Saturday, May 18, 2013
Brick office receives more staff as summer influx expected; Ocean City office permanently destroyed, LBI office renovated
Comcast has said it has rebuilt 144 miles worth of cable infrastructure since Superstorm Sandy struck the Shore area and has hired extra staff for coastal area offices as an influx of seasonal customers is anticipated. Additional customer service employees and 170 extra technicians are to start work May 25, the company said in a statement this week. Additionally, at the company's offices in Brick, Absecon, Avalon, Northfield, Ocean City and Wildwood, the number of workstations "has been nearly doubled to provide more expedited, one-on-one attention for customers," the company said. The company's Long Beach Island office in Ship Bottom has been "completely renovated," while its Ocean City office was destroyed and is now operating out of two…
Friday, May 3, 2013
Both the party boat crowd and shore-based locals getting in on the action
As local anglers try their collective hands at spring fishing after a tough winter all around, the striped bass seem to be cooperating as water temperatures slowly rise. Starting in the northern reaches of this column's publication area, the crew of the Big Mohawk out of Belmar finished their blackfish season this week and decided to dabble in the bass fishery on Tuesday. The result: everyone on board got their limit of stripers. "I know that is what so many of you have been waiting to hear," Capt. Chris wrote on the boat's website. The boat, which sails 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, had a similarly good day Thursday after taking Wednesday off. Few reports came in from the suds in the Manasquan and Point Pleasant areas, but anecdotally, anglers …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Heavy rain causes big puddles, but little in the way of tidal flooding on LBI
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Friday, February 8
House raisers and carpenters note spike in work, adding that many residents are waiting for insurance funds before signing contracts.
The message on the answering machine at LBI House Raising is telling: "Due to the high volume of requests we are receiving, we are only able to provide estimates for Long Beach Island homeowners at this time. Please check back with us periodically for updates. We apologize for the inconvenience." There was a time, LBI House Raising Co-owner Nancy Leonetti said, when their contractors would travel all the way to Flemington, N.J., to raise a home. But that all changed after Hurricane Sandy. If there can be one "bright spot" in Sandy's wake, it would be the growth in certain businesses that cater to the rebuilding efforts needed all along the shore, from private home rebuilds to construction of various recreational areas, like boardwalks. …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Clean-up and restoration with a dose of humor all go hand in hand as Long Beach Island recovers from Sandy.
Long Beach Island residents - except those from Holgate - returned to their homes Saturday morning, beginning at 6 a.m. During a Friday afternoon news conference in Seaside Heights on Friday, Governor Christie announced that the Route 72 causeway bridge will be open. Christie said the state will allow residents controlled access to assess damage, retrieve belongings and permit repopulation of the island for residents whose homes are safe and habitable. Here is a short photo tour before Saturday's reopening. People should procede with caution as there is still a lot of work going on and dangerous conditions in many areas.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Power is on in Surf City and Ship Bottom, but new weather problems may be on the horizon and gas is weeks away.
Seeing a police officer armed with an automatic rifle at the end of the Causeway in Ship Bottom was a worse sight than any nightmare I have ever had. He and a pair of National Guardsmen were checking IDs and verifying access at the Gateway to Long Beach Island for contractors, utility workers, media and some select home and business owners to protect against looters and ensure the saftey on those coming on to the Island. Businesses that had perishable items were being allowed by Beach Haven to get them and leave. Residents in Surf City whose homes had been “red flagged," essentially declared uninhabitable, were allowed to go in briefly to collect personal items. Those helping to rebuild the island were also arrriving in convoys of dump …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Restoring power, access to fuel are immediate priorities, governor says
Parts of the Jersey Shore are “unrecognizable,” Gov. Chris Christie said in Brick Friday afternoon. Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno toured parts of Ocean County, including Mantoloking and Bay Head Friday, before coming to a FEMA relief center set up at Emma Havens Young Elementary School in Brick to address the media. “The destruction the lieutenant governor and I have seen … is just unfathomable,” said Christie. “I’ve driven on Route 35 since I was coming to the shore with my parents as a young child. And you just can’t recognize the place. It is heartbreaking." “It’s unrecognizable,” he said. “Once you’re able to go there, you will not believe what you see.” Chritie described walking on Route 35 where sand was piled calf-deep. “I tell…
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Surf City already being impacted by Sandy
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Mandatory evacuations of certain parts of Stafford and Barnegat expected to take effect at noon tomorrow.
The Route 72 Causeway Bridge headed east will shut down after 4 p.m. tomorrow, according to police and fire officials gathered at a first responders' meeting held earlier today in Harvey Cedars. The westbound lanes of the bridge will be shut down when winds reach 40 mph, police said. Although traffic will be able to leave the island after 4 p.m., Stafford Police Chief Joseph Giberson stressed the importance of residents vacating as soon as possible. Giberson and Long Beach Island first responders made the decision about the Causeway bridge after being told at the meeting, by a National Weather Service officials that "flooding in all bay/lagoon communities could reach as high as five to seven feet above the top of bulkheads." "Look at your…
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Governor blasts Dems on taxes but tip toes around the question of municipal consolidation.
Governor Chris Christie brought his Endless Summer Tour for Tax Reform to Long Beach Island on Thursday. He spoke to an overflow crowd that filled the pavilion and lined the boardwalks on either side of Bayview Park in Long Beach Township’s Brant Beach section. Christie began his commentary outlining the bipartisanship in Trenton that had accomplished items like tenure reform and scaling down the size of government. But he quickly went back into attack mode on the “Corizine Democrats” when it came to tax reform. “The Democrats need to come off the beach, just for one day, and pass the tax cut,” he said. Christie also took a swipe at fellow conservative Bill O'Reilly, who has chided him for not passing Jessica's Law that would further …