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Community Organizer Will Be Honored with Carousel Award

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO Asbury Park resident Sonja O’Brien has spent a lifetime unconditionally giving back. She’s a doer and a giver. After 14 years of tangible local impact – much of it behind the scenes – the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce is recognizing O’Brien with the 2016 Carousel Humanitarian Award. The award is one of five given annually and celebrates “outstanding dedication” to Asbury Park. “Sonja is great at bringing people together and beyond that, she does it all with heart,” said Jackie Pappas, executive director of the Asbury Park Chamber. “She is the kind of person who…

Where’s the Bradley Cove Appraisal?

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The City Council in Asbury Park is ready to come to an agreement on the development rights for the property at the north end beachfront with boardwalk developers iStar. At issue, however, is the dollar value of the half acre piece of land known as Bradley Cove. iStar owns the development rights to the property, where in 2008, Asbury Partners presented plans to the city to build 15 homes on the beach in front of Asbury Towers. Many residents, at the time, came out to protest the plan and the fate of the tract of…

Sneak Peek at Asbury’s newest restaurant, Capitoline

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Fasano family jokingly calls it “the complex” but as even William Shakespeare said many a truth is said in jest. The city’s newest restaurant, Capitoline, owned by Asbury Park developer Patrick Fasano will be opening soon on Cookman Avenue in the heart of the city’s downtown. But patrons can get a sneak preview Sun., March 13 when the restaurant will open for drinks and meatball sandwiches for the day as part of what Fasano called “the Reveal Party.” This ambitious undertaking by Fasano includes two other diverse restaurants, each fronting on different streets, before…

The Angel of Salvage in Asbury Park

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO What began in 2002 as a personal desire to restore a home to its original glory has evolved into Central New Jersey’s largest architectural salvage showroom, Salvage Angel, located in Asbury Park. “Salvage Angel grew from a personal need but I knew there were other people like me trying to truly restore their homes in a pure way,” said Carolyn Curtin, founder. “I started getting wish lists from friends and neighbors and my hobby grew from collecting architectural items to include vintage furniture and home decor.” The 20,000-square-foot warehouse in the former Canada Dry building on…

Asbury Park Recall Committee Authorized to Collect Signatures

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Committee to Recall Jesse Kendle from his position as a councilman in Asbury Park has moved one step closer to achieving its goal. The group, comprised of Duanne Small, Mabin Womble and Brian Bass, had submitted a petition to City Clerk Cynthia Dye last week but corrections were needed. On Monday Dye said she had received the corrected petition and signed off on it. Dye said the committee could begin collecting the 391 signatures needed on Thursday at 5 p.m.. They will then have 160 days from the date Dye approved the petition to…

Candidates File for Asbury Park School Board Race

  Two three-member tickets are seeking to win three, three-year terms on the Asbury Park Board of Education in the April 19 election. The school board recently voted to move the elections back to April from November, which cuts all recently-elected board member’s terms by eight months. Board member Corey Lowell has decided not to seek reelection. Incumbent Nicole Harris, who is also the current school board president, is running on the “From the Community, For The Community” ticket along with former assistant city manager and former school board president James Famularo and Derrick Grant, vice-president of the Asbury Park…

CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL RENAMED IN HONOR OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

  BY ED SALVAS Students, faculty, staff and parents came together outside the Asbury Park Middle School Wednesday to join in renaming of the school in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The ceremony included unveiling of a sign honoring the civil rights leader who was killed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968. The program began with welcoming remarks by the Principal, Dr. Rashawn Adams, and Superintendent Dr. Lamont Repollet and featured Edith Savage- Jennings, a longtime friend of the King family who called her “Aunt Edith.” Dr. Repollet noted that King appeared in Asbury Park in 1960 and spoke…

City School to Have New Name

  The renaming of the Asbury Park Middle School is scheduled to take place Wed., Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. The school will be renamed the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School. The Board of Education approved the name change in August.

Asbury Park Food Truck Hours to Be Extended

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Following a successful first outing in the summer of 2015, Asbury Park’s food truck park is expected to open again this year, only with extended hours. The food truck park location is at the north end of the boardwalk. Carrie Turner of beachfront developers Madison Marquette made a presentation to the City Council at this week’s work session requesting that the food trucks be allowed to operate for two additional hours each day, adding on an hour at the beginning and end of each day. The new hours of operation, if approved, will be from…

Daylight Shooting Injures 2

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI It was quiet in the 1200 block of Monroe Avenue in Asbury Park Feb. 2 where only the day before, a double shooting had taken place. Neighbor Jessie Bennett, who was walking her daughter in a stroller with her adolescent son by her side, said she may be looking for a new home following this recent shooting. She lives on the same block where the shooting occurred. On Mon., Feb. 1 at approximately 2:24 p.m. Asbury Park police responded to a report of a shooting in the 120 block of Monroe Ave. where two victims…

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