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No Parking Zone Considered in City

  By DON STINE A one-block area in front of the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County in Asbury Park is being considered as a possible no parking zone under a plan presented by city police earlier this week. Acting Police Chief Anthony Salerno said the no parking designation would help traffic flow in the busy area, including alleviating crowded conditions for buses on the narrow street. “It is a very difficult roadway to navigate,” he said. The one-block no parking zone would extend along the north side of Monroe Avenue, from Ridge to Prospect Avenues. The area contains…

Stolen Copper Panels Case Closed

  By DON STINE Two separate investigations into the theft of about six tons of copper panels from Asbury Park’s historic Convention Hall have officially been closed, which now allows boardwalk redeveloper Madison Marquette to be paid its claim for the loss. Acting Police Chief Anthony Salerno said earlier this week that both the city’s police department and the state’s Division of Criminal Justice have officially closed their cases. “[Madison Marquette] can and should report their claim to the appropriate insurance company,” he said. The city’s Historical Society had recently looked into the matter and discovered, with the help of…

$7.4 Million Bridge Project on Schedule

  The $7.4 million project to replace the Sunset Avenue Bridge over Deal Lake between Ocean Township and Asbury Park will be taking a significant step forward in the coming weeks. Seventy-two piles are required to support three new piers that will support Sunset Avenue Bridge. Three test piles were driven in March. Weather permitting, 23 piles at each of the three piers should be driven in place by the end of this week. Additional piles will be driven this summer: 85 piles will be driven in June to support the bridge abutment and retaining walls on the Asbury Park…

Registration Open for City Summer Camp

  Registration is now underway for children ages 5 to 12 who want to attend the Asbury Park Summer Day Camp Program, which runs from June 29 to Aug. 7. For residents, the cost is $150, plus $50 for each additional child. For non-residents, the fee is $300, plus $150 for each additional child. Registration is available on the second floor at City Hall on weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. to noon. The camp is held at the Thurgood Marshall and Bradley primary schools. More information is available from Leesha Floyd, telephone 732-502-5759,…

City Parking Lot Closed for Upgrade

  By DON STINE The municipal parking lot next to the Asbury Park City Hall will be closed for milling and repaving from Wednesday, May 13 through Wednesday, May 20. “This will be a logistical nightmare but the more we prepare the less of a nightmare it will be- but we will get through it,” Mayor John Moor said at Monday’s City Council workshop. Moor said the work, however, is extremely important yet people still need to be able to conduct their business at City Hall, which includes holding municipal court. Entrance doors on the northern end of the municipal…

City Students Ready to Walk with Style

  The hot weather is approaching and fashion is changing. For those who like to keep up with the newest trends, Asbury Park High School is here to show you the hottest clothing for summer with a fashion show. Dubbed, “A Taste of Summer,” the APHS students are working to make this their best fashion show ever. The event takes place May 20 at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel located at 1401 Ocean Ave. in Asbury Park. The show starts at 7 p.m. “The goal of this summer show is for students to learn and participate in the business of creating…

Asbury Park Will Limit Parking Permits

  Asbury Park is limiting the number of employees parking passes it will sell for the central business district this year and totally eliminating guest parking passes citywide. “People were buying too many guest passes and it is a luxury we can no longer afford in Asbury Park with our parking crisis,” said Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn, who is on the city’s parking committee. The city had sold 65 guest passes by the end of April and the $100 passes, which are good for an entire year, will not be sold after June1. “We sold more passes in the last…

Skate and Surf Festival Rolls into Asbury Park

  The Skate and Surf Festival 2015 at the Asbury Park oceanfront May 16 to 17 is expected to bring about 10,000 people each day into the city. “So residents should be aware that there may be some parking and traffic issues,” city Director of Commerce Tom Gilmour said at Monday’s City Council workshop. The Skate and Surf Festival is taking place this Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17 at Bradley Park and Ocean Avenue. The festival is a multi-day, youth culture event that combines music, competitive gaming, skateboarding and surfing. “I think it’s going to be great. It…

Asbury Park’s New City Clerk Begins Post

  By DON STINE Asbury Park’s new city clerk took over her job this week and said she feels up to the challenge. Cindy A. Dye, who left her job as clerk for North Hanover, began her new job on May 1 and said she is “glad and excited” to be in the city. The city clerk position was temporarily held by Deputy Clerk and Registrar Melody Hartsgrove, who will now go back to her original jobs. Hartsgrove replaced City Clerk Stephen M. Kay who retired in February after serving 34 years in the position. “Asbury Park looked to be…

City School Board Member to Receive Public Official Award

  By ED SALVAS The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce will present it’s 2015 Public Official Carousel Award to Board of Education member Barbara Lesinski. The award, which is given for outstanding service to the community by a public official, will be presented at the Chamber’s annual Carousel Awards Dinner at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel on Fri., May 8. The theme of this year’s gala is “The Love Boat. Come Aboard We’re Expecting You.” Lesinski is currently a member of the Asbury Park Board of Education, but her service to the city of Asbury Park has spanned three decades as…

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