President’s Message

March 2019

Greetings to long-standing members and welcome to new members.

Your BLTA had a very active 2017 and 2018. New bike racks were added to the ends of the beach blocks. Half of the new Pavilion benches were donated by BLTA with our plaque placed in a prominent position for all to see. The Wine and Cheese Social held at the Fire Hall last June attracted over 120 attendees. Membership has been increasing and stands at over 500, while email addresses are at 850. Also 139 of you are in our Facebook group. Our new email system, Constant Contact, allows us to reach our members quickly and efficiently.

Your Board is looking forward to 2019. Half the Board members are new and full of enthusiasm as well as expertise. The BLTA Board is all volunteer and has several professions represented. Our focus, as an organization independent of the Borough Council, is to work cooperatively for the betterment of Barnegat Light. We are proud of what has been accomplished, but constantly strive to do better.

Among our initiatives for 2019 are:

--Communicating with you more often and more digitally. Did you know we post articles from the Sandpaper and notices of important events on our website weekly, and on our Facebook page as well?

--Increasing our membership. The Board believes that the larger our group, the more effective we can be in representing the views and wishes of our membership. Besides receiving timely information and communications, our members can participate in town wide issues through surveys and when appropriate, a vote.

--Holding one of our three General Meetings at the new Pavilion.

--A repeat of our Wine and Cheese Social to be held on Memorial Day Sunday at the Fire House, to be followed by our Traditional Memorial Day Parade.

We have an exciting program this year. Our first General Meeting will take place Saturday morning June 22nd at the Pavilion. It will be followed by a town-wide picnic, sponsored by The Borough Council, to celebrate the completion of the Pavilion. We have some exciting and informative speakers again this year and look forward to seeing you there.

We welcome you back and of course we welcome all new members.

Barbara Truncellito, President

September 2018

Greetings from the Barnegat Light Taxpayers’ Association,

We hope this note finds you well and finally relaxing after a long hot summer.

The last General Meeting of the Taxpayers Association for 2018 will be held on September 15th, at the First Aid Squad Building on 10th street, commencing at 9:30 a.m. At this meeting the membership will elect new officers and review the changes to our Constitution and By-Laws. In addition we have an excellent selection of speakers and timely topics, which I am sure you will enjoy.

The Speaker Series will feature:

Karter Larson, Treasurer, Viking Village Commercial Seafood Producers Inc.
Our vital commercial seaport and its importance for our town.

Steve Kennedy, Arborist.
The Pine Beetle infestation on Long Beach Island.

James Gutowski, Scallop Boat Owner & Fleet Administrative Manager, Viking Village Inc.
Wind Farms off our Coast - what it might mean to our commercial seafood industry.

The Honorable Kirk Larson, Mayor of Barnegat Light.
Barnegat Light Borough Topics of Interest.

As many of the final appointments are being made at the new Pavilion, I would like to remind you that there is still time to order your Memorial Pavers. I could think of nothing nicer to show your grandchildren next summer.

We look forward to seeing you on the 15th and as always we thank you for your continued support.

April 2018

Greetings from the Barnegat Light Taxpayers’ Association,

We hope this note finds you well and like you we are delighted that Spring is finally getting here.

  • Our Membership Drive for 2018 is well underway, with more of you sending in your dues than last year. However, if you still have not sent your check in, you may still do so by mailing your check to the BLTA at P.O. Box 342, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006. We would love to count you as a member this year. This is also your opportunity to participate in our annual Survey.
  • Our Speaker Series is taking shape with lots of interesting speakers and topics of relevance to our beautiful town. Our first General Meeting will be held on June 9th at the First Aid Squad Building. The list of speakers will be posted on flyers in town and on our web site. Please check the Events Section on the web site for updates.
  • We will be holding our first ever Wine & Cheese Social. Please come and meet your Board of Trustees at the Firehouse on Saturday June 16th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. All are invited, members and prospective members (kids too).
  • The Borough has announced a “Pave the Pavilion” memory brick program. We are pleased to be able to assist with this project. For $50.00 you will be able to buy a personalized paver that will reside on the grounds of the new Pavilion. To order your very own paver, go to the Borough web site, (or stop by the Borough Hall to fill out the forms and pay for them).

As always we look forward to seeing you at one of our General Meetings this summer. We welcome your suggestions and concerns on how to make our wonderful town even better.

Thank you for your time.

February 2018

Greetings from the Barnegat Light Taxpayers' Association,

Our membership drive for 2018 is now underway. Your membership drive information should arrive soon along with our Winter Newsletter. Please take the time to review your membership data and make any changes or updates where appropriate.  As always we appreciate having your current email address. To make your return easy, we have enclosed a return envelope. Please do not forget to enclose your check for $20.00, no cash please. It would be helpful if you could write your Barnegat Light address in the check's memo section. If you do not receive our Winter Newsletter by the end of February, please send me an email and we will correct the issue.

Please note also that we've given you two ways to complete our annual survey this year - your choice. There is a box to check on the member form that will alert us to issue a survey invitation to all of your e-mail addresses so you can fill it out online. Or, you can fill the form out directly, and send it back with your member information.

Several items of interest are occurring in town and when you visit please check them out.

  • The new Pavilion is really starting to take shape, the shingles are going on and the two copper clad cupolas add to its charm. When you see it, I am sure that you will agree that it is a very nice asset to our lovely town. I understand that it will be ready for spring and a variety of uses in the summer.
  • Work has started on the new Mini Golf Course, it's a little too early to say if it will be ready for summer. Don't tell the grandkids about it yet…..

Your Board of Trustees are looking forward to summer and we know that you are too. We appreciate your membership and we look forward to seeing you at one of our three General Meetings this summer.

Thank you,

November 2017

Greetings from the Barnegat Light Taxpayers’ Association,

On behalf of the Trustees we hope that you have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. Your board of elected officers have been working diligently on several exciting projects this fall. Here is a quick update:

  • Our web site has a total new look, with better graphics, sharper pictures and easier navigation tools. This six month project is finally complete and I would invite you to click on the link and take a tour. If you are so inclined, let us know what you think. This major enhancement would not have been possible without the extraordinary work of Kimberly Patterson. We owe her a deep debt of gratitude for her time and efforts. For those of you who are curious we did not spend any money on this upgrade.
  • Our Speaker Series is starting to take shape, we are discussing topics that relate specifically to Barnegat Light, such as; inviting Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J. and having a panel discussion on the funding issues for Southern Regional School District. More to follow.
  • As part of our annual beautification program for the Borough we are discussing the purchase of benches for the new Pavilion.
  • We would be remiss if we did not publicly congratulate Dottie Reynolds and Mary Ellen Foley on their recent election to the Borough Council. We look forward to our continued professional relationship with them.

Watch for our Winter Newsletter in early February, it will also include our Membership Drive for 2018.

With warm regards,

October 2017

Greetings from the Barnegat Light Taxpayers' Association,

We thank you for your continued support and hope you are enjoying this great weather in Barnegat Light.

An important election is coming up on November 7th and we encourage all in town to vote. Mail in ballots, which you need to apply for, must be mailed by October 31st. Applications for mail in ballots can be obtained at Borough Hall and the Ocean County Board of Elections on their web site:

Three candidates are running for 2 seats on the Borough Council:

Dorothy Reynolds

Mary Ellen Foley

Eric Svelling

Please do your research on each candidate and please vote on November 7, 2017.

We thank you for your time and your continued support of the Barnegat Light Taxpayers’ Association.

With warm regards,

October 2016

Greetings from the Barnegat Light Taxpayers' Association,

Now that the summer season is just a fond memory, the BLTA wants to keep you apprised of our on-going activities and the positive things occurring in our town. A few notable examples are:

Bike Racks: the BLTA has funded the purchase of bike racks for each street at the beach entrance. They have been ordered and will be set up, ready for next summer. With the welcome news of a no parking ban on Central Avenue, more people are riding their bikes to the beach and they should find this as a nice benefit.

General Meetings: traditionally a May meeting is our first of the year, this year we moved it to June to see if we could increase our attendance. It worked and attendance increased over 30%, so when we announce our meeting schedule for 2017 we will start with a June meeting.

Our speaker series received very positive responses and our hope is to build on that success for next year. Most notable were the presentations from Jim Gutowski on “Barnegat Light; A unique place in the East Coast Fishing Industry” and Kimberly Belfer from the Save Barnegat Bay Organization. We would be remiss if we did not thank the Mayor, the Honorable Kirk Larson for taking the time to address our members at each of our 3 General meetings.

We encourage each of you to vote in the upcoming election. If you vote in Barnegat Light there are several choices you will have for Council and local and regional School Boards. As a public service we asked each of the candidates to provide a one page position paper on their candidacy for posting on our web site. For those who responded, you can read them on the BLTA web site under For Homeowners > Homeowner Info

In March of 2017 there will be a voting referendum on the expansion and consolidation of the LBI local school district elementary schools. The changes being contemplated could have a large impact on your tax bill, so we will keep you updated throughout the year by emails and postings on our web site.

Your organization works throughout the year on positive, community enhancing activities. We will continue to advocate for you, the taxpayer and will do our very best to keep you informed.

We also thank you for your continued support.

With warm regards,