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Interfaith Neighbors Celebrating 30-Year Anniversary June 14

  Interfaith Neighbors, located in Asbury Park, is celebrating its 30th anniversary at a Decades of Dedicaton Gala on Thurs., June 14. Two Jersey Shore luminaries will be honored including Hackensack Meridian Health Co-Chief Executive Officer John K. Lloyd and Interfaith’s Founder and Executive Director Joseph J. Marmora. The fundraiser, which will support Interfaith Neighbors’ programs, will be held at Monmouth University’s OceanFirst Bank Center and comes at an opportune moment as both Marmora and Lloyd plan to retire this year. New Jersey Natural Gas, Jersey Mike’s, and Hackensack Meridian Health are lead sponsors of the event. Lloyd is being honored…

Deal Lake Fishing Contest Returns

  The sixth annual Deal Lake Carp Fishing Contest sponsored by Asbury Park Fishing Club is scheduled for April 22 from 7 a.m. to noon. The contest is open to the public and free to participants. Hosted by the Asbury Park Fishing Club this popular contest awards prizes in four categories: $100 for largest carp, $50 for second place, $25 for third place and $25 for the junior winner under 12 years of age. Contestants can fish anywhere on Deal Lake and weigh in their catch at the Deal Lake flume before noon. The Deal Lake Commission will present plaques to the…

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Boston Way Construction to Begin in Asbury Park

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The “new” Boston Way Village is ready for construction to begin in Asbury Park. The former seven building complex was demolished in October. Interim Executive Director of the Asbury Park Housing Authority, Thomas Sahlin, and Chairman Gregory Hopson Sr. met at the New Jersey Housing Mortgage Finance Agency in  Trenton on Feb. 22 for the financial closing that will enable construction to begin on the project. A release from the APHA states that the authority will be working with Errol Shorter and Associates, who will coordinate with the General Contractor (AJD) to ensure local hiring…

The Gift of Life

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Four years after receiving one of her husband’s kidneys, a Bradley Beach woman is doing well and calling the entire episode “a miracle.” Beth Williscroft, 57, was a healthy 50-year-old woman when a rare one in a million person disease, Goodpasture syndrome,(GPS) took hold and caused her kidneys to shut down completely. The disease is a rare autoimmune disease which causes the body to attack itself. Williscroft first went to see her doctor because she had a sinus infection and also felt like she had the flu. In short time she learned it was not…

Students and Seniors Break Bread to Honor MLK

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Students, teachers, administrators and staff members at the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Asbury Park took to heart the words of Dr. Martin Luther King on his holiday this week to spend the day volunteering for an event that brought young and old together. In a Breaking Bread celebration pre kindergarten and kindergarten students at the school invited Asbury Park seniors to enjoy the fruits of their labor including homemade bread from preschoolers and butter made by kindergarten students. Principal Thea M. Jackson-Byers said all those participating were volunteering and not getting paid. Jackson-Byers opened…

City Historical Society Prepares for Art Show

  It’s a colorful addition to the sights, sounds and sensations of the famous Asbury Park boardwalk — and on Sun., Aug. 20, the outdoor art fair known as Art on the Boardwalk returns to the place that’s hosted generations of painters, poets and performers, for 12th annual edition! A fundraising presentation of the Asbury Park Historical Society, the event is a “big tent” showcase for the original creations of dozens of artists, working in a variety of media. Open to the public between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. — and extending along the “beach” side of the boards, beginning…

I Scream, You Scream, They All Screamed for Ice Cream

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Shore ice cream lovers came out in droves Sun., Juy 16 to celebrate National Ice Cream Day. According to the National Day Calendar website, National Ice Cream Day was proclaimed in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan to be observed the third Sunday of July, which he also named National Ice Cream month. This year, long lines could be seen at area ice cream parlors up until closing time as customers queued up to get their favorite flavor. At Days Ice Cream in Ocean Grove people stood in lines across the shop’s wooden porch, down the…

Interfaith Neighbors Receiving Planning Grant

  Interfaith Neighbors has been awarded a new planning grant from the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation continuing a decade of support for economic stability, affordable housing, and youth opportunity on Asbury Park’s West Side. Past WFRF grants have supported such Interfaith Neighbors (IFN) projects as the Springwood Center, affordable homes and rental housing, Kula Café, Kula Urban Farm and a variety of programs carried out by Interfaith’s collaborative partners, including the Community Affairs & Resource Center, Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. The Wells Fargo planning grant runs concurrent…

Cornerstone Building in Neptune Up for Sheriff’s Sale Jan. 9

  By DON STINE The cornerstone building in Neptune’s plan to redevelop West Lake Avenue is scheduled to be auctioned off by the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office on Mon., Jan. 9. “We would like to see this building remain open,” said Dianna A. Harris, president of the Midtown Urban Renaissance Corporation (MURC), a community-based nonprofit organization hoping to redevelop Neptune’s West Lake area, which becomes Springwood Avenue in Asbury Park. The project, built through efforts of township officials, the MURC, and CityWorks Inc., received $20 million in state funding from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority for the project, which…

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