This ain’t Berkeley: Republican praises Central Jersey marijuana facility

This ain’t Berkeley: Republican praises Central Jersey marijuana facility

It’s not every day that an elected official gets up and praises the opening of a medical marijuana facility around here.

And that certainly doesn’t happen every day from a Republican.

But a news release came across our desk today from state Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon — a Republican representing northern Monmouth County — that does just that.

O’Scanlon is an interesting cat.

He’s a fiscal conservative, and the ranking Republican on the Assembly budget committee. O’Scanlon [above with Monmouth GOP Senator Jennifer Beck] is also pro-life on abortion, yet he’s one of the few Republicans in Trenton who favor same-sex marriage.

Most interestingly, in the early days of the triCityNews newspaper — which publishes this site, along with the asburyparksun.com and asburyanchor.com — O’Scanlon was actually our food critic! It was fun stuff. O’Scanlon didn’t know enough to know what he was talking about, yet he knew just enough to be dangerous.

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Russo Music and Cowerks at Asbury’s Lakehouse

Russo Music and Cowerks at Asbury’s Lakehouse

The Lakehouse on Lake Avenue in Asbury Park is essentially a factory for the creative process. Everything there is meant to help people jump start their innovative work.

On the first floor is Russo Music where instruments are sold and repaired. The second floor includes Lakehouse Studios where musicians record their work. And the third floor houses Cowerks, a community space for people in tech and creative businesses.

Russo repairRusso repair w guitarsMusic stores can be traditional and bland, but Russo Music is representative of the Asbury Park vibe — artsy, young and unique. Russo is in the basement and kind of hidden. It feels underground. You go down into it. To a photographer, there’s a lot to look at: different guitars and equipment in many colors and shapes and sizes.

russo weird instrumenttrip levine OVERHEARD SCALED VERTRusso’s instrument repair space is like a little garage. The guy working there, Jake Dimeo, reminded me of a mechanic, fixing guitars almost like cars. In need of his repair was a guitar-like instrument I’d never seen before in my life. [left]

Cowerks is a place that provides desks and offices for people to rent instead of working in a cubicle or at home with their cats. Working away there was Trip Levine [right] a web developer who once described himself to the triCityNews as a “master bit mapper rapper.”

Click here for an Asbury Overheard photo album of the photos above full-sized, as well as others from the Lakehouse.

Photos by Julia Lubarsky

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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

The Bastardization of Tillie

The Bastardization of Tillie

Sometimes I feel like Asbury Park has become one big Bruce gift shop — but Bruce-mania is upstaged by another Asbury celeb.

Tillie has managed to put his face on literally EVERYTHING. Some things are expected, like postcards or framed photos of the Wonderbar, but there is plenty of evidence supporting my theory that too many people are trying to get a piece of the Tillie-pie.

Here are some of my favorites:

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