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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

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Norman Nardini Returns to Asbury Park

  Norman Nardini, longtime Pittsburgh rock’n roller wrote the lyric “I’ve Been Doin It For Years Before Ya All Was Here” in 1979. Thirty four years later, he’s still doin it. Look for him Fri., Aug. 16 at the Berkeley’ s Dauphin Grill. in Asbury Park. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. and admission is free. In addition to his longtime friendship and collaborations with Jon Bon Jovi, he hhas shared concert bills with Aerosmith, Rush, KISS, Ted Nugent, Kansas and Canned Heat, among others. Nardini spent the late 60′s and early 70′s doing covers and learning the ropes. In…

Cameo Bar to Keep its Iconic Cameos

  By DON STINE There may be a new buyer taking over the well-known Cameo Bar on Main Street in Asbury Park but little change will be made to the bar’s iconic interior, which was filmed for a 1988 Mickey Rourke movie, “Homeboy.” John McGillion, owner of Johnny Mac House of Spirits at the other end of Main Street, is under contract to purchase the Cameo, 1213 Main St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues. McGillion said he is not changing the interior of the Cameo other than to make bathroom improvements and put in a walk-in box cooler. “I am…

Neptune Officials May Consider Alternate Side of Street Parking for Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE A proposal to allow Ocean Grove residents to bag their leaves for collection and another plan to institute alternate side of the street parking during one month in the spring and fall were presented to the Neptune Township Committee this sweek The proposals were requested in an attempt to limit the amount of leaves and debris getting into the storm drainage system in the historic district. Certain sections of Ocean Grove have been prone to flooding in recent years, particularly at the eastern sections of Broadway, and streets are usually loaded with parked cars year-round. “We…

Avon Police Urge Residents to Lock Windows, Garages

  By KATHARINA CAVANO Avon Police Chief Terence Mahon told residents this week that one suspect has been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries in the borough and urged residents to keep their homes and garages locked. “We need your eyes and ears,” Mahon told residents at the Board of Commissioners meeting Aug. 12. Mahon assured citizens that he and the rest of the police force were working their hardest to catch the culprits. In fact, they have arrested one suspect in connection with the burglaries, and he is now in the county jail. Mahon said the burglaries…