Wedding Bliss

How we met I started working at Reynolds Garden Shop when I turned 17. My best friend had been working there for a year and called me for a summer job. I knew Reynolds was someplace I would love to be. At the time, Luke had been working in the nursery of the garden center. I was briefly introduced to him and went on about my business as a shop girl. It wasn’t long until I noticed he happened to be wherever I was. We somehow always ended up having lunch at the same time. I thought it was just a coincidence until I started hearing about the huge crush he had on me. It took Luke about a year of chasing me around until he finally worked up the courage and asked me on a date. He took me to dinner

Fine Dining on Long Beach Island

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KYLE GRONOSTAJSKI For 27 years, Stefano’s owners, Jane and Steve DiPietro, have strived to build a family business that is part of the Long Beach Island tradition for tourists and locals alike. The Stefano’s you see today has come a long way from the Stefano’s of the 1980s and 90s, evolving into an Island staple, boasting award winning chowders and elevated summer classics. About 15 years ago, the DiPietros expanded the Stefano’s family with the California Grill in Beach Haven Terrace, creating a year-round go-to for crispy pizza, juicy burgers, and Stefano’s prized clam chowders. Eight years later, the DiPietro’s family of restaurants grew once again, with the opening of Blue

A Labor of Love

Photos By Ann Coen When food arrives at The Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House, it’s fresh from the sea or farm. The now infamous “OC,” is the fourth restaurant collaboration between the Magaziner and Nugent families. The partnership started when Eric Magaziner and Bob Nugent decided to open a restaurant after Eric had worked for Bob at Ship Bottom Shellfish for over twelve years. Mud City Crab House, which is right next door to the OC, was opened in 1999, a successful enterprise that led to The Black Whale Bar & Fish House in Beach Haven, Mud City Crab Cake Co. in Lacey, and after years of having their eyes on the property next door to Mud City, the OC. During the construction stages of Mud

Built by Hand

| Photography by Michael Ryan Architects | Photography by Halkin Mason Photography From the outset of my career as an architect, it became clear that my relationship with the fabricators of my work would be crucial to the success of any project. A designer’s ability to communicate intentions, priorities, and ideas develops not only through drawings and documents, but-more importantly through long-term working relationships with builders. In a successful project, the two aspects—DESIGN + FABRICATION—are intertwined. Architecture, as a profession, was born in the nineteenth century from the role of the master builder. A master builder oversaw all other trades as well as the planning and design


WRITEN BY Chris Gaydos A little over 100 years ago during the early years of World War I (WWI), the New Jersey coastline was far removed from what Americans generally felt to be a foreign conflict. Even with a few shipwrecks, storms, and great white shark attacks, life along Long Beach Island and in its surrounding communities remained relatively unchanged. This time of innocence was not destined to last long. RADIO ESPIONAGE On Hickory Island (now Mystic Island) the German government was busy operating a powerful transatlantic radio tower. Built in 1912, the Goldschmidt Wireless Tower, generally known as the “Tuckerton Tower,” stood 820 feet tall and relayed information across the Atlantic

Beach Haven's Quasquicentennial

Before there were waterslides and Almond-crusted brie appetizers, Warchelaus R. Pharo, a wealthy entrepreneur from Tuckerton, New Jersey, conceived the part of Long Beach Island now known as Beach Haven (“BH”) in the 1850s, while duck hunting from Bond’s Hotel. He and several wealthy sportsmen from Philadelphia loved the natural setting but craved more tasteful living quarters. Thus, in 1867, Pharo purchased, for $243, 666 acres of undeveloped sand hills, brackish ponds, tidal creeks, and marshes located two and a half miles north of Bond’s. (This area had a navigable creek that could be used to scow in the necessary building materials.) In 1873, Pharo transferred the 666 acres for $6,666.66

The Colors of the Shore

For those of us fortunate enough to live or vacation on LBI, its special places and breathtaking scenery can give us both joy and peace. Cathleen Engelsen captures these images and emotions in her artwork. She is well known for her historical pieces and coastal scenes of the Jersey shore, as well as many other Jersey locations, which she paints in watercolor, oils, or acrylics. Nestled within a small pine forest is the house that is both home and art studio to Cathleen, where we met up to talk about her inspiration. Bay: Cathleen, how did you get started painting? Cathleen: I grew up on the Island and went to Beach Haven Elementary School, where I had inspirational teachers. At the same time

A Community Garden at Lake Manahawkin

Hunger and food insecurity continue to be significant problems globally, nationally, and right here in our own community. In New Jersey, one in five children are not sure where their next meal is coming from, and approximately 165,500 elderly and disabled residents rely on food assistance. The Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean ( has a 20-year history of working in the community to provide much needed financial support to local food banks through fundraising events and donations. Their mission statement reads: “We are a local, all volunteer non-profit organization with a mission to support local food pantries as they assist our residents with their basic food needs, and to help ed

Lovey and Loveing Growth: The Garden Club of Long Beach Island

It all began back in Alice Sutter’s North Beach living room on November 10, 1958, with 13 dedicated women. Concerned about rapid development on LBI and the disappearance of native trees and shrubs, the group called themselves “The Garden Club of Long Beach Island” (GCLBI) and the women set their goals: preservation, conservation, and beautification. Adopting the motto “Watch Us Grow,” the club has done just that for more than half a century, and now includes more than 140 members. The club has its own environmental consultant, Mary Wilding, who updates members each month on such important topics as seismic testing, fracking, pollution, sea-level changes, and other threats to our environment.


Photos By Kathleen Whittemore Photography & Photos by Diana Van Horn Photography We are Jeannine Errico and Erin Buterick; the savvy, intelligent, supermodel-looking owners of School of Vintage. What is a ‘School of Vintage’? It’s a handmade and vintage boutique that specializes in bridal gowns and accessories. As you may have guessed, we are not your traditional wedding vendor. We’ve listed some some of the most common inquiries we get about vintage bridal and beyond. (And to see more Q and A, follow us on Facebook and check out the first column we did in the July issue of bay magazine, available online.) Question: Did either of you sport a vintage gown as your “something-old” for your wedd

Nature meets Glamour

Ocean Tent – Tableware (flatware, glasses, linens, table runner) Reynolds Floral Market – Event design, florals, prop rentals Whimsical floral bunches woven into recycled cedar trees is a unique take on traditional arrangements. Flower crown and puppy wreath add a bohemian feel to the flower girl and her furry ring bearer. A delicious naked cake highlighted with pops of aborigine ranunculus, peach hypericum berries and eucalyptus leaves.. Homemade cakes simply dressed with flowers and served on a funky oversized barn cart offer an approachable, nostalgic touch. A long and low centerpiece allows for easy conversation while providing a fairy tale atmosphere as simple taper candlelight fuses wi

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