SEA BRIGHT: FOCUS ON STALLED BUSINESSES

A volunteer group wants to help owners of vacant stores spruce up their properties.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

A group of Sea Bright residents is asking the borough to reach out to businesses that have stalled in the post-Sandy recovery process.

With a campaign for sand replenishment, a fundraiser to replace lost beach equipment, an open-house on recovery construction and more efforts already under its belt, Seabrighters Embracing Action – a community group that formed in February to help the town and each other recover from Hurricane Sandy – is now turning its attention to matters of appearance.

“We’re asking the town to enforce the codes when it comes to businesses that aren’t cleaning up,” SEA founder Heather Bedenko said Tuesday night after the bimonthly borough council meeting. Closed businesses “are like black eyes on the town. We have businesses opening up between two half-demolished places,” she said.

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SEA BRIGHT: BOUTIQUE IN A BOAT SHOP

A straw clutch by Mud Pie is among the fashion items available in what had long been just a boating supply store. (Photo by Alexis Orlacchio. Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

After a rough off-season that included severe damage from Hurricane Sandy, the owners of Sea Bright’s Angler’s Marina & Beach Boutique, Fred Leonardis and his wife, Elizabeth, worked hard to reopen their Ocean Avenue shop.

“My husband has always believed that we are in a service business, a seasonal business, and that we need to be here for our customers,” said Elizabeth. “So we take that very seriously.”

Perhaps unnoticed by many motorists passing by, however, Leonardis has been developing a side project within the marina store to go along with the boating hardware: a beach-themed accessory shop selling everything from chairs, towels, tote bags and more. Her experience in retail sparked the idea for the accessory shop.

“I said ‘We should have beautiful beach bags, and we should have shoes,'” she tells Window Shopping the Green. “Last year, I brought in jewelry, and it just evolved.”

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FIVE CHARGED IN WINDOW-BREAKING SPREE

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• 4/2/12

-Ptl. Lagrotteria arrested Richard P. Devaney, 53, Hazlet and charged him with DWI. Additional motor vehicle complaints were signed against Mr. Devaney. Mr. Devaney was released pending a court date.

• 4/4/12

-Det. Dykstra took a Theft report from a River Rd. business where a subject is refusing to pay for items taken from the victim.

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COPS: TRAIL OF BLOOD LED TO DRUNK GUY

mechanic-blood-3An unidentified employee of a blood-spattered office building prepares to sweep the sidewalk on Mechanic Street as Jack Anderson cleans up glass in the background. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The case of the mystery trail of blood along Mechanic Street was quickly solved early Thursday, Red Bank police Captain Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

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