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Rev Up Romance for Valentine’s Day

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Valentine’s Day grabs the hearts of people all around the globe, and here at the Jersey Shore it’s no different. Area restaurants and shops have responded to the call for romance by making it a special day for those in love, falling in love or hoping to fall in love. But first a brief history of the romantic holiday and why we continue to celebrate it. The day is named in honor of Saint Valentine of Rome who legend has it was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers, who were forbidden to marry, and for…

Coaster Columnist Wins Award

  Joseph Pangaro, a retired Ocean Township police officer, who now writes the Behind the Badge column for The Coaster has won the Top Safety Advisor for 2017 award. This is the second time Pangaro has won the award from Autism Parenting Magazine. Pangaro said he began writing for many  publications includingAutism Parenting magazine, a nation wide magazine dedicated to helping the families of children on the spectrum. “I began writing for this magazine several years ago after I started to concentrate on safety and security issues for all children in school. “One specific population was the special needs community…

Traffic on Grand Avenue in City to be Discussed

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI After two accidents on Grand Avenue in Asbury Park recent weeks, residents are asking if traffic signals, which had been removed in recent years, should be returned. Traffic Manager, Michael Manzella, said he had seen a video of one of the accidents and would be bringing up the topic at the next meeting of the Parking Committee. “I don’t get involved in specific incidents, but I monitor overall incidents,” he said. Manzella said traffic signals can help reduce right angle or left turn crashes, but data shows they increase rear end collisions. He explained that…

New Acting Chief in Asbury Park

  Sancha K. Gray, the former assistant superintendent of schools in Asbury Park has been named Asbury Park acting superintendent following the appointment of Dr. Lamont Repollet as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education. Repollet was named superintendent four years ago and was chosen by Governor Philip Murphy to head the state’s eduction department. “It is with great joy, excitement and humility that I assume the role of Acting Superintendent of the Asbury Park School District. Ours is one that has been defined as the most rapidly improving district in the nation by Ed Week in November 2016. This distinction represents…

NJ Hall of Fame Announces Inductees

  The New Jersey Hall of Fame has chosen the 17 members of their 2017 Class.   Those chosen will be honored at the 10th Annual Ceremony at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, on Sunday, May 6. Inductees Actress Meryl Streep The Four Seasons Singer Debbie Harry/BLONDIE                Author Harlan Coben Baseball player Al Leiter Politician Millicent Fenwick Real Estate Executive Jon Hanson Businessman Joe Buckelew Nurse Clara Maass Musician and actor Steven Van Zandt Singer Gloria Gaynor Buddy Valastro, The Cake Boss Astronauts Mary and Scott Kelly Olympian Mary Decker Author and Journalist Anna Quindlen Publishing Executive Steve…

Asbury Park Man Pleads Guilty to 2013 Murder

  After a four-year investigation, an Asbury Park man has admitted his role in a March 2013 murder. He now faces a 15-year prison term when he returns on March 22, 2018, for sentencing before a Monmouth County Superior Court Judge, announced Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. In pleading guilty Jan. 31 to first degree Aggravated Manslaughter, Dominique Moore, 25, of Asbury Park, admitted to having in his possession a loaded 9mm handgun, pointing the gun at the victim, pulling the trigger and killing Daniel Graves, 23, also of Asbury Park. As part of his plea agreement, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office…

Around City Hall…

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Traffic striping on Asbury Park streets will cost much less in the new year after the City Council decided to contract with a new company which charges only $1 per foot as opposed to the former company which charged $5 to $7 for the same service. Also downtown alley ways will now have names, making it easier for police and fire departments to respond. It will also allow Amazon to deliver goods to certain addresses which they were having trouble finding. The alleys were all given names of historic buildings in the city, including Albion,…

Rotary Polar Plunge Celebrating 10 Years

  The Rotary Club of Asbury Park held its 10th Polar Plunge on Sat., Jan. 27 on the boardwalk. Proceeds from the event which were around $25,000 will benefit Holiday Express and their 25th Anniversary and Rotary Eye Rescue. According to organizer Traudy Grande, the water temperature was 40 degrees and the air temperature was 50 degrees. “More than 100 people came to the event and 65 people went into the water,” she said. Many local, state and national companies sponsored the event including, The Robinson Ale House, Circle-A Construction, The City of Asbury Park, Investors Bank, New Jersey Natural…

In Ocean: Modifications Made to Proposed Town Center

  By DON STINE Modifications, based on public input, have been made to a proposal to develop a 32-acre property at the intersection of Route 35 and Deal Road in Ocean Township. A special presentation was held Jan. 29 at the high school with about 100 people attending. It is the second large public presentation on the project. The previous one also held at the high school last year. “This project has evolved in the past four or five years. We have been listening to residents and officials and scaled the project back,” said Maurice Zekaria, owner of Paramount Realty,…

City to Discuss West Side Community Center

  Asbury Park officials were scheduled to discuss the West Side Community Center in a closed executive session at press time for our printed edition, on newsstands now. The Committee to save the West Side Community Center, a special citizens committee comprised of local professionals having former leadership ties with the West Side Community Center, 115 DeWitt Avenue, Asbury Park, has made a request of the city asking officials to apply to the Superior Court in Freehold for the appointment of a Receiver for the center. The Committee is asking that the City Council act immediately given the recreational and…