Ocean Grove fire reduces building to rubble

Fire fighter Pat Breen and Freeholder Lillian Burry inspect the devastation in Ocean Grove. Feb 7, 2015. Photo by Bob Burlew

Fire fighter Pat Breen and Freeholder Lillian Burry inspect the devastation in Ocean Grove. Feb 7, 2015. Photo by Bob Burlew

The Starving Artist at Days, 47 Olin Street, Ocean Grove, 732-988-1007, is accepting donations of money, food and clothing for those displaced by the fire. 

NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP —Susan Morris was in her store, Cheese on Main in Ocean Grove, on Friday afternoon when she kept hearing a faint beeping sound. Not able to identify the sound, she searched all over the shop, but couldn’t find the source. As she approached the front window to her store, which fronts Main Avenue in… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Lillian Burry, Monmouth County, Neptune, Neptune Township, Ocean Grove | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Ocean Grove fire destroys businesses and apartments; displaces residents

assetContent (41)NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP —A fire that broke out in a downtown block of the historic Ocean Grove section of Neptune Township destroyed a three-story building housing apartments and shops, and displaced at least seven people, authorities said. The fire, which is still under investigation, broke out at 3:27 p.m. on Friday at 50 Main Ave. in the… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Neptune Township, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Man accused of threatening to kill Neptune police officer

assetContent (16)NEPTUNE – An Asbury Park man was arrested on New Year’s Day after he allegedly threatened to kill a township police officer, according to court documents. Ameer Washington, 24, told an officer, “I’ll Pat King a hundred cops. I’ll catch you sitting in the car at Alpha’s,” according to a criminal complaint. Pat King was a… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Monmouth County, Neptune Township | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

1st Annual Pound the Pavement for Purple was huge success

By Freeholder Tom Arnone

PC_Logo_0The 1st Annual Pound the Pavement for Purple 5K Run/ 2 Mile Walk for Pancreatic Cancer was held Saturday, November 1st and was a tremendous success despite the unpredictable weather conditions presented by Mother Nature. In fact, I believe the cold temperature along with the wind and rain only contributed in helping to make this race not only a memorable one but an extremely positive and inspirational experience.

 

First and foremost on behalf of Neptune Township Committeeman Eric Houghtaling and me, we would like to thank everyone who worked so diligently on putting this race together and ensuring its success.  To begin with, a tremendous thank you to the outstanding joint committee mostly comprised of Neptune Township and Monmouth County employees, namely Michele Narciso, Tiffany Bailoni, Sandra Petersen, Carina Santos, Mike Zarro, Fred Rummel and Darlene Di Leo. Thank you also to Gail Temple and my wife Chickie Arnone who also worked hard on the committee.  All of these people were instrumental in helping Committeeman Eric Houghtaling and me bring this effort to fruition.

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Posted: November 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Neptune Township, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Asbury Park Man Arrested In Neptune Shooting

monmouth-county-prosecutors-office-sealA twenty-two year old Asbury Park man was arrested today and charged with the early Monday morning shooting of a Neptune Township woman.

According to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Diquan Speights is charged with one count each of first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Burglary, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Speights is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, on $650,000 bail, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, P.J.Cr. Judge Vernoia also ordered Speights may not return to the scene of the crime and may not have any contact with his victim, as part of a condition of bail.

Neptune Township Police received a 911 call at approximately 4:28 am, reporting a female was shot inside 1827 Bangs Avenue, Apartment 5A.  Neptune police immediately responded to the apartment and located the 22- year-old female with a gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where she remains in critical but stable condition.

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Posted: October 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Guns, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Neptune Township | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

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Posted: August 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: BizEturtle, Neptune Township | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Ocean Grove Opens Its New Boardwalk

Dr. Dale Whilden, President of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Assoc, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Sen Jennifer Beck, Gov Chris Christie, Congressman Chris Smith and Neptune Mayor Dr. Michael Brantley cut the ribbon of Ocean Grove's rebuilt boardwalk

Dr. Dale Whilden, President of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Assoc, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Sen Jennifer Beck, Gov Chris Christie, Congressman Chris Smith and Neptune Mayor Dr. Michael Brantley cut the ribbon of Ocean Grove’s rebuilt boardwalk

After being twice denied funding from FEMA before finally getting $2.4 million on their second appeal, the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association re-opened their boardwalk to the public today with a ceremonial ribbon cutting lead by Governor Chris Christie, Congressman Chris Smith, Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Neptune Township Mayor Dr. Michael Brantley and Dr. Dale C. Whilden, President of the OGCMA.

“Today is truly a great day for Ocean Grove, Neptune Township, Monmouth County, and the Jersey Shore, and a critical step forward in our recovery from Sandy,” said Smith.”This boardwalk is an integral part of Ocean Grove the neighboring Jersey Shore community, a fact we reinforced during our efforts to reverse FEMA’s original decision at the local level—and yet another at the regional level—to deny critical funding.”

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Posted: July 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Chris Smith, FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Jennifer Beck, Neptune, Neptune Township, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Report: Gunfire wounds 2 in Neptune for second consecutive night

Report: Gunfire wounds 2 in Neptune for second consecutive night (via NJ.com)

NEPTUNE – One night after two Asbury Park men were shot in the township, two more people were reportedly shot here on Monday night. Lt. Scott Cox of the Neptune Township Police Department told the Asbury Park Press that the latest shooting occurred…

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Posted: May 27th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Guns, Monmouth County, Neptune Township, News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Ocean Grove Beachfront and Boardwalk May Not Get FEMA Funding To Rebuild

By Art Gallagher

Photo credit: Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association

Photo credit: Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association

Neptune Township’s beachfront and boardwalk in the Ocean Grove section of the Township might not get the estimated $3 million in FEMA funding needed to rebuild because the property is owned by the private non-profit and religious Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA), according to an article by freelance journalist Caren Chesler published at NJSpotLight.

Neptune Township Committee Member and Ocean Grove business owner Randy Bishop, as well as Michael Bascom, the Township’s CFO are working with OGCMA to pursuade FEMA to pay for the repairs on the stretch of beach that connects the regional shoreline from Asbury Park south to Spring Lake.

In a press release posted on OGCMA’s website, President Dr. Dale C. Whilden said, “The Camp Meeting is fully committed to restoring Ocean Grove’s beautiful beachfront, a keystone of our community as well as a protection from ocean storms, and we’re on track to implement a comprehensive beach and boardwalk restoration plan.  With God’s blessing and the assistance of our local, state and federal officials, as well as support from individuals and organizations, our beach will open on Memorial Day weekend.”

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Posted: January 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Art Gallagher, FEMA, Garden State Equality, Gay Marriage, Gender Equality, Hurricane Sandy, Marriage Equality, Marriage Equality and Religious Exemptions Act, Neptune, Neptune Township | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

WHAT IS SO POLITICAL ABOUT VOTERS ACTUALLY GETTING TO VOTE FOR MAYOR?

Nothing, says Neptune Government 4 All.   It is our core belief that having a vote in who your elected officials are, is basic to democracy.   Right now, the mayor is a one year (virtually) rotating post!   That’s not democracy at its best!  And, that’s why NG4A, a non-partisan group, decided to get together and initiate this effort to put a change of government question on the ballot this November.

 

Right now, the executive and legislative functions are combined and secretive.  Who is watching the store?  The politicians are in on the deal and the taxpayers are left out.  As it stands now, the Mayor is selected behind closed doors.  Direct voter election of the Mayor should be the right of the people. 

 

Yet recently, NG4A has seen some disturbing, albeit expected, push back from those same elected officials via comments in the media, in an attempt to keep their system of patronage in place. These elected officials are suggesting this grass roots movement is nothing more than politics,

 

It’s simply about a change to a better system,” said NG4A’s Luke Tirell. “We’re working to get the question on the ballot and give the voters the right to choose their mayor. We’re already seeing that when Neptune voters learn about the benefits of this change, they overwhelmingly support it.”.

 

NG4A is also hearing from residents that they would like to have their own neighborhood council members. They would be better able to address the important issues all across Neptune: crime in Midtown, parking in Ocean Grove, speeding in Shark River Hills, as well as development along the Route 66 corridor in West Neptune.  To have only five minutes in front of a podium twice a month at a council meeting does not allow residents the opportunity to fully address those needs.  Instead, having a Council person from their own neighborhood and accountable to those voters allows for more effective attention to local issues, in addition to the big picture issues.

 

“Is Neptune Township not right for the same style of government that Old Bridge, Piscataway Township, and many other municipalities use?” asked NG4A’s Charlie Demaria, “Neptune, much like Piscataway, is a very diverse community made up of a number of very different neighborhoods, each with its own unique needs.”

 

On the NG4A website, www.ng4a.net there is a list of nearly all of those municipalities, both small and large, that use the Mayor-Council form of government.

 

DeMaria continued, “Neighborhood representation in our local government and direct voter election of the Mayor will result in a more accountable and cost effective government for Neptune taxpayers. Change like this will benefit the taxpayers. It’s not about politics, it’s about empowerment.”

 

The suggestion that the people’s right to vote for a mayor is outweighed by some small financial cost to place it on the ballot is not right. There actually is no great cost in placing this on the ballot.

 

Most importantly, over the next few weeks, Neptune Government 4 All will be talking about the benefits of this plan, especially how it will benefit the taxpayers. All you have to do is go to our website, www.ng4a.net to find the fact sheets.

 

No sound bites, just facts.

 

Visit www.ng4a.net for more information and let us know that you want to sign the petition. Send a message that you support full democracy and the voter’s right to choose on the November ballot.

 

This Neptune citizens’ plan for a change to neighborhood representation will put taxpayers first.  We can’t afford not to change.

 

If you are interested in helping this grass roots, non-partisan, initiative, email us at: volunteer@ng4a.net.  You’ll see how non partisan we are!

 

Posted: July 11th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Neptune Township | Tags: , | 7 Comments »