Belmar/Lake Como Top Stories

May 17, 2021

TRENTON, N J — With the start of the 2021-2022 school year, students at all New Jersey schools will be back in the classroom for full-day instruction, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his May 17 press briefing. If buildings are open for in-person instruction, parents or guardians will not be able ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — A Monmouth County coronavirus vaccination clinic for 12- to 18-year-olds will be held on Wednesday, May 19 at Brookdale Community College. Appointments can be made for the 500 available Pfizer vaccines by visiting www.visitmonmouth.com.  The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to ...

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TRENTON, NJ—For the 15th consecutive time, Gov. Phil Murphy has extended New Jersey’s public health emergency for another month, but acknowledges that it may be the last time the executive order is needed. As state coronavirus metrics continue to trend in the right direction, Murphy said his ...

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Traffic Study Under Way on Newman Street, Speed Humps Being Explored to Slow Down Traffic in Busiest Areas LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s seasonal traffic flow plan is now in place, as both 17th Avenue and New Bedford Road are now one-way westbound and parking on the south side of 18th Avenue is ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Verizon Wireless has taken legal action against Belmar for allegedly delaying its plans to place 19 new cell poles along the Ocean Avenue boardwalk. The telecommunications giant is seeking an immediate order so that it can begin installing the “small wireless facilities” in public ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Friday night concerts will return to Belmar’s Pyanoe Plaza this summer, with a Memorial Day weekend kickoff on Friday, May 28. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the concerts will be held every Friday through August 27 in the central downtown plaza, located on Main Street at Ninth Avenue. (See ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Children age 12 to 15 in New Jersey are now eligible for the two-dose Pfizer vaccine, state health officials said. The state Health Department in a May 12 statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Struggling under coronavirus restrictions and travel limitations, New Jersey’s tourism industry took a major hit last year, with the number of people visiting the state — and the amount of money they spent — registering dramatic declines, according to the state’s 2020 tourism ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has launched a new COVID-19 dashboard that includes the percentages of adults in each municipality who have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and those who are fully vaccinated. The Vaccine Overview on the dashboard provides a breakdown by county with ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A report of a possible intruder at the Ocean Harbor Apartments at 100 Ninth Avenue in Belmar on May 10 was unfounded, according to the Belmar Police Department. “A thorough investigation was conducted by multiple agencies, and it was found to be a false report,” the Belmar police ...

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BELMAR, NJ — More than 600 people have signed a petition objecting to plans for a major redevelopment project that spans a one-block area of prime real estate along Route 35 in Belmar. Formally presented to the Belmar Council at its May 4 meeting, the petition calls on the governing body to ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Public Library’s Poetry Jam Cabaret returns on Wednesday, May 12, with anyone in the community invited to showcase their own work or offer their interpretations of classic and contemporary pieces. The free online event is part of an ongoing series of poetry reading, open to a ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Elementary School graduates who are planning to attend college in the fall have until Saturday, May 15 to submit an application for a PTO annual scholarship. High school seniors who live in Belmar or Lake Como, and are graduating this June and planning to continue their ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — When neighbors in Lake Como have a dispute over the growth of bamboo in their yards, it will now be their responsibility — and not the borough’s — to settle the matter. The zoning officer will no longer be involved in determining where the “running bamboo” originated and who ...

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WALL, NJ — An unlicensed massage therapist at Happy Feet Reflexology in Wall has been charged with criminal sexual contact after patrons reported that he allegedly touched them in an inappropriate manner, police said An Qinghai, 55, of New York was arrested on May 4 by Wall police, charged with ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar is looking to make the defunct Belmar First Aid Squad’s headquarters the home of its new Emergency Medical Services Division. The shuttered, privately owned building at 414 Ninth Avenue is currently up for sale with sealed bids being accepted until May 20. At the request of ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — The Lake Como market was one of the higher appreciating markets that I have seen year over year. One property even sold for over $100,000 of its original asking price. Although Lake Como is relatively small — and there are not that many homes trading — there is definitely great ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Board of Education has approved a nearly $16.4 million budget for the 2021-2022 school year with $9.2 million to be raised through taxation. Property owners will see a 2.44 percent hike in their school taxes as the result of the total $228,374 increase in the tax levy, which ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — Walk-up shots are now being offered to individuals age 18 and older at Monmouth County’s Brookdale Community College coronavirus vaccination site. The site, located at the Robert J. Collins Arena on the college’s main Lincroft campus, is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has nominated Col. Lisa Hou, M.D., to serve as adjutant general and commissioner of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The Belmar resident would be the first woman and first Asian-American to serve in the adjutant general position in the state's ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy today delivered a double-dose of reopening news, announcing that bar seating and restaurant buffets will return on May 7, and all outdoor gathering limits and indoor capacity caps on most businesses will be lifted on May 19. However, he made it clear that social ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Property owners will see their school taxes climb by 18.36% under the $4.1 million budget for the 2021-2022 school year approved by the Lake Como Board of Education. As a result of the nearly $487,000 jump in the school tax levy — from $2.65 million to $3.14 million — the tax ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Claude Monet’s colorful, impressionistic approach to painting water lilies is the focus on the May 7 session of Belmar Public Library’s Youth Art Appreciation Program. The virtual session will explore Monet’s series of paintings from his time in Giverny, France, where he depicted ...

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Shade Tree Commission Also Hands Out Seedlings in Community Giveaway BELMAR, NJ — Gathered on the steps of the Belmar Public Library yesterday morning, fourth-graders from Belmar Elementary School and St. Rose Grammar School came ready to “dig in” for their annual Arbor Day task. But rather ...

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BELMAR, NJ — David Hallman will retire at the end of the year as superintendent of Belmar Elementary School — a post he has held for a decade. “The last 10 years have been the most rewarding of my 30 years in education,” Hallman wrote in letter to the Board of Education announcing his decision.

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NEW JERSEY — Walk-in vaccinations now are available to all eligible New Jerseyans at the state’s six vaccine mega-sites during select times:  An appointment is not required, and residents of any county will be accepted at any of the mega-sites, according to the state Department of Health. In ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The Belmar real estate market has been very active lately. Some of my recent listings in town had multiple offers, sold well over their asking prices and set new records. With limited supply of homes and high demand from buyers, it may be a great time to sell. Turnkey properties are ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey will not be changing its face mask mandate, despite new federal guidelines that establish new outdoor rules for people who have been fully vaccinated. What that means is people will still need to wear a mask outside unless they can maintain six feet of socially ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Day and overnight camps for children will be able to open this summer, under a full roster of coronavirus rules related to wearing masks and social distancing, as well as requiring daily health screenings and cleanings. During his April 28 COVID-19 press briefing, Gov. Phil Murphy ...

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Action Paves Way for Larger Weddings, Proms and High School Graduations TRENTON, NJ — With New Jersey’s coronavirus numbers heading in the right direction, Gov. Phil Murphy is raising certain indoor and outdoor capacity limits, except for those at restaurants and bars. In what he promoted as ...

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