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City Businesses Hear Details of Revitalized Urban Enterprise Zone

  By ED SALVAS Asbury Park has a lot to gain from participation in the state’s Urban Enterprise Zone Program. That was the message this week delivered to about 45 members of the business community at breakfast meeting held by the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce with  Sen. Vin Gopal and James Simmons, Business Development Representative for the New Jersey Urban Enterprise Program, part of the state Department of Community Affairs. Asbury Park was active in the former UEZ program which ran from 1983 until it was closed down n 2010 by the Christie Administration. It was revitalized by legislation…

Volunteer Cooks Sought for The Center

  The Center in Asbury Park is seeking volunteers to cook meals for residents at the Third Avenue building. There are on average six to 12 residents who eat in the dining room Saturdays and Sundays. Chef Karen will help the volunteers order ingredients for the meals. The meals are served from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 4 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The open dates where volunteers are needed include July 7, 21, 22 and 28, Aug. 4, 18, 25 and 26 and Sept. 21, 22, 23 and 29. To volunteer contact Patsy Vornhagen at quinnpv@optonline.net or call  732-774-3416 x115.

Woman Arrested After Standoff in Allenhurst

  A 31-year old woman who last week set off a two-hour standoff with law enforcement in Allenhurst is in jail and facing charges for various offenses, said Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Lindsey DiGeronimo, of Spier Avenue in Allenhurst, is charged with third degree Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, third degree Possession of a Weapon (knife) for an Unlawful Purpose, and fourth degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (knife). On June 7 at approximately 7:10 p.m., Allenhurst Police received a 911 call from DiGeronimo’s boyfriend advising that he had been stabbed by DiGeronimo. Officers responded to the scene, where…

Another Success Story in Asbury Park

  In 2010 Asbury Park needed $11 million in state aid to help fill a budget deficit. Today, the city has reached the point where it can balance the budget without any supplemental aid. “This is something we have been working toward for a long time,” Mayor John Moor said. “I have to give the majority of the credit to our staff.” In releasing the information state officials praised city officials for their work to revitalize the city. Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) said, “We acknowledge and commend the hard…

Republican, Democrat Officials Hosting Fundraiser for Asbury Park Candidates

    By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI In a unique show of shared support two area elected officials from different political parties have decided to forego party politics and host a bi-partisan, joint fundraiser for Asbury Park Mayor John Moor and Councilman Jesse Kendle who are each seeking reelection in November. Freeholder Thomas Arnone, a Republican, and Sen. Vin Gopal, a Democrat, offered to host a fundraiser for them. Election petitions are not due until the end of August for the non-partisan November election and thus far Moor and Kendle are the only residents who have filed. Mayor Moor was delighted…

The Question is…

  The Coaster asks, “If a tourist asked you for places to go, what would you tell them?”

$1,000 Grant to Ocean School for New Uniforms for Track and Field Teams

  Athletes at the Township of Ocean Intermediate School will benefit from the 2018 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program. The cross country and track and field teams received $1,000 to help purchase uniforms for the growing program. Applicant Lori Fornicola said having new, matching uniforms will increase school spirit and promote pride for participants. She is hoping to maintain a quality program for everyone who wishes to take part, despite budget cuts. The school is one of five New Jersey Schools receiving a Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant this year.  The others are Bellville High School, Cliffside…

Dance Academy in Asbury Park Celebrating 20 Years

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI It was a directive from a famous dancer that set Asbury Park’s Michele Burrell on a path to her life’s work. As a young woman Burrell studied with Madame Maria Swoboda, the famous dancer and dance teacher, at a Spring Lake studio. Burrell says Swoboda, who had taught at leading ballet studios in New York including the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, American Ballet Theater and the June Taylor School, looked around at her students and came to the realization that there were not many opportunities for African American dancers. “She then looked at me…

Free Concerts Continue on Asbury Park Boardwalk

  The Asbury Park Concert Band  is once again performing on the Asbury Park boardwalk between Convention Hall and the Robinson Ale House at 7 p.m. Thursdays beginning July 5. The concerts are free. Rain site is the Casino Walkway at the south end of the boardwalk, Asbury and Ocean Avenues. On July 5 it will be a concert featuring patriotic and American music. There will also be a Children’s Concert. Thursday, July 12– Jazz Night Thursday, July 19– Now on Broadway – Children’s Concert Tursday, July 26 – Many Colors Thursday, August 2– Movie Time – Children’s Concert Thursday, August 9– Dorian Parreott’s All Stars Thursday,…

New Garden in Ocean Grove

  Boardwalk strollers that get to the very northern end of Ocean Gove will be greeted by a new flower/shrub garden this summer. “It is for pure enjoyment for the community. People walking down the boardwalk can sit and enjoy the scenery and the garden.,” Neptune Environmental and Shade Tree Commission Secretary Chris Bedrosian said. A group of volunteers planted the garden, at the very eastern end of Wesley Lake right by the boardwalk, on May 12. The garden is on township owned-land and Bedrosian said the idea of the garden has been in the works for a few years…