The Manasquan primaries are set for Tuesday, June 7 and, while the Democrats have an uncontended election, Republicans are facing off in a contested primary with two new write-in candidates.
There are two council seats up for grabs this year — those of councilmen Joseph W. Lucas and Jeff Lee — in addition to the mayor’s seat. Councilman Lee, a Democrat, has previoiusly announced he would not seek re-election.
Republican Councilwoman Pat Connolly is seeking the Republican nod to run for mayor, and newcomer Richard Norris is seeking the party’s endorsement as a candidate for council. Two write-in candidates, Pamela Lewis and Councilman Joseph Lucas are petitioning for votes on election day, to run as Republicans in the November election.
On the Democratic primary ballot will be Mayor George Dempsey, seeking re-election, and former councilmen Michael Mangan and Joseph Bossone.
For the June 7 primaries, district one voters will vote at the Manasquan First Aid Building, 65 Broad St. District two voters will go to the Manasquan Hook & Ladder Company No. 1, 33 Abe Voorhees Dr. in Squan Plaza. District three voters will vote at Manasquan Borough Hall, 201 East Main Street. District four voters will cast their ballots at Volunteer Engine Company No. 2, 111 Parker Ave.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information on the Manasquan candidates for the Republican and Democratic primaries, pick up a copy of this week’s issue of The Coast Star — available on newsstands tomorrow!
The Manasquan Public Library hosted Mammal Mania on Monday, with Travis Gale, from Eyes of the Wild, teaching children about a variety of unusual animals. Pictured below is a fennec fox, native to Africa, and a baby coati, which is a relative of the raccoon.
Manasquan native Alexis Krauss, from the indie band Sleigh Bells, will be returning home to perform at the Stone Pony on Friday, May 13. Below is an excerpt from this week’s issue of The Coast Star, so to read more about Ms. Krauss’ early life in the Shore area, pick up a copy today:
The band played Coachella once more this April, and are currently touring with the band CCS. During these recent shows, Ms. Krauss said, Sleigh Bells plays relatively short sets consisting of their Treats material.
“It’s rewarding in the sense that [the sets] are really short, with high intensity and a lot of energy,” Ms. Krauss said. “We’re fulfilled after 35 or 40 minutes of music.”
Sleigh Bells fans will also be happy to hear that the band will be heading back to the studio after this tour is over, in June. They will be recording for most of the summer and early fall, according to Ms. Krauss.
“Derek and I are really looking forward to getting into the studio,” she said.
However, audiences for their current tour will not be getting a sneak peak of any new songs from Sleigh Bells.
“We want it to have a high impact, and I think when bands start playing new material live [before it is released on an album], it gets lost on the crowd. If you don’t support it with recorded material it falls flat,” Ms. Krauss said.
The Stone Pony show, on May 13, will be their first in the area.
“I definitely wanted to play a shore show,” Ms. Krauss said. “We could have played a north Jersey venue, but didn’t think it would be the same.”
Opening for Sleigh Bells will be her fiancé, Tyler Mate, and his band Wet Witch.
“I think it will be fun,” she said, adding that she will feel free to “let go and kind of go crazy a bit.”
The Manasquan Recreation Commission sponsored an Easter Egg Hunt, at the inlet, last Thursday. Below are some photos from the hunt, but see this week’s issue of The Coast Star for more pictures and a recap of the event.
Photos by JOSEPH DELCONZO, The Coast Star
The school district budget will be up for a public vote on Wednesday, and residents will also be deciding which candidates to elect to the Manasquan Board of Education.
In Manasquan, the total proposed district budget is $25,865,567 for the upcoming school year, with $12,415,218 raised through local taxation. The total proposed tax rate is 84.18 cents per $100 of assessed valuation of a home.
The average-priced home in Manasquan, which is just over $500,000, would see an approximate increase of $71.50 annually if the budget passes.
Five candidates — residents Donna Bossone, John Campbell, Kristine Shea and Michelle LaSala, along with incumbent Linda DiPalma— will be running in the board of education election on Wednesday .
Below is a brief overview of the candidates. See this week’s issue of The Coast Star for more information on the election and school district budget:
BIO: Ms. DiPalma is 46 years old, and lives on Virginia Avenue. She is married to Dennis and has two young children, Victoria and Anthony. She has taught CCD at St. Denis for nine years and is a member of the Parent Teacher Organization. Ms. DiPalma is finishing up a three-year term on the school board.
QUOTE: “With both children in the school system, of course I’m really concerned that our school has all updated stuff. I’m also a taxpayer, so I’m concerned with those issues.”
BIO: Ms. LaSala is 48 years old, and lives on Parker Avenue with her husband, Michael. They have two grown children, Ashley and Michael. Ms. LaSala works as a chief operating officer and a communications consultant, and is a parishioner of St. Denis.
QUOTE: “It’s imperative that we work with the school’s administration, not for the administration.”
BIO: Mrs. Shea, 43, lives on Parker Avenue. She is married to Tim, and they have three sons — John, 12, Brady, 10, and eight-year-old Thomas.
QUOTE: “I would like to serve on the Manasquan Board of Education to advocate for Manasquan taxpayers and students.”
BIO: Mr. Campbell is 61 years old and lives on Old Squan Road with his wife, Patricia. They have six children — Cristin, Kelli, Dawn, John, Katlyn and Kevin. He owns two local carpet stores. Mr. Campbell is a member of the Wall Kiwanis Club and the Manasquan Juvenile Conference Committee.
QUOTE: “I just want to look out for the children’s education and, as a taxpayer, I’m trying to keep things level.”
BIO: Ms. Bossone, 47, lives on North Main Street with her son, eleven-year-old Xander. She works part time for a doctor’s office. Ms. Bossone also volunteers with the Manasquan Little Blue Warriors and teaches second-grade CCD at St. Denis, where she is a parishioner.
QUOTE: “My goal would be to continue to provide sound academic programs for all our students,” while staying “fiscally responsible.”
MANASQUAN — According to Manasquan Borough Clerk Barbara Illaria, Republican Councilwoman Patricia Connolly has filed to run for the position of mayor in Manasquan.
The councilwoman will now run in the June GOP Primary for the position of mayor. Currently, she will be unchallenged in the primary, although the filing deadline is at 4 p.m. today.
Also as of Monday morning, Republican Councilman Joseph Lucas, along with political newcomer Richard Norris, of East Main Street, had filed to run in the June GOP Primary for the two open council seats.
Councilman Lucas is seeking re-election to a fourth term on the Manasquan Council.
They also are currently running unopposed in the June GOP Primary.
Democratic Mayor George Dempsey is also expected to run for his party’s backing in the June Democratic Primary, but has not yet filed as of Monday morning. Democratic candidates for council also have not filed their petitions yet for the two open seats, although several sources state former councilmen Michael Mangan and Joseph Bossone are interested in the available seats.
Besides mayor Dempsey’s seat, the open council seats in the November general election are those of Councilman Lucas and democrat Jeff Lee, who announced recently he will not seek re-election.
See Thursday’s edition of The Coast Star for the complete story.
On Wednesday, local flutist Madelyn Curtis will demonstrate wind instruments in colonial New Jersey, including recorders, fifes, flutes, penny whistles and Native American flutes.
Ms. Curtis will present several antique instruments dating to 1820s and 1860s, plus reproduction instruments dating to 1730s. The presentation will be on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m., at the Squan Village Historical Society Bailey-Reed Museum on Broad Street.
For more information, please call 732-449-0059.