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The B Plot: 40th anniversary of historic Little League curve ball

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO As Little League season begins, there is one woman to thank for ensuring girls everywhere get their turn at bat. In 1974, a 10-year-old Janine Cinseruli told her mother that because of her gender she was not allowed to play in her Peabody, Massachusetts Little League. What ensued was months of legal curve balls with the help of the ACLU and a landmark decision by the State Supreme Court that affirmed a girl’s right to play baseball on the same team as the boys. And Cinseruli made history by becoming the first girl welcomed into any…

What do you think of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio?

  You can super-size your soda and maybe a whole lot more – like your liberal expectations –  in NYC now that Mayor Bloomberg is history. Given the large number of Asbury Park and Shore area residents who also call the Big Apple home, we thought it a good time three months or so months after inauguration day to ask, “What do you think of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio?” Replies below. Take a big gulp…

Out & About

  Spotted by THE COASTER’S Mike Kearns Out & About this past week were…  

In Bradley Beach: Chamber Hosts Restaurant Tour

  The Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce with assistance from the borough presents the second annual Spring Restaurant Tour on April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The annual event kicks off the spring dining season by showcasing some of the best culinary destinations in Bradley Beach. Giamano’s Ristorante, the family owned Italian eatery which has been in Bradley Beach for nearly 30 years was one of the busiest stops on last year’s tour, and the same is anticipated this year. The family is keeping quiet about what they will be preparing for the upcoming tour. Giamano’s is well…

3 Candidates Seeking GOP Support in Interlaken Primary

  By DON STINE Three Interlaken Republicans and one Democrat are seeking their party’s nod in the June 3 primary to run for two, three-year terms on the Borough Council in this November’s general election. Former Mayor Robert Wolf III, John Gunn and Mindy Horowitz are running in the GOP primary. Incumbent Councilman Robert Napoli is the only candidate running as a Democrat so he is guaranteed a spot on the November ballot. One of the three GOP primary candidates will also not be on the ballot after votes are cast June 3. The question is: which one? One of…

In Allenhurst: 9 Bids Received for Beach Club Project

  Nine bids were opened earlier this week to rebuild the Allenhurst Beach Club restaurant which was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. Borough Administrator Lori Osborn said the project is estimated to cost about $2.5 million. The nine bids will be reviewed and one will probably be awarded at the April 29 Board of Commissioners meeting. The new restaurant will be built on the same footprint as the old one and will sit on a concrete foundation, not pilings. The restaurant will, however, be setback a bit from an existing sea wall nearby. Osborn said the work is expected to begin…

Do you think genetically modified foods should be labeled as such in the supermarket?

  The Coaster asked these discriminating palates, “Do you think genetically modified foods should be labeled as such in the supermarket?” Matt Wisneski, Laura Dumont & Mike Borruso, from Sayreville (above) replied, “Yes, we all think so. People Absolutely have the right to know what they are putting into their bodies – organic or modified. We would avoid those products if we had a choice.” Other responses are below…

Longtime City Employee to Receive Carousel Award

  By ED SALVAS Garrett L. Giberson, better known as Gary, is a life-long Asbury Park resident who’s career as a city employee began in his teens and continues today, four years after his “retirement” as director of public works. Giberson is being honored with the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce Carousel Award presented annually to an outstanding Public Official. The awards ceremony will take place at the Chamber’s Carousel Awards Dinner May 9 at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. Giberson is currently the part time manager of the city beachfront, a position he’s held since 2010 when he officially stepped…

Bradley Beach Welcomes New Recreation Director

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council introduced the Recreation Department’s new Recreation Director, Shawn Heeter, of the West Allenhurst section of Ocean Township at its meeting this week. He replaces Cynthia Brady who died unexpectedly after retiring two weeks ago. Heeter is a teacher at the Academy Charter High School in Lake Como and the Recreation Coordinator in Spring Lake Heights. Jennifer Young, chairman of the Bradley Beach Recreation Committee, asked the Council to look into the open recreation hours for the gym, which in the past was held from 3 to 6 pm. “It hasn’t been…

Asbury Park Chamber Names New Assistant Director

  By ED SALVAS The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce created a new job this year in addition to making technology improvements at its office. These are other announcements were made at the chamber’s first 2014 General Membership breakfast meeting at the VFW. Attendees enjoyed a breakfast of scrambled eggs, pancakes and coffee provided by the restaurant Toast. Chamber Executive Director Jackie Pappas said the chamber’s membership stands at 275 and announced that Matthew Whelan has been hired as the chamber’s full time assistant executive director. “We created a job this year,” Pappas said in announcing that Whelan has been…

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