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City Downtown Receives Historic Designations

  Asbury Park’s downtown business district has been placed officially on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, which allows some financial incentives for owners to historically renovate their buildings. “I think this is a good thing. It’s recognition of the history of Asbury Park’s downtown and the significance of the city itself,” said Donald Sammet, the city’s director of planning and redevelopment. Sammet said the historic designation also opens to door to the possibility of obtaining grants and other funding sources to improve historic buildings. “It is also good for historic heritage tourism and recognizes the history…

Asbury Park Police Department Accepting Special Officer Applications

  The Asbury Park Police Department is accepting applications for special officers. Applicants must be a United States citizens, at least 18-years-old, have a high school diploma or its equivalency, a New Jersey’s driver’s license and be able to endure vigorous physical and academic training. Preference is given to city residents. The deadline to pick up applications is Friday, Oct. 31. Applications or more information is available from Lt. Guy Thompson or Patrolman Michael Case, telephone: 732-775-6124. Training at the Monmouth County Police Academy for these positions will begin in January and end in May.

Beach and Parking Revenues in Asbury Park Over $1Million Each

  Beach and parking revenues were up in Asbury Park this year and at least one city officials says he expects them to keep growing. Beach revenues were about $1.1 million last year and are at close to $1.3 million this year. Parking revenues for last year were at $1,975,197 and, as of August this year, the revenue is already at almost $1.9 million, with another four months of revenue still to come in. “I project the city will realize in excess of $2.5 million in 2014,” City Manager Jack Kelly said earlier this week. Councilman John Loffredo, who co-chairs…

Asbury Park Boards Could Have New Members

  By DON STINE Asbury Park will not only see a change of government after the first of the year but it will also see many of its major boards, like the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment, reorganized with possible new faces as well. “There will have to be new appointments to some boards by the new council,” City Manager Jack Kelly said. Last year residents voted 1,204 to 403 to seek the change of government, or by about 75 percent to 25 percent. The change was recommended by a special Charter Study Commission created to look into the…

Undead to Return to Asbury Park

  This year it’s zombies versus brain cancer at the annual Zombie Walk to be held in Asbury Park Sat., Oct. 4. For the first time in the seven-year history of the walk, money from the event will be donated to Camp Jinka, a Red Bank-based summer program for children and teenagers whose lives have been impacted by brain cancer. “To help us fight the war against brain cancer, we are calling on the most powerful army we know, the undead,” said Zombie Walk founder Jason Meehan. The 2014 New Jersey Zombie Walk will kick off Grey Matters, a campaign…

No Decision Yet on City Police Chief

  By DON STINE Asbury Park will not see any changes to personnel at the top level of the police department until at least after the first of the year when the new City Council and mayor are sworn in. Asbury Park Police Chief Mark Kinmon retired earlier this month and the department is running under the supervision of Deputy Chief Anthony Salerno. Over the last several months there have been discussions about the position of chief as well as police director. “We are going to let the new council be seated before we make this decision,” City Manager Jack…

Candidate Disqualified in Asbury Park

  By ELLEN CARROLL Marilyn Schlossbach, who submitted a petition this week for a City Council seat in the Asbury Park election, has been disqualified. In order to be placed on the ballot for a seat in the Nov. 4 election 89 certified petitions are needed. She only had 87. It was her first bid for elected office in the city. She owns several businesses in the city including Langosta Lounge and Pop’s Garage, both on the city boardwalk. Twelve other candidates submitted petitions for the election. This will be the first election in the city under the new form…

Record Low Number of Candidates File to Run in Asbury Park Election

  By DON STINE Two five-member tickets and three independents have filed to run in the Asbury Park City Council election in November, the smallest number of candidates to file in more than 15 years. The five-member Asbury Together (pictured above/Asbury Together photo) ticket consists of current Councilman John Moor, who has filed to run for mayor, Councilwoman Amy Quinn, Joe Woerner, a teacher in Neptune who ran with Quinn and Moor last year; Jesse Kendle, a retired Asbury Park High School coach; and newcomer Barbara Yvonne Clayton. The other five-candidate ticket is the A-Team, which consists of former Board…

Second Generation Steps Up at Rich’s Auto Body Shop

  By ED SALVAS When you call Rich’s Auto Body in Asbury Park to check on a claim or an insurance estimate, chances are Rich Crompton himself will take the call. But these days, it most likely will be Rich Crompton Jr. on the phone. The second generation of the family is assuming a more active role in the business, founded in 1982 and still repairing cars at 1602 Asbury Ave. Rich Sr. explains that the address may be Asbury Park, but a portion of the property lies in Neptune Township. “I pay taxes in both towns,” he says. Starting…

City Tavern Manager Dies

  Charlie Gurrera, the manager of Georgie’s Tavern on Fifth Avenue in Asbury Park, died in his apartment Tues., Aug. 19. Gurrera lived in an apartment above the tavern where he worked for many years. An autopsy  will be performed. The cause of death is pending the results. The death is not being treated as a homicide.

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