Giving Back

Belmar Mayor Launches Beachfront Fundraiser to Assist Residents of Small Texas Coastal Town

0dfec80ad7dd71a50fee_belmarrockportdonations.jpg
During the Sixth Annual Belmar Music Festival, Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty announces his fundraising efforts to assist the residents of Rockport, Texas, which was devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
4405c25068f0836fa4b1_belmarrockport-2.jpg
Donation collection boxes will be placed at all beachfront entrances from Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4, with monies raised to be earmarked for residents of Rockport, Texas. Credits: Matthew Doherty
0dfec80ad7dd71a50fee_belmarrockportdonations.jpg

BELMAR, NJ — The devastation being left in Hurricane Harvey’s path in Texas is certainly stirring up indelible memories of Superstorm Sandy’s destruction along the Jersey Shore nearly five years ago.

It’s also bringing out a sense of generosity among those in the community who want to help out in any way they can. And Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty is leading an organized effort to do just that.

During the Labor Day weekend, donation collection boxes will be placed at all beachfront entrances from Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4, with monies raised to be earmarked for residents of Rockport, Texas — a small Gulf Coast town, located about 31 miles northeast of Corpus Christi.

Sign Up for E-News

“Rockport was in the news in the beginning of the storm, when Hurricane Harvey made its first landfall there,” Doherty said. “It’s very similar to Belmar, being a small coastal town with a population of about 10,000.”

And now, also similar to what happened to Belmar in October 2012, much of Rockport has been wiped out and is confronting the harsh reality of having to rebuild — literally from the ground up.

While acknowledging the efforts of larger relief organizations that primarily support home and infrastructure reconstruction, Doherty said the purpose of Belmar’s fundraising initiative is to provide critical financial assistance to the residents themselves. “Through our experience with Superstorm Sandy, we know that after the cameras are gone and the story dies down, the residents are faced with the personal financial impact of it all — how to pay their mortgage, credit cards, cell phone bills, car payments. There’s no money for people struggling with those hardships, which can last for weeks, months and even years,” he said.

Shortly after the Belmar Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund campaign ends, Doherty said he plans on flying to Rockport and present Mayor C.J. Wax with a check. “There is no one in a better position than he is to know where the money is most needed.”

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como is Belmar and Lake Como’s only free daily newspaper. Sign up to get all the news as it happens at www.TAPinto.net/enews and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TAPintoBelmarLakeComo and on Twitter at @TAPintoBelmar.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Montclair

McGovern's Summer Renovation Closing Party Celebrates Change

June 20, 2018

It always takes a few seconds for your eyes to adjust when you walk into McGovern's Tavern in Newark, a downtown fixture since 1936.

But this Friday afternoon, there were two immediate sights that demonstrated something was different.

First, most of the photos, portraits, and articles that cover the bar's walls were removed, the relics of decades of history gone.

Second, you ...

Suspect Charged with Using Sword in Fight Over Parking Spot in NJ

June 19, 2018

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - A Manville man has been charged with aggravated assault and other charges after police say he attacked another man with a sword in a dispute over a parking space.

The victim had attacked the suspect, Jared Razzano, 35, of North 9th Avenue, with a contractor’s four-foot level, according to the Somerset County  Prosecturors Office, but he has not been ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, June 20, 6:30 PM

Pleasantdale Chateau , West Orange

Taste & Toast Gala

Giving Back

Wed, June 20, 6:30 PM

Pleasantdale Chateau , West Orange

Taste & Toast Gala

Giving Back

Wed, June 20, 7:00 PM

Hospital Conference Room 2 (Ground Floor), Glen Ridge

Becoming a Parent

Health & Wellness

To the Editor: Labor Unions Have Set Standards for Americans

June 5, 2018

To the Editor:

I want to alert every working American to a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court.  It is called “Janus vs. AFSCME” and it seeks to defund and cripple the same labor unions that, over decades, have raised every American’s standard of living.

Even if your workplace is not unionized, you can thank our American labor unions for locking in higher standards ...

Montclair Police Blotter: Thai Chef Burglarized, Four iPhones Stolen and More

June 13, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ -  The following police blotter was compiled by the Montclair Police Department on June 12, 2018:

Burglary/Theft:

06-05-2018 (Union Street) Burglary to an apartment.  Cash was taken in this incident.  Access was gained through an unlocked rear door.  

06-05-2018 (Union Street) Theft of a scooter from the rear yard of a residence.

06-05-2018 (Elm ...

Montclair Community Band Summer Concert #1, June 26

June 20, 2018

Please join us for the

Montclair Community Band

Outdoor Summer Concert #1

Conducted by Jim Wasko

Tuesday, June 26th, 7:30 PM

 

ON THE FRONT LAWN AT MONTCLAIR HIGH SCHOOL

On Chestnut St at the corner of Park St

(rain place, MHS Auditorium, enter on Park St)

 

Free Admission – No Tickets Needed

Perfect for the whole family!

BRING A CHAIR OR A ...