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Judge Directs Asbury Park Voters to Appear in Court

  By DON STINE A Superior Court judge ruled Jan. 14 that between 230 to 350 voters filing vote-by-mails ballots in Asbury Park’s last municipal election will each be called to testify in court about their individual applications. Superior Court Judge Dennis O’Brien ruled that the hundreds of voters will testify during a lengthy trial set for Feb. 23 through Feb. 27. It is unclear at this time how the subpoenaed voters will be brought to the county court house in Freehold. Two candidates on the unsuccessful A-Team slate in the November election have filed the lawsuit seeking 343 vote-by-mail…

Political Action Committee Forms in Neptune

  By DON STINE The newly-formed Neptune Education Leadership Political Action Committee (NELPAC) hopes to further education excellence in the township through citizen involvement. Committee Chairman Warren Lapp said the group is being formed by area citizens who are committed to educational excellence for every child in the district. He said recent decisions by the school board to not renew the contracts of long-time and respected coaches, to move away from vendors that the district has used for years, and change long-time insurance carriers are a concern. “People are upset about it and they want to know what’s going on.…

Ocean Schedules Hearing on Talmudic Academy

  A proposal to create a residential Talmudic Academy on Logan Road in the Wanamassa section of Ocean Township will have a special hearing before the Zoning Board of Adjustment on Tues., Feb. 24. Board Secretary Maryanne Wilensky said the applicant, Yeshiva Gedolah Na’os Yaakov, Inc., based in Lakewood, has paid the additional $2,500 fee to pay for the special meeting. The meeting will be held at the Ocean Township High School, 550 W. Park Avenue, at 7 p.m. The entire three-hour meeting will be dedicated to this single application and a vote by the board might be expected. An…

New Officers Hired, Promoted in Tinton Falls

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Tinton Falls hired two new police officers and promoted 10 within its ranks at this week’s reorganization meeting. Gary Baldwin was elected council president for the sixth year in a row and Councilman Christopher Pak was sworn in as deputy council president. The two new officers, Joseph Mauro and Jared Flynn, where sworn in by Chief John Scrivanic who said the two officers were chosen from among 150 applicants. Promoted to captain were David Scrivanic and Gerald Turning, Jr. Three members of the police force promoted to Lieutenant were Dean Duane, Kyle Pierson and Scott…

Neptune City Council Starts Year with a Vacancy

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Freeholder Thomas Arnone, former mayor of Neptune City attended the borough’s New Year’s Day reorganization meeting to announce he is working to introduce legislation that prohibits newly elected public officials from resigning their posts without good cause. The proposed legislation comes in response to the resignation of Councilman-Elect Christopher Gallager who was just elected to the council in November. In a letter to officials Gallagher said he was resigning the post citing unexpected career obligations. The letter in part states, “I cannot properly serve the residents of Neptune City.” His running mate, Pamela Renee, was…

Ocean Parents File Lawsuit Over Student Survey

  By DON STINE Several Ocean Township parents have filed a lawsuit against the local school district for what they say is illegally administering a survey to sixth, ninth and twelfth-grade students that ask detailed questions about their sexual behavior and attitudes, mental and psychological problems, and other personal questions without parental consent. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, Jan. 6, with state Commissioner of Education David Hespe against the Ocean Township Board of Education. Petitioners in the law suit include Michelle Green, Jack Green IV, Danielle Sintic, Lexa Skowrenski and Christana Kmecz – all with children in the school…

Jubilant Audience Welcomes New City Mayor, Council

  Above – Coaster Photo – Asbury Park Mayor John Moor kisses his wife, Vera, following his swearing in on Jan. 1. By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new City Council, led by Mayor John Moor, came in as a unified team sworn in on New Year’s Day as the jubilant overflow crowd answered with a standing ovation. The Jan. 1 swearing-in ceremony for the Asbury Together ticket, which swept the November election, was in sharp contrast to the last swearing in which took place in July 2013 and featured 11th hour deals prompting some residents to storm out of the…

The Coaster Takes a Holiday

  The last issue of The Coaster this year is on newsstands now. The Coaster, your community newpaper, will not be published the week of Dec. 29 due to the New Year’s holiday. Our office will close at 1:00 p.m. Dec. 23 and will reopen Mon., Jan. 5. Our next issue is Thurs., Jan. 8.