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50th Reunion for Asbury Park, Ocean Graduating Classes

  By DON STINE Graduates from Ocean Township and Asbury Park high schools are joining forces to celebrate their 50th reunion next month- a reunion with an interesting history. Ocean Township, which was a sending district to Asbury Park, opened its new high school in 1966 but with no senior class, which remained in Asbury Park. Ocean Township’s Class of 1967 is the first graduating class in the history of the school but memories of their old Asbury Park classmates live on. So, to renew those memories and see old friends, the two graduating classes are joining forces to have…

Neptune Eliminates Police Director Post

  By DON STINE As expected the Neptune Township Committee voted this week to abolish the police director position and create a three-member Police Committee to oversee the police department. An ordinance, approved in a four-to-one vote, eliminates the Police Director position, now held by CFO Michael J. Bascom for the last four years, and turn it over to a three-member police committee. The committee will be comprised of two members of the Township Committee and another at-large member. The police committee will be responsible for the overall performance of the police department while the chief will be in charge…

City Historical Monuments Under Review

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park draws visitors and tourists to the city for so many reasons: music, beaches, restaurants and art. But the next group of visitors making their way to the city may be history buffs. Asbury Park Historical Society President Don Stine is joining forces with history buff Russ McIver and professional monument conservationist Douglas Distefano to inspect and restore several historical monuments in the city. The trio has set its sites on three monuments including the Civil War monument on Cookman Avenue, the James A. Bradley Statue in Bradley Park at the beachfront and the…

Living Shoreline Encouraged Along Shark River

  By DON STINE Some Neptune residents living near South Riverside Drive in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune may get what they have been asking for- a living shoreline along the Shark River instead of bulkheads. An “armored dune” concept was presented to more than 100 people during a special meeting at the Shark River Hills Fire House July 25. The concept calls for a walkway along the existing grade next to the road, followed by a geotube core nearer to the water, followed by a marine mattress with marsh plantings at the water’s edge. “The baseline will…

The Question is….

  The Coaster asks, “On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the highest), how would you rate President Trump’s first 6 months?”

City Historical Society Prepares for Art Show

  It’s a colorful addition to the sights, sounds and sensations of the famous Asbury Park boardwalk — and on Sun., Aug. 20, the outdoor art fair known as Art on the Boardwalk returns to the place that’s hosted generations of painters, poets and performers, for 12th annual edition! A fundraising presentation of the Asbury Park Historical Society, the event is a “big tent” showcase for the original creations of dozens of artists, working in a variety of media. Open to the public between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. — and extending along the “beach” side of the boards, beginning…

Inaugural Universal African Festival in City

  The Zamir Ahsaad A. Dunbar Foundation will present the Inaugural Universal African Festival on Sat., Aug. 5 in Springwood Park, at the corner of Atkins and Springwood Avenues, Asbury Park from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. “Maintaining one’s culture, values, and traditions instills awareness, guidance, and pride that lets them know who they are, so they know where they’re going,” said Founder BiBi Bennett. The mission of the foundation is to encourage cross-cultural communication among communities, artists, youth and all others interested in various forms of culture and art from Africa and its Diaspora. To that end, the event…

In Bradley Beach: Officials Consider Master Plan Update as Developers Show Interest

  By PETE WALTON The Bradley Beach Planning Board will meet tonight (July 27) to consider updating the borough’s master plan. At the Borough Council meeting earlier this week, Mayor Gary Engelstad said he would bring the council and Planning Board together soon to discuss future redevelopment in the town. The mayor said developers have been “poking around” the community and he wanted to get out in front on the subject. The borough’s location between Asbury Park and Belmar, and its NJ Transit station attract builders to Bradley Beach, he said. “Developers are coming whether we like it or not,”…

Christie Slammed for Veto of Salary History Bill

  Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling slammed Governor Christie this week following his absolute veto of their salary history bill. The legislation, aimed at closing the gender wage gap, would have prohibited employers from inquiring about or basing a proposed salary on an applicant’s salary history. “This decision is simply an insult to New Jersey women, and an insult to middle class families who are suffering because of lost wages caused by the gender wage gap,” said Downey (D-Monmouth), who authored the bill, “To issue an absolute veto indicates that the Governor has no interest in tackling the…

Around City Hall…

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Louise Murray, a longtime Asbury Park resident and former City Councilwoman, questioned the council about beach etiquette and whether or not there is a  city ordinance governing beach coverups for people leaving the beach and heading downtown. She said there  is drinking on the beach and decorum needs to be enforced. “(There should be) Beach coverups and shoes on the boardwalk,” she said. “You see people in bathing suits walking the streets of our city; we are not a beach town, we are a city,” she said. Murray said she sees shirtless men walking downtown.…