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Ocean Woman Wins Seat on School Board

  By DON STINE One of five write-in candidates for a seat on the Ocean Township Board of Education garnered enough votes in the November general election to be seated to a three-year term. Amy McGovern, 36, who is a flight attendant and lives in the West Allenhurst section, outdistanced her four rivals with 329 votes. She will be sworn in with two other winning incumbent candidates at the school board’s Jan. 7 reorganization meeting. School Board /Business Administrator Kenneth Jannarone said that the county Board of Elections recently officially certified McGovern as the winner and added that the board…

Old School Auditorium Steps Into the Future

  By JOSEPH SAPIA For Betty Ann White Slocum, the refurbishing of the Bradley Beach Elementary School auditorium is a step back in time. “I love it,” said Slocum, who attended the school from kindergarten to eighth grade. “They made it look like the era it’s supposed to be from. “This just makes it a special place,” she said. “It’s elegant-looking.” For Slocum, the school’s secretary who has worked for the local kindergarten-to-eighth grade district for all but two years since 1981, and the rest of the town, the remodeling of the auditorium will also be a step into the…

50 New Housing Units for Neptune Seniors

  By DON STINE Some Neptune senior citizens will be moving into brand new housing in a little more than a year thanks to the local Housing Authority and the Jersey Shore University Medical Center. A grounding-breaking ceremony was held Monday at 2109 Wells Ave., one of two sites to be developed with the new housing with county, local and Meridian Health Care officials attending. Jersey Shore is part of the Meridian Health group. “We support progress and progress is being made here,” Mayor Eric Houghtaling said. The 50-year-old John Knox Homes at 19 Davis Avenue, which has 50 senior…

Neptune Man Dies on Train Tracks

  By JOSEPH SAPIA A Neptune man died when struck by an NJ Transit train Tues., Dec. 3 in Asbury Park. The dead man is Abdul Clackley, 51, of Neptune, said Asbury Park Police Capt. Marshawn Love. The train struck the man in the area of the 6th Avenue train crossing and the Deal Lake railroad bridge, according to city police and NJ Transit. Police received a report of the incident at 4:11 p.m., apparently from the train crew, Love said. An initial investigation shows the man appeared to come from behind the bridge’s structure onto the tracks, Love said. The…

Eclectic Restaurant a Year in the Making to Open Soon

  By DON STINE One of the most eclectic restaurants in Asbury Park, and perhaps in the surrounding area, is about to open in Asbury Park. Kim Marie’s Eat ‘n Drink Away, in the former Adriatic restaurant at 1409 Kingsley Street, is scheduled to open by Christmas after more than a year of renovations, said co-owner John McGillion. “There are new floors, walls, ceilings, new bathrooms, and a new look on the exterior and interior,” he said. McGillion also owns Johnny Mac House of Spirits at 208 Main St., Asbury Park and anyone familiar with that iconic watering hole, which…

Allenhurst Police Unveil New Personalized Patch

  By DON STINE For the first time in its more than 100-year history, the Allenhurst police department will have its own personalized police patch. The image on the new patch (pictured on this page) is that of the famous 1854 New Era shipwreck that occurred off the beach in what is now Asbury Park. The local volunteer lifesaving service station was manned by many residents, in what would later become Allenhurst, and they were among the first respond to the tragedy. “We wanted a patch with a personal and some historical connection to Allenhurst,” police Capt. Michael Schneider said.…

What was your most memorable Thanksgiving?

  “My most memorable Thanksgiving was the last time my mother and father tried to deep fry a whole turkey. “It took all day. The house almost burned down…” See who said it; click on any image to start a slideshow:    

Jay Bernstein: Remembering a Life Cut Short

  Jay Bernstein, a well-known and popular Asbury Park resident and real estate agent, apparently fell to his death Sun., Nov. 24 from outside his ninth-floor penthouse condominium in the Santander, located at Deal Lake Drive and Park Avenue. Asbury Park Police Chief Mark Kinmon said police and other emergency responders arrived at the scene immediately after the incident was reported by a Santander tenant. “It happened shortly before noon. At this point we believe it to be accidental but we are investigating, along with the Prosecutor’s Office,” he said. Kinmon said it is believed Bernstein fell from the fire…

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: