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Neptune Mayor’s Ball Raises $50,000

  By DON STINE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – This year’s annual Neptune Mayor’s Ball raised more money than ever- and all going toward a good cause. Mayor Eric Houghtaling said that the ball raised $50,000. “That’s the most we’ve ever raised and it will all go to Mary’s Place,” he said. Mary’s Place By The Sea in Ocean Grove, a temporary home for women fighting cancer, was the recipient of funds raised from the 20th annual Neptune Mayor’s Ball. Approximately 400 people attended the ball, held at the Jumping Brook Country Club Fri., May 31. “People were very generous and both…

Adoptable Pets from Associated Humane Societies

  Gorgeous Princess (above) is looking for her Prince…Or perhaps a whole royal family ;) This sweet girl was surrendered to the shelter when her owners could no longer care for her. Princess is a lovely girl that gets along splendidly with humans and other cats. Come on over to AHS-Tinton Falls or a royal visit with Princess and perhaps you can anoint her a new home all her own! Our Awesome Adoption Special is still running – the $25 fee covers spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip and a carrier to take your new best friend home! Angelica is about 2-yrs-old and we…

Waiting for Obama

  By JOSEPH SAPIA ASBURY PARK – Elizabeth Burns stood on Asbury Park’s Fifth Avenue, between the railroad tracks and Main Street, an umbrella protecting her from Tuesday’s drizzle. But that was OK. “It’s not often you get the president coming,” said Burns, 56, a city resident. “This is a good thing.” A good thing President Barack Obama was visiting the boardwalk area with Gov. Chris Christie, showing the Shore is open for business for the summer season. But some criticized the visit for various reasons: a waste of public money, an inconvenience to people stuck in the secure area…

BRADLEY BEACH MEMORIAL DAY PARADE Photo set

  Bradley Beach held its annual Memorial Day Parade Sat., May 25 along the beachfront. Those participating included staff and students from the Bradley Beach Elementary School, officials, marching bands and the Bradley Beach Fire Department along with the Bradley Beach First Aid Squad. Below is a COASTER photo set from the parade. The images will change on their own, but you can pause, reverse or forward by sliding your cursor over any image.

River Concert is Benefit for Shark River Hills

  NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Tickets are still available for River Concert 2013, a benefit for Shark River Hills victims of Superstorm Sandy, featuring Nicole Atkins, Steve Forbert and others. The concert, the first such event in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune, is scheduled for Sat., June 1 beginning at noon and running until 8 p.m. at Riverside Park. As of late last week, 500 tickets had been sold, with another 500 still available, said Vito Gadaleta, a member of the concert committee. Tickets are $25 for those 13 and older and $10 for those 6 to 12. They…

Neptune City Dedicates Monument to Fallen Soldiers

  By MICHAEL ROGERS NEPTUNE CITY – Neptune City dedicated a new fallen soldier memorial this week during a ceremony Mon., May 27 to remember those men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Mayor Robert Brown thanked everyone who helped organize the annual parade which also took place that day. “There was a very large turnout for a somber day and we were able to introduce our fallen soldier memorial to our residents,” Brown said. “This shows Neptune City’s support for our armed forces and to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.” Brown also thanked the Director of Public…

Freeholder Director Arnone to Be Honored

On June 6, Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone will be honored with a Circle of Excellence Award by the Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce for his achievements in public service. Arnone has spent the last 15 years serving his community through his work as an elected official, serving as councilman and mayor of Neptune City before becoming a Freeholder in 2011. “I am extremely honored to be recognized by Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce for my dedication to public service,” Arnone said. “The advancements made in the expansion of the County’s Shared Services program, the development of our…

Clearwater Festival on the Move Again

  By JOE SAPIA LONG BRANCH – With this year’s 38th annual New Jersey Friends of Clearwater Environmental Festival, there will be two big changes — location and date. After the last dozen or so years in Asbury Park, the festival — combining environmentalism, food and entertainment — is moving to Long Branch’s Great Lawn, on the oceanfront. Instead of being held on the third weekend in August, it will be held Sun., Sept. 15. Moving to Long Branch is “essentially economics,” said Ed Dlugosz, Friends’s president. The fest moved from Sandy Hook, where it was always held, to Asbury…

Plans Unveiled for Bradley Beach Library Upgrade

  By JOANNE PAPAIANNI BRADLEY BEACH – Plans to make the Bradley Beach Public Library ADA compliant were presented once again at a special meeting last week. The library board and the borough have been discussing the issue and presenting designs for more than a decade. Architect Michael J. Mills of Mills and Schnoering Architects, LLC said handicapped accessibility is the most important factor in designing renovations and a possible expansion at the library. Mills said although the library has not been challenged with a lawsuit yet, the possibility of one being instigated by someone who is wheelchair bound is…

Governor to Visit Bradley Beach

  BRADLEY BEACH – Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to visit the Bradley Beach boardwalk Fri., May 24 at 3 p.m. He is expected to stroll the boardwalk from Fourth Avenue to the new Shipwrecked Golf Course. The public is invited to chat and walk with the governor.