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Neptune City Council Starts Year with a Vacancy

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Freeholder Thomas Arnone, former mayor of Neptune City attended the borough’s New Year’s Day reorganization meeting to announce he is working to introduce legislation that prohibits newly elected public officials from resigning their posts without good cause. The proposed legislation comes in response to the resignation of Councilman-Elect Christopher Gallager who was just elected to the council in November. In a letter to officials Gallagher said he was resigning the post citing unexpected career obligations. The letter in part states, “I cannot properly serve the residents of Neptune City.” His running mate, Pamela Renee, was…

Ocean Parents File Lawsuit Over Student Survey

  By DON STINE Several Ocean Township parents have filed a lawsuit against the local school district for what they say is illegally administering a survey to sixth, ninth and twelfth-grade students that ask detailed questions about their sexual behavior and attitudes, mental and psychological problems, and other personal questions without parental consent. The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, Jan. 6, with state Commissioner of Education David Hespe against the Ocean Township Board of Education. Petitioners in the law suit include Michelle Green, Jack Green IV, Danielle Sintic, Lexa Skowrenski and Christana Kmecz – all with children in the school…

Jubilant Audience Welcomes New City Mayor, Council

  Above – Coaster Photo – Asbury Park Mayor John Moor kisses his wife, Vera, following his swearing in on Jan. 1. By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new City Council, led by Mayor John Moor, came in as a unified team sworn in on New Year’s Day as the jubilant overflow crowd answered with a standing ovation. The Jan. 1 swearing-in ceremony for the Asbury Together ticket, which swept the November election, was in sharp contrast to the last swearing in which took place in July 2013 and featured 11th hour deals prompting some residents to storm out of the…

The Coaster Takes a Holiday

  The last issue of The Coaster this year is on newsstands now. The Coaster, your community newpaper, will not be published the week of Dec. 29 due to the New Year’s holiday. Our office will close at 1:00 p.m. Dec. 23 and will reopen Mon., Jan. 5. Our next issue is Thurs., Jan. 8.

Ocean Chamber Hosting Installation Luncheon

  The Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce’s is planning their annual Awards and Installation Luncheon, to be held on Thurs., Jan. 15 at The English Manor on One English Lane in Wanamassa. “The networking luncheon allows us to honor individuals and businesses whom we feel have benefitted the community in some important way,” stated GOTCC Executive Director Kim Horn Blanda. “It also provides a forum for us to install our new officers, Trustees and award scholarships to deserving high school seniors,” she added. The 2015 honorees are: Community Service – Monmouth Medical Center, not the least of which is…

Crane House Receives State Historic Status

  The teenage home of famous American author Stephen Crane in Asbury Park was officially placed on the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places this month. The 1878 house, located at 508 Fourth Avenue, is slated to be purchased by the Asbury Park Historical Society in the near future and preserved as a museum dedicated to Crane and as a public meeting place for the historical society and other city and educational organizations. “Obtaining this official designation is a huge first step in acquiring a permanent home for the historical society,” President Don Stine said.“Many members spend a lot…

Tinton Falls Flag Raising Ceremony Honors Veterans

  By DENISE HERSCHEL More than 30 people including Tinton Falls Mayor Jerry Turning and members of the Tinton Falls Senior Club recently attended a flag raising ceremony honoring the service of borough veterans who have passed away. At a tribute to Veteran’s Day, the service flag of the late William Trainor was raised over Tinton Falls borough hall where the flag will fly for approximately three months before it is retired. Trainor’s flag is the second one to fly in the borough since the ceremony’s inception last year when the service flag of Carl Rudinski was raised on November…

No Action on Loch Arbour’s Merger Proposal

  By DON STINE Interlaken and Loch Abour residents will have to wait until after the first of the year to see if the Interlaken Borough Council will proceed to study a proposal to merge to two small communities together. The council last week split three-to-three on approving a request for proposals to be issued to hire an independent company to further study the merger issue after a larger, joint meeting was held on the matter earlier this month. Mayor Michael Nohilly, who could have broken the tie, abstained from voting so the matter. It will be carried on to…

New City Council Said It Will Not Renew City Manager’s Contract

  On behalf of the incoming members of the Asbury Park City Council, this statement will confirm that on Dec. 18 Jack Kelly was advised that the new Council does not intend to appoint him to the City Manager position under the new “Council-Manager” form of government which takes effect as of Jan. 1. Kelly’s current contract expires Dec. 31. He has served as city manager for approximately one yer. The statement also said the new Council thanked Kelly for his dedication and service to the residents of Asbury Park over the last year, and to offer hime their best…

Ocean Grove Camp Meeting to Receive $1.6 Million for Boardwalk

  By JOSEPH SAPIA The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is receiving $1.6 million in federal funds, or 90 percent of the approximately $1.8 million the association needed, to repair the boardwalk damaged in 2012 during Superstorm Sandy. Elected officials of both parties supported the Federal Emergency Management Agency coming through on this project. “I’m thankful that the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is receiving this grant, as it completes a journey that took over two years,” said state Senator Jennifer Beck, R-Monmouth County. “This is a huge victory for not only Ocean Grove, the Camp Meeting Association, but also…