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Asbury Park Hiring Practices Under Fire by Residents

  By DON STINE Some Asbury Park residents are expected to attend this week’s City Council to complain about the city’s hiring practices which they said more often than not places non-residents in city jobs, shutting out qualified residents. The residents also say the city has a dismal record of screening potential employees. Duanne Small, a resident and unsuccessful City Council candidate who is a longtime advocate for hiring local residents for jobs, said that he was informed that several newly-hired employees live outside of Asbury Park. “All were hired from outside the city and I heard that one is…

Neptune, Asbury Park Seek $500,000 Grant to Fight Gangs

  Neptune and Asbury Park police plan to aggressively deal with local gang-related crime and violence by seeking a $500,000 federal grant designed to create safer neighborhoods. This week Neptune Chief Financial Officer Michael Bascom submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, for a Violent Gang and Gun Crime Program Grant, also called “Project Safe Neighborhoods.” He said he expects to know by Oct.1 if the grant has been awarded. “The grant money will be used to create safer neighborhoods through a sustained reduction in crime associated with gang and gun violence. I believe we have…

Moor and Quinn Will Run in November

  After receiving the highest number of votes in the last municipal election, and in response to urging from fellow citizens for them to continue their public service on Asbury Park’s City Council, Councilman John B. Moor and Councilwoman Amy Quinn (pictured above in a COASTER photo) said they will run again for council in the November election. “The decision to announce was easy,” Moor said, “because of encouragement from friends, family and supporters to run again, and also from a surprising number of people who withheld support last election but have been positively impressed by the energy and perspective…

The BPlot: Meet Artist “Julio C.R.”

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Some believe dedicating 10,000 hours to something makes you an expert. Other times, you have a gift, like artist Julio Reynaga. A year ago Reynaga, whose professional moniker is “Julio C.R.” picked up a paintbrush for the first time and today he is picking up fans with his energetic acrylic on canvas pieces depicting iconic and overlooked Abury Park-area scenes. One of his paintings sold for upwards of $1,000 last week to a very excited collector. Reynaga’s first solo exhibition is at the end of the month and you are invited to see his talent up…

Asbury Park Swears In Deputy Police Chief

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new Deputy Police Chief Anthony Salerno, who was sworn in on May 1, said this week that his 26 years experience on the force helps gives him insight and provide some guidance in addressing crime problems in the city. “Our biggest challenge is to eradicate gun violence, to instill greater confidence in the police department, and to encourage and develop a process where the police and the community get to know each other better,” he said. Salerno joined the Asbury Park police department in 1988 and worked his way up through the ranks. During…

Repaired Asbury Park Boardwalk to Reopen Soon

  PICTURED ABOVE – Coaster file photo of the Asbury boardwalk south of Convention Hall from the beach. The section has been undergoing repairs for the last few months. By DON STINE Asbury Park’s iconic boardwalk is nearly fully repaired and may even open this weekend, according to a city official. City Manager Jack Kelly said he visited the boardwalk early Tues., May 6 and reports “it looks fabulous.” “It looks like it is almost completed, right up to Convention Hall. They were also installing railing and other accessories. There doesn’t seem to be much structural work left to do-…

City to Swear In Deputy Police Chief

  By DON STINE Asbury Park Police Captain Anthony Salerno will be appointed as the city’s new Deputy Police Chief on May 1. The city has been without a deputy chief  since current Police Chief Mark Kinmon, who previously held the position, was promoted in 2007. Police Sergeant John Crescio, who joined the department in 1998, is also being promoted to Lieutenant. Salerno has been with the police department for about 26 years. “I think this is a good thing for the police department and the city. Tony brings a lot to the table- he is very knowledgeable and driven and…

Participants Sought for AIDS Walk

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Local organizers of the New Jersey AIDS Walk 2014 are hoping to boost the number of walkers in Asbury Park, one of five sites hosting the May 4 event. In recent years at the Jersey Shore walk, about 100 have participated. This year, representatives of The Center in Asbury Park, a residential AIDs facility on Third Avenue that is hosting the event, are hoping for 250 to 300 participants. Walkers may carry small placards representing those that have died of AIDS or are living with HIV, the virus causing AIDS. “We try to get the numbers…

Major Fund-Raising Effort On to Purchase Crane House

  The Asbury Park Historical Society has begun a major $250,000 fundraising campaign to purchase and restore the historic Stephen Carne House in Asbury Park. The house, built in 1876, is probably the oldest house in Asbury Park. It is also the teenage home of famous American author Stephen Crane. Stephen Crane [1871- 1900] was a prolific American author who began his literary career in Asbury Park as a teenager. Throughout his short life, Crane wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as early examples of American Naturalism and Expressionism. His writings include “The Red Badge of Courage,”…

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