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Asbury Park Will Limit Parking Permits

  Asbury Park is limiting the number of employees parking passes it will sell for the central business district this year and totally eliminating guest parking passes citywide. “People were buying too many guest passes and it is a luxury we can no longer afford in Asbury Park with our parking crisis,” said Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn, who is on the city’s parking committee. The city had sold 65 guest passes by the end of April and the $100 passes, which are good for an entire year, will not be sold after June1. “We sold more passes in the last…

Skate and Surf Festival Rolls into Asbury Park

  The Skate and Surf Festival 2015 at the Asbury Park oceanfront May 16 to 17 is expected to bring about 10,000 people each day into the city. “So residents should be aware that there may be some parking and traffic issues,” city Director of Commerce Tom Gilmour said at Monday’s City Council workshop. The Skate and Surf Festival is taking place this Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17 at Bradley Park and Ocean Avenue. The festival is a multi-day, youth culture event that combines music, competitive gaming, skateboarding and surfing. “I think it’s going to be great. It…

Asbury Park’s New City Clerk Begins Post

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new city clerk took over her job this week and said she feels up to the challenge. Cindy A. Dye, who left her job as clerk for North Hanover, began her new job on May 1 and said she is “glad and excited” to be in the city. The city clerk position was temporarily held by Deputy Clerk and Registrar Melody Hartsgrove, who will now go back to her original jobs. Hartsgrove replaced City Clerk Stephen M. Kay who retired in February after serving 34 years in the position. “Asbury Park looked to be…

City School Board Member to Receive Public Official Award

  By ED SALVAS The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce will present it’s 2015 Public Official Carousel Award to Board of Education member Barbara Lesinski. The award, which is given for outstanding service to the community by a public official, will be presented at the Chamber’s annual Carousel Awards Dinner at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel on Fri., May 8. The theme of this year’s gala is “The Love Boat. Come Aboard We’re Expecting You.” Lesinski is currently a member of the Asbury Park Board of Education, but her service to the city of Asbury Park has spanned three decades as…

Jersey Born Music Festival Rolls Into City in May

  The first-ever Jersey Born Music Festival, featuring performers from the Jersey Shore area, will be held in downtown Asbury Park at the end of May and festival organizers are expecting about 15,000 people. “This tribute to Jersey musicians will celebrate the enormous amount of talent found right here in the Garden State, especially in Asbury Park!” said festival organizer Ruthanne Harrison. The festival, presented by Coors Light and the Asbury Park Press, will be held on Cookman Avenue on Sat., May 30, with a rain date of Sunday, May 31. The fenced-in concert area, with two stages, will be…

Asbury Park Paving Municipal Parking Lot; Hires City Clerk

  By DON STINE It will be a little bit difficult parking at Asbury Park’s City Hall for the next 30 days. Concrete was poured at the municipal parking lot last week and other work will continue into late May in an attempt to provide more parking. “Please be patient, this will take several weeks,” Acting-City Manager Tony Nuccio said at last Wednesday’s City Council meeting. The city is repaving and metering the 125-space parking lot to provide more downtown parking. Installing new concrete curbs and sidewalks should be concluded this week but the parking lot will be milled, paved…

In Asbury Park: Kingsley Street Repairs Scheduled for Completion by Memorial Day

  By DON STINE Infrastructure improvements along Kingsley Street in Asbury Park are on schedule and should be completed by Memorial Day weekend – at least that is what city officials are hoping. “I have asked at every recent (council) meeting if the project is on schedule and the answer has always been yes,” Mayor John Moor said recently. “Everybody feels it is on target and should be done by Memorial Day weekend.” Moor said both he and the council has tried to stay on top of the project and he notes that there is a full-time person overseeing it…

City Deputy Mayor Expecting Baby

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Around mid-April, Asbury Park Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn and her wife, Heather Jensen, began announcing they would be parents for the first time. Quinn, 38, is expected to give birth about Oct. 1. “The response in Asbury Park has been fantastic,” she said. Those who follow the council say they believe this is the first time in memory a councilwoman has been pregnant while in office. “I have every intention of staying on council through and after this pregnancy,” Quinn said. Quinn said she did not want to reveal the baby’s gender at this time.

In Asbury Park: Assistant to City Manager Named

  By DON STINE Asbury Park remains without a city manager, a police chief and a full-time chief financial officer and some residents say officials need to step up to the plate and get these positions filled. Although the city has been without a permanent city clerk since February Cindy Dye, currently the municipal clerk for North Hanover, is expected to appointed city clerk at press time. At the recent City Council workshop a resident urged city officials to fill the important positiions quickly. “The city is like a ship without a captain. These are two critical positions that need…

Dewatering Site Created for Deal Lake Dredging

  By DON STINE A temporary dewatering site for dredge material will be created at the very eastern edge of Deal Lake in Asbury Park to implement an important lake dredging project. The Deal Lake Commission has received $1 million from the federal National Resources Conservation Services to dredge about 12,000 cubic yards of sediment from the eastern end of the lake. Much of it was deposited during Superstorm Sandy. The project, which will have a 90- to 100-day completion contract, will begin after October 1. “We know you don’t want dredge spoils there in the middle of the summer,”…

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