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Iconic Rock and Roll Photographer Mark Weiss, reimagines his photos as new art, continues the serendipitous magic

August 21, 2019

NEW JERSEY: If you were a child or a teen in the 1970's and 1980's, many nostalgic images may come to mind, The Brady Bunch, mixing and drinking Tang, telephone booths, Star Wars, Bubble Yum, Atari, of course the big hair, fashion exploding, Tiger Beat and MAD Magazine...

Most of today's rock and roll icons made their fame in the 70's and 80's.

Bird and Betty's Premieres the Film "Sink or Swim" Which Headlines Monday Night LBI Entertainment Presented by the Tide Table Group

STAFFORD AND LONG BEACH ISLAND - Don't worry about showers or rain tonight in case they pop up due to the crazy high humidity. Go ahead and get out to enjoy the nightlife in the LBI area. 

Tonight, Monday August 19 features the screening of “Sink or Swim” by Salty Crew - the film that explores surf and fishing.  All are invited to attend this film presented by Farias ...

Ocean County Irish Festival Hosted by the Ocean County Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Coming Saturday September 7 at Manahawkin Lake Park

STAFFORD -  The Ocean County chapter of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh is again hosting the Ocean County Irish Festival on Saturday, September 7, 2019.  

The event will take place at the Manahawkin Lake Park in Manahawkin for the third consecutive year. .  

The event takes place all on one big day, Saturday, September 7. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 ...

Hundreds Pay Tribute to Timothy Kohlheim at Tuesday's Celebration of Life Gathering

August 20, 2019

STAFFORD - On Tuesday, hundreds of people stopped by the Stafford Firehouse on Stafford Avenue to pay their respects to the memory of a great man who died way too young.

Timothy Kohlheim owner of Shore Fire Grille, with locations in Manahawkin and Surf City was killed in a tragic motor vehicle accident on Thursday, August 15 on Route 72 in Manahawkin. 

Kohlheim was a loving ...

Reynolds Annual "Good Ole Days" Sale Set With Great Savings

STAFFORD - It’s time for Reynold's Annual “Good Ol’ Days Sale” on Saturday, August 31.

Shoppers will find savings of up to 75% OFF Home Accessories, Furniture, Outdoor Decor, Jewelry, Lamps, Plant Material, Baby Clothes, Women’s Clothing (Hobo, Nic+Zoe, Habitat, Cut Loose, NYDJ, Liverpool, Bobeau, Kyla Seo), Hand Bags, and much, much more.

Also, 20% ...

Southern Ocean Chamber Association Presents Summer Donation to Parker’s Army

STAFFORD - The Southern Ocean Chamber Association, a NJ 501c3 Non Profit; (SOCA) was established to provide resources to advance small business and nonprofit entities throughout the Long Beach Island region.

The organization presented Parker’s Army with a donation for $1000 to further advance their mission.  

Parker’s Army is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization ...

Township of Ocean School District and Board Set Goals

August 19, 2019

WARETOWN, NJ – School may be out for the summer, but the Township of Ocean’s School District and Board of Education were in full session last week. At the August Board meeting, a New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) representative conducted a workshop on formulating goals.

“The Board’s self-evaluation is not mandatory,” said Mary Ann Friedman, NJSBA Field ...

Ocean Township Board of Education Member Says LGBTQ Curriculum has “Nothing to do with History”

WARETOWN, NJ – Social media can’t make the same claims as Las Vegas. What happens on Facebook doesn’t necessarily stay there. At last night’s Ocean Township Board of Education meeting, Board Member Kelly Zuzic saw that firsthand.

During the Public Comments section of the meeting, Waretown resident, Amanda Lynn, read a prepared statement. She began by referencing remarks ...

What New LGBTQ Curriculum Could Mean to Barnegat and NJ Schools

BARNEGAT, NJ –   Barnegat Mayor Alfonso “Al” Cirulli just blasted a new law requiring public educators to update school curriculums to include contributions made by LGBTQ community members. Meanwhile, Cirulli admitted that he had no idea what would be added to middle school and high school studies.

In voicing his objection, Cirulli said, “The State is allowing ...

Bird and Betty's Premieres the Film "Sink or Swim" Which Headlines Monday Night LBI Entertainment Presented by the Tide Table Group

August 19, 2019

STAFFORD AND LONG BEACH ISLAND - Don't worry about showers or rain tonight in case they pop up due to the crazy high humidity. Go ahead and get out to enjoy the nightlife in the LBI area. 

Tonight, Monday August 19 features the screening of “Sink or Swim” by Salty Crew - the film that explores surf and fishing.  All are invited to attend this film presented by Farias ...

Ocean County Irish Festival Hosted by the Ocean County Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Coming Saturday September 7 at Manahawkin Lake Park

STAFFORD -  The Ocean County chapter of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh is again hosting the Ocean County Irish Festival on Saturday, September 7, 2019.  

The event will take place at the Manahawkin Lake Park in Manahawkin for the third consecutive year. .  

The event takes place all on one big day, Saturday, September 7. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 ...

Calissta Quinn Appearing at Teen Night Tops Sunday's Entertainment Lineup: LBI Area Entertainment Presented by the Tide Table Group

​​​​​​LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ - It is Sunday night at the Jersey Shore.  There is a special Teen Night at Bird and Betty's tonight beginning at 9 p.m.  This Sunday's Teen Nite will feature a performance by rising pop/r&b star Callista Quinn, featured on The Voice and The Apollo Theatre Amateur Nite

This is a safe, comfortable environment for those under 21.  $10 ...

Barnegat’s Municipal Property Tax Increases Remain Under One Percent

August 14, 2019

BARNEGAT, NJ It’s not exactly a medal of honor for New Jersey to place at the bottom of some lists. According to Wallet Hub,  the Garden State ranked dead last when it came to real estate taxes in 2019.  Meanwhile, Hawaii’s median house value easily exceeds every other state at nearly $564K. Nonetheless, it’s first in the nation as far as the state with the lowest ...

Invocation Legal at Barnegat Township Committee Meetings

BARNEGAT, NJ – Barnegat Mayor Alfonso “Al” Cirulli doesn’t think it’s right that parents can’t opt their children out of a curriculum mandated by a new state law. Starting in the 2020-2021 school year, public schools will be required to incorporate the contributions of LGBTQ community members into various subject matters.

Cirulli used time during the August ...

Barnegat and Ocean Township Support County in Challenging Immigration Trust Directive

BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ - Just about all municipalities plan ahead when it comes to dealing with routine matters at their Township Committee meetings. This month's Consent Agendas in both Barnegat and the Township of Ocean included a resolution supporting the intended lawsuit by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, challenging the Attorney General’s ...

Southern Ocean Chamber Association Presents Summer Donation to Parker’s Army

August 17, 2019

STAFFORD - The Southern Ocean Chamber Association, a NJ 501c3 Non Profit; (SOCA) was established to provide resources to advance small business and nonprofit entities throughout the Long Beach Island region.

The organization presented Parker’s Army with a donation for $1000 to further advance their mission.  

Parker’s Army is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization ...

Candlelight Vigil Saturday to Honor Timothy Kohlheim, Local Businessman, Husband and Father

STAFFORD - The Stafford Township and neighboring communities spent Friday shaken by the sad news of the passing of local businessman Timothy Kohlheim on Thursday night. 

Shore Fire Grille owner, Timothy Kohlheim, was not only a successful business owner and family man, but also one who always lend a helping hand whenever someone in our community needed it. 

At approximately 9:30 ...

Fusaro's Donating $2.00 for Every Pizza Sold on Wednesday to David's Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation

STAFFORD - TAPinto was informed this evening of another wonderful business contributor in our community interested in helping people in need.  Today is the day that Fusaro's Pizza donates $2.00 of every pizza sold to David's Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation.  The generous business does this on the 14th of each month.  Wednesday is the 14th day of August. 

If ...

Ørsted to Host Community Meeting to Introduce Ocean Wind Project to Area Residents

August 15, 2019

WARETOWN, NJ – Representatives from offshore wind developer Ørsted will host an informational community meeting to introduce their Ocean Wind project to interested residents on Wednesday, August 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Holiday Beach Club, located on Lighthouse Drive, Waretown. Free parking will be available.

Attendees will hear an Ocean Wind project overview then visit and ...

Warming Waters Could Cause One Whale of a Problem for New Jersey, Says Rutgers Researcher

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The number of humpback whale sightings in New York City and northern New Jersey has increased dramatically in recent years, by more than 500%, as a result of warmer and cleaner waters, raising the risk of dangerous interactions between the huge marine mammals and humans, according to a Rutgers University-New Brunswick researcher.

The increase in sightings near one of the ...

Vacant Waretown Restaurant Demolished by Township Officials

WARETOWN, NJ - When new owners took over the Galley Grill at 96 Bryant Road, they likely had big expectations as a waterfront eatery. Meanwhile, Superstorm Sandy helped to wash those dreams away.  What remains of the restaurant is a now pile of rubble waiting to be cleared.

Township of Ocean Mayor Benjamin N. Loparo shared, “The township purchased the property, located at the end of ...

Barnegat's Partnering with Outside Mental Health Agency and the Growing Signs of Mental Illness in Children

August 15, 2019

BARNEGAT, NJ - Earlier this summer, the Barnegat School District announced a new program that goes into effect when the school year begins this September. Students who need mental health services will have the opportunity to work them into their school schedule. Mental health providers will come to the schools - saving parents the worry of finding a way to help their children in limited outside ...

St. Francis Counseling Services Offering Volunteer Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate Training

BRANT BEACH - St. Francis Counseling Services is now taking applications for the Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate (CSVA) Training Program. The trainings are held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every Monday for 12 weeks, beginning September 9 and concluding December 16.

Help survivors of sexual abuse and assault and become a Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate.  Are you ...

Hot or Not Yoga Presents Free Sunset Yoga at Bayview Park Every Thursday Night in the Summer

BRANT BEACH, NJ - Stafford's Hot or Not Yoga Studio presents free sunset yoga at Bayview Park in Long Beach Township every Thursday evening beginning at 6 p.m. 

This is an all-levels yoga class and everyone is welcome. 

Bayview Park is located directly across the Long Beach Township Municipal Building, located at 6805 Long Beach Blvd. 

For more information on Hot ...

Tomato Troubles: Some Advice for Bringing in Jersey's Legacy

August 21, 2019

BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ -  They're a staple to every garden in this part of the state and likely have your mouth watering with the prospect of using them in salads, sauces, and even sandwiches. Whether they're a fruit or vegetable is always up for debate. Meanwhile, you have waited all season for that first red ripe tomato only to discover less-than-perfect delicacy.  But ...

Gov. Murphy Finally Signs Bill to Eliminate 11.6% on Shore Homeowners Who Rent Their Vacation Properties

TRENTON, NJ — With less than a month left in the prime summer rental season, vacationers who rent directly from shore homeowners will not have to pay 11.6 percent in state sales and occupancy taxes.

Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a measure that requires transient accommodations only be subject to the taxes if the rental is obtained through online marketplaces, like AirBnB and VRBO — ...

Bob’s Carpet & Flooring: A Legacy Business

BARNEGAT, NJ -Mom and Pop stores offer customers a few advantages. For one, the service level most often exceeds that of big-box retailers. When Bob Trotta first opened Bob’s Carpet & Flooring, doing just installations in 1981, he embraced a personal touch that earned him the trust of local consumers. His son, Chris Trotta, continues his father’s legacy with that same dedication ...

New Jersey Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges After Bringing Computer to Bridgewater Store

August 13, 2019

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Hillsborough man was arrested on child pornography charges after explicit pictures of children were found on his computer when he brought it to be repaired in Bridgewater, according to a release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

Michael Iden, 46, was charged with one count of third degree endagering the welfare of a child for the attempted possession of ...

Did You Lose a Engagement Ring on the Beach?

BARNEGAT, NJ —  Some think of the Jersey shore as starting right over the Driscoll Bridge. For those in Barnegat and Waretown, there's a bit more travel involved. However, a precious piece of jewelry or other momento can be lost on any part of the beach.

It’s been a month since Karen Farrell found what appears to be an engagement ring on the Belmar beach. And although ...

New Jersey Teenager Reportedly Knocked Unconscious by Lightning While On Field; 'Shaken but Stable' According to Police

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham teenager Brendan Darby was "shaken but stable" after a witness said he was knocked unconscious by a lightning strike Thursday night on Haas Field in Chatham Borough.

According to Chatham Borough Police Chief Brian Gibbons, a call of a "suspected lightning strike" was received at 8:39 p.m.

"A juvenile witness running on the rubberized turf field ...

Barnegat Police Investigating Reported Gunshots

August 18, 2019

BARNEGAT, NJ - The sound of gunshots rang out early this morning at 2:20 am in the area of Lexington Boulevard. There are no reported injuries arising from the incident.

"We cannot provide specific details at this time," Barnegat Police Lieutenant Jeff Ryan. "The matter is still under active investigation and we will release additional information regarding the ...

Together Community Mourns the Loss of Shore Fire Grille Owner Timothy Kohlheim

STAFFORD, NJ - Last night, our community lost a very special one of our own. Shore Fire Grille owner, Timothy Kohlheim, was not only a successful business owner and family man, but also one who always lend a helping hand whenever someone in our community needed it. 

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on August 15, the Stafford Township Police Department responded to a motor vehicle collision on ...

Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment Regarding Ocean Township Police

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NJ -  Ocean Township Police Chief Michael  Rogalski just announced that a team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Monday, August 19th, 2019 to visit the Township's Police Department. The team of assessors plans to examine all aspects of the Ocean Township Police Department’s policies and ...

No Convenience Store in Sight for Closed Waretown Wawa Location

August 9, 2019

WARETOWN, NJ – Less than a month ago, upset patrons started a petition appealing to Wawa to reconsider the closure of its Waretown store. The Wawa’s not only sticking to its plans to close down the location. It’s also taking steps to stop any similar business from buying the property.

At last night’s Township Committee meeting, Township of Ocean Mayor Ben LoParo shared ...

Invocation Legal at Barnegat Township Committee Meetings

August 12, 2019

BARNEGAT, NJ – Barnegat Mayor Alfonso “Al” Cirulli doesn’t think it’s right that parents can’t opt their children out of a curriculum mandated by a new state law. Starting in the 2020-2021 school year, public schools will be required to incorporate the contributions of LGBTQ community members into various subject matters.

Cirulli used time during the August ...

Warm Weather Means Hot Fishing: LBI Fishing Update by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

August 19, 2019

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - It is hard to believe, but summer is quickly coming to an end. I checked the weather report for the upcoming week, and it looks like it will be a hot one. That should keep the water temperatures high and our fishing action also hot.

This warm water will provide us with the appearance of those fish from the south that are often not found in our area waters. I am ...

Kingfish and Fluke Are Great Targets on the LBI Surf: LBI Fishing Report by Jim Hutchinson Sr.

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - I got an update from Bob Severi of Beach Haven on his recent fishing activity. He has fished Little Egg Inlet a couple of times and found fluke, but no keepers. He got into some birds working near Mordecai Island and picked off a small bluefish.  He reports seeing plenty of bunker in the inlet as well as inside in the channel. 

Gina Lawrenson from the ...

Would a Turf Field be as Safe as a Grass One at Barnegat HS?

Just about no one disputes that Barnegat High School’s main field is in dire need of a fix. Experts fault problems with the drainage system for drenched soil that lasts for days. The District says that converting the natural grass to artificial turf is a viable alternative. But, is it safe?

Surprisingly, no one voiced concerns about prospective health or safety issues at a recent meeting ...

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Sprinkle this on Your Watermelon: Chile Lime Salt

August 18, 2019

Give the sweet summer watermelon a whole new flavor profile with chile lime salt.

Marty Silverman, manager of Savory Spice Shop in Westfield, said the shop’s Peruvian Chile Lime Seasoning is a big seller.

The lime adds brightness and the chile gives the fruit it a savory kick. But don't underestimate the importance of salt in the combo.

“Growing up, my dad, brother and I ...

These Summer Activities Can Affect Next Year’s Tax Returns

August 14, 2019

BARNEGAT, WARETOWN, NJ - For decades, both Barnegat and Waretown hosted tourist trade. Now, both communities have their share of full-time residents. Locals and visitors alike may find some critical information helpful as to what matters when it comes to income taxes.

Summertime activities often affect the tax returns people file the following year. Here are some things taxpayers do during the ...

Obituaries

Nov 17, 1982 - Aug 15, 2019
On August 15, 2019, Timothy Kohlheim tragically passed away, loving husband and father of two ...
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Popular Asbury Park Donut Shop Gains Both Neighborhood and National Success

August 16, 2019

ASBURY PARK, NJ – In our newest episode, HomeGrown visits Purple Glaze Donuts, an award-winning bakery on Summerfield Avenue. Open for four years in Asbury Park, the donuts are made by a mother and son team, and have already become a celebrated part of the community.

The shop opened in 2015 and began having success shortly thereafter. “We’ve slowly gotten the word out,” ...