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A Community Prayer Event July 15

  The Asbury Park Community Network announced is hosting a Unity for Community Prayer for Fri., July 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the corner of Springwood and Fisher Avenues on the Asbury Park /Neptune border. Earlier this week, the Community Action Network convened citizens, public officials, law enforcement, community leaders and local pastors to continue the dialogue on reducing violence, providing support and strengthening our community. Prayer as a community emerged a natural start to the healing process necessary as residents mourn the loss of life over the last few weeks across our nation; a pause to the…

Launch Party at Asbury Hotel

  Residents and visitors are invited to the official launch party of the Asbury Hotel on Fifth Avenue in Asbury Park tonight (July 7) beginning at 6 p.m. The party will feature live music, the unveiling of The Hall, a special event space and the screening of “Top Gun.” Fireworks are also planned. The hotel features two rooftop spaces, a pool, a beer garden and lobby space with a bar, bleachers, picnic tables and sofas for lounging. The launch party includes: 6 p.m. Emily Grove 7 p.m.-Nicole Atkins, Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why 8 p.m. Open mic with JImmy…

Trees Will Be Planted for Orlando Victims

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Sunshine Girl Charities Inc. of Manasquan has offered to plant 49 trees, one for each victim, including name plaques in Asbury Park. Manasquan resident Jacqueline Klosek is the founder and director of Sunshine Girl Charities and said in a release recently that she “was saddened, shaken, and moved to action.” “And like many people, I wanted to do something, whatever small thing I could do, to respond in some way to the massacre,” Klosek said. Klosek founded the charity in 2014 with the goal of helping to protect vulnerable beings and resources, and to…

In Asbury Park: Members Sought for Lake Commission

  Asbury Park City Councilwoman Eileen Chapman said the city is activating a Sunset Lake Commission. The commission will address the status of Sunset Lake, and create action plans for the improvement and beautification of one of the city’s major bodies of water. Applications are available at the City Clerk’s office and must be submitted Mon., July 11. They can be emailed to cindy.dye@cityofasburypark. “There’s a lot to do for Sunset Lake, and a lot of issues to address, so we want to begin to take action now before we reach the hottest days of the summer,” Chapman said. “We’re…

Prosecutor Releases Internal Report of Seidle Shooting; 2 Asbury Park police officers to face disciplinary actions

  An Internal Review of the law enforcement response to the brutal killing of Tamara Seidle on June 16, 2015 has been released by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office which concluded that deadly force could not have been used without possible harm to bystanders. The report concludes that although deadly force could not have reasonably been used against Philip Seidle, who killed his wife Tamara in the middle of a residential neighborhood, ineffective communication, a lack of information about whether Philip Seidle was involved in police activity, as well as an absence of command and control by the highest ranking…

Asbury Park to Receive $500,000 Planning Grant

  Asbury Park will receive a $500,000 Choice Neighborhood planning grant which will be used to develop comprehensive strategies for affordable housing on the west side, pedestrian-friendly blocks and supportive social services for residents. Only 10 communities across the country will receive such funding. Selected from 64 applicants, the 10 communities will receive a nation-wide total of $8,000,000. The city in conjunction with the Asbury Park Housing Authority will use the funds jointly. “It’s an honor to be the recipient of this grant. We understand that this was a very competitive process, and we’re very grateful to the Asbury Park…

Why Did the House Cross the Street?

  The Victorian-era, three-story house of Richard and Johna Karpinski, built in 1883, stands in the middle of Webb Avenue in Asbury Park on Wed., June 29.  The house was being moved across the street from its former location at 209 Seventh Avenue to a vacant lot a 301 Seventh Avenue. The house was originally scheduled for demolition under the city’s waterfront redevelopment plan.  

New Manager and Restaurant at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel

  By ED SALVAS Chris Adams spends a lot of time in hotels. As the interim manager of the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park, the North Carolina native is taking care of business day-to-day at the city’s oldest and largest hotel until a full time manager is named. Adams arrived in Asbury Park in early June after similar stints in Austin, Detroit and Atlanta. Hired by hotel owner Amsterdam Hospitality Group, Adams arrived at the busiest time of the year at the Berkeley. “It’s wedding season now,” he said, and since his arrival there have been eight weddings at…

City Cancels Meeting: Urges Residents to Attend Free Concert

  To celebrate and commemorate the launching of a free concert series in the Springwood Avenue Park in Asbury Park Mayor John Moor and the City Council cancelled the June 27 City Council Workshop Meeting, to encourage the public to go to the Springwood Avenue Park concert, which starts at 6 p.m. “It’s the right thing to do, and it’s more important that we go to this concert,” Mayor Moor said. “Are the Mayor and City Council going to not attend the first concert on the west side since the 1970’s because of a Work Session meeting? It’s more important…

$22,000 Raised for Orlando Victims

  Club Paradise in Asbury Park has raised more than $22,000 that will be sent to the Pulse Victims Fund to support people needing financial assistance in the wake of the devastating mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. “I am still in shock about how much money we raised. And I am happy people felt comfortable coming out after the Florida event,” Club Paradise manager Joseph “Jo Jo” Crisci said earlier this week. He said that when there is a good cause people, both gay and straight, tend to turn out and support it. Between Monday and Friday last week, the…

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