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Repaired Asbury Park Boardwalk to Reopen Soon

  PICTURED ABOVE – Coaster file photo of the Asbury boardwalk south of Convention Hall from the beach. The section has been undergoing repairs for the last few months. By DON STINE Asbury Park’s iconic boardwalk is nearly fully repaired and may even open this weekend, according to a city official. City Manager Jack Kelly said he visited the boardwalk early Tues., May 6 and reports “it looks fabulous.” “It looks like it is almost completed, right up to Convention Hall. They were also installing railing and other accessories. There doesn’t seem to be much structural work left to do-…

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…

Meters Planned for City Parking Garage

  By DON STINE The state-owned parking garage on Bangs Avenue in Asbury Park (pictured above) will eventually have pay-to–park meters installed, similar to ones already in place in the downtown area and at the beachfront. “Let’s keep moving forward (on providing new parking in the city). This is a good idea so let’s do it,” said Councilman John Loffredo, who is also a member of the city’s parking committee. The garage, at the intersection with Emory Street, has more than 200 parking spaces that are used primarily by state workers employed at a nearby building on weekdays. On Fridays…

3 Candidates Seeking GOP Support in Interlaken Primary

  By DON STINE Three Interlaken Republicans and one Democrat are seeking their party’s nod in the June 3 primary to run for two, three-year terms on the Borough Council in this November’s general election. Former Mayor Robert Wolf III, John Gunn and Mindy Horowitz are running in the GOP primary. Incumbent Councilman Robert Napoli is the only candidate running as a Democrat so he is guaranteed a spot on the November ballot. One of the three GOP primary candidates will also not be on the ballot after votes are cast June 3. The question is: which one? One of…

After 114 Years Clayton Press Closing Its Doors

  Above – David Roszel, owner of The Clayton Press in Asbury Park, said he is closing next month after 114 years in the city. – Coaster Photo By DON STINE One of Asbury Park’s oldest businesses will be closing at the end of May and with it goes a way of printing that served the city well for more than a century. The Clayton Press, at 412 Bond St., is going out of business. Founded in 1900, the print shop has served people from Asbury Park founder James A. Bradley, through the Great Depression and two World Wars, up…

Neptune City School Budget Features Tax Rate Increase

  By DON STINE Neptune City residents will see a 4.9 cent increase in their 2014/2015 school tax rate under a budget introduced on March 25. The total $8,369,442 budget is down $64,455 from last year’s $8,433,897 total budget. The public hearing is scheduled for April 29. School Business Administrator Bill Folk said the total budget is down because the district saw less revenue in the new budget. “Revenues drive appropriations and the less revenue, the less appropriations we can have,” he said. The tax levy, or the amount to be raised through taxation, has increase to $5,566,358, up $211,658…

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