Sign Up This Week for Belmar’s Summer Camp for Kids at Taylor Pavilion

March 19, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — A fun-filled calendar is planned for Belmar’s summer camp to be held from June 25 through August 17 at Taylor Pavilion.

Registration for the eight-week camp will be held this week — on Tuesday, March 20 for children who participated last year and on Wednesday, March 21 for new campers. Sign-ups will be taken from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on ...

Friends of Belmar Harbor: Seeking Junior Sailors and Campers for Summer Programs

BELMAR, NJ — Children can learn how to sail or discover the wonders of the Shark River during two programs to be held weekly this summer by Friends of the Belmar Harbor.

Registration now is open for FOBH’s Junior Sailing and Discovery Camp programs, which will be held from June 18 through August 30 as weekly offerings. Sign up by April 1 and receive a 15 percent discount on the ...

Belmar’s Treasured Doughboy Statue Soon to Be Heading West for $18,000 Repair Project

March 11, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s beloved “Doughboy” will soon be leaving town.

The 88-year-old statue will be removed from its base in Memorial Field and transported about 45 minutes away westbound to the Seward Johnson Atelier in Hamilton, where it will be repaired — nearly a year after a fundraising campaign was launched to fund the effort.

Through a groundswell of ...

Avon Loses Its Last ‘Grand’ Hotel to the Claw of an Excavator

March 17, 2018

AVON-BY-THE-SEA, NJ — In less than two days, an Avon-by-the-Sea landmark that stood for 130 years was reduced to a huge pile of rubble. The Norwood Inn no longer stands on the corner of Norwood and Second Avenues — the last of the stately hotels that once graced the streets of Avon.

As onlookers gathered around the demolition site on March 15 and March 16, an excavator clawed its ...

New Jersey Health Study: Are Monmouth County Residents Having Too Much Fun?

March 19, 2018

PRINCETON, NJ — In Monmouth County, here’s the good news. In addition to ranking as the seventh healthiest among New Jersey’s 21 counties, nearly 80 of residents take the time enjoying its many leisure-time activities.

And for the bad news: While most Monmouth County residents are having fun, many are also drinking and eating more than they should.

Those are among the ...

Health Alert: Child with Measles Traveled to Newark Airport on March 12

TRENTON, NJ — If you were at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday, March 12 between 12:45 and 9 p.m., you may have been exposed to measles and should contact your health care provider.

The N.J. Department of Health has issued a public health alert after a child with a confirmed case of measles — a highly contagious disease — arrived in Terminal B at Newark Liberty ...

Belmar Elementary School Students Walk Out … on a Playground with a Purpose

March 14, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — When Belmar Elementary School students walked out at 10 a.m. today onto the school’s playground, they marched around the large area’s perimeter several times before gathering at the flagpole.

With signs raised high and chanting in unison, they joined tens of thousands of students around the country participating in the National School Walkout on March 14 — ...

Belmar Mayor: Taking ‘Extreme Step’ to Place Police Officer at Belmar Elementary School

BELMAR, NJ — A Belmar police officer will soon be placed at Belmar Elementary School — an action prompted by the recent mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school.

Making the announcement at the borough council’s February 20 meeting, Mayor Matthew Doherty called it “a pretty extreme step for us as a town. But in this day and age, to hope that something doesn’t ...

Across New Jersey, Students 'Walk Out'

March 14, 2018

FLEMINGTON, NJ  — It’s been one month since the shootings at a Parkland, Fla., high school that left 17 dead and another 17 injured.

“Our community is still grieving and healing,” said Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky.

“People will choose many different ways to acknowledge this day. Some will walk out, some will walk up, some will do both and some will ...

Capturing Daylight Saving Time’s First Sunset of Season

March 12, 2018

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — The first day of daylight saving time brought with it spectacular sunset views in Belmar and Lake Como, seen by many who took advantage of that extra hour of sunlight.

Photographer Paul Spennrath was out and about on March 11 at about 7 p.m., capturing scenes for TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como’s “In the Snap-Light” feature.

Pictured in the collage, ...

Vibrant Archway Welcomes Visitors to the New ‘Jane Magovern’s Playground’

March 7, 2018

Mention Jane Magovern's name to anyone in town and the response is always a smile or kind words about a woman who touched so many lives in this small community.

BELMAR, NJ — The new playground at Belmar’s Silver Lake just got a bit brighter, even if that didn’t seem possible.

With larger-than-life butterflies fluttering on each side, a colorful archway now greets ...

Belmar’s Spring Cleaning Signals Start of Busy Season Not Far Away

BELMAR, NJ — For Belmar’s Public Works Department, spring cleaning is in full swing.

Work crews can be spotted throughout the borough with rakes, lawn mowers, weed trimmers and whatever it takes to get the borough ready for the warmer weather ahead — for both residents and visitors alike.

The focus yesterday, February 28, was on Silver Lake where employees not only cleaned ...

Serenity by the Sea’s New Line of Bracelets Helps to Keep Oceans Clean

March 13, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — "Buy a bracelet. Pull a pound." It's the premise behind a Florida-based company that is cleaning up the ocean — one bucket of trash at a time

Serenity by the Sea owner Sarah Taylor Izzo has teamed up with 4Ocean by introducing at her boutique its line of bracelets made from recycled glass and plastic water bottles pulled from the ocean waters. With the ...

Big Frog of Belmar: Embroidered Logos Making Impression in Quality and Affordability

March 8, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — The detail of a high-quality embroidered logo is distinguishing on any shirt or other garment. But with that classic look usually comes a heftier price tag for this custom design option.

That’s not the case at Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More of Belmar, which is providing the expert technique at exceptional prices — whether you’re looking for one item or ...

Monmouth County Prosecutor: Shooting of 10-Year-Old Asbury Park Boy Caught on Videotape

March 14, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — Evidence shows that the suspect in the murder of a 10-year-old Asbury Park boy fired five times in a crowded room that included young children, according to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Bogner during a detention hearing on March 13.

Video captured on a city surveillance camera shows Karon Council, 18 of Neptune Township firing the shots in a home in the 400 ...

Belmar Gets $350,000 State Grant for Road Repairs, Lake Como Shut Out of Funding Round

March 10, 2018

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Last year’s hike in the New Jersey gas tax has found its way to Belmar — in the form of a $350,000 road improvement grant.
The borough is among 505 municipalities that will receive more than $161 million in Municipal Aid grants, representing the largest distribution provided through the program in N.J. Department of Transportation history.
However, Lake ...

From Allenhurst to Asbury Park: Major Road Project Under Way on Main Street

TRENTON, NJ — Main Street in Asbury Park will be placed on what the state Department of Transportation calls a “road diet.”

As part of a two-year road improvement project that started this week in Allenhurst, a new striping plan along Main Street in Asbury Park will entail trimming the number of travel lanes to one in each direction with a center turn-lane. Currently, Route ...

Belmar Firefighters Put Out Bedroom Fire in 16th Avenue Home, Rescue Trapped Dog

March 10, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Firefighters were successful yesterday, March 9, in containing a house fire at 205 16th Avenue to one bedroom, including rescuing a dog trapped in that room, according to Belmar Fire Marshal Ryan Dullea.

Because the door to the bedroom where the fire occurred was closed, the Belmar Fire Department was able to bring the blaze under control within 30 minutes after receiving ...

Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty Heads to Atlantic City for Key Casino Authority Post

March 9, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — A month after declining the position as chief administrator of the N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission, Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty has taken another state job — but he won’t be headed to Trenton.

Instead, he is now traveling to Atlantic City, where he has been tapped as deputy executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA).

Although ...

Belmar’s Revamp of Lifeguard Staff Met with Ongoing Resistance from Beach Patrol Veterans

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar moves forward to bring aboard a new beach patrol — from top to bottom — longtime lifeguards continue to question the process and once again brought their concerns to the borough council.

At the governing body’s March 6 meeting, a handful of lifeguards reiterated their opposition to the restructuring of the 80-member patrol — a recommendation ...

N.J. Congressman: Plan for Oil Drilling Off Jersey Coast Likely to be Shelved

February 28, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Rep. Chris Smith said he is confident the federal government's plan to open oil and gas drilling off New Jersey's coast will soon be “off the table.”

The 4th District Republican congressman was part of a New Jersey delegation that met on February 27 with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to express its opposition to permit oil and gas ...

Long Beach Island Postal Worker Makes Second Save of His Career

LOVELADIES, NJ — Maria Logue writes "My hero strikes again." She shared that on February 20 — the day that her husband, Tom, a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier, helped rescue a man who was unconscious in his Loveladies home.  

Mr. Logue regularly delivers mail in the same Long Beach Island community and had a feeling that something was wrong with an ...

Federal Tax Cuts to Translate into Slight Dip in Monthly Bills for New Jersey Natural Gas Customers

March 5, 2018

WALL, NJ — New Jersey Natural Gas customers, including those in Belmar and Lake Como, will see their gas bills decline about $2.60 a month and will receive a one-time refund of about $47 — savings resulting from recently enacted federal tax reform.

NJNG is passing along to customers the benefits it derived when the corporate tax rate dropped from 35 percent to 21 percent in ...

Belmar Business Partnership Brings Members Together to ‘Talk Business’ in Bustling Jersey Shore Town

BELMAR, NJ — The Belmar Business Partnership’s annual meeting brought together nearly 50 business owners for an evening of conversation that focused on bringing more business into this popular shore town.

Members of the nonprofit group’s board of trustees also detailed ways it is helping businesses grow and prosper, while Mayor Matthew Doherty presented an update of ...

Thomson Goes on Offensive to Changes in State Pension Funds on Two Fronts

March 5, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Assemblyman Edward Thomson (R-Monmouth/Ocean) is criticizing the Murphy administration’s decision to make an accounting change that he says will lower the state’s pension payments by more the $235 million for the upcoming fiscal year.

Thomson voiced his opposition to Acting-Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio’s decision on March 2 to use a 7.5 percent assumed rate ...

Manasquan High School, Brookdale Offer Students Program to Earn Associate’s Degree in High School

February 18, 2018

MANASQUAN, NJ — Manasquan High School is partnering with Brookdale Community College to offer a select group of students the opportunity to earn their high school diploma and associate’s degree at the same time.

Under the Early College High School (ECHS) program, 25 MHS freshmen will be selected to concurrently complete their traditional high school classwork and college-level ...

More Belmar Elementary Students Reach Highest Level of Honor Roll Achievement

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 ...

Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Where Everyone is Irish for the Day

March 4, 2018

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — As the sun played hide and seek with the clouds yesterday afternoon, the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick's Day Parade marched down Main Street — in step with Irish tradition and community spirit.

As the sun played hide and seek with the clouds yesterday afternoon, the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick's Day Parade marched down Main Street — in step with ...

St. Patrick’s Day Bake-Off in Belmar Brings Out Best in Irish Soda Bread

BELMAR, NJ — The luck of the Irish didn’t appear to be with Fran Wilton yesterday morning when she arrived at the Belmar Community Center for its Irish Soda Bread Throwdown. Because of a dental emergency, she was forced to drop off her baked entry and miss the judging.

But several hours later, her luck quickly changed when she learned she had won the first-ever bake-off for Belmar ...

Belmar Businesses Show It's Easy to be Green in St. Patrick’s Day Decorating Contest

BELMAR, NJ — Rainbows, leprechauns and even Kermit the Frog reigned supreme in Belmar Business Partnership’s first-ever St. Patrick’s Day Decorating Contest.

Capturing first-place was Smiles by the Sea at 611 Main Street with a captivating front-entrance display incorporating an overhead rainbow. And tying for second-place were Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More in Belmar ...

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December 31, 2017

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March 19, 2018

Belmar Police Department reported the following arrests occurred in Belmar and Lake Como from February 1, 2018 to February 27, 2018.


Sonya Alfano, 23, of Wall was charged with contempt on an outstanding warrant after her arrest on February 1 on Route 35 by Police Officer Peter Speakman.

Robert Ramos, 31, of Philadelphia was arrested at Belmar Plaza on February 6 by Police Officer ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, March 19, 7:00 PM

Belmar Municipal Building, Belmar

Belmar Planning Board


Tue, March 20, 6:00 PM

Belmar Municipal Building, Belmar

Belmar Mayor and Council Meeting


Tue, March 20, 6:30 PM

Belmar Arts Center, Belmar

Belmar Arts Center Writers Group


Tue, March 20, 7:30 PM

Lake Como Borough Hall, Lake Como

Lake Como Council Meeting


Wed, March 21, 9:30 AM

Lake Como Borough Hall, Lake Como

Lake Como Mommy and Me Play Date


Wed, March 21, 1:00 PM

Belmar Arts Center, Belmar

The Book Art Show at Belmar Arts Center


Thu, March 22, 7:00 PM


Belmar Zoning Board of Adjustment


Sat, March 24, 9:00 AM

Bar Anticipation, Lake Como

Kilt Run to Benefit the Belmar/Lake Como St.


Sat, March 24, 11:00 AM

Ale House Sports Bar and Grille, Brielle

Ales for Whales II to Benefit the Marine Mammal ...


Sat, March 24, 11:00 AM

Second, Third and Fourth Avenue Beaches

Belmar Easter Egg Hunt


Sat, March 24, 12:00 PM

Jake's Downtown, Belmar

Jake's Downtown Slider Saturdays


Sat, March 24, 1:00 PM

The Stone Pony, Asbury Park

Paint the Pony Purple to Benefit the Epilepsy ...

Building Meadow's Garden & Playground: A Father's Vision to Honor His Daughter

March 11, 2018

PARKLAND, FL — For Andrew Pollack, the loss of his daughter Meadow Pollack in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy has spurred him to focus his energies on improving school safety and build a playground to honor his daughter.

"I had a vision of, instead of going to the cemetery, I wanted to do something that Meadow would have liked to go to, Pollack said. "I had a vision of ...

Electronics: The Negative Impact on Literacy

March 6, 2018

To the Editor:

As speech-language pathologists across New Jersey prepare to mark National March into Literacy Month,  let’s address the alarming number of young children who spend countless hours a day on a handheld screen.

According to a study from the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, the more time that children under age 2 spend on smartphones, tablets and electronic ...