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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…

Longtime City Employee to Receive Carousel Award

  By ED SALVAS Garrett L. Giberson, better known as Gary, is a life-long Asbury Park resident who’s career as a city employee began in his teens and continues today, four years after his “retirement” as director of public works. Giberson is being honored with the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce Carousel Award presented annually to an outstanding Public Official. The awards ceremony will take place at the Chamber’s Carousel Awards Dinner May 9 at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. Giberson is currently the part time manager of the city beachfront, a position he’s held since 2010 when he officially stepped…

Bradley Beach Welcomes New Recreation Director

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council introduced the Recreation Department’s new Recreation Director, Shawn Heeter, of the West Allenhurst section of Ocean Township at its meeting this week. He replaces Cynthia Brady who died unexpectedly after retiring two weeks ago. Heeter is a teacher at the Academy Charter High School in Lake Como and the Recreation Coordinator in Spring Lake Heights. Jennifer Young, chairman of the Bradley Beach Recreation Committee, asked the Council to look into the open recreation hours for the gym, which in the past was held from 3 to 6 pm. “It hasn’t been…

Asbury Park Chamber Names New Assistant Director

  By ED SALVAS The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce created a new job this year in addition to making technology improvements at its office. These are other announcements were made at the chamber’s first 2014 General Membership breakfast meeting at the VFW. Attendees enjoyed a breakfast of scrambled eggs, pancakes and coffee provided by the restaurant Toast. Chamber Executive Director Jackie Pappas said the chamber’s membership stands at 275 and announced that Matthew Whelan has been hired as the chamber’s full time assistant executive director. “We created a job this year,” Pappas said in announcing that Whelan has been…

After 114 Years Clayton Press Closing Its Doors

  Above – David Roszel, owner of The Clayton Press in Asbury Park, said he is closing next month after 114 years in the city. – Coaster Photo By DON STINE One of Asbury Park’s oldest businesses will be closing at the end of May and with it goes a way of printing that served the city well for more than a century. The Clayton Press, at 412 Bond St., is going out of business. Founded in 1900, the print shop has served people from Asbury Park founder James A. Bradley, through the Great Depression and two World Wars, up…

(Big) Adoptable Pets

  ROCCO – Meet Rocco! A super handsome and incredibly devoted Bull Mastiff / Pitbull mix, 5-years-old who has been abandoned by his owners. This big boy weighs in around 120 lbs, but should weigh somewhere around 150 lbs. Poor Rocco has been shuffled around recently and is feeling a little lost. Rocco is currently in a very small kennel and needs to find his forever home very quickly. He is fully house trained and an absolute dream on the leash. Rocco is extremely strong and will require ongoing training along with an owner with large dog experience. Rocco has…

City Chamber Announces Carousel Award Winners

  It is once again time for the 2014 Asbury Park Chamber Carousel Awards Gala, this year themed “Saturday Night Fever.” The event will be held Fri., May 9 at 6 p.m. at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel located at 1401 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park. Attire is Black-tie-groovy with cocktails, dinner, dancing and special performances. Tickets are $125 to benefit The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce. This year’s honorees are John McGillon, owner of Johnny Mac’s/Kim Marie – Economic Development award; Jason Meehan, creator of the NJ Zombie Walk – Spirit of Asbury Park award (featured picture above); Corbo Restaurant Supply –…

Spring Finally Arrives After the Longest Winter

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Outside Serpico’s Pizzeria Restaurant in Allenhurst, Anastacio Acevedo sat in a chair, feet up on another one, working his cellular telephone. “First time in a long time decent weather,” said Acevedo, 37. “You can actually sit outside and enjoy it a little. I prefer the heat, the hotter the better.” OK, so Tues., April 1 was not exactly beach weather. But after this winter season’s snow-every-other-day and single-digit-temperature weather, it was at least sweatshirt warm of about 50 to 55 degrees. Additionally, it was sunny with a bluebird sky. “Nice,” said Boris Shambat, 68, an Asbury…

Neptune City School Budget Features Tax Rate Increase

  By DON STINE Neptune City residents will see a 4.9 cent increase in their 2014/2015 school tax rate under a budget introduced on March 25. The total $8,369,442 budget is down $64,455 from last year’s $8,433,897 total budget. The public hearing is scheduled for April 29. School Business Administrator Bill Folk said the total budget is down because the district saw less revenue in the new budget. “Revenues drive appropriations and the less revenue, the less appropriations we can have,” he said. The tax levy, or the amount to be raised through taxation, has increase to $5,566,358, up $211,658…

City Woman Hospitalized After Fire

  By DON STINE A 76-year-old woman was hospitalized March 27 after a fire broke out in her fifth-floor apartment in the Munroe Towers in Asbury Park. Fire department spokesperson Garrett Giberson said that Jessie Wise was rescued from her apartment by Asbury Park firefighters Paul Annunziata and Brett Nielson. Wise was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for smoke inhalation and evaluation. Wise was found under the bed covers in her bedroom in unit 5-N. The fire call came in at 10:47 a.m. and residents on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors of the 15-story residential…