1. The case of the rock-throwing vandals is wending its way through the court system in Freehold. A pre-indictment conference in Superior Court had been scheduled for the four adult defendants on Thursday, but because negotiations are still on-going, the case never went before the judge. That’s the second time a hearing for these defendants has been postponed. Since the four adult defendants were arrested on April 12, along with a juvenile whose case is being handled separately, Monmouth County prosecutors have been collecting evidence on the 150-plus incidents of random window-smashing in Ocean Grove and many other towns over the past winter and spring. One outcome of this case could be a plea bargain under which defendants agree to make monetary restitution to the victims. Restitution could amount to many tens of thousands of dollars, most of it probably coming from the assets of these young defendants’ parents. Another possible outcome would be indictment and a criminal trial. For background on the case, go here.
2. As we head into the weekend, here is an update on the Broadway Drainage project. According to Neptune’s director of engineering and planning, Leanne Hoffman, the Broadway and Central intersection remains open; traffic can continue in both directions on both those streets. The park/playground area along Central is temporarily closed and fenced off. Parents are urged not to allow their children to play around the equipment there. Some equipment has been moved from Central Avenue for the weekend, but some will remain parked there.
Drainage work will continue along Central Avenue during the coming week.
3. Do you want to march with Ocean Grove United in the world famous July 4 parade? If so, come to 69 Clark Avenue at 9:30 a.m. and wear your OGU T shirt, cap or visor—or just a white shirt. They will serve water, coffee and donuts—-and you can buy an OGU shirt for $15.00.