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Time for Girl Scout Cookies

  By ED SALVAS The gym at Barack Obama Elementary School in Asbury Park was crowded with young girls ready to start selling Girl Scout Cookies as part of their after school program sponsored by the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. The girls, in Kindergarden through fifth grade, had been practicing greeting customers and making change and were ready to go. A customer approached the table and chose a box of the popular Thin Mints and asked “how much?” “Four dollars,” said the young seller. “Two for eight dollars.” The Girl Scouts have been conducting the after-school program in…

The Question Is…

  The Question is…If President Trump called you for advice, what advice would you give him?

It’s Parade Day in Asbury Park

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Asbury Park this Sunday, March 12 is shaping up to be one of its biggest yet. Parade Chairman Garrett Giberson said last year’s parade drew up to 10,000 people. “They came from all over, North Jersey, South Jersey, Trenton,” he said. “Every year, it’s been growing. We expect even more this year.” Giberson thanked parade sponsor John McGillion, owner of Johnny Mac House of Spirits, who is also on the parade committee, for his dedication and support for the parade. “He has been a tremendous advocate,” Giberson…

In Ocean: Official to Seek Assembly Seat

  By DON STINE Ocean Township Deputy Mayor Robert Acerra has thrown his hat into the political ring again and will run for a state Assembly seat on the Republican slate in November’s election. “I was always taught that when you are asked to serve- serve. I was asked to serve and I look forward to going to Trenton,” he said earlier this week. Acerra, who has been on the Ocean Township Council since July 2015, said he hopes to bring the harmony that exists on the local governing body to Trenton. “We are Republicans and Democrats and we get…

Seeking Asbury Park Tour Guides

  Are you interested in being a tour guide and showing visitors to Asbury Park the city’s unique history and culture?  If so, then you might want to attend a special meeting at the Stephen Crane House Sun., March 19.   “The Asbury Park Historical Society is getting many requests for guided tours of the city so we are going to put together a special committee to handle these requests,” Society President Don Stine said.   An initial meeting of volunteers interested in both organizing and giving the tours will be held at the Stephen Crane House, 508 Fourth Ave. March 19…

Where Have All the Trees Gone?

  By DON STINE Keeping trees, especially shade trees, in your community healthy and thriving was the focus of a special forum in Ocean Township Sat., March 4. A panel discussion on ways to keep shade trees healthy, learn about the current threats, and look at the challenges and dangers to trees native to this area were all part of the discussion. “The panel was a joint effort in fulfilling our mission to further the well-being trees, increase the tree canopy in our community, and discuss things that challenge their wellbeing. We discussed ways to protect trees to increase their…

Benefit for Well-Known Asbury Park Musician

  The Asbury Park Music Foundation is hosting a tribute and fundraising event for Asbury Park native Gladstone Trott, who has cancer. The event is Fri., March 24 at the VFW on Lake Avenue. The evening will be a celebration of the musical career of Gladstone Trott who was raised in Asbury Park and began playing music when he was six years old. According to Tom Gilmour, of the APMF, Gladstone’s musical background includes playing piano, clarinet, flute, sax and trumpet as well as singing and conducting. Gladstone has been hospitalized since December. Fund from the event will help his…

Asbury Park’s Boston Way Project Still in Negotiations

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The start of the Boston Way Village demolition and rebuilding is still in the middle of ongoing negotiations in Asbury Park. Asbury Park Housing Authority Chairman of the Board Gregory Hopson pledged that the city will not be taken advantage of as it has been in the past. “It’s no longer business as usual in Asbury Park: take, take, take and not give anything back,” he said. Residents of Boston Way Village have moved or been placed in alternate housing while the new townhouse style units are built. Hopson said although the project is delayed,…

Fire Destroys Ocean Grove Buildings

  By DON STINE A wind-whipped fire destroyed four buildings and damaged others today in the northeast section of Ocean Grove., including two condominiums and an abandoned hotel that had been the source of concern for residents for years. “If the wind was as high as it was yesterday, I think we might have lost the entire block,” Neptune Police Chief James Hunt Jr. said. Various fire department responded to the alarm, which came in at 5:09 a.m. Buildings affected by the fire include the 36-unit LaPierre condominiums, at 16 Lake Avenue, the nearby Marlborough condominiums, four residential homes and…

Politics and Corruption is Theme for Film Series

  On Sat., March 4  Asbury Park’s Mayor Emeritus Ed Johnson returns to the historic Stephen Crane House in Asbury Park for another in a series of free screening events in the “Lights! Camera! Politics!” film series. The theme for Winter/Spring 2017 is “The City Never Sleeps: Politics, Influence and Corruption” — and the feature for our Saturday matinee is a tough, no-nonsense noir ripped screaming from the real-life headlines of the 1950s: The Phenix City Story. Filmed on location in Phenix City — the Alabama town that truly earned its reputation as “Sin City USA, the Vice Capital of…

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