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City Agrees on Main Street Redesign

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park City Council has agreed to a redesign  of Main Street, which eliminates one lane in each direction, at Wednesday night’s meeting to the applause of many of the Complete Streets Coalition, which has been advocating for two years for the plan. The two year project is expected to begin after Labor Day and Moor said one of the deciding factors in agreeing to the plan is the state’s agreement that after two years, if the city does not like the results, the street will be repainted to its current traffic pattern. There…

Dunes Cafe Expands on Ocean Grove Boardwalk

  By ED SALVAS People walking the boards in Ocean Grove or enjoying the district’s beach can now take a break in the air-conditioned comfort of The Dunes Boardwalk Cafe. The Dunes, which opened in mid-summer of 2016, is now open daily for the summer of 2017 and boasts nine businesses offering a variety of beachside eats. Several of the nine businesses at The Dunes are new this year, including the America’s Cup Coffee and Tea Co. which is a branch of the popular Cookman Avenue  shop in Asbury Park. Owner Ross Blanco said taking a space at the Dunes…

Bradley Beach Board of Education Plans Feasibility Study

  By  PETE WALTON The Bradley Beach Board of Education will conduct a feasibility study on changing its arrangements for the borough’s high school students. Councilman John Weber, the Borough Council’s liaison to the school board, said he met with board President Susan Monroe after reading a letter from parents seeking to end the agreements which send Bradley Beach high school students to Asbury Park or Neptune. According to the councilman, Monroe said nothing can be done until a feasibility study is conducted. The state has rebuffed previous efforts by local towns, including Bradley Beach, to change their long-standing sending…

Neptune, Ocean Township Name Parade Grand Marshals

  By DON STINE In Ocean Township, former Councilman William Garofalo is this year’s Grand Marshall in the Memorial Day Parade. “We chose Bill for his years of service to our community and we thought this would be a nice honor to bestow upon him, Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. Garofalo, who stepped down at the end of 2016, had been on the Ocean Township Council since July 1, 2007 and before that he also served for nine years on the local Board of Education and is a past president. Garofalo, who has lived in the township for 31 years, has…

The Question is…

  The Coaster asks, “What are your plans for the summer?”

Asbury Park Neighbors Concerned Over More Proposed Residential Units

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Several residents of 601 Bangs Ave., Asbury Park attended this week’s Planning Board Meeting to voice concerns about a new application by developer Carter Sackman to add two stories of residential units to 527 Bangs Ave. The building currently has two retail stories on the ground level. Sackman’s attorney, Andrew Karas, presented the plans explaining that the ground level would still have retail space, but a parking garage, with 15 spots, were proposed. The plans call for adding two more stories to the now two-story building to house 42 residential units. Current requirements for parking…

County Kicks Off Season in Bradley Beach

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The unofficial summer season is upon us and to help kick it off Monmouth County and local officials will gather at the Bradley Beach Gazebo, Fifth and Ocean Avenues, at 2:15 p.m. Fri., May 26 to usher it in. Helping to mark the beginning of the holiday weekend will be students from Bradley Beach Elementary School, representatives of attractions, chambers of commerce and hotels. Business owners will talk about what’s in store for the county from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. In addition, the winner of the first ever Monmouth County Summer Kick-off poster…

Neptune Tables Plan to Install Bulkhead Along Shark River

  By DON STINE An ordinance putting funding in place for a $1.2 million project to install a bulkhead along sections of the Shark River in the Shark River Hills area was tabled by the Neptune Township Committee this week. The ordinance would have approved accepting an $835,529 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to pay for much of the project, with the remaining $346,245 funded through a bond ordinance. The public hearing was on Monday and area residents, including members of the Shark River Cleanup Coalition, said a bulkhead along S. Riverside Drive would change the aesthetics and biology of…

Foodbank Unveils New Name

  By BONNIE GRAHAM The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties formally unveiled its new name and logo, Fulfill, to the media, elected officials, partner food banks, volunteers, and the public at a ceremony held at its headquarters at 3300 Route 66, Neptune, on Tues., May 23. Fulfill of Monmouth and Ocean Counties is a member of The New Jersey Federation of Foodbanks, a coalition of the state’s six foodbanks. Each foodbank is a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit entity, with independent boards, fundraising, accounting, and service areas. The purpose of the name/brand change to Fulfill – which was 18 months in…

Bradley Beach Museum Curator Resigns

  By PETE WALTON Don Lewis, longtime curator of the Bradley Beach Historical Museum, has resigned. “Don Lewis has informed me that he is stepping down as our museum curator,” Mayor Gary Engelstad said at this week’s Borough Council meeting. “Many people, not just in Bradley Beach but all across the area, have enjoyed his work. He has truly made a difference for our community.” “Things didn’t work out between myself and the borough,” Lewis said when reached for a comment. After Bradley Beach ended its agreement with Neptune City for municipal court services, reconfiguration of space in Borough Hall…