Barnegat/Waretown Top Stories

June 3, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Eight days after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer saw at least 21 protests across New Jersey on Tuesday.  Gov. Phil Murphy in a press conference Wednesday said these have been peaceful demonstrations, despite the crowds at some — with Mayor ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Garden State eateries continuing to hurt because of COVID-19 will get further relief June 15 when the state will begin allowing for in-person outdoor dining.  Barnegat and Waretown restaurants have already begun preliminary steps to put plans in place.  Gov. Phil Murphy, in ...

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LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ — A protest will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in Stafford and Long Beach Island. The peaceful protest is centered on the murder of George Floyd.  The walk is titled "LBI Walk for Black Lives Matter." The protest will take place at the Causeway Bridge along the sidewalks.

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BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ -  Just last week, Governor Phil Murphy gave the go ahead that local restaurants can open outdoors on June 15th.  The mayors in both Barnegat and Ocean Township are already working on opening the doors to expand outdoor dining in their communities. Reached early at his home ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - With restrictions still in place regarding indoor occupancy limits, Barnegat residents remain prohibited from attending the township committee in person. The Committee meets Thursday, June 4th at 10:00 am. Those wishing to comment on the agenda or other matters must submit their ...

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TRENTON, NJ - In the wake of days of civil unrest across the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed New Jersey's efforts by law enforcement at collaboration and trust-building with the public while also unveiling a new data point to bolster his decision to move the state farther along its path toward ...

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SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - The COVID-19 outbreak may mean a glitch in some summer travel plans. Fears of becoming stranded on a cruise or infected during air travel have many holding off on faraway trips. Alternatively, at the Jersey shore, homeowners are getting ready for a full season of summer ...

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STAFFORD — Thanks from the Manahawkin Elks to all those who donated to our Food Drive. This was a very successful event and you made it possible. We truly appreciate the deep concern for our community as demonstrated by the number of donations we received. There are 780 lbs of food items and ...

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OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - Months ago, Governor Phil Murphy began daily press conferences to review data concerning the impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey residents. Soon thereafter, the Ocean County Health Department localized much of the same information for municipalities within the county.  The start of ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Make your restaurant reservations and hair appointments now. Gov. Phil Murphy today announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference that effective June 15, outdoor dining at restaurants can commence, and non-essential in-person retail can begin. A week later, on June 22, ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — A police lieutenant shouted, “No justice!” And hundreds responded, "No peace!" Protests against police brutality have unfolded across the nation over the weekend following the death of George Floyd. Perhaps nowhere as uniquely as in Camden, where officers and the police chief ...

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BARNEGAT/MANAHAWKIN,  NJ - At yesterday's press conference, Governor Phil Murphy said he will make further announcements regarding reopening of churches on June 12th. Meanwhile, St. Mary's Parish will offer a “Parking Lot Mass” at 4 pm today. Those wishing to participate in the drive-in Mass may ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Day care centers for the children of essential workers have been opened throughout the COVID-19 crisis. As Governor Phil Murphy announced yesterday, they reopen to other parents on June 15.  Within the next few weeks, non-contact sports activities and youth day camps also may open up.

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TRENTON, NJ - Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver joined the governor and other officials at yesterday’s daily COVID-19 press conference. Donning her hat as the head of New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs, Oliver introduced the implementation of a temporary rental assistance ...

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SHIP BOTTOM - Ship Bottom Police Chief Paul Sharkey retired on Friday after 36 years of service in the Borough of Ship Bottom.  Sharkey was hired as a police officer in 1984 and was promoted to chief in 1993 at the young age of 29. His officers wrote the following today to honor the ...

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WARETOWN, NJ - In the beginning of the month, the community became aware that a couple of local churches joined together to collect a food drive. Apparently, the May 6th event was a tremendous success. The Waretown United Methodist Church (WUMC), conducted the Town Wide Food Drive in ...

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BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ - With schools closed, many parents have no choice but to stay home to care for their children. Some are able to work from home, while others are essential employees. In some cases, the removal of a loved one from a long term care facility may mean an inability to work. Like ...

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LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ — Tune in to a virtual "Art in the Park" session hosted by Long Beach Township and Just Bead It on Friday, May 29 at 2 p.m.  This virtual art session is a preview of what is to come this summer in Long Beach Township.  During the watch party attendees will learn how to ...

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TRENTON, NJ  — New Jersey’s medical director on Thursday set the record straight on the newly-arrived trend of donning a face mask as means of COVID-19 protection but not including one’s nose — known as “mask droop syndrome.” “We understand that it’s uncomfortable, that people have problems with ...

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STAFFORD — This has been a very difficult time for so many people in the Southern Ocean area.  Especially for so many of our neighbors affected by unemployment particularly in the food and drink industry, medical industry and many others.  The Manahawkin Elks Lodge, located at 520 Hilliard Blvd ...

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OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – Ocean County attributes 58 percent of its COVID-19 related deaths to long term care facilities. In Brick Township alone, 97 of the 108 fatalities were residents of one of the six LTCs within the municipality. Additionally, a Complete Care at Shorrock staff member also died ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ – At a special meeting late this afternoon, Barnegat Board of Education members approved a $1.7M contract for the Russell O. Brackman Middle School Replacement Project. The Board of Education intends to use Capital Reserve Funds to finance the contract to Framan Mechanical. Of four ...

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STAFFORD - Stafford Township leadership and the NJ Department of Transportation released the following statement today, Wednesday, May 27. Route 72 eastbound lanes reopen tomorrow as the Route 72 East Road project nears completion in Stafford Final milling and paving to be completed in a few ...

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SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — With restrictions from COVID19 beginning to lift, the need for safe travel planning can be easily met online with Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members newly launched, high performance, tourism related website. In time for summer, this dynamic site brings local ...

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BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ - Primary elections are slated for July 7th in New Jersey with the choices between Democrats and Republicans for their party's line. Independent candidates and Board of Education candidates still have time to announce their candidacy for the general election. Those late to ...

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WARETOWN, NJ - Since 2017, Ocean Township has had an ordinance in place targeting vacant and abandoned properties. The local law requires property owners to complete registration statements and pay fees.  As of this month, the township now has the right to assert a lien for non-compliance. The ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - As the Barnegat Docks expands its drive-in movie offerings, Committee Al Bille wants the public to be aware of a programming change. Jaws, which was previously scheduled for July 10th will no longer be shown. “Jaws was pulled by Universal Studios,” advised Bille. “It's headed back ...

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UNION, NJ – Kean University has announced Whoopi Goldberg will speak to the Class of 2020 during a virtual Commencement ceremony on May 29.  More than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students will be celebrated at the event, which will feature musical performances, a virtual tassel turn, and ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Class of 2020, grab your caps, gowns and get ready for the pomp and circumstance of a live graduation ceremony. Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing today that outdoor graduation ceremonies adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines can be held ...

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OCEAN COUNTY, NJ -  With the Memorial Day weekend over, there are some changes as far as an increase in positive COVID-19 test results. As of today, there are 8,401 currently confirmed coronavirus cases throughout the county's 33 municipalities. It remains unknown as far as the number of active ...

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