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Donate a Toy, Enjoy Free Buffet

  Georgie’s Bar on Fifth Avenue in Asbury Park will host the annual toy drive to benefit the Asbury Park Toy Drive from 5 to 10 p.m. Sun., Dec. 6. Those attending are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for a boy or girl and enjoy a free buffet, drink specials and live entertainment featuring Lady Marisa and Christy Girlington with musical guests Lisa and Wendy, the Acoustic Duo with Chris “Jiggy’ Whittet on guitar. All proceeds benefit the children of Asbury Park. In addition those attending the Stone Pony show featuring Nicole Atkins with Marco Beneventos Dec. 5…

Asbury Park’s Newest Hotel to Open in May

  The Asbury, described as a “fantasy vacation psotcard come to life,” is scheduled to open in May of next year. It will be the city’s first new hotel to open in 50 years. The long vacant Salvation Army building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Kingsley Street is being transformed into The Asbury, the youngest project in the multi-billion-dollar redevelopment by real-estate company iStar. The Asbury, which will feature 110 guest rooms, will create spaces like a giant rec-room lobby where adults can feel like kids again, kids can unleash their imaginations, and the outside world gets left…

Preparing for One of Shore’s Oldest Rivalries

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER They’ll go at it again on Thanksgiving Day. The Asbury Park High School football team will host Neptune at 10 a.m. in the 88th renewal of one of the state’s oldest rivalries. The rivalry between the neighboring towns was born in 1908, according to Asbury Park School District spokeswoman Chanta L. Jackson. She said records indicate the Scarlet Fliers lead the series 46-37-4. Jackson said games were not played during war time. Asbury Park coach Tim Fosque and Neptune coach Rodney Taylor are far from strangers to the rivalry. Fosque played guard and defensive end for…

Playing in the Band at Your Home or Business

  By DON STINE Most of us are familiar with the traditional Salvation Army brass ensembles that are common around Christmas time. But now you can bring that ensemble to your business or home. The Salvation Army’s traditional brass ensemble, with high-level musicians, is willing to play for five minutes to an hour in an effort to raise money to help fund the organization programs throughout the upcoming year. “There is no verbal presentation. We just play traditional Christmas and holiday music, including well-known songs like ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’ and ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ ” said Major Carl Carvill,…

City to Prohibit Chain Link Fences

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park City Council is expected to approve an amendment to the city code prohibiting chain link and solid fencing on the front yards of properties. City Planner Michelle Alonso said the change is being made to improve aesthetics in the city and due to the fact that there are fencing options now available that cost the same as chain link fences. “There are now attractive open composite materials at comparable prices,” she said. Those with existing chain link fences will be grandfathered in, she said. “They can keep them (chain link fences) until…

Farewell to Asbury Park After 35 Years

  By ED SALVAS The House of Modern Living, a vintage furniture store and one of the longest established businesses on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park, is closing and its owner is relocating to Milford, Del. Bill Meisch, opened the store at 718 Cookman Ave. in 1980, but after 35 years in business, he says it’s time to move on as Asbury Park has changed in ways that have made doing business here more difficult for his store, which features Vintage Modern furniture from the 1920’s to the 70’s. Looking back, Meisch said “Asbury Park was very good to me,”…

Asbury Park’s Davon ‘Biggie’ Thompson Lives Up to His Name

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER He’s known as Biggie. The moniker belongs to Davon Thompson, the Asbury Park High School football team’s star quarterback. “He’s a big play kind of a guy,” said Tim Fosque, the Blue Bishops’ first-year coach. “He makes things happen. He is clearly one of our most valuable players. The offense does not run at its high capacity without him.” “Coming from where I am from, you have to make big plays,” Thompson said. “I like to run with the ball. I can scramble and I can throw the ball. I like to throw it. I love…

A Luncheon for Outgoing City Pastor

  Asbury Park’s Second Baptist Church is holding a luncheon for the Rev. William E. Coleman Jr., the outgoing interim pastor, on Sat., Dec. 12. The lunch will be noon to 4 p.m. at Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune. Tickets are $45 each and available through the church office, telephone 732-774-5347, or through church member Dan Harris, telephone 732-890-2533. On Sun., Dec. 13, Coleman will give his farewell sermon at 10 a.m. at the church, 124 Atkins Ave. Coleman, the husband of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, has been the interim pastor for three years. The new pastor is Semaj…

Crane House to Screen Comedy

  Two men on a raft…a pair of devoted friends, though you’d never know it from the way they bicker, banter and brouhaha their way from the 19th century beach at Asbury Park, to the middle of the Atlantic, and places that are far afield of both their expectations and their left-behind street clothes. A rare comical adventure from the pen of Stephen Crane (and a story with the flavor of the Jersey Shore resort where he made his home as a young man), “The Reluctant Voyagers” has long cried out for presentation on the live stage — and on…

Asbury Park Team Members Attend Anti-Gang Workshop

  By CHRIS CHRISTOPHER It has been a season of positive numbers for the Asbury Park High School football team. The Blue Bishops won six of their first seven games, losing only to Point Pleasant Beach in overtime in the regular-season opener both teams and erasing the scars left by last year’s 2-8 record. And, led by wide receiver Jaedon Stephens and quarterback Davon Thompson, they have established themselves as one of the highest scoring teams in the Shore Conference. However, there is one number that gnaws at the insides of first-year head coach Tim Fosque. “About 80 percent of…

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