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Neptune City Official, City Church Director Honored

  Anthony “Tony” Campolo, a nationally recognized evangelical and political figure, will be among several New Jersey leaders accepting QSpot Community Awards at the 2018 QSpot Community Awards Jubilee Dinner on June 2 in Belmar. QSpot Community Awards recognize extraordinary contributions to the LGBT community and QSpot. This year’s award recipients were selected for their dedication, passion, and commitment, some at great sacrifice, to LGBT rights, justice, and care. In addition, NJ leaders accepting awards at the event will be Neptune City Councilwoman Pamela Renee, retired NJ Lutheran Church legislative liaison Rev. Bruce Davidson, Trinity Episcopal Church Food and Social Justice Director…

Memorial Day Weekend a Mix of Sun and Storms

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI and DON STINE The summer season started strong with a hot and sunny Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, however, everything changed. The rain, wind and cooler temperatures kept people away from the beaches. Peter Mantas, manager at Langosta Lounge and Pop’s Garage on the Asbury Park beachfront said, “It was a wonderful, busy weekend. But we have had 60 percent of what we should have had.” Mantas said Friday and Saturday were busy but many people left on Saturday afternoon. “It would have been tremendous,” he said. But Mantas was happy with what he saw and predicts a successful summer. “Its going to be the…

Summer Kick-Off

  By JOANNE PAPAIANNI and DON STINE Shore residents have had enough of the dreary rain and cold temperatures and are ready for some fun in the sun. But it may not happen. The forecast for the three-day Memorial Day weekend is not the best with possible rain Sunday and Monday. But towns and businesses are still prepared for all scenarios. Asbury Park Asbury Park Beach Utilities Manager Gary Giberson said the city is ready for the first holiday weekend of the summer season. He said new signage is being “tweaked” to make them more accurate. He also said accessibility mats have been…

What’s UP! this week

  By TOM CHESEK SOUNDS: Kiefer Sutherland at the Stone Pony Local audiences have become accustomed to the spectacle of musically curious actors passing this way with projects that have seemed alternately heartfelt (Bacon Brothers, Jeff Daniels) and hardly-so (Russell Crowe, Keanu Reeves). But when Kiefer Sutherland returns to the Stone Pony stage for a Memorial Weekend Friday encore, he’ll roll into town as a pre-seasoned veteran who racked up a lot of life experience by the time he recorded his debut disc, 2016’s Down in a Hole. With a reverent approach to straightforward country/rock; a voice whose lower register edges ever closer to Tom Waits, and…

John Conover Agency and Berkshire Hathaway Properties to Merge

  The John C. Conover Agency and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Signature Properties announced today a definitive merger agreement to create a $125  million Jersey Shore real estate powerhouse through a combination of their Asbury Park offices. The newly merged office will operate under the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Signature Properties brand beginning on April 30. The two offices are currently Nos. 1 and 2 in Asbury Park by a wide margin and combined will possess more than five times the Asbury Park market share than the next-largest firm. This new office will offer the Shore’s most complete set of real estate products…

What’s up!

  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…

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