Thursday, January 24, 2013
The schedule has been revised to keep the bridge open on weekends.
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 …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Bridge opened up to traffic with no prior word from county
Update: Five days earlier than anticipated and on the cusp of a Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge closing, the Oceanic Bridge is open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. As of early evening, all barriers and signage had been removed and traffic was traveling across the bridge. Monmouth County Spokeswoman Laura Kirkpatrick said tonight that the bridge opened between 3:30 and 4 p.m.; and the reason for no advance notice from the county, she explained, was simply because the crews ended up finishing ahead of schedule, without knowing for certain that all would be wrapped up as soon as it was. "The bridge was scheduled to re-open on Jan. 28," Kirkpatrick said. "Engineers and construction crews ended up completing the work and testing ahead of …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School junior Charlotte Nagy releases new video to benefit Sea Bright Rising
It may still look dark and dismal in Sea Bright when night falls on the downtown strip of the small Hurricane Sandy-ravaged town, but there's a bright spirit that prevails. Of the some 30 businesses by the ocean, there are only four open: Dunkin' Donuts, Bain's Hardware, Harry's Lobster House and the new Ama Ristorante at Driftwood Beach Club, which, a bit apart from the downtown strip, was the first to re-open. And not too many residents have yet settled back into their homes. "It's like a ghost town here," said Claudia Cantor, who lives and works in town, but was displaced until recently and is still jobless. "People are trickling back in, but there's something very sad about it all. It's quiet and just about the only lights at night are…
Monday, January 7, 2013
Pedestrian and vehicular traffic cannot traverse the bridge from Rumson or Middletown sides for three weeks, from now until Jan. 28.
A digital sign at the Rumson foot of the Oceanic Bridge said it would be closed "on or about Jan. 7" for three weeks to install slated safety upgrades. And, "on" Jan. 7 it is. The upgrades, which county officials said include new barrier gates and security cameras, have been scheduled for some time now and have nothing to do with a recent embankment mudslide that became reason for a separate closure until a few days ago. And while the contractor, IEW Construction Group, is installing the upgrades, county officials said the closure will be used as a "maximized opportunity" to also fix any damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. “This work is required because the existing equipment is outdated and replacement parts are becoming more difficult …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Rumson police issued an alert late Thursday morning.
When it comes to the Oceanic Bridge closure, there are two separate issues that officials say have been somehow lumped together: the present emergency closure; and a coming closure to address what have been "long scheduled upgrades." "They are two entirely separate matters; and, one has nothing to do with the other," Monmouth County Spokeswoman Laura Kirkpatrick said on Friday afternoon. "The present closure is an emergency closure not related to the span itself. Another closure has been slated for Jan. 7 and has been in the works for some time. During that distinctly different closure, safety upgrades will be made, such as the replacement of barrier gates. The timetable (of roughly three weeks) is dependent upon weather conditions." …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Republican presidential candidate makes a stop at a West River Road GOP fundraiser
It was nothing new to the sleepy peninsula suburb of Rumson when 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid a visit to a private West River Road estate for a political fundraiser early Wednesday evening. "We've done it before," longtime Republican Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl said. "We had Dick Cheney here a few years back." Ekdahl, who was not planning to attend the event, said he was not at liberty to disclose the exact address, but he did say that there would be extra police patrols on duty on and around the property for the evening. Taking a ride down River Road, the extra patrols became obvious at a riverfront West River Road estate where American flags draped the front posts at the entrance gate and driveway and three …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Monmouth County is getting a new all-girls school in 2013.
Rumson moms Victoria Gmelich and Mairead Clifford have announced that in September of 2013 they will be opening the first all-girls high school in this area — Trinity Hall. Though the school will not be a parochial one, religious leaders will serve on its board and its mission will be faith-based, encouraging girls to “focus on their education, become leaders and grow in faith,” as they told Patch's Shannon Winning in an interview on Monday. While conceding that the all-girls high schooling option is not one that everyone prefers, they also said that they feel strongly that the option should exist. Both hail from out-of-the-area same-sex religious schools, as do their husbands. Wanting to transplant what they say were their overwhelmingly …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
This year's event will have a 'Lost City of Atlantis' motif
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
It’s time for the annual Cancer Ball; and, the event will be held in Rumson this year at the waterfront estate of George and Lori Hall on North Ward Avenue. The gala, which takes place on Saturday, June 9, will honor 45 years of success with the ball. This year, the Cancer Ball will take attendees away to the mysterious “Lost City of Atlantis.” Beginning at 6 p.m., 600 guests will be treated to an extraordinary production under an elaborate, decorated tent on the shore of the Shrewsbury River. The evening will feature both live and silent auctions during cocktails, followed by gourmet dining, a raffle drawing, and dancing to the sounds of live entertainment by The Zoo. This year, the Cancer Ball will be honoring its history, which has …
Friday, May 18, 2012
Officials and residents gathered for the opening ceremony on the bridge
It was a beautiful day for a bridge re-opening. After seven months of repair work and a gathering, replete with speeches and ribbon cutting, the historic Oceanic Bridge did something this morning it hasn’t done all those months — it opened, to many smiles, sighs of relief and gasps of amazement at the sight so close up. Officials, dignitaries and residents of both Rumson and Middletown stood right at the foot of the revamped 98-foot moveable portion as horns sounded and each side of the freshly painted green drawbridge rose, marking the official opening of the span to traffic. “Wow,” Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl said. “After all these years, this is the first time I’ve ever seen it open so close-up. This is a first for me. And, I also got to …