Belmar, New Jersey
Belmar is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 5,794, reflecting a decline of 251 (-4.2%) from the 6,045 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 168 (+2.9%) from the 5,877 counted in the 1990 Census.
Belmar, New Jersey
|Borough of Belmar|
Map of Belmar in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Belmar, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||April 9, 1885 as Ocean Beach borough|
|Renamed||April 16, 1889 as City of Elcho borough|
|Renamed||May 14, 1889 as City of Belmar borough|
|Renamed||November 20, 1890 as Borough of Belmar|
|Named for||Italian language "beautiful sea"|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (Small Municipality)|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Mark Walsifer (R, term ends December 31, 2022)|
|• Administrator||Edward D. Kirschenbaum Sr.|
|• Municipal clerk||April Claudio|
|• Total||1.647 sq mi (4.266 km2)|
|• Land||1.045 sq mi (2.707 km2)|
|• Water||0.602 sq mi (1.559 km2) 36.54%|
|Area rank||435th of 566 in state|
35th of 53 in county
|Elevation||13 ft (4 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||356th of 566 in state|
31st of 53 in county
|• Density||5,544.0/sq mi (2,140.6/km2)|
|• Density rank||95th of 566 in state|
10th of 53 in county
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|Area code(s)||732 exchange: 681 |
|GNIS feature ID||0885155|
What is now Belmar was originally incorporated as Ocean Beach borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 9, 1885, from portions of Wall Township, based on the results of a referendum held two days earlier. On April 16, 1889, it became the City of Elcho borough, which lasted for a few weeks until the name was changed to the City of Belmar Borough as of May 14, 1889. The city acquired its current name, Borough of Belmar, on November 20, 1890. The borough's name means "beautiful sea" in Italian.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Parks and recreation
- 4 Government
- 5 Education
- 6 Transportation
- 7 Annual events
- 8 Sister city
- 9 Community
- 10 Climate
- 11 Ecology
- 12 Notable people
- 13 References
- 14 External links
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.647 square miles (4.266 km2), including 1.045 square miles (2.707 km2) of land and 0.602 square miles (1.559 km2) of water (36.54%).
Belmar borders the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Monmouth County municipalities of Avon-by-the-Sea to the north, Neptune Township to the northwest, Wall Township to the west, and Lake Como and Spring Lake to the south.
|Population sources: 1900-1920|
1930-1990 2000 2010
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 5,794 people, 2,695 households, and 1,266.650 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,544.0 per square mile (2,140.6/km2). There were 3,931 housing units at an average density of 3,761.4 per square mile (1,452.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 87.06% (5,044) White, 3.49% (202) Black or African American, 0.24% (14) Native American, 0.91% (53) Asian, 0.14% (8) Pacific Islander, 5.66% (328) from other races, and 2.50% (145) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.76% (971) of the population.
There were 2,695 households out of which 18.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.9% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 53.0% were non-families. 41.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 16.8% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 30.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.9 years. For every 100 females there were 106.3 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 108.3 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $59,928 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,993) and the median family income was $59,929 (+/- $10,255). Males had a median income of $52,215 (+/- $4,278) versus $44,453 (+/- $11,259) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $35,223 (+/- $4,105). About 9.2% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.6% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 6,045 people, 2,946 households, and 1,316 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,921.7 people per square mile (2,288.2/km2). There were 3,996 housing units at an average density of 3,914.5 per square mile (1,512.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.53% White, 3.46% Black, 0.18% Native American, 1.03% Asian, 1.99% from other races, and 1.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.85% of the population.
As of the 2000 Census, 28.2% of Belmar's residents were of Irish ancestry, the 12th highest of any municipality in New Jersey, for all communities in which at least 1,000 people listed their ancestry.
There were 2,946 households out of which 17.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.0% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 55.3% were non-families. 44.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the borough the population was spread out with 17.2% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 36.7% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $44,896, and the median income for a family was $61,250. Males had a median income of $40,557 versus $34,323 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $29,456. About 4.5% of families and 8.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.3% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.
Parks and recreationEdit
Belmar is a popular vacation destination because of its natural and recreational resources and close proximity to New York and Philadelphia. It features wide beaches for sunbathing, surfing, swimming, and fishing. The boardwalk and town offer shops, restaurants, an active arts scene, sporting events, festivals, and a variety of family-oriented activities (see "Annual Events" below). Belmar sits on the south side of the Shark River and boasts a large municipal marina in the bay and on the inlet itself, including the only private marina in town, Seaport Inlet Marina.
Belmar beach (as well as those of municipalities to the south, such as Manasquan and Point Pleasant) is among the most popular surf spots on the East Coast. Belmar frequently hosts surfing events and competitions. Along with surfing, Belmar also has an active skate community and skatepark constructed by American Ramp Company. The Jersey Shore Basketball League, a competitive summer basketball league, takes place at St. Rose High School every summer.
The Belmar Arts Council (BAC) sponsors regular art shows, workshops, concerts, and performances year around. BAC's gallery and workshop, the Boatworks, is located at 608 River Road, Belmar, around the corner from Klein's Seafood Restaurant near the Shark River Inlet.
In July 1990, the voters of Belmar overwhelmingly passed a referendum changing Belmar's form of government from a three-person, non-partisan commission form of government under the Walsh Act to the Small Municipality plan 3 form of government under the Faulkner Act. This referendum followed nine months of research, analysis and hearings by a Charter Study Commission elected by the residents at a referendum that passed in November 1989 and implemented effective January 1, 1991.
Under the version of the Small Municipality Plan form applicable to Belmar, the Council consists of four members who are elected for staggered, three-year terms at partisan elections each year as part of the November general election, with either one or two seats up for vote in a three-year cycle. The Mayor is directly elected by the voters for a four-year term and serves as Belmar's chief executive officer, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Borough. The Mayor sits as a member of the Council and chairs Council meetings. He is able to vote as a member of the Council, but has no veto over the Council's actions.
As of 2016[update], the Mayor of Belmar is Democrat Matthew Doherty, whose term of office ends December 31, 2018. Members of the Belmar Borough Council are Thomas Brennan (D, 2017), Janis Keown-Blackburn (D, 2016), Brian P. Magovern (D, 2016) and Jennifer Nicolay (D, 2015).
Federal, state and county representationEdit
Belmar is located in the 4th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 30th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Belmar had been in the 11th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Belmar had been part of the 6th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.
For the 116th United States Congress, New Jersey's Fourth Congressional District is represented by Chris Smith (R, Hamilton Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (Paramus, term ends 2025).
For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 30th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Robert Singer (R, Lakewood Township) and in the General Assembly by Sean T. Kean (R, Wall Township) and Ned Thomson (R, Wall Township).
Monmouth County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members who are elected at-large to serve three year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects one of its members to serve as Director and another as Deputy Director. As of 2018[update], Monmouth County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone (R, Neptune City, term as freeholder ends December 31, 2019; term as freeholder director ends 2018), Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry (R, Colts Neck Township, term as freeholder ends 2020; term as deputy director ends 2018), John P. Curley (R, Middletown Township, 2018), Patrick G. Impreveduto (R, Holmdel Township, 2020) and Dr. Gerry P. Scharfenberger (R, Middletown Township, 2019; appointed to serve an unexpired term). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon (R, 2020; Ocean Township),Sheriff Shaun Golden (R, 2019; Howell Township) and Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters (R, 2021; Middletown Township).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 3,823 registered voters in Belmar, of which 1,074 (28.1%) were registered as Democrats, 765 (20.0%) were registered as Republicans and 1,982 (51.8%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were two voters registered to other parties.
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 51.5% of the vote (1,310 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 47.0% (1,196 votes), and other candidates with 1.4% (36 votes), among the 2,584 ballots cast by the borough's 4,011 registered voters (42 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 64.4%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 49.5% of the vote (1,389 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 47.4% (1,332 votes) and other candidates with 1.6% (44 votes), among the 2,808 ballots cast by the borough's 3,938 registered voters, for a turnout of 71.3%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 50.4% of the vote (1,394 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 48.0% (1,327 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (32 votes), among the 2,764 ballots cast by the borough's 4,014 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 68.9.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 70.6% of the vote (1,440 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 27.2% (555 votes), and other candidates with 2.2% (45 votes), among the 2,096 ballots cast by the borough's 4,043 registered voters (56 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 51.8%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 57.4% of the vote (1,173 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 34.0% (694 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 6.8% (138 votes) and other candidates with 1.0% (20 votes), among the 2,044 ballots cast by the borough's 3,698 registered voters, yielding a 55.3% turnout.
The Belmar School District serves students in public school for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at Belmar Elementary School. As of the 2013-14 school year, the district's one school had an enrollment of 561 students and 53.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.5:1. The district also serves students from Lake Como who attend as part of a sending/receiving relationship. The school was constructed in 1909 and has had additions built in 1929, 1949, 1969 and 1993. There are 61 certified staff members, including the district's administrators, teachers, nurses and child study team personnel, with an additional 12 paraprofessionals. The single school is two schools in one, a primary school for grades preschool through fifth and a middle school organization plan for grades six through eight.
Students attending public high school for ninth through twelfth grades are assigned to either Manasquan High School or Asbury Park High School based on sending/receiving relationships with the Manasquan Public Schools and Asbury Park Public Schools, respectively. Manasquan High School also serves students from Avon-by-the-Sea, Brielle, Lake Como, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights who attend Manasquan High School as part of sending/receiving relationships with their respective districts. As of the 2015-16 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 963 students and 68.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.0:1.
Students may also attend Red Bank Regional High School, Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Academy of Allied Health & Science, Academy Charter School, High Technology High School, Communications High School or Biotechnology High School.
Students also have the option to attend Academy Charter High School in Lake Como, which accepts students on a lottery basis from the communities of Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Deal, Interlaken and Lake Como.
Belmar is home of St. Rose High School, which was established in 1923 by the local parish and the Sisters of St. Joseph, and operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.
The Belmar Public Library, one of New Jersey's original 36 Carnegie libraries is in need of repairs and may be consolidated into the town's borough hall, and possibly join the Monmouth County Library system. The building may be demolished or possibly relocated from the intersection made famous by the E Street Band.
Roads and highwaysEdit
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 26.12 miles (42.04 km) of roadways, of which 20.85 miles (33.55 km) were maintained by the municipality, 3.40 miles (5.47 km) by Monmouth County and 1.87 miles (3.01 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
NJ Transit provides rail transportation at the Belmar station to and from Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan, Newark Penn Station and Hoboken Terminal on the North Jersey Coast Line. New Jersey Transit also provides bus transportation between Belmar and Philadelphia on the 317 route and service on the 830 route.
- Belmar 5 Mile Johnny Cobb Memorial Run
- New Jersey Seafood Festival celebrated its 30th year in 2016. The festival, which attracted an estimated 200,000 visitors in 2015, had to be modified in scope to allow the borough to cope with the volumes of traffic.
- New Jersey Sand Castle Contest, which featured 200 participants at the 27th annual event in 2013
- St. Patrick's Day Parade
- Belmar Pro Surf Contest
- Belmar Fall Festival
- Belmar Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
- Belmar Spring Kite Festival
- Howard Rowland Memorial Lifeguard Tournament - an annual tournament of lifeguard teams from the Jersey Shore
- Belmar Mile Swim
- Belmar Sprint Triathlon
- The Jersey Shore Relay Run, which has a leg that goes through Belmar
- Surfer's Healing
- Belmar is home to the first and oldest first-aid squad in the United States.
- Belmar's "E" Street is the original source of Bruce Springsteen's "E Street Band". Springsteen's original keyboardist, David Sancious, was a resident of E Street in Belmar at the time the band was formed. The Sancious' family home was often used as a practice venue where they honed their musical craft in the formative pre-fame years.
- Monmouth Executive Airport in nearby Wall Township is designated with the call letters "BLM" based on its initial name of Belmar Airport.
- In the HBO series The Sopranos, Belmar is shown as the home port of Tony Soprano's boat, the Stugots.
- Guy Fieri featured Belmar and local restaurant 10th Avenue Burrito in an episode of Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives which originally aired on December 13, 2010.
According to the Köppen climate classification system, Belmar, New Jersey has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa). Cfa climates are characterized by all months having an average mean temperature > 32.0 °F (> 0.0 °C), at least four months with an average mean temperature ≥ 50.0 °F (≥ 10.0 °C), at least one month with an average mean temperature ≥ 71.6 °F (≥ 22.0 °C) and no significant precipitation difference between seasons. During the summer months at Belmar, a cooling afternoon sea breeze is present on most days, but episodes of extreme heat and humidity can occur with heat index values ≥ 95 °F (≥ 35 °C). On average, the wettest month of the year is July which corresponds with the annual peak in thunderstorm activity. During the winter months, episodes of extreme cold and wind can occur with wind chill values < 0 °F (< -18 °C). The plant hardiness zone at Belmar Beach is 7a with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of 3.8 °F (-15.7 °C). The average seasonal (Nov-Apr) snowfall total is between 18 and 24 inches (46 and 61 cm), and the average snowiest month is February which corresponds with the annual peak in nor'easter activity.
|Climate data for Belmar Beach, NJ (1981-2010 Averages)|
|Average high °F (°C)||40.0
|Daily mean °F (°C)||32.5
|Average low °F (°C)||24.9
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||3.65
|Average relative humidity (%)||64.3||62.0||60.3||61.6||65.5||70.0||69.6||71.2||71.3||69.6||67.5||65.3||66.5|
|Average dew point °F (°C)||21.8
|Climate data for Sandy Hook, NJ Ocean Water Temperature (20 N Belmar)|
|Daily mean °F (°C)||37
According to the A. W. Kuchler U.S. potential natural vegetation types, Belmar, New Jersey would have an Appalachian Oak (104) vegetation type with an Eastern Hardwood Forest (25) vegetation form.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Belmar include:
- Jay Alders (born 1973), artist and photographer.
- Tom Brower (born 1965), member of the Hawaii House of Representatives.
- Dave Calloway (born 1968), college basketball coach and the former head men's basketball coach at Monmouth University.
- Christian Fuscarino (born c. 1981), community organizer and LGBT activist who is the Executive Director of Garden State Equality.
- Brian Lynch (born 1978), American-Irish professional Basketball player and former standout at Villanova University who played for the Belgian team Euphony Bree. Lynch is married to former World No. 1-ranked tennis star Kim Clijsters.
- Jay Lynch (1945-2017), cartoonist best known for his comic strip Nard n' Pat.
- Marina Mabrey (born 1996), basketball player with the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association.
- Balls Mahoney (1972-2016), professional wrestler.
- Joseph Mayer (1877–1942), Mayor of Belmar who later served on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
- Tom McGowan (born 1956), actor.
- Douglas Crawford McMurtrie (1888–1944), type designer.
- Richie Rosenberg, trombonist who performed with Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes.
- David Sancious (born 1953), early member of the E Street Band.
- Sarah Spiegel, singer and actress.
- Neal Sterling (born 1992), wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- E. Donald Sterner (1894–1983), politician.
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- Belmar Elementary School 2013 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed July 14, 2016. "The school also provides for the educational needs of students from the neighboring community of Lake Como, a small interior municipality which has a total area of 0.3 square miles.... Students from the Belmar and Lake Como communities who attend public high school are assigned based on sending/receiving relationships to either Manasquan High School or Asbury Park High School. Students may also attend one of the Career Academies in the Monmouth County Vocational School District, which are Academy of Allied Health & Science (AAHS), Biotechnology High School (BTHS) Communications High School (CHS), High Technology High School (HTHS), and Marine Academy of Science & Technology (MAST), as well as Red Bank Regional High School."
- About Our School, Belmar Elementary School. Accessed October 4, 2014.
- Manasquan Public Schools 2016-17 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 15, 2018. "Students from the communities of Avon, Belmar, Brielle, Lake Como, Manasquan, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, and Spring Lake Heights attended MHS in 2016-2017, amassing an enrollment of 960 students. There were 260 students in the senior class, as well as 256 juniors, 220 sophomores, and 224 freshmen."
- Cheslow, Jerry. "LIVING IN/Belmar, N.J.; Pushing Back on a Rowdy Reputation", The New York Times, June 20, 2004. Accessed July 29, 2012. "From Belmar Elementary, students are slotted to go to either Manasquan High School or Asbury Park High School, according to a 56-44 percent formula worked out with the New Jersey Department of Education in the late 1940s."
- Sending Districts, Manasquan Public Schools. Accessed May 29, 2016. "Manasquan High School receives students from seven different districts; Avon, Brielle, Belmar, Lake Como, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, and Spring Lake Heights. Including our Manasquan students, the high school population is just under one thousand students."
- School data for Manasquan High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
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- About Us[permanent dead link], Academy Charter High School. Accessed August 27, 2013. "Academy Charter High School is a free public high school for residents of Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Avon, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Deal, Interlaken, and Lake Como."
- Mullen, Shannon; Shields, Nancy; and Matheson, Kathy. "Crime, school solutions costly as city seeks rebirth; High school improving, but not enough, many say", Asbury Park Press, January 27, 2005. Accessed August 28, 2013. "It was the day of the charter school's annual lottery, when names of applicants are drawn at random to fill the last remaining slots in next fall's freshman class. Academy Charter, now in its seventh year, is free to students in Asbury Park and the seven nearby towns that are sending districts for Asbury Park High School: Allenhurst, Avon, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Deal, Interlaken and Lake Como, formerly South Belmar."
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- History, St. Rose High School. Accessed August 26, 2013. "The Parish of St. Rose and the Sisters of Saint Joseph founded St. Rose High School in 1923 under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Trenton."
- Larsen, Erik. "Neighbor upset with conditions at Belmar yeshiva", Asbury Park Press, May 11, 2007. Accessed February 23, 2011. "On Thursday Mayor Kenneth E Pringle a Democrat said that Mesivta Keser Torah School on 11th Avenue near D Street has been a fixture in Belmar in some form or another since about the 1920s."
- Mulshine, Molly. "Is demolition in future of library?". Star News Group. Archived from the original on October 5, 2011. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
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- Williams, Paul. "Belmar Seafood Festival to be scaled back in 2016", Asbury Park Press, December 7, 2015. Accessed October 30, 2016. "The borough's annual Seafood Festival will be scaled back and held one month earlier than normal in 2016, after record crowds at this year's festival in June forced the borough to close its entrances for four hours when its streets became overcrowded and gridlocked with traffic.... Officials have estimated that 200,000 people flocked to the borough during the three-day event in 2015."
- Murray, Ed. "New Jersey Sandcastle Contest in Belmar has more than 200 entries", The Star-Ledger, July 17, 2013. Accessed October 16, 2013. "Belmar beach was a construction zone today filled with castles, a giant sea horse, a shark named Bruce and a Kraken.More than 200 entries were made for this year's New Jersey Sandcastle Contest, said John Bonevich, one of the contest judges. This is the 27th annual event."
- Robbins, Christopher. "Surfers' camaraderie, love of ocean shreds competition at Belmar Pro", NJ.com, September 14, 2013. Accessed October 16, 2013. "BELMAR – The Tao of surfing was spread across the 18th Avenue beach Saturday morning like a blanket. At the 10th Fosters Pro surfing competition, dozens of experienced surfers shredded the mushy swells of the Jersey Shore, as hundreds of spectators gathered to watch them."
- Parker, Chris. "Manasquan takes Belmar's Howard Rowland Lifeguard Tournament", Asbury Park Press, July 9, 2013. Accessed October 16, 2013. "There are a few differences this summer at the 10th Avenue Pavilion on the beach in Belmar.... It's the first summer since superstorm Sandy ravaged the Jersey Shore, and the state slogan "Stronger Than The Storm" was on full display at the 18th annual Howard Rowland Lifeguard Tournament, where eight local crews competed."
- Reiss, Fraidy. "Belmar now blessed with an Irish sister: Borough, Balbriggan seem to have a lot in common", Asbury Park Press, August 8, 2008. Accessed August 22, 2008.
- "Belmar First Aid Squad" Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine "The Belmar First Aid Squad was organized in 1927 and is believed to be the oldest independent volunteer squad in the U.S."
- Sucato, Kristy. "ON THE MAP ; A First-Aid Station That Faces an Emergency of Its Own", The New York Times, September 21, 1997. Accessed July 29, 2012. "Belmar's first aid squad this year is celebrating its 70th anniversary, and it is the oldest volunteer squad in the United States and Canada."
- Cahillane, Kevin. "Two Guys Left Behind In the E Street Shuffle", The New York Times, May 1, 2005. Accessed July 29, 2012. "Without David Sancious, there would be no E Street Band. Which is to say that one night in 1973 as the band returned home from touring in Texas, the van pulled up to Mr. Sancious' childhood home at 1105 E Street in Belmar and Mr. Springsteen now had a name for the band."
- Mueller, Naomi. "What's in a name? A glimpse of the future, owner believes", Asbury Park Press, July 23, 2001. Accessed July 29, 2012. "At about the same time, he gave the site its first name: Belmar Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration assigned the airport its three-letter abbreviation, BLM."
- Long, Daniel W. "Are You A Made Man?", Boating (magazine), September 2002, Vol. 75, No. 9, p. 106. Accessed August 26, 2013. "55. Where's home port for Stugots? a. Belmar, New Jersey b. Point Pleasant, New Jersey c. Manasquan, New Jersey" Answer "a" is shown on p. 108.
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- Webster, Sarah. "Twisting and changing: Jay Alders is a graphic artist, painter and photographer", Asbury Park Press, January 24, 2008. Accessed February 4, 2011. "Now Alders resides in Belmar as a self-employed businessman graphic artist painter and photographer."
- Tom Brower, Hawaii State Legislature. Accessed July 17, 2017. "He also lived in Belmar and Spring Lake on the New Jersey Shore as a child, where he attended grammar school and high school."
- Dave Calloway, Monmouth Hawks men's basketball. Accessed July 3, 2019. "They have one son, Dave, and currently reside in Belmar, New Jersey."
- Petruncio, Nick. "Belmar native is new leader of LGBT group", Asbury Park Press, June 3, 2016. Accessed July 3, 2019. "Christian Fuscarino, the 25-year-old recently appointed head of the state’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, remembers the day he held in his hand a gold pocket watch that belonged to his hero, Bayard Rustin, a gay man who was Martin Luther King Jr.’s closest community organizer."
- "Clijsters, Lynch wed in Belgian ceremony", Asbury Park Press, July 14, 2007. Accessed July 25, 2007. "Retired tennis star Kim Clijsters and U.S. basketball player Brian Lynch, a Belmar resident, were married Friday in a secret early morning ceremony.... Clijsters said she wanted to focus on her wedding and a new life with Lynch, a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy who went on to play basketball at Villanova and plays professionally in the Belgian league."
- Sandomir, Richard. "Jay Lynch, Underground Comics Creator, Dies at 72", The New York Times, March 12, 2017. Accessed March 13, 2017. "Mr. Lynch's early life was a bit unconventional. Jay Patrick Lynch was born in Orange, N.J., on Jan. 7, 1945, and grew up in Belmar."
- LoGiudice, Daniel. "WNBA Draft 2019: Marina Mabrey selected by Los Angeles Sparks", Asbury Park Press, April 10, 2019. Accessed July 3, 2019. "Mabrey, a Belmar native, became the second player ever from the Shore Conference to be drafted in the WNBA Draft after Neptune and Seton Hall alum Shakena Richardson was selected 30th overall by the Dallas Wings in 2016."
- Polyn, Glenn. "Belmar resident part of the new wave of wrestling", Asbury Park Press, July 5, 2001. Accessed February 4, 2011. "Rechner made a request to the ECW brass that Balls Mahoney be an extension of his own personality.... The 24-year-old Belmar resident sat beside his co-workers, Dave Michaels and Brian Sexton, and explained how he dreams of the day when thousands of people to scream their displeasure at him."
- Staff. "Joseph Mayer; Former Mayor of Belmar Was Director of Freeholders", The New York Times, November 19, 1942. Accessed February 9, 2011. "He was born in Hazelton, Pa., Where he was elected to the Common Council at the age of 21 and later served as its president. He moved to Belmar in 1908 after residing in Lakewood."
- Marks, Peter. "On Stage, and Off", The New York Times, September 8, 1995. Accessed July 29, 2012. "Fortunately, the 36-year-old actor, a native of Belmar, N.J., needs a lot of padding on his 200-plus-pound frame to play Otto, whose eating compulsion feeds into one of the central themes of Nicky Silver's new comedy, which opened last month to largely enthusiastic reviews."
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- Wilkowe, Ellen S. "Man with a horn", Asbury Park Press, February 8, 2009. Accessed February 4, 2011. "After joining the Jukes Rosenberg moved to the Shore area and lived in Belmar, Long Branch and even across from the Stone Pony he said."
- Lustig, Jay. "Revisiting E Street: Ex-Springsteen sideman looks forward to Shore gig", The Star-Ledger, July 15, 2005. Accessed July 30, 2007. "Sancious grew up in Asbury Park and Belmar. The E Street Band was named after the address of his mother's Belmar home, where they sometimes practiced."
- Staff. "Two Days: Louis Prima Jr., oysters and festivals", The Star-Ledger, September 8, 2012. Accessed December 16, 2017. "Alongside him: the Witnesses, featuring singer Sarah Spiegel, an actress who grew up in Belmar and has appeared on The King of Queens."
- Newman, Josh. "Monmouth's Neal Sterling Chosen in NFL Draft by Jacksonville Jaguars", Asbury Park Press, May 3, 2015. Accessed May 17, 2015. "Sterling, a Belmar native and a 2009 graduate of Manasquan High School, finished in the top three on the career list of every receiving category."
- Staff. "E.D. Sterner Named Hoffman Secretary; Head of the Republican State Committee of Jersey Will Take Office Jan. 15.", The New York Times, November 20, 1934. Accessed February 4, 2011. "E. Donald Sterner of Belmar, chairman of the Republican State Committee, is to be secretary to Harold G. Hoffman, when the latter becomes Governor Jan. 15."
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