Catch his performance on Friday, October 27 at The Break in AP

Downtown Gallery Hosts event During

Learn the history behind the four faces that grace this mural

The mural by Zalika Foy is entitled “Celebrate the History of Asbury Park” and adorns the brick wall outside of Sheffield’s Market on Prospect and Bangs Avenues. (L-R) Michelle Roberts, Nyron Smith (son of Tyrone Smith), Nina Summerlin, Zalika Foy, Valeria Roberts

Home Girl Paints Her City’s Heroes

Urbaan Misfit Zalika Foy Creates Mural on Sheffield’s Market


residents urged to stay off the roads

political pioneer honored

boxing for achievEment

saved at the Beach!

Asbury Park lifeguards received proclamations to recognize successful rescues in July that saved the lives of two people. Pictured left to right with the Mayor and City Council are: Lleyke Dunnican, Tom Rant, Karli Rymer, Alexa Houseknecht, Kira Dunnican, & Joe Bongiovanni, Head of Beach Operations.

Five Asbury Park Lifeguards Commended for Outstanding Rescues

Mayor and Council Underscore Two Lives Saved by Well-trained Crew

music mondays in springwood park

Dancing in the Street

Two More Concerts Scheduled this Season of the Asbury Park Music Foundation Music Mondays Series

Asbury Park Music Foundation’s (APMF) Music Mondays exploded in a celebration of music, diversity, and love on August 14…

celebrate surf this coming saturday

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

Asbury Park Legend Passes

William Griffin, Jr. | August 3, 1925 – July 1, 2023

Remembering Bill Griffin Jr.

World War II Veteran, Springwood Avenue Entrepreneur and Owner of Griffin’s Cleaners

“What a man, what a man, what a man, what a mighty good man!” Those lyrics from hip-hop icons Salt and Peppa are befitting this man who left us last month on the verge of his 98th birthday. What Bill Griffin accomplished in the time since his August 3, 1925 birth, right here on Springwood Avenue was nothing short of amazing.…

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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.” Jon grew up in Asbury Park at a time when music lessons and schools were not widely available.…

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local theaters face challenges

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, but the ShowRoom Bradley was open for only…

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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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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. Meshell Ndegeocello moved onto the stage amid cheers and love.…

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Keep Cool This Summer

The West Side Spray Park Gets a Brand New Look

Ribbon Cutting Scheduled Monday, June 5th at Noon

It is billed as “the newly upgraded, City of Asbury Park Spray Park.” Located at 305 Atkins Avenue, the Park is behind the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Upper Elementary School aka the Asbury Park Middle School.…

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.…




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2018 Jersey Pride Parade at Grand and Fifth Avenues, Asbury Park, NJ

Jersey Pride in Asbury Park on Sunday

New Jersey’s 31st Annual LGBTQ+ Pride Event

Parade Details Sunday, June 4 at noon Starts on Main Street and Cookman Avenue traveling East to Grand Avenue, turning right onto Sunset Avenue until you are at the festival grounds at Bradley Park on Ocean Avenue. The Asbury Park Reporter recorded a live stream of the parade. Festival Details via Jersey Pride Sunday, June 4th11am- 6pm Admission $10Admission gives you access to the Festival and Rally grounds, food…


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…

COLUMN: Remember Darling

Not So Super

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

Apr Welcomes Ti Newman

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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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.…



(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


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

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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.


Board Attorney Adam Weiss (right) swears in Tracy Rogers (left) and Michael Penna (center).

Penna, Rogers and Later Lesinski Sworn In as Members of the Asbury Board of Education

Rogers withdraws motion to require Hybrid Meetings on the advice of Board Attorney – tells Asbury Park Reporter he’ll raise the issue next meeting

Dr. Michael Penna and Tracy Rogers took the oath of office for the Asbury Park Board of Education at Bradley Elementary School on Thursday, January 5,2023.

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.


Asbury Park City Council Members 2023

New Year’s Day Marks Both Stability and a Fresh Start for the Governing Body in Asbury Park

Ahbez-Anderson Sworn In for the First Time, Appointments Remain Unchanged

The mood in Council Chambers was one of anticipation and excitement as family members and supporters of Mayor John Moor, Amy Quinn, and newly elected Angela Ahbez Anderson gathered to watch their swearing in on January 1 during the City of Asbury Park’s Reorganization Meeting.

Council Shakeup – Former BoE President Unseats INCUMBENT

Mayor Moor in for Third Term

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).