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Belmar Public Library Joins with 180 Turning Lives Around for Domestic and Sexual Violence Webinar

September 22, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — For more than four decades, 180 Turning Lives Around has been providing supportive services to survivors and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. As a way to reach out to those in need during these trying times, the nonprofit group is partnering with the Belmar Public Library for a special webinar on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Erin Walker, a ...

Annual Flushing of Lake Como’s Water System Under Way

September 23, 2020

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s annual hydrant flushing is being conducted this week — from 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily — through Friday, September 25.

Residents may experience discolored running water, as well as low water pressure. While the discoloration is harmless, residents are advised to run cold water through their faucets until it becomes clear and to ...

U.S. Census Count Continues as September 30 Deadline Approaches

To date, New Jersey has reached a self-response rate of 68.1 percent for the 2020 Census, surpassing the last three censuses in self-response: 65 percent in 1990, 68 percent in 2000 and 67.6 percent in 2010, according to Secretary of State Tahesha Way. 

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey residents who have not yet completed the 2020 Census are being encouraged to do so quickly, as ...

Election 2020: Belmar Municipal Building Among 17 Drop Box Locations for Mail-In Ballots

September 23, 2020

Voters Urged to Make Sure Current Mailing Address, Signatures on File with Monmouth County 

FREEHOLD, NJ — The Belmar Municipal Building is among 17 locations throughout Monmouth County where a secure drop box is situated for the mostly vote-by-mail general election on November 3.

It is located at the front entrance of the building at 601 Main Street, giving all registered ...

New Jersey's Coronavirus Travel Advisory Back to 35 'Hotspots'

September 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's self-quarantine travel advisory list has grown to 35 states and territories — the highest total since August 18 — with the addition of Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Rhode Island and Wyoming.

Individuals traveling to New Jersey are asked to get tested for the coronavirus and self-quarantine for 14 days if they traveled from these 33 states and ...

Monmouth County Offers Free COVID-19 Testing through Mid-October

September 22, 2020

FREEHOLD, NJ — Free coronavirus testing is available to all Monmouth County residents at six locations through mid-October.

Testing will be conducted on specific dates and times in Asbury Park, Freehold Borough, Keansburg, Neptune, Long Branch and Red Bank. (See poster above or click here.)

Appointments are not necessary to be tested. Residents can walk up during open ...

Belmar Elementary School Staff Starts New Year with Special Visit from Mask-Making Volunteers

September 19, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — Four days into the new school year of hybrid learning, Belmar Elementary School faculty and staff members received a special delivery — face masks made just for them by the group of volunteers who have been creating the coverings since the coronavirus crisis began.

And for retired school teacher Sharon Russell-Fowler who spearheaded the mask-making effort, it was a ...

Driver Charged with DWI in Connection with Death of Belmar Man on Garden State Parkway

September 21, 2020

HOLMDEL, NJ — A 41-year-old Woodbridge man has been charged with drunken driving after his vehicle fatally struck John Carroll of Belmar who was standing outside his car on the shoulder of the Garden State Parkway in Holmdel on September 18, according to New Jersey State Police.

Pedro Carlo of the Hopelawn section of Woodbridge was issued a summons for driving while intoxicated after his ...

Lake Como’s Off-Season Traffic Pattern Now in Effect

September 16, 2020

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s traffic pattern has shifted into off-season mode. That means the return of two-way traffic on 17th Avenue from B Street to Main Street and New Bedford Road, and weekend parking on the southbound side of 18th Avenue from Main Street to New Bedford Road. 

The one-way, stop and no parking signs that are part of the borough’s seasonal traffic ...

Belmar Beach Revenues Roll In at $4.9 Million, Surpassing 400,000 Badges Sold During Summer of COVID-19

September 18, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar raked in more than $4.9 million in beach access revenues this season — selling nearly 105,000 more beach badges over the previous year.

While revenues reflected a nearly 39 percent increase over 2019 total sales of nearly $3.56 million, there was a 35 percent increase in the total number of badges sold — 405,104 seasonal, daily and senior/disability tags, ...

Belmar Arts Center’s 16th Annual Juried Art Show: A Virtual Display of Artistic Excellence

September 12, 2020

Watch videos below on the virtual opening reception and announcement of the winners.

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Arts Center has announced the winners of the 16th Annual Juried Art Show, its signature event of the year featuring 60 pieces from artists in the tristate area.

Taking first place in JAS16 was Gaylen Gallimore for his acrylic painting, “Starfish Hunters,” followed by ...

Belmar’s Historical Society Video Series: Treasure Trove of Talent Highlights Recent Music Scene

September 21, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — A who’s who of musicians with recent ties to Belmar takes center stage in the latest “Spotlight on Belmar” video, presented by the Belmar Historical Society.

“These artists are from my lifetime and still performing, so they are not history in the sense, but I see their accomplishments and connections to Belmar as part of its history,” said BHS ...

Belmar Historical Society Video Series: Spanning the Years with a Bevy of Bridges

BELMAR, NJ — For a small town, Belmar does have a lot of bridges. And with that introduction, Belmar Historical Society begins this week’s “Spotlight on Belmar” video.

In “The Bridges of Belmar,” which can be viewed by clicking here, BHS trustee and archivist Naomi Reissner chronicles how the borough would become linked at three critical locations along the ...

Vitalant First to Provide COVID-19 Antibody Positive Rates for 250,000 Blood Donors in Support of Pandemic Response Efforts

To support pandemic response and preparedness efforts, today, Vitalant became the first U.S. blood services provider to release COVID-19 antibody-positive rates of more than 250,000 blood donors, June through July 2020, including those in the New Jersey area. Those with a positive diagnostic or antibody test result are encouraged to consider registering to become a convalescent plasma ...

Skies Over Monmouth County Turn Hazy from Western Wildfires

September 16, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — The effects of the massive western wildfires have reached New Jersey —in the form of hazy skies that are expected to dim the sun and keep temperatures a bit cooler through today.

Transported by the jet stream, the smoke is sitting about five miles above the ground and causing the atmopheric condition, according to the National Weather Service. It predicts a gradual ...

Target Zeroes In On Vacant Kmart Store in Wall for Next New Jersey Location

September 3, 2020

New ShopRite of Belmar Rises on Other Side of Route 35

WALL, NJ — The wait may soon be over — with emphasis, however, on the word, “may.” Target Corp. plans to open a store in the vacant Kmart store in Plaza 35, but no timetable has been set.

The Minneapolis-based retailer has listed the 91,000-squre foot space on the “Upcoming Store Openings” page ...

Give Your Landscape a Late Summer Facelift

September 15, 2020

Whether it is the hot weather, the age of your landscape or simply the need for change; a late summer makeover can help you increase your landscape’s beauty. Put the “wow” back into your garden with a few new plantings, garden art or other simple improvements.

Many established landscapes have a few or many overgrown plants. Sometimes the plants you purchase perform ...

From the IRS: Tax Filing Extension Deadline Is October 15

September 18, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who filed an extension that the October 15 due date to file 2019 tax returns is approaching. Taxpayers should complete their tax returns and file on or before that deadline.

They can pay online, by phone or with their mobile device and the IRS2Go app. When paying federal taxes electronically taxpayers should ...

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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September 9, 2020

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The Jaffe Briefing - September 23, 2020

TRENTON – Sure, we can report about how the state Legislature is about to borrow $4.5 billion to keep the state afloat, but if we really want some eyeballs on this lead blurb, let’s shift to the brewing bagel wars with NYC. The city’s Twitter account took a broad, unprovoked swipe at the precious Jersey bagel. Prepare yourself before you read this. Breathe deeply. Ready? Good.