‘Jersey Boy,’ Norman Seldin and Steel Breeze

seldinSTORMIN’ NORMAN SELDIN “I’m a Jersey boy with his heart down in New Orleans,” sings Stormin’ Norman Seldin in “Jersey Boy,” which shows the influence of New Orleans R&B on his music (listen below). But Seldin’s deeper roots are in the Asbury Park music scene: The singer-songwriter-pianist one of the architects of the blend of rock… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Asbury Park, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Arrest made in Asbury Park Murder

Tyreek Williams. Photo via facebook

Tyreek Williams. Photo via facebook

Tyreek Williams, 24, of Asbury Park, was arrested today for the stabbing death of 19 year old Prize R. Johnson, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.

Williams was charged with first degree Murder, third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and fourth degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.  He is being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on $1,022,500 bail with no 10% option as set by Superior Court Judge  Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.

Asbury Park police responded to a 911 call around 9:58 p.m. on Monday Jan. 5, 2015, reporting a person had been stabbed on Ridge Avenue before arriving at the apartment.  Johnson was found inside Building 1, Apartment 53, at the Washington Village apartments, 1259 Washington Avenue, where he died from his injuries and was pronounced dead at 10:29 p.m.

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Posted: January 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , | 23 Comments »

Polar Bear Plunge in Asbury Park isn’t for the faint of heart

IMG_3216ASBURY PARK —When most New Year’s revelers were nursing hangovers on Thursday morning, hundreds of daring partiers worked up enough courage to take a plunge into the frigid ocean off Asbury Park. New Year’s Day in Asbury Park means it’s time for the Sons of Ireland’s annual Polar Bear Plunge for brave souls who are willing… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park | Tags: , | Comments Off

“A-Team” sues to overturn Asbury Park elections

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UPDATE: AsburyParkSun reports that if the Monmouth County Board of Elections decision to not count the disqualified Vote By Mail ballots is overturned, that a runoff election between Mayor John Moor and Remond Palmer could be triggered.

Asbury Park Mayor-elect John Moor told MMM that he was informed by City Attorney Fredrick Raffetto this afternoon that the City has been served with a lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of both the municipal and Board of Education elections that were held on November 4, 2014.  According to Moor’s recalculation, the plaintiffs are Remond Palmer, the “A-Team” candidate for mayor and Arva Council, an “A-Team” candidate for Board of Education.

Moor said that his understanding is that the plaintiffs are seeking to have the results of the election overturned and for the 353 Vote By Mail ballots disqualified by the Monmouth County Board of Election to be counted.

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Posted: December 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

KWANZAA CELEBRATION, HOLIDAY FUN, SPOKEN WORD & MORE ON SPRINGWOOD AVENUE

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A Day of Community & Togetherness

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Posted: December 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, BizEturtle | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

Asbury Music Awards announces 2014 nominees

If there was any doubt that Asbury Park has the strongest local music scene in New Jersey, just look at the nominees in the 40 – that’s right, 40 – categories for the 2014 Asbury Music Awards. There are at least eight nominees in all categories, and more… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Asbury Park, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Musings from the NJ Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony

By Chris Fotache

On November 13th I had the pleasure of attending for the first time the NJ Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The Class of 2014 was inducted at the Asbury Park Convention Hall, and it was a very fun night out. I was there as a member of the press, and covered both the red carpet arrivals and the show itself. I have to thank NJ Discover for taking me with them, since the organizers don’t accept simply bloggers, just accredited organizations.

NJ Hall of Fame VIncent Pastore Aida Turturro

The most popular red carpet guests were cast members from the Sopranos. Vince Curatola (Johnny Sacks) arrived first and was very friendly with the media. Then Aida Turturro (Janice Soprano) spent a lot of time really loving the attention and talking to everybody. Vincent Pastore (Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero) was also cool and not in a rush to leave his media friends. The FBI Agent Guy slipped unnoticed since nobody knew who he was. Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts) was last to arrive and while friendly as well, he seemed to be still in character.

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Posted: November 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Booker Condemns False Endorsement in Asbury Park Mayoral Race

booker-endorsement-cleaner-screen-shotIn Asbury Park, a post card purported to be from Asbury Park Democrats, LLC has been mailed to voters with Senator Cory Booker’s endorsement of A-Team candidate for mayor Redmond Palmer.

Booker took to twitter to deny he endorsed anyone in the race.  Asbury Park Democratic Chairman Joe Grillo took a break from his fledgling campaign for Monmouth County Freeholder to say that the Asbury Park Democrats have not endorsed anyone in the mayoral race.

Media mogul Dan Jacobson has the full story at AsburyOverheard.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor should investigate this incident.  It is similar offense to the 4am robo call in the 13th legislative district primary in June of 2013 for which Leigh-Ann Bellew’s campaign manager Dwayne Horner was indicted.

 

Posted: November 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

A-Team disenfranchises hundreds?

Asbury Park ballot applications wrong again

Dan Jacobson

Dan Jacobson

By Dan Jacobson

ASBURY PARK — For weeks, I’ve been blasting the A-Team slate for taking custody and control of hundreds of vote-by-mail/absentee ballots, with their supporters and paid operatives delivering them to voters. The voter then completes the ballot and mails it back for counting — or the A-Team delivery person can even take them back. It’s absurd.

The A-Team led by Mayoral candidate Remond Palmer is on track to deliver 500 of these ballots, known as vote-by-mail [VBM] ballots. That’s the election right there. Of course, this law was originally for invalids or shut-ins who had trouble getting their mail and wanted an absentee ballot. The A-Team is trying to drive hundreds of votes through that loophole.

I’ve consistently said they’re doing it wrong. In fact, we went down this road last year, with the Board of Elections disqualifying 250 ballots the A-Team organization delivered to voters in the 2013 election. A Judge agreed and said the applications for the ballots were flawed and the ballots can’t be counted.

Guess what.

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Posted: October 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 Elections, Asbury Park, Dan Jacobson, Monmouth County, Olivia Nuzzi, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments »

Asbury Park Man Arrested In Neptune Shooting

monmouth-county-prosecutors-office-sealA twenty-two year old Asbury Park man was arrested today and charged with the early Monday morning shooting of a Neptune Township woman.

According to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Diquan Speights is charged with one count each of first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Burglary, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Speights is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, on $650,000 bail, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, P.J.Cr. Judge Vernoia also ordered Speights may not return to the scene of the crime and may not have any contact with his victim, as part of a condition of bail.

Neptune Township Police received a 911 call at approximately 4:28 am, reporting a female was shot inside 1827 Bangs Avenue, Apartment 5A.  Neptune police immediately responded to the apartment and located the 22- year-old female with a gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where she remains in critical but stable condition.

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Posted: October 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Guns, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Neptune Township | Tags: , , , | Comments Off