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City Police Chief Stands by Decision to Retire

  By DON STINE Asbury Park Police Chief Mark Kinmon will not be staying in his position past Dec. 31 as was erroneously reported recently in various media sources. “I am sticking with my retirement plan and information out there is totally inaccurate,” he said. Kinmon said that there was some discussion about him remaining in his position as chief, but that it was only a discussion, not a commitment. It was first reported in The Coaster three months ago that Kinmon planned to retire at the end of this year. “I still plan to retire. I was just reconsidering…

Out and About

  All Coaster Photos were taken over the past weekend by Mike Kearns. Click on any image to view as a slideshow and read the caption:

The Question is….

  The Coaster asked Shore business owners…How was business this summer? Click on any image to read their replies:

Brewery Proposed for Neptune City

  A plan to install one of the state’s smallest beer breweries in Neptune City is causing some concern among nearby residents but the brewery owner said residents have little to worry about. Gretchen Schmidhausler, who lives in Lake Como, plans to create a small beer brewery in a 1,600-square-foot at the intersection of Steiner and Fourth Avenues. A meeting on the application will be held on Tues., Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. The business, GretchenBrew LLC, which has a variance application before the borough’s Land Use Board, will sell as the Little Dog Brewing Company. Schmidhausler was a former…

Bradley Beach Discusses Plans for Library Renovations

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Janet Torsney, director of the Bradley Beach Public Library, made a presentation to the Borough Council this week describing possible renovations that will make the public library accessible to all residents. Torsney explained how the library is currently difficult to access for disabled residents. Her presentation explained the difficulties and the architect’s proposal. The current library has over 6,600 members (Bradley Beach has 4,300 citizens) and has a 150 percent library service rate. Yearly visits to the library have doubled since 2011 with 45,167 visits in 2012. The library is also the fastest growing in Monmouth…

Neptune Park Renamed, Fund-Raising Drive Underway

  Neptune Mayor Eric Houghtaling and the Neptune Township Municipal Committee have announced that Riverside Park along South Riverside Drive in Shark River Hills has been renamed Volunteer Park in honor not only of the volunteers that helped the residents of Shark River Hills after Hurricane Sandy, but all of the volunteers in Neptune year round. Partnering in the effort is the Shark River Hills Property Owner’s Association. On the weekend before the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, a renaming ceremony will be held at the park, opposite the Municipal Marina. Further information will soon be provided, but at that…

Musical Heritage Foundation Hosts Johnny Cash Exhibit

  The Asbury Musical Heritage Foundation, “Where Music Lives” will present “Greeting from Johnny Cash, the Asbury Park Years” at their space on 708 Cookman Ave. The opening reception is Sept. 14 from 7 to 10p.m. The exhibit was made possible by entrepreneur and longtime Cash compadre, Henry Vaccaro. Vaccaro had been a close family friend and business partner, and had accumulated important Johnny Cash memorabilia over the course of their long friendship. Focusing on many important crossroads in his life, the Johnny Cash exhibit will take diehard fans on a fascinating journey of his Asbury Park timeline. Cash, along…

Newly-Renovated Gym Ready for Action at Neptune High School

  By JUSTIN SAUER This fall when the Neptune High School girls’ volleyball team takes the floor for the first time, it will also mark the first time that an athletic team will be using the school’s newly renovated gymnasium. Neptune High started renovations on its main gymnasium in June, when the 2012-13 school year ended, and is now ready to be used for the upcoming school year. The last renovations to be completed are the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms and they are scheduled to b completed by the end of September. According to Neptune H.S. Administrator of Athletics…

Funds Needed to Restore Deal Lake as an ‘Absolute Gem’

  Deal Lake, the largest lake in Monmouth County, is a great asset to the county and with a bit of money could be an “absolute gem,” said Jerry Maurer, president of the Friends of Deal Lake. Local and state officials toured the lake last week in an effort to get some restoration movement started. Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, Ocean Township Mayor William F. Larkin and Township Administrator Andrew Brannen, Asbury Park Councilman John Loffredo, environmentalists and others took a boat tour of the lake, sponsored by the Friends of Deal Lake, Aug. 28. “I think the tour was a…

Out & About

  All Coaster photos were taken over the Labor Day weekend by Mike Kearns. Click on any image for the who, what, where and why…