Cruz Bay Café: Shrimp Tacos and Grilled Jersey Fresh Corn, Served up Caribbean Style

July 25, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — Spicy shrimp tacos with a Caribbean kick and grilled Jersey Fresh corn served up "bird of paradise" style are now on the menu at Cruz Bay Café, the new open-air boardwalk concession at Taylor Pavilion.

Maho Bay Shrimp Tacos boasts two flour tortillas filled with tender chipotle shrimp, served with cilantro-scented kohlrabi slaw.

Arriving fresh from ...

United Methodist Building May Soon be Home to Belmar Senior and Scouting Activities

July 20, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — The former First United Methodist Church building is expected to soon become a community center for borough seniors and a hub for scouting activities.

The Belmar Council is in the process of executing an agreement with the church that will allow it to use the large complex, which once housed a church and school at the corner of Seventh Avenue and D Street. The community food ...

Reminder: July 31 Deadline for School Board Candidacy Approaching

July 24, 2017

Belmar and Lake Como residents who want to run for election on their respective board of education must file nominating petitions with the Monmouth County Clerk's Office by 4 p.m., Monday, July 31. That's the deadline for their names to appear on the November 7 General Election ballot.

Nominating petitions must be signed by at least 10 registered voters of the school district. By law, ...

Work in Concert with Nature to Manage Garden Pests and Mosquitoes in the Landscape

July 23, 2017

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — A garden filled with flowers, birds, bees and butterflies is a sight to behold. These winged beauties add color, sound and motion to our gardens. Plus, they help maximize a garden’s productivity by pollinating plants and managing plant-damaging pests.

But what about those unwanted visitors to the garden? The aphids, mites and cabbage worms that feed upon our ...

Bird Art Exhibit Takes Flight in Creativity at Belmar Arts Center

July 21, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — Mankind’s fascination with birds is timeless — their embodiment of grace, beauty and freedom of flight captivating the art world for centuries.

"The Bird Art Show, a Juried Exhibition," currently on display at Belmar Arts Center, focuses on this unique artistic expression of ornithology, featuring 70 pieces of bird art in a wide range of mediums.

The ...

Belmar Council OKs 4 Liquor Licenses, Sends 2 Renewals to Trenton

July 21, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — The Belmar Council has renewed four liquor licenses and referred two others to the N.J. Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control because it lacked a quorum for approval.

Receiving annual renewals on July 11 for licenses effective on the first of this month were the following establishments, including their “trading as” business and corporate names: Jack’s ...

Four Belmar Teens Complete Intensive Week of Police Academy-Style Training

July 20, 2017

FREEHOLD, NJ — Four high school students from Belmar were among 119 recruits who graduated from Monmouth County’s 25th Annual Sheriff Youth Week program.

Richler Innocent, Jessica Neigel, Cole Young and Sam Young received their certificates of completion during the program’s commencement ceremonies, held on July 14 at the Monmouth County Police Academy.

The Sheriff Youth ...

Lake Como Celebrates Rebirth of Specially Designed Butterfly Garden

July 16, 2017

LAKE COMO, NJ — What if you threw a party and the guest of honor did not show up? For those attending the grand opening of Lake Como’s butterfly garden that may have been the case, but it did not bother them in the least.

Although no butterflies were spotted at the event, its attendees were more than content to get a first-hand look at a garden that is now flush with foliage to ...

Fill the Local News Void and Create a Profitable Business: Start TAPinto in Your Town

July 16, 2017

Many newspapers are regionalizing their coverage or being acquired by media conglomerates and laying off journalists, creating a void in local news coverage, not only in New Jersey but throughout the country.

As a result, there is less and less local coverage of your local government and board of education, high school sports, charitable events and other newsworthy local happenings, ...

Driving Force Behind Charitable Efforts of Belmar Thrift Shop Earns N.J. Governor’s Jefferson Award

July 14, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — Since Selective Seconds opened in 2011, the thrift shop operated by the St. Vincent De Paul Society at St. Rose Church has served thousands of individuals in need in many ways.

With all its proceeds benefiting the underserved in the community, the recently established Vincent’s Legacy furniture ministry has donated furniture and other household necessities to some 250 ...

Lake Como Traffic Alert: It’s One-Way Westbound on 17th Avenue to Ease Summer Gridlock

July 12, 2017

LAKE COMO, NJ — Traffic can only proceed westbound on 17th Avenue from B Street to Main Street, and a stop sign is now in place at the intersection of 17th Avenue and White Street, making that a three-way stop.

The changes to 17th Avenue took effect on July 11, completing the implementation of a revised seasonal traffic flow plan to relieve congestion and increase safety on Lake ...

As Temperatures Climb into 90s, Remember to 'Look Before You Lock'

July 19, 2017

With temperatures expected to rise into the 90s for the remainder of the week, the National Weather Service reminds motorists to "Look Before You Lock' in an effort to prevent the deaths of children and pets. 

From 1998 to 2016, there were 700 fatalities nationwide resulting from being left in a hot car. Half of these were children who were forgotten by a parent or other ...

Jersey Freshcipes Finalist: Grilled Jersey Corn with Garlic Chili Butter and Lime

July 20, 2017

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — The Jersey Freshcipes contest is the hottest thing in the kitchen this summer. TAPinto caught up with contest winner Melissa Raho of Behind the Plates who served up Grilled Jersey Corn with Garlic Chili Butter and Lime.

Corn is at its peak in the Garden State from around the Fourth of July through Labor Day, making it the perfect "must ...

Bill Gives Police Immediate Access to N.J. Prescription Monitoring Program

July 22, 2017

TRENTON, NJ — Law enforcement officials would be able to access New Jersey’s Prescription Monitoring Program without first obtaining a court order or a subpoena, under legislation introduced by Sen. Robert Singer in conjunction with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

The bill, S-3426, would allow police to help people coping with addiction and investigate dealers ...

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Belmar/Lake Como

Upcoming Events


Tue, July 25, 8:00 PM

Taylor Pavilion, Belmar

Senior Live Dance Music


Wed, July 26, 9:30 AM

Lake Como Borough Hall, Lake Como

Lake Como Mommy and Me Play Date


Wed, July 26, 9:30 AM

Belmar Public Library, Belmar

Belmar Public Library Story Time


Wed, July 26, 2:00 PM

Belmar Arts Center, Belmar

Open Studio for Drawing and Painting


Wed, July 26, 8:00 PM

Rescheduled from July 22 , Eighth Avenue Beach, Belmar

Belmar Movies on the Beach: 'Elf'


Thu, July 27, 4:00 PM

Belmar Public Library, Belmar

Youth Art Workshop

Belmar and Lake Como

July 19, 2017

Belmar Police Department reported the following arrests occurred in Belmar and Lake Como from June 1 through June 9, 2017.


Skyler Jackson, 23, of Toms River was arrested on 11th Avenue on June 1 by Police Officer Brian Poppert, charged with harassment and making terroristic threats.

Nicholas Merola, 26, of Spring Lake was charged with contempt (warrant arrest) on June 2 after ...

America First? Don’t Forget Our Seas

July 18, 2017

In building a policy agenda for our nation’s future, the Trump Administration has made “America First” its guiding principle. With that in mind, our federal government must continue to invest in U.S. scientists to explore a resource critical to American strength and prosperity — our oceans.

Why invest in undersea research? That’s easy. We are the greatest maritime ...