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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…

Need a Ride? Download Uber on Your Smartphone

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Uber, the app that connects riders to drivers, celebrated its first year anniversary at the Jersey Shore over the Memorial Day weekend. Known for its ability to connect a rider with a driver instantly through a smart phone, Uber has been expanding since it’s founding in 2009. “The Jersey Shore was a natural move, especially in the summer,” said Matt Wing, a representative from Uber. “You can easily get where you need to go.” According to Uber’s website, since their founding in 2009, “Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.”…

UEZ Corporation Closes in City

  Asbury Park’s Urban Enterprise Zone Development Corporation will officially close its doors soon after a successful 21-year run. First begun in Asbury Park in 1994, the New Jersey Urban Enterprise Zone program provides incentives to locate business in urban cities. Tom Gilmour, the city’s director of commerce and executive director of the city’s UEZ Corporation, said that the city’s UEZ continues to operate but that it no longer has a board to oversee operations. He said that the corporation’s required annual financial filings are still made but that state-supplied money from the program has dried up. “There is no…

Bradley Beach Council Says Yes to Music on Main Street

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI It took two votes, but the Bradley Beach Borough Council this week voted unanimously to continue to allow the summer music series in the parking lot of Giamano’s Restaurant, located at Third and Main Avenues. Mayor Gary Engelstad opened the discussion by reading the results of a resident survey he conducted of surrounding homes. The mayor said of the 30 respondents, 16 were in favor of allowing the live music, with six people saying they don’t want the music at all and four who want the number of music events reduced along with the volume.…