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July 10, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Tourism administrator files complaint against resident For harassment after a Belmar resident posted personal information on a website that led to harassment and the target of several phone calls.

July 10, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Man issued summons for disregarding lifeguards    

July 10, 2014 (The Coast Star) Brielle resident brings music to Kenya for health, healing   Travels to Kenya with nonprofit Global Youth Groove.

July 10, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Cruise Night expected to see over 350 antique cars next week The purpose of the cruise nights is to bring people into town to shop.

July 10, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Five chairs painted so far for auction    

July 10, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Councilman presents book on Belmar to historical society The book was written by the public records committee, which was formed around 1917. Former mayor William Bamford was a member of the committee.

July 3, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Water project completed in town Cleaning and lining of pipes was done in order to remedy Belmar’s ongoing water issue.    

July 3, 2014 (The Coast Star) Silver Lake project complete The project, which was awarded to P&A Construction for a little over $1.2 million, will allow the borough to lower the height of the lake prior to a storm event, without using pumps, which is the borough’s current method of lowering the lake.

July 3, 2014 (The Coast Star) PTO awards scholarships at recent board of ed. meeting This year’s recipients are Katherine Fitzgerald and Cristina Panetta, who were selected based on their high school transcripts, honors or awards they received, extra curricular activities, community service and their essays.

July 3, 2014 (The Coast Star)  NJ Sandcastle Contest set to return to Belmar July 16 For more than two decades, the NJ Sandcastle Contest has attracted many spectators and participants from all over looking to see what new sandcastle creations have been designed.

July 3, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Beach revenue way ahead of 2013 summer season 

July 3, 2014 (The Coast Star) Gallery asks artists to paint for a good cause The Painted Chairs Auction began in 2003 to honor the memory of Wall Township resident Michele Nolan, who fought pancreatic cancer.

July 3, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Community remembers former mayor Collinson Mr. Collinson, 76, of Brielle, died on June 24.

July 3, 2014 (The Coast Star) Lake Como’s flood mitigation efforts discussed during council meeting Lake Como, which is owned by Belmar, Lake Como and Spring Lake, has a habit of overflowing during inclement weather, which was especially evident during Hurricane Sandy.

July 3, 2014 (The Coast Star) Recycling program initiated by DPW The What’s in Your Trash program will have workers going through the garbage as it is being picked up from each household.

July 3, 2014 (The Coast Star)  State, local officials announce Cops in Shops program last week Under the program, local police officers work undercover in participating retail locations throughout New Jersey Shore area communities. Law enforcement officials either pose as store employees or are positioned outside the establishment to apprehend adults who attempt to purchase alcohol for underage drinkers.

July 3, 2014 (The Coast Star) Choose Your Cover slated for July 19 The annual event, hosted by the MWC, Centrastate Healthcare System and the Ocean Monmouth Health Alliance, raises awareness about different skin diseases and offers full-body screenings for cancer.

July 3, 2014 (The Coast Star) Two policies being revised by Belmar Board of Education The two policies were for co-curricular activities and athletic competition.

June 26, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Students making difference one penny at a time Raised $50 for the Where Angels Play Foundation, which is building 26 playgrounds in honor of those who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

June 26, 2014 (The Coast Star) Crescent Drive parking ordinance tabled Instead, the parking situation will be monitored in that area of Brielle.

June 26, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Boro looks at alternative locations for creating mulch An alternate site includes Brielle Elementary School.

June 26, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Annual fashion show a success at library Fashion show presented by the Visiting Nurses Association [VNA] Thrift Shop of Manasquan.

June 26, 2014 (The Coast Star) Cruise Night sees low turnout because of inclement weather Hosted by Belmar Business Partnership.      

June 26, 2014 (The Coast Star) Summer concert series to kick off on Saturday Hosted by Live at BelmarArts.     

June 26, 2014 (The Coast Star) Local gallery calls on artists to paint a chair for a good cause To raise funds for Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

June 26, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Buy a Board fund use questioned Campaign funds were earmarked to help pay down the cost of rebuilding the boardwalk, but the borough decided to use the funds to help pay the cost of the pavilions, instead.

June 26, 2014 (The Coast Star) Hundreds gather to honor Bailey, who died on 9/11 The 13th Annual Brett T. Bailey Mako Rodeo was held at Hoffman’s Marina, on Green Avenue, on June 13 and 14.

June 26, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Belmar Five Mile Run set for Saturday, July 12 The race is hosted by the Belmar Goodwill Hose Fire Company in conjunction with the Jersey Shore Running Club.

June 26, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Beach badge revenue up 16 percent over 2013 The beach has generated just under $1.2 million in badge sales through June 22.

June 19, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Protest of Wall farm continues The Monmouth County Agricultural Development Board is expected to rule whether Chatham Landscape Contractors [CLC] Farms LLC, a business that has caused concern for residents living near it, would deserve protection under the Right to Farm Act at an upcoming meeting.

June 19, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Time capsule opened at Brielle Elem. Graduating high school students from Brielle Elementary returned to their alma mater on Tuesday to retrieve what they placed in a time capsule over 10 years ago.

June 19, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Students take annual tribute walk The long journey to Newtown, Connecticut, which was all done by walking the perimeter of the field adjacent to the school, is part of an initiative to try to promote health and fitness in the curriculum.

June 19, 2014 (The Coast Star) Residents speak out against special election Says there are alternatives to spending money for the special election.

June 19, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Porta potty becomes central issue in town Placed in front of resident’s home, who says it was done out of retribution for being an outspoken citizen.   

June 19, 2014 (The Coast Star) Pavilion special election to move forward Will be held on Aug. 19.    

June 19, 2014 (The Coast Star) Military Appreciation Day set for next weekend on beach     

June 19, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Borough settles lawsuit with Prominent Properties    

June 19, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Brielle man gets 46 months David Migliore, 51, a resident here, was sentenced this week to 46 months in prison for evading taxes on income from his ownership of a casino in Trinidad.

June 19, 2014 (The Coast Star) Belmar resident indicted on charges related to theft Mr. Frank, 27, has been charged with theft of movable property, a third degree crime, for an incident that took place between Feb. 3 to 6.

June 19, 2014 (The Coast Star) Golf outing raises $6,000 for Beach Bash Beach Bash is a two-day event that brings surfers to town to teach autistic children to surf.

June 19, 2014 (The Coast Star)    Edith T. Nowels resigns from all Republican Party positions Because her principles have to do with serving the people, which she believes was not done by changing the county Republican committee administration.

 

June 19, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Shae Callahan partnered with service dog Shae has an autism and sensory processing disorder.

June 19, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Woman’s club celebrates 100 years in the community The annual flower show and luncheon, now in its 86th year, was on a two-year hiatus before returning this year to help the woman’s club celebrate its 100 years of service.

June 19, 2014 (The Coast Star) Main Street building’s site plan application approved  The applicants, William and Victoria Renner, were before the board for their property, 1006 Main St., which is a mix-use building home to Tulipano’s and residential units.

June 12, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Taxes stay flat in town for another year Fourth year taxes have remained the same in Belmar.   

June 12, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Silver Lake will soon be home to art exhibit Aiming to get in Guinness Book of World Records for the largest floating sculpture exhibition.

June 12, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Seafood Festival returns tomorrow The staple summer event, now in its 28th year, attracts thousands of patrons who want to sample delicacies from some of the area’s best restaurants and food vendors, which serve everything from steamed lobster, fish tacos and sushi, to alligator sausage and seafood quesadillas.

June 12, 2014 (The Coast Star)  McWilliams, Stewart honored for their service Both are longtime police officers in Brielle who retired from the force.

June 12, 2014 (The Coast Star) Voters get final say on pavilions  In an effort to keep Epic Group as the contractor that will rebuild Belmar’s beachfront pavilions and save the money it would cost to re-bid the project, the borough has decided to bite the bullet and spend $20,000 to hold a referendum this summer so voters can choose whether taxpayers should incur the debt to finance the buildings.

June 12, 2014 (The Coast Star) IC HOPE wins $25,000 for county food bank By volunteering more than 900 hours, collecting and delivering 2,700 pounds of food and raising nearly $4,000 for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties through an online food drive and other unique fundraising events.

June 12, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Friends of Belmar Harbor kicks off summer season The $1,000 or so raised from the event will go toward restoration of FOBH’s programs and camp.

June 12, 2014 (The Coast Star) Belmar expected to soon receive $12.4 million from federal agency For the boardwalk, debris and emergency protective measures.

June 12, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Woman’s club awards three scholarships to Belmar seniors   This year’s recipients were Sean Buechele, of 10th Avenue, Rebecka Lee Markland, of Seaside Lane, and Colin McDermott, of Sixth Avenue.

June 12, 2014 (The Coast Star) Borough listens to area residents, ceases mulch site at Brielle Beach    The borough has been storing brush there since the late 1980s on and off, and began turning branches and leaves into mulch as a result of Hurricane Sandy. This site, located on East Magnolia Avenue, was meant to be temporary.

June 12, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Almost 45 boats take to sea for Family Fishing Tournament   The tournament was hosted by the Brielle Chamber of Commerce from June 6 to 8.

June 5, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Endless SUP Races coming to Belmar from June 7 to 8    Event hosted in the Shark River and beach. 

June 5, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Strategic Plan about 80 percent complete The Strategic Planning process is a five-year initiative that allows teachers, parents, administration and community members to work collaboratively to envision the future and identify the necessary steps to reach that vision for the school.

June 5, 2014 (The Coast Star)     Board of Education honors two staff members who will be retiring Pamela Norman, integrated curriculum teacher, and Pamela Steinert, school psychologist, honored.

June 5, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Another pavilion petition is filed Residents have filed a new petition regarding the rebuilding of the town’s beachfront pavilions, asking that the $7 million bond ordinance to finance the buildings be placed on the ballot in November so voters can choose whether taxpayers should incur the debt.

June 5, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Brielle’s north side of town wins event for the third straight year Raises money for Brielle resident Mac Grieb.   

June 5, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Miles of Smiles kickoff event tonight  Jersey Shore Miles of Smiles, which is co-founded by Joe Davidson, of Belmar, Codi Grill, of Wall, and Debbie Marini, of Ocean Grove, is a nonprofit dedicated to granting trip wishes on a state of the art bus for those in the local community who are faced with challenges due to illness, disaster, unfortunate circumstances or tragedy, as well as those who do good in the local community.

June 5, 2014 (The Coast Star) Ball raises funds for town’s youth  Resident Claire Deicke honored as the 2014 Belmar Citizen of the Year. 

June 5, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Hollywoof event benefits animals awaiting adoption The annual event, now in its ninth year, is a fundraiser to help raise money to care for the animals awaiting adoption at Rescue Ridge, based in Spring Lake.

June 5, 2014 (The Coast Star) Eighth-graders complete a high ropes challenge This annual trip for the graduating students at St. Rose Grammar School comes in two parts: a low ropes challenge that takes place in the fall and a high ropes challenge in the spring.

June 5, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Grant to help expand school giving garden The garden was created with the help of students, teachers, parents and community volunteers, and is intended for the whole community to enjoy.

June 5, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Friends of Belmar Harbor to kick off the season tonight  The “Set Sail” Summer Barbecue Social and Fundraiser will raise awareness about the program’s return after a one-year hiatus due to Hurricane Sandy, and share all that will be happening this summer at the FOBH.

June 5, 2014 (The Coast Star) Family Fishing Tourney this weekend Proceeds from the event will benefit New Jersey’s recreational fishing and other youth programs.

June 5, 2014 (The Coast Star) Avon Day Cookout sees record crowd Proceeds from the event go to the Avon Fire Department.

June 5, 2014 (The Coast Star)  St. Rose students celebrate end of the year with carnival   

June 5, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Incumbents run unopposed in Republican primary election Republican incumbents Timothy Shaak and John Visceglia will have their party’s backing this upcoming November election as they seek to reclaim their seats on the dais.

June 5, 2014 (The Coast Star) Belmar sees uncontested primary Democratic incumbent candidate Mayor Matt Doherty, of Inlet Terrace, and Thomas Brennan, of 11th Avenue, and Republican candidates Councilman Jim Bean, of 16th Avenue, and Michael Seebeck, of Second Avenue, ran in their respective primaries uncontested.

June 5, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Recycling center dedicated to former longtime councilwoman, Ann Scott   After 33 years of service, Mrs. Scott stepped down from the dais at the end of 2013 after serving consecutive terms since 1981.

May 29, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Council to amend zoning To include gyms, dance and yoga studios, which are currently prohibited in Belmar.

May 29, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Suzanne Anan to be featured in international art exhibit  The Dublin Biennial Pop-Up will be an art exhibit featuring 50 international and national artists, including Belmar’s own Suzanne Anan.

May 29, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Heights students win Shore Challenge The Shore Challenge was hosted by Brielle Elementary School.

May 29, 2014 (The Coast Star) Councilman Shaak presented with award by fire department Members of the Brielle Fire Department surprised Councilman Tim Shaak with an award for his many years of service to the department.

May 29, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Room in Our Hearts gives Connolly home a playroom  A resident whose house was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy had a room in their home redecorated courtesy of a nonprofit.

May 29, 2014 (The Coast Star) Probable cause hearing for chief, captain to continue today Former police officer alleges Chief Tom Palmisano committed perjury and Captain Andrew Huisman committed official misconduct.

May 29, 2014 (The Coast Star) Pop’s Poker Ride set for June 14     

May 29, 2014 (The Coast Star) Memorial Day weekend a success for beach, businesses  If Memorial Day weekend was any indication of this upcoming summer, then the beach and local businesses in town are in for one busy season.

May 29, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Matisse returns to Belmar, this time on Main Street The restaurant returned to Belmar after being destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.   

May 29, 2014 (The Coast Star) Woman’s Club flower show, luncheon slated to return   The Belmar Woman’s Club [BWC] is bringing back one of its longstanding traditions — the annual flower show and luncheon.

May 29, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Kelly Pretz receives Spirit of a Hero Award Twenty-two students from throughout New Jersey — including one Brielle resident — will receive a New Jersey Heroes Spirit of a Hero Scholarship,  First Lady Mary Pat Christie announced.

May 29, 2014 (The Coast Star) Boro to receive municipal aid grant Brielle will receive a $210,000 municipal aid grant to complete phase two of the Holly Hill Drive project.

May 29, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Brielle rec announces scholarship recipient  Nicole Lauria, of Brielle, to receive $1,000 scholarship.

May 29, 2014 (The Coast Star) Incumbents to run unopposed Republican primary in Brielle.

May 29, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Republican, Democratic primaries on Tuesday  Primaries in Belmar. 

May 22, 2014 (The Coast Star) ‘Young at Heart’ showcases students’ many artistic talents Youth at Heart was an eighth-grade fundraiser to raise money for their end-of-the-year dance and class trip.

May 22, 2014 (The Coast Star) Vitale explains budget increase despite declining enrollment   The reason for the increase is due to tuition costs at Manasquan High School [MHS].

May 22, 2014 (The Coast Star) Stricter law enforcement expected on Treasure Island  Due to the “numerous” complaints the police department received last year about people drinking on the island and parties with DJs, which is prohibited.

May 22, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Shade Tree Commission receives $700 in donations The donations came from the Bayberry Garden Club, which donates $200 annually, and the borough’s chamber of commerce, which donated $500.

May 22, 2014 (The Coast Star) Camden resident charged for death of Howell woman Edwin Martinez, 22, of North 34th St. in Camden, was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide within 1,000 feet of a school zone; third-degree causing death while operating a motor vehicle while having a suspended driver’s License; and one count of criminal mischief, a disorderly person’s offense.

May 22, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Belmar Cruise Night to return bigger, better Cruise Night is meant to attract people to the business district in town.    

May 22, 2014 (The Coast Star) Board appoints full-time business administrator   Eileen Gorga is the new school business administrator for Brielle Elementary.

May 15, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Union Landing to be sold soon  After 35 years of owning and operating Union Landing, the Schmidt family is handing over the reins and selling the popular restaurant.

May 15, 2014 (The Coast Star) Brielle to host Shore Challenge The Shore Challenge has fifth- to eighth-grade students from several local schools pitted against one another in an academic competition, with the top four teams securing a trophy.

May 15, 2014 (The Coast Star) North vs. South rivalry slated to continue May 31 The annual North v. South Sports Challenge, now in its fourth year, pits the north and south side of town against each other in various sporting events for a chance to claim the title.

May 15, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Brielle to honor those who served in the armed forces The Union Landing Historical Society [ULHS] to host Memorial Day ceremony.

May 8, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Cleaning, lining project nearing completion  Project being done in order to remedy the ongoing water issue in town.

May 8, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Stand Up Paddleboard races set for June 7, 8     Registration money for all races will go to the Belmar First Aid Autism Foundation.

May 8, 2014 (The Coast Star) Smoking banned at the beachfront The entire beachfront is officially smoke free thanks to an ordinance amendment that was approved.

May 8, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Silver Lake drainage project underway  The project will allow the borough to lower the height of the lake prior to a storm event, without using pumps, which is the borough’s current method of lowering the lake.

May 8, 2014 (The Coast Star) Auditors recommend FEMA deny Belmar $523,000 in aid  Federal auditors have recommended the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] deny $523,000 in funding awarded to Belmar, citing, in part, that the borough did not assure it paid a “fair and reasonable price” for contracted work post-Sandy — an issue Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty says has nothing to do with the borough.

May 8, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Attorney alleges he has documents proving police chief perjured himself Despite the police chief’s attorney repeatedly claiming allegations against his client are “outrageous and false,” the attorney of the former Belmar police officer who filed a complaint alleging the police chief perjured himself claims he has evidence that proves the chief did, in fact, do so.

May 8, 2014 (The Coast Star) PTO to host Pop’s Poker Ride All proceeds from the event will go to the Brielle Elementary School PTO.

May 8, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Pavilion project moves forward in BelmarThe approvals come after two failed attempts by the council to move forward with securing funding for the project.

May 8, 2014 (The Coast Star) Residents speak out on pavilion rebuilding      The pavilion project includes rebuilding two of the four pavilions that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

May 8, 2014 (The Coast Star) Annual Mayor’s Ball slated for May 30   Proceeds from both the events will benefit the Belmar Youth Club.

May 8, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Belmar residents evacuated after contractor hits gas main     

May 8, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Brielle faces steep enrollment decline Over the past few years, enrollment at Brielle Elementary School has been decreasing, causing several positions to be eliminated next school year and raising concerns for the superintendent.

May 8, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Brielle teen becomes Eagle Scout On May 3, Brielle resident Brad Schambach, 18, as well as Point Pleasant Beach resident Christos Schwarz, 18, were honored at the Eagle Court of Honor, which is the ceremony making them an Eagle Scout.

May 8, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Clark case settled for $900,000A $900,000 settlement was recently reached for the estate of Andrew Clark Jr., an 18-year-old former St. Rose baseball player who was among several St. Rose students who accused Bartholomew McInerney of subjecting them to sexual and emotional assault.

May 8, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Municipal taxes may stay flat in Belmar   The proposed municipal current fund budget totals $15,050,343, which is about $74 less than last year’s budget of $15,050,417.

May 8, 2014 (The Coast Star) School budget with slight increase unanimously OK’d The 2014-2015 school budget was approved unanimously at the April 30 board of education meeting, with a 4.9-cent tax rate increase.

May 8, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Brielle students recognized for academic achievement Those recognized were the sixth- through eighth-graders  who participated in this year’s Academic Team and Technology Student Association [TSA] team, as well as the eighth-grade student achiever of the year, Luke LaValva.

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Walk MS on target to meet its $2 million fundraising goal  Belmar is the largest site in New Jersey, with over 2,000 people participating annually and raising about $350,000 each year.

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Antique Road Show raises about $800 for historical society The event provided an opportunity for those interested to have their treasures appraised.

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star) Eighth-grade students to host poetry cafe      

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star) Woman’s club raises over $300 for Prevent Child Abuse America      

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star) Planning board application carried It was a site plan application for a commercial building.

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star) Healing powers of art shown through train station mural   Some people may say time heals all wounds, but time is not the only way to heal. Art has the ability to soothe the soul after tragedy in ways not many realize. That is what Belmar’s Arts Council [BAC] and Business Partnership [BBP] understood when they teamed up to design a mural not only inspired by the local community, but also meant to unite all who love Belmar.

   

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star)    Belmar teacher named ‘County Teacher of Year’ Melissa Murphy, 27, a special education teacher at Belmar Elementary School, was named Monmouth County Teacher of the Year.

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Inaugural MayDay to raise funds for Belmar Fire Dept.    Hundreds are expected to help celebrate the Belmar Fire Department’s 125th anniversary this Friday at Headliner— all while raising funds for a good cause.

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Hundreds celebrate the life of former Belmar resident Even though he lost his battle with cancer before the event, friends and family gathered to remember and celebrate the life of former Belmar resident Matt Beaudoin this past Sunday at 507 Main.

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Pink, plastic flamingos ‘flock’ to area lawns  “Flocking,” the act of placing pink, plastic flamingos on the front yards of residents’ homes, is being done to raise money for the eighth-grade dance.

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Sending district eighth-graders to become better acquainted  A $10,000 grant from the Michael Allen Davidson Foundation is being used to provide a community service project and team building activities, both of which are meant to encourage eighth-graders from the sending districts to foster relationships with students from different schools prior to becoming freshmen.

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star) Cherry tree planted at Belmar Public Library The Belmar Woman’s Club [BWC] planted a cherry tree at the library to honor Arbor Day as well as former mayor Ken Pringle, who BWC president Rosemary Tormey said was good to the club when he was mayor.

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Witnessing history  Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world — including a pastor from St. Rose Church — gathered in Rome this past weekend to watch as two beloved popes were canonized.

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star) Municipal budget unanimously OK’d The total municipal budget amount for 2014 is $8,899,459.

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star)   2014-2015 school budget approved   Residents will see a 1.5-cent school tax increase next school year as the board of education unanimously approved the 2014-2015 school budget.

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star) Bond ordinance approved for various improvements The improvements include road and drainage improvements, purchasing an ambulance, fire company safety equipment, police communications equipment, public works equipment and improvements to Brielle Park.

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star) Belmar Historical Society’s museum has been restored After being displaced for more than 18 months, the Belmar Historical Society’s [BHS] museum space has been restored and the members are now back in the building.

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star) Belmar raises over $300 for Autism Speaks   April was Autism Awareness Month, and to raise awareness for the cause Belmar Elementary School got creative and held several activities that also raised funds for a great cause.

May 1, 2014 (The Coast Star) Locals enjoy return of Artwalk on Main Street The Artwalk began years ago out of necessity to keep downtown thriving in the winter.

April 24, 2014 (The Coast Star)  St. Rose to raise funds to provide financial assistance to families  A two-mile walk, slated for May 17, has the goal of raising $75,000 for tuition assistance and scholarships.

April 24, 2014 (The Coast Star) Antique Road Show comes back to boro The event, which is going into its 15th year, is hosted by the Union Landing Historical Society [ULHS] and provides an opportunity for those interested to have their treasures appraised.

April 24, 2014 (The Coast Star) Former police officer’s lawyer requests a change in venue The lawyer of a former Belmar police officer who filed a complaint against the current police chief and captain has requested a change of venue, citing a conflict of interest for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

April 24, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Brielle Police Department welcomes Felicia Pappalardo, first female officer  Felicia Pappalardo made Brielle history recently when she became the first female police officer in the borough.

April 24, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Brielle Elementary students face daunting task with play The annual challenge is posed by Montana-based Missoula Children’s Theatre [MCT], whose mission is to develop life skills in children through participating in the performing arts.

April 24, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Arts Council’s mural project comes to fruition this SaturdayThe local train station has been permanently beautified thanks to the Belmar Arts Council’s [BAC] nearly completed Train Station Mural Project.

April 24, 2014 (The Coast Star) Flower show, luncheon June 11 The Belmar Woman’s Club will be celebrating 100 years of service by bringing back a longstanding tradition in town — their annual flower show and luncheon.

April 24, 2014 (The Coast Star) Library to celebrate 100 years of service Residents will soon get a glimpse into what life was like in Belmar in 1914 during an event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Belmar Public Library.

April 24, 2014 (The Coast Star) Woman dies in Belmar crash  Howell resident Tiffany Soto died in crash on Easter morning.    

April 24, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Students celebrate Earth Day with a variety of activities  Preserving the Earth is important, and this week, Brielle Elementary School students learned just how important it is through a variety of activities to celebrate Earth Day.

April 24, 2014 (The Coast Star)  D’Jais Bar & Grill opening night to raise funds for a good cause D’Jais Bar & Grill will once again dedicate its opening night, on May 2, to a worthwhile cause — raising funds for the annual Surfer’s Healing camp.

April 24, 2014 (The Coast Star) Brielle Elementary’s Jennifer Love runs the 2014 Boston Marathon

April 24, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Alarm system installed in Brielle Elementary School  Brielle Elementary School is now a little safer thanks to an emergency alarm system that was recently installed.

April 17, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Sentinel Publishing Co. takes planning board, boro to court Sentinel Publishing Co., the parent company of Greater Media and the WRAT, filed litigation against the borough recently, challenging the denial of the WRAT tower application in December 2013.

April 17, 2014 (The Coast Star) Police investigating telephone scam The Lake Como Police Department is asking residents to be vigilant when speaking on the phone to someone who is asking for money as telephone scams have been reported in the area, including one in the borough.

April 17, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Municipal budget hearing scheduled for April 22     

April 10, 2014 (The Coast Star)    Belmar beaches on their way to becoming completely smoke free   A completely smoke-free beachfront could soon become a reality in Belmar — a move that aligns with a statewide initiative currently pending in the New Jersey Senate.

April 10, 2014 (The Coast Star) Advisory Committee created to discuss redevelopment plan   In search of a new redevelopment plan that will work for the borough, an 11-member advisory committee has been created to brainstorm ideas for the new plan.

April 10, 2014 (The Coast Star) Benefit to be held for former Belmar resident Benefit to help Matt Beaudoin, a former Belmar resident who currently resides in Brick, and was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer in August 2013.

April 10, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Fourth-graders live a day in the 19th Century  St. Rose fourth-graders got a glimpse at what it was like to be a child living in the 19th Century during their “Life on the Prairie Day” last week.

April 10, 2014 (The Coast Star) Spring Lake resident donates $5,000 to library  Money to be used to expand the library’s large print book and magazine collection, purchase more opera and musical DVDs and purchase a window covering for the media room.

April 10, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Redevelopment lawsuit expected to be heard this coming Tuesday  Lawsuit will determine whether Belmar’s designation of the beachfront as one in need of redevelopment is valid.

April 10, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Gift card investigation ongoing Where more than $9,000 in gift cards meant for Belmar Elementary School [BES] families went is still a mystery, more than two months after Councilman Jim Bean first brought it to the borough’s attention.

April 10, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Local dentist provides more than $27,000 worth of free dental care  Eighty-six people now have cleaner teeth and better smiles thanks to one local dentist’s office which opened its doors to provide free dental care for one day.

April 10, 2014 (The Coast Star) Meeting to be held to hear ideas for upcoming project proposal The CDBG is a program offered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that provides funding to address needs in local communities.

April 10, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Shuttle service, bike rentals to be offered as transportation to beach Beach patrons looking to get to the beachfront from the west area of town or the train station will have an easier time doing so this summer as the borough is looking to add a service that will provide transportation to and from the beach.

April 10, 2014 (The Coast Star) Artwalk set to return April 27      

April 10, 2014 (The Coast Star) Lake Como 5K set to return this Saturday A few hundred people will set out on a 3.1 mile run this Saturday to honor a woman who embodied everything the race is about— running, Lake Como and traveling.

April 3, 2014 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary raises $3,556 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society   Through their collective efforts — and a little friendly competition — Belmar Elementary students were recently able to help make a big change for many by collecting small change for a good cause.

April 3, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Democratic primary to be uncontested     

April 3, 2014 (The Coast Star) Pavilions get another shot Although current litigation pertaining to rebuilding the pavilions is still looming, the borough has decided to move forward with bonding for the pavilion project — a move that does not violate a judge’s orders.

April 3, 2014 (The Coast Star) Students participate in Geography Gameshow Belmar Elementary School [BES] fifth- through eighth-graders put their geography knowledge to the test when guest speaker Neal Nichols Jr. brought his Geography Gameshow to the school last week.

April 3, 2014 (The Coast Star) 13th Ave. food trucks publicly bid at meeting      

April 3, 2014 (The Coast Star) Chief, captain facing perjury charges filed by former cop Two top Belmar Police officers are facing perjury charges after a former officer under their command filed criminal complaints against them. That officer resigned from the department after he was accused of making terroristic threats against another officer.

April 3, 2014 (The Coast Star) Circle of Single Friends to offer place where people can meet The inaugural Circle of Single Friends meeting was a success as about 35 people came out to meet and socialize with their peers.

April 3, 2014 (The Coast Star) Mayor Doherty provides eyewitness account to support Christie claim Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s claims that Gov. Chris Christie’s aides threatened to withhold Superstorm Sandy funding for her town unless a development project in the town moved forward was discredited recently with the help of Mayor Matt Doherty.

April 3, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Change order approved for drainage improvement project Though the A Street drainage improvement project has yet to begin, the governing body has already approved a change order for it.

April 3, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Car fire causes damage to detached garage     

April 3, 2014 (The Coast Star) Bean to take on Doherty Republican Councilman Jim Bean is looking to give Democratic Mayor Matt Doherty a run for his money in the upcoming November election, as both will be seeking their party’s backing for the mayoral seat in their respective June primaries.

March 27, 2014 (The Coast Star)  St. Rose to host a Walk for Education to help financially assist families  St. Rose Grammar School [SRGS] is hosting its first Community Walk for Education to financially assist current and future families at the school.

March 27, 2014 (The Coast Star) Storytellers Mosaic to raise funds for Belmar Arts Council Neptune-based Storytellers Mosaic celebrated its birthday by telling stories and raising money for a good cause.

March 27, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Tentative 2014-2015 school budget approved Residents will be seeing a 1.5-cent tax increase if the 2014-2015 tentative school budget is approved as is.

March 27, 2014 (The Coast Star) DE-FEET Breast Cancer run raises $25,000 Hundreds of people gathered in Lake Como to help De-FEET breast cancer one race at a time.

March 27, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Mayor Ryan bids farewell to political life in Lake Como Mayor Mike Ryan bid farewell to Lake Como political life before friends, family and colleagues last week when he announced he will be stepping down as mayor at the end of this year.

March 27, 2014 (The Coast Star) Belmar salon set to host ‘Furr-ever Friends’ fundraiser A local salon will be holding a raffle to raise funds for man’s ‘furr-ever friends.’

March 27, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Belmar boy speaks at Different Learner’s Day   A 7-year-old Belmar resident recently traveled to Little Silver to tell his peers that, even though he has cochlear implants and might have an alternative learning style, he is no different than them.

March 27, 2014 (The Coast Star) Community meeting to be held for residents on Friday   The community meeting is to discuss issues affecting the south end of town.

March 27, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Comedy Night raises funds for fire company’s trucks, rec room Laughter and fun filled the South Wall Banquet Facilities last week during the 3rd annual Volunteer Hook & Ladder Comedy Night.

March 27, 2014 (The Coast Star) Christie visits Belmar, again   Gov. Chris Christie returned to Belmar on Tuesday for the sixth time since Hurricane Sandy struck the Jersey Shore, this time to address residents about the second round of federal funding to aid the state as it continues to recover from the storm.

March 20, 2014 (The Coast Star) Cost for cleaning, lining ‘grossly underestimated’ The original estimate for an upcoming water infrastructure project was “grossly underestimated” and will likely cost the borough nearly $3 million more than what was first anticipated, Councilman Higgins reported at Tuesday’s council meeting.

March 20, 2014 (The Coast Star)   VFW Post 2620 faces possibility of closing after 69 years of service Since 1899, the Veterans of Foreign Wars has been providing aid to veterans of all wars, providing a home for them both locally and nationally. Now, 115 years later, local posts all over the country are consolidating into other ones or closing their doors due to older membership and the inability to attract new, younger members — and, locally, the Belmar-Wall-Juneau Post 2620 is no exception.

March 20, 2014 (The Coast Star) Spring Fling to benefit health association Spring is in the air, and the owner of Salon Marsal is hosting an event to kick off the season.

March 20, 2014 (The Coast Star) Ryan will not seek re-election The June Democratic mayoral primary election will be contested, as at least two Democrats will be seeking the backing of their party as they seek the seat of the retiring Mayor Mike Ryan.

March 20, 2014 (The Coast Star) Truck hits utility pole, causes power outage  Hundreds of residents were left without power Monday afternoon after a truck hit a utility pole.

March 20, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Doherty travels to D.C., testifies before Senate subcommittee   Mayor Matt Doherty traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to testify at the Senate Banking Committee Hearing on Superstorm Sandy Recovery Coordination.

March 20, 2014 (The Coast Star) Comedy Night set for March 21   People are in for a night full of laughter and camaraderie at the 3rd annual Volunteer Hook & Ladder Comedy Night, slated for March 21.

March 20, 2014 (The Coast Star) Circle of Single Friends to offer place to socialize Single, divorced or widowed men and women need not look any further than borough hall to meet and socialize with their peers.

March 20, 2014 (The Coast Star) BWC card party raises funds for nonprofit   People gathered at Brandl Restaurant last week to play cards and raise money for a worthy cause— helping families who have loved ones deployed.

March 13, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Lake Como discusses potential switch in town’s water company Lake Como representatives met with representatives from the Southeast Monmouth Municipal Utilities Authority [SMMUA] and Wall Township on Monday to discuss the possibility of the town switching water companies.

March 13, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Ground breaking for pump station slated for early- to mid-April  The borough’s pump station project is on track to break ground in April, according to South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority [SMRSA] executive director Mike Ruppel.

March 13, 2014 (The Coast Star) Rhode Island Point infrastructure project about half way complete Despite the rough winter, the borough’s water improvement project around Rhode Island Point is moving swiftly and is expected to be completed in about one month.

March 13, 2014 (The Coast Star) Students dress up, read books to celebrate Read Across America Belmar Elementary School [BES] celebrated Read Across America Day with a week’s worth of activities honoring Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

March 13, 2014 (The Coast Star) Pavilion construction will not interrupt beach patrons’ visits   The expected pavilion construction on the beachfront will not impact beachgoers’ visit to Belmar this upcoming summer, says borough administrator Colleen Connolly.

March 13, 2014 (The Coast Star)  ‘Got Bacon’ bake sale raises $312 for eighth-graders The “Got Bacon” bake sale held recently was able to raise over $300 for the Belmar Elementary School eighth-grade class trip and dinner dance.

March 13, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Lenten fish and chips dinner to be served The St. Rose Rosary Altar Society and St. Vincent de Paul Society will be teaming up to serve a British speciality, fish and chips, this Friday for a good cause.

March 13, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Smiles by the Sea to provide free dental care on April 4    Smiles by the Sea will, once again, open its doors and provide free dental care to those in need as part of an annual nationwide event.

March 13, 2014 (The Coast Star) Valiaveedan selected by woman’s club to attend Girls’ Career Institute The Belmar Woman’s Club [BWC] has selected junior Elizabeth Valiaveedan as their choice to attend this year’s Girls’ Career Institute [GCI] in the spring.

March 13, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Calendar year budget introduced at meeting The governing body unanimously introduced its first calendar year budget for the municipality in over 20 years at a special meeting on Tuesday evening.

March 13, 2014 (The Coast Star) Submissions needed for annual Artwalk The borough is calling all artists — from painters to mimes — to submit work to participate in the annual Artwalk, which will take place in late April.

March 6, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Classroom transformed into Egyptian museum The St. Rose Grammar School [SRGS] was transported back in time to the era of the Egyptians last week when the sixth-graders transformed their classroom into a museum dedicated to the ancient civilization.

Feb. 27, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Yard sale permits could soon be a requirement Residents who hold yard sales in town could soon need a permit to do so as the governing body discussed this possibility at a recent council meeting.

Feb. 27, 2014 (The Coast Star)  St. Rose to hold alumni event during St. Patrick’s Day Parade  St. Rose alumni will be front and center to watch the annual Belmar-Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade as the high school will, once again, host the alumni beer garden the day of the parade.

Feb. 27, 2014 (The Coast Star) Council approves license restrictions for Main Street smoke shops  Two new smoke shops will be coming to Main Street— one that will be selling e-cigarettes and another that will be a tobacco store.

Feb. 27, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Christie gives seasonal licenses another early start Seasonal liquor license establishments will, once again, be able to serve alcohol two months earlier than usual thanks to an executive order Gov. Chris Christie signed last week.

Feb. 27, 2014 (The Coast Star)  De-FEET Breast Cancer 5K to return to town on March 22  People will be gearing up for the 4th annual De-FEET Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk, which is slated for March 22 this year.

Feb. 27, 2014 (The Coast Star) Council votes to amend ordinance on bidding process  Contractors looking to do work in Belmar will now have to be deemed what the town considers “responsible” when it comes to receiving bids as the governing body approved an amendment to an existing ordinance defining the term at its Feb. 18 meeting.

Feb. 27, 2014 (The Coast Star) BES graduation now delayed by one day The snow days this winter season are not all fun and games as the students at Belmar Elementary School [BES] will have to make up three days this school year.

Feb. 27, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Drug testing stalls again  After listening to parents and students, the Manasquan Board of Education decided this week to table two resolutions that would have made changes to the school district’s controversial random drug testing program.

Feb. 27, 2014 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary to expand its professional development program Belmar Elementary School [BES] will be expanding a pilot program it started this year to train teachers in Google Apps for education and technology integration.

Feb. 27, 2014 (The Coast Star) Belmar man indicted on several charges related to a burglary Belmar resident Jason Elfers has been indicted by a grand jury on several charges related to a burglary.

Feb. 27, 2014 (The Coast Star) Winner of salad challenge ‘Belmar Chopped’ announced The wait is over. Belmar Elementary School [BES] students now know who the next top chef is.

Feb. 27, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Beautification project nearing completion after three years  The much anticipated Main Street beautification project is finally nearing completion — three years after the project first began.

Feb. 20, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Eminent domain may not be necessary to secure property  The borough might not have to use eminent domain to acquire the land necessary to move forward with its water improvement project, as the property owner is looking into signing an easement that would grant the borough access for the project.

Feb. 13, 2014 (The Coast Star)   First Presbyterian Church announces spring concerts The First Presbyterian Church, located on Ninth Avenue, has announced their spring concerts for 2014, which will not only provide a good time but will also be a time to give back.

Feb. 13, 2014 (The Coast Star)    Community meeting held for upcoming Silver Lake project Residents living near Silver Lake gathered in borough hall on Tuesday evening to hear the latest update regarding the upcoming project at the lake, as well as to ask any questions they may have regarding the plan.

Feb. 13, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Eighth-graders participate in recent Model UN Conference Belmar Elementary School [BES] eighth-graders got a taste of what it would be like to be a member of the United Nations when they, along with other sending district students, participated in the Manasquan High School Model UN Conference recently.

Feb. 13, 2014 (The Coast Star)    Former commissioner Hillman remembered by colleagues  A longtime Belmar resident — and former borough attorney and Belmar commissioner — died last week in Brielle when he was struck by a motor vehicle in the early hours of Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Feb. 13, 2014 (The Coast Star)   St. Patrick’s Day Parade to return on Sunday, March 2 Belmar and Lake Como will soon be decked out in everything Irish for the 41st annual Belmar-Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Feb. 13, 2014 (The Coast Star)   St. Rose hosts ‘opening ceremony’ to commemorate 2014 Olympics   St. Rose Grammar School [SRGS] celebrated the beginning of the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Thursday, Feb. 6 by holding a ceremony of their own.

Feb. 13, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Formal presentation on ongoing water issue slated   A formal plan is expected to be presented at the Feb. 18 council meeting regarding the ongoing water issue in town.

Feb. 13, 2014 (The Coast Star) Board passes resolutions regarding WRAT   The planning board voted on two matters regarding the WRAT radio tower application, which was denied late last year.

Feb. 6, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Eminent domain could be used to move looping project forward Eminent domain could soon be used to acquire the land necessary to move forward with the upcoming water infrastructure project in town, which will loop together dead ends in the water system.

Feb. 6, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Councilwoman, administrator attend Paint the Town Pink meeting  Many town representatives — including two from Lake Como — gathered at Jersey Shore University Medical Center [JSUMC], in Neptune, to begin planning Meridian Health’s eighth annual Paint the Town Pink celebration.

Feb. 6, 2014 (The Coast Star) ROD grant final eligible cost approved The board of education here unanimously approved the final eligible cost for a project that will bring much needed repairs to Belmar Elementary School.

Feb. 6, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Belmar Elementary certified as Energy Star building Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the school’s facility manager, Belmar Elementary School [BES] was recently certified as an Energy Star building, becoming the oldest certified building in New Jersey.

Feb. 6, 2014 (The Coast Star) Concerns regarding marina presented to governing body Harbor Commission members Paul DeSantis and Roy Childers voiced their concerns about the borough’s marina at the Jan. 28 council meeting.

Feb. 6, 2014 (The Coast Star) School sees improvements in performance report According to the 2012-2013 School Performance Report, Belmar Elementary School [BES] has made improvements all around, Superintendent David Hallman announced at the Jan. 30 board of education meeting.

Feb. 6, 2014 (The Coast Star) Belmar resident turns love of ocean into career with oyster farm Belmar resident Matthew Gregg’s love for the ocean and marine environment has been a driving force behind his dream to become an oyster farm owner— a dream that came to fruition, but had a minor setback when Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore in October 2012.

Feb. 6, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Elementary school to host Belmar Chopped  Which Belmar Elementary School [BES] student has what it takes to be the next top chef? The students will find out on Feb. 19 when they face off during the school’s “Belmar Chopped” event.

Feb. 6, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Community meeting to be held for residents around Silver Lake The Borough of Belmar will be holding a community meeting next week to inform residents living around Silver Lake about the upcoming improvement project in the area.

Feb. 6, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Borough looking into painting house numbers on the curbs    House numbers could soon be painted on the curbs to provide continuity throughout the borough and aid first responders and borough employees when they respond to calls.

Feb. 6, 2014 (The Coast Star) Remediation process for bakery site to begin soon   A remediation process is expected to begin soon for the parking lot adjacent to Freedman’s Bakery that will remove contaminated soil beneath the lot — a condition that must be met as part of the sale of the property.

Jan. 30, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Mayor travels to Washington, D.C. for Conference of Mayors meeting  Mayor Mike Ryan was one of many mayors invited to attend the 82nd Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C.— and one of the few who were able to ask President Barack Obama a question.

Jan. 30, 2014 (The Coast Star)  St. Rose students create plastic sea turtle for final project A final project for a marine biology class at St. Rose High School will soon have a permanent home at a coastal center in New Jersey.

Jan. 30, 2014 (The Coast Star)   D’Jais application carried to Feb. 27 zoning board meeting   The hearing to decide if D’Jais Bar & Grill at the beachfront will be permitted to conduct business year-round will have to wait another month as the zoning board of adjustment members unanimously voted to honor a request and carry the application to their February meeting.

Jan. 30, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Local Boy Scout Troop helps replenish church’s food pantry Belmar Boy Scout Troop 40 recently garnered the help of the community to help restock the food pantry at the First United Methodist Church [FUMC] in town.

Jan. 30, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Volunteers help paint train station mural   People gathered at the Belmar Arts Council [BAC] this past Saturday to lend a helping hand in painting a mural that will soon be displayed at the Belmar Train Station.

Jan. 30, 2014 (The Coast Star)  McDermott not reappointed to zoning board of adjustment Long-time zoning board of adjustment chairman Jay McDermott was not reappointed to the board this year by Mayor Matt Doherty.

Jan. 30, 2014 (The Coast Star) SID budget hearing scheduled for Feb. 18  The governing body is expected to hear the Special Improvement District [SID] budget at its Feb. 18 council meeting.

Jan. 30, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Motives behind ordinance amendment questioned Belmar is in the midst of amending an existing ordinance to define who is a “responsible” bidder when it comes to public bids — a move that has left a few residents questioning the reason for such a change.

Jan. 30, 2014 (The Coast Star) Councilman Bean questions where nearly $10,000 in gift cards went During Tuesday evening’s council meeting, Councilman Jim Bean questioned where nearly $10,000 in ShopRite gift cards earmarked for Belmar Elementary School students ended up.

Jan. 30, 2014 (The Coast Star) Belmar Beach Patrol to host polar plunge Feb. 16 The Belmar Beach Patrol will be hosting a polar plunge to raise funds for one of its own on Feb. 16 at the Seventh Avenue beach.

Jan. 30, 2014 (The Coast Star) Joint ice training drill held at Silver Lake Belmar Water Rescue Team [WRT] members can now rescue people from the ice if such a case should arise thanks to a recent certification class taken by some of its members.

          

Jan. 23, 2014 (The Coast Star) Circle of Friends HYDAS to host ‘Teen Rock and Bowl’   Young adults with disabilities are in store for a special treat as the Circle of Friends Helping Young Adults with Down Syndrome [HYDAS] will be hosting its first event of the new year on Feb. 1.

Jan. 23, 2014 (The Coast Star) D’Jais to seek OK to open all year D’Jais Bar & Grill, a popular summer destination in the borough, could soon become a year-round spot as the zoning board of adjustment is expected to hear an application tonight that would convert the seasonal business to a year-round use — a possibility that has angered some residents in town.

Jan. 23, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Projects to help fix borough infrastructure  After months of planning, various water improvement projects around town are coming to fruition, which could mean much anticipated relief for residents around town.

Jan. 23, 2014 (The Coast Star) Jersey Cares builds playground at St. Rose Jersey Cares continued its charitable endeavors at St. Rose Parish recently when they installed a new playground at the grammar school.

Jan. 23, 2014 (The Coast Star) Boro receives recommendations for post-hurricane flooding issue  Mayor Mike Ryan, as well as the other participating mayors, recently received a summary of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design meeting held in September 2013, detailing the recommendations made to remedy post-Hurricane Sandy concerns in their town.

Jan. 23, 2014 (The Coast Star) Town officials discuss options to remediate water issue  Lake Como officials recently met with surrounding towns to talk about options available to them, including possibly switching water companies, to remedy the ongoing water issue in town.

Jan. 9, 2014 (The Coast Star) Poet, performer to visit Belmar Elementary students  Thanks to the Belmar Elementary School [BES] Parent Teacher Organization [PTO], students are in store for a real treat as a poet will be visiting the school next week.

Jan. 9, 2014 (The Coast Star) ypass system conversion expected to be completed soon If all goes according to plan, the bypass system conversion for the pump station is expected to be completed in the next 10 days or so — one month later than originally anticipated.

Jan. 9, 2014 (The Coast Star) Department fire chiefs sworn in for the new year   The borough’s new fire chiefs were sworn into their posts last week.

Jan. 9, 2014 (The Coast Star)  The end of an era in Belmar  After more than 60 years in business, Freedman’s Bakery on Main Street in the borough closed its doors for the last time on Monday.

Jan. 9, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Belmar Elementary to host collaborative in-service day While students will be enjoying their day off on Martin Luther King Day, area teachers will be at Belmar Elementary School [BES] participating in a collaborative in-service day.

Jan. 9, 2014 (The Coast Star) Appointments announced for 2014  The Lake Como Council held its first meeting of the year on Tuesday evening, where appointments were made for the upcoming year.

Jan. 9, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Lake Como seeking volunteers to help ‘Paint the Town Pink’  Lake Como is seeking volunteers for the 2014 Paint the Town Pink campaign, Councilwoman Patricia Tzibrouk said.

Jan. 9, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Frozen, broken pipes a main concern the next few days  With the recent string of cold weather, the borough’s main concern over the next few days will be the pipes, Mayor Matt Doherty said.

Jan. 9, 2014 (The Coast Star) Borough ushers in new year with reorganization meeting   The borough ushered in the new year by swearing in Councilman Brian Magovern and its newest council member, Janis Keown-Blackburn, on Saturday, Jan. 4.

Jan. 9, 2014 (The Coast Star)   Silver Lake project to begin shortly Residents around Silver Lake will soon see some relief as plans are in the works to begin a project that will improve the drainage at the lake.

Jan. 9, 2014 (The Coast Star) Cold weather fractures water lines  The frigid weather the past several days has kept things relatively quiet in Lake Como, although it did cause two water lines to break in town.

Jan. 9, 2014 (The Coast Star) Water infrastructure improvements underway on Rhode Island Point  Rhode Island Point residents experiencing the ongoing water issue in town are beginning to see some relief as a company is in the midst of cleaning and lining the water infrastructure in the area.

Jan. 2, 2014 (The Coast Star) Beach badge fees to remain the same The 2014 beach badge fees in the borough will remain the same as last year.

Jan. 2, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Governing body closes the year with special meeting on New Year’s Eve   The governing body met early New Year’s Eve to close out the borough’s finances and pave the way to begin using a calendar year budget.

Jan. 2, 2014 (The Coast Star) Mayor Doherty reflects on 2013, looks ahead to 2014   The year 2013 has been a trying one for the Borough of Belmar, filled with milestones and accomplishments — as well as setbacks — as it continued to recover from Hurricane Sandy.

Jan. 2, 2014 (The Coast Star)  Borough fire chiefs sworn into positions   The borough’s fire chiefs were expected to be sworn in to their posts for 2014.

Jan. 2, 2014 (The Coast Star) Friends of Belmar Harbor to host fundraising social Friends of the Belmar Harbor [FOBH] will be kicking off the new year with a fundraising social event.

Jan. 2, 2014 (The Coast Star) Four-legged DPW hires in Belmar The two goats — named Will and Grace — are a new addition to the Department of Public Works [DPW], and will help clean up the poison ivy around town.

Jan. 2, 2014 (The Coast Star) Mayor reflects on past year   Now that 2013 has come and gone, Mayor Mike Ryan took time to reflect on the past year and all that the borough has endured recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

Dec. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star) Live at Belmar Arts holds its last performance of the year   Live at Belmar Arts held its last performance of the year this past Saturday.

Dec. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Santa, Friendly Sons spread holiday cheer to those who need it most   With some help from the local Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh [FSOS], Santa Claus was able to take a break before the big day to bring holiday cheer to the boys and girls in the K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center [JSUMC], in Neptune.

Dec. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star) People dressed in their holiday best for the Jingle Bell Run   Locals and visitors alike were decked out in holiday gear for the annual Jingle Bell Walk/Run this past Saturday.

Dec. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar loses OPRA cases  he Borough of Belmar must make public several documents related to grants and gift cards given away post-Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey Government Records Council [GRC] ordered late last week. A phone recording must also be released to a former Belmar employee, the GRC ruled.

Dec. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star) Longstanding tradition returns to the borough  The annual Christmas Party for the children of the town was back for another year this past Saturday.

Dec. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star) Councilman discusses ongoing water issues   With the year coming to a close, Councilman Kevin Higgins reflected on the borough’s ongoing water issue and talked about possible solutions going forward, at a recent council meeting.

Dec. 19, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Council bids farewell to Councilwoman Deicke Council members bid farewell to one of their own during the Dec. 11 council meeting.

Dec. 19, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Administrator weighs options for garbage collection service Borough Administrator Louise Mekosh briefed the council on its current options when it comes to garbage collection in town.

Dec. 19, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Boro to be reimbursed $4.1 mil for two pavilions, mayor says  The Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] is likely to cover more than one half the cost of rebuilding two beachfront pavilions, Mayor Matt Doherty announced at the Dec. 11 council meeting.

Dec. 19, 2013 (The Coast Star)  NJ Transit, Belmar reps meet to discuss access ramp  NJ Transit and Belmar representatives met recently to discuss the possibility of building an Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] accessible ramp at the Belmar Train Station.

Dec. 19, 2013 (The Coast Star)  SID budget hearing slated for Feb. 4  The hearing date for the 2014 Special Improvement District [SID] budget has been set for Feb. 4.

Dec. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Students participate in Hour of Code Belmar Elementary School fifth- through eighth- graders tried their hand at computer science earlier this week as part of a global initiative to raise awareness about the subject.

Dec. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star) Santa to come to Belmar early  Belmar children are in store for a special treat this holiday season as they will get a chance to receive a present from Santa Claus prior to Christmas Day.

Dec. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star) Authority receives $2 million grant The South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority [SMRSA] has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] to help pay for the replacement of the borough’s pump station, Congressman Chris Smith [R-4] announced recently.

Dec. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star)  St. Rose High School receives grant for arts education St. Rose High School’s art program is in store for a special treat thanks to a new initiative that aids schools affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Dec. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star) WRAT tower plan denied The WRAT radio station’s plan to extend the reach of its broadcasts will not come to fruition as the planning board, here, unanimously denied on Monday night its application to increase its radio tower height.

Dec. 5, 2013 (The Coast Star) Tandem Bike Inn to host Caring Santa   Children and young adults with special needs will soon have the opportunity to meet and greet Santa at the Tandem Bike Inn, on 10th Avenue, this Sunday.

Dec. 5, 2013 (The Coast Star) Friends of Belmar Harbor hope to reopen by summer Update on Friends of Belmar Harbor since Sandy.

Dec. 5, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough receives $1.747 million grant Grant will help pay for marina repairs.

Dec. 5, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Festivities to bring holiday spirit to town Holiday activities in Lake Como.

Dec. 5, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Former resident to discuss photo book of Springsteen For the past 32 years, Debra Rothenberg, of New York, has been photographing Bruce Springsteen, and this Saturday, she will be returning to the place that inspired some of his music.

Dec. 5, 2013 (The Coast Star) Board expected to vote on WRAT radio tower application After nearly one year of testimony, the WRAT radio tower application is expected to come to a close at Monday night’s planning board meeting.

Nov. 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary shares ‘their arts’  Belmar Elementary School [BES] collaborated, once again, with a nearby school to present a special musical production called “Sharing Our Arts Day” on Nov. 21.

Nov. 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Woman’s club creates website  The Belmar Woman’s Club [BWC] has moved into the 21st Century as they recently created a website.

Nov. 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Bar Anticipation to provide Thanksgiving Day meals  Bar Anticipation, on 16th Avenue, will once again open its doors today to those looking to eat a Thanksgiving Day meal and enjoy others company.

Nov. 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Chamber of Commerce to host inaugural Tour of the Inns  Belmar inns will be getting in the holiday spirit next weekend when they participate in the inaugural  Tour of the Inns Holiday Kickoff.

Nov. 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Municipalities to move forward with agreement for Lake Como   Belmar is expected to vote on a new, three-party agreement establishing an emergency protocol for Lake Como at its meeting tonight.

Nov. 21, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Carvelli appointed to council   John Carvelli was sworn in on Monday night as the newest council member in town, filling the vacancy left by Councilman Jared Cohen’s resignation.

Nov. 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) 10th Avenue Freeze-Out event set to return Nov. 30   Thanksgiving weekend, once again, will not only be a time to be thankful, but will also be a time to give back to neighbors as Belmar and Lake Como will participate in the 10th Avenue Freeze-Out: Rebuilding Belmar event.

Nov. 21, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Local groups participate again in ‘Operation Santa’ Local organizations have come together to take part in “Operation Santa,” and help deliver holiday cheer and gifts, to many military members stationed abroad.

Nov. 21, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Borough moving quickly to change pavilion rebuilding plans With recent orders from a Superior Court judge that dealt a blow to the borough’s plans to redevelop the beachfront, the municipality is moving quickly to alter its plans so it can move forward with rebuilding the pavilions.

Nov. 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Residents travel to NJ Transit meeting to request ADA ramp   NJ Transit representatives are expected to meet with representatives from Belmar about adding an Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] accessible ramp to the Belmar Train Station, according to Councilwoman Claire Deicke.

Nov. 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Lake Como discussing possibility of switching water companies The borough is talking about switching water suppliers, Councilman Kevin Higgins announced at Monday night’s council meeting.

Nov. 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Iconic Barclay demolished Developers razed a borough landmark last week to pave the way for two, single-family homes that will be constructed there.

Nov. 14, 2013 (The Coast Star)  St. Rose PTA to host inaugural Casino Night   n evening of fun and games is on the horizon for parents of Saint Rose Grammar School students as the school’s parent teacher association [PTA] is hosting its first Casino Night.

Nov. 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Interlocal agreement on sewerage authority’s agenda   The South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority [SMRSA] is expected to discuss, and vote on, the much anticipated interlocal agreement — an agreement that SMRSA has several concerns with.

Nov. 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar blinks in lawsuit challenge  Claiming it is not a reaction to three lawsuits pending against the borough and that they are simply listening to supporters, Mayor Matt Doherty and the governing body have decided to redesign Taylor Pavilion t0 be one story, instead of the originally proposed two.

Nov. 14, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Drama club thrills audience during whodunit mystery  Murder, mystery and intrigue captivated audience members this past weekend during St. Rose High School Drama Club’s performance of “Her Lips are Sealed”— a “whodunit” play, where the audience is asked to help solve the crime.

Nov. 14, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Post 2620 hosts ceremony to pay tribute to veterans   Residents gathered at Monument Row on Monday to pay tribute to all those who dedicated their lives to serving the United States.

Nov. 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Students preside over council meeting Belmar Elementary School students presided over a special council meeting, offering their own ideas on how to improve the town.

Nov. 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar’s McCorry performs one-man show at arts council Belmar resident Tim McCorry took to the stage this past weekend to perform an original piece, “Coyote, the Musical” at the Belmar Arts Council [BAC].

Nov. 7, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar Board of Education incumbent loses seat  Belmar Board of Education election 2013

Nov. 7, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Democrats beat GOPers for Belmar Council seats  Belmar Council election 2013

Nov. 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Incumbents reclaim their seats for another term  Lake Como Council election 2013

Nov. 7, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Judge deals blow to borough’s plan to rebuild beachfront  A Superior Court judge handed down an opinion regarding several pending lawsuits against the borough, dealing a temporary blow to the governing body’s plans to rebuild the beachfront.

Nov. 7, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Eighteen acts perform during annual Belmar lip sync event Students of all ages came together this past week to dance and sing to their favorite tunes during the annual Lip Sync event at Belmar Elementary School.

Nov. 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Murphy to travel to London  One Belmar Elementary School teacher will be traveling to England soon to participate in a two-day event with the Google Teacher Academy [GTA].

Nov. 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Community honors Avielle’s memory  People gathered outside Belmar Elementary last Friday to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of one six-year-old girl who had a lifetime ahead of her — all to be taken away by a lone gunman last December.

Nov. 7, 2013 (The Coast Star)  St. Rose places third in scholastic bowl    St. Rose Grammar School recently won third place in the 10th annual St. Rose High School Invitational Scholastic Bowl.

Nov. 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) VFW Post No. 2620 to host two ceremonies next week  Belmar-Wall-Juneau Veterans of Foreign Wars [VFW] Post 2620 will host two events, both of which pay tribute to all those who dedicated their lives to serving the United States.

Oct. 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) Birdsall defendants back in court for pay-to-play case   The seven defendants in the Birdsall Services Group [BSG] pay-to-play scheme appeared in Superior Court earlier this week to set dates for various motions in their corruption trials.

Oct. 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro council amending zoning regulations for microbrewery The governing body approved the first reading of an ordinance at the Oct. 23 council meeting that would amend the development regulations for the central business district in town.

Oct. 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) First United Methodist Church continues to rebuild post-Sandy  One year later, and the First United Methodist Church, here, is still picking up the pieces that Hurricane Sandy left behind.

Oct. 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) Incumbents, Witte and Tzibrouk, set to reclaim seats on dais

Oct. 31, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Four candidates to compete for two open council seats

Oct. 31, 2013 (The Coast Star)  St. Rose fourth-graders host luncheon  St. Rose fourth-graders sat down to a smörgåsbord of food on Monday cooked by their fellow classmates and family members.

Oct. 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary students thank local volunteers Belmar Elementary School students took time out of their day on Friday, Oct. 25 to thank all the volunteers who helped build their new playground, which is in honor of a student who died at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting late last year.

Oct. 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) Council candidates discuss debt incurred from Sandy  Belmar Council candidates discuss important issues.

Oct. 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) Council adopts redevelopment plan  The governing body approved an ordinance adopting the boardwalk redevelopment plan at the Oct. 23 council meeting.

Oct. 31, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Boro reflects on year since Hurricane Sandy   To mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday, the Borough of Belmar held a ceremony at the beach complete with speeches, song and candlelight.

Oct. 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) Board candidates agree: new committees a benefit All four board of education candidates agree: the newly formed board committees will be a benefit.

Oct. 24, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Board of education candidates discuss Warrior Athletic Complex    Questions posed to the Belmar Board of Education candidates.

Oct. 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) Council candidates discuss the division of public   The four Belmar council candidates discuss important issues facing the town.

Oct. 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar expects final boro tab for Sandy to be under $3 million Amount of money spent in Belmar since Hurricane Sandy.

Oct. 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) Student elected officials sworn into posts on Monday The next generation of leaders were sworn into their posts this past Monday at Belmar Elementary School for the annual Student Government Day.

Oct. 24, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar couple remains displaced, continues fight vs. insurance companies   Krista Sperber and her family continue to recover Post-Sandy.

Oct. 24, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Displaced residents, pump station & lake remain issues after Sandy  Issues remaining post-Sandy.

Oct. 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) Council candidates discuss long-term solutions for lake  Lake Como candidates discuss long-term solutions for lake

Oct. 24, 2013 (The Coast Star)  After one year of displacement, family looks forward to going home    The story of the Murphy’s rebuilding post-Hurricane Sandy.

Oct. 24, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Playground honoring Sandy Hook victim to be built this week  Later this week, a new playground will be built at Belmar Elementary School that will not only provide a place for children in the area to play, but will also provide a symbol of hope for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy and the shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Oct. 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) Pump station expected to be completed in September 2015 Update on Lake Como pump station.

Oct. 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) Board hears public comments on the WRAT tower application  Planning board members heard comments from the public about the WRAT radio tower’s application at the Oct. 21 planning board meeting.

Oct. 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Historical society’s museum on its way to being as good as new A look at the Belmar Historical Museum and History Room.

Oct. 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Bids opened for pavilion, infrastructure projects The borough recently opened the bids for two projects — the pavilions and water infrastructure improvements — and is looking to award the contracts soon.

Oct. 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose drama club to host a mystery dinner theater  St. Rose High School will be opening its doors for a two-night mystery dinner theater.

Oct. 17, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Candidates debate on area between sidewalk, curb  The two council candidates up for re-election this year, both of whom are incumbents, agree that residents should be allowed to plant what they wish in the area between the sidewalk and the curb — an issue that has been a topic of debate in town.

Oct. 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Public Library year of renovations almost complete Repairs of Belmar Public Library.

Oct. 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Council urges state legislature to allow same-sex marriage  The governing body, here, approved a resolution at Tuesday night’s meeting urging the state legislature to legalize same sex marriage in New Jersey.

Oct. 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Touch a Truck event on Oct. 26 in Belmar   Residents will soon be able to touch and sit in the first responder vehicles that assisted Belmar last year during Hurricane Sandy, as well as some newly acquired vehicles.

Oct. 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) Council members seeking to reclaim seats on dais Lake Como council election 2013

Oct. 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) Three board of ed incumbents, one veteran to run for open seats Board of Education election 2013

Oct. 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) Four to compete for two open seats on boro council Belmar Council election 2013

Oct. 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar on its way to adopting beachfront redevelopment plan The borough is one step closer to rebuilding its pavilions as the first reading of an ordinance adopting the redevelopment plan for those buildings was approved at the Oct. 2 council meeting.

Oct. 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) About $35,000 raised from last week’s St. Rose Walkathon St. Rose High School students raised about $35,000 last week for an upcoming student-selected project by participating in the school’s annual walkathon.

Oct. 10, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Sandy Hook playground to be built at Belmar Elementary 2012 was the year of “Sandy.” Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast on Oct. 29, 2012, and less than two months later, on  Dec. 14, a lone shooter, Adam Lanza, killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn., before taking his own life. To honor the two events, the state Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association [FMBA] began The Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play, with the goal of creating 26 playgrounds in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to honor the 26 students and faculty members of Sandy Hook Elementary School who were killed.

Oct. 10, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Hundreds of homes not included in county post-Sandy inspection One Belmar council member questioned why hundreds of homes in town were not included in an inspection done by the county.

Oct. 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) New York man is indicted for sexual abuse of minor in Belmar A New York resident was indicted last week by a grand jury on charges related to sexually abusing a minor in Belmar.

Oct. 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) Resident asks his name to be removed from petition One resident has asked the borough to  remove his name from a petition that circulated in town after it came to light what the petition was about.

Oct. 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) Wortman family to raise funds for Walk4Hearing  On Oct. 20, hundreds of volunteers — including one Belmar family — will take to the streets to raise awareness, and funds, for those living with hearing loss during the sixth annual Garden State-NJ Walk4Hearing.

Oct. 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) ADA Committee gears up to host two events The borough’s Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] committee is gearing up to host two events.

Oct. 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) Fork, Cork and Canvas event raises $1,250 for woman’s club Twenty-five people came out for the inaugural ‘Fork, Cork and Canvas’ event this past Monday at Brandl Restaurant.

Oct. 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) Charges dismissed against Sgt. Whille  Domestic violence assault charges lodged against a Lake Como Police sergeant were dismissed in municipal court Thursday morning after his parents — the alleged victims in the matter — declined to press charges against their son.

Oct. 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar DPW hosts ‘A Benefit for a Brighter Future’ for one of its own In 1990, one borough employee credited Belmar with saving his life. As a borough employee, he had medical coverage, which enabled him to receive the treatment he needed for his testicular cancer.

Oct. 3, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Councilwomen Deicke, Nicolay discuss breast cancer experiences    The month of October is dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer, a disease that has affected millions of women — including the only two women on the dais in Belmar.

Oct. 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose student hit by vehicle yesterday  A 14-year-old St. Rose High School student was struck by a car while crossing the street shortly after school yesterday, police said.

Oct. 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary teacher uses technology to motivate reading    During the Sept. 26 Belmar Elementary School board of education meeting, a special education teacher made a presentation on how she got her students motivated to read using technology.

Oct. 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar author Brennan visits St. Rose sixth- graders This past Friday, St. Rose Grammar School [SRGS] sixth-graders were able to meet the author behind one of their summer reading books, “Peace Pilgrim: walking her talk against hate.”

Oct. 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) Union Fire Company moves back home after hurricane  After months of being displaced from their fire house, the Union Fire Company moved back home on Sunday, Sept. 29 — the 11 month anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

Oct. 3, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Transitional year budget amended After amending the 2013 transitional year budget, residents will now see a 2- and one-half cent tax increase, instead of the zero-cent tax increase originally anticipated.

Oct. 3, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Pump station update provided During Tuesday night’s council meeting, Lake Como’s representative to the South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority [SMRSA] provided an update on what is happening with the borough’s pump station.

Sept. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Boro receives military vehicles, equipment for emergencies Belmar has geared up and is now prepared to respond to future emergencies, like Hurricane Sandy, thanks to a federal program that has allowed the borough to obtain surplus emergency management vehicles and equipment.

Sept. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Board recommends council move forward with redevelopment plan The planning board unanimously decided to make a recommendation to the governing body to move forward with a redevelopment plan for the beachfront, with slight alterations, at Tuesday night’s special meeting.

Sept. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Lawsuits filed vs. pavilion proposal  Two lawsuits were filed with the Superior Court of New Jersey in Monmouth County last week against the Borough of Belmar for its actions related to the rebuilding of the beachfront pavilions.

Sept. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star) Governing body approves bond for Silver Lake project  The governing body unanimously approved a bond ordinance authorizing the appropriation of $1.86 million to fund improvements for Silver Lake.

Sept. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star) Beer on the Pier set to return to Belmar Sept. 28  Belmar Tourism will be saying farewell to summer by bringing back Belmar Beer on the Pier.

Sept. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star) East Coast Beer Co. makes presentation to governing body  A Point Pleasant Beach-based brewing company presented a plan to the governing body at the Sept. 18 council meeting that seeks to convert the Freedman’s Bakery site into a brewery.

Sept. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star) Shark River Paddle Battle slated for Oct. 5  Water sport enthusiasts need not look further than Shark River for a friendly competition as a paddle battle is approaching.

Sept. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose to host walkathon, bonfire St. Rose High School is gearing up for two student-wide activities: a walkathon and bonfire.

Sept. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star) Interlocal agreement approved unanimously The governing body unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the borough to execute an agreement for a flood emergency management protocol with the four stakeholders in Lake Como.

Sept. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Cruise Night finishes another season  Antique cars and motorcycles cruised into town one last time last week for the final Belmar Cruise Night of the year.

Sept. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star) Annual Health Fair was bigger, better than ever  About 100 people gathered at the municipal gym this past Sunday for the 6th annual Health Fair.

Sept. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star) Charges dropped against police officer accused of assaulting parents  Domestic violence assault charges lodged against a Lake Como Police sergeant were dismissed in municipal court Thursday morning after the officer’s parents — the alleged victims in the matter — declined to press charges against their son.

Sept. 26, 2013 (The Coast Star) Fifteen people volunteer to clean area around lake  Fifteen volunteers spent Saturday morning cleaning up the area around Lake Como as part of a larger international initiative.

Sept. 19, 2013 (The Coast Star) ‘Fork, Cork and Canvass’ to benefit the woman’s club Brandl Restaurant and Joel and Sherry’s Paintin Place will be kicking off “Fork, Cork and Canvass”  by giving back to a local organization.

Sept. 19, 2013 (The Coast Star) Honoring Sept. 11 victims with a memorial run on the boardwalk  Run, remember, reflect and resume was the theme of a boardwalk run that took place on Sept. 11 — the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed thousands.

Sept. 19, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar mayor to receive the Rising Tide Award  Mayor Matt Doherty will soon be honored for his impact on tourism at the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau’s [JSCVB] 4th Annual Big Wave Award.

Sept. 19, 2013 (The Coast Star) Payments expected to be on last night’s agenda  Belmar will be tightening how it handles wire transfers after borough representatives discovered that several wire transfers that were conducted over the past several months never made it to the paid bills list.

Sept. 19, 2013 (The Coast Star) Meditation to be incorporated into sixth- graders curriculum Meditation will now be incorporated into St. Rose Grammar School’s [SRGS] sixth-grade class, thanks to their teacher, Colleen Reilly.

Sept. 19, 2013 (The Coast Star) Freedman’s Bakery site could soon be replaced by a brewery Belmar could soon be a destination for beer lovers as plans are in the works to convert Freedman’s Bakery property into a brewery.

Sept. 19, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Musician meet & greet, improv night scheduled   The Belmar Arts Council [BAC] will be kicking off its fall events with an improv night and musician meet and greet this weekend.

Sept. 19, 2013 (The Coast Star) Investigators conducting audit for debris- related costs   Federal investigators are continuing an audit in Belmar for all debris removal costs incurred post-Sandy.

Sept. 19, 2013 (The Coast Star) Council moving forward with interlocal agreement The governing body was expected to vote on an interlocal agreement at last night’s council meeting that would establish a protocol for all stakeholders for Lake Como.

Sept. 19, 2013 (The Coast Star) Coastal Monmouth Consortium to apply for race to top grant The Coastal Monmouth Consortium, which includes Belmar Elementary School, will, once again, apply for the Race to the Top grant.

Sept. 19, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar makes the switch back to NJ American Water Company  Earlier this week Belmar switched back to NJ American Water Company for its water supply — a switch that the borough will be monitoring since there has been ongoing water issues in parts of town for quite some time.

Sept. 19, 2013 (The Coast Star) Lake Como Day set to return Oct. 5  It is that time of year again. October is approaching and that means Lake Como Day is just around the corner.

Sept. 19, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Interlocal agreement approved for the lake The governing body here unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the borough to execute an agreement for a flood emergency management protocol with the four stakeholders in Lake Como.

Sept. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Residents, board members cross-examine last WRAT expert, again  Residents and planning board members continued to question Greater Media’s final expert during the Sept. 9 planning board meeting.

Sept. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star) Heroes race sees record turnout  The annual Fallen Heroes 5K Memorial Run saw its biggest turnout this year when it raced into town this past weekend.

Sept. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star) Lake cleanup slated for Sept. 21  Volunteers will take to the lake area next week to clean it and the surrounding areas as part of a larger international initiative.

Sept. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star) Restaurant Impossible’s Tom Bury visits Lake Como  A TV personality traveled to Lake Como to help spruce up the lakefront.

Sept. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star) Music program for special needs children slated Children with special needs could soon test their skills at making music as the recreation department is looking to start a music program.

Sept. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star) Attorney General’s Office investigating town’s actions The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office is investigating a contract for debris cleanup awarded to a company the mayor’s wife has ties to.

Sept. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star) D’Jais Bar & Grill to re-open Friday D’Jais Bar & Grill remains closed as the Monmouth County Health Department [MCHD] continues to investigate numerous reports of mump-like symptoms over the past week or so. The mumps are believed to have been spread by someone working or patronizing the bar.

Sept. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star) No funding from FEMA to replace pavilions, mayor says Mayor Matt Doherty said he thinks FEMA will deny their request for replacement funding for the pavilions.

Sept. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star) Buy a Board plaques finally being installed   After months of waiting, donors will soon be able to see their names on a plaque at the beachfront of their choice.

Sept. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star) Chefs International presents a plan to rebuild marina building   The governing body heard a presentation from Chefs International that would replace the existing marina building with a new one at the Sept. 4 council meeting.

Sept. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Council adopts $7.5 million bond ordinance for pavilions  The governing body adopted a bond ordinance authorizing the appropriation of $7.5 million to rebuild two of the four beachfront pavilions at the Sept. 4 council meeting.

Sept. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star) Sewerage authority discusses Lake Como South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority’s [SMRSA] executive director spoke about the ongoing flooding issue with Lake Como and what should be done to prevent future flooding events.

Sept. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary to host Garden Party on Friday  Belmar Elementary’s School Health Council [SHC] will be hosting a garden party this Friday to celebrate a successful growing season.

Sept. 12, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough denied funding for Silver Lake improvements After a request for federal funding was denied, the borough decided it would still go forward with planned Silver Lake improvements.

Sept. 5, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary to establish a parents communication committee  Belmar Elementary School [BES] parents will soon have an easy means to communicate with the superintendent as a parents communication committee will soon be established in the school.

Sept. 5, 2013 (The Coast Star) Annual Health Fair slated for Sept. 22  Good health is the goal when the Belmar Mayor’s Wellness Campaign [MWC] will be hosting its 6th annual Health Fair later this month.

Sept. 5, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Freddy’s Angels benefit to raise funds for childrens’ future The borough will be hosting a benefit later this month to help one of its own.

Sept. 5, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro reimbursed $183,404 to date from federal government Since Superstorm Sandy, municipalities — including Lake Como— have been working hard to complete projects and submit them to the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] for reimbursement at, hopefully, a 90 percent rate.

Sept. 5, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar wins Horizon’s Back to the Boardwalk challenge The numbers are in and it is official — Belmar has won the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield [BCBS] “Back to the Boardwalk” challenge.

Sept. 5, 2013 (The Coast Star)Senior residents to mark 9/11 anniversary with ceremony To honor those who lost their lives that day, as well as those who survived, the senior building will be hosting a ceremony on Sept. 11 — the 12th anniversary of 9/11.

Sept. 5, 2013 (The Coast Star) Zero tax increase for transitional year budget Residents will see a zero-percent tax increase for the 2013 transitional year budget that was introduced unanimously at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Sept. 5, 2013 (The Coast Star) Board of education to try the committee structure  The Belmar Board of Education will be establishing committees within the board, president Cherie Adams announced at the Aug. 29 meeting.

Sept. 5, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar Arts Council hosts opening reception for ‘Painters’ Work’ exhibit    About 75 people came out this past Saturday for the “Painters’ Work” opening reception at the Belmar Arts Council [BAC].

Aug. 30, 2013 (The Ocean Star) Store raises $4,000 for local nonprofit     People enjoyed an “endless summer” this past Saturday while raising funds for a local nonprofit.

Aug. 29, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Shark River area now a little cleaner, thanks to divers Divers took to Shark River this past Saturday to help keep the marine ecosystem clean in the Belmar area.

Aug. 29, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Thousands turn out for Wings of Freedom tour  Three World War II airplanes flew into town this past weekend to bring history to life for the local community.

Aug. 29, 2013 (The Coast Star) Beach Bash ’n Dash slated for Sept. 21 Do you have what it takes to conquer the elements and complete a rigorous obstacle course on the beach?
Find out when MudManX presents Beach Bash ‘n Dash in Belmar on Sept. 21.

Aug. 29, 2013 (The Coast Star) Hundreds of people help to ‘deliver hope’ to children   Hundreds of people ‘delivered hope’ to children in one Philadelphia hospital this past weekend by raising funds for them.

Aug. 29, 2013 (The Coast Star) Summer concert series to conclude this week The Belmar Arts Council [BAC] will be wrapping up its inaugural summer concert series this Saturday with Chris Turner and Steel Rail Blues.

Aug. 29, 2013 (The Coast Star)  First Presbyterian Church raises $1,805 toward its restoration   Thanks to the help of the Nocturnes Big Band, the First Presbyterian Church was able to raise $1,805 towards its restoration effort.

Aug. 29, 2013 (The Coast Star) Five homes burglarized in Inlet Terrace area of town Five burglaries have taken place between Aug. 10 and 20 in the Inlet Terrace area of town, according to Det. Lt. Thomas Cox.

Aug. 29, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Day of Music benefit raises $8,500 for area residents About 300 people came out to enjoy a day of music, fun and camaraderie while raising funds for area residents still impacted by Sandy this past weekend.

Aug. 29, 2013 (The Coast Star) Beach Bash event getting ready to ride into town once again  Thousands of people will be traveling from near and far next weekend to enjoy a day of fun, laughter and surf at the ninth annual Beach Bash.

Aug. 22, 2013 (The Coast Star)  New Tulipano’s location gets OK to have a sidewalk cafe Just like its former location, the new Tulipano’s location, which has yet to open, will be home to a sidewalk cafe.

Aug. 22, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Restaurant: Impossible’s Bury to come to town  On Thursday, Sept. 5, Tom Bury, who is the construction manager on “Restaurant: Impossible,” will travel to Lake Como to build picnic tables, rehabilitate benches and spruce up the gazebo around Lake Como.

Aug. 22, 2013 (The Coast Star) Two-story pavilions not a unique concept in Belmar  Two-story pavilions at the beachfront are not a new concept in town, as Belmar used to be home to two, two-story pavilions back in the early 1900s.

Aug. 22, 2013 (The Coast Star) Memorial run attracts 160 people  About 160 people came out this past Sunday to run and honor a former Lake Como Police captain.

Aug. 22, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Circle of Friends golf outing is postponed to Aug. 27   Due to inclement weather, the Circle of Friends Helping Young Adults with Down Syndrome [HYDAS] golf outing originally scheduled for Aug. 13 has been postponed until Aug. 27.

Aug. 22, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Nocturnes Big Band to perform benefit concert at local church  The First Presbyterian Church held the first of two benefit concerts to raise funds for the church’s restoration effort.

Aug. 22, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Woman’s Club to resume activities on Sept. 6  The Belmar Woman’s Club [BWC] will be installing four new members when they return next month.

Aug. 22, 2013 (The Coast Star) Buy a Board plaques to be installed at beach entrances Two of the Buy a Board plaques will be up just in time for people to enjoy them before the summer season comes to a close.

Aug. 22, 2013 (The Coast Star) Fire department to hold inaugural blood drive  Spring Lake Heights Independent Fire Company No. 1 will be hosting its inaugural blood drive next week.

Aug. 22, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Hurricane Sandy Benefit to raise funds for area residents Year-round residents, summer residents and area businesses are coming together to put on a fundraiser for local residents still affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Aug. 22, 2013 (The Coast Star) Beesley recounts spending time as a prisoner of war  Don’t worry about a thing until it comes, and by then it’s too late. That was the philosophy of one U.S. fighter pilot turned prisoner of war [POW] during World War II— a philosophy he carried with him throughout the war.

Aug. 22, 2013 (The Coast Star) Barclay building slated to be demolished in the fall The Barclay will officially be no more as a developer went before the planning board on Monday evening with a plan to knock down the current building, subdivide the lot and build two, single-family homes on the property.

Aug. 15, 2013 (The Coast Star) Board members grill planner about WRAT tower application   WRAT tower testimony continued at Monday night’s planning board meeting, with questions being raised for the applicant’s planner from board members as well as the audience.

Aug. 15, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Residents question WRAT’s final expert Residents got a chance to question the only remaining expert for the WRAT radio tower application at Monday night’s planning board meeting.

Aug. 15, 2013 (The Coast Star) Councilman Brian Wilton wins $1,500 for the Lake Como Recreation Department Councilman Brian Wilton brought back $1,500 for the town’s recreation  department this past weekend during the 2nd annual Belmar Chase.

Aug. 15, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Plans for water infrastructure improvements presented J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, of Linden, made a presentation to the governing body at the Aug. 7 council meeting, explaining what could be done to the water infrastructure that would prevent future rust and tuberculation and save the borough money in the process.

Aug. 15, 2013 (The Coast Star) Residents speak out about beach pavilions  Hundreds of residents attended the Aug. 7 council meeting to voice their opinions on the pavilion reconstruction project — which was on the agenda — as well as listen to what the council and others had to say on the matter.

Aug. 15, 2013 (The Coast Star) Beach replenishment contract for Manasquan to Belmar awarded  The beaches, here, will soon be restored to their former glory as the Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded a contract to conduct beach replenishment work from Belmar to Manasquan.

Aug. 15, 2013 (The Coast Star) Council cuts back pavilion proposal  After more than five hours, the governing body, here, adopted a resolution and passed the first reading of an ordinance at last week’s council meeting that moves forward plans for reconstructing two of the four pavilions that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, despite several residents calling for the public to have a say in the reconstruction process.

Aug. 15, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Locals present petition in support of boro employee Belmar Elementary School [BES] community members presented a petition at the Aug. 7 council meeting, asking the borough not to remove a borough employee from his job as the 12th Avenue crossing guard.

Aug. 15, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Borough honors its employee of the month A special presentation at the Aug. 7 council meeting was met with a standing ovation as the governing body honored the employee of the month — someone who will be leaving his post in the borough to focus on his health.

Aug. 15, 2013 (The Coast Star) Dive slated for Aug. 24 to help clean marine ecosystem   One 16-year-old Brielle resident is looking to do her part to keep the marine ecosystem clean in the Belmar area by hosting a dive next week.

Aug. 15, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Chase doubles in size   About 1,600 people came out this past Saturday for the 2nd annual Belmar Chase.

Aug. 8, 2013 (The Coast Star) Planning board approves Tulipano’s application at Tuesday’s meeting  After about three hours of testimony, cross examination and public comment, the planning board approved an application to change the use of 1006 Main St. from a retail space to a restaurant.

Aug. 8, 2013 (The Coast Star) About 600 participate in Triathlon for Autism  It was a morning of friendly competition between borough officials and Belmar Elementary School employees this past Sunday during the Triathlon/Duathlon for Autism.

Aug. 8, 2013 (The Coast Star) Sewerage authority ready to go out to bid on pump station project   The South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority [SMRSA] has the pump station design completed and is ready to go out to bid on the project — the only holdup is the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA], which has to sign off on the project.

Aug. 8, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough discusses Silver Lake improvements with residents  The borough held a community meeting on Aug. 1 with residents living around Silver Lake to explain the improvement plan for the lake, and gage how residents who would be impacted by the construction, felt about the plan.

Aug. 8, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar moves forward with beach pavilions’ plan   The governing body here adopted a resolution and a first reading of an ordinance at last night’s council meeting that moves forward plans for reconstructing two of the four pavilions that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, despite several residents calling for the public to have a say in the reconstruction process.

Aug. 8, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar pavilion fight heats up  Belmar residents are looking to halt the borough’s plan to rebuild the beachfront pavilions — an item that was on last night’s council meeting agenda — and put the decision in residents’ hands, instead.

Aug. 8, 2013 (The Coast Star) Lifesaving Association’s 80th anniversary to be celebrated   Past and present lifeguards came together to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Lifesaving Association.

Aug. 1, 2013 (The Coast Star) Beach Music Studios’ students set to perform at BlueClaws game  Aug. 11 will be a day of Beach Music Studios at the Lakewood BlueClaws ballpark as students from the studio are slated to perform during the game.

Aug. 1, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro clarifies: All able to partake in weekly Circle of Friends dances  All are welcome to the Circle of Friends Helping Young Adults with Down Syndrome [HYDAS] weekly dances. That was the clarification Circle of Friends co-founder Carol Cupoli and borough administrator Colleen Connolly made after several borough residents, whose children attend the event, heard that people under the age of 16 were no longer permitted at the dances.

Aug. 1, 2013 (The Coast Star) Parts for Silver Lake project to be delivered, installed this month  Silver Lake will soon be back to its pre-Hurricane Sandy operating condition as the part needed to fix the lake is set to be delivered and installed.

Aug. 1, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Badge sales pick up, but are still below last year  Although the summer started off rocky, the recent streak of nice weather has allowed the borough to make up — and exceed — their expectations for the summer season.

Aug. 1, 2013 (The Coast Star)  School community to rally in support of borough employee  Belmar Elementary School employees are expected to attend the next council meeting to voice their concern about the treatment of a borough employee

Aug. 1, 2013 (The Coast Star) Jason’s Dreams for Kids grants Alex Bean’s wish The Bean family was able to take their first family trip recently, thanks to the Jason’s Dreams for Kids Foundation.

Aug. 1, 2013 (The Coast Star) Jersey Cares brings new life to Belmar Elementary School  Sixty-five volunteers traveled to Belmar last week to help touch up Belmar Elementary School before students return this fall.

Aug. 1, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar receives $9.24 million Public Assistance grant from FEMA  Belmar has received a $9.24 million Public Assistance grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] to aid in Hurricane Sandy recovery.

Aug. 1, 2013 (The Coast Star) Resident receives scholarship from 200 Club of Monmouth County Eighty-six local students — including one from Lake Como — were awarded a scholarship last week during the 200 Club of Monmouth County’s second scholarship social.

Aug. 1, 2013 (The Coast Star) Memorial run slated for Aug. 18   The Captain George McCormack 5K Memorial Run, sponsored by the Lake Como Police Department, is held in honor of Capt. McCormack, who passed away in July 2004.

Aug. 1, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough taking new approach to ongoing water issue in town  he borough has decided to change its approach for the ongoing water issue in town and focus on improving the aging water system, instead of going after NJ American Water.

July 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Council on its way to amending outside dining ordinance  After discussing the issue during the workshop portion of the July 16 council meeting, the governing body unanimously passed the first reading of an ordinance amendment that would allow outside drinking and dining hours to be more consistent with one another.

July 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Beach Bash at Bar A to benefit area families affected by Sandy The borough relief committee will soon be hosting a fundraiser to help residents still suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

July 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Many attend Cruise Night despite the heat  Despite the heat last Thursday, about 150 people attended the second Cruise Night of the season.

July 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Council introduces new ordinance for B-3 zone   The governing body introduced a new ordinance that could change a part of Route 71 to a commercial zone at Monday evening’s council meeting.

July 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Opening reception set for Saturday  The Belmar Arts Council [BAC] will be opening up a new exhibit this weekend, which depicts the beauty and unique qualities of life at the seashore and local towns and the people that live there.

July 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro settles litigation with former borough employee  The governing body approved a resolution at Monday night’s council meeting authorizing the execution of a settlement agreement with a former borough employee who had filed litigation against the borough.

July 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) People ‘chose their cover,’ got tested for skin cancer The 4th Annual Choose Your Cover event, hosted by Centrastate Healthcare System and the Ocean Monmouth Health Alliance, raised awareness about different skin diseases and offered full-body screenings for cancer.

July 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) SWAT Team of Library Transformers visits borough’s public library The “SWAT Team of Library Transformers” traveled to the borough’s library earlier this week to give its expert advice on how to better utilize the library’s space.

July 25, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Heat wave did not deter thousands from attending sand castle contest  The extreme heat last week did not deter thousands from coming to the Belmar beach to participate in and watch the 27th annual NJ SandCastle Contest.

July 25, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Beckman’s on the Beach receives $50,000 grant   Last week, state representatives traveled to Belmar to deliver a grant to Beckman’s on the Beach to help the business recover post-Sandy.

July 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Beachfront redevelopment suit amended, plaintiff added  A lawsuit filed by Belmar residents against the borough, seeking to overturn the town’s designation of the beachfront as an area in need of redevelopment, was amended earlier this week to include an additional plaintiff and two new counts.

July 25, 2013 (The Coast Star)  ‘Lightning Jar’ returns to Belmar for concert  Folk rock group Lightning Jar will return to the Belmar Arts Council [BAC] this weekend to play as part of their weekly summer concert series.

July 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Tulipano’s application postponed on technicality  A planning board application requesting permission to convert 1006 Main St. from a retail space to a restaurant was unable to be heard on Tuesday evening because the applicant failed to give proper notice to the public.

July 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) WRAT tower application testimony wrapping up After a clarification from the borough’s zoning officer Mark Fessler, Greater Media was able to continue its application for increasing the height of the WRAT radio tower at the July 15 planning board meeting.

July 18, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Triathlon/Duathlon for Autism slated for Aug. 4  Elected officials and Belmar Elementary School employees are gearing up, once again, for some friendly competition during the annual Triathlon/Duathlon for Autism.

July 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro council approves temporary appropriations The governing body approved a resolution at the July 16 council meeting providing for temporary appropriations until the new 2013 budget is adopted.

July 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Flood insurance rates go down for some The Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] has released the 2013 Specific Rate Guidelines to explain the National Flood Insurance Program [NFIP] rate changes that will take effect on Oct. 1.

July 18, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Borough looking at mitigation options for library’s lower level  With the recent flooding of the Belmar Public Library’s lower level, the borough is looking to remediate the area for future flooding events.

July 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) More than 2,300 people compete in Belmar Five  The rainy weather on Friday night gave way, partially, for the 37th annual Belmar Five this past Saturday.

July 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Environmental commission member gives verge options    A presentation from Jon Gibbons, of Lake Como, who is a master gardner and environmental commission member

July 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar to benefit from $4.5 million donation  Since Hurricane Sandy, Belmar Elementary School has received donations from near and far, with its latest donation coming from far, very far — the United Arab Emirates [UAE], to be precise.

July 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Circle of Friends HYDAS to host golf outing next month The annual Circle of Friends Helping Young Adults with Down Syndrome [HYDAS] Golf Outing is set to tee off in less than one month.

July 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Plein air artists’ work on display at Frederick Galleries  Landscapes painted during the Spring Lake Garden Tour were on display this past weekend.

July 18, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Circle of Friends HYDAS hold inaugural dance of summer   A favorite event of last summer has returned, with about 120 people coming out for an inaugural dance last Wednesday, July 10.

July 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Community/senior center hosts an array of activities since opening Since officially opening, the new community/ senior center has been host to a myriad of local events and meetings, including a cooling center for the recent heat wave.

July 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Over 150 antique cars to line Main Street tonight  It’s time to roll out those old classics, once again — Belmar Cruise Night is back.

July 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Bar Anticipation fundraiser raises $3,000 for Mama Mare About 140 people “traveled around the world” and worked out this past Sunday for a cause close to many hearts.

July 11, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Youth group helps Lake Como in post-Sandy restoration effort   A youth group from Haworth recently traveled to the borough for four days to help in the restoration effort post-Hurricane Sandy.

July 11, 2013 (The Coast Star)  NJ Sandcastle Contest to return to Belmar next week  For more than two decades, the NJ Sandcastle Contest has attracted spectators and participants from all over looking to see what new sandcastle creations have been designed.

July 11, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro residents, employees invited to screening of ‘Girl Most Likely’  Thanks to the Robin Hood Foundation, several borough residents and employees saw a sneak peak of “Girl Most Likely,” which is set to hit theaters on July 19.

July 11, 2013 (The Coast Star) ‘United for Pink, United We Drink’ fundraiser slated for Sunday    The fundraiser will raise funds for the Mama Mare Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization dedicated to aiding in breast cancer research, as well as supporting breast cancer patients and their families.

July 11, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar Chase to come to the shore once again   The Belmar Chase consists of two races — one for adults and one for children — and is directed by 2000 U.S. Olympian Rich Kenah, who works for Global Athletics and Marketing as the vice president of events and marketing.

July 11, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar Five slated for this Saturday  The Belmar Five, hosted by the Belmar Goodwill Hose Fire Company, in conjunction with the Jersey Shore Running Club and the Borough of Belmar, has been a longstanding tradition in the borough, and has been run in memory of Belmar resident Johnny Cobb since 2002.

July 11, 2013 (The Coast Star) Arts Council kicks off summer concert series  The Belmar Arts Council kicked off its summer concert series this past Saturday with The Barksdales.

June 27, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Rhode Island Point residents could soon see some water relief Residents experiencing the ongoing water issue in town could soon see some relief as the governing body unanimously passed an ordinance authorizing the borough to issue $5 million in bonds for underground infrastructure improvements.

June 27, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro, DEP meet about water issue  The state Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] says chloramine, the chemical now used to treat NJ American Water Company water, can cause discolored water, according to Louise Mekosh, borough administrator.

June 27, 2013 (The Coast Star) Access ramp could take longer to come to Belmar Train Station An Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] accessible ramp for the Belmar train station might take a little longer than locals might like.

June 27, 2013 (The Coast Star) Sinkholes opening up around town after Sandy  Sinkholes have been popping up around town recently, and luckily, the borough was ready to handle the situation.

June 27, 2013 (The Coast Star) Library to receive expert advice on how to transform second floor The “SWAT Team of Library Transformers” will soon be giving their expert advice to help a Belmar Public Library project come to fruition.

June 27, 2013 (The Coast Star) Maser Consulting presents Silver Lake improvements  Maser Consulting, the new engineering firm for the borough, made a presentation at the June 19 council meeting detailing a revised plan to remediate Silver Lake.

June 27, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Veteran who opened hot dog cart speaks to council about hardships   At the June 19 council meeting, Brick resident Lee Riddle spoke about the issues he said he has faced in town, such as the borough violating his rights, business owners harassing him and one police officer in town discriminating against him.

June 27, 2013 (The Coast Star) CME Associates named town’s new engineering firm After decades of service to the borough, Lake Como has decided to part ways with Birdsall Services Group [BSG] and appoint a new engineering firm.

June 27, 2013 (The Coast Star)  D’Jais donates $20,000 from its dance floor sale to Sandy relief After seeing the destruction of Hurricane Sandy firsthand, the owners of D’Jais Bar & Grill decided to donate $20,000 to area families still displaced from the storm.

June 27, 2013 (The Coast Star) McCann’s Tavern to have outside dining The ABC board unanimously approved two resolutions, one renewing McCann’s Tavern’s liquor license and one extending the liquor license to include the outside dining area at the June 18 council meeting.

June 27, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Cruise Night brings 200 people to town   Over 150 antique cars lined Main Street last Thursday during Belmar Cruise Night.

June 27, 2013 (The Coast Star) Committee presents preliminary designs for beachfront buildings After months of planning and meeting, the advisory committee met last Thursday and presented a rough design of what the new beachfront pavilions could look like.

June 27, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Fitness offers unique approach to staying in shape  For decades, Belmar Fitness has prided itself on its unique facility and approach to fitness, separating itself apart from the many other fitness centers in the state.

June 27, 2013 (The Coast Star) Paperback Exchange to host events for authors Book enthusiasts need not look any further than Pyanoe Plaza to get their dosage of local authors.

June 27, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Boro gives OK for Army Corps to do beach replenishment project  The governing body unanimously approved a resolution signing a damage reduction easement allowing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment project to move forward in the borough.

June 21, 2013 (The Ocean Star)   Go Bay Head! event highlights the fact that the boro is back    The summer is here, Bay Head is back and the beach has officially reopened.

June 20, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Local children honored by Belmar lifeguards Two local children were recently recognized by borough lifeguards for their contribution to public safety.

June 20, 2013 (The Coast Star) Fourth-graders transform auditorium into wax museum  Famous Americans of the past and present came alive last Thursday at Belmar Elementary School during the fourth grade’s wax museum.

June 20, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Boro hosts second town hall meeting  The borough held its second town hall meeting since Hurricane Sandy, where various local and state representatives informed residents of the resources at their disposal and encouraged them to apply for aid sooner, rather than later.

June 20, 2013 (The Coast Star) Vegetation ordinance tabled, once again The ordinance on curbside vegetation was tabled, once again, at the June 18 council meeting.

June 20, 2013 (The Coast Star) Next Level Fit raises $300 for borough first aid squad Next Level Fit had people working out to raise funds for the first aid squad.

June 20, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro to thank military with an appreciation day slated for July 6 Once again, the borough will be hosting a day just for military personnel and their families to enjoy a day at the beach.

June 20, 2013 (The Coast Star) North Boulevard resident dissatisfied with JCP&L   One North Boulevard resident is dissatisfied with Jersey Central Power and Light [JCP&L] and how long it is taking them to give a definitive answer to the problem on his property.

June 20, 2013 (The Coast Star) Nearby school ‘shared their hearts’ with Belmar Elementary School  Schroth School, in Wanamassa, ‘shared their hearts’ with Belmar Elementary by hosting an event for the students, here.

June 20, 2013 (The Coast Star) Golf outing raises $5,000 for annual Beach Bash The Belmar Fishing Club [BFC] teed off at its annual Woman’s Golf Outing to raise funds for the Beach Bash event held at the end of each summer.

June 20, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose student rebuilds prayer garden The Sisters of St. Joseph will soon have a new prayer garden, thanks to one Boy Scout.

June 20, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar Cruise Night is back   Belmar Cruise Night features an array of antique cars.

June 20, 2013 (The Coast Star) Mold investigation to be conducted on borough’s lifesaving station  The governing body, at its June 17 council meeting, unanimously voted to spend up to $2,900 for a mold investigation at the lifesaving station.

June 20, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Boro to not put in temporary berms at beach   Manasquan has decided to gamble with the weather, and not put in temporary berms this year, even though the state Department of Environment Protection [DEP] has given them the OK to do so.

June 20, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Community tailgates in Squan Plaza for good cause  More than 250 people gathered in Squan Plaza this past Saturday to cook food, play some games and enjoy each other’s company, all while raising funds for a cause close to their hearts.

June 20, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Borough considering not paying debris company for cost overrun  The debris removal in town has been completed, but it is over budget and was finished passed the expected completion date.

June 20, 2013 (The Coast Star) Town does not receive DOT grant for project  After nearly one decade of debate and three start delays, the Squan Plaza project has a tentative start date of Oct. 1.

June 20, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary School receives 5,000 donated books   One Central Pennsylvania school district recently donated over 5,000 books to Belmar Elementary School to help them recover post-Sandy.

June 13, 2013 (The Coast Star)  WRAT radio tower application carried until July 15 meeting It will be one more month until the final expert for the Greater Media’s WRAT radio tower application is heard as the application was carried to the next planning board meeting.

June 13, 2013 (The Coast Star) Underground infrastructure could be replaced soon  The borough took the first step in remedying the ongoing water issue in town at its June 5 council meeting.

June 13, 2013 (The Coast Star) Silver Lake overflows into boro streets For some residents, Monday evening was déjà vu as some of those affected by Hurricane Sandy were, once again, pumping water out of their basements.

June 13, 2013 (The Coast Star) Ryan to be inducted into Dem. hall of fame  Mayor Mike Ryan will be inducted to the Monmouth County Democrats Hall of Fame for his many years of service to the political party, today.

June 13, 2013 (The Coast Star) Heavy rain causes lake to flood  Monday’s heavy rain left water in residents’ homes and yards, a scene that is all too familiar for many who suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy.

June 13, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar Elementary students pay forward acts of kindness   For the past several weeks, Belmar Elementary students have been paying forward all the acts of kindness displayed to them over the past school year.

June 13, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Annual fashion show draws its biggest turnout to date   The annual Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Belmar Public Library saw its greatest turnout this year with over 50 people in attendance.

June 13, 2013 (The Coast Star) Change orders are questioned  Questions have been asked recently by several residents in town as to whether the borough has proceeded properly, and according to law, with the change orders related to the new 1.3-mile boardwalk in town.

June 13, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro receives $4.5 million Community Disaster Loan  The borough recently received $4.5 million through the Community Disaster Loan [CDL] Program, all of which will be used in the 2013 budget.

June 13, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Woman’s Club awards its scholarships The Belmar Woman’s Club [BWC] awarded its annual scholarship to four recipients at a ceremony on Friday, June 7 at the Belmar Public Library.

June 13, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Municipal budget intro’d with zero percent tax increase  For the third year in a row, Belmar residents could see a zero percent property tax increase.

June 13, 2013 (The Coast Star) Regulations for bonfires amended     After nearly one year of putting the issue to rest, the governing body has made amendments to the bonfire regulations in town.

June 13, 2013 (The Coast Star) Four to face off for three open board of education seats Three incumbents and one former member will vie for the three open seats on the board of education in the November election.

June 6, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Over 150 residents sign up for ‘Back to the Boardwalk’ challenge   Belmar is on its way to winning the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield [BCBS] “Back to the Boardwalk” challenge as over 150 people signed up to participate recently.

June 6, 2013 (The Coast Star) WRAT tower testimony to continue at June 10 planning board meeting  Greater Media’s WRAT tower testimony is coming to a close as the company only has one expert witness that still has to be heard.

June 6, 2013 (The Coast Star) Water issue in town clearing up Since Belmar switched to its own well water last month, the water problem in town has been clearing up.

June 6, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Trash to Treasure event raises $300 to continue church’s efforts  The Calvary Baptist Church held a Trash to Treasure event on June 1  to raise funds so it can continue its mission.

June 6, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Sharing Our Hearts with Belmar Day coming to the school next Tuesday   A nearby school is looking to return the generosity Belmar Elementary has shown them by hosting a “Sharing Our Hearts with Belmar Day” on June 11.

June 6, 2013 (The Coast Star) Mayor urges Red Cross to distribute remaining Sandy funds   Mayor Matt Doherty is calling on the American Red Cross to begin distributing the $110 million of donated disaster relief aid still in its possession.

June 6, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Two Democratic incumbents to seek another term on the dais  Residents, here, will see two incumbent names on the ballot come the general election in November as they were the only two candidates listed to fill the two open seats on the dais during the Republican and Democratic primaries Tuesday.

June 6, 2013 (The Coast Star)  NJ Hope & Healing to offer support services   Area residents looking for emotional support as they recover from Hurricane Sandy do not need to look far, as NJ Hope & Healing is now offering support services in borough hall.

June 6, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Area students take a stab at forensics   Local elementary school students got a taste of what it would be like to work in forensics during the forensic science convocation on May 31.

June 6, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose students celebrate end of the year with carnival  St. Rose Grammar School students took a break from learning last week to play games, eat food and celebrate the end of the school year during the school’s annual spring carnival.

June 6, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Director of special services talks about co-teaching with board  During the May 30 board of education meeting, here, director of special services and supervisor of instruction Elizabeth Cole made a presentation to board members, depicting what co-teaching is, and why it is beneficial to the students.

June 6, 2013 (The Coast Star) Four hopefuls to face off in November for two open council seats With the passing of primary day, borough residents now know who will be running in the November election for the two open seats on the council.

June 6, 2013 (The Coast Star) Beach Music Rock Band to jam out for a good cause Students from Beach Music Studios, here, will be rocking out for a good cause this Saturday.

June 6, 2013 (The Coast Star)   New Barclay owners plan to tear down banquet hall, build homes  The Barclay, a defunct banquet and catering hall that closed its doors in the fall of 2011, could soon be replaced by lakefront homes, according to two developers who recently purchased the property.

June 6, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Oklahoma artist inspires students to find their true gifts, talents  “What makes you different can make you great.” That was the message delivered by artist Richard Hight, of Oklahoma, during an assembly for the students last Friday at Belmar Elementary School.

May 30, 2013 (The Coast Star) Kelly uses his passion for music to connect to others   Most people connect with the world through vision, seeing all the beauty, devastation and hope the world has to offer. But for some, like Belmar resident Chris Kelly, the world is a place not seen, but felt and heard. Mr. Kelly, 33, has been blind since birth and it has been his passion for music that has been his gateway to connect with the world.

May 30, 2013 (The Coast Star)    Access ramp may come to train station   An Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] access ramp for the borough’s NJ Transit train station could be coming to Belmar thanks to the borough’s ADA Committee.

May 30, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Youth group to help Lake Como in restoration efforts Next month, a youth group from Haworth will be venturing to Lake Como to help in the borough’s restoration efforts post-Sandy.

May 30, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose fifth-graders celebrate Student’s Day     St. Rose fifth-graders paraded around the school on May 23, donned with sombreros and candy to celebrate the students at St. Rose.

May 30, 2013 (The Coast Star) George Zimmerman found not guilty during St. Rose eighth-grade trial    The events of Feb. 26, 2012, which resulted in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, sparked a national debate about gun laws and racial divide in the country.

May 30, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Area residents honor those who sacrificed for their country   The governing body and area residents paid their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country during the borough’s Memorial Day service this past Monday morning.

May 30, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro considering settling litigation with tax board  Lake Como is considering settling litigation that challenged an order from Monmouth County that directed the borough to implement a revaluation for tax year 2014.

May 30, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Residents remember those who died serving country  Borough residents gathered at the Denman Fisher Perkins monument, on North Boulevard, this past Monday morning to honor all those who died serving the country in the armed forces.

May 30, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar residents file lawsuit against boro  Two Belmar residents filed a lawsuit against the borough last week, seeking to overturn the town’s designation of the beachfront as an area in need of redevelopment.

May 30, 2013 (The Coast Star) Annual fashion show slated for June 5 Area residents can get a glimpse at the fashion trends this season as models walk down the runway during the 3rd annual Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Belmar Public Library.

May 30, 2013 (The Coast Star)  An Evening of Bob Dylan attracts over 100 to BAC  Bob Dylan fans got to hear a night filled with his music during the Belmar Arts Council’s [BAC] Evening of Bob Dylan.

May 30, 2013 (The Coast Star) Brownie Troop 1351 learns abour art, earns painting badge  Brownie Troop 1351 spent a day at the Torche Galerie, on Main Street, here, where they learned about art to earn their painting badge.

May 23, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Zumba to be held on Belmar beach this July   A bidding war ensued during the May 15 council meeting for the right to hold zumba on the beach this upcoming summer.

May 23, 2013 (The Coast Star) NJ American Water talks to council, residents about water issues   After more than six months of water issues plaguing Belmar, Avon and Lake Como, the municipalities are hoping to see some relief over the next few weeks when they switch to their own wells.

May 23, 2013 (The Coast Star) Pied Piper Ice Cream warehouse on its way to becoming a cafe, pier bar The vacant Pied Piper Ice Cream warehouse site will soon see new life as the planning board unanimously approved a preliminary site plan at its May 20 meeting that would convert the vacant lot into an outdoor cafe and pier bar.

May 23, 2013 (The Coast Star) Special Improvement District budget passes with close vote   Despite public distaste for the Special Improvement District [SID], the governing body approved its 2013 budget at the May 15 council meeting.

May 23, 2013 (The Coast Star) Mary’s Husband’s Pub employees, customers reunite for a good cause   Former employees and customers of an old, local pub gathered at PK’s Shamrock Pub this past Saturday to, once again, enjoy each other’s company and reminisce while raising money for a good cause.

May 23, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Marina restored to its former glory, reopened   After months of being converted into the borough’s debris site, the marina has been repaired and is ready to go for the upcoming summer season.

May 23, 2013 (The Coast Star) Master gardner gives tips for remediation, replanting  During the workshop portion of the May 21 council meeting, environmental commission member and master gardner Jon Gibbons provided useful tips for area residents looking to remediate and replant their garden post-Sandy.

May 23, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro adopts base flood elevation maps  The council here unanimously approved an ordinance that changes the base flood elevations in town to comply with the maps released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] late last year.

May 23, 2013 (The Coast Star) Library receives grant The Belmar Woman’s Club has received a grant from the General Federation of Women’s Clubs [GFWC] to help a local organization that is close to its heart.

May 23, 2013 (The Coast Star) Stronger than the storm  Gov. Chris Christie joined local, county and state officials, as well as area residents, yesterday to unveil the borough’s new boardwalk, and kick off the unofficial start to the summer 2013 season.

May 23, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose sixth-graders hold Chinese celebration  St. Rose Grammar School sixth-graders commemorated the end of their chapter on Chinese culture with a celebration the Chinese dynasties would be proud of.

May 23, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough to leave Birdsall With the future of Birdsall Services Group [BSG] still uncertain, Belmar has decided to part ways with the engineering firm and make way for Maser Consulting.

May 23, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Fishing Club’s golf outing raises funds for veteran organizations One-hundred and fifty or so golfers took to the green on Thursday, May 16 to raise funds for several veteran organizations.

May 23, 2013 (The Coast Star) Residents can now apply for abatement Area residents improving their home can now apply for a five-year tax abatement.

May 17, 2013 (The Ocean Star)  School library could reopen June 1   After more than six months of being displaced, the Bay Head School Board of Education returned this past Tuesday to the Bay Head Reading Center and Bay Head School Library to hold its first meeting there since Hurricane Sandy hit.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star)  WRAT radio tower application finally reaching the end    With the most recent installment of Greater Media’s WRAT radio tower testimony heard before the planning board this past Monday, the application is beginning to come to a close.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Council talks parking on Parkway, planting between street, sidewalk  During the workshop portion of the May 7 council meeting, Mayor Mike Ryan discussed planting in the area between the sidewalk and street and parking on Parkway.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star) June 15 workout event will benefit the Belmar First Aid Squad   Next Level Fit will soon be hosting boot camp classes for a good cause.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Students walk to Washington, D.C.     Belmar Elementary School students will become more fit as they walk the distance to places such as Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Beach replenishment for area could begin in near future The area beaches will soon be getting a face lift as the Army Corps of Engineers will be replenishing the beaches from Sea Bright to Manasquan, hopefully soon.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Town could be over maximum water usage allotted for the year  Lake Como might have reached the maximum amount of water allotted to the borough, and if it did, it will be paying a higher rate as a result.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star) Local police officers make the trek to Washington, D.C.  Police officers from all around the country and world, including several officers from Lake Como, made the trek to Washington, D.C., over the past weekend for the Police Unity Tour.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Lake Como pub to hold Sandy relief fundraiser   PK’s Shamrock Pub will, once again, open its doors to old friends this weekend.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Part of Main Street to be repaved Another portion of Main Street is set to be repaved, thanks to a grant from the Department of Transportation.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star)  County health department to host Healthy Home program  The Monmouth County Health Department [MCHD], in conjunction with the Belmar Mayor’s Wellness Campaign [MWC] and Belmar Woman’s Club [BWC], will be hosting a program that will advise residents on ways to keep healthy and safe in their homes.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Community garden coming to town  Belmar Elementary School will soon be the source of many vegetables and fruits as the students are in the process of creating a community garden.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star) Concert series to conclude on Sunday   The First Presbyterian Church will be wrapping up its concert series this Sunday with jazz guitarist Doug Clarke.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro officially making switch from a fiscal to calendar year budget  It is official, Lake Como will be switching from a fiscal year budget to a calendar year budget starting in January 2014.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar boardwalk to be dedicated on Wednesday  On Wednesday, May 22, just days prior to Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial start to the summer season — Belmar will be unveiling their new boardwalk. Gov. Chris Christie is expected to attend. In addition, the borough has invited state congressmen, assemblymen and county freeholders to attend the ribbon cutting.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough to participate in the ‘Back to the Boardwalk’ challenge  Over the next few months, Belmar senior citizens will be tracking their steps as part of the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey [BCBS]’s “Back to the Boardwalk” challenge.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar resident receives medal for service to aviation  A Belmar resident recently received a medal for her years of service to aviation.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star) ‘BelMarvelous’ new slogan for Beach Day Celebration  BelMarvelous. This phrase won the slogan contest for the Belmar Strong Beach Day Celebration, slated to take place on May 22, making it the official slogan of the celebration.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Students work out, get healthy during Belmar Fit  Area students got a workout last Friday during Belmar Elementary’s first annual Belmar Fit event.

May 16, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Arts Council’s Art on the Edge exhibit open through June 14   Young, edgy artwork filled the Belmar Arts Council [BAC] this past Saturday during the council’s Art on the Edge opening reception.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Zumba could be coming to Belmar  Area residents could soon be working out on the beach if zumba comes to town.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star) Two trailers to be occupied  The beachfront will be up and running with a full plate of dining options this upcoming season, as the two concession trailers up for grabs were publicly bid and awarded at the May 1 council meeting.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star) Beach smoking areas  The governing body here approved a resolution creating designated smoking areas on certain beaches at its May 1 meeting.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star) Safety Day attracts over 1,000 people    Belmar and Lake Como, once again, hosted their Safety Day to educate residents on the importance of safety.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star) Autism fundraiser rocks D’Jais Bar & Grill opening day  D’Jais Bar & Grill’s opening day was one of fun, drinks and camaraderie, all while raising money for a good cause: the Surfer’s Healing Camp.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Boro asks federal government to cover cost of raising homes  The governing body unanimously passed a resolution at its Tuesday night meeting requesting the federal government reimburse area residents for the entire cost of raising their homes to comply with the new advisory base flood elevations [ABFE].

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star) Police sergeant charged with disorderly conduct  A Lake Como Police Department sergeant has been suspended with pay after he was charged with assaulting his parents. The complaint also alleges he was intoxicated at the time.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star) Sandy Ground Project fundraiser slated for May 11 in the borough The state Fireman’s Benevolent Association [FMBA] will be hosting a fundraiser this Saturday for the playgrounds that will be built in honor of one of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims — one of which will be located in Belmar.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro OKs pro-rated leases, will take a $90,000 hit  After paying $218,750 for five concession trailers, the borough will be down around $90,000 of that purchase price after modifying the leases of the existing businesses so they pay a pro-rated rate.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star) Lake to be restored to its former glory  Silver Lake will soon look brand new as the governing body unanimously passed a resolution awarding a contract for the lake’s improvements.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star) Councilman files ethics complaint against mayor Councilman Jim Bean recently filed an ethics complaint with the state Department of Community Affairs, alleging Mayor Matt Doherty violated a law when Belmar hired Florida-based AshBritt and Branchburg-based Ferreira Construction to do debris cleanup after Hurricane Sandy.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Capital projects for borough approved The council unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing the borough to appropriate $771,454 in bonds or notes for several capital projects at its May 7 meeting.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Woman’s Club raises $1,600 for its charitable endeavors  The Belmar Woman’s Club [BWC] held its annual luncheon and gift auction on Friday, May 3, where they raised over $1,600 for club endeavors.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Birdsall looking to sell to California-based firm   Birdsall Services Group [BSG] — a local engineering firm whose top officials are in the middle of an alleged pay-to-play scheme, and is currently facing bankruptcy — has signed a letter of intent with a California-based firm that wishes to purchase the company for $5.6 million, according to court documents.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star) Bowling for Breakfast raises $995 for eighth-grade dance     Bowling for Breakfast this past weekend proved to be another successful fundraiser for the Belmar Elementary School graduating class.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star) Lakewood BlueClaws to host ‘Belmar Day’ this Monday This upcoming Monday has been dubbed “Belmar Day” at the Lakewood BlueClaws.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Historical society on its way to recovering with a recent donation  The Belmar Historical Society [BHS] is on its way to recovering from Hurricane Sandy thanks to a donation by an East Brunswick company.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star) Contest judges announce the young winners of Belmar Idol The judge’s votes are in, and the 2013 Belmar Idol has been selected.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Boro gives free beach access to military, safety personnel     Belmar will, once again, provide free beach access this summer to first responders, law enforcement and military personnel.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star) Advertising could soon be seen at the beachfront The governing body unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the borough clerk to advertise for requests for proposals [RFPs] for beachfront advertising.

May 9, 2013 (The Coast Star) Residents could soon be able to apply for five-year tax abatements   The governing body passed the first reading of an ordinance at its May 1 meeting that authorizes five-year tax abatements for the whole borough.

May 2, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Business district budget set to be heard     After more than three months, the Special Improvement District [SID] budget is ready to be heard.

May 2, 2013 (The Coast Star) Run held last Saturday in honor of former Lake Como resident     Lake Como hosted a race this past Saturday that honored a former resident who died in 2005.

May 2, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Local police officers gearing up for Police Unity Tour  Monmouth County police officers, as well as other colleagues from across the United States and the world, are gearing up to make their trek to Washington, D.C. for the annual Police Unity Tour.

May 2, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Boro purchases new parking meters Belmar will be moving into the 21st Century this summer as the borough has purchased new, state- of-the-art parking meters.

May 2, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Gift auction raises $6K for Belmar PTO The Belmar Elementary Parent Teacher Organization held its biggest fundraiser of the year last Friday.

May 2, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Epic to receive $100,000 bonus   Piscataway-based Epic Management has earned its $100,000 bonus as they completed building the Belmar boardwalk before April 30, which was the deadline the borough had given them to complete their work

May 2, 2013 (The Coast Star)  School board OKs another parental contract for displaced families   The school board here unanimously approved another parental transportation contract at the April 25 meeting to help residents temporarily displaced from Hurricane Sandy receive financial relief for their extended travel to and from school.

May 2, 2013 (The Coast Star) Buy a Board raises $641,025 for Belmar boardwalk repairs   The Buy a Board campaign deadline to have their names displayed at the beach entrance of their choice this upcoming summer has come and gone, and many seized the opportunity to have their name displayed, while giving back at the same time.

May 2, 2013 (The Coast Star) Concert raises $288 for local church  The First Presbyterian Church continued its concert series this past Sunday to help raise funds for the church’s restoration.

May 2, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Council, schools to hold ‘Belmar Strong’ beach event   To celebrate all that the borough has endured and overcome since Hurricane Sandy, the local elementary schools and mayor and council are collaborating to host a beach day for area children.

May 2, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Fishing Club’s annual golf outing to tee off on May 16 The Belmar Fishing Club will, once again, be hosting its Golf Tournament to benefit veteran organizations.

May 2, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Artwalk attracts many to Belmar   Art was on the mind for many people as the 10th annual Artwalk made its way to town this past Sunday.

April 26, 2013 (The Ocean Star) Water meters, snow tools discussed at budget workshopDuring the budget workshop meeting on Thursday, April 11, the governing body discussed a few new additions, such as electronic water meter readers and snow equipment.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough approves converting emergency expenses into bonds   The governing body approved two bond ordinances related to emergency appropriations after Hurricane Sandy at its April 17 meeting.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Concert series at local church to continue Sunday  The First Presbyterian Church will continue its concert series this Sunday to help raise funds for the church’s repairs.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Kindergartners create trash town, write book for Earth Day  St. Rose kindergartners thought big as they celebrated Earth Day.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary looking to improve academic achievement  Belmar Elementary School is ahead of the game, and already trying to better itself in areas that the school did poorly on in the 2011-2012 NJ School Performance Report.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose pre-K class celebrates Earth Day 2013 in a big way  The St. Rose Grammar School pre-K class celebrated Earth Day in a big way.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Volunteers replant Silver Lake island  Area residents spent Saturday morning replanting Silver Lake island, which was damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro reimbursed $3 million for Sandy- related expenses   Since Hurricane Sandy hit, the borough has incurred about $30 million in expenses related to the storm — some of which has already been reimbursed to the borough.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Artwalk slated for Sunday, April 28  Many people will have art on their mind this weekend during the 10th annual Artwalk in the borough.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar possibly looking for new engineering firm  The council here unanimously approved a resolution at the April 17 meeting authorizing the borough to go out for requests for qualifications [RFQ] for engineering firms.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Rock for Autism slated for May 3   Opening night at D’Jais Bar & Grill on May 3 will, once again, be dedicated to a good cause as it will be raising funds for the annual Surfer’s Healing camp.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Annual event to teach children about safety   With summer soon approaching, Belmar and Lake Como are, once again, getting ready to educate people on the importance of safety at their annual Safety Day.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough not expected to make a profit on concession trailers  Rent for the beachfront concession trailers may not break even like the borough originally hoped as they are looking to give existing leaseholders a pro-rated rent for the summer season.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Local dentist hosts its annual Dentistry from the Heart event A Belmar dentist provided free dental care to 48 people when he hosted his annual Dentistry from the Heart [DFTH] event last Friday.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough looking to address ongoing water issue in town  Mayor Matt Doherty discussed the current discolored water problem in town after one Belmar resident affected by the issue brought it up at the April 17 meeting.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Over $4,000 worth of books donated to Belmar Elementary    Belmar Elementary School students now have a plethora of new books to choose from thanks to the Restore Our Shore Schools Through Literacy program.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Shell Kids reach $5,000 goal With the Buy a Board campaign deadline less than a week away, the Shell Kids have reached their goal of raising $5,000 for the campaign.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Yale, Stanford alumni to aid Belmar students in literacy, math   Belmar Elementary kindergartners to second-graders will soon be learning from some of the brightest in the country through the Day of Service Beyond the Farm program hosted by Yale and Stanford alumni.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Town on its way to adopting flood maps    The governing body unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that will change the base flood elevations in town to comply with the maps released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] late last year.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro to go out for $771,454 bond for capital projects   The governing body approved the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the borough to appropriate $771,454 in bonds or notes for several capital projects at its April 16 meeting.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Lake Como now looks a little nicer    In honor of Earth Day, borough residents spent Saturday morning making Lake Como look a little nicer.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro re-examining charge for charitable events in town       Lake Como could soon be asking some charities to pay a minimum for events they hold in the borough.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Commissioners address ongoing water issues in the boro   The ongoing water issue in town was a topic of discussion during Monday night’s commissioners meeting.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Tree to be planted in honor of Arbor Day on Friday   In honor of Arbor Day, the borough’s shade tree commission will be holding a ceremony this week.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Locals to walk overnight to raise suicide prevention awareness  On June 1 and 2, thousands will walk 18 miles overnight to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

April 25, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar ADA Committee to host caregivers workshop     The Belmar Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] Committee will be hosting a caregivers workshop on May 16.

April 19, 2013 (The Ocean Star)   Water meters, snow tools discussed at budget workshop  During the budget workshop meeting on Thursday, April 11, the governing body discussed a few new additions, such as electronic water meter readers and snow equipment.

April 18, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Residents to see zero-percent tax increase in 2012-2013 budget  Residents will see a zero-percent tax increase in this year’s municipal budget, which was adopted at Tuesday’s council meeting.

April 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Walk MS brings record number of people to town      A record-breaking crowd hit the streets of Lake Como this past weekend for the annual Walk MS.

April 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro considers options for an engineering firm The governing body unanimously approved a resolution at Tuesday’s council meeting authorizing the borough clerk to prepare and advertise requests for proposals [RFP] for engineering services.

April 18, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Man finds live fish in pool from Sandy, five months after storm hits When Hurricane Sandy devastated the shore over five months ago, the ocean and Silver Lake became one, spreading many blocks into town and flooding many homes and businesses.

April 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Woman’s Club to hold annual luncheon, gift auction The Belmar Woman’s Club [BWC] will have a presenter speak about her breast cancer experience, and her role in spreading awareness since beating it, at their annual luncheon and gift auction.

April 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Wedding ring, barricade paint among emergency expenses    A wedding ring, the purchase of damaged cars from residents and paint to make concrete barricades look pretty were among the emergency expenses Belmar officials approved in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

April 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Lone Ramblers to perform at Belmar Arts Council    The Belmar Arts Council’s performance series will continue this weekend with the Lone Ramblers.

April 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Birdsall cuts a deal with the state   Three weeks after the state seized all of the assets of Birdsall Services Group [BSG], the state and the engineering firm have reached a settlement on the forfeiture action as well as the bankruptcy petition BSG subsequently filed.

April 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Freehold Borough school district donates $3,000 to Belmar Elementary  Since Hurricane Sandy, Belmar Elementary School [BES] has received many donations and kind offerings from schools across the country.

April 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose students all named most likely to succeed   St. Rose Grammar School’s whole graduating class named most likely to succeed.

April 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Two St. Rose eight-graders win school essay contest  With the end of the school year in sight, the graduating class participated in an essay contest reflecting on their experience at St. Rose Grammar School [SRGS] and what it meant to them.

April 18, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar fourth-grade students named ‘Best of the Best’ for their articles  Twenty seven fourth-grade students were named “Best of the Best” for articles they wrote about the state.

April 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Gift auction slated for next Friday    The Belmar Elementary School [BES] Parent Teacher Organization [PTO] is hosting its biggest fundraiser of the year next Friday.

April 18, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Jersey Cares continues clean up effort at Belmar’s St. Rose Parish This past weekend, 26 people traveled to Belmar to help the St. Rose Parish continue its cleanup efforts.

April 18, 2013 (The Coast Star)Twins Gwynne & Paige Alden are two of a kind in music industry From playing tennis to acting in school plays to going off to college, there is not much that Gwynne and Paige Alden do separately. These 20-year-old sisters have used their twin-tuition in just about everything they do, including their latest endeavor: making music.

April 11, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Some residents experiencing relief from water issue in town  There seems to be an end in sight for area residents who have been experiencing water issues for months as the water in some parts of town is clearing up.

April 11, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Walk MS to stroll into town soon Thousands will be strolling into town this weekend to help raise money for a good cause.

April 11, 2013 (The Coast Star) WRAT tower testimony continued, again, at Monday board meeting     On Monday, the planning board continued to hear testimony from Greater Media about the WRAT tower application that would raise the height of the tower, located on Main Street.

April 11, 2013 (The Coast Star)Board of ed holds public forum to discuss school uniforms   Residents came out to the board of education’s public meeting on Tuesday evening to voice their opinion on school uniforms, and whether the school should consider having their students wear them.

April 11, 2013 (The Coast Star) Councilmen Bean, Magovern vote against amending contract    The governing body passed a resolution amending the contract for the boardwalk’s utility services and concrete improvements at its April 3 meeting.

April 11, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar Marina up, running & ready for the upcoming summer season   The Belmar Marina is prepared for the post-Hurricane Sandy influx of boaters expected to come.

April 11, 2013 (The Coast Star) Children and adults alike can enjoy each other’s company while becoming more fit at the First Belmar Fitness Walk.   Children and adults alike can enjoy each other’s company while becoming more fit at the First Belmar Fitness Walk.

April 11, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar welcomed a new police officer during its council meeting on April 3.  Belmar welcomed a new police officer during its council meeting on April 3.

April 11, 2013 (The Coast Star) Temporary stay could be the end for Birdsall  As Birdsall Services Group [BSG] continues to seek a potential buyer, the engineering firm is appealing a court’s decision that temporarily restrains the company from making employee payroll and other payments necessary for normal business operations.

April 11, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose alum raises $33,000 for school’s fine arts department     An Evening of Vocalese went better than expected as it raised more money for the St. Rose High School [SRHS] than anticipated.

April 11, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough to issue requests for proposals to engineering firms  Mayor Matt Doherty announced Belmar will be authorizing a request for proposals [RFP] for engineering firms in the near future as a result of the current criminal investigation surrounding several officials of Birdsall Services Group [BSG], the borough’s engineering firm.

April 11, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Birdsall alive for at least another two weeks   Birdsall Services Group [BSG] will remain in operation, at least for another two weeks, as the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey has authorized the release of more of the company’s frozen assets so they can continue to operate.

April 11, 2013 (The Coast Star) Beachfront officially named an area in need of redevelopment  The beachfront is officially an area in need of redevelopment.

April 11, 2013 (The Coast Star) Local dentist’s office to provide free dental care for those in need A Belmar dentist is out to improve lives, once again, as he hosts his annual event, “Dentistry from the Heart” [DFTH] on Friday, April 19.

April 11, 2013 (The Coast Star) Two concession trailers to be publicly bid at April 16 meeting With the unofficial summer season just more than one month away, the borough is looking to put the final touches on the beachfront, which includes publicly bidding the two concession trailers that are available.

April 11, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough clerk now authorized to approve raffle, bingo licenses   The governing body, here, adopted an ordinance changing who grants raffle and bingo licenses at its Monday meeting.

April 4, 2013 (The Coast Star) Future of Birdsall cloudy  Birdsall Services Group [BSG], an engineering firm based in Eatontown, filed for bankruptcy three days after a judge froze two of the engineering firm’s bank accounts.

April 4, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Contracts awarded for additional boardwalk work   With the boardwalk project coming along smoothly and on time, the governing body unanimously approved resolutions awarding contracts for additional boardwalk work at its March 27 meeting.

April 4, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro, NJ Transit provides beach-goers with deal  The governing body approved a resolution at its March 27 meeting authorizing the borough clerk to execute an agreement with NJ Transit to provide a beach package for those traveling by train to Belmar this summer— a service the borough and NJ Transit have provided for over a decade.

April 4, 2013 (The Coast Star) Circle of Friends dance attracts 120 people to event last weekend The Circle of Friends Helping Young Adults with Down Syndrome’s [HYDAS] first dance since Hurricane Sandy was a success, as 120 or so people attended.

April 4, 2013 (The Coast Star) Birdsall Services Group assets frozen, files for bankruptcy  Birdsall Services Group [BSG], an engineering firm based in Eatontown, will be able to continue doing business— at least until April 8 — as a judge has released part of the company’s frozen assets so it can pay its employees and continue to be in operation.

April 4, 2013 (The Coast Star) Ordinance to provide relief to residents raising their homes   Residents in flood zones are now able to raise their homes without going before the planning board to seek a height variance.

April 4, 2013 (The Coast Star)School boards approve parental contracts for displaced families  The Belmar Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution approving the waiver of the $1 million insurance requirement, allowing families still displaced from Hurricane Sandy that are transporting their children to and from school from their temporary residence to get some relief, at least monetarily.

April 4, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar to better prepare students for high school  At last Thursday’s board of education meeting, the assistant principal made a presentation detailing how the school district is revising its curriculum to better prepare eighth-graders for the transition into high school.

April 4, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Local ethics board petition withdrawn  The Belmar resident who petitioned the council to create and adopt an ordinance that would establish a local ethics board recently withdrew his petition.

April 4, 2013 (The Coast Star)  2013-2014 school budget approved The school district will be doing more with less in the 2013-2014 budget, which was passed unanimously at last Thursday’s board of education meeting. The new spending plan is approximately $300,000 less than this year’s budget.

April 4, 2013 (The Coast Star) Buy a Board contribution deadline slated for April 30The deadline to contribute to the Buy a Board campaign and have a donor name displayed on a beach entrance this summer is quickly approaching.

April 4, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Historical Society displays ‘A Look Back at Belmar Basketball’ March Madness lingers into April with the Belmar Historical Society’s [BHS] new display, “A Look Back at Belmar Basketball.”

April 4, 2013 (The Coast Star) Hundreds of children attend Easter Egg hunt on the beach  Residents got a taste of normalcy this past weekend during the annual Easter egg hunt.

March 29, 2013 (The Ocean Star) Board adopts spending plan The 2013-2014 school budget was passed unanimously at the board of education’s March 25 meeting, with one minor change.

March 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Sewerage authority presents pump station project to residents  On Tuesday evening, several residents and borough employees attended the South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority’s [SMRSA] public workshop to listen to its plans for the pump station, as well as give input on items where they could.

March 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough remains in a state of emergency   Lake Como remains in a state of emergency five months after Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Jersey Shore.

March 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro looking to correct water issue surrounding Woolley Lane   The borough is currently looking into connecting two water mains to help remedy a water issue on Woolley Lane that has been ongoing for quite some time.

March 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) De-Feet Breast Cancer Run makes its way through borough streets   This past Saturday, Lake Como was packed with people running through the streets to help “De-FEET” breast cancer.

March 28, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Three legendary acts to come together for a benefit concert    Tonight, people will be singing and swinging in Red Bank for a good cause.

March 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar’s first-grade classes receive three listening centers  Belmar Elementary first-graders have new listening centers in their classrooms thanks to a recent donation by a volunteer in the Chicago Public School system.

March 28, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Ocean Avenue Bridge, portion of the road reopen to traffic  People looking to take a nice scenic drive south along the beach can now do so up to Fifth Avenue in the borough as the Ocean Avenue Bridge and the road have now opened up to that street.

March 28, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Easter egg hunt on the beach slated for Saturday The Easter bunny will be hopping into town on Saturday to greet children during the annual Easter egg hunt.

March 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Council President Deicke will not seek re-election in November     After two terms on the dais, Council President Claire Deicke will not be seeking re-election come November.

March 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Comedy night a smash success  Fun and laughter filled the air during the Volunteer Hook & Ladder Fire Company’s 2nd Annual Comedy Night on Friday night.

March 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar violates its own hiring ordinance  The borough violated its own hiring policy when it gave the recreation director position to the borough clerk’s husband, without advertising the position as available.

March 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Arts Council sees packed house for Juried Art Show opening reception The Belmar Arts Council building was packed for the 9th Annual Juried Art Show’s opening reception this past Saturday.

March 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Playground honoring a Sandy Hook victim could be built at local school   Belmar Elementary School [BES] will soon be home to a playground that will not only be a place for local children to play and create memories, but a place to honor and remember two tragedies that hit the United States late last year: the Newtown, Conn., shooting, and Hurricane Sandy.

March 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Seventh-graders participate in music and movie convocation Three Belmar seventh-graders joined other students from Monmouth County at a music and movie convocation on March 18 and 19.

March 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Local nonprofit to hold first dance  Circle of Friends Helping Young Adults with Down Syndrome [HYDAS] is hosting its first dance since Hurricane Sandy this Saturday.

March 28, 2013 (The Coast Star)  First Presbyterian Church continues concert series  The First Presbyterian Church continued its concert series this past weekend to help raise funds for the church’s repairs.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Sewerage authority to hold public workshop for borough residents South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority [SMRSA] will be holding a public workshop for the Lake Como pump station project on March 26.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Foundation gives Lake Como $150K   Councilwoman Patricia Tzibrouk announced at Tuesday’s council meeting that the borough has been given $150,000 from the Robin Hood Foundation to help residents recover from Hurricane Sandy.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro doled out $266K to date to aid families   Belmar has doled out grants to 62 borough families to date, and is looking to raise more funds to help an additional 16 families.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar police help bring the alphabet to life for class In honor of the letter P, two Belmar police officers visited a Belmar Elementary pre-kindergarten class, where they taught the students about their jobs.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Playgrounds to be installed on beach  Residents will be seeing new playgrounds on the beachfront this summer as the governing body approved a resolution allowing the borough to purchase the equipment.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Emergency expenses to be converted into bonds The borough council unanimously approved the first reading of two bond ordinances related to emergency appropriations after Hurricane Sandy.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Changes made to boardwalk project, increased to $8 million Prior to voting on a change order resolution that would increase the boardwalk construction project from $6.6 million to about $8 million, Birdsall Services Group, the engineering firm on the project, made a presentation, depicting what the change order was for and why it was needed at the council’s March 13 meeting.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Borough gets new rec director, again There is once again a new recreation director in town.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Changes made to boardwalk project, increased to $8 million  Prior to voting on a change order resolution that would increase the boardwalk construction project from $6.6 million to about $8 million, Birdsall Services Group, the engineering firm on the project, made a presentation, depicting what the change order was for and why it was needed at the council’s March 13 meeting.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro awards contract for sewer, road work on 13th Ave.The governing body, here, approved a resolution awarding a contract for the 13th Avenue sewer and road improvements at its March 13 meeting.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Council adopts flood maps The borough council adopted the advisory base flood elevation [ABFE] maps recently released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] at the its March 13 meeting.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro man detained by U.S. immigration  The 37-year-old man arrested and charged with lewdness for masturbating naked in a front window of a house is currently being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE].

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star)Concession trailers could cost Belmar up to $218,750 During a special council meeting on Monday night, the governing body approved a resolution awarding a contract for obtaining temporary beachfront concession facilities for this upcoming summer.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar youngsters dance the night away during fundraiser Belmar Elementary kindergartners through fourth- graders danced the night away last Friday during the St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser that raised money for the eighth-grade class trip.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Sewer inspection, cleaning approved The governing body unanimously passed a resolution awarding a contract for sewer inspection and cleaning at its special meeting on Monday night.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Old light fixture design to be used on new boardwalk The borough has decided to revert back to the light fixture design that was on the boardwalk pre-Sandy after residents complained they did not like the new design.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Silver Lake island soil found nutrient deficient   Residents will not be seeing many trees and shrubs on Silver Lake island this summer like originally planned as the soil cannot support them.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Planning board: Beachfront an area in need of redevelopment    The beachfront is one step closer to being deemed an area in need of redevelopment as the planning board unanimously recommend the area become just that at its Monday night meeting.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose students transform classroom into Rainforest Cafe   St. Rose Grammar School [SRGS] fourth-graders transformed their classroom into a rainforest last week for all to see.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar beach badge prices will not rise  The borough will not be increasing its beach badge prices this upcoming summer season, Mayor Matt Doherty announced at the March 13 council meeting.

March 21, 2013 (The Coast Star)  St. Rose fifth-graders host first Dessert Theatre  St. Rose Grammar School fifth-graders hosted their first Voices of American History: A Dessert Theatre.

March 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Radio tower testimony continued on Monday night  Planning board members heard the third installment of the WRAT radio tower testimony at their Monday night meeting.

March 14, 2013 (The Coast Star)Water issues in borough ongoing  Water issues around town have borough employees stumped as they cannot find the source of the problem.

March 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) District to seek funds for parents   Parents still displaced after Hurricane Sandy who are stuck transporting their children to the elementary school, here, from their temporary residences may soon be able to get some relief, at least monetarily.

March 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) About 1,000 patrons wine, dine in local restaurants   Around 1,000 people flocked to Belmar this past Sunday to wine and dine during the borough’s 5th Annual Restaurant Tour.

March 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Hundreds to take the plunge for good cause this weekend  The New Jersey Elks’ 6th Annual Miracle Plunge Freezin’ for a Reason, which is traditionally held in Belmar, will be held in Asbury Park since Belmar was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

March 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar man arrested for lewdness charge  A 37-year-old Belmar resident was arrested on Feb. 21 and charged with lewdness.

March 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar students write letters of encouragement to high schoolers Belmar Elementary students wrote letters of encouragement to Manasquan High School students who participated in Squan-a-thon about two weeks ago.

March 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Resident recognized for academic achievement   Last week, the Christie Administration recognized high-achieving, economically disadvantaged students throughout New Jersey — one of which was from Lake Como — during an awards ceremony.

March 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) New Health Expo slated for March 30   The Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, in conjunction with Belmar Cares, is bringing a new event to town — one that will provide useful information to women of all ages.

March 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Annual dinner, auction breaks several event records Despite several obstacles, the 37th Annual Gift Auction and Dinner went off without a hitch this past Friday, breaking several event records.

March 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro’s fire company to host Comedy Night  People are in for a night full of laughter and camaraderie at the second annual Volunteer Hook & Ladder Comedy Night.

March 14, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Borough Buy a Board Campaign surpassed $500,000 last week  Last week, Mayor Matt Doherty announced the borough’s Buy a Board Campaign has raised more than $500,000 to help rebuild Belmar’s boardwalk.

March 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar hits milestone in boardwalk project  Last week, Belmar hit a milestone in its boardwalk reconstruction project as the last pile was driven into the ground, keeping it on target for its Memorial Day weekend unveiling.

March 8, 2013 (The Ocean Star)  Board of education approves tentative 2013-2014 school district budget   The board of education unanimously passed a resolution approving the tentative 2013-2014 school year budget at its March 4 meeting.

March 7, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar students participate in annual Young Writers’ Conference Four Belmar Elementary School students recently participated in the 2nd annual Young Writers’ Conference at Brielle Elementary School.

March 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Tentative 2013-2014 school budget OK’d   The school district will be working with less money next year as the proposed 2013-2014 school budget is about $300,000 less than this year’s budget.

March 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Wallace named professional of year  Last Friday morning, the Belmar Elementary School nurse was called to the superintendent’s office and little did she know that she would be in for a great surprise — she was named the 2012-2013 Education Services Professional of the Year.

March 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Sixth-graders create a museum  St. Rose Grammar School sixth-graders transformed their classroom into an Egyptian museum last Thursday so all could see and learn about the ancient civilization.

March 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) New boardwalk lighting to save borough thousands  The new light fixtures expected to go up on Ocean Avenue will save the borough thousands of dollars annually in electricity costs.

March 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Evening of Irish Culture kicked off Parade Day weekend  To kick off the 40th annual Belmar-Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade last weekend, the parade committee held the 3rd Annual Evening of Irish Culture.

March 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Grand, deputy grand marshals installed prior to parade day   On March 2, the day before the Belmar-Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade, this year’s grand marshal and deputy grand marshals were installed into their positions at St. Rose Church.

March 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday last week Lake Como and Belmar public figures visited Belmar Elementary School last Friday to celebrate Read Across America day in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

March 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Annual Belmar Celtic Chase attracts over 120 runners   More than 120 people participated in the 4th annual Belmar Celtic Chase Beachfront Mile this past Saturday.

March 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Bypass system installed, operating  Remedying the pump station, here, which was rendered inoperable as a result of Hurricane Sandy, is moving along swiftly as the borough is already operating under a newly installed bypass system.

March 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Budget hearing carried, again The governing body unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday, March 5, that allows the borough to carry the municipal budget hearing, again, to a later meeting.

March 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) De-FEET Breast Cancer 5K set for Saturday, March 23  Runners will be gearing up for the third annual De-FEET Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk, which is slated for March 23 this year.

March 7, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar Public Library collecting Hurricane Sandy stories for a book  The story of Hurricane Sandy and the impact it had on borough residents will soon be bound and stored away as the Belmar Public Library is currently collecting Hurricane Sandy experiences for a book.

March 7, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Boardwalk cost goes up $1.4 million   The $6.6 million price tag for the boardwalk reconstruction, here, which received bids substantially lower than expected, is now increasing by an additional $1.4 million — and the finger-pointing has begun.

February 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) State Trooper pleads guilty in DUI crash  The N.J. State Trooper who drove his car into a creek in the borough in July 2012 after hitting two parked cars pleaded guilty to one of the three charges lodged against him during his Feb. 19 court appearance.

February 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Grammar school’s young minds celebrate the 100th day of school   St. Rose Grammar School’s [SRGS] kindergarten class celebrated the 100th day of school on Monday, with different activities centered around the number.

February 28, 2013 (The Coast Star)  About 2,000 customers in Lake Como, Belmar lose power A downed wire and blown transformer on Margerum Avenue caused parts of Lake Como and Belmar to be without power on Tuesday afternoon.

February 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Resident petitions council to form a local ethics board One resident petitioned the council to create and adopt an ordinance that would establish a local ethics board at the borough council meeting on Feb. 20.

February 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Brielle Elementary fourth-graders sell treats for a good cause A group of Brielle Elementary fourth-graders have been baking to raise money for a good cause: the Associated Humane Society in Tinton Falls.

February 28, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Grand, deputy grand marshals to be installed this Saturday   The grand marshal and deputy grand marshals of this year’s Belmar-Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be installed into their positions on Saturday, the day before the parade marches down Main Street.

February 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough begins doling out funds for Hurricane Sandy victims  Mayor Matt Doherty announced at the Feb. 20 council meeting that the borough has doled out more than half of the funds it has raised for residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.

February 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Historical exhibit honoring annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on display The Belmar Historical Society [BHS] has announced the opening of a new historical exhibit honoring the 40th anniversary of the Belmar-Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is slated for this upcoming weekend.

February 28, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Fathers, daughters danced the night away   Spring Lake Heights elementary students danced the night away last Saturday during the 9th annual Father-Daughter Dinner Dance at The Mill.

February 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) First Presbyterian Church raises $600 for church restoration   The First Presbyterian Church hosted its first event this past weekend since Hurricane Sandy to help raise money for the church’s restoration.

February 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) First Casino Night raises $8,000 for Avon Education Foundation About 100 people came out this past weekend for an evening of fun and games to raise funds for the Avon Education Foundation.

February 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Woman’s Club submits grant to help with library’s restoration    The Belmar Woman’s Club [BWC] recently submitted an application to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs [GFWC] seeking a grant to help restore the borough’s library.

February 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough looking to go out to bid for emergency services The borough will be prepared if a natural disaster were to strike the area again as they will soon be going out to bid for emergency services, which would essentially lock in prices for debris clean up for a set period of time.

February 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar awards contracts for beachfront restrooms, offices    The borough’s governing body unanimously passed several resolutions that award the contracts for obtaining the temporary beachfront facilities for this upcoming summer.

February 28, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar Arts Council celebrates Live Performance Series anniversary   The Belmar Arts Council [BAC] celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Live Performance Series the way it started, bringing back the band that kicked off the series last year.

February 28, 2013 (The Coast Star) Advisory committee discusses specifics about new pavilions The nine advisory committee members took a poll, and unanimously decided the beachfront, here, should be rebuilt, after one borough resident questioned whether it should be done at a council meeting last week.

February 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Winter Ball held at Belmar Elementary School Friday  Belmar Elementary School [BES] fifth- through eighth-graders danced the night away last Friday at the school’s Winter Ball.

February 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough to hold special meeting  The borough is scheduled to hold a special meeting tonight for residents living in a flood zone to discuss options available for those looking to elevate their homes.

February 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Arraignment date set for former borough engineer  The arraignment date for a former executive vice president for Birdsall Services Group [BSG], an engineering firm that serves many local towns, has been set for March 4 in Ocean County Superior Court for his alleged role in a scheme to avoid New Jersey’s pay-to-play rules by making illegal corporate political contributions through employees.

February 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough residents question Belmar’s actions post-Sandy Several borough residents have questioned the borough council’s transparency, citing how the town has handled recovery efforts since Hurricane Sandy hit the area Oct. 29.

February 21, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Playground to be built in area to honor Newtown shooting victims  The Belmar- Lake Como border could soon be home to a playground that will honor two tragedies that hit the United States late last year: the Newtown, Conn., shooting and Hurricane Sandy.

February 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Sandy can’t stop St. Pat’s parade day  The 40th Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade is just around the corner and the parade committee is busy putting the final touches on the annual event.

February 21, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Five days dedicated to honor parade committee  In honor of the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade that began 40 years ago, the borough council honored five of the original parade committee members at its Feb. 19 meeting.

February 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Ocean Avenue, bridge to reopen in phases beginning March 15  Residents and visitors will, once again, be able to take the scenic drive down Ocean Avenue as the county, in conjunction with the borough, will be reopening the roadway in phases.

February 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) One man injured in boro house fire One person suffered minor injuries last week when a fire broke out on 14th Avenue.

February 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose hockey team to host pancake breakfast The St. Rose High School hockey team will be hosting its first pancake breakfast to help raise funds for the program.

February 21, 2013 (The Coast Star)Hines travels to thank city for support   A Belmar resident took time to fly down to Pass Christian, Miss. recently to thank the mayor and residents there for their continued support as Belmar rebuilds from Hurricane Sandy.

February 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose Grammar School hosts Go Red for Women Day   Last Thursday, on Valentine’s Day, the St. Rose Grammar School [SRGS] participated in Go Red for Women Day to raise money for the American Heart Association.

February 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Church hosting fundraising event Sunday  The First Presbyterian Church, on Ninth Avenue, here, is back in action and will be hosting its first public event this Sunday since Hurricane Sandy to help raise money for the church’s restoration.

February 21, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Celtic Chase, party set for parade weekend The borough’s tourism commission will be holding two events, the Celtic Chase and Patrick’s Party, the weekend of the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

February 21, 2013 (The Coast Star) Arts Council to celebrate its Live Performance Series anniversary  The Belmar Arts Council [BAC] will be celebrating its one year anniversary of the BAC Live Performance Series this Saturday.

February 21, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Alcohol Beverage Control Board approves liquor license extensions  With the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade less than two weeks away, borough establishments are, once again, gearing up for the event by asking the borough council, acting as the Alcoholic Beverage Control [ABC] board, to extend their liquor license for one day, the day of the parade.

February 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Testimony continues for WRAT radio tower application  Greater Media continued its WRAT radio tower testimony on Monday night during the planning board’s meeting.

February 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) School holds strategic plan review for first year    Belmar Elementary School administrators held a meeting on Feb. 6 where they presented the progress the school has made in its first year of implementing the strategic plan.

February 14, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Boro remains in a state of emergency  Belmar remains in a state of emergency more than three months after Hurricane Sandy tore through the area.

February 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Team Monmouth County to hold fundraiser for Police Unity Tour The annual Police Unity Tour is approaching fast and Team Monmouth County is ready to participate, once again, but first needs help from the community to do so.

February 14, 2013 (The Coast Star)   Town enjoys night of fun, camaraderie at Mayor’s Ball  The Breakers in Spring Lake was packed last Saturday evening for the annual Mayor’s Ball.

February 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Council passes ordinance for Belmar Marina repairs The council, here, unanimously passed an ordinance to issue $3.8 million in bonds or notes to finance repairs to the Belmar Marina at the Wednesday, Feb. 6 meeting of the governing body.

February 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose fourth-graders learn about life on the prairie  St. Rose Grammar School fourth-graders were transported back in time to the 19th century last Friday during their “Life on the Prairie Day.”

February 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Matisse, Burrito Hut released from leases   Two beachfront businesses have chosen to terminate their leases, and the borough accepted the lease terminations at the Feb. 6 council meeting with the passage of two resolutions.

February 14, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Borough has raised $300,000 to help displaced residents Mayor Matt Doherty announced on Tuesday that the borough has raised $300,000 to help residents still displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

February 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose pre-K class performs folk dances for family members  St. Rose Grammar School pre-kindergartners transported their family members to various countries on Monday morning when they performed folk dances from all around the world.

February 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Union Fire Co. to operate out of West Belmar fire house temporarily  The council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a shared service agreement with the Wall Township Board of Fire Commissioners at the Feb. 6 council meeting.

February 14, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar Elementary pre-K class celebrates Chinese New Year   For about two weeks, Patty Glab’s pre-K class at Belmar Elementary learned about Chinese culture and traditions to gear up for the Chinese New Year celebration they had on Friday, Feb. 8. This year’s Chinese New Year begins on Feb. 10 and it is the Year of the Snake.

February 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Questions still linger about Belmar’s choice of AshBritt   Ever since Belmar decided to use Florida-based AshBritt Inc. and Branchburg-based Ferreira Construction for Hurricane Sandy debris removal, some have questioned the decisions, claiming Mayor Matt Doherty’s wife, Maggie Moran, has ties to AshBritt and that Ferreira Construction gave money to Mayor Doherty’s campaign in 2010.

February 14, 2013 (The Coast Star) Mayor discusses the borough’s progress 100 days after Sandy  Mayor Matt Doherty took time at the Feb. 6 council meeting to reflect on all that has happened — and all the progress that has been made — over the last 100 days since Hurricane Sandy swept through the area on Oct. 29.

February 8, 2013 (The Coast Star) Policy addressing off-school behavior to be rescinded  Superintendent Vincent Smith took time at Monday night’s board of education business meeting to talk about a decision rendered by an appellate court that affects one Point Pleasant district policy regarding monitoring students’ behavior off school grounds.

February 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Zoning change near beach unnecessary

February 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) WRAT radio tower testimony to continue at next board meeting   Testimony is expected to continue for the WRAT radio tower application at the borough’s planning board meeting next week.

February 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Fernwood Road water issue fixed  Clear water now flows to the borough homes that have been seeing yellow or brown water for the past month or so.

February 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Day for walking keeps Belmar students fit  Belmar Elementary held its first Walk to School Wednesday [W2SW] last week, on Jan. 30, with about 85 students participating.

February 7, 2013 (The Coast Star)  St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates its 40th year  The Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade that has become a family event for all over the past several decades will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

February 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose student heads to regional spelling bee  Fifth-grader Mary Kate Cashman, 10, was named this year’s spelling bee champion at St. Rose Grammar School, advancing her to the regional spelling bee.

February 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar gets new recreation director  Kevin Gahan, a lifelong Belmar resident and graduate of the borough recreation program, replaced Tina Connelly as recreation director, after she decided to give her two weeks notice.

February 7, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Councilman Bean files a denial of access complaint   In response to the borough’s denial of some information under an Open Public Records Act [OPRA] request made by Councilman Jim Bean, the councilman filed a denial of access complaint with the state’s Government Records Council [GRC].

February 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Council passes resolution in support of reducing gun violence  The council here unanimously approved a resolution at their meeting on Tuesday evening in support of the Fix Gun Checks Act and other measures to reduce gun violence.

February 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) George Komitas named Belmar’s Citizen of the Year  Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty has made his decision: This year’s Citizen of the Year is George Komitas.

February 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar approved for $4 million in cleanup costs  The Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] has approved about $4 million to reimburse Belmar for costs associated with debris removal after Hurricane Sandy.

February 7, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Bypass system project expected to be completed next month South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority’s [SMRSA] bypass project is well underway, and is expected to be completed sometime in March.

February 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Woman’s Club donates $500 to first aid squad, Buy a Board campaign   During the monthly Belmar Woman’s Club [BWC] meeting, the club presented two $500 checks, one for the borough’s Buy a Board campaign and the other for the Belmar First Aid Squad.

February 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boardwalk construction moving ahead of schedule   Boardwalk reconstruction is well underway, with more than half of the pilings in the ground.

February 7, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose baseball team gives back to community St. Rose Grammar School’s [SRGS] baseball team presented a $100 check to Belmar for its Buy a Board campaign last week during the school’s pep rally.

January 31, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Belmar Woman’s Club comes back after hurricane, with new location  The Belmar Woman’s Club [BWC] is back in action after over two months of inactivity.

January 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) Planning board takes a pass on amending beachfront zoning In a last-minute decision, the planning board, here, decided not to take action during a special meeting Wednesday night regarding establishments with seasonal liquor licenses at the beachfront, as they wait for a possible change from the governor’s office regarding the matter.

January 31, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Boro expected to make zone changes near beach    The borough was expected to hold a special planning board and council meeting last night to discuss amending zoning regulations to allow year-round liquor licenses in the beachfront commercial zones in anticipation of two requests the borough made to Gov. Chris Christie.

January 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) ‘Wonderful Donations’ on display  A new historical exhibit, “Wonderful Donations,” is now on display at borough hall, courtesy of the Belmar Historical Society [BHS].

January 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) Local wins first place in hometown video contest   One 12-year-old Belmar resident recently won first place in the People to People Ambassador Program’s Hometown Video Contest for his video about Belmar and restoring the Shore.

January 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) ‘The Shell Kids’ sell seashells at the Jersey Shore to help rebuild  Belmar and Lake Como children, ranging from 5 to 10 years old, and their parents have been decorating shells to sell to help the borough rebuild.

January 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund has collected more than $100,000  The borough will soon be dispersing the money it has received through the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to help residents recover from the storm.

January 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) Parent: Belmar should help fund non-sports programs One resident spoke up at the board of education meeting on Jan. 24, asking board members to consider using some resources for programs that are non-sports related.

January 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) ‘Murder, mystery, magic’ come to boro’s library Library last Thursday during the library’s first program — “Murder, Mystery and Magic” — since reopening last month.

January 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) Hurricane Sandy victims to see money from relief fund soon  Residents affected by Hurricane Sandy can soon expect to see money from the Lake Como Relief Fund to help them recover.

January 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) School Health Council looking to create a community garden  Belmar Elementary will soon be home to a community garden, where students and community members alike can take home various vegetables.

January 31, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Fundraisers slated for annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in boro The much anticipated Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade is just around the corner and the parade committee is gearing up for it with several events over the next month.

January 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) Catholic Schools Week celebrated  St. Rose High School [SRHS] and Grammar School [SRGS] are hosting an array of events this week to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.

January 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) Board discusses preliminary 2013-2014 district budget At the Jan. 24 board of education meeting, board members briefly discussed the 2013/2014 preliminary budget and their concern with an anticipated decrease in revenue.

January 31, 2013 (The Coast Star) Committee hosts autism program  The Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] committee held an Autism Program, where two local residents talked about the autism spectrum.

January 25, 2013 (The Ocean Star) One-third of businesses in Lavallette are open again after Sandy Slowly but surely the business district in Lavallette is beginning to return to normal.

January 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) Seventh-grader wins school spelling bee By properly spelling the word ferocious, seventh-grader Emily Howard, 12, became the winner of Belmar Elementary’s 2013 Spelling Bee on Thursday, Jan. 17.

January 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose hosts tailgate party St. Rose High School faculty sported their college attire for its annual Tailgate Party last Friday.

January 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) Pied Piper Ice Cream warehouse might not be vacant much longer The borough council unanimously agreed to send a temporary use proposal that would knock down the old Pied Piper Ice Cream warehouse on River Road and temporarily turn the property into an outside patio bar and food court area to the Technical Design and Review Committee [TDRC] at its Jan. 16 meeting.

January 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar to seek tax abatement The borough’s council unanimously passed two resolutions last week allowing the planning board to review and make recommendations as to whether the borough satisfies the state criteria to be designated as an area in need of rehabilitation and an area in need of redevelopment.

January 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) Special Improvement District budget hearing postponed The council announced at its Jan. 16 meeting that the Special Improvement District [SID] budget hearing has been postponed to a later date.

January 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) 13th Avenue project should be completed by late spring  The council here unanimously passed an ordinance at its Jan. 16 meeting, authorizing the borough to go out to bid for the 13th Avenue sewer and road improvements.

January 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough mayor, two councilmen travel to Washington, D.C. for Obama inaugurationThe borough’s mayor and two councilmen witnessed history on Monday as they were invited to Washington, D.C. to see President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden take the oath of office for their second term.

January 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) Witte to be inducted into League of Municipalities Hall of Fame  Lifelong resident and Councilman Doug Witte will soon be inducted into the League of Municipalities’ Hall of Fame for his 20-plus years of service to the community.

January 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) Inmates give back to society, help to clean up Belmar  Inmates from the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold were in the borough last week assisting in the Hurricane Sandy cleanup as part of the Inmate Labor Program.

January 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) Council discusses amending height limit for homes impacted by Sandy During the discussion portion of the Jan. 16 council meeting, council members discussed amending the height limit for residential properties to accommodate those homes impacted by the new advisory base flood maps issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency late last year.

January 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) Council passes resolutions for borough improvements  Belmar will be getting quite a few improvements over the next few months as the town prepares for the upcoming summer season.

January 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro to adopt advisory base flood elevation maps  An ordinance is expected to go before the council in the upcoming weeks authorizing the borough to adopt the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s [FEMA] advisory base flood elevation [ABFE] maps, which were released late last year.

January 24, 2013 (The Coast Star)Advisory committee meets for first time The newly created advisory committee met for the first time on Jan. 17 to discuss the beachfront.

January 24, 2013 (The Coast Star) Five pedestrians injured when struck by vehicle

January 18, 2013 (The Coast Star) Five pedestrians injured when struck by car in Belmar  One adult and four children were struck by a car while crossing a borough street Friday afternoon.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Greater Media: Tower needs to be higher to keep business viable  During Monday night’s planning board meeting, Greater Media presented testimony regarding the WRAT radio tower and why the company is asking permission for the tower to be kept at its current location on Main Street and increase its height.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Planning board hears testimony for WRAT radio tower application  The WRAT radio tower application came before the planning board on Monday, beginning what is expected to be several meetings worth of testimony regarding the company’s plan to keep its radio tower at its current location on Main Street and increase the tower’s height.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar to hold first Walk to School Wednesday   The Belmar Elementary School Health Council [SHC] plans to host its first Walk to School Wednesday [W2SW] on Jan. 30.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Improvements will be made to Silver Lake in upcoming months Silver Lake will look like new soon as it will be receiving a makeover.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro children painting shells, selling them to help rebuild boardwalk   A group of Belmar and Lake Como children, ranging from 5- to 8-years-old, have started decorating sea shells to help rebuild the borough’s boardwalk.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Water issue around Fernwood Road ongoing, town cannot find source  For the past month or so borough employees have been investigating, without any luck, the reason behind why some residents have been seeing yellow or brown water in their homes.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Dress down day benefits Newtown   St. Rose High School students dressed down to raise funds for Newtown, Conn.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro withholds some information requested by Bean through OPRA   The borough provided most of the information pursuant to Councilman Jim Bean’s Open Public Records Act [OPRA], but denied some information, citing the need to protect the privacy of its residents as the reason.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Ocean Avenue businesses, boro discuss construction  The borough met with Ocean Avenue businesses on Jan. 10 to discuss the ongoing reconstruction of the boardwalk and how it could affect their businesses, as well as the upcoming summer season.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Planning board swears in members Prior to holding its regularly scheduled planning board meeting on Monday, five people were sworn into their positions on the planning board.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) ‘Murder, Mystery and Magic’ coming to borough’s library The Belmar Public Library will be hosting its first program, “Murder, Mystery and Magic,” since reopening last month on Thursday, Jan. 24.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star)PK’s Shamrock Pub to host benefit for Belmar First Aid Squad PK’s Shamrock Pub, here, will be hosting a bingo benefit to raise money for the Belmar First Aid Squad, whose building and possessions were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Mayor, councilmen to attend presidential inauguration The borough’s mayor and two councilmen will be traveling to Washington, D.C., this weekend as they were invited to attend the inauguration of the president and vice president on Monday, Jan. 21.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Ocean Avenue businesses feel brunt of extended road closure   With Ocean Avenue closed for the foreseeable future, Ocean Avenue businesses are feeling the brunt of the decision, but are optimistic about the upcoming summer and the income it will hopefully bring.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Big Hearts to Little Hearts gala slated for March 9  The 11th annual Big Hearts to Little Hearts Gala to benefit the organization will be held in Belmar on March 9.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro court date for state trooper postponed, again  The state police trooper who struck two parked cars before crashing his unmarked police vehicle into a creek in the borough before fleeing was expected to appear in municipal court on Tuesday.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Autism program slated for Jan. 24   The borough’s Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] committee will be holding an autism program for residents on Jan. 24.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Arts Council gearing up for first exhibit since Hurricane Sandy  The Belmar Arts Council [BAC] will be holding the opening reception for its first exhibit since Hurricane Sandy on Jan. 19.

January 17, 2013 (The Coast Star) Boro will not adopt advisory base flood elevation maps The borough announced at its Tuesday night council meeting that it would not be adopting the advisory base flood elevation [ABFE] maps the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] released late last year.

January 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) Lake Como rings in new year with reorganization meeting  The governing body kicked off the new year by holding its reorganization meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 2, where borough employees were assigned to various posts within the borough for the upcoming year.

January 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) Planning board expected to hear WRAT tower application The borough’s planning board is expected to hear Greater Media’s application that seeks to keep the WRAT radio tower at its current location on Main Street at its Jan. 14 meeting.

January 10, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Boro remains in a state of emergency Lake Como remains under a state of emergency, with no definitive timeline on when the distinction will be lifted.

January 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) St. Rose sends sympathy cards to church in Newtown, Conn. Soon after the shooting in Newtown, Conn., took place last month, killing 26 individuals, St. Rose Church and grammar school, here, took time to write and send notes of sympathy to one church there.

January 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough ushers in new year with reorganization meeting The borough ushered in the new year by swearing in Councilwoman Jennifer Nicolay at its re-organization meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3.

January 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) Councilwoman Jennifer Nicolay sworn in   At the borough’s Jan. 3 reorganization meeting, Councilwoman Jennifer Nicolay was sworn in, beginning her first, three-year term on the dais.

January 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) Higgins heads to Newtown, Conn., to participate in athletic fundraiser   Councilman Kevin Higgins traveled to Newtown, Conn., this past weekend to participate in a fundraiser to help Sandy Hook Elementary School recover after the school shooting that killed 20 children and six educators last month.

January 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) Christie: Let the rebuilding begin Gov. Chris Christie joined Mayor Matt Doherty, borough officials and residents yesterday on Ocean Avenue to watch the first piling driven into the ground, signaling the start of reconstruction of the borough’s boardwalk.

January 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) ‘Incident’ on New Year’s Eve deemed a simple assault The police here have deemed an “incident” that occurred on 10th Avenue right before the new year was not a stabbing, but a simple assault.

January 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) Councilman Bean sole no vote for advisory committee appointments One council member voted against the appointments made for an advisory committee that would make recommendations on rebuilding the beachfront, citing political propaganda as the reason he voted against such recommendations, at the borough’s Jan. 3 reorganization meeting.

January 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) Buy a Board campaign contributions span the globe  The Buy a Board campaign has taken off, as people from all over the world have donated, raising about $250,000 for the borough.

January 10, 2013 (The Coast Star) Ocean Ave. bridge still closed to vehicular, pedestrian traffic Ocean Avenue and the bridge on it remain closed to all traffic, and will remain this way pending Monmouth County Department of Public Works and Engineering receiving information regarding the borough’s schedule for reconstructing the boardwalk.

January 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Water Rescue Team lost property due to Hurricane Sandy The Belmar Water Rescue Team [WRT] is looking to the community for help as they have lost personal property as a result of the rescues made during and after Hurricane Sandy.

January 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) Zoning board sees first application for raising house height after storm  The borough’s zoning board of adjustment heard its first application about raising a house’s height as a result of Hurricane Sandy’s impact at its Dec. 27 meeting.

January 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) Bids awarded for bypass, pump station design projects Plans to remedy the pump station in town, which is inoperable as a result of Hurricane Sandy, are moving along swiftly as the bypass project is now underway and the South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority [SMRSA] has awarded a contract for the pump station design.

January 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) A southern perspective Mayor Matt Doherty set out for Pass Christian, Miss., the day after Christmas, on Dec. 26, to speak with the mayor of the Gulf Coast town about what it went through during rebuilding and recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

January 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) Borough administrator looks at upcoming projects in 2013  Belmar’s main focus in the upcoming year is getting the borough ready for summer 2013, which will be a more difficult task than year’s past as Belmar was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

January 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) Lake Como, rebuilding, budget are top priorities for town in 2013 Looking ahead into 2013, Mayor Mike Ryan said the borough has a few issues to face, most of which stem from cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy.

January 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) One person injured in ‘incident’ Right before the clock struck midnight, ringing in the new year, an incident took place on 10th Avenue, leaving one person injured.

January 3, 2013 (The Coast Star)  Council members sworn into seats  The new year brings a new face to the council, here, as Councilwoman Virginia Kropac, as well as two incumbents, were sworn into their positions on the first of the year.

January 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) Lake Como did not overflow during Winter Storm Euclid With the recent devastation Hurricane Sandy left in the borough, and another storm approaching, borough officials and South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority [SMRSA] braced themselves for what could be another long night.

January 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) Mayor questions councilman’s request for details on donations During the public comment portion of the Dec. 31 council meeting, here, the mayor questioned Councilman Jim Bean about the Open Public Records Act [OPRA] request he made recently.

January 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) Homeless man, with family in Belmar, dies in fatal Brick accident  An accident in Brick Township right before Christmas Eve was fatal for a homeless man who has family in Belmar.

January 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) Monmouth County Health Dept. provides free flu, tetanus shots The Monmouth County Health Department provided a free clinic in the borough on Dec. 19, where tetanus and flu shots were administered, and many residents decided to take advantage of the offering.

January 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) Belmar Arts Council to open first exhibit of the new year Jan. 19 The Belmar Arts Council to host its first exhibit of the new year on Jan. 19, pending if cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy stays on schedule.

January 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) Town issues notice to proceed on boardwalk reconstruction Reconstruction of the boardwalk has officially begun as the borough issued the notice to proceed [NTP] to its contractor last week.

January 3, 2013 (The Coast Star) Council: Beach badge fees will not increase this season The council announced at its last meeting of the year, on Dec. 31, that badge fees will not be increasing for the upcoming summer season.

December 27, 2012 (The Coast Star) Water problem on 13th Ave. should be remedied in upcoming weeks  The 13th Avenue water situation should be remedied soon.

December 27, 2012 (The Coast Star)  Route 71 bridge reopens early, businesses hope for better sales  The Route 71 bridge reopened last week, with business owners in town hoping the reopening would help boost sales.

December 27, 2012 (The Coast Star) Jingle Bell Bash raises $2,000 for relief fund   Local rock and blues favorites, as well as Belmar Elementary School children, rang in Christmas week at Jingle Bell Bash for Belmar.

December 27, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary students kick off winter break challenge Belmar Elementary students lined the hallway on Dec. 20, reading a book of their choosing for Read Every Day [R.E.D.] day.

December 27, 2012 (The Coast Star) Bordentown school raises funds for St. Rose Grammar School   Students from St. Mary School, in Bordentown, drove to St. Rose Grammar School [SRGS], here, about two weeks ago to deliver a check to the school and spread holiday cheer.

December 27, 2012 (The Coast Star) Christie: We will recover    Gov. Chris Christie held his first town hall meeting since Hurricane Sandy hit nearly two months ago in the borough, here, last week, where he discussed recovery efforts after the storm and answered an array of questions from those in attendance.

December 27, 2012 (The Coast Star)   Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, Santa deliver toys to children Santa Claus and two of his helpers took a break the day before the big day, Christmas Eve, to deliver presents the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh [FSOS], here, gathered to the children at Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s pediatric unit in Neptune.

December 20, 2012 (The Coast Star)  Special Improvement District budget to be heard on Jan. 16 Earlier this month, the borough council, here, unanimously approved a resolution to hold a Special Improvement District [SID] budget hearing in January.

December 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Principal, assistant principal testify about experience with hurricane   On Thursday, Dec. 13, the principal and assistance principal of Belmar Elementary School [BES] testified in front of the State Assembly Education Committee about experiences during Hurricane Sandy.

December 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Ryan announces he has joined Mayors Against Illegal Handguns Mayor Mike Ryan announced at the council’s Dec. 18 meeting that he has joined Mayors Against Illegal Handguns— an organization which New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg co-chairs.

December 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Council members bid farewell to Councilwoman McFadden-Lee    During the council meeting Tuesday evening, council members took the time out to say farewell to retiring Councilwoman Marni McFadden-Lee, as it was her last council meeting.

December 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary School does not receive Race to the Top grant  The Coastal Monmouth Consortium, which includes Belmar Elementary School, found out last week they did not receive the Race to the Top grant.

December 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Boro says no to county initiative to inspect damaged homes  The borough will not be participating in a Monmouth County initiative in which the county would inspect houses that had suffered “material damage” as a result of Hurricane Sandy with the possibility of qualifying for a reduction of their property assessment for 2013.

December 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Planners OK major Belmar development The Havens & Hampton property on Fifth Avenue, here, will not be vacant much longer after the planning board unanimously approved a site plan at its Dec. 17 meeting that will allow the developer to convert the property into a three story, multi-use building.

December 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) St. Rose kindergarten class celebrates ‘Gingerbread Day’ A kindergarten class at St. Rose Grammar School celebrated everything about gingerbread on Dec. 13.

December 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Fire Dept. Christmas Party set for Saturday  The annual Belmar Fire Department Christmas Party for the children of the town is back for another year.

December 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Calvary Baptist Church to host ‘Christmas Gift-Away’ The Calvary Baptist Church, here, will be hosting a “Christmas Gift-Away” on Dec. 22.

December 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Council unanimously approves waiving zoning board fees The borough council, here, unanimously approved a resolution at its Dec. 12 meeting, waiving zoning board of adjustment application fees for all properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

December 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Decorating Contest winners announced  Residents lit up their houses last week for the borough’s Decorating Contest.

December 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Church hosts service for displaced residents  Since Hurricane Sandy, the Calvary Baptist Church has been hoPsting other churches each week as other churches in Belmar have not been able to continually hold service each week due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

December 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Gov. Christie to visit Belmar Gov. Christie holds his 99th town hall meeting since becoming governor in Belmar to discuss rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Sandy.

December 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Committee to be formed to gather information on beachfront buildings   The mayor announced at the Dec. 12 council meeting that the borough will be creating an ad hoc committee to help rebuild the town’s oceanfront buildings.

December 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Burglar hits Calvary Baptist    Someone came into the Calvary Baptist Church, here, recently and stole $500, which the church had stored away to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

December 20, 2012 (The Coast Star)  Council unanimously approves $6.6 million contract for boardwalk The borough council unanimously approved a resolution awarding the contract to reconstruct the boardwalk to a Piscataway-based company at its Dec. 12 meeting.

December 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Wisconsin student raises $10,000 for St. Rose High School  St. Rose High School held an assembly on Monday to personally thank a Wisconsin father and daughter for their fundraising efforts for the school.

December 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) WRAT planning board application postponed to future meeting The planning board application regarding Greater Media and its WRAT radio tower was not heard at the board’s Dec. 10 meeting.

December 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar holds annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony  Over 100 people gathered at Pyanoe Plaza on Tuesday evening for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.

December 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) First United Methodist Church out of commission for next few months   The First United Methodist Church, here, will be out of commission for the next several months as the building is repaired from damages caused by Hurricane Sandy.

December 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Local antique toy collector talks to residents about his collection  A local antique toy collector showcased his collection to about 30 people at the Union Landing Historical Society meeting this past Sunday.

December 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Pay-to-play fraud charges for Rospos A former executive director for Birdsall Services Group [BSG], an engineering firm that serves many local towns, was indicted by a state grand jury on Tuesday for his alleged role in a scheme to avoid New Jersey’s pay-to-play rules by making illegal corporate political contributions through employees.

December 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary’s holiday concert slated for today The Holiday Concert at Belmar Elementary School is back for another year.

December 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Boro brings in holiday season with Christmas tree lighting   Lake Como held its annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, Dec. 7, with about 20 people in attendance.

December 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Children, bands rock out at annual Holiday Party at the Stone Pony   Students from the Beach Music Studios, here, joined the ranks of those who have played on the Stone Pony’s stage this past Sunday at the studio’s seventh annual Holiday Party.

December 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar First Aid Squad gets donations to help rebuild The Belmar First Aid Squad has received donations from various places to help rebuild its building that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

December 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Colorado Catholic school donates $2,000 to St. Rose High School   A Catholic high school in Colorado pulled its resources together to help another Catholic high school thousands of miles away.

December 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Church of Brielle hosts annual ‘Blue’ Christmas Service  The Church of Brielle held its annual Blue Christmas Service this past Sunday, where those in attendance were able to remember those they lost.

December 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Individuals, groups have ‘adopted’ barriers to paint  The borough, here, especially the area near the beachfront, will be uplifted as the Belmar Arts Council [BAC] has organized an initiative to paint the barriers that block access to Ocean Avenue.

December 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Boardwalk fix $8 million cheaper than estimate As the borough begins to move forward with repairs and reconstruction from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, one of the main priorities is restoring the boardwalk, which was partially or mostly destroyed in most sections.

December 06, 2012 (The Coast Star) WRAT tower application to be heard at Dec. 10 planning board meeting  The borough’s planning board is expected to hear at its Dec. 10 meeting Greater Media’s application that would keep the WRAT radio tower at its current location on Main Street.

December 06, 2012 (The Coast Star) Home-schooled child able to participate in school sports   To remedy a “mistake” the school had made, the board of education unanimously voted to suspend a policy that does not require home-schooled children be permitted to participate in after school activities for one specific case and re-examine the policy at the end of the school year.

December 06, 2012 (The Coast Star) Zoners give council rebuilding suggestions During the workshop portion of the council’s Dec. 3 meeting, the governing body, here, briefly talked about the many suggestions the zoning board of adjustments made on how to streamline the rebuilding process so residents do not have to wait months to be approved to rebuild.

December 06, 2012 (The Coast Star) Sewerage authority moving ahead with bypass, pump station plans  With its pump station inoperable and a temporary bypass system in place, the South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority [SMRSA] is working quickly toward a permanent solution to the problem in Lake Como.

December 06, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary a finalist in for Race to the Top Grant  Belmar Elementary Superintendent David Hallman announced at the board of education’s Nov. 29 meeting that the school is one of the Race to the Top Grant finalists.

December 06, 2012 (The Coast Star) Residents question why boro used certain companies after hurricane   Recent resolutions passed by the council regarding debris removal came into question as several residents have scrutinized the mayor about his alleged connections to such companies.

December 06, 2012 (The Coast Star) Lake Como to hold its annual Christmas tree lighting Dec. 8    A longstanding tradition will be back again as the community will be celebrating the holiday season with a Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 8.

December 06, 2012 (The Coast Star) Library to reopen tomorrow morning   After more than a month being closed, the Belmar Public Library will reopen its doors on Dec. 7.

December 06, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar students lip sync to popular tunes  Despite everything that has happened over the past month, Belmar Elementary School rallied together to put on its 12th Annual Lip Sync event recently.

December 06, 2012 (The Coast Star) Borough looking to enter into interlocal agreement  The mayor announced at the Dec. 4 council meeting that the borough, as well as Belmar and Spring Lake, are looking to enter into an interlocal agreement with the South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority [SMRSA] that would make the authority the lead agent in work that has to be done to Lake Como.

December 06, 2012 (The Coast Star) Furniture artists donate time, supplies for ‘Paint Out’ Furniture painters come together to paint vintage furniture for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

December 06, 2012 (The Coast Star) Jingle Bell Bash slated for Dec. 22 An evening full of fun and music awaits residents right before Christmas comes as the Jingle Bell Bash for Belmar will be hosted at the school on Dec. 22.

December 06, 2012 (The Coast Star) Borough to hold Decorating Contest Houses will be lit up around the borough on Dec. 13 for the annual Decorating Contest.

December 06, 2012 (The Coast Star) Board of education approves revised calendar for school year   The board of education passed a resolution approving the revised school calendar at its Nov. 29 meeting.

December 06, 2012 (The Coast Star) ‘Buy a Board’ campaign on in Belmar  Residents and visitors alike will be able to contribute to reconstructing the new boardwalk with the Buy a Board Campaign.

December 06, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar OKs $15 million boardwalk   At the Belmar Council’s Dec. 3 meeting, residents packed into borough hall to listen to the governing body and its plans to build a new boardwalk that could withstand a hurricane, as well as a storm surge, like the one during Hurricane Sandy in late October.

December 06, 2012 (The Coast Star) BelmarPalooza raises $2,700 for local children, families    This past weekend the owners of the Boathouse Bar & Grill and 507 Main put together a three-day event called BelmarPalooza to benefit local children.

December 06, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar to bring in holiday season with annual Christmas tree lighting  Belmar residents will be bringing in the holiday season with its annual Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 7.

November 29, 2012 (The Coast Star) Boro to purchase emergency vehicles   The borough council, here, unanimously passed a resolution at its Nov. 21 meeting authorizing the purchase of 10 emergency vehicles, replacing those damaged or destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.

November 29, 2012 (The Coast Star) Council takes measures to remedy 13th Avenue water problems  At its Nov. 21 meeting, the council voted on a resolution and first reading of an ordinance that would remedy the water situation on 13th Avenue.

November 29, 2012 (The Coast Star) Council takes time to thank those who helped Belmar during Sandy  At the Nov. 21 meeting, the mayor and council took time to recognize all those different borough departments and individuals who took their time to help before, during and after Hurricane Sandy hit the area.

November 29, 2012 (The Coast Star) Mayor testifies before State Senate Budget, Appropriations Committee   Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty testified on Monday in front of the New Jersey State Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on the impact of Hurricane Sandy and the resulting recovery efforts in Belmar.

November 29, 2012 (The Coast Star)  St. Rose establishes school relief fund   St. Rose High School has set up a relief fund to help pay for the damage to the school caused by Hurricane Sandy.

November 29, 2012 (The Coast Star) Pre-existing, nonconforming homes can be rebuilt if ordinance passes   The borough council, here, voted on the first reading of an ordinance at its Nov. 21 meeting that would allow residents with pre-existing, nonconforming houses that have been affected by Hurricane Sandy to replace what was existing.

November 29, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary boys soccer wins Division A championship The Belmar Elementary School boys soccer team’s hard work and dedication has paid off as they recently won the Division A Championship in the Monmouth County Athletic League [MCAL], which is the school’s first time winning a soccer championship since 1975.

November 29, 2012 (The Coast Star) Rebuilding Belmar Boardwalk estimated to cost $17 million With the debris along the beachfront expected to be completely removed by the end of this week, the council voted on the first reading of an ordinance at the Nov. 21 meeting to help kickstart rebuilding the boardwalk.

November 29, 2012 (The Coast Star) Next Level Fit taking part in Santa’s Sandy Hands relief effort   Next Level Fit’s owners and employees are being Santa’s little helpers this holiday season as they set up a drive to collect new toys, household items, clothes and gift cards for people in need.

November 29, 2012 (The Coast Star) Opening of museum comes to a halt after storm   When Hurricane Sandy ravaged through the Northeast late last month, it halted plans for Belmar’s first museum and history room — just five days shy of its opening.

November 29, 2012 (The Coast Star) Mississippi school donates over 500 books to Belmar Elementary   Students from a school thousands of miles away sent words of encouragement to Belmar Elementary students, since the students had experienced something similar about seven years ago when Hurricane Katrina hit.

November 29, 2012 (The Coast Star) ‘Freeze Out’ raises $100,000 in Belmar On Saturday, town spirit was soaring as thousands crowded the streets and bars in Belmar for the 10th Avenue Freeze Out: Rebuilding Belmar event.

November 29, 2012 (The Coast Star) Store donates furniture, time to help others  Furniture painters are mustering all the supplies and people they can to help paint furniture for people in need.

November 29, 2012 (The Coast Star) Parkway resident looks at the positive after Hurricane Sandy    Inside look at how one resident in Lake Como is dealing with losing her house.

November 29, 2012 (The Coast Star) BelmarPalooza to benefit local children, families The owners of The Boathouse Bar & Grill and 507 Main are putting together a weekend-long event called BelmarPalooza to benefit local families affected by Hurricane Sandy.

November 29, 2012 (The Coast Star) Budget hearing now Dec. 4, council says The council unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday, Nov. 20 that allows the borough to carry the budget hearing until a later meeting.

November 29, 2012 (The Coast Star) PK’s Shamrock Pub to host bingo benefit for woman with cancer  PK’s Shamrock Pub is hosting a bingo event on Dec. 1 for a good cause.

November 22, 2012 (The Coast Star) Turtles, fish found in St. Rose High School    When St. Rose High School opened its doors soon after Hurricane Sandy had passed, officials were surprised to learn what the hurricane had left behind — turtles and fish roaming the school.

November 22, 2012 (The Coast Star) WRAT tower application slated for next planning board meeting 11.22 turtles  Lake Como’s planning board announced at Monday’s meeting it would hear Greater Media’s application about the WRAT radio tower.

November 22, 2012 (The Coast Star) St. Rose uses social media to organize relief efforts  The St. Rose Grammar School community has come together in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to help families who have been directly affected by the storm.

November 22, 2012 (The Coast Star) Save Our Shore slated for Dec. 1  The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh [FSOS] will be sponsoring a Save Our Shore event at Bar Anticipation on Dec. 1.

November 22, 2012 (The Coast Star) The Stone Pony holiday party set for Dec. 9     Beach Music Studios, here, will be holding a benefit for Belmar and the surrounding communities at its seventh annual holiday party at The Stone Pony on Dec. 9.

November 22, 2012 (The Coast Star) Library, damaged from Sandy, remains closed The Belmar Public Library has been out of commission since Superstorm Sandy tore through the Shore late last month, but officials expect it could re-open early in December.

November 22, 2012 (The Coast Star) Boro relief fund slated The Borough of Lake Como has set up a relief fund to help those in need after Hurricane Sandy.

November 22, 2012 (The Coast Star) Power returned to majority of houses   Parkway, which some said looked like a war zone after Hurricane Sandy tore through the area late last month, is finally seeing a glimpse of normalcy as power was restored to a majority of the area.

November 22, 2012 (The Coast Star) Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh collecting toys with annual drive for Christmas  The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh [FSOS] is asking the local community to brighten up a family’s day by donating toys to a good cause.

November 22, 2012 (The Coast Star) Boathouse Bar & Grill to open doors for Thanksgiving    Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for everything one has, but in the wake of Hurricane Sandy — when many people have lost most or all possessions — what one has to be thankful for might not be as clear as in previous years.

November 22, 2012 (The Coast Star) Public forum held with local businesses   On Monday night, representatives from several federal agencies met with local businesses to show them what options are available for aid.

November 22, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary doing all it can to help families in need  Since Hurricane Sandy hit late last month, Belmar Elementary School [BES] has been trying to help students, their families and the community at large clean up and return to a sense of normalcy.

November 22, 2012 (The Coast Star) Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Jersey Shore hold dinner dance The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore held its annual dinner dance last Friday with a little twist.

November 22, 2012 (The Coast Star) Bars set to take part in ‘10th Avenue Freeze-Out’  Bruce Springsteen’s “10th Avenue Freeze-Out,” a song inspired by a street in the borough, has now become inspiration for an event to benefit the borough — “10th Avenue Freeze-Out:” Rebuilding Belmar.

November 15, 2012 (The Coast Star) Local firefighter marries in Goodwill Fire House  Amidst the rubble, displacement and devastation brought on since Hurricane Sandy hit the area more than two weeks ago, came a beam of light as a firefighter wedded his fiance in the borough this past Saturday, with the mayor performing the wedding ceremony.

November 15, 2012 (The Coast Star)  Belmar community pays tribute to those who have served the country  Council members, the mayor and residents gathered at Memorial Field on Sunday to pay tribute to all veterans.

November 15, 2012 (The Coast Star) South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority takes action  With the borough’s pump station out of commission and in a state of disrepair due to Hurricane Sandy’s wrath, South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority [SMRSA] took quick action at its meeting on Nov. 8 to help restore the sewage system to full capacity.

November 15, 2012 (The Coast Star)Pets impacted by Hurricane Sandy pampered at pet grooming event   Dogs and cats had a day of pampering on Sunday, Nov. 11 as several groomers came to the borough to groom pets, free of charge.

November 15, 2012 (The Coast Star) Nonprofit distributes goods to those impacted by hurricane   The Jersey Shore Dream Center spent this past Saturday distributing donated items and providing free haircuts and massages to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

November 15, 2012 (The Coast Star) Boards, commissions have option to cancel meetings With the borough trying to pick up the pieces left over from Hurricane Sandy and restore normalcy, all borough boards and commissions have the option of canceling their meeting or relocating it to the new community center this month.

November 15, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Marina sees minor damage   Boats in the Belmar Marina escaped virtually unscathed from Hurricane Sandy, which hit the Northeast on Oct. 29.

November 15, 2012 (The Coast Star) Michigan residents travel 800 miles to volunteer in New Jersey  A father and daughter duo drove about 800 miles, from Michigan to New Jersey, to lend a helping hand to several New Jersey communities, including Belmar, that have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

November 15, 2012 (The Coast Star) Fire Dept. asking community to help replenish gift pile    The Belmar Fire Department is asking the community to be Santa’s little helpers and help the fire department rebuild their gift pile.

November 15, 2012 (The Coast Star) Local, national groups come to Belmar to begin cleaning up   In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which tore through the northeast on Oct. 29, many local, county and national groups have come to Belmar to help clean up.

November 15, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar First Aid Squad looking for donations to help rebuild  After years of serving the community, the Belmar First Aid Squad is looking to the community to help them rebuild after Hurricane Sandy.

November 15, 2012 (The Coast Star) Boro repairs could cost $40 million to $50 million  Over the past two- and one-half weeks, the borough has been working hard to recover from the damage left over from Hurricane Sandy, and begin to rebuild what was lost.

November 15, 2012 (The Coast Star) Parkway resident rescues dozens of people during, after the hurricane    While his house on Parkway was being destroyed by rising water when Hurricane Sandy hit over two weeks ago, Lake Como resident and Belmar Water Rescue Team [WRT] member Brian Allen was out saving lives.

November 15, 2012 (The Coast Star) Two membership applications for approved for fire dept.   The Belmar Council passed a resolution approving membership applications for the Volunteer Hook & Ladder Fire Department at its Nov. 7 meeting.

November 15, 2012 (The Coast Star) Connolly set to replace Young as borough administrator  With the borough administrator leaving on Friday, his replacement, who has been working side by side with him for the past few months, will be taking over.

November 15, 2012 (The Coast Star) Three arrested the night Sandy hit   Three people were arrested on Oct. 29, the night Hurricane Sandy tore through the Northeast.

November 15, 2012 (The Coast Star) Beachfront buildings are demolished  Last week, Ferreira Construction worked through the snow left over from Storm Athena to knock down infrastructure along the beach that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

November 8, 2012 (The Coast Star) Business starts hurricane relief fund for locals  Seven3two, an internet clothing company based in Belmar, is raising money for local municipalities to help restore what has been destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the Northeast on Monday, Oct. 29.

November 8, 2012 (The Coast Star) Community bands together in wake of Sandy In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which left many homes destroyed, Silver Lake and Lake Como overflowed and the borough without power, members of the community have come together to support one another.

November 8, 2012 (The Coast Star) Schools expected to open Nov. 12  Schools in Belmar say they expect to open on Nov. 12.

November 8, 2012 (The Coast Star) Houses around Lake Como destroyed by Hurricane Sandy   The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the destruction it left for Parkway residents.

November 8, 2012 (The Coast Star) Pump station fails due to hurricane damage   The pump station serving the whole Lake Como community became partially submerged in water after Hurricane Sandy passed through the Jersey Shore on Oct. 29, making the pump station inoperable and leaving residents without a usable sewer system.

November 8, 2012 (The Coast Star)  Jersey Shore BBQ asking for food donations to first responders, locals Jersey Shore BBQ Restaurant and Catering, here, has spent the past week cooking for the community in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which has left the borough without power, many homes underwater and has destroyed the beach front.

November 8, 2012 (The Coast Star) Many come to volunteer time to help borough after hurricane   With many homes destroyed and the borough without power due to Hurricane Sandy, which hit the Northeast on Oct. 29, the community has banded together, with many of its residents volunteering their time to help others.

November 8, 2012 (The Coast Star) Democratic Party sweeps race for Lake Como Council 11.8 jersey shore   The Democratic party took a sweeping victory in Tuesday’s election for Lake Como Council, as incumbents Brian Wilton and Kevin Higgins, as well as newcomer Virginia Kropac, won all three open council seats.

November 8, 2012 (The Coast Star) Unoccupied Belmar house severely damaged by fire   A fire seriously damaged a house on Seventh Avenue near A Street on Sunday night.

November 8, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar to celebrate Halloween on Saturday   While Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order moving Halloween from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5 due to the destruction Hurricane Sandy caused, the borough of Belmar will be celebrating Halloween on Saturday, Nov. 10.

November 8, 2012 (The Coast Star) Businesses have mixed feelings about bridge closure  With the Route 71 bridge out of commission for about 60 days, Belmar shop owners have mixed feelings about what that could mean for business, especially since the holidays are around the corner.

November 8, 2012 (The Coast Star) Councilwoman Jennifer Nicolay re-elected to Belmar Council    Councilwoman Jennifer Nicolay, a Democrat, was elected to the Belmar Council, defeating newcomer Thomas Burke, a Republican.

November 8, 2012 (The Coast Star) Board of ed. incumbent Karen Barry loses her seat Board of education incumbents Joanne Gray and Richard Brand and newcomers Christine Kurzweil and Aileen Fahy were all elected to the board to fill the four open seats.

November 8, 2012 (The Coast Star) Boil water advisory lifted for boro  Lake Como lifted a boil water advisory for the borough following a water main break, which has been repaired.

November 8, 2012 (The Coast Star) 10th Ave. Burrito hosting free buffet for community The owners of Brandl and 10th Ave. Burrito have come together to cook for the local community to help raise money for a good cause.

November 8, 2012 (The Coast Star) Boro Admin to resign Borough administrator Bill Young has put in his two-week notice.

November 8, 2012 (The Coast Star) Bar Anticipation open for free food Bar Anticipation provides free food for the community as power remains out.

November 1, 2012 (The Coast Star) Sharing Lupe’s Hope brings in $6,000 for woman battling breast cancer  More than 100 people gathered at 507 Main last Saturday to help raise money for a woman who is battling breast cancer.

November 1, 2012 (The Coast Star) Four vie for three council seats in Tuesday’s election  With Election Day less than one week, residents are getting ready to cast their vote on Nov. 6.

November 1, 2012 (The Coast Star)  Lake Como deals with pump failure Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and its affect on Lake Como.

November 1, 2012 (The Coast Star) Five people seeking four seats on board of education   Election Day is less than one week away and board of education candidates are gearing up for what is about to come.

November 1, 2012 (The Coast Star) Boardwalk gone, lakes overflow, homes destroyed after Sandy  On Monday night, one Belmar Water Rescue Team [WRT] member and volunteer firefighter/emergency medical technician [EMT] piggy backed two children to safety as a result of Hurricane Sandy, which tore through the Northeast earlier this week.

November 1, 2012 (The Coast Star) Jennifer Nicolay, Thomas Burke compete for sole open council seat  Incumbent Councilwoman Jennifer Nicolay and newcomer Thomas Burke are competing for the sole open seat on the Belmar Council in the upcoming election, set to take place on Nov. 6.

October 25, 2012 (The Coast Star) Local salon to hold benefit to raise money for local nonprofit  People getting their hair cut at Jack Patrick Salon & Spa on Oct. 28 will be doing so for a good cause as proceeds will benefit a local breast cancer support group.

October 25, 2012 (The Coast Star)  Resident raises concern about rowdy teenagers in borough A borough resident raised concern about the behavior of teenagers on the Eighth Avenue playground, at the Oct. 17 council meeting.

October 25, 2012 (The Coast Star) Report says school did not meet target set in two areas The New Jersey Department of Education released a preliminary school profile based on the NJ ASK 2012 data recently showing that while Belmar Elementary School has made some progress, two subgroups have not met their target performances determined by the state.

October 25, 2012 (The Coast Star) Historical Society museum to open Nov. 3 Cufflinks will be lining the door of the old police headquarters when the borough welcomes its newest addition on Nov. 3 — the Belmar Historical Museum and History Room.

October 25, 2012 (The Coast Star) Jingle Bell Run slated for Dec. 8 People will be gearing up around the holiday to participate in a good cause since the annual Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run/Walk is slated for Dec. 8 in the borough.

October 25, 2012 (The Coast Star) IRS sells The Barclay liquor license  The Barclay liquor license was sold by the Internal Revenue Service [IRS] at a public auction recently, and the owner of the defunct banquet hall says he feels wronged by the way the events unfolded.

October 25, 2012 (The Coast Star) Ice rink plan melts away as Ice World decides to take a pass    The plan to bring an ice rink to Belmar has hit an icy patch as the company originally interested in the project has pulled out.

October 25, 2012 (The Coast Star) Residents concerned with lack of homework More homework. That was what one parent asked of the Belmar Board of Education at its meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18.

October 25, 2012 (The Coast Star) Havens & Hamptons lot could become retail, residential space  The Havens & Hamptons property, on Fifth Avenue, may see new life after a development company made a presentation to the mayor and council last week that suggests a three-story, multi-use building at the site.

October 25, 2012 (The Coast Star) Council candidates talk about WRAT tower, bypass project  The four council candidates talk about two important issues facing the town: the WRAT tower and the bypass project.

October 25, 2012 (The Coast Star) Students dance the night away for a good cause Belmar Elementary School [BES] fifth- to eighth-graders danced the night away this past Saturday for a good cause.

October 25, 2012 (The Coast Star) New bus shelters for town  With all the current improvements to Lake Como’s Main Street, there is one more that can be added to the list that will come at no cost to the borough: new bus shelters.

October 25, 2012 (The Coast Star) Board candidates discuss fifth-grade athletes, strategic plan  The five board of education candidates discuss fifth-grade athletes and strategic planning.

October 25, 2012 (The Coast Star) Candidates talk inter-council relations, reverse 9-1-1 system Jennifer Nicolay and Thomas Burke will face off for the sole available seat — a three-year term — on the council this Election Day, Nov. 6, and the two candidates took time to answer some questions regarding their candidacy.

October 25, 2012 (The Coast Star) Audit deems board of education finances in good standing The Board of Education’s [BOE] finances are in good standing according to a school audit presentation made at the BOE meeting Oct. 18.

October 18, 2012 (The Coast Star) Children to be spooked, scared at annual Spooky Story Night Do you know where your children are? Well if they’re between kindergarten and third grade and it is Oct. 30, chances are they are being spooked and a little bit scared by members of the community at the annual Spooky Story Night co-sponsored by the Belmar Elementary School [BES] and the Parent Teacher Organization.

October 18, 2012 (The Coast Star) Soccer team raises funds for cancer research   The St. Rose High School soccer team dedicated its game on Oct. 11 to a good cause as the team not only played a game against Shore Regional but also spent time raising funds for cancer research.

October 18, 2012 (The Coast Star) ‘New’ council members preside over meeting   On Tuesday evening the youngest and newest council members presided over a special meeting prior to the regularly scheduled council meeting as part of the annual Belmar Elementary School [BES] Youth Government Program.

October 18, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary students receive perfect NJ ASK scores   Belmar Elementary School has a reason to be proud, as 14 of its students received a perfect score on one or more of the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge [NJ ASK] subjects in the spring.

October 18, 2012 (The Coast Star) Sharing Lupe’s Hope to raise money for woman battling breast cancer  A Belmar resident is hosting a breast cancer benefit, Sharing Lupe’s Hope, to help raise funds for her mother, who is battling breast cancer.

October 18, 2012 (The Coast Star) Borough settles lawsuit with man allegedly beaten by police  On Oct. 10, the Borough of Belmar reached a settlement in the amount of $7,500 with a Bradley Beach man for an incident that occurred in 2009, where a borough police officer allegedly beat and choked him.

October 18, 2012 (The Coast Star) Council enacts Halloween curfew, with Mayor Schreck as sole no vote    With Halloween just around the corner, the Bradley Beach Council last week passed a resolution enacting a curfew for the Halloween season.

October 18, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary School students sworn into government roles    Belmar and Lake Como borough officials gathered in the Belmar Elementary School [BES] auditorium to swear in the newest additions to their respective councils and board of educations on Monday night as part of the traditional Youth Government Program at the school.

October 18, 2012 (The Coast Star) Lake Como looking to switch police dispatching services to Wall Twp. The Borough of Lake Como is looking elsewhere for its police dispatching services as the council unanimously passed a resolution at Tuesday’s council meeting authorizing the borough attorney, William Gallagher Jr., to draw up a contract for dispatching services with Wall Township.

October 18, 2012 (The Coast Star) Big Hearts to Little Hearts Walk raises over $20,000 for research  About 150 people gathered at the Taylor Pavilion this past weekend for the Sixth Annual Big Hearts to Little Hearts Walk.

October 18, 2012 (The Coast Star) Bypass bids come in slightly higher The bypass system could soon be a reality for Parkway residents as bids were recently submitted to South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority [SMRSA] for the project.

October 11, 2012 (The Coast Star)  PK’s Shamrock Pub to have live music on New Year’s Eve After the regularly scheduled Oct. 2 council meeting, the borough council, here, sitting as the Alcoholic Beverage Control [ABC] board, voted 4-1 to allow PK’s Shamrock Pub to have a live band on New Year’s Eve.

October 11, 2012 (The Coast Star) Four candidates vie for three seats on Lake Como Council  With election season less than a month away, candidates running for the Lake Como Council are gearing up for Nov. 6.

October 11, 2012 (The Coast Star) Lake Como Day a success, attracting over 1,500 After months of preparation, Lake Como Day came and went, with community members laughing, eating and enjoying the camaraderie — which is what the annual event is all about.

October 11, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Board of Education to see contested election Close look at the Board of Education candidates for the November election.

October 11, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar celebrates Week of Respect with Acts of Kindness Belmar Elementary School [BES] celebrated the Week of Respect, Oct. 1-5, by having students perform acts of kindness.

October 11, 2012 (The Coast Star) Annual Bash for Cash event slated for Oct. 20 Members of service organizations in the borough will have the chance to raise funds for their respective organizations at the Fourth Annual Bash for Cash event hosted by D’Jais Bar & Grill.

October 11, 2012 (The Coast Star) St. Rose student body raises $30,000 from annual Walkathon St. Rose High School students participated in the school’s annual Walkathon on Oct. 3 to raise money for a project the student body chose.

October 11, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Woman’s Club fêtes its 98th birthday In September 1914, 21 women created an organization, the Belmar Woman’s Club [BWC], with the vision of advancing the interests of Belmar. This past Oct. 5, 17 women gathered at the Taylor Pavilion to celebrate that same vision and the club that began 98 years before.

October 11, 2012 (The Coast Star) Over 100 gather for Fifth Annual Health Fair Over 100 people gathered at the Taylor Pavilion on Oct. 7 to learn all about taking better care of themselves at the fifth annual health fair in the borough.

October 11, 2012 (The Coast Star) Annual Big Hearts to Little Hearts Walk set for Oct. 14 The Sixth Annual Big Hearts to Little Hearts Walk is slated for Sunday, Oct. 14.

October 11, 2012 (The Coast Star) St. Rose students learn about Johnny Appleseed St. Rose Grammar School first- and third-graders spent last week, Sept. 24 to 28, learning about everything to do with Johnny Appleseed.

October 11, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar resident, 21, dies at college A Belmar resident and St. Rose High School graduate was found dead at her college on Monday, Oct. 8.

October 11, 2012 (The Coast Star) Brielle business, home raided  Federal and local agencies descended on two locations in Brielle last week.

October 4, 2012 (The Coast Star) FBI, IRS, Homeland Security & Prosecutor’s Office descend on Brielle home, business Several federal agencies, as well as the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office, descended on two locations in Brielle Thursday morning — one commercial property and one condominium unit.

October 4, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary Eagle Band washes cars for a good cause Over 100 cars are cleaner now thanks to the Belmar Elementary School [BES] Eagle Band, which dedicated part of their time last Saturday to washing cars for a good cause.

October 4, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar using its reverse 9-1-1 system to announce town events Belmar’s emergency notification system has been used as a marketing tool to disseminate other, non-emergency information, such as town-wide yard sales, health fairs, fire hydrant flushings, and recently the opening of the mini-golf course at the Belmar Marina.

October 4, 2012 (The Coast Star) New logo to move Belmar forward Belmar gets new logo for the borough.

October 4, 2012 (The Coast Star) St. Rose sends clothes around the world About 12 students donated their time, sorting through 3,971 pounds of donated clothes, shoes and toys from the school’s families, St. Rose parishioners and friends of the community.

October 4, 2012 (The Coast Star) Boro residents to see no tax increase if budget is passed Lake Como residents will see a zero percent tax increase, according to the 2012-2013 budget, which was introduced at Tuesday’s council meeting.

October 4, 2012 (The Coast Star) Is it time to switch to a calendar year? During the Oct. 2 council meeting, a state representative spoke to town officials and residents about the benefits of switching Lake Como’s budget from the fiscal year to the calendar year.

September 27, 2012 (The Coast Star) Board engineer deems WRAT tower application complete An update on the two WRAT radio tower applications in the borough.

September 27, 2012 (The Coast Star) Council approves three new board members The borough council, here, unanimously approved a resolution appointing three new people to the planning board/zoning board of adjustment at the Sept. 18 meeting.

September 27, 2012 (The Coast Star) Borough to look into bamboo issue Bamboo has become a topic of conversation in Lake Como, as some residents have become distraught over its invasiveness on their property — and borough officials are looking into how to remedy the situation.

September 27, 2012 (The Coast Star) Commission seeks to amend tree ordinance The environmental commission has decided to draft a letter to the council, asking them to consider including the maintenance of trees be paid out of the tree replacement fund at its Sept. 20 meeting.

September 27, 2012 (The Coast Star) St. Rose sixth-graders learn about molecules St. Rose Grammar School sixth-graders spent last Friday converting gumdrops and marshmallows into molecules.

September 27, 2012 (The Coast Star) Council lifts moratorium on beach bonfires, for now Second Avenue will soon be the sight of bonfires again — at least for the time being — as the council lifted the two and one-half month moratorium on the outdoor activity during its Sept. 19 meeting.

September 27, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar rooming house shut down With the windows and doors boarded shut and the doors padlocked, 12 tenants were evicted from their home, here, as the borough has deemed a rooming house on 14th Avenue unsafe for human habitation.

September 27, 2012 (The Coast Star) Hundreds walk ‘Out of Darkness’ to raise awareness of suicide Hundreds gathered on the Belmar boardwalk last Saturday morning for the second annual Out of the Darkness walk.

September 27, 2012 (The Coast Star) Balestrieri uses his own trials, tribulations to help inspire others A look into the life of Belmar resident Vincent Balestrieri

September 27, 2012 (The Coast Star) Councilman votes on back house ordinance against attorney’s advice Council members voted and again approved an ordinance that eliminates the age restriction on the use of accessory dwelling units at their Sept. 19 meeting.

September 27, 2012 (The Coast Star) Art for Autism exhibit opening reception on Sept. 29 The Belmar Arts Council [BAC] will be hosting an opening reception for their newest exhibit, Art for Autism, on Saturday, Sept. 29.

September 27, 2012 (The Coast Star) Resident approaches council about unanswered 10th Avenue problems One resident raised his concerns about the borough’s lack of action in regards to parking on the 600 block of 10th Avenue at the council’s Sept. 19 meeting.

September 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Annual Out of the Darkness walk slated for Sept. 22 The second annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention [AFSP] will be held on Sept. 22, here.

September 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Legendary surfers tell their stories to a crowd in Belmar People gathered in Belmar on Sept. 12 to hear stories about the trials, tribulations, triumphs and milestones from those who have become surf legends.

September 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Bonfires expected to be council topic last night The borough council, here, was expected to continue discussing concerns raised about the impact bonfires were having on the Second Avenue beach, at the council meeting last night.

September 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) St. Rose Grammar School sets up booth at Feast of San Gennaro St. Rose Grammar School set up a booth at the first Feast of San Gennaro at the Jersey Shore, here, to raise money for the school’s annual walk in October.

September 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Annual SRGS welcome back reception was a success St. Rose Grammar School parents were re-acquainted over some wine and cheese last Friday evening at the school’s annual Welcome Back Reception.

September 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Borough will discuss bar noise complaints The owner of Bar Anticipation and borough officials have been discussing, and will continue to discuss, the noise complaints the borough has been receiving about the bar.

September 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Lake Como, Belmar announce plan to control flooding of lake Mayor Mike Ryan announced a plan at Tuesday’s council meeting that could potentially solve the problem of Lake Como flooding here and in Belmar.

September 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Lake Como Day slated for Oct. 6 People will soon be lining the area around the borough’s namesake for the annual Lake Como Day.

September 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Lake Como, Belmar, Spring Lake decide against lake commission After representatives from Lake Como, Belmar and Spring Lake met on Sept. 6 to discuss the possibilities of creating a lake commission to oversee Lake Como, representatives from each town have decided it is not the time to create such a commission.

September 20, 2012 (The Coast Star) Planning board memorializes church application The planning board unanimously memorialized a variance application for an addition to a house on Ripley Lane at its Sept. 10 meeting.

September 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Annual Pipes & Drums Golf Outing Slated for Oct. 8 The 11th annual Pipes and Drums of the Jersey Shore Shillelaghs’ Golf Outing will tee off on Oct. 8.

September 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Boro Marks Anniversary of 9/11 With Ceremony On Tuesday — the 11th anniversary of 9/11 — people gathered at the senior building, located at 710 Eighth Ave., here, to remember those who lost their lives that day, as well as to honor those who continue to defend the country and protect its residents from another attack.

September 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Thousands Gather in Belmar for the Annual Beach Bash The Seventh Avenue beach, here, was full of fun, laughter and surf this past weekend as more than 4,000 people gathered to participate in the eighth annual Beach Bash.

September 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Register as a Bone Marrow Donor this Weekend in Town During the Belmar Pro, a surf competition slated for this weekend, patrons are encouraged to walk across the street to save a life by registering to be a bone marrow donor.

September 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Legendary Surfers to Speak to Crowd in Belmar Next Week The day before the third annual Hannah Pro is slated to begin, four surfing legends will come together, here, to tell their surfing stories.

September 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Woman’s Club to Host an Array of Events This Year With the summer season coming to a close, the Belmar Woman’s Club is starting up again, with a variety of events slated for the upcoming year.

September 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) First Feast of San Gennaro a Success Thousands gathered on Sept. 8 and 9 to honor everything Italian at the first annual Feast of San Gennaro at the Jersey Shore.

September 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Monmouth County to Repave a Portion of Main Street The Monmouth County Department of Public Works and Engineering will soon repave a portion of Main Street at no cost to the borough.

September 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Hundreds Run to Remember the 11th Anniversary of 9/11 Over 600 people ran last Saturday as part of the 10th annual Fallen Heroes 5K Memorial Run, here, to honor those who lost their lives 11 years ago during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

September 13, 2012 (The Coast Star) Final Preparations Underway for Lake Como Day With Lake Como Day exactly one month away, the borough is putting its final touches on preparations for the day, set for Oct. 6.

September 6, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Resident Travels to Haiti to Help Build New Homes Belmar resident Vinnie Balestrieri is a dedicated volunteer, giving back to various causes, so when the opportunity to travel and volunteer in Haiti presented itself, Mr. Balestrieri had to take it.

September 6, 2012 (The Coast Star) Labor Day Marks End of Another Successful Summer in Belmar With the passing of Labor Day Weekend and the start of school, summer has officially ended for most.

September 6, 2012 (The Coast Star) Young Adults With Special Needs, Community Dance the Night Away The end of summer luau hosted by Circle of Friends Helping Young Down Syndrome Adults [HYDAS] was a success, attracting about 200 people to the Taylor Pavilion last Wednesday evening.

September 6, 2012 (The Coast Star) Special Needs Children to Hit the Water Soon at Beach Bash The eighth annual Beach Bash benefiting families in New Jersey and the surrounding areas living with autism and related disorders is slated for Sunday, Sept. 9 and Monday, Sept. 10.

September 6, 2012 (The Coast Star) Mayor Calls on Local Officials to Shave Their Heads for a Good Cause At the Sept. 4 council meeting, here, Mayor Mike Ryan called on elected officials, challenging them to shave their head for a good cause.

September 6, 2012 (The Coast Star) License Plate Reader Nabs Unregistered Vehicles Over Labor Day Weekend, the Lake Como Police Department issued more than 20 summonses by using a patrol-car mounted device that automatically reads license plates.

August 30, 2012 (The Coast Star) Resident suggests changing trick or treat date to weekend Trick or treating is traditionally held on Oct. 31, the night of Halloween, each year. But for one resident, that tradition should change in the borough to accommodate the community.

August 30, 2012 (The Coast Star) Lake Como, Spring Lake & Belmar to Discuss Creating Lake Commission The three towns bordering Lake Como will meet on Sept. 6 to discuss the possibility of creating a lake commission.

August 30, 2012 (The Coast Star) Thirty-Six Children Compete for the Coveted Mayor’s Cup Thirty-six individuals representing six towns competed for the chance to showcase the Mayor’s Cup trophy in their town for one year at the eighth annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta on Aug. 24.

August 30, 2012 (The Coast Star) Library Improvements Set to Start, Finish in September The Belmar Public Library will be as good as new after many planned library improvements are finished in the upcoming month.

August 30, 2012 (The Coast Star) Preserving Almost 100 Years of Belmar’s History Around the time The Coast Star began serving the area, The Coast Advertiser was also documenting and recording Belmar as it developed into the town it is today.

August 30, 2012 (The Coast Star) Backpacks, School Supplies Donated to Belmar Elementary Some students at Belmar Elementary School will be surprised when they enter school on the first day, as they will be receiving backpacks jam-packed with school supplies.

August 30, 2012 (The Coast Star) Golf Outing for Young Adults with Disabilities a Success The annual Circle of Friends Helping Young Adults with Down Syndrome [H.Y.D.A.S.] Golf Outing teed off on Tuesday, Aug. 21, raising thousands of dollars for the organization.

August 30, 2012 (The Coast Star) Historical Museum Slated to Open in Belmar Later this Year The Belmar Historical Society will soon have a place for residents to view the borough’s history as it is in the process of creating a museum.

August 30, 2012 (The Coast Star) School’s Strategic Plan Gets Board of Education Go-Ahead Belmar Elementary School will be undergoing many changes over the next five years as the board of education unanimously approved its strategic plan at the Aug. 23 meeting.

August 30, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Native Returning to Perform at Feast of San Gennaro A Belmar native will be returning to her roots to perform during the Feast of San Gennaro at the Jersey Shore in September.

August 30, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar School District to Create School Health Council this Year Belmar Elementary School will be creating a new council dedicated to promoting the staff and students’ health.

August 23, 2012 (The Coast Star)Boro Rescinds Two New Rules For Rental Applications Belmar has decided to rescind two new provisions code enforcement created to help with rental applications after the borough realized the provisions violated prior case law.

August 23, 2012 (The Coast Star) Slip Owners Raise Concern About Their Rights at Belmar Marina A Wall Township resident has expressed concern regarding her rights as a permanent slip holder at the municipal marina.

August 23, 2012 (The Coast Star) Students to Help Mark Year of Faith Seventh- and eighth-graders at St. Rose Grammar School and students at St. Rose High School will be participating in the first Diocesan Eucharistic Congress in October.

August 23, 2012 (The Coast Star) Journals in Each Class Meant to Inspire Creativity This upcoming school year, students at Belmar Elementary School will become experts at creative writing, as each student will be writing in a journal in each class, every day.

August 23, 2012 (The Coast Star) Council Members, Resident Raise Concern About Bonfires Two council members and one resident raised concern about the impact bonfires may be having on the Second Avenue beach, here.

August 23, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Historical Society is Currently Seeking Memories from Residents for its Second Book Belmar nostalgia is heightened as borough residents have a second opportunity to memorialize their memories in a book.

August 23, 2012 (The Coast Star) Teachers, Parents Create The David Project With enrollment down at St. Rose Grammar School, parents and teachers are trying to get ahead of the curve by creating a group whose sole purpose is to increase enrollment.

August 23, 2012 (The Coast Star) St. Rose Freshmen Will Each Receive an iPad at Orientation Technology and learning are becoming more intertwined at St. Rose High School, as each incoming freshman will be receiving an iPad that they are expected to use throughout their high school career and beyond.

August 23, 2012 (The Coast Star) David Schneck Drops Out of Council Race The Independent candidate in the November election for one available council seat, here, has dropped out of the race.

August 23, 2012 (The Coast Star) St. Rose High Guts, Revamps Bathrooms for New School Year Students at St. Rose High School will be seeing two completely renovated bathrooms when they walk through the school’s doors in September.

August 23, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Police Officers Promoted The council meeting last week was a time of congratulation for two Belmar police officers who were promoted to sergeants at the meeting.

August 23, 2012 (The Coast Star) Ordinance Eliminating Age Restriction on Accessory Dwellings Reintroduced After a Belmar resident submitted a letter to the borough raising concern about the reason behind one councilman’s vote for an ordinance in June, the mayor and council decided to reintroduce the ordinance at the Aug. 15 meeting.

August 23, 2012 (The Coast Star) Ladies Fishing Tournament Sees Largest Turnout Since Inception Over 100 women participated in the sixth annual Ladies Fishing Contest, here, on Aug. 16.

August 23, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Elementary Installs New Lighting, HVAC System This upcoming school year, Belmar Elementary will be upgrading its lighting, which will save the school tens of thousands of dollars in energy costs.

August 23, 2012 (The Coast Star) Boro Listens to Residents, Island on Parkway Will Not Be Narrowed On Aug. 21, the council approved an intergovernmental agreement with the South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority [SMRSA], which dictates what infrastructure improvements the borough would like to be done as part of the bypass project — and changing the dimensions of the Parkway island is not one of them.

August 23, 2012 (The Coast Star) Annual McCormack 5K Memorial Run Brings in More Than 100 Participants The ninth annual 5K held in honor of a former police captain, here, attracted more than 100 participates to the borough on Aug. 19.

August 16, 2012 (The Coast Star) SMRSA Alters Bypass Project to Benefit Residents The Southern Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority [SMRSA] heard loud and clear the concern from residents about the bypass project and has decided to make some changes.

August 16, 2012 (The Coast Star) Pastor’s House Addition Approved The planning board unanimously approved a variance application for an addition to a house on Ripley Lane at the Aug. 13 meeting.

August 16, 2012 (The Coast Star) Saving the Lives of Swimmers in Distress Second Nature for Rescue Team Volunteers The Water Rescue Team is a volunteer based organization consisting of 27 people whose sole purpose is to save people in every body of water in Belmar.

August 16, 2012 (The Coast Star) Historical Society Seeks Memories for Book Belmar nostalgia is heightened, as borough residents have a second opportunity to memorialize their memories in a book.

August 16, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Native Bikes Cross Country, Arriving Here Last Week A Belmar native and her husband took a three-month bike journey cross country, ending here on Aug. 9.

August 16, 2012 (The Coast Star) Annual Church Peach Festival Attracts Almost 100 Seeking Sweet Treats The annual Peach Festival held this past weekend was a hit, attracting almost 100 people and raising more than $1,000.

August 16, 2012 (The Coast Star) ‘Tour For the Shore’ Riders Make a Stop in Belmar on Tuesday Members of the community, as well as several politicians, gathered at the Taylor Pavilion on Tuesday to show support and raise awareness for the first Tour for the Shore campaign.

August 9, 2012 (The Coast Star) SMRSA Decides to Temporarily Halt Putting Bypass Project Out to Bid Representatives from the Southern Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority [SMRSA] made a presentation about the controversial bypass project to a room full of concerned residents at the borough’s council meeting on Aug. 7.

August 9, 2012 (The Coast Star) State Trooper Suspended Without Pay After Accident, DUI Arrest A New Jersey State Police Trooper has been charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of the accident and careless driving after striking two parked cars and crashing his unmarked state police vehicle into a creek in Lake Como, before fleeing the scene.

August 9, 2012 (The Coast Star) Local Students Receive 200 Club Scholarships On Thursday, Aug. 2, the 200 Club of Monmouth County presented a scholarship to over 70 students — including one from Belmar and one from Lake Como— at its first scholarship social.

August 9, 2012 (The Coast Star) Peach Festival slated for August 11 The annual Peach Festival at the First Presbyterian Church, here, is back, and slated for Aug. 11.

August 9, 2012 (The Coast Star) Benefit for Local Man With Brain Cancer Set for Aug. 11 A benefit will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11 for a longtime Belmar resident who is battling brain cancer.

August 9, 2012 (The Coast Star) Walk and Talk event slated for Aug. 22 The third annual Walk and Talk with the Mayors event will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

August 9, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Chamber to host events in August Belmar will be busy this August with two new events presented by the Belmar Chamber of Commerce.

August 9, 2012 (The Coast Star) Triathlon/Duathlon Raises Thousands for Surfers Healing The annual Triathlon/Duathlon for Autism event last Sunday was a success, raising about $10,000 for various causes.

August 9, 2012 (The Coast Star) Health Fair Looking For Participants The boroughs of Belmar and Lake Como will have health on their minds for the next few months as they prepare for the fifth annual health fair in October.

August 9, 2012 (The Coast Star) Man OK After Fall On Boardwalk Around 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, a special officer and emergency medical service members responded to the boardwalk on 13th Avenue where a Parsippany man had fallen and hit his head.

August 9, 2012 (The Coast Star) The Shillelagh Invites the Community to Shave Their Heads The St. Baldrick’s Foundation will host a head-shaving event at the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh [FSOS] of the Jersey Shore, here, on Oct. 6 to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research.

August 9, 2012 (The Coast Star) The Olympic Games Come to Belmar Pre-schoolers at Belmar Elementary School participated in their own version of the Olympic games on Thursday, Aug. 2 as part of a cumulative activity for the extended school year program offered at the school.

August 9, 2012 (The Coast Star) Cecil Lear inducted for helping to make surfing competition credible A lifelong Belmar resident will be inducted into the Surfing Legends of East Coast Surfing Championships [ECSC] Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

August 3, 2012 (The Ocean Star) Trial Date Set for Boating Accident that Killed BHYC Member in 2008 A trial date has been set for the man who allegedly fled the scene after his boat hit another vessel, killing one man and injuring four others in 2008.

August 2, 2012 (The Coast Star) Volunteers Needed to Help Clean Lake Como in September Towns around the world will be spending Sept. 15 cleaning up their coastal communities, and Lake Como will be one of those towns.

August 2, 2012 (The Coast Star) Garage application withdrawn An applicant at the zoning board of adjustment meeting on July 26 decided to withdraw his application that would create a two-car garage after several of his neighbors raised concerns about the project.

August 2, 2012 (The Coast Star) Triathlon, Duathlon Slated for Sunday The annual Triathlon/Duathlon for Autism is slated for this Sunday.

August 2, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Kicks off 2012 Summer Olympics with a Race of its Own On Saturday, July 28, more than 900 people flocked to the Taylor Pavilion, here, to participate in the first annual Belmar Chase, competing for a piece of the prize money.

August 2, 2012 (The Coast Star) Volunteers Needed to Help Clean Lake Como in September Towns around the world will be spending Sept. 15 cleaning up their coastal communities, and Lake Como will be one of those towns.

July 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) Boro to Conserve Water by Installing Sprinkler Sensor The Department of Public Works will be conserving water by installing a sensor that will shut off the sprinkler system when it is raining.

July 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) WRAT to Submit Back-Up Plan to Lake Como Planning Board With the application to the state requesting the relocation of the WRAT radio tower taking longer than expected, Greater Media decided it will present an application to the borough’s planning board that would keep the tower on Main Street.

July 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) SMRSA Spokesperson to Speak to Residents at Next Meeting After several Parkway residents raised concerns about the bypass project at the July 3 council meeting, council members invited a South Monmouth Regional Sewerage Authority [SMRSA] representative to come, once again, to a council meeting to answer residents’ questions.

July 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) Man Who Suffered Heart Attack After Belmar Five is in Stable Condition A 43-year-old man who participated in the Belmar Five is in stable condition at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, after suffering a heart attack after the race on July 14.

July 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) Bikes And Blues Festival Brings 800 People, 500 Motorcycles to Belmar The second annual Bikes and Blues Festival benefitting Aidan has a Posse was a success, drawing hundreds of people to the Belmar Plaza on Sunday, July 22.

July 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) Thousands Flock to Belmar to Watch Contestants Dig Their Way to Victory Residents and visitors crowded the beach, here, for the the 26th annual New Jersey Sandcastle Contest held on Wednesday, July 18.

July 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) Council Honors Those Who Saved Lives at the Beach The mayor and council, here, honored five members of the community at the July 18 meeting who risked their lives to save someone else’s.

July 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) Ice Skating Rink Proposal Presented to Belmar Council A seventh-grader’s suggestion to the council about having an ice skating rink, here, could come to fruition, since the council heard a presentation about a skating rink at the July 18 meeting.

July 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) Councilman Bean Sole No Vote on Two Resolutions Councilman Jim Bean was the sole no vote on two resolutions during the borough council’s July 18 meeting.

July 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) Many People Chose Their Cover, Decided to Get Full-Body Screens Over 100 people came to the Taylor Pavilion on Saturday, July 21 to check their skin’s health at the third annual Choose Your Cover event.

July 19, 2012 (The Coast Star) Annual Belmar Five was a success despite low turnout The 36th annual Belmar Five on Saturday was a success, despite a lower turnout than normal.

July 19, 2012 (The Coast Star) Heights resident McAlary receives O’Donnell scholarship Belmar lifeguards awarded a recent Manasquan High School graduate a $1,000 scholarship on July 1.

July 19, 2012 (The Coast Star) Animal Spirits opening reception a success, attracting over 100 The Belmar Arts Council [BAC] held its opening reception for the Animal Spirits exhibit on Saturday, July 14.

July 19, 2012 (The Coast Star) Local boy beats the odds, learns to walk on his own For a 5-year-old boy with a brain injury, life has not been easy — but there have been glimpses of hope as he learned to walk one month ago, something doctors said he would never be able to do.

July 19, 2012 (The Coast Star) Assault victim attacks police officer, lands in jail David Ivins, a homeless man who gained national attention after he was assaulted last December by two teenage boys who videotaped the attack, was arrested on Monday outside the 7-Eleven on Highway 35, here.

July 19, 2012 (The Coast Star) Weekly dances held for young adults with Down syndrome The first weekly dance for young adults with mental or physical challenges was a success, attracting dozens of young adults, their families and community members.

July 19, 2012 (The Coast Star) Strong Bones program slated to begin Aug. 1 The Monmouth County Health Department will be providing classes, here, for residents who want to learn about their bones.

July 19, 2012 (The Coast Star) Lake Como signs onto litigation against Verizon The council unanimously decided to sign on with other municipalities seeking litigation against Verizon at the borough’s council meeting Tuesday evening.

July 19, 2012 (The Coast Star) New police officer sworn in at borough council meeting Tuesday’s Council meeting was a time for celebration for the Lake Como Police as the department officially has a new police officer joining the ranks.

July 12, 2012 (The Coast Star) Council unanimously approves 2013 fiscal year temporary budget The mayor and council, here, unanimously approved a temporary budget for the borough’s 2013 fiscal year, at the July 3 meeting.

July 12, 2012 (The Coast Star) Merger between South Belmar, West Belmar fire departments may not happen as planned The fire department merger between the South Belmar Fire Department and Wall Fire Co. No. 1 [the West Belmar Fire Department] — which just last week seemed to be a sure thing — might not happen.

July 12, 2012 (The Coast Star) Council holds off on bike lanes After discussing the possibility of painting bike lanes on Main Street, here, at the July 3 council meeting, council members decided to hold off until the repaving of Main Street has been completed.

July 12, 2012 (The Coast Star) Two new members added to borough’s police department The mayor and council, here, unanimously approved the addition of two new members to the borough’s police department at the July 3 meeting.

July 12, 2012 (The Coast Star) Residents of Parkway raise concerns about bypass project Parkway residents, here, raised concerns about the implications a bypass project could have on their property at the July 3 council meeting.

July 12, 2012 (The Coast Star) Motorcyclist Killed on Route 35 Bridge A man from Neptune died early July 4 after a motorcycle accident on the Route 35 bridge.

July 12, 2012 (The Coast Star) Seconds gains momentum, becomes ‘a movement’ Giving back to the community has caught on, as Selective Seconds, here, has gained more than 40 volunteers since its inception one year ago.

July 12, 2012 (The Coast Star) St. Rose students win essay contest Two students of St. Rose Grammar School recently won Assemblyman David Rible’s essay contest.

July 12, 2012 (The Coast Star) Acme parking lot gets a makeover After about a month of revamping the Acme parking lot, the renovations are almost complete.

July 12, 2012 (The Coast Star) Golf outing to benefit young adults with Down syndrome The 14th annual Circle of Friends for Helping Young Adults with Down Syndrome [H.Y.D.A.S.] Golf Outing is slated for Aug. 21.

July 12, 2012 (The Coast Star) Second music teacher added to Belmar Elementary’s payroll Belmar Elementary students will see a new teacher in the halls this fall as the school has hired another music teacher.

July 5, 2012 (The Coast Star) Resident receives nation’s highest civilian award Max Daniels, 94, a long-time resident of Lake Como, and 393 other black Marines traveled from all over the country to the nation’s capital to receive the Congressional Gold Medal for their service during WWII as the first Black Marines in the country.

July 5, 2012 (The Coast Star) Lake Como tap water restrictions are lifted With the potable water supply possibly contaminated and Monmouth County under a state of emergency, the Borough of Lake Como turned to its emergency plan to get it through the recent water supply problem.

July 5, 2012 (The Coast Star) Members nominated, chosen for new council at St. Rose Church St. Rose Church, here, has created a new 10-member council whose job is to advise the pastor on the needs and wants of the church.

July 5, 2012 (The Coast Star) Third annual Choose Your Cover event scheduled for July 21 The Choose Your Cover event, slated for July 21, raises awareness about different skin diseases and offers full-body screening for cancer.

July 5, 2012 (The Coast Star) Transportation waiver could save board of ed thousands The Belmar Board of Education unanimously approved a new policy at the June 28 meeting that would enable students to waive transportation to and from their high school, possibly saving the borough thousands of dollars.

July 5, 2012 (The Coast Star) Board of ed. members accept strategic plan for their review At the Belmar Board of Education meeting on June 28, board members unanimously accepted the strategic plan for their review, with the intent of adopting it at a future meeting.

July 5, 2012 (The Coast Star) No more chump change: pre-paid parking cards available There is no longer any need to bring loose change to the beach to pay for parking, since Belmar has implemented pre-paid parking cards as a way to pay for parking along Ocean Avenue.

July 5, 2012 (The Coast Star) Refinancing could save borough thousands The Belmar Council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the refinancing of $4.5 million in bond debt at a special meeting on July 2.

July 5, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Five to return on July 14 The Belmar Five will return for its 36th year on Saturday, July 14.

June 29, 2012 (The Ocean Star) Doll boutique to open in boro Doll enthusiasts will have to look no further than their backyard for specialty doll items since the borough’s planning board voted unanimously to accept an application at the June 21 meeting that would create a doll boutique.

June 29, 2012 (The Ocean Star) Planning board hesitant about architectural plans for subdivision After seeing designs for the two, new houses an applicant plans on constructing after subdividing a single lot in the borough into three lots, the planning board decided to carry the application.

June 29, 2012 (The Ocean Star) Church luncheon slated for Aug. 9 The 29th annual luncheon, fashion show and card party is slated for Thursday, Aug. 9.

June 28, 2012 (The Coast Star) New beginnings, healthier lifestyle inspires local to give back to others Spring Lake Heights resident Moira Horan kicked her smoking habit about 20 years ago, and now dedicates her life to running marathons and training over 500 women for running, swimming and biking events.

June 28, 2012 (The Coast Star) Police to ‘educate’ patrons on parking With the repaving of Main Street and the parking lines drawn, the Lake Como Police Department will be educating patrons about parking properly.

June 28, 2012 (The Coast Star) S. Belmar Fire Co. to be dissolved The South Belmar Fire Department will soon cease to exist, as there is a plan to merge the borough’s fire department with Wall Fire Co. No. 1 [the West Belmar Fire Department].

June 28, 2012 (The Coast Star) Signs temporarily allowed outside local businesses Council members voted unanimously to suspend the prohibition of outdoor advertising signs and billboards at the borough’s June 19 meeting.

June 28, 2012 (The Coast Star) The Barclay guilty of several liquor license violations After nearly two hours of hearing testimony and deliberating on June 20, the Belmar Council, sitting as the local Alcoholic Beverage Control [ABC] board, found the defunct catering business guilty of two of the three ABC charges leveled against it.

June 28, 2012 (The Coast Star) Increase proposed to rental rates for borough property Prices to rent Huisman Gazebo and Taylor Pavilion could be changed to help raise revenue for the borough.

June 28, 2012 (The Coast Star) Thousands flock to Belmar beach during heat wave With the recent heat wave hitting the Jersey Shore, people flocked to the beach, causing an unusually high number of badges sold during the week in the borough.

June 28, 2012 (The Coast Star) Library, municipal gym improvements to begin At the Belmar Council meeting on June 20, council members unanimously approved plans to improve the borough’s municipal gym and public library.

June 28, 2012 (The Coast Star) Cruisin’ down Main Street The first Belmar Cruise Night of the summer was a success despite the hot weather, bringing in about 50 old mobiles and motorcycles to the borough on Thursday, June 21.

June 22, 2012 (The Ocean Star) Auction raises money for boro The Bay Head public auction was held on Wednesday, June 20, raising over $400 for the borough.

June 21, 2012 (The Coast Star) New special officer added to the force

June 21, 2012 (The Coast Star) Local businesses teach residents all about safety Belmar and Lake Como jointly held the second annual Safety Day on Saturday, June 16.

June 21, 2012 (The Coast Star) Beautification project begins Lake Como’s Main Street and the surrounding area will look more scenic after its streets are revamped and repaved.

June 21, 2012 (The Coast Star) New tax assessor appointed following Hartman’s retirement With the retiring of Lake Como’s longtime tax assessor, the council unanimously approved a resolution appointing a new person to the position at the June 18 council meeting.

June 21, 2012 (The Coast Star) St. Rose Church to create new council The St. Rose Church, here, will be creating a new council whose job is to advise the pastor on the needs and wants of the congregation.

June 21, 2012 (The Coast Star) Swimmers rescued from rough surf Swimmers in Belmar could have been added to the list of the several who have drowned this summer along the Jersey Shore if two police officers were not on the scene.

June 21, 2012 (The Coast Star) Mayor Doherty named Irishman of the Year Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty was honored at the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh’s 21st anniversary dinner on June 16 as this year’s Irishman of the Year.

June 21, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Cruise Nights are back It’s time to roll out those old classics as the Belmar Cruise Nights are back.

June 21, 2012 (The Coast Star) Golf outing funds to support Beach Bash The fourth annual Belmar Fishing Club Woman’s Golf Outing benefiting Surfers Healing was held on Thursday, June 14.

June 15, 2012 (The Ocean Star) Clarks Landing fished for a cause — and found three Clarks Landing Yacht Club’s Fish ‘N for the Cause tournament was a huge success, raising over $10,000 for charities and donating hundreds of pounds of food to the needy.

June 14, 2012 (The Coast Star) Clarification for ordinance adopted The Lake Como Council unanimously adopted an ordinance to clarify the front yard setback requirements for first floor decks and, or open porches at the June 6 meeting.

June 14, 2012 (The Coast Star) Amended age restriction ordinance unanimously OK’d The Belmar Council unanimously adopted an amended ordinance that would eliminate the age restriction on the use of accessory dwelling units at its June 6 council meeting.

June 14, 2012 (The Coast Star) Kite flying marks end of school year Belmar Elementary School’s sixth-grade class flew kites on June 11 and 12, signifying the end of the year and start of summer.

June 14, 2012 (The Coast Star) Students learn Bully Busting methods for solving conflicts Belmar Elementary School taught its students about resolving conflict on June 11, as part of the N.J. State Bar Foundation Bully Busting curriculum.

June 14, 2012 (The Coast Star) Councilman Bean sole no vote for the 2012 municipal budget The 2012 budget for Belmar passed, 4-1, during the June 6 council meeting, with Councilman Jim Bean being the sole no vote.

June 14, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar adds two handicapped spaces along Ocean Avenue At the Belmar Council meeting on June 6, council members unanimously adopted an ordinance that creates two additional handicapped parking spaces on Ocean Avenue.

June 14, 2012 (The Coast Star) Residents concerned about parking on the 600 block of Main Street A resident raised concerns about parking along 10th avenue, here, at the Belmar Council meeting on June 6 on behalf of the residents of the 600 block of 10th Avenue.

June 14, 2012 (The Coast Star) Defunct banquet hall served with three ABC violations A hearing will be held on June 20 in the borough’s municipal building, where the owners of the shuttered banquet hall The Barclay will face Alcoholic Beverage Control [ABC] charges that were brought against them by the borough.

June 14, 2012 (The Coast Star) Boro saves thousands by doing water main work in-house The Belmar Department of Public Works fixed a water main break themselves, saving the borough at least $7,000.

June 14, 2012 (The Coast Star) Low turnout for free health clinic Children received free immunizations and physicals on June 7 at the Belmar Elementary School.

June 14, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar celebrates National Marina Day The Belmar Marina hosted a “Welcome to the Water” event on June 9, in celebration of this year’s National Marina Day.

June 14, 2012 (The Coast Star) Newly-ordained priest to serve St. Rose Church as parochial vicarDiocese of trenton Bishop David M. O’Connell not only ordained a new priest to be assigned to the St. Rose parish during a Mass on June 9, the new priest was a parishioner of St. Rose.

June 8, 2012 (The Ocean Star) Democratic, Republican primaries uncontested Point Pleasant Boro residents voted on June 5 in the primary elections, choosing which candidate will have their party’s backing in the November election for two open seats on the borough’s council.

June 8, 2012 (The Ocean Star) Chamber event draws 25,000 to Community Park The forecasted rain gave way to a beautiful, sunny day for the 22nd annual Summerfest in Point Pleasant Borough on Saturday, June 2.

June 8, 2012 (The Ocean Star) Four file for three open seats on board of education The deadline to file for the November board of education election passed on June 5, with three open seats on the Point Pleasant Board of Education.

June 8, 2012 (The Ocean Star) Boro administrators see a salary increase The Bay Head Council unanimously approved an ordinance establishing the salary, vacation days and other benefits of employment for certain officials and non-union employees at its June 4 meeting.

June 8, 2012 (The Ocean Star) Borough awards contract for waste collection at $297,500 The Bay Head Council unanimously approved a resolution awarding a contract for solid waste collection services to a new company at its June 4 meeting.

June 8, 2012 (The Ocean Star) Students, parents agree: Davy Jones Day, ‘rocks’ The long-standing tradition of Davy Jones Day at Bay Head School was back this year, celebrating the end of another school year.

June 8, 2012 (The Ocean Star) Bond ordinance adopted by the Bay Head Council The Bay Head Council unanimously adopted an ordinance giving the borough the authority to spend money on several projects at its June 4 meeting.

June 7, 2012 (The Coast Star) Dems back Wilton, Kropac, Independent files to run The primaries are over, and the candidate who will have their party’s backing for the November election has been chosen.

June 7, 2012 (The Coast Star) Torch Run to Pass Through Borough Members of the Lake Como Police Department will participate in the 29th annual New Jersey Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run on June 8.

June 7, 2012 (The Coast Star) First Health & Wellness Day successful despite low turnout Lake Como’s first annual Health and Wellness Day on June 2 was successful, despite the low attendance rate.

June 7, 2012 (The Coast Star) Mayor, council to walk the town weekend nights The mayor and council will be walking the streets of Lake Como on summer weekends to monitor what is going on in the borough.

June 7, 2012 (The Coast Star) Councilwoman Nicolay to face opposition for her seat in election With primary polls closed, the Democratic and Republican parties have chosen who they will back.

June 7, 2012 (The Coast Star) Leading literacy researcher speaks at Belmar Elementary Belmar Elementary School welcomed a leading researcher in literacy and reading instruction on May 31 who discussed instructional strategies students need in school and what students need over the summer so there is no “summer reading loss.”

June 7, 2012 (The Coast Star) School changes announced at board of education meeting The Belmar Board of Education announced many changes for the 2012-2013 school year at its May 31 meeting.

June 7, 2012 (The Coast Star) Four file for four open seats on board of education The deadline to file for the November school board elections was Tuesday, June 5, with four open seats on the Belmar Board of Education.

June 7, 2012 (The Coast Star) Report card shows few changes at BES The New Jersey Department of Education’s School Report Card for 2010-2011 indicates that Belmar has essentially remained the same.

June 7, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Woman’s Club announces recipients of group’s scholarships The Belmar Woman’s Club announced the recipients of its scholarships at a ceremony on Friday, June 1, at the Taylor Pavilion.

June 7, 2012 (The Coast Star) Acme parking lot being renovated The Borough of Belmar is currently renovating the Belmar Plaza parking lot in order to improve the area.

June 7, 2012 (The Coast Star) Parent says GPA does not measure success A Belmar resident with children in the elementary school went before the board of education at its May 31 meeting, requesting that the student requirements for the eighth grade graduation speeches be changed.

May 31, 2012 (The Coast Star) St. Rose eighth-graders put Mary Surratt on trial April 14, 1865, will always be remembered as the day former President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theater by John Wilkes Booth.

May 31, 2012 (The Coast Star) Service held on Memorial Day, honors veterans Seventy years ago, around 1942, 14 Belmar residents gave their lives during World War II.

May 31, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Fire Department honors its colleagues Belmar firefighters paid tribute to their colleagues who have died by holding a service at the Belmar Firefighters Monument on Memorial Day, May 28.

May 31, 2012 (The Coast Star) Thousands flock to Belmar for Memorial Day Weekend Summer kicked off in Belmar with a bang as thousands flocked to the beaches, despite the predicted inclement weather — which never showed up.

May 31, 2012 (The Coast Star) Flash mob dances its way to success on the boardwalk Over 400 people participated in a flash mob on May 24, here, making it the largest Jersey Shore flash mob to date.

May 31, 2012 (The Coast Star) Fourth-graders turn to ‘wax’ Fourth graders at Belmar Elementary School transformed into “wax” for visitors, as they became famous Americans at their museum on May 24.

May 31, 2012 (The Coast Star) Lake Como holds memorial service Lake Como honored those — past and present — who served in the military by holding a Memorial Day service on Monday, May 28.

May 31, 2012 (The Coast Star) Primaries to be held on June 5 The Republican and Democratic primary elections will be held on June 5, with two candidates running for the Democratic Party’s backing for the election in November.

May 31, 2012 (The Coast Star) Waterlily a growing business, with its roots on a commuter bus The idea of Waterlily, a fashion boutique on the Jersey Shore, began while two working women were traveling by bus to New York City for work each day.

May 24, 2012 (The Coast Star) Finn Festival helps raise money for medical center Joseph Patrick Finn, a legendary Irish folk singer from Avon-by-the-Sea, played at Norwood Inn, here, every Sunday for 30 years before he died in 2008.

May 24, 2012 (The Coast Star) Hundreds Walk and Rock to help raise money for families About 700 people attended the Rock and Walk event sponsored by the Tears Foundation, raising just under $50,000.

May 24, 2012 (The Coast Star) JCP&L spokesman tells council communication is improved A representative from Jersey Central Power & Light [JCP&L] spoke to town council members at the May 15 meeting about the changing communications techniques the company will begin utilizing at its May 15 meeting.

May 24, 2012 (The Coast Star) Lake commission plan discussed Members of the environmental commission, here, discussed the possibility of establishing a lake commission with Belmar and Spring Lake at their May 17 meeting.

May 24, 2012 (The Coast Star) Resident raises concern about fireworks at Lake Como Day A Lake Como resident raised concern about the environmental impact fireworks could have on Lake Como, at the environmental commission, here, on May 17.

May 24, 2012 (The Coast Star) Greek Olympics come to St. Rose Grammar School Sixth graders at St. Rose Grammar School participated in their own version of the Greek Olympics on May 17.

May 24, 2012 (The Coast Star) Main St. project killed The three-story retail and condo building set to be constructed on Fifth Avenue and Main Street will be no more, as the owners of the building have pulled out of the project.

May 24, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Fishing Club donates money to three veteran organizations Over 100 golfers helped raise about $10,000 for three veteran organizations at the annual Belmar Fishing Club Golf Outing.

May 24, 2012 (The Coast Star) Skate for Autism event held in Belmar The Skate for Autism clinic, sponsored by A.Skate Foundation, Pro Skateboard Shop and NJ Skateshop, was held on Sunday, May 20, here.

May 24, 2012 (The Coast Star) Budget to be voted on at next meeting The Belmar Borough Council will vote on the borough’s 2012 Municipal Budget at its next meeting.

May 24, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar Idol benefits Eagle Band Program Do you have what it takes to be the next Belmar Idol?

May 24, 2012 (The Coast Star) Police bike to Washington, D.C. in honor of fallen comrades Two Belmar police officers made the 200-mile trek from Howell to Washington, D.C., to honor and remember law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, as well as their family members, friends and fellow officers who were left behind.

May 24, 2012 (The Coast Star) Students at Belmar Elementary learn about government first hand The Belmar Council held its May 17 meeting at the Belmar Elementary School — an event done annually so sixth- through eighth-graders can get a chance to participate in local government.

May 17, 2012 (The Coast Star) Tax assessor to retire this summer The Lake Como Council accepted a letter of retirement from its borough’s tax assessor at its May 15 meeting.

May 17, 2012 (The Coast Star) Board member resigns Borough resident Joseph McCreary plans on resigning from the borough’s planning board, pending an official letter of resignation.

May 17, 2012 (The Coast Star) Paul’s Tavern to seat patrons outside The town council, here, unanimously approved an application on Tuesday by Paul’s Tavern asking for permission to have outside dining.

May 17, 2012 (The Coast Star) Church to become funeral parlor The Lake Como Planning Board adopted a resolution which will allow the Grace Tabernacle Church to be converted into a funeral parlor at its May 14 meeting.

May 17, 2012 (The Coast Star) Broadway singer to perform at church A Brielle native, who is currently on tour with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, will perform at the First Presbyterian Church on May 20, where he will be singing Broadway songs.

May 17, 2012 (The Coast Star) Skate for autism clinic to be held on Sunday Belmar’s Pro Skate Shop, NJ Skate Shop and A. Skate Foundation will be holding the first skateboard clinic for autism in Belmar on May 20.

May 17, 2012 (The Coast Star) Dedicated cyclist lets nothing stand in the way of cross-country bike tour Six-thousand-five-hundred miles. Eleven cities. Five months. And one leg.This was the journey Chris Childers, 24, took on his bike with three friends.

May 17, 2012 (The Coast Star) Fourth graders to host wax museum Dolly Madison, Steve Jobs, Tim Tebow, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and other famous Americans will be at Belmar Elementary School as the school’s fourth grade class will be creating a wax museum on May 24.

May 17, 2012 (The Coast Star) Bike MS ride to make a stop in Belmar Saturday The 21st annual Bike MS “Coast the Coast” Ride will take place on May 19 and 20, stopping in Belmar that Saturday.

May 17, 2012 (The Coast Star) Assemblyman Kean visits St. Rose New Jersey Assemblyman Sean Kean [R] visited the fourth and fifth graders at Saint Rose Elementary School on Friday, May 11.

May 10, 2012 (The Coast Star) Autism event ‘rocks,’ draws 800 The fifth annual Rock for Autism event sponsored last Friday by the Belmar First Aid Squad drew in over 800 people, making it the largest crowd since it began.

May 10, 2012 (The Coast Star) Five-year strategic planning goals aim to improve elementary school The committees for strategic planning at Belmar Elementary School presented their goals at the Strategic Planning Council Meeting on Tuesday night.

May 10, 2012 (The Coast Star) Planning board adopts resolution for restaurant, bar at Belmar Marina At a special planning board meeting on May 7, planning board members voted 7-0, with two abstaining, to adopt a resolution allowing Chefs International to build a patio bar and restaurant and miniature golf course on the Belmar Marina.

May 10, 2012 (The Coast Star) Amended age restriction ordinance introduced After hearing an amended version of an ordinance that would eliminate the age restriction on renovated accessory dwelling units at the May 2 council meeting, here, Councilwoman Claire Deicke voted no.

May 10, 2012 (The Coast Star) Third-graders thanked for cards Third-graders at Belmar Elementary School were presented with a plaque from troops stationed in Kuwait for letters they wrote to them over the Christmas holidays.

May 10, 2012 (The Coast Star) Borough installs timers Belmar installed four count down timers along Route 35 to help improve pedestrian safety.

May 10, 2012 (The Coast Star) Budget has zero tax rate rise An amended version of the 2012 municipal budget for Belmar was presented at the council meeting, here, on May 2.

May 10, 2012 (The Coast Star) Parking concerns raised for proposed condo, retail space Members of the Belmar Technical Design Review Committee were optimistic about the three-story condo and retail building that could be constructed in the borough at their May 7 meeting.

May 10, 2012 (The Coast Star) Shops Welcome Improvements Most businesses on 10th Avenue welcome the improvements along the street.

May 10, 2012 (The Coast Star) Funeral parlor proposed for former church on Main StreetThe Lake Como Planning Board will vote on a resolution that will approve the conversion of a church into a funeral parlor on Main Street at its upcoming meeting.

May 3, 2012 (The Coast Star) Borough awarded cleanup grant funds The Borough of Lake Como was awarded $4,000 from Clean Communities grants to help fund litter cleanup efforts that will help beautify New Jersey’s communities and roadsides.

May 3, 2012 (The Coast Star) Planning board approves garden center nursery The Belmar Planning Board approved a garden center nursery retail store at its April 24 meeting.

May 3, 2012 (The Coast Star) Menendez, Pallone visit Belmar seniors New Jersey Democrats, Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Frank Pallone [D-6], visited Belmar recently to talk to senior citizens about the future of Medicare, Social Security, and what they think are the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. The two vowed to protect Medicare for seniors.

May 3, 2012 (The Coast Star) PTO gets lucky at Casino Night Belmar PTO’s annual Casino Night, the largest fundraiser for the elementary school, was a great success, despite it raising less money than it did the previous year.

May 3, 2012 (The Coast Star) Planning board denies application seeking to subdivide lot The Belmar Planning Board unanimously denied a request made by Richard Hunt, of 139 Terrace Road, to subdivide his property on May 1.

May 3, 2012 (The Coast Star) Can smoking & ‘family friendly’ restaurant coexist at marina’s ninth-avenue pier? The members of the Belmar Planning Board were optimistic about the patio bar and restaurant that has been approved on the Belmar Marina — except for one issue.

May 3, 2012 (The Coast Star) Deicke helps bring free health care to children The Monmouth County Health Department will begin offering free immunizations and physicals for children up to 18 years of age starting in June.

May 3, 2012 (The Coast Star) Second annual Spring Fling benefits mental health groupThe Mental Health Association [MHA] of Monmouth County held its second-annual Spring Fling event Monday at Salon Marsal, here, to raise awareness and funds for the agency.

May 3, 2012 (The Coast Star ) St. Rose sixth-graders learn Tai Chi martial art The sixth-grade class at St. Rose Elementary School concluded their study on ancient Chinese civilization by learning the art of Tai Chi.

May 3, 2012 (The Coast Star)Living history: 1800s baseball Belmar will play host to a display of living history as two club baseball teams come to play in a doubleheader, using baseball’s 1864 and 1873 rules and wearing 19th-century baseball uniforms.

May 3, 2012 (The Coast Star) St. Rose Eighth-graders Give Back to Sato Project The eighth grade Spanish classes at St. Rose Grammar School were able to meet their $1,000 fund raising goal, benefiting a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to rescuing dogs from Puerto Rico.

May 3, 2012 (The Coast Star) Belmar receives grant money The Borough of Belmar received $13,284 from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Clean Communities grants.

April 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) Shade Tree Commission to Honor Anniversaries Brielle’s Shade Tree Commission will be planting a tree on Arbor Day, April 27, in honor of two anniversaries.

April 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) St. Rose Students Learn Value of Saving Students from St. Rose Elementary School learned about the value of saving money from a local bank from April 17 to 20.

April 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) Free Beach Access to County Volunteers Gets OK The council approved a resolution that will give free beach access to active fire department and first aid squad volunteers in the area, effective immediately.

April 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) Two Belmar Elem. Classes Learn About Blindness Two classes at Belmar Elementary School concluded women’s history month by inviting a local blind man to talk to the class.

April 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) Bed & Breakfasts Can Now Serve Lunch and Dessert Bed and breakfasts will now be able to serve lunch and dessert, thanks to an ordinance approved by the borough council at the April 18 meeting.

April 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) Council Holds Off on Age-restriction Change Belmar’s town council decides to table an ordinance that would eliminate the age restriction on accessory dwelling units pending further review.

April 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) Strollo’s Building Could be Razed, Rebuilt with Three Stories Shark River Investors, based in Red Bank, plans to tear down 500 Main St. and convert it into a three-story condo and retail building.

April 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) Patio Bar Plans to Open as Early as July 1, Pending Approval Chefs International, a company based in Point Pleasant, plans to build a patio bar and restaurant on the Belmar Marina.

April 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) Route 71 Bridge to Close at Night Route 71 bridge connecting Belmar and Avon will be closing at night from April 30 to May 4, weather permitting.

April 26, 2012 (The Coast Star) Construction on Potential Mini Golf Course Eyes July Tee Time Chefs International, a company based in Point Pleasant, plans to build a miniature golf course on the Belmar Marina.

April 19, 2012 (The Coast Star) Main Street Beautification Project Set to Begin Soon After receiving two grants, Lake Como will be able to begin its beautification project, which has been in the works since 2010.

April 19, 2012 (The Coast Star) Rock for Autism Benefit Scheduled for May 4 The fifth annual Rock for Autism fundraiser benefiting a Surfer’s Healing camp is scheduled for May 4 at D’Jais Bar & Grill.

April 19, 2012 (The Coast Star) Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno Speaks to Southern Monmouth Chamber Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno speaks during the Southern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Klein’s Fish Market on April 17.

April 19, 2012 (The Coast Star) Red-light Cameras Will Not Be Installed, Says Mayor Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty said that, after conducting research and taking residents’ comments into consideration, the town has decided not to install red-light cameras.

April 19, 2012 (The Coast Star) Planning Board Approves Renovations at Law Office Belmar’s Planning Board approved renovations at Pringle Quinn Anzano, P.C., on April 16.

April 19, 2012 (The Coast Star) Thousands Walk, Raise Money for Multiple Sclerosis Society Over 2,000 people walked in Belmar on Sunday, April 15 to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.

April 11, 2012 (Town Journal) Upper Saddle River’s Kallis Spends His Spring Break Making a Difference Nick Kallis, senior at Quinnipiac University, decided to spend his spring break with his father, providing dental care to children in two villages in the Amazon in Peru.

April 11, 2012 (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) Iowa State Senator Wins $231,000 in Defamation Suit Over Campaign Ad Republican Senator Rick Bertrand won a defamation suit against his former opponent, Rick Mullin, who ran a campaign ad on TV claiming that Bertrand “put profit over children’s health” during the 2010 Senate Race.

April 6, 2012 (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) Arizona Bill Could Make Writing an Annoying or Offensive Electronic Statement a Misdemeanor A bill in Arizona intended to curb harassment over electronic communication devices could have the unintended consequence of chilling constitutionally protected free speech, says First Amendment advocates.

April 3, 2012 (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) Vt. High Court Rules Criminal Investigation Records Remain Exempt After Investigation Ends The Supreme Court of Vermont ruled that records related to the investigation of a crime are exempt under the state’s Access to Public Records Act— with no time limit for when the exemption expires.

March 27, 2012 (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) Attorney Arrested for Recording Officers in Public Receives $170,000 in Settlement with City of Boston Simon Glik, a Boston attorney who was arrested in 2007 for recording police officers while they arrested a young man, received $170,000 in settlement from the City of Boston.

March 23, 2012 (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) N.Y. High Court Rules Certain Records about Hudson River Contamination can be Public The New York Court of Appeals ruled that communications between a federal and state agency about efforts to decontaminate parts of the Hudson River did not qualify as inter- or intra- agency records and are not exempt under New York’s Freedom of Information Law.

March 19, 2012 (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) Calif. Photographer Faces Felony Conspiracy, Misdemeanor Trespass Charges for “Occupy” Coverage A California judge refused to dismiss three charges against a freelance photojournalist covering the “Occupy” movement in Santa Cruz.

March 12, 2012 (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) Judge Rules Records in 2010 Mining Explosion Exempt A U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia found that some material related to the 2010 mining explosion in West Virginia that killed 29 people were exempt.

March 6, 2012 (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) Mass. Extends Journalists Electronic Access in Courts The Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court approved a new rule that will allow journalists to use laptops in Massachusetts’ courtrooms.

March 2, 2012 (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) Subpoena for Salon Reporter in Obscenity Trial Dropped Tracy Clark-Flory was subpoenaed by the Department of Justice to testify in the obscenity trial of Ira Isaacs. Two days before she was to testify, the DOJ dropped the subpoena without an explanation.

February 24, 2012 (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) Attorneys Sue Legal databases for Copyright Infringement Two lawyers have sued LexisNexis and Westlaw for allegedly infringing on their copyrights by posting memoranda, briefs and pleadings to the databases without their permission.

February 22, 2012 (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) Appeals Court Rules Federal Mug Shots Can Be Kept Secret The U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver ruled that federal mug shots do not have to be revealed under the Freedom of Information Act.

February 16, 2012 (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) Conn. High Court Rules University Can Withhold Trade Secrets The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that the University of Connecticut can withhold information under the trade secret exemption.

February 14, 2012 (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) D.C. Journalist Arrested, Charged with Assaulting Officer An editor for The Washington Times was arrested while covering CPAC in Washington D.C.

February 10, 2012 (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) Sex Crime Court Records Now Public in Louisiana Parish A parish in Louisiana has opened court records relating to sex crimes after years of being under blanket seal.

February 2, 2012 (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) Federal Court Rules to Keep California Fire Documents Public A federal trial court ruled that discovery documents, once attached to summary judgments, become judicial records.

January 18, 2012 (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) D.C. Court Rules in Favor of Anonymous Speech The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that a trade association did not have to give up the name of an anonymous tipster.

January 13, 2012 (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) Gawker Seeks Internal Police Records Regarding Bill O’Reilly A NY Freedom of Information Law request reached a NY court in Nassau County.

January 10, 2012 (Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) High Court Weighs Constitutionality of Broadcast Regulation The United States Supreme Court weighed arguments on FCC v Fox.

December 20, 2011 (Syracuse Post-Standard) Upstate Seeks Prostate Cancer Patients for Tests of New Drug SUNY Upstate Medical Center is conducting a trial to see if a drug called Custirsen could help improve the quality of life in stage IV prostate cancer patients.

December 9, 2011 (Syracuse Post-Standard) Roll-Your-Own Cigarette Stores, Including One in Camillus, Escape Steep Taxes- For Now Amidst the current economic problems, roll-your-own cigarette stores have popped up around the country to help alleviate smoking costs.

December 3, 2011 (Syracuse Post-Standard) 105th Military Police Company Comes Home as Part of Troop Drawdown in Iraq The 113 members of the 105th Military Police Company, 12 of which are from the Auburn area, came home as part of the troop drawdown in Iraq.

November 6, 2011 (Syracuse Post-Standard) SUNY Oswego Small Business Development Center Reaches Out to Displaced Workers The SBDC hopes to use the grant they receive to open a temporary outreach office to help displaced workers start small businesses.

November 5, 2011 (Syracuse Post-Standard) Veterans Parade at Fairgrounds Attracts Bigger, Appreciative Crowd Thousands came out to the Fairgrounds to honor the Veterans who serve in the United States Armed Forces.

October 28, 2011 (Syracuse Post-Standard) Syracuse Posts Online Tax-Delinquent Properties Available for Sale The City of Syracuse began posting tax-delinquent properties online in hope that residents will begin buying some of them.

October 26, 2011 (Syracuse Post-Standard) Sherry Schaub’s Family Holds Walk to Draw Attention to Her Murder 13 Years Ago Syracuse community members walk in remembrance of Sherry Schaub, whose murder has gone unsolved for 13 years.

October 22, 2011 (Syracuse Post-Standard) Dewitt Temple Celebrates Release of Israeli Soldier Gillad Shalit A temple in Dewitt, New York celebrated the release of Israeli Soldier Gillad Shalit by removing yellow ribbon that had been placed around a tree two years ago in honor of Shalit.

September 24, 2011 (Syracuse Post-Standard) More than 1,600 Turn Out for Onondaga County’s Shred-O-Rama The Onondaga Rescue Recovery Authority’s 8th Annual Shred-O-Rama event allowed citizens to recycle and shred confidential documents.

September 18, 2011 (Syracuse Post-Standard) Westcott Street Fair Draws Diverse Mix of People in its 20th Year Thousands gathered on Westcott Street in honor of its Fair, which is a reflection of the streets diverse population.

September 9, 2011 (Syracuse Post-Standard) Fayetteville 7-Year-Old in Parenting Magazine Cover Model Contest A 7-year-old boy from Fayetteville was a top 10 finalist in the Parenting Magazine Cover Model Contest.

August 30, 2011. (Daily Orange) In the Loop: SU Students to Test Wireless Grid Technology. Syracuse University students were chosen to test this new app, called WeJay, that allows people to share resources across technology.

Summer 2011 (Dash Media PR) Greek Gods Beware! This is a press release for the Kentucky Repertory Theatre’s presentation of “MythUnderstood.”

Summer 2011 (Dash Media PR) So You Think You Can Dance? This is a press release for Uptown Dance Academy’s auditions.

Summer 2011 (Dash Media PR) Dancing in the Park for Summer Stage Kids This is a press release for the Uptown Dance Academy who performed in the Bronx as part of Summer Stage Kids.

Summer 2011 (Dash Media PR) Robin Williams This is a press release about Robin Williams, founder and director for Uptown Dance Academy.

May 16, 2011 (thenewshouse.com) Spring Fever: Running in ‘Cuse There are multiple videos on this page, but if you click on “Running in ‘Cuse” the video I created will play.

May 3, 2011. (Daily Orange) Health & Science | Mood music: Study finds teens who listen to music have higher risk of depression A recent study conducted by two professors at the University of Pittsburgh shows that students who listen to music more often compared to other mediums, such as reading, are at a higher risk of having major depressive disorder.

April 12, 2011 (Daily Orange) Health & Science | Tall Order: Law Would Make Chain Restaurants Post Calorie Counts on Menus In an effort to curb obesity in America, the Food and Drug Administration has proposed a law that would require food establishments with 20 or more locations to clearly label nutrition information on their menus.

March 2, 2011 (Daily Orange) Panel Discusses Use of Internet to Advance Feminism Medusa Magazine, which is a Syracuse University magazine, brought three speakers to campus to discuss the implications of the Internet for Feminism.

March 2011 (Nevab4Info) Our Thoughts

February 17, 2011 (Daily Orange) Alumni Launch Website Aimed at Educating on Domestic Violence Two Syracuse University graduates launch a gender neutral website to discuss domestic violence.

February 9, 2011 (Daily Orange) Bird Library Receives Grant to Archive Late Safire’s Personal Papers The Dana Foundation gave Syracuse University a grant to archive the late William Safire’s personal papers, which include scrapbooks and correspondence with politicians.

December 7, 2010 (Daily Orange) SU Offers Easy Transfer from Two-Year School in Georgia Eligible students at Georgia Perimeter College are able to seamlessly transfer from the Atlanta-area community college to Syracuse University beginning Fall 2011.

August 30, 2010 (Daily Orange) SU Students Could Win Money for Good Grades Online A new website created by two University of Pittsburgh graduates allows students to place bets on the grades they expect to get.

August 25, 2010 (Syracuse New Times) Big Plan on Campus As part of the Student Survival Guide, this article discusses the importance of the first few weeks on campus as a freshman.

August 25, 2010 (Syracuse New Times) Get a Job! As part of the Student Survival Guide, this article discusses the tactics a senior must take in order to find a job.

August 18, 2010 (Syracuse New Times) Shark Attack The return of a local favorite restaurant will have its grand opening Thursday August 19, 2010.

June 23, 2010 (Syracuse New Times) Sack Knack Cornhole, a popular game that originated in Cincinatti, Ohio, has inspired a movie, Cornhole.

June 11, 2010 (The Student Voice) A Company Taking Responsibility In St. Louis, Missouri, where Panera Bread originated, one of its locations began a system where customers pay what they can; instead of paying a set price.

November 17, 2009 (Daily Orange) The Tax Man | Pittsburgh Mayor Proposes Tax on Inner-City Universities’ Tuition The Pittsburgh Mayor proposed a one percent tax on tuition of all public and private colleges and universities in the city.

October 22, 2009 (Daily Orange) Crash Simulation Warns of Drunk Driving Dangers The Panhellenic Council teamed up with the Department of Public Safety, SU Ambulance and the Options Program to stimulate a car crash as part of Alcohol Awareness Week.

September 23, 2009 (Daily Orange) First Lady Promises Commencement Speech for Community Service First Lady Michelle Obama challenged George Washington University students to complete 100,000 hours in nine months in order for the First Lady to speak at their commencement.

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