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VFW Members Seeking New Space for Post

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The VFW building on Lake Avenue in Asbury Park was sold over a year ago, and the closing will take place soon although no specific date has been named. Post Commander Robert Jameson said the building, which was purchased by the post in 1933, was sold for $4 million to Douglas Development Corporation. Douglas Development Corporation is located in Washington, DC and specializes in buying older historic buildings and renovating them. A year and a half ago, those renting space in the building were sent letters that they had to find another location because the…

Asbury Park Woman Nominated for State Director Post

   The Murphy administration has nominated Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton of Asbury Park to serve as the new Commissioner of the Motor Vehicle Commission. Fulton is currently the Executive Director of Women in the Service Change Initiative. If confirmed, this would make her the first high level government appointment of an LGBT person since Governor Murphy’s inauguration. Fulton was member of the first class at West Point to admit women in 1980, and she served in the army until she was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain. After leaving the service she founded multiple organizations that advocate for LGBT…

Women’s Convention Announces Speakers

  The Asbury Park Women’s Convention: A Day of Politics and Comedy is set to be both educational and entertaining. The nonpartisan event, set for Sat., Feb. 24 aims to look at issues that affect women across party lines in an engaging and realistic manner. The APWC will address issues such as: Equal Pay, Women’s Healthcare, and Sexual Violence.  The event boasts a full and entertaining day, with food available from local woman-owned businesses. According to a release from organizers, “The state-wide buzz for the APWC has been taken to a new level as panel participants, comedians, and speakers are now being…

Adriatic Reunion Planned at Kim Marie’s in Asbury Park

  Mark your calendar for Thurs., March 15 for a reunion of the former Adriatic restaurant in Asbury Park. The restaurant was a popular spot for almost three decades on Kingsley Street before owner Stanley Tokic retired a few years ago and closed it. Kim Marie’s Eat and Drink Away is now located where the Adriatic once operated. The reunion begins at 5 p.m. Stop by and say hello to friends you haven’t seen in several years.

Danny DeVito Returning to Asbury Park

  Danny DeVito, who was born in Neptune and spent much of his youth in Asbury Park, will once again host a one man presentation at this year’s Asbury Park Music and Film Festival. The festival is April 26 to April 29. An Evening with Danny DeVito will be held at the Paramount Theater on Sat., April 28 at 7 p.m. Headlining the festival’s musical performances this year is Sublime with Rome, who will perform on Sat., April 28 at 9:30 p.m. at Convention Hall. Tickets for the DeVito and Sublime with Rome events are available by visiting www.apmff.org. There are a variety of VIP…

Traffic on Grand Avenue in City to be Discussed

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI After two accidents on Grand Avenue in Asbury Park recent weeks, residents are asking if traffic signals, which had been removed in recent years, should be returned. Traffic Manager, Michael Manzella, said he had seen a video of one of the accidents and would be bringing up the topic at the next meeting of the Parking Committee. “I don’t get involved in specific incidents, but I monitor overall incidents,” he said. Manzella said traffic signals can help reduce right angle or left turn crashes, but data shows they increase rear end collisions. He explained that…

New Acting Chief in Asbury Park

  Sancha K. Gray, the former assistant superintendent of schools in Asbury Park has been named Asbury Park acting superintendent following the appointment of Dr. Lamont Repollet as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education. Repollet was named superintendent four years ago and was chosen by Governor Philip Murphy to head the state’s eduction department. “It is with great joy, excitement and humility that I assume the role of Acting Superintendent of the Asbury Park School District. Ours is one that has been defined as the most rapidly improving district in the nation by Ed Week in November 2016. This distinction represents…

NJ Hall of Fame Announces Inductees

  The New Jersey Hall of Fame has chosen the 17 members of their 2017 Class.   Those chosen will be honored at the 10th Annual Ceremony at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, on Sunday, May 6. Inductees Actress Meryl Streep The Four Seasons Singer Debbie Harry/BLONDIE                Author Harlan Coben Baseball player Al Leiter Politician Millicent Fenwick Real Estate Executive Jon Hanson Businessman Joe Buckelew Nurse Clara Maass Musician and actor Steven Van Zandt Singer Gloria Gaynor Buddy Valastro, The Cake Boss Astronauts Mary and Scott Kelly Olympian Mary Decker Author and Journalist Anna Quindlen Publishing Executive Steve…

Asbury Park Man Pleads Guilty to 2013 Murder

  After a four-year investigation, an Asbury Park man has admitted his role in a March 2013 murder. He now faces a 15-year prison term when he returns on March 22, 2018, for sentencing before a Monmouth County Superior Court Judge, announced Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. In pleading guilty Jan. 31 to first degree Aggravated Manslaughter, Dominique Moore, 25, of Asbury Park, admitted to having in his possession a loaded 9mm handgun, pointing the gun at the victim, pulling the trigger and killing Daniel Graves, 23, also of Asbury Park. As part of his plea agreement, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office…

Rotary Polar Plunge Celebrating 10 Years

  The Rotary Club of Asbury Park held its 10th Polar Plunge on Sat., Jan. 27 on the boardwalk. Proceeds from the event which were around $25,000 will benefit Holiday Express and their 25th Anniversary and Rotary Eye Rescue. According to organizer Traudy Grande, the water temperature was 40 degrees and the air temperature was 50 degrees. “More than 100 people came to the event and 65 people went into the water,” she said. Many local, state and national companies sponsored the event including, The Robinson Ale House, Circle-A Construction, The City of Asbury Park, Investors Bank, New Jersey Natural…

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