Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Event will be held Saturday, Feb. 23
As Seaside Heights continues to efforts to restore its beachfront that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, the 20th Annual Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics will be held in Long Branch this weekend. The plunge had been held in Seaside Heights for the last six years, but Pier Village will serve as this year's home for the charitable event which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. All plungers must raise a minimum of $100 to participate, and incentives are given for higher fundraising levels. Thousands of people participate in the Polar Bear Plunge each year, with over 5,900 brave souls jumping into the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean last February in Seaside Heights. Those plungers raised …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Long Branch may add barriers to separate traffic from pedestrians who are using roadway for recreational activities
Long Branch officials are worried that the loss of the boardwalk along Ocean Avenue due to Hurricane Sandy will impact the safety of pedestrians along the street, especially during the busier summer months. Long Branch Business Administrator Howard Woolley said people who normally ran or walked on the boardwalk are now using the roadway, and that safety is now an issue. "They have chosen to walk in the roadway and we think this is a very unsafe condition and we have started to look at it," Woolley said Long Branch Police Lt. Craig Spencer gave a presentation on a proposed, temporary change to the traffic pattern on Ocean Avenue and the installation of Jersey barriers to separate pedestrians and drivers. "We felt the easiest thing to do …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Gym offers personalized instruction and group classes
Ron Genovese, owner of Envision Health and Fitness, says his goal is to cater to every one of his clients' personal needs. "We're more of a family-style gym," Genovese said. "Everybody's needs, bodies, diets and schedules are different." Envision Health and Fitness is Long Branch's newest gym and opened about a month ago at 200 Ocean Blvd. North. Genovese said his gym offers something for everybody and that it is a place where people can go to have any type of workout they desire. "We get very in depth with our customers on a one on one basis," Genovese said. One of the unique aspects of the gym is its location. The gym overlooks Seven Presidents' Park and the ocean, and customers can view these beautiful spots while they do their cardio …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Residents from Long Branch, Little Silver, Shrewsbury and surrounding areas to see the benefit, county says.
If you live east of the parkway, the county says you will see your roads plowed quicker this winter. That's because the county's Department of Public Works is set to move into a former Fort Monmouth facility in Eatontown. When snowplows leave the facility en route to county roads and bridges, County DPW director John Tobia says, plows stay down the whole way. That means more municipal roads cleared sooner. Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon said at a recent meeting regarding the move, "The location of this facility in inclement weather is absolutely critical... It's presence is going to be crucial. The timing is going to be critical." Currently the county's Tinton Falls location is the only county public works facility to house two public works…
Monday, October 8, 2012
The annual parade down Broadway saw wet weather.
If you missed the annual Columbus Day parade in Long Branch yesterday, you may have avoided getting your feet wet, but you missed out on smiling faces and about two pounds of candy per parade goer. Cold temps and rainy skies kept away the crowds along Broadway, but those who toughed it out were treated to bag pipers, fire engines, floats, twirlers and high school bands, all with a spirit that couldn't be dampened by the weather. Patch was there and we now have 158 Tootsie Rolls and 30 Blow Pops to prove it. Next year we'll be more like the little girl in front of Dunkin' Donuts, who brought along her fishing net to catch her loot.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The third phase will include a 68-room hotel, retail and recreational space and off-street parking.
Expansion of Long Branch's Pier Village is set to get under way in January. The Long Branch Council introduced a $24.9 million bond ordinance to help a developer start construction of the final phase of Pier Village. The money will be lent to the developer, Fountains Applied LWAG LLC, and be paid back in lieu of taxes after the oceanfront development is completed. According to the ordinance, the third phase of Pier Village will contain a 68-room hotel, retail and recreational space and off-street parking. The council has said construction is expected to begin in January and will be done in two phases. The first phase will include the expansion of the boardwalk and construction of the hotel, along with most of the residential and retail …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The Long Branch commercial space will add underground parking, a children's play area and more commercial and residential space.
The site plan for Pier Village Phase 3 has been unanimously approved by the Long Branch Planning Board, and it is now the City Council's responsibility to satisfy three conditions before the project can begin, likely in January. Councilwoman Kathleen Billings, who is the council representative on the planning board, explained during Tuesday's council meeting that it is the council's responsibility to oversee the completion of the three conditions. Billings said the council must approve a final design for the carousel that will be located in a public space that would also contain a small play area for children. The original designs showed that the carousel would be white and would have marine animals such as sea horses instead of horses. …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Teen went missing May 27, body was discovered Saturday
The body found in the ocean near Pier Village on Saturday has been identified as the missing teenager from Patterson, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. First Assistant Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni stated on Tuesday afternoon that that the county medical examiner has released the identity of the body as Rudy Mena, 17. An autopsy on his body was performed over the weekend and revealed that the cause of death is accidental drowning according to Gramiccioni. Mena was apparently sucked out by a rip tide on May 27, and local authorities ended their search three days later. His body was pulled from the surf on Saturday afternoon by local lifeguards.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Police cannot confirm if body is that of missing 17-year-old swimmer
A body has been recovered from the ocean near Pier Village on Saturday afternoon in Long Branch. Long Branch Police Captain Jason Roebuck said he cannot confirm if the body is that of the missing 17-year-old Patterson boy Rudy Mena who has been missing since last Sunday. The body was reportedly pulled from the ocean by lifeguards shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday. Local authorities ended their search for the boy on Tuesday, May 29 after searching for him for three days. Roebuck said one of the boy's friends said he was swimming and was "sucked out" by the riptide on May 27 around 5:45 p.m.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Badges will be on sale until end of January.
Looking for a last-second gift idea for your friend or family member who spends much of their summer at the beach? The perfect gift may be awaiting you at Long Branch City Hall in the form of discounted beach badges for the 2012 summer season. The Long Branch Council adopted an ordinance in November that lowers the price of beach badges by $5 until Jan. 31, 2012. According to the draft ordinance, the regular price for a seasonal adult (ages 18 to 61) badge is $45. A “holiday beach pass” for an adult would cost $40. Regular-priced passes for children (ages 14 to 17) cost $30, but would be discounted to $25, the draft ordinance says. Adults 62 and older and children 13 and younger would receive free beach admission. The discounted badges are…