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It’s Game On at Belmar Gym for After-School Recreation Program

September 23, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Open gym featuring basketball, dodgeball and indoor soccer for children will be held every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon at the Belmar recreation gymnasium, beginning September 26.

From 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., third- to fifth-graders will take over the gym on Wednesdays and sixth- to eighth-graders will call it their own on Thursdays. The sessions are open to students from ...

September 20, 2018

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como is premiering a new line of custom-branded merchandise for the cooler days ahead — and just in time for Lake Como Day on Saturday, September 29.

Long-sleeve T-shirts, sweatshirts, fleece jackets and blankets, as well as two perennial favorites — twill caps and tote bags — are adorned with the borough’s logo that features a stylish ...

Lake Como Streets Return to Off-Season Traffic Pattern

September 17, 2018

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s traffic pattern has shifted into off-season mode.

That includes returning 17th Avenue from B Street to Main Street to two-way traffic, removing the stop signs at 17th and White Street, and permitting weekend parking on the southbound side of 18th Avenue from Main Street to New Bedford Road. In addition, two-way traffic has returned to New Bedford ...

David Gardner Becomes Newest Member of Lake Como Council

September 18, 2018

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s newest borough council member is David Gardner, who was sworn in tonight to fill the seat vacated by Kevin Higgins when he became mayor in August.

All members of the governing body attending the September 18 meeting — Mayor Higgins, Council President Douglas Witte, Virginia Kropac, John Carvelli and Christopher D’Antuono — voted for ...

Belmar Considers Tossing Straws, Foam Containers into Plastic Bag Ban

September 17, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — While Belmar businesses have until mid-May to replace plastic bags with more eco-friendly options, borough officials are considering whether to throw plastic straws and plastic foam containers into the mix.

During its effort this winter to ensure merchants are prepared for the upcoming ban on single-use plastic bags, the borough will also take the business community’s ...

Belmar Elementary School Offering Preschool Program for 3-Year-Olds at Neptune-Based Center

September 10, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Elementary School is opening its preschool program to 3-year-olds. But rather than classes being held at BES, children in the state-funded program will be attending the Acelero Learning Center at 101 West Sylvania Avenue, Neptune City.

The district has received a nearly $200,000 grant from the N.J. Department of Education to expand its preschool program through a ...

Belmar Elementary School Trades in Letter Grades for Skills Assessment on K-2 Report Cards

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Elementary School students in kindergarten through second grade will no longer see letter grades on their report cards.

Instead, students will be evaluated on specific skills based on standards for each grade level with the start of the new school year. The new report card “identifies which skills children have mastered or whether they are working at, above or ...

Lawmakers Question State Education Commissioner on Rush to Phase Out PARCC

September 19, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Lawmakers on a joint Senate-Assembly education committee expressed concerns and questioned Gov. Phil Murphy’s rush to phase out a statewide standardized exam, calling for meetings to be held and more data to be provided.

State Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet appeared before a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Education committees on September 17 to ...

Team Shamrock: Building Hope and a Home for a Local Veteran

September 19, 2018

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Since Kathleen Cunningham lost her brother in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11. 2001, she has dedicated herself to making sure he is never forgotten. And for the past six years, she has had an entire team behind her to help.

Now more than 400 members strong, Team Shamrock is dedicated to keeping Don Robertson Jr.’s memory alive ...

Belmar Fire Department and Belmar First Aid: Standing Ready 24/7 to Serve the Community for Generations

BELMAR, NJ — For a collective total of 220 years, the Belmar Fire Department and Belmar First Aid Squad have been serving the community. And every summer for as long as anyone can remember, these volunteer emergency responders conduct fundraising drives to help in their missions to serve and protect.

This year their efforts take on even more significance, now that both Belmar ...

Belmar Senior Housing’s New Superintendent ‘Reflects’ on September 11 in His Artwork

September 12, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Growing up in Jersey City, Michael Carr has many memories of the World Trade Center, minutes across the Hudson River in lower Manhattan.

“On the weekends, we would take the PATH to the World Trade Center and spend the day riding the elevators to the top floor. It was so beautiful to look over the city,” he said. “We also went fishing at Caven Point where we ...

Belmar Arts Center: Call for Photography 13x19 or 19x13

September 16, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Photographers are invited to participate in the Belmar Arts Center’s fall juried exhibit that has one requirement: All entries must be 13x19 inches, either horizontally or vertically, but the image itself can be any size.

Only 50 images will be chosen for the “13x19: A Photo Exhibition,” which will be on display from Wednesday, October 17 to Friday, ...

Belmar Beachfront Says ‘So Long’ to Summer

September 15, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — With a blink of an eye, summer is over.

Although the sun has made a grand return, a week of rainy, dreary weather — and a turbulent surf brought on by storms elsewhere — prompted the borough to begin preparing the beachfront for the winter.

“… and all at once, summer collapsed into fall.”  – Oscar Wilde

That means dunes ...

Monmouth County Pushes ‘Know Your Zone’ Before a Storm Strikes

September 11, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — In observance of National Preparedness Month, Monmouth County is encouraging residents to “Know Your Zone” before a weather emergency occurs.

The Know Your Zone initiative was implemented by the county’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) two years ago to educate residents, visitors and businesses about coastal evacuation zones. Know Your Zone is the ...

Howell Police Sergeant Snagged in Statewide Sting of Suspected Child Predators

September 19, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — A 47-year-old Howell police sergeant is one of 24 suspects arrested in “Operation Open House,” a sting set up by law enforcement officials to capture alleged child predators using social media to lure underage girls and boys for sexual activity, according to state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

The sting was set-up at a residence in Toms River. The underage ...

Monmouth Clerk: ‘Dramatically Changed’ Vote-by-Mail Rules Take Effect This Year

September 12, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — Voters who mailed in their ballots for the 2016 general election will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot for this year — even if they did not request one. And unless they notify the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office that they don’t want to vote by mail, they will not be permitted to cast their ballots at a polling place on Election Day, November 6.

Monmouth ...

Belmar Summer Residents Take Home Top Door Prize in BBP’s Sidewalk Sale

September 9, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Penny Leonard was on a mission when she and her husband, George, brought friends to Belmar Business Partnership’s recent Sidewalk Sale.

“We had company … and we took them to Belmar's Sidewalk Sale, trying to go into every store listed.  We bought a few things, and I joked about how I was determined to win the Weber grill,” Penny said, ...

Belmar’s Main Street Donuts Captures Coveted ‘Best of Monmouth’ Award

September 24, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Main Street Donuts has been chosen as the best doughnut shop in Monmouth County by Monmouth Health & Life magazine.

The specialty shop garnered a 2018 Readers’ Choice Award in the “Best Donuts” category in its annual "Best of Monmouth" guide, which was published in the magazine's September issue.

MSD has been delighting customers with ...

RKE Athletic Returning to Former Belmar 'Home' on Route 71

September 1, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — RKE Athletic is coming back to Belmar. It will move from its current Wall location on Route 71 to about one-half mile down the road to the corner of 16th Avenue — the shopping center where it once called home.

Greg Kapalko, owner of the longtime athletic wear retailer and the Belmar-based shopping center at 1600 Route 71, has received planning board approval to occupy ...

Belmar’s Feast of San Gennaro Celebrates Italian Heritage

September 21, 2018

BELMAR NJ — A celebration bursting with Italian flavor, flair and festivities dominated a three-block area of Belmar’s downtown district yesterday, as the borough kicked off its annual Feast of San Gennaro.

The two-day event began with a morning Mass celebrated in Italian at St Rose Church, followed by the traditional procession with the statue of San Gennaro being brought along ...

Jazzy Vegetarian Reveals Secret of Pumpkin Spice

September 20, 2018

Pumpkin spice, or pumpkin pie spice, is a combination of warm spices originally blended to create the spice blend for pumpkin pie. From time to time a “food journalist” will get their knickers in a twist and write ad nauseam about the final product not containing any pumpkin. Keep in mind that spaghetti sauce does not contain any spaghetti and cake frosting does not contain any cake! ...

Harvest Cucumbers for Slicing and Pickling

September 12, 2018

It’s all about timing when harvesting cucumbers for eating fresh or preserving as dill or sweet pickles. Picking these low-calorie vegetables ensures the best flavor, greatest nutritional value and suitability for pickling.

Harvest cucumbers based on how you plan to use them.  Pick the fruit when it is 1½ to 2½ inches long if you plan on making sweet pickles. Allow the ...

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Mayor Brian Magovern, Volunteer/Trustee of Belmar Historical Society

September 25, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — I joined Belmar Historical Commission in 1988 when Mayor Maria Hernandez first planned for a committee to begin preserving the history of Belmar. Several years later, under the tutelage and hard work of Patricia O’Keefe, the commission made great strides in achieving this goal.

One of the highlights of the newly named Belmar Historical Society was the opening of the ...

Meet Pat Wann, Republican Candidate for Belmar Council

BELMAR, NJ — Hi! I’m Pat Wann, and I’m running for council in Belmar. I’ve lived in Belmar for over 40 years.  My children, Kelly and Barry were raised here, and my daughter and her family still live in town. 

In my early years, I was an amateur golfer and participated in exhibitions with such celebrities as Palmer, Player and Nicklaus.  I also had the ...

The Great Wall of Belmar

September 24, 2018

To the Editor:

Two weekends ago, after nearly a week of rainy weather, the sun finally made an appearance. I decided to take a bike ride to the beach and check out the ocean. What a surprise when I got there. The ocean was gone! In its place was a giant sand (more like dirt) pile, or as Belmar officials call it, the berm!

As I sat on the boardwalk admiring the new view, I realized ...

Menhaden Facts, Not Paid Industry Spin

September 17, 2018

Omega Protein Inc. spotter planes saw vast schools of older bunker in the New York/New Jersey area last week. So they sent their industrial fishing operation 275 miles north to catch millions of menhaden out of the mouths of whales that were lunge feeding less than a half a mile away.

Of course, this infuriated whale-watchers who were enjoying the show put on by more than a dozen humpback ...

Rutgers Study: Repetitiveness Plays Key Role in Remembering Passwords

September 23, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Do you frequently forget passwords to a baffling array of accounts and websites? Much depends on a password's importance and how often you use it, according to a Rutgers University-New Brunswick-led study that could spur improved password technology and use.

“Websites focus on telling users if their passwords are weak or strong, but they do nothing to ...