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City School District Has New Special Services Director

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park school district will have a new director of special services when school opens next month. “I’m anxious for the new school year and looking forward to see our planning come to fruition,” said School Superintendent Dr. Lamont Repollet Repollet said one new major change is the addition of a new Director of Special Services. Carolyn Morano is coming the the city from Vernon and replacing interim director Roxanne Johnson. Repollet said the main goal of the new director will be to place students in the least restrictive educational environment as well was expand…

Asbury Park Chamber Names New Director

  The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce has named Sylvia Sylvia-Cioffi of Ocean Township as the new executive director. Outgoing Director, Jackie Pappas, shared her “excitement in having found a wonderfully experienced, passionate and energetic longtime fan of Asbury Park to fill the roll.” Pappas noted that, “Sylvia’s experience working with municipal government, local non-profits and the Board of Education will serve her well as she continues the Chamber’s mission to connect businesses, tourism, our youth and the community.” Chamber President Roy Werts described Sylvia as a “great addition to a strong team”. He thanked Director Pappas for all that…

$19 Million for Housing in City

  Asbury Park’s Springwood Avenue Redevelopment Area will receive a total of $19 million for housing projects along with mixed-use space on the city’s west side. Sen. Jennifer Beck and Asbury Park Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton said that Renaissance Village, a 64 unit affordable housing project, would receive $7,870,000 from the third round of Community Development Block Grant funding. Additionally, the Boston Way Village complex, a 104 unit affordable housing project, will receive $12,348,745. These are Sandy-related federal funds passed through the state of New Jersey under the Fund for Restoration of Multifamily Housing. This funding will allow these projects to…

Find Accessories for Your Home at Storehouse

  By ED SALVAS The latest addition to the Asbury Park boardwalk is Storehouse, a store for home accessories in the Fourth Avenue Pavilion. It’s not the kind of store you’d expect to find on a shore boardwalk and that’s the whole idea, according to Teeter Sperber, manager of Storehouse and it’s sister business, the Market which opened last summer. Both businesses were created by boardwalk developer Madison Marquette and are essentially several businesses housed under one roof, all with different owners. “The whole concept was created by Amanda Di Robella at Madison Marquette,” Sperber explained. “She came up with…

Asbury Park Recall Petition Misses Deadline

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A group which had been formed to recall Asbury Park Councilman Jesse Kendle did not meet the Aug. 3 deadline for the filing of a recall petition. City Clerk Cindy Dye said this week that no petition had been submitted to her. The Committee to Recall Jesse Kendle from the Office of Council consisted of Duanne Small, Mattison Avenue; Mabin Womble, Third Avenue and Brian Bass, Church Street. The group needed to obtain 2,175 signatures in order to have the vote taken in a special election. The estimated cost of the election was $25,000. Petitioner…

The Center’s Meal Programs Seeks Help in Stocking Shelves

  The Center in Asbury Park has put out the call for help stocking their freezer for the Meals to Go program. The program provides home cooked frozen meals to people living in motels and rooming houses who have no way to prepare meals. The Center is asking individuals and groups to help fill the freezer with frozen cooked meals and will provide microwavable containers to volunteers. They are also in need of pantry food items including: cereal, instant oatmeal, rice, juice, milk (condensed or powdered) Jell-O, canned puddings, fruit and tuna. Also needed are raisins, healthy snacks, macaroni and…

City Audit Gets High Marks

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Auditor David Kaplan gave Asbury Park good marks in his annual audit report saying this year’s total general fund balance is the highest ever at $4.7 million. In 2014 the fund balance was $3.4 million. “You have complied,” he said. “ You have an unmodified report; that’s what you want.” He also said there was a record surplus and record increases in revenues. One section that did not receive good marks was the sewer collection totals. “There has been a deficit the past two years,” Kaplan said. Kaplan cited inaccuracies in the bills along with…

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…

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.…

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