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New Playground Equipment Installed on Springwood Avenue in Asbury Park

  By DON STINE ASBURY PARK – Asbury Park children will have a new playground as the first phase of a new park on Springwood Avenue nears completion. A children’s playground is being installed at the north-eastern section of a large vacant lot on the 1000 block of Springwood Avenue, between Atkins and Union Avenues, just east of the new Springwood Commons, which houses the senior center. “We expect the playground to be open for use by this week,” City Engineer Joe Cunha said. He said the surface under the playground will soon be covered with poured rubber chips followed…

Out and About

  Above – At First Saturday in Asbury Park were Neptune residents Trevor E. Dickerson, Jessica Dickerson holding Chiara, Mike Todd, India Todd and Salen Todd, all of Neptune. Also caught in the act of having fun and enjoying summer on the Shore were the following…    

So you think the State did a good job restoring the shore after Sandy?

  Just after July 4th, THE COASTER asked residents (and some visitors), “So you think the State did a good job restoring the shore after Sandy?” Peggy Codey of Avon-by-the-Sea, pictured above with Gabby, Katey, Angie & Livia, replied, “Yes, I think they did a great job. There is still more to be done. The media should let people know that not all towns were devastated. And I think that each town did their part.” Click on any image below to see how other Shore-area folks feel:

Fastlane memories and more to be preserved

  ABOVE – John Bongiovi and Bruce Springsteen at the Fastlane in Asbury Park Jan. 9, 1980. It was the first time they appeared on stage together. Photo courtesy of Billy and Ruth Smith By DON STINE ASBURY PARK – The Fastlane, one of Asbury Park’s most famous musical revenues, will be razed soon as part of the city’s waterfront redevelopment plan- but a lot of good memories will hopefully be preserved. Jon Bon Jovi cut his musical teeth there. U-2 performed there as part of their first American tour, and Bruce Springsteen reunited with former E-Street band drummer Vini…

Hot Weekend Boosts Beach Revenues

  By DON STINE ASBURY PARK – It was a great four-day run at the Asbury Park beachfront over the July 4 holiday with beach revenues up a bit from last year and business owners happy, too. “I think we are a little ahead of last year. We had good beach weather and a good four-day run because July 4 fell on a Thursday. We did well, needless to say,” Beach Utility Manager Gary Giberson Sr. said. Giberson said the city took in about $42,000 in beach badge sales on July 4 and about the same amount on Sat., July…

Thomas Wesley Stern: Part Funk, Part Folk

  By DON STINE ASBURY PARK – It will be a little bit folksy and a little bit funky in Asbury Park Sat., July 13 as the band Thomas Wesley Stern, above, takes the stage on the Asbury Park boardwalk. The four-member band, from Jackson Township, will host its CD release party at Langosta Lounge at 10 p.m. Admission is free. “This band is like Simon and Garfunkel meet Steve Earl, like rebel country meets folk. They are very unique and very cool,” said local entertainment promoter Pete Mantas. Band members are Gary Mayer (banjo and guitar, vocals), Joseph Makovieki…

Bradley Beach Plans to Replace Gazebo by Year’s End

  By KATHARINA CAVANO BRADLEY BEACH – The long-awaited beachfront gazebo replacement process in Bradley Beach officially began July 9 at the Bradley Beach Borough Council meeting. The bidding process for the two-tiered gazebo was approved at the meeting and officials hope the gazebo will be in place by the end of the year. The council also approved the restoration and replacement process for the Second Avenue Concession Stand’s deck to be completed by winter and ready for next season. Despite dissent, the leasing of two new police vehicles from the Monmouth County Improvement Authority was approved as well. Councilman…

Motorcross Racetrack for Dirt Bikes Planned in Tinton Falls

  By DON STINE TINTON FALLS – A motocross racetrack, which will host riders of dirt bikes, ATVs and quads, has been proposed to be built off Shafto Road in Tinton Falls and the state Department of Environmental Protection has issued a $500,000 grant to help make it happen. Ocean Township resident George DeGirolamo, president of Jersey Shore Motocross of Tinton Falls, and his business partner, Andy Rose, have submitted an application to the Tinton Falls Planning Board to develop a 21-acre tract on Shafto Road. The application seeks a use variance for the track, which will be located next…

Neptune City Hires 2 Police Officers

  NEPTUNE CITY – Neptune City welcomes two new police officers this week at the Borough Council meeting. Nicholas Morgan and Ryan Jackson were both sworn in by Mayor Robert Brown in front of a room full of friends, family, and the current Neptune City police force. Jackson is a graduate of Point Pleasant High School and Rowan University earning a bachelors degree in Law and Justice. He was with the Point Pleasant Beach police department in the summer of 2012 enforcing traffic laws and parking violations before graduating from the Monmouth County Police Academy in May of 2013. Morgan…

5th Annual Lobsterfest Kicks Off in Bradley Beach

  Jo Wymer (above) will perform with her band at Lobsterfest in Bradley Beach July 14. Admission is free to the event. BRADLEY BEACH – The Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce is putting together the finishing touches for the annual Lobsterfest scheduled for July 13 and 14 at the beachfront. The hours for the event are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 13 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 14. With more of a focus on local Jersey Shore restaurants this year’s event will feature food from Bradly Beach restaurants such as the Beach Plum, Giamonos, Uva and Good…