Saturday, January 12, 2013
Turning the barriers to beachfront attractions into art attractions themselves
The drab gray of concrete barriers block off Ocean Avenue in Belmar, as construction progresses behind the waist-high slabs. These barriers signal to "Keep Out," that vehicles can't get through, that this area is off-limits and damaged by Hurricane Sandy. But not long after the concrete barriers arrived, the Belmar Arts Council helped hatch a plan to have local artists paint them, transforming a symbol of flux and prohibition into one of beauty and hope. Now, more than a dozen of the barriers feature hand-drawn mermaids, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz on the beach, and messages of pride for the Jersey Shore. Bleak concrete gray was painted vibrant blue as a base color, one that ended up the color of ocean in local artists' paintings of the …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie traveled across the state Tuesday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, with stops in Belmar and Avalon.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie traveled across the state Tuesday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, with stops in Belmar and Avalon. Got your own photos of storm damage? Add them here by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button with this story.
Friday, October 5, 2012
St. Baldrick's event raises money for children's cancer research
Come "shave it" wih the Shillelagh's on Saturday, Oct. 6, for their annual St. Baldrick's event, which raises money for children's cancer research, organizers said. The organization will be raising money and encouraging supporters to shave their heads to honor children fighting cancer. The event begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, 815 16th Avenue, in Belmar. This year's event will honor Madison Grace Beggs, a Howell resident who lost her battle with brain cancer just last summer, organizers said. "Madi" was diagnosed in August 2010 at the age of 10 and after a 22-month-long battle that included several operations to remove the tumors, she unfortunately passed on June 22. (Read more about Madi's tragic yet…
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Mammal apparently swallows hook and dies before expert help arrives
A dolphin that washed ashore in Belmar Saturday died before a rescue team could arrive from southern New Jersey. According to witnesses, the dolphin was struggling in the water just off 17th Avenue beach when surfers and other beachgoers came to its aid and discovered it had swallowed a hook and was wrapped in fishing line. The Good Samaritans at first tried helping the dolphin back to sea, but after they put in a call to Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine they brought the dolphin to shore and waited nearly an hour for the experts to arrive. Unfortunately help arrived too late as the dolphin died long before the South Jersey team arrived to the scene. Carol Wolfe of Spring Lake Heights said she was watching her son surf when …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Dempsey and Doherty say company cares more about profits than customers
As two northern New Jersey municipalities are asking the state for permission to switch from Jersey Central Power & Light to another electricity provider, the mayors of Manasquan and Belmar, whose residents are JCP&L customers, said they wished they could do the same. Last week, Robbinsville and Warren Township filed requests to the state Board of Public Utilities for permission to switch to Public Service Electric & Gas, while 14 other towns are also considering the same move, the Star Ledger reported Dec. 2. But both municipalities border the PSE&G grid and a portion of Robbinsville is already powered by the company, while Manasquan and Belmar are miles away. Both Manasquan Mayor George Dempsey and his Belmar counterpart Matthew Doherty …