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New Asbury Park Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lamont Repollet
SCHOOL BOARD HIRES SUPERINTENDENT

The Asbury Park Board of Education has hired a new superintendent of schools -- one who has the blessing of the state monitor who oversees the troubled district.

Dr. Lamont Repollet is the principal of Carteret High School and secretary of the Kean University Board of Trustees.

State monitor Carole Morris, who vetoed a previous choice by the board, endorsed the selection of Repollet, said she was "excited about his proven record of success." Repollet is a graduate of The College of New Jersey, received a Masters degree from Kean, and was awarded a doctorate in Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. [MORE]
Artist's rendering of proposed iStar boutique hotel
NEW HOTEL PLANNED

The former Salvation Army residences on Sunset Lake near Kingsley Street are scheduled to become a boutique hotel.

Oceanfront developers iStar have hired a nationally known architect for the project, which is scheduled to include 110 rooms and a rooftop bar and lounge. The nearby Asbury Lanes bowling alley is part of the proposed redesign. [MORE]
Nicole Atkins - Photo by Chester Higgins Jr. / The New York Times
TIMES SPOTLIGHTS ASBURY PARK MUSIC SCENE

In an extensive piece, the New York Times details developments in Asbury Park's contemporary music scene.

The newspaper interviewed artists including Nicole Atkins for the article and focused on bands who regularly play city venues such as The Stone Pony, Wonder Bar, The Saint, Langosta Lounge and the Asbury Park Yacht Club on the boardwalk.

According to the Times, "artists and club promoters say a full-fledged musical renaissance is underway" in Asbury Park.

"The most important aspect of this music community is that it supports itself," said singer-songwriter Rick Barry. "Everybody has someone helping to lift them to the next level and everybody has someone they're helping to lift." [MORE]
Old Man Rafferty's in Asbury Park
BEACH PARTY CROWDS PLUMMET
AFTER MOVE FROM ASBURY PARK


Sand Blast Weekend, which attracted as many as 5000 visitors during its 12-year run in Asbury Park, drew no more than 1500 people when it moved this year to Atlantic City, its founder said.

Founder Brad Hurtado speculated that many New Yorkers didn't want to travel the extra 60 miles to Atlantic City, where thousands of New Yorkers go daily to gamble.

Hurtado said increased costs helped prompt the move from Asbury Park. No word yet on the location of next year's event. [MORE]
Old Man Rafferty's in Asbury Park
NEW RESTAURANT IN KEY SPACE

A new restaurant has opened at a key downtown location.

The Coaster newspaper reports that the owners of the Shore House Bar and Grill in Point Pleasant Beach have leased the space in the former Steinbach building on Cookman Avenue.

The new restaurant, Prohibition, replaced regional chain Old Man Rafferty's, which operated at the historic spot for seven years. [MORE]
Photo courtesy Star Ledger
STUDIOS BOOST CITY PROFILE

In a world where dreams come easy, but are tough to fulfill, producer and songwriter Jon Leidersdorff has caught a golden ring.

Committed to building a cohesive infrastructure for the music scene in his hometown, Leidersdorff discovered a former warehouse in downtown Asbury Park and envisioned it as a multi-purpose center for a collective of music business locals. [MORE]
Photo courtesy thisoldhouse.com
MAGAZINE SALUTES CITY

This Old House magazine, an offshoot of the iconic television show, says Asbury Park is one of the top 10 "old house" neighborhoods in the country.

The magazine cites the city's "gem-speckled residential areas" and revitalized downtown.

No other New Jersey town made the list, nor did any communities in nearby New York or Pennsylvania. [MORE]



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