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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…

Lamar Davenport is back home

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER Lamar Davenport is back home. And the former Asbury Park High School football player is glad he’s back. The ex-Monmouth University standout is in his first season of coaching the Blue Bishops’ wide receivers and defensive backs. “I love everything about coaching,” he said. “I am having a blast as I am able to be around these young kids and help them in any way I can. I am teaching them some things about the game. And I am trying to help them off the field as well. It has been a blast.” Tim Fosque, the…

Golf Outing in Remembrance of Beloved Neptune Teacher

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER William E. Pullen Jr. would have loved a recent Monday at the Spring Meadow Golf Course in Farmingdale. There was fellowship. There was food. There was golf. And the proceeds from the fourth annual William E. Pullen Jr. Scholarship Fund Golf Outing will make it easier for graduates of his beloved Neptune High School to attend college. “We expect to be able to award four scholarships to deserving graduates of Neptune High School this spring,” said event spokesman Dick Cottrell, Pullen Jr.’s brother in law. The weather was again great for golf, another reason for Pullen…

Gloss Salon Hosting Evening to Make a Difference Oct. 24

  When John Partusch, owner of Gloss Salon and Toxic Tins Social Media Gallery decided to host an “Evening of Special Needs and Special Help,” Oct. 24, he wanted to make a difference, but didn’t realize he had chosen National Make A Difference Day. Partusch is sponsoring the benefit from 6 to 9 p.m. at his salon at 605 :Lake Ave., Asbury Park to raise funds and awareness for Best Day Foundation, the Valerie Fund’s Camp Happy Times and a Food Drive to help The Saint George Soup Kitchen feed residents in Asbury Park. The event will include live painting…

Man Charged with Assault on Police Officer

  Allenhurst police arrested a man Oct. 19 and charged him with assaulting a police officer. Police said at approximately 8 pm, the Allenhurst Police Department received a report of a suspicious person, loitering outside a Main Street business. Upon the officer’s arrival, the subject provided false information, as to his identity, to the officer. Shortly thereafter, the 22-year subject attempted to flee from the officer, on foot. After a brief struggle, the subject was taken into custody. The Allenhurst First Aid squad also responded due to the officer being bloodied during the apprehension. The officer was treated on scene by first aid personnel. The arrestee…