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 ...

Repairs by Belmar Public Works Aimed to Clear Up Drainage Woes at Eighth and B Street

BELMAR, NJ — A Belmar public works crew has cleaned and completed work around a stormwater pipe at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and B Street, where a drainage problem has persisted for years.

Short of having to dig up the entire intersection and install storm drains — a rather costly endeavor — Mayor Brian Magovern hopes the fix will keep the water flowing and eliminate ...

Serenity by the Sea Too Welcomes Summer with a Wave of Weekend ‘Popping’

June 24, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Summer is finally here and that means pop-up shopping heats up at Serenity by the Sea Too, 1004 Main Street.

Beginning at 10 a.m., its Artisan Marketplace will showcase talented crafters, creative artists and vendors with unique merchandise today, June 24. And don’t forget those graduation gifts.

Bob Michaels of Whimsical Woodworks handcrafts usable art made from ...

Belmar Shows Its Pride by Honoring ‘Person of the Year’ Kevin Woolley

June 22, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — As an employee of The Home Depot in Neptune for the past 22 years, it’s no wonder Kevin Woolley is a familiar face to store customers, especially residents in his hometown of Belmar.

But more than that, Woolley, who has cerebral palsy, is an inspiration to everyone who crosses his path — not only because of his work ethic, but because of his love for ...

Belmar Budget Snapshot: No Municipal Tax Hike for Eighth Straight Year

June 16, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — A steady stream of revenue will mean Belmar will be able to hold the line on municipal taxes for the eighth consecutive year.

Under the total $23.9 million budget, nearly $7.199 million will be raised through taxation, which includes nearly $560,000 in library taxes. This compares to the $7.2 million total tax levy for 2017, resulting in the virtually unchanged tax ...

Recent Closure of Belmar’s River Beach Triggers Closer Look at Sewer System, Use of Illegal Sump Pumps

BELMAR, NJ — It’s not the way any Jersey Shore town wants to kick off its tourism season.

When five inches of rain fell in Belmar in one day during the Memorial Day weekend, a back-up of wastewater in its sewer system overflowed into stormwater drains, causing contaminated water to flow to the borough’s lowest point along Route 35 — and into the Shark River near the L ...

Lake Como’s Denial of Proposed 533-Foot WRAT Radio Tower Upheld by Superior Court Judge

June 18, 2018

LAKE COMO, NJ — A Superior Court judge has knocked down plans by the parent company of WRAT-FM to build a radio tower nearly double the size of the existing structure at the corner of 18th  Avenue and Main Street in Lake Como.

Judge Jamie Perri has dismissed an appeal filed by Greater Media Inc. to reverse the Lake Como Planning Board’s rejection of variances to permit the ...

Major Neptune-Based Drug Ring Busted, Over $300K in Drugs Seized by Authorities

June 21, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — A Neptune Township-based drug ring that was moving a kilogram of cocaine and 10,000 bags of heroin a week has been busted by authorities after a five-month investigation, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Dubbed “Operation Undertow,” the investigation led by the prosecutor’s office Narcotics and Criminal Enterprise Investigation ...

Belmar Arts Center Focusing on 'New and Old' Art in Upcoming Exhibit on Family Heritage

June 19, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Arts Center is inviting artists to explore and celebrate their ancestry in an upcoming exhibit focusing on family heritage that combines "new and old" art.

"Create an image that shares your ancestors and their lives, their accomplishments or their influence on your own art," according to the call for art.

And as part of every entry, artists are ...

Belmar, Lake Como Awarded Clean Communities Grants to Assist in Keeping Towns Litter-Free

June 17, 2018

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Belmar and Lake Como has received a total of $21,000 in annual Clean Communities funding by the Department of Environmental Protection, earmarked to assist in litter cleanup activities.

The DEP awarded a total of $19.4 million to municipalities and counties throughout New Jersey with Belmar earning $16,500 and Lake Como $4,490 of Monmouth County's total ...

Memorial Trees, Benches Coming Soon to Belmar Parks with Silver Lake First on List

June 15, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — In Belmar, you can buy a bench on the boardwalk or a brick in the patio around the iconic Doughboy statue to remember a loved one. Now the borough wants to branch out into memorializing trees and benches in its public parks.

The borough council has taken the first step to establish a tree and bench memorial dedication program by asking the N.J. Division of Local Government ...

Belmar Manutti Marina: Top Choice for Boating, Fishing and All-Around Family Fun

June 16, 2018

When it comes to finding the best place to dock your boat for the day, week or season, Belmar is that good.

BELMAR, NJ — It’s no secret that Belmar Manutti Marina ranks among the best boating destinations along the Atlantic coast.

Tucked along the eastern shoreline of the idyllic Shark River — just a five-minute trip by boat to the ocean — the state-of-the-art ...

Belmar’s Shark River Channels Now at Full Depth for Start of Boating Season

BELMAR, NJ — With the start of the prime boating season, all navigable Shark River channels are now at full depth and width — some for the first time in more than 30 years, according to state transportation officials.

The N.J. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced that all dredging work has been completed, making it easier and safer for commercial and recreational ...

State Lawmakers Calling on Feds to Lift Strict Limits on Fluke Fishing for This Season

June 18, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — While New Jersey anglers began the fluke season last month with strict federal catch limits still in place, state legislators are pushing to have those regulations lifted until there is better data available on the popular fish’s offshore stock.

The State Assembly is asking the federal government to suspend a 40 percent quota reduction that enters its second year ...

Belmar’s Food Pantry and Clothes Closet: On Mission to Help Those in Need

June 6, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Every Monday and Thursday morning like clockwork, the “Food Pantry/Clothes Closet” sign is placed outside at the Seventh Avenue entrance of the Belmar Community Center.

Inside, a small corps of volunteers stands ready to welcome anyone who needs a bag of groceries, an outfit for a work interview, pajamas for a growing toddler and even just a bit of conversation ...

Lake Como Councilwoman Puts on ‘Teacher for the Day’ Hat at Belmar Elementary School

June 13, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Lake Como Borough Councilwoman Hawley Scull recently participated in Belmar Elementary School’s “Teacher for the Day” program.

She “filled in” for second-grade teacher Karen Gianforte, whose students greeted her with open arms (see photo above).

“They got to ask me questions about what it’s like to be a councilwoman, and I helped ...

Belmar Woman’s Club Awards Scholarships to 3 High School Academic Achievers

June 11, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Woman’s Club has awarded scholarships to three Belmar high school seniors for their exemplary record of academic achievement, participation in school-related activities and volunteer work.

Receiving $1,000 gifts to support their college education are the following students:

Lara Graney is graduating from Communications High School in Wall with a grade ...

Out of the Garage and Into Thousands of NJ Homes

June 8, 2018

When Albert Perri was discharged from the U.S. Army almost 50 years ago — after, according to family lore, a chance meeting with singer Elvis Presley while Perri was stationed in Germany —  he began working in the heating and air conditioning industry.

In 1971, Perri elected to branch off in that industry on his own — working out of his garage and getting administrative ...

Monmouth Officials Ask State Why County is Being Shortchanged in 911 Emergency Service Funds

June 19, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — Monmouth County officials estimate that county residents have paid some $5 million in state-imposed 911 emergency service fees on their phone bills for the past 13 years. However, only $1.14 million has made its way back to upgrading the county’s emergency response system — and it’s been eight years since any funds have been received at all.

Now they ...

Belmar Business Partnership: Primed for the Summer Season, Promoting Commerce Year-Round

May 19, 2018

When it comes to getting your business noticed any time of the year, Belmar is that good.

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar has broken out for the summer season, offering not only the best beaches along the Jersey Shore, but a bustling mecca for shopping, dining and so much more.

It’s the small-town charm that makes this beachfront’s central shopping district a destination for ...

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 ...

Belmar Zoning Board Delays Hearing on Plans for High-Rise Condos on 12th Avenue, Developer Stays to Take Questions

June 24, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s zoning board lacked a quorum last night to begin formal hearings on applications for two high-rise condominium buildings to be situated one-half block from the beachfront on 12th Avenue.

To the disappointment of the hundreds of people who packed the municipal building’s courtroom on May 23, Zoning Board of Adjustment attorney Kevin Kennedy explained that ...

Belmar Pauses Plan for New Municipal Complex Until After Prime Summer Season

BELMAR, NJ — With the summer quickly approaching in this beachfront community, Belmar officials have put on hold a developer’s plan to transform an entire block on Main Street into new municipal offices, stores, apartments and a parking garage.

At the borough council’s May 15 meeting, Mayor Brian Magovern said that discussions with developer Brandywine Financial Corp. have ...

Belmar Cares Hosts Evening Focused on Healthy Living … and ‘In the Pink’ Fun

May 24, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Some 80 women gathered at the Taylor Pavilion yesterday for an evening of inspiring conversation about living healthy — and a bit of pampering — during the fourth annual “In the Pink” Health Fair, hosted by Belmar Cares.

The breast cancer support group brought together a wide spectrum of medical and other professionals who presented the enlightening ...

Main Street Donuts in Belmar: There’s No Better Place to Celebrate National Doughnut Day

June 1, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Since opening four months ago, Main Street Donuts in Belmar has been delighting customers with doughnuts specially made with all sorts of tasty toppings.

In celebration of its first National Doughnut Day, MSD owners Paula Giunta and Joe Rizzuto are inviting all regular customers and first-timers alike to enjoy a free doughnut with every purchase today, June ...

Celebrate the Beauty of Summer with Four Garden Honorees

June 17, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — It’s a yearlong celebration of flavor and beauty as we honor and grow the beet, coreopsis, calibrachoa and tulip. The National Garden Bureau (NGB) has declared 2018 the year of these garden mainstays. This nonprofit’s goal is to inspire you to grow these and more plants in your gardens at home and work.

While the celebration started with the ...

Could Monmouth Park's Haskell Invitational Be on Justify's Agenda?

June 13, 2018

ELMONT, NY — Triple Crown winner Justify came out of his stall to meet the media bright and bouncing on the morning after his gate-to-wire win in the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes.

When asked to assess his colt's win, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert reported, “We were watching replays of the race. He could have gone around again.”

The brilliantly colored ...

UPDATED: Primary Election Results in Belmar, Lake Como: Party Candidates Get Nod to Run in November

June 6, 2018

Story has been updated as of 7:30 a.m. on June 6 with complete results.

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Primary election results for Belmar and Lake Como are in, as candidates will now begin to gear up for the November 6 general election.

In Belmar’s Democratic primary, Mayor Brian Magovern received 335 votes to run for a four-year term as mayor. By district, the vote breakdown was: 48 ...

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April 9, 2018

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Congressman Smith Lauds BPU Action Rejecting Power Line Plan

June 23, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Chris Smith, who represents much of Monmouth County, applauded New Jersey Board of Public Utilities's decision rejecting the proposal of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) to construct a high-voltage power line between Red Bank and Aberdeen.

“(The June 22) decision is a vindication for local residents who fought long and hard to oppose ...

Upcoming Events


Tue, June 26, 5:30 PM


Belmar Business Partnership Monthly Meeting


Wed, June 27, 6:00 PM


Lake Como Board of Education


Wed, June 27, 7:00 PM

Belmar Elementary School, Belmar

Belmar Board of Education


Thu, June 28, 7:00 PM


Belmar Zoning Board of Adjustment


Fri, June 29, 6:30 PM

Pyanoe Plaza, Belmar

Friday Night Concert Series: Shore Blue


Sat, June 30, 11:00 AM

Belmar Public Library, Belmar

Libraries Rock: Storyteller Event with Don ...

Keep 12th Avenue with ‘Normal Height’ Homes

June 21, 2018

To the Editor:

Attend the (Belmar Zoning Board of Adjustment) hearing on (Thursday, June 28) to voice your opposition to having two five-story condos of 24 units each on the first block of 12th Avenue. Join your neighbors in protesting this density of buildings and 62-foot height of housing units that will have a negative impact on the residential quality of the neighborhood.

The Belmar Inn ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...

Princeton Students Achieve Success: Bog Turtle Designated State Reptile

June 19, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Legislation inspired by students from Princeton designating the endangered bog turtle as the New Jersey state reptile has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy.

“I am so proud of the successful effort of students at Riverside Elementary and their teacher, Mark Eastburn, to name the bog turtle as New Jersey’s official reptile,”  said Sen.

Belmar and Lake Como

June 2, 2018

Belmar Police Department reported the following arrests occurred in Belmar and Lake Como from April 1, 2018 to April 28, 2018.


Ryan Miles, 33, of Belmar was charged with contempt on an outstanding warrant after his arrest on April 1 on Route 35 by Police Officer Patrick McGill.

Lisa Perrault, 49, of Long Branch was arrested on 16th Avenue on April 6 by Police Officer Patrick ...