Common Sense For Belmar Liberty Begins At Home

February 28, 2018

More Sounding Off

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“Extremely frivolous”

“Nothing more than fiction”

“They were attempting to extort”



But, from the Harmon camp:

Litigation far from over.


February 27, 2018

Transportation Distrust Fund

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I thought the “State” Transportation Trust Fund was bankrupt.

I thought the gas tax had to be raised because our bridges were falling down.

Here is a 2015 ad from Forward NJ, for whom Maggie Moran was a spokeswoman. The address of Forward NJ, as listed on their website, is 608-612 Cookman Ave., Unit 5, Asbury Park NJ, 07712, same address as Kivvit.


So why is $350,000 going to Belmar for repairs to “various streets” and hundreds of millions going to over 500 other municipalities?  Did they tell us that millions was going to porked out every year?  No.


Apparently all the “dangerous” bridges have been repaired. I think they need to reduce or rescind the tax at this point since it’s pretty obvious they are taking too much.

Judge Dismisses Salt Lawsuit

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Harmons plan to re-file.


February 26, 2018

Report From a Snowbird

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February 25, 2018

Make Your Nominations…

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And then vote for them.



Use the comments section to nominate people you would like to be the next Councilperson.  When we get 4 or 5 names in I will add them to the poll and activate it.  As more names come in I will continually add them to the poll.  Of course if the people you like are already up on the poll then you should just vote for them.

You can nominate more than one person if you choose and, like with last week’s poll, you can vote for your top 3 choices.  Make all your selections first and then click “Vote”.

Last Week

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The lifeguard thing drove a lot of traffic on my YouTube site too.



Not so much on theirs.


February 24, 2018

Rowland’s Vanishing Legacy

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An email I received this morning prompted me to Google Howard Rowland’s name.  I found this July 2010 story interesting.


They’re just traditionalists, and the tradition in Belmar lifeguarding is to win. They won again this week, easily taking their own Howard Rowland Invitational for the 14th time in 15 years. Belmar won five of the eight rowing, swimming, and lifeline racing events.

“We’re like the Yankees of lifeguarding,” (Tim) O’Donnell said.

If they’re the Yankees of lifeguarding, O’Donnell is their Casey Stengel. He’s compact, trim and muscular at 65, with skin like burnt orange alligator shoes from 49 years “sitting wood” — lifeguard lingo for lifeguarding. He still competes master’s level competitions.

Their Babe Ruth was Howard Rowland, Belmar’s chief lifeguard for almost half of the 20th century. Rowland died in 1988, ending a career that began before the Morro Castle disaster. That was 1934, and Rowland was one of many rescuers who braved the roiling surf of nor’easter to save those who jumped from the burning luxury ship.

There’s much more to the Rowland legend. He became a lifeguard at 12. He once dragged out 19 people in succession during one storm. He once swam out 800 feet in a hurricane to recover the bodies of two drowned fishermen, and nearly drowned himself. In off-hours and the off-season, he drove obsessively along the beach looking for people in trouble.

“He always kept a torp (a flotation torpedo) and a pair of fins in his truck,” O’Donnell said. “Even in the middle of winter.”

And to get to be a Belmar guard, you’d have to rescue him.

“He was big and strong with this big barrel-chest,” O’Donnell said. “He start thrashing and kicking and dragging you down. By the time he was done, he would end up rescuing you!”


BTW, of all the lifeguards trained by Rowland, only five still remained on the squad as of last year.  This year Belmar is firing three of them, Tim O’Donnell, Harry Harsin and Ray Elms.

So the email I received was written by a former Belmar lifeguard who was close to Rowland.  He no longer lives in New Jersey.  It was sent to someone who was also close to Rowland, who in turn forwarded it to me.

The writer of the email is in possession of a plaque dedicated to Rowland and was planning on giving it to Belmar once the Howard Rowland pavilion is operational.  (Whenever that might be.)  I can’t quote him directly because this is a family blog, but lets just say he’s not pleased by the recent actions of this administration and has decided not to let these folks get anywhere near this prized possession of his.


Council Approves New Lifeguard Boss

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February 23, 2018

Kivvit On Pot

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I actually agree with Maggie on this one.  Prohibition has been an expensive disaster and has screwed up a lot of people’s lives, especially young people.  Almost anything would be better than what we’re doing now.


Help Needed

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