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Well Trained and Ready to Serve

By Taylor Smith

Garden State residents have a nostalgic fondness for the Jersey Shore.

Those 127 miles of Atlantic coastline extending from Sandy Hook to Cape May bring to mind long, hot, thrill-filled days riding waves, building sandcastles, dining on seafood, enjoying sweet treats, and braving amusement park rides on the boardwalk after dark. A key component of the Jersey Shore experience is the ocean itself, and with that comes Beach Patrol units, which function as a highly elite team of ocean rescue lifeguards.

Each town has its own ocean lifeguard program. For example, since the 1940s, Sea Bright’s beaches have been surveyed and guarded by Sea Bright Ocean Rescue (SBOR). SBOR responds to emergencies covering 4 miles of public ocean. During the summer of 2015, SBOR pulled over 100 people from the Atlantic Ocean and prevented “well over 1,200 dangerous incidents,” as noted on These rescues included emergency medical aid, underwater search, and recovery operations.

New Jersey lifeguards are on duty daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Each lifeguard rookie completes over 75 hours of rigorous testing and training to earn a place on the ocean rescue team. Returning lifeguards also undergo 24 hours of training, including physical and medical conditioning, before the start of each new summer season. Each lifeguard is CPR-AED certified and all lifeguards are trained as aquatic medical first responders.

According to Lifeguard Certification NJ, candidates must be able to swim 500 meters in 10 minutes or less, pass an open water test, deep diving tests, a written exam, and a running test, which may be conducted on a track. During the summer season, all on-staff lifeguards are asked to maintain peak physical condition through daily training sessions that usually take place before their 9 a.m. start time.

The full United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) program includes kayak skills, rescue boards, and scanning the surf, along with instruction on how to deal with spinal injuries, heat stroke-related illnesses, missing persons, drug-related incidences, drownings, rip tides, undertows, inclement hurricane conditions, sharks, jellyfish stings, and more.  more

In place of its now-canceled, annual three-day XPoNential Music Festival taking place on the Delaware Riverfront in late July, fans will be able to revisit past years’ performances online as WXPN presents “XPNFest Fridays.” Two complete, back-to-back complete sets from the festival archives will be available every Friday night at 7 p.m. during July, with full sets by Courtney Barnett (2015) and Low Cut Connie (2019). more

Have fun creating and learning from home with a collection of WheatonArts Family Art Workshop video tutorials ( Great for all skill levels and ages, each tutorial is paired with engaging discussion questions and links for further learning. A new video is added each week. more

Cook along with five-time James Beard Award winner and New York Times best-selling cookbook author Dorie Greenspan in this special virtual fundraising event for Princeton Public Library (PPL) on Sunday, July 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. more

On June 18 through June 24, Sourland Conservancy hosted the Hopewell Elementary graduating fifth graders and their family to commemorate the moment by planting a pollinator meadow. The families each chose a 30-minute time slot, in order to maintain strict social distancing, to plant in the Foraging Forest in Hopewell Borough Park, which is right next door to their school. more

Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s is scheduled to take place at Educational Testing Service’s Princeton campus on Sunday, October 11, 2020. One hundred percent of money raised will support New Jersey individuals and families. Participants can choose to walk virtually or in-person at 660 Rosedale Road. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. Festivities include refreshments, music, and door prizes. Parking is available on site. Register online in advance at and choose from one of five walks: Point Pleasant Beach (September 26), Liberty State Park in Jersey City (October 3), Princeton (October 11), Morristown (October 18), and/or Paramus (October 25). more

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Twelve New Jersey students have joined forces this summer to operate Hopewell Helpers LLC, which matches area college students with at-risk populations in need of services like yard work, housework, child care, technology assistance, grocery shopping and delivery, trips to the pharmacy, and more. more

Unplug and venture outdoors for a fun and unique opportunity to explore the orchard, meet goats, practice yoga, sip wine, and create memories! Terhune Orchards on Cold Soil Road in Princeton will offer this program of events on July 26 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The cost to attend is $50.20 per person and includes a 45-minute easy flow yoga class accompanied by goats and tasting a flight of five Terhune wines. more

Asbury Park property welcomes guests back with new sanitation protocols, socially distanced spaces, and dining offerings

The Asbury is reopening on June 25 after a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Launched in 2016, The Asbury is an architectural nod to the shore town’s Victorian-era history and rock n’ roll present. more

Declaration of Independence, 1818. John Trumball (1756-1843). Collection of the Architect of the Capitol.

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Curbside pick-ups scheduled on July 1

Every year, in honor of Independence Day, Morven hosts a free event to celebrate American heritage at the home-turned-museum of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  more

Whether it’s training, grooming, daycare, or boarding, your pet will feel right at home at Green Leaf Pet Resort. With two state-of-the-art locations in Millstone Township and Oakhurst, Pet Leaf also boasts a staff of professional dog lovers, grooming, boarding, swimming, and training evaluations.  more

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve has announced that members and non-members are able to walk the trails located inside the deer fencing. Visitors are asked to make reservations in advance for a time slot. Entry fees are $8 for adult non-members, $6 for seniors 65 and older, and $4 for children ages 5-15. Children under the age of 5 are free. Admission is free to all Bowman’s Hill members.  more

Each Friday in June, WWFM “The Classical Network” will be broadcasting a select performance from the 2018 and 2019 seasons of The Princeton Festival. Tune in at 8 p.m. to hear outstanding music-making from celebrated featured performers.  more

June is National Rose Month, reminding us that it’s the ideal time to invest in one’s garden. Roses are a treat to look at and involve a lot of care and supervision, which makes them extra rewarding. They also emit a beautiful fragrance and come in a rainbow-like spectrum of colors.  more

Due to concerns about COVID-19, what would normally be pick-your-own strawberry season has been replaced by social distancing efforts in farm fields, farmers markets, and farm stores throughout New Jersey. Be sure to contact each individual establishment for current guidelines and protocols.  more

The borough of Brielle is in southern Monmouth County along the Manasquan River. It is bordered by Manasquan, Wall Township, and Point Pleasant Beach. The town is known as a “boaters town,” with approximately 4 miles of waterfront along the Manasquan River, Glimmerglass, and Debbie’s Creek, all of which are salt water or tidal. Brielle is close to the Manasquan beaches. The downtown also offers shops, dining, and small businesses.  more

Celebrate safely on June 6 at Skylands Stadium (located at 94 Championship Place in Augusta, NJ) during their drive-up fireworks show! Gates open at 7 p.m. and the fireworks show will start at 8:55 p.m. All tickets can be purchased at and printed at home. For directions and additional details, call (973) 383-7644. The Box Office can be reached at (973) 940-0222.  more

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