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Fond Farewell for Bradley Beach Dedicated Clerk

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach officials said good bye to longtime Borough Clerk Mary Ann Solinski, who retired this week after serving the borough for 26 years. “There’s been one voice, one steady hand for 26 years,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. “It’s been an honor and a pleasure working with you. She has such love and compassion for our town and always wanted it to be done right.” Solinski was originally hired under former Mayor Leonard Riley during the commission form of government. “I want to thank the current governing body and all the former administrations, for giving me…

Bradley Beach Discusses Summer Events, Projects

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Tourism Director for Bradley Beach, Nicole Kienelen, owner of Paws and Anchor on Main Street, presented an update from the Tourism Committee to the Borough Council this week which included estabishing a new website. Kienelen said she had done some research, asking people how they know what’s going on in town. She found that there was no set location to update residents and visitors of events. In order to solve the problem of communication, Kienelen proposed that the tourism department construct a new website that would provide up to date information on events and an updated…

Police Officer Promoted in Bradley Beach, Past Fire Chief Honored

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach Mayor Gary Engelstad administered the Oath of Office to James Arnold who has served as a police officer for the past 14 years and was promoted to sergeant this week. Police Chief Leonard Guida said it was a “promotion well deserved.” “It feels like yesterday that I stood up at the same spot 14 years ago and I was being sworn in as a regular police officer,” Arnold said. “All those years ago I had an opportunity to go to the State Police and a lot of guys told me to stick around and…

Municipal Taxes Remain Stable in Bradley Beach

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Municipal taxes in Bradley Beach will remain stable under the budget introduced by the Borough Council last month. Borough Administrator Joyce Wilkins said although there was a slight increase in taxes, there was an increase in the total value of homes and property tax collected leaving a net zero increase for residents. The total budget increased to approximately $9.3 million in 2016 from $9.1 million in 2015. The total amount to be raised by taxes is $6,544,607. Wilkins said funds for improvements to Sylvan Lake were increased by $40,000 to $48,000 to allow for a…

Free Performance of ‘Glass Managerie’ in Bradley Beach

  “The Glass Menagerie,” a play by Tennessee Williams, will be presented April 15, 16 and 17 at the Bradley Beach Elementary School Auditorium. This free event will take place at 7 p.m. April 15 and 16 and att 3 p.m. April 17. This poignant memory play takes place in St. Louis and portrays a mother whose preoccupation with her past as a Southern belle and her unrealistic dreams for her children’s futures threaten to smother her painfully shy lame daughter and her aspiring writer son. The gentleman caller’s visit offers false hope and disrupts the family’s precarious balance. The…

Bradley Beach Will Paint the Town Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The borough of Bradley Beach is seeking volunteers to make this year’s Paint the Town Pink campaign in May its best yet. This will be the third time the town has participated in the event, which raises awareness and collects funds for breast cancer prevention, but in previous years participation has been limited. Michelle Whille , Deputy Registrar Vital Statistics, is co-chair of the campaign along with Denise Martin-Masi, a town resident and member of the first aid squad. Martin-Masa is also an employee of Riverview Medical Center, which is part of Meridian Health, sponsors…

Dune Grass Planting in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach will host a dune grass planting in cooperation with the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and the American Littoral Society on Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. The volunteer event will meet at Fifth and Ocean Avenues. Bradley Beach Environmental Commission Chairman John Weber secured an original 5,000 dune plants from a Cape May nursery in early March and was able to secure an additional 10,000 plants from the same nursery said Mayor Gary Engelstad. The 15,000 plants are expected to cover the entire beachfront said Engelstad. Weber will be picking up…

In Bradley Beach: Boardwalk Railing Project Discussed

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council this week tabled the discussion of the improvement to the lifeguard station until a time when Business Administrator Joyce Wilkins can be present to further address the renovations. Mayor Gary Engelstad said the borough is attempting to limit the amount of work done by outside contractors and increase the amount of work that can be performed by borough workers in an effort to lower costs. Councilman Norman Goldfarb addressed the boardwalk railing that Engelstad said had a “band aid” on it since Superstorm Sandy. Goldfarb said he received word from FEMA…

New Bradley Beach Police Officer

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Christopher Hingston became a member of the Bradley Beach Police Department this week after he was administered the Oath of Office by Bradley Beach Mayor Gary Engelstad. Hingston, who has been a special class police officer in the borough for the past two years, applied for the position after Captain Stephen Fahnholz retired on Dec. 31. “We had a lot of candidates who applied for the job, and Chris excelled,” said Police Chief Leonard Guida. “He comes from a great service and we all love him here. He’ll make a fine addition and I couldn’t be…

Ocean Avenue in Bradley Beach to Be Repaved

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach Borough Engineer Gerald Freda told the Borough Council this week that the contractor would resume building the handicap ramp along Ocean Avenue in the next week and the county is expected to pave Ocean Avenue in April. The borough most likely will find its own contractor to stripe and number the parking spots instead of waiting for the county to finish the project. “The project is starting in Bradley Beach and working south, so (the county) is not going to have a striping company until everything is finished,” Freda said. “We felt like it’s…

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