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City School Board Candidate Files Lawsuit Over Mail-In Ballots

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Former Board of Education President Nicolle Harris has filed a lawsuit to contest the nullification of 41 mail-in ballots from the April 19 election. Harris along with her two running mates lost the election by a margin of 28 with Harris garnering the most on her ticket of 477. Dominic Latorraco who received the least number of votes on his ticket received 519 votes. Harris is not seeking a recount, which she would have had to request 15 days after the election. Latorraco and Connie Breech, who were both elected, were both served papers about…

Cost of being arrested in Asbury may rise

  Acting Asbury Park Police Chief Anthony Salerno told a breakfast meeting of the Chamber of Commerce that it soon may be more expensive to be arrested in Asbury Park. Salerno addressed Chamber members at a breakfast meeting at the VFW Harold Daly Post 1330 and spoke directly about recent problems involving young people coming from the bars and creating a disturbance and leaving a mess when they leave town. Salerno said one way to address the problem is in the Municipal Court. “We are working with the Judge (Daniel DiBenedetto) to increase the penalties and fines for these crimes.…

FBI Make Dog Fighting Arrest

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park police were asked to serve as backup when the Federal Bureau of Investigations conducted an investigation into dog fighting in the city Wednesday morning. Michael Casey, Public Information Officer, said city one resident was arrested. He had no further information about the arrest but said the FBI would most likely be issuing a report. In another incident Casey said a Howell man, 23, who was known to police, was given the antidote drug Narcan after overdosing on a narcotic in one of the Convention Hall bathrooms. Police responded to the call Fri., May…

Area Runners Fund Van for Disabled Vets

  A group of runners and walkers raised over $30,000 at the Spring Lake Five event for the purchase of a wheelchair accessible van for the Disabled American Veterans of Asbury Park and Neptune. Called Team Freedom, the group was started in 1997 by five West Point graduates, including James MacInerny of Spring Lake. The group participates every year in the Spring Lake Five, always held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Over the past 20 years Team Freedom has grown to almost 300 members and raised over $130,000, donating to veteran’s causes such as American Widow Project, Salute American…

Skatepark, Stores Planned at Asbury Park’s Carousel Building

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Carousel building in Asbury Park may soon return to one of its former uses: a skatepark and the bandshell on top of the Fifth Avenue Pavilion on the boardwalk could be home to two new restaurants. Madison Marquette, which owns the Carousel building, wants to install a skate bowl inside the building for the summer months. The redeveloper is also planning to rebuild the bandshell, which it owns and which has not been used in many years, and install a new restaurant there as well as one on the ground floor. Anselm Fusco, Senior…

Asbury Park City Council Fills Vacant Seat

  By ELLEN CARROLL The Asbury Park City Council appointed Eileen Chapman to the council seat vacated by Joe Woerner who left due to illness in his family. Chapman was one of 12 city residents who applied for the seat. The term expires at the end of the year and will be up for grabs in November. Chapman is a longtime city resident and volunteer. She is a trustee of the Asbury Park Historical Society and a frequent volunteer with the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce. She is assistant director of the Center for the Arts at Monmouth University in…

Around City Hall…

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI At this week’s workshop meeting Asbury Park Mayor John Moor once again asked that the signs in city parks stating no picnics allowed be removed. When City Manager Michael Capabianco said staff were “working on it” the mayor said simply, “how bout some tape.” “Ok, we’ll tape the no fun signs,” Capabianco said. * * * * Also at the workshop meeting Capabianco said he is making changes to the Permits for Special Events ordinance, changing the special events review board to an internal committee. “It’s a public body now,” he said. Making it a…

2 Bridges Over Deal Lake to Open May 27

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Two bridges that have been closed for a year causing traffic to be redirected coming into and out of Asbury Park’s north end will be officially opened Fri., May 27. The dedication of the Main Street Bridge will be at 8 a.m. with the dedication of the Sunset Avenue Bridge following at 8:30 a.m. Both bridges run across Deal Lake. Mayor John Moor and council members will hold ribbon cuttings ceremonies at both locations. Also at Monday’s workshop council agreed they will reject the Request for Proposal for a parking consultant at Wednesday’s meeting and…

Deal Lake bridges to open next week

  By DON STINE Two major bridge replacement projects – one between Asbury Park and the Wanamassa section of Ocean Township and one on Main Street between Interlaken and Loch Arbour – should be completed next week and the roads open to traffic. Freeholder Thomas Arnone, liaison to the county Department of Public Works and Engineering, said this week that the bridges, both crossing Deal Lake, are expected to be open by May 23. The eastern end of Grasmere Avenue in Interlaken, which was also closed to through traffic beginning May 2 for milling and repaving on the roadway adjacent…

Plea for Downtown Foot Patrols After ‘Wild Weekend’

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Several Asbury Park business owners urged the City Council this week to establish foot patrols in the downtown area every Friday and Saturday night after what some called a “wild weekend.” Complaints included vomiting, vandalism, urinating, defecating by bar patrons. Only two weeks after saying he was willing to spend the money to set the tone for the downtown area before the summer season begins, Mayor John Moor said, “We lost the downtown again this weekend.” Moor again made it clear he wants more of a police presence downtown during the weekends. “I’m getting sick and…

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