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NJ Restaurant Association CEO Predicts More Closures if Indoor Dining Doesn't Return Soon

July 6, 2020

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 and cleaning supplies, restaurant owners were justifiably upset when he postponed the ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Murphy Announces New Stage 2 Guidance; Indoor Dining Allowed and Casinos Can Reopen with Limits on July 2

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 Phil Murphy announced yesterday.

On a day when personal care services, such as ...

Murphy Tweets July 2 Opening Date for Indoor Dining

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. .

Celebrating Fathers in Barnegat and Waretown in 2020

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 Day this year, families needed to get creative in making moms feel extra ...

Barnegat Township Officials Spotted Taking Advantage of Outside Dining

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 at a local eatery on the first day it opened outside.

On June 15, Committeemen Al ...

Barnegat/Waretown: Where to Get a Taste of Outdoor Dining

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 keep in mind that pick up and delivery options are still available at many local ...

Outdoor Seating at Area Bars and Restaurants Begins Today

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 suffered greatly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Small businesses in our area have ...

LBI Region Welcomes Outdoor Dining and Indoor Shopping Beginning June 15

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 Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has been promoting and anxiously awaiting the ...

Ocean Township Approves Outdoor Dining at Special Meeting

WARETOWN, NJ -  Ocean Township eateries found themselves faced with a slight obstacle when Governor Phil Murphy said outdoor dining could start on June 15. The township’s existing code prohibited it. Township committee members quickly set up a special meeting and passed a resolution allowing restaurants to open outside.

According to the resolution that passed Monday. “outdoor ...


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Recent COVID-19 Transmission Flare-Up Could Hit Pause on NJ's Reopening

July 6, 2020

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 coronavirus press briefing that the rate of ...

Murphy Cutting Back COVID-19 Press Briefings to 3 Days A Week

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 going to go to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule beginning ...

Gov. Murphy Calls on Feds to Mandate Face Coverings

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 Carolina during a Sunday morning interview on "Meet the ...

Barnegat Had Fireworks for July 4th: Just Not Legal Ones

July 5, 2020

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 night. Some brush off the loud noise as the "sound of ...

Pilot Rescued from Ocean After Plane Crashes

SURF CITY — On Saturday afternoon a small banner plane crashed into the ocean at 13th Street in Surf City. 

The Surf City Police Department and Patrolmen Costabile and Rible arrived on scene and found a small banner plane had crashed into the ocean.

Surf City lifeguards, Scott Meggitt and Charles Orborne, went right to work and quickly rescued the pilot and brought ...

Congressman Andy Kim Votes to Pass Justice in Police Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) voted to pass the Justice in Policing Act, H.R. 7120, a bill that would make critical reforms to America’s law enforcement system in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, and a number of other deaths within communities of color by law enforcement personnel. Despite three Republicans supporting the legislation, the Senate will ...

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New Jersey Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists Recognizes TAPinto Journalists with Three Signature Awards

June 24, 2020

The New Jersey Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists has recognized three TAPinto publishers for their reporting as a part of their annual NJ-SPJ Signature Awards.    

"I am proud that NJ-SPJ has recognized our publishers for providing objective, independent, truly local news reporting," said TAPinto Publisher and CEO Michael Shapiro.  "As ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: Fishing Update from Jim Hutchinson, Sr., July 6 Update

July 6, 2020

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 reports from the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association show the offshore tuna fishing ...

NJSIAA Announces Guidelines For Phase I of Return to High School Sports

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The NJSIAA took one step closer to fall sports in 2020, with the release of the Phase I regulations by the NJSIAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Taskforce. 

The task force is chaired by former NJSIAA Executive Committee president Mary Liz Ivins.  She is joined Dr. Jack Kripsak, chair of the NJSIAA Medical Advisory Committee; Dr. Damion Martins, the Jets team ...

Great News! 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. 

Please spread the word so our area youth can have a great summer.  The weeks are July 13 through 16 and July 27 through 30. 

Please click the flyer and ...


Audrey C. Anderson (nee Stutzman), age 69, went to be with the Lord on June 2, 2020.  Born ...
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NJ Guitarist & Composer Discusses Scoring for Music Libraries, TV and Film

July 6, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur spoke with New Jersey composer and sound designer Louis Gentile about his career creating scores for digital music libraries, television and film productions. Brodeur and Gentile spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which was reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gentile has ...

Mosquito Control Important in New Jersey After Mild Winter

June 24, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — As the phased reopening of New Jersey continues amid the COVID-19 pandemic and warming weather, the Department of Environmental Protection reminds the public that controlling the mosquito population and risk for disease is more important than ever, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said.

With public health in the spotlight as a result of the pandemic, residents doing ...

Senior Tax Freeze Could Be Cut: And That’s Not All

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 economic impact on the state?

Both Barnegat and Ocean Township are part of the ...

Townwide Yard Sale Back on Ocean Township’s Calendar

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 Deputy Mayor Lydia Dodd. “Homeowners can register to have their ...