Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty: 'We're Back!'
Gov. Chris Christie, local officials and thousands of residents were on hand Wednesday morning to christen Belmar's rebuilt boardwalk. The 1.3 mile-long boardwalk, which spans the length of the borough, was destroyed Oct. 29 during Superstorm Sandy. Mayor Matt Doherty said crews began working to rebuild it in January and remained on schedule so it could be reopened by Memorial Day weekend.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Governor on hand for first phase of boardwalk rebuild
Gov. Chris Christie and a host of elected officials stood amid a still recovering Ocean Avenue in Belmar Wednesday to kick off the rebuilding of the borough’s boardwalk 73 days after Hurricane Sandy. Flanked by Mayor Matthew Doherty and U.S. Reps. Chris Smith and Frank Pallone, Christie gave a decidedly upbeat speech to a crowd of more than 200 assembled in front of a massive pile driver as construction on the $6.6 million boardwalk commenced. Calling the Jersey Shore “the heartbeat of our state,’’ Christie said that Belmar was on the vanguard of shore towns rebuilding after the devastating storm. "Belmar is leading the way to recovery,'' Christie said. "Today is one of the great, great first moments of the rebuilding of our state, and, …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie traveled across the state Tuesday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, with stops in Belmar and Avalon.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie traveled across the state Tuesday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, with stops in Belmar and Avalon. Got your own photos of storm damage? Add them here by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button with this story.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Team from Yardley, Pa., takes 'Best on the Beach' prize
A Pennsylvania family won this year's New Jersey Sandcastle Contest with a massive sand sculpture of a shark fighting an octopus — aptly named "Shark vs. Octopus." Hundreds of amateur sand sculptors from across the state and elsewhere braved the oppressive heat, which reached the upper 90s, Wednesday in Belmar for the 26th annual sandcastle competition on 18th Avenue beach. The air was hot and the sand was dry, but that didn't stop the Holliday family from crossing the Delaware river for their 8 a.m. arrival on the sands of Belmar and working straight through until the judging began at noon. Chris and his son Alex, 15, daughter Courtney, 17, and wife Lori along with their friends Jackson Hurlbert, 15, Brandon McKee, 15, and Craig …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
26th Annual event set for 8 a.m. at 18th Ave. beach
The New Jersey Sandcastle Contest is back in Belmar for its 26th year Wednesday, July 18. The contest kicks off at 8 a.m. at 18th Avenue Beach in Belmar, and judging begins at noon, organizers said. This year's contest, presented by the Belmar Tourism Commission, is sponsored by D'Jais and several other local businesses. Contestants can register on site beginning at 8 a.m. The competition is free and open to participants of all ages, organizers said. Three prize places are awarded in six individual categories: There is also a "Best on the Beach" award. In addition, there will be free giveaways, drinks, snacks, music and more, according to organizers.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Undercover police will be behind the counter in liquor stores across the Jersey Shore this summer
The state attorney general on Tuesday came to Belmar to outline his plan to stop underage drinking at the Jersey Shore. Jeffrey S. Chiesa, along with several state and local officials, and members of the liquor and prevention industry gathered at the Taylor Pavillion at the beach to discuss the "Cops in Shops" initiative, which puts undercover officers behind liquor store counters, to reign in underage drinking. Since its implementation in 1996, nearly 10,000 underage persons and adults have been arrested in the state as a result of the initiative, according to a release from the attorney general's office. This year 30 shore police departments — more than a dozen from Monmouth Beach down to Toms River were represented Tuesday — are …
Friday, January 20, 2012
Local boats seeing better action recently
Local captains reported better action over the past week this week, as the winter cod and ling fisheries began to heat up. High winds kept the party boat Gambler at the dock earlier this week, but the last time lines were dropped, fishing (more specifically, catching) was good. "On Monday, we had a good catch of ling and a few cod," Capt. Bob said on the boat's website. "Bill Bryne of Toms River caught about two dozen ling, an 8 pound purple hake and a 6 pound cod. Weather permitting, we'll be fishing everyday." There were some good numbers reported on board the Jamaica II party boat out of Brielle as well. "The wreckmasters" are running 12 hour and 14 hour cod-long combination trips these days. Ling have been found in the deep on recent …