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New Project Planned for Esperanza Site

  The iStar real estate company has announced plans for a multi-billion dollar redevelopment project along a 1.25-mile stretch of Asbury Park’s waterfront, which will include the development of the former Esperanza site into a mixed use hotel, condominiums and retail space. Among the 20 individual iStar-financed projects in the plan are: — The Asbury, a hotel designed by Stonehill and Taylor Architects, will be inspired by Asbury Park itself and will take the title of its first new hotel in 30 years. The Asbury is set to open early summer 2016 in a long-vacant former Salvation Army building after…

Neptune Man Shot in His Car; Police Arrest North Carolina Man

  A North Carolina man was arrested and charged Aug. 18 for the overnight shooting of a Neptune man, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Elijah “Streets” Graham, 27, of Bronco Lane in Fairview, North Carolina, was arrested around 4 a.m. Aug. 18 by detectives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and members of the Asbury Park and Neptune Township Police Departments. He is charged with first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Graham is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional…

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World War II Weekend at Infoage Center

  The Sixth Annual World War II Weekend and VJ Day 70th Anniversary is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15 and 16, in Wall. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. at the InfoAge Science Center, 2201 Marconi Road. Admission is $5 each. On Saturday, a ceremony honors surviving veterans of the Pacific Theater. More information is available from website www.InfoAge.org.

Mom and Dad are Both Cops in Asbury Park

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Asbury Park Police Officers Melinda and Mike Casey have the same surname, badge numbers in sequential order — hers, No. 219; his, No. 220 — and have both been on the police department for 11 years. They have been married for even longer: 16 years. “We decided to take the (state) Civil Service test together,” said Melinda, 41. Their scores were close to each other’s, they went to the Monmouth County Police Academy together. “I think we were each other’s support through everything,” Melinda said. “Even now. I think it’s important to have in this type…

Neptune Terminates Developer’s Contract for West Lake Avenue

  By DON STINE Neptune officials have terminated the contract with the sole designated redeveloper for the township’s blighted West Lake Avenue section and will seek multiple developers to move the project forward. CityWorks, a Trenton-based nonprofit development corporation, was designated by Neptune officials to oversee the West Lake Avenue project. The contract was awarded in 2005 and called for redevelopment of the street with mixed-use retail, commercial outlets, and residential units from the Asbury Park border to Route 35. “They have not completed the redevelopment in the set timeframe so we have terminated their contract. We have been having…

On the River: Waiting for the Tide

  By DON STINE Things are pretty normal this year at the Shark River Yacht Club in Neptune but high tides still control the destiny of its boaters. The Shark River is so filled in with sediment that boaters can only leave the club’s docks for one hour on either side of a high tide. “We are still renting our boat slips anyway but boaters come and go by the tide. Everyone, at this point, knows what the situation is. Boaters still need to wait until a high tide before they can leave or come back in,” Yacht Club Commodore…

Couple Donate Defibrillator

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Raena and Joey Bombara of Bradley Beach donated a Cardiac Science AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) to the borough lifeguards this week on behalf of the Eddie Heart Project. The Eddie Heart Project was founded by the Overton and Bombara family in memorial of Eddie Overton, Raena Bombara’s father. Four years ago, Eddie Overton was on a walk with his wife and dog in the park when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. The EMS arrived 12 minutes later, but they weren’t able to save him. “It’s in Bradley Beach that we decided to start the Eddie…

In Bradley Beach: Concert to Benefit Library

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE A free concert benefiting the Bradley Beach Library will be held at Riley Park on Sat., Aug. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. The concert is being paid “through the generation of our local business partners,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad with no cost to the library. Asbury Park’s The Shady Street Showband, an 8-piece band with a large brass section will be performing contemporary music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. After reading about The Shady Street Showband in The Coaster, Engelstad approached the Bradley Beach Library about doing something fun together with the band. “We’re…

Ocean Police Seek Help in Finding Robbery Suspect

  Ocean Township police are seeking the public’s help to find a suspect in a reported robbery that happened in the area of the Italian American Festival Friday, Aug. 7. A 14-year-old boy reported being confronted by four people, including the person who, he says, robbed him of money at Joe Palaia Park, according to police. The suspect is described as a dark-complexion black male, dreadlock-style hair with bleached tips, about 6 feet 1 inch-tall. He was said to be wearing a maroon shirt saying “Diamond Surf Co.,” beige pants and black Jordan sneakers with reflective stripes. The boy said…