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Belmar Launches Logo Contest For Campaign to Reduce Plastic Pollution

What is one of the most common pieces of trash found during Belmar’s beach clean-up? Plastic bags! The Belmar Environmental Commission (BEC) hopes to change that with its new campaign to promote reusable bags. The BEC is holding a logo contest for students in grades 4-12. The winning design will be used on re-usable canvas bags with the slogan, “I’m the solution to plastic pollution!” The BEC will distribute these bags to participating Belmar shop owners who will give them to customers instead of plastic shopping bags.

“I’ve spoken with many of the business owners on Main Street, who fully support our campaign,” said Councilman Tom Brennan, the Council liaison to the BEC. “As a shore town, we should do everything we can to cut down on plastic pollution. It never degrades, poses a hazard for fish and other sea life, and is a huge source of litter. In addition, many people don’t know this, but the plastic bags can clog sewer lines.”

The logo contest is open to students in or out of Belmar. The designs must use the slogan, “I’m the solution to plastic pollution.” Deadline for entries is Friday, May 26. Art teachers at local elementary, middle and high schools are receiving entry forms to distribute to students. Or interested young artists can email tbrennan@belmar.com for a digital entry form.


All entrants will be honored at a ceremony at Belmar’s new Taylor Pavilion on Thursday, June 1 at 6:30 pm, where the winner will be announced.

“We’re very excited about this contest,” said Brennan. “We hope it makes an impact on reducing single-use plastic on our beaches and in our waste stream.” For more information, contact him at tbrennan@belmar.com

The logo contest is open to students in or out of Belmar. The designs must use the slogan, “I’m the solution to plastic pollution.” Deadline for entries is Friday, May 26. Art teachers at local elementary, middle and high schools are receiving entry forms to distribute to students. Or interested young artists can email tbrennan@belmar.com for a digital entry form. All entrants will be honored at a ceremony at Belmar’s new Taylor Pavilion on Thursday, June 1 at 6:30 pm, where the winner will be announced. “We’re very excited about this contest,” said Brennan. “We hope it makes an impact on reducing single-use plastic on our beaches and in our waste stream.” For more information, contact him at tbrennan@belmar.com


Shore Got Talent! Showcase returns

BELMAR – Do you know a young singer, dancer, comedian or other artist who has what it takes to wow an audience? The search is on for performers in kindergarten through 8th grade to compete in the Shore Got Talent! show, which last year took the place of the former Belmar Idol. Auditions are Friday, May 12; then 25 finalists will compete in a live showcase on Friday, May 19 at Belmar Elementary School (BES). “Belmar Idol was a tremendous event for young singers for many years, but there are so many students who play instruments, dance, tell jokes or have other creative talents, that we wanted to broaden the competition,” said Tom Brennan, BES Band Director. “It makes the night even more fantastic!” Shore Got Talent! auditions are free and will be 3:00-4:30 pm on Friday, May 12 at BES, 1101 Main St., Belmar. No pre-registration is required; try-outs will be first come, first seen. Contestants should prepare to perform up to one minute during their audition. Vocals will be done without any accompaniment. Groups of up to three members are allowed to sign up as one act, as long as they are in the same grade category. The categories are kindegarter-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, and 6th-8th grade.


The 25 finalists will be notified by Saturday, May 13 and must attend a short meeting at the elementary school on Monday, May 15 at 3:15 PM. A $10 entry fee is required on acceptance as a finalist. The Shore Got Talent! competition takes place 7 pm on Friday, May 19 in BES auditorium. Contestants will perform for two minutes and may use recorded (non-vocal) accompaniment or live accompaniment from one musician (a piano is available.) Tickets for the show, available at the door, are $5 for adults and $3 for children. The judges are professional performers and music educators, who are donating their time for both the auditions and finals. First and second place winners will be chosen in each of the three grade categories. Past prizes included gift certificates and merchandise donated by Federico’s Restaurant, Nostalgic Nonsense Vintage Clothing, 10th Ave. Burrito, Valdamiers, Sunsations, Beach Music, Strollo’s, D’Jais, Mike’s Subs, Stay Gold Café, Belmar Bagel Café, Jack’s Tavern, Brandyl’s, Waves On Main and other local merchants. “We hope to have several returning sponsors,” said Brennan. “Our active band parents and students are working hard to make this a great event.” He explained that the Shore Got Talent! contest is a fundraising event planned by the students in the BES Eagle Band to help pay for the band program at Belmar Elementary School.