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All of the email communication sent out monthly can be viewed on this page. Older messages will be moved to our Archived Communications page. We've created the page in order to better serve the 5% of members with no email address on file and as a place for all members to review past communications. You can scroll through the page or simply click on a date to read that day's email.

January 15, 2018        
         
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January 2018

 

January 15, 2018

Dear Member,

For issues of interest contact us on info@berkeleyshores.org.
Changed your email address? Advise membership chairman on members@berkeleyshores.org.
The BSHCA newsletter is issued bi-monthly and distributed on Mondays.
- Mayor's HOT LINE, 732 244 7400 ext 1203 Report your concerns, issues, suggestions.
- Police Chief's TIP LINE 732 341 1132 ext 611. Report suspicious activity

Report on Water Quality from President, Keith Ruscitti

At the December Berkeley Township Mayor/Council Meeting, more information was provided to the public regarding the quality of tap water provided by AQUA -- one of the 5 water companies that serve Berkeley Township. All of the residents and properties in the Berkeley Shores community are serviced by AQUA. Three representatives from AQUA were at the meeting to answer questions about the higher-than-normal levels of Aluminum and Iron found in our water supply.

To review: Dating back to 2010 AQUA’s own testing found that the amount of Iron and Aluminum in our water ranged as high as 12 times over the EPA RECOMMENDED contaminant level. This is according to AQUA’s most recent tests.

However, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency, the federal agency that oversees water quality) doesn’t consider Iron and Aluminum a PRIMARY contaminant and it doesn’t require states to mandate the amount of such SECONDARY pollutants in its water. States have the option to mandate the level if they so choose. The New Jersey DEP only recommends water companies adhere to these levels. Thus, it is NOT state law.

AQUA says the high levels of Aluminum and Iron are not a health risk but it does cause discoloration and it affects the taste of the water. It also causes damage to pipes, bathtubs, toilets, sinks and filters need to be replaced or checked routinely.

According to water company representatives, AQUA has begun building a filtration system to fix this problem. The project was started last month with an anticipated completion date of one year.

We will keep our membership updated on this issue and other water testing issues that may arise. Testing results dating back to 2010 can be found on our website http://berkeleyshores.org/news6a.html


Membership

Members, we continue to chip away at our goal. We are now 29 members and 15 households short of last years’ roster count. We are presently at a 96% renewal rate from last-years membership roster. The deadline for dues payment for the 2017-2018 cycle was December 31, 2017. Dues not received after that date will result in removal from the active membership roster.

Scholarships

Members, in good standing, are encouraged to go online to the BSHCA web page for graduating high school seniors to submit applications for consideration by the scholarship committee. It is very important to follow the scholarship application process and date deadlines. http://berkeleyshores.org/scholarship.html


Center Island

Center island caretaker, John Schnitzer, continues to appeal for your assistance in maintaining our welcoming island. So many of you have checked off gardening in your application responses. Just a small amount of your time can make John's job so much easier. Please consider joining him. We need to do all we can to present our neighborhood as a great place to live, not only for the visitor, but to the prospective home buyer. The center island is the first thing they see when entering Berkeley Shores. Currently, John is doing it alone with the help of board members and one member volunteer. If you are interested in helping, contact John Schnitzer at 732-237-9922.

Social Events

Your ideas for social events, shows, trips, etc. are welcome. Contact Social director, Jerry Coppola on 732 237 8855

2018 BSHCA Golf Tournament, Thursday, July 19, 2018

While it might be a bit early to think golf, July will come sooner than you think. Get your foursomes in early to ensure your spot. Our web site WILL house all information you need to join the BSHCA Tournament in July and it will be posted as it becomes available. In the meantime, visit our SAVE THE DATE page and watch for updates!

AHOY BSHCA MARINERS!!!
2018 "One Sweet Day" Sixth Annual Boat Outing to Atlantic City
Date: Friday, July 13, 2018 - Sunday July 15, 2018

For MORE information visit the One Sweet Day Atlantic City Boat Outing page on our website!

 

 

 

December 2017

 

December 31, 2017

Dear Member,

For issues of interest contact us on info@berkeleyshores.org.
Changed your email address? Advise membership chairman on members@berkeleyshores.org.
The BSHCA newsletter is issued bi-monthly and distributed on Mondays.
- Mayor's HOT LINE, 732 244 7400 ext 1203 Report your concerns, issues, suggestions.
- Police Chief's TIP LINE 732 341 1132 ext 611. Report suspicious activity

Township Reorganization Meeting

The Mayor and Township Council will meet on Monday, January 1, 2018, 12PM, for the Annual Reorganization Meeting. The event will be held in the meeting room located at Town Hall, 627 Pinewald-Keswick Road, Bayville. Your attendance will show support for our local government.

Condolences

BSHCA offers condolences to Executive Board Director, Gary Dinallo and his family for the recent death of his mother.

 

Berkeley Shores “End of Year” Real Estate Report – 2nd VP Bob Nunn

The real estate report update by Bob Nunn is the 2nd most visited page in our web site. The active listings and closed sale prices are important if you are selling preparing for a tax appeal or seeking general sales information. Bob has prepared a special “end of year report” synopsis.

Real Estate update for Berkeley Shores:
While 2017 is just about finished I thought you might appreciate an update on how our waterfront homes are faring in this changing real estate market. The year 2017 was clearly stronger for waterfront homes sales, reducing inventory levels, however prices have only nudged up slightly. Actual full NJ state reports show a slight decline in prices, but effectively flat. Inland homes and especially the adult communities enjoyed brisker sales and better price development over last year.

Here are some interesting points:

• Now, for 2017, there are 53 homes (including the waterfront condos) either closed or under contract.

• The sold properties range from $180,000 to $900,000 with the average at $377,889.

• 13 Homes closed above the $500K level, a considerable increase from last year which only posted 2 properties above this level.
This is an important development for Berkeley Shores.

• For sale (waterfront) inventory is at 28 units compared to 46 in all of Bayville, the ration is similar to previous years, but total number of available properties is lower than past years and that is a good thing for the sellers.


Flood insurance rates have remained basically stable with only slight increases reported by some of our clients. One factor that may help our market and other waterfront homes on the bay is buyer apprehension of living on the barrier islands.
While massive rebuilding has taken place since Sandy, some buyers have made the move to the bay side giving the extra level of protection.

Conversely, one area of uncertainty will be how the new tax laws will impact second home sales and values. Losing the ability to deduct certain deductions on a second home can only place downward pressure on these markets. One would hope this will only be temporary until we all adjust to the new normal. Also, if consumer confidence continues to rise, buyers should feel more confident in buying into the waterfront life style. After all, that’s why most of us purchased on the water, it’s all about the experience.

If you wish to watch a short video on NJ real estate comparing Q3 2016 to 2017 here is a link that is worth a few minutes to view. https://youtu.be/2x_zrZMDiow. Sales data from Monmouth Ocean MLS

Bob & Kathi Nunn are Realtors with Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty, 1055 Lacey Rd. Forked River NJ. Bob is second VP for BSHCA. This newsletter item may also be accessed in our web site on http://www.berkeleyshores.org/news_realestate.html

Membership

Members, we continue to chip away at our goal. We are now 31 members and 15 households short of last years’ roster count. We are presently at a 93% renewal rate from last-years membership roster. The deadline for dues payment for the 2017-2018 cycle was December 31, 2017. Dues not received after that date will result in removal from the active membership roster.

Scholarships

Members, in good standing, are encouraged to go online to the BSHCA web page for graduating high school seniors to submit applications for consideration by the scholarship committee. It is very important to follow the scholarship application process and date deadlines. http://berkeleyshores.org/scholarship.html

Center Island

Center island caretaker, John Schnitzer, continues to appeal for your assistance in maintaining our welcoming island. So many of you have checked off gardening in your application responses. Just a small amount of your time can make Johns job so much easier. Please consider joining him. We need to do all we can to present our neighborhood as a great place to live, not only for the visitor, but to the prospective home buyer. The center island is the first thing they see when entering Berkeley Shores. Currently, John is doing it alone with the help of board members and one member volunteer. If you are interested in helping, contact John Schnitzer at 732-237-9922.

Social Events

Your ideas for social events, shows, trips, etc. are welcome. Contact Social director, Jerry Coppola on 732 237 8855

2018 BSHCA Golf Tournament, Thursday, July 19, 2018

Director, Ken Gerb and his Golf Tournament Committee held their first meeting for the 2018 season on December 17, 2017. They are well on their way in preparing and planning of the event having secured contracts for breakfast, lunch, VFW and Cedar Creek Golf Course. The committee expects slots to fill quickly this year. Get your foursomes in early to ensure your spot.

Fred Bekiarian, Newsletter Editor, BSHCA

 

 

December 18, 2017

Message from the President, Keith Ruscitti
Dear Berkeley Shore Members,

One of our members has alerted us to the most recent testing conducted by our water company, AQUA. It has been determined that a higher-than-normal level exists for two specific contaminants – aluminum and iron. The test results mean the water has not been compliant with NJDEP mandates for both of these secondary contaminants. Furthermore, it appears our tap water has had higher-than-normal levels of aluminum and iron dating back to at least 2010. Here are some links to past years tests:

https://www.aquaamerica.com/WaterQualityReports/2010/NJ/NJ1505002.pdf
https://www.aquaamerica.com/WaterQualityReports/2010/NJ/NJ1505002.pdf
https://www.aquaamerica.com/WaterQualityReports/2012/NJ/NJ1505002.pdf
https://www.aquaamerica.com/WaterQualityReports/2014/NJ/NJ1505002.pdf


Township Council has been made aware of this issue and is writing a resolution on the matter. More news of the issue can be read in the most recent issue of the Berkeley Times. This issue will be addressed again at the December Township Council meeting. An AQUA representative, or two, will likely be at the meeting.

The Township Council regular meeting is scheduled on Monday, December 18 at 6 p.m. in the meeting room located at 627 Pinewald-Keswick Road, Bayville. It is the last meeting before the New Year. Your attendance will show support and concern for an issue that requires attention.
See you at the meeting,
Keith Ruscitti
President,
Berkeley Shores Homeowners Civic Association
609-351-2462 cell

Membership

Members, we are 33 members away from last years’ total and 86 away from our 2018 goal of 700. Returns continue at a slow pace. Please check your countertops and mail bins for the renewal notices. We are presently at a 93% renewal rate from last-years membership roster. The deadline for dues payment for the 2017-2018 cycle is December 31, 2017. Dues not received after that date will result in removal from the active membership roster.

Scholarships

Members, in good standing, are encouraged to go online to the BSHCA web page for graduating high school seniors to submit applications for consideration by the scholarship committee. It is very important to follow the scholarship application process and date deadlines. berkeleyshores.org

Center Island

To date, there has been one response to John Schnitzers’ appeal for volunteers to assist with the maintenance of our center island. If we can recruit enough volunteers, the time requirements will be minimal, and our island will maintain a fresh and groomed look for all who enter Berkeley Shores. We need to do all we can to present our neighborhood as a great place to live, not only for the visitor, but to the prospective home buyer. The center island is the first thing they see when entering Berkeley Shores. Please check your calendars for room in your busy schedules to help John. Currently, he is doing it alone with the help of board members. If you are interested in helping, contact John Schnitzer at 732-237-9922.

Toy Drive

BSHCA has participated in the Annual Drive for the Children's Specialized Hospital in Toms River and the Robert Wood Johnson-Bristol Myers Squibb Pediatric Cancer Center in New Brunswick. Coordinator, Cathy Peach informs us that we have done very well with donations to the drive. Our donation of $250 was used to purchase much needed pajamas and sleepwear for more than 100 children. Cathy thanks all for your generosity that will put a smile on the faces of children suffering from serious illness. The drive ended on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Events

Christmas Show at Surflight Theater, Beach Haven.
On Tuesday, December 12, thirty plus members attended the Christmas Show at the Surflight Theater and lunch at Buckelews in Beach Haven. All had an enjoyable day. The Surflight has scheduled many performances for the 2018 season including concerts and plays. Social Director, Jerry Coppola, will survey you in the future, with a list of performances, for your interest.

 

2018 BSHCA Golf Tournament, Thursday, July 19, 2018

Director, Ken Gerb and his Golf Tournament Committee held their first meeting for the 2018 season on December 17, 2017. They are well on their way in preparing and planning of the event having secured contracts for breakfast, lunch, VFW and Cedar Creek Golf Course.

 

Fred Bekiarian, Newsletter Editor, BSHCA

 

 

 

December 4, 2017

 

Election of President

The Executive Board thanks all members who participated in the election of Keith Ruscitti to the position of president at a special meeting held on November 30, 2017. Keith will serve his term until the June 2019 election cycle. The first board meeting with Keith at the helm will take place on Tuesday, December 5. Since June, the Executive board has been operating without a president. While all areas have been covered, it is still essential to have a leader at the helm to set the agenda, run meetings and move the organization with new ideas and approaches. He will not be working alone in his new position, enjoying strong support from his executive board.
The membership welcomes Keith and wishes him well in his new position of President.

 

Membership

Members, we are 45 members away from last years’ total and 86 away from our 2018 goal of 700. Returns continue at a slow pace. Please check your countertops and mail bins for the renewal notices. We are presently at a 93% renewal rate from last-years membership roster. The deadline for dues payment for the 2017-2018 cycle is December 31, 2017. Dues not received after that date will result in removal from the active membership roster.

 

Scholarships

Members, in good standing, are encouraged to go online to the BSHCA web page for graduating high school seniors to submit applications for consideration by the scholarship committee. It is very important to follow the scholarship application process and date deadlines. berkeleyshores.org

 

Center Island

To date, there has been no response to John Schnitzers’ appeal for volunteers to assist with the maintenance of our center island. If we can recruit enough volunteers, the time requirements will be minimal, and our island will maintain a fresh and groomed look for all who enter Berkeley Shores. We need to do all we can to present our neighborhood as a great place to live, not only for the visitor, but to the prospective home buyer. The center island is the first thing they see when entering Berkeley Shores. Please check your calendars for room in your busy schedules to help John. Currently, he is doing it alone with the help of board members. If you are interested in helping, contact John Schnitzer at 732-237-9922.

 

Toy Drive

BSHCA is participating in the Annual Toy Drive for the Childrens’ Specialized Hospital in Toms River and the Robert Wood Johnson-Bristol Myers Squibb Pediatric Cancer Center in New Brunswick. Coordinator, Cathy Peach informs us that you are doing very well with donations to the drive. She thanks all for your generosity that will put a smile on the faces of children suffering from serious illness. If you cannot find the time to purchase a toy, perhaps a monetary donation can be considered. All toys must be new and unwrapped. Please drop off your toys at her home, 15 Starboard Court, Bayville or call her at 732 237 0901. Monetary donations can be mailed to BSHCA, PO Box 134, Bayville, NJ 08721. Enter toy drive in the memo section of your check to enable entry into the proper category of the treasury. A list is provided on our web site, berkeleyshores.org. The drive will close on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

 

Social Events

Christmas Show at Surflight Theater, Beach Haven. (Special Announcement)
The date for the Christmas Show at the Surflight Theater is set for Tuesday, December 12, 2PM. Lunch will be served before the show at Buckalew’s Restaurant &Tavern, 101 North Bay Ave., Beach Haven, 11:30AM. Jerry has 2 extra tickets available for anyone interested in the Christmas Show. For additional information call Jerry on 732 237 8855.

Fred Bekiarian, Newsletter Editor, BSHCA

 

 

 

December 1, 2017 - SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Introducing, BSHCA President, Keith Ruscitti

It is our pleasure to announce the election of member Keith Ruscitti to the position of President, BSHCA. Following a thorough vetting by members of the executive board, he was installed by the membership in a special election held on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Keith has been a homeowner in Berkeley Shores, residing at 119 Amherst Drive with his wife, Gloria and their two children, Tommy 17 and Angelina 14, since 2005. He was raised in Burlington county and graduated from Rowan University in 1990. Gloria has been a teacher in Central Regional HS for 11 years.

For more than 25 years, Keith has worked in the media business and in the newspaper industry. During his journalistic career, he held the positions of Sports Editor, Columnist, General Assignments and Editor for several publications, including the Asbury Park Press and the Ocean County Observer. He is also active in youth sports programs in our township.

Keith will come to us with professional experience. Our bi-monthly newsletters are the main means of communication and his expertise will be valuable in improving our communications internally and externally.

Since June, the Executive board has been operating without a president. While all areas have been covered, it is still essential to have a leader at the helm to set the agenda, run meetings and move the organization with new ideas and approaches. He will not be working alone in his new position, enjoying strong support from his executive board.

The membership welcomes Keith and wishes him well in his new position of President.

BSHCA Executive Board