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Judge Directs Asbury Park Voters to Appear in Court

  By DON STINE A Superior Court judge ruled Jan. 14 that between 230 to 350 voters filing vote-by-mails ballots in Asbury Park’s last municipal election will each be called to testify in court about their individual applications. Superior Court Judge Dennis O’Brien ruled that the hundreds of voters will testify during a lengthy trial set for Feb. 23 through Feb. 27. It is unclear at this time how the subpoenaed voters will be brought to the county court house in Freehold. Two candidates on the unsuccessful A-Team slate in the November election have filed the lawsuit seeking 343 vote-by-mail…

Jubilant Audience Welcomes New City Mayor, Council

  Above – Coaster Photo – Asbury Park Mayor John Moor kisses his wife, Vera, following his swearing in on Jan. 1. By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new City Council, led by Mayor John Moor, came in as a unified team sworn in on New Year’s Day as the jubilant overflow crowd answered with a standing ovation. The Jan. 1 swearing-in ceremony for the Asbury Together ticket, which swept the November election, was in sharp contrast to the last swearing in which took place in July 2013 and featured 11th hour deals prompting some residents to storm out of the…

Crane House Receives State Historic Status

  The teenage home of famous American author Stephen Crane in Asbury Park was officially placed on the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places this month. The 1878 house, located at 508 Fourth Avenue, is slated to be purchased by the Asbury Park Historical Society in the near future and preserved as a museum dedicated to Crane and as a public meeting place for the historical society and other city and educational organizations. “Obtaining this official designation is a huge first step in acquiring a permanent home for the historical society,” President Don Stine said.“Many members spend a lot…

New City Council Said It Will Not Renew City Manager’s Contract

  On behalf of the incoming members of the Asbury Park City Council, this statement will confirm that on Dec. 18 Jack Kelly was advised that the new Council does not intend to appoint him to the City Manager position under the new “Council-Manager” form of government which takes effect as of Jan. 1. Kelly’s current contract expires Dec. 31. He has served as city manager for approximately one yer. The statement also said the new Council thanked Kelly for his dedication and service to the residents of Asbury Park over the last year, and to offer hime their best…

City Housing Authority Seeks Input from Residents on Redevelopment

  Asbury Park Housing Authority officials want city residents to tell them what they would like to see in place of the Boston Way Village housing complex, which is scheduled soon for demolition. About 50 residents attended at special meeting hosted by the city’s Housing Authority, which oversees the 123-unit federally-subsidized housing development at Memorial Drive and Springwood Avenue. Housing Authority Interim Executive Director Tyrone Garrett said the meeting was being held to get dialogue and develop a strategic plan for redeveloping the area, especially Boston Village, eight separate buildings built on a four-acre site in 1952. Garrett said another…

City Residents Discuss Pros and Cons of Paid Parking

  By DON STINE Some Asbury Park residents told officials this week they would like to see either free parking or reduced parking rates on city streets during the winter months although many acknowledge the state would be critical of the reduction in revenues for the city. The comments were made at a meeting this week to discuss solving Asbury Park’s long-term parking problem, which is not unique among coastal towns. “Asbury Park is not unique (regarding parking), per se, but it has unique traits that cannot be found (elsewhere),” said Timothy Tracy, executive vice president of Desman Associates. City…

New art, music festival coming to Asbury Park in 2015

  Asbury Park will once again host a film festival and this time it will include the city’s rich musical heritage. The Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation said it is partnerning with the Asbury Park Press to bring a new film festival to the city in April 2015. The 1st Annual Asbury Park Music in Film Festival has been scheduled to take place the weekend of April 10, 11 and 12, 2015. The festival will replace the Garden State Film Festival that was moved to Atlantic City in 2013. The loss of the GSFF, an eleven year economic mainstay in…

Asbury Park Toy Drive Hopes to Serve 500 Families This Season

  By DON STINE The Asbury Park Toy Drive is now 14 years old and it keeps getting bigger and better every year. “This is an Asbury Park-based drive and whatever is given here stays within the community. And you should see these kids faces when they get these toys,” Police Sgt. Connie Breech said. First started in 2000 by Breech and Georgie’s Tavern, 812 Fifth Avenue, the annual toy drive, which received its non-profit status last month, has grown every year. “The first year we got maybe a few hundred toys which were distributed to organizations in the city,”…

Press Building in Neptune Ready for Demolition

  By DON STINE The former Asbury Park Press building on Route 66 in Neptune has been sold and is slated to be torn down before the end of this year by an affiliate of the Tinton Falls-based H. Hovnanian Industries. “We are still waiting for submission of their final demolition and grading plans to be reviewed by township officials but their stated intent is to have it down by the end of next month,” Township Business Administrator Vito D. Gadaleta said on Tuesday. The building was sold to 3601 Route 66 LLC- an affiliate of H. Hovnanian Industries. Gadaleta…

Taborn’s Owner Ready for Her 100th Birthday

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Ann Taborn is lively, in good health, well-groomed, has a strong voice and easily recalls history from decades ago “She reads the New York Times everyday without glasses,” said Tara Fantini Cadet, her great-granddaughter. Taborn does not even wear glasses for distance. All not bad for someone who will turn 100 Mon., Nov. 24. “I’m thinking how well I am for 100,” said Taborn, who lives in Ocean Township’s Cedar Village age-restricted community. “I have no aches or pain.” Many may recognize Taborn as the matriarch of Taborn’s restaurant, which was on Asbury Park’s Main Street,…

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