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Asbury Park Jazz Lovers Weekend Planned for Aug. 7 to 9

  By ED SALVAS Asbury Park will be swinging to a jazz beat on the first weekend of August with the inauguration of a new summer music event in the city. Asbury Park Loves Jazz will take place on the weekend of Aug. 7, 8 and 9 with the sounds of Jazz being heard throughout the city from downtown to the boardwalk. Asbury Park Loves Jazz is not just a Jazz Festival according to Jackie Pappas, executive director of the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce, which organized the event. She said the idea is to provide great music plus a…

Working in a Man’s World

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Joanne Letson and Roberta Walker give Bradley Beach a lot of exposure around town. They are seasonal public works department workers planting flowers, maintaining fountains, sprucing up garden beds on Main Street and at the beachfront. “Incredible work to detail,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. “They’re extremely friendly. They have a great attitude, they’re always smiling. “They just represent the town in incredible fashion,” Engelstad said. Oh, but those public works muscle-type shirts gave Letson and Walker more bosomy exposure than they or their ages wanted. “The arm hole was really big,” said Walker, 63. “If you’re…

3-Way Stop Intersection Added in City; Some Metered Parking Removed

  The intersection at Sunset Avenue and Memorial Drive in Asbury Park will become a three-way stop under a plan to reroute buses down Asbury Avenue instead of Fourth Avenue. Asbury Park officials and residents have been asking New Jersey Transit to use Asbury Avenue as the bus detour route for the Sunset Avenue Bridge project rather than Fourth Avenue, which runs entirely through residential neighborhoods. Acting-Police Chief Anthony Salerno said that an additional stop sign will be added at the southwest corner of the intersection so that buses do not have to stop on the railroad tracks while making…

Ocean Chamber Seeks Golf Sponsors

  The Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its 20th anniversary golf outing – the Ansell, Grimm aand Aaron PC Classic – and seeking businesses who are interested in getting months of positive exposure as a sponsor of the October 14th outing at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal. “We give a great deal of exposure for your marketing dollar, for both months in advance of the outing, and months after” said 3rd year Outing Chair Keith Dorney, GOTCC VP, of Edward Jones Investments of Ocean. Multi-media exposure promoting the event reaches over a hundred thousand readers/viewers/listeners…

City Footbridge Will Be Replaced

  By DON STINE The historic wooden footbridge over Sunset Lake in Asbury Park, once a trolley bridge, is scheduled to be totally replaced next year after it was seriously damaged during Superstorm Sandy. Christine Ballard, with the city engineering firm of T&M Associates, told city officials recently that the estimated $900,000 project will probably receive a 90 percent cost reimbursement under the Federal Emergency Management Agency program. She said she expects the reimbursement will be received if the bridge is done with “full replacement in-kind,” which means the historic bridge will be replaced just as it is except for…

Tamara Seidle

  By JOSEPH SAPIA and ELLEN CARROLL Tamara Seidle was remembered this week as a wonderful and loving mother, who was very involved with her children and their activities but was never too busy to show her appreciation to others; to thank the choir at Holy Spirit Church in Asbury Park for singing at her child’s confirmation she brought them a cake. As a member of the Red and Black Booster Club in Neptune she helped out at football games. On Tues., June 16 her ex-husband, Neptune Police Sgt. Phillip Seidel, 51, was arrested and charged with shooting and killing…

Prayer Service for Tamara Seidle

  There will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. tonight (June 17) at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Asbury Park for Tamara Seidle. It will be followed by a gathering in Mt. Carmel School cafeteria at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Trauma counselors will be on hand.

Group Suggests City Legalize Marijuana

  A campaign is underway to make Asbury Park the first city in New Jersey to legalize marijuana. The Help Not Handcuffs campaign is calling on the Mayor and City Council to pass a resolution calling for the legalization of marijuana to avert the harms of prohibition and take responsibility for a nearly ubiquitous black market substance; and to the extent possible, make marijuana prohibition the lowest law enforcement priority until legalization is implemented. The effort is being supported by a key group of civic leaders, namely the Asbury Park Democrats. “We would like the City Council to lend their…

2 Neptune GOP Write-In Candidates Decline to Run

  By DON STINE Former Neptune Mayor Thomas Catley and Ocena Grove attorney Donald Beekman on June 8 announced that they will not accept their recent write-in nominations to be placed on the ballot for two seats on the Neptune Township Committee. The two men, who are the vice-chairman and chairman of the local Republican Party respectively, said they will, instead, support the “Coalition For Change in Neptune” ticket, which includes both a Republican and Democratic candidate. Residents Dianna Harris, president of the Midtown Urban Renaissance Corporation (MURC) and a Democrat, and Kevin Sheehan, a former Republican candidate, have formed…

Summer is Time for Reading at Asbury Park Public Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL For many children, the end of the school year and the beginning of the summer season translates into three months of no reading, no writing and no arithmetic. But for Linda Keane, children’s librarian at Asbury Park Library, summer break shouldn’t represent a book-free one. She believes quite the contrary and supports “the time in which kids get the chance to fall in love with reading.” “Summer vacation is when children have this chance. Studies have shown that children who are allowed to choose books they really like are the ones who both read the most…