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2016 Sandy Hook Beach Concerts



Wednesday nights 6:00 PM
Beach Ebeach concert

Call the office at 732-291-7733 or check the web site after 2:00 pm day of concert

June 15 The Nerds

June 22 The Weeklings   **

June 29  The Matt O’Ree Band  **

July 6 Tim McLoone and The Shirleys

July 13 Bob Bandiera Band

July 20 Sensational Soul Cruisers

July 27 The Carl Gentry Band

August 3 Rain Date

August 10 RipTide with Special Guest: The Sam Sims Band (Special 5:30 start)

August 17 Jobonanno and The Godsons of Soul


** Change from original list

Discount to Highlands Women Running in Iron Girl

Iron girlThe Iron Girl sprint triathlon and 5K coming to Sandy Hook, NJ on September 13th, 2015. Set on the scenic grounds of Gateway National Recreation area, amenities include: a post-race café, performance shirts sized for women, professional timing, personalized race bibs, new custom finisher medals, and much more.

Registration is now open  CLICK HERE   for the sprint triathlon and 5K. Relay team options are also available for the triathlon. They created the discount code TRYIG15 for Highlands to share.

The code is good for 10% off any registration category.

Where the Food Trucks are in Sandy Hook

List includes:

Breaking Bread  – Sandwich Truck
Naked Tamales –  Mexican
Freezy Freeze – Ice Cream
Carlitos Taco Wagon – Tex Mex
JB Wood Fired Pizza – Pizza
Hog Heaven -BBQ
Kona Ice – Ice Cream
Empanada Guy – Empanadas
Tropical Snow – Shaved Ice
Sabrett Hot Dogs – Hot Dogs

Suicide on Sandy Hook

sandy hook mapPolice from Highlands and Sea Bright were called Saturday night Feb 7 to search an area on Sandy Hook when a car was found empty in a parking lot after the park had closed. Authorities found a body early Sunday morning in an undisclosed location. Charles Webster, spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office, said that the death appeared to be a suicide.

The Intrepids Bird Sandy Hook

Birdwatchers blog about beaches, birds & Bahrs


Jeanette Hooban in quest of migrant warblers, Lifesaving Station of Sandy Hook in Background Jeanette Hooban in quest of migrant warblers, Lifesaving Station of Sandy Hook in Background

NJWILDBEAUTY readers know I recently relished the glories of Island Beach in a Nor’easter, with three friends I have come to name “The Intrepids”.  Three-quarters of us hit Sandy Hook this week, on a day when gales were predicted, though not rain.  We lunched, as ever, at Bahrs, on splendid seafood, with the barrier island otherwise known as “The Hook” shimmering like Shangri La off to our right.

Quintessential Fresh Seafood Lunch at Bahrs Quintessential Fresh Seafood Lunch at Bahrs

The Navesink and the Shrewsbury Rivers come together at Rumson.  (I always wonder if it was named in rum-running days.)  The combined flow passes below our table at Bahrs, brushing ‘The Hook’ on its way to the Atlantic.

Where the River Meets the Sea, Sandy Hook on Horizon Where the River Meets the Sea, Sandy Hook on Horizon

Usually, birdwatching at table is pretty spectacular.  But, for some reason, the serious fishing…

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It’s Lighthouse Challenge Time Again

twin lightsThe Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey is happening the weekend on October 18th & 19th, 2014. Visitors may enjoy the opportunity to tour the state and visit each lighthouse over the weekend, and help raise needed funds for the continued preservation of our treasured landmarks.

Twin Lights & Sandy Hook Lighthouse are just two of the 11 participating lighthouses.

Children aged 11 and under climb free with an adult. More information and hours of operation for each lighthouse are found at participating lighthouse and museum websites and at, and NJ Lighthouse Challenge Facebook

Things Going on Sept 5 – 7 around Highlands

End of Summer Party – Sandy Hook

The Sandy Hook Foundation presents its annual fond farewell to the season of summer concerts and activities on the Hook, with some of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers doing their thing they do so well, plus live music and auction items offered by a selection of local merchants. Proceeds support restoration, maintenance and education projects of the National Park Service. Party entrance is at the North Beach Pavilion near the Fort Hancock area; please call the Foundation office at 732-291-7733 or e-mail if you are interested in going.


oysterfest2014 Asbury Park Oyster Festival

Asbury Park Oysterfest is one of Monmouth County’s flagship festivals; a 3-day event that promises to be the ultimate end-of-summer experience for oysters, fun festival foods, live music, children’s amusements, over 75 crafters and vendors, beer, wine and even signature sodas. The festival runs Friday, September 5th from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6th from noon to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 7th, from noon to 6:00 p.m. This year’s event will be held just outside the iconic Carousel building where the downtown meets the Asbury Park waterfront.


Skimbash 2014 September 6-7, 2014 (Sea Bright, NJ)skimbash

Skimboarders of all ages, from beginners to professionals, gather for this annual action-packed 2-day event to show off their skills, and compete for prizes and cash. To register CLICK HERE

2014 Iron Girl – Sandy Hook

The Iron Girl event series is an opportunity for women of all ages to come together as a community. To be fit, to be healthy, and to celebrate the joy of living well – that is the Iron Girl lifestyle. We invite you to join us at one of our fun and inspirational events in 2014!

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Location: Gateway National Recreation AreaIron girl
Women’s Only Triathlon
1/3 mile swim/15 mile bike/3 mile run
Triathlon: 7:00 a.m.
Bike-Run Only: 7:30 a.m.


Atlantic Highlands Annual Flea Market

The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will be holding its annual outdoor flea market on Saturday September 13th from 10AM until 4PM. at the Atlantic Highlands Marina.  Rain date Sept. 20h.
Our Annual Flea Market features many antiques, collectibles, as well as crafts, new merchandise and those second time around goodies one and all can use.
A variety of household items, furniture, jewelry, tools, toys, clothing, bottles, books,  postcards, fishing equipment, old and new,  and lots more. If you can name it, it will probably be there. There will be something for everyone.



Goats Are Back At Sandy Hook

goats sandy hookFor the second year in a row, the poison ivy goats are back at Sandy Hook tackling the poison ivy issues.

Summer visitors can see the workers around some of the tourist areas.

As much as you’d like to pet them, (and they are friendly) you’d better refrain as their coats are full of poison ivy oils and are very contagious.


The River Freezes in January in Highlands

IMG_0820Anybody remember January 29 2003? The river froze over and the ferries were canceled. What happened 11 years later? The river is freezing over and ferries to NY are canceled.

Anybody remember Jan 30, 1924? According to the Red Bank Register, “The river from Sandy Hook to Sea Bright is a solid sheet of ice and work along the river is a standstill. The current in the river at this time at this place is strong and the weather has to be very cold in order to freeze the water.’

The more things change the more they stay the same.


Remains found on Sandy Hook

About 5pm Authorities from the New Jersey State Police Marine Bureau, United States Coast Guard & the Office of the Monmouth County Medical Examiner were operating in the Sandy Hook Bay region with reported remains have been discovered.

clammer lost

Picture courtesy of MC PDFD EMS

According to MC PDFDEMS, it is presently undisclosed on where the remains where found in the region as the investigation is ongoing. Officials had been searching the area for missing boater Edward Broderick since Broderick’s vessel was located and recovered just outside of the Captains Cove Marina in Highlands the day after he was reported missing.

UPDATE: The Monmouth County Medical Examiner’s Office Confirmed the remains were NOT Edward Broderick. The Clammer is still missing and the search for him continues.

Highlands Rising

Merry Christmas Highlands, A poem by Highlands local  Bob Mayers 2013

Sandy—Your puppy soft name disguised a diabolical beast that slapped our little fishing village and spewed pain, sorrow, misery, frustration and humiliation. Be not proud- a year of healing and you are starting to fade away.

My thoughts as walked our quiet streets this past year—some things have changed, this time has not been bad, the warm season was pleasing and there is hope for going on.

But Jill’s gone, some say to Neptune City, four feet in her storefront. Heaven help our blue- eyed girl wherever she may be.

Ann’s gone, some say to a FEMA trailer- not sure where. Lost everything.

Russ was back the next day, climbed up to his second floor and as the waters ebbed mused on his forebears slogging through the same Parkertown marsh two centuries ago-no whining from him.

Clam Hut, trailer camp, and cherished boats- all gone forever. Is Skeleton Hill Island still there? Empty gas cans. Everybody told me a story.

In the aftermath angels gleamed upon our sight from faraway places and some appeared from among us. They came with blankets, pork chops, hot soup, backhoes and willing hands. They will never be forgotten.

Shades of those who came here before us- Lenape squaws with beach plums, Hudson on the Half Moon, pioneer Hartshorne, Cooper of Water Witch, Redcoats with muskets, watermen, actors, bootleggers, lighthouse keepers, artists,  bikers, people in chains and trains filled with soldiers-  these spectres look down through the vapor and weep in the night- They were saddened by our plight.

Diggers, goat-hillers and bennies mourned, cried together and held hands, but soon resumed their separate ways.

Lighter traffic down Bay on Saturday mornings. Where have all the people gone?  Mortgages and houses- under water.

Fewer small craft brimming with string bikinis and dudes swilling Bud Light ply the restless Shrewsbury. Less anglers scurrying round the Hook to ensnare the elusive fluke, slammer or wily striper. Even the fish were exhausted and spurned us as did the tasty blue claws of the Navesink.

Sheetrock piled high, the reek of mold and mildew, triage dumps are mostly behind us, but critters still claim the rows of aged beach cottages where our families, in decades past, came by train from the “city” in hot summers

Gone but not out.

Cars at Bahrs, dedicated ladies planting impatiens, blockbuster fests to honor the clam and the falling leaf. Election signs. Yamahas purring on the intrepid clam skiffs with hand-painted names you see on the 19th century census – they hardly missed a day, but Eddie didn’t come back.

A twin light still winks with empathy from the high place. Maureen and a flash of crimson in the community garden, John’s magic videos inspire.  A few homes on high pilings- now secure but awkward.  Lots of hopes, plans and dreams.

Harbingers of resurrection and things to come –and nibbles of rituals that provide the consolation we crave in a time of recovery.

And now maybe, high dunes, a world –class marina and a transit village. But the soul of old Highlands will never be lost and changes may be our salvation.

Highlands Celebrates Daniel Barden – 1 year later

playground The families of many of those who died last year in a shooting rampage at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, gathered to encourage people to perform an act of kindness on the anniversary of the slayings.

Today a Christmas bouquet was left in remembrance of Daniel Barden (aka the lil firefigher) in Veteran’s Park.

Well done Highlands

Sandy Hook Child Care Center Holds Ceremony Honoring Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting Victims

sandy hook dc logo    (Sandy Hook, NJ)….  Sandy Hook Child Care Center (SHCCC), a parent-run non-profit daycare and state licensed preschool, is holding a ceremony in honor of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting victims on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 9:30AM dedicating their recently planted “New Beginnings” tree to the victims. Each SHCCC child will be making a star ornament adorned with one of the 26 victim’s names. They will then be hung on the tree by family and children of SHCCC.

    SHCCC is located in the Sandy Hook National Recreation Area in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Like most areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Hook was devastated which sadly forced the daycare  to close for over 6 months. SHCCC’s “New Beginning’s” tree was planted to represent the hard times the school faced while closed and continued effort to overcome any hardships they face.

    Established in 1980, for over thirty years the Sandy Hook Child Care Center ‘has provided a one of a kind learning experience for the children of the community. Nestled inside historic Sandy Hook National Recreation area, the environment is their curriculum. With no more than 13 children on any day, exceptional teacher-child ratios, affordable rates,  free participation in the popular Junior Park Rangers program as well as a newly refurbished and equipped playroom, SHCCC provides an unparalleled learning environment for local children. For more information, visit SHCCC on the web at or on social media at and

WANTED: Bike Ambassador for Sandy Hook

Officer's Row Sandy HookSandy Hook National Park is looking for Bike Ambassadors to engage visitors on the bike path at Sandy Hook.

This is a Volunteer position and you will be expected to:
Ride, walk or rollerblade on a section of the multi-use path at least once per week
Interpret the history, significance and physical features of the park
Answer questions about the location of amenities such as the visitor center, restrooms, concessions, soda machines, ATM’s, the ferry landing etc…
Provide basic assistance on the bikeway, which may include providing tools or spare parts for bike repairs, providing basic first aid (if certified), calling for assistance in case of emergency, or other visitor assistance
Participate in training programs as they are offered.
This is a 100% outdoor position.
All volunteers must have a personal cellphone or park radio to contact Dispatch in an emergency.
If Interested Please Contact
Allison Luchnick at

SUNDAY: Nike Radar Site Tours at Sandy Hook

When: 12:00pm to 4:00pm Sandy Hook

Take an educational and fun trip back in time. Tour the one-time TOP SECRET Nike guided missile radar site shmissilelocated at Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook, NJ. Meet and talk with some of the former soldiers who worked on the missile system that defended the United States during the Cold War.

When you get to the toll booth at the entrance to Sandy Hook tell the Park Ranger that you are there to see the Nike site. They should not charge you the beach parking fee.

To learn more about the missile click here

Goat Herder’s Now At Sandy Hook

ImageI’ve always heard that the goat herder’s were on the hills in Highlands. However, as of yesterday, 11 Nubian goats from upstate New York are residing in Sandy Hook to tackle the poison ivy and other pesty plant problems. The nonprofit Sandy Hook Foundation, is funding the goats-in-residence project through October at a cost of about $12,000.

The clearing of poison ivy is a necessary first step toward making the certain areas like the one located across from the lighthouse at the northern end of Sandy Hook, more accessible to the public, and restoring the battery and the adjacent ammunition “pits.”

Apparently goats will quickly gobble up poison ivy. But since they don’t actually eat the roots, the plants will grow back. Using goats over an extended period, will starve the plant of the energy it needs to survive.

The goats will be residing on the hook until October, however, herder’s warn beach goers not to try to pet the beasts as their coats will be covered with the poison ivy oils.

No word on if the Highlands coyotes will be going over as well.