Around Town

November 1, 2018

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

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BELMAR, NJ — Established only seven years ago, the Belmar Historical Society has already assembled quite an eclectic collection of relics dating back to decades ago. A sampling of those items is currently on display at the Belmar Municipal Building in an exhibit titled “Necessities of the Past.” ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Youngsters from Lake Como and Belmar made a clean sweep in Belmar’s Shore Got Talent! show, capturing all top prizes in the annual competition. “Another amazing show! These kids really have some awesome talent,” said Thomas Brennan, band director at Belmar Elementary School, which ...

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BELMAR, NJ — After weeks dominated by dreary, damp and cold weather, a light breeze cleared out the clouds yesterday morning and the sun beamed brightly on the new playground at Belmar’s Silver Lake. Children were everywhere — swinging, sliding and climbing on the colorful equipment. There was a ...

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BELMAR, NJ — As the bulldozers bring down the temporary dunes along the beachfront, that telltale sign of spring has also prompted Mayor Brian Magovern to declare a war on potholes. He is asking residents to report potholes as soon as possible so they can be patched before worsening. Call the ...

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LAKE COMO/BELMAR, NJ — With the massive outfall pipe in place beneath the beach, the Lake Como drainage improvement project is shifting into high gear on the lake side of Ocean Avenue. During the week of April 2, work began under North Boulevard — along the banks of Lake Como. As a result, North ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Work has resumed on Lake Como’s water infrastructure improvement project, moving to the east side of Main Street before the busy summer season gets under way. Dewcon crews began on April 5 in the area of 18th Avenue and White Street, where underground water lines will be cleaned ...

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BELMAR, NJ — For Belmar’s Public Works Department, spring cleaning is in full swing. Work crews can be spotted throughout the borough with rakes, lawn mowers, weed trimmers and whatever it takes to get the borough ready for the warmer weather ahead — for both residents and visitors alike. The ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — The dwelling at 1819 Briarwood Terrace has been reduced to rubble, nearly seven months after the Lake Como Borough Council deemed the structure “unfit for human habitation” and authorized its demolition. Last summer, Briarwood Terrace residents voiced concern the ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Joe’s Surf Shack is getting a make-over, complete with a new façade that will include a covered porch with glass panels overlooking 18th Avenue. The design is aimed to bring light into the establishment and be more eye-appealing from the street, according to owner Chris Fahey, ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar buzzes each summer with countless visitors to its beachfront and other attractions. But when winter rolls in and the town quiets down, local organizations over the years have found a creative outlet to be social and raise money for important causes — playing board games with a ...

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