Belmar/Lake Como Top Stories

June 2, 2020

Monmouth County Prosecutor: 5,000 in Attendance, 12 Arrests at Asbury Park Protest on June 1 TRENTON, NJ —  In the wake of civil unrest across the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed New Jersey's efforts by law enforcement at collaboration and trust-building with the public, while also unveiling ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Work on two state-funded road improvement projects is under way — on Main Street from 21st Street to North Boulevard and on 17th Avenue from Oak Terrace to Main Street. The borough council on April 7 awarded contracts totaling $784,000 for both projects to Jads Construction Co.

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Murphy Also Addresses Weekend Protests in Response to George Floyd's Death TRENTON, NJ — Make your restaurant reservations and hair appointments now, and get those shopping lists ready.  Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily press briefing that effective June 15, outdoor dining at ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Academic pride is flying high above Main Street in Lake Como for 16 graduating seniors who live in the borough. Banners with their names, high schools — and for many, their destinations after graduation — have been placed along each side of the business district’s thoroughfare.

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LAKE COMO/BELMAR, NJ — It appears Silver Lake’s swan family has made its move to Lake Como. Jo Ann Kerwin of Belmar was out for a walk on Sunday, May 31 when she saw them enjoying Lake Como near B Street and North Boulevard. And then later in the day, Leonore Geisler of Lake Como spotted them ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A family of swans on Silver Lake captured the public’s attention last week — and even starred in their own Belmar video. But is seems that since the adult pair of swans and their cygnets were waddling southbound down the boardwalk on May 28 — "escorted" in the rain for their safety ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has introduced a temporary rental assistance program that will provide at least $100 million to low- and moderate-income households affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 Short-Term Rental Assistance Program was outlined by Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver during the ...

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Targets June 12 for Return of Worship Services TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's reopening process continues as Gov. Phil Murphy has lifted restrictions for day care centers, noncontact youth sports and summer camps. The reopening dates announced on May 30 are: Child care centers (June ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced the immediate availability of up to $20 million in grants to assist child care centers and youth camps in meeting health and safety guidelines in response to COVID-19. Child care centers can receive up to $5,000, while youth ...

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BELMAR, NJ — If small businesses deemed nonessential are not allowed to open soon — and if limits on others are not loosened — Monmouth County is headed into a “dangerous situation,” according to Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone. To ensure the survival of these businesses at this critical ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Labeling Gov. Phil Murphy’s strategy to reopen New Jersey “arbitrary and inconsistent,” the Senate Republican caucus is calling for immediate action that provides more clarity and relief for residents and businesses. “As the threat of COVID-19 continues to recede quickly for the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Schools should consider screening visitors with noncontact thermometers and excluding anyone with a fever exceeding 100.4 degrees, according to graduation ceremony guidelines released by the state Department of Education (DOH). The guidance, released on May 27, outlines three ...

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TRENTON, NJ — One month into New Jersey’s recovery period, trends in data are showing the state is well past COVID-19’s harrowing April peak.  But according to officials, the decreases in new cases and hospitalizations aren’t a declaration of victory. Gov. Phil Murphy reminded citizens on May 27 ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Red Bank Regional High School senior Sarah Caldwell shot her photo “Smashing Powders” with a classmate the day school was closed in March because of the coronavirus. Her colorful piece is now part of the school’s Visual and Performing Arts Academy annual senior photography show — a ...

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Belmar Elementary School Tentatively Sets Eighth-Grade Graduation for August 23 TRENTON, NJ — Outdoor graduation ceremonies that comply with social distancing will be permitted beginning July 6, according to Gov. Phil Murphy. “Class of 2020, I am proud to say you will have the opportunity to ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Work on improvements to 17th Avenue from Oak Terrace to Main Street is under way. Residents are being asked to move their vehicles from the project area, and detours will be posted. The project includes the repair and replacement of storm sewer inlets and pipework, and related ...

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Lake Como Places Commemorative Wreaths along Lake Como and in White Park BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Belmar observed Memorial Day with two services at Memorial Row — the laying of the wreaths by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Manasquan Post 1838 and the commemorative ringing of the bells by ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — A snapshot by Todd and Dorothy Dwyer of their outdoor living space captured first place in the borough’s “Capture the Beauty in Your Backyard” photo contest. The photo garnered 117 “likes” on the borough’s Facebook page — the most of 13 entries that were submitted for the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Lawmakers representing Belmar and Lake Como are urging Gov. Phil Murphy to reopen businesses and services as the Jersey Shore begins its summer season. In light of declining trends related to the spread of the coronavirus, Sen. Robert Singer, and Assemblymen Sean Kean and Edward ...

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BELMAR, NJ — L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) kicked off the first-ever New Jersey Social Distance Walk this week on the Belmar boardwalk — a fundraising effort to help keep local drug prevention programs in communities and schools. Standing six feet apart from each other, ...

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TRENTON, NJ — In time for Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the 10-person outdoor limit on gatherings, now granting up to 25 to congregate — as long as they adhere to the proper COVID-19 safety protocols.  “So if you were looking forward to gathering with your neighbors for a ...

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BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar’s summer renters move in this weekend, they will quickly learn there will be “zero tolerance” for any behavior that violates coronavirus-related restrictions and longstanding borough laws, according to officials. That means following social distancing guidelines and ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The head of the state's Department of Labor said that the measures enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus have caused unemployment numbers to soar to record-breaking levels. Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said on May 21 that the New Jersey's unemployment rate has hit ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar officials are taking an all eyes on deck approach to maintain social distancing and keep beaches from overcrowding when the season opens this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Through the use of digital counters at beach entrance points, drone surveillance overhead and ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Workers who have exhausted their state unemployment benefits may now be eligible for an extension. The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development said on May 19 that it has begun notifying some workers already receiving benefits that they may be eligible for a 13-week ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — In any given summer, Lake Como is a hot spot for seasonal renters, located just blocks from the Belmar beachfront and having six bars within walking distance. But with such popular establishments as Bar Anticipation and D’Jais closed due to the current coronavirus crisis, it’s ...

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BELMAR, NJ — As the summer rolls out with the easing of coronavirus restrictions, Monmouth County officials are giving Jersey Shore visitors this advice: “Know before you go.” Each shore municipality will have its own rules — and they may change on a daily if not hourly basis — to ensure that ...

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TRENTON, NJ —  With Motor Vehicle Commission facilities remaining closed, expiration dates on critical driving and vehicle documents have been extended. Effective immediately, renewal on the following documents that expire between March 13 and May 31 has been extended to July 31. Documents ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has signed an executive order allowing some additional outdoor recreational areas and businesses to restart their operations, effective Friday, May 22. These businesses include: batting cages, golf ranges, archery ranges, horseback riding, private tennis clubs and ...

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FREEHOLD, NJ — In collaboration with community partners, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has launched two initiatives to help combat the opioid epidemic. A 24-hour helpline has been established — 833-OHH-CARE — that is staffed by recovery coaches from Recovery Advocates for the Shore (RAFTS) ...

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