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No Sitting Down for Asbury Park Basketball Coach

  By CHRIS CRISTOPHER Keith Coleman, a former Neptune High School boys basketball player, was named the head boys coach at Asbury Park High School for the 2015-16 season by the Board of Education. “I want to thank the Asbury Park Board of Education and the community for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach,” said Coleman, 53. “I have been involved in basketball for most of my life. I enjoy watching it whether it’s boys or girls or adults. I just enjoy the game of basketball. The athleticism of the game is definitely one of the reasons…

City Chamber, Pride in the Park Unite for Decorating Contest

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park residents will have the opportunity to show their creative side in a holiday decorating contest sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Pride in the Park committee. Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton announced the contest at the Nov. 9 City Council meeting, saying there are several levels of competition, including whole house, condo/apartment or window/terrace only. Registration for the contest is free and those wishing to participate are required to call the chamber at 732.775.7676 or email to info@asburyparkchamber.com by Dec. 7. Registered windows will be evaluated from Dec. 10 to 14 by a…

Vendor Fees, Contracts Discussed at Asbury Park City Council Meeting

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Changes will be coming for those business owners who want to do business in the city. The City Council discussed vendor fees, both seasonal and annual at it’s meeting Mon., Nov. 9. Regarding the seasonal vendors, Mayor John Moor suggested authorizing a minimum bid and collecting one year’s payment in escrow on five year contracts for summer businesses. Those include beach chairs and umbrellas concenssions, pedal boats on Wesley Lake and stand up paddle rentals. Moor said the city was burned this year when some vendors did not pay their full contracted amount. The mayor…

Provisional Ballots Change Election in Asbury Park

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The results of last week’s Asbury Park Board of Education elections have changed due to the counting of 53 provisional ballots. The results listed on the Monmouth County website show that incumbent Barbara Lesinski, with a total of 651 has now lost her seat to Sheila Etienne whose vote count totals 657. Angela Ahbez-Anderson was the high vote getter with 688, while Kenneth Saunders garnered 680 votes. Anderson ran with Lesinski and Peter J. Cheney on a ticket of support for Superintendent of Schools Lamont Repollet. Etienne ran on a ticket with Saunders and current…

Vote Count Changes in Neptune City

  By JOSEPH SAPIA In the week after the Neptune City elections, the results for one of two full-term Borough Council seats seemed in doubt — and may still be that way as votes are certified. On Thursday, Nov. 12, the Monmouth Board of Canvassers were to certify the votes, showing Republican newcomer Andrew Wardell and Republican incumbent Richard Pryor with 643 and 600 votes, respectively for the three-year seats. With these results, Pryor edged out Democrat Michael Skudera, who had 599 votes. Finishing fourth was Beryl A. Lyford, 589 votes. The question remains if Democrats will go to state…

College Corner

By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Not many offensive players get past Dan Loizos. The Ocean Township High School graduate led the Ithaca College football team in total tackles with 60 through his first seven games of the season. The sophomore linebacker was first on the Bombers in solo tackles with 32 and added 28 assists. He made nine tackles for 18 yards lost and registered one sack for three yards lost. The former Spartan intercepted one pass, forced one fumble, broke up three passes, deflected four passes and recovered two fumbles. Loizos is a 5-foot-11, 205-pounder. Former Ocean players Withler Marcelin and…

Patrick Parker Realty Hosts Coat Drive

  While the need for warm coats has never been greater, it can also be rather easy to meet this vital need in our community. Patrick Parker Realty – a Bradley Beach based boutique real estate brokerage serving Eastern Monmouth County and the Jersey Shore – invites area residents to join them in an effort to ensure that no one goes without a warm coat this winter. Patrick Parker Realty is holding their 2nd Annual One Warm Coat Drive and will be collecting clean and gently used warm coats and, in partnership with the national One Warm Coat non-profit organization,…

Dredging Begins at Deal Lake

  By DON STINE The current dredging of Deal Lake, which began this week, will help prevent flooding but what is also needed is a long-term solution to prevent ocean water from getting into the lake during storms, officials say. “One item that will be critical is a surge gate,” Deal Lake Commission Chairman Don Brockel said. “We are not talking about a new gate house but rather a surge gate or a one-way baffle on our outfall line closer to the ocean.” A $1.66 million dredging project that will remove 12,000 cubic yards of sand pushed into the 158-acre…

Democrats Keep Seats in Neptune

By DON STINE The Neptune Township Committee will remain all Democratic after a two-member Independent ticket failed to end the one-party rule. For the first time in decades, no candidate was listed on the Republican column in Tuesday’s general election for two Township Committee seats. Instead, Independent Dianna Harris and GOP candidate Kevin Sheehan ran on an independent ticket for the three-year terms. But the Democrats held on with incumbent Committeeman Michael Brantley being top vote-getter with 2,321 votes, or about 30 percent. Second was Democratic newcomer Nicholas Williams, who got 2,142 votes, or almost 28 percent. Harris was top…

Republicans Sweep in Neptune City

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Republicans swept the local election in Neptune City, winning the mayor’s seat and three Borough Council seats. In the mayor’s race for a full four-year seat, incumbent Robert J. Brown defeated Democrat Councilwoman Pamela Renee, 612 to 556. “I was, obviously, very happy, pleased, the residents re-elected me to serve another four years,” said Brown, who has been mayor for five years. Renee could not be reached for comment. In a race for two full, three-year term Council seats, newcomer Andrew Wardell received 612 votes and incumbent Richard Pryor, 566, to win. They defeated Democrat newcomers…