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Jimmy’s Place on Ocean Avenue Now Open Year Round … and Delivery is Free

November 19, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — Jimmy’s Place will be open for the winter — the first time since it opened seven years ago under the red awning at 804 Ocean Avenue. And to mark the special occasion, a “grand winter opening” menu will be offered through today, November 20.

“We’re excited to be open year-round, and we’re definitely going with the “wow ...

Beach Music Studios: Ringing in the Season with its 13th Annual Holiday Party at The Stone Pony

BELMAR NJ — Belmar’s own holiday musical classic — Beach Music Studios’ Annual Holiday Party — will return for its 13th year on Sunday, December 3 at the iconic Stone Pony in Asbury Park.

Beginning at noon, the festive event will feature performances by the Beach Music Rock Band, Beach Music Studio students and the Danny White Band with “special ...

Belmar Gets on the Green ‘Bag’ Wagon for the Holiday Season

BELMAR, NJ — When it comes to being environmentally friendly, Belmar has it “in the bag” this holiday shopping season.

Stores and other establishments in the borough’s central shopping district and along Ocean Avenue have begun to offer customers the reusable tote bags specially designed by the environmental commission. It’s a way to get shoppers to use the free ...

Salon Marsal: Getting Long and Luscious Lashes in a Blink of an Eye

BELMAR, NJ — Touted as the hottest trend in the eyelash industry, Elleebana Lash Lifting is now being offered exclusively at Salon Marsal — just in time for the holiday season.

“Everyone loves long eyelashes, and what better time to make yours look their best than for the holidays,” says Sal Marchese, owner of the Belmar salon. “Lash lifts are an exceptional ...

Serenity by the Sea Too: A Pop-Up Holiday Extravaganza

BELMAR, NJ — Serenity by the Sea Too will host a four-day Locals Pop-Up Shop on Wednesday, December 13 through Friday, December 16, featuring the work of 10 local artisans.

From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day, handcrafted works of the following vendors will be on display at the shop, located at 1004 Main Street, Belmar:

Carolyn Roche Designs
Yankeegirl Art
Cheryl Anne ...

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como Premieres ‘Shop Belmar’ Holiday Guide

Are you a Belmar or Lake Como business owner looking for a new way to make your holiday season a bit greener?

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como is now publishing its first-ever Shop Belmar Holiday Guide, which is sure to become the go-to online special section for holiday shoppers — whether they're looking for that special gift, a place to gather for a special meal or just spending the day in ...

Belmar Reaches Agreement with Water Contractor in Dispute over Pared-Back Contract

November 13, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar has agreed to pay $230,000 to settle a lawsuit with a contractor hired for a major water infrastructure project in the southwestern corner of the borough.

The borough council on November 8 authorized the settlement with Metra Industries of Little Falls, which was awarded a $900,000 contract in 2013 to clean and reline the water pipelines in the residential area ...

American Shad Rebounding in Delaware River with Record-Setting Number of New Fish This Summer

November 18, 2017

TRENTON, NJ — American shad appear to be making a strong comeback in the Delaware River, historically famous for a once-prodigious population of this important fish species, according to the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection.

Net surveys conducted this spring resulted in the ninth largest overall haul of migrating adult shad ever recorded, while summer surveys of juvenile shad ...

Belmar Incumbent Brennan to Seek Hand Recount of Mail-In Ballots in One-Vote Loss to Newcomer Vallario

November 14, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — Democratic incumbent Thomas Brennan said he will seek a hand recount of the mail-in ballots in his re-election bid for the Belmar Council, which has him losing the race by one vote to GOP newcomer Joshua Vallario.

The recount request is being made based on a discrepancy in the number of mail-in ballots that were officially added to the vote tally on election night, according ...

Newcomer Vallario Wins By One Vote in Belmar Council Race, Brennan to Ask for Recount

BELMAR, NJ — Republican newcomer Joshua Vallario narrowly defeated Democratic incumbent Thomas W. Brennan by one vote in the race for borough council, after county election officials today added 14 provisional ballots to the tally.

The official vote count now stands at 993 for Vallario, including eight of those votes, and 992 for Brennan who received six more votes, according to a ...

Belmar Creates Beachscape ‘Garden’ to See How it Grows in Dune Planting Project

November 10, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — A small beachfront experiment is under way on a patch of sand near the 12th Avenue playground.

Tucked into a corner between the boardwalk and the playground’s north side, a crescent-shaped area is filled with dozens of tender young plants of various shapes and sizes, neatly positioned around several large landscape boulders and along wooden snow fencing. It’s a ...

Belmar Elementary School Library Earns National Grant to Teach ABCs of Computer Coding

November 8, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Elementary School’s library is the only library in New Jersey — and among 28 in the United States — to be awarded a national grant to launch a computer coding program for students.

As part of the American Library Association’s “Libraries Ready to Code” initiative, the school’s library received a $20,500 grant to “promote ...

Belmar Students at Two Schools Get Lively Lesson in Fire Safety

November 7, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — Learning about fire safety can be fun. That was the lesson of the day recently for Belmar Elementary School and St. Rose Grammar School students who were entertained and educated during a Firefighter Phil Safety Program.

Presented by the Belmar Fire Prevention Office, the program held at each school featured “Magic Dave” Carruth of Creative Safety Products ...

Massive Recall of Kidde Fire Extinguishers Announced

November 7, 2017

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Kidde is recalling 40 million fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1973 through August 2017. The affected extinguishers, which are designed primarily for use in homes, vehicles and boats, can become clogged or fail to discharge during a fire.

This recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers — plastic-handle fire extinguishers and push-button ...

Belmar, Lake Como Water May Taste, Smell of Chlorine with Treatment Process Change

November 19, 2017

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — As New Jersey American Water Co. began changing  its water treatment process earlier this month, Belmar and Lake Como residents may experience a slight taste or smell of chlorine in their water.

The company advises that this is normal as its water treatment process changes from chloramine to free chlorine, under its annual maintenance program at the Swimming ...

Belmar Business Partnership Rolls Out Welcome Mat for Fresh Faces, New Ideas

November 13, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Business Partnership is putting out the call to individuals who want to make a difference in bolstering the borough’s growing business district.

With elections to its board of trustees slated for later this month, BBP is seeking increased participation from business or property owners, or anyone with a business interest in Belmar to bring their expertise and ...

Belmar’s Annual Veterans Day Services Brings Out 100 on Brisk, Sunny Morning

November 12, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — The warmth of the sun certainly was welcome by the some 100 persons gathered yesterday morning at Monument Row for Belmar’s annual Veterans Day services.

With the temperature hovering around 30 degrees, they came out to honor those who have served the country past and present — many in attendance being veterans themselves. Despite the cold, they filled the small ...

Rutgers-Led Study: Inner Ear Stem Cells May Someday Restore Hearing, But Could Increase Cancer Risk

November 12, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Want to restore hearing by injecting stem cells into the inner ear? That can be a double-edged sword.

Inner ear stem cells can be converted to auditory neurons that could reverse deafness, but the process can also make those cells divide too quickly, posing a cancer risk, according to a study led by Rutgers University–New Brunswick scientists.

The ...

Merri-Makers CEO Rick Bott: From Dorm Deli to Pre-Eminent Design Caterer

November 9, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — Merri-Makers CEO Rick Bott was in his junior year at Marist College when he took his first foray into the food business.

He opened a deli in the lobby of his dormitory, which was open from 10 p.m. after everything closed on campus to 2 a.m. when the local bars made last call in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

It didn’t take long before the hungry late-night college crowd flocked ...

Count ’Em: Fifth Great White Shark Tracked Off Jersey Coast This Year

October 28, 2017

LONG BRANCH, NJ — Another great white shark has surfaced along the New Jersey coast, but the whereabouts of three others that were last tracked not too far away are known. And there have been no signs of the ever-popular Mary Lee since June.  

Gurney, a young 4 ½-foot male weighing nearly 62 pounds, was tracked about 30 miles off Long Branch at 2:54 p.m. on October 25, ...

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November 20, 2017

Belmar Police Department reported the following arrests occurred in Belmar and Lake Como from October 1, 2017 to October 28, 2017.

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Paige Brandao, 24, of Milltown was arrested on 16th Avenue on October 1 by Police Officer Joseph Clayton, charged with driving while under the influence.

Vincent Calogero, 61, of Belmar was charged with contempt on an outstanding warrant after his ...

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Escapism: A Solo Exhibit by Brittany James

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Fri, December 1, 5:30 PM

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Model Train Show in Union: 'Decades-Long Labor of Love' for the Holidays

November 17, 2017

UNION, NJ — The Model Railroad Club's annual Holiday Sound and Light Show will open on Friday, November 24, featuring its sprawling, meticulously detailed HO scale model train layout at the A. Paul Mallery Model Railroad Center in Lenape Park, off Route 22 East.

For the event, the railroad center is transformed into a living theater, complete with sound and lighting effects, and ...

Glimmer Glass Bridge in Brielle to Remain Closed

November 17, 2017

BRIELLE, NJ — The Glimmer Glass Bridge which connects Brielle and Manasquan along Fisk Avenue, will remain closed while Monmouth County evaluates what work is still needed before it can be reopened.

The bridge had been slated to reopen on November 16, but the need for additional repair work was discovered during scheduled routine maintenance of the 279-foot span, which serves as a vital ...

DEP: Defends Its Role in Protecting New Jersey’s Environment

November 16, 2017

To the Editor:

The November 14 op-ed by New Jersey Audubon’s lobbyist Kelly Mooij titled, “Sustained, Severe Cuts Equal Setbacks at NJ DEP” paints a misleading picture of how effectively the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is carrying out our mission. Ms. Mooij’s false assertions demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding of how DEP operates to protect ...

Sustained, Severe Cuts Equal Setbacks at N.J. Department of Environmental Protection

November 14, 2017

Long-term budget and staff cuts have severely impacted the ability of the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection to carry out critical work to protect New Jersey’s environment and residents. This has serious implications for wildlife, public health and our economy. DEP is charged with managing and protecting the state’s environment and natural resources.

This requires an ...

JCP&L Completes Inspections, Maintenance Prior to Winter Weather

November 16, 2017

MORRISTOWN, NJ — In preparation for winter, Jersey Central Power & Light is completing inspections and conducting equipment maintenance on weather-sensitive equipment across its service area.  

Winter’s cold temperatures can produce increased demand for electricity, and heavy snow and wind have the potential to cause damage to poles, wires and substations, requiring crews ...