Slight Boost in Ocean Tax Rate

  By DON STINE Ocean Township property owners will see an average $48 increase in municipal taxes under the township’s 2014 budget, which was adopted without public comment at last week’s Township Council meeting. It was hoped that the increase could be lowered to about $41 using pension savings to lower the tax rate. “But […]

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Avon Plans Ban on Smoking at Beachfront

  By KATHARINA CAVINO Avon commissioners are planning to ban smoking at the beachfront. The designated beachfront area would be within 50 feet from every entrance to the boardwalk or beach. There would be a $500 penalty for any violation. Commissioner Frank Gorman said he hopes “to be smoke free on the beach by the […]

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Out & About

 

Making the rounds of all the Shore has to offer this past were the following folks captured by THE COASTER’s Mike Kearns:

At the Ballard Church thrift store in Asbury Park were John Grun, Asbury Park; Rob Gries, Asbury Park; Stephen Gries, Millstone Township and Annette Taylor, Neptun City.

At the Ballard Church thrift store in Asbury Park were John Grun, Asbury Park; Rob Gries, Asbury Park; Stephen Gries, Millstone Township and Annette Taylor, Neptun City.

Catharine Barrett, Matawan; Joann Snyder, Keyport, Terri King, Shark River Hills and Sandy Brodsky, also of Shark River Hills were at the postcard stand at the Ocean Grove Flea Market Sat., May 31.

Catharine Barrett, Matawan; Joann Snyder, Keyport, Terri King, Shark River Hills and Sandy Brodsky, also of Shark River Hills were at the postcard stand at the Ocean Grove Flea Market Sat., May 31.

At Yvonne’s Cafe in Ocean Grove Harvey Cottrell waited on Janice Meyer, Patricia Scarpati and Karen Millard, all of Brooklyn.

At Yvonne’s Cafe in Ocean Grove Harvey Cottrell waited on Janice Meyer, Patricia Scarpati and Karen Millard, all of Brooklyn.

At the ArtParty in Asbury Park to raise money for children in Africa and to debut the work of artist Julio Reynaga were party host Jon Bionda, Rob Derrick, Asbury Park; Tom Wilson, Asbury Park; Reynaga and Matt Brown, Freehold.

At the ArtParty in Asbury Park to raise money for children in Africa and to debut the work of artist Julio Reynaga were party host Jon Bionda, Rob Derrick, Asbury Park; Tom Wilson, Asbury Park; Reynaga and Matt Brown, Freehold.

Enjoying an ice cream stop at Day’s Ice Cream in Ocean Grove were Jill Emmich, Mel Gelade, Lois Gelade and Harper Emmich, all of Asbury Park.

Enjoying an ice cream stop at Day’s Ice Cream in Ocean Grove were Jill Emmich, Mel Gelade, Lois Gelade and Harper Emmich, all of Asbury Park.

Checking out the bargains at a yard sale on Third Avenue in Asbury Park were Marco Guerrero, Jose Conde and Shannan Grayson, all of Asbury Park.

Checking out the bargains at a yard sale on Third Avenue in Asbury Park were Marco Guerrero, Jose Conde and Shannan Grayson, all of Asbury Park.

Spotted outside the Ocean Grove Trading Company were Mary Ann Rabaglia, Monroe, N.Y.; Mary Chuquette, Freehold; Janis Gianforte, Farmingdale and Aida Kaplowitz of the Ocean Grove Trading Company.

Spotted outside the Ocean Grove Trading Company were Mary Ann Rabaglia, Monroe, N.Y.; Mary Chuquette, Freehold; Janis Gianforte, Farmingdale and Aida Kaplowitz of the Ocean Grove Trading Company.

Andy Pawlan (right) of Restore thrift store on Third Avenue in Asbury Park is pictured at the store with Ken LaRock, Asbury Park; Gary Uberroth, Asbury Park and Mary Lou Cantrella, Ocean Grove.

Andy Pawlan (right) of Restore thrift store on Third Avenue in Asbury Park is pictured at the store with Ken LaRock, Asbury Park; Gary Uberroth, Asbury Park and Mary Lou Cantrella, Ocean Grove.

Volunteering at the refreshment stand at the flea market in Ocean Grove Sat., May 31 were Lou Mitchell, M. Ayres, Fred Ohleth, Linda Conselysa, Jean Mitchell and Susan Taylor.

Volunteering at the refreshment stand at the flea market in Ocean Grove Sat., May 31 were Lou Mitchell, M. Ayres, Fred Ohleth, Linda Conselysa, Jean Mitchell and Susan Taylor.

Do you think the Washington Redskins should change their name?

 

THE COASTER can’t let go of football season despite the calendar screaming baseball (and soon, the World Cup). We went native this week and asked Shore area residents, “Do you think the Washington Redskins should change their name?” – and here are their replies:

Otto Williams, Newark - Actually, no. It’s a sport. I’m familiar with the controversy. Some are saying it’s racial because of an indian being called a redskin instead of a native American. But it’s been called that for years. And now everything had to be politically correct. It’s gone too far.

Otto Williams, Newark – Actually, no. It’s a sport. I’m familiar with the controversy. Some are saying it’s racial because of an indian being called a redskin instead of a native American. But it’s been called that for years. And now everything had to be politically correct. It’s gone too far.

Tony & Barbara Anzano, Farmingdale - We say no, they should not. It’s attached to a team that’s been around for a very long time. And it’s a football team. And the term, we don’t feel is racial or offense in any way.

Tony & Barbara Anzano, Farmingdale – We say no, they should not. It’s attached to a team that’s been around for a very long time. And it’s a football team. And the term, we don’t feel is racial or offense in any way.

Jeannine Blewitt, Ocean Grove & Lauren Freda, Wall - Jeannine: I say, although it’s historical, that if it does offend a group of people, I can see the need for change. Lauren: I say no, because it is historical and that should be enough for it to remain as it is. It should be recognized as such and not influenced by outside forces.

Jeannine Blewitt, Ocean Grove & Lauren Freda, Wall – Jeannine: I say, although it’s historical, that if it does offend a group of people, I can see the need for change. Lauren: I say no, because it is historical and that should be enough for it to remain as it is. It should be recognized as such and not influenced by outside forces.

Charles Formato, Belmar - Hell no!.Keep a tradition a tradition. The Redskins are a good thing. Keep it.

Charles Formato, Belmar – Hell no!.Keep a tradition a tradition. The Redskins are a good thing. Keep it.

Christopher Halligan, Asbury Park - No, I don’t. There’s a little too much political correctness going on right now. If they didn’t have a name, I wouldn’t name them the Redskins, but I wouldn’t change it now.

Christopher Halligan, Asbury Park – No, I don’t. There’s a little too much political correctness going on right now. If they didn’t have a name, I wouldn’t name them the Redskins, but I wouldn’t change it now.

Kerri & J.C. Herring, Ocean - Absolutely not. People have got to relax. It’s a football team, not a political party. Chill-out, relax.

Kerri & J.C. Herring, Ocean – Absolutely not. People have got to relax. It’s a football team, not a political party. Chill-out, relax.

Lisa Iron-Shooter w/Storm, Sage & Skye, Ocean - As a native American, I say yes. The logo is bad, too. It’s humiliating to native Americans. A lot of others teams are changing their logos, too. Maybe they should be connected with the government, or the White House. We’re Oglala Sioux, Lakota Nation.

Lisa Iron-Shooter w/Storm, Sage & Skye, Ocean – As a native American, I say yes. The logo is bad, too. It’s humiliating to native Americans. A lot of others teams are changing their logos, too. Maybe they should be connected with the government, or the White House. We’re Oglala Sioux, Lakota Nation.

Janet McGillis, Jayne Vogler, Joyce Vogler w/ Roxie, W. Allenhurst - We think it’s silly to change the name, absolutely. We’re sorry, but we don’t think we need to be politically correct about everything. It’s been the Redskins for umpteen years, it doesn't need to change.

Janet McGillis, Jayne Vogler, Joyce Vogler w/ Roxie, W. Allenhurst – We think it’s silly to change the name, absolutely. We’re sorry, but we don’t think we need to be politically correct about everything. It’s been the Redskins for umpteen years, it doesn’t need to change.

Stewart Mills, Neptune - I think they should keep their name. It’s sports, nothing personal. It’s all about fun. The Washington Redskins football team It’s about the sport, not about people.

Stewart Mills, Neptune – I think they should keep their name. It’s sports, nothing personal. It’s all about fun. The Washington Redskins football team It’s about the sport, not about people.

Lou Mitchell, Ocean Grove - No. I don’t see any reason why they should. That’s all.

Lou Mitchell, Ocean Grove – No. I don’t see any reason why they should. That’s all.

Brian Molyvade, Jersey City -I think the name is a little inappropriate. I think they should change it. I’m also a Giants fan, so Washington has that working against them, too.

Brian Molyvade, Jersey City -I think the name is a little inappropriate. I think they should change it. I’m also a Giants fan, so Washington has that working against them, too.

In Interlaken: 2 Newcomers Win Primary

  By DON STINE Two Republican political newcomers beat out a former Interlaken mayor in this week’s GOP primary. Mindy Horowitz and John Gunn beat former Mayor Robert Wolf III to get their party’s nod to run for two, three-year terms on the Borough Council in this November’s general election. Horowitz was the high vote-getter […]

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Asbury Park Hiring Practices Under Fire by Residents

  By DON STINE Some Asbury Park residents are expected to attend this week’s City Council to complain about the city’s hiring practices which they said more often than not places non-residents in city jobs, shutting out qualified residents. The residents also say the city has a dismal record of screening potential employees. Duanne Small, […]

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Ocean Township Celebrates the Earth at Green Fair

  As a certified Sustainable Jersey Municipality, the Ocean Township Environmental Commission invites the public to attend the fourth annual Green Fair at the Ocean Township Library on Sat., June 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free, family-friendly festival is dedicated to the Earth. Programs for all ages will include: > 10 a.m. […]

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Jersey Pride Parade & Festival Photos

 

Coaster photos from the 23rd annual Jersey Pride parade and festival held in Asbury Park yesterday, Sunday, June 1, 2014. All photos taken in the heart of downtown Asbury on Cookman Avenue. Jersey Pride President Laura Pople estimated that the event drew 20,000 people to the city.

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Tribute to the Carpenters

  By PAUL BOOTH Jillian Rhys McCoy is a locally grown musical talent who’s flashed her powerful vocals all over the eastern seaboard and this Friday, May 30 brings them to Tim McLoone’s Supper Club on the Asbury Park boardwalk in tribute to the Carpenters, the pop sibling-duo that consistently topped the music charts in […]

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