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Parking Task Force Established

  By DON STINE Dealing with Ocean Grove’s constant parking problem will be the focus of a new advisory task force established this week by the Neptune Township Committee. The governing body passed a resolution creating an ad hoc, 10-member task force, which will also have two non-voting advisors. The task force is to meet on or before Aug. 10 and is to report to the township during every third meeting. Members of the task force are expected to be announced at the next meeting. Committeeman Randy Bishop also suggested that a survey question on parking be placed on the…

Why Did the House Cross the Street?

  The Victorian-era, three-story house of Richard and Johna Karpinski, built in 1883, stands in the middle of Webb Avenue in Asbury Park on Wed., June 29.  The house was being moved across the street from its former location at 209 Seventh Avenue to a vacant lot a 301 Seventh Avenue. The house was originally scheduled for demolition under the city’s waterfront redevelopment plan.  

New Manager and Restaurant at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel

  By ED SALVAS Chris Adams spends a lot of time in hotels. As the interim manager of the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park, the North Carolina native is taking care of business day-to-day at the city’s oldest and largest hotel until a full time manager is named. Adams arrived in Asbury Park in early June after similar stints in Austin, Detroit and Atlanta. Hired by hotel owner Amsterdam Hospitality Group, Adams arrived at the busiest time of the year at the Berkeley. “It’s wedding season now,” he said, and since his arrival there have been eight weddings at…

Rebel Arts Fair Planned for InfoAge July 9

  The second annual Rebel Arts Fair is being held Sat., July 9 from noon until 8 p.m. at the InfoAge Science History Learning Center and Museum at Camp Evans in Wall Township. Musicians Kevin Grossman and friends are organizing the music lineup for the event. The music comes from a line of classically trained artists who will be playing an array of experimental jazz type music along with contemporary sounds. All members are welcome. This is a free public event, which last year brought 300 new visitors. Info Age is located at 2201 Marconi Road. For more information email…

In Neptune: High-Flying Principal

  By DON STINE It’s not every day that elementary school students get to see their principal flying over their heads on a parasail. But that is exactly what hundreds of Neptune Midtown Community Elementary School students saw on Mon., June 20. School principal Arlene Rogo promised her school’s 450 students that if they could read 25,000 books by the end of the school year, she would go parasailing for them. And, the kids won the bet by reading 26,308 books! So, it was a high-flying school principal off the beach at the Ocean Grove fishing pier Monday morning as…

City Cancels Meeting: Urges Residents to Attend Free Concert

  To celebrate and commemorate the launching of a free concert series in the Springwood Avenue Park in Asbury Park Mayor John Moor and the City Council cancelled the June 27 City Council Workshop Meeting, to encourage the public to go to the Springwood Avenue Park concert, which starts at 6 p.m. “It’s the right thing to do, and it’s more important that we go to this concert,” Mayor Moor said. “Are the Mayor and City Council going to not attend the first concert on the west side since the 1970’s because of a Work Session meeting? It’s more important…

Women’s History Walking Tours in Ocean Grove

  The Historical Society of Ocean Grove is once again hosting Women’s History Walking Tour. Led by history professor Dr. Lyndell O’Hara, this tour takes participants to various stops in Ocean Grove where women made history. Costumed performers portray history’s characters, such as physician Margaret Coleman, evangelist Phoebe Palmer, and innkeeper sisters Lydia and Matilda Bull. Tour is on foot and lasts approximately 90 minutes. There are three tours: Thurs., June 30 at 10:30 a.m.; Thurs., July 28 at 10:30 a.m. and Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $12 and $10 for seniors. Tour meets at the Historical Society…

$22,000 Raised for Orlando Victims

  Club Paradise in Asbury Park has raised more than $22,000 that will be sent to the Pulse Victims Fund to support people needing financial assistance in the wake of the devastating mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. “I am still in shock about how much money we raised. And I am happy people felt comfortable coming out after the Florida event,” Club Paradise manager Joseph “Jo Jo” Crisci said earlier this week. He said that when there is a good cause people, both gay and straight, tend to turn out and support it. Between Monday and Friday last week, the…

Asbury Park Emergency Personnel, Police Honored

  The 200 Club of Monmouth County honored several Asbury Park emergency responders at its annual Valor Awards Luncheon at the Spring Lake Golf Club earlier this month. Dr. Christopher Rodriguez, Director of New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness was the guest speaker. The 200 Club recognizes police, fire and first aid members who have gone above and beyond in their service to the community every year. Special Recognition was given to members of Asbury Park Police Street Crime Unit including: Lt. David Desane; Sgt. Lorenzo Pettway; Sgt. Kamil Warraich; Officer Fil Lao; Officer Sean DeShader; Officer Joe…

Camping Denied at Carousel Lot

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park City Council decided that the proposal for upscale boutique tent camping in the Carousel building parking lot was not in keeping with the redevelopment agreement with Madison Marquette. In a three to two vote, the proposal was denied after being reviewed by the Technical Review Committee last week and the council at its June 13 work session. The two yes votes came from Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn and new Clouncilwoman Eileen Chapman. The mayor and two council members agreed with the resolution that boutique camping does not constitute “hotels, lodging and conference…

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