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IRS online tool to help families register for monthly Child Tax Credit

June 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service unveiled an online Non-filer Sign-up tool designed to help eligible families who don’t normally file tax returns register for the monthly Advance Child Tax Credit payments, scheduled to begin July 15.

This tool, an update of last year’s IRS Non-filers tool, is also designed to help eligible individuals who ...

Connors, Rumpf and Gove Vote Against Expanding Governor Murphy's Powers

TRENTON — On Thursday, a bill approved by Democrats allowing many of Governor Murphy’s most controversial executive orders to remain in effect while also providing the Governor with new non-emergency pandemic powers.

Ninth District Legislators Connors, Rumpf and Gove voted against this new legislation which Governor Murphy was expected to sign into law shortly.

The area ...

New Options for NJ Driver License Applicants

TRENTON – Are you in need of a NJ driver license or non-drive ID card but don't have a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number? No problem. 

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC), as of June 1, 2021, will allow applicants without a Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to submit a sworn affidavit to meet ...

Gov. Murphy: Employers Can Allow Vaccinated Staff to Go Maskless, Bring Back Remote Workers

TRENTON, NJ — Office employees will be allowed to return to work without the need to wear masks or social distance, as long as they have proof of being vaccinated against the coronavirus, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest executive order.

The order, which takes effect on June 4, also lifts minimum staffing levels in the workplace and allows employers to call back employees who have ...

Assembly Passes Connors, Rumpf & Gove Disabled Veteran Property Tax Relief Measure

TRENTON — The full General Assembly passed legislation (S-956/A-911) introduced by Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove which would extend the current disabled veteran’s property tax exemption to disabled veteran shareholders and their surviving spouses residing in a cooperative or mutual housing corporation.

Legislation sponsored by ...

Families May Automatically Receive Monthly Pay for Child Tax Credit

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that the first monthly payment of the expanded and newly-advanceable Child Tax Credit (CTC) from the American Rescue Plan will be made on July 15. Roughly 39 million households—covering 88% of children in the United States—are slated to begin receiving monthly payments without any further ...

Murphy Ends Indoor Mask Mandate for People Who Are Fully Vaccinated; Raises Gathering Limits

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has lifted indoor mask mandates for vaccinated individuals ahead of Memorial Day weekend. 

Effective May 28, New Jersey will lift the requirement for maintaining six feet of social distancing in indoor and outdoor settings and will lift the prohibitions on dance floors at bars and restaurants, along with the restriction on ordering and ...

Governor Murphy is Expected to Announce Vaccinated People Do Not Need to Wear Masks Indoors. Here’s What We Know Ahead of the Governor’s Press Conference.

NEW JERSEY - Reports have been circulating that Governor Phil Murphy will be announcing the lift of indoor mask mandates for vaccinated individuals ahead of Memorial Day weekend. 

The governor is expected to follow the updated guidelines set in place by the CDC for those who have been fully vaccinated. 

Mask restrictions have previously been lifted for some establishments - ...

The History of Older Americans Month

Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. The history of Older Americans month started when President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Services in 1963 met to address the growing concerns of American individuals ages 65 or older. At that time one third of all seniors lived in poverty with few ...

NJ's New Incentives to Get Vaccinated

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey is now offering more incentives for unvaccinated people to get their shots, including free wine, free access to state beaches, and a chance to dine with the governor and first lady of the state.

During his press briefing held at Island Beach State Park, Gov. Phil Murphy today announced several new vaccination incentives as part of “Operation ...

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36 million families who may qualify for monthly Child Tax Credits; payments start July 15

June 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has started sending letters to more than 36 million American families who, based on tax returns filed with the agency, may be eligible to receive monthly Child Tax Credit payments starting in July.

The expanded and newly-advanceable Child Tax Credit was authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act, enacted in March. The letters are going to ...

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Join Law Enforcement Officials for Hometown Security Seminar June 9

June 8, 2021

LBI REGION, NJ - With loosening of restrictions, come new concerns with overall security. The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness will partner with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce for the fifth year to bring a business safety event to the region on June 9. The Hometown Security program is a collaborative effort to discuss information, tools, and resources that ...

"Celebration of Tuckerton" Pig Roast Scheduled

June 5, 2021

Tuckerton, NJ - The volunteers at the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum is holding a fundraiser and gathering to replace lost income from the cancellation of the 2020 Ye Ole Clamtown Antique Flea Market. With the hopes that their June 26 Celebration of Tuckerton Pig Roast will help recoup those much-needed museum funds as well as fun community event. The Pig Roast/BBQ Fundraiser will run ...

NJ Human Services to Deliver Extra June Food Assistance Benefits to 430,000 Households

 

(TRENTON) –  Human Services Acting Commissioner Sarah Adelman today announced the 430,000 New Jersey households who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive $75.2 million in total extra benefits in June.

Human Services has been providing NJ SNAP households with maximum benefits since March 2020 when ...

Support Southern Ocean Hunger Foundation with Taste at Home

LBI Region, NJ -  The Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean is presenting their annual fundraiser with a Taste at Home Dinner. For 2021, the non profit group is hosting a small seating at Ott's Good Earth Garden or a take home meal with virtual component to enjoy in the comfort of your own kitchen.

A dinner for two will be prepared for pick up at Stafford Community Garden between 3-5 pm ...

NJ Human Services to Deliver $116M in Food Assistance Benefits for Newly Eligible Children

June 19, 2021

Trenton, NJ - NJ Human services announces First Benefits in Expanded Program is being delivered for 105,000 Children, stated Acting Commissioner Sarah Adelman. In total, about $116 million will be delivered to about 105,000 children to enhance nutritional support. The new benefit of $122.76 per child, per month, will be available on the Families First EBT card of households who ...

Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics Coming to a Library Near You

LBI Region, NJ - The Ocean County Health Department has partnered with branches of the Ocean County Library to bring Covid-19 Vaccine clinics to Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor branches of the Ocean County Library. 

Walk in clients are available at the Little Egg Harbor Branch on July 8 from 10 to 1pm and Tuckerton Branch June 23 and July 21 from 10am to 1pm, No appointment needed, all ...

"Celebration of Tuckerton" Pig Roast Scheduled

June 5, 2021

Tuckerton, NJ - The volunteers at the Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum is holding a fundraiser and gathering to replace lost income from the cancellation of the 2020 Ye Ole Clamtown Antique Flea Market. With the hopes that their June 26 Celebration of Tuckerton Pig Roast will help recoup those much-needed museum funds as well as fun community event. The Pig Roast/BBQ Fundraiser will run ...

Support Southern Ocean Hunger Foundation with Taste at Home

LBI Region, NJ -  The Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean is presenting their annual fundraiser with a Taste at Home Dinner. For 2021, the non profit group is hosting a small seating at Ott's Good Earth Garden or a take home meal with virtual component to enjoy in the comfort of your own kitchen.

A dinner for two will be prepared for pick up at Stafford Community Garden between 3-5 pm ...

Memorial Day Honors

LBI Region, NJ- Unofficially marking the beginning of the summer season, Memorial Day became an official Federal holiday in 1971. With roots drawing back to the Civil War it was a day set aside to honor the men and women who died serving the US military. First recognized as Decoration Day, towns and cities across the United States began holding tributes to the fallen by decorating their graves ...

Pinelands July 4 Committee Plans Parade

June 16, 2021

Tuckerton, NJ -  A parade is being planned by the Pinelands July 4th Committee to celebrate Independence Day on July 3 2021. Homemade floats, vintage cars, marching groups are welcome to register. Animals may also march alongside their handlers if registered. 

The line-up will be at 9am on Marine Street on a first come, first served basis. The parade will begin promptly at 10am under ...

Music on the Green Happening Today

Little Egg Harbor, NJ - Students of the Ocean County Vocational Technical School are serving up Music on the Green this Saturday, June 12. Taking place on Cusisine on the Green at Atlantis located at 261 Country Club Blvd from 3 to 8 pm. The day will feature live music from The Benjamins and The Outsiderz along with a silent auction, 50/50, and food prepared by culinary students. Sound ...

Treasure Hunt Tomorrow at Townwide Yard Sale

Tuckerton, NJ - With weather predicted to be cooler tomorrow, all plans are set for the Tuckerton Town wide Yard Sale happening Saturday, June 12. With over 25 addresses registered, the yard sale will be an ambitious for all bargain and treasure hunters. The Tuckerton Pride and Celebration Committee who have orgranized the event has allowed each property to set their own hours for sale. Maps are ...

A Day to Celebrate Dad

June 20, 2021

LBI Region, NJ - This Sunday brings together families honoring Dads across the country. Father's Day became a national holiday in 1972, but it goes back to 1910 founded on the need to celebrate fathers and the importance they have on the lives of those around them. With June weather and lots of ways to gather, people will traveling into our region to spend some quality time with the important ...

The Pine Barren's Musical Tradition Returns

LBI Region, NJ -  Outdoor Music once again can be heard in the pines as Albert Music Hall brings pickin back to the stage. Saturday Night Line-Ups are taking place outdoors in the rear of the Albert Music Hall located at 131 Wells Mills Road in Waretown, weather permitting. The Pinelands Cultural Society has been unable to hold indoor concerts due to the pandemic will provide concerts ...

Southern Ocean Chamber 107th Summer Launch Party Hosted At Fantasy Island

LBI Region, NJ - There were plenty of smiles as the members of the Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce welcomed summer with a night out for their families, co workers and colleagues at Fantasy Island Amusement Park in Beach Haven on May 26. Over 435 members registered to the chamber's "Get Acquainted" party which took place Wednesday, May 26 and were welcomed with unlimited rides, ...

Have Fun in the Pines with Summer Short Course

June 15, 2021

LBI Region, NJ -  A day in the pines learning about bogs, swamps, woods and music is part of the NJ Pinelands Commission happening Thursday, July 15. In partnership with Stockton University this educational event will take place in Whitesbog Village and Wells Mills County Park.  

Expanding from the popularity of the Pinelands Short Course which has been presented for over thirty ...

Walmart Rolling Back On Plastic Bags

Little Egg Harbor, NJ - Last summer, Walmart announced its goal to be a zero waste company, and will be slowly removing plastic bags from all stores. Walmart Corporate has detailed an ambitious Environmental approach towards climate change, waste, natural capital and product supply chains. The company plans on finding alternatives to plastic not only in single use bags, but for single use ...

2.4 Magnitude Earthquake felt 3 KM South of Tuckerton

Tuckerton, NJ - Some local residents reported being shaken this morning, as Earthquake Alerts System reported a magnitude 2.4 quake struck south of the area at 7:52am. Dozens of people reported slight tremors, but no damage has been claimed from the incident. According to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water and Geoscience New Jersey earthquakes usually occur ...

No Garden Yet? No Worries: Here’s What You Can Still Plant In June

Getting outside to work in the garden is a wonderful way to be physically active and soak up some natural vitamin D from the sun. If you haven’t planted anything yet or you’re aiming to increase your harvest, don’t worry. There are lots of nutrient-rich vegetables, herbs, and gorgeous flowers you can still plant in June. Here’s a list to help you get ...

Take Time To Get Lost In A Story: 5 Book Genres For You To Enjoy

Just as exercising is good for physical health, flexing your mental muscles is vital - especially as you age. Reading daily is a wonderful way to give your brain a workout. It stimulates your imagination, engages your concentration and memory, and allows you to learn something new.

Whether you prefer holding a book, using a tablet, or listening to audiobooks, diving into stories you enjoy is ...

From Ponds to Waterfalls: Outdoor Water Features You Can DIY

If you’re daydreaming about the burble of a stream over rocks or the spray of a waterfall right in your backyard, we’ve put together a selection of outdoor water feature ideas to help you make your dream come true!

While water features may sound expensive or out of reach, there are tons of great do-it-yourself options for everything from flower pot fountains to ponds and ...

Sprinkler System on the Fritz? Tips and Tricks for What to Fix and When to Call

Outdoor sprinkler system on the fritz with summer around the corner? Here are seven tips and tricks for fixing it yourself and when to call the pros.

Assess and Adjust Sprinkler Heads
The first clue to any sprinkler system problem is usually a sprinkler head that’s not performing optimally. Maybe it won’t raise or lower, it’s spraying unevenly, or it’s not spraying the ...

Eat the Rainbow: Why Fruits of Every Color Belong on Your Plate

In general, the bold colors found in fruits indicate a large concentration of antioxidants. These vitamins and compounds perform many different functions within the body, but all antioxidants help reduce “free radicals,” or potentially harmful atoms that interfere with normal cell functioning in our bodies. Eating a variety of colors through fruits will help ensure that you’re ...

Fresh Air and Fitness: 4 Outdoor Workouts for Every Level

Fresh air and fitness – a great combination for any wellness routine! As the weather warms up, consider adding some outdoor workouts to your regular exercise regimen. New surroundings can often make the same moves feel more challenging and exciting, so heading out to your backyard is an easy way to refresh any routine that’s starting to feel repetitive. Here are four great outdoor ...

Longtime Friends Spreading the News in Bordentown

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - When longtime friends Elizabeth Meyers and Kristin Antonello saw that the greater Bordentown area was in need of a hyperlocal news outlet, they jumped at the opportunity to bring TAPinto into the community.

The two recognized Bordentown as a community that would benefit from a TAPinto site because there was no publication devoted only to local news.

“There was a ...

Shapiro: "Amid Spike in Local News Initiatives, Franchise Model Remains Only Proven Method to Scale Local News"

Cautionary tales have emerged in recent weeks about the inherent risks of entering the local news industry. Poynter recently called out a few of the pain points that new publishers endure, and Columbia Journalism Review suggested there isn’t enough budget to combat increasing political polarization at the local level.

All these potential pitfalls haven’t stopped ...