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November 30, 2011
Saturday, 10 a.m., the College of New Jersey. At stake: Central Jersey Group 1 championship. Coaches: Florence, Joe Frappolli (264-114-5); Asbury Park, Matt Ardizzone (13-7). Sectional titles: Florence, five (SJ, 1985; CJ, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006). Asbury Park, five (1980, CJ2; 1984, CJ2; 2007, CJ1; 2008, CJ1; 2009, CJ1). Fast fact: Florence or Asbury Park has won seven of the previous eight Central Jersey Group 1 titles. - Marc Narducci
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November 22, 2003 | Images and text by Eric Mencher, Inquirer staff photographer
"Sandy, the fireworks are hailin? over little eden tonight. " "Fourth of July, Asbury Park" Bruce Springsteen, 1973 Other than in some lyrics by the Boss, little attention has been paid in recent years to Asbury Park, N.J. Once a thriving seaside community of amusement centers and boardwalks, whose strong architectural character drew the admiration of summer crowds, Asbury Park now has the look of a place seeking to crumble into the...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 1987 | By Susan Karlin, Special to The Inquirer
To hear the old-timers, Asbury Park in its heyday was a Never-Never Land of people pouring out of bars into the street, hotels with Las Vegas-style showrooms and, everywhere, music. "We were all hippies then - everyone was interested in listening to music," says Kevin "Bird" Connair, 35, an Asbury Park musician who played with Bruce Springsteen in one of the Boss' early bands in the late '60s. "Then it all got swallowed up in disco and techno-pop," he says. As he speaks, Connair surveys the display of mementos in the Asbury Park Rock-and-Roll Museum.
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April 27, 1986 | By Ewart Rouse, Inquirer Staff Writer
Listen to enough Bruce Springsteen records and you get the idea that this faded resort town on the North Jersey shore is little more than a haven for youthful drifters, acting out their pangs of loneliness and pent-up frustrations on a bleak honky-tonk boardwalk landscape. Not surprisingly, city boosters - anxious to stem a decades-long loss of family tourism here - would rather emphasize the brighter side of things. Superstar Springsteen, who traces his musical roots to Asbury Park, may have put the place back on the map, but officials and local developers would much rather talk about the ongoing rebirth of this aging dowager.
TRAVEL
October 2, 2011 | By Si Liberman, For The Inquirer
ASBURY PARK, N.J. - Summer may be over, but this Jersey Shore resort is enjoying what promises to be its hottest fall season in decades with an impressive array of events. Off-season hotel and bed and breakfast rates, which are 20 to 30 percent lower, are now in effect. The landmark, 300-room oceanfront Berkeley Carteret Hotel, headquarters for a three-day, 30-band music festival engulfing the city Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, was sold out. "We've had an amazing summer, our best yet despite a $30 room rate increase during this recession year," said Berkeley manager Michael Fanning.
NEWS
February 12, 2006 | By Kaitlin Gurney INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Asbury Park's most famous newlyweds will celebrate their two-year anniversary next month. Louis Navarrete and Ric Best say they will toast the day that the Shore city named for a Methodist church founder became the first in New Jersey to marry a gay couple. With the March 8, 2004, nuptials, Asbury Park public officials joined in a wave of civil disobedience stretching from San Francisco City Hall to New Paltz, N.Y. Town leaders said their public statement in favor of same-sex marriage was a gesture of thanks to the gay community that has revitalized the gritty seaside resort.
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June 20, 2011 | By Josh Lederman, Associated Press
ASBURY PARK, N.J. - About 150 fans gathered Sunday at the famous Stone Pony rock club to mourn the death and celebrate the life and music of saxophonist Clarence Clemons. They lined up to snap pictures and leave flowers at the Asbury Park landmark where Clemons launched his career with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in the early 1970s. Known as "The Big Man" for his size, stage presence, and booming sax notes, Clemons, 69, died Saturday night from a stroke he suffered a week earlier at home in Singer Island, Fla. Within hours of his death, fans slowly began stopping by the club, where an act catering to a younger crowd was playing.
SPORTS
March 11, 2011 | By Bill Iezzi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After Pitman pummeled Penns Grove on Tuesday for the South Group 1 boys' basketball title - its first since 1998 - Panthers coach Kevin Crawford said the whole town would follow the team to Holy Cross Thursday night. The whole town couldn't fit into the Holy Cross gym, but Pitman had as many vociferous followers as possible to cheer it on against Asbury Park, the Central 1 champ, in an NJSIAA Group 1 state semifinal. This time, however, not even three busloads of Crawford Crazies, teens clad in orange-and-black T-shirts with the coach's likeness on the front, could will a win for the Panthers.
NEWS
April 2, 2002 | By Eugene R. Dunn
The development company Ocean Front Acquisitions is trying to find a buyer for one of Asbury Park's oldest and most notable landmarks, the dilapidated Palace Amusements complex, which was romanticized in several of Bruce Springsteen's songs, including the epic "Born to Run. " If a buyer is not found within six months (asking price $2.5 million), the developer says, it will be forced to demolish this historic building. Who needs to step up to the plate and save the day for the past and future identity of Asbury Park?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2010
WE LEARNED last week that Asbury Park, N.J., is considering designating a portion of its beach for topless sunbathing. Men have been doing it for years, and fair is fair. But my question to women is, would you go topless at Asbury Park if you could? It seems to me that for a woman to exercise her right to bare boobs is only asking for trouble. Can you imagine the neck-craning and hoopla it would cause if female sunbathers suddenly started exposing their breasts? Asbury Park's not ready for that.
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OCEAN GROVE, N.J. - Two and a half years ago, Joe Gigas sat in a hotel room and made a decision. His house had just been ripped apart by superstorm Sandy. The homes and lives of his neighbors had also been upended. Chaos reigned. As the race director of the New Jersey Marathon, he knew that there was one thing he could do to bring back some sense of normalcy: pronounce that the 2013 race would go on as planned. "I didn't have a clue how we were going to do it," he said. He did it by working with the governments and police departments of eight Shore towns in Monmouth County.
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November 28, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since Dallas fan Lorne Stinnett moved here from Texas five years ago, he's had trouble keeping his perspective and his property. His car trailer hitch, which bore a Cowboys logo, was the first to go. "That thing was broken off twice," said Stinnett, 46, who relocated from San Antonio to Valley Forge for work. On a business flight from Philadelphia, another passenger stopped talking to him once he realized Stinnett was a Dallas fan. And if he steps outside wearing a Cowboys hat, forget it. That's the reality for Dallas fans who through chance or choice are living in the Philadelphia region, where people despise their team - and by extension, them - above all else.
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October 19, 2014
SOCCER SUBURBAN ONE CONTINENTAL Pennridge 3, Quakertown 1: The No. 1 team in The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania rankings clinched the conference with goals from Katie Fischer, Megan Hirschbuhl, and Erin Stevenson on the road. Stevenson, Jess Milligan, and Savannah Harrison each had an assist. INTER-AC Penn Charter 2, Episcopal Academy 0: Jlon Flippens scored two goals, one in each half, to power the host Quakers. Josie Button and Ally Paul had assists. FRIENDS SCHOOLS LEAGUE Friends' Central 1, Germantown Friends 0: Jesse Rubin scored off a penalty kick in the 20th minute to secure a home win for the Phoenix.
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October 3, 2014
SPLASHING down a cold one in the tasting room at the new Forgotten Boardwalk Brewery, in Cherry Hill, you can't help but wonder: Why wasn't this place built on an actual boardwalk down the Shore? The curved funhouse mirrors, the wheel of fortune, the Skee-Ball machines . . . the only thing missing is the smell of salt air. So, I asked Jamie Queli, the brewery's 30-year-old owner, why she didn't open it in Asbury Park, whose aging, largely vacant boardwalk gave this brewery its name.
NEWS
September 10, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
An investor from Australia, who co-owns a vineyard Down Under and three restaurants outside London, is now turning his attention to a restaurant district anticipated to take root in Burlington City. Adrian Thomas, who currently lives on a farm in New Hope, Pa., purchased the iconic Cafe Gallery in Burlington for $750,000 late last month. The price includes a liquor license, he said last week during an interview inside the 35-year-old restaurant on the Delaware River. The French restaurant closed nearly a year ago, striking fear in local officials who were in the midst of making ambitious plans to revitalize the city.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
NO infants will vie for the honor of fattest baby in this Thursday's Ocean City Baby Parade. No newborns will contend for a youngest-child trophy. No toddler will seek the title of prettiest, or cutest. The Boardwalk parade, a 105-year-old tradition that's as much pageant as promenade, did away with such rankings long ago. "Fattest" proved unhealthy. "Cutest" became controversial. "Youngest" was deemed unwise after "somebody basically came from the hospital to the Boardwalk," said longtime O.C. parade judge Joan Fattorini.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
The question that hung in the overcast sky over Atlantic City was counterintuitive. Could this part-glitz, part-seedy, all-camp metropolis measure up to its tiny seashore neighbor Asbury Park? (In terms, that is, as host to one of the biggest gay beach parties on the East Coast.) Judging from the fierce crowd of men who gathered Saturday on the sand outside the Claridge Hotel - where the sunglasses were mirrored, the pectorals sculpted, and the bathing suits practically dermatological - and partied on through Sunday, the answer was, "Yes, girl!"
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May 28, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Three generations and 74 years later, Anne Mills, of Lemoyne, Pa., still finds the beach and boardwalk here just as enchanting as she did the first time she saw it as a 3-year-old. So it was no surprise to her that the Cape May County resort had been awarded a long list of accolades - including New Jersey's "Best Beach" - in the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium's 2014 Top 10 Beach contest announced last week. "I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather be . . . it's perfect here for me," Mills said Monday as the long Memorial Day weekend ended just about as perfectly as it had begun - with ideal weather for the throngs who came to the Jersey Shore to play in the sand, run along the chilly surf, and stroll the boardwalks.
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