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Participants Sought for AIDS Walk

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Local organizers of the New Jersey AIDS Walk 2014 are hoping to boost the number of walkers in Asbury Park, one of five sites hosting the May 4 event. In recent years at the Jersey Shore walk, about 100 have participated. This year, representatives of The Center in Asbury Park, a residential AIDs facility on Third Avenue that is hosting the event, are hoping for 250 to 300 participants. Walkers may carry small placards representing those that have died of AIDS or are living with HIV, the virus causing AIDS. “We try to get the numbers…

Spring Finally Arrives After the Longest Winter

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Outside Serpico’s Pizzeria Restaurant in Allenhurst, Anastacio Acevedo sat in a chair, feet up on another one, working his cellular telephone. “First time in a long time decent weather,” said Acevedo, 37. “You can actually sit outside and enjoy it a little. I prefer the heat, the hotter the better.” OK, so Tues., April 1 was not exactly beach weather. But after this winter season’s snow-every-other-day and single-digit-temperature weather, it was at least sweatshirt warm of about 50 to 55 degrees. Additionally, it was sunny with a bluebird sky. “Nice,” said Boris Shambat, 68, an Asbury…

A Game of Chicken in Ocean

  Pictured above – Timmy Koukoumis holds a rooster which he keeps in his yard on Larkin Place in the Oakhurst section of Ocean Township. By JOSEPH SAPIA A game of chicken is being played in Ocean Township and, so far, no one is backing off. The conflict basically surrounds the 15 Rhode Island Reds – one rooster and 14 hens — and their pen and attached coops at the Koukoumis family home at 395 Larkin Place in the Oakhurst section of the township. The specifics: Zoning Officer Jerome P. Donlon says the poultry and their home are farm animals,…

In Bradley Beach: From Honoring to Mourning

  By JOSPEH SAPIA Cynthia Brady, Bradley Beach’s beloved recreation director, died unexpectedly during the Tuesday-Wednesday overnight, within hours of being honored upon her retirement by the mayor and Borough Council. “From honoring her to mourning her in less than 12 hours,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. The circumstances of her death were not immediately available. By mid-day Wednesday, word circulated around the borough Brady, believed to be in her late 40s, had died. “She was just a terrific, wonderful person,” said Brenda Connolly, who owns an area real estate business and lives in Bradley Beach. Connolly, told of the death…

First the Snow, Cold…Now the Potholes

  By JOSEPH SAPIA In this winter of endless plowable snowfalls and daily high temperatures that are quite low, the weather has been a major discussion topic. So, too, another major topic has been a result of the weather: potholes, basically caused by moisture in the pavement of roadways freezing and thawing. “This year is taking a toll on the roads, no doubt,” said Rich Bianchi, operating supervisor in Bradley Beach’s public works department, adding there is other damage, such as that caused by snowplows hitting curbs. “We’re seeing more potholes than normal,” said John W. Tobia, director of the…

Here We Go Again…and Again

  ABOVE – Geese along Wesley Lake in Ocean Grove await the next snow storm. By JOSEPH SAPIA Imagine Ray Charles singing in the background, “Here we go, again….” In a winter season of multiple snowstorms, Arctic cold, and freezing rain and sleet. And here we go. Again. Last week, we had snow. Earlier this week, we had snow again and freezing rain and sleet. This weekend, it looks as though something wintry will be going on. But, as of this time, it was too early to tell exactly what. “I’ve gotten so many emails and calls (about this weekend),”…

Taverns, Retailers Ready for Super Sunday

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Ed Kelly is a Giants football team fan, but business is business. “If the Giants were in it,” said the owner of Clancy’s Tavern in Neptune, speaking of this Sunday’s Super Bowl, “there would be so many house parties, it would be a slow day (at the tavern).” Super Bowl XLVIII is being played at MetLIfe Stadium, home of the Giants and Jets, in East Rutherford, but neither of those teams is in the National Football League championship game. Instead, the Seattle Seahawks are facing the Denver Broncos. So, what may be bad for Kelly the…

Booker’s Message: Never Forget Your Roots

  By JOSEPH SAPIA When Cory A. Booker won his seat in Washington, as one of New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators, he may have had a new title and made a name for himself. But, as he recalled, he was advised to remember his history. Booker’s parents, Carolyn and Cary, taught Booker and his elder brother, Cary II, the history of people of color in general and, specifically, family history. “Both my parents wanted us to know who we were,” Booker said in remarks before an estimated 400 at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Monday in Asbury Park.…

D’Arcy’s Tavern Plans Dining Deck

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Work continues at D’Arcy’s Tavern on Bradley Beach’s Main Street, an old-style, Shore tavern closed for renovations since Jan. 2, and has a target of March 1 to re-open, according to an owner. Tom McGill said the renovations include turning the upstairs over the bar area into a banquet room with a bar. That upstairs area, which had been an apartment and was used for storage, would be available as an overflow area from the downstairs or a rental room, McGill said. Off the upstairs room, or what is now the roof of the first-floor dining…

Christmas Tree Dunes on Hold Until Corps of Engineers Meet

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Officials from Bradley Beach and the federal Army Corps of Engineers are to meet today, Jan. 9, to discuss the corps’ ongoing replenishment of ocean beaches in the area. Richard Bianchi, head of the Bradley Beach public works department, expects to have a better timetable on the replenishment after he meets with the Army Corps. Because of the replenishment, Bradley Beach’s use of Christmas trees to shore up dunes on the beachfront is on hold at least for the time being, Bianchi said on Tuesday. “We’re not allowed to put anything on the beach until the…

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