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City Council Candidate Withdraws From Race

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Sept. 15 is the last day Asbury Park canidates have to withdraw from the City Council race before the ballots are printed. At press time newcomer Dougls McQueen said he was withdrawing from the race. The three members of the Asbury Together team have the top ballot position for the November 8 election. The team includes incumbent council women Yvonne Clayton and Eileen Chapman and incumbent Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn. The Citizens for Asbury ticket is second on the ballot and includes Daniel Harris, Stephen Williams and Kenneth E. Saunders, Jr. Newcomer Ketsia Beaubrun is…

Pulitzer Prize Author at House of Independents

  The Surfrider Foundation, Jersey Shore Chapter, the House of Independents, Glide Surf Co. and Penguin Press present An Evening With Bill Finnegan, at the House of Independents in Asbury Park Thurs., Sept. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. for a reading and live interview. The event is free and doors open at 6 p.m. William Finnegan, the author of several books and staff writer for the New Yorker, released “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” published by Penguin Books in 2015 to critical acclaim. The book won a Pulitzer Prize in 2016 and is now out in paperback which brings…

In Asbury Park: School Board Election Appeal Dismissed

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI An appeal to overturn the Monmouth County Board of Elections’ nullification of mail in ballots in the Asbury Park Board of Education was dismissed on Monday in Freehold. Board Member Nicole Harris appealed the rejection of 41 mail in ballots by the Monmouth County Board of Election following the election in April. Harris lost by a slim margin to Dominic Latorraca, who was third in line for the three available seats when the ballots were counted. Harris asked for a recount and when that did not change the results, she appealed the court’s decision. Board…

$3.4 Million Collected in Parking Revenue So Far

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Although the plan to install parking meters at the beachfront in Asbury Park drew its share of criticism when it was introduced five years ago, it has paid off this year as revenues reached $3.4 million as of August 23. And with four months more to go in 2016 that number could rise to close to $5 milllion. Many balked when the city first decided to begin charging for parking at the beachfront as redevelopment efforts moved forward. Residents and business owners who had been instrumental in revitalization efforts over the past decade, thought it…

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…

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,…

Avon-Based Band at Langosta

  It will be a funky time on the Asbury Park boardwalk this Sunday as Waiting For Mongo- an Avon-based band, takes the stage at the Langosta Lounge. “Our music like a funky dance party,” band spokesman T.J. McCarthy said. “They are a soulful stew of funk and heavy grooves. These guys make everybody get up and dance,” restaurant entertainment director Peter Mantas said. The band will play at the Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Sept. 4 just after the Asbury Park beachfront fireworks are over. Admission is free. Band members are Mike “Mongo” Iatesta (keys, guitar); T.J. McCarthy (bass,…

Beach Revenues Up $381,000 Over 2015

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Beach revenues are way up in Asbury Park as new attractions, hotels, restaurants and worldwide publicity have drawn bigger crowds. Not only is the beachfront benefiting from the influx, but downtown as well, where several new restaurants and breweries have opened. On holiday weekends in the summer finding a parking space can be challenging if not downright impossible. According to beach utilities manager Gary Giberson Sr. the total so far collected in beach pass sales this year has surpassed the 2015 season by $381,498. Overall there has been a 20 percent increase in the number…

City School District Has New Special Services Director

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park school district will have a new director of special services when school opens next month. “I’m anxious for the new school year and looking forward to see our planning come to fruition,” said School Superintendent Dr. Lamont Repollet Repollet said one new major change is the addition of a new Director of Special Services. Carolyn Morano is coming the the city from Vernon and replacing interim director Roxanne Johnson. Repollet said the main goal of the new director will be to place students in the least restrictive educational environment as well was expand…

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