1. The owners of 80 Main Avenue have again failed to comply with a court order to rehab their rundown, uninhabited but historically valuable building. Committeewoman Mary Beth Jahn said on Wednesday that Neptune Township will take the owners back to Municipal Court as soon as it can get on the court’s schedule. The owners – Mark and Hal Ornstein of Howell, NJ – were last in court on May 31, at which time they pleaded guilty to code violations, paid a $250 fine and agreed to complete work on the building within 90 days. They had made a similar promise at a September 8, 2011, court appearance. The Township has been trying for the past two years to get the Ornsteins to bring the property up to code.
Century 21 has the property listed for sale as a single-family home. Asking price $680,000. Four bedrooms, 2½ baths.
2. Uh-oh, Ocean Grove and Blogfinger have been snubbed by New Jersey Monthly. In it’s latest issue, we noticed a feature story about New Jersey becoming a hotbed of film festivals. The story lists film festivals in Hoboken, Atlantic City, Teaneck, New Brunswick, Jersey City, Trenton and even our own twin city, Asbury Park. But when we went looking for mention of the 1st annual Blogfinger Film Festival, held last April at the Majestic Hotel, guess what? Nary a word. Guess we’d better crank up the old publicity machine next year.