Category: Notable Locals

Episode 41: Mobility

This week Amy and Joe talk street diets, bicycles, and 15 minute cities with Polli Schildge, co-founder of Asbury Park’s Complete Streets Coalition while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. We are also joined by Asbury Park’s transportation maven Deputy City Manager Mike Manzella.

Episode 40: Drag Performers

Amy and guest host Michael Cook talk with queens of drag R Hedd R Humm, Jolina Jasmine, and Lady Celestina 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 pandemic and its effect on our little corner of the world. We discussed the impact of the covid crisis on the lives of professional drag performers, the difference between performing in New Jersey and New York, and the tight knit drag community.

Episode 39: Local Musicians

Amy and Joe talk with singer songwriter Pamela Flores and trombonist Ian Gray of Ocean Ave Stompers brass band 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 pandemic and its effect on our little corner of the world. We discussed the impact of the covid crisis and the lives of professional musicians, where they were when the world shut down, why Spotify hasn’t made anyone but Spotify rich, the plight of trombonists in Scranton, and how people can support local musicians while venues are shuttered.
Pamela Flores & Ian Gray

Episode 38: Teaching In The Time Of Covid

Amy and Joe talk with veteran Asbury Park educators Jamie Clark, Maggie Stone, & Janice Kroposky, 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 pandemic and its effect on our little corner of the world. We talk about learning in the age of covid, how the school system is responding to unique challenges, and what they’re seeing with the kids in school.

Episode 37: Caroline O’Toole

Amy and Joe talk with rock & roll royalty Caroline O’Toole, manager of The Stone Pony, 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 pandemic and its effect on our little corner of the world. We talk about live music in the age of covid, The Stone Pony’s charitable outreach during the crisis, the only time Caroline was star-struck, and what not to wear when on stage.

Episode 36: Asbury Book Cooperative

Amy and Joe talk with Janet Torsney and Liza Minno Bloom of Asbury Book Cooperative 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 our little corner of the world. Janet and Liza discuss the development and launch of the co-op, and how the co-op is doing in these Covid days. They answer the questions about if anyone is reading books, their favorite reads, and trends they saw of in the pandemic.

Episode 35: Prevention Coalition of Monmouth County

Amy & Joe talk with Diane Shelton, Nina Summerlin, & Pastor Lyddale Akins of Prevention Coalition of Monmouth County about the coalition’s vision to reduce substance abuse in Monmouth County 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 our little corner of the world. We talk about the opioid crisis in Asbury Park and Monmouth County and how the landscape has changed because of the pandemic. We learn how it has affected their clients, their outreach efforts, and what we can do about it.

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!