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Ocean Grove Architects Win Award for Asbury Park Building

  The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has awarded Ocean Grove-based architectural design firm Shore Point Architecture with a Merit Award in the “Un-built” category of its annual Design Day Competition. The agency recognized the firm for its innovative design of Asbury Park J.A.M.S. community performing arts building in Asbury Park. “Asbury Park J.A.M.S. is a prime example of the type of dynamic project that will advance and elevate the state of architecture in New Jersey,” said Kurt Kalafsky, FAIA, president of AIA-NJ. “Shore Point Architecture demonstrated incredible vision in designing the building, and is…

Adoptables from the Associated Humane Societies

  Ghost is a 1-year-old pup that was surrendered him to the shelter when his owners could not afford to treat his mange. Even though he’s completely healthy now, Ghost was disheartened to be left here. Ghost loves people and one look in his soulful eyes will convince you of this sweet boy’s need to be loved. Ghost is always happy to be out with the staff or volunteers on a walk. He loves other dogs– he wants to meet and play with them all. Ghost is very appreciative of all the attention he’s now getting and we know he…

Tinton Falls Residents Honored for 100 Hours of Volunteering

  Thank you. These words are always lovely to hear and even nicer to be shown. On March 2 it was the Monmouth County Park System’s turn to show its appreciation during its Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at Hominy Hill Golf Course, Colts Neck. During the event, Park System staff honored 1,222 volunteers who gave 25,392 hours assisting with recreation programs, special events and park facilities. These volunteers can be found lending a helping hand throughout the year. They serve as historic site interpreters, trip and program leaders, and office assistants.  Many volunteers like to roll up their sleeves and…

Asbury Park Taxpayers Should Get Break on Municipal Taxes This Year

  Asbury Park taxpayers will get a break their municipal tax rate this year but the exact amount is hard to determine due to a recent citywide property revaluation. “Regarding the tax rate, you are not looking at apples to apples this year because of the revaluation,” acting Chief Financial Officer Richard Gartz said. The budget was introduced at the City Council’s March 5 meeting and a public hearing will be scheduled in the future with possible amendments to the budget. The total $39,242,859 budget is down from last year’s $41,372,555 amount. Gartz said this is due to $1.4 million…

A Game of Chicken in Ocean

  Pictured above – Timmy Koukoumis holds a rooster which he keeps in his yard on Larkin Place in the Oakhurst section of Ocean Township. By JOSEPH SAPIA A game of chicken is being played in Ocean Township and, so far, no one is backing off. The conflict basically surrounds the 15 Rhode Island Reds – one rooster and 14 hens — and their pen and attached coops at the Koukoumis family home at 395 Larkin Place in the Oakhurst section of the township. The specifics: Zoning Officer Jerome P. Donlon says the poultry and their home are farm animals,…

Shark River Dredging Hits Dead End

  By DON STINE Plans to dredge the Shark River hit a dead end last week after state officials said a proposed dewatering site for dredge project was not a viable economic option. In a March 6 letter, state Sen. Jennifer Beck and Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone advised the Monmouth County Park System that the state Department of Transportation (DOT) said it will not fund placing dredge spoils on a 16-acre tract on the river’s edge at the county’s Shark River Park, off Old Corlies Avenue. The letter said that the DOT ruled that the use of the park…

In Bradley Beach: From Honoring to Mourning

  By JOSPEH SAPIA Cynthia Brady, Bradley Beach’s beloved recreation director, died unexpectedly during the Tuesday-Wednesday overnight, within hours of being honored upon her retirement by the mayor and Borough Council. “From honoring her to mourning her in less than 12 hours,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. The circumstances of her death were not immediately available. By mid-day Wednesday, word circulated around the borough Brady, believed to be in her late 40s, had died. “She was just a terrific, wonderful person,” said Brenda Connolly, who owns an area real estate business and lives in Bradley Beach. Connolly, told of the death…

What do you think about the teen suing her parents?

  Spoiled brat or legit legal case?  THE COASTER asked Shore area residents, “What do you think about the teen suing her parents?”  this week – and here are their verdicts:

Do you think our recent weather patterns are as a result of global warming?

  The COASTER asked the following Shore area residents, “Do you think our recent weather patterns are as a result of global warming?” this week…and here’s what they had to say:

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