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Brewery Proposed for Neptune City

  A plan to install one of the state’s smallest beer breweries in Neptune City is causing some concern among nearby residents but the brewery owner said residents have little to worry about. Gretchen Schmidhausler, who lives in Lake Como, plans to create a small beer brewery in a 1,600-square-foot at the intersection of Steiner and Fourth Avenues. A meeting on the application will be held on Tues., Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. The business, GretchenBrew LLC, which has a variance application before the borough’s Land Use Board, will sell as the Little Dog Brewing Company. Schmidhausler was a former…

Bradley Beach Discusses Plans for Library Renovations

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Janet Torsney, director of the Bradley Beach Public Library, made a presentation to the Borough Council this week describing possible renovations that will make the public library accessible to all residents. Torsney explained how the library is currently difficult to access for disabled residents. Her presentation explained the difficulties and the architect’s proposal. The current library has over 6,600 members (Bradley Beach has 4,300 citizens) and has a 150 percent library service rate. Yearly visits to the library have doubled since 2011 with 45,167 visits in 2012. The library is also the fastest growing in Monmouth…

Neptune Park Renamed, Fund-Raising Drive Underway

  Neptune Mayor Eric Houghtaling and the Neptune Township Municipal Committee have announced that Riverside Park along South Riverside Drive in Shark River Hills has been renamed Volunteer Park in honor not only of the volunteers that helped the residents of Shark River Hills after Hurricane Sandy, but all of the volunteers in Neptune year round. Partnering in the effort is the Shark River Hills Property Owner’s Association. On the weekend before the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, a renaming ceremony will be held at the park, opposite the Municipal Marina. Further information will soon be provided, but at that…

Musical Heritage Foundation Hosts Johnny Cash Exhibit

  The Asbury Musical Heritage Foundation, “Where Music Lives” will present “Greeting from Johnny Cash, the Asbury Park Years” at their space on 708 Cookman Ave. The opening reception is Sept. 14 from 7 to 10p.m. The exhibit was made possible by entrepreneur and longtime Cash compadre, Henry Vaccaro. Vaccaro had been a close family friend and business partner, and had accumulated important Johnny Cash memorabilia over the course of their long friendship. Focusing on many important crossroads in his life, the Johnny Cash exhibit will take diehard fans on a fascinating journey of his Asbury Park timeline. Cash, along…

Newly-Renovated Gym Ready for Action at Neptune High School

  By JUSTIN SAUER This fall when the Neptune High School girls’ volleyball team takes the floor for the first time, it will also mark the first time that an athletic team will be using the school’s newly renovated gymnasium. Neptune High started renovations on its main gymnasium in June, when the 2012-13 school year ended, and is now ready to be used for the upcoming school year. The last renovations to be completed are the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms and they are scheduled to b completed by the end of September. According to Neptune H.S. Administrator of Athletics…

Funds Needed to Restore Deal Lake as an ‘Absolute Gem’

  Deal Lake, the largest lake in Monmouth County, is a great asset to the county and with a bit of money could be an “absolute gem,” said Jerry Maurer, president of the Friends of Deal Lake. Local and state officials toured the lake last week in an effort to get some restoration movement started. Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, Ocean Township Mayor William F. Larkin and Township Administrator Andrew Brannen, Asbury Park Councilman John Loffredo, environmentalists and others took a boat tour of the lake, sponsored by the Friends of Deal Lake, Aug. 28. “I think the tour was a…

Out & About

  All Coaster photos were taken over the Labor Day weekend by Mike Kearns. Click on any image for the who, what, where and why…

Recovery Foundation Distributes $42,500 to Shark River Hills Residents

  Recovery Along the River Foundation, Inc. of Neptune said $500 American Express gift cards were dispensed to 85 Shark River Hills residents and property owners over the holiday weekend. The cards were distributed in cooperation with the Shark River Hills First Aid Squad. The $42,500 was generated through River Concert 2013 which was held on June 1 at Riverside Park. Both the Foundation and First Aid Squad have supported the residents impacted by Super Storm Sandy and have hopes that all displaced residents will return to their homes damaged during the storm. Foundation members said additional funds will be…

The Summer of 2013 – A Season to Remember

By JOE SAPIA For the Shore, it was a summer season to remember. The Summer of 2013 – post-Superstorm Sandy which flooded houses and businesses, ripped up boardwalks and set off a massive recovery effort. An effort that extended into the traditional summer season of Memorial Day to Labor Day. “I think we did all right, considering,” said Thomas A. Arnone, director of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders and a Neptune City resident. “A lot of things came into play.” Of course, there was the recovery from October’s Supertorm Sandy. But Arnone also mentioned the longer school year, because…

Ocean Grove Camp Meeting to Hire New Chief Operating Officer

  By BONNIE GRAHAM Several hundred year-round and summer residents, as well as residents from neighboring communities, filled the Youth Temple in Ocean Grove over the weekend for the annual meeting hosted by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. CMA President Dale Whilden held up the 2013 Ocean Grove summer events booklet and said, ‘This is almost a book of remembrances. “ He spoke of the super storm Sandy, which struck the Jersey Shore on October 29, 2012, calling it a “devastating experience.” However, Whilden said he was thrilled to see the community pull together and was grateful to see…