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Upstage Club for Sale

  By DON STINE The legendary Upstage Club in downtown Asbury Park, where rock ‘n roll icons like Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny Lyon got their musical start as teenagers, is up for sale. Current owner, antique dealer Richard Yorkowitz, called his decision to sell the building “heartbreaking.” “There is no one specific person or town to blame- it’s overall personal circumstances that led to my decision,” he said. Yorkowitz said it his decision to put the building up for sale was made “with much deliberation” and that he hopes whoever buys it will continue with his vision to reopen…

Ocean Grove Wins Boardwalk Appeal

  By DON STINE Ocean Grove officials announced this week that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has overturned a previous ruling and has now determined that the historic district is eligible for federal funding to repair its boardwalk, which was damaged during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. “We are delighted and grateful to have just recently learned that FEMA has determined that the (Ocean Grove) Camp Meeting Association is eligible for assistance in funding of the boardwalk restoration. Although this eligibility determination does not guarantee us full funding from FEMA, it does allow us to proceed further in the process,” said…

Shark River Hills Family Returns Home After Sandy

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Coastal Habitat for Humanity, along with local community leaders and partner organizations, came together recently to celebrate a Shark River Family’s return home after more than a year’s displacement due to Superstorm Sandy. “After Sandy, our home looked like someone took a dollhouse and shook it,” said Tracy Antman, Coastal Habitat’s partner homeowner. “We are just your average, middle class family that was used to doing for other people. But when it came time for us to ask for help to make our home livable again, we heard ‘declined’ from every place imaginable – until Coastal…

Deal Administrator Retires; Former Police Chief Named to Post

  By DON STINE Deal Borough Administrator James Rogers has retired from his position after serving the borough for 15 years. “I felt it was time to reduce my activities,” said Rogers, who is 74. He was formerly a vice president of sales and marketing for a paint company. “I always got a great deal of satisfaction out of my job as borough administrator and I did enjoy it,” he said. Retired borough police chief Stephen Carasia has been appointed to the position. Rogers said some of the major accomplishments under his tenure were renovating Borough Hall and building a…

D’Arcy’s Tavern Plans Dining Deck

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Work continues at D’Arcy’s Tavern on Bradley Beach’s Main Street, an old-style, Shore tavern closed for renovations since Jan. 2, and has a target of March 1 to re-open, according to an owner. Tom McGill said the renovations include turning the upstairs over the bar area into a banquet room with a bar. That upstairs area, which had been an apartment and was used for storage, would be available as an overflow area from the downstairs or a rental room, McGill said. Off the upstairs room, or what is now the roof of the first-floor dining…

$3.5 Million Contract Awarded for City Boardwalk

  By DON STINE A $3.5 million contract to repair a section of the Asbury Park boardwalk, damaged by Superstorm Sandy, was awarded last week. At last week’s City Council meeting, the contract was approved with only Councilman John Moor voting against it. Moor has been a critic of both the timeframe of the work to be done and, to some extent, the way it is being done. “I would like to get this awarded on the fast track and get this project started,” City Engineer Joseph Cunha said at the meeting. The $3,525,640 contract was awarded to Reicon Group,…

Loch Arbour/Allenhurst Merger Plan Goes to State for Review

  By DON STINE A proposal to consolidate neighboring Loch Arbour and Allenhurst is being sent to state officials for review and possible approval after more than 100 residents from both towns attended a special public hearing on the matter last week and officials approved it.   “We need a binding plan and we need to start the process. (The state) has to have something in their hands to make a qualified decision,” Loch Arbour Deputy Mayor Alfred J. Cheswick said during the Jan. 9 meeting at the Hume Street fire house in Allenhurst. Loch Arbour officials unanimously voted that…

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