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Asbury Park Appoints Historian

  By DON STINE Former Asbury Park City Historian Werner Baumgartner was reappointed to his old position on July 8 by City Manager Jack Kelly. “I think Werner has a really good grasp on the history of Asbury Park and those things that were designed by (city founder James A.) Bradley and others for a reason. He is well-written and I think he has an unbridled honestly about local historic issues. “Sometimes you just need to hear from someone who has no other interest than these pure beliefs. I enjoy his unbridled honestly,” he said. The city manager is the…

An Ocean Grove 4th of July

Lobster Fest Opens July 12 in Bradley Beach

  The Annual Bradley Beach Lobster Fest, the biggest fund-raising event of the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13. The event will include more than two dozen local food stands, 100 and craft and specialty booths, children’s rides and live music. A main performer this year will be the Pat Roddy Band. Lobster Fest is held on the oceanfront promenade. It will open each day at 11 a.m. and close 9 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. This year the servers at the beer garden will be members of the fire…

Unique House Tour in Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE Every time Ocean Grove resident Shirley Bell looks out her window or sits on her front porch there are many memories – but memories that now only bring back a lot of heartbreak. “I just want to cry sometimes and it is a real heartbreak,” she said Saturday. Bell’s family, the Hemphills, used to own the Park View Inn at 23 Sea View Ave., which is directly across from her house. Bell worked for many years in the former hotel. “I just want to cry. But it is too costly and economically unfeasible to restore it.…

Benefit Features Beatles Movie

  A showing of the Beatles’ movie, “A Hard Day’s Night,” and other activities are set for Wed., July 9, to raise funds for Asbury Park’s Hope Academy Charter School’s new music program. The event is from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Showroom Cinema on Cookman Avenue’s 700 block, between Main and Bond streets in Asbury Park. Tickets are each $75, which is tax-deductible, and can be bought through LakehouseMusicAcademy.com/Hope. The event also includes food and ice cream, drinks, live music and an auction. The charter school’s music program is being delivered by Lakehouse Music Academy. FOLLOW The Coaster on…

Scenes from the Neptune Township High School graduation

  Pictured are family, friends and graduates of the Neptune High School Class of 2014. The graduation ceremony was held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in the Great Auditorium in the Ocean Grove section of Neptune. COASTER photos.  Click on any image to start a slideshow. FOLLOW The Coaster on FACEBOOK here.

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City Police Chief to Retire

  By DON STINE Asbury Park Police Chief Mark Kinmon is scheduled to retire Sept. 1, according to a city official. On June 30 City Manager Jack Kelly confirmed that Kinmon will be retiring after 27 years in the police department. He did not say who will replace him. “We have not made that decision yet on who will be leading the police department. We have the option to study if we will have a new chief or appoint a police director instead,” he said. Anthony Salerno, who has been on the force for 26 years, was recently appointed as the…

Bradley Beach Swears In New Police Officer

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach welcomed new police officer Andrew Redmond to the department this week. Mayor Gary Engelstad administered the Oath of Office to Redmond at the Borough Council meeting. In other business, Harvey Rosenberg, speaking for a subcommitte, discussed the current time limitations on parking on Main Street. He said the limitations deter retail traffic. “The conversation began with the sweepers,” said Rosenberg who recalled the Department of Public Works being unable to sweep Main Street completely due to parked cars. “The parking has to be uniform for the businesses. We’re asking for the Mayor and Council’s…

First Responders Save Deal Woman’s Life

  On Sept. 5, 2013, what happened to Deal resident Renee Sutton could happen to anyone – she suffered a heart condition. But what was different was that she was walking on Ocean Avenue in Deal and collapsed into the street. “God was really with me on that day,” she said earlier this week. Sutton, now 76, was walking home from a family event when she suddenly collapsed at the intersection of Ocean and Lawrence Avenues. “Thank God I was in a public area or I think people may have never found me,” she said. Sutton’s heart had stopped. She…