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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.

Historical Society Holding Memorial Day Weekend Auction

  OCEAN GROVE – The Historical Society of Ocean Grove continues its 2013 season of special fund-raising events with the popular Memorial Day Weekend Auction on Sat., May 25 at the Young People’s Temple in Ocean Grove. Preview 9 a.m. and auction at 11 a.m. The 17th Annual Auction will feature collectible and antique dolls, baseball collectibles – many signed, Roseville including large Corinthian Jardinière and Pedestal, Cherry Blossom and Jonquil pieces, Vintage pictures and nuttings, Lenox, glassware, linens, marble top table, old teddy bears, dollhouses and antique clocks. Other items include: toys, textiles, children’s items, tobacco silks, postcards &…

Neptune Mayor’s Ball to Benefit Mary’s Place

  NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Mary’s Place By The Sea in Ocean Grove, a temporary home for women fighting cancer, will be the recipient of funds raised from the 20th annual Neptune Mayor’s Ball scheduled for May 31. Mary’s Place founder Michele Gannon said she was “ecstatic” when she learned her organization was to be this year’s recipient. “We are very happy to be supported by Neptune. This is an amazing community, especially after what happened in the wake of Sandy, and we were very humbled when we received the telephone call telling us we would be this year’s recipient,” she…

Drainage Better Now in Ocean Grove

  OCEAN GROVE – Longstanding flooding issues along Broadway in historic Ocean Grove have apparently been resolved- but residents still have a wait-and-see attitude. Resident Kennedy Buckley, who lives on Broadway, said at the May 13 Township Committee meeting that the street drainage improvements seem to be working. “It rained severely over the weekend and the water went down very quickly and the problem seems to be greatly improved,” he said. Buckley said that storm water seems to be draining much better and that many additional outlets to drain the water have been installed. “Things seem to be flowing much…

Neptune to Install 3 Monuments to Record Water Levels

  By DON STINE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP - Neptune officials plan to install three monuments in the township that will officially mark water levels in past storms, especially Superstorm Sandy. “They will mark the flood levels of past major storms and will show the drastic difference between Sandy and anything we ever had before,” Mayor Eric Hougtaling said. He said the township will place three memorial markers, probably in stone, at Riverside Park, on the South Concourse near the Headliner, and in Ocean Gove at Central Avenue, near Fletcher Lake where high tides also caused damage. Sandy created up to a 13-foot…

Benefit to Help Beach Kittens

  ASBURY PARK – The Provincetown Fringe Festival in Asbury Park presents An Evening of Entertainment Extravaganza to benefit the grassroots effort to spay, neuter, feed and find homes for the Asbury Park/Ocean Grove beach kittens. The event takes place Saturday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Stephen Crane House, 508 Fourth Ave., Asbury Park. Tickets are $5 which includes refreshments. Reservations: 732-807-4052. Marjorie Conn will perform an obscure monologue by Clifford Odets written around 1935. Lisa Banwell is debuting “The Volunteer, or Peter Principle at Your Service,” a short comedy about rising to the highest level of one’s…

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