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Bradley Beach Food Pantry Founder Turning 100

  By JOSEPH SAPIA If you can spare a hundred, the Bradley Food Pantry is ready to take it off your hands. The 100, in honor of founder Eleanor Pierson turning 100-years-old Friday, Sept. 19, can be in various forms, such as $100, 100 dimes, 100 cans of food, 100 minutes or hours of volunteerism and so on. Or more or less than 100. “There’s no cutoff,” said pantry director Linda Curtiss. “It’s really celebrating the legacy of what she created.” The Bradley Food Pantry, which sits on the grounds of St. James Episcopal Church, at the corner of 4th…

Bradley Beach to Honor Neighbors

  “Thank You, Neighbor” forms, a way of honoring good neighbors, are available at the Bradley Beach Public Library. They can be dropped at the library, 511 Fourth Avenue, or emailed to neighbor@bradleybeachlibrary.org. The deadline is Friday, Sept. 12. “Don’t miss a chance to recognize your good neighbors,” said Library Director Janet Torsney. “There’s no limit to the number of neighbors who can be recognized.” The “Thank You, Neighbor” celebration will be held at the library Saturday, Sept. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. “We are delighted with the response to our Good Neighbor celebration,” Torsney said. “People have been…

Celebrating Italy at Cultural Festival in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Arts Council will host an Italian Cultural Festival on Thurs., Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Banquet Hall Firehouse in Bradley Beach. The free event is the council’s second summer event of the season following its very successful Shakespeare at the Beach, which attracted over 400 guests. Each summer the Arts Council brings education and culture to the community. As part of their vocal concert series, which began in 2011 with “Irish Festivity: A Celebration of Irish Arts,” the council is bringing together a group of professional singers from musical theater and…

Shakespeare in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE After being unable to perform last year due to Hurricane Sandy’s destruction, the Bradley Beach Arts Council will return to the Bradley Beach boardwalk with its popular production, “Shakespeare at the Beach.” The free event will be held the weekend of Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m. with a rain date scheduled for Sunday, July 27. In honor of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, the cast will perform a compilation of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays including “The Winter’s Tale,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Richard III,” “Romeo and Juliet” and…

Bradley Beach Lifeguards Take First Place in Tournament

  By DON STINE Bradley Beach lifeguards pulled ahead of their life-saving peers last week during the borough’s annual lifeguard tournament. The Bradley Beach Lifeguard Tournament, held July 17, has been going on for at least 50 years and other shore towns have similar tournaments, said tournament organizer Dick Johnson. “I thought the tournament went very well and Bradley Beach’s performance was truly outstanding,” he said. Based on final scores, Bradley Beach won the tournament, out of a 10-team field, with 37 points. Belmar was second with 24 points. Johnson said such tournaments are a basic part of a lifeguard’s…

Thousands Attend Lobster Fest in Bradley Beach

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Bradley Beach’s sixth annual Lobster Fest, held Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, drew its biggest crowd ever, about 40,000 people. That was about 10,000 more than in 2013, said Brenda Connolly, president of the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the food and entertainment gathering along the beachfront. “The weather was spectacular on Saturday,” Connolly said. “It got a little iffy on Sunday, but it wasn’t bad.” The chamber was still figuring out how much money was brought in, Connolly said. She said the festival is used as a fund-raising event for the…

Bradley Beach Swears In New Police Officer

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach welcomed new police officer Andrew Redmond to the department this week. Mayor Gary Engelstad administered the Oath of Office to Redmond at the Borough Council meeting. In other business, Harvey Rosenberg, speaking for a subcommitte, discussed the current time limitations on parking on Main Street. He said the limitations deter retail traffic. “The conversation began with the sweepers,” said Rosenberg who recalled the Department of Public Works being unable to sweep Main Street completely due to parked cars. “The parking has to be uniform for the businesses. We’re asking for the Mayor and Council’s…

To Catch a Thief

  The Neptune Twp. Police Department is conducting an investigation of a residential burglary in the Ocean Grove section of the town. During the burglary, the accused stole credit cards which were used at Hess and Quick Chek on Rt. 71 in Bradley Beach. The images here are that of the subject who used the credit card at Quick Chek. The accused is believed to be a white male in his mid-twenties with a light colored beard approximately 6’ tall. If anyone can identify the actor, please contact Neptune Township Police Det. Matthew Webb at (732) 988-8000 x415. FOLLOW The…

Bradley Beach Food Pantry Seeks Donations, Volunteers

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Linda Curtiss, the director of the Bradley Beach Food Pantry, addressed the Bradley Beach Borough Council this week urging residents and officials to donate whatever they can to the food pantry. “We will accept anything that’s edible,” Curtiss said. The Bradley Beach Food Pantry is the third largest food pantry served by the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Despite their large dependence on the Foodbank, the pantry spends an additional $30,000 plus per year to purchase food and packaging supplies. With the help of volunteers, the pantry assists over 20,000 people per year in food…

Bradley Beach Book Bike to Bring Books to Residents

  By DENISE HERSCHEL As the Bradley Beach Memorial Day parade helps kick start the official summer season this weekend, crowds can expect to see not only the typical parade fanfare such as marchers, floats and firetrucks but the debut of what is soon to be another borough favorite: the “Book Bike.” Manned in the parade by Sharlene Edwards, library program coordinator, the “Book Bike” may very well be the talk of the town as it will be the first time residents will be able to have access to the library on a “roaming basis.” Edwards said she will ride…

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