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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…

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…

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