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Historic Fountain Up and Running Again in Library Park

  By DON STINE The historic TenBroeck fountain in Asbury Park’s Library Square Park is up and running again thanks to the city’s department of public works and local historical society members can’t be happier. Robert Bianchini, deputy director of the city’s public works department, said the fountain was up and running last week after some repairs were made. “We sandblasted the inside of the fountain, filled-in cracks, put on a special water-resistant paint, installed new lamppost globes, and put in a new submersible pump,” he said. Bianchini said many residents were asking him when the fountain, which has not…

Asbury Park Appoints Historian

  By DON STINE Former Asbury Park City Historian Werner Baumgartner was reappointed to his old position on July 8 by City Manager Jack Kelly. “I think Werner has a really good grasp on the history of Asbury Park and those things that were designed by (city founder James A.) Bradley and others for a reason. He is well-written and I think he has an unbridled honestly about local historic issues. “Sometimes you just need to hear from someone who has no other interest than these pure beliefs. I enjoy his unbridled honestly,” he said. The city manager is the…

Benefit Features Beatles Movie

  A showing of the Beatles’ movie, “A Hard Day’s Night,” and other activities are set for Wed., July 9, to raise funds for Asbury Park’s Hope Academy Charter School’s new music program. The event is from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Showroom Cinema on Cookman Avenue’s 700 block, between Main and Bond streets in Asbury Park. Tickets are each $75, which is tax-deductible, and can be bought through LakehouseMusicAcademy.com/Hope. The event also includes food and ice cream, drinks, live music and an auction. The charter school’s music program is being delivered by Lakehouse Music Academy. FOLLOW The Coaster on…

City Police Chief to Retire

  By DON STINE Asbury Park Police Chief Mark Kinmon is scheduled to retire Sept. 1, according to a city official. On June 30 City Manager Jack Kelly confirmed that Kinmon will be retiring after 27 years in the police department. He did not say who will replace him. “We have not made that decision yet on who will be leading the police department. We have the option to study if we will have a new chief or appoint a police director instead,” he said. Anthony Salerno, who has been on the force for 26 years, was recently appointed as the…

Language Center Opens in Asbury Park

  Dr. Tom Means, founder of the Means Language Center in New York City since 1999, is opening an Asbury Park location at 601 Bangs Ave., Suite 509. Means is a pioneer in the field of Second Language Acquisition and has developed the Means Method® for teaching languages. This approach to teaching and learning languages is a form of task-based instruction, and it was defined by Means in his Ph.D. dissertation. The method is predicated on the value of experiential learning: After successfully using a language for several hours, students’ proficiency and confidence build up accordingly. At the Means Language…

City Man Stabbed at Barbeque

  A 42-year-old Asbury Park man was treated at Jersey Shore University Medical Center for a minor injury after he was stabbed at a barbecue on Springwood Avenue Tues., June 17. A dispute led to the stabbing, which happened about 4 p.m., according to city police. Tyheim “Slim” McGhee, 19, who lives in the city, was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, police said.

Asbury Park Hiring Practices Under Fire by Residents

  By DON STINE Some Asbury Park residents are expected to attend this week’s City Council to complain about the city’s hiring practices which they said more often than not places non-residents in city jobs, shutting out qualified residents. The residents also say the city has a dismal record of screening potential employees. Duanne Small, a resident and unsuccessful City Council candidate who is a longtime advocate for hiring local residents for jobs, said that he was informed that several newly-hired employees live outside of Asbury Park. “All were hired from outside the city and I heard that one is…

Neptune, Asbury Park Seek $500,000 Grant to Fight Gangs

  Neptune and Asbury Park police plan to aggressively deal with local gang-related crime and violence by seeking a $500,000 federal grant designed to create safer neighborhoods. This week Neptune Chief Financial Officer Michael Bascom submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, for a Violent Gang and Gun Crime Program Grant, also called “Project Safe Neighborhoods.” He said he expects to know by Oct.1 if the grant has been awarded. “The grant money will be used to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in crime associated with gang and gun violence. I believe we have…

Moor and Quinn Will Run in November

  After receiving the highest number of votes in the last municipal election, and in response to urging from fellow citizens for them to continue their public service on Asbury Park’s City Council, Councilman John B. Moor and Councilwoman Amy Quinn (pictured above in a COASTER photo) said they will run again for council in the November election. “The decision to announce was easy,” Moor said, “because of encouragement from friends, family and supporters to run again, and also from a surprising number of people who withheld support last election but have been positively impressed by the energy and perspective…

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