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Colorado recently legalized marijuana, do you think New Jersey should?

  The Coaster asked, “Colorado recently legalized marijuana, do you think New Jersey should?” and here’s how Shore folks replied. Click on any picture to begin a slideshow:  

New Administrator Appointed in Tinton Falls

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Two Tinton Falls Borough Councilmen were sworn in this week and a new borough administrator appointed. John Roche was sworn in to his first term and Scott Larkin to his second term. Michael Muscillo, who previously worked in Lakewood, was named borough administrator. He replaces retiring Gerald Turning who was sworn in as mayor last week. Muscillo is the son of a former borough administrator, Tony Muscillo. Turning said he looks forward to the challenges ahead. “This is not something I ever dreamed of doing,” he said. “I want to thank all of the Tinton Falls’…

Water Pipe Break at Convention Hall

  By DON STINE A water pipe break in Asbury Park’s Convention Hall (pictured above in a file photo) this past Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014  caused some damage to a few stores in the historic building’s Grand Arcade but the accident should not affect the upcoming Light of Day concert events scheduled for the Paramount Theatre beginning next weekend. Madison Marquette spokesperson Carrie Turner said a water pipe broke on the second floor in the theatre and caused some water to leak into stores on the western side of the Grand Arcade. “The problem was discovered during operating hours and…

Asbury Park to Avon Beach Replenishment to Begin

  Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. said this week that on Jan. 4 work will begin on the $18.3 million beach replenishment project from Asbury Park to Avon. The federally funded Army Corps of Engineers project will restore beaches in Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach, and Avon-By-The-Sea to better than pre-Sandy conditions and was made possible by the Sandy aid package passed by Congress. The contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, will use over one million cubic yards of sand for the project. “I’m pleased that this important project, which will help to protect homes and businesses from future…

Tinton Falls Welcomes New Mayor

  By JOSEPH SAPIA As the calendar turned from 2013 to 2014, Gerald Turning went from Tinton Falls’ highest appointed government official, the administrator, to its highest elected official, the mayor. Borough Clerk Maureen Murphy administered the oath of office to Turning on New Year’s Day as his wife, Barbara, held the bible. Officers for the year in the two first aid squads and the four fire companies, most of which were sworn in at the borough organization meeting, are: Emergency Medical Services Squad North: Capt. Christina Emrich, 1st Lt. Bill Watts, 2nd Lt. Linda Siano, 1st Sgt. W. Douglas…

Snow’s Coming: Put on the Soup

  By DON STINE Area residents were prepping this week for snow, high winds, near blizzard conditions, and now they need to brace for what will probably some of the coldest weather in 10 years. An arctic air mass moving into the region is expected to send temperatures plummeting Jan. 3 with temperatures expected to be near 10 degrees on Sat., Jan. 4- which means the snow is not going anywhere anytime soon. “Bitter cold temperatures, that will be made worse by the wind chill factor, can be expected and widespread below-zero temperatures are likely by daybreak on Saturday,” said…

Public Invited to Meeting on Merger between Allenhurst and Loch Arbour

  By DON STINE A proposed merger between neighboring Loch Arbour and Allenhurst is moving forward and a public meeting on the issue will be held Thursday, Jan. 9. “We have made substantial progress,” Loch Arbour Mayor Paul Fernicola said earlier this week. In a Dec. 20 letter sent to both Allenhurst and Loch Arbour residents, the governing bodies said that they plan to present a consolidation application to the state Department of Community Affairs for review and possible approval. “This public meeting will determine if we move forward, depending on the feedback we get from residents,” Fernicola said. The Jan. 9 meeting…

The Coaster Takes A Holiday

  The Coaster will not be published next week, Thurs. Dec. 26, 2013 due to the Christmas holiday. Our office will close Fri. Dec. 19 for the holiday and reopen Mon., Dec. 30. The next issue of The Coaster, your community newspaper, will be published Friday., Jan. 3.

Out & About

  MAKE LIKE THE NSA – See who was where with whom; click on any image for a caption. All Coaster photos taken by Mike Kearns

What would you do if you won $550 million?

  The big prize may have slipped away – this time. But they’ll be other mega-jackpots, so why not start thinking, “What would you do if you won $550 million?” Here’s what these folks would do; click on any image for their replies.