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Unique Program Will Give Students Degree, Diploma at Same Time

  By DON STINE Neptune High School students will participate next year in a unique program, believed to be the first of its kind in New Jersey, which will pay for the students to also attend Brookdale Community College and earn their two-year associate Bachelors of Arts degree at the same time they receive their high school disploma. “Students will attend their four years in high school and, at the same time, earn their two-year Associates Degree from Brookdale,” School Superintendent David A. Mooij said earlier this week. Called the Poseidon Early College High School program, eighth-grade students are now…

One-on-One at the Neptune Public Library

  By KATHARINA CAVANO John Bonney’s personal mission in life is to make a difference in the lives of others through kindness. In the past three years he has implemented that mission into his work at the Neptune Public Library, where he heads outreach and will soon serve as assistant director. In 2010, the Neptune Library officially began their One-on-One Program and now, three years later, the program has captured the attention of the State Librarian, Mary Chute. The One-on-One Program is designed to meet the needs of the community beyond the typical “reference desk” questions and queries. Patrons can…

Out and About 2 In OCEAN TOWNSHIP

  All Coaster photos taken by Mike Kearns.

Out and About In OCEAN GROVE

  All Coaster photos taken by Mike Kearns. Click on any image to view at full size and for caption:

Holiday cat adoption special

  Celebrate the holidays by coming over to Associated Humane Society – Tinton Falls and meet some of the fabulous felines. With the HOLIDAY CAT ADOPTION SPECIAL you can adopt a cat or kitten for only $25. The fee covers spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip and a carrier to take your new best friend home in! PLUS…you will get a complimentary Petco or Petsmart $15 gift card when you adopt a cat or kitten in December… Now let’s really get your attention with these couple of cuties, plus a pooch to keep things lively:       Associated Humane Society 2960 Shafto…

A Piece of Asbury Park History Returning to City

  By ED SALVAS It’s been more than 100 yeas since a horse-drawn carriage made its way through the streets of Asbury Park delivering the local newspaper. But thanks to the generosity of the Gannett Corporation, publishers of The Asbury Park Press, the carriage may soon return to Asbury Park. The carriage, which dates to 1879 and was used to deliver the Shore Press, the forerunner of the Asbury Park Press, has been on display in the lobby of the Press building on Route 66 in Neptune, but the Press is moving to a new building and needs to find…

Avon Seeks Suspect in Burglaries

  By KATHARINA CAVANO Avon police are continuing their search for a suspect believed to be responsible for a rash of burglaries during the last six weeks. At this week’s Board of Commissioners meeting Lt. Michael Pelech said the burglaries have all occurred in unoccupied houses during the day and in all but one, the suspect entered the home through unlocked windows or doors. Camera footage from the school security cameras on Fifth Avenue showed that the burglar is a young man in his early twenties and is riding around town on a bicycle. “I believe it’s somebody that has…

Asbury Park Still Searching for a City Manager

  By DON STINE The Asbury Park City Council had hoped to have a new city manager hired by Jan. 1, at the latest, but as that day nears it’s uncertain if that will happen. Director of Social Services Tony Nuccio was appointed acting-city manager for the last two months with expectations that a new city manager would be in place by the first of the year. And while some council members say that a qualified person has been offered the city manager’s job that person has not made any commitment yet and certainly no one appears to be in…

Beware the Snow? Not This Week

  By JOSEPH SAPIA With only a coating at best, Tuesday’s snow event in the Asbury Park area was kind of a bust. “I was all excited this morning,” said Sam Vaccaro Sr. Tuesday afternoon. “Now, I’m disappointed.” Vaccaro owns The Hardware in Asbury Park and was ready to sell snow shovels, snowblowers, de-icing salt, those kinds of things. But, while he was talking, the city looked just like another so-so day that was clearing up. “If it doesn’t snow, business is way off,” said Vaccaro, noting people are not buying lawn-and-garden and other outside items this time of year.…