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Island Summer Meets Winter Wonderland at Ship Bottom Parade This Saturday

By Gina G. Scala | December 01, 2022

With the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the rearview window, the holiday arrived in Ship Bottom earlier this year than in the past. It continues this week with the sale of holiday beach badge sales before hitting the high note with the borough’s 43rd annual parade on Dec. 3. Holiday beach badges can be purchased in person at borough hall […]

LBI Resident Brings Awareness to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

By Gina G. Scala | November 30, 2022

Nearly 1.1 million non-working American grandparents are the primary providers for their grandchildren under the age of 18. Beth Jester is one of them. Jester, who owns a home in the Brighton Beach section of Long Beach Township but lives most of the year in Bucks County, Pa., and her husband became parents to their grandchildren seven years ago when […]

Christmas Arrives in Surf City Dec. 2

By Gina G. Scala | November 30, 2022

Christmas is coming to Surf City this weekend as a trio of activities kicks off the season in the borough. On Friday, Dec. 2, the annual two-day Christmas Market is back at the Surf City firehouse with more than two dozen local vendors. Shop for gifts and/or yourself from 4 to 8 p.m. Vendors will be back at it on […]

Christmas Tree Sale Benefits First Responders

By Gina G. Scala | November 30, 2022

Back for another year, the annual Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Co. officially kicks off Dec. 1 at the Country Corner Market, located on Ninth Street and Barnegat Avenue. Carolina balsams and Fraser firs are the highlight of this year’s tree sale. Trees will be available for sale from 5 to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. […]

Little Egg Hopes for Grant to Fund Coastal Resiliency Project Off Great Bay Boulevard

By Gina G. Scala | November 23, 2022

In October, Little Egg Harbor was one of seven Jersey Shore communities asked to submit an application for Ocean Wind 1’s local coastal resiliency grants. The Pro-NJ Grantor Trust received an unprecedented 17 responses, totaling almost $19 million, more than five times the amount allocated for this round. Little Egg Harbor is the only Ocean County community to make the […]

Surf City Mulls Relaxed Outdoor Dining, Music as Governor’s Order Ends

By Gina G. Scala | November 23, 2022

As the days grow shorter and temperatures dip toward winter, it might not seem like an urgent time to contemplate the continuation of outdoor music and relaxed regulations for outdoor dining. Yet, it’s the perfect time for Surf City officials to consider the pros and cons as Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order providing restaurants, bars, distilleries and breweries special dispensation […]

Old-Fashioned Tree Brings Christmas to Ship Bottom

By Gina G. Scala | November 23, 2022

Santa Claus is making a special trip to Ship Bottom this holiday season, arriving Nov. 26 for the lighting of the town’s 17-foot Christmas tree at the boat ramp. “It’s just a plain, old, regular Christmas tree,” said Councilman Joe Valyo when asked about the type of tree. “It’s an old-fashioned New Jersey Christmas pine.” The borough’s Department of Public […]

Experts Predict Hike in Holiday Sales, Urge Awareness Online

By Gina G. Scala | November 23, 2022

While retail experts forecast a flourishing holiday shopping season despite inflation, cybersecurity officials caution consumers to protect themselves from online criminals targeting them and marketplaces for monetary gain. In its Nov. 21 bulletin, the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communication Integration Cell said cybersecurity thieves are likely to target online shoppers by way of “compromised or spoofed websites, phishing campaigns, social […]

State Aid Recognizes Benefits of LBI Region Volunteer Fire Companies

By Gina G. Scala | November 22, 2022

Four Southern Ocean County volunteer fire companies were among the 293 local and regional departments statewide to receive monies from the American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant, awarded by the N.J. Department of Community Affairs. On Long Beach Island, the High Point Volunteer Fire Co. received $27,000 while the volunteer fire companies in Ship Bottom and Surf City were awarded $32,000 […]

Task Force, Atlantic City Electric Key to Resolving Off-Road Trespassing in LEHT

By Gina G. Scala | November 17, 2022

Residents of Four Seasons Harbor Bay filled the meeting room of the Little Egg Harbor Township Committee for the second consecutive month last week, thanking the police for efforts to stop unregistered off-road vehicle drivers from accessing their property while also emphasizing the hazardous conditions resulting from the trespassing. The development, described in several online forums as an active adult […]