New York Producer Closes Deal for Surflight Theatre

It’s now official – Surflight Theatre is back. On Friday, New York producer Al Parinello closed his deal with TD Bank and became the owner of the 0.61-acre Beach Haven theater complex that includes the 450-seat theater proper, the adjacent Show Place ice cream parlor, offices, housing for performers and technical staff, and a single-family house used to house visiting directors and the like. The theater

Four-Lane Traffic Back for Summer on Bay Bridge

In less than five weeks, the unofficial start of the summer season will be here. For locals, seasonal homeowners and tourists, that means a significant uptick in traffic getting on and off Long Beach Island – an issue being addressed by the $350 million Route 72/Manahawkin Bay Bridge project. Until then, what the traffic pattern to and from the Island will look like on any given day is anyone’s guess.

LBI School Budget Raises Taxes for All, Except Ship Bottom

The Long Beach Island Board of Education’s 2017-18 budget will raise taxes for homeowners in all the district’s sending municipalities except for Ship Bottom. “The rateables in that town had a significant increase,” said school district Business Administrator Megan Gally, “and due to that, Ship Bottom will realize a decrease in taxes.” Total budget expenditures amount to $7,537,582,

Party for Lighthouse International Film Festival this Saturday

he 2017 Lighthouse International Film Festival, a long weekend filled to the brim with the screenings of dozens of features, documentaries and shorts, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, breakfasts with directors and actors, parties and, well, all things film, is scheduled for June 8 to 11. But LIFF devotees know it will really spring into life at the 2017 kickoff party this Saturday, May 6,

‘Adopt, Don’t Shop’ for a Four-Legged Forever Friend

Ocean County Animal Facilities urge pet lovers to “Adopt, Don’t Shop” in recognition of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30. Every year, throughout the country, thousands of cats and dogs end up in shelters as strays or surrenders. On April 30, as incentive to anyone interested in taking home a four-legged friend, adoption fees are being waived and each adopted family

The Flower Show at Birdland Gallery in Beach Haven

“A rose is a rose is a rose,” Gertrude Stein’s poem, falls flatter than a tired adage when entering the Birdland Gallery; for here are 18 artists working within the confines of a basic theme, “The Flower Show,” and expressing it in myriad ways. The salon-style exhibit by curator Elizabeth Burke Beaty was conceived to “boldly shower the viewer with an experience of spring, renewal and