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New Tourism Director Named in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Nicole Kienlen, owner of Paws and Anchor on Main Street in Bradley Beach, is the borough’s new borough tourism director. Keinlen recently organized the successful Howl-O-Ween event along with the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 31. After presenting the Howl-O-Ween idea to the council and asking for permission to have dogs in the park, Keinlen said she got “caught up in the enthusiasm” and decided to apply for the position even though she her business had only been open for six months. “I love this town and I want to see the businesses succeed,”…

A Luncheon for Outgoing City Pastor

  Asbury Park’s Second Baptist Church is holding a luncheon for the Rev. William E. Coleman Jr., the outgoing interim pastor, on Sat., Dec. 12. The lunch will be noon to 4 p.m. at Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune. Tickets are $45 each and available through the church office, telephone 732-774-5347, or through church member Dan Harris, telephone 732-890-2533. On Sun., Dec. 13, Coleman will give his farewell sermon at 10 a.m. at the church, 124 Atkins Ave. Coleman, the husband of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, has been the interim pastor for three years. The new pastor is Semaj…

IHOP Restaurant Offering Free Hot Lunches

  The IHOP restaurant on Route 66 in Neptune will be offering free lunches after its regular business hours on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26. When the International House of Pancakes restaurant at 2200 Route 66 closes for business for the day at 2 p.m., it will be open for two hours serving the hot lunches, said owner Rakesh “Rick” Kumar, who bought the restaurant in March. “I can be part of the community,” Kumar said. “People can come and see us. I just want to be able to help. Kumar, who has been in the restaurant business, is maintaining a Thanksgiving…

Crane House to Screen Comedy

  Two men on a raft…a pair of devoted friends, though you’d never know it from the way they bicker, banter and brouhaha their way from the 19th century beach at Asbury Park, to the middle of the Atlantic, and places that are far afield of both their expectations and their left-behind street clothes. A rare comical adventure from the pen of Stephen Crane (and a story with the flavor of the Jersey Shore resort where he made his home as a young man), “The Reluctant Voyagers” has long cried out for presentation on the live stage — and on…

Neptune Police Officer Indicted; Facing Life Without Parole

  A Monmouth County grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday charging suspended Neptune Township Police Officer Philip Seidle with one count each of first degree Murder, second degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose and second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, announced acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Seidle, 51, of Neptune Township, is currently being held in the Mercer County Correctional Center, Hopewell Township, on $2 million bail with no ten percent option, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, P.J.Cr. Since that time, a motion for bail reduction before…

Stop Feeding the Ducks

  By DON STINE Too many ducks in Fletcher Lake, between Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach, are becoming a problem and some area residents would like to see the issue addressed. “The population is getting out of hand and their ecological impact is detrimental to the lake. The ecology in the lake is imbalanced right now and it needs to get back into balance,” said Ocean Grove resident Ann Horan, who brought the issue up at this week’s Neptune Township Committee meeting Horan, who lives about two blocks from the lake, said the duck population in Fletcher Lake has doubled…

Asbury Park Team Members Attend Anti-Gang Workshop

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER It has been a season of positive numbers for the Asbury Park High School football team. The Blue Bishops won six of their first seven games, losing only to Point Pleasant Beach in overtime in the regular-season opener both teams and erasing the scars left by last year’s 2-8 record. And, led by wide receiver Jaedon Stephens and quarterback Davon Thompson, they have established themselves as one of the highest scoring teams in the Shore Conference. However, there is one number that gnaws at the insides of first-year head coach Tim Fosque. “About 80 percent of…

Tinton Falls Appoints Acting Judge

  By PETE WALTON Susan Schroeder Clark is scheduled to become the acting municipal judge in Tinton Falls. She will replace Richard B. Thompson, who has been suspended without pay pending an investigation. Clark will serve in the post until Thompson returns or a permanent successor is appointed. Superior Court Judge Lisa P. Thornton suspended Thompson, who has been the municipal judge in Tinton Falls, Bradley Beach, Neptune City and six other Monmouth County towns. The suspension order said that Thompson would be investigated by the state’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct for possible violations involving the “integrity and independence”…

Blue Star Memorial Program in Interlaken

  Interlaken has unveiled a Blue Star By-Way marker, honoring those who have served in the military, at the flagpole at Borough Hall. The Blue Star Memorial Marker program originated with a New Jersey garden club in 1944 that planted approximately 8, 000 dogwood trees along a 5-1/2 mile stretch of highway as a living memorial to the men and women of the Armed Forces. The Blue Star was chosen to symbolize the memorial because it was used during World War II on flags and homes of families that had a son or daughter in the service. At the close…

No Sitting Down for Asbury Park Basketball Coach

  By CHRIS CRISTOPHER Keith Coleman, a former Neptune High School boys basketball player, was named the head boys coach at Asbury Park High School for the 2015-16 season by the Board of Education. “I want to thank the Asbury Park Board of Education and the community for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach,” said Coleman, 53. “I have been involved in basketball for most of my life. I enjoy watching it whether it’s boys or girls or adults. I just enjoy the game of basketball. The athleticism of the game is definitely one of the reasons…