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Joe’s Bagel & Grill in Belmar: What’s On the Menu for Week of August 19

August 19, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Whether it’s sriracha sauce, pico de gallo or pesto mayonnaise, it’s all about the toppings on this week’s specials menu at Joe’s Bagel & Grill.

Here are the specials for the week of August 19 through August 25:

Banango Smoothie: Banana, mango and almond milk (one size).

Sriracha Avo Toast: Mashed avocado, two over-easy eggs, tomato, red ...

Belmar Cruise Night: Ready to Rumble for Last Time This Summer on August 22

August 17, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — It will be Belmar’s last rumble of the season when dozens of classic and vintage cars roll into the downtown district for Cruise Night on Thursday, August 22.

For this summer, the popular event has moved from Main Street to the nearby Belmar Plaza, located between Eighth and 10th Avenue, where cars as well as motorcycles will be showcased in its expansive parking from ...

Belmar Community Makerspace: DIY Sloth Plush Toys, Comic Books, Shirt Pillow Remain on Summer Schedule

August 18, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — There's still plenty of time to make a memento of summer at the Belmar Community Makerspace.

Here is a rundown of each remaining workshop in the Summer Maker Program, including any costs or required supplies. All programs are held at the Belmary Community Center/Library Annex at 503 Seventh Avenue.

Make a Sloth Plush Toy: Thursday, August 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

In ...

Belmar to Take First Look at Development Plans for New Municipal Complex

August 12, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Faced with the reality that Belmar’s aging municipal building will soon need to be repaired or replaced — both major undertakings — the borough is looking to private developers to see if they may have the answer.

The borough will be accepting proposals on a nonbinding basis from developers who have expressed interest in putting down stakes in Belmar. To ...

Belmar Puts Off Decision on Beachfront Parking Fee Hike Until Next Season

August 14, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Metered parking fees along Belmar’s beachfront will remain at $1 an hour for the rest of the summer.

The Borough Council on August 6 tabled a proposed ordinance that would have increased the fee to $2 an hour, as a way to bring in additional revenues to meet a shortfall in its parking utility budget.

READ MORE: Belmar Considers Return to $2 Hourly Parking Fee along ...

Did You Lose an Engagement Ring on the Belmar Beach?

BELMAR, NJ — It’s been a month since Karen Farrell found what appears to be an engagement ring on the Belmar beach. And although it’s a longshot, she still hopes to find the person who lost it.

Farrell came to Belmar on Sunday, July 7 — the last day of an extended Fourth of July weekend — and took a spot along the oceanfront between Second and Third Avenues, where ...

Monmouth County Academy Gives Residents First-Hand Look into Law Enforcement Services

August 19, 2019

FREEHOLD, NJ — Enrollment is now open for the Monmouth County Citizen Police Academy/Law Enforcement Mini Academy, designed to give residents an overview of law enforcement services in the county.

To be held on six consecutive Thursdays from September 19 through October 24 at the Monmouth County Public Safety Center, the academy will feature speakers from the Monmouth County ...

‘Harmful’ Algae Bloom at Manasquan Reservoir Halts Recreational Activities

HOWELL, NJ — Direct contact with water in the Manasquan Reservoir should be avoided now that state officials have confirmed high levels of harmful algae blooms are present in the 770-acre body of water — a popular recreational site for area residents.

Testing by the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection revealed levels of cyanobacteria that are at or above “New Jersey ...

Rutgers Expert: How Adults Can Spot Signs of Mental Illness in Children

August 20, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A recent report by the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers University showed a rise in suicide attempts by preteens over the past 18 months —  a trend that has been seen across the nation.

“This illustrates the need for people who encounter children regularly to be aware of early signs of mental illness, such as anxiety, depression and ...

John Carvelli Steps Down from Lake Como Council with Move Out of Town

August 7, 2019

LAKE COMO, NJ — John Carvelli has resigned from the Lake Como Council due to his move to Wall Township.

After his letter of resignation was read into the record at the council’s August 6 meeting, Mayor Kevin Higgins thanked him for his service to the borough. "He will be sorely missed," he added. 

Carvelli was elected to the council in 2014 after being appointed ...

‘Recycled’ Belmar Gazebo Pops Up in Park on Fifth Avenue

August 2, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — An old gazebo is starting a new life — as the centerpiece of the small park at Fifth Avenue and D Street in Belmar.

For two years, the small wooden structure was situated several blocks away at the children’s playground at Eighth Avenue and C Street, overlooking Silver Lake. But it became an easy target of vandals, and the extensively damaged structure was ...

Belmar Remembers Its Own Ray of Sunshine ‘Muffie’ Cinelli with Beachfront Tribute

August 6, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Even when it was far from an ideal beach day in Belmar, the sun was always shining when Mafalda “Muffie” Cinelli was inside the Belmar tourism booth along the beachfront.

For 10 years, she greeted hundreds of thousands of visitors with her infectious smile, warmth and friendliness that made her the borough’s unofficial “beach ambassador”— ...

Belmar Historical Society Exhibit Showcases Illustrious Beginnings of Inlet Terrace Lagoon

BELMAR, NJ — The peaceful and picturesque Inlet Terrace lagoon had quite a celebrated beginning.

During the early 1900s, it was dug out from a strip of salty marshes along the Shark River — a dredging project that involved pumping a million cubic yards of clay and sand. And when the massive project was complete, the lagoon became the centerpiece of a private development of homes ...

Serenity by the Sea in Ocean Grove: A Paradise of Treasures for Pet Lovers … and Tutus Too

August 19, 2019

OCEAN GROVE, NJ — When it comes to Serenity by the Sea’s vast selection of specialty merchandise, it’s literally raining cats and dogs.

The boutique at 53 Main Avenue in Ocean Grove boasts home textiles and furnishings, as well as trinkets and charms for pet lovers. In addition, shop owner Sarah Taylor Izzo creates her own lines of potholders and hotholders designed from ...

From Strawberry Shortcakes to Shark Cakes: Endless Summer Sweetness at The Macaroon Shop in Avon

August 1, 2019

AVON-BY-THE-SEA, NJ — Sweeten your summer with a strawberry shortcake, key lime pie, old-fashioned crumb buns or a huge chocolate éclair at The Macaroon Shop — a family favorite for generations.

While they’re still home from school, bring the kids and watch their faces light up when they see the endless choices in the expansive display cases at the full-service bakery ...

Steak Stand: Home of the ‘Grab-and-Go’ Cheesesteak Opens in Downtown Belmar

July 28, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — All great cheesesteaks start with a good roll. But for Jay Vigilante, co-owner of the recently opened Steak Stand in Belmar, it’s how long you cook the steak that really makes the difference.

“Take your time cooking the steak and you’ll get the most flavor out of it,” he said, cooking up peppers on the griddle shortly before Saturday's grand ...

From the IRS: Check Your Withholding with Improved Online Tool

August 16, 2019

All employees should make sure their employers are withholding the correct amount of tax from their paychecks. The best way for employees to do this is to use the new IRS Tax Withholding Estimator on

The IRS just launched this improved tool to help taxpayers check their withholding by doing a Paycheck Checkup. This lets the employee check to see if their employer is taking enough tax ...

Backyard Gardener's Corner: Tomato Troubles

August 18, 2019

You have waited all season for that first red ripe tomato only to discover less-than-perfect fruit. But don’t worry, you can still have a great harvest this year while improving things for next season.

Blossom end rot is a common problem. It’s due to a calcium deficiency often caused by fluctuations in soil moisture, often seen on the first set of fruit and those grown in ...

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

October 2, 2018

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Upcoming Events


Wed, August 21, 9:30 AM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

Belmar Public Library Story Time


Wed, August 21, 1:00 PM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

Opera in the Afternoon: Fiddler on the Roof


Wed, August 21, 6:00 PM

Belmar Community Center/Library Annex, Belmar

Belmar Community Makerspace: Make a Comic Book


Thu, August 22, 4:00 PM

Belmar Community Center/Library Annex, FREE

Belmar Community Makerspace: Quilting and Sewing ...


Thu, August 22, 6:00 PM

Rain Date: August 28, Belmar

Belmar Business Partnership Cruise Night


Thu, August 22, 7:00 PM

Belmar Municipal Building, Belmar

Belmar Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting


Fri, August 23, 6:00 PM

Presented by the Belmar Business Partnership, Free, Pyanoe Plaza

Friday Night Concert Series: The Doubting Toms


Sat, August 24, 11:00 AM

Sponsored by Belmar Business Partnership, Belmar

Second Annual Belmar Sidewalk Sale

Belmar and Lake Como

August 12, 2019

The Belmar Police Department reported 52 arrests in Belmar and Lake Como from June 16, 2019 through June 30, 2019.


Raquel Bartocci, 19, of Staten Island was arrested on Ocean Avenue on June 16 by Police Officer Corey Whitman, charged with obstruction, interference of business, misrepresentation/misstatement of age and tampering with public records or information.

Paul Ballas, 25, ...

Belmar and Lake Como

The Belmar Police Department reported 38 arrests in Belmar and Lake Como from June 1, 2019 through June 15, 2019.


Chazalina Kehoe, 24, of Marlboro was arrested on Ocean Avenue on June 1 by Police Officer Brian Poppert, charged with defiant trespass and interference of business.

Marlon Daniel, 18, of Burlington was arrested on Ninth Avenue on June 1 by Special Officer James ...

A.J. Perri Founder Recognized As New Jersey Business Icon

August 20, 2019

On Tuesday, statewide business publication NJBIZ honored A.J. Perri founder Albert Perri, Sr. as a leader in Garden State business in the magazine’s annual Icon Honors Awards. Now in its third year, the awards program recognizes prominent figures in New Jersey business over the age of sixty for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership both within and outside of their ...

Visit One of New Jersey's Four National Parks this Summer

August 10, 2019

NEW JERSEY — National parks like Yellowstone in Wyoming and Yosemite in California are prime tourist destinations, but did you know that the Garden State is home to four national parks?

In New Jersey, Morristown National Historic Park, the Sandy Hook Unit of the Gateway National Recreation Area, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and the Great Falls of the Passaic River are ...

Rolling Stones in the Meadowlands: NJ TRANSIT Got It Right – Again!

NJ TRANSIT got it right – Again – during both of the Rolling Stones concerts held in the Meadowlands this month. Kudos to the agency and to the Governor’s office for stepping up again to find solutions to a very difficult situation.

When the Agency gets it right – it’s expected, and no one applauds. Of course, when issues occur, the Agency is challenged and too ...

Jersey Central Power & Light Supports Annual National Night Out Events in 10 New Jersey Communities

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) participated in National Night Out events in 10 communities this week to help support local law enforcement efforts and promote the benefits of outdoor lighting in fighting crime.

Company representatives joined residents and first responders in Red Bank, Point Pleasant Beach, Asbury Park, Neptune, Long Branch, Berkeley, Pompton Lakes, Rockaway ...

The Jaffe Briefing - August 20, 2019

COLTS NECK – First, a word from America’s lousiest tipper. You may recall how state Sen. Declan O’Scanlon went on social media to out a customer at a Colts Neck restaurant who tipped only 74 cents on a $119 tab. Now, the tipper is telling the Asbury Park Press that he would have tipped even less, if that is possible. Even just a penny!  And why? The guy ...

Where Do We Start the Larger Conversation About Guns?

Let's talk about our rights and our freedoms.

How many were free to shop at a Wal-Mart last two Sundays ago without fear that El Paso copycat would announce himself with the staccato fire of an AR-15?

You saw the stampede in the theater district in New York City when a motorcycle backfired. And the evacuation of a Wal-Mart in Union because of a false report.

We may have freedoms, but ...