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  By JOSEPH SAPIA As some stores gear up to open their doors on Thanksgiving this year, many local, small business owners in the area say they are looking forward to the weekend to Saturday which has come to be known as Small Business Saturday. Jim Carella, owner of Carella’s Art and Sole Footwear in Avon, praised the Small Business Saturday promotion, saying it is “out there for the small business industry.” “It’s really raised awareness for Main Street businesses,” said Carella, who has had his store seven years. “I think people in general, since the recession hit, turned a…

New art, music festival coming to Asbury Park in 2015

  Asbury Park will once again host a film festival and this time it will include the city’s rich musical heritage. The Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation said it is partnerning with the Asbury Park Press to bring a new film festival to the city in April 2015. The 1st Annual Asbury Park Music in Film Festival has been scheduled to take place the weekend of April 10, 11 and 12, 2015. The festival will replace the Garden State Film Festival that was moved to Atlantic City in 2013. The loss of the GSFF, an eleven year economic mainstay in…

In Neptune City: Property Improvements Continue

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City officials are working on several projects to help get properties back on the tax rolls in the borough and may even welome a national retailer to the former Wonder Bread location on Route 35. Mayor Robert Brown said work has been ongoing at the former East Construction Ice company and the former Neptune City Auto Repair Shop. At the former ice company an environmental group is currently in the final stages of a very long clean up process. Recently, a full environmental cleanup has been completed at the former Neptune City Auto Repair Shop.…

Asbury Park Toy Drive Hopes to Serve 500 Families This Season

  By DON STINE The Asbury Park Toy Drive is now 14 years old and it keeps getting bigger and better every year. “This is an Asbury Park-based drive and whatever is given here stays within the community. And you should see these kids faces when they get these toys,” Police Sgt. Connie Breech said. First started in 2000 by Breech and Georgie’s Tavern, 812 Fifth Avenue, the annual toy drive, which received its non-profit status last month, has grown every year. “The first year we got maybe a few hundred toys which were distributed to organizations in the city,”…

Press Building in Neptune Ready for Demolition

  By DON STINE The former Asbury Park Press building on Route 66 in Neptune has been sold and is slated to be torn down before the end of this year by an affiliate of the Tinton Falls-based H. Hovnanian Industries. “We are still waiting for submission of their final demolition and grading plans to be reviewed by township officials but their stated intent is to have it down by the end of next month,” Township Business Administrator Vito D. Gadaleta said on Tuesday. The building was sold to 3601 Route 66 LLC- an affiliate of H. Hovnanian Industries. Gadaleta…

Fusion Jewelry Hosting Gallery Event and Cocktail Hour with Artist

  Fusion Jewelry at 52 Main Ave in Ocean Grove will host a pop-up art gallery event with a charitable twist. On Wed., Dec. 6 Fusion will become the new home of a gallery of jewelry themed artwork by the Shrewsbury artist Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern. Fusion will also be donating 20 percent of the day’s proceeds directly to Mary’s Place by the Sea in Ocean Grove – a volunteer run home where women with cancer can go for rest and rehabilitation. Ficarelli-Halpern is a working artist and teacher. She is an adjunct professor of art at New Jersey City University and…

Taborn’s Owner Ready for Her 100th Birthday

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Ann Taborn is lively, in good health, well-groomed, has a strong voice and easily recalls history from decades ago “She reads the New York Times everyday without glasses,” said Tara Fantini Cadet, her great-granddaughter. Taborn does not even wear glasses for distance. All not bad for someone who will turn 100 Mon., Nov. 24. “I’m thinking how well I am for 100,” said Taborn, who lives in Ocean Township’s Cedar Village age-restricted community. “I have no aches or pain.” Many may recognize Taborn as the matriarch of Taborn’s restaurant, which was on Asbury Park’s Main Street,…

Ocean Police Offer First Tweetalong in Monmouth County Law Enforcement

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Ever wonder what it is like to be an area police officer? On Wed., Nov. 26 the Ocean Township Police Department will offer an unprecedented look at a day in the life of an officer thanks to the area’s first-ever law enforcement Tweetalong. “We are committed to giving our community the best service possible and our social media communications program is a part of that,” said Chief Steven Peters. “This, our first Tweetalong, will help educate the community about what we do every day.” For eight hours Wednesday, Social Media Officer Lieutenant Timothy Torchia will shadow…

Sign Points the Way for Colonial Terrace Association

  By DON STINE The Colonial Terrace Protective Association wants people to know where its residents live- so a large sign has just been installed to point them in the right direction. “Our residents love being out in the Asbury Park area but when they tell people where they live, people have no clue. It’s like they get blindsided and have no idea where we live,” said association member by Jon Girrson, who helped oversee the sign project. The Colonial Terrace section, which dates back to about 1925 and now has 138 homes, is located in Ocean Township at the…

Yeshiva Proposed in Wanamassa to House 96 Men

  By DON STINE A proposal to create a Talmudic Academy, which would house college-age students, on Logan Road in Ocean Township has raised concerns from area residents. Yeshiva Gedolah Na’os Yaakov, Inc., based in Lakewood, is seeking approval from the Board of Adjustment to use a former elementary school, at 1515 Logan Rd. in the Wanamassa section, to house the academy. The proposed Talmudic Academy is not a permitted use in the zone. A Board of Adjustment meeting was held on the application last Thursday, Nov. 13, but there was no time for public input on the matter. The…

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