Friday, May 24, 2013
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 …
Entire boardwalk now open as other rebuilding continues
Gov. Christie is expected to be at the Boardwalk Bar and Grill on the Point Beach boardwalk at 12:15 p.m. today. The visit will be one of a number of Jersey Shore stops made this weekend by the governor, First Lady Mary Pat Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. The idea is to kick off Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, by reminding the public that the Jersey Shore is open for business and to come and visit. Visitors will find they can now stroll on the Point Beach boardwalk from end to end, now that the sections ripped by Superstorm Sandy have been repaired or replaced. The fencing and railing along the ramp leading from Broadway to the beach needs to be replaced and was being worked on Thursday afternoon. And there is a…
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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…
Thursday, May 30 job fair is open to entry level and experienced job seekers.
The New Jersey Collegiate Career Day is May 30 at Rutgers University. From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., over 150 public and private sector employers will be at the New Brunswick Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Ave. and Brower Commons, 145 College Ave. Free shuttles will be on hand to transport people between the West Stadium parking lot near High Points Solutions Stadium on Busch Campus and the site of the fair. Job seekers are encouraged to wear business attire and to bring multiple copies of their resumes, according to the university. For more information, visit http://careerservices.rutgers.edu.
In addition to extra trains and buses, two children can ride free with each fare-paying adult.
NJ Transit will be offering extra trains and buses to patrons leaving work early Friday for Memorial Day weekend, according to a press release Monday. Extra outbound trains will operate on the North Jersey Coast line, which extends into Point Pleasant Beach and ends at Bay Head; the Northeast Corridor, Raritan Valley, Morris and Essex and Port Jervis lines, starting around 1 p.m. Additional buses will also be operating from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on over three dozen bus routes starting around noon, according to NJ Transit. On Memorial Day, trains will operated on a weekend/major holiday schedule on all lines, according to NJ Transit. Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will operate on a weekend schedule, Newark Light Rail will operate …
A Florida-based law firm, with offices in New Jersey, may be hired to help recoup Sandy insurance money
Point Borough Council may hire a law firm to help collect Superstorm Sandy insurance money, but the Democrats want to look at additional firms before voting. Point Borough Republican Councilmen Bob Sabosik and Bill Borowsky tried in vain at the Tuesday night council meeting at Borough Hall to convince their Demcratic colleagues to hire William F. "Chip" Merlin Jr. of the Merlin Law Group, based in Florida. Sabosik said Merlin has been successful for more than 20 years getting additional insurance money for towns that have suffered through natural disasters. The Merlin website says: "Since 1983, Chip Merlin has served as a plaintiff's attorney with a focus on Commercial and Residential Property Insurance Claim Disputes and Bad Faith …