Appeals Panel: Belmar Erred When Placing Referendum on Ballot to Rebuild Taylor Pavilion

July 18, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — An appeal court has upheld a decision that the borough acted improperly when drafting an interpretive statement to a public question that would be narrowly approved by voters to rebuild Taylor Pavilion after Superstorm Sandy.

As a result of the affirmation by the three-judge panel of Superior Court Judge Katie Gummer’s September 2016 decision, Belmar must now pay the ...

Monmouth County Partners with Faith-Based Groups to Streamline Efforts to Help the Needy

July 10, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — Monmouth County is looking to collaborate with faith-based and other community groups as a way to reach out to people in need throughout the county.

In establishing the Monmouth County Faith-Based Initiative, the board of freeholders on July 5 took the first step in forging a partnership with these groups — first to identify and bring together their services and ...

Belmar Parasail: Soar Into Summer with a High-Flying Adventure Along the Beachfront

July 12, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar finally basks in picture-perfect weather, it may be time to check off a summer activity on your bucket list. And for many, parasailing is one of those “must-do” experiences.

At Belmar Parasail, the season is in full swing, offering boat trips from the Belmar Manutti Marina to the beachfront where passengers are lifted 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean ...

Belmar’s Beachfront Brings on Summer with Sizzling Season of Fun for Everyone

When it comes to a vibrant oceanfront that is second to none, Belmar is that good.

BELMAR, NJ — Stretching more than one mile along 21 blocks, nothing compares to Belmar’s beachfront when summer rolls into this popular Jersey Shore town.

Belmar is a perennial favorite among day-trippers, vacationers and seasonal visitors — all looking for lots of fun in the sun, plenty ...

More Clinging Jellyfish with Powerful Sting Discovered in Barnegat Bay

July 11, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — The discovery of clinging jellyfish in bay waters off Island Beach State Park has prompted another warning by state environmental officials for boaters and swimmers to be alert for the tiny creature with the powerful sting.

The Department of Environmental Protection on July 10 expanded its recreational use advisory for the entire Barnegat Bay after the presence of 40 ...

Lake Como Day: Calling All Vendors to a Spectacular Lakefront Venue

July 9, 2018

LAKE COMO, NJ — There is one noteworthy day each year when the tranquil banks of Lake Como comes alive with fun, festivities and even fireworks for the entire community.

Now in its 23rd year, Lake Como Day will make its return on Saturday, September 29 — an event that organizers expect to be bigger and better than ever.

Stretching along the northern banks of the picturesque ...

New Jersey Expands Vital Hepatitis C Treatments for Medicaid Enrollees

July 15, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Human Services is expanding hepatitis C treatments for all Medicaid enrollees in the state, a policy facilitated by increased funding in the fiscal year 2019 budget. The improvement comes amid ongoing concern about increased infections due to the opioid epidemic and a growing focus on identifying and treating hepatitis C infection among baby ...

Kessler Foundation Seeks Volunteers with Spinal Cord Injury for New Study

July 6, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Kessler Foundation is currently seeking individuals in New Jersey with spinal cord injuries to participate in a new research study.

The study's purpose is to identify ways of enhancing the use of assistive technology for individuals with spinal cord injuries who live and work in New Jersey, according to John O'Neill, principal investigator in spinal cord injury ...

Belmar Elementary School Ends Year with 96 Top Achievers Named to Honor Roll

July 3, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Honor roll status was attained by 96 Belmar Elementary School students during the school year’s fourth marking period.

Thirty of those students reached the highest level of academic performance by earning a grade of 93 or higher in all subjects including relating arts. Making high honor roll were:

Sixth grade: Niky Li, Scarlett Morton, John Connolly, Matthew ...

Belmar Elementary School to Bolster Security at Front Entrance Before Start of New School Year

June 28, 2018

BELMAR, NJ —Belmar Elementary School’s front entrance will be bolstered for better security as part of a host of interior and exterior renovations planned this summer.

The Belmar Board of Education on June 27 approved a total of $337,000 in repairs and improvements that include creating a more secure front vestibule and main office, replacing the exterior metal doors of the ...

Lake Como’s Summer Priorities: Keeping Check on Recyclables, Rowdy Residents

June 21, 2018

LAKE COMO, NJ — As the summer gets under way in Lake Como, recycling and rowdy behavior top the list of priorities in this small seashore community.

Borough officials have been notified by Delisa Waste Services that it will no longer pick up recyclables during curbside pick-up that are “contaminated”— that means mixed with unrecyclable items, such as food waste, ...

Belmar Zoning Hearing on Condo Plan for 12th Avenue Hotel Site Delayed for Second Time

June 29, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — The start of zoning board hearings on plans to bring a four-story condominium building to the current site of the Belmar Inn on 12th Avenue has been delayed for a second time after the developer scaled back the original proposal.

Acting on a recommendation from board attorney Kevin Kennedy, the Belmar Zoning Board of Adjustment on June 28 voted to put off the hearings until ...

Belmar Welcomes Innovative Makerspace, Beachwear Boutique to its Diverse Business Community

June 24, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Although two new Belmar businesses are quite different in what they offer, their names exemplify exactly what is bringing patrons through their doors.

Situated in the borough's central shopping district, Creativity Lab at 809 Main Street offers a makerspace for people of all ages to exploring today’s technologies through hands-on learning experiences. And at 1605 ...

Decorated World War II Veteran Honored by Belmar on Eve of Independence Day

July 4, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — At 94 years young, Richard Carroll has experienced much in life — as a police officer, father of six and a soldier serving in World War II.

But he admits he is pleasantly surprised by the recognition he frequently still receives for his military service, which he proudly boasts by wearing a black baseball cap with “33rd Infantry Division” embroidered in ...

Former Lake Como Resident Delivers Keynote Speech at Major Info Tech Conference in London

June 28, 2018

LONDON — Former Lake Como resident Dawn Franklin was the keynote speaker at a major awards ceremony in London to honor the next generation of female technology leaders in the United Kingdom.

Franklin, who holds a key leadership role in information technology at the London Stock Exchange, provided inspirational advice and insight into her expansive career during the recent Future Stars of ...

Lake Como Officials: MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ Won’t be Stopping at Bar Anticipation

July 6, 2018

LAKE COMO, NJ — The cast of “Jersey Shore Family Vacation,” which has just wrapped up filming its second season in Las Vegas, won’t be coming to Lake Como.

Borough officials have denied an application by 495 Productions of Burbank, Calif., which wanted to bring its cameras to Bar Anticipation in August. In fact, Bar Anticipation owner Reggie Hyde told the borough ...

Belmar Mayor: Have You Seen Silver Lake’s Swan Family?

June 24, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Silver Lake’s resident swan family is missing — last seen on June 22 waddling along Ocean Avenue southbound.

To make sure they are in a safe location, Belmar Mayor Brian Magovern is asking if anyone has spotted the adult pair of swans and their cygnets. He believes they may have settled on Lake Como, which has more vegetation than Silver Lake.

This winter, it ...

Harvesting, Storing and Preserving Herbs from the Garden

July 7, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Enjoy herbs all year round. Harvest herbs now for garden-fresh meals and preserve a few for the winter ahead.

Snip a few leaves or leaf-covered stems as needed. For the same intensity of flavor, you generally need two to three times more fresh herbs than dried except for rosemary, which has an equally strong flavor fresh or dried. Continue harvesting herbs as ...

Nine-hour Standoff in Middletown Results in Charges for Barricaded Suspect

June 28, 2018

MIDDLETOWN, NJ — A nine-hour standoff with a man who barricaded himself in his Middletown home on June 27 ended through successful negotiations with law enforcement and without injury, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

James P. Guiney, 39, of Kimberly Court is being held on various charges and outstanding warrants at Monmouth County Correctional Institution, ...

Belmar's Main Street Bridge Closed Briefly for 'Routine Maintenance'

June 16, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — The Shark River bridge over Main Street was closed for several hours on Thursday, June 14 for routine maintenance, according to Monmouth County Engineer Joseph M. Ettore.

The span was placed in an open position from about 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. so that repair work to the HVAC system in the operator's house could be performed and adjustments to bridge's navigational lights ...

State Transportation Officials: New Bridge, Same Design Planned over Shark River Linking Belmar and Avon

BELMAR, NJ — State transportation officials confirmed yesterday that the Main Street/Route 71 bridge over the Shark River will be replaced with one just like it — a low-level movable span that will stand several feet taller and will be situated about three feet west of the current bridge.

During the second public information session on the project held on June 7, N.J. Department of ...

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April 9, 2018

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New Jerseyans Need Tax Relief — Not More Spending and Higher Taxes

July 18, 2018

While New Jersey narrowly avoided a second straight government shutdown, the budget agreement that was achieved at the last minute will have a serious impact on area taxpayers that will be felt for years to come.

As a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, I participated in a number of meetings and listened to hours of testimony on Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed budget that sought to ...

Turtle Back Zoo Extends Hours, Holds 'Zoo-vie' Nights for Summer

July 14, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Turtle Back Zoo will have Family Nights with extended evening hours to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the months of July and August, with the last admission to the zoo at 8 p.m.

In addition, on Wednesday evenings during July and August, Zoo-vies, featuring animal-related movies, will be shown on the top floor of the Turtle Back Zoo ...

Belmar and Lake Como

July 6, 2018

Belmar Police Department reported the following 76 arrests occurred in Belmar and Lake Como from May 1, 2018 to May 30, 2018.


Mark Lawrence, 54, was charged with shoplifting after his arrest in Belmar Plaza on May 1 by Police Officer Brian Poppert.

Christopher Palermo, 49, of Springfield was charged with disorderly conduct and interference with business after his arrest in Belmar ...

JCP&L Announces Program to Enhance Reliability for Electric Customers

July 17, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Jersey Central Power & Light has filed a four-year infrastructure plan with the N.J. Board of Public Utilities aimed at enhancing the reliability and resiliency of its distribution system against severe weather, and reducing the frequency and duration of power outages.

JCP&L Reliability Plus includes about $400 million in targeted investments above ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...