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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,”…

Meters Planned for City Parking Garage

  By DON STINE The state-owned parking garage on Bangs Avenue in Asbury Park (pictured above) will eventually have pay-to–park meters installed, similar to ones already in place in the downtown area and at the beachfront. “Let’s keep moving forward (on providing new parking in the city). This is a good idea so let’s do it,” said Councilman John Loffredo, who is also a member of the city’s parking committee. The garage, at the intersection with Emory Street, has more than 200 parking spaces that are used primarily by state workers employed at a nearby building on weekdays. On Fridays…

The B Plot: 40th anniversary of historic Little League curve ball

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO As Little League season begins, there is one woman to thank for ensuring girls everywhere get their turn at bat. In 1974, a 10-year-old Janine Cinseruli told her mother that because of her gender she was not allowed to play in her Peabody, Massachusetts Little League. What ensued was months of legal curve balls with the help of the ACLU and a landmark decision by the State Supreme Court that affirmed a girl’s right to play baseball on the same team as the boys. And Cinseruli made history by becoming the first girl welcomed into any…

Longtime City Employee to Receive Carousel Award

  By ED SALVAS Garrett L. Giberson, better known as Gary, is a life-long Asbury Park resident who’s career as a city employee began in his teens and continues today, four years after his “retirement” as director of public works. Giberson is being honored with the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce Carousel Award presented annually to an outstanding Public Official. The awards ceremony will take place at the Chamber’s Carousel Awards Dinner May 9 at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. Giberson is currently the part time manager of the city beachfront, a position he’s held since 2010 when he officially stepped…

Asbury Park Chamber Names New Assistant Director

  By ED SALVAS The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce created a new job this year in addition to making technology improvements at its office. These are other announcements were made at the chamber’s first 2014 General Membership breakfast meeting at the VFW. Attendees enjoyed a breakfast of scrambled eggs, pancakes and coffee provided by the restaurant Toast. Chamber Executive Director Jackie Pappas said the chamber’s membership stands at 275 and announced that Matthew Whelan has been hired as the chamber’s full time assistant executive director. “We created a job this year,” Pappas said in announcing that Whelan has been…

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