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Neptune Townhouse Residents Concerned About Rent Increases

  By DON STINE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Residents living at the Winding Ridge townhouse complex in Neptune are concerned that they may be forced out of their homes due to upcoming rent increases. The privately-owned complex consists of 99 two- and three-bedroom affordable townhouse apartments but rents are being raised by several hundred dollars for each unit. Constance Holmes, head of the Winding Ridge Tenants Association, said the complex will soon no longer be affordable housing, with rents going up to $1,400 to $1,800 a unit. At Monday’s Township Committee meeting, Holmes requested officials look into the increases and consider…

Neptune Mayor’s Ball to Benefit Mary’s Place

  NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Mary’s Place By The Sea in Ocean Grove, a temporary home for women fighting cancer, will be the recipient of funds raised from the 20th annual Neptune Mayor’s Ball scheduled for May 31. Mary’s Place founder Michele Gannon said she was “ecstatic” when she learned her organization was to be this year’s recipient. “We are very happy to be supported by Neptune. This is an amazing community, especially after what happened in the wake of Sandy, and we were very humbled when we received the telephone call telling us we would be this year’s recipient,” she…

Park to be Named After Deal Mayor

  DEAL – A park on Roseld Avenue in Deal will be named in honor of Mayor Harry I. Franco, who died last year at age 79. Borough Administrator James Rogers said improving the park, near the NJ Transit railroad tracks, has been on the table for years. The borough plans to match up to $150,000 in state Open Space grant funding to now improve the park. “I believe the mayor would be very happy to see the park, which has been discussed for many years, to finally be completed and dedicated in his name,” Rogers said. The park will…

Wayside Scout to Receive Rank of Eagle Scout

OCEAN TOWNSHIP – Francis G. Klincewicz, a member of Boy Scout Troop 76 in the Wayside section of Ocean Township, will be awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor to be held at Holy Innocents School, Neptune Sun., May 19 at 2 p.m. Francis, 17, is a junior at Christian Brothers Academy in the Lincroft section of Middletown Township. He lives in Wayside. For his required Eagle service project, Francis constructed a protective fence around the pre-school play area at Holy Innocents School, Neptune. Francis started in scouts at the age of 6 as a Cub…

Ocean High School Teacher Nominated for Teachers Who Rock Award

  OCEAN TOWNSHIP – John Terlecsky, a teacher at Ocean Township High School, was nominated by his colleagues and selected as one of the 24 teachers chosen for the Teachers Who Rock Award. This award is sponsored by the NJEA and promoted through 95.9 The WRAT. The teachers selected were honored at a banquet at the Clarion Hotel in Toms River on April 9. Terlecsky is the 12th grade AP Literature teacher. He not only prepares students for the AP exam but also collegiate level writing. He also teaches a required 9th grade Introduction to a writing course and public…

Farmers Market Returning to Neptune

  NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Move and Improve Neptune will host a Farmers’ Market on Fridays beginning May 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Midtown Commons Park. The park is located on West Lake Avenue, just east of Route 35. A few local orchards, farms, bakers, and specialty stores will be selling seasonal produce, muffins, pies, honey, and some surprises. Some vendors accept WIC. Bring your children to play on the playground and bring home some local Jersey Fresh grown goodies. Operators of Move and Improve Neptune said they are committed to make Neptune a healthier place to live, learn,…

3 Monuments Installed in Neptune Record Water Levels

  NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Three permanent monuments have been installed in Neptune to accurately determine the elevations needed when houses are raised up out of flood zones. The three monuments will serve as permanent markers that will physically set the elevation standards for current or future construction projects, such as raising homes up on pilings. “The township felt it needed to establish local control so everyone will be working off the same datum, especially in areas where elevations will be critical,” Township Director of Engineering and Planning Leanne Hoffman said. The three monuments have already been installed: two along Riverside…

Slight Increase in Municipal Taxes in Tinton Falls

  TINTON FALLS – The municipal budget adopted by Tinton Falls this week features an average $38 increase in municipal taxes for taxpayers. The $22,688,81 is actually less than last year’s budget of $22,877,935.00 which is a savings of $189,124.00. The tax rate was increased slightly from .441 to .454 which is an increase of .0126. On an average household value of around $300,000 the increase is only $38. Health care premiums, salaries, and various items purchased were all reasons given to justify this year’s budget, borough officials said. There was a surplus of $3,950,000 of which $2,773,806.00 was used…

Neptune to Install 3 Monuments to Record Water Levels

  By DON STINE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP - Neptune officials plan to install three monuments in the township that will officially mark water levels in past storms, especially Superstorm Sandy. “They will mark the flood levels of past major storms and will show the drastic difference between Sandy and anything we ever had before,” Mayor Eric Hougtaling said. He said the township will place three memorial markers, probably in stone, at Riverside Park, on the South Concourse near the Headliner, and in Ocean Gove at Central Avenue, near Fletcher Lake where high tides also caused damage. Sandy created up to a 13-foot…

Shark River Hills 6 Months After Sandy

By DON STINE Many homeowners in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune are still facing an uphill battle six months later following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. And dealing with insurance and mortgage companies, and with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), represent some of the greatest challenges. According to Neptune officials, about 400 homes in the Shark River Hills area were damaged during Sandy and only about one-third of those residents have been able to occupy their homes since then. “The other two-thirds are at some level of recovery, whether it is starting to rebuild or determining…

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