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
November 22, 2003 |
"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...
May 22, 1987 |
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.
April 27, 1986 |
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.
October 2, 2011 |
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.
February 12, 2006 |
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.
June 20, 2011 |
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.
March 11, 2011 |
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.
April 2, 2002 |
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?
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.