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Adriatic Reunion Planned at Kim Marie’s in Asbury Park

  Mark your calendar for Thurs., March 15 for a reunion of the former Adriatic restaurant in Asbury Park. The restaurant was a popular spot for almost three decades on Kingsley Street before owner Stanley Tokic retired a few years ago and closed it. Kim Marie’s Eat and Drink Away is now located where the Adriatic once operated. The reunion begins at 5 p.m. Stop by and say hello to friends you haven’t seen in several years.

Proposal to Hire Preservation Specialist

  By DON STINE Neptune is hoping to hire an historical preservation professional to review the existing guidelines governing historic preservation, particularly as it applies to the Historic Preservation Commission. The action is being taken “ in anticipation of recommendations for updating the guidelines to certain standards and, beyond that, to assist the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) in the future,” Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said. “The professional will work with the HPC to review and make recommendations to the current guidelines,” he said. Gadaleta said the Township Committee made a determination that there needs to be such a review…

Upgrades at Beachfront in Bradley Beach

  By PETE WALTON Beachgoers can expect major changes for the better in Bradley Beach this summer. The lifeguard station is getting an upgrade and beach tag booths will have a new exterior of wooden shingles, replacing cracked and crumbling stucco. Twelve new trash and recycling stations will be in place and the repaired beachfront fountain, which Mayor Gary Engelstad described as “stunning,” will make its debut in May, according to Business Administrator Kelly Barrett. At the Borough Council meeting earlier this week, Barrett said that costs for the oceanfront work were much less than had been anticipated. She said…

There’s No Church but There is a Tax bill

  By DON STINE The Union Baptist Church in Neptune may not physically be there right now but congregants still want to worship the Lord and save souls. But that will come at a price – the Neptune tax assessor just slapped the church with a $3,500 tax bill. “The congregation is not in a position to fund this bill,” Rev. John Wright, pastor of the church at 2101 W. Bangs Ave., said at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Wright and about two dozen congregants and supporters attended the meeting. The church was built at its current site in 1972…

Neptune City School Official Retires After 25 Years

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI After a quarter century of working as the business administrator in the Neptune City School District, William Folk has retired. Folk who says “I have not lived a day of my life out of Neptune City” said his most proud accomplishment is the passage of a “long needed” $12 million 2005 referendum that expanded the facilities at the kindergarten through eighth grade school. “It was very exciting to see the community come out and support that,” he said. “We really needed it…in my capacity I was focused on the facility so that was a big…

The Question is….

  The Coaster asks….”Who’s your Valentine?”    

Housing Coalition Presents Ordinance for City Consideration

  The Asbury Park Affordable Housing Coalition, in conjunction with Fair Share Housing New Jersey, has written an Affordable Housing Ordinance for consideration by the City Council of Asbury Park and any social justice oriented developers. This ordinance, according to a release from the coalition, would require all new buildings of over 10 units, including major reconstruction, to include at least 20 percent affordable housing. This inclusion of affordable housing would apply to all sectors of the city and would require that all units be on site, with no off site affordable housing units. The Affordable Housing Coalition and Fair…

Ocean Township Student Reaches Semi-Finals in National Science Competition

  A student from Ocean Township has recently become one of 10 semifinalists in a national space engineering competition. Myles Fort, of Ocean Township, was recognized in the junior level division in the five to 12 year old group in American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME Foundation and NASA’s Two for the Crew Challenge. He will now progress to the next round of competition. According to a release from Future Engineers, an online education platform, there are 20 semifinalists in the Two for the Crew Challenge, the sixth in a series of design competitions tasking students to invent useful items…

Danny DeVito Returning to Asbury Park

  Danny DeVito, who was born in Neptune and spent much of his youth in Asbury Park, will once again host a one man presentation at this year’s Asbury Park Music and Film Festival. The festival is April 26 to April 29. An Evening with Danny DeVito will be held at the Paramount Theater on Sat., April 28 at 7 p.m. Headlining the festival’s musical performances this year is Sublime with Rome, who will perform on Sat., April 28 at 9:30 p.m. at Convention Hall. Tickets for the DeVito and Sublime with Rome events are available by visiting www.apmff.org. There are a variety of VIP…

Chocolate Pretzels and More at Valentine’s Day Bake Sale

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Neptune Library patrons are in for a real treat this upcoming weekend before Valentine’s Day. As they browse for some new reads or stop by for a quiet place to study, they can also satisfy their sweet tooth at the same time as the Valentine’s Day Bake Sale will take place Sat., Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chocolate pretzels, brownies and dessert loafs are only a few of the homemade goods that will be featured with all proceeds going to the library’s tween and teen programming. Amanda Franco, Reference Librarian and Tween/Teen Coordinator, will…