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Summer Kick-Off

  By JOANNE PAPAIANNI and DON STINE Shore residents have had enough of the dreary rain and cold temperatures and are ready for some fun in the sun. But it may not happen. The forecast for the three-day Memorial Day weekend is not the best with possible rain Sunday and Monday. But towns and businesses are still prepared for all scenarios. Asbury Park Asbury Park Beach Utilities Manager Gary Giberson said the city is ready for the first holiday weekend of the summer season. He said new signage is being “tweaked” to make them more accurate. He also said accessibility mats have been…

Bradley Beach Mourns Beloved Firefighter, Family Man

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI and PETE WALTON Bradley Beach lost one of its most dedicated and beloved citizens this week with the death Mon., May 21 of John McLoughlin. Many in the audience at the Borough Council meeting May 22, who had not heard the news of his death, gasped when Mayor Gary Engelstad asked those assembled to stand for a moment of silence. The mayor described McLoughlin as “a giant in our community.” “He was a giant literally and figuratively in our town,” he said. “ He leaves a hole that will be hard to fill.” Councilman Harold…

What’s UP! this week

  By TOM CHESEK SOUNDS: Kiefer Sutherland at the Stone Pony Local audiences have become accustomed to the spectacle of musically curious actors passing this way with projects that have seemed alternately heartfelt (Bacon Brothers, Jeff Daniels) and hardly-so (Russell Crowe, Keanu Reeves). But when Kiefer Sutherland returns to the Stone Pony stage for a Memorial Weekend Friday encore, he’ll roll into town as a pre-seasoned veteran who racked up a lot of life experience by the time he recorded his debut disc, 2016’s Down in a Hole. With a reverent approach to straightforward country/rock; a voice whose lower register edges ever closer to Tom Waits, and…

Asbury’s Summer of Tunes Starts NOW!

  By TOM CHESEK From the days of Arthur Pryor’s long-running seaside serenades, to the syncopated incubations of the legendary Springwood Avenue nightspots…and from those amplified guitarslingers who plugged into the Circuit during its 1960s-70s heyday, to the new generations of dreamers who seek their fortunes on our boardwalk, boulevards, barrooms and bowling alleys…Asbury Park has long been that unique little town that comes equipped with a soundtrack. Granted, it’s a pulsebeat that emanates year-‘round from venues located throughout the downtown and waterfront…but the coming of summer turns up the volume and ups the ante on all that, as open-air…

Community Education Talk at Hospital in Neptune

  The Memorial Sloan Kettering – Hackensack Meridian Health Partnership will host its third Cancer Science Today event Tuesday, May 22 at Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. The community education talk is titled “Knowing Your Family’s Cancer Risk” and will jointly feature Dr. Elizabeth Jewell, Director of Surgery at MSK Monmouth and MSK Basking Ridge, and Dr. Verda J. Hicks, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and Medical Director, Gynecologic Oncology, Hackensack Meridian Health Cancer Care in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties. The conversation, which will include an audience Q&A at the end, will…

Building Boom in Asbury Park

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Eastside, westside all around the town, there is a building boom taking place in Asbury Park the likes of which may not have been seen since the city was founded in the late 1800s. Mayor John Moor said this is “definitely” the most construction he has ever seen. “Everybody wants to come to Asbury Park. The two key buzz words in the Northeast are Asbury Park,” Moor said. The mayor also said the city, which earned record accolades last year, is in the running again for Best Littlest City and Best Beach. The increased positive…

100-Year-Old Catholic Daughters Chapter Closes

    By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Madeline Walsh, of Wanamassa spent over 50 years giving her time and energy to the Catholic Daughters, Court Holy Spirit, but she along with the other members have decided “it’s time” to close their doors. Court Holy Spirit has been in existence for 100 years. “It’s a shame it’s disbanding. I think age has caught up on all of us,” Walsh said. Current Regent  Esther Day, 88, said she is sad to see the club close but is happy they made it to see 100 years. She has been a member since 1986 and…

Neptune-Born Pastor Retiring

    A retirement celebration is being held for Pastor Jerome Nolan at the Ascension Center in Bradley Beach on Sun., May 20. Father Nolan, who was born in Neptune in 1945, the third of five children, has served as pastor of Church of the Ascension since June 11, 2004. He grew up in Philadelphia and Brooklyn before attending St. Mary College in Kentucky and completing his priestly studies at Christ the King Seminary in St. Bonaventure, New York. Father Nolan was ordained on May 18, 1974 at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Trenton by Bishop George Ahr. His…

The Question is….

  “What are your plans for the summer?”

IT’S WHAT’S UP FOR WEEK OF MAY 17-23

A smorgasbord of savvy speakers get PASSIONate at the Paramount…the sound of Asbury Park gets seriously POLKA-fied at everyone’s favorite Festhalle…a former flavor-du-jour from the major label exurbs finds his INDEPENDENT voice, in a House call to the Cookman corridor…while a PROJECTIONIST pays tribute to a childhood icon, AND a lakeside Asbury landmark. It’s WHAT’S UP for the week ahead, and we’ve got the highlights right here right now…while the printed pages of THE COASTER carry your full rundown of sights, sounds, screens, and scenes! SCENES: TEDx Asbury Park at the Paramount “PASSION” is the theme for this year’s TEDx Asbury…