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In Asbury Park: Board President Blasts Officials Over Library Panel Appointments

  By ED SALVAS The open feud between Asbury Park Library Board President Don Stine and Mayor John Moor and Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn jumped from the newspaper to the City Council Chambers at the council’s July 22 meeting. During the public comment portion of the meeting, Stine stepped to the microphone and repeated charges he made in a full-page ad in The Coaster and triCityNews July 16 in “An Open Letter to the Citizens of Asbury Park.” In the paid advertisement Stine accused the two officials of political cronyism and operating behind closed doors in connection with the appointments…

Love on the Beach in Asbury Park

  By DON STINE There was a lot of Love in Asbury Park Tues., July 28 when Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love shot a video in the city for her upcoming album. Shooting of the video for her new song “Forbidden Nights,” an Elvis Costello composition, took place on the Third Avenue beach about 6 p.m. and from a 1961 Cadillac convertible at other locations in the city earlier in the day. Joan Jett, Paul Shaffer and Maureen Van Zandt were also on hand to participate in the shoot. “Forbidden Nights” is from the upcoming album “Introducing…

Yeshiva Hearing Cancelled Due to Overcrowding

  By DON STINE A Board of Adjustment hearing to create a dormitory for 96 college-age students at a proposed Talmudic academy in an existing school on Logan Road was shut down by an Ocean Township fire marshal July 16 due to overcrowding. Ocean Township Fire Marshal Chris Pujat called for the adjournment of the meeting at approximately 7:40 p.m. after the high school auditorium exceeded its 638 person capacity. “There were about 1,000 people there with some standing in the doorways and aisles. It was a safety concern. I recommended that the aisles and doorways be cleared but eventually…

New Members for Lake Commission

  By DON STINE The Wesley Lake Commission is adding two new member to its board, for a total of 11, in order to be facilitate operations of the board and include more focus on the lake’s watershed. Neptune Township Committeeman Michael Brantley, who is also chairman of the Wesley Lake Commission, said attendance at board meetings was inconsistent when he first came onboard about 10 years ago but that things have steadily improved over the years. “We have a more committed board now than we have had in years. With more people we will have a lot more fresh…

Firefighters Donate Fire Truck

  By DON STINE A second-hand fire truck headed out from Neptune July 21 for an 18-hour drive to Missouri- giving a fire company there a piece of equipment that members there desperately need. A 1999 Mac pumper truck, originally from the Hamilton Fire Department, has been donated to the Lancaster Fire and Rescue in Missouri. “We love helping these guys out. This equipment to them is golden,” said Shark River Hills Firefighter Joseph Malysko. Malysko said that some of the fire equipment in Missouri is just a pickup truck with a water tank and a pump. “When they get…

Upstage Club Building Sold, Restoration Planned

  By DON STINE The iconic Upstage Club in downtown Asbury Park, where rock ‘n roll icons like Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny Lyon got their musical start as teenagers, has been sold. “It’s a done deal,” said Richard Yorkowitz, who bought the three-story building in 2009 for $1 million with plans to restore the building to pay homage to Asbury Park’s rock & roll musical heritage. “I am a little disappointed but, once you decide not to do it, then you have to move away from it,” he said. Yorkowitz, a Garwood-based antique dealer, said that he has other…

In Neptune: Tenth Avenue Improvements Planned if $200,000 in Funding Approved

  By DON STINE Tenth Avenue in Neptune will be improved in the near future if the township receives a $200,000 state Community Development Block Grant. At a recent meeting the Township Committee approved submitting the grant application. If approved, Tenth Avenue, between Route 35 and Memorial Drive, would see new sidewalks, curb repairs and handicapped-access ramps installed, Township Engineer Leanne Hoffman said during a special presentation to the governing body. Hoffman said this project was the “overwhelming choice” from several projects under review by a special citizen’s participation committee that looks a projects to be funded through a CDBG.…

In Neptune: Seaview Island Residents Concerned About Dredge Material

  By DON STINE Neptune residents living on Seaview Island in the Shark River packed this week’s Township Committee meeting seeking more information about a proposal to use vacant property there to dewater dredge materials from the river. “We were totally blindsided by this and are very upset,” said Annette Bergstein, president of the Seaview Island Homeowners Association. “We want to get a handle on this and be prepared.” The Township Committee recently approved a resolution authorizing use of a township-owned parcel along the Shark River to be used as a temporary dewatering site under a state proposal to dredge…

City Officials Believe Marijuana Should be Legalized

  By DON STINE Asbury Park may be well on its way to becoming the first municipality in New Jersey to legalize marijuana since City Council members said this week they have no problem becoming the first community to do so. “It’s a symbolic gesture,” Mayor John Moor said at Monday’s council workshop.“It’s going to anger some people but, then, we come to history and reality. Sometimes you have to be the first,” he said. The Help Not Handcuffs campaign is calling on the mayor and council to pass a resolution calling for the legalization of marijuana to avert the…

Neptune Mourns Death of School Chief

  By DON STINE Neptune School Superintendent David A. Mooij died on Sunday, just a little more than a week from his official retirement date from the job he had held for 10 years. His official retirement date was July 1. “The Neptune Township Board of Education and the dedicated staff members of the school system pay tribute to Superintendent of Schools David A. Mooij. During his remarkable 40-year tenure as a teacher, coach, supervisor, instructional leader, business administrator and school superintendent, he exemplified a life well-served on behalf of the children of Neptune. “We extend the sympathies of the…

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