BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s pride is showing at one of the most-visible locations leading into this seashore community.
The faces of three Belmar natives recently making the national headlines are prominently displayed on the borough’s electronic message board at Route 35 and 10th Avenue — the entrance to the Belmar Manutti Marina.
They are Marina Mabrey, who was drafted by the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks after four stellar years on the basketball court at Notre Dame University, Neal Sterling, who recently was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs, and Jade Glab, who last weekend was crowned Miss New Jersey.
“This is exactly how we should be letting people know what kind of talent we have coming right out of Belmar,” said Belmar Council President Thomas Brennan at its June 18 meeting.
In addition, a permanent display will be placed in the Belmar Municipal Building recognizing Belmar residents who have rose to state and national attention, according to Business Administrator Edward Kirschenbaum.
Sterling played football at Manasquan High School, where was a two-time state champion, and went on to Monmouth University on a football scholarship, where he was a leading receiver. He began his NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, then bounced between the New York Jets and Kansas City before signing again with the Chiefs on June 13.
Mabry also was a star athlete at Manasquan High School, lifting the girls basketball team to two state championships. In fact, Marina and sisters Michaela and Dara are known as "the basketball champions of Belmar" for their winning ways — not only at Manasquan but on the collegiate level as well.
The most recent newsmaker is Glab, who became Miss New Jersey on June 15 in Atlantic City and will now compete in the 2020 Miss America competition. She was chosen from among the top five finalists from an original field of 28, earning her a $16,000 scholarship.
During the final night of competition, Glab performed the operatic aria, “O Mio Babbino Caro,” which she sang earlier in the week to capture a talent award in the preliminaries.
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