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Kids Hand the Cops a Loss in Neptune Township Softball Fundraiser

The Neptune Township Municipal Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse would like to extend a huge thank you to all who helped make the tenth annual Cops vs. Kids softball game on June 10, 2015 such a success!  The weather was beautiful, the game was fun, and the laughs were plenty! 

It was a great event—from pre-event sponsorship to the last at bat.  In their first victory since 2007, the Kids crushed the Cops, 16-8! The coveted “Prevention Cup” Trophy will remain housed at Neptune High School until next year’s game when the Cops will have to try to reclaim it!

The Kids’ team (coached by Stephanie Sprayberry & Kevin Frederick & Tim Kortenhaus) included: Lois Walton, Hunter Daly, Amelia Dominguez, Brittany Montgomery, Jamie Ferguson, Katy Magovern, Luis Velez, Mike Hand, James Hand, Sean Maxcy, Thomas Hallgring, Tyler Schembri, and Alon Height.

The Cops’ team (we’re not sure who was coaching them) included: Tom Blewitt, Chris Shembri, Kyle Schembri, Brice Byham, Chris Niskoch, Fred Faulhaber, Bryan Maher, Chris McKinley, Larry Fisher and last minute recruits Lou Rochelle, and Tim Kortenhaus.

Special thanks go out to: the Neptune Township Committee and the Neptune Board of Education, the players, the coaches, Robert Walzer, Jr. who umpired the game, Coach Sprayberry, event volunteers including Catherine Crelin, Rick Matson, Christina Blue, Sean McMillan, and Sherry Sotnikoff, Bruno’s who fed the players after the game, all those who came out to support the game, and Neptune Police Officer Mike Zarro, who coordinated the Cops and secured sponsorships. Thanks also to Township Committeemen Eric Houghtaling for his support at the game.

Event sponsors included: the Governor’s Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Impact Auto Body, Automobile Transportation Services, Bruno’s Italian Deli, McDonalds, Robert Walzer, Jr. from the Central Sports Association, Neptune Township Police PBA #74, Neptune Twp FOP #19, Nagel’s, Theo’s Demolition & Construction Clean-Up, Allied Fire & Safety, Popeyes, MJ’s Pizza Bar & Grill, Midtown Urban Renaissance Corporation (MURC), the Neptune Municipal Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the Neptune Board of Ed, and the Neptune Recreation Department. 

Thanks to everyone who supported the game, and in turn, helps us spread our prevention message to the community.  Be sure to catch our next Cops vs. Kids fundraiser!

Sincerely,      Dawn Thompson, Coordinator                  732-869-1202

Neptune Municipal Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse 





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CLICK HERE for photo gallery of Rec’s Halloween Event (Oct 24)

CLICK HERE for photos from Neptune Day, September 20, 2014


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Neptune Recreation Santa Party December 7, 2013

Neptune Township celebrated the holiday season with a DJ, Donuts, and Dancing with Santa Party on Saturday, December 7. The fun included active games, pictures with Santa, tattoos, coloring, refreshments, DJ music, and dancing!

Thanks to Santa’s helpers: Chappy, Robert, Laria, Bridget, Myan, Amber, and Jalil from the Neptune Recreation Committee and StudentCouncil members Nyasia Williams, Joseph Buhler, and Nick and Jacklyn Lore-Edwards from Neptune High School, Gene from Summerfield School, Mayor Eric Houghtaling, Neptune Township Committeeman Kevin McMillan, and the Neptune Board of Education. 

Contact: Dawn Thompson, Recreation Director 732-869-1202

2013 Halloween Costume Photo Contest Winners!

Anthony Zampino, Jr.
Lexie Chay & Lydia Forbes
Nicholas Bailey

We thank all our costumed participants. We enjoyed their creative costums and hope that everyone had a fun Halloween!

The Neptune Recreation sports leagues shout a huge thank you to the Brick Sports Authority and Vinny Curry for the donation Meet & Greet on Monday evening (October 28).

Fans could meet some of their favorite Eagles’ players and support Neptune Recreation sports at the same time. Vinny Curry, Connor Barwin, and Fletcher Cox were very gracious and patient with all those who wanted photos and signatures. Their fans enjoyed getting up close & personal with them.  Thanks to the gracious offer of Vinny Curry and Sports Authority, Neptune Township sports left with an SUV full of sports equipment to support our recreation sports leagues. Thanks to all those who purchased donations, to Sports Authority who donated a gift card for us to shop, and to Vinny, who matched the donation amount for us to purchase additional equipment. 

To all those who made the Eagles Meet & Greet Donation possible–a huge THANK YOU from our Neptune Recreation sports leagues.


Neptune Township Recreation is celebrating Halloween for children from kindergarten through fifth grade in a fun, not spooky way—with a Halloween DJ Music and a Halloween Magic Show.  Be sure to wear your costume and come ready for some Halloween fun!  

There will be treats and tricks for all!  So come by broom, bat wing, or pumpkin coach to the Gables School Gym on Friday, October 25, from 5-7:30 pm!

Questions? Please contact Neptune Recreation, 732-869-1202.  

CLICK HERE for pictures from the event!


Remember to scroll down to see all Neptune Recreation Events, Programs and Registration forms.

Fall Into the following Neptune Recreation Fall Programs & Events

Zumba! For Teens & Adults High energy fun!  This is a multi-level combination of dance and exercise moves with Carol Thornley have easy to follow choreography.  Fee $5 per session.  Mondays & Tuesdays, 6:15pm – 7:15pm, and Saturdays, 9am, at the Summerfield School Gym or Cafeteria.  Classes follow the school calendar. 

Bingo Night — Free Family Fun!  Bingo with prizes, November 13 at the Gables School Cafeteria, 7pm – 8:30pm.  Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Line Dancing for Teens & Adults — with Linda and Don Dellett, local legends in leading Line Dance classes. More than just Country, the classes also feature Latin, Pop, and Rock & Roll music.  Weekly sessions on Tuesdays, 7pm – 8:30pm, at Midtown Community Elementary School Cafeteria.   Fee $5 per person per week. Classes follow the school calendar.

Yoga for Teens & Adults — with Maria McKeon, Wednesdays, 7pm – 8pm at Shark River Hills School Cafeteria.  Fee $7 per session.  Classes follow the school calendar.  Maria has an extensive background in Yoga instruction for all levels, so join us whether you’re a beginner or experienced!

Adult Open Gym Basketball – Tuesdays, 7pm – 9pm, November 2013 – March 2014 (gym time follows the school calendar) at the Midtown Community Elementary School Gym.  Come out for some healthy competition!  Bring a picture ID with proof of residency.  Free!

Move & Improve Neptune is a community group of volunteers working to create environmental change by supporting healthy behaviors concerning nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco, and by helping motivate the Neptune Community to make healthier choices. Call us to get involved!  We’re working on:

  • Increasing adult physical activity in our local parks by adding fitness signs stations
  • Farmers Market in Midtown Commons Park
  • Tobacco-Free Parks
  • More Identified Walking Routes in Town
  • Community Garden Support
  • Increase Communication & Awareness around Healthy Behaviors and Move & Improve Neptune


Neptune Recreation Santa’s Party - 2012

Neptune Township celebrated the holiday season with a DJ, Donuts, and Dancing with Santa Party on Saturday, December 8. The fun included active games, dress up relay races, pictures with Santa, tattoos, coloring, refreshments, DJ music, and dancing! 

Thanks to Santa’s helpers: Chappy, Robert, Matt, Laria, Michelle, and Myan from the Neptune Recreation Committee and Marquis Sepulveda, Jessica Mighty, Adam Oppegaard, Marvin Morgan, and Jalil Hamilton from Neptune High School, Gene from Summerfield School, Deputy Mayor Eric Houghtaling and his wife Linda, the Neptune Township Committee and Committeeman Michael Brantley, and the Neptune Board of Education

Source: Dawn Thompson, Director of Recreation

Click here to see photos from the day’s event.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Winners of 2012 Recreation Halloween Costume Photo Contest



A fun and challenging week at Art Camp ended on Friday, August 17th.

Don’t forget to sign up early for next year (it fills up quickly)!

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art camp

art camp


Neptune’s 10th Annual Touch a Truck Fun for All


If you were anywhere near Neptune Middle School on Heck Avenue on Thursday evening, you couldn’t help but stop by to check out all the commotion! 

There was a front end loader, a police car, ambulances, fire trucks, a gator, emergency vehicles, a street sweeper, rescue trucks, a recycling truck, and a school bus.  Sounds like an interesting traffic jam; only this packed parking lot was planned!  Neptune’s tenth annual Touch A Truck, held on Thursday, July 19, at the Neptune Middle School parking lot featured real sirens, big steering wheels, about 25 vehicles, and larger than life excitement.


touch a truck


touch a truck

Source: Dawn Thompson, Recreation Director


Neptune Township Recreation Committee

Richard Bormann Volunteer Service Award

 The Volunteer Service Award honors volunteers who have contributed to excellence in the delivery or planning of recreation services, park facility enhancement, and / or conservation of the environment in Neptune Township.  The award is given in honor of Richard Bormann, who served for many years as both Recreation Director and Public Works Director for Neptune Township.

The Neptune Township Recreation Committee invites you to submit nominations for this award. The award is for individuals only (please do not nominate entire organizations).  The Recreation Committee reserves the right to make as many or as few awards as deemed appropriate. The winner(s) will be notified prior to Neptune Riverfest, and the award(s) will be presented at Neptune Riverfest.

Please complete the nomination form, and attach your responses to the statements below. The attachments should be no more than two double-spaced, typed pages. All back-up information must be specific and self-sufficient. Pictures are welcome.  Please indicate whether or not you want the materials returned.  If you have any questions about the awards or the nomination process, please call Neptune Township Recreation at 732-869-1202.

The nominee shall not have received any compensation for his or her efforts. The nominee shall not have served as a “loaned executive”, student intern or in a “work release” program.  Board members and employees are not eligible for work done in the respective duties of their positions.  However, board members and employees who give time and service to the department beyond normal responsibilities may be considered. The volunteer(s) must have given volunteer time between July 2011 and July 2012 to be eligible for the 2012 award; long-time service is not necessary but may be considered.  Volunteers previously recognized in this award program are not eligible to participate.

To enter please complete the Nomination Form and attach your responses to the statements below.


1.         In one summary sentence, explain why the nominee is deserving of the award.

2.         Describe the capacity in which the nominee has served. Relate the volunteer’s responsibilities to   recreation, facilities, and / or environmental accomplishments.  Include the total number of hours volunteered in the 12 month period, and the scope of the benefits of the volunteer efforts.

3.         Identify any unusual challenges overcome by the volunteer-may be personal or community  limitations or restrictions.

4.         Provide two written references. Include the name, address and daytime telephone  number of  both.

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Two Neptune Residents honored with

Richard Bormann Volunteer Service Award

Herb Herbst and Roger Brown were honored at Neptune Riverfest with Dick Bormann Volunteer Service Awards for contributing to excellence in the delivery or planning of recreation services, park facility enhancement, and / or conservation of the environment in Neptune Township.  The awards were presented by Mayor Kevin McMillan and the Neptune Township Committee at the recent Neptune Riverfest celebration.

The award is given annually in honor of Richard Bormann, who served for many years as both Recreation Director and Public Works Director for Neptune Township.  The Neptune Township Recreation Committee votes on submitted award nominations, and was pleased to acknowledge two volunteers who provide community service focusing on Neptune Soccer and the performing arts.

Herb Herbst, is a full time volunteer at the Jersey Shore Arts Center, who was instrumental in saving the old Neptune High School from demotion, and providing a facility to provide local art programs for many people in the Neptune Township area.  Herb is a full-time volunteer who supervises 100 other volunteers at the facility, coordinates the art-related programs, helps in the fundraising to cover the facility expenses, and assists in the building renovation. 

Roger Brown, has been involved with Neptune Soccer for several years-as a father, coach, volunteer, and board member.  Roger has been involved in many facets of the recreation soccer program, including registration, scheduling, secretarial & treasurer responsibilities, parent orientations, and website management during his tenure. He also serves as the liaison to the Recreation Committee. 

The Neptune Recreation Committee, the Neptune Township Committee, and the residents and youth in the Neptune community thank and congratulate Herb Herbst and Roger Brown on their Volunteer Service Awards!

bormann volunteer award recipients
L-R: Twp Committeeman Eric Houghtaling, Awardee Herb Herbst, Jeff Beekman (standing in for Roger Brown), Mayor Kevin McMillan, Deputy Mayor Randy Bishop, and Recreation Director Dawn Thompson 

Recreation Director Receives Awarddawn thompson receives award


Neptune Recreation Director, Dawn Thompson, was recently presented with the Association Service Award by the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association, citing her years of dedicated volunteer efforts.

NJRPA is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting parks and recreation; enhancing the professional development of its members; advocating sound policy and stewardship related to parks, recreation, resource management, and leisure services; and increasing awareness of the value of play and preservation of the environment to interested citizens and the public.

Dawn has been actively involved in NJRPA since 1986; she is pictured here with members of the NJRPA Awards Committee.



Neptune Township Parks and Recreation Sites

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Neptune Multi-Sports Camp a Hit

Fifteen sports in one week!  Every sports lovers’ dream!  Despite the dreary weather, fifteen active youngsters gathered at Sunshine Village Fields in Neptune last week for an exciting one week multi sports camp.  The five-day full day program was offered through Neptune Township Recreation in conjunction with US Sports Institute, for the fourth year.

Energized by super fun Coaches Laura and Sarah, the children were introduced to baseball, basketball, bocce, capture the flag, cricket, flag football, hand ball, hockey, lacrosse, kickball, newcombe, net ball, parachute games, pillo polo, scoop, skatch, soccer, softball, touch rugby, and ultimate Frisbee.  “Are we ready?” was responded to with shouts of, “We were born ready, Coach!”

Each day brought four new sports and the opportunity for the participants to cheer for their favorites.  Day five was celebrated with a recap of the most popular sports, and some crazy water time.  What adventures this week held for our young sportsters!

Be sure to look for this program again next summer!

multi sports camp 2010



tennis camp
Area youth enjoyed a Tennis Camp in Neptune. They are pictured here with US Sports Institute instructors Ms. Suzzi and Ms. Charlie.





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