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Neptune City Man Convicted in Murder of Sarah Stern Sentenced to Life in Prison without Parole

June 21, 2019

FREEHOLD, NJ — The Neptune City man found guilty of murdering 19-year-old Sarah Stern, whose body has never been found since she went missing on December 2, 2016, has been sentenced to life without parole.

Liam McAtasney, 21, was sentenced on June 21 to life in a New Jersey state prison without the possibility for parole for first-degree murder by Superior Court Judge Richard W. Englis, ...

Belmar Elementary School’s Eighth-Grade Class Takes Trek to Gettysburg

June 18, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Elementary School’s eighth-grade trip to Gettysburg will be one for the memory books.

The students packed their bags and headed three hours west on June 4 to the historic town, known for the battlefield that marked the turning point in the Civil War. They also got to visit other nearby landmark locations in their travels.

“We toured Valley Forge, Amish ...

Belmar Elementary School’s Class of 2019 Reflects on Memories in Marking Major Academic Milestone

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Elementary School eighth-grader Ethan Miller summed it up best for his fellow classmates at their graduation: The school may be small in numbers, but it is certainly long on memories.

It was a sentiment expressed throughout the Class of 2019’s graduation ceremony on June 17, when 46 graduates made their final memory at the school — and marked a major ...

Serenity by the Sea in Ocean Grove: Where a Gift of a Tutu Is Making a Difference

June 21, 2019

OCEAN GROVE, NJ — For Serenity of the Sea owner Sarah Taylor Izzo, her Tulles4Love campaign is close to her heart. She creates tutus for anyone who wants to donate one to a girl in a local hospital.

“And every little gal loves to dance and swirl and twirl, and wear one. But some are fighting something also … in hospitals,” said Izzo. “You can donate a tutu or ...

Belmar Fire Marshal Ryan Dullea Ascends to Top of WTC Towers for Two Worthy Causes

June 14, 2019

NEW YORK, NY — As a firefighter with nine years of experience, Belmar Fire Marshal Ryan Dullea’s mettle has been tested time and again in the line of duty.

In an ultimate challenge of his stamina, strength and determination, he recently joined a select group of first-responders for an important cause — to honor 9/11 victims.

Dullea participated in the fifth annual New York ...

Point Pleasant Woman Accused of Embezzling $223,000 from The Atlantic Club in Wall

June 17, 2019

FREEHOLD, NJ — A former bookkeeper at The Atlantic Club has been charged with stealing more than $223,000 from the Wall-based fitness facility between January 2012 and June 2017, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Jennifer Ambrosino, 41, of Point Pleasant is accused of concealing the theft by altering bank statements, initiating fraudulent wire transfers and ...

Lake Como Offers Residents Online Option to Pay Tax and Water/Sewer Bills

June 20, 2019

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como tax and water/sewer bills can now be paid online through the borough’s website.

Property owners can access tax and water/sewer utility account information on the Lake Como home page or directly by clicking here. Property information can be obtained by searching by name, property location, lot and block number, or tax or utility identification number.

It ...

Belmar Sets Higher Rental Fees, Approved Caterers List for Beachfront Taylor Pavilion

BELMAR, NJ — It’s going to cost a pretty penny to rent out the Taylor Pavilion in Belmar to enjoy its priceless ocean views.

By scrapping hourly rental rates for in- and off-season flat rates at the municipal-owned beachfront venue, it will cost nonresidents between $1,500 and $3,000 to hold an event there, compared to the current $240 cost that was based on a six-hour event at $40 ...

Joe’s Bagel & Grill: What’s On the Menu for Week of June 24

June 24, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — From a healthful smoothie and a twist on a breakfast sandwich to belly-busters served with sides, Joe’s Bagel & Grill has something for everyone on its specials menu this week.

Here are the specials for the week of June 24.

Super Protein Smoothie: Protein, peanut butter, banana and almond milk.

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Panini: Four eggs, bacon and cheese in a ...

Belmar’s Pirate Walk Takes Downtown Back in Time for Day of Buccaneer Revelry

June 16, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — The clock was turned back some 300 years in Belmar’s Pyanoe Plaza yesterday as the golden age of piracy was brought to life through stage-play, costumes and games.

It was the third annual Pirate Walk on June 15, and everyone came ready to entertain or to be entertained. Throughout the three-hour event, some 200 people descended upon downtown Belmar — children ...

Meet New Miss Jersey: Jade Glab of Belmar

June 16, 2019


ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Belmar’s own Jade Glab is the new Miss New Jersey and will compete in the 2020 Miss America competition.

The 19-year-old was crowned Saturday night at Resorts Casino Hotel, chosen from among the top five finalists from an original field of 28 and earning her a $16,000 scholarship. A date and location for the Miss America competition has not yet been ...

Belmar, Lake Como Pick Up Clean Communities Grants to Help Keep Towns Litter-Free

June 2, 2019

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Belmar and Lake Como will rake in a total of $23,551 in state funding this year to help keep both communities clean.

The N.J. Department of Environmental Protection is awarding $21.5 million in annual Clean Communities grants to assist municipalities and counties in their litter cleanup activities — an increase of $2.2 million increase from last year.

Of ...

Rutgers Study: Most E-Cigarettes Smokers Want to Quit

June 14, 2019

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Most people who smoke e-cigarettes want to quit and many have tried to reduce their use, according to Rutgers researchers.

The study, published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, is the first to examine e-cigarette users’ past attempts and current intentions to quit e-cigarettes in a representative sample of adult e-cigarette users in the ...

From the IRS: Understanding a CP2000 Notice

June 23, 2019

Certain taxpayers might get a letter from the IRS this year. It’s called an IRS Notice CP2000. It gives detailed information about issues the IRS identified. The IRS sends this notice when information from a third party doesn't match the information the taxpayer reported on their tax return. The notice also provides steps taxpayers should take to resolve those issues.

Here is some ...

MInt: Cool, Refreshing and Grown in Your Garden

June 15, 2019

Add a bit of cool flavor to your beverages and meals this summer with homegrown mint.  Try using peppermint leaves in fruit cocktails and ice cream. Add spearmint to your tea or use the leaves to season lamb and jelly. Or try chocolate mint for a unique sweet and refreshing flavor in desserts and drinks.

This vigorous plant is easy to grow and suited to container gardens.  ...

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October 2, 2018

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VIDEO: NJ Pizzeria Hopes to Break Record with Enormous Flag Pizza

June 24, 2019

WESTFIELD, NJ —  The pizza slices served at Westfield's train station Saturday night were not from your average pie.

Burim Regjaj and his staff at Outta Hand Pizza assembled and baked the 9-foot by 4-foot Sicilian pizza showing the red, white and blue of the American flag for Westfield’s “Summer Movie Night Kickoff” festivities. The June 22 event drew about 150 ...

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Tears Flow as Gov. Murphy Signs Law Named for Slain College Student

June 20, 2019

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ — Before an emotional crowd of family, classmates and elected leaders, Gov. Phil Murphy signed "Sami's Law" on Thursday, June 20.

The new law is named after Samantha Josephson, a Robbinsville resident who was brutally murdered in March while attending college in South Carolina, allegedly by an individual she mistook as a driver for a ...

‘Sami’s Law’: Legislation Introduced in Congress to Improve Ride-Share Safety

June 20, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC — In the wake of the murder of a college student killed by a man pretending to be her Uber driver, lawmakers of both parties have introduced a measure in the U.S. Congress to establish protections for ride-share customers across the country. 

The bill, named Sami’s Law to honor Samantha Josephson, who a senior at the University of South Carolina when she was ...

Belmar and Lake Como

June 4, 2019

The Belmar Police Department reported 18 arrests in Belmar and Lake Como from April 1, 2019 to April 28, 2019, including a Lake Como resident on 19 drug charges on April 18 and a Seaside Heights woman on attempted murder and weapons charges on April 27. Click below to read more:

■  Lake Como Man Busted on 19 Drug Charges after Police Raid His Belmont Avenue Home

■  Belmar Police ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 24, 2019

STATEWIDE - If you happened to peruse the state's newspapers over the weekend, they were filled with stories of drunken driving - which for some reason goes hand-in-hand with the official start of summer. State leaders are well aware of the deadly problem. There's a smart bill before Gov. Phil Murphy that would require drunk drivers to keep their licenses, but be forced to ...

Green Leaf Pet Resort Canine Carnival a Wagging Success

June 20, 2019

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ — They came wagging to Green Leaf Pet Resort in Oakhurst, from all over Monmouth County, and beyond to enjoy the Canine Carnival, Saturday, June 8 at the Oakhurst location of Green Leaf Pet Resort. The sun was shining and the temperature perfect for all to enjoy the outside event. 

Guests when pulling in to the facility were treated to typical Green ...