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Ocean Grove Camp Meeting to Hire New Chief Operating Officer

  By BONNIE GRAHAM Several hundred year-round and summer residents, as well as residents from neighboring communities, filled the Youth Temple in Ocean Grove over the weekend for the annual meeting hosted by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. CMA President Dale Whilden held up the 2013 Ocean Grove summer events booklet and said, ‘This is almost a book of remembrances. “ He spoke of the super storm Sandy, which struck the Jersey Shore on October 29, 2012, calling it a “devastating experience.” However, Whilden said he was thrilled to see the community pull together and was grateful to see…

Summer Ball Raises $55,000 for Ocean Grove Beachfront

  More than 500 attended the Summer Ball held recently at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa to raise money to restore the Ocean Grove beachfront. Summer Ball chairs Martha and Rick Cuttrell said they were amazed at the turnout. “While we’ve been involved in previous Balls for the Grove,” said Martha, “never have we felt the energy generated by this one!” Both said they were humbled by the outpouring of support with offers of help and donations. Volunteers included Kristen and Judy Isaksen who were responsible for setting up the display of silent auction items donated by local businesses…

Doo Wop – Ocean Grove-style

  Ocean Grove’s Doo Wop group has a habit of breaking out into song whenever the mood strikes. THE COASTER’S roving videographer caught them in action recently and they were more than happy to share a tune:

Neptune Officials May Consider Alternate Side of Street Parking for Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE A proposal to allow Ocean Grove residents to bag their leaves for collection and another plan to institute alternate side of the street parking during one month in the spring and fall were presented to the Neptune Township Committee this sweek The proposals were requested in an attempt to limit the amount of leaves and debris getting into the storm drainage system in the historic district. Certain sections of Ocean Grove have been prone to flooding in recent years, particularly at the eastern sections of Broadway, and streets are usually loaded with parked cars year-round. “We…

Wesley and Fletcher Lakes Scheduled for Dredging Next Year

  A $1.4 million project to dredge Wesley and Fletcher Lakes, which both border Ocean Grove, and replace retaining walls is scheduled to take place next year. A walkway along the new bulkhead at Wesley Lake is also expected to be part of the project. It’s been a long time coming, said Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop. “(Neptune officials) have been working on wall restoration wall for more than a decade and the dredging for longer than that,” Bishop said. He praised the Wesley Lake and Fletcher Lake Commissions, township officials, and residents for helping to bring this project about.…

A Gnome Now Gone from Home

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Gerome is a gnome, Now, he is gone from his home, From a trove, In Ocean Grove, At 116 Avenue Cookman, At the home of the family Mileham, Taken from his wicker chair, No clues left behind, nary a hair, He liked to hang out there, With his friend, Cate, a rainbow-colored caterpillar, “Please,” Cate said, “bring back my gnome: purple hat, yellow pants, long white beard, “Put him back ‘neath the tree and no scolding there’ll be, shouts of joy on the street will be heard,” Bring him back soon, So, poems such this no…

From Ocean Grove with Love: United Methodist Women raise funds for missions

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Marilyn Shotwell, who has lived in Ocean Grove for 65 years, vividly recalled her time spent as a young girl in Sunday school. One of the morning’s speakers was a missionary who had traveled the world aiding others in need. And from that moment, Shotwell was hooked. Intrigued by the mission stories, she knew as a 10-year-old girl that one day she too hoped to spread the word of the missionaries or perhaps became one herself. And although Shotwell did not become a missionary she did study nursing eventually becoming a registered nurse helping others in…

Ocean Grove’s Together Campaign Up to $1 Million for Restoration

  By DON STINE The Ocean Grove Together campaign has reached $1 million in donations thanks to the generosity of the district’s residents and friends. “We are so excited about this and people stepped up big time. Much of the community was involved and we had a wide range of people interested and participating,” said Joanne Cotton, who co-chairs the Together Campaign with her husband, Rev. David Cotton. The campaign is a grassroots effort to raise money to repair damage caused to the boardwalk and Great Auditorium by Superstorm Sandy and to make needed repairs to the historic Thornley Chapel.…

The Ocean Grove Fourth of July Parade

  Simply sit back and let the slideshow start… All photos by THE COASTER – celebrating 30 years of community news in 2013 and at this historic annual event:

NIGHT OUT…in Ocean Grove

  All COASTER photos by Mike Kearns. Click on any image for a slideshow and captions. Pictured above: Ice Cream at Nagle’s Apothecary Cafe on Main Avenue, Ocean Grove.

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