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City Councilman Resigns for Family Reason

  Asbury Park City Councilman Joe Woerner, who was sworn into office Jan. 1, 2015, has resigned from the council due to his young son’s illness which causes tumors to grow on nerves. “Due to Michael’s illness and my need to focus on my family, I am stepping down as Asbury Park City Councilman,” Woerner released in a statement. “Running for, and being on, the Asbury Park City Council has been a true privilege. It has been rewarding to be a part of the remaking of City Hall and I am confident Michael Capabianco will run City Hall in a…

Asbury Park Graduate Honored for Scientific Research

  A 1962 graduate of Asbury Park High School was honored recently for his 50 years of scientific research of RNA. Dr. Paul F. Agris was recognized at a recent annual symposium of the RNA Institute at SUNY Albany. Agris is the founding director of the institute. Dr. Agris is the leading authority ion the specialized field of RNA research. During the past year he was the keynote speaker at an International RNA conference in Greece. He is an inductee in the Asbury Park High School Hall of Fame and graduated from Bucknell University before earning a Ph.D from M.I.T.…

Tax Exemption Planned for Savoy Theater Property in City

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park City Council introduced an ordinance at last week’s meeting authorizing a financial agreement with AEF II Urban Renewal, LLC and Savoy Urban Renewal, LLC which included a tax exemption, in the form of Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILOT program. The agreement is related to property owned by Carter Sachman on the 700 block of Mattison Avenue, the former Savoy Theater. If approved the mixed use building will house the renovated Savoy Theater and numerous small residential units. Rita Marano, a longtime city resident, asked why Sachman, in the agreement, is…

$50,000 Grant for Asbury Park Summer Music Series

  The Asbury Park Music Foundation will receive $50,000 in funding from Interfaith Neighbors to support the the Foundation’s youth and outdoor music programming initiatives over the next two years. The Foundation will use some portion of these funds to meet the required matching fund component for the Foundation’s recently announced “Levitt AMP 2016 Asbury Park Summer Music Series.” Interfaith has requested that the balance of the funds be used to support a similar outdoor Summer Music series in 2017. The summer concert series will be held in Springwood Park beginning in June. Funding provided by Interfaith Neighbors will be…

Pavilion Will Be Vacated While Work Progresses

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Plans for the renovations to the Fifth Avenue Pavilion on the Asbury Park boardwalk are underway as existing tenants vacate their spaces for other city spots. Brielle Cyclery is moving to Main Street, Market at Fifth Avenue moved to Convention Hall and Style Rocket will move to the south end of the boardwalk. Criterion Candy moved to the Fourth Avenue Pavilion. Carrie Turner, general manager of Real Estate Services for developer Madison Marquette, said a third application for changes to the roof top bandshell, has been submitted to the Technical Review Committee for approval. Once…

BOE Elections Tuesday in City

  Asbury Park residents will be choosing three board of education members out of a field of six candidates. Incumbent Connie Breech, former board member Barbara Lesinski and newcomer Dominc Latorraca are running as a team. They are being challenged by incumbent Nicole Harris, newcomer Derrick Grant and former board member James Famularo. Polls are open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. A candidates forum was recorded by APTV. The 23-minute program will run on Verizon channel 30 and Cablevision channel 77 nine times a day through April 19. It can also be viewed on asburyparktv.org. Voting locations are based…

Asbury Park Moves Closer to Acquiring Bradley Cove

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park may soon own the development rights for the north end of Asbury Park beachfront, commonly known as Bradley Cove. The name Bradley Cove was given to the area by master boardwalk developer iStar, current owners of the development rights. iStar presented plans in recent years to build condominiums on the site. The plan was immediately met with much opposition by residents. At Monday night’s workshop meeting Michele Alonso, Director of Planning and Redevelopment, presented plans to apply for a Monmouth County Municipal Open Space Grant hoping to acquire funding to purchase the development…

Rodeo for Recreation April 21

A benefit for recreation in Asbury Park is scheduled for Thurs., April 21 at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. The event, called Rodeo for Recreation, begins at 6 p.m. with an open bar until 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $75 and include a buffet, one hour open bar and live entertainment by After the Reign and the Lakehouse Kids. Deadline for reserving tickets is Mon., April 18. To reserve call Leessha at 732-502-5759 or  Cassandra at 732-502-5755.

Stars in City for Hall of Fame Ceremony

  The stars will be out in Asbury Park tonight (April 7) for the New Jersey Hall of Fame ceremony at the Paramount Theatre on the boardwalk. Twelve residents from our Garden State will be honored. They represent the arts, sports, public service, literature and enterprise. They are Kool and the Gang, Jon Stewart, Derek Jeter, Christine Rampone, Dick Vitale, James Fenimore Cooper, William Fox, Lewis Katz and Bernard Marcus, Jack H. Jacobs, Frank Lautenberg and Carla Harris. Hosting the evening will be Joe Piscopo, a 2013 Hall inductee. During last year’s event in the city Bruce Springsteen attended

City Church Welcomes New Pastor

  Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park will host a ceremony to welcome its new pastor, Semaj Y. Vanzant Sr. He is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and former pastor of Christ Experience Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has been at the Asbury Park church since Sun., Jan. 3. Two celebration services have been scheduled at Second Baptist Church and and the public is invited. The first one is Sun., April 17 at the 10 a.m. Worship Service. The guest preacher will be Rev. Dr. Johnnie Baylor of Judson Baptist Church, Carson, California. The actual Installation service will…

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