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Belmar’s Main Street Donuts: Easter Candy Favorites Top Selection of Specialty Doughnuts

April 20, 2019

Open on Easter Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a visit from the Easter bunny from 10 a.m. to noon.

BELMAR, NJ — Marshmallow bunnies, speckled candy-coated malted eggs, jelly beans and sprinkles in many styles and colors adorn Main Street Donuts’ Easter-themed doughnuts.

Choose a dozen or two of the specialty creations at the award-winning specialty shop to bring to your ...

Return of Repair Work to Belmar’s Main Street Bridge Delayed for One Week

April 20, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Repair work on the Belmar Main Street/Route 71 bridge will now resume on April 22, with the project expected to wrap up by Memorial Day — weather permitting, according to state transportation officials.

During the work, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on the drawbridge, which spans the Shark River, connecting Belmar and Avon-by-the-Sea. Boat ...

Young Performers Shine at Belmar’s Shore Got Talent! Show

April 15, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Excitement ran high at Belmar’s Shore Got Talent! show, with award-winning performances by six area students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

The annual competition, held on April 12 at Belmar Elementary School, featured 25 finalists who took the stage for three-minute performances. These first- and second-place winners were chosen in the following ...

Belmar’s Monument Park in Full Regalia for Spring

April 14, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — The cherry trees along Monument Row on Main Street are in full bloom — creating soft clouds of pastel pink blossoms in the small park between 12th and 13th Avenues

These remembrance trees are a symbol of patriotism — growing strong in a park that serves as a tribute to the fallen heroes of the armed forces. And now new street banners of the American flag — ...

Officials Confirm Ocean Grove Fire Started Underneath Boardwalk Building

April 15, 2019

OCEAN GROVE, NJ — Investigators have confirmed the massive fire that destroyed Ocean Grove’s boardwalk pavilion originated on the east side of the structure, underneath the Dunes Boardwalk Cafe.

While the five-alarm blaze’s cause has yet to be determined, the area of origin is where the homeless have resided in the past, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s ...

Investigators Dismantle Major Heroin Trafficking Ring with 32 Suspects Charged, 4 Remain at Large

FREEHOLD, NJ — Charges have been filed against 32 people in connection with a large-scale heroin distribution ring that operated in the Bayshore region, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

A collaboration of multiple county and local law enforcement agencies, the 16-month “Operation Finished Business” investigation revealed that members of this drug ...

Lake Como Takes Steps to Ease Travel Woes Triggered by Charity Races

April 16, 2019

LAKE COMO/BELMAR, NJ — With this year’s first charity run several days away, Lake Como has put in place measures aimed at making it easier for residents to get around town during these crowd-drawing events.

Based on a Belmar Police Department recommendation made last year, these weekend events will now start no later than 9 a.m., so that road closures in Lake Como and Belmar will ...

NJ Transportation Grants Totaling $500,000 to Pave Way for Road Local Improvements in Belmar, Lake Como

April 9, 2019

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Belmar and Lake Como will get a total of $500,000 in state funding this year for road improvement projects.

Both boroughs are among 537 municipalities receiving $161.25 million in Municipal Aid grants awarded through the state Transportation Trust Fund. Monies generated through the controversial gas tax hike signed into law by then-Gov. Chris Christie in 2016 are ...

Monmouth County Lauds Belmar’s Fran Hines for Commitment to Autism Awareness

April 5, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — As Monmouth County’s autism outreach coordinator, Fran Hines is an educator, communicator, facilitator, and most importantly, a good listener.

And because of his dedication to serve in that multifaceted role, the Belmar resident was recognized this week — in observance of National Autism Awareness Month — for his “exceptional work in training and ...

More Assistance Offered to Homeowners Still Rebuilding after Sandy

April 13, 2019

One home in Belmar under total reconstruction remains in New Jersey's rebuilding program.

NEPTUNE, NJ — More than six years after Superstorm Sandy, some 1,000 New Jerseyans who are still rebuilding their homes will get more help from the state and federal government.

During a visit earlier this week to the Shark River Municipal Marina in Neptune, Gov. Phil Murphy announced ...

It’s Clear Sailing for First Day of Belmar Boat Show at Manutti Municipal Marina

April 14, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Look no further than Belmar Manutti Marina’s own supervisor to find one of its best spokespersons. “What isn’t there to love about this,” said Jay Ferrari, his arms outstretched in the direction of the boats docked in the picturesque Shark River. “It’s like being on vacation when you’re not on vacation.”

Ferrari was among a ...

TAPinto’s Kick Off to Summer: ARE YOU READY to Make This Summer the BEST YET for Your Business?

April 9, 2019

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como is now publishing its Kick Off to Summer special advertising section. This go-to online guide will get your message before thousands of readers every day — whether you’re looking to bring in business from seasonal visitors, day-trippers or the locals.

When you advertise in the Kick Off to Summer special section, readers will be only a click away from your ...

Beach Music Studios Showcases Aspring Students during Annual Spring Concert Scholarship Fundraiser

April 12, 2019

BELMAR NJ — Rock ‘n’ roll ruled the day during the Beach Music Studios annual Spring Concert Scholarship Fundraiser, held yesterday at the Beach Haus Brewery.

Performing to an audience of nearly 100 persons on April 6, the Belmar-based music studio’s young musicians and singers age 8 through 18 undoubtedly demonstrated that music lessons and countless hours of practice ...

Couple Accused of Discarding Body of Newborn in Dumpster Ordered Jailed Until Trial

April 6, 2019

FREEHOLD, NJ — Jada M. McClain, the 18-year-old Neptune resident accused of murdering her newborn baby, will remain in jail until her trial, following a detention hearing on April 17 before Judge James J. McGann.

Quaimere Mohammed, 19, of Asbury Park, charged with disposing of the infant believed to be his son in a garbage dumpster, will also remain in jail until his trial after he ...

Belmar Woman’s Club Makes Donation to Support Team Shamrock's Special Home-Building Mission

April 9, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Woman’s Club has brought in a new organization under its umbrella of charitable causes.

The club recently donated $300 to Team Shamrock, which raises funds to build “smart homes” for catastrophically injured service members through the New York-based Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

At its monthly meeting, the women had the opportunity ...

Belmar Woman’s Club Invites Students to Apply for Annual College Scholarships

April 13, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — The Belmar Woman’s Club is inviting college-bound students to apply for its annual scholarships.

The club awards $1,000 scholarships each year to high school seniors who live in Belmar, regardless of where they attend high school. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 10.

Scholarship applicants must also meet the following criteria:

Have a solid academic ...

Belmar Historical Society Delves into Borough’s Early Past in April Series of Free Classes

March 25, 2019

BELMAR, NJ —Are you curious who called “Belmar” home long before it was established in 1885? Does the early landscape of the borough’s beachfront or marina interest you?

Belmar Historical Society will host a series of free classes in April that will focus on Belmar’s early history, and provide an overview of the nonprofit group’s research capabilities and ...

NJ Litter Survey Shows 53% Drop in Trash on Streets, Highways

April 7, 2019

New Media Campaign Urges Residents to Help Remove Remaining 47%

TRENTON, NJ — When the New Jersey Clean Communities Council learned the findings of a comprehensive report showed litter along streets and highways has been reduced by 53 percent over the past 13 years, the obvious question was: What about the other 47 percent?

That is why the NJCCC has launched a statewide media ...

Simple Strategies for a Larger Tomato Harvest

April 18, 2019

Nothing is more frustrating than investing time, money and energy in planting and growing tomatoes only to watch them succumb to disease. We can’t change the weather conditions that support disease problems, but we can tweak our growing strategies to reduce this risk.

Select and grow the most disease-resistant varieties suited to your growing region. Consult your  local nursery or ...

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October 2, 2018

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NJ High School Student's Design To Be Displayed at White House Easter Egg Roll

April 20, 2019

HACKENSACK, NJ — An Easter egg design created by a senior at Hackensack High School will represent New Jersey at the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday in Washington, D.C.

Each year, every state is asked by the U.S. Department of Education to submit an Easter egg design to represent that state and be displayed during the event.

Ahmed El Gazzar’s design, which includes a ...

Upcoming Events


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Lake Como Borough Hall , Lake Como

Coffee with Lake Como Mayor Kevin Higgins


Wed, April 24, 6:30 PM

The Renaissance, Ocean

Associated Humane Societies Second Annual Dining ...


Sat, May 4, 11:00 AM


Belmar Arts Center 15th Annual Juried Art Show


Fri, May 10

Belmary Elementary School, Belmar

Belmar PTO: Mother's Day Jewelry Sale Fundraiser


Sat, June 1, 12:00 AM


Belmar Recreation Summer Basketball Registration

Belmar and Lake Como

April 20, 2019

Two drug busts highlighted the activities of the Belmar Police Department in February 2019. Click below to read more.

Belmar Police: 12th Avenue Man Charged in Drug Distribution Ring
Belmar Police: Pair Arrested on Heroin, Crack Cocaine Trafficking Charges

The department also reported these additional 20 arrests in Belmar and Lake Como from February 2, 2019 to February 28, ...

Fisher-Price Recalls Rock ’n Play Sleeper Linked to Infant Deaths

April 14, 2019

EAST AURORA, NY — Fisher-Price has recalled all Rock 'n Play Sleepers sold since 2009 due to infant deaths according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website. 

More than 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances, according to the ...

Massachusetts Benefits from Stalled NJ Measure to Sell Liquor in Supermarkets

April 9, 2019

In Massachusetts, we have been following the ongoing debate in New Jersey to expand the number of liquor licenses that one entity can own. For decades, supermarkets and other entities in both states have been unnecessarily and unfairly limited under outdated laws that stymie business growth and customer convenience.

Massachusetts had endured these onerous restrictions until lawmakers and ...

Holy Thursday's Watch Offers an Opportunity for Reflection and Prayer

Connectivity – a doublespeak word if there ever was one.

It is, in fact, dis-connectivity. Life through devices makes us not present in our immediate world and takes us outside of ourselves and into the world of entertainment, sports, social media, etc.

My favorite is the commercial for some streaming service where the guy says “Now you watch movies on your phone,” as if ...

You Deserve a Getaway and So Does Your Dog!

March 27, 2019

Your dog will not have time to miss you because they will be so busy socializing, playing, swimming, walking, running and so much more, at Green Leaf Pet Resort. Now offering our most advanced glass suites ever, complete with memory foam beds (there are no cages at Green Leaf)!

Green Leaf has a 24/7 staff for walking, petting, loving, and nightly tuck-ins. Expect happy ...

How Spring Weather Affects Your System

We need April showers to bring May flowers, but spring storms aren’t always kind to your heating and air conditioning system. There are several major ways extreme weather can affect your system; be aware of the following:

Flying debris

With potentially drastic changes in temperatures, you’re more likely to experience harsh storms. All that wind can create flying debris that ...