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Asbury Park to Receive $500,000 Planning Grant

  Asbury Park will receive a $500,000 Choice Neighborhood planning grant which will be used to develop comprehensive strategies for affordable housing on the west side, pedestrian-friendly blocks and supportive social services for residents. Only 10 communities across the country will receive such funding. Selected from 64 applicants, the 10 communities will receive a nation-wide total of $8,000,000. The city in conjunction with the Asbury Park Housing Authority will use the funds jointly. “It’s an honor to be the recipient of this grant. We understand that this was a very competitive process, and we’re very grateful to the Asbury Park…

Why Did the House Cross the Street?

  The Victorian-era, three-story house of Richard and Johna Karpinski, built in 1883, stands in the middle of Webb Avenue in Asbury Park on Wed., June 29.  The house was being moved across the street from its former location at 209 Seventh Avenue to a vacant lot a 301 Seventh Avenue. The house was originally scheduled for demolition under the city’s waterfront redevelopment plan.  

New Manager and Restaurant at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel

  By ED SALVAS Chris Adams spends a lot of time in hotels. As the interim manager of the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park, the North Carolina native is taking care of business day-to-day at the city’s oldest and largest hotel until a full time manager is named. Adams arrived in Asbury Park in early June after similar stints in Austin, Detroit and Atlanta. Hired by hotel owner Amsterdam Hospitality Group, Adams arrived at the busiest time of the year at the Berkeley. “It’s wedding season now,” he said, and since his arrival there have been eight weddings at…

City Cancels Meeting: Urges Residents to Attend Free Concert

  To celebrate and commemorate the launching of a free concert series in the Springwood Avenue Park in Asbury Park Mayor John Moor and the City Council cancelled the June 27 City Council Workshop Meeting, to encourage the public to go to the Springwood Avenue Park concert, which starts at 6 p.m. “It’s the right thing to do, and it’s more important that we go to this concert,” Mayor Moor said. “Are the Mayor and City Council going to not attend the first concert on the west side since the 1970’s because of a Work Session meeting? It’s more important…

$22,000 Raised for Orlando Victims

  Club Paradise in Asbury Park has raised more than $22,000 that will be sent to the Pulse Victims Fund to support people needing financial assistance in the wake of the devastating mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. “I am still in shock about how much money we raised. And I am happy people felt comfortable coming out after the Florida event,” Club Paradise manager Joseph “Jo Jo” Crisci said earlier this week. He said that when there is a good cause people, both gay and straight, tend to turn out and support it. Between Monday and Friday last week, the…

Asbury Park Emergency Personnel, Police Honored

  The 200 Club of Monmouth County honored several Asbury Park emergency responders at its annual Valor Awards Luncheon at the Spring Lake Golf Club earlier this month. Dr. Christopher Rodriguez, Director of New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness was the guest speaker. The 200 Club recognizes police, fire and first aid members who have gone above and beyond in their service to the community every year. Special Recognition was given to members of Asbury Park Police Street Crime Unit including: Lt. David Desane; Sgt. Lorenzo Pettway; Sgt. Kamil Warraich; Officer Fil Lao; Officer Sean DeShader; Officer Joe…

Camping Denied at Carousel Lot

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park City Council decided that the proposal for upscale boutique tent camping in the Carousel building parking lot was not in keeping with the redevelopment agreement with Madison Marquette. In a three to two vote, the proposal was denied after being reviewed by the Technical Review Committee last week and the council at its June 13 work session. The two yes votes came from Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn and new Clouncilwoman Eileen Chapman. The mayor and two council members agreed with the resolution that boutique camping does not constitute “hotels, lodging and conference…

City OKs Condo Project on West Side

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Interfaith Neighbors Inc. has been approved to build 20 residential units on a vacant lot on Springwood Avenue across from the new park in Asbury Park. The $4.1 million project has been called the Turf Club Project because it is across the street from the former Turf Club. The resolution states it will be completed with no cost to the city. It calls for 10 townhouses in five buildings with each containing a two bedroom unit upstairs and a one bedroom unit on the ground floor. Each deed includes two units, allowing for one to…

‘We Are With You Orlando’

  By RICH VIRGILIO “Asbury Park is with you Orlando,” Asbury Park Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn said outside Georgie’s Bar. “Our hearts break for the victims, their family and friends. People came to that club as a safe-haven with a promise to see friends, celebrate life and acceptance. This is a somber time for our community; we carry the pain of Orlando with us.” And so it went Sunday night as area residents gathered to mourn and remember the Orlando mass shooting victims, their families, friends and the community. “It was a flash vigil we organized in hours because we…

Asbury Park Library Director Honored

  Longtime Asbury Park Library Director Bob Stewart was honored recently with the 2016 Susan Swartzburg award. The award is given in memory of Swartzburg, a Rutgers preservation librarian whose leadership in New Jersey inspired and influenced many others in her chosen profession, particularly in the areas of preservation, archives, and the book arts. Swartzburg was an educator during the formative stages of library preservation and wrote three books, along with numerous publications on preservation of library materials. Stewart was recognized at the awards ceremony held in May in Atlantic City, for being “a remarkable librarian and library director who…

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