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Serenity by the Sea Too: Explore the World of Essential Oils during Grand Opening of Serenity Lounge

January 21, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Discover the world of essential oils during the grand opening of the Serenity Lounge today, January 21 at Serenity by the Sea Too, 1004 Main Street.

Stop by any time from noon to 3 p.m. to learn about the benefits of these “gifts of the earth” from Csilla Bischoff, integrative nutrition health coach, and Maria Dentici, a reiki master. They will share simple ...

Belmar Resident Takes Reins of State Troopers Fraternal Association

January 21, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar resident Wayne Blanchard, a 14-year member of the New Jersey State Police, is the new president of the State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey.

He recently took the helm of the Manasquan-based organization, after serving as its vice president of legislation and grievances. STFA represents more than 1,800 state troopers and serves as the collective ...

Belmar Resident’s Firm Named among Top Entrepreneurial Companies in United States

January 19, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Entrepreneur magazine has named VIE Healthcare — a Wall-based consulting firm founded by Belmar resident Lisa Miller — as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America.”

The company ranked 211 in the magazine’s highly anticipated Entrepreneur 360 list, which recognizes independently held companies that are mastering the art and science ...

Monmouth County Superintendent: Lake Como, Other Small Sending Districts Entitled to Seat on Manasquan School Board

January 16, 2018

LAKE COMO/BELMAR, NJ — Of the seven sending districts to Manasquan High School, Belmar shares a seat with Spring Lake Heights on the Manasquan Board of Education, while Brielle has its own seat.

However, there is currently no direct representation on the Manasquan school board from the other four smaller districts that send students to Manasquan High School — Lake Como, ...

Belmar Police Officer in Kayak Assists in Rescue of Man from Shark River Inlet

January 16, 2018

AVON-BY-THE-SEA, NJ — Belmar Patrolman Lawrence Kelly played a major role in the rescue of a 59-year-old man this morning, January 16, from the Shark River Inlet, according to police.

Belmar Police and Belmar Water Rescue Team were among local responders answering an emergency call at 8:55 a.m. of a man in the frigid waters near the Main Street bridge, said Belmar Detective Capt. Thomas ...

Search of Shark River at Belmar Marina Continues for Missing Lake Como Man

BELMAR, NJ — The search continues for a 56-year-old Lake Como man who was reported missing by family members on January 14 after his vehicle was found at the Belmar Marina, according to Belmar police.

For the past two days, borough and state police, as well as local and county first responders, have been conducting an intensive search of the Shark River for Mark Ritter — after a ...

Belmar Beachfront at Lake Como is Ground Zero for Major Outfall Pipeline Project

January 14, 2018

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — “Fascinating.” It’s the word that Belmar Borough Administrator Colleen Connolly uses to describe the process under way to construct the massive outfall pipeline that will extend from Lake Como, under Ocean Avenue and into the Atlantic Ocean.

“To see something so big being constructed into the ocean,” Connolly added, referring to the ...

Jersey Shore’s ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino Admits to Tax Evasion, Heading to Florida for Reunion Show

January 19, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. — Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino of “Jersey Shore” reality television fame has admitted in court that he cheated on his income taxes and faces up to five years in prison.

Sorrentino, 36, pleaded guilty today, January 19, to one count of tax evasion, admitting that in 2011 he concealed his taxable income by making cash deposits into bank accounts ...

Belmar Man’s Family Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit with Howell

HOWELL, NJ — Howell Township has settled its lawsuit with the family of a Belmar man who died during a weekend music festival in 2015, where he allegedly was restrained by festival staff and police “with excessive and unreasonable force,” according to court papers.

The sisters of the late Timothy J. Harden will receive $350,000 under the settlement with Howell of the lawsuit, ...

Lake Como’s Teresa Meehan: ‘Grateful’ for a Caring Community in Aftermath of Ripley Lane Fire

January 8, 2018

LAKE COMO, NJ — For Teresa Meehan, it will be difficult to ever forget the time 4:02 p.m. That is exactly when the Lake Como resident said she called 9-1-1 on January 6 to report a fire at her family's Ripley Lane home.

“Everything just happened so fast, so furiously,” she said, recalling how she smelled smoke coming from the second floor of their 110-year-old sprawling ...

Lake Como Starts New Year with Familiar Faces Taking Places on Borough Council

January 3, 2018

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s reorganization meeting was highlighted by the swearing in of three incumbent council members — Kevin Higgins, John Carvelli and Christopher D’Antuono.

While Higgins and Carvelli were elected on November 7 to full three-year terms, D’Antuono was voted in to complete the one year left on the term to which he was appointed in January ...

Brennan Takes Belmar Council Seat for Second Term during Reorganization Meeting

BELMAR, NJ — Thomas Brennan began his second term on the Belmar Council, as he was sworn into office by Mayor Matthew Doherty during the borough’s January 2 reorganization meeting

With wife Merry Brennan, former Belmar Council president, holding the Bible, he was also accompanied by two of his children, Aislinn and Sean, as he took the oath for another three-year term on the ...

Belmar Elementary School’s New Online Apparel Store Offers Host of Custom-Designed Merchandise

December 16, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — The Belmar Elementary School PTO has once again teamed with Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More of Belmar to offer an expanded custom-branded line of merchandise emblazoned with two school logo options — its traditional green-and-gold design with the Belmar eagle and another that features the same Belmar eagle atop a surfboard rising from the ocean and surrounded by palm ...

Report: Gov. Christie Won’t Sign Cooperative High School Sports Bill Before Leaving Office

January 16, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — The proposed bill to allow school districts with multiple high schools to “co-op” in all sports based on participation or financial issues will not be signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie will “pocket veto” the bill, by placing it on an “action not taken list” prior to leaving office on Tuesday, according to a report by Greg ...

NJ Transit's North Jersey Coast Line Adjusts Peak Train Schedules for Amtrak Track Work

January 8, 2018

NEWARK, NJ — The rush-hour schedules for several North Jersey Coast Line trains have been adjusted — and another train in the afternoon has been canceled — as the result of Amtrak track work at Penn Station in New York that starts today, January 8.

NJ Transit has announced the following schedule changes to NJCL, which are expected to remain in effect through May 28.

For ...

DEP Seeks Public Comment on Update to New Jersey's Decade-Old Wildlife Action Plan

December 27, 2017

TRENTON, NJ — From monarch butterflies to blue whales, New Jersey is home to more than 3,700 wildlife species. In an effort to protect the most-endangered of those species, state environmental officials are updating a major plan that will guide wildlife conservation efforts over the next decade.

For the first time in 12 years, the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is ...

For the Belmar Holiday Scrapbook: Children Capture the ‘True Meaning of Christmas’ in Story and Song

January 12, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — On a quiet Sunday evening in December, a group of families gathered at the new Belmar Community Center to celebrate the Christmas season.

But they didn’t come with gifts or to enjoy a festive meal. Instead, adults and children filled the nave of the former First United Methodist Church to answer this question in story and song: What does Jesus have to do with ...

Belmar Resident Takes Reins of State Troopers Fraternal Association

January 21, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar resident Wayne Blanchard, a 14-year member of the New Jersey State Police, is the new president of the State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey.

He recently took the helm of the Manasquan-based organization, after serving as its vice president of legislation and grievances. STFA represents more than 1,800 state troopers and serves as the collective ...

Big Frog in Belmar Goes to AC to Custom Print T-Shirts ‘On the Spot’ for Lawn Doctor National Convention

December 26, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — Talk about bringing his business to the party. That’s exactly what it took when Big Frog Custom T-Shirts and More owner Doug Hahner was asked to custom print nearly 200 shirts during Lawn Doctor’s national convention recently held in Atlantic City.

Packing up not only the shirts and materials needed to meet his customer’s needs, he also loaded up a garment ...

Fanwood Grille Soups Voted 'Best in NJ' by The Daily Meal Website

January 20, 2018

FANWOOD, NJ — National food website, The Daily Meal, has chosen the soups at the Fanwood Grille as the best in New Jersey.

As part of its list of Best Soups in Every State, The Daily Meal wrote that “restaurants all throughout the country are making some truly great bowls of soup from scratch, and we’ve tracked down the best in every state.”  The Fanwood ...

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December 31, 2017

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Planning an Overseas Trip This Spring? Make Sure Your Passport is Travel-Ready

January 15, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — If an overseas trip is in your spring travel plans, now is the best time to make sure your passport is in order, according to the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office.

“It’s time to apply for or renew your passport, if you are planning spring travel out of the country. Many countries require six months' validity on a U.S. passport, so it is critical to ...

Mark Zuckerberg Should Be Concerned About His Legacy; Punishing Legitimate Media Organizations and Small Businesses Isn’t the Answer; Regulation Is

Facebook recently announced it will be changing its feed and algorithms so that news from publishers and posts from businesses will be relegated in favor of posts about your neighbor’s cat. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is making these changes because he is concerned about his legacy and that of the company he founded. If ...

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January 15, 2018

Many people have the misconception that slavery ended after the Civil War. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.

Slavery is very much still in existence — in fact, it is believed that 40 million people are slaves in the world today. Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world, just behind illegal drugs.

The U.N. Office on Drugs and ...

State Fish Hatchery in Warren County Stocks Record-Setting 5 Million Fish in 2017

January 14, 2018

HACKETTSOWN, NJ — The Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery stocked a record 5 million fish representing 15 species in 2017, according to the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection.

The fish, totaling 5,082,841 with a total weight of more than 26,000 pounds, were produced at the Warren County facility — far surpassing the previous high of 3,774,885 set in 2014. And most of the fish ...

Legislative Reorganization Leaves New Jersey’s 30th District in Familiar Hands

January 10, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — The 120 members of the 218th New Jersey Legislature took their seats yesterday, January 9, including the three lawmakers who will represent Belmar and Lake Como in District 30.

State Assemblymen Sean T. Kean and Edward “Ned” Thomson, both Republicans of Wall, were sworn in during an Organization Day ceremony of the 80-member Assembly held at the War Memorial ...

Belmar and Lake Como

January 9, 2018

Belmar Police Department reported the following arrests occurred in Belmar and Lake Como from December 2, 2017 to December 31, 2017.

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Timothy Strain, 59, of Belmar was arrested on 16th Avenue on December 2 by Det. Lt. Michael Campbell, charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and use/under the influence of CDS.

Michelle Karcher, 37, of Long Branch was arrested on ...

TAPinto Franchised Local News Network Breaks 7M Readers, 23.7M Pageviews

January 9, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto.net, a network of more than 70 online hyperlocal news sites in New Jersey and New York, broke 7 million readers and 23.7 million pageviews during the last year. 

From Jan.8, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018, TAPinto registered 7,025,372 readers and 23,792,903 pageviews, up from 5,352,395 readers and 18,496,885 pageviews during the same period a year ago.  ...