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Some Like It Cold, But Most Do Not

  By JOSEPH SAPIA For 21 years, Juan Rivera has worked in a refrigerated room. “Forty-five, forty-three degrees, all day,” said Rivera, 58, who works at Gourmet Kitchen, a food-preparer in Neptune. Sure, the Asbury Park resident is used to the cold, but it does not mean he is used to the constant threat of snow and sub-freezing, sometime near-zero temperatures the recent weeks of winter have brought us. “It’s terrible,” said Rivera, who finds himself spending more time indoors. “It just won’t let up.” But Rivera, as with others, is grinning and bearing the winter. “I’m hanging in there,”…

Polar Express Stopping at Shore

  By JOSEPH SAPIA On Tuesday, Donna Ryan was out of breath, shoveling snow on a neighbor’s sidewalk on Bradley Beach’s Ocean Avenue. “I’ve had enough,” said Ryan, 49, speaking of the winter weather. The snow is one thing, but the cold has been worse — frozen pipes, the furnace chugging to keep up. “It’s been a tough February,” Ryan said. “We had an easy December and January. It was great. Then, February came back to bite us. “My poor kids,” said Ryan, speaking of son, Jake, 13 and daughter, Kylie, 9. “They need to get outside. In 10 minutes,…

The ‘Blizzard’ That Bombed

  By JOSEPH SAPIA The Madello family of Avon was going on a cruise this week to Key West in Florida and Nassau in the Bahamas. Not that they need the warmer weather, though. On Wednesday, in 27 degrees, the family — dad Dylan, 40; mom Mikhael, 35; and daughters, Scarlett, 4, and Elise, 2 — were visiting the playground on the Avon beach. Mikhael said she thought it was easier “to be in the snow than in the house with the pent-up energy” her daughters have. “We’re just giving the kids some exercise,” Dylan said. “They seem to be…

Town Talk

  ///Get your jingle on at the Christmas Party Sat., Dec. 20 at the Sudsy Mug on Sixth Avenue in Neptune. The festivities begin at 8:30 p.m.with food, fun and karaoke. /// The Neptune City tree lighting will be held on Fri, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. followed by the 12th children’s Holiday Party at 6:30 p.m. at the Neptune City Community Center. Light refreshments will be served. The Police Department and First Aid Squad as well as the Borough Council will be there to celebrate. /// Jersey Shore Writers present a program to meet the authors of “Darkness Falls…

Busy Summer Say Business Owners

  By DON STINE The Jersey Shore is up and running strong, so far, this summer, according to many local business owners. Carrie Turner, spokesperson for Asbury Park’s boardwalk redeveloper Madison Marquette, said that, so far, things have been very good at the boardwalk but she points out that boardwalk business success is very much related to the weather. “June was really good and we are awaiting our reports for July. There were no rainy weekends in June,” she said. And traffic and business at the boardwalk has been very brisk. “So far it has been very, very strong and…

Bradley Beach Lifeguards Take First Place in Tournament

  By DON STINE Bradley Beach lifeguards pulled ahead of their life-saving peers last week during the borough’s annual lifeguard tournament. The Bradley Beach Lifeguard Tournament, held July 17, has been going on for at least 50 years and other shore towns have similar tournaments, said tournament organizer Dick Johnson. “I thought the tournament went very well and Bradley Beach’s performance was truly outstanding,” he said. Based on final scores, Bradley Beach won the tournament, out of a 10-team field, with 37 points. Belmar was second with 24 points. Johnson said such tournaments are a basic part of a lifeguard’s…

Summer at the Shore: Ready, Set, Go

  By JOSEPH SAPIA On Tuesday, Joanne Letson was planting canna flowers and palms at the “Bradley Beach sign” on the oceanfront. Earlier, she had planted marigolds and begonias in the area. Soon, the B-R-A-D-L-E-Y B-E-A-C-H lettering sitting in the flower bed would be getting a coat of white paint. “I go to the beach frequently,” said Letson, 54, who works for the Bradley Beach public works department. “Probably everyday in season.” In-season is upon us: Memorial Day Weekend. “Start of summer, Opening Day,” said Rick Wlazlowski, 19, a Wall resident who was surfing earlier this week at Avon. “Everything…

These Knights Ride to Raise Money for Charities

  By JOSEPH SAPIA When one thinks of the Roman Catholic men’s group, the Knights of Columbus, one may think of members collecting money for charity on roadsides or dressed in ceremonial costumes of cape, hat with ostrich feathers and sword. But riding motorcycles? In New Jersey, the state Knights of Columbus Motorcycle Ministry has existed since 2008, said Mark “Bozz” Bozzo of Bradley Beach. Since June, the 61-year-old business owner — he owns New Jersey Retractable Awnings in Wall — has been president of the approximately 180-member state ministry. This ministry is just an extension of Knights of Columbus…

Here We Go Again…and Again

  ABOVE – Geese along Wesley Lake in Ocean Grove await the next snow storm. By JOSEPH SAPIA Imagine Ray Charles singing in the background, “Here we go, again….” In a winter season of multiple snowstorms, Arctic cold, and freezing rain and sleet. And here we go. Again. Last week, we had snow. Earlier this week, we had snow again and freezing rain and sleet. This weekend, it looks as though something wintry will be going on. But, as of this time, it was too early to tell exactly what. “I’ve gotten so many emails and calls (about this weekend),”…

Taverns, Retailers Ready for Super Sunday

  By JOSEPH SAPIA Ed Kelly is a Giants football team fan, but business is business. “If the Giants were in it,” said the owner of Clancy’s Tavern in Neptune, speaking of this Sunday’s Super Bowl, “there would be so many house parties, it would be a slow day (at the tavern).” Super Bowl XLVIII is being played at MetLIfe Stadium, home of the Giants and Jets, in East Rutherford, but neither of those teams is in the National Football League championship game. Instead, the Seattle Seahawks are facing the Denver Broncos. So, what may be bad for Kelly the…

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