Congressman LoBiondo Promises to Fight Coast Guard Budget Cuts

President Trump’s first preliminary budget proposes increasing the Department of Defense’s budget by $54 billion, approximately a 10 percent increase. He would pay for increased defense spending by concurrently slashing “non-defense” spending the same amount. There have been many news stories over the past week reporting huge proposed cuts in areas such

Steiner Returns to Surflight; Theater Revived By Producer Al Parinello

Persistence paid off for Steve Steiner on Monday when he returned to the helm at Surflight Theatre and formally announced a full slate of musicals this summer at the Beach Haven landmark that had been shuttered since 2014. Steiner, who had been the producing artistic director at Surflight from 1998 through 2010, when he was removed from that position by the theater’s board of trustees, immediately set out to find financial backers to reopen the theater after those trustees filed for Chapter 7

Surflight Could Reopen in June

It looks as if Beach Haven’s Surflight Theatre, closed for two years after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in February 2015, will reopen this summer. A New York City producer has signed a contract to purchase the theater from TD Bank and hopes to close on the deal by the beginning of April. He will rent the theater to former Surflight Producing Artistic Director Steve Steiner.

‘The Oyster Farmers’ Documentary Film Planned for May

Closing scene footage was captured this past weekend for “The Oyster Farmers,” a documentary on oyster aquaculture in Barnegat Bay. The Oak Leaf Media film, directed by Corinne G. Ruff and produced by Angela C. Andersen, aims to play a part in awareness and restoration of oyster farming in the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Estuary and statewide. “We filmed the closing scenes

Long Beach Township Highlight Aquaculture Projects in New Jersey

Aquaculture – the rearing and harvesting of fish, shellfish or plants in water environments – is poised for resurgence in New Jersey, with representatives on the municipal and state levels voicing support for an expedited approval process for these projects. Last month, Long Beach Township Mayor Joseph Mancini sent a letter to Diane Dow, director of the N.J. Department of

Tour the LBI Foundation Marshland at March 4 Science Saturday

Take a guided marsh walk at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, in Loveladies, as part of the March 4 Science Saturday presentation. Jason Kelsey, a teacher at the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science in Manahawkin, will lead the tour and discuss hydrology and animal life. “Jason will begin with a talk of the ecosystem of coastal

LBI Library Welcomes New Digital Sign

In 1956, the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library became the library system’s first branch. Now the branch has accomplished a new milestone as it has become the first in the county to have a digital sign. Workers from Signarama in Egg Harbor Township dismantled the old manual sign and erected the new-age board on Feb. 23. Branch Manager Linda

Bay Bridge Due for Facelift as Workers Begin Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation of the old Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridge is finally underway. George Harms Construction Co. of Howell, which received a $63 million contract for the work, has begun removing the surface of the bridge, exposing the girders. According to state Department of Transportation officials, the enhancements to the old bridge will consist of pier cap rehabilitation;

Pallone and LoBiondo Announce Legislation Preventing Flounder Quota Cuts

Congressmen Frank Pallone Jr. (N.J.-6th) and Frank LoBiondo (N.J.-2nd) announced that they will introduce new legislation to prevent the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2017 and 2018 summer flounder quotas for recreational and commercial fishing from going into effect. Under the NOAA quotas, the summer flounder Acceptable Biological Catch

‘LBI Experience’ Auction on May 13, Save the Date

The LBI Chamber of Commerce is set to host the LBI Experience Auction on Saturday, May 13, at the Daymark in Barnegat Light. The event will take place in the Daymark’s new upstairs banquet room, beginning at 5:30 p.m. A live auction will feature “dozens of unique experiences that make Long Beach Island the most coveted destination on the Jersey Shore,” the chamber invites.

Concert Pavilion for Barnegat Light Will Move Events to New Park

A model of a new concert pavilion that will be located in the park at the former Coast Guard property at West Sixth Street in Barnegat Light got a good welcome at the February meeting of the borough council. Construction may start as early as this spring. “It’s not quite finalized, and we expect that hopefully by April, we can start construction,” Councilman Ed Wellington said.

Art Notes Feb. 22

LBI Arts Council: The LBI Arts Council is holding a potluck dinner and meeting on Monday, Feb. 27 in the m.t. burton gallery in Surf City. Contact for more information. The council also holds its annual exhibit at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences through Feb. 27. For more information, call the LBIF at 609-494-1241. Irish Arts: The

Audubon Volunteer to Discuss Changes in Bird Habitats

LLongtime birding enthusiast Pete Bacinski will discuss his field experience over the past half century in New Jersey and what changes he has seen at the next meeting of the Southern Ocean Birding Group March 2, 6:30 p.m. The free presentation will be held at the Tuckerton Seaport’s Hunting Shanty. Bacinski is the recently retired director of New Jersey Audubon Society’s “All

Student Earns Award for Work With Coastal Volunteers in Medicine

A Southern Regional High School student’s service with Coastal Volunteers in Medicine, an organization providing health care for the uninsured, has earned her a volunteerism award from Soroptimist International of Long Beach Island. Julia Thompson, 16, a sophomore, was recognized with the Violet Richardson Award for Community Service. Thompson’s hours with Coastal VIM

South Jersey Birding Group Tallies for Audubon’s Great Backyard Bird Count

Eight members of the Southern Ocean Birding Group participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count for four hours this past Saturday. Four of them went to Holgate on the south end of Long Beach Island and four, including group president and founder, photographer and author Sue Puder, went north to Barnegat Light. They then moved to the center of the Island,