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Mayor Gives Ocean State of the Township Address

  By DON STINE Ocean Township Mayor Christopher Siciliano gave his first- and perhaps the first ever- state of the township address at last week’s Township Council meeting. “It’s to let residents know where we are and where we are going,” he said. The half-hour address focused on issues like better access to government, budget and finance, quality of life and economic development. Siciliano said his Coffee With The Mayor program, where residents can meet with the mayor on Monday or Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., has been a big success. “So far I have visited with hundreds of…

Loch Arbour Proposes Limiting Drones

  The use of drones and similar devices in Loch Arbour will be limited and controlled under an ordinance introduced at the Board of Commissioner’s July 6 meeting. The ordinance, which will have a public hearing on Aug. 3, regulates the use of drones or other unmanned aircraft within the boundaries of the village. Deputy Mayor Al Cheswick said the ordinance is being considered after a resident suggested several months ago that the village be pro-active on the issue. “As far as I know we have not had problems or complaints with drones but we are trying to address any…

City Resident Co-Founder of Football Team for Graduates

  By DON STINE Graduating high school doesn’t mean that young people need to give up their love of playing football thanks to the Jersey Shore Hurricanes. The Jersey Shore Hurricanes, a team in the minor/semi-pro football world and affiliated with Major League Football, was founded in 2015 in Asbury Park by resident Tysef Meacham, 28, and Somerset resident Edd Gladney, 49. The mission of the program is to provide fundamental skill-development instruction and to teach the elements of football to young student-athletes who have a desire to compete in the higher level of football competition. “We did it to…

Blues and Brews Festival Coming to City

  The Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation’s Summer Series of Festivals is bringing the sweet summer sounds of the blues to Asbury Park, along with craft beer July 23. The Blues and Brews festival will be held from 12-8 p.m. in Bradley Park, across from Convention Hall. Thousands are anticipated to turn out for a day of live performances by talented blues musicians, food, crafters and sponsor exhibits, a craft beer and wine garden, and activities for the entire family. The festival is rain or shine, free to the public, dog friendly and all ages are welcome to attend.…

Asbury Park’s Rising Causes Uptick in Rentals

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI It seems in the new Asbury Park, if you rent it, they will come. And according to some, money is no object. Because Asbury Park is fast becoming a destination vacation spot, officials are worried that the same issues that plague other shore towns could soon become the norm in the city if zoning laws are not in place and enforced. In a presentation at this week’s work session the City Council held a lengthy discussion about regulations governing summer rentals in the city. Rob McKeon, Director of Property Maintenance and Director of Planning, Michele…

In Neptune City: Residents Invited to Coffee with a Cop

  On July 28, officers from the Neptune City Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend this Coffee with a Cop event. It begins at 5 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. at the Neptune City Police Department Community Relations Unit, which is located in the Brighton Arms III complex, Apartment No. 301A. For questions and more information contact Lt. Matthew Quagliato at 732-775-1298 Ex. 38 or MQuagliato@neptunecitypolice.org. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community…

$600,000 Earmarked for Asbury Park Bandshell

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The $600,000 makeover of the Asbury Park bandshell on the boardwalk was discussed at this week’s Asbury Park City Council meeting. Madison Marquette, the boardwalk redeveloper, plans to make the bandshell a year round venue. “We want to maximize its use in all seasons,” said Architect Bill Miller of Madison Marquette. Miller and Structural Engineer Phil Moss presented renderings of the renovations, which include seating for 200 in front of the stage and bandshell, a rooftop dance floor and a new facade for the building. The adjacent restaurant will have sliding glass doors, that can…

British Invasion Concert Will Benefit Mary’s Place

  By DON STINE The British are coming, the British are coming!. Well, at least their music is – to benefit Mary’s Place by the Sea in Ocean Grove. On Sat., July 30, Glen Burtnik and friends will be performing the best of the music from the 1960s British Invasion era at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park. Music from legendary bands such as The Kinks, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Petula Clark, Joe Cocker, Led Zeppelin, Mary Hopkin and others will be performed. Burtnik said the music in the British Invasion show is the music he knows…

Developer Still Committed to Replacing Panels

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The case of the copper panels removed from the top facade of Convention Hall and stolen from their boardwalk storage facility still confounds some concerned citizens. At this week’s City Council Jerry Scarano, who owns property in the city, asked about the panels, as well as a copper ship that used to adorn the roof of the building, but has recently been removed. “We don’t have such a good history with copper,” he said before asking, “When are we going to get our panels back?” Carrie Turner, General Manager of Real Estate Services for Madison…

A Community Prayer Event July 15

  The Asbury Park Community Network announced is hosting a Unity for Community Prayer for Fri., July 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the corner of Springwood and Fisher Avenues on the Asbury Park /Neptune border. Earlier this week, the Community Action Network convened citizens, public officials, law enforcement, community leaders and local pastors to continue the dialogue on reducing violence, providing support and strengthening our community. Prayer as a community emerged a natural start to the healing process necessary as residents mourn the loss of life over the last few weeks across our nation; a pause to the…