LivingLBI December 2012
Special Edition: Super Storm Sandy
Helping Rebuild LBI The Shack Remembered Sandy’s effects on gardens
Christmas at Smithville
Does Past History Show What Happens to Post-Hurricane Real Estate Values?
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Holgate Homes in Holgate were severely damaged. Some houses were pushed off of their foundation. Foamy saltwater and sand flowed like lava over streets and filled in crawlspaces. Sand mounds looked like snow drifts. It was surreal. Natural gas leaks were capped off and narrow paths were plowed through the sand allowing owners to view their homes almost two weeks after the storm passed. Houses with bright red stickers were declared unsafe. The whole area looked uninhabitable. I felt lucky that I had a home to go to and thought about my friends who were dealing with water, mold and the inconvenience of storm damage. Vinnie Renz showed us his “Oz” house. Pushed off its foundation and spun around narrowly missing his neighbor’s house. He showed us that the house landed on a gas grill. It it wasn’t for that grill, the house would have hit the house next door. Vinnie, from Cedar Knolls, NJ had a positive attitude about rebuilding.
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Standing inside felt disorienting like that of an boardwalk attraction, after a few minutes, vertigo set in.
Vinnie Renz showing where his house landed on his grill.
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This is the beach at my street. When I was a kid, 45 years ago, there were two little beach houses on the oceanfront. The beach was flat with the jetty showing. When I walked to the beach after the storm, the beach looked the same as I remembered as a kid. Forty five years of building dunes was washed away in 24 hours. Our platform, ramp, bench and dune fences were gone. As I approached the edge where the road was supposed to stop and the sand begins, the smell of natural gas filled the air and a leaning utility pole scared me enough to turn around. My road was a mess. Wet sand traveled down to my house, creeping under my cars and carrying with it debris. Under my car, in the sand was four by fours and two by fours. How will we ever clean it up?
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he Happy Daze gunning shack was built in 1924 across route 72 from where it spend it’s final days. It was built as a gunning shack. Duck hunting was big business at the turn of the century. Hunters would snuggle into their sneak box and wait for ducks. Ducks would be packed on ice and loaded on the train to New York. Fancy restaurants catered to the wealthy and serve expensive duck dinners. When the laws changed and it became illegal to commercially hunt ducks, sportsmen built gunning shacks and hunted for sport. When route 72 was built, the shack was moved. Families enjoyed staying at the shack, electricity was connected and it became a summer home. During the 70’ it became a favorite “local’s place” to have fun and party. Ask any local over the age of 50 and they’ll have a shack story to tell! The LBI Shack book, published by Lisa Ball, is a collection of photos and artwork of the shack. It is available at www.ShoppingLBI.com
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After the ‘62 Storm
After Super Storm Sandy 2012
This little house survived the ‘62 storm and it is still standing after Super Storm Sandy. Notice the shutters? They have been painted but are the same shutters with little sailboats on them in the “62 photo. The Emerick family suffered some damage to their deck and have a lot of sand to remove but all in all, had minimal damage to their beach bungalow.
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Superstorm Sandy’s Effect on your Vegetable Garden Superstorm Sandy invaded Long Beach Island on the evening of October 29th under the influence of a high tide. A great deal of the island was inundated. In the cases of Holgate and parts of North Beach, property damage was severe. All other portions of the island were affected to some degree.
stature of plants, and ultimately, reduced production. This is a result of the plant’s reduced capability to take up water. If you notice scorching around the edges of leaves, you will know you have a salt problem. After mediating the storm’s effects as best you can, you might want to consider what kinds of crops to plant. It may be necessary to make some modifications in what This article represents an attempt to stop, take assessment you traditionally do. With this in mind, please refer to the and move forward with our lives. Nothing is as symbolic of following table. The entries for the vegetables represent this as carefully placing seeds and seedlings in the ground the threshold at which that vegetable is affected by salt and then awaiting a new beginning that culminates in the concentration in the soil. The units, dS/meter, stand bounty that nature has presented us in the past and promises for decisiemens per meter, a measure of the electrical to do again in the future. conductivity of the soil. The greater the salt content in the soil, the greater the conductivity. I hope to launch my vegetable plot again this season. Things will be different, but certainly not impossible. The Salt Concentrations in Soil at which primary concern is inundation by salt water. Ocean water contains many dissolved salts, but the primary ones are Vegetable Plants Become Affected sodium and chloride--yes, common table salt. The dissolved calcium, magnesium, potassium and nitrates will actually Vegetable Salt Concentration (dS/Meter) benefit some soils. Sodium and chloride represent the problems. Asparagus 4.1 Bean 1.0 The amount of these salts left behind in the soil depends on Beet 4.0 how long your vegetable plot was submerged. If it was just hours, you are luckier than those whose plots were under Broccoli 2.8 water for days. But we have sandy soil, and that is better Cabbage 1.8 than if we had clay or loam-based soil. Carrot 1.0 Celery 1.8 In any case, the affected area can be cleansed only by Corn-sweet 1.7 leaching the salt from the soil through rain or the use of sprinklers. After leaching, the addition of leaf compost will Cucumber 2.5 help. Avoid manure or mushroom soil. Eggplant 1.1 Garlic 3.9 If you are going to start your plants from seed, use soil Lettuce 1.3 that has not been exposed to flooding. Salt will delay the Onion 1.2 germination of most seeds and could even prevent them Pea 3.4 from sprouting. Pepper 1.5 In the garden, vegetables will show the effects of salt Potato 1.7 through smaller, and sometimes fewer leaves, shorter Radish 1.2 Spinach 2.0 Squash 3.2 Squash-Zucchini 4.9 Sweet potato 1.5 Tomato 2.5 Tomato-cherry 1.7 Adapted from the Food & Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, 1985 12 LivingLBI December 2012
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t was like Peter and the Wolf all over again. The governor telling us to leave the island, “It’s mandatory!” Hey, nothing happened with Hurricane Irene on the island in August of 2011. But…but Miss Sandy was definitely different. Weather models all pointed toward landfall in the immediate area Atlantic City to Long Beach Island, a huge storm. As a filmmaker I was determined to stay and shoot, hunker down in my 130 year old beach cottage, “The Net Cottage,” Barnegat Light, nestled on a sand dune buried amongst the cedars and holly trees with a fire place. I figured no problem while my wife packed her belongings to go to a friend’s house on the mainland in New Gretna. As she was pulling away she looked at me, “ You like this excitement and adventure don’t you.” “No I don’t,” I responded, “I need to document this event.” Shaking her head, “Be safe I’ll see you shortly.” Little did we know I would not see her for 10 days. As she pulled away I reminisced about chasing hurricanes up and down the east coast with my buddy Koko over the past 40 years just for surf. Big surf drove us to take chances. This Sandy was no different but in my backyard. I turned around and looked at my street, it was surreal. Nobody around and the atmosphere had an ominous feel to it. Within the next couple hours a friend called from Harvey Cedars and asked to move in. “The bay is at my back step and I need to get out of here. I have a generator. Lets combine our forces and ride this thing out.” “Come on down as soon as you can,” I replied. Glenn arrived shortly after. Glenn is a world traveler, a sailor. Seventy percent of his lifetime has been spent either in a tent or on a sailboat. I knew then we had no problem, we were prepared. The next day we walked and drove around town. As I stood on the porch of a home on the furthest northeast corner of Long Beach Island overlooking the inlet, disturbed and shocked, I continued to take pictures. The entire south jetty of the Barnegat Light inlet was totally submerged. The inlet formed a huge lake in front of me where reeds and sand dunes resided. Whoa, the hurricane is not even here! And the full moon and high tide tonight were going to aid in making Hurricane Sandy memorable. Riding out the storm in front of the fire surfaced many a story. Either his worldly sail trips or my international surf trips. This storm was nothing until it faded to black. We lost all power, no electric. We were now under candle power. We still had gas so we had heat and a hot shower. That was short-lived. During the eye of the storm, Glenn commented, “Dave, sitting in this house no one would ever realize that we’re riding through a Category 2 hurricane, it is so quit here.” I figured this house rode many a storm through the century even though the home had been built on actual cedar tree stumps. Little did we know what was happening right down the street and south of us. The 14 LivingLBI December 2012
next morning at daybreak we drove. Starting at Coast Avenue in Loveladies we were shocked to see the difference from the day before. The oceanfronts’ bottom floors were distributed throughout the neighborhood. The street had 2’ to 3’ of sand. We continued to drive down the boulevard on Tuesday to see how bad it truly was. Harvey Cedars did quite well only because of the beach replenishment program two years prior. As we drove into North Beach the page flipped into another chapter. The ocean marched over the dunes and brought the beach to the boulevard. Half way through North Beach we were forced to back up. The sand, water, rubbish and debris blocked our path. Never before in my 50 years on LBI did I witness an epic disaster like this. I looked to the east and saw the horizon of the ocean. The beach flattened out and you could see right through the bottom of the oceanfronts. The breakaway walls worked. The constructional engineers design proved to be correct. Let the ocean wave move right through the home, sweep it clean in between the pilings and not disturb the actual structure of the home. Back in Barnegat Light we took a walk down 5th Street to check on the Frances Ann and the other commercial boats. The Frances Ann that was featured on Discovery’s “Sword” had her spring lines stretched to the thread. Another few inches of water above the dock and she could have pulled the dock out of the ground’s sockets. By Thursday our island had now flipped into another chapter. We had been invaded by the authorities. Lock Down!!!! Local cops, State Police, National Guard, Marine Police, Coast Guard, curfew, etc. …rumors, looting, run-ins with the law, accusations, road check points, no TV, no internet, no phone service, no power & no gas, we relied on word of mouth. Within a few days the Red Cross and the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief settled into Ship Bottom at Grace Calvary Church. By God’s hand the church was KALTENBACH
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Does Past History Show What Happens to Post-Hurricane Real Estate Values? By Donna Levy, Sales Associate for Stevens Real Estate. Donna’s family has owned property in Holgate since 1973.
If you own storm-damaged Long Beach Island property, you’re probably anxiously wondering how the storm will impact your equity. But if history repeats itself, the future may lead to an uptick in property values, rather than a drop in prices. For example, in 1989, Charleston, South Carolina suffered similar damage to its resort community when Hurricane Hugo devastated the area. According to Walter Burton of Re/Max Pro Realty in Charleston, the first similarity was that “for three weeks following the hurricane, there were no services.” He noted that for two months after that, “real estate was at a standstill. Then money started to come into the community through insurance payments, and people could repair their homes.” Homeowners with properties that were worth $500,000 before the storm but had delayed improvements, used the insurance payments to repair their properties and found they were worth 30% more with the repairs. They had new drywall, new refrigerators and appliances, and all helped increase the value of the real estate. On Long Beach Island, many homes will have work done that will bring the property to current building codes, making them stronger and better fortified for the next big storm. Oceanfront property owners will have learned the vulnerabilities or their locations, and can rebuild with the wisdom gained from this experience. In general, we will see a large percentage of properties that will feel like “new” inside and out, featuring new flooring, new walls, new decks, new appliances, and new furniture. These improvements should revitalize existing properties and increase their value.
Increased opportunities for prospective home buyers There will also be some property owners whose insurance payment will not cover the cost of rebuilding, and may sell the house “as is.” This should bring in buyers looking for a new breed of “fixer upper.” Also, there are homeowners who may walk away from their properties, due to the expense of the repairs.
Currently, the great demand in LBI is for renting. Rental homes and apartments, which often go empty over the winter months, are being snatched up by families who have been displaced, and by contractors who will be on the island repairing the properties. Agencies up and down Long Beach Island have been collaborating on finding temporary housing for those without homes, largely by contacting summer landlords to see if their properties survived, and if they would be willing to renegotiate the terms of the leases to make the space available to those who need short term housing while their property is being restored. Although it may not feel this way at the moment, it would not be surprising if a real estate boom resulted from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. There will be property owners who say, “I’ve been thinking of selling,” and this is the push that brings them to do it. There will be the buyers who say, “this might be the time to buy,” in hopes of getting one of those properties that someone has to walk away from. No matter which group you come from, based on the timing of repairs, most of these properties will probably be coming back up on the market at about the same time. We could even see a boom as early as this spring, depending on when the insurance checks are issued and when work is complete. The activity at Stevens Real Estate is a real sign of promise. One example is sales agent Michele Timlin, who had been working with a buyer since late August to try to find a Loveladies property in the million-dollar range. Three weeks after the storm, the same buyer was looking at a property with Michele, undiscouraged by the water in the garage and in the elevator. “As long as it will be repaired before closing,” the buyer said, “I like the property.” Another agent, John “Jack” Casella, was scheduled to close on a property on October 31, two days after the storm. The buyers want to move forward, although the property will need to be repaired and reinspected prior to the closing. Finally, a woman who hasn’t vacationed on LBI in several years contacted the Stevens office asking for information on summer-long rentals. She said she heard about the storm and wanted to put her money into our local economy. These stories all show the promise for a solid rebound in the Long Beach Island real estate market.
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It’s 5 O’Clock in Beach Haven W
hatever do you do in the winter? Is the question asked over and over of members of the Happy Hour Group of Beach Haven. The members gleefully name the various activities open to all who seek friendship and community. About ten years ago, the Happy Hour (HH) group emerged with a small group of friends who met for cocktails at Buckelew’s Restaurant in Beach Haven. Once retired these seniors discovered new found time to pursue fun and enriching experiences. Loosely organized the group has no rules, no dues, no of ficers and no scheduled meetings. It is a group based solely on friendship and caring for the wellbeing of one other. A list of names, addresses, phone numbers and birth dates is made up and distributed periodically by Sharon Gurtcheff. Every member gets a flood of birthday cards and in case of medical issues the member gets loads of ‘get well’ cards. Today there are more than fifty names on the list. Members are made aware of the group’s activities mainly through email. Buckelew’s continues to be the regular meeting spot although in the summer months many of the group go to the Ketch. In addition, in the summer months, members take turns having a HH at their home where the outdoors can accommodate the 18 LivingLBI December 2012
large group. Everyone brings a beverage of their choice and a snack to share. The summer Wednesday HH is great fun because we get quality socializing with the ‘snowbirds’. Fall starts the regular Friday Night at Buck’s where we dance to the music of our favorite performers. The first full moon in Fall is the night picked for the ‘annual beach party’. The Monday after Chowderfest we celebrate “Lights Out” (the traffic lights) at a party sitting around Buck’s bar. Halloween is always celebrated with a theme party with everyone in costume. This year Jean Jerolamon organized a trip to the Borgata to the Frankie Valli show while Debbie Keeler secured a great restaurant for the thirty members who attended the show. In the past, Jean Jerolamon and Sharon Gurtcheff have organized several bus trips to New York City. We have seen the Christmas Show, The Jersey Boys, Momma Mia, LaCage au Folles and each time Debbie Keeler has taken care of the restaurant arrangements. In January, there is usually a Super Bowl Party. In February, a loosely organized group will celebrate Valentine’s Day in a local restaurant. March brings a HH St. Patrick’s Day party in addition to celebrating in Buck’s. At Easter and Christmas, those not celebrating with family get to-
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gether for dinner in a member’s home or in a restaurant. July 4th, a holiday that unites us all as Americans is celebrated watching the spectacular fireworks in Beach Haven. In the past, the group has visited the Noyes Museum, Tuckerton Seaport, a bird sanctuary and this past June we visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. We also take advantage of the excellent programs offered by the Maritime Museum, the Beach Haven Historical Society, the Beach Haven Library and the Long Beach Island Library. However, staying true to our name we had to do a HH “pub crawl”. In late August of this year, we set out walking, biking or were delivered to eight bars in Beach Haven. What fun! As a community within the LBI community, the HH Group supports several fundraisers through the year and donates collectively to the food banks at Christmas time. Whatever do we do in the winter? Our schedules are so full just with HH activities but we do manage to fit in exercise groups, book clubs, church groups, community groups and of course, doctor visits! As one HH member remarked, “My calendar looks like that of a CEO”.
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A Race for All Reasons
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I did not know that on Sunday, October 7, 2012 perhaps as many as 1,000 people woke up with the same intention: run some portion of the 18 mile length of Long Beach Island. And over 800 would not stop until they saw the light at the end of the--island, Barnegat Light, that is. It was a gray, drizzly day…a good one for me to take a quick look at the beach on 48th Street and then take a long swim at St. Francis Community Center pool. I did not know that the Community Center had sponsored a race with the Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island that day. Some people may not know what I learned that day. The race has been an annual event for 40 years, and the reason the race was first organized in 1972 has become one of a tapestry of reasons and motivations for so many to join, regardless of the weather on that day. But, as I prepared to turn right on 48th Street onto Beach Boulevard in order to turn left into the St. Francis parking lot by the pool, I noticed a group of runners, joggers, and walkers of all ages, sizes, shapes, in all sorts of running attire, some clearly experienced in this effort and others who seemed new at this. 20 LivingLBI December 2012
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Without thinking, I clapped as it drizzled outside my car, as they ran, as cars continued on their left, and as a man picked up cups and bottles on their right, as police followed behind, and I found myself continuing to clap even as my hands had begun to hurt and I kept listening to the song on my Simon and Garfunkel CD, about a boxer who still remained. With every lull in the running, I was tempted to go on with my day. Instead, I chose to keep clapping as it kept drizzling, as geese in formation above headed towards their destination, as my tears came for those running for reasons we may never know, and I knew I would just stay and clap and smile and nod from my car until the last person passed me, chasing a dream in front, still out of sight, the light at the end of an island, the light at the end of every tunnel, and I continued clapping for every runner who needed to hear it to continue, for every “thank you” yelled and mouthed, for every runner who knew that some nameless woman in a blue Honda was there and those who only knew they were there. I just couldn’t stop clapping. And smiling. And crying. And celebrating every boxer who remains in the ring, somehow.
Merry Christmas Finally, about an hour and a half later, a woman in black came along, the final one. And the police behind her proved by their presence, that every soul that dared to pound the street with a pair of soles, every pair of feet accomplishing an amazing feat of simply joining--be it for half the run, the entire run, or somewhere in between—mattered. I continued to clap for every sore soul whose loved one died in the Munich Olympics in 1972 and the thousands of soles that never made it out of the World Trade Center, and our son who has healed from two marathons, and his new bride that just ran her first 5K and I wept and I clapped until I was done--Some events affect lives and hearts and souls, even if we are merely on our way somewhere else and the event passes by and we are compelled to stop and watch. I am glad I clapped and clapped and clapped. I am also glad that I decided to wait at the blinking light before turning right until it was all over. The swim could wait. Judy Horowitz
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Pool Clean Up Challenge Pool storm clean ups will certainly be a challenge. We have been able to vacuum most pools out with pumps and equipment we bring on site, but for the pools that have to be drained and shoveled out extreme caution must be exercised. First and foremost the ground water under the pool must be controlled before the pool can be emptied. This is a picture of a pool we worked on right on the water, first we controlled the ground water using pumps hooked up to well points under the pool. Then we drained the pool, at that point we were ready to shovel out the rocks and muck lying on the bottom of the pool with plastic shovels. Of course these required some muscle, so I recruited my son Robert to work on this job with the crew. He was very enthused to be part of the team that day, shoveling builds character.
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LBI Damage? Call 888.890.2288 THIS IS YOUR LBI HOMEOWNERS PLAN OF ACTION: 1. If you have not already contacted us, it’s not too late, even if you’ve already reported your claim to the insurance company. 2. Chances are, we are helping your neighbors, friends or family on the island. We are committed to helping you get through this most difficult time. 3. Please call us with any questions you may have, no matter how small. We are here to help you, and our staff is ready to lend assistance.
WE GUARANTEE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH EXCELLENT SERVICE TO HELP YOU OBTAIN THE MAXIMUM RECOVERY FOR YOUR STORM AND FLOOD DAMAGE. YOU CAN COUNT ON US!
2500 Long Beach Boulevard • Ship Bottom, NJ 08008 • 609.494.4044 • infoLBI@allianceadjustment.com
Custom Hand Painted Fabric
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HELP is Here The American Red Cross is here to help. Stationed in Ship Bottom in front of the Grace Caverly Church, volunteers are handing out supples and hot meals.
Cleaning Supplies Shovels Food Clothes Hot Meals Hot Shower Pet Food Toiletries Baby Food
1-800 RED CROSS â€œPeople are at their best when things are at their worstâ€?
Souther Baptist Disaster Relief is the 2nd largest disaster relief organization. Volunteers offer hot showers, mud outs and mold remediation. ww.NAMB.net/dr
Grace Caverly Church in Ship Bottom offers clothing, food, toiletries, baby food, pet food and much more. Volunteers are standing by to help you.
Surf City Huge dunes kept Surf City unscathed.
I live in North Beach Haven were we weren’t so lucky. My street has deep sand covering the ocean block where the ocean flowed down the street and the bay flooded the west three blocks. Driving up the boulevard, piles of discarded memories line the streets. Sofas, beds, dressers, TVs, refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers and debris are on the street for all to see. Years of the carefree summers of past are now replaced with tattered homes. Driving north, still in shock, I arrived at Surf City. I was surprised to see that nothing was out of place. Business was as usual. Surf City was spared. I almost felt guilty for enjoying this unharmed section of the island. Some people lost everything and some lost nothing. Those who were spared are stepping up to help by opening their stores, donating and by just restoring normalcy. Surf City is open! Santa sat in front of Firefly on Dec 1. The sun was shining and warmed the island, if felt like spring. Friends gathered, eating cookies while shopping for the holidays. The shops in town were having “after hurricane” sales.
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The owner and staff at Tiffany’s Salon & Spa would like to send out a big THANK YOU to all the men & women who are here on LBI. Countless hours, in the cold & rain...cleaning up the mess that Sandy left behind!! We are grateful for all that you do!
We Are Open
1616 Long Beach Blvd Surf City, NJ 609-494-8177
“stop in and make a free ornament”
We have jersey strong necklaces! www.justbeadit.net
15 N Long Beach Blvd, Surf City 609-361-7700 joanneart.com
LBI Storm Coasters! A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Food Pantry at St. Francis. www.theredchairnj.com
Buckalewâ€™s is OPEN!
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Kaplerâ€™s is OPEN
Sunset on the Beach
very night I look to the sky to see what kind of sunset we will enjoy. Then I grab my camera and head for the bay. I watch as the sun sets into the bay and watch as the sky and clouds change color. It’s the clouds that make the sunset so beautiful. Pinks and purples and a bit of yellow all reflect and refract light from the brilliant sun. We are so busy following the sun that we forget that sunsets are also beautiful on the beach. It is a calm time of the day sitting on the beach listening to the waves gently crash on the sand. An occasional gull making his presence known as I sink into the sand in deep thoughts.
We see the damage on the beach Today’s lessons, he will teach Run and play in mounds of sand Stand in the waves while holding hands Nothing’s wrong through his young eyes Sand and sea are LBI Baby Dennis 34 LivingLBI December 2012
Welcome to LBI Baby Leon Maddy has a brand new baby cousin!
On Oct 12, 2012 baby Leonardo Walter Ball was born. Congratulation Daggi and Brian Ball, your brand new baby boy is adorable. Thank you for giving me a grandson.
Love you both, Grandma
Rebuild LBI stronger and safer For our children and grandchildren They will have new memories of the Island We will keep our old memories Gone are the days of little bungalows Gone are boardwalks and dune fences Waves hold your memories Warm sun on a hot beach will remind us Transistor radios, Coppertone suntan lotion Long hot summer days Kites flying high in the sky The sound of the ice cream truck Look forward to the future The past can not be changed Thank God for today Thank children for tomorrow. LivingLBI.com 35
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SAND & DEBRIS REMOVAL COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL
Yard Clean-ups Tree Removal Re-Planting Re-Installation
Landscaping Brick Pavers Irrigation Systems
GREEN THUMB GARDENS
Let us help you make your property beautiful again. Green Thumb Gardens has been servicing the South Jersey Shore for over 30 years and we are reaching out to you, the residents of Long Beach Island in your time of need. Letâ€™s rebuild LBI together! Ultra FLow Irrigation/Green Thumb Gardens License Number: 13VH04526800
Machines for hire:
Bucket Truck Backhoe Front End Loader
WE ARE HERE TO HELP Over 30 years experience taking care of the South Jersey Shore.
Remove & Replace Duct Work Fujitsu Ductless Heat Pump (Heat & AC)
SAME PRICE • SAME SERVICE Before, During and After a Disaster
Connect your Gas for $150.00 • • • • • • • Dual Zone 2-Ton 15 Seer • 2- 12,000 BTU Evaporators - $5,5000 • • 4 Zone 3-Ton 15 Seer • 4- 9,000 BTU Evaporators • Heat Pump Condenser- $8,900 • 80% 80,000 BTU Gas Furnace $2,400 •
95% 75,000 BTU Gas Furnace $2,900
GAS, BASEBOARD AND OIL HEATING SYSTEMS AND BOILERS HEAT PUMPS PACKAGE UNITS DUCTLESS A/C UNITS AND DUCTLESS HEAT PUMPS HUMIDIFIERS, DE-HUMIDIFIERS, AIR FILTRATION SYSTEMS DUCT CLEANING AND DRYER VENT CLEANING HOT WATER HEATERS AND ENDLESS HOT WATER HEATERS CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS HONEYWELL THERMOSTATS REMOTE THERMOSTATS! GREAT FOR VACATION HOMES! CONVERSIONS FROM ELECTRIC OR OIL TO GAS CUSTOM AND REPLACEMENT DUCT WORK OIL BURNER CLEANINGS GAS PIPING BY A LICENSED GAS-TIGHT EXPERT
Albrecht’s Island Air, LLC (609) 668-2992 • (800) 894-0056 NJ License # 13VH00735500
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Sand Removal Hurricane Restoration House Razing JMT INDUSTRIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL CONTRACTING ***Licensed NJ Public Works Contractor***
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Island to Island
and Publisher to Publisher
My phone rang one afternoon and after a short conversation, a new friendship developed. Georgia, the publisher of the Staten Island View called me to tell my that she had seen a copy of LivingLBI. She loved it and told me that that Staten Islanders love Long Beach Island. We agreed that it would be a good idea to have a LBI page in her magazine!
Stafford Preserve, located in beautiful Ocean County, NJ offers the unique opportunity to rent a spacious apartment home in an environmentally responsible community. At Stafford Preserve you'll find more than just luxurious apartment homes. You'll experience an exciting Shore community located just eight miles from Long Beach Island.
10th Annual Dec. 8 & 9 10am-4pm
(609) 978-8005 www.spreserve.com
Christkindlmarkt HoliDAy MArkeT UNDer HUge HeATeD TeNTS Craft & Gift Vendors • Food • Wine Tasting & Sales Festival of Trees • Activities • Trackless Train Rolling Chair Sleigh Rides on Boardwalk
ein” Hot “Gluhw Santa Kiddie Rides
101 Campbell Blvd
Manahawkin, New Jersey 08050
$3 Admission Fee
Entertainment Carolers Demonstrations ViP & Free Parking
120 W. Main St., Tuckerton, NJ • 609-296-8868
Kit & Caboodle RETAIL THERAPY
Surf City “Where the Island Comes to Shop!”
1911 Long Beach Street Blvd (Between 19th and 20th Streets)
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Coqui Corner Jewels
Printticketscheap.com Stobbs Printing Co, inc 18 Washington St Bloomfield, NJ 08073 973-748-4441
The calm after the storm. Water receded and waves calmed. The ocean is no long angry. Looking towards the horizon, it looks as though nothing happened as if it was saying “I’m sorry.” Can we forgive Sandy? Was she just an angry child? Will we learn how to deal with future tantrums? Beach and bay therapy helps to forgive. We’ve learned to prepare and appreciate. Houses will change, dunes will be rebuilt and we will continue to lay on the beach, swim in the waves and play on the bay. Our beaches are fragile. We need to protect them from the angry sea.
Order online at ShoppingLBI.com, Lisa@LivingLBI.com or call Lisa at 609-848-1111 Custom designs are available.
Courtesy of Brian Ball
Historic Smithville and Village Greene
Country Folk &
Hand Poured SOY Candles & Unique Gifts!
Primitives • Crafts Country Antiques and Treasures
Nov. 23 - Jan 6 Holiday Light Show…
5:30 – 8 pm at Historic Smithville 120 Christmas trees floating on Lake Meone… a magical maritime display. The parade of trees will seem to dance to a show of lights and music… Orchestrated Light Show Thurs, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Dec. 1 Hospitality Night and Frost Bite Car Cruise at Historic Smithville The village will be overflowing with hospitable merchants! Each shoppe will have a special event from 6 - 8pm, from music to food tastings, discounts and drawing. Come out and enjoy the fun! Cruise on down to see some spectacular vehicles from days gone by or show off one of your own!
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Dec. 15 & 22 Breakfast with Santa at Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light. Buffet Breakfast and picture
with SANTA! Reservations… 609.652.0544 Cost… $10.95 per guest Children under 3 yrs. Fr ee
Every Weekend in December till Christmas Magical Talking Tree… Noon – 5 pm The Magical Talking Tree wakes up every weekend to talk to the young and young at heart. Christmas Train Ride… 10 am – closing cost $2.00 The Christmas Train will take you on a ride to see the whimsical decorated Village Story Time with Mrs. Claus… 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Mrs. Claus will read stories to the children in her Christmas Cottage.
60 Shoppes 7 Eateries On Site Lodging 26 Weekend Events
Open Daily All Year
Welcome to The Towne of Historic Smithville and The Village Greene. Come and discover the tradition of hospitality and family enjoyment. Walk our cobblestorne and brick paths, enjoy tranquil Lake Meone, ride the carousel found in The Village Greene and enjoy a leisurely pace of shopping in our quiet hamlet. You will find over 60 boutiques and speciality shoppes housed in historic buildings. Each shoppe has a wondrous array of unique gifts for that special someone or for yourself. To addto your relaxing day enjoy a quaint train ride around The Village Greene or enjoy the wildlife as you paddle boat around Lake Meone.
Holiday Light Show Nov. 23 thru 6 Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sunday 5:30-8PM
Every Weekend • Magical Talking Tree • Christmas Train Ride • Story Time with Santa (fee)
Route 9 & Moss Mill Road (GPS: 1 North New Your Road) Smithville, NJ 08205
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Hand Poured SOY Candles & Unique Gifts!
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Urban Designer Toy Store & Pop-Art Gallery Mark Ryden, Naoto Hattori, Kathy Oliva, Brandt Peters and Travis Louie to name a few...
Spend $100 and get $10 OFF The Shoppes at Historic Smithville 3 N New York Rd, Shoppe 30
Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the mid 1950s in Britain and in the late 1950s in the United States. Pop art presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular culture such as advertising, news, etc. In Pop art, material is sometimes visually removed from its known context, isolated, and/ or combined with unrelated material. The concept of pop art refers not as much to the art itself as to the attitudes that led to it.
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Our thoughts are with you as you rebuild your homes and lives.
Be Our Guest Join us at Olive Garden, where our passion for creating delicious Italian cuisine is matched only by the joy of sharing it with you. From hearty new entrĂŠes and savory appetizers to old favorites like unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks, our chefs have created an abundance of flavors that will satisfy your senses and lift your spirits.
2012 Darden Concepts., Inc.
234 Stafford Park Blvd., Manahawkin, NJ 08050 at Stafford Park (609) 978-1202 | www.olivegarden.com