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City Objects to Closing 2 Railroad Crossings

  By DON STINE Asbury Park officials will petition the state to prevent NJ Transit from closing off the crossovers on its railroad tracks at Summerfield and First Avenues. “NJ Transit wants to do away with the crossings over its tracks on Summerfield Avenue in Asbury Park and they would like to do it right away,” City Manager Jack Kelly said earlier this week. He said NJT cites safety and maintenance as the main reasons for eliminating the crossover, adding that the First Avenue crossover is also on the list to be eliminated. According to a 2009 DOT study, Summerfield…

Deadline for Asbury Park City Council Election 1 Month Away

By DON STINE With the deadline for filing to run for Asbury Park mayor and City Council a month away only two residents so far – Council members John Moor and Amy Quinn have announced their intention to run. The deadline to file a candidacy petition for the upcoming election is Sept. 2 and the election is Nov. 4. Under the city’s change of government, all five seats are up for grabs, including the first time the mayor will be elected directly by the people. The new City Council will be seated on Jan. 1, 2015. Under the current form…

City Faulted on Hiring Practices

  By DON STINE Asbury Park city employees almost didn’t get paid after the City Council at last week’s meeting initially did not approve a resolution to pay the city’s monthly payroll and claims bill. When the issue of paying the city’s bills and claims came up, Deputy Mayor Sue Henderson and Councilwoman Amy Quinn voted to approve them. However, Councilman John Moor voted no and Mayor Myra Campbell abstained which caused the measure to fail. A majority vote is needed to pass. Councilman John Loffredo was absent. “The ramifications were that nobody was going to get paid,” Moor said…

Dragons Rule the Day in Pedal Boat Race

By DON STINE It was Neptune versus Asbury Park during the annual Swan Versus Dragon pedal boat race on Wesley Lake, which borders both municipalities. The annual race, sponsored by the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce, for the first time brought in an opposing team from another town- Neptune. “We are gonna win. I am confident in our team and we are ready to go. We’re here and we’re the winning team,” Neptune Mayor Michael Brantley said. But Asbury Park officials said not so fast. “I have confidence we will go out with a win. This is a friendly competition…

Asbury Park Police Get Involved with Youth

  By JOSEPH SAPIA In response to Asbury Park Police Officer Tyron McAllister’s belted-out instructions, a group of kids lined up and, then, sat down for lunch in the Salvation Army gym. This was a normal day at the city’s Summer Youth Boot Camp, run by an active, but perhaps generally unknown, Police Department unit, the Community Relations Unit. “We promote a positive image for the police department,” said Patrolman Michael Casey, 42, who has been in the unit for six of his 10 years on the department. “We are not only about making arrests. We’re here to improve the…

Asbury Park Parking Report Due Next Month

  A professional parking consultant hired by Asbury Park to reexamine the city’s parking issues is expected to release a report on its findings next month. Councilwoman Amy Quinn, who is on the city’s parking committee, said that Desman Associates, based locally in New York City, recently spent two days in the city meeting with stakeholders in any parking issues. “The idea is to have a comprehensive parking plan through the entire city,” she said. Desman was awarded the $45,000 contract and spent July 16 and 17 in Asbury Park talking to everyone affected by any parking issues. “One of…

Historic Fountain Up and Running Again in Library Park

  By DON STINE The historic TenBroeck fountain in Asbury Park’s Library Square Park is up and running again thanks to the city’s department of public works and local historical society members can’t be happier. Robert Bianchini, deputy director of the city’s public works department, said the fountain was up and running last week after some repairs were made. “We sandblasted the inside of the fountain, filled-in cracks, put on a special water-resistant paint, installed new lamppost globes, and put in a new submersible pump,” he said. Bianchini said many residents were asking him when the fountain, which has not…

Asbury Park Appoints Historian

  By DON STINE Former Asbury Park City Historian Werner Baumgartner was reappointed to his old position on July 8 by City Manager Jack Kelly. “I think Werner has a really good grasp on the history of Asbury Park and those things that were designed by (city founder James A.) Bradley and others for a reason. He is well-written and I think he has an unbridled honestly about local historic issues. “Sometimes you just need to hear from someone who has no other interest than these pure beliefs. I enjoy his unbridled honestly,” he said. The city manager is the…

Benefit Features Beatles Movie

  A showing of the Beatles’ movie, “A Hard Day’s Night,” and other activities are set for Wed., July 9, to raise funds for Asbury Park’s Hope Academy Charter School’s new music program. The event is from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Showroom Cinema on Cookman Avenue’s 700 block, between Main and Bond streets in Asbury Park. Tickets are each $75, which is tax-deductible, and can be bought through LakehouseMusicAcademy.com/Hope. The event also includes food and ice cream, drinks, live music and an auction. The charter school’s music program is being delivered by Lakehouse Music Academy. FOLLOW The Coaster on…

City Police Chief to Retire

  By DON STINE Asbury Park Police Chief Mark Kinmon is scheduled to retire Sept. 1, according to a city official. On June 30 City Manager Jack Kelly confirmed that Kinmon will be retiring after 27 years in the police department. He did not say who will replace him. “We have not made that decision yet on who will be leading the police department. We have the option to study if we will have a new chief or appoint a police director instead,” he said. Anthony Salerno, who has been on the force for 26 years, was recently appointed as the…

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