Thursday, December 6, 2012
How the Jersey Shore Roller Girls fought back from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy to help the region and each other get back on track.
Must the show go on? There’s a saying in the entertainment business that “the show must go on,” but it’s not always true. For the Jersey Shore Roller Girls, the region's all-female flat-track roller derby league, the decision whether or not to cancel its 2012 championship bout after Hurricane Sandy was a tough one. The bout had been scheduled to follow the Asbury Park tree lighting ceremony at Convention Hall on November 24, but the venue wasn’t cleared for use until a week before the event date and there was no time to advertise. Worse still, at least nine of the league’s seventy skaters suffered serious damage to their homes, said JSRG board member Bash N. Onya. “We’ve done this after-Thanksgiving game since 2008 and it’s quickly become …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Is the retail encroachment into Thanksgiving day worth fighting?
I’ve been known to be a party pooper, a real Debbie downer (sorry Debbie) when it comes to certain kinds of indulgences. Keep this in mind if you keep reading. Black Friday. Fine. After a day of gastronomic excess, we launch into a season of consumer spending that many of us will regret well into 2013. But a Black Friday that begins on Thanksgiving Thursday is just too much, or is it? The argument was succinctly made by P.C. Richard & Son (on Facebook, of course) that retailers who chose to open their doors on Thanksgiving “show no respect to their employees and families, and are in total disrespect of family values in America.” I’m inclined to agree, though the invocation of “family values” is questionable now that the phrase has been …
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Eatontown one of towns hit hardest by Saturday's storms
Power has been restored in Long Branch after Saturday's storm left over 500 Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) customers without electricity on Sunday. JCP&L reported 577 outages in Long Branch Sunday morning, but as of 5:30 p.m., all but have had their power restored. The outages were not as prevalent in Eatontown, but the storm did do some damage. Eatontown Police Det. Lawrence Tyler said a part of the roof of the Exxon gas station at the corner of Route 35 and Wycoff Road collapsed on Saturday night. It is unknown if the collapse caused any car damage or injuries at this time. There are also reports of a downed trees in Eatontown on Saturday night, one of which fell on mobile home near Monroe Street around 11 p.m.
Monday, August 29, 2011
They may have lost their tiki, but they are open for business and are ready for a sunny and fun Labor Day Weekend.
Employees are busy in "clean-up mode" at Donovan’s Reef in Sea Bright while customers lay-out on the beach this sunny Monday after Hurricane Irene came through just two nights ago. “We lost the tiki. We are in clean-up mode right now, but we are open for business and have been since last night,” said Susie Markson, manager of Donovan’s. Markson said that at high tide, the storm and the ocean were hitting the sea wall pretty hard. The winds were so strong that a door to the main building even swung open. “Luckily, one of the residents saw that a door swung open and the police had someone come and close it. There was no interior damage,” said Markson. The only damage that was sustained to the beach bar was complete loss of the tiki bar, …
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Borough OEM report downed trees, some flooding and no major emergencies reported.
The office of emergency management is reporting some flooding and downed trees Sunday morning and the following conditions in Eatontown: Road Conditions: As of 8:15 a.m., Clinton Avenue is closed due to flooding, according to OEM coordinator Billy Mego. A portion of Wyckoff Road was closed during the early morning hours due to a fallen tree but the road is now passable. There is flooding in some low lying portions of the borough but that is "starting to recede a little bit." Power: JCP&L is reporting 2,048 without power as of 6:27 a.m. According to Mego, most residents without power are on the east side of town. Power loss is centered aroud the Broad Street, Monmouth Park area, he said. Eatontown's borough hall and neighboring firehouse …
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Reports of people stuck in their homes due to flood waters
The rain which has been pounding down in Long Branch Sunday evening is causing problems throughout the city. Multiple streets are flooded, creating havoc for drivers and even those who have already parked their cars. The Breaking News Network is reporting that people are trapped on the second floor of a Morris Avenue home due to flood water. Last Sunday's storm caused massive damage to the Long Branch Council Chambers in city hall, so it is unknown if the problem was exacerbated by tonight's heavy rain and flooding. Check back with Patch for more updates on flood damage throughout the city.