Board of Education, towns moving forward with offer on LBI School

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The Long Beach Island Board of Education voted in March to move forward with an offer from the Borough of Ship Bottom to purchase the LBI Grade School, and on May 12, the board met with the mayors and representatives of the district’s sending municipalities – Barnegat Light, Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Township, Ship Bottom and Surf City – to advance discussion on the potential sale.

All five sending towns are involved because the transfer of the grade school to Ship Bottom would necessitate a bond referendum for remaining funds to expand and modify the Ethel A. Jacobsen School, in Surf City, to accommodate the district’s entire student body. (Beach Haven has its own school.)

According to James Donahower, chair of the board’s PR Committee, “The board is pleased to report that the meeting was fruitful, and that negotiations will continue. The meeting was the next step in a process the board began on March 15 when it resolved to enter into the conversation with Ship Bottom.”

The consolidation conversation, meanwhile, began in 2010. Following a feasibility study that year, the school board voted to consolidate the district’s two facilities with a sale of the LBI School, at 201 West 20th St. in Ship Bottom, citing decreasing enrollment, an annual 2 percent budget cap and maintaining two aging buildings as reason to support a single-site solution.

In the years since, parents and other residents, teachers, governing bodies and the board have discussed, at length, the best course of action, with opinion divided between selling the LBI School and keeping the E.J. School, selling E.J. and keeping LBI, or keeping both schools operational.

Ship Bottom’s governing body had been particularly vocal in its opposition to a sale of the grade school to a private developer, and had engaged the board about alternative possibilities, which resulted in the an agreement to pursue the borough’s offer to take ownership of the property.

Past discussion on possible uses for the building, should the sale come to fruition, has included talk of relocating Ship Bottom’s borough hall, in addition to the site serving as an emergency management center and, as well, partnering with various organizations – educational, environmental, theatrical, athletic – to host classes and community events.

“As a prerequisite to any sale to Ship Bottom,” Donahower pointed out, “the March 15 resolution requires that all five mayors support it – support which would include the mayors’ backing of any referendum, should one be needed.”

Board President Jennifer Bott explained, “If we sell the property to Ship Bottom without the support of all five boroughs, it not only makes the referendum harder to pass, it exposes us to potential future litigation from the town or towns opposing the sale.”

“Bott further explained that the board cannot agree to any terms that would negatively impact the education of the children of the district,” said Donahower. “The need for five-borough support was a centerpiece of the May 12 conversation, which was wide-ranging and, at times, pointed. The meeting ended positively.”

He added, “All attendees agreed that the next step is for Ship Bottom to produce a document setting out its vision for the potential sale in detail. This document will serve as a launch pad for the next stage of negotiations.”

Ship Bottom Mayor William Huelsenbeck said Monday the borough has retained an attorney, “and we’re exchanging information back and forth” and clarifying details.

The school board will hold its next public meeting at 7 p.m. June 21, in the media center of the E.J. School, at 200 South Barnegat Ave. in Surf City.

Reposted from The Sandpaper


Auction action and an updated fire hall in Barnegat Light

When the doors open for the annual auxiliary auction on May 28, it will be the first time the community sees the re-do of the Barnegat Light Volunteer Fire Co. hall. The fire hall is getting a renovation of its flooring, ceiling, rest rooms, lighting, heating and interior paint.

The source of the money to pay for a portion of the project is the Ladies Auxiliary, through the annual Memorial Day weekend auction.

“The money they give us is always $20,000 to $30,000,” said Vince Roth, fire company president, thanking the auxiliary for the annual donation.

The auction is a tradition in town on the Saturday evening of Memorial Day weekend. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-auction browsing, a large selection of hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

Bidding starts at 6:30 p.m. on all-new items for the home, garden, entertaining and seashore recreation.

Tickets are only $10, available at the door of the firehouse, at 10th Street and Central Avenue.

Those who have seen the renovations in progress say the fire hall facelift is looking very good. This may be the first major renovation since the hall was built in the 1970s, members say.

“We’re hoping to be able to rent it now; it was getting too run-down for that,” Roth noted.

A handful of fire company members did much of the labor themselves, with the exception of projects such as the rest rooms.

The rest rooms at the rear of the hall were “in tough shape” and needed updates badly, the president said. Before, the women’s rest room wasn’t handicapped accessible – women had to use the men’s room in that case. But now both rest rooms are totally accessible.

The heating system will be equipped for both natural gas and propane heating. “That’s in case we have another Superstorm Sandy or some such thing, we’re capable of running the heat with propane if they shut off the natural gas,” Roth said.

The maple wood floor was sanded and getting re-stained this week to a darker color, light walnut. It was expected to be dry days before the auction.

The public is invited to join the Barnegat Light community to see the renovations and to make another auction a success. Watch The SandPaper calendar section next week for a more detailed preview of auction items, which are donated by businesses and individuals.

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Lighthouse art, shore-inspired items at BL Fire Co. auction

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Prizes with a local flavor are ready for the 34th annual Barnegat Light Volunteer Fire Co. auction on the Saturday night of Memorial weekend, May 28, at the firehouse on West 10th Street.

The auction is a tradition where the whole community comes out for hors d’oeuvres and drinks and a good time along with the bidding. The public is welcome.

The prizes are all-new items for the home, garden, entertaining and shore recreation. Every year, stand-out artistry is featured, such as a framed fused glass lighthouse made by Alice Roth, wife of the fire company president, Vince Roth.

A lighthouse is the inspiration again in a shining silver plated cocktail shaker, a must-have that was donated by the Spotted Whale.

Two orchestra seat tickets to “School of Rock” on Broadway were donated by the Shubert Organization. A MacKenzie Childs teapot donated by Americana by the Seashore, a lifetime oil candle donated by The Sea Wife are more of the early arrivals to the tables of auction items that were being assembled at the firehouse, auxiliary members said.

Talk about gifts with a real Barnegat Light flavor, the fresh Viking Village sea scallops are always a big hit.

The always-popular moonlight tram ride through the dunes was donated by the borough of Barnegat Light. Ten ice cream cones from Poppy’s Ice Cream Parlor are included in the special “limo” ride.

Auction-goers find out how talented neighbors are. This year fire police woodworker Stan Haviland has made a wine rack as well as a three-step plant stand for the auction.

Bicycles and gift certificates to local stores and restaurants are among other items that some successful bidder will go home with.

Best of all, proceeds of the auction, hosted by the ladies auxiliary, are donated to the fire company and used for projects such as the firehouse’s needed interior renovation that people will see when they arrive.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-auction browsing, a large selection of hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Bidding starts at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10, available at the door of the firehouse, 10th Street and Central Avenue, Barnegat Light.

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Harvey Cedars business community launches group

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Weather plays a powerful role in whether the cash ebbs or flows in a summer resort, remarked members of the new Harvey Cedars Business Community. But active promotion as a group is smart business, and that possibility was explored.

The group held its inaugural meeting May 11 to discuss cooperative ways of promoting what the town has to offer.

David Voris of Giglio Awning led the meeting, which also asked business owners how their summer was last year and what they anticipated for the upcoming season.

At least 31 businesses are in the 1.2-square-mile borough, and more than a third of their owners turned out for the afternoon meeting in the fire hall.

Mayor Jonathan Oldham welcomed the group, saying, “I feel it’s the businesses in the town that makes the personality of the town, part of the feeling of who we are. Over the years we have tried to be business-friendly; I think it is something that has become more of a priority of the council from years ago. We want businesses to stay in town – businesses support the fire company and help the town day to day, and I think it’s a great idea that we can work together and make Harvey Cedars a better place and help the businesses.”

As business and restaurant owners stood up to introduce themselves and give their outlook, many said last summer was good or very good. All said they felt positive about the upcoming season.

Several credited last summer’s prolonged sunshine for a good season.

Robert Hill, a co-owner of Neptune Wines & Liquors, said business “pretty much goes by the weather,” so the time from July 4 to Labor Day makes up 75 percent of their business.

“If we have good weather like we did last year, that means all the difference in the world to us,” Hill said. “If we don’t, a few weekends here and there, it hurts us tremendously. Weekends are very strong for us if the weather is good. If it’s not, it’s amazing the difference. People do not come down as much as they would; they don’t visit their friends if the weather is bad. It’s a domino effect for us.”

Paul Rice, a co-operator of Harvey Cedars Marina, which has been in existence since the mid-1950s under several different owners, had “no complaints” about last season.

“The weather for our rentals was absolutely incredible. The maintenance side of the business stays pretty stable from year to year; it’s the rentals that are the biggest change from year to year. Last year was good.”

This cool 50- and 60-degree May has gotten the pre-season of 2016 off to a start that is “a little slow,” mentioned Ann Zaleski of The Red Chair. “That put a little damper on it, but I think overall, it’s going to be a good summer. I don’t know why; I just feel positive.”

Plantation Restaurant and Liquors’ Pete Palladino had led the remarks off with a similar optimism for improvement even over a “good” 2015. “I think this summer will be a better summer than last year; I just feel that.” He added that there is no reason why each restaurant’s patrons shouldn’t also visit another over a week’s time.

“This town has a niche for each of our businesses,” agreed Chris Sanchez of Black-Eyed Susans fine dining café. “Last year we did well. I think it’s great to see everybody here; I think we should all work together.”

Bill’s Surf and Tackle is one business that is not so dependent on sunshine, owner Bill Heitzmann said. His wife, shop co-owner Jenn Heitzmann, who also just started Beachy Clean LBI, suggested that the Harvey Cedars Business Community might want to look into making up its own welcome packages and distribute them for homeowners and vacationers. T-shirts might also be a good promotion, she said.

Peggy Feudi of Foodies had said to Voris that it would be a nice attraction if maybe one day a week the beach were free to anyone showing a receipt from patronizing a Harvey Cedars business. Beach Haven began offering free beach access one day a week last year.

Voris added his ideas, which included a coupon book, or having a promotion in town. Giglio Awning, incidentally, had “the best year we’ve ever had,” he said.

John Tilton of Tilton Construction Co. said his daughter who works in Barnegat Light had success handing out business brochures at the attendant’s booth at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park.

Also at the first meeting, at the High Point Volunteer Fire Co. hall, the town’s new chief of police, Rob Burnaford, attended and introduced himself. The state director of the National Federation of Independent Business attorney, Laurie Ehlbeck, offered that organization’s support.

Business owners learned something about each other through the introductions. Jay Zimmerman of Jersey Shore Estate Sales and Services said, “It’s really hard for me to wish good business for myself because it usually means somebody passed away.” It can be a very emotional process for a family to clean out a home and sell a loved one’s belongings, he said, “so I use a lot of my skills with EMS to kind of bridge that gap.” Zimmerman is a firefighter with the High Point Volunteer Fire Co. and captain of the Barnegat Light First Aid Squad.

Anyone wanting more information, or to join, or to fill out the survey asking what would be the best time for future meetings and what should be discussed may contact Voris at sales@giglioawnings.com or by calling 609-494-3004. There is also a Facebook page.

“Every little bit that we can do collectively more so than individually” will be a plus, Voris said.

“We’re just trying to go on a fact-finding mission of how to get more people to come to our community and what needs to be done to make that happen.”

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Insurance funds should progress for Superstorm Sandy homeowners

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Newly modified guidelines from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will permit Superstorm Sandy survivors who are in the claims review and dealing with financial adversity to be compensated by their undisputed supplemental insurance checks as they appeal to the third party neutral.

FEMA’s Sandy Claims Review has paid out more than $58 million to Sandy survivors who were given very low offers by their flood insurance carrier. But homeowners who are still unhappy with the outcome of the review could use the money they were allocated from the initial review while they appeal for more insurance funds.

“It’s time to end the unnecessary delays for Sandy survivors who have been waiting years for what they rightfully deserved immediately after the storm,” said U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who campaigned with his staff and eagerly negotiated with FEMA for the revised rules. “When I pushed FEMA to give every homeowner who was lowballed a second chance through the Sandy Claims Review, I had hoped it would be a quick and non-onerous process. Sadly, it’s been anything but for far too many. By withholding payments for undisputed claims amounts for those who felt they deserved more, FEMA discouraged those struggling to rebuild their lives from appealing to the third party neutral. This should not be a game of ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ where Sandy victims are forced to choose between their initial offer and what’s behind door number two. I am pleased that FEMA has fixed this injustice and I will continue to hold their feet to the fire until every Sandy survivor recovers.”

Menendez, who chaired the Sandy Task Force with Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (both D-N.Y.), initially uncovered the issue of underestimated flood insurance claims during congressional hearings he chaired in 2014. Last year he effectively pressed FEMA to reopen all Sandy flood insurance claims for review.

Menendez authored the Superstorm Sandy Relief and Disaster Loan Program Improvement Act, signed into law in November, which extended and expanded access to federal disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. His Homeowner’s Flood Insurance Affordability Act was signed into law in 2014 to tackle escalating premium rates that many Sandy survivors were confronting. In 2013, he directed the original $60 billion federal Sandy assistance package through Congress.

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Lighthouse Film Fest back in LBI

The eighth annual Lighthouse International Film Festival returns to Long Beach Island on June 9 with a diverse slate of movies ranging from a documentary about refugees fleeing a war-torn land to a lesbian relationship comedy.

In all, 73 films will be shown, including documentary and narrative films and 47 short films.

The opening-night film, which will be shown at 7 p.m., will be the documentary “Cameraperson” by Kirsten Johnson. Johnson was the cinematographer for such documentaries as “Citizenfour” in 2014, “The Invisible War” in 2012 and “This Film Is Not Yet Rated” in 2006.

Her documentary includes clips she shot during her award-winning career along with her own home-movie footage.

The festival’s narrative centerpiece film is “Women Who Kill,” directed by Ingrid Jungermann, shown at 6 p.m. June 10. This will be the state premiere of the movie, which blends a lesbian-relationship comedy with a murder-mystery plot.

The documentary centerpiece film, “Chronicle of a Summer in Europe,” will be shown in a world premiere at 5:45 p.m. June 11. The director, Kristian Kiehling, embedded himself on the trail of refugees fleeing violence in the Middle East, traveling from the Mediterranean Sea across Europe.

The closing-night film is Ferne Pearlstein’s “The Last Laugh,” which will be shown in a state premiere at 4 p.m. June 12. The movie is an exploration of whether the Holocaust and humor can ever coexist. Is it OK to be funny when discussing such an horrific catastrophe. Comedians, including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Rob Reiner and Gilbert Gottfried, weigh in on the subject.

Each of these four films will be shown at the Long Beach Island Foundation For The Arts and Sciences, 120 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township.

New this year, the festival is adding “Write By The Beach,” a writer’s retreat program for female filmmakers and screenwriters. The 2016 Write By The Beach recipient writers will be announced before the festival starts.

Contact: 609-272-7202
VJackson@pressofac.com
Twitter @ACPressJackson

EIGHTH ANNUAL LIGHTHOUSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

When:
7 to 9 p.m. June 9, 3:15 to 11:59 p.m.
June 10, 11 a.m. to11:33 p.m.
June 11 and 11:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 12

Where:
Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, 120 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township; Long Beach Island Historical Museum, 129 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven; and Surf City Volunteer Fire Station, 713 N. Long Beach Blvd., Surf City.

How much:
$12 to $15 for tickets to individual films, $125 for an all-access pass. It is strongly suggested that people buy tickets ahead of time as some screenings sold out last year.

Reposted from Press of Atlantic City


Lighthouse International Film Festival announces closing night movie

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The Lighthouse International Film Festival has announced that its closing night film will be Ferne Pearlstein’s “The Last Laugh.”

Comedians who deal with topical humor have to be careful, as Gilbert Gottfried famously, or perhaps more accurately, infamously, found out a few weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon.

Gottfried was in New York for a Friars Club roast of Hugh Hefner. Indeed, he was the last comic of the evening to take shots at Hefner. Toward the end of his diatribe he told the crowd, “I have to leave early tonight, I have a flight to California. I can’t get a direct flight – they said I have to stop at the Empire State Building first.”

There is no surviving tape of the incident, but legend says that the crowd erupted. As Gottfried told Vulture.com, “I don’t think anyone’s lost an audience bigger than I did at that point. They were booing and hissing. One guy said, ‘Too soon!’ He was just a face in the crowd, but now I wish I knew who it was because his comment became part of the language.”

When it is not “too soon” to joke about a tragedy? And when the tragedy is something as immense as the Holocaust, is it simply a matter of going “too far”?

“The Last Laugh,” which earned a standing ovation when it debuted at this spring’s Tribeca Film Festival, explores the issue in depth.

“Holocaust humor and its impact on first and second generation survivors, and multiple generations of Jewish comedians including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Gilbert Gottfried, Larry David, Judy Gold and more is the subject of Pearlstein’s entertaining and wrenching documentary,” wrote Thelma Adams of Observer. “Inspired in part by the 2005 dirty-joke doc ‘The Aristocrats,’ the movie explores, through humor and the reactions of a survivor, Renee Firestone, how far comedy can go – and whether it heals more than harms.”

The film uses clips of comics at work and interviews with both comedians and survivors to tell both sides of the controversy. Some interviewees find no laughs in Holocaust jokes; others think that the passage of time helps. “Nobody cares now if you do Inquisition jokes,” quipped one comic.

Time can help. When Mel Brooks’ film “The Producers” and its big musical number “Springtime for Hitler” came out in 1968 it was considered controversial. Now it seems old hat. Remember, though, that “The Producers” only made fun of the Nazis, not the Holocaust.

One interview that should prove especially intriguing is with actor Robert Clary, best known for playing Corporal LeBeau in “Hogan’s Heroes.” What was it like for a man who had been liberated from Buchenwald and lost 12 members of his family at Auschwitz to be in a Nazi-inspired TV comedy?

It will be an interesting screening at the LIFF. Will people laugh or groan when they hear lines like Sarah Silverman’s “The Holocaust would never have happened if black people lived in Germany in the 1930s and ’40s … well, it wouldn’t have happened to Jews.” Or the late Joan Rivers comment about German model Heidi Klum: “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into ovens.”

Some segments of “The Last Laugh” are almost certain to draw guffaws. Sheila O’Malley wrote in rogerebert.com that “Gilbert Gottfried imagining what the pitch for ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ must have sounded like to the television executives of the time” is “alone worth the price of admission.” And Adams of Observer almost couldn’t resist spoiling the end of the movie.

“I have to bite my tongue,” she wrote, “to keep from revealing the final zinger in Ferne Pearlstein’s outrageous Holocaust humor documentary. The great, salty, fearless Sarah Silverman has such a great wisecrack about an old couple touring the concentration camps in the ’90s that, if you have the guts, you’ll be sharing again and again.

“But do you have the guts?”

The choice of the LIFF to not only screen “The Last Laugh” but to schedule it in such an elevated slot was already gutsy.

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Federal funding for flood mitigation includes Jersey Shore bays

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Nearly $11 million in funding has been allotted to help protect New Jersey communities threatened by repeated floods as part of the FY2017 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Act appropriations bill, including $575,000 to study the effects of tidal flooding in bays and estuaries along the Jersey Shore.

“The shorelines of most of the backbays are low elevation, developed with residential and commercial infrastructure, and subject to tidal flooding during storms and exacerbated by historic sea level rise that will only increase the magnitude and frequency of the problem,” stated a press release from the office of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who applauded the Senate’s recent passage of the legislation.

The study will evaluate flood reduction measures in densely populated portions of back bays and mainland coastline areas bordering the bays and tidal tributaries, including private residences, commercial businesses, schools, roads and evacuation routes. “Potential solutions will involve making the at-risk areas more resilient to eliminate coastal storm damages and will take into account future environmental changes from climate change and sea level rise,” the release notes.

“Too many New Jersey families know firsthand the painful impacts of severe flooding and the toll it takes on entire communities,” Menendez commented. “Whether it be Sandy, Irene, Floyd or the seasonal Nor’easter, our state is routinely in the path of severe storms that can destroy neighborhoods and wreak havoc on people’s lives. This funding is vital to moving these communities closer to a long-term flood mitigation solution that will protect residents and property. I am pleased that these important projects were prioritized in the President’s FY17 Budget request and funded through the Energy and Water Appropriations bill.”

“For years, far too many communities across our state have been forced to endure the devastating impacts of flooding,” added Sen. Cory Booker (also D-N.J). “New Jersey families deserve to have the peace of mind that they are out of harm’s way and don’t have to live in constant fear of the next storm. These federally funded projects make an important investment in the safety and well-being of New Jerseyans by helping to mitigate the impact of flooding and making us more resilient in the face of future storms.”

The $37.5 billion funding bill provides $6 billion for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works programs that fall under flood and storm damage reduction, navigation and ecosystem restoration activities such as the Jersey Shore back bays study. Funding will also be appropriated to New Jersey for flood mitigation projects for the Rahway River Basin and the Green Brook Sub-Basin.

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Vote now for a favorite New Jersey beach

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Vote online for a favorite beach until June 10 as part of the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s annual poll, which includes beach towns in Ocean, Monmouth, Atlantic and Cape May counties. Visit njseagrant.org/njfavoritebeach to cast a vote.

For Long Beach Island, participants can select Barnegat Light, Beach Haven, Harvey Cedars, Ship Bottom, Surf City or the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township.

The top New Jersey beaches project was started in 2008 to encourage guardianship and conservation of the state’s shore areas, and the survey quickly became a pre-summer occasion for residents and visitors alike.

“It’s always fun to see people’s beach pride,” said NJSGC Communications Specialist Rebecca Nagy.

An overall winner will be announced on June 30.

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is an affiliation of colleges, universities and other groups dedicated to advancing knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment. Learn more at njseagrant.org.

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Memorial Day events held all weekend on LBI

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Residents and visitors planning to spend Memorial Day weekend in Southern Ocean County will have a plethora of holiday events to choose from to honor those who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Patriotic parades and solemn services will be held on Long Beach Island and the mainland, for easy public participation no matter where families and friends are staying for the weekend.

In what has become an annual tradition, Southern Regional High School is once again planning a Memorial Day Field of Flags and ceremony to pay tribute to the military men and women who have given their lives in service to our country. One 12-by-18-inch American flag will be placed for every service person killed in service in Iraq and Afghanistan: to date, that number is 6,848. The flags will be placed throughout the day on Thursday, May 26, by Southern’s Air Force Junior ROTC cadets.

Friday morning, May 27, at 10:30 a.m., a Memorial Day service is planned on the site with students and community in attendance. There will be more than 100 students participating in the choir, orchestra and student readings. The hope, according to school officials, is the Stafford community as well as the student body will begin the holiday weekend by fully realizing the purpose behind the holiday.

The ceremony is open to all. In case of inclement weather, it will be held in the auditorium. The flags will remain in place through the holiday weekend.

Join the Surf City Volunteer Fire Co. & EMS, Girl Scout Troop 356, Boy Scout Troop 61 and many more during Surf City’s Memorial Day service on Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m. The event will take place at Veterans Memorial Park, located on Long Beach Boulevard between 11th and 12th streets.

In Barnegat Township, a service is held Sunday, May 29, at 10 a.m. at the downtown gazebo park on Route 9 and East Bay Avenue. A parade is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 30. The procession starts at the Birdsall Street firehouse, then goes west on Water Street to Route 9, where it proceeds north to the American Legion post home.

Eagleswood Township will have two services on Sunday, May 29. The first will be at West Creek Cemetery, on Willets Avenue, at 11:25 a.m. and the other at Staffordville Cemetery, on Cemetery Road, at 11:50 a.m.

Stafford Township will have a service at Veterans’ Park, located behind the township municipal building on East Bay Avenue, on Sunday, May 29, at 1:30 p.m.

Barnegat Light’s parade is Sunday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m., featuring the Emerald Society bagpipers. The procession will line up at 6 p.m. behind the post office on West 11th Street and will proceed to Barnegat Lighthouse State Park for a patriotic program. Community members and families often join in, marching in patriotic attire, leading decorated wagons holding their children, or decorating their vehicles.

The Beach Haven Community Arts Program in cooperation with VFW Barnegat Light Post 3729 and Beach Haven borough will honor those who gave their lives in service of our country with a Memorial Day parade and ceremony on Monday, May 30. A solemn procession will begin at Taylor Avenue at 10 a.m., followed by a service at Engleside Avenue at 10:45 a.m. Veterans who would like to participate and may need assistance may contact the borough clerk’s office at 609-492-0111, extension 215, or email Dave Goeke at dgbeacon@aol.com.

The Little Egg Harbor Township and Tuckerton Memorial Day Parade is on Monday, May 30, with local dignitaries, marching groups and a baby parade, starting at 10 a.m. at the Saint Theresa’s Catholic Church parking lot on Radio Road and continuing down the street to the Pulaski Revolutionary War Monument on Pulaski Boulevard. Members of American Legion Post 493 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 316 lead the ceremonies at the monument.

In Ship Bottom, a Memorial Day service will be held Monday, May 30, at 1 p.m. outside the borough hall, 1621 Long Beach Blvd.

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Surf City’s new fire truck arrives home after being displayed

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The Surf City Volunteer Fire Co. & EMS’s new rescue pumper truck is finally home after being showcased at the international Fire Department Instructor Conference – the largest gathering of fire professionals worldwide – in Indianapolis last month. Representatives of Spartan Emergency Response, a South Dakota business unit of Spartan Motors that manufactured the truck, drove it out to Indianapolis and back, performed work on the truck and then delivered it to Surf City.

“We are very excited to have taken delivery of the new truck,” said Fire Chief Mike Wolfschmidt. “It turned out better than we had envisioned. When we stand back and look at the truck, it’s a great feeling of pride and accomplishment. I encourage all the residents and visitors of our community to stop by the firehouse, take a look at the truck, ask questions and celebrate its homecoming.”

Although the new truck arrived at the station prior to the fire department’s participation in the Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Co.’s triple housing last weekend, it was not entered into the parade because it is still not ready for use, said Peter Hartney, president of the fire company.

Robert Luft, assistant fire chief, is planning several training sessions in the coming weeks to teach the firefighters how to use the truck to its full potential, Wolfschmidt noted.

“The next month plus will be a very busy time at the firehouse,” said Hartney.

The truck, which combines the department’s previous rescue truck and fire engine into one unit, has been customized for the area’s post-Superstorm Sandy needs.

“Being on a barrier island, the rapid deployment of fire and rescue apparatus is somewhat limited due to the geographical shape of Long Beach Island, and the restriction of only having one Causeway Bridge for egress,” said Wolfschmidt. “This can be further limited during severe flooding, weather and traffic congestion. Having a well-equipped truck that is fully prepared to handle any type of emergency is extremely important.”

Members of the truck committee, which put thousands of hours into planning during the past three years, also considered the constantly changing demographic of residential homes and buildings in the department’s response area. The 20-foot boom on top of the new truck, which can reach 28 feet, has a master stream nozzle on the end that can flow 1,000 gallons per minute and lift up to 1,000 pounds. Hose connections can serve as an elevated connection pipe to a raised residential structure, if needed, said Lou McCall, fire captain and vice president. The truck also includes a 2,000-gallon-per-minute pump, and a compressed air foam system for four hose lines.

“By having an apparatus with an elevated master stream to reach the tops of tall homes and being well-equipped with a variety of hose lines able to make a long-distance stretch, we can effectively provide adequate fire protection to our residents and visitors,” Wolfschmidt said, noting many larger homes are being built closer together, which presents many challenges for the firefighters, especially during high winds that often occur. “The well-being of the people and communities we serve was put first in all our decision making, and we are proud to have made this accomplishment, which will serve us well for many years to come.”

Members have decided to name the truck “The Pride of Long Beach Island,” due to its innovative design and the department’s immense feeling of accomplishment, said Wolfschmidt.

Although custom-designed by members of the fire company, the new truck is funded by Surf City borough as well as Long Beach Township, which contributed $105,000. It was originally priced at $723,000 through the nationwide Houston-Galveston Cooperative Purchasing Program, but wound up costing $729,000 for necessary safety features. The borough is selling the fire department’s former rescue truck and old fire engine to make up for some of the cost.

“We wish to thank the borough of Surf City and the township of Long Beach for the monetary contributions in the purchase of this truck,” Wolfschmidt said. “We could not have done it without them.”

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AntiGravity fitness now at Pyour Core in Surf City

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At the 2010 Grammy awards, the singer Pink executed a jaw-dropping rendition of “Glitter in the Air” from an AntiGravity aerial yoga hammock, demonstrating – literally at times – a somewhat new spin on an established discipline. The artistic and graceful performance, high above the audience, was pro-level aspirational spectacle, but the practice at its base is something anyone can try.

For those interested in a zero compression, full suspension blend of yoga and Pilates, the Pyour Core studio in Surf City now offers Christopher Harrison’s AntiGravity Fitness, “the original and safest rated in the world,” owner Carolayn Crane remarked. The workout delivers “a magnitude of benefits, such as bringing fresh blood to extremities and synovial fluid to joints, improving brain function and decompressing the vertebral column.”

Last month, for the program’s soft opening, the facility hung three of the special, silky hammocks, along with one for the instructor. By the end of May, there should be 12 client hammocks in place.

When Pyour Core first opened three summers ago, Crane pointed out, she really wanted to bring in AntiGravity, “but there’s a lot that goes into certification.” Now, she leads the small aerial classes with a calm yet purposeful energy, creating an environment of encouragement and support.

Like all other classes at the studio, AntiGravity Fitness has restorative elements. “That’s why I wanted to bring this component in,” said Crane.

“Pyour Core is not a ‘push it ’il you drop’ mentality,” she added. “That type of training leaves people feeling exhausted, overly sore and defeated, which will inevitably lead to dysfunction and injury. Pyour Core cultivates safe and challenging workouts for every level. We focus on restoring function and building strength and stamina … all while feeling good, feeling worked, feeling encouraged and getting results.”

The studio offers classes for all fitness levels, and will integrate modifications for injuries and special populations. “We’re a premiere core fitness training and Pilates studio with a strong commitment towards personalized service and individual attention for those seeking to achieve a healthier lifestyle,” the facility website, pyourcore.com, explains. “Whether you are 22 or 82, and whether your goal is to tone, increase flexibility, rehab an injury or lose a few unwanted pounds, it begins with the decision to change your lifestyle and start at your core.”

Crane, of New York and Beach Haven Gardens, is a fully certified Stott Pilates trainer in mat, reformer, cadillac, chair and all barrels, as well as in rehabilitation for injuries and special populations. She is also certified with Mad Dog Spinning as well as Real Ryder Cycling, a core balance cycling, and has more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry.

AntiGravity sessions, such as the one Crane led on a Saturday morning last month, begin with the basics, as students become familiar with movement on the hammock. Advanced classes incorporate more challenging poses, all hinging on the tranquil, loosening, feel-good fluidity – think Pink.

On another pink note: Throughout the month of May, as Surf City “paints the town pink,” a percentage of proceeds from the sale of pink Pyour Core T-shirts, as well as the proceeds from one class per week, will support the campaign for mammography awareness.

Later this month, on Sunday, May 29, Pyour Core will hold its third annual Fit Fair. Thirty-minute classes, of each type offered at the facility, will run throughout the day, at just $8 per class. AntiGravity master instructor Laura Colon will join the studio’s other trainers in offering the sample sessions.

Pyour Core offers a variety of classes, including Pyour Mat, for which the facility’s trainers “put their own spin on traditional Pilates Mat with the option of props, or not,” Crane explained. “This approach will keep the classes fresh and innovative, while highlighting each trainer’s specialty. For example, Pilates trainer Jonathan Urla is the creator of ‘Yogilates,’ and will be incorporating the techniques he has created and mastered into his mat class.” (Visit yogilates.com for information on Yogilates.)

Pyour Barre 360, meanwhile, is a new class that utilizes three-dimensional training. “This is not your traditional barre class,” said Crane. “Designed for muscle confusion, this ab-ripping, leg-sculpting, body-toning class will get you the results you want.”

Also check out Pyour Ryde, taught on Real Ryder bikes that tilt and turn, recruiting muscles en masse to burn major calories; Pyour Strength, a mat class that incorporates perturbation training to challenge stability by utilizing various props and weights; and the rope-less jump rope class Pyour Plyo, which combines plyo-metrics and Pilates Mat for an interval training workout to keep the heart pumping, with high calorie burn and muscle toning. “No coordination needed!” Crane attested.

Halo, originated by a physical therapist, integrates the Pilates method and athletic condition to challenge balance and stability while working to strengthen the core.

And Pilates Quad – designed for four people – involves circuit training on the Pilates Spring Wall and Pilates Stability Chair, building balance, stamina and strength.

Private Pilates sessions are also available, and are tailored to meet a client’s individual needs. “We first address injury, then postural dysfunction, and blend these corrections into a comprehensive Pilates equipment workout, constantly modifying and progressing as correction, strength and stability are achieved,” Crane noted.

Pyour Core has recently expanded its Pilates rehabilitation program to include neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and more. According to Crane, participants “will reap the benefits of feeling stronger and better balanced, and therefore more mobile, by building neuroplasticity through Pilates training.”

In addition to Urla and Colon, also instructing at the studio this summer is Mariola Fully, a certified personal trainer and Pilates trainer with specialized certifications in rehab and neurological disorders. The trio join head trainer Linda Mead, who collaborates with Crane on programming, as well as fitness instructors Lara Doran and Karin Farnham, “who have worked endlessly building their certifications and continue to do so, and offer high-energy, fully modifiable classes,” said Crane. Complete trainer bios are available at pyourcore.com.

Looking ahead to September, Pyour Core will host Jake’s Ride and the Michael J. Fox Foundation Fundraiser for Parkinson’s Disease and dystonia, with a set-up similar to the Fit Fair, and proceeds donated to the cause. The facility will offer chair classes so anyone and everyone can participate in the event.

Also later this year, the studio hopes to start a pro-bono program for wounded soldiers. “Our goal,” Crane noted, “is to help rebuild balance, strength and confidence through a Pilates rehab program for soldiers with amputee or other qualifying injuries.”

For additional information on Pyour Core’s classes and events, call 609-494-3500 or visitpyourcore.com. Learn more about AnitGravity Fitness at antigravityfitness.com.

Pyour Core is located at 604 Long Beach Blvd.

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LBI shuttle buses return Memorial Day weekend

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Long Beach Island’s free shuttle buses will be back on the Boulevard beginning Friday, May 27, with eight buses scheduled to run through the summer season. The shuttle website,lbishuttle.com, can help residents and vacationers stay up-to-date on the service hours, and an improved smartphone app – “LBI Shuttle” – is also available to track the buses’ locations.

The shuttles are still a free ride, Long Beach Township Commissioner Joseph Lattanzi pointed out, though they will each feature a suggested donation box. (The suggested donation will probably be $2.)

Lattanzi – who developed the program a few years ago in partnership with the Long Beach Island Chamber of Commerce and the other Island municipalities, and with support from Capt. Paul Vereb of the township police department – said he anticipates no significant changes to the shuttle schedule this year. A late-night bus, though, may get a trial run.

For the Memorial Day weekend, hours are as follows: Friday, May 27, 3 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Monday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

From May 31 through the end of June, the hours are: Fridays 3 to 11 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For the remainder of the summer, the shuttles will run full-time, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The shuttle runs north up Long Beach Boulevard and then to Bayview Avenue past Viking Village and to the lighthouse in Barnegat Light. Going south, the buses follow the Boulevard into Beach Haven, then take Centre Street to Engleside and Atlantic before returning to the Boulevard to head to Holgate.

Individuals wishing to ride the shuttles, which are air-conditioned and handicap accessible, are advised to wait on any corner of the Boulevard and flag down a bus. Wait time is typically five to 20 minutes. The app will help cut down on the wait, as users can determine in real time exactly where each shuttle is located.

As Lattanzi has noted previously, benefits of the shuttle service include that “it reduces the number of cars in the summer; it reduces drunk driving at night; it helps promote businesses … helping people move around and increase commerce; and it will also serve a secondary purpose for emergency management.”

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Beach replenishment coming to Surf City in June

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has obtained all of North Beach’s easements for beach replenishment, which means the project will move forward in Surf City in mid-June, weather permitting, borough Councilman Peter Hartney announced at the Surf City Council’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 11.

The town’s beaches were partially replenished during the original project in 2006. The blocks between 12th and 22nd streets were also repaired after the nor’easter in 2009. After Superstorm Sandy, the whole portion was restored. The borough is currently waiting for the remaining area, from 22nd to 25th streets, to be completed.

As of now, Hartney said, the dunes between 21st and 13th streets, which were severely damaged by Winter Storm Jonas in January, will not be repaired during the replenishment. But contractor Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. will be tapering the beach at 21st and 20th streets where there’s a big hole, he noted. To make the beaches accessible in time for the opening of the beach on June 18, the town will be utilizing its shared-services agreement with Ocean County to have those dunes repaired in the beginning of June. Hartney said officials are still determining whether they will be able to move the sand on the beach and/or cut down the dune entrance, or whether they’ll have to truck in the sand.

Local officials had hoped the Army Corps would take care of the repairs and foot the bill, but assistance through the Federal Control and Coastal Emergency Act won’t be available until sometime next year.

“Basically what the Army Corps is going to do is build a new beach next to a damaged beach, come back in a year after all the paperwork is done for the funding and redo it,” Hartney said. “We’re going to have to spend a couple million dollars waiting for them to come back and repair it, even though they’re here.”

The town is in the process of applying for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has offered reimbursement through its Public Assistance grant program to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of eligible public facilities damaged by Jonas. But Hartney expects the town will have to pay for the work itself since it had to fund similar repairs to another section of the beach following the nor’easter in 2009 that was later rebuilt by the Army Corps.

Mike Feeney, a resident of 20th Street for 58 years, told council members that he and many of his neighbors, who have renters that pay thousands of dollars to stay at their houses during the summer, are concerned about whether or not they’ll be able to use the beaches. But Hartney and Mayor Francis Hodgson assured him that the beaches will be open and accessible in time for the summer season.

Hartney noted that Harvey Cedars and some parts of Long Beach Township are in the same predicament.

“I’m going to continue working on advocating with our local officials,” Hartney stated. “The dredge is here; the dredge is offshore. They’re pumping sand. So it’s worth reaching out to the federal officials to see if they can talk some common sense into the Army Corps. There’s always hope.”

At the close of business on May 10, Hartney announced, there were 3,329 seasonal beach badges sold at the preseason price of $25, for a total of $83,225. Badges sold at the booth, which is open until 4:30 p.m. seven days a week, accounted for 2,591 badges, or $64,775. Mail-in orders accounted for 738 badges, or $18,450.

“In comparison to 2015, when the month of May was bright and sunny all month long, compared to the two weeks of rain we’ve had, we’ve sold 1,301 badges less than last year at this time, which is an offset of $32,525 less in badges,” Hartney said. “The rain has an impact. We pray for the sun.”

Mail-in orders for the preseason price can be sent in until May 31, he noted, adding that dogs are no longer allowed on the beach until Oct. 1. Beach buggies will also no longer be allowed on the beach between May 28 and Sept. 17.

Due to safety and liability as well as noise concerns, council denied two public requests for the set-up of tents and tables as well as a DJ on the beach for wedding ceremonies in the off-season.

Lifeguard try-outs for this summer will be held at St. Francis Community Center in Brant Beach on Sundays, May 22 and 29, noted Councilman James Russell, who also encouraged the public to attend the borough’s Memorial Day service at Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m.

The fourth annual Get LBI Running 5K to benefit the local fire company will take place on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 9 a.m. Registration is still available, stated Hartney, who is also president of the fire company. Those who wish to walk the event are welcome to join.

Department members will also be cleaning the street ends along the bay, from 23rd to 18th streets, on June 3 during the annual Barnegat Bay Blitz, which is sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Protection. Twenty sixth-graders and four staff members from Stafford schools will be joining them.

Councilwoman Jackie Siciliano noted that the reinforcement of the bulkhead at Fifth Street at the bay, which is naturally a low-lying area that has created flooding issues for residents in that region, has been completed by the public works department. The department has also demolished and poured fresh sidewalks and curbing between 13th and 14th streets, next to the public works yard.

Due to Jonas, which brought in a lot of water and pushed around stones and other debris, street sweeping for all of the borough’s roads is being scheduled to be completed by the county in the near future, Siciliano said.

She also mentioned that local officials met with county engineers regarding a traffic pattern change going into North Beach at the end of Surf City, which she said was decided against after officials expressed safety concerns.

Councilman William Hodgson noted that a local resident donated three bicycle helmets to the police department. He also stated that $7,200 in property was stolen in April. After the meeting, Police Chief William Collins said an investigation for the stolen jewelry is ongoing.

Council passed a resolution authorizing approximately $5,000 for the installation for water and sewer laterals at North Second Street and the ocean, to be performed by Kevin J. Schubiger Plumbing and Heating.

Council adopted ordinance amendments for zoning filing fees and boat ramp and parking lot fees, as well to disallow the obstruction of a water meter pit, water turn-on/turn-off pit and/or any connecting lines and pipes.

An ordinance authorizing the reconstruction and resurfacing of various streets in the borough and appropriating $300,000 and providing for the issuance of $285,000 in general improvement bonds or notes was approved on first reading.

The borough has received $2,322.97 from Ocean County for the second half of last year’s recycling revenue, Councilman John Hadash announced.

Many members wore pink shirts in honor of Paint the Town Pink, a campaign that the town is participating in for the third year in a row that advocates for the detection of breast cancer through annual mammography.

David Pawlishak, who has been working for the borough for the past 35 years, announced that he would be retiring as the borough’s chief financial officer, which position he has held for the last 18 years.

“I’ve always been proud of my relationship with Surf City,” he said, choking up. “This governing body is to be commended. You could set an example for the other towns in New Jersey. You have a relatively stable tax rate. You have a healthy surplus. You have no bonded indebtedness. And you listen to your taxpayers, and you try to work with them. I think that’s wonderful.”

Each of the council members warmly thanked Pawlishak for his many years of service and openly welcomed Michael Gross of Manahawkin, who will be taking over as CFO starting June 1. He has 29 years of experience in municipal finance.

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Replenishment in, smoking out in Beach Haven

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Beach replenishment in Beach Haven is underway with the Liberty, Padre and Dodge barges fully engaged in dredging operations in the northern and southern areas of the municipality. Although ocean conditions this past week prevented contractor Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. from working for a few days, crewmembers are now back on the job, Borough Manager Richard Crane announced at the borough council’s regular meeting on Monday, May 9, which marked the 17th day the project was in town.

“It’s quite interesting to watch. They’re up to Leeward (Avenue) in terms of the southern end of town,” he noted.

Councilman Chuck Maschal, who said one of his most important initiatives is to try to get the town protected again, noted one potential munition has been found, though it hasn’t been confirmed.

He also said, “It appears that we may seriously be able to get Little Egg Inlet dredged, which would be huge in helping to replenish and rebuild our commercial fishing fleet, which has suffered.”

Council members adopted a ban on smoking on “the beachfront, beach or beach access pathways, including areas within 15 feet of the beach access pathways.” Smoking is now also prohibited “in any recreation or park area or in any borough-owned area.”

To avoid cigarette littering, resident Michael Peler suggested the town install more trash receptacles, which he said could be funded through ticketing violators. He noted eight $250 fines a week would net $2,000.

“I would like not to pay for somebody’s habit. I’d like them to pay for it,” he said.

Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis said the ordinance will be enforced, and she hopes people will respect the regulations.

Councilman Don Kakstis said the council should begin looking at New York City’s newly enacted 5-cent charge on plastic bags, which could be used as a guideline in Beach Haven.

Maschal mentioned getting involved with a recycling program offered by Trex, an environmentally responsible outdoor products company that provides communities with a composite bench in exchange for more than 500 pounds (about 40,500 plastic bags) of plastic refuse in a six-month span.

“If we can’t eliminate them right away by law, at least we can start recycling them,” he said.

Taggart Davis, who said she recycles all her plastic bags, noted an article in The New Yorker last week said most of them go to a dump.

“That’s basically what happens to them,” she said. “There’s just no market for those bags. So when you’re saving your bags, you might get a bench and that’s good, but it’s not really making a difference in the environment, and that’s what we need to think about.”

Kakstis said he’s also looking into having the street lighting equipped with either wind or solar panels.

Crane said he is pleased the town will be receiving $275,000 from the state Department of Transportation for street reconstruction on Dock Road beginning this year. The funding comes from the Transportation Trust Fund, which Crane said is “nearly depleted.”

“We’re extremely fortunate to be receiving these funds,” he said, noting that the town did not receive funding last year.

Crane also noted that bids for the construction of the new municipal building will be accepted on Thursday, May 12.

The council passed a resolution for a $6,000 reduction in cost for the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce’s Chowderfest contribution. The decrease is for this year only, due to last year’s cancellation from severe weather.

The members also approved the hiring of Jennifer Beahm, a planner for CME Associates, who is experienced in administering Council on Affordable Housing funds.

“We’ll greatly appreciate her assistance as we do have a bit of money accumulated in our residential development fees,” said Crane. “We hope to have some interesting projects.”

The council is holding a meeting with the land use board and the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee on May 16 to begin discussing ways to encourage people to put in affordable housing and how to improve the business district between 12th and Pearl streets. Taggart Davis mentioned the option of possibly utilizing the district as an affordable housing overlay area.

“We, as a town, are not obligated to build affordable housing, but we are obligated to provide opportunities for other people to do it. But we can’t force them to do it,” she said.

The working meeting is open to the public, but the mayor said comments from the audience will be limited to three minutes. A larger public gathering to discuss potential options when they arise will be held in the future, she noted.

Ordinances to implement a $2 daily pass and a $40 season pass for the borough’s pickleball courts, to permit and regulate “sandwich” sign boards, and to establish this year’s salaries for the town’s officers and employees were also adopted.

A special ordinance authorizing a utility agreement and right of way on block 133, lot 2 for Atlantic City Electric to “install, operate, maintain, add to, extend, relocate and remove electric and communication facilities, accessories and appurtenances to provide communication services” was passed on first reading.

The adoption of an ordinance to regulate the use of dune walkovers was tabled at the request of council President Jim White, who said after the meeting that he wanted to make sure it doesn’t breach any easement agreements.

In honor of National Maritime Day, on May 22, the Beach Haven Borough Council presented a plaque to Deborah Whitcraft, who owns and operates the New Jersey Maritime Museum with her husband, Jim Vogel. Whitcraft thanked the members for recognizing the day annually.

“There are 565 municipalities in New Jersey, and Beach Haven, unfortunately, is one of very few who honor this day every year, and we’re very thankful to you and the entire governing body for doing so,” Whitcraft said.

White, who leads the town’s Memorial Day observance, which is usually well-received, said he’d like a lot of participation at this year’s event at Veterans Memorial Park.

Councilman Don Kakstis encouraged residents to get an AngioScreen, which is being offered by Meridian Health at the Beach Haven Firehouse on May 24, between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The special discounted rate for the vascular screening, which provides information about a person’s circulation and risk for heart attack and stroke, is $49.95. Pre-registration is required. Call 1-800-560-9990 to sign up.

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LBT Police recommend crime prevention for businesses

As summer approaches, the Long Beach Township Police Department is reminding business owners of crime prevention measures for their establishments. “Crimes against businesses are usually crimes of opportunity,” township Community Policing Officer Megan Keller noted. “Failure to take good security precautions invites crime into a business. Therefore, we recommend that you take all necessary precautions to safeguard your business.”

The department suggests business owners review building security and consider installing an alarm and/or camera system if one is not already in place. “Video surveillance cameras are a great tool to assist with loss prevention,” said Keller.

Removing all cash at the close of each day helps protect assets as well.

Open communication can also help keep the business community safe. Business owners in the township and Barnegat Light – which is under the LBTPD’s jurisdiction – can complete an “Emergency Business Contact Information” form on the department website, lbtpd.org, to help the police better protect local properties. As Keller explained, “By completing this form we will have the necessary information to contact you in case of emergency or problem outside of normal business hours.” (If a business has a unit, apartment, dock or slip designation, state the number/letter range in the additional comments section of the form.)

Lastly, the police encourage registering for Nixle, a free telephone communication service for emergency and non-emergency notifications; registration is available through lbtpd.org.

The department also posts news on its Facebook page, facebook.com/lbtpd.

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All lanes shifted to new 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridge

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The opening of the second westbound lane on the new Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridge means all motor vehicle traffic is now traveling on the new span. Schiavone Construction Co. workers opened the additional lane overnight this past weekend, on Friday, May 13, into Saturday, May 14.

The initial shift of westbound traffic onto the new bridge occurred on Tuesday, May 10, which was about a week later than planned.

“This was delayed due to the rain that prevented NJDOT crews from paving and placing roadbed materials,” Kevin Israel, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said.

Israel stated that DOT officials are working on a plan to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians over the bridge. He said the shuttle service, which was available to individuals who normally walk or bicycle to and from LBI and the mainland via the bridge when the north sidewalk on the east and west thorofares of the bridge closed for demolition and reconstruction in November, will most likely resume after the summer. It had been suspended in February due to a decrease in ridership.

Eastbound traffic was shifted to one lane on the new bridge on April 22. The second lane was opened the following weekend but was temporarily closed to allow for the installation of the new pearl-like lighting, Israel noted. Heavy east- and westbound traffic delays occurred following the shift, but have since cleared up.

“The full summer traffic configuration will be in place by the end of the month,” Israel said. “Currently, we are constructing the approach and crossover roadways (east and west), associated drainage and highway lighting in preparation for placing traffic into the new pattern. We are also working on the final landscaping (topsoiling, seeding and tree planting) as well as constructing the median ponds and U-turns.”

The shift will permit work to be done on the existing bridge, which is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete after 57 years in existence. Upon completion of the rehabilitation work, that bridge will accommodate westbound traffic. The new bridge, at 2,400 feet long with a vertical clearance of 55 feet over Manahawkin Bay, will ultimately function as the bridge for eastbound traffic when the project is finished.

Work on the $350 million project was started in 2013 and is expected to continue through 2020. The 3-mile-long Causeway links Stafford Township on the mainland with Ship Bottom on Long Beach Island.

The new bridge parallel to the existing one over Manahawkin Bay will provide another route on or off the Island in the event that one of the bridges needs to be closed. This design is consistent with Christie administration objectives to build in strength or redundancy to better withstand future storms, DOT officials noted.

The existing Causeway sustained relatively minor damage during Superstorm Sandy, but future storm damage is a concern and the span had provided the only way for motor vehicles to get on and off LBI.

The DOT plans to maintain two travel lanes in each direction on the new bridge during the busy summer season, from mid-May to mid-September, throughout daytime hours and weekends. The contractor is allowed single-lane closures overnight and during the off-season, but one lane will always be maintained in each direction.

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Beach Haven students contribute to time capsule

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Beach Haven School students had the chance to predict what their lives might be like 25 years from now when they wrote letters and poems to their future selves. But the task wasn’t just a school assignment. Their items have been placed in a time capsule that will be sealed in a wall of Beach Haven’s new municipal building, which is being built after the former building suffered severe damage from Superstorm Sandy.

“Twenty-five years from now the time capsule will be opened, and hopefully many of today’s school students will be there to read their letters and poems,” said Beach Haven Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis, who attended the ceremony with Jim White, borough council president, on April 22. “As mayor I reflected on what can happen in 25 years and how different the world was 25 years ago and what changes might take place 25 years from now.”

Two children from each grade read their poems aloud and placed them in the time capsule during the event.

“It was a lovely and meaningful event attended by all the students, their teachers, principal, superintendent as well as some parents,” Taggart Davis said.

Bids for the construction of the two-story, Victorian-style municipal complex are expected to come in on Thursday, May 12, said Taggart Davis. The building should be completed sometime in 2017. The 17,600-square-foot facility will accommodate administrative offices, emergency management and the police department.

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Click It or Ticket education and enforcement campaign

Seat Belt Education and Enforcement Campaign to be Conducted Locally as Part of Nationwide Click It or Ticket Mobilization

May 23 – June 5, 2016

Law enforcement officers from the Long Beach Twp. Police Department will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

Beginning May 23 and running through June 5, the annual “Click It or Ticket” national mobilization will utilize high visibility saturation patrols, in combination with local and national publicity efforts, to reiterate the life-saving value of seat belts.

To kick off this year’s campaign and to raise awareness throughout the region, the State of New Jersey, in partnership with New York, Pennsylvania, NHTSA Region 2, and other states up and down the east coast, will hold special targeted seat belt enforcement details between the hours of 6 pm – 10 pm on May 23, 2016, the first day of the Click It or Ticket campaign.

The campaign has a “Border to Border” initiative, which is the kickoff event for the national “Click it or Ticket” mobilization. The Border to Border event is a national, 16 state, 4 hour occupant protection enforcement detail.

“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.   “In 2013, 21,000 people in the U.S. were killed in traffic crashes, and almost half of them were unrestrained.”

Poedubicky added that a key focus of this year’s campaign is to promote seat belt usage by adults in the rear seats of vehicles. The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 91.36%. However, adults riding in rear seats are only buckling up at a rate of 39%. “This is a concern,” he said. “We need to drive home the message that all motor vehicle occupants need to buckle up during every trip, in every seating position.”

During the 2015 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 372 New Jersey police agencies participated in the two-week initiative.  As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 26,308 seat belt citations, 4,969 speeding summonses and made 833 impaired driving arrests.


Island traffic signals being reactivated on May 23

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As Long Beach Island gears up for the summer season, it should be evident to most locals that all the posted speed limits up and down the Island already have been changed.

Last week, the scheduled changeover occurred, and on May 23 all the now-flashing traffic lights will be switched to active status, according to Mark F. Jehnke, supervising engineer for the Ocean County Department of Engineering.

“We’re on schedule for Monday, May 23, to reactivate all the traffic signals on Long Beach Island,” he said. “Everything’s going according to plan.”

But if you’ve been following the Twitter accounts of several local police departments, you may be a little confused.

On May 6, the Ship Bottom Police Department posted on Twitter that traffic signals on the Island were slated for reactivation on May 13.

“Speed limits reduced starting 5/9 and traffic lights go back on starting 5/13,” stated the tweet, which was retweeted by the Surf City Police Department.

Also on May 6, the Long Beach Township Police Department posted this to its Twitter feed: “Attention Long Beach Island residents and visitors: The speed limits have been lowered and the traffic lights will be activated on May 23, 2016. Please use caution during this transition as everyone re-acclimates to the seasonal traffic regulations. Thanks and please share!!”

On May 7, the Harvey Cedars Police Department’s Twitter feed had this to say: “Be alert: speed limits will be lowered on Long Beach Island on Monday (May 9) and traffic signals activated on Friday (May 13).” Surf City police retweeted the message.

However, on May 9, Ship Bottom police again tweeted about the traffic signals being reactivated, this time with a slight twist.

“The county has changed the date to reactivate the traffic signals from 5/13 to 5/23,” the statement said.

Harvey Cedars police retweeted the message, and Surf City police quoted and retweeted it, adding: “Enjoy those blinking yellow lights a little while longer …” Long Beach Township police did not retweet the message.

But that latest message, according to Jehnke, was incorrect – there had never been a change to the schedule.

“If there was information out there about the traffic signals being reactivated on May 13, it wasn’t correct,” Jehnke said. “We were always on schedule for May 23, the Monday before Memorial Day weekend. If some put it out there that it was the 13th, I’m guessing it was a typo.”

Reposted from The Sandpaper