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Christmas Tree Dunes on Hold Until Corps of Engineers Meet

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Officials from Bradley Beach and the federal Army Corps of Engineers are to meet today, Jan. 9, to discuss the corps’ ongoing replenishment of ocean beaches in the area. Richard Bianchi, head of the Bradley Beach public works department, expects to have a better timetable on the replenishment after he meets with the Army Corps. Because of the replenishment, Bradley Beach’s use of Christmas trees to shore up dunes on the beachfront is on hold at least for the time being, Bianchi said on Tuesday. “We’re not allowed to put anything on the beach until the…

Asbury Park Names New City Manager

By DON STINE John “Jack” Kelly, a former Jersey City business administrator, was unanimously appointed as Asbury Park’s new City Manager at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. Kelly, 55, said he retired in August and that friends told him he should apply for the job in Asbury Park. “Asbury Park is a great town going through its own gentrification process and I would like to move that forward by working here,” he said. Mayor Myra Campbell said that more than 125 candidates submitted their resumes for the position. After a special committee reviewed the applications, the list was narrowed down to…

Footbridge Will Be Reconstructed

  By DON STINE Reconstruction of the footbridge across Sunset Lake in Asbury Park is on the table but several issues need to be worked out before the project can begin. The bridge was severely damaged during Superstorm Sandy and needs extensive reconstruction. City Engineer Joseph Cunha said that the intense rising water level in the lake during the hurricane not only removed planking on the bridge but also caused the support pilings to be pulled out of their footings. The bridge, which crosses the lake at Emory Street, is now closed to pedestrian traffic. The bridge was once used…

Original Promoters at Convention Hall Will Be Honored

  By DON STINE Long before rock `n roll concert promoter Moe Septee brought bands like The Rolling Stones, The Doors, and Janice Joplin to Asbury Park’s Convention Hall in the 1960s, there were the Rediker brothers. In the forties and fifties, the three brothers, Joseph, William, and Albert (Joe, Willie, and Al), leased, at various times, the Convention Hall, the Casino, the Monte Carlo Pool, the Cavalier Motel, the Third Ave. Pavilion and beach, the Fourth Ave. Pavilion and beach, the Seventh Avenue Pool and beach, as well as Storyland Village in Neptune. But it is the Convention Hall…

Colorado recently legalized marijuana, do you think New Jersey should?

  The Coaster asked, “Colorado recently legalized marijuana, do you think New Jersey should?” and here’s how Shore folks replied. Click on any picture to begin a slideshow:  

New Administrator Appointed in Tinton Falls

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Two Tinton Falls Borough Councilmen were sworn in this week and a new borough administrator appointed. John Roche was sworn in to his first term and Scott Larkin to his second term. Michael Muscillo, who previously worked in Lakewood, was named borough administrator. He replaces retiring Gerald Turning who was sworn in as mayor last week. Muscillo is the son of a former borough administrator, Tony Muscillo. Turning said he looks forward to the challenges ahead. “This is not something I ever dreamed of doing,” he said. “I want to thank all of the Tinton Falls’…

Water Pipe Break at Convention Hall

  By DON STINE A water pipe break in Asbury Park’s Convention Hall (pictured above in a file photo) this past Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014  caused some damage to a few stores in the historic building’s Grand Arcade but the accident should not affect the upcoming Light of Day concert events scheduled for the Paramount Theatre beginning next weekend. Madison Marquette spokesperson Carrie Turner said a water pipe broke on the second floor in the theatre and caused some water to leak into stores on the western side of the Grand Arcade. “The problem was discovered during operating hours and…

Asbury Park to Avon Beach Replenishment to Begin

  Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. said this week that on Jan. 4 work will begin on the $18.3 million beach replenishment project from Asbury Park to Avon. The federally funded Army Corps of Engineers project will restore beaches in Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach, and Avon-By-The-Sea to better than pre-Sandy conditions and was made possible by the Sandy aid package passed by Congress. The contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, will use over one million cubic yards of sand for the project. “I’m pleased that this important project, which will help to protect homes and businesses from future…

Tinton Falls Welcomes New Mayor

  By JOSEPH SAPIA As the calendar turned from 2013 to 2014, Gerald Turning went from Tinton Falls’ highest appointed government official, the administrator, to its highest elected official, the mayor. Borough Clerk Maureen Murphy administered the oath of office to Turning on New Year’s Day as his wife, Barbara, held the bible. Officers for the year in the two first aid squads and the four fire companies, most of which were sworn in at the borough organization meeting, are: Emergency Medical Services Squad North: Capt. Christina Emrich, 1st Lt. Bill Watts, 2nd Lt. Linda Siano, 1st Sgt. W. Douglas…