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Coast Guard Rescues Man Stranded on Icy Island in Frigid Navesink River

January 22, 2019

RUMSON, NJ — In biting winds and near-zero temperatures, U.S. Coast Guard crews yesterday morning rescued a distressed individual stuck on a small island in the Navesink River.

At about 9:40 a.m. on January 21, watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook received notification from the Rumson Police Department that a 21-year-old man was stranded on the island — located west of ...

Belmar's New Professional Staff Sheds Light on Concerns Facing Borough

January 16, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — On the job for only 10 days, five members of Belmar’s recently appointed professional staff last night provided a sober picture of the borough’s financial health.

During a 1½-hour workshop session of the borough council, presentations on the “state of the borough” were given by bond counsel Meghan Bennett Clark, borough auditor Robert Allison, ...

Belmar Mayor Mark Walsifer Appoints 6 New Planning Board Members

BELMAR, NJ — Six new members have joined the Belmar Planning Board, as part of the borough’s recent reorganization under Mayor Mark Walsifer.

Taking their seats on January 14 as mayoral appointments on the nine-member board were Borough Councilwoman Patricia Wann and five resident members: William Lindsey (mayor’s designee), Jay McDermott, Joseph Rizzitello, Ted Protonentis ...

Belmar Elementary PTO: Get Your Mega 50/50 Raffle Tickets

January 21, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Ticket sales continue for the Belmar Elementary School PTO's Mega 50/50 Raffle — its largest fundraiser of the year — with the drawing to be held on February 7 at the school’s faculty/student volleyball game.

Last year, the raffle winner took home nearly $5,000. Tickets are priced at $5 each or $30 for a book of 10 tickets.

For more information on ...

Lake Como Board of Education Reorganizes for New Year

January 11, 2019

LAKE COMO, NJ — Ellen Higgins began her new three-year term on the Lake Como Board of Education, as newcomer Mary Louise Underhill took her seat for a one-year unexpired term during the board’s reorganization meeting on January 10.

Incumbent Patricia Gerris, who was elected to a three-year term, was unable to attend the meeting and is expected to be sworn in at the board’s ...

Belmar Board of Education: Three Returning Members, One Newcomer Take Oath during Reorganization

BELMAR, NJ — Three incumbents and a newcomer took their seats on the Belmar Board of Education during its reorganization meeting on January 9.

Lisa Miller and Michele Lomas were sworn in to new three-year terms and Joanne Gray to a one-year unexpired term, while Kristin Karr joined the 10-member school board elected to a full term.

The board also re-elected Cherie Adams as its ...

Belmar Police Captures Raccoon that Attacked Woman, Dog

January 17, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — A raccoon that attacked a woman on Eighth Avenue and a dog in the past day has been captured.

The Belmar Police Department was assisted by Monmouth County SPCA in capturing the animal today, January 17, according to the department in a Facebook post. It is reported that the raccoon will be tested for rabies before being euthanized.

The police’s Facebook post also ...

NJ Supreme Court Dismisses More Than 780K Minor Municipal Court Warrants

January 17, 2019

TRENTON, NJ — If you have an outstanding arrest warrant for a municipal court case issued before 2003, your case may have been dismissed.

The New Jersey Supreme Court today dismissed more than 780,000 minor municipal court warrants that have gone unresolved for 15 years or more. One of the cases dismissed dates back to 1976.

The order comes after a report by a three-judge panel ...

Belmar Community Makerspace Offering Workshops on 3D Printing, Quilting/Sewing for All Skill Levels

January 12, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — If you’re intrigued by the emerging technology of 3D printing or looking to immerse yourself in the time-honored technique of quilting, the Belmar Community Makerspace is hosting workshops in both outlets of creativity.

The free classes will be offered beginning this month at the Makerspace, located at Belmar Community Center/Library Annex at 503 Seventh Avenue. A ...

Belmar and Lake Como Collectively Awarded Nearly $9,000 by DEP for Recycling Efforts

January 13, 2019

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Belmar and Lake Como this year will receive comparable state recycling grants for each municipality’s recycling efforts in 2016.

While Belmar will be awarded $4,446 and Lake Como $4,361, both amounts are in contrast to what each community received last year — Belmar’s grant tumbling 51 percent from its $9,163 award in 2018 and Lake Como’s ...

Procession of Fundraisers for Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade Continues

January 24, 2019

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Fundraisers on five more Sundays will highlight the countdown to the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 3.

January 27: Bar Anticipation with music by The Snakes, 703 16th Avenue, Lake Como.
February 10: Marina Grille, 902 Route 35, Belmar.
February 17, Boathouse Bar & Grill, 1309 Main Street, Belmar.
February 24: Friendly Sons of ...

Belmar Arts Center Exhibit: Showcasing the Many Sides of Humor

January 15, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Arts Center is bringing in 2019 with a laugh or two ... even a smile will do.

“Laughing Out Loud: The Humor Show” is a members-only exhibit “celebrating the things, events and people that make us smile in joy or laugh out loud,” according to the description of the curated show, which runs through February 1. “From a child’s sheer ...

Serenity by the Sea in Ocean Grove: Warming Up the Winter by 'Taking a Walk on Main'

January 18, 2019

OCEAN GROVE, NJ — Snow, rain or a little bit of both may be in the forecast this weekend, but it’s always warm, bright and cheerful at Serenity by the Sea, the “little shop of wonders” at 53 Main Avenue.

In addition to making shopping fun with a wide selection of specialty items, handcrafted offerings and one-of-a-kind treasures , the boutique and artisan marketplace is ...

Belmar Recreation: Youngsters Warming Up Winter with Gym Activities

January 10, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s recreation gymnasium is a hub of activity every Wednesday and Saturday for elementary school students.

From 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., open gym featuring basketball, dodgeball and indoor soccer is held every Wednesday for third- to fifth-graders. The sessions are open to students from Belmar Elementary School (both Belmar and Lake Como residents) and St. Rose Grammar ...

Stalled Lighting Project on Belmar’s Main Street Resumes

January 17, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — The prolonged wait to bring new lights to the northern end of Main Street in Belmar may soon be over.

Crews from Valiant Power Group of Branchburg began working on January 14 along the downtown’s main thoroughfare between Fifth and 10th Avenues to erect taller utility poles that will ensure the new street lighting fixtures will not interfere with existing overhead ...

Advanced PMR Plans to Relocate to Santander Bank Building on 10th Avenue

January 4, 2019

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — The large banner placed in the windows of the vacant Santander building is turning heads on 10th Avenue.  Advanced Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, now located about one mile south in Lake Como, plans to move to the much-larger location by the spring.

Daniel Reizis, owner of Advanced PMR, said that he and business partner Harris Hafeez have purchased the ...

Belmar's Jade Glab Crowned Miss Central Jersey Beaches, Will Compete for Miss New Jersey Title in June

January 7, 2019

HOWELL, NJ — Jade Glab of Belmar has been crowned Miss Central Jersey Beaches, earning her the opportunity once again to compete for the title of Miss New Jersey.

Glab is the first-ever winner in this new preliminary to the Miss New Jersey pageant this year, open to candidates who live, work or attend school in central New Jersey. In 2018, she held the title of Miss Monmouth County and ...

New Jersey Brain Aneurysm Survivor Uses Second Chance to Save Lives

January 2, 2019

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After surviving a ruptured aneurysm and fully recovering without the permanent damage that is common among survivors, 20-year-old Livingston resident Justin Gelman immediately knew he had to use his second chance at life to help others who face similar situations.

Gelman, whose aneurysm ruptured while he was alone in his Duke University apartment in February, has joined ...

Plant Indoors Now for a Fragrant Start to the New Year

January 13, 2019

Plant away the stress of the holidays and add some fragrance to the new year by growing paperwhites. Just plant the bulbs, no cold treatment needed, and watch them grow into their blooming beauty.

Purchase firm healthy bulbs from your local garden center or an online bulb nursery. Ziva is the most common paperwhite variety sold for forcing, but there are newer varieties with less ...

We Want You to be Part of TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como

October 2, 2018

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East Main Media Launches TAPinto Network’s Flagship Video Channel, TAPintoTV

January 22, 2019

LITTLE FALLS, NJ — East Main Media today announced the launch of TAPintoTV, an online video channel highlighting topics of interest in New Jersey, New York, and beyond.

TAPintoTV is off the ground and has been posting content for several months, including videos featuring Emmy award-winning PBS host, Steve Adubato, coverage of the New York International Auto Show, small business ...

Upcoming Events


Thu, January 24, 4:00 PM

Belmar Community Center/Library Annex, FREE

Belmar Community Makerspace: Quilting and Sewing ...


Thu, January 24, 7:00 PM

Belmar Municipal Building, Belmar

Belmar Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting


Sat, January 26

Green Leaf Pet Resort, Oakhurst

Celebrate National Train Your Dog Month: Green ...


Tue, February 12, 8:15 AM

Buona Sera Palazzo, Ocean

Hearts of Hope Breakfast: Supporting the Collier ...

New Jersey Ranks Near Bottom of WalletHub's Best States to Retire

January 21, 2019

To the surprise of few people, New Jersey ranked among the worst states for retirees, according to Wallethub's 2019 "Best States to Retire” list.

Based on a comparison of all 50 states in 46 key metrics, New Jersey landed at No. 46 in the report by the personal finance website, which also found that nearly 25 percent of all American adults having no retirement savings or ...

Belmar and Lake Como

January 17, 2019

Belmar Police Department reported the following 12 arrests occurred in Belmar and Lake Como from December 1, 2018 to December 30, 2018.


Cristihian Sanchez, 34, of Belmar was arrested on Main Street on December 2 by Police Officer Kevin Marron, charged with simple assault, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and ...

Green Leaf Pet Resort: School is Back in Session

January 5, 2019

It's a new year, new classes and new confidence at Green Leaf Pet Resorts, where school is in session.

Preregister your dog for obedience class before they fill up.  The classes are held for seven consecutive weeks at two convenient locations. 

In this class, your dog will learn how to :

Heel, sit, come, stay and down on command.
 Respond to commands, despite ...

Belmar Business Partnership Welcomes Kinney Chiropractic to Town

January 19, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — The Belmar Business Partnership celebrated the grand opening of Kinney Chiropractic with a ribbon-cutting event on January 12. This family wellness chiropractic practice is owned by Jodi Kinney, D.C., who also owns Intrinsic Chiropractic in Jackson.

 In addition to family and friends of the owner, the ribbon-cutting was attended by BBP trustees, Councilwoman Patricia ...

Opioids are Killing Our Children

January 12, 2019

To the Editor:

For seven years, I testified before the N.J. State Senate and Assembly budget committees, as a member of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence for the 24th District on drug issues.

Today, drugs, especially opioids, are killing more children of all ages. CNN and other sources are reporting 9,000 pediatric deaths linked to opioids from 1999 through ...