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Those Last Minute Valentines

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays where the onslaught of shoppers is typically last minute. And the majority of them are male…or at least to the casual observer’s eye this is what it appears to be. You will spot them gathered in the card aisle at the nearest drugstore the day of the event. Some may have a smile on their faces and others may look perplexed. But either way they will walk out of the store with at least a card or two in hand for loved ones. But to be fair to those…

Neptune Neighbors Oppose 312 Rental Units

  By DON STINE A proposal to build 312 residential rental units in Neptune near Jumping Brook Road and Route 66 in Neptune is expected to receive opposition at an upcoming Board of Adjustment meeting. Hovsons Inc., based in Tinton Falls, is seeking a use variance and site plan approval to build Victoria Gardens, which consists of 312 residential units ranging from one to three bedrooms. The project also includes 10,000 square-feet of commercial space. The project, to be built on just over 40 acres, is located west of the current AIG building. The development fronts on Hovchild Boulevard, formerly…

Tax Abatement Under Review in Asbury Park

  By DON STINE A controversial proposal to renew a five-year tax abatement plan in Asbury Park was tabled by the City Council at last week’s meeting but a vote is expected soon on the matter. First enacted about 10 years ago and renewed in 2008, the tax exemption ordinance allows city property owners to apply for tax abatements for improvements made to existing structures and new construction. The current ordinance expired at the end of last year. The tax abatement plan allows home improvements or new construction projects to receive a 30 percent reduction on property taxes over a…

Deal Police Officers Promoted

  Two Deal police officers were recently promoted to the rank of sergeant.    

Here We Go Again…and Again

  ABOVE – Geese along Wesley Lake in Ocean Grove await the next snow storm. By JOSEPH SAPIA Imagine Ray Charles singing in the background, “Here we go, again….” In a winter season of multiple snowstorms, Arctic cold, and freezing rain and sleet. And here we go. Again. Last week, we had snow. Earlier this week, we had snow again and freezing rain and sleet. This weekend, it looks as though something wintry will be going on. But, as of this time, it was too early to tell exactly what. “I’ve gotten so many emails and calls (about this weekend),”…

City Official Outraged at $2 Million in Uncollected Funds

  By DON STINE At least $2 million in court fines, payments in place of taxes, and special event fees is owed to Asbury Park – money that should have been collected long ago, according to one city councilman. “The past administration did a terrible job collecting this money and every taxpayer suffers,” Councilman John Moor said at the Jan. 29 City Council meeting. Moor said the current council has “inherited major mistakes” regarding money owed to the city and, if it was collected last year, it could have been applied to the 2014 municipal budget. He estimates the money…

Allenhurst Police Dog Gets Vest

  K9 Bia of the Allenhurst Police Department will be receiving a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to the efforts of Vested Interest in K9s Inc., a Massachusetts-based nonprofit group. A $950 donation was made to the charity by friends and family of Bia to provide her with a vest. On Christmas Day Police Officer Anthony Carafa was notified that his K9 partner was the recipient of the gift. “We are extremely happy and proud to have Officer Carafa and K9 Bia working with us and both have done an excellent job so far,” said Police Capt. Michael Schneider.…

Justin Bieber … what do you think?

  Just for fun we asked Shore area folks “Justin Bieber … what do you think?” this week – and got some surprisingly insightful replies. Click on any image to read them…

Out & About…

  All Coaster photos take by Mike Kearns // Spotted beating the winter blues were…