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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…

Sandy Causes Slow Start for Rentals

  BY DON STINE Summer rentals at the Jersey Shore seem to be off to a slow start this year but local realtors said they remain optimistic that things will pick up once the weather becomes warmer. Richard Davidson, with Remax Shore and Country, has been doing summer rentals since 1986. He said family summer rentals are a little behind for this time of the year. “I think some people are still in a wait-and-see mode,” he said. Davidson said that Bradley Beach summer rentals are doing better than in other communities, adding that may be because Bradley Beach had little…

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