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Parking Survey Says: Hire Professional and Raise the Rates

  By DON STINE One of the first things Asbury Park can do to bring its parking problem under control is to hire a professional person to oversee and manage it. And while the city’s parking utility brought in a little more than $2.5 million last year “no one is planning or managing the system,” said Gregory A. Shumate, a Senior Associate with parking consultant Desman Associates, based in New York City. Last June, the council hired Desman Associates to conduct a thorough study throughout the city, including at the waterfront and downtown, on Main Street, and in the Springwood…

Asbury Park Baptist Church Welcomes 1st Female Deacon

  By DON STINE Long-time church member Mary S. Owens Scott has become the first female deacon at the Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park. Scott, who was ordained on Jan. 18, said it is an uncommon event for a woman to become a deacon in the Baptist Church. “There are probably less than a dozen female deacons in the Shore area. It is not common throughout the Baptist Church,” she said.“There are deaconesses who assist their husbands, who would be a deacon, but not many woman deacons.” Scott, 59, has been a member of the Second Baptist Church since…

Judge Dismisses Asbury Park Election Case

  By DON STINE A Monmouth County Superior Court judge today dismissed a case that sought to force a runoff election in Asbury Park for the mayoral spot won by John Moor in the November election. Remond Palmer and Board of Education candidate Arva Council, two candidates on the unsuccessful A-Team slate in the election, filed the lawsuit seeking 355 vote-by-mail ballots disqualified by the Monmouth County Board of Elections to be ruled as valid. “(The county Elections Board) did not exceed their discretion in disqualifying the ballots” Judge Dennis O’Brien ruled today. A number of ballots were disqualified during…

Election Trial Continues; Judge Wants to See Witnesses

  A Superior Court trial that may determine if there is a runoff election in Asbury Park for the mayoral position continued in Freehold this week but one of the defendants said it is a long, tedious process. “It is a slow, slow process,” Asbury Park Mayor John Moor said, who is a respondent to the lawsuit. Remond Palmer and Board of Education candidate Arva Council, two candidates on the unsuccessful A-Team slate in the November election, filed the lawsuit seeking vote-by-mail ballots disqualified by the Monmouth County Board of Elections to be ruled as valid. Last week 19 more…

City Officials Reject Plan to Use North Beach for Staging Area

  By DON STINE The North Beach area in Asbury Park will not be used as a staging area for a federal beach replenishment project from Loch Arbour to Long Branch. Asbury Park officials said last week that a proposal to use the North Beach as a staging area is being rejected, primarily due to a lack of information and a set timeframe for the site to be vacated. “There are too many unanswered questions and not enough information. It just made no sense to us that the Army Corps said they will begin the project in the beginning of…

Iconic Turf Club Sign to Be Restored for Free

  A Good Samaritan name Allied Environmental Signage, based in Farmingdale, has offered to restore the iconic neon sign from the Turf Club, a well-known Springwood Avenue night club in Asbury Park, for free. “I thought I could help out. Somebody’s should do it and I have the facilities,” Company President Kevin White said earlier this week. The Asbury Park Historical Society removed the sign, which was hanging on the side of the now-abandoned and gutted Turf Club, several years ago with permission of the owner. The metal sign, with electric and neon lights, measures about eight-feet wide, by four-feet…

Musicians Hosting a Benefit for One of Their Own

  By DON STINE It is now time to help an area musician who has helped many others over the years. George Meyer, a long-time member of the Blackberry Blues Band, is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer and a benefit is being held this Sun., March 8 to support him and help cover medical expenses. “George has a long musical history and he has done many benefits for others in the past. And, this time, it’s for George. George and I have done many benefits over the years and we are doing this benefit to love and support him- both financially…

Ballots in Question Reduced During Trial

  By DON STINE The number of vote-by-mail ballots in question in the November Asbury Park election has been reduced to 246, from 355, during a trial this week in Freehold Superior Court. The attorney for the plaintiffs, Remond Palmer, a candidate for mayor, and Arva Council, a school board candidate, threw out 106 ballots of the 355 in question for not having matching signatures. The trial, which began Feb. 23, will determine if there should be a runoff election in Asbury Park for the mayoral position and a new winner for a school board seat. The county Board of…

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