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Learning About Civil Rights

  By JOSEPH SAPIA The third annual Urban Youth Civil Rights Education Initiative for Asbury Park middle school-age students kicks off Friday, Aug. 7. The group will watch a film on the 1955 beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement — specifically about the white-on-black murder of Emmett Till, 14, in Mississippi and Rosa Parks, a black woman who refused to give up her bus seat to a white person in Alabama. A discussion will follow. Friday’s event is at 9 a.m. at United Methodist Church at the corner of Third Avenue and Emory Street. Participants must be pre-registered or register…

Owner of Daycare Center Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges

  The owner and operator of an Asbury Park daycare center and pre-school pleaded guilty Aug. 4 to charges related to fraudulent contracts to provide services for city preschoolers, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said. Sylvia B. Brodrick, 59, of Shadow Lawn Drive in the Oakhurst section of Ocean Township, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Reisner to two counts of second degree Making False Material Representations in Performance of a Government Contract. At her plea, Brodrick admitted to fraudulently receiving more than $40,000 under two contracts with the Asbury Park Board of Education (APBOE) by…

New Director at Asbury Park Music Foundation

  The Asbury Park Music Foundation Board of Trustees is excited to announce that Matthew J. Hockenjos has been hired as the new Executive Director. As Executive Director, Hockenjos will be responsible for administration of program operations, marketing, fundraising and implementing the strategic plan. Hockenjos attended Rider University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts Administration, with a concentration in nonprofit organizations and the entertainment industry. While in school, Matt worked in marketing and promotions for radio and television companies including Townsquare Media, 95.9 WRAT, VideoHelper Production Music and MTV Networks. Hockenjos was retained by the Asbury Park Music Foundation…

Area Chef on Food Network

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Chef Peter Morris, executive chef of Woody’s which is scheduled to open in Tinton Falls, will be featured tonight (July 30) at 10 p.m. on the Beat Bobby Flay show on the Food Network. In the episode, Morris faced off against Tex-mex chef Gregory Webb as they competed to make a winning dish featuring pomegranate. “I thought wow, how am I going to make pomegranate the focus?” said Morris of Freehold who’s dish was judged by New York City chef celebrities Scott Conant and Geoffrey Zakarian. In the competition, Morris, former chef de cuisine at Langosta…

In Asbury Park: Bangs Avenue Garage Offers Paid Parking Starting Aug. 1

  By ED SALVAS The ongoing effort to improving Asbury Park’s parking situation moves forward this week when the Bangs Avenue Parking Garage becomes a paid parking garage with expanded hours of operation on weekends. Mayor John Moor announced at last week’s City Council meeting that the garage will open Sat., Aug. 1 for paid parking under an agreement with the state which owns the garage that’s used during the week by people who work in the downtown state office building. Beginning Aug. 1 the public will be able to use the garage Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 9 to…

In Asbury Park: Board President Blasts Officials Over Library Panel Appointments

  By ED SALVAS The open feud between Asbury Park Library Board President Don Stine and Mayor John Moor and Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn jumped from the newspaper to the City Council Chambers at the council’s July 22 meeting. During the public comment portion of the meeting, Stine stepped to the microphone and repeated charges he made in a full-page ad in The Coaster and triCityNews July 16 in “An Open Letter to the Citizens of Asbury Park.” In the paid advertisement Stine accused the two officials of political cronyism and operating behind closed doors in connection with the appointments…

Love on the Beach in Asbury Park

  By DON STINE There was a lot of Love in Asbury Park Tues., July 28 when Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love shot a video in the city for her upcoming album. Shooting of the video for her new song “Forbidden Nights,” an Elvis Costello composition, took place on the Third Avenue beach about 6 p.m. and from a 1961 Cadillac convertible at other locations in the city earlier in the day. Joan Jett, Paul Shaffer and Maureen Van Zandt were also on hand to participate in the shoot. “Forbidden Nights” is from the upcoming album “Introducing…

National Night Out Set for Aug. 4

  Asbury Park: The Community Relations Unit of the Asbury Park Police is sponsoring a “National Night Out” event at the municipal complex Tues., Aug. 4. The free event, an anti-crime event that includes drug awareness, runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the parking lot. It includes food, music, games and give-aways. The idea is to provide networking between police and the community. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, “National Night Out” is designed to heighten crime- and drug-prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit, demonstrate police and community partnerships, and send a message to criminals neighborhoods are…

Asbury Park to Receive $386,000 in Grant Money

  Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. said Asbury Park will receive a $386,067 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for various housing and economic development programs in the city. The grant is part of more than $5.7 million from HUD for housing and economic development programs in Monmouth County and municipalities in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. These grants include funding through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which provides resources for community improvements to help foster economic development. The remaining funding comes from HUD’s HOME Investment Partnership and the Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) program. These programs…

Summerfield Avenue Railroad Crossing to be Closed to Vehicular Traffic

  Asbury Park officials said this week they have lost their fight to prevent NJ Transit from closing off the Summerfield Avenue railroad track crossing to vehicular traffic. The NJ Transit proposal was denounced by the council, police and fire departments, and the city engineer but, eventually, to no avail. A proposal to also close-off the First Avenue crossing has been dropped and no date has been announced yet for the Summerfield Avenue closing, acting-City Manager Anthony Nuccio said. But at least one business owner said this will be a real hardship for him. Sam Vaccaro, owner of The Hardware…

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