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Belmar Pro 2011 — the contests, the art shows and the parties

September 8, 2011

The waves this past summer may have been maddeningly flat, but fall’s storms are finally upon us and the Fosters Belmar Pro has crept up right in time to catch hurricane season’s residual waves.

The Belmar Pro, organized by Eastern Lines surf shop owner Don Tarrant, will take place on 17th Avenue beach from Sept. 15 to 18. The annual competition has become a staple not only for New Jersey surfers, but also those from up and down the East Coast and around the world.

In addition to the Belmar Pro, this year surfers and spectators can also enjoy the Hannah Pro for female surfers, the Monster Energy Longboard Pro and the Fins Junior Pro for groms — as well as a slew of parties and art shows to keep them satisfied during downtime from the contests.

• On Friday, Sept. 9, the Belmar Pro will kick off with a surf art show in Pyanoe Plaza, on Main Street in Belmar. There will be live music by Barry and the Penetrators, as well as art on display. Artwork will remain on display throughout Belmar at various restaurants and retailers, and art maps will be available to patrons of the show. For a complete listing of participating artists, go to

• On Saturday, Sept. 10, amateur heats will take place. Men’s shortboard, junior men’s shortboard, boys’ shortboard, longboard and women’s divisions will compete from 9 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

• On Sunday, Sept. 11, those divisions semi-finals and finals will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., culminating in an awards ceremony at 3:30.

• On Wednesday, Sept. 14, a fundraiser for the Hannah Pro women’s division of the contest will take place at 10th Avenue Burrito in Belmar at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person for ages 12 and up, and $5 for children ages five through 11. Food will be provided by 10th Avenue Burrito, including a make-it-yourself taco bar. There will be live music, as well as a screening of the film “Soul Surfer” at 7:15 in the Pyanoe Plaza parking lot.

• On Thursday, Sept. 15, the Belmar Pro begins at 8 a.m. at 17th Avenue beach.

• At 9 p.m. that night, there will be a kick-off party at Connolly Station in Belmar, with music by Solid Few and Barry and the Penetrators. This party will be sponsored by …Lost and Monster.

• On Friday, Sept. 16, the Belmar Pro will continue and the Fins Junior Pro contest will begin at 8 a.m. at 17th Avenue beach.

• At 9 p.m. that night, there will be a party at PK Shamrock’s on 18th Avenue in Lake Como, with music by Lance-O, Flight’s Kool and Burning Sun. This party is sponsored by Revolution Vodka.

• On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Belmar Pro and the Fins Junior Pro continue at 8 a.m. on 17th Avenue beach, while the Monster Longboard Pro and the Hannah Pro begin.

• At 11 a.m. on Saturday, live music on the beach begins.

• At 9 p.m. Saturday night, the Official Fosters Pro Party kicks off at 507 Main in Belmar, with music by Lance-O, Barry and the Penetrators and Solid Few. This party is sponsored by Fosters.

• On Sunday, Sept. 18, contests will resume at 8 a.m. with live music on the beach beginning at 11 a.m.

• At 3 p.m. Sunday, all contests’ finals begin.

For more information, go to the Belmar Pro’s website at



Local singers compete in Belmar Idol contest

May 17, 2011

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Excitement was high as the latest Belmar Idol was selected on Friday, May 13 during the annual show at Belmar Elementary School. The 25 finalists, who made the cut after auditioning the previous week, were young people from Belmar, Manasquan, Neptune, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights and Wall Township. The contestants each performed for three minutes.

First place in the kindregarten-through-second-grade category went to Bryce Krampart, 7, from Spring Lake Hieghts.

In the third-through-fifth-grade category, first place was awarded to Michelle Greco, 10, of Wall, second place to Jessica Meyer, 8, of Belmar, and third place to Autumn Siliato, 9, of Wall.

In the sixth-through-eighth-grade category, the first place winner was Jade Glab, 11, or Belmar. Julia Weise, 12, of Manasquan, earned second place in the category.

Judges for the competition were renowned Jersey Shore entertainer Bobby Byrne; H.W. Mountz Band Director Ms. Jennifer Penrod; former chair of the Belmar Arts Council performance series Dave Taylor; and professional drummer Bart Yarnold.

The winners received prizes of gift certificates and merchandise donated by several Belmar merchants, including Beach Music, D’Jais, Federicos, Lavender Moon, Nostalgic Nonsense Vintage Clothing, 10th Ave. Burrito, Strollo’s Italian Ice, Mike’s Giant Subs, Viva’s, Kings Chef, Freedman’s Bakery, Jack’s Tavern, Connolly Station, Sunsations and Valdamiers.

“What a great show,” said Thomas Brennan, event organizer and band director at Belmar Elementary School. “I have to thank our judges for doing so well with the difficult job of selecting the winners. Some of the singers were only one or two points apart. These kids really have some amazing talent.”

The program was held as a fundraiser for the Belmar Elementary School Eagles Band.

For more information about the Belmar Idol contest, contact Tom Brennan at 732-829-4433 or All photos courtesy of Mr. Brennan.

Ptl. Scott visits Chrismont Montessori

May 16, 2011

Photo courtesy of ALEXA HUXEL

Ptl. Tina Scott of the Belmar Police Department delivered three
important lessons to the Chrismont Montessori Academy kindergarten and elementary students on Monday, Thursday and Friday of this week.  She stressed the importance of being a good citizen, avoiding stranger danger and bullying.

Chrismont Montessori Academy is located on 7th Avenue in Belmar.

Friendly Sons name Sen. Kean Irishman of the Year

May 12, 2011

Photo courtesy of KATE GAMBERG

Senator Sean T. Kean, an Irish American who traces his roots back to County Cork, was selected 2011 Irishman of the Year by the Order of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore, a Belmar-based organization. Kean was recognized for this honor on Saturday, May 7, at the 20th Anniversary Dinner Dance at the Barclay in Belmar.

When selecting the Irishman of Year, the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh look for a candidate who has strong community ties and integrity. In addition, the candidate must exemplify pride in their Irish heritage and their membership in the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh.

“I am truly honored to be recognized as Irishman of Year by the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh,” said Sen. Kean. “I grew up in an Irish-American household and have always taken great pride in my Irish ancestry.”

Sen. Kean has traveled to Ireland on numerous occasions. In 2009, he presented a New Jersey State Senate Resolution to the town fathers in Kildorrery, County Cork, commemorating the occasion of the unveiling of a monument dedicated to the memory
of his Great Uncle, Denis O’Donnell. Denis O’Donnell was killed by the Black and Tans in 1920.

Sen. Kean continued, “Like many people from the Jersey Shore, I have deep connections to Ireland. Not only does my family trace its roots back to Ireland, but the customs, culture and history have always been part of my life.”

As a member of the state legislature, Sen. Kean has sponsored legislation which celebrates Irish-American contributions to American society and legislation which called on British authorities to impartially administer justice in Northern Ireland.
Sen. Kean will also be recognized this Saturday by the New Jersey State Ancient Order of the Hibernians for his efforts for a “free” Ireland. He is the prime sponsor of legislation that calls upon English and Irish governments to fully implement Good
Friday Agreement. The New Jersey State Ancient Order of the Hibernians will hold their banquet at Doolans’ Shore Club in Spring Lake Heights.

Spring Fling Yard Sale addresses

May 6, 2011

Belmar and Lake Como are holding their annual Spring Fling Yard Sales on May 14 and 15. The following is a list of participating homes in the two boroughs:

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Help donate to Autism Speaks at Tenth Avenue Burrito art auction

May 5, 2011

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Belmar’s Tenth Avenue Burrito restaurant is hosting a silent auction featuring the artwork [seen in the above slideshow] of 10-year-old Matthew Smith, a resident of Wall, to benefit Autism Speaks.

A dozen copies of Matthew’s original paintings are matted and framed, hanging on the walls of the restaurant, available for bidding.

A meet the artist opening reception was held on Thursday, April 21 at 3 p.m. Since then, the art has been available for a minimum bid of $50.

All proceeds from the sales of Matthew’s artwork will be donated to Autism Speaks, and checks from each silent auction winner will be made out directly to Autism Speaks.

“Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism,” according to the group’s website, “Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism.”

Matthew himself was diagnosed with pervasion development disorder [PDD], a form of autism, at the age of two and one half. Diet modifications, vitamin B12 injections, special schooling, therapy and more have contributed to Matthew showing no signs of autism today. By the age of five, he was mainstreamed into a private Christian school, which he still attends, now in fourth grade.

Tenth Avenue Burrito is known not only for its food, but also for its original artwork, which changes monthly. Hurry to the restaurant at 817 Belmar Plaza to place a bid on one of Matthew’s paintings — the silent auction ends Wednesday, May 11.

Photos of Matthew’s artwork courtesy of his mother, Beth Smith.

Historical Council holds open house tour of Union Firehouse

May 5, 2011

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Photos by JOSEPH J. DELCONZO, The Coast Star

The Belmar Historical Preservation Council [BHPC] and members of Union Fire Co. No. 1 invited the public to a celebration open house and tour of the historic Union Fire House building on Sunday, May 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. to commemorate the building’s 100th anniversary.

This historic building was erected in 1911 on the corner of 9th Avenue and E Street at a cost of $15,000.

Children and adults alike delighted in seeing where the old horse stables were and the plaques with the names of the horses that served the fire company, Union Fire Company’s original steam fire engine, the original fire alarm bell, and all the fire house memorabilia, as well as today’s modern fire engines.

The building’s second floor housed the municipal offices back in 1911. The first floor was home to the police department and still contains three jail cells.