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Episode 33: Tides Hotel Manager Ryan Jimenez

Amy & Joe talk with Hotel Tides Manager Ryan Jimenez about their mutual love of seltzer while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. This week we continue our series of conversations about the covid pandemic and its effect on Asbury Park’s local businesses. Ryan discusses what it’s like running a hotel in a pandemic, missing his long time staff, and having the distinction of running the only venue that has given both Amy & Joe the boot (not at the same time). 

Episode 32: Freeholder Tom Arnone

Amy & Joe talk with Director of the Board of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders Tom Arnone while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. Arnone takes time from his busy schedule to tell us about free asymptomatic testing  and a $10 million grant that Monmouth County secured to help small businesses weather the covid crisis. He also talks about what a Freeholder actually does, and a bit about his grandfather’s bar and growing up in and around Asbury Park.

Episode 31: Sonja O’Brien

Amy & Joe talk with local realtor Sonja O’Brien while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. Sonja is a long time Asbury Park resident and veteran of the Asbury Park realty market. They discuss Sonja’s winding road from Orange County, California to Asbury Park, how the Covid crisis has affected the Asbury Park real estate market, and how it has changed a realtor’s job.

Episode 30: Garden State Equality Executive Director Christian Fuscarino

Amy & Joe talk with Garden State Equality‘s Executive Director Christian Fuscarino. Amy spills a little bit of tea about some behind the scenes workings of New Jersey politics; Christian talks about how Covid-19 affects Garden State Equality, recent advancements and setbacks in LGBTQIA rights, while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio.

Episode 29: Superintendent of Schools Sancha Gray

Amy & Joe talk with Asbury Park’s Superintendent of Schools Sancha Gray about how Covid-19 has affected the kids in her schools, pivoting from brick and mortar into online learning, how she started planning in January because she’s a genius, and more. We cover digital inequity, the unique challenges of our school district, and Ms. Gray’s hard work and hard choices while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. Asbury Park is lucky to have Superintendent Gray in the city of Asbury Park!