Category: Notable Locals

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 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 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!

Episode 28: Russell Lewis & Bianca Freda

Amy & Joe talk with local business owners Russell Lewis of Watermark and Bianca Freda of Interwoven about how Covid-19 has affected their business, how they are recreating their specific brands as a result of Covid, and what we can to help them. We cover booze, retail, weight gain, the importance of being able to pivot in this pandemic, while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio.

Episode 27: Kim Guadagno

Amy & Joe talk with the Honorable Kim Guadagno, President of Fulfill and former Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. Kim discusses what’s happening with our local food pantries, ways for you to help (PLEASE DONATE TO FULFILL), and her winding path to where she is now.

Episode 26: Beatriz Oesterheld

Amy & Joe talk with Beatriz Oesterheld, Executive Director of Asbury Park’s Community Affairs & Resource Center (CARC), while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. Listen to Beatriz talk about the amazing programs that the Community Resource Center is doing, the unique challenges Hispanic community members face with covid-19, the importance of the Census, and her favorite movie. She discusses tough realities and changing landscapes, and the nimble way CARC is tackling new challenges.

Episode 25: DJ Frank

Amy & Joe talk with Frank Zrinsky, AKA DJ. Frank, while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. DJ Frank is Asbury Park’s DJ who isn’t really a DJ and the man behind the Light Up Asbury Park movement to lift people’s spirits with music. He puts together and airs the playlist at Munroe Towers every Wednesday and Sunday evening at 8:00pm. During the pandemic people in Asbury Park continue to rise to the challenge and Frank and the folks at Munroe Towers are some of those people. They inspire us all by celebrating as a community and thanking the first responders and essential employees with music and dancing.

Episide 24: Second Baptist Church’s Pastor Semaj Vanzant

Amy and Joe hear what it’s like to lead a congregation in a pandemic with Pastor SemAmy and Joe hear what it’s like to lead a congregation in a pandemic with Pastor Semaj Vanzant of Asbury Park’s Second Baptist Church. They discuss how congregants are still tuning in albeit later in the day for Sunday Mass, the challenges of communicating with empathy online, the disparities highlighted by COVID-19, and pandemic parenting.

Episode 23: Connie Breech vs. Covid-19

Amy & Joe talk with Connie Breech, a member of Asbury Park’s finest, while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. Hear Connie discuss her experience having covid-19, her recovery, and what’s next for the Asbury Park Toy Drive.

Episode 22: Springwood Avenue Rising

Amy & Joe talk with Springwood Avenue Rising’s executive committee members Diane Shelton, Nina Summerlin and Pamela Major with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. Listen to an inspiring and informative discussion on the history of Springwood Ave and the initiative to commemorate the civil unrest. Step away from Covid and dive into the Springwood Ave Rising. We taped this in March right before the pandemic hit.