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Man Found Dead in Asbury Park Senior Complex

  Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance as they search for answers to explain how a man died in an Asbury Park senior citizens building complex Wed., April 11, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. A 57-year old man was found deceased Wednesday morning inside the Dr. Robinson Towers, located at 1000 Third Avenue. Asbury Park police responded to a 911 call around 11:18 a.m. requesting first aid for a fall victim at the complex. Police arrived to find the victim lying in a stairwell of the building. The incident appears to be suspicious and remains under investigation. Anyone who may have information…

Asbury Park Mayor and Councilman Form Ticket

  Asbury Park Mayor John Moor and City Councilman Jesse Kendle will seek four-year terms on the Asbury Park City Council in this November’s election, running as the Asbury Together ticket. Moor and Kendle were previously elected to four year terms in November of 2014 when the Asbury Together ticket swept all five council seats. “Please walk around and see for yourself,” Moor said. “There’s development from Ocean Avenue to Main Street to Springwood Avenue, plus it’s linked to workforce development. Also please read Moody’s report detailing why they upgraded our credit rating. We’re balancing the budget and getting off…

Slight Increase in Neptune School Tax

  If the school budget is approved next week the school tax rate in Neptune will drop by about six cents this year although the average homeowner will pay an extra $66 in school taxes due to the increased value of homes in the township. The total $91.5 million budget, to be voted by the public on April 17, calls for a school tax rate of about 98 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation, down from about a $1.04 tax rate last year. However, due to an increase in ratables, the school taxes for an average home went from $3,023…

Pugapalooza Returns for 5th Anniversary at Wonder Bar

  If it’s spring then it’s Pugapalooza time at The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park on the weekend of May 5. This year marks the 5th Anniversary of Pugapalooza. The brain child of Founder Connie Breech she came up with the idea while sitting at The Wonder Bar with main stay Debbie Delisa. The event started as a one day fundraiser for pugs and pug mixes in need and ballooned into a weekend long event. The proceeds will benefit PugSquad.org (a non-profit group) which helps tri-state pugs in need and also other Pug Rescues throughout the United States. This is the…

What’s up!

  That’s right, it’s our weekly roundup of highlighted happenings in and around Asbury Park! Check this selfsame space for our feature on this weekend’s DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN Springsteen Symposium…and check the printed pages of THE COASTER for the most comprehensive listings of music, movies, theater, art and special events in town! SOUNDS: Asbury Music Awards at the Stone Pony “As crazy as it gets, I’m committed to these awards…and a lot of people look forward to them,” said Scott Stamper, ringmaster of rock’s downtown boxcar berthplace The Saint, and the patron producer behind the peer-reviewed promenade that is The…

A SPRINGSTEEN CONFERENCE ON THE EDGE OF TOWN

  Clockwise from top left: Gary Cavico and Vini Lopez, Joe Rapolla, and Pat Roddy help Monmouth University mark the 40th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN, during a weekend of words, music, and history. (Bruce photo by Michael J. Booth; Rapolla photo by John Posada) By TOM CHESEK From the bins of Sam Goody and Record Town — to the win-an-album wheel games where so many life-changing LPs found their forever-homes — Memorial Day 1978 came and went without an official transmission from the Future of Rock and Roll. But from the boardwalk to the bars…

Neptune Urged to Build Unique Skateboard Park in Township

  By DON STINE If Neptune plans to design and build a public skateboard park then they need to do it right to make it work. That is the message that avid skateboarder Louis Cuccaro brought to the Township Committee at its last meeting. Cuccaro worked on creating the skateboard park inside the  Carousel building in the Asbury Park Casino. He said the new skateboard park needs to have supervision in its planning. “There are companies with a lot of experience and those with no experience,” he said. Neptune Mayor Nicholas Williams said that the township is looking further into…

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…

Jazz Concert at Asbury Park Church

  The Church of St. Augustine in Asbury Park is presenting an afternoon jazz concert on Sun., April 8 at 3 p.m. in memory of Gladstone Trott. Numerous musicians are preforming including: Dorian Parreott, saxophone/vocalist; Billy Lawlor, keyboard; tommy La Bella, saxophone; Desi Norman, vibe-pans; Wilbur Wittemann, trumpet/cornet; Stanton Davis, trumpet/flugelhorn and Bobby Boyd, drummer. The church is located at 155 Prospect Avenue in Asbury Park. Tickets are $20. For information call 732.774.3069.

Remembering King

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI It has been a half century since the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered on the balcony of a Memphis hotel, but he is in many ways just as present in society today as he was in 1968 at the height of the civil rights movement. And that is exactly the hope of Asbury Park resident Gilbert Caldwell. Caldwell knew King who was 10 years older than him when both attended theology school at Boston University. “He was getting his Ph.D and I was getting my masters in theology,” Caldwell said. Caldwell later marched…