Spurned Belmar waitress’ ‘LOL’ receipt goes viral

LOL ReceiptBELMAR — After a server at D’Jais Bar & Grill shared an image of her receipt on Facebook, thousands have weighed in on tipping etiquette in the restaurant industry. The Asbury Park Press reports that on Aug. 17, Jess Jones was waiting on a party of eight at the seaside restaurant and nightclub. The diners’ bill… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Hammerhead shark swimming around Jersey Shore surfaces off Belmar

assetContentBELMAR — Elias, a 100-pound Hammerhead shark that has been swimming around the Jersey Cost over the past week, made its way to Belmar Sunday morning. The shark was recently tagged by OCEARCH, the same non-profit organization that tracks the whereabouts of social media sensation Mary Lee, a 3,000 pound great white shark. The group is… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Hammerhead shark swimming around Jersey Shore surfaces off Belmar

Belmar is Closed—Seafood Festival Fills The Town To Capacity

photo via shorevacations.com

photo via shorevacations.com

UPDATE:  Traffic from Route 35 into Belmar was reopened at 7 p.m., according to a tweet by Mayor Matt Doherty.

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Belmar Mayor Matt Dorherty announced via twitter that the iconic Jersey Shore Borough that is hosting the New Jersey Seafood Festival this weekend, is filled to capacity.

As of 3 p.m. all traffic into the borough from Route 35 is being diverted.

Posted: June 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Belmar is Closed—Seafood Festival Fills The Town To Capacity

$6.2M solution for persistent flooding in Belmar on the way

assetContentBELMAR —Days before Hurricane Sandy inundated large parts of New Jersey with its storm surge, Lake Como in Monmouth County was partially drained to make room for the rising waters that were expected to accompany the superstorm. But even those efforts didn’t spare the surrounding towns, which frequently had to contend with the lake overspilling its… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Christie Administration, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, NJ Department of Environmental Protection | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie coming to Belmar Friday, May 29 to announce flood mitigation grant

Mayor Matt Doherty and Governor Chris Christie walk the Belmar boardwalk.  Photo Credit: Tim Larson, Governor's Office

Mayor Matt Doherty and Governor Chris Christie walk the Belmar boardwalk in August 2011. Photo Credit: Tim Larson, Governor’s Office

Governor Chris Christie will be in Belmar tomorrow, May 29, to announce the award of a $6.185 million flood mitigation grant and to “kick off the summer in Belmar baby,” Mayor Matt Doherty told MMM.

The Community Development Block Grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is being awarded through the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection after a competitive application process,  according to Doherty.   The funds will be used for an outflow pipe in Lake Cuomo which will provide flood mitigation for residents of Belmar, Spring Lake and the Borough of Lake Cuomo.

Christie is scheduled to arrive in Belmar at 2:15 p.m.  The event will take place on Ocean Avenue at 20th Street.

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Posted: May 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

A Closer Look at Two Artists at Torche Galerie in Belmar

April W. Klimley

April W. Klimley

April W. Klimley, Art Critic

If you’re at the south end of the Jersey Shore this month, stop by the Torche Galerie in Belmar. Many of the works on display last month in the gallery’s 2nd anniversary exhibition have been either taken down or sold. But it’s worth a stop to see the magnificent interior space—as well as to examine some of the art gems which are still hanging on the wall. The space is the creation of owner/sculptor Roddy Wildeman, who has his own workroom connected to the gallery in the back of the first floor.

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Posted: May 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: April W. Klimley, Art, Belmar, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Life, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on A Closer Look at Two Artists at Torche Galerie in Belmar

Dueling Mayors in Belmar

Dueling Belmar Mayors

Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty and Former Mayor Ken Pringle

Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty said, “Ken Pringle is like a jaded ex-girlfriend who won’t go away.”

Ken Pringle, who was mayor of the oceanfront borough for 20 years before Doherty took over in 2011, isn’t sure how many times he’s sued Doherty and the borough since he left office. “Four or five, I’m not sure.”

Both Doherty and Pringle, who served together for four years, are Democrats.  Doherty was a councilman during Pringle’s last term as mayor.

At issue is the beachfront and money.

Pringle contends that Doherty and the Council are using the Beach Utility Fund to subsidize borough operations and to keep property taxes artificially low, in violation of the Public Trust Doctrine.  Doherty says that while Pringle was mayor Belmar’s property taxpayers subsidized the beach and that Pringle raised taxes 14 years in a row.   Doherty has not increased Belmar’s taxes since becoming mayor, keeping the borough’s spending flat at 2010 levels.

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Posted: May 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Beach Access, Belmar, Birdsall Engineering, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

The Shore Fine Art Scene Springs to Life

By April W. Klimley, Art Critic

April W. Klimley

April W. Klimley

April is certainly the cruelest month, as T.S Eliot wrote. Spring keeps peeking out followed by rainy and cold days here at the Shore. So, why not cheer yourself up by jumping into the Shore Art Circuit as it emerges from its winter torpor.

New exhibitions are emerging like the daffodils in your garden. Last weekend at least two galleries held openings. One was the A.J. Dillon Gallery of Art in Atlantic Highlands with an exhibit entitled “Art in Nature,” a theme appropriate to the season, despite the chill. The other was held in Red Bank. The Art Alliance held a juried member show with two themes–“Contrasts” and “Personalities.” The curator of the show was Michael Burrus Johnson who had several paintings displayed in the showcase front windows of the gallery.

As I strolled around the small gallery gleaming with a wide variety of styles, Bathers by Miguel A. Fugeras drew me in. At first glance, the piece looked like a wood block print—a powerful rendering of statuesque tall women in black and white bathing in a river. But up close, it’s clearly a drawing, probably pen and ink. It’s an arresting piece that reinterprets the time honored,  traditional theme of artists painting (dressed) women or female nudes at the seashore, ocean, or other body of water. Virtually all major artists from Botticelli to Degas have painted these scenes. But in tone and feeling, Fugeras’ drawing feels closer to Picasso’s Demoiselles of Avignon because of its angles and abstract nature .

Bathers by Miguel A. Fugeras. Drawing. The Art Alliance.

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Posted: April 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Atlantic Highlands, Belmar, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Shore Fine Art Scene Springs to Life

NJ Democratic Party Sues Belmar Republican Candidates, Board of Elections, Alleging Voter Suppression

NJ Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie, right and Vice Chair Lizette Delgado-Palanco

NJ Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie, right and Vice Chair Lizette Delgado-Palanco

The New Jersey Democratic State Committee and five Belmar residents have filed suit in Monmouth County Superior Court alleging that the Republican candidates for Mayor and Council in last year’s municipal election, as well as four of their supporters, also Belmar residents, participated in a voter suppression scheme designed to disenfranchise vote by mail voters who delivered their ballots to Freehold via messenger.

The suit, filed as amended on February 3, also alleges that Monmouth County Superintendent of Elections Hedra Siskel instructed and/or advised two of the Belmar defendants, Joy and Carmine DeSanctis to alter, amend or modify their sworn affidavits challenging the mail in ballots.  Siskel is not a defendant in the suit.

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Posted: March 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 Elections, Belmar, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Court, NJ Democrats | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on NJ Democratic Party Sues Belmar Republican Candidates, Board of Elections, Alleging Voter Suppression

Belmar’s “Home By Summer” Campaign Raises $50K in two weeks

The Sperber family hopes to be 'Home by Summer' with the help of Belmar's fundraising efforts

The Sperber family hopes to be ‘Home by Summer’ with the help of Belmar’s fundraising efforts

Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty announced yesterday that the fundraising campaign that he launched two weeks ago to assist the remaining two borough families displaced by Superstorm Sandy move back into their homes by this summer has raised $50,000 of it’s $200,000 goal.

The Keefe and Sperber families sustained significant damage to their homes and have seen the last of the state and federal grant money for Sandy relief programs run out while their home repairs continue to be ongoing and unaffordable.

“The response to this effort has been amazing.  Support for these two families has flooded in from all over the country.  The initial donations are enough to get contractors back working on these homes and more support is coming in every day.  We are building the momentum these families need to get back home by summer.” said Mayor Doherty.

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Posted: February 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Hurricane Sandy, Matt Doherty, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Belmar’s “Home By Summer” Campaign Raises $50K in two weeks