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King’s Legacy Reinforced During Celebration

  By DON STINE Asbury Park School Superintendent Lamont Repollet brought a little faith of his own to Congregation Torat El last week and issued “a call to action” during the temple’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held on Jan. 13. Repollet, who was the keynote speaker, said there has been poor parental involvement in Asbury Park. “The community matters. People need to stand up and say `enough is enough’ and take back their families, their communities, and their education,” he said. “Let us be united to save our students.” Repollet said he is calling on people of all…

USE OF DEADLY FORCE BY POLICE OFFICER WAS JUSTIFIED

  Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni released a statement saying the use of deadly force by an Asbury Park police officer regarding a non-fatal shooting in Asbury Park in November was justified. The entire matter has been reviewed by the acting prosecutor and his staff at the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. On Nov. 4, 2015, at approximately 7:15 p.m., 20-year old Asbury Park resident Dante Allen was shot after first firing his weapon at a uniformed Asbury Park police officer (Officer #1) near the intersection of Atkins and Springwood Avenues. Allen suffered non-life threatening injuries to his left…

Asbury Park’s APTV Looks Back at 2015 in Special Series

  Asbury Park’s Public Access Cable Television station, APTV, is taking a look back at the year 2015 by presenting a three-week review of programs produced and aired during the year on the city’s public access channels. APTV broadcasts on channel 30 on Verizon/FIOS and channel 77 on Cablevision and the 2015 retrospective is running around the clock through January 18. “In 2015, APTV produced and showcased Asbury Park High School’s award winning Debate Team, the Summer Internship Work Program, and Class Valedictorian Carl Cazeau. APHS Principal Reginald Mirthil has assembled a collective of students, who will create features on…

Art, Music, Light of Day Will Collide on Cookman Avenue

  On the heels of the successful Asbury Underground Art and Music Crawl which brought some 6,000 attendees to the downtown district of Asbury Park this past October for an afternoon of music, art and shopping, the Light of Day Foundation once again has invited Asbury Underground to produce the downtown leg of their festival which will take place on Jan. 16 and new this year, an added Sunday, Jan. 17. This years’ event, the third year running with Light of Day, will feature 32 performances by musicians and/or bands, with the focus on original music, and singer/songwriters, playing in…

New Brewery Opening in Asbury Park

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new Dark City Brewing Company, which opens Jan. 8 and has been more than two years in the planning and construction, offers a unique selection of hand-crafted beers. “I am incredibly excited and a little bit nervous but it is nice to finally be open,” company founder Kevin Sharpe said. Located at the corner of Main Street and Second Avenue, the small-craft brewery is having its grand opening January 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. “We will have a selection of year-round and seasonal beers as well as limited releases of specialty beers,” Sharpe…

City Reorganizes for New Year

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI There were no changes in the appointments of personnel including attorneys, engineers and auditor, made by Asbury Park Mayor John Moor at this week’s reorganization meeting. The city did not however appoint a redevelopment attorney, which City Clerk Cindy Dye said was still being decided and would be on the agenda for the first regular meeting of the year on Monday. The only new appointments made by the mayor were to the library and planning boards and the Office of Emergency Management. Kerrin “Kerri”Martin was appointed to the library board committee. Garret M. Giberson, city…

Hopes and Dreams for 2016

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI and DON STINE Asbury Park Mayor John Moor didn’t hesitate for one minute to set his top priority for the new year: “It’s the same in Asbury Park as in every city, country and worldwide – less guns on the street, there are way too many guns, there is way too much violence.” Moor cited Sunday’s shooting death of city resident Jamar Small, 24, who was shot on Summerfield Avenue along with another MAN who remains hospitalized. “It should be every mayor’s priority,” he said. “It’s a shame any time of year, but especially right…

In Asbury Park: Proposed Parking Fees Lowered

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI After complaints about a rise in metered parking fees in Asbury Park, the parking committee made several changes to its proposed ordinance 2962 including making the maximum hourly fee $2 down from $3. City Councilman Joe Woerner, who chairs the committee said changes were made in response to residents comments in emails and on social media. “The point of the process is to get feedback,” he said and thanked residents for their input. Another change is the reduction of resident annual permits in zone 4 to $90 from $120. Additional permits may also be purchased…

Theft at City School Puts Damper on Holiday Fun

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The theft of about $200 from a staff member at the Barack H. Obama School in Asbury Park saddened Asbury Park Education Association President John Napolitani. “It’s such a shame, especially to do that to this woman. She’s such a conscientious worker. She tries to get staff involved in everything,” he said. Napolitani did not mention the staff member by name but said it is a para-professional at the school who was outside monitoring recess when the theft occurred. The woman had collected money for APEA’s annual holiday celebration which took place Friday, December 18…

Record High Temps Bring Crowds to Boardwalk

  By DON STINE Flip-flops, shorts, and t-shirts in the middle of December- in New Jersey? What is going on with the weather here? Record warm temperatures were recorded in this area Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 12, 13 and 14 with temperatures almost 10 degrees above normal for the first half of December. Kay Harris, owner of the Asbury Galleria in Asbury Park’s Convention Hall, said, even though she is on vacation in Florida, her employees raved about sales. “Apparently they were outstanding. They said it was like summertime and it’s safe to say the weather was good for…

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