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Record Low Number of Candidates File to Run in Asbury Park Election

  By DON STINE Two five-member tickets and three independents have filed to run in the Asbury Park City Council election in November, the smallest number of candidates to file in more than 15 years. The five-member Asbury Together (pictured above/Asbury Together photo) ticket consists of current Councilman John Moor, who has filed to run for mayor, Councilwoman Amy Quinn, Joe Woerner, a teacher in Neptune who ran with Quinn and Moor last year; Jesse Kendle, a retired Asbury Park High School coach; and newcomer Barbara Yvonne Clayton. The other five-candidate ticket is the A-Team, which consists of former Board…

Second Generation Steps Up at Rich’s Auto Body Shop

  By ED SALVAS When you call Rich’s Auto Body in Asbury Park to check on a claim or an insurance estimate, chances are Rich Crompton himself will take the call. But these days, it most likely will be Rich Crompton Jr. on the phone. The second generation of the family is assuming a more active role in the business, founded in 1982 and still repairing cars at 1602 Asbury Ave. Rich Sr. explains that the address may be Asbury Park, but a portion of the property lies in Neptune Township. “I pay taxes in both towns,” he says. Starting…

City Tavern Manager Dies

  Charlie Gurrera, the manager of Georgie’s Tavern on Fifth Avenue in Asbury Park, died in his apartment Tues., Aug. 19. Gurrera lived in an apartment above the tavern where he worked for many years. An autopsy  will be performed. The cause of death is pending the results. The death is not being treated as a homicide.

Cameo Bar to Have New Home

  By DON STINE One of the longest continuing operating bars in Asbury Park, the Cameo Bar, is scheduled to be relocated to the city’s downtown near Johnny Mac House of Spirits. The building where the Cameo is now located at 1213 Main St. will eventually be put up for sale. Cameo owner John McGillion, who also owns Johnny Mac House of Spirits also on Main Street, said the Cameo will be relocated in a building adjacent to an expansion project he has underway at Johnny Mac. The Cameo’s liquor license would then be available to use in both of…

In Asbury Park: Redevelopment Proposal Hits Snag

  By DON STINE The landscape of Asbury Park’s waterfront would change dramatically under a proposal by the City Council requesting that beachfront develolper iStar Financial allow lot-by-lot redevelopment at the beachfront by private property owners. The council unanimously approved sending a letter to iStar Financial requesting the company mutually agree to lot-by-lot redevelopment in the waterfront zone. “This should have happened 10 years ago,” said Councilwoman Amy Quinn, who introduced the motion to send the letter. “This will be a complete change to the waterfront redevelopment plan,” Asbury Park Director of Redevelopment Donald Sammet said. But Brian Cheripka, vice…

Taxpayers Seeing Changes in Bills in Asbury Park

  Many Asbury Park taxpayers are seeing changes in their property taxes this year under a new property revaluation conducted last year. On the average, property taxes have increased because the properties are now more valuable, including commercial and some residential properties, City Manager Jack Kelly said earlier this week. “The most likely reason anyone’s property taxes went up is because their property saw a substantial increase in value and was undervalued previously,” he said. Kelly said that Asbury Park is now at 100 percent of assessed valuation whereas previously it was at 38 percent of true value. “So some…

City Seeks Change to Waterfront Agreement

  By DON STINE A game-changer in the redevelopment of Asbury Park’s waterfront may be afoot under a proposal put forward at the last City Council meeting. The council unanimously approved sending a letter to waterfront redeveloper iStar Financial requesting the company mutually agree to lot-by-lot redevelopment in the waterfront zone. “This should have happened 10 years ago,” said Councilwoman Amy Quinn, who introduced the motion to send the letter. “This will be a complete change to the waterfront redevelopment plan,” Asbury Park Director of Redevelopment Donald Sammet said. Under the proposal, if mutually agreed upon between the city and…

City Objects to Closing 2 Railroad Crossings

  By DON STINE Asbury Park officials will petition the state to prevent NJ Transit from closing off the crossovers on its railroad tracks at Summerfield and First Avenues. “NJ Transit wants to do away with the crossings over its tracks on Summerfield Avenue in Asbury Park and they would like to do it right away,” City Manager Jack Kelly said earlier this week. He said NJT cites safety and maintenance as the main reasons for eliminating the crossover, adding that the First Avenue crossover is also on the list to be eliminated. According to a 2009 DOT study, Summerfield…

Deadline for Asbury Park City Council Election 1 Month Away

By DON STINE With the deadline for filing to run for Asbury Park mayor and City Council a month away only two residents so far – Council members John Moor and Amy Quinn have announced their intention to run. The deadline to file a candidacy petition for the upcoming election is Sept. 2 and the election is Nov. 4. Under the city’s change of government, all five seats are up for grabs, including the first time the mayor will be elected directly by the people. The new City Council will be seated on Jan. 1, 2015. Under the current form…

City Faulted on Hiring Practices

  By DON STINE Asbury Park city employees almost didn’t get paid after the City Council at last week’s meeting initially did not approve a resolution to pay the city’s monthly payroll and claims bill. When the issue of paying the city’s bills and claims came up, Deputy Mayor Sue Henderson and Councilwoman Amy Quinn voted to approve them. However, Councilman John Moor voted no and Mayor Myra Campbell abstained which caused the measure to fail. A majority vote is needed to pass. Councilman John Loffredo was absent. “The ramifications were that nobody was going to get paid,” Moor said…

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