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Ocean Museum Wins 1st Place Award

  On June 13 the Township of Ocean Historical Museum received a first place award for its quarterly newsletter, “Ocean’s Heritage.” The Kevin M. Hale publication’s award for newsletters from the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey was given at their spring meeting at the Merchants and Drovers Tavern in Rahway. Accepting the award for the all volunteer Ocean Museum was Peggy Dellinger, editor of the newsletter and exhibit chairman. The competitive awards which also include books, booklets, brochures, DVD’s, calendars, pamphlets and posters were created to recognize the achievements of its over two hundred member societies that include…

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Darlene Love to Debut Her 1st Rock Album in Asbury Park

  On Sat., Sept. 12 Darlene Love and friends will be at the historic Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park to debut her first rock album, “Introducing… Darlene Love” one week before the worldwide release on Columbia/Wicked Cool Records. The new album was produced and arranged by Steven Van Zandt and includes songs written by Jimmy Webb, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Desmond Child with Joan Jett, Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil and Van Zandt and scheduled for release September 18th. Van Zandt is not only the producer and music director of the show but will be making a long overdue return to Asbury…

Volunteers Welcome at APTV

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Beginning in January, when the Asbury Park City Council organized after the November elections, the council has been working to revamp the cable television, public channel, APTV. The idea is to liven the station, going beyond simply broadcasting Council meetings and the like, said Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn, who sits on the nine-member APTV board as the liaison between it and the Council. Now, the station, seen on local cable TV, also is showing items about children and non-profit organizations, “getting things people would be interested in watching,” Quinn said. She said the city is also…

Upstage Club Building Sold, Restoration Planned

  By DON STINE The iconic Upstage Club in downtown Asbury Park, where rock ‘n roll icons like Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny Lyon got their musical start as teenagers, has been sold. “It’s a done deal,” said Richard Yorkowitz, who bought the three-story building in 2009 for $1 million with plans to restore the building to pay homage to Asbury Park’s rock & roll musical heritage. “I am a little disappointed but, once you decide not to do it, then you have to move away from it,” he said. Yorkowitz, a Garwood-based antique dealer, said that he has other…

Neptune City Receives $10,000 Grant for Recycling Programs

  The municipalities of Neptune City and Brielle received checks as part of Monmouth County’s Recycling Stimulus Initiative grant program, which was created to encourage municipalities to increase their recycling rates. “We want to thank these towns for doing their part to keep our County beautiful,” said Freeholder Director Gary J. Rich, Sr. “We are proud of all of the efforts made by the mayors and their towns to promote recycling in their towns.” Neptune City was awarded a $10,000 grant for their plans to enhance the security system and update signage at their recycling drop-off center, purchase materials to…

In Neptune: Tenth Avenue Improvements Planned if $200,000 in Funding Approved

  By DON STINE Tenth Avenue in Neptune will be improved in the near future if the township receives a $200,000 state Community Development Block Grant. At a recent meeting the Township Committee approved submitting the grant application. If approved, Tenth Avenue, between Route 35 and Memorial Drive, would see new sidewalks, curb repairs and handicapped-access ramps installed, Township Engineer Leanne Hoffman said during a special presentation to the governing body. Hoffman said this project was the “overwhelming choice” from several projects under review by a special citizen’s participation committee that looks a projects to be funded through a CDBG.…

Asbury Park Adds 450 New Parking Spaces

  Acting upon the city-wide parking consultant report submitted by Desman Associates, the Asbury Park City Council has implemented a number of different initiatives to better manage the city’s parking resources. “The first step was to increase parking capacity in the City by 450 spaces. To that end we worked with our developer and State partners to increase our parking capacity in the short term for this summer season. Getting 450 spot online in such a short time period is a testament to our commitment to finding solutions to parking concerns as they arise,” explained Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn. Details…

Who’s the Girl on Springsteen Single Cover?

  By JOSEPH SAPIA In 1979, hired by Bruce Springsteen, Joel Bernstein spent days with the rock and roller, shooting photographs of him. One is an iconic black-and-white shot – Springsteen dressed in light-colored long pants and a dark-colored T-shirt standing on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. The Boardwalk’s herringbone pattern is covered with rain. The Empress hotel is in the near background, the Palace arcade in the far background. “To Joel,” Springsteen wrote on a copy of the photo he gave to Bernstein, “Who was that girl?” and signed it. Springsteen is referring to the woman in the photo’s background,…

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