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Asbury Park’s Newest Hotel to Open in May

  The Asbury, described as a “fantasy vacation psotcard come to life,” is scheduled to open in May of next year. It will be the city’s first new hotel to open in 50 years. The long vacant Salvation Army building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Kingsley Street is being transformed into The Asbury, the youngest project in the multi-billion-dollar redevelopment by real-estate company iStar. The Asbury, which will feature 110 guest rooms, will create spaces like a giant rec-room lobby where adults can feel like kids again, kids can unleash their imaginations, and the outside world gets left…

Bonfire, Refreshments, Wagon Rides Planned in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach will host a holiday weekend bursting with activities from Nov. 27 through the 29. The weekend kicks off with a community bonfire at the 5th Avenue beach from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 27. The weekend will continue with sales and specials on Small Business Saturday presented by the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce with participating local businesses. On Sat., Nov. 28, new and established local businesses will be featuring sales and specials all day long with sidewalk sales and extended hours. “The Chamber is very excited about Small Business Saturday,” said Brenda Connolly,…

Preparing for One of Shore’s Oldest Rivalries

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER They’ll go at it again on Thanksgiving Day. The Asbury Park High School football team will host Neptune at 10 a.m. in the 88th renewal of one of the state’s oldest rivalries. The rivalry between the neighboring towns was born in 1908, according to Asbury Park School District spokeswoman Chanta L. Jackson. She said records indicate the Scarlet Fliers lead the series 46-37-4. Jackson said games were not played during war time. Asbury Park coach Tim Fosque and Neptune coach Rodney Taylor are far from strangers to the rivalry. Fosque played guard and defensive end for…

Ocean Boys Soccer Team Looks Back on Winning Season

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER When Ocean Township High School boys soccer coach Tom Reilly examines his team’s season, he does so with a smile. “Well,” he said, “overall you have to consider the season a resounding success.” Indeed it was. The Spartans captured the Shore Conference Class B North title. They advanced to the championship match of the prestigious Shore Conference Tournament, losing 2-0 to Christian Brothers Academy. They won the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III crown, downing West Windsor-Plainsboro North 1-0 in the finale. They ended their season with a 1-0 loss to Toms River South in the Group…

Playing in the Band at Your Home or Business

  By DON STINE Most of us are familiar with the traditional Salvation Army brass ensembles that are common around Christmas time. But now you can bring that ensemble to your business or home. The Salvation Army’s traditional brass ensemble, with high-level musicians, is willing to play for five minutes to an hour in an effort to raise money to help fund the organization programs throughout the upcoming year. “There is no verbal presentation. We just play traditional Christmas and holiday music, including well-known songs like ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’ and ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ ” said Major Carl Carvill,…

Lighting Will Be Replaced Along Broadway in Ocean Grove

  By DON STINE Bulbs on new lighting fixtures recently installed along Broadway in Ocean Grove, which some residents said are too bright, will all be replaced. “We will put the new light bulbs in but we will then draw the line there,” Committeeman Eric Houghtaling said at Monday’s Neptune Township Committee workshop. While many Ocean Grove residents welcome new lighting along Broadway, it may be too bright for some. Residents have complained that the light shines onto houses more than onto the street or sidewalk and is too harsh for the neighborhood. Residents presented the governing body with a…

City to Prohibit Chain Link Fences

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park City Council is expected to approve an amendment to the city code prohibiting chain link and solid fencing on the front yards of properties. City Planner Michelle Alonso said the change is being made to improve aesthetics in the city and due to the fact that there are fencing options now available that cost the same as chain link fences. “There are now attractive open composite materials at comparable prices,” she said. Those with existing chain link fences will be grandfathered in, she said. “They can keep them (chain link fences) until…

Farewell to Asbury Park After 35 Years

  By ED SALVAS The House of Modern Living, a vintage furniture store and one of the longest established businesses on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park, is closing and its owner is relocating to Milford, Del. Bill Meisch, opened the store at 718 Cookman Ave. in 1980, but after 35 years in business, he says it’s time to move on as Asbury Park has changed in ways that have made doing business here more difficult for his store, which features Vintage Modern furniture from the 1920’s to the 70’s. Looking back, Meisch said “Asbury Park was very good to me,”…

Playing Under Pressure No Problem for Ocean Senior Goalie

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Ali Chomsky is the last line of defense on the soccer field. Not that she minds. “I like the high pressure aspect of it,” the Ocean Township High School girls team’s senior goalie said. “When the other team is coming down the field with the ball, it just comes down to the other player and myself. I like the strategy that goes with playing keeper. It is not just a physical position. You also have to play smart in addition to being aggressive.” Chomsky began goalie training at the age of seven. She was a goalie…

Asbury Park’s Davon ‘Biggie’ Thompson Lives Up to His Name

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER He’s known as Biggie. The moniker belongs to Davon Thompson, the Asbury Park High School football team’s star quarterback. “He’s a big play kind of a guy,” said Tim Fosque, the Blue Bishops’ first-year coach. “He makes things happen. He is clearly one of our most valuable players. The offense does not run at its high capacity without him.” “Coming from where I am from, you have to make big plays,” Thompson said. “I like to run with the ball. I can scramble and I can throw the ball. I like to throw it. I love…