John Franc's Blog Posts

4 FACTS TO HELP YOU CHOOSE THE BEST OFFER

The nation's real estate markets, for the most part, are still leaning toward sellers.  Multiple offers on attractive, reasonably priced homes are common in many areas.  It only makes

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6 Dangers Of Overpricing Your Home

Timing is everything: Very often aseller asks, "We can always comedown later — right?" Historically whenyour house goes on the market, thegreatest potential for buyer traffic is inthe first

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The Top Reasons Most Home Purchases Fall Through

Yes, some home sales don’t make it to closing. There are a number of situationsthat may derail a deal, and it’s a nightmare-come-true when it happens.The good news is that the percentage of

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Is Your Home Too Dated For The Market

Ok, I get it – you adore that wallpaper in your kitchen. After all, it's beenhanging there since 1989.  The problem is, if you hope to sell your home for the most amount possible,you're

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Should I Buy Now Or Wait For Home Prices To Drop

Every corner you turn, I'm sure you've heard of the rising home prices.And, for a fair reason.Home prices increased a whopping 16.9% since last year. This pricejump has been the highest the housing

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3 Critical Tips For Selling A Vacant Home

The move to the new home is complete. Now all that is left to do is tosell the old one. Selling a vacant home, by the way, is a bit differentthan selling one that you live in.Sure, the plusses (you

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Buy A Fixer Home

If you've made a list of what you want and need in a home (a "wish list") itmay look more like an impossible dream. Depending on how much ahomebuyer has to spend on a home, wish lists are often tall

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Is Your Home Too Dated For Todays Market

Ok, I get it – you adore that wallpaper in your kitchen. After all, it's beenhanging there since 1989.The problem is, if you hope to sell your home for the most amount possible,you're going to

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Five Ways Waiting To Sell Can Cost You THOUSANDS

There are many factors that come into play when decidingto sell a property, and timing is right up there at the top ofthe list. It's important to work with a real estateprofessional that cares

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7 Ways To Protect Your Valuables And Family While Your Home Is On The Market

Not everyone that is house hunting is honest. Some peopleare tempted to steal items that catch their eye.One of the most important steps in readying your home forthe market is to protect your

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Four Mistakes A Seller Can Make When Selling Their Home

1. If I price it a little higher, I can always come down. While technically true, know that you're actually costing yourself more by taking this approach. A listing gets the most attention in the

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Four Great Home Features That Buyers Are Craving

(1)  HOME OFFICE:  Thanks to today's technology, more workers stayed home to do their jobs last year.  Over 70% of the workforce say they want to continue working from their

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12 Days Of Christmas Begins At The Tuckerton Seaport December 1st

Beginning December 1st and ending on December 12th, The Tuckerton Seaport presents 12 Days of Christmas.  Plan on a great day which will offer you and the family such activities as holiday boat

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5 Home Care Tips To Do For Your Home In The Fall

5 Home Care Tips To Do For Your Home In The FallHere are 5 great home care tips for the Fall.  Days will shorten and the weather will cool down, so October is a great month to get these jobs

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Should You Buy Your Dream Home First Or Sell Your Current Home First

Should You Buy Your Dream Home First Or Sell Your Current Home First?There is no requirement, legal or otherwise, to find your next home before selling the current one. Selling first is

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13 Common And Uncommon Reasons Causing Odors In Your Home

13 Common and Uncommon Reasons Causing Odors In Your HomeWe all have walked into a house, whether it's your home, a friend's or relative's and said to ourselves what's that smell. 

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Top 5 Reasons To Live In An Ocean County Adult Community

Top 5 Reasons To Live In An Ocean County Adult CommunityAre you thinking about moving into an Adult Community?  Ocean County offers many for you to choose from.  Here are 5 main

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Think You Are Good At Cornhole

If you think that you are good at "Cornhole",  here's your chance  to play in a Cornhole Tournament.  Being held by the Veterans United Military Memorial Museum located at 5576 Route,

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Learn To Play Pickleball At Lacey Gille Park

One of the fastest growing sports in the country is "Pickleball"  which is a mix of tennis, ping-pong and badminton.  It's fun to play and easy to learn.....This summer a group of

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Creative Expression Group

"No" art skills required....."Creativity Unleashed" is a weekly online group where participants explore the world of art as an outlet for expression and a means to enhance positive emotions & mood.

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The Veterans United Military Memorial Museum In New Gretna NJ

Plan a visit to "The Veterans United Military Memorial Museum" located across the wine bottle at 5576 Route 9, New Gretna.  The Museum also offers mobile exhibits for groups and

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Are You Crazy Over Apples Raffle St Francis Community Center

There is a raffle for Apple products where the 1st prize is an Apple ipad Pro valued at $899.00; 2nd prize is an Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS & Cellular 40mm) valued at $484.99; and for 3rd prize is

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Angel Tree Seeks Support For Program

Many more area families could use an "Angel" this Christmas to insure that they receive a holiday meal and gifts for the children.   Barnegat-Waretown Chamber of Commerce is looking to

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Local Newspapers Added To Ocean County Library Website

Great news for all of you that didn't get a chance to pick up a copy of your local newspaper to catch up with all the local happenings....you can view them on your mobile device, computer, pad

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Disabled Veteran Tax Exemption Expanded Vote

The New Jersey state Senate recently passed legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf, Assembly 9th District's Senator Chris J. Connors and Assemblywomen DiAnne C. Gove.  The

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Town Wide Yard Sale In Surf City

Saturday, September 5, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm marks the day and time of the next Surf City town wide yard sale.........you can get a printed list of all the participating homes by going to www

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Barnegat NJ Farmers Market Now Open

Don't forget that Thursday is your chance to get some farm fresh local fruits & vegetables at the outdoors Barnegat Farmer's Market......located at the fenced field opposite the firehouse on

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Morris Boulevard Nears Opening

As you can see the bridge is set to.......

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Morris Boulevard Bridge Nearing Completion

The Morris Boulevard Bridge is nearing completion very soon ..........;

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Blood Donations Needed

Go to the American Red Cross website to see places and times so you can donate blood:    www.redcrossblood.orgHere are a few scheduled dates and places.........................

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Photos Of Morris Boulevard Bridge

The bridge at Morris Boulevard has been progressing with the help of the mild weather.........The home owners at Selma, Stevens and Julia Drives will no longer have to cross the Causeway in order to

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2020 Annual Chocolate Week On Long Beach Island

A favorite event is being brought back this winter by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce.  Warm up your winter and explore the sweet side of the LBI region in February.  You can

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Loads Of Love Wash Your Clothes For Free

On the last Thursday of each month, the Manahawkin United Methodist Church provides those needing the use of the Laundromat free Washer/Dryer service.  Wash & Dry your clothes for free at the

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National Award Won By Barnegat VFW

Congratulations to our Barnegat VFW Post 10092 are in order for being awarded the National Outstanding Community Service Award by the VFW National Headquarters.  Barnegat Post's outstanding

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LBI Holiday Tour Of Homes

The 54th Garden Club of LBI's Holiday Tour of Homes will be held on Thursday December 12th.  You'll get to see a dining room made of a slab of Thai Chamcha tree, a bar made from an original

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Acoustic Music Jam First Sunday Of Every Month PICKIN On The PORCH

Don't miss out by coming out on the first Sunday of every month to pick, sing or just listen to some music.  Open from noon to 5 PM at the Hunting Shanty at the Tuckerton Seaport (120 West Main

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Halloween Costume Party In Manahawkin October 6 From 12 To 3 Pm

A Halloween costume for special needs youth and adults will be held by the Manahawkin Elks Lodge #2340 on October 6 from 12-3pm.  Trick or Treat stations, cupcakes, tatoos, ice cream, lunch and

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Learn About How Clams And Oysters Are Helping Us

ReClam the Bay is having an on-site program held each Friday through October at the Old Coast Guard Station 420 Pelham Avenue in Beach Haven from 9 - 11 am.  You will not only learn

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Waretown To Hold 21st Annual Haunted Hayride

Even though it's the middle of summer, Waretown is planning it's 21st annual Haunted Hayride event.  The event will be held on October 18 & 19 from 7-10 PM at the Waretown Lake located 182

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Ocean County Purchases Open Space In Stafford

Recently the Ocean County Board of Freeholders accepted the Natural Lands Trust Fund Advisory Board's recommendation to purchase 2 tracts of land along Bay Avenue in Stafford Township. Block 222 lot

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Was Your House Built Before January 1977 New Smoke Alarm Regulations Are Now In Effect

So you have decided that you want to sell or rent your house.  Beware of the new Smoke Alarm regulation that became effective this year.  Homes that were built prior to January 1977

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Barnegat Bay Water Temperature Begins To Warm And So Does The Fishing

Finally it seems as "SPRING" has finally arrived here in southern Ocean County.  Sections of lower Barnegat Bay have been producing striped bass according to Captain Steve Pural of Reel

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Coming Soon East Bay Italian Grille To Barnegat

One of the benefits of living down the Jersey shore are the many fantastic restaurants that you can choose from to treat your palate..........................Barnegat will have a new restaurant to

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Are You Aware Of Short Term Regulations In Your Community

Officials in Ventnor City are thrilled that vacationers are interested in spending time by visiting the city for it's closeness to NJ's gambling mecca and the shore.  Folks can view home

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Do It Yourself Or Hire A Professional

According to the National Association of Realtors recent 2019 Remodeling Impact Report:  Do it yourself (DIY) 47% of all home projects are done by the renter or owner & 56% of projects for a

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NEW JERSEY MOVE OVER LAW CHANGES PROPOSED

A proposal to our MOVE-OVER law is in the works that would not only keep the $100-$500 fine but would now penalize violators with 2 points to their driver's licenses.  This change is being

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12 Days Of Christmas 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means shoppers are hitting the stores. You might look to the “The 12 Days of Christmas” for some gift-giving inspiration this year, but be

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Christmas Concert With Elvis In Barnegat

What could be better than spending Sunday December 9 enjoying Christmas music with Jim Barone, an award winning tribute artist.  Don't miss this inspiring & fun performance beginning at 2

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Turkey Cooking Tips In Time For Thanksgiving

Below are the first three tips taken from the following article:21 Turkey Tips Every Cook Needs to KnowFor the remainder of the tips visit: https://www.finecooking.com/article/21-turkey-tips

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Jersey Devil On Stage

I don't know about you but I find the Jersey Devil legend fascinating and love to learn more about him or "it".   According to folklore,  Mother Leeds was pregnant with her 13th child

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Rising Rates And The Housing Market Oct 15 2018 126 1

Should rising interest rates concern you if you are thinking of buying of buying a house? That depends on a number of factors. Here are my observations on the matter. Regardless of what your

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Learn How To Better Protect Yourself From A Flood

On October 12, 2018  at the Barnegat Township Municipal Complex in Barnegat Township will hold an informational presentation about the new storm water rules.  The Save Barnegat Bay

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Field Of Dreams For Senior Softball Players In Little Egg Harbor Township

Are you age 60 or older?  Do you miss playing softball............................well you're in luck.  There is a group in Little Egg Harbor Township with an obvious love for the.

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LBI IN SEPTEMBER

Do you want to know a secret? (oo wa oo) Do you promise not to tell? (*) Remember this is just between you and me. Coming to LBI in September can be the best time to visit. Why would I say that?

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Harvey Cedars Beach Replenishment

The Beach Replenishment at Harvey Cedars is moving along. This video was taken on 7/19/18 looking north from Hudson Avenue...................it's amazing how much the beach had deteriorated over the

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On LBI This Summer Check Out The JCC Activities

 Summertime is here once again and the Jewish Community Center of LBI (JCC of LBI) would like to make you aware of and invite you to the following activities:Bazaars: Wednesday July 11th and

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Lacey Elks Fluke Fishing Tournament

If you think your angling skills, especially for fluke are better than the average angler, here's your chance to compete in a Fluke fishing tournament.  The Lacey Elks will hold their second

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Capitals And Warriors And Justify OH MY

What a week the sports world had, new NHL Stanley Cup champions, repeat NBA champions and for a topper, the 13th Triple Crown winner. I know some of you may be saying there is tennis, soccer and

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Barnegat Dock Summer Concert Schedule

One pleasure that Barnegat residents enjoy through the summer season is attending the concerts at the Barnegat Municipal Dock.  With the Barnegat Bay as the background, sounds of great music

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NHL And NBA Final Four Are Set

In the NHL, after two rounds of hard hits, cheap hits, hitting the post, overtime games, one goal games, shut outs and blowouts, the last four teams are set to continue their quest for The Stanley

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Drilling Ban Off NJ Coast Legislation Passed

The signing into law of legislation A-839/S-258 will prohibit offshore development, exploration and production drilling for natural gas or oil in state tidal waters, state waters and submerged

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Triple Crown Racing

Now that winter is almost behind us, and it seems spring will last for a day and a half, we can start thinking warm thoughts. Usually, The Masters helps, looking at the beautiful landscaping, but

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Simple Tips On Buying A Home In A Competitive Market

In case you haven't noticed it's a whole new market out there in the real estate world.  It's a robust seller's market that is happening now and buyers have to realize that the days of waiting

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Weekend Sports Recap

Even though the weather hasn’t been that great in the northeast, this past weekend provided some memorial sporting events.I’ll start with the NCAA men’s wrestling. Penn State won its third

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New Restaurant Opens In Waretown

The former Longshots Bar and Restaurant site on Route 9 in Waretown recently held a grand opening on February 9th for the new 5000 square foot establishment  "Breakers Kitchen and Tap". 

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LBI News Beach Haven Surflight Theatre 2018 Schedule

The mainstage is set to raise the curtain on June 12th. Here are the dates and names of the shows:6/12 -24 Nice Work If You Can Get It6/26 - 7/15 Jesus Christ Superstar7/17 – 8/5 The Wedding

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National November Home Prices Surge To An All Time High

Home prices in November rose 6.2% as the shortage of homes for sale continued and show no sign of letting up.  Prices are higher then the 2006  Home price peak.*  Home price

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Superbowl LII Are You Ready

The two teams have been decided. The New England patriots will face the Philadelphia Eagles. The date will be Feb. 4th, with kickoff around 6:30pm, the game will be played at US Bank Stadium,

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Double Treat Of Super Moon In January 2018

Moon lover's will get a double treat in the first month of 2018.  Although most of us will be looking into the sky for fireworks or watching that big glittery ball descend in Time's Square,;

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The Cost Of The 12 Days Of Christmas Items

We are rapidly approaching the big day once again. If you still haven't found the right thing for that someone special, how about considering this?A partridge in a pear tree and all the other 11

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Double Creek Dredging In Barnegat Bay

In case you haven't been to the Barnegat Public Dock in a while you will see some dredging going on right off the dock in Double Creek  Channel.  The dredging is part of an $8.7

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NASCAR Final 4 Set To Go

Phoenix is now history, let’s bring on Homestead-Miami. After an exciting race this past weekend. NASCAR is ready to crown a new champion. Brad Keselowski rose to take the 4th and final spot.

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It Is That Time Of Year Again To Get An Extra Hour Of Sleep

Just a reminder that Sunday (November 5, 2017) is the day to adjust all our clocks.  The old saying to "FALL BACK----SPRING AHEAD" means that we will be turning our time pieces back 1

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NASCARs Version Of The Elite Eight Is Set

Now that the results are in from the race in Kansas, four drivers have been eliminated from the chance to be the champion. The four drivers that were eliminated are:Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson,

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45th Annual 18 Mile Run Hosted By Long Beach Island

Sponsored by the LBI Jewish Community Center & the St. Francis Community Center the 18 Mile Run will take place on October 8 at 10:30  a.m.  Beginning in 1973 the race was held in memory

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LBI Chowderfest Weekend 2017

The Chowderfest weekend is less than a week away. While it is too late to purchase tickets online, it’s not too late to plan to come enjoy the weekend. It starts with the Merchant Mart,

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What Are Seniors Looking For

Senior citizens should be on the top of the minds of developers as much the millennials due to the fact they are looking for the same things in a home and it's location.  Older Americans

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Updated 2017 Hurricane Forecast

Today NOAA issued the scheduled update for its 2017 hurricane season outlook. Forecasters are now predicting a higher likelihood of an above-normal season, and they increased the predicted number

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What New Home Buyers Spend On Their Homes After Purchasing

Home buyers who purchased new homes were more likely to make big money splurges after moving in.   In a recent release the National Association of Home Buyers found that new home

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LBI Summer Activities At The JCC 2017

The Jewish Community Center of LBI would like to invite the residents and visitors to the many activities planned for this summer. From shopping to history and from entertainment to education you

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Barnegat Farm Market

Beginning Thursday June 22 (and running every Thursday)  and lasting to October 26 the folks in Barnegat can get fresh produce, coffees, fresh fruit, nuts, ethnic foods and gourmet

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2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Here

The season began on June 1st and will run until November 30th. The following is some terminology to help you understand what you hear the weather forecaster say.Tropical Depression: a tropical

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Owning A Home May Lead To Healthier Retirement In Your Golden Years

A recent study by the Urban Institute showed that older homeowners not having outstanding debt will benefit by owning their own home due to the rise of the median home value.  Older

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2017 NHL Playoffs Final Four

We are now down to 4 teams with the opportunity to raise “The Stanley Cup”. Here’s a quick recap of how we got here. The first round results:Nashville (w) defeated Chicago (1*) , NY

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Barnegats Community Yard Sale This Weekend

The Barnegat Waretown Chamber of Commerce announced the annual Barnegat Town Wide Yard sale takes place this weekend on Saturday April 29th.  Make sure that you registered so that your

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2017 NHL Playoffs And Then There Were Eight

 We have gotten through the first round of the playoffs and are ready for round two. The first round produced a bunch of close games with lotsof overtime and double overtime action, which

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March Madness 2017

No, I’m not talking about the state of affairs in Washington, DC, although I could be. Of course I’m talking college basketball. Now that your bracket is busted, hopefully you can watch the

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The Best Irish Potatoes

One of my favorite St. Patrick's Day treats are freshly made "Irish Potatoes".  I love using coconut in any dessert recipe as it offers texture and sweetness, this definitely is true in this

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Hike On The Barnegat Rail Route

Taking advantage of the spring like weather my wife and I checked out the Barnegat Rail Route which had plenty of hikers and bikers having the same idea that we did.  The 7 mile trail is

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NASCAR Season Begins

Start your engines, the NASCAR season begins this weekend in Daytona. See the full schedule below (from NASCAR.com).The Clash - Feb. 18 - FS1 - 8 PM ETCAN-AM Duel 1 - Feb. 23 - FS1 - 7 PM ETCAN-AM

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10 Fun Facts About The History Of Groundhog Day

First established by Germans in America in 1887,Groundhog Day was actually inspired by Europe’s Candlemas Day, during which clergymen would bless the candles they needed for the cold season. (If

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Barnegat Dock Rocks

We couldn't pass up on the 40+ degree weather that we have been enjoying the last 2 days and decided to go for a walk at our favorite dock.  There was no breeze and the sun felt warm when

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FREE Water Proof Electrical Connections

I just wanted to share an idea that I saw on the internet before the holidays.  We decided to buy a couple of the laser light displays to decorate our house for the holidays.  These lights

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The Cost Of The 12 Days Of Christmas

 Here’s How Much the 12 Days of Christmas Will Cost This YearInflation may be headed higher the United States, but at least one price indicator is holding steady.The 2016 PNC Christmas

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Singing Santa Holiday Show In Waretown

Plan on attending a great evening of music and a visit by Santa Claus.A "Singing Santa Holiday Show" will be held on Saturday December 17 at the Albert Music Hall sponsored by the Pinelands Cultural

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13 Common Cooking Mistakes To Avoid This Thanksgiving

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful even for seasoned experts. It’s a complex task that takes planning both in and out of the kitchen: how many guests will you have, do they

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Do Not Forget To Fill Up Today

I'm sure we are all preoccupied with the Halloween festivities but something dark & dreary is lurking after midnight....................Our state will begin implementing the 23 cents a gallon gas.

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The 2016 Presidential Race The Year Of

The Jewish New Year 5777, the year of the Sword began October 2nd at sundown. The Chinese New Year will start January 28, 2017 and will be the year of the Rooster. In American Presidential

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Cut Your Floor Cleaning Time In Half

I'm not to proud to admit that when it comes to household chores I have been delegated to cleaning the floors in our home.  Until recently I have started off by vacuuming our hardwood

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10 Fun Facts About September

 1 September is the ninth month and the only month with the same number of letters in its name in English as the number of the month. 2 Shakespeare did not mention September in any

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Labor Day Weekend Does Not Have To End Your Summer

You still can enjoy all that Long Beach Island this Labor Day weekend knowing that the Island does not shut down after Labor Day.  The water is at it's warmest temperatures of

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An Open Letter To Bernie Sanders Supporters Aug 1 2016 126 1

To the millions of you who wore your hearts on your sleeves only to have them torn off and trampled upon. After listening to the promises of future changes to the nominating process, in hopes of

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Maintenance Task Well Worth Doing Before You List Your House

 PaintingPainting is one of the most cost effective, easiest ways for you to update and enhance the look of your home before you list it.  The nice part is you don’t

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July Activities At The JCC Of LBI

July Activities at the JCC of LBIIt’s summer time once again and things are happening at the Jewish Community of Long Beach Island(JCC of LBI). Like what? Well let me tell you.The Bazaar is.

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45 Days Is The New Closing Average

You should expect 45 days to close if you are financing a home mortgage for a home purchase, this wait is up from 44 days a month ago according to the most recent Origination Insight

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Atlantic Hurricane Season 2016 Is Now Here

The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season started on June 1st and runs through November 30th. The following information was posted on the NOAA website on May 27th. The names of Alex and Bonnie have already

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Home Owners Are Remodeling

In 2015, the majority of home owners that were remodeling their homes were either redoing their bathrooms or kitchens while some were redoing both. The bathroom and kitchen again were at

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The Unofficial LBI Summer Kickoff Is Underway

 Well for you LBI lovers, be aware that the posted speed limits are being reduced and the traffic lights will soon be changing from the peaceful blinking yellow to the regular red, yellow &

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Student Debt Affects The Housing Market

 A majority of Americans still feel that home ownership is a major aspiration but many are finding it more difficult to achieve it because of the huge amount of student debt they have. 

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NCAA Basketball Final Four And Then There Was One

 Well the Final Four are set for both the men’s and women’s college basketball. This year an interesting thing has happened in both brackets, only one number one seed has advanced. This

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Millennials Are The BUSINESS NOW Generation

Always ask your clients which way they prefer to communicate with you.  Whether it be by phone, texting, or email, let them decide.   This is crucial in the real estate market today

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50 Easy April Fools Day Pranks To Play On Your Friends Mar 19 2016 126 1

I was thinking about NCAA March Madness or some politics but then I looked at the calendar and thought I would put out some useful information. This is from Brobible.com. April Fool’s

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Bufflehead Head Duck Wintering In Barnegat Bay

I spotted this Bufflehead Duck Saturday feeding in Barnegat Bay.    They are a diving duck that feed on mostly  aquatic invertebrates, crustaceans, and mollusks and swallow their food

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Pundits Politics And Football

As I begin, I must point out that the current air temperature is in the mid-teens with a wind chill factor of below zero. This is just to say that I am cold and cranky, which might create an edge

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Significant Rise In Housing Demand Over The Coming Decade

A recent study by the Mortgage Bankers Association shows that the economic & demographic changes in the U.S. Housing market will increase an additional 13.9 to 15.9 million households in the next 8

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NFL Last Four Teams Standing

 What a difference a week made in the playoffs this year. Last week all four games were won by the visiting teams. This week, the home teams were the winners. What conclusion can we draw from

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When Is the Right Time to Reduce the Asking Price?When a seller places their homes on the market,  buyers should respond by scheduling showings and making offers. That will not always be the

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NFL A Purrfect Season Still Possible

I know that the title is a stretch as the Carolina Panthers are the only undefeated team at this point in the season. To know me is to know I’m a puny guy. I was going to write about this last

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Is A Picture Worth A Thousand Words

The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words still rules in the world of the real estate photos that we as real estate agents present to market our listings.  The internet has

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NASCARs Final Four Is Set

With one race left to decide the championship, the four racers in contention are Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. On the outside looking in are Carl Edwards, Joey,

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Hurricane Joaquin A Storm Worth Keeping An EYE On

The hurricane season opened on June 1st and we have a storm brewing off the east coast. While it's too soon to predict an exact path, it's not too soon to make some plans. Here are the basic tips

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Why Is The Fall A Good Time To Buy

We as Realtors often are asked "Is the Fall a good time to buy a home?"  I always like to answer "it's always a good time to buy!"  Here are some really good reasons to buy a home

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Not Everyone Can Be Top Dog But Who Is On The Bottom

As I was signing on to the computer to do some work a headline on MSN.com caught my eye. "The 25 Least Popular Dog Breeds". This made me chuckle a little then I had to find out, which one is the

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Only Difference Is The Water

From the streams, lakes and mountains to the beach, ocean and lagoons.  It's been quite a change of scenery since our move from the Poconos to the Jersey shore.  One thing that hasn't

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Donald Trump All American Or Un American

Unless you’ve been on Pluto, which is no longer a planet, for the last month or so, you have heard the name of Donald Trump and might even have mentioned it yourself a time or two. In what has

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Looking To Bass Fish South Jersey

I moved down from the Poconos recently where I enjoyed Bass fishing in the many lakes and streams.  Now that we are settled in our new home I have one item I still have to get down from the

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August Activities At The JCC Of LBI 2015

The Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island cordially invites you to the following activities in August: Incredible Bazaar – scheduled for Wednesday August 12th 8AM-3PM. Held both indoors

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The Jewish Community Center Of LBI Summer Schedule 2015

The summer plans have been made but only one thing is missing, you. Here are a few of the activities: Incredible Bazaars – scheduled for Wednesday July 8th and Wednesday August 12th 8AM-3PM,

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The Triple Crown Watch Is On

It was just about a year ago when I was saying basically the same thing. The result Tonalist won the race and California Chrome fell short of the Triple Crown. Now, all eyes move once again to

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NCAA Basketball Championship Games Set

Well we made it out of March Madness and are all set for the NCAA Men’s & Women’s basketball championship games.The Duke Blue Devils will face the Wisconsin Badgers tonight. Duke made past

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Sellers Property Disclosure PA Vs NJ

One of the most interesting things that I have learned about NJ real estate is that the Seller's Property Disclosure is not required by law in NJ.  Being a PA licensed real estate agent for the

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March Madness 2015 NCAA Basketball Or Winter Weather

I’ll let you decide which one gets top billing in the madness ranking. The NCAA regular season is rapidly coming to an end. The selection committee announces the brackets on Sunday March 15th.

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The Snow In The Northeast One Mans Observations

As I sit here in Southern New Jersey putting my pen to paper (actually it’s my fingertips to the keyboard, but that doesn’t sound as poetic), I thought I’d share some of my observations and

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NCAA College Football Championship Game Set

The number 2 seeded Oregon Ducks will play the number 4 seeded Ohio State Buckeyes. The game is scheduled to be played on Monday, January 12th. This is the first year of the new playoff system

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NCAA FBS Football Bowl Subdivision Or

Well it’s my time to act as a Monday morning quarterback. I have to say that I’m a casual observer of college football and don’t have a horse in this race. I’ve paid attention to the

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Looking For A Great Last Minute Rental On LBI

Well you’re probably not going to find it. Unlike the commercials you see for companies that fill hotel rooms at big discounts, owners of rental properties don’t have the same mindset. Just

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The Words To The Declaration Of Independence Happy 4th

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political

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California Chrome No LA Silver Yes

While there was no Triple Crown winner this year, sorry California Chrome, you gave us some excitement. Lord Stanley’s (silver) cup went to the LA Kings, defeating the New York Rangers 4 games

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Will There Be A Triple Crown Winner This Year

Each year there are 3 horse races that comprise the “Triple Crown”. On May 3rd California Chrome easily won the first leg, The Kentucky Derby. The host city is Louisville. Hats are the

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NCAA Mens Basketball Final Four Is Set

Once again, March Madness will spill over into April Apprehension as the Final Four teams prepare to play for the championship. The semifinals are to be played on April 5th with number 1 seed

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Long Beach Island What Can You Buy For Under 500000

At the writing of this post, there are 17 properties listed under $500,000.00 from Brant Beach to Holgate. These are either single family or there is one duplex. I did not include the condos or

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It Takes A Big Man To Admit He Is Wrong

Well, in a previous posting, I predicted that Seattle and Denver would win their division championships and that Denver would go on to win the Superbowl. Unless you are a bear hibernating for the

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NFL Championship Games Set

Well it’s now down to 4 teams in the NFL. The New England Patriots travel to Denver to play the Broncos in the early game on Jan. 19th. While the San Francisco 49er’s head north to Seattle

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LBI Post Sandy Boom Bust Or Break Even

It’s been 14 months since Super Storm Sandy hit the east coast. I thought, as we get ready to ring in 2014, a look at some statistics might be in order. How is the real estate market fairing?

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Thanksgiving A Time To

It’s been a year since I wrote about my thoughts on Thanksgiving. At that time, there were piles of trash along the roadways post Super Storm Sandy. I was concerned that we had allowed the

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October Means Major League Baseball How About Those Pirates

Can you remember what you were doing back in 1992? If you’re anything like me, you have trouble with last week. What’s so special about 1992 you may be asking? Well let me tell you. That was

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Stafford Townships Martin Truex Jr Bumped From NASCAR Cup Chase

The powers that be at the head of NASCAR penalized Michael Waltrip Racing and the teams of Clint Boyer and Martin Truex, Jr as a result of actions manipulating the race’s outcome at Richmond.

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Will New Jersey Be Hit By Another Hurricane Sandy

The easy and short answer is, No. But as Marisa Tomei said in “My Cousin Vinny”, “It’s a trick question”.  There are actually two aspects to the question. The first has no debate,

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JCC Of LBI Bazaar Aug 14th

If you missed the opportunity in July, here’s another chance. The Jewish Community Center of LBI (JCCof LBI) will hold their second bazaar of this summer. The date is August 14th. The time is

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LBI JCC Bazaars Are Back

The Jewish Community Center of LBI (JCCof LBI) will hold their annual summer bazaars on July 10th and August 14th. Rain or shine, the time is from 8AM until 3PM. They look to build on the

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The Stanley Cup 2013 Chicago Vs Boston

Well, after two short conference championship series, the Blackhawks will face the Bruins for the coveted Stanley Cup. The western champs, Chicago, defeated last years’ winners the Los Angeles

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Five Things The Bible Does Not Say

I’m sure you have heard most, if not all of these statements. I’m sure some of you will not believe me when I say what I’m about to say because they are so commonly held as true. Others

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NCAA Mens and Womens Final Fours

Now that spring is in the air, we’ve moved the clocks ahead and Major League Baseball is underway, we can’t forget the last week of March Madness (or as I made up last year, April

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March Madness is ready to roll

Or should I say bounce. It’s that time of year again, time for the NCAA basketball tournament. There are both men’s and women’s competitions but the men’s usually gets the

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LBI Wawas to re-open on March 7th

Good news for coffee drinkers and all those who like the convenience of Wawa stores. I was told today that both stores on Long BeachIslandwill have a re-opening on March 7th. The Ship Bottom store

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The Teams Are Set For Superbowl XLVII

Now that the conference championships are history, we can look forward to the Superbowl. Scheduled for February 3rd and to start around6:30, it will be a battle between the NFC San Francisco 49ers

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Twas a Week Before Christmas…

And all through the land, people are looking for a gift that’s just grand. What do we buy? What should we get? The crowds are crazy, I’m having a fit. Many of the gifts from Christmas

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Thanksgiving not Store Going

Let me start by saying that as Larry Kudlow would say, “I believe in Free Market Capitalism”. My concern is that we have allowed ourselves to get caught up in a way that is not healthy

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Are you a Political Pawn

The definition for pawn in this question is: A person or an entity used to further the purposes of another.   Now that we’ve gotten through the conventions, we have 60 days to decide who

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Summer Olympics 2012 Hooray or HoHum

We are now about a week and a half into the summer games and I’m wondering how many hours you have logged watching so far. There have already been some nice stories and some upsetting defeats.

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How Bazaar is this

Answer:  100+ vendors expected. The Jewish Community Center of LBI (JCCof LBI) will hold their annual summer bazaars on July 11th and August 8th. The time is from 8AM until 3PM. The location

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Summer is off to a Hot Start

Summer officially arrived on Wednesday June 20th and there was a heat wave. I’m not talking about the Miami Heat who won the NBA championship (for those who don’t follow the sport), I

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Coming to LBI for Memorial Day Weekend

There are a couple of things that you should be aware of if you are planning a trip toLong BeachIslandthis weekend. As most of you know the winter brings blinking lights and higher speed limits.

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Pre Season Beach Badges Time is Ticking

Even though time is flying by and summer will soon be here, it’s not too late to get your pre-season Beach Badges for Beach Haven and Long BeachTownship. Here is the 2012 information:  

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March Madness Final Fours

As I begin, I must say that I do not follow college basketball during the regular season. I do however enjoy the tournaments. While there are Cinderella’s from time to time, it seems as if the

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Local NJ Radio Station Expands Coverage

WYRS Broadcasting of Manahawkin which currently airs over WYRS 90.7 FM in Manahawkin and translator W273AO 102.5 FM in Whiting has added WLNJ 91.7 FM Lakehurst. The station will simulcast the

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St Marys Betania III and February Events

St. Mary’s Parish of Manahawkin and Barnegat  Maria Esperanza   We have a group that meets every Thursday morning 10:00am in St. Mary of the Pines to say the Rosary for the

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First Official Shabbat Service for JCC of LBI

The first official Shabbat service will take place on Friday Night.  NOTE DATE CHANGE: FEBRUARY 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the new synagogue with the procession of Torahs from the Condo to the

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Beach Badges A Great Christmas Gift

Are you or someone you know planning on spending some time in Long Beach Township on LBI this summer? Were you aware that you can purchase beach badges at preseason prices? This year they are

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St. Mary’s Christmas Mass Schedule and Christmas Dinner

  CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE Wednesday, December 14:  Annual Open House at the Priests’ Residence:  5:00 pm – 7:30 pm (787 W. Bay Ave., Barnegat) MASS SCHEDULE FOR

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December Christmas Events at St. Mary’s Manahawkin

CHRISTMAS BOOK Once again we are preparing our annual Christmas Book.  We are accepting entries of jokes, stories, original writings and poems.  Submissions should not be too long and, of

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Something FISHY in Southern Ocean County

If you are looking for something to do here are the details of the current ongoing Chamber Tournament and the upcoming Stafford PBA Tournament: 57th Annual Long Beach Island Surf Classic Oct. 8 -.

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Halloween Safety its not a scary thing

As Halloween approachs it seems like a good time to revisit some common sense ideas for Halloween Safety. Flame Resistant Costumes: When purchasing a costume, masks, beards, and wigs, look for the

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Halloween Family Fun at the Cape May Zoo

NIGHT WALK AT THE ZOO! - OCTOBER 21st  Friday, October 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 – An after hour tour to see what the animals do after dark.  Snacks and drinks will be served after the

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October on LBI Come Join The Fun

The month starts of big with ChowderFest weekend. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Saturday Oct. 1st features the Merchant Mart from 10:00AM - 4:00PM. Admission is FREE and it has hundreds of

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St Marys of Barnegat and Manahawkin Events

St. Mary’s Barnegat and St. Mary’s of the Pines in Manahawkin are collecting coats for its annual coat giveaway. Please bring new coats or gently used ones to the rectory. Coats may also be

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St Marys of Manahawkin and Barnegat

I would like to inform the parishioners of St. Mary’s Church in Barnegat and Manahawkin NJ that Deacon Joe’s mother passed away this Tuesday, August 30th at the age of 87. The following is

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The Best Kept Secret About LBI

The other day heading into work I passed the new electronic billboard in Manahawkin and saw an ad from the Chamber of Commerce saying, “LBI-It’s Better In September”. That got me to wondering

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ST. MARY’S “NIGHTS OF SUMMER” CARNIVAL

ST. MARY’S of Barnegat and Manahawkin will again be hosting their “NIGHTS OF SUMMER” CARNIVAL AT THE NEW PARISH CENTER LOCATED ON MCKINLEY AVE in Manahawkin!!! Tuesday, July 12 – Sunday,

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Bazaar and Craft Show in Beach Haven

The Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island (JCC of LBI) is holding their annual Bazaar & Craft show this coming Wednesday July 13th from 8AM to 3PM. With construction of their new building

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July 4th 2011 South Jersey Fireworks Celebrations

Atlantic City - Two Fireworks Displays In One Evening This year Atlantic City will host one of the largest fireworks displays in the state with two world-class fireworks shows within minutes of each

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Betania III Mass THIS Sunday

Betania III, the community formed by Maria Esperanza, meets on the last Sunday of each month at 3:00pm in St. Mary of the Pines in Manahawkin to attend Mass and to pray the Divine Chaplet and the

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What’s Happening at St. Mary’s of the Pines

Fun things are happening at St. Mary’s of the Pines in Manahawkin this summer! Kick off summer with a FREE Ice Cream Party on June 29th from 6 – 9pm in the Parish Center. All ages are.

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Baby With Severe Heart Ailment

Nine month old Daniel Morin of Manchester was born with two holes in his heart. He has already had 3 surgeries and will need many more. He had his 19th blood transfusion last week. Daniel must

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Stafford Founders Day Celebration This Saturday

Don’t forget to head out tomorrow, June 11th, for Stafford’s annual Founder’s Day Celebration! The event will be held at the Doc Cramer Sports Complex starting with the Parade at 11:00 AM

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Benefit Scheduled for Barnegat Resident

"COURAGE FOR KYLE BENEFIT" A benefit dinner for Kyle McGetrick is scheduled for Saturday, June 11th from 4 pm - 9 pm. All proceeds will benefit Kyle, an 11 year old who has been battling cancer

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BADGES we dont need no Beach Badges

That may be a true statement if you are planning on coming to Long Beach Island this summer. This contains information for Beach Haven and Long Beach Township. BEACH HAVEN 12 & under Free NO

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Will Graham coming to the Jersey Shore

Will Graham of the BGEA is coming to Ocean Grove, NJ May 20-22. Will is the son of Franklin Graham and grandson of Billy Graham. The event has something for everyone regardless of age. This includes

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