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In Asbury Park: Bangs Avenue Garage Offers Paid Parking Starting Aug. 1

  By ED SALVAS The ongoing effort to improving Asbury Park’s parking situation moves forward this week when the Bangs Avenue Parking Garage becomes a paid parking garage with expanded hours of operation on weekends. Mayor John Moor announced at last week’s City Council meeting that the garage will open Sat., Aug. 1 for paid parking under an agreement with the state which owns the garage that’s used during the week by people who work in the downtown state office building. Beginning Aug. 1 the public will be able to use the garage Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 9 to…

In Asbury Park: Board President Blasts Officials Over Library Panel Appointments

  By ED SALVAS The open feud between Asbury Park Library Board President Don Stine and Mayor John Moor and Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn jumped from the newspaper to the City Council Chambers at the council’s July 22 meeting. During the public comment portion of the meeting, Stine stepped to the microphone and repeated charges he made in a full-page ad in The Coaster and triCityNews July 16 in “An Open Letter to the Citizens of Asbury Park.” In the paid advertisement Stine accused the two officials of political cronyism and operating behind closed doors in connection with the appointments…

Love on the Beach in Asbury Park

  By DON STINE There was a lot of Love in Asbury Park Tues., July 28 when Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love shot a video in the city for her upcoming album. Shooting of the video for her new song “Forbidden Nights,” an Elvis Costello composition, took place on the Third Avenue beach about 6 p.m. and from a 1961 Cadillac convertible at other locations in the city earlier in the day. Joan Jett, Paul Shaffer and Maureen Van Zandt were also on hand to participate in the shoot. “Forbidden Nights” is from the upcoming album “Introducing…

National Night Out Set for Aug. 4

  Asbury Park: The Community Relations Unit of the Asbury Park Police is sponsoring a “National Night Out” event at the municipal complex Tues., Aug. 4. The free event, an anti-crime event that includes drug awareness, runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the parking lot. It includes food, music, games and give-aways. The idea is to provide networking between police and the community. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, “National Night Out” is designed to heighten crime- and drug-prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit, demonstrate police and community partnerships, and send a message to criminals neighborhoods are…

Asbury Park to Receive $386,000 in Grant Money

  Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. said Asbury Park will receive a $386,067 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for various housing and economic development programs in the city. The grant is part of more than $5.7 million from HUD for housing and economic development programs in Monmouth County and municipalities in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. These grants include funding through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which provides resources for community improvements to help foster economic development. The remaining funding comes from HUD’s HOME Investment Partnership and the Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) program. These programs…

Summerfield Avenue Railroad Crossing to be Closed to Vehicular Traffic

  Asbury Park officials said this week they have lost their fight to prevent NJ Transit from closing off the Summerfield Avenue railroad track crossing to vehicular traffic. The NJ Transit proposal was denounced by the council, police and fire departments, and the city engineer but, eventually, to no avail. A proposal to also close-off the First Avenue crossing has been dropped and no date has been announced yet for the Summerfield Avenue closing, acting-City Manager Anthony Nuccio said. But at least one business owner said this will be a real hardship for him. Sam Vaccaro, owner of The Hardware…

Free Concert Series in Asbury Park

  The 70th season of the Asbury Park Concert Band is underway with concerts every Thursday through August 27 on the boardwalk between McLoone’s and Convention Hall at Ocean and Fifth Avenues. The free concerts start at 7 p.m. under the direction of John Luckenbill. One of the highlights of recent concert seasons has been the addition of Young Adult Concerts which will again this year feature shore area students playing alongside the adult musicians four times this summer, on July 9 and 23 and August 13 and 27. Luckenbill said each concert has a theme and the themes for…

Darlene Love to Debut Her 1st Rock Album in Asbury Park

  On Sat., Sept. 12 Darlene Love and friends will be at the historic Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park to debut her first rock album, “Introducing… Darlene Love” one week before the worldwide release on Columbia/Wicked Cool Records. The new album was produced and arranged by Steven Van Zandt and includes songs written by Jimmy Webb, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Desmond Child with Joan Jett, Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil and Van Zandt and scheduled for release September 18th. Van Zandt is not only the producer and music director of the show but will be making a long overdue return to Asbury…

Volunteers Welcome at APTV

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Beginning in January, when the Asbury Park City Council organized after the November elections, the council has been working to revamp the cable television, public channel, APTV. The idea is to liven the station, going beyond simply broadcasting Council meetings and the like, said Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn, who sits on the nine-member APTV board as the liaison between it and the Council. Now, the station, seen on local cable TV, also is showing items about children and non-profit organizations, “getting things people would be interested in watching,” Quinn said. She said the city is also…

Asbury Park Adds 450 New Parking Spaces

  Acting upon the city-wide parking consultant report submitted by Desman Associates, the Asbury Park City Council has implemented a number of different initiatives to better manage the city’s parking resources. “The first step was to increase parking capacity in the City by 450 spaces. To that end we worked with our developer and State partners to increase our parking capacity in the short term for this summer season. Getting 450 spot online in such a short time period is a testament to our commitment to finding solutions to parking concerns as they arise,” explained Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn. Details…

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