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Vive Sells Out Townhomes in Phase 2

  ASBURY PARK – iStar Financial Inc., developer of the Asbury Park waterfront, said its luxury townhome community, Vive, sold out its entire inventory of homes in phase two of the project within one day of their release on July 8. This record demand from buyers is similar to the response that Vive’s first phase of homes experienced, also selling out the first day they were made available. Base prices in the second phase ranged from $424,900 to $449,900 before upgrades. More than 1,000 people expressed interest in VIVE, signaling the significant pent-up demand in the Asbury Park waterfront market.…

Hope Academy Charter School Receives $16,000 in Grants

  By JOSEPH SAPIA ASBURY PARK – Over the last several weeks, Asbury Park’s Hope Academy Charter School has received $16,000 in grants. A $10,000 grant from the Rumson-based Mary Owen Borden Foundation will be used to buy a new server for the Grand Avenue school’s computer system. “Getting funding for equipment” — versus curriculum — “is very challenging,” said Denise Rodriguez, the school’s grants administrator. The Borden Foundation’s grant was the school’s third from the foundation in the last few years. The TD Bank Charitable Foundation provided $5,000 for implementing a new social studies curriculum for 6th to 8th…

Neptune Officials Rededicate Shark River Hills Park

  By DON STINE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – A public park along South Riverside Drive in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune may have gone down during Superstorm Sandy but it was certainly not out. On July 12 township officials and environmentalists rededicated the park, near the township marina on the Shark River, with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. The park was formerly the site of the old Tides Motel, which was razed around 1997. “I am so happy with the park and the local residents are too,” said Mindi Arcoleo, a member of the township’s Environmental/Shade Tree Commission. Arcoleo said…

New Playground Equipment Installed on Springwood Avenue in Asbury Park

  By DON STINE ASBURY PARK – Asbury Park children will have a new playground as the first phase of a new park on Springwood Avenue nears completion. A children’s playground is being installed at the north-eastern section of a large vacant lot on the 1000 block of Springwood Avenue, between Atkins and Union Avenues, just east of the new Springwood Commons, which houses the senior center. “We expect the playground to be open for use by this week,” City Engineer Joe Cunha said. He said the surface under the playground will soon be covered with poured rubber chips followed…

Out and About

  Above – At First Saturday in Asbury Park were Neptune residents Trevor E. Dickerson, Jessica Dickerson holding Chiara, Mike Todd, India Todd and Salen Todd, all of Neptune. Also caught in the act of having fun and enjoying summer on the Shore were the following…    

So you think the State did a good job restoring the shore after Sandy?

  Just after July 4th, THE COASTER asked residents (and some visitors), “So you think the State did a good job restoring the shore after Sandy?” Peggy Codey of Avon-by-the-Sea, pictured above with Gabby, Katey, Angie & Livia, replied, “Yes, I think they did a great job. There is still more to be done. The media should let people know that not all towns were devastated. And I think that each town did their part.” Click on any image below to see how other Shore-area folks feel:

Fastlane memories and more to be preserved

  ABOVE – John Bongiovi and Bruce Springsteen at the Fastlane in Asbury Park Jan. 9, 1980. It was the first time they appeared on stage together. Photo courtesy of Billy and Ruth Smith By DON STINE ASBURY PARK – The Fastlane, one of Asbury Park’s most famous musical revenues, will be razed soon as part of the city’s waterfront redevelopment plan- but a lot of good memories will hopefully be preserved. Jon Bon Jovi cut his musical teeth there. U-2 performed there as part of their first American tour, and Bruce Springsteen reunited with former E-Street band drummer Vini…

Hot Weekend Boosts Beach Revenues

  By DON STINE ASBURY PARK – It was a great four-day run at the Asbury Park beachfront over the July 4 holiday with beach revenues up a bit from last year and business owners happy, too. “I think we are a little ahead of last year. We had good beach weather and a good four-day run because July 4 fell on a Thursday. We did well, needless to say,” Beach Utility Manager Gary Giberson Sr. said. Giberson said the city took in about $42,000 in beach badge sales on July 4 and about the same amount on Sat., July…

Thomas Wesley Stern: Part Funk, Part Folk

  By DON STINE ASBURY PARK – It will be a little bit folksy and a little bit funky in Asbury Park Sat., July 13 as the band Thomas Wesley Stern, above, takes the stage on the Asbury Park boardwalk. The four-member band, from Jackson Township, will host its CD release party at Langosta Lounge at 10 p.m. Admission is free. “This band is like Simon and Garfunkel meet Steve Earl, like rebel country meets folk. They are very unique and very cool,” said local entertainment promoter Pete Mantas. Band members are Gary Mayer (banjo and guitar, vocals), Joseph Makovieki…

Bradley Beach Plans to Replace Gazebo by Year’s End

  By KATHARINA CAVANO BRADLEY BEACH – The long-awaited beachfront gazebo replacement process in Bradley Beach officially began July 9 at the Bradley Beach Borough Council meeting. The bidding process for the two-tiered gazebo was approved at the meeting and officials hope the gazebo will be in place by the end of the year. The council also approved the restoration and replacement process for the Second Avenue Concession Stand’s deck to be completed by winter and ready for next season. Despite dissent, the leasing of two new police vehicles from the Monmouth County Improvement Authority was approved as well. Councilman…