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Business Owners Ask for Delay in Director of Commerce Vote

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Despite the efforts of numerous business owners and residents who publicly praised the job Tom Gilmour has done as Director of Commerce for the last 10 years the Asbury Park, the City Council voted 4 to 1 to introduce an ordinance eliminating the $85,000 position. Public hearing on the ordinance is November 12. Council plans to create a new position of Director of Communications at an entry level salary of $55,000. Councilmember Jesse Kendle abstained from the vote, with no explanation given. Gilmour’s last day on the job is October 30. Councilmember Joe Woerner discussed…

City Councilman’s Statement on Position Elimination

  Asbury Park City Councilman Joe Woerner issued the following statement regarding the proposed elimination of the Director of Commerce position. The post has been held by Tom Gilmour. “ When this Mayor and Council came to serve, we had promised this city that we will do everything we can to bring about positive change in city government. One area of focus coming into office was open communication with all of Asbury Park as well as helping to spread the benefits of development to all of our residents “In order to fulfill our promises, we review the current structure at…

Ocean Township Athlete Wins Cross Country Title

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Elliot Gingi broke the tape and was overcome with emotion. The Ocean Township High School junior could hardly contain himself after winning the Monmouth County boys cross country title in 16:21 at Holmdel Park. “I felt it was amazing,” he said. “I was happy and I was excited and to be honest I wanted to run the next race (the boys junior varsity race). I was that excited. I wanted to go again … running twice.” Gingi, who is in his third season of competing in cross country, placed sixth last year in 16:46 at Holmdel…

Asbury Park Football Team Does More Than Just Football

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER The Asbury Park High School football team took Pride in the Park on a recent Saturday. It was the Blue Bishops’ bye week, but the team was far from idle. The club took part in a citywide initiative called Pride In The Park. About 15 Blue Bishops, first-year coach Tim Fosque said, participated in the community cleanup event. He said the team worked at sprucing up Ridge Prospect, Washington and Bangs avenues on the west side. “Our players used garbage bags, gloves, rakes and shovels and sticks with hooks on them,” Fosque said. “Our players were…

Chocolate Store Plans Opening in Asbury Park

  Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar, New York’s award-winning candy store for grown ups, will open its largest U.S store to date in 2016 in Asbury Park in the former Chicos House of Jazz located at 631 Lake Ave. Since the opening of its first store in New York City in 2002, Alison Nelson’s Chocolate bar has built a network of more than 15 restaurants across 4 markets. The Asbury Park location will include a large-scale cafe with a sales floor of nearly 2,180 square feet. Designed as a Flagship showcase for the Chocolate Bar brand, the venue will be crafted…

Tea Will Support Bradley Beach Library

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Library and the Tranquil Garden Tea Room located at 706 Lareine Ave., Bradley Beach will host Library Lovers Book Sale and Tea. This dual event will run from Sat., Nov. 7 through Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The book sale will be hosted at the Carmen Biase Community Center at 719 Main Street. Hardcover book will be $2 each or three for $5 and paperbacks will be four for $1. All proceeds will support the library building fund. At the same time, the Tranquil Garden Tea Room will host a…

Musicians, Asbury Park Students Ready for Road Trip to Cuba

  In December 2015 a delegation of musicians, citizens and Asbury Park High School students plan an historic visit to attend the 31st annual Havana International Jazz Festival in Cuba. The group will have the opportunity to visit performing arts venues and educational institutions to observe and participate in joint performances with both artists and school children. The Cultural Exchange Program is the first of its kind to connect the people and communities of The Jersey Shore and Havana, Cuba. The focus is culture, music and education. All three of which are essential elements of a universal language that has…

Bradley Beach Plans to Hire Borough Planner

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach officials are seeking a planner who would be employed during situations where the code office decides that one is needed. When the planner is used, the applicant would incur the costs just as they do with other professional costs. “Not every application before the zoning and planning board requires the utilization of a planner,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. The applicant would pay the planner by a case-by-case basis without the town incurring any expenses unless the borough is the applicant. “I think it’s really an attempt to get us in line with other towns…

Avon Plans Litigation If Program Not Halted

  By PETE WALTON Officials in Avon are asking the state to order the suspension of a controversial property tax assessment program and if the state fails to do so, will instruct Borough Attorney Barry A. Cooke to begin litigation. “The taxpayers of the borough are victims of this program which has produced [an] unsubstantiated increase in taxes and created uncertainty as to future tax liabilities,” Avon’s Board of Commissioners said in a letter to Michael J. Bryan, director of the state Division of Taxation. If the Monmouth County Board of Taxation fails to suspend the Assessment Demonstration Program, Cooke…

State Rescinds Plan to Reduce City Main Street to 2 Lanes

  Due to strong opposition from Asbury Park officials, the state will not reconfigure Main Street but will maintain the current traffic configuration of two lanes in each direction. The state had planned to reduce the roadway to one lane in each direction. The state also said due to the width of the roadway it would not be feasible to add bike lanes, as proposed. Mayor John Moor said he was pleased to hear that the state has changed its mind. “I am glad the state listened to us, to the police department, to the fire department and all our…