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Tomato Fest Planned in Tinton Falls

  A Tomato Fest is scheduled for the Crawford House in Tinton Falls Sat., July 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine and include everything from tomato cooking demonstrations to tomato gardening instructions, butter chruning, story time for children, farm stand with local goods and old fashioned children’s games. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held rain or shine. The Crawford House is located at 750 Tinton Ave.

Asbury Park to Receive Over $7 Million for Affordable Housing

  Two large-scale affordable housing projects will soon be underway in Asbury Park’s Springwood Avenue corridor, thanks to cooperation between the City, the Housing Authority, and state elected officials. Asbury Park Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton today announced that Renaissance Village, a 64-unit affordable housing project, would receive $7,870,000 from the third round of Community Development Block Grant funding. These Sandy-related federal funds are passed through the State of New Jersey under the Fund for Restoration of Multifamily Housing. An additional award has been allocated for demolition and rebuilding of the Boston Way project, for approximately 120 mixed-income units. “Years of planning…

City Council Wants Dates Reserved at Fifth Avenue Pavilion

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park City Council members would like the city to be able to reserve some dates for its use at the new Fifth Avenue Pavilion when completed. But Madison Marquette, the owner of the building, is not so sure that was in the original agreement. A vote on a conceptual review of the Fifth Avenue Pavilion may be postponed while the council and Madison Marquette work out the details. At this week’s work session, council was discussing a review of the proposal for the pavilion but there was some confusion as to whether or not…

The Heat is On!

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI It was a weekend of near constant heat advisories and thunderstorms watches from local police departments as officials warned shore area residents and visitors to take caution in the high heat. Asbury Park Deputy City Manager Kevin Keddy said the city was “busier than you can even imagine. The whole city was busy.” Keddy, who is also fire chief, said the fire department’s first aid squad answered 202 calls from Friday to Sunday night, many at the b eachfront. Asbury Park Mayor John Moor said the weekend in the city was one of the busiest…

Neptune Tables Plan to Fire Cop

  By DON STINE A decision to fire a Neptune police officer who testified in a lawsuit over sexual harassment of two female officers was tabled indefinitely by the governing body July 25. The Neptune Township Committee tabled the resolution that would have fired Officer Kyheem Davis, with his supporters saying at the meeting he was being fired in retaliation for “being a whistle-blower” in the sexual harassment case. In 2012, police officers Elena Gonzalez and Christine Savage filed charges that they were subjected to sexual harassment in the department and an investigation was launched in 2013. The township eventually…

Check Out Temporary Job Openings at Kula Urban Farm

  Need a job? Interfaith Neighbors’ Kula Urban Farm in Asbury Park has job openings available to individuals who would like to gain experience in agriculture and farming while also helping the community. Under a grant from the Elizabeth and Barets O. Benjamin Foundation, the program, known as the Kula Farm Experience, pays $10 an hour to up to 15 workers, each of whom can work a total of 60 hours at the greenhouse and outdoor produce beds. Roger Boyce, director of Interfaith’s Business Development Center, said there is a simple application process for anyone who would like to work.…

Former Asbury Park Athlete Playing for Houston Texans

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER It was a homecoming for ex-Asbury Park High School player Ra’Zahn Howard. Hoping to be chosen in the National Football League’s Supplemental Draft, Howard returned to where he starred for the Blue Bishops. The former Purdue University player worked out in front of nine NFL scouts on NFL Pro Day. Howard, who played defensive tackle on the Blue Bishops’ 2011 NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I championship team, performed the bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, L drill and shuttle run and did position specific drills and skills June 8. The draft took place July 14. Howard…

Neptune Little League Junior All-Stars Are Champs

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER The Neptune Little League Junior All-Stars baseball team was down, but far from out. Neptune trailed visiting Ocean Township 4-2 and 7-5 in the championship game of the District 11 Tournament. Facing elimination with a loss, Neptune rallied for a 9-8 victory. “We displayed timely hitting and guts,” Neptune manager Bob Smith said. “What do you do with a bunch of 13 and 14-year-old boys? You get them in a huddle and let them know they are not out of it. You tell them, ‘Don’t quit until the final bell rings.’ They responded.” Neptune went ahead…

Erotic Film Festival Coming to City

  Asbury Park’s ShowRoom Cinema and Parlor Gallery are producing the first Asbury Park Erotic Film Festival from Aug. 5 through Aug. 7. According to a release from festival organizers, a film festival provides the opportunity to feature films under a thematic umbrella the film-going public doesn’t get to see. “Asbury Park is known for its love of freedom, hedonistic recreation and eclectic artistic spirit so it seems like a fertile environment for a collection of films, art and events that focus on erotica,” Mike Sodano, co-founder of The ShowRoom Cinema said. Festival Programmer Alex Chionetti will help to create…

In Ocean, New App Helps Residents Report Concerns Directly to Officials

  By DON STINE Ocean Township will be the first municipality in the nation to use a special app that allows residents to report a problem to township officials and get an immediate response. Report It is a free and simple-to-use app that can be installed on any mobile device or accessed via the web. It is designed to provide users the ability to share important information, comments or suggestions directly with organizations and companies in a way that’s simple, anonymous and non-confrontational. “It allows someone to generate a report (with attached photos) anonymously and send it to the right…