A look at the tropical forecast, replenishment and Shapefest in Beach Haven

f-shapefestMost holidays, I find myself in the greeting card aisle, picking through what’s left of the inventory. Every Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter Sunday, it never fails. I wait until the last minute to hunt for an insanely priced piece of folded cardstock. And it’s slim pickins. There are always plenty of those over-the-top God Squad cards leftover from another decade, but that’s not my thing. The only “Humor” selections left should be reclassified as “Cheesy,” by this late date. And then when I find an appropriate card, the envelopes have always been rifled through and it’s a struggle to find one that fits.

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Woman dies getting caught in a rip current

f-Kristi PisanoA young woman who was caught in a rip current at an unguarded beach on Long Beach Island this weekend passed away at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia early on Sunday, June 19. The victim, 24-year-old Kristi Pisano of Port Chester, N.Y., had been in town with her boyfriend for his sister’s wedding.

“It was just a tragic, tragic accident,” said Al Della Fave, public affairs director at the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. “As much as people are given tips on getting caught in the rips, once you’re caught in a rip it’s very easy to panic.”


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LBI Artists Open Studio Tour June 25 and 26


Perhaps the egret poster for the upcoming LBI Artists Studio Tour this weekend caught your eye, as it was intended to do – Surf City artist Lori Bonanni painted the regal bird last summer and exhibited it over the winter at the m.t. burton galley during an LBI Artists show.

“Matt (Burton) asked if I would lend the image for the Studio Tour, and I said sure,” said Bonanni. “It’s on exhibit at the Solace Gallery, but it sold right away.”

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Ship Bottom Brewery construction moves along

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People are buzzing about the Ship Bottom Brewery after its presence at last weekend’s Hop Sauce Festival. Meanwhile, at Bay Village in Beach Haven, the site of the future Ship Bottom Brew House and Taproom, the buzzing sound was quite literal. Since last week, electricians have been drilling holes in the walls, construction crews have been barking instructions back and forth to one another and on Thursday several massive tanks were hoisted into the building.

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Sign up for Fluke-a-Mania

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The Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club has a new tournament: Fluke-a-Mania is set for July 1 and 2, a benefit that will raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, plus provide another event for the club and for families to enter a tournament together, said club Commodore Matt Garabedian.
Fluke-a-Mania can be fished by boat in the bay or the ocean, and the contest is open to the public with registration.

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Barnegat Lighthouse Park sports new gazebo

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A project that has been in the making for five years is coming to fruition this week with the construction of a gazebo at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park.

When the Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park formed as a nonprofit organization in 2007, one of its goals was to provide enhancements to the park for the enjoyment of all who visit year ’round, said Charlotte Banks, friends president.

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Law enforcement run on LBI supports Special Olympics


When Fran Jarin was 3 years old, her father, Dennis, pushed her in a jogger stroller during the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.

“She’s been a part of the Torch Run for a long time,” said the Waretown police sergeant after he and an estimated 80 individuals took part in the annual run – a precursor to the Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games, which were held June 11 and 12.

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Route 72 bridge shuttle to be reinstated for pedestrians, cyclists

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While all traffic has been moved to the new span on the Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridge to allow for rehabilitation of the original structure, the narrow lanes without shoulders have made it impossible for pedestrians and bicyclists to also travel to and from Long Beach Island. To accommodate these individuals, the New Jersey Department of Transportation is anticipated to reinstate the free shuttle service this week. The shuttle schedule is “forthcoming,” said Kevin Israel, an NJDOT spokesman.

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Free or reduced-cost beach badges available on LBI for some

Requiring residents and visitors to pay for separate beach badges for nearly all of the state’s shore towns in the summer is a controversial topic. Many people think accessing the beaches should be free. The fact that badge requirements vary by municipality, including on Long Beach Island where there are six different municipalities in just an 18-mile distance, is another point of contention. While some of the towns’ rules may eventually be updated to include free or reduced-fee badges for certain people due to a new bipartisan measure signed into law by Gov. Christie in January, some of the Island’s municipalities already offer beach badge exemptions for many of these citizens.

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The scallops are ‘jazzy’ and the setting Is authentic

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The setting couldn’t get any cooler for Jazzy Scallop – in a festive tent next to the massive red and white fishing vessels that just hauled in the fresh catch at the Viking Village dock in Barnegat Light. The event is coming up on Saturday, June 25.

It’s officially named the Jazzy Scallop & Seafood Festival because the chefs who vie for your votes may choose to try tuna or swordfish as their competing entry.

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Blessing of the Fleet a memorable tradition

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Stonington, Conn., Naragansett, N.Y., Bayou La Batre, Alabama, San Francisco, the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C., and communities worldwide hold Blessing of the Fleet ceremonies, but that doesn’t make Barnegat Light’s observance any less distinctive.

The public is welcome to gather at the Barnegat Light Yacht Basin at the 18th Street dock on Sunday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m. for the annual service that is followed by a boat processional out Barnegat Inlet and back.

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Best laid plans for Island Beach

As the Roaring ’20s were coming to an end, it appeared that what is today Island Beach State Park would become another Jersey Shore community linked to LBI, by a toll bridge. Henry Phipps, a millionaire ex-partner of Andrew Carnegie, had purchased the parcel with the purpose of developing an exclusive resort while Ocean County Sen. Thomas A. Mathis was pushing for the bridge as part of a coastal highway stretching from Sandy Hook to Cape May.

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High Point Fire Co. Striper Shootout looking for fishing buffs

Angling enthusiasts are invited to participate in the High Point (Harvey Cedars) Volunteer Fire Co. striper shootout fishing tournament on Saturday, June 11, from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. The entry fee is $150 per boat with up to two anglers, and $50 for each additional angler. A lunker special costs $350 per boat with up to six anglers, with the name of the boat or business appearing on the back of the event T-shirt.

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UN Fishing on the South Jetty

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WHAT NOW?: I always call Memorial Day weekend the annual false start of summer. For a couple/few days we’re chest-deep in the summer look and feel, people-wise. Then it’s back to a silent spring state of mind, made more so after the dull weekend roar.

By the end of June, the true beginning begins, climaxing with July 4th weekend. After that it’s full-bore through mid-August, when students start to melt away and things go quieter. But screw thinking about fall already. Let’s have some fun this summer!

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National Cancer Firefighter registry helping to fight disease afflicting fire service

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The fire service is a dangerous profession. Despite the likelihood of being injured or even killed, firefighters risk their lives to save people and pets from burning buildings and other hazardous situations. But it isn’t just the possibility of getting severely burned or caught in a structural collapse that puts these brave men and women in harm’s way.

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Documentary highlights FEMA’s relationship with insurance companies

After viewing the “Business of Disaster” documentary that explores the fiasco of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to appropriately manage and administer its National Flood Insurance Program following Superstorm Sandy, U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) recommended evaluating whether or not the Write Your Own private insurance company plan should be written off completely.

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