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Increase Holiday Sales with Southern Ocean Chamber Google Tools Event

October 3, 2022

LBI Region, NJ - Local businesses are invited to increase their holiday sales with Google tools as the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and their affiliate charitable organization SOCA, announce the next event in the Grow with Google Partner Digital Series taking place Wednesday, October 1 starting at 2pm.  Light snacks and Google Swag available for in person attendees.

NJTIA Schedules Fall Breakout Session Webinar to kick off Conference Conversations

Trenton, NJ -   The New Jersey Tourism Association (NJTIA) is a 501 c 6 non-profit trade organization. Its members include every aspect of the over $40 billion State tourism industry and are a representative body of organizations that promote and serve the individual aspects of that industry. In preparation for the December 1-2 Conference on Tourism happening in person at Resorts Casino ...

LBI Region Report Approaches 10th Anniversary On Air

LBI Region, NJ - Immediately after Super storm Sandy struck our area, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce met with WBNJ FM radio to produce a show that would reach consumers and businesses to discuss rebuilding and recovery on a platform that had the strongest reach. The LBI Region Report began November 2012, and has been on air as talking to non-profits, local and state official, ...

Alcohol & Cocktails approved for Third Party Delivery Services in NJ

September 25, 2022

LBI Region, NJ - In August, New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced that alcoholic beverages  including to-go drinks from restaurants can be delivered third-party services like DoorDash, Instacart and Amazon Flex.

This Special Ruling (ABC 2022-15) from the Attorney General’s Office and ABC creates a third-party delivery permit, which lets licensed businesses that ...

Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove to speak at September Start Up

LBI Region, NJ -  The Southern Ocean Chamber hosts an evening of business-to-business promotion, professional networking, chamber programs and latest legislative updates happening tonight, Wednesday, September 14 at The Mainland RT 72 Manahawkin from 5-7pm.

By popular member request, the region's chamber is moving their September meeting to the evening from 5-7pm to connect and ...

NJDEP offers Email Alert Subscription

LBI Region, NJ - A free email service is now available for the Blue Acres program. Subscribers to the Blue Acres e-mail list will receive the latest updates and alerts about buyout progress, post-buyout land use, funding awards and availability, climate resilience planning resources, and related events in communities across the state. Local officials, floodplain administrators and ...

Pinelands SBYS Male Role Model Breakfast

September 6, 2022

Little Egg Harbor, NJ - Pinelands School Based Youth Services Program (SBYS) is a collaborative partnership between the NJ Department of Children and Families and Pinelands Regional School District. Since 1988, Pinelands SBYS has been offering a safe and supportive environment to address the educational, social, and emotional needs of youth as well as their families. Services are readily and ...

Rough Surf Saturday Claims Life in Loveladies

September 12, 2022

LOVELADIES—A perfect beach day lured unsuspecting beachgoers into rough surf yesterday, claiming the life of one 51-year-old swimmer. It is swim-at-you-own-risk on most beaches after Labor Day, and this beach was unguarded. Combined with heavy surf due to a tropical system at sea, this was a recipe for disaster.

According to the man’s sister-in-law, he was swimming with a younger ...

Help for Hurricane Ian's Victims Coming from New Jersey

September 29, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — Members of the New Jersey National Guard will soon deploy to Florida to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, which made landfall on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced 135 members, in addition to 40 military and support vehicles will be sent to help with the storm response.

“We are thankful for the 135 men and women who bravely ...

Help from New Jersey Headed to Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Fiona

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey is sending aid to Puerto Rico to help those impacted by Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall on Sunday, September 18. The storm brought more than 20 inches of rain and heavy wind, causing major infrastructure damage and power outages to the island.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico during this devastating time," Gov. Phil ...

Chipotle to Pay New Jersey $7.75 Million to Settle Child Labor Law Violations

TRENTON, NJ — Chipotle Mexican Grill will pay the State of New Jersey a record $7.75 million to settle child labor law violations.

A 2020 New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) audit identified more than 30,000 violations that impacted minors at Chipotle locations in New Jersey. Those violations included Chipotle not abiding by limits on the number of hours ...

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New Jersey's Reintroduction to Regional Rail

NEW JERSEY — Thousands of New Jerseyans every year take the regional Amtrak train, mostly from Newark, Metropark and Trenton.

The regional trains are a step below the faster, more expensive Acela, and a step above New Jersey Transit trains trundling locally along the same main line between New York City and Philadelphia (with SEPTA).

Over the decades, I had taken the regionals ...

Explore More with Great Restaurants on The Chowder Trail

September 27, 2022

LBI Region, NJ - Presented by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, which has been serving area businesses and area visitors since 1914, fall chowder trail and event showcases the barrier island and bayfront communities. The focus on locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, unique recipes and pride of place lead to a unique culinary adventure throughout early fall. Get your ...

Chowder Trail Heating up LBI this Fall

LBI Region, NJ - Traveling tasters continue to add the Chowder Trail in the Chowder Capital of NJ  to their itinerary now through September 30th, where tasters can check in, purchase chowder with their dining experience and vote online for their favorite red, white and creative soups.  Presented by the Southern Ocean County Chamber , there is no cost to vote, get mapping and ...

LBI Chowderfest partners with PBS Culinary Shows

LBI Region, NJ - Television cooking shows are staple in millions of homes each week, this year the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce funded in part by a grant from Dept of State, NJ Division of Travel & Tourism has partnered with NJ Public Broadcasting Station, the statewide PBS Affiliate to promote the LBI Chowder Trail and Fest. The sponsored spots are airing around popular PBS ...

Southern Ocean Chamber Fall Non Profit Forum Happening November 7

September 21, 2022

LBI Region, NJ - In time for fall planning, the region's chamber has announced their Monday November 7 Fall Non Profit Forum, Mission & Governance Tune-up: Building a Board that is Active (and legal) for an in person audience with a virtual presentation from Brian Crockett that will encourage Ocean County nonprofits to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their governance ...

Friends Of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter Need Funds

LBI Region, NJ - The Friends of The Southern Ocean Animal Shelter has a mission is to assist and reduce the population of homeless companion animals in Southern Ocean County, and to promote shelter pet adoptions through publicity and public relations. We are a rescue organization that not only assists the Manahawkin Shelter and also rescue homeless cats & kittens. They are ...

Family Promise of Southern Ocean County Golf Classic this weekend

LBI Region, NJ - Family Promise of Southern Ocean is holding their Second Annual Golf Classic as their main fundraiser for the year. It is to raise funds for the families in the local community that need our help. Family Promise of Southern Ocean County partners with our local schools, churches, and community programs to provide struggling families with help towards staying in their ...

Chowder Vote Closes Tonight

September 30, 2022

LBI Region, NJ - With weather predictions showing unfavorable festival conditions for both Oct 1 and our Rain Date Oct 2, the committee has made the difficult decision to postpone this weekend’s activities. The Southern Ocean County Chamber is working with officials to reschedule to Saturday, October 15 with a rain date of Oct 16.

As with all local organizers, this scenario has ...

Chowder Trail Tastes and Final Vote This Friday

LBI Region, NJ - Find time to complete the Chowder Trail with your online vote until Friday September 30. Award Ceremonies will be happening at the free fest on October 1 filled with live music throughout the day, chowder for purchase, merchants, a variety of beer on tap, wine, seltzer and plenty of surprise activities at the Taylor Avenue Waterfront in Beach Haven for the 34th Annual ...

Tuckerton Gallery Grand Opening Reception on Saturday

Tuckerton, NJ- Pine Shores Art Association was founded in 1981 at the Stafford Library by eleven artists. It provides a space for workshops, demonstrations as well as hosts art shows, classes for adults and children. The association has announced the opening of Pine Shores Art Association at Tuckerton, located at 140 E. Main Street. Members and volunteers renovated the space and are planning ...

Bivins Leads Barnegat to 7-6 Victory Over Pinelands

September 12, 2022

BARNEGAT - JoJo Bivins ran for 66 yards and scored a touchdown to lead Barnegat to a 7-6 victory over Pinelands on Friday. Seth Freiwald made nine tackles with four tackles for loss to lead Barnegat on defense in a great defensive battle. 

Pinelands scored on a touchdown pass from Ryan Allen to wide receiver Mike Frawley. Jaimin Parkinson ran for 74 yards on 17 carries to ...

Chowder Champions To Be Announced at October 15 Fest

October 3, 2022

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. - Oct. 3, 2022 - Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce would

like to thank all of the Traveling tasters that visited and voted for the restaurants on the Chowder trail all

September long. Traveling Tasters had until Sept 30 to vote for their favorites in the red, white, and creative

categories. Competing Restaurants include: RED SOUP CATEGORY  Country Kettle ...

Chowderfest Postponed for new fall date October 15

LBI Region, NJ- The Southern Ocean County Chamber announced yesterday that With weather predictions showing unfavorable festival conditions for both Oct 1 and our Rain Date Oct 2, the committee has made the difficult decision to postpone this weekend’s activities.  The new date of Saturday October 15, rain date Oct 16 was  confirmed shortly as plans are underway to ...

Talking Chowder with Great Restaurants

LBI Region, NJ - Our our local and legendary restaurants are ready to serve. there is a culinary trail waiting to be explored beginning Labor Day Weekend. Find your favorite LBI region restaurants, including past champions add their New England, Manhattan and creative style soups to their menus and the 2022 Chowder Trail. The trail features a free mobile response list of restaurants that ...

Take the Chowder Express on the LBI Ferry This Saturday

September 29, 2022

LBI Region, NJ- The Tuckerton Seaport will be running the Chowderfest Express Oct 1 weekend, for an easy way to cross the bay. This Saturday, October 1 Chowder festival will feature outdoor, creative activities and festive merchants, including Ocean County 250 Anniversary Revolutionary Trail & Pup Tent Pet Hydration Station, The Bloomin' Bus Mobile Bouquet Bar, Lucky's Bed ...

Coast Guard Officer, Commercial Fishing Veteran to Lead Maritime Outreach for Ocean Wind 1 and Ocean Wind 2

Little Egg Harbor, NJ - Ørsted has announced the addition of two seasoned maritime industry leaders to its Mid-Atlantic Marine Affairs team. Former U.S. Coast Guard Commander Norm Witt and commercial fisherman Dana Nelson will lead outreach to the maritime community in support of its Mid-Atlantic projects, including Ocean Wind 1, developed by Ørsted and PSEG, and Ocean Wind 2.

Sassafras Hill Farm Community Supported Agriculture Offerings

LBI Region, NJ - Locally grown should be at the heart of every table, and a Sassafras Hill Farm in Barnegat offers a program to make that possible. Their CSA program is a mutually beneficial relationship between customer and this neighborhood farm. Sassafras Hill offer limited “shares” which is a package of the farm’s produce.

The CSA share contains a wide ...

TAPinto Kenilworth Publisher to Perform in Local Musical

KENILWORTH, NJ — Not having a plan is part of Telina Cuppari's plan.

"I'm the most impulsive person in the world," Cuppari, the owner and publisher of TAPinto Kenilworth, said. "I've always been spontaneous. I'm more of a go-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of girl. I don't like planning."

Earlier this year, Cuppari saw an article on ...

TAPinto Wayne Celebrates 1 Million Pageviews and Counting in 2022

WAYNE, NJ — TAPinto Wayne and its owner/publisher Jon “Ferris” Meredith are celebrating two milestones — 1 million pageviews, and counting, in 2022, and the third anniversary of his TAPinto franchise, which he launched on his birthday, September 9, 2019.

It’s the second time in three years  that the local news and digital marketing ...

Tips for Small Businesses to Get Media Exposure

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Small business owners have faced unprecedented challenges during the last two years. Many have had to rethink their whole business model altogether. Communicating with customers and clients is more important now than it’s ever been.

The pandemic has changed the way we conduct our daily lives. Protecting public health meant changing how many businesses ...

Benefits of Owning a TAPinto Local News & Digital Marketing Platform

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — TAPinto owner/publishers own their own business while building equity. They make money, while making their own schedules and achieving work/life balance.

“It’s on my terms, it’s on my timetable,” Bobbie Peer, owner/publisher of TAPinto Berkeley Heights, TAPinto Basking Ridge, TAPinto New Providence, TAPinto ...