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Car Crash Knocks Out FIOS

  A one-vehicle accident on Route 33 in Neptune Sun., May 3, that involved a utility pole caused the interruption in Verizon FIOS cable service for many hours in the area, police said. The vehicle of John Puryear, 39, of Brick struck a utility pole in the area of Memorial Drive at about 9:20 a.m., township police said. Puryear was charged with possession of crack cocaine — although he apparently was not under the influence of a drug at the time, according to police. Puryear also was charged with traffic summonses, including reckless driving and failure to maintain a lane,…

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In Ocean Grove: North End Redevelopment Moving Forward

  By DON STINE Redevelopment of the North End section in historic Ocean Grove will proceed under a revised developer’s agreement – but an exact timeline for the project has not yet been announced. Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop, who was mayor during the initial hearing to adopt the 2008 plan, said at Monday’s workshop that recent meetings were held with the main principles of the redevelopment project. “It was very hard and there were very frank discussions. Everyone at the table gave up things to make the plan better,” he said. “No plan will give everyone exactly what they…

Jersey Born Music Festival Rolls Into City in May

  The first-ever Jersey Born Music Festival, featuring performers from the Jersey Shore area, will be held in downtown Asbury Park at the end of May and festival organizers are expecting about 15,000 people. “This tribute to Jersey musicians will celebrate the enormous amount of talent found right here in the Garden State, especially in Asbury Park!” said festival organizer Ruthanne Harrison. The festival, presented by Coors Light and the Asbury Park Press, will be held on Cookman Avenue on Sat., May 30, with a rain date of Sunday, May 31. The fenced-in concert area, with two stages, will be…

Asbury Park Paving Municipal Parking Lot; Hires City Clerk

  By DON STINE It will be a little bit difficult parking at Asbury Park’s City Hall for the next 30 days. Concrete was poured at the municipal parking lot last week and other work will continue into late May in an attempt to provide more parking. “Please be patient, this will take several weeks,” Acting-City Manager Tony Nuccio said at last Wednesday’s City Council meeting. The city is repaving and metering the 125-space parking lot to provide more downtown parking. Installing new concrete curbs and sidewalks should be concluded this week but the parking lot will be milled, paved…

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In Asbury Park: Kingsley Street Repairs Scheduled for Completion by Memorial Day

  By DON STINE Infrastructure improvements along Kingsley Street in Asbury Park are on schedule and should be completed by Memorial Day weekend – at least that is what city officials are hoping. “I have asked at every recent (council) meeting if the project is on schedule and the answer has always been yes,” Mayor John Moor said recently. “Everybody feels it is on target and should be done by Memorial Day weekend.” Moor said both he and the council has tried to stay on top of the project and he notes that there is a full-time person overseeing it…

Avon Officials OK Church Purchase

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Avon Board of Commissioners voted this week to buy the First Baptist Church at the corner of Fifth and Sylvania Avenues. It has been for sale for over a year. Representatives from the church contacted the borough asking if they would like to buy the building and the parsonage, located next door said Mayor Robert Mahon. “They approached the borough and we took a look at it,” Mahon said. Mahon said the purchase includes the church and the parsonage next door, which are situated on two build-able lots. It was originally on the market…

City Deputy Mayor Expecting Baby

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Around mid-April, Asbury Park Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn and her wife, Heather Jensen, began announcing they would be parents for the first time. Quinn, 38, is expected to give birth about Oct. 1. “The response in Asbury Park has been fantastic,” she said. Those who follow the council say they believe this is the first time in memory a councilwoman has been pregnant while in office. “I have every intention of staying on council through and after this pregnancy,” Quinn said. Quinn said she did not want to reveal the baby’s gender at this time.

Neptune City Council Approves Land Swap With Neptune

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Neptune City Council has agreed to change the name of TFH Way to Flexcraft Drive in an effort to avoid confusion and to welcome the new company to the building. Flexcraft Company of Asbury Park recently purchased the lot in Neptune City and will eventually be relocating their entire operation there. “It’s a family run business and we anticipate them to be around a while,” said Municipal Clerk Mary Sapp. The council also approved a land swap with Neptune Township. The parcel of land on 5th Avenue and Steiner Avenue is currently shared between Neptune…