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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…

Crane House Updated for Summer

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Stephen Crane House in Asbury Park is being repaired, painted and spruced up in time for the planned summer programs. Asbury Park Historical Society Vice President James Henry, said the main focus in this phase of the rehabilitation is the parlor, which is where most of the programs take place. “Our focus is on the parlor and restoring that to its original condition,” he said. Cracks in the plaster have been fixed along with restoration of the plaster molding lining the ceiling. The wallpaper is being taken off and will be replaced with a…

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.…

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