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Piano Man Al Rando Turns 92 and Still Plays Weekly at Brennen’s

  By ED SALVAS Brennen’s Steakhouse in Neptune City was crowded last Friday evening to help piano man Al Rando celebrate his 92nd birthday which was on Sept. 16. What many people may not have known is that Rando almost didn’t make it to 92. Rando, who is also blind, suffered from Severe Aortic Stenosis, a life-threatening condition that causes the aortic heart valve to narrow and interrupt the normal flow of blood to the heart, often with no outward symptoms. What saved Rando was a procedure called a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR, an alternative to open heart…

City Would Like Third Avenue Boardwalk Deck Open to Public

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Plans for the development of the Fourth Avenue pavilion on the Asbury Park boardwalk will go to the Planning Board after the City Council acting as the Redevelopment Entity voted to move the project forward. One issue the council agreed should be left open for negotiations is the use of third floor deck by the public and/or city employees. Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn also asked that the city be given a schedule of days for use of the deck for special occasions before it goes to the planning board. City Planner Michele Alonso said her…

In Bradley Beach: Annual Craft and Vendor Show Sept. 30

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Ladies Auxiliary of the Bradley Beach Fire Department is celebrating its fifth year for the annual Fall Craft and Vendor Show this month on  Sat., Sept. 30  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All of the  proceeds from the event will be used to support the volunteers of the Bradley Beach Fire Department and according to Pam Cicerelle, an Auxiliary Member for more than 25 years, the event began five years ago at the borough firehouse. “But in the past three years we have been at Riley Park on Main Street because there is more traffic there…

City Chamber Hosts Fall Event

  The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting Fall Into Success at its networking event Sept. 28. It will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Appliance Brokers of Asbury Park, 1001 Asbury Avenue. Light fare and refreshments will be served and one lucky winner will go home with a fantastic door prize. The event is free. Please RSVP on the chamber’s website or by calling 732.775.7676.

City Beach, Parking Revenues Increased

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park beach revenues exceeded expectations slightly surpassing the $2 million mark for the second year in a row. Beach Utility Manager Gary Giberson said he was pleased with the beach tallies given the weather and the fact that many Saturdays were not good beach days. Figures are still being tallied but he expects it to be more than $2.2 million. “So we are slightly ahead of last year, but the weather was better last year,” he said. Giberson said the department’s other goal of keeping people safe was also realized. “We had a dislocated…

Mary’ s Place Hosting Oceanfront Bash as Fundraiser

  Mary’s Place by the Sea is hosting its fourth annual Oceanfront Bash, scheduled for Fri.,Oct. 6 at Buona Sera Palazzo in Ocean Township. This annual event is the fundraiser of the year for Mary’s Place by the Sea, an organization that provides a place for women with cancer to heal: mind, body and soul. Since its founding in 2009, Mary’s Place has hosted over 8,000 women as “guests”. Each year, the annual bash draws over 200 Mary’s Place by the Sea supporters, for an evening of cocktail-style dining, live music and dancing, open bar and gift auctions. “Mary’s Place Oceanfront Bash!…

In Neptune: Complaints Received About Speeding

  By DON STINE Speeding in Neptune’s Shark River Hills area and parked cars that are never moved in Ocean Grove were all issues raised recently at a Neptune Township Committee meeting. Dr. James Chenitz said he and other residents are concerned about speeding traffic on upper S. Riverside Drive in the Shark River Hils section of the township and said the governing body has been presented with a petition signed by about 60 residents asking that some action be taken. “There is a lack of police enforcement and there is daily speeding,” he said. He called the area “a…

Springwood Avenue Event Planned for Oct. 14

  Sponsors, vendors, artists and volunteers are being sought for an Oct. 14 event on Springwood Avenue in Asbury Park to help promote a healthy and vibrant westside neighborhood in the city. Better Block Asbury Park hopes to bring together resources and help convert two blocks on the street into a walkable, bikeable neighborhood destination with cafe seating, bike lanes, pop up businesses, street art and festivities. The event will run fro, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain date is Oct. 15. For information on the event call 732-502-5724.

QSpot Center to Host Candidate Meet and Greet

  The QSpot LGBT Community Center will host a Candidate Meet and Greet on Sunday., Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. in Ocean Grove. The event will provide an opportunity for LGBT and allied community members to engage with local leaders running for elected office in November.  The event is open to the public. The center is located at the Jersey Shore Arts Center at the entrance to Ocean Grove. It provides vital services to this under-served community including education, advocacy and support for LGBT youth.

Ocean Plans Purchase of Office Building

  By DON STINE Ocean Township officials recently took the first step to purchase a former office building, off Wickapecko Drive and adjacent to the William F. Larkin Golf Course. The current owners had recently proposed to create a day care facility there. “We are very excited about how this all came together and about getting enough money to do something credible and really make a difference in the township,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. At the Sept. 14 Township Council meeting, the governing body passed a resolution authorizing the township to execute an agreement to purchase 1001 Wickapecko Dr, which…