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VIDEO: Ortley Beach A&P Celebrates Re-Opening

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno among those present to cut store's ribbon

Officials called the re-opening of the Ortley Beach A&P a sign of progress, as the store that was battered by Superstorm Sandy welcomed customers back Thursday morning.

"I know when you walked up to this building five months ago, you shook your head and said 'I don't think we can recover,'" said Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who was among those commemorating the re-opening, including A&P executives and Toms River officials. "Anybody who walks through this building is going to know not only are we recovering, but we're recovering faster and strong and better than anyone expected us to do."

As one of the first buildings motorists see when they enter the barrier island, the A&P's re-opening is a sign of progress, said Toms River Councilman John Sevastakis. 

"It's been an icon in Ortley Beach for years," he said. "It's good to see we'll have people coming in and out of the store shopping as people come back in and repopulate Ortley Beach and the barrier island of New Jersey."

A few doors down from the A&P is a Salvation Army store, where locals can find the goods and services that they need as they recover. Next door to the A&P, the Toms River Police Department opened its Ortley substation Thursday. There, residents can speak with an officer seven days a week between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The A&P parking lot was one of the few places where flood waters receded relatively quickly following Sandy, offering emergency responders a place to stage operations after the storm. 

Mark February 28, 2013 at 11:56 PM
How ironic that Councilman John Sevastakis showed up because he and the rest of the dead wood TR Government have done absolutely nothing to aid in the recovery! In fact they had to be shamed to do anything like get portable toilets, street sweeping etc. They're a bunch of zero's!
Michelle V March 01, 2013 at 12:06 AM
Ortley Resident -- the latest gimmick is you CANNOT get a permit if you DO NOT sign a legal contract stating you AGREE to raise your house within four years...guess alot of follks will be rebuilding without permits! We live in America! They are holding our homes hostage unless we cowtow to their demands! No one can rebuld anytime soon --let them rebuild the boardwalk and A&P, but the residents of OB won't be back because we are NOT ALLOWED to rebuild unless we follow new rules everyday!!
Local4life March 01, 2013 at 12:38 AM
I had a tr building inspector drop by on a Sunday to say hello. He then went up the road, looking in all the homes. My brother and i were working on our home, thankfully for me, 2 feet of water, house is in ok shape. Good luck building without a permit.
anthony esposito March 01, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Thank GOD its reopening, living on the Barrier Island these days is like living on a Barren Island, very hard to get anything. We were in the store around 4 PM the day of the storm and we said to ourselves the water will never get this far, How wrong we were. I'm going out now to fill my basket
reality check March 01, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Ok, great. Just so u people know about a&p. They purchased pathmark stores a few years ago and fired alot of people. They fired hundreds of food haulers (truck drivers). With out any notice they lost vacation days sick pay, the list goes on and on. Next they went bankrupt and cheated all of the venders out of a ton of money. They cheated plumbers,electricians, HVAC contractors and life long employees out of millions of dollars. And most people have no idea how filthy the a&p stores are. They make the store look good for the customers but it's an eye trick The stores are filthy. And I do have personal first hand experience. And no I do not work as an employee of a&p but as a contractor I have unlimited access to hundreds of there stores and they are Sht holes. STAY AWAY FROM A&P . Total dirt bags in every way.
VN March 01, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Is Brick Twp following those requirements?
Michelle V March 01, 2013 at 01:25 AM
I guess you got a permit before the new rule went into affect last week?
Michelle V March 01, 2013 at 01:25 AM
And obviously the highest prices being on the island...prices jump up April 1st!!
charlotte March 01, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Didn't Blue Wave Printing provided the portable toilets? TR provided AshBrit.
Local4life March 01, 2013 at 01:38 AM
What's a permit :)
charlotte March 01, 2013 at 01:44 AM
She is off on the 5 months (less) that that the A&P has been closed and the 26 years (more) that the A&P has been present in Ortley. Who is the fact checker for her speeches?? You would think she would catch the first on her own if she previewed the speech. Homeless taxpaying families that are waiting for insurance settlements after FOUR (4) months are not amused.
reality check March 01, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Let's see proof of the required permits for the a&p rebuild. I am positive they don't have half the permits they need. And it will interesting to see if they made the restrooms ada compliant. That is required when a store has a major remodel. It's in the plumbing code.
reality check March 01, 2013 at 01:47 AM
A&p is a scum bag company.
Stephanie Sevastakis March 01, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Mark you need to get a handle on your negativity! Councilman Sevastakis has a business to run, a family to support, his official duties and is displaced from the storm. I know that it's hard to admit but he was there because he wanted to be and not for a personal agenda. Yes I am a friend of the family and I respect him tremendously! Haters will not help any of us, Mark!
Exit82 March 01, 2013 at 03:46 AM
5 months ago, Sandy wasn't even a glimpse in my father's eye. Perhaps, the Lt. Gov. was wishing it was 5 months ago, think of how much more money they could have scammed us for.
1stcav March 01, 2013 at 12:07 PM
It's called "Trenton Math" and yet they figure the State tax on us, go figure !!!
1stcav March 01, 2013 at 12:11 PM
She was there FOR the ribbon cutting, she has no idea what the " Little People" are going through , they are no part of her State GOP friends who dine out five times a week.....and have house keepers & drivers on the pay roll....what's a toll ??? They charge you to drive on some roads, I had no idea, I'll have to tell the Gov'nr this !!!!
Fedup March 01, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Thanks for the pep talk, John.
suz March 01, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Oh my goodness...who gives a rats behind if she misspoke on 5 months or 4 months!!! Go volunteer your time instead of nit picking.
George March 01, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Why isn't A&P up on stilts 13 ft. higher than it was before the flood? Why do homeowners have to do that and not businesses? FEMA is holding our homes hostage. FEMA is causing more damage than the storm did. => StopFemaNow.com
. March 01, 2013 at 04:47 PM
You don't expect that she really cares enough to know exactly when the storm was ...do you?
. March 01, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Also, homeless taxpaying families wish they could go food shopping to fill up their refrigerators and cabinets like the old days before the storm. This is like a smack in the face to them. Her and the governor are mostly concerned with being ready for the summer trade and tourists.
. March 01, 2013 at 05:03 PM
She is someone that should have her facts straight! She doesn't care about when the store was, only that she got her face on the news!
Kim Guadagno March 02, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Ok the storm was October 29. October 29 to November 29 is one month. November 29 to December 29 is two. December 29 to January 29 is three and January 29 to February is four. Mea culpa.
Michael Capo March 02, 2013 at 01:32 PM
And Maria Maruca was where??
Michael Capo March 02, 2013 at 01:46 PM
I live in Ortley Beach and to see the A&P opened is a very positive symbolic sign to me after spending months driving through the wasteland that Ortley still is for the most part. I don't mind Lt Govs flubbing some factoids. Minor issue to me. I felt a lot of frustration seeing businesses in Lavallette and Seaside open ( Im glad they did) while Ortley's businesses sat in ruins. I am still living in rental housing and I view the opening of A&P as a step back to normalcy for Ortley. To me thats encouraging. I think one of the reasons they opened is that Toms River stayed out of their way and let them get it done. Unfortunately, thats not the case for homeowners. See Michelle V's earlier post on TR permitting...... Just my view.
Michael Capo March 02, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Lt Gov, if this is really you, you need to get involved with Toms River . They are the major stumbling block to recovery for Ortley Beach. From their incredibly ridiculous beach easement conditions to their newly strengthened prohibitive permitting processes they are slowing/preventing full recovery. You or someone from the State needs to get involved at the local level. If you don't, they are sure to make a bad situation worse for Ortley, Toms River and New Jersey. I hope this is really you and not some clown poser.
Irina March 02, 2013 at 05:45 PM
@Kim Guadagno (if you are the REAL Lt Gov) I'll bet nobody told you about this part: The Ortley Beach homeowner associations and the Bay Head/Mantoloking elitists are refusing to sign easements which will allow Dunes to be built by the Army Corp of Engineers. Their views are too special and they don't want to share their private beaches. The mainland areas of Toms River, Silverton, Snug Harbor and Shelter Cover took tremendous amounts of water because there was no proper dunes on the barrier island. Now the areas I mention are on the FEMA maps. This is not fair to innocent victims on the mainland who was affected because someone doesn't want a dune to impede their view. That's a crock of BS in my book. Please do not allow any rebuilding (including utilites) to be done until easements are signed and the dunes are built. Thank you!!
Joe Dancisin March 06, 2013 at 01:18 PM
OK so your a idiot!!!! Great Store! Great People!!! Exceptionally Clean!!!!
Jhonson April 20, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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