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Hotel plans May opening

Asbury Park's first new hotel in 50 years is expected to open in May. The Asbury is coming to life in the former Salvation Army residential building at Fifth Avenue and Kingsley Street.

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Main Street madness abandoned

The state has decided not to narrow Route 71 in Asbury Park to two lanes. The idea was opposed by city officials, public safety professionals, and a local weekly newspaper which called the plan "idiotic." Mayor John Moor says the city "can live with" new proposals for modest improvements made recently by the state.

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Chocolate Bar moving headquarters to Asbury Park

Popular sweet spot coming

Chocolate Bar, described as "New York's award-winning candy store for grown-ups," is moving its headquarters to Lake Avenue in Asbury Park. It will be the largest facility for the business to date.

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Henry Rollins adorns the side of Asbury Lanes during the All Tommorrow's Parties festival in 2011

Rollins shows jumpstart new venue

Musician, writer, actor and TV host Henry Rollins will perform sold-out shows Dec. 11 and 12 at Cookman Avenue's newest entertainment venue, House of Independents. Rollins mounted a spoken word show nearly 10 years ago at the Paramount Theatre on the boardwalk, and 15 years ago, his Rollins Band played the Warped Tour when it rolled through Asbury Park.

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New plans for oceanfront tower

Plans have been unveiled for a 16-story tower on Ocean Avenue on a lot where two high-rise proposals previously failed. The new plan calls for 128 residential units, a 58-room boutique hotel, 400 off-street parking spaces and more than 20,000 square feet of retail space at street level.

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Law cuts chances for vote abuse

A new law will make it harder for candidates and their supporters to cheat. The law reduces the number of voters for whom a person can serve as 'messenger' from 10 to three.

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