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New Project Planned for Esperanza Site

  The iStar real estate company has announced plans for a multi-billion dollar redevelopment project along a 1.25-mile stretch of Asbury Park’s waterfront, which will include the development of the former Esperanza site into a mixed use hotel, condominiums and retail space. Among the 20 individual iStar-financed projects in the plan are: — The Asbury, a hotel designed by Stonehill and Taylor Architects, will be inspired by Asbury Park itself and will take the title of its first new hotel in 30 years. The Asbury is set to open early summer 2016 in a long-vacant former Salvation Army building after…

A Visit to the Wonder Bar

  Bruce Springsteen joined Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers onstage at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park Sat., July 18 for more than two hours of rock ‘n’ roll.  The surprise performance featured “Because the Night,” “Light of Day” and Pink Cadillac and a dozen others. Coaster Photo by John Cavanaugh.

Avon Library Hosting Storytimes, Discussions and Book Sale

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Avon Public Library has a full schedule for these upcoming summer months with programs for both children and adults alike. Library Director Sheila Watson has been busy finalizing plans for the month of July and the beginning of August with more programs in the works for mid- and late- August. According to Watson, the library has decided to “take a different approach to a summer reading program this year.” “It seems as if my Avon school-age children are overwhelmed with school assigned summer reading, swim team, water ballet, surf camp and sports camps. They are…

Who’s the Girl on Springsteen Single Cover?

  By JOSEPH SAPIA In 1979, hired by Bruce Springsteen, Joel Bernstein spent days with the rock and roller, shooting photographs of him. One is an iconic black-and-white shot – Springsteen dressed in light-colored long pants and a dark-colored T-shirt standing on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. The Boardwalk’s herringbone pattern is covered with rain. The Empress hotel is in the near background, the Palace arcade in the far background. “To Joel,” Springsteen wrote on a copy of the photo he gave to Bernstein, “Who was that girl?” and signed it. Springsteen is referring to the woman in the photo’s background,…

Hovnanian Opens Sales Office for New City Homes

  K. Hovnanian Homes, New Jersey’s largest homebuilder, has announced the opening of South Grand, a new collection of luxury townhomes being developed in the heart of Asbury Park. K. Hovnanian’s South Grand, located on Cookman Avenue at the intersection of Grand and Monroe Avenues. It will feature 28 new, four-story townhomes and is another lynchpin in the ongoing waterfront redevelopment zone of the city. The new homes at South Grand feature a neo-traditional, urban-inspired architectural design. Buyers will have a choice of two distinctive floorplans, with townhomes offering up to 2,974 square feet of luxurious living space including three…

The Coaster Takes a Holiday

  The last issue of The Coaster this year is on newsstands now. The Coaster, your community newpaper, will not be published the week of Dec. 29 due to the New Year’s holiday. Our office will close at 1:00 p.m. Dec. 23 and will reopen Mon., Jan. 5. Our next issue is Thurs., Jan. 8.

Ocean Police Offer First Tweetalong in Monmouth County Law Enforcement

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Ever wonder what it is like to be an area police officer? On Wed., Nov. 26 the Ocean Township Police Department will offer an unprecedented look at a day in the life of an officer thanks to the area’s first-ever law enforcement Tweetalong. “We are committed to giving our community the best service possible and our social media communications program is a part of that,” said Chief Steven Peters. “This, our first Tweetalong, will help educate the community about what we do every day.” For eight hours Wednesday, Social Media Officer Lieutenant Timothy Torchia will shadow…

New Neptune Police Officer

  Casey Crawford of Neptune was sworn in as a police officer at a Neptune Township Committee meeting. He began his career with Neptune Township Police Department as a communications officer and SLEO II. He has his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently working on his bachelors degree. His parents held the Bible for him and his brother and girlfriend look on. Mayor Michael Brantley administered the oath.

4 Asbury Park Firefighters Promoted

  Four veteran Asbury Park firefighters were promoted during a special ceremony at City Hall last Friday. Captains Richard A. Dreyer II and Gavino Siciliano were each promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief and Firefighters Michael Mautner and Robert A. Pasquariello were each promoted to the rank of Captain. Fire Chief Kevin Keddy said that the four positions have been vacant since the first of the year and that each officer deserves their promotion. “They worked hard and their promotions are well-deserved. I am sure they will all do a great job,” he said.

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