Monday, March 11, 2013
Portion of the Sea Bright road from the foot of Rumson-Sea Bright to Highlands Bridge was cut off, due to washout and rock slides
The barriers at the foot of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge that closed off northern Ocean Avenue, from the bridge to Sandy Hook, for a few days have been taken down and the street is reopened. The NJ Department of Transportation has been working on a temporary and permanent fix for the state highway, Route 36, since Monday morning. And Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long has announced on her Facebook page that the road would be reopened at some point Monday afternoon. It has been cut off since the nor'easter last week. Because of the storms, the rocks that comprise the sea wall along Ocean Avenue have become dislodged. The result: sliding rocks and ocean water and sand seeping through the resulting gaping cavities. The Gateway National Recreation …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
KDM Foundation Run to benefit Sea Bright was Saturday
It was a great day for a run and a party. No sooner did the snow melt than the weather took a turn for the better and it became a perfect day for the 12th Annual Fun Run, sponsored by the Rumson-based KDM Foundation, after 9/11 victim Keith McHeffey. This year, all proceeds from the run were allocated to benefit Sea Bright Recreation and its activities. After the run, Chris Wood, owner of Woody's Ocean Grille had a tent set up in front of his restaurant with drinks, food and a band. The crowd joined in the festivities and the weather held out well. Take a look at the above photo gallery for a glimpse into the day. If you'd like to upload your own photos, feel free.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Businesses are coming back to Sea Bright soon
It was a scene that was hard to forget. Shortly after Hurricane Sandy struck and devastated Sea Bright, Brian George stood in front of his whiped-out Northshore store with a beaten down, but hopeful look and feeling as he chatted with passersby. A sign on his gutted, barely standing business said "We believe in Sea Bright ... We'll be back." And, they will be back, and soon. George has announced that his business will be open in Sea Bright on March 1, in a different place. "Since Dec. 1 we (had) relocated the business temporarily back in Rumson, where we started the business back in 1982," George said. "We'll be heading back to Sea Bright on March 1 at a new location at 1127 Ocean Ave in a building we're calling "Big Yellow. We're excited …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Governor welcomed Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long's endorsement and offered his own thoughts
Who cares about crossing party lines when rebuilding in the wake of a disaster like Hurricane Sandy? That's the question Gov. Chris Christie posed yesterday when he accepted the ringing endorsement for his reelection from Democratic Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long. Long, whose town has been visited quite a bit by the governor since Sandy struck and nearly leveled it, called the governor a hero. Democratic leadership called her an opportunist capitalizing on the disaster. Christie called out people putting politics above rebuilding the Jersey Shore with a united front. Hear what the governor had to say in the brief video clip above.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Facing harsh criticism by Democratic leadership, Long supports Christie's reelection bid.
Unity trumps politics in the face of adversity. That was the salient message imparted by the Democratic mayor of a town devastated by Hurricane Sandy as she endorsed Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection bid. Christie — criticized by a contingent of Republicans for his support and recognition of Democratic President Obama in the face of Sandy — stood alongside Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long at Woody’s Ocean Grille on Thursday as the Democratic mayor voiced her support of the New Jersey governor. The governor reiterated "his politics be damned, this is about rebuilding in the wake of disaster" credo and praised Long for her post-Sandy leadership. Long clarified that her support of Christie did not have anything to do with state Sen. …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The governor was joined by Shaun Donovan in Sea Bright Thursday afternoon.
The $1.8 billion recently allocated for use in Community Development Block Grants, or CDBGs, will be used primarily to help residents and small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy recover, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan said Thursday afternoon. Joined by Gov. Chris Christie in Sea Bright, Donovan said the funding is the first chunk of approximately $16 billion that will help homeowners along the East Coast rebuild, filling the gaps between aid provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and loans issued by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The grant funding is part of the more than $50 billion aid package approved by Congress less than a month ago. With storms like Sandy, known, …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The two will be the honorees at a All Fur Love Animal Rescue, Inc. event
Wednesday, January 30
Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long and Police Chief John Sorrentino will be honored soon for their compassion and care of stray animals in the face of adversity in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. All Fur Love Animal Rescue, Inc. will be hosting its second Valentine’s dinner and gift auction on Feb. 7 at Our House Restaurant and Banquet Facility, Farmingdale. This event will honor Long and Sorrentino for their dedication to protecting Sea Bright’s community cat population despite the tremendous devastation faced by the town after Hurricane Sandy. They were also instrumental in instituting the town’s TNR (trap neuter return) ordinance and have been inspiring advocates for the local animals. “Dina and John have shown true courage and compassion” said …
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 …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Governor convenes Business Impact Assessment Group to survey merchants' needs after Sandy
Statewide business groups will begin this weekend to survey the needs of local merchants seeking to recover and rebuild after superstorm Sandy, Gov. Chris Christie said Friday afternoon. The formation of the Business Impact Assessment group was announced at a news conference at the Sea Bright firehouse, which until recently had served as a "Food City" center for provisions for the local responders and residents in this devastated oceanfront community. Local and state officials joined residents to hear the governor describe the value of small businesses, especially those at the Shore. "The heartbeat of the economy and the fabric of the culture are all these small businesses," he said. Small businesses are the "backbone of the Garden State …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee held a hearing on Hurricane Sandy Tuesday, inviting residents to detail their experiences.
In the high school cafeteria where he spent the first 17 days after Hurricane Sandy – a refugee in his own town – Highlands Mayor Frank Nolan asked members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee to listen and remember the real stories of those directly impacted by the storm. Following its tour of Sandy-ravaged coastal towns Tuesday, a group of state senators who have held regular meetings with elected officials, utility companies and experts within various state agencies in preparation of Sandy’s longterm fiscal impact on Trenton, took their seats in Henry Hudson Regional School to hear storm stories from residents and business owners alike. While testimony ranged from complaints over FEMA’s bureaucracy, praise for first …