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Neptune Deputy Mayor Filing in For Mayor

  By DON STINE Neptune has been without an active mayor for two months and township officials said that this will remain the case until the annual reorganization meeting on Jan.1. Mayor Mary Beth Jahn has been absent from meetings since July 27 due to medical reasons. In Neptune the mayor is elected from among the five members of the Township Committee. Jahn was selected by the committee members on Jan. 1. Her term is up Dec. 31. In the meantime, Deputy Mayor Kevin McMillan has taken the helm. “We have all been mayors before so we know the process.…

Main Street Bridge Over Deal Lake to Close

  The Main Street bridge over Deal Lake connecting Loch Arbour and Interlaken will close to all traffic at 7 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21 and remain closed until May 2016. “Monmouth County is replacing the bridge on Main Street that crosses over Deal Lake,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering. “Utility relocations were performed before Memorial Day 2015, but work was halted during the summer to limit impacts on summer tourism. With the passing of Labor Day, we are now ready to start the bridge reconstruction.” This week, the County’s Public…

Ocean Student Makes His Mark in Running

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER It was the summer of 2013. “I woke up one day and said, ‘I want to run,’ ” Elliot Gindi said. “Why did I say that? I think honestly I have no answer for that. It just popped into my head. I just wanted to try it.” Gindi has emerged as a top distance runner at Ocean Township High School where he competes on the boys cross country, indoor track and spring track teams. Gindi began his career in a 5 kilometer race at Lake Takanassee in Long Branch in the summer of 2013. “After a…

County to Celebrate Archives Day Oct. 3

  The excitement is building for the Monmouth County Clerk’s 2015 Archives and History Day. County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon invites everyone to start the celebration early, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters. “Archives Week is designed for history buffs and preservation enthusiasts who want to get the celebration started before the main event on Saturday, Oct. 3,” said Hanlon. “This year’s theme is the World War I era from approximately 1910 to 1920. Archives Week will feature special movie screenings and seminars for young and old to have a more in depth look at…

Ocean Chamber Launches Campaign to Help Seidle Family

  The Greater Ocean Township of Commerce is hosting a campaign to help the nine Seidle children of Neptune. The nine were left on their own after their lives were shattered by the death of of their mother June 16. Tamara Seidle was a much loved pillar of the community. She raised her children to be part of that community and taught them to be respectful, close-knit, hard-working students and athletes. With their approval, the Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce is launching an ongoing campaign to solicit the community’s support in donating gift cards for local supermarkets and clothing/shoe…

In Asbury Park: Telephone Vendor Acknowledges Overbilling of $76,000

  By ED SALVAS The city of Asbury Park recently deposited a check for $76,879.64 from the company that formerly handled the municipal telephone service. That money was reimbursement to the city for overcharges submitted by Windstream Communications, the firm that formerly handled the municipal phone service. Mayor John Moor announced the refund at the recent council meeting and credited the work of the city’s Acting Chief Municipal Finance Officer, Richard Gartz in turning up the billing discrepancy. He said officials had been suspicious of the statements from Windstream for some time, but it was Gartz whose persistence eventually paid…

In Asbury Park: State Wants to Reduce Main Street to 2 Lanes

  By COLEEN BURNETT The Asbury Park City Council was expected to pass a resolution at press time objecting to a proposal by the state Department of Transportation to cut down Main Street (Rt. 71) from two lanes on either side to just one lane. Mayor John Moor also did not rule out the possibility of taking the matter to court if the idea ever moves forward. The project has been kicking around between the city and the state for eight years and discussions intensified over the summer. The state would like the roadway to look something like what Main…

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…