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“It’s free, eco-friendly local transportation…”

  By ED SALVAS Bryan Nesci’s idea of a summer vacation is operating a free shuttle service for beach goers in Avon-by-the-Sea. The 23-year-old senior at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken is wrapping up his second season of business on Labor Day to return to school where he’s studying mechanical engineering. Nesci has been working seven days a week since Memorial Day picking up and dropping off passengers at their cars and taking them to the Avon beach in his six passenger, all electric golf cart, known as an LSV, or low-speed vehicle. “It’s free, eco-friendly local transportation,” Nesci…

Meet the Governor in Bradley Beach

  Area residents are invited to the Bradley Beach boardwalk at Fourth Avenue Fri., Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. when Governor Christie is scheduled to kick off the holiday weekend by walking along the beachfront to the miniature golf course. Mayor Gary Engelstad and other officials will be there to show the governor what the borough has to offer both residents and visitors.

Bradley Beach Barbeque Draws Crowds to Beachfront

  By JOANNE PAPAIANNI The smell of barbecue filled the air along Ocean Avenue in Bradley Beach Sat., Aug. 24 along with the sounds of “Footloose” being played by the first of four DJs lined up for the afternoon. The first community barbecue, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, drew plenty of locals as well as travelers from upstate New York and North Jersey. Food vendors who specialize in barbecue lined the promenade as crowds formed to sample the wares of The Chop Shop, Jersey Shore Barbecue, Bacon and Wheels and six others serving a variety of sauces on pork,…

Municipal Tax Rate Boost is 28 Cents in Asbury Park

  Asbury Park taxpayers will see a 28-cent increase in their municipal tax rate under the 2013 budget adopted by the City Council last week. The municipal tax rate will increase from $3.20 for each $100 of assessed valuation to $3.48, or an approximate nine-percent increase. For the average home assessed at $84,000 there will be an increase of $234 in municipal taxes. Acting Chief Financial Officer Richard Gartz said that additional revenues of $475,000 in state aid and $350,000 in Community Development Block Grant money are largely responsible for decreasing an original tax increase that was to be 39.7…

Neptune Seeks Skatepark Funding

  NEPTUNE TWP. – A public skateboard park in Neptune, at Neptune Boulevard and Stratford Avenue, will be built if a 2013 grant application being submitted to the Monmouth County Municipal Open Space program is approved. The Township Committee is submitting the application, which seeks at least $250,000 from the country program. There has been talk in the township for some time about building such a park and the Township Committee said it fully supports submitting the application. “I think this is a great application,” Committeeman Kevin McMillan said. Mayor Eric Houghtaling agreed. “We need to work to get this…

What was the highlight of your summer?

  THE COASTER asked the following fine folks “What was the highlight of your summer?” – Click on any image for their replies…

Out & About on Sat., Aug. 17…

  All Coaster Photos taken by Mike Kearns Sat., Aug,. 17. Click on any thumbnail for a caption.

Ocean Buys 3 More Automated Garbage Trucks

  By DON STINE Ocean Township plans to purchase three more automated garbage trucks which will bring the public works department’s compliment of trucks to full capacity. “This purchase will bring the total of trucks up to eight, which will be a full fleet,” Township Administrator Andrew Brannen said this week. A bond ordinance, which will have a Sept. 17 public hearing, appropriates $930,000, with $883,500 to be bonded, to purchase the three automated trash collection trucks. Brannen said the older, rear-loading trucks will still be used for bulk collections and as a temporary replacement should an automated truck need…

Summer Ball Raises $55,000 for Ocean Grove Beachfront

  More than 500 attended the Summer Ball held recently at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa to raise money to restore the Ocean Grove beachfront. Summer Ball chairs Martha and Rick Cuttrell said they were amazed at the turnout. “While we’ve been involved in previous Balls for the Grove,” said Martha, “never have we felt the energy generated by this one!” Both said they were humbled by the outpouring of support with offers of help and donations. Volunteers included Kristen and Judy Isaksen who were responsible for setting up the display of silent auction items donated by local businesses…

Deal Police Chief Retires After 25 Years

  By DON STINE Deal Police Sgt. Ronen Neuman will be sworn in as the borough’s new police chief Fri., Aug. 23 replacing retiring Chief Stephen Carasia. Carasia, 46, has been on the police force for 25 years and was chief for the past five years. His retirement is effective Sept. 1. Neuman, 40, will be sworn in at 9 a.m. at Borough Hall. Neuman, who has been with the police department for 15 years and a sergeant for four years, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA and graduated from the New Jersey…