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The Question is….

Ahead of the Oscars, The Coaster asks Shore-area residents, “Have you seen any good movies lately?”

Ocean Groups Offer Going Green Help

  The Shade Tree Commission and the Environmental Commission of Ocean Township are sponsoring a panel discussion about how to keep shade trees healthy. The event, Going Green, is Sat., March 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about current threats, challenges and dangers to shade trees native to this area as well as the importance of maintaining healthy shade trees. Expert panelists will provide the latest information on simple ways to protect trees and increase their life-span. There will be a children’s craft from 11:15 a.m. to noon which is open to…

McLoone Will Open Ale House at Beachfront

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The boardwalk in Asbury Park will soon have an ale house all its own. Restrauateur Tim McLoone has temporarily closed down both his establishments on the boardwalk, Tim McLoone’s Supper Club and the Asbury Grille. McLoone said this week that improvements to the upstairs Supper Club will be “modest” and include new paint, carpeting and new furniture. He also said new servers will be hired and they will be wearing new uniforms. “There will be a new entrance…small cosmetic stuff,” he said. However, the downstairs where the Asbury Grille was located, is being completely overhauled.…

City Movie Theater Makes Top 5 Film Venues List

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Showroom in Asbury Park has been voted one of the top five movie theaters in New Jersey by NJ.com. Over 2000 state residents voted for their favorite theater in the one week long contest. The other four theaters in the top five are iPic Theaters Hudson Lights in Fort Lee; Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater, Jersey City; Princeton Garden Theater, Princeton and Kerasotes Showplace 14 in Secaucus. A reporter from NJ.com will visit all five theaters within the next two weeks and judge them on film quality, picture and sound, film selection, food and drink selection,…

Submarine Warfare at the Shore

  The Ocean Township Historical Museum is sponsoring a speaker event for “A History of Submarine Warfare Along the Jersey Shore” Tues., March 14 at 7:15 p.m. The event will take place at the Ocean Township Board of Education Offices (Old Oakhurst School), Auditorium, 163 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst. In their book, A History of Submarine Warfare Along the Jersey Shore, co-authors Joe Bilby and Harry Ziegler document this surprising piece of maritime history. Their findings trace the state’s connections to submarine warfare back to 1776, the year the first (and not very successful) American submarine sank in the Hudson River…

Asbury Park Rotary Offering Computers to Those in Need

  The Rotary Club of Asbury Park is providing a limited number of computers to anyone who is isolated from friends, family or the outside world because of barriers created by disability, financial constraints or living situations. The program is available to residents of the communities served by the club which include: Asbury Park, Neptune Township, Neptune City, Ocean Township, Bradley Beach, Avon, Allenhurst, Loch Arbor, Deal, Interlaken and Ocean Grove. Desktops, laptops and or tablets will be distributed based on availability. To apply for a computer download an application from the homepage at www.AsburyParkRotary.org or email to brooke-bennett@outlook.com Mail…

Challenger Wins Seat in Ocean Grove Fire Election

  By DON STINE   It was a close election for three candidates vying for two, three-year terms on the five-member Ocean Grove Fire District Board of Commissioners in the Feb. 18 election while two unopposed candidates in the Neptune Fire District No. 1 easily won the two seats up for grabs. In the Ocean Grove Fire District, challenger Paul Bagdanov was the highest vote getter with 50 votes, while incumbent William Ball received 49 votes. Incumbent Scott Jarmer came in a close third with 46 votes but did not garner enough votes to win a seat on the board. The…

The Calendar Says Winter But the Weather Says Spring

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The weather last weekend caught many people by surprise. Although forecasts called for rising temperatures, no one was prepared for February temperatures reaching 70 degrees. After freezing temperatures the week before it seems people were reluctant to believe we were actually getting spring-like weather. But when reality hit, people hit the streets and the beaches to enjoy the sunshine and warmth. Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce Director Sylvia Cioffi said, “It was a beautiful surprise. Anywhere you went in Asbury it was bustling. Who expected 70 degrees?” Cioffi said she failed to make a reservation…

The Question Is…

  Has your opinion of Donald Trump gone up or down since he took office…?

Historic Preservation Designation Discussed for Loch Arbour

  Historic preservation is on the agenda in Loch Arbour after the Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance last week that would make the entire village an historic district.   The ordinance, with a public hearing on March 8, seeks to promote historic preservation as an element in the village’s Master Plan. It would effect new buildings, substantial modifications, and demolition to existing buildings. The entire village, with 159 housing units and a handful of businesses, would be in the historic district under the proposed measure.   Commissioner Denis D’Angelo said earlier this week that there are many homes in the village…