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Ortley Beach Cleanup Today

Volunteers should meet at Bellcrest Plaza in Toms River.

Between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. today, Sunday, Nov. 25, volunteers will work to clean up Ortley Beach after Sandy.

Volunteers should meet at Bellcrest Plaza on Fischer Blvd in Toms River, 931-953 Fischer Blvd.

After passing  the Cattus Island Park entrance - volunteers - who should be at least age 18 - are urged to look for the Surfrider Foundation flag in the large parking lot.

Volunteers are encouraged to:

- bring your own food and water for the day.

- wear work clothes, heavy boots, work gloves, and dust masks/respirators

- bring pry bars, hammers, contractor bags, brooms, shovels.

Volunteers are also reminded that there will be limited bathroom access.

amy November 25, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Saddest yet..where is all the donated money and supplies going.."volunteers" have to bring their own..and forwarned not even port a johns being supplied..what are they suppose to do wear depends...so sad...to actually read this in writing even though everyone talking about it...
Steve November 25, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Some of the 16 million Christie has raised should be used to help!!
KMcWade November 25, 2012 at 09:58 PM
There are several locations that have port a johns, including several at the back of the A&P on the Washington Ave side.
Mark November 25, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Toms River Elected Officials may not realize it, but there will be hundreds of barrier island homeowners/taxpayers at Tuesday nights 6:00 PM meeting asking many many questions such as: 1) Why has the additional sand not been put on the beach as of Sunday 11/25/12? 2) Why are homeowners/taxpayers forced to wait for hours on nonsense check points that are a meaningless joke and accomplish absolutey nothing! 3) Why have the concrete barriers blocking streets all over Ortley Beach not yet been removed? 4) Why has the Town not provided portable toilets on the barrier island? 5) Why has the mounds of garbage discared weeks ago, not been picked up yet? 6) Where is Ward 1 Councilwoman Maria Maruca? 7) When will the water, gas, electric, cable, phone, sewer be up and running? 8) Why are Public Works workers not working 7 days a week to restore the barrier island to pre storn conditions? 9) Can Toms River Public Works director explain when pre-storm work began to re-enforce the dunes? How many workers per day were dedicated towards this effort? How many pieces of heavy equiptment? Did they work on Saturday & Sunday prior to the storm? How high & wide were the dunes re-enforced? Where there areas not re-enforced? Are there official records, documents and pictures of the work? 10) When will the Mayor & Council have a meeting specifically dedicated to storm related issues? 11) What specific Township Official has overall oversight & responsibility to the restoration process?
dainty November 26, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I worked in Ortley on Friday and Saturday, SurfRiders supplied the volunteers and alot of equipment. N Ocean Bucket Brigade was there with bags, lunch and cleaning products. I saw the Red Cross walking around. Portapotty was at the N Ocean Bucket Brigade site. I dont know what money you are talking about. Folks better start sending to their individual towns, imho*
Mark November 26, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Toms River Elected Officials may not realize it but there will be hundreds of barrier island homeowners/taxpayers at Tuesday nights 6:00 PM meeting asking the following questions: 1) Why has additional sand not been put on the beach? 2) Why are homeowners/taxpayers forced to wait for hours on nonsense check points that are a meaningless joke! 3) Why have the concrete barriers blocking streets not yet been removed? 4) Why has the Town not provided portable toilets on the barrier island? 5) Why has the mounds of garbage not been picked up yet? 6) Where is Ward 1 Councilwoman Maria Maruca? 7) When will the water, gas, electric, cable, phone, sewer be up and running? 8) Why are Public Works workers not working 7 days a week to restore the barrier island to pre storn conditions? 9) Can the Toms River Public Works director explain when pre-storm work began to re-enforce the dunes? How many workers per day were dedicated towards this effort? How many pieces of heavy equiptment? Did they work on Saturday & Sunday prior to the storm? How high & wide were the dunes re-enforced? Where there areas not re-enforced? Are there official records, documents and pictures of the work? 10) When will the Mayor (Where's he been?) & Council have a meetinf specifically dedicated to storm issues? 11) What Township Official has overall oversight & responsibility to the restoration process?
Hurricane Sandy November 26, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Would it really be that hard for TR to put out 1 port a john every 2 blocks on Rt.35 N and S. Is that to much to ask Mr Mayor. WE PAY ENOUG TAXES, DON'T WE!!!!!!!! How about the Chief of Police and Toms River Loser Mayor come out for the day and pretend they own a home there. Or better yet, maybe one of there elder parents. Than maybe things would be different.
lifelongBrick November 26, 2012 at 01:16 AM
sadly 75% OF red-cross donations do not make it to the people in need, its goes to the administration of the red cross ... if you want to donate, donate to a local charity Fire hose, church, etc.. or even directly to the people in need to be be SURE they are actually getting it
dk51 November 26, 2012 at 01:20 AM
In Lavallette there r bathrooms working at firehouse plus portajohns. Doesnt first aid bldg in ortley have facilities? Why no portajohns? Cant someone from township get them donated?
marainne November 26, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Worked all day at Ortley Beach with a team of 8 friends. Helped three families clean out and around their homes. It was hard work that was greatly needed and appreciated. We will continue to help these families in need. Emergency supply buckets were given out near first aid squad. there was also a port o potty near there. marianne
Pat S. November 26, 2012 at 02:05 AM
This is a grateful thank you to the Surfrider people who so kindly helped us today.
Proberty of TR November 26, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Roads for most part aren't in bad shape on the island, we the taxpayers should be able to be at our houses when we want to. We know their is no gas, water, power, but my masterbedroom is ok, I want to sleep in my own bed. TY TR for taking away my property. What's next TR going to bring back slavery?
amy November 26, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Equipment supplies food water for volunteer manpower essential...port a johns no brainer..but why arent dumpsters being sent..where is donations money $$$$ going..dumpsters...every block needed..ok you gonna private contract depris contaminated removal...why not dumpsters ..volunteers equiped to help..port a johns...
amy November 26, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Look at everything else a volunteer is suppose to bring with them!!!
amy November 26, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Omg. Why do volunteers need to provide anyrhing..dont you get it...money truck loads of supplies..where is it...basics not here..why
Johnjcpa November 26, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Really lifelong? Of the 3.4 billion red cross spent in 2011, less than 10% was spent on fundraising and management. Try reading their audited statements and annual report. I was in Ortley yesterday, the truck serving meals was from North Dakoda, the lady driving was from Texas, the truck with the coffee and snacks was from Indiana and the lady serving was from Michigan. And they were still collecting blood on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus off Whittier. If you don't have any real information, try keeping quiet. Or if you want to do something useful, do something about the telemarketing firms that used the Brick PAL as their front.
Mike November 26, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Is anyone else curious as to why Surfrider gets more access then homeowbers. Yes, Surfrider should be thanked for the help they are providing and this not the point. The point here is that one month after the storm TR residents are still restricted to one car per house limited times and limted days. At this point, safety should no longer be an issue and any major safety issue should long be taking care of. Homeowners, (full and part time) need access like it appears Surfrider gets. Load up the buses with friends and family and let these people take care of the homes they own. TR is blowing it.... Other towns on the island have responded much better.
Mark November 26, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Toms River elected officials and the Police Chief are totally clueless. These checkpoints accomplish nothing other then creating unfair and unnecessary hardship for Ortley Beach homeowners. The Police Dept is probably angeling for Federal Money and these BS checkpoints are the excuse for overtime! Stop it Mastronardy! All barrier islanad homeowners should come to Tuesday's Town council meeting and voice your concerns! Tuesday 11/27/12 6 PM Town Hall 33 Washington St.
Chuck Lada November 26, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Mark... Why are you and I the only ones who realize the "police presense" is more about sucking up overtime then protecting the public. Thankfuly FEMA must have stopped paying the Maryland troopers that were denying me access to the Seaside Heights beach under the guise of safety. Saturday I was finally able to take a much enjoyed walk along the surf.
Jeremey Philips November 27, 2012 at 01:38 AM
I realized it from the very beginning and I live up north. We had a lot of extra police and overtime too do to the lights being out. I can't even imagine down the shore where you were harder hit. The police and town's hype everything up and then it spreads amongst the citizens. They scare the public in to believing there will be more problems than there really is, such as black outs, damage, safety, looting, fighting then they want praise. That's their job, they are getting paid and we have to be thankful...Give me a break. Like someone said, If they really wanted to help their own towns they could volunteer after their 40 hrs. Everyone knows that will never happen from the greedy police. So many other volunteered for nothing. That is the person's to praise. Christie better get some money for these towns or we will be all over this. I feel sorry for the beach areas. But, I don't want to pay for them. We will have to pay for them too one way or another through state and federal funding. It's not fair. I live up north in a flooded area, you know how many times we had to rebuild without anyones help. We had to do it ourselves.
jerseyswamps November 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM
cpa, I received a hot meal from the Red Cross while cleaning out my flooded place. Hot coffee would have been nice too but he said they weren't allowed to carry hot liquids. I also received offers from several church groups. Plus they offered cleaning supplies. The church people were all volunteers spending their own money. The Red Cross guy was from out of state driving a very nice expensive looking truck. You claim to know the numbers. How much did that hot meal really cost? 10% for fundraising and management? OK. What about the cost of the trucks? All those people you mentioned from around the country. Are they all volunteers or are they paid? If volunteers did they pay their own way here and pay for their own housing? I've seen a Red Cross staging area in Middletown. Must have been 50 nice new trucks and other support vehicles. If I gave $100 to the Red Cross I'd be surprised if as much as $25 got back to the people who got flooded.
Ken307 December 30, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I, as an Ortley Beach homeowner am disgraced, and ashamed by the comments that I have read. GROW UP AND STEP UP! I understand completely the emotional, physical and financial phases we are going through. This is something we all knew would happen, but not of this magnatude. You make me laugh, "NOW YOU WANT DUNES", typical liberal mentality. (I HOPE THERE ECO FRIENDLY) Let's put a windmill in the Surf Club, or maybe Sunny Hunny, and that will work. I give alot of credit to the TR Police Dept. especially Chief Mastronardy, and Mass. Sate Troopers, plus our guys, and all the volunteers. In the scheme of things, with total shock and awe, your all worried about port-a-potties. You should all take a pee in your living rooms if you have one, it will probably smell better than the mold. STOP BEING CHIEFS, and be an Indian for once in your llife. Thanks everyone for all your help. truly appreciated

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