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Asbury Park Seeks to Fill Key Positions

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new City Council hopes to fill vacancies in some of the top managerial positions in the city in the near future. Asbury Park, one of only two cities in Monmouth County, is now without a permanent city clerk, city manager, chief financial officer, and police chief. All people in these key positions are “acting” appointments right now, pending the appointment of full-time personnel. Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn said that the City Council hopes to resolve these job issues in the near future. “We are a city going through a transition right now with a…

In Asbury Park:Cross and Orange Restaurant to Open Feb. 12

  One of Asbury Park’s most anticipated new restaurants, Cross and Orange, will open its doors to the public on Thurs., Feb.12. Restaurateurs Bob and Chris Fahey, who also own and operate Edgar’s Pub in Manasquan and are affiliated with the Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, have spent the past several months carefully planning the design and décor of their newest venue, and developing a menu, which they say is unlike any other in Monmouth County with executive chef Sam Byrne. Chef Sam Byrne is a Michelin-quality chef who has garnered his experience cooking in some of the most lauded…

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The ‘Blizzard’ That Bombed

  By JOSEPH SAPIA The Madello family of Avon was going on a cruise this week to Key West in Florida and Nassau in the Bahamas. Not that they need the warmer weather, though. On Wednesday, in 27 degrees, the family — dad Dylan, 40; mom Mikhael, 35; and daughters, Scarlett, 4, and Elise, 2 — were visiting the playground on the Avon beach. Mikhael said she thought it was easier “to be in the snow than in the house with the pent-up energy” her daughters have. “We’re just giving the kids some exercise,” Dylan said. “They seem to be…

Proposed Incentive Plan in Ocean Would Decrease Property Taxes

  By DON STINE Ocean Township residents may get a little property tax relief by shopping at local businesses under an innovative plan being put together by township officials. Called “Own Ocean,” the program calls for participating residents to get a rebate on their property taxes if they shop at a township-based business. “It is a property tax rewards program that tries to put money back in the taxpayer’s pocket,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said. Siciliano said the program is still being organized and is expected to be launched sometime later this year. “It may take about nine months but it…

Dream Center, Uva Restaurant Collect 2,500 Diapers for the Needy

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Just 24 hours after being co-coordinator of a first-time charity event, Cheryl Ashcroft was looking forward to doing it again, perhaps on an ongoing basis. Collecting diapers. Diapers to be distributed to the needy by the Jersey Shore Dream Center in Asbury Park. Over three hours on the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 25, Pagano’s UVA restaurant and wine bar in Bradley Beach hosted the Dream Center’s First Annual Diaper Drive. “It was between 2,500 and 3,000 diapers, I’d say,” said the Rev. Isaac Friedel, founder and chief executive officer of the Dream Center and pastor of…

Garofalo Named Deputy Mayor in Ocean

  By DON STINE Ocean Township’s new Deputy Mayor William Garofalo said last week that taxpayers can expect no increase in the municipal budget this year. “We have weathered the (budget) storm and cost-saving measures we put in place are paying off. I am confident we will have a flat tax this year,” he said. “I think the tides have turned and I am happy and confident that we are going forward,” he said. Mayor Christopher Siciliano has previously stated that a flat tax rate is one of the main goals under his administration. Ocean Township’s current municipal tax rate…