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Isaias Winds Destroy Surflight Theatre Outdoor Tent: Hope to Rebuild and Reopen Soon

August 5, 2020

BEACH HAVEN - The powerful winds from Tropical Storm Isaias destroyed the temporary outdoors theatre venue at Beach Haven's beloved Surflight Theatre.

The theatre has had to have their performances outdoors at Bicenteninial Park due to the coronavirus. The storm winds did extensive damage to its structure.

The theatre posted a bulletin on their Facebook page, and the Ocean Professional ...

Ocean County Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Cancel Irish Festival

STAFFORD — The Ocean County Chapter of The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh regret to announce that the 2020 Ocean County Irish Festival which was to be held on September 12, 2020 at Manahawkin Lake Park has been canceled. 

We do this out of concern for our community as we are still in the midst of this global pandemic.  We always hope to offer a family friendly and safe ...

Two Fun Events for Kids Tonight and Tomorrow in Waretown

WARETOWN, NJ -  Families in Ocean Township won't have to travel far to find some local entertainment. Tonight and tomorrow's events both add to the hometown feel of neighbors meeting neighbors and those who help them.

The Ocean Township Police Department and Trailside Gardens have already teamed up to ticket kids for good behavior and "fine" them with a free ice ...

Chowderfest 2020 Pivots to Soup up the Local Economy

July 30, 2020

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members responded to COVID 19 safety issues by creating a dynamic ChowderMonth, to support local businesses that will launch Labor Day Weekend

Due to restrictions currently in place this year’s Chowderfest  will bring chowder tasters directly to the source by supporting local restaurants and retailers.  As the organizers of the 32 ...

Southern Ocean Chamber partners with SBA to Bring Updated Loan Forgiveness Webinar Aug 5

SHIP BOTTOM, NJ -The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has planned a live stream session for businesses ready to submit their Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness information to their lender. The region's chamber will present  SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Webinar ll-New Information on the Forgiveness Process and working with your lender on ...

Southern Ocean Chamber partners with SBA to Bring Updated Loan Forgiveness Webinar Aug 5

SHIP BOTTOM, NJ -The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has planned a live stream session for businesses ready to submit their Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness information to their lender. The region's chamber will present  SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Webinar ll-New Information on the Forgiveness Process and working with your lender on ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Advertising Campaign Targets 30-something's 'Risky Behaviors'

August 5, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – The state’s new advertising campaign to raise awareness for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing is targeting, among others, the 30-and-under population because of the “risky behaviors” they have exhibited.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said the “For Each Other, For Us All” campaign is debuting this week in advertising across TV, radio, ...

Ocean Township Schools: The Latest on Reopening Plans - Updated

This article has been updated since it was initially published at 2:00 pm today. Important comments from Dr. Christopher Lommerin, Superintendent of Schools.

WARETOWN, NJ - Ocean Township Board of Education members collectively agreed last month that the district would most likely offer two options in the fall.  Parents could either opt for a virtual learning model or return to five days ...

Remote Learning Gets Mixed Marks in State Survey of Families

Parents split on online instruction as prospects for fall opening shaky

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

New Jersey’s seismic shift last spring to remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have ...

What Ocean Twp. Voters Should Know About 2020 Elections

July 28, 2020

WARETOWN, NJ – The Ocean County Clerk has marked the 2020 primary results as official. On a local level, Republican Ken Baulderstone ran unopposed and received 1,363 votes for what will be his open seat on the Township Committee.  Democratic candidate Rita Kopacz was also in an uncontested race and received 673 votes.  

According to Township Clerk Diane Ambrosio, there are ...

Barnegat Local Elections 2020: What You Should Know

BARNEGAT, NJ –   The July 7th primary election results have been marked official by the Ocean County Clerk’s office. Two Democratic candidates and two Republican candidates ran unopposed in the primary for two open seats on the Barnegat Township Committee. Their names will all appear on the November ballot.

Barnegat has a total of 17,136 registered voters, of which 6,531 ...

Election 2020: Will You Run for Barnegat or Ocean Township Board of Ed Seats?

BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ - The year of 2020 will be one that goes down in the memory books. Decisions made by the Board of Education in both Barnegat and Ocean Township are among the local issues that have come under fire. Those who want to be part of the solution have a chance to seek a seat on their respective town boards. They have until July 27th to file their  their nominating ...

Big Barlow’s BBQ in Barnegat Backs the Blue

August 4, 2020

BARNEGAT, NJ - Big Barlow’s BBQ in Barnegat hosted a “Back The Blue” fundraiser on Saturday to show support for the Ocean County PBA.  The event attracted over 700 people throughout the day.

Restaurant owner Chris Barlow committed to donating twenty percent of all food sales to the countywide law enforcement organization.  Overall contributions are more than ...

Big Barlow’s BBQ Backs the Blue

BARNEGAT, NJ - Big Barlow’s BBQ in Barnegat hosted a “Back The Blue” fundraiser on Saturday to show support for the Ocean County PBA.  The event attracted over 700 people throughout the day.

Restaurant owner Chris Barlow committed to donating twenty percent of all food sales to the countywide law enforcement organization.  Overall contributions are more than ...

Where Ocean County Families Can Find Food Assistance This Summer

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – The pandemic has created a greater number of families finding themselves in financial crisis.  Ocean County residents needing food assistance should know there are resources available.

 Even when schools closed to in-class sessions, most districts continued to make meals available so that children would not go hungry. New Jersey government authorities have ...

A Growing Tribute of Condolences to State Senator Ron Rice on the Passing of His Wife of 35 Years

August 5, 2020

(NEW JERSEY) - Elected officials and political leaders from all over the state are sending in words of condolences to State Senator and Chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus, Ronald L. Rice (Newark) on the sudden passing of his beloved wife of 35 years, Shirley Rice. Mrs. Rice passed away unexpectedly on the morning of August 4, 2020. Shirley Rice, a long time champion for collegiate ...

Driver "Written" Tests Will Begin August 3; Said MVC

TRENTON, NJ -  The DMV will now begin written driver tests, including commercial drivers, starting August 3, announced the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. The tests will be given by appointment in all licensing centers except Oakland and Flemington, they said.

The demand is high, stated DMV officials so drivers are encouraged to make an appointment. Appointments can be made up to ...

Despite Zero Deaths Yesterday and Low Positivity Rankings, Murphy Warns 'We Are Not Past COVID-19'

TRENTON, NJ – Despite reporting that there were no in-hospital COVID-19 deaths during the 24-hour period ending 10:30 p.m. last night for the first time since March 10, Gov. Phil Murphy expressed disappointment over the increase in the positivity rate in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, July 31.

"The spot positivity rate for tests from July ...

Big Barlow’s BBQ in Barnegat Backs the Blue

August 4, 2020

BARNEGAT, NJ - Big Barlow’s BBQ in Barnegat hosted a “Back The Blue” fundraiser on Saturday to show support for the Ocean County PBA.  The event attracted over 700 people throughout the day.

Restaurant owner Chris Barlow committed to donating twenty percent of all food sales to the countywide law enforcement organization.  Overall contributions are more than ...

Big Barlow’s BBQ Backs the Blue

BARNEGAT, NJ - Big Barlow’s BBQ in Barnegat hosted a “Back The Blue” fundraiser on Saturday to show support for the Ocean County PBA.  The event attracted over 700 people throughout the day.

Restaurant owner Chris Barlow committed to donating twenty percent of all food sales to the countywide law enforcement organization.  Overall contributions are more than ...

12th Jetty Coquina Jam Surf Contest Set for Sunday August 2 in Brant Beach

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP -The Jetty Coquina Jam is an all-female, team surf contest and also a fundraising event. Women are paired randomly after being separated into two age pools and compete in this Summer event to support female cancer through David's Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation.

The annual Long Beach Island event has donated over $109, 000 dollars throughout the history of ...

Tropical Storm Warning in Effect: Rain and Wind on it's Way

August 3, 2020

STAFFORD and LBI — The National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service have issued a Tropical Storm Warning in all of New Jersey.  There is also a flash flood watch in effect from Isaias. 

The "prime time" window for Isaias's peak impacts on New Jersey will be about 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.  It is expected that there will be 5-6 hours of nasty ...

Comet NEOWISE to Make Closest Approach on Thursday

BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ - Not since Hale-Bopp in 1997 has a comet been so visible to Northern Hemisphere viewers. Comet NEOWISE, discovered by the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, was found only last March as it began to enter the inner solar system. The icy interloper swung around the sun back in early July, and it is now making a swift exit towards the outer solar ...

Roundtable: What Health and Policy Experts Saw as COVID Exposed Structural Racism

August 5, 2020

Racial, economic disparities are driving calls for health care to be made more equitable

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

NJ Spotlight and NJTV News hosted a virtual roundtable last week focused on the impact of ...

Where Ocean County Families Can Find Food Assistance This Summer

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – The pandemic has created a greater number of families finding themselves in financial crisis.  Ocean County residents needing food assistance should know there are resources available.

 Even when schools closed to in-class sessions, most districts continued to make meals available so that children would not go hungry. New Jersey government authorities have ...

Potentially Lethal Hand Sanitizer Recalled from the Shelves of Walmart Stores

STAFFORD - If you recently purchased hand sanitizer from any of the Walmart stores in New Jersey, you should immediately check the brand as it may be part of a nationwide recall for a potentially lethal ingredient.  

The 4e Brands North America recently announced a voluntary recall of 10 bottle sizes of Blumen hand sanitizer due to the potential presence of ...

A Tearful Plea from US District Judge Esther Salas After Her Son's Murder

August 3, 2020

NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard the gunshots. 

Her message is that Federal judges need better protection. Their home ...

Lawsuit Claims Barnegat Officials Violated Open Meetings Law

BARNEGAT, NJ – Barnegat officials were slapped with a lawsuit yesterday filed by Charles Cunliffe, a Democratic nominee for Township Committee. Cunliffe alleges local government authorities deprived him of his right to make public comments during their committee meetings.

Cunliffe’s complaint, filed in Ocean County Superior Court, claims township officials violated both the Open ...

Shooting at Federal Judge's North Brunswick Home Leaves Son Dead, Husband Injured

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – A gunman apparently posing as a delivery man gained entrance to U.S. District Judge Esther Salas’ North Brunswick home and shot her husband and their son on Sunday night.

The shooting, confirmed to TAPinto New Brunswick by a spokesperson in the FBI’s Newark Office, left their son, Daniel, 20, dead.

Salas’ husband, Mark Anderl, a criminal ...

Special Meeting Tonight Detailing Stafford's Lighthouse Christian Academy's Five Day Per Week Instruction Plan

July 29, 2020

STAFFORD — The administration and Board of Education at Lighthouse Christian Academy will be hosting a special meeting to explain the school's plan for September. 

The meeting will take place tonight, Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room.  The meeting can also be viewed live online on TAPinto Stafford-LBI's Facebook ...

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New Jersey's COVID-19 Advertising Campaign Targets 30-something's 'Risky Behaviors'

August 5, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – The state’s new advertising campaign to raise awareness for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing is targeting, among others, the 30-and-under population because of the “risky behaviors” they have exhibited.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said the “For Each Other, For Us All” campaign is debuting this week in advertising across TV, radio, ...

New Jersey's COVID-19 Advertising Campaign Targets 30-something's 'Risky Behaviors'

TRENTON, NJ – The state’s new advertising campaign to raise awareness for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing is targeting, among others, the 30-and-under population because of the “risky behaviors” they have exhibited.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said the “For Each Other, For Us All” campaign is debuting this week in advertising across TV, radio, ...

NJ Re-Tightens Restrictions on Indoor Gatherings As Transmission Rate Trends Up 

NEW JERSEY — With New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) nearly doubling in a month - from 0.87 in early July to 1.48 today — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that he will again tighten caps on indoor gatherings.

“We believe that some of this increase is attributable to the number of indoor house parties and other events which we have been seeing across the ...

Barnegat Man Charged After Creating Major Disturbance at Manahawkin Costco Store

August 6, 2020

STAFFORD — The Stafford Township Police Department arrested a Barnegat man on charges of Terroristic Threats, Harassment and Disorderly Conduct after a viral video was posted on a number of social media sites.  The video showed a customer at the Manahawkin Costco berating and threatening an employee and caused a scene inside the store on July 29, 2020.

The Stafford Township Police ...

Storm Update for Barnegat and Waretown: Not Just Power Loss

BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ - No doubt that 2020 will go down in area history books for its series of challenges.  Tropical Storm Isaias raged through both Barnegat and Ocean Township yesterday.  The National Weather Service confirmed six tornadoes across the region, including one in Ocean County.  Thousands went several hours without power.

Some sources have reported that a tornado ...

Big Barlow’s BBQ in Barnegat Backs the Blue

BARNEGAT, NJ - Big Barlow’s BBQ in Barnegat hosted a “Back The Blue” fundraiser on Saturday to show support for the Ocean County PBA.  The event attracted over 700 people throughout the day.

Restaurant owner Chris Barlow committed to donating twenty percent of all food sales to the countywide law enforcement organization.  Overall contributions are more than ...

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Sat, August 22, 11:00 AM

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2nd Amendment Rally

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Mon, September 21, 2:00 PM

St. Francis Community Center, Long Beach Township

Grandparenting Support Group

Health & Wellness

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Mon, November 16, 2:00 PM

St. Francis Community Center, Long Beach Township

Grandparenting Support Group

Health & Wellness

IRS: New Law Provides Relief for eligible taxpayers who need funds from IRAs and other retirement plans

August 2, 2020

WASHINGTON − The Internal Revenue Service provided a reminder today that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act can help eligible taxpayers in need by providing favorable tax treatment for withdrawals from retirement plans and IRAs and allowing certain retirement plans to offer expanded loan options.

Can I get money from my retirement account now?

Under the ...

12th Jetty Coquina Jam Surf Contest Set for Sunday August 2 in Brant Beach

August 1, 2020

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP -The Jetty Coquina Jam is an all-female, team surf contest and also a fundraising event. Women are paired randomly after being separated into two age pools and compete in this Summer event to support female cancer through David's Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation.

The annual Long Beach Island event has donated over $109, 000 dollars throughout the history of ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: Fishing Update from Jim Hutchinson, Sr., August 1 Update

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - The fishing over the past week in the Beach Haven area has been strong., but with the approach of Hurricane Isaias, thing will probably be on the back burner for a while.

The water temperature in the bay waters behind Long Beach Island have been reaching 80-degrees and even warmer. As a result, most of the fluke have made their move into the ocean. That is where the ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: Fishing Update from Jim Hutchinson, Sr., July 27 Update

In a nutshell, there are fluke and blowfish in the bay, fluke and kingfish on the beach, fluke and black sea bass on the inshore structure, and some darn fine fishing for tuna in the mid-range distances.

The word from Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom is that the abundance of school bluefin tuna surprisingly close to shore is “the most spectacular topic on the local fishing ...

Obituaries

Jun 22, 1938 - Jul 15, 2020
Joseph Louis “Joe” Filoon, age 82, (1938 – 2020) passed away peacefully ...
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Zappa Trust Vaultmeister Joe Travers Speaks about Latest Releases from Vast Frank Zappa Archive

August 5, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA -- TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer Brian Brodeur recently spoke with Joe Travers, accomplished drummer and longtime archivist for the Zappa Trust, about his experiences maintaining Frank Zappa’s vast collection of recordings and the latest releases from the Zappa archive. 

Travers, who attended Berklee College of Music and has toured with acts like Duran ...