Iron Whale Prepares for April Opening

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Iron Whale seafood restaurant in the Fifth Avenue pavilion on the Asbury Park boardwalk is preparing its menu and choosing decor for its April opening. Restaurateur Tim McLoone said this will be his company’s 11th restaurant. He also owns Tim McLoone’s Supper Club and The Robinson Ale House both located […]

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Officials Get Look at Planned Beach Club

By JOANNE PAPAIANNI Representatives of iStar presented plans for its beach club in Asbury Park at the recent meeting of the city’s Technical Review Committee. The club, at the north end of the city beachfront, will be constructed entirely on private property owned by iStar and will maintain existing public beach access points. It also […]

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Do you know? Santa Claus!

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI “Ho! Ho! Ho!…sorry I just had to say it,” says Santa Claus as we begin our annual profile. Santa spoke to The Coaster in his own words: “I really don’t mind doing these profiles every year, in fact I enjoy reminding everyone that the man from the North Pole loves his […]

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Toy and Coat Give-Away at Kula Cafe

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Members of the Spring Lake/Brielle Rotary Club gave away, coats, hats, socks and toys at the Kula Cafe in Asbury Park this week. Club president Mary Donovan said this is the fourth year they have held the event. She said club members were familiar with Interfaith Neighbors, which owns the cafe, […]

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City Library Has New Support Group

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park library, for the first time in a long time, has a Friends of the Library organization. The FOL is being led by acting president Nicole DeGeorge who stepped into the leadership position after two library board members solicited members. The board members, Kerri Martin and Janet Torsney, cannot […]

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City Will Meet with Developer

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park officials will meet Nov. 30 with Master Developer iStar to discuss construction on the Boardwalk Project that was suspended after city officials voted to halt the work on the project. At a meeting Nov. 8 residents and activists spent two hours criticizing both iStar and city officials for a […]

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Developer Plans Retail in this Vacant Building in Asbury Park

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A Washington, DC developer wants to make the former Braverman Building, 1200 Memorial Dr. into retail space. Douglas Jemal of Douglas Development, purchased the building in July for $1.1 million and began demolishing the interior. The building had been owned by the state and Jemal purchased it at auction. Jamel’s construction […]

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Boardwalk Project Halted; Negotiation Sought

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The old saying “you can’t fight city hall” was put to rest last week in Asbury Park when the City Council heeded the concerns of hundreds of citizens protesting the north end boardwalk construction project and voted to direct iStar to stop production. After listening to a long line of residents […]

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Petition Seeks to End Boardwalk Project

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI More than 2500 area residents are upset over the current project  to narrow the Asbury Park boardwalk at the north end to create a new walkway. A petition posted on Change.org has gathered more than 2500 signatures in an effort to stop the construction. A large crowd is expected at tonight’s […]

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