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Bradley Beach Welcomes New Police Officer, Says Farewell to Tourism Secretary

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council welomed a new member to the Police Department and said farewell to a longtime dedicated employee. Edwin Hernandez was administered the Oath of Office during the Bradley Beach Boriugh Council meeting Aug. 25. “When this availability came up, he was at the top of the list,” said Police Chief Leonard Guida. “Growing up, I always dreamed of this and thanks to the chief, captain, mayor and council, I’ve completed my dream,” Hernandez said. The council also recognized Rae Tutela’s services as Tourism Board of Secretary. Tutela retired after 10 years of…

In Bradley Beach: Beach Revenue Up

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council tabled the discussion of the beach bench program until the first council meeting in September while the engineer develops a plan that will provide the number of appropriate benches for areas including Sylvan Lake, Fletcher Lake, Second Avenue, Third Avenue, Riley Park, and Main Street. The council also approved a request from a boardwalk vendor to bring back advertising “feathers” or signs from now through Labor Day weekend. The vendor is located at Cliff Avenue and Lareine Avenue. “I want to help our businesses,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. During council reports…

Making Ice Cream is a Family Affair in Bradley Beach

  By JOSEPH SAPIA There is Mom and Dad Becker. Four boys. The rest is family and business history. The Beckers — JoAnn, 54, Pete, 55, and their four sons, Danny, 30, Dave, 26, Luke, 20, and Jake, 17 — recently opened their third Four Boys Ice Cream stand, at the corner of Ocean and Third Avenues in Bradley Beach. It is a summer season location, opening in May and planning to stay open to about Sept. 15. “We love it here,” Pete said. “People have been so nice,” JoAnn added. “I love the town.” The Beckers, all of whom…

Couple Donate Defibrillator

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Raena and Joey Bombara of Bradley Beach donated a Cardiac Science AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) to the borough lifeguards this week on behalf of the Eddie Heart Project. The Eddie Heart Project was founded by the Overton and Bombara family in memorial of Eddie Overton, Raena Bombara’s father. Four years ago, Eddie Overton was on a walk with his wife and dog in the park when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. The EMS arrived 12 minutes later, but they weren’t able to save him. “It’s in Bradley Beach that we decided to start the Eddie…

In Bradley Beach: Concert to Benefit Library

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE A free concert benefiting the Bradley Beach Library will be held at Riley Park on Sat., Aug. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. The concert is being paid “through the generation of our local business partners,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad with no cost to the library. Asbury Park’s The Shady Street Showband, an 8-piece band with a large brass section will be performing contemporary music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. After reading about The Shady Street Showband in The Coaster, Engelstad approached the Bradley Beach Library about doing something fun together with the band. “We’re…

Comedy Show in Bradley Beach

  The Bradley Beach Arts Council will present Flighty Connection, a comedic solo show performed by Liz Days, on Friday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at the banquet hall fire house as part of their 2015 free event series. “This program is pretty unusual for the Jersey Shore,” said Julia Rand of the Bradley Beach Arts Council. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like it here.” The show which is written and performed by New York City actress, comedian, and playwright, Liz Days, and directed by Rachael Harrington, is about a passenger on a plane who meets seven other…

Giamano’s Outdoor Sunday Music Series Silenced

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council voted 4-1 to rescind the approval for Giamano’s Outdoor Music Series on Sundays. Earlier this year the council said it would allow the series as long as certain requirements were met, including stopping the music at 8:30 p.m. In an effort to be fair to both residents and business owners the council said the sound level must not exceed standards approved by the Monmouth Board of Health. The resolution also stated that the council had the right to rescind the approval upon any complaints received by residents. “As of last weekend,…

In Bradley Beach: First Aid Squad Requests Memorial Installation at Park

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach officials this week discussed a request by the First Aid Squad to install a squad memorial in southwest corner of Riley Park. Borough Councilman Harold Cotler said he had spoken to the squad and suggested that before approving the memorial that the council “look at the park from a total ground standpoint.” “I’m not opposed to a memorial because I’m a first aider, but I think we need to have the park usable for all the towns’ people and not just have a statue park,” Cotler said. “They (the First Aid Department) were fine…

In Bradley Beach: Council Plans to Readvertise for Bids for Library Renovations

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Council rejected all bids for the construction of an addition and renovation of the Bradley Beach Public Library due to the cost. The bids came in at $900,000 to $1.3 million. The budget for construction, however, is limited to $675,000. Bradley Beach resident, Randy Bonnell, expressed his concerns, stating that the delay will bring about “significant winter costs” and that “significant changes will need to be made to get it under budget.” “I’m here to help with this thing, for free,” Bonnell said. “We need to get it off dead center.” Bonnell was…

Bradley Beach Will Not Issue Permits for Driveway Parking

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach officials put to rest a measure which would have allowed residents to purchase parking spaces in front of their own driveways. “There’s no big problem in Bradley Beach of people blocking their driveways,” Mayor Gary Engelstad said. “The misinterpretation of this was through the roof.” In other business, the Borough Council adopted an ordinance which amends the way the borough handles special parking permits. The permits will now be handled by the Police Department and will begin at zero at the beginning of each year. “We think this will significantly decrease the amount of…

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