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Belmar Fire Safety Alert: Kidde Recalls Smoke Detectors for Failure to Sound Alarm in Fire

May 14, 2021

BELMAR/LAKE COMO — The Belmar Fire Marshal’s Office is alerting the community to a nationwide safety recall of certain Kidde smoke detectors for failing to sound off during smoke conditions or a fire.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission on May 6 announced the recall of some 225,000 Kidde smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms — Model Series 2040, 2050, 2060 and ...

Belmar Police: Investigation Finds Report of Possible Intruder at Ocean Harbor Apartments ‘False’

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 said in a post on its Facebook page.

Belmar police responded to the call of a ...

Missing Baby Found Unharmed After NJ Police Issue Statewide Amber Alert

NEWARK, NJ — Following an Amber Alert issued on Monday afternoon, authorities located two-week-old Chinna Payne in East Orange just after 3 p.m. along with the man last seen with the infant, according to New Jersey State Police. 

Police reported that Damion Payne, 27, of Newark, is accused of assaulting the child's mother in Newark before leaving ...

Unlicensed Massage Therapist at Wall Foot Salon Charged with Inappropriately Touching Customers

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 two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual assault for alleged incidents that occurred ...

Cops in Shops: Belmar Police Going Undercover to Stop Underage Drinking This Summer

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Underage drinkers may want to think twice before flashing a fake ID in a Belmar or Lake Como liquor store or bar this summer. An undercover police officer could be watching.

Belmar Police Department is once again participating in New Jersey’s Cops in Shops Summer Shore Initiative, whose goal is to prevent persons under age 21 from illegally purchasing ...

Belmar Police: Six Officers Move Up in Rank, Capt. Thomas Cox Retires After 30-Year Career

BELMAR, NJ — Six officers have moved up in rank on the Belmar Police Department, as its second-in-command, Capt. Thomas Cox, has retired after a 30-year career highlighted by his service in the detective bureau.

In a special outdoor ceremony on April 10, some 100 people gathered near the gazebo at Silver Lake, where Police Chief Tina Scott presented each officer for promotion — Lt.

UPDATE: 18th Avenue Fire in Lake Como Ravages Main House, Destroys Two Sheds

LAKE COMO, NJ — The fire at 517 18th Avenue in Lake Como on April 6 significantly damaged the main dwelling and destroyed two sheds on the property. according to fire officials.

The Belmar Fire Department was dispatched to the scene about 1:25 p.m., where they quickly contained the heavy fire, which was spreading to all three structures upon their arrival, said Fire Marshal Ryan ...

New State Data Reveals One 'Police Use-Of-Force' Incident in Belmar

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Law enforcement use-of-force data, including statistics from Belmar, is now publicly available as part of a new statewide dashboard that debuted on April 6.

The Use of Force Dashboard tracks more than 3,000 New Jersey use-of-force cases from October through February as part of a “beta” test dashboard created by state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.


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DUI, Disorderly Conduct, Assault Arrests in April

May 17, 2021

 Belmar Police Department reported that the following 11 arrests occurred in Belmar and Lake Como from April 2 to April 27, 2021.


Darlene Hall, 49, of Belmar was arrested on 10th Avenue on April 2 by Police Officer Peter Speakman, charged with disorderly conduct and defiant trespass.

Peter Kelleher, 54, of Belmar was arrested on 10th Avenue on April 3 by Police ...

Neptune Township Senior Center to Host 'Drive-By' Food Drive on May 26

May 12, 2021

NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP, NJ — The Neptune Township Senior Center, 1607 Corlies Avenue, will host a drive-by food drive in support of Fulfill on Wednesday, May 26.

Fulfill, located in Neptune Township, serves to fight food insecurity in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Its services go beyond providing food to the hungry and are aimed at providing a more comprehensive approach to providing the ...

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Tue, May 18, 6:00 PM


Belmar Mayor and Council Meeting on Zoom


Tue, May 18, 7:30 PM

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Wed, May 19, 4:00 PM

Neptune Senior Center, Neptune

Monmouth County Free COVID-19 Testing


Thu, May 20, 9:30 AM

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JCP&L Encourages Customers to Arrange Payment Plans and Apply for Bill Assistance Programs to Avoid Unmanageable Balances

May 18, 2021

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Residential and business customers of Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), who are having difficulty making ends meet are encouraged to contact their utility now to enroll in payment plans or to receive referrals for bill assistance programs.

While shut-offs for nonpayment are temporarily suspended due to the pandemic, ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 18, 2021

TRENTON – No masks in Pennsylvania and New York. So, the same deal for Jersey, right? Well, not yet. Gov. Phil Murphy shocked the civilized world by not just following along with our neighbors, who lifted mask requirements for indoor gatherings. Murphy says, “we’re still not out of the woods,” yet. But we can now all jump on a train into NYC to mix and mingle indoors, ...

Local Journalists Grapple with New Era of ‘All Politics is National’

Like it or not, the idea that “all politics is local'' is no longer reality. Instead, local government has been poisoned by the toxic political environment once confined at the state and federal levels.

Local reporters used to be shielded from the national political discourse, in part because municipal elections typically don’t include Rs or Ds next to candidate ...