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Belmar and Lake Como Residents: Belmar Elementary School to Hold Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

February 16, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Elementary School will hold prekindergarten and kindergarten registration for the next school year on Tuesday, February 19 and Wednesday, February 20.

Registration, to be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the school, is open to both Belmar and Lake Como residents. To sign up for pre-K, children must be 3 or 4 years old by October 1 and for kindergarten they must be age 5 by ...

Belmar Elementary Reaches 100th Day of School with Special Celebration

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Elementary School students didn’t let a winter storm get in their way of celebrating the 100th day of the school year.

Despite a delayed opening on Tuesday, February 12, they still had plenty of time to mark the special milestone with a plethora of fun activities, especially in the lower grades.

In Patricia Glab’s prekindergarten class, the children ...

Big Frog of Belmar: Expert Embroidery on Health Care Uniforms in Any Style, Quantity at ‘Incredible’ Prices

February 19, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Uniforms are a necessity for many health care professionals — whether they work in a medical facility, doctor’s or dentist’s office, or a veterinary practice.

To enhance their professional appearance, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More of Belmar is making it more affordable to add a high-quality embroidered logo to scrubs, lab coats and shirts in any ...

Serenity by the Sea in Ocean Grove: Stop In for an Angel Card Reading This Weekend

February 20, 2019

OCEAN GROVE, NJ — Are you looking for comfort, guidance and inspiration from your angels? Serenity by the Sea in Ocean Grove will feature angel card readings this weekend — whether you’re in town for Girlfriend Getaway Weekend or just for some fun and relaxation.

“Angel card readings are positive, focused on personal growth, healing and empowerment,” said ...

Monmouth County’s 11-Year Tick Study Published in National Journal

February 18, 2019

Residents are reminded that ticks are active on winter days over 40 degrees.

TINTON FALLS, NJ — A research study on Monmouth County’s 11-year effort to track and analyze the tick population has been published in a national peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Authored by scientists Robert Jordan and Andrea Egizi of the county’s Mosquito Control Division, the study ...

UPDATE: Second Raccoon Captured after Attack in Belmar Tests Positive for Rabies

February 13, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — The raccoon that killed a Belmar family’s cat in their 13th Avenue home’s backyard on February 5 has tested positive for rabies, according to Monmouth County SPCA Executive Director Ross Licitra.

It was the second rabid raccoon captured within a three-week period in Belmar — the first being on January 17 after an Eighth Avenue resident and a dog nearby were ...

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee to Award Scholarships to Foster Irish Culture

February 19, 2019

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — The Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is awarding two scholarships to students age 10 to 18 who are currently involved in an Irish cultural activity.

Each $500 award is to be used toward the expense of the school, program or formal instruction — whether it is learning Irish step dancing, the Irish language or how to play an instrument ...

Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal Michael Ryan: A Lifetime Commitment to ‘All Things Irish’

LAKE COMO/BELMAR, NJ — Lake Como Mayor Emeritus Michael B. Ryan will hold the distinguished title of grand marshal in this year’s Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

When Ryan was notified of his selection to lead the March 3 parade, he said the news took his breath away. “I was surprised and honored, and hope to do a good job in bringing people together to make ...

Belmar-Avon-Lake Como Little League Sign-Up Under Way, Recreation Dept. Offering Baseball/Softball Clinics

February 14, 2019

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Registration for Belmar-Avon-Lake Como Little League’s upcoming season is currently under way at the Belmar Recreation Gym.

Youngsters age 4 through 12 can sign up every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. through March 25, and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. through March 23. The gym is located in the Belmar Municipal Building, 601 Main Street.

For 4- and ...

Belmar Recreation: Youngsters Warming Up Winter with Gym Activities

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 ...

Belmar Arts’ Call for Artists: Celebrating the Timeless Significance of ‘The Goddess’

February 13, 2019

Online deadline to register is Wednesday, February 27

BELMAR, NJ — Artists are invited to share their interpretation of “the divine feminine” for a Belmar Arts Center exhibit that will open next month.

“The Goddess Show" will celebrate the image of the goddess, whose significance and symbolism in art has transcended cultures and time. To be on display ...

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

February 16, 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 are currently being offered at the Makerspace, located at Belmar Community Center/Library Annex at 503 Seventh Avenue. A project of ...

Belmar Boosts Beach Badge Prices, Nixes Plans for New Junior Badge

February 7, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — In need of a revenue boost to operate its beachfront this season, Belmar’s beach badge fees will rise across the board, beginning March 1.

The borough council on February 5 approved an increase in the cost of seasonal badges from $55 to $70, seasonal badges for seniors and disabled individuals from $15 to $30, and daily badges for anyone age 16 and older from $8 to ...

Belmar Names Veteran Lifeguard as Beach Patrol Director, Settles Lifeguard Lawsuit for $120,000

BELMAR, NJ — Longtime lifeguard Harry Harsin is returning to the Belmar Beach Patrol as its director, after he was not rehired last season as part of a sweeping restructuring of the lifeguard team.

The Belmar Council last night unanimously approved Harsin’s appointment as lifeguard director, as well as Eric Kerecman and Corrina Weinkofsky as lifeguard assistant supervisors. Last ...

NJ Attorney General: Belmar to Lose $600,000 in Engineering Fees for Lake Como Outfall Project

February 7, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — The state Attorney General’s Office has notified Belmar that it will not be reimbursed $600,000 in professional services fees paid to the engineering firm hired for the federally funded Lake Como stormwater outfall project.

When the borough awarded a contract for “construction management and administrative services” to Maser Consulting in September 2015, it ...

What’s Recyclable, What’s Not in Belmar: Monmouth County Spells It Out for Residents

February 12, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Still confused over what you can toss into your recyclables bin?

To reduce the amount of “contamination”— or unacceptable items — mixed in with recyclables, Monmouth County has released its 2019 Resident’s Recycling Guide. The booklet offers detailed lists of what is classified as mandated recyclables and what should be thrown into the regular ...

Belmar Woman’s Club Inviting High School Juniors to Apply for Girls' Career Institute at Douglass

February 13, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — The Belmar Woman’s Club are inviting girls completing their junior year of high school to apply for the opportunity to experience college life this summer.

The club is sponsoring one Belmar resident to attend the four-day Girls’ Career Institute (GCI) at Rutgers University’s Douglass Residential College, to be held on its New Brunswick campus from June 3 ...

Honor Roll Recipients at Belmar Elementary School Total 106 for Second Marking Period

BELMAR, NJ — Honor roll recipients totaled 106 at Belmar Elementary School for the second marking period — 43 sixth-graders, 30 seventh-graders and 33 eighth-graders.

These are the 31 students who made the high honor roll by achieving a grade of 93 or higher in all subjects including related arts:

Sixth grade: Winter Archer, Emily Black, Sidnie Chek, Daren Chen, Claire Doherty, ...

Belmar Historical Society Takes Trip Down Memory Lane at Eight ‘Time-Honored’ Establishments

February 14, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — For Belmar longtimers, it’s not too difficult to figure out what the eight featured businesses in Belmar Historical Society’s latest exhibit have in common.

All have graced the borough’s downtown district for nearly 50 years or more — beginning with Taylor Hardware, which has been a staple on Main Street, formerly F Street, since 1894.

Sterner (now ...

Lake Como Planning Board Organizes for 2019

February 15, 2019

LAKE COMO, NJ — Joseph Cavaluzzi has been reappointed chairman and Eugene “Chip” Cavanagh as first vice chairman of the Lake Como Planning Board.

Allison Krilla was tapped as second vice chairperson, replacing Thomas Meehan who resigned after moving out of town.

Continuing in their professional roles for 2019 are Adam Schneider as board attorney, Alan P. Hilla Jr. as board ...

Belmar Police: 12th Avenue Man Charged in Drug Distribution Ring

February 4, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — A 32-year-old Belmar man has been charged with 18 narcotic-related offenses after a raid by Belmar police resulted in the seizure of a multitude of drugs and a large sum of cash, police said.

Zachary Long, whose 12th Avenue address was not disclosed, was arrested at the scene on February 1 during the execution of a search warrant by the Belmar Police Detective Bureau, ...

Belmar Moving New Jersey Seafood Festival to Heart of Downtown

February 1, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — After being held a stone’s throw from the Belmar beachfront for three decades, the New Jersey Seafood Festival is headed to a new venue — the borough’s downtown district.

Belmar officials currently are hammering out details for the move, which will shift the popular event to be held on May 17, 18, and 19 to Belmar’s shopping hub, with food vendors to ...

Belmar’s David Cupoli Authors Short Book on Surviving Hurricane Sandy

January 24, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — More than six years have passed since David Cupoli and his mother, Carol, were rescued by raft from their Belmar home during Hurricane Sandy. But for David, the experience remains vividly etched in his memory — so much so, he has published a short book recounting what happened during those first harrowing days that shook a community … and also brought it ...

VIDEO: Lake Como Councilwoman Scull Stands Up for Women’s Rights during Asbury Park March

ASBURY PARK, NJ — Lake Como Councilwoman Hawley Scull was a featured speaker at the Women’s March held on Saturday, January 19 in Asbury Park.

Despite the state of emergency declared due the weather by Gov. Phil Murphy, several hundred people assembled on the city’s boardwalk as a unified voice for the women’s movement and to express their dissatisfaction with the Trump ...

‘Charlie’s Law’ to Require Pharmacists to Inform Patients of Safe Disposal of Medication

February 10, 2019

TRENTON, NJ — A measure that requires pharmacists to educate patients on how to safely discard unused, unwanted or expired drugs and needles is working its way through the state Legislature.

All three District 30’s legislators who represent Belmar and Lake Como are sponsoring the bill in their respective chambers — Robert Singer (R-Monmouth/Ocean) in the Senate, where the ...

Repair Work on Belmar’s Main Street Bridge to Resume in April

February 2, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Contractors working on repairs to the Belmar Main Street/Route 71 bridge have packed up their equipment, returning the span to its normal traffic pattern — at least for the next several months.

Agate Construction Co. Inc. plans on returning in April when temperatures are warmer to complete the project that began in late September, according to the state Department of ...

Spring Lake Man Loses License for 13 Months for DWI, Eluding Police in High-Speed Chase through Five Towns

January 26, 2019

FREEHOLD, NJ — The Spring Lake man who led police on a high-speed chase along Main Street through five communities last January, will lose his driver’s license for a total of 13 months for driving while intoxicated and eluding police.

George Tsairis, 53 of Spring Lake was sentenced yesterday, January 25, by Superior Court Judge Joseph Oxley, who ordered a seven-month license ...

Brightening Your Home with Blooming Houseplants

February 13, 2019

Brighten your indoor décor with plants that bloom. Whether growing traditional favorites, flowering tropical plants, or annuals moved inside for winter; their colorful flowers are sure to elicit smiles and months of enjoyment. Just provide the right growing conditions and sufficient light and you will be enjoying months of indoor color.

You may have enjoyed an initial burst of color ...

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October 2, 2018

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Somerville Soldier Commemorates 14th Anniversary of First Care Package

February 17, 2019

MANVILLE, NJ — It was 14 years ago that Brendan Gallagher attended the inaugural packing event hosted by Operation Shoebox New Jersey in an empty storefront on Main Street Somerville with his dad Brian Gallagher, who at the time was the borough's mayor.

Brendan, who was 7 at the time, was one of several hundred volunteers who helped launch the volunteer organization's efforts to ...

Upcoming Events


Wed, February 20, 9:30 AM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

Belmar Public Library Story Time


Wed, February 20, 9:30 AM

Lake Como Borough Hall, Lake Como

Lake Como Mommy and Me Play Date


Thu, February 21, 4:00 PM

Belmar Community Center/Library Annex, FREE

Belmar Community Makerspace: Quilting and Sewing ...


Sat, June 1, 12:00 AM


Belmar Recreation Summer Basketball Registration

The Time of Their Lives

February 13, 2019

To the Editor:

The children of Belmar are very fortunate. 

Each winter from November to March, they are invited to join Belmar Youth Club. The club meets every Saturday evening: grades 3 to 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and grades 6 through 8 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Their Saturday nights are filled with all sorts of activities, ranging from sports nights to dances, to trips to the ...

Lawmakers Look for $1 Billion More in Funding for Autism Support Services

February 9, 2019

New Jersey leads the nation with the highest percentage of children with autism spectrum disorders.

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Ensuring that individuals with autism are supported throughout their lives is a major goal of bipartisan legislation introduced this week by U.S. Reps. Chris Smith (R-4th District) and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.).

The Autism Cares Act of 2019 would authorize over $1 ...

Fact or Fiction? The Truth about Fire Sprinklers

February 11, 2019

In 2018, an average of one person died each week — a total of 52 people — as the result of residential fires in New Jersey. These fires occurred in single family homes, multifamily homes, apartments, condos and townhouses. 

The one thing that all these homes had in common was that none of them were equipped with fire sprinkler systems.

“When fire sprinklers are ...

Green Leaf Pet Resort Partners with Associated Humane Societies to Help Transition Shelter Dogs to Forever Families

February 7, 2019

OCEAN, NJ — Green Leaf Pet Resort recently presented the Associated Humane Societies of Tinton Falls with a monetary check donation to help fund expenses for the care and rescue of animals.

The donation is part of an ongoing charitable campaign by Green Leaf Pet Resort, Monmouth County's premiere full-service dog care facility in the township's Oakhurst section. It also regularly ...

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 ...