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  That’s right, it’s our weekly roundup of highlighted happenings in and around Asbury Park! Check this selfsame space for our feature on this weekend’s DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN Springsteen Symposium…and check the printed pages of THE COASTER for the most comprehensive listings of music, movies, theater, art and special events in town! SOUNDS: Asbury Music Awards at the Stone Pony “As crazy as it gets, I’m committed to these awards…and a lot of people look forward to them,” said Scott Stamper, ringmaster of rock’s downtown boxcar berthplace The Saint, and the patron producer behind the peer-reviewed promenade that is The…

Spring Comes in Like a Lion

  By DON STINE Talk about March Madness! It seems like Old Man Winter just doesn’t want to give up this year as the fourth nor’easter in three weeks hit the Jersey Shore on Wednesday. It was the first full day of spring. “I believe the last time we had this many storms, in such a short period, was 1985,” said Neptune Township Clerk Richard Cuttrell, who tracks storms on his website TriStateStormWatch.com. Cuttrell said the storm was going to hit later in the day on Wednesday than anticipated and that means the snow will continue until as late as 3 a.m. on Thursday. At press time…

Rev Up Romance for Valentine’s Day

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Valentine’s Day grabs the hearts of people all around the globe, and here at the Jersey Shore it’s no different. Area restaurants and shops have responded to the call for romance by making it a special day for those in love, falling in love or hoping to fall in love. But first a brief history of the romantic holiday and why we continue to celebrate it. The day is named in honor of Saint Valentine of Rome who legend has it was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers, who were forbidden to marry, and for…

All I Want for Christmas

  By DENISE HERSCHEL With only a few days left until Christmas, visions of toys are dancing in the heads of little ones who can’t wait for the arrival of the jolly old man dressed in red. Hoping that he will bring them their every heart’s desire, it seems that plenty of kids have been compiling their wish list all year long. Preschool students at the Early Childhood Center in Neptune have their Christmas letter to Santa ready-to-go and were willing to discuss what they hope he brings them this year. Preschooler Iver Delmundo, who said that Santa lives in…

Mayors List Their Hopes for New Year

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI and DON STINE As we publish our final edition of 2017 (on newsstands from Thurs. Dec. 21 through the first week of 2018) we asked the mayors in our readership area what wishes and goals they have for the coming year. Asbury Park Mayor John Moor offered up some lofty goals for his city beginning with maintaining and increasing affordable housing. “And continue development in the southwest,” he added. Addressing another ongoing issue he said he wants to negotiate with iStar developers for lot by lot development in the Waterfront Redevelopment Area and the abolishment…

Silverball Museum Owner Will be Honored

  The Arc of Monmouth will honor entrepreneur and parent-advocate for autism awareness Rob Ilvento at Winter Glow 2017 on Fri., Dec.1 at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, Farmingdale. All proceeds benefit the 1,600 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by The Arc in Monmouth County. “We are thrilled to recognize Rob Ilvento for his longtime support of the autistic and I/DD community, as both a business leader and dedicated father,” said Holly Annarella Flego, Colts Neck, chair of this year’s event. Ilvento founded the Silverball Museum on the Asbury Park boardwalk in response to his daughter’s love…

Neptune Bar Hosts Display of Autistic Artist

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A Monmouth County man with autism has been selling his paintings in the shore area for several years and a local bar is hosting an event for him. Peter Price, 25, who sells his work on a donation basis, will exhibit several pieces at Sprengel’s Sports Bar in Neptune on Sat., Dec. 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Marilyn Price, Peter’s mother, said he has always had an interest in drawing. “I remember him always grabbing paper plates and drawing on them. He has had no formal training, but seems to improve every day,” she…

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