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Belmar, Lake Como Residents Have Until August 1 to Take Survey for New School Superintendent Search

July 29, 2021

BELMAR, NJ — The deadline to submit an online survey that is part of the Belmar Board of Education's search for a new school superintendent is Sunday, August 1.

The school board has invited Belmar and Lake Como residents to complete an online survey, asking for their opinions on what qualifications Belmar Elementary School's next superintendent should possess and how they ...

Jon Bon Jovi Among NJ Celebrities Being Honored at Garden State Parkway Rest Areas

July 29, 2021

WOODBRIDGE, NJ — Jon Bon Jovi gives a Garden State Parkway rest area a good name.

New Jersey Turnpike Authority is renaming the parkway’s Cheesequake service area at milepost 123 in South Amboy after the famous Sayreville rocker. It’s part of a statewide effort to name nine GSP service areas after New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees in the ...

Ocean Avenue, 16th Street Lead Way for Most Arrests from July 3 -15

July 28, 2021

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Of the 39 total arrests made in Belmar and Lake Como from July 3 through July 15, 18 occurred on Ocean Avenue and 14 on 16th Avenue. Most of these out-of-towners were charged with improper behavior/disorderly conduct, defiant trespass and/or interference of business.

Below is the arrest breakdown by municipality — 26 in Belmar, 12 in Lake Como and a ...

Lake Como Bans All Types of Marijuana Businesses Within Its Borders

July 27, 2021

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como has banned all cannabis-related businesses within its borders — "due to the present uncertainties” that exist as regulations for the state’s new recreational marijuana market are still being developed.

The Lake Como Council on July 20 adopted an ordinance to prohibit businesses that sell, manufacture, distribute and deliver marijuana and ...

Belmar Ocean Mile Swim Makes Big Splash for Run With Veronica to Support Pediatric Cancer Research

July 26, 2021

BELMAR, NJ — Several hours before the crowds began to fill Belmar’s beachfront on Saturday, nearly 400 swimmers took the plunge for a worthy cause — raising funds for Run With Veronica, a local charity dedicated to supporting pediatric cancer research.

But they took more than a quick dip into the chilly morning surf on July 24. After jumping in and getting past the rolling ...

Lake Como Takes Aim to Put Brakes on Speeding Motorists on 18th Avenue

July 23, 2021

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como has revved up efforts to slow down traffic on 18th Avenue — one of the borough’s busiest thoroughfares and notorious for speeders, particularly during the summer with the influx of shore visitors.

The borough’s large message board has been placed on the eastbound side of the roadway — adjacent to the railroad tracks and entrance to ...

Monmouth University to Monitor Algae Growth in Lake Como for Another Two Years

July 21, 2021

Coastal Lakes Observing Network Looking for Community Volunteers to Collect Samples

LAKE COMO, NJ — A two-year project by the Monmouth University Urban Coastal Institute to measure the harmful algae growth in coastal lakes, including Lake Como, has received a $150,000 grant to continue its work for another two years.

The award from the Jules L. Plangere Jr. Family Foundation ...

Gov. Murphy Signs Bill to Require Civics Instruction for Middle-Schoolers

July 26, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — In an effort to ensure students are receiving adequate civics and government education, legislation requiring civics instruction in middle school has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy.

The new law (S854) directs the Department of Education to require at least one course specifically in civics or U.S. government as part of the social studies credit ...

Registration Extended for Belmar-Avon-Lake Como Youth Soccer

July 20, 2021

Pickup Baseball and Kickball for Youngsters Going Strong at Memorial Field

BELMAR, NJ — Youngsters still have time to sign up for Belmar, Avon-by-the-Sea and Lake Como recreation soccer, which begins in September.

Registration is now open until August 8 for boys and girls who will be in kindergarten through eighth grade for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

Before the BALC season ...

Take In the NYC Skyline Aboard a Seastreak Sunset Cruise

July 27, 2021

RED BANK, NJ — Seastreak’s popular NYC Sunset Cocktail Cruises are back for the summer! Kick back, relax, grab a refreshing drink from the bar and take date night to the next level.   

Board a comfortable and reliable Seastreak ferry in Highlands and sail through Sandy Hook Bay admiring the beach and historic landmarks of Fort Handcock as you pass.

The route ...

In Season: Best Ways to Cook NJ Sweet Corn

July 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey sweet corn is in season until the beginning of September. Take advantage of this local summer veggie by eating it as soon as possible after it’s picked — the sugar turns to starch as it ages.

For storage, keep fresh corn on the cob in the husk in the fridge. Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of ...

Secrets Behind the Deliciousness of New Jersey Tomatoes

NEW JERSEY — For many who call the Garden State home, summer tastes like the first bite of a ripe, juicy Jersey tomato plucked fresh from a roadside farm stand or local farmers market.

But for every delicate tomato dripping with flavor we devour on the spot or place ever so carefully in our canvas bag to bring home from the market, we struggle to understand its secrets. What makes the ...

Belmar’s John Walsh Takes First Place in NJ’s ‘Your Voice, Your Shot’ Video Contest

July 20, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Belmar resident John Walsh is the winner of New Jersey’s “Your Voice, Your Shot” video contest, which is part of the state’s public health campaign encouraging residents to get the coronavirus vaccine.

Walsh’s “Jersey Summer” video was selected as the public’s favorite among 29 submissions during online voting — an ...

Vitalant Urges Blood Donations as Back-to-School and Back-to-Work Routines Resume

As many people prepare to go back to school and back to the office, the need for blood donations remains steady. Vitalant urges all eligible blood donors to schedule their next donation appointment into their routines to help ensure patients have access to a readily available blood supply.   

Urgent need for donors of all types 

The need for type O blood is especially ...

Still Time to Plant Vegetables in Your Belmar or Lake Como Garden

July 29, 2021

Now is the time to plan and plant vegetables for a bountiful fall harvest. Planting now extends the harvest season for greater yield without expanding the garden.

Start by looking for vacant spaces in the vegetable garden. Fill areas that were not planted this spring or replant rows of quick maturing vegetables like lettuce, spinach, radishes, and beets that have already been harvested. Expand ...

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

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 $25 off the price of its roll-off containers, ranging in size from 6 cubic yards to 20 cubic yards. And ...

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. It is part of the TAPinto network of 85 locally owned and operated hyperlocal news sites with more than 10 million readers.

The TAPinto team would like to feature news ...

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Confirmed Tornado in Verona Topples Trees, Severely Damages Home

July 30, 2021

VERONA, NJ — Evening thunderstorms on July 29 touched off a tornado that was confirmed on the ground in Verona.

According to the National Weather Service, the twister was an EF-0 with maximum winds of 65 mph. EF stands for Enhanced Fujita Scale, which is used to rank a tornado’s wind speed and damage on a scale of zero to five.

The twister was on the ground for less than a half ...

Hundreds in Scotch Plains Watch as Hurdler Sydney McLaughlin Reaches Olympic Semifinals

July 31, 2021

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A large gathering of Union Catholic High School students, parents, teachers, alumni, volunteers and members of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood community came out to watch local legend Sydney McLaughlin reach the semifinals in the 400 hurdles at the Olympics in Tokyo on June 30 

The high school set up two large screens to show the former Gatorade ...

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Mon, August 2, 7:00 PM

Silver Lake Gazebo, Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues on Ocean Avenue , Belmar FREE

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Belmar Municipal Building, Belmar

Belmar Mayor and Council Meeting


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Lake Como Borough Hall, 1740 Main Street, Lake Como

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Are you preparing to return to work? NJ TRANSIT is ready for you.

NEW JERSEY — The pandemic resulted in a unique work-from-home model for many New Jersey residents, with a “new normal” evolving as infection rates decline.

While some employers may intend to keep remote work options in place, a growing trend reveals many companies transitioning back to in-person workplaces.

Roadways already show evidence of rush-hour congestion as workers ...

What is a Wasp

Every year, around 62 people die from hornet, wasp, or bee stings. These creatures may be little, but they can be very dangerous if you or someone you know has an allergy. 

You may be allergic to a particular insect, which means it's important to know the difference between them.

So what is a wasp? And how can you identify them? We'll discuss these ...

The Jaffe Briefing - July 29, 2021

TRENTON – So, yeah, masks are now “strongly recommended” indoors where there are crowds, says Gov. Phil Murphy, following the latest federal guidance. While this is a sensible request, as the COVID numbers rise in the state, not everyone is on board. Just ask super-conservative Sen. Michael Doherty, who dashed off a press release saying: “The Murphy administration ...

TAPinto Denville Franchisee Joins Senior Team of African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

DENVILLE, NJ -- The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced the addition of Ferlanda Fox Nixon, Esq. -- franchisee, publisher, and editor of TAPinto Denville -- as chief of policy and government affairs. 

AACCNJ is a proactive advocacy group that provides a platform for New Jersey’s African-American business leaders to speak with a ...