Neptune Veterans Memorial Park Planning Committee Plan Fundraiser
Step back in time and enjoy “A Night at the USO”
Bernadette Sherman, Gold Star Mother, and chair of the Veterans Memorial Park Planning Committee announced that a 1940s USO event has been planned for Saturday, February 7 from 7 to 11 pm at the American Legion Post 346, 21 Gully Road.
“I am proud of the work that the Veterans Memorial Park Committee and the Township have done on transforming a once contaminated piece of land into an area of beautiful open space honoring those from Neptune who gave their all to protect our freedom. The fundraiser on February 7th will help us to continue to add other amenities and ongoing maintenance to this park making it truly a park owned by the community for those who gave so much for their community and their country,” stated Township Committeeman Randy Bishop.
Music from the 1940s will be provided by DJ Fred. Light refreshments are being donated by Gourmet Kitchen and the three Neptune veteran posts. Soft drinks and refreshments are included in the ticket price. There is a cash bar. Committee members are selling advance tickets for $15. You can reserve tickets by calling Roberta at 732-988-5200 x 236 by January 31st. Tickets are $20 at the door.
Ms. Sherman reminds residents that pavers purchased by April 1st will be in place by Memorial Day.
Purchase a paver and it will be in place by Memorial Day!
Pavers will continue to be sold for the park. CLICK HERE for the form.
CLICK HERE for photos from the Veterans Memorial Park Dedication held on Veterans Day, November 11, 2014
We’re on our way!
DEMOLITION HAS BEGUN!
Members of the Veterans Memorial Park Planning Committee stand in front of equipment used to demolish buildings at the site of the former Welsh Farms Complex. Remediation was already done. The Township is looking for a completion date by Memorial Day 2015.
Jumping Brook Country Club is sponsoring a Wine ‘n Cheese Fundraiser on Thursday, March 27 from 7:00 to 9 00 pm.
A special thank you to Ronald Podhirny and the JBCC!
Click here for more details.
L-R: Commander (American Legion Post 346) James Mulvey, Past Commander (VFW Post 2639) Donald J Braxton, Cathy Sanborn, Robert Hodges (Post 266 and County Officer), Marian Bauman, Mike Derrick (Past Commander, American Legion Post 266), Bernadette Sherman (Gold Star Mother and Chair of VMP Committee), Patricia Monroe (Former Mayor), Twp Committeeman Randy Bishop, Stephanie Oppegaard, Maureen Ruotolo, Commander (American Legion Post 266) George Scott, Monique’ Burger, Bruce Newell (VFW Post 2639), Twp Committeeman Eric Houghtaling, Bud Magathan, Chaplain, American Legion Post 346
Veterans Memorial Park Beneficiary of 19th Annual Mayor’s Charity Ball
Neptune Township Mayor Randy Bishop is pleased to announce that the recipient of this year’s charity ball is the Veterans Memorial Park Trust Fund. The park will be dedicated to those who made the ultimate sacrifice as well as a tribute to military veterans who served or are currently serving.
“I am proud to donate the proceeds from my Mayor’s Ball to our Veterans Memorial Park. This park, its creation and support, will be by both residents and the Township governing body. But more than that, this will be a park to pay tribute those from Neptune who gave their lives in service to our great country, to our freedom and ideals. This park will be a place of peace honoring those who helped make it so”, stated Mayor Bishop.
The Mayor’s Ball will be held at the Jumping Brook Country Club, scene of the kick-off fundraiser for the Veterans Memorial Park. Starting at 7 pm with hors d’ouvres, dinner will follow at 8 pm. Tickets are $85 per and include a two hour open bar and dancing to “The Fever”. For tickets, call Sharon Rowe at 732-988-5200 x 242.
New to the Ball this year will be “Goodwin’s Good Time Photo Booth” of Neptune which will be taking free photos all night long. “Make sure to stop by and join the fun using our crazy props for a unique photo experience, stated Gus Goodwin, who with his wife Maryann, are owners of the booth.
Also special to the event is the addition of consumable favors. Kimmee Masi, proprietor of “Confections of a Rock Star” is donating over 300 specialty cupcakes as favors. Each cupcake will bear a fascimile of the architect’s rendering of the park.
Confections of a Rock Star, located in Asbury Park, was featured on Bobby Flay’s show, “Three Days to Open” on the Food Network. It is the home of New Jersey’s original Rock n Roll Themed Cake Shop.
Click here for a list of identified Neptune residents who gave the ultimate sacrifice. If you know of someone who was killed in action, was a Neptune resident and is not listed, please contact Marian Bauman at email@example.com or by phone at 732-775-8241 x 1 -301.
Brick pavers are for sale; two different sizes. A 4 inch by 8 inch brick is $50 and and 12 inch square brick is $100. For additional information about the format and wording, click here for the form.
NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP PLANS VETERANS’ MEMORIAL PARK
AT FORMER WELSH FARMS SITE
Neptune Township Mayor Kevin B. McMillan is pleased to announce plans for a Veterans’ Memorial Park located at the historic Welsh dairy farm tract on Old Corlies Avenue. “This is a proud day in Neptune when we can have a place such as this park to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice not only for Neptune for our country as well”, the Mayor stated.
The park will honor all servicemen and women from Neptune Township who gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting our country. This section of the site will be a passive park with monuments, flags, trails, paths, flowers, shrubbery and a seating area. Plans are currently under development. Philip D. Huhn, Neptune Township Business Administrator reported that “This is a community project; along with our Veteran’s organizations, residents and dedicated staff, we are working together to make this memorial a profound tribute to our fallen heroes.”
The conceptual idea for the park was brought to the Township by former Mayor Patricia Monroe and Bernadette Sherman, the mother of Army Sgt. Stephen Sherman, a Neptune resident, who was killed in the Iraq war. She commented, “I would like to say that I am very pleased that the Township has decided to dedicate the park to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. These heroes deserve a place where they will be honored and remembered. I consider it a privilege to be involved in this worthwhile endeavor.”
A fund raising committee for the park has been established and a table will be set up at Riverfest on October 1st. Riverfest will be held from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm along South Concourse Avenue from Route 35 to Riley Avenue between Sunsets Restaurant and the Headliner. Additional information about the park will be available at the table including a sign-up for residents wishing to be informed of future information and events. Brick pavers will be available for sale and will be installed in the park.
A wine and cheese party fundraiser is planned for January to kick off the fund raising events.
For more information or to make a donation, please contact Monique Burger at 732-988-5200 ext. 298.
|Deputy Mayor Randy Bishop; James W. Manning, Sr., VFW Post 2639; Bill Rakestraw, American Legion Post 346; Commander Roland Boone, American Legion Post 266; Twp Committeeman Eric Houghtaling; Bernadette Sherman; former Mayor Patricia Monroe; Mayor Kevin McMillan; Commander Don Braxton, VFW Post 2639; Marian Bauman, Neptune Public Library Director|