Boro Police Recall Late 20th Century Life

In the following articles, published in the Ocean County Observer in 1997 and 2000, respectively, and courtesy the Ocean County Compendium of History, two of Beachwood’s “top cops” – John C. “Jack” Moody and John Wagner – recall life in town from the 1950s to 2000s.

(Click each image for larger view for reading)




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.


Jersey Central Sand Train, May 1st, 1967

Despite the cessation of passenger service in the 1950s, the Jersey Central continued to run trains carrying raw materials as sand and clay through Beachwood into the 1970s. Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station was built with equipment and materials that traveled by this rail line in the 1960s.


Pictured here is one such “sand train” taken May 1st, 1967, along Railroad Avenue. The photographer is presently unknown.

We’re always on the lookout for more photos of the trains through Beachwood – should you have any you’d like to share, please write