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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…

Asbury Park Daycare Operator Indicted for Defrauding School Board

  The owner and operator of an Asbury Park daycare center and pre-school was arrested Tues., Feb. 24 after a Monmouth County grand jury returned a 9-count indictment charging her with crimes related to contracts to provide services for city pre-schoolers, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said. Sylvia B. Brodrick, 59, of Shadow Lawn Drive in the Oakhurst section of Ocean Township, is charged with two counts each of third degree Theft by Deception, third degree Tampering with Public Records, second degree Making False Representations in Payment Claims on a Government Contract, second degree False Material Representation in…

Asbury Park Election Trial to Begin

  By DON STINE Despite a request by the plaintiffs to postpone a trial over controversial vote-by-mail ballots in last November’s Asbury Park City Council election, a Superior Court judge has ruled that the trial will proceed as scheduled, beginning Mon., Feb. 23. Asbury Park Mayor John Moor, one of the defendants, said that a conference call on the trial was held with all parties Feb. 17 and that the judge has decided the case will move on. “I am looking forward to the judicial process moving forward,” Moor said. “The residents deserve finality and there is a reason this…

City Seeks Funds to Repave Fourth Avenue

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s Fourth Avenue has been notorious for sometime now for its poor condition but, with increased bus and truck traffic from a detour route to replace the Sunset Avenue Bridge, matters are only getting worse. “The buses and trucks only result in making the road deteriorate faster,” Mayor John Moor said at the last City Council meeting. And while city public works crews have been out filling potholes in the harsh winter weather, things are not looking too much better. As a possible solution Asbury Park is petitioning Monmouth County officials to aid in repaving…

City Rooftop Bandshell Will Be Refurbished

  By DON STINE The 200-seat rooftop concert area on top of the Fifth Avenue Pavilion is Asbury Park will be refurbished soon and the hope is that when completed it can be used more often. Boardwalk redeveloper Madison Marquette was supposed to refurbish the area by 2010 and city officials called company representatives to this week’s workshop meeting to explain why they are in default on this and some other projects at the boardwalk. “We have had fits and starts (on this project) over the years and we have never found the right team (of architects, engineers and a…

Asbury Park Footbridge Will Be Repaired

  By DON STINE The historic wooden footbridge over Sunset Lake in Asbury Park, once a trolley bridge, is scheduled to be repaired soon after it was seriously damaged during Superstorn Sandy. City Engineer Joseph Cunha said last week that the city received almost $626,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to repair the bridge, which has been closed to pedestrian traffic since the storm. The bridge, which dates back to the Victorian era, had its pilings up-heaved and planking destroyed during Sandy. The only way for pedestrians to cross Sunset Lake now is to walk around its perimeter…

City’s Landmark Building to Be Sold

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s historic New Jersey National Guard Armory building, which is more than 100 years old and now houses Harold Daley VFW Post 1333, is being put up for sale. Post Junior Vice Commander Joseph Williams, who also chairs the post’s real estate and investment committee, said the decision to sell the building, at 701 lake Avenue, was a difficult one for the veterans to make but that, in the long run , it was determined the best thing to do. “This is a magnificently constructed building and has such a great history. We are all…

City’s Lutheran Church Celebrating 125 Years

  It has been 125 years since the Atonement Lutheran Church in Asbury Park was founded at the corner of Monroe and Grand Avenues- and church members are going to celebrate. Karen Luttman, who is on the church’s anniversary celebration committee and researching the church’s history, said new information about the church has been turning up recently. “I am 51 years old and a church member for my entire life and I am finding out things I never knew,” she said. In 1953, Atonement Lutheran Church moved to its current location at 308 First Ave. Although the basement at the…

Asbury Park Seeks to Fill Key Positions

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new City Council hopes to fill vacancies in some of the top managerial positions in the city in the near future. Asbury Park, one of only two cities in Monmouth County, is now without a permanent city clerk, city manager, chief financial officer, and police chief. All people in these key positions are “acting” appointments right now, pending the appointment of full-time personnel. Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn said that the City Council hopes to resolve these job issues in the near future. “We are a city going through a transition right now with a…

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