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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…

Neptune City Dog is Expert at Finding Lost Baseballs, Softballs

  By JOSEPH SAPIA At the Holmes A. Adams Recreation Complex, teams gather to play baseball and softball. “The balls they hit in the woods, they don’t got get them,” said Cathie DiGironimo, who lives next-door to the fields. “You can’t see theM.” But her dog, Simon, sniffs them out on walks. He is a golden retriever of lost baseballs and softballs, gathering, according to DiGironimo’s husband, Frank, an estimated thousand-plus in his seven years. “I don’t know how he finds them,” said Frank DiGironimo, who operates Neptune City Barber Shop at his house on West Sylvania Avenue. At the…

Ocean Township High School Turns 50

  By DON STINE Fifty years ago this month Ocean Township High School opened its doors for the first time to greet about 1,000 students- a move that would change the township school district forever. The opening of the high school in September, 1965 was a turning point for both Ocean Township and Asbury Park- the school district that, up to that year, educated most of Ocean Township’s students. “When the school opened in September, there was no senior class since seniors had returned to Asbury Park to graduate with their class. It was only until the next year that…

The Phoenix Will Rise in Ocean Grove

  By JOSEPH SAPIA After a fire destroyed the three-story commercial-residential buidling at 50 Main Ave. in Ocean Grove in February, The Phoenix is rising. Within the next few weeks construction should begin on a new three-story building — The Phoenix — on the site, according to Kurt Cavano, who owns the property with his wife, Janet Mazur Cavano. The two have been Ocean Grove residents for more than 30 years. Now, the Cavanos are in the process of filing for building permits, Cavano said. The new wooden building will be 12,000 square feet over three floors and a basement.…

New Project Planned for Esperanza Site

  The iStar real estate company has announced plans for a multi-billion dollar redevelopment project along a 1.25-mile stretch of Asbury Park’s waterfront, which will include the development of the former Esperanza site into a mixed use hotel, condominiums and retail space. Among the 20 individual iStar-financed projects in the plan are: — The Asbury, a hotel designed by Stonehill and Taylor Architects, will be inspired by Asbury Park itself and will take the title of its first new hotel in 30 years. The Asbury is set to open early summer 2016 in a long-vacant former Salvation Army building after…

A Visit to the Wonder Bar

  Bruce Springsteen joined Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers onstage at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park Sat., July 18 for more than two hours of rock ‘n’ roll.  The surprise performance featured “Because the Night,” “Light of Day” and Pink Cadillac and a dozen others. Coaster Photo by John Cavanaugh.

Avon Library Hosting Storytimes, Discussions and Book Sale

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Avon Public Library has a full schedule for these upcoming summer months with programs for both children and adults alike. Library Director Sheila Watson has been busy finalizing plans for the month of July and the beginning of August with more programs in the works for mid- and late- August. According to Watson, the library has decided to “take a different approach to a summer reading program this year.” “It seems as if my Avon school-age children are overwhelmed with school assigned summer reading, swim team, water ballet, surf camp and sports camps. They are…

Who’s the Girl on Springsteen Single Cover?

  By JOSEPH SAPIA In 1979, hired by Bruce Springsteen, Joel Bernstein spent days with the rock and roller, shooting photographs of him. One is an iconic black-and-white shot – Springsteen dressed in light-colored long pants and a dark-colored T-shirt standing on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. The Boardwalk’s herringbone pattern is covered with rain. The Empress hotel is in the near background, the Palace arcade in the far background. “To Joel,” Springsteen wrote on a copy of the photo he gave to Bernstein, “Who was that girl?” and signed it. Springsteen is referring to the woman in the photo’s background,…

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