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Realtor Jay Bernstein dies after fall from Santander building

UPDATE: A funeral will be held for Jay Andrew Bernestein Wednesday, Nov. 27 in Philadelphia, PA, his sister Judi Bernstein Goldstein has informed his Facebook followers. Additionally, a memorial service is being planned for next week in Asbury Park. The Coaster will post details as soon as they become available. Asbury Park realtor Jay Bernstein of The Conover Agency fell to his death this morning, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 from The Santander building, at Deal Lake Drive and Park Avenue in the city, where he owned a penthouse apartment on the ninth floor. Asbury Park Police are investigating the incident.…

Out & About

  COASTER readers caught in the act of having fun, making a difference or celebrating life…All Coaster Photos taken by Mike Kearns. Click on any one to start a slideshow and for caption:

Do you think JFK’s assassination was a conspiracy?

  Friday, Nov. 22 marks 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas…and still people ask, “Do you think JFK’s assassination was a conspiracy?” We asked these Shore area residents what they believe; click on any picture for their reply or to start a slideshow. Featured photo above is JFK, courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum in Boston, MA.

Recalling the Day the President Was Shot

  By JOSEPH SAPIA (Above – President John F. Kennedy with daughter Caroline. John F. Kennedy Library photo.) Noel Kirchner was in his office at a children’s wear manufacturer in New York’s Fashion District when a co-worker got a telephone call. “She broke into tears, I remember that,” Kirchner said. “She kept saying, ‘The president’s been shot, the president’s been shot.’” Eventually, the word came on that Friday, November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas. At Seabrook Village in Tinton Falls this week, members of the community of 1,400 residents 62-years-old and older recalled that…

Tax Rate Goes Down in City But Not Necessarily Taxes

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s city-wide property tax rate will only be about one-third of what it is now in 2014 but, for most property owners, this low figure will not result in their property taxes going down by the same amount. Property assessment values in Asbury Park have tripled in the last decade, jumping from $416 million to $1.2 billion, which will result in a property tax rate decrease to about a third of what it is now at $5.92 for each $100 of assessed valuation. But, points out City Tax Assessor Eric Aguilar, the city will still…

Asbury Park Couple Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

  Rev. Gil and Grace Caldwell, Asbury Park, New Jersey, will receive the Paul and Paula Murphy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for the Church and Global AIDS on Sunday, Dec. 8, at Park Hill United Methodist Church, Denver, Colorado. “This honor recognizes their life-long commitment to human rights,” said Donald Messer, Executive Director of the Center, “as exemplified by their involvement in the civil rights movement and engagement in promoting the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgendered persons in church and society.” The Caldwells served churches in many states including Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Park…

K. Hovnanian Homes Plans to Build in Asbury Park

  iStar Residential said it has signed an agreement with K. Hovnanian Homes to build luxury townhomes at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Monroe Avenue in Asbury Park. This development project, when approved by the city, marks the first time a national homebuilder will be entering the Asbury Park market since 1984, when the waterfront was originally designated as a redevelopment area. iStar Residential will be responsible for obtaining City approval and preparing the project site so K. Hovnanian can move forward and build the new townhomes. “We welcome K. Hovnanian Homes to Asbury Park, where we are clearly…

Colorful Ocean Grove Resident to Reveal Secrets

  By DON STINE Herb Herbst may have retired from his longtime job but he has certainly never retired from helping improve his community and now everyone can spend an evening with the well-known and ever-engaging Ocean Grove resident Sat., Nov. 16. “An Evening with Herb” will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Jersey Shore Arts Center- an institution that would never have existed without Herbst. “The secrets and history to restoring the arts center shall be revealed and they are both dramatic and humorous,” he said about his upcoming performance. During “An Evening with Herb,” this man on…

Capitol Report: Legislators Oppose Motorcross Facility in Tinton Falls

  By MARY PAT ANGELINI Over the past few weeks the issue of whether to allow a motocross facility in Tinton Falls has sparked contentious debate between motocross enthusiasts and residents who live near the proposed site who have serious concerns about the impact of such a facility on their quality of life. On one side of the issue sit motocross riders who are in search of a legal place in the area to enjoy their sport. They are strongly and vocally supportive of a proposal to develop a 21 acre facility on Shafto Road for dirt bike racing. The…