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New Ocean Police Officer

  Brian Klein was sworn in as an Ocean Township police officer by Mayor William Larkin and witnessed by Police Chief Steven R. Peters, Councilwoman Donna Shepiga, Councilmen Christopher Siciliano and William Garofalo and Klein’s family. Klein has a bachelors degree from Stockton State College and has served as a Special Law Enforcement Officer II with the department since January 2012. He will be assigned to the uniform patrol bureau following completion of his field training assignment.

Doo Wop – Ocean Grove-style

  Ocean Grove’s Doo Wop group has a habit of breaking out into song whenever the mood strikes. THE COASTER’S roving videographer caught them in action recently and they were more than happy to share a tune:


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Norman Nardini Returns to Asbury Park

  Norman Nardini, longtime Pittsburgh rock’n roller wrote the lyric “I’ve Been Doin It For Years Before Ya All Was Here” in 1979. Thirty four years later, he’s still doin it. Look for him Fri., Aug. 16 at the Berkeley’ s Dauphin Grill. in Asbury Park. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. and admission is free. In addition to his longtime friendship and collaborations with Jon Bon Jovi, he hhas shared concert bills with Aerosmith, Rush, KISS, Ted Nugent, Kansas and Canned Heat, among others. Nardini spent the late 60′s and early 70′s doing covers and learning the ropes. In…

Cameo Bar to Keep its Iconic Cameos

  By DON STINE There may be a new buyer taking over the well-known Cameo Bar on Main Street in Asbury Park but little change will be made to the bar’s iconic interior, which was filmed for a 1988 Mickey Rourke movie, “Homeboy.” John McGillion, owner of Johnny Mac House of Spirits at the other end of Main Street, is under contract to purchase the Cameo, 1213 Main St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues. McGillion said he is not changing the interior of the Cameo other than to make bathroom improvements and put in a walk-in box cooler. “I am…

Neptune Officials May Consider Alternate Side of Street Parking for Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE A proposal to allow Ocean Grove residents to bag their leaves for collection and another plan to institute alternate side of the street parking during one month in the spring and fall were presented to the Neptune Township Committee this sweek The proposals were requested in an attempt to limit the amount of leaves and debris getting into the storm drainage system in the historic district. Certain sections of Ocean Grove have been prone to flooding in recent years, particularly at the eastern sections of Broadway, and streets are usually loaded with parked cars year-round. “We…

Avon Police Urge Residents to Lock Windows, Garages

  By KATHARINA CAVANO Avon Police Chief Terence Mahon told residents this week that one suspect has been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries in the borough and urged residents to keep their homes and garages locked. “We need your eyes and ears,” Mahon told residents at the Board of Commissioners meeting Aug. 12. Mahon assured citizens that he and the rest of the police force were working their hardest to catch the culprits. In fact, they have arrested one suspect in connection with the burglaries, and he is now in the county jail. Mahon said the burglaries…

Bike-Riding Juveniles Ignore Request to Leave Boardwalk

  Bradley Beach police responded to the boardwalk Wed., Aug. 7 after about 25 teenagers failed to stop riding their bikes on the boardwalk after being warned to stop by a special police officer. Police Chief Len Guida said “upwards of 25” teenagers were approached by the special officer who asked the boys to take the bikes off the boardwalk if they wanted to continue riding them. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. and bicycle riding is banned on the boardwalk at that time. Guida said that the teenagers then ignored the officer’s command and continued on riding by him.…

QSpot to hold 2nd Annual LGBT Youth & Family Picnic

  ASBURY PARK – QSpot will hold its second annual LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender)Youth & Family Picnic on Sunday, August 25th, 12-7 pm at Sunset Park in Asbury Park. “It’s a traditional family picnic for the new traditional family,” said MaryAnn Buchanan, Board Chair of QSpot, the only non-profit serving the needs of the LGBT community in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. While the focus of the picnic will be on good food, fun and relaxation, the event will also highlight the unmet needs of LGBT youth who are disproportionately impacted by a number of troubling issues including homelessness,…

Out and About

  All Coaster photos by Mike Kearns on Sat., Aug. 3. Click on any image for details: