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Out & About

  Spotted OUT & ABOUT the greater Asbury Park area recently were these folks – caught by THE COASTER in the act of having fun. All photos by Mike Kearns.

250 Register for Run the Hills Race in Neptune

  More than 250 runners and walkers have registered to date for the first annual “Run the Hills” 5K, which will be held on Sun., May 4 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune. The run is being sponsored by Recovery Along the River, a local foundation that has been instrumental in supporting the rebuilding needs of residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy. In addition to the 5K run, there will be a two mile non-competitive walk. The $30 registration fee includes the post-race party. Limited quantities of tee shirts are available for registrations received after…

In Neptune City: School Board Seeks OK for $360,000 Referendum Question

  By DON STINE Neptune City voters will be asked to approve a $360,000 referendum question in the November general election which would provide additional funding so extra-curricular activities and sports do not have to be cancelled at the Woodrow Wilson School for the 2014-2015 school year. Approving the question will result in the average homeowner paying an additional $174.86 in annual school taxes. Residents will already see a 4.9 cent increase for each $100 of assessed valuation, or from $1.23 to $1.28, under the $8,369,442 total budget introduced on March 25. The average Neptune City home is assessed at…

Allenhurst Awards Bid for Club Building

  By DON STINE The contract to rebuild the Allenhurst Beach Club restaurant, which was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, was awarded by the Board of Commission this week. Santorini Construction Inc., based in Neptune, was awarded the $2,360,000 contract. Santorini was the lowest of nine bidders on the project. Borough Administrator Lori Osborn said rebuilding the restaurant could begin as early as May but is not expected to be finished until sometime on the fall. The project was estimated to cost about $2.5 million. The new restaurant will be built on the same footprint as the old one and will…

Ocean Grove Residents Seek Permission for Dog Park

  By DON STINE Several Ocean Grove residents attending this week’s Neptune Township Committee meeting seeking permission to create a gated dog run area at a grassy area near the intersection of Pennsylvania and Inskip Avenues, behind a sewer maintenance building. “People have no place to take their dogs and people complain about dog waste in the parks. Dog parks are a great place for the community to get together and socialize,” said Michael Goldfinger, who lives on Heck Avenue. Goldfinger said he supports creating the park and that his group polled 319 Ocean Grove residents about the proposal. He…

City to Swear In Deputy Police Chief

  By DON STINE Asbury Park Police Captain Anthony Salerno will be appointed as the city’s new Deputy Police Chief on May 1. The city has been without a deputy chief  since current Police Chief Mark Kinmon, who previously held the position, was promoted in 2007. Police Sergeant John Crescio, who joined the department in 1998, is also being promoted to Lieutenant. Salerno has been with the police department for about 26 years. “I think this is a good thing for the police department and the city. Tony brings a lot to the table- he is very knowledgeable and driven and…

New School Chief Named in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE James Stefankiewicz, the current School Superintendent at Red Bank Regional High School, has been appointed to replace John Lysko as the new superintendent of the Ocean Township school district. Stefankiewicz, who is an Ocean Township resident, was appointed at this week’s Board of Education meeting and will begin his new job on July 1. “I am very excited. Ocean Township is an outstanding school district,” he said. “And  I know I have huge shoes to fill. Living here has helped me understand where this school district wants to go and I want to pick up the ball…

Participants Sought for AIDS Walk

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Local organizers of the New Jersey AIDS Walk 2014 are hoping to boost the number of walkers in Asbury Park, one of five sites hosting the May 4 event. In recent years at the Jersey Shore walk, about 100 have participated. This year, representatives of The Center in Asbury Park, a residential AIDs facility on Third Avenue that is hosting the event, are hoping for 250 to 300 participants. Walkers may carry small placards representing those that have died of AIDS or are living with HIV, the virus causing AIDS. “We try to get the numbers…

In Bradley Beach: Public Works Dept. force to be reckoned with

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE With just nine full time employees, including two working supervisors and one foreman, the Bradley Beach Public Works Department is a force to be reckoned with. Despite a winter of more than a dozen snowstorms, the Public Works department is revving up for the summer months, making sure Bradley Beach is functional and beautiful for residents and visitors. Stepping into the Bradley Beach Public Works Department building you can tell they have pride for what they do everyday. The building itself is only two years old and was built by the members of the department. It…

Major Fund-Raising Effort On to Purchase Crane House

  The Asbury Park Historical Society has begun a major $250,000 fundraising campaign to purchase and restore the historic Stephen Carne House in Asbury Park. The house, built in 1876, is probably the oldest house in Asbury Park. It is also the teenage home of famous American author Stephen Crane. Stephen Crane [1871- 1900] was a prolific American author who began his literary career in Asbury Park as a teenager. Throughout his short life, Crane wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Expressionism. His writings include “The Red Badge of Courage,”…