Monday, December 10, 2012
Fewer than 100 Guardsmen and women remain from the initial 1,000, though they still provide a valuable service
It’s Sunday afternoon. A few hours ago guardsmen were stationed along the barrier island, huddled in the rain around makeshift fire pits or loaded up in Humvees touring the still-devastated landscape. Now, they’ve taken their positions in armchairs in front of the big screen to watch with mild interest as the Cowboys take on the Bengals. More than a month ago the National Guard was deployed in New Jersey to help assist with evacuations prior to Hurricane Sandy. They remained for the immediate aftermath to assist with search and rescue. Finally, what was anticipated as only a three to five day deployment for observation and surveillance has turned into a two-month stay. The continued presence of the now less than 100 National Guardsmen and …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Is the retail encroachment into Thanksgiving day worth fighting?
I’ve been known to be a party pooper, a real Debbie downer (sorry Debbie) when it comes to certain kinds of indulgences. Keep this in mind if you keep reading. Black Friday. Fine. After a day of gastronomic excess, we launch into a season of consumer spending that many of us will regret well into 2013. But a Black Friday that begins on Thanksgiving Thursday is just too much, or is it? The argument was succinctly made by P.C. Richard & Son (on Facebook, of course) that retailers who chose to open their doors on Thanksgiving “show no respect to their employees and families, and are in total disrespect of family values in America.” I’m inclined to agree, though the invocation of “family values” is questionable now that the phrase has been …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Meeting will be at Bay Head Fire House
The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Bay Head will hold an emergency meeting in the Bay Head Fire House, 81 Bridge Ave., Bay Head, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 14. Action will be taken, according to a notice sent by Municipal Clerk Patricia Applegate. The Bay Head municipal building has no phones or power, so Applegate had to make the request for the meeting notification through the office of Point Pleasant Beach municipal clerk Maryann Ellsworth, who made the request to Patch.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Emergency management also enlisting local volunteers
Water, food, clothing, blankets and firewood are available for free at the parking lot outside Point Pleasant Borough Hall and police department on Bridge Avenue. The items are being supplied and distributed 24/7 to those impacted by Tropical Storm Sandy under a white overhang in the parking lot by local volunteers with the Point Pleasant Borough Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Point Boro First Aid Squad and members of the National Guard, who have been working on rescue and relief efforts in the Borough, Point Beach, Bay Head and many other area towns. Kiel Arnone, OEM Deputy Coordinator, set up the distribution area for those in need of those items. Anyone wishing to volunteer can ask Point Borough Emergency Management volunteers at…
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Emergency crews will access barrier island neighborhoods from the south
Two days after Hurricane Sandy hit the area, fires still rage in Camp Osborn. Emergency services were on the ground as of this morning, according to Brick Police Sgt. Keith Reinhard. "We have people on the ground, but they had to go in by foot," he said. "We will have a larger contingency coming from the south, the Toms River area." The Mantoloking Bridge was damaged during Sandy and during a prelimenary inspection, county officials have deemed the bridge unstable, ploice said. "We have focused our efforts on the mainland, doing search and rescue in low lying areas," Reinhard said. "Now our focus is going to be on the barrier island, as well as removing trees and power lines from the roads." State EMS and the National Guard, who should be …