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Bocce Tournament Celebrating 40 years at the Shore

  A well-known local bocce tournament, formerly known as the Anthony “Putt Putt” Petillo National Bocce Tournament, is turning 40 this year. Founded in 1977 by Asbury Park police officer Anthony “Putt Putt” Petillo, his cousin and fellow bocce enthusiast Sal Caliendo, 69, kept the tournament going after Petillo died in 1987. “It was always held on the Asbury Park boardwalk or in Convention Hall until 1992 when we were told the Grand Arcade had structural problems and was no longer safe. So we had to move it,” Caliendo said. Since then the tournament, which attracted bocce players from around…

Changes Planned at City Waterfront

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Summer Experience Program in Asbury Park is making some changes and expanding its sphere for the upcoming beach season. Frederic P. Lavinthal, of Chiesa , Shahinian and Giantomasi addressed the City Council at a recent meeting and asked for an extension of the beachfront developer iStar’s Summer Experience Center which began in 2013 as a three year program. Lavinthal also said some changes will be made for the upcoming summer season including changing the name of the program from the Asbury Park Waterfront to simply Asbury Park. A new color scheme is also proposed…

Rooftop patio being constructed on Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park is adding another amenity to the landmark building: a rooftop patio. The hotel’s Director of Engineering, Steven Pilley, is in the midst of constructing a rooftop patio at the historic hotel that he says, “Will have the best view in town.” Pilley, lives at the hotel with his aptly named dog, Berkeley, and is responsible for keeping the entire building in good working order. It’s a 24/7 job. “I never have a day off,” he said. Pilley says since he came on board two years ago, he has…

School Chief Will Receive Carousel Award

  By ED SALVAS In the 18-months that Dr. Lamont Repollet has been Superintendent of Schools in Asbury Park, he has overseen the move to a new Administrative Office, launched a series of academic initiatives, created an Early College Academy and designed a new logo for the district, all aimed at changing the long-held perception of a failed system. On May 13, the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce will present Repollet with the 2016 Public Official Carousel Award, one of five awards to be handed out at a gala dinner at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. Repollet came to Asbury Park…

City Councilman Resigns for Family Reason

  Asbury Park City Councilman Joe Woerner, who was sworn into office Jan. 1, 2015, has resigned from the council due to his young son’s illness which causes tumors to grow on nerves. “Due to Michael’s illness and my need to focus on my family, I am stepping down as Asbury Park City Councilman,” Woerner released in a statement. “Running for, and being on, the Asbury Park City Council has been a true privilege. It has been rewarding to be a part of the remaking of City Hall and I am confident Michael Capabianco will run City Hall in a…

Asbury Park Graduate Honored for Scientific Research

  A 1962 graduate of Asbury Park High School was honored recently for his 50 years of scientific research of RNA. Dr. Paul F. Agris was recognized at a recent annual symposium of the RNA Institute at SUNY Albany. Agris is the founding director of the institute. Dr. Agris is the leading authority ion the specialized field of RNA research. During the past year he was the keynote speaker at an International RNA conference in Greece. He is an inductee in the Asbury Park High School Hall of Fame and graduated from Bucknell University before earning a Ph.D from M.I.T.…

Tax Exemption Planned for Savoy Theater Property in City

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park City Council introduced an ordinance at last week’s meeting authorizing a financial agreement with AEF II Urban Renewal, LLC and Savoy Urban Renewal, LLC which included a tax exemption, in the form of Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILOT program. The agreement is related to property owned by Carter Sachman on the 700 block of Mattison Avenue, the former Savoy Theater. If approved the mixed use building will house the renovated Savoy Theater and numerous small residential units. Rita Marano, a longtime city resident, asked why Sachman, in the agreement, is…

$50,000 Grant for Asbury Park Summer Music Series

  The Asbury Park Music Foundation will receive $50,000 in funding from Interfaith Neighbors to support the the Foundation’s youth and outdoor music programming initiatives over the next two years. The Foundation will use some portion of these funds to meet the required matching fund component for the Foundation’s recently announced “Levitt AMP 2016 Asbury Park Summer Music Series.” Interfaith has requested that the balance of the funds be used to support a similar outdoor Summer Music series in 2017. The summer concert series will be held in Springwood Park beginning in June. Funding provided by Interfaith Neighbors will be…

Pavilion Will Be Vacated While Work Progresses

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Plans for the renovations to the Fifth Avenue Pavilion on the Asbury Park boardwalk are underway as existing tenants vacate their spaces for other city spots. Brielle Cyclery is moving to Main Street, Market at Fifth Avenue moved to Convention Hall and Style Rocket will move to the south end of the boardwalk. Criterion Candy moved to the Fourth Avenue Pavilion. Carrie Turner, general manager of Real Estate Services for developer Madison Marquette, said a third application for changes to the roof top bandshell, has been submitted to the Technical Review Committee for approval. Once…

BOE Elections Tuesday in City

  Asbury Park residents will be choosing three board of education members out of a field of six candidates. Incumbent Connie Breech, former board member Barbara Lesinski and newcomer Dominc Latorraca are running as a team. They are being challenged by incumbent Nicole Harris, newcomer Derrick Grant and former board member James Famularo. Polls are open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. A candidates forum was recorded by APTV. The 23-minute program will run on Verizon channel 30 and Cablevision channel 77 nine times a day through April 19. It can also be viewed on asburyparktv.org. Voting locations are based…

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