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Wings Clipped: Monmouth University President Patrick Leahy Criticized by Parents on Lockdown Communications

March 26, 2023

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MONMOUTH, NJ - After a scary and lengthy false alarm and lockdown last week, the Monmouth University community expressed their appreciation to the Monmouth University Police Department and area law enforcement agencies as well for ...

Brookdale Community College to Launch Social Impact Collaboratory.

LINCROFT, NJ: Brookdale Community College, has shared the news that a line item in Governor Murphy's budget is slated to create a new ecosystem at Brookdale Community College, named; Social Impact Collaboratory. 

Brookdale's Social Impact Collaboratory, is described as an "Entrepreneurial Innovation Hub." It's designed to merge social, ...

National Women's Month: Learn About the Pay Gap and Real Solutions.

REGISTER TODAY FOR THIS IMPORTANT Virtual Event - Women earn 83 cents for every dollar men make. And, when we look across categories such as race, education level, and occupation, that gap widens-let's learn and let's talk about it! 

For more information about the speakers and to register for this valuable free webinar click here.  

On March 8, from 7:00 p.m. - ...

Swing Loose Indoor Golf in Bell Works, now outside too!

March 25, 2023

HOLMDEL, NJ: Swing Loose Indoor Golf, at Bellworks, 101 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, opens Swing Loose OUTDOOR golf driving range, March 26! 

"After months of planning and preparation, we're thrilled to finally open our outside range to golf enthusiasts and beginners alike. Our outdoor range is designed to provide golfers with the perfect space to practice their swings and ...

Train for the Upcoming Red Bank Classic 5k with the YMCA Running Club

Red Bank, NJ: The Red Bank Family YMCA Running Club is welcoming new and returning runners to train for a Red Bank Classic 5K.

Red Bank YMCA Running Club

When: Weekly, Fridays at 7:00am, starting May 6 through June 18

Where: Meet in the Red Bank Family YMCA lobby and run locally

Cost: Free Y Members, $10 Non-Members

Contact: Jessica ...

21st Annual Garden State Film Festival Features Documentary about Superstorm Sandy.

March 22, 2023


ASBURY PARK, NJ — New Jersey's Premier Independent Film Festival – The Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) returns to the city this weekend from March 23 to 26.  

The internationally recognized film festival celebrates the independent film genre by bringing a carefully curated and enriching selection of original works produced locally and globally.

Rock of Ages: The Musical at Brookdale that will take you to back to an awesome 80's party.

LINCROFT, NJ: An exciting musical awaits you at Brookdale's Performing Arts Center! It's the Ultimate 80's party, and you are invited! 

Dates and Times for Brookdale's Musical Rock of Ages:
Friday, April 7 at 8pm
Saturday, April 8 at 2 pm (Senior Saturday $15 for ages 62+)*
Saturday, April 8 at 8 pm
Friday, April 14 at 8 pm
Saturday, April 15 at 8 pm
Sunday, April 16 ...

North to Shore Festival coming to Newark, Asbury Park and Atlantic City in June

NEW JERSEY — North to Shore Festival, a first-of-its-kind three-city celebration of the Garden State's vast collection of musical and cultural excellence is happening in just a couple of months! More than 100 events and acts are planned in three cities — Atlantic City (June 7-11), Asbury Park (June 14-18) and Newark (June 21-25).

Music headliners announced so far include ...

Asbury Park woman indicted for child’s fatal overdose

March 28, 2023

ASBURY PARK, NJ — A 26-year-old Asbury Park woman has been indicted in the drug overdose death of her 2-year-old son, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced Monday.    

A Monmouth County grand jury returned a five-count indictment against Quanique Smith, who was charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, two counts of second-degree endangering the ...

Man arrested for January attack on concert crowd at Trinity Episcopal Parish

ASBURY PARK, NJ — An Ocean County man was charged with throwing smoke bombs into a crowd and attempting to pepper spray people leaving an anti-racism concert held at the Trinity Episcopal Parish in Asbury Park in January, announced Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and the Division of Criminal Justice announced on March 6. 

Nicholas G. Mucci, 28, of Toms River, was charged with ...

S2 Fail: The Double-Edged Sword of School Funding Hits a Wall

March 28, 2023

COLTS NECK, NJ -  Headlines across the state are showing public school funding to be in a crisis. Many blame an obscure piece of legislation, Senate Bill S2. This was amended from the original back in 2008.

Ironically, this piece of legislation that was supposed to fix inequity has instead created a financial fiasco for many districts during the budget season. Along this ...

Privacy Gone: Hazlet Resident on Middle Road Seeks Township Relief After Clear Cutting Behind Home.

Hazlet resident Ruth Alvarez shared before and after pictures at last week's Hazlet Township Committee meeting. Above is a picture of Alvarez's new view after the developer clear-cut the trees behind her fence. 

HAZLET, NJ - When the local Land Use Board in Hazlet approved an eight home subdivision, Rolling Hills Estates, back in 2016, an adjacent neighbor, Ruth ...

Inspired Launches 3rd-Party Buildout and Tenant Improvement Services Arm at Bell Works

March 29, 2023

HOLMDEL, NJ: Inspired by Somerset Development is one of the real estate industry’s most dynamic innovators of large-scale mixed-use redevelopment. Most recently Inspired launched its Third-Party Buildout and Tenant Improvement Services for tenants in the office sector, at Holmdel's Bell Works.  Inspired is headquartered at Bell Works Holmdel, however offers its ...

Monmouth County Job Fair Slated for Next Week at Brookdale

LINCROFT, NJ — Monmouth County, specifically the Monmouth County Division of Workforce Development, will be putting on its spring job fair next week. The Monmouth County Spring Job Fair will take place on Tuesday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brookdale Community College’s Robert J. Collins Arena.

The county holds these job fairs over the course of the year to “provide ...

Gun Safety a Priority at Duncan Defense Consultants, Opening Soon in Hazlet

Duncan Defense owners, left Joe Ahlert, with Mike Duncan. They were attending Hazlet's Business Owner's Association meeting at Krib's Bagels in Airport Plaza.

HAZLET, NJ: Crime in our communities is steadily on the rise, NJ's current bail reform has criminals back out on the streets in no time, and now gun ownership in NJ is more popular than ever. With that combo comes a ...

Losing is Winning: Ashley Mullins Inspires, Drops 101 Pounds, Keeps it off.

March 28, 2023

This TAPinto publication regularly highlights extraordinary local women who inspire, in the Amazing Women section. During March, which is Women's History Month, and celebrates International Women's Day, the articles covering local amazing women publish more frequently The following interview is with an inspiring young woman from Little Silver. 


Zombie Fungus From 'The Last of Us': Is It Real?

Clinical Contributors to this story:

David S. Perlin, Ph.D.

If you’ve been watching The Last of Us recently, or any other popular zombie apocalypse movie or TV show, you’re probably wondering if this could really happen. 

Our expert, David Perlin, Ph.D., chief scientific officer at Hackensack Meridian Health’s Center for Discovery and ...

Colorectal Cancer: 2nd leading cause of cancer death, preventable with routine screenings, early detection key to survival.

COLTS NECK, NJ: March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in our country. Early symptoms are silent and cancer screenings and early detection are key to survival. Now, with more people being diagnosed at a younger age, medical experts recommend people at average risk begin screening at 45 years of age, bumping it 5 years earlier from ...

Hazlet Police Arrest Middletown Teen for Multiple Offenses, including weapon charges from an armed robbery in Hazlet, assault on a police officer.

March 30, 2023

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: On Wednesday, March 29, detectives from Hazlet Township Police Department arrested a 17-year-old Middletown resident, after executing a search warrant at his home. 

Evidence gathered included a loaded handgun, from an armed robbery which was allegedly committed in Hazlet,on March 18. On that date, the suspect entered a restaurant in Hazlet Township, and ...

Keyport's Eduardo “Edward” Murillo, Charged with $60K theft, impersonation.

FREEHOLD – According to Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago, a Bayshore man has been criminally charged with stealing more than $61,000 from a local appliance repair company. Eduardo “Edward” Murillo, 46, of Keyport, managed financial matters for several years, at the victim's appliance repair business. 

Murillo is charged with ...

Traffic Alert: GSP South near exit 117, one person reported injured.

HAZLET/HOLMDEL: Traffic advisory: At around 4:30 pm today, TAPinto received an unconfirmed report of a person with serious injuries who was involved in an incident near GSP exit 117 (express lane). Witnesses report a person exited a vehicle while the vehicle was in motion traveling on the GSP. This is breaking news and will be updated as details come in. First responders are on the scene.

Happy St. Patrick's Day From TAPinto Hazlet and Keyport.

March 17, 2023

NATIONAL -- During a typical year (meaning pre-pandemic), more than 52% of Americans plan some type of celebration of St. Patrick's Day, and more than 82% of celebrants will wear green, according to WalletHub. Overall, billions of dollars typically are spent on clothing, flags, green carnations, dining, and, of course, beer. Guinness estimates that more 13 million pints of its stout ...

THE FESTIVAL OF PURIM: Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel Invites You.

HOLMDEL, NJ: Enjoy international cuisine, entertainment, The festival of Purim commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.” It is celebrated with Megillah readings, gifts of food, charity, feasting, and merriment. Chabad Jewish Center of ...

FirstEnergy Named Top 50 Diversity Employer by Minority Engineer Magazine

For the first time in company history, FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), parent company of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), has been designated as a Top 50 Diversity Employer by Minority EngineerTM magazine. The rankings are determined based on a survey of randomly selected Minority Engineer readers who were asked to name the employers where they would most like to work or that they ...

JCP&L Parent FirstEnergy Names Brian X. Tierney President and Chief Executive Officer

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), parent company of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), today announced that the board of directors has unanimously agreed to appoint Brian X. Tierney president and chief executive officer, effective June 1, 2023. He succeeds interim President and Chief Executive Officer John W. Somerhalder II. Mr. Somerhalder also serves as chair of FirstEnergy’s ...

JCP&L Files Rate Review to Continue Service Reliability Enhancements and Support Customer Assistance Programs

Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), today requested a review of its base electric rates by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU). The proposed rate adjustment supports an approximately $185 million investment that strengthens the energy grid, enhances the customer experience and funds new low-income and senior citizen customer ...

#WeLoveGio: Legacy of Giving as Friends of the Bayshore Remember and Love Keyport's Gio Merla.

March 27, 2023


KEYPORT, NJ: According to Gio Merla's Dad, John, and Gio's mom Kelly, their son; Giovanni "Gio" Merla as a young boy had a smile that lit up every room he was in. From a young age Gio loved ...

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