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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…

Preparations for Disaster

  By PETE WALTON Residents of Neptune and Neptune City can find out how their communities are ready for disasters during Preparathon 2017 on Wed., Sept. 20. “This is an opportunity to see the things the towns can do in case of emergencies,” said Neptune City Mayor Bob Brown at a recent Borough Council meeting. As part of National Preparedness Month, the two communities will conduct emergency service demonstrations, a DWI simulator and other activities. A prize raffle will take place and food will be served. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on South Concourse in Neptune. South Concourse is…

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Sunset Lake Park Conservatory Makes Plans for the Future

  By ED SALVAS A new organization formed to make Asbury Park’s Sunset Lake Park a year-round recreational and environmental habitat has begun making plans to carry out its mission. The Sunset Lake Park Conservancy held its first fundraiser at the home of Celia Morrissette and Keith Johnson and raised about $3,400 dollars to get started on what will be an ongoing project to preserve the lake and park. Sunset Lake and park are located between Fifth and Sunset Avenues and from Webb Street to Main Street. That includes St. John’s Island which is a park within the park with…

Asbury Angels Inducted Sept. 16

  Nine prominent and influential members of Asbury Park’s music scene have been selected by the Asbury Angels Project to be honored with plaques on the city’s “Boardwalk of Fame,” intended to memorialize those who have made important contributions to the city’s musical legacy. The plaque installation ceremony, honoring the 2016 and 2017 “Asbury Angels,” inductees, will be held at 1 p.m. Sat, Sept. 16. It is free and open to the public.  Attendees are asked to enter the boardwalk at Second Avenue. Those being recognized this year include Jules Aerts, Bob Dylan’s longtime sound engineer; big band leader Tommy Tucker; Margaret…

Back to Arbitration for Bradley Beach Rehab Facility

  By PETE WALTON Bradley Beach’s dispute with an oceanfront rehabilitation residence and its landlord will go to binding arbitration. Municipal Attorney Michael R. DuPont told the Borough Council this week that the owner, Simone Realty Inc., has agreed to allow retired Ocean County Assignment Judge Eugene Serpentellito decide on the issues between the sides. DuPont said Serpentelli will hold an arbitration hearing in January. Operators of the upscale Tranquil and Quest facility at 811 Ocean Ave. said they planned to use the building to house people who were undergoing weight loss treatment rather than for drugs and alcohol, as…

Asbury Park Transitional Aid Reduced

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park was expected to introduce the municipal budget at its Sept. 13 meeting after amending it to reflect a $300,000 reduction in state Transitional Aid. The original budget included $850,000 in expected aid, but when the final figures were given, the city learned it is only receiving $500,000. City Manager Michael Capabianco said to make up the difference the city used a one-time revenue, approved by the state, for the land-lease to the Michael’s Group which is developing the Renaissance Project on Springwood Avenue. That amount, he said, is $500,000, of which $300,000 will…