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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…

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…

Bonfire, Refreshments, Wagon Rides Planned in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Bradley Beach will host a holiday weekend bursting with activities from Nov. 27 through the 29. The weekend kicks off with a community bonfire at the 5th Avenue beach from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 27. The weekend will continue with sales and specials on Small Business Saturday presented by the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce with participating local businesses. On Sat., Nov. 28, new and established local businesses will be featuring sales and specials all day long with sidewalk sales and extended hours. “The Chamber is very excited about Small Business Saturday,” said Brenda Connolly,…

New Tourism Director Named in Bradley Beach

  By MELISSA BEVERIDGE Nicole Kienlen, owner of Paws and Anchor on Main Street in Bradley Beach, is the borough’s new borough tourism director. Keinlen recently organized the successful Howl-O-Ween event along with the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 31. After presenting the Howl-O-Ween idea to the council and asking for permission to have dogs in the park, Keinlen said she got “caught up in the enthusiasm” and decided to apply for the position even though she her business had only been open for six months. “I love this town and I want to see the businesses succeed,”…

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…

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