All for the Cats, and One for All: Nancy Barr-Brandon

As the number of stray cats steadily rises, a longtime Asbury Park community member is determined to be the voice for the furry critters

It’s no secret our little beach town is overrun by some furry critters. It has been estimated about 1.3 to 2 million cats are on the streets of New Jersey alone, and it shows no signs of stopping.…

Check out APR’s Holiday favorites

The 2023 Holiday Tree on display downtown was donated by The Fir Farm of Colts Neck.

Best of Holiday Shopping and Eating

Happy Holidays from the folks here at the Asbury Park Reporter. We wanted to share some of our favorite Holiday shopping spots with you and some super cool places to enjoy a snack, meal, or drink. We invite you to share your favorites with us as well.

Find a food pantry in your neighborhood

Food Insecurity Never Takes a Holiday

The urgent need for food persists, despite best efforts of more than 15 different food pantries and food distribution programs in the area.

Food insecurity continues to be a serious problem in Asbury Park. The Mercy Center estimates that it serves between 5,000-7,000 people a month.  The Trinity Church Episcopal Parish provides an additional 35,000 meals a year.  Interfaith Neighbors Farm to Food Pantry Initiative provides seasonal fruit and vegetables to another 200-400…

The Aids Memorial Quilt is the largest community arts project in history

2023 Aids Day Memorial Quilt

35th Annual World AIDS Day Celebrated: Let Communities Lead

Asbury Park community leads by expanding AIDS awareness through education, information about treatment, and prevention. 

Friday, December 1st, marked the 35th annual World AIDS Day 2023 celebration.  In Asbury Park, that has always started with a march, followed by a service at a local church.…

Asbury’s Seventh City Manager in 11 Years Joins City Government

Lillian (Lilly) Nazzaro, Esq. has been selected to serve as the new City Manager.

Asbury Park Offers City Manager Position to Mercer County Administrator Lilly Nazzaro

Deputy Mayor Quinn Underscores Hopewell Resident Is an Alpaca Farmer

The Mayor and Council selected Lillian L. Nazzaro, Esq. current Mercer County Administrator to run the City. After a search managed by the executive search firm Jersey Professional Management, the Mayor and Council received thirty-six resumes for the City Manager position, narrowed the field to six candidates, and selected Nazzaro citing her administrative experience.…

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

Downtown Gallery Hosts event During Sea.hear.now

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

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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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