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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…

What are your plans for summer?

  We think readers will agree; it’s time to put away this slow-going, sullen winter and think SUMMER! So this week we asked Shore area residents, “What are your plans for the summer?”…and here are their replies:

$12 Million Wesley Lake Restoration Project Underway

  The first phase of a proposed $12 million restoration project to Wesley Lake is underway and more funding is being sought to complete the project. “This is just the beginning and we have a lot more planned,” said Neptune Mayor Michael Brantley, who also chairs the Wesley Lake Commission. The Wesley Lake Commission held a press conference and groundbreaking ceremony on March 19 to celebrate the beginning of the project. “We are aggressively seeking more money,” Brantley said. Under the current $1.4 million project, both Wesley Lake, between Asbury Park and Ocean Grove, and Fletcher Lake, between Ocean Grove…

Residents Concerned About Deal Lake Project

  By DON STINE Concerned residents, environmentalists and sportsmen said they will continue to pressure the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a controversial beach replenishment project that may clog the Deal Lake flume in Asbury Park and prevent fishing from spawning. The Army Corps also wants to notch around six jetties between Asbury Park and Long Branch. About 100 people attended a rally March 2 at Deal Lake to protest plans to replenish a 3.5-mile section of beach stretching from Lake Takanassee in the Elberon section of Long Branch to Deal Lake. “Our main concern is a free-flowing flume…

What is your theory on the missing Malaysian airplane?

  The Coaster asked these Shore-area residents “What is your theory on the missing Malaysian airplane?” and here are their replies: