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Belmar’s Clothes Closet and Food Pantry: Brimming with Winter Gear, Food and More This Holiday Season

December 13, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Thanks to an extremely generous community, the Clothes Closet in Belmar is brimming with all the essentials for keeping warm this winter.

Coats, jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, flannels, shoes, hats, gloves … you name it and you’re sure to find it in the shop — and in every size and style, and for adults and children. In the Food Pantry, donations by ...

Colton and Friends Foundation Delivers Gift of Technology to Belmar Elementary School

December 10, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — For one group of Belmar Elementary School students, toys took a back seat to technology today when they received a special holiday gift from Fran and Jeannie Hines. And the children couldn’t have been happier about it.

Through their Colton and Friends foundation, the Hines donated eight Chromebook laptop computers to two classes where 24 kindergarten through ...

Belmar Public Library’s ‘Food for Fines’ Offers Deal for Overdue Books, Movies

December 13, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Do you have overdue books or movies borrowed from the Belmar Public Library? By returning them by December 29, all fines will be forgiven with one catch — make sure to bring a nonperishable food item with you.

For this year’s Food for Fines program, the library is partnering with the Food Pantry at the Belmar Community Center and Library Annex at 503 Seventh ...

Sportsnut Cards & Collectibles: Where There’s ‘Something for Everyone’ When it Comes to Sports Memorabilia

December 18, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — For Sportsnut Cards & Collectibles owner Ted Henschel, time is certainly on his side.

Now located at 1102 Main Street in Belmar, his store boasts one of the largest selections of quality cards and collectibles in New Jersey — timeless treasures that feature athletes whose achievements span the decades in a full spectrum of sports.

In fact, Henschel is highly ...

Salon Marsal: Holiday Bonus Gift Cards Back by Popular Demand

BELMAR, NJ — Salon Marsal is once again is offering something extra with the purchase of its holiday gift certificates.

Every certificate includes a “bonus” amount in services added to the total value of the card. And the larger the gift card amount, the more bonus services the gift card recipient receives, ranging from $25 to $100. Here’s the bonus ...

Belmar Historical Society Offering Holiday Gifts of Times Past

BELMAR, NJ — For the history buffs on your holiday shopping list, gifts that reflect on Belmar’s past are now available at the Belmar Historical Society museum.

A sampling of items is currently on display in the Sixth Avenue lobby of the Belmar Municipal Building, 601 Main Street. Here’s a look:

“Memories of Belmar” is a two-volume set featuring oral ...

Lynette’s Healing Touch: Give the Gift of Relaxation This Holiday

BELMAR, NJ — Santa is on his way, and for many of us, so is the stress associated with the holiday season.

Lynette’s Healing Touch has a way to help those you love soothe the mind, body and soul — and give you a little stress relief, as well.

Massage therapist Lynette Coppola is offering holiday gifts cards for two 50-minute classic massages at a price of $85. And when you ...

Serenity by the Sea in Ocean Grove: A Shoppers' Delight for the Gift-Giving Season

December 14, 2018

OCEAN GROVE, NJ — Featuring a diverse array of handcrafted items, unique merchandise and one-of-a-kind treasures, Serenity by the Sea is your go-to destination for everyone on your holiday gift list.

Recently opening at 53 Main Avenue, this “little shop of wonder” is the creation of Sarah Taylor Izzo, who moved from Belmar to a bigger and brighter location in the heart of ...

St. Rose Students Sweeten Belmar Senior Holiday Luncheon with Songs, Treats of the Season

December 12, 2018

BELMAR, NJ —As nearly 200 Belmar seniors enjoyed a holiday luncheon at the Taylor Pavilion today, a group of St. Rose Grammar School students sprinkled their own Christmas cheer into the festivities.

Assembled at the front of the pavilion’s reception area overlooking the Belmar beachfront, the school’s chorus added to the sun’s warmth by beginning the traditional event ...

Belmar Ushers In Holiday Season with Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival

BELMAR, NJ — Several hundred people gathered in Pyanoe Plaza on Friday night for Belmar’s traditional tree lighting — a twinkling holiday scene as children got their chance to meet with Santa and to climb aboard a fire truck for a ride through town.

It was mostly the younger children who wanted a minute with Santa, as their parents snapped photos for the family scrapbook. And ...

Lake Como Illuminates Season with Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

LAKE COMO, NJ — In Lake Como, the annual holiday tree lighting is more than turning on a switch.

While the traditional celebration tonight included illuminating the tall evergreen outside borough hall, it also featured a host of children’s activities inside, including ornament-making, a story about Santa’s visit to the Jersey Shore read by former Mayor Brian Wilton and the ...

Belmar Celebrates Hanukkah’s ‘Light and Warmth’ with Menorah Lighting in Pyanoe Plaza


BELMAR, NJ — As the second light was added last night to the towering menorah in Pyanoe Plaza, the community came together to celebrate the eight-day Festival of Lights through prayer and song.

Shortly after sundown on December 3, several dozen people joined Rabbi Cy Stanway and Cantor Marnie Camhi of Temple Beth Miriam of Elberon for the official lighting of the ...

The Macaroon Shop: So Many Festive Choices for the Holiday Dessert Table

December 14, 2018

AVON-BY-THE-SEA, NJ — Christmas has certainly arrived at The Macaroon Shop, where a wondrous array of cakes, cookies and other baked goods offers so many delectable choices for the holidays.

The full-service bakery at 107 Main Street in Avon-by-the-Sea is brimming with novelty creations and traditional offerings that are sure to delight young and old during the most wonderful time of the ...

Main Street Donuts: Creating New Holiday Traditions with Specialties of the Season

BELMAR, NJ — Main Street Donuts in Belmar is going beyond the single doughnut with specially decorated creations for the holiday season.

Freshly based doughnuts are being arranged into pull-away cakes crafted into holiday trees, candy canes, wreathes and bright red holiday ornaments — tasty gifts and great conversation pieces for holiday gatherings.

The festive themes and colors ...

New Jersey Shops Take Doughnuts to the Next Level

December 15, 2018

We found some of the best places to get doughnuts in New Jersey.

While one of the most recognizable global brands, Dunkin’, is dropping the “Donuts” from its  name, smaller doughnut shops in New Jersey are seeing rise in demand for the tasty treats.

Jessica Dreyer, a fourth-generation farmer at Dreyer Farms in Cranford, said that doughnuts have ...

Belmar Arts Center: Offering the Gift of Art for the Holidays

December 17, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — In a world dominated by online and big-box shopping, the Belmar Arts Center is making this holiday season a bit more personal — by offering the gift of art from a medley of artists through several upcoming events.

Affordable Art: A Holiday Sales Exhibit, to be held through December 22, showcases the artwork that is both affordable and appealing to general audiences.

Making Music and Memories at Beach Music Studios’ 14th Annual Holiday Party at The Stone Pony

ASBURY PARK, NJ — Now in its 14th year, the Beach Music Studios Holiday Party keeps on going, and even more importantly, it keeps on giving.

A standing-room-only crowd enjoyed an afternoon extravaganza on December 2 at The Stone Pony that featured a toy drive to benefit area children, a scholarship award to a deserving student, as well as the makings of any memorable festive event ...

Belmar Sees Return of Two Endangered Species to Beachfront

December 9, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — The northern end of Belmar’s beachfront is quietly making a comeback that will please Mother Nature.

Piping plovers have returned to nest in the natural beach area near First Avenue, and the rare seabeach amaranth plant is sprouting along a strip of sand along the boardwalk between Third and Fourth Avenues. Both are federally endangered species that were recently ...

Coast Guard Makes Rescues in Waters off Manasquan, Cape May

MANASQUAN/CAPE MAY, NJ — The U.S. Coast Guard, with help from the Manasquan Fire Department, rescued three men and a dog from a sinking commercial fishing vessel in the Manasquan Inlet early this morning.

The Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay reported that it received notification at 2 a.m. on December 8 that the 44-foot Miss Kathleen struck the northern Manasquan Inlet jetty and was ...

VIDEO: New Jersey Debuts One-Stop, Online Benefits Application for Seniors, Individuals with Disabilities

December 11, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey seniors and individuals with disabilities now have an online tool to see if they're entitled to a host of health- and household-related benefits and savings.

The Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Division of Aging Services has launched NJSave, a new online application to help qualifying New Jerseyans save money on Medicare premiums, prescription costs ...

Lawmakers’ Message to Gov. Murphy: ‘Taxpayers Have Reached Their Breaking Point’

TRENTON, NJ — Belmar and Lake Como’s three state lawmakers are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to reduce spending and provide tax relief to New Jersey residents.

In a recent letter to Murphy, District 30’s Assemblymen Sean Kean (R-Monmouth), Edward “Ned” Thomson (R-Monmouth) and Sen. Robert Singer (R-Monmouth) said that “residents want us to make our state more ...

Wall Police: Long Island Pair Had Crack Cocaine, Guns at Route 35 Motel

December 11, 2018

WALL, NJ — Two residents from Long Island are facing a multitude of drug and weapons charges, following their December 6 arrests during a motor vehicle stop in Wall that led police to raid their Route 35 motel room, according to police.

At about 5 p.m., Anthony Miccio, 30, of Islip, N.Y., and Ashley Schroko, 23, of Huntington, N.Y., were arrested on New Bedford Road near Route 138 by ...

Belmar, Beachfront Vendor Settle Lawsuit over 10th Avenue Concession Leases

December 9, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — The owners of a Belmar beachfront concession will receive a $130,000 rent reduction over the next five years and another $15,000 in deposit funds on prior leases, under a settlement reached with the borough in a breach of contract lawsuit.

Hilary and Trent Colanduoni of Neptune, who now operate Shore Break Grill in the new Rowland Pavilion at 10th Avenue, were seeking ...

Harmons' $10M Lawsuit against Belmar Over Never-Opened Outdoor Bar Continues on First Amendment Challenge

TRENTON, NJ — A $10 million federal lawsuit by bar owners Timothy and Matthew Harmon against Belmar on claims borough officials deliberately prevented them from opening an outdoor bar has survived its latest legal challenge.

U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan has ruled the lawsuit can proceed on First Amendment grounds that Belmar’s denial of a liquor license transfer to Salt, the ...

Belmar Council Recognizes Ed Windas for Two Decades of Service to Planning Board

December 5, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Departing Planning Board Chairman Ed Windas was honored by the Belmar Council for serving in that volunteer capacity for more than 20 years.

At the governing body’s December 4 meeting, Windas was presented by Mayor Brian Magovern with a proclamation recognizing his tenure of service in leading the nine-member board, which reviews applications for land use in accordance ...

Monmouth County Cultural and Heritage Virtual Tour Series Features 15 Destinations in Belmar/Lake Como

December 2, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — Explore Monmouth County's cultural, environmental and historic heritage through a just-released virtual tour series that covers all 53 towns and nearly every corner of the county.

The Monmouth County Division of Planning has launched its Cultural and Heritage Virtual Tour series that allows online visitors to explore a variety of points of interest in eight distinct ...

‘Tale of Two Lakes’

November 25, 2018

LAKE COMO/BELMAR, NJ — Photographer Paul Spennrath calls these snapshots his “tale of two lakes.”

Taken on the afternoon of Friday, November 23, he captured the contrasting appearances of Lake Como and Silver Lake, particularly when the days turn colder and grow shorter. And many of those differences center around the types birds that color their pictureque landscapes.

On ...

Plants for Every Room of Your Home

December 10, 2018

Gardeners know the benefits of digging in the soil. It elevates a person’s mood, improves mental and physical well-being and the outcome is always good — added beauty or tasty nutritional food. 

But many of us are stuck indoors for the winter, have a lack of space to garden outdoors or just can’t get enough of this healthful activity. Adding greenery indoors expands our ...

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October 2, 2018

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NJ Adds 6 More Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, None in Monmouth

December 18, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Six businesses have been selected by the state Department of Health to apply for permits to open new medical marijuana dispensaries.

Health officials said that two applicants each were chosen in the north, central and southern parts of the state, ensuring patients have better access to pain-relieving medicine. They include:

NETA NJ, LLC, in Phillipsburg
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Upcoming Events


Tue, December 18, 1:00 PM

Manasquan United Methodist Church , Manasquan

American Red Cross Blood Drive


Tue, December 18, 2:15 PM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

Homework Help Club


Tue, December 18, 7:30 PM

Lake Como Borough Hall, Lake Como

Lake Como Council Meeting


Wed, December 19, 9:30 AM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

Belmar Public Library Story Time


Wed, December 19, 9:30 AM

Lake Como Borough Hall, Lake Como

Lake Como Mommy and Me Play Date: Santa's Visit


Wed, December 19, 1:00 PM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

Opera in the Afternoon: La Boheme


Thu, December 20, 6:00 PM

Lake Como

Lake Como Holiday Decorating Contest


Thu, December 20, 7:00 PM

Belmar Municipal Building, Belmar

Belmar Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting


Fri, December 28, 10:00 AM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

Holiday Namaste Class: Kids Yoga

Allaire Village Hosting Last Holiday Event on Friday, Re-Enactment of Washington’s Crossing of Delaware on Christmas

December 12, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — The last day of holiday activities at the nearby Historic Village at Allaire will be on Friday, December 21.

Visitors of the Farmingdale-based state park can tour the historic village by lantern light and learn about Christmas in the 1800s  from 5 to 8 p.m. The 90-minute, outdoor guided tours leave every 15 minutes. Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in ...

Family Promise Helps Lily Return to Sesame Street

December 17, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Lily, the shy, 7-year-old, fuchsia muppet who first appeared on Sesame Street in 2011, is back, thanks to a helping hand from Family Promise and a few other friends. 

Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) — a program of Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that produces Sesame Street — has launched a suite of online resources to help Morristown-based Family ...

A Fisherman’s Update: Offshore Wind Power Coming to New Jersey

December 8, 2018

Thirty-five recreational fishermen recently attended an informational meeting held by Anglers for Offshore Wind Power at the Langosta Restaurant in Asbury Park.

Fishermen listened to a summary of wind-farm development plans scheduled for New Jersey, and Rhode Island charter captain Dave Monti presented to share his experiences with the Block Island Wind Farm through planning, construction and ...

Husky Foster Program at Tree-licious Orchards Provides a Better Life for Rescue Dogs

December 10, 2018

MANSFIELD, NJ — Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm, located in the Port Murray section of this Warren County township, started as a ...

Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Honors Stoneman Douglas Shooting Victims

December 9, 2018

PARKLAND, FL  — Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Allen Hurns, an alumnus of Miami Carol City High School in Florida, has chosen to honor the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victims as the NFL season closes out.

Hurns wore cleats with all 17 victims’ names written on the side of the shoes, and he also has changed his number to 17 to honor all 17 people that lost their lives ...