Toy and Coat Give-Away at Kula Cafe

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Members of the Spring Lake/Brielle Rotary Club gave away, coats, hats, socks and toys at the Kula Cafe in Asbury Park this week. Club president Mary Donovan said this is the fourth year they have held the event. She said club members were familiar with Interfaith Neighbors, which owns the cafe, […]

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City Library Has New Support Group

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park library, for the first time in a long time, has a Friends of the Library organization. The FOL is being led by acting president Nicole DeGeorge who stepped into the leadership position after two library board members solicited members. The board members, Kerri Martin and Janet Torsney, cannot […]

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City Will Meet with Developer

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park officials will meet Nov. 30 with Master Developer iStar to discuss construction on the Boardwalk Project that was suspended after city officials voted to halt the work on the project. At a meeting Nov. 8 residents and activists spent two hours criticizing both iStar and city officials for a […]

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Developer Plans Retail in this Vacant Building in Asbury Park

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A Washington, DC developer wants to make the former Braverman Building, 1200 Memorial Dr. into retail space. Douglas Jemal of Douglas Development, purchased the building in July for $1.1 million and began demolishing the interior. The building had been owned by the state and Jemal purchased it at auction. Jamel’s construction […]

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Boardwalk Project Halted; Negotiation Sought

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The old saying “you can’t fight city hall” was put to rest last week in Asbury Park when the City Council heeded the concerns of hundreds of citizens protesting the north end boardwalk construction project and voted to direct iStar to stop production. After listening to a long line of residents […]

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Petition Seeks to End Boardwalk Project

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI More than 2500 area residents are upset over the current project  to narrow the Asbury Park boardwalk at the north end to create a new walkway. A petition posted on Change.org has gathered more than 2500 signatures in an effort to stop the construction. A large crowd is expected at tonight’s […]

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Asbury Park Council Elections Remain As Is

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park City Council elections will remain as is with the defeat this week of questions which would have switched the government to a ward system and made elections partisan. In addition, Mayor John Moor who ran unopposed for his seat, received a healthy 98.25 percent of the vote with […]

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It’s No Shave November for Asbury Park Police

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Police in Asbury Park are saving on shaving this month as part of a No Shave November fundraiser for cancer awareness. Police Officer Steven McCarthy, who is the Police Benevolent Association Local 6 president, is the impetus for the fundraiser. He said over half the department is participating by not shaving […]

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Electric Car Share Introduced in Asbury Park

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park continues its march toward initiative and innovation with the introduction this week of an electric car and car share program demonstration. Elected officials, speakers and residents had the opportunity to take a test drive of either a Chevy Bolt or two BMW models. At the opening ceremony many spoke […]

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