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Stop Feeding the Ducks

  By DON STINE Too many ducks in Fletcher Lake, between Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach, are becoming a problem and some area residents would like to see the issue addressed. “The population is getting out of hand and their ecological impact is detrimental to the lake. The ecology in the lake is imbalanced right now and it needs to get back into balance,” said Ocean Grove resident Ann Horan, who brought the issue up at this week’s Neptune Township Committee meeting Horan, who lives about two blocks from the lake, said the duck population in Fletcher Lake has doubled…

Patrick Parker Realty Hosts Coat Drive

  While the need for warm coats has never been greater, it can also be rather easy to meet this vital need in our community. Patrick Parker Realty – a Bradley Beach based boutique real estate brokerage serving Eastern Monmouth County and the Jersey Shore – invites area residents to join them in an effort to ensure that no one goes without a warm coat this winter. Patrick Parker Realty is holding their 2nd Annual One Warm Coat Drive and will be collecting clean and gently used warm coats and, in partnership with the national One Warm Coat non-profit organization,…

Tea Will Support Bradley Beach Library

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Library and the Tranquil Garden Tea Room located at 706 Lareine Ave., Bradley Beach will host Library Lovers Book Sale and Tea. This dual event will run from Sat., Nov. 7 through Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The book sale will be hosted at the Carmen Biase Community Center at 719 Main Street. Hardcover book will be $2 each or three for $5 and paperbacks will be four for $1. All proceeds will support the library building fund. At the same time, the Tranquil Garden Tea Room will host a…

Bradley Beach Plans to Hire Borough Planner

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach officials are seeking a planner who would be employed during situations where the code office decides that one is needed. When the planner is used, the applicant would incur the costs just as they do with other professional costs. “Not every application before the zoning and planning board requires the utilization of a planner,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. The applicant would pay the planner by a case-by-case basis without the town incurring any expenses unless the borough is the applicant. “I think it’s really an attempt to get us in line with other towns…

In Bradley Beach: Dress Yourself and Your Pet for Halloween Festivities

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Paws & Anchor in Bradley Beach along with the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the first annual Bradley Beach Howl-O-Ween event on Sat., Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Riley Park. Paws & Anchor owner, Nicole Kienlen, addressed the Bradley Beach Borough Council regarding the event, which will include a Pooch Parade at 2 p.m., pet costume contest, pet talent show, and kid friendly activities. “After a Chamber of Commerce meeting I thought how could we improve commerce in Bradley Beach, we need more events, and we want to take advantage…

Memorial Day Festival Committee Donates $9,000 for Police Vehicle

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Memorial Day Weekend Festival Committee has donated $9,000 for a new Global Electric Motor Car police vehicle to the borough. Festival Committee member Harvey Rosenberg suggested that the vehicle could be used for traffic and parking enforcement along Main Street and the beachfront. “Over the past seven years, the committee has raised a total of $133,600, $26,600.00 in 2015 alone and donated a total of $142,600,” Rosenberg said. The committee announced that they are currently working on two new projects, which will be presented at a future date. Mayor Gary Engelstad suggested that…

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…

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