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New Business in Lake Como

May 12, 2011
Photo courtesy of DANIEL REIZIS

Mayor Michael Ryan [center], physical therapist Daniel Reizis [right] and administrative assistant Jane Bautista held a reibbon cutting for Advanced Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation recently.

Advanced Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers individualized, one-on-one physical therapy and personal training. They treat all conditions from head to toe including, but not limited to sports injuries, post-surgical rehab, general pain and weakness, muscle sprain & strains, osteoperosis, and core strengthening.

The new business is located at 1719 Main St. in Lake Como


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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Kids learn to play safe at Belmar Lake Como Safety Day

May 5, 2011

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Now that the weather is getting warmer, Belmar and Lake Como residents are ready for fun in the sun — and the towns’ Police Departments are ready to educate residents on the importance of bicycle, surfing and skating safety.

Belmar Police Department Ptl. Tina Scott spearheaded the effort to bring the inaugural Belmar Lake Como Safety Day to Dempsey Park, at 16th and Railroad avenues, on Sunday, May 1 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Belmar Police Department was not the only group present to instruct children about safety. Representatives from Belmar businesses like DJ’s Cycles and Eastern Lines attended to educate attendees on bicycling and board sport safety.

The Belmar First Aid Squad was also in attendance, as well as the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department, the Belmar Fire Department and the Belmar water rescue team.

“The objective of the event is for the kids to go from station to station to learn about the safety of each,” Ptl. Scott said.

In addition to safety lessons, children also registered their bicycles with the police department, and DJ’s Cycles provided bicycle safety checks to ensure that children’s bicycles are working properly.

Children also registered their bicycles with the police department, which helps with the recovery of bicycles in the event that they are stolen or misplaced.

There was also a DJ at the event, as well as a hot dog vendor and free all-sport helmets for the first 200 attendees.

“It’s geared to young kids in ways, but with the surfing and the skating, that [appeals to] all ages, as well as the bicycles,” Ptl. Scott said.

Ptl. Scott, a resident of the West Belmar section of Wall Township, has worked with the Belmar police department for 10 years, she said.

She was inspired to hold a bicycle safety day through her work as the police department’s liaison to Belmar Elementary School, she said.

“I said, ‘Why don’t we do a bike safety day?’ and it went from there to all of the different safety issues in town in the summer and winter,” Ptl. Scott said, “just to make kids aware of all of the different safety aspects.”

Mama Mare Foundation ‘De-Feets’ Breast Cancer

April 1, 2011

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The Mama Mare Foundation held its De-Feet Breast Cancer 5K in Lake Como on Saturday, March 26. For full details, see the April 7 issue of The Coast Star. All photos by SUEANNE GOSS.

It’s easy being green in Lake Como

March 7, 2011

Area residents did not let a little rain on their parade stop them from donning green attire and hitting the streets for the annual Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade yesterday.

Regarded by many as the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the state, 2011 marked the parade’s 37th year. The festivities kicked off at 12:30 p.m. at 18th Avenue and North Boulevard in Lake Como.

Despite intermittent showers, revelers watched the parade, hit area bars and attended parties throughout the day yesterday. In recent years, the parade has drawn upwards of 150,000 people to Belmar and Lake Como, as well as the surrounding boroughs.

For full coverage of this year’s parade, see this week’s edition of The Coast Star, on newsstands Thursday.

Star News Group reporter Lauren Herstik assembled the above footage of the 37th annual Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade held yesterday.

Snow and Surf

January 27, 2011

Photo courtesy of TODD DWYER

The fourth winter storm in the past five weeks dumped approximately eight inches of snow on Lake Como, but that didn’t stop these two intrepid surfers from making their way toward the beach. Lake Como resident Jon Dwyer captured a photo of them while shoveling out his driveway.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade fundraisers start this weekend

January 21, 2011


The annual Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on its way, and the event’s committee has announced a schedule of fundraisers in the Belmar area. The parade, set for March 6, will roll through town starting at 12:30 p.m.

The following fundraisers feature complimentary hot and cold buffets, and each event’s admission fee is a donation of $10 at the door:

• On Sunday, Jan. 30, there will be a fundraiser at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be a complimentary drink for each patron. For more information, call 732-681-7422.

• On Sunday, Feb. 13, there will be a fundraiser at Connolly Station on Main Street in Belmar from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 732-280-2266.

• On Sunday, Feb. 20, there will be a fundraiser at the Boat House Bar & Grill on Main Street and 15th Avenue in Belmar from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 732-681-5221.

• On Sunday, Feb. 27, there will be a fundraiser at 507 Main, on Main Street in Belmar from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 732-681-6301 or 732-681-6302.

The week before the parade, there will be two special fundraisers:

• On Friday, March 4, there will be a cultural night fundraiser entitled “An American Wake: An evening celebrating Irish Culture.” The event is a tribute to the farewell Irish emigrants received from their family and friends who stayed behind.

The event will be held at the Riverview Pavilion in Belmar from 7 to 11 p.m. The cost of attendance is $50 and includes a two-hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment from the Bantry Boys.

Tickets to the American Wake must be purchased in advance, and are available at the  Irish Centre on 3rd Avenue in Spring Lake. They are also available online at

• On Saturday, March 5, there will be an investiture Mass at St. Rose Church in Belmar at 10 a.m., with an investiture luncheon immediately following at Mike Doolan’s on Route 71 in Spring Lake Heights. Luncheon donation is $30. For more information, call 732-681-6262.

All fundraisers will feature bagpipe music.

For general parade information and tickets to fundraisers, contact the Irish Centre in Spring Lake at 732-449-6650, go to, or e-mail