50th annual seashore house tour is August 3

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This is the 50th anniversary of the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences annual Seashore Open House Tour, a self-guided tour that starts at the LBIF and offers unprecedented access to some of the most exclusive properties on the North End.

These six exquisite homes run the gamut of Island architecture from a seaside retreat nestled under pines to a bayside enclave and an ocean mansion. The homeowners have generously shared their properties to serve as a fundraiser for the foundation, a place where the public enjoys free art exhibits, free or low cost ecology science programs, lectures, films, music, art classes, and language, culinary and writing workshops.

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Miniature golf plans are a go in Barnegat Light

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The 36-hole miniature golf course designed for a currently vacant lot on Broadway between Fifth and Sixth streets scored the approval of the Barnegat Light Planning Board on July 20. Professionals for the applicant, Daveco International LLC and its managing partner, Jennifer Lackland, demonstrated to the board that design changes and clarifications were made in the past month to answer questions including the brightness of lighting at the site.

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Bay Village marks 50 years as LBI premier destination

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As it celebrates its milestone 50th year, shoppers stroll around its 23 unique stores and restaurants in the heart of Beach Haven – Bay Village is a destination.

In December 1965, when it was rising on its bayside lots, a newspaper headline eagerly forecasted, “golden years are coming.” The replica of a 19th century waterfront village, surrounded by a boardwalk, was hailed as an “intriguing” plan.

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Long Beach Township to enhance nature trail

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On an approximately three-acre parcel of land between Long Beach Boulevard and Barnegat Bay in the Beach Haven Gardens section of Long Beach Township, the Hideaway Cove Maritime Nature Trail winds and loops through varied vegetation, including holly stands, cedar stands and a tall, double-trunked Japanese black pine. Eventually, as the township continues to enhance the area, the path will lead farther west, to the waterfront – so residents and vacationers will be able to paddle in as well as walk.

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Governor signs diamondback terrapin protection bill

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Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation last Friday to protect the state’s diamondback terrapins by making it illegal to hunt or harvest the species. As local conservation group Project Terrapin was happy to note in a Facebook post following the signing, “Diamondback terrapins are now a non-game species in New Jersey.”

Bill A2949/S1625, sponsored by District 1 Assemblymen  Bob Andrezejczak and R. Bruce Land (both Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland) and District 1 Sen. Jeff Van Drew (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland), respectively, passed the state Senate by a vote of 37-0 on May 26.

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Beach replenishment to begin in Loveladies

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The dredges Padre Island and Dodge Island are expected to return to Long Beach Island in the next two days, following repairs, and will begin beachfill in Loveladies this week. Meanwhile, replenishment work continues in North Beach, where the larger Liberty Island dredge is conducting operations.

“The crew is assembling materials, and preparing equipment and the Loveladies worksite in preparation of the arrival of the Padre Island this evening,” U.S. Army Corps of Engineers press officer Steve Rochette said on Tuesday. The Dodge Island should return Wednesday.

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Veteran paddles past LBI to raise awareness for veteran suicides


U.S. Special Operations Combat veteran Josh Collins served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia. He suffered four traumatic brain injuries thanks to explosive blasts, parachute landings and intense training. In 2013, he sustained a final major concussion, fractured nose and rib, and cervical spine compressions. Collins was prescription medicated by doctors and self-medicated by alcohol, before being hospitalized for three months. He had inner ear damage, nerve damage, and palsy in his eye.

But when he got into recovery, his wife bought him a stand-up paddleboard.

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No progress in attempt to save Surflight Theatre

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Last week The SandPaper received a letter to the editor concerning Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, shuttered since the winter of 2015 due to bankruptcy and now owned by TD Bank.

“Months ago,” Richard Jeffries wrote, “The SandPaper had an article discussing the subject of our municipalities buying Surflight Theatre. What happened to that wonderful idea?”

Jeffries also inquired if there was “a Save the Surflight group I could join?”

They are common questions.

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Ocean County Library expands its digital offerings

Decades ago, books and magazine, music and movies were found only in certain locations. If you were on the hunt for a good book to read at home or at the beach, your best options were the public library or brick-and-mortar bookstores. If you wanted music, you had to hit up the local record shop. If you wanted to check out the latest Star Wars film, you either paid an immediate visit to the local theater or made your way to the local movie-rental place a few months later.

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DEP Commissioner dedicates new Lighthouse Park gazebo

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Bob Martin, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection commissioner, joined state and local officials for a ribbon-cutting event commemorating the official opening of the new gazebo at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park Tuesday afternoon.

The gazebo, perched in the shadow of the 157-year-old lighthouse, is modeled after pavilions built in the 19th century when the lighthouse was first constructed. It will be used as a location for weddings and other special events, as well as a bandstand for summer concerts.

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Haig sisters, Pearce brothers top standings at regatta

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Emily and Dana Haig seem to have grown accustomed to winning together. And they did so again on July 1 during the 39th annual Junior Commodore’s Regatta, hosted by Surf City Yacht Club.

“We were away for a while, and when we came back on Monday, our mom asked if we wanted to get in this race,” said Dana, who had only three days’ worth of practice crewing on a C420 boat heading into the regatta. “We figured we’d give it a shot.”

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State’s tough gun control law makes Washington debates moot

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What with mass shootings, be it of students in high school and college campuses across the United States, or of moviegoers in Colorado, or of grade school children in Amish Country and Connecticut, or of Bible study participants in South Carolina, or of co-workers in San Bernardino, or of members of the LGBT community in a nightclub in Orlando, or of police officers in Dallas, occurring on a regular basis, it is clear that gun control is going to be hotly debated at the national level for the foreseeable future.

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Brant Beach resident honored on 105th birthday

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On July 27, Brant Beach resident Mary Rose Leonardi will celebrate her 105th birthday. In honor of that milestone, Long Beach Township officials presented her on Monday with a framed copy of a proclamation lauding her “long and remarkable life.”

Mayor Joseph Mancini read the proclamation on behalf of the board of commissioners, employees and township residents, as Leonardi listened from the audience, joined by numerous family members and friends. Leonardi has lived through world wars, the loss of husband Anthony Leonardi after 65 years of marriage and the passing on of many cherished loved ones.

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