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Zombie Walk Dead; Funeral Services Planned

  By JOSEPH SAPIA The New Jersey Zombie Walk, an Asbury Park fixture which began seven years ago, is dead. Founder and organizer Jason Meehan announced the demise on the New Jersey Zombie Walk Facebook page Thurs., Aug. 20. “Its death was not sudden,” according to the post, “and every attempt was made to revive the deceased. “Untreated issues and complications, both existing and previously unforeseen, put the event in critical condition early this year. Several unsuccessful treatments led to a terminal diagnosis and this subsequent passing.” He suggested various contributing causes: the toll of pulling off Zombie Walk; the…

The Phoenix Will Rise in Ocean Grove

  By JOSEPH SAPIA After a fire destroyed the three-story commercial-residential buidling at 50 Main Ave. in Ocean Grove in February, The Phoenix is rising. Within the next few weeks construction should begin on a new three-story building — The Phoenix — on the site, according to Kurt Cavano, who owns the property with his wife, Janet Mazur Cavano. The two have been Ocean Grove residents for more than 30 years. Now, the Cavanos are in the process of filing for building permits, Cavano said. The new wooden building will be 12,000 square feet over three floors and a basement.…

Making Ice Cream is a Family Affair in Bradley Beach

  By JOSEPH SAPIA There is Mom and Dad Becker. Four boys. The rest is family and business history. The Beckers — JoAnn, 54, Pete, 55, and their four sons, Danny, 30, Dave, 26, Luke, 20, and Jake, 17 — recently opened their third Four Boys Ice Cream stand, at the corner of Ocean and Third Avenues in Bradley Beach. It is a summer season location, opening in May and planning to stay open to about Sept. 15. “We love it here,” Pete said. “People have been so nice,” JoAnn added. “I love the town.” The Beckers, all of whom…

Hazy, Hot and Humid: Enough!

  By JOSEPH SAPIA It was only 9:20 a.m., but the temperature was already up to 83 degrees on a sticky recent day. Paul Jimenez was shooting baskets on the court at the Holmes A. Adams Recreation Complex in Neptune City, but he did not plan on staying long in the heat. “I usually do it in the morning before the sun hits,” said Jimenez, 37, of Asbury Park. “I probably have another half-hour or so and, then, I’m out of here.” Jimenez is winding down summer by looking forward to the coolness of fall. Others are hoping to extend…

Mom and Dad are Both Cops in Asbury Park

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Asbury Park Police Officers Melinda and Mike Casey have the same surname, badge numbers in sequential order — hers, No. 219; his, No. 220 — and have both been on the police department for 11 years. They have been married for even longer: 16 years. “We decided to take the (state) Civil Service test together,” said Melinda, 41. Their scores were close to each other’s, they went to the Monmouth County Police Academy together. “I think we were each other’s support through everything,” Melinda said. “Even now. I think it’s important to have in this type…

Johnny Mac and City at Odds

  By JOSEPH SAPIA In the next month or so, the owner of Johnny Mac House of Spirits said he expects to file legal papers against Asbury Park for holding up his expansion plans. The city Planning Board recently would not give John McGillion, owner of Johnny Mac, approval for Phases 2 to 4 to complete an Irish Village-like design that includes a beer garden until he removes the bric-a-brac — arguably what makes the Main Street tavern stand out — from outside walls and widow coverage. So, McGillion said he will go to court once the Planning Board decision…

Learning About Civil Rights

  By JOSEPH SAPIA The third annual Urban Youth Civil Rights Education Initiative for Asbury Park middle school-age students kicks off Friday, Aug. 7. The group will watch a film on the 1955 beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement — specifically about the white-on-black murder of Emmett Till, 14, in Mississippi and Rosa Parks, a black woman who refused to give up her bus seat to a white person in Alabama. A discussion will follow. Friday’s event is at 9 a.m. at United Methodist Church at the corner of Third Avenue and Emory Street. Participants must be pre-registered or register…

Good Weather Equals Good Business

  By JOSEPH SAPIA There seems to be a greater number of people visiting the Asbury Park area this summer — perhaps because of the good weather, an improving economy, publicity, things to do. But whether businesses profited from this seems to be the type of businesses being discussed. “I think more people are here,” said Brenda Connolly, president of the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce. “If you go out on a Saturday or Sunday, you can’t even park.” Kay Harris, owner of Asbury Galleria in Asbury Park’s Convention Hall agrees. “Even during the weekdays, a lot of people on…

Bradley Beach Mayor Accepts Position with United Methodist Homes

  By JOSEPH SAPIA United Methodist Homes of New Jersey Foundation has announced the appointment of Gary Engelstad, who is the mayor of Bradley Beach, to the position of director of strategic partnerships. In this role, Engelstad will promote, market and develop a strategic partnership program. While based at United Methodist Homes Corporate Office in Neptune, Engelstad will develop revenue-generating partnership opportunities system wide among the Homes’ 10 senior retirement communities in New Jersey Engelstad reports to Sharon Clapp, vice president of development, who said, “Gary brings a wealth of experience and expertise in developing strategic initiatives. He understands the…

Volunteers Welcome at APTV

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Beginning in January, when the Asbury Park City Council organized after the November elections, the council has been working to revamp the cable television, public channel, APTV. The idea is to liven the station, going beyond simply broadcasting Council meetings and the like, said Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn, who sits on the nine-member APTV board as the liaison between it and the Council. Now, the station, seen on local cable TV, also is showing items about children and non-profit organizations, “getting things people would be interested in watching,” Quinn said. She said the city is also…

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