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Sunset Avenue Bridge to Close for Repairs

  Motorists better rethink their driving patterns if they are heading into Asbury Park via Sunset Avenue for about the next two years. The Sunset Avenue Bridge, which crosses Deal Lake between the Wanamassa section of Ocean Township and Asbury Park, will be closed beginning Wednesday, January 28 for an estimated 454 days under a $9 million to $10 million Department of Transportation funded project to replace the bridge. The projected date for the bridge to reopen is May 27, 2016 County officials, along with representatives from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and the New Jersey Department of Transportation,…

Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten Will Have European Flair

  By DON STINE The new Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten restaurant is having a soft-opening for a few days this week in anticipation of its grand opening, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7. “We are having an invitation-only, soft opening for three days. We will then regroup and see what needs to be improved and fixed,” co-owner Jennifer Lampert said. She said the restaurant will then have another soft opening, inviting only local residents and workers before its Feb. 7 grand opening. “We will have a ribbon-cutting, music and should be in full swing by then,” she said. Restaurateur Andy Ivanov,…

Asbury Park City Clerk to Retire After 34 Years

  By DON STINE After 34 years on the job, Asbury Park City Clerk Stephen M. Kay is calling it quits at the end of this month. “I guess it’s about time,” Kay said earlier this week. He also said that a recent knee replacement operation and the slow pace of his physical recovery is also a factor in his decision to retire. Kay, who is 63, has been the city clerk since 1980 and he has seen more than his fair share of ups and downs in the city, including surviving through a number of political scandals on the…

Judge Directs Asbury Park Voters to Appear in Court

  By DON STINE A Superior Court judge ruled Jan. 14 that between 230 to 350 voters filing vote-by-mails ballots in Asbury Park’s last municipal election will each be called to testify in court about their individual applications. Superior Court Judge Dennis O’Brien ruled that the hundreds of voters will testify during a lengthy trial set for Feb. 23 through Feb. 27. It is unclear at this time how the subpoenaed voters will be brought to the county court house in Freehold. Two candidates on the unsuccessful A-Team slate in the November election have filed the lawsuit seeking 343 vote-by-mail…

Jubilant Audience Welcomes New City Mayor, Council

  Above – Coaster Photo – Asbury Park Mayor John Moor kisses his wife, Vera, following his swearing in on Jan. 1. By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new City Council, led by Mayor John Moor, came in as a unified team sworn in on New Year’s Day as the jubilant overflow crowd answered with a standing ovation. The Jan. 1 swearing-in ceremony for the Asbury Together ticket, which swept the November election, was in sharp contrast to the last swearing in which took place in July 2013 and featured 11th hour deals prompting some residents to storm out of the…

Crane House Receives State Historic Status

  The teenage home of famous American author Stephen Crane in Asbury Park was officially placed on the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places this month. The 1878 house, located at 508 Fourth Avenue, is slated to be purchased by the Asbury Park Historical Society in the near future and preserved as a museum dedicated to Crane and as a public meeting place for the historical society and other city and educational organizations. “Obtaining this official designation is a huge first step in acquiring a permanent home for the historical society,” President Don Stine said.“Many members spend a lot…

New City Council Said It Will Not Renew City Manager’s Contract

  On behalf of the incoming members of the Asbury Park City Council, this statement will confirm that on Dec. 18 Jack Kelly was advised that the new Council does not intend to appoint him to the City Manager position under the new “Council-Manager” form of government which takes effect as of Jan. 1. Kelly’s current contract expires Dec. 31. He has served as city manager for approximately one yer. The statement also said the new Council thanked Kelly for his dedication and service to the residents of Asbury Park over the last year, and to offer hime their best…

City Housing Authority Seeks Input from Residents on Redevelopment

  Asbury Park Housing Authority officials want city residents to tell them what they would like to see in place of the Boston Way Village housing complex, which is scheduled soon for demolition. About 50 residents attended at special meeting hosted by the city’s Housing Authority, which oversees the 123-unit federally-subsidized housing development at Memorial Drive and Springwood Avenue. Housing Authority Interim Executive Director Tyrone Garrett said the meeting was being held to get dialogue and develop a strategic plan for redeveloping the area, especially Boston Village, eight separate buildings built on a four-acre site in 1952. Garrett said another…

City Residents Discuss Pros and Cons of Paid Parking

  By DON STINE Some Asbury Park residents told officials this week they would like to see either free parking or reduced parking rates on city streets during the winter months although many acknowledge the state would be critical of the reduction in revenues for the city. The comments were made at a meeting this week to discuss solving Asbury Park’s long-term parking problem, which is not unique among coastal towns. “Asbury Park is not unique (regarding parking), per se, but it has unique traits that cannot be found (elsewhere),” said Timothy Tracy, executive vice president of Desman Associates. City…

New art, music festival coming to Asbury Park in 2015

  Asbury Park will once again host a film festival and this time it will include the city’s rich musical heritage. The Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation said it is partnerning with the Asbury Park Press to bring a new film festival to the city in April 2015. The 1st Annual Asbury Park Music in Film Festival has been scheduled to take place the weekend of April 10, 11 and 12, 2015. The festival will replace the Garden State Film Festival that was moved to Atlantic City in 2013. The loss of the GSFF, an eleven year economic mainstay in…

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