Children 12 and younger are invited to dress in costume and indulge in tricks and treats with their families during the second annual Trunk or Treat at the Surf City firehouse on Saturday, Oct. 29, between 6 and 8 p.m. The event is hosted by the local police and volunteer fire company for the public to enjoy a fun and safe Halloween celebration.
The Stafford Township Board of Education has multiple seats open for this election period, a trio of three-year terms and a one-year term. For the one-year term, current board member Wendy Cotter of Parkside Lane is running unopposed in the Nov. 8 election, leaving the three-year seat she occupies through the end of the year. Four candidates are vying for the three other seats.
The Little Egg Harbor Township Committee is split on the question of preserving land in the township. During the Oct. 13 municipal meeting, it chose to table a resolution that would have supported the Ocean County Natural Land Trust purchase of 39 wooded acres off Thomas Avenue. The township is not being asked to pay for the purchase, merely to support the acquisition.
Two seats are on the ballot next month for the Long Beach Island Board of Education, which serves the Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School in Surf City and the LBI Grade School in Ship Bottom. Current board member Bonnie Picaro, a representative of Long Beach Township, will be challenged by Richard Vaughan. Barnegat Light representative Marilyn Wasilewski’s spot, meanwhile, is contested by former board member Nancy Spark.
Flanked by Stafford Township Mayor John Spodofora and Councilman Alan Smith, Jatin Motiwal made cutting the ribbon to signify the opening of the newest AtlantiCare facility in town look easy – so easy, in fact, that he had to do it again because everybody who was preparing to take a picture of the moment missed it the first time.
One of Ship Bottom’s most civically active citizens, G. Thomas Oakley, passed away on Oct. 18 at the age of 92. But people who remember him said that he had a passion not just for his hometown, but for all of Long Beach Island.
The LBI Chamber of Commerce invites the community to come join the members for their Last Call Party, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at Plantation Restaurant in Harvey Cedars.
Not long after Stafford School District Director of Pupil Services Dave Ytreboe announced Jack DeHart as the winner of the district’s first Upstander Award, given to a student who exemplifies a proactive involvement with helping other students, more details were provided regarding the proposed referendum on the slate for a mid-December vote.
Saturday’s wind and rain didn’t stop the 40 to 50 volunteers who joined Alliance for a Living Ocean to take part in the Clean Ocean Action Fall Beach Sweeps.
Although temperatures are still quite mild, New Jersey Natural Gas is urging customers to start getting homes ready for the winter ahead. Properly preparing a residence for cold weather can help save energy, keep heating costs under control “and ensure that you and your family stay safe and warm when temperatures drop,” the utility explains.
To the Editor:
Since 2010, the LBI school board has been considering the issue of consolidating or not consolidating the LBI and Ethel Jacobsen elementary schools. If consolidated, which school would be kept, which school sold?
The Surf City, Long Beach Township and Barnegat Light municipal bodies are currently declining to adopt a resolution in support of a referendum related to Ship Bottom’s offer to purchase the Long Beach Island Grade School, which the LBI Board of Education wants to sell as part of a plan to consolidate the district’s two schools. The referendum would allow voters to decide whether they want to make up the difference, via taxes, in the cost to renovate and expand the Ethel A. Jacobsen School in Surf City. Harvey Cedars adopted the resolution Tuesday.
To the Editor:
Regarding the future of the two schools in the Long Beach Island Consolidated School District, while we have to go to referendum no matter what, the questions on the ballot can be adjusted. Why not have options presented?
A Barnegat Light Beaches and Parks Committee Meeting will be on:
- Wednesday, 10/25/16 – 5pm
- Borough Hall
All are welcome to attend
Regarding a proposed new natural gas pipeline to keep Long Beach Island cooking in the event of another disaster on the scale of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, a scoping hearing was held in Eagleswood Township last week wherein Project Manager David Tanzi of engineering and environmental consulting firm CDM Smith, for New Jersey Natural Gas, presented the proposed Long Beach Island Reinforcement Project. The plan would run 2.72 miles of 12-inch steel pipe as a secondary feed under Little Egg Harbor, by way of directional boring or horizontal directional drilling, from the end of Dock Road in West Creek to West 99th Street (a.k.a. Alabama Avenue) in Beach Haven Park.
Pickleball players filled the room during Beach Haven Council’s monthly town meeting Tuesday night, Oct. 11, to express their enthusiasm for the game in hopes of getting borough officials to establish permanent nets at the town’s new six-court facility. The local group of players has been increasing since the Nelson Avenue skating rink was renovated last summer to accommodate the growing sport. But the facility’s temporary nets are only accessible until Labor Day, when they’re locked away for the off season, members complained.
To the Editor:
Marilyn Wasilewski is a long-time resident of Barnegat Light. She’s been a member of the LBI school board for 18 years representing Barnegat Light. Her focus is the children of LBI while being fiscally responsible to the taxpayers.
Storage pods in residential areas would be further regulated in Barnegat Light under an ordinance introduced at the October council meeting. The zoning ordinance amendment would add a few rules. First, a permit with a $50 fee would have to be filed with the Barnegat Light Zoning Department before any storage pod is put on residential property.
Charging residents and visitors beach admittance fees during the summer months is a hot-button issue for those who spend time at the Jersey Shore. But while some people are opposed to paying for beach badges every summer, many LBI officials argue that it costs a lot of money to care for the beaches every season. According to state law, shore municipalities are permitted to charge beach badge fees to fund the towns’ beach operating expenses.
Gov. Chris Christie signed a controversial 23-cent gas tax into law on Friday while also cutting the sales tax and lifting a three-month ban on construction projects.