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In Ocean: Residents Angry Over Proposed Development

  By ED SALVAS The Mon., Nov. 27  meeting of the Ocean Township Planning Board drew a near capacity crowd anticipating the board’s review of an ordinance amending the township Master Plan which would allow for the development of a large property at Route 35 and Deal Road. The meeting was held in the large meeting room because of the anticipated large audience. The property in question, 28 acres including some designated wetlands, is the last remaining privately owned land on Route 35 where the owner, Paramount Realty, proposes building a 112-room Marriott Hotel and a Wawa gas station and…

Triumphant Life Church Leaves City, New Congregation Moves In

  By ED SALVAS Asbury Park is known for its many houses of worship, large and small, and has recently seen a change take place at one of them. Triumphant Life Assembly of God, led by Pastor Lyddale Akins and his wife, Traci Akins, has left Asbury Park and moved to a new location at Fort Monmouth. The church   has purchased the former post chapel and expanded their reach into several new communities. At the same time, the newly formed Boardwalk Vineyard Church has moved into their old church at 1003 Asbury Ave. The smaller Boardwalk Vineyard had been holding…

Sunset Lake Park Conservatory Makes Plans for the Future

  By ED SALVAS A new organization formed to make Asbury Park’s Sunset Lake Park a year-round recreational and environmental habitat has begun making plans to carry out its mission. The Sunset Lake Park Conservancy held its first fundraiser at the home of Celia Morrissette and Keith Johnson and raised about $3,400 dollars to get started on what will be an ongoing project to preserve the lake and park. Sunset Lake and park are located between Fifth and Sunset Avenues and from Webb Street to Main Street. That includes St. John’s Island which is a park within the park with…

Asbury Park’s Director of Communications Leaving Post

  By ED SALVAS Hannah Walker, Director of Communications for Asbury Park, has announced she’s leaving after 18-months to take a job at the Two River Theater in Red Bank. Walker said she’s leaving to join the Two River Theater as Institutional Marketing Manager, a newly-created position, and will be responsible for the theater’s subscription and group sales, event rentals, the summer camp and classes offered at the theater. Walker became Asbury Park’s Director of Communications in January of 2016, filling a newly-created position to manage the city’s website, social media and press relations. She also writes the “Greetings from…

Asbury Park Footbridge to Open

  By ED SALVAS One of the last reminders of the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 is about to disappear as replacement of the footbridge over Sunset Lake in Asbury Park nears completion. Work to replace the 280-foot pedestrian bridge across Sunset Lake between Fifth and Sunset Avenues has been underway since late November of last year and all that remains is the installation of railings, according to Jason Harzold, of T & M Associates, the City’s Engineer. “We hope to have the bridge open by the second week of June, hopefully before that,” Harzold said. He added…

Dunes Cafe Expands on Ocean Grove Boardwalk

  By ED SALVAS People walking the boards in Ocean Grove or enjoying the district’s beach can now take a break in the air-conditioned comfort of The Dunes Boardwalk Cafe. The Dunes, which opened in mid-summer of 2016, is now open daily for the summer of 2017 and boasts nine businesses offering a variety of beachside eats. Several of the nine businesses at The Dunes are new this year, including the America’s Cup Coffee and Tea Co. which is a branch of the popular Cookman Avenue  shop in Asbury Park. Owner Ross Blanco said taking a space at the Dunes…

Public Service Award to Longtime City Police Officer

  By ED SALVAS The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce will present its 2017 Public Official Carousel Award to Police Officer Eugene Dello. Dello is a 35-year veteran of the department, and a member of a family whose service to the city totals more than 100 years. Dello joined the force as the Animal Control Officer, became a Dispatcher, Court Officer and today serves as the head of the Parking Violations Office. His father, Police Officer William “Billy” Dello, joined the force after serving in World War II, and Eugene Dello proudly shows a framed front page of the Asbury…

Chamber Breakfast with Senator Beck

  By ED SALVAS The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce played host to Sen. Jennifer Beck at a recent breakfast meeting held at the VFW Harold Daly Post 1333. Following a buffet breakfast provided by DJ’s Delights, Beck, discussed a number of issues ranging from rental housing to transportation funding, the minimum wage and the gas tax. Beck discussed how she and Asbury Park Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton, who also attended the breakfast, worked together to obtain funding for replacement of the Boston Way Village project on the city’s west side. She also lauded the recent series in the Asbury Park…

May Opening Planned for New Ocean Grove Building

  By ED SALVAS Friday, February 6, 2015 was a dark day for Janet Mazur and her husband Kurt Cavano as they watched their building on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove go up in flames. The couple, longtime Ocean Grove residents, were also devastated, but their decision to rebuild was quick and a new, modern three-story commercial and residential building is nearing completion. Mazur and Cavano call the building at 50 Main Ave. “The Phoenix” as it is rising from the ashes of the old building that was built more than a century ago. Mazur and Cavano are understandably anxious…

Time for Girl Scout Cookies

  By ED SALVAS The gym at Barack Obama Elementary School in Asbury Park was crowded with young girls ready to start selling Girl Scout Cookies as part of their after school program sponsored by the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. The girls, in Kindergarden through fifth grade, had been practicing greeting customers and making change and were ready to go. A customer approached the table and chose a box of the popular Thin Mints and asked “how much?” “Four dollars,” said the young seller. “Two for eight dollars.” The Girl Scouts have been conducting the after-school program in…

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