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City to Prohibit Chain Link Fences

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park City Council is expected to approve an amendment to the city code prohibiting chain link and solid fencing on the front yards of properties. City Planner Michelle Alonso said the change is being made to improve aesthetics in the city and due to the fact that there are fencing options now available that cost the same as chain link fences. “There are now attractive open composite materials at comparable prices,” she said. Those with existing chain link fences will be grandfathered in, she said. “They can keep them (chain link fences) until…

Farewell to Asbury Park After 35 Years

  By ED SALVAS The House of Modern Living, a vintage furniture store and one of the longest established businesses on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park, is closing and its owner is relocating to Milford, Del. Bill Meisch, opened the store at 718 Cookman Ave. in 1980, but after 35 years in business, he says it’s time to move on as Asbury Park has changed in ways that have made doing business here more difficult for his store, which features Vintage Modern furniture from the 1920’s to the 70’s. Looking back, Meisch said “Asbury Park was very good to me,”…

Playing Under Pressure No Problem for Ocean Senior Goalie

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Ali Chomsky is the last line of defense on the soccer field. Not that she minds. “I like the high pressure aspect of it,” the Ocean Township High School girls team’s senior goalie said. “When the other team is coming down the field with the ball, it just comes down to the other player and myself. I like the strategy that goes with playing keeper. It is not just a physical position. You also have to play smart in addition to being aggressive.” Chomsky began goalie training at the age of seven. She was a goalie…

Asbury Park’s Davon ‘Biggie’ Thompson Lives Up to His Name

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER He’s known as Biggie. The moniker belongs to Davon Thompson, the Asbury Park High School football team’s star quarterback. “He’s a big play kind of a guy,” said Tim Fosque, the Blue Bishops’ first-year coach. “He makes things happen. He is clearly one of our most valuable players. The offense does not run at its high capacity without him.” “Coming from where I am from, you have to make big plays,” Thompson said. “I like to run with the ball. I can scramble and I can throw the ball. I like to throw it. I love…

New Tourism Director Named in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Nicole Kienlen, owner of Paws and Anchor on Main Street in Bradley Beach, is the borough’s new borough tourism director. Keinlen recently organized the successful Howl-O-Ween event along with the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 31. After presenting the Howl-O-Ween idea to the council and asking for permission to have dogs in the park, Keinlen said she got “caught up in the enthusiasm” and decided to apply for the position even though she her business had only been open for six months. “I love this town and I want to see the businesses succeed,”…

A Luncheon for Outgoing City Pastor

  Asbury Park’s Second Baptist Church is holding a luncheon for the Rev. William E. Coleman Jr., the outgoing interim pastor, on Sat., Dec. 12. The lunch will be noon to 4 p.m. at Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune. Tickets are $45 each and available through the church office, telephone 732-774-5347, or through church member Dan Harris, telephone 732-890-2533. On Sun., Dec. 13, Coleman will give his farewell sermon at 10 a.m. at the church, 124 Atkins Ave. Coleman, the husband of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, has been the interim pastor for three years. The new pastor is Semaj…

IHOP Restaurant Offering Free Hot Lunches

  The IHOP restaurant on Route 66 in Neptune will be offering free lunches after its regular business hours on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26. When the International House of Pancakes restaurant at 2200 Route 66 closes for business for the day at 2 p.m., it will be open for two hours serving the hot lunches, said owner Rakesh “Rick” Kumar, who bought the restaurant in March. “I can be part of the community,” Kumar said. “People can come and see us. I just want to be able to help. Kumar, who has been in the restaurant business, is maintaining a Thanksgiving…

Crane House to Screen Comedy

  Two men on a raft…a pair of devoted friends, though you’d never know it from the way they bicker, banter and brouhaha their way from the 19th century beach at Asbury Park, to the middle of the Atlantic, and places that are far afield of both their expectations and their left-behind street clothes. A rare comical adventure from the pen of Stephen Crane (and a story with the flavor of the Jersey Shore resort where he made his home as a young man), “The Reluctant Voyagers” has long cried out for presentation on the live stage — and on…

Neptune Police Officer Indicted; Facing Life Without Parole

  A Monmouth County grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday charging suspended Neptune Township Police Officer Philip Seidle with one count each of first degree Murder, second degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose and second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, announced acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Seidle, 51, of Neptune Township, is currently being held in the Mercer County Correctional Center, Hopewell Township, on $2 million bail with no ten percent option, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, P.J.Cr. Since that time, a motion for bail reduction before…

Stop Feeding the Ducks

  By DON STINE Too many ducks in Fletcher Lake, between Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach, are becoming a problem and some area residents would like to see the issue addressed. “The population is getting out of hand and their ecological impact is detrimental to the lake. The ecology in the lake is imbalanced right now and it needs to get back into balance,” said Ocean Grove resident Ann Horan, who brought the issue up at this week’s Neptune Township Committee meeting Horan, who lives about two blocks from the lake, said the duck population in Fletcher Lake has doubled…