Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Southern Ocean Chamber celebrates 100 years.
In 1914 Long Beach Island was enjoying Victorian splendor, with expanding rail service and the opening of the car bridge, large hotels and amenities were ready to serve the finest from Philadelphia, New Jersey and beyond. As businesses expanded to meet the demand, so did the need to establish a business and tourism group to represent them; and thus the Long Beach Island Board of Trade, which later changed its name to the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce was formed. In preparation for the organization's centennial, a 100-year committee was formed last year to commemorate a century of service to the community. Kicking off this month and continuing right through 2014, the regional chamber along with local business groups and …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Boardwalk area from the Sawmill to Spicey's is reopened to the public.
A cool breeze that kept air temperatures in the low 60s weren't much of a deterrent to the dozens of visitors that stopped by the partially-reopened Seaside Heights boardwalk on Saturday - for what many described as their first glimpse of the rebuild since Sandy. Although the ocean side of the beach remained roped off - and will stay that way for a few more weeks - the boardwalk from the Seaside Park end of the boardwalk near the Sawmill to the area just in front of Spicey Cantina has been reopened to visitors. Many games have been reopened - with the familiar sounds of barkers yelling "win a prize here!" down the boards - and those game stands that haven't yet reopened were under construction Saturday afternoon. Most of the dining …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
If you're looking for places to enjoy authentic Mexican food on May 5, Patch has you covered.
Cue up the mariachi band—Cinco de Mayo is here. The celebration of Mexican heritage on May 5 is sometimes mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day. However, Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the Battle of Puebla, a turning point in Mexican history and freedom. In the U.S., it is celebrated by observing Mexican culture through food, drinks and dancing. If you are looking for a fiesta with margaritas, live bands and authentic food, read on about where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the area. TELL US: Where do you plan to celebrate on May 5? Do you have a favorite Mexican restaurant in the area? Share in the comments below!
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Several organizations offering help.
After six months of applying for insurance payments, government grants, aid and loans, all while living away from home or only on a second floor, some residents whose homes were flooded by Sandy may feel they need a lawyer. For those contemplating that option, there is free legal advice available through a few different resources. One resource is the New Jersey State Bar Association, which provides free legal advice as well as a free booklet about a myriad of Sandy-related issues in an easy-to-read format. Residents who cannot afford to pay an attorney can call the association's help line to request free legal assistance at 888-541-1900 or visit the association's web site. Or visit the website for Volunteer Lawyers for Justice or this …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Developers competed in a 24-hour hackathon, creating applications to support businesses impacted by Sandy.
Tech talents from across the state pulled an all-nighter in Asbury Park last weekend, contributing code to help restore the Shore. The Jersey Shore Comeback-A-Thon, a 24-hour hackathon sponsored by Marathon Data Systems of Wall, challenged developers to create an application to benefit the local business community in the first summer following Superstorm Sandy. “There’s nothing like coding for a good cause,” said Cory Cardio, a Long Branch resident who teamed up with Margaret Kim of Fort Lee and Gary Kagan of Sebastain, Fla. under the moniker “Team Mango.” The trio’s crowd-sourced application allowing community members to give and receive up-to-the-minute location-based information was selected as the hackathon winner. Cardio, Kim and …
Monday, April 29, 2013
More than 30 participating locations so far.
Barnegat Township Committeeman Albert Bille recently announced a program which he has dubbed "Buy in Barnegat," and this weekend the list of participating stores was announced. Bille has been working with the Barnegat Chamber of Commerce to encourage residents to "shop locally here in Barnegat." Under the "Buy in Barnegat" program, Bille said interested parties will be encouraged to visit the township clerk's office where they will be able to obtain a free card, which will entitle them to certain discounts at the participating stores and restaurants - 20 so far in all - in May. Bille called the program a "first step toward a vibrant and healthy commercial sector." This promotion will be running from May 1, 2013 through May 31, 2013. As …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Sandy victims can also still apply online for physical damages until May 1 deadline, economic damages until July 31
The federal Small Business Administration will close the SBA Disaster Center in Manahawkin on May 1, SBA spokesman Mark Jamison said. The center will close due to a "steady decrease" in activity, he said. The Manahawkin Center is located in the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce building on West Bay Avenue. Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday. Closing: May 1 at close of business day The SBA is also encouraging Hurricane Sandy survivors to visit one of the centers before they close, and reminding them the deadline to return applications for physical damage is May 1. The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 31. Survivors may also apply online using the Electronic …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
First 100 customers will be given a card for a free pretzel every day in May.
The Manahawkin Philly Pretzel Factory is celebrating National Pretzel Day on Friday with a free twisty treat to every customer who walks in the door, and the first 100 customers will be given a card for a free pretzel every day during the month of May. The shop is located at 31 North Main Street, and the free pretzels are available starting at 8 a.m. Philly Pretzel Factory Manager Mike DeCerbo said that this is the shop's sixth year of participation, and there will be party trays featuring samples of all types of pretzels for customers to try. "We expect a lot of people come in and hopefeully they get to sample products that they don't normally get," DeCerbo said.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The hackathon event in Asbury Park comes with a $1,000 prize for the winning app developer.
Calling all app developers: your tech skills are needed to help restore the Shore business community. The Jersey Shore Comeback-a-thon will bring coders together at Cowerks in Asbury Park on Saturday for a 24-hour hackathon sponsored by Wall-based software company Marathon Data Systems. During a hackathon, developers have a set period of time to create a computer program or application that fits the event’s theme. With the Jersey Shore Comeback-a-thon, Marathon Data Systems wants to bring the area’s best tech minds together to build an app to support local businesses impacted by Superstorm Sandy. “When you get talented, creative people together, you never know what they’re going to come up with,” said Eric Farr, vice president of …
Casino Pier signed a contract with Weeks Marine, and said the process of removing the roller coaster from the ocean could take a few weeks
The Jet Star roller coaster, which has become a staple of the damage wreaked on the Jersey Shore by Superstorm Sandy, may soon be removed from the Atlantic Ocean, according to an NJ.com report. Casino Pier, the owner of the amusement that was dumped in the Ocean by Sandy, signed a contract with Weeks Marine, a dredging and stevedoring company based out of Cranford, to remove the coaster in less than a month, the article said. A date has yet to be set for the roller coaster’s removal, the article said, and Toby Wolf, spokesperson for Casino Pier, would not disclose the cost of the contract or estimated cost of the work. The process of performing a hydrographic survey of the Jet Star below the ocean as well as dismantling and removing the …