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Waves on Main: Welcoming Summer with a Mix of Music and the Best in Classic Cuisine

June 22, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — Waves on Main is spicing up its weekend menu with live entertainment on both Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24.

“There’s no better way to welcome the summer by enjoying a classically prepared meal, while listening to some of the area’s most-talented musicians,” said owner Kathy Farese. “They will have you singing, dancing and feeling the ...

Long-Awaited Lake Como Outfall Pipe Project Awarded to Bayville Marine Contractor

June 15, 2017

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — A Bayville-based marine construction company has been awarded a $4.3 million contract for the Lake Como drainage improvement project.

J.E. Hannon Inc., trading as Bird Construction, was the lowest among 10 bids submitted for the federally funded project planned for the flood-prone area surrounding the lake in Belmar, Lake Como and Spring Lake. It includes ...

Lake Como Looks to Ease Summertime Gridlock with New Traffic Flow Plan

LAKE COMO, NJ — A revised traffic flow plan to relieve congestion and increase safety on Lake Como’s busiest streets during the summer has been unveiled by the Borough Council.

The governing body on June 13 introduced a measure aimed at reducing traffic problems on the east side of Main Street, where narrow two-way streets become packed with parked cars on both sides, causing ...

Belmar Elementary School’s Class of 2017 Celebrates Academic Milestone as a ‘Family’

June 19, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar Elementary School celebrated the graduation of its 55-member eighth-grade class on June 15, there was a common thread running through the remarks made during the event — the school will always be family.

“I remember when I came to Belmar, you feel like you’re part of a family,” said graduate Christopher Torres during his graduation speech.

New Belmar Playgrounds of Twists and Twirls Spring Up on 15th Avenue and Along Silver Lake

June 20, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — Big and bright playgrounds are rising at the corner of 15th Avenue and E Street, and the western banks of the Silver Lake.

Installers from Whirl Construction Inc. of Port Monmouth are assembling the boldly colored recreational equipment — a collection of slides, tunnels, ladders and swings, among other playtime amenities.

In this year’s recently approved ...

Garden State Kicks Off 2017 #JerseyFreshLove Instagram Photo Contest

June 20, 2017

VINELAND, NJ — Get your camera ready, log onto Instagram, and send your best Garden State photos to the 2017 #JerseyFreshLove photo contest.

N.J. Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher and the 2016 winner of the Jersey Fresh Love social media photo contest, Ryan Briggs, owner of Outlaw’s Burger Barn and Creamery in Vineland, recently kicked off the 2017 #JerseyFreshLove ...

Do You Have a Favorite Jersey Fresh Recipe?

TRENTON, NJ — There’s nothing better on a warm summer day that a fresh cold Jersey tomato with a little salt or a handful of blueberries taken right from the bowl. But if you are also creative with Jersey Fresh produce, here is your chance to share it with your fellow New Jerseyans.

The state Department of Agriculture has kicked off its 2017 Jersey Freshcipes contest for the best ...

Great White Shark Mary Lee is 'Loopy' off Jersey Coast

June 17, 2017

BEACH HAVEN, NJ — After five days of "ping" silence, great white shark Mary Lee has traveled about  20 miles northbound and is now off the Jersey coast between Beach Haven and Long Beach Township, again.

The 16-foot, 3,500-pound shark was last tracked at 6:54 a.m. on June 17 about 15 miles off the shoreline of Long Beach Island — the same area that she visited ...

Ahoy, Matey! It’s Time for Mayhem and Merriment during Belmar’s First-Ever Pirate Walk

June 22, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — There will be plenty of high-seas adventures in Belmar on Sunday, June 25 when its first-ever Pirate Walk will take over the borough’s central shopping district.

The Belmar Business Partnership is sponsoring the swashbuckling event, which will feature pirate re-enactments and entertainment, a free gift auction for those dressed as pirates and wenches, and a treasure ...

Girls Identified in Tragic Incident off Belmar Beach as More Details Emerge on Rescue and Recovery Efforts

June 19, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — The 13-year-old girl who drowned off the Belmar beach on Thursday, June 15, has been identified as Mitzi Hernandez and her 12-year-old cousin who remains on life-support as Emily Gonzalez-Perez, according to officials.

Gonzalez-Perez, remains in critical condition at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. The incident is still currently under investigation by the ...

Rutgers Researchers Invent Sensor that Could Improve Treatment of Asthma

June 15, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers University-New Brunswick scientists have created a graphene-based sensor that could lead to earlier detection of looming asthma attacks and improve the management of asthma and other respiratory diseases, preventing hospitalizations and deaths.

The sensor paves the way for the development of devices — possibly resembling fitness trackers like the Fitbit ...

Belmar Plants Its Stake Once More as a Tree City USA

June 12, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar is once again a Tree City USA, an Arbor Day Foundation distinction held by 3,400 communities throughout the country.

It’s the first time since 2004 that the borough has earned the designation by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management, including maintaining a tree board, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on ...

Santander Bank to Close Belmar Branch on August 25

June 12, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — Santander Bank will close its Belmar branch at 712 10th Avenue on August 25, marking the end of an institution that has been part of the Belmar community for 126 years.

Bank operations will be consolidated with Santander’s branch at 1600 Corlies Avenue, Neptune, located about three miles away, “ensuring that we continue to meet the banking needs of our ...

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At Rutgers, a History of Conservatism Intertwined with Controversy

June 21, 2017

Editor’s note: This story is the fourth in a five-part series on the Rutgers Conservative Union. Through that lens, TAPinto New Brunswick intends to provide a comprehensive look at an energetic year of on-campus activism at New Jersey’s flagship university. The third part is available here.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — As the clock ticked closer to 10 p.m., the ...

Upcoming Events

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Thu, June 22, 1:00 PM

Belmar Arts Center, Belmar

An Enchanted Garden Art Show

Thu, June 22, 6:00 PM

Community Medical Center , Toms River

Alzheimer's New Jersey Presents: Middle-Stage ...

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Thu, June 22, 6:00 PM

Taylor Pavilion, Belmar

Fourth Annual Belmar Children's Ball

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Fri, June 23, 6:00 PM

Taylor Pavilion, Belmar

Sixth Annual Belmar Mayor's Ball

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Fri, June 23, 6:30 PM

Pyanoe Plaza, Belmar

Friday Night Concert: The Gathering

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Sat, June 24, 8:00 AM

Pyanoe Plaza, Belmar

Belmar Fresh Farmers' Market

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Sat, June 24, 11:00 AM

Belmar Public Library, Belmar

Dan Dougherty's It's a Great Big Really Small ...

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Sun, June 25, 12:00 PM

Pyanoe Plaza, Belmar

Belmar Pirate Walk

One More Trenton Raid?

June 21, 2017

June is budget month in Trenton. Gov. Chris Christie and state Legislature are seeking to balance the budget in a challenging fiscal situation. Unfortunately, environmental funds top the list of places to find “extra” money to balance the budget.

Just a few months ago, with strong bipartisan support, the state Legislature acted to give voters the opportunity to protect natural ...

Late-Night ‘Drunk Train’ Returns for Another Summer for North Jersey Coast Riders

June 10, 2017

NEWARK, NJ — NJ Transit’s “drunk train” will return to the North Jersey Coast Line just for the summer.

From June 25 through September 9, the train leaving New York City’s Penn Station at 1 a.m. will stop at Long Branch, where passengers will be able to switch trains and continue to Elberon, Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Bradley Beach, Belmar, Spring Lake, Manasquan, ...

TAPinto Crushes Readership Record in May with 853,958 Readers; Breaks 6M Readers for the Year

June 6, 2017

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto.net, a network of 65 franchised online hyperlocal news sites in New Jersey and New York, broke its all-time readership record with 853,958 readers and 2,103,803 pageviews in May 2017, up from 639,508 readers in May 2016.  TAPinto also registered more than 6 million readers and 20 million pageviews during the last 365 days, breaking its all-time record ...