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Building Boom in Asbury Park

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Eastside, westside all around the town, there is a building boom taking place in Asbury Park the likes of which may not have been seen since the city was founded in the late 1800s. Mayor John Moor said this is “definitely” the most construction he has ever seen. “Everybody wants to come to Asbury Park. The two key buzz words in the Northeast are Asbury Park,” Moor said. The mayor also said the city, which earned record accolades last year, is in the running again for Best Littlest City and Best Beach. The increased positive…

City Developer Seeks to Renovate, Restore Hotel Powhatan

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The former Hotel Powhatan Hotel near the beachfront in Asbury Park could be restored to its former glory through the efforts of city developer Pat Fasano, if city officials approve. Fasano and his attorney, Charles Liebling, attended this week’s Board of Adjustment meeting to appeal a decision by the zoning officer that the existing use of the building as a hotel had been abandoned by its former owner, Robert Sorge, who operated the 26-room building as Abunda Life Church of Body Mind Spirit. Sorge, referred to as Dr. Sorge, does not have a medical license.…

Danny DeVito Meets Up with Former Classmate

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI When Asbury Park native actor Danny DeVito comes to town, residents old and new, take notice. But for one resident and former Our Lady of Mount Carmel School classmate of DeVito’s, it was also an opportunity to meet up and give him a gift from one of their old teachers. Retired Asbury Park firefighter, Fred Bates, said he knew DeVito would be at Mr C’s Beach Bistro in Allenhurst on Sat., April 28 and he stopped by with a letter from Sr. Celesta, their sixth grade teacher. Bates said he keeps in contact with the…

Asbury Park Officials Plan to Ban Smoking on Beaches

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park City Council is expected to introduce a resolution banning smoking on all city beaches for the upcoming summer season at its April 28 meeting. The smoke free beach policy, if approved on introduction, will have a public hearing next month before the final vote. Council has been discussing the issue since the beginning of the new year and City Manager Michael Capabianco asked council members to give him their ideas about smoking on the beachfront by this week’s meeting so enforcement could take place before the start of the summer season. The proposed resolution…

Quartet to Perform at City Church to Benefit Choir

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Trinity Choir School, affiliated with Trinity Church in Asbury Park, is in transition to become an independent, non-profit community based school called the Choir School of Asbury Park. The church’s musical director, Diane Caruso, is also director of the choir school. During the transition the choir school is using both names as it works toward its official non profit status. The official kick off for the new school and name will be when it holds choir camp June 21 to July 3. The choir, which currently has 12 children enrolled, is growing, Caruso said. Students…

Remembering King

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI It has been a half century since the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered on the balcony of a Memphis hotel, but he is in many ways just as present in society today as he was in 1968 at the height of the civil rights movement. And that is exactly the hope of Asbury Park resident Gilbert Caldwell. Caldwell knew King who was 10 years older than him when both attended theology school at Boston University. “He was getting his Ph.D and I was getting my masters in theology,” Caldwell said. Caldwell later marched…

Boutique Hotel Planned for Landmark Building in Asbury Park

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Sackman Enterprises has developed plans to construct a boutique hotel in the landmark Kinmouth Building which once housed the Savoy Theater on Mattison Avenue in Asbury Park. A hotel would be a first for the city’s downtown. The developer had previously proposed building micro residential units at the site but believes a hotel would be more beneficial to the community. A discussion of the proposal took place last week at the City Council meeting. Andrew Karas, representing Sackman Enterprises, described the proposed boutique hotel as a “luxury” one and added that customers would have access…

Christopher Lloyd in Asbury Park for Film Festival

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Finishing touches are being put on this weekend’s Garden State Film Festival as it prepares to blanket Asbury Park with movies, galas and celebrities. Event Organizer Diane Raver said she has, no surprise, many last minute details to attend to, but her most important as of Tuesday was “doing a last minute no snow dance” as the fourth nor’easter of the month was getting ready to bear down on the shore. But Raver is confident that with all the preparations already done and the help of city officials, the Jersey Shore Arts Center and iStar, the festival…

Avon Teen Organizes Fish Fry to Raise Funds for Charity

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI An Avon Elementary School eighth grader decided it was time for the new generation to step up to the plate. Lily Buerck, 14, applied to be chosen for this year’s class of Henrik Lundqvist Foundation’s Young  Ambassadors Program. The Henrik Lundqvist Foundation was founded by the famous Swedish hockey player and raises money for a variety of charities in New York, Sweden and the Dominican Republic. Lily, says her mother Gabi, has always had an interest in politics and government. “She has always been very civic minded, that’s what she wants to do when she…

80-Unit Complex Planned for Asbury Park’s West Side

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI An 80-unit, mixed use complex may be coming to the west side in Asbury Park after the City Council approved a redevelopment plan for the site at 1001 First Avenue. This would be the next of many redevelopments on the west side of the city. The plan calls for  a five story building with 80 residential units and retail and parking on the ground floor. The council and developers Joseph Sasson and Joseph Bossone will next negotiate a redeveloper’s agreement which will then be sent to the Planning Board for a site plan review and…

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