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Documentary about Superstorm Sandy to screen at 21st annual Garden State Film Festival

March 21, 2023

ASBURY PARK, NJ — New Jersey's Premier Independent Film Festival – The Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) returns to the city this weekend from March 23 to 26.  

The internationally recognized film festival celebrates the independent film genre by bringing a carefully curated and enriching selection of original works produced locally and globally.   

Among ...

Asbury Park Arts Council accepting applications for mural project on the city's wastewater treatment facility

ASBURY PARK, NJ — Calling all visual artists: Asbury Park is looking for mural proposals. 

The city, in conjunction with the Asbury Park Public Arts Commission with support from the Asbury Park Arts Council, is seeking artists from all backgrounds, locations and levels of experience to create public art for a permanent mural project located on the east side of the city-owned ...

Senator Vin Gopal helps secure $100K grant to benefit Axelrod Performing Arts Center

DEAL PARK, NJ — Sen. Vin Gopal D-Monmouth helped secure a $100,000 grant supporting The Axelrod Performing Arts Center's cultural arts programming. 

This funding, which was included in Gov. Phil Murphy's proposed sixth annual budget on February 28, will help support the continued rebuilding of the Axelrod PAC's programming and cultural education programs as the ...

Belmar’s popular Los Barbaros Birria to open Asbury Park location

March 22, 2023

ASBURY PARK, NJ — Los Barbaros Birria, a popular taco shop in Belmar, will open a second store in Asbury Park, announced owner Edwin Vazquez on Tuesday. 

Los Barbaros Birria opened its location at 1110 Main St. in 2020 and has been serving the community ever since — gaining loyal customers and 12,000 followers on Instagram in the process. 

The restaurant serves a ...

Monmouth County Job Fair Slated fo Next Week at Brookdale

LINCROFT, NJ — Monmouth County, specifically the Monmouth County Division of Workforce Development, will be putting on its spring job fair next week. The Monmouth County Spring Job Fair will take place on Tuesday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brookdale Community College’s Robert J. Collins Arena.

The county holds these job fairs over the course of the year to “provide ...

Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce and Monmouth-Ocean Development Council to host networking event on April 4

ASBURY PARK, NJ — The Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce and Monmouth Ocean Development Council are presenting a Joint Business Networking evening on Tuesday, April 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

The event is an opportunity for local and regional professionals to speak in a casual and relaxed atmosphere at the Coastal Habitat for Humanity Restore, located at 1105 Memorial ...

‘My County’ poster contest opens to fourth graders

March 18, 2023

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ – Monmouth County Constitutional Officers Surrogate Maureen T. Raisch, Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, Esq. and Sheriff Shaun Golden are inviting fourth graders throughout the County to showcase what they like best about Monmouth County by designing posters for the “My County” poster contest. 

“I am thrilled to announce the ‘My ...

Senate Education Chair Vin Gopal pushing Governor Murphy for up to $100 million dollar school funding relief package

ASBURY PARK - An official close to Senator Vin Gopal, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, said Gopal, “has been leading negotiations all week with Governor Murphy and his team for a major school funding package to help give relief for school districts throughout New Jersey who lost funding due to declining enrollments in the S2 funding formula.”

If Gopal does ...

Community encouraged to attend 'Coffee With a School Board Member' on March 11 at MacroBites

ASBURY PARK, NJ — After last week's successful meet-up, 'Coffee With a School Board Member' returns on Saturday, March 11, at noon at MacroBites, located at 1201 Springwood Ave.

The community is invited to stop by for coffee, donuts and conversation with Asbury Park School Board President Carritta Cook, Vice President Shadeen Alls Bey and Board Member Joe Grillo.

The ...

Another family of Ukrainian Refugees will make Belmar their home

March 1, 2023

BELMAR, NJ — The Belmar and Lake Como area will soon see another family of Ukrainian refugee neighbors after a local family decided to sponsor their journey to the United States. 

Patricia and John Hutchinson, Belmar locals, have sponsored the Nashkovs, a family of three who are seeking asylum from a war-torn Ukraine. The Hutchinson family did this through Uniting for Ukraine, a ...

Talula’s to host fundraiser to support Grupo Cajolá on February 28 from 5 to 9 p.m.

ASBURY PARK, NJ — Talula’s pizza restaurant, located at 550 Cookman Ave., is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Grupo Cajolá non-profit organization on Tuesday, February 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. 

Those who attend will be helping raise funds to construct and operate a new school in Cajolá, Guatemala that will provide high-quality education to children from ...

Lake Como Discusses the Possibility of Amending its Marijuana Ordinances

March 14, 2023

LAKE COMO, NJ — The Lake Como Mayor and Council recently held a workshop discussing the possibility of amending the borough’s ordinances on recreational marijuana sales. While no action was taken, officials considered the idea of allowing one or more cannabis dispensaries in Lake Como. 

Since 2021, marijuana sales have been banned in Lake Como in regard to the ...

Arts and Culture Plan proposed to be included in city’s master plan

ASBURY PARK, NJ — An arts and culture plan may soon become a key component included within the city's master plan after an update about its development was made by Eric Galipo during a recent city council meeting.  

Galipo, who is a professional planner and urban designer representing the city and the Asbury Park Arts Council, asked the council to consider a resolution of ...

Asbury Park residents ages 14 and up invited to present and vote on capital projects to improve the city

ASBURY PARK, NJ — Asbury Park residents ages 14 and over will have an opportunity to participate in their local government’s budget process through the city’s first annual Participatory Budget Program.  

The governing body will hear various capital project ideas submitted by residents to improve spaces throughout the community during a public meeting on ...

City-wide lake and park clean up planned on March 25

March 20, 2023

ASBURY PARK, NJ — The community is invited to join the Sunset Lake Commission, the Sunset Lake Park Conservancy, the Deal Lake Commission, the Environmental Shade Tree Commission, and the Mayor’s Wellness Committee to help clean the city's lakes on Saturday, March 25. 

The Deal Lake clean-up will take place from 9 a.m. to noon.

COVID-19 vaccine site at Brookdale Community College to close March 28

March 18, 2023

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners has announced that the COVID-19 vaccine site at Brookdale Community College is scheduled to close on Tuesday, March 28.

Originally opened in January 2021, the Monmouth County Vaccination Site at Brookdale Commuity College worked under the direction of Monmouth Medical Center, part of Livingston-based RWJBarnabas ...

Ocean County man arrested for January attack on concert crowd at Trinity Episcopal Parish

March 6, 2023

ASBURY PARK, NJ — An Ocean County man was charged with throwing smoke bombs into a crowd and attempting to pepper spray people leaving an anti-racism concert held at the Trinity Episcopal Parish in Asbury Park in January, announced Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and the Division of Criminal Justice announced on March 6. 

Nicholas G. Mucci, 28, of Toms River, was charged with ...

One fatality reported in fire on Surf Avenue

March 15, 2023

BELMAR, NJ - A fire tore through a house on Surf Avenue Between 17th and 18th Avenues this afternoon killing one person, according to an official source close to the investigation.

It appears the fire began between 3 and 4 p.m, and it is not known what caused the destructive fire.

Multiple fire departments responded from surrounding towns to assist the Belmar Fire Department ...

Fulfill Announces “Shore to Rock” Hunger Benefit Concert at Count Basie Center for the Arts on May 11

March 18, 2023

Fulfill, a leader in alleviating hunger and building food security in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, will host a benefit concert at the Count Basie Center for the Arts on Thursday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. The event will honor two local musicians, Jeff Kazee of Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes and Brian Kirk of Brian Kirk & The Jirks, as well as radio personality Tom Cunningham, host of ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, March 25
09:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Asbury Park

City-Wide Lake & Park Clean Up


Tue, March 28
12:00 PM — 11:45 PM

Asbury Park

City Council Special Meeting


Tue, March 28
07:00 PM — 11:45 PM

Asbury Park

Zoning Board

Senator Vin Gopal to host event celebrating Irish-American Heritage Month at Deal Lake Bar & Co. on March 28

March 23, 2023

ASBURY PARK, NJ — Sen. Vin Gopal D-Monmouth will host an event in honor of Irish-American Heritage Month on Tuesday, March 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Deal Lake Bar & Co. at 604 Main St. in Loch Arbour. 

Leaders throughout the community will be honored, and light refreshments will be provided. 

State Police Col. Patrick Callahan and Asbury Park Mayor John Moor will be ...

Ninth Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade returns to Asbury Park

ASBURY PARK, NJ — Asbury Park got into the St. Patrick's Day spirit a little early with the Ninth Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday, March 12. 

Thousands of parade-goers decked out in Irish-themed attire gathered in the city as the parade stepped off at 1 p.m. in front of Convention Hall. 

Parade participants walking and on floats included the Asbury Park ...

Pipes and Drums roar from Main St. for 50th Annual Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade

BELMAR & LAKE COMO, NJ — Thousands of people, both residents and visitors, were sporting green on Sunday while celebrating the 50th Annual Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Once again, floats, pipes and drums bands, and more marched along Main Street in the two boroughs radiating Irish pride. 

The special day kicked off at D’Jais Oceanview Bar & Cafe, ...

This Weekend in Asbury Park

March 17, 2023

ASBURY PARK, NJ — TAPinto Asbury Park has put together a guide of events and concerts taking place this weekend in the city. 

Friday, March 17

The Byrne Boys Band will be playing a St. Patrick's Day Show at Tim McLoone's Supper Club, located at 1200 Ocean Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online starting at $20. 

Low Dive, located at ...

This Weekend in Asbury Park

ASBURY PARK, NJ — Grab your green garb and gather your friends and family because it is parade weekend in the city. The parade will bring floats, music, dance and more to the vibrant streets of Asbury Park on Sunday. TAPinto Asbury Park has put together a guide of events and live performances occurring this weekend throughout the city. 

Friday, March 10

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