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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…

After 114 Years Clayton Press Closing Its Doors

  Above – David Roszel, owner of The Clayton Press in Asbury Park, said he is closing next month after 114 years in the city. – Coaster Photo By DON STINE One of Asbury Park’s oldest businesses will be closing at the end of May and with it goes a way of printing that served the city well for more than a century. The Clayton Press, at 412 Bond St., is going out of business. Founded in 1900, the print shop has served people from Asbury Park founder James A. Bradley, through the Great Depression and two World Wars, up…

City Chamber Announces Carousel Award Winners

  It is once again time for the 2014 Asbury Park Chamber Carousel Awards Gala, this year themed “Saturday Night Fever.” The event will be held Fri., May 9 at 6 p.m. at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel located at 1401 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park. Attire is Black-tie-groovy with cocktails, dinner, dancing and special performances. Tickets are $125 to benefit The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce. This year’s honorees are John McGillon, owner of Johnny Mac’s/Kim Marie – Economic Development award; Jason Meehan, creator of the NJ Zombie Walk – Spirit of Asbury Park award (featured picture above); Corbo Restaurant Supply –…

City Woman Hospitalized After Fire

  By DON STINE A 76-year-old woman was hospitalized March 27 after a fire broke out in her fifth-floor apartment in the Munroe Towers in Asbury Park. Fire department spokesperson Garrett Giberson said that Jessie Wise was rescued from her apartment by Asbury Park firefighters Paul Annunziata and Brett Nielson. Wise was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for smoke inhalation and evaluation. Wise was found under the bed covers in her bedroom in unit 5-N. The fire call came in at 10:47 a.m. and residents on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors of the 15-story residential…

$12 Million Wesley Lake Restoration Project Underway

  The first phase of a proposed $12 million restoration project to Wesley Lake is underway and more funding is being sought to complete the project. “This is just the beginning and we have a lot more planned,” said Neptune Mayor Michael Brantley, who also chairs the Wesley Lake Commission. The Wesley Lake Commission held a press conference and groundbreaking ceremony on March 19 to celebrate the beginning of the project. “We are aggressively seeking more money,” Brantley said. Under the current $1.4 million project, both Wesley Lake, between Asbury Park and Ocean Grove, and Fletcher Lake, between Ocean Grove…

Residents Concerned About Deal Lake Project

  By DON STINE Concerned residents, environmentalists and sportsmen said they will continue to pressure the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a controversial beach replenishment project that may clog the Deal Lake flume in Asbury Park and prevent fishing from spawning. The Army Corps also wants to notch around six jetties between Asbury Park and Long Branch. About 100 people attended a rally March 2 at Deal Lake to protest plans to replenish a 3.5-mile section of beach stretching from Lake Takanassee in the Elberon section of Long Branch to Deal Lake. “Our main concern is a free-flowing flume…

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