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Asbury Park City Council Fills Vacant Seat

  By ELLEN CARROLL The Asbury Park City Council appointed Eileen Chapman to the council seat vacated by Joe Woerner who left due to illness in his family. Chapman was one of 12 city residents who applied for the seat. The term expires at the end of the year and will be up for grabs in November. Chapman is a longtime city resident and volunteer. She is a trustee of the Asbury Park Historical Society and a frequent volunteer with the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce. She is assistant director of the Center for the Arts at Monmouth University in…

Around City Hall…

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI At this week’s workshop meeting Asbury Park Mayor John Moor once again asked that the signs in city parks stating no picnics allowed be removed. When City Manager Michael Capabianco said staff were “working on it” the mayor said simply, “how bout some tape.” “Ok, we’ll tape the no fun signs,” Capabianco said. * * * * Also at the workshop meeting Capabianco said he is making changes to the Permits for Special Events ordinance, changing the special events review board to an internal committee. “It’s a public body now,” he said. Making it a…

2 Bridges Over Deal Lake to Open May 27

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Two bridges that have been closed for a year causing traffic to be redirected coming into and out of Asbury Park’s north end will be officially opened Fri., May 27. The dedication of the Main Street Bridge will be at 8 a.m. with the dedication of the Sunset Avenue Bridge following at 8:30 a.m. Both bridges run across Deal Lake. Mayor John Moor and council members will hold ribbon cuttings ceremonies at both locations. Also at Monday’s workshop council agreed they will reject the Request for Proposal for a parking consultant at Wednesday’s meeting and…

Deal Lake bridges to open next week

  By DON STINE Two major bridge replacement projects – one between Asbury Park and the Wanamassa section of Ocean Township and one on Main Street between Interlaken and Loch Arbour – should be completed next week and the roads open to traffic. Freeholder Thomas Arnone, liaison to the county Department of Public Works and Engineering, said this week that the bridges, both crossing Deal Lake, are expected to be open by May 23. The eastern end of Grasmere Avenue in Interlaken, which was also closed to through traffic beginning May 2 for milling and repaving on the roadway adjacent…

Plea for Downtown Foot Patrols After ‘Wild Weekend’

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Several Asbury Park business owners urged the City Council this week to establish foot patrols in the downtown area every Friday and Saturday night after what some called a “wild weekend.” Complaints included vomiting, vandalism, urinating, defecating by bar patrons. Only two weeks after saying he was willing to spend the money to set the tone for the downtown area before the summer season begins, Mayor John Moor said, “We lost the downtown again this weekend.” Moor again made it clear he wants more of a police presence downtown during the weekends. “I’m getting sick and…

Christian Center Moving to House of Independents

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Shore Christian Center will begin holding services at the House of Independents, 572 Cookman Ave., Sun., May 8 Mother’s Day. The move comes at the same time as the unexpected death of the Rev. Dewey Friedel April 18. Dewey Friedel’s son Rev. Isaac Friedel, who had been working along his father and will now take over running the church. Isaac said this week that it will be a bit “intimidating” pastoring his first service without his father. “It will be bittersweet,” he said. Up until now Isaac, who was ordained by his father in…

New Hotel Nearing Completion

  By ELLEN CARROLL The 110-room boutique Asbury Hotel located in the former Salvation Army building on Fifth Avenue in Asbury Park is nearing completion and scheduled to open Thurs., May 26 just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The hotel, owned by waterfront developer iStar, will have 110 rooms some with eight bunk beds in a room and all the way up to private king and queen rooms. Prices for rooms will start at $125 a room. The front desk and check-in doubles as The Counter, a grab-and-go kitchen where guests can fetch keys, order coffee, or buy something…

Bocce Tournament Celebrating 40 years at the Shore

  A well-known local bocce tournament, formerly known as the Anthony “Putt Putt” Petillo National Bocce Tournament, is turning 40 this year. Founded in 1977 by Asbury Park police officer Anthony “Putt Putt” Petillo, his cousin and fellow bocce enthusiast Sal Caliendo, 69, kept the tournament going after Petillo died in 1987. “It was always held on the Asbury Park boardwalk or in Convention Hall until 1992 when we were told the Grand Arcade had structural problems and was no longer safe. So we had to move it,” Caliendo said. Since then the tournament, which attracted bocce players from around…

Changes Planned at City Waterfront

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Summer Experience Program in Asbury Park is making some changes and expanding its sphere for the upcoming beach season. Frederic P. Lavinthal, of Chiesa , Shahinian and Giantomasi addressed the City Council at a recent meeting and asked for an extension of the beachfront developer iStar’s Summer Experience Center which began in 2013 as a three year program. Lavinthal also said some changes will be made for the upcoming summer season including changing the name of the program from the Asbury Park Waterfront to simply Asbury Park. A new color scheme is also proposed…

Rooftop patio being constructed on Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park is adding another amenity to the landmark building: a rooftop patio. The hotel’s Director of Engineering, Steven Pilley, is in the midst of constructing a rooftop patio at the historic hotel that he says, “Will have the best view in town.” Pilley, lives at the hotel with his aptly named dog, Berkeley, and is responsible for keeping the entire building in good working order. It’s a 24/7 job. “I never have a day off,” he said. Pilley says since he came on board two years ago, he has…

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