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City Chamber Carousel Awards

  The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Carousel Awards Dinner May 8 at the Berkeley Hotel on the oceanfront in Asbury Park. This year’s awards are Economic Development goes to Lakehouse Music Academy; the Landmark Business Award goes to Rich’s Auto Body; the Spirit of Asbury Park Award goes to Kay Harris Asbury Galleria; the Public Official Award to Barbara Lesinski and the Humanitarian Award to Pastor Derinzer Johnson and Lt. George Corbin of Asbury Park Can. The event will feature a cocktail hour, dinnerand dancing along with a silent auction. Music will be by So…

Almost 300 Additional Parking Spaces Planned for Asbury Park

  By DON STINE Almost 300 additional parking spaces at Asbury Park’s beachfront and downtown are anticipated to be provided by Memorial Day weekend. Oceanfront redeveloper iStar Financial is seeking temporary approval to create the asphalt-paved parking lots and a presentation was given at this week’s City Council workshop meeting. “Let’s get it going,” Mayor John Moor said. One hundred new parking spaces are proposed for a vacant lot at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Kingsley Street. The site, with access off Seventh Avenue, is near a proposed beachfront food truck court and some parking will help support that…

Long Wait for West Side City Park an ‘Embarrassment’

  Plans to finish the Springwood Renaissance Park on Asbury Park’s West Side need to be ramped up, city officials said Monday night. “This is a total embarrassment on everybody’s end,” Mayor John Moor said at this week’s City Council workshop. “Where are the policy-makers? I want to see a park there as soon as possible,” he said. “It’s just that we can’t seem to get this park built and that seems like insanity to me,” Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn said at a previous meeting. Moor said the council approved moving the project forward at its June 5, 2014 meeting…

Want to Catch That Fish? Try These Hand-Crafted Plugs

  By DON STINE Every craftsman wants his home-made creations to sell well – and that is what Asbury Park’s Rob Pruszynski has accomplished with his Sunset Customs fishing plugs. At the last annual Asbury Park Fishing Club flea market on March 8, Pruszynski sold his entire inventory of 107 hand-crafted fishing plugs in just 45 minutes. “Was I surprised – absolutely!” he said. Pruszynski, who is a member of the Asbury Park Fishing Club, said he has been selling at its annual flea market for a few years and usually came home with unsold inventory. “But people are catching…

Shady Street Show Band Plays More Than Rock ‘n Roll

  By DON STINE Whether it’s rhythm and blues, sweet soul music, or good old classic rock & roll, the Shady Street Show Band always delivers. “These guys deliver the goods, night after night. The powerhouse vocals and piano-playing of Ryan is one-of-a-kind. You will walk out saying ‘Wow,’” said local entertainment director Peter Mantas. The band will perform in Asbury Park on Fri., April 10 at the Asbury Park Yacht Club, on the boardwalk, from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Admission is free. The Shady Street Show Band was founded by veteran musician Ryan Gregg, who brought on board…

50 films, screenwriting contest; The Music in Film Festival

  By DON STINE The first-ever Asbury Park Music in Film Festival is bringing both local and national film-makers and entertainers to the city next weekend and will benefit various music programs in the city. The festival, which will hold events at venues throughout the city, is being held from Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12. Venues include Convention Hall’s Grand Arcade, the Paramount Theatre, the Saint, the Stone Pony, the Wonder Bar, Asbury Lanes and other city nightclubs and restaurants. The Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation and the Asbury Park Press are presenting the festival. Film Festival Executive…

Asbury Park Establishes Code and Quality of Life Committee

  By DON STINE Improving the quality of life for Asbury Park residents is the goal of a new committee established by Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton. The Code/Quality of Life Committee held its first meeting on March 21. “Improving the quality of life in the city was on of the things I campaigned on,” said Clayton, who was seated on the council in January. She said the 12-member committee is made up of a cross-section of community members from all areas of the city. “We have broken up into various subcommittees to focus on different issues,” she said. Issues include dealing…

Detour Deteriorating City Road in Asbury

  By DON STINE Asbury Park officials and residents are seeking to have New Jersey Transit buses use Asbury Avenue as the detour route for the Sunset Avenue Bridge project rather than Fourth Avenue, which runs entirely through residential neighborhoods. “The city did not do the best planning (for the detour), especially using Fourth Avenue,” resident Daniel Weiss said at this week’s City Council workshop. On Feb. 25, the council created the Sunset Avenue Bridge Traffic Safety Liaison Committee, a volunteer group of city residents concerned about the detour route during the closing of the Sunset Avenue Bridge. The Sunset…

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…

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