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In Asbury Park: Assistant to City Manager Named

  By DON STINE Asbury Park remains without a city manager, a police chief and a full-time chief financial officer and some residents say officials need to step up to the plate and get these positions filled. Although the city has been without a permanent city clerk since February Cindy Dye, currently the municipal clerk for North Hanover, is expected to appointed city clerk at press time. At the recent City Council workshop a resident urged city officials to fill the important positiions quickly. “The city is like a ship without a captain. These are two critical positions that need…

Dewatering Site Created for Deal Lake Dredging

  By DON STINE A temporary dewatering site for dredge material will be created at the very eastern edge of Deal Lake in Asbury Park to implement an important lake dredging project. The Deal Lake Commission has received $1 million from the federal National Resources Conservation Services to dredge about 12,000 cubic yards of sediment from the eastern end of the lake. Much of it was deposited during Superstorm Sandy. The project, which will have a 90- to 100-day completion contract, will begin after October 1. “We know you don’t want dredge spoils there in the middle of the summer,”…

Associated Humane Societies to Revamp Volunteer Program

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The volunteer program at the Associated Humane Societies in Tinton Falls, after being abruptly shut down April 10, will be revamped and reinistituted by the end of this week according to Scott Crawford, assistant director of AHS of New Jersey. Crawford said the shutown was directed after there were everal incidents regarding animals and people being hurt. Crawford, who also directs the organization’s two other facilities in Newark and the Popcorn Park Zoo in Lacey, said the other two facilities do not have the same number of accidents as in Tinton Falls. “The accidents happened…

City Chamber Carousel Awards

  The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Carousel Awards Dinner May 8 at the Berkeley Hotel on the oceanfront in Asbury Park. This year’s awards are Economic Development goes to Lakehouse Music Academy; the Landmark Business Award goes to Rich’s Auto Body; the Spirit of Asbury Park Award goes to Kay Harris Asbury Galleria; the Public Official Award to Barbara Lesinski and the Humanitarian Award to Pastor Derinzer Johnson and Lt. George Corbin of Asbury Park Can. The event will feature a cocktail hour, dinnerand dancing along with a silent auction. Music will be by So…

Almost 300 Additional Parking Spaces Planned for Asbury Park

  By DON STINE Almost 300 additional parking spaces at Asbury Park’s beachfront and downtown are anticipated to be provided by Memorial Day weekend. Oceanfront redeveloper iStar Financial is seeking temporary approval to create the asphalt-paved parking lots and a presentation was given at this week’s City Council workshop meeting. “Let’s get it going,” Mayor John Moor said. One hundred new parking spaces are proposed for a vacant lot at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Kingsley Street. The site, with access off Seventh Avenue, is near a proposed beachfront food truck court and some parking will help support that…

Long Wait for West Side City Park an ‘Embarrassment’

  Plans to finish the Springwood Renaissance Park on Asbury Park’s West Side need to be ramped up, city officials said Monday night. “This is a total embarrassment on everybody’s end,” Mayor John Moor said at this week’s City Council workshop. “Where are the policy-makers? I want to see a park there as soon as possible,” he said. “It’s just that we can’t seem to get this park built and that seems like insanity to me,” Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn said at a previous meeting. Moor said the council approved moving the project forward at its June 5, 2014 meeting…

Want to Catch That Fish? Try These Hand-Crafted Plugs

  By DON STINE Every craftsman wants his home-made creations to sell well – and that is what Asbury Park’s Rob Pruszynski has accomplished with his Sunset Customs fishing plugs. At the last annual Asbury Park Fishing Club flea market on March 8, Pruszynski sold his entire inventory of 107 hand-crafted fishing plugs in just 45 minutes. “Was I surprised – absolutely!” he said. Pruszynski, who is a member of the Asbury Park Fishing Club, said he has been selling at its annual flea market for a few years and usually came home with unsold inventory. “But people are catching…

Shady Street Show Band Plays More Than Rock ‘n Roll

  By DON STINE Whether it’s rhythm and blues, sweet soul music, or good old classic rock & roll, the Shady Street Show Band always delivers. “These guys deliver the goods, night after night. The powerhouse vocals and piano-playing of Ryan is one-of-a-kind. You will walk out saying ‘Wow,’” said local entertainment director Peter Mantas. The band will perform in Asbury Park on Fri., April 10 at the Asbury Park Yacht Club, on the boardwalk, from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Admission is free. The Shady Street Show Band was founded by veteran musician Ryan Gregg, who brought on board…

50 films, screenwriting contest; The Music in Film Festival

  By DON STINE The first-ever Asbury Park Music in Film Festival is bringing both local and national film-makers and entertainers to the city next weekend and will benefit various music programs in the city. The festival, which will hold events at venues throughout the city, is being held from Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12. Venues include Convention Hall’s Grand Arcade, the Paramount Theatre, the Saint, the Stone Pony, the Wonder Bar, Asbury Lanes and other city nightclubs and restaurants. The Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation and the Asbury Park Press are presenting the festival. Film Festival Executive…

Asbury Park Establishes Code and Quality of Life Committee

  By DON STINE Improving the quality of life for Asbury Park residents is the goal of a new committee established by Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton. The Code/Quality of Life Committee held its first meeting on March 21. “Improving the quality of life in the city was on of the things I campaigned on,” said Clayton, who was seated on the council in January. She said the 12-member committee is made up of a cross-section of community members from all areas of the city. “We have broken up into various subcommittees to focus on different issues,” she said. Issues include dealing…

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