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City Postpones Jazz Festival

  ASBURY PARK – The city of Asbury Park said the 25th Annual Asbury Park Jazz Festival has been postponed. New date has not been scheduled. Due to the extensive recovery efforts after Sandy required to restore the city, management did not have sufficient time to plan, secure entertainment and raise sponsorship dollars to successful host the 2013 Asbury Park Jazz Festival. Since this is the 25th anniversary of this wonderful event, it was decided to postpone the festival, so a celebration worthy of the tradition established over past 25 years can be designed. Asbury Park officials will consider a…

What ‘s so special about your dog?

  THE COASTER asked these Shore-area residents, “What ‘s so special about your dog?” Click on any image to read their replies or to start a slide show:

3-Day Greek Festival Opens in Ocean

  OCEAN TOWNSHIP – Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean Township is sponsoring a Greek Festival from Fri., June 28 to Sun., June 30 with Greek food, games, music and rides. The festival will be held at the church site at 1033 West Park Ave., Ocean Township. Admission is $2. The church is celebrating 83 years beginning first in Asbury Park before moving to its new home in Ocean Township. The first officially recorded church service by the Hellenic Community of Asbury Park was held in the basement of the Asbury Park Library on Saint Demetrios Day, October 26,…

NIGHT OUT…in Ocean Grove

  All COASTER photos by Mike Kearns. Click on any image for a slideshow and captions. Pictured above: Ice Cream at Nagle’s Apothecary Cafe on Main Avenue, Ocean Grove.

Tinton Falls Camp Program Offers Movies and Day Trips

  By DENISE HERSCHEL TINTON FALLS – Trying to find a way for your child to be happy and busy this summer without he or she repeatedly announcing “ “I’m bored” can be a daunting task. With the unlimited energy and the limited attention span of most youngsters, it can be difficult to reel them into activities. The borough of Tinton Falls has put together a summer program which addresses such a dilemma. With a long-standing recreational summer camp the young residents can manage to find their vacation filled with trips, sports and art activities. “Our camp has been in…

Adopt-A-Pet

Thor is a handsome, happy 1 ½-yr-old brindle who seems to be housebroken, loves people, and loves a good adventure. His silly personality blossoms with the littlest bit of attention. He has quickly made friends with his perpetual smile, joyful disposition and great personality. Thor is always be up for cuddles, learning new tricks, & playing with you! If you have room in your home for a bobble-headed boy with adorably tiny ears & a lifetime of love to give you, Thor is your man! Come down to AHS to meet him today. It’s the perfect day to bring the…

City Police Chief to Retire

  By DON STINE ASBURY PARK – Asbury Park Police Chief Mark Kinmon will officially retire from his job beginning Jan. 1, 2014 but he will be using up accumulated sick and vacation time beginning Oct. 1. “After 26 years in this business it’s time to move on and do something else. I am going to use some accumulated leave time beginning Oct. 1 and I will not be retuning after that date,” he said this week. Capt. David Kelso will be in charge of police operations while Kinmon is away. “He will be in charge and familiarizing himself with…

City Voters Most Likely Going Back to the Polls

  ASBURY PARK – Asbury Park’s Charter Study Commission is in the driver’s seat as far as any upcoming changes to the city’s form of government and whatever it recommends will have to be presented to voters, most likely in November. And while Asbury Park just went through a grueling City Council election where 22 candidates ran for five, four-year terms- it may have to happen all over again in the near future, depending on what the Charter Study Commission recommends. According to Kathleen Cupano, a director at the Center for Government Services at Rutgers University, the charter study commission…

Ocean School Buses to Display Advertising

  OCEAN TOWNSHIP – School buses in Ocean Township will not only be carrying students this fall but they will also be promoting local businesses as well. The district has approved a program to place commercial advertising on its school buses. School Board President Sean Moore said the move to put advertising on the buses is to help generate additional sources of revenue for the school district. “I think that in this financial environment we are looking at everything,” he said. School Business Administrator Kenneth Jannarone said the district will accept advertising to be posted on the school buses in…

NIGHT OUT photo gallery

  Enjoying a Night Out in ASBURY PARK and LOCH ARBOUR…click on any image below for a caption or to start a slideshow. Pictured above at the Beach Bar at Convention Hall in Asbury Park Sat., June 8 are Dace Middleton, Wall Township; Kaitlin Isasky, Pittsburgh; Ryan Tariff, Ocean Grove; Kyle Middleton, Wall Township; Walter Glowacz, Howell Township; Tom Shields, Wall Township; Mary Solazzo, Ocean Grove; Megan Adcock, Neptune City and Allison Adcock, Neptune City.