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The Stars Were Out for City Music Festival

  By ELLEN CARROLL As the Upstage Jam began at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park Fri., April 21 Dorothy Hinchcliff Goodrich of Ocean Township turned to her friend and said,“Who’s that next to Little Steven?” Her friend said it was Marc Ribler. “No, on other other side,” Hinchcliff Goodrich said. “It’s Bruce Springsteen.” And so it was. Springsteen, who performed at the legendary Upstage Club on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park many times, joined his former colleagues for a super star jam following the screening of “Just Before the Dawn: Riot. Redemption. Rock ‘n’ Roll.” by filmmaker Tom Jones.…

New Charter School Finds a Home in Asbury Park

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A new charter school set to open in September has found a home in the First Baptist Church at Third and Grand Avenues and the former Greek Church at 700 Grand Ave., both in Asbury Park. College Achieve Greater Asbury Park Charter School is the second of its kind in New Jersey. Founder and CEO Michael D. Piscal said a lottery was held for Asbury Park and Neptune students which yielded half of the 276 maximum number of students for the first year. Piscal said enrollment has now been opened to Long Branch, Ocean Township…

Hot Sand Celebrating 10 Years

  Hot Sand, 550 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, is celebratng its 10th year in the city. To mark the event there will be a reception and show Sat., April 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the glass blowing shop. The business began 10 years ago on the boardwalk but then moved to its present location. Artists featured in the show include Samie Dingfeld, Paul Elyseev, Alexander and Nicolas Emeric, Arielle Mazzola, Hannah Muller, Paige Ramsay, Thomas Stevens and Paisley Watson.

3 Neptune Moms Sweep Board of Education Election

  By DON STINE Three Neptune mothers, all newcomers to elected office, swept the Board of Education election this week capturing all three seats by a more than two-to-one margin. Nicole Green, Dorothea L. Fernandez, and Brady Connaughton – the “Moms for the Neptune BOE” – ticket far outdistanced the “Team With Vision For Neptune” ticket which featured incumbents Dwayne Breeden and William Wells and newcomer Joann T. Valentine. Green was the high vote-getter with 1,209 votes, or 24.05 percent of votes cast. Fernandez was next with 1,181 votes, or 23.49 percent, and Connaughton with 1,115 votes, or 22.18 percent.…

The Question is….

  The Coaster asks, “How do you think we should handle the situation with North Korea?”

Neptune Police Sergeant Resigns Alleging Discrimination

  By DON STINE In an emotional and tearful speech, Neptune Police Sgt. Elena Gonzalez submitted her formal resignation to the Township Committee this week saying that harassment and discrimination in the police department continues to this day. “I had hoped my many requests for the township to take action to end the rampant discrimination, harassment and retaliation in the Neptune police department would have been taken seriously…but the abuse only intensified with each of my requests for action, leaving me no option other than my resignation,” she said. In 2012, Gonzalez and her fellow officer Christine Savage filed charges…

Asbury Park’s Top Law Enforcement Official Retiring

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI As his nearly 30 year career in law enforcement for the city of Asbury Park nears its close, Acting Chief of Police Anthony Salerno, who has led the police force for the last three years, believes he is leaving his department and the city in better shape than when he took over. He will leave the post April 25. Although he welcomes retirement, his affection for his job and the city got the best of him this week when a long time resident stopped to wish him well. Salerno returned to his desk wiping a…

Bradley Beach Restaurateur Remembered as a Giving Person

  By DON STINE Bradley Beach icon Rhonda Manno, whose family owned Giamano’s Ristorante on Main Street for more than 30 years, died April 11. Bradley Beach Mayor Gary Engelstad said that Manno was a kind and caring person and that was always reflected in her restaurant. “Every time you walked through the door she treated you like your own mom. She just had a way about her and friends and strangers always felt equally welcome there. She was one of the hallmarks of the restaurant,” he said. Engelstad said that Manno gave much back to her community and those…

VFW Donates $5,000 to Vet Who is an Inspiration to All

  By DON STINE Scott Nokes, a Neptune Marine veteran, who served in Afghanistan, arrived home unscathed from battle but when he got home he would find that he his biggest battle was still ahead of him. Nokes, 25, is believed to have contracted an illness during his two tours in Afghanistan that didn’t hit him until last September when he was safely back home. He contracted a horrible infection that took over his system. He ended up at Jersey Shore University Medical Center where both his legs were amputated below the knees. He also lost his vision due to…

Submarines and the Jersey Shore? Author will discuss and sign new book

  The Jersey Shore is known for many things, but a hotbed of submarine activity during World Wars I and II? 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. On May 16 at 7:15 p.m. co-author Joe Bilby will share their findings at the Township of Ocean Historical Museum event at the Board of Education office, 163 Monmouth Rd., Oakhurst. Those findings trace the state’s connections to submarine warfare back to 1776, the year the first (and not very successful) American submarine sank…