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The Lip Man Remembered for His Music and His Humor

  By DON STINE Mark Lipman, the eclectic, often irreverent, but always humorous leader of the Asbury Park-based band Lip Man and The Lips, died Christmas morning at age 65. “It’s like I lost more than half of myself,” Mark’s wife, Joan, said this week. The couple were married for more than three decades. Formed in Asbury Park in the late 1980’s, Lip Man and the Lips offered a fun comedy-rock repertoire, including unusual arrangements for cover songs along with original songs featuring names like “You Smell Like Lox and I Love You” and the ever popular “Guacamole Dip.” The…

Ready to Ring In the New Year

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI There are plenty of places to go to celebrate the new year, but for those not interested in heading to the frenzy of Times Square or taking to the Hudson River on a Sea Streak cruise for the the fireworks show, area restaurants are offering special nights of their own to welcome 2016 to the Jersey Shore. At Mister C’s in Allenhurst there will be two dinner seatings, one at 6 p.m. and the next at 9 p.m. which includes dinner and a show. Nicky Addeo, who is in the Sounds of Asbury Park Hall…

Bradley Beach Charity Event to Help Rescued Wolves

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI An area pet store is hosting a charity event for the Howling Woods Farm wolf rescue in Howell Township beginning the day after Christmas. Patrons shopping at Paws and Anchor at 614 Main St., Bradley Beach from December 26, 27 and 28 will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from their purchases to the farm. And some of the rescued wolves will be on hand for customers to see. The unique pet shop, owned by Nicole DC Kienlen, offers speciality items such as toys and treats that are eco-conscious and pet tattoos, which are temporary…

Synagogue Expansion in Deal

  Congregation Ohel Yaacob, located at the intersection of Lawrence and Ocean Avenues in Deal, is undergoing a major expansion of its synagogue that will hopefully be completed by next summer. “They need more room and are expanding their building. The project has received approval from the Planning Board. It is a major expansion,” Borough Administrator Stephen Carasia said. Work has already begun on the project and Carasia said the congregation hopes to have to project done by this summer. “That is what their goal is,” he said. Most of the old synagogue has been demolished and the new synagogue…

Behind the Badge: “Dear Santa”

  By JOSEPH PANGARO Dear Santa, My name is Amanda, I’m 7 years old and I live on the Jersey Shore. I was watching TV last week and on the news I saw a lot of people yelling and screaming that the police were bad and that they do bad things. I asked Mommy and Daddy if that was true and they said I should ask you; so, are the police good or bad and will they protect me? Dear Amanda, That is a very serious question you ask and it deserves a very serious answer. First let me say…

Hopes and Dreams for 2016

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI and DON STINE Asbury Park Mayor John Moor didn’t hesitate for one minute to set his top priority for the new year: “It’s the same in Asbury Park as in every city, country and worldwide – less guns on the street, there are way too many guns, there is way too much violence.” Moor cited Sunday’s shooting death of city resident Jamar Small, 24, who was shot on Summerfield Avenue along with another MAN who remains hospitalized. “It should be every mayor’s priority,” he said. “It’s a shame any time of year, but especially right…

Neptune OKs ‘Misunderstood’ Ordinance

  By DON STINE A controversial ordinance, described by a lawyer as the most misunderstood ordinance he ever saw dealing with private encroachments onto township-owned property, brought a packed crowd to this week’s Township Committee meeting. The ordinance was eventually unanimously approved by the governing body. The Township Committee was holding the final public hearing on an ordinance that would allow residents to apply for a Revocable License to permit an encroachment onto township properties or right-of-ways, which would also make the township harmless from any injury or damage caused by the encroachment. Some residents called the ordinance a “hot…

In Asbury Park: Proposed Parking Fees Lowered

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI After complaints about a rise in metered parking fees in Asbury Park, the parking committee made several changes to its proposed ordinance 2962 including making the maximum hourly fee $2 down from $3. City Councilman Joe Woerner, who chairs the committee said changes were made in response to residents comments in emails and on social media. “The point of the process is to get feedback,” he said and thanked residents for their input. Another change is the reduction of resident annual permits in zone 4 to $90 from $120. Additional permits may also be purchased…

Theft at City School Puts Damper on Holiday Fun

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The theft of about $200 from a staff member at the Barack H. Obama School in Asbury Park saddened Asbury Park Education Association President John Napolitani. “It’s such a shame, especially to do that to this woman. She’s such a conscientious worker. She tries to get staff involved in everything,” he said. Napolitani did not mention the staff member by name but said it is a para-professional at the school who was outside monitoring recess when the theft occurred. The woman had collected money for APEA’s annual holiday celebration which took place Friday, December 18…

Behind the Badge

  By JOSEPH PANGARO A few weeks ago I wrote about my family’s impending trip to New York City for the Thanksgiving Day parade. I said that I was confident that the NYPD would provide the proper protection for the crowds of people who would be traveling to the city to celebrate the holiday. I am very happy to report that everything went very well. The weather was perfect and the atmosphere around the city did not feel dangerous at all, in fact it was just the opposite. We took a train into Penn Station where we saw lots and…