Friday, November 2, 2012
Restoring power, access to fuel are immediate priorities, governor says
Parts of the Jersey Shore are “unrecognizable,” Gov. Chris Christie said in Brick Friday afternoon. Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno toured parts of Ocean County, including Mantoloking and Bay Head Friday, before coming to a FEMA relief center set up at Emma Havens Young Elementary School in Brick to address the media. “The destruction the lieutenant governor and I have seen … is just unfathomable,” said Christie. “I’ve driven on Route 35 since I was coming to the shore with my parents as a young child. And you just can’t recognize the place. It is heartbreaking." “It’s unrecognizable,” he said. “Once you’re able to go there, you will not believe what you see.” Chritie described walking on Route 35 where sand was piled calf-deep. “I tell…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Barriers islands south of Point Pleasant to Seaside Park will also be affected.
Amid reports of "major gas leaks," following Sandy, officials with New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) announced they are shutting off the natural gas infrastructure that serves Long Beach Island, as well as other hurricane-damaged barrier islands south of Point Pleasant Beach to Seaside Park. Approximately 28,000 customers will be impacted, officials said. Atlantic City Electric reported earlier today that electricity will be restored to LBI once the natural gas system is shut down. “Our crews did everything we could to save the system,” Chief Operating Officer Kathleen T. Ellis said in a prepared statement. “We were only able to gain access to some of the most damaged areas within the last 24 hours, and the devastation is nothing that could …
Police presence keeping people away from island, but it is to keep them safe, and away from health risks, coordinator says.
New Jersey State Police are now patrolling the bay between Manahawkin and Long Beach Island, so "anyone who should not be coming [to LBI] puts themselves at risk of being arrested," according to Beach Haven's Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator. In an instant message interview last night, Beverly Tromm told Patch that she has been on the island with her husband, Bill, Beach Haven's emergency management coordinator, and others since the start of the storm. "I got to my home today for the first time," Tromm said. "There is no electricity,
There are major gas leaks here
." It is these problems, among others, that led to police in Harvey Cedars issuing a statement that it would likely be at least 10 days …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Surf City already being impacted by Sandy
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Mandatory evacuations of certain parts of Stafford and Barnegat expected to take effect at noon tomorrow.
The Route 72 Causeway Bridge headed east will shut down after 4 p.m. tomorrow, according to police and fire officials gathered at a first responders' meeting held earlier today in Harvey Cedars. The westbound lanes of the bridge will be shut down when winds reach 40 mph, police said. Although traffic will be able to leave the island after 4 p.m., Stafford Police Chief Joseph Giberson stressed the importance of residents vacating as soon as possible. Giberson and Long Beach Island first responders made the decision about the Causeway bridge after being told at the meeting, by a National Weather Service officials that "flooding in all bay/lagoon communities could reach as high as five to seven feet above the top of bulkheads." "Look at your…
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Governor blasts Dems on taxes but tip toes around the question of municipal consolidation.
Governor Chris Christie brought his Endless Summer Tour for Tax Reform to Long Beach Island on Thursday. He spoke to an overflow crowd that filled the pavilion and lined the boardwalks on either side of Bayview Park in Long Beach Township’s Brant Beach section. Christie began his commentary outlining the bipartisanship in Trenton that had accomplished items like tenure reform and scaling down the size of government. But he quickly went back into attack mode on the “Corizine Democrats” when it came to tax reform. “The Democrats need to come off the beach, just for one day, and pass the tax cut,” he said. Christie also took a swipe at fellow conservative Bill O'Reilly, who has chided him for not passing Jessica's Law that would further …
Friday, July 6, 2012
An exodus to the beach to beat the heat coupled with scattered fender benders backs up traffic past the Parkway in Manahawkin
By noon today, the traffic on Route 72 East was bumper-to-bumper and moving at a crawl from the Garden State Parkway to over the Causeway into Ship Bottom. A three-car accident closed off one lane of the eastbound Causeway and other minor accidents and broken down vehicles could be seen along the highway. The Stafford Police Department has been contacted for more details and will be reported as they come in. For now, anticipate at least an hour to travel to LBI from the Garden State Parkway. Mill Creek Road is backed up to where it meets East Bay Avenue and East Bay Avenue leading down to Marsha Drive, the last light before the Causeway is also backed up. Stafford Police are on duty on the side roads, such as Jennings Road and Mill Creek, …
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Heavy rains blamed for stirring up trash, eel grass found from Ship Bottom to Barnegat Light
Updated 7:30 p.m.: According to Larry Hajna, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, about 50 syringes were among the debris that crews cleaned up from the beaches in Long Beach Island today. An examination of the syringes confirmed they were washed from storm drains, Hajna said. The syringes were part of a lengthy washup of eel grass and trash along the beaches from Barnegat Light all the way to Ship Bottom, Hajna said. "This happens from time to time after a heavy rain, like we had on Wednesday," he said earlier in the afternoon. Beaches, which reportedly were closed while the debris was removed, were expected to reopen Sunday. Earlier: Crews are headed out to the beaches on Long Beach Island to clean up trash, …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Patch is coming, today, to the place where President Nixon dined at Burger King; where the sand is soft and the seas are serene; and where my wife and I floated around in a boat
The lagoons that ran between the Manahawkin bungalows, each showing a metallic shade of grayish brown, were waist-deep in muck. The water had no waves, no wake. Not even a ripple. Come winter, the lagoon water was so solid, so still, it froze like a quarter-mile-long ice cube. In boredom, I threw pennies from my second-story apartment and watched them bounce like balls on the rock-hard surface. Those coins would rap against that ice so hard, they'd clang like tiny bells. All the while, and despite the noise, not a single light would pop on. Not even a T.V. I was in my mid-to-late 20s, and I was alone, in Manahawkin, N.J., living the southern Ocean County life. Life rarely strayed beyond the skinny, wood-panel walls of my apartment. In the …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Seven people perished during the three-day coastal storm that battered Long Beach Island and the New Jersey Shore
"It was unexpected and unannounced, sudden and surly, inundating, devastating, mutilating, obliteratiing. It battered and bludgeoned the shore until there was no more shore, unti it was all running water and milling debris, until almost every trace of a human presence had been wasted away. Then it was gone." - Great Storms of the Jersey Shore, by Larry Savadove and Margaret Buchholz At first, the Great Atlantic Storm of 1962 seemed like any other nor'easter. The National Weather Service forecast on March 5 called for northeast winds of 10 to 15 knots, with snow. But by nightime, the forecast had changed. Tides were expected to run several feet above normal. Winds would blow at a steady 35 to 45 knots. By the morning of March 6, the …