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Bittersweet Anniversary in Shark River Hills

  By DON STINE Neptune’s Shark River Hills area was hit particularly hard during Superstorm Sandy and one year later residents are still in various stages of recovery. The storm, which hit the Jersey Shore on Oct. 29, was the second-costliest in American history, resulting in about $65 billion in damage. Large sections of the Jersey Shore were impacted, with everything from minor damage to total destruction. Low-lying areas in Shark River Hills, adjacent to the Shark River, saw heavy damage during the high storm surge and some people are still displaced one year later. Neptune Chief Financial Officer Michael…

New Sign for Neptune Park Will Be Unveiled Oct. 26

  While much work still remains to be done in Shark River Hills and all along the Jersey Shore, township residents will take a brief respite to mark the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy on Sat., Oct. 26. At 11 a.m. on that day township officials, volunteers and residents will gather to officially rename Riverside Park as Volunteer Park. In August the Township Committee passed a resolution approving the name change. At the ceremony a new sign will be unveiled, which has been donated to the park through donations from residents. Also, at that time, the winners of two contests…

Time Running Out for Shark River Dredging

  By DON STINE The last best alternative to getting the Shark River dredged and insuring its future for the area is now at stake, officials told a standing room-only crowd at a special hearing this week. Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone, a former Neptune City mayor, urged the crowd to be patient but at the same time said a decision has to be made on a dewatering site. “This is it,” he said. “This is the last straw we are looking at.” Officials are looking at dredging navigation channels in the Shark River and depositing the spoils in Neptune to…

Investigation Sought on Alleged Forgeries in Neptune

  By DON STINE Allegations of fraud were raised this week over a petition seeking to overturn Neptune’s recent decision to establish rent control on buildings with more than four units. A 1,408-signature petition seeking to place a new rent control ordinance on a public ballot has been found to have many invalid and forged signatures, said residents who never signed the petition. The Neptune Committee to Repeal Rent Control recently submitted the petition requesting that the rent control issue be offered to voters in a referendum. However, after investigation, the petition was found to contain many forged signatures and…

Neptune Park Renamed, Fund-Raising Drive Underway

  Neptune Mayor Eric Houghtaling and the Neptune Township Municipal Committee have announced that Riverside Park along South Riverside Drive in Shark River Hills has been renamed Volunteer Park in honor not only of the volunteers that helped the residents of Shark River Hills after Hurricane Sandy, but all of the volunteers in Neptune year round. Partnering in the effort is the Shark River Hills Property Owner’s Association. On the weekend before the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, a renaming ceremony will be held at the park, opposite the Municipal Marina. Further information will soon be provided, but at that…

Recovery Foundation Distributes $42,500 to Shark River Hills Residents

  Recovery Along the River Foundation, Inc. of Neptune said $500 American Express gift cards were dispensed to 85 Shark River Hills residents and property owners over the holiday weekend. The cards were distributed in cooperation with the Shark River Hills First Aid Squad. The $42,500 was generated through River Concert 2013 which was held on June 1 at Riverside Park. Both the Foundation and First Aid Squad have supported the residents impacted by Super Storm Sandy and have hopes that all displaced residents will return to their homes damaged during the storm. Foundation members said additional funds will be…

Shark River Hills Property Owners May Have Option to Sell

  By DON STINE Rumors that Neptune plans to use the power of eminent domain to acquire flood-prone businesses and residential properties along the Shark River are false, township officials said earlier this week. “There is no proposal for the eminent domain taking of these properties. Eminent domain is not an option,” Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said. According to Gadaleta, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) just released flood maps that list 21 properties in Neptune that are eligible for buyouts under the state Department of Environmental Protection agency’s Blue Acres program. The program provides municipalities with funding to…

Shark River Hills River Concert Raises $50,000

  By DON STINE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Just 12 hours after the close of the Neptune Mayor’s Ball which raised $50,000 for Mary’s Place in Ocean Grove, River Concert 2013 kicked off in the Shark River Hills section of the township which also raised $50,000. That money will go to support township residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. More than 1,300 people turned out for the concert held along the Shark River. The concert featured local resident Nicole Atkins, Steve Forbert and others for a daylong concert which began at noon and continued until 7 p.m. Warren Lapp, treasurer of the…

River Concert is Benefit for Shark River Hills

  NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Tickets are still available for River Concert 2013, a benefit for Shark River Hills victims of Superstorm Sandy, featuring Nicole Atkins, Steve Forbert and others. The concert, the first such event in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune, is scheduled for Sat., June 1 beginning at noon and running until 8 p.m. at Riverside Park. As of late last week, 500 tickets had been sold, with another 500 still available, said Vito Gadaleta, a member of the concert committee. Tickets are $25 for those 13 and older and $10 for those 6 to 12. They…

River Row to Raise Awareness for Congenital Heart Disease

  By JOE SAPIA NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – In 2004, Jason Petillo Jr. of Neptune died at birth of congenital heart disease. “This is something close to my heart,” said his father, Jason Sr. So, Petillo Sr. organized the upcoming Shark River Row for Congenital Heart Disease Awareness. It is scheduled for June 7 at 6 p.m. at the Shark River Hills Marina, South Riverside Drive, Neptune. The inaugural event is to have two courses: – A five-mile course for surf-skis and rowboats of all styles. – A four-mile course for kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. The idea of the event is…

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