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The Macaroon Shop: A Bounty of Pies and More to Complete Any Thanksgiving Table

November 18, 2018

AVON-BY-THE-SEA, NJ — Pies in many flavors and even sizes are starting to pop out of the ovens at The Macaroon Shop at 107 Main Street.

With Thanksgiving just days away, the popular, full-service bakery is preparing and taking orders for the season’s biggest holiday for pie lovers.

“Thanksgiving is definitely a pie holiday,” said Claire Morrison, co-owner of the shop ...

Thanksgiving Fun Facts and Trivia

Turkey or ham? Perhaps a turducken? Whichever traditional centerpiece you go with this Thanksgiving, there’s a chance it wasn’t served during the first holiday dinner in 1621.

Historians believe the Plymouth pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe shared lobster, rabbit, nuts, carrots, eggs and dried fruits during the original three-day celebration.

For 154 years, Thanksgiving would ...

Salon Marsal: Holiday Bonus Gift Cards Back by Popular Demand

November 17, 2018

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 ...

TAPinto ‘Shop Belmar’ Holiday Guide: Promoting Your Specials of the Season Is Just a Click Away

Are you a local business owner looking for a new way to make your holiday season a bit greener?

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como is now publishing its second annual Shop Belmar Holiday Guide, which is the go-to online special section for holiday shoppers — whether they're looking for that special gift, a place to gather for a special meal or just spending the day “shopping local” ...

VIDEO: Beach Music Studios' 14th Annual Holiday Party to Rock The Stone Pony on December 2

November 18, 2018

BELMAR NJ — Beach Music Studios will ring in the season once again with its Annual Holiday Party, which will rock the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park on Sunday, December 2.

The holiday musical classic will return for its 14th year with performances by the Beach Music Rock Band, Beach Music Studio students and the Danny White Band with “special guests.”  In addition, ...

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

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 from November 28 through December 28, will showcase artwork that is both affordable and appealing to ...

Belmar Pays Tribute to ‘America’s Heroes’ in Trio of Veterans Day Events

November 11, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Veterans Day was celebrated in Belmar today with a trifecta of tributes to those who have served their country, with a special salute to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

The observance kicked off this morning, November 11, with Belmar’s traditional service at Monument Row on Main Street — the small park where three war memorials stand between ...

A Boaters’ Bonanza Off the Coast of Belmar on Veterans Day

November 13, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Veterans Day was quite a weather keeper, especially for boaters whose vessels of all shapes and sizes were clustered just off the coast of Belmar.

Photographer Paul Spennrath captured these snapshots along the beachfront between Belmar and Spring Lake on November 11 — a picturesque way to remember the weekend, as rain is in the forecast for the remainder of the ...

Great Blue Heron Graces Lake Como on Gray Saturday Morning

LAKE COMO, NJ — As Lake Como’s landscape slowly turns into hues of browns, golds and oranges, a great blue heron was easily recognizable Saturday among the resident swans and ducks that call the lake home.

New Jersey’s largest wading bird is commonly seen along shorelines, river banks, and the edges of marshes, estuaries and ponds, according to the Conserve Wildlife ...

Volunteer Weather Observers Wanted in Belmar and Lake Como

November 17, 2018

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Have you ever wondered where you local weatherperson gets those rain and snow totals? There is a good chance they're obtained through the N.J. Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network.

CoCoRaHS is looking for volunteer weather observers of all ages in Belmar, Lake Como and surrounding areas to report the amount of rain or snow that has fallen in their ...

Serenity by the Sea Opens Doors to New Home in Ocean Grove

November 11, 2018

OCEAN GROVE, NJ — Serenity by the Sea welcomes shoppers to its new bigger and brighter location at 53 Main Avenue in Ocean Grove.

Shop owner Sarah Taylor Izzo has moved her popular gift galleria and artisan marketplace from 1004 Main Street in Belmar to a spacious storefront in the heart of Ocean Grove’s bustling shopping district.

“I have found a new nest in Ocean Grove, ...

New Date for Public Hearing: Belmar Looks to Create Advisory Panel to Oversee Parks, Playgrounds

November 7, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — While widely known for its beach, boardwalk and marina, Belmar’s other gems of open space are its parks. And to help ensure their future as part of this mix of recreational resources, the borough is looking to establish a parks commission.

The Belmar Council has introduced an ordinance to create the five-member group that would serve in an advisory capacity to the ...

Belmar Elementary Pre-K Class’s Bakery Lesson at Sweet Tease ‘Easy as Pie’

November 8, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — You can never have too much pie. Just ask the children in Belmar Elementary School’s prekindergarten class, who took a trip yesterday to Sweet Tease Tea Room.

The 33 children on November 7 took the short walk along Main Street from the school to the café, where owner Kate Walters provided them with a first-hand look at the workings of a bakery — a lesson ...

Belmar Elementary PARCC Results Prompt Push for ‘Small Group’ Learning in Math

October 30, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — In a student-to-student comparison of results, Belmar Elementary School continued to show improved scores in Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized testing.

In English/language arts, the school registered an overall 6 percent gain of students in grades three through eight who met or exceeded expectations from 2017 to 2018. In ...

Lake Como 3-Year-Olds Now Eligible for Enrollment at Neptune City-Based Preschool

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Elementary School’s new offsite preschool program for 3-year-olds is now open to Lake Como residents.

The borough’s Board of Education recently received a $72,000 grant from the N.J. Department of Education so that preschoolers can attend the full-day program at the Acelero Learning Center, 101 West Sylvania Avenue, Neptune City.

And because Lake Como ...

Another Round of Applause for Belmar Elementary’s Boys Soccer Champs

November 8, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — The spotlight shined on the Belmar Elementary School’s championship-winning boys soccer team one more time, as the borough council last night recognized its achievement.

In presenting the 20-member team with a proclamation of recognition, Councilman Thomas Brennan, who is the school’s band director, called out the name of each boy before they gathered at the ...

Belmar Elementary 8th-Grader Tyler Lisko Captures Cross Country Meet of Champions

BELMAR, NJ — For Belmar Elementary School eighth-grader Tyler Lisko, it’s been an achievement in the making for four years — emerging as the winner in the Middle School Cross Country Meet of Champions.

With a time of 8:34 over a 1½-mile course, the 13-year-old was the first to cross the finish line among some 160 other runners on October 24 at Big Brook Park in ...

Howell Driver’s Alertness during Crash with Deer Wins Her Praise from Police

November 13, 2018

HOWELL, NJ — The quick action of a Howell motorist yesterday morning to avoid serious injury after a deer crashed through her front windshield underscores the importance of staying alert while driving during the animal’s fall mating season.

Melissa Misthal, 36, of Howell was driving a 2004 Toyota RAV4 southbound on Route 9 near Bergerville Road on November 12 when her vehicle ...

Rible Bumped by Gov. Murphy as N.J. Alcoholic Beverage Control Director

November 14, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — David Rible will be leaving his post as director of the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The Wall resident and former Republican assemblyman for the 30th Legislative District will be replaced by attorney and municipal court judge James B. Graziano, according to State Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, who made the announcement of Gov. Phil Murphy’s ...

Neptune Man Found Guilty in Superstorm Sandy Bad Check Writing Scam

October 30, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — A Neptune Township man has been found guilty of writing nearly $3,000 in bad checks for Sears merchandise he purchased shortly after Superstorm Sandy for his alleged damaged home, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

John C. Vanness, 57, of Riverside Drive was convicted on October 27 of multiple counts of theft by deception and writing bad checks in ...

Belmar’s Final Vote Tallies In the Books for November 6 Election

November 13, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — With all 453 mail-in ballots reflected in the tallies, here are the official vote totals for Belmar candidates in the November 6 general election.

In the mayoral race, winning Republican Councilman Mark Walsifer registered 1,424 votes to incumbent Democratic Mayor Brian Magovern’s 1,230 votes.

In the council races, winning GOP newcomer Patricia Wann tallied 1,363 ...

Final Vote Totals for Lake Como Official for November 6 General Election

LAKE COMO, NJ — Mayor-Elect Kevin Higgins received 494 votes in his unopposed bid in the November 6 General Election, as the rest of the Democratic slate’s council candidates tallied the following votes in their uncontested races: incumbent Virginia Kropac, 475, incumbent Christopher D’Antuono, 468, and newcomer David Gardner, 479.

While Kropac and D’Antuono ran for ...

Toddlers Get a Head Start on Halloween during Lake Como’s ‘Mommy and Me’ Play Group

November 1, 2018

LAKE COMO, NJ — Toddlers in Lake Como’s “Mommy and Me” play group got a chance to try out their Halloween trick-or-treating skills this morning at Lake Como Borough Hall.

During their weekly get-together, they proceeded in costume to the borough offices — with treat bags and buckets in hand — where they knocked on doors and peered into office cubicles to be ...

Belmar Halloween Parade: Kids in Costume Color Annual March Down Main Street

BELMAR, NJ — Superheroes and cartoon characters, mixed with a smattering of scary creatures and even a Rubik’s cube, ruled Main Street today during Belmar’s annual Halloween Parade.

The October 28 procession kicked off from the Belmar Municipal Building, where nearly 100 children, family members and friends were led by the Belmar Elementary School Eagle Band who provided the ...

Belmar Sports Card Shop Displaced by Fire Finds New Home a Block Away

October 29, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — After an October 17 fire forced the closing of Sportsnut Cards & Collectibles, it has already found a new home — and it’s just one block away.

The specialty shop had a “soft opening” on October 27 at 1102 Main Street, next to the Go Play! Retro Arcade and across Belmar Elementary School.

Owner Ted Henschel said his first-floor store of 12 years ...

SBA Offering Disaster Loans to Monmouth County Businesses, Residents Affected by August Storms and Flooding

October 31, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC — Monmouth County businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding on August 11 through 13 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Loans are being made available because of a disaster declaration made by Gov. Phil Murphy for Ocean and Passaic Counties. As a result, these SBA loans are open to residents of those ...

Gone: Belmar's 10th Avenue Roundabouts, Two Stop Signs on Sixteenth Avenue

October 20, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — The two traffic circles on 10th Avenue at B and D Streets in Belmar are no longer. Both intersections now have simple four-way stops to keep the traffic flow in check.

The Belmar Department of Public Works completed the project on October 19, removing the roundabouts' concrete curbing, vegetation and dirt, and filling them with blacktop.

The four-way stop signs have ...

Five Steps This Fall to a More Beautiful Landscape

November 3, 2018

Don’t let a busy schedule stop you from creating a beautiful landscape. Incorporate a few of these changes into your fall landscape care. You’ll create beautiful results with a limited investment of time and effort.

Cut the grass, recycle fall leaves, and improve the soil with a pass of the lawn mower.   Shred leaves and leave them on the lawn as you mow this fall. As ...

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October 2, 2018

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Seasonal Recipe: Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce

November 17, 2018

Apple cider adds a bit of warm spice to this easy Thanksgiving side dish.


12 oz. fresh cranberries, about 3 ½ cups

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup apple cider

Rinse berries and pick them over to remove any leaves or stems that might be mixed in.

Combine all ingredients in a small pot. Cook, stirring, over medium-high heat, until all of the berries ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, November 19, 11:00 AM

Applebee's, Wall

BSA Troop 40 Dine-to-Donate @ Applebee's

Food & Drink Giving Back


Mon, November 19, 3:30 PM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

CANCELED: After-School Yoga for Fifth- through ...


Mon, November 19, 7:30 PM

Lake Como Borough Hall, Lake Como

Lake Como Council Meeting


Tue, November 20, 2:15 PM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

Homework Help Club


Tue, November 20, 6:00 PM

Belmar Municipal Building, Belmar

Belmar Mayor and Council Meeting


Wed, November 21, 9:30 AM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

Belmar Public Library Story Time


Sun, December 2, 12:00 PM

The Stone Pony, Asbury Park

Beach Music Studios 14th Annual Holiday Party


Fri, December 7, 4:00 PM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

Youth Art Workshop with Dawn Lisko

Snow … What’s to Love?

November 15, 2018

To the Editor:

Your feelings toward snow really change as you get older. As a kid I was like, "Yes! Snow!! No school! Hot chocolate!! Pajamas all day!! Christmas movies on repeat by the fire!!!"

Now I'm like, "Cold. Too cold. My 45-minute commute to work is going to turn into an hour and 15 minutes because of the roads. Oh god, the roads ... I better not get in an ...

Belmar and Lake Como

November 11, 2018

Belmar Police Department reported the following 18 arrests occurred in Belmar and Lake Como from October 1 1, 2018 to October 30, 2018.


Chantel Gulian, 47, of Quakertown, Pa., was arrested on Eighth Avenue on October 7 by Police Officer Anthony Steneck, charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction.

Tykeem Wilson, 30, of Belmar, was arrested on Eighth Avenue on October 8 by ...

Expanding Seasonal Liquor Licenses Will Harm Host Communities

November 8, 2018

Despite the high cost of living, many of us choose to remain in New Jersey and in our area because of our superior quality of life.  However, for many residents that quality of life is likely to be compromised by legislation that has been approved by the Legislature allowing seasonal bars like D’Jais, the Parker House and Waypoint 622 to extend their operations beyond the normal summer ...

Industrial Foreign Fishing Fleet Feeling the Heat

The menhaden reduction fishing industry is getting defensive. Ever since Canadian-owned Omega Protein (Cooke Inc.) caught whole schools of “the most important fish in the sea” from the mouths of juvenile humpback whales feeding in the New York Harbor — as whale watchers looked on in horror — the company has issued numerous statements trying to justify their actions.  ...

Statewide Conference to Attract Over 550 Leaders from Nonprofits, Business and Philanthropy

November 3, 2018

HAMILTON, NJ — The Center for Non-Profits, New Jersey’s umbrella organization for the charitable community, will convene more than 550 attendees for the largest annual gathering of nonprofit leaders and allies at its 2018 New Jersey Nonprofit Conference on December 5 at The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset.

This all-day event attracts professionals throughout ...

Proper Ventilation During the Holiday Season

With everyone home for the holidays, the extra bodies, shower use, and cooking power in your home can really bring up the heat. While that’s nice for your heating bill, it may cause unwanted ventilation issues in your home.


Remember a few tips for keeping smoke out of your eyes and steam from coming out your ears while your kitchen works overtime:

Use the hood ...