Growling Over Rules May Provoke Barnegat Light to Ditch Dog Park

Is the future of the dog park in Barnegat Light on a short leash? The mayor at the June borough council meeting tossed out the first indication of doubt about whether it’s worth it to continue offering the play area. “I’d like to get it on a non-binding referendum. Do we really want to maintain a dog park for the rest of the county?” said Mayor Kirk Larson. The question arose

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Menendez, Booker In Effort to Reform National Flood Insurance Program

Eight U.S. senators from coastal states – including Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) – have laid out a framework for sweeping reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program. Last week the lawmakers introduced comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to extend the NFIP for six years while instituting modifications to address the system’s faults. “Americans

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Fire and First Aid Drill Ahead of Hectic Summer Season

Practice makes perfect, and that was the goal of a mutual aid drill involving multiple swimmers in distress on Surf City’s Fourth Street beach earlier this month. Adding to the authenticity of the drill were the staggered response times to the event to test the real-life challenges that face fire and first aid companies on the Island, especially in summer. The drill was a joint training

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Surf City Lifeguards Pull Five From Rip Current

Surf City lifeguards safely pulled five beachgoers from a rip current on the Ninth Street beach during the first day of being back on duty – the same weekend that saw four drowning deaths elsewhere at the Jersey Shore. “They got pulled into a rip, and it was a perilous situation for a few minutes,” Beach Patrol Capt. Mark Dileo said of the June 17 rescue, which occurred about 1

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Myriad Summer Activities in Harvey Cedars

Concerts, arts and crafts, yoga on the beach and sports are part of the summer schedule of events recently announced by the Harvey Cedars Activities Committee. Unless noted otherwise, all events will be held at Sunset Park. You’ll get a mix of classic/alternative rock, funk, blues and more during the Wednesday evening concerts, which begin at 7. The opener is The

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Surflight’s Grand Reopening Set for Friday at 8 p.m.

The big night is finally here! After being shuttered for more than two years since declaring bankruptcy, Beach Haven’s Surflight Theatre will reopen this Friday, June 23 at 8 p.m. under the leadership of new owner Al Parinello, the New York producer of the current iteration of “The Fantasticks,” and returning producing artistic director Steve Steiner. The new leadership team’s first ,”

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Surf City Opposes LBI School Referendum

Opposition to the Long Beach Island Consolidated School District’s September referendum asking voters to approve an $18.4 million plan to sell off one elementary school so it can expand and renovate the other is growing among Island officials. Last month, the Ship Bottom Borough Council unanimously passed a resolution rejecting the plans for the LBI School and the Ethel

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Scallops and Seafood Go Jazzy for Festival

Scallops are jazzy in their own realm, but feature them in a festival, add music, and the party really starts. The Jazzy Scallop & Seafood Festival is a can’t-miss event for the ninth year at Viking Village, Barnegat Light, on Saturday, June 24, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Rugged and striking commercial fishing boats that caught the bounty are the backdrop for this treat for ticket-holders

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Route 72 Resurfacing Project to Begin Later This Month

An $8.6 million federally funded road resurfacing project in Stafford Township, which encompasses six miles of Route 72 east and west, isn’t expected to impact the flow of traffic to Long Beach Island this summer. State Department of Transportation officials said the project isn’t related to the $350 million Route 72/Manahawkin Bay Bridge project. The road resurfacing will take

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School Funding Relief Could Be a Decade Away

New Jersey school funding + regional school districts + high property values = unfair. It’s a formula so disproportionate it drew a nearly standing-room-only crowd to the Harvey Cedars Bible Conference chapel June 8 for a meeting to bolster a decades-old fight to change school funding for the Southern Regional School District. The meeting was hosted by the Joint Council of

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Homemade Comfort Food Focus at Beach Buns

If smell is really the strongest memory trigger is it any wonder nostalgia is what’s for breakfast at Beach Buns, a new business in Surf City run by a familiar face. Rob Padavano’s new venture may have only opened its doors in time for Memorial Day weekend, but he and his creations have been here before. In fact, Beach Buns, located at 610 N. Long Beach Blvd. in Surf City, is

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Long Beach Township Bans Release of Balloons

Long Beach Township has adopted an ordinance to prohibit the intentional release of helium balloons in the municipality, as they often end up in the water – where they can entangle, or be ingested by, sea life – or they end up on land, as litter. The Board of Commissioners introduced the ordinance, 17-19C, earlier this month, and it passed on second reading at the public

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Manahawkin Kmart on List of Closures

ONE LESS OPTION: A lonely interior may have forecasted it for some time, but final news came in a company correspondence Tuesday, June 6, that the Manahawkin Kmart on Route 72 is on the latest list of 72 Kmart and Sears stores that will be closed, most in September. Business Insider magazine released the information. Sears Holdings spokesman Howard Riefs had said in a

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