As part of his 2016 Jersey Summer Road Trip, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) made a stop on Long Beach Island last Friday afternoon to demonstrate his commitment to ensuring resiliency along the state’s coastline.
The Wegmans supermarket chain chooses seafood from Barnegat Light for 20 stores in the tri-state area. One recent summer Monday, Viking Village Commercial Seafood Producers hosted a visit from several Wegmans officials, who were there as guests of purchasers Trinity Seafood of Lakewood.
An ordinance introduced by the Barnegat Township Committee Aug. 5 approves a redevelopment plan for the old site of Shoreline Sand and Gravel on West Bay Avenue.
The High Point Volunteer Fire Co. in Harvey Cedars is looking for runners to compete in the Dog Day Race on Sunday, Aug. 21. The 5-mile event starts at 9:30 a.m., and the course begins and ends at the High Point Firehouse, on West 80th Street. Registration gets underway at 7:30.
Surely it’s been said before that Joëlle Klein’s clothing shops have a certain je ne sais quoi. The chic and sweet Klein, originally of Marseille, France, makes evident her passion for, and experience with, ethical fashion as she interacts with customers in her new store, *share with … LBI, along the bayside of Long Beach Boulevard in the Haven Beach section of Long Beach Township.
The Long Beach Island Board of Education is moving ahead with plans to consolidate, a process that entails the expansion and renovation of the Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School in Surf City – which would house the district’s entire student population, approximately 235 students – and a future sale of the LBI Grade School in Ship Bottom. At its meeting last week, the board voted to allow DiCara/Rubino Architects of Wayne to submit plans for the elementary school addition to the N.J. Department of Education as a step toward a March 2017 referendum in support of the project.
Locals, vacationers and, apparently, NJ.com readers agree: Long Beach Island is unparalleled. According to the website, LBI is the official 2016 Readers’ Choice winner for best beach in New Jersey.
Jetty rescues are a far too frequent result of people walking on the rocks, but a call on Monday morning, Aug. 8 in Barnegat Light required a more complicated save than some.
An Ocean County worker activates a new style of pedestrian crossing stoplight at the border of North Beach and Surf City. The crossing system, nicknamed “The Hawk,” features quick response flashing yellow lightsactivated by walkers at street-side. The lights turn to solid red to stop vehicles and then transition to flashing red when it is safe for cars to proceed. The $75,000 system is the first of its kind to be installed in Ocean County.
In front of the post office, where everybody comes to collect their mail in Barnegat Light because there is no mail delivery, the new Little Free Library was an instant hit. The project of the Barnegat Light Taxpayers Association started off August with biographies of Alan Greenspan and “Father of the American Navy” John Paul Jones (in a vintage 1959 binding), and a cross-section of choices from contemporary thrillers to romantic fiction.
Harvey Cedars residents will be asked on Election Day to vote on whether to accept an open space preservation tax of 1 cent per $100 assessed value. The borough commission adopted an ordinance at Friday’s meeting to authorize the ballot question.
When husband and wife Chris and Julie Mesanko opened Thundering Surf Waterpark on Long Beach Island in 1977, there were no real plans to grow the Beach Haven business outside its four slides, which were all made of concrete. But 40 summers later, New Jersey’s first-ever waterpark is still in existence, and it’s continuing to expand.
Nearly four years after Superstorm Sandy, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has completed more than 500 property buyouts through the Blue Acres Buyout Program, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced last week. Blue Acres buyouts have been underway in a number of flood-prone communities across the state as part of the state’s recovery from the storm.
Jack and Dolly Patterson will be watching the Aug.11 episode of “American Greed” with particular disdain. The well-liked and respected residents of High Bar Harbor are featured on the MSNBC-TV show as victims of now-convicted broker Mark Hotton. The Pattersons say that in total they lost $3.2 million in retirement and life savings while investing with Hotton.
Her Beach Haven neighbors, such as Susan Ringressy and Jeanette Bond, call Lydia Friedlander “The Queen of Pearl Street.”
After finally emerging from the Atlantic Ocean near the 16th Street beach in Barnegat Light, some 58 minutes after entering the water at the beach on 30th Street, Mariette Ackerman wearily trudged through the surf to give her friend and coach Jeff Lang a hug. Then they casually made their way toward the finish-line chute amid the cheers of a couple dozen spectators. Ackerman was the last one to complete the eighth annual Barnegat Light Beach Patrol Ocean Mile Swim, but it just didn’t matter.
The Long Beach Township Police Department wants to ensure that all residents and visitors stay safe on LBI this summer, and that the Island remains a clean and enjoyable place for everyone. With that in mind, the police offered the following “friendly reminders”:
• Bicycles must ride with traffic and obey all traffic signs and signals.
• When there are no sidewalks, pedestrians must walk facing traffic.
• There is no smoking on the beaches; this includes the tops of the beach entrances.
• Please stay off the dunes, which are there for the Island’s protection.
• Keep garbage tightly covered so seagulls can’t relocate trash all over one’s property and street.
• Dog owners are required to clean up after their pets. Also, dogs are not permitted on the beaches from May to October.
(The township just opened its new dog park, in front of the municipal building at 6805 Long Beach Blvd. in Brant Beach.)
Any questions about the etiquette of sharing the road, beach regulations or otherwise can be directed to the police department at 609-494-3322.
Replenishment is still underway in a northern segment of Long Beach Island, as contractor Great Lakes Dock and Dredge Co. conducts operations in Loveladies, North Beach and a few streets in Surf City. On Tuesday, Aug. 2, beachfill discharge was near Tracts 20.77 and 20.82 in Loveladies and between Tracts 18.81 and 18.85 in North Beach.
Kubel’s is nearly 90 years old, but what’s being celebrated with a new outdoor deck this year is 30 winters and summers under the current ownership. That itself is high up in the LBI records.
While there doesn’t seem to be much happening on the $3.5 million Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges Project, work is continuing below the surface throughout the summer. Concrete beam repairs, painting and the cleaning of bridge bearings as well as earth grading near the bulkheads is being conducted underneath the original bridge.