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Free Tango Lesson in Carousel Building

  If you ever wanted to learn how to tango consider taking a free lesson Sun., Oct. 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Carousel building on the Asbury Park boardwalk. Instructor Lee Sager of Tango Pantera and his partner, Chellee, will be teaching the class. No partner necessary. Following the lesson there will be a milonga or dance at the site. For more information go to www.TangoPantera.Blogspot.com.

New Sign for Neptune Park Will Be Unveiled Oct. 26

  While much work still remains to be done in Shark River Hills and all along the Jersey Shore, township residents will take a brief respite to mark the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy on Sat., Oct. 26. At 11 a.m. on that day township officials, volunteers and residents will gather to officially rename Riverside Park as Volunteer Park. In August the Township Committee passed a resolution approving the name change. At the ceremony a new sign will be unveiled, which has been donated to the park through donations from residents. Also, at that time, the winners of two contests…

No Action Planned on Proposed Allenhurst, Loch Arbour Merger

  By DON STINE Any action on a proposed merger between Loch Arbour and neighboring Allenhurst to help ease the village’s school tax burden will not take place in the near future. Loch Arbour Mayor Paul Fernicola said at last week’s Board of Commissioners meeting that fiscal issues due to Superstorm Sandy remain unresolved for both. “At this point it is impossible to do a fiscal impact study,” he said. Each municipality is to be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency management Agency (FEMA) for damage caused by the storm, which was almost one year ago. Fernicola said Loch Arbour has…

City Manager Bids Farewell

  By DON STINE Asbury Park City Manager Terence Reidy bid city officials and residents farewell at this week’s City Council meeting and, instead of making a statement, he composed and read a poem he wrote instead.(The poem is reprinted below) Deputy Mayor Sue Henderson, who was in favor of keeping Reidy, thanked him for his years of dedication and service. “I want to thank you for your service and tireless passion for our city. I don’t think you can be replaced by anyone with your expertise and knowledge,” she said. City Attorney Frederick C. Raffetto also thanked Reidy for…

Out & About

  All Coaster photos taken over the weekend by Mike Kearns.

A Favorite on ‘The Voice’ Ends Tour in Asbury Park

  By DON STINE Charlotte Sometimes, the indie-pop songstress and a fan favorite on NBC’s “The Voice,” is winding up her “Brilliant, Broke, and Beautiful Tour” at The Saint in Asbury Park Sun., Oct. 13. And after touring the mid-West and West Coast for about six weeks, Charlotte, who is from Wall Township and on her 10th tour, said she is ready to come back to Asbury Park. The tour is promoting Charlotte’s new EP, “Circus Head.” “I think Asbury Park is great. Everyone sticks together. Small communities and little cities have their own oddities, and I think that’s great.…

Standing Room Only Crowd for Motorcross Park Hearing

  By DON STINE More than 200 people crowded the Tinton Falls municipal hearing room Oct. 3 over a proposed motor cross park to be built on a 21-ace tract off Shafto Road. An overflow crowd had to stand in the lobby to hear testimony. Another hearing on the application before the Board of Adjustment is scheduled for Nov. 7 at Seabrook Village which will allow more members of the public to attend. The proposed park would have 395 parking spaces and three different level racetracks. The three-hour meeting was attended by those both for and against the motor cross.…

Replacing Portions of City Boardwalk

  By DON STINE The landmark Asbury Park boardwalk will soon be partially replaced but not with a new fill and concrete design that was presented at the last City Council meeting. City Engineer Joseph Cunha and two Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives presented a new method to repair a large portion of the city’s iconic boardwalk damaged during Superstorm Sandy, which would probably be a first-of-its-kind project in the nation. The project, which would run the boardwalk from Convention Hall south to First Avenue, calls for an “earthen type” base that would be capped with concrete and then…

Dredging Begins in Sylvan Lake

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Working with a federal grant of more than $300,000, Avon and Bradley Beach officials have been dredging Sylvan Lake, along with removing debris from it. An estimated 10,000 cubic yards of spoils would be removed, opening water drainage to east end outflow gates that are clogged, along with adding lake depth to retain more water, said Steve Kegelman, Avon’s deputy emergency management coordinator. Workers also cleared stormwater drains entering the lake, which runs between Ocean Avenue and Main Street/Route 71, Kegleman said. The lake has needed to be dredged for years, said Kegelman, adding the lake’s…