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Funds Needed to Restore Deal Lake as an ‘Absolute Gem’

  Deal Lake, the largest lake in Monmouth County, is a great asset to the county and with a bit of money could be an “absolute gem,” said Jerry Maurer, president of the Friends of Deal Lake. Local and state officials toured the lake last week in an effort to get some restoration movement started. Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, Ocean Township Mayor William F. Larkin and Township Administrator Andrew Brannen, Asbury Park Councilman John Loffredo, environmentalists and others took a boat tour of the lake, sponsored by the Friends of Deal Lake, Aug. 28. “I think the tour was a…

Out & About

  All Coaster photos were taken over the Labor Day weekend by Mike Kearns. Click on any image for the who, what, where and why…

Recovery Foundation Distributes $42,500 to Shark River Hills Residents

  Recovery Along the River Foundation, Inc. of Neptune said $500 American Express gift cards were dispensed to 85 Shark River Hills residents and property owners over the holiday weekend. The cards were distributed in cooperation with the Shark River Hills First Aid Squad. The $42,500 was generated through River Concert 2013 which was held on June 1 at Riverside Park. Both the Foundation and First Aid Squad have supported the residents impacted by Super Storm Sandy and have hopes that all displaced residents will return to their homes damaged during the storm. Foundation members said additional funds will be…

The Summer of 2013 – A Season to Remember

By JOE SAPIA For the Shore, it was a summer season to remember. The Summer of 2013 – post-Superstorm Sandy which flooded houses and businesses, ripped up boardwalks and set off a massive recovery effort. An effort that extended into the traditional summer season of Memorial Day to Labor Day. “I think we did all right, considering,” said Thomas A. Arnone, director of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders and a Neptune City resident. “A lot of things came into play.” Of course, there was the recovery from October’s Supertorm Sandy. But Arnone also mentioned the longer school year, because…

Ocean Grove Camp Meeting to Hire New Chief Operating Officer

  By BONNIE GRAHAM Several hundred year-round and summer residents, as well as residents from neighboring communities, filled the Youth Temple in Ocean Grove over the weekend for the annual meeting hosted by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. CMA President Dale Whilden held up the 2013 Ocean Grove summer events booklet and said, ‘This is almost a book of remembrances. “ He spoke of the super storm Sandy, which struck the Jersey Shore on October 29, 2012, calling it a “devastating experience.” However, Whilden said he was thrilled to see the community pull together and was grateful to see…

Baby Jesus Returns to Allenhurst

  By DON STINE Baby Jesus is back in Allenhurst after the statue, stolen from the borough’s annual Christmas Nativity scene in 2012, was anonymously returned last week. “It is really an invaluable item and it was returned in good condition,” Police Captain Michael Schneider said. The concrete figure, weighing about 150 to 200 pounds, was reported stolen from the Nativity scene on Allenhurst’s Main Street in early January. It was reportedly last seen on Dec. 26. After the statue was discovered missing, police issued a statement saying they would accept anonymous tips as to the whereabouts of the figure…

The B Plot: ‘Sandye’ beach day in Allenhurst

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO More than 1500 people came out on an overcast beach Sunday to watch the 70-year-long tradition of dying the ocean water neon green at the Allenhurst Beach Club. The “Sandye” commemorates the end of the official summer season. “In 1943, the owner of BubbleLand in Asbury Park celebrated the one year birthday of his daughter by pouring green water into Wesley Lake,” said Rutledge Varley, assistant manager, Allenhurst Beach Club. “And so the tradition was born.” Ultimately, the tradition moved to Allenhurst under the passionate guidance of resident Freddie Lehmann. Today, his son Jack continues to…

Adopt-A-Pet

  Adoptable Pets from the Associated Humane Societies in Tinton Falls this week include: ITTY BITTY – So, they call me Itty Bitty here, and ’tis true, I am on the petite size. I’m only a 9 month old puppy boy, though, so I will fill out a bit. One thing about me that is not itty bitty is my heart. It is huge! I am a big ol’ bundle of loving, if I do say so myself. And I am looking forward to finding a family that will appreciate and cherish all that I have to offer! I love…

“It’s free, eco-friendly local transportation…”

  By ED SALVAS Bryan Nesci’s idea of a summer vacation is operating a free shuttle service for beach goers in Avon-by-the-Sea. The 23-year-old senior at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken is wrapping up his second season of business on Labor Day to return to school where he’s studying mechanical engineering. Nesci has been working seven days a week since Memorial Day picking up and dropping off passengers at their cars and taking them to the Avon beach in his six passenger, all electric golf cart, known as an LSV, or low-speed vehicle. “It’s free, eco-friendly local transportation,” Nesci…

Meet the Governor in Bradley Beach

  Area residents are invited to the Bradley Beach boardwalk at Fourth Avenue Fri., Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. when Governor Christie is scheduled to kick off the holiday weekend by walking along the beachfront to the miniature golf course. Mayor Gary Engelstad and other officials will be there to show the governor what the borough has to offer both residents and visitors.