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Bradley Beach Food Pantry Seeks Donations, Volunteers

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Linda Curtiss, the director of the Bradley Beach Food Pantry, addressed the Bradley Beach Borough Council this week urging residents and officials to donate whatever they can to the food pantry. “We will accept anything that’s edible,” Curtiss said. The Bradley Beach Food Pantry is the third largest food pantry served by the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Despite their large dependence on the Foodbank, the pantry spends an additional $30,000 plus per year to purchase food and packaging supplies. With the help of volunteers, the pantry assists over 20,000 people per year in food…

Bradley Beach Book Bike to Bring Books to Residents

  By DENISE HERSCHEL As the Bradley Beach Memorial Day parade helps kick start the official summer season this weekend, crowds can expect to see not only the typical parade fanfare such as marchers, floats and firetrucks but the debut of what is soon to be another borough favorite: the “Book Bike.” Manned in the parade by Sharlene Edwards, library program coordinator, the “Book Bike” may very well be the talk of the town as it will be the first time residents will be able to have access to the library on a “roaming basis.” Edwards said she will ride…

These Knights Ride to Raise Money for Charities

  By JOSEPH SAPIA When one thinks of the Roman Catholic men’s group, the Knights of Columbus, one may think of members collecting money for charity on roadsides or dressed in ceremonial costumes of cape, hat with ostrich feathers and sword. But riding motorcycles? In New Jersey, the state Knights of Columbus Motorcycle Ministry has existed since 2008, said Mark “Bozz” Bozzo of Bradley Beach. Since June, the 61-year-old business owner — he owns New Jersey Retractable Awnings in Wall — has been president of the approximately 180-member state ministry. This ministry is just an extension of Knights of Columbus…

In Bradley Beach: Public Works Dept. force to be reckoned with

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE With just nine full time employees, including two working supervisors and one foreman, the Bradley Beach Public Works Department is a force to be reckoned with. Despite a winter of more than a dozen snowstorms, the Public Works department is revving up for the summer months, making sure Bradley Beach is functional and beautiful for residents and visitors. Stepping into the Bradley Beach Public Works Department building you can tell they have pride for what they do everyday. The building itself is only two years old and was built by the members of the department. It…

In Bradley Beach: Chamber Hosts Restaurant Tour

  The Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce with assistance from the borough presents the second annual Spring Restaurant Tour on April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The annual event kicks off the spring dining season by showcasing some of the best culinary destinations in Bradley Beach. Giamano’s Ristorante, the family owned Italian eatery which has been in Bradley Beach for nearly 30 years was one of the busiest stops on last year’s tour, and the same is anticipated this year. The family is keeping quiet about what they will be preparing for the upcoming tour. Giamano’s is well…

Bradley Beach Welcomes New Recreation Director

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council introduced the Recreation Department’s new Recreation Director, Shawn Heeter, of the West Allenhurst section of Ocean Township at its meeting this week. He replaces Cynthia Brady who died unexpectedly after retiring two weeks ago. Heeter is a teacher at the Academy Charter High School in Lake Como and the Recreation Coordinator in Spring Lake Heights. Jennifer Young, chairman of the Bradley Beach Recreation Committee, asked the Council to look into the open recreation hours for the gym, which in the past was held from 3 to 6 pm. “It hasn’t been…

Landmark Beach Cinema Upgrades to 21st Century

  By ED SALVAS When the Beach Cinema in Bradley Beach opened in 1925, it was called the Palace, and the films were silent and in black an white. Movie goers today will discover a 21st century theater, updated with state-of-the-art digital projection and enhanced with Surround Sound as the Beach Cinema completes an upgrade to digital to remain in business. “I’ve been told we had to do this for three years now” said owner John Esposito, who said the Beach Cinema is one of the last movie houses in Monmouth and Ocean counties to still be showing movies on…

In Bradley Beach: From Honoring to Mourning

  By JOSPEH SAPIA Cynthia Brady, Bradley Beach’s beloved recreation director, died unexpectedly during the Tuesday-Wednesday overnight, within hours of being honored upon her retirement by the mayor and Borough Council. “From honoring her to mourning her in less than 12 hours,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. The circumstances of her death were not immediately available. By mid-day Wednesday, word circulated around the borough Brady, believed to be in her late 40s, had died. “She was just a terrific, wonderful person,” said Brenda Connolly, who owns an area real estate business and lives in Bradley Beach. Connolly, told of the death…

First the Snow, Cold…Now the Potholes

  By JOSEPH SAPIA In this winter of endless plowable snowfalls and daily high temperatures that are quite low, the weather has been a major discussion topic. So, too, another major topic has been a result of the weather: potholes, basically caused by moisture in the pavement of roadways freezing and thawing. “This year is taking a toll on the roads, no doubt,” said Rich Bianchi, operating supervisor in Bradley Beach’s public works department, adding there is other damage, such as that caused by snowplows hitting curbs. “We’re seeing more potholes than normal,” said John W. Tobia, director of the…

D’Arcy’s Tavern Plans Dining Deck

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Work continues at D’Arcy’s Tavern on Bradley Beach’s Main Street, an old-style, Shore tavern closed for renovations since Jan. 2, and has a target of March 1 to re-open, according to an owner. Tom McGill said the renovations include turning the upstairs over the bar area into a banquet room with a bar. That upstairs area, which had been an apartment and was used for storage, would be available as an overflow area from the downstairs or a rental room, McGill said. Off the upstairs room, or what is now the roof of the first-floor dining…

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