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On the River: Waiting for the Tide

  By DON STINE Things are pretty normal this year at the Shark River Yacht Club in Neptune but high tides still control the destiny of its boaters. The Shark River is so filled in with sediment that boaters can only leave the club’s docks for one hour on either side of a high tide. “We are still renting our boat slips anyway but boaters come and go by the tide. Everyone, at this point, knows what the situation is. Boaters still need to wait until a high tide before they can leave or come back in,” Yacht Club Commodore…

Couple Donate Defibrillator

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Raena and Joey Bombara of Bradley Beach donated a Cardiac Science AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) to the borough lifeguards this week on behalf of the Eddie Heart Project. The Eddie Heart Project was founded by the Overton and Bombara family in memorial of Eddie Overton, Raena Bombara’s father. Four years ago, Eddie Overton was on a walk with his wife and dog in the park when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. The EMS arrived 12 minutes later, but they weren’t able to save him. “It’s in Bradley Beach that we decided to start the Eddie…

In Bradley Beach: Concert to Benefit Library

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE A free concert benefiting the Bradley Beach Library will be held at Riley Park on Sat., Aug. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. The concert is being paid “through the generation of our local business partners,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad with no cost to the library. Asbury Park’s The Shady Street Showband, an 8-piece band with a large brass section will be performing contemporary music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. After reading about The Shady Street Showband in The Coaster, Engelstad approached the Bradley Beach Library about doing something fun together with the band. “We’re…

Ocean Police Seek Help in Finding Robbery Suspect

  Ocean Township police are seeking the public’s help to find a suspect in a reported robbery that happened in the area of the Italian American Festival Friday, Aug. 7. A 14-year-old boy reported being confronted by four people, including the person who, he says, robbed him of money at Joe Palaia Park, according to police. The suspect is described as a dark-complexion black male, dreadlock-style hair with bleached tips, about 6 feet 1 inch-tall. He was said to be wearing a maroon shirt saying “Diamond Surf Co.,” beige pants and black Jordan sneakers with reflective stripes. The boy said…

Former Governor Speaking at Asbury Park Church

  Former Gov. Jim McGreevey, who works with ex-prisoners and recovering addicts, is speaking on staying out of prison at an appearance at the Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park Saturday, Aug. 15. Doors open at 10 a.m. at the church at 124 Atkins Ave. McGreevey’s talk is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. McGreevey will speak about relapsing into criminal activity, which leads to imprisonment, and the need for job opportunities so people do not resort to criminal activity, said Dan Harris, chairman of the Men’s Ministry at the church. The program is open to all in the public. More information…

New Law Changes Voting Regulations

  Under a new law effectively immediately an authorized messenger at election time may only deliver three ballots to the county Board of Elections, instead of 10 which was allowed in the past. Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon said this reform and others are the result of a new law signed by Gov. Chris Christie on Aug.10. “The new law impacts New Jersey voters who, by necessity or by choice, have another individual submit a Vote By Mail request and/or election ballot on their behalf,” Hanlon said. The new law reduces number of voters for whom a person can…

Comedy Show in Bradley Beach

  The Bradley Beach Arts Council will present Flighty Connection, a comedic solo show performed by Liz Days, on Friday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at the banquet hall fire house as part of their 2015 free event series. “This program is pretty unusual for the Jersey Shore,” said Julia Rand of the Bradley Beach Arts Council. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like it here.” The show which is written and performed by New York City actress, comedian, and playwright, Liz Days, and directed by Rachael Harrington, is about a passenger on a plane who meets seven other…

All That Jazz in Asbury Park

  The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce hosts Asbury Park Loves Jazz this weekend August 7 to 9 featuring Chieli Minnuci, Marion Meadows and EFX. According to Jackie Pappas, APCC Executive Director, the jazz weekend celebrates the jazz fan base from Absury Park to NYC and Philadelphia. “This is the perfect time to showcase our beautiful city. The revitalization that is underway on Springwood Ave and throughout our city from the Westside to the Boardwalk will be celebrated through music; Afro-Cuban Latin jazz to contemporary artists in the spotlight of today’s jazz, Asbury Park will once again have it all,”…

Anti-Hunger Coalition Forming in City

  By ED SALVAS Believing there are too many hungry people in Asbury Park, Trinity Church and the Environment and Shade Tree Commission are organizing a citywide effort to get more fresh produce to the people who need it. The program is called the Anti-Hunger Coalition and according to Tom Pivinski, head of the ESTC, the plan is to expand the Community Garden, located behind city hall, to other parts of the city where empty lots are available to start small neighborhood “farms” to grow things. Noting that hunger is a companion of the poor, Pivinski announced the proposed Anti-Hunger…

Ocean Grove Chamber Chief Retires, New Director Welcomed

  By DON STINE Lois Hetfield, the Executive Director for the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce, is stepping down from her post after 14 years on the job. “I have very mixed emotions. I have loved this job for 14 years and enjoyed working with everybody. It was a big decision to step down but running our many events does eventually take its toll,” she said. So Hetfield has decided to pass the torch on to a younger person, namely new Executive Director Rebecca Cavanaugh, who is 35. She began her new job this week. Cavanaugh, who lives in Deal,…