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City to Discuss West Side Community Center

  Asbury Park officials were scheduled to discuss the West Side Community Center in a closed executive session at press time for our printed edition, on newsstands now. The Committee to save the West Side Community Center, a special citizens committee comprised of local professionals having former leadership ties with the West Side Community Center, 115 DeWitt Avenue, Asbury Park, has made a request of the city asking officials to apply to the Superior Court in Freehold for the appointment of a Receiver for the center. The Committee is asking that the City Council act immediately given the recreational and…

City Bike Share Program Successful

  A bicycle share program in Asbury Park that started in late summer was a success according to figures released by Zagster, the program’s provider. Membership in the program reached 646 leading to 1248 trips taken. The total time riders traveled was 202,807 minutes or 3380  hours. By Zagster’s calculations the bike riding offset 33,801 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. The breakdown of riders was 47.54 percent male and 52.46 percent female. By age the largest group of riders was between 18 and 27 years with 32.1 percent. The next group was 28 to 37 year olds at 28.4 percent;…

City’s Credit Rating Upgraded

  Asbury Park Mayor John Moor recently announced that the city has received it’s highest credit rating ever from Moody’s Investor Services. The city received a letter from Moody’s on Jan. 17 stating that Asbury Park was being rated A2, which demonstrates by Moody’s definition that it “is a low credit risk.” Meaning that the city is a low risk to investors of the city’s long term debt. In the 14 years that Moody’s has been rating the city, this is the highest ever rating. When asked to define the importance of a credit rating for local governments, Mayor Moor…

Men’s Ministry Hosts Breakfast

  By DON STINE The guest speaker at a special prayer breakfast, hosted by the Men’s Ministry of the Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park, was a no-show Sat., Jan. 20- but through no fault of his own. Asbury Park School Superintendent Lamont Repollet was recently nominated by Gov. Phil Murphy to be his new Commissioner of Education- the first African-American to hold the post- but, unfortunately, Repollet is unable to have any speaking engagements until his nomination is approved by the state Senate. Repollet, 47, became schools superintendent in 2014 and his appearance at the prayer breakfast was scheduled…

Art from Upstage Club Presented at Light of Day Event

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A slide show of pictures from the Upstage Club was shown Jan. 13 during a Light of Day Foundation event at the Asbury Park Music Foundation while a variety of bands performer at the venue. Pictures on display showed foundation President James Lenskold and his friends removing historic art work from the walls of the club, which was located on the second floor of the Tom McAnn building on Cookman Avenue at the corner of Bond Street. A history of the club, where Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Vini Lopez and other music notables played for…

Rights of Passage Home Dedication in Asbury Park

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI It was a project that began six years ago to help homeless young adults in Asbury Park and which finally became a reality this week. Through the efforts of Covenant House International and Interfaith Neighbors five Asbury Park young men will have a free place to live for 18 months while they attend school or work to save money and afford a place of their own. Paul McEvily, co-executive director of Interfaith Neighbors, said building the house which has five bedrooms, each with its own bath, 2 half baths, two sets of laundry facilities and…

City School Chief Nominated for Commissioner

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park School Superintendent  Dr. Lamont Repollet has been chosen by Governor Philip  Murphy to be New Jersey’s next Commissioner of Education. Repollet, in his three and a half years in the city, made a positive impression, introducing new programs and increasing test scores and high school graduation rates. He brought in new staff along with new programs including  a detailed plan, entitled Building a Better Future, as a blueprint to improve the troubled district. At the high school level he introduced engineering, nursing and law and public safety programs. He also coordinated with Brookdale…

Civil War Monument Restoration is Topic at Meeting

  Restoring the more-than 100-year-old Civil War monument in downtown Asbury Park and a preview of an upcoming book about the city’s West Side musical history are among topics being discussed at this year’s annual Asbury Park Historical Society reorganization meeting. The meeting will be held Thurs., Jan. 18 at the Asbury Park Public Library at the intersection of First and Grand avenues. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and there are refreshments. Professional monument conservationist Douglas Distefano will give a power-point presentation about his findings about the statue from an up-close inspection done at the end of last year.…

Sponsorships Available for City Mayor’s Rodeo

  In 2016, the Mayor’s Rodeo for Recreation in Asbury Park reached its goal of raising enough funds so no child had to be turned away from the city’s summer recreation program in 2016 and 2017. With over $40,000 raised, more than 600 children attended the six-week summer camp program in those two years.  This endeavor would have been impossible without the generous donations received. The next Rodeo for Recreation is being held April 19 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Stone Pony. The following sponsor packages available on a very limited basis: • Cowboy Package $2500:  sponsoring 10 children…

Asbury Park’s Covenant House Receives $123,000 Grant

  A Monmouth County-based women’s philanthropy group has awarded Covenant House in Asbury a $123,000 grant from Impact 100 Jersey Coast, a women’s philanthropy group. Covenant House will use the grant for its Rites of Passage program, which provides a safe place for homeless young people, 18 or older who have “aged” out of the system. The program helps them transition into a positive living environment. Jim White, Executive Director of Covenant House New Jersey (CHNJ), said “The Impact 100 grant is a significant gift for Covenant House, in fact, a game changer. We can now move forward with our…

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