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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…

Bradley Beach Man Sues Borough

  By PETE WALTON A Bradley Beach resident is suing the Borough Council, the mayor and the borough itself, asking that approval of dates for the popular Lobster Fest be overturned. Thomas J. Coan wants a judge in state Superior Court in Freehold to reverse the vote to set June 23 through 25 as the dates for this year’s event. Lobster Fest attracts thousands to the borough beachfront each year. Some residents, including Coan, said they would rather see the event moved to the off season. Council members also have supported moving it to the off season. “The resolution should be voided…

Upgrades at Beachfront in Bradley Beach

  By PETE WALTON Beachgoers can expect major changes for the better in Bradley Beach this summer. The lifeguard station is getting an upgrade and beach tag booths will have a new exterior of wooden shingles, replacing cracked and crumbling stucco. Twelve new trash and recycling stations will be in place and the repaired beachfront fountain, which Mayor Gary Engelstad described as “stunning,” will make its debut in May, according to Business Administrator Kelly Barrett. At the Borough Council meeting earlier this week, Barrett said that costs for the oceanfront work were much less than had been anticipated. She said…

The Gift of Life

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Four years after receiving one of her husband’s kidneys, a Bradley Beach woman is doing well and calling the entire episode “a miracle.” Beth Williscroft, 57, was a healthy 50-year-old woman when a rare one in a million person disease, Goodpasture syndrome,(GPS) took hold and caused her kidneys to shut down completely. The disease is a rare autoimmune disease which causes the body to attack itself. Williscroft first went to see her doctor because she had a sinus infection and also felt like she had the flu. In short time she learned it was not…

Goldfarb Named Council President in Bradley Beach

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Norman Goldfarb was unanimously approved as Bradley Beach Council President at the borough’s reorganization meeting this week. Goldfarb is replacing Harold Cotler who served last year. Council then made its professional appointments for the year reappointing Michael Dupont as the borough’s attorney. The two newest council members, John Weber and Randy Bonnell said they were voting yes  after they had had private discussions with him. Dupont has served as the borough attorney for over a decade, with the exception of a few years when Mayor Julie Schreck was in office. “I’m hopeful going forward, I’m…

Food Pantry to Deliver to 800 Families

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Bradley Food Pantry is set to deliver a record number of holiday food baskets and toys Fri., Dec. 22. “It’s been a busy, busy week,” said Director Linda Curtiss. Curtiss said the pantry will be delivering turkeys and all the groceries to make a feast to over 800 families, who registered over 1100 children. “That’s twice as many as we’ve every had before,” she said. Curtiss said the families receiving the food baskets are regular clients of the pantry, but not all use the food pantry every month. The number of families using the pantry…

Bradley Beach Purchasing Garbage Truck from Avon

  By PETE WALTON Bradley Beach is buying a garbage truck from Avon. After deciding not to renew its trash removal contact with a private hauler late last year, Bradley Beach reached an agreement with Avon to use one of that borough’s trucks. At this week’s meeting of the Bradley Beach Borough Council, Mayor Gary Engelstad said the truck lease costs $6,500 a month. The council voted 4-0 to buy the 1994 truck for $20,000. “It’s a no-brainer,” the mayor said. Chief Financial Officer Gail Krzyzczuk said that even with the need to hire four new part-time employees in the…

Friends of Bradley Beach Library Hosting Jewelry Sale

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The official holiday shopping season has begun and helping and the Friends of the Bradley Beach Library is ready to find that perfect gift for a beloved teacher or family member. The group is holding its holiday jewelry sale Fri., Dec. 1 and Sat., Dec. 2  at the Bradley Beach Library’s Community Room, the sale runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. According to Lenore Decovsky, jewelry sale coordinator and Friends of the Bradley Beach Library member, the fundraising event typically attracts well over one hundred attendees who are looking for gifts at…

In Bradley Beach: Beach Badge Prices Increasing

  By PETE WALTON Beach badge prices will go up in Bradley Beach next summer. The Borough Council voted to increase the cost of daily badges from $8.50 to $9. The price had remained steady for three years. Season badges will cost $75 instead of $70. The price of advance season badges will remain at $65. The cost of senior citizen beach admissions will also stay the same. Councilman John Weber was the only vote against raising the daily rate. He asked Borough Administrator Kelly Barrett if last yearís beach receipts covered expenses. Barrett replied that the costs were covered.…

In Bradley Beach: Plans for Former Giamano’s Restaurant Discussed

  By PETE WALTON The Bradley Beach Borough Council approved an ordinance giving up its rights to a former alleyway on the site of the former Giamano’s restaurant on Main Street. The vote was 3-0 as two council members were not present. Mayor Gary Engelstad said the developers of a proposed mixed-use building on the property would use the land to help provide enough parking spaces as requested by the borough. Councilman Randy Bonnell said the former alley would be reopened once construction was complete. Thomas Coan, a resident, asked the mayor if the borough had obtained an appraisal for…

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