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Here’s some NJ freebies for Active, Reserve, Veterans, Retired, and Spouses. Hopefully someone’s summer vacation will be good with these places listed.

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NJ Beach Access for Military Personnel 

SANDY HOOK: The park is operated by the National Park Service. Active military members who own an America the Beautiful Annual Pass <http://store.usgs.gov/pass/military.html> will receive free beach parking at Gateway where parking fees are charged, including Jacob Riis Park and Sandy Hook. Active duty military photo identification will be required at all times to verify ownership of the annual pass.
SEA BRIGHT: Active military members <http://www.seabrightnj.org/sbnj/Departments/Beach/Visitors/>  and their family members receive free access.
MONMOUTH BEACH: No free access for adults.
LONG BRANCH: Active military and immediate family members are free with military ID; applies to the city’s beach.
SEVEN PRESIDENTS OCEANFRONT PARK, Long Branch: Controlled by Monmouth County; <https://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/page.aspx?Id=2535>  active duty military members, their spouses and dependent family members and veterans are admitted free (including parking) with appropriate military ID.
ALLENHURST: People with disabilities are free.
LOCH ARBOUR: No free adult access.
ASBURY PARK: Active military personnel, their dependents, and disabled veterans admitted free with valid ID.
OCEAN GROVE: No free adult access.
BRADLEY BEACH: Active military, spouses and dependents free with military ID cards; veterans free with military ID or county- or Bradley Beach-issued veterans ID cards.
AVON-BY-THE-SEA: No free adult access.
BELMAR: Monmouth County volunteer first responders, <http://www.visitbelmarnj.com/content.php?pid=2> active duty military and family are free with valid ID.
SPRING LAKE: Active duty military personnel are free with photo ID.
SEA GIRT: Active and reserve military and their immediate family members are free with valid military ID card.
MANASQUAN: Persons with disabilities receive half-price beach fees. Active military and immediate family free with valid military ID card.
POINT PLEASANT BEACH:Controlled primarily by Jenkinson’s, with small pieces owned by Martell’s; Risden’s and a homeowners’ association. Bradshaw’s Beach, at Washington Avenue, operated by Aqua Serve, offers free access to active or veteran military members with ID.
BAY HEAD: Operated by the Bay Head Improvement Association; active duty military and family admitted free with valid ID.
MANTOLOKING: Active duty military personnel are entitled to free badges provided they have correct proof of active military service.
BRICK: Active duty military receive free access with valid ID. Veterans receive free beach access on the Fourth of July only during the township’s veterans appreciation event.
LAVALLETTE: A season fee of $ 14 is available to active duty military personnel and to disabled veterans, as well as anyone 65 or older or totally disabled.
TOMS RIVER: Free access for active duty military and veterans with valid ID.
SEASIDE HEIGHTS: Free access for active duty military and veterans with valid ID.

SEASIDE PARK: No free adult access.
ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK:The per-vehicle entry fee applies to everyone.
BARNEGAT LIGHT: No free adult access.
LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP/LOVELADIES: Military Veteran Seasonal beach badges can be obtained at no cost with valid military identification (i.e.. DD-214, etc.) at the beach badge office on 68th Street in Brant Beach.
HARVEY CEDARS: Active military and their dependents receive free access with valid military ID. Veterans receive free access with acceptable proof of honorable discharge.
SURF CITY: Free access for seniors 65 and over <http://www.surfcity-nj-gov.us/uploads/2015_Beach_Badge_Order_Form.pdf> . No specific provisions for military or veterans.
SHIP BOTTOM: No free adult access.
BEACH HAVEN: No free access http://beachhaven-nj.gov/beach-patrol/ for military or veterans.
BRIGANTINE: No free access http://www.bb-nj.com/about-brigantine/beach-tags/ for military or veterans.
ATLANTIC CITY: Free access for all.
VENTNOR CITY: No free adult access.
MARGATE: No free adult access.
LONGPORT: No free adult access.
OCEAN CITY:  Free beach badges http://www.ocnj.us/Beachtags/for veterans, and free badges for active duty military, their spouses and dependent children over the age of 12. Proper military or veteran ID must be presented to receive a tag.
SEA ISLE CITY: Free access for http://www.visitsicnj.com/beach-tags active duty military and their spouse and dependents, and free access for honorably discharged veterans, with valid ID.
AVALON: Free access for http://avalonboro.net/about-avalon/avalon-beaches/active duty military and their immediate family members, as well as for veterans, with valid ID.
STONE HARBOR: Free beach tags for veterans and for active duty military and their immediate families are available but must be picked up at the Beach Tag office at 95th Street and the Beach. Valid ID must be presented.
NORTH WILDWOOD: Free access for all.
WILDWOOD: Free access for all.
WILDWOOD CREST: Free access for all.
CAPE MAY: The city offers free beach tags for active duty military and veterans. There is an application form http://capemaycity.com/Cit-e-Access/news/index.cfm?NID=17054&TID=103&jump2=0and the tags must be picked up in person, with valid military or veteran’s status documentation, at the city’s Tax Office, 643 Washington St.


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Fordham Westchester Announces Summer Veterans Writing Workshop

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Fordham Westchester is 400 Westchester Ave, West Harrison, NY 10604
University’s free program for United States veterans will begin on June 6 at West Harrison campus
Westchester County, NY – (May 11, 2017) – Fordham University has announced that registration is now open for the summer session of the Veterans Writing Workshop, which is available at the University’s Westchester campus in West Harrison.
The workshop, sponsored by the Fordham Veterans Initiative, is open to all United States veterans and active duty service members free of charge, and takes place over 10 consecutive weeks beginning onTuesday, June 6. All classes will take place from 6:30-8:30 pm, and will include writing, positive feedback and supportive fellowship. Classes will also be offered at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus beginning Thursday, June 8.
Open to veterans of all writing levels and military experience, the Veterans Writing Workshop asks, “What’s your story?” Program participants meet for two hour sessions each week where they will be given the tools and confidence to bring their stories to life through writing exercises and feedback from instructors and classmates. The workshop culminates with the publication of Afterwords, an anthology comprised of works created in the class. Participating veterans will also celebrate their written works with public readings and events throughout the community.
The Veterans Writing Workshop was created in the spring of 2010 by instructor David Surface, who has 20 years of experience teaching writing to all age groups through schools, adult education programs, and social service organizations. The workshop at Fordham Westchester has produced an installment of the Afterwords anthology every year since 2013.
“We have found that one of the best, and easiest, ways to ensure that veterans feel appreciated, valued and understood is by helping them tell their stories – and making sure those stores are heard,” said Surface. “Fordham has been a wonderful partner because they share our mission of helping veteran’s tell their stories. We’re looking forward to another wonderful session this summer.”
For more information and to register for the Veterans Writing Workshop summer session, please visit

www.veteranswritingworkshop.org and click “Register.” You may also email info@veteranswritingworkshop.org or call (866) 933-7780.
Military-Civilian: Hot Jobs, Events, and Helpful Information for Veterans Seeking Civilian Careers