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Bradley Beach Attorney Resigns

  By PETE WALTON Michael R. DuPont has resigned as borough attorney for Bradley Beach. Mayor Gary Engelstad said DuPont decided to leave the position in order to spend more time with his family. The mayor cited the evening hours during which DuPont was required to attend municipal meetings as a particular factor in the decision. DuPont is a principal in the Red Bank law firm of McKenna, DuPont, Higgins and Stone. He is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and John Marshall Law School. DuPont served three three-year terms as a Democrat on the Red Bank Borough Council…

New Partner for Annual Bradley Beach Lobster Fest

  By PETE WALTON Bradley Beach will partner with a private event promoter to sponsor this year’s Bradley Beach Lobster Fest. The Borough Council voted 4-1 at its meeting this week to enter into a contract with the Passion Group to produce the June 23-25 event. The move came after it became apparent to the council that the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce would be unable to enter into an agreement with the Passion Group as it has done in the past. Mayor Gary Engelstad said the new arrangement was a “one-time fix” to allow the event to take place rather than…

Belmar Man Sentenced to 8 Years for Bradley Beach Burglary

  On Thurs., May 17 Andre Figueroa, 37, of Belmar, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley to eight years in New Jersey State Prison with a four year period of parole ineligibility for a residential nighttime burglary in Bradley Beach, said Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Figueroa had previously been found guilty on March 9 after a three day jury trial before Oxley. On Dec. 5, 2016, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Figueroa was spotted by Bradley Beach Police Officer Andrew Redmond walking out from behind a residence on Bradley Boulevard. Figueroa was wearing a red headlamp on his head and carrying…

Offshore Drilling was Topic at Hands Across the Sand

    By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Elected officials and environmental leaders gathered in the cold rain and wind on the Bradley Beach boardwalk Saturday to express their collective disdain for the idea of offshore drilling at the seventh annual Hands Across the Sand Event. Congressman Chris Smith and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. both attended the event highlighting the bi-partisan support for prohibiting off shore drilling. “Seldom has any issue united the people of NJ, the congressional delegation, the State Legislature, and local public officials as our position on offshore oil has,” Smith said. “I am proud to stand with so…

Bradley Beach Mourns Beloved Firefighter, Family Man

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI and PETE WALTON Bradley Beach lost one of its most dedicated and beloved citizens this week with the death Mon., May 21 of John McLoughlin. Many in the audience at the Borough Council meeting May 22, who had not heard the news of his death, gasped when Mayor Gary Engelstad asked those assembled to stand for a moment of silence. The mayor described McLoughlin as “a giant in our community.” “He was a giant literally and figuratively in our town,” he said. “ He leaves a hole that will be hard to fill.” Councilman Harold…

Neptune-Born Pastor Retiring

    A retirement celebration is being held for Pastor Jerome Nolan at the Ascension Center in Bradley Beach on Sun., May 20. Father Nolan, who was born in Neptune in 1945, the third of five children, has served as pastor of Church of the Ascension since June 11, 2004. He grew up in Philadelphia and Brooklyn before attending St. Mary College in Kentucky and completing his priestly studies at Christ the King Seminary in St. Bonaventure, New York. Father Nolan was ordained on May 18, 1974 at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Trenton by Bishop George Ahr. His…

Bradley Beach Expands Memorial Day Festivities to 3 Days

  Bradley Beach is gearing up  for its annual Memorial Day festivities which this year has have been expanded to include Fri., May 25 through Sun., May 27 on the promenade on Ocean Avenue. Eat your way through a mile-long expanse of tempting food, browse a wide array of craft vendors, and enjoy plenty of activities for the kids and lively entertainment at the gazebo. The perennial event, a benefit for the Bradley Beach First Aid Squad, promises something to satisfy every taste with fun for all ages. Visitors will be tempted by the wide array of foods offered along the Promenade…

Rehab Facility at Bradley Beach Oceanfront Evicted

  By PETE WALTON A controversial rehabilitation facility has been evicted from the Bradley Beach oceanfront. The owner of 811 Ocean Ave. is seeking to sell the building, Mayor Gary Engelstad announced at this week’s Borough Council meeting. “The tenant has been evicted, they’ve moved out, and with the actions we’ve taken, something like this will not happen again,” the mayor said. Engelstad thanked neighbors of the former Tranquil and Quest operation for bringing to the council’s attention the quality of life problems caused by the facility. The mayor praised municipal attorney Michael R. DuPont for his work on behalf…

Catholic Parishes Merging in Avon, Bradley Beach

  By PETE WALTON The Catholic parishes of St. Elizabeth’s in Avon and Ascension in Bradley Beach will merge July 1 and become St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish. In addition, St. Mary’s parish in Deal will combine with St. Jerome’s of West Long Branch into Our Lady of Hope Parish. The changes are part of the “Faith in Our Future” initiative undertaken by the Diocese of Trenton to best utilize the available supply of priests to serve the congregations of the diocese. Bishop David M. O’Connell informed the affected parishes in a recent letter. Formal decrees regarding the changes will be issued…

Bradley Beach Seeking Solutions to More Parking

  By PETE WALTON Bradley Beach officials will obtain appraisals on two Fifth Avenue properties as they consider options for more parking near Main Street. Mayor Gary Engelstad said the borough is not committed to buying the single-family residences at 705 and 707 Fifth Ave. but is simply exploring its options. “We just want to see what the price is,” the mayor said. Engelstad told a resident who inquired that 18 parking spaces could be created on the lots. The Borough Council voted at its meeting this week to pay Stern and Dragoset of Woodbridge $1,500 and Benchmark Appraisal of…

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