Serenity by the Sea Too: Four Days of ‘Pop-up’ Magic for Memorial Day Weekend

May 23, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Serenity by the Sea Too will bring on the start of Belmar’s prime season with a four-day “pop-up” extravaganza this Memorial Day weekend, beginning on Friday, May 25.

Here’s a look at the 12 crafters, artists and vendors who will be featured at the Artisan Marketplace at 1004 Main Street, Belmar — beginning at 10 a.m. each day.

Bob Michaels ...

Belmar Council: 19th Avenue Westbound, 20th Avenue Eastbound

May 15, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — After hearing from residents in Belmar’s southern end, the borough council has decided to keep one-way traffic flowing westbound on 19th Avenue and eastbound on 20th Avenue.

During a community meeting on May 14, nearly two dozen people expressed their opinions on which directions both one-way streets in Belmar should run. The majority voiced their support for having ...

Lake Como’s Seasonal Traffic Plan Hits Streets

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s seasonal traffic flow plan is now in place, aimed at relieving congestion and increasing safety on the borough’s busiest streets during the summer.

It will be the first full season for the plan, which was hammered out by borough officials and the Belmar Police Department last spring and officially put in place right before the Fourth of July ...

With Dredging Done, Little Egg Inlet Sees Return of Channel Markers to Aid Boaters

May 23, 2018

LONG BEACH, NJ — After a 14-month absence, the channel markers are back in place in the Little Egg Inlet.

A U.S. Coast Guard team successfully installed eight lighted buoys on May 21 after they were removed in March 2017 when the buildup of sand reduced the depth of the inlet, making it impassable for most boats.

The shoaling triggered the need for a major dredging project, which was ...

Belmar L Street Beach: Volunteers Welcome for Horseshoe Crab Tagging Effort

BELMAR, NJ — With the start of the monthlong horseshoe crab spawning season, Belmar’s L Street Beach is among several locations along the Shark River where these marine arthropods come ashore during this brief period of time.

In an effort to monitor population trends and movement of these crabs, the American Littoral Society and Shark River Cleanup Coalition are teaming up for the ...

Registration to Become a Junior Lifeguard Continues Online

BELMAR, NJ — Registration to become a junior lifeguard will continue online through Thursday, May 31.

Youngsters age 9 through 17 can sign up by clicking here to obtain an application and then returing it by mail to the address on the form. The fee is $70 for Belmar residents and St. Rose students, and $95 for nonresidents.

Applicants must be strong ocean swimmers and can run a mile ...

Belmar Business Partnership: Primed for the Summer Season, Promoting Commerce Year-Round

May 19, 2018

When it comes to getting your business noticed any time of the year, Belmar is that good.

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar is on the brink of breaking out for the summer season, offering not only the best beaches along the Jersey Shore, but a bustling mecca for shopping, dining and so much more.

It’s the small-town charm that makes this beachfront’s central shopping district a ...

Belmar Gives Businesses One Year to Ditch Plastic Bags for More Eco-Friendly Options

May 16, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Looking to keep plastic bags off its beaches and out of its waterways, Belmar is starting with the business community to help make that happen.

The borough council approved an ordinance on May 15 that gives retail establishments until next spring to find a more environmental-friendly way to bag purchases before a ban on single-use plastic bags takes effect.

The borough is ...

Former Belmar Man Gets Two Years in Prison for Embezzling $1 Million from Employer for Personal Use

May 23, 2018

NEWARK, NJ — A former Belmar man was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing more than $1 million from an orthopedic practice while he served as its chief financial officer.

Harry Wolfmuller, 70, was sentenced on May 23 by U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi in Newark after pleading guilty last November to “an information charging him with one count of wire fraud,” ...

Monmouth County Sheriff Youth Week: Sign-Up Under Way for Policy Academy-Style Training Program

May 20, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — Monmouth County high school students with plans to enter law enforcement are invited to apply for the 26th Annual Sheriff Youth Week program.

This challenging weeklong program, to be held from July 9 through 13 at the Monmouth County Police Academy, offers youths the opportunity to participate in police academy-style training and instructional sessions led by municipal, ...

Woman’s Body Found Wrapped in Tarp in Wall Identified

May 18, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — Authorities have identified the female victim whose body was discovered wrapped in a tarp alongside a road in Wall yesterday, May 17.

Jami Leis, 35, was found deceased in the area of Brighton Avenue and Rockefeller Drive, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. There were no visible injuries to Leis, whose last known address was in Toms River. An ...

A.J. Perri Helping Veterans in Need - Again

May 18, 2018

TINTON FALLS, NJ — A.J. Perri is back helping veterans in need — this time launching a search for veterans and their families through a partnership with ABC-TV.

As part of the A.J. Perri Cares program, a lucky New Jersey veteran and their family will receive air conditioning/heating relief this summer.

"They fought for our country, and their families sacrificed," said ...

U.S. News & World Report: Monmouth County’s Career Academies Rank Among Best High Schools in New Jersey

May 14, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — Four of Monmouth County’s five career academies were ranked this year among the best 25 high schools in New Jersey, led by High Technology High School which topped the list for the second consecutive year.

In U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best High Schools Rankings, High Tech High placed first among 103 public high schools in the state with award-ranking ...

Belmar Historical Society Delves into Past with Diverse Mix of Artifacts

May 13, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Established only seven years ago, the Belmar Historical Society has already assembled quite an eclectic collection of relics dating back to decades ago.

A sampling of those items is currently on display at the Belmar Municipal Building in an exhibit titled “Necessities of the Past.” Designed by BHS Secretary Karen Heulitt, the showcase features artifacts that ...

Belmar Doughboy’s Big Reveal Before Departure: It’s a Bird’s … Nest at Its Feet

May 8, 2018

BELMAR, NJ —Belmar’s “Doughboy” was whisked away for repairs this morning, only to uncover something else perched atop the statue’s pedestal — a large bird’s nest that was hidden from view at the bottom of the monument.

 “When the statue was vandalized, the base was turned a bit on the pedestal and a really, really small opening was ...

Opening of Neptune's East End Bridge Restores Link Between Shark River Hills and West Sylvania

May 17, 2018

NEPTUNE/NEPTUNE CITY, NJ — The Neptunes are once again united via the East End Bridge over the Shark River.

Monmouth County and local officials gathered this morning, May 17, on the bridge before it was reopened following a seventh-month closure. The bridge, which links Shark River Hills in Neptune and West Sylvania Avenue in Neptune City, underwent a $3.7 million rehabilitation to ...

Sample Ballots for June Primary Election Now Online, Vote by Mail Deadline is May 29

May 16, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — Sample ballots for the June 5 primary election are available for all 53 Monmouth County municipalities on the county clerk’s website and on its mobile app, as the deadline to vote by mail is Thursday, May 29.

Visitors to can obtain mail-in ballot applications and view the primary ballots for each municipality, which also can be accessed by ...

Developers: Belmar Bank Building to Remain, Apartments Planned for Ninth Avenue

April 30, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — The former Bank of America building will remain on the corner of Main Street and Ninth Avenue, with 24 apartments and parking planned for directly behind it, under redevelopment plans presented to borough officials.

While developer Sachem Pond proposes to preserve the 113-year-old bank structure for use as commercial space, it also calls for the construction of a four-story ...

Two Belmar Dining Hot Spots in National Limelight for Specialty Eats

May 9, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Two Belmar specialty eateries have made the national food-hopping map. Coney Waffle Ice Cream and Sweet Shop on Ocean Avenue and Hoagitos in Belmar Plaza are featured this month on television shows touting what makes them stand out from the rest.

The over-the-top ice cream creations of Coney Waffle are in the spotlight in Viceland’s “The Ice Cream Show” in ...

Supreme Court Opens Gate to Sports Betting, Monmouth Park Is Ready to Run

May 15, 2018

OCEANPORT, NJ — Monmouth Park is ready to open a sports book.

That is not news. Track management has been working on a sports book area in a no longer used cafeteria area in the rear of the grandstand for months.

The news is: On May 14, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on race tracks and casinos operating sports book-making operations such as those that are now ...

State Police Remember Fallen Trooper in Howell on Way to Police Unity Tour in Nation’s Capital

May 12, 2018

Final Vote Nears to Rename Portion of I-195 in Honor of Trooper Marc Castellano

HOWELL, NJ — As thousands of police officers converge in Washington, D.C., for this weekend’s Police Unity Tour to pay tribute to officers killed in the line of duty, a group of New Jersey State Troopers made a special stop in Monmouth County to honor their own.

After beginning their journey with ...

Grow a Bountiful Garden and Share with the Hungry

May 20, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  — Do you always squeeze in an extra tomato plant, another row of beans or hill of zucchini?   It seems like a good idea at the time, until they all start to produce all at once.  Your family, friends and co-workers start to hide as you try to pawn off yet another bag of zucchini or tomatoes. Here is a solution that satisfies your gardening obsession ...

Belmar Blogger Wins Two Gold Awards from Professional Group

May 9, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar travel and tourism writer Christine Cardellino is a double gold winner in 2018 international competitions that recognize excellence among marketing and communication professionals.

In contests by the Association of Marketing & Communication Professionals (AMCP), Cardellino’s “Belmar Beachcomber” blog captured a Gold Hermes Creative Award for ...

Belmar Boy Scout Troop 40 Dishes Out ‘Pasta Perfect’ Fundraising Dinner

April 26, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Boy Scout Troop 40 recently served up another successful spaghetti dinner fundraiser, topped off with ice cream for dessert.

The annual event, held on April 21 at the First Presbyterian Church in Belmar, attracted a hungry crowd that enjoyed the dinner, which brought in some $2,000 to support the troop’s activities.

The scouts themselves waited on their ...

New Belmar Company Delivers Fresh Linens Directly to Jersey Shore Vacation Rentals

April 27, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Andrea Springer and Janine LeMoult believe they have found a natural niche in the seasonal lodging business. They have launched Blue Cottage Linens, a premium linen rental service for both short- and long-term vacationers.

Aimed at simplifying the rental experience at the Jersey Shore, the Belmar-based company offers fresh linens, towels, and essentials that are delivered ...

Legislative Delegation for Belmar, Lake Como: Time to Scrap State’s Affordable Housing Rules

May 9, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — All three state legislators who represent Belmar and Lake Como are calling for an overhaul of New Jersey’s affordable housing laws, which they claim are causing irreparable harm to  towns that are forced to construct hundreds of these units.

District 30’s Assemblymen Sean Kean (R-Monmouth), Edward “Ned” Thomson (R-Monmouth) and Sen. Robert ...

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April 9, 2018

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Upcoming Events


Thu, May 24, 7:00 PM


Belmar Zoning Board of Adjustment


Fri, May 25, 6:30 PM

Pyanoe Plaza, Belmar

Friday Night Concert Series: R&B Express


Sat, May 26, 9:30 AM

Belmar Magical Garden, Belmar

Belmar Magical Garden Tomato Plant Sale


Mon, May 28, 9:30 AM

Monument Row, Belmar

Belmar Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony


Thu, May 31, 7:00 PM

Sweet Tease Tea Room and Cafe and Lynette's Healing Touch, Belmar

Pink for a Purpose: A Benefit for Lin's Linens


Sat, June 2, 9:00 AM

Eighth Avenue Beach Playground, Belmar

Belmar Pirate Day Treasure Hunt


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Belmar Spring Yard Sale


Sat, June 2, 9:00 AM

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10th Annual Lake Como Yard Sale


Sun, June 10, 12:00 PM

Pyanoe Plaza (starting location), Belmar

Belmar Pirate Walk

Host an International Exchange Student

May 19, 2018


EF High School Exchange Year announces annual search for student exchange host families in communities across the New Jersey


CAMBRIDGE, MA — EF High School Exchange Year has kicked off its annual nationwide search for caring host families to welcome exchange students into their homes, including 20 students to place in New Jersey. 

Last year, EF connected more ...

Belmar and Lake Como

May 11, 2018

Belmar Police Department reported the following arrests occurred in Belmar and Lake Como from April 1, 2018 to April 28, 2018.


Ryan Miles, 33, of Belmar was charged with contempt on an outstanding warrant after his arrest on April 1 on Route 35 by Police Officer Patrick McGill.

Lisa Perrault, 49, of Long Branch was arrested on 16th Avenue on April 6 by Police Officer Patrick ...

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May 14, 2018

With warmer weather and sunny skies on the horizon, it is important to remember that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Skin cancer can greatly affect quality of life, and it can be disfiguring and even deadly. There are approximately 5.4 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually. Luckily, Skin Cancer Awareness Month provides a great time  to educate ...

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Eggs Spreads with 1 Reported Case in New Jersey

May 13, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC — One New Jersey resident is among 35 people in nine states infected with salmonella linked to eggs produced by a farm in Hyde County, N.C., according to an update by the Food & Drug Administration. 

Some 207 millions eggs were voluntarily recalled in April by Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Ind., because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella ...