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New Jersey Beaches Ready for Swimmers, State Park Summer Admission Free Starting This Weekend

May 27, 2022

NEW JERSEY - After extensive water quality monitoring, the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says New Jersey’s lakes and beaches are ready for swimming.  Just in time for the unofficial start to the summer.

Shawn LaTourette joined other state leaders in Asbury Park for the State of the Shore address, held every year heading into Memorial Day ...

Murphy Calls Out Lawmakers Looking to Lessen Gun Restrictions, Republicans Respond

TRENTON, NJ — Calling out Republican leaders directly in a press conference, Gov. Phil Murphy urged lawmakers to pass a gun reform bill package in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. 

Murphy initially proposed a wide-ranging gun safety package in April 2021. He called for lawmakers to toughen state and federal gun laws after the May 14, 2022 mass shooting at ...

New Jersey Lawmakers Propose 'Ban the Box' Bill on College Applications

TRENTON, NJ — Some New Jersey lawmakers want a “Ban the Box” law for students applying to college. 

New Jersey's “Ban the Box” law took effect in 2015. It prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from requiring that a job applicant to complete any form during the initial application process that asks about their criminal record.

Gov. Murphy Announces Efforts to Improve Access to Student Loan Forgiveness Program For Public Service Workers

EWING, NJ — There is still time to apply to a college loan forgiveness program. 

Last October, the U.S. Department of Education announced a limited Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver opportunity, which temporarily waives certain program rules helping public service employees eliminate their college debt. 

Gov. Phil Murphy hosted a roundtable with U.S.

New Jersey Republicans Propose Bills to Immediately Reimburse Thousands of Dollars in Surplus Money to Taxpayers

NEW JERSEY — Could New Jerseyans be getting a tax rebate?

The Republican members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to commit to expanding tax relief. An update from State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio showed a total of more than $9 billion of tax over collections in the current year and almost $7.8 billion more in revenue ...

Assemblywomen Introduce Bill Package Tightening Punishment for Car Thieves

NEW JERSEY — The Garden State Parkway was shut down last week for miles after a crash caused by a police chase involving a car that was reported stolen. One of the suspects fled on foot through Clark. Officers caught up with him, arrested him and three other suspects who were then turned over to State Police. 

A similar incident occurred a few days later in Holmdel, ...

Gov. Murphy Announces Police Licensing Proposal Aiming to Build Community Trust

CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Aiming to “lift the unfair stigma” placed on law enforcement, Gov. Phil Murphy along with Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin announced a new police licensing program that will require all law enforcement officers hold a valid, active license issued by the Police Training Commission (PTC) in order to be employed in the ...

Bill Aiming to Ban Large Boxes for Small Items Passes Assembly Committee with Strong Opposition

TRENTON, NJ — “This is a horrendous piece of legislation,” said Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R - District 25) during the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee meeting on Monday. 

His objection came prior to the committee clearing Assemblyman John McKeon’s (D - District 27) oversized box regulation. The new legislation would prohibit retailers ...

Federal Funding Grants Announced for Fire Departments

HACKENSACK, NJ — More protection is coming for New Jersey’s firefighters. 

In a news conference Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the new American Rescue Plan Firefighter Grant Program, which will help local and regional fire departments provide first responders with proper protective, cleaning, and sanitization equipment.  

The Firefighter Grant ...

Assemblyman Kevin Rooney on Mental Health Help, Horse Riding Therapy and 'Chopped'

NEW JERSEY — “Did you know that the state animal is the horse?” asked Assemblyman Kevin Rooney (R - District 40).

He knows a few things about horses. And about public service too. 

Rooney has over 20 years of public service. He served as Wyckoff Township committeeman from 2010 to 2016, as deputy mayor in 2010 and 2014 and mayor in 2011, 2015 and 2016. He also ...

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Graduates from Atlantic City Electric’s South Jersey Utility Training Program Key To Future

May 28, 2022

LBI Region, NJ -  Atlantic City Electric’s South Jersey Utility Training Program, residents in the region prepare for and ultimately earn careers in the energy industry, such as cable splicer mechanics, helper transformer testers, overhead line workers, meter technicians and many more.

“It takes a dedicated workforce with diverse backgrounds, areas of expertise, and ...

New Jersey Native Ray Liotta Dies at 67

Ray Liotta, the New Jersey native who starred as Henry Hill in "Goodfellas," has died.

Liotta, who was born in Newark and grew up from Union Township, graduating from Union High School, was 67 years old.

Deadline reports he died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was shooting the movie "Dangerous Waters."

Last year, he played two roles in the ...

Acting Attorney General Calls for Increased Law Enforcement Presence at New Jersey Schools

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin has called for increased law enforcement presence at schools statewide, following the May 24, 2022 deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

"Nothing about this is normal," Platkin said in a statement. "We do not have to accept that we live in a country where children are shot just for going to school. My ...

Compassion Cafe Opens for a Second Season

May 22, 2022

LBI Region, NJ -  An important addition to the business community is back for a second season. The Compassion Café is now open and have set up shop at their 2022 location the Sea Shell Resort & Beach Club, located at 10 S. Atlantic Avenue in Beach Haven, NJ. The hours of operation will be Mondays through Thursdays, from 7-11 a.m.

Compassion Café is a ...

Spring Fling at Beach Haven Moose Lodge to Benefit Nonprofit 'Hearts of Mercy' This Saturday

MANAHAWKIN, NJ - This Saturday, May 21 from 12-4 p.m. head on over to the Beach Haven Moose Lodge, located at 120 Rt. 72 in Manahawkin, for a Spring Fling event to benefit local nonprofit, Hearts of Mercy. 

There is no admission fee to attend. There will be BBQ, live music, drinks, games, raffles, 50/50 and a silent auction.

Live music throughout the event will be played by Denise ...

Make Mother's Day Memorable in the LBI Region this May 8

LBI Region, NJ - It's time to make May 8 memorable with activities, gifts and dining for the special women in your life, whether they are moms, grandmothers, aunts, or those close to your heart. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, who represents hundreds of local businesses who serve the Long Beach Island Region remind you to make plans early for this popular ...

Compassion Cafe Opens for a Second Season

May 22, 2022

LBI Region, NJ -  An important addition to the business community is back for a second season. The Compassion Café is now open and have set up shop at their 2022 location the Sea Shell Resort & Beach Club, located at 10 S. Atlantic Avenue in Beach Haven, NJ. The hours of operation will be Mondays through Thursdays, from 7-11 a.m.

Compassion Café is a ...

Classic Rock Bandfest Saturday Night in Manahawkin to Benefit Southern Ocean Rotary

STAFFORD - Come on out on a projected warm Saturday evening into the air-conditioned confines of St. Mary's Parish Center and enjoy a night of live bands playing classic rock music. 

This classic Bandfest includes area bands Black Zeppelin, Junkyard Dawgs, and Modern Rewind.

The event benefits the many charitable causes of the Rotary Club of Southern Ocean County.

The event is ...

Spring Fling at Beach Haven Moose Lodge to Benefit Nonprofit 'Hearts of Mercy' This Saturday

MANAHAWKIN, NJ - This Saturday, May 21 from 12-4 p.m. head on over to the Beach Haven Moose Lodge, located at 120 Rt. 72 in Manahawkin, for a Spring Fling event to benefit local nonprofit, Hearts of Mercy. 

There is no admission fee to attend. There will be BBQ, live music, drinks, games, raffles, 50/50 and a silent auction.

Live music throughout the event will be played by Denise ...

American Pickers Looking New Jersey Collectors

May 26, 2022

LBI Region, NJ - The Production Crew of American Pickers has announced they are returning to New Jersey. In a recent Press Release, the popular History Channel television series will be in our area in August 2022. AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on The History Channel. The hit show follows skilled pickers in the ...

New Jersey State Parks Announce Memorial Day Beach and Lifeguard Hours

Memorial Day Weekend Lifeguard Schedule Island Beach State Park will be staffed with lifeguards from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend. Swimming is only permitted in designated swim areas when lifeguards on are duty.

Additional Swim Areas Opening in June 

The following lakefront swim areas are anticipated to open for swimming in ...

Classic Rock Bandfest Saturday Night in Manahawkin to Benefit Southern Ocean Rotary

STAFFORD - Come on out on a projected warm Saturday evening into the air-conditioned confines of St. Mary's Parish Center and enjoy a night of live bands playing classic rock music. 

This classic Bandfest includes area bands Black Zeppelin, Junkyard Dawgs, and Modern Rewind.

The event benefits the many charitable causes of the Rotary Club of Southern Ocean County.

The event is ...

Summer is here and ready for a Memorable 2022 in the LBI Region

May 27, 2022

LBI Region, Nj - After a soggy Spring, everyone is looking to heat things up for Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of summer along the Jersey Coast. The weather is just one of many reasons to take a quick trip to 18 miles of beautiful beaches, scenic bays, and of course legendary Pinelands. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, which operates a year-round visitor center in Ship ...

Summer Savings is a Click Away

LBI Region, NJ - In time for summer and in response to concerns on rising prices this year, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has worked with stakeholders to introduce a free, mobile-exclusive savings passport to for residents and visitors.

This pass shows the importance that small business has in the community with the hopes to introduce their offerings customers and ...

LBI Wedding Road Show Welcomes New Audiences for Future Celebrations

LBI Region, NJ - In an effort to bring event options to fit the various needs of today's consumers, the regional chamber collaborated with over 50 businesses at 13 locations throughout the day to promote milestone celebrations. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce added new features, venues and vendors to the 14th Annual LBI Wedding Road Show & Party Planning tour that was ...

NJ Coastal Coalition Addresses the Future of Flooding at Tuckerton Meeting

May 24, 2022

Tuckerton, NJ - The New Jersey Coastal Coalition, a non-profit organization, is a group of New Jersey waterfront communities that meet monthly in a workshop setting, to discuss common municipal flooding issues. Formed in response to the 2012 Super Storm Sandy, we have met regularly since January 2013. Meetings are usually held in the Atlantic and Cape May Counties on the first Thursday of each ...

Remember to Bring Your Own Bag

LBI Region, NJ - The law to reduce single use plastic bags and polystyrene foam products went into law yesterday, May 4. Keeping reusable totes and bags in your vehicle, so they are available when consumers go shopping is recommended. Rules that went into effect are the following:



Supermarkets and grocery stores These stores will no longer provide single-use plastic bags or ...

Save the Date for upcoming Pinelands Summer Short Course

LBI Region, NJ -  The New Jersey Pinelands Commission and Stockton University announce the 6th Annual Pinelands Summer Short Course that will be taking place on Thursday, July 21, 2022. For those not familiar, the  Pinelands National Reserve, created by the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978, includes  approximately 1.1 million acres encompassing portions of seven ...

Thomas Kang Becomes Owner/Publisher of 5 TAPinto Local News and Digital Marketing Platforms

MILLBURN, NJ — Thomas Kang is the new owner/publisher of TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills, TAPinto Springfield, TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove, TAPinto West Essex and TAPinto West Orange. He took over the local news and digital marketing platforms on March 1, 2022.

Kang, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, moved to New Jersey about two years ago. He's also lived in ...

'Two Minutes with TAPinto' Features South Plainfield Publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — This month's "Two Minutes with TAPinto" features TAPinto South Plainfield publisher Darlene Tedesco-Cullen.

When she started TAPinto South Plainfield, she worked full time as Regional Manager/Business Development for a bank. It became so successful that she was able to leave her banking career to focus on TAPinto full-time.

"I say this to all ...

Drawing the Line Between News and Content Marketing is Key to Publisher Credibility and Success

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Publishers invest significant time and financial resources in building their audience. No one has the right to have their content placed in front of the audience you’ve built. Public relations firms and others say their content is newsworthy and they get paid a lot of money to try to make that case to publishers every day.

Drawing the line between news and ...