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Neptune City to Host Community Oriented Fun day August 4

  By PETE WALTON The first Neptune City Community Fun Day will be held on Sat., Aug. 4 in Memorial Park. Festivities begin on the day formerly known as Neptune City Day with a 5k race at 8 a.m. and end as usual with a fireworks display. Borough Clerk Tammy Brown explained that the name change was intended to give a fresh start to the event after its 25th year. “We want to make it more community oriented and less commercial,” Brown said. While there will not be vendors, most of the same activities remain, she said. Tickets for an all-you-can-eat barbecue from 3 to…

Crane House Presents Filmed Opera

  On Thurs., July 26 at 5 p.m. the Stephen Crane House in Asbury Park will be presenting the second in its eighth summer series of filmed operas. Fifty years ago, Herbert Von Karajan presented Pietro Mascagni’s one-act opera “Cavalleria Rusticana,”  filmed in Sicily.  A half century ago, the New York Post said of the production: “Magnificently sung, dramatically acted…the passion of Sicily fanned into a bonfire by one of the world’s most brilliant conductors.” That will be the main presentation for “A Bite at the Opera.” There will also be a musical surprise or two for those attending,  As usual, there…

In Bradley Beach: Plan to Curtail Use of Plastic Bags

  By PETE WALTON Bradley Beach officials will vote next week on a plan to curtail the use of plastic bags by businesses in the borough as an environmental move. The Borough Council will vote July 24 on an ordinance prohibiting the distribution of most types of plastic bags. “Effective Oct. 1, no operator of any store shall provide any single-use plastic carryout bag to any customer for the purpose of enabling a customer to transport products or goods out of the store,” the ordinance says. Businesses will be allowed to charge no more than 5 cents for a single-use paper bag and…

Asbury Park Audit Report Includes Record Highs for Parking, Beaches

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park Auditor David Kaplan presented his annual report on the 2017 Asbury Park audit saying, “Everyone should be extremely proud of the progress this city has made.” Kaplan said both the beach utility and the parking utilities had record highs, referring to total revenues, but also said there is always room for improvement. The beach utility was up by $100,000 with Kaplan saying it is now a self funding utility. The parking utility ended the year with $4.8 million net balance. “The city’s financial health is very good,” he said. Kaplan also praised city…

Clancy’s Tavern Hosts Nashville-Style Musical Event

    An In the Round Nashville Style evening is planned for Clancy’s Tavern on Thus., July 26. The event will unite four singer-songwriters from the local and regional area in a listening friendly, intimate setting, located inside the Dublin Room at the tavern. The host each month will be Jonathan Tea, a California- born, Texas raised, and now New Jersey/New York/shore-based artist. Tea’s sound blends strong, earthy vocals with well crafted songs to create a sound that is familiar by inviting the crowd into his story and rewarding careful listeners with smart lyrics and mature sense of phrasing and groove.…

Ocean Residents Seek Court Relief for Planned Development

  By DON STINE A formal complaint charging that Ocean Township is not following its Master Plan by allowing development of a 32-acre tract at Route 35 and Deal Road will be heard in Superior Court on Fri., July 20. Peter Jungkunst and his wife, Jacqui Wenzel, filed the complaint on behalf of the Save 32-Acres grassroots movement to preserve this site. Superior Judge Dennis R. O’Brien,  will hear the argument in Freehold with the time of the hearing to be announced today, July 19. “We are hoping people turn out because we feel we have a very strong case,” Wenzel said.…

Feral Cats Will Be Caught, Neutered and Released in Ocean

  By  DON STINE Feral cats in Ocean Township will be caught, neutered and then released under a program between the township and the Monmouth County SPCA. The Township Council last week approved a memorandum of agreement with the SPCA to initiate the program, called Trap and Release. The program is expected to begin immediately. SPCA Executive Director Ross Licitra, who attended the meeting to explain the program, said the feral cat issue “remains all too-long a problem” in many communities but that this program has “been proven over the years.” Under the program, captured feral cats will be given…

Celebrating Heritage, Culture and History at Universal African Festival

  The Universal African Festival is an annual celebration of heritage, culture and history scheduled for Sat., Aug. 4 at Springwood Park in Asbury Park. The festival provides a variety of events and family activities.  Attendees can watch and listen to an array of live musical vibes, spoken word, and other cultural performances from local and traveling artists at the festival. Unsung heroes will be honored, and college scholarships are awarded to individuals and students from the community. The UAF Market place features a kid’s creativity cafe, face painting, cultural face adorning, henna artists, clothing, textile vendors, jewelry makers, visual artists and…

Luxury Condominiums on Asbury Park Oceanfront Listed for Sale

  The Asbury Ocean Club Surfside Resort and Residences at 1101 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park has begun selling its available condominiums as work continues on the unfinished 17-story building. The building is the tri-state’s most anticipated and most complete luxury residential oceanfront development in decades, according to iStar, the developers. It will feature sun-drenched apartments with ocean views and wraparound terraces.Pricing for one-bedroom units start at $900,000. Asbury Ocean Club is the crown jewel of real-estate leader iStar, a passionate investor in Asbury Park for more than a decade. Led by innovative Chief Executive Officer Jay Sugarman, iStar acquired 35…

The Question is….

  The Coaster asks, “Do you think armed police officers should be assigned to schools?”