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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 ...

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 ...

Last Chance to Get on Board with Belmar Parasail for a High-Flying Adventure

September 18, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — With sunny skies ahead, Belmar Parasail is offering one more chance to experience the Jersey Shore coastline from 500 feet above the surf. It has extended its season through Sunday, September 23.

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

Lake Como Day: Now’s the Time for Vendors, Sponsors to Sign Up for Fun-Filled Family Day

September 16, 2018

LAKE COMO, NJ — The countdown has begun to the 23rd annual Lake Como Day, which returns to the picturesque banks of the lake on Saturday, September 29.

Vendors and sponsors (see list below) are currently signing up for borough’s marquee event, which features an afternoon of festivities that culminates with fireworks bursting over the lake at dusk. From 4 to 9 p.m., a wide array of ...

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 ...

Parkway’s Exact Change Lanes to Disappear from Major Toll Plazas Before End of Year

September 14, 2018

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Exact change lanes on the Garden State Parkway’s major toll plazas are soon to be a memory. But they will remain at all but one of the toll road’s 23 entrance and exit ramps.

The automatic coin machines at all 11 “mainland barrier” plazas, including Asbury Park in Monmouth County and Toms River and Barnegat in Ocean County, will be removed and ...

Belmar’s Main Street Bridge: Two-Month Repair Project Delayed Again by Another Week

Updated on September 13, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — The two-month maintenance project on Belmar’s Main Street/Route 71 bridge will be delayed by yet another week, beginning now on Monday, September 24.

During the work, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction, as crews will complete repairs on one-half of the span and then move to the other half, according to a project ...

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 ...

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, ...

Rainy Weekends, Fickle Weather Forecasts Put Damper on Belmar Beach Badge Sales

September 8, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — The rain just would not stay away this summer, taking a small bite out of Belmar's beach badge sales for this season.

Total beach badges sold slipped by 7,000 to 273,377 over the previous year, resulting in a 2.4 percent decrease in revenue — from nearly $3 million in 2017 to $2.91 million in 2018, according to the borough’s annual beach report ...

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 ...

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 ...

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! ...

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

August 28, 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 will be published in the upcoming September issue.

MSD has been delighting customers with ...

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

September 9, 2018

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 ...

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 ...

Circle of Friends Celebrates with Hot Dogs, Sundaes and Lots of Dancing at End-of-Summer Luau

August 23, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Hot dogs and ice cream sundaes were on the menu for the Circle of Friends-HYDAS annual luau — a celebration that really got moving when the dance music began to play.

Some 100 people gathered at the Taylor Pavilion yesterday evening, August 22, for the traditional event, which each year caps a summer of fun for members of the group, which organizes social activities to ...

Sun Sets on Belmar’s Last Cruise Night of the Summer

BELMAR, NJ — Except for the 200 or more vintage and classic cars that arrive in town, Belmar’s Cruise Night never grows old.

The borough’s downtown district once again turned into a showcase of automobiles from yesteryear last night, August 22, as scores of attendees strolled through the two-block area of Main Street and Pyanoe Plaza for an up-close look.  

Do you ...

Four Healthy Sea Turtles Released at Point Pleasant Beach

September 5, 2018

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ — Four sea turtles, including a 250-pound loggerhead, have been returned to the ocean from the Point Pleasant beach.

Sea Turtle Recovery (STR), the nonprofit hospital located inside the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, conducted the September 5 release of “Tammie,” the large adult loggerhead rescued more than a year ago off the Cape May coast, as well as ...

More Revisions to Controversial Condo Plan for Belmar Inn Site, Borough Officials Call Existing Hotel a Firetrap

August 25, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — The developer of the proposed four-story, 24-unit condominium building on 12th Avenue plans to make another round of changes to the controversial project.

This time, it will focus on the ground-level parking area, where the number of parking spaces will be nearly doubled and the height lowered by one foot so that the building’s total height will be about the same as ...

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 ...

Celebrating Labor Day with a Patriotic Salute to the American Flag

September 1, 2018

As the community gets ready to celebrate Labor Day, USA.gov and the Department of Veterans Affairs shared some helpful guidelines for flying the stars and stripes.

Traditional guidelines call for displaying the flag in public only from sunrise to sunset. However, the flag may be displayed at all times if it’s illuminated during darkness. The flag should not be subject to weather ...

Scarlet Knights Up Their Game-Day Experience for Fans

August 23, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Fans going to Scarlet Knights football games will find a long list of ways to improve their game day this year, from the convenience of digital tickets, to opportunities for sideline passes to bottomless popcorn buckets, or maybe a healthier BBQ chicken and mushroom sandwich.

Rutgers University will let fans receive the tickets in advance electronically and print them ...

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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Meet Pat Wann, Republican Candidate for Belmar Council

September 19, 2018

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 ...

Belmar Mayor Brian Magovern, Volunteer Geese Peace Dog Handler

BELMAR, NJ — Many longtime residents remember the serious problem of geese droppings around the lakes, on our sidewalks, roads and ball fields. Belmar had a resident population of Canada geese living here year round and annually nesting on Silver Lake’s island, which contributed to unhealthy and dirty conditions.

In order to turn this unhealthy situation around, Belmar entered into ...

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Belmar Arts Center: Art INSIDE the Box

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Belmar Fall Yard Sale, Rain or Shine

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Sat, September 22, 10:00 AM

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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 ...

Equine Health Alert in Monmouth County

September 16, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — A 7-year-old horse in Monmouth County is the third reported case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a serious, mosquito-borne illness in horses, in New Jersey for 2018.

The horse had not been vaccinated against EEE in 2018 and was euthanized on September 4, according to a statement from the N.J. Department of Agriculture.

“This is another sad and unfortunate ...

Colder Weather is Coming – The Top Ten Reasons to Maintain Your Furnace (or Boiler!)

As summer winds down and kids head back to school, most of us in New Jersey begin looking forward to fall. With the promise of cooler autumn evenings, campfires, s’mores, and all things ‘Pumpkin Spice,’ it can be easy for home maintenance tasks to go undone.

Here at A.J. Perri, we would like to remind you that winter is coming, and now is the best time to get your ...