Congressman Frank LoBiondo, who represents all of Southern Ocean County except Barnegat Township and the western half of Stafford Township, celebrated last Thursday when the Trump Administration officially released its first budget outline.
The rehabilitation of the old Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridge is finally coming together, though it’s technically coming apart. George Harms Construction Co. of Howell, which received a $63 million contract for the work in the fall, is currently removing the bridge deck and the steel beams from the old bridge. Crews are also preparing to begin driving piles for the temporary trestle that will allow the contractor to remove the fascia girders, explained Kevin Israel, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.
Lawmakers in the shore districts are standing against President Trump’s reported proposal to levy a surcharge on flood insurance to help pay for a Mexican border wall.
U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2nd) has joined with New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo and Pennsylvania Congressman Ryan Costello amid a group of House Republican colleagues to introduce a resolution that calls for American innovation to improve environmental stewardship.
Bird watching can be a demanding hobby, especially in New Jersey, located on the busy Atlantic Flyway. So many species, so little time!
People say they’re making a special trip to the Island for the annual Free Donut & Coffee Day held by Shore Good Donuts at its Ship Bottom location, 1211 Long Beach Blvd. The date is Saturday, March 25, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Laugh your butt off, but please don’t spit out your food during Comedy Night at the Beach Haven Firehouse. The event, presented by the fire company auxiliary and Ginger Ninja Productions on April 1, will be headlined by Kevin Israel, who, when he’s not helping to inform The SandPaper about the ongoing Route 72 Bridge work as a state Department of Transportation spokesman, is performing laugh-out-loud comedy with some of the nation’s top acts.
Now entering his fifth season with the Barnegat Witch, Capt. George Gottiaux brings 40 years of experience on the water to his charter sailing operation. Based out of Barnegat Light since 1975, he’s the longest-running boat captain at the Viking Village docks. His “normal” line of work the last 10 years has been dredging. He resides in Ocean Acres but lives largely untethered, free to sail where he pleases at different times of year and spend time in Key West. He’s doubled his business each year with the Witch since he started.
The Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City celebrates Women’s History Month with “Golda Meir: a Life of Purpose” on Monday, March 27, at 7 p.m. This theatrical monologue, written and performed by actress Rene Goodwin, portrays Meir just months before the signing of the Israeli declaration of independence.
One measure of Coastal Volunteers in Medicine’s impact is in the numbers – 714 people helped who were otherwise having trouble obtaining medical care. But one is the real number, one at a time in a “culture of caring.”
The New Jersey Pinelands Commission has not yet set a date to discuss the Southern Reliability Link Pipeline, according to New Jersey Natural Gas spokesman Mike Kinney. The SRL is the second pipeline that is proposed to cross through the Pinelands Natural Reserve. The first was the South Jersey Gas pipeline, which was approved by the Pinelands Commission on Feb. 24 during a contentious public meeting in Cherry Hill. That pipeline will allow B.L. England to change its coal-fired power plant in Cape May County to instead run on natural gas.
Congressman Tom MacArthur, the Republican who represents New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, drilled Roy Wright, head of the National Flood Insurance Program, at a House Financial Services Committee hearing last Thursday. He accused – strongly – the program of mismanagement failures in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Over the bridge, then north or south, to our Island house we go. It’s a hope of many to own a piece of Long Beach Island’s incomparable 18 miles. On two upcoming episodes of HGTV’s program “Island Life,” the Heffernan family and the Clewell family, with the help of local real estate agents, do just that: They find their permanent place on LBI.
The municipal tax levy in Barnegat Light will go up by a half-cent, under the 2017 budget introduced by borough council March 8. The $3.5 million spending plan brings the municipal tax levy to 21.7 cents.
Delve into the fascinating world of raptors at this weekend’s Science Saturday presentation at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences. On March 18, Sue Puder and Linda Gangi of the Southern Ocean Birding Group will identify and discuss the various birds of prey native to New Jersey, and to the Island specifically.
Stitch, a 12-year-old Italian greyhound mix, nuzzles against Phyllis Ungvarsky on the couch at her Surf City home and turns onto his back for belly rubs. Though the pair has been cohabiting for just three weeks, it’s apparent they have comfortably bonded.
To learn more about winter birding, the Southern Ocean Birding Group will host the seventh annual Wings Over Long Beach Island Day on Saturday, March 18, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park visitors center. Newcomers are welcome.
The Tuckerton Historical Society presents a free lecture, “Ocean County and the Great War,” on Saturday, March 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum by Nicholas Wood of the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Combining local history resources with a large cache of recently discovered documents at the National Archives, Wood will provide an overview of Ocean County’s participation in the “Great War,” as World War I is known.
St. Patrick’s Day comes two days early at the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City when Gerry Murray performs “Wearing of the Green – Songs from Ireland” on Wednesday, March 15, at 10 a.m. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library; refreshments will be served by the local Amergael chapter.
Artist Ron Ross Cohen represents the height of Atlantic City kitsch in his staggering, colorful sculptures now showing at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences as part of the Noyes Arts Garage Exhibit through April 3.