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Former Governor Speaking at Asbury Park Church

  Former Gov. Jim McGreevey, who works with ex-prisoners and recovering addicts, is speaking on staying out of prison at an appearance at the Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park Saturday, Aug. 15. Doors open at 10 a.m. at the church at 124 Atkins Ave. McGreevey’s talk is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. McGreevey will speak about relapsing into criminal activity, which leads to imprisonment, and the need for job opportunities so people do not resort to criminal activity, said Dan Harris, chairman of the Men’s Ministry at the church. The program is open to all in the public. More information…

New Law Changes Voting Regulations

  Under a new law effectively immediately an authorized messenger at election time may only deliver three ballots to the county Board of Elections, instead of 10 which was allowed in the past. Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon said this reform and others are the result of a new law signed by Gov. Chris Christie on Aug.10. “The new law impacts New Jersey voters who, by necessity or by choice, have another individual submit a Vote By Mail request and/or election ballot on their behalf,” Hanlon said. The new law reduces number of voters for whom a person can…

Comedy Show in Bradley Beach

  The Bradley Beach Arts Council will present Flighty Connection, a comedic solo show performed by Liz Days, on Friday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at the banquet hall fire house as part of their 2015 free event series. “This program is pretty unusual for the Jersey Shore,” said Julia Rand of the Bradley Beach Arts Council. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like it here.” The show which is written and performed by New York City actress, comedian, and playwright, Liz Days, and directed by Rachael Harrington, is about a passenger on a plane who meets seven other…

All That Jazz in Asbury Park

  The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce hosts Asbury Park Loves Jazz this weekend August 7 to 9 featuring Chieli Minnuci, Marion Meadows and EFX. According to Jackie Pappas, APCC Executive Director, the jazz weekend celebrates the jazz fan base from Absury Park to NYC and Philadelphia. “This is the perfect time to showcase our beautiful city. The revitalization that is underway on Springwood Ave and throughout our city from the Westside to the Boardwalk will be celebrated through music; Afro-Cuban Latin jazz to contemporary artists in the spotlight of today’s jazz, Asbury Park will once again have it all,”…

Anti-Hunger Coalition Forming in City

  By ED SALVAS Believing there are too many hungry people in Asbury Park, Trinity Church and the Environment and Shade Tree Commission are organizing a citywide effort to get more fresh produce to the people who need it. The program is called the Anti-Hunger Coalition and according to Tom Pivinski, head of the ESTC, the plan is to expand the Community Garden, located behind city hall, to other parts of the city where empty lots are available to start small neighborhood “farms” to grow things. Noting that hunger is a companion of the poor, Pivinski announced the proposed Anti-Hunger…

Ocean Grove Chamber Chief Retires, New Director Welcomed

  By DON STINE Lois Hetfield, the Executive Director for the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce, is stepping down from her post after 14 years on the job. “I have very mixed emotions. I have loved this job for 14 years and enjoyed working with everybody. It was a big decision to step down but running our many events does eventually take its toll,” she said. So Hetfield has decided to pass the torch on to a younger person, namely new Executive Director Rebecca Cavanaugh, who is 35. She began her new job this week. Cavanaugh, who lives in Deal,…

Johnny Mac and City at Odds

  By JOSEPH SAPIA In the next month or so, the owner of Johnny Mac House of Spirits said he expects to file legal papers against Asbury Park for holding up his expansion plans. The city Planning Board recently would not give John McGillion, owner of Johnny Mac, approval for Phases 2 to 4 to complete an Irish Village-like design that includes a beer garden until he removes the bric-a-brac — arguably what makes the Main Street tavern stand out — from outside walls and widow coverage. So, McGillion said he will go to court once the Planning Board decision…

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Learning About Civil Rights

  By JOSEPH SAPIA The third annual Urban Youth Civil Rights Education Initiative for Asbury Park middle school-age students kicks off Friday, Aug. 7. The group will watch a film on the 1955 beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement — specifically about the white-on-black murder of Emmett Till, 14, in Mississippi and Rosa Parks, a black woman who refused to give up her bus seat to a white person in Alabama. A discussion will follow. Friday’s event is at 9 a.m. at United Methodist Church at the corner of Third Avenue and Emory Street. Participants must be pre-registered or register…

Owner of Daycare Center Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges

  The owner and operator of an Asbury Park daycare center and pre-school pleaded guilty Aug. 4 to charges related to fraudulent contracts to provide services for city preschoolers, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said. Sylvia B. Brodrick, 59, of Shadow Lawn Drive in the Oakhurst section of Ocean Township, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Reisner to two counts of second degree Making False Material Representations in Performance of a Government Contract. At her plea, Brodrick admitted to fraudulently receiving more than $40,000 under two contracts with the Asbury Park Board of Education (APBOE) by…