Asbury Park Zest Summer 2022

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THE AHAVA ISSUE


ASBURY PARK FIREWORKS

Thank you Mayor Emeritus Ed Johnson for reinstating Asbury Park fireworks during your tenure.

Photo by Doriana Donovan





TABLE OF CONTENTS

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ASBURY PARK FIREWORKS

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ASBURY PARK RISING STAR

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FRANKIE WINROW

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PUBLISHER’S PAGE

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ASBURY PARK STAR SPOTLIGHT

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ASBURY PARK LOVE

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ERINA VAN WETERING

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CITY SLICKERS

BR0THERLY LOVE

DIANE MARRUCCA

MICHAEL INDORATO

Thank you Ashley for your inspiration for Frank's Deli's Come and Get Your Love page.

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ROBERT MAYO

_Asbury Park Zest ASHLEY GASPARI

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ASBURY PARK ZEST SUMMER

THE AHAVA ISSUE LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. IT'S ALL ABOUT LOVE!


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PUBLISHER’S PAGE

Founder, Publisher & Creative Director Vanessa M. Arico

Copy Editor Lisa Schofield

Photo by Ron Rinaldi Hair by Dao Makeup by Randall Tang

Designers Mallory Massara Kim Chenoweth Jeff Lundenberger Jennifer Marmorato

Photographers Doriana Donovan Michael Green Patrick Hoey Andrei Jackamets Andrea Laign Vanessa M. Arico

Vanessa M. Arico

Advertising Sales + Information Vanessa M. Arico 732.693.4709 (mobile) VAricoFilm@aol.com AsburyParkZest.com Asbury Park Zest LLC PO Box 87 Asbury Park, NJ 07712-0087 USA

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Photography: Andrei Jackamets Location: Asbury Park

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ASBURY PARK ZEST SUMMER

Ahava means love. Get with the program everyone! _Vanessa

Amanda’s 25th Birthday! July 9, 2022 – Watermark, Asbury Park

Top l-r, Sarah Hill, Stephanie Barajas, Hannah Riley, Kayleigh Keely, Brandie Belich Botton l-r, Christopher Roy, Amanda Verrier, Morgan Kley, Taylar Verrier

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I live in Asbury Park at the beach, and do yoga regularly in the mornings by the sea. Healthy food and body workouts are essential to good physical and mental health, and a most sought-after balanced life.

Photos by Patrick Hoey


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Banana Boat Rides are back!





Where Good Friends Meet

Fresh fish, homemade pastas, steaks, veal chops, homemade ricotta cheesecake HOURS Mon/Wed/Thurs: Noon-10pm Fri: Noon-11pm Sat: 1pm-11pm • Sun: 1pm-10pm 1405 Asbury Avenue • Asbury Park, NJ • 732-774-5051

Buon Appetito! Joe's Farm Market and Garden Center 307 W. Sylvania Avenue • Neptune City, NJ, 07753

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Diane Marrucca Asbury Park’s Queen

I graduated from Long Branch High School in 1960. I went to Washington, DC for two years, and worked at the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company with long distance and overseas calls. I also lived/worked at the Shoreham Hotel in reservations. My life was practical. I was earning a living, and making money. I returned home, and worked at the Berkeley Carteret Hotel, where I met my husband. I was 19. I worked in reservations, waiting to get into JCP&L, and was trained on a new service, KARDEX, inside a safe.

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You have to love what you do, and it doesn’t seem like work. _ Diane

My husband worked for the owner, as his chauffeur and bodyguard. He asked me out for months. I kept saying no. My sister encouraged me to say yes, and then one night he followed me home. That began things, and after that we started dating. He went to Ft. Lauderdale to learn the wholesale produce business from his cousin. When he returned, he started his own retail/wholesale business in Bradley Beach. We got married, and with my money I bought a truck. We would go back and forth to Newark for produce. Our wholesale business grew and grew, and we became #1 in the state of New Jersey. About 20 to 25 years later, in the 80s, we also owned 27 real estate properties in Asbury Park. In 1982 we opened Jimmy's Restaurant on Asbury Avenue. We were operating a successful wholesale produce business right around the corner, and were tired of going to New York for a good meal. So we bought Freddie's Restaurant and Pizzeria, and renamed it Jimmy's and were in business. We've kept it simple through the years, and our hallmark is fresh ingredients, and consistent recipes. We haven't changed through the years, and most of our staff has been here since day one. I've been through every phase of Asbury Park from 1963 through 2022. I walked my kids in baby carriages on the Asbury Park Boardwalk, and bought our ice cream at Kohl's Frozen Custard, when it was the first shop on the boardwalk. I remember when Chubby Checker performed live on Kingsley Avenue. It was the 60s. In the 70s, Asbury Park started going downhill. In the 80s, it was dead. That's when we opened, in 1982. We were so busy, there was traffic right up to the Asbury Circle, with people trying to get in. In the 90s, the LGBTQ community started buying up the houses all over the city, and renovating them. Things started improving. Then the city developers took over the boardwalk and downtown. Today they are building high-rises, and are developing large old buildings, as well as parts of city blocks. In the 2000s, there was a corporate influx. In the 2010s, I stayed out of the loop, and just serviced my customers of the last 40 years. Now, in 2022 - I haven't raised my prices in three years. I don't know what the next two years are going to bring. Everything has gone up 300%.

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Frankie Winrow Asbury Park ’s Heart

Frankie Winrow, president of the St. Peter Claver Conference, Mother of Mercy Parish, a division of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul, which is a national non-profit, is a weekly communicant and communion steward, who many residents immediately recognize as soon as they see her radiant presence and gigantic smile. Known for her big heart, selfless generosity, and helping those in need, Frankie works year-in and year-out to tirelessly give back and spread love everywhere. 26


“I’m here because it’s my way to give back to the community. It’s my way of showing love back to my community,” she relates. St. Vincent de Paul services the community with rental and utility assistance, a food pantry, and charity donations. “Our office territory covers Asbury Park, Neptune, Ocean Township, and Long Branch, with a staff of 14 Vincentians, and 10 additional volunteers for the food pantry, that all comprise our wonderful team,” she notes. For everyone else, if joining an organization that seeks to quietly and discreetly aid needy individuals, make personal visits to homes and hospitals, and help you to grow spiritually through a gift of self to others, then the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is also for you. Mother of Mercy Parish is a multicultural community of Catholics from the Irish, Italian, Haitian and Hispanic community of believers on the Westside of Asbury Park. For further information if you need assistance, or would like to assist Frankie in her charitable works, please contact her at the below: St. Peter Claver Outreach Center 1419 Springwood Avenue Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712 Tel – 732.775.4157 Fax – 732.988.1840 stpeterclaver@hotmail.com

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ASBURY PARK ROCKIN’ SENIOR

Robert Mayo Collage Artist R

obert Mayo, 68, Asbury Tower, Asbury Park, is an eclectic individual, colorfully styled and ready to share his art portfolio and artistic personality daily. Born in central New Jersey with roots in Woodbridge and East Orange, Robert hailed in a high school sports career for all four years as a halfback on the football team. After that, he took art and design courses at the School of Visual Arts, NYC. A self-described late bloomer, Robert in his earlier years suffered from a lack of self-confidence, but found his way, and a life filled with purpose from his signature collage art.

Beginning as an apprentice at his famous graphic design father’s firm, Robert Mayo Design, Short Hills, Robert started doing paste-ups and annual reports, before branching out on his own as a fulltime commercial artist. He credits his father with his career in the most respectful way. “My father not only gave me life, but through his art, he gave me a reason to live,” he shares. A creative, comic genius, karaoke singer, dancer and all-around fun guy is how Robert best describes himself today. Check him out on Facebook and take him out for a whirl. 38


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