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Well-Known Pastor Selected as Parade Grand Marshal

  The Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has chosen Father Robert Kaeding, executive director of The Center in Asbury Park, as its first grand marshal for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Asbury Park. Father Bob, as he is affectionately known, is pastor of Precious Blood Parish in Monmouth Beach. In accepting the honor he said, “The Center has participated in the Belmar’s great St. Patrick’s Parade, but we were always hopeful that Asbury Park might have one of their own. We are thrilled to participate in our hometown. I’m honored to lead the parade this first year.”…

Allenhurst/Loch Arbour Merger Proposal Derailed After Vote Reversal

  By DON STINE A proposal to consolidate neighboring Loch Arbour and Allenhurst was derailed Tuesday night after a member of the Allenhurst Board of Commissioners changed his vote. The proposal as it stands now will not be officially submitted to state officials for review and possible approval. Allenhurst Commissioner Christoper McLoughlin said at Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting he was reversing his previous vote after contacting state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) officials and getting no concrete answers to questions he posed about the possible merger, especially on issues about creating a special tax district in Loch Arbour and…

Asbury Park Downtown District, Church Nominated for Historic Registers

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s downtown business district has been nominated to be placed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, as has the Trinity Church on Grand Avenue. The Asbury Park Commercial Historic District and Trinity Church, at 503 Grand Ave., will be considered by the New Jersey State Review Board for Historic Sites for nomination to the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places and a public meeting will be held in Asbury Park on Friday, Feb. 14 to discuss the downtown district’s application. A community meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m.…

The B Plot: At Sundance with The ShowRoom

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Hours off a plane from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Michael Sodano and Nancy Sabino, owners of The ShowRoom art house cinema in Asbury Park sat down with me to talk about some of the best and most creative filmmaking of 2014. Last year, they spot-on predicted “20 Feet from Stardom” would be one of the biggest indie hits. In 2012, they were all over “Searching for Sugar Man.” What’s in store for this year? Read on. TBP: There are more and more film festivals every year, why go to Sundance? Sabino: Sundance…

New Operating Officer at Ocean Grove Camp Meeting

  By BONNIE GRAHAM Ocean Grove residents and homeowners were introduced to the new operating officer of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association at a meeting Sat., Jan. 25. J.P. Gradone, who assumed the post of Camp Meeting Association Chief Operating Officer on Nov. 5, told homeowners he grew up in Wanamassa and is a 1976 graduate of Ocean Township High School. He met his wife, Cheryl, while attending college and worked for 23 years in corporate positions in Florida and Kentucky. During the last decade, Gradone was an executive pastor in large churches in Sarasota, Florida, Birmingham, Alabama, and…

Women’s Group Honors Assemblywoman

  Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini was recently honored by a group that supports women business owners. Angelini was honored by the Shore chapter of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners which is an organization that seeks to help future and current female business owners in the Jersey Shore. “I am honored to receive this award from this organization that recognizes and supports women as leaders in the business world,” said Angelini. “There are many challenges to running a successful business and I am committed to advancing opportunities for women business owners to succeed in New Jersey.” Angelini received…

Alleged “Ocean Grove” burglar caught

  By Don Stine Neptune police arrested an alleged burglar Thursday night that they believe has been a major source in a rash of recent break-ins in Ocean Grove. Police report that Neptune resident Thomas Lockhart, 54, was arrested around 8 p.m. Thursday night after leading police on a foot chase to apprehend him. In addition to suspicion of burglary, Lockhart was also arrested on other active warrants and is now also charged with resisting arrest and receiving stolen property. Property found by police in Lockhart’s possession has been traced to a recent burglary in Ocean Grove. He has been…

What do you think of the proposal to lengthen the school day and school year?

  Governor Christie proposed lengthening the school day and school year in his State of the State address. We asked these Shore-area residents what that they thought about that idea. Click on any image to see their replies…

Out & About…in the cold

Parking Issue in Asbury Park

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Images taken in December and January and obtained by The Coaster show Asbury Park’s Mayor Myra Campbell, while conducting city business, parked on the pedestrian walkway, near a standpipe (fire hydrant) and in front of an emergency exit for the Paramount Theater, Grand Arcade and Convention Hall. “I was given a parking placard by the city as a perk of my role as mayor to use when on official city business that permits me to park in out-of-the-ordinary places,” Campbell said. “Have I passed by open parking spaces to park (on the sidewalk)? Yes. This is…