Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Farias has recently moved to the mainland while six other stores are being renovated on Long Beach Island.
After the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, Farias Surf and Sport Shop of Long Beach Island has been using means of relocation, renovation and volunteer work to save its business and support its community. Farias has recently moved to the mainland while six other stores are being renovated on Long Beach Island. The store’s new location is on Route 72 in Manahawkin, and manager Gary Grippaldi, 39, said they plan on making this location a permanent shop. Although the mainland shop is thriving, renovating the other shops and replacing damaged merchandise is still a struggle. According to Grippaldi, the Ship Bottom and Beach Haven shops had about four feet of water inside the buildings. He said the water damage destroyed their computers and 90 …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Video and marketing campaigns spread the word.
The We Are LBI effort was created after Sandy by a team of Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce members who wanted to invite local business into the spotlight. In addition to creating a dedicated website, WEARELBI.com, a marketing campaign has been launched to bring focus and revamped energy to the "Shop and Support local" effort, a mantra which has always encompassed the area. Marketing committee Chairman Jeremy DeFilippis noted in a press release about the effort: "Please check out our website, www.WeAreLbi.com, which features a wonderfully well done video and help us spread our message that the LBI Region is open for business and ready for summer 2013!" By working parallel with ongoing, traditional Chamber programs, DeFilippis and others…
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Event will be at St. Francis Community Center.
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Sunday, March 10
The St. Francis Community Center will host a fish and chip dinner on Wednesady, March 13. Catered by Thistle of Kearny, the event will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Francis Center Gymnasium. An adult fish or chicken dinner is $15 and a child dinner is $8.50. 50/50 tickets will be available. Event tickets are on sale now at St. Francis Center Front Desk, 4700 Long Beach Blvd. A limited amount of tickets will also be available the day of the event. All proceeds to benefit St. Francis Parish and Center.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Event will feature a number of family-friendly events.
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Friday, March 8
March 9 marks the “Fourth Annual Wings over Long Beach Island Day." This event will feature a number of activities including: 10 a.m. – Welcome Barnegat Lighthouse Visitor Center, Broadway, Barnegat Light Throughout the day, members of the Southern Ocean Birding Group will be stationed along the Lighthouse’s jetty with binoculars and scopes to help the public locate and identify birds and to answer birding questions. 11 a.m. - Four Seasons of Birding on Long Beach Island. Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, 120 Long Beach Blvd., Loveladies, NJ Join Susan Puder, author of New Jersey Birds and Beyond to learn to identify birds, find out why Long Beach Island is such an important area to view birds, and birds that can…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
VIDEO: Bay whipped up by nor'easter, ocean roars
Monday, February 11, 2013
If your business lost revenue because of Superstorm Sandy, apply for an SBA Loan.
Did your business in the Barnegat, Manahawin or Long Beach Island-area lose revenue because of Superstorm Sandy? If so, you should apply for a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan, even if your business was not physically damaged or flooded by the storm, according to an SBA official who addressed a crowd of 450 to 500 people in Point Pleasant Beach on Wednesday night. Those businesses may be eligible for "Economic Injury Loans," Garth McDonald, an SBA public affairs specialist, said to an overflow crowd at G. Harold Antrim Elementary School. Any owner of a business, home or car that was flooded or damaged physically should also apply for the low-interest loans, McDonald said. He said there are loans available for up to $2 million for …
Southern Ocean Chamber encouraging people to book their Valentine's Day weekend plans now.
The Long Beach Island Region will be layered with chocolate-covered specials for all to enjoy this week, as the popular winter event Chocolate Week has returned. Officials with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce note the event will include specials, discounts and deals to encourage Valentine’s Day getaways, unique family winter breaks or President's Day visitors. "Start planning your 2013 with confidence that the LBI Region is ready and waiting post Sandy," Lori A. Pepenella, who is the Destination Marketing Director for the Long Beach Island Region DMO, said in a prepared statement. Some long-time favorites are back, such as vacation rental open houses, which are complimented by chocolate kisses, a Chocolate Cooking Class …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Heavy rain causes big puddles, but little in the way of tidal flooding on LBI
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- Daniel Nee
Friday, February 8
House raisers and carpenters note spike in work, adding that many residents are waiting for insurance funds before signing contracts.
The message on the answering machine at LBI House Raising is telling: "Due to the high volume of requests we are receiving, we are only able to provide estimates for Long Beach Island homeowners at this time. Please check back with us periodically for updates. We apologize for the inconvenience." There was a time, LBI House Raising Co-owner Nancy Leonetti said, when their contractors would travel all the way to Flemington, N.J., to raise a home. But that all changed after Hurricane Sandy. If there can be one "bright spot" in Sandy's wake, it would be the growth in certain businesses that cater to the rebuilding efforts needed all along the shore, from private home rebuilds to construction of various recreational areas, like boardwalks. …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Connor helped establish the New Jersey Veterans Hospital Task Force.
Monday, February 4
Sen. Christopher J. Connors has been named the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Department of New Jersey "Legislator of the Year." Connors was the prime sponsor of legislation that helped establish the New Jersey Veterans Hospital Task Force, of which he is a co-chair. He also serves on the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. “Throughout my legislative tenure, I have been privileged to have had numerous opportunities to work closely with veterans’ organizations to represent the interests of our veterans who, along with their families, have sacrificed so much to protect the freedoms we all enjoy today," Connors said in a statement issued by the District 9 legislative office. "This is important as I, along with my 9th District …