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Weed For Discussion at Southern Ocean Chamber May Meeting

May 3, 2021

LBI REGION, NJ - The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce continues to bring customized programming to the LBI Region business community. With the many changes surrounding new sectors of industry, the 107-year organization strives to bring trusted resources to help with sustainable strategies. The May 5 membership meeting will be held via Zoom beginning at 10am. The keynote is Attorney John ...

Local Businesses Participate in Data Driven Digital Road Show Event

LBI REGION, NJ - With new technology, consumer driven events like the popular Wedding Road Show and Parry Planning tour can take a deeper dive in showing what customers are looking for in 2021 and beyond. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce hosted a successful online event showcasing milestone celebrations in the LBI Region with 23 venues, party professionals, specialty shops and ...

American Rescue Plan tax credits available to small employers

WASHINGTON − The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced  further details of tax credits available under the American Rescue Plan to help small businesses, including providing paid leave for employees receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.

The additional details, provided in a fact sheet released today, spell out some basic facts about the employers eligible for the ...

Citing Downward Trending Numbers, Murphy Eases More Restrictions on Gatherings

May 4, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- With COVID-19 numbers trending decisively in the right direction and New Jersey progressing toward its adult-age vaccination goals, Gov. Murphy on Monday announced an additional easing of restrictions, including a removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor businesses, a lifting of the prohibition on indoor bar seating, and an end to the outdoor ...

Walk-in Vaccinations Available to New Jerseyans Age 16+ at Six Vaccine Mega-Sites

NEW JERSEY -- Beginning today, walk-in vaccinations are open to all New Jerseyans age 16+ at all six vaccine mega-sites during select times, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who announced the news in a tweet on Thursday, April 29.

Walk-up vaccinations are now available at the Middlesex County Mega-site, located at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue, ...

COVID's Downward Trend Continues: Summer Camps to Open, Murphy Hints at More Easing of Restrictions

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his COVID press briefing Wednesday announced that he would sign an Executive Order allowing for summer camps – both day camps and sleep away camps – to open for the upcoming season. The governor says that he is pleased with the way COVID numbers are trending downwards, which enables things to open up as the summer ...

Two Eagle Scouts Get "Drive By" Court of Honor

May 1, 2021

Ocean County, NJ - At  a special “Dive By” Eagle Court of Honor to be held on May 11, 2021 at 7:30PM, in Bayville. Benjamin and William Danielak, of Bayville, will earn the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve and two new Eagle Scouts will take flight.  This honor is but one of the many achievements that makes these young men stand out from the others, and the projects ...

Cheer on Local and Celebrate Small Businesses During National Tourism Week

LBI Region, NJ -  The Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce shares suggestions on how to support local businesses crucial to our tourism industry and to give a boost before a busy summer season.  The region’s chamber is comprised over 98% small businesses, which reflects the nationwide statistic of 99.9 percent. Our chamber members provide so much to the community from ...

Time to Recognize Small Businesses & National Tourism Week May 3-7

LBI REGION, NJ - Small Business continues to move ahead to overcome the many challenges from the past year, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating them as we gear up for National Tourism  Week happening May 3-7 2021.

The Long Beach Island Region comprises hundreds of small businesses that are crucial to the local economy, add in the importance of ...

Statement on Verdict in the Trial of Derek Chauvin from the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey

April 22, 2021

DATE: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Statement on Verdict in the Trial of Derek Chauvin from the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey

Today, the jury delivered justice not only for the family and loved ones of George Floyd, but for the millions of Americans of color who for decades have experienced a different reality of uneven treatment by law enforcement. What we witnessed in Minneapolis ...

Tuckerton Man Injured in Stafford Motorcycle Accident on Saturday

STAFFORD — On Saturday, April 10th, 2021 at 6:48 PM, a motor vehicle collision occurred on Route 72 eastbound near the Route 9 ramp involving a solo motorcycle.  

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle operated by Robert Perotti, 53 years old of Tuckerton, N.J. was accessing Route 72 eastbound from Route 9 northbound. 

The motorcycle struck ...

Statement on Verdict in the Trial of Derek Chauvin from the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey

April 22, 2021

DATE: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Statement on Verdict in the Trial of Derek Chauvin from the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey

Today, the jury delivered justice not only for the family and loved ones of George Floyd, but for the millions of Americans of color who for decades have experienced a different reality of uneven treatment by law enforcement. What we witnessed in Minneapolis ...

Family Looking for Answers in Barnegat Boy’s Death

BARNEGAT, NJ – The sudden passing of six-year-old Corey Micciolo, a Collin School first-grader, has his family looking for answers.

Corey’s parents, Breana Micciolo of Englishtown and Christopher Gregor of Barnegat, shared custody of the young child.

According to Corey’s obituary, he died Friday, April 2 at Southern Ocean County Medical Center.

The Barnegat Police ...

East Brunswick's Chris Quaglin is Arrested for Assault for January 6 Insurrection at US Capitol

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Christopher Joseph Quaglin of East Brunswick, NJ  has been arrested and charged by the United States Department of Justice for his involvement in the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the United States Capitol.  Quaglin faces charges that include Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding Certain Officers or Employees; Civil Disorder; and Obstruction of an ...

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Time to Recognize Small Businesses & National Tourism Week May 3-7

April 26, 2021

LBI REGION, NJ - Small Business continues to move ahead to overcome the many challenges from the past year, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating them as we gear up for National Tourism  Week happening May 3-7 2021.

The Long Beach Island Region comprises hundreds of small businesses that are crucial to the local economy, add in the importance of ...

East Brunswick's Chris Quaglin is Arrested for Assault for January 6 Insurrection at US Capitol

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Christopher Joseph Quaglin of East Brunswick, NJ  has been arrested and charged by the United States Department of Justice for his involvement in the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the United States Capitol.  Quaglin faces charges that include Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding Certain Officers or Employees; Civil Disorder; and Obstruction of an ...

Southern Ocean Chamber partners with SBA to present Restaurant Revitalization Webinar

April 19, 2021

LBI Region, NJ -  With the recent details announced regarding the application requirements and eligibility guidelines for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF); the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce will once again partner with US Small Business Administration to present a webinar to assist local business needs.

The April 27 webinar will take place via zoom at 3pm, and will ...

Murphy Echoes Revised CDC Guidance on Masking

April 28, 2021

NEW JERSEY -- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revised its masking guidance for fully vaccinated Americans on Tuesday, April 27. The new public health recommendations outlined instances in which fully vaccinated individuals can forgo wearing a mask. This guidance applies to COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for emergency use by the FDA: Pfizer-BioNTech, ...

New Jersey Opens Vaccinations to Residents Ages 16+

NEW JERSEY -- As of Monday April 19, New Jersey residents ages 16 and up are now eligible to get vaccinated. 

"Everyone who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey, ages 16+, is now eligible to be vaccinated" Gov. Phil Murphy said during his COVID press briefing in Trenton on Monday afternoon. "At this time, those ages 16 and 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine and must ...

Murphy: Vaccine Progress Continues

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported during his COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, April 21, that 6.2 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state and that nearly 2.6 million New Jerseyans are now fully vaccinated.

"We continue to make tremendous progress in getting our senior population vaccinated: 83% of those ages 65-79 have received at least vaccine dose 76% of those 80+ ...

Ocean County 5K Race Brings in Big Money for Charity That Helps the Homeless

May 3, 2021

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ — The numbers are glaringly coincidental. A 5K race sponsored by Recalibrate, a group that helps vets raised just over $5K in donations.

“We’d like to thank and recognize all those who supported our 5k Race for Just Believe Inc. Together, we raised awareness for the cause,” said Paul Hulse of Just Believe. “The support from the community and our ...

Two Eagle Scouts Get "Drive By" Court of Honor

Ocean County, NJ - At  a special “Dive By” Eagle Court of Honor to be held on May 11, 2021 at 7:30PM, in Bayville. Benjamin and William Danielak, of Bayville, will earn the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve and two new Eagle Scouts will take flight.  This honor is but one of the many achievements that makes these young men stand out from the others, and the projects ...

Cheer on Local and Celebrate Small Businesses During National Tourism Week

LBI Region, NJ -  The Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce shares suggestions on how to support local businesses crucial to our tourism industry and to give a boost before a busy summer season.  The region’s chamber is comprised over 98% small businesses, which reflects the nationwide statistic of 99.9 percent. Our chamber members provide so much to the community from ...

Music On The Green Is back

May 4, 2021

Little Egg  Harbor, NJ - The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education has announced their student sponsored Music On the Green Concert is back for  June 12. The popular day of music will be held at Cuisine on the Green located at 261 Country Blvd, Little Egg Harbor. Featured live bands include The Benjamins and The Outsiderz along with food prepared by ...

Tuckerton Seaport Heads Back To the Water

Tuckerton NJ - The Tuckerton Seaport is ready for the season and is offering many options to cruise the creek. The non-profit organization announced they received a generous grant from the OceanFirst Foundation, which will allow a family-friendly rate for on water tours.. Reservations for Creek Tours are for up to 10 people are just $40 per group. There can be as little as 2 to 10 for ...

Team from Lizzie Rose Music Room Presents Outdoor Concerts

TUCKERTON, NJ - The volunteers behind the non-profit group Lizzie Rose Music Room concerts announced that summer shows will resume, but have been moved outdoors. When shows abruptly stopped due to Covid 19 lock down, the owners of 217 has asked the group to remove their property from the building, so the space can be utilized for private events. As summer approaches, restrictions are still ...

Mother's Day Weekend With More Ways to Gather

May 6, 2021

LBI REGION- With COVID-19 numbers trending in the right direction, Governor Murphy today announced on Monday lifting of additional restrictions, including a removal of capacity limits for both indoor and outdoor businesses, a lifting of the prohibition on indoor bar seating, and an end to the outdoor gathering limit. With retail, professional services and restaurants gearing ...

Make It All About Mom on May 9

LBI REGION, NJ -   Mother’s Day is coming up fast, get by with a little help from your favorite restaurant, spa, shop or service. Plan to treat Mom for a well-deserved day in the LBI Region. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members are looking forward to assisting with your plans for a great Mother's Day. From memorable meals, gifts, flowers, services or ...

Cheer on Local and Celebrate Small Businesses During National Tourism Week

LBI Region, NJ -  The Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce shares suggestions on how to support local businesses crucial to our tourism industry and to give a boost before a busy summer season.  The region’s chamber is comprised over 98% small businesses, which reflects the nationwide statistic of 99.9 percent. Our chamber members provide so much to the community from ...

New Programs Approved For Atlantic City Electric Could Save Customers Millions

May 2, 2021

LBI REGION, NJ - Atlantic City Electric has received approval from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to implement a suite of energy efficiency programs that will provide residential and business customers with Expected to launch in July, the company’s programs will save customers money, create clean, sustainable jobs, improve air quality, help improve equity in South ...

Face Mask Litter Threat to Bay and Ocean

LBI REGION, NJ - Ocean County Board of Commissioners have report that disposable face masks have been turning up on the beaches and coastline throughout the county. Recognizing that face masks have become a necessity during the ongoing pandemic, improper disposal is a new threat to local waterways. Commissioner Joseph H. Vicari stated in a recent press release  “I ask ...

Pinelands Commission launches new video to celebrate 40th Anniversary

LBI REGION, NJ -  With a million acres of forests, farms, towns and rivers, the beauty of the NJ Pinelands is legendary. However, it's importance to our region is undeniable, Celebrating four decades of preservation, the Pinelands Commission is spotlighting their achievements that all New Jerseyans can be proud of.  

The Pinelands dense forests supply clean air, with 600000 ...

Fighting Fatigue: How To Sleep Better And Longer

Getting a good night’s sleep plays a vital role in your overall health. Sleeping recharges your body and brain to help prepare and energize you for each new day. On the other hand, sleep deprivation can cause a slew of problems, including memory issues and an increased risk for car accidents.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults aged 26-64 need seven to nine hours of sleep ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...

When Facebook Groups Replace Credible News Outlets

Facebook already serves as a news source for more than half of all Americans. But some communities solely rely on Facebook and other social media platforms for local information because no nearby news outlet exists.

Local groups dominate the digital landscape, often accumulating thousands of active participants who populate public forums with well-meaning but unvetted information. Even ...