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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…

Former Councilman Fondly Remembered

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Former Bradley Beach Councilman Patrick D’Angelo died February 26 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He was 82. D’Angelo, originally from Staten Island, spent his summers in Bradley Beach before moving there permanently when he retired. After becoming a full time resident he ran for a council seat, serving about 16 years. During his tenure he worked with the state to acquire grant funding for the town including one for the construction of the boardwalk promenade after the 1992 nor’easter. Due to his involvement in his community he received many awards and citations and then…

Bradley Beach Police Say Beware of IRS Scams

  Bradley Beach Police Chief Leonard A. Guida is urging residents to be on “high alert” for criminals impersonating Internal Revenue Service and Treasury employees this filing season. The phone fraud and e-mail scam has become an epidemic throughout the United States, according to a release from the chief. Guida outlined what residents need to know to protect themselves. The IRS generally first contacts people by mail – not by phone- e-mail or social media about unpaid taxes. Also the IRS will not ask for payment using prepaid debit card, a money order or wire transfers. The scammers often threaten…

Bradley Beach Ready for Its Closeup

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Don Lewis, president of the Bradley Beach Historical Society and Museum, along with various residents, were featured on NJTV and Channel 13 on Tues., Feb. 9 after Bradley Beach Tourism Director and owner of Paws & Anchor, Nicole Kienlen, entered the Ask Away contest. Kienlen asked, “Who was Captain William Kidd and where is his treasure buried in Bradley Beach?” According to NJTV’s research, Kidd buried his treasure along the Jersey coast and it’s suspected to be worth millions. NJTV interviewed Department of Public Works Operation Supervisor, Richard Bianchi, Jr. who found a centerpiece from an…

In Bradley Beach: $325,000 for Road Improvements

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach officials have appropriated $325,000 in funds for Ocean Park roadway improvements. Officials have applied for a grant from the state Depatment of Transportation to help pay for some of the improvements. “If that work comes in, the DOT tells me that the sewers over there are not in bad shape, and they’re also 10-15 feet deep,” said Borough Engineer Gerald Freda who said the DOT had videoed the sewers. Councilman Sal Galassetti said the sewers had been videotaped years ago, but recommended lining the sewers as a cost alternative. In other business a bid…

Bradley Beach Chamber Updates Positive Changes in Town

  By ED SALVAS Members of the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce are receiving a letter from the organization’s newly elected President outlining the changes that have taken place to make the community a better place to live and do business. John Esposito, owner of the Beach Cinema, assumed the Chamber Presidency for 2016 and said he decided to send the letter to the Chamber’s members because he believed that many of the newer members are unaware of how things were just a few years ago. “Things weren’t always this good in Bradley Beach,” Esposito said, and he credits the…

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