Michael Krivacs's Blog Posts

Star Wars Arrives And Other Happenings In December On LBI

We have hit December and 2017 is rapidly drawing to a close. On Saturday the 2nd, the 38th Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade will take place starting at 1:00 PM. The parade route is along the

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Good Bye Halloween November Movies Have Arrived

With the fun and merriment of Halloween here on Long Beach Island still fresh in our minds let’s turn our attention to what Hollywood has to offer on the silver screen in November. 

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A Look At This Years Popular Halloween Costumes

We've passed the midway point of October and are heading into the home stretch of the month towards Halloween. On Long Beach Island this year we have been blessed with mostly gorgeous weather

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Last Days Of August On LBI

Saturday arrived and with it, beautiful , pleasant weather.  As August leaves us I am reminded that September here on Long Beach Island is one of the best months to be here. The water is at its

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Rolling Into August On LBI

Holy cow! It is July 31st and this time tomorrow we'll be in August. The whispers of fall, of school, images of big yellow buses rolling down the streets come to mind. Since the Fourth of July time

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Lighthouse International Film Festival Summer On Its Way

As late spring gives way to summer, Long Beach Island is blossoming to life with all of its businesses fresh and primed for the 2017 season! In addition, many happenings are scheduled providing

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Lighthouse International Film Festival On LBI

The annual Lighthouse International Film Festival will be returning to venues on Long Beach Island June 8 - 11th.   Passes are now available online!  For more information on this

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Hello Spring Time To Think Green On LBI

Goodbye winter.  Hello Spring and soon to be summer here at Long Beach Island. As everything begins to bloom it struck me that it might be a fitting time to talk about Green buildings

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Long Beach Island March Madness

Where did the time go?  The ides of March are nearly upon us already.  Here on LBI with the bursts of very warm weather, the plants are already sneaking up through the ground.  

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Feels Like Spring

What a odd winter its been.   Snippets of incredible winds and cold (and occasionally snow) interspersed the amazingly warm weather we've had most of the winter here on Long Beach Island.  

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Happy Holidays On Long Beach Island

December is here and the holiday season is in full swing on LBI even if the temperatures are still super mild.  Here's a couple of the many activities happening this month:The Ship Bottom

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World Series NFL NBA NHL Oh And College Basketball

Wow, what an epic game 7 of the World Series.   Having spent 13 years in Cleveland I can sympathize with the pain Indians fans are feeling.   Having been so close in 1995 and 1997,  

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Happenings On LBI Kite Festival Halloween And Hurricane Matthew Watch

The fall season is in full swing and things are moving swiftly.  Of course unless one is under a rock it is hard not to be aware of Hurricane Matthew, the gigantic 400 mile wide hurricane which

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Hunkering Down For Hermine On Long Beach Island

Its always something watching reaction to the approach of a coming storm here on Long Beach Island.  First you catch minor clips on the news.  Weather folks mentioning some tropical

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Long Beach Island Summer In Full Swing And Moving Fast

The yearly cycle on Long Beach Island still amazes me even after having grown up in Beach Haven and bore witness to many summer seasons here at the Jersey Shore.  The slow build up in Spring

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Settling Into Beach Replenishment In Beach Haven

Well, the replenishment crews have come and gone from the beach that I grew up on.  It was with mixed feelings that I first saw the yellow tape lines blocking off the entrance to the beach, the

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Lighthouse International Film Festival Films Announced

Excitement is building for this years film festival!  The Lighthouse International Film Festival taking place at various venues across Long Beach Island from Beach Haven to Loveladies has

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LBI Lighthouse International Film Festival Kick Off

The Lighthouse International Film Festival vents have begun.    The LIFF held its kick off party this past Saturday evening at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts in

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Lighthouse International Film Festival

The annual Lighthouse International Film Festival will be returning to venues on Long Beach Island June 9 - 12th.   Passes are now available online.  For more information on this exciting

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Not Just Sea Shore Tex Mex La Bamba

This is not just your local taco stand in the sand. Located in Brant Beach at 3200 Long Beach Blvd., this eatery is for those who long for real deal. Lunch combos are all house specialties of,

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THEYRE BACK

The highest interest rates of the year continue to take their toll on mortgage business, but they are breathing new life into mortgage products that were more popular during the last housing boom.

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What Type Of Market Is Your House In

Housing supply is tight in most cities across the United States, but that does not mean that every market is a seller's market. Today's homebuyers are a finicky lot and a mortgage-dependent lot and

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CREDIT THAW

U.S. consumers are finding it easier to get a mortgage, after years of near frozen credit following the financial crisis. This, in turn, is giving way to more creative loan products, as well as more

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DANGER IN HELOC FINE PRINT

For those of you out there who have a HELOC, when was the last time you checked your fine print on how the loan will consolidate when it moves into the Repayment Period? Do you even know when that?

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WIN THE BIDDING WAR

The housing market is still in the early spring of recovery, but if you're a buyer, you know it's already hot out there. Very tight supply in markets across the nation is leading to bidding wars.

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125 ANNIVERSARY FOR BEACH HAVEN

One of the Jersey Shores' favorite vacation locations will celebrate 125 years young on May 30. Named by Mrs. Farro; who's family beach house; Salt Air, still stands on 3rd street just east of the

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HOP SAUCE HAPPENING

After last year's successful event, Hop Sauce will again be happening in Beach Haven. A Southend experience on Long Beach Island. The Taylor Avenue Waterfront in between 9th and Taylor, May 30 11 am

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PRICED OUT HOUSING FROTH DISCOURAGES BUYERS

PRICED OUT - HOUSING FROTH DISCOURAGES BUYERSAfter easing throughout much of 2014, home prices across the U.S. are accelerating again. While several local housing markets are still nowhere near as

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IT THAT TIME AGAIN 10 WEEKS TO GO

Do you need a peck check? Suffering from Ab flab? Guess what? Its ten weeks to Memorial Day weekend. Ladies and gentleman time to diet and gym. As we move into spring, it is not long after seeing

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BEACH REPLENISHMENT DELAYED TILL OCTOBER

For those of us dreading the beach replenishment on LBI we won't have to worry about it affecting summer. The Army Corps of Engineers has stated that could be delayed to October of 2015 and then

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SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING TO BOOM THIS YEAR

The U.S. housing market could get a major boost this year, specifically for single-family homes—especially among first-time buyers. Here’s why.I’m guessing here. My forecasts aren’t any

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SAVE THE MONARCHS

SAVE THE MONARCHSA 90% percent decline rate in the last 10 years for this lovely and necessary creature, now means that a recovery plan has to implemented and followed through on; or they will die

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Lighthouse International Film Festival 2015

Save the dates, Lighthouse International Film Festival 2015 is again lighting up venues down Long Beach Island this year June 4 - 7, 2015. Stay updated by logging on to     www

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Plentiful Pinnipeds On LBI

This winter more than ever we are hearing about basking seals. In Brant Beach, down in Holgate and now taking over floating docks along the bay side. The plenty of pinnipeds, has even been commented

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The Best Home Loan For You

Renting can certainly be a solid choice while you’re saving for a down payment or repairing or building credit to obtain a mortgage, but recent findings show that homeownership is still a better

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Remodeling Lifts Housing Industry See Where

While the U.S. housing market continues to recover in fits and starts, the home improvement industry is on a roll, according to a new report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard

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Thinking Of Selling Condisder These Updates

Thinking about taking on some small home improvement projects to boost the value of your home? Here are some smart upgrades and fixes that won’t cost a lot, but could help you clinch a deal if

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Best Rates In Years Time To Buy Or Re Fi

Mortgage rates have continued to decline in recent weeks, spurring mortgage applications. For the week ending Tuesday, the average rate for a conforming 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 3.77,

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US HOUSING MARKET 75 PERCENT BACK TO NORMAL

The U.S. housing market continues to improve, but it's not quite there yet. In fact, it's about three-quarters of the way back to, "normal." That is the conclusion of a new report from Trulia, a

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What To Expect From Housing Related Stocks In 2015

After a few so-so years, the housing market and related stocks could be primed for a big 2015. Next year is shaping up to be one of those rare times when strong economic growth is accompanied by low

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Snowls Are Back

https://exit63.wordpress.comAs we now move into the short days of winter, while most of us are sleeping more and doing less; not so on LBI. Our population of Snowy Owls have returned as teenagers

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Airstream Travel Trailers Just Keep Rolling Along

Bob Wheeler still gets the question sometimes when people find out he runs the company that builds those shiny aluminum campers: "Airstreams? They still make those?" Not only are the retro-looking

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REAL ESTATE VS THE STOCK MARKET

Even as the stock market soars to record highs, federal regulators are announcing new, cheaper ways for cash-strapped borrowers to buy a home. With the catastrophic housing crash of the last decade

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FOREIGN CRIME FOREIGN CLIME ISTANBUL

For those of you who are a fan of Donna Leon's Inspector Brunette series, you must savor Barbara Nadel's Inspector Cetin Ikmen. Ikmen and his crime solving team are located in that glowing jewel on

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JAMES ELLROYS NEWEST BOOK PERFIDIA

For those of you who were a fan of Ellroy's first LA Quartet; PERFIDIA is the prequel.  Ellroy promises to deliver three more.  Giving us LA Quartet number two; as it convulses with the

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One Million Dollar Homes Sales Are Up 16 Percent

As the U.S. stock market rises, so do sales of million-dollar homes. That correlation is not lost on the nation's Realtors. "There is little volatility in the stock market. It is whoppingly

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Changes Needed To Spur First Time Home Buyers

Though homebuyers are gaining confidence, changes are needed to bring first-time purchasers back to the market, a real estate executive told CNBC on Wednesday. Richard Smith, CEO of Realogy, the

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3 Lessons Learned From The Mortagage Rate Drop

Mortgage rates are back to the highest level in a month, and if news from the U.S. economy stays positive, they could edge ever higher. While the brief drop a few weeks ago, due to concerns over

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Raptor Rapture On Long Beach Island

For those of you who would like a complete update and the raptor banding program on Long Beach Island, Plus up close and person interview and testimonial of those involved.  Make sure you

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Christmas 2014 Beach Haven Long Beach Island

Nov 28 Murphy's no cook Friday buy 1 hoagie get 1/2 free Nov 29 -> Holiday Season Diane Turton's Refreshment & Hospitality Engleside Holiday Dinner & Getaway Packages  9 am Queen

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Should You Use An Agent When Buying Or Selling

In the best selling book, "Freakonomics, the authors, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, discuss real estate agents and highlight two disturbing correlations: Real estate agents keep

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The Bully Pulpit A Great Read Dont Be Put Off By Size

The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin is a must read for all history junkies, especially if you are interested in the early 20th century period in American history.  It is the story of

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How Ben Bernanke Can Help You

The recent revelation by former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke about being turned down for a home refinancing loan should serve as a call-to-action to fix onerous lending standards, said

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VacationHomeLBI Income Propertry Both Are Working

With home prices still rising and fewer distressed properties coming to market, some claim the single-family rental trade is over. Investors will hold the homes they have and securitize the assets

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1000 Dollars Can Make It Or Brake It

In all the wrangling over credit, construction and confidence in this housing recovery, the real cost of owning a new home could come down to about the same amount as the cost of a new washing

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Recapture Summer 2014 Memories

http://exit63.wordpress.com/Relive your summer memories by visiting the best website for appreciating the beauties of LBI.  One of the wonders of LBI this past summer was the increase in

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Is A Short Sale The Way To Go

A short sale is for those who do not qualify or do not want to refinance their home mortgages. In this situation the seller can accept a lower bid for the property to increase the chances of a

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Where New Jersey Ranks In Closing Costs

Closing costs 2014 Rank State Lender's origination fees Third-party fees

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JK Rowlings Silkworm Does It Again Good Summer Read

Those of you who enjoyed meeting J.K. Rowling's newest literary ensemble last summer, must dive into their latest adventure.  Cormoran Strike's finances are still precarious; but since the

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Best Fish Tacos On Long Beach Island New Jersey

I know, the old on going battle, of who has the best what.  Well, I know of what I speak.  Having lived in LA for almost 15 years, back when they were inventing fish tacos out there; I

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HELOC Home Equity Lines Of Credit Are Back Are They For You

Home equity loans are back. The opportunity to get a cash-out refinance, home equity loan or home equity line of credit is once again alive and well. But how much equity can -- or should --

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Risk Of Natural Disaster Not Slowing Buyers At Jersey Shore

The risk of natural disaster doesn't seem to dissuade home buyers. In fact, those regions where disasters occur may make them pay even more for their homes. More than 10 million homes, or 8

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Most Expensive House On Long Beach Island And Why

Long Beach Island, NJ;  Want your own private oasis at the Jersey Shore? CNBC takes you inside the Most Expensive House(we could get into): Long Beach Island,;

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How To Survive A Bidding War

The low supply of homes for sale in many resort markets means buyers must be prepared for bidding wars. Buyers should be strategic in how they present their offers, to avoid paying too high a

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You Might Not Need 20 Percent Down

The truth is, you don't need 20 percent down to get a mortgage. Through various government, bank, and other programs, many homebuyers are able to pursue their homeownership dreams despite a low

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Underwater Borrowers Still Drowning

While negative equity continues to fall, it fell at its slowest pace in the first quarter of this year, as home value growth slowed. On top of that, "effective" negative equity, when a borrower

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METEOR SHOWERS THIS WEEKEND

lOOK TO THE SOUTH ENDby Kevin Lollar, The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press WCNC.comPosted on May 23, 2014 at 7:01 AM Coming to a

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Lighthouse Film Festival LBI 2014

June 5 to June 8 2014 Once again LBI will be a nexus of film aficionados for this year screenings. Four feature films and over a dozen documentaries, including one exploring the impact of

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FREE SHUTTLE RUNS AGAIN THIS SUMMER ON LBI

Last year's free LBI Shuttle was such a success that it will again run this year.  Starting the second week of June; it will run the length of the island, 10 AM to 10 PM.  There will be

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Is It Now A Sellers Market

Home prices are moving so far, so fast, that at least 1,000 local housing markets have hit all-time price highs, according to Zillow. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that potential home

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What LBI Sellers Need To Know

 THE SELLING SEASON IS NOW KNOW YOUR NUMBERS - If you are planning to sell your vacation home or just want to know its current value a Comparative Market Analysis is what you need. 

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Flawed Finances Will Not Stop A Home Purchase

If you think having flawed finances will stop you from buying a home, you need to hear what these mortgage experts have to say. For example, you may think that the three-digit number known as

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Vacation Home Sales Jump Rental Season Hot

As temperatures in much of the country finally rise above freezing, thoughts are turning to summer, to summer vacations and of course to vacation homes. The housing crash hit the vacation home

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Long Range Weather Forcast From Farmers Almanac

MARCH 2014: temperature 43° (1° below avg.); precipitation 3" (1" below avg.); Mar 1-8: Snow showers, cold; Mar 9-14: Sunny, then showers, turning warm; Mar 15-16: Sunny, cool; Mar 17-21: Heavy

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New Jersey Tourism Breaks Record For 2013

In 2013 statewide tourism rose 5.9% to 87.5 million people, 12.4% of that number came to Ocean County; and judging from our current rental bookings this summer will be even bigger.  Tourism

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Rediscovering Sara Paretsky

Just spent a lovely snowbound month, with my fireplace and 3 of her latest books.  What a joy.  After drifting away from V.I. Warshawski in the 90's, I have come back to three excellent

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Uptick In Home Pricing Continues Nationwide

It now seems pretty clear that late 2012 or early 2013 was the ideal time to purchase a home: Real-estate prices and interest rates were both near record lows, creating an unprecedented buying

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St Paddys Day On Long Beach Island

March 8th  Irish Arts Festival - Harvey Cedars - Maris Stella Conference Center - 8am - 4pm March 14 - 17  The Dutchmans Brauhouse - Special Irish menu and Beers March 14 - 17

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12 Weeks To Memorial Day

The temps are dropping, The snow piles up. I dream of Summer, And roads without ruts.I can barely wait for a summer day. I'll bake in the sun, And float in the bay; And

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Februarys Winter Deals On LBI

            31W Oceanview (91st)   LBT          Tax Value  $649,607        

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Valentines Weekend On LBI

FEB 12   Chocolate Bartending Championships - TGIFridays - Manahawkin FEB 14 - 15  The Gables in Beach Haven - special Valentines dinner menu FEB 15  Beach Haven

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Great Winter Reads From LBIs Surf City Library

Cracking good espionage: The Gabriel Alon Series by Danial Silva - Rembranst Affair, Unlikely Spy, The Defector, The English GirlDelightful Rita Mae Brown;  Just like her Sneaky Pie series but

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READINGS FROM THE NORTHSIDE

"Readings from the Northside" is the newest website about LBI that I have been turned on to.  Check it out if you are an LBI lover.  It is obviously someone's lovingly maintained

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DUNE REPLENISHMENT PUT OFF TILL SEPTEMBER

Good news for all vacationers and businesses on Long Beach Island.  Mayor Joe Mancini just told us that there will be no beach replenishment until Sept. 15, 2014.  There will be do

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Last Of The 2013 Steals And Deals

The Last of the 2013 Steals and DealsAs of December 13, 201347 vacant lots, island wide - Barnegat Light to Holgate $249K to $1.395KOne last freestanding home for $299K7 freestanding homes

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Your Own Summer Compound 2014

5000 sq. feet of Loveladies summer retreat.  Pool with jacuzzi and, 4 outside decks; and a sunset cocktail gazebo.  7 bedrooms, 5 baths, sleeps 14, dining room with floor to ceiling

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Christmas In Beach Haven

Christmas in Beach Haven Irving Berlins White Christmas - Surflight  Nov.29 - Dec 22Lunch with Santa, Buckalews every Sat/Sun 12 - 2 pm Murphy Wine Sale 10% off all wine starting.

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Loveladies 2014

5000 sq. feet of Loveladies summer retreat.  Pool with jacuzzi and, 4 outside decks; and a sunset cocktail gazebo.  7 bedrooms, 5 baths, sleeps 14, dining room with floor to ceiling

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Long Beach Island Sales Continue Upward Inspite Of Sandy Slowdown

Real estate news on Long Beach Island continues to improve from the post Sandy lows of last winter. Sales so far this year, island wide; as of Sept 26 are 190, with 136 of them occurring from

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ROBERTAS STUDIO CLOSING AFTER 40 YEARS

The rumors are true.  Roberta and Wayne Giannone will be shutting down their studio when the property sells.  A Harvey Cedars icon for almost 40 years, she has had a studio in town

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GREAT SUMMER READS FOR WINTER

Cuckoo’s Calling                 Moonwalking With Einstein          

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MARITIME MUSEUM 2013 BENEFIT

528 Dock Road, Beach Haven.  Be there!  Don’t miss this years, because last years was great.  This indoor/outdoor tented event is catered by Oakies Butcher Shop from Surf City,

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BOOKSWAP SHIP BOTTOM WINTER HOURS

Located between 27th and 28th streets, on the west side in Ship Bottom.  Your local LBI book source in both new and used books.  Bookswap will be open Sat. and Sun.  10 - 2 from now

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ROBERTAS STUDIO FALL HOURS

Award winning  local artist Roberta Giannone, will celebrate her 40th year in Harvey Cedars in 2014.  The little studio tucked into the little house across from the Public Works offices

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LETS BE IRISH

Join the luckiest people in New Jersey.  Join LBI’ers in Ship Bottom this weekend for the Irish Festival.  Put on by the Hibernians the event will be held at Waterfront Park, just

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MERCHANTS MART 2013

100 vendors is the response so far for this year’s Merchants Mart in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island.  Scheduled for Saturday Oct. 5 10 – 4 at the newly renamed Frank Panzone Field.;

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CHOWDERFEST 2013

Soupabowl is this year’s  theme for one of LBI’s most loved events.  Recognizing the NFL Superbowl coming to New Jersey and bouncing back so quickly from Super Storm Sandy; is the

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The Flamingo Is Back LBI

20 craft beers and everything new except the kitchen door, the famous first flamingo.  The Terrace Tavern is bringing central LBI 50 craft beers with a nightly $5 beer special 10 til.

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Sail Cloth Beach Bags LBI

The new use/look/gift.  Jeffrie's Tile and Decore.  Beach Haven Terrace LBI.  We really are a full service interior decoration and update service provider.  Flooring, upholstry,

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Woodys The Terrace Does Dinners

Newly added to this years Woody's in the Terrace menu are new all day specials.  Things like lobster tails or steaks.  Full meals ready to go.  After 5 feet of water and a complete

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ATMs Beach Haven Terrace LBI

TDBank  ATM and full service 7 days a week, Marvels Donuts and Deli, Wa Wa stop and shops, Terrace

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LBIs Cali Grill Champs Again

No sooner had LBI's California Grill won the World Championship again for their New England white chowder, then Sandy came calling.  Steve and his crew were the first business back open on the

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Full Service Bank South Of The Causeway LBI

TD Bank.  Local Beach Haven Terrace bank survived 30 inches of water and a complete gut and rebuild to come back on line March 13.  Asst. Manager Nicole Dougherty said they were only

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126th Street The Dunes

High tide Sat June 15 8

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LBI Beach Pix 127th Street The Dunes

Dune Lane beach at high tide Sat June

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The Beach House 2013

Stopped into The Beach House Saturday night for my first summer meal and chatted with Debbie McGlyn.  The flood waters from Sandy were 39 inches in the restaurant, so there now is a chair rail

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Look Left

View from the Dunes #3New restaurant on LBI!!!   Make sure as you all head south to The Dunes, look left.  Check out Ship Bottom and LBI's newest eating establishment.  The

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Maaaaaaaaaaaaaarvelous Marvels

Are you getting it?  Donut season.  Marvels is back as good as new.  The Green Mountain Coffee bar.  Full selection of pastries, and the sandwich deli is back too.  But let

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The View From The Dunes LBI Beach Update

Beach Bragging RightsWe have a little bit of magic right here in The Dunes.  Our beaches.  Big beaches at high tide and huge beaches at low.  Two sand bars at low from 124 to 128

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