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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…

Women’s Group Honors Assemblywoman

  Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini was recently honored by a group that supports women business owners. Angelini was honored by the Shore chapter of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners which is an organization that seeks to help future and current female business owners in the Jersey Shore. “I am honored to receive this award from this organization that recognizes and supports women as leaders in the business world,” said Angelini. “There are many challenges to running a successful business and I am committed to advancing opportunities for women business owners to succeed in New Jersey.” Angelini received…

Asbury Park to Avon Beach Replenishment to Begin

  Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. said this week that on Jan. 4 work will begin on the $18.3 million beach replenishment project from Asbury Park to Avon. The federally funded Army Corps of Engineers project will restore beaches in Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach, and Avon-By-The-Sea to better than pre-Sandy conditions and was made possible by the Sandy aid package passed by Congress. The contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, will use over one million cubic yards of sand for the project. “I’m pleased that this important project, which will help to protect homes and businesses from future…

Learning About Healthy Food Can Be Exciting

  Just because something is healthy doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and exciting. That was the message this week at an event held at the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune where area students learned about eating healthy and exercising, understanding the role hunger plays in the community, and learning how food banks help feed people. It was all part of World Hunger Day Oct. 16. About 140 fourth grade students from area schools attended the event to learn how to cook first-hand from several chefs. Activities included making smoothies, a visit to a garden to learn…

It’s True: The Bridge is Slower than Usual

  By MARY WALTON It’s not your imagination, people. The venerable old Shark River Bridge on Ocean Avenue between Avon and Belmar has been more than three times slower than usual for the past couple weeks. As the buzzer sounds, red lights flash on, and cars and pedestrians clump behind the lowered crossing gates, the bridge creeps upward like an old timer with a bad hip. Constructed in 1936, it’s no youngster. And it, too, has had a bad part. But here’s the good news. Laura Kirkpatrick, Monmouth County director of public information, said the part arrived Monday and installation…

Freeholder Director Arnone to Be Honored

On June 6, Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone will be honored with a Circle of Excellence Award by the Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce for his achievements in public service. Arnone has spent the last 15 years serving his community through his work as an elected official, serving as councilman and mayor of Neptune City before becoming a Freeholder in 2011. “I am extremely honored to be recognized by Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce for my dedication to public service,” Arnone said. “The advancements made in the expansion of the County’s Shared Services program, the development of our…

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