Barnegat/Waretown Top Stories

June 23, 2020

Special to TAPinto. 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. Since Memorial Day, the Jersey Shore has been grinding back to life. But ...

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OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – Authorities claim that contact tracing represents a means of reducing the spread of COVID-19. Without question, a number of people see it as a personal invasion and are vehemently opposed to it. What should Ocean County residents know about contact tracing? “The Ocean County ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - Barnegat High School’s Class of 2020 wasn’t the only one to go virtual when it came to graduation. At the middle school level, the transition from middle school to high school is known as a promotion.  Russell O. Brackman Middle School eighth graders just ended the year in a virtual ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Coronavirus restrictions in place since mid-March in New Jersey continue to be peeled back amid Phase 2 of the state's economic recovery plan, and the state's efforts to combat the disease are proving so successful that New Jersey is one of four states in line to contain it, Governor ...

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BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy took some time in announcing that pools could open for the summer. Like other parts of the state, residents in both Barnegat and Ocean Township welcomed the news. Many began the steps to comply with New Jersey’s COVID-19 Outdoor Pool Standards. So, how ...

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STAFFORD-LBI - Indoor dining will return to New Jersey on July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted on Monday.  Restaurants will be able to serve indoors. They are only allowed to use 25 percent of their usual indoor seating capacity, according to Murphy. .

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BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ – Many homeowners in both Barnegat and Ocean Township rely on the Senior Freeze Program to make ends meet. In the past, the Homestead Rebate Program has also  provided tax relief to local property taxpayers. Could both programs be in jeopardy thanks to the pandemic’s negative ...

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BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ - This may be a novel year for dads when it comes to celebrating Father's Day this year. According to many retailers and restaurateurs, Mother's Day only follows winter celebrations when it comes to spending money.  Father's Day 2020 may well be the exception. On Mother's ...

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NEW JERSEY - Elective surgeries and limited retail shopping have already returned statewide. But Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday that tomorrow, New Jersey’s nine million residents will face their biggest test yet toward safely congregating indoors.   “Salons and barbershops are going to be our ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - Like everyone else, there's a good chance that local Barnegat officials looked forward to dining away from the confines of their home. Governor Murphy's directive allowing for outside dining proved to be a welcome opportunity. Three of the local representatives were recently spotted ...

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NEW JERSEY — On Father’s Day, months of isolation will end for many of New Jersey’s 70,000 residents relegated indoors at long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Friday that such visits must be held outdoors and follow a set of ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ – In 2019, the Barnegat Police Department handled almost 20,000 calls for service. Of those calls, officers used force 22 times, or 0.11 percent of the total calls.  Last night, Police Chief Keith Germain turned to social media to provide COVID-19 updates. In keeping up with current ...

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OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - Other than Governor Phil Murphy's daily press conference, local updates about the coronavirus have dropped as far as frequency.  Throughout the state and within Ocean County, the number of confirmed cases has increased at a much slower pace. Since the beginning of June, 598 ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ – Barnegat High School held its first of two graduations last night in a touching virtual rendition of pomp and circumstance. The good news is that plans are underway for the Class of 2020 to have a live and in-person graduation in July. Thanks to technology, most of the 232 ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ – The faculty and staff at the Lillian M. Dunfee School already knew that the end of the 2019-2020 would be difficult. After all, with the planned reconfiguration, it would not just be fifth graders leaving their school family. COVID-19 may have shut down classrooms. However, it did ...

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STAFFORD - The Southern Regional Boys Basketball program will again be offering summer basketball camp this summer.  They are under the direction of former head coach Eric Fierro and current coach John Pampalone.  Please spread the word so our area youth can have a great summer.  The weeks ...

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NEW JERSEY — Nothing will be more important for New Jersey colleges and universities for the summer and fall semesters than planning.  It may be most evident to students partaking in their school’s orientations — where they will notice a healthy dose of background on COVID-19 and what their ...

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BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ – Admittedly, today’s crispness and lack of sunshine were not entirely conducive to checking out local outdoor dining spots. The information in this article is subject to update and only includes places offering outdoor dining in Barnegat and Ocean Township. Readers should ...

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BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ – For many Republican voters in Ocean and Burlington counties, the third congressional seat is the hottest race on the primary ballot. Last night, candidates Kate Gibbs and David Richter tried to win over voters in a virtual debate.    The victor’s success may be reflected ...

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WARETOWN, NJ – Generally speaking, yard sales are a win/win situation for both buyers and sellers. Good news for anyone disappointed that Ocean Township’s Annual Townwide Yard Sale was canceled.  Community leaders just rescheduled the popular event for July 25, 2020. “This is a free event,” said ...

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TUCKERTON, NJ — Enjoy the summer out on the water and take a ferry ride from Tuckerton Seaport to Beach Haven Taylor Ave Municipal Dock each weekend throughout the summer with special COVID-19 measures aboard. The popular Water Ferry Service is back to bring riders across the bay to enjoy the ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ – Barnegat’s Class of 2020 had every intention of pulling off the perfect prom. The committee planned for everything, with one exception. No one counted on a pandemic shutting down the gala event. Leave it to a group of moms to spring into action. It took them just one week to create a ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Low-risk competitive youth sports such as golf and tennis can resume as early as Monday as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to steer the state down the road to re-opening. Other youth sports that are considered medium or high risks of transmission of COVID-19 will be allowed to start up ...

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OCEAN/BURLINGTON COUNTIES, NJ — Republicans David Richter and Kate Gibbs hit the virtual debate stage tomorrow night at 8 pm. The candidates will present their case as to why they are best qualified to unseat incumbent Congressman Andy Kim for the third congressional seat. Conducted using ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy is hailing a new directive that requires hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the state to reveal the names of cops who have been reprimanded or fired as “a step forward for transparency.” The order from Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s office will require ...

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WARETOWN, NJ - At this month’s Township Committee meeting, local officials approved the purchase of two new trucks.  Both vehicles are replacements and will be assigned to the Department of Public Works. The Committee first authorized the purchase of a new Roll Off Truck with a snowplow through ...

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SOUTHERN OCEAN — Finally after a long wait area bars and restaurants are permitted to serve the public with outdoor seating only. So many of our area bars and restaurants have done a tremendous job increasing their outdoor seating to generate business. Many of these businesses and employers have ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The state announced a pending set of guidelines are to come allowing school district to hold face-to-face summer school starting July 6, including extended school year and special education services.  This guidance will allow school districts to provide robust programs in a safe ...

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SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY, NJ — Stay at Home Orders are lifted and Southern Ocean County Chamber Members are welcoming guests by Land & Sea to help ring in Summer 2020. It has been a long spring, but with summer comes the promise of reconnecting and enjoying some time away from home. The ...

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TRENTON, NJ -  A month ago today, the judge who sits in both Barnegat and Ocean Township began hearing municipal court cases. Judge Philip M. Miller joined judges in other communities throughout the state in hearing select cases by remote access. This week, the Supreme Court released information ...

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