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 ,”

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

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

Ocean County College Receives Funding for Veterans’ Stories

Ocean County College has received a number of grants and donations to support an upcoming installment of the series “Beyond the Classroom,” designed to bring OCC students and members of the community together to engage with topics that explore the human spirit. With the recent funding, the college’s Repertory Theatre and the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the

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

Barnegat Light Building Height Change May Be Shot Down

An overwhelming show of hands at Saturday’s Barnegat Light Taxpayers Association meeting may result in tabling a controversial proposal to raise the building height limit to 32 feet. “I think we’re going to table it,” Mayor Kirk Larson said on Tuesday, the day before the monthly Borough Council meeting. “I’m not going to push something that people don’t want.”

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

Online Web Portal Rentals Are Riling the Hospitality Industry

Measures to tax and license “transient accommodations” such as Airbnb online rentals are advancing in the New Jersey Legislature. New Jersey Tourism Industry Association Executive Director Joseph Simonetta outlined an update to an interested audience at a Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting recently. First, to clarify what the bills are not:

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

Teens Get Primer on Finding Summer Jobs

Lori Pepenella, chief executive officer of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, recently gave a course on how to look and apply for summer jobs at the Oasis Family Success Center, located at St. Mary’s Church in Barnegat. The 20 attendees included 14- to 17-year-old students and their parents. Pepenella brought them working papers as well as information on the r

Bicycle Safety Starts With Knowing the Rules of the Road

Bicycle safety is more than just making sure the tires are properly inflated and you have the appropriate helmet and other safety gear. Whether bicycling for leisure, exercise or sport, there’s something every bicyclist needs to know about doing it in New Jersey: Rules and regulations fall under Chapter 39, which also dictates motor vehicle and traffic laws. For the throngs of

Boulevard Cameras Allow Public to Monitor Flooding and Traffic

Long Beach Township is currently implementing phase one of a project to install cameras on Long Beach Boulevard to allow residents, business owners and visitors to check road conditions, such as flooding and traffic, with an app that accesses the camera view. The first cameras will be situated on the Boulevard in the area of 35th Street in Brant Beach, facing north and