BARNEGAT, NJ – No doubt just about everyone has concerns as a result of the coronavirus shutdown. For parents, it’s keeping up with their own jobs and overseeing their children’s education. For other local residents, isolation represents a reality. Senior communities have closed clubhouses, which essentially has curtailed regular socialization.

Fortunately, the age of social distancing comes during a time when the internet serves as a source of connection. Remote learning and business meetings still allow for interaction.  While not everyone has access, it’s far better than the party lines of yesteryear. In that case, multiple people shared the same phone number to save costs. Some saw it as a means of entertainment to listen in on conversations.

Throughout this uncertain time comes inspiration. Barnegat’s Middle School Principal Shannon Smith  made plenty of headlines with her music video on virtual learning.  And, she’s not alone in trying to keep spirits high for Barnegat students.

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Starting today, TAPintoBarnegat/Waretown will feature stories on positive things coming from this monumental shutdown.  Readers are invited to share experiences of their own by emailing Editor Stephanie Faughnan, at  No feat is too small for mentioning – whether it impacts young people, seniors or furry friends.

For starters, it’s Spirit Week in some of the elementary schools.  If you are a parent of a child at Collins, we invite you to share a picture that coincides with one of the designated days. It’s easy enough for us to load up our story with photographs that bring smiles.


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Dunfee Parents, it’s also Spirit Week for your children learning at home.  Please send us some photos to get spirits high for all of our readers.

Horbelt students are already in Week 2 of Spirit Week  Do you have a photo to share that shows your spirit?

Whatever story you have to share, we're happy to hear from you!