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As the sun-kissed shores of the Southern Ocean County coast embrace the gentle arrival of summer, we extend our warmest greetings and invite you to embark on a momentous journey through the pages of the Bay magazine as we enthusiastically celebrate our 10th Anniversary with this Summer 2023 issue.
It’s hard to believe that for the past ten seasons, we have been celebrating the vibrant spirit of our coastal community in the pursuit of a blissful, leisurely lifestyle through our publication. The community, our local flora and fauna, as well as the sea and sand have been the ultimate muse in providing content that celebrates LBI’s history and cherished memories, exploring the new adventures of local business owners and makers, commending the philanthropy, and reveling the island’s new beginnings by capturing the emotionally moving weddings and reveling in the ingenuitive homebuilding.
We are thrilled to showcase the incredible diversity and talent of our local creators, movers and shakers, whose entrepreneurial spirit and unwavering dedication continue to shape the brilliant fabric of our coastal community. From quaint boutiques offering unique treasures to delightful eateries serving up mouthwatering culinary experiences, we encourage you to discover the hidden gems that make the Long Beach Island coastline truly extraordinary.
We proudly shine a spotlight on the remarkable work of local non-profit organizations, including the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, and the Jetty Rock Foundation, whose dedication and commitment to the community uplift and inspire us all. Learn
about their impactful initiatives and find out how you can contribute to making a difference right here on our beloved little barrier island.
Furthermore, we delve into the enchanting world of weddings, where love and celebration come together against the breathtaking backdrop of our picturesque shores. Join us as we explore the latest trends in wedding planning and discover the talented vendors who specialize in creating magical moments that will be etched in the hearts of couples and their guests forever.
Our summer issue also brings you a delectable collection of recipes that celebrate the bountiful flavors of the season. From refreshing cocktails to delicious beachside picnic treats, our culinary experts have curated a delightful array of dishes that embody the essence of summer, elevating your outdoor dining experiences to new heights.
Last but not least, we invite you to explore the latest trends in home building and design that perfectly capture the coastal charm and sophistication of our region. From breathtaking architectural marvels to innovative interior design concepts, let us inspire you to create your own seaside sanctuary where relaxation and rejuvenation seamlessly intertwine. Immerse yourself in the beauty and joy that await you in these pages. Join us as we embrace the spirit of summer and cherish the treasured moments that make life along the LBI coast truly remarkable.
Wishing you endless days of sun-kissed adventures and memorable experiences this 2023 summer season.
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Fewer rooms in a home have as much need for organization and optimization as the primary suite. When it comes to keeping a main bedroom smart, stylish and tidy at the beach, space can be especially precious.
Serenity Design Interior Design Team recently completed an exceptional transformation of a primary suite on Long Beach Island. Previously lacking in storage and personal style, the room felt cluttered and chaotic.
“As most, if not all, homeowners will attest,” says Victoria Grimes, owner of Serenity Design, “Chaos is the opposite of how anyone wishes to feel at the beach. We all want our homes to feel peaceful, restful and restorative. That’s where we come in.”
With the Serenity Interior Design Team’s keen eye for design and space optimization, the room was beautifully outfitted with a custom-built contemporary floating king bed. This bold piece is not only stylish in design, but also functional, with secret storage space cleverly hidden beneath the bed and behind the headboard. Slider doors behind the headboard offer walking space to access the storage and the elevated orientation brings the owners that much closer to the windows for enjoying views of the outdoor landscape.
A full wall wardrobe provides ample additional storage for clothing and other belongings, eliminating clutter and creating a sense of calm. The custom floor-to-ceiling built-in cabinets optimize storage potential and also make the space feel larger. The room is now a serene retreat, perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation after a long day in the sun.
In addition to the sleek and modern bedroom transformation, the Serenity Design team also renovated the primary en suite to create a cohesive and stylish flow from bed to bath. This renovation not only required a new look, but an entire redesign of the overall space. Slightly awkward in shape, with undersized and impractical closets, overall usability presented a practicality problem. Throw a one-sink vanity to the mix, and the Serenity Design Team considered this challenge accepted.
Removing walls between these two spaces was priority one, after which a total reconfiguration was envisioned and executed. The result provides for a much larger primary bath with vastly improved flow. The fresh, clean space features a floating gray laminate double vanity, bold and captivating dark
floors, and large format glass tile. These finishes create a modern and luxurious atmosphere, elevating the space and bringing it up to date with current design trends. Current and future occupants of the primary suite now have ample space for all of their personal items. This new contemporary suite is a breath of fresh air and served as a rewarding project for both the homeowners and the designers, as it aligned goals and stepped outside of the typical beach house design approach.
“We love having the opportunity to turn a lackluster space into a visual masterpiece,” says Grimes. “We pride ourselves with having a keen eye for detail and space optimization. Projects like this one give us the chance to create design solutions that marry form, function and style.”
Over 40 years ago, Mark and Peg Reynolds started a small business selling plant material out of a truck and providing basic landscaping services to homeowners in the local community. Since that time and from those humble beginnings, Reynolds has evolved into a multi-functional design-build company creating elaborate outdoor living environments with kitchens and showers, pergolas and firepits, hardscaping and decking and much more for a discerning clientele across LBI. Additional divisions include low-voltage outdoor lighting, audio/visual and, most recently, an expansion into home building and interior renovation with the establishment of Mark Reynolds Project Management in 2016.
Known for innovative design, attention to detail, impeccable customer service and employing a cadre of carpenters, electricians, plumbers and trade professionals of the highest quality, Reynolds is the premier provider of outdoor living services on LBI. Often overshadowed in the accolades showered upon them, yet representing the cornerstone of their success and distinction, Reynolds Landscaping is the first and most familiar division of the Reynolds family of services.
When strolling the streets of LBI, the landscapes created by Reynolds Landscaping are easily recognizable by their impeccable design--planted lush and dense to create a burst of color, texture and variety throughout the summer season and beyond. Attention to detail is spent matching the perfect combination of flowering plant material to both complement and contrast with evergreen trees and shrubs that provide structure and continued interest well into the winter months.
The foundation of all Reynolds’ landscapes start with healthy plants purchased from only the most select growers along the east coast, leading to vigorous and glossy plant material known for their durability and longevity. Garden soils are constantly tested to ensure the proper combination of nutriments are present. This arsenal of soils and plants create the perfect starting point from which to anchor a Reynolds landscape.
2-dimsensional landscape designs and 3-dimensional digital renderings, created by the design team at Reynolds Landscaping, are additional services avail-
able to provide homeowners with a visual reference and master plan of the conceptual landscape on their property. A master plan also assists homeowners to easily select design components to install in phases, based upon budget parameters.
While a design plan creates a map for garden locations on the property, the actual layout of plant material in a Reynolds installation takes place on site allowing the landscape professionals to work as artists, painting a living canvas through colorful and textured plant material. This process is fluid and creative and is one of the distinguishing factors that sets the Reynolds design process apart from others in the trade.
The central planting palette of a Reynolds landscape—long-blooming hydrangea and rose bushes, summer-flowering crape myrtle trees, screening privets and evergreen boxwoods, holly and cypress to name a few—have remained constant through the years due to their reliable performance and longevity.
To supplement these hardy plant performers, homeowners are always invited to peruse the Reynolds Garden Center, undoubtably the premier supplier of plant material in the area, to review and select perennial flowering plants of their preference. These supplemental plants enable Reynolds Landscaping to design a personalized landscape—unique for each client.
Unparalleled experience, innovative design and vigorous, healthy plant material combined with an enthusiastic commitment to customer service are the cornerstones of success for Reynolds Landscaping. They are the principles upon which the company was established and the formula which makes Reynolds Landscaping the premier landscaping company on LBI.
To learn more about the services offered by Reynolds Landscaping or to review a portfolio of their inspiring installations, please visit www.reynoldslandscaping.com. For a comprehensive selection of the plant material used in their projects, please visit Reynolds Landscaping, Garden Center & Garden Shop located at 201 East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin, NJ—summer hours are Monday through Friday 9:00am to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Situated on one of the most unique sites on LBI, a new custom home belonging to Joe and Mary Anne O ’Dowd provides beautiful ocean views to the east, bay views to the west and natural marshland views at the most southerly point of the island in Holgate.
Designed with a deft blending of functional requirements, family and guests enjoy views across four levels of reverse luxury living. The first floor features secondary bedrooms, including a bunk room as well as a den, each affording views to the water surrounding all sides. The second level features an open great room, primary suite and decks facing both east and west, and a rooftop deck providing panoramic sightlines of the coast and Atlantic City. At ground level, the outdoor living space, complete with in-ground pool and patio, backs up to the peaceful and serene Clam Cove Reserve, 24 acres of preserved coastal marshland on the bayside.
“The entire south side of the property faces the reserve,” said Mary Anne, “It’s an amazing, beautiful open space that’s never going to be built on. So we’ll always have our views, which is pretty special.”
The proximity to Clam Cove means exposure to the natural elements. This includes strong winds, necessitating a strategic solution for keeping drifting sands
literally at bay. The couple worked closely with the Pagnotta team to come up with a unique approach for decorative fencing combined with a practical retaining wall to create an attractive aesthetic while maximizing space and mitigating an ever-present environmental menace.
The O’Dowd residence is fairly traditional in its front elevation, incorporating Nu-Cedar shingle siding and Andersen Double-hung windows. The home’s four outdoor living areas are structured to provide both sunny and covered areas, as well as offering clear unobstructed views from any and every vantage point. Depending on the time of the day, there’s a place where you can find sun and there’s a place where you can find shade.
The couple first met Michael Pagnotta more than ten years ago after they purchased the duplex that originally sat on the lot. This was a mere six months before Superstorm Sandy left her devastating mark on the Holgate landscape. Curious about the architectural process of renovating an existing older dwelling, they sought the advice of the design-build expert.
“We had bought the property in March of 2012,” Mary Anne recalled. “Then in October, Sandy happened, and we were lucky we didn’t have that much damage, just a lot of sand in the lower level. It was one of those duplexes where the bottom floor was just a garage with storage and laundry room, so really just the whole yard and the bottom of the house was full of sand, but the living areas were fine.”
Joe had reached out to Pagnotta at that point, seeking guidance as to what they could do to make the duplex more single family-friendly, possibly enclosing some of the staircases and entrances. Being such a unique property and situated on such a rare and distinctive lot, Pagnotta had suggested that a new build would allow them to capitalize on the opportunity for sweeping views, as opposed to simply working with what was there and renovating the existing structure.
“Mike had recommended that we rebuild,” Mary Anne said, “But we didn’t do anything for many years because the house really did fare well in the storm, so it felt kind of bittersweet to think about taking it down. About a decade later, we ultimately decided it just wasn’t suiting our growing family, so we decided it was time to build the house of our dreams.”
Pagnotta sketched some concepts in front of them during the meeting, explaining how various elements would be arranged to optimize views from virtually every room. The concept of terracing was illustrated, which is the massing and steeping of the home’s form, resulting in each deck having both sunny and covered areas.
“As a design-build firm,” explained Pagnotta, “We first create schematic designs and present floor plans and 3D renderings of the proposed home. Our technologies enable us to show the sun and shade patterns of the home throughout the course of the year. Early in the design process we are able to discuss construction costs and prepare specifications that describe the materials that make up the actual construction of the home. Being able to provide so much information early in the process is one of the great advantages of serving as both architect and builder.”
Never having done a custom build before, Joe and Mary Anne felt it made sense to have the architect and the builder all in one place. That way, any modifications that needed to be made could be completed seamlessly and efficiently. Having been in some of Pagnotta’s homes in the past, they knew well that his work was good and felt confident that the design-build firm was the right choice for them.
“We were excited about the developing concept,” Pagnotta said. “I was delighted when the O’Dowds chose to build new. The vision for the home was to accommodate multiple generations of family, and the design needed to facilitate an active, beach oriented lifestyle.”
Pagnotta’s Interior Design department worked closely with the O’Dowds, helping them express themselves with their interior selections. Working together on the cabinetry, plumbing and electrical fixtures as well as
tile selections led to a harmonious interior that complements the exterior architecture.
The upper cabinets cleverly incorporate custom glass doors with four lights, echoing the design of the window transoms above the sliding doors to the deck. Board and batten lines the staircases as well as the dining room. Diagonal natural wood wide plank floors in the lower level family room are also found in the dining area. The color palette is full of soft natural colors and organic materials. Furnishings, fabrics and finishes are classic and clean, neutral in hue, with pops of blue throughout, striking a beautiful balance of coastal sophistication.
The resulting home is especially attractive on the outside, visually arresting and comfortable on the inside, and ultimately an overwhelming success story. “I can’t say enough good things about the Pagnotta team,” said Mary Anne. “They just nailed it.”
Pagnotta and team are delighted about having such happy customers too. “Few things are more exciting than hearing clients once they see for themselves how the design becomes real and how the island views are actually captured. We are glad we satisfied the O’Dowd’s functional requirements while optimizing the full scope of their magnificent property.”
The O’Dowds’ intend to eventually utilize their new Holgate home as their winter residence, if not all yearround. Their two sons, Dan and Joe, will both marry in the coming year, and as the fortunate beneficiaries of such a spectacular legacy, will enjoy summering in their own private suites along with their partners and, perhaps someday soon, their growing families. Joe and Mary Anne look forward to sharing this incredible island dream with their growing family and future generations to come.
The team at David Ash Landscape utilizes their years of experience and expertise combined with the latest state of the art designing software to create breathtakingly stunning backyard paradises that combine function and style. Manifesting the homeowners’ unique visions into reality is a rewarding opportunity when working with David and his team. As the resident pool experts on LBI it is no wonder they provide expert services throughout the landscaping process as well as insight into economical ways to create your own personal paradise.
Their knowledge of planning and designing outdoor spaces goes hand in hand with designing a new home. One of the best ways to maximize time and opportunity is to work in tandem with your home architect and landscaper to create your dream home. The team at David Ash Landscape collaborates with the architect during the entire process which will avoid common mistakes; for example: using all the available building coverage of a space.
An all-too-common occurrence is the team encountering projects that they (David Ash Landscape) were not included in the overall design process from the start and clients who are surprised that they can’t meet zoning requirements for setbacks and township requirements for building. “It’s to the clients benefit to bring us into discussions early in the home design process“ David said, “we regularly work closely with local architects and builders to ensure the homeowners can make the most of their outdoor space.”
When people are building new homes if they consider the outdoor living spaces, they will avoid the disappointment of finding out they can’t have a pool, outdoor kitchen, pavers etc. With the proper planning the possibilities are endless. If you are still not convinced there are 5 essential pillars to the benefits of planning your outdoor space as you are building your home.
Building a new home is a significant investment. Incorporating a pool and landscaping to your plans creates a master outline from the start for your home. The incorporation of all the costs up front in your home construction project, can consolidate your expenses. Thus, making it easier to manage your finances.
Considering a pool and landscaping during the construction of your home allows you to create a harmonious design that seamlessly integrates with your home’s architecture and outdoor living spaces. Existing topography, landscaping, and design features of your new home can cohesively tell a beautiful story. Waiting until after your home is built may limit your design options and could result in additional work and expenses.
By coordinating your pool build with your home construction, you can save time, reduce effort, and eliminate headaches. The process is more efficient and less disruptive. For example, building the pool before the driveway and yard are completed allows easy access for construction equipment without damaging your property. Having the landscape design already in mind and done at the very end is finishing touch that ties it all together.
Having your own backyard oasis is like having a personal resort at your disposal, something that David and his team know how to create. Coordinating all the stages of new home design into one build allow you to readily enjoy the outdoor space as soon as all of the boxes are unpacked.
A backyard pool is a desirable feature for many homebuyers. Including one in your new home construction can increase your property’s value and appeal. Should you decide to sell your home in the future, having a pool can help attract potential buyers and set your property apart from the competition.
David Ash Landscape is located at 908 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City NJ 08008, 609-494-7007.
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Thom Sweeney has more than 35 years of interior design experience and is member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). His company, Thom Sweeney Interiors, has a 3,000 sq ft showroom that houses furniture, textiles, hand-picked accessories (not to mention a plethora of catalogues that clients can browse through)— everything needed to select just the right design element to configure the perfect wall, table or floor.
A refined designer with a well-trained eye, his primary goal is to bring a space to life with the most stunning, curated finishing touches that pull together an exquisite design vision.
Below, a Bay Magazine reader asks Thom a popular design question with all-too-familiar theme:
Q: I’m about to do over my home on LBI, and I want the paint palette, and whatever else I decide to replace (furniture, window treatments, flooring and tile) to remain relevant for as long a time as possible. What advice can you give me to ensure that this happens?
What’s “hot” for 2024?-Judy T., Holgate
A: Well, Judy, the one thing that I’m sure of is that what’s “hot” now WON’T be hot when you’re ready to re-decorate the next time. Everything has its season. It’s sort of analogous to a bouquet of beautiful flowers. The first day you arrange them in the vase they are spectacular. Then after a couple days, you notice that the water’s getting cloudy, so you change that. Then you notice that as the flowers open, they don’t look quite as pretty, or as fresh, anymore. Then a few days later certain varieties of the flowers are dropping their petals, and finally die, so you quickly remove them from the others. But no matter what you do, inevitably the proverbial “bloom comes off the rose” and they all need to be replaced. So, too, with the decor of your home. Not everything becomes dated-looking all at once. In my mind, colors and color combinations are the first to herald the demise of what was once may have been a very relevant look. Generally speaking, you can figure on possibly ten years before things get too outdated and, finally, embarrassing. It happens slowly. Your once vibrant prints have faded to
a lavender hue, and even your wood floors have taken on a color of their own because of time—and the relentless seashore sun. See for yourself and check the floor under the area rug!
So, it seems to me Judy, that one of the best ways to circumvent the inevitable, would be to GO WHITE! White walls, white trim, white ceilings and even white or off-white performance fabrics on the upholstery. These days, products such as Crypton and many others have made it much more practical to use on upholstered pieces even if you have kids who are slobs and pets with muddy paws who insist on jumping on the sofa. White is such a great backdrop for a coastal palette, isn’t it? Natural or driftwood finished case goods work perfectly with it, as do the colors of the sand, sea and sky.
As far as window treatments are concerned, you cannot beat the look of white Plantation Shutters or gauzy linen panels wafting in the breeze. Are you feeling it? Can you picture it, Judy? And, if you are going to replace your flooring, consider the look of a wide plank or parquet reclaimed wood, or white oak in ceramic. So, this time around, keep it simple, stick with those basics, and you’re sure to have a beach house that will outshine, outperform and outlive all of your more colorful (and DATED) neighbors.
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Matthew Gaudet-Walters, director of The Walters Group, is a passionate person by nature, but his creative energy and dedication really shine through in his projects with Walters Homes. He is an outside-the-box kind of thinker, whether it be troubleshooting layout issues to comply with various building codes or pushing the envelope on design. In 2019 Matt began work on a completely new kind of project with a Harvey Cedars beachfront estate. While Walters Homes works closely with their clients to create whatever style they are looking for, most of the homes ultimately fall into a coastal-transitional aesthetic. However Matt had visions of introducing his own personal flavor of modern luxury in his latest undertaking, showing the caliber of what’s possible within the Walters Homes and Architecture umbrella. The end result? A masterful fusion of NJ
coastal vibes meets SoCal, infused with added inspiration from Miami modern and Hamptons elegance.
Matt spent a great deal of time on design research to create this unique look, and he worked closely with their in-house award-winning architect, Arnie Boyle, to compose a true masterpiece. And while Walter’s 3-d modeling program presents an unparalleled experience in simulating a true rendering of each completed house, it was still an absolute thrill to view the actual finished product.
The initial impression of this ultra-high-end oasis immediately conveys the message that one is about to enter something exceptionally different. The striking white concrete platform steps lead directly to the front
door, though you can’t help but feel beckoned to first round the corner into the front yard. Nestled behind the dunes, deep green turf grass presents a dramatic contrast against the sleek grey exterior of the house and is a delightful departure from the traditional stoned yards of most of our island homes. A large stone fire pit surrounded by ample seating offers a cozy place to relax under a summer night sky. The adjacent covered patio gives year round access to the outdoors, boasting a complete kitchen and dining area. Off to the side, a pool surrounded by lush landscaping rounds out the outdoor entertainment space. Two showers are tucked into the interior of the patio to lend privacy while allowing visitors to bask in the glory of an outside shower at the beach. Perfectly marrying visual elegance with practicality, the requisite storage area accommodates surfboards, umbrellas and other beach-going items.
Upon entering the home, a clean, modern hallway leads visitors to a gorgeous staircase spanning all three floors. With floating, bleached oak treads and clear glass railings, the stairs feel as airy as an ocean breeze and keep the open-concept space flowing gracefully. At the touch of a button, inlaid lights illuminate one’s steps as you move from one level to the next, a subtle yet luxurious feature.
On the second floor, three guest suites, one with an adjoining bedroom, ensure that everyone is comfortable during their stay. Each suite reveals exquisite views of the beach, ultra-plush bedding and beautiful wood flooring. A bonus living room provides the ideal space for children to gather and an outdoor terrace allows guests to enjoy a private morning cup of coffee with the peaceful sound of waves crashing. An office situated on this level affords a quiet workspace with a sliding glass door, showcasing a built-in desk and shelving.
Each en-suite bathroom, as well as the two powder rooms, is the epitome of comfortable opulence. Floating quartz infinity sinks with wall mounted faucets flawlessly echo the streamlined nature of the living quarters. The stacked marble showers and heated marble floor are meticulously designed to please the subconscious eye. Back-lit mirrors add balanced, soothing light.
The main level of the house, however, is where the magic happens. Natural sunlight pours in through the floor-to-ceiling windows around the perimeter; unless, however, with the touch of a button again, one lowers the hidden recessed light-filtering shades. For added privacy during the evening
hours, recessed black-out shades are also available. The open floor plan encourages one to take in the luxurious detailing and high quality design features throughout the space. A long dining table set designed in California bestows plenty of seating for large dinner parties and is positioned with easy access to the kitchen, while still creating a space of its own.
The sixteen foot long kitchen island lived to tell the tale of a seamless piece of concrete being lifted by crane to cap the cabinetry and has proved to be well worth the hassle. The black concrete is repeated in the adjacent full-wall backsplash and presents a beautifully stark contrast to the clean white cabinetry. With built-in refrigerator, freezer and dishwasher panels, plus a double oven housed in the island, any chef can be comfortable working in the kitchen despite its good looks. Adding to the unrivaled entertainment value of the whole package, a crowd-facing sink allows continued connection between dinner party guests and hosts, while a cozy, yet streamlined seating area provides a space to wind down. For those looking to keep the party going, a
pair of huge sliding glass doors completely opens the east-facing wall to unveil all the glorious ambiance of the beach, along with additional seating.
Beautiful wood ceilings extending seamlessly from the porch to the interior add a warmth to the house that perfectly balances the crisp, modern feeling. Glass panels along the outside deck again tie the interior and exterior of the house, echoing the aforementioned staircase, but more importantly showcase an unimpeded view of the one hundred feet of direct ocean frontage.
The master suite is also on the third floor of the house, continuing the expansive ocean views. A custom walkin shower flaunting five shower heads is paralleled by an impressive vanity and separate water closet, making the master bath an oasis unto itself. The walk-in closet directly off the bathroom houses meticulous organization and a comfortable place to dress.
The many nuances that make this home the striking estate that it is are the result not only of Matt’s extraor-
dinary vision, but also of using a local architect who understands the integral building blocks of our island. Walter’s in-house team does their due diligence on every property, intimately aware of the ins and outs of particular zoning laws and important features for beach-living. The partnership between Matt and his father Ed, founder of Walters Group, allows their team to execute at the highest level for a broad range of projects, resulting in an optimal customer journey experience.
Since completion, Matt has embraced the priceless opportunity to spend a great deal of time in this unique home to further refine the design and foundational elements; fuel to perfect his concept in a new project.
Walters has a passionate mission, progressive vision and blueprint for success.
As experts at designing and building homes all along Long Beach Island, Walters knows the lay of the land in and out and can find the ideal location to build the home that suits your lifestyle and respects your financing needs. By your side every step of the way, they offer one stop shopping with in-house real estate, architecture and custom home services at the Jersey Shore.
“We have streamlined all the different services that Walters offers into a single business model for an enhanced client experience,” said Matthew Gaudet-Walters, Director of Business Development for Walters. “We’re excited to open our new office this Summer 2023 and make the homebuilding process as smooth and enjoyable as possible for our clients.” Walters’ impressive new office with a modern aesthetic is located at 701 Central Avenue. It can be seen upon entering or exiting Long Beach Island, across from Ron Jon Surf Shop and adjacent to The Gateway LBI.
The Architecture Studio and Design Center are just a couple highlights of the new building and Walters’ single business model. Walters Architecture is led by industry veteran Arnold Boyle, AIA. “The Walters Architectural division continues to assess and reinvent home designs based on what the public desires to see in their future homes,” said Arnold. “Our goal is to ‘future-proof’ your home by personalizing it to make it more in line with how you live now.”
The Design Center is led by Interior Designer Janelle Welch, who helps homebuyers select all the finishes and colors for your new home. “Walters does not offer preset packages with options,” said Janelle. “We are not a production building company. We personally walk our clients through every step of the process to ensure they are getting a home that is livable, unique and exactly the way they envisioned it to be.”
“We have connected to our homebuyers in new and different ways and promise to continue to do our part in making their home buying dreams a reality in whatever way they feel most comfortable,” said Gaudet-Walters.
“We personally walk our clients through every step of the process to ensure they are getting a home that is livable, unique and exactly the way they envisioned it to be.”
– JANELLE WELCH, INTERIOR DESIGNER
“That has always been, and will continue to be, what inspires so many families to build with Walters.”
Looking to the future, in addition to its new Ship Bottom location, Walters will also maintain its corporate building located at 500 Barnegat Boulevard North in Barnegat.
Walters has been building quality homes at the Jersey Shore since 1984. The company offers three divisions, Architecture, Custom Homes and Realty, to offer all-inclusive services that seamlessly bring a homebuyer’s dream vision to reality. Walters Architecture is a completely complimentary service that allows homebuyers to work with in-house architects to design the perfect home with the latest technology and quality building materials. Walters Realty offers full-service brokerage experts that help homebuyers find the right homesite depending on their desired location. Walters Custom Homes offers newly designed custom home plans that help homebuyers through the homebuilding process. Every custom home built by Walters meets or exceeds the energy efficiency requirements for ENERGY STAR® certification. Walters is located at 500 Barnegat Boulevard North, Building 400, Barnegat, NJ 08005. To learn more, call 609.597.6999 or visit waltershomes.com
Open-plan living has become a design phenomenon that continues to captivate homeowners around the world. With its spaciousness, flexibility, and a seamless flow of energy, this modern concept has redefined the way we experience our living spaces. If you’re ready to embrace the open-plan lifestyle and transform your home into a harmonious haven, industry professional and Oskar Huber Furniture & Design interior designer, Laura Fariello, is unveiling the essential tips and tricks to nail open-plan living.
While undeniably aesthetic in nature, there are certain rules to consider for the successful interior design of an open floor plan home. From strategic furniture placement to clever color schemes, Laura and the design team at Oskar Huber are ready to embark on a journey to create a stunning and functional space that effortlessly combines functionality, style, and comfort. Prepare to elevate your living experience to new heights as Fariello dives into the world of open-plan living and unlocks the transformative potential with her top professional tips.
Laura’s Essential Tips for Designing in an Open Floorplan:
Define Zones: While open-plan living promotes a fluid space, it’s essential to create distinct zones to give purpose and structure to each area. Use furniture, area rugs, or even different flooring materials to visually separate the living, dining, and kitchen spaces.
Harmonious Color Scheme: Maintain a cohesive color palette throughout the open-plan area to create a unified look. Opt for complementary shades or variations of the same color family to ensure a harmonious flow from one zone to another.
Thoughtful Furniture Placement: Arrange furniture strategically to define areas and maximize functionality. Use sofas or an Etagere to create a soft separation between the living room and dining space, or position an island or breakfast bar to delineate the kitchen from the rest of the room.
Lighting Matters: Incorporate a mix of lighting sources to enhance the ambiance and functionality of the space. Consider pendant lights or chandeliers above dining or kitchen areas floor and table lamps for cozy corners and recessed lighting for overall illumination.
Utilize Vertical Space: In open-plan living, vertical space is your friend. Install tall shelves, and artwork to draw the eye upward, adding visual interest and making the most of the available space.
Flexible Furniture Solutions: Invest in furniture pieces that can serve multiple purposes to adapt to different needs. For example, choose a dining table with extendable leaves, or utilize ottomans with hidden storage as both seating and a storage solution. Poufs also add fun to a room and offer additional seating as well.
Create Cohesion with Flooring: Use consistent flooring materials or designs throughout the openplan area to create a seamless transition, or separate spaces. This will visually connect the spaces and make the area feel more cohesive, or define separate spaces and create boundaries where needed.
Consider Acoustic Solutions: Open-plan living can sometimes result in increased noise levels. Incorporate elements like area rugs, window treatments, or interesting wall coverings to help absorb sound and create a more comfortable living environment.
Greenery and Natural Elements: Introduce plants and natural elements to add freshness, texture, and
a touch of the outdoors to your open-plan space. Consider vertical gardens, potted plants, or even a small indoor herb garden in the kitchen.
Personalize with Accessories: Use carefully selected accessories, such as artwork, cushions, or rugs, to inject personality and individual style into the open-plan area. These small details can add warmth and character to the overall design.
By implementing these interior design tips, you’ll be well on your way to mastering open-plan living. Embrace the freedom, versatility, and connectedness it offers while creating a space that reflects your personal style and enhances your daily living experience.
Oskar Huber Furniture & Design understands that making design decisions for your home can feel overwhelming. With countless choices to make and various styles to consider, it’s easy to feel unsure about where to begin. That is why they offer complimentary design assistance to help homeowners
navigate through the process effortlessly. Their team of experienced Oskar Huber Designers, including Laura, is dedicated to understanding clientele’s unique vision and transforming it into a reality. Whether you’re seeking the perfect coastal home furnishings, carefully curated accents, or indoor and outdoor furniture for immediate delivery, their showroom in Ship Bottom has it all. Investing time with their designers will be a valuable endeavor, ensuring that every decision you make is well-informed and aligns with your desired outcome. Visit Oskar Huber today and embark on a design journey that will elevate your space to new heights of beauty and functionality.
The quaint, coastal area of Barnegat, just thirteen miles northwest of Long Beach Island, is proud to welcome a novel style of luxury retirement living at The Cottages at Compass Point. Barnegat is ideally located by state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, prime shopping and fine dining, and only a short drive to beautiful state parks, world-class golfing and pristine beaches. And within the walls of The Cottages, its residents find a true sanctuary. They are free to explore new passions and activities, keeping their brains sharp and turning to the joys of this new phase of life.
The upscale, move-in ready cottages that form this new neighborhood have been thoughtfully constructed, both inside and out. With six unique floor plans, there is most certainly a home to accommodate everyone, and prospective buyers may even choose to customize components of their new space. The home designs are equally inspired by comfort and indulgence, addressing simple, yet integral features to ease living in your golden years and seeking to balance in-home entertainment with personal space. Recognizing that the cottage will be a downsize for many, every home provides ample space for organization, including walkin closets, built-in shelving and on-site laundry rooms. Finishing touches like a cozy gas fireplace, built-in coffee or wine bar, sliding barn doors, and sunlit breakfast nooks truly make it feel like home. And overnight guests will feel right at home, too, in the well-sized secondary bedroom, standard in each model.
Each cottage also features a back patio enclosed in privacy fencing for quiet afternoons spent reading or grilling. An attached garage offers a home for your outdoor items , as well as protection from the elements as you are coming and going. Additionally, The Cottages welcomes your pets in their newly built dog park, understanding that they are undoubtedly a member of your family.
New construction homes mean that residents find it easy to simply enjoy life, rather than dealing with maintenance or remodeling. Everything has been considered to allow you to forget about the mundane chores and hassles outside of the home too, with handsoff beautifully landscaped yards, snow removal and trash pickup.
The hallmark of the entire neighborhood, though, is the iconic front porches found at the entrance of every home. They act as a sheltered place to enjoy beautiful days and a natural way to get to know your neighbors. Winding walking trails and sidewalks throughout encourage time spent outdoors. After all, at the Cottages you are not only buying a new home, but a rich, vibrant community.
The lavish clubhouse is the ultimate point of connection, hosting everything from book clubs, to community gardens, to a golf simulator room complete with wet bar. A state-of-the-art fitness center, including a weight room, cardio room and room for group yoga, encourage an active, healthy lifestyle. Bribing the grandkids to visit is easier than ever given the resort style pool and cabana, and in the winter laps in the indoor pool and hot tub area keep you moving. Upscale locker rooms round out the interior clubhouse space, while a mini putting green, pickleball courts, and fire pits create a communal haven outdoors.
One of the most unique features current residents appreciate is the ability to lease your home, ultimately granting you flexibility as you transition into a new stage of life. Feeling the financial freedom of no down payments or property tax has a powerful impact on your lifestyle. The Cottages is a perfect stepping stone as you allow your adult children to settle into their own lives, without being locked into a location far from where they may eventually settle down.
The Cottages is truly made special by the people who live here. No where else is it so effortless to lead an active, social retirement white enjoying the benefits of your own home.
Come walk through the Clubhouse opening this summer to explore the possibilities for this new, exciting phase of life and sign up for the newsletter on their website to stay up to date. thecottagesnj.com
Just miles from some of New Jersey’s finest beaches lies Cottages at Compass Point - New Jersey’s finest 55+ resort community.
Life at Cottages at Compass Point includes a luxury residence and access to numerous onsite and local amenities including walking trails, community gardening, and sports facilities.
Owning a slice of coastal heaven is a long-held dream for many Long Beach Island vacationers. Blessed be anyone who already has or embraces the opportunity to stake a claim on their very own slice of 08008. Wayne New Jersey natives, John and Patti Wapelhorst, have been faithfully holidaying with their family on Long Beach Island since 1992. It all started back when Patti’s parents invited her and her husband to come and stay in the suite beside them at The Engleside Inn. This was decades ago, at a place and time where their three children - Taylor, Daniel and Matthew - would learn how to walk and swim, one after the other, at Beach Haven’s iconic hotel.
“My parents would be in room 105 and we always were in Room 104,” Patti recalled. “Year after year we’d get the same two rooms, we always looked forward to the one week we would come down to the island. My father would walk to the bagel place every morning, taking the kids in the wagon, and they’d get donuts at the bakery.”
In the years that followed, Patti and John’s growing family quickly outgrew the little efficiency suite at their beloved Engleside. With the grandparents getting older and electing to travel to various other destinations with friends and relatives, the Wapelhorsts decided to begin exploring LBI on their own.
“The Engleside was really all we knew for years,” said Patti. “We didn’t even realize what other towns existed until we started exploring them all with the kids. ”
From Brant Beach to Ship Bottom, Surf City to North Beach, the family got a taste of each town’s unique personality and character. Every year they’d try a different microcosm, first staying a week, then a month, and before long, the whole summer. As the seasons passed, the kids began driving themselves down and bringing along cousins and friends. The family grew together in their knowledge, familiarity, and appreciation for LBI as more than just a brief respite and vacation destination.
“About ten years ago, we started debating about whether we should buy a house,” Patti said. “The question we really asked ourselves was whether we should buy land or find a tear down or just buy something and renovate it? We weren’t really sure. Our son, Matt, took charge of the search. We would scour listings online and come down in the off season to attend open houses. I found that most of the homes that we fell in love with had been built by Thomas Keller.”
Years passed, with Matt and Patti researching each town, touring countless properties and builds, researching, weighing out pros and cons of locations, putting in time, effort and due diligence. Just as Patti and John were prepared to make a hesitant offer on a bayside house, Matt discovered an ocean block property on an oversized lot, situated on a quiet street and located just a few short blocks away from the good old Engleside. Although he was looking at the property online from Chicago, he quickly called his parents and urged them to get to LBI and drive by it. It was an original cottage
with a sign in the window that read For Sale by Owner. The house number? 104.
Patti knew it was perfect and called the owner the next day to submit an offer.
“Our daughter, Taylor, had asked me what the address was and when I told her, she said, ‘Mom, do you realize what that is?’ We didn’t even realize or think that it was the number of the room we’d always stayed in ever since the kids were babies. It was just sweet.”
Memories, significance and sentimentality now came full circle, represented simply and succinctly by the order of three little numbers on an address plate. Summer after summer spent at Room 104 at the Engleside suddenly felt like the universe affirming this island dream.
“Not only did it feel right,” Patti recalled, “Especially after looking for ten years. We fell in love with this lot
because we don’t have to cross the boulevard to get to the beach and the fact that the address was 104 just felt like a really good sign.”
With that, Patti and John set about making an offer to the seller, and son Matt set about working with architect, Craig Brearly, to sketch out and design the soon-to-be home of their dreams. When John asked what builders Craig enjoyed working with, Thomas Keller was one of the first names that was brought up. Patti was delighted, as her research had already led her toward a Keller build from the get-go.
“It was a no-brainer for me,” she said. “John was adamant about meeting with them and making sure he felt comfortable and confident in the home they could create for us. As soon as he met with Keller, it was great. They just really clicked and he said to me, ‘Well, I guess you’re going to get your Keller home.’”
Son Matt concurred, “I’m happy that we got to work on this together. We’d been talking about doing something like this for years. We were so lucky to have the Kellers working with us, especially since my Mom and I can both be really particular about certain things.”
Patti agreed, “Everyone we worked with was just fabulous, unbelievable really. It meant so much to us, this being our first time doing a custom home. I felt so comfortable, no matter what day I got here, no matter what time it was, there was always somebody working, willing to talk to us and walk us through things. It was just a fabulous experience overall.”
Effort and patience surely paid off as the vision for their premium island home took shape. Patti and Matt worked closely together, sharing their visions with the architect and builder. Matt suggested tweaks and adjustments to design plans, to which Patti would protest and then the Keller team would ultimately agree that Matt’s ideas made a lot of sense.
Breaking ground in February 2021, the home was completed just nine short months later. Mother and son worked hard to settle on various interior design choices and finishes while being sensitive to affording creative autonomy and personal style expression to the rest of the family. Each individual had a say in how their rooms would ultimately look and feel. They spent their first summer in the home in 2022, wholeheartedly enjoying the culmination of decades worth of LBI dreaming. Entering the extra wide main entrance hall of this reverse living home, a fabulous wicker rattan drum chandelier makes a dramatic bohemian statement along with warm and natural wood floors. A transom over the
main entry doors floods the space with natural light. Three precious photos of Taylor, Daniel and Matt - playing on the beach as kids - serve as the very inspiration of the home, lining the gorgeous shiplap walls of the front foyer.
Daughter Taylor’s bedroom is bright and elegant, boasting a beautiful elongated wall to wall window bench seat that lends comfort while providing ample hidden storage. Daniel’s and Matt’s bedrooms each present a minimalist simplicity, clean and sophisticated in both design and mood. All of the en suite bathrooms are designed with tasteful coastal elements, including shuttered vanities with natural wood tones, nautical rope detailed mirrors, elegant tile treatments and glass shower surrounds. The bunk room offers four custom built sleeping cubbies with nautical lighting details and shared front deck access.
A three-stop elevator offers added convenience and ease
along with bedroom level laundry with folding area and storage. A covered deck off of the first floor family room offers outdoor ambiance and protection from the elements, with easy accessibility to the bar with marine blue accents and floating open shelving.
Rounding the unique architectural turn on the first level, a metal sign hangs on the shiplap wall reading, “And so they build a life they loved.” This understated piece of wall art stands alone, serving as a grateful reminder of the unity and collaboration steeped in this family’s long-held island traditions and pursuit of happiness.
Moving upstairs, a spacious and inviting open concept living room greets family and guests with soaring ceilings, a beautiful chandelier treatment, open shelving and custom built-ins on either side of a cozy gas fireplace with reclaimed wood mantel. A wall of sliders with lovely transom details opens off both the living and dining rooms to a partially covered exterior space with exceptionally strong sightlines to the ocean. The covered area of the deck offers direct access to the pri-
mary suite while the uncovered area is used mainly for outdoor dining enjoyment.
The spectacular kitchen draws the eye around the room with its unique barrel shaped wood shiplap ceiling, natural wood center island with farm sink and stone countertop, gorgeous moldings across the upper cabinets and handsome range hood design. A bold and beautiful dining chandelier hangs over the unique banquette table with built-in bench seating and a seamless, sleek, Thermador appliance collection rounds out the visual feast with metallic silver glass, chrome, and stainless steel accents.
Just off of the kitchen is a half bath, complete with colorful lemon and oyster wallpaper, which rather rejoices in its own whimsical design moment. A mini shell chandelier and oversized basket weave mirror and natural wood vanity rounds out the space and lends a grounding balance with fresh distinction.
Elements of blue are thematically woven throughout the home with subtle design punctuations, and none as
dramatic a statement than in John’s home office, where blue is literally a celebration of monochrome. Even the trimwork and closet doors color matched to the walls. Window transoms add a nice touch, letting in abundant light and creating additional drama and intrigue. A shared deck is also located just off of the office.
The primary bedroom is light and white, clean and fresh with neutral fabrics and finishes. Sliders open up to a shared covered deck with cedar ceilings. On the opposite wall, there is a custom walk-in closet preceding the spacious primary en suite. A paneless picture window makes a strong statement above a luxurious soaking tub for taking in the spectacular colors of sunset after a long day on the sand. The bright, clean motif consists of marble tile accents, a wooden shuttered double vanity with nautical lighting, and an elegant glass shower enclosure.
Future plans for the generously sized backyard include a pool and landscaping, however everyone agrees there’s no hurry. The Wapelhorsts are eager to finally enjoy their slice of LBI heaven.
“We all love it for everything it is,” Matt added. “The house, the beach, being only a matter of a few blocks from Bay Village, walkable to everything, the restaurants, the fudge, the chowder, the shopping, at the center of all the things.”
Patti concurred, “This was always and only ever about the kids. We weren’t doing it for John and I to retire. We really wanted to build it for our kids because we all love being here together. We built a place they love, a place where they’ll always want to come.”
On the wall near the front entryway hangs a small and understated framed needlepoint piece that daughter Taylor made in homage to the original structure that previously stood where their home now stands.
“It was a dilapidated old shack on an overgrown property,” said Patti. “We had looked and looked for ten years and then we found this little cottage for sale by the owner, right there on our very own little piece of LBI. We’ll never forget it because it’s the reason our family dream has come to life.”
Many homeowners are looking to maximize their property by adding outdoor elements; pavers, pools, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and even bocce courts are on the wish lists for many of our landscape clients. But how do you make your home and backyard unique? The answer is plants. Adding a beautiful softscape to your hardscape transform the experience of your space. Sometimes plants are an afterthought, but they really should be carefully selected because proper planting only works when it is properly planned. Designing your entire landscape, before you begin your project or pool installation, is crucial. Utilizing a company with an in-house landscape architect, like Bay Avenue Plant Company, will ensure that your design and project will be properly thought through. With houses so close together on Long Beach Island, screening with plant material is a great way to achieve privacy. Choosing evergreens or flowering shrubs and trees can also impact the feeling of your landscape. Perennial selection and bloom times should be taken intoconsideration so that you have color throughout the season. Adding plants to the perimeter of your pool for example, will soften the harsh lines and hard materials, creating a calming feeling. Finally, accenting your new landscape with furniture and planters will complete the look. A beautiful teak lounge chair, that is well-made and can withstand the harsh winds and salt air of LBI will prove to be worth the extra investment.
Nestled along the picturesque bay shores of LBI, is tale of a home renovation journey that defied expectations and metaphorically embraced the winds of change. What began as a simple desire to revamp the heart of the house, the kitchen, soon evolved into a grand-scale transformation, encompassing not only the entire main floor living, dining and laundry areas but also venturing upstairs, where the second living room awaited a remarkable makeover.
As the homeowners embarked on their quest for a fresh culinary haven, little did they know that their vision would expand beyond imagination, leading to an awe-inspiring (almost) whole-house renovation project that surpassed their wildest dreams. Join us as we explore the twists and turns, the challenges and triumphs, that turned this humble kitchen makeover into an extraordinary tale of creative exploration and stunning reinvention.
Our North Beach bayfront homeowners knew that they had to find someone who they felt would listen to their needs and concerns with regards to the redesigning of their dream kitchen. After living in their kitchen for 17 years, they knew exactly what they were looking for in a new layout and functionality—they had a clear concept in mind. They found the ultimate kitchen designer to carry out this vision in Francie Milano of Francine Milano Kitchens, whose work they had seen and admired over the years.
The primary goal was to create a space that would seamlessly blend functionality for their everyday needs as a couple, while also transforming into an inviting and efficient entertaining area for larger gatherings. With an unwavering commitment to having the best of both worlds, the homeowners sought to strike the perfect balance between personal convenience and the ability to play host to an ever-growing circle of friends and family. After meeting with Milano, a plan evolved that suited their needs perfectly.
The aesthetic portion of the renovation project was also a very important element to these savvy homeowners. They enlisted the expertise of a renowned color consultant and designer, Thom Sweeney of Thom Sweeney Interiors. With Thom’s wealth of experience and a keen eye for aesthetics, he became an invaluable ally in their renovation project. Thom understood the couple’s vision of a versatile space that harmonized their personal style with the demands of entertaining guests. With his guidance, they embarked on a journey of color exploration, materials, and textures, delving into a world where hues and patterns came alive. Thom’s astute understanding
of their preferences and his ability to push the boundaries of design allowed them to discover a stunning palette that transformed their kitchen –and the rest of the home— into a true work of art.
As the project developed, so did Sweeney’s role in it. He helped them find new fixtures for the kitchen—incorporating a soft chandelier anchored over the bar top counter adjacent to the living room not only adds captivating texture and visual interest, but helps to join the living area as a part of the kitchen and adds a sense of refined simplicity. He also repurposed their dining room chairs and selected new fabric to use (which he insisted run horizontally). Then he added a new sectional for the Living Room, which flows from the new kitchen, and some tables and lamps. He also saved his client from buying new arm chairs, to which he simply added the perfect lumbar pillows that brought the whole color scheme together. “Thom served as a sounding board for us,” noted the homeowner. “We were able to get his professional opinion on our ideas, and it gave us the confidence to know that we were doing the right thing.”
As the construction unfolded, the homeowners knew that they held a deep admiration for the timeless charm and rustic elegance of shiplap. Determined to incorporate this beloved architectural feature into their design, they turned to an exceptional builder named Scott Periera, whose craftsmanship and attention to detail were renowned. Scott, having previously built their home from the ground up, had already established a strong rapport with the homeowners. Beyond their shared history, they quickly discovered a shared trait that set the stage for an outstanding collaboration: an unwavering commitment to perfection. With Scott at the helm, they embarked on a mission to seamlessly merge their vision with his unparalleled expertise. Confident that the job would be completed on time, within budget, and executed flawlessly, the homeowners knew that their beloved shiplap feature was in the hands of a true master craftsman.
But the transformation did not stop there. As Sweeney delved deeper into the design of the project, he recognized the opportunity to reimagine the living room and second floor, ensuring a cohesive flow throughout the entire home. Blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living, he created a sanctuary where the captivating water views were seamlessly integrated into the design narrative. The family room also now is a breath of fresh air, with a new rug and fabrics that evoke a sense of serenity that whispers of lazy beachside afternoons.
The pièce de résistance, the laundry room, stood as a testament to Sweeney’s ability to seamlessly blend coastal elements with contemporary design. As one of the homeowners’ favorite transformations within the home, the designer’s use of colorful blowfish wallpaper added a touch of maritime whimsy that is sure to make laundry day—dare we say—a fun experience.
Today, as the homeowners bask in the glory of their transformed abode, they find solace in knowing that their home not only reflects their personal style but embodies the very essence of coastal living. Even though what started as a kitchen renovation turned into a much larger project, the homeowners are thrilled with the results. “We got exactly what we were hoping for in our home by working with people like Francie Milano, Scott Pereira and Thom Sweeney, who, to us, are all the best in their fields,” concluded the happy homeowners.
Although Thom Sweeney’s design expertise breathed new life into an originally straightforward renovation, his partnership with Milano and Pereira worked harmoniously to create an environment that transcends time and seasonal fads. This dynamic trio has seamlessly interwoven nature’s coastal splendor with the homeowners’ own dreams, crafting a space that rises above design boundaries and stands as a testament to the beauty that lies within the synergy of vision, talent, and the boundless inspiration of the sea.
With fifty-five years in business, Amiano and Son is thrilled to bring their unique offering of services to the Long Beach Island community. As a full-service design-build firm, with designers, project managers, and a full production team all on staff, the thorough scope of their work is so valuable to customers. Their primary showroom in Southampton, New Jersey has been a mainstay for those in South Jersey looking to remodel their kitchen, bathroom or even their entire home, top to bottom. And now, the new showroom in Ship Bottom brings the collaboration of three generations of this family-owned business to our area and makes it easy for local homeowners to complete their renovation projects.
Their humble beginnings with “Poppy” (Lou Amiano Sr.) Amiano’s carpentry and masonry business set the stage for a deep understanding regarding the construction side of the home-building industry, and this basis of knowledge has come to inform every step of their projects. Even at 80 years old he is still actively involved with the business. You
may find him behind the wheel of the excavator or with stone in his hands, proud to honor the integrity of his craft through all that he does. As his son, Lou, became an adult, he realized that he could join his father to expand their breadth of services for current and future clients. He saw a gap in the way most home renovation projects were completed, with the designers and the building team as completely separate entities. He knew how important it is for a team and vision to be cohesive, so he selected a diverse group of industry experts and developed a sacred list of building and design protocols, still used today, that unifies everyone working on a project. As time went on and their business grew, Lou’s wife Wendy joined the team, and most recently, Amiano & Son has been infused with the youthful energy of nephew Joe and daughter Sophia. They have found a harmony among them, collaborating and communicating to enhance every project while bringing a laser focus on their individual specialties.
Amiano & Son actually first entered our island community in
2020 in Barnegat Light, but soon after they found a need to upgrade to a larger and more central space. Their latest showroom in Ship Bottom was brought to life by Sophia, the island’s preferred designer. Sophia harbored a passion for design even as a young child, and during her high school years she quickly latched onto Amiano’s in-house designer. As she gained first-hand knowledge of the design process and home build industry, she started to dip her feet into the water, bringing clients out to their stone yard to help them select the right granite or quartz for their home renovation project. Soon Sophia began to craft mood boards for clients, allowing her depth of vision to shine. These opportunities to infuse her innate creativity with the capacity to make a client’s dream come to life ignited a path from which she has not strayed.
Studying for a business degree in college, she gained valuable insight on how to bring together analytic and creative problem-solving skills through a human-centered lens, enhancing the day-to-day workings of Amiano and refining a fluid, enjoyable experience for their clients. All the while, she continued to be mentored by Amiano’s designer and eventually started to take on small kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects. Always thirsty to enhance her skills, she enrolled in a Color Certification Course, allowing her to offer valuable color consulting to her clients. When Amiano’s designer moved out of state, Sophia’s father encouraged her to take the role, and their customers are certainly glad she did.
She is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association and attends yearly trade shows, gaining access to new certifications, proprietary industry research and
expert industry resources, and passing that invaluable knowledge along to her clients. She has won multiple awards for her design work and works very closely with Amiano’s production team to make sure her designs are always feasible in regard to the construction specifics. The connection she forms with her clients makes it easy for her to develop plans that compromise on their wants and needs to stay within budget.
In curating the selection for Amiano’s award-winning showrooms, one of Sophia’s goals is to make a design playground of sorts for her clients. This “pull and play” feature, where a client can physically get their hands on sample pieces of cabinetry, backsplashes, countertops and more, switching them out to create the perfect combination, is critical to her successful designs. She takes careful note to ensure the showrooms are always up to date, reflecting only what is actually available, while showcasing both any new trends and a fantastic selection of timeless options. She is mindful to carry a range products which satisfy a variety of customer investment levels. While they welcome people to casually browse their showrooms, Sophia recommends her clients and potential clients make an appointment when they are ready to formally begin the design process so she can fully devote her attention to their project.
A full family affair, the Amiano team knows that their work is essentially building the container for other families to make life-long memories. After all, you cannot build a home without a strong foundation, and at Amiano & Son that foundation is built with care, craftsmanship, and treating every project with the same reputable process that has kept Amiano “making your house a home” for over fifty years.
As an Award winning Interior Designer, I know how important it is to have window treatments not only to look great but also provide privacy and energry efficency.-Maria Pulice - Window Covering Specialist
After 40 years in the business-to-business architectural woodworking industry, we decided that it was time to offer our capabilities and expertise directly to the consumer. Our passion for custom-made, functional interior finishes naturally led us here, to the Closet Factory.
In 2017, we purchased several Closet Factory franchise territories in South Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware… and since then, we have never looked back!
As minimalism and decluttering trends continue to rise, so does the need for custom closet solutions. Maximizing storage space in closets, garages and home offices is a must. And that’s where we, the professionals, step in.
From your initial design consultation to your final installation, our team members are with you every step of the way to ensure your exact needs are met. With regard to your space, budget and aesthetic preferences, Closet Factory designers provide thoughtful, functional concepts to best suit your home and goals.
Even our installation team members are required to complete a tedious training and mentorship program before embarking on a job to ensure they meet the company’s standard of excellence. In addition to our unmatched customer service, we pride ourselves on our superior quality control. Since opening our locations nearly 6 years ago, we’ve made a significant investment in computerized technology at our factory. As a result, the products are manufactured to exact standards and far exceed the quality typically associated with the home organization industry.
Being a part of the premium grade woodwork industry for more than 4 decades, we’re incorporating those same quality standards into our work and now offering painted and wood veneer options to clients - capabilities unheard of in the home organizational industry.
We look forward to continuously raising the bar in closet solutions by providing our customers with the very best in materials, concepts and service. After all - “No one puts more into your closet than we do!”
For more information about our services, visit our website at www.closetfactory.com.
As we are all learning, we must do all we can to save the bees and butterflies.
More gardeners are realizing the importance of beneficial insects, and growing plants that support them. A pollinator garden offers a safe place to rest and refuel. By supplying food in the form of pollen and nectar, we are ensuring that these important pollinators stay in our area and continue to do their important work. Pollinator plants allow crops to continue producing seeds and fruits via insect population as well as a healthy garden and vibrant ecosystem. We can work these plants into the landscape or small patio pots.
Pollinators need nectar in the spring, throughout the summer and fall. Choose plants that bloom at different times to help you create a beautiful garden for you and the pollinators. Providing a water source makes it easier for them as well.
Include a diversity of plants, different shapes, and colors as well as varied heights and growth habits. Use native plant species, and herbs as well. Common herbs such as rosemary, oregano,
basil, and marjoram are an excellent choice. Fruit trees, maples, serviceberry, crape myrtle and privets provide a great food source.
About one-third of the food eaten by Americans comes from crops pollinated by honeybees, including apples, almonds, broccoli, melons, cranberries, pumpkins, and squash to name a few. Some scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies birds, bats, and other insects.
Since 2016 Five 0 Six Surf Boutique has been the costal lifestyle shop in LBI. On Thanksgiving Weekend 2022 Five 0 Six Boutique expanded its family and opened a second location in St. Augustine Florida. Both locations are open all year round and with Sarah leading the way, costal fashion is swimming up and down the East Coast this year. Whether you are in LBI or Florida, both locations highlight casual coastal style and life by the beach. Summer 2023 is sure to be filled with good vibes and no matter where you are on vacation be sure to stop in to embrace all the treasures curated inside.
Comfort is still reigning Queen with Coastal Grandma style at the helm. Its casual, its comfort, its refined simplicity that gives all of the feels and we are here for it. The trend itself is a bit deceptive in its name, once a stylized look is put together it is anything but dated. It is relaxed yet polished, casual yet sophisticated, it’s the type of comfort and put togetherness that comes with wisdom and experience. Light colors and linen anchor each look and create the essential capsule wardrobe for the summer.
Light denims paired with a white tank or t-shirt create a streamlined and effortless look. Five 0 Six carries a fantastic, printed canvas linen that evokes the ideal of denim but will keep you cool and comfortable on a hot and humid summer day. There is a unique element of versatility with this trend, taking what seems like two juxtaposed concepts and giving them a modern twist. You can pair a woven/knit white maxi dress and add a cropped nude cardigan over it for a casual look or try a white tiered poplin dress paired with strappy squared toed heels for a more elevated look.
Simple lux and classic style are at the heart of this fashion movement. Color blocking an all-white look gives off an ethereal feeling that can take you from the beach to dinner with friends with a simple change of accessories (gold of course) and shoes. This trend is one that embraces classic neutral tones and can be worn across the generations.
Speaking of generations, Y2K fashion is even more present this year and to many Elder Millennials dismayed at the styles that we thought were long gone and forever safely stored in the deep archives of social media, Gen Z is pulling out not so long-ago trends and putting their own 2023 twist on them.
Low rise jeans aside (however, the cut, feel, and wash of denim is completely catered to the individual) those a bit more daring are trying their styling technique on super low rise jeans and corset tops. I guess we can thank Queen B for paving the way back in the early 00s.
Overalls, baggy jeans, bike shorts, slip dresses and cargo pants have been seen back in rotation and have been going strong for a while. Every woman is once again embracing their inner Princess Diana and infusing their own style and modernity into iconic looks plucked from decades earlier. Interestingly, as everyone has been collectively implementing comfort into their daily fashion, the choice of cargo pants lends itself to girlies who love a functional look that doesn’t cut off circulation. Whether you are reaching for a bold textile cargo or khaki cargo, pair either with a solid color crop top and you are ready to go.
It could be the Barbie movie this summer or that Pantone’s 2023 color of the year is Viva Magenta (similar to the 2011 color of Honeysuckle) pink is a hot color for accessorizing this season. Fun and whimsical, the options are endless when it comes to shades and uses of pink which can be easily mixed and matched. Vibrant or muted, mixing in pink (even shades of lavender) can punch up any neutral tone and allow for endless options of self-expression.
Five 0 Six’s extensively curated accessory and jewelry collection effectively provides anyone with the ability to try something new without having to commit to an entirely new wardrobe. Daisy Bracelets, or the Shelby Stack are perfect to wear at the beach and around the island. Thoughtfully crafted pieces that show the wearers intention while adding just the right amount of flair and style. Delicate gold pieces are perfect for layering. If you are feeling daring, body jewelry for swimwear is being seen again – delicate waist chains making any two-piece pop. Styling swimwear will be a fresh take on beach fashion this season. Replacing traditional cover ups with mesh shirt tops is a style that can easily be taken from day to night, just replace the swimsuit with a bralette and jeans and you are good to go.
The boutique has no shortage of fantastic claw clips in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. The Lucie claw clip looks like sea glass that shimmers in anyone’s lovely locks and is the perfect way to sweep up salty waves while on the island. If you are feeling more beach inspired the Oceane claw clip is a 2023 take on the butterfly clip and is oh so perfect for warm sunny days.
Five 0 Six Boutique is located at 506 Long Beach Blvd in Surf City. Stop on in and see all the treasures their boutique has to offer; you will not be disappointed!
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Social media platform TikTok may have its (metaphorical) finger on the pulse, but who wants to sit on their electronic device all day when the sun is shining and the sea is calling? From innovative skincare routines to mesmerizing makeup techniques, we have combed through the content of top beauty enthusiasts around the globe to narrow down this season’s unique and captivating beauty trends—so you won’t have to.
As the sun-drenched days of summer beckon, it’s time to revamp our skincare routines and embrace the beauty of radiant, healthy skin. This summer season brings forth a wave of all-natural skincare trends that prioritize skin health while enhancing our natural glow. Say goodbye to heavy, pore-clogging products and welcome brands that have redefined the industry with their commitment to clean, non-comedogenic formulations. Let’s explore these viral skincare trends that will elevate your summer routine and have you basking in the luminosity of truly radiant skin.
First on our list of all-natural summer skincare trends is the power of botanicals and organic ingredients by Juice Beauty. Championed by GOOP founder, Gwyneth Paltrow, (who even partnered with Juice Beauty for a collaboration) they are known for their innovative ap-
proach to skincare, harnessing the potent antioxidants and nourishing properties found in organic fruits, vegetables, and botanical extracts. From their refreshing cleansers and hydrating serums to their lightweight moisturizers, each product is carefully formulated to nourish and protect your skin without clogging pores. Embrace the natural goodness of ingredients like organic aloe vera, jojoba oil, and vitamin-rich fruit extracts to achieve a radiant complexion that is free from unnecessary chemicals and irritants. Juice Beauty’s entire Stem Cellular line of skincare products ($365), in particular, harnesses the rejuvenating power of plant stem cells, Vitamin C, and resveratrol-rich grapeseed oil to address the signs of aging and promote a radiant complexion and vibrant, youthful skin.
When it comes to achieving a flawless summer complexion without sacrificing skin health, Bare Minerals has long been a trusted ally. Their commitment to mineral-based makeup extends to their skincare range as well, offering products that are lightweight, breathable, and non-comedogenic. While Bare Minerals has all-natural and mineral-based skincare and makeup lines, it’s their hybrid products that are truly making a splash. One example is their Strength and Length Serum-Infused Mascara, which not only looks great on, but it is specially formulated with peptides to simultaneously nourish
and grow healthier lashes as you wear it. Clinical results are showing an average of 65% fuller lashes and 40% longer lashes in just 8 weeks of wear ing this mascara. Talk about a two for one deal.
For those seeking a fusion of skincare and makeup, Oxygenetix has rede fined the concept of beauty with their breathable, oxygen-infused products. This product has been going viral on TikTok lately, and with good reason. The brand has a celebrity cult fol lowing, including Margot Robbie, Olivia Rodrigo, Cindy Crawford, Elle Macpherson, Kourtney Kardashian, and Cara Delevigne. Perfect for sum mer, their foundations and tinted moisturizers provide exceptional coverage while allowing your skin to receive the oxygen it needs to thrive. Oxygenetix’s non-comedogenic for mulations (meaning, it won’t clog or block your pores) are designed to promote healing and rejuvenation, making them an ideal choice for those with sensitive or post-procedure skin. With this lightweight, skin-loving makeup that also happens to be sweatproof, welcome a summer glow that allows your skin to breathe effortlessly.
Embrace these viral all-natural skincare trends that prioritize skin health and radiance. Be sure to always read ingredient labels and look for products that allow you to enjoy the benefits of effective skincare without compromising your skin’s well-being. With all-natural, toxin-free and non-comedogenic formulations, you can confidently embrace the summer season, knowing that your skin is being nourished and protected. Unveil your inner glow and relish in the beauty of a complexion that thrives in the embrace of all-natural skincare.
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We all have daily rituals and habits that are part of our everyday routine - with some of these habits being healthier than others. And regardless of where our habit patterns fall on the spectrum of wellness, each and every day is a new opportunity to choose to prioritize health. So if you have found yourself desiring a shift, now could be the perfect time to refine your lifestyle and gear it towards more mood-boosting, body maintaining activities that contribute to a happier, healthier life!
Let’s face it, we’re beach people here on Long Beach Island! As soon as we cross the causeway our stress levels decrease and a smile crosses our faces. We are drawn towards the ocean. We find a sense of relaxation with our feet in the sand while listening to the waves washing to shore. This connection we have with the coastal environment helps calm our anxieties and allows us to drop into the present moment, thus being a perfect place to add in a little movement and meditation with a guided beach yoga experience.
Soaking up the sun and fresh air: Practicing yoga in nature opens up a new door of possibilities leading you to even more benefits for mind and body. With beach yoga you can absorb nature’s elements in a symbiotic way while getting exercise and boosting vitamin D levels.
Improving your mental health: Our daily demands dominate our lives. Between family and work responsibilities, rarely do we find time to nurture ourselves! Allowing yourself the time to take a break is important for your mental health and clarity and helps you go back to the to-do list with more focus and efficiency. Combining the calming effects of the beach with a centering and nurturing practice such as yoga is bound to aid in reducing your stress and boosting your mood.
Sinking into the shifting sand: Unlike being in a yoga studio, beach yoga allows us to step outside of our comfort zones and practice balance and stability on the sand - which helps us identify and refine the activation of important stabilizing muscles. While sand can add a challenge, it is also nurturing, providing a soft surface to support each shape.
Connecting with nature: Oftentimes we forget the beauty that is around us and the wonder of our natural world. Yoga on the beach is a great opportunity to step into nature and reconnect with the Earth. It can also be used as an anchor point in one’s practice. As we immerse our senses in the natural surroundings we get lost in nature and ourselves. Before you know it, each breath becomes one with the ocean, each ebb and flow replicating the lapping of the waves on the shore.
Connecting with like-minded people: Long Beach Island has an incredible yoga community filled with people from Holgate to Manahawkin to Barnegat Light and everywhere in between! Participating in group practice allows you the opportunity to meet new and like-minded friends and to become a part of our greater LBI tapestry!
Finding a beach yoga class is easy on Long Beach Island with ample opportunities along our coast. Discover your new beach yoga home in Surf City and Beach Haven with vibrant programs led by the teachers of Yoga Bohemia. Simply grab a beach towel, meet us on the beach and let your new healthy habit take hold!
To find out more about how to participate in either a public or private beach yoga experience go to https://www. yogabohemianj.com/beach-yoga .
Since opening in April of 2016, Devon Karvan’s Black Sheep Studios in Haven Beach has been the go-to fitness hub for Long Beach Islanders (and beyond).
Originally conceived as a spin studio, Black Sheep quickly morphed into a five room facility and activewear boutique, offering not only a comprehensive menu of butt-kicking classes, but also a tasteful array of sweatready, fashion-forward apparel. Now, with a little over 8 years under her belt, Karvan has catapulted her iconic gym to yet another level. The fitness guru has taken her business over the bridge, throwing open the doors to a much-anticipated mainland studio.
It all began last October when Karvan purchased a residential property in downtown Manahawkin.
“When I purchased the property in the fall, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with the unfinished detached garage,” she said. “I had been searching for a commercial space on the mainland for a couple of years but hadn’t found what I was looking for. Then this opportunity presented itself!”
After some cosmetic updates (a fresh coat of paint, new floors), the raw garage was transformed into an open-yet-intimate studio.
“She’s tiny but super cute and functional for what we need,” said Karvan.
Indeed, the polished space is perfectly suited for programs that don’t require invasive, industrial equipment - Barre, Mat Pilates, TRX, HIIT, Resistance Band training and Stretch and Sculpt. Primarily low-impact, bodyweight lifting workouts that build muscle tone and core strength.
The studio’s limited capacity also allows Karvan to maintain a level of intimacy in group classes. Tinier parties enable her certified trainers to cue and correct each person in each class, ensuring safe, effective workouts. No bend, crunch or curl goes unnoticed.
Beyond its intimate class offerings, the new location has an obvious perk for Black Sheep’s mainland commuters: proximity.
“I have so many friends that say ‘it’s too far’ referencing the Haven Beach studio. And it is a bit of a drive for anyone west of Route 9, especially in the summer,” said Karvan.
This season, a portion of Black Sheep’s flock members can skirt bridge traffic and sweat a bit closer to home at the Beach Avenue location. Karvan even hopes to attract newcomers in the Manahawkin region, spying a gap in the mainland gym industry.
“I have dreams of opening a new community center to replace what the old Tilton Fitness used to have. But I’m going to follow the crawl, walk, run model like I did on the island.”
Anything is possible for the gym owner and her seemingly infinite store of energy.
“When I first opened I was teaching seven days a week. Luckily, the Manahawkin location opened at a time when the island studio was relatively quiet so it was somewhat manageable. The trainers have been a massive help, willing to teach at either location and help troubleshoot if we run into an issue,” said Karvan.
As if a second location wasn’t enough, the gym owner has also taken on a new summer project: Functional
Surf Training with The Sandy Avocado Surf owner, Steff Mags. The unique offering caters to all fitness levels and improves surf skills through integrative, circuit-style programming.
“One pot of coffee is just not going to cut it anymore,” joked Karvan of her latest endeavors. “You’re not truly growing until you’re scared shitless. Until you’ve taken the risks and have to bet on yourself for making the right decisions. I learned I’m capable.”
Her plans? To keep expanding.
“I’d love to get our name out there and then find a larger, commercial space to offer the same services we have in Haven Beach. We aren’t your typical gym and I think it’s going to take some time for people to really see we offer something unique.”
For more information about Black Sheep Studios, their two locations and new summer offerings, visit https:// blacksheepstudiosnj.com/.
Did you know that a simple at-home test can predict how long you will live? People who failed a 10-second balance test of standing on one foot were nearly twice as likely to die in the next 10 years, according to a recent report published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Balance can be a complex and confusing subject. I’m not referring to nutritional balance, emotional balance or balancing your check book. I’m referring “balance,” the body’s ability to distribute your body’s weight in a way that lets you stand, bend, lift or move securely without falling.
Balance is an underrated principle of our everyday functioning which keeps our bodies upright, allows you to walk without assistance and helps prevent injury. Good balance requires the synchronization of several bodily systems including the central nervous system, inner ear, eyes, peripheral nervous system, heart and blood vessels, muscles, bones, and joints. Complex? Yes, very. Here, we will discuss why balance is so important, how balance works, why we lose it and what can we do to improve our balance.
The average adults’ balance starts to decline between the age of 40 to 50. Statistics show that 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 will experience a fall in part from poor balance, and falls, according to the US
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are the leading cause of injury for those 65 and older.
Balance can start to deteriorate because as we age, the nerve impulses from our brain to our lower extremities begin to slow down, deep tendon reflexes and muscle reaction times are reduced which affects balance.
Maintaining good balance is an integral part of being physically fit and key to living a long productive life. Good balance helps to improve our posture and assists in the prevention of injuries for everyone. Improving balance can support those who struggle with orthopedic limitations and will reduce recovery times from these conditions.
To perform the test referred to above, position yourself safely near a counter or
chair for support. Stand on your right leg with your arms at your sides, then slowly place the top of your left foot on your right calf. Try to maintain your balance for 10 seconds. Then repeat the test by reversing leg positions. Researchers determined that failing this balance test was associated with an 84% risk of dying within the next seven years. (This study was strictly observational and found only an association between balance and an early demise not a cause-and-effect relationship.)
If you are unable to perform on this test, however, do not despair. With a little practice your balance will improve. Balance training with muscle group strengthening and coordination exercises will increase your body’s
ability to balance itself during challenging tasks. For athletes, this means improved hand-eye coordination, quicker reaction times and overall enhanced athletic performance. For the non-athletes, this could mean reducing the use of a cane for a short period of time or being able to safely walk on grass at the park instead of having to stay on the sidewalks.
Refining your balance has proven to have cognitive benefits. One study discovered that when balance training was incorporated into a fitness program for senior women with a complaint of memory difficulties or confusion, their cognitive functions improved significantly. This study suggests that challenging the areas of our brain responsible for balance can actually benefit overall brain function.
There are many factors and conditions which affect our balance other than age, such as medications, vision changes, Parkinson’s disease, peripheral neuropathy of the feet, brain injuries, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis, Meniere’s disease, migraine headaches, cervical spine spondylosis with myelopathy, gait irregularities, cardiovascular disease or just a sheer lack of physical fitness, to name a few. When our muscles and tendons are week, stiff and slow reacting, our balance can be altered.
A key area of the body implicated in poor balance is the inner ear’s vestibular system. Movement of fluid within a series of tiny canals, reservoirs and hair-like cells send signals to the brain communicating the head’s position. When these structures are impaired, or when the vestibular nerve cells degenerate, we are likely to experience poor balance.
Eyesight is important since we need to have a clear picture of our surroundings to stay on our feet. When someone develops vision problems, loss of the ability to judge distances, depth of field and clarity, this, too, can lead to losing their balance.
The somatosensory system is a network of nerve receptors called proprioceptors spread throughout our muscles, joints and tendons. These receptors constantly send signals to the brain on subtle changes in the body’s position and guides the body to respond accordingly, such as when you slip on a wet floor. With lighting speed, the brain sends signals to these receptors instructing them to maintain balance.
While aging can affect any of the aforementioned systems, so might prescription medications. Medications can make you feel sleepy, dull your reflexes, create dizziness, blurry vision and can damage nerve receptors. Some common medications associated with balance problems are antidepressants, antihistamines, blood pressure meds, diabetic and heart medication, painkillers and sedatives.
Taking multiple medications can further increase the risk of balance-related complications. If you are concerned about your medications and balance problems, please consult your Primary Care Physician.
Are there ways to improve our balance? Absolutely! As with most aspects of health, diet, exercise,
proper nutrition and hydration is a great place to start. Review your medications with your Primary Care Physician to consider if one of them is contributing to poor balance. Scheduling periodic eye exams is important, even if you haven’t noticed any changes in your vision.
Initiating a balance exercise program is pretty simple. For those with poor balance, you can begin by standing on both legs using a stable area like a kitchen counter for support. As your balance improves, rely less on the support, first holding on with two hands, then one hand then one finger while placing your feet closer together and eventually slightly lifting one foot off the ground, then ultimately balancing on one leg. Don’t rush the process, be patience and watch your balance improve.
There are exercises designed specifically for seniors. Sit-to-stand, heel raises, leg lifts, single leg stances, back bends, side squats and lunges. The sit-to-stand exercise is simple to do and master. Get an average height, steady chair. Sit up-right in the chair and then stand up trying not to use your hands for assistance. Now, perform this movement five times. This is a great exercise to strengthen your legs and improve balance.
For an advanced balance program, yoga can improve your flexibility as well as your ability to hold your body steady and perform disciplined movements. Tai Chi is a series of fluid, choreographed movements and poses which improves balance while building muscle strength and stamina. Yoga and Tai Chi have been found to increase mental acuity as a focused thought process is necessary for both of these disciplines.
Muscle strength is crucial in building good balance. This can be accomplished through strength training with free weights, weight machines, bands or simply using your body’s weight through activities such as climbing, walking, and cycling.
As always, consult your Primary Care Physician (PCP) in regard to any concerns or physical limitations before initiating a balance program. Your PCP can refer you to a supervised balance program to get started. Maintaining good balance can help improve your quality of life and longevity. So, keep balance in your life, then live long and prosper.
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Kathleen Thulin, a 75-year-old retired elementary school teacher from Manahawkin, NJ, experienced her active life slow to a crawl starting in 2021 because of knee pain from osteoarthritis (OA).
An avid gardener, seamstress, Sunday school teacher and choir member, a wife and mother, she began experiencing soreness, tenderness and pain in her knees while walking and had difficulty kneeling.
In the summer of 2022, she began a journey to address the advanced OA in both of her knees. OA is the most common form of arthritis. Sometimes it is referred to as degenerative joint disease, or “wear and tear” arthritis, and it occurs most frequently in the hands, hips and knees. With OA, the cartilage within a joint begins to break down and the underlying bone begins to change. These changes usually develop slowly and get worse over time, causing pain, stiffness and swelling. People with OA also experience reduced function and disability. (US Centers for Disease Control)
Kathleen took action, and through a recommendation from her husband, Carl, who suffered a broken leg a few
years ago, she made an appointment in July 2022 with Dr. Jason Wong, a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. Kathleen’s husband owned Lynn Photo in Ship Bottom and Manahawkin for 50 years, and also served on the Board of Southern County Hospital (now Southern Ocean Medical Center).
Dr. Wong is Director of Joint Replacement Surgery at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, part of the Hackensack Meridian Health network.
Kathleen’s knee pain became very apparent during a church trip to Washington, D.C., in September 2022, when she forced herself to keep up with a lot of walking, despite increasing pain.
“At that time, my NSAID medicine was no longer controlling my pain, especially in my left knee, “ she said. “I recall it got so bad that the bed covers hurt my knees when I tried to fall asleep at night in the hotel room. I also had some challenges with balance out of fear I would fall because of the pain in my knees.”
“I can’t say enough how pleased I am with how Dr.
Wong approached assessing and treating my knee pain,” she added. “He X-rayed both knees and found damage in both. Initially, our focus was on the right knee, but eventually pain in the left became more severe.”
”The first course of treatment was cortisone shots, although he fully explained the possible need for total knee replacement, and he showed me the device he would use in the surgery,” she recalled. “He told me I would know when it was time to have the surgery, based on my level of pain and how I was managing. Dr. Wong was so caring and understanding. I felt comfortable with him from the get-go.”
By Christmas of 2022, after almost three months of cortisone treatment, her left knee pain became so bad that she was not able to stand long enough to bake Christmas cookies, and her outdoor holiday decorating had to be shelved for a year. “I felt like we missed part of the festivities because I was in too much pain to do what I normally would to prepare and celebrate. I knew then I had to take action.”
In early January 2023, Dr. Wong performed a total knee arthroplasty on Kathleen’s left knee. Dr. Wong used a knee replacement system, the design of which reduces surgical time and provides a more precise fit.
Kathleen had a successful surgery at Southern Ocean Medical Center and completed the post surgery recovery protocol at the hospital before being discharged home. “I was very pleased with my stay at the hospital,” said Kathleen. “Dr. Wong explained everything in detail before the surgery, and he was very concerned with the smallest details afterward, such as a minor issue with one suture on the incision. The nursing and support staff were terrific as well, and the food was excellent, which always makes a hospital stay better.”
“I started physical therapy right away in the hospital and continued it for four days at home,” she said. “Then I went to physical therapy three times a week for 10 weeks for intensive outpatient rehab until the end of March. The process is challenging. It’s hard work. But it really helps with flexibility and function. You have to have a positive attitude about it.”
Now, four months after her first total knee replacement, Kathleen and her husband went on a weeklong cruise in Turkey and Greece. While she does need to have a second surgery on her right knee, she
is now able to manage the pain in that knee for the time being and maintain the level of activity that she had been accustomed to.
“I took a month off after the surgery from all my community activities to recover properly, and when I went back to choir and Sunday school, everyone commented about how much better I seemed,” she said. “I tell everyone how the surgery made a difference in my life and how great Dr. Wong was and how pleased I am with my experience at Southern Ocean Medical Center.”
“I am planning to do all my gardening this season,” she said. “I am a big fan of container gardening, window boxes and hanging baskets, and that involves a lot of bending and up and down. There is no way I could be doing it without the surgery, so I am so pleased that I had it done.”
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Imagine Long Beach Island in the 1930s: predominantly covered in maritime forests with roads comprised of sand—the era just after prohibition, yet still in the thralls of the Great Depression—a time when a strip of land spanning ocean to bay sold for a mere $1,600. Despite the Garden State Parkway’s existence being two decades away, the little barrier island was a popular summer holiday destination, especially for those from Philadelphia. In particular, there was one coterie of Philadelphian artists and creatives who were captivated by the island’s beautiful beaches and stunning natural scenery as the perfectly inexhaustible source of inspiration.
While local old timers have repeated tales of Jackson Pollock, Grace Kelly, Peggy Guggenheim, and even Pablo Picasso gracing the shores of LBI in the mid20th century, whether there is some truth or not to the rumors, it is undeniable that the common denominator was a prominent artist and educator who played a very significant role in the development of art education in the United States and the ever-thriving community of artists and art aficionados on Long Beach Island: a visionary named Boris Blai.
The dream of a Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences dates back to the 1940s, when the principal founder, artist and Russian immigrant, Boris Blai, recognized the need for a community center that could serve as a hub for the island’s arts and science activities during the summer months. Blai convinced a group of summer residents to form an organization that would promote the arts and culture that this enchanting island had to offer. After all, in 1938 Blai became the founding dean of the Stella Elkins Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia (which has since become one
of the most highly regarded art schools in the country). He believed strongly in the importance of a well-rounded art education that combined both technical skill and creative exploration, and he worked tirelessly to create a curriculum that emphasized both. Now his mission was to bring the very same Temple University success of providing opportunities for artists, performers and creatives alike to showcase their work, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of the arts among the community with his most beloved summer destination of Long Beach Island.
Blai was a central figure in Philadelphia’s art scene during his 40+ year tenure at Temple. He was known for his support of emerging artists and his efforts to promote contemporary art in the city, particularly the abstract movement of the day. Through his professional and social connections, he was acquainted with many of the prestigious artists, critics, curators and cultural figures of the time. Blai himself was an accomplished sculptor whose work has since been shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of
American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. During his lifetime, between the time he spent apprenticing under the famed August Rodin in Paris, creating an art school, growing the Art Alliance in Philadelphia, and later fulfilling the same vision on Long Beach Island, he crossed paths with the likes of many famous contemporary artists and socialites whose name everyone recognizes to this day. Through the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Blai was also acquainted with Marcel Duchamp, Robert Motherwell, and Louise Nevelson, and this Philly art social circle included very prominent and respected, wealthy families including the Wideners and the Gimbels. [In those years, the Widener family was known for their impressive art collection, which included works by some of the most celebrated artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Rembrandt, Vermeer, El Greco, and Cézanne. The family’s donations to the Philadelphia Museum of Art helped to establish the institution as one of the country’s leading art museums, and their involvement in the founding of the Barnes Foundation helped to shape the landscape of art education in Philadelphia. Bernard Gimbel, on the other hand, was a prominent business man, avid collector and patron of the arts who served on the board of several museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also helped to fund
the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.]
In, 1948 the founders acquired a piece of 22.8-acre land in Loveladies, on the northern end of the island, for $2,500. With the help of architect George Daub and builder Joe Oliphant, both friends of Blai, and the aforementioned affluent philanthropists as financial donors, the foundation constructed a new facility that would become the official home of the Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts & Sciences. Blai was also friends with Frank Lloyd Wright, hence the mid-century modern architecture design influence. The building was designed to be a versatile space that could accommodate a variety of activities, including art exhibitions, concerts, lectures, workshops and educational programs. To this day, the well-preserved property encompasses a maritime forest with whimsical hiking trails and unadulterated saltmarsh that opens to a breathtaking experience of the Barnegat Bay, flooded with a diverse ecosystem (which sustains the scientific stewardship portion of the foundation).
Officially established, the LBIF immediately appointed a governing board of directors, and created a small an army of volunteers. The group hosted art exhibitions and community events in various locations around the
island. In the early years, LBIF was primarily focused on promoting the arts, but over time it expanded its mission to include science education as well, especially so after planting roots in its current ecological location. Blai invited all of his art professors from Temple University to teach classes, hold lectures, and exhibit their own work at the foundation during the summer months. Over the years, some of the art world’s most notable sculptors, painters and performing artists drew crowds and audiences alike to their LBI exhibitions.
The vision for the foundation was to become the cultural anchor of Long Beach Island—embracing all performance and fine art of all mediums, the humanities, history, language, film, scientific research and preservation of nature. Since its first season, the LBIF, a 501c3, has committed itself to the enhancement and promotion of the creative arts and the physical sciences, and though it began as a seasonal operation, the LBIF has grown into a year-round organization providing a place for learning, free expression, and the exchange of ideas and understanding.
One of the hallmarks of LBIF is its commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation. The foundation building itself incorporates sustainable design features, such as its rainwater collection system and, in addition to hosting a certified monarch butterfly sanctuary, an apiary producing delicious LBIF honey and fully operational terrapin hatchery. It also is the home to a number of environmental education programs, such as the Science Saturdays, Eco Film Series and the Sustainability Lecture Series, and partners with a variety of environmental foundations including the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey (CWF), the Marine Academy of Technology & Environmental Science and their work with Project Terrapin, ReClam the Bay (RCTB), and Alliance for a Living Ocean (ALO), Save Barnegat Bay, and many more.
The partnership with Conservation Wild Life in particular helps support and strengthen the foundations science-based initiatives with emphasis on rare wildlife, including wildlife surveys, habitat management, and public outreach. Activities include migratory and nesting bird surveys, northern diamondback terrapin
monitoring, osprey nests and wildlife habitat enhancement. CWF also provides three weeks of wildlife-focused summer camp led by the biologists who carry out the organization’s mission to preserve rare and at-risk wildlife in New Jersey. All of these partnerships and initiatives synergistically work together to ensure that LBI is a sustainable home for vulnerable wildlife species, and a place whose residents and visitors are engaged in the natural world around them beyond the walls of the LBIF.
Presently, the LBIF continues to be a vital part of the Long Beach Island community. Its programs and events inspire creativity, spark curiosity, and foster a sense of connection among residents and visitors alike. Their Nature Studies and Marine Biology Camp feature hands-on science activities for kids, and the summer Creative Arts Camp provides a creative outlet for children during the summer months. The foundation offers classes and workshops in various media for all levels. The programming provides an opportunity to try something new, refresh skills, or meet others who love the arts. The classes vary in offering and include Paint and Sip, Family Paint Night, Tufting Workshops (to create a rug or wall hanging), Watercolor Techniques, various Jewelry Workshops including working with sterling silver, sea glass & enameling, marbling papers, mixed media collage art, rubber stamp creation, plaster masks, portrait workshops, origami, pastel painting, oil & acrylics, Eastern brush painting, and more. Young or old, whether one is a visitor or a local resident, the classes at the LBIF are definitely worth looking into, especially during the summer months.
Additionally, LBIF gallery hosts exhibitions that are free and open to the public year-round. The exhibitions showcase new directions in the visual arts, enable arts education, introduce new mediums, and offer a broad variety of subject matter for patrons of the arts. Exhibits range from internationally known artists working in a wide range of media, to community exhibitions highlighting the work of talented local artists. Furthermore, their exhibitions programs are curated and juried by senior curators from major art museums that are nothing short of the art world’s most prestigious— from Kim Conaty of the Whitney Museum of Art to Sarah Suzuki, Lanka Tattersall and Esther Adler who are curators from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Other jurors include Jessica T. Smith, Louis Marchesano and Kathleen A. Foster of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Julianna Ochs Dweck from Princeton University Art Museum. Exhibit patrons may often times bump into a famous artist-in-residence during their visit.
As one of the four forms of sculpture, it’s no surprise that Blai’s passion project houses an exquisite and stateof-the-art ceramics studio, that supports a year-round ceramic residency program. This program allows ceramicists the opportunity to work in a dedicated communal studio space where artists are assigned a dedicated wheel or hand-building area, as well as storage space in the studio spanning the summer or winter months. Novices interested in ceramics need not be intimidated, as there are also classes offered which teach the basics of wheel throwing and/or hand-building (even the opportunity to paint and glaze ready-made mugs, bowls, boxes, figurines for the less adventurous). The foundation encourages beginners interested in trying some-
thing new with friends or family to consider ceramics the ideal rainy-day activity or a wonderful opportunity to take a private lesson and expand one’s own interest in the arts in the ultimate relaxed and creative coastal environment.
As the foundation welcomes its 75th anniversary, it is clear that LBIF has had a profound impact on the educational landscape and it is an integral part of the cultural fabric of Long Beach Island. For artists, the LBI Arts Foundation provides a supportive and collaborative community. While members of the foundation have access to a number of resources, including networking opportunities, studio space, and marketing support, access to the tennis courts, as well as discounted ticket pricing for classes, camps, concerts and events. The foundation also hosts regular meetings and events where artists can connect and collaborate with one another. It provides a platform for artists to showcase their work, promotes a greater appreciation of the arts among the community, and fosters a sense of environmental responsibility.
One of the primary ways the LBIF Foundation accomplishes its mission is through the Foundation Arts Festival, an annual event that takes place each summer.
The festival, which will be celebrating its 35th year this year and held on July 7th-8th, is held indoors and outdoors in the heart of LBI and attracts thousands of visitors from all over the region. It features over 100 artists and makers showcasing their work, including paintings, sculptures, photography, wearables, jewelry, pottery, and more. The LBIF’s commitment to promoting sustainability is also reflected in the artwork that is showcased at the LBI Arts Festival, as much of which is made from recycled materials or inspired by nature.
In addition to the arts festival, the foundation hosts a number of other fundraising events and programs throughout the year. The most anticipated event of the summer season, this year in its 57th year, is the Annual Seashore House Tour, taking place on Wednesday, August 2nd. A ticket for the tour grants the purchaser access to a one-day, multi-home self-guided tour of six of the most exquisite, impressive and award-winning interior and exterior designed homes on the island that capture the history of LBI and its renowned architects and architecture. The tour will feature houses chosen for their unique style, breathtakingly lush landscaping, dynamic interior décor, and energy efficiency. Included are beach and bay front houses, old and new, modern and traditional.
Not only is the Seashore House Tour the most important fundraising event for the LBIF, but it is the largest and most sought-after as it allows anyone to explore the island’s ultra-exclusive, privately owned homes –something that members of the general public would never otherwise have the opportunity to see or experience on their own. This year, one of the homes on the tour was designed by the world-famous legendary architects, Gwathmey & Siegal –who are arguably most famous for their addition to the (aforementioned Frank Lloyd Wright’s) design of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. On Sunday, July 30th, LBIF will also host an Architecture Panel Discussion entitled Design on Long Beach Island with local industry experts Samuel Gordon, Jay Madden, Stephen Midouhas, and Gym Wilson.
Other popular events include LBIF’s “Series @ Seven” Concert and Performing Arts Series throughout the summer, and the Lighthouse International Film Festival, taking place June 7-11, 2023 that brings cutting-edge, award-winning films to the public. LIFF is a spectacular showcase of films handpicked from the top film festivals worldwide, including Sundance and South by Southwest. Filmmakers and movie buffs from around the globe love to gather on this 18 miles of paradise to immerse themselves in a world of cinematic artistry, entertainment and stimulating conversation. The hugely popular Manhattan Short Film Festival will be shown on Friday September 29.
An integral part of the cultural and social fabric of LBI and the wider region, the foundation’s commitment to community engagement, accessibility, and diversity has made it a valuable resource for individuals and families from all walks of life. Funded entirely by its membership program, sponsors and private donations, it not only provides a platform for the arts and sciences, but it helps to promote creativity, self-expression, and cultural understanding, while also contributing to tourism and the economic and social development of the island. As such, the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences is an invaluable asset to the community and an inspiration to other multi medium arts centers across the country—and even world.
Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Sciences, 120 Long Beach Blvd., Loveladies. Website: lbifoundation.org , Instagram: @LBIF
List of Summer
2023 Art Exhibitions
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Works on Paper Exhibition
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List of Summer 2023
Public Performances & Events:
June 3: Nature + Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku
June 5: June 11: The Lighthouse International Film Festival
June 24: 75th Anniversary Party
June 29: Camp family Night
July 5: Barnegat Bay Day
July 13: Jukebox Legends Concert
July 16: More Than Just Jazz Standards: Sarah Michaels Performs with Sharon Sable + E. Shawn Qaissaunee Quintet
July 23: Ridgemont High Concert
July 30: Hailey Brinnel Concert
August 2: Seashore House Tour
August 5: Chevy Lopez Concert
Member + Student + Faculty Exhibition
Plein Air Plus
August 11: Cornelia Street Band Concert
August 17: The Rave-Ons Concert
August 20: The King Suite Featuring V.
Shayne Frederick Concert
August 27: Paula Johns Concert
September 16: Plein Air Plus Exhibition Opens
September 29: Manhattan Short Film Festival
September 30: Honey Harvest/Fall Festival
6/26-6/30: Week 1: Symbolism
- A week of art dedicated to the use of symbolic images to express ideas, emotions, and states of mind.
7/3-7/7: Week 2: Abstract Expressionism - In honor of July 4th, a week of art inspired by America’s first art movement. Campers will explore the use of spontaneity and personal expression to create nonrepresentational works of art.
7/10-7/14: Week 3: Water Stories
-Dive-in to the celebration of water in art! From the enchanting tranquility of Monet’s Water Lilies to the dark turbulence depicted in Rembrandt’s Storm on the Sea of Galilee, campers will investigate the varied meanings of water in art.
7/24-7/28: Week 5: Fairy Tales and Folktales -Fairytale settings, magical surroundings, and mythological creatures. Campers will create a visual reinterpretation of classic stories or invent their own.
7/31-8/4: Week 6: Totally Radical 80’s Art - A blast from the past! Campers will experience the imagery, expression, and bold colors popular in the classic 80’s.
8/7-8/11: Week 7: 36 Views of LBI - A week inspired by the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, a series of prints by the Japanese ukiyo-e artist, Hokusai. Campers will discover the beauty of Long Beach Island’s varied seasons, landscapes, and weather.
8/14-8/18: Week 8: Architecture
- A week-long exploration of the connections between art and architecture.
7/17-7/21: Week 4: Pointillism - A week of art inspired by Seurat and the emergence of pointillism. Campers will discover connections between the brilliance of color and the illusion of form.
8/21-8/25: Week 9: Collage Art
- is a process of creating an artwork with different elements, arranged into a cohesive whole. Campers will collect images to represent memories of the summer and time spent at the LBIF.
Hotel LBI offers the charm of a summer home paired with world class amenities. Relax in your well-appointed room, enjoy a cocktail and watch the sunset on the rooftop, or escape for a day of fun in the sun on our majestic island.
Bogath Weddings & Events
PLANNER & DESIGNER| Bogath Events
PHOTOGRAPHER | Idalia Photography
HAIR | Sweet Hair Peace
MAKEUP | Beauty on Location NJ
BRIDE’S DRESS SHOP | Free Love Bridal
INVITATIONS | Art Paper Scissors
VENUE | Mallard Island Yacht Club
FLORIST | Reynolds Garden Shop
CAKE | Sweet Melissa’s Boutique Bakery
RENTALS | Dovetail Vintage Rentals
TABLE TOP RENTALS | Everyday Fancy
MOBILE BAR | The Roving Bar
SIGNAGE & CALLIGRAPHY | Karson & Co.
MODELS | Adam & Alexa HigginsPlanner
As Ocean County’s premier jeweler, Chris Biele and his family take pride in providing their customers an unrivaled, personalized experience at Atlantic City Jewelry. Honoring their legacy as third generation jewelers, they have created a warm, welcoming atmosphere in their shop to foster their relationship-centered approach to business. In contrast to the exquisite diamonds dancing in the light and the sparkling gems that catch your eye as you look around, home-like holiday decorations and friendly chatter make their shop feel approachable, rather than stuffy.
The care taken to form a connection with their customers appropriately takes its root in Chris’s inventory, a tangible anchor of his desire to accommodate everyone who walks through the front door of his showroom. Through his extensive selection of fine jewelry, watches and engagement rings, including luxury designer brands and custom designs, as well as a remarkable mix of vintage, estate and antique items, he can always find the perfect piece for every unique occasion. Chris takes time to walk his customers through the selection process, providing a perceptive fusion of basic education combined with his years of hard-earned wisdom. Throughout the process Chris, in turn, takes the opportunity to get to know his customer and learn the story surrounding each purchase. The goal is to be a sounding board for his customers, expertly assessing their wishes and fine-tuning his recommendations.
Atlantic City Jewelry’s superb service extends far beyond the buying process, though. As with anything cherished that becomes part of your everyday life, jewelry requires occasional restoration and maintenance, and this is where the customer-centric climate that Chris and his wife Ola have curated really comes to life. They promise the utmost care that only a small, family-owned operation can provide, offering a gentle, yet honest assessment. While it can be disconcerting to think of relinquishing your prized jewelry and family heirlooms, Chris’s customers have peace of mind knowing that their items never leave his shop. In his state-of-the-art repair studio located on-site, Chris feels honored to bring treasured pieces of jewelry back to their original integrity and innate beauty. Only an artesian jeweler with his level of experience, attention to detail and respect for original designs can achieve such perfection.
One of the most common questions brides ask Chris is how to best care for their engagement ring. He offers several pieces of advice:
Stash your ring in a safe place when swimming, applying sun block, in direct sunlight, working out or gardening.
Be aware of temperature fluctuations. Cold water will cause your fingers to shrink, while hot summer weather and pregnancy can cause them to swell.
Wipe your ring down with a new, soft toothbrush, warm water and a drop of dish soap every few months to keep the brilliant sparkle. Or come see
Chris for a complimentary jewelry cleaner you can use at home.
Do your own prong check every so often by holding the ring between two fingers, placing it by your ear and gently shaking or tapping the ring. If you hear anything, bring it in to Chris to be tightened.
Get professional inspections and cleanings twice a year. Chris will check that the prong mountings are secure, inspect the stone for fractures and steam clean the entire ring.
Every few years, have your metal setting refreshed to restore its original luster.
With an ever-growing customer base of younger generations, Chris is thrilled to roll out a new line of communication in an effort to ensure he is always accessible to his customers. By utilizing QR codes, his goal is to provide a quick, easy way to contact him personally and have your specific questions answered.
While operating every aspect of his business, Chris maintains his core relational values. The Biele family stands out in their ability to truly connect with customers and provide the exceptional, compassionate service they deem so important for every person who comes through their door. A testament to their relationship-centered approach to business? Their long-standing friends have become customers, and their long-standing customers have become friends!
Located only 12 minutes from LBI, The Farm on Main in West Creek is the newest wedding and event venue to come to the Long Beach Island area. Upon arriving at The Farm, you can feel that it is locally owned and operated, with purpose, thought, and care going into every inch of the estate. The almost 20-acre property has undergone many transformations over the years, with history in salt hay and other farming. It has been the mission of The Scangarello Family, also owners of The Bay Avenue Plant Company, to maintain as much of The Farm’s natural landscape while enhancing the areas that will be enjoyed by its guests. With plans for greenhouses and farming, a farm to table concept is in the works. The newest additions to The Farm are The Event Barn and The Horse Stable.
The Event Barn is a 4700 square foot timber frame barn that has that old barn feeling, but with all the modern amenities a wedding couple would want. Fully heated and air conditioned, the barn can be enjoyed year-round, holding 200 guests comfortably inside. It is nestled in the woods in the rear of the property, next to The Pond, which will make for a beautiful backdrop during ceremonies. The large, covered limestone patio and side lawn are beautiful spaces to enjoy cocktail hour before heading inside for dinner and dancing. Behind the barn doors are glass sliders that can remain open or closed, while letting in all the natural light that surrounds the building. The main dining area is open from floor to ceiling having a grand, yet rustic feel with exposed beams, a wood burning fireplace, large built-in bar, dance floor, and custom-built wooden farmhouse tables with chairs. The expansive loft complete with a bar, fireplace and leather seating can be used for relaxing and getting ready prior to the wedding and is even a great spot for a bouquet toss down to the guests below. The existing farmhouse is also included with the venue to be used during the day for the other bridal party.
The Horse Stable, which is visible from Main Street (Route 9), is a beautiful wood barn with a brick floor. It is used personally by The Scangarello Family, but guests are encouraged to come and visit the horses and take photos.
Entertaining and enjoying the outdoors is a passion of Tom and Jessica Scangarello, and it has been their mission to make everyone that comes to The Farm feel like family and have an experience that is unique to this area. They have worked to put together a team of local vendors to bring this idea to life - from the farm’s in-house florist, Wildflower, to its exclusive catering company, Sunny Rae’s Kitchen, and all of the carefully selected vendors in between, featured on their preferred vendor list.
Weddings and events will begin this September. Contact The Farm on Main to schedule a private tour or come visit this fall during the Grand Opening in November!
The Wedding Bliss Expo is back and to the delight of Brides for the 2023/2024 seasons it has become an LBI staple that cannot be missed. Brides and their plus ones were among the primary guests who attended, and this year’s Expo which was a smashing success, welcomed over 200 attendees in joyful anticipation and planning.
The Wedding Bliss Expo is the brainchild of Bay Magazine, Bogath Weddings & Events and Weddings of Distinction, all of whom cater to the top tier of the Long Beach Island bridal market. Gary Henderson and Farrell Dunleavy, co-founders of Bay Magazine, along with Jeanne Coon-Bogath, the owner and lead planner of Bogath Weddings and Events, have joined forces to carefully curate a one-of-a-kind opportunity that provides the best hand-picked roster of high-quality exhibitors.
On Sunday March 26, 2023, the third annual LBI Wedding Bliss Expo was held at Hotel LBI in Ship Bottom. The Expo provided the opportunity of a lifetime for couples by providing them with the ability to interact with their potential vendors prior to any decision making. All vendors in attendance were hand-picked for their outstanding quality, customer service, and attention to detail. The event is held in The Conservatory at Hotel LBI one of LBI’s dreamiest, most captivating venues.
The stunning, centrally located venue, Hotel LBI is transformed into a wedding wonderland to delight both couples and their nearest and dearest. Attendees were introduced to the area’s top creative professionals, industry leaders, planners, entertainers, and vendors while enjoying a chance to network, exchange ideas and walk away empowered and inspired.
The atmosphere of intimacy for attendees allowed them to have the opportunity to see and interact with all vendors and potentially see which vendor is a good fit for their needs and wants. If you have ever been to a traditional Wedding Expo, the experience can be as daunting as scrolling through countless Google searches when you are in the early stages of planning. The LBI Wedding Bliss Expo is exactly what its namesake suggests… blissful.
A curated experience that yields a mutually beneficial relationships between prospective clients and vendors. In this type of intimate environment vendors can show and dive deeper into the services that they provide. Brides can see tangible examples of what they have been planning and start to piece together the vision for their wedding day. The joy of the dream becoming a reality is immeasurable. An “ah-ha” moment personified when you find the one element that will tie your entire day together.
No two weddings are the same and while the planning process has its intricacies, having the resources to help guide you through the wedding journey makes all the difference. The endless stages of prep and planning are a lot to take on all by yourself; the aid of a wedding planner in addition to your venue’s coordinator helps alleviate the worry of focusing every detail all at once and allows couples to be present and in the moment. The Wedding Expo allows couples to network with these professionals. The opportunity to talk with vendors and wedding professionals beforehand expands a couples knowledge base beyond a venue’s “preferred vendor list” to open endless possibilities.
Located at 404 Broadway, Barnegat Light, this intimate venue has serene views of the bay and huge windows allowing natural light to illuminate the room where Old Barney can be seen as well. Daymark is just steps away from the Barnegat lighthouse. Couples can have their ceremony at one of the most visited and historic locations in Barnegat Light and walk to Daymark for your reception. This venue is perfect for intimate weddings, allowing couples to focus on the extra special details. They feature fresh local seafood, local farms, and creative cocktails with endless views of the Barnegat Bay. The facility can host wedding receptions up to 170 seated with a dance floor or up to 250 for a cocktail reception. Their cuisine is fresh local products with a Mediterranean influence. Events are available all year round.
Keep it Local: Everyone loves a good welcome bag and when having your wedding on LBI welcome bags are the perfect way to connect your guests to the island. Showcasing local products, goodies, and artisans provides guests with a connection to their destination, an anchor point if you will. One of the top people to help create your custom welcome bag is Kate Made ( https://www.katemade.com/). Kate Made has worked with a variety of clients from top Fortune 500 companies for corporate events, to birthday parties, baby & bridal showers, holiday parties and of course weddings. She has seen and done it all and her eye for detail and level of professional excellence and expertise is unmatched. As Kate has said herself “It’s all in the details and I love what I do”. There are so many details that are essential to LBI it is important to highlight the craft and talent all around the island. A themed welcome bag filled with Kettle Creek Fudge, a map of the island, bag of How You Brewin’ Coffee and so many more decadent treats will allow guests to experience the tone and mood of your wedding before they hit the dance floor.
A non-themed Beach Wedding: There are a multitude of ways to have a beach themed wedding without it looking like you are trying too hard. To be frank the beauty of LBI’s beach side and bay side is that so much of the work has been put by Mother Nature herself; it is perfectly picturesque, and the landscape speaks for itself. The subtle ways of incorporating the natural beauty around you not only honors the location but creates an atmosphere of effortless elegance. Ditch the obvious theming of shells and sand dollars and embracing a color pallet that stands out among the green blues of the ocean and soft sandy beach. Bright pink flowers with lush greenery for a ceremony arch will tie in a ceremony space to the venue space, dotting each table setting with the same flowers and the soft glow of candles. A bright pink is a fantastic pop of color among a Navy & White color pallet as well. For a more muted color theme white flowers with soft blues pick up on all the natural beauty and take an element of the out-doors in doors. Of course, if you don’t know where to start, chatting with your vendors and wedding planner will help bring your own ideas and wants to life with their expertise and experience.
For more information about this past Wedding Expo and to read about featured vendors and the upcoming you can visit: https://weddingblissexpo.com/
With sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, Spray Beach Oceanfront Hotel combines local coastal influences with modern amenities for an exceptional experience.
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The Wedding Bliss Expo is expanding, and it is with great pleasure that they are now providing a creative showcase not only for the creative talented professionals in the industry but providing a custom inspiration for couples looking to visualize their wedding inspiration. Bay Magazine and Bogath Weddings & Events have been working together for over seven years to execute Long Beach Island’s most stunning styled shoots. To celebrate the Third Annual Wedding Bliss Expo, hosted on March 26th at Hotel LBI, they offered photographers the opportunity to participate in the First Annual Wedding Bliss Expo Styled Shoot hosted at one of New Jersey’s most sought-after wedding venues, Bonnet Island Estate.
On Saturday, March 25, 2023, Bonnet Island Estate was transformed into three separate styled shoots for photographers to use to enhance their portfolios. Featuring three distinct styled shoot designs, each styled shoot included diverse models, ceremony space with a dramatic floral installation, tablescape, stationery, details (think gorgeous shoes and beautiful jewelry), and dessert. Creating three breathtaking designs, each setting is a looking glass into possibility for prospective couples and an opportunity for photographers to shoot at a high end, high demand venue to include in their portfolio.
Bonnet Island Estate – Boathouse Chapel: delicate soft pinks and neutral tones set the backdrop for a fantastic rustic chic inspired wedding vision. Rose colored water goblets dot the table among dusty rose candles in golden candle holders, delicate floral China lined along the table. Candlelight dances around the room in a variety of hurricane glasses woven in and out of greenery while blush and white flowers almost appear to be a natural part of the room. For anyone who envisions a romantic and airy day, see yourself here. Featured vendors include: Reynolds Garden Shop, Bombshell Hair Bar, Everyday Fancy, Rustic Drift, Free Love Bridal, A Sweet Memory Cake Shoppe, The Smalltown Studio and, models, Brendi Ferreras & Carlo Zapata.
Bonnet Island Estate – Ballroom: cool blue and green tones provide a muted French Chic sophisticated formal inspired wedding. It is French Chic meets LBI in the most stunning combination imaginable. Allowing the fashion and stationery to be breathtakingly bold while the flowers are simple and elegant, cascading around the room like billowy soft clouds. Hidden delicate details like painted oyster shells, are among the greenery and thistles. For anyone who dreams of making a grand entrance, who radiates a room when they walk in, see yourself here. Featured vendors include: Reynolds Garden Shop, Bombshell Hair Bar, Everyday Fancy, Rustic Drift, , Free Love Bridal, Crane & Palettel, and models, Makaela Gevaras and Steven Schimer.
Bonnet Island Estate: Veranda & Cocktail Lounge: Golden mustard yellow with jeweled emerald green and pops of rusty red inspire an enchanted wedding. The perfect balance of elegant and whimsical, allowing for some contemporary wedding staples while putting a modern twist on each one. Ditch the cake for a custom donut tower and let the florals speak for themselves. Golden hour will last all throughout the night shimmering in romantic candlelight reflecting off the flowers like stars. For anyone who still believes in magic and wants to put their own spin on tradition, see yourself here. Featured vendors include: Reynolds Garden Shop, Bombshell Hair Bar, Everyday Fancy, Free Love Bridal, Crisp Designs on Paper, and models, Emmy Simpkins and Maria Lorraine.
Florals for all three designs shoot were provided by Reynolds Garden Shop. Reynolds Garden Shop specializes in bouquets, ceremony spaces, reception details and day of details. Located at 201 / 227 East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin they have been providing a standard of excellence for Ocean County for years. Their dedication to quality floral artistry is impeccable and their skill allows them to craft custom florals that seamlessly fit into each space. To find out more information you can inquire online at www.reynoldsgardenshop.com , call at 609.597.6099 or stop by their design studio located inside Oskar Huber in Ship Bottom.
Hair for each shoot was provided by Bombshell Hair Bar. Located in Toms River NJ, Bombshell Hair Bar is another featured Ocean County vendor for not only everyday glam and special events but expertly crafted for wedding day hair as well. Soft ways, chic buns, and intricate braids. The stylist and team are ready to make bride’s dream come true. Carly Villano, owner, and expert stylist, has a talented team ready to make all your dreams come true. For more information, they can be reached at (732) 240-7000, just ask for Michelle, their bridal manager, to schedule your consultation.
Other featured vendors on all three shoots were Bogath Weddings & Events, Bay Magazine, Weddings of Distinction and, of course, Bonnet Island Estate. For more information about the next Wedding Bliss Styled Shoot, at Mallard Island Yacht Club on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, check out the Wedding Bliss Expo website at www.weddingblissexpo.com and click on “styled shoot”.
Spray Beach Chapel located at 2309 Beach Ave, Long Beach Township, looks like it came from a Hallmark movie and was placed on the island. It is nestled between homes and seems a bit out of place, however it’s rich history shows the true testament to its charm and connection to the island. In the summer of 1894, there were only twelve cottages in all of Spray Beach area ( modern day Beach Haven). It was Hettie L. Ringgold who inspired the organization of the Chapel.
Prior to the chapel’s construction it was the Spray Beach Hotel (razed in 1969) that was the center of activities. Church services were held there in the music room on Sunday evenings. In April 1895, the decision was made to build a chapel. William Butler of Beach Haven, a builder responsible for the construction of most of the houses in Beach Haven and Spray Beach in that period, agreed to erect the chapel at a cost of $900.00 at the time, around $32,503.18 in 2023 USD.
The pulpit and platform were the gift of the builder, and William S. Ringgold donated the ground. The organ was given by Miss Elizabeth K. Robison, was later electrified by Paul Twelves (completely restored in 1995). The original chairs are still being used today, as is the pulpit furniture from that era. Sadly, Hettie L. Ringgold died on May 31, 1895, without seeing her dream of the Chapel become a reality.
In order that her efforts would always be remembered, the center stained glass window was presented by the Bible Class of the Mutchmore Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. They also gave the smaller stained glass windows in memory of her son and daughter. On August 4 1895, the Chapel was dedicated by the Rev. S.A. Mutchmore, of Philadelphia. The Chapel remained closed in 1908 because there was no one to conduct services.
Through a brief period of closure around 1910, it became a Union Chapel, to be governed by a board of trustees. The Chapel is the second oldest house of worship on Long Beach Island and the oldest church building on the island to be in continuous use. The original bell proved to be too heavy for the steeple. Its ringing cracked the plaster walls so severely that they had to be paneled. That bell was removed and was used to summon the fire company from Beach Haven when needed.
The second bell became badly corroded over the years, and was replaced by a ship’s bell in 1950. The third and final bell, which is still in use today was donated by Charles Dore. The original bell was returned to the Chapel by Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Roy. Throughout Spray Beach Chapels history many gifts have been presented. Some of the more notable ones include American and Christian flags, a Memorial Book and guest registers.
The Bible on the pulpit was presented in honor of the Rev. J. Wesley Twelves who conducted evening services from 1927 to 1957. On June 9, 1982, a stained glass window, presented in memory of Robert D. Lintz by his family and friends, was installed over the door of the Chapel. This window was designed by Marguerite Gaudin, and painted by Ann Willet Atelier of Springhouse, PA. In 1994, a new bulletin board, used to announce services and activities to the community, was given in memory of Mr. William Wivel, a past president of the Chapel Board of Trustees. In 1997, new hymnals were donated by John Englishmen in loving memory of his wife Margaret.
In 2013, trustee Shirley Wunsch donated, the two inspiring stained glass windows, designed by Katherine Jordan which are located at the church entrance in memory of her husband, Al Wunsch. The stained glass
with its nautical themed imagery is the perfect adornment to this charming chapel it is truly only something you can find in LBI. It’s rich history and adaptability make it a perfect spot to celebrate love. For the 2023 Wedding Season, Spray Beach has seen more popularity than ever before.
Spray Beach’s relaxed and casual atmosphere allow for maximum customization for all couples. Big or small weddings Spray Beach has been able hold space for these special moments. Private weddings or a 50-year vow renewal the freedom to customize your ceremony (music, officiant, denomination etc.) is in your hands. Spray Beach Chapel hosts weddings all year round in addition to, vow renewals and baptisms. Every Sunday there is a traveling minister (rotating schedule that can be found on the website), so whether you are walking or bike riding to the service there is always space for you and all are welcomed.
This historic landmark can seat approximately 120 guests and to this day they still hold church services. For historical buffs you can add special bragging rights to your wedding day by having the opportunity to ring one of the historic bells in the chapel on your big day. For Wedding Scheduling please contact Elaine Atlee (732) 552-9941, email -firstname.lastname@example.org
August 9, 2023
Bay Magazine and Bogath Weddings & Events have been working together for over seven years to execute Long Beach Island’s most stunning styled shoots. We are now offering photographers the opportunity to participate in the Second Annual Wedding Bliss Styled Shoot hosted at one of New Jersey’s mostsought-after wedding venues, Mallard Island Yacht Club
On Wednesday, August 9, 2023, we will transform Mallard Island Yacht Club into threeseparate styled shoots for photographers to use to enhance portfolios.
Each styled shoot will be designed to include diverse models, ceremony space with a dramatic floral installation, tablescape, stationary, details (think gorgeous shoes and beautiful jewelry), and dessert.
The iconic Spray Beach Oceanfront Hotel quickly settled into its new shoes and is ready to grace visitors with even more updates. Staying true to its long-time vision of providing a place for families to enjoy the magic of Long Beach Island, they are thrilled to open their doors to those looking to create a one-of-a-kind event right on the beach.
Offering a beautifully intimate setting, Spray Beach Hotel is the perfect venue for a micro-wedding or lavish celebration during the spring and autumn months. Sitting directly beside the ocean with private beach access, guests will feel like they have been transported to a remote island destination. The couple can indulge in some relaxation too, as their on-site event coordinator takes all the pressure off and brings their vision to life. The sound of waves crashing just beyond a beautiful pavilion creates exquisite ambiance for a special ceremony. Welcoming party guests to con-
tinue enjoying the beach, a bar running along the dunes provides seating for sipping a deliciously crafted cocktail. Indoors, the party continues at Drift, which uses fresh, local ingredients to create a signature coastal menu, immediately elevating your event. And of course, following dinner, guests can bank on plenty of dancing.
Persuade guests to slow life down for the whole weekend and make more memories with family and friends by inviting them to stay in Spray Beach Oceanfront Hotel’s spacious rooms. They have been completely refreshed over the winter and provide all the amenities of home. A beachfront suite can be reserved for the couple and their wedding party as they get ready, sipping champagne and enjoying the sun. The outdoor terrace on the third floor offers a breathtaking panoramic sunrise, with the white sandy beach and signature oceanfront view providing the
ideal backdrop. Guests are also encouraged to take advantage of the heated pool, hot tub and multi-level deck, complete with umbrellas and lounge chairs for unwinding.
What’s not to love about a lavish hotel right on the beach? When the traffic lights turn off and the island settles into a slower pace, the Spray Beach Oceanfront Hotel is converted into an exclusive resort for any upscale celebration. With everything under one roof, as the largest oceanfront hotel on the island, it promises to be a memorable, seamless affair. Come in for dinner or even afternoon cocktails to see the space and begin imagining your next special event.
Guests will have the opportunity to tour this gorgeous venue while enjoying bubbles and bites provided by VIVAMEE Hospitality. This event is devoted to providing engaged couples with the resources they need to plan their big day. Reserve your tickets today- your dream wedding awaits you!
Flowers have a magical way of turning an everyday event into a one of a kind, memorable affair. There is something about the combination of fragrant blooms and serene color pallets that leave your guests in awe.
There is an extraordinary impact when fresh flowers are used, whether they be a focal point or an elegant background accessory, the presence of florals have a way of adding the finishing touch to any event. There is a
reason why every wedding, corporate function, bat mitzvah, and rehearsal dinner feature flowers, they are an extremely important element in event design.
Whether you are hosting at home or using one of our favorite local restaurants, we are happy to provide you with a variety of florals, custom to the theme or color pallet of your event. From bud vases and votive candles to grand entryway installations, we can help you to achieve a perfect setting for your soiree.Ann Coen Photography Unique Lapin Photography Unique Lapin Photography Jessa Schifilliti Photography Angela Pham Photography
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Venue - The Mallard Island Yacht Club
The Marro and the Skelly families have had a shore house in Long Beach Island since the early 2000’s. It was not until the year 2015 when Meghan dna Colin met lifeguarding for the Beach Haven Beach Patrol.The funny thing is their houses are even on the same block but yet they never crossed paths. Meghan and Colin had their first date at Carmens in Beach Haven followed by a competitive game of Mini Golf. They spent many hours on the lifeguard stand together. In the winter months Meghan went back to NYC while Colin went back to Conshohocken PA. Meghan and Colin went from living two minutes apart to two hours. And yet they made it work.
It was not until fall 2019 that they found themselves in the same zip code. In 2020 they brought home a lovable furr-ball Rusty. And in April 2021 Colin asked Meghan to marry him in the privacy of their own home on a Tuesday after noon. They then celebrated with both families the following weekend.
2 ounces tequila
2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice, plus wedges for garnish
2 ounces sparkling water
½ ounce lime juice
¼ ounce agave nectar or simple syrup, or to taste
Coarse sea salt, for the rim of the glasses
Directions: Mix the tequila, grapefruit juice, sparkling water, lime juice, and agave nectar into the glass. Fill the remainder of the glass with ice. Adjust sweetness to taste. Garnish with grapefruit peel.
1 pound peeled and deveined raw medium shrimp (or 1 lb frozen, defrosted)
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
½ small red onion, finely chopped
1 medium jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
½ teaspoon salt
1 medium avocado
Tortilla chips, for serving
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Turn off the heat, add the shrimp, and poach until the shrimp are opaque and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain the shrimp and set aside until cool, about 10 minutes.
Chop shrimp into ½-inch pieces and place in a large bowl. Add the lemon juice, lime juice, tomatoes, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and salt, and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours.
Just before serving, dice the avocado, add to the ceviche, and gently toss to combine. Serve with tortilla chips.
4 choice rib-eye steaks
1 T salt
1 T pepper
½T cayenne pepper
½ T chili powder
In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and chili powder. Preheat grill to high heat.
Place rib-eye steaks on a platter and season with rub on all sides. Transfer seasoned steaks to the hot grill, and cook for 4 to 6 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Remove steaks and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
4 medium zucchini
4 yellow squash
⅓ cup olive oil
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
Fine sea salt, to taste
Heat grill medium-high heat. Cut zucchini and squash in half lengthwise. Brush the cut sides with olive oil and sprinkle them with salt. Lay them oiled-side-down on the grill.
While they are cooking, brush the other sides with oil and sprinkle them with salt. Turn the halves over, until zucchini/squash are very tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve at room temperature.
1 lb. frozen pineapple chunks, defrosted completely in the refrigerator
1 T. lightly packed fresh mint leaves
In a blender, combine the thawed pineapple and mint. Blend until completely smooth. Pour mixture into popsicle molds, insert popsicle sticks. Freeze until frozen solid. Enjoy!
Chef Nicholas Persons of LBI Hotel’s Salt holds a unique passion for food that has driven him on an extraordinary adventure through the culinary industry. Seeds were planted early on, as he experienced different cuisines while growing up in a variety of places, including California, Alabama and New Jersey. His self-professed love of American culture truly harnesses the age-old “Melting Pot” adage and is beautifully reflected in the ingredients with which he cooks and the menus he develops.
His first love, however, was not the culinary arts, but music. Despite working in several restaurants during high school, Nick’s focus remained on his heavy metal band. Life always has a way of bringing us around to our calling, however, and a fellow band member, also working in the restaurant industry, saw Nick’s natural talent and encouraged him to
attend culinary school. It was at this point that the scales began to tip from music in favor of food, and he has since harnessed every wonderful food-related opportunity that has come his way.
Intensely multi-faceted, Nick vowed to diligently learn every aspect of the restaurant industry from the ground up, intentionally building his repertoire along the way with some of the East Coast’s best chefs. He explored the intricacies of working in several high-end restaurants, perfecting his gorgeous plating techniques and cultivating an atmosphere for exclusive gastronomical delights. He fine-tuned how to succeed in a high volume kitchen, sending over 500 plates out the door every night. He really paid his dues in the kitchen, learning, in a very intense environment, how to structure a kitchen so that it runs smoothly and efficiently. This is training he has taken to heart, as he proudly shows the kitchen tools, pots and even cutting boards he has used for years, due to the care he takes for his equipment even in the midst of a busy night of cooking. He honed his craft working in a variety of specialty restaurants, perfecting dishes ranging from artisan pizza to homemade pasta, Thai dishes to steakhouse fare. Throughout the years, several renowned chefs and leaders in the culinary world, including Robert Wiedmaier and Luke Palladino, noticed Nick’s inherent mastery and drive, and took him under their wing. He systematically gained experience in launching a restaurant, including hiring staff, marketing menus, stocking a kitchen, and everything in between.
In 2019 Nick was settled into a great position as Executive Chef at a resort in Valley Forge when a chance to open the new restaurant at Hotel LBI caught his eye. Once again, he said “yes” to the opportunity and
has worked tirelessly to shape Salt into an exceptional dining experience, for both locals and visitors alike. Getting any business up and running is rife with challenges, and a new restaurant holds a litany of its own obstacles. Just as Nick finally reached a smooth operation with a solid team, Covid hit and destroyed all the momentum he had worked so hard to gain.
Nick devotedly stayed alongside his restaurant, though, spending the days scrubbing the kitchen by himself, preparing menus in good faith, and eventually pivoting to take-out options and socially-distanced meals. This tenacity brought him successfully out the other side of Covid’s hit on the industry, and these past two summers he feels that Salt has really hit its stride.
Nick remains focused on curating an upscale dining experience with approachable ingredients. The primary requirement for anything on his menu is simply that it be something that he himself wants to eat. His dishes include local fare whenever possible, including Viking Village scallops, local clams and oysters, and mushrooms from Kennett Square. Interestingly, Nick’s love for food is even intertwined with his wife, Maria, a pastry chef at Salt, and he is quick to point out how perfectly their culinary styles match. Her creations have such dimension, with a playful, rustic nature that complements his dishes splendidly.
In fact, he has built an incredible kitchen crew, bringing together people ranging in age from nineteen to sixty-three years old, each with special talents that his keen eye draws out. Teaching others is a passion that has unexpectedly grown out of his dedication to the industry, and given the many kitchens in which Nick has worked, he brings a distinctive skill set to those he mentors. With a perfect combination of mutual respect, common goals, and proper training, his kitchen virtually drives itself now. This fine-tuned cohesion among all of the cooks is evident on every customer’s plate and allows Nick the exciting opportunity to be able to push the limits on what the average diner will eat. His meal ideas come from a deep well, combining the cultures he has experienced in various pockets throughout the country with the breadth of training he’s had.
With a new baby at home, Nick is embarking on his most significant journey yet. Despite the sleepless nights, however, his energy for the culinary world does not wane. Upon arriving home from work each night, he scoops the baby up from his wife and heads to the kitchen. When asked if he doesn’t ever grow weary of cooking, he emphasizes, “I may get tired of the prep and cleanup, but as soon as I have food in my hands, I feel alive.” And thanks to his passion, we, too, have an opportunity to experience culinary vigor through the delicious, creative fare offered at Salt.
Hotel LBI offers a progressive experience to suit every mood and taste. The premier hotel on LBI has four unique venues that provide a variety of food and cocktails: light and citrusy for poolside and rooftop, and more dark and sophisticated for indoor dining.
“We want the drinks to go along with your experience and evoke feelings of being on vacation,” says Tom Buckle, Regional Beverage Manager for Hotel LBI.
Following an afternoon lounging at the pool, sipping refreshing cocktails and chilled pouch drinks, start happy hour at The Living Room, the cozy bar in the lobby. Relax with a bite to eat and a Black Cherry Old Fashioned: a smooth blend of Sazerac Rye with black cherry purée, bitters, and a dash of simple syrup, on the rocks. As sunset approaches, the venue changes to The Rooftop Bar. With an ice-cold margarita in hand—a frosty pour of tequila and tropical flavors— the glowing sun sinks behind the sparkling water.
When dusk gives way to evening, the setting transitions to Salt Kitchen & Bar, an indoor coastal-casual restaurant. A rich and flavorful Espresso Martini complements the modern American cuisine.
This summer, popular favorites are returning to the hotel’s drink menus, in addition to new concoctions and a large selection of highly-allocated bourbons and high-end tequilas.
“Blue Wave,” a hot new margarita variation will provide what Buckle calls, “a taste of the beach.”
The drink is made with Espolon Blanco tequila, Blue Curaçao—an orange flavored liqueur— agave, coconut cream and fresh lime juice.
“It’s a really cool-looking drink. It’s a very light blue color with a taste of coconut. It doesn’t have a heavy tequila flavor. It’s almost like a pina colada meets a margarita on the rocks,” Buckle says. “It’s perfect to sip on the roof, or by the pool.”
In the process of experimenting with coconut cream and other fresh ingredients, Buckle created a guava margarita that will be featured on a rotating basis—along with other new margarita varieties—throughout the summer.
“It turns out that coconut and guava are amazing together!” he says.
Hotel LBI also serves a spicy margarita that’s made with Ancho Reyes, a mildly spicy liqueur made from Poblano chiles.
A returning classic cocktail is “Endless Summer,” a refreshing mix of Blue Chair White Rum and Coconut Rum, orange and cranberry juice and a Myers rum floater—an artfully poured layer on top of the drink that enhances the aroma, tone, and flavor.
“People come to us for a drink they can’t make at home themselves,” Buckle says.
Another featured favorite is the “South End Lemonade,” a new take on a mojito, with a cool fusion of Buffalo Trace bourbon, mint simple syrup, fresh lemon, and ginger ale.
The pièce de résistance of the drink is the homemade mint simple syrup.
Hotel LBI’s venues also feature a wide variety of highly-allocated bourbons.
Highly-allocated means that the number of bottles are limited, making them more rare and hard to find.
“We have Pappy Van Winkle, a very sought-after line of Bourbon from the Sazerac company that we’re slowly releasing,” Buckle says. “It’s the ‘Where’s Waldo?’ of whiskey.”
(Netflix’s true crime series “Heist” season one, episodes 5-6: “The Bourbon King,” covers the insider theft of half a million dollars of this rare bourbon, known as the “Pappygate” theft).
As for tequila, Hotel LBI offers every flavor profile.
“There are people who say they don’t like tequila, and we say, ‘You haven’t tried a good tequila yet,” says Buckle, who encourages customers to try a quality tequila on the rocks with lime.
Blanco tequilas are popular, along with reposados, añejos, and cristalinos—which are clear with a barrel-aged taste.
Buckle notes that industry insiders predict an upswing in the popularity of tequila this year, due in part to its celebrity partnerships—George Clooney and Kendall Jenner both have their own brands—and a strong social media presence.
For those who aren’t keen on a strong tequila taste, but are open to sampling it, Buckle recommends trying the Blue Wave margarita.
“We wanted to feature tequila in a different way to expand the customers that would be open to trying it. The Blue Wave is a great way to try tequila with a more
tropical flavor and setting, instead of in the more traditional way,” he says.
As bars and restaurants continue to rebuild in a postcovid restricted world, Buckle hopes this summer will be a full revival of socialization over food and drinks.
Buckle credits Hotel LBI’s team: Manager Keith Mollema and Lead Bartender, Tylor Rogers, as key factors in the restaurant’s success and ability to provide a memorable experience for its customers.
“There’s a thirst for people to socialize more and hang out at a bar. We want to give our customers a reason to go out and enjoy their time. We’re always striving to create cocktails that provide something unique,” he says.
When you first arrive on Long Beach Island, pay close attention to a low building surrounded by flowers right off the Causeway on 9th Street. This is the Country Corner Farm Market. The trim is green, the parking accommodations are plentiful and you can find everything your home and garden need to shine in the outdoor garden center. The colorful planters teeming
with gorgeous geraniums and eye-catching pansies are a pleasant sight welcoming you to Long Beach Island.
Inside the store is a world of baked goods, Jersey fresh produce, and friendly faces eager to help make sure your summer on Long Beach Island is everything that it can be. The Country Corner is both an excellent resource for restocking your pantry after a long, quiet winter away from the island as well as a valuable source for yard and garden refreshment.
One high-priority item for any trip to the Country Corner is one of their famous pies. Baked every day in-house, these desserts are excellent for entertaining and relaxing at home after a long day at the beach. Treats like fresh bagels, breads and other baked goods are also available at the bakery counter. Nothing makes breakfast for guests more simple than a bag of fresh bagels - and pork roll to go along with them. The side-by-side bakery and deli counter features a robust spread of family-favorites, local classics and anything else you may want to pack
in your lunch cooler on your way out the door this summer. Fresh sliced deli meats and classic side salads are perfect for packed lunches for summer, whether you’re spending the day by the water or working on the job.
The farm market is also one of the most easily accessible vendors of Jersey Fresh produce on the island. No summer on Long Beach Island is complete without freshshucked Jersey corn, handpicked for its quality and flavor. The array of fruit on sale is a veritable cornucopia, from handfruits, berries and some of the most delicious melons you can find in New Jersey. These fresh fruits and vegetables are also sold to restaurants in the greater Long Beach Island area, inquire within and you’ll receive an excellent checklist of restaurants to explore.
While the store has been family-owned and operated since the 1970s, the property has a classic Long Beach Island backstory. In the wake of the Second World War, Sarop and Kathleen Adanatzian – pre-war immigrants from Armenia and Ireland, respectively – originally purchased a piece of land at 9th Street and Barnegat Avenue. Wary of traditional investing methods of the time, the couple elected to secure their financial future with this piece of property. Over several years, they bought more of the current lot on 9th and Barnegat. At that time, a simple bungalow was the sole structure on the property, which served as the family’s summer home for many years and many happy summers. However, after purchasing a larger space on Bay Avenue in Manahawkin and then a home on East 12th Street, the humble bungalow eventually fell by the wayside.
At the end of the 1960s, the Adanatzians elected to spend some quiet time on the island in the off-season to pass time while Kathleen was dealing with a leg injury. While in town, they noticed an advertisement for an upcoming local auction - for the Ship Bottom Borough Hall building. They would have to move the building to a property of their own - conveniently fitting into
their now empty property on 9th Street and Barnegat Ave. Sarop submitted a bid and won the auction. He contracted with a local house-mover and the entire building was relocated to the corner of the property at 9th and Barnegat.
Since the market was first opened in the early 1970s by Sarop and Kathleen’s children Dennis and Patricia, the Adanatzian family has owned and operated the business alongside a long line of locals working summer jobs to pay for their college or their first car. In fact, the market was opened by Dennis and Patricia as a way to spend their off-seasons from their jobs as teachers. The current owners and managers of the Country Corner are brothers John and Sean Adanatzian, Dennis’ grandsons. “It really is a family business,” says Sean, “not just
our kids and cousins working, families that come in, they come back. Over the years I’ve seen kids coming in with parents, getting lunch or fresh fruit before heading to the beach.”
This enthusiasm for working as a part of the greater community is shared by Sean’s son, Paul. “I think I’m pretty lucky to be able to work so closely with my family at the Country Corner. It’s also a great job for meeting new people, making connections in the store with local customers is really cool.”
This bond with the Country Corner’s customers has only reinforced the Adanatzian’s dedication to meeting their customer’s needs. “Seeing people come back older with families of their own is really heartwarming,” says Sean, “so we try to make sure the experiences they have here in the summer are worthwhile every time they visit.”
Indulge in a sweet symphony of flavors and step into a world where nostalgia meets frosty delectable delights at The Show Place Ice Cream Parlour in Beach Haven, NJ. Nestled along the sun-kissed shores of Long Beach Island, in Queen City’s historic district, this irresistible old-fashioned ice cream parlour invites patrons to embark on a journey through time, where the essence and charm of a barbershop quartet blends harmoniously with an exquisite array of theatrically themed ice cream concoctions— producing a world class performance of cabaret, ice cream and “waitri” singing and dancing to the Broadway classics we all love to know. Brace yourself for an unforgettable sensory experience that will transport you back to the carefree days of childhood laughter, tantalizing your taste buds with every creamy scoop, where summer memories are made and frozen fantasies come to life through good ol’ fashioned song and dance.
A tradition for almost five decades now, Show Place Ice Cream Parlour has been a beloved fixture in the LBI community, complementing its parent company, the Surflight Theater. With retro decor, live “vaudeville” style
family-friendly entertainment, and generous portions of ice cream, it has become a must-visit destination for locals and visitors alike. Located on the corner of Centre Street and South Beach Avenue, adjacent to the Surflight Theater, Show Place is hard to miss. The antique cedar siding illuminated with Broadway style exterior lighting and cheerful signs beckon passersby inside, where everyone is transported to a bygone era. The interior is filled with vintage memorabilia and decorations, including old-fashioned soda fountains, quintessential red and white striped wallpaper with black and white checkered floor tiles, and classic movie posters. As their saying goes, it’s the only place in town “where the waitri match the wallpaper.”
But Show Place is more than just your average ice cream shop. Most notably, it is a live entertainment venue featuring a rotating cast of talented musicians, actors, and other theatrical art performers putting on a show every night as they serve delicious ice cream. Open 7 days a week from June 16th - September 3rd, ice cream-craving customers have the option to attend any one of Show Place’s seating times at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, or 10pm
(reservations can be made ahead online, via Surflight.org/ ShowPlace). Each interactive show consists of “announcements” in which patrons are randomly called up to participate in an impromptu gimmick, followed by enjoying solo acts, a duet and comedy duet performed by the waitri and a grand finale. Impressively, each of the seating times have a different show and finale than the one preceding. Consider it an impossible task to leave without the biggest smile on your face after this show.
The servers, who, here, are referred to as “waitri,” are all aspiring actors, musical theatre students and, oftentimes, Surflight theatre understudies. With a sincere passion for the performing arts, over the years, many have gone on to be successful performers both on and off Broadway after their time at Show Place Ice Cream Parlour. One of their most successful alumni is Tony Award nominee, Alex Brightman, who is best known for his role as Dewey Finn in the musical adaptation of School of Rock and is the current title character in Beetlejuice the Musical. Additionally, many celebrities have also been known to enjoy Show Place’s dessert and show as patrons, including Joh Bon Jovi, Ray Romano and Christina Aguilera.
The dessert menu itself at Show Place is incredibly delightful to peruse, as the ice cream flavors, combos and categories often influence one’s order simply because of their witty descriptions and nostalgic names. Patrons may choose to order ice cream entitled “The Sound of Music,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Peter Pan,” and so on, and based on their orders, they may even be selected to participate in the show. For instance, customers who’ve ordered the “Oliver Twist” have been known to boogie down to Chubby Checker’s hit song, “Let’s Twist Again” during the show, while others who have ordered the “Annie” have been asked to belt out, “Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow!” from the beloved classic musical. Everyone knows what Peter Pan loves to do, so be prepared to possibly belt out a crow’s caw or “fly” around the room if you are tempted by that scrumptious chocolate, peanut buttery, gooey caramel and hot fudge sauce menu item.
Along with the show, the other important draw of Show Place is its ice cream. The shop carries Arctic Ice Cream, which is a local, family-owned, NJ creamery that has been making ice cream since 1931, and prides itself on maintaining the same family recipes and yielding the same high quality ice cream ever since— “just like grandpa used to make.” The ice cream at Show Place comes in a variety of flavors, ranging from traditional favorites like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry to mint chip, coffee, cookie dough, and birthday cake. The toppings and mix-ins are endless, however, and range from hot fudge, strawberry and caramel sauces to a variety of fresh fruits, nuts, house made whipped cream, marshmallow toppings and variety
of sprinkles. If you’re in the mood for other sweet treats, the dessert menu also includes milkshakes, banana splits, and depending on the specials of the week— warm baked goods. In addition to ice cream, Show Place also offers sorbet, frozen yogurt, and most certainly has options that accommodate all of the most common food allergies.
Show Place is also a popular spot for birthday parties and other special events. The parlour offers a variety of party packages, including private rooms, customizable menus, and entertainment options. They also offer Singa-Grams, in which clients hire singers to come to their homes, yard, porch, or pool party for a singing telegram (either in their retro waitri striped uniforms or regular attire). Summertime residents enjoy this as a fun and unique way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, pro-
posals, or even just as a thoughtful pick-me-up to send to a friend or loved one.
Show Place Ice Cream Parlour is a true gem in the LBI community. With its vintage charm, delicious ice cream, and live entertainment, it’s a must-visit destination for anyone staying on Long Beach Island during the summer months. This wonderfully unique and timeless tradition at the beach is more than just a visit to an ice cream shop— it is a beloved experience that is deeply ingrained in the fabric of the local community and all of the generations of visitors since it first opened its doors in 1975. As their saying goes, “There’s No Place Like Show Place!”
For more information, please visit Surflight.org/ShowPlace or Instagram @showplaceicecream .
Photographer, John Vlahakis, a Harvey Cedars resident and a regular stop on the LBI Artists Open Studio Tour, recently submitted several images for consideration representing southern New Jersey for inclusion in the new Terminal A art exhibition at Newark Liberty International Airport. Known for his landscapes, two of his photographs, one of Holgate and the other of Ventnor City, were selected. John travels the region, as well as internationally, looking for the perfect shot, whether it is a sunset, architecture or daily life in the city, there is always a story to be told.
Matt Burton: John, please tell me a little about your background and how you got started in photography.
John Vlahakis: I first started in High School as the photographer for the school newspaper. Learned darkroom skills in college, and had one of my images from that era picked up for the National Hellenic Museums permanent collection. After college and grad school decided it would be more lucrative to go into the family business. Much to my wife’s chagrin I was not too focused on taking the family pictures of the kid’s growing up, though I must admit she handled a camera admirably. Around 2007 I reconnected with photography. In 2010 I had my first solo exhibition. Since then I have focused, no pun intended, on photography.
MB: We all love Long Beach Island [LBI] and seems like everyone has a story of how they fell in love the area and now call it home. How did you discover LBI?
JV: Being from Chicago, my Jersey girl wife introduced me to Long Beach Island back in the summer of ’93. She had grown up coming here for family vacations. Her family stayed in Beach Haven. When I first came to the island I was captivated by the visuals. Families, family businesses, no chains, no high rises, just an incredible organic experience like no other. On 9/10 2001 we bid on a home in Harvey Cedars and have never looked back. For me as a photographer, the year round light captivates like no other. The vastness of the sky, ocean, and wetlands provides a natural beauty unlike no other.
MB: The natural beauty is definitely a major draw for artists to want to work and live on LBI. Landscapes seem to invoke certain emotions with viewers. What does photographing landscapes invoke in you?
JV: I have found that the deliberation in creating a landscape image is almost zen like. Lost in the moment, as if time stand still. All of your energy is fixated on what lies before you. Observing it, dwelling in it, surrounded by it. It’s most peaceful and exhilarating at the same time.
MB: I have used the term “landscape narrative”, the
idea that the viewer can interpret or create a story in the work that relates to them. Perhaps a longing to be at a location, nostalgia from past experiences or maybe fantasy of what life could be. Do you think viewers might have a similar experience viewing your landscapes?
JV: I think the landscape narrative opens the viewer to interpret the image through their eyes, emotions, and experiences. It is a concept that I agree with. All artists seek feedback on their work from the public, but at the same time, we are using our work to evoke either an emotional or political response. We are seeking to make a statement.
JV: Our natural world and the place we inhabit in it has always had a profound impact on my photography. From wanting desperately to keep our natural landscapes, to capturing the human condition in my street images. I hope my imagery raises the importance of our connection to the natural world, as is our responsibilities to highlighting the human condition that we encounter on a day to day. All in a hope to make us realize our responsibility to the natural world and our fellow man. In-
fluencers were David Kennedy, my first photography instructor Freshman year in college. Photographers I have admired include Dorothea Lange, Constantine Manos, Saul Leiter, Ragnar Axelsson, Gordon Parks, and Bill Brandt. For some reason Jackson Pollock has always inspired me.
MB: Nature is not the only subject of your landscapes, sometimes there are structures, a pier or a bridge for
example, downtown cityscapes and even abandoned houses. The dilapidated homes seem to be a shift from the tranquil zen nature scape. What are your thoughts when you take these pictures? Are they social commentary? Is the architecture important?
JV: Abandoned places are captivating. Who lived there? What did they do? What was life like back then. Abandoned homes are important to record. It is a historical time capsule of our cultural past. Change is the one thing we can all expect from life, besides death and taxes, so I’m not convinced that abandoned homes are nostalgic. Personally I find them sad and noteworthy to record. Visually they can add quite a bit of background or foreground to a landscape image, besides being a social comment on what was. What have we lost as a society when we see abandon homes or places? Economically, culturally, why did they fail. What did society do to cause this to occur? Unfortunately, the message may never be clear or accurate. The fact that they exist means that some where along the line, people gave up, died, or economic forces dictated their demise.
Good past architecture is worth capturing and recording. So yes, the architecture does indeed become an important aspect of recording an abandoned home. Normally, you do not find new architecture emulating the past so much these days,
MB: Can you tell me a little about your process- how do you find your shots? What are you looking for?
JV: There is a fair amount of planning that goes into my landscape images. I do drive the state a lot to see first hand the landscapes that might interest me. I check google maps, and use apps for sunrise, sunset, moon phases, tides, and obviously weather conditions. Camera gear and lenses are checked prior to going out on a shoot, and making sure clothing and hiking boots fit the time of year. New Jersey for a small state is an exceptional one for landscape photographers. In my opinion it’s one of the best in the country for it.
For me, when viewing John’s photography, I do tend to get lost in my thoughts. Whether it is a zen moment or my curiosity has been piqued I tend to feel more. I take in the hues of refracted atmospheric light which dazzle my eyes, the mysteries of ruinism conjure self reflection of my relationship with nature and I am stimulated by the dappled tactile patterns of clouds which emanate an abstract expressionists spontaneity aesthetic. So be sure to take an extra moment and take in all that is captured by John’s camera. There is always more than what meets the eyes.
From first light to sunset and some coffee breaks in between... Here’s a couple photos from some of my favorite checks.photos by Michael John Murphy
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If you grew up sailing on the Barnegat Bay, there’s a good chance you know Michael Spark – a staple of the local sailing community who has taught more than a thousand children how to sail over the years. A lifelong seafarer, Michael first learned to sail in 1960 at the age of 13 and hasn’t stopped since–and at age 78, he has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
With a father in the military, Michael’s childhood was spent moving up and down the East Coast. When his family finally settled in Toms River, Michael befriended his neighbors–a family with four sons and a yacht. “I got hooked on sailing by a simple introduction. I
went on my neighbors’ sailboat, and I immediately fell in love with sailing,” Michael says.
From there, he knew he had to find a way to learn everything he could about sailing. Using money from his 8th grade graduation, Michael joined the Junior Sailing Program at the Beachwood Yacht Club using his parents’ names. “It didn’t cost them anything,” he laughs. “Hook, line and sinker, I fell in love with the entire program. That program was my stepping stone to contributing to the love of the sport and preparing me for the big world out there.”
In 1962, three years into the Junior Sailing Program, it was clear that Michael had a knack for competitive sailing. He won his first championship held by the Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association in a 15-foot sneakbox, a moment that would shape his passion for organized sailing competition and become a cornerstone of his career years later. “My passion became teaching the next generation, younger kids because I had such a wonderful experience growing up,” he says.
After graduating high school in 1963, Michael went off to study geography at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He returned home in the summers to teach sailing to pay his way through college, first at Seaside Park Yacht Club and then Mantoloking Yacht Club, where he made his mark by instituting an interclub racing series among the local yacht clubs that’s still held to this day.
During college, Michael had the opportunity of a lifetime to sail with Samuel Merrick, who eventually became the Director of the United States Olympic Yachting Committee, as a member of his crew. “I learned a lot about tactics. We sailed everywhere, from Annapolis to Miami, to Canada, to Bermuda,” Michael recalls.
Upon graduation from UNC, Michael planned to join the Peace Corps to teach English in India. However, in the midst of the Vietnam War, Michael traded his sea legs for wings and joined the United States Air Force, where he went on to fly C-130 planes. After he completed his service with the Air Force, Michael joined the Air Force Reserve flying C-141s.
After his time in the military, Michael jumped back into the sailing world, this time with an opportunity at Bay Head Yacht Club, one of the largest in New Jersey. He ran their sailing program for three years, building it up
from humble beginnings to a coveted program of 55 duck boats, or the small boats that are often used to introduce the youngest sailors to the sea.
“There’s nothing more wonderful than taking an eight, nine or ten year old who’s never been on the water, putting him in a boat, and watching him overcome all his fears to become the captain of his own vessel,” Michael says. “Sailing is different from
operating a motorboat or riding a bicycle–there are so many variables to master to be comfortable in the boat. It teaches them self-confidence and spatial awareness.”
It was during his time at the Bay Head Yacht Club that Michael created the Bay Head Race Week, a 3-day children’s regatta open to anyone in the country to join–and the first of its kind on Barnegat Bay and the Jersey shore.
In the late 60s, a job brought Michael and his wife, Nancy, to Irvine, California, where he worked as the Head National Sales Manager of a boat manufacturing company that sold yachts. During this time, Michael was diagnosed with renal carcinoma. After undergoing an operation that left him with a clean bill of health, Michael and Nancy moved back to the East Coast, eventually settling in Long Beach Island in the town of Barnegat Light, where Michael worked as a building contractor, taking time off in the summers to teach sailing programs.
“What I love most about Long Beach Island is the smell of the salt air when you first come across the bridge. Every town on the island has a small town feeling. We came for the sense of small community – to this day, residents of Barnegat Light need to get their mail at the post office. You see your friends there, your neighbors, and everyone knows each other,” Michael says.
In addition to sailing, Michael found he had a passion for giving back to his community through public service. In 1988, he ran for Barnegat Light Councilman, a position that he still holds today. “My introduction to public service was a funny story. Jimmy Stavish, former Councilman of Barnegat Light, an owner of Kubel’s restaurant at the time, encouraged me to run. I had never even registered to vote before, due to being in the service. To this day, I’m dedicated to maintaining our quality of life in the community,” he shares.
In 1990, Michael went to work at the Surf City Yacht Club, where he expanded the Junior Commodore’s Regatta for children, inviting clubs from all over the north to sail in the competition. During this time, Michael worked to introduce perpetual trophies from the Surf City Yacht Club for the NJ State Optimist Championships and, together with a few other families, started travel “opti” teams, bringing junior sailors an opportunity to compete all over the country.
A few years later, Michael returned to Bay Head Yacht Club to build up their opti program for children ages eight through 15. In addition, Michael started a C-420 team, enabling local kids to travel to regattas all over New England.
The late 90s to early 2000s brought Michael the joy of teaching his own children to sail, while further embedding himself in nearby communi-
ties by teaching sailing at Moorestown Friends School, then Southern Regional High School, and eventually becoming Assistant Sailing Coach at Ocean County College. Later, in 2011, Michael worked with the town of Belmar to start the Friends of Belmar Harbor (FOBH) sailing program, where he worked as Head Instructor.
Michael introduced his son and daughter to sailing when they were about seven or eight years old. “As a father, it felt great to introduce them to the sport and to keep encouraging them, helping them build their skills,” he says.
Recalling a full-circle moment, Michael says, “At my daughter’s wedding, some of the kids she sailed with were in attendance as guests - the social aspect of sailing holds everyone together. That’s what sailing is – it’s a skill for life that creates friendships for life.”
In 2007, Michael returned to Bay Head Yacht Club for a third time, this time to teach adult sailing. “The biggest difference between teaching adults and children is their attention spans!” Michael laughs.
The following year, in 2008, Michael was inducted into the Barnegat Bay Hall of Fame for his contributions to
junior sailing, and the thousands of childrens he has taught over the years.
“I keep teaching sailing because I see the positive impact it has on a child and the way they mature over a summer of sailing. I have them sailing in three days. I provide safe direction, I’m always there to rescue them in moments of panic and then reassure them that it’s no big deal. This sport builds confidence,” he says.
After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Michael was selected as the general contractor to rebuild Mantoloking Yacht Club from the damages it sustained from the storm. From 2014-2015, he served as Commodore of the club, of which he had been a member since 1983.
In 2019, Michael and Nancy bought a boat and sailed to Florida, and lived life on the water for a year at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. When they returned to Long Beach Island in 2020, Michael was recommended by a colleague to Haven Beach Club to work as a sailing instructor, where you can find him teaching today.
“It’s a great story - during the interview I said, ‘I’m 75 years old.’ There was a pause, then I went in for an interview and was hired,” Michael says. “I’m trying to do this until I’m 80, or until I can’t anymore.”
Tucked away on a quiet street in Holgate, the Long Beach Township Marine Education Field Station has some of the most exquisite programming and marine life initiatives on the whole island. Featuring an assortment of beautiful displays and interesting research equipment, they remain committed to making learning fun and accessible so that we are all empowered to do our part in preserving this area we so deeply adore. The Field Station offers hands-on experiences suitable for the whole family, as well as deep-dive lectures for those who want to develop a better understanding of some close-hitting topics.
A parent looking to stimulate their child’s appreciation of nature can engage in the ongoing terrapin projects—what Angela Andersen, the Field Station director, affectionately calls their “cute and cuddly” programming. June through July runs into prime incubation time for the terrapins, meaning females will still be coming up in hot spots, like Holgate, Loveladies and High Bar Harbor, to lay their eggs. After these mama turtles emerge from the bay, they often cross our busy roads en route to a perfect, sandy laying spot on the beach. As a general rule of thumb, remember that when the traffic lights come on and the speed limit goes down, start watching for terrapins! If you do happen to spot a turtle, please notify the Field Station, if on the south end of the island and the Terrapin Nesting Project, if on the north end. And if you want to get up close and personal with the miracle of a baby turtle emerging from its shell, you can sign up for a time slot to monitor the two on-site hatcheries at the Field Station in late summer. Last year their hatcheries filled up by June 5th, demonstrating the strong need for more protected laying spots, but also ample opportunity to connect with these miraculous little creatures.
If flowery content is more your thing, check out their raised bed pollinator gardens. These large galvanized tubs feature an assortment of the most beautiful native plants and flowers which will attract pollinators and beneficial insects. Look for these planters outside the field station and in several township parks and playgrounds. They can easily be replicated to beautify your own yard while creating a crucial little sanctuary for birds and insects.
Additionally, in conjunction with their partners, The Jetty Rock Foundation and Stockton University, the Field Station’s oyster shell recycling program continues to gain a great deal of momentum, even boasting a leadership award from The State Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection in praise of the innovative program. Collecting discarded oyster and clam shells from a growing number of participating local restaurants up and down the island, the shells are ultimately returned to the bay, providing numerous benefits to the ecosystem. The program is now able to quantify the tonnage of shells collected and it is exciting to see how many LBIers are eager to help, seeking out eating establishments that participate in the program. Lest you forget about this important initiative as the busy chaos of summer takes over, the official shell collection truck, complete with a snazzy new wrap from Jetty, will remind you to #followtheshell.
Curing is the most critical part of the shell collection program. This year Ocean County passed a resolution to support the project by providing locations for cured shell awaiting restoration placement. The curing process is basic yet essential, as discarded shells must lay in the sun for a minimum of six months to make them suitable to place back in our waters. Not all shell is from our bays, so they must be careful not to introduce foreign materials into our local ecosystems.
These cured oyster shells are later deposited on select restoration projects in our waterways. These include a pilot oyster reef establishment and the bay islands initiative (see the Tiny Islands article in the fall 2022 issue of Bay Magazine), which focuses on the 100+ bay islands throughout our bays that have been earmarked for
restoration through an intricate series of assessments. Under a grant, Long Beach Township is working on five of the many islands off of the township— two islands on the south end and three on the north end. Through the simple act of reusing the shells to stabilize the shorelines and bottom of the bay, rather than merely tossing them in the trash for a life in the landfill, the program helps to restore marine ecosystems, strengthen resilience against storms, and support locally harvested sustainable seafood. And if the tide gauge at the Field Station gives any indication of how extreme tides along the island can be, it provides plenty of motivation to stay strong in navigating the much-needed restoration process. A beautiful display at the Field Station, also compliments of Jetty, makes it easy to understand just how important the humble little oyster is for our area.
Until you make it to the Field Station in person, which I highly recommend doing on a beautiful sunny day so you can enjoy it in all its glory, there are two things to keep in mind as our summer kicks off. Now that the traffic lights are on and the speed limit back down, watch for terrapins! And #followtheshell (or even just the flashy new truck!) and stay tuned for a pilot dropoff location to be announced in early summer as the team works to collect discarded shells that miraculously become substrate to shore up the islands in our bay and produce new life. Sign up for the Field Station newsletter on their website (www.lbtfieldstation.com) and follow them on social media (#lbtfieldstation).
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Every family has their own integral traditions passed down through each generation. Christmas Eve carols, movie nights, vacation spots, even dinners during the week. The influence from one generation to the next is seen, processed and then reborn as the cycle grows and evolves. If you’re lucky you can quantify how long a tradition has been in your family but what if the family tradition is a career? For David Cowles and his son Michael this could not be more true.
For over 40 years David Cowles has been a familiar face on LBI, as one of its top selling real estate agents and very soon his son will be sharing in that distinction. Michael joined the team 4 years ago; however, he has been selling on his own for several years before partnering with his father. “It was best he worked on his own and developed his own skills first and not for me to just take him under my wing” David said, “Mike has earned it on his own. Mike is a natural who learned the business from the ground up.” For any family business it can be a slippery slope navigating working together and embracing new ideas with established values. However, both David and Michael agree the way they approached their partnership was the perfect way to blend David’s legacy and Michael’s new perspective.
Their partnership is natural and while the approach may be different, they ultimately complement each other well and come to the same conclusions. Michael brings new ideas and methods while David has a more tried and true methodology, blend both together and you created amazing results.
David and Michael have a deep passion and love for the island, as do so many who come to visit. LBI creates a lasting imprint that keep so many coming back year after year and more and more the pull leads them to stay permanently. While each community in LBI has its own personality, and there might be some bias towards The Dunes section of Long Beach Township where they grew up, for David, for both David and Michael the most enjoyable part of their job is helping families finding their home on LBI and helping LBI homeowners obtain the highest price possible when it’s time for them to sell.
One of David’s primary asks to his clients is “Are you coming down and enjoying the house?” His biggest satisfaction is that they use the home and create those traditions and make the memories with the family. “Surfing, sailing, fishing, barbeques, scaling Old Barney, shopping at Bay village.... the more you utilize your space and root yourself in your home you root yourself in the community as well.”
Originally from Westfield, NJ, David’s roots to the beach go back to his parents. David recalled “my mom and dad (they were born and raised in Brooklyn during the depression) were beach rats who spent their summers at Jones Beach and Coney Island’. His father worked for a pharmaceutical company and was transferred to New Brunswick in the 50’s and eventually end up moving to Westfield. David’s mom now had to find a new place to go to the beach. She drove up and down the Jersey Shore and after discovering LBI, rented bungalows for several years before purchasing a house on Old Whal-
ing Lane in 1963. David grew up coming to the Island and after college while living at home and commuting, he decided to root himself on LBI, took a real estate class and the rest is history.
What about the real-estate market captivated David, simply put he said ““it’s just the business. I took to it, and I enjoy it now as much as when I started back in 1981. You are your own boss, you make it or break it no matter what the market is like, you are in control of how successful you are - you have to have a strong work ethic. You have to put the time in and work regardless of external factors - you have to like the business and be smart with it (during lean times and bountiful ones).” Michael holds the same sentiment as his father and has an equally strong work ethic…some might even say he is willing to jump right in.
Picture it, you are taking your clients through the closing of their home, the sun is shining, everything is going according to plan, the boxes are being checked off for the final walk through and the client’s adorable, lovable Boston Terrier decides to jump in the pool. There’s only one problem, the poor pup can’t swim. Without even thinking, Michael threw his phone aside and dove in (clothing and all) right after the pup to save him during this closing. Michael can add lifeguard to his resume as well and when it comes down to it he truly is willing to go the extra mile for his clients. Now if that isn’t passionate determination, I don’t know any other relator willing to take a swim for their clients.
David and Michael have immense pride and extensive knowledge of LBI and ready, willing and want to help families find their forever home on the island. To find out more information you can check out their website at https:// lbiproperties.com/ or reach them via email or phone for David at email@example.com / 609-290-0779 or Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org / 609-290-3680.
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Waves of Strength is a local, LBI-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) that is devoted to helping those in the LBI and surrounding region with physical or cognitive disabilities by providing them the resources and wherewithal to experience surfing in the ocean, despite their situation. Since its inception in 2019, Waves of Strength has been holding an annual Adaptive Surf Therapy event free of charge, connecting the local surf community of LBI with families in need. Join us in sharing the stoke!
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“The ocean has the power to heal.”
As the rhythmic pulse of the ocean intertwines with the collective anticipation of both competitors and spectators, an opportunity waits for the water women of LBI who seek to conquer the untamed beauty of the sea. On July 23, local surfers will channel their skill, passion, and unwavering dedication into a display of prowess and sisterhood that transcends mere sport to bring together the community and support each other, both in and out of the water.
Every summer, surfers from all over the East Coast descend on Long Beach Island for a celebration of female strength and empowerment through a much-anticipated surf competition and fundraising event that brings together the entire region for a truly wonderful day at the beach. The annual Jetty Coquina Jam is a charitable all-women’s surf competition that stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of female surfers in New Jersey, as a symbol of unity, achievement, and unwavering respect for not only the power of the sea, but for each other and the entire community.
Originally the first female surf competition in New Jersey, the debut Coquina Jam of 2009 marked a significant milestone by providing a platform for local female surfers to showcase their skills and compete in a traditionally male-dominated sport. Although the inaugural event paved the way for the recognition and growth of women’s surfing in and around Long Beach Island, Jetty’s foresight really was a microcosm of society in the 2000’s—across the globe, women in the sport were working to break down barriers and challenge societal norms, and it was a pivotal time for establishing equality and representation within the surfing community. [It wasn’t until 2019 that the World Surf League (WSL) became the first and only US based global sports league, and among the first internationally, to offer gender pay equality. For more information about the decades-long struggle by female surfers to be treated equally in the sporting world, check out the 2020 documentary, “Girls Can’t Surf.”]
With a record number of residents and visitors near and far gathering to watch the action unfold year after year, the Coquina Jam has become a beloved tradition of the coastal New Jersey community and beyond, bringing together surfers of all skill levels for a day of fun, competition, and giving back. Spectators get to marvel at some serious shredding and enjoy the live music, delicious local food and drink vendors, support sponsor retailers with a little shopping—all while enjoying a little sunshine and the sand between their toes.
This year’s Coquina Jam will take place on Sunday, July 23rd at the 68th Street Beach in Brant Beach. The competition format is unique in that it is a team of two randomly paired female surfers—one veteran surfer and the other, a novice— grouped into brackets. They work together to compete in heats with the ultimate goal of catching enough high-scoring waves to advance to the next round, their waves scored by a panel of judges. The mentorship of pairing an older contestant with a younger one not only reinforces a sense of comradery amongst all of the contenders, but it fosters the new generation of groms to connect with and look up to their seniors as role models, encouraged by their support and inspiration both in and out of the water. Not all of the participants may know each other upon entering the competition, but by day’s end, new friendships are forged and the sistership of female surfers collectively deepens, despite the outcome.
One such contender and three-time Coquina Jam winner, Jamie Dewitt, is extremely passionate about empowering the next generation of surfers. An Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) surfer who also happens to be sponsored by Jetty as a Teamrider, Dewitt has been surfing since the age of 7. She shares, “Even though I moved off the island
years ago, growing up in Beach Haven shaped the person and surfer I am today and it’s so important to continue that for the younger generations. I spent my entire life surfing contests all over the world, but this one is so different. The way the women come together and support each other, the teamwork and just the whole vibe is amazing. Plus, the number of ladies surfing these days is remarkable. I remember being the only girl out there when I was a kid!” Fast forward to present-day, and a trip down any one of LBI’s beach access roads will attest that there are just as many girls as boys out in the water on any given day—the sandbars being a popular spot for these wave-chasing youngsters. Jetty is currently exploring adding on a “Little Necks” portion to the day’s schedule in order to bring more surf event opportunities to the youth of LBI.
Although the phrase “competition” may give the impression that a battalion of hard-core, professional female surfers are gathering for an adrenaline-fueled spectacle celebrating incredible athleticism, on the contrary, the competition itself is actually quite laid back and inclusive— nearly all of the participants are amateurs. The ambiance of the day is far from intimidating. The sign-ups are open to all skill levels and all age groups.
Emily Garabedian, of Ship Bottom, was the youngest participant at 8 years old last year, while longboarder Mary Buck Frack of Barnegat, who has participated in
all but one Coquina Jam over the years, has been among the oldest surf contestants [and mentors] at 68 years old. Mary has been surfing the shores of Long Beach Island at a break called “Wooden Jetty” since the 1960s, when her petit teenage frame would have to carry a 9’3” Ventura surfboard on her head to the beach, because she couldn’t wrap her arm around the massive board.
The event has grown in size and popularity over the years, attracting surfers and spectators from all over the region. But despite its growth, it is more than just a fun day at the beach. The inspiration behind the Coquina Jam has remained true to its roots as a community-driven event that celebrates the spirit of giving back.
After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Jetty brand formed the Jetty Rock Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that serves as a vehicle for the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. With a focus on giving back and making a positive impact through charitable work, the Jetty Rock Foundation (JRF) stands as a beacon of hope, resilience, and community support on Long Beach Island and throughout the region. JRF has become an indispensable force in uplifting the community, and its importance lies not only in its financial assistance and resources but also in the sense of unity it fosters in protecting “our oceans and waterways and support those who build their lives around them,” as their mission statement highlights.
Serving as a rallying point for philanthropy, organizing countless fundraisers and events such as the Coquina Jam, as well as initiatives that contribute to the betterment of the region such as investing in local schools, recreational facilities, environmental preservation, and disaster recovery, the JRF actively promotes the island’s long-term sustainability and well-being. Its impact resonates far beyond monetary aid, empowering the community to thrive, persevere, and build a stronger, more resilient future together.
Due to their profound understanding of the challenges faced by the island’s residents, JRF has always championed the cancer community as the recipients of the Coquina Jam’s fundraising efforts. Though, for the past 10 years, JRF has partnered consistently with David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation for this particular event. The aforementioned foundation is also a 501(c) (3) nonprofit; however, they have an already established network and structure to provide the support and financial assistance directly to those affected by a cancer diagnosis. David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation are the ones that organize and execute the grant program and vetting process of all applicants seeking financial assistance, and they personally handle the monetary distribution directly to each family.
In addition to event sponsors and private donors, the actual surf competitors individually (as well as with their partners) raise funds in the weeks leading up to the event—with that year’s corporate sponsors pledging to match all of the funds raised by each of the teams. Since all proceeds from the event are funneled back to the foundation, to date, through the Coquina Jam event, the Jetty Rock Foundation has donated nearly $400,000 to the David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation network of families in need of financial assistance during this most challenging time in their lives.
“I am honored to say that this year will be my fifth year as a contestant in the Coquina Jam. I am motivated to
raise money for such an amazing foundation because it helps people in our community who need it the most at a time in their lives that they may feel lost. My past partners have taught me about surfing, sportswomanship, and teamwork. I am lucky to have been paired with such amazing women,” shares 13-year-old Cedar Run native, Isla Carvajal. Surfing since the age of 2, Isla has consistently been a top performer as well as one of the top individual fundraisers for this event, and is a part of the Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol Lifeguard in Training (LIT) summer program, which teaches the local youth safety and rescue techniques along with the ways of the local waters.
Often times, the contestants themselves are directly affected by cancer diagnosis within their families, representing a powerful symbol of hope and resilience, and serving as a reminder of the importance of supporting those affected by cancer.
As the Coquina Jam enters its 15th year, it’s clear that the event has become more than just a surf competition. It is a prime example of the strong sense of community that exists within the Long Beach Island area. The event brings together surfers, spectators, and volunteers from all walks of life, united in their passion for surfing and their commitment to making a difference in our community. It’s a testament to the power of coming together for a common cause, a celebration of the strength and resilience of the cancer community and a reminder that even the smallest actions can make a big impact.
Don’t miss out on the excitement; enjoy a showcase of the talent, passion, skill and sisterhood of female surfers in this awe-inspiring coastal showdown like no other.
The Coquina Jam; July 23, 2023 at the 68th Street Beach in Brant Beach. For more information log onto jettyrockfoundation.org/pages/coquina-jam or Instagram @ jettyrockfoundation. Text Coquina to 71777 to donate by phone or mobile device.Photos by Kyle Gronostajski