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Candidates Forum Scheduled at Church

  A Meet the Candidates forum is being held at St. Augustine’s Church in Asbury Park for democratic candidates in the 11th, 12th, 13th and 30th legislative districts. The event is set for Tues., Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. and is being hosted by the Monmouth County Democrats Black American Caucus. It is also sponsored by the Monmouth County Democratic Progressive Caucus, Neighbor2neighbor Ocean Township and the Monmouth County Democrats LGBTQ Caucus. Invited candidates include: LD11 Assembly, Joann Downey & Eric Houghtaling, Senate, Vin Gopal; LD12 Assembly, Gene Davis & Nirav Patel, Senate, David Lande; LD13 Assembly, Mariel Didato and Tom Giaimo,…

Assembly Members Collecting Item for Hurricane Victims

  The office of local Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey will collect donations of canned goods, bottled water, and personal care items to benefit victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, many in Puerto Rico are still without electricity or clean water. Badly needed items include: canned goods, bottled water, toilet paper, personal care items such as shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, and toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, and cleaning supplies. Donations may be dropped off at the Office of Assembly Members Houghtaling & Downey at 802 West Park Avenue, Suite 221, Ocean Township.…

$735,000 Awarded to 3 Coastal Lakes

  By DON STINE Three coastal lakes, including Deal Lake the largest lake in the county, will see their water quality improved under a $735,000 state grant recently awarded to the Deal Lake Commission. Deal Lake, which borders several towns including Ocean Township and Neptune, Sunset Lake in Asbury Park, and Wesley Lake, between Asbury Park and Ocean Grove, will all see water-quality improvement projects under funding from the state Department of Environmental Protection agency’s 2017 Water Quality Restoration Grant, which is intended to reduce non-point pollution sources going into the three lakes. The funding has been a goal of…

Allenhurst Officials Will Go to Trenton to Stop Railroad Crossing Closure

  By DON STINE A proposal to permanently close the railroad crossing at Allen Avenue in Allenhurst brought more than two dozen borough residents to this week’s Board of Commissioners meeting. The state Department of Transportation and NJ Transit are planning to close the Allen Avenue railroad crossing between Main Street and Lake Drive.  NJT updated the Spier and Corlies Avenue crossings, the only other railroad crossings in the borough, last year at a cost of about $500,000 each and it has been conducting traffic studies on Allen Avenue. Those attending the meeting this week said closing the crossing it…

High School Stadium Dedicated to Butch Bruno

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A special dedication is scheduled to take place Fri., Oct. 20 at Asbury Park High School, a dedication that school officials say is long overdue. Before Friday night’s football game, the Asbury Park High School stadium will be dedicated to former student, athlete, teacher and coach, William “Butch” Bruno, who died in 1981. Bruno’s accomplishments are vast and varied, including being the only Blue Bishop athlete in the school’s history to earn four varsity letters in four sports. He was also named All-State in football, basketball and baseball. “This tribute to Mr. Bruno is long overdue and I’m just…

Ocean League Sponsors Candidates Forum for Board of Education Seats

  On Thurs., Oct. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m.  the Township of Ocean League of Women Voters is sponsoring a Candidate Forum for three Board of Education seats.  The incumbents, Joseph Hadden, James Dietrich, and David Marshall are running unopposed. They will have the opportunity to express their positions on issues relevant to the school district’s policies and will address questions submitted by the public in writing and read by the forum moderator. In accordance with the League’s non-partisan policy, a trained moderator from outside the school district will direct questions to the candidates.  Statements and responses will be timed by volunteers…

Former JCP&L Building Up for Auction

  By DON STINE Jersey Central Power and Light Company is auctioning off two of its buildings on Main Street and Hume Street in Allenhurst next month. “We are very happy that action on these buildings is moving forward. They currently serve no purpose and we are looking forward to some revitalization in that area,” Mayor David J. McLaughlin said. The auction will include a four-story operations and maintenance building at 520-534 Main Street. The masonry, Art Deco-style building, built in 1929, has almost 99,000 square feet of space and is on 1.15 acres of land west of Main Street,…

Do You Know?

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce President, Nikki Ouellette took time out of her busy schedule to tell the community who she is and what goals she has for the city’s chamber. Ouellette works for Choose New Jersey, an organization which works to encourage and nurture economic growth throughout the state with a focus on urban centers. Ouellette has a background in journalism and graduated with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in broadcast journalism and police science from Syracuse University. Her previous work experience includes communications specialist in the New Jersey State Senate and at the…

Walking to School for Your Health

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A coalition to promote healthy living has been resurrected in the past months and is spreading the word about the importance of good nutrition and exercise throughout the community. Lisa Lee, project director for the coalition and manager of Bike & Pedestrian Programs,  said the new group came about following the Creative Asbury Park seminars in January. Since that time, the coalition has taken part in the Shoreline Heart Walk associated with the American Heart Association, held a Family Fun Night last month at St. Peter Claver Center in Asbury Park and raffled off walks…

The Question is….

  The Coaster asks, “How do you think President Trump handled thethe aftermath of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico?”