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Salvation Army Welcomes New Asbury Park Corps Officer

  By ED SALVAS The Salvation Army in Asbury Park has a new Corps Officer and Pastor Administrator. Major Carl E. Carvill arrived at the Worship and Program Center, 605 Asbury Ave. with his wife, Barbara, also a Major in the Salvation Army, from Ithaca, New York where they held the same positions. They have been married for 36 years and have spent their entire married life in service at the Salvation Army, first in New Brunswick, which Major Carl Carvill said was their “honeymoon appointment.” It was during that time that Johnson & Johnson was building their corporate headquarters…

Anti-Hunger Coalition Forming in City

  By ED SALVAS Believing there are too many hungry people in Asbury Park, Trinity Church and the Environment and Shade Tree Commission are organizing a citywide effort to get more fresh produce to the people who need it. The program is called the Anti-Hunger Coalition and according to Tom Pivinski, head of the ESTC, the plan is to expand the Community Garden, located behind city hall, to other parts of the city where empty lots are available to start small neighborhood “farms” to grow things. Noting that hunger is a companion of the poor, Pivinski announced the proposed Anti-Hunger…

In Asbury Park: Bangs Avenue Garage Offers Paid Parking Starting Aug. 1

  By ED SALVAS The ongoing effort to improving Asbury Park’s parking situation moves forward this week when the Bangs Avenue Parking Garage becomes a paid parking garage with expanded hours of operation on weekends. Mayor John Moor announced at last week’s City Council meeting that the garage will open Sat., Aug. 1 for paid parking under an agreement with the state which owns the garage that’s used during the week by people who work in the downtown state office building. Beginning Aug. 1 the public will be able to use the garage Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 9 to…

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…

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…

Middlebrook Cinemas Reopens, Plans Many Upgrades

  By ED SALVAS A theater chain with locations in India, Romania and Bulgaria has signed a lease to operate the Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas in Ocean Township. Cine Grand has reopened the complex which had closed October 26 when the lease held by Bow Tie Cinemas with the Middlebrook Plaza ended. The company has re-named the complex the Cine Grand Galleria Middlebrook Cinemas and opened for business on Fri., Nov. 7. Middlebrook represents Cine Grand’s entry into the North American market. Robert Silverstein, whose family owns the Middlebrook Plaza, said Cine Grand plans to spend a significant amount to upgrade…

Middlebrook Cinemas Close

  By ED SALVAS The Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas in Ocean Township are closed, but the 10-screen theater complex at Middlebrook Plaza could be back in business as early as this weekend. The theaters, operated by Connecticut-based Bow Tie Cinemas, closed following the last show on Sunday October 26, according to Robert Silverstein whose family owns the Route 35 Middlebrook Plaza. Asked about the sudden closing, Silverstein said it had been in the works for some time. “It’s very simple, their lease was up and they chose not to renew.” Silverstein said a new theater management company is taking over and…

Second Generation Steps Up at Rich’s Auto Body Shop

  By ED SALVAS When you call Rich’s Auto Body in Asbury Park to check on a claim or an insurance estimate, chances are Rich Crompton himself will take the call. But these days, it most likely will be Rich Crompton Jr. on the phone. The second generation of the family is assuming a more active role in the business, founded in 1982 and still repairing cars at 1602 Asbury Ave. Rich Sr. explains that the address may be Asbury Park, but a portion of the property lies in Neptune Township. “I pay taxes in both towns,” he says. Starting…

Longtime City Employee to Receive Carousel Award

  By ED SALVAS Garrett L. Giberson, better known as Gary, is a life-long Asbury Park resident who’s career as a city employee began in his teens and continues today, four years after his “retirement” as director of public works. Giberson is being honored with the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce Carousel Award presented annually to an outstanding Public Official. The awards ceremony will take place at the Chamber’s Carousel Awards Dinner May 9 at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. Giberson is currently the part time manager of the city beachfront, a position he’s held since 2010 when he officially stepped…

Asbury Park Chamber Names New Assistant Director

  By ED SALVAS The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce created a new job this year in addition to making technology improvements at its office. These are other announcements were made at the chamber’s first 2014 General Membership breakfast meeting at the VFW. Attendees enjoyed a breakfast of scrambled eggs, pancakes and coffee provided by the restaurant Toast. Chamber Executive Director Jackie Pappas said the chamber’s membership stands at 275 and announced that Matthew Whelan has been hired as the chamber’s full time assistant executive director. “We created a job this year,” Pappas said in announcing that Whelan has been…

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