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It’s True: The Bridge is Slower than Usual

  By MARY WALTON It’s not your imagination, people. The venerable old Shark River Bridge on Ocean Avenue between Avon and Belmar has been more than three times slower than usual for the past couple weeks. As the buzzer sounds, red lights flash on, and cars and pedestrians clump behind the lowered crossing gates, the bridge creeps upward like an old timer with a bad hip. Constructed in 1936, it’s no youngster. And it, too, has had a bad part. But here’s the good news. Laura Kirkpatrick, Monmouth County director of public information, said the part arrived Monday and installation…

Freeholder Director Arnone to Be Honored

On June 6, Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone will be honored with a Circle of Excellence Award by the Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce for his achievements in public service. Arnone has spent the last 15 years serving his community through his work as an elected official, serving as councilman and mayor of Neptune City before becoming a Freeholder in 2011. “I am extremely honored to be recognized by Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce for my dedication to public service,” Arnone said. “The advancements made in the expansion of the County’s Shared Services program, the development of our…

Plans Unveiled for Bradley Beach Library Upgrade

  By JOANNE PAPAIANNI BRADLEY BEACH – Plans to make the Bradley Beach Public Library ADA compliant were presented once again at a special meeting last week. The library board and the borough have been discussing the issue and presenting designs for more than a decade. Architect Michael J. Mills of Mills and Schnoering Architects, LLC said handicapped accessibility is the most important factor in designing renovations and a possible expansion at the library. Mills said although the library has not been challenged with a lawsuit yet, the possibility of one being instigated by someone who is wheelchair bound is…

Governor to Visit Bradley Beach

  BRADLEY BEACH – Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to visit the Bradley Beach boardwalk Fri., May 24 at 3 p.m. He is expected to stroll the boardwalk from Fourth Avenue to the new Shipwrecked Golf Course. The public is invited to chat and walk with the governor.

Greater Ocean Township Chamber Celebrates 25 Years of Expo

  By ED SALVAS OCEAN TOWNSHIP – The rooms of the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune were jumping Wed., May 19 afternoon for an annual event that brings businesses and their potential customers together. The annual Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce Business and Consumer Expo was also marking its 25th anniversary this year and the chamber was celebrating. The Expo has become one of the largest events of its kind in the area, and this year brought in 80 vendors with displays of everything from new cars to financial services, restaurant placemats and bottled water. Jason Hutzley, President…

Neptune City Police Promoted

  By MICHAEL ROGERS NEPTUNE CITY – Three Neptune City police officers were promoted this week at the Borough Council meeting. The three were Matthew Quagliato, Bradley Hindes and Michael Kepler. Quagliato was promoted to lieutenant on the force. Hindes and Kepler were promoted to sergeant. Kepler’s nephew, Sean Robert Kepler, said he was proud of his uncle. “It’s exciting to see and I want to become a policeman someday when I grow up,” he said. Kepler’s wife, Rosanna was just as proud of her husband and was on hand with their daughters Mia and Micayla. She said “My husband…

Seabrook Residents Release Book of Original Poetry

  TINTON FALLS – Every Friday morning, two dozen or so residents get together at Seabrook’s Continuing Care Community, known as “The Gardens,” on their senior living 98-acre campus to hear the writings of authors such as Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. They then listen to their own writings as well. These writers, who are part of a group known as Poets From The Gardens, are now published as well, staking a claim in the world of literature with Voices In Bloom – An Anthology of Poems and Stories. In February, 40 residents from the writing group began…

Parade Grand Marshall Named in Bradley Beach

  By MICHAEL ROGERS BRADLEY BEACH – George Bachar, a former Bradley Beach Borough Councilman, will be this year’s grand marshall of the Bradley Beach Memorial Day Parade. He is currently a member of the Board of Adjustment. He said he is very excited about being named grand marshall. “I am truly honored and humbled to be selected for this and to follow the great group of marshalls in the past,” he said. “I am totally thrilled at this opportunity.” This year’s events will be held May 25 through 27. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. May 25 along…

Historical Society Holding Memorial Day Weekend Auction

  OCEAN GROVE – The Historical Society of Ocean Grove continues its 2013 season of special fund-raising events with the popular Memorial Day Weekend Auction on Sat., May 25 at the Young People’s Temple in Ocean Grove. Preview 9 a.m. and auction at 11 a.m. The 17th Annual Auction will feature collectible and antique dolls, baseball collectibles – many signed, Roseville including large Corinthian Jardinière and Pedestal, Cherry Blossom and Jonquil pieces, Vintage pictures and nuttings, Lenox, glassware, linens, marble top table, old teddy bears, dollhouses and antique clocks. Other items include: toys, textiles, children’s items, tobacco silks, postcards &…

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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