BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Historical Society gets personal in its latest “Spotlight on Belmar” video as former Mayor Brian Magovern offers his top 10 reasons why it was great growing up in the borough.

From fireworks and ice skating on Silver Lake to 25-cent movies at the Rivoli on Main Street, Magovern counts down his favorite memories, which wouldn’t be complete without remembering legendary lifeguard Harold Rowland, recreation director Tom Hope and the Belmar Fire Department’s Christmas parties for children, which continue today.

In the video, Magovern said the BHS would also like others to share what they remember best about Belmar. “I know my list will not be the same as yours, which is great because we’d like to hear from you,” he said, inviting people to visit the BHS Facebook page and add their comments to the video, which can be viewed by clicking here.

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Released every Sunday, “Spotlight on Belmar” videos highlight the borough’s interesting and illustrious past, delving into a specific topic. In addition to being posted on the BHS Facebook page, they can be viewed on its YouTube channel.

After closing this spring due to the coronavirus crisis, the nonprofit group has reopened the doors of its museum and history room, located at 900 E Street in the annex of the historic Union Firehouse. Visitors (only two at one time and with face masks) are welcome by appointment only to view its many displays and memorabilia.

The museum is open to the public every Monday from 2 to 4 p.m., every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and the second Saturday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m.

Visitors will not be able to handle the exhibits or the archives for research yet. To make an appointment or for more information, call BHS at 908-309-3380 or email at

Click here to visit its website.

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