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Water Pipe Break at Convention Hall

  By DON STINE A water pipe break in Asbury Park’s Convention Hall (pictured above in a file photo) this past Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014  caused some damage to a few stores in the historic building’s Grand Arcade but the accident should not affect the upcoming Light of Day concert events scheduled for the Paramount Theatre beginning next weekend. Madison Marquette spokesperson Carrie Turner said a water pipe broke on the second floor in the theatre and caused some water to leak into stores on the western side of the Grand Arcade. “The problem was discovered during operating hours and…

Asbury Park to Avon Beach Replenishment to Begin

  Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. said this week that on Jan. 4 work will begin on the $18.3 million beach replenishment project from Asbury Park to Avon. The federally funded Army Corps of Engineers project will restore beaches in Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach, and Avon-By-The-Sea to better than pre-Sandy conditions and was made possible by the Sandy aid package passed by Congress. The contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, will use over one million cubic yards of sand for the project. “I’m pleased that this important project, which will help to protect homes and businesses from future…

Snow’s Coming: Put on the Soup

  By DON STINE Area residents were prepping this week for snow, high winds, near blizzard conditions, and now they need to brace for what will probably some of the coldest weather in 10 years. An arctic air mass moving into the region is expected to send temperatures plummeting Jan. 3 with temperatures expected to be near 10 degrees on Sat., Jan. 4- which means the snow is not going anywhere anytime soon. “Bitter cold temperatures, that will be made worse by the wind chill factor, can be expected and widespread below-zero temperatures are likely by daybreak on Saturday,” said…

A Piece of Asbury Park History Returning to City

  By ED SALVAS It’s been more than 100 yeas since a horse-drawn carriage made its way through the streets of Asbury Park delivering the local newspaper. But thanks to the generosity of the Gannett Corporation, publishers of The Asbury Park Press, the carriage may soon return to Asbury Park. The carriage, which dates to 1879 and was used to deliver the Shore Press, the forerunner of the Asbury Park Press, has been on display in the lobby of the Press building on Route 66 in Neptune, but the Press is moving to a new building and needs to find…

Asbury Park Still Searching for a City Manager

  By DON STINE The Asbury Park City Council had hoped to have a new city manager hired by Jan. 1, at the latest, but as that day nears it’s uncertain if that will happen. Director of Social Services Tony Nuccio was appointed acting-city manager for the last two months with expectations that a new city manager would be in place by the first of the year. And while some council members say that a qualified person has been offered the city manager’s job that person has not made any commitment yet and certainly no one appears to be in…

Neptune Man Dies on Train Tracks

  By JOSEPH SAPIA A Neptune man died when struck by an NJ Transit train Tues., Dec. 3 in Asbury Park. The dead man is Abdul Clackley, 51, of Neptune, said Asbury Park Police Capt. Marshawn Love. The train struck the man in the area of the 6th Avenue train crossing and the Deal Lake railroad bridge, according to city police and NJ Transit. Police received a report of the incident at 4:11 p.m., apparently from the train crew, Love said. An initial investigation shows the man appeared to come from behind the bridge’s structure onto the tracks, Love said. The…

Eclectic Restaurant a Year in the Making to Open Soon

  By DON STINE One of the most eclectic restaurants in Asbury Park, and perhaps in the surrounding area, is about to open in Asbury Park. Kim Marie’s Eat ‘n Drink Away, in the former Adriatic restaurant at 1409 Kingsley Street, is scheduled to open by Christmas after more than a year of renovations, said co-owner John McGillion. “There are new floors, walls, ceilings, new bathrooms, and a new look on the exterior and interior,” he said. McGillion also owns Johnny Mac House of Spirits at 208 Main St., Asbury Park and anyone familiar with that iconic watering hole, which…

Jay Bernstein: Remembering a Life Cut Short

  Jay Bernstein, a well-known and popular Asbury Park resident and real estate agent, apparently fell to his death Sun., Nov. 24 from outside his ninth-floor penthouse condominium in the Santander, located at Deal Lake Drive and Park Avenue. Asbury Park Police Chief Mark Kinmon said police and other emergency responders arrived at the scene immediately after the incident was reported by a Santander tenant. “It happened shortly before noon. At this point we believe it to be accidental but we are investigating, along with the Prosecutor’s Office,” he said. Kinmon said it is believed Bernstein fell from the fire…

Tax Rate Goes Down in City But Not Necessarily Taxes

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s city-wide property tax rate will only be about one-third of what it is now in 2014 but, for most property owners, this low figure will not result in their property taxes going down by the same amount. Property assessment values in Asbury Park have tripled in the last decade, jumping from $416 million to $1.2 billion, which will result in a property tax rate decrease to about a third of what it is now at $5.92 for each $100 of assessed valuation. But, points out City Tax Assessor Eric Aguilar, the city will still…

Asbury Park Couple Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

  Rev. Gil and Grace Caldwell, Asbury Park, New Jersey, will receive the Paul and Paula Murphy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for the Church and Global AIDS on Sunday, Dec. 8, at Park Hill United Methodist Church, Denver, Colorado. “This honor recognizes their life-long commitment to human rights,” said Donald Messer, Executive Director of the Center, “as exemplified by their involvement in the civil rights movement and engagement in promoting the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgendered persons in church and society.” The Caldwells served churches in many states including Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Park…

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