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News & Upcoming Local Events

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  EVENTS & LOCAL INFO: News

Teatime at The Avalon History Center
February 21, 2019

Enjoy tea as they share memories of old Avalon, and make new ones!

Avalon History Center

Covered Dish Dinner
February 22, 2019 

Nothing could be better than an evening filled with meeting new people, eating great food and engaging in scientific discussion, bringing in guest speakers from around the region to share their knowledge of important issues in the field of environmental science and biology.

This Month's Topic: My Love Of Shorebirds From Observation To Art (Thomas Stewart, Decoy Carver of Shorebirds)

The Wetlands Institute Winter Lecture Series

Lunch and Learn
March 1, 2019

Explore topics important to our coastal and wetland ecosystems. Bring your lunch and The Wetlands Institute will provide coffee and dessert.

Topic: Ocean Friendly Living Through Ocean Friendly Restaurants

The Wetlands Institute Winter Lecture Series

The Storm of '62 Photo Slideshow
March 2, 2019

The devastating Ash Wednesday storm of 1962 changed the course of the island's history. Visit the Avalon History Center to view a slideshow of the many photos in the collection depicting the storm and its impact.

The Storm of '62 Photo Slideshow

Avalon Shop-A-Holics Weekend
March 7-9, 2019 

Designers, deals and drinks return for Shop-A-Holics Weekend! Enjoy more than 30 vendors at two great locations - The Princeton and The Whitebrier, featuring deeply discounted clothing, jewelry, shoes, accessories, home decor and more! Sip a cocktail while shopping through both venues and enjoy a wide array of styles for both winter and the upcoming spring and summer seasons!

Avalon Shop-A-Holics Weekend

Relatively Speaking: How to be the Best Ancestor by Donna Atkins
March 13, 2019

Visit the Avalon Free Public Library for a one-hour interactive lecture discussing the benefits and reasons for documenting one's life story or family history and tips on how to begin.

Relatively Speaking: How to be the Best Ancestor by Donna Atkins

Stone Harbor Shiver Polar Plunge
March 16, 2019 

Enjoy a March weekend at the beach with family and friends and take a dip in the beautiful and COLD Atlantic Ocean! Proceeds will benefit Family Promise of Cape May County - a charity that supports, counsels and works to place homeless parents and children in permanent homes; and the Stone Harbor Chamber of Commerce, so they can continue to hold the Shiver and other great events throughout the year!

 Stone Harbor Shiver Polar Plunge

Avalon 2019 Summer Beach Movies
June 25, 2019 - Aug. 27, 2019

Free movies to be shown Tuesday evenings at dusk on Avalon's 30th Street beach.
 
Summer Beach Movie Line Up

The Wetlands Institute

See what's happening at The Wetlands Institute... check out their events and join in for an adventure in exploration and discovery!

The Wetlands Institute Events Calendar

Library Happenings

Creative Writing, Workshops, Lecture Series, Story Time & more...

Avalon   |   Stone Harbor

Recreation Departments

Check out the wide variety of activities, programs and events offered by our local Recreation Departments.

Avalon Recreation   |   Stone Harbor Recreation 

Seasonal Beach Tags

Seasonal beach tags are available via mail, smartphone app or in person.

Avalon Beach Tags  |  Stone Harbor Beach Tags

Information Guides

2019 Guides are in progress...check out the 2018 versions for an idea of things to come.

Special events, facilities, beaches, summer sports camps, local area activities, public works and more.

Avalon   |   Stone Harbor

 

  NEWS: Events

Warming Center Designated

"At its February 13th meeting, Avalon Borough Council voiced support to share its Code Blue alert warming center with Stone Harbor. The warming center is in the Avalon Senior Center, adjacent to Borough Hall and next door to the borough’s Public Safety Building."

More - Warming Center Designated

Jitney Seeks $3 Rides 

"Avalon's jitney service began in 2013. Initial police reviews credited the service with reducing the number of driving while intoxicated arrests during the summer. Now the financial health of the service is under pressure from ride-share services like Uber. Jitney operators want to move to a flat rate of $3 at all times. They argue that the adjustment will allow them to better compete during the higher volume late evening and early morning."

More - Jitney Seeks $3 Rides 

Ready for 5G?

"Almost a year ago, Verizon Wireless approached Avalon with a request to install a series of small area nodes across the borough. The argument was that the nodes would boost capacity in the most heavily trafficked areas of the cellular network, also offloading pressure on the main network in preparation for new technologies like fifth-generation cellular wireless (5G)."

More - Ready for 5G?

Avalon to Dredge Portion of Pennsylvania Harbor in Advance of Spring Boating Season

"The Borough of Avalon will conduct a maintenance dredging project in Pennsylvania Harbor that will clear the public navigation channel in advance of the spring and summer boating seasons. The project will result in over 1,300 cubic yards of material to be dredged out of the harbor just west of the street end at 21st Street. A Notice to Proceed will be issued to the contractor before the end of February; it is expected that the project will be conducted in March and conclude before mid-April."

More - Avalon to Dredge Portion of Pennsylvania Harbor in Advance of Spring Boating Season

Avalon CO Reaches Accord Over Sanctions

"The state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the Borough of Avalon building inspector have reached an agreement in the matter concerning violations of the Uniform Construction Code, essentially settling the issue. In addition, the borough is in the process of purchasing state-approved home warranties for homeowners who are not properly covered on their modular homes by Avalon Development Group, now out of business."

More - Avalon CO Reaches Accord Over Sanctions

Resort’s Value Hits $4.85 Billion

"A year after a borough-wide reevaluation added $363 million to the cumulative assessed property values in Stone Harbor, the natural growth in assessed valuation continues to grow through new home construction."

More - Resort’s Value Hits $4.85 Billion

Avalon Mayor Swears in New Borough Clerk, Deputy Borough Clerk

"Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi conducted formal swearings in for the position of Borough Clerk and Deputy Borough Clerk on Friday, February 1st in the Council meeting room. Danielle Nollett is the new Borough Clerk, replacing Marie Hood who retired; Kristen Gannon is the new Deputy Municipal Clerk, replacing Nollett who was elevated from that position."

More - Avalon Mayor Swears in New Borough Clerk, Deputy Borough Clerk

Avalon OKs Dredging

"Avalon Borough Council authorized a bid process Jan. 23 for a back bay dredging project in the public channel west of 21st Street in Pennsylvania Harbor. The channel was last dredged in 2015. Estimates are that it has filled with as much as 1,750 cubic yards of a silt-like material."

More - Avalon OKs Dredging

2019 Changes to Avalon Construction Rules, Regulations, and Practices 

"At the Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 meeting of the Avalon Borough Council, the governing body held the second reading, public hearing, and final adoption of ordinance changes that regulate construction activity in the Borough of Avalon."

More - 2019 Changes to Avalon Construction Rules, Regulations, and Practices 

Borough Saves Over $42,000 Via Self-Initiated Flood Insurance Audit 

"The Borough of Avalon will realize over $42,000 in savings as a result of an internal, self-initiated flood insurance audit that analyzed the coverage for all facilities in the Borough of Avalon. The audit was conducted by the office of Mayor Martin Pagliughi and by the Borough’s claims adjuster."

More - Borough Saves Over $42,000 Via Self-Initiated Flood Insurance Audit

South Jersey Gas Pipeline Replacement Project To Begin In Stone Harbor

"South Jersey Gas is improving our natural gas infrastructure that provides safe, reliable affordable natural gas to 385.000 customers across southern New Jersey.

More - South Jersey Gas Pipeline Replacement Project To Begin In Stone Harbor

Avalon Obtains Federal and State Permits to Keep Road to CDF Permanently

"The Borough of Avalon has received the appropriate federal and state permits necessary to keep the road to the Borough’s confined disposal facility (CDF) as a permanent structure.  The acquisition of the permits allows the road to remain in place for future years, guarantees access to the facility by Avalon and other dredging partners, and eliminates the expense of removing the road that was put in place for Avalon’s recently completed back bay dredging project."

More - Avalon Obtains Federal and State Permits to Keep Road to CDF Permanently

Work to Begin on 35th Street Construction Project on January 11th

"A Notice to Proceed has been issued to Mathis Construction Company, Inc. for the reconstruction of 35th Street between First Avenue and Dune Drive.  This project will begin on Friday, January 11th with an evaluation of test pits on the easterly and westerly side of the project."

More - Work to Begin on 35th Street Construction Project on January 11th

Avalon Participates in 646 Safety Training Sessions, Receives Dividend from Insurance Fund

"The Borough of Avalon stands atop the list of 40 communities in the Atlantic County Joint Insurance Fund (ACMJIF) regarding the number of safety training courses taken by its employees.  Through the end of September, 2018, Avalon municipal employees have participated in 646 training sessions which is the most among Fund members.  Avalon employees have accounted for 520 online training sessions which is the highest among any of the member communities.  Employees also have 126 classroom visits, third overall in the ACMJIF."

More - Avalon Participates in 646 Safety Training Sessions, Receives Dividend from Insurance Fund

Reminder From The Borough Of Stone Harbor: No Dogs at Stone Harbor Point & Drone Usage

"Stone Harbor Point is a Wildlife Conservation Area and there are strict guidelines in place to protect this area. Please be conscious of the rules and regulations and respect the importance and beauty of of this natural habitat."

More - Reminder: No Dogs at Stone Harbor Point & Drone Usage

Cape May County Unveils Online Flood Risk Map System

"The Cape May County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has launched a flood risk mapping system that will show the real flood risk on streets and neighborhoods as it relates to specific storm events."

More - Cape May County Unveils Online Flood Risk Map System 

Notice: Reconstruction of Portion of 20th Street Begins Week of December 17th

"The reconstruction of a portion of 20th Street between First and Avalon avenues is expected to begin mid-week during the week of December 17th. The contractor for the project is Asphalt Paving Systems. They will be installing well points on the south side of this one-block section of street to begin the construction process."

More - Notice: Reconstruction of Portion of 20th Street Begins Week of December 17th

Barbara Juzaitis Joins Avalon Borough Council to Fill Unexpired Term 

"The Avalon Borough Council has selected longtime resident Barbara Juzaitis to serve the remainder of an unexpired term on Council vacated by the retirement of Dick Dean. Juzaitis was sworn in to her position by Mayor Martin Pagliughi during the Wednesday, December 12th Borough Council meeting."

More - Barbara Juzaitis Joins Avalon Borough Council to Fill Unexpired Term 

Avalon Rescue Squad Purchases New Ambulance, Funding Provided Through Donations

"The Avalon Rescue Squad, Inc. has purchased a new 2018 Ford E450 Horton Ambulance. The purchase of the new ambulance was made possible through the Squad's own three-year fundraising effort without the need for financing nor funds from the Avalon municipal budget. The Avalon Rescue Squad is a 501c(3) provides emergency medical services through a partnership with the Borough of Avalon."

More - Avalon Rescue Squad Purchases New Ambulance

Standard and Poor's Awards Avalon Exemplary AAA Bond Rating

"The Borough of Avalon has achieved an AAA bond rating from Standard and Poor's, the highest rating offered by the financial service. The AAA rating was confirmed in a letter sent to the Borough on October 11th, 2018. Avalon has now maintained an AAA bond rating with both Standard and Poor's and Moody's Investment services for over a decade."

More - Standard and Poor's Awards Avalon Exemplary AAA Bond Rating

Look Ahead: County Update on Work on Townsend's Inlet Bridge

"Townsend's Inlet Spans 1-7 two week look ahead for the period 10/25/18 thru 11/8/18. As of 10/25/18, the contractor successfully stabilized pier 5 and the cantilevered span 5 to permit the continuation of the demolition process. By 10/26/18 the superstructure of spans 5, 6 and 7 will have been removed from the bridge.  During the week of 10/29/18 thru 11/7/18 the contractor will be saw cutting piers 5 and 6 and will remove these piers."
 
More - Townsend's Inlet Bridge Construction Update

Construction Begins Late October for Avalon's New Surfside Park

"Construction is expected to begin on Monday, October 22nd on a major new addition to the Borough of Avalon's recreational facilities. Surfside Park, a brand new park with abundant green space and a new playground, will be constructed adjacent to the Avalon boardwalk at 30th Street."

More - Avalon's New Surfside Park

South Jersey Gas Resiliency/Service Improvement Project Details, Phase 2/3

"This project increases resiliency and reduces the number of gas leaks calls that occasionally develop throughout the year, and are more prevalent during recovery from major storm events, like Hurricane Sandy. Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the project is coming starting the week of Monday, October 22nd. This will result in 50,000 feet of new gas main being placed largely in the north end of the community, with work to be conducted on portions of Avalon Avenue and First Avenue, along with laterals to adjacent homes, where necessary."

More - South Jersey Gas Resiliency/Service Improvement Project Details, Phase 2/3

Avalon Resident Dr. Loretta Finnegan Honored by First Lady in Philadelphia 

"Longtime Avalon resident Dr. Loretta Finnegan was honored by First Lady Melania Trump and other officials during Mrs. Trump's visit to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on Wednesday, October 17th. Mrs. Trump delivered the welcoming remarks at the National Convening on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services.'

More - Avalon Resident Dr. Loretta Finnegan Honored by First Lady in Philadelphia 

Borough of Stone Harbor ~ Progress Report on Hazard Mitigation Initiatives 

View the detailed progress report on Hazard Mitigation Initiatives that the Borough of Stone Harbor has chosen to pursue in the future to reduce the effects of hazards.

More - Borough of Stone Harbor ~ Progress Report on Hazard Mitigation Initiatives

Stone Harbor Launches Participation in the "Recycle Coach" APP

"Not sure what can be recycled? When your trash and recycling days are? Bulk Trash Pick-up day? Recycle Coach provides accurate, up-to-date information on Stone Harbor recycling schedules in a handy, user-friendly mobile format."

More - Stone Harbor Recycle Coach

Avalon Now Hosts Own Independent Weather Station for Storm Tracking, Historical Archiving

"The Avalon Office of Emergency Management has installed a new weather system that provides continual weather monitoring and maintains historical data for the Borough for many years to come. A new Davis Vantage Pro 2 weather station has been installed on the radio tower adjacent to the public safety building."

More - Avalon's Independent Weather Station

Townsend's Inlet Bridge to Close September 17th, 2018 for Construction

"The County of Cape May has announced that the Townsend's Inlet Bridge will be closed to the public starting Monday, September 17th, 2018 and will likely remain closed through May 22nd, 2019. The purpose of the closure is to conduct four separate rehabilitation projects on the bridge, including major work on the Avalon side of the span."

More - Townsend's Inlet Bridge Closure

Off Season Residential Property Check Available To Homeowners 

"The Stone Harbor Police Department wants to ensure that all homeowners are aware that off season residential property checks are available. Since the Borough of Stone Harbor is a seasonal resort the Police Department can routinely inspect the exterior of your property to make sure that it is secure. This is a “Free” service that the department offers to property owners."

More - Off Season Residential Property Check Available To Homeowners | View/Print Participation Form

Reminder: New Overlay Area Code for Avalon, Southern New Jersey
Beginning in August, 2018 

"To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new area 640 code is being added to the same geographic area currently served by the existing 609 area code in New Jersey. This process is known as an area code overlay, and requires a new dialing procedure. In connection with this overlay, all seven-digit dialed calls between area codes 609 and 856 will be eliminated and will require a new dialing procedure."

  Call From    Call To   New Dialing Procedure
  609 or 640   609 or 640   Area code + 7-digit telephone number
  609 or 640   856 or any area code other than 609 or 640   1 + area code + 7-digit telephone number
  856   609 or 640 or any area code other than 856   1 + area code + 7-digit telephone number
  856   856   7-digit telephone number

More - New Overlay Area Code for Avalon, Southern New Jersey

Lowest Overall Tax Rate in Cape May County

"The Borough of Avalon has again achieved the lowest overall tax rate in Cape May County. New certifications were released by the Cape May County Board of Taxation."

Avalon Tax Rate

Avalon Municipal Budget 2018

The Avalon Borough Council formally introduced the 2018 municipal budget at the Wednesday, February 28th Council meeting.

More - Avalon Introduces Municipal Budget; Decrease in Tax Rate; Lowest Tax Rate in County

Stone Harbor Municipal Budget 2018

A special meeting was held on February 17th to review the 2018 municipal budget for the Borough of Stone Harbor.

Presentation of Stone Harbor Municipal Budget 2018 -  View Presentation

Annual Report - Stone Harbor Beaches

This annual report presents the status of the beaches and dunes within the Borough of Stone Harbor from October 2016 to October 2017.

2017 Annual Report On Condition Of Municipal Beaches - Read Full Report

 

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