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Destination: Cuba – Former Asbury Park Mayor and Southside Johnny travel to Havana and the public’s invited

  By ELLEN CARROLL An historic event hosted by former Asbury Park Mayor Ed Johnson will take place later this year when he and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes fly to Cuba where the popular rock ‘n roll band will perform at the Havana International Jazz Festival. It is the first time an American rock and roll band will perform in Cuba. And Johnson hopes it is the beginning of a long and successful relationship with Cuba. “I have always believed in cultural exchange and building a bridge; people to people,” Johnson said in an interview with The Coaster.…

Ocean Township Spartans Ready for Football Season

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Here come the colleges. Ocean Township High School senior running back Tyler Thompson finds his name on the lips of numerous schools. They include West Virginia, Syracuse, Boston College, Pittsburgh and North Carolina State. “They are the main ones,” said Don Klein, the Spartans’ ninth-year coach. “He has had more than 20 scholarship offers.” It’s easy to see why. Thompson has rushed for 3,294 yards and 31 touchdowns on 571 career carries. He has caught 28 passes for 267 yards and two career touchdowns. Last year, he blazed 90 yards with a punt return for a…

The Greening of the Ocean in Allenhurst

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO What began 72 years ago as a spontaneous birthday celebration continues in Allenhurst as the most popular beach day of the season – the annual dyeing of the ocean green. “My grandfather, Bob Fountain who owned the Bubble Land amusement ride in Asbury Park started the ocean dyeing in 1943 to celebrate my mom’s birthday,” said Gail Matarazzo, co-organizer of the current-day ocean dye with her sister Joan Desmarais. “He would be so happy to see how excited everyone still gets. Some people say it’s their favorite day of the summer.” The 72nd ocean dye will…

Ocean Township High School Turns 50

  By DON STINE Fifty years ago this month Ocean Township High School opened its doors for the first time to greet about 1,000 students- a move that would change the township school district forever. The opening of the high school in September, 1965 was a turning point for both Ocean Township and Asbury Park- the school district that, up to that year, educated most of Ocean Township’s students. “When the school opened in September, there was no senior class since seniors had returned to Asbury Park to graduate with their class. It was only until the next year that…

Salvation Army Welcomes New Asbury Park Corps Officer

  By ED SALVAS The Salvation Army in Asbury Park has a new Corps Officer and Pastor Administrator. Major Carl E. Carvill arrived at the Worship and Program Center, 605 Asbury Ave. with his wife, Barbara, also a Major in the Salvation Army, from Ithaca, New York where they held the same positions. They have been married for 36 years and have spent their entire married life in service at the Salvation Army, first in New Brunswick, which Major Carl Carvill said was their “honeymoon appointment.” It was during that time that Johnson & Johnson was building their corporate headquarters…

New Leadership Award Will Honor Former County Clerk

  Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon has announced the creation of the annual “M. Claire French Award for Leadership in Historic Preservation.” French, Hanlon’s predecessor, was County Clerk from 1997 until her retirement on April 1, 2015. During French’s 18-year tenure, she oversaw the modernization of the Clerk’s Office, including digitizing county records and the electronic reporting of election results, as well as the expansion of the Office’s services with Monmouth County Connection Office in Neptune Township. “Claire was an outstanding leader and public servant for more than 30 years, 18 years as clerk. We want to recognize and…

Morro Castle Ceremony Planned

  The annual Morro Castle commemoration ceremony by the Asbury Park Historical Society will be held every five years from now on, with the next large ceremony scheduled for Sept. 8, 2019. The logistics to hold an appropriate ceremony at the monument, just south of Convention Hall, requires the closing of the Fifth Avenue access sidewalk to the beachfront- something we cannot accomplish every year, society president Don Stine said. He said that the ceremony is frequently disturbed by beachgoers and bicyclists using the sidewalk during the 10 a.m. ceremony- something that is a large distraction to the solemnity of…

Last Chance to See Ed Tang and the Chops for Awhile

  By DON STINE It will be anchors away for the shore area’s Ed Tang and The Chops Saturday night in Asbury Park- it will be Tang’s final local performance for some time because he is leaving on a Navy assignment in California. As an active-duty Navy logistics officer, Tang, 33, is being stationed at Monterey for more than a year. “People should come out and see us one last time. Our shows are usually pretty wild events and this will be one last hurrah,” he said earlier this week. Based in Belmar, Ed Tang and The Chips play what…

The One Last Long Weekend of Summer

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Ellen Brahney likes hitting the Avon beach between the Pavilion and the Bradley Beach boundary in the morning. Brahney, who lives in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune, was doing just that the other day. After all, it is still the summer season at the Shore “because,” as she put it, “it’s not Labor Day” yet. But, with Labor Day being late this year on Sept. 7, some kids are back in school and the crowds have diminished. Recalling what she noticed when she left the beach the other day, Brahney said, “There were not…

Davon Thompson does a good job for the Asbury Park Blue Bishops

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Tim Fosque promised fans a team that will be fun to watch. “We will be an aggressive, go get ’em kind of football team,” the Asbury Park High School Blue Bishops’ first-year coach said. “They will get after it. We will swarm to the ball on defense. On offense, we will look to be very aggressive in terms of running and creating contact.” The Blue Bishops come off a 2-8 season. One of their assistant coaches was Fosque, who was an Asbury Park aide for 15 years. The team’s defensive coordinator for two years, he also…