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Help The Hungry Without Leaving Home!

By Kimberly Jimenez-Rojas

About a year ago when the pandemic started, the community came together to donate hundreds of boxes of food to the Bradley Food Pantry by placing their donations on their front porch. This Saturday, March 27th, from 11AM to 2PM, the Bradley Beach Fire Department, Bradley Beach First Aid and other volunteers will do it again, driving around town collecting food donations for the food pantry.

Residents are asked to leave items on their front porches for pickup. It couldn’t be easier. If you are not a resident and would like to drop off on the 25th, you may do so at the Fire Department from 11AM to 4PM. See the flyer below for most needed items.

The Bradley Food Pantry, founded in 1982, serves more than 750 families a month in Asbury Park, Avon-By-The-Sea, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Lake Como, Neptune, Neptune City, Ocean Grove, Ocean Township, Tinton Falls, and Wall Township.

Flyer courtesy of Bradley Beach Business Community Alliance

Town Supports Cinema Reboot

By Evan Hofsess

Big changes could be in store for the Bradley Beach Showroom Cinema, the beloved movie theater which has entertained residents for more than 100 years but has been closed since last spring due to the pandemic.

 At the most recent Bradley Beach Council Meeting on February 9, the council passed a resolution to support the purchase and renovation of the cinema by Cinema Labs, a group of film industry investors which is planning to expand and reopen the theater as “The Bradley” this summer with a musical theater, a cocktail lounge, and three movie screens.

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Minecraft Caves & Cliffs Updates: Something to Look Forward To!

By Sullivan Johnson and Vincent Bianchi

Axolotl, stalagmites, frightening mobs, and magic plants will be some of the new additions to the world of Minecraft this summer in a caves and cliffs update that lots of people are talking about.

According to, Mojang announced the updates in October at a Minecraft Live event. Mojang is the company that launched Minecraft in 2009.

Here is what we know: 

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Pandemic Transforms BBES Life

By Allison Herrera Montoya and Nancy Martinez Yanez

Each morning at 8:35 a.m., teachers and administrators come out and take students’ temperatures before we enter the school building. We stand in circles painted on the playground six feet apart, near the rest of our homeroom class. We wear masks. If it rains or it is too cold, they take our temperatures at the door.

Inside, we sit behind plastic desk shields, keep social distance, and remain with our homeroom classes all day. We do not use lockers. The gym and the playground are empty, except for when they are used for 10-minute mask breaks. There are no class trips (including the Eighth Grade Washington trip), no assemblies, no sports, and only virtual clubs.

The virus COVID-19, which was first reported in early January 2020, has not only affected the USA but the world. It has taken the lives of 1.9 million people globally, about 360,000 in the United States. Due to this pandemic, unfortunately, some adults have lost their jobs, which lead to losing their homes. In the week of April 12-18 2020, about 4.4 million people were unemployed. 

Here at BBES, the pandemic has transformed school in many different ways.

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A Red-Carpet Farewell for Beloved custodian

By Evan Hofsess

Over the last 12 years, we have had a really special person at BBES: Mr. Sam Bullock.  A veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army National Guard for seven years, Mr. Bullock was the head custodian at BBES since 2008, coming to us from Deal School. He worked hard to keep the school clean and repaired while making a lot of friends along the way. These friends were a big mix of students and staff. I always saw him greeting everyone as he walked past in the hallway in school and also out of school. 

Sadly, December 23 was Mr. Bullock’s last day as he is heading into retirement at the age of 70. Custodian Phil Henderson will take over his position. Everyone at BBES will miss Mr. Bullock, but he will be remembered and loved!

I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Bullock before he left.

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