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Documentary Features Asbury Park Resident, a Foot Soldier in the Civil Rights Movement

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s Rev. Gil Caldwell was not only a foot soldier and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.in the American civil rights movement, but he is also an advocate for defending the rights of gay Americans as well. A special documentary, prepared in collaboration with bisexual and transgender rights activist Marilyn Bennet, focusing on Caldwell’s fight and advocacy for these two important social issues will premiere in Ocean Grove Sat., April 2. “From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet?” is Caldwell’s first venture into documentaries about these issues. “I am also an advocate for…

Celebrating Music in Film in Music City

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The second annual Music in Film Festival in Asbury Park is bigger than the last and according to event organizer, Tom Bernard, it will get bigger and better every year. The festival is April 8 through April 10. Kicking off the festival on Fri., April 8 is a screening of the film “Miles Ahead” about the life of Miles Davis. The film stars Don Cheadle who will attend the showing and hold a Q & A session about his directorial debut with the film at the VIP party which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the…

Body Cameras for Asbury Park Police Planned

  Within two months the Asbury Park Police Department will be receiving 70 body-worn cameras. The City Council approved the purchase of the cameras at its March 16 meeting after the city was awarded a $35,000 grant under the Attorney General’s BWC Assistance Project in February to off-set the costs of the cameras. That brings the price per camera from $1,285.54 to $785.54, for a total cost of $54,987.50 to the city for the 70 BWCs, according to a release from Hannah Walker, Director of Communications. Acting Police Chief Anthony Salerno said the cameras will begin operating by mid-summer after…

$50,000 Grant for City 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…

Asbury Park Fire Chief Seeks OK to Hire New Firefighters

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park Fire Chief Kevin Keddy asked the City Council this week to hire two firefightes to replace two expected retirees. He also requested approval to hire an additional three firefighters. Mayor John Moor raised concerns that the two firefighters may choose not to retire giving the fire department an excess of employees. Keddy said the department would hire the three new fire fighters with the help of a 2015 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant and noted that the grant process changes from year to year. The grant, provides funding for new…

Fishing Flea Market Opens March 13

  There are smiles on the faces of thousands of fishermen as the approach of the 24th Annual Asbury Park Fishing Club’s Fishing Flea Market draws near. This major sporting event will be held on Sun., March 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Asbury Park’s Convention Hall. Since the doors opened in 1992, this has become the benchmark for all fishing flea markets. Featured are more than 115 vendors including some of the east coast’s top plug makers. Proceeds from the show are donated to various local community groups including Asbury Park’s Little League, Pop Warner, Boys and…

Home Show Coming to City’s Convention Hall

  The 6th annual Asbury Park Spring Home Show returns to Asbury Park’s Convention Hall Fri., March 18 through Sun., March 20. The hall will be filled with exhibits featuring doors and windows, kitchen designs, granite fabrication, sunrooms, landscaping, patios, decks and total remodeling. The show is free to the public. Show times are Fri., March 18 3 to 8 p.m., Sat., March 19 10 a.m.to 8 p.m. and Sun., March 20 11 a.m., to 5 p.m. For more information call 904-940-0069.

Community Organizer Will Be Honored with Carousel Award

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Asbury Park resident Sonja O’Brien has spent a lifetime unconditionally giving back. She’s a doer and a giver. After 14 years of tangible local impact – much of it behind the scenes – the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce is recognizing O’Brien with the 2016 Carousel Humanitarian Award. The award is one of five given annually and celebrates “outstanding dedication” to Asbury Park. “Sonja is great at bringing people together and beyond that, she does it all with heart,” said Jackie Pappas, executive director of the Asbury Park Chamber. “She is the kind of person who…

Where’s the Bradley Cove Appraisal?

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The City Council in Asbury Park is ready to come to an agreement on the development rights for the property at the north end beachfront with boardwalk developers iStar. At issue, however, is the dollar value of the half acre piece of land known as Bradley Cove. iStar owns the development rights to the property, where in 2008, Asbury Partners presented plans to the city to build 15 homes on the beach in front of Asbury Towers. Many residents, at the time, came out to protest the plan and the fate of the tract of…

The Angel of Salvage in Asbury Park

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO What began in 2002 as a personal desire to restore a home to its original glory has evolved into Central New Jersey’s largest architectural salvage showroom, Salvage Angel, located in Asbury Park. “Salvage Angel grew from a personal need but I knew there were other people like me trying to truly restore their homes in a pure way,” said Carolyn Curtin, founder. “I started getting wish lists from friends and neighbors and my hobby grew from collecting architectural items to include vintage furniture and home decor.” The 20,000-square-foot warehouse in the former Canada Dry building on…

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