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In Neptune City: Read Some Books, Maybe Win Tickets

  By PETE WALTON The Neptune City Family Foundation is launching a new readathon program in conjunction with Woodrow Wilson School and the Wilson Boosters club. The program is designed to track how many books students read, then tally them on at a class level. The two classes that have the most points will each receive an ice cream party, and their students entered into a drawing to win four season passes to Six Flags Great Adventure. “We developed a point system to incentivize the kids to visit the library more and check out books from there,” said Alex Tallman,…

Spring Comes in Like a Lion

  By DON STINE Talk about March Madness! It seems like Old Man Winter just doesn’t want to give up this year as the fourth nor’easter in three weeks hit the Jersey Shore on Wednesday. It was the first full day of spring. “I believe the last time we had this many storms, in such a short period, was 1985,” said Neptune Township Clerk Richard Cuttrell, who tracks storms on his website TriStateStormWatch.com. Cuttrell said the storm was going to hit later in the day on Wednesday than anticipated and that means the snow will continue until as late as 3 a.m. on Thursday. At press time…

80-Unit Complex Planned for Asbury Park’s West Side

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI An 80-unit, mixed use complex may be coming to the west side in Asbury Park after the City Council approved a redevelopment plan for the site at 1001 First Avenue. This would be the next of many redevelopments on the west side of the city. The plan calls for  a five story building with 80 residential units and retail and parking on the ground floor. The council and developers Joseph Sasson and Joseph Bossone will next negotiate a redeveloper’s agreement which will then be sent to the Planning Board for a site plan review and…

Women’s History Month at Crane House

On Sun., March 18, at 3 p.m. the historic Stephen Crane House,  508 4th Ave., Asbury Park will celebrate “Women’s History Month” with a tribute to the great Nina Simone (1933-2003). She was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement, all the while employing a wide range of musical styles. Her story, at times triumphant and other times sad, will be shown via the documentary “What Happened Miss Simone?” (2015, 101 minutes). As usual, there is no cost for admission, but as in every year for Women’s History Month, we ask that all donations by check…

$3 Million OK’d for Neptune Improvements

By DON STINE Close to $3 million will be spent on township-wide Neptune improvements under three bond ordinances adopted by the Township Committee March 12. Under a $360,000 bond ordinance, Neptune will have its first skateboard park, with $165,000 of the cost coming from a Monmouth County Open Space grant. The skateboard park will be in the Sunshine Village Park Fields, off Asbury Park Boulevard and Pine Drive, adjacent to existing basketball courts and soccer fields. The 60- by 100-foot project, for a total of 6,000-square-feet, will include concrete skating bowls, railings, steps, benches, landscaping and buffers. The park will…

Asbury Park/Wall Elks Lodge new Officers

  Dennis Buckley is the new exalted ruler of the Asbury Park/ Wall Elks Lodge for 2018-2019. Other officers are Leading Knight: Jeremy Taylor; Loyal Knight: Roberta Lerner; Five Year Trustee: Harry Smith; Secretary: Yvonne Winston and Treasure: Patrick Cavanaugh. The lodge is located on West Bangs Avenue in Neptune. Dinners, which are open to the public, are serve every Friday night.

The Question is….

  The Coaster asks, “What’s lucky about you?”

Shuttle Considered for Ocean Grove

By DON STINE Neptune officials are considering implementing a shuttle program to help ease Ocean Grove’s usual summertime parking problem. At Monday’s Township Committee meeting, officials said the program is under review. Mayor Nicholas Williams said that plans for the shuttle service are still preliminary. “We are not there yet,” he said. The project would involve using school district buses and parking lots and giving people a shuttle service into Ocean Grove. “We have most of the puzzle if we need to move forward,” he said. Ocean Grove resident Joyce Klein said she applauds the governing body for trying to do something…

Students Show Support for Action on Gun Violence

  By DON STINE Neptune and Ocean Township High School students joined other students in a national walkout across the United States Wed., March 14 in a protest urging elected officials to take action on school gun violence The demonstration comes one month after the shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed. More than 2,800 demonstrations were held in all 50 states, from Maine to Hawaii, and drew hundreds of thousands of students. Students also gathered in major cities, like New York, and others gathered outside of the White House to…

Outside Seating OK’d for Distillery

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI An Asbury Park spirits distillery was given permission at this week’s Planning Board meeting to provide outdoor seating for customers. Attorney Andrew Karas representing Asbury Park Distilling Co. on Lake Avenue said plans call for three tables with four seats each to be placed on the existing patio at the site. The tables will match those inside the bar. Karas is also a co-owner of the establishment. As a barrier to the sidewalk, planters will be installed that will be made of corrugated steel, painted black with a matt finish. “It will keep with the industrial…