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Historic Preservation Designation Discussed for Loch Arbour

  Historic preservation is on the agenda in Loch Arbour after the Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance last week that would make the entire village an historic district.   The ordinance, with a public hearing on March 8, seeks to promote historic preservation as an element in the village’s Master Plan. It would effect new buildings, substantial modifications, and demolition to existing buildings. The entire village, with 159 housing units and a handful of businesses, would be in the historic district under the proposed measure.   Commissioner Denis D’Angelo said earlier this week that there are many homes in the village…

Avon Seeks Green Acres Funds for Sylvan Lake

  By PETE WALTON  Avon officials have applied for a Green Acres grant to upgrade the borough’s Sylvan Lake shoreline.  An existing grant can cover urgently needed repairs to part of the shoreline, according to Borough Administrator Timothy M. Gallagher.  Barbara Suchecki, Avon’s grant coordinator, says the $842,230 requested from the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres Program would allow construction of a “living shoreline” along the length of Sylvan Lake in the borough.  A living shoreline would involve removal of the deteriorating wooden bulkhead, replacing it with a natural, gradually sloping shoreline, including “bioswales.”  According to the U.S.…

Asbury Park Chamber Hosts Transportation Manager at Meeting

  By ED SALVAS     The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce  kicked off its 2017 Breakfast Series with city Transportation Manager Michael Manzella.      Manzella started in the job in November and discussed his new role as the city’s key person on all things involving transportation – from parking spaces to parking meters, bicycles, parking permits, and new transportation services like Uber and Lyft. At the start of his talk, Manzella agreed that parking in Asbury Park is at a premium but said there’s no magic bullet to fix it.     “A garage won’t be built tomorrow,” he said, and then explained how…

Love Blooms in Bradley Beach

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Bob and Christine Russo’s romance sounds like one for the movies, and that romance for the past three decades has played out in Bradley Beach and surrounding shore towns. Bob Russo recently recounted that he and Christine have spent almost all of their weekends in the shore area for the 30 years they have been together. They currently rent a year round apartment in Ocean Grove from where they venture out to area restaurants and always to the Beach Cinema in Bradley Beach. In fact the couple have been such regulars at the cinema that…

Crane House Celebrates Black History Month with Movie

  On Sat., Feb. 18, at 3 p.m. the Stephen Crane House, 508 4th Ave., Asbury Park will present its annual commemoration of Black History Month with a talk about and screening of 1963’s indie film “Nothing But a Man”. Filmed a year before the Civil Rights Act and two years before the Voting Rights Act, it is a neo-realist, non-patronizing and non-Hollywood -type depiction of a migrant African American worker’s life in the Deep South. Produced on a shoe-string budget out of New York, Cape May and Atlantic City actually stand in for Alabama. The film (92 min, black…

Selling Your Home? Attend Conover’s Home Seller Seminar

  Many people have been wondering what 2017 will bring to the real estate market. Now is a great time for people on the Jersey Shore to take stock of the local and national landscape and assess potential opportunities, said the John C. Conover Agency which has an office in Asbury Park. The John C. Conover Agency will be hosting a Home Seller Seminar at their office at 200 Main St. Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. Travis Newarski, broker, and his team will do short presentations on the local real estate market and best sales practices for homeowners, and answer…

A Day of Music for Neptune Black History Month

  Neptune Township and the Neptune Board of Education are celebrating the 14th Annual Black History Month with an afternoon of song, dance, and poetry. The dynamic, international award-winning Universal African Drum and Dance Ensemble from Camden Sat., Feb. 11. There will also be a reading of original poetry, “Before We Were Slaves”, written exclusively for this event by local poet, Wanda Smith. This year’s chairperson of the Black History Month Volunteer Planning Committee, Teretha Jones, said, “Many people think the history of black people began with slavery in America. This is not true. Our children need to know our…

Tinton Falls Fire Elections

  Fire district tax rates will remain basically unchanged in each of Tinton Falls’ two fire districts under the 2017 budgets being presented to the public. Elections for Boards of Fire Commissioner members and for the budgets will be held Saturday, Feb. 18 with polling hours from 2 to 9 p.m. The $1,529,120 budget for Fire District No.1 calls for a $1,103,269 tax levy, or the amount to be raised through taxation. This results in the fire district tax rate increasing by only one-tenth of a penny, or from 6.3 cents for every $100 of property valuation to 6.4 cents.…

Pallone to Hold Discussion on Party Unity at West Side Community Center

  Rep. Frank Pallone is coming to the Westside Community Center on DeWitt Avenue in Asbury Park to host a discussion about Democratic Party unity. The event is set for Sat., Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. “We have seen in the past few months from the millions that marched around the country on January 21st to the grassroots impromptu demonstrations against the immigration ban, that if we stand together as progressives, we can truly make a difference,” he said in a release from his office. Pallone also said bringing change to your hometown or county is a great way to…