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SBA & Southern Ocean Chamber partner for Updated Loan Forgiveness Webinar Aug 13

August 8, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM, NJ -The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled a live stream session for businesses ready to submit their Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness information to their lender. The original date had to be delayed due to power outages from Tropical Storm Isaias. The region's chamber now plans to present  SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan ...

What does the Home Office Deduction look like for Taxpayers?

LITTLE EGG HARBOR/TUCKERTON, NJ - Since COVID19, many businesses are considering moving into a home office. The benefits of taking a Home Office deduction allows qualifying taxpayers to deduct certain home expenses on their tax return. With more people working from home than ever before, some taxpayers may be wondering if they can claim a home office deduction when they file their 2020 ...

Power Outages Cause for SBA Loan Forgiveness Webinar Delay

SHIP BOTTOM, NJ -The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce had  planned a live stream session for businesses ready to submit their Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness information to their lender. The SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Webinar ll-New Information on the Forgiveness Process and working with your lender for August 5. Due to Tropical Storm ...

NJ Dedicates $25M to Small Landlords Overwhelmed by Pandemic

August 8, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Seeking to extend COVID-19 relief to New Jersey landlords, who have had to reckon with a moratorium on evictions since April, Gov. Phil Murphy announced a $25 million grant program Friday.

According to state officials, one of three renters in the Garden State lives in 3 to10 unit properties, which will specifically be eligible for the Small Landlord Emergency Grant Program ...

Governor Murphy Issues Statewide State of Emergency for Hurricane Isaias

NEW JERSEY - Effective 5am on Tuesday, August 4, a Statewide State of Emergency has been declared by Governor Murphy for Hurricane Isaias.

Do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary, said Governor Murphy. All State offices will be closed on Tuesday and only essential employees should report to work.

"If you must drive, take it slow, use caution and leave extra time to ...

Shoreline Stabilization Projects Move Ahead on Iowa Ct & Green Street

LITTLE EGG TOWNSHIP, NJ- The Little Egg Harbor Township officials have contracted the local environmental nonprofit Reclam the Bay to assist with their larger efforts of shoreline stabilization in neighborhoods that have been severely eroded by wind and wave coming off the bay. According to Project Liaison for ReClam, Jack Duggan, the group will create a living shoreline adjacent to the rock ...

CLEAN UP CONTINUES AFTER ISAIAS STORMS THROUGH OUR AREA

August 5, 2020

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ- Look for Ocean County  Road Department crews as they continue to cover miles of county roads this week for downed trees and broken branches from damage left by Tropical Storm Isaias. Also called to assist was the Ocean County Sheriff's officers who were deployed to municipalities for traffic control and other security. In a press release issued by the Ocean ...

Tropical Storm Warning Calls For Coastal Flooding and High Winds

LIttle Egg Harbor/Tuckerton NJ - The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning that remains in effect for our area. The latest local forecast shows wind equivalent to Tropical Storm Force with peak forecast 40- 50 mph with gust to 70 mph happening Tuesday, Aug 4 throughout the day into evening. The National Weather Service advises everyone in our region to prepare for property ...

National Hurricane Center Issues Advisories for Isaias

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - The National Hurricane Center operated through National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an advisory this morning as the once Tropical Storm Isaias is now a Hurricane Category 1 and is expected to hit portions of Florida's east coast late tonight. With Hurricane warnings in effect, preparations for heavy rains, flash and urban flooding are ...

Pinelands School Based Youth Services Hosts Incoming Student Events

August 6, 2020

LITTLE EGG HARBOR, NJ- Calling all future Wildcats!  Virtual panel discussions have been scheduled for incoming students. 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 ...

Pinelands Regional and Little Egg School District Shares Reopening plan

LITTLE EGG HARBOR, NJ - The families of students had the opportunity to participate in two zoom sessions on July 30, hosted by Superintendent Dr Melissa McCooley. At the beginning of the session, Dr McCooley referenced the  119 page reopening document was sent in advance of the noon and five pm reopening meetings; with 51 pages being the State of NJ requirements that the district had to ...

Stopping By  – Quick conversations around Little Egg Harbor School District

LITTLE EGG HARBOR NJ- Extraordinary times hit our community with the COVID19 pandemic, restrictions and response. It changed the lens on how we view the present and the future. While days here are never predictable, it always has familiar routines and friendly faces. TAPinto dropped in on a few neighbors to catch up this week:

Dr. Melissa McCooley- Superintendent Pinelands Regional and Little ...

OCEAN COUNTY WILL BE HURRICANE READY THIS SEASON

July 28, 2020

TOMS RIVER, NJ With a record eight named storms already created in the Atlantic, Ocean County Emergency Management officials are ready if a major tropical system approaches our coast, even during the COVID 19 Pandemic. In a release issued today, Ocean County stands ready on several fronts. Freeholder Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety states “We already had a close call with Tropical ...

Saturday Afternoon Collision on 72 Causes Delays and Lane Closures for Hours on Bridge and LBI

STAFFORD, NJ - Today at 3:47 p.m. the Stafford Township Police Department was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle collision on Route 72 at milepost 26.4 with injuries, police said.

The accident involved a 2012 Hyundai Sonata operated by Hunter L Dyer, 26 of Little Egg Harbor, NJ.

The police reported that Dyer was traveling west on Route 72 when he crashed into a ...

Tapinto Great Bay Volunteer EMS

As an upcoming Lifetime Member, the quote by Norman B Rice "Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light" sums up Squad 85. Great Bay Regional EMS was created in May 1999 when EMS volunteers worked out of a small construction trailer with one ambulance on the parking lot of the West Tuckerton Fire Dept. Subsequently, as the community and the ...

Killer of Judge's Son Found Dead in Catskills of Apparent Suicide

July 21, 2020

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY -- An "anti-feminist" attorney found dead in New York’s Catskills on Monday is believed to have been the shooter of Federal Judge Esther Salas’ husband and son in North Brunswick Sunday evening, according to multiple published reports. A package or envelope addressed to Judge Salas was found near the man’s body, several outlets, including the ...

Shooting at Federal Judge's North Brunswick Home Leaves Son Dead, Husband Injured

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – A gunman apparently posing as a delivery man gained entrance to U.S. District Judge Esther Salas’ North Brunswick home and shot her husband and their son on Sunday night.

The shooting, confirmed to TAPinto New Brunswick by a spokesperson in the FBI’s Newark Office, left their son, Daniel, 20, dead.

Salas’ husband, Mark Anderl, a criminal ...

Saint Joseph Graduate Dan Anderl, Son of Federal Judge Esther Salas, Shot and Killed at New Brunswick Home

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Dan Anderl, a 2018 graduate of Saint Joseph High School and the son of Federal Judge Esther Salas was shot and killed at his family's home in North Brunswick on Sunday evening, according to multiple media reports. Anderl, 20, was a rising junior at Catholic University. 

Judge Salas's husband, Mark Anderl, 63, was also shot and critically ...

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New Dashboard Will Track NJ's Contact Tracing Efforts

August 8, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — There are now 10 contact tracers per every 100,000 New Jersey residents - looking to limit the spread of COVID-19 by informing all potentially infected parties of steps they should be taking. 

A new dashboard, announced by Gov. Phil Murphy during a press conference Friday afternoon, will look to further detail steps taking place on the ground.

Murphy said ...

Governor Says His Request for $20 Billion in State Aid from the Feds ‘Is a Matter of Survival’

TRENTON, NJ --- Gov. Phil Murphy today said he “is pleading for direct (financial) assistance” from the federal government during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, July 24. The governor said he is asking for more than $20 billion for Washington.

“We will continue to push for direct aid that New Jersey – and every state that is shouldering the burden ...

Where Ocean County Families Can Find Food Assistance This Summer

July 31, 2020

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – The pandemic has created a greater number of families finding themselves in financial crisis.  Ocean County residents needing food assistance should know there are resources available.

 Even when schools closed to in-class sessions, most districts continued to make meals available so that children would not go hungry. New Jersey government authorities have ...

Chowderfest 2020 pivots to Soup up the Local economy

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members responded to COVID 19 safety issues by creating a dynamic ChowderMonth, to support local businesses that will launch Labor Day Weekend

 

Due to restrictions currently in place this year’s Chowderfest  will bring chowder tasters directly to the source by supporting local restaurants and retailers.  As the organizers ...

Shared Abundance at Weekly Manna Farmer's Market

Our Garden State always promises Jersey Fresh bounties each summer, and with a demand for outside markets First United Methodist Church helps to fill that need.

The Manna Farmer's Market will be held 10am to 3pm every Tuesday beginning July 21 through October 6 at 134 N Green St in Tuckerton according to the organization's Facebook page. They are planning vendors from local Southern ...

Food Safety During Power Outage

August 4, 2020

Hurricane Isaias has left many New Jersey towns without power for hours. Click here for a guide from FoodSafety.gov for information on how to save your food and when to throw it out after a power outage. 

Where Ocean County Families Can Find Food Assistance This Summer

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – The pandemic has created a greater number of families finding themselves in financial crisis.  Ocean County residents needing food assistance should know there are resources available.

 Even when schools closed to in-class sessions, most districts continued to make meals available so that children would not go hungry. New Jersey government authorities have ...

Potentially Lethal Hand Sanitizer Recalled from the Shelves of Walmart Stores

If you recently purchased hand sanitizer from any of the Walmart stores in New Jersey, you should immediately check the brand as it may be part of a nationwide recall for a potentially lethal ingredient.  

The 4e Brands North America recently announced a voluntary recall of 10 bottle sizes of Blumen hand sanitizer due to the potential presence of methanol (wood ...

Appointments Being Taken for Aug 11 Blood Drive

August 6, 2020

TUCKERTON, NJ- Calvary Baptist Church has partnered with the American Red Cross to host a Tuesday, August 11  blood drive as donations are dangerously low With COVID19 Pandemic effecting blood donors and the ability to schedule drives this is a critical time for the community. The American Red Cross will follow guidelines for donors, and masks are required. Appointments will be taken ...

Support Needed For Double Tragedy in Tuckerton

TUCKERTON, NJ -  News of two accidental deaths have left friends and family devastated, as the community struggles to aid children left behind. On Monday, July 20, Stacy and Keith Kaznowski passed away in unrelated incidents just hours apart leaving behind a teenage son and daughter. An online fundraiser has since been established to raise ...

12th Jetty Coquina Jam Surf Contest Set for Sunday in Brant Beach

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP -The Jetty Coquina Jam is an all-female, team surf contest and also a fundraising event. Women are paired randomly after being separated into two age pools and compete in this Summer event to support female cancer through David's Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation.

The annual Long Beach Island event has donated over $109, 000 dollars throughout the history of ...

Isaias Winds Destroy Surflight Theatre Outdoor Tent: Hope to Rebuild and Reopen Soon

August 5, 2020

BEACH HAVEN - The powerful winds from Tropical Storm Isaias destroyed the temporary out theatre venue at Beach Haven's beloved Surflight Theatre.

The theatre has had to have their performances outdoors at Bicenteninial Park due to the coronavirus. The storm winds did extensive damage to it's structure.

The theatre posted a bulletin on their Facebook page, and the Ocean Professional ...

TAPinto National New Jersey Day 2020

NEW JERSEY - July 27th is National New Jersey Day. Today we're going to find out what's unique about the Garden State, and maybe settle some serious issues.

New Jersey was the third state to ratify the Constitution of the United States of America, the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights. New Jersey's central location amidst the thirteen colonies during the colonial era made it ...

Friday Night Drive In at Edward Thornton Little Egg Community Center

LITTLE EGG HARBOR- Friday night just got brighter and Grease is the word as the Edward Thornton Little Egg Harbor Community Center announced their July 24 movie screening of Grease. This 1978 classic musical will have everyone singing along.  The film will begin at dusk, approximately 8:30 pm and last 1 hour and 50 minutes. Social distancing will apply, with six feet distancing and ...

Waves of Strength Special Needs Surf Camp Returns Sunday to Brant Beach

August 8, 2020

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ—At the 68th Street Beach in Brant Beach, of Long Beach Island, NJ, a local nonprofit 501(c)(3) named Waves of Strength will again be holding their special needs surf camp.  They are devoted to helping people accomplish the seemingly impossible.

This Sunday, August 9 the organizatoin will share the empowering feeling of catching a wave surfing with those ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: Fishing Update from Jim Hutchinson, Sr.,

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - The fishing over the past week in the Beach Haven area has been strong., but with the approach of Hurricane Isaias, thing will probably be on the back burner for a while.

The water temperature in the bay waters behind Long Beach Island have been reaching 80-degrees and even warmer. As a result, most of the fluke have made their move into the ocean. That is where the ...

Ocean County College Cancels Fall Sports

TOMS RIVER — Ocean County College announced recently that they have had to cancel the Fall 2020 sports season due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Here is a letter posted on the Ocean Athletics website:

Dear Coaches, Students & Our Entire Viking Family —

This spring, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced his vision, “The Road Back: ...

Jetty helps Chowderfest launch Online Shop for Official 2020 Merchandise

August 7, 2020

LITTLE EGG HARBOR, NJ - The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with local business Jetty Inc, to provide tasters and enthusiasts an opportunity to pre order Official Chowderwear Aug 4 through September 15. For the first time in the 32 year history, Chowderfest Merchandise will be available entirely online with a limited time E Commerce site powered by Jetty Inc. There is ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: Fishing Update from Jim Hutchinson, Sr.,

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - The fishing over the past week in the Beach Haven area has been strong., but with the approach of Hurricane Isaias, thing will probably be on the back burner for a while.

The water temperature in the bay waters behind Long Beach Island have been reaching 80-degrees and even warmer. As a result, most of the fluke have made their move into the ocean. That is where the ...

Chowderfest 2020 pivots to Soup up the Local economy

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce members responded to COVID 19 safety issues by creating a dynamic ChowderMonth, to support local businesses that will launch Labor Day Weekend

 

Due to restrictions currently in place this year’s Chowderfest  will bring chowder tasters directly to the source by supporting local restaurants and retailers.  As the organizers ...

National Hurricane Center Issues Advisories for Isaias

August 1, 2020

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - The National Hurricane Center operated through National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an advisory this morning as the once Tropical Storm Isaias is now a Hurricane Category 1 and is expected to hit portions of Florida's east coast late tonight. With Hurricane warnings in effect, preparations for heavy rains, flash and urban flooding are ...

ReClam The Bay To Create Living Shore Line In Little Egg Harbor

LITTLE EGG HARBOR, NJ - Coastal Communities face the constant challenges from erosion of their shoreline. Living Shorelines have become a natural way to stabilize, introduce food production and improve water quality. Southern Ocean County is home to dedicated volunteers who comprise the nonprofit group ReClam the Bay. This local  organization has been chosen to help turn a rock jetty ...

Comet NEOWISE to Make Closest Approach on Thursday

LEH/TUCKERTON, NJ - Not since Hale-Bopp in 1997 has a comet been so visible to Northern Hemisphere viewers. Comet NEOWISE, discovered by the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, was found only last March as it began to enter the inner solar system. The icy interloper swung around the sun back in early July, and it is now making a swift exit towards the outer solar ...