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  All Coaster photos taken over the weekend by Mike Kearns.

A Favorite on ‘The Voice’ Ends Tour in Asbury Park

  By DON STINE Charlotte Sometimes, the indie-pop songstress and a fan favorite on NBC’s “The Voice,” is winding up her “Brilliant, Broke, and Beautiful Tour” at The Saint in Asbury Park Sun., Oct. 13. And after touring the mid-West and West Coast for about six weeks, Charlotte, who is from Wall Township and on her 10th tour, said she is ready to come back to Asbury Park. The tour is promoting Charlotte’s new EP, “Circus Head.” “I think Asbury Park is great. Everyone sticks together. Small communities and little cities have their own oddities, and I think that’s great.…

Standing Room Only Crowd for Motorcross Park Hearing

  By DON STINE More than 200 people crowded the Tinton Falls municipal hearing room Oct. 3 over a proposed motor cross park to be built on a 21-ace tract off Shafto Road. An overflow crowd had to stand in the lobby to hear testimony. Another hearing on the application before the Board of Adjustment is scheduled for Nov. 7 at Seabrook Village which will allow more members of the public to attend. The proposed park would have 395 parking spaces and three different level racetracks. The three-hour meeting was attended by those both for and against the motor cross.…

Replacing Portions of City Boardwalk

  By DON STINE The landmark Asbury Park boardwalk will soon be partially replaced but not with a new fill and concrete design that was presented at the last City Council meeting. City Engineer Joseph Cunha and two Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives presented a new method to repair a large portion of the city’s iconic boardwalk damaged during Superstorm Sandy, which would probably be a first-of-its-kind project in the nation. The project, which would run the boardwalk from Convention Hall south to First Avenue, calls for an “earthen type” base that would be capped with concrete and then…

Dredging Begins in Sylvan Lake

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Working with a federal grant of more than $300,000, Avon and Bradley Beach officials have been dredging Sylvan Lake, along with removing debris from it. An estimated 10,000 cubic yards of spoils would be removed, opening water drainage to east end outflow gates that are clogged, along with adding lake depth to retain more water, said Steve Kegelman, Avon’s deputy emergency management coordinator. Workers also cleared stormwater drains entering the lake, which runs between Ocean Avenue and Main Street/Route 71, Kegleman said. The lake has needed to be dredged for years, said Kegelman, adding the lake’s…

Out & About

  All Coaster Photos were taken by Mike Kearns…click on any image to start the slideshow:

Time for Zombies

  Thousands of ghoulish zombies will be in Asbury Park Oct. 5 and even one of the city’s famous landmarks has been “zombified.” The Zombie Walk, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, began in 2008 and, in 2009, went into the Guinness World Record for largest gathering of zombies, with 4,093 zombies. However, the record went down last November when 8,027 zombies at the Twin Cities Zombie Pub Crawl in Minnesota. Organizers are hoping to beat that this year and welcomes everyone to participate. More than 15,000 are expected to lurch down the boardwalk and onto Cookman Avenue. Zombies will…

Ocean School Chief to Retire in June

  Retirement is in the near future for Ocean Township School Superintendent John Lysko, who will leave his post at the end of the school year. Lysko, 64, has been in the school district for 42 years and his retirement takes effect June 30, 2014. “Ocean Township is the only place I have ever worked and it has truly been a privilege to live and work here,” he said. Lysko started his educational career as a biology teacher at the High School, then became supervisor of science and was then promoted to high school principal for three years. He then…

Bradley Beach Thanks Residents for Being Good Neighbors All Year

  By DENISE HERSCHEL As the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, many at the Shore can’t help but recall the devastation caused by this once-in-a-lifetime hurricane. And like all the communities along the Jersey Shore, Bradley Beach borough residents found it was often “good neighbors” helping each other that made those long, trying days easier to cope. Inspired by the upcoming Sandy anniversary, Bradley Beach Library Director Janet Torsney and Bradley Beach library member Anthony DiMaio decided they wanted to find a way to salute those who were “good neighbors” not only during the storm but during the…