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

September 24, 2020

LAKE COMO, NJ — Residents who sign up for Lake Como’s yard sale next 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 ...

Election 2020: Belmar Municipal Building Among 17 Drop Box Locations for Mail-In Ballots

September 23, 2020

Voters Urged to Make Sure Current Mailing Address, Signatures on File with Monmouth County 

FREEHOLD, NJ — The Belmar Municipal Building is among 17 locations throughout Monmouth County where a secure drop box is situated for the mostly vote-by-mail general election on November 3.

It is located at the front entrance of the building at 601 Main Street, giving all registered ...

Gov. Murphy Keeps NJ Under Public Health Emergency for Another 30 Days

September 26, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — For the eighth consecutive time, Gov. Phil Murphy has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus. Originally declared on March 9, the order was previously extended on April 7, May 6, June 4, July 2, August 1 and August 27.

“As we enter the fall season, it is important to continue to take all steps necessary to save ...

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 ...

‘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 Elementary School Staff Starts New Year with Special Visit from Mask-Making Volunteers

September 19, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — Four days into the new school year of hybrid learning, Belmar Elementary School faculty and staff members received a special delivery — face masks made just for them by the group of volunteers who have been creating the coverings since the coronavirus crisis began.

And for retired school teacher Sharon Russell-Fowler who spearheaded the mask-making effort, it was a ...

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 ...

Lake Como’s Off-Season Traffic Pattern Now in Effect

September 16, 2020

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s traffic pattern has shifted into off-season mode. That means the return of two-way traffic on 17th Avenue from B Street to Main Street and New Bedford Road, and weekend parking on the southbound side of 18th Avenue from Main Street to New Bedford Road. 

The one-way, stop and no parking signs that are part of the borough’s seasonal traffic ...

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, ...

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

September 21, 2020

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 Historical Society Video Series: Spanning the Years with a Bevy of Bridges

BELMAR, NJ — For a small town, Belmar does have a lot of bridges. And with that introduction, Belmar Historical Society begins this week’s “Spotlight on Belmar” video.

In “The Bridges of Belmar,” which can be viewed by clicking here, BHS trustee and archivist Naomi Reissner chronicles how the borough would become linked at three critical locations along the ...

Vitalant First to Provide COVID-19 Antibody Positive Rates for 250,000 Blood Donors in Support of Pandemic Response Efforts

To support pandemic response and preparedness efforts, today, Vitalant became the first U.S. blood services provider to release COVID-19 antibody-positive rates of more than 250,000 blood donors, June through July 2020, including those in the New Jersey area. Those with a positive diagnostic or antibody test result are encouraged to consider registering to become a convalescent plasma ...

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, ...

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The Jaffe Briefing - September 25, 2020

TRENTON – It has been suggested for years that you bring your own bag to the store, rather than wasting more of those single-use plastic and paper bags that fill our landfills. The state Legislature wants a sweeping ban on the distribution of these bags, as well as plastic straws and polystyrene food containers, that are destroying the planet. This important measure now heads to Gov. Phil ...