Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Students will volunteer their time to clean up area
Shore Regional High School's latest community service project will be to help get Sea Bright ready for Memorial Day weekend. "Shore Regional has reached out to the town administration and worked out a plan of volunteer action," Shore Regional public relations staff member Joe DeLeonardo. "We will be sending volunteers from the senior class, faculty and staff on Monday, May 20 to Sea Bright for a full day of volunteer service." DeLeonardo said the volunteer work was initiated by Shore Regional students. Sea Bright is one of the school's four sending districts, along with West Long Branch, Oceanport and Monmouth Beach. "The educational value derived from this Senior Class community service will be to foster collaborative relationships with…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The town has vowed to fight back following Hurricane Sandy, but recovery could take years.
There's no question in Mayor Dina Long's mind. Sea Bright will come back. Its downtown businesses, many of them still shuttered, their signs hanging on buildings some of which will have to be torn down, will open again, someday, somewhere. The beach clubs, crushed by the surging flood waters during Hurricane Sandy, will welcome visitors back to their new cabanas and beaches eventually. In the meantime, residents should brace themselves. It's not going to be pretty. Long assured residents during a public post-Sandy information session Wednesday that the recovery effort would not wait. But it will take years, she said, for the town to recover a ratable base decimated by the late October storm. In the interim, Long asked for residents to be…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
State data also shows the average cost of damage was $21,976 in the 07760 zip code area that includes the municipality.
Superstorm Sandy inflicted damage on 1,028 homes and rental units in Sea Bright, according to an analysis of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs data by NJSpotlight.com. Some 574 Sea Bright homeowners reported minor damages from the historic storm, while 32 suffered "major" damage, defined as between $8,000 and $28,800 in storm costs. Damage under $8,000 was considered "minor." Severe damage — defined as over $28,800 in costs — was reported for 63 homes. At least 359 Sea Bright rental units took damage in the storm — 71 suffering minor damage, 139 incurring major damage and 149 with severe damage. The report shows 108 Sea Bright businesses indicated they were impacted by Sandy. The average Federal Emergency Management Agency …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Portion from foot of Rumson-Sea Bright to Highlands Bridge cut off, due to washout and rock slides
Soon, the barriers at the foot of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge that closed off northern Ocean Avenue, from the bridge to Sandy Hook, for a few days will be taken down and the street will reopen. The NJ Department of Transportation has been working on a temporary and permanent fix for the state highway, Route 36, since Monday morning. And Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long has announced on her Facebook page that the road will be reopened at some point this afternoon. It has been cut off since the nor'easter last week. Because of the storms, the rocks that comprise the sea wall along Ocean Avenue have become dislodged. The result: sliding rocks and ocean water and sand seeping through the resulting gaping cavities. According to the Gateway National …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Club owners say that members will have a beach to sit on this summer, according to APP.com.
Beach club owners say that members will have the beach to come back to this summer after superstorm Sandy annihilated the summertime staples that line Ocean Avenue in this part of the Jersey Shore, according to a report on APP.com. Owners of Driftwood and Edgewater, formerly Water's Edge, clubs say crews are working around the clock to have facilities rebuilt and ready for members come Memorial Day, the article reports. John Chimento, the owner of Sands Beach Club a few miles north in Sea Bright, says that while the club, with its 350 lockers and cabanas, won't be ready for the 2013 season, members will still be able to enjoy the beach. Chimento told Patch in January that he was "very upbeat about the future of Sands." "The support from …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Businesses are coming back to Sea Bright soon
It was a scene that was hard to forget. Shortly after Hurricane Sandy struck and devastated Sea Bright, Brian George stood in front of his whiped-out Northshore store with a beaten down but hopeful look and feeling as he chatted with passersby. A sign on his gutted, barely standing business said "We believe in Sea Bright ... We'll be back." And, they will be back, and soon. George has announced that his business will be open in Sea Bright on March 1, in a different place. "Since Dec. 1 we (had) relocated the business temporarily back in Rumson, where we started the business back in 1982," George said. "We'll be heading back to Sea Bright on March 1 at a new location at 1127 Ocean Ave in a building we're calling "Big Yellow. We're excited…
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Facing harsh criticism by Democratic leadership, Long supports Christie's reelection bid.
Unity trumps politics in the face of adversity. That was the salient message imparted by the Democratic mayor of a town devastated by Hurricane Sandy as she endorsed Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection bid. Christie — criticized by a contingent of Republicans for his support and recognition of Democratic President Obama in the face of Sandy — stood alongside Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long at Woody’s Ocean Grille on Thursday as the Democratic mayor voiced her support of the New Jersey governor. The governor reiterated "his politics be damned, this is about rebuilding in the wake of disaster" credo and praised Long for her post-Sandy leadership. Long clarified that her support of Christie did not have anything to do with state Sen. …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The schedule has been revised to keep the bridge open on weekends.
Friday, January 25
The official word is out on the schedule of the pending Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge closure. After review of the potential ill effects of Hurricane Sandy-recovering Sea Bright and myriad public objections raised, Monmouth County officials have revised the closure schedule for the upgrade the safety systems on the bridge, closing it on weekdays starting Jan. 28, but reopening it to accommodate weekend traffic, a county release said. “At the request of local businesses and the governing body, the county will has modified the closure schedule,” said freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “It is important that businesses that are open get the support that they need; however, it…
Monday, December 24, 2012
Students volunteer to clean homes and participate in grief counseling
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Monday, December 24, 2012
University of Louisville students volunteered last week in Sea Bright to help restore the borough that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in October. The students partnered with Monmouth University’s School of Social Work to do volunteer jobs such as cleaning homes, repair work, folding donated clothing, and participating in grief counseling. Monmouth University arranged for housing for the Louisville students and made the connection for the volunteer opportunities.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
"We've been speechless by the outpouring of help," Sea Bright business owner Anthony Cafaro said
On the Monday before Thanksgiving, skies were overcast in Sea Bright and there was a damp, bone chilling wind. The sidewalks crowded in summer with beachgoers are now narrow corridors made up of the destroyed innards of the downtown's businesses. Directly across from the public beach is what's left of Kind Burger, the popular burger joint opened this summer by the Cafaro family of Rumson, with a special gluten-free menu in honor of their 6-year-old daughter Olivia. Where a few weeks ago the aroma of grilled beef flowed through it's open garage-style front windows, now there is stench of sewage. Gone is the bright, modern space with chic black chairs and butcher block tables. Inside the dark cave-like shell, Kind Burger owner Anthony …