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Out and About In OCEAN GROVE

  All Coaster photos taken by Mike Kearns. Click on any image to view at full size and for caption:

Holiday cat adoption special

  Celebrate the holidays by coming over to Associated Humane Society – Tinton Falls and meet some of the fabulous felines. With the HOLIDAY CAT ADOPTION SPECIAL you can adopt a cat or kitten for only $25. The fee covers spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip and a carrier to take your new best friend home in! PLUS…you will get a complimentary Petco or Petsmart $15 gift card when you adopt a cat or kitten in December… Now let’s really get your attention with these couple of cuties, plus a pooch to keep things lively:       Associated Humane Society 2960 Shafto…

A Piece of Asbury Park History Returning to City

  By ED SALVAS It’s been more than 100 yeas since a horse-drawn carriage made its way through the streets of Asbury Park delivering the local newspaper. But thanks to the generosity of the Gannett Corporation, publishers of The Asbury Park Press, the carriage may soon return to Asbury Park. The carriage, which dates to 1879 and was used to deliver the Shore Press, the forerunner of the Asbury Park Press, has been on display in the lobby of the Press building on Route 66 in Neptune, but the Press is moving to a new building and needs to find…

Avon Seeks Suspect in Burglaries

  By KATHARINA CAVANO Avon police are continuing their search for a suspect believed to be responsible for a rash of burglaries during the last six weeks. At this week’s Board of Commissioners meeting Lt. Michael Pelech said the burglaries have all occurred in unoccupied houses during the day and in all but one, the suspect entered the home through unlocked windows or doors. Camera footage from the school security cameras on Fifth Avenue showed that the burglar is a young man in his early twenties and is riding around town on a bicycle. “I believe it’s somebody that has…

Asbury Park Still Searching for a City Manager

  By DON STINE The Asbury Park City Council had hoped to have a new city manager hired by Jan. 1, at the latest, but as that day nears it’s uncertain if that will happen. Director of Social Services Tony Nuccio was appointed acting-city manager for the last two months with expectations that a new city manager would be in place by the first of the year. And while some council members say that a qualified person has been offered the city manager’s job that person has not made any commitment yet and certainly no one appears to be in…

Beware the Snow? Not This Week

  By JOSEPH SAPIA With only a coating at best, Tuesday’s snow event in the Asbury Park area was kind of a bust. “I was all excited this morning,” said Sam Vaccaro Sr. Tuesday afternoon. “Now, I’m disappointed.” Vaccaro owns The Hardware in Asbury Park and was ready to sell snow shovels, snowblowers, de-icing salt, those kinds of things. But, while he was talking, the city looked just like another so-so day that was clearing up. “If it doesn’t snow, business is way off,” said Vaccaro, noting people are not buying lawn-and-garden and other outside items this time of year.…

Do you think you’ll be spending more or less on the holidays as compared to last year?

  Take the pulse of the Holiday economy by clicking on any picture for an answer to: Do you think you’ll be spending more or less on the holidays as compared to last year?

Out & About

  Spotted on the streets – or at better eateries, shops or public spaces in the area – were these fine folks this past week.  All photos by Mike Kearns.  

Ocean Woman Wins Seat on School Board

  By DON STINE One of five write-in candidates for a seat on the Ocean Township Board of Education garnered enough votes in the November general election to be seated to a three-year term. Amy McGovern, 36, who is a flight attendant and lives in the West Allenhurst section, outdistanced her four rivals with 329 votes. She will be sworn in with two other winning incumbent candidates at the school board’s Jan. 7 reorganization meeting. School Board /Business Administrator Kenneth Jannarone said that the county Board of Elections recently officially certified McGovern as the winner and added that the board…

Old School Auditorium Steps Into the Future

  By JOSEPH SAPIA For Betty Ann White Slocum, the refurbishing of the Bradley Beach Elementary School auditorium is a step back in time. “I love it,” said Slocum, who attended the school from kindergarten to eighth grade. “They made it look like the era it’s supposed to be from. “This just makes it a special place,” she said. “It’s elegant-looking.” For Slocum, the school’s secretary who has worked for the local kindergarten-to-eighth grade district for all but two years since 1981, and the rest of the town, the remodeling of the auditorium will also be a step into the…