National Weather Service: Precipitation Limbo for Belmar, Lake Como

February 17, 2018

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — How much snow will fall, if any, along the coast in Monmouth County is a question the National Weather Services is still asking.

With precipitation expected to begin late this afternoon, the latest forecast shows uncertainty on whether it will be in the form of snow, rain or a mixture of both, depending on surface temperatures.  

However, a “burst of ...

Deadline Tightens to Bring Free Wi-Fi to Belmar Beachfront by Memorial Day

February 9, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar and Verizon officials continue to hammer out the details of a plan to bring free wireless and enhanced cellular service to the Belmar beachfront by Memorial Day.

But the longer it takes for a deal to be approved, the less likely the project could be completed by that date — if at all, according to Robert McGuckin of Tilson Technology, a Clifton-based authorized ...

More Belmar Elementary Students Reach Highest Level of Honor Roll Achievement

February 8, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — For the second consecutive marking period, 103 Belmar Elementary School students achieved honor roll status — the only difference being six more students made the High Honor Roll.

To reach that top tier of academic performance, students must achieve a grade of 93 or higher in all subjects including related arts.

The 37 High Honor Roll achievers for the second ...

Capital Gala Brings In $3,000 to Support Belmar Eighth-Grade Trip to Washington, D.C.

February 10, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — The recently held Capital Gala drew rave reviews on two fronts — the 100 people who enjoyed the dinner-dance and its organizers who raised $3,000 to support Belmar Elementary School's eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C.

Held at Taylor Pavilion, the gala was the marquee fundraiser for the upcoming spring trip, which is returning after a 10-year hiatus. While ...

Owners of Fire-Ravaged Lake Como Home Host ‘Thank-You’ for First Responders, Others Who Helped in Time of Need

February 11, 2018

LAKE COMO, NJ — Tom and Teresa Meehan threw a special kind of party at Bar Anticipation yesterday afternoon. They thanked the many first-responders, neighbors, friends and others who helped them in their greatest time of need — when a fire devastated their Lake Como home last month.

“This is just above and beyond for (the Meehans) to do something as nice like this,” ...

Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade Salutes Its Grand Marshals

February 4, 2018

The parade’s procession of fundraisers continues on Sunday, February 11 at Anchor Tavern.

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Irish and community pride runs deep for the two individuals named to lead this year’s Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 4.

Dan Reilly of Manasquan will serve as its grand marshal and Patricia Jenkins of Wall as its deputy grand ...

Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty Declines Offer to Head Up N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission

February 6, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty will not be joining Gov. Phil Murphy in Trenton as chief administrator of the N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission.

After several weeks of speculation that he would be filling the position, Doherty, a Democrat, announced at the borough council's February 6 meeting that it was true he was offered the position, “but I declined the ...

U.S. Coast Guard Ends Search for Fishermen Lost at Sea, Fund Established to Help Family

February 12, 2018

BARNEGAT LIGHT, NJ — The U.S. Coast Guard has officially ended its search for the two crew members of the fishing boat that went missing off the coast of Barnegat Light during the early morning hours of February 8.  

“We would like to extend our condolences to the families and the fishing community affected by this tragic incident,” said Capt. Scott Anderson, ...

Belmar Patrolman, Dispatcher Recognized for ‘Quick Action’ in Life-Saving Water Rescue

February 12, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — The swift and decisive actions of two members of the Belmar Police Department earned them recognition from the borough council.

Police Officer Lawrence Kelly and Dispatch Officer Anita Leather were honored at the governing body’s February 6 meeting for “their heroic actions” in the January 16 rescue of a 59-year-old man from the frigid waters of Shark River ...

Driver Charged with DUI, Other Offenses after Speeding Through 5 Towns on Main Street

SPRING LAKE, NJ — George Tsairis of Spring Lake faces charges in three towns, including driving under the influence, after speeding through five communities along Main Street on January 30 before his vehicle struck a utility pole in Spring Lake, police said.

The 52-year-old has been charged in both Lake Como and Bradley Beach with DUI and attempting to elude police, and in Spring Lake ...

Belmar Marina is Place to Be for This Baby Seal

February 2, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — All eyes will be on everyone’s favorite groundhog today, but it was a baby seal that stole the spotlight yesterday at the Belmar Marina.

During the morning of February 1, borough public works employees were working at the marina’s boat ramp when they noticed the gray pup sitting on the jet-ski dock, said Ed Markey, who works in the department and also serves as ...

Belmar’s Kite Festival Flies High on Cover of 'Visit Monmouth' Travel Guide

BELMAR, NJ — A tetrad of billowy sea creatures smiling down on Belmar’s beachfront graces this year’s cover of the Visit Monmouth travel guide.

The "splashy" scene was snapped by photographer Nancy Orlowski at last October’s Belmar Kite Festival, sponsored by the Belmar Business Partnership (BBP). It was chosen from among hundreds submitted for publication in ...

Belmar Cheers on 18-Year-Old Borough Woman Competing in Miss New Jersey Pageant

February 10, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar has given Jade Glab an official send-off — and a bevy of good luck wishes — in her quest to become Miss New Jersey.

The 18-year-old borough resident was recently crowned 2018 Miss Monmouth County, a local preliminary contest to the Miss America Pageant, and she will be among nearly 30 contestants vying for the state title in June in Ocean City.

The ...

Belmar in Retrospect: Community Warmed Up Winter by Playing Games with a Unique Twist

January 21, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar buzzes each summer with countless visitors to its beachfront and other attractions. But when winter rolls in and the town quiets down, local organizations over the years have found a creative outlet to be social and raise money for important causes — playing board games with a unique Belmar twist.

Belmar Historical Society (BHS) has opened up the boxes to ...

Last Performance for ‘When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet’ at Brookdale

February 17, 2018

MIDDLETOWN, NJ — Six of William Shakespeare’s most iconic heroines will share the stage as Brookdale Community College presents “When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet” for the final time on February 18 at 2 p.m. on the college’s Lincroft campus.

The light-hearted comedy, authored by Charles George, imagines an encounter between Shakespeare heroines Juliet, Ophelia, ...

How to Keep Important TAPinto Local News Stories in Your Facebook News Feed

January 23, 2018

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JCP&L Offers Customers Assistance with Winter Heating Bills

February 13, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ — As the cold weather continues, financial assistance programs are available for Jersey Central Power & Light customers who need help with winter heating bills.

Assistance to qualifying JCP&L customers is available through the Lifeline, Universal Service Fund, Weatherization, Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE) and New Jersey SHARES ... Named Partner of the Year by NJ News Commons

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — has been named Partner of the Year by NJ News Commons, a network of more than 230 news organizations across New Jersey. The award goes to a journalist or news organization that showed overall excellence in its work for 2017.    

Joe Amditis, associate director of the Center for Cooperative Media, said TAPinto won the award ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, February 17, 12:00 PM

Jake's Downtown, Belmar

Jake's Downtown Slider Saturdays


Sun, February 18, 2:00 PM

Boathouse Bar & Grill, Belmar

St. Patrick's Day Parade Fundraiser


Tue, February 20, 6:00 PM

Belmar Municipal Building, Belmar

Belmar Mayor and Council Meeting


Tue, February 20, 7:30 PM

Lake Como Borough Hall, Lake Como

Lake Como Council Meeting

Monmouth County Jail Inmates Earn GEDs through Innovative Online Program

February 11, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — It recently was graduation day for four inmates at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.

After completing a state-of-the-art online program offered by the Monmouth-Ocean Educational Services Commission, they earned their high school equivalency diplomas (GEDs) — an achievement recognized by the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Correctional ...

Daddy/Daughter Sweetheart Dance: A Great Success Thanks to All Involved

February 7, 2018

To the Editor:

The Belmar PTO would like to thank several local businesses and community organizations for supporting our Annual Daddy/Daughter Sweetheart Dance on Friday, January 19 at Taylor Pavilion in Belmar.

The dance was a fun-filled evening for almost 60 young girls, prekindergarten to eighth grade, and the special men in their lives. Statistics show that a positive father-daughter ...

Belmar and Lake Como

February 7, 2018

Belmar Police Department reported the following arrests occurred in Belmar and Lake Como from January 1, 2018 to January 31, 2018.


Nora Campbell, 35, of Eatontown was charged with disorderly conduct after her January 9 arrest on 10th Avenue by Police Officer Anthony Steneck.

David Lukens, 46, of Belmar was charged with disorderly conduct after his January 14 arrest on 16th Avenue ...