TAPinto Reader Mail Bag: Not Shy About Speaking Up!

NEW JERSEY — TAPinto's News Around New Jersey readers had a lot to say recently about our recent stories focusing on guns, red-light-running and the money perks for those running the most powerful union in New Jersey.

The biggest response was about a foundation report on what the top officials of the New Jersey Education Association were earning in salaries and from a separate ...

New Jersey’s Disabled Community Feels Inflation the Most

Whether we push a shopping cart down the supermarket aisle or order through a delivery app, all New Jerseyans are noticing that grocery prices are on the rise. 

The cost of buying food has increased by 9.1% over the past year, according to government data released last month. Combined with fluctuating gas prices, rising rents as well as interest rates, inflation is forcing many of us to ...

The Vice President of the United States Comes to The Jersey Shore

July 20, 2022

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Vice President Kamala Harris gave a 30-minute speech to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) National Convention at the Atlantic City Convention Center. With several thousands in attendance, Harris encouraged attendees to action including organizing and voting this November.

“Leaders of the NAACP, together we have ...

ChowderFest Announces Music & Beer Line Up for October 1

August 7, 2022

LBI Region, NJ - Get ready for an outstanding day by the bay as the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce presents a free festival highlighted by top bands and great options of food and drink. On tap this year will be Michelob Ultra,  Jetty Session, Spaten Oktoberfestbier, Blue Point Toasted Lager and Landshark. Wines and Seltzers will also be sold featuring Babe Rose' and ...

New Jersey Extends Outdoor Dining Options Until November 2024

LBI Region, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new law Wednesday that extends outdoor dining in New Jersey until November 2024.

"There are restaurants and bars and growing numbers of breweries that are still relying on the outdoor dining spaces they were allowed to create to get themselves back financially to where they were pre-pandemic," Murphy said. "We want to see them ...

LBI's Chef Britt Rescigno Competes on Another Food Network Show, 'Alex vs America'

LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ - You may remember The Delaware Avenue Oyster House & Bar Executive Chef Britt Rescigno, who took on and "Beat Bobby Flay" on the Food Network back in March. 

Sunday night, Chef Britt appeared again on yet another Food Network hit, "Alex vs America." During the Season 2 premier, "Alex vs Italian" Chef Britt once again ...

Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Launched

August 5, 2022

LBI Region, NJ - The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, can be more easily reached by calling or texting 988, or chatting on 988lifeline.org. 988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the U.S., those in need can easily access 24/7 emotional support. You do not have to be suicidal to reach out.

New Study Shows New Jersey Has Least At Risk Youth

LBI Region, NJ- With 12.6% of young Americans neither working nor in school, exposing them to greater risk of poverty and violence, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on on 2022 States with Most At Risk Youth. New Jersey ranked 4th, with children being least at risk within in the state. To determine where young Americans are not faring as well as others in ...

Take the Pool Safety Pledge for Swimming Season

LBI Region, NJ - With hot weather comes the fun of gathering around the pool and visiting with others for a swim. To improve pool and spa safety, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) launched Pool Safely: Simple Steps to Save Lives, a national public education campaign to reduce childhood drownings, submersion injuries and entrapments. The campaign is a ...

Ocean County Shillelagh's Make Generous Donation to Tunnel to Towers and Vetwork

July 31, 2022

STAFFORD - At the July 25th Meeting of the Ocean County Chapter of The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, the Shillelaghs presented two donations of $5000 each to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and VetWork.

Accepting on behalf of Tunnel to Towers were John LaBarbera, retired FDNY Battalion Commander and Danny Beyar, retired FDNY firefighter.

The donation was made in memory of Francis J.

Local Expert Selected to Create Balloon Wonderland for Children Charity Event in Orlando

LBI Region, NJ - <!-- wp:paragraph -->As part of one of the biggest , unique fundraising projects, Stephanie left her balloon boutique and event decorating service located in Manahawkin, to join a select group of balloon artists in Orlando between July 10th through July 15, 2022. Using her more than 35 years of training and balloon artistry skills, Stephanie was part of 8 design ...

Coquina Jam Surf Contest Set for this Sunday July 24 which Benefits Those Affected by Cancer

LONG BEACH ISLAND - The 14th annual Coquina Jam - an all women's surf competition with 100% of proceeds benefiting the Jetty Rock Foundation and David's Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation kicks off on Sunday.

The event is held to support women, children and families affected by a Cancer diagnosis via David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation and the Jetty Rock ...

LBI's Chef Britt Rescigno Competes on Another Food Network Show, 'Alex vs America'

August 2, 2022

LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ - You may remember The Delaware Avenue Oyster House & Bar Executive Chef Britt Rescigno, who took on and "Beat Bobby Flay" on the Food Network back in March. 

Sunday night, Chef Britt appeared again on yet another Food Network hit, "Alex vs America." During the Season 2 premier, "Alex vs Italian" Chef Britt once again ...

Grunin Center presents Ice Cold Facts with Ice T

LBI Region, NJ - The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Ocean County College, is a performing arts center dedicated to providing art and entertainment to Ocean County and the Jersey Shore. Featuring premiere acts from across the globe, the Grunin Center’s intimate venue allows patrons to experience once-in-a-lifetime performances from venerated ...

St. Mary's Nights of Summer Carnival Kicks Off Tuesday Evening

STAFFORD — The St. Mary's Nights of Summer Carnival will take place July 19-24 this summer. It is a time of great fun.  The fun and games begin this Tuesday night. 

The Nights of Summer Carnival is open each night from 6 to 10:30 p.m. There is free parking, great food, nightly indoor entertainment, and plenty of fun rides and games. The carnival is held on the St.

Chowder On and Savor the Season with Fall Trail and Fest

July 23, 2022

LBI Region, NJ - Hit new and familiar sights as you explore the local culinary scene of the Chowder Capital of NJ. The LBI Region Chowder Trail spotlights unique restaurants all through September and ending with a free fest October 1. The event organizer, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce volunteer committee have been working with the Borough of Beach Haven to develop a re ...

State Urges Residents and Businesses to Conserve Water as New Jersey Enters Drought Watch

August 9, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Due to ongoing hot and dry conditions, New Jersey is under a drought watch as of Tuesday. The state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is asking residents and businesses to conserve water.

New Jersey has a three-stage drought advisory system. A drought watch is the first step. DEP says it's to encourage voluntary conservation measures, and, if ...

Monarch Butterflies are Now Endangered Species

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Monarch butterflies, which have been seen locally in parks and gardens, are now an endangered species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  The statement from the IUCN was issued Thursday, and said that the downgrade of the monarch butterfly's status is due to habitat destruction and the effects of climate change. 

The IUCN Red List ...

Pinelands Interactive Map Now Contains Permanent Land Protection Data

LBI Region, NJ -  The New Jersey Pinelands Commission has updated its online, Interactive Map to include permanent land protection data. The public can access the map on the Home page of the Commission's website through the Maps tab or by clicking on the Pinelands Interactive Map icon. The map can also be accessed by clicking here.

The updated mapping includes preserved open ...

TAPinto South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen Named Grand Marshal of Labor Day Parade

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — When Darlene Tedesco-Cullen received a call from South Plainfield Councilwoman Christine Faustini to talk about the borough's annual Labor Day parade, Tedesco-Cullen thought she knew what it was about.

"Usually I help judge the floats, so I figured she was going to ask me if I was going to be around Labor Day to judge again," Tedesco-Cullen, the ...