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City Chamber, Pride in the Park Unite for Decorating Contest

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park residents will have the opportunity to show their creative side in a holiday decorating contest sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Pride in the Park committee. Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton announced the contest at the Nov. 9 City Council meeting, saying there are several levels of competition, including whole house, condo/apartment or window/terrace only. Registration for the contest is free and those wishing to participate are required to call the chamber at 732.775.7676 or email to info@asburyparkchamber.com by Dec. 7. Registered windows will be evaluated from Dec. 10 to 14 by a…

Vendor Fees, Contracts Discussed at Asbury Park City Council Meeting

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Changes will be coming for those business owners who want to do business in the city. The City Council discussed vendor fees, both seasonal and annual at it’s meeting Mon., Nov. 9. Regarding the seasonal vendors, Mayor John Moor suggested authorizing a minimum bid and collecting one year’s payment in escrow on five year contracts for summer businesses. Those include beach chairs and umbrellas concenssions, pedal boats on Wesley Lake and stand up paddle rentals. Moor said the city was burned this year when some vendors did not pay their full contracted amount. The mayor…

Provisional Ballots Change Election in Asbury Park

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The results of last week’s Asbury Park Board of Education elections have changed due to the counting of 53 provisional ballots. The results listed on the Monmouth County website show that incumbent Barbara Lesinski, with a total of 651 has now lost her seat to Sheila Etienne whose vote count totals 657. Angela Ahbez-Anderson was the high vote getter with 688, while Kenneth Saunders garnered 680 votes. Anderson ran with Lesinski and Peter J. Cheney on a ticket of support for Superintendent of Schools Lamont Repollet. Etienne ran on a ticket with Saunders and current…

Vote for Asbury Park to Bring Free Concert Series to City

  The Asbury Park Music Foundation is now in the running to bring a 10-week live music series to the West Side Community of Asbury Park during the summer of 2016. Sponsored by Levitt Pavilions, the national nonprofit behind the largest free concert series in America, the APMF hopes to qualify as one of the 15 winning organizations competing in the Levitt AMP Grant Awards. The awards are an exciting matching grant opportunity created by Levitt Pavilions to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities up to 400,000 people. Fifteen nonprofits, or municipalities partnering with a nonprofit, will receive up…

Business Owners Ask for Delay in Director of Commerce Vote

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Despite the efforts of numerous business owners and residents who publicly praised the job Tom Gilmour has done as Director of Commerce for the last 10 years the Asbury Park, the City Council voted 4 to 1 to introduce an ordinance eliminating the $85,000 position. Public hearing on the ordinance is November 12. Council plans to create a new position of Director of Communications at an entry level salary of $55,000. Councilmember Jesse Kendle abstained from the vote, with no explanation given. Gilmour’s last day on the job is October 30. Councilmember Joe Woerner discussed…

City Councilman’s Statement on Position Elimination

  Asbury Park City Councilman Joe Woerner issued the following statement regarding the proposed elimination of the Director of Commerce position. The post has been held by Tom Gilmour. “ When this Mayor and Council came to serve, we had promised this city that we will do everything we can to bring about positive change in city government. One area of focus coming into office was open communication with all of Asbury Park as well as helping to spread the benefits of development to all of our residents “In order to fulfill our promises, we review the current structure at…

Asbury Park Football Team Does More Than Just Football

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER The Asbury Park High School football team took Pride in the Park on a recent Saturday. It was the Blue Bishops’ bye week, but the team was far from idle. The club took part in a citywide initiative called Pride In The Park. About 15 Blue Bishops, first-year coach Tim Fosque said, participated in the community cleanup event. He said the team worked at sprucing up Ridge Prospect, Washington and Bangs avenues on the west side. “Our players used garbage bags, gloves, rakes and shovels and sticks with hooks on them,” Fosque said. “Our players were…

Chocolate Store Plans Opening in Asbury Park

  Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar, New York’s award-winning candy store for grown ups, will open its largest U.S store to date in 2016 in Asbury Park in the former Chicos House of Jazz located at 631 Lake Ave. Since the opening of its first store in New York City in 2002, Alison Nelson’s Chocolate bar has built a network of more than 15 restaurants across 4 markets. The Asbury Park location will include a large-scale cafe with a sales floor of nearly 2,180 square feet. Designed as a Flagship showcase for the Chocolate Bar brand, the venue will be crafted…

Musicians, Asbury Park Students Ready for Road Trip to Cuba

  In December 2015 a delegation of musicians, citizens and Asbury Park High School students plan an historic visit to attend the 31st annual Havana International Jazz Festival in Cuba. The group will have the opportunity to visit performing arts venues and educational institutions to observe and participate in joint performances with both artists and school children. The Cultural Exchange Program is the first of its kind to connect the people and communities of The Jersey Shore and Havana, Cuba. The focus is culture, music and education. All three of which are essential elements of a universal language that has…

State Rescinds Plan to Reduce City Main Street to 2 Lanes

  Due to strong opposition from Asbury Park officials, the state will not reconfigure Main Street but will maintain the current traffic configuration of two lanes in each direction. The state had planned to reduce the roadway to one lane in each direction. The state also said due to the width of the roadway it would not be feasible to add bike lanes, as proposed. Mayor John Moor said he was pleased to hear that the state has changed its mind. “I am glad the state listened to us, to the police department, to the fire department and all our…

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