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Ocean Program Seeks Proposals for Youth Development

  The Community Hope Fund of Ocean Township is once again seeking Proposal for its Youth Development Grant Program. Through this program, CHF supports local programs that employ innovative and research based models to promote youth development. Specifically, CHF is looking for local programs that build “Developmental Assets” in youth. Assets are the 40 positive experiences and personal qualities that help determine whether youth make good or bad decisions. Community, school-based, and after school programs help youth thrive by promoting constructive use of time , building self-esteem and reinforcing health and well-being. This year, the Community Hope Fund will award…

Tax Exemption Planned for Savoy Theater Property in City

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park City Council introduced an ordinance at last week’s meeting authorizing a financial agreement with AEF II Urban Renewal, LLC and Savoy Urban Renewal, LLC which included a tax exemption, in the form of Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILOT program. The agreement is related to property owned by Carter Sachman on the 700 block of Mattison Avenue, the former Savoy Theater. If approved the mixed use building will house the renovated Savoy Theater and numerous small residential units. Rita Marano, a longtime city resident, asked why Sachman, in the agreement, is…

$50,000 Grant for Asbury Park Summer Music Series

  The Asbury Park Music Foundation will receive $50,000 in funding from Interfaith Neighbors to support the the Foundation’s youth and outdoor music programming initiatives over the next two years. The Foundation will use some portion of these funds to meet the required matching fund component for the Foundation’s recently announced “Levitt AMP 2016 Asbury Park Summer Music Series.” Interfaith has requested that the balance of the funds be used to support a similar outdoor Summer Music series in 2017. The summer concert series will be held in Springwood Park beginning in June. Funding provided by Interfaith Neighbors will be…

2 New Police Officers in Ocean

  Ocean Township welcomed two new police officers recently: Jeffrey C. Algor and Glennis Del Carmen Polanco. Algor, a Monmouth County resident has a Bachelor’s Degree from Moravian College. He has previously served in this agency, in Avon as a SLEOII Officer and in Spring Lake as a dispatcher. He will be attending the waiver program at the Ocean County Police Academy beginning March 2016. He was officially appointed on February 8. Glennis Del Carmen Polanco is a Middlesex County resident and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Berkeley College. She has previously served with the Carteret Police Department as a…

Pavilion Will Be Vacated While Work Progresses

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Plans for the renovations to the Fifth Avenue Pavilion on the Asbury Park boardwalk are underway as existing tenants vacate their spaces for other city spots. Brielle Cyclery is moving to Main Street, Market at Fifth Avenue moved to Convention Hall and Style Rocket will move to the south end of the boardwalk. Criterion Candy moved to the Fourth Avenue Pavilion. Carrie Turner, general manager of Real Estate Services for developer Madison Marquette, said a third application for changes to the roof top bandshell, has been submitted to the Technical Review Committee for approval. Once…

Record Number Attend Made in Monmouth Event

  A record number of vendors and visitors participated in Monmouth County’s fifth ‘Made in Monmouth expo April 9.. Approximately 240 county-based companies displayed their goods or services with more than 5,000 people sampling and purchasing. The event was held in the MAC at Monmouth University. “I would like to thank all the vendors who displayed the quality products and services they provide and are based in Monmouth County,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “After five events, the ‘Made in Monmouth’ program is still growing and is a huge success. This year, the number of merchants increased more than…

BOE Elections Tuesday in City

  Asbury Park residents will be choosing three board of education members out of a field of six candidates. Incumbent Connie Breech, former board member Barbara Lesinski and newcomer Dominc Latorraca are running as a team. They are being challenged by incumbent Nicole Harris, newcomer Derrick Grant and former board member James Famularo. Polls are open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. A candidates forum was recorded by APTV. The 23-minute program will run on Verizon channel 30 and Cablevision channel 77 nine times a day through April 19. It can also be viewed on asburyparktv.org. Voting locations are based…

Asbury Park Moves Closer to Acquiring Bradley Cove

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park may soon own the development rights for the north end of Asbury Park beachfront, commonly known as Bradley Cove. The name Bradley Cove was given to the area by master boardwalk developer iStar, current owners of the development rights. iStar presented plans in recent years to build condominiums on the site. The plan was immediately met with much opposition by residents. At Monday night’s workshop meeting Michele Alonso, Director of Planning and Redevelopment, presented plans to apply for a Monmouth County Municipal Open Space Grant hoping to acquire funding to purchase the development…

Creating Your Own Rain Garden

  Area residents are invited to show support for the Whalepond Brook Watershed and try to help reduce neighborhood flooding and erosion by attending a public seminar on how to create your own rain garden on Sat., April 23. The free seminar, to be held at the Ocean Township Public Library on Deal Road from 1 to 3 p.m., will teach participants about watershed ecology and how to create their own rain garden in their backyards. Laurel Von Gerichten, with the Ocean Township Shade Tree Commission, will also give a tour of the award-winning rain garden outside the Ocean Township…

Rodeo for Recreation April 21

A benefit for recreation in Asbury Park is scheduled for Thurs., April 21 at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. The event, called Rodeo for Recreation, begins at 6 p.m. with an open bar until 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $75 and include a buffet, one hour open bar and live entertainment by After the Reign and the Lakehouse Kids. Deadline for reserving tickets is Mon., April 18. To reserve call Leessha at 732-502-5759 or  Cassandra at 732-502-5755.