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The Coaster Takes A Holiday

  The Coaster will not be published next week, Thurs. Dec. 26, 2013 due to the Christmas holiday. Our office will close Fri. Dec. 19 for the holiday and reopen Mon., Dec. 30. The next issue of The Coaster, your community newspaper, will be published Friday., Jan. 3.

Out & About

  MAKE LIKE THE NSA – See who was where with whom; click on any image for a caption. All Coaster photos taken by Mike Kearns

What would you do if you won $550 million?

  The big prize may have slipped away – this time. But they’ll be other mega-jackpots, so why not start thinking, “What would you do if you won $550 million?” Here’s what these folks would do; click on any image for their replies.

A Christmas Song for the Shore by 2 Jersey Guys

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Weeks ago, the seasonal bombardment of Christmas music started. But here is a song arguably worth listening to. It has Asbury Park-area flavor, “Christmas on the Jersey Shore,” written in 2011 by Neptune’s Ray Dahrouge and performed by Dahrouge and his group, the Darchaes. The Darchaes on the song are originals Sam Siciliano of Neptune, Dennis Testa of Jackson and Louie Scalpati of Neptune City, along with Siciliano’s brother, Patsy of Spring Lake, who has filled in with the group over the years. The years? As the name of the compact disc bearing “Christmas on the…

Yacht Club Will be Built on Same Footprint, But Elevated

  The Shark River Hills Beach & Yacht Club, which was destroyed last year during Superstorm Sandy, is being rebuilt but will be 13 feet higher than its previous elevation. The club building, at 360 South Riverside Dr. in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune, was about 50 years old with several improvements made over the years. Yacht Club Board of Directors Chairman John Dempsey said its membership recently approved the final $1.5 million plan to rebuild the club, which was razed in April because it was deemed unsafe. The new building will be built on its same footprint…

Unique Program Will Give Students Degree, Diploma at Same Time

  By DON STINE Neptune High School students will participate next year in a unique program, believed to be the first of its kind in New Jersey, which will pay for the students to also attend Brookdale Community College and earn their two-year associate Bachelors of Arts degree at the same time they receive their high school disploma. “Students will attend their four years in high school and, at the same time, earn their two-year Associates Degree from Brookdale,” School Superintendent David A. Mooij said earlier this week. Called the Poseidon Early College High School program, eighth-grade students are now…

One-on-One at the Neptune Public Library

  By KATHARINA CAVANO John Bonney’s personal mission in life is to make a difference in the lives of others through kindness. In the past three years he has implemented that mission into his work at the Neptune Public Library, where he heads outreach and will soon serve as assistant director. In 2010, the Neptune Library officially began their One-on-One Program and now, three years later, the program has captured the attention of the State Librarian, Mary Chute. The One-on-One Program is designed to meet the needs of the community beyond the typical “reference desk” questions and queries. Patrons can…

Out and About 2 In OCEAN TOWNSHIP

  All Coaster photos taken by Mike Kearns.