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Sunday, December 1st, starts our Annual Christmas Tree Sale Fundraiser behind the Firehouse on Beach Road.Our lot is packed full of;
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
How to pick and care for a fresh Christmas treeIt wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas tree, the extravagant centerpiece of an extravagant holiday.Hung with shiny ornaments and aglow with shimmering lights, it is magical — a thing of wonder and delight no matter how many holidays have come and gone. I know artificial trees have their partisans, but nothing but a real tree will do for traditionalists who seek the original impulse behind our winter celebration.From ancient times, evergreens have symbolized the continuity of life and hope in the year’s darkest days. Why trifle with the wisdom of the ages? And why forego the really rather zany custom of dragging an entire tree into the house to decorate and admire?Without a live tree, your nose wouldn’t tingle with the resinous and evocative odor of supple green boughs. The scent of balsam or pine is the smell of childhood’s most vivid memories, the very fragrance of excited speculation and wishes-come-true.Fake trees are the same, year to year, in their unnatural perfection. Go live, and you get to hunt down the exactly right tree, to choose the perfect pine or the shapeliest spruce for this particular season. It’s a ritual, and rituals satisfy most fully, I believe, when there are slight but distinct variations on an eternal theme.Choosing Your TreeConfronted by a sea of green in a tree lot or Christmas tree farm, how do you find your perfect tree? And how do you tell what sort of tree you’re looking at? Here’s a handy guide:Pines have plural needles, growing in bunches of three to five. The trees are densely branched and may be tricky to decorate.Spruces have sharp needles square in cross-section. They can inflict painful jabs as you hang your ornaments.Firs have flat needles that are finger-friendly. Soft to the touch, they won’t leave your hands sore.If fragrance is what you’re after, choose a balsam or Fraser fir for the headiest holiday fragrance. Concolor firs have a resinous scent with a citrus undertone. Scotch pines also have a good, if less pungent, scent.Is it fresh? Cut trees may have been felled weeks before they show up locally. First, choose a tree that feels heavy for its size, indicating it has retained plenty of moisture. Then, try these simple tests: Raise the trunk and drop it gently to the ground. Grab a branch close to the trunk and run your closed fist to the tip. In both cases, most of the needles should stay on the tree.Hate needles all over the floor? Select a tree with excellent needle retention. Scotch pine and Fraser, Douglas or concolor firs are top-rated. Spread a large, plastic tree disposal bag (available where trees are sold) under your tree stand. And when it’s time to take down your tree, remove breakables, draw the bag up to the top branch and take the tree — stand and all — outdoors to remove the lights.Getting It HomeTree lot helpers will cut the stump of your tree to order. Have some idea of how much branch-free trunk you’ll need to secure the tree in your stand. This initial slice will seal up by the time you get home, so keep a saw handy for a fresh cut.If possible, avoid lashing the tree to the roof of your car since highway speeds generate a lot of drying wind. As soon as you get home, cut another inch from the bottom of the tree and stand it in a bucket of water to hydrate. Fresh trees can take up as much as a gallon of water in the first 24 hours.Until you’re ready to decorate, keep the tree in an unheated spot such as a garage, porch or shed. Cut away the plastic mesh binding the tree after it’s in the stand. Then let it sit for an hour or so in your warm room so that branches can fall into place before you hang ornaments.Safety FirstChristmas trees are blamed for a minuscule percentage of house fires, but resinous evergreens burn like a torch so it pays to be cautious.Locate your tree away from potential hazards — the fireplace, candles and heating vents that can dry out the needles. Keep a close eye on water levels in the stand, topping it daily or as needed. A long-necked funnel is a handy tool for refills.There are lots of home remedies for keeping trees fresh, but few are effective. Forget the aspirin, sugar, bleach and fizzy cola. Floral preservatives offer an edge, but keeping water in the stand is the most critical thing.Overloaded electrical circuits and bad wiring cause most tree fires. If you enjoy the sparkle of hundreds of lights, divide the strands among several extension cords and outlets. You also can buy an extension cord for tree lights with multiple outlets, each protected by a small fuse.Tree lights can generate quite a bit of heat. Never head to bed or leave the house without unplugging all the lights. A house fire is the ultimate coal in your stocking.So, stay safe and enjoy your fresh and fragrant holiday tree.This story appeared in Inside Jersey magazine's December 2013 issue.FOLLOW INSIDE JERSEY: TWITTER •FACEBOOK • GOOGLE+
Monday, November 25, 2013
The Monmouth Beach fire Company would like to share the following Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips and an important message from the NFPA ( National Fire Protection Association) about the dangers/hazards of using an outdoor gas fueled turkey fryer, that immerse the turkeys in hot oil, to cook your turkeyThe Monmouth Beach Fire Company wishes all of our family, members and friends a very Happy ThanksgivingTHANKSGIVING SAFETY:The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Kids love to be involved in holiday preparations. Safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at home.Safety tips
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Long Branch, N.J.Yesterday afternoon around 2:00 pm the Long Branch Fire Department was dispatched to a large brush fire at their D.P.W. yard on Atlantic Avenue. The fire, in a large 150 foot by 75 foot pile of brush threatened many surrounding structures within the area of the fire. Mutual aid was quickly requested from Monmouth Beach, Sea Bright, Neptune, Rumson, West Long Branch, Union Beach.Responding directly to the scene were MB Chiefs 3366 & 3367 along with Engine 3376. Monmouth Beach's Tower Ladder, 3391, was requested to relocate to Long Branch Fire Headquarters along with an Engines from Rumson, and Sea Bright.Crews from Long Branch were still operating at the scene until late last night.The fire was contained to the D.P.W. yard and did not effect any of the surrounding structures.
It’s that time of year again! On Sunday morning, we’ll be gifted with an extra hour of sleep as clocks fall back. And while it may seem like a chore to adjust every clock in the house, the practice can save lives.As you change your clocks this weekend, take the time to also change the batteries in your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This simple maneuver can help keep your family safe.According to the Fire Analysis and Research Division of the National Fire Protection Association, nearly a quarter of fatal fire injuries occur in homes where at least one smoke alarm is present but fails to operate, often due to dead or missing batteries.All too often firefighters see firsthand the devastating effects on families whose homes don’t have working smoke detectors.We also encourage families to use their extra hour to review home fire safety plans since the NFPA estimates that families have less than three minutes on average to escape a home fire from the time a smoke alarm goes off.
October 29, 2013:During a "Special" Borough meeting last night, at The Church of The Precious Blood, in Monmouth Beach, The Mayor and Borough Commissioners honored all of the men and women of the Monmouth Beach Emergency Services and civilians for their actions during our response and recovery from Hurricane SandyMayor Sue Howard and Commissioner Jim Cunniff stood at the podium to recognize the departments, agencies, and civilians involved during and after Sandy.Monmouth Beach O.E.M Coordinator, Police Captain, Dennis Cahill read the names of the Borough Police Officers who worked tirelessly during and after the storm.Police Chief Drew Winans, proudly handed out citation bars to all of the men that worked during and after the storm.Presenting citation bars to the members of The Monmouth Beach Fire Company, for their dedication to duty and outstanding service, were current Chief of Dept. Dave Stickle, 1st Assistant Chief Ed Marsh, and Ex-Chief Scott Shanker, who was Chief of Dept during Hurricane Sandy. The men and women of the Monmouth Beach Fire Company worked tirelessly for weeks answering calls for service within the Borough. Some of whom lost everything themselves but, continued to serve the residents of Monmouth Beach.Presenting the citation bars to the men and women of the Monmouth Beach EMS was EMS Captain Kevin Keeshen.Also recognized last night were members of the Monmouth Beach DPW, Building & Construction Department as well as individuals that assisted during the recovery period.Members of the Fire Company that were recognized last night are as follows;
The Mayor and Commissioners of the Borough of Monmouth Beach will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday October 29, 2013 at 7:00 PM to recognize the emergency responders and the civilians who assisted us during our response and recovery from Hurricane Sandy. The meeting will take place at the Parish Center, located behind the Church of the Precious Blood, 72 Riverdale Avenue, Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750. In addition, at 6:50pm,The Borough of Monmouth Beach, will begin the eveningwith our own "Light Up New Jersey" in front of Precious Blood Church. Along with other Jersey Shore towns,at 6:50pm we too will shine flashlights in a “moment of light” as a symbol of hope as we look to our future.We will continue to recover, and as we do,prove to the world that we truly are stronger than the storm!Please remember to bring your flashlight from home!
With the changing of the seasons comes not only colder weather, but also an increased risk of home-based fires. In 2011, fire departments across the United States responded to a combined 370,000 fires in homes. The aftermath of these fires proved that two of every five fires begin in the kitchen.This year’s theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”According to the NFPA, more than 156,600 cooking-related fires flared up between 2007-2011, resulting in over 400 deaths and more than 5,000 injuries.Many times with kitchen fires, we hear that the adult left the kitchen ‘for a only few minutes. “Sadly, that’s all it takes for a dangerous fire to start which is why it especially important for parents to know where their children are at all times, particularly when cooking.”While fires in the kitchen are extremely dangerous for children and adults, children, especially those younger than age 5, are even more susceptible to non-fire burns associated with cooking than being burned as a direct result of a cooking fire.One trend that has been seen in recent years is burns from instant soup. The soup containers have been found to be extremely dangerous because of how they are designed. Noodles from soup can stick to the skin if spilled, which leads to a more serious burn. Many children with soup noodle burns end up needing surgery. Permanent scaring can also result from any type of burn.A burn can be incredibly painful and severe injuries in children can happen very quickly because their skin is very fragile. Whether you are keeping your child away from fire in the kitchen or taking precautions to keep them safe from hot liquids, it is important to make kitchen safety a priority in your home.To help you keep your family safe this fall, The Monmouth Beach Fire Company is offering four tips to not only protect your kids, but also to prevent a fire from flaring up in your home:1. Create “Kid Free” zones around kitchen hot spots. Use construction paper or tape to mark off at least a three foot area around the stove, oven and microwave where spills and injuries could occur.2. Keep hot pots and pans as far away from the counter edge as possible. Use the back burners on the stove and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.3. Encourage cooking help in other ways. Children as young as three can be your chef’s little helper by doing tasks such as mixing ingredients in a bowl. This keeps them in the kitchen with you, but away from danger.4. Don’t allow your kids to sit on top of the counter. Children on top of the counter could easily reach over and place their hand on a hot stove or under scalding hot water.Take this time during Fire Prevention Week to talk to your children about kitchen safety and what they should do if a fire would flare up. The NFPA has a new storybook app and e-book that can help you get the conversation started. To download the app and get more information on fire prevention, visit www.firepreventionweek.org .
Tonight, we kick off the Annual Monmouth Beach Firemen's Fair @ 6:00pmThe fair will run from tonight, Wed., Sept. 4th through Sat.,Sept. 7th From 6pm -11pmWe will be offering bracelet NIGHTS Wednesday- Friday! $20.00 pay one price for all the rides!We hope you will join us for;Great Food including;Lobster Dinners & SteamersPulled PorkSausage & Pepper SandwichesGood Drinks;Wine/Beer Garden Wednesday: Tom and Tom Band Thursday: Jeanne Ryan TrioFriday: Black Pie FunkSaturday: A.D.D & The Buster White Band This fair has been going on for over 70 years and isa unique event for everyone in our great little town. Be part of it! See you there!
The Monmouth Beach Fire Company is proud to announce this years dates for our Annual Firemen's Fair!Fair dates will be; Wednesday September 4th through Saturday September 7th at a new location; The parking lot of the Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion.This year we will be featuring even bigger and better rides, games of chance, great food and drinks...Nightly entertainment, 50/50 raffles will be held, along with our BIG 6 wheelFestivities start nightly @ 6:00 pm and run through 11:00 pm. Friday the 6th will be Firemen's nightSaturday, September 7th, in conjunction with Monmouth Beach Day, we will be closing out our fair with a fantastic fireworks display on the beach @ dusk!Check back for a listing of the nightly entertainment and special events nights!We will also be selling our " RESTORE THE SHORE" shirts during the fair!The men & women of The Monmouth Beach Fire Company thank you for your continued support and hope to see you all there!
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