[The following commentary appeared in the current issue of the triCityNews. We rarely put the content of the paper on-line, but in this case it's in the public interest to do so. Procedures were not followed with a large number of ballots in Asbury in the last council election — and that should never happen again.]
ASBURY PARK – Last week, I blasted the judge in the Asbury ballot case for simply throwing out the election challenge of the A-Team council candidates. That slate wants 327 disqualified ballots opened, which could change the results of the May 14 election with two, if not three, A-Team candidates winning.
So I did what the judge should do — and what an appeals court will tell him to do — I took a look at the ballots myself to determine what actually happened with them. [I filed an Open Public Records Act request to get access.]
Look, I’m vocally in favor of the A-Team having their day in court if they want it. But what I saw with my inspection of the ballot documents were substantial and unacceptable violations of procedure by the A-Team campaign. [The A-Team were candidates Jim Keady, Duanne Small, Daniel Harris III, Remond Palmer and Nora Hyland.]
Take your time and follow this story. It’s an important one. For the A-Team should back off their election challenge and appeal, and acknowledge they made substantive procedural errors. More importantly, this should never be repeated in future elections. Read More
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.
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.
Music 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’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 herefor an Asbury Overheard photo album of the photos above full-sized, as well as others from the Lakehouse.
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
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
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