I’m leaving the Summer Greetings up because I’m not quite ready to welcome fall. I love this time of year on the shore. We had an amazing summer season and I want to thank all our visitors who made that happen. However, it is quiet now and the beach and ocean are a wonderful source of comfort. We want to also thank Mother Nature for great weather. Low gas prices also fueled the influx of visitors this summer. Asbury Park’s beach revenues were up 37% on top of a 26% increase in 2014. That’s a 61% over the last two years! HUGE! Things are very good in Asbury Park. We are all grateful for all your support!
Tonight The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County will be Celebrating their 65th Birthday at TAKA starting at 6:30pm. This is a wonderful organization that helps transform lives. Tickets are $95 which includes a buffet, desert station , 2 drink tickets and live music performed byVini Lopez. For more information call 732.542.6422 x 107 or email@example.com .
The Collective Art Tank, 529 Banks Avenue, will welcome The Arts Coalition of Asbury Park and the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County to celebrate their opening of SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHS, a gallery exhibit and reception featuring the works of the Boys & Girls Clubs students. Support our children!
Last week, I shared that New Jersey Rock Legend Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes (SSJ) will be leading a delegation from the Jersey Shore to Havana, Cuba from December 17 – 22, 2015 for a people-to-people community exchange program. It is no surprise that the trip is filling up quickly but there are still some seats available. For more information contact: Ed Johnson (732) 776-9890 EdjohnsonAP@live.com EdjohnsonAP.com or Beverly Berveridge (732)440-4209Jerseybeveridge@gmail.com . I will try to provide you with weekly updates.
This is the time of year when the AP creative juices begin to kick in. Local businesses start to dream up ways to keep the customers coming and are very good at making that happen. Mogo Korean Fusion Tacos is hosting their 4th Annual Taco-Eating Contest. The contest challenges participants to eat two of the seven varieties on the menu for a total of 14 regular sized tacos as quickly as possible. The contest begins at 1:00pm on Saturday. If you are interested in competing you must register by today at www.eatmogo.com For more information call 732.361.3684. The Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten celebrated Nation Bourbon month last night by hosting a Celebration of Women & Whiskey. Jim Beam’s Kentucky Whiskey Ambassador Megan Breier was on site to dine, sip and enjoy whiskey infused desserts. Kur Wellness Studios has created a series of Yoga Wall Training options to temp you to visit their new studio at 412 Bond Street. Visit www.kurstudios.com for details. As you may know at last night’s City Council meeting, the Council approved a special events application submitted by Johnny Mac’s House of Spirits to bring back the Zoombie Walk! Most of you had read the extremely popular event was dead and almost buried. Many groups banded together and figured out a way to bring it back. Never any surprises in this city. Only in Asbury Park!
AT THE MOVIES: Featured films this week at the ShowRoom Cinema: Sleeping with Other People (R), Time Out of Mind (NR), Wildlike (NR) and Demon Wheels(NR). Prepaid movie gift cards make wonderful every day or special occasion gifts – like a beautiful fall beach day. For more details go to www.theshowroomap.com .
The City’s new Code & Quality of Life Committee under the leadership of Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton is spearheading a citywide “All Hands On Deck” initiative called PRIDE IN THE PARK with a celebratory launch on Friday, October 2, 2015 in the City Hall Lobby from 12:00 to 1:00pm. PRIDE IN THE PARK as a concept is the umbrella that covers all events, programs educational tools, etc. that assist in raising awareness to the importance of keeping the city clean regarding recycling and disposables, the celebration of the City’s diverse demographics, a zero tolerance toward bullying and the overall beautification of Asbury Park. Artwork submitted from the AP student body on their thoughts and vision regarding the theme PRIDE IN THE PARK has been the inspiration in creating this seasonal city “improvement” concept (Fall=Recycling Awareness, Winter=Celebrate Diversity, Spring=Zero Tolerance Toward Bullying, Summer=AP Beautification). The first PRIDE IN THE PARK event is a cleanup/spruce-up initiative on two upcoming Saturdays: Oct. 10th Asbury Avenue south and Oct 17th Asbury Avenue north uniting all AP neighbors/neighborhoods in a citywide “AP Clean Sweep. We will be looking for volunteers to come out and make this happen. We are counting on you to make this successful. Additional details will follow next week and will be posted on the City’s web site. Get involved and set the example. All Hands On Deck! Love your city!
The Environment and Shade Tree Commission’s Saturday Greening this week (September 26, 2015 – 9-11 AM) will be at the Community Garden and Rain Garden. Both these gardens need to begin being put to bed so there will be lots of cleaning up to do. Anyone who would like to help out is welcome and all you have to bring is yourself. The ESTC will provide all the tools, gloves and trash bags necessary. If you can spend 2 hours or 10 minutes, come. Every bit of help makes the tasks lighter.
Friendly Reminder: The City Wide Yard Sale is scheduled for next Saturday, October 3, 2015 and will be here before you know it. It will be held rain or shine and will take place from 9:00am to 3:00pm. We are looking for AP residents that want to host a yard sale and donate at least 10% of their sales to one of two deserving animal rescues: Rescue Ridge or Wag On Inn. To get rid of clutter for a good cause, please email your yard sale address to Sonja at Obriensonja@aol.com .
How bout them Giants?
This Weekend: three great events packed into one weekend! The St Jude Walk/Run to end Childhood Cancer will take place this Saturday 26th from 9am to 12pm. The event will start and end in Bradley Park right in front of Convention Hall. For details go to: www.stjude.org . Also on Saturday a new event called Indian Summer and hosted by Madison Marquette will take place from 11am to 10pmon on the north beach right outside of Anchor’s Bend. There will be live music, a shopping bazaar in the Grand Arcade and a bonfire. In addition, there will be camping on the beach. It should be no surprise that the camping permits sold out very quickly. We are hoping it will all go well and we will be able to offer beach camping more often. On Sunday, the Asbury Park Global Mala/Yoga Festival by the Sea will take place on the boardwalk from 8:00am to 12;00pm This is the event where participants create108 Sun Salutations. All very cool. Lululemon will be setting up a tent on the beach. Only in Asbury Park ! Shanti
As usual, there is a ton of great stuff going on this weekend. Ease out of summer and slowly into fall. There will be great music at all our clubs, great shopping in all our great shops and of course amazing dining at some of the best restaurants in New Jersey.
For a as complete as can be listing of all the events this weekend, check out the city web site at www.cityofasburypark.com .
The City has announced it will no longer be using the Code Red emergency response system. If you are interested in getting emergency alerts and advisories from the City of Asbury Park, you will need to sign up with Nixle. To sign up, visit www.nixle.com . It’s easy and quick.
Thank you for supporting Asbury Park businesses this past summer season.
Wishes for a warm, wonderful (it’s still feels like summer) weekend,
Director of Economic Development, and Good Times
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Tom Gilmour serves as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Asbury Park and is responsible for special events and film permitting