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Barnegat Businesses Gear Up for Scarecrow Decorating Contest

September 10, 2020

BARNEGAT, NJ – The Barnegat Recreation Department is ushering in the fall season with the help of local business owners. The inaugural year of the “Business Scarecrow Tour Contest” starts October 17 and ends on October 30.

Businesses taking part in the contest will display a scarecrow of their own creation in front of their establishments.  The Barnegat Recreation ...

Pirates Won’t Dock in Barnegat This Year

BARNEGAT, NJ – Pirates Day, always a favorite between locals and visitors, has been called off this year.  Captain Kidd’s descendants did not dock due to inclement weather a couple of years ago. The 2020 Annual Event is cancelled this year as regular buccaneers evaluate the threat of too many masked attendees walking the streets.

As legend has it, the notorious Captain Kidd ...

Barnegat 67 Filling Up Residential and Retail Space: What’s New?

September 22, 2020

BARNEGAT, NJ - The standalone building in front of Barnegat 67 opens this fall as one of the latest additions to the array of retail and residential space. The general manager of Jersey Mike’s in Little Egg Harbor says he is looking forward to opening up the new eatery in the township.

Barnegat 67 boasts complete occupancy as far as the residential units in the first phase of the ...

Garden State’s Farmers Struggle with Impact of COVID-19 on Agricultural Industry

Those that sold to supermarkets fared better than those that relied on restaurants and schools

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.

Third-generation farmer Eric Hensel says in March he took what he was growing in his ...

Garden State’s farmers struggle with impact of COVID-19 on agricultural industry

Those that sold to supermarkets fared better than those that relied on restaurants and schools

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.

Third-generation farmer Eric Hensel says in March he took what he was growing in his ...

As more teachers stay out of classrooms, schools struggle to find substitutes

September 21, 2020

Many teachers are retiring, asking for leave or not wanting to go to schools in person amid COVID-19 fears

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.

There’s been a shortage of substitute teachers for years, but the ...

Election 2020: A Reason to Wait Until October 7 to Vote

BARNEGAT, NJ -  Voters that want to make sure their vote is counted will be in a hurry to get their mail-in ballots in as soon as possible.  Three Board of Education seats are up for grabs with seven candidates on the ballot.  The Board of Ed is non-partisan - and therefore, no hint of voting along party lines. A Candidates Forum on October 6th offers voters the opportunity to make ...

New Technology Hire Cuts Costs for Ocean Township Schools

WARETOWN, NJ - The Ocean Township Board of Education went into Executive Session last month to discuss a personnel issue.  The public was not present when board members came back to pass a resolution appointing a Director of Technology at an annual salary of $90,000.

The decision could save the district as much as $50,000 in the 2020-2021 school year according to Superintendent of Schools ...

Chamber of Commerce of Southern NJ Hosts CD-3 Candidates Forum

September 21, 2020

NEW JERSEY – Two of the three candidates running in the general election for New Jersey’s Third Congressional District faced off in a virtual informational forum today hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ).

Christina Renna, President and CEO of CCSNJ, asked CD-3 candidates incumbent Democrat Andy Kim and Republican David Richter for answers to a series of ...

Casting Your Ballot in Ocean County: Your Questions Answered

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - News that New Jersey voters would primarily use mail-in ballots for the November general election comes with its share of controversy.  Many Ocean County voters received their ballots this past week and have questions about them.

First and foremost, the deadline to register for the November 3 election is October 13. Registration is accepted online by visiting this ...

Election 2020: A Reason to Wait Until October 7 to Vote

BARNEGAT, NJ -  Voters that want to make sure their vote is counted will be in a hurry to get their mail-in ballots in as soon as possible.  Three Board of Education seats are up for grabs with seven candidates on the ballot.  The Board of Ed is non-partisan - and therefore, no hint of voting along party lines. A Candidates Forum on October 6th offers voters the opportunity to make ...

7th Annual Pig Roast at Manahawkin Elks on October 3

September 21, 2020

STAFFORD - The Manahawkin Elks Lodge #2340 and Manahawkin Motorcycle Committee are hosting their 7th Annual Pig Roast on October 3 at the Lodge, 520 Hilliard Blvd., from 1 to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

Traditional pig roast fare will be served, along with hot dogs, burgers, salads and refreshments. There will also be a raffle and live music by Drunken Clams.

A donation of $15 covers the cost of ...

Garden State’s Farmers Struggle with Impact of COVID-19 on Agricultural Industry

Those that sold to supermarkets fared better than those that relied on restaurants and schools

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.

Third-generation farmer Eric Hensel says in March he took what he was growing in his ...

Garden State’s farmers struggle with impact of COVID-19 on agricultural industry

Those that sold to supermarkets fared better than those that relied on restaurants and schools

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.

Third-generation farmer Eric Hensel says in March he took what he was growing in his ...

Gov. Murphy: COVID-19 Update, Travel Advisory, and Voter Registration

September 22, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy was in Union City Tuesday with Mayor Brian Stack to rally folks to fill out the 2020 Census. There are only eight days left to complete it — it's quick, easy and safe, and can be done online.

COVID-19

Gov. Murphy reported New Jersey has 457 new positive cases, for a cumulative total of 200,580. There are also seven new confirmed COVID-19 deaths, ...

Proposed Waretown Redevelopment Project Can Move to Next Phase

WARETOWN, NJ – A crowd of 50-75 local residents gathered outside last night at the Waretown Firehouse for a meeting of the township’s redevelopment authority.  The gathering ended with Ocean Township Committee members authorizing a developer to move to the next phase of the approval process for construction of townhouses and a commercial building on Route 9.

Keith Davis, ...

Ocean County Calls for EZ Pass Discount

Ocean County , NJ - It is clear that the Garden State Parkway serves as the main road for visitors, and residents; it is a daily routine for thousands of commuters that work in and around Southern Ocean County. With motorists facing new increases to both the Garden State Parkway and NJ Turnpike ; as well as increased gasoline tax hike Freeholder Director Joseph Vicari is renewing his call for an ...

How This Amazing Initiative Is Helping Barnegat Youth

September 14, 2020

BARNEGAT, NJ – The name of the initiative actually speaks for itself. Barnegat’s Communities that Care (CTC) a coalition of local groups that share a common goal. Their emphasis is on promoting positive youth development while coordinating their efforts.

Representatives from twelve different sectors make up the CTC community board. These range from the governing body, the schools, ...

NJ fights new flare-ups as CDC yanks COVID advisory

September 22, 2020

Health commissioner, others concerned about Lakewood

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.

“It scares me.” Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles says, he feels scared because Ocean and Monmouth counties logged more than 730 ...

Overdose deaths in NJ may hit record high

Through July, deaths are up 17% as stress from lockdown, COVID added to pressures addicts faced

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.

Experts warned that drug and alcohol addictions were likely to increase during the ...

Amid the Pandemic: What Ocean County Pets Want You to Know

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – If animals could talk, they might offer a different viewpoint on their experiences amid the pandemic. Many would brag they enjoyed more encounters with their humans. A whole host of former occupants of Ocean County animal shelters would likely credit COVID-19 with connecting them with fur-ever homes and families.

 “The two Ocean County Animal Facilities ...

Judge Orders Barnegat to Answer Charles Cunliffe’s Lawsuit

September 18, 2020

BARNEGAT, NJ - Ocean County Superior Court Assignment Judge Marlene Lynch Ford ordered Barnegat Township today to answer a complaint brought by Charles Cunliffe.  The lawsuit naming Cunliffe as a plantiff alleges that Barnegat officials violated open meetings laws and deprived him of his civil rights.

Township Attorney Christopher Dasti filed a Motion to Dismiss Cunliffe’s ...

Barnegat Municipal Court Session Hit with Zoom Bombs

BARNEGAT, NJ - A virtual municipal court session in Barnegat was cut short yesterday when an unknown attacker hijacked the proceedings.  Court officials were particularly horrified when a multitude of “Zoom Bombs” interrupted the scheduled docket.

The courts closed statewide earlier this year in conjunction with the coronavirus crisis. Municipal Court Judge Philip M. Miller ...

Ship Bottom Business Owner Rejects Plea Deal, Case Headed to Grand Jury

SHIP BOTTOM, NJ — A Ship Bottom businessman accused of damaging the vehicles of a local competitor rejected a plea offer from Ocean County Assistant Prosecutor Alexander Becker on Tuesday, September 15.  The underlying matter was first reported by TAPinto Stafford-LBI in March.

Ray Dietrich, owner of Air Technical Services in Ship Bottom, was originally charged with ...

Police: Multiple Reports of Theft from Vehicles Overnight in Surf City

September 16, 2020

SURF CITY, NJ — Wednesday morning, the Surf City Police Department received multiple reports of thefts from vehicles that occurred during the overnight hours.

"All vehicles that were targeted were left unlocked," police said, "we are asking residents and visitors who were in town overnight to please check their vehicles and report any thefts to us at ...

Barnegat 67 Filling Up Residential and Retail Space: What’s New?

September 22, 2020

BARNEGAT, NJ - The standalone building in front of Barnegat 67 opens this fall as one of the latest additions to the array of retail and residential space. The general manager of Jersey Mike’s in Little Egg Harbor says he is looking forward to opening up the new eatery in the township.

Barnegat 67 boasts complete occupancy as far as the residential units in the first phase of the ...

Proposed Waretown Redevelopment Project Can Move to Next Phase

WARETOWN, NJ – A crowd of 50-75 local residents gathered outside last night at the Waretown Firehouse for a meeting of the township’s redevelopment authority.  The gathering ended with Ocean Township Committee members authorizing a developer to move to the next phase of the approval process for construction of townhouses and a commercial building on Route 9.

Keith Davis, ...

Residents Fear Redevelopment Means Overdevelopment in Waretown

WARETOWN, NJ – Redevelopment projects represent different things to different people. Some see it as a means of economic revitalization of an area. Others fear it is the start to overdevelopment in quaint communities like Ocean Township.

Property owners Herman and Marsha Zell are scheduled to appear before the Township’s Redevelopment Committee on September 21, 2020, at 7 pm. The ...

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NJ fights new flare-ups as CDC yanks COVID advisory

September 22, 2020

Health commissioner, others concerned about Lakewood

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.

“It scares me.” Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles says, he feels scared because Ocean and Monmouth counties logged more than 730 ...

Murphy Denounces Shooting at Cops' Home, Signs Environmental Law, Reports COVID Numbers at Briefing

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began Friday’s COVID-19 press briefing on a somber note by expressing his outrage over two gunmen who fired on the home of two Camden County police officers while their newborn baby was inside.

The gunmen shot at the officers’ home in Camden late Tuesday and struck the home at least six times, according to Camden police. The couple were inside ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Legislation Aiming to Strengthen New Jersey’s Long-Term Care Industry

TRENTON, NJ -- Saying that residents and staff of long-term care facilities in New Jersey have borne an outsized burden of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation on Wednesday to address systemic challenges, mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and strengthen preparedness for future outbreaks.

Of the more than 14,000 New Jersey residents killed by ...

Breaking News: Injuries in Accident in Ship Bottom

September 18, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM — 11:40 a.m. Police cars and an ambulance are currently on eastbound Route 72 in Ship Bottom between Central Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard. The accident is near the WaWa. 

Police are diverting traffic north or south onto Barnegat Boulevard.

TAPinto will update as more information becomes available. 

 

Route 539 Still Closed North of Route 72 Due to Deadly Crash

STAFFORD — Route 539, north of Route 72 in Stafford has been closed for hours after a deadly truck and auto collision between Route 72 and Harry Wright Blvd according to the New Jersey News Netwrok. 

A dump truck and auto collided.  Police report that one person has died. The name of the victim has not been released.  The Asbury Park Press reported this afternoon that a ...

Barnegat Chief Formally Announces Hiring of Patrolman Peragine

BARNEGAT, NJ -   News that the Barnegat Township Committee approved the hiring of a new officer came by way of official resolution.  This year the application process was extremely competitive. Barnegat resident Joseph Peragine made it to the top of the list and heads to the academy on September 18th.

Barnegat Police Chief Keith Germain formally introduced Patrolman ...

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48th Annual LBI Commemorative 18 Mile Run

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Human Services Opens Applications Monday for COVID-19 Child Care Tuition Assistance Program

September 21, 2020

Eligible Families Needing Child Care Assistance as Schools Open Remotely Can Apply Now at ChildCareNJ.Gov

(TRENTON) – New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today announced that applications are now open for the new COVID-19 child care tuition assistance program the Murphy Administration has created to help families with child care costs as schools open ...

Three Southern Regional Senior Field Hockey Players Set to Compete in College

September 20, 2020

STAFFORD — Southern Regional Field Hockey coach Jen Lombardo-Adams has three seniors all set for college before their final high school season begins.

Southern Regional Director of Athletics Chuck Donohue Jr. recently released some info about three senior athletes setting to compete at the intercollegiate level in the Fall of 2021.

Kacey Kubarewicz on her commitment to continue ...

Manahawkin's Mike Gesicki Has Best Game of NFL Career in Tough Loss

MIAMI — Former Southern Regional and Penn State star football player Mike Gesicki had a great day on the field for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon.

Gesicki had 8 catches for 130 yards and scored a touchdown in a tough 31-28 loss to AFC East Division opponent Buffalo Bills.  Gesicki averaged 16.1 yards per catch and one was an incredible one handed grab. 

This was ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: Fishing Update from Jim Hutchinson, Sr., September 19 Update

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION — The New Jersey summer flounder season ends today, September 19, and with northeast winds gusting to 30-knots and seas of 5-6-feet, few, if any, boats fished on the final day.

Now that the fluke season is over, it is time to look to the fall and begin seeing what other fish are available. Many anglers are already getting their gear ready for the fall run.

Obituaries

Jan 30, 1939 - Aug 26, 2020
Nancy (Venitucci) Manley, age 81, of Bourne, MA, formerly of Cedar Grove, NJ, passed away in her ...
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NJ Apple Picking Farm Provides Husky Dogs a Better Life

September 23, 2020

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help rid the orchard of critters and provide a better life ...

Amid the Pandemic: What Ocean County Pets Want You to Know

September 15, 2020

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – If animals could talk, they might offer a different viewpoint on their experiences amid the pandemic. Many would brag they enjoyed more encounters with their humans. A whole host of former occupants of Ocean County animal shelters would likely credit COVID-19 with connecting them with fur-ever homes and families.

 “The two Ocean County Animal Facilities ...