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In-Home Senior Care in Shrewsbury by Comfort Keepers. When the Best Care is What You Need.

October 29, 2020

As a leading provider of in-home care and at home senior care services, our expert caregivers provide customized care plans crafted to clients' individual recovery needs and daily living requirements throughout Central New Jersey. Our services focus on elevating the human spirit with meaningful companion care while keeping clients safe at home. 

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Nursing Homes Will Face New Frontline Staffing Requirements

Nursing assistants will be limited to eight residents as a means of ensuring safe, effective care, while task force will examine workforce recruitment and retention.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Come February, New ...

Small Parties, Family Gatherings Driving Up COVID-19 Case Count

With daily diagnoses at levels not seen since early summer, administration says it has to count on honor system to ensure compliance in small groups.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Gov. Phil Murphy and state public ...

Gov. Murphy Tests Negative for Coronavirus 4 Times, But Will Continue Virtual Briefings 

October 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Five days after Gov. Phil Murphy suddenly left a briefing in Camden County over concerns of having the coronavirus, he said this afternoon he has not been symptomatic and tested negative four times since last Monday.

First Lady Tammy Murphy, who entered a voluntary self-quarantine with the governor last week, has tested negative three times.  

Still, ...

Murphy Says NJ Prepared for COVID-19 Vaccine When Available

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has submitted a draft of a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials announced Monday during a virtual press briefing. 

While a COVID-19 vaccine or therapeutic has not been created, the governor said the “growing reality” is that one or more vaccines ...

Murphy Signs Executive Order Extending Utility Shutoff Moratorium Through March 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his COVID press briefing on Thursday that he has signed Executive Order No. 190, extending a moratorium that prevents New Jersey residents from having their utilities disconnected through March 15, 2021.

The moratorium applies to all residential gas, electric and water utilities, both public and private. The EO also requires that all ...

Monmouth ACTS in Action: County Organizations Join Forces, Foster Connection Among Youth in Need Amidst Pandemic

October 28, 2020

 

FREEHOLD, NJ – When the COVID-19 pandemic struck New Jersey, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern NJ (BBBSCNNJ)  suddenly had to plan for ways to provide services to families and kids in an increasingly virtual world. BBBSCNNJ Program Manager Brendan Ward acted by tapping into the Monmouth ACTS network.

BBBSCNNJ provides a community-based program that ...

Income ranges for determining IRA eligibility to change for 2021

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced cost‑of‑living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2021 in Notice 2020-79, posted today on IRS.gov.

Highlights of changes for 2021

The income ranges for determining eligibility to make deductible contributions to traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements ...

New Jersey State Employees: Civil Service Commission's Employee Advisory Service to Host Virtual Mental Wellness Symposium

TRENTON - The New Jersey Civil Service Commission’s Employee Advisory Service will host its second annual mental health symposium in recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month. This virtual event entitled, “The Mental Wellness Symposium 2020: How To Cope with Change and Uncertainty” will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 ...

Local Middletown Talent, Sophia Haber-Brock, Interviews Podcaster Ming Chen and Movie Maker Kevin Smith

October 17, 2020

MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Middletown has got talent and a recent production out of the Middletown schools makes it it clear - and enjoyable to viewers.

High School North News anchor, Sophia Haber-Brock, recently ventured to Red Bank to provide coverage of the pop-up restaurant Mooby's, a fictional fast food burger chain in Kevin Smith's cinematic universe.

 

Smith is a native of the ...

Moving forward: The Holmdel Board of Education and the Holmdel Township Education Association ‘Shake Hands’

HOLMDEL, NJ – The Holmdel School Board and the Holmdel Teachers Education Association (HTEA) share a special relationship. For folks who follow the regular proceedings and know them, it was only a matter of time that these peers came together to fashion a new labor agreement.

On Friday, they unanimously approved a new contract. The new deal is retroactive to the start of the ...

VIDEO: A New Era: Holmdel School District Celebrates 2020 Referendum Success

 

Photographer credit for photo above: Jeff Vreeland.
Holmdel School Board Members Left to right: Terence Wall, Brian Foster, Joseph Hammer, Eileen Briamonte, Vicky Flynn, Mike Sockol, Jamie Collins, Elizabeth Urbanski, Peter Reddy

HOLMDEL, NJ - The Holmdel community recently celebrated the successful completion of their 40 million school referendum project. The project ...

VIDEO: Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon Updates Voters on Mail-in Ballot Process and How to Track Your Ballot.

October 24, 2020

Watch Video on How to Complete a Mail-In Ballot

Monmouth County election officials announced that postcards confirming receipt of ballots to the County Board of Elections will be sent to voters whose ballots are returned by close of business on Monday, October 26, as any mailing after that time may not arrive to voters before Election Day.

Voters whose ballots are received by the County ...

Monmouth: Hazlet Republican Organization Hosts NJ 2021 Candidate for Governor Jack Ciattarelli

Freeholder Kiley (who is from Hazlet) emphasized publicizing a grant program for $10,000 for businesses affected by COVID-19. She is trying to make sure that local businesses know that there is ready money available as a grant. Apply today if you are a business who was affected by COVID-19. "There is still a lot of money there." said Kiley.

HAZLET, NJ - It was a nice crowd of local, ...

Podcast Interview: Republican Candidate for Governor Jack Ciattarelli is making the rounds

HOLMDEL, NJ - As a Councilman, Freeholder and Assemblyman. Jack Ciattarelli is well familiar with running government. Now, after nearly succeeding in a prior run for Governor, he’s running again. The husband and father of four, with a background as a businessman and CPA, is full steam ahead.

While it is expected that he may soon have company from others running ...

🍁Reminder: You are invited to Bayshore's Oktoberfest Virtual Community Celebration!

October 29, 2020




Dear Friends,

We are excited to invite you to our Bayshore Oktoberfest Virtual Community Celebration, Thursday, October 29th, at 7 p.m.!  We welcome all and encourage you to share the news about the event broadly by sharing these two important links:
• Donation Page: HackensackMeridianHealth.org/BMCOktoberfest
• Virtual Event ...

Volunteers Needed for Middletown Township Police Department Auxiliary Police

MIDDLETOWN,NJ: Looking for a great way to give back to your local community?

The Middletown Township Police Department is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on the Middletown Auxiliary Police. You can download an application at www.middletownnj.org/AuxiliaryPolice. 

The Middletown Township Auxiliary Police duties include traffic control, security, and patrol for major ...

Support the October 17, Frances Foundation Virtual Gala! EVERY Dollar Donated Helps Local Kids Fighting Cancer!

PLEASE DONATE TODAY TO THE FRANCES FOUNDATION TO HELP KIDS BATTLING CANCER! CLICK HERE TO DONATE. Register HERE for the October 17, virtual gala! Everyone is invited and the event is free! 

HOLMDEL, NJ: The country has been in a pandemic since March, but that has not slowed down pediatric cancer. Every day in this country over 43 parents hear the unimaginable words: "Your ...

Rep. Chris Smith Calls for Creation of Public Land for Veterans' Treatment, Therapy

October 8, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC -  Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-4) hailed the recent passage fo the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act that would provide increased access to federal lands for the purposes of veterans’ medical therapy.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD, between 11 and 20 percent of veterans who served in ...

Indoor Sports Can Resume Practice and Games. Restrictions Apply. 

October 14, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Practice that involves contact and indoor sports scrimmages will once again be possible despite the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday as he signed a new executive order.

No. 187 allows for sports to resume activities inside defined as “medium risk” and “high risk” by the New Jersey Department of Health’s ...

Holmdel Soccer Coach Poll Resigns Abruptly

HOLMDEL, NJ - Holmdel is looking for a new soccer coach after Ron Poll quit unexpectedly. Poll assumed the duties of head coach after the highly successful former head coach John Nacarlo stepped down in 2018. Nacarlo is now the girls coach. Poll's resignation was approved during the Holmdel Board of Education meeting on Wednesday evening.

Holmdel leads the state with a 54 game ...

👻Ghosts Take Over Streets of Red Bank

RED BANK, NJ: What makes Red Bank so much fun to live, work or visit?

It's the spirit of the Red Bank Community, both residents and business folks!

The staff of Antoinette Boulangerie, considered one of the best French bakery's in New Jersey, brought some fun and smiles to the community by taking took over the streets in ghost costumes Friday ...

🎉Holmdel's Escapology in Bell Works Celebrates Grand Opening + Official Ribbon Cutting, Offering Special Holiday Promos Now

HOLMDEL, NJ - Gigantic golden balloons, personalized cookies and booming music welcomed community members, small business owners, local, county and state government officials who all came together for Escapology’s official grand opening at Bell Works, on September 24th. It was feel good vibes all around, as guests greeted one another in celebration. 

The all-day event ...

Following Resounding Success of Bell Works, Somerset Development Provides Over $5 Million to Holmdel Township to Fulfill Redevelopment Agreement

October 15, 2020

Landmark transformation of the former Bell Labs facility into thriving metroburb enables Somerset to provide significant support for Holmdel’s affordable housing obligation.

HOLMDEL, N.J.  —   Somerset Development, a team dedicated to reimagining the built world and shattering traditional development models in the process, announced it has provided over $5 million to ...

Webinar: Build a Successful Business by Owning a TAPInto Local News Site

Do you want to be your own boss?  Do you want to create financial independence while leaving a lasting legacy?  Are you a community leader?

If so, consider owning and operating a TAPinto online local news site in your area.  Join us for an informational webinar about this exciting business opportunity: 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 1 p.m.  Click ...

Working Families Choose Y Academy Programs for Academic Support and Child Care

October 20, 2020

RED BANK, NJ (Oct. 19, 2020) – When local districts announced they would start the 2020-2021 school year with a blend of in-person and remote learning for students, working parents like Dr. John Vaclavik and his wife Barbara of Fair Haven were worried. They were trying to figure out how they could balance the new hybrid learning model for their four children in grade school and continue ...

Human Services Expands School-Age Child Care Assistance to Families with Incomes Up to $150,000

Between October 1st and December 30th, families with children in remote schooling can access as much as $1,900 to support child care; Families Can Apply at ChildCareNJ.Gov/COVID19

(TRENTON) – Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced today that families with incomes up to $150,000 are now eligible for the new COVID-19 school-age tuition assistance program the Murphy ...

In-Home Senior Care in Shrewsbury by Comfort Keepers. When the Best Care is What You Need.

October 29, 2020

As a leading provider of in-home care and at home senior care services, our expert caregivers provide customized care plans crafted to clients' individual recovery needs and daily living requirements throughout Central New Jersey. Our services focus on elevating the human spirit with meaningful companion care while keeping clients safe at home. 

At Comfort ...

Colts Neck Business Association's 11th Annual Pig Roast, a Fun Community Event

October 22, 2020

COLTS NECK, NJ: Wednesday, evening, October 14th, Colts Neck Business Association (CNBA) celebrated their 11th Annual Pig Roast, at Pebble Creek Golf Club. The weather was perfect for a semi-outside event and guests enjoyed a menu of pork, BBQ and sides for all to enjoy.

The event offered great business networking with guests from all over Monmouth County. There was live ...

Colts Neck Community Church Welcomes Fall With Annual Harvest Fest🍁

Above photo: Ron Brooks wows the large crowd with singing The National Anthem, Pastor Chris Durkin is appreciating the patriotic moment. 🇺🇸

COLTS NECK, NJ: On Saturday, October 18th, nearly 500 members of the local community gathered together for the Annual Colts Neck Community Church Great Harvest Festival. It was a patriotic and faith filled community event for all to enjoy! The warm ...

Holmdel: Drive-Thru Greek Food Fest this weekend! Kimisis Greek Fest!

October 8, 2020

HOLMDEL, NJ: Drive-Thru Greek Food Fest this weekend! THIS IS ONE FOOD ORDER NOT TO MISS!! It's that delicious time of the year again in Holmdel where you can enjoy authentic fresh and delicious Greek Food! You can place your order now for delicious easy drive-thru pick up!  Welcome to our On-Line Ordering Section - https://kimisisgreekfest.square.site/s/order scroll down and ...

👻 Ghost employees from Colts Neck Construction company line supervisors pockets, says Prosecutor

October 16, 2020

COLTS NECK, NJ - Just in time for Halloween, a Colts Neck construction company supervisor has been charged with taking paychecks from 'ghosts' - employees who left the company but the payroll continued.

A Union County man is charged with theft for retaining ghost  employees on the payroll after they departed a Colts Neck-based construction company and keeping nearly $200,000 ...

You Can Extend your Enjoyment of Nutritious Pumpkins

October 26, 2020

Pumpkin is not just for dessert.  Consider using this low calorie, flavorful vegetable, botanically classified as a fruit, in any of the courses of your fall or holiday meals.

The beta carotene that gives pumpkin its orange color is an important antioxidant.  Increasing the beta carotenes in your diet can reduce the risk of developing some cancers and provide protection against heart ...

Too Late: Wednesday evening accident in Holmdel, may have been avoided with new four way stop signs

October 28, 2020

HOLMDEL, NJ - The new four way stop signs approved recently in Holmdel - after years of accidents and close calls - were not up today. A multi -vehicle accident occurred again at the intersection of South Holland, and South Telegraph Hill Rd. (Holland) and Takalusa Rd. in Holmdel at about 5:50 PM on Wednesday. Avoid area as traffic is still backed up at 6:20 PM.

What ...

Holmdel Woman, 35, Identified as Victim of Saturday's Red Bank Train Fatality

RED BANK, NJ: NJ Transit Authorities identified a woman who was struck by a train last Saturday, October 17.

Helen Yang, 35 years old, of Holmdel was hit by a New York-bound train around 8:10am. 

This was the second pedestrian to be killed by a North Jersey Coast Line train line. On October 15, a male pedestrian was fatally struck around 4:45am by a Penn Station-bound train in ...

Colts Neck: Reports of Fatal Shooting Thursday

COLTS NECK, NJ - A fatal shooting was reported in a Colts Neck near Colts Neck Boulevard early Thursday morning.

Police on scene requested EMS to stage for 1 victim with a gunshot wound to the head. No other details were available.

Donna J. Disko, Beloved Member of the Holmdel Community, Passes on Oct. 2, at 59 Years Young

October 5, 2020

HOLMDEL, NJ: Donna Jo Disko of Holmdel died at 59 years young on Friday, October 2, 2020 at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. A large part of the Holmdel Community is mourning her passing. Many of the children in the Holmdel School District are deeply saddened and reminiscing about all the ways Mrs. Disko went out of her way to make each child feel special, when in her care. She ...

Body Found Inside Taxi Pulled from Belmar’s Silver Lake Believed to Be Missing Driver from Ocean County

October 25, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — A body found inside the dark-colored minivan taxi pulled from Silver Lake on October 22 has been preliminarily identified as missing driver Wayne Kovacs of Toms River, according to the Toms River Police Department.

Kovacs, a driver with Citi Cab of Neptune, was initially reported missing after he was dispatched for a fare on September 23 that was scheduled to travel ...

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Vitalant Providing Opportunities to Donate Throughout Central NJ

A robust blood supply is essential, but due to the western wildfires, along with ongoing closures and restrictions related to the pandemic, the number of donations nationwide had recently fallen. In response, the nonprofit, blood-collection organization Vitalant is providing nine local, open-to-the-public donation events during November in central New Jersey

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Body Found Inside Taxi Pulled from Belmar’s Silver Lake Believed to Be Missing Driver from Ocean County

October 25, 2020

BELMAR, NJ — A body found inside the dark-colored minivan taxi pulled from Silver Lake on October 22 has been preliminarily identified as missing driver Wayne Kovacs of Toms River, according to the Toms River Police Department.

Kovacs, a driver with Citi Cab of Neptune, was initially reported missing after he was dispatched for a fare on September 23 that was scheduled to travel ...

Bikes Back on Belmar Boardwalk, Benches May Be Next to Return

AT THE JERSEY SHORE NEWS:

BELMAR, NJ — Bicycle riding is allowed on the Belmar boardwalk once again, and it may not be long before at least some of the 200 benches are returned to the 1.3-mile promenade.

During the Borough Council’s October 6 remote meeting, Mayor Mark Walsifer announced the return of bicycles after they were banned along the boards this spring at the ...

COVID-19 puts more children at risk of exploitation Smith’s historic anti-trafficking victims law marks 20th year

October 29, 2020

NEW JERSEY: October 28th marks 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000—the comprehensive, historic law authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) to aggressively combat sex and labor trafficking both within the United States and around the world.

  The TVPA created a new, well-funded whole-of-government domestic and international ...

Scharfenberger: Financial Disaster Looms for New Jersey’s Small Businesses

Middletown, N.J. –Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (R-Monmouth) is calling on Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature to put a hold on minimum wage increases scheduled to take place in the coming months as small businesses teeter on the brink of financial ruin due to COVID-19 and subsequent, continual restrictions:

“With the New Jersey economy in a tailspin, and the ...

Clerk Hanlon Advises of Mail-In Ballot Deadlines and Extended Hours for County Election Offices

FREEHOLD, NJ —Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is advising Monmouth County voters of the deadlines for obtaining a reissued General Election mail-in ballot, and announcing the extended hours of the County Clerk’s Election Office and County Board of Elections Office ahead of Election Day, November 3.

Voters who have misplaced, damaged or have not yet received their ...

JCP&L and FirstEnergy Foundation Donate $65,000 to Local New Jersey Police Chiefs Associations to Help Keep Communities Safe

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), and the FirstEnergy Foundation recently donated a total of $65,000 to 13 local police chiefs associations throughout JCP&L’s service territory in recognition of their key role in keeping communities safe around downed power lines and other electrical equipment. The funding will be used to help ...

In-Home Senior Care in Shrewsbury by Comfort Keepers. When the Best Care is What You Need.

October 29, 2020

As a leading provider of in-home care and at home senior care services, our expert caregivers provide customized care plans crafted to clients' individual recovery needs and daily living requirements throughout Central New Jersey. Our services focus on elevating the human spirit with meaningful companion care while keeping clients safe at home. 

At Comfort ...

Has The Coronavirus Changed?

October 28, 2020

Three weeks ago we were seeing a rise in Corona cases and the alarm bell was sounded. Of course I’m not in the prediction business and do not know what’s in store the next several months, but so far so good.

Local hospital officials tell me, “Just a few cases and no one in the ICU.”  While our offices have seen a few cases we have not seen the high fevers, ...

Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

We are very pleased that on October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Treasurer’s office extended the Senior Freeze filing deadline from November 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  This is a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The Treasurer’s ...

Has The Coronavirus Changed?

October 28, 2020

Three weeks ago we were seeing a rise in Corona cases and the alarm bell was sounded. Of course I’m not in the prediction business and do not know what’s in store the next several months, but so far so good.

Local hospital officials tell me, “Just a few cases and no one in the ICU.”  While our offices have seen a few cases we have not seen the high fevers, ...

Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

We are very pleased that on October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Treasurer’s office extended the Senior Freeze filing deadline from November 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  This is a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The Treasurer’s ...

Patriotic Education: The Final Frontier

Did you ever wonder where the kids you see rioting and attacking police, burning down buildings, tearing down statues, burning American flags, and chanting “death to America” grew up and went to school?  The answer is simple and frightening - American schools located in every part of the country.  The next logical question is, “how did this happen?”  The ...

In-Home Senior Care in Shrewsbury by Comfort Keepers. When the Best Care is What You Need.

As a leading provider of in-home care and at home senior care services, our expert caregivers provide customized care plans crafted to clients' individual recovery needs and daily living requirements throughout Central New Jersey. Our services focus on elevating the human spirit with meaningful companion care while keeping clients safe at home. 

At Comfort ...

🍁Reminder: You are invited to Bayshore's Oktoberfest Virtual Community Celebration!




Dear Friends,

We are excited to invite you to our Bayshore Oktoberfest Virtual Community Celebration, Thursday, October 29th, at 7 p.m.!  We welcome all and encourage you to share the news about the event broadly by sharing these two important links:
• Donation Page: HackensackMeridianHealth.org/BMCOktoberfest
• Virtual Event ...

COVID-19 puts more children at risk of exploitation Smith’s historic anti-trafficking victims law marks 20th year

October 29, 2020

NEW JERSEY: October 28th marks 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000—the comprehensive, historic law authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) to aggressively combat sex and labor trafficking both within the United States and around the world.

  The TVPA created a new, well-funded whole-of-government domestic and international ...

Scharfenberger: Financial Disaster Looms for New Jersey’s Small Businesses

Middletown, N.J. –Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (R-Monmouth) is calling on Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature to put a hold on minimum wage increases scheduled to take place in the coming months as small businesses teeter on the brink of financial ruin due to COVID-19 and subsequent, continual restrictions:

“With the New Jersey economy in a tailspin, and the ...

Clerk Hanlon Advises of Mail-In Ballot Deadlines and Extended Hours for County Election Offices

FREEHOLD, NJ —Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is advising Monmouth County voters of the deadlines for obtaining a reissued General Election mail-in ballot, and announcing the extended hours of the County Clerk’s Election Office and County Board of Elections Office ahead of Election Day, November 3.

Voters who have misplaced, damaged or have not yet received their ...

Obituaries

Sep 24, 1933 - Oct 15, 2020
Cosmo DiPede, 87, of Manalapan passed away surrounded by his family Thursday morning. Cosmo was ...
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Jan 11, 1961 - Oct 2, 2020
Donna Jo Disko of Holmdel died at 59 years young on Friday, October 2, 2020 at Riverview Medical ...
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Sep 18, 1921 - Oct 1, 2020
Lucretia Caruana, 99, of Middletown passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020 at home surrounded by ...
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Dec 17, 1926 - Sep 28, 2020
Margaret C. Imbeninato, Margie, 94, of Tinton Falls, passed away peacefully Monday, September 28, ...
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