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Deadline Today to Get on List for Santa’s Early Visits to Belmar, Lake Como

December 13, 2018

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — The deadline is today, December 14 to make sure Belmar and Lake Como children are on Santa’s list when he visits both towns next week.

Santa will ride through Belmar delivering wrapped holiday gifts to everyone on his special list beginning at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18. He then will be in Lake Como on Wednesday, December 19 on the same mission, beginning ...

Lake Como to Celebrate the Season with Visits from Santa, Giving Tree, Holiday Decorating Contest

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como children will be getting an early visit from Santa on Wednesday, December 19.

From 5 to 8:30 p.m., he will be riding through the borough — assisted by the Belmar Police Department and Lake Como Public Works Department — delivering wrapped holiday gifts to everyone on his special Lake Como list. Rain date is Thursday, December 20.

To get a Lake ...

Belmar Holiday Round-Up: Time to Mark Your Calendar

BELMAR, NJ — Here’s a rundown of what is happening this holiday season in Belmar.

Get Your Kids on Belmar’s VIP Gift List

Santa also will be making an early visit to Belmar on Tuesday, December 18 and Wednesday, December 19.

Beginning at 3 p.m. on each day, he will be riding through the borough — assisted by the Belmar Police and Public Works Departments — ...

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 ...

Belmar Historical Society Offering Holiday Gifts of Times Past

December 11, 2018

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 ...

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

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 ...

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” ...

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 ...

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 ...

Operation Cookie Swap Spreads Holiday Cheer To Area Military Families

December 11, 2018

SPOTSWOOD, NJ — The third annual Operation Cookie Swap is in full drive, mobilized to bring holiday smiles to active and nonactive military families in the greater Spotswood area.

Operation Cookie Swap is sponsored by the SSG Michael Ollis Freedom Foundation and Amici’s Bakery in Monroe. The yummy holiday event is organized by longtime borough resident Kimberly Ollis-Loschiavo in ...

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

December 4, 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 28, 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 ...

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

December 8, 2018

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 ...

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 ...

NJ Recipe Guru Shares her Favorite Holiday Cookie: Double Chocolate Espresso

December 13, 2018

If you love to cook, there’s a fair chance you’ve got a recipe somewhere in your home by Gwynn Galvin, whose cooking blog “Swirls of Flavor” has been picking up steam.

“I have been told that I am ‘well-seasoned,’ having worked in the culinary field for more than 20 years now,” the grandmother of eight said from her home in Montvale, N.J.

In ...

Belmar Elementary School Begins Year with 106 Honor Roll Achievers

November 23, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — A total of 106 Belmar Elementary School students earned honor roll status for the first marking period of the school year.

The 29 students who made the high honor roll by achieving a grade of 93 or higher in all subjects including related arts were:

Sixth grade: Emily Black, Emma Preston, John Wheeler, Winter Archer, Bianca Bell Murillo, Daren Chen, Katherine ...

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

December 4, 2018

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 ...

Six Monmouth County Residents Charged in Drug Trafficking Ring in Takedown by FBI and Local Law Enforcement

TRENTON, NJ — Six Monmouth County residents are among 15 people charged in connection with a heroin and cocaine trafficking ring that operated in the Bayshore region of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties, according to the U.S Attorney’s Office.

Daniel Alfano, 44, of Keansburg, Christy Dube, 43, of the Cliffwood section of Aberdeen, Brian Hall, 47, of Howell, George Holiday Sr., 47, of ...

‘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 ...

DWI State Police Checkpoint in Belmar on December 15

December 14, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — A sobriety checkpoint will be set up tomorrow, December 15 in Belmar by the New Jersey State Police, which did not provide additional details on its location and time.

The state police made the announcement on its Facebook page, alerting motorists that state troopers will be pulling over vehicles looking for drivers who exhibit signs of impairment due to alcohol or drugs, ...

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Holiday Happenings at State Parks Culminate with Re-Enactment of Washington’s Crossing of Delaware on Christmas

December 12, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Holiday activities at the nearby Historic Village at Allaire are among a host of events planned this month at New Jersey state parks, culminating with the annual re-enactment of Gen. George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Day.

At Allaire State Park in Farmingdale, visitors can tour the historic village by lantern light and learn about Christmas ...

Upcoming Events


Fri, December 14, 7:00 PM

Two River Theater, Red Bank, Additional Dates: December 15, 1 and 6 p.m., December 16, 1 p.m.

American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker 2018 -- ...


Sat, December 15, 9:30 AM

Belmary Elementary School, Belmar

Belmar Fire Department 91st Annual Christmas ...


Tue, December 18, 1:00 PM

Manasquan United Methodist Church , Manasquan

American Red Cross Blood Drive


Wed, December 19, 1:00 PM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

Opera in the Afternoon: La Boheme


Fri, December 28, 10:00 AM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

Holiday Namaste Class: Kids Yoga

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 ...

President Signs Smith’s Legislation Extending PEPFAR, Helping Genocide

December 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC — President Donald Trump signed two bills authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th District), into law on December 12: a five-year, $30 billion extension of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act — legislation to ensure ISIS genocide victims in Iraq and Syria receive humanitarian relief 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 ...

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 ...

Green Leaf Pet Resort: Your Dog's Ultimate Vacation Destination, Roundtrip Transportation for Your Furry Family Member

December 3, 2018

MONMOUTH, NJ — Green Leaf Pet Resort is your dog's ultimate vacation destination.

Green Leaf is staffed with extremely attentive pet care experts with diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests, all brought together to keep your pet happy. Whether leaving for vacation, or just for the day, Green Leaf's goal is to make it easier for you and your pet. While you’re away, ...