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Write a Poem, Win a Prize; Neptune library sponsoring contest

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The month of April has been designated as National Poetry Month and as part of the celebration Neptune Library is sponsoring a poetry contest for township residents in grades six through twelve. The theme of this year’s contest, “Libraries Are a Place of Unlimited Possibilities,” is in conjunction with National Library Week, April 12 – April 18. “We have held a poetry contest in the past with success. We want students to be creative with their poems and to incorporate this year’s library theme into their poems. Libraries are a place where knowledge is gained,” said…

Interlaken GOP Primary Race

  By DON STINE There is a primary race in Interlaken for the mayor’s seat as well as two Borough Council seats. Two mayoral candidates and three Borough Council candidates are seeking the local Republican Party nod in the upcoming June 2 primary to run on the GOP line in the Nov. 3 general election. Mayor Michael Nohilly is being challenged in the primary by Councilman Keith Miller, who ran in a GOP primary four years ago as a mayoral write-in candidate. Mayoral terms in Interlaken are four years and the mayor only votes if there is a tie among…

In Bradley Beach: Buy a Homemade Bowl and Help Raise Funds for Food Pantry

  Members of the public can buy unique ceramic bowls hand made by school children, staff, parents, and friends of Bradley Beach Elementary School and receive a bowl of ice cream donated by Beach Plum Ice Cream Parlor at an event to raise money to fight hunger. The “Empty Bowls Ice Cream Social” will be held on Sat., May 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bradley Food Pantry, 605 4th Ave., Bradley Beach. The event, part of an international grassroots movement to end hunger, was organized by art teacher Jennifer DiZefalo, of Neptune, to raise money for the…

Friends of Deal Lake Will Host Ocean Candidates Forum

  As part of the Save Deal Lake 2015 campaign, The Friends of Deal Lake said it will host an Ocean Township Council Candidate Forum Sat., May 2. The forum will give residents an opportunity to meet and hear directly from the future elected leaders of Ocean Township about the health of Deal Lake and the plans to protect and improve the lake. The forum is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Interlaken Municipal Building, 100 Grassmere Ave., Interlaken. The group believes the forum is important because Deal Lake, which is open to the public and owned by the state…

MADE IN ASBURY PARK

  While many daily newspapers around the country have eliminated their entire graphic design and page layout departments and outsourced the work and jobs to central locations around the country or even the world, THE COASTER is proud to be 100% MADE IN ASBURY PARK. Our team works quickly under breaking news deadlines – from town meetings that stretch into the night to developing stories – to bring you the pages, stories, pictures and advertisements from small, local businesses that make up the newspaper each week. And while we’re proud of our digital presence on the web and on social…

City Chamber Carousel Awards

  The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Carousel Awards Dinner May 8 at the Berkeley Hotel on the oceanfront in Asbury Park. This year’s awards are Economic Development goes to Lakehouse Music Academy; the Landmark Business Award goes to Rich’s Auto Body; the Spirit of Asbury Park Award goes to Kay Harris Asbury Galleria; the Public Official Award to Barbara Lesinski and the Humanitarian Award to Pastor Derinzer Johnson and Lt. George Corbin of Asbury Park Can. The event will feature a cocktail hour, dinnerand dancing along with a silent auction. Music will be by So…

Almost 300 Additional Parking Spaces Planned for Asbury Park

  By DON STINE Almost 300 additional parking spaces at Asbury Park’s beachfront and downtown are anticipated to be provided by Memorial Day weekend. Oceanfront redeveloper iStar Financial is seeking temporary approval to create the asphalt-paved parking lots and a presentation was given at this week’s City Council workshop meeting. “Let’s get it going,” Mayor John Moor said. One hundred new parking spaces are proposed for a vacant lot at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Kingsley Street. The site, with access off Seventh Avenue, is near a proposed beachfront food truck court and some parking will help support that…

Long Wait for West Side City Park an ‘Embarrassment’

  Plans to finish the Springwood Renaissance Park on Asbury Park’s West Side need to be ramped up, city officials said Monday night. “This is a total embarrassment on everybody’s end,” Mayor John Moor said at this week’s City Council workshop. “Where are the policy-makers? I want to see a park there as soon as possible,” he said. “It’s just that we can’t seem to get this park built and that seems like insanity to me,” Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn said at a previous meeting. Moor said the council approved moving the project forward at its June 5, 2014 meeting…

Want to Catch That Fish? Try These Hand-Crafted Plugs

  By DON STINE Every craftsman wants his home-made creations to sell well – and that is what Asbury Park’s Rob Pruszynski has accomplished with his Sunset Customs fishing plugs. At the last annual Asbury Park Fishing Club flea market on March 8, Pruszynski sold his entire inventory of 107 hand-crafted fishing plugs in just 45 minutes. “Was I surprised – absolutely!” he said. Pruszynski, who is a member of the Asbury Park Fishing Club, said he has been selling at its annual flea market for a few years and usually came home with unsold inventory. “But people are catching…

Shady Street Show Band Plays More Than Rock ‘n Roll

  By DON STINE Whether it’s rhythm and blues, sweet soul music, or good old classic rock & roll, the Shady Street Show Band always delivers. “These guys deliver the goods, night after night. The powerhouse vocals and piano-playing of Ryan is one-of-a-kind. You will walk out saying ‘Wow,’” said local entertainment director Peter Mantas. The band will perform in Asbury Park on Fri., April 10 at the Asbury Park Yacht Club, on the boardwalk, from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Admission is free. The Shady Street Show Band was founded by veteran musician Ryan Gregg, who brought on board…