said. “ He leaves a hole that will be hard to fill.” Councilman Harold…

Rehab Facility at Bradley Beach Oceanfront Evicted

  By PETE WALTON A controversial rehabilitation facility has been evicted from the Bradley Beach oceanfront. The owner of 811 Ocean Ave. is seeking to sell the building, Mayor Gary Engelstad announced at this week’s Borough Council meeting. “The tenant has been evicted, they’ve moved out, and with the actions we’ve taken, something like this will not happen again,” the mayor said. Engelstad thanked neighbors of the former Tranquil and Quest operation for bringing to the council’s attention the quality of life problems caused by the facility. The mayor praised municipal attorney Michael R. DuPont for his work on behalf…

Catholic Parishes Merging in Avon, Bradley Beach

  By PETE WALTON The Catholic parishes of St. Elizabeth’s in Avon and Ascension in Bradley Beach will merge July 1 and become St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish. In addition, St. Mary’s parish in Deal will combine with St. Jerome’s of West Long Branch into Our Lady of Hope Parish. The changes are part of the “Faith in Our Future” initiative undertaken by the Diocese of Trenton to best utilize the available supply of priests to serve the congregations of the diocese. Bishop David M. O’Connell informed the affected parishes in a recent letter. Formal decrees regarding the changes will be issued…

In Neptune City: Route 35 Changed to Commercial Instead of Mixed Use

  By PETE WALTON The Neptune City Borough Council has approved zoning changes, one of which designates the Route 35 corridor as commercial rather than mixed use. Borough Planner Jennifer Beahm said at this week’s council meeting that the zoning change does not prohibit any existing use and will have no effect on tax bills or assessments. Other changes involved properties which fell into more than one zone. Beahm said the dual zoning required some property owners to go through extra approval procedures affecting only a small portion of their land. “Our primary focus is to cleanup the [zoning] map,”…

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