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50 films, screenwriting contest; The Music in Film Festival

  By DON STINE The first-ever Asbury Park Music in Film Festival is bringing both local and national film-makers and entertainers to the city next weekend and will benefit various music programs in the city. The festival, which will hold events at venues throughout the city, is being held from Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12. Venues include Convention Hall’s Grand Arcade, the Paramount Theatre, the Saint, the Stone Pony, the Wonder Bar, Asbury Lanes and other city nightclubs and restaurants. The Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation and the Asbury Park Press are presenting the festival. Film Festival Executive…

Asbury Park Establishes Code and Quality of Life Committee

  By DON STINE Improving the quality of life for Asbury Park residents is the goal of a new committee established by Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton. The Code/Quality of Life Committee held its first meeting on March 21. “Improving the quality of life in the city was on of the things I campaigned on,” said Clayton, who was seated on the council in January. She said the 12-member committee is made up of a cross-section of community members from all areas of the city. “We have broken up into various subcommittees to focus on different issues,” she said. Issues include dealing…

Detour Deteriorating City Road in Asbury

  By DON STINE Asbury Park officials and residents are seeking to have New Jersey Transit buses use Asbury Avenue as the detour route for the Sunset Avenue Bridge project rather than Fourth Avenue, which runs entirely through residential neighborhoods. “The city did not do the best planning (for the detour), especially using Fourth Avenue,” resident Daniel Weiss said at this week’s City Council workshop. On Feb. 25, the council created the Sunset Avenue Bridge Traffic Safety Liaison Committee, a volunteer group of city residents concerned about the detour route during the closing of the Sunset Avenue Bridge. The Sunset…

Parking Survey Says: Hire Professional and Raise the Rates

  By DON STINE One of the first things Asbury Park can do to bring its parking problem under control is to hire a professional person to oversee and manage it. And while the city’s parking utility brought in a little more than $2.5 million last year “no one is planning or managing the system,” said Gregory A. Shumate, a Senior Associate with parking consultant Desman Associates, based in New York City. Last June, the council hired Desman Associates to conduct a thorough study throughout the city, including at the waterfront and downtown, on Main Street, and in the Springwood…

Asbury Park Baptist Church Welcomes 1st Female Deacon

  By DON STINE Long-time church member Mary S. Owens Scott has become the first female deacon at the Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park. Scott, who was ordained on Jan. 18, said it is an uncommon event for a woman to become a deacon in the Baptist Church. “There are probably less than a dozen female deacons in the Shore area. It is not common throughout the Baptist Church,” she said.“There are deaconesses who assist their husbands, who would be a deacon, but not many woman deacons.” Scott, 59, has been a member of the Second Baptist Church since…

Judge Dismisses Asbury Park Election Case

  By DON STINE A Monmouth County Superior Court judge today dismissed a case that sought to force a runoff election in Asbury Park for the mayoral spot won by John Moor in the November election. Remond Palmer and Board of Education candidate Arva Council, two candidates on the unsuccessful A-Team slate in the election, filed the lawsuit seeking 355 vote-by-mail ballots disqualified by the Monmouth County Board of Elections to be ruled as valid. “(The county Elections Board) did not exceed their discretion in disqualifying the ballots” Judge Dennis O’Brien ruled today. A number of ballots were disqualified during…

Election Trial Continues; Judge Wants to See Witnesses

  A Superior Court trial that may determine if there is a runoff election in Asbury Park for the mayoral position continued in Freehold this week but one of the defendants said it is a long, tedious process. “It is a slow, slow process,” Asbury Park Mayor John Moor said, who is a respondent to the lawsuit. Remond Palmer and Board of Education candidate Arva Council, two candidates on the unsuccessful A-Team slate in the November election, filed the lawsuit seeking vote-by-mail ballots disqualified by the Monmouth County Board of Elections to be ruled as valid. Last week 19 more…

City Officials Reject Plan to Use North Beach for Staging Area

  By DON STINE The North Beach area in Asbury Park will not be used as a staging area for a federal beach replenishment project from Loch Arbour to Long Branch. Asbury Park officials said last week that a proposal to use the North Beach as a staging area is being rejected, primarily due to a lack of information and a set timeframe for the site to be vacated. “There are too many unanswered questions and not enough information. It just made no sense to us that the Army Corps said they will begin the project in the beginning of…

Iconic Turf Club Sign to Be Restored for Free

  A Good Samaritan name Allied Environmental Signage, based in Farmingdale, has offered to restore the iconic neon sign from the Turf Club, a well-known Springwood Avenue night club in Asbury Park, for free. “I thought I could help out. Somebody’s should do it and I have the facilities,” Company President Kevin White said earlier this week. The Asbury Park Historical Society removed the sign, which was hanging on the side of the now-abandoned and gutted Turf Club, several years ago with permission of the owner. The metal sign, with electric and neon lights, measures about eight-feet wide, by four-feet…

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