Around Town

January 10, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s recreation gymnasium is a hub of activity every Wednesday and Saturday for elementary school students. From 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., open gym featuring basketball, dodgeball and indoor soccer is held every Wednesday for third- to fifth-graders. The sessions are open to students ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — It was a clean sweep for the west side of town with four homes chosen as winners in this season’s holiday decorating contest. The displays with the most holiday spirit, as judged by the borough council, were: First place: Worth-Baker family at 721 20th Avenue. Second ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Santa traded in his sleigh and reindeer last night for a cavalcade of emergency vehicles as he rode through Lake Como, delivering gifts to children on his special Christmas list. With lights flashing and sirens blaring, the December 19 evening procession was led by the Belmar ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — It started out as a routine Wednesday at Lake Como’s weekly “Mommy and Me" play group — the toddlers busy playing with dozens of toys in the meeting room of borough hall. But when the doors flung open and Santa entered the room, they quickly jumped to their feet and cheerfully ...

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BELMAR, NJ — There is a reason why the Belmar Fire Department’s Christmas party has been around for 91 years. It never grows old. Firefighters from all three Belmar volunteer companies — Goodwill Hose, Union Fire and Volunteer Hook and Ladder — joined forces on December 15 at Belmar Elementary ...

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BELMAR, NJ —As nearly 200 Belmar seniors enjoyed a holiday luncheon at the Taylor Pavilion today, a group of St. Rose Grammar School students sprinkled their own Christmas cheer into the festivities. Assembled at the front of the pavilion’s reception area overlooking the Belmar beachfront, the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Several hundred people gathered in Pyanoe Plaza on Friday night for Belmar’s traditional tree lighting — a twinkling holiday scene as children got their chance to meet with Santa and to climb aboard a fire truck for a ride through town. It was mostly the younger children who wanted ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — In Lake Como, the annual holiday tree lighting is more than turning on a switch. While the traditional celebration tonight included illuminating the tall evergreen outside borough hall, it also featured a host of children’s activities inside, including ornament-making, a story ...

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  BELMAR, NJ — As the second light was added last night to the towering menorah in Pyanoe Plaza, the community came together to celebrate the eight-day Festival of Lights through prayer and song. Shortly after sundown on December 3, several dozen people joined Rabbi Cy Stanway and Cantor ...

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BELMAR, NJ — It’s beginning to look at little like Christmas in Belmar’s downtown shopping district. Dozens of large planters along Main Street are now brimming with bunches of red twigs, berries and pine cones, nestled among lush evergreen boughs and white birch branches. And tucked within the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Strong, gusty winds last night dislodged an outdoor billboard from the side of a Main Street building, falling on a vehicle parked at Belmar Auto Service. The fallen sign at 1202 Main Street caused minor damage to the sport utility vehicle, said Nicholas Janides, owner of the car ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Toddlers in Lake Como’s “Mommy and Me” play group got a chance to try out their Halloween trick-or-treating skills this morning at Lake Como Borough Hall. During their weekly get-together, they proceeded in costume to the borough offices — with treat bags and buckets in hand — ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Superheroes and cartoon characters, mixed with a smattering of scary creatures and even a Rubik’s cube, ruled Main Street today during Belmar’s annual Halloween Parade. The October 28 procession kicked off from the Belmar Municipal Building, where nearly 100 children, family members ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The light winds that popped up at times along the oceanfront were not enough to get the Belmar Kite Festival fully off the ground yesterday. But for those flyers who tried repeatedly to get their kites airborne, sheer determination stole the show. Throughout the daylong event on ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The Ferruggiaro name has officially returned to the banks of Silver Lake. The 21-acre park that surrounds the picturesque lake was rededicated yesterday to the late Borough Commissioner John Ferruggiaro — a long-awaited commemoration hosted by Mayor Brian Magovern and the borough ...

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WALL, NJ — A $10,000 winning Mega Millions lottery ticket was sold at the Wall-based ShopRite of Belmar, 1801 Route 35. It was one of three tickets purchased for the Friday, October 5 drawing that matched four of the five white balls and the Gold Mega Ball drawn winning the $10,000 third-tier ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Diplomas, report cards, commencement programs dating back to the 1940s — and even a photograph of the original Belmar High School from the 1890s — are part of the Belmar Historical Society’s current exhibit at the municipal building. The historical society delved into its archives ...

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BELMAR, NJ — For Terry Williams Halifko, entering Belmar Arts Center’s raffle for the Freedman’s Bakery sign was more than a random toss of a ticket into the drawing basket. Like so many others, she has many fond memories of the bakery that graced Belmar’s Main Street for 64 years. In fact, she ...

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BELMAR NJ — A celebration bursting with Italian flavor, flair and festivities dominated a three-block area of Belmar’s downtown district yesterday, as the borough kicked off its annual Feast of San Gennaro. The two-day event began with a morning Mass celebrated in Italian at St Rose Church, ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Hot dogs and ice cream sundaes were on the menu for the Circle of Friends-HYDAS annual luau — a celebration that really got moving when the dance music began to play. Some 100 people gathered at the Taylor Pavilion yesterday evening, August 22, for the traditional event, which each ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Except for the 200 or more vintage and classic cars that arrive in town, Belmar’s Cruise Night never grows old. The borough’s downtown district once again turned into a showcase of automobiles from yesteryear last night, August 22, as scores of attendees strolled through the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Bruce Springsteen may have put Belmar’s E Street on the rock ’n’ roll roadmap, but the borough is long known for its deep-rooted musical history that spans a multitude of genres. In its current exhibit at the municipal building, the Belmar Historical Society (BHS) pays tribute to ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Standing tall and glistening under the sun in all his glory, Belmar’s “Spirit of the Doughboy” statue is back atop his pedestal in Memorial Field. He was greeted this morning, July 27, by some 50 people who gathered in the small park under the Route 35 bridge awaiting his return ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A cavalcade of classic cars streamed into Belmar’s downtown district yesterday for the summer’s first Cruise Night. More than 200 automobiles of yesteryear filled the two-block stretch of Main Street between Eighth and 10th Avenues, angling in on both sides and queuing up along the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Fireworks burst above the Belmar beachfront last night — images captured by local photographer Paul Spennrath. Spectators brought their blankets, chairs, and some even sweatshirts, to enjoy the dazzling display from the beach and Ocean Avenue, just after dusk on July 13. While the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Silver Lake’s resident swan family is missing — last seen on June 22 waddling along Ocean Avenue southbound. To make sure they are in a safe location, Belmar Mayor Brian Magovern is asking if anyone has spotted the adult pair of swans and their cygnets. He believes they may have ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A Belmar public works crew has cleaned and completed work around a stormwater pipe at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and B Street, where a drainage problem has persisted for years. Short of having to dig up the entire intersection and install storm drains — a rather costly ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Pirates playfully plundered Belmar’s Pyanoe Plaza yesterday for an afternoon of swashbuckling shenanigans and showmanship that did not disappoint. Belmar’s second annual Pirate Walk took over the downtown shopping district on June 10, with several regionally recognized privateer ...

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BELMAR, NJ — “How Did 1876 Centennial Exhibition Buildings End Up in Belmar?” is the title of a Belmar Historical Society program to be presented today, June 12 by anthropologist Louise Krasniewicz. During the 7 p.m. program, to be held at Taylor Pavilion on Ocean Avenue, Krasniewicz will share ...

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BELMAR, NJ — “Celebrate the U.S.A.” is the theme of the Belmar Woman Club’s annual flower show and luncheon, to be held today, June 12 at Doolan’s Shore Club, Route 71, Spring Lake Heights. Club and non-club members alike are invited to participate in the noontime show, which will include six ...

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