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Asbury Park Names New City Manager

By DON STINE John “Jack” Kelly, a former Jersey City business administrator, was unanimously appointed as Asbury Park’s new City Manager at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. Kelly, 55, said he retired in August and that friends told him he should apply for the job in Asbury Park. “Asbury Park is a great town going through its own gentrification process and I would like to move that forward by working here,” he said. Mayor Myra Campbell said that more than 125 candidates submitted their resumes for the position. After a special committee reviewed the applications, the list was narrowed down to…

Footbridge Will Be Reconstructed

  By DON STINE Reconstruction of the footbridge across Sunset Lake in Asbury Park is on the table but several issues need to be worked out before the project can begin. The bridge was severely damaged during Superstorm Sandy and needs extensive reconstruction. City Engineer Joseph Cunha said that the intense rising water level in the lake during the hurricane not only removed planking on the bridge but also caused the support pilings to be pulled out of their footings. The bridge, which crosses the lake at Emory Street, is now closed to pedestrian traffic. The bridge was once used…

Original Promoters at Convention Hall Will Be Honored

  By DON STINE Long before rock `n roll concert promoter Moe Septee brought bands like The Rolling Stones, The Doors, and Janice Joplin to Asbury Park’s Convention Hall in the 1960s, there were the Rediker brothers. In the forties and fifties, the three brothers, Joseph, William, and Albert (Joe, Willie, and Al), leased, at various times, the Convention Hall, the Casino, the Monte Carlo Pool, the Cavalier Motel, the Third Ave. Pavilion and beach, the Fourth Ave. Pavilion and beach, the Seventh Avenue Pool and beach, as well as Storyland Village in Neptune. But it is the Convention Hall…

Water Pipe Break at Convention Hall

  By DON STINE A water pipe break in Asbury Park’s Convention Hall (pictured above in a file photo) this past Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014  caused some damage to a few stores in the historic building’s Grand Arcade but the accident should not affect the upcoming Light of Day concert events scheduled for the Paramount Theatre beginning next weekend. Madison Marquette spokesperson Carrie Turner said a water pipe broke on the second floor in the theatre and caused some water to leak into stores on the western side of the Grand Arcade. “The problem was discovered during operating hours and…

Asbury Park to Avon Beach Replenishment to Begin

  Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. said this week that on Jan. 4 work will begin on the $18.3 million beach replenishment project from Asbury Park to Avon. The federally funded Army Corps of Engineers project will restore beaches in Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach, and Avon-By-The-Sea to better than pre-Sandy conditions and was made possible by the Sandy aid package passed by Congress. The contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, will use over one million cubic yards of sand for the project. “I’m pleased that this important project, which will help to protect homes and businesses from future…

Snow’s Coming: Put on the Soup

  By DON STINE Area residents were prepping this week for snow, high winds, near blizzard conditions, and now they need to brace for what will probably some of the coldest weather in 10 years. An arctic air mass moving into the region is expected to send temperatures plummeting Jan. 3 with temperatures expected to be near 10 degrees on Sat., Jan. 4- which means the snow is not going anywhere anytime soon. “Bitter cold temperatures, that will be made worse by the wind chill factor, can be expected and widespread below-zero temperatures are likely by daybreak on Saturday,” said…

A Piece of Asbury Park History Returning to City

  By ED SALVAS It’s been more than 100 yeas since a horse-drawn carriage made its way through the streets of Asbury Park delivering the local newspaper. But thanks to the generosity of the Gannett Corporation, publishers of The Asbury Park Press, the carriage may soon return to Asbury Park. The carriage, which dates to 1879 and was used to deliver the Shore Press, the forerunner of the Asbury Park Press, has been on display in the lobby of the Press building on Route 66 in Neptune, but the Press is moving to a new building and needs to find…

Asbury Park Still Searching for a City Manager

  By DON STINE The Asbury Park City Council had hoped to have a new city manager hired by Jan. 1, at the latest, but as that day nears it’s uncertain if that will happen. Director of Social Services Tony Nuccio was appointed acting-city manager for the last two months with expectations that a new city manager would be in place by the first of the year. And while some council members say that a qualified person has been offered the city manager’s job that person has not made any commitment yet and certainly no one appears to be in…

Beware the Snow? Not This Week

  By JOSEPH SAPIA With only a coating at best, Tuesday’s snow event in the Asbury Park area was kind of a bust. “I was all excited this morning,” said Sam Vaccaro Sr. Tuesday afternoon. “Now, I’m disappointed.” Vaccaro owns The Hardware in Asbury Park and was ready to sell snow shovels, snowblowers, de-icing salt, those kinds of things. But, while he was talking, the city looked just like another so-so day that was clearing up. “If it doesn’t snow, business is way off,” said Vaccaro, noting people are not buying lawn-and-garden and other outside items this time of year.…

Neptune Man Dies on Train Tracks

  By JOSEPH SAPIA A Neptune man died when struck by an NJ Transit train Tues., Dec. 3 in Asbury Park. The dead man is Abdul Clackley, 51, of Neptune, said Asbury Park Police Capt. Marshawn Love. The train struck the man in the area of the 6th Avenue train crossing and the Deal Lake railroad bridge, according to city police and NJ Transit. Police received a report of the incident at 4:11 p.m., apparently from the train crew, Love said. An initial investigation shows the man appeared to come from behind the bridge’s structure onto the tracks, Love said. The…

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