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UPDATE: Investigation Under Way on Belmar Vehicle Fire that Ignited Structure Next Door

October 26, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — The cause of a vehicle fire at 903 13th Avenue that spread to an adjacent structure on October 24 is under investigation by the Belmar Fire Marshal’s Office.

The Belmar Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at about 4:30 p.m. and quickly suppressed the blaze in both the structure at 1303½ Route 71 and the vehicle on the property next door, according to ...

Body Found Inside Taxi Pulled from Belmar’s Silver Lake Believed to Be Missing Driver

BELMAR, NJ — A body found inside the dark-colored minivan taxi pulled from Silver Lake on October 22 has been preliminarily identified as missing driver Wayne Kovacs of Toms River, according to the Toms River Police Department.

Kovacs, a driver with Citi Cab of Neptune, was initially reported missing after he was dispatched for a fare on September 23 that was scheduled to travel ...

Coronavirus Travel Advisory Grows to 41 States, PA, CT and DE Exempt

October 28, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — The state's self-quarantine travel advisory list has reached 41 states and territories with the addition of California and Massachusetts.

As of October 27, individuals traveling to New Jersey are asked to get tested for the coronavirus and self-quarantine for 14 days if they traveled from these 39 states and two territories: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, ...

Public Question #3: Constitutional Amendment to Change Legislative Redistricting Schedule If Census Data Is Delayed

October 27, 2020

New Jersey’s November 3 ballot includes three public questions, including asking voters whether the state’s legislative redistricting schedule be changed should census data be delayed.

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey offers an objective perspective of this question, including reasons for voting yes and no.

Question on the Ballot:

Do you approve amending the ...

Monmouth County Clerk Hanlon Updates Voters on Mail-in Ballot Process

Watch Video on How to Complete a Mail-In Ballot

FREEHOLD, NJ — Monmouth County election officials announced that postcards confirming receipt of ballots to the County Board of Elections will be sent to voters whose ballots are returned by close of business on Monday, October 26, as any mailing after that time may not arrive to voters before Election Day.

Voters whose ballots are ...

General Election Public Question #2: Property Tax Deduction and Exemption for Peacetime Veterans Explained

On the November 3 ballot, New Jersey residents are asked three public questions, including a vote on whether veterans who did not serve in time of war should be given a $250 property tax deduction. 

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey offers an objective perspective of this question, including reasons for voting yes and no.

Question on the Ballot:

Do you approve ...

Lake Como Municipal Election: Two Uncontested Seats for Borough Council on Ballot

LAKE COMO, NJ — Democratic incumbents Nicholas De Mauro and David Gardner are seeking three-year terms to the Lake Como Council, both running unopposed in the November 3 general election.

While Gardner is up for re-election to his second full term, this is De Mauro’s first bid for an elected seat after he was appointed to the governing body in September 2019 to fill the unexpired ...

General Election Public Question #1: Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Marijuana Explained

In addition to voting in statewide, county and local elections by November 3, New Jersey residents will be asked three public questions, including whether the state Constitution should be amended to legalize marijuana.

The League of Women Voters of New Jersey offers an objective perspective of this question, including reasons for voting yes and no.

Question on the Ballot:

Do you ...

Belmar Council Candidates Share Their Views on Key Issues, Priorities for Borough

BELMAR, NJ — TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como asked the three candidates vying for the three-year seat on the Belmar Council — Democratic incumbent Thomas Brennan, Republican newcomer Jodi Kinney and independent Gerald Buccafusco — about their qualifications, important issues facing the borough and their top priorities if elected on November 3. Here is what they said, in their own ...

Calling All Crafty Pumpkin Carvers for Lake Como’s Halloween Photo Contest

October 24, 2020

LAKE COMO, NJ — After picking out that perfect pumpkin or two, get out those carving tools. It’s time for Lake Como’s latest photo contest.

Submit your best jack-o’-lantern snapshot by Halloween — Saturday, October 31 — and the entry that gets the most “likes” on the borough’s Facebook page will win a prize from a local ...

Beacon of Life to Host Complimentary Community Trunk or Treat

OCEANPORT, NJ — On October 28  from 1 to 4 p.m., get your costumes on and fly your broom over to Beacon of Life for free candy, giveaways, a dog parade and fun for all. 

Beacon of Life is located at 1075 Stephenson Avenue, Oceanport. Call 732-592-3406 with any questions about this socially distanced, spook-tacular event. 

Guard Your Gourds: How to Keep Squirrels from Eating Your Pumpkins

October 28, 2020

GLEN ROCK, NJ — Is your perfectly carved pumpkin being ravaged by local wildlife?

If you don’t remember this being a problem in the past, there’s a lot of speculation as to why squirrels are foraging for food more than usual. Some suspect fewer acorns have left squirrels hungry, while another theory regards reduced traffic in restaurants and parks as a result of the COVID-19 ...

Belmar Historical Society Video Series: A Salute to Patriotism and ‘Play Ball’ at Memorial Field

October 26, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — Marked on Main Street by monuments to honor those who have served this country — and a place where many sports have been played over the decades — Memorial Field is one of Belmar’s most-treasured historical gems.

In the latest “Spotlight on Belmar” video, Belmar Historical Society President Spencer Heulitt looks back at its storied past — ...

Lake Como Sets New Noise Rules with Rising Penalties for Repeat Violators

October 22, 2020

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s noise ordinance is now in line with state noise control regulations, but with borough-specific penalties for violators.

The borough council on October 20 unanimously approved the new measure, establishing decibel standards and enforcement procedures included in New Jersey’s “model” noise control ordinance that can be adopted by local ...

VIDEO: New Jersey's Senior Freeze Deadline Extended to End of Year

October 25, 2020

The New Jersey Treasurer’s Office has extended the Senior Freeze Program's filing deadline from November 2 to December 31 — a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The treasurer’s office requires a certification from a ...

VIDEO: Senior Citizens Council on How To Get Property Tax Relief

Most of us want to continue to stay in our homes and communities, but property taxes are driving us away. Taking advantage of New Jersey’s property tax relief programs can stretch our dollars. Who qualifies?  Are there special programs for seniors?

The Senior Citizens Council has prepared a video presentation on the property tax relief options available for ...

Belmar’s Sal Marchese Battles Cancer as Staff Keeps Salon Marsal ‘Up and Running’ Until His Return

October 17, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — Since opening his hair salon in Belmar more than 16 years ago, Sal Marchese has put his own special touch on this seashore community in so many ways.

After spending 20 years in New York City, where he became known in fashion and entertainment circles as one of the best in his field, the internationally recognized hair stylist brought his talents to New Jersey and opened ...

‘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 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 ...

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 ...

From the IRS: Income Ranges for IRA Eligibility to Change for 2021

October 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The Internal Revenue Service has announced cost‑of‑living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2021.

Highlights of changes for 2021

The income ranges for determining eligibility to make deductible contributions to traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), to contribute to Roth IRAs and ...

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.

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October 28, 2020

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JCP&L Supports Clean Ocean Action’s Annual Fall Beach Sweeps

Company Participates in Cleanup as Sponsor of Monmouth County Beach Sit

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), supported the cleanup of New Jersey’s beaches on October 24 by participating in Clean Ocean Action’s (COA) fall 2020 Beach Sweeps, serving as site sponsor for cleanup work at Belmar’s 16th ...

Clerk Hanlon Advises of Mail-In Ballot Deadlines and Extended Hours for County Election Offices

FREEHOLD, NJ —Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is advising Monmouth County voters of the deadlines for obtaining a reissued General Election mail-in ballot, and announcing the extended hours of the County Clerk’s Election Office and County Board of Elections Office ahead of Election Day, November 3.

Voters who have misplaced, damaged or have not yet received their ...

JCP&L and FirstEnergy Foundation Donate $65,000 to Local NJ Police Chiefs Associations to Help Keep Communities Safe

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), and the FirstEnergy Foundation recently donated a total of $65,000 to 13 local police chiefs associations throughout JCP&L’s service territory in recognition of their key role in keeping communities safe around downed power lines and other electrical equipment.

The ...

NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police: Think Twice Before Voting for Legalized Pot

October 22, 2020

New Jersey voters will be asked to cast their vote on a constitutional amendment that would legalize recreational marijuana in our state for people age 21 and older. This is a significant issue that most assuredly will impact public safety and quality-of-life issues for the residents of our New Jersey communities, as well as for the millions of visitors that we welcome to our state each ...

There Are Numerous Signs of Chris Smith’s Legendary Legislative Effectiveness

To the Editor:

More than ever, we need leaders who are honest, seasoned, tenacious and effective. In the Fourth Congressional District, that leader is Chris Smith.

Here in New Jersey, there are numerous signs of Chris Smith’s legendary legislative effectiveness. On the economy, he has supported all the coronavirus relief laws, including the paycheck protection program that is ...

Vitalant Providing Opportunities to Donate Throughout Central NJ

A robust blood supply is essential, but due to the western wildfires, along with 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 nine local, open-to-the-public donation events during November in central New Jersey

Click to view details of all nine ...

The Jaffe Briefing - October 28, 2020

OFF THE RAILS – Sad news from 10 years ago yesterday Gov. Chris Christie killed the $9 billion Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) tunnel. Oct. 27, 2010 marks the moment of the biggest blunder of the Christie Administration, as New Jersey lost the perfect opportunity to replace a pair of century-old tunnels that connect our state to Manhattan, while creating gobs of ...