Category Archives: Long Beach Island

World Day of Prayer Celebration

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Every year a group of women from nine area churches prepare and celebrate an ecumenical prayer service on the first Friday in March. The locations rotate through the churches and this year it will be hosted by St. Francis

Parish located at 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ 08008.

Every year a country is chosen by the World Day of Prayer international committee as the focus for the prayer service. The women in that country spend three years creating a prayer service that will be used in churches throughout the world. With an emphasis on both prayer and action, the services reflect the concerns of the women and the offerings received during the services are used to provide grants to non-profit

organizations that deal with the issues identified by the writer-country.

This year’s focus is Egypt and is entitled “Streams in the Desert”. Even though the past three years have been tumultuous in Egypt, the voices of the women give praise for the gifts of water in a desert land and pray “that peace and justice will gush forth like streams flowing in the desert.”

Even though the coordinating groups are church women, all are welcome to attend. The service will begin at 1 pm in St. Francis of Assisi Church with refreshments to follow. Checks for the offering may be made payable to WDP USA.
For more information please call the Parish Office at 609-494-8813.

Girl Scout Cookie Booth Sales Begin This Friday

Craving Girl Scout cookies? Then, you’re in luck! Girl Scout cookie booth sales begin this Friday, February 28th at hundreds of local businesses and organizations throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties. Area Girl Scouts will distribute approximately 91,000 cases of Thin Mints, Samoas and six other delicious cookie varieties to customers all over our community. So far, more than 1,100 booth sales have been scheduled.

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Looking for a booth sale in your area? Download the app! The Girl Scout Cookie Locator is once again available online and for the iPhone and Android. This free app lets you search for Girl Scout cookie booth locations by zip code. It also uses GPS data to automatically find the Girl Scout cookie sale closest to your current location. To view the cookie locator online, go To download the app on your cell phone, call **GSCOOKIES (**472665437) and follow the instructions.


Additionally, customers who purchase five boxes of Girl Scout Cookies and fill out an information card will be entered into a contest towin five cases of Girl Scout Cookies, all the variety of your choice. The winner will be selected on Wednesday, April 16, and the results will be shared on the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s Facebook ( and Twitter (@GirlScoutsJS) pages.

Girl Scout cookies cost only $4 per box. For more information about the Girl Scout cookie sale, visit


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A portion of the 91,000 cases of Girl Scout cookies distributed throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties arrive at the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore service centers. More will arrive throughout March and April as Girl Scouts sell cookies during booth sales at local businesses. To locate a booth sale in your area, visit  

Celebrate the Spirit of the Irish

The shore during the month of March is the perfect time to celebrate art, culture, nature and spirit of the Irish. Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is proud to promote these special events that will add warmth and joy to your winter visit to the heart of the Jersey Shore.

March 1 at 9am March Madness Free Throw tradition, tests kindergarten through high school students skill or luck. St Francis Community Center, Brant Beach

March 1 at 2pm In partnership with Amergael the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library features David Emerson’s “The Shannachie of Glenndunbun Belly beg” Reserve seating for this amazing Irish Storyteller  129 Rt 9

March 8 10-4pm Amergael Celebrates Irish Arts at Maris Stella Conference House in Harvey Cedars. The free event features step dancers, musicians, including a program the Legacy of the Irish Harp, artists, literary readings and refreshments. This non profit organization will have homemade scones and soda bread for sale. Contact 609 494-2480 for more information

Southern Ocean Birding Group presents Wings Over LBI, March 15, bring lectures and sightings and time to enjoy the beauty of the coast at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park and Long Beach Island Foundation for Arts & Science, Loveladies, LBI 10-4

Albert Music Hall, Wells Mill Road in Waretown dedicates an evening to Irish  Music at their Saturday, March 22 Irish Night show. Doors open at 630pm with show beginning at 730. Bring fiddle or sit back and enjoy singing, music and dance in the Irish traditions. Ballyhaunis – Irish Step Dancers, Piney Blues, Church Street Revival, J&E Company and Clan Suibhne make up the evening. $5 per adult, children under 11 $1

March 23 2 pm it Celtic Surf & Turf at the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven A unique blend of dynamic, vibrant and memorable music that brilliantly captures Celtic music’s diverse rhythms. This cohesive band shares energetic experiences with their audiences that resonate with each member’s undeniable passion for their instrument. Their creative and confident live shows evoke the soulful and spiritual essence of Celtic, Irish, Country, Rock and Pop music. $25

Stockton College Manahawkin Instructional site has plans to debut a one man play describing the history on the Irish Potato Famine in time for St. Patrick’s Day. For more information contact Stockton at for more details. 712 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin 609-626-3883,

Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce also reminds you to soak up more Irish flavor at member restaurants, bakeries, taverns and shops. To find out more about this magical island and mainland go to 609 494 7211, follow on social media as LBI Region or stop into visitor center year round at 265 W Ninth St Ship Bottom

Southern Ocean County Chamber asks voters to think LBI for Best Beaches

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The Southern Ocean County Chamber is rooting for Long Beach Island’s towns to remain on top as having the Best Beaches in Ocean County and as a top contender as NJ’s top ten. This year, the voting formula has changed, and the challenge is off as a region and spotlights the popularity of area beaches.

‘We have been involved in getting the word out since the contest began in 2008″ says Lori Pepenella, Destination Marketing Director for the Southern Ocean Chamber. ‘We have been successful spreading the word to members, through social media, at our visitor center, at travel and trade shows to the public to maximize the chances to keep LBI on top of mind. In 2009 we joined the lobbying to have Long Beach Island voted on as one entity. We have done extremely well placing as high ranking top ten beach. Last year, in top beach photo LBI pictures placed first and fourth. This year the organizers of the contest decided it was time for each town to promote what makes them stand out. They can claim they are the best of the best, this is their chance to shine.” Instead of Long Beach Island as a whole, 2014 contest online voters will need to choose Barnegat Light, Harvey Cedars, Surf City, Ship Bottom, Beach Haven, LB Township’s Loveladies or Holgate as their choice for best family vacation, day trip or eco tourism favorite. Voters will be asked to consider beach fees, parking,  restrooms, changing amenities and other factors before making their decision.

The NJ Top Ten Beaches is sponsored by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Richard Stockton College’s Costal Resource Center. Ballots can be cast online at Voting runs through April 30. Winners will be announced on May 22. In the most recent voting, in 2012, Long Beach Island, came in strong as a region, this year each town will need to join the grass root effort to help get their beach on the top ten list. For information on the many towns that comprise Southern Ocean County, home of the LBI Region contact Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce  at 609 494