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Avon Resident Earns Music Distinction

May 26, 2011

The Rose Trio, which includes Avon musician Kathleen McGee-Daly, has been selected as a 2011 winner of the Knot Best of Weddings. The Knot is a leading wedding website resource, and the award is based on bride surveys.

Ms. McGee-Daly is the founder, contractor and violinist of the Rose Trio. She is a professor of music at Kean University and Georgian Court University, and teaches violin and viola at Monmouth Conservatory of Music. The musician maintains a private teaching studio in her Avon home, on Garfield Avenue.

Currently, Ms. McGee-Daly is a member of the Orchestra of Saint Peter by the Sea, Staten Island Philharmonic, Monmouth University Orchestra, New Jersey Conservatory Orchestra and the Saint Mary Chamber Orchestra in South Amboy.

The Rose Trio has performed summer concerts in Avon, Brielle and Spring Lake, and performs for weddings, private parties and fundraisers throughout New Jersey. The musicians have performed with Barbara Harris of The Toys, and appears in the Rascal Flatts music video, “Feels Like Today.”


Avon Fire Truck Dedication Next Saturday

May 6, 2011

Flyer courtesy of Frank Gorman

School Election On Wednesday

April 21, 2011

Avon residents will head to the polls on Wednesday, April 27 to vote on the proposed 2011-2012 school district budget. Voters will also decide at that time whether to re-elect the three incumbent candidates on the Avon-by-the-Sea Board of Education.

The current school board president, Kenneth Child, will be running along with current board members John Magrini and Andrea Magovern.

The proposed school district budget, for the 2011-2012 school year, totals $4,065,359, with $3,179,083 will be raised through local taxation.

For more information on the proposed budget and the board of education candidates, see this week’s issue of The Coast Star.


Shark River Bridge To Close On April 4

April 1, 2011

Monmouth County recently released the following information regarding the closing of the Shark River [Route 35] bridge connecting Avon-by-the-Sea and Belmar:

Beginning Monday night, April 4, Monmouth County will close the Shark River Bridge to motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for repair work to the bascule span. The bridge on Ocean Avenue (County Route 18) will remain in operation to marine traffic.

The work is expected to be performed for two consecutive nights.

Motorists should expect some delays and use the signed detours. The work schedule is weather dependent. If an adjustment to the work schedule is necessary, updates will be posted to the county’s Web site at

“The Shark River bridge repair project is part of the county’s efforts to responsibly maintain its bridge and roadway infrastructure and to keep traffic moving,” Freeholder Deputy Director John Curley said.

The work will be performed by the county’s on-call maintenance contractor, IEW Construction Group Inc. of Trenton and the Bridge Division of the Monmouth County Department of Public Works and Engineering.

In total, the county maintains of approximately 380 miles of roads, 980 bridges and culverts and 250 traffic signals and beacons.

“The county understands the inconvenience these detours will have on motorists and local residents,” said John W. Tobia, director of the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “Unfortunately, this work cannot be completed without the nighttime closure of Shark River bridge.”


The Sun Sets On Shark River

March 18, 2011

On March 13, Belmar resident Paul Spennrath took these photographs of the setting on Shark River, from the Ocean Avenue bridge connecting to Avon:

Budget Meeting Tomorrow

March 1, 2011

Recently, state aid numbers for New Jersey towns were released, with Avon expecting to receive $146,125. This is exactly the same amount received by the borough in 2010.

Tomorrow, the board of commissioners will hold a meeting about the town budget at 4 p.m in the municipal gym.

See more information on state aid to municipalities and school districts in this week’s issue of The Coast Star.

Eighth Grade Wax Museum

February 25, 2011

Earlier today, the Avon Elementary School had a “wax museum” set up in their media center, where the eighth-grade students performed as famous cultural and historic figures. [See an upcoming issue of The Coast Star for more pictures!]

Featured below are Babe Ruth [Emma Appleman], General George Patton [Zachary Bramhall], Julia Child [Jackie Child, no relation], Bob Marley [Anthony Cutillo], Mark Zuckerberg [Patrick Weber], Alexander the Great [Kyle Magovern] and Jackie Kennedy [Jackie Lingo]:

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Photos by Kate Slininger, The Coast Star