Just printed my first book, a pocket-sized, dark humor novella titled "Make My Christmas." Number one in my Flying Books series, a fast read and perfect length for a flight to visit the family units.
It's been available as an eBook for several years. Time enough to gather nice reviews on Amazon. Available in print from Lulu.com.
Is the Convention Hall Complex Safe?
You may have seen or heard about the cancellation of events at Asbury Park's Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre.
We've provided an in-depth exploration of some of the background involving the complex and details about a number of ongoing issues at the waterfront in posts which are available for you to read at our Asbury Radio blog.
City Council Election Podcast
All seven city
council candidates seeking three seats up for election this November have agreed to be interviewed by journalist Maureen
Nevin on her video podcast, Asbury Radio – The Podcast, over Zoom at 5:30 pm on Sunday, Sept. 20.
Three incumbents — Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn and Councilwomen Yvonne
Clayton and Eileen Chapman — are being challenged by Kerry Margaret Butch
and Felicia Simmons, who are running together as a team, and independents
Rob McKeon and Arthur Schlossbach.
The format calls for 15 minute one-on-one interviews in a Sunday news show
question and answer style. Nevin’s usual one-hour format has been extended to
two hours to accommodate the seven individual interviews.
“This is not an invitation for candidates to debate each other or an opportunity
for them to present their personal statements to viewers, although we do
want to hear their personal, unrehearsed answers to our specific questions,”
For total impartiality, the guests will be called upon in alphabetical order
according to their last names.
Nevin, who holds ten journalism awards including a first place National Press
Club award, created and hosted the Asbury Radio — Radio Voice of Asbury
Park public affairs and music show live over station WYGG 88.1 FM in July,
2000, and later online as well, through November, 2006. The podcast airs and
is archived on Facebook.com/APRadioVoice. The radio archive is stored at
Podcast on Affordable Housing
APRIL 2020 -- Asbury Park has finished its Affordable Housing Plan. It's so complicated that it took eight ordinances to explain.
Before the council votes it into law, over Zoom on April 22, I'd like to know how many people feel they understand the whole thing, how many at least understand what's going to happen to their zone and, of course, their questions. If you'd like to be anonymous, please PM me on Facebook/Asburyradio or email me at AsburyRadio@aol.com, with subject: AP Affordable.
I'll share the results (withholding names on request) on this blog and on FB/AsburyRadio. I'm also planning an AsburyRadio Podcast on Facebook.com/APRadioVoice to get expert answers to our questions. And, I'll post parts of the plan on here at AsburyRadio.com.
Watch and listen to the latest podcast here.
How do banks keep on offering us loans as debt levels soar?
The King of Debt is playing a big role. My latest national story explains. Read it at DCReport.org.
'Exactly Back Where We Were Before'
FEBRUARY 2020 -- Residents had only three minutes each to voice their disgust for the oceanfront private pool club in front of the North Beach condominiums. Two hours after the first speaker, the last one declared the waterfront "exactly back where we were before" the redevelopment plan of 2002. [READ MORE]
JANUARY 2020 -- An engineer for Asbury Park's master developer, iStar, returned to the Planning Board to explain his revised findings on how the area north and west of its planned private pool, immediately east of the North Beach condos, would fare through a major storm. [READ MORE]
A Brief Lookback on Asbury Radio - and a Question
OCTOBER 2019 -- Welcome to Asbury Radio!
The City by the Sea, Asbury Park, has gained enormous press since my little radio show, then called Restore Radio, first aired over the then-100-watt, 88.1fm, WYGG, in July 2000. Overwhelmed new owners of our Grand Dames of the Victorian-Era called in live, desperate for and eager to share restoration advice. The shows were archived on AsburyRadio.com and went live on the net, so residents who spent weekdays in NYC could follow the fast moving changes. [READ MORE]
How AP Set Building Heights for the Oceanfront
JUNE 2017 -- I saw where Dan Jacobson referred to compensating iStar for Bradley Cove with higher buildings, in his story in the Tri-City News this week.
Building heights were thoroughly deliberated over many months in the creation of the city's redevelopment plan, which Asbury Partners had a very active role in forming. In fact, their agreement with the city – negotiated behind closed doors with only the taxpayers left out – became the plan! The norm is that a city develops its plan apart from the influence of commercial interests. [READ MORE].
This is the south/east support for Convention Hall. While I was trying to take the pic (in January 2017), another woman walked up, also in awe, to take her pic. This of course was why the city sold off the beachfront, so the new owners would preserve these landmarks.
MAY 2017 -- So what did you do the other day, Maureen? Well, you could say I stalked Salman Rushdie around the Princeton campus. But that's not actually true. I was trying to get a pic of my pal Doc U with the famed novelist.
Wish I had a video of his whole speech. Made me want to run home and barricade myself with my fiction. Thought you'd enjoy this one:
"Power wants to control the narrative and writers don't accept that, which puts them at odds with this administration, which doesn't just want to control, but rewrite the narrative."
Big Joe Henry of NJ 101.5 has a special message for Asbury Radio fans! Click on his picture to listen.
Angelo Florio, one of our most memorable guests on Asbury Radio, was undercover when something went terribly wrong. Click here for our interview with Angelo and to hear the tape he was wearing that fateful day.
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