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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,…

Bike-Riding Juveniles Ignore Request to Leave Boardwalk

  Bradley Beach police responded to the boardwalk Wed., Aug. 7 after about 25 teenagers failed to stop riding their bikes on the boardwalk after being warned to stop by a special police officer. Police Chief Len Guida said “upwards of 25” teenagers were approached by the special officer who asked the boys to take the bikes off the boardwalk if they wanted to continue riding them. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. and bicycle riding is banned on the boardwalk at that time. Guida said that the teenagers then ignored the officer’s command and continued on riding by him.…

Bradley Beach to Receive $250,000 to Improve Roadway

  By KATHARINA CAVANO Bradley Beach will receive a $250,000 NJDOT grant to continue the construction and improvements to LeReine Avenue. At the Borough Council meeting this week officials said the borough can apply for more grant money if needed to complete the project from Central Avenue to Ocean Avenue. The borough will also receive another $30,500 from FEMA to go towards the tag booth on the boardwalk as well as the gazebo and the solar panels on the roof. Pete Johner, the Area Manager of External Affairs of the Central Region from Jersey Central Power and Light, presented an…

5th Annual Lobsterfest Kicks Off in Bradley Beach

  Jo Wymer (above) will perform with her band at Lobsterfest in Bradley Beach July 14. Admission is free to the event. BRADLEY BEACH – The Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce is putting together the finishing touches for the annual Lobsterfest scheduled for July 13 and 14 at the beachfront. The hours for the event are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 13 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 14. With more of a focus on local Jersey Shore restaurants this year’s event will feature food from Bradly Beach restaurants such as the Beach Plum, Giamonos, Uva and Good…

Memorial Planned for Bradley Beach Police Officer

  BRADLEY BEACH – Robert J. Hughes, a former Bradley Beach police officer and firefighter, had a large personality. On Sat., July 6, his son and daughter — Andrew Hughes of Bradley Beach and Cynthia Hughes-Dunphy of Wall — are organizing a local memorial service for Hughes, whose residence was in Basking Ridge, Somerset County, when he died at 70 May 7. Saturday’s service is at 11 a.m. at the Roman Catholic Church of the Ascension, 501 Brinley Ave., Bradley Beach. “Not many people really knew my father passed away,” said Hughes-Dunphy, 44. “We’re having this service to celebrate his…

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