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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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- Mayor’s HOT LINE, 732 244 7400 ext 203 Report your concerns, issues, suggestions.
Silt removal has begun on Monday, June 5. Several sailboats had problems with passage last year due to “high spots.” Public works Manager, Steve Seiler is aware and I have asked if he can address the trouble spots with the dredger. The pencil buoys have finally been installed by the state of NJ. Many asked about their placement. We do not have local control of the buoys nor can we place them.
Fred Bekiarian, Pres., BSHCA
The nominations process remains open especially for the positions of President and 1st Vice President. We do ask you to consider nominating yourself or another, with their permission, to the positions of President and Vice President. Since Dick Andrews, Nominations Chairman, has not received any nominations for those positions to date, the nominations process remains open. To discuss the duties of both positions, please call Fred Bekiarian on 732 809 4807.
The Central Regional High School JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps) will see its third year of participation in our Memorial Day Commemoration to Fallen Military on May 28th. Several cadets, along with Col. Tier and MSgt. Grant will be leaving for a special trip to visit the Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. To help with their fundraising and for our thanks to their participation, BSHCA has presented them with a donation of $500.
The biggest event weekend of the association will take place next Sunday, May 28 consisting of the Annual Beach Picnic, Boat Blessing and Commemoration to Fallen Military. Please plan to attend for a nice day with members, family and friends and in support of your association. If you cannot participate by boat, plan to view the Commemoration Ceremony from the beach. The four event boats with Clergy, Gold Star Mother, Color Guard and Local Dignitaries will be positioned as close to the Amherst Beach as possible for your viewing pleasure, with sound broadcast, compliments of our DJ, Dick Italiano. An instruction announcement will be distributed, via email, this week for those participating on the water.
Our BSHCA Golf Tournament Chairman, Ken Gerb and his committee, Jim Benn, Dick Andrews and Pete Vetro are looking forward to another highly successful tournament. Applications are being received at a faster pace than last year. The target has been set at 120 golfers. 17 spots remain open. If you intend to join the tournament, please submit your applications as soon as possible or you might miss your chance to play. This tournament has become a popular event, very well run with great prizes. Players do not need to be members. Information can be obtained by contacting Ken Gerb on firstname.lastname@example.org or by going to our BSHCA Golf Page.
Our BSHCA Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that $500 scholarships have been awarded to three deserving and highly qualified students from the Central Regional High School in Bayville. The committee received 19 applications for the 2017 cycle. Our Scholarship Committee Chairman will present the three awards at Central Regional on Thursday, May 25, 6:30PM.
The playground is coming along nicely. Workers are erecting a low wall around the whole playground area and installing cushioning materials to reduce the risk of injury. Not only was this a great location for a playground, but the benches provide a nice enjoyable spot to just sit and enjoy the views of the bay. The walkway between the beach and the playground has been “paved” with a hardened sand. A nice addition to the area.
BSHCA is pleased to join the Mayors annual event scheduled for Thursday, June 1, 2017. As a sponsor, BSHCA will purchase a foursome and the placement of a BSHCA placard on a T-Box. This event is a major fundraiser which helps defray the costs of our Free Summer Concert Series held at Veterans Park, Bayville. The Mayor is also a sponsor of our BSHCA Annual Golf Tournament. The tickets purchased for this event by BSHCA will be offered to three members in a drawing to take place during the picnic on Amherst Beach, Sunday, May 28. Interested golfers, please contact Fred Bekiarian on 732 809 4807 or email on email@example.com prior to May 28.
Fred Bekiarian, Pres., BSHCA
Our BSHCA General Meeting of April 28, 2017 was attended by about 20 members. Much of what was discussed are items covered in our bi weekly newsletters. Of significance was the announcement of the nominations for board positions and the election to be held at the annual meeting in June. A letter was distributed last week to all members, via email, naming the nominees and discussion on the organization of the new board. The Executive board will come together after the June meeting to reassemble and strategize on the business of the board to be run as a committee. We do ask you to consider nominating yourself or another, with their permission, to the positions of President and Vice President. Since Dick Andrews, Nominations Chairman, has not received any nominations for those positions the nominations process remains open. If you wish to discuss the duties of both positions, please call Fred Bekiarian on 732 809 4807.
Don’t forget our Annual Memorial Day Beach Picnic, Boat Blessing and Veterans Commemoration Ceremony. Get your boats ready to join us on the water. Programs, via the newsletter, will be distributed to members prior to the event. Our Memorial Day Celebration kicks off the summer and a busy time for the BSHCA Executive Board since most of our activities occur during the summer months. Please be generous with your time if called upon to assist.
Our BSHCA Golf Tournament Chairman, Ken Gerb, has returned from winter vacation in Florida and has convened his committee. He would appreciate the registrations for your foursomes be sent in early to enable his committee to concentrate on the many tasks necessary to a successful tournament, such as sponsors. Ken and his committee, Jim Benn, Dick Andrews and Pete Vetro are looking forward to another highly successful tournament. Applications can be printed out from our web site, berkelyshores.org. Players do not need to be members. Information can be obtained by contacting Ken Gerb on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our BSHCA Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that $500 scholarships have been awarded to three deserving and highly qualified students from the Central Regional High School in Bayville. The committee received 19 applications for the 2017 cycle.
Collection of newspapers, towels and old blankets for the animals at the Popcorn Zoo in Lacey Twp. Carol collects these items periodically and would appreciate your help. If you have such items please call her on 732 606 9047 or email@example.com.
If you have driven past the former Mastapeter property at Amherst Beach you would have seen the childrens’ play gym being erected. We are told that the completion date is Memorial Day. We have received many favorable comments by members, but there was also a comment regarding disruptive activities during the evening and nighttime hours by a member and previously, by our 1st Ward Councilman, Jim Byrnes. BSHCA will partner with the Mayor and our Councilman to resolve issues that may arise around the Amherst Beach. Please report any disturbances that may occur to the Mayors’ Hot Line and the Police Chiefs Tip Line.
BSHCA is pleased to join the Mayors annual event scheduled for Thursday, June 1, 2017. As a sponsor, BSHCA will purchase a foursome and the placement of a BSHCA placard on a T-Box. This event is a major fundraiser which helps defray the costs of our Free Summer Concert Series held at Veterans Park, Bayville. The Mayor is also a sponsor of our BSHCA Annual Golf Tournament. The tickets purchased for this event by BSHCA will be offered to four members in a drawing to take place during the picnic on Amherst Beach, Sunday, May 28. Interested golfers, please contact Fred Bekiarian on 732 809 4807 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org prior to May 28.
A benefit dinner will be held for retired Detective John Sullivan on June 9 at the Bayville Elks., Rt 9. Detective Sullivan has been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. BSHCA will purchase 3 tickets and will be represented at the dinner by 3 board members. Anyone who is interested can purchase tickets by contacting Lt. Smith on 732 341 1132 ext 2112.
Fred Bekiarian, Pres., BSHCA
At the recent Member Meeting held on April 28, 2017, our Nominations Chairman, Dick Andrews, presented the nominees for BSHCA Board Positions to be voted upon at the Annual Member Meeting scheduled for Saturday, June 17, 2017. The nominations received to date are as follows: Bob Nunn, 2nd VP, John Schnitzer, Treasurer, Lucille Pavolic, Secretary, Directors, Phil Antoine, Jerry Coppola, Charles Crunkleton, Gary DiNallo, Ken Gerb. The current President, Fred Bekiarian has decided against running for a 3rd term and will remain on the board as Past President in a support position. Ken Gerb has decided to step down from 1st VP and will run for a director position. Therefore, the positions of President and 1st VP are open. Certainly, this situation presents the most obvious question.
“How can the association survive without a president and who will run it?”
Over the years, boards have been faced with difficult tasks, recruitment not being the least of them. In each instance the association survived due to the resourcefulness of its leaders and because its’ worth and value was never in doubt. I have served on the board since 2007 in various capacities and since 2012, as President. Other members of the present board have served for almost the same period. We quickly recognized that the growing demands of the presidency would make the recruitment effort more challenging unless we changed the operational structure of the board. And that is what has happened over the past 5 years. Mainly, the directors now take not only full responsibility for their disciplines, but ownership to the point of independence from the president.
The presidency, as is currently structured, is an oversight position having responsibility for the goals, agenda, meetings and decisions. The remaining association business, events and activities, is handled totally by the qualified respective board member. This was done for several reasons;
1-Dispell the notion that the position requires an appreciation and knowledge of the history of BSHCA. Certainly, it would help, but would not be a disqualifier. More important would be a candidate possessing managerial skills.
2-Make the position of President and 1st VP, more attractive, less time consuming and manageable for future candidates.
3-Most importantly, in the event the position could not be filled immediately, that the business of the association could be conducted in a transparent manner and with the full confidence of the membership body.
I am confident that the present board has developed to an organizational level that is necessary to function in the absence of a president, if the need arises, for a reasonable period. Ideally, we should have a full staff. This appeal to you and the restructuring of the board should not diminish the need for a president. Any group functions better with a leader at the top. To that end, the nominations process is still open. If any member is interested in nominating themselves or nominating another member with their approval, to the President and 1st VP slots and would like to discuss the details of those positions, please feel free to call me and I will be glad to go over the responsibilities and activities related to each. Any nominations received in response to this letter will be passed on to the nominations chairman for posting.
Fred Bekiarian, President, BSHCA
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The acquisition of the Mastapeter property and the installation of approximately 225 feet of bulkhead gave the township full control of our Amherst Inlet, primarily for silt removal purposes on an annual basis and providing for the waterfront residents served by the inlet (approx. 800 households), a safe and unobstructed passage for their boating pleasure. It also gave us an added benefit; the expansion of the Amherst Beach into a park setting for the enjoyment of the residents of Berkeley Shores and for the residents of Berkeley Township. Over the past few years we have seen an increase in the use of the Amherst Beach by sunbathers, waders and families with small children. A slight invasion of the pesky geese along with their droppings created a health issue, especially for small children playing in the sand. We tried to resolve the problem with the help of several association members in the area and with the purchase of a special raking apparatus by the Parks Department with a scheduled weekly sweeping. The equipment is also used for the same purpose on the Butler Blvd. Beach Playground and the Dudley Park off Rt 9.
Currently, the Parks Dept. is engaged in removing the old playground equipment from the Amherst Beach due to age, liability, deterioration, regulation and safety issues. The action has prompted a member to question the future of the play area, enjoyed by his 2 and 4 year-old children. The plan for the park expansion into the Mastapeter property will include a play gym apparatus with slides and swings suitable for children 2-12. The actual play area designated for the play gym and swings will require a mall section of the total area. The remainder of the park will be passive recreation with benches, trees and plantings with handicap access. The cost of the equipment is $39,500 plus excavation and preparation costs.
We have limited water access in Berkeley Twp. for swimming, sun bathing and wading purposes. This project has a twofold purpose; providing safe and modern playground equipment for young children with wonderful views of the bay while at the same time, expanding the beach area for recreational purposes. The township will also consider the placement of a lifeguard on the beach, full time or weekends will be decided. A finished beachfront park will not only be aesthetically pleasing, but will also have a positive effect on future homebuyers, especially those with young children and grandchildren. The target date for completion of the project is expected by Memorial Day 2017.
Please let us know of issues, news, or activities that you believe would be of interest to others in our efforts to help better serve our community. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Changed your email address? Advise membership chairman on email@example.com.
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- 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
A BSHCA Member Meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 28, 2017, 6:30 at the Berkeley Township Recreation Center, Rt 9, Bayville. Candidates for the 2017 election to be held at the Annual Member Meeting in June will be presented. Since Dick Andrews, Nominations Chairman, has not received any nominations you will have an opportunity to nominate from the floor on the 28th. Would anyone be interested in taking on the roll of developing a Public Relations Director?
Our condolences to BSHCA Board Phil Antoine and his wife Stephanie for the recent loss of Stephanie’s father.
The annual removal of silt from our main Amherst Lagoon will commence on June 1st or thereabouts. During the past year, I have received several calls regarding high spots in the Main Amherst Lagoon which have created difficult passage for sailboats with deep keels. Prior to the dredging, we will take some depth soundings to identify those spots that could be troublesome, passing them on to the Public Works Dept. Owners of sailboats can assist by helping to ID troublesome spots. Please call me on 732 809 4807.
Planning and preparation is underway for our Annual Memorial Day Beach Picnic, Boat Blessing and Veterans Commemoration Ceremony. This year we will add a bagpiper and a Gold Star Mother. The boats will once again gather close to the Amherst Beach in calmer waters and for all to participate from the beach. As planning materializes, we will keep you informed through our newsletters.
Our BSHCA Golf Tournament Chairman, Ken Gerb, will be returning from winter vacation in Florida during this week and will get into full swing in his organizational agenda. He would appreciate the registrations for your foursomes be sent in early to enable his committee to concentrate on the many tasks necessary to a successful tournament, such as sponsors. Applications can be printed out from our web site, berkelyshores.org. Players do not need to be members. Information can be obtained by contacting Ken Gerb on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I received a call from Cathy Peach informing me that she will no longer preside over the Happy Hookers sewing group. Cathy started and has headed the group from its inception more than 20 years ago. The Happy Hookers started as a social group, knitting and sewing articles for local nursing homes. As the group matured they expanded their attention during the Christmas season to children suffering from cancer and other serious illnesses at the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Center in New Brunswick. They have recently joined in efforts to provide personal items to our military in foreign lands. To help with expenses, they received donations from various individuals and groups with a stipend from BSHCA in the amount of $600 per year. If any member is interested in accepting the leadership of the group please contact us at email@example.com. The current and very ambitious agenda was set by Cathy. New leadership may set their own agenda.
Our 1st Ward Councilman, Jim Byrnes, has advised that there have been reports of disturbance on the Amherst Beach at night. If you are aware of these gatherings and they seem disruptive, please call police on the above numbers provided in our newsletter.
Fred Bekiarian, Pres., BSHCA
A BSHCA Member Meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 28, 2017, 6:30 at the Berkeley Township Recreation Center, Rt 9, Bayville. Candidates for the 2017 election to be held at the Annual Member Meeting in June will be presented.
Membership Chairman, Ken Gerb is pleased to announce that we have surpassed our previous membership roster roll. Thanks to all for your continuing support of the association. We are hoping we can surpass the current attendance with the start of the new campaign in the May-June time frame
Over the past few weeks we have noticed the clearing of land on the corner of Ocean Gate Drive and Mill Creek Road. Rumors and speculation regarding the size and use of the development abound, thus, misinformation. A visit to the Township Planning Board and a copy of the Resolution was in order. The Resolution, adopted at the January 7, 2016 Planning Board Meeting, consists of 11 pages. The site is zoned for Residential-Multi Family development. The key points are as follows:
1 - The development is approved for 24, 2-bedroom townhome style condominium units, not rental apts.
2 - Each unit will provide a garage and one driveway parking spot.
3 - Approximately 20 additional spots will be provided for guests.
4 - Trees were removed per state CAFRA guidelines/regulations.
5 - Two points of ingress and egress to the development will be provided. Mill Creek Road and Ocean Gate Drive.
6 - Traffic studies in conjunction with state approval appears non-affecting.
Last week we told you that our DJ for BSHCA events, Dick Italiano, suffered an episode of cardiac arrest. Fortunately, he was providing the entertainment for a first responder group in Lyndhurst. Thankfully, they were able to stabilize Dick and he subsequently received 2 arterial stents. He is resting comfortably and thanks all for their warm get well wishes. He assures Jerry Coppola that he will be ready for the Beach Party on Memorial Day Weekend.
Have you recently driven towards Ocean Gate via Bayview Ave and looked out over the Forsythe Preserved Land? The AT&T poles are no longer part of the landscape. The Forsythe Preserve belongs to the Federal Parks System. After several years in the planning, the poles were removed to provide a more pristine area for local birds, fowl and wildlife. Several poles that supported Osprey nests were left intact. Attention given to the osprey over the past several years is finally paying off, especially on Island Beach State Park.
- Annual Beach Party, Blessing of the Fleet and Commemoration to Fallen Veterans - Sunday, May 28
- 2017-2018 Membership Drive in May-June.
- Dedication of Center Island Flag, June 14
- Annual Member Meeting – Saturday, June 17
- Atlantic City “One Sweet Day” Boat Trip- Friday-Sunday, July 14-16
- 2nd Annual BSHCA Golf Tournament – Thursday, July 20
- Endless Summer Party, The Captains Inn – Friday Evening, September 8
- Garage Sale – Saturday, September 16. (Change)
- Annual Food Drive – Saturday, November 4
- November Member Meeting, Date to be Announced
Applications can be printed out from our web site, http://berkeleyshores.org/golf.html. Players do not need to be members. Information can be obtained by contacting Ken Gerb on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our scholarship program is underway and we are taking candidates for review by his committee. (Irene Benn, Nick Donatiello, Carol Rusnak). All information needed for application is available on our web site, http://berkeleyshores.org/scholarship.html
Fred Bekiarian, Pres., BSHCA