Friday, May 24, 2013
Christie visits brother's house in Point Beach, then greets residents on boardwalk in downpour
President Obama may visit Point Pleasant Beach on Tuesday, but it's not definite yet if that will be one of his stops at the Jersey Shore, said Gov. Christie in Point Beach early Friday afternoon. "I don't know yet where he's going," said Christie, on the second level of the Boardwalk Bar and Grill on Friday, in between doing television interviews and greeting Jenkinson's owners and other well-wishers. "But, yes, this is one of the places that's being looked at," he said. "It's up to the White House where he goes. They tell us where they want to go and we bring them." "Put in a good word for Point Beach, Governor," said Point Beach Councilman William Mayer, smiling. "Put in a good word for Point Beach? OK!" replied Christie, matter of …
Gov. Christie appeared at Seaside Heights boardwalk Friday to promote the Jersey Shore
The Jersey Shore is officially open for summer, Gov. Chris Christie said as he spent Friday morning in Seaside Heights promoting tourism in New Jersey. Early Friday, Christie appeared on NBC's Today Show, which broadcast its morning news program live from Seaside Heights. The governor later cut a ceremonial ribbon — a Guinness World Record at over five miles long — to officially declare the shore open. "It's an incredible day for New Jersey," Christie said in remarks. "I'm so thrilled that this morning we're here with the whole country welcoming the Jersey Shore back." After being battered by Superstorm Sandy, many businesses on the boardwalk are open and welcoming customers, though others continue to make repairs. Despite some grey …
Accident this morning happened just west of Berkeley Township Police Department
A Toms River man was charged with careless driving and driving while suspended after his car veered off Pinewald-Keswick Road and struck a tree, Detective Sgt. James J. Smith said. Natale Lacatena, 71, Millbrook Drive, was traveling west on the roadway in a blue mini-van when the car left the roadway at 8:02 a.m., Smith said. The car struck a Verizon utility box and a tree. The tree toppled and fell across the roadway. Pinewald-Keswick Road was briefly closed until the tree could be removed, he said. The Pinewald Pioneer Fire Company responded. Lacatena was checked out at the scene by members of the Bayville First Aid Squad, but he refused further medical treatment, Smith said. The roadway was reopened after the tree was removed, he said.
Getting the word out that the Shore is open for business is key, however
The road to a summer filled with music, dancing and plenty of partying in Seaside Heights began on a Saturday afternoon in December, two months to the day Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore. That was the day John Kern, lead singer of cover band Shorty Long and the Jersey Horns, and his 11 bandmates performed at The Beachcomber Bar and Grill for the first time since the storm struck. In fact, it was the first time any band had played in the borough since Oct. 29. Slowly but surely, most of the Shore's cathedrals of nightlife began to reopen after they were damaged during the storm. Though not as profitable as the lucrative summer season, the vast majority of the region's bars and nightclubs remain open year round, and as …
Lacey Resident Bill Moss recalls the years he and his family spent in Moore, Oklahoma
Like many others, Beach Boulevard resident Bill Moss and his wife were horrified by the devastation in Moore, Oklahoma caused by the F4 tornado that ripped through the town on Monday. And although that was a common reaction, the news literally hit home for the Moss family. "We cried," Moss said. "My wife and I both cried." Bill - a former hardware and paint manager for Sears - got to pick where they wanted to go when he was transferred back in 1977. California or Oklahoma. It was their choice. They picked Oklahoma. The couple bought a spacious ranch home on South Main Street in Moore, where they settled in with their two young boys, Scott and Shaun. The boys had an easy walk to their school. The house was only 500 feet from the Plaza …
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Will the weather keep them away? Every summer weekend, the traffic on Route 37 typically is bumper-to-bumper and moving at a crawl between the Garden State Parkway and Seaside Heights. Typically, you should anticipate up to a half hour, or more, to travel between Seaside and the Garden State Parkway. What are you seeing? Send us your photos and let us know in the comments.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
DEP Commissioner: side scan sonar used to detect sunken debris; Tourism Commissioner: rental market is healthy
Though immense devastation from Superstorm Sandy remains visible up and down the New Jersey coastline, beaches, boardwalks and even rental homes are ready for the annual influx of summer tourists that will begin this weekend, officials said Thursday at the annual "State of the Shore" event in Belmar. The State of the Shore report is presented by state officials and the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium every year before Memorial Day weekend kicks off, but this year it evolved to mark the unofficial reopening of the Shore area following Sandy. With emergency repairs to state and local infrastructure damaged by the storm now complete, work has started on the state's long term recovery, said Bob Martin, commissioner of the state Department of …
This will be Obama's first visit to Shore since just after Sandy
President Obama and Gov. Christie will visit the Jersey Shore on Tuesday, according to The Record in Bergen County. Herb Jackson of the Record and northjersey.com reports President Obama will visit the Jersey Shore on Tuesday with Gov. Christie. This will be Obama's first visit to the area since Oct. 31, just after the storm struck. More information can be found here.
As Memorial Day weekend approaches, beaches look safe for swimming
Volunteer divers from Divers Two in Avon-by-the-Sea came to Brick Wednesday to search the oceanfront area for debris left over from Superstorm Sandy. But hours into their search, nothing had been found. Dives will continue throughout the summer season all along the Jersey Shore as a precaution, officials said. Recently, volunteer divers affiliated with the Point Pleasant First Aid and Emergency Squad, serving Point Beach, Bay Head and Mantoloking, dove off the shore of Point Pleasant Beach and did not find any significant debris or problems.
Checkpoints set up throughout Ocean County all weekend
Drivers getting stopped at DWI checkpoints this weekend will also be checked for being under the influence of drugs, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's office. With the start of the busy summer travel season looming, Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the continuation of the annual countywide DWI checkpoint program. The program, which supplements local DWI enforcement, consists of staging numerous checkpoints throughout the county. "Most significant for the program this year, is the addition of two drug recognition experts at each checkpoint to detect those under the influence of narcotics," says a prepared statement from the prosecutor's office. Coronato, quoted in the statement, reminds drivers that "an extra measure…