Government

September 1, 2018

As the community gets ready to celebrate Labor Day, USA.gov and the Department of Veterans Affairs shared some helpful guidelines for flying the stars and stripes. Traditional guidelines call for displaying the flag in public only from sunrise to sunset. However, the flag may be displayed at all ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — For a late summer meeting with a light agenda, the Lake Como Council drew quite a crowd last night to the council chambers. Although Kevin Higgins assumed the borough's mayoralty earlier this month, not all of this family members and others were able to attend that brief ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ — Since 2004, New Jersey has “diverted” about $2 billion in fees charged to phone users that were earmarked for improvements to the state’s 911 call centers, putting a burden on property taxpayers and potentially putting lives at risk. That was the message last week from Rep.

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BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — There is a double-dose of good news on the Lake Como drainage improvement project. Except for landscape work that will be done this fall at the lake’s eastern end, the project has been completed — an underground 700-foot pipeline now extends from the lake to the ocean, ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s new mayor is Kevin Higgins, chosen by his fellow borough council members to complete the five months left on Brian Wilton’s term. Borough council members Virginia Kropac, Hawley Scully and Christopher D’Antuono unanimously voted last night, August 7, to name Higgins ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como has released an easy reference guide on trash and recycling collection and other related topics. The guide, which is available by clicking here, provides details on the pick-up of regular garbage, recyclables, bulky items, leaves, brush and hazardous household waste, as ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Residents of 16 streets on Lake Como's east side can expect to have their homes inspected this summer for tax assessment purposes. Representatives of Appraisal Systems Inc. (ASI) are in the process of conducting home inspections as part of the borough’s participation in the ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — After spending four months on Lake Como’s east side, Dewcon crews have shifted to the other side of Main Street where work continues on the borough’s water infrastructure improvement project. The Basking Ridge-based company is cleaning and cement-lining the underground water ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como residents and summer visitors in particular are reminded that parking is prohibited on the south side of 18th Avenue from Main Street to New Bedford Road, beginning every Friday at 6 p.m. through Sunday until 6 p.m. Although this is the second summer that the parking ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Brian Wilton is stepping down as mayor of Lake Como to join the administration of Gov. Phil Murphy. Wilton, who made the announcement during last night’s borough council meeting, will serve as a counsel in the administration’s authorities unit, which oversees and monitors the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A steady stream of revenue will mean Belmar will be able to hold the line on municipal taxes for the eighth consecutive year. Under the total $23.9 million budget, nearly $7.199 million will be raised through taxation, which includes nearly $560,000 in library taxes. This compares ...

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BELMAR, NJ — It’s not the way any Jersey Shore town wants to kick off its tourism season. When five inches of rain fell in Belmar in one day during the Memorial Day weekend, a back-up of wastewater in its sewer system overflowed into stormwater drains, causing contaminated water to flow to the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The plug will be pulled an hour earlier on live outdoor entertainment at two Belmar establishments, under liquor license renewals approved by the Belmar Council. Anchor Tavern on the corner of Main Street and Eighth Avenue and 10th Avenue Burrito Company in the Belmar Plaza at ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Slow down. That’s the message Belmar officials and residents alike want to convey to motorists now that multiway stop signs are being placed at key intersections on the beach side of town. With the borough council’s final approval of an ordinance to install these stops signs, public ...

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BELMAR, NJ — After hearing from residents in Belmar’s southern end, the borough council has decided to keep one-way traffic flowing westbound on 19th Avenue and eastbound on 20th Avenue. During a community meeting on May 14, nearly two dozen people expressed their opinions on which directions ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s seasonal traffic flow plan is now in place, aimed at relieving congestion and increasing safety on the borough’s busiest streets during the summer. It will be the first full season for the plan, which was hammered out by borough officials and the Belmar Police ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Road crews will soon begin to get Belmar’s streets “safety-ready” in time for the summer season. In response to concerns voiced by residents since last summer, proposed changes include turning 21 intersections throughout the borough into multiway stops to better control traffic ...

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LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como's borough council has approved a 2018 budget that shows a significant improvement in the borough’s fiscal health — an achievement that officials say was made possible by a decision two years ago to disband its police department. Under the nearly $3.6 million spending ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar businesses will need to toss those plastic bags and find a more environment-friendly way to bag purchases. And they would be given until next spring to find that new alternative, under a proposed measure introduced on May 1 by the borough council. If the ordinance is ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Mark Levis has taken his seat on the Belmar Council, filling the seat vacated by Brian Magovern when he recently became mayor. Levis, a 12-year Belmar resident and Belmar Harbor Commission chairman, was sworn into the position on April 24 by Magovern, who became mayor 10 days ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Brian Magovern is the new mayor of Belmar — the town he has called home his entire life. During a special meeting of the borough council on April 14, Magovern, 65, was officially sworn in by Belmar municipal judge — and longtime friend — Dennis Lavender, following a unanimous vote ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Matthew Doherty took his final bow last night as Belmar mayor, extending his gratitude and appreciation to the community that he has led for the past seven years. More than 300 people filled the council chambers for Doherty’s send-off on April 10, which was marked by a look back on ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Hours after being named executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty announced he will be leaving the borough’s top elected post in three weeks. Making his announcement at the Belmar Council's regular meeting on March 20, Doherty ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Now that the snow is gone and the plows have been parked, Belmar’s pothole patrol will be back in action. At the borough council meeting held the evening before the March 21 nor’easter, public works director Michael Campbell reported that nearly 11 tons of macadam had already been ...

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BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar moves forward to bring aboard a new beach patrol — from top to bottom — longtime lifeguards continue to question the process and once again brought their concerns to the borough council. At the governing body’s March 6 meeting, a handful of lifeguards reiterated their ...

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BELMAR, NJ — A month after declining the position as chief administrator of the N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission, Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty has taken another state job — but he won’t be headed to Trenton. Instead, he is now traveling to Atlantic City, where he has been tapped as deputy executive ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar has tossed out its special Monday garbage pick-up for summer renters. The policy allowed for seasonal renters and landlords to place their trash at the curb for collection on Monday, regardless of their neighborhood’s regular trash pick-up schedule, to help them keep ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Sweeping changes to Belmar’s lifeguard operations has stirred up a swell of criticism from this corps of seasonal employees vital to beachfront safety. During the Belmar Council’s meeting on February 20, nearly a dozen lifeguards — most with years of experience along the borough’s ...

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BELMAR, NJ — After learning that the light poles along the Belmar boardwalk are not in the public right-of-way, Verizon is not so eager to bring free wireless service to the borough’s beachfront this summer. The major reason for the change of heart: Belmar would need to go out to bid for the ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar is looking to revamp its lifeguard staff for the upcoming season, starting at the top. The borough council recently authorized the establishment of a selection committee to recruit “the best and brightest” lifeguards to stand over its 1.3-mile beachfront, focusing a new ...

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