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New City Council Said It Will Not Renew City Manager’s Contract

  On behalf of the incoming members of the Asbury Park City Council, this statement will confirm that on Dec. 18 Jack Kelly was advised that the new Council does not intend to appoint him to the City Manager position under the new “Council-Manager” form of government which takes effect as of Jan. 1. Kelly’s current contract expires Dec. 31. He has served as city manager for approximately one yer. The statement also said the new Council thanked Kelly for his dedication and service to the residents of Asbury Park over the last year, and to offer hime their best…

City Housing Authority Seeks Input from Residents on Redevelopment

  Asbury Park Housing Authority officials want city residents to tell them what they would like to see in place of the Boston Way Village housing complex, which is scheduled soon for demolition. About 50 residents attended at special meeting hosted by the city’s Housing Authority, which oversees the 123-unit federally-subsidized housing development at Memorial Drive and Springwood Avenue. Housing Authority Interim Executive Director Tyrone Garrett said the meeting was being held to get dialogue and develop a strategic plan for redeveloping the area, especially Boston Village, eight separate buildings built on a four-acre site in 1952. Garrett said another…

City Residents Discuss Pros and Cons of Paid Parking

  By DON STINE Some Asbury Park residents told officials this week they would like to see either free parking or reduced parking rates on city streets during the winter months although many acknowledge the state would be critical of the reduction in revenues for the city. The comments were made at a meeting this week to discuss solving Asbury Park’s long-term parking problem, which is not unique among coastal towns. “Asbury Park is not unique (regarding parking), per se, but it has unique traits that cannot be found (elsewhere),” said Timothy Tracy, executive vice president of Desman Associates. City…

New art, music festival coming to Asbury Park in 2015

  Asbury Park will once again host a film festival and this time it will include the city’s rich musical heritage. The Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation said it is partnerning with the Asbury Park Press to bring a new film festival to the city in April 2015. The 1st Annual Asbury Park Music in Film Festival has been scheduled to take place the weekend of April 10, 11 and 12, 2015. The festival will replace the Garden State Film Festival that was moved to Atlantic City in 2013. The loss of the GSFF, an eleven year economic mainstay in…

Asbury Park Toy Drive Hopes to Serve 500 Families This Season

  By DON STINE The Asbury Park Toy Drive is now 14 years old and it keeps getting bigger and better every year. “This is an Asbury Park-based drive and whatever is given here stays within the community. And you should see these kids faces when they get these toys,” Police Sgt. Connie Breech said. First started in 2000 by Breech and Georgie’s Tavern, 812 Fifth Avenue, the annual toy drive, which received its non-profit status last month, has grown every year. “The first year we got maybe a few hundred toys which were distributed to organizations in the city,”…

Press Building in Neptune Ready for Demolition

  By DON STINE The former Asbury Park Press building on Route 66 in Neptune has been sold and is slated to be torn down before the end of this year by an affiliate of the Tinton Falls-based H. Hovnanian Industries. “We are still waiting for submission of their final demolition and grading plans to be reviewed by township officials but their stated intent is to have it down by the end of next month,” Township Business Administrator Vito D. Gadaleta said on Tuesday. The building was sold to 3601 Route 66 LLC- an affiliate of H. Hovnanian Industries. Gadaleta…

Taborn’s Owner Ready for Her 100th Birthday

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Ann Taborn is lively, in good health, well-groomed, has a strong voice and easily recalls history from decades ago “She reads the New York Times everyday without glasses,” said Tara Fantini Cadet, her great-granddaughter. Taborn does not even wear glasses for distance. All not bad for someone who will turn 100 Mon., Nov. 24. “I’m thinking how well I am for 100,” said Taborn, who lives in Ocean Township’s Cedar Village age-restricted community. “I have no aches or pain.” Many may recognize Taborn as the matriarch of Taborn’s restaurant, which was on Asbury Park’s Main Street,…

Hall of Fame Ceremony in Convention Hall

  By JOSEPH SAPIA A dozen New Jerseyans — including two with Monmouth County connections, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and the late writer Dorothy Parker — will be inducted in the New Jersey Hall of Fame Nov. 13 in Asbury Park. Performing at the 7 p.m. ceremony at Conventional Hall will be singer Dionne Warwick, who was inducted last year. It is the first time the ceremony will be held in the city. This year’s inductees are: – Williams, born in 1959, who grew up in Middletown. – Parker, 1893 to 1967, a member of the famed Algonquin…

Habitat Seeking Volunteers to Build House in City Area

  Coastal Habitat Young Professionals is seeking volunteers to help build a house in the Asbury Park area Sat., Nov. 22. Those volunteering for the event, which begins at 9 a.m., should contact Coastal Habitat Young Professionals via email, svasta@coastalhabitat.org. The event will assist a family to get back in their home, which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. After the work, there will be a social event at Prohibition tavern-restaurant, 541 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, from 4 to 6 p.m. Coastal Habitat Young Professionals is part of Habitat for Humanity, an international group that supports decent housing for…

Give Peace a Chance

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Traveling on Asbury Park’s First Avenue between Main Street and the beach, one is likely to have seen the taller-than-an-adult, lighted peace sign on the second-floor balcony of a house. “People do know it,” said Linda Myers, owner of the house. “They use it as a landmark.” The peace sign, eight feet in diameter, went up as a political statement about eight years ago – “This was my response to (President George W.) Bush starting a war,” she said – and it simply remains in place. And who is Myers? As she says on her website,…

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