2020-07-08

Resident Rescues Distressed Swimmers, Twice, Near ‘Party Shoal’


The first water rescue Bob Hofmann made Sunday evening came around 5 p.m. as he was hanging out with his brother and nephew at his Ship Bottom bayfront home between 16th and 17th streets. The second came less than an hour later after a neighbor ran over to tell him there were two people struggling to swim across the channel […]

Missing Dog Found in Surf City After Over Two Months on the Run


The Fourth of July was a night for celebration, but none of them sweeter than the one following the return of Abby, the black and white mixed-breed dog that went missing this spring from her home in Brant Beach. It seems fitting she would find her way to safety on a night when so many dogs go missing because they’re […]

Boaters Keep Party Afloat in Corona Summer


While a summer of social gathering has been stifled by the unrelenting COVID-19 pandemic, many have taken to the sea for relief. Boating has proven to be the ultimate experience for social distancing, with all the perks of getting the family out in the sun and on the water. Aquatic activities abound with something for everyone, such as sight-seeing, swimming, […]

Free Webinar on Youth Substance Abuse Prevention


The Ocean County Library will collaborate with the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey in a free webinar about preventing substance abuse in children and teens at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14. Registration is underway for the 30-minute multi-media virtual program. Viewers will gain awareness of fears, anxiety and stress that children and teens are undergoing related to COVID-19. […]

Marina Living Offers Comforts, Community – Especially in a Pandemic

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For many, boating is not only a hobby but a way of life. At High Bar Harbor Yacht Club, a thriving community of people spend entire summers living on sailboats and powerboats, enjoying the Island full-time from the water. For Diane Eilbacher and her husband Marc Bellagamba, the marina has been a welcoming summer home for the past 25 years. […]

Holiday Draws Crowds Despite Non-Typical Summer


In a year that has been anything but typical, the Fourth of July holiday weekend on Long Beach Island was about as routine as it gets – sort of. High-volume traffic, check. Picture-perfect weather and pristine sandy beaches, check. Fireworks, check.   All right, that’s where traditional ends. But no matter how the weekend is described in social media posts by […]

Barnegat Light and Its Beach Patrol Agree on Shorts Usage by Female Lifeguards


Sometimes, shorts can be a pain in the rear end. Such was the case in Barnegat Light on July 7 after a communicative mishap occurred between Borough Councilwoman Mary Ellen Foley and the beach patrol. “The No. 1 thing is communication,” said Foley, who recently had taken photos of several female beach patrol lifeguards not wearing their shorts and raised […]

Team Mariani Sends Simon and Samantha to Square Off With ‘Local Celebrity’


About 10 years ago, a 12-year-old Simon Mariani walked onto the miniature golf course at Mr. Tee’s Shark Island in Beach Haven with a mission in mind. “For three or four weeks, our family noticed it was the same kid winning the 12-and-under tournament, and my parents essentially said, ‘You can do it. You can take him on!’ So, similar […]

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Local Surf Gets Fun as Traffic Backs Up, Summer Heats Up

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Your face is beet red. Your eyebrows bleached blond. You passed out exhausted the other night while there was still a faint pink hue in the sky. Your shoulders are sore from all the paddling, and you’ve got a rash something fierce down by your bits and pieces. Wow, have we had a lot of waves … That’s not something […]

Epic Tournament Bounced By COVID-19 and Island’s Main Event May Be Doomed as Well


This summer’s lifeguard tournament season was dealt multiple blows this past week, at both a local and regional level, as the impact of  COVID-19 rages on. On July 2, promoters for the annual Red Bull Surf and Rescue competition announced the cancellation of that event, held for the past five seasons in Atlantic City. In recent years, the Harvey Cedars […]