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Lake Como to Complete New Lighting Project along Main Street

March 11, 2019

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como has been given the go-ahead to resume its Main Street lighting improvement project, extending the placement of new lamps and fixtures southward from 18th to 22nd Avenues.

Monmouth County’s Office of Community Development authorized a nearly $42,000 allocation in federal funding to the borough to finish the project, which stopped after new lighting was ...

Road Work to Resume on Lake Como’s Main Street, Moving onto North Boulevard

LAKE COMO, NJ — Now that Lake Como has received a $500,000 state transportation grant, it will be able to complete road improvements on Main Street and a portion of North Boulevard along Lake Como.

Under the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund project, work will pick up where improvements ended in early 2018 in the two-block areas of Main Street between 19th and 21st Avenues.

The ...

Belmar, Lake Como School Districts to Lose $69,000 under Gov. Murphy's School Funding Plan

March 9, 2019

BELMAR/LAKE COMO — Despite Gov. Phil Murphy’s record-setting  $15.4 billion in school funding in his proposed fiscal 2020 budget, the Belmar and Lake Como school districts are among 200 districts throughout the state — and some 25 in Monmouth County — that will lose direct state aid for this school year.

State aid for the 2019-2020 year will drop nearly $69,000 for ...

Belmar/Lake Como School Business Administrator Loretta Hill Earns Distinguished Service Award

March 5, 2019

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Loretta Hill, business administrator/board secretary for the Belmar and Lake Como school districts, has garnered a 2019 Distinguished Service Award from the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials.

Hill, who has served in her current capacity for 18 years, is among four recipients statewide to receive the honor, which recognizes “long-term, ...

Down to Wire for Shore Coalition of ‘Rent-by-Owners’ Fighting New Short-Term Rental Tax

March 12, 2019

JERSEY SHORE, NJ — When state lawmakers approved a new tax on short-term vacation rentals, it was only to apply to online rental services, such as Airbnb.

Or that’s what everyone thought — until the tax actually took effect in October and individual homeowners who rent directly to vacationers learned that they would be required to collect the hefty 11.6 percent tax as well.

Lucas Revano: Belmar Teen Wins Second State Wrestling Championship at Camden Catholic

March 10, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — For Lucas Revano of Belmar, nothing could top winning his first state high school wrestling championship — except winning his second.

The Camden Catholic High School senior reached that pinnacle on March 2 when he won the 145-pound title in the NJSIAA Wrestling State Tournament in Atlantic City. Revano beat the reigning state champion in overtime, improving his career ...

Belmar’s Bella Serrano Makes History in State Wrestling Championships

BELMAR, NJ — It’s been two decades since a wrestler from a Monmouth County high school won a state championship. But all that changed last weekend when Bella Serrano of Belmar took the mat in the NJSIAA Wrestling State Tournament in Atlantic City.

Not only did the Manasquan High School senior capture the 111-pound title in the first-ever girls tournament, she became ...

Deadline Nears for Belmar-Avon-Lake Como Little League Sign-Up

March 15, 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: Two More Saturdays for Belmar Youth Club

BELMAR, NJ —  Belmar Youth Club continues every Saturday evening through March 23, providing youngsters with the opportunity to participate in free play and organized games in a structured, safe, chaperoned environment.

Open to Belmar Elementary School and St. Rose Grammar School students, the club is held in two different sessions, based on age:

-- For third- to fifth-graders ...

Belmar Community Makerspace: Learn the ABCs of Computer Recording from Seasoned Professional

March 15, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — Accomplished audio engineer, producer and musician Paul Ritchie will lead “Basics of Computer Recording” — the latest series of free workshops offered at the Belmar Community Makerspace.

The twice-monthly sessions are held on Saturdays at 9 a.m. at the Makerspace, an innovative project of the Belmar Public Library that is located at Belmar Community ...

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

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 ...

Does Your Business Have What it Takes to Make ‘Belmar Shine’?

March 6, 2019

BELMAR, NJ — First impressions can become lasting impressions. And for a retail establishment, that can make the difference whether customers will walk through its doors.

 “Belmar Shines” is the latest program of the Belmar Business Partnership (BBP), designed to encourage businesses to create a welcoming and inviting look — inside and outside their establishments ...

Building a Better Belmar — Together: Theme of Belmar Business Partnership Annual Meeting

BELMAR, NJ — Working together for a “better Belmar” dominated discussion among the nearly 100 business owners and borough officials attending the Belmar Business Partnership’s annual meeting.

Newly elected Mayor Mark Walsifer took center stage at the February 26 event, held at La Dolce Vita on Ocean Avenue, as he offered an overview of the various initiatives under way ...

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

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: Where Spring Has Sprung in Splashes of Colorful Merchandise

March 8, 2019

OCEAN GROVE, NJ — If you need a sprint into spring as the last days of winter trudge along, Serenity by the Sea in Ocean Grove is awash in specialty gifts and handcrafted items that are certain to brighten any day of shopping.

This “little shop of wonders” at 53 Main Avenue boasts displays of colorful offerings that are inspirational, funky, whimsical and zenfull.

The ...

Lake Como Gets $10,000 Jolt in Funding for Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station

March 8, 2019

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como is among four municipalities in the state — and the only in Monmouth County — to receive a Sustainable Jersey grant to install electric vehicle charging stations in their towns.

The $10,000 award is earmarked to fund a public EV station in the parking lot of Lake Como Borough Hall at 1740 Main Street. It would be operated by Lake Como, and users ...

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

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 Arts’ Call for Artists for 15th Annual Juried Art Show

March 17, 2019

Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 19.

BELMAR, NJ — A call for “the highest level of artistry” is now under way for the Belmar Arts Center’s 15th Annual Juried Art Show, to be held from April 3 through May 4.

Artwork in all media will be considered for selection to the show, considered BAC’s signature event of the year.

Serving as the show’s ...

Belmar Arts Center: Celebrating the Timeless Significance of ‘The Goddess’

BELMAR, NJ — Artists share their interpretation of “the divine feminine” for a Belmar Arts Center exhibit that runs through Saturday, March 30.

“The Goddess Show" celebrates the image of the goddess, whose significance and symbolism in art has transcended cultures and time. To be on display during Women’s History Month, the curated exhibit will run ...

Colts Neck Murders: Paul Caneiro Enters Not Guilty Plea in Killing of Brother and Family

March 18, 2019

FREEHOLD, NJ — Paul Caneiro pleaded not guilty to charges that he murdered his brother and his entire family, and then set their Colts Neck mansion on fire to cover up those crimes.

The 52-year-old Ocean Township resident entered the pleas today, March 18, during his arraignment before Superior Court Judge Joseph Oxley. The brief hearing came less than a month after a 16-count indictment ...

Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade Marches On … Under Wire of Storm's Arrival

March 3, 2019

LAKE COMO/BELMAR, NJ — Call it the luck of the Irish. The recent stormy weather took a welcomed reprieve today — to the delight of the thousands of revelers who gathered along Main Street for the 46th annual Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Although the day was mostly cloudy and temperatures a bit chilly, spirits were high from the moment the procession stepped off ...

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 ...

Light ‘em up Now for Better Garden Results

March 9, 2019

It’s time to break out the seeds and potting mix to start your garden plants indoors. It’s a great way to keep your green thumb in shape over winter. Plus, you’ll save money, increase your variety of plants and jump start the growing season when you start seeds under LED grow lights. 

Indoor growing conditions often offer limited light and that can mean tall leggy ...

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October 2, 2018

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NJ Governor, Legislature Announce Legal Marijuana Agreement

March 17, 2019

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and a group of legislative leaders on March 12 announced an agreement on the broad outlines of legislation to legalize recreational, adult-use marijuana in New Jersey.

“Legalizing adult-use marijuana is a monumental step to reducing disparities in our criminal justice system,” said the governor in a press release. “After months of hard ...

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Mon, March 18, 3:30 PM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

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Tue, March 19, 6:00 PM

Belmar Municipal Building, Belmar

Belmar Mayor and Council Meeting


Tue, March 19, 6:00 PM

Belmary Elementary School, Belmar

Lake Como Board of Education


Wed, March 20, 9:30 AM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

Belmar Public Library Story Time


Thu, March 21, 4:00 PM

Belmar Community Center/Library Annex, FREE

Belmar Community Makerspace: Quilting and Sewing ...


Sat, March 23, 10:00 AM

Belmar Public Library, FREE

Breakfast with Author Margaret Cotton: 'Raised!'


Sat, April 13, 10:00 AM

Belmar Manutti Marina, APRIL 14 10 A.M.-5 P.M

Belmar Boat Show


Wed, April 24, 6:30 PM

The Renaissance, Ocean

Associated Humane Societies Second Annual Dining ...


Sat, June 1, 12:00 AM


Belmar Recreation Summer Basketball Registration

For Parents Like Me, Pot Legalization in New Jersey is a Dilemma

I like Gov. Phil Murphy, but he's making a liar out of me. Me and millions of parents. For a couple of generations now, mothers and fathers have been warning children about the dangers of pot smoking. Now the governor comes along and tells them there is no Santa Claus.

I’ve been warning my children about pot for 20 years. That’s not exaggeration. It started when my ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 18, 2019

TRENTON - The state is going to the dogs, which apparently have a terrific lobbyist in Trenton. Somehow, Fido, Rover and other four-legged friends have convinced lawmakers in the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee to support a bill that would limit the number of dogs euthanized after they attack.  NJ 101.5 reports that the legislation would only allow dogs who are ...

VIDEO: Scotch Plains Actor-Filmmaker Garry Pastore to Host Screening of Acclaimed Film 'Destressed'

March 11, 2019

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — Actor/filmmaker Garry Pastore will celebrate the fifth anniversary of his award-winning independent film, "Destressed," with a screening and panel discussion of the documentary on Thursday, March 28, at the Dunellen Theatre, 458 North Avenue.

Pastore is expected to be joined by cinematographer/film editor Fokke Baarssen, who co-produced the film, ...

Rep. Smith Leads Effort to Combat Fentanyl Flow into U.S. by Chinese

March 10, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC — Bipartisan legislation that would hold accountable all Chinese government officials and persons involved in fentanyl production and trafficking into the United States has been introduced by Reps. Chris Smith (R-4th District) and Thomas Suozzi (D-N.Y.).

The measure calls for the creation of a joint effort by the State and Treasury Departments to identify these individuals ...

TAPinto Announces Former Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation President and CEO Chris Daggett as Adviser

March 7, 2019

Former President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Chris Daggett, will join as an adviser. Daggett will bring more than three decades of public, private and nonprofit sector leadership experience to help build on TAPinto’s success in expanding local news coverage through over 80 local franchises.

“Local news is critical to the health of our communities and ...

Hope Starts Here: Susan G. Komen Set to Host 2019 Pink Tie Party

March 5, 2019

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Susan G. Komen North Jersey announced that Dun & Bradstreet, Summit Medical Group and Steven Bitterman of Morristown-based Gensler will be recognized at its 2019 Pink Tie Party on Friday, March 22 at The Grove in Cedar Grove.

This year’s signature event, chaired by Michael Karlis of Bridgewater, will also feature special guest Amy Robach, co-anchor for ...

The Perfect Spring Break for Your Dog: Green Leaf Pet Resort with Decades of Successful Pet Care Celebrates One-Year Anniversary at Shore Location with Tail Wagging Savings

March 12, 2019




In honor of Green Leaf Pet Resort of Ocean's first year, we want to take a moment and say thank you to every member of the Green Leaf family and welcome our furry friends!

We find you fetching and wanted to celebrate our second ...