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City Voters Most Likely Going Back to the Polls

  ASBURY PARK – Asbury Park’s Charter Study Commission is in the driver’s seat as far as any upcoming changes to the city’s form of government and whatever it recommends will have to be presented to voters, most likely in November. And while Asbury Park just went through a grueling City Council election where 22 candidates ran for five, four-year terms- it may have to happen all over again in the near future, depending on what the Charter Study Commission recommends. According to Kathleen Cupano, a director at the Center for Government Services at Rutgers University, the charter study commission…

Ocean School Buses to Display Advertising

  OCEAN TOWNSHIP – School buses in Ocean Township will not only be carrying students this fall but they will also be promoting local businesses as well. The district has approved a program to place commercial advertising on its school buses. School Board President Sean Moore said the move to put advertising on the buses is to help generate additional sources of revenue for the school district. “I think that in this financial environment we are looking at everything,” he said. School Business Administrator Kenneth Jannarone said the district will accept advertising to be posted on the school buses in…

NIGHT OUT photo gallery

  Enjoying a Night Out in ASBURY PARK and LOCH ARBOUR…click on any image below for a caption or to start a slideshow. Pictured above at the Beach Bar at Convention Hall in Asbury Park Sat., June 8 are Dace Middleton, Wall Township; Kaitlin Isasky, Pittsburgh; Ryan Tariff, Ocean Grove; Kyle Middleton, Wall Township; Walter Glowacz, Howell Township; Tom Shields, Wall Township; Mary Solazzo, Ocean Grove; Megan Adcock, Neptune City and Allison Adcock, Neptune City.  

Do you think Chris Christie would make a good president?

  THE COASTER asked these outstanding citizens “Do you think Chris Christie would make a good president?” Click on any image for their full replies…Pictured above is Governor Christie on the Asbury Park boardwalk for President Obama’s visit (story here). COASTER photo.

It’s True: The Bridge is Slower than Usual

  By MARY WALTON It’s not your imagination, people. The venerable old Shark River Bridge on Ocean Avenue between Avon and Belmar has been more than three times slower than usual for the past couple weeks. As the buzzer sounds, red lights flash on, and cars and pedestrians clump behind the lowered crossing gates, the bridge creeps upward like an old timer with a bad hip. Constructed in 1936, it’s no youngster. And it, too, has had a bad part. But here’s the good news. Laura Kirkpatrick, Monmouth County director of public information, said the part arrived Monday and installation…

‘Batman’ Movie Producer to Speak at Ocean Graduation

  By DON STINE OCEAN TOWNSHIP – If you want to be successful in life then get up off the couch and start pursing your dreams. At least that’s the message that Ocean Township High School graduate and “Batman” movie produced Michael Uslan will tell students next week. Uslan, class of 1969, will deliver the commencement address for this year’s graduating class at Ocean Township High School on Monday, June 24. An avid comic book collector,Uslan is best known as a producer of all of the modern “Batman” films to date, starting with Tim Burton’s 1989 film and continuing to…

Neptune Police Chief Retires

  By DON STINE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Neptune officials are keeping their options opening in appointing a replacement for former Police Chief Robert Adams, who retired effective June 1 after 40 years with the department. A retirement dinner was held for Adams at the Jumping Brook Country Club on June 7 with 300 attending. “It is been a pleasure to work with Chief Adams because the first time he took the oath of office, and each time he took another oath for new position, he rededicated himself to those words every time, which are to uphold the constitution and arrive…

Bradley Beach Church Project to Raise Funds for Fellowship Hall

  BRADLEY BEACH – The First United Methodist Church of Bradley Beach seeks to raise almost $5,000 to improve conditions in its Fellowship Hall, a meeting center for programs such as the “Shepherd’s Table” meals for the needy. Specifically, the church seeks to raise $4,650 for 12 tables and 110 chairs. The cost includes 110 reinforced folding chairs with a vinyl padded back and seat at a cost of $27 each totaling $2,970.00. The first service in the church building was convened on Oct. 4, 1900, and has been in continuous service meeting the needs of generation after generation. Like any…

What are your summer plans…?

  Sadi and Emily Delaney, from Easton, PA (above), are working and coming to the Jersey Shore. “We go to LBI, Seaside, Asbury Park. Asbury Park has changed. We like the changes. We’ll be back. We’ve kept up with the progress after the storm,” they say. See what other folks have planned by clicking on any image below:

This week’s adoptable pets

  TREY – Gentle, well-mannered, sweet Trey (above) is looking for a great new family to call his own. Trey is a handsome 2yr-old Brindle Terrier Mix that was found as a stray. Trey is a great boy to have around – he loves walks, playtime and quiet time next to his best friend forever (you!). Trey knows some of his basic commands, such as sit and paw and since he is a smart boy, he probably knows even more that we haven’t discovered. You can embark on an exciting adventure and teach this special guy lots more commands and…