Saturday, May 25, 2013
Upload your opinions to Patch directly - it's quick and easy.
Patch is not your run-of-the-mill, average news website. We want to hear from our readers about anything and everything that is going on in town! Want to publicly thank someone? Have an opinion you want to vocalize? Share your viewpoint by posting a “Letter to the Editor” in Patch’s Local Voices section. Here's how: When you are on the Barnegat-Manahawkin Patch homepage, click on the "Want to blog on Patch?" button under the top four stories on the site. Then: Voila! It is that quick and easy to have your thoughts and feelings published. Local Voices is not just a place to submit letters to the editor every so often - although you can certainly use it that way. If you have something more to say, consider posting to Local Voices as often …
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS: Let us know if you're seeing what has become the weekly exodus to and from the beach.
Will the weather keep them away? Every summer weekend, the traffic on Route 72 is typically bumper-to-bumper and moving at a crawl between the Garden State Parkway and the Causeway into Ship Bottom. Typically, you should anticipate up to a half hour, or more, to travel between LBI and the Garden State Parkway. Mill Creek Road is typically backed up to where it meets East Bay Avenue and East Bay Avenue leading down to Marsha Drive, and the last light before the Causeway is usually backed up. Stafford Police are on duty on the side roads, such as Jennings Road and Mill Creek, to ensure vehicles are proceeding safely through these residential neighborhoods. What are you seeing? Send us your photos and let us know in the comments.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Initial contract will construct a bridge parallel to existing structure.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced that preliminary construction work is underway on the $350 million Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges project, and that two lanes of traffic will be maintained to allow access to Long Beach Island during the busy daytime hours and weekends of the summer months ahead. The initial $90 million contract will construct a new bridge parallel to the existing one over Manahawkin Bay, officials have said. NJDOT’s contractor, Schiavone Construction Co., this week began preparing for heavy construction activity by installing signs and paving in the vicinity of U-turn ramps on Cedar Bonnet Island in the center portion of the causeway. The work sets the stage for creating a construction…
Saturday, May 18, 2013
College acceptance letters are in—tell Patch where you're headed next!
Calling all Barnegat and Manahawkin-area seniors and senior parents: What's next for you after graduation? Whether you're headed to college or starting a new job, tell us your plans in the comments below. You can upload a picture here, too. Just click "Upload Photos and Videos." Congratulations, Class of 2013!
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Another arrest involved a burglary in progress.
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Thursday, May 9
On Sunday May 5, 2013 at 10:22 a.m., Stafford Township Police arrested and charged Frank Clementi with shoplifting from the Kmart Department store in Manahawkin. Clementi was arrested without incident after store security observed him steal $108 in store merchandise, which included mostly women's lingerie and a DVD movie that was ironically titled, "The Thief." Clementi was released pending a future court appearance in Stafford Township Municipal Court. Ptl. Drew Smith was the arresting officer. Also, Stafford Township police reported that on April 25, 2013 at 2:41 p.m., they received a report of a burglary in progress to a seasonal residence located on Windward Drive. Responding officers located and arrested 47-year-old Jeffrey Murray of…
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.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
An interactive map, produced by NJ Spotlight, breaks down insurance costs by town following Hurricane Sandy.
An interactive map, produced by New Jersey Spotlight and published late last week, provides a complete breakdown of every insurance claim paid in New Jersey since Hurricane Sandy by town, giving further insight into the totality of losses suffered during the late-October storm. Information from the color-coded map was compiled using the most recent data from the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI). Based on the most recent data, the Barnegat area — encompassing the area with an 08005 ZIP code — incurred nearly $7.9 million in losses, with about $7.4 million paid. A total of 1202 claims were filed, with 800 paid and 301 closed without payment. Based on the most recent data, the Manahawkin area — encompassing the area …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Middletown topped the list of 540 municipalities.
As municipalities continue to find ways to upgrade their websites to meet the requirements for the Governor's Best Standards Checklist, towns now know where they stand in the state among other municipal websites. According to a Monmouth University poll ranking 540 municipal websites in the state, Middletown, out of Monmouth County, ranks first and Tavistock Borough, Camden County, ranks 540th. Franklin Lakes Borough, out of Bergen County, was second and West Windsor Township, from Mercer County, was third. Barnegat Township ranked 148th, but they are currently upgrading their town's website and that work is expected to be completed in the next few weeks, according to information presented at the last committee meeting. Stafford Township …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Learn who founded Earth Day and why we celebrate it April 22.
Today marks the 44th annual Earth Day, a celebration that began in 1970 as a protest movement against pollution. Here are five facts about why we "go green" every April 22. 1. We have late U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) to thank for the official Earth Day celebration. But many credit John McConnell, an activist who proposed the day at a National UNESCO Conference in 1969, with founding Earth Day. While McConnell’s earlier Earth Day Proclamation received support from top United Nations officials, Nelson's work to have national teach-ins on April 22, 1970, spurred the national movement that became known as Earth Day. Both men commonly are referred to as Earth Day’s founder. 2. Nelson’s push for Earth Day stemmed from years of frustration …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
How did you celebrate Earth Day?
Turtles wriggled, children bounced, goats were fed and life got a little greener at the Earth Day 2013 celebration at Riverfront Park, in Point Borough on Saturday afternoon. The annual event, featuring about 90 vendors and nonprofit groups, live music, food, children's rides, games and face painting and live greyhounds, was again planned and run by the Point Pleasant Borough Environmental Commission. Hundreds of people flocked to the park and got to taste some seafood and barbecue, pet some farm animals, get some information about how to live life greener and smarter and, last but not least, to see live turtles. That last feature was courtesy of the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Sciences, a high school based in Manahawkin…