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Baby Jesus Returns to Allenhurst

  By DON STINE Baby Jesus is back in Allenhurst after the statue, stolen from the borough’s annual Christmas Nativity scene in 2012, was anonymously returned last week. “It is really an invaluable item and it was returned in good condition,” Police Captain Michael Schneider said. The concrete figure, weighing about 150 to 200 pounds, was reported stolen from the Nativity scene on Allenhurst’s Main Street in early January. It was reportedly last seen on Dec. 26. After the statue was discovered missing, police issued a statement saying they would accept anonymous tips as to the whereabouts of the figure…

The B Plot: ‘Sandye’ beach day in Allenhurst

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO More than 1500 people came out on an overcast beach Sunday to watch the 70-year-long tradition of dying the ocean water neon green at the Allenhurst Beach Club. The “Sandye” commemorates the end of the official summer season. “In 1943, the owner of BubbleLand in Asbury Park celebrated the one year birthday of his daughter by pouring green water into Wesley Lake,” said Rutledge Varley, assistant manager, Allenhurst Beach Club. “And so the tradition was born.” Ultimately, the tradition moved to Allenhurst under the passionate guidance of resident Freddie Lehmann. Today, his son Jack continues to…

Adopt-A-Pet

  Adoptable Pets from the Associated Humane Societies in Tinton Falls this week include: ITTY BITTY – So, they call me Itty Bitty here, and ’tis true, I am on the petite size. I’m only a 9 month old puppy boy, though, so I will fill out a bit. One thing about me that is not itty bitty is my heart. It is huge! I am a big ol’ bundle of loving, if I do say so myself. And I am looking forward to finding a family that will appreciate and cherish all that I have to offer! I love…

“It’s free, eco-friendly local transportation…”

  By ED SALVAS Bryan Nesci’s idea of a summer vacation is operating a free shuttle service for beach goers in Avon-by-the-Sea. The 23-year-old senior at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken is wrapping up his second season of business on Labor Day to return to school where he’s studying mechanical engineering. Nesci has been working seven days a week since Memorial Day picking up and dropping off passengers at their cars and taking them to the Avon beach in his six passenger, all electric golf cart, known as an LSV, or low-speed vehicle. “It’s free, eco-friendly local transportation,” Nesci…

Meet the Governor in Bradley Beach

  Area residents are invited to the Bradley Beach boardwalk at Fourth Avenue Fri., Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. when Governor Christie is scheduled to kick off the holiday weekend by walking along the beachfront to the miniature golf course. Mayor Gary Engelstad and other officials will be there to show the governor what the borough has to offer both residents and visitors.

Bradley Beach Barbeque Draws Crowds to Beachfront

  By JOANNE PAPAIANNI The smell of barbecue filled the air along Ocean Avenue in Bradley Beach Sat., Aug. 24 along with the sounds of “Footloose” being played by the first of four DJs lined up for the afternoon. The first community barbecue, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, drew plenty of locals as well as travelers from upstate New York and North Jersey. Food vendors who specialize in barbecue lined the promenade as crowds formed to sample the wares of The Chop Shop, Jersey Shore Barbecue, Bacon and Wheels and six others serving a variety of sauces on pork,…

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.