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Traditional Nursing Pinning Ceremony at Brookdale

January 11, 2023

Monmouth County, NJ - The Health Sciences Institute, at the Brookdale Community College Nursing Pinning Ceremony on January 3, 2023, in the Robert J. Collins Arena, recognized the accomplishments of 59 nursing graduates.  

Student speaker and nursing graduate Taylor Soave applauded Brookdale faculty and staff “for getting us all to this milestone in our lives.” She ...

2022 LBI Fishing Classic Has Passed, Time to Get Ready for the Spring Derby

February 2, 2023

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - The 2022 LBI Surf Fishing Classic is now a memory for Long Beach Island anglers, but their thoughts of many are on its spring cousin, the 21 st annual LBI Spring Derby.
 

The Spring Derby runs from early April to the last week in June. Anglers cast lines from shore in hopes of

catching that big striped bass or bluefish that will earn them a cash ...

Fishing Classic Has Passed, Time to Get Ready for the Spring Derby

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - The 2022 LBI Surf Fishing Classic is now a memory for Long Beach Island anglers, but their thoughts of many are on its spring cousin, the 21st Annual LBI Spring Derby.
 

The Spring Derby runs from early April to the last week in June. Anglers cast lines from shore in hopes of

catching that big striped bass or bluefish that will earn them a cash ...

Southern Wrestlers Defeat Christian Brothers Academy 27-25

STAFFORD - Cole Velardi took the mat for the Rams in the final match of the night. The Rams were down 25-24. Velardi got the 6-1 victory over Anthony Lawrence to lead the Rams to a 27-25 victory over CBA.   

CBA is the top-seeded team in the Shore Conference and the fifth-ranked team in the NJ.com state rankings. 

This was a big win for Southern because it was against a ...

Garden State Film Festival Celebrating 21 Years of Community, Culture and the Arts.

February 4, 2023








NEW JERSEY– The Garden State Film Festival will roll out the red carpet to celebrate 21 years when it returns bigger and better than ever March 23 – 26. Films bring people together to create them and to watch them, and the Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) is a convergence of community, culture and the arts. The event brings ...

Film Around NJ: ‘Maybe I Do'

NEW JERSEY - Moviegoers experienced a meta moment at the Cranford Theater during an invite-only special screening on Thursday evening. As the lights dimmed and the movie began to roll, actors William H. Macy and Diane Keaton appeared on screen—seated in the Cranford Theater. It was the opening moments of "Maybe I Do," a film written by Edison native Michael ...

Film in New Jersey: Meet the Experts at Holmdel ChamberCast. In-Person Networking, Tues. Jan. 31, at Bell Works.

HOLMDEL, NJ: Let's Talk Film in New Jersey!

Under New Jersey’s film and TV tax incentive, production in the Garden State Film Business is booming, and the forecast is steady continued growth.  In 2021 alone, Film in NJ had revenue of over $500 million, with 68 feature films and 132 TV series shot in the state; creating 5,500 jobs.   Add the anticipated Netflix Studio ...

Possible 'bias incident' at Trinity Episcopal Church under investigation by local and state law enforcement officials

February 1, 2023

ASBURY PARK, NJ — Trinity Episcopal Church on Asbury Avenue was holding an anti-racism event on Friday night when a possible “bias-motivated incident” took place between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. 

When the Asbury Park Police Department was advised of the incident on Saturday, an investigation was ...

Joint Investigation: MCPO Special Victims Bureau and the Shrewsbury Borough Police Department Nab Local "Upskirting Man" Christopher Cox

Anyone with information about this matter is urged to contact MCPO Detective Sgt. Shawn Murphy at 800-533-7443 or Shrewsbury Borough Police Department Detective Daniel DeCristofaro at 732-741-2500, Ext. 230.

MONMOUTH COUNTY– Christopher W. Cox, 33, of Red Bank, was charged in late 2022, with taking “upskirting” photos of two women in a Shrewsbury Borough, NJ supermarket. Cox ...

Monmouth County Man Sentenced for 2017 Possession and Distribution of Child Sexual Abuse Materials.

MONMOUTH COUNTY – A Freehold Township man was sentenced to a total of eight years in state prison in connection with the 2017 possession and distribution of child sexual abuse materials, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced Wednesday.

On Friday, January 13, 2023, before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Jill G. O’Malley, James Simmons, 74, of Freehold ...

Keyport Council Holds Regular January Meeting

January 23, 2023

KEYPORT, NJ - The newly organized Mayor and Council of Keyport met on January 17th to conduct their regular business. The meeting lasted about an hour. The new members joining the board were Melissa Vecchio and Cathleen Reilly on Council. New elected Mayor Rose Araneo was also on the dais.

The borough intends to submit a grant application to the state for a recreation ...

Monmouth County Reorganizes: Arnone and DiRocco to Lead Commissioner Board.

Pictured above: Commissioner Deputy Director Nick DiRocco accepts his certificate of election from Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon at the Organization Meeting.

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ – Monmouth County Commissioner Thomas A. Arnone and Commissioner Nick DiRocco were voted (by the 5-member board) to serve as Commissioner Director and Commissioner Deputy Director, ...

Keyport Borough Administrator Delaney Moving to Holmdel

HOLMDEL, NJ - Keyports Borough Administrator is moving down the street to work in Holmdel. This, after a January 10th meeting where the decision was publicly made by the Holmdel Committee.

After a long process including many candidates, Holmdel Township has a new professional Township Administrator. His name is Jay Delaney, RMC, QPA, and he will be exiting his role in Keyport where he was ...

Hazlet Grocery Outlet Grand Opening Feb. 2.

January 27, 2023

HAZLET, NJ: As grocery prices have been soaring, Hazlet's Grocery Outlet, in the Hazlet Plaza, (3057 State Route 35, Hazlet, NJ 07730), is slated for big savings, offering deeply discounted brand name and private label groceries and products!

The shelves are stocked and next week on February 2, 2023, Grocery Outlet will host their grand opening. Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. and the ...

Three-day remembrance celebration planned for Jersey Shore's Popular Langosta Lounge, featuring live music

ASBURY PARK, NJ — After 14 years of food, community and a passion for the restaurant and music scene, Marilyn Schlossbach and Scott Szegeki have announced that they will be stepping away from the Asbury Park Langosta Lounge Pavilion in February.

The beachfront restaurant and bar well known to the Asbury Park dining scene, is closing on Saturday, February 4, as Schlossbach plans to turn ...

Hazlet Community Cares: Makes mental wellness a priority, with special attention to youth. 

February 2, 2023

HAZLET, NJ: It is without question that America is facing an unprecedented mental health crisis.  New Jersey is no exception to this historical national calamity.  Substance use disorders, death by suicide, and mental health challenges have become far more prevalent in New Jersey than in the past years.  This is all occurring against a backdrop of a broken health care system, ...

SAVE MOMMOM: Grandmother in Need of Kidney Donation

NEW JERSEY - A beloved 69-year-old grandmother is in desperate need of a new kidney.

Theresa LaBarck has been on dialysis for the past two years. Originally from Paterson, she has been a Wayne resident for almost 20 years. Her grandson, Thomas, Jr. "T.J." Sullivan, said he was ready to do anything to help her.    

"My grandmother is my world. She is ...

YMCA of Greater Monmouth County is Here for Mental Health Needs

Red Bank, NJ: As mental health needs continue to rise for individuals, children and families, schools and educators —know that the Y is here with safe, confidential mental health support, 24-7, remote and in-person.

Their team of certified Counseling and Social Services clinicians specialize in social work, clinical, alcohol and drug counseling, and traumatic loss.

Call 732-290-9040 ...

Family Safe, Dog Missing as Holmdel Home Goes up in Flames.

February 3, 2023

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HOLMDEL, NJ: TAPinto reported Friday at 4:40 p.m., that a home was on fire at 214 Holland Road in Holmdel. Mutual aid from surrounding jurisdictions and the county arrived quickly to assist Holmdel Firefighters. The fire quickly raged through the home, possibly fueled in part by the high winds Friday. Roads remained closed throughout the ...

Hazlet fire at Jersey Thrift quickly extinguished, no injuries.

HAZLET, NJ:  A small fire at a Hazlet thrift shop on Thursday was "quickly put out" according to Hazlet First Responders. Hazlet police confirmed a fire took place at Jersey Thrift on Route 36, on Thursday. The shop is at 305 Route 36. There were no injures reported. 

Crime in Holmdel: Robbery at private residence, one suspect on the loose, one in custody.

HOLMDEL, NJ: On Wednesday evening a robbery took place at a private residence in a neighborhood on the north side of town. According to Holmdel Police, one suspect is now in custody, and one remains on the loose. The remaining suspect fled into the wooded area between Windswept Road and Sage Street. He was last seen running through yards on Sage Street, near Crocus ...

Musings About Valentine Day

February 3, 2023

A few months ago a friend went for a walk and noticed a young woman nearby. She was wearing a jacket partially open in the front. It revealed a shirt with the word “ego” on it. My friend was intrigued by someone having this word on her shirt, so she asked the young woman what led her to display that term. The young woman laughed, opened her jacket wider and there was the full word: ...

Bill That Would Force Telemarketers to Explain Why They're Calling in 30 Seconds Advances in Trenton

January 27, 2023

TRENTON, NJ — A bill that would require telemarketers to identify themselves and what they're trying to sell in the first 30 seconds of the call has advanced in Trenton.

“New Jerseyans should know who they’re talking to on the phone and what’s being sold to them by telemarketers,” Sen. Jon Bramnick (R - District 21), one of the primary sponsors of the ...

Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs in New Jersey Receive $10 Million Federal Grant

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (NJHVIPs) received a big boost on Friday, in the form of $10 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds.

The programs launched three years ago using federal money with the mission of ending cycles of violence across the state by helping victims and their families.

“These innovative violence ...

Gov. Phil Murphy Delivers 2023 State of the State, Says New Jersey is Moving in the Right Direction

TRENTON, NJ — During Tuesday's State of the State Address at the Assembly Chambers in Trenton, Gov. Phil Murphy said he's confident with the direction in which the state is going.

"We are stronger, and we are fairer," Murphy said. "We are moving confidently in the right direction — forward."

Republicans aren't so sure.

"Despite the ...

FirstEnergy Foundation Presents “Gifts of the Season” to Local Organizations in the JCP&L Service Area

The FirstEnergy Foundation has granted two New Jersey nonprofits with $20,000 "Gifts of the Season," aiding in their mission to make lives brighter within the Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) service area.

Cornerstone Family Programs, based in JCP&L's northern New Jersey region, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County, based in the central New Jersey ...

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

Residential 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.

"Many of our customers continue to face financial challenges brought on by the pandemic and ongoing economic ...

Funeral Mass for Jackie Montanaro and daughter Madelyn, at St. Benedict's in Holmdel Friday.

January 19, 2023

Photo above shows some of the enlarged pictures displayed at the Tuesday evening Vigil for the Montanaro family, at Hazlet's Veterans Park. 

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead  (this is the quote referenced by Jackie Montanaro's father Joe Autera, ...

Dog Duchess found deceased. Montanaro Family Announces Funeral Plans.

Community in mourning: Jackie Montanaro and her daughter Madelyn pictured above. Photo credit: Montanaro family. 

HAZLET, NJ: Beyond sad news, the Montanaro family dog Duchess has been found deceased in the home by firefighters today. The community has been searching for Duchess, hoping to find her as it was believed she ran off scared during the ...

Double Tragedy: Hazlet's William Montanaro Shares Wife Jackie's Heroic Efforts to Save Daughter

HAZLET, NJ: Domenico Montanaro, William Montanaro's brother, reached out in an email to TAPinto today, providing the statement at the bottom of this article, from his brother.  The Montanaro family is suffering a double tragedy and the tight-knit community of Hazlet, as well as surrounding towns, are rallying around them. READ MORE: Double Tragedy: Fatal Fire in ...

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Deborah Heart and Lung Center Appoints Charles M. Geller, MD, Chair, Cardiothoracic Surgery

February 2, 2023

NEW JERSEY: Joseph Chirichella, President and CEO of Deborah Heart and Lung Center, announces that Charles M. Geller, MD, has joined the hospital’s medical staff and will serve as Chair, Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Dr. Geller previously worked at Crozer Health in Delaware County, Pennsylvania where he served as Associate Chairman of Surgery and system Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery since ...

Bill Spadea, New Jersey Governor's Race, and the Fields of the Ukraine

January 30, 2023

OPINION

Hello Everyone,

   Bill Spadea today publicly called for Russia to be allowed to keep the Donbas region of the Ukraine. This statement exemplifies why Bill Spadea's lack of intellectual curiosity, his inability to learn about an issue before speaking, and his impulsiveness  disqualify him from being a serious candidate for Governor.

    First a little ...

Bill Spadea, New Jersey Governor's Race, and the Fields of the Ukraine

OPINION

Bill Spadea today publicly called for Russia to be allowed to keep the Donbas region of Ukraine. This statement exemplifies why Bill Spadea's lack of intellectual curiosity, his inability to learn about an issue before speaking, and his impulsiveness disqualify him from being a serious candidate for Governor.
    First a little history lesson. The Donbas region (which ...

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