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AUGUST 22 – Concert at Vets Park in Highlands

sounds of recoverySt. Bernard Project, a nationally recognized disaster recovery nonprofit organization, is hosting a benefit concert on SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2015 from 2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in Veterans Park, located on Bay Avenue in Highlands. The Sounds of Recovery concert is an effort to raise awareness and funds for long-term recovery needs in the Borough of Highlands. There will be live music, local food vendors (including: Dive, Et Al, Chilangos, Bahrs, Bay Ave Bakery and Water Witch), a beer garden with $5 drinks, gift auction prizes, a 50/50, face painting and more!

Cover charge is a $15 recommended donation. There will be a 50/50 drawing every 2 hours, and all gift auction items will be drawn at the end of the event – attendance not required to win auctioned gifts.

SBP is collaborating with local business Water Witch Coffee and the Highlands Business Partnership on the event in an effort to raise $50,000 to be used in its residential rebuilding program which will serve residents still waiting to return home after Hurricane Sandy in Highlands, NJ.

The lineup is composed of upcoming local artists:

12:00 p.m. Subject to Change, improvisational/blues funk band from Long Branch, NJ

1:00 p.m. The Lakehouse Music Academy, youth music students from Asbury Park, NJ

2:15 p.m. Dark City Strings, blue grass/Americana band from Asbury Park, NJ

3:30 p.m. The Shady Street Show Band, rhythm and blues band from Red Bank, NJ

4:45 p.m. The Cranston Dean Band, rock/blues/folk/funk band from Atlantic Highlands, NJ

6:00 p.m. Karmic Juggernaut, psychedelic progressive funk band from Asbury Park, NJ

7:15 p.m. The Underwater Sounds, reggae fusion band from Philadelphia, PA

*All concert proceeds will go directly towards St. Bernard Project’s recovery efforts in the Borough of Highlands. Donations are a vital resource to enable SBP’s clients – who would not otherwise be able to afford the cost of rebuilding – to move back home. Specifically, proceeds from Sounds of Recovery will be utilized on projects where there is an unmet funding need to complete construction and the homeowner meets SBP’s client eligibility standards.

For more information please Contact: Julie Giebler at julie.giebler@stbernardproject.org / 908-601-5332 or Kelly Riordan at kelly.riordan@stbernardproject.org / 347.815.4085

You can donate online


TBT – Where the abandoned Properties are?

This is a most improved addition… All three have been touched since 2013:

1. Bay Ave and Miller

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2. Miller and Shore

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3. Shore by Seastreak

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TBT Abandoned House Tour – Where Are They Now II

house tour sd dThe small one above is missing a front porch.

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The one above, has been like that since before Sandy and Irene. At one point last year, someone posted a sign with a picture asking the owner “Be a good neighbor“.

house tour sea drift fThis one was lifted last summer, then all construction stopped. Not sure if there were money issues, permit issues, code issues or all of the above.





POLL: Where are the WORST pot holes in Highlands ?

There has been many “noise” on where the worst potholes in Highlands are. Administrator Tim Hill even acknowledged there was a “new” tool acquired by DPW to aid in combatting the Highlands pothole issues moving forward. Where do you think the worst streets in Highlands are?

Highlands: Beware of drunk guy in Black Car Luring Children

This afternoon, a child walking home from school and was approached by a white older male with gray hair inside a black car with a dent in the front fender and tried to get her inside his car by the Welsh Farms on Bay Ave.

Anyone with any information, please contact HPD:  (732) 872-1158

Zoning Overturns Initial Hennessey Decision

You may remember last year when there was a brouhaha on Rick Hennessey opening his repair shop on Bay Avenue.

Following Superstorm Sandy in 2012 the Swantons who have owned 75 Bay Avenue since 2003 had their son-in-law, Rick Hennessey, who had operated Sea Bright Service Center, and lost his location due to the storm, operate his auto repair and towing business next to their HVAC shop.

When the Swanton’s initially purchased the property, one side of the building was used for lobster/seafood sales, and the other side had been used for auto repairs. Shortly after taking title the owners evicted the lobster/seafood use and proceeded to leased to their nephew -in-law, Ted Schred, who had used as a candle warehouse.

Thinking that, the property had historically been used for the same or similar auto repair uses there would be no problem in Hennessey doing the same type of business again. Also, the building is located in an area which has flooded in the past, it would not be conducive to have a concrete floor for something other than automotive repairs, since it could be subject to flooding and who would use it for any type of retail or office use.

The Zoning Board ultimately found that there was neither an intent to abandon the automotive repair shop use nor any overt act done which would imply an intent to abandon the automotive repair shop use.

The Board initially scheduled a hearing in this case for April 14, 2013, which the hearing date was subsequently adjourned on five occasions, and ultimately heard on February 6, 2014.

Better late than never…

Bay Ave Closed March 16 for Highlands Guinness Run

guinness run When: Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 2PM.

Cost: Registration is $20.00 and includes a t-shirt, a pint of Guinness Beer and access to the Post-Race Party at Havana Tropical Cafe with complimentary appetizers and Guinness Beer.

The race will begin at Havana’s, 409 Bay Avenue, where contestants will fill their cup and race to Miller St., and back to the finish line at Havana’s. The contestant with the most liquid in their cup at the finish line, wins the 1st Place trophy and $100 in Bid Bucks. 2nd Place will receive a $50 Bid Buck.

What is a BID Buck? — No Idea.. I think the important take away here, is you get a Trophy and Guinness. Now if you got a trophy filled with Guinness even better.

Kilts optional..

For those of you not into running there is a  Post-Run St. Pat’s Pub Crawl from 3PM-5PM, registration is $10.00 and includes a Highlands t-shirt and $3.00 Imported Beer specials at participating restaurants.

What’s Going on With Miller & Bay?

You might remember in November when 148 Bay Ave burned down, something else happened within the last week that is interesting, the apartments behind Andy’s Shore Bar between Miller and North Street were torn down.miller and bay

That leaves a lot of open space around Andy’s Shore Bar. Does that mean this St Pattys day parade is the last time you can go into Andy’s Shore Bar?

Only time will tell.

Highlands Hardware Auction Today

All the contents of the Highlands Hardware store (Bay ave & Waterwitch Ave) are being auctioned off at 12 Noon August 23, 2012.

The Auction will be featuring tools, power tools, hand tools, blades, bits, plumbing supplies, faucet sets, brass, copper, pvc & iron fittings, locks, door hardware, padlocks, chemicals, household cleaners, electrical supplies, bulbs, carded hardware, nails, screws, and fixtures.

The only notice I saw was in Craigslist NY  & seeing the Auction Today sign when I drove by.

It will be a pretty good opportunity to pick up some tools cheap.  Also maybe we’ll see something else opening up.