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VIDEO: Belmar Public Library's E-Street Pickup Is as Easy as A-B-C for Contactless, Curbside Service

August 14, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — Find out how easy borrowing books, audiobooks and DVDs can be through Belmar Public’s E-Street Pickup, its new contactless, curbside service.

The library has just released a video (see below) that features library assistant Luis Pulido explaining the simple process on its YouTube channel, which can be accessed by clicking here.

In the video, Pulido gives a brief ...

Lake Como Turns On Switch to EV Charging Station in Borough Hall Parking Lot

August 13, 2020

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s electric vehicle station, situated in borough hall’s parking lot at 1740 Main Street, has finally been powered up.

Although the public EV station was installed in March, its launch has been delayed due to the coronavirus crisis. But now with it up and running, borough officials see it as an opportunity to attract visitors to the downtown district ...

Gov. Murphy: NJ Schools Can Start Year with All-Remote Learning If Health and Safety Standards Not Yet in Place

August 12, 2020

UPDATE: The N.J. Department of Health has released its guidance to help local health departments assist schools in providing a safe environment for students and staff. Click here for the public health recommendations released on August 13.

TRENTON, NJ — If school districts cannot meet state health and safety standards to reopen their doors, they will be allowed to start the new ...

Belmar Elementary School Prepares for September Start at 50% Capacity with Hybrid Instruction Schedule

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Elementary School will begin the school year at 50 percent capacity under a “hybrid model” that combines both in-person and remote instruction, under the school district’s Restart and Recovery Plan.

From the opening of school on September 2 through September 25, the nearly 470-member student body will be split into two groups — each ...

Belmar Arts Center: A Call for ‘Highest Level of Artistry’ for 16th Annual Juried Art Show

August 13, 2020

Online Deadline to Enter is Monday, August 17 at Midnight

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Arts Center is seeking entries that exude “the highest level of artistry” for its 16th Annual Juried Art Show, to be held virtually for the first time.

Paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media and sculpture will be considered for acceptance into BAC’s signature event of the year, with ...

Make a Splash in Lake Como's Summertime Photo Contest

July 31, 2020

LAKE COMO, NJ — “Summertime in Lake Como” is the theme of the borough’s latest photo contest, with snapshots due by Friday, August 21.

All residents — year-round and seasonal — are invited to participate, with prizes going to the top three entries garnering the most “likes” on the borough’s Facebook page.

Show what summertime means to ...

After Tropical Storm Isaias: Belmar/Lake Como Community Rallies Around ‘Powerless’ Neighbors During Four-Day Outage

August 10, 2020

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Four-year-old Isabella Pica was visiting a relative on Ninth Avenue in Belmar on Saturday when she saw a large work crew at the end of the block repairing a utility pole.  

As August 8 marked the fourth day of power outages throughout the borough caused by Tropical Storm Isaias, this was another visit by Jersey Central Power & Light workers to this ...

Belmar Police Officers Pay Special Visit to Young Girl Hit by Fallen Tree During Tropical Storm Isaias

BELMAR, NJ — When a tree landed atop a 12-year-old girl near Main Street and Ninth Avenue during Tropical Storm Isaias on August 4, it took a collective effort by the Belmar Police Department, Belmar Fire Aid Squad, Belmar Fire Department, Public Works Department and bystanders to free her from the fallen tree.

While Rebecca Gingold of Belmar was immediately taken to Jersey Shore ...

Monmouth County CARES Program Under Way for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Seeking Financial Lifeline

August 3, 2020

FREEHOLD, NJ — Belmar and Lake Como small businesses and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for the Monmouth County CARES Economic Assistance Grant program.

To qualify for grants of up to $10,000 under the program, businesses must meet the following criteria.

 Be physically located in the county since January 1, 2019 or earlier.
 Provide documentation of ...

New Jersey's Travel Quarantine List Updated to Include 31 States and 2 Territories

August 12, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has updated its coronavirus travel advisory list, which now includes 33 states and territories.

People should self-quarantine for 14 days after visiting the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona; California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho; ...

NJ Health Commissioner Signs Directive for Phased-In Reopening of Long-Term Care Facilities

Monmouth County Second in State with Most Active Cases of COVID-19 in LTC Facilities

TRENTON, NJ — With nearly one-half of all coronavirus-related deaths in New Jersey occurring at long-term care facilities, New Jersey health officials and Gov. Phil Murphy believe there’s a way some can soon open their doors to visitors safely. 

Health Commissioner ...

NJ Supreme Court Upholds Gov. Murphy's $10 Billion Borrowing Plan

August 13, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Supreme Court has rendered a unanimous decision in favor of Gov. Murphy’s plan to borrow nearly $10 billion to cover anticipated revenue shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision allows the governor and the Democrats, who control New Jersey State Assembly, to take on about $9.9 billion in new debt through next June, if ...

Belmar Historical Society Video Series: ‘Greetings from Belmar’ Stands Test of Time in Postcards from the Past

August 9, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Historical Society tells the borough’s history in postcards — from the 1890s to the 1990s — in its latest “Spotlight on Belmar” video.

This second video on BHS’s 1,100 postcard collection features a selection from its “Greetings from Belmar” series with images that capture the essence of this seashore town for more than ...

Belmar Historical Society Video Series: Tracing the Borough’s Pictorial Past through Postcards

BELMAR, NJ — The “mystery and charm” of postcards are explored in the Belmar Historical Society’s latest “Spotlight on Belmar” video, with a special focus on its 1,100-piece collection featuring many scenes of the borough.

BHS member Rickey Stein offers a historical overview of postcards in the first of two videos on the subject, starting with a look back at ...

Big Frog of Belmar: Getting You Geared Up for Grilling Time

June 30, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — If summertime grilling is your passion, make sure to dress to impress with a custom-logo’d apron to wear while delighting guests at your next barbecue.

Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More of Belmar can custom print aprons for home chefs with a design created just for you — with the support of its specially trained graphic designers.

Complement your selection ...

Franklin Waste Services: Offering Discounts on Dumpsters for Your Clean-Up or Remodeling Project

August 2, 2020

LAKE COMO, NJ — Whether you’re looking to tidy up your basement, get the garage organized, spruce up the yard — or even embark on a renovation project — Franklin Waste Services is offering discounts on its dumpsters.

The Lake Como-based company is taking $50 off the price of its roll-off containers, ranging in size from 6 cubic yards to 20 cubic yards. And ...

Dirty Dozen Part 1: Scams That Should Be on Your Radar

August 11, 2020

WASHIINGTON, DC — All tax scams put taxpayers at risk. This is the first of two stories taking a closer look at the Internal Revenue Service's Dirty Dozen tax scam list. This year, taxpayers should be especially, watchful for aggressive schemes related to COVID-19 relief, including Economic Impact Payments.

Here is a recap of the first six scams in this year's Dirty Dozen.

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como Is Here for You

April 17, 2020

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NJ Sharing Network Launches Campaign to Encourage Organ and Tissue Donation in Multicultural Communities

August 11, 2020

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ —  NJ Sharing Network, the nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue in the state, has kicked off 2020 #DonationNeedsDiversity, an initiative to empower multicultural communities to become more involved in saving and healing lives through organ and tissue donation.

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Forty Percent of Readers Buy from TAPinto Advertisers, Survey Finds

TAPinto readers are civically engaged, read TAPinto frequently and buy products or use services from TAPinto advertisers, the 2020 TAPinto Reader Survey found. More than 4,000 readers took the survey, which took place in June.

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● 37% of readers view a business more favorably if they advertise on TAPinto.

● 93% trust advertising ...

Escalating Need for Blood Donations; 58 Units Collected at NJ Event

While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has played havoc with New Jersey’s and the nation’s blood supply – triggering shortages while simultaneously escalating need – there’s been some good news recently. An exceptional total of 58 units of blood were recently collected at an event hosted by the iPlay America entertainment venue, sponsored by The Jersey ...

Tropical Storm Isaias Update

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) utilities continue restoration efforts for customers of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) who lost power as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias. Service has been restored to approximately 566,000 JCP&L customers – more than 72% of the 788,000 customers impacted by the storm.

More than 8,000 utility personnel from JCP&L, other ...

The Jaffe Briefing - August 4, 2020

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