Beachwood As Sports Racetrack? – 1905

While digging through regional newspaper archives to find the history of the land before Beachwood was created through a newspaper promotion by the New York Tribune in 1914, we were surprised to find one of the attempts made was to turn the entire 2,000 acres that later became the town into a massive sports racecar track in early 1905.

(Click the image to read the full article)




Got History? Free Digitizing!

As part of volunteer effort to protect and present the history of Beachwood, Beachwood offers free professional digitizing services for personal collections – photos, paperwork, publications, postcards, physical objects, etc – through our flatbed scanner workstation and DSLR camera equipment. Any items lent will be returned in person or via mail (depending upon distance and preference) along with digital copies burned to DVD-ROM or uploaded to an external hard drive.


Family photos, postcards, deeds, letters, newsletters, yearbooks, newspapers, old signs, home blueprints, from throughout the 20th century welcome (the 1940s to 1990s are currently very underrepresented and so needed).

Help keep Beachwood history alive, preserved and within public awareness. Items digitized will be utilized in future online posts, digital and print publications and more along with protective watermark to prevent theft or unauthorized use.


All digitized collections will be secured to archival film with copies donated to state and federal archives in the future for security and availability in the coming decades and centuries.

Write for more information or to request this free digitizing service.


New! Beachwood

As the borough’s centennial year rolls forward, we figured it’d be a good time to give ourselves a clean sweep and update our web address, email, logo and name to offer an easier-to-remember (and type) alternative: Beachwood

Look for more new updates with photos and histories of our town’s people, places and things through the spring. Thanks!


August 1920: Beachwood Founder Remembered

In early August 1920, founding Beachwood residents remembered the man whose idea formed Beachwood then and today, Bertram C. Mayo, following his untimely death earlier that summer.

This clipping is from the August 10th, 1920 edition of the New York Tribune. Click to enlarge and ignore the overt spelling errors, including the man’s first name; news reporters then, as now, didn’t much care about orthographic accuracy.

19200810 - NYTrib - Mayo Memorial Crop WM

Francis R. “Frank” Clancy, 82

Francis R. “Frank” Clancy, 82, of Toms River, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2012. Mr. Clancy owned and operated Clancy’s Pharmacy in Beachwood from 1962 until he retired in 2002. He was a true old town Pharmacist who was trusted and loved by the people of Beachwood. He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Toms River. Born in Jersey City, he grew up in Linden moving to Toms River in 1957.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Corrine in 1982. Francis is survived by his two sons, Dr. Kevin Clancy and his wife Deborah of Toms River, and Stuart Clancy and his wife Kathleen of Pine Beach; a sister, Patricia Annette Clancy of New Mexico; he was a devoted and loving grandfather to his six grandchildren, Meghan, Colleen, Patrick, Michael, Erin, Heather, and his great granddaughter, Kaylee.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at Kedz Funeral Home, 1123 Hooper Ave., Toms River. A funeral liturgy will be offered 10:00am Friday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Hooper Ave., Toms River followed by burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Letters of condolence may be sent by visiting

Photo was taken Fall 2009 in the window of his former longtime pharmacy storefront for the Beachwood Historical Alliance.

Frank Clancy, Fall 2009.