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Waiting for Obama

  By JOSEPH SAPIA ASBURY PARK – Elizabeth Burns stood on Asbury Park’s Fifth Avenue, between the railroad tracks and Main Street, an umbrella protecting her from Tuesday’s drizzle. But that was OK. “It’s not often you get the president coming,” said Burns, 56, a city resident. “This is a good thing.” A good thing President Barack Obama was visiting the boardwalk area with Gov. Chris Christie, showing the Shore is open for business for the summer season. But some criticized the visit for various reasons: a waste of public money, an inconvenience to people stuck in the secure area…

BRADLEY BEACH MEMORIAL DAY PARADE Photo set

  Bradley Beach held its annual Memorial Day Parade Sat., May 25 along the beachfront. Those participating included staff and students from the Bradley Beach Elementary School, officials, marching bands and the Bradley Beach Fire Department along with the Bradley Beach First Aid Squad. Below is a COASTER photo set from the parade. The images will change on their own, but you can pause, reverse or forward by sliding your cursor over any image.

River Concert is Benefit for Shark River Hills

  NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Tickets are still available for River Concert 2013, a benefit for Shark River Hills victims of Superstorm Sandy, featuring Nicole Atkins, Steve Forbert and others. The concert, the first such event in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune, is scheduled for Sat., June 1 beginning at noon and running until 8 p.m. at Riverside Park. As of late last week, 500 tickets had been sold, with another 500 still available, said Vito Gadaleta, a member of the concert committee. Tickets are $25 for those 13 and older and $10 for those 6 to 12. They…

Neptune City Dedicates Monument to Fallen Soldiers

  By MICHAEL ROGERS NEPTUNE CITY – Neptune City dedicated a new fallen soldier memorial this week during a ceremony Mon., May 27 to remember those men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Mayor Robert Brown thanked everyone who helped organize the annual parade which also took place that day. “There was a very large turnout for a somber day and we were able to introduce our fallen soldier memorial to our residents,” Brown said. “This shows Neptune City’s support for our armed forces and to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.” Brown also thanked the Director of Public…

Freeholder Director Arnone to Be Honored

On June 6, Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone will be honored with a Circle of Excellence Award by the Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce for his achievements in public service. Arnone has spent the last 15 years serving his community through his work as an elected official, serving as councilman and mayor of Neptune City before becoming a Freeholder in 2011. “I am extremely honored to be recognized by Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce for my dedication to public service,” Arnone said. “The advancements made in the expansion of the County’s Shared Services program, the development of our…

Clearwater Festival on the Move Again

  By JOE SAPIA LONG BRANCH – With this year’s 38th annual New Jersey Friends of Clearwater Environmental Festival, there will be two big changes — location and date. After the last dozen or so years in Asbury Park, the festival — combining environmentalism, food and entertainment — is moving to Long Branch’s Great Lawn, on the oceanfront. Instead of being held on the third weekend in August, it will be held Sun., Sept. 15. Moving to Long Branch is “essentially economics,” said Ed Dlugosz, Friends’s president. The fest moved from Sandy Hook, where it was always held, to Asbury…

Plans Unveiled for Bradley Beach Library Upgrade

  By JOANNE PAPAIANNI BRADLEY BEACH – Plans to make the Bradley Beach Public Library ADA compliant were presented once again at a special meeting last week. The library board and the borough have been discussing the issue and presenting designs for more than a decade. Architect Michael J. Mills of Mills and Schnoering Architects, LLC said handicapped accessibility is the most important factor in designing renovations and a possible expansion at the library. Mills said although the library has not been challenged with a lawsuit yet, the possibility of one being instigated by someone who is wheelchair bound is…

Governor to Visit Bradley Beach

  BRADLEY BEACH – Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to visit the Bradley Beach boardwalk Fri., May 24 at 3 p.m. He is expected to stroll the boardwalk from Fourth Avenue to the new Shipwrecked Golf Course. The public is invited to chat and walk with the governor.

Dog Park Proposed for Sunset Park

By ED SALVAS ASBURY PARK – Asbury Park dog lovers are moving forward with plans for a new dog park where they can gather and exercise their pooches. Their first plan, for a dog park in Library Square Park between Asbury and First Avenues, drew such vehement opposition from neighbors that they gave up on it. Now they’re back with a new plan for a park to be created in a portion of Sunset Park between Fifth and Sunset Avenues. Word of the new plan came in a letter from the office of City Manager Terry Reidy mailed to area…

Greater Ocean Township Chamber Celebrates 25 Years of Expo

  By ED SALVAS OCEAN TOWNSHIP – The rooms of the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune were jumping Wed., May 19 afternoon for an annual event that brings businesses and their potential customers together. The annual Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce Business and Consumer Expo was also marking its 25th anniversary this year and the chamber was celebrating. The Expo has become one of the largest events of its kind in the area, and this year brought in 80 vendors with displays of everything from new cars to financial services, restaurant placemats and bottled water. Jason Hutzley, President…