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St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church Celebrating 125 Years

  By DON STINE For 125 years, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, on the West Side of Asbury Park, has been serving the Lord and its community and plans to continue doing the same into the future. Church vestry member Carolann Nicholas said the church, now with a congregation of about 150, remains an important part of Asbury Park to this day. “It still has a place in the community and is still vital today just as it has been in the past. And if it disappeared, we would be missed. We are a part of the community and people recognize…

Allenhurst Police Hosting Blood Drive

  The Allenhurst Police Department, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will be sponsoring a blood drive, to be held at the Allenhurst Borough Hall, 125 Corlies Ave. on Mon., June 22 from 1to 6 p.m. Blood donations are usually at their lowest points during the summer months, and sadly, that is often when they are also needed the most. Donating blood takes very little time, uses state of the art equipment, and involves highly trained professionals, from the American Red Cross. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended, as it keeps waiting times to a minimum. A valid…

Community Urged to Participate in $3.4 Million Literacy Program

  By DON STINE Parents and community members are being urged to participate in a $3.4 million comprehensive literacy improvement program being implemented in Asbury Park’s school district. “We need a specific intervention to take place because three out of four of our students do not read at grade level,” said Sancha Gray, the school district’s director of curriculum and instruction. Residents, especially parents, were invited to the first annual Parent Literacy Conference held at the Middle School Sat., May 30. The event is a kick off the district’s new $3.4 million initiative to improve literacy and reading skills in…

Fee for Street Performers Increases in Asbury Park

  Street performers, a common sight on the Asbury Park boardwalk, will still be allowed to bring their acts to the oceanfront although it may cost them a little more. The City Council recently adopted an ordinance that raises the yearly street performers permit fee from $20 to $50. Permits must be displayed while the performer is on the boardwalk. “You listened to performers and took it in,” said Toms River-based magician Robert Francis, a frequent performer on the boardwalk. Francis and other performers attended previous council meeting to urge to council not to make fees or restrictions too severe.…

Residents Take to the Lake to Clean

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A clean up of Sylvan Lake Sun., May 31, by the lake commission and Friends of Sylvan Lake, yielded 25 large garbage bags of debris. Bradley Boulevard resident Kathy Martin is s member of both the Sylvan Lake Commission and the Friends of Sylvan Lake and said this was the second clean up this year. Martin said in September the Friends of Sylvan Lake, made up of residents living immediately near the lake on the Bradley Beach side, got together to clean up the lake. That event was in addition to the annual spring clean…

Vehicle Wish List Considered in Bradley Beach

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Department heads in Bradley Beach gave their “wish lists” for new equipment to the governing body at last week’s meeting. The requests for the purchases totals $643,500. The borough is once again participating in the Monmouth County Improvement Authority, or MCIA, program which is a county wide debt financing program. First up was Director of Public Works Richard Bianchi who said he needs two pick up trucks and a new switch-and-go vehicle which allows for five different attachments to be installed for various jobs. The vehicle used now is 17 years old. Bianchi also said…

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Wesley Lake Commission Checks for Return of Pond Weeds

  The Wesley Lake Commission is keeping an eye on the pond weed situation in the lake this season to see if herbicides need to be applied to fight the growth of the weeds. “We are in a wait-and-see situation right now,” said Wesley Lake Commission Chairman Michael Brantley. He said that Princeton Hydro, an environmental management and restoration company that is also the environmental consultant to the Deal Lake Commission, will begin to monitor the lake beginning in June to see if the weed problem seems to be coming back. “If so, they will determine when it is the…

Roast for Vini Lopez May 28

  Asbury Park Where Music Lives is hosting the Vini Lopez Celebrity Roast May 28 at 708 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park. The event begins at 8 p.m. and funds raised will go to the Light of Day Foundation. The Light of Day Foundation raises money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime. The Foundation’s mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Mike…

Four-Story Building Proposed for Giamano’s Site

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The owners of Giamano’s Restaurant in Bradley Beach will go before the Planning Board tonight (May 28) for approval to construct a four-story mixed use building that principal Steffan Manno says completely adheres to the town’s current Master Plan. Giamano’s restaurant has been located at the site for 30 years. The project is being developed by Third and Main Association, owned by Manno, whose family has operated the popular restaurant on Main Street for three decades. “We are just trying to bring everyone up to speed on this highly supported project,” Manno said. The project…