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Time Running Out for Shark River Dredging

  By DON STINE The last best alternative to getting the Shark River dredged and insuring its future for the area is now at stake, officials told a standing room-only crowd at a special hearing this week. Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone, a former Neptune City mayor, urged the crowd to be patient but at the same time said a decision has to be made on a dewatering site. “This is it,” he said. “This is the last straw we are looking at.” Officials are looking at dredging navigation channels in the Shark River and depositing the spoils in Neptune to…

Ocean to Receive $1.3 Million Grant to Purchase Property

  Ocean Township will receive a $1.3 million state grant to help fund the acquisition of Whalepond Village- a 96-unit affordable-housing complex that was threatened with high rent increases. Sen. Jennifer Beck and Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande announced the grant, awarded by the Department of Community Affairs, in a Sept. 27 press release. The grant will assist the township in passing the property to a new owner who will ensure the facility remains affordable housing available to senior citizens. The former owner had considered selling the property to a developer who would have allowed the affordable housing…

Out & About

  All Coaster Photos were taken by Mike Kearns over the weekend. Click to view full-size.

Investigation Sought on Alleged Forgeries in Neptune

  By DON STINE Allegations of fraud were raised this week over a petition seeking to overturn Neptune’s recent decision to establish rent control on buildings with more than four units. A 1,408-signature petition seeking to place a new rent control ordinance on a public ballot has been found to have many invalid and forged signatures, said residents who never signed the petition. The Neptune Committee to Repeal Rent Control recently submitted the petition requesting that the rent control issue be offered to voters in a referendum. However, after investigation, the petition was found to contain many forged signatures and…

150 Attend Interlaken Board of Education Meeting

  Interlaken residents remained split regarding a recent school tax increase and the issue was once again the topic at the Board of Education meeting, which about 150 people attended Sept. 23. Residents packed the Allenhurst Fire House to learn more, or to complain or support, a recent move by the Board of Education to offer the first-ever education option for borough students and their parents. Traditionally, the borough has been a sending district to Asbury Park. But for more than a decade no residents attended school there due its poor academic standing. A recent decision by education officials has…

Ocean Names First Ever Police Chaplain

  Father Andrew Eugenis, of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, was sworn in last week as the Ocean Township police department’s first police chaplain. “Father Eugenis is a dynamic person and a great community leader and it is a great honor to have him be a part of the Ocean Township police department,” Mayor William F. Larkin said. Larkin said Father Eugenis, who is also a chaplain with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will offer counseling and support for the police department. St. George’s moved from Asbury Park into a new church in Ocean Township in…

Deal Swears In New Police Officer

  Nicholas C. Dowling was sworn in as a probationary police officer in Deal last week after previously serving as a special officer and dispatcher. “Dowling’s position was created by the promotion of Sgt. Ronan Neuman as the new police chief after the retirement of Police Chief Stephen Carasia,” said Borough Administsrator. “He fills a very important role in the patrol capabilities of the borough.” Dowling, 25, has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Jersey City University with a minor in professional security. He also has an Associates Degree in criminal justice from Brookdale Community College. He is a graduate…

After 30 Years Hair Salon Owner Has No Plans to Retire

  By ED SALVAS It’s not unusual to find Cissie Giresi at work in her W. Sylvania Avenue salon in Neptune City at 6 a.m. By then, she’s already had a workout at the nearby Retro Fitness center where she generally starts her daily routine. In October, Giresi celebrates the 30th anniversary of the opening if Cissies Touch of Class Hair and Nail Salon at 201 W. Sylvania Ave. She opened the salon after working for 15 years at other shops, including the Hamilton Barber Shop and at the Glemby’s salon at Sears. Giresi sad she was encouraged to go…

Out & About

  Spotted OUT & ABOUT were…(All Coaster Photos taken by Mike Kearns):

“Do you think the economy is improving?”

  THE COASTER asks…”Do you think the economy is improving?” Click on any picture to begin a slideshow and see how folks feel…