Around Town

May 25, 2020

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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LAKE COMO, NJ  — Two wings of the New Jersey Air National Guard flew over Belmar and Lake Como at 11:32 on May 12, kicking off a two-hour fight to recognize people working the front lines during the coronavirus crisis. Three F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 177th Fighter Wing and a KC-135R ...

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BELMAR, NJ — If you’re running out of new things to do while staying at home, the Belmar Historical Society suggests it may be an ideal time to create a “family tree.” Families can begin to delve into their local ancestry by visiting the society’s website, where there is free access to the ...

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WALL, NJ — While the Belmar Food Pantry has moved to a new location, its volunteers are as ready as ever to welcome anyone who needs a bag of groceries, particularly during these trying times. After operating for years from the former First United Methodist Church at 503 Seventh Avenue in ...

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BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — The Easter Bunny rode through Belmar and Lake Como yesterday to the delight of dozens of children awaiting his arrival. While the event replaced Belmar’s traditional Easter egg hunt on the beach due to the coronavirus crisis, it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — It may be the first full day of spring, but the stark reality of the restrictions put in place in Belmar during the current coronavirus outbreak are evident where people usually begin to enjoy the warmer weather. Signs have been placed along the 1.3-mile boardwalk alerting people ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Jessica Jones was a teenager when Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore, particularly her hometown of Belmar. Fast-forward to today, and now the 25-year-old is reaching out to help those who may need assistance during the coronavirus outbreak. She’s creating a community help ...

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BELMAR, NJ — With spring just around the corner, Maclearie Park will soon have a new attraction overlooking the picturesque Shark River. The Belmar Public Works Department has erected a picnic pavilion — or “shade structure” as it is being called by borough officials — on the northern end of the ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — After a six-month hiatus, Lake Como’s “Mommy and Me” play group has returned on Wednesdays to borough hall. The casual get-together where children up to 3 years old bring their moms — or anyone who cares for them — will be held every Wednesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the council ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Receipts from businesses dating back 140 years were recently rescued by Belmar Borough Clerk April Claudio before they ended up in the trash. And the Belmar Historical Society is thanking her for the discovery — the makings of its latest exhibit at the Belmar Municipal Building, 601 ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Four Lake Como homes sparkled above the rest in this year’s holiday decorating contest. Traveling by trolley through the community shortly after sundown on December 19, the borough council selected this displays for exhibiting the most holiday spirit: First place: Jeff Barr ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The dazzling holiday display in Belmar’s Pyanoe Plaza is now complete with the lighting of the menorah last night in celebration of Hanukkah. With the setting of the sun, the community gathered on December 23 under the twinkling glow of the plaza, where the second light of the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Nearly 100 Belmar and Lake Como children had a good reason for getting up early on a damp and dreary Saturday morning. They made their way to Belmar Elementary School yesterday for the Belmar Fire Department’s 92nd annual Christmas Party, where they enjoyed a host of festivities, ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como celebrated the start of the holiday season last night as it has for the past 14 years — lighting the evergreen tree in front of borough hall. And just like the tree that now towers over the building at 1740 Main Street, it’s a tradition that continues to grow each ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar officially ushered in the holiday season last night with its traditional tree lighting in Pyanoe Plaza. Despite a light sprinkle of rain, the Belmar Elementary School chorus kicked off the annual event on December 6 with a lively round of Christmas carols, as several hundred ...

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BELMAR, NJ — With the recent dedication of the Belmar Post Office to a local luminary who helped propel the nation into space exploration, the Belmar Historical Society has delved into its archives for artifacts highlighting the borough’s postal service history. A tribute to the late Walter S.

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BELMAR, NJ — Most came on leashes, several in strollers — and the smallest ones cradled in their owners’ arms. Pets and their families assembled in front of St. Rose R.C. Church on a chilly Saturday morning for the annual Blessing of Animals. Rev. Christopher Dayton officiated over the October 5 ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como, glistening in the late afternoon sun and then shimmering under evening fireworks, was front and center for an event that brings together neighbors each year in this small community that shares its name. The 24th annual Lake Como Day attracted hundreds throughout the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — To say that Joe Puleo’s favorite classic car is the Cadillac would be an understatement. For the past 42 years, the Belmar resident has amassed 14 of these distinctive cars from yesteryear and brought two of them to the Belmar Cruise Night on August 22 — a 1959 Coupe de Ville and a ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Even when it was far from an ideal beach day in Belmar, the sun was always shining when Mafalda “Muffie” Cinelli was inside the Belmar tourism booth along the beachfront. For 10 years, she greeted hundreds of thousands of visitors with her infectious smile, warmth and friendliness ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The peaceful and picturesque Inlet Terrace lagoon had quite a celebrated beginning. During the early 1900s, it was dug out from a strip of salty marshes along the Shark River — a dredging project that involved pumping a million cubic yards of clay and sand. And when the massive ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Welsh Farms at 1811 Main Street sold one of three winning tickets — each worth nearly $81,000 — in the Jersey Cash 5 drawing on Friday, July 19. By matching all five numbers — 09, 16, 22, 27 and 33 — the winners will split the game’s total $242,568 jackpot.The other two winning ...

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BELMAR, NJ — For visitors arriving early to Belmar’s beach yesterday, it was not a mirage caused by the heat. Those were two “astronauts” walking along the boardwalk, holding American flags, pulling along coolers — and handing out moon pies. Photographer Nancy Orlowski snapped photos of the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — For car buffs, there is something fascinating about peeking under the hood or peering through a window of a car from yesteryear — an opportunity they recently had dozens of times in downtown Belmar. Despite the hot and humid weather and growing threat of thunderstorms on July 17, ...

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BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — For several hours yesterday morning, Belmar’s summer beach traffic yielded to nearly 2,500 participants who flooded Ocean Avenue for one of the Jersey’s Shore longest-running road races. Now in its 43rd year, the Belmar Five Mile Run on July 13 stretched along its ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Historical Society takes another trip down memory lane by featuring in its latest exhibit seven more businesses that have been around for at least 26 years. As part of its ongoing “Time-Honored Establishments” series at the Belmar Municipal Building, these longtime ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Youngsters in Belmar’s summer camp received a surprise visit yesterday from a borough resident who’s been making the headlines. Jade Glab, the newly crowned Miss New Jersey, spent July 1 in her hometown at the Taylor Pavilion, where she gave campers an upbeat lesson in the ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — With temperatures nearing 90 degrees yesterday, many youngsters headed to the Belmar beach to enjoy the cool ocean breezes and refreshing surf — except for one group who started their day on another body of water just minutes away. With fishing poles and gear in hand, they ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The clock was turned back some 300 years in Belmar’s Pyanoe Plaza yesterday as the golden age of piracy was brought to life through stage-play, costumes and games. It was the third annual Pirate Walk on June 15, and everyone came ready to entertain or to be entertained. Throughout ...

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