Harms Construction Co. Begins Rebuilding Old Causeway Bridge

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.

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Comedy Night in Beach Haven to Benefit Local Fire Co.

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.

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How About a Sail as Bachelorette Party Aboard Barnegat Witch

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.

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Pinelands Commission to Review NJ Natural Gas Pipeline

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.

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Effects of the ‘Great War’ at Tuckerton Historical Society

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.

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