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Former Jersey City adminstrator expected to be named Asbury Park City Manager

Former Jersey City adminstrator expected to be named Asbury Park City Manager

Word on the  street is that the next Asbury Park City Manager will be Jack Kelly, who held the Business Adminstrator’s post in Jersey City from 2010 to July of last year.

Asbury Overheard is overhearing it all over the place.

The City Council [above] is scheduled to meet Wednesday night. A discussion of hiring a new city manager is on both the open and closed session agendas. Good chance Kelly could be hired during that meeting.

Kelly lost his gig in Jersey City when a new Mayor was elected in the city’s May non-partisan election. That led to his resignation this past summer, as new Mayor Steve Fulop had his own ideas for the post. Kelly had been appointed by outgoing Mayor Jeremiah Healy.

Asbury also had a May election which resulted in a majority of new council members. That new majority chose not to reappoint Terry Reidy, who had served as city manager for a decade.

According to an article on nj.com, Kelly is a 33 year public employee who will be due a pension of about $94,000. He also worked as a part-time tax assessor for Caldwell and finance director for the City of Orange, while serving as Jersey City administrator, according to nj.com.

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Take three: ‘Bank on Mattison’ bar and restaurant to take Trinity and the Pope space

Take three: ‘Bank on Mattison’ bar and restaurant to take Trinity and the Pope space

Ok, it’s time for the third try at a restaurant and bar at the landmark building on Mattison Avenue that last housed Trinity and the Pope — and was once home to a daily newspaper in the late 1940s known as the Asbury Park Sun.

The brown paper is up over the windows. A “coming soon” sign advises the new place will be called “Bank on Mattison” bar and restaurant.

Before Trinity and the Pope, the building housed a bar called Mattison Park. In prior decades, the space was originally a bank, as well as a law office. It had been vacant for years before its rehabilitation, which included the installation of a kitchen and bar, when Mattison Park took its shot about seven years ago.

Asbury Overheard has seen lots of activity for several weeks in the building, with people working inside getting the place ready. No one there is commenting on the record, however.

bank on mattison SIGN resized for oveheardOh well. We’ll just go by what we’ve overheard.

Based on sources outside those involved in the building — like everyone in downtown Asbury who knows anything — the new  group renting the space include managers and staff who once worked at Old Man Rafferty’s in the old Steinbachs building.

Also overheard is that this group left on very good terms with Old Man Rafferty’s owner Mark Jakuboski. So no problems there.

We wish them luck. The original Asbury Park Sun lasted only about two years in that building. It was founded by theater mogul Walter Reade to compete with the Asbury Park Press, then located on the same block.

Our sister site, Asburyparksun.com — named after Walter Reade’s Sun newspaper that took its shot at the Press — seems to be doing a lot better than Reade’s media outlet. The Sun is kicking the Press’s ass, regularly beating it to stories and giving more in-depth coverage to the greater Asbury Park  area than its owners the Gannett Corporation would ever think of giving.

But we digress. No doubt Asburyparksun.com will have the full story when the new owners of “Bank on Mattison” decide to open their mouths and talk about their plans. Like when will they open exactly? What will they serve? What’s the theme? What’s their favorite color, etc.?

Our advice?

Don’t be so coy with the media. Your sign is up. Everyone knows you’re coming. So tell us what’s up.

Or the story will be told elsewhere for you by others — as lots can be overheard in Asbury Park, as we like to say.

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Sorensen’s miraculous guitar makes triumphant return to Asbury boardwalk

Sorensen’s miraculous guitar makes triumphant return to Asbury boardwalk

Stringbean’s magical 1958 Gretsch hollow body guitar made its triumphant return to the Asbury Park boardwalk tonight.

Kenny “Stringbean” Sorensen and his band the Stalkers had their usual Monday night appearance outside Langosta Lounge, a gig they’ve played for the past five summers. Read More

Garden State Film Festival may skip Asbury for A.C.

Garden State Film Festival may skip Asbury for A.C.

The word is out that the Garden State Film Festival is looking to leave Asbury Park and move down to Atlantic City. Apparently, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority [CRDA] in the gambling mecca has been courting the festival.

“We’re exploring possibilities with other municipalities,” Diane Raver, executive director of the Garden State Film Festival, told the Asbury Park Press about moving down to Atlantic City. “They’re inviting us to come their way and we feel very fortunate that they see the event value in our event.” Read More

Report: Stringbean’s vintage guitar and amp recovered

The Asbury Park Sun website, a sister site of Asbury Overheard, reported today that the vintage guitar and amplifier stolen in Asbury Park from area musician Kenny “Stringbean” Sorensen has been recovered in Ocean Township.

Still missing is Sorensen’s van which was also stolen and contained the equipment. Also not recovered are harmonicas and various cords. Read More

Sorensen guitar and gear stolen — along with van powered by cooking oil

Sorensen guitar and gear stolen — along with van powered by cooking oil

Someone stole all of Stringbean’s gear.

Stringbean, of course, is Kenny Sorensen. He’s shown above with his band Stringbean and the Stalkers in front of Langosta Lounge on the Asbury boardwalk.

This is not a good story. We’re talking about the theft of a fabulous 1958 Gretsch hollowbody electric guitar [below], a vintage Ampeg amp and various harmonicas, mics and cables. Be on the lookout. Read More

Tour buses and trailers invade waterfront for day

Tour buses and trailers invade waterfront for day

Wondering what’s the deal with all of those trailers and tour buses parked around the Berkeley Hotel on Monday?

Production and crew members of the Vans Warped Tour have booked a block of rooms for the day to take advantage of hot showers and an even hotter day in Asbury Park. The tour played PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel last night and is headed out to Virginia Beach, VA tonight for tomorrow’s show. Read More