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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.…

Landmark Venues Open for Season

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s iconic Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre on the city’s boardwalk will remain open this season as work on installing fire sprinklers continues in the historic complex. And while the landmark building, owned by boardwalk redeveloper Madison Marquette, is 85-years-old, it still needs to be up to state fire safety codes, officials said. Fire Chief Kevin Keddy said the complex had to have sprinklers installed because of its public use under state fire prevention codes and it was agreed that the project would be done in phases. “They are right on schedule and meeting their…

No Parking Zone Considered in City

  By DON STINE A one-block area in front of the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County in Asbury Park is being considered as a possible no parking zone under a plan presented by city police earlier this week. Acting Police Chief Anthony Salerno said the no parking designation would help traffic flow in the busy area, including alleviating crowded conditions for buses on the narrow street. “It is a very difficult roadway to navigate,” he said. The one-block no parking zone would extend along the north side of Monroe Avenue, from Ridge to Prospect Avenues. The area contains…

Family Fun Day at Neptune Church

  By DENISE HERSCHEL West Grove United Methodist Church in Neptune is holding it’s second annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expected to be a part of the afternoon’s festivities are pony rides, face painting, a photo booth, carnival type games and live music by the praise band New Song. Also included is picnic style food such as hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks. In addition, there will be also be wellness screenings for diabetes and blood pressure by Neptune Rehab. All of the activities and food are free with the public…

Time for Parades and Picnics

  By JOSEPH SAPIA It was a busy Memorial Day weekend for Ocean Grove’s Caroll DeRocco. Participation in events honoring fallen military veterans, the Atlantic Wind Ensemble concert at the Great Auditorium, Sunday morning religious services on the Boardwalk, her children participating in the parade, Bradley Beach’s annual festival and, in Asbury Park, Yappy Hour for dogs at the Wonder Bar and fireworks. The traditional beginning of the summer season at the Jersey Shore rocketed in with sunny skies and bustling activity. “I love the beginning of summer,” said DeRocco, 51. “I love we begin (by) honoring those that have…

Stolen Copper Panels Case Closed

  By DON STINE Two separate investigations into the theft of about six tons of copper panels from Asbury Park’s historic Convention Hall have officially been closed, which now allows boardwalk redeveloper Madison Marquette to be paid its claim for the loss. Acting Police Chief Anthony Salerno said earlier this week that both the city’s police department and the state’s Division of Criminal Justice have officially closed their cases. “[Madison Marquette] can and should report their claim to the appropriate insurance company,” he said. The city’s Historical Society had recently looked into the matter and discovered, with the help of…

Business Owners Show Support for Giamano’s Outdoor Music Series

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Giamano’s Outdoor Music Series has received an outpouring of support from both business owners as well as borough residents over the last week. The support was in response to some complaints the Borough Council received last week about the music. At last week’s meeting the council put off voting on approval for the series until more information was received. At the time resident Jane DeNoble said that she loses “the quiet enjoyment” of her backyard every Sunday. due to the music series. “To me Sunday is a day of rest,” she said. “I never had any…

Karaoke Contest at Sudsy Mug

  By DON STINE If you like karaoke, whether singing it or just being entertained by it, then you might head over to the Sudsy Mug in Neptune in the near future. The tavern, at 1105 Sixth Ave., is hosting a karaoke contest on Sat., May 23 and May 30, with a grand finale competition on Sat., June 6. “It’s the big weekend Memorial Day bash this weekend so what better way to celebrate it than with karaoke. And anybody can enter the contest,” Sudsy Mug owner Lynn Kieran said. And while karaoke has been a weekly event at the…

Hearing Continues on Proposed Dorm in Ocean Township

  By DON STINE Ocean Township residents continue to turn out in large numbers to oppose creating a dormitory for 96 college-age students at a proposed Talmudic academy in an existing school on Logan Road. More than 200 residents turned out on Mon., May 18 to hear further testimony on the application before the Zoning Board of Adjustment, with some ignoring regular board protocol, resulting in occasional contentious situations between board officials and residents. Board President Warren Goode had to explain several times that residents can only cross-examine and ask questions of the particular witness testifying that evening, not make…