Thursday, March 21, 2013
Governor provides update on rebuilding, with focus on flood maps and Blue Acres buyout, and plenty of anecdotes
The initial FEMA flood maps, which could create thousands more in insurance premiums and have residents raising their houses feet off the ground, are "too aggressive," said Gov. Christie at a town hall meeting today. He addressed a packed crowd of officials and residents in the Hurricane Sandy damaged town of Manasquan. Christie returned to the complicated and controversial topic of what would happen with flood maps and how to rebuild the Jersey Shore. "This initial map has been too aggressive," said Christie, referring to areas of land and the suggested heights property in those zones would be raised. Christie's town hall event filled Manasquan High School, as the governor pushed for the adoption of "fair" base flood elevation maps in …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Closings and cancellations reported for Monmouth, Ocean and Atlantic counties
Saturday, February 9
Here is a list of closings and cancellations for the Shore area. Please add to the comments below if you have a closing to announce. - In Brick, because of the inclement weather, all district sports and activities are cancelled all day Saturday. - Toms River Regional Schools is cancelling all activities, rentals and sporting events for Saturday. - In Toms River, two exceptions are being made in the school district: The Magic 101 Women’s Expo at the Pine Belt Arena, and both the 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. performances of the High School East play, “In the Heights,” are not cancelled and will go on as scheduled on Saturday. - In Point Boro, all weekend sports activities are canceled. - Ocean County College’s Main Campus in Toms River, the Southern …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Outages to increase as Sandy barrels towards the Shore
Update, 6 p.m.: Outages have reached 126,739 in Ocean County and 120,000 in Monmouth County. --- There are nearly 24,000 reported power outages in Monmouth and Ocean counties as of early Monday afternoon, according to a Jersey Central Power & Light map. As of early Monday afternoon, there were 23,559 outages reported in Monmouth and Ocean. However, there was no way to immediately learn if some without power have not reported it yet because they may have no means of communication without electricity. But according to the information available, the highest number of outages in one town in the two counties was Middletown, with 6,869. Another town with a high number of reported outages was Berkeley in southern Ocean County with 1,848. …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Utility cautions that using generators can be dangerous
JCP&L is getting ready for Hurricane Sandy, with extra staff on standby and a lot of lessons learned. JCP&L clearly has not forgotten the criticism it took after Tropical Storm Irene ravaged New Jersey in August 2011. Utility officials learned from it, made a wide array of improvements in technology, communications and planning and they're ready to put that to the test, said JCP&L spokesman Ron Morano. "We've made improvements to how we provide customer information," Morano said, adding the company is doing all it can to prepare for Sandy and to plan on how to keep officials and residents informed and well-served. For starters, JCP&L is doing what everyone else is doing: closely watching weather forecasts, trying to figure out when and …
Monday, September 17, 2012
The Wrecking Ball Tour’s last Jersey dates are this weekend. Share your favorite memories of the Boss.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will make their last Wrecking Ball Tour stop in New Jersey this weekend with performances at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Jersey Shore folks know Bruce better than most, and we bet you’ve got some great stories to share. Let us know about your favorite Springsteen concert. What was happening in your life at the time? What made it so special? And if you have any photos of you and your family and friends at the Wrecking Ball Tour, upload them to this article.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
At 89, Jim DiMarco is one of the Jersey Shore's oldest workers. What keeps him coming to work? He loves to share his positive outlook on life—and hugs, lots of hugs.
Buy a beach tag from Jim DiMarco and you might get more than you bargained for. Just ask the young couple who stopped by his office on a recent Saturday morning to buy a pair of weekly tags. “Is this your wife?” DiMarco questioned the impossibly young-looking customer about his equally youthful companion. Taken aback a bit, the man answered that yes, it was. “Well, here's my recommendation,” DiMarco said. “Listen to her.” Dramatic pause. “Then do whatever you want.” The couple laughed good-naturedly, then went on their way, presumably to enjoy some beach time in Ocean City. After they left, DiMarco admitted, “I'm not afraid to do anything I want.” And why should he be? After all, DiMarco, who works at the office at the Ocean City Music …
Friday, May 11, 2012
Island Beach State Park and Jenkinson's finished second and third, respectively
Friday, May 11, 2012
A late, improbable rally put Belmar beaches at the top of this week's Readers' Choice poll for favorite Jersey Shore "staycation" spots, with 113 votes. Belmar is known for it's wide, long boardwalk, and its attraction to college-age adults who enjoy the beach and the local night-life. Island Beach State Park, the only natural beach on the Jersey Shore other than Sandy Hook, led for much of the week but finished second with 82 votes. Jenkinson's Boardwalk, which includes an aquarium, rides, food and other seaside pleasures in Point Pleasant Beach, finished third with 77. Thank you for voting in this week's poll. Results are at the bottom of this article. Other choices in the poll included: Fantasy Island Family-fun amusement park in Beach …
Saturday, February 18, 2012
I grew up at the Jersey Shore, and I admired her from afar - but I was closer to her than I thought
Growing up, I wanted to be the greatest at whatever I did, the guy who'd rise above the troubles of my family. I wanted to become the Muhammad Ali, even the Whitney Houston, in my corner of the world. I wanted to be the best runner, the best baseball player, the best surfer, even if I couldn't swim until I was 8. I grew up at the Jersey Shore but, for so many years, I was too afraid to swim in water that went over my head. I wanted to be the best writer, even as my college roommate at Rutgers made fun of it, calling it "a bad imitation of Shakespeare." I wanted to be a musician, even if I didn't know my octaves from my falsettos, or my piano keys from my car keys. I wanted to be a star, but not one of power, money and fame. I wanted to …
Friday, February 17, 2012
One accident on the North Jersey Coast Line was too much. Now it's up to five since April 1, 2011.
The voices are getting louder now. They're getting louder than the thunderous waves that crash on the beaches of Manasquan, Long Branch, Point Pleasant and Seaside Heights in the middle of a Nor'easter. They're louder than the voices on that MTV show that co-opted the Jersey Shore name. Seven dead in three years. At least three of them were suicides. From 2008 to 2009, four Manasquan High School students - or recent graduates at the time - were hit and killed by NJ Transit trains. Now Wednesday, when a teenager from Spring Lake Heights died after he was hit by a train. He apparently made no attempt to get out of the way, officials said. These tragedies on the Jersey Coast rail tracks were once thought to be isolated and independent. Now …
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Some avian species rarely come ashore, so to see them, bird lovers have to head to sea
This week, we're re-running this column about the pelagic species found in our waters because the best time of year to see them is once again approaching. Follow the links below to find out how you can get out to see and catch a glimpse of some of these hard-to-find species. When it comes to winter birding, the Jersey Shore is almost unbeatable. But there are some species that even dedicated birdwatchers will almost never get to see unless they give up landlubber status and take to the sea. What it is: Pelagic trips take birders beyond the shoreline to get up close and personal with birds of the open ocean. These species, known as pelagics – from the Greek pelagos, meaning sea – often come to land only to nest. Even then, their terra …