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Asbury Park Will Limit Parking Permits

  Asbury Park is limiting the number of employees parking passes it will sell for the central business district this year and totally eliminating guest parking passes citywide. “People were buying too many guest passes and it is a luxury we can no longer afford in Asbury Park with our parking crisis,” said Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn, who is on the city’s parking committee. The city had sold 65 guest passes by the end of April and the $100 passes, which are good for an entire year, will not be sold after June1. “We sold more passes in the last…

Skate and Surf Festival Rolls into Asbury Park

  The Skate and Surf Festival 2015 at the Asbury Park oceanfront May 16 to 17 is expected to bring about 10,000 people each day into the city. “So residents should be aware that there may be some parking and traffic issues,” city Director of Commerce Tom Gilmour said at Monday’s City Council workshop. The Skate and Surf Festival is taking place this Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17 at Bradley Park and Ocean Avenue. The festival is a multi-day, youth culture event that combines music, competitive gaming, skateboarding and surfing. “I think it’s going to be great. It…

Incumbents Sweep Seats in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE The One Ocean Team, headed by Ocean Township Mayor Christopher Siciliano, swept Tuesday’s election for all five seats up for grabs on the Township Council. Siciliano’s team easily defeated the rival Ocean Together Team by more than a two-to-one margin. The Ocean One Team also includes Deputy Mayor William J. Garofalo and current council members Donna L. Schepiga and Richard H. Long. The ticket also includes newcomer Robert Acerra, who is currently on the school board. “I am overwhelmed by the margin of victory- I thought it would be close. And I thought (Ocean Together) ran…

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Asbury Park’s New City Clerk Begins Post

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new city clerk took over her job this week and said she feels up to the challenge. Cindy A. Dye, who left her job as clerk for North Hanover, began her new job on May 1 and said she is “glad and excited” to be in the city. The city clerk position was temporarily held by Deputy Clerk and Registrar Melody Hartsgrove, who will now go back to her original jobs. Hartsgrove replaced City Clerk Stephen M. Kay who retired in February after serving 34 years in the position. “Asbury Park looked to be…

Bradley Beach Plans Improvements

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE After discussing the Ocean Avenue improvements for curbing and handicap ramps, the Bradley Beach Council voted to start the bond ordinance process. These improvements would include painting lines, handicap lines, and providing handicap access ramps on the sidewalks. The project is estimated to cost $125,000 with an estimated hard cost of $85,000, engineering costs of $12,900, and estimated soft costs of $37,000. Bradley Beach would pay $6,000 as the down payment of five percent that is required by law. “This is not a want to, but a have to,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad, who toured these…

In Bradley Beach: 3 Police Officers to Ride in Unity Tour

  Three Bradley Beach police officers will be riding in the Police Unity Tour Sat., May 9 to memorialize those police officers who have died in the line of duty from the borough as well as other municipalities. This is the second year the borough police have participated. The event raises awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, and to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. “Our officers are part of the couty team,” said Police Chief Len Guida. “This is a good thing for law enforcement in general.”…

Bradley Beach Arts Council to Perform Award Winning Play

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Bradley Beach Arts Council is presenting a reading of the award winning play “The Trip to Bountiful” on Fri., May 15 at the Bradley Beach Elementary School. The play was written by Horton Foote. This is the arts council’s first event of 2015 and features Julia Sandra Rand, chair of the BBAC, in the lead role of Mrs. Watts, a 60 year old widow longing to return to the home of her youth. Mrs. Watts is facing resistance from her son, Ludie, and his domineering wife, Jessie Mae, whose only interest is in collecting…

City School Board Member to Receive Public Official Award

  By ED SALVAS The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce will present it’s 2015 Public Official Carousel Award to Board of Education member Barbara Lesinski. The award, which is given for outstanding service to the community by a public official, will be presented at the Chamber’s annual Carousel Awards Dinner at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel on Fri., May 8. The theme of this year’s gala is “The Love Boat. Come Aboard We’re Expecting You.” Lesinski is currently a member of the Asbury Park Board of Education, but her service to the city of Asbury Park has spanned three decades as…

In Bradley Beach: Recreation Department Prepares for Summer Programs

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Recreation Department is gearing up for a summer filled with activities for residents of all ages. “We want to broaden our scope of recreation,” said Recreation Director Shawn Heeter. “We really want to move beyond just youth programs.” Kicking off the summer season will the Recreation Summer Kick Off Event at the Recreation Center in Bradley Beach on Saturday, June 6. The event will follow the reintroduction of the Go Fish Program that hasn’t happened over the last few summers since Hurricane Sandy. “We’re bringing the Go Fish at Sylvan Lake program back…