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New Manager and Restaurant at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel

  By ED SALVAS Chris Adams spends a lot of time in hotels. As the interim manager of the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park, the North Carolina native is taking care of business day-to-day at the city’s oldest and largest hotel until a full time manager is named. Adams arrived in Asbury Park in early June after similar stints in Austin, Detroit and Atlanta. Hired by hotel owner Amsterdam Hospitality Group, Adams arrived at the busiest time of the year at the Berkeley. “It’s wedding season now,” he said, and since his arrival there have been eight weddings at…

School Chief Will Receive Carousel Award

  By ED SALVAS In the 18-months that Dr. Lamont Repollet has been Superintendent of Schools in Asbury Park, he has overseen the move to a new Administrative Office, launched a series of academic initiatives, created an Early College Academy and designed a new logo for the district, all aimed at changing the long-held perception of a failed system. On May 13, the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce will present Repollet with the 2016 Public Official Carousel Award, one of five awards to be handed out at a gala dinner at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. Repollet came to Asbury Park…

CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL RENAMED IN HONOR OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

  BY ED SALVAS Students, faculty, staff and parents came together outside the Asbury Park Middle School Wednesday to join in renaming of the school in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The ceremony included unveiling of a sign honoring the civil rights leader who was killed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968. The program began with welcoming remarks by the Principal, Dr. Rashawn Adams, and Superintendent Dr. Lamont Repollet and featured Edith Savage- Jennings, a longtime friend of the King family who called her “Aunt Edith.” Dr. Repollet noted that King appeared in Asbury Park in 1960 and spoke…

Bradley Beach Chamber Updates Positive Changes in Town

  By ED SALVAS Members of the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce are receiving a letter from the organization’s newly elected President outlining the changes that have taken place to make the community a better place to live and do business. John Esposito, owner of the Beach Cinema, assumed the Chamber Presidency for 2016 and said he decided to send the letter to the Chamber’s members because he believed that many of the newer members are unaware of how things were just a few years ago. “Things weren’t always this good in Bradley Beach,” Esposito said, and he credits the…

Farewell to Asbury Park After 35 Years

  By ED SALVAS The House of Modern Living, a vintage furniture store and one of the longest established businesses on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park, is closing and its owner is relocating to Milford, Del. Bill Meisch, opened the store at 718 Cookman Ave. in 1980, but after 35 years in business, he says it’s time to move on as Asbury Park has changed in ways that have made doing business here more difficult for his store, which features Vintage Modern furniture from the 1920’s to the 70’s. Looking back, Meisch said “Asbury Park was very good to me,”…

In Asbury Park: Telephone Vendor Acknowledges Overbilling of $76,000

  By ED SALVAS The city of Asbury Park recently deposited a check for $76,879.64 from the company that formerly handled the municipal telephone service. That money was reimbursement to the city for overcharges submitted by Windstream Communications, the firm that formerly handled the municipal phone service. Mayor John Moor announced the refund at the recent council meeting and credited the work of the city’s Acting Chief Municipal Finance Officer, Richard Gartz in turning up the billing discrepancy. He said officials had been suspicious of the statements from Windstream for some time, but it was Gartz whose persistence eventually paid…

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…

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