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In Bradley Beach: Mayor Running Unopposed

  By PETE WALTON There will be at least two new members of the Bradley Beach Borough Council next year. Incumbents Norman Goldfarb and Harold Cotler filed on Tuesday to run for re-election in November. Also filing were William Psiuk, Randy Bonnell and John Weber. Two present council members, Thomas Volante and Salvatore Galassetti, decided not to run again. Mayor Gary Engelstad will run for re-election unopposed. All four council seats and the mayor’s post will be on the ballot in the nonpartisan election on Nov. 8. Engelstad worked in management positions at the federal departments of Transportation and Treasury…

Remember the Freedom Train? Bradley Beach Does

  By DON STINE A long-forgotten artifact celebrating the 200th anniversary of our nation has been retrieved from near the NJ Transit railroad tracks in the Bradley Beach/Neptune area and will eventually be taken to Riley Park in Bradley Beach for public display. A large boulder with a commemorative bronze plaque was placed near the railroad tracks in 1976 to mark the site where the American Freedom Train was stationed on a side track in September 1976. “The boulder marks an important part of our country’s history and the local histories of both Neptune and Bradley Beach,” Bradley Beach historian…

Bradley Beach Synagogue Honors Police Officers

  On Sat., Aug. 20 over 100 congregants of the Congregation Agudath Achim in Bradley Beach took time after services to honor the borough’s police department. Chief Leonard Guida, Lt. Ed Scott and a number of other officers represented the department while Mayor Gary Engelstad and Borough Councilmen Harold Cotler and Norman Goldfarb, a longtime police officer, represented the council. Cotler read a prepared message to the police department stressing the fact that officers put their own safety on the line everyday. Rabbit Kelman recited a special blessing for the state and police. Children from the synagogue made cards, giving…

Library Hosting Old Fashioned Games and Ice Cream Party

  By DENISE HERSCHEL There may be a few weeks left until the start of the new school year but the Bradley Beach Library still has several summer activities in store for the month of August. After a successful season of reading, it is even more of a reason for the children to celebrate, according to Rita Post, Bradley Beach Library Program Coordinator. “I think that summer reading was a big success! The library was literally overflowing with party-goers at our Pirate Party with 93 people in attendance. Our little pirates were reading and having fun doing so. Experts agree…

Merger for Three Catholic Parishes Will Be Discussed

  By PETE WALTON Town-hall style meetings will take place this week and next to discuss plans for three local Catholic parishes. The Diocese of Trenton has suggested that St. Rose in Belmar, St. Elizabeth’s in Avon and Ascension in Bradley Beach merge into one parish based in Belmar no later than July 2018, “pending a structural review and maintenance appraisal of the buildings,” according to the diocese. An “additional worship site” would be established at Ascension or St. Elizabeth’s and “evaluated every two years based on usage, finances, etc.,” the diocese said. The diocese established “cohorts” of parishes and…

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Bradley Beach Library Addition

  On Monday, July 25 at 9 am, the Bradley Beach Free Public Library will break ground on its long-awaited accessibility renovation. Donors, board members, Friends of the Library, architects, builders and neighbors will attend the event at the Library (511 Fourth Avenue, Bradley Beach). “We have been struggling for more than 12 years to bring the Library into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act,” says Library Board Chair Jeanne Beaudette. “Once this addition is complete no one will be inconvenienced or turned away because it is difficult to get into and around our beautiful building.” “It took an…

Synagogue Welcomes New Rabbi

  Congregation Agudath Achim of Bradley Beach welcomes Rabbi Maury Kelman to the community. Rabbi Kelman received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary,in NYC, NY. He has served as a rabbi in congregations in New York and Jerusalem and has run educational programs in numerous cities in Europe and North America. He is the founder and chairman of Kedma, a Jewish student organization. Rabbi Kelman also directs Route 613, an Orthodox conversion program. Professionally, he received a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and he’s worked as a corporate attorney. Rabbi Kelman is married…

Senior Club Seeks Members

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Bradley Beach Senior Club is looking for new members. Being a Bradley Beach resident is not a requirement for membership. The group recently met for lunch at the Black Trumpet in Spring Lake to enjoy each other’s company and discuss ways to recruit new members. Leader of the group, Rebecca Wasson, read the mission statement to the club staying, “Our goal is to meet with friends as often as possible. It has been scientifically proven that group friendship strengthen the immune system which leads to longer lives. “We want to provide the most enjoyment…

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…

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