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First the Snow, Cold…Now the Potholes

  By JOSEPH SAPIA In this winter of endless plowable snowfalls and daily high temperatures that are quite low, the weather has been a major discussion topic. So, too, another major topic has been a result of the weather: potholes, basically caused by moisture in the pavement of roadways freezing and thawing. “This year is taking a toll on the roads, no doubt,” said Rich Bianchi, operating supervisor in Bradley Beach’s public works department, adding there is other damage, such as that caused by snowplows hitting curbs. “We’re seeing more potholes than normal,” said John W. Tobia, director of the…

Building a better Asbury Park through redesign

  By DON STINE So many people turned out in Asbury Park March 4 to hear more about Rebuild by Design, a federally-funded competition seeking to design permanent solutions to minimize damage caused by future severe storms, that another presentation was added. A standing-room-only crowd packed the first 7 p.m. session in the main viewing room at the Showroom on Cookman Avenue. Tuesday’s presentations were to garner public comment about the program. “Community feedback is a major criteria,” said Alexis Taylor, a project manager for the design competition. Ten teams, from Connecticut to New Jersey, are part of the Rebuild…

Do you think raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour will help or hurt the economy?

  The Coaster asked these area residents “Do you think raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour will help or hurt the economy?” this week…and hit paydirt. Sit back and watch or click through the slideshow to read the replies:

Vote Next Week on Shark River Dredging Plan

  By DON STINE The future of the Shark River will probably be determined on Mon., March 10 by the Monmouth County Board of Recreation Commissioners, which will vote on moving approvals forward on a controversial 16-acre dewatering site for the proposed river dredging project. Proponents and opponents of the project attended the recreation commissioner’s meeting on Feb. 24 at Thompson Park in Lincroft. Another meeting, also at the park, will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 10 when a vote will be taken on moving the recommendation to use a dewatering site in Neptune on to the…

In Avon: Residents Continue to See Red Over Discolored Tap Water

By KATHARINA CAVINO About a dozen residents of the Washington Avenue area of Avon attended this week’s Board of Commissioners meeting to again voice their concerns about discolored water flowing from their taps. They brought mason jars filled with yellow water, white tee shirts stained yellow by the water in their washing machines, and two-month-old water filters that had turned completely brown from the water being piped into their homes. Residents had one word for the chronic problem: “deplorable.” The group of residents, represented by Jack Ryan of Wshington Avenue, demanded a long term solution to the problem. “One of…

Wesley Lake Will Be Dredged; Retaining Wall Repaired

  By DON STINE If the water in Wesley Lake looks very low at the western end, it is all for a good reason – the lake will be dredged soon. “Everything is taken care of (for the project),” said Neptune Township Committeeman Michael Brantley, who also chairs the Wesley Lake Commission. Under the proposal, both Wesley Lake, between Asbury Park and Ocean Grove, and Fletcher Lake, between Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach, will be dredged under a $1.4 million project. About 400 linear feet of retaining wall along the southerly side of Wesley Lake will be replaced and an…

Breakfast Fund-Raiser for Asbury Parade

  A Lucky Leprechaun breakfast fund-raiser to benefit the Asbury Park St.Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled for Sun., Feb. 23 at Kim Marie’s Eat and Drink Away on Kingsley Street from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Tickets for the breakfast are $10 and can be purchased at the door. In addition, raffle tickets to win one of three trips to Ireland, sponsored by Celtic Tours and Excel Travel, will be available for purchase at $20 each. Winners will be drawn the day of the parade, March 9. The parade is supported by donations, fundraising events and sponsors NJEA, Townsquare Media’s…

Move and Improve Neptune Has $50,000 Grant, Seeks Volunteers

  By DENISE HERSCHEL They can be found out and about working at the seasonal farmer’s market in the township or helping to identify and measure walking routes in the town. One of their most well-attended projects was assisting Neptune High School and Neptune Middle School students with picking up cigarette butts in the township’s parks in an effort to make Neptune a healthier place. They are all members of Move and Improve Neptune. The group’s commitment is to have residents “make the healthy choice the easy choice,” acccording to Dawn Thompson, who is Neptune Township Recreation Director. Thompson and…

Social Media Helps Ocean Police Keep Residents Informed

    By RICHARD VIRGILIO Due to the past few weeks of severe weather, Ocean Township residents are relying on social media platforms more than ever thanks to the police department’s email, text and tweet communication services. The department has been leveraging two online platforms to alert residents about impending storms – Nixle, a subscription-based email and text service, and Twitter. “We use both platforms to provide information to residents about emergencies, weather, traffic and crime,” said Ocean Township Police Chief Steve Peters. “Between Nixle and Twitter, residents can receive important information quickly in the way they prefer, on the…

In Neptune: New Electronic Message Board OK’d

  By DON STINE A new electronic message board will be installed in front of the Neptune municipal building using money from the township’s recreation fund. A previous plan, presented late last year, called for spending $200,000 from the township’s recreation committee fund to install about six electronic message boards throughout the township, at sites like the Jumping Brook Little League fields, the Shark River Hills fire house, and the Midtown Commons Park. Instead, just one new sign costing $30,560 will be placed in front of the municipal building, 25 Neptune Boulevard, and the remaining money in the fund will…