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Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Selects New Executive Director

  The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association has named J. P. Gradone of Tennessee as its new chief operating officer and executive director. Dr. Dale Whilden, president of the association, said the selection marks the culmination of a lengthy, in depth search. “Our new COO exhibits an authentic commitment to Christ and brings an impressive record of combining business world savvy and ministry skills,” Whilden said. Gradone has had 20 years of extensive experience in the business world prior to serving for 10 years in Executive Pastor positions. He comes to the Camp Meeting from an executive pastor role in…

Tinton Falls Welcomes County’s First Indoor Rec Facility

  By JUSTIN SAUER Monmouth County now has its first indoor recreation facility. The Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, a 21,000-square-foot recreation center located on 2566 Guam Lane (off Hope Road) in Tinton Falls, was recently acquired by Monmouth County from the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA). “The Fort Monmouth Recreation Center is unlike any other building in the Monmouth County Park System,” explained Bob Ward, who works in the Visitor Services department for the Monmouth County Parks System and is in charge of programming for the facility. “This building was built by the Army as a recreation facility and…

Out and About

  All Coaster photos were taken by Mike Kearns. Click images for captions.

YMCA for Sale Again

  John McGillion, who purchased the YMCA building on Main Street in Asbury Park a little more than a year ago, has put it up for sale. McGillion, owner of Johnny Mac House of Spirits, at 208 Main St., Asbury Park said he is selling the YMCA building to focus more on three other projects he has ongoing in the city right now. The listing price for the 38,679-square-foot building at 600 Main Street is $2.7 million. “By the time we complete our other projects it would be six or seven years before we could get to the YMCA building…

Around City Hall in Asbury Park…

  Pictured above: Bamboozle in Asbury Park, in the vicinity of the North Beach condominium complex. Some residents living in the North Beach condominium complex on the northern Asbury Park beachfront feel that they have been bamboozled. Resident Ellen Muller attended last week’s City Council meeting with questions about what is happening in her neighborhood, between Sixth and Seventh Avenue and Ocean Avenue and Kingsley Street Muller said much of the area’s landscaping was either destroyed or removed preparing for last year’s Bamboozle Festival, a three-day musical festival held on the northern beachfront on May 18-20. Tens of thousands of people…

What advice do you have for incoming Senator Cory Booker?

  Shore-area residents offer incoming U.S. Senator Cory Booker advice on assuming the office; click on any picture to read what they have to say:

Bittersweet Anniversary in Shark River Hills

  By DON STINE Neptune’s Shark River Hills area was hit particularly hard during Superstorm Sandy and one year later residents are still in various stages of recovery. The storm, which hit the Jersey Shore on Oct. 29, was the second-costliest in American history, resulting in about $65 billion in damage. Large sections of the Jersey Shore were impacted, with everything from minor damage to total destruction. Low-lying areas in Shark River Hills, adjacent to the Shark River, saw heavy damage during the high storm surge and some people are still displaced one year later. Neptune Chief Financial Officer Michael…

They Waited for the Midnight Hour, Then Wed

  Early Monday morning, just after the stroke of midnight, two Asbury Park gay couples tied the knot on the steps of the landmark Paramount Theatre on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, only moments after same-sex marriages became legal in New Jersey. Asbury Park Councilwoman Amy Quinn and her longtime partner and wife, Heather Jensen, were one of two Asbury Park couples married. Quinn and Jensen were previously married in June in New York but wanted to get remarried in Asbury Park. Also married were residents Steven Brunner and Daniel Baum, with about 50 supporters looking on, many openly hugging…

Black Box Presents Play in Ocean Grove

  Black Box Asbury Park presents a reading of “Order 17,”  a new full-length play by Stephen Larsen, on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.  at the Coastal Arts Studio 66 South Main Street, Ocean Grove. The play follows  two men, an Army Civilian Journalist and a former-Special-Forces-Operator-turned-Security-Contractor, as they come face-to-face with Iraqis whose lives have been forever impacted by the War and the Insurgency.  They find out that, in Iraq, you can’t tell the wolves from the sheep.  But, thanks to Order 17, it doesn’t matter. In November 2004, a year-and-a-half after President Bush gave a speech on an aircraft…

Out & About

  See who was where; click on any image for a slideshow.  All Coaster photos taken recently by Mike Kearns.