Letter to the Editor: Sea Glass Gift

To the Editor: In the early afternoon of Christmas day, my wife and I were walking on the beach in Barnegat Light. During our walk, we collected pieces of clear, green and brown sea glass. It occurred to us that it would be nice if we found some blue sea glass, but we did not. We passed a young lady jogging on the beach early in our walk. We met again later, and the jogger gave

Obama Administration Denies Permits for Seismic Surveys to Seek Oil in Atlantic

The Obama administration last week denied all pending permit applications to conduct seismic surveys to locate oil and natural gas in the Mid- and South Planning Areas of the Atlantic Ocean, including off the New Jersey coast. U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) applauded the decision, as did environmental groups such as the New Jersey Sierra Club.

Barnegat Light Can’t Bank on Another Deposit Branch

The former Bank of America branch building in Barnegat Light is coming down, and by all accounts, the north end town will never have a bank in the foreseeable future. It was not for lack of trying. Not only the property owner, but also the mayor and town’s chief financial officer sought out numerous banks for the 1508 Central location. “We did,” confirmed Mayor Kirk Larson,

Bipartisan Call from NJ Lawmakers to Stop Summer Flounder Quota Cuts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries’ proposed summer flounder catch limits for 2017-18 have drawn bipartisan opposition from New Jersey lawmakers. U.S. Representatives Frank Pallone Jr. (N.J. 6th) and Frank LoBiondo (N.J.-2nd), along with Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker and Congressman Tom MacArthur (N.J.-3rd), wrote U.S.

Fishermen pack public hearing on federal flounder regulation

Fishermen packed a public hearing Thursday night to discuss a federal regulation that some say would effectively kill summer flounder fishing in South Jersey. At issue is a federal proposal to cut this year’s summer flounder catch by 40 percent to an all-time low. “What they’re doing is taking away our ability to fish,” said George Sylvester, 64, a fisherman from Cape May. “They’re

The reduction plan was advanced at a Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting last month, and its implementation would likely mean much stricter controls on New Jersey fishermen.

The flounder stock is in “an overfishing situation,” said Kirby Rootes-Murdy, senior fishery management plan coordinator at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

LBI Library Celebrates China in January

Chinese culture and the Chinese New Year will be celebrated all month long at the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City. During January, the meeting room and display case will feature paintings and art work by Jill DeFelice, Linda Saladino and Bernadette Callanan, as well as a collection of Chinese art including fabrics, jewelry, screens and

Red Cross Needs Blood Donors

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donations in response to a severe winter blood shortage and asks eligible donors to make an appointment to give now. The Red Cross provides about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, and right now, Red Cross blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are