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Retailers Getting Ready to Open Doors to Shoppers on June 15

June 5, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Most stores will be able to welcome customers through their doors starting June 15, but under the same restrictions placed in April on essential businesses that have been allowed to stay open during the coronavirus crisis.

Since May 16, nonessential businesses have been limited to curbside pickup only. Stores located inside malls will remain closed.

Here is a rundown of ...

Lake Como 2020 Budget: Municipal Tax Rate Dips for Fourth Straight Year

June 4, 2020

LAKE COMO, NJ — For the fourth consecutive year, Lake Como property owners will pay less in municipal taxes. Under a $3.54 million budget approved by the borough council on June 2, nearly $2.54 million will be raised through municipal taxation, translating into a savings of $2.4 cents on every $100 of assessed value.

As a result, the municipal tax levy will decline $101 to $2,392 on a ...

Gov. Murphy Extends NJ's Public Health Emergency for Fourth Month; Stay-at-Home Order Still in Effect

June 5, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has extended the public health emergency originally declared on March 9 for a fourth month.

Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed, which is what the governor did today. He signed the second extension on April 7 and third extension on May 6.  

“As we move forward ...

NJ Sets Outdoor Dining Rules: Tables Up to Eight Spaced Six Feet Apart, Expansion of Premises Permitted

TRENTON, NJ — Up to eight people will be allowed to be seated together at least six feet apart — and tables must be situated at least six feet apart as well — under state-imposed outdoor dining rules for food and beverage establishments, which take effect on June 15.

In addition, Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest executive order related to the coronavirus leaves it up to ...

Gov. Murphy Emphasizes Collaboration and Trust-Building Between Public and Police

June 2, 2020

Monmouth County Prosecutor: 5,000 in Attendance, 12 Arrests at Asbury Park Protest on June 1

TRENTON, NJ —  In the wake of civil unrest across the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed New Jersey's efforts by law enforcement at collaboration and trust-building with the public, while also unveiling a new data point to bolster his decision to move the state ...

Road Improvements Under Way on Main Street, 17th Avenue in Lake Como

June 2, 2020

LAKE COMO, NJ — Work on two state-funded road improvement projects is under way — on Main Street from 21st Street to North Boulevard and on 17th Avenue from Oak Terrace to Main Street.

The borough council on April 7 awarded contracts totaling $784,000 for both projects to Jads Construction Co. after rejecting all bids two months earlier because they exceeded costs estimates.

The ...

Lake Como Gives High School Graduates Roadside Salute Along Main Street

June 3, 2020

LAKE COMO, NJ — Academic pride is flying high above Main Street in Lake Como for 16 graduating seniors who live in the borough.

Banners with their names, high schools — and for many, their destinations after graduation — have been placed along each side of the business district’s thoroughfare. Since they were put up last week, the roadside salute has received a ...

NJ Department of Education Seeks Parent Feedback on Remote Learning, Return to School

TRENTON, NJ — The Department of Education is seeking feedback from parents on the remote learning practices instituted by school districts because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The online survey contains questions about the quality of remote learning and whether parents plan on sending their children back to school in September. Space is provided for comments as ...

VIDEO UPDATE: The Tale of Two Lakes for a Family of Swans

May 31, 2020

LAKE COMO/BELMAR, NJ — It appears Silver Lake’s swan family has made its move to Lake Como.

Jo Ann Kerwin of Belmar was out for a walk on Sunday, May 31 when she saw them enjoying Lake Como near B Street and North Boulevard. And then later in the day, Leonore Geisler of Lake Como spotted them again swimming in the picturesque lake that straddles Lake Como and Spring Lake.

Below ...

VIDEO: Belmar’s Swan Family on Silver Lake: Here One Day …. Gone the Next?

BELMAR, NJ — A family of swans on Silver Lake captured the public’s attention last week — and even starred in their own Belmar video.

But is seems that since the adult pair of swans and their cygnets were waddling southbound down the boardwalk on May 28 — "escorted" in the rain for their safety by members of the Belmar Police Department — they have not ...

Belmar’s Sarah Caldwell Expresses Her Creativity in Red Bank Regional HS Virtual Photography Show

May 27, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — Red Bank Regional High School senior Sarah Caldwell shot her photo “Smashing Powders” with a classmate the day school was closed in March because of the coronavirus.

Her colorful piece is now part of the school’s Visual and Performing Arts Academy annual senior photography show — a culmination of work this school year by 10 graduates studying ...

Serenity by the Sea Adds Colorful Mask to Magical Mix of Treasures

June 2, 2020

OCEAN GROVE, NJ — Serenity by the Sea has added a new item to its popular Serenity Treasures packages — a handcrafted face mask, made from a fabric in the theme of your choice.

Now each Serenity Treasures package includes eight specially selected items “to keep the zen state of mind flowing when we need to bring some positive vibes into our lives,” said shop owner Sarah ...

Backyard Beauty Brightens the Day in Lake Como Photo Contest

May 25, 2020

LAKE COMO, NJ — A snapshot by Todd and Dorothy Dwyer of their outdoor living space captured first place in the borough’s “Capture the Beauty in Your Backyard” photo contest.

The photo garnered 117 “likes” on the borough’s Facebook page — the most of 13 entries that were submitted for the contest, sponsored by the Tourism Commission. Since many ...

Belmar Honors Fallen Heroes During Low-Key Memorial Day Observances

May 25, 2020

Lake Como Places Commemorative Wreaths along Lake Como and in White Park

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Belmar observed Memorial Day with two services at Memorial Row — the laying of the wreaths by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Manasquan Post 1838 and the commemorative ringing of the bells by the Belmar Fire Department.

The low-key observances, attended by a small gathering ...

Jump on Board: L.E.A.D.’s NJ Social Distance Walk to Benefit Community Drug and Violence Prevention Programs

May 23, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) kicked off the first-ever New Jersey Social Distance Walk this week on the Belmar boardwalk — a fundraising effort to help keep local drug prevention programs in communities and schools.

Standing six feet apart from each other, representatives from Belmar and Lake Como gathered along the oceanfront for a photo to mark the ...

Create a ‘Charming’ Magical Poppet through Belmar Arts Center Online Workshop

May 14, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Arts Center member Louise Krasniewicz has whipped up a way to bring a little magic into people’s lives.

She’s created a virtual version of her Magical Poppet Workshop, which offers step-by-step instructions on how to make these symbolic dolls — popular in folklore — from items that can be found at home.

In her online tutorial, the ...

Get Connected Online with the ‘24/7 Virtual’ Belmar Public Library

May 6, 2020

BELMAR, NJ— Belmar Public Library’s virtual doors are now open, offering ’round-the-clock access to a wealth of online resources.

“The 24/7 Virtual Library is the go-to place for Belmar Public Library patrons to access digital online services like downloading e-books, audiobooks, 72-hour access to The New York Times, and much more as we add services in the coming ...

WATCH: Green Leaf Pet Resort Gives Free Doggie Day Care to Hospital Workers in Monmouth and Ocean Counties

May 9, 2020

Green Leaf Pet Resort is giving back to the region's front-line heroes by offering free doggie day care to all hospital workers at its two locations in Oakhurst and Millstone. 

Watch the video below to get started:


Green Leaf's "Thank You to Our Heroes" program is for hospital employees in both Ocean and Monmouth Counties. It's very easy to ...

Monmouth County Real Estate Market Gains Momentum, Buyer Activity Increases and Inventory Remains Low

May 7, 2020

The buyer momentum picked up over the last couple of weeks. The conversations I am having with buyers and other agents seem to be positive as we head into Memorial Day.

Buyers are safely scheduling showings and I am seeing many agents, including myself, receiving offers and even multiple offers on properties that are priced well. For example, I just listed a property on Seaview Island and ...

Beacon of Life: All Inclusive Senior Care is Here for You

May 21, 2020

June 1 enrollment is under way to make sure you or a loved one has in-home services

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ — Just like always, Beacon of Life is here for senior participants. Beacon of Life is working diligently to keep participants healthy and make sure they have everything they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Not a Beacon of Life member? It ...

Vitalant Begins Testing All Blood Donations for Antibodies to COVID-19

Today, Vitalant became the first national blood bank to test all blood donations for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The nation’s largest independent, nonprofit blood collector—serving hospital patients in the New Jersey and New York region—is providing the test results to donors who complete successful blood donations, which are critically ...

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

June 1, 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 ...

Economic Impact Payment Alert: Prepaid Debit Cards Arriving in Mail in Plain Envelope

June 5, 2020

As economic impact payments continue to be successfully delivered, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that some payments are being sent by prepaid debit card. The debit cards arrive in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services.” 

Nearly 4 million people are being sent their economic impact payments by prepaid debit card, instead of paper check. The ...

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como Is Here for You

April 17, 2020

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como is the only all-online, objective newspaper that serves residents, organizations and businesses in both municipalities, reporting news at it happens 24/7. We are part of the TAPinto network of 80 locally owned and operated online hyperlocal news sites with more than 9 million readers.

The TAPinto team would like to feature news about ...

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Congratulate Your Graduate with Milestones on TAPinto

May 27, 2020

Graduation season is upon us and that means celebrating your graduate’s accomplishments and honors. TAPinto Milestones gives you an easy and affordable way to honor your graduate. 

You can submit a note of congratulations, highlight achievements and submit photos. Your Milestone post will be posted on the TAPinto site of your choosing and stay there forever.  ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 5, 2020

BEDMINSTER – There’s a collective sigh of relief in the hills of Somerset County today with word that President Trump is spending his weekend elsewhere. Let’s make the gigantic assumption that Trump had somebody read The Jaffe Briefing to him earlier this week, ...