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Ortley Beach Cleanup Today

Volunteers should meet at Bellcrest Plaza in Toms River.

Between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. today, Sunday, Nov. 25, volunteers will work to clean up Ortley Beach after Sandy.

Volunteers should meet at Bellcrest Plaza on Fischer Blvd in Toms River, 931-953 Fischer Blvd.

After passing  the Cattus Island Park entrance - volunteers - who should be at least age 18 - are urged to look for the Surfrider Foundation flag in the large parking lot.

Volunteers are encouraged to:

- bring your own food and water for the day.

- wear work clothes, heavy boots, work gloves, and dust masks/respirators

- bring pry bars, hammers, contractor bags, brooms, shovels.

Volunteers are also reminded that there will be limited bathroom access.

Mark November 26, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Toms River elected officials and the Police Chief are totally clueless. These checkpoints accomplish nothing other then creating unfair and unnecessary hardship for Ortley Beach homeowners. The Police Dept is probably angeling for Federal Money and these BS checkpoints are the excuse for overtime! Stop it Mastronardy! All barrier islanad homeowners should come to Tuesday's Town council meeting and voice your concerns! Tuesday 11/27/12 6 PM Town Hall 33 Washington St.
Chuck Lada November 26, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Mark... Why are you and I the only ones who realize the "police presense" is more about sucking up overtime then protecting the public. Thankfuly FEMA must have stopped paying the Maryland troopers that were denying me access to the Seaside Heights beach under the guise of safety. Saturday I was finally able to take a much enjoyed walk along the surf.
Jeremey Philips November 27, 2012 at 01:38 AM
I realized it from the very beginning and I live up north. We had a lot of extra police and overtime too do to the lights being out. I can't even imagine down the shore where you were harder hit. The police and town's hype everything up and then it spreads amongst the citizens. They scare the public in to believing there will be more problems than there really is, such as black outs, damage, safety, looting, fighting then they want praise. That's their job, they are getting paid and we have to be thankful...Give me a break. Like someone said, If they really wanted to help their own towns they could volunteer after their 40 hrs. Everyone knows that will never happen from the greedy police. So many other volunteered for nothing. That is the person's to praise. Christie better get some money for these towns or we will be all over this. I feel sorry for the beach areas. But, I don't want to pay for them. We will have to pay for them too one way or another through state and federal funding. It's not fair. I live up north in a flooded area, you know how many times we had to rebuild without anyones help. We had to do it ourselves.
jerseyswamps November 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM
cpa, I received a hot meal from the Red Cross while cleaning out my flooded place. Hot coffee would have been nice too but he said they weren't allowed to carry hot liquids. I also received offers from several church groups. Plus they offered cleaning supplies. The church people were all volunteers spending their own money. The Red Cross guy was from out of state driving a very nice expensive looking truck. You claim to know the numbers. How much did that hot meal really cost? 10% for fundraising and management? OK. What about the cost of the trucks? All those people you mentioned from around the country. Are they all volunteers or are they paid? If volunteers did they pay their own way here and pay for their own housing? I've seen a Red Cross staging area in Middletown. Must have been 50 nice new trucks and other support vehicles. If I gave $100 to the Red Cross I'd be surprised if as much as $25 got back to the people who got flooded.
Ken307 December 30, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I, as an Ortley Beach homeowner am disgraced, and ashamed by the comments that I have read. GROW UP AND STEP UP! I understand completely the emotional, physical and financial phases we are going through. This is something we all knew would happen, but not of this magnatude. You make me laugh, "NOW YOU WANT DUNES", typical liberal mentality. (I HOPE THERE ECO FRIENDLY) Let's put a windmill in the Surf Club, or maybe Sunny Hunny, and that will work. I give alot of credit to the TR Police Dept. especially Chief Mastronardy, and Mass. Sate Troopers, plus our guys, and all the volunteers. In the scheme of things, with total shock and awe, your all worried about port-a-potties. You should all take a pee in your living rooms if you have one, it will probably smell better than the mold. STOP BEING CHIEFS, and be an Indian for once in your llife. Thanks everyone for all your help. truly appreciated

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