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Asbury Park Swears In Deputy Police Chief

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new Deputy Police Chief Anthony Salerno, who was sworn in on May 1, said this week that his 26 years experience on the force helps gives him insight and provide some guidance in addressing crime problems in the city. “Our biggest challenge is to eradicate gun violence, to instill greater confidence in the police department, and to encourage and develop a process where the police and the community get to know each other better,” he said. Salerno joined the Asbury Park police department in 1988 and worked his way up through the ranks. During…

Buy a Poppy; Help Our Veterans

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Every May millions of red crepe paper poppies are distributed throughout the United States as a symbol of the sacrifice of service made by veterans. This year, as every year for 64 years, the American Legion and its auxiliary of Neptune Post 346 are participating in the program. The American Legion Auxiliary Poppy program began in 1921 and “Poppy Days” are a familiar tradition in almost every American community, said Doreen Gallagher, past unit president and past county president of American Legion Auxiliary United 346 in Neptune. “The distribution of the bright red memorial flower to…

Down to the Wire for Dredging of Wesley Lake

  By DON STINE Ocean Grove residents and the co-owner of the swan boat concession on Wesley Lake in Asbury Park are concerned that a project to dredge the lake is coming too late in the season. Neptune Director of Planning and Engineering Leanne Hoffman said that the contract to dredge the lake requires it to be done by Memorial Day, or Mon., May 26. “We are hoping it will be done in advance of that,” she said. The project is being done by Precise Construction, based in Freehold. If the project is not completed by Memorial Day, there is…

Repaired Asbury Park Boardwalk to Reopen Soon

  PICTURED ABOVE – Coaster file photo of the Asbury boardwalk south of Convention Hall from the beach. The section has been undergoing repairs for the last few months. By DON STINE Asbury Park’s iconic boardwalk is nearly fully repaired and may even open this weekend, according to a city official. City Manager Jack Kelly said he visited the boardwalk early Tues., May 6 and reports “it looks fabulous.” “It looks like it is almost completed, right up to Convention Hall. They were also installing railing and other accessories. There doesn’t seem to be much structural work left to do-…

Out & About

  Spotted OUT & ABOUT the greater Asbury Park area recently were these folks – caught by THE COASTER in the act of having fun. All photos by Mike Kearns.

250 Register for Run the Hills Race in Neptune

  More than 250 runners and walkers have registered to date for the first annual “Run the Hills” 5K, which will be held on Sun., May 4 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune. The run is being sponsored by Recovery Along the River, a local foundation that has been instrumental in supporting the rebuilding needs of residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy. In addition to the 5K run, there will be a two mile non-competitive walk. The $30 registration fee includes the post-race party. Limited quantities of tee shirts are available for registrations received after…

In Neptune City: School Board Seeks OK for $360,000 Referendum Question

  By DON STINE Neptune City voters will be asked to approve a $360,000 referendum question in the November general election which would provide additional funding so extra-curricular activities and sports do not have to be cancelled at the Woodrow Wilson School for the 2014-2015 school year. Approving the question will result in the average homeowner paying an additional $174.86 in annual school taxes. Residents will already see a 4.9 cent increase for each $100 of assessed valuation, or from $1.23 to $1.28, under the $8,369,442 total budget introduced on March 25. The average Neptune City home is assessed at…

Allenhurst Awards Bid for Club Building

  By DON STINE The contract to rebuild the Allenhurst Beach Club restaurant, which was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, was awarded by the Board of Commission this week. Santorini Construction Inc., based in Neptune, was awarded the $2,360,000 contract. Santorini was the lowest of nine bidders on the project. Borough Administrator Lori Osborn said rebuilding the restaurant could begin as early as May but is not expected to be finished until sometime on the fall. The project was estimated to cost about $2.5 million. The new restaurant will be built on the same footprint as the old one and will…

Ocean Grove Residents Seek Permission for Dog Park

  By DON STINE Several Ocean Grove residents attending this week’s Neptune Township Committee meeting seeking permission to create a gated dog run area at a grassy area near the intersection of Pennsylvania and Inskip Avenues, behind a sewer maintenance building. “People have no place to take their dogs and people complain about dog waste in the parks. Dog parks are a great place for the community to get together and socialize,” said Michael Goldfinger, who lives on Heck Avenue. Goldfinger said he supports creating the park and that his group polled 319 Ocean Grove residents about the proposal. He…

City to Swear In Deputy Police Chief

  By DON STINE Asbury Park Police Captain Anthony Salerno will be appointed as the city’s new Deputy Police Chief on May 1. The city has been without a deputy chief  since current Police Chief Mark Kinmon, who previously held the position, was promoted in 2007. Police Sergeant John Crescio, who joined the department in 1998, is also being promoted to Lieutenant. Salerno has been with the police department for about 26 years. “I think this is a good thing for the police department and the city. Tony brings a lot to the table- he is very knowledgeable and driven and…