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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.

The Question is….

  If a severe storm were predicted to strike the Jersey Shore, how would you prepare? See how Shore residents would stay strong; click on any image for replies:

In Loch Arbour: Receving a Gift That Keeps on Giving

  By DON STINE Loch Arbour just got the ultimate gift that will keep on giving for years to come. Deal residents Jack and Joyce Kassin, owners of 3.5 acres of privately-owned beachfront in Loch Arbour, have donated about 1.1 acres of their property to the village in a deal to prevent the village from undertaking efforts to seize all of their property. “A really fair agreement by both parties was ironed out,” Deputy Mayor Alfred J. Cheswick said. The deal also creates a beach easement which will allow Loch Arbour to participate in the upcoming federal beach replenishment project…

Learning About Healthy Food Can Be Exciting

  Just because something is healthy doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and exciting. That was the message this week at an event held at the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune where area students learned about eating healthy and exercising, understanding the role hunger plays in the community, and learning how food banks help feed people. It was all part of World Hunger Day Oct. 16. About 140 fourth grade students from area schools attended the event to learn how to cook first-hand from several chefs. Activities included making smoothies, a visit to a garden to learn…

Free Tango Lesson in Carousel Building

  If you ever wanted to learn how to tango consider taking a free lesson Sun., Oct. 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Carousel building on the Asbury Park boardwalk. Instructor Lee Sager of Tango Pantera and his partner, Chellee, will be teaching the class. No partner necessary. Following the lesson there will be a milonga or dance at the site. For more information go to www.TangoPantera.Blogspot.com.

New Sign for Neptune Park Will Be Unveiled Oct. 26

  While much work still remains to be done in Shark River Hills and all along the Jersey Shore, township residents will take a brief respite to mark the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy on Sat., Oct. 26. At 11 a.m. on that day township officials, volunteers and residents will gather to officially rename Riverside Park as Volunteer Park. In August the Township Committee passed a resolution approving the name change. At the ceremony a new sign will be unveiled, which has been donated to the park through donations from residents. Also, at that time, the winners of two contests…

No Action Planned on Proposed Allenhurst, Loch Arbour Merger

  By DON STINE Any action on a proposed merger between Loch Arbour and neighboring Allenhurst to help ease the village’s school tax burden will not take place in the near future. Loch Arbour Mayor Paul Fernicola said at last week’s Board of Commissioners meeting that fiscal issues due to Superstorm Sandy remain unresolved for both. “At this point it is impossible to do a fiscal impact study,” he said. Each municipality is to be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency management Agency (FEMA) for damage caused by the storm, which was almost one year ago. Fernicola said Loch Arbour has…