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107 Year Old Nun to Receive Birthday Parade in Florham Park on Sunday

June 3, 2020

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Sister Regina Rose Palkovics is turning 107 years old and the Sisters of Charity are planning a drive-by birthday parade to celebrate.  

The parade will provide a colorful, feel-good environment that celebrates the life of one of New Jersey's oldest living residents.

The parade will take place at the Villa at Florham Park on Sunday, June 7th at 1:30pm.  ...

St. Mary's Parking Lot Mass Continues Today

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 park as early as 3:30 PM at the Parish Center. Two entrances will be ...

This Township Plans to Help Religious Institutions With Safe Ways to Reopen

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Mayor Matthew Moench has directed Sgt. Jamie Edwards, Office of Emergency Management coordinator, to conduct outreach and provide assistance to all religious institutions in the township to allow them to begin conducting safe and practical religious worship.

According to a release, there are a number of Bridgewater based institutions that are expected to ...

Saint Mary's Parish Offers Special Lazarus Memorial Mass on Wednesday

BARNEGAT, NJ -  In the wake of the coronavirus crisis and state shutdown, local members of the Catholic faith join others in their frustration. Open casket viewings are forbidden by state laws. Churches have been closed.  For Catholics, the grieving process includes gathering for a funeral mass to pray for the soul of their lost loved one.   St. Mary's ...

Matt Axelrod, Cantor of CBI in Scotch Plains, Appears in HBO Series 'The Plot Against America'

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Singing Jewish hymns is part of his very being, but Cantor Matt Axelrod of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains had never done it in a TV miniseries before.

Axelrod lent his talents and authenticity to the successful HBO production of The Plot Against America, which is based on the best-selling novel by Philip Roth. It presents an alternate ...

Local Church Continues to Bring Easter Message During Covid-19

WARETOWN, NJ - Holy week and Easter came again this year as it did the year before.  The only difference is this year, people are struggling with COVID-19 which has shut down churches and forced people to stay home.  As a result, there was  no Palm Sunday Service, no Good Friday Service, no Easter Service as we know it.

Additionally, it didn't seem feasible ...

Ocean County Jewish Community Commemorates Atrocities and Genocide of Holocaust

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ -  On Monday evening, April 20th, the Jewish community of Ocean County commemorated the atrocities and genocide of the Holocaust.  In what is observed as Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah in Hebrew, rabbis and clergy from local area synagogues and Chabads came together in a virtual memorial service in memory of those who perished.

More than 150 ...

The Passover Seder: The Most Celebrated and Loved Jewish Home Ritual

SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY - We join in celebrating Passover season with our neighbors here in Southern Ocean County. Here is a description of the Passover for our readers to enjoy.

The Passover seder (literally, “order”) is probably the most celebrated and beloved of Jewish home rituals. Many Jews have cherished memories of past family times spent at a seder. It is believed ...

Holy Week: Five Answers from Billy Graham About Easter

SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY - As we approach Easter, many ponder the meaning of the holiday. Over the years, people have written Billy Graham concerning their questions about its significance. Here, we have chosen several of the most commonly asked questions about this observance—along with Billy Graham’s answers.

Q: I’ve never understood why people refer to the day that Jesus ...

Local Funeral Director Mark Tobie Explains Coronavirus Impact on Families Mourning the Death of a Loved One

STAFFORD - Mark Tobie is the owner of Maxwell-Tobie Funeral Home in Manahawkin.  

In this unprecedented time, the health and well-being of the community, the families that funeral directors serve and the safety of their staff is a priority.

Tobie explains the impact of Governor Murphy's order of prohibiting public funerals in New Jersey to help limit the spread of the ...

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Murphy Extends Public Health Emergency Another 30 Days, Raises Limit on Outdoor Gatherings to 500

July 3, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, hospitalizations are down 94% from New Jersey's peak and 12% from June 17, and the ...

Murphy: Casinos, Amusement Parks, Museums, Libraries, Among Businesses Set to Open July 2

TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses:

Casinos,
Outdoor amusement parks and water parks,
Museums and libraries,
Indoor recreation, and
Gyms/fitness centers (for individualized ...

Ocean County June Coronavirus: A Summary of the Numbers

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – Ocean County saw a ten percent increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the month of June. Mantoloking remains the only municipality within the county with no reported positive test results.

The Ocean County Health Department continues to collect COVID-19 data from various sources, including swabs performed by private companies. Authorities have ...

Pilot Rescued from Ocean After Plane Crashes

June 28, 2020

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 ...

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Mon, July 27, 2:00 PM

St. Francis Community Center, Long Beach Township

Grandparenting Support Group

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St. Francis Community Center, Long Beach Township

Grandparenting Support Group

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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 ...

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

June 21, 2020

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 ...

VIDEO: Monster Shark Swims Near Fishing Boat off Jersey Coast

NEW JERSEY: Stanley Watts has a passion for fishing that goes back to his childhood. Growing up the son of a military dad, Watts learned to fish with his father in locations where his family was stationed, like Hawaii. From first through fourth grade, Stanley would fish with his father at Pearl Harbor, off the pier. 

Fast-forward to today, Stanley now lives in ...

Obituaries

Audrey C. Anderson (nee Stutzman), age 69, went to be with the Lord on June 2, 2020.  Born ...
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Experience Revolutionary War History at The Dey Mansion: George Washington’s Headquarters

July 3, 2020

WAYNE, NJ -- In honor of Independence Day, TAPintoTV is revisiting our piece from last year on the Dey Mansion, one of several locations in New Jersey which served as General George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War. 

The Dey Mansion was the home of Theunis and Hester Dey, and was built around 1770. Ten years later, Theunis, who was the Colonel of the Bergen ...

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 ...