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City Chamber President Dies

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce was stunned Tues., Sept. 6 to learn of the sudden death of Chamber President Roy Werts. “The sudden passing of our esteemed President, my dear friend, is heartbreaking,” said Retiring Chamber Director Jacqueline Pappas. “Roy Werts leaves behind a legacy of passionate leadership, historic success for our organization and a tremendous amount of love for the work he did, the way he did it and the people whose lives he touched. He will be missed and celebrated by many in Asbury Park and beyond.” Information regarding a memorial service…

Flat $50 Sewer Charge Scrapped by City

  The city of Asbury Park has decided to temporarily suspend a $50 sewer bill issued to all residents, following a billing error that came to light during the 2015 audit. Letters went out last week to residents who were confused about suddenly having to pay an additional $50 per household. After receiving numerous complaints from home owners the city decided to suspend the program which was initiated to make up a $200,000 deficit. City Manager Michael Capabianco explained the billing mistake in an online post on the city’s website. “Last fiscal year, the previous tax collector did not upload…

Give a Book, Take a Book at Deal Little Free Library

  By DON STINE People going to the beach or park in Deal should not have any problem finding reading material thanks to three Little Free Library stations recently installed there. “We are excited for beach and park patrons to start using them, borrowing books that they love, and donating those that they would like to pass on,” said Amy Brenner, the Deal Casino’s Aquatics Director who began the new program in the borough. Last month Deal officially opened its three Little Free Libraries located on beaches outside of the Conover Pavilion and the Deal Casino and at Harry Franco…

Asbury Park’s Reputation Continues to Expand

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A reporter from a London newspaper, the Evening Standard, paid a visit to Asbury Park recently and wrote a flattering account in the paper’s travel and leisure section on August 19 about improvements which are bringing record numbers of tourists to town. The article found it’s way to Facebook and the Asbury Park Boardwalk page. Reporter Paul Tierney had many nice things to say about the beachfront and downtown, while referencing Asbury Park as the formerly “down-at-heel US seaside town.” After giving a brief history of the early triumphs and later downfalls of the city,…

In Ocean Grove: Centennial Cottage to Host Yard Sale

  A Cottage Yard Sale is scheduled by the Historical Society of Ocean Grove for Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of Central Avenue and McClintock Street. The event is one of the end of summer events to a successful summer for the society. More than 4000 individuals have visited so far this season to enjoy the new exhibition at the museum, participate in the Annual House Tour, Walking Tours, the Women’s History Tour, varied workshops, Ocean Grove History Days, the annual Postcard and Antique show, and more. The new museum exhibition has been especially…

Ocean Twp. Class of ’80 rocks it out!

  By DON STINE The 1980 graduating class of Ocean Township High School had a rockin’ good time in Asbury Park last Friday night. The high school class’s popular band, Nightfall, hit the stage at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park and played before its fellow classmates for the first time in 36 years. “It went very well and it was awesome. It was a good evening with lots of music and memories to share,” band spokesman Jim Finn said. About 150 to 200 Ocean Township alum, mostly from the class of 1980, showed up for the special gig. Nightfall…

$25,000 Repair Project for Ocean Water Tower

  By DON STINE A three-story, historic water tower near the Ocean Township library will see renovations under a $25,000 improvement project funded partially with a $12,500 grant. “This grant will go a long way to preserve the water tower- it has been an eyesore for years,” Township of Ocean Historical Museum President Paul Edelson said. The $12,500 grant comes from the 1772 Foundation and it has to be matched by the museum, for a total of $25,000. “A local contractor is going to scrap, repair and paint the tower and we expect to begin in the near future. We…

The Ocean in Allenhurst Will Turn Green

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO It’s one of the many overlooked special things about New Jersey that help us forget the Housewives and Snooki. For the 73rd year on Sun., Sept. 4 at 2 p.m., following a brief bagpiper procession on the boardwalk, more than 10 pounds of vegetable-based dye will be released into the ocean in Allenhurst temporarily turning the water bright emerald green and permanently creating great memories for all attendees. Over the last few years, the ocean dye has seen record attendance, become the ceremonial end to the “official” summer season and received national attention from media outlets…

Court OKs Dorm in Wanamassa; Ocean Will Not Appeal

  By DON STINE A federal judge last week approved the creation of a Talmudic Academy to house college-age students at an existing school on Logan Road Ocean Township’s Wanamassa section. U.S. District Court Judge Freda L. Wolfson ruled that the township’s Zoning Board of Adjustment violated federal law when it unanimously voted on April 26 to deny a use variance to Yeshiva Gedola Na’os Yaakov to provide housing for up to 96 college-age students The judge did, however, limit the number of students to a maximum of 80. Mayor Christopher Siciliano said he knows the judge’s decision is a…

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