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Rible Bumped by Gov. Murphy as N.J. Alcoholic Beverage Control Director

November 14, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — David Rible will be leaving his post as director of the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The Wall resident and former Republican assemblyman for the 30th Legislative District will be replaced by attorney and municipal court judge James B. Graziano, according to State Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, who made the announcement of Gov. Phil Murphy’s ...

VIDEO: Belmar Public Library Presents 13HANDS for an Evening of Song and Sound to Soothe the Mind and Soul

November 13, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Just in time for the hectic holiday season, an evening of relaxation, music and song with Grammy nominee 13HANDS will be featured on Friday, November 16 at the Belmar Community Center.

Dalien, aka 13HANDS, will present Stress, Sleep and Sound™, an interactive presentation and concert that explores how vibration, sounds and music can reduce stress and boost the immune ...

Belmar Youth Club: Saturday Night’s Alright for Gym Time Starting This Month

November 8, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — The Belmar Youth Club will return for third- through eighth-graders beginning Saturday, November 17.

For the next four months, club members will take over the recreation gym nearly every Saturday evening to get together with their friends. Open to Belmar Elementary School and St. Rose Grammar School students, the club is held in two different sessions, based on ...

TAPinto ‘Shop Belmar’ Holiday Guide: Promoting Your Specials of the Season Is Just a Click Away

November 5, 2018

Are you a local business owner looking for a new way to make your holiday season a bit greener?

TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como is now publishing its second annual Shop Belmar Holiday Guide, which is the go-to online special section for holiday shoppers — whether they're looking for that special gift, a place to gather for a special meal or just spending the day “shopping local” ...

Serenity by the Sea Opens Doors to New Home in Ocean Grove

November 11, 2018

OCEAN GROVE, NJ — Serenity by the Sea welcomes shoppers to its new bigger and brighter location at 53 Main Avenue in Ocean Grove.

Shop owner Sarah Taylor Izzo has moved her popular gift galleria and artisan marketplace from 1004 Main Street in Belmar to a spacious storefront in the heart of Ocean Grove’s bustling shopping district.

“I have found a new nest in Ocean Grove, ...

A Boaters’ Bonanza Off the Coast of Belmar on Veterans Day

November 13, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Veterans Day was quite a weather keeper, especially for boaters whose vessels of all shapes and sizes were clustered just off the coast of Belmar.

Photographer Paul Spennrath captured these snapshots along the beachfront between Belmar and Spring Lake on November 11 — a picturesque way to remember the weekend, as rain is in the forecast for the remainder of the ...

Belmar Elementary Pre-K Class’s Bakery Lesson at Sweet Tease ‘Easy as Pie’

November 8, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — You can never have too much pie. Just ask the children in Belmar Elementary School’s prekindergarten class, who took a trip yesterday to Sweet Tease Tea Room.

The 33 children on November 7 took the short walk along Main Street from the school to the café, where owner Kate Walters provided them with a first-hand look at the workings of a bakery — a lesson ...

Belmar Elementary PARCC Results Prompt Push for ‘Small Group’ Learning in Math

October 30, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — In a student-to-student comparison of results, Belmar Elementary School continued to show improved scores in Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized testing.

In English/language arts, the school registered an overall 6 percent gain of students in grades three through eight who met or exceeded expectations from 2017 to 2018. In ...

Lake Como 3-Year-Olds Now Eligible for Enrollment at Neptune City-Based Preschool

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Elementary School’s new offsite preschool program for 3-year-olds is now open to Lake Como residents.

The borough’s Board of Education recently received a $72,000 grant from the N.J. Department of Education so that preschoolers can attend the full-day program at the Acelero Learning Center, 101 West Sylvania Avenue, Neptune City.

And because Lake Como ...

Another Round of Applause for Belmar Elementary’s Boys Soccer Champs

November 8, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — The spotlight shined on the Belmar Elementary School’s championship-winning boys soccer team one more time, as the borough council last night recognized its achievement.

In presenting the 20-member team with a proclamation of recognition, Councilman Thomas Brennan, who is the school’s band director, called out the name of each boy before they gathered at the ...

Belmar Elementary 8th-Grader Tyler Lisko Captures Cross Country Meet of Champions

BELMAR, NJ — For Belmar Elementary School eighth-grader Tyler Lisko, it’s been an achievement in the making for four years — emerging as the winner in the Middle School Cross Country Meet of Champions.

With a time of 8:34 over a 1½-mile course, the 13-year-old was the first to cross the finish line among some 160 other runners on October 24 at Big Brook Park in ...

Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund: Seeking Holiday Drive Donations to Support Military Serving Overseas

November 8, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — A collection drive is under way through November 15 to support the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund, a local organization that is looking to brighten the holiday season for U.S. military members serving overseas.

The drive, which is seeking donations of food, personal care items and other items, is being spearheaded by Monmouth Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian ...

Belmar’s Final Vote Tallies In the Books for November 6 Election

November 13, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — With all 453 mail-in ballots reflected in the tallies, here are the official vote totals for Belmar candidates in the November 6 general election.

In the mayoral race, winning Republican Councilman Mark Walsifer registered 1,424 votes to incumbent Democratic Mayor Brian Magovern’s 1,230 votes.

In the council races, winning GOP newcomer Patricia Wann tallied 1,363 ...

Final Vote Totals for Lake Como Official for November 6 General Election

LAKE COMO, NJ — Mayor-Elect Kevin Higgins received 494 votes in his unopposed bid in the November 6 General Election, as the rest of the Democratic slate’s council candidates tallied the following votes in their uncontested races: incumbent Virginia Kropac, 475, incumbent Christopher D’Antuono, 468, and newcomer David Gardner, 479.

While Kropac and D’Antuono ran for ...

New Date for Public Hearing: Belmar Looks to Create Advisory Panel to Oversee Parks, Playgrounds

November 7, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — While widely known for its beach, boardwalk and marina, Belmar’s other gems of open space are its parks. And to help ensure their future as part of this mix of recreational resources, the borough is looking to establish a parks commission.

The Belmar Council has introduced an ordinance to create the five-member group that would serve in an advisory capacity to the ...

Howell Driver’s Alertness during Crash with Deer Wins Her Praise from Police

November 13, 2018

HOWELL, NJ — The quick action of a Howell motorist yesterday morning to avoid serious injury after a deer crashed through her front windshield underscores the importance of staying alert while driving during the animal’s fall mating season.

Melissa Misthal, 36, of Howell was driving a 2004 Toyota RAV4 southbound on Route 9 near Bergerville Road on November 12 when her vehicle ...

Neptune Man Found Guilty in Superstorm Sandy Bad Check Writing Scam

October 30, 2018

FREEHOLD, NJ — A Neptune Township man has been found guilty of writing nearly $3,000 in bad checks for Sears merchandise he purchased shortly after Superstorm Sandy for his alleged damaged home, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

John C. Vanness, 57, of Riverside Drive was convicted on October 27 of multiple counts of theft by deception and writing bad checks in ...

Belmar Sports Card Shop Displaced by Fire Finds New Home a Block Away

October 29, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — After an October 17 fire forced the closing of Sportsnut Cards & Collectibles, it has already found a new home — and it’s just one block away.

The specialty shop had a “soft opening” on October 27 at 1102 Main Street, next to the Go Play! Retro Arcade and across Belmar Elementary School.

Owner Ted Henschel said his first-floor store of 12 years ...

Toddlers Get a Head Start on Halloween during Lake Como’s ‘Mommy and Me’ Play Group

November 1, 2018

LAKE COMO, NJ — Toddlers in Lake Como’s “Mommy and Me” play group got a chance to try out their Halloween trick-or-treating skills this morning at Lake Como Borough Hall.

During their weekly get-together, they proceeded in costume to the borough offices — with treat bags and buckets in hand — where they knocked on doors and peered into office cubicles to be ...

Belmar Halloween Parade: Kids in Costume Color Annual March Down Main Street

BELMAR, NJ — Superheroes and cartoon characters, mixed with a smattering of scary creatures and even a Rubik’s cube, ruled Main Street today during Belmar’s annual Halloween Parade.

The October 28 procession kicked off from the Belmar Municipal Building, where nearly 100 children, family members and friends were led by the Belmar Elementary School Eagle Band who provided the ...

SBA Offering Disaster Loans to Monmouth County Businesses, Residents Affected by August Storms and Flooding

October 31, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC — Monmouth County businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding on August 11 through 13 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Loans are being made available because of a disaster declaration made by Gov. Phil Murphy for Ocean and Passaic Counties. As a result, these SBA loans are open to residents of those ...

Gone: Belmar's 10th Avenue Roundabouts, Two Stop Signs on Sixteenth Avenue

October 20, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — The two traffic circles on 10th Avenue at B and D Streets in Belmar are no longer. Both intersections now have simple four-way stops to keep the traffic flow in check.

The Belmar Department of Public Works completed the project on October 19, removing the roundabouts' concrete curbing, vegetation and dirt, and filling them with blacktop.

The four-way stop signs have ...

Five Steps This Fall to a More Beautiful Landscape

November 3, 2018

Don’t let a busy schedule stop you from creating a beautiful landscape. Incorporate a few of these changes into your fall landscape care. You’ll create beautiful results with a limited investment of time and effort.

Cut the grass, recycle fall leaves, and improve the soil with a pass of the lawn mower.   Shred leaves and leave them on the lawn as you mow this fall. As ...

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

October 2, 2018

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.

Accredited by the New Jersey Press Association, it is the official electronic newspaper of both municipalities and is part of the TAPinto network of 75 locally owned and operated online ...

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Upcoming Events


Wed, November 14, 9:30 AM

Lake Como Borough Hall, Lake Como

Lake Como Mommy and Me Play Date


Wed, November 14, 9:30 AM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

Belmar Public Library Story Time


Wed, November 14, 1:00 PM

Belmar Arts Center, Belmar

Belmar Arts Center: 13X19 -- A Photo Exhibition


Wed, November 14, 7:00 PM

Belmary Elementary School, Belmar

Belmar Elementary School PTO


Thu, November 15, 4:00 PM

Belmar Community Center/Library Annex, FREE

Belmar Community Makerspace: Basic Sewing ...


Thu, November 15, 6:15 PM

Belmary Elementary School, Belmar

Belmar Elementary School Zumba Fundraiser


Thu, November 15, 7:00 PM


Belmar Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting


Fri, November 16, 7:30 PM

Belmar Community Center/Library Annex, FREE

An Evening with 13 Hands: Stress, Sleep & Sound


Sat, November 17, 12:00 PM

Belmar Arts Center, Belmar

Celebrate the Arts-A Holiday Market


Mon, November 19, 3:30 PM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

After-School Yoga for Fifth- through ...


Sun, December 2, 12:00 PM

The Stone Pony, Asbury Park

Beach Music Studios 14th Annual Holiday Party


Fri, December 7, 4:00 PM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

Youth Art Workshop with Dawn Lisko

Belmar and Lake Como

November 11, 2018

Belmar Police Department reported the following 18 arrests occurred in Belmar and Lake Como from October 1 1, 2018 to October 30, 2018.


Chantel Gulian, 47, of Quakertown, Pa., was arrested on Eighth Avenue on October 7 by Police Officer Anthony Steneck, charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction.

Tykeem Wilson, 30, of Belmar, was arrested on Eighth Avenue on October 8 by ...

Expanding Seasonal Liquor Licenses Will Harm Host Communities

November 8, 2018

Despite the high cost of living, many of us choose to remain in New Jersey and in our area because of our superior quality of life.  However, for many residents that quality of life is likely to be compromised by legislation that has been approved by the Legislature allowing seasonal bars like D’Jais, the Parker House and Waypoint 622 to extend their operations beyond the normal summer ...

Industrial Foreign Fishing Fleet Feeling the Heat

The menhaden reduction fishing industry is getting defensive. Ever since Canadian-owned Omega Protein (Cooke Inc.) caught whole schools of “the most important fish in the sea” from the mouths of juvenile humpback whales feeding in the New York Harbor — as whale watchers looked on in horror — the company has issued numerous statements trying to justify their actions.  ...

Statewide Conference to Attract Over 550 Leaders from Nonprofits, Business and Philanthropy

November 3, 2018

HAMILTON, NJ — The Center for Non-Profits, New Jersey’s umbrella organization for the charitable community, will convene more than 550 attendees for the largest annual gathering of nonprofit leaders and allies at its 2018 New Jersey Nonprofit Conference on December 5 at The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset.

This all-day event attracts professionals throughout ...

Proper Ventilation During the Holiday Season

With everyone home for the holidays, the extra bodies, shower use, and cooking power in your home can really bring up the heat. While that’s nice for your heating bill, it may cause unwanted ventilation issues in your home.


Remember a few tips for keeping smoke out of your eyes and steam from coming out your ears while your kitchen works overtime:

Use the hood ...