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February 2018

 

 

February 18, 2018

For issues of interest contact us on info@berkeleyshores.org.
Changed your email address? Advise membership chairman on members@berkeleyshores.org.
The BSHCA newsletter is issued bi-monthly and distributed on Mondays.
- Mayor's HOT LINE, 732 244 7400 ext 1203 Report your concerns, issues, suggestions.
- Police Chief's TIP LINE 732 341 1132 ext 611. Report suspicious activity

Good Day Members,

There is some new information to pass along about AQUA water.
This week Berkeley Township Superintendent of Schools, James Roselli said that AQUA has begun this week to build a filtration system at the H & M Potter School and Bayville School to try and rid the high amount of Iron, Aluminum and other so-called "secondary" pollutants in its water. Previously, the school district set-up its own filtering system for the two schools - at its own expense - to try and rectify the situation. This is a positive development for the school district and the students and workers there.

The Township doesn't need more volunteers for its random testing of water program. The environmental engineering company hired by the township will organize and conduct the random testing.
We thank our township officials, Mayor and Council, for their positive response to this matter, brought forth by BSHCA member, Jason Kangas.
Jason has started a Facebook page called Bayville Water to chronicle and update the water situation in the community. News12 New Jersey was in town on Tuesday to do a story on the water. Variations of Tony Caputo's report was televised throughout the day on the cable channel. The entire report can be found at Jason's Bayville Water Facebook page.
BSCHA will continue to post updates on this issue and other important local items at our website, berkeleyshores.org

Thank You To CRHS JROTC
The BSCHA Executive Board and its members would like to publicly thank the Central Regional High School JROTC for the plaque it sent our community as a thank you for being a sponsor and supporter of the organization's trip to Hawaii this past spring as part of the "Welcome Home Vietnam War 50 Years" event. The group is led by Senior Army Instructor Lieutenant Colonel Michael Tier and Master Sergeant Sherlock Grant and had to raise $75,000 for the trip. About 30 people from the high school were a part of that event. The photo plaque from the JROTC will be hung at the Berkeley Township Recreation Building as Mayor Amato has allowed BSCHA to display the plaque there.

Congratulations

News12 New Jersey recently produced a well-deserved feature story on Lloyd Mullikin and his tireless work on behalf of military personnel and veterans. Lloyd is a longtime leader at Bayville VFW Post 9503 and has been collecting and sending hundreds of boxes of personal items to active duty soldiers around the world. All items are donated, but Lloyd spends thousands of dollars of his own to ship the items. BSCHA has a longtime relationship with the local VFW and donated $500 in cell phone cards this past year. Members wishing to donate to the VFW Troop Mailing Fund directly, may send their checks or donation to:
Troop Mailing Fund, VFW Post 9503, 383 Veterans Boulevard, Bayville NJ 08721.

 

New Field

The township is moving ahead to install a new turf field at the Sam Pepe Stadium in the Veterans Park Complex. The new all-purpose field will benefit the local lacrosse, football and soccer programs. This will also allow Central Regional High School to host some of its athletic competitions there. A Green Acres grant of $750,000 will cover most of the estimated $800,000 price tag, announced by Mayor Amato the January council meeting. The field is expected to be completed this Fall.

 

Traffic Alerts

Crews will be working on Bayview Avenue beginning Feb. 19 as part of the work on a gas line being installed from the mainland to South Seaside Park. Expect the road to be closed for a short period heading toward Ocean Gate.
Also, a reminder that on Saturday, February 24 Seaside Heights will be hosting its 25th Annual Polar Plunge which benefits the Special Olympics. If you are participating or attending the event, be prepared for massive traffic delays entering the barrier island after 8 a.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the event itself starts at 1 p.m. The Mathis Bridge is currently under construction. For the day, Toms River and the Seasides will resemble Manhattan, resulting in traffic congestion on Route 9 in our area. Plan accordingly and seek alternative routes to your destination, if need be.

 

Dues Reminder

The annual dues this year for BSCHA members is still only $30 per household. We remain at a 97% renewal rate. The dues help pay for community events such as our annual Memorial Day Commemoration to Veterans, Blessing of the Fleet and beach picnic, the community yard sale, center island maintenance, cleanups, etc. In addition, BSCHA supports other non-profit apolitical local causes, including {3} $750 Scholarships which we offer to graduating seniors, support of the annual Mayor and Police Golf Tournaments and Food Drives. All executive members BSCHA are volunteers.

Keith Ruscitti
President, Berkeley Shores Homeowners' Civic Association
609-351-2462
ktruscitti@hotmail.com

 

 

February 14, 2018 - Special Announcement FYI

Dear Members,

I am sure all are aware of the recent activity taking place on Bayview Avenue. Large pieces of equipment line the shoreline at the old abandoned Beckers” Marinas sight next to the Waters’ Edge Restaurant. We are providing basics of the project provided by Berkeley Township Police Dept. The project officially started on February 5, 2018 with set up on both sides of the drill project (Berkeley and Seaside Park). The road closure date is February 19, 2018, this upcoming Monday. We do not expect the road closure to last more than a couple of days. Traffic north of Waters Edge Restaurant will be detoured through Ocean Gate and around Ocean Gate Dr. to Veeder Lane. Traffic flow to Bayview Avenue from Veeder Lane to Bowsprit will not be interrupted. During the closure, Bowsprit will not be accessible from Ocean Gate to the north.

Project details are limited to the following:

A 12 inch diameter gas pipeline will be installed from a point close to the Becker property and will extend across the bay to the Yacht Club at So. Seaside Park, approximately 9000 feet. Drilling depth for the pipeline will reach depths of 80 feet below the bay bottom. A connection will be made at some point along Bayview avenue.

Keith Ruscitti, President, BSHCA

 

January 2018

 

January 29, 2018

 

Membership

Members, we continue to chip away at our goal. We are now 18 members and 9 households short of last years’ roster count. We are presently at a 97% renewal rate from last-years membership roster. The deadline for dues payment for the 2017-2018 cycle was December 31, 2017. Dues not received after that date will result in removal from the active membership roster.

We need YOUR help in achieving our 2017/18 membership goal. Please reach out to your friends and neighbors currently not a member , residing in BERKELEY SHORES, to join!

Scholarships

Members, in good standing, are encouraged to go online to the BSHCA web page for graduating high school seniors to submit applications for consideration by the scholarship committee. It is very important to follow the scholarship application process and date deadlines.
Click here for the Scholarship Page!

Garage Sale and Food Drive

The board has taken into consideration a request by Director Gary DiNallo to move the date of the garage sale to the June time frame. The board voted to move the garage sale for 2018 to Saturday, June 16. We hope this new date will be acceptable to our membership. The food drive will be held on the Saturday, November 3, 2018. At the last board meeting, Gary advise all that he will be selling his home and moving out of the Berkeley Shores neighborhood. Depending on the date of sale, he may or may not be available to chair the garage sale and food drive. We need a member to volunteer for either event or both. Joining the board is desirable, but not necessary. Interested parties should call Gary on 732 269 8755 or 732 737 1676.

Center Island

Center island caretaker, John Schnitzer, thanks the members who recently volunteered to assist with the maintenance of the Center Island. BSHCA thanks those who responded. Joe Prazatta, Joan Nolan, Vic Roth, Gene Lisnay, Bob Gale, Chuck Crunkelton and Fred Bekiarian. A special thank you to John for his attention to this project. Our Center Island is the first thing members and visitors see when they see when entering Berkeley Shores. Its appeal and freshness are important, since it makes a statement about us.

BSHCA Ads

Our BSHCA ads for businesses earn over $1000 per year. We need a member to take charge of the ads application and to develop opportunities for businesses to advertise. Interested parties are requested to call 2nd VP Bob Nunn on 201 303 1200.

Social Events

Your ideas for social events, shows, trips, etc. are welcome. Contact Social director, Jerry Coppola on 732 237 8855

2018 BSHCA Golf Tournament, Thursday, July 19, 2018

While it might be a bit early to think golf, July will come sooner than you think. Get your foursomes in early to ensure your spot. Our web site contains all information you need to join the BSHCA Tournament in July. BSHCA Golf Page.

 

Atlantic City Boat Trip, Friday July 13 to Sunday, July 15, 2018

See our BSHCA web site for registration details.

Fred Bekiarian, Newsletter Editor, BSHCA

 

January 15, 2018

 

Report on Water Quality from President, Keith Ruscitti

At the December Berkeley Township Mayor/Council Meeting, more information was provided to the public regarding the quality of tap water provided by AQUA -- one of the 5 water companies that serve Berkeley Township. All of the residents and properties in the Berkeley Shores community are serviced by AQUA. Three representatives from AQUA were at the meeting to answer questions about the higher-than-normal levels of Aluminum and Iron found in our water supply.

To review: Dating back to 2010 AQUA’s own testing found that the amount of Iron and Aluminum in our water ranged as high as 12 times over the EPA RECOMMENDED contaminant level. This is according to AQUA’s most recent tests.

However, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency, the federal agency that oversees water quality) doesn’t consider Iron and Aluminum a PRIMARY contaminant and it doesn’t require states to mandate the amount of such SECONDARY pollutants in its water. States have the option to mandate the level if they so choose. The New Jersey DEP only recommends water companies adhere to these levels. Thus, it is NOT state law.

AQUA says the high levels of Aluminum and Iron are not a health risk but it does cause discoloration and it affects the taste of the water. It also causes damage to pipes, bathtubs, toilets, sinks and filters need to be replaced or checked routinely.

According to water company representatives, AQUA has begun building a filtration system to fix this problem. The project was started last month with an anticipated completion date of one year.

We will keep our membership updated on this issue and other water testing issues that may arise. Testing results dating back to 2010 can be found on our website http://berkeleyshores.org/news6a.html


Membership

Members, we continue to chip away at our goal. We are now 29 members and 15 households short of last years’ roster count. We are presently at a 96% renewal rate from last-years membership roster. The deadline for dues payment for the 2017-2018 cycle was December 31, 2017. Dues not received after that date will result in removal from the active membership roster.

Scholarships

Members, in good standing, are encouraged to go online to the BSHCA web page for graduating high school seniors to submit applications for consideration by the scholarship committee. It is very important to follow the scholarship application process and date deadlines. http://berkeleyshores.org/scholarship.html


Center Island

Center island caretaker, John Schnitzer, continues to appeal for your assistance in maintaining our welcoming island. So many of you have checked off gardening in your application responses. Just a small amount of your time can make John's job so much easier. Please consider joining him. We need to do all we can to present our neighborhood as a great place to live, not only for the visitor, but to the prospective home buyer. The center island is the first thing they see when entering Berkeley Shores. Currently, John is doing it alone with the help of board members and one member volunteer. If you are interested in helping, contact John Schnitzer at 732-237-9922.

Social Events

Your ideas for social events, shows, trips, etc. are welcome. Contact Social director, Jerry Coppola on 732 237 8855

2018 BSHCA Golf Tournament, Thursday, July 19, 2018

While it might be a bit early to think golf, July will come sooner than you think. Get your foursomes in early to ensure your spot. Our web site WILL house all information you need to join the BSHCA Tournament in July and it will be posted as it becomes available. In the meantime, visit our SAVE THE DATE page and watch for updates!

AHOY BSHCA MARINERS!!!
2018 "One Sweet Day" Sixth Annual Boat Outing to Atlantic City
Date: Friday, July 13, 2018 - Sunday July 15, 2018

For MORE information visit the One Sweet Day Atlantic City Boat Outing page on our website!

 

 

 

December 2017

 

December 31, 2017

Dear Member,

For issues of interest contact us on info@berkeleyshores.org.
Changed your email address? Advise membership chairman on members@berkeleyshores.org.
The BSHCA newsletter is issued bi-monthly and distributed on Mondays.
- Mayor's HOT LINE, 732 244 7400 ext 1203 Report your concerns, issues, suggestions.
- Police Chief's TIP LINE 732 341 1132 ext 611. Report suspicious activity

Township Reorganization Meeting

The Mayor and Township Council will meet on Monday, January 1, 2018, 12PM, for the Annual Reorganization Meeting. The event will be held in the meeting room located at Town Hall, 627 Pinewald-Keswick Road, Bayville. Your attendance will show support for our local government.

Condolences

BSHCA offers condolences to Executive Board Director, Gary Dinallo and his family for the recent death of his mother.

 

Berkeley Shores “End of Year” Real Estate Report – 2nd VP Bob Nunn

The real estate report update by Bob Nunn is the 2nd most visited page in our web site. The active listings and closed sale prices are important if you are selling preparing for a tax appeal or seeking general sales information. Bob has prepared a special “end of year report” synopsis.

Real Estate update for Berkeley Shores:
While 2017 is just about finished I thought you might appreciate an update on how our waterfront homes are faring in this changing real estate market. The year 2017 was clearly stronger for waterfront homes sales, reducing inventory levels, however prices have only nudged up slightly. Actual full NJ state reports show a slight decline in prices, but effectively flat. Inland homes and especially the adult communities enjoyed brisker sales and better price development over last year.

Here are some interesting points:

• Now, for 2017, there are 53 homes (including the waterfront condos) either closed or under contract.

• The sold properties range from $180,000 to $900,000 with the average at $377,889.

• 13 Homes closed above the $500K level, a considerable increase from last year which only posted 2 properties above this level.
This is an important development for Berkeley Shores.

• For sale (waterfront) inventory is at 28 units compared to 46 in all of Bayville, the ration is similar to previous years, but total number of available properties is lower than past years and that is a good thing for the sellers.


Flood insurance rates have remained basically stable with only slight increases reported by some of our clients. One factor that may help our market and other waterfront homes on the bay is buyer apprehension of living on the barrier islands.
While massive rebuilding has taken place since Sandy, some buyers have made the move to the bay side giving the extra level of protection.

Conversely, one area of uncertainty will be how the new tax laws will impact second home sales and values. Losing the ability to deduct certain deductions on a second home can only place downward pressure on these markets. One would hope this will only be temporary until we all adjust to the new normal. Also, if consumer confidence continues to rise, buyers should feel more confident in buying into the waterfront life style. After all, that’s why most of us purchased on the water, it’s all about the experience.

If you wish to watch a short video on NJ real estate comparing Q3 2016 to 2017 here is a link that is worth a few minutes to view. https://youtu.be/2x_zrZMDiow. Sales data from Monmouth Ocean MLS

Bob & Kathi Nunn are Realtors with Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty, 1055 Lacey Rd. Forked River NJ. Bob is second VP for BSHCA. This newsletter item may also be accessed in our web site on http://www.berkeleyshores.org/news_realestate.html

Membership

Members, we continue to chip away at our goal. We are now 31 members and 15 households short of last years’ roster count. We are presently at a 93% renewal rate from last-years membership roster. The deadline for dues payment for the 2017-2018 cycle was December 31, 2017. Dues not received after that date will result in removal from the active membership roster.

Scholarships

Members, in good standing, are encouraged to go online to the BSHCA web page for graduating high school seniors to submit applications for consideration by the scholarship committee. It is very important to follow the scholarship application process and date deadlines. http://berkeleyshores.org/scholarship.html

Center Island

Center island caretaker, John Schnitzer, continues to appeal for your assistance in maintaining our welcoming island. So many of you have checked off gardening in your application responses. Just a small amount of your time can make Johns job so much easier. Please consider joining him. We need to do all we can to present our neighborhood as a great place to live, not only for the visitor, but to the prospective home buyer. The center island is the first thing they see when entering Berkeley Shores. Currently, John is doing it alone with the help of board members and one member volunteer. If you are interested in helping, contact John Schnitzer at 732-237-9922.

Social Events

Your ideas for social events, shows, trips, etc. are welcome. Contact Social director, Jerry Coppola on 732 237 8855

2018 BSHCA Golf Tournament, Thursday, July 19, 2018

Director, Ken Gerb and his Golf Tournament Committee held their first meeting for the 2018 season on December 17, 2017. They are well on their way in preparing and planning of the event having secured contracts for breakfast, lunch, VFW and Cedar Creek Golf Course. The committee expects slots to fill quickly this year. Get your foursomes in early to ensure your spot.

Fred Bekiarian, Newsletter Editor, BSHCA

 

 

December 18, 2017

Message from the President, Keith Ruscitti
Dear Berkeley Shore Members,

One of our members has alerted us to the most recent testing conducted by our water company, AQUA. It has been determined that a higher-than-normal level exists for two specific contaminants – aluminum and iron. The test results mean the water has not been compliant with NJDEP mandates for both of these secondary contaminants. Furthermore, it appears our tap water has had higher-than-normal levels of aluminum and iron dating back to at least 2010. Here are some links to past years tests:

https://www.aquaamerica.com/WaterQualityReports/2010/NJ/NJ1505002.pdf
https://www.aquaamerica.com/WaterQualityReports/2010/NJ/NJ1505002.pdf
https://www.aquaamerica.com/WaterQualityReports/2012/NJ/NJ1505002.pdf
https://www.aquaamerica.com/WaterQualityReports/2014/NJ/NJ1505002.pdf


Township Council has been made aware of this issue and is writing a resolution on the matter. More news of the issue can be read in the most recent issue of the Berkeley Times. This issue will be addressed again at the December Township Council meeting. An AQUA representative, or two, will likely be at the meeting.

The Township Council regular meeting is scheduled on Monday, December 18 at 6 p.m. in the meeting room located at 627 Pinewald-Keswick Road, Bayville. It is the last meeting before the New Year. Your attendance will show support and concern for an issue that requires attention.
See you at the meeting,
Keith Ruscitti
President,
Berkeley Shores Homeowners Civic Association
609-351-2462 cell

Membership

Members, we are 33 members away from last years’ total and 86 away from our 2018 goal of 700. Returns continue at a slow pace. Please check your countertops and mail bins for the renewal notices. We are presently at a 93% renewal rate from last-years membership roster. The deadline for dues payment for the 2017-2018 cycle is December 31, 2017. Dues not received after that date will result in removal from the active membership roster.

Scholarships

Members, in good standing, are encouraged to go online to the BSHCA web page for graduating high school seniors to submit applications for consideration by the scholarship committee. It is very important to follow the scholarship application process and date deadlines. berkeleyshores.org

Center Island

To date, there has been one response to John Schnitzers’ appeal for volunteers to assist with the maintenance of our center island. If we can recruit enough volunteers, the time requirements will be minimal, and our island will maintain a fresh and groomed look for all who enter Berkeley Shores. We need to do all we can to present our neighborhood as a great place to live, not only for the visitor, but to the prospective home buyer. The center island is the first thing they see when entering Berkeley Shores. Please check your calendars for room in your busy schedules to help John. Currently, he is doing it alone with the help of board members. If you are interested in helping, contact John Schnitzer at 732-237-9922.

Toy Drive

BSHCA has participated in the Annual Drive for the Children's Specialized Hospital in Toms River and the Robert Wood Johnson-Bristol Myers Squibb Pediatric Cancer Center in New Brunswick. Coordinator, Cathy Peach informs us that we have done very well with donations to the drive. Our donation of $250 was used to purchase much needed pajamas and sleepwear for more than 100 children. Cathy thanks all for your generosity that will put a smile on the faces of children suffering from serious illness. The drive ended on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Events

Christmas Show at Surflight Theater, Beach Haven.
On Tuesday, December 12, thirty plus members attended the Christmas Show at the Surflight Theater and lunch at Buckelews in Beach Haven. All had an enjoyable day. The Surflight has scheduled many performances for the 2018 season including concerts and plays. Social Director, Jerry Coppola, will survey you in the future, with a list of performances, for your interest.

 

2018 BSHCA Golf Tournament, Thursday, July 19, 2018

Director, Ken Gerb and his Golf Tournament Committee held their first meeting for the 2018 season on December 17, 2017. They are well on their way in preparing and planning of the event having secured contracts for breakfast, lunch, VFW and Cedar Creek Golf Course.

 

Fred Bekiarian, Newsletter Editor, BSHCA

 

 

 

December 4, 2017

 

Election of President

The Executive Board thanks all members who participated in the election of Keith Ruscitti to the position of president at a special meeting held on November 30, 2017. Keith will serve his term until the June 2019 election cycle. The first board meeting with Keith at the helm will take place on Tuesday, December 5. Since June, the Executive board has been operating without a president. While all areas have been covered, it is still essential to have a leader at the helm to set the agenda, run meetings and move the organization with new ideas and approaches. He will not be working alone in his new position, enjoying strong support from his executive board.
The membership welcomes Keith and wishes him well in his new position of President.

 

Membership

Members, we are 45 members away from last years’ total and 86 away from our 2018 goal of 700. Returns continue at a slow pace. Please check your countertops and mail bins for the renewal notices. We are presently at a 93% renewal rate from last-years membership roster. The deadline for dues payment for the 2017-2018 cycle is December 31, 2017. Dues not received after that date will result in removal from the active membership roster.

 

Scholarships

Members, in good standing, are encouraged to go online to the BSHCA web page for graduating high school seniors to submit applications for consideration by the scholarship committee. It is very important to follow the scholarship application process and date deadlines. berkeleyshores.org

 

Center Island

To date, there has been no response to John Schnitzers’ appeal for volunteers to assist with the maintenance of our center island. If we can recruit enough volunteers, the time requirements will be minimal, and our island will maintain a fresh and groomed look for all who enter Berkeley Shores. We need to do all we can to present our neighborhood as a great place to live, not only for the visitor, but to the prospective home buyer. The center island is the first thing they see when entering Berkeley Shores. Please check your calendars for room in your busy schedules to help John. Currently, he is doing it alone with the help of board members. If you are interested in helping, contact John Schnitzer at 732-237-9922.

 

Toy Drive

BSHCA is participating in the Annual Toy Drive for the Childrens’ Specialized Hospital in Toms River and the Robert Wood Johnson-Bristol Myers Squibb Pediatric Cancer Center in New Brunswick. Coordinator, Cathy Peach informs us that you are doing very well with donations to the drive. She thanks all for your generosity that will put a smile on the faces of children suffering from serious illness. If you cannot find the time to purchase a toy, perhaps a monetary donation can be considered. All toys must be new and unwrapped. Please drop off your toys at her home, 15 Starboard Court, Bayville or call her at 732 237 0901. Monetary donations can be mailed to BSHCA, PO Box 134, Bayville, NJ 08721. Enter toy drive in the memo section of your check to enable entry into the proper category of the treasury. A list is provided on our web site, berkeleyshores.org. The drive will close on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

 

Social Events

Christmas Show at Surflight Theater, Beach Haven. (Special Announcement)
The date for the Christmas Show at the Surflight Theater is set for Tuesday, December 12, 2PM. Lunch will be served before the show at Buckalew’s Restaurant &Tavern, 101 North Bay Ave., Beach Haven, 11:30AM. Jerry has 2 extra tickets available for anyone interested in the Christmas Show. For additional information call Jerry on 732 237 8855.

Fred Bekiarian, Newsletter Editor, BSHCA

 

 

 

December 1, 2017 - SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Introducing, BSHCA President, Keith Ruscitti

It is our pleasure to announce the election of member Keith Ruscitti to the position of President, BSHCA. Following a thorough vetting by members of the executive board, he was installed by the membership in a special election held on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Keith has been a homeowner in Berkeley Shores, residing at 119 Amherst Drive with his wife, Gloria and their two children, Tommy 17 and Angelina 14, since 2005. He was raised in Burlington county and graduated from Rowan University in 1990. Gloria has been a teacher in Central Regional HS for 11 years.

For more than 25 years, Keith has worked in the media business and in the newspaper industry. During his journalistic career, he held the positions of Sports Editor, Columnist, General Assignments and Editor for several publications, including the Asbury Park Press and the Ocean County Observer. He is also active in youth sports programs in our township.

Keith will come to us with professional experience. Our bi-monthly newsletters are the main means of communication and his expertise will be valuable in improving our communications internally and externally.

Since June, the Executive board has been operating without a president. While all areas have been covered, it is still essential to have a leader at the helm to set the agenda, run meetings and move the organization with new ideas and approaches. He will not be working alone in his new position, enjoying strong support from his executive board.

The membership welcomes Keith and wishes him well in his new position of President.

BSHCA Executive Board