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Dangerous Ocean Conditions Prompt Belmar Swimming Ban, Two Drowning Deaths Nearby

September 23, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — While it's going to feel and look like summer, swimming is prohibited this weekend along the Belmar oceanfront as dangerous rip currents and rough surf continue along the entire New Jersey coastline.

Red flags will be flying on September 23 and 24 alerting beachgoers to the swimming ban on the borough's beaches. The ban was communicated by Mayor Matthew Doherty on ...

Belmar’s Simply Southern Cuisine to Host ‘Festival-Style’ Toy Drive, Bringing Along the Blue Knights for the Ride

September 23, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — It’s never too early to start thinking ahead to the holidays, particularly if you’re Simply Southern Cuisine owner Rasheed Simmons.

Looking to make the upcoming season a bit brighter for local children, his Belmar Plaza restaurant is kicking off its first-ever toy drive — festival style — on Sunday, September 24 from 3 to 7 p.m. And the former New ...

Waves on Main: Delight in Local Summer with a Relaxing Dining Experience This Weekend

September 23, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — Getting ready for what is expected to be an ideal “local summer” weekend? Make sure that lunch or dinner at Waves on Main is on your calendar.

Before the cooler autumn weather settles in, enjoy your meal on the outdoor patio topped with its distinctive black canopy — a trademark of the popular restaurant situated at the intersection of 10th Avenue and Main ...

Serenity by the Sea Too in Belmar: A Peek at What’s ‘Popping’ This Weekend

September 23, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — With summer-like weather hanging on strong, there will be more than the temperature popping on Sunday, September 24 at the Artisan MarketPlace at Serenity by the Sea Too. Here’s a look at the featured vendors.

Heather Matthews of Posh Adornments a trendsetter of handmade jewelry with a vintage flair who’s made her mark on Etsy and throughout the social media ...

Preparations in the Home Stretch for Lake Como Day on September 30

September 22, 2017

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como Day started out as a small community gathering held in a one-block area on Main Street. Free hot dogs were served from a cart, children took turns in an inflatable bounce house and a handful of local organizations offered giveaways.

Now in its 22th year, Lake Como Day has grown into a highly anticipated event, stretching along the northern banks of Lake Como, ...

Construction of Lake Como Outfall Pipe Under Way

September 19, 2017

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Heavy equipment, trailers and barriers are in place to begin work on the long-awaited Lake Como drainage improvement project.

After a two-year wait, Bird Construction plans to begin the outfall pipe project during the week of September 18, with all work in the flood-prone area surrounding the lake expected to be complete in nine months. In June, the Bayville-based ...

Last Call in Lake Como: Paddy Mac’s Taken Down to Make Way for Construction of Three Homes

September 19, 2017

LAKE COMO, NJ — This week’s demolition of Paddy McDonald’s Ale House is the first major step in more than a year to bring three single-family homes to the 18th Avenue site.

Clearing of the corner property began on September 18 as heavy equipment took down the 40-year-old structure that housed the tavern — a popular watering hole among local residents that was once ...

Belmar Resident Among 14 Nabbed in Monmouth County Child Pornography Sweep

September 15, 2017

FREEHOLD, NJ — A 62-year-old college professor who lives in Belmar is among 14 persons arrested as the result of a child pornography investigation conducted during the summer, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Paul King of Ocean Avenue, Belmar, was arrested on August 16, following an investigation that revealed he used peer-to-peer file-sharing software to make ...

McAtasney Denied Change in Court Venue for Sarah Stern Murder Trial

September 18, 2017

FREEHOLD, NJ — The trial of the 20-year-old Neptune City man charged in the death of Sarah Stern will remain in Monmouth County.

Superior Court Judge Lisa Thornton ruled on September 18 that the attorney for Liam McAtasney failed to show sufficient evidence to warrant a transfer of venue due to what was claimed to be negative pretrial media coverage and public perception of the ...

Monmouth County Offering Free Passport Photos on Wednesdays in September

September 23, 2017

FREEHOLD, NJ — Monmouth County is offering free passport photos every Wednesday in September — the observance of National Passport Awareness Month.

The offer, which represents a $10 savings, applies to persons who visit the county clerk’s passport offices in Freehold and Neptune to complete the process on the same day.

“You never know when you may have to travel on ...

Great Whites Finn and Amagansett Head North, Leaving Waters Off Jersey Coast

September 20, 2017

HIGHLANDS, NJ — Great whites Finn and Amagansett are making a break for it, as they leave the waters off the New Jersey coast and head north.

Both young females are about 30 miles off Highlands traveling northward, as Finn registered his last ping at 11:26 a.m. on September 18 and Amagansett at 10:30 p.m. on September 14,  according to Ocearch’s Global Shark ...

Belmar’s Feast of San Gennaro: Where It Was All About ‘Mangia’

September 18, 2017

BELMAR NJ — Belmar’s fifth annual Feast of San Gennaro certainly lived up to its name. There was some type of Italian food everywhere you turned during the two-day festival.

Whether it was cannolis or zeppolis, sausage and peppers or eggplant parmigiana, the tastes and flavors of Italy filled a three-block area of Main Street on September 16 and 17, attracting some 10,000 persons ...

Belmar Launches Effort to Go Greener through Sustainable Jersey

September 13, 2017

BELMAR, NJ — In a town known for its deep blue ocean and sandy beige beaches, Belmar is looking to become a bit more green — and not just at its traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The borough council has taken two important steps to regain its Sustainable Jersey certification, which would open the door to a host of grants to fund environmentally focused initiatives.

At ...

Become A Volunteer Advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence

September 11, 2017

You can be the change you want to see in the world by joining 180’s life-saving and life-changing mission today. 

180 Turning Lives Around (180), a private non-profit organization in Monmouth County, continues to provide support and advocacy to victims of domestic violence in the aftermath of a highly emotional and traumatic experience with the assistance of its dedicated response ...

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On the Hunt for Records — and Some Magic — in New Brunswick

September 24, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The interior of Spina Records looks like it could pass for a very over-the-top friend's basement music collection.

Boxes of records fill the room, and more recognizable album covers — from acts like Metallica, The Smiths and Prince—line the walls. Antiques and novelty items, like a ceramic dog and a pair of antlers, fill whatever space is left. And the ...

Upcoming Events

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Sun, September 24, 3:00 PM

Simply Southern Cuisine, Belmar

Toy Drive by Simply Southern Cuisine

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Mon, September 25, 4:00 PM

Serenity By The Sea Too, Belmar

Sewing Classes for Children Age 6-12 (six ...

Arts & Entertainment

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Mon, September 25, 5:45 PM

Serenity by the Sea Too, Belmar

Sewing Classes for Teens (six sessions)

Arts & Entertainment

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Wed, September 27, 4:00 PM

Serenity By The Sea Too, Belmar

Paper-Making Classes for Ages 6-12 (six sessions)

Arts & Entertainment

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Wed, September 27, 5:30 PM

Serenity By The Sea Too, Belmar Sea Girt Manasquan Brick

Paper-Making Classes for Teens (six sessions)

Arts & Entertainment

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Sat, September 30, 4:00 PM

Banks of Lake Como, Lake Como

22nd Annual Lake Como Day

Running and Remembering at the 16th Anniversary 9/11 Memorial Run

September 12, 2017

BELMAR/SPRING LAKE, NJ — In keeping with our nation's annual demonstrations of solemn tribute to the victims of September 11, 2001, locally four hundred runners/joggers/walkers, some bicyclists, with hand flags for men and stem roses for women, participated in the 16th anniversary noncompetitive 9/11 Memorial Run organized by the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC), at the restored ...

JCP&L Provide Support Across the Companies Service Area

JCP&L linemen and support personnel are among a large group of linemen, damage accessors, electrical contractors, forestry crews and support personnel from FirstEnergy Corp. utilities  that have mobilized to help utilities in Florida with restoration efforts as a result of Hurricane Irma.