Barnegat/Waretown Top Stories

July 11, 2020

BARNEGAT, NJ -  The Barnegat Fire Department came a step closer to updating its fleet at the Township Committee meeting earlier this week.  Township officials voted unanimously to the first reading of an ordinance providing for the purchase of a 2020 Pierce Enforcer Pumper Fire Engine. The total ...

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NEW JERSEY - The NJSIAA released its "Return to Play" guidelines on Friday, which essentially pushed back the start of the 2020 Fall Season one month, while eliminating half of the rounds of the state playoffs. If there is a change in the Governor’s Road Back, Restart and Recovery Plan for ...

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WARETOWN, NJ – Ocean Township officials unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that could attract a medical cannabis dispensary to town. The proposed zoning law permits legal medical marijuana sales in the C-1 general commercial district.  The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ –  As a land developer makes way for a new shopping center on West Bay Avenue, some residents expressed their displeasure. News that a Dollar General and Auto Zone encompass Phase 1 of the project was met with further dissatisfaction.  A Barnegat local sought answers from the Township ...

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WARETOWN, NJ - Ocean Township Board of Education President Shawn Denning said Thursday night he believes that the PreK- 6 district plans will fully reopen in September with in-class instruction. Board members will vote on the proposed course of action at their meeting on Monday evening.  Denning ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - The Barnegat School District has wasted no time in developing reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Governor Phil Murphy announced in late June that New Jersey schools would reopen for in-person instruction in September. District leaders set up a task force that has already ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - The Barnegat Farmer's Market extends its hours for the first time today. Shoppers eager to support local businesses will surely enjoy the assortment of vendors. The market is located at 11 Birdsall Street and opens at 2pm for seniors. immune compromised individuals, and pregnant ...

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STAFFORD — The Southern Regional School District is going for it! TAPinto Stafford-LBI has been informed that the Southern Regional Board of Education is behind the plan developed by Chief School Administrator Craig Henry and his administration to fully open Southern Regional Middle and High ...

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TRENTON - Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove are calling on Governor Murphy to take swift action and direct the necessary resources to Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) facilities that were overwhelmed on the first day of opening after closing during ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- During the press conference in Trenton today, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed the frustrations of New Jerseyans who waited in long lines at the state's Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) facilities when they reopened this week. "I completely understand the frustration felt by every ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Face coverings are now required in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not practicable, Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his COVID-19 press conference in Trenton on Wednesday, July 8. Exceptions are individuals under age two, people who are eating/drinking at an outdoor ...

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STAFFORD and LONG BEACH ISLAND — The Ship Bottom Shellfish reported on Monday that there was a Covid-19 exposure at the restaurant. The business decided to close for a few days as a precaution.   Ship Bottom Shellfish is one of the fine restaurants that make up the Tide Table Group of ...

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OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - The unofficial results for the Republican nomination for the third congressional district show David Richter as the victor. Richter will run against incumbent Andy Kim and Independent candidate Marty Weber in the general election. Richter achieved 16,578 votes to Gibbs 4,335 ...

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LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ - Join on for a virtual bedtime story with the kids as author Lisa Ozalis-Graham reads her animated book, The Adventures of Finley & Cisco.   "The Adventures of Finley and Cisco is a triumphant tale that introduces children to the virtues of helping a friend in need ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Jonathan Holloway answered questions about a pandemic, a multimillion dollar budget shortfall and more during his first news conference as Rutgers president. The news conference, however, ended on a lighter note. “If there is no football season,” one reporter asked ...

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WARETOWN, NJ - After a few months of virtual meetings, Ocean Township Committee members return to their regular set-up for their July gathering.  The agenda for Thursday evening’s 7:00 pm regular meeting will be posted here. Residents interested in attending the meeting should be prepared to ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It took Jonathan Holloway less than a week in his position as Rutgers president to make his first major move, announcing at a news conference that the university will be employing remote instruction for the vast majority of its students in the fall. Students pursuing ...

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TRENTON, NJ  — Newly-released COVID-19 figures that show New Jersey maybe heading in the wrong direction could mean the state will be forced to remain in Stage 2 of its recovery plan longer than expected. Gov. Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Monday during the state’s ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s daily coronavirus press briefings, which began in March, will now be held three days a week, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday afternoon.  “Unless you hear otherwise, and sadly given the world right now in the state of COVID in the country we may shift courses, but we're ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Even in this era where statues of explorers are being dismantled, schools named after presidents are being rebranded and sports teams are replacing racially insensitive nicknames, don't expect Rutgers to change its name. The subject was raised to new university president ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - The 2020 New Jersey Primary Elections rescheduled by Executive Order, take place tomorrow and has prompted a local calendar change. Barnegat Township Committee members have postponed their July 7th meeting to Thursday, July 9th at 10:00 am. The Committee will once again convene in ...

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SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY — I hope that everyone had an enjoyable and safe Fourth of July as we celebrated our great county’s Independence Day. Summer’s crowds are now out in force on the roads, beaches, and waters of Southern Ocean County. It is time to look at the local fishing scene. Recent ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy surprised restaurant owners who had been preparing for the return of indoor dining on Thursday, July 2, by announcing just four days before that indoor seating would be delayed indefinitely.  Having spent money ordering food, retraining workers, and purchasing PPE ...

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BERKELEY TOWNSHIP,  NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy called upon the federal government to mandate face coverings at the spread of COVID-19 surge across the United States' Sunbelt. Murphy said New Jersey is seeing a small spike in cases due to travelers coming into the Garden State from Florida and South ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - Local residents were already disappointed when news broke that the Township's annual firework display was moved from the docks to the high school.  Amid the pandemic, they were canceled. Nonetheless, "unofficial" boomers had plenty of animals and humans hovering for shelter last ...

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STAFFORD — It is an interesting time upon us here in New Jersey and throughout the nation in the arena of childhood education. The Covid-19 pandemic has made it quite obvious that most students will not be attending school five days a week this fall.  There is one area school that satisfies ...

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OCEAN/BURLINGTON COUNTIES, NJ – Despite his years of public service, then candidate Andy Kim was a virtual unknown when he ran for New Jersey’s third district congressional seat two years ago. Now, the Democratic incumbent faces a highly contentious general election after GOP voters select their ...

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Refusals come just as migrant-worker population starts to rise steeply, with as many as 10,000 laborers per week arriving from states where COVID-19 cases are increasing This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Latwis sent an email message to Barnegat school district families earlier this week regarding reopening in September. The district is working on plans for a hybrid model of in-person instruction and remote learning.  Latwis asked parents to ...

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