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Danny DeVito Meets Up with Former Classmate

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI When Asbury Park native actor Danny DeVito comes to town, residents old and new, take notice. But for one resident and former Our Lady of Mount Carmel School classmate of DeVito’s, it was also an opportunity to meet up and give him a gift from one of their old teachers. Retired Asbury Park firefighter, Fred Bates, said he knew DeVito would be at Mr C’s Beach Bistro in Allenhurst on Sat., April 28 and he stopped by with a letter from Sr. Celesta, their sixth grade teacher. Bates said he keeps in contact with the…

New School Chief in Asbury Park

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park School District has a new superintendent filling the position vacated by Dr. Lamont Repollet after he was named Commissioner of Education by Governor Phillip Murphy. Sancha K. Gray, who has been acting superintendent since January, was appointed to the position at a recent Board of Education meeting. Gray had been the assistant superintendent for one year after serving as Director of Curriculum and Instruction since 2014. Gray was born and raised in Brooklyn and began her teaching career in East Orange teaching math and social studies in the middle school. She then…

Gay Men’s Chorus at City Church

  The New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus will perform in concert at Trinity Episcopal Church, 503 Asbury Ave., Asbury Park Sat., May 5. The concert begins at 8 p.m. It will feature a musical time capsule of remembrance and resistance from World War II America. Tickets are $20 in advance and $15 for seniors and students. All tickets are $25 at the door. For more information call 732-579-8449.

ASBURY PARK MAN INDICTED FOR SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT

  A Monmouth County grand jury has returned an Indictment against an Asbury Park man charged in connection with gun shots being fired in the city earlier this year, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Dyquan P. Young, 18, is charged in the Indictment with second degree Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and third degree Hindering the Apprehension of Another. The charges stem from an incident in the vicinity of Prospect and Mattison avenues in Asbury Park back in February where shots were fired. The incident did not result in…

Asbury Park Doctor Admits Illegally Distributing Steroids

  A doctor with offices in Asbury Park and Brooklyn  admitted this week unlawfully distributing prescriptions for anabolic steroids and for possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, said U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito. Kevin Custis, 53, of Belle Mead, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of distributing anabolic steroids and one count of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute. According to documents filed in this case and statements in court: In 2016 and 2017 Custis wrote and delivered numerous prescriptions for various types of anabolic steroids…

John Conover Agency and Berkshire Hathaway Properties to Merge

  The John C. Conover Agency and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Signature Properties announced today a definitive merger agreement to create a $125  million Jersey Shore real estate powerhouse through a combination of their Asbury Park offices. The newly merged office will operate under the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Signature Properties brand beginning on April 30. The two offices are currently Nos. 1 and 2 in Asbury Park by a wide margin and combined will possess more than five times the Asbury Park market share than the next-largest firm. This new office will offer the Shore’s most complete set of real estate products…

Lake Commission Seeks Volunteers

  The Wesley Lake Commission is looking for volunteers to join the commission Applicants should be interested in the upkeep and condition of the lake. The Wesley Lake Commission oversees Wesley Lake and its watershed on behalf of the City of Asbury Park and Neptune Township. The Commission’s goal is to improve the ecological balance of Wesley Lake and its surrounding area for the use and enjoyment of residents and visitors. The Commission’s focus is on improving the quality, and quantity, of water entering the lake; the ecology of the lake itself; and the quality of water flowing from the…

New Venue, New Features for Chamber’s 2018 Carousel Awards

  By ED SALVAS The Carousel Awards are the Main Event for the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce each year, and this year’s gala will have more than a few new features. First, the May 11 event will move from its longtime home at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel across Ocean Avenue to the stage at the Asbury Park Convention Hall. Chamber President Jennifer Schulman, president of Fortune Web Marketing, said having the gala actually on the stage will originate the Chamber’s commitment to the future. In fact, the theme of this year’s Gala is “Asbury Forever.” The larger space will also allow…

Elks Host Poker Run

  The Motorcycle Committee of the Asbury Park Wall Elks Lodge No. 128 is hosting it second annual Poker Run Sat., April 28. Registration for the event is from 11 a.m. until noon at the lodge at 3409 W. Bangs Ave., Neptune. Registration is $25 per hand. Admission for passengers and non-riders is $20. The celebration follows from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission includes food, music by Moroccan Sheepholders and beverage tickets. The event benefits Elks charities

Asbury Park Officials Plan to Ban Smoking on Beaches

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park City Council is expected to introduce a resolution banning smoking on all city beaches for the upcoming summer season at its April 28 meeting. The smoke free beach policy, if approved on introduction, will have a public hearing next month before the final vote. Council has been discussing the issue since the beginning of the new year and City Manager Michael Capabianco asked council members to give him their ideas about smoking on the beachfront by this week’s meeting so enforcement could take place before the start of the summer season. The proposed resolution…

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