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Meet Democratic Candidate at Convention Hall Aug. 23

  Several local officials are hosting a fundraiser Wed., Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. for Gubernatorial Democratic Candidate, Ambassador Phil Murphy, at Convention Hall in Asbury Park. Hosts include Asbury Park Mayor John Moor, Ocean Township Mayor Chris Siciliano, Ocean Township Councilman John Napolitani and Gary Mottola of Madison Marquette, Asbury Park waterfront developer. Murphy of Middletown Township is will attend to greet guests and discuss his platform. Levels of sponsorships vary for the event. Some levels gain access to an intimate meeting and discussion with Ambassador Murphy. For more information contact Moor at vcjmoor12@aol.com or Napolitani at johnnapolitani@aol.com.

Benefit to Fight Cystic Fibrosis

  A benefit to raise money to fight Cystic Fibrosis is scheduled for Sprengels Sports Bar on Route 33 in Neptune is scheduled for Sat., Aug. 19 beginning at 9 p.m. The event includes food, karaoke with Bubba and Tom, 50/50 raffles and giveaways. It is the official pre-party for CTW Charity Wrestling’s Fight Cystic Fibrosis 3. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Bradley Beach Temple Honors First Responders

  Congregation Agudath Achim of Bradley Beach honored the local emergency service providers Sat., Aug. 12 in a ceremony in their synagogue, attended by 150 people. Rabbi Maury Kelman noted that gratitude is one of the most important fundamentals of Judaism, and the community thus wanted to thank the police, fire and first aid departments for their life-saving work that protects and secures the Bradley Beach community. Police Chief Leonard Guida spoke on behalf of the emergency providers, thanking the synagogue for recognizing the hard work of the borough’s service providers. After the ceremony, Chief Guida was joined by Lt.…

Ocean Author Discusses ‘War Orphans’

  How does war hit home, even if it’s thousands of miles away? Ocean Township resident Lois Kiely, who has recently published an essay in “Chicken Soup for the Soul for Military Families,” will present a program Aug. 22 that addresses this question. Kiely writes about her father who went missing in Italy during WWII. His neighborhood buddies formed an association to honor him and send her to college. As a “war orphan” Kiely shares the obstacles that families face who have lost loved ones in war. She also pays tribute to programs and organizations that provide recognition and support for military…

Neptune to Apply for $250,000 Grant for Skateboard Park

  By DON STINE Kids in Neptune will have a new skateboard park if the township is successful in getting a $250,000 county open space grant to help create it. “It is an ideal place for this project with minimum maintenance but offering a lifetime of enjoyment,” Township Engineer LeAnne Hoffman said during a special presentation at this week’s Township Committee meeting. The skateboard park would be in the Sunshine Village Park Fields, off Asbury Park Blvd. and Pine Drive, adjacent to existing basketball courts. The 60- by 100-foot project, for a total of 6,000-square-feet, would include concrete skating bowls,…

Camp Meeting Would Consider Lawsuit Over Permit Parking

  By DON STINE The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association said it is willing to go to court to stop the township from issuing residential parking permits in the historic district, saying such permits would create problems with far-reaching implications. “The Camp Meeting Association’s Board of Trustees will be reserving the option to pursue legal remedies, if necessary, to protect its property rights and those of its constituents,” said John DiGiamberardino, a resident and executive director of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, at Monday’s Neptune Township Committee meeting. Some Ocean Grove residents have been pushing the governing body to put a…

2 Neptune Officials Named to Police Committee

  By DON STINE A new three-member Police Committee will oversee the Neptune police department under an ordinance revised by the Township Committee this week. Deputy Mayor Nicholas Williams and current Police Commissioner Kevin McMillan will be the two members at-large from the governing body. The appointment of the third member is still to be announced but township officials said they hope to fill that position “soon.” McMillan was the only committee member who voted against the police committee. The ordinance was revised to better define who an “eligible person” is on the new committee. The third member may be…

Asbury Park Adds More Paid Parking to City Streets

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Striping of parking spots on Summerfield Avenue east of Main Street will begin this week, according to City Transportation Manger Michael Manzella. The new meters are also scheduled to be installed and activated beginning Aug. 17. However, Manzella, said residents and employees with Zone 4, Central Business District parking permits will be allowed to park on Summerfield Avenue, without paying the meters. “We will have a short grace period in terms of tickets being issued so that local folks can get accustomed to the change, “ Manzella said.“The solution is more parking, not more money.” Manzella…

The Question is…

  The Coaster asks…”What are your thoughts on the Opioid crisis?”  

Alphabets Preschool Recognized as Certified Schoolyard Habitat

  National Wildlife Federation, America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, has recognized that Alphabets Preschool Center in Asbury Park has successfully created a Certified Schoolyard Habitat through its Garden for Wildlife program. Alphabets Preschool has joined with over 5,000 schools nationwide that have transformed their schoolyards into thriving wildlife habitats that provides essential elements needed by all wildlife — natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young. The habitat also serves as an outdoor education site where students can engage in cross-curricular learning in a hands-on way. “At Alphabets we are excited to be able to…