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Erotic Film Festival Coming to City

  Asbury Park’s ShowRoom Cinema and Parlor Gallery are producing the first Asbury Park Erotic Film Festival from Aug. 5 through Aug. 7. According to a release from festival organizers, a film festival provides the opportunity to feature films under a thematic umbrella the film-going public doesn’t get to see. “Asbury Park is known for its love of freedom, hedonistic recreation and eclectic artistic spirit so it seems like a fertile environment for a collection of films, art and events that focus on erotica,” Mike Sodano, co-founder of The ShowRoom Cinema said. Festival Programmer Alex Chionetti will help to create…

In Ocean, New App Helps Residents Report Concerns Directly to Officials

  By DON STINE Ocean Township will be the first municipality in the nation to use a special app that allows residents to report a problem to township officials and get an immediate response. Report It is a free and simple-to-use app that can be installed on any mobile device or accessed via the web. It is designed to provide users the ability to share important information, comments or suggestions directly with organizations and companies in a way that’s simple, anonymous and non-confrontational. “It allows someone to generate a report (with attached photos) anonymously and send it to the right…

Neptune City Police Officer Graduates from FBI Academy

  Neptune City Police Lieutenant Matthew J. Quagliato graduated from the FBI National Academy on June 10. Two hundred and thirteen Law enforcement officers graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. The 264th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 47 states. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 21 international countries, four military organizations and eight federal civilian organizations. Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training…

Ocean Plans New Bandshell

  By DON STINE Efforts to build the first permanent bandshell in Joe Palaia Park in Ocean Township are well underway and the new facility may be up and running by the fall. And while the band shell project is moving forward this year, Siciliano said the idea is not original to this Township Council. “It was first put forward by previous mayors and councils about 15 to 20 years ago but it never grew legs. Every now and then it would come back up for discussion but I put this on our list of things to do if we…

School Chief Will Receive Carousel Award

  By ED SALVAS In the 18-months that Dr. Lamont Repollet has been Superintendent of Schools in Asbury Park, he has overseen the move to a new Administrative Office, launched a series of academic initiatives, created an Early College Academy and designed a new logo for the district, all aimed at changing the long-held perception of a failed system. On May 13, the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce will present Repollet with the 2016 Public Official Carousel Award, one of five awards to be handed out at a gala dinner at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. Repollet came to Asbury Park…

Sneak Peek at Asbury’s newest restaurant, Capitoline

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Fasano family jokingly calls it “the complex” but as even William Shakespeare said many a truth is said in jest. The city’s newest restaurant, Capitoline, owned by Asbury Park developer Patrick Fasano will be opening soon on Cookman Avenue in the heart of the city’s downtown. But patrons can get a sneak preview Sun., March 13 when the restaurant will open for drinks and meatball sandwiches for the day as part of what Fasano called “the Reveal Party.” This ambitious undertaking by Fasano includes two other diverse restaurants, each fronting on different streets, before…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPHN PANGARO An officer on patrol is expected to know their beat; who lives in it and what the normal rhythms of the area are. This is an essential element of police work and something we can all understand. If we see a person we don’t recognize we take interest in what they are doing and where they go. This is also an essential part of providing a security net in the towns and cities we work in. Of course seeing someone we don’t know does not mean we are to assume the worst and assign a malevolent…

The Lip Man Remembered for His Music and His Humor

  By DON STINE Mark Lipman, the eclectic, often irreverent, but always humorous leader of the Asbury Park-based band Lip Man and The Lips, died Christmas morning at age 65. “It’s like I lost more than half of myself,” Mark’s wife, Joan, said this week. The couple were married for more than three decades. Formed in Asbury Park in the late 1980’s, Lip Man and the Lips offered a fun comedy-rock repertoire, including unusual arrangements for cover songs along with original songs featuring names like “You Smell Like Lox and I Love You” and the ever popular “Guacamole Dip.” The…

A Look at the Ocean High Girls Cross Country Team

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Ocean Township High School girls cross country coach Paul Looney said at the start of the season he was hopeful for big things from Michela Cholak. “She is our number one runner,” he said. “She should have a great senior season.” Cholak has delivered for the Spartans, pacing the team to wins in four of its first seven dual meets. She ran the 12th-fastest time in school history at hilly Holmdel Park. She has run the second-best time in school annals at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. And she has run 19 minutes at Ocean County Park…

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