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Neptune, Asbury Park Seek $500,000 Grant to Fight Gangs

  Neptune and Asbury Park police plan to aggressively deal with local gang-related crime and violence by seeking a $500,000 federal grant designed to create safer neighborhoods. This week Neptune Chief Financial Officer Michael Bascom submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, for a Violent Gang and Gun Crime Program Grant, also called “Project Safe Neighborhoods.” He said he expects to know by Oct.1 if the grant has been awarded. “The grant money will be used to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in crime associated with gang and gun violence. I believe we have…

Moor and Quinn Will Run in November

  After receiving the highest number of votes in the last municipal election, and in response to urging from fellow citizens for them to continue their public service on Asbury Park’s City Council, Councilman John B. Moor and Councilwoman Amy Quinn (pictured above in a COASTER photo) said they will run again for council in the November election. “The decision to announce was easy,” Moor said, “because of encouragement from friends, family and supporters to run again, and also from a surprising number of people who withheld support last election but have been positively impressed by the energy and perspective…

The BPlot: Meet Artist “Julio C.R.”

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Some believe dedicating 10,000 hours to something makes you an expert. Other times, you have a gift, like artist Julio Reynaga. A year ago Reynaga, whose professional moniker is “Julio C.R.” picked up a paintbrush for the first time and today he is picking up fans with his energetic acrylic on canvas pieces depicting iconic and overlooked Abury Park-area scenes. One of his paintings sold for upwards of $1,000 last week to a very excited collector. Reynaga’s first solo exhibition is at the end of the month and you are invited to see his talent up…

Should Chris Christie run for president?

  “Hell no!”;  “I say absolutely not!”; to “Are you serious?” were the relies from one side – while others responded to “Should Chris Christie run for president?” with enthusiasm. See all the replies below. (A favorite is “Richard Nixon couldn’t get elected in his own state but won for president, so he has a chance.”!)

What’s your take on the economy?

  The Coaster asked these area folks “What’s your take on the economy?” Following is a snapshot of the economic pulse of the region and nation:

Out & About

  All Coaster Photos taken by Mike Kearns:

Spanish Dance Theatre Opens at Arts Center

  On Friday May 16 at 7:30 p.m., celebrate spring with the vibrant colors, sights and sounds of Spain, with New Jersey’s premier Spanish Dance and Flamenco company, the widely-acclaimed Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre at the Jersey Shore Arts Center, located at 66 South Main Street, Ocean Grove. Ticket prices are $20 General and $17 for Seniors/Students, and may be purchased by calling the Arts Center at 732-502-0050 or on-line at jerseyshoreartscenter.org.  For further information, please visit www.alboradadance.org, call 732-598-3979, or email alboradadance@optonline.net. This performance features world-renowned flamenco guitarist Arturo Martinez with the soloists and ensemble dancers of Alborada and singer Gisele Assi.  A local…

These Knights Ride to Raise Money for Charities

  By JOSEPH SAPIA When one thinks of the Roman Catholic men’s group, the Knights of Columbus, one may think of members collecting money for charity on roadsides or dressed in ceremonial costumes of cape, hat with ostrich feathers and sword. But riding motorcycles? In New Jersey, the state Knights of Columbus Motorcycle Ministry has existed since 2008, said Mark “Bozz” Bozzo of Bradley Beach. Since June, the 61-year-old business owner — he owns New Jersey Retractable Awnings in Wall — has been president of the approximately 180-member state ministry. This ministry is just an extension of Knights of Columbus…

What do you look for at garage sales?

  THE COASTER asked these bargain-hungry Shore-area residents, “What do you look for at garage sales?” this week…and here are their replies (and some of their found treasure): FOLLOW The Coaster on FACEBOOK here.  

School Board Member Resigns in Neptune City

  The Neptune City Board of Education is looking to fill a vacancy on the board, caused by the resignation of Brian Sullivan, board president. The school district asks anyone interested to submit a letter of interest to William Folk, the district business administrator and board secretary, by Fri., May 16. The school district address is 210 W. Sylvania Ave., Neptune City, 07753. More information on the seat is available from the board. With the recent resignation of Sullivan, a board member since 2004, the nine-member board is down to eight members.