Around Town

August 23, 2018

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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LAKE COMO, NJ — For Teresa Meehan, it will be difficult to ever forget the time 4:02 p.m. That is exactly when the Lake Como resident said she called 9-1-1 on January 5 to report a fire at her family's Ripley Lane home. “Everything just happened so fast, so furiously,” she said, recalling how ...

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BELMAR, NJ — In contrast to the frigid temperatures outside, a hint of spring briefly warmed the Belmar Council’s end-of-year meeting on December 28. It was news from Council President Brian Magovern that 10 Japanese lilacs trees were planted along Eighth Avenue fronting the Silver Lake ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Three Lake Como homes decked out for the holiday season were chosen as winners in this year’s "Light Up Lake Como” holiday decorating contest. Mayor Brian Wilton and council members Doug Witte, Kevin Higgins, John Carvelli, Hawley Scull and Chris D’Antuono boarded a trolley at ...

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BELMAR, NJ — In joyful celebration of community, dozens of people gathered last night for the annual lighting of the towering menorah in Pyanoe Plaza. Several hours after sunset on December 18,  Rabbi Cy Stanway of Temple Beth Miriam in Elberon led the ceremony, explaining how the Festival of ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Pyanoe Plaza glistened under the glow of thousands of tiny white lights for Belmar’s traditional tree lighting last night — a welcoming beacon for the hundreds who gathered for the festivities just as the skies turned dark. While the Belmar Elementary School chorus sang lighthearted ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Santa stopped by Lake Como Borough Hall this week to visit the “Mommy and Me” play group. And while some of the older toddlers immediately recognized the jolly man in his signature red suit, some of the younger children initially didn’t quite know what to do. But once Santa took ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s annual holiday tree lighting last night brought big smiles to the tiniest faces. Children were among the more than 100 persons gathered at borough hall on December 2 for the festivities, which featured a host of activities just for them, including ornament-making, ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar has been a diner’s delight for decades. Fried clam sandwiches at Zelbe’s and frankfurters at Sidoroff’s flew off the menus in their heyday. For the fishermen, bar-goers and insomniacs, Pat’s Diner never closed its doors, while Evelyn’s was the landmark destination for its ...

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