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Thousands attended the annual Lobster Fest at the Bradley Beach waterfront

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The annual Lobster Fest in Bradley Beach was a major success this year, due to great weather and even larger crowds. Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce President John Esposito could not have been happier with the weekend event. “It turned out to be such a great day, we couldn’t have ordered better weather, if we could even do that,” he said. The estimate crowd for the two day event was 60,000. The festival was moved from July to June so it would not interfere with beach attendance during the height of the summer season.But the…

Pirates are Theme for Bradley Beach Library Program

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Pirates abound this summer in the borough of Bradley Beach when these “soldiers of fortune” are celebrated with a multitude of fun-filled family festivities. Included in the plans are a Summer of Pirates Library Launch Party, a gala Pirate Party and Treasure Hunt and a Summer of Pirates Goodbye Party, all in conjunction with the Bradley Beach Library. The launch party kicks off June 11. Rita Post, Bradley Beach Library Program Coordinator, said participants will read books and earn points – enough so that they can raid the treasure chest. “This year’s program runs from June…

Try a Taste of Bradley Beach

  By PETE WALTON The annual Taste of Bradley is scheduled for Sat., June 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to tastings and samples at participating restaurants and shops, the lineup includes fitness demonstrations and entertainment in Riley Park on Main Street between LaReine and Brinley avenues. The Bradley Beach Tourism Commission is selling wristbands for $20 each at participating businesses and online at eventbrite.com. On the day of the event, wristbands will be sold at Riley Park for $25 each. Jersey Shore Fitness Shop will conduct yoga and zumba demonstrations in Riley Park from 11:30 am…

Bradley Beach Police Promotions

  Bradley Beach Police Chief Len Guida announced the following police promotions effective May 26. 1: Lt. Charles Zulla-Captain 2. Sgt. Theodore Bianchi-Lieutenant 3. Sgt. Edward Scott- Lieutenant

Lake Repairs Discussed in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council hosted a workshop meeting to discuss Sylvan Lake and proposed ordinances with the public. The council heard suggestions from Borough Engineer Gerald Freda regarding the caved in area that is in need of repair. Freda gave four options to address the 300-foot section. The first option would be to fill in the area with an extension of concrete that would be done at an estimated cost of $1.2-1.3 million. The second option would be to build a bulkhead made of composite material for $750,000. The third option would be to establish…

Bradley Beach Prepares for Memorial Day Festival

  Bradley Beach’s annual Memorial Day weekend festival will be held from May 28 through May 29 at the beachfront. This annual event begins with a parade along Ocean Avenue at 10 a.m. May 28. During the parade a wreath honoring American servicemen and women will be placed at the beachfront flags on Ocean Avenue near the stage area. The group’s annual donations will be presented to several borough organizations totalling $4,000. The Bradley Beach Boardwalk will be filled with more than 200 merchandise and food vendors along with Kiddie Rides and entertainment,including live music. The Ship Wrecked Mini Golf…

Replacement of Beach Railings Turned Down in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council could not get the votes to authorize spending up to $500,000 for the replacement of beach railings. Mayor Gary Engelstad said the project was recommended by FEMA. Police Chief Leonard Guida said 90 percent of the $500,000 “looks pretty good for reimbursement.” “We wouldn’t be doing this unless we had a strong response from FEMA,” Engelstad said. Guida said the rail system couldn’t be done piecemeal by the borough’s public works department. But the ordinance was tabled after it didn’t receive the four yes votes needed to pass. Councilman Sal Galassetti…

Fond Farewell for Bradley Beach Dedicated Clerk

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach officials said good bye to longtime Borough Clerk Mary Ann Solinski, who retired this week after serving the borough for 26 years. “There’s been one voice, one steady hand for 26 years,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. “It’s been an honor and a pleasure working with you. She has such love and compassion for our town and always wanted it to be done right.” Solinski was originally hired under former Mayor Leonard Riley during the commission form of government. “I want to thank the current governing body and all the former administrations, for giving me…

Bradley Beach Discusses Summer Events, Projects

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Tourism Director for Bradley Beach, Nicole Kienelen, owner of Paws and Anchor on Main Street, presented an update from the Tourism Committee to the Borough Council this week which included estabishing a new website. Kienelen said she had done some research, asking people how they know what’s going on in town. She found that there was no set location to update residents and visitors of events. In order to solve the problem of communication, Kienelen proposed that the tourism department construct a new website that would provide up to date information on events and an updated…

Police Officer Promoted in Bradley Beach, Past Fire Chief Honored

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach Mayor Gary Engelstad administered the Oath of Office to James Arnold who has served as a police officer for the past 14 years and was promoted to sergeant this week. Police Chief Leonard Guida said it was a “promotion well deserved.” “It feels like yesterday that I stood up at the same spot 14 years ago and I was being sworn in as a regular police officer,” Arnold said. “All those years ago I had an opportunity to go to the State Police and a lot of guys told me to stick around and…

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