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Maggie O'Brien: Business Maestra of the Middletown Arts Center Delivers High Notes During Pandemic Challenges.

January 6, 2021

The Middletown Arts Center is Back! Check out the Winter Session of IN-PERSON classes: Theater, Dance, Art, Music and more! Click here. 

Above photo are examples of the artwork created for the "Sign of the Times" project. 

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: With tears forming in her eyes, Maggie O’Brien walks the empty halls of the Middletown Arts Center (MAC). Executive director ...

Rockit Academy, Voted New Jersey's #1 program for aspiring young musicians, hosts auditions for 2021 winter session. All instruments and levels of experience welcome!

2021 Winter Session Auditions for Rockit Academy held on Brookdale Community College Campus. 

Rockit Academy, New Jersey's #1 program for aspiring young musicians, is holding auditions for its 2021 winter session. We welcome all instruments and levels of experience.

Businesses have Feb. 1 deadline to provide Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC to recipients

January 15, 2021

WASHINGTON − The Internal Revenue Service today reminded businesses and other payors that the revised Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, and the new Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation, must be furnished to most recipients by Feb. 1, 2021.

Redesigned Form 1099-MISC

The IRS revised Form 1099-MISC for the 2020 tax year to accommodate the creation of a new Form 1099-NEC. The ...

Small Businesses Can Benefit from SBA's Changes to the PPP Lending Program

NEW JERSEY -- The newly issued guidelines on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lending overseen by the SBA and the U.S. Treasury Department will better target New Jersey's small businesses, especially those owned by minorities or located in low income areas.

The Economic Aid Act makes it possible for hard-hit businesses to get second loans from the PPP lending ...

Borough of Keyport Awarded Additional $225,000 Through Neighborhood Preservation Program. Small Business Grant Opportunity.

KEYPORT, NJ: The Borough of Keyport is offering qualifying small businesses operating at a location within the Keyport Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) district boundaries the opportunity to apply for grants for commercial rent, mortgage, and utility payments. 

The grants are supported by federal COVID-19 recovery funds administered by the N.J. Department of Community Affairs ...

Safe Spaces: Low infection rates keep schools open in Holmdel

January 15, 2021

HOLMDEL, NJ - Holmdel schools - fully open to in-school education 5 days a week -  are sharing data with parents and the community to provide a clear picture of positive COVID-19 cases in the schools. Nearly half of the positive cases are already virtual. Of the approximate student body of 3000, about 1% became positive for COVID-19 as of January 12th, 2021.

According to ...

Hazlet Police Department LEAD the way in educating local youth on substance resistance, guide responsible thinking..

HAZLET, NJ: January 13, marked the first day Hazlet Police Department began teaching the LEAD program; (Law Enforcement Against Drugs). The 5th grade classes (at Beers Street and Cove Road), and the 8th grade classes at Hazlet Middle School were visited by Hazlet's finest. 

The LEAD program teaches more than just drug resistance. LEAD helps students learn how to ...

Teachers, HS Seniors Will Not Be Evaluated the Same in New Jersey this year.

NEW JERSEY — A new executive order will mean sweeping changes for the way teachers and students are evaluated for the 2020-2021 school year.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who has long said this isn’t a normal school year due to COVID-19, announced the changes during a Monday press conference on pandemic updates.

As part of the order, high school seniors won’t have to pass an exit ...

'Jacked' Up: Law Partner Doug Steinhardt Quits Governor's Race Due to 'Professional Obligations'

January 12, 2021

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NEW JERSEY - If New Jersey residents were not justifiably distracted with a deadly assault on the Capitol of the United States of America, they may have noticed the implosion of a top candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of the State of New Jersey, Doug Steinhardt.

A month after he jumped into the race as the only candidate ...

"A Good Man and a Good Friend"; Governor Murphy Defends Controversial Redistricting Commission pick Gary Taffet

TRENTON, NJ - Sometimes the questions go off COVID-19 and onto politics for the Middletown, NJ based Governor Murphy. With a near daily schedule of COVID-19 briefings however, he tries to allow a robust question and answer period.

During the COVID-19 briefing question and answer period on Monday, December 28th, Murphy was asked about big changes due to the 10-year census and ...

Congresswoman Calls for Arlington Cemetery Burial for Officer Brian Sicknick

January 11, 2021

SOUTH RIVER, NJ -- Congresswoman U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, who represents Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, has contacted senior military leaders to request that U.S. Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The 42-year-old South River, NJ, native was killed during the siege on the Capitol Building on Wednesday, Jan. 6, when a pro-Trump mob ...

Reorganization: Keyport Mayor Snaps Stalemate with First Vote in Two Years

KEYPORT, NJ: Called upon to vote for the first time in two years, Mayor Collette J. Kennedy cast the definitive tally in a 4-3 decision to adopt all appointments and assignments to the borough’s various boards and commissions as presented during the New Year’s Day reorganization meeting.

Council member Dennis Fotopoulos argued that an additional third permanent council nomination ...

Treasury issues millions of second Economic Impact Payments by debit card

WASHINGTON – Starting this week, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are sending approximately 8 million second Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) by prepaid debit card.

These EIP Cards follow the millions of payments already made by direct deposit and the ongoing mailing of paper checks that are delivering the second round of Economic Impact Payments as rapidly as ...

🎉Start the New Year with Healthy Fun Routines for the Whole Family at the Y!  

January 1, 2021

The Y is here to strengthen lives. A non-profit charity, the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County has served community for over 146 years with programs that support healthy living and well-being for people of all ages, interests, and backgrounds. All are welcome and no one is turned away for the inability to pay.   

A New Year is always filled with the promise of positive change and ...

As 2021 Approaches: Details of NJ's Vaccination Program Released, List of Sites for EMS, Healthcare Workers to Receive Shots

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey has begun its program for administering the COVID-19 vaccine. The state currently has in place a two-phase plan to administer the vaccine to the general population. Stage 1A that provides vaccine access to Health Care workers and Long-Term Care residents is currently in effect as of December 15. The overall goal is to have the vaccine reach a majority of the population by ...

Gov. Murphy Announces COVID-19 Counseling Services for Health Care Workers, First-Responders

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has established two helplines offering COVID-19 crisis counseling to front-line medical workers and first-responders.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the creation of HEAL for health care workers and RISE for police, firefighters, emergency responders among others during his December 23 press briefing. "For countless front-line workers, the ...

Defunct Red Bank Financial Firm Hit with Additional Fraud Charges

December 29, 2020

RED BANK, NJ: First Standard Financial Company, LLC, of Red Bank, a now-defunct broker-dealer whose agents defrauded customers as part of an excessive trading scheme, was charged with additional actions by New Jersey Bureau of Securities in announcement today by Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

The Securities Bureau previously revoked First Standard’s broker-dealer registration after ...

Hazlet Police Department LEAD the way in educating local youth on substance resistance, guide responsible thinking..

January 14, 2021

HAZLET, NJ: January 13, marked the first day Hazlet Police Department began teaching the LEAD program; (Law Enforcement Against Drugs). The 5th grade classes (at Beers Street and Cove Road), and the 8th grade classes at Hazlet Middle School were visited by Hazlet's finest. 

The LEAD program teaches more than just drug resistance. LEAD helps students learn how to ...

Murphy Orders U.S. and NJ Flags to Be Flown at Half-Staff on Jan 11, in Honor of Officer Brian Sicknick

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff on Monday, Jan 11, 2021, in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River, who died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol when it was under siege on Jan. 6.

In a statement, Murphy said: 

“United States Capitol Police Officer ...

A Holmdel Man's Life is Saved on Christmas Day

Holmdel Police Department issued the following public post on social media Monday afternoon:

Officers save man's life on Christmas Day.

On December 25, 2020 at 11:45am, Holmdel Police Officers Herlihy, Broglia, and Disko responded to a township residence for a mental health/crisis call.  After entering the home, Officers found droplets of blood leading to and continuing up a ...

Indoor Sports Back in Action, Clearing Way for Start of High School Winter Season

January 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — After a forced time-out of nearly one month, indoor sports in New Jersey returned this weekend, clearing the way for the start of the high school sports winter season.

Since Gov. Phil Murphy did not extend his December 5 ban placed on organized indoor sports — practices and competitions for youths and adults — these activities resumed on January 2 but with ...

New Jersey High School Sports Winter Season May Resume on Jan. 2: Murphy

TRENTON, NJ -- In a highly anticipated announcement , Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday at his COVID-19 press briefing that Indoor sports may resume on Saturday, January 2, 2021, with safety protocols in place. However, the regional suspension of interstate youth hockey competitions will continue through at least January 31.

NJSIAA, the governing body for high school sports in the state, ...

CBA Basketball Alum Josh Cohen Steps Into a New Role at St. Francis University

On the Lincroft campus of Christian Brothers Academy, basketball season is traditional and ritualistic for a group of super fans known as the Colt Crazies.


The pre-game tribal chanting is a precursor to their coordinated pop-corn bouncing in the gym’s rollout bleachers, and synchronized incantations of cheers and wit-filled jeers passed down from graduating class to ...

Chabad House Invites You to a Special Evening With Rabbi Manis Friedman, Jan. 23.

January 12, 2021

Join Chabad House for a special evening with 

 World-renowned author, counselor, lecturer & philosopher  RABBI MANIS FRIEDMAN 


Saturday evening, January 23rd at 7:00 PM

Reply here by email and receive the Zoom Link

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas.

Sensing a Vast Unity 

As I stand in my own small space of the planet

reveling in the power and beauty of the heavens, 

I feel a great unity with all beings.

I know that somewhere there is a herdsman

in the Sahara Desert who is also gazing

at the stars of our common universe.

I know there is a lamb in New Zealand

romping in sunlight that also bathes my skin.

I ...

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Longtime Middletown Matriarch Marie Conti Passes Away at 97

January 14, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, NJ -- Perhaps it was Marie Conti’s childhood growing up in Atlantic City’s heyday during the roaring 20s that gave her that sparkle all of her life.  Perhaps it was her love of the Jersey Shore beaches that made her a breath of fresh air in every room. Perhaps it was growing up in a large family that made her love hers so much as it continues to grow.

Marie ...

Hackensack Meridian Health Foundations Recognized by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy as High Performers

January 15, 2021


Edison, NJ – January 14, 2021 – Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce that Hackensack Meridian – Meridian Health Foundation and Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation have achieved High Performer status within the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s (AHP) 2020 Report on Giving.

Hackensack Meridian ...

Last Chance to Register for Free Virtual Panel Discussion Featuring Distinguished COVID-19 Experts

TAPinto will host a panel discussion featuring distinguished COVID-19 experts on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. This virtual gathering is free for attendees, but registration is required. 

The panel, presented by Atlantic Health System and moderated by Communications Consultant Bruno Tedeschi, will feature Dr. Michelle Cholankeril, ...

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso Criticized Governor Murphy’s State of the State Address.

O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Governor Painting Nice Picture Despite Numerous Failures

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso criticized the Governor for his unrealistic portrayal of conditions in the State. (

“The administration seems to be painting a much rosier picture of what has, and is, happening in the state right now,” said O’Scanlon ...

Commissioner leadership roles go to Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Director Kiley


LINCROFT, NJ – Monmouth County Commissioner Thomas A. Arnone and Commissioner Susan M. Kiley were appointed as Commissioner Director and Commissioner Deputy Director, respectively, at the Board’s 2021 Organization Meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 7 at Brookdale Community College. 

“I would like to thank the Board for appointing me to serve as the 2021 ...

Christine Giordano Hanlon Sworn In To Second Term as Monmouth County Clerk

Above Photo: Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, was sworn-in by Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley with her family by her side — husband Bobby and children, Nicholas, Grace, Holly and Kaitlyn Hanlon. Event was held at Brookdale Community College. 

LINCROFT, NJ – Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon proudly ... Readership Jumps More Than 70%, Advertising Revenue Increased Nearly 17% in 2020, a network of more than 85 franchised hyperlocal online news sites, today announced spectacular growth in readership, up by more than 70% in 2020 over the previous year, and an advertising revenue increase of nearly 17%. added a dozen online news sites during the year and is on target to reach its 100th franchise in 2021.

“COVID-19 presented challenges ...

Murphy's Policies Not Fairer for NJ Children

January 13, 2021

Gov Murphy said in his "State of the State" address that New Jersey is "stronger, fairer, and more resilient" than before. In addition, he said that "It's a day (post-Covid), we will not enter fearing what's next but knowing where we're heading." My response is simple: Gov Murphy, where have you been? The rest of the world has known "where ...

Hazlet Mayor Tara Clark Delivers Speech at Reorganization 2021.

January 11, 2021

Good evening everyone and Happy New Year.

I am truly excited to have the opportunity to serve as Hazlet’s mayor in 2021. I want to begin by thanking Michael Glackin for his outstanding leadership and service as Hazlet’s Mayor in 2020. Mayor Glackin’s innovative solutions, financial budgeting foresight, and positivity helped our town face the unprecedented challenges that ...


Oct 30, 1931 - Jan 12, 2021
Anita S. Bonfiglio, 89, Middletown, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 12th. Born and ...
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Oct 30, 1931 - Jan 12, 2021
Anita S. Bonfiglio, 89, Middletown, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 12th. Born and ...
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Oct 20, 1933 - Jan 8, 2021
Mae Frederick Jubinsky, 87, Colts Neck, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 8, 2021 ...
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Jun 6, 1940 - Jan 9, 2021
Patricia (née Howard) Morin, age 80, of Malverne, NY passed away on January 9, 2021, at Care ...
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Aug 31, 1939 - Dec 30, 2020
Elaine Everwijn DeVito, 81 of Holmdel, died at home in her sleep on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, ...
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Jul 31, 1981 - Dec 31, 2020
Salvatore M. Carbone, 39 of Hazlet died surrounded by the love of his family on Dec. 31st at ...
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Jan 27, 1934 - Dec 28, 2020
Victor S. Rhodes, Sr. 86 of Aberdeen passed away at Bayshore Community Hospital on Monday, Dec.
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Jan 27, 1934 - Dec 28, 2020
Victor S. Rhodes, Sr. 86 of Aberdeen passed away at Bayshore Community Hospital on Monday, Dec.
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May 2, 1965 - Dec 27, 2020
Nicholas Cappelleri, 55 of Colts Neck, died on Sunday December 27, 2020. He was born in ...
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Dec 9, 1923 - Nov 15, 2020
Attilio J. Giannico, 96, of Holmdel, passed away at home on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Born in ...
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