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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.…

In Bradley Beach: Residents Urged to Assist, Hire and Thank Veterans for Service

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach remembered and honored veterans during a Veteran’s Day service on Tues., Nov. 11 at Riley Park where residents were urged to assist veterans, hire veterans, visit veterans or just say thanks. Mayor Gary Engelstad along with Council members Norman Goldfarb, Thomas Volante, and Sal Galassetti were on hand to welcome Captain Robert J. Charles, Jr. of the Brennan Stands Alone Foundation and the dozens of veterans who attended the service. After the Bradley Beach School directed by Anthony LeProtto played the National Anthem, Reverend Jerome Nolan of Church of the Ascension opened the ceremony…

Bradley Beach Approves Shared Services Agreement with Asbury Park

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach has approved a shared services agreement with Asbury Park which will include beachfront maintenance, sanitary sewer line maintenance and wastewater treatment station repairs. Over the summer Bradley Beach cleaned Asbury Park’s beaches and in return, Asbury Park will offer a licensed electrician to the borough, sanitary sewer line maintenance, storm line maintenance services, and waste water treatment planned pump station repair service. “This is a good deal for the borough,” said Councilman Sal Galassetti, who noted that there is “no money transfer at all.” Galassetti said that when the borough performed maintenance on the…

Bradley Beach Elementary School Students Honored

  By KATHARINA CAVANO “Tonight is a great night” said Superintendent Joseph Majka at Bradley Beach’s Board of Education meeting this week. “We’re celebrating the tremendous work that went into the PTO Fundraiser…and we’re celebrating perfection.” The annual PTO fun-raiser dinner and gift auction was held at The Columns in Avon on Oct. 10. Gift baskets were donated by local area merchants from Bradley Beach, Asbury Park, and Ocean Grove, among others. By the end of the night, the PTO had raised over $14,000. The funds will go towards Bradley Beach Elementary’s technology program, Majka said and the purchase of…

Bradley Beach Elementary School Student is a Winner

  A poem by Naomi Ruiz Otero, a sixth grader at Bradley Beach Elementary School, was selected among hundreds by students across the state to win the 13th annual Recycling Poetry Contest sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Protection. One hundred and forty eight schools submitted a total of 563 poems for the contest, which was open to fourth, fifth and sixth graders, according to Victoria Kerekes, a program specialist for the state DEP’s Bureau of Recycling and Planning. Students were asked to submit a poem of 100 words or less explaining why they believe recycling is important, why…

Fund-Raising Campaign Begins for Bradley Food Pantry

  Pictured above: Volunteers at the Bradley Beach Food Pantry. Photo courtesy of bradleybeachfoodpantry.org. By JOSEPH SAPIA No one should go to sleep at night without someone having his or her back. That is what is guiding George Moffett in his project to improve the Bradley Food Pantry, specifically leading an effort to raise $16,000 for refrigerator and freezer units. The money would fully support replacing a refrigerator-freezer in the pantry and to install a walk-in freezer in the basement, replacing three chest freezers. The current units are in some way inefficient, according to the pantry. “I don’t think there’s…

Bradley Beach Food Pantry Founder Turning 100

  By JOSEPH SAPIA If you can spare a hundred, the Bradley Food Pantry is ready to take it off your hands. The 100, in honor of founder Eleanor Pierson turning 100-years-old Friday, Sept. 19, can be in various forms, such as $100, 100 dimes, 100 cans of food, 100 minutes or hours of volunteerism and so on. Or more or less than 100. “There’s no cutoff,” said pantry director Linda Curtiss. “It’s really celebrating the legacy of what she created.” The Bradley Food Pantry, which sits on the grounds of St. James Episcopal Church, at the corner of 4th…

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