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Asbury Park May Be Home to State’s 1st Craft Distillery

  By DON STINE Downtown Asbury Park hopes to be home to New Jersey’s first craft distillery. In 2003, the state legislature amended state laws to permit craft distilleries, the first time such a move has been made since the Prohibition era. Asbury Park Distilling, LLC. is seeking to have the city’s downtown central business district’s (CBD) zoning amended to allow light industry in a 4,000-square-foot craft distillery at 527 Lake Ave., located in the Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten, which is now under construction. “I propose you consider allowing it and a larger discussion (of the zoning amendment) is warranted.…

Asbury Park Man Charged in Neptune Shooting

  A 22-year-old Asbury Park man has been charged in connection with the early Monday morning shooting of a female inside her Neptune home, said Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Diquan Speights is charged with one count each of first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Burglary, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Speights is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, in $650,000 bail, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, P.J.Cr. Judge Vernoia also ordered Speights may…

City Downtown Receives Historic Designations

  Asbury Park’s downtown business district has been placed officially on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, which allows some financial incentives for owners to historically renovate their buildings. “I think this is a good thing. It’s recognition of the history of Asbury Park’s downtown and the significance of the city itself,” said Donald Sammet, the city’s director of planning and redevelopment. Sammet said the historic designation also opens to door to the possibility of obtaining grants and other funding sources to improve historic buildings. “It is also good for historic heritage tourism and recognizes the history…

Asbury Park Police Department Accepting Special Officer Applications

  The Asbury Park Police Department is accepting applications for special officers. Applicants must be a United States citizens, at least 18-years-old, have a high school diploma or its equivalency, a New Jersey’s driver’s license and be able to endure vigorous physical and academic training. Preference is given to city residents. The deadline to pick up applications is Friday, Oct. 31. Applications or more information is available from Lt. Guy Thompson or Patrolman Michael Case, telephone: 732-775-6124. Training at the Monmouth County Police Academy for these positions will begin in January and end in May.

Beach and Parking Revenues in Asbury Park Over $1Million Each

  Beach and parking revenues were up in Asbury Park this year and at least one city officials says he expects them to keep growing. Beach revenues were about $1.1 million last year and are at close to $1.3 million this year. Parking revenues for last year were at $1,975,197 and, as of August this year, the revenue is already at almost $1.9 million, with another four months of revenue still to come in. “I project the city will realize in excess of $2.5 million in 2014,” City Manager Jack Kelly said earlier this week. Councilman John Loffredo, who co-chairs…

Asbury Park Boards Could Have New Members

  By DON STINE Asbury Park will not only see a change of government after the first of the year but it will also see many of its major boards, like the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment, reorganized with possible new faces as well. “There will have to be new appointments to some boards by the new council,” City Manager Jack Kelly said. Last year residents voted 1,204 to 403 to seek the change of government, or by about 75 percent to 25 percent. The change was recommended by a special Charter Study Commission created to look into the…

Professionals by Day, Derby Skaters at Night

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Kim Predham does not think of herself as an athlete. When she was growing up in Neptune City, she was the last one picked when teams were chosen. She considered herself “very bookish.” “(But) I always liked roller-skating as a kid,” Predham said. “I would skate for hours in my basement.” Those hours of roller-skating were put to good use. Now, at 32, the Asbury Park resident is a local version of a roller derby queen, as is her teammate, Jessica O’Hanlon, 37, of Avon. O’Hanlon, skating under the name Anna Stesia because she is a…

Undead to Return to Asbury Park

  This year it’s zombies versus brain cancer at the annual Zombie Walk to be held in Asbury Park Sat., Oct. 4. For the first time in the seven-year history of the walk, money from the event will be donated to Camp Jinka, a Red Bank-based summer program for children and teenagers whose lives have been impacted by brain cancer. “To help us fight the war against brain cancer, we are calling on the most powerful army we know, the undead,” said Zombie Walk founder Jason Meehan. The 2014 New Jersey Zombie Walk will kick off Grey Matters, a campaign…

No Decision Yet on City Police Chief

  By DON STINE Asbury Park will not see any changes to personnel at the top level of the police department until at least after the first of the year when the new City Council and mayor are sworn in. Asbury Park Police Chief Mark Kinmon retired earlier this month and the department is running under the supervision of Deputy Chief Anthony Salerno. Over the last several months there have been discussions about the position of chief as well as police director. “We are going to let the new council be seated before we make this decision,” City Manager Jack…

Candidate Disqualified in Asbury Park

  By ELLEN CARROLL Marilyn Schlossbach, who submitted a petition this week for a City Council seat in the Asbury Park election, has been disqualified. In order to be placed on the ballot for a seat in the Nov. 4 election 89 certified petitions are needed. She only had 87. It was her first bid for elected office in the city. She owns several businesses in the city including Langosta Lounge and Pop’s Garage, both on the city boardwalk. Twelve other candidates submitted petitions for the election. This will be the first election in the city under the new form…

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