Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Bain's was one of the first Sea Bright businesses to reopen after Hurricane Sandy. Are you Jersey strong and open for business? Tell us in the comments section below.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Tuesday, April 2
The Jersey Shore is open for business. And Sea Bright is on the rise. So promises a video produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) featuring several local businesses, including Bain's Hardware, that have reopened following Hurricane Sandy. In brief vignettes spliced with images and slogans of the shore's recovery, business owners and employees from Sandy-impacted towns invite customers back to their businesses by letting them know that not only are they open, but that in spite of the late-October storm they remain "Jersey Strong." In addition to the small businesses featured in the video, it ends with a clip of a recent Gov. Chris Christie speech at Woody's Ocean Grille in Sea Bright, also open, praising New Jersey's …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
KDM Foundation Run to benefit Sea Bright was Saturday
It was a great day for a run and a party. No sooner did the snow melt than the weather took a turn for the better and it became a perfect day for the 12th Annual Fun Run, sponsored by the Rumson-based KDM Foundation, after 9/11 victim Keith McHeffey. This year, all proceeds from the run were allocated to benefit Sea Bright Recreation and its activities. After the run, Chris Wood, owner of Woody's Ocean Grille had a tent set up in front of his restaurant with drinks, food and a band. The crowd joined in the festivities and the weather held out well. Take a look at the above photo gallery for a glimpse into the day. If you'd like to upload your own photos, feel free.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
There are a couple of good deals in the area for burgers or tacos and a cocktail
Tuesday is not normally a day you'd think of as a day for a good meal and bargain rolled into one. But, in the Rumson-Fair Haven area, there are two places that offer either a gourmet burger package or an innovative taco and cocktail menu item on Tuesday evenings. Woody's Ocean Grille has its Baja Tuesday meals, featuring a menu of $15 tacos or sliders with a choice of Woody's signature Orange Crush or a glass of wine. And, as usual, in Rumson, it's Burger Night at the David Burke Fromagerie in Rumson. The night starts at 5 and ends at 10 p.m. For $25 in the upstairs lounge at the restaurant, patrons can get, for starters, a glass of house wine or beer, a Rocket Arugula Salad, with radicchio, endive, fontina cheese and lemon vinaigrette …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Businesses are coming back to Sea Bright soon
It was a scene that was hard to forget. Shortly after Hurricane Sandy struck and devastated Sea Bright, Brian George stood in front of his whiped-out Northshore store with a beaten down, but hopeful look and feeling as he chatted with passersby. A sign on his gutted, barely standing business said "We believe in Sea Bright ... We'll be back." And, they will be back, and soon. George has announced that his business will be open in Sea Bright on March 1, in a different place. "Since Dec. 1 we (had) relocated the business temporarily back in Rumson, where we started the business back in 1982," George said. "We'll be heading back to Sea Bright on March 1 at a new location at 1127 Ocean Ave in a building we're calling "Big Yellow. We're excited …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Facing harsh criticism by Democratic leadership, Long supports Christie's reelection bid.
Unity trumps politics in the face of adversity. That was the salient message imparted by the Democratic mayor of a town devastated by Hurricane Sandy as she endorsed Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection bid. Christie — criticized by a contingent of Republicans for his support and recognition of Democratic President Obama in the face of Sandy — stood alongside Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long at Woody’s Ocean Grille on Thursday as the Democratic mayor voiced her support of the New Jersey governor. The governor reiterated "his politics be damned, this is about rebuilding in the wake of disaster" credo and praised Long for her post-Sandy leadership. Long clarified that her support of Christie did not have anything to do with state Sen. …
The governor will appear at Woody's Ocean Grille
Less than a month after the most recent of Gov. Chris Christie's many visits to Sea Bright post-Hurricane Sandy, he will be returning today. This time, he will be making a campaign announcement, according to a media advisory from his office. With no indication as to the specific nature of the announcement, the advisory said that Gov. Christie is scheduled to speak at 11:15 a.m. at Woody's Ocean Grille, Sea Bright. The governor and his wife Mary Pat have been very supportive of Sea Bright Rising, the charity for Sandy-afflicted headed by Woody's owner Chris Wood. There was no indication as to whether or not the announcement, taking place at Wood's restaurant, would involve him or Sea Bright Rising.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The governor is bringing a HUD rep with him
Since Hurricane Sandy struck, Gov. Chris Christie has been to a devastated Sea Bright several times and will return again today to speak on recovery and rebuilding. Christie will appear at the Sea Bright Firehouse, Ocean Avenue, at 2 p.m. He will bring with him, for the first time, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to focus on the rebuild topic. Of the more than 50 businesses in the borough, only five are again up and running: Woody's Ocean Grille, Dunkin' Donuts, Harry's Lobster House, Ama Ristorante and Bain's Hardware. A few business owners have plans to relocate, two of them to Fair Haven. Roughly one third of the residents are living back in their homes or apartments and a curfew after dark and into the …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Can you guess which stories were the most popular of the month?
The chill that January brought with it was heightened by the sting of some harsh moments and buffered by the warmth of some heartfelt happenings in the Rumson-Fair Haven area. Remember the stories on the following issues? They're what people were talking about most: • People were very peeved in Rumson when rumor surfaced in the wake of Hurricane Sandy that there was looting. Rumson police investigated the matter and ended up arresting teens on the charges, but stemming from a singluar incident on Buena Vista Avenue only. Rumson Police Chief Scott Paterson wanted to clarify that the rumor of mass looting was unfounded. He gave the details of the arrest and talked to R-FH Patch about it. See what he had to say, who was charged and what those…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Patrons were waiting outside the restaurant for doors to open.
Driving into Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Sea Bright on a freezing winter's night lately is like getting a harsh slap of sorrow square in the face. It's dark. It's quiet. It's what loss looks like — stark and sad. Eerie mountains of sand block the view of a lone beach replenishment barge equipped with a beacon that calls to visitors like the scary siren of an at-war sea. It's been that way for a while now, save for the few businesses that stay open into the night. But this night was different. There was another light and a spirit of warmth that emanated from a now re-opened Woody's Ocean Grille. Stepping out of the car and into an otherwise still Sea Bright, an ironic wave of sounds now engulfs. You can hear wind whistle, waves crashing, doors …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Word came to Woody's owner and Sea Bright Rising founder, Chris Wood, from Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone that the bridge will be open on weekends.
On the eve of his restaurant re-opening, faced with the oxymoronic joy of post-Hurricane Sandy progress and pain of a pending Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge closing, Woody's Ocean Grille's Chris Wood got some great news — he was told the compromise he'd rallied for in staggering the bridge's closing days was coming. And, as of Wednesday morning, when Wood said he got the confirmation call he had been waiting for from Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone, that compromise became a reality. That compromise, he said, looks like it's going to call for the bridge that funnels traffic in and out of Sea Bright to still close on weekdays starting "on or about Jan. 28," but to be open on weekends, or Friday nights through Sundays, and closed …