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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


What’s Going on With The Zoning Board Tonight

proposed lux apts bay ave

Bay Ave/Waterwitch


7:30 P.M.
Meeting Location:
Highlands Elementary School, 360 Navesink Ave
Hearings on New Business:
ZB#2014 13 Shanagan, Francis Block 69 Lot 15.20 15 Cedar St #20
ZB#2014-15 Grover, Chris, Block 88 Lot 5–321 Bay Ave
ZB#2014- 16 Seylaz, Geraldine Block 79 Lot 13– 27 Washington Ave
ZB#2014-17 Fitzpatrick,Andrew Block 100 Lot 26.30 – 30 Gravelly Pt
Rumor has it, there are people going tonight that are against this development happening, if you want a positive outcome that will make the corner look nicer, increase ratables and support business, please come to zoning board meeting tonight.
There will be free beer and cookies. — (Ok, that part’s not true) But your support is needed.
The Zoning ALL voted Yes for the new plans for the building on Bay/Waterwitch aka Old Pharmacy – There were a few caveats that were positive in resolving:
a) Garbage – which other businesses in the area offered up sharing dumpsters to help him facilitate that part.
b) Parking – which the retail part is already taken care of with the municipal lot being within 1000 feet from the building, on the residential side, there were several ways he *could* accommodate this that were being explored and as long as he could accommodate the parking, no issues.
c) The sizes of the apartments, there was a min of 1000 SQ ft needed per apartment, however it is currently grandfathered in a nonconforming use with the size of the existing apartments as one is 750 sq ft, the new apartments would be over Krankys bike shop where there is nothing currently. It could be looked into to make 2 of the apartments conforming. His architect was confident that he could work on some changes that could accommodate, if the zoning recognized there was one existing that was non-conforming.
All in all – a very positive meeting. All public comments (which there were many) were FOR the new building.

What’s going on with Waterwitch Ave

road closed J.F. Keily Construction is installing new gas pipes and services throughout downtown Highlands over the next few weeks.  The following streets will be affected:

Waterwich Barberie Cheerful
Snug Harbor Sea Drift Recreation
Huddy Bay Ave Bedle
Washington Marine Pl

J.F. Construction or NJNG will give residents advance notice if their gas will need to be shut off.

Who has the best breakfast in Highlands?

New SAS Meeting Thursday 21st – UPDATED


When: Thurs Nov 21st 7:00 PM

Where: Waterwitch Tea & Coffee

Reflecting on past year
a. writing
b. sharing stories.

Immediate needs, community or personal

Community projects
a. current
b. new ideas

UPDATE: Guest speaker Barbara Lipkowitz from Hope and Healing will be speaking.

SAS: Support After Sandy

sas WHEN?    9/16/2013  7 pm

WHERE?   Water Witch Coffee & Tea   67 Waterwitch Ave Highlands, NJ

Community Lead Support Group available for ALL those affected by Hurricane Sandy

Neighbor-to-neighbor, Story-to-Story

Guest Speakers – Coping Techniques – Togetherness

For More Information:   Valerie McLaughlin     ValVillB@yahoo.com

Putting Highlands back together one Business at a Time: Water Witch Coffee


You can choose your own donation amount and get a hug and a cup of coffee for $10 or unlimited coffee for a year and a hug for $1000.
Founded in 2006 by “Java Jerry”, WWC&T brought the Highlands community together, from local heros and aficionados of all sorts, to old-time surfers and wreck divers still making waves along the coast, school teachers, service workers, and fisherman and all sorts of amazing (and interesting) people.

Hurricane sandy came through and wrecked the joint. You can see the water lines from the different storms over the last 20 years.

Water Witch Water Sandy lines







RELATED:  Putting Highlands back together one Business at a Time: Kranky Cycles

Highlands has dog friendly Restaurants

Ok when in Highlands, NJ – hungry and happen to have Fido?  There are places you can bring him.

I found this site: Bring Fido

Which lists all the restaurants that you can bring your dog to. In Highlands, there is Chilangos (although there seems to be a size limit on this) and the DAWG HOUSE.

Although, personally I’ve taken my Fido to Beacon on the Bay Tiki bar without an issue.

He’s also LOVES Waterwitch coffee shop, they have hooks on either side of the building and if you’re just in and out, you can even bring them inside.

Inside tip: Ask for the dog treats – Kenny makes Pheasant and Lobster treats your pup will die for.

Who The Heck are those people in the Coffee Shop??

water witch coffee shop

Water Witch coffee shop

One of the “must do’s” in Highlands is a visit to the Water Witch Coffee shop (on Water Witch ave – where else?)

Coffee is great, atmosphere is awesome. The first thing you’ll notice is that its kinda of small and depending on the time of day, very crowded.

Then you’ll notice there is “STUFF” all over the place. A Whale vertebrae in the corner, a skeleton hanging from the ceiling, tons of bumper stickers all over, and directly to your left a wall full of black and white pictures.

And I’m not talking one or two pictures – A WALL FULL of pictures. Who the heck are these people?

The famous (err actually maybe infamous in some cases) people of Highlands. All of which frequent the coffee shop. It’s a game now, in guessing who is who. (Some of the pictures are 20+ years old, but all are in black and white.)

So next time you’re waiting in line to pay for your coffee – take a look on the wall and try to match up people on the wall with the characters sitting in the coffee shop.