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Christmas Tree Dunes on Hold Until Corps of Engineers Meet

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Officials from Bradley Beach and the federal Army Corps of Engineers are to meet today, Jan. 9, to discuss the corps’ ongoing replenishment of ocean beaches in the area. Richard Bianchi, head of the Bradley Beach public works department, expects to have a better timetable on the replenishment after he meets with the Army Corps. Because of the replenishment, Bradley Beach’s use of Christmas trees to shore up dunes on the beachfront is on hold at least for the time being, Bianchi said on Tuesday. “We’re not allowed to put anything on the beach until the…

Beware the Snow? Not This Week

  By JOSEPH SAPIA With only a coating at best, Tuesday’s snow event in the Asbury Park area was kind of a bust. “I was all excited this morning,” said Sam Vaccaro Sr. Tuesday afternoon. “Now, I’m disappointed.” Vaccaro owns The Hardware in Asbury Park and was ready to sell snow shovels, snowblowers, de-icing salt, those kinds of things. But, while he was talking, the city looked just like another so-so day that was clearing up. “If it doesn’t snow, business is way off,” said Vaccaro, noting people are not buying lawn-and-garden and other outside items this time of year.…

Old School Auditorium Steps Into the Future

  By JOSEPH SAPIA For Betty Ann White Slocum, the refurbishing of the Bradley Beach Elementary School auditorium is a step back in time. “I love it,” said Slocum, who attended the school from kindergarten to eighth grade. “They made it look like the era it’s supposed to be from. “This just makes it a special place,” she said. “It’s elegant-looking.” For Slocum, the school’s secretary who has worked for the local kindergarten-to-eighth grade district for all but two years since 1981, and the rest of the town, the remodeling of the auditorium will also be a step into the…

Vinyl Planned for New Bradley Beach Gazebo

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach officials approved a plan for the gazebo at the beachfront destroyed by Superstorm to be made of vinyl, a cheaper option than wood. Borough Engineer Bruce Koch discussed the various updates on the gazebo and noted that vinyl would save the borough approximately $10,000. The vinyl option contains wood inside of the vinyl, preventing the wood from being subjected to outside elements. Councilman Harold Cotler expressed his support for the wood structure while Mayor Englestad and Councilmen Norman Goldfarb and Salvatore Galassetti expressed their support for the vinyl structure, mainly because of its cost…

Bradley Beach Chamber Foots the Bill for Holiday Lights

  By ED SALVAS Main Street in Bradley Beach is starting to take on a Holiday look. Borough employees have started putting up new “snowflake” holiday lights along the borough’s Main Street after receiving a donation of $1,500 from the Chamber of Commerce. Officers of the chamber were at the Borough Council meeting last week and presented the check to Mayor Gary Engelstad. President Brenda Connolly, Vice President John Esposito, chairman of the Beautification Committee, and Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Director Shirley Ayres were thanked by the mayor who praised the business group’s effort and said he believes the relationship between…

In Bradley Beach: Group Presents $17,000 for Sign

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Memorial Day Committee presented a check of $17,653 to the borough for the purchase of a new digital electric sign. The committee raised funds for the sign throughout the year and presented the check at this week’s Borough Council meeting. They also negotiated the installation of the sign with the Decker Family of Bradley Beach who will train three borough officials to work the sign and provide maintenance at no additional cost. “The light has been out for over a year. Many people have no idea how hard they (The Memorial Day Committee)…

Bradley Beach Thanks Residents for Being Good Neighbors All Year

  By DENISE HERSCHEL As the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, many at the Shore can’t help but recall the devastation caused by this once-in-a-lifetime hurricane. And like all the communities along the Jersey Shore, Bradley Beach borough residents found it was often “good neighbors” helping each other that made those long, trying days easier to cope. Inspired by the upcoming Sandy anniversary, Bradley Beach Library Director Janet Torsney and Bradley Beach library member Anthony DiMaio decided they wanted to find a way to salute those who were “good neighbors” not only during the storm but during the…

Bradley Beach Discusses Plans for Library Renovations

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Janet Torsney, director of the Bradley Beach Public Library, made a presentation to the Borough Council this week describing possible renovations that will make the public library accessible to all residents. Torsney explained how the library is currently difficult to access for disabled residents. Her presentation explained the difficulties and the architect’s proposal. The current library has over 6,600 members (Bradley Beach has 4,300 citizens) and has a 150 percent library service rate. Yearly visits to the library have doubled since 2011 with 45,167 visits in 2012. The library is also the fastest growing in Monmouth…

Meet the Governor in Bradley Beach

  Area residents are invited to the Bradley Beach boardwalk at Fourth Avenue Fri., Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. when Governor Christie is scheduled to kick off the holiday weekend by walking along the beachfront to the miniature golf course. Mayor Gary Engelstad and other officials will be there to show the governor what the borough has to offer both residents and visitors.

Bradley Beach Barbeque Draws Crowds to Beachfront

  By JOANNE PAPAIANNI The smell of barbecue filled the air along Ocean Avenue in Bradley Beach Sat., Aug. 24 along with the sounds of “Footloose” being played by the first of four DJs lined up for the afternoon. The first community barbecue, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, drew plenty of locals as well as travelers from upstate New York and North Jersey. Food vendors who specialize in barbecue lined the promenade as crowds formed to sample the wares of The Chop Shop, Jersey Shore Barbecue, Bacon and Wheels and six others serving a variety of sauces on pork,…

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