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In Bradley Beach: Curb Your Bicycle Please!

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE After receiving complaints from the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce, an organization comprised of a number of businesses located in the borough, Bradley Beach officials said they will begin to crack down on bicyclists riding on sidewalks. At a recent chamber meeting many business olwners who attended voiced their concerns about bicycle riding on Main Street. John Esposito, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce and owner of Beach Cinema, said that Bloom owner, Kelly Gambella, brought the situation to the chamber’s attention. “She said she spent a lot of time in front of her store…

Repair Work to Begin on Bradley Beach’s Third Avenue

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Assemblyman Dave Rible attended the Bradley Beach Borough Council meeting this week to announce that after a near fatal incident where a pedestrian was hit by a car on Main Street the Department of Transportation crews would begin work on Third Avenue. “After the incident, I reached out to Assemblyman Dave Rible to expedite this (the crosswalks), the best he could,” Mayor Gary Engelstad said. “You guys have done such a tremendous job with your Main Street that these crosswalks will be beneficial for safety but also for foot traffic and business owners,” Rible said. “It’s…

Bradley Beach Seeks Tourism Director

  Following the retirement of long serving and beloved Rae Tutella, Bradley Beach has begun the process of searching for someone to fill take her place. “It’s a tough act to follow, Rae put Bradley Beach on the map in terms of events, activities and beautifying our Main Street and incredible entertainment on our beachfront,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. who added it would be tough to find someone to fill her “awfully big shoes.” The part-time job entails putting together a myriad of events during the year which bring thousands of visitors to Bradley Beach, the mayor said. These events…

Bradley Beach Welcomes New Police Officer, Says Farewell to Tourism Secretary

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council welomed a new member to the Police Department and said farewell to a longtime dedicated employee. Edwin Hernandez was administered the Oath of Office during the Bradley Beach Boriugh Council meeting Aug. 25. “When this availability came up, he was at the top of the list,” said Police Chief Leonard Guida. “Growing up, I always dreamed of this and thanks to the chief, captain, mayor and council, I’ve completed my dream,” Hernandez said. The council also recognized Rae Tutela’s services as Tourism Board of Secretary. Tutela retired after 10 years of…

In Bradley Beach: Beach Revenue Up

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council tabled the discussion of the beach bench program until the first council meeting in September while the engineer develops a plan that will provide the number of appropriate benches for areas including Sylvan Lake, Fletcher Lake, Second Avenue, Third Avenue, Riley Park, and Main Street. The council also approved a request from a boardwalk vendor to bring back advertising “feathers” or signs from now through Labor Day weekend. The vendor is located at Cliff Avenue and Lareine Avenue. “I want to help our businesses,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. During council reports…

Making Ice Cream is a Family Affair in Bradley Beach

  By JOSEPH SAPIA There is Mom and Dad Becker. Four boys. The rest is family and business history. The Beckers — JoAnn, 54, Pete, 55, and their four sons, Danny, 30, Dave, 26, Luke, 20, and Jake, 17 — recently opened their third Four Boys Ice Cream stand, at the corner of Ocean and Third Avenues in Bradley Beach. It is a summer season location, opening in May and planning to stay open to about Sept. 15. “We love it here,” Pete said. “People have been so nice,” JoAnn added. “I love the town.” The Beckers, all of whom…

Couple Donate Defibrillator

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Raena and Joey Bombara of Bradley Beach donated a Cardiac Science AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) to the borough lifeguards this week on behalf of the Eddie Heart Project. The Eddie Heart Project was founded by the Overton and Bombara family in memorial of Eddie Overton, Raena Bombara’s father. Four years ago, Eddie Overton was on a walk with his wife and dog in the park when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. The EMS arrived 12 minutes later, but they weren’t able to save him. “It’s in Bradley Beach that we decided to start the Eddie…

In Bradley Beach: Concert to Benefit Library

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE A free concert benefiting the Bradley Beach Library will be held at Riley Park on Sat., Aug. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. The concert is being paid “through the generation of our local business partners,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad with no cost to the library. Asbury Park’s The Shady Street Showband, an 8-piece band with a large brass section will be performing contemporary music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. After reading about The Shady Street Showband in The Coaster, Engelstad approached the Bradley Beach Library about doing something fun together with the band. “We’re…

Comedy Show in Bradley Beach

  The Bradley Beach Arts Council will present Flighty Connection, a comedic solo show performed by Liz Days, on Friday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at the banquet hall fire house as part of their 2015 free event series. “This program is pretty unusual for the Jersey Shore,” said Julia Rand of the Bradley Beach Arts Council. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like it here.” The show which is written and performed by New York City actress, comedian, and playwright, Liz Days, and directed by Rachael Harrington, is about a passenger on a plane who meets seven other…

Giamano’s Outdoor Sunday Music Series Silenced

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council voted 4-1 to rescind the approval for Giamano’s Outdoor Music Series on Sundays. Earlier this year the council said it would allow the series as long as certain requirements were met, including stopping the music at 8:30 p.m. In an effort to be fair to both residents and business owners the council said the sound level must not exceed standards approved by the Monmouth Board of Health. The resolution also stated that the council had the right to rescind the approval upon any complaints received by residents. “As of last weekend,…

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