Monday, May 20, 2013
Planning on driving down the shore or to a family barbecue on Memorial Day Weekend? Buckle up!
As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety is urging everyone to buckle up. The 2013 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign begins Monday, May 20 and runs through Monday, June 2, according to a news release from the agency. Police departments across New Jersey will crack down on motorists who are not belted. "As we kick-off the busy summer driving season it’s important that everyone buckles up every time they go out, both day and night – no excuses," said Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky in a statement. "Officers throughout New Jersey are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt." According to the National …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Home had been undergoing repairs following Sandy.
The storage container holding many of Ray Murdock and his girlfriend's possessions after floodwaters from Sandy damaged their 11th Avenue Ship Bottom home was still in the driveway yesterday morning, as a blaze ripped through it around 8 a.m. today. Although police and fire officials were still determining a cause for the blaze earlier today, Murdock said the fire started in the kitchen area. Murdock said the home has been undergoing extensive repairs from Sandy, including the most recent installation of new subfloor. He motioned to the house, noting it contained photos that had been replacements for the same photos that were ruined during Sandy. Murdock said that although no one was home at the time of the fire, officials were able to …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
One vehicle spun around and into telephone pole.
The driver of a Dodge Ram pickup and the driver of silver Toyota collided yesterday morning, spinning the car into a telephone pole in Ship Bottom yesterday. Police from Ship Bottom, Long Beach Township and Harvey Cedars, as well as units from the Beach Haven First Squad responded to the two-vehicle accident, which took place at Barnegat Avenue and 9th Street around 11:30 a.m. The collision is one of several in recent months reported near this intersection. Patch will update this story as more details become available.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Guadagno making stops in Belmar, Lavallette, Ship Bottom on Wednesday.
The phone rings nearly constantly at Federico's Pizzeria in Belmar. One of numerous employees politely excuses himself as he moves past throngs of media and serious, official-looking people trailing Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno as she converses with restaurant owner David Morin in the kitchen. It's going on noon, lunchtime for the growing line of nearby St. Rose High School kids trying to get a slice before heading back to class. It's one of three scheduled stops today for Guadagno as she touts the Jersey Shore's readiness for commerce, despite the blow struck by Hurricane Sandy. Belmar, she announces during her stop, is "open for business." And it means a lot to the 140 small businesses in Belmar. "You almost can't put a price on what this …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
'Sandy Blows' concert draws a big crowd, big local acts
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Daniel Nee
Sunday, January 13
After Superstorm Sandy blew through Long Beach Island, many a homeowner crossed the causeway a week later to find bay-soaked carpets, displaced boats and waterlogged cars. But for the Ship Bottom Fire Department, the storm took an even heavier toll: about $400,000 worth of equipment lost. Island volunteer fire departments - which have faced hurdles in the past decade thanks to a reduction in the year-round island population as real estate prices skyrocketed - have held on and are credited with countless rescues during the height of the storm. On Saturday night, it was time for the community to give back. Crowds packed the Surf City Fire Company building on Long Beach Boulevard to hear a number of bands perform for 10 hours straight - from …
Monday, December 3, 2012
A month after the storm devastated the Shore, it is still causing harm.
A month after Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore - the storm is still causing harm. Today, a hurricane recovery worker was electrocuted in Ship Bottom while cleaning up debris there. Calls to the Ship Bottom Police Department about the worker's condition were referred to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, which did not immediately return a phone call today. But a statement from the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirmed the incident, and called on employers involved in Sandy recovery efforts to ensure their workers are aware of all hazards they might encounter and know what steps they should take to protect themselves. The statement also defined inherent hazards associated with cleanup work, …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Clean-up and restoration with a dose of humor all go hand in hand as Long Beach Island recovers from Sandy.
Long Beach Island residents - except those from Holgate - returned to their homes Saturday morning, beginning at 6 a.m. During a Friday afternoon news conference in Seaside Heights on Friday, Governor Christie announced that the Route 72 causeway bridge will be open. Christie said the state will allow residents controlled access to assess damage, retrieve belongings and permit repopulation of the island for residents whose homes are safe and habitable. Here is a short photo tour before Saturday's reopening. People should procede with caution as there is still a lot of work going on and dangerous conditions in many areas.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Power is on in Surf City and Ship Bottom, but new weather problems may be on the horizon and gas is weeks away.
Seeing a police officer armed with an automatic rifle at the end of the Causeway in Ship Bottom was a worse sight than any nightmare I have ever had. He and a pair of National Guardsmen were checking IDs and verifying access at the Gateway to Long Beach Island for contractors, utility workers, media and some select home and business owners to protect against looters and ensure the saftey on those coming on to the Island. Businesses that had perishable items were being allowed by Beach Haven to get them and leave. Residents in Surf City whose homes had been “red flagged," essentially declared uninhabitable, were allowed to go in briefly to collect personal items. Those helping to rebuild the island were also arrriving in convoys of dump …
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Chamber of Commerce has sponsored clinic for several years
Teaching a man to fish may feed him for a lifetime, but in Long Beach Island, it may also mean some cash prizes. The LBI Surf Fishing Classic – an autumn-long striped bass and bluefish fishing tournament – officially began Saturday. But before anglers hit the suds in search of a prize winning trophy fish, they sat down to get schooled in all things surf fishing courtesy of some local anglers willing to lend a helping hand. Saturday morning's annual, free Surf Fishing Clinic catered to anglers both novice and advanced who wanted to brush up before the tournament took off. The event is sponsored and organized by the South Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. Anglers gathered at 9 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce building on Route 72 for coffee, …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Ship Bottom merchant organizes conch shell blowers to go for the Guinness World Record
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Steve Moran
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Move over clams! Chowderfest might have been the mollusk du jour on Long Beach Island last weekend, but the conch was making some noise of its own. Actually, it had help from around 200 folks in Ship Bottom looking to get into the Guinness Book of Records for the largest group to blow conch horns in unison. Organized and sponsored by Things-A-Drift in Ship Bottom and Echoes of LBI magazine, the group conch blowing was just one of the events held during their annual Sea Glass Festival in Ship Bottom. Cheryl Kirby, owner of the shop specializing in shells and Echoes magazine, said the organizers were hoping to set the record by getting 200 or more people on Saturday afternoon. Through out the day the bleating, blaring and honking of the …