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YMCA for Sale Again

  John McGillion, who purchased the YMCA building on Main Street in Asbury Park a little more than a year ago, has put it up for sale. McGillion, owner of Johnny Mac House of Spirits, at 208 Main St., Asbury Park said he is selling the YMCA building to focus more on three other projects he has ongoing in the city right now. The listing price for the 38,679-square-foot building at 600 Main Street is $2.7 million. “By the time we complete our other projects it would be six or seven years before we could get to the YMCA building…

Around City Hall in Asbury Park…

  Pictured above: Bamboozle in Asbury Park, in the vicinity of the North Beach condominium complex. Some residents living in the North Beach condominium complex on the northern Asbury Park beachfront feel that they have been bamboozled. Resident Ellen Muller attended last week’s City Council meeting with questions about what is happening in her neighborhood, between Sixth and Seventh Avenue and Ocean Avenue and Kingsley Street Muller said much of the area’s landscaping was either destroyed or removed preparing for last year’s Bamboozle Festival, a three-day musical festival held on the northern beachfront on May 18-20. Tens of thousands of people…

What advice do you have for incoming Senator Cory Booker?

  Shore-area residents offer incoming U.S. Senator Cory Booker advice on assuming the office; click on any picture to read what they have to say:

Bittersweet Anniversary in Shark River Hills

  By DON STINE Neptune’s Shark River Hills area was hit particularly hard during Superstorm Sandy and one year later residents are still in various stages of recovery. The storm, which hit the Jersey Shore on Oct. 29, was the second-costliest in American history, resulting in about $65 billion in damage. Large sections of the Jersey Shore were impacted, with everything from minor damage to total destruction. Low-lying areas in Shark River Hills, adjacent to the Shark River, saw heavy damage during the high storm surge and some people are still displaced one year later. Neptune Chief Financial Officer Michael…

They Waited for the Midnight Hour, Then Wed

  Early Monday morning, just after the stroke of midnight, two Asbury Park gay couples tied the knot on the steps of the landmark Paramount Theatre on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, only moments after same-sex marriages became legal in New Jersey. Asbury Park Councilwoman Amy Quinn and her longtime partner and wife, Heather Jensen, were one of two Asbury Park couples married. Quinn and Jensen were previously married in June in New York but wanted to get remarried in Asbury Park. Also married were residents Steven Brunner and Daniel Baum, with about 50 supporters looking on, many openly hugging…

Black Box Presents Play in Ocean Grove

  Black Box Asbury Park presents a reading of “Order 17,”  a new full-length play by Stephen Larsen, on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.  at the Coastal Arts Studio 66 South Main Street, Ocean Grove. The play follows  two men, an Army Civilian Journalist and a former-Special-Forces-Operator-turned-Security-Contractor, as they come face-to-face with Iraqis whose lives have been forever impacted by the War and the Insurgency.  They find out that, in Iraq, you can’t tell the wolves from the sheep.  But, thanks to Order 17, it doesn’t matter. In November 2004, a year-and-a-half after President Bush gave a speech on an aircraft…

Out & About

  See who was where; click on any image for a slideshow.  All Coaster photos taken recently by Mike Kearns.

The Question is….

  If a severe storm were predicted to strike the Jersey Shore, how would you prepare? See how Shore residents would stay strong; click on any image for replies:

In Loch Arbour: Receving a Gift That Keeps on Giving

  By DON STINE Loch Arbour just got the ultimate gift that will keep on giving for years to come. Deal residents Jack and Joyce Kassin, owners of 3.5 acres of privately-owned beachfront in Loch Arbour, have donated about 1.1 acres of their property to the village in a deal to prevent the village from undertaking efforts to seize all of their property. “A really fair agreement by both parties was ironed out,” Deputy Mayor Alfred J. Cheswick said. The deal also creates a beach easement which will allow Loch Arbour to participate in the upcoming federal beach replenishment project…

Learning About Healthy Food Can Be Exciting

  Just because something is healthy doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and exciting. That was the message this week at an event held at the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune where area students learned about eating healthy and exercising, understanding the role hunger plays in the community, and learning how food banks help feed people. It was all part of World Hunger Day Oct. 16. About 140 fourth grade students from area schools attended the event to learn how to cook first-hand from several chefs. Activities included making smoothies, a visit to a garden to learn…