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Vintage Lovers’ Paradise: Popping Today at Serenity by the Sea too

August 15, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Vintage will be golden — and every other color in the rainbow — during a special pop-up today, August 16, at Serenity by the Sea Too, 1004 Main Street.

The galleria will feature fabulous finds from the 1940s through the 1980s, including culture artifacts, sleek MCM accoutrements, kitschy collectibles, fashions and accessories, novelties, ephemera, tiki and ...

Summertime Blood Shortage Prompts Urgent Need for Donations

August 15, 2018

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive today, August 16 at The Atlantic Club, 1904 Atlantic Avenue, Manasquan.

As a critical need for blood donations continues this summer, three blood drives will be held locally through this month — two in Manasquan and one in Ocean.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Thursday, August 16 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The ...

Asperger’s Syndrome No Obstacle for Belmar Teen, Launches College Fund to Help Family with Tuition

August 14, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — “What most people do not realize is when you are diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, you still have hope, dreams and plans for a bright future just like everyone else. Disabilities, physical or mental, do not interfere with those aspirations in life, and they certainly do not interfere with mine.”

And with those words, Belmar resident Christian McCloskey ...

Belmar’s Downtown Gets Ready for First-Ever Sidewalk Sale on August 25

August 14, 2018

Preparations under way for one of the summer's biggest shopping days in Belmar

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s downtown shopping district will be abuzz with a bonanza of bargains during its first-ever Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, August 25.

Sponsored by the Belmar Business Partnership (BBP), the daylong event will begin at 11 a.m. with a plenitude of shops, eateries and businesses ...

La Terrazza's Happy Hour: Making Summer Sizzle with Drink and Food Specials along Belmar's Beachfront

August 14, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — La Terrazza’s weekday Happy Hour has all the makings of a good time, plus one added bonus — a spectacular oceanfront setting with a priceless view.

Situated along Belmar’s Ocean Avenue near Fourth Avenue, the restaurant offers a delightful drink and appetizer menu from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, at its bar and terrace lounge.

Pull up a tall ...

Belmar Outfall Pipeline Project Complete and $370,000 Under Budget

August 9, 2018

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — There is a double-dose of good news on the Lake Como drainage improvement project.

Except for landscape work that will be done this fall at the lake’s eastern end, the project has been completed — an underground 700-foot pipeline now extends from the lake to the ocean, designed to protect the surrounding flood-prone residential neighborhoods in Belmar, ...

Kevin Higgins Becomes Lake Como’s Mayor, Will Seek Election to Post in November

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s new mayor is Kevin Higgins, chosen by his fellow borough council members to complete the five months left on Brian Wilton’s term.

Borough council members Virginia Kropac, Hawley Scully and Christopher D’Antuono unanimously voted last night, August 7, to name Higgins to the post, which was vacated by Wilton last month when he joined Gov. Phil ...

Belmar Objects to State’s Plan to Close Main Street Bridge in September for Two-Month Repair Project

August 8, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar officials are fighting back against the state’s latest plan to close the Main Street/Route 71 bridge for two months beginning in September for repair work.

The borough and neighboring Avon-by-the-Sea were recently notified of the project to replace the span’s guardrails and perform other maintenance work — two months after state Department of ...

Belmar to Grow Beachscape with ‘Butterfly-Friendly’ Dune Planting at Third Avenue Beach

August 11, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — As a fledgling dune planting flourishes near Belmar’s 12th Avenue beach playground, another patch of greenery is planned for the Third Avenue beach.

In addition to the dune grass, native plants and other suitable foliage that will fill this new 1,500-square-foot area, “pollinators” will be part of the mix, according to Belmar Councilman Thomas Brennan, ...

Belmar Marina Staffers Rescue Boaters in Shark River

BELMAR, NJ —Belmar Manutti Marina staff members are credited with rescuing boaters from three overturned sailboats in the Shark River yesterday afternoon.

The Area Network of Shore Water Emergency Responders (ANSWER) reported in a Facebook post that its water rescue team was dispatched at 1:43 p.m. on August 3 after receiving a call that there were several capsized sailboats in waters ...

Belmar Historical Society Salutes Music-Makers Past and Present in New Exhibit

August 7, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Bruce Springsteen may have put Belmar’s E Street on the rock ’n’ roll roadmap, but the borough is long known for its deep-rooted musical history that spans a multitude of genres.

In its current exhibit at the municipal building, the Belmar Historical Society (BHS) pays tribute to those musical artists — past and present — who call Belmar home or ...

VIDEO: Belmar’s Treasured Doughboy Statue is Welcomed Home in Grand Style

BELMAR, NJ — Standing tall and glistening under the sun in all his glory, Belmar’s “Spirit of the Doughboy” statue is back atop his pedestal in Memorial Field.

He was greeted this morning, July 27, by some 50 people who gathered in the small park under the Route 35 bridge awaiting his return from the Seward Johnson Atelier in Hamilton, where he has spent the last three ...

Niche’s Latest Ranking Gives Belmar Elementary School Top Grade for Diversity

August 6, 2018

Monmouth County's Career Academies rank among the best in New Jersey

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Elementary School received a letter grade of A for diversity in Niche’s 2019 ranking of the best public schools in New Jersey.

As a result, the school placed fifth in the category among 52 middle (sixth- through eighth-grade) public schools in Monmouth County and 148th among 756 ...

Belmar, Lake Como School Boards Adjust Budgets to Cover $100,000 Loss in State Aid

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Belmar and Lake Como’s boards of education have shifted funds in their budgets to cover a total of $100,000 loss in state aid for the upcoming school year.

While Belmar transferred $50,000 from its general fund surplus and nearly $23,000 from its health benefits account to make up for the $73,000 shortfall, Lake Como offset the entire $26,700 decline in state ...

Candidates File to Run in Belmar, Lake Como School Board Elections

August 2, 2018

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — There will be no contested races this year in both the Belmar and Lake Como school board elections.

In Belmar, incumbents Lisa Miller and Michele Lomas will seek full three-year seats, while newcomer Kristin Karr will seek a full term, and incumbent Joanne Gray will run to fill an unexpired one-year post.

In Lake Como, incumbents Ellen Higgins and Patricia ...

Beach Music Studios' Danny White Turns Storyteller for the Morning at Belmar Public Library

August 2, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Musician Danny White switched out his signature guitar with a storybook yesterday morning at the Belmar Public Library.

He was the special guest reader at the library’s weekly Storytime session on August 1, where he entertained a group of toddlers with some ukulele strumming and a couple of books, including one appropriately titled, “Don’t Bring a Piano to ...

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

July 29, 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 ...

Mets’ Todd Frazier Talks Jersey Roots, Benefits of Playing Close to Home

August 11, 2018

FLUSHING, NY — Throughout the past decade, New Jersey has produced copious baseball talent at the major league level. There are currently 19 New Jersey natives in the league, a number that is higher than it’s ever been. 

"We got a lot of good guys and we represent where we’re from,” said the New York Mets’ Todd Frazier, one of those 19. 

Of ...

Candide’s Garden in Lake Como Turns Into Classroom for Lesson in ‘Earth Friendly’ Gardening

August 7, 2018

LAKE COMO, NJ — Master gardener Jon Gibbons, chairman of Lake Como’s Environmental Commission, has taken more than 60 other master gardeners in Monmouth County on tours this summer of Candide’s Garden, his own “earth-friendly” teaching garden on 18th Avenue.

Orchestrated by Karin Poorvin, co-chair of the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County’s member ...

Lake Como Explores Plugging into State Funds for Electric Vehicle Charging Station

August 4, 2018

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como's Green Team is compiling information for state funding to place an electric vehicle charging station in the borough.

And as part of the process, a Facebook polls show that nine of 73 persons — or 12 percent — who answered the poll operate electric vehicles. The informal survey was open to residents, as well as anyone who lives near or ...

Belmar Rolls Out Welcome Mat for Blue Cottage Linens

August 10, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Owners of a business that delivers linens and other essentials to vacation homes had two special guests paying them a visit this week.

Belmar Mayor Brian Magovern and Belmar Business Partnership Trustee Thomas Burke officially welcomed Blue Cottage Linens with a ribbon-cutting held on August 8 at the South Lake Drive home of Janine LeMoult. She and business partner Andrea ...

Belmar Parasail: Get on Board for a High-Flying Adventure

August 3, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — It's time to check off a summer activity on your bucket list. And for many, parasailing is one of those “must-do” experiences.

Belmar Parasail offers boat trips from the Belmar Manutti Marina to the beachfront, where passengers are lifted 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean for a panoramic view of the sweeping shoreline.

“You get a completely different ...

Home Sweet Home ... from Belmar Marina

July 28, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Merryl Richards, who calls the Belmar Manutti Marina home every summer, captured this photo off the back of her boat, the Seaquel.

She and husband Don joined the marina family in 2012, shortly after Superstorm Sandy. “It’s the perfect location for us, an hour and 20 minutes from home,” she said. “The slip is in a beautiful location with an ...

Belmar Zoning Hearing: Architect Details Revised Plans for Four-Story Condo Building on 12th Avenue

July 27, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Architect Mary Hearn was faced with a design challenge when she was asked to slash one floor from a proposed five-story condominium building on 12th Avenue in Belmar without cutting its 24 total units.

But by removing a penthouse-level top floor, lowering ceiling heights on the remaining three floors and reducing the space above a ground-level parking area, she was able to ...

Belmar Zoning Board Opens Hearing on Controversial Condo Plan for 12th Avenue

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar residents opposed to the construction of a four-story condominium building on the current Belmar Inn site got their first opportunity last night to formally question the project’s developer.

A zoning board of adjustment hearing on Edelman Investment Group’s proposal to build the 24-unit structure at 112-114 12th Avenue got under way on July 25 before a ...

Monmouth County Offering Drug Recovery Services to Inmates Before Release from Jail

August 6, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — A new public-private partnership that offers drug counseling and treatment services to inmates battling addiction has been launched in Monmouth County.

The first program of its kind in New Jersey, Next Step was recently unveiled at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, where addicted inmates charged with nonviolent crimes will be counseled by substance abuse ...

New Jersey Launches Tax-Free Savings Accounts for Individuals with Disabilities

July 29, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Individuals with disabilities can now save tax-free for eligible expenses, such as education, housing and transportation, without losing eligibility for Medicaid and other benefits.

N.J. Department of Human Services recently launched NJ ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience), which enables participants to establish tax-free accounts that will not be included as an asset ...

Two Asbury Park Residents Indicted in Death at Seniors Complex

August 1, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — Two Asbury Park residents have been indicted in connection with the homicide of a 57-year-old resident of the city’s senior citizens complex in April, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

A Monmouth County Grand Jury has handed up a nine-count indictment charging Knowledge B. Allah 54, with first-degree murder in the death of Salah Ali, whose ...

Freehold Highway Shooting Suspect Indicted on First-Degree Murder, Weapons Charges

FREEHOLD, NJ — A Monmouth County grand jury has returned a six-count indictment accusing a Hightstown man of fatally shooting a woman while both were driving on Route 33 in Freehold in May, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Kader Mustafa, 34, of Hightstown has been indicted on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful ...

End of an Era for Landmark Schneider’s Restaurant in Avon-by-the-Sea

July 21, 2018

AVON-BY-THE-SEA, NJ — Nearly 10 months after it was ravaged by fire, Schneider’s restaurant in Avon-by-the-Sea was demolished this week — piece by nostalgic piece.

The demolition, which began on July 16 and took three days to complete, attracted dozens of onlookers who shared stories about the iconic German restaurant at 801 Main Street. For nearly five decades, ...

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 ...

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Hackensack Police: USS Ling Naval Museum Vandalized

August 15, 2018

HACKENSACK, NJ — The continuing saga of the USS Ling, a World War II-era submarine later converted to a naval museum whose future is in question, took a dark turn on August 14 with the Hackensack Police Department investigating an apparent robbery aboard the vessel.

According to police, vandals took four bronze plaques dedicated to sailors lost during World War II from the Ling. The ...

Upcoming Events

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Thu, August 16, 1:00 PM

Belmar Arts Center, Belmar

Belmar Arts Center: Ancestors

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Thu, August 16, 4:00 PM

Belmar Public Library, Belmar

Youth Art Workshop

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Fri, August 17, 6:00 PM

Pyanoe Plaza, Belmar

Friday Night Concert Series with Denis Coughlan & ...

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Sat, August 18, 8:00 PM

Eighth Avenue Beach, Belmar

Belmar Movies on the Beach: 'Sherlock Knomes'

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Sun, August 19, 9:30 AM

Belmar Gazebo, Belmar

Cohort of Parishes Mass at Silver Lake Park

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Sun, August 19

Springwood Park, Asbury Park

Rockin In The Park

Taking a Stand for Quality Health Care Coverage

August 10, 2018

Washington’s heated rhetoric and constant attempts to sabotage health care coverage is causing uncertainty these days for far too many families. It’s not right, so here in New Jersey we are fighting back and taking a stand for quality health care coverage.

Under Gov. Phil Murphy’s leadership, New Jersey is fighting back against President Trump’s effort to undo ...

A Doughboy ‘Coming Home’ Party Thank-You

August 5, 2018

To the Editor:

The Belmar Historical Society (BHS) would like to thank the community of Belmar and surrounding towns, individuals, businesses and all who contributed to the successful campaign to raise funds to repair the World War I Doughboy statue that was vandalized in 2016.

Those who attended our "coming home” party on July 27 were delighted to watch as the Seward Johnson ...

Belmar and Lake Como

August 3, 2018

Belmar Police Department reported the following 113 arrests occurred in Belmar and Lake Como from June 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018.

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Christian Mayo, 22, of Marlboro was arrested on Ocean Avenue on June 1 by Special Officer Elijan Smith, charged with disorderly conduct.

Mark Druz, 32, of Belmar was arrested on Seventh Avenue on June 2 by Police Officer Anthony Steneck, ...

Common HVAC Home Inspection Problems

The heating and cooling system is one of the most important systems in a home, which is why the home inspection may include a detailed exam of this equipment. Here are common problems homeowners encounter:

Filters:If filters aren’t changed regularly, air flow can become blocked, causing problems with heating and cooling functions.
Leaks:Any leak can be a precursor to a larger ...

Cohort of Parishes Hosting Mass at Belmar Gazebo

August 1, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — On Sunday, August 19, 2018, Mass will be celebrated by Bishop O’Connell at the Belmar Gazebo (Silver Lake Park), located at 5th and Ocean Avenues.  Mass will begin at 9:30 am.

Please arrive early, as parking will be very limited.  Please consider carpooling, walking or riding bicycles to the Mass.  A free bus service will also be available running from ...