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Replacement of Beach Railings Turned Down in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE The Bradley Beach Borough Council could not get the votes to authorize spending up to $500,000 for the replacement of beach railings. Mayor Gary Engelstad said the project was recommended by FEMA. Police Chief Leonard Guida said 90 percent of the $500,000 “looks pretty good for reimbursement.” “We wouldn’t be doing this unless we had a strong response from FEMA,” Engelstad said. Guida said the rail system couldn’t be done piecemeal by the borough’s public works department. But the ordinance was tabled after it didn’t receive the four yes votes needed to pass. Councilman Sal Galassetti…

Fond Farewell for Bradley Beach Dedicated Clerk

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach officials said good bye to longtime Borough Clerk Mary Ann Solinski, who retired this week after serving the borough for 26 years. “There’s been one voice, one steady hand for 26 years,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. “It’s been an honor and a pleasure working with you. She has such love and compassion for our town and always wanted it to be done right.” Solinski was originally hired under former Mayor Leonard Riley during the commission form of government. “I want to thank the current governing body and all the former administrations, for giving me…

Bradley Beach Discusses Summer Events, Projects

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Tourism Director for Bradley Beach, Nicole Kienelen, owner of Paws and Anchor on Main Street, presented an update from the Tourism Committee to the Borough Council this week which included estabishing a new website. Kienelen said she had done some research, asking people how they know what’s going on in town. She found that there was no set location to update residents and visitors of events. In order to solve the problem of communication, Kienelen proposed that the tourism department construct a new website that would provide up to date information on events and an updated…

Police Officer Promoted in Bradley Beach, Past Fire Chief Honored

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach Mayor Gary Engelstad administered the Oath of Office to James Arnold who has served as a police officer for the past 14 years and was promoted to sergeant this week. Police Chief Leonard Guida said it was a “promotion well deserved.” “It feels like yesterday that I stood up at the same spot 14 years ago and I was being sworn in as a regular police officer,” Arnold said. “All those years ago I had an opportunity to go to the State Police and a lot of guys told me to stick around and…

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…

Republican Wins Seat in Neptune City

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE According to Monmouth County Board of Elections, the unofficial counts for the special election in Neptune City showed Republican incumbent Richard Pryor winning the council seat with 510 seats and Democrat Michael Skudera with 475. There were two write in votes. The official results will not be confirmed until Thurs., March 24, said Mayor Robert Brown. “It was a hard fought victory,” said Pryor when contacted about the unofficial results. “I have no agenda. I’m just here for Neptune City and to continue to give homeowner’s relief.” The special election took place after Neptune City resident…

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…

Neptune City Area Designated for Redevelopment

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Neptune City officials have designated the area between Steiner Avenue and 5th Avenue to Memorial Drive as an area in need of redevelopment, allowing the Borough Planner to prepare a Redevelopment Plan. The parcel of land was originally split between Neptune City and Neptune but as of January 1, 2016, became designated property of Neptune City. The area houses buildings that have been there since the 1950s according to Mayor Robert Brown. “We’re going to make sure (the redeveloper) does what’s in the best interest of Neptune City,” said Brown who also said the area, which…

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