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Municipal Tax Rate Boost is 28 Cents in Asbury Park

  Asbury Park taxpayers will see a 28-cent increase in their municipal tax rate under the 2013 budget adopted by the City Council last week. The municipal tax rate will increase from $3.20 for each $100 of assessed valuation to $3.48, or an approximate nine-percent increase. For the average home assessed at $84,000 there will be an increase of $234 in municipal taxes. Acting Chief Financial Officer Richard Gartz said that additional revenues of $475,000 in state aid and $350,000 in Community Development Block Grant money are largely responsible for decreasing an original tax increase that was to be 39.7…

Neptune Seeks Skatepark Funding

  NEPTUNE TWP. – A public skateboard park in Neptune, at Neptune Boulevard and Stratford Avenue, will be built if a 2013 grant application being submitted to the Monmouth County Municipal Open Space program is approved. The Township Committee is submitting the application, which seeks at least $250,000 from the country program. There has been talk in the township for some time about building such a park and the Township Committee said it fully supports submitting the application. “I think this is a great application,” Committeeman Kevin McMillan said. Mayor Eric Houghtaling agreed. “We need to work to get this…

What was the highlight of your summer?

  THE COASTER asked the following fine folks “What was the highlight of your summer?” – Click on any image for their replies…

Out & About on Sat., Aug. 17…

  All Coaster Photos taken by Mike Kearns Sat., Aug,. 17. Click on any thumbnail for a caption.

Ocean Buys 3 More Automated Garbage Trucks

  By DON STINE Ocean Township plans to purchase three more automated garbage trucks which will bring the public works department’s compliment of trucks to full capacity. “This purchase will bring the total of trucks up to eight, which will be a full fleet,” Township Administrator Andrew Brannen said this week. A bond ordinance, which will have a Sept. 17 public hearing, appropriates $930,000, with $883,500 to be bonded, to purchase the three automated trash collection trucks. Brannen said the older, rear-loading trucks will still be used for bulk collections and as a temporary replacement should an automated truck need…

Summer Ball Raises $55,000 for Ocean Grove Beachfront

  More than 500 attended the Summer Ball held recently at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa to raise money to restore the Ocean Grove beachfront. Summer Ball chairs Martha and Rick Cuttrell said they were amazed at the turnout. “While we’ve been involved in previous Balls for the Grove,” said Martha, “never have we felt the energy generated by this one!” Both said they were humbled by the outpouring of support with offers of help and donations. Volunteers included Kristen and Judy Isaksen who were responsible for setting up the display of silent auction items donated by local businesses…

Deal Police Chief Retires After 25 Years

  By DON STINE Deal Police Sgt. Ronen Neuman will be sworn in as the borough’s new police chief Fri., Aug. 23 replacing retiring Chief Stephen Carasia. Carasia, 46, has been on the police force for 25 years and was chief for the past five years. His retirement is effective Sept. 1. Neuman, 40, will be sworn in at 9 a.m. at Borough Hall. Neuman, who has been with the police department for 15 years and a sergeant for four years, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA and graduated from the New Jersey…

New Ocean Police Officer

  Brian Klein was sworn in as an Ocean Township police officer by Mayor William Larkin and witnessed by Police Chief Steven R. Peters, Councilwoman Donna Shepiga, Councilmen Christopher Siciliano and William Garofalo and Klein’s family. Klein has a bachelors degree from Stockton State College and has served as a Special Law Enforcement Officer II with the department since January 2012. He will be assigned to the uniform patrol bureau following completion of his field training assignment.

Doo Wop – Ocean Grove-style

  Ocean Grove’s Doo Wop group has a habit of breaking out into song whenever the mood strikes. THE COASTER’S roving videographer caught them in action recently and they were more than happy to share a tune:

PHOTOS: Avon’s GREAT OCEAN RAFT RACE

  Click on any picture to view full size; all photos by THE COASTER: