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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 ...

Barnegat Police Chief Addresses Use of Force in Local Department

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 events, he then discusses the use of force in the local department.

 According to ...

Police To Name Cops Who Are Disciplined For Serious Violations Under New State Order

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 all state, county and local law enforcement agencies to release, at least on ...

NJ Shooting Death of an Unarmed Black Man on the Parkway

(NEW JERSEY) - As the country and our State are in an uproar about the shooting deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd, there is a police shooting in New Jersey that is now in question.

The shooting death of an unarmed black man, Maurice Gordon, 28, occurred the morning of May 23rd on the Garden State Parkway.  Authorities say a struggle occurred between Gordon and Sgt.

Bear Roaming in Manahawkin, Police and Animal Control Monitoring Closely

MANAHAWKIN, NJ - At approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, Stafford Police were notified of a black bear sighting near the Regal Cinema in Manahawkin.

Stafford Township Police, Animal Control and the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife were dispatched to the area where they found the bear in a tree near the McDonalds.

Stafford Police reported that after some time, the bear ...

Barnegat Walk for Peace Scheduled for this Sunday

BARNEGAT, NJ – Throughout the country, protests of outrage began after the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minnesota. The world watched in horror as a policeman pressed down on Floyd’s neck even after he was robbed of his last breath.  Sunday, members of the Barnegat community, clergy and the Barnegat Police Department will walk together bringing a message of ...

LBI-Stafford Walk for Black Lives Matter Set for Saturday at 10 a.m.

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. The walk will start on the west side base of the bridge and will move towards ...

'Justice for George Floyd,' Police March Alongside Hundreds in Camden

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 on Saturday stood hand in hand ...

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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 ...

Obituaries

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 ...