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Allenhurst Police Unveil New Personalized Patch

  By DON STINE For the first time in its more than 100-year history, the Allenhurst police department will have its own personalized police patch. The image on the new patch (pictured on this page) is that of the famous 1854 New Era shipwreck that occurred off the beach in what is now Asbury Park. The local volunteer lifesaving service station was manned by many residents, in what would later become Allenhurst, and they were among the first respond to the tragedy. “We wanted a patch with a personal and some historical connection to Allenhurst,” police Capt. Michael Schneider said.…

What was your most memorable Thanksgiving?

  “My most memorable Thanksgiving was the last time my mother and father tried to deep fry a whole turkey. “It took all day. The house almost burned down…” See who said it; click on any image to start a slideshow:    

Jay Bernstein: Remembering a Life Cut Short

  Jay Bernstein, a well-known and popular Asbury Park resident and real estate agent, apparently fell to his death Sun., Nov. 24 from outside his ninth-floor penthouse condominium in the Santander, located at Deal Lake Drive and Park Avenue. Asbury Park Police Chief Mark Kinmon said police and other emergency responders arrived at the scene immediately after the incident was reported by a Santander tenant. “It happened shortly before noon. At this point we believe it to be accidental but we are investigating, along with the Prosecutor’s Office,” he said. Kinmon said it is believed Bernstein fell from the fire…

Realtor Jay Bernstein dies after fall from Santander building

UPDATE: A funeral will be held for Jay Andrew Bernestein Wednesday, Nov. 27 in Philadelphia, PA, his sister Judi Bernstein Goldstein has informed his Facebook followers. Additionally, a memorial service is being planned for next week in Asbury Park. The Coaster will post details as soon as they become available. Asbury Park realtor Jay Bernstein of The Conover Agency fell to his death this morning, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 from The Santander building, at Deal Lake Drive and Park Avenue in the city, where he owned a penthouse apartment on the ninth floor. Asbury Park Police are investigating the incident.…

Out & About

  COASTER readers caught in the act of having fun, making a difference or celebrating life…All Coaster Photos taken by Mike Kearns. Click on any one to start a slideshow and for caption:

Do you think JFK’s assassination was a conspiracy?

  Friday, Nov. 22 marks 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas…and still people ask, “Do you think JFK’s assassination was a conspiracy?” We asked these Shore area residents what they believe; click on any picture for their reply or to start a slideshow. Featured photo above is JFK, courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum in Boston, MA.

Recalling the Day the President Was Shot

  By JOSEPH SAPIA (Above – President John F. Kennedy with daughter Caroline. John F. Kennedy Library photo.) Noel Kirchner was in his office at a children’s wear manufacturer in New York’s Fashion District when a co-worker got a telephone call. “She broke into tears, I remember that,” Kirchner said. “She kept saying, ‘The president’s been shot, the president’s been shot.’” Eventually, the word came on that Friday, November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas. At Seabrook Village in Tinton Falls this week, members of the community of 1,400 residents 62-years-old and older recalled that…

Tax Rate Goes Down in City But Not Necessarily Taxes

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s city-wide property tax rate will only be about one-third of what it is now in 2014 but, for most property owners, this low figure will not result in their property taxes going down by the same amount. Property assessment values in Asbury Park have tripled in the last decade, jumping from $416 million to $1.2 billion, which will result in a property tax rate decrease to about a third of what it is now at $5.92 for each $100 of assessed valuation. But, points out City Tax Assessor Eric Aguilar, the city will still…

Asbury Park Couple Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

  Rev. Gil and Grace Caldwell, Asbury Park, New Jersey, will receive the Paul and Paula Murphy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for the Church and Global AIDS on Sunday, Dec. 8, at Park Hill United Methodist Church, Denver, Colorado. “This honor recognizes their life-long commitment to human rights,” said Donald Messer, Executive Director of the Center, “as exemplified by their involvement in the civil rights movement and engagement in promoting the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgendered persons in church and society.” The Caldwells served churches in many states including Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Park…

K. Hovnanian Homes Plans to Build in Asbury Park

  iStar Residential said it has signed an agreement with K. Hovnanian Homes to build luxury townhomes at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Monroe Avenue in Asbury Park. This development project, when approved by the city, marks the first time a national homebuilder will be entering the Asbury Park market since 1984, when the waterfront was originally designated as a redevelopment area. iStar Residential will be responsible for obtaining City approval and preparing the project site so K. Hovnanian can move forward and build the new townhomes. “We welcome K. Hovnanian Homes to Asbury Park, where we are clearly…