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Summer is Time for Reading at Asbury Park Public Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL For many children, the end of the school year and the beginning of the summer season translates into three months of no reading, no writing and no arithmetic. But for Linda Keane, children’s librarian at Asbury Park Library, summer break shouldn’t represent a book-free one. She believes quite the contrary and supports “the time in which kids get the chance to fall in love with reading.” “Summer vacation is when children have this chance. Studies have shown that children who are allowed to choose books they really like are the ones who both read the most…

City School District Chalks Up Almost a $1 Million for Good Behavior

  Faculty and staff at Asbury Park Public Schools have chalked up over $900,000 worth of good behavior. Their energy-efficient practices have earned big savings — and now those good habits are earning the organization national recognition. Asbury Park Public Schools has achieved $967,345 in cost savings in 48 months since forming a strategic alliance with Cenergistic, a national energy conservation company, which presented its Energy Excellence Award during a recent meeting of the school board. “Reaching this savings mark is a significant milestone. Asbury Park Public Schools has achieved success by consistently implementing the organizational behavior-based approach to energy…

Want Special Backstage Seating? See a Concert at the Paramount

  By DON STINE If you ever wanted to be onstage or backstage during a concert by your favorite performer, then you might want to check out the unique concert series beginning at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park. The “Where The Audience And The Music Share The Stage” series begins Sat., June 13 with a peformance by Williams Honor on June 13. The series is followed by Graham Parker on June 27; Marshall Crenshaw on July 25; and Loudon Wainwright III on Aug. 22. Concert promoter Sammy Boyd of Allenhurst said that the 200 limited-seating audience will actually be…

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church Celebrating 125 Years

  By DON STINE For 125 years, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, on the West Side of Asbury Park, has been serving the Lord and its community and plans to continue doing the same into the future. Church vestry member Carolann Nicholas said the church, now with a congregation of about 150, remains an important part of Asbury Park to this day. “It still has a place in the community and is still vital today just as it has been in the past. And if it disappeared, we would be missed. We are a part of the community and people recognize…

Community Urged to Participate in $3.4 Million Literacy Program

  By DON STINE Parents and community members are being urged to participate in a $3.4 million comprehensive literacy improvement program being implemented in Asbury Park’s school district. “We need a specific intervention to take place because three out of four of our students do not read at grade level,” said Sancha Gray, the school district’s director of curriculum and instruction. Residents, especially parents, were invited to the first annual Parent Literacy Conference held at the Middle School Sat., May 30. The event is a kick off the district’s new $3.4 million initiative to improve literacy and reading skills in…

Fee for Street Performers Increases in Asbury Park

  Street performers, a common sight on the Asbury Park boardwalk, will still be allowed to bring their acts to the oceanfront although it may cost them a little more. The City Council recently adopted an ordinance that raises the yearly street performers permit fee from $20 to $50. Permits must be displayed while the performer is on the boardwalk. “You listened to performers and took it in,” said Toms River-based magician Robert Francis, a frequent performer on the boardwalk. Francis and other performers attended previous council meeting to urge to council not to make fees or restrictions too severe.…

Wesley Lake Commission Checks for Return of Pond Weeds

  The Wesley Lake Commission is keeping an eye on the pond weed situation in the lake this season to see if herbicides need to be applied to fight the growth of the weeds. “We are in a wait-and-see situation right now,” said Wesley Lake Commission Chairman Michael Brantley. He said that Princeton Hydro, an environmental management and restoration company that is also the environmental consultant to the Deal Lake Commission, will begin to monitor the lake beginning in June to see if the weed problem seems to be coming back. “If so, they will determine when it is the…

Roast for Vini Lopez May 28

  Asbury Park Where Music Lives is hosting the Vini Lopez Celebrity Roast May 28 at 708 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park. The event begins at 8 p.m. and funds raised will go to the Light of Day Foundation. The Light of Day Foundation raises money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime. The Foundation’s mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Mike…

UEZ Corporation Closes in City

  Asbury Park’s Urban Enterprise Zone Development Corporation will officially close its doors soon after a successful 21-year run. First begun in Asbury Park in 1994, the New Jersey Urban Enterprise Zone program provides incentives to locate business in urban cities. Tom Gilmour, the city’s director of commerce and executive director of the city’s UEZ Corporation, said that the city’s UEZ continues to operate but that it no longer has a board to oversee operations. He said that the corporation’s required annual financial filings are still made but that state-supplied money from the program has dried up. “There is no…

Landmark Venues Open for Season

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s iconic Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre on the city’s boardwalk will remain open this season as work on installing fire sprinklers continues in the historic complex. And while the landmark building, owned by boardwalk redeveloper Madison Marquette, is 85-years-old, it still needs to be up to state fire safety codes, officials said. Fire Chief Kevin Keddy said the complex had to have sprinklers installed because of its public use under state fire prevention codes and it was agreed that the project would be done in phases. “They are right on schedule and meeting their…

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