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All of the email communication sent out monthly can be viewed on this page. Older messages will be moved to our Archived Communications page. We've created the page in order to better serve the 5% of members with no email address on file and as a place for all members to review past communications. You can scroll through the page or simply click on a date to read that day's email.

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December 2017

 

 

December 4, 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

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

 



November 2017

 

November 20, 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

 

BSHCA Special Election
On Thursday, November 30, 6:30Pm, Berkeley Township Recreation Center, we will be holding a special election to install BSHCA member, Keith Ruscitti, into the position of president, BSHCA.

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Your Executive Board wishes all a Happy Thanksgiving. If you are traveling, please drive carefully and return safely to us.

 

Membership

Members, we are 55 away from last years’ total and 96 away from our 2018 goal of 700. Returns are almost at a standstill. Please check your countertops and mail bins for the renewal notices. We are presently at a 92% renewal rate from last-years membership roster.

 

Center Island

The Board of Directors has approved the hiring of Applegate Garden Center to remove the large, overgrown grass plants from the Center Island. The removal of these plants will begin this winter, and the subsequent plant replacement will begin in the springtime. Plants being considered include black eyed susan’s, blazing star’s, columbines and coneflowers. These flowering plants are drought tolerant, since there is no potable water source on the island. We need four (4) members of BSHCA who love gardening, and are willing to dedicate their time to help with the planting and maintenance of this area. Maintenance would be limited to one week per month per volunteer to police, trim and cleanup debris. In many cases, one day per week would be sufficient, to complete this task. If we do not get volunteers, we may have to contract with a landscaper to perform these necessary services, the cost of which would be paid for from dues collected. If you are interested in helping, contact John Schnitzer at 732-237-9922.

Annual BSHCA Food Drive, Director Gary DiNallo
Director Gary DiNallo reports a very successful 2018 BSHCA Food Drive held on Saturday, November 4. We collected 50 bags of food and a $20 cash donation delivered to St Barnabas Food Pantry for the assembling of food baskets for those in need during the Thanksgiving season. During the collection process some not only gave food, but also toys to Cathy Peach for her toy drive, addressing the needs of children inn Specialized Hospitals with serious illnesses. In addition, more than a dozen toys were delivered to our alternate toy drop at Sara's Salon on Saturday. We would like to thank all that gave food and toys to try to make this a happy holiday season for those who utilize the St. Barnabas food pantry.

 

November Elections

BSHCA congratulates the winners of our local election for township council and school board and wishes them success in carrying out their civic duties.

 

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. Cathy Peach will coordinate the drive as in previous years. Your monetary donations will be used to purchase additional toys. 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 it into the proper category. A list is provided on our web site, berkeleyshores.org.

 

Berkeley Island Park Update

Work on the Berkeley Island County Park is expected to be completed in time for the 2018 summer season. Sandy caused severe erosion resulting in a great loss of shoreline, landscaping, roadway and building structures. Among the improvements and additions to the park are:
- A living shoreline designed to knock down wave action, so damaging to the shoreline.
- New bulkheading and dockage. In water projects slated for early completion.
- A Splash Pad Park, first in Ocean county.
- New roofed pavilion and comfort stations
- New parking area, handicapped accessible.
- Improved lighting and expanded recreational facilities.

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.

 

Holiday Party by The Romeos

The Romeos Holiday Party at the Captain’s Inn, Lacey Road, Forked River is scheduled for Saturday, December 9, 2017, 7-11PM. Tickets are $68.00 per person. Please go to our web site for full details. Click on Holiday Party. Questions? Call Dick Andrews, 732 403 3942 or Tony Mrofsky, 732 606 0160.

 

In the Neighborhood

Sgt. Alison Wray, Berkeley Township Police Dept. The Bayville Fire Company will host a fundraiser for Sgt. Alison Wray and her children on Dec. 4. The event is a "cigar fundraiser" and will be held from noon until 10 p.m. at the Havana Cigar Lounge at 739 Route 9 in Beachwood. Tickets are $40, which includes four cigars and food. Raffles will be held at the event. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be given to Sgt. Wray's family and her children.
A GoFundMe account was set up by Alison's brother shortly after her death on Nov. 3. She suffered a stroke on Oct. 29. To contribute, click here.

Fred Bekiarian, Newsletter Editor, BSHCA


 

November 6, 2017

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

Voting

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, November 7. Our voting place is the H&M Potter School on Veeder Lane.

 

Membership

Members, we are 63 away from last years’ total and 104 away from our 2017-2018 goal of 700. Returns are almost at a standstill. Please check your countertops and mail bins for the renewal notices. We are presently at a 90% renewal rate from last-year’s membership roster. Keep an eye on the membership thermometer on the center island. The only action that will move it upwards is your renewal check in the US Mail. The strength of the organization rests in your hands.

 

Bulkhead Presentation

The board is very appreciative of the turnout October 12, for the presentation on bulkhead repair and replacement. Your response to the information provided was very positive and there appears to be interest in presenting the program outside of our organization. Attendance was strong at 65 plus members which exceeded attendance at our last annual meeting and dwarfing attendance at recent member meetings. If those who could not attend the October 12 meeting wish a repeat, let us know and we can schedule a future presentation. Click here to be directed to the online version of the bulkhead presentation. The board has been struggling of late, with the very low turnout at member meetings which were becoming a rehash of our bi monthly newsletters. Please let us know of your interest in subjects that will draw our membership to future meetings.

 

Mayor Amato Town Hall Meeting

We thank our membership for their attendance at the Mayoral Town Hall meeting held on October 26, 2017 at the H&M Potter School. Presentations were made by the Mayor, Administrator, Police, Code Enforcement and Public Works. At least half of the meeting time was spent by the presenters, answering questions from the audience. These town hall meetings, sponsored by the many civic and club organizations, are held at the request of the Mayor to stay in touch with the residents of the township. It is the time to voice your opinion or to seek information on issues of concern to you as well as to show support for town government.

 

Center Island

Planning for work on the Center Island landscaping is underway by John Schnitzer. John is requesting 4-5 members interested in gardening to assist with the plantings of the new landscaping plan. If you are interested, please call John at 732 237 9922.

 

Toy Drive

Once again, BSHCA will participate 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.
Cathy Peach has volunteered to coordinate the collection of toys and monetary donations that will be used to purchase additional toys. All toys must be new and unwrapped. If you wish to donate, 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 it into the proper category.

 

Berkeley Island Park

The Berkeley Island County Park suffered severe damage from Superstorm Sandy and has been closed to the public since. The extensive restoration of the park is finally underway and should be completed and ready for use in the 2018 season. The facility will be restored and improved beyond its’ original design.

Social Events

Christmas Show at Surflight Theater, Beach Haven. (Reminder)
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. If you are attending the show and lunch, please go to our web site, berkeleyshores.org and fill out the form to select your meal. The event is sold out. No additional tickets are available. There is a BSNovember 15. HCA waiting list for cancellations. Please send in or deliver your checks to Jerry Coppola, 50 Spinnaker Court, Bayville, NJ 08721 by November 15. After that date the waiting list will be consulted and you will risk losing your spot. For additional information call Jerry on 732 237 8855.

Holiday Party by The Romeos
The Romeos Holiday Party at the Captain’s Inn, Lacey Road, Forked River is scheduled for Saturday, December 9, 2017, 7-11PM. Tickets are $68.00 per person. Please go to our web site for full details. Click on Holiday Party. Questions? Call Dick Andrews, 732 606 9666 or Tony Mrofsky, 732 606 0160.

 

In the Neighborhood

BSHCA sends condolences to Police Chief Karin DiMichele, Berkeley Township Police Dept. and the family for the sudden death of Sgt. Alison Wray.

Fred Bekiarian, Newsletter Editor, BSHCA

 

 

 

 



October 2017

 


October 23, 2017

Dear Members,

On Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:30 PM, BSHCA will sponsor a Town Hall type meeting for Mayor Carmen Amato to be held in the Berkeley Shores neighborhood at the H&M Potter School on Veeder Lane. The mayor will speak on various issues of governing in the township of Berkeley, not the least of which are waterfront issues.

These pro-active meetings are held at various club and civic organizations throughout town at the request of the mayor, to “stay in touch” and to be available to assist with problems and issues that may arise on an individual or collective basis.

Since his election, he has been a strong proponent for the many issues that are of concern to the waterfront communities of the township and heightened by the disastrous, Superstorm Sandy on October 29, 2012. He has been a true friend of the Berkeley Township waterfront. The mayor will be accompanied by representatives of the various departments of our township government, ready to answer any questions that are of concern to you.

Now it is our turn to recognize his efforts on behalf of the residents. A strong showing shows not only support and encouragement, but more importantly, a collective interest in our neighborhood and our township. We, in the Berkeley Shores Homeowners' Civic Association are several hundred strong and growing. A strong showing speaks to our commitment to community and to our interest in protecting our fragile environment which provides so much enjoyment and pleasure, especially during the warmer months of the year.

The meeting is not restricted to BSHCA members only. Please pass the word around to your neighbors. All are invited.

Hope to see you there,
Your BSHCA Executive Board

 

 

October 9, 2017

MEETINGS

Next Member Meeting – Thursday, October 12, 6:30PM. Rec. Center, Rt. 9.
Presentation on the new Berkeley Township Bulkhead Ordinance. Repairs and Replacement by Bob Nunn and Fred Bekiarian.
We are hoping for a nice turnout of members for this meeting. A special Power Point Program has been prepared by 2nd VP Bob Nunn with input from Fred Bekiarian and Bill McGrath, Chairman of the Township Waterways Advisory Commission. Many of the bulkheads in Berkeley Shores are approaching the end of their useful lives. This presentation provides useful and practical information that will make it easier for you to prepare for repair or replacement. The correct time has been placed on the island bulletin board. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30PM.

Mayor Amato Town Hall Meeting (Repeat)
BSHCA will sponsor a Town Hall type meeting for Mayor Carmen Amato scheduled for Thursday, October 26, 2017, 6:30PM to be held in the All-Purpose Room at the H&M Potter School on Veeder Lane. A general invitation will be made to all residents in Berkeley Shores. Please place the meeting date in your calendars. The Mayor has been a good friend and supporter of the many challenges we face on the waterfront. Let’s appreciate his efforts with a nice showing.


Membership

Members, we are 80 away from last year’s total and 121 away from our 2017-2018 goal of 700. Returns are coming in very slow. Please check your countertops and mail bins for the renewal notices sent out several weeks ago and send them in. The executive board thanks those who have renewed. Members, we might be at a dangerous moment. When things seem to be going well and there are few complaints or problems, people will question the need for an association. It might just be that when things are going well it’s because we do have an association. Thirty-two years ago, things were not going well and because of those conditions, BSHCA was born. Let’s keep it strong. When you respond, your board is energized. We are presently at an 89% renewal rate from last-years membership roster of 659. Keep an eye on the membership thermometer on the center island. The only action that will move it upwards is your renewal check in the US Mail. The strength of the organization rests in your hands.


New Street Signs

We have recently received an estimate for new BSHCA welcoming street signs. The prices were too high, double the price of the current signs which are of higher quality. This is not acceptable to the committee. We will continue our search for a more reasonable vendor.

 

Neighborhood Awareness
A message from Police Chief, Karin DiMichelle

We have received an email scam from Apple Inc. In the email, they advise that a change was made to your account and to sign in to confirm on your itunes account. It is usually a high dollar amount, so it grabs your attention, and says it was charged from another state/country. It supplies a link, but when you go to the link it is not Apple's page. Once you sign in you are a victim of fraud.
Please be aware of these bogus messages. If you suspect something is suspicious, delete it immediately. Do not open it.

 

Waterways Issues

The NJ Dept. of Transportation announces dredging projects that have direct impact on those fishermen and boaters using the channels leading to the Barnegat Inlet. Dredging operations will commence in early October 2017 in the following channels: Double Creek Mainland, Double Creek Inlet, High Bar Harbor and Barnegat Light Stake. Some of these waterways have been closed since Hurricane Sandy. Some navigational aids may be removed during dredging operations. The public is advised to be alert to pipelines, buoys and dredging equipment and approach with caution.

 

Social Events

Christmas Show at Surflight Theater, Beach Haven. (Reminder)
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. Ticket price is $45.95 per person. 33 tickets were reserved and paid in advance for committed members. No additional tickets are available. There is a BSHCA waiting list for cancellations. Please send in or deliver your checks to Jerry Coppola, 50 Spinnaker Court, Bayville, NJ 08721 by November 15. After that date the waiting list will be consulted and you will risk losing your spot. For additional information call Jerry on 732 237 8855.

Environmental Clean Ups
A drive down Veeder Lane, with its’ clean roadway speaks for us and shows pride in our community. Environmental Director, Charles Crunkleton, needs your assistance in planning a clean-up day in our area. Notably Veeder Lane, Bayview Ave. and the beach area.
Please call Charles on 732 269 5967.

Fred Bekiarian, Newsletter Editor, BSHCA