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Gov. Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency, Faces Local Criticism for Keeping Mask Mandate for Fully Vaccinated

May 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ—For the 15th consecutive time, Gov. Phil Murphy has extended New Jersey’s public health emergency for another month, but acknowledges that it may be the last time the executive order is needed.

As state coronavirus metrics continue to trend in the right direction, Murphy said his administration is working with lawmakers on legislation that will end the COVID-19 public ...

Updated CDC Guidelines for the Fully Vaccinated

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today via Twitter that for the first time in over six months, the state's number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 has fallen below 1,000.

 

"With our numbers trending in the right direction, we can continue fighting back against this virus if we all get vaccinated," Murphy tweeted.

 

Murphy said that ...

What We Know About Ocean County Vaccination Rates by Municipality

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – President Joe Biden announced a week ago his goals regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for the nation’s adult population. He projected that 70% of adults should have their first shots by July 4th – an independence day of another variety.

Initial distribution problems frustrated residents of all ages, particularly in Ocean County, where seniors represent at ...

Stafford Schools Superintendent Issues Directives for BOE Protest

STAFFORD, NJ — Stafford Superintendent of Schools George Chiadiac has issued directives for those who plan to protest before the district’s Board of Education meeting today.

Protesters are expected to gather at 4:30 p.m. at the Stafford Township Performing Arts Center in support of Erin Pein, a school nurse who was suspended after she refused to wear a mask. Her supporters applaud ...

Ocean County Residents: Here's How to Get to Your Vaccine Appointment

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ — Ocean Ride Services runs 12 routes throughout the county for residents who have a difficult time finding transportation.  Information about the various bus runs can be found here.

Seniors, as well as those with disabilities can also use Ocean Ride Services to ensure they have a means of making their COVID-19 vaccination appointment.  Interested parties ...

Ocean County COVID-19 Infection Rate Lowest Since Last Summer

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - Good news for Ocean County residents as COVID-19 infection rates dropped to the lowest vulnerability levels since last summer.

 “In the last eight days, Ocean County has been under 100 new cases in seven of those days,” announced Commissioner Gerry P. Little at yesterday’s Ocean County Board of Commissioners meeting.  “This is an important ...

Murphy Echoes Revised CDC Guidance on Masking

NEW JERSEY -- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revised its masking guidance for fully vaccinated Americans on Tuesday, April 27. The new public health recommendations outlined instances in which fully vaccinated individuals can forgo wearing a mask. This guidance applies to COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for emergency use by the FDA: Pfizer-BioNTech, ...

COVID's Downward Trend Continues: Summer Camps to Open, Murphy Hints at More Easing of Restrictions

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his COVID press briefing Wednesday announced that he would sign an Executive Order allowing for summer camps – both day camps and sleep away camps – to open for the upcoming season. The governor says that he is pleased with the way COVID numbers are trending downwards, which enables things to open up as the summer ...

Suspended Stafford School Nurse Has a Passion to "Unmask the Children"

STAFFORD — A local, Stafford Township School District nurse found it extremely hard to witness children wearing masks all day long in school. Her conviction became too strong to continue to keep quiet on the matter. 

When she decided to do something about it, she got suspended from her job in the Stafford School district. 

Nurse Erin Pein has been ...

New Jersey Loosens Restrictions on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy said at his COVID press briefing Monday afternoon that effective May 10, indoor room capacities for private catered events -- including weddings and school proms, political events, funerals, memorial services, and performances -- will increase to 50% with a maximum of 250 individuals.

He also announced the easing of the following ...

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Gov. Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency, Faces Local Criticism for Keeping Mask Mandate for Fully Vaccinated

May 16, 2021

TRENTON, NJ—For the 15th consecutive time, Gov. Phil Murphy has extended New Jersey’s public health emergency for another month, but acknowledges that it may be the last time the executive order is needed.

As state coronavirus metrics continue to trend in the right direction, Murphy said his administration is working with lawmakers on legislation that will end the COVID-19 public ...

Updated CDC Guidelines for the Fully Vaccinated

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today via Twitter that for the first time in over six months, the state's number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 has fallen below 1,000.

 

"With our numbers trending in the right direction, we can continue fighting back against this virus if we all get vaccinated," Murphy tweeted.

 

Murphy said that ...

What We Know About Ocean County Vaccination Rates by Municipality

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – President Joe Biden announced a week ago his goals regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for the nation’s adult population. He projected that 70% of adults should have their first shots by July 4th – an independence day of another variety.

Initial distribution problems frustrated residents of all ages, particularly in Ocean County, where seniors represent at ...

Ocean Township Police Adds Special Officer to Department's Roster

May 6, 2021

WARETOWN, NJ — The Ocean Township Police Department announced today the addition of a new special officer to the small community of just under 10,000 residents.

According to the department's announcement, Special Officer Ryan North graduated from the Camden County Police Academy Class #7, While in the Academy, Officer North excelled in academics and physical fitness, finishing ...

Barnegat Fire Department Responded to Multiple Calls Last Night

BARNEGAT, NJ — The sounds of sirens and fire trucks raised concerns throughout the night as the Barnegat Fire Department responded to multiple calls. Fortunately, fires were extinguished quickly and without injuries.

The first call came in at 7:06 pm for a structural fire at Patriot's Cove, the apartments located across from Big Lots at the intersection of Route 9 and Barnegat ...

Ocean Township Committee Honors Unsung Heroes and Retired K-9

WARETOWN, NJ – Uniformed police officers stood at the back of the room as Ocean Township Committee members returned to in-person meetings yesterday.

The cops weren’t there in anticipation of any loud outbursts – though there were a couple of thunderous barks.

When Ocean Township Police K9 Kaver retired at the beginning of the year, local authorities did not have the chance ...

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Jersey Shore Outdoors: Fishing Report with Jim Hutchinson Sr. May 17, 2021 Edition

May 17, 2021

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION — As spring winds its way into summer, temperatures are starting to increase, causing water temps to also rise. This means there is currently a combination of spring and summer fish in area waters, making for some great fishing opportunities.

When you couple this with the opening of black sea bass on May 15 and summer flounder on Saturday, May 22, anglers ...

Southern Regional Summer Basketball Camps Registration is Now Open

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.   

The weeks are June 28 through July 1 and July 26 through 29.  

Advance to registration page at the ...

Southern Softball Defeats Toms River North 4-2 and Remain Undefeated

STAFFORD - The Southern Softball squad were led by Megan Campanile who drove in three runs to lift the Lady Rams to a 4-2 victory over Toms River North. Southern's record stands at 10-0 and they are ranked No. 20 in New Jersey by NJ.com. 

Ellia DiPietro went 2-for-3 and scored twice.  Elizabeth Gosse allowed two runs on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts. She also went ...

On Mother's Day: A Short Tale of a Neurotic Mother

May 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story was written in 2017 and offers a little personal insight on the unspoken trials some face as moms.  It is shared with permission of Writefully Inspired and is intended to bring a smile to the faces of others who can relate.

This is a story about a mother.   And, it might just sound a little more than auto-biographical.  Because it is.

I ...

Obituaries

Herman “ Bubie” C. Harrison III, age 56 of Manahawkin NJ, passed way Tuesday April 20th ...
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Lincoln of Wayne: Three Generations Build One of Nation's Top Car Dealerships

May 13, 2021

WAYNE, NJ -- General Manager of Lincoln of Wayne, Peter Spina, Jr., spoke with TAPintoTV about the dealership’s unique history being a third-generation, family-owned business.

Spina’s grandfather, Gaspar Spina, started selling cars in the 1950s and established the dealership in 1962.

“Back then, the industry was very different,” Spina explained. “He worked his ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...

The Benefits of Local Advertising

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When marketing your services or products, the best place to start is right in the community you serve. Your local community is full of potential new and returning customers, and that market is essential for you to sustain and grow. 

Local marketing is trending, and now more than ever it is important for your business to be prominent in your local market.

According ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...