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Avast Ye Maties! Pirate's Day Kicks Off Tomorrow

Street festival in Barnegat features food, music and family fun

Barnegat's Annual Pirate's Day, a street festival that incorporates a pirate theme and offers food, music, vendors and above all, family fun, will kick off Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is made possible through a joint sponsorship between the Barnegat Chamber of Commerce and the Barnegat Recreation Department. The township's streets along Route 9 and East Bay Avenue become lined shoulder to shoulder with tents selling everything from unique products such as beer can decorations to services such as pool treatments and banking, and people donning festive pirate garments.

Of course, like most events involving pirates, the event has been met with some controversy, as some in town are concerned that the township committee recently voted against the fireworks that usually follow the event.

Former Mayor Bill Neyenhouse told Patch that he was "outraged" that the committee recently voted against the fireworks.

"Barnegat really is such a special town, it still has that small town atmosphere, and things like the fireworks make Barnegat special," Neyenhouse said. "When you start doing away with those things do away with that special place."

Although calls for comment from the Chamber and the Mayor were not immediately returned, Neyenhouse said the decision was made for financial reasons. Apparently the fireworks display would have cost about $12,000, and the town had only raised $4,000. He added he felt the fireworks display could have gone on this year, and been skipped next year if the shortfall could not have been overcome.

Regardless, however, Neyenhouse said he had little doubt the event would be an "outstanding event."

For more information, call the township's recreation department at 609-698-0080 x 122.


Harley September 07, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Don't know if it's true or not, but rumor has it that Big Lots donated $5,000 to go toward the fireworks. Anyone have any info on that?
JuJu Bee September 07, 2012 at 06:08 PM
The last minute cancellation of the fireworks is a huge disappointment. The fact that it appears to be a unilateral decision is even more disheartening.
Mike Howard September 07, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Thank you to the Committee for not wasting Taxpayer money on fire works for Pirates Day. Pirates Day cost township tax payers a lot of money but is a nice event. To add the thousands of dollars it cost for the fire works is not a smart more. As far as the Forth Of July, let the bombs burst in the air. I can't see an up side to the Pirates Day Fireworks. It doesn't make this small town any better, but it does put a strain on home owners tax bills.
Lasha September 07, 2012 at 06:31 PM
They cancelled the fireworks to stick it to the one person who wanted the fireworks. that is how immature the committee is. It was not for financial reasons it was simply because they don't like the person who takes on the project and enjoys putting on the fireworks for the town. If anyone wants to know the real facts head down to dolce bagel shop and u will see every politician and wannabe standing around doing nothing all day. They take up all the parking spots day in and day out and all they do is comment on women getting in and out of their vehicles.
Lasha September 07, 2012 at 06:36 PM
@mike Howard - how are they saving money they just spent 35, 000 that's right thirty five thousand on the 9/11 memorial! Money that comes out of our pocket . It was supposed To be donated , but that fell through and know they are using tax dollars what do u have to say to that savings plan?
Lasha September 07, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I ment now not know autocorrect from the iPhone
Bill September 07, 2012 at 07:39 PM
The Mayor and 3 committeemen decided to cancel the fireworks but didn't tell anyone until 9/5, 3 days before the event. The Chamber had already raised donations to cover over 1/3 of the cost. This is a complete outrage and an insult to the people of Barnegat. Committeeman Jeff Melchiondo did the right thing and voted for the display. The rest of them should walk the plank!!! Shame on Mayor Cirulli.
God Bless America September 07, 2012 at 07:40 PM
The people in Barnegat do not have a clue. The only reason the fireworks are canceled is because they were caught raiding the open space fund for the barge every year. Don't worry, when you re-elect the committeemen they will go back to spending your money on it next year.
God Bless America September 07, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Hey Bill, how much "open space" money did Melchiondo spend on his Day in the past? Of course he voted to waste more open space money on this. His wife would have made him walk the plank if he didn't. Cirulli will go back to wasting our money next year... don't worry.
Mike Howard September 07, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I am not in favor of spending the money on the memorial in front of Townhall or on the fire works. Let's just say $35000.00 for the memorial and $17000.00 for the fire works. That's a lot of tax money and as I said, I am against both. We already have a very nice 9/11 Memorial located at the school. But I guess for some, that was not enough.
Timmy Turner September 07, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Do any of you realizes the amount of money that visitors bring to your town at an event like this? I don't think so or you wouldn't be bashing the politicians. You political hacks from both sides are all the same. Can't just let people have some fun for a change. If it's something you don't like then it's an outrage to spend money on it but if you do like it then well there is no limit to what should be spent.
poppajon September 08, 2012 at 02:38 AM
yea big lots stock dropped so they reneged on their donation ,, boycot them for the winter lets get even!!!
Plunket of Barnegat September 08, 2012 at 03:04 AM
That makes some sense. Breeden wasted most of the open space fund on the turf field on Old Lower Shore Rd. No matter what Cirulli tells you, taxpayer dollars were spent on that field. Go take a look at what your hard earned dollars have paid for.
Capt Jacobsen Mey September 08, 2012 at 03:09 AM
LMFAO @ the truth about the "group" that constantly hangs out at Dolce's... That's too damn funny and I'm still laughing, because I thought I was the only one who took notice to that BS. I did not realize that the sign & venue changed to a Committee HQ or an additional Barnegat Twp. building... Talk about fleecing....
Capt Jacobsen Mey September 08, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Why isn't the Open Space Funds being used to restore the Cox House, which appears to be in total disrepair on the outside, especially after the last set of storms that rolled through?? Open Space Funds can be used to restore such structures... But hey, let's keep building sports fields... Fleece the taxpayers even more... I guess if the sheeple don't stand up to the wolves, the fleecing will just continue.
Mac September 08, 2012 at 12:29 PM
No, I don't have a clue how much money this event brings to our town. That said, how does it benefit the taxpayers to underwrite this event for $15,000 or $20,000 (not including services already provided by the township) so all this money can go into the cash registers of private businesses? This isn’t a township event like the 4th of July fireworks and entertainment. This is a commercial event that takes place in Barnegat (and many other surrounding communities) so residents and visitors can be entertained while spending money on goods and services. And if there is that much money involved, why shouldn’t the Pirate's Day committee pay for the fireworks itself? However, an acceptable voluntary tax could be promoted by building a 'walk-the-plank' dunking booth and having the mayor, council people, township administrator and all of our township's million dollar attorneys as dunking subjects. Frankly, such an event might raise enough money to entertain us with fireworks the entire weekend as opposed to just one evening. Regardless of this funding issue, I wish these organizers and participants much success today and wish our residents and visitors a great day of enjoyment.
christopher berry September 08, 2012 at 02:16 PM
ryan and chris dear ray and others who agree with him, The fact that you would even consider cancelling the fireworks on the 4th of july is truly un-American. The Mayor is trying to grow the great town of Barnegat while you sit and be a scrooge of the town. Did you ever grow up with out fireworks? We all know the answer is no so why would you want to deprive the children of barnegat that wonderful experience.
Liss September 08, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Is Pirates Day still going on? I wasn't sure if it would be cancelled due to the weather or not....
poppajon September 08, 2012 at 09:49 PM
The Sir Rod, concert has been moved to the barnegat high school... 7--9 pm...
Mac September 09, 2012 at 12:49 AM
It is standard practice for political contractors to underwrite the tens of thousands of dollars necessary to annually buy reelections that keep their flow of unearned income lucrative. Much of this is done by staging various political get-to-getters open to anyone handed a free event ticket with some donation amount printed on it for integrity purposes. Apparently Barnegat, which has been no stranger to 9/11 exploitation, is going to create an unnecessary second 9/11 memorial with a political ceremony at Township Hall. It seems someone isn’t happy with the location of our original 9/11 memorial, which seems kind of strange to me since the original location is often referred to as the hub of our community. Whatever. It’s a done deal. So be it. What I don’t understand is if the memory of 9/11 is going to be celebrated as a political campaign event, why are the taxpayers financing the $35,000 bill? Shouldn’t one of our Township's million dollar suits that retail for 50K be picking up the 35K expense and passing out $100 invitations for this campaign event honoring Americans who have truly made us prouder to be Americans?
Xavier September 09, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I'd like to see the fireworks cancelled as well. Maybe everyone else can afford the increases in taxes every year but I'm getting stretched out way too far.
Xavier September 09, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Hah hah yes, I see them there every time I go as well. Pointed them out to my fiancee so she would recognize them from now on.
Xavier September 09, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I'd love to know the dollar amounts that are rolling into Barnegat from Pirate's Day.
Xavier September 09, 2012 at 09:10 PM
The gutters are falling off the last time I drove by.
Rick September 10, 2012 at 03:29 AM
How much money does the town get? Most of the vendors are from out of town. The probably pay a fee to set up a booth, but who gets the money, the town or the Chamber of Commerce?
God Bless America September 10, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Smart question Chris. Do you think we could see who gets the money and how much? Also who pays the expenses? Even the politicians tried to hide that they stole money from the open space fund for this. You will never see the numbers because they feed like pigs at the trough on your tax dollars.
Rick September 10, 2012 at 06:48 PM
If 'they' take up all the parking spaces, how do women get in and out of their vehicles?
Mike Howard September 11, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Well look what happened.The Township Committee and Chuck missed the boat again. After having the second steel beam from the Trade Center hidden away for month, then insisting the Town needed a second memorial and spending tens of thousands of dollars building this second memorial,that they insisted would be ready for 9/11. WRONGE!! They missed 9/11. Unbelievable and embarrassinging. Thank you mayor for another missed dead line and waste of Taxpayer money. Just like the Lower Shore Fields. Let's have a little less conversation and a lot more action. And oh yeah, less waste of tax money.
Rick September 12, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Free artificial turf for a free football field. Free piece of steel for a free monument. Wow, how much more FREE STUFF can the taxpayers afford?
God Bless America September 20, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Colleen, I have reviewed this story as you requested, and it has no comment from the Township what so ever as to why they canceled the fire works. The information by the former committeeman is incomplete. It was reported in the Patch that money was used from the open space fund for the barge for these fire works. That cost was $20,000.00 per year. That is public record. All the township officials were at the event when the pictures were taken, why didn't they respond to your request at that time? The people of Barnegat should know why these fire works were canceled and also why the 9-11 event did not happen. They should also know what our open space money is spent on. Please don't close comments on articles concerning the use of our tax dollars. How are we suppose to get the facts when we are not able to talk about these issues? Thanks and God Bless.


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