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The Question is….

  The Coasters asks, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate Donald Trump’s 1st year in office?”

Art from Upstage Club Presented at Light of Day Event

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A slide show of pictures from the Upstage Club was shown Jan. 13 during a Light of Day Foundation event at the Asbury Park Music Foundation while a variety of bands performer at the venue. Pictures on display showed foundation President James Lenskold and his friends removing historic art work from the walls of the club, which was located on the second floor of the Tom McAnn building on Cookman Avenue at the corner of Bond Street. A history of the club, where Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Vini Lopez and other music notables played for…

Rights of Passage Home Dedication in Asbury Park

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI It was a project that began six years ago to help homeless young adults in Asbury Park and which finally became a reality this week. Through the efforts of Covenant House International and Interfaith Neighbors five Asbury Park young men will have a free place to live for 18 months while they attend school or work to save money and afford a place of their own. Paul McEvily, co-executive director of Interfaith Neighbors, said building the house which has five bedrooms, each with its own bath, 2 half baths, two sets of laundry facilities and…

City School Chief Nominated for Commissioner

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park School Superintendent  Dr. Lamont Repollet has been chosen by Governor Philip  Murphy to be New Jersey’s next Commissioner of Education. Repollet, in his three and a half years in the city, made a positive impression, introducing new programs and increasing test scores and high school graduation rates. He brought in new staff along with new programs including  a detailed plan, entitled Building a Better Future, as a blueprint to improve the troubled district. At the high school level he introduced engineering, nursing and law and public safety programs. He also coordinated with Brookdale…

Neptune City Family Foundation Plans Dance at Community Center

  By PETE WALTON The Neptune City Family Foundation will host its first dance for school-age youth at the Community Center on Fri., Feb. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. The nonprofit charitable foundation was started by Councilman Alexander J. Tallman and his family in the fall of 2016. “The idea for the foundation arose after I started campaigning for council,” Tallman said. “I wanted to try and make an impact on our town in a way that was more directed toward the youth of our community. They are the future of this town, and have always been the highest priority…

Neptune Homeless Camp Seeks Help

  By DON STINE If you think the recent cold weather was brutal for you- try living in a tent in the woods in frigid temperatures. That is what 10 homeless people are doing in Neptune. The group, who are known as “The Woodsmen of Neptune,” live in a wooded lot behind the ShopRite, off Neptune Boulevard., near Route 66. Neptune Mayor Nick Williams said he heard about the homeless group’s plight during the recent cold spell and was able to get donations from clergy and others to temporarily lodge the homeless people in the Crystal Inn motel, on the…

Students and Seniors Break Bread to Honor MLK

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Students, teachers, administrators and staff members at the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Asbury Park took to heart the words of Dr. Martin Luther King on his holiday this week to spend the day volunteering for an event that brought young and old together. In a Breaking Bread celebration pre kindergarten and kindergarten students at the school invited Asbury Park seniors to enjoy the fruits of their labor including homemade bread from preschoolers and butter made by kindergarten students. Principal Thea M. Jackson-Byers said all those participating were volunteering and not getting paid. Jackson-Byers opened…

In Ocean Grove: $1 Million Boardwalk Project Begins

  The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is beginning a more than $1 million reconstruction project for the north end boardwalk area from McClintock Street to Seaview Avenue. The project will begin this month and completion is targeted for May 2018.  This represents the next phase of the Camp Meeting Association’s ongoing efforts to improve our boardwalk for residents and visitors alike. The Camp Meeting’s goal is to match the new decking material with that of the most recent renovations to the other sections which were installed since Superstorm Sandy. For safety and awareness, there are certain things the public…

Pioneer Boardwalk Business Closes After 13 Years

  By DON STINE The Asbury Galleria, one of the first businesses to open in the Fifth Avenue Pavilion on the Asbury Park boardwalk 13 years ago after many years of being boarded up, closed its doors this month. Owner Kay Harris, an Asbury Park native with a long and influential family lineage in the city, said after 13 years it was just time to go. “I am sad to see this chapter in my life close- I had looked forward to being part of Asbury Park’s growth. However, when one door closes- another door opens,” she said. Harris said…

The Question is….

  How do you think Gov. Chris Christie will be remembered?