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New School Chief in Asbury Park

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park School District has a new superintendent filling the position vacated by Dr. Lamont Repollet after he was named Commissioner of Education by Governor Phillip Murphy. Sancha K. Gray, who has been acting superintendent since January, was appointed to the position at a recent Board of Education meeting. Gray had been the assistant superintendent for one year after serving as Director of Curriculum and Instruction since 2014. Gray was born and raised in Brooklyn and began her teaching career in East Orange teaching math and social studies in the middle school. She then…

Gay Men’s Chorus at City Church

  The New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus will perform in concert at Trinity Episcopal Church, 503 Asbury Ave., Asbury Park Sat., May 5. The concert begins at 8 p.m. It will feature a musical time capsule of remembrance and resistance from World War II America. Tickets are $20 in advance and $15 for seniors and students. All tickets are $25 at the door. For more information call 732-579-8449.

ASBURY PARK MAN INDICTED FOR SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT

  A Monmouth County grand jury has returned an Indictment against an Asbury Park man charged in connection with gun shots being fired in the city earlier this year, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Dyquan P. Young, 18, is charged in the Indictment with second degree Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and third degree Hindering the Apprehension of Another. The charges stem from an incident in the vicinity of Prospect and Mattison avenues in Asbury Park back in February where shots were fired. The incident did not result in…

Asbury Park Doctor Admits Illegally Distributing Steroids

  A doctor with offices in Asbury Park and Brooklyn  admitted this week unlawfully distributing prescriptions for anabolic steroids and for possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, said U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito. Kevin Custis, 53, of Belle Mead, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of distributing anabolic steroids and one count of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute. According to documents filed in this case and statements in court: In 2016 and 2017 Custis wrote and delivered numerous prescriptions for various types of anabolic steroids…

What’s UP!

  SOUNDS: The Gangster Squad at the Wonder Bar It doesn’t get much more classically old-school than this sonic side-gig project from Vincent Pastore, known for all eternity as “Big Pussy” from the landmark HBO series The Sopranos. While Pastore has regularly rolled in to Asbury Park for such events as the annual Light of Day concerts and other big-hearted benefit affairs, his encore appearance TONIGHT, May 3 at The Wonder Bar strikes a bittersweet note, as it represents the farewell show for The Gangster Squad. The veteran thespian (whose screen exposures range from countless roles as mob guys, to memorable stints on Celebrity Fit Club,…

John Conover Agency and Berkshire Hathaway Properties to Merge

  The John C. Conover Agency and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Signature Properties announced today a definitive merger agreement to create a $125  million Jersey Shore real estate powerhouse through a combination of their Asbury Park offices. The newly merged office will operate under the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Signature Properties brand beginning on April 30. The two offices are currently Nos. 1 and 2 in Asbury Park by a wide margin and combined will possess more than five times the Asbury Park market share than the next-largest firm. This new office will offer the Shore’s most complete set of real estate products…

New Venue, New Features for Chamber’s 2018 Carousel Awards

  By ED SALVAS The Carousel Awards are the Main Event for the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce each year, and this year’s gala will have more than a few new features. First, the May 11 event will move from its longtime home at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel across Ocean Avenue to the stage at the Asbury Park Convention Hall. Chamber President Jennifer Schulman, president of Fortune Web Marketing, said having the gala actually on the stage will originate the Chamber’s commitment to the future. In fact, the theme of this year’s Gala is “Asbury Forever.” The larger space will also allow…

Elks Host Poker Run

  The Motorcycle Committee of the Asbury Park Wall Elks Lodge No. 128 is hosting it second annual Poker Run Sat., April 28. Registration for the event is from 11 a.m. until noon at the lodge at 3409 W. Bangs Ave., Neptune. Registration is $25 per hand. Admission for passengers and non-riders is $20. The celebration follows from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission includes food, music by Moroccan Sheepholders and beverage tickets. The event benefits Elks charities

Asbury Park Officials Plan to Ban Smoking on Beaches

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park City Council is expected to introduce a resolution banning smoking on all city beaches for the upcoming summer season at its April 28 meeting. The smoke free beach policy, if approved on introduction, will have a public hearing next month before the final vote. Council has been discussing the issue since the beginning of the new year and City Manager Michael Capabianco asked council members to give him their ideas about smoking on the beachfront by this week’s meeting so enforcement could take place before the start of the summer season. The proposed resolution…

Fire Marshal Giberson Receiving Spirit of Asbury Park Award

  By ED SALVAS Asbury Park Fire Marshal Garrett Giberson has been named recipient of the 2018 Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Asbury Park Carousel Award. Giberson will receive the award at a Gala Dinner on May 11 in Convention Hall. His immediate response on learning about his selection was how honored he is to receive the award especially because it is named for Joan Flatley, the former Chamber Executive Director, who has been a friend for more than 30 years. Giberson explained that at one time Flatley shared an office with his father, Beach Director Garrett Giberson, Sr. across from the…

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