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

June 16, 2018

A public hearing and final vote on the 2018 budget will be held on today, June 19 at 6 p.m. at the Belmar Municipal Building, 601 Main Street.

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, some $6.64 million will be raised through taxation, compared to ...

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 ...

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 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’s Jade Glab Among Top 11 Finalists in Miss New Jersey Pageant

June 17, 2018

OCEAN CITY, NJ — Miss Monmouth County Jade Glab of Belmar was among the top 11 contestants in the Miss Jersey Pageant last night, which saw the crowning of Jaime Gialloreto of Gloucester.

Gialloreto will now compete in the Miss America Pageant in September in Atlantic City.

Glab, 18, was among 28 contestants in the June 16 statewide pageant, which featured competition in the lifestyle ...

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 ...

Belmar’s Pirate Walk Dominates Downtown with Swashbuckling Action, Treasure Hunting Fun

June 16, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Pirates playfully plundered Belmar’s Pyanoe Plaza yesterday for an afternoon of swashbuckling shenanigans and showmanship that did not disappoint.

Belmar’s second annual Pirate Walk took over the downtown shopping district on June 10, with several regionally recognized privateer groups entertaining some 200 people who gathered throughout the three-hour ...

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 ...

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 ...

New Hot Line Number, Law Enforcement ‘Home’ for Monmouth SPCA

June 9, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — Now that law enforcement powers in animal cruelty cases now fall under the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, the only noticeable change for the community is a new hot line number to report those cases.

The new telephone number to report suspected cruelty to animals is 732-542-0040. Since the old hot line number is no longer in service, officials urged residents to ...

Former Lake Como Man Indicted for Alleged Sexting Scheme with 11-Year-Old Girl

June 4, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — A former Lake Como man has been indicted on charges of sending sexually explicit text messages to an undercover police officer who he believed to be an 11-year old girl, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

A Monmouth County grand jury returned the six-count indictment today, June 4 on Michael Camacho, 55, who faces up to 15 years in prison ...

Belmar Firefighters Assist in Containing Spring Lake Heights Fire to One Unit in Fairway Mews

June 14, 2018

SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS, NJ — Belmar Fire Department was among 11 fire companies and other first responders called upon to assist in battling a structure fire on June 11 at Fairway Mews in Spring Lake Heights.

In a request for mutual aid by the Spring Lake Heights Fire Department at about 4:30 p.m., Belmar responded to 31 Maple Drive in the gated community with its ladder truck, where it ...

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 Brownies 'Rock It' by Spreading Kindness along Beachfront

May 26, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Brownie Troop 60481 recently was out spreading kindness along the boardwalk.

As part of their community project, eight members of the troop on May 24 placed rocks they had specially painted with words of kindness at beach entrances to “make people happy.”

Led by troop leader Melissa Hingher, the girls who participated to earn their community badge ...

Belmar Gives Businesses One Year to Ditch Plastic Bags for More Eco-Friendly Options

May 16, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Looking to keep plastic bags off its beaches and out of its waterways, Belmar is starting with the business community to help make that happen.

The borough council approved an ordinance on May 15 that gives retail establishments until next spring to find a more environmental-friendly way to bag purchases before a ban on single-use plastic bags takes effect.

The borough is ...

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

May 29, 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 ...

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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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.

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 ...

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Belmar Arts Center, Belmar

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Fri, June 22, 11:00 AM

Taylor Pavilion, Belmar

Belmar Woman's Club Book and Granny's Attic Sale


Fri, June 22, 6:30 PM

Pyanoe Plaza, Belmar

Friday Night Concert Series: Chris Turner and the ...


Sat, June 23, 10:00 AM

Calvary Baptist Church, Belmar

Calvary Baptist Church's Giant Jumble Sale

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 ...

JCP&L Completes Inspections and Projects Before Summer to Enhance Customer Service Reliability

June 12, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has completed inspections and projects across its 13-county service area, including Monmouth County, to enhance customer reliability in preparation for the summer season.

The work included upgrading transmission and substation equipment, upgrading circuits and trimming trees along power lines.

Helicopter patrols are ...

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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 ...