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SantaCon Returns to Asbury Park

  Police in Asbury Park are asking attendees at this year’s SantaCon on Dec. 9 to act and drink responsibly. The holiday-themed bar crawl begins with attendees registering at several bars in the Central Business District at 11 a.m., and continues throughout the day and night. The Police Department welcomes everyone to Asbury Park, to enjoy the bars and restaurants and all that the city has to offer but asks all to drink and act responsibly. In past years the event has drawn criticism for rowdiness, violence, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, noise complaints, and vandalism. The police department is taking a zero-tolerance approach…

Breakfast with Santa in Shark River Hills

  Breakfast with Santa is being held at the Shark River Hills Fire House on Sat., Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. Santa will be dressed and ready for pictures with the kids. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, assorted Danish and bagels, coffee, tea and juice. Adults are $10, kids three to 12 years old , $5 and children under 2 years old are free. For information call 732.425.5559. Also Santa Claus along with the Shark River Hills Fire Department, Ladies Auxiliary and Santa’s Elves are running a holiday toy drive on Sat., Dec. 9. Santa Claus will deliver pre-wrapped gifts on…

Neptune Mourns Loss of Police Officer

  Neptune Police Officer John Jackson Jr., 48, of Tinton Falls died Wed., Dec. 6.  There appears to be nothing suspicious and there is no public threat connected to his death. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Middlesex County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. It is with deep sorrow and regret that we announce the death of one of our active police officers who died this morning while off-duty, said Neptune Township Police Chief James M. Hunt, Jr. He was a 19-year veteran police officer. “Police Officer Jackson was an integral part of our law enforcement…

Tinton Falls Names New Administrator Over Objection of Mayor-Elect

  By PETE WALTON Despite the pleas of Mayor-elect Vito Perillo, the Tinton Falls Borough Council voted 4-1 to name Interim Borough Administrator Elizabeth Perez as permanent administrator. Perillo had asked that the council let him recommend a candidate for the post before it made what the mayor-elect described as a “midnight appointment.” Council President Gary Baldwin said that Perez was named permanent administrator so that the post would not be vacant after Dec. 31, when her current contract as interim administrator expires. Perillo said he did not object to Perez continuing on an interim basis. “I’m disappointed, but I plan to…

Walk the Streets of Bethlehem at Neptune Church

  By DENISE HERSCHEL With Christmas commercialism at an all-time high, there is a Neptune church that has dedicated itself to showing the “real reason for the season” for the past five years. West Grove United Methodist Church is once again presenting “The Streets of Bethlehem and Live Nativity” to the local community as visitors of Bethlehem are allowed to experience the “sounds, sights, and excitement” of that first night. The event runs Sat., Dec. 9 and Sun., Dec. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. “Each year, West Grove UMC transforms it’s Fellowship Hall and church grounds into a re-creation of…

Local Vets Visiting Sports Bars in Asbury Park Distributing American Flags

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A group of veterans from Asbury Park VFW Post 1333 plan to visit local sports bars to hand out American Flags during the annual Army/Navy game Dec. 9, beginning at 3 p.m., says veteran Joseph Williams. “This is the only football game on TV that day. We have been given the OK and will be handing out American flags to patrons,” Williams said. The group plans to visit Asbury Park bars including the Ale House on Cookman Avenue and The Wonder Bar on Ocean Avenue, as well as Bar Anticipation in Lake Como and possibly more. “In…

Silverball Museum Owner Will be Honored

  The Arc of Monmouth will honor entrepreneur and parent-advocate for autism awareness Rob Ilvento at Winter Glow 2017 on Fri., Dec.1 at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, Farmingdale. All proceeds benefit the 1,600 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by The Arc in Monmouth County. “We are thrilled to recognize Rob Ilvento for his longtime support of the autistic and I/DD community, as both a business leader and dedicated father,” said Holly Annarella Flego, Colts Neck, chair of this year’s event. Ilvento founded the Silverball Museum on the Asbury Park boardwalk in response to his daughter’s love…

The Question is…

  The Coaster asked area merchants….”What do you have to offer shoppers this holiday season?”

In Neptune City: New Salary Ordinance Proposed

  By PETE WALTON The Neptune City Borough Council has introduced an ordinance establishing salary ranges for municipal employees. A public hearing on the ordinance is scheduled for the council’s Dec. 11 meeting. The ordinance does not set salaries for specific employees, and not every post listed will necessarily be filled, according to Borough Administrator Henry Underhill. “We are only amending half a dozen ranges,” Underhill said. There is at least one new position on the list, that of assistant to the finance officer, with a pay range of $2,000 to $4,000. Underhill said an assistant is needed in order to perform…

Road Between Neptune and Wall to Close

  Schoolhouse Road, over Shark River, will close to traffic on or about Friday, Dec. 1 and remain closed for approximately seven months. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed by the end of June. “Due to the significant deterioration of the bridge and the roadway alignment, the bridge must be replaced with a wider, longer structure,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering. “The goal is to improve the overall safety of the traveling public in the area.” Schoolhouse Road will be open to local traffic only between Belmar Boulevard (County Route…