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Mr. C’s Beach Bistro to Open at Allenhurst Beach

  By DON STINE Chic Parotta, also known as Mr. C, will be back in the restaurant at the brand new Allenhurst Beach Club this season with his new and improved Mr. C’s Beach Bistro. Parotta, one of five bidders, won a five-year contract to operate the new restaurant after it was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. “It feels great. I have already been there for six years and I think it will be a big success. It has the best view at the Jersey Shore; no other place has that view,” he said. Mr. C’s Beach Bistro will seat 140…

In Asbury Park: Assistant to City Manager Named

  By DON STINE Asbury Park remains without a city manager, a police chief and a full-time chief financial officer and some residents say officials need to step up to the plate and get these positions filled. Although the city has been without a permanent city clerk since February Cindy Dye, currently the municipal clerk for North Hanover, is expected to appointed city clerk at press time. At the recent City Council workshop a resident urged city officials to fill the important positiions quickly. “The city is like a ship without a captain. These are two critical positions that need…

Lights, Camera, Action at Neptune’s Sudsy Mug

  By DON STINE It was lights, camera, action at the Sudsy Mug Saloon on Sixth Avenue in Neptune last Sunday morning. Ocean Grove resident Drew Shiminec, 27, used the bar as one of the settings for his upcoming short movie, “Raising the Dead.” Shiminec wrote the screenplay. “It’s a dark comedy about a kid who comes back home after years volunteering in Uruguay,” he said. “However, both his mother and brother have told the insurance company that he is dead to collect money for a start-up business. The son doesn’t want to turn them in, even though he thinks…

Dewatering Site Created for Deal Lake Dredging

  By DON STINE A temporary dewatering site for dredge material will be created at the very eastern edge of Deal Lake in Asbury Park to implement an important lake dredging project. The Deal Lake Commission has received $1 million from the federal National Resources Conservation Services to dredge about 12,000 cubic yards of sediment from the eastern end of the lake. Much of it was deposited during Superstorm Sandy. The project, which will have a 90- to 100-day completion contract, will begin after October 1. “We know you don’t want dredge spoils there in the middle of the summer,”…

Interlaken GOP Primary Race

  By DON STINE There is a primary race in Interlaken for the mayor’s seat as well as two Borough Council seats. Two mayoral candidates and three Borough Council candidates are seeking the local Republican Party nod in the upcoming June 2 primary to run on the GOP line in the Nov. 3 general election. Mayor Michael Nohilly is being challenged in the primary by Councilman Keith Miller, who ran in a GOP primary four years ago as a mayoral write-in candidate. Mayoral terms in Interlaken are four years and the mayor only votes if there is a tie among…

Almost 300 Additional Parking Spaces Planned for Asbury Park

  By DON STINE Almost 300 additional parking spaces at Asbury Park’s beachfront and downtown are anticipated to be provided by Memorial Day weekend. Oceanfront redeveloper iStar Financial is seeking temporary approval to create the asphalt-paved parking lots and a presentation was given at this week’s City Council workshop meeting. “Let’s get it going,” Mayor John Moor said. One hundred new parking spaces are proposed for a vacant lot at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Kingsley Street. The site, with access off Seventh Avenue, is near a proposed beachfront food truck court and some parking will help support that…

Want to Catch That Fish? Try These Hand-Crafted Plugs

  By DON STINE Every craftsman wants his home-made creations to sell well – and that is what Asbury Park’s Rob Pruszynski has accomplished with his Sunset Customs fishing plugs. At the last annual Asbury Park Fishing Club flea market on March 8, Pruszynski sold his entire inventory of 107 hand-crafted fishing plugs in just 45 minutes. “Was I surprised – absolutely!” he said. Pruszynski, who is a member of the Asbury Park Fishing Club, said he has been selling at its annual flea market for a few years and usually came home with unsold inventory. “But people are catching…

Shady Street Show Band Plays More Than Rock ‘n Roll

  By DON STINE Whether it’s rhythm and blues, sweet soul music, or good old classic rock & roll, the Shady Street Show Band always delivers. “These guys deliver the goods, night after night. The powerhouse vocals and piano-playing of Ryan is one-of-a-kind. You will walk out saying ‘Wow,’” said local entertainment director Peter Mantas. The band will perform in Asbury Park on Fri., April 10 at the Asbury Park Yacht Club, on the boardwalk, from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Admission is free. The Shady Street Show Band was founded by veteran musician Ryan Gregg, who brought on board…

50 films, screenwriting contest; The Music in Film Festival

  By DON STINE The first-ever Asbury Park Music in Film Festival is bringing both local and national film-makers and entertainers to the city next weekend and will benefit various music programs in the city. The festival, which will hold events at venues throughout the city, is being held from Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12. Venues include Convention Hall’s Grand Arcade, the Paramount Theatre, the Saint, the Stone Pony, the Wonder Bar, Asbury Lanes and other city nightclubs and restaurants. The Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation and the Asbury Park Press are presenting the festival. Film Festival Executive…

Asbury Park Establishes Code and Quality of Life Committee

  By DON STINE Improving the quality of life for Asbury Park residents is the goal of a new committee established by Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton. The Code/Quality of Life Committee held its first meeting on March 21. “Improving the quality of life in the city was on of the things I campaigned on,” said Clayton, who was seated on the council in January. She said the 12-member committee is made up of a cross-section of community members from all areas of the city. “We have broken up into various subcommittees to focus on different issues,” she said. Issues include dealing…

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