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Fallen Officers Honored in Seaside Heights

There is no way to understand how families of police officers that are killed in the line of duty cope with the loss of their loved one. It is also difficult to know what to do for such folks, to honor the memory of their fallen family member and to recognize their loss. This does not mean one should not try to hold out a hand or make a point of saying thank you.

In a very generous and thoughtful gesture, the owners of Jenkinson’s Breakwater Beach and Casino Pier in Seaside Heights did a very nice thing for the families who have lost a family member in the line of duty. Over 275 family members were treated to a day of free fun at the beach. Among other things they were able to spend time playing in the water park located just off the boardwalk. There were also a number of NJ state officials, and fellow police officers, on hand to pay tribute to the fallen police officers.

I not only salute the families but also the Storino family, the owners who hosted the events. It was  quite an act of kindness to offer their facilities in the way they did.

Barnegat Light Wins LBI Tournament

The 48th Annual Long Beach Island Beach Patrol Association Lifeguard Tournament was held on August 7 and 8, 2009.

Barnegat Light was the overall winner, taking the tournament from the defending two-time winners Surf City.

  • Barnegat Light – 100 points
  • Surf City – 74 points
  • Long Beach Township – 63 points
  • Ship Bottom – 53 points
  • Harvey Cedars – 49 points
  • Beach Haven – 43 points

The tournament was made up of numerous events spread over the two days, including (event – winner):

  • Mile Row – Barnegat Light
  • Women’s Paddle – Harvey Cedars
  • Bouy Rescue – Surf City
  • Paddle Relay – Ship Bottom
  • Surf Boat Rescue – Surf City
  • Iron Man Race – Barnegat Light
  • Run, Swim Relay – Barnegat Light
  • 1,000 foot Open Swim, Men – Barnegat Light
  • 1,000 foot Open Swim, Women – Barnegat Light
  • Paddle Rescue – Barnegat Light
  • Line Race – Barnegat Light
  • 1,500 foot Paddle Race – Barnegat Light
  • Single Row – Long Beach Township
  • 1,000 foot Doubles Row – Harvey Cedars

Now Barnegat Light sets themselves up to be the crew to beat next year. Surf City had a nice two year run before them and was in the lead after the first day of competition. Will next year find these two fighting for the top spot once again or will a new winner emerge? We will have to stay tuned for the 49th tournament.

Music by the Bay in Lavallette

The Lavallette Heritage Committee is once again presenting their free summer concert series. The shows are scheduled for Sunday evenings and begin at 7 PM. Music from 1940’s to modern day tunes are featured with the musicians playing from the Centennial Gazebo on Barnegat Bay.

July 12 – Wilber Witteman 7 Friends

July 19 – The Kootz

July 26 – Happy Days String Band; Special Time 4 PM

August 2 – A Little Bit of Heaven

August 9 – Fatherocket

August 16 – Fred Lehotay – “Ragtimers”

August 23 – John Luckenbill’s Brass Band

August 30 – Lakewood Jazz Ensemble

September 6 – A Little Bit of Heaven

The concerts provide an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening along the shore of Barnegat Bay. If the weather is right you can see one of those spectacular sunsets while you and your companions are being entertained by music that can be enjoyed by all ages.