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Neptune Little League Junior All-Stars Are Champs

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER The Neptune Little League Junior All-Stars baseball team was down, but far from out. Neptune trailed visiting Ocean Township 4-2 and 7-5 in the championship game of the District 11 Tournament. Facing elimination with a loss, Neptune rallied for a 9-8 victory. “We displayed timely hitting and guts,” Neptune manager Bob Smith said. “What do you do with a bunch of 13 and 14-year-old boys? You get them in a huddle and let them know they are not out of it. You tell them, ‘Don’t quit until the final bell rings.’ They responded.” Neptune went ahead…

Erotic Film Festival Coming to City

  Asbury Park’s ShowRoom Cinema and Parlor Gallery are producing the first Asbury Park Erotic Film Festival from Aug. 5 through Aug. 7. According to a release from festival organizers, a film festival provides the opportunity to feature films under a thematic umbrella the film-going public doesn’t get to see. “Asbury Park is known for its love of freedom, hedonistic recreation and eclectic artistic spirit so it seems like a fertile environment for a collection of films, art and events that focus on erotica,” Mike Sodano, co-founder of The ShowRoom Cinema said. Festival Programmer Alex Chionetti will help to create…

In Ocean, New App Helps Residents Report Concerns Directly to Officials

  By DON STINE Ocean Township will be the first municipality in the nation to use a special app that allows residents to report a problem to township officials and get an immediate response. Report It is a free and simple-to-use app that can be installed on any mobile device or accessed via the web. It is designed to provide users the ability to share important information, comments or suggestions directly with organizations and companies in a way that’s simple, anonymous and non-confrontational. “It allows someone to generate a report (with attached photos) anonymously and send it to the right…

Mayfair Wishing Well Finds New Home

  The Wishing Well from the landmark Mayfair Theatre in Asbury Park now has a new home and a permanent resting place at the Stephen Crane House in Asbury Park.. “The Palumbo family gave us the well about eight to 10 years ago but we never had anywhere to permanently place it,” Asbury Park Historical Society President Don Stine said. Local contractor Henry Vaccaro moved the concrete well- that weighs approximately 500 pounds and has a wrought-iron crown- with a forklift several years ago to a residential lawn on Second Avenue. The Palumbo family needed to move it since they…

Asbury Park police detective attends Dallas funerals for slain officers

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Eugene J. Dello, an Asbury Park police detective and a state legislative delegate for PBA Local No. 6, attended four of the five funerals for the police officers killed in last week’s massacre in Dallas, Texas. The five Dallas police officers, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa were killed in Dallas on July 7 by a sniper using high powered weapons. Dello flew with four fellow New Jersey officers to Dallas on July 12 as representatives from The New Jersey State PBA. “We arrived Tuesday and they (PBA) sent…

Art Star Craft Bazaar Coming to Asbury Park

  The Art Star Craft Bazaar of Philadelphia will be in Asbury Park with more than 50 curated art and craft vendors July 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and July 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The two day event will take place in Bradley Park, across from Convention Hall, and is free to the public. It will be held rain or shine. The first 50 customers each day will receive a tote bag and the first 250 customers will receive $5 off a participating vendor’s booth. In a release from organizers the bazaar is called an…

Artists Sought for Show on City Boardwalk

  The Asbury Park Historical Society is holding its 11th annual Art on the Boardwalk art show Sun., Aug. 21 and are looking for artists who would like to display their works. Anyone who would like to participate may send a $75 entry fee for a 10 feet X 12 feet space by August 1 to Teddy Chomko, 496 Monmouth Road, West Allenhurst, NJ 07711 by August 1. The art show is open to all oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pastel, photography and sculpture artists (no crafts please). The show will take place between Sunset and 5th avenues, south of Convention…

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Bradley Beach Library Addition

  On Monday, July 25 at 9 am, the Bradley Beach Free Public Library will break ground on its long-awaited accessibility renovation. Donors, board members, Friends of the Library, architects, builders and neighbors will attend the event at the Library (511 Fourth Avenue, Bradley Beach). “We have been struggling for more than 12 years to bring the Library into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act,” says Library Board Chair Jeanne Beaudette. “Once this addition is complete no one will be inconvenienced or turned away because it is difficult to get into and around our beautiful building.” “It took an…

‘Christmas in July’ Event Benefits Special Needs Children

  The Asbury Park/ Wall Elks Lodge 128 is hosting a “Christmas in July” charity event Sat., July 23 at the lodge at 3409 W. Bangs Ave., Neptune. The event will benefit special children’s needs. It will run from 6 to 10 p.m. and is open to the public. There will be a gift basket auction, a mega 50/50, a regular 50/50 and additional games. There will be a choice of steak or chicken dinner. Music will be by Ms. G and Da Guyz. Tickets are available at the bar or by calling 732-284-8759.

Mayor Gives Ocean State of the Township Address

  By DON STINE Ocean Township Mayor Christopher Siciliano gave his first- and perhaps the first ever- state of the township address at last week’s Township Council meeting. “It’s to let residents know where we are and where we are going,” he said. The half-hour address focused on issues like better access to government, budget and finance, quality of life and economic development. Siciliano said his Coffee With The Mayor program, where residents can meet with the mayor on Monday or Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., has been a big success. “So far I have visited with hundreds of…