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
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
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.
You might think Greg Prelich would have been out with members of the Southern Ocean Birding Group this past weekend counting birds for the Great American Bird Count, but he was too busy taking folks on a bird walk at Cloverdale Farm County Park. Among the bird programs he does at Cloverdale are the free bird walks he’s been leading once a month. Upcoming ones
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
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
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
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
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;
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
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.
On Monday, Feb. 27, the keys to Inlet Deli changed hands, one of only a handful of times since the late 1800s. Joe Foy sold to Jane Ebert, a buyer who shares his goal of keeping the store’s community feel, but whose culinary background will add to the menu. Foy has owned the Barnegat Light cornerstone for 14 years, and now “it’s just time for me to slow down and focus on
Taking advantage of a warm weekend in winter, I drove the short distance from my house, over the causeway to Long Beach Island. Before taking a stroll by the lighthouse, I visited the new Daymark Bar & Restaurant in Barnegat Light. Paul and Brian Sabarese—the brothers who transformed the faded Bayberry Inn in Ship Bottom into the beer-centric gastropub The Arlington
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Sign up, then lace up! St. Francis Community Center in Brant Beach will hold its sixth annual March Madness Foul Shooting Contest on Saturday, March 4. The event begins at 9 a.m. in the community center gym. According to Lori Dudek, communications coordinator for St. Francis Parish and Community Center, participants will be placed into the following age
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
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
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,
Flood insurance buyers, faced with risen costs since Sandy, may now have customized, comprehensive options offered through The Van Dyk Group through several private flood insurance programs. Among these private market options, The Van Dyk Group has developed its own flood insurance program through Lloyd’s of London. Policies can offer reduced premiums and provide