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In Bradley Beach: Public Works Dept. force to be reckoned with

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE With just nine full time employees, including two working supervisors and one foreman, the Bradley Beach Public Works Department is a force to be reckoned with. Despite a winter of more than a dozen snowstorms, the Public Works department is revving up for the summer months, making sure Bradley Beach is functional and beautiful for residents and visitors. Stepping into the Bradley Beach Public Works Department building you can tell they have pride for what they do everyday. The building itself is only two years old and was built by the members of the department. It…

Major Fund-Raising Effort On to Purchase Crane House

  The Asbury Park Historical Society has begun a major $250,000 fundraising campaign to purchase and restore the historic Stephen Carne House in Asbury Park. The house, built in 1876, is probably the oldest house in Asbury Park. It is also the teenage home of famous American author Stephen Crane. Stephen Crane [1871- 1900] was a prolific American author who began his literary career in Asbury Park as a teenager. Throughout his short life, Crane wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Expressionism. His writings include “The Red Badge of Courage,”…

Meters Planned for City Parking Garage

  By DON STINE The state-owned parking garage on Bangs Avenue in Asbury Park (pictured above) will eventually have pay-to–park meters installed, similar to ones already in place in the downtown area and at the beachfront. “Let’s keep moving forward (on providing new parking in the city). This is a good idea so let’s do it,” said Councilman John Loffredo, who is also a member of the city’s parking committee. The garage, at the intersection with Emory Street, has more than 200 parking spaces that are used primarily by state workers employed at a nearby building on weekdays. On Fridays…

The B Plot: 40th anniversary of historic Little League curve ball

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO As Little League season begins, there is one woman to thank for ensuring girls everywhere get their turn at bat. In 1974, a 10-year-old Janine Cinseruli told her mother that because of her gender she was not allowed to play in her Peabody, Massachusetts Little League. What ensued was months of legal curve balls with the help of the ACLU and a landmark decision by the State Supreme Court that affirmed a girl’s right to play baseball on the same team as the boys. And Cinseruli made history by becoming the first girl welcomed into any…

What do you think of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio?

  You can super-size your soda and maybe a whole lot more – like your liberal expectations –  in NYC now that Mayor Bloomberg is history. Given the large number of Asbury Park and Shore area residents who also call the Big Apple home, we thought it a good time three months or so months after inauguration day to ask, “What do you think of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio?” Replies below. Take a big gulp…

Out & About

  Spotted by THE COASTER’S Mike Kearns Out & About this past week were…  

In Bradley Beach: Chamber Hosts Restaurant Tour

  The Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce with assistance from the borough presents the second annual Spring Restaurant Tour on April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The annual event kicks off the spring dining season by showcasing some of the best culinary destinations in Bradley Beach. Giamano’s Ristorante, the family owned Italian eatery which has been in Bradley Beach for nearly 30 years was one of the busiest stops on last year’s tour, and the same is anticipated this year. The family is keeping quiet about what they will be preparing for the upcoming tour. Giamano’s is well…

3 Candidates Seeking GOP Support in Interlaken Primary

  By DON STINE Three Interlaken Republicans and one Democrat are seeking their party’s nod in the June 3 primary to run for two, three-year terms on the Borough Council in this November’s general election. Former Mayor Robert Wolf III, John Gunn and Mindy Horowitz are running in the GOP primary. Incumbent Councilman Robert Napoli is the only candidate running as a Democrat so he is guaranteed a spot on the November ballot. One of the three GOP primary candidates will also not be on the ballot after votes are cast June 3. The question is: which one? One of…

In Allenhurst: 9 Bids Received for Beach Club Project

  Nine bids were opened earlier this week to rebuild the Allenhurst Beach Club restaurant which was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. Borough Administrator Lori Osborn said the project is estimated to cost about $2.5 million. The nine bids will be reviewed and one will probably be awarded at the April 29 Board of Commissioners meeting. The new restaurant will be built on the same footprint as the old one and will sit on a concrete foundation, not pilings. The restaurant will, however, be setback a bit from an existing sea wall nearby. Osborn said the work is expected to begin…

Do you think genetically modified foods should be labeled as such in the supermarket?

  The Coaster asked these discriminating palates, “Do you think genetically modified foods should be labeled as such in the supermarket?” Matt Wisneski, Laura Dumont & Mike Borruso, from Sayreville (above) replied, “Yes, we all think so. People Absolutely have the right to know what they are putting into their bodies – organic or modified. We would avoid those products if we had a choice.” Other responses are below…