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Working in a Man’s World

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Joanne Letson and Roberta Walker give Bradley Beach a lot of exposure around town. They are seasonal public works department workers planting flowers, maintaining fountains, sprucing up garden beds on Main Street and at the beachfront. “Incredible work to detail,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. “They’re extremely friendly. They have a great attitude, they’re always smiling. “They just represent the town in incredible fashion,” Engelstad said. Oh, but those public works muscle-type shirts gave Letson and Walker more bosomy exposure than they or their ages wanted. “The arm hole was really big,” said Walker, 63. “If you’re…

Bradley Beach Considers New Parking Permit

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach officials introduced an ordinance this week, which if approved, would allow residents to purchase permits to park in front of their own houses. Police Chief Leonard Guida had recommended the ordinance. Municipal Clerk Mary Ann Solinksi sent out a request through the Clerk’s Association asking for comparable ordinances. She received information back from towns including Woodbridge, Jersey City, and Englishtown. Residents with shared driveways “may be entitled to this permit and they may be able to share it,” said Councilman Thomas Volante. “I look at it as a luxury to the residents.” But Councilman…

Residents Take to the Lake to Clean

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A clean up of Sylvan Lake Sun., May 31, by the lake commission and Friends of Sylvan Lake, yielded 25 large garbage bags of debris. Bradley Boulevard resident Kathy Martin is s member of both the Sylvan Lake Commission and the Friends of Sylvan Lake and said this was the second clean up this year. Martin said in September the Friends of Sylvan Lake, made up of residents living immediately near the lake on the Bradley Beach side, got together to clean up the lake. That event was in addition to the annual spring clean…

Vehicle Wish List Considered in Bradley Beach

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Department heads in Bradley Beach gave their “wish lists” for new equipment to the governing body at last week’s meeting. The requests for the purchases totals $643,500. The borough is once again participating in the Monmouth County Improvement Authority, or MCIA, program which is a county wide debt financing program. First up was Director of Public Works Richard Bianchi who said he needs two pick up trucks and a new switch-and-go vehicle which allows for five different attachments to be installed for various jobs. The vehicle used now is 17 years old. Bianchi also said…

Four-Story Building Proposed for Giamano’s Site

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The owners of Giamano’s Restaurant in Bradley Beach will go before the Planning Board tonight (May 28) for approval to construct a four-story mixed use building that principal Steffan Manno says completely adheres to the town’s current Master Plan. Giamano’s restaurant has been located at the site for 30 years. The project is being developed by Third and Main Association, owned by Manno, whose family has operated the popular restaurant on Main Street for three decades. “We are just trying to bring everyone up to speed on this highly supported project,” Manno said. The project…

Bradley Beach Council Says Yes to Music on Main Street

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI It took two votes, but the Bradley Beach Borough Council this week voted unanimously to continue to allow the summer music series in the parking lot of Giamano’s Restaurant, located at Third and Main Avenues. Mayor Gary Engelstad opened the discussion by reading the results of a resident survey he conducted of surrounding homes. The mayor said of the 30 respondents, 16 were in favor of allowing the live music, with six people saying they don’t want the music at all and four who want the number of music events reduced along with the volume.…

Business Owners Show Support for Giamano’s Outdoor Music Series

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Giamano’s Outdoor Music Series has received an outpouring of support from both business owners as well as borough residents over the last week. The support was in response to some complaints the Borough Council received last week about the music. At last week’s meeting the council put off voting on approval for the series until more information was received. At the time resident Jane DeNoble said that she loses “the quiet enjoyment” of her backyard every Sunday. due to the music series. “To me Sunday is a day of rest,” she said. “I never had any…

Bradley Beach Celebrates Memorial Day with Parade and Festival

  Bradley Beach kicks off the summer season with its annual Memorial Day weekend festival and parade taking place from May 23 to 25. The weekend begins with the parade parade along Ocean Avenue beginning at 10 a.m. Sat., May 23. During the parade a wreath honoring American serviceman and women will be placed at the beachfront flags on Ocean Avenue near the stage area. The parade grand marshal is Harold Ford will be announced. Harold is a lifelong resident of Bradley Beach and is “One Of The Greatest Generation.” He was in the US Navy from December 26, 1942…

In Bradley Beach: Popular DJ to Return to Beachfront; Noise Complaints on Main Street

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE DJ Jay Bowman will be returning to the beachfront in Bradley Beach this summer following a movement by his fans to keep him entertaining. At the last Borough Council meeting supporters turned out in large numbers to express their dismay that he was not included in the summer calendar. This week Mayor Gary Engelstad said Bradley Beach Tourism Coordinator Rae Tutela would be meeting with Bowman to set up a schedule. “We will bring him back and just make sure that there is included in the contract that he abide by our request to lower the…

Bradley Beach Plans Improvements

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE After discussing the Ocean Avenue improvements for curbing and handicap ramps, the Bradley Beach Council voted to start the bond ordinance process. These improvements would include painting lines, handicap lines, and providing handicap access ramps on the sidewalks. The project is estimated to cost $125,000 with an estimated hard cost of $85,000, engineering costs of $12,900, and estimated soft costs of $37,000. Bradley Beach would pay $6,000 as the down payment of five percent that is required by law. “This is not a want to, but a have to,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad, who toured these…

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