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In Bradley Beach: 3 Police Officers to Ride in Unity Tour

  Three Bradley Beach police officers will be riding in the Police Unity Tour Sat., May 9 to memorialize those police officers who have died in the line of duty from the borough as well as other municipalities. This is the second year the borough police have participated. The event raises awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, and to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum. “Our officers are part of the couty team,” said Police Chief Len Guida. “This is a good thing for law enforcement in general.”…

Bradley Beach Arts Council to Perform Award Winning Play

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Bradley Beach Arts Council is presenting a reading of the award winning play “The Trip to Bountiful” on Fri., May 15 at the Bradley Beach Elementary School. The play was written by Horton Foote. This is the arts council’s first event of 2015 and features Julia Sandra Rand, chair of the BBAC, in the lead role of Mrs. Watts, a 60 year old widow longing to return to the home of her youth. Mrs. Watts is facing resistance from her son, Ludie, and his domineering wife, Jessie Mae, whose only interest is in collecting…

In Bradley Beach: Recreation Department Prepares for Summer Programs

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Recreation Department is gearing up for a summer filled with activities for residents of all ages. “We want to broaden our scope of recreation,” said Recreation Director Shawn Heeter. “We really want to move beyond just youth programs.” Kicking off the summer season will the Recreation Summer Kick Off Event at the Recreation Center in Bradley Beach on Saturday, June 6. The event will follow the reintroduction of the Go Fish Program that hasn’t happened over the last few summers since Hurricane Sandy. “We’re bringing the Go Fish at Sylvan Lake program back…

In Bradley Beach: Buy a Homemade Bowl and Help Raise Funds for Food Pantry

  Members of the public can buy unique ceramic bowls hand made by school children, staff, parents, and friends of Bradley Beach Elementary School and receive a bowl of ice cream donated by Beach Plum Ice Cream Parlor at an event to raise money to fight hunger. The “Empty Bowls Ice Cream Social” will be held on Sat., May 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bradley Food Pantry, 605 4th Ave., Bradley Beach. The event, part of an international grassroots movement to end hunger, was organized by art teacher Jennifer DiZefalo, of Neptune, to raise money for the…

Fire Displaces 12 in Bradley Beach

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Twelve people were displaced when their McCabe Avenue rooming house was seriously damaged in a fire Sunday, March 29 in Bradley Beach. The fire at 217 McCabe Ave. began in the attic of the three-story wooden building, said Police Chief Len Guida. He said the afternoon-evening fire is considered non-suspicious and is believed to have been electrical in nature. There were no injuries, but two people were transported to the hospital, apparently for existing needs, Guida said. Guida said the building is at least temporarily uninhabitable. He said the American Red Cross provided temporary housing. Responding…

Art Exhibit and Wine Tasting Raises Funds for Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL It’s been a decade since Bradley Beach artist and Friends of the Bradley Beach Library President Joan Cicchi had an idea — showcase local artists work at a library exhibit to the public while raising funds for the library. Thirty artists and 100 attendees were involved in that first show in 2005. Now 10 years later, more than 60 artists and 300 people are expected to be a part of the annual Bradley Beach Library Art Exhibit and Wine Tasting event at the library on Sun., March 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. “The art show…

Patrick Parker Realty Collecting Supplies for Fire Victims

  Patrick Parker Realty is calling on the local community to donate to their Ocean Grove Clothing and Supplies Drive now being held to benefit the victims of the Feb. 6 fire on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. Patrick Parker Realty’s Ocean Grove Clothing and Supplies Drive will accept clothing, food, personal items and household supplies on behalf of the victims. This drive is being conducted in conjunction with other area efforts and all donations will be delivered promptly to collection and distribution centers as designated by the Ocean Grove Home Owners Association. “The fire destroyed the homes and businesses…

Now at the Bradley Beach Library: Zen Meditation Program

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Bradley Beach Library has offered reading groups, support groups, and now it has added a Zen Meditation group. Introduced several months ago, the weekly group has developed a following with anywhere from five to 10 individuals regularly attending. Sharlene Edwards, assistant library director, said the idea to begin such a group was the brainchild of Bradley Beach resident and library patron Elaine Held who took her Buddhist vows about seven years ago. “Elaine approached me about bringing her Zen Meditation group here. She agreed that it would be free and open to the public. I…

Dream Center, Uva Restaurant Collect 2,500 Diapers for the Needy

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Just 24 hours after being co-coordinator of a first-time charity event, Cheryl Ashcroft was looking forward to doing it again, perhaps on an ongoing basis. Collecting diapers. Diapers to be distributed to the needy by the Jersey Shore Dream Center in Asbury Park. Over three hours on the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 25, Pagano’s UVA restaurant and wine bar in Bradley Beach hosted the Dream Center’s First Annual Diaper Drive. “It was between 2,500 and 3,000 diapers, I’d say,” said the Rev. Isaac Friedel, founder and chief executive officer of the Dream Center and pastor of…

In Bradley Beach: Reading is a Family Affair

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Since 1994, November has been recognized as “National Family Literacy” month, a united initiative to encourage not only reading in children but prioritizing it as a family affair. As part of the national celebration, Bradley Beach Library is hopping aboard the literacy train with an upcoming event, “Together is Better: Family Literacy Night.” Scheduled for Tues., Nov. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. the night will feature games, snacks, and activities focusing on reading fun. Sharlene Edwards, assistant library director, said this is the first year that Bradley Beach Library is partaking in the month-long event.…

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