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Investigation clears Asbury Park cops who arrested APP reporter during BLM protest

As police officers wrestled Gustavo Martinez Contreras to the ground while clearing out protesters in Asbury Park last month, newly released video shows he repeatedly tried to tell them “I’m a reporter” through his face mask.

Martinez Contreras, a reporter for the Asbury Park Press, was charged with failure to disperse — accusations that were later dropped.

But a report released Wednesday by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office found the officers who arrested him “had no knowledge they were apprehending a reporter,” clearing them of wrongdoing.Videos released Wednesday provide new details of … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 8th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Asbury Park Press, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Race | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Investigation clears Asbury Park cops who arrested APP reporter during BLM protest

Court Order Takes Out Asbury Park Indoor Dining

Superior Court Judge Robert Lougy Ordered the City of Asbury Park not to implement their resolution allowing indoor dining in City restaurants effective Monday, June 15. Judge Lougy’s Order was requested by Governor Phil Murphy who had filed a lawsuit against the City earlier on Friday.

Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn posted an announcement of the Order on facebook and asked restaurants to comply.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 12th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, COVID-19, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Court Order Takes Out Asbury Park Indoor Dining

GOP Mayoral Candidate Applauds Asbury Park, Encourages Howell To Also Defy Murphy On Eateries Reopening On June 15

Suzanne Brennan, GOP candidate for Mayor of Howell, left, and Deputy Mayor Evelyn O’Donnell at Cammareri’s Famous Brooklyn Bakery and Deli on June 5

Suzanne Brennan, the Republican candidate for Mayor of Howell Township, issued the following statement in support of restaurants opening for indoor dining on June 15:

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 11th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Howell, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on GOP Mayoral Candidate Applauds Asbury Park, Encourages Howell To Also Defy Murphy On Eateries Reopening On June 15

Asbury Park will allow restaurants to reopen indoor dining — defying Murphy’s order

In a move that runs contrary to Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest executive order, Asbury Park will allow its restaurants to have limited indoor dining for the first time since the state’s eateries were banned from allowing patrons to dine inside during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Asbury Park City Council approved a resolution Wednesday evening allowing restaurants to allow indoor dining at 25% of the building’s capacity or 50 people, whichever is lower, beginning June 15.

The measure was part of a larger resolution outlining plans for establishment to allow outdoor dining and outdoor retail display a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 11th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, COVID-19 | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Violence in Asbury Park after peaceful protest

Several protesters were arrested and a police officer was injured during a melee in Asbury Park Monday at the end of a protest prompted by the police killing of George Floyd a week ago in Minnesota.

The protest had been peaceful for four hours after the 5 p.m. start, with officers from multiple departments at times kneeling with the demonstrators in support.

Tensions arose when police, at around 9:30 p.m., began attempting to disperse the remaining 200 or so protesters, in keeping with an 8 p.m. curfew announced earlier in the day by Asbury Park officials.Several protesters were arrested an a po… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 2nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

Asbury Park imposes an 8PM curfew following tonight’s protest

Asbury Park Mayor John Moor and Emergency Management Coordinator Garrett Giberson, Jr have proclaimed a State of Emergency in the City and imposed a curfew from 8 pm tonight until 5 am tomorrow morning, in the hopes of preventing the looting and rioting that has occurred elsewhere in the country following peaceful protests of the murder of George Floyd.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: June 1st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Asbury Park imposes an 8PM curfew following tonight’s protest

Pros and Contras of Asbury Park’s George Floyd Rally on Monday

Revolution is delightful in the preliminary stages. – Aldous Huxley

Tom DeSeno

By Tom DeSeno

Asbury Park feels like we are dancing on a volcano.

An Asbury Parker named Felicia Simmons is running a rally on Monday, at 5 pm, on the sidewalk in front of the Post office.  At this writing, 3,000 people on the event page are either going (1,023) or interested in going (1,947).

I justify the cause.  George Floyd suffered the only thing worse than death; he was tortured first. Face down in the gutter, knee on his carotid artery, knowing he was dying and begging for a life endowed by his creator especially for him, for which no one had the right to take or make him beg.  He died terrified. It didn’t last 9 minutes. It lasted George’s forever.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 31st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Pros and Contras of Asbury Park’s George Floyd Rally on Monday

Shooting in Asbury Park, Public’s help sought

AsburyParkSun photo

Police officers on patrol heard shots fired at the Asbury Park Village Housing complex at about 10:30 p.m. on Friday May 15.

Tykee Mitchell, a 26 year old resident of the City was found suffering from a gunshot wound, according to a statement from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Mitchell was taken to the hospital.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: May 16th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Shooting in Asbury Park, Public’s help sought

Asbury Park School’s proposed 22% tax hike will ‘force some people to lose their homes,’ taxpayers say

In its first telephonic meeting of the coronavirus outbreak, the Asbury Park Board of Education put off voting on a 2020-21 school budget that would raise taxes 22%, even before hearing residents’ warnings that such a steep hike amid the economic hard times wrought by the virus would drive some of them out of town.

The reason for the proposed $2 million increase in the amount to be raised through local property taxes is a $5 million cut in state aid to the district for the 2020-21 school year under a funding formula adopted three years ago, according to Asbury Park Superintendent of Schools Sanc… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 1st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

Iconic N.J. rock club The Saint no longer for sale, co-owner says

Asbury Park rock club The Saint, a longtime promoter of local music that also hosted national acts, is no longer for sale, according to one of its owners.

“We are no longer selling, unless that wild 3 million dollar offer materializes,” Meg Kelly, an owner and operator, wrote on Facebook Wednesday.

“Humbly, we thank you for the enormous show of support, kind words and positive energy in these dark times. Our friends have organized a fundraiserfor us and we are in communication with like minded folks with a strong interest in investing with us,” Kelly’s post said.Kelly last week announced the icon… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 24th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Iconic N.J. rock club The Saint no longer for sale, co-owner says