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NIGHT OUT…in Ocean Grove

  All COASTER photos by Mike Kearns. Click on any image for a slideshow and captions. Pictured above: Ice Cream at Nagle’s Apothecary Cafe on Main Avenue, Ocean Grove.

Tinton Falls Camp Program Offers Movies and Day Trips

  By DENISE HERSCHEL TINTON FALLS – Trying to find a way for your child to be happy and busy this summer without he or she repeatedly announcing “ “I’m bored” can be a daunting task. With the unlimited energy and the limited attention span of most youngsters, it can be difficult to reel them into activities. The borough of Tinton Falls has put together a summer program which addresses such a dilemma. With a long-standing recreational summer camp the young residents can manage to find their vacation filled with trips, sports and art activities. “Our camp has been in…

Adopt-A-Pet

Thor is a handsome, happy 1 ½-yr-old brindle who seems to be housebroken, loves people, and loves a good adventure. His silly personality blossoms with the littlest bit of attention. He has quickly made friends with his perpetual smile, joyful disposition and great personality. Thor is always be up for cuddles, learning new tricks, & playing with you! If you have room in your home for a bobble-headed boy with adorably tiny ears & a lifetime of love to give you, Thor is your man! Come down to AHS to meet him today. It’s the perfect day to bring the…

City Police Chief to Retire

  By DON STINE ASBURY PARK – Asbury Park Police Chief Mark Kinmon will officially retire from his job beginning Jan. 1, 2014 but he will be using up accumulated sick and vacation time beginning Oct. 1. “After 26 years in this business it’s time to move on and do something else. I am going to use some accumulated leave time beginning Oct. 1 and I will not be retuning after that date,” he said this week. Capt. David Kelso will be in charge of police operations while Kinmon is away. “He will be in charge and familiarizing himself with…

City Voters Most Likely Going Back to the Polls

  ASBURY PARK – Asbury Park’s Charter Study Commission is in the driver’s seat as far as any upcoming changes to the city’s form of government and whatever it recommends will have to be presented to voters, most likely in November. And while Asbury Park just went through a grueling City Council election where 22 candidates ran for five, four-year terms- it may have to happen all over again in the near future, depending on what the Charter Study Commission recommends. According to Kathleen Cupano, a director at the Center for Government Services at Rutgers University, the charter study commission…

Ocean School Buses to Display Advertising

  OCEAN TOWNSHIP – School buses in Ocean Township will not only be carrying students this fall but they will also be promoting local businesses as well. The district has approved a program to place commercial advertising on its school buses. School Board President Sean Moore said the move to put advertising on the buses is to help generate additional sources of revenue for the school district. “I think that in this financial environment we are looking at everything,” he said. School Business Administrator Kenneth Jannarone said the district will accept advertising to be posted on the school buses in…

NIGHT OUT photo gallery

  Enjoying a Night Out in ASBURY PARK and LOCH ARBOUR…click on any image below for a caption or to start a slideshow. Pictured above at the Beach Bar at Convention Hall in Asbury Park Sat., June 8 are Dace Middleton, Wall Township; Kaitlin Isasky, Pittsburgh; Ryan Tariff, Ocean Grove; Kyle Middleton, Wall Township; Walter Glowacz, Howell Township; Tom Shields, Wall Township; Mary Solazzo, Ocean Grove; Megan Adcock, Neptune City and Allison Adcock, Neptune City.  

Do you think Chris Christie would make a good president?

  THE COASTER asked these outstanding citizens “Do you think Chris Christie would make a good president?” Click on any image for their full replies…Pictured above is Governor Christie on the Asbury Park boardwalk for President Obama’s visit (story here). COASTER photo.

It’s True: The Bridge is Slower than Usual

  By MARY WALTON It’s not your imagination, people. The venerable old Shark River Bridge on Ocean Avenue between Avon and Belmar has been more than three times slower than usual for the past couple weeks. As the buzzer sounds, red lights flash on, and cars and pedestrians clump behind the lowered crossing gates, the bridge creeps upward like an old timer with a bad hip. Constructed in 1936, it’s no youngster. And it, too, has had a bad part. But here’s the good news. Laura Kirkpatrick, Monmouth County director of public information, said the part arrived Monday and installation…

‘Batman’ Movie Producer to Speak at Ocean Graduation

  By DON STINE OCEAN TOWNSHIP – If you want to be successful in life then get up off the couch and start pursing your dreams. At least that’s the message that Ocean Township High School graduate and “Batman” movie produced Michael Uslan will tell students next week. Uslan, class of 1969, will deliver the commencement address for this year’s graduating class at Ocean Township High School on Monday, June 24. An avid comic book collector,Uslan is best known as a producer of all of the modern “Batman” films to date, starting with Tim Burton’s 1989 film and continuing to…