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IMG_2866Aaahh…Labor Day Weekend at the Jersey Shore. So many claim it to be the last weekend of summer, and recognize it with an air of melancholy. But, that’s simply not the case. Personally, I acknowledge Halloween as the end of summer at the Jersey Shore…even if that’s not the “official” end. In fact, those few weeks that follow Labor Day are potentially the best times. It gets a bit less crowded, the weather is not too hot and not too cool (still great beach weather), the kids go back to school so routines return, and there’s a freshness in the air that is invigorating. So, don’t be sad about summer coming to an end. If you live at the Jersey Shore, you still have plenty of “summer” to look forward to.

If you are down the shore this weekend, here is a sampling of some events you don’t want to miss:

  •  Allaire Bacon, Bikes & Brews: Saturday (9/2) and Sunday (9/3) from 11am -5pm. Allaire Village in Wall Township hosts it’s 2nd annual Bacon, Bikes & Brews event! Features include Beer Tent with high top tables (Only 21 yrs old and older in the beer tent), Award winning food trucks featuring Bacon menu items, Children Activities, Tours of the Historic Buildings, Craft Vendors
  • Spring Lake Art WalkThe Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce hosts their Labor Day Celebration and Art Walk down Third Avenue on Saturday, 9/2.
  • Monmouth Park BBQ & Craft Beer FestivalCelebrate everything barbecue at Monmouth Park Racetrack on Saturday (9/2) through Monday (9/4). Enjoy ribs, pulled pork, and brisket served up by some of NJ’s best barbecue joints. Then cool off in their beer garden.
  • Manasquan Labor Day CelebrationA concert by “9 South” will begin at the Main Beach at 7:30pm on Saturday, 9/2. It will be followed by a gala fireworks display. Rain Date 9/3.

But, whatever you do, don’t think of this weekend as the end of Jersey Shore fun for the year. There’s plenty to do and much to look forward to in the weeks to come. The following weeks bring the Feast of San Gennaro in Belmar, Red Bank’s Street Fair, the Tough Sander on the beach at Pier Village, Long Branch’s “Rock ‘N’ Soul Jam”, Asbury Park Oysterfest, and so much more. So, come to the Jersey Shore ~ where the fun never ends!

 

View the fireworks from the front balcony!

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IMG_0233An interesting phenomenon that I have found is that many people who buy second homes at the Jersey Shore tend to use them all-year-round. They are not purchased just for summer retreat anymore.

The Jersey Shore’s close proximity to Metropolitan areas, like NYC and Philadelphia, give it a unique accessibility. Which means, no planning has to take place in order to decide to make the trip to the Shore. Just turn off the lights, lock the door, and hop on the ferry, the train, the Parkway, or 195 and you can be watching the waves roll upon the beach in under an hour and a half.

And, what’s really awesome is that you can do this any day of the week, any week of the month, any month of the year! Because the Jersey Shore has a distinct beauty that is not seasonal by nature. You will be swept up in its magnificence at any time of the year.

Aside from the natural beauty of the ocean, the rivers, the lakes and the parks of the Jersey Shore, there is also so much to do all year round. The fun does not stop on Labor Day. In fact, in some instances it may seem to accelerate. Hay rides and haunted houses, pumpkin picking in September and October. Who wouldn’t love to be at the beach for Thanksgiving? Christmas tree lightings on the boardwalks. Classic horse and wagon rides around Red Bank. While summer is understandably the most popular time of year at the Jersey Shore, the other seasons are equally as beautiful. Fall is my personal favorite. The weather is not too hot and not too cold and the summer “vacationers” have gone back to their primary homes leaving easier access to oceanfront parking, running on the boardwalk without dozens of others impeding your pace, dining at some of the finest restaurants without a wait.

Winter gives way to the serenity of snow falling upon the jetties and sipping hot chocolate with a fresh cold breeze coming off the ocean. If you don’t know what a polar plunge is, come to the shore in the winter and enjoy the excitement!

And, then there’s Spring. The weather is perfect and summer is so close you can taste it. Easter egg hunts are held on the beaches instead of front lawns. And, Jenkinson’s 2-for-1 tickets become available.

So, when you buy at the Jersey Shore, vacation never ends. You can go anytime you want for a memorable and breathtaking break from the stresses of everyday life.

 

Just 2 Blocks to the Beach Front

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Marina Grille(APP.com ~ May 9, 2017)  BELMAR – The borough on Tuesday unveiled the latest piece of its redevelopment plan with the opening of a $6 million restaurant overlooking the Shark River.

 The Marina Grille is being run by Chefs International, which constructed the borough-owned building under the agreement with Belmar. The borough is leasing the property to Chefs International for $250,000 a year initially.

The borough expects to receive $24 million over the 50-year term of the contract, Mayor Matt Doherty said.

The 12,000-square-foot facility and sprawling outdoor patio will have year-round casual dining. It’s adjacent to the 9th Ave Pier, a seasonal restaurant the company has been running since 2012.

“It helps make Belmar a destination away from the beach,” Doherty said.

The Marina Grille will share a concessionaire’s permit with 9th Ave Pier that allows both to sell alcohol but prohibits the permit from being sold or transferred.

Doherty said the Marina Grille will generate 200 jobs.

Chefs International owns Jack Baker’s Wharfside Restaurant in Point Pleasant Beach, Baker’s Water Street Bar & Grille in Toms River, and eight other restaurants in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida. And it has been expanding in Belmar, buying Connolly Station and renaming it the Anchor Tavern.

Ken Serrano: 732-643-4029; kserrano@gannettnj.com

 

A Gem by the River!

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229 2nd Ave - Beach 2It’s that time of the year again – Memorial Day Weekend means summer has started at the Jersey Shore! The beaches are open, the weather is cooperating, landlords are preparing their homes for their summer tenants, and the small business owners are ready for the influx of customers!

So, you’re preparing for a day at the beach. What do you bring? For some, just a towel is enough. But for most, a little preparation makes your day at the beach that much more enjoyable. There’s nothing worse than arriving at the beach, finding your perfect spot, and then realizing that you forgot essential items. It happens to the best of us – but here’s a list to make it a bit easier for you.

  • Umbrella: Take a break from the sunlight (and reduce risk of sunburn!) under the shade of an umbrella.
  • Blanket: Bring a big beach blanket to lay on in addition to the towels you will use to dry off.
  • Chairs: It’s always nice to have a chair to sit on, to keep yourself propped up off the sand. And if the mood strikes, you can place the chair at the foot of the ocean so the ocean waves flow up and cool your feet.
  • Beach Towels: A good supply of towels for drying off, lying on, and cleaning the sand off before you leave the beach is crucial in order to avoid tracking sand everywhere.
  • Sunscreen: Choose an SPF that’s right for your skin type.
  • Flip Flops: Anyone who’s ever attempted to make a barefoot trek from the boardwalk to their destination spot on the beach when the sand is super hot knows the importance of a good pair of flip flops. Shoes or sneakers won’t do, as they tend to fill with sand and make the trek that much more difficult.
  • Sunglasses: A good pair of sunglasses will not only shield your eyes from the bright sun, but they’ll make you look cool too!
  • Hat: A good hat will protect your head from sunburn and give your face a little extra protection from too much sun exposure.
  • Water: When sitting in the sun, the amount of water required in order to stay hydrated rises. Be sure to bring plenty of water to drink so you can avoid the exhaustion and headaches brought on from dehydration.
  • Radio or iPod: Music always adds a little something special to your time at the beach.
  • Book or Magazine: There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting on the beach with a good novel.
  • Binoculars: For those moments when someone points into the distance and says “What’s that?” or “Are those dolphins?” ~ Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to reach for your binoculars and check out the sights?
  • Other Entertainment: Frisbees, footballs, kites, pails and shovels, boogie boards, and any other items that make for an enjoyable beach day for you!
  • First Aid Kit: You will be amazed at how handy this may prove to be.
  • Jug of water: Keep a jug of water in the trunk. You can wash off your feet and legs before you leave, keeping the sand out of the car.
  • Extra Clothes: A dry change of clothes may prove invaluable not only to protect the interior of the car, but for the comfort of the semi-wet individuals that will be hopping in.

So the next time you go to the beach, make a checklist – then go enjoy the sand between your toes!

 

The Perfect Beach House!

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Come celebrate Belmar’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy

By Patricia A. Miller (Patch Staff) - April 29, 2017

Belmar PavilionIt’s been almost five years since Superstorm Sandy battered Belmar’s Taylor Pavilion into oblivion.

But that’s all history now. On Monday, a host of state and local officials will gather at 5th Avenue and Boardwalk and cut the ribbon for the new Taylor Pavilion, Mayor Matt Doherty said.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez and Congressman Frank Pallone are expected to attend.

A reception will be held after the ribbon cutting ceremony. A variety of food and drinks will be provided by a numerous Belmar restaurants in a “Taste of Belmar” celebration.

The Taylor Pavilion is a 6,800 square- foot facility that will serve as the hub of Belmar’s beachfront operations, event and meeting space and an oceanfront concession. Merri-Makers of Edison won the lease for the space in March of 2017 via public auction and will operate “Cruz Bay Café” starting in May 2017.

The mayor and council awarded a $5.45 million dollar contract to Epic Construction of Piscataway in January 2016, for both the Taylor Pavilion and the Howard Rowland Public Safety Pavilion at 10th Avenue. Epic Construction also constructed Belmar’s boardwalk in 2013, which was the first major infrastructure project at the Jersey Shore after Sandy.

The buildings are constructed to V-Zone construction standards, with concrete-filled steel piles. They sit at a base flood elevation roughly five feet above the existing boardwalk.The new buildings are fully ADA accessible and built to current codes and standards, Doherty said.

Image: Courtesy of Belmar

2 Blocks to Beach; Recently Raised!

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St Patricks Day ParadeThe 44th annual St Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off this Sunday, March 5th, in Belmar.

As written by Patch.com, March 1, 2017:

Visitors planning on heading to Belmar on Sunday for the 44th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade should leave for the event early, so they can get a prime spot on the parade route before officials close key roads.

The procession of fire trucks, pipe-and-drum bands, and parade floats begins at 12:30 p.m. on North Lake Boulevard and Main Street in Lake Como. The marchers will proceed along Main Street in Belmar, heading north to the border of Avon by the Sea.

Parade Day 2016 drew tens of thousands of visitors to Belmar. New Jersey Transit provides rail service into the Belmar train station for the event.

The Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade is among the largest in New Jersey and kicks off a month of Irish-American festivities throughout the Garden State.

This year’s Grand Marshal is Ed Donovan, a former New Jersey state trooper and former Manasquan council member and mayor.

The Deputy Grand Marshal this year is Miriam Sheridan, who was born in Ireland. She has worked as nurse’s assistant, bank teller and a medical and dental receptionists in various jobs

Read more about the history of the parade and other details at www.belmarparade.com.

 

St Patrick’s Day Special!

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The kids are out of school, you’ve earned that long weekend off from work, and it’s time to head down the shore to celebrate July 4th Weekend! Below are some of the great events going on at the Jersey Shore this weekend:

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• Monday, 7/4 9pm   Independence Day fireworks on the beach!

• Thursday, 7/7 3pm   Budweiser Clydesdale Parade!

Belmar

• Friday, 7/8  3-5pm Budweiser Clydesdales trot the boardwalk!

Bradley Beach

• Sunday, 7/3  9:00pm Fireworks Display at the Beachfront; rain date Saturday, July 9th

Oceanfest LogoLong Branch

• Monday, 7/4 10am-10pm  26th Annual Oceanfest!

It’s the biggest seasonal event on the Jersey Shore – in fact, it’s the biggest Independence Day celebration anywhere in New Jersey, and it happens every July 4th right her in Long Branch!

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• Friday, 7/1 6:30pm  Gala Fourth of July Celebration

Presented by the Manasquan Tourism Commission. Sponsored by Leggett’s and The River House. Bicycle decorating contest 5:15 pm – Little League Field. Parade beginning at 6:30 pm – Manasquan Coast Guard Station. Concert commencing 7:30 pm. Music provided by “Billy Lawlor” Main Beach. Fantastic Fireworks display to follow. (Rain date 7/2/16)

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• Saturday, 7/3 3-6pm  Special Independence Day weekend Open House at 123 Squan Beach Dr, Mantoloking/Curtis Point

Independence Weekend Special! Come off the beach or drive your boat right up to the back dock. 123 Squan Beach Dr, Brick/Mantoloking – Open House SATURDAY 3-6pm.

Exterior-11 Lagoon-front, 5-br, 75′ dock, in-ground pool, hot tub, built-in barbecue, outdoor shower, complex tennis    courts, and private access to Mantoloking beach. Move right in and make decorative changes as you        desire. Click Full Article below to see why Curtis Point’s lowest offering is worth the personal look!    Offered at $1,150,000!

Can’t make it on Saturday? Contact me for a private tour at your convenience! Welcome to 123 Squan Beach Drive!

SL Art WalkSpring Lake

• Saturday 7/2 10am-4pm  Summer Art Walk

Celebrate Independence Day & stroll along the 3rd Avenue Business District while enjoying and admiring local artists’ work.(Rain date July 3)

 

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• Thursday 6/30 – Sunday, 7/3  5-10pm (Thurs & Sun); 5-11pm (Fri & Sat) Wall Fair

Rides, games, food, beer garden, music, Sunday night fireworks…and, a whole lot of fun!

 

ClydesdalesOn April 7, 1933, in commemoration of the end of Prohibition, August A. Busch Sr received the tremendous gift of a six-horse Clydesdale hitch from his sons. Realizing the marketing opportunity they could present, an additional six-horse hitch was purchased and sent to New York for a small ceremony that drew a crowd of thousands as they trotted down the seats of NYC to the Empire State Building. Over the years, the Clydesdale hitch was increased to eight horses and a Dalmatian mascot was also introduced. Anheuser-Busch now owns approximately 250.

And, now, the legendary Budweiser Clydesdales will be visiting Asbury Park for the first time in 15 years. Horse and beer lovers alike do not want to miss this special event on Thursday, July 7th. The Clydesdales will make their trek from McLoone’s all the way down to City Hall.

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Fresh, Unsurpassed Quality, Sumptuous, Healthy, Resplendent, Succulent! All great reasons to choose a farmers market for your produce. For many, going to a farmers market has become a traditional family routine…together time, picking pesticide-free fruits and vegetables, learning experience.

Almost all farmers markets in NJ are organized by local community organizations with Municipal support. Each locale sets its own regulations regarding what can be sold and where the produce can come from.

Farmers markets are truly a win-win for everyone. Farmers pay a small fee to participate, but don’t have to share their profits with a large super market conglomerate, so their profits are much greater. Customers pay about the same as they would if purchasing at a super market, yet they receive a superior product.

And, what’s better than mixing a farmers market with the freshness of the air coming off the oceanfront? Let’s be honest…not a whole lot. Take the time to check out some of the many farmers markets in Monmouth County!

TOWN

LOCATION

WHEN

Asbury Park Kennedy Park at corner of Cookman & Grand Sundays 11-4; Thursdays 5:30-9pm
Atlantic Highlands Veteran’s Park; 111 1st Avenue Fridays 12pm-6pm
Belmar Pyanoe Plaza on Main Street Saturdays 9am-2pm
Bradley Beach Giamano’s Parking Lot; 310 Main Street Fridays 11am-4pm
Highlands Huddy Park on Waterwitch & Bay Avenues Saturdays beginning at 9am
Long Branch 139 Brighton Ave, West End Thursdays 12pm-6pm
Manasquan Miller Preston Way Thursdays 10am-3pm
Red Bank Galleria – Corner of Bridge & West Front Sundays 9am-2pm
Sea Bright Municipal Parking Lot – Ocean Avenue Thursdays 2pm-7pm

IMG_3526The beaches were white, but not white sands. Rather, it was white snow that blanketed the normally sandy beaches. And, it was beautiful! In fact, it presented the perfect opportunity to take some winter beach photos. The flakes wafting upon the jetty were right out of a landscape painting. But, I have to admit…it was cold!

The snow-covered beach, the cold wind blowing the falling flakes, and the slushy boardwalk were all expected. But there was another sight that truly took me by surprise. I was hurriedly snapping pictures so that I could get back in the warmth of my heated car seat, when I was taken aback by a man in a wetsuit who was headed toward the ocean…with a surfboard. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Was he out of his mind? Of course, I started capturing the sight on film – or memory card – and quickly noticed that he wasn’t the only crazy person surfing in this weather. There were at least a dozen of them in that ocean, maybe more.

It appears that while Juno didn’t turn out to be the storm it was hyped up to be, the storm that wasn’t seemed to present an opportunity for the surfers. Why were so many braving this weather to surf? I had to do some digging.

What I discovered is that surfers live for stormy winter days. The swells caused by the storm are something of a reward for the not-so-exciting waves of summer. As one surfer put it, “When there are good waves, you surf.”

I asked whether the wetsuits keep them warm. One surfer told me that the wetsuit holds your body temperature. “But, what about your face?”, I asked my friend Matt McGovern. Doesn’t it freeze in the cold water? He told me that the water temperature of the ocean can actually be warmer than outside of the water. “When you’re standing outside in the cold, your face isn’t typically covered”, he said. Matt told me that surfers will track the temperature of the ocean, along with the size of the swells.

It still seems a tad crazy to me, but I don’t have the surf bug. I guess I wouldn’t think twice about showing a house in that weather, and If I think about it, I was the one braving the storm for a few good photos. Like anything else in life, If you love doing something, you’re not going to let a little thing like nature’s coldest elements get in your way.

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