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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.

October 9, 2017        

 

       
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October 2017

 

October 9, 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 on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.

- Mayor's HOT LINE, 732 244 7400 ext 203 Report your concerns, issues, suggestions.

- Police Chief's TIP LINE 732 341 1132 ext 611. Report suspicious activity

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

 

 



September 2017

 

 

 

September 25, 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.

Mayor Amato Town Hall Meeting
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.

BSHCA Member Meetings Change Proposal
The board will prepare a change to the bylaws for your approval pertaining to the required number of meetings to be held on an annual basis. Recent showings at member quarterly and annual meetings have been dismal. We will look to replace the present meeting schedule with a program that may be more effective, such as on an as needed basis, while the bi monthly newsletter will continue to be our main communication with you. The association has grown, not only in members, but in events and activities. The board members have taken direct responsibility for their disciplines requiring considerable time and effort. We should not be engaged in preparing for meetings that are so routine as to be non-productive. Our meetings should direct themselves to topics that are of interest to you, such as the upcoming presentation on bulkheads which are ending their useful lives. You can help with your suggestions.

NJ Property Tax Abatement Senate Bill 3016
The board has approved support for this bill to be voted on in November by our state legislature. The bill gives tax relief to be phased in over a 5-year period for certain improvements that will increase the assessment made to a residence because of Superstorm Sandy. Ie: Elevation of home. Letters were forwarded to Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Prieto in support of the bill.

 

Membership

Members continue to send in their dues during this renewal period, but returns have slowed down considerably. We are presently at an 88% renewal rate from last-years membership roster of 659. Our goal for this cycle is 700. Keep an eye on the membership thermometer on the center island. If you have not yet mailed in your dues, please make it a point to do so. The strength of the organization rests in your hands.


Treasury

Based on the additional funds provided by our BSHCA Golf Tournament and austerity in our budgeting, our treasury is in a healthy state with a balance more than $24,000. We are in discussion on spending priorities and in earmarking the tournament proceeds to be the major contributor to the philanthropic side of the association. ie; Scholarships, local donations, etc. The golf tournament provided an additional $4,000 and our Tournament Director, Ken Gerb, expects a similar amount to be constant in future years. The board voted to place $5,000 in a short-term CD.


Donations

BSHCA will donate a $50 gift card for the Marquis Theater in Toms River to the Annual Township “Trick or Trunk” event to be held at the Berkeley Township Elementary School Parking Lot on Rt9 on Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:30AM.
The gift card, in the name of BSHCA, will be given to the best decorated car trunk.
Candy is distributed to children from car trunks and there are prizes for the best decorated cars.


Waterfront Park Dedication

Amherst Inlet – We are still awaiting a date from the township for the dedication of our beach/park at Amherst. At the last meeting, Sept. 19, the board voted to donate a flagpole when the park is dedicated. It was thought that the placement of the formerly proposed lighthouse might be risky and subject to vandalism.


New Street Signs

We are presently pricing out 2 signs to be placed on Bayview Ave. at the entrances to Berkeley Shores from Ocean Gate and from the south towards Allen Road. A third similar sign will be placed at the entrance to our main lagoon to welcome boaters to Berkeley Shores. The current signs are worn or broken. The signs will be made to duplicate our main sign at the entrance to Berkeley shores on the Center Island, but at less cost than the original mahogany signs.


Garage Sale Results

Forty-seven homes participated in the Garage Sale. Income totaled $715 which paid for ads and new signs and provided a profit for the BSHCA treasury. Several members have made suggestions and requests for scheduling future sales at an earlier date. The board will place this item on the agenda for the next meeting scheduled for October 30. In the meantime, it would be appreciated if members would contact us for their suggestions concerning the Garage Sale.

 

Neighborhood Awareness

The IRS, Credit Card, Social Security scams are alive and well. Emails contain official looking FBI and IRS Logos. Phone calls are of a threatening nature, suggesting jail time if you do not respond. The IRS never uses emails to collect taxes in arrears. Never give your credit card info or bank account numbers in response to emails that are prepared to look official, especially from banks and credit card companies. Watch out for Federal Express and UPS phony notices for packages you did not order.

 

Social Events

Christmas Show at Surflight Theater, Beach Haven.
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. Sold out. 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 your checks to BSHCA, Christmas Show, PO Box 134, Bayville, NJ 08721 by November 15. After that date the waiting list will be consulted and you will risk losing your spot. Due to the closeness of the Surflight Theater from Bayville and the additional cost of a bus, all can meet driving to Beach Haven in your personal cars or car-pooling. 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

 

 

September 9, 2017

 

Membership

Members continue to send in their dues during this renewal period. While returns have slowed down, we are presently at 81% renewal from last year's membership roster of 659. Our goal for this cycle is 700, an addition of 41 new members. Our island “thermometer” shows our present progress. Let’s all do our part to raise that red line to the 700 level.

 

Waterfront Park Dedications

Butler Blvd - On Saturday, September 2, 2017, Mayor Amato and the Parks Dept dedicated the Beach at the end of Butler Blvd., in honor of the Butler family. The family donated the Bayfront property many years ago to be used as a township recreational facility. The recent donation of the Alexandria Playground at Butler and the just completed installation of new bulkheading with a walkway for fishing and crabbing made possible by a grant, provides an excellent recreational site for residents and visitors alike.

Amherst Inlet - Next will be the dedication of our own beach and playground located at the Amherst Inlet and Park, date to be announced. Both are major improvements to our Berkeley Township waterfront. Thanks to all who dedicated their time and effort, working diligently to make it happen. Waterfront projects like Amherst and Butler have a positive effect on our property values as well as helping to stabile the township ratable base.

 

Garage Sale – Saturday, Sept 16

The garage sale date for 2017 is Saturday, September 16, 9AM to 3PM. Chairman Gary Dinallo is in charge of all planning and details. Application forms are available on our BSHCA Web site (click here to download). If you have questions, Gary can be reached on 732 269 8755.

 

Neighborhood Awareness

Berkeley Township Launches "See Something - Say Something" Campaign
Mayor Carmen F. Amato, Jr., and Police Chief Karin DiMichele announced the campaign today.
"It's important to remind residents that if they see something suspicious they should report it to the police immediately." Amato said.
The local campaign will consist of signs placed throughout the town, postings on billboards, web sites, social media followed by a nixle notification.
"Berkeley Township is 42 square miles with 42,000 residents. Every resident can assist by being the eyes and ears of our community. I want to thank Councilman James J. Byrnes (our 1st Ward Councilman) for suggesting we begin to promote the campaign." Mayor Amato said.
"This will be in addition to the Berkeley Township Police Department “Tip Line”. It should be noted that the tip line has proved positive, as concerned citizens have alerted police which has led to multiple investigations and arrests." Chief DiMichele said.
Residents may either leave their name and address or report the activity anonymously if they feel more secure in doing so.
The "Tip Line" is 732-341-1132 ext: 611 or email: detective@btpdnj.org

 

Social Events

Endless Summer Dance Party
Our 2nd Annual Endless Summer Dance Party at The Captains Inn in Lacey, was a resounding success thanks to the planning by our Social Director, Jerry Coppola and his wife JoAnn. The event was attended by 79 partygoers, beating last year's attendance.

Now on to the Christmas Show.
Christmas Show at Surflight Theater, Beach Haven

The date for the Christmas show at the Surflight Theater is set for Tuesday, December 12, 2PM. Lunch will be served before the show, restaurant to be decided. Ticket price is held to $49.00, including lunch. Please advise of your attendance to enable Jerry and JoAnn to get the group rate. They need a minimum of 15. Due to the closeness of the Surflight Theater from Bayville and the additional cost of a bus, all can meet driving to Beach Haven in your personal cars or car-pooling. All information is available on our web site, berkeleyshores.org or call Jerry on 732 237 8855.

Township Events – Veterans Park

Community Pride Day – Sunday, Sept 10, 2017 10AM
Berkeley Township Community Pride Day begins at 10AM. It features rides, inflatables for kids, vendors, local nonprofits and community groups along with Sounds of the Streets and The Infernos followed by a fireworks display.
Ocean County Car Show – Sunday, Sept 17, 11AM to 3PM
In conjunction with the Ocean County Car Show, entertainment will be provided by the Rip Chords.

 

Veterans Benefit

Under a new State law, veterans may qualify for an exemption of up to $3,000 on their New Jersey tax return for income earned in 2017. This exemption, part of a bill passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Christie last October, is in addition to other exemptions or deductions for which veterans may qualify, such as a $250 reduction on your local property taxes. See Berkeley Tax Collector for details.

 

Environmental Clean Ups

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

 

 

August 2017

 

August 20, 2017

The Executive Board met on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 for its first committee conducted meeting. Director Phil Antoine developed the agenda and Director Ken Gerb conducted the 4-hour meeting. All business areas of the association were discussed by each responsible board member. The minutes, prepared by Secretary Lucille Pavolic are extensive and detailed. I will report to you in a synopsis form, highlighting the significant decisions and actions taken by the board.

1-Treasury - The board has maintained a surplus in our treasury in the amount of $10,000 to cover shortfalls in revenue and unforeseen events, working with a spending budget of $10-$13,000 dollars. Treasurer, John Schnitzer recommended investing a portion of the surplus in a short- term CD. Motion taken and carried. The budget was set and adopted for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Our treasury balance as of August 8, 2017 is $19,481 with additional funds form the golf tournament to be added.

2-Membership - Our goal for the membership drive was set at 700 for the 2017-2018 cycle which, if attained, would add 40 new members. Please take note of our Membership “Thermometer” placed on the center island for tracking and to encourage our members to set their sights on recruiting at least one new household. As previously stated, the recruitment mailing was delayed this year to give members an opportunity to pay early and defray mailing costs. The mailing, less the early payers, was sent out on Friday, August 11 and total returns as of Wednesday, August 16 exceeded 50% at 170 Households and 315 members. Nice work members and a thank you from the board for a great response.

3-Golf Tournament - Ken Gerb reports that a highly successful BSHCA Golf Tournament enriched our treasury more than $4000.

4-Scholarships - Our Scholarship Committee Chairman, Jim Benn, attended the meeting with recommendations to modify some program guidelines and to request an increase in the grant monies from $500 to $750 for each of 3 awards totaling $2250. The additional monies from our golf tournament made this possible and the motion was passed unanimously. Thank you, Jim and Scholarship Committee.

5-Newsletter - Past President, Fred Bekiarian will participate as board advisor and also continue to write the BSHCA newsletter for distribution on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. All board members will contribute and members are also asked to participate with their ideas and suggestions. Please submit your ideas no later than the Friday preceding the distribution date.

6-Dedication of Angel Playground @ Mastapeter Park

The park will be dedicated in the September time frame. In previous meetings, the purchase of a lighthouse was discussed to be donated by the BSHCA and placed in the walkway area between the playground and the beach. A motion was made and passed by the board. To be determined; move the smaller lighthouse from the center island and purchase a larger unit for the island. John Schnitzer will investigate.

7-Meeting Dates

Six board meetings will be held in this fiscal year. Director Ken Gerb will conduct 9/19, 12/5 and 5/15, 2018. Director Phil Antoine will conduct 10/31, 2017. Director Gary Dinallo will conduct 1/16, 2018. 2nd VP Bob Nunn will conduct 4/10, 2018.

Two general member meetings will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 conducted by Bob Nunn and Thursday, April 19, 2018, conducted by Phil, Antoine.

The annual meeting will be conducted by Past president and Board Advisor Fred Bekiarian, held on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

New Membership Program

Member, Mary Lou Andrews, is working with Ken Gerb to increase membership in BSHCA. She has information packages, ready to go for recruitment purposes. We repeatedly ask you to be aware of non-member neighbors who might be interested in joining us. If you are aware of potential candidates for membership, please contact Mary Lou on 732 606 9666. Recruiter volunteers are needed.

Garage Sale – One Month Away

The garage sale date for 2017 is Saturday, September 16, 9AM to 3PM. Chairman Gary Dinallo will handle all planning and details. Application forms are available on our BSHCA Web site, berkeleyshores.org. If you have questions, Gary can be reached on 732-737-1676.

Berkeley Township PBA Golf Tournament, Friday, August 4, 2017

Members playing in the 2017 Berkeley Township PBA Golf Tournament were Fred Bekiarian, Sandy Perc, Dick Andrews and Gene Lisnay, drawn from a list of 7 candidates.

All enjoyed the day and we were pleased to represent BSHCA in support of our local police

Social Events

Endless Summer Dance Party

Social Director, Jerry Coppola, has set the date for the Endless Summer Dinner Dance Party with DJ for Friday, September 8, 2017 at the Captains Inn, Forked River. Ticket price is $65/person which include tax and gratuity. Jerry and his wife JoAnn would like those attending to send in their checks as soon as possible or at the least, advise of attendance and your table arrangement. We look forward to another successful party. All information is available on our web site, berkeleyshores.org or call Jerry on 732 237 8855.

Christmas Show at Surflight Theater, Beach Haven

The date for the Christmas show at the Surflight Theater is set for Tuesday, December 12, 2PM. Lunch will be served before the show, restaurant to be decided. Ticket price is held to $49.00, including lunch. Due to the closeness of the Surflight Theater from Bayville and the additional cost of a bus, all can meet driving to Beach Haven in your personal cars or car-pooling. All information is available on our web site, berkeleyshores.org or call Jerry on 732 237 8855.

3rd Annual BSHCA Golf Tournament

The tournament date for 2018 has been set for Thursday, July 19, Cedar Creek Golf Course, Bayville

Environmental Clean Ups

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