In The Schools


‘Giving from the Heart’ Warms Winter at Belmar Elementary School

January 12, 2022

BELMAR, NJ — It was a winter wonderland of kindness at Belmar Elementary School during the holiday season.

As part of the school’s social emotional learning (SEL) initiative, the school’s counseling team led a schoolwide effort to stress the importance of “giving from the heart.”

“In December when the lights and decorations were beginning to be hung, ...

Belmar Elementary School on Delayed Opening

BELMAR, NJ — Due to the inclement weather, Belmar Elementary School will have a delayed opening today, January 3.

Students will report to school at 10 a.m. Breakfast will be available beginning at 9:40 a.m.

Manasquan High School will have a 90-minute delayed opening. Belmar and Lake Como students should report to their bus stops at 8:05 and 8:10 a.m.

St. Rose Grammar School ...

Belmar Police Presence at Schools in Belmar, Lake Como Friday Morning Amid TikTok Trend Threatening Violence

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Belmar police were present outside all schools in Belmar and Lake Como Friday morning — in response to a social media “challenge” threatening school violence today.

As students were arriving on December 17, police vehicles and officers were stationed outside Belmar Elementary School on Main Street, and St. Rose High School and St.

NJ Police, School Districts Respond to TikTok Trend Threatening Violence on December 17

Police and school district leaders nationwide and in New Jersey are reacting — and in some cases increasing security— following a social media "challenge" threatening school violence on Friday, December 17.

No specific locations were named in the TikTok threat.

Gov. Phil Murphy said he's spoken with State Attorney General Andrew Bruck, Col. Pat ...

Belmar Elementary Students' Visit to Doughnut Shop: ‘Icing on the Cake’ for Lesson on Bakeries

BELMAR, NJ — Main Street Donuts owner Joe Rizzuto whipped up a lesson in doughnut making last week for Belmar Elementary School prekindergartners.

And it couldn’t be sweeter for the students who visited his specialty shop, known for its wide variety of made-to-order handcrafted doughnuts. Not only did they learn how he creates and decorates the sweet treats, but they ...

It’s a Slam Dunk!: Belmar Elementary School Unveils Outdoor Basketball Court for Start of New Year

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar Elementary School started the new year, students couldn’t miss the special gift awaiting them — a brand-new outdoor basketball court standing in the far corner of the school playground.

Over the past two years, the Belmar Elementary PTO raised more than $50,000 to fund the construction of the court, which will be used for gym class, recess and ...

Belmar Elementary School Outdoor Graduation Still Set for Today

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Elementary School’s eighth-grade graduation ceremony is still on for today, June 15 at 6 p.m. 

While the rainy weather forecast for June 14 prompted school officials to move the outside event on the school grounds to today, they are still monitoring conditions to ensure skies will clear by this evening. 

According to the National ...

Belmar Elementary School Drama Club Pulls Out All Stops to Bring ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ to Outdoor Stage

BELMAR, NJ — “The show must go on.” The Belmar Elementary School Drama Club certainly lived up to those words with this year’s production of “Willy Wonka Jr.”

Despite the myriad challenges to put on a school play amid coronavirus restrictions, the club demonstrated that it can be done. On June 5 and 7, it gave two evening performances of the high-energy ...

It’s All Fun and Games as Field Day Returns to Belmar Elementary School

BELMAR, NJ — The return of Field Day for Belmar Elementary School students last week could not have come at a better time.

After spending the past 1½ school years under coronavirus-related restrictions, the youngsters were excited to venture across the street to Memorial Field to enjoy a host of outdoor activities — from cornhole and volleyball to chalk and sand art, and ...


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Home of the Week: 831 Grandview Ave., Westfield, NJ 07090

Check out 831 Grandview Ave in Westfield; this colonial in the Manor Park neighborhood won’t last long. With a new outdoor staircase leading to the enclosed front porch, a new roof, and other updates since 2021, you’re getting modern living with classic character. From the porch, you’ll step in to the sun filled living room with bay windows that flows into the updated kitchen ...

Blood Donation Urged during April, National Donate Life Month

Every day, organ and blood marrow transplant patients require blood transfusions; a single liver transplant patient can need 20 or more units of blood. Nonprofit blood services provider Vitalant urges all who are eligible to give blood to make an appointment now to give in April, National Donate Life Month. For a limited time, Vitalant donors can also find out their COVID-19 antibody status ...

Jack McGreevey, a No-Nonsense Supporter of Veterans, Dead at 93

May 12, 2022

CARTERET, NJ – Jack McGreevey, a battle-hardened Marine drill sergeant turned dogged advocate for his fellow veterans, who passed his passion for service to his son, former Gov. Jim McGreevey, died May 12.

He was 93.

Mr. McGreevey, of Carteret, was a constant presence throughout the 19th legislative district, serving in the legislative office since 1998. He proudly wore his ...

National Weather Service Issues 'Red Flag Warning' for New Jersey

MT. HOLLY, NJ — The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for all of New Jersey on Thursday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

A Fire Weather Watch will remain in effect on Friday, April 29, from morning to evening, in anticipation of gusty winds and dry conditions.

The alert was issued due to the combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and dry ...

VIDEO: Hasbrouck Heights Scouts Clean the Community, Scholarships Awarded in South Plainfield, Rahway Educator Honored and Westfield Boy Scout Proposes Life-Saving Station

May 20, 2022

NEW JERSEY - The Girl and Boy Scouts of Hasbrouck Heights join together to clean their community. Plus, several Girl Scouts in South Plainfield receive scholarships. Also, a Rahway superintendent is honored. And a Westfield Boy Scout proposes a life-saving station near a local pond.

TAPinto's Kristina Behr has today's Now in New Jersey, Powered by TAPinto, brought to you ...

Assemblywomen Introduce Bill Package Tightening Punishment for Car Thieves

May 20, 2022

NEW JERSEY — The Garden State Parkway was shut down last week for miles after a crash caused by a police chase involving a car that was reported stolen. One of the suspects fled on foot through Clark. Officers caught up with him, arrested him and three other suspects who were then turned over to State Police. 

A similar incident occurred a few days later in Holmdel, ...

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...