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Building Boom in Asbury Park

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Eastside, westside all around the town, there is a building boom taking place in Asbury Park the likes of which may not have been seen since the city was founded in the late 1800s. Mayor John Moor said this is “definitely” the most construction he has ever seen. “Everybody wants to come to Asbury Park. The two key buzz words in the Northeast are Asbury Park,” Moor said. The mayor also said the city, which earned record accolades last year, is in the running again for Best Littlest City and Best Beach. The increased positive…

100-Year-Old Catholic Daughters Chapter Closes

    By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Madeline Walsh, of Wanamassa spent over 50 years giving her time and energy to the Catholic Daughters, Court Holy Spirit, but she along with the other members have decided “it’s time” to close their doors. Court Holy Spirit has been in existence for 100 years. “It’s a shame it’s disbanding. I think age has caught up on all of us,” Walsh said. Current Regent  Esther Day, 88, said she is sad to see the club close but is happy they made it to see 100 years. She has been a member since 1986 and…

Neptune-Born Pastor Retiring

    A retirement celebration is being held for Pastor Jerome Nolan at the Ascension Center in Bradley Beach on Sun., May 20. Father Nolan, who was born in Neptune in 1945, the third of five children, has served as pastor of Church of the Ascension since June 11, 2004. He grew up in Philadelphia and Brooklyn before attending St. Mary College in Kentucky and completing his priestly studies at Christ the King Seminary in St. Bonaventure, New York. Father Nolan was ordained on May 18, 1974 at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Trenton by Bishop George Ahr. His…

The Question is….

  “What are your plans for the summer?”

IT’S WHAT’S UP FOR WEEK OF MAY 17-23

A smorgasbord of savvy speakers get PASSIONate at the Paramount…the sound of Asbury Park gets seriously POLKA-fied at everyone’s favorite Festhalle…a former flavor-du-jour from the major label exurbs finds his INDEPENDENT voice, in a House call to the Cookman corridor…while a PROJECTIONIST pays tribute to a childhood icon, AND a lakeside Asbury landmark. It’s WHAT’S UP for the week ahead, and we’ve got the highlights right here right now…while the printed pages of THE COASTER carry your full rundown of sights, sounds, screens, and scenes! SCENES: TEDx Asbury Park at the Paramount “PASSION” is the theme for this year’s TEDx Asbury…

Nobody’s Beatlemania Act

  To dispense with the walrus in the room, right from the get-go: The Weeklings are nobody’s “Beatlemania” act. Their brand has nothing to do with brushing/ pressing/ shining their wigs and suits and boots — and everything to do with channeling the musically adventurous spirit of the original Fab Four. Their sonic signature isn’t so much a “greatest hits” gurgitation, but an exploration of the intriguing “inner groove” between the best-known works of Lennon and McCartney. And their canvas isn’t the county fair circuit, but the bigger wider world that extends from the premier clubs of Asbury Park, to the biggest international…

Fate of 100-Year-Old Neptune House Discussed

  By DON STINE The fate of the old Wardell-Welsh dairy house on Old Corlies Avenue in Neptune is still up in the air but things do not look too bright for the future of the old building. Once again, the fate of the more than 100-year-old house was discussed at the Township Committee’s workshop this week, but this time more financial estimates were available that will probably determine the building’s future. Previous suggestions to use the building, at 703 Old Corlies Ave., for a museum or a recreation center have been discussed but rehabilitating the house would probably be…

Ocean Grove 3-Hour Parking Limit Planned

  By DON STINE Limited three-hour parking on Main Avenue and more parking spaces on Central Avenue will be created in Ocean Grove under two ordinances introduced by the Township Committee this week. Public hearings on both ordinances will be held May 24. Under the ordinances. limited three-hour parking will be imposed on Main Avenue, between Central and New York Avenues, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. It will be in effect from May 15 through Sept. 15 every year but, if approved, it will not begin until around June 15 this year. Deputy Mayor Carol Rizzo said the ordinance is designed to create more parking turnover…

Bradley Beach Expands Memorial Day Festivities to 3 Days

  Bradley Beach is gearing up  for its annual Memorial Day festivities which this year has have been expanded to include Fri., May 25 through Sun., May 27 on the promenade on Ocean Avenue. Eat your way through a mile-long expanse of tempting food, browse a wide array of craft vendors, and enjoy plenty of activities for the kids and lively entertainment at the gazebo. The perennial event, a benefit for the Bradley Beach First Aid Squad, promises something to satisfy every taste with fun for all ages. Visitors will be tempted by the wide array of foods offered along the Promenade…

Asbury Park Man Pleads Guilty in 2017 Shooting

  An Asbury Park man pleaded guilty to three charges in connection with a shooting at a city block party last year. The shooting left one juvenile injured after the man fired into a crowd of people following a dispute with another party-goer, said Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Josiphiah Fowlkes, 23, of Washington Avenue in Asbury Park, pleaded guilty May 15 to one count of second degree Aggravated Assault, second degree Possession of a Handgun for Unlawful Purpose, and second degree Certain Person not to Have Weapons. The guilty plea was accepted before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge…