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Home Show Coming to City’s Convention Hall

  The 6th annual Asbury Park Spring Home Show returns to Asbury Park’s Convention Hall Fri., March 18 through Sun., March 20. The hall will be filled with exhibits featuring doors and windows, kitchen designs, granite fabrication, sunrooms, landscaping, patios, decks and total remodeling. The show is free to the public. Show times are Fri., March 18 3 to 8 p.m., Sat., March 19 10 a.m.to 8 p.m. and Sun., March 20 11 a.m., to 5 p.m. For more information call 904-940-0069.

Community Organizer Will Be Honored with Carousel Award

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Asbury Park resident Sonja O’Brien has spent a lifetime unconditionally giving back. She’s a doer and a giver. After 14 years of tangible local impact – much of it behind the scenes – the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce is recognizing O’Brien with the 2016 Carousel Humanitarian Award. The award is one of five given annually and celebrates “outstanding dedication” to Asbury Park. “Sonja is great at bringing people together and beyond that, she does it all with heart,” said Jackie Pappas, executive director of the Asbury Park Chamber. “She is the kind of person who…

Shore Beaches Yield Hidden Treasures

  By DON STINE Sun bathers hitting the beaches from Deal to Loch Arbour this summer should not be surprised if they find an old bullet, button or other artifact in the sand. Sand for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment project from Loch Arbour to Deal is being taken off of Sandy Hook, host to the U.S. Army’s Civil War era Fort Hancock. Old bullets and musket balls, uniform buttons, coins and even old shark teeth have been found in the sand since it was placed on the beach in Deal. Clean Ocean Action Executive Director Cindy…

New Bradley Beach Police Officer

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Christopher Hingston became a member of the Bradley Beach Police Department this week after he was administered the Oath of Office by Bradley Beach Mayor Gary Engelstad. Hingston, who has been a special class police officer in the borough for the past two years, applied for the position after Captain Stephen Fahnholz retired on Dec. 31. “We had a lot of candidates who applied for the job, and Chris excelled,” said Police Chief Leonard Guida. “He comes from a great service and we all love him here. He’ll make a fine addition and I couldn’t be…

Where’s the Bradley Cove Appraisal?

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The City Council in Asbury Park is ready to come to an agreement on the development rights for the property at the north end beachfront with boardwalk developers iStar. At issue, however, is the dollar value of the half acre piece of land known as Bradley Cove. iStar owns the development rights to the property, where in 2008, Asbury Partners presented plans to the city to build 15 homes on the beach in front of Asbury Towers. Many residents, at the time, came out to protest the plan and the fate of the tract of…

Ocean Avenue in Bradley Beach to Be Repaved

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach Borough Engineer Gerald Freda told the Borough Council this week that the contractor would resume building the handicap ramp along Ocean Avenue in the next week and the county is expected to pave Ocean Avenue in April. The borough most likely will find its own contractor to stripe and number the parking spots instead of waiting for the county to finish the project. “The project is starting in Bradley Beach and working south, so (the county) is not going to have a striping company until everything is finished,” Freda said. “We felt like it’s…

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…

The Angel of Salvage in Asbury Park

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO What began in 2002 as a personal desire to restore a home to its original glory has evolved into Central New Jersey’s largest architectural salvage showroom, Salvage Angel, located in Asbury Park. “Salvage Angel grew from a personal need but I knew there were other people like me trying to truly restore their homes in a pure way,” said Carolyn Curtin, founder. “I started getting wish lists from friends and neighbors and my hobby grew from collecting architectural items to include vintage furniture and home decor.” The 20,000-square-foot warehouse in the former Canada Dry building on…

Neptune Garden Growing Bigger

  By DON STINE Community involvement and living a healthier lifestyle in Neptune’s Midtown area will get a boost under a proposal to expand a community garden in the area. “The garden has proven to be successful and now we have a chance to expand it and get more people involved,” First Pentecostal Church Sr. Pastor Paul L. Brown said. In 2011, the Township Committee granted the First Pentecostal Church, 144 Oxonia Ave. and Midtown Urban Renaissance Corporation use of a 50- by 100-foot section Liberty Park on Monroe Avenue for a community garden. Church and MURC officials are now…

Former Councilman Fondly Remembered

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Former Bradley Beach Councilman Patrick D’Angelo died February 26 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He was 82. D’Angelo, originally from Staten Island, spent his summers in Bradley Beach before moving there permanently when he retired. After becoming a full time resident he ran for a council seat, serving about 16 years. During his tenure he worked with the state to acquire grant funding for the town including one for the construction of the boardwalk promenade after the 1992 nor’easter. Due to his involvement in his community he received many awards and citations and then…