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Slight Increase in Municipal Taxes in Tinton Falls

  TINTON FALLS – The municipal budget adopted by Tinton Falls this week features an average $38 increase in municipal taxes for taxpayers. The $22,688,81 is actually less than last year’s budget of $22,877,935.00 which is a savings of $189,124.00. The tax rate was increased slightly from .441 to .454 which is an increase of .0126. On an average household value of around $300,000 the increase is only $38. Health care premiums, salaries, and various items purchased were all reasons given to justify this year’s budget, borough officials said. There was a surplus of $3,950,000 of which $2,773,806.00 was used…

Prosecutor’s Office Raids A Team Headquarters

  By DON STINE ASBURY PARK – The headquarters of Asbury Park’s A Team political campaign for five City Council seats was raided by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Sat., May 4. Armed with a search warrant, officers from the prosecutor’s office were sent to the office in connection with a complaint filed about absentee ballots for the upcoming May 14 City Council election.The A Team’s office is located on Asbury Avenue across from Our Ladyf of Mount Carmel Church. In an April 11 letter, Asbury Out Front campaign manager Stephania Warren wrote to Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French…

Adopt-A-Pet 5/7/2013

  THE COASTER is pleased to bring you some of the Most Wanted pets available for adoption each week from the Associated Humane Societies, 2960 Shafto Road, Tinton Falls (732-922-0100) If you’re in the market, consider one of the fine four-footed guys or gals below for room and board. And remember, being a “Pet Friendly Biz” is good for business….If you’re a local business and would like to host an adoption event, or help support shelter and rescue animals in other ways, please contact mechele@repaz.com or visit www.petfriendlybiz.com. Tatum (above) is relaxed (and relaxing!) He’s a 2 1/2 year old Boxer Mix (…

$7,500 Grant Being Used to Stabilize Banks of Deal Lake

ASBURY PARK – A project at the Asbury Park boat ramp, near the Main Street Bridge over Deal Lake into Loch Arbour and Allenhurst, is underway to prevent soil erosion into the lake. Project Engineer Peter Avakian said the banks are being reinforced with a special matting made from coconut husks, which will then be planted with vegetation designed to stabilize the banks. The Deal Lake Commission is giving about $7,500 in unused grant money toward the project, with the permission of the state Department of Environmental Protection, which issued to grant money to begin with. “We are using the…

The ASBURY PARK CITY-WIDE Yard Sale is this Saturday, May 4

  PRINT & GO: A GUIDE MAP to this Saturday’s City-Wide Yard Sale in Asbury Park:   You can also find a PDF version of this map here.

7-Eleven to Open in Former Krauszer’s in Neptune

By ED SALVAS NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP - A new 7-Eleven convenience store is coming to West Grove Square on South Main St. across from the entrance to Ocean Grove in Neptune. The 7-Eleven will take the space that was formerly occupied by Krauszer’s as well as the adjacent space that was vacated months ago by a florist, according to Stephen Blitzer of the Blitzer Rosenblum Realty Group of Old Bridge Township, which owns West Grove Square. Blitzer said plans for the new store are now being reviewed by Neptune officials and once permits have been issued, work on the interior can begin.…

Neptune to Install 3 Monuments to Record Water Levels

  By DON STINE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP - Neptune officials plan to install three monuments in the township that will officially mark water levels in past storms, especially Superstorm Sandy. “They will mark the flood levels of past major storms and will show the drastic difference between Sandy and anything we ever had before,” Mayor Eric Hougtaling said. He said the township will place three memorial markers, probably in stone, at Riverside Park, on the South Concourse near the Headliner, and in Ocean Gove at Central Avenue, near Fletcher Lake where high tides also caused damage. Sandy created up to a 13-foot…

Fund-Raising Gala Celebrates 20 Years in City

  By ED SALVAS ASBURY PARK – The Center in Asbury Park observes another milestone this month: the 20th anniversary of its oldest and largest fund-raising event, Center a la Carte. The event takes place on Fri.,May 17 at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel and will have 500 guests sampling the food of 20 area restaurants, according to Rev. Robert Kaeding, Executive Director and founder of The Center, which provides assistance to people with HIV/Aids. In addition to the food, Center a la Carte will have an open bar, D. J. and a gift auction. Proceeds from the evening go toward…

Neptune School Gets Blue Ribbon for Being Green

  NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP - Summerfield Elementary School in Neptune is one of only two schools in the state nationally recognized this week as a Green Ribbon School for incorporating healthy learning environments for students as well as cutting energy usage. Just in time for Earth Day, the US Department of Education recognized schools across the states for their initiatives in greening their facilities. Out of the 64 honorees that were nationally recognized as Green Ribbon Schools, two were from the state of New Jersey – Bedwell Elementary School of Bernardsville and the Summerfield Elementary School of Neptune. To be nationally recognized,…

Shark River Hills 6 Months After Sandy

By DON STINE Many homeowners in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune are still facing an uphill battle six months later following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. And dealing with insurance and mortgage companies, and with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), represent some of the greatest challenges. According to Neptune officials, about 400 homes in the Shark River Hills area were damaged during Sandy and only about one-third of those residents have been able to occupy their homes since then. “The other two-thirds are at some level of recovery, whether it is starting to rebuild or determining…