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Shark River Hills Property Owners May Have Option to Sell

  By DON STINE Rumors that Neptune plans to use the power of eminent domain to acquire flood-prone businesses and residential properties along the Shark River are false, township officials said earlier this week. “There is no proposal for the eminent domain taking of these properties. Eminent domain is not an option,” Township Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said. According to Gadaleta, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) just released flood maps that list 21 properties in Neptune that are eligible for buyouts under the state Department of Environmental Protection agency’s Blue Acres program. The program provides municipalities with funding to…

What do you do to beat the heat?

  The Jersey Shore is getting a merciful break from the clammy heat we’ve suffered most of the past month. As July starts to give way to August – and perhaps the Dog Days of Summer – we thought it would be a good time to ask folks, “What do you do to beat the heat?”  Click on any picture for beat-the-heat tips:

Asbury Election Results to Remain Unchanged

  By DON STINE ASBURY PARK – Vote-by-mail ballots rejected by the Monmouth County Board of Elections during the May 14 Asbury Park City Council election will remain unopened, a Superior Court judge ruled July 18. Superior Court Judge Dennis R. O’Brien ruled that the 252 unopened ballots will remain that way after hearing several days of testimony on the matter. It is possible that the results from the disputed ballots may change to outcome of the election and it is expected that O’Brien’s decision will be appealed. On Tuesday County Clerk M. Claire French testified about the process of…

The BPlot: She’s on a roll

  By RICHARD VIRGILLIO After seven years, the nation is finally learning what Asbury Park has known for years: Second Life Bikes, the non-profit that repairs and sells bikes and keeps lives on track, is making a tangible impact on Monmouth County. During the past 10 days, Second Life Bikes on Main Street and the organization’s founder Kerri Martin have been featured on two national news programs, “CBS Evening News” and NBC’s “Today.” I spoke with Martin and one of her student volunteers, Noah Swanson, from Wall about their newfound spotlight, which is a case study for any local business…

Vive Sells Out Townhomes in Phase 2

  ASBURY PARK – iStar Financial Inc., developer of the Asbury Park waterfront, said its luxury townhome community, Vive, sold out its entire inventory of homes in phase two of the project within one day of their release on July 8. This record demand from buyers is similar to the response that Vive’s first phase of homes experienced, also selling out the first day they were made available. Base prices in the second phase ranged from $424,900 to $449,900 before upgrades. More than 1,000 people expressed interest in VIVE, signaling the significant pent-up demand in the Asbury Park waterfront market.…

Hope Academy Charter School Receives $16,000 in Grants

  By JOSEPH SAPIA ASBURY PARK – Over the last several weeks, Asbury Park’s Hope Academy Charter School has received $16,000 in grants. A $10,000 grant from the Rumson-based Mary Owen Borden Foundation will be used to buy a new server for the Grand Avenue school’s computer system. “Getting funding for equipment” — versus curriculum — “is very challenging,” said Denise Rodriguez, the school’s grants administrator. The Borden Foundation’s grant was the school’s third from the foundation in the last few years. The TD Bank Charitable Foundation provided $5,000 for implementing a new social studies curriculum for 6th to 8th…

Neptune Officials Rededicate Shark River Hills Park

  By DON STINE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – A public park along South Riverside Drive in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune may have gone down during Superstorm Sandy but it was certainly not out. On July 12 township officials and environmentalists rededicated the park, near the township marina on the Shark River, with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. The park was formerly the site of the old Tides Motel, which was razed around 1997. “I am so happy with the park and the local residents are too,” said Mindi Arcoleo, a member of the township’s Environmental/Shade Tree Commission. Arcoleo said…

New Playground Equipment Installed on Springwood Avenue in Asbury Park

  By DON STINE ASBURY PARK – Asbury Park children will have a new playground as the first phase of a new park on Springwood Avenue nears completion. A children’s playground is being installed at the north-eastern section of a large vacant lot on the 1000 block of Springwood Avenue, between Atkins and Union Avenues, just east of the new Springwood Commons, which houses the senior center. “We expect the playground to be open for use by this week,” City Engineer Joe Cunha said. He said the surface under the playground will soon be covered with poured rubber chips followed…

Out and About

  Above – At First Saturday in Asbury Park were Neptune residents Trevor E. Dickerson, Jessica Dickerson holding Chiara, Mike Todd, India Todd and Salen Todd, all of Neptune. Also caught in the act of having fun and enjoying summer on the Shore were the following…    

So you think the State did a good job restoring the shore after Sandy?

  Just after July 4th, THE COASTER asked residents (and some visitors), “So you think the State did a good job restoring the shore after Sandy?” Peggy Codey of Avon-by-the-Sea, pictured above with Gabby, Katey, Angie & Livia, replied, “Yes, I think they did a great job. There is still more to be done. The media should let people know that not all towns were devastated. And I think that each town did their part.” Click on any image below to see how other Shore-area folks feel: