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City Developer Seeks More Welcoming Climate

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park developer Pat Fasano, one of the pioneers who renovated and refurbished dilapidated buildings downtown and at the beachfront over the last 20 years, has decided to head south to Atlantic City. Fasano purchased 21 contiguous properties in the city where he will build a project called the Orange Loop, after the three orange properties, New York, St. James and Tennessee Avenue, in the Monopoly game. “Unfortunately it’s not possible for small developers to work in Asbury,” Fasano said. “I have a payroll to maintain and  it’s not possible to get approval and permits…

Land Rover Stolen from Allenhurst Residential Driveway

  A luxury motor vehicle was stolen from an Allenhurst residential  driveway sometime overnight from Sat., June 2 to Sun., June 3, police said, in circumstances similar to other such thefts in the county over the last few years. Police said the theft of a 2016 Land Rover, which was parked in the resident’s driveway, was reported at 9:30 a.m. June 3. The key fob to the vehicle was apparently in the vehicle at the time of the theft. The followup investigation has determined the vehicle was stolen sometime between 2 and 6 a.m. Police Chief Michael Schneider said over the last few…

Bruce Springsteen Will Be Special Guest at Asbury Lanes

  The reopening of Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park will feature a special appearance by the city’s favorite son, Bruce Springsteen, Mon., June 18. Locally tickets for the event will be distributed to 100 Asbury Park residents who will each have the opportunity to win two free tickets through an online lottery system. Grammy winners Portugal will headline the event and there will also be a performance by the Tangier Blues Band. The city’s waterfront developer, iStar, and the Bowery Presents are hosting the event, which will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County, which operates a facility in…

Lost Amusement Parks is Topic at Ocean Museum

  The Township of Ocean Historical Museum will present “Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore,” by Rick Geffken on Wed., June 13 at 7:15 p.m. in the Ocean Township Board of Education Headquarters (Old Oakhurst School) 163 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst. Rick Geffken and George Severini have co-written a photographic look at the long-gone amusement parks of the New Jersey shore. They sought out images from the Library of Congress, local historical societies, and private collections to assemble a nostalgic look that recalls a fun era of our past. Geffken has written numerous articles on Monmouth County history. He is the…

The Question is…

  The Coaster asks, “What was your most memorable summer?”

Family-Owned Neptune Insurance Agency Marks 40 Years

    By ED SALVAS When Ruston “Rus” Sitren opens the Dirus, Inc. Insurance Agency on June 1, it will mark the start of the 41st year in business for Sitren and his wife Diane. The agency they started in 1978 continues to operate at the same location, 1142 Corlies Ave, Rte. 33 in Neptune. Rus Sitren had been working for another agency when he had an opportunity to buy his own business and took it. His wife was working for a chemical company and they needed the steady paycheck, so she didn’t join the family business until four years…

Asbury Park Police Graduates

  The following individuals graduated the Monmouth County Police Academy last week and are members of the Asbury Park police department. They are (from left to right) Special Law Enforcement Class II Officers Michael Ballas, Christopher Sylvia, Stephanie Lehner, Michael Hand and Kelsey Frontera.  (18 week academy). Scott Ritter (far right) is a regular Police Officer. (22 week academy). The  ceremony was held at Brookdale Community College.

City Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Faces 18 Years

  An Asbury Park man pleaded guilty last week to charges of armed robbery and kidnapping in connection to November 2016 Neptune Township and Asbury Park crimes, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Hakiem K. Wadud, 24, of Asbury Park, pleaded guilty on Fri., May 25, to first degree Armed Robbery and first degree Kidnapping before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Ellen Torregossa-O’Connor. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Wadud faces a term of 18 years in New Jersey state prison, with 85 percent of the sentence, or approximately 15 years and 4 months, before any possible release…

Neptune City Official, City Church Director Honored

  Anthony “Tony” Campolo, a nationally recognized evangelical and political figure, will be among several New Jersey leaders accepting QSpot Community Awards at the 2018 QSpot Community Awards Jubilee Dinner on June 2 in Belmar. QSpot Community Awards recognize extraordinary contributions to the LGBT community and QSpot. This year’s award recipients were selected for their dedication, passion, and commitment, some at great sacrifice, to LGBT rights, justice, and care. In addition, NJ leaders accepting awards at the event will be Neptune City Councilwoman Pamela Renee, retired NJ Lutheran Church legislative liaison Rev. Bruce Davidson, Trinity Episcopal Church Food and Social Justice Director…

City Church Hosting Fashion Show

  A youth lunch and fashion show is being held at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Prospect and Atlantic Avenues in Asbury Park on Sat. June 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be served followed by the fashion show. Step out in style for an afternoon of fun and fashion to support the youngsters of the church. The afternoon includes a delicious lunch and style show featuring 2018 Spring/Summer fashions modeled by the Youth of our Church School. Donation $10.