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Monmouth County Registered Voters Can Expect Mail-In Ballots to Arrive in Mail This Week

September 30, 2020

What Belmar and Lake Como Residents Need to Know, Plus Sample Ballots 

FREEHOLD, NJ — The ballots for the November 3 general election are in the mail. Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon has announced that mail-in ballots are being sent through the U.S. Postal Service this week to all residents on the county's ...

Belmar Public Works Head Announces Retirement After Being Accused of Verbally Harassing Employee with Special Needs

September 29, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — Michael Campbell plans to retire as superintendent of Belmar’s Department of Public Works, following claims last week that he was seen verbally harassing a 22-year-old employee with special needs.

Borough Business Administrator Edward Kirschenbaum on September 28 confirmed Campbell’s intent to retire, although a timeframe was not ...

🍁 Belmar Elementary School PTO Taking Orders for Annual Fall Mum Sale

September 30, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Elementary School PTO’s annual fall mum sale is in full bloom with orders due by this Friday, October 2.

The locally grown perennials are available in white, yellow, orange, red/burgundy and purple/lavender, and new this year are kale plants available in white and purple.

The nine-inch potted plants are priced at $7.50 each or three for $18. The plants can be ...

Belmar Elementary School Shifts to Four In-Class Days under Hybrid Schedule

September 28, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Elementary School’s hybrid-learning students are back in the classroom four days a week, beginning today, September 28. 

Some 332 students who have been divided into two groups attending two half-day sessions a week will now attend in-person classes together on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays — also on a half-day basis with staggered arrival ...

Sign Up for Lake Como’s Fall Yard Sale . . . and Pitch In to Help Borough Girl Battling Cancer

September 28, 2020

LAKE COMO, NJ — Residents who sign up for Lake Como’s yard sale this upcoming weekend will not have to pay a $10 permit fee. Borough officials are waiving the charge and asking participants instead to support fundraising efforts for Jackie Minchala, the 13-year-old borough resident who’s battling advanced cancer.

“Her family could really use our help, so please consider ...

New Jersey's Coronavirus Travel Advisory List: Virginia and Arizona Off, Colorado On

September 30, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Virginia and Arizona have been removed from New Jersey's self-quarantine travel advisory list and Colorado has been added.

As a result, individuals traveling to New Jersey are asked to get tested for the coronavirus and self-quarantine for 14 days if they traveled from these 34 states and two territories: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, ...

Gov. Murphy: NJ’s COVID Outbreak on Upswing ‘In Large Part’ Due to Ocean County

Latest Numbers Show Monmouth County Cases on Downslide

TRENTON, NJ — The front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in New Jersey appears to now be in Ocean County, which has made up 28 percent of the state's 3,660 new cases over the last six days. 

Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said on September 28 that a “hotspot team” will soon ...

Monmouth County Offers Free COVID-19 Testing through Mid-October

September 22, 2020

FREEHOLD, NJ — Free coronavirus testing is available to all Monmouth County residents at six locations through mid-October.

Testing will be conducted on specific dates and times in Asbury Park, Freehold Borough, Keansburg, Neptune, Long Branch and Red Bank. (See poster above or click here.)

Appointments are not necessary to be tested. Residents can walk up during open ...

Gov. Murphy Signs New Jersey's $32.7 Billion Budget

October 1, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy said that the $32.7 billion budget he signed into law on September 29 manages to protect core priorities and deliver middle-class tax relief during the historic fiscal crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we continue to grapple with the effects of the pandemic, building a stronger New Jersey requires us to continue to bolster the middle-class ...

‘24/7 Virtual’ Belmar Public Library Expands with Growing Array of E-Resources

September 24, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Public Library has opened its virtual doors even wider, adding to its collection of online resources available ’round-the-clock for easy digital access.

While the library itself is closed during the coronavirus crisis, here is a rundown of what’s available at its ever-growing 24/7 Virtual Library:

New Jersey State Library Partnership offers research ...

Belmar’s Historical Society Travels Back to Trolley Time in New 'Spotlight' Video

September 27, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — When horse and buggies ruled the roads, Belmar emerged as a trailblazer in another form of transportation — a trolley system that initially ran across the Shark River to Asbury Park and then was extended south to Sea Girt for travel to the “Army camp.”

In its latest “Spotlight on Belmar” video, Belmar Historical Society ventures back to ...

Belmar’s Historical Society Video Series: Treasure Trove of Talent Highlights Recent Music Scene

BELMAR, NJ — A who’s who of musicians with recent ties to Belmar takes center stage in the latest “Spotlight on Belmar” video, presented by the Belmar Historical Society.

“These artists are from my lifetime and still performing, so they are not history in the sense, but I see their accomplishments and connections to Belmar as part of its history,” said BHS ...

Belmar Arts Center’s 16th Annual Juried Art Show: A Virtual Display of Artistic Excellence

September 12, 2020

Watch videos below on the virtual opening reception and announcement of the winners.

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Arts Center has announced the winners of the 16th Annual Juried Art Show, its signature event of the year featuring 60 pieces from artists in the tristate area.

Taking first place in JAS16 was Gaylen Gallimore for his acrylic painting, “Starfish Hunters,” followed by ...

Belmar Beach Revenues Roll In at $4.9 Million, Surpassing 400,000 Badges Sold During Summer of COVID-19

September 18, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar raked in more than $4.9 million in beach access revenues this season — selling nearly 105,000 more beach badges over the previous year.

While revenues reflected a nearly 39 percent increase over 2019 total sales of nearly $3.56 million, there was a 35 percent increase in the total number of badges sold — 405,104 seasonal, daily and senior/disability tags, ...

Driver Charged with DWI in Connection with Death of Belmar Man on Garden State Parkway

September 21, 2020

HOLMDEL, NJ — A 41-year-old Woodbridge man has been charged with drunken driving after his vehicle fatally struck John Carroll of Belmar who was standing outside his car on the shoulder of the Garden State Parkway in Holmdel on September 18, according to New Jersey State Police.

Pedro Carlo of the Hopelawn section of Woodbridge was issued a summons for driving while intoxicated after his ...

Vitalant Providing Opportunities to Donate Throughout Northern NJ and NY

A robust blood supply is essential, but from Hurricane Sally, to the western wildfires, to ongoing closures and restrictions related to the pandemic, the number of donations nationwide had recently fallen. In response, the nonprofit, blood-collection organization Vitalant is providing 30 local, open-to-the-public donation events during October in northern New Jersey and adjacent areas of New ...

Control Through Kindness: Dog Training You Can Trust at Green Leaf Pet Resort

September 29, 2020

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ — The year 2020 will be remembered for many things ... and one of the best memories for many families is getting a new puppy! Many families found themselves working and schooling from home. This brought an opportunity to have the time to house train a new puppy! However, now many families are ready to take the next step further, and have their fur baby ...

Plant Trees Now for Decades of Shade and Beauty

September 26, 2020

Cooler temperatures and warm soil make fall a great time to add trees to your landscape. Make the most of this investment of money and time and give your tree its best chance at survival with proper planting and care.

Select a tree suited to the growing conditions, your landscape design and available space. Make sure it tolerates the sunlight, soil and temperature extremes. Check the tag for ...

From the IRS: Tax Filing Extension Deadline Is October 15

September 18, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who filed an extension that the October 15 due date to file 2019 tax returns is approaching. Taxpayers should complete their tax returns and file on or before that deadline.

They can pay online, by phone or with their mobile device and the IRS2Go app. When paying federal taxes electronically taxpayers should ...

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como Is Here for You

April 17, 2020

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como is the only all-online, objective newspaper that serves residents, organizations and businesses in both municipalities, reporting news at it happens 24/7. We are part of the TAPinto network of 80 locally owned and operated online hyperlocal news sites with more than 9 million readers.

The TAPinto team would like to feature news about ...

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VIDEO: New Jersey 4-H County Fairs Come to You This Year

September 25, 2020

NEW JERSEY — A "must-attend" event  for many families during the months of July through September, county and 4-H fairs have had to find new ways to engage the thousands of youth who wait all year to display their skills and projects at the respective county fairs.

The New Jersey 4-H Program, which is administered by Rutgers Cooperative Extension, ...

JCP&L Receives 2020 CIANJ Companies that Care Award

October 1, 2020

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), has been honored with the 2020 Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey’s (CIANJ) Companies that Care award for a donation made in conjunction with FirstEnergy Foundation to Lake Riviera Middle School in Brick Township. The funds allowed the school to purchase a ...

The Jaffe Briefing - October 1, 2020

STATEWIDE – Good morning, and welcome to four more taxes in New Jersey. It is Oct. 1, there is a new state budget and here is how it may or may not be smacking you. If you drive, the per-gallon gas tax has gone up. If you are a millionaire – and good for you – you are now paying more income taxes. If you have health insurance – and, again, good for you – the HMOs ...