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Spring Finally Arrives After the Longest Winter

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Outside Serpico’s Pizzeria Restaurant in Allenhurst, Anastacio Acevedo sat in a chair, feet up on another one, working his cellular telephone. “First time in a long time decent weather,” said Acevedo, 37. “You can actually sit outside and enjoy it a little. I prefer the heat, the hotter the better.” OK, so Tues., April 1 was not exactly beach weather. But after this winter season’s snow-every-other-day and single-digit-temperature weather, it was at least sweatshirt warm of about 50 to 55 degrees. Additionally, it was sunny with a bluebird sky. “Nice,” said Boris Shambat, 68, an Asbury…

Neptune City School Budget Features Tax Rate Increase

  By DON STINE Neptune City residents will see a 4.9 cent increase in their 2014/2015 school tax rate under a budget introduced on March 25. The total $8,369,442 budget is down $64,455 from last year’s $8,433,897 total budget. The public hearing is scheduled for April 29. School Business Administrator Bill Folk said the total budget is down because the district saw less revenue in the new budget. “Revenues drive appropriations and the less revenue, the less appropriations we can have,” he said. The tax levy, or the amount to be raised through taxation, has increase to $5,566,358, up $211,658…

City Woman Hospitalized After Fire

  By DON STINE A 76-year-old woman was hospitalized March 27 after a fire broke out in her fifth-floor apartment in the Munroe Towers in Asbury Park. Fire department spokesperson Garrett Giberson said that Jessie Wise was rescued from her apartment by Asbury Park firefighters Paul Annunziata and Brett Nielson. Wise was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for smoke inhalation and evaluation. Wise was found under the bed covers in her bedroom in unit 5-N. The fire call came in at 10:47 a.m. and residents on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors of the 15-story residential…

What are your plans for summer?

  We think readers will agree; it’s time to put away this slow-going, sullen winter and think SUMMER! So this week we asked Shore area residents, “What are your plans for the summer?”…and here are their replies:

$12 Million Wesley Lake Restoration Project Underway

  The first phase of a proposed $12 million restoration project to Wesley Lake is underway and more funding is being sought to complete the project. “This is just the beginning and we have a lot more planned,” said Neptune Mayor Michael Brantley, who also chairs the Wesley Lake Commission. The Wesley Lake Commission held a press conference and groundbreaking ceremony on March 19 to celebrate the beginning of the project. “We are aggressively seeking more money,” Brantley said. Under the current $1.4 million project, both Wesley Lake, between Asbury Park and Ocean Grove, and Fletcher Lake, between Ocean Grove…

Residents Concerned About Deal Lake Project

  By DON STINE Concerned residents, environmentalists and sportsmen said they will continue to pressure the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a controversial beach replenishment project that may clog the Deal Lake flume in Asbury Park and prevent fishing from spawning. The Army Corps also wants to notch around six jetties between Asbury Park and Long Branch. About 100 people attended a rally March 2 at Deal Lake to protest plans to replenish a 3.5-mile section of beach stretching from Lake Takanassee in the Elberon section of Long Branch to Deal Lake. “Our main concern is a free-flowing flume…

What is your theory on the missing Malaysian airplane?

  The Coaster asked these Shore-area residents “What is your theory on the missing Malaysian airplane?” and here are their replies:  

2014 Asbury Park High School Hall of Famers Named

  Twelve graduates, ranging from an astrophysicist to a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, will be inducted into the Asbury Park High School Hall of Fame in May. The induction ceremony will be held on May 16 at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park. This event will mark the sixth induction ceremony since the first was held in 2003. A wall of plaques, entitled “The Wall of Fame”, is located in a hallway at the high school, with each plaque featuring a photograph and brief biography of a prior inductee. School personnel have reported that students often stop and study…

Residents, Agencies to Rally for Saving Deal Lake

  By DON STINE Deal Lake will experience increased flooding and fish will be prevented from spawning under a plan being pursued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, local officials and environmentalists said this week. “The flume from the lake will be plugged up with sand and the only way to get water out of the lake will be by pumping it out- which is crazy,” said Joseph Pallotto president of the Asbury Park Fishing Club, the oldest such club in America. A protest will be held at 5 p.m. Fri., March 21 at the Eighth Avenue jetty in Asbury…

State Decision Grants Interlaken’s Request to End Ties with Asbury Park

  A recent state decision has ruled that Interlaken has satisfied required criteria and has granted the borough’s request to terminate its long-standing sending and receiving relations with the Asbury Park school district. Interlaken has been trying to severe its relationship with the Asbury Park school district for years. About two years ago the Interlaken Board of Education approved sending students to West Long Branch and Shore Regional on a per-pupil tuition cost. On March 7, the Office of Administrative Law issued a decision that the Interlaken Board of Education has satisfied required statutory criteria and granted the borough’s request…