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What does the Home Office Deduction look like for Taxpayers?

August 6, 2020

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 Re-Tightens Restrictions on Indoor Gatherings As Transmission Rate Trends Up 

CAMDEN, NJ — With New Jersey’s rate of transmission (Rt) nearly doubling in a month - from 0.87 in early July to 1.48 today — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that he will again tighten caps on indoor gatherings.

“We believe that some of this increase is attributable to the number of indoor house parties and other events which we have been seeing across the ...

Murphy Adds $15M to New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA) to purchase masks, gloves, ...

Southern Ocean Chamber partners with SBA to Bring Updated Loan Forgiveness Webinar Aug 5

SHIP BOTTOM, NJ -The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has planned a live stream session for businesses ready to submit their Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness information to their lender. The region's chamber will present  SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Webinar ll-New Information on the Forgiveness Process and working with your lender on ...

Southern Ocean Nonprofits Awarded Grant Funds

The Community Foundation of South Jersey Announces Round Three of Covid19 Response Fund Grants, and local nonprofits received much-needed support to continue their efforts. In a release today, the Community Foundation of South Jersey announced grants to twenty-six  nonprofit organizations from the COVID-19 Response Fund. The total amount awarded in round 3 is $161,500. To date, ...

Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce Invites Businesses to Summer School with Google on July 22

School is in session this summer as the region's chamber and Google present a July 22 Grow with Google Livestream for members and area businesses to participate virtually by bringing back their popular program that brings assists with new COVID19 business practices from noon to 130pm.

Spend a Wednesday afternoon discovering Google tools that can help businesses work and manage through ever ...

Sign of the Times, Getting Back to Business in LEH

The Covid-19 Pandemic has been difficult for businesses big and small, but the Little Egg Harbor Township Committee has come up with a way to help bolster consumer traffic. The first of a series of billboards featuring business logos and names within the town has been erected on Rt 539 across from Parkertown Drive. Businesses will have the opportunity of free rent on the sign for the remainder of ...

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

July 25, 2020

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 ...

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

August 2, 2020

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: ...

Murphy Talks Options for Schools, "High Risk" Sports

TRENTON, NJ - The resumption of contact sports practices and new state guidance for all-remote learning were announced by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy during his COVID-19 briefing Monday.

Murphy said he signed an executive order today allowing for sports practices that require contact drills and competitions for "high risk" sports at outdoor venues only. Murphy announced last ...

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

August 2, 2020

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 ...

Long Beach Island Foundation turns Seashore House Tour Virtual

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION, NJ-  The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Art & Sciences are taking their popular Seashore House tour virtual. A fifty four year tradition, the nonprofit group is hoping to capture a larger audience to marvel at the beauty and architecture that graces our area. This year there are no in person components to the tour, with it being 100% online. There will be ...

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 ...