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Boxing for achievement

Saved at the beach!

Music Mondays in Springwood Park

Asbury Park Legend Passes


Lakehouse Music Academy Students on Stage at North Eats. Band members: Valdano Labord (lead singer & guitarist), Wolfie Letke (bass guitarist & vocals), Thalia Fernando, (Keyboard), and Dylan Nickl (drums & vocals)

Kings and Queens of Asbury Park

Local Young Musicians Shine on Stage

Jon Leidersdorff, the founder of Lakehouse Music Academy (LHMA) in Asbury Park believes, “Music is the bridge that connects people in Asbury.”…

Top Pick For This Weekend

CElebration of women artists

“Dancing with the Stars” featuring Ingrid Silva of Rio, Brazil – Principle Ballerina for Dance Theatre of Harlem

Ladies to the Front

Two Power Women Present Works by Local and International Female Artists at Parlor Gallery until August 1

The Showroom on Cookman Is No Longer Showing Movies but Still Available for Rentals

A Tale of Two Cinemas

The ShowRoom in Asbury Park Struggles, Relaunch of the Bradley on the Horizon

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, for local independent movie goers this summer.  The Pandemic Forces Theaters to Shutdown Nancy Sabino, former co-owner of both ShowRoom locations in Bradley Beach and Asbury Park, believes the pandemic is to blame for the demise of both theaters.  “We were doing very well before the pandemic,” Sabino said. “We had been running the ShowRoom Asbury for eleven years,…

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City Manager Resigns

Donna Vieiro working at City Hall

City Manager Vieiro Resigns with Six Months Notice

Asbury’s Top Administrator Led through COVID 19, the George Floyd Rally, Sea. Hear. Now, and Rent Control

In a memo to the Mayor and Council, Donna Vieiro, Asbury Park’s City Manager, has resigned as of December 31, 2023, giving the Mayor and Council more than six months to find a replacement. Vieiro stated, “It has been a privilege to work with all the amazing and dedicated staff members of the City as well as Mayor and Council.…

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Meaning of Juneteenth


The History Behind the Holiday

The Road to Freedom – The End of Slavery The holiday, which gets its name from the combination of June and Nineteenth, is also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Juneteenth Independence Day and Black Independence Day. On June 19, 1865, more than 2 years after President Lincoln declared all enslaved persons free, Major General Gordon Granger and Union Army troops marched to Galveston, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and free the last enslaved Black Americans in Texas.…

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Juneteenth is coming

Grammy winner Performs at The Basie

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and Grammy winner Meshell Ndegeocello

Meshell Ndegeocello Brings the Funk to the Basie

Her new album The Omnichord Real Book is available June 16

They were a mostly over 50 crowd, waiting for her with eager heartfelt anticipation. It had been a long time coming, but here she was taking the stage at the Vogel, part of the Count Basie Theater. Her first time in Red Bank, she said, and the crowd cheered her on with their approval, and maybe with the hope that it wouldn’t be the last time.…

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Launch Center Open house

Haze Covers Asbury

No filter: Asbury Park’s Convention Hall covered by Canadian Haze

Asbury Park in a Haze and What You Should Know to Stay Safe

Children, the Elderly and those with Medical Conditions are at Risk

Right now, public health advocates are encouraging people to stay indoors to minimize smoke exposure, and take steps to improve indoor air quality: Rob Laumbach, physician and researcher for the Rutgers University’s Center for Environmental Exposures and Disease, offered, “as you know, today’s air quality in New Jersey is the worst it has been in many years, due to smoke from the wildfires in Quebec, Canada.  Yesterday and this morning, the Air Quality Index (AQI) reached “Unhealthy” for…

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Keep Cool This Summer

THREE Road Closures Could Come to Asbury

Railroad Crossing at Sixth and Memorial

Proposed Railroad Crossing Closures Rile Community Members

Equity and Access Are Given As Reasons to Keep Crossings Open

Asbury Park’s Sixth Avenue, Fifth Avenue and First Avenue Railroad Crossings are all proposed to be closed by the NJDOT. First on the chopping block is the 6th Avenue Railroad Crossing. Memorial and 6th Avenue headed east is where the Little League field is located and where the Asbury Park High School athletic fields are housed.…

Celebrate Summer

June Is Pride Month

Board of Ed Video Feed Drops During Scathing Comments

Asbury Park Education Association President John Napolitani announced a vote of no confidence in Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rashawn M. Adams

Pandemonium at School Board Meeting

Teachers Association President announces Vote of No Confidence in Superintendent

At its first meeting since laying off multiple staff members, neither Board President Cook nor Vice President Bey were present and a quorum was not reached until forty-five minutes after the scheduled start, all along the audience was restless to speak. The official video feed of the meeting ended prematurely for unknown reasons during Nancy Phillips’ scathing comments.…

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Board of Education Video Playlist
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Participatory Budget committee hears 10 Proposals

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So, You want to be an Asbury Park Reporter?

You can apply to become a reporter with APR and help to inform the citizens of our changing city

Asbury Park Reporter is looking to recruit talented and creative people interested in community reporting in and around Asbury Park. Starting in April, on select Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings, the Asbury Park Reporter will provide 20 hours of training on local journalism.…

COLUMN: Remember Darling

Not So Super

In Newman’s second column she shares her reaction to Asbury Park’s educational leadership

Mya Sims, Asbury Park native

Fly Like an Eagle

Asbury’s Daughter Makes it to the Super Bowl

Tiasia Newman’s first entry in her column, Remember Darling, tells readers why, even though she’s “not a huge football fan,” she will tune in to the game: to watch an Asbury native cheer on the Eagles.

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Local Attorney Fights to Protect Historic Church

Stained glass windows inside 142-year-old Holy Spirit Church

Holy Spirit Church’s Future Uncertain

De Seno Files Suit to Protect Holy Spirit Church in Asbury Park, Seeks Temporary Restraining Order

The future of the 142-year-old Holy Spirt Roman Catholic Church on Second Avenue is uncertain. JDL Investment Group, LLC, the developers, say they’ll save it by creating condos. Lawyer and Holy Spirit Grammar School alumnus Tommy De Seno is suing to preserve the church for worship and to serve the community.

Beloved Student Program Seen as in Jeopardy

(L-R: Al, Ky, Tiviana, Dianellis) Four Asbury Park Allied Health Program students addressed the Board of Education, bearing a poster with the words, HELP SAVE THE ALLIED HEALTH PROGRAM signed by dozens of fellow classmates.

Students Speak to the BOE to Save the Allied Health Program

Superintendent clashes with students and parents during meeting recess

Students and community members took to the microphone to express disappointment and anger about the loss of their beloved teacher, Sarita Gogan, and expressed fear for the future of the Allied Health Program.

City Council Moves to Protect Historic Buildings

The south side of historic Asbury Park Convention Hall which the developer has failed to maintain

City Holds Boardwalk Developer in Default

Failure to Make Real Progress Could Lead to Madison Asbury Retail’s Termination as Developer of Convention Hall, Fourth Avenue Pavilion

Madison Asbury Retail, LLC held Responsible The City of Asbury Park Municipal Council passed a Resolution to serve Notices of Default to Madison Asbury Retail, LLC, (a subsidiary of Madison Marquette), regarding its failure to honor formal agreements with the City of Asbury Park…

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New Year, New Council

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Transgender Day of Remembrance, Nov 20

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), held annually on November 20, honors the memories of transgender people who were victims of violence.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Held at Blackbird Community Commons

Led by Geena Buono, LGBTQ and allies read over 300 names of transgender victims of violence

Transgender people and allies participated in The Transgender Day of Remembrance the day after an attack on an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado. Asbury Park Reporter recorded the event.

Election 2022 Results are in

Certification to Follow by Nov 21

hear From the Candidates

Angela, Jayanna, Phikai, & Ceahni – APR Youth Interviewers

Election 2022: Candidate Youth Interviews

Four young Asbury Park citizens question Board of Education, Council, and Mayoral candidates

Asbury Park youth met and created questions for candidates running for municipal office. All eleven candidates were invited to participate and eight made themselves available.

Council Shake-Up

Third Term for Moor

Councilperson Jesse Kendle & Mayor John Moor

Voters Stay the Course with Moor for Mayor in Asbury Park

Incumbent Mayor Moor elected for Third Term, his running mate loses to challenger Ahbez-Anderson

John Moor, Mayor of Asbury Park, was reelected to another four-year term with 58% of the total votes tallied so far (1704). Challengers Felicia Simmons garnered 31% (919) and Sonja Mack gained 10% (290).