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Art Notes, Nov. 30

By Victoria Ford | December 01, 2022

Light Landing: Harvey Cedars photographer John Vlahakis has had two images selected for display in the new Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport, along with 22 other New Jersey-based artists. The news was announced at the Nov. 15 ribbon cutting celebration. The new $2.7 billion Terminal A, the next step in Newark Airport’s redevelopment, is expected to open Dec. […]

Hive Is Five: Celebrate, Support Local Makers

By Victoria Ford | November 30, 2022

The Yoga Hive community celebrates the holiday season with a free party and vendor fair to mark its five-year anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The studio is located at 85 North Main St. (Route 9) in Manahawkin. Co-owners Kevin Corey and Jenn McConnell are “making some goodies for everyone to enjoy,” including chili and […]

Stafford Dredging Project Ready to Move Forward; Krier Continues Fight for Change

By Victoria Ford | November 30, 2022

Big news for Stafford boaters: The all-waterways dredging plan can move forward now that the township-wide dredging permit has been approved by the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection. The permit is one of two required, along with the already-secured permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. In preparing for the immense and long-overdue project, Mayor Greg Myhre reminded the public […]

Stafford Police Chief Promotes Officers, Delivers Annual Report

By Victoria Ford | November 30, 2022

Stafford Township Police Chief Thomas Dellane swore in and promoted new officers at the municipal meeting of Nov. 22, noting it was “exceptionally gratifying” to see the room filled with uniformed officers and their supporters. Drew Smith, 41, was promoted to rank of sergeant. With two master’s degrees, Smith is “always looking to better himself,” Dellane said. Meanwhile Patrick Walker, […]

Scenes Seen: Kevin Coogan’s Creations Are Frozen Moments, Fluidly Felt

By Victoria Ford | November 28, 2022

The structural, stylized oil paintings of Kevin P. Coogan, who splits his time between Barnegat Light and Wilmington, Del., bespeak refinement and a chunky, funky finesse, evoking a certain playfulness that starts as a tickle in the eye and lands as a longing in the heart. His work is shown locally at Wildflowers Too in Barnegat Light. The Wilmington native […]

Stafford Joins TerraCycle in ‘Recycling the Unrecyclable’

By Victoria Ford | November 27, 2022

Stafford Township now collects certain hard-to-recycle household items and ships them to TerraCycle, a global organization headquartered in Trenton that takes materials otherwise destined for landfills and enables them to become new products. Collection boxes are located at town hall and at the public works building on Haywood Road for rigid plastic beverage cups (#6), deodorant cartridges, toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes […]

For Billy T. Midnight, Music Is Medicine

By Victoria Ford | November 23, 2022

Billy T. Midnight is a memorable name for a man born Troy Mezzanotte, who has fought his way out of the darkness and into the light of redemption to forge his musical legacy. Mezzanotte moved to Barnegat from Parsippany at age 12, by which time he had already taught himself to play guitar. “I saw John Denver on TV in […]

Art Notes, Nov. 23

By Victoria Ford | November 23, 2022

How’s It Hanging?: At this time of year only, SwellColors Glass Studio in Surf City offers its popular ornament making workshop for kids and adults. “People come back year after year as part of their holiday tradition to make special fused glass ornaments,” studio owner-artist Mary Tantillo said. “Plus it is a nice way to de-stress and get creative.” Any […]

Art Notes, Nov. 16

By Victoria Ford | November 16, 2022

Market, Set, Go: For two weeks, from this Saturday, Nov. 19, through Sunday, Dec. 4, the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies is set up as a holiday art/gift shopping market featuring dozens of participating artists, fine crafters and Foundation members. Books, jewelry, home decor, leather goods, soaps, textiles, wood works, wellness products, ornaments, apparel, […]

Stafford Toy, Coat Drive Continues Tradition of Giving

By Victoria Ford | November 16, 2022

The Stafford Township Police Benevolent Association 297 and the Recreation Department jointly present the annual holiday toy drive, taking place through Dec. 23. Concurrently the township is running a winter coat drive. To help with the toy drive, all are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped gifts for boys and girls, newborn to age 18. “Gifts for children of all ages […]