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Middletown Lions' Girls Soccer Team Won't Shy Away From Competition On The Pitch

October 19, 2020

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: There are several strong attributes that are on the side of the Middletown North High School girl’s soccer program this year. Among the most noteworthy of those attributes perhaps being that win, lose or draw the Lions are determined to put forth their finest effort on the field.

This, of course goes for performances in practices as well.

After completing a ...

Indoor Sports Can Resume Practice and Games. Restrictions Apply. 

NEW JERSEY — Practice that involves contact and indoor sports scrimmages will once again be possible despite the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday as he signed a new executive order.

No. 187 allows for sports to resume activities inside defined as “medium risk” and “high risk” by the New Jersey Department of Health’s ...

Practice, Precautions and Positive Attitude Could Equal Success For Lions' Boys Soccer

 MIDDLETOWN, NJ:   The trials and tribulations that a high school team looking to be successful in their chosen sport go through during preseason training is usually quite challenging-and for good reason. They realize that the competition will be practicing hard on a consistent basis as well-and it’s important to match or even overcome the opposition’s work ...

Gov. Murphy Tests Negative for Coronavirus 4 Times, But Will Continue Virtual Briefings 

October 26, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Five days after Gov. Phil Murphy suddenly left a briefing in Camden County over concerns of having the coronavirus, he said this afternoon he has not been symptomatic and tested negative four times since last Monday.

First Lady Tammy Murphy, who entered a voluntary self-quarantine with the governor last week, has tested negative three times.  

Still, ...

Murphy Says NJ Prepared for COVID-19 Vaccine When Available

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey has submitted a draft of a coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Phil Murphy and other state officials announced Monday during a virtual press briefing. 

While a COVID-19 vaccine or therapeutic has not been created, the governor said the “growing reality” is that one or more vaccines ...

Gov. Murphy and First Lady Cancel Events, Enter Coronavirus Self-Quarantine

BLACKWOOD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife, First Lady Tammy Murphy, entered a voluntary self-quarantine Wednesday afternoon after a senior staff member - who the governor was in close proximity to Saturday - tested positive for coronavirus. 

Murphy unexpectedly left a press briefing Wednesday at midday in Camden County, after learning of his exposure to the individual - whose ...

Middletown Board of Education Meeting, October 28th

October 24, 2020








MIDDLETOWN, NJ: It's Easy to Access the Oct. 28th  Board of Education Meeting

All are welcome to join on October 28th for a Board of Education Workshop/Voting Meeting. Executive session is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The public meeting is scheduled to begin at approximately 8 p.m.

Please follow the link, or ...

Brookdale Community College Student Mariam Abdelhamid, wins NJ interior design award.

Above image is Mariam Abdelhamid's winning design. 

LINCROFT, NJ: Brookdale Community College student Mariam Abdelhamid was honored at the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) this September.

“I was so happy when they announced that I won the gold award that I even took a screenshot of the announcement even though it was a Zoom ...

Local Middletown Talent, Sophia Haber-Brock, Interviews Podcaster Ming Chen and Movie Maker Kevin Smith

MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Middletown has got talent and a recent production out of the Middletown schools makes it it clear - and enjoyable to viewers.

High School North News anchor, Sophia Haber-Brock, recently ventured to Red Bank to provide coverage of the pop-up restaurant Mooby's, a fictional fast food burger chain in Kevin Smith's cinematic universe.

 

Smith is a native of the ...

Middletown group hosts unique candidate discussion night on YouTube

MIDDLETOWN NJ - A unique candidate discussion was held by the Middletown Friends of Diverse Learners. The focus of their video is a "Meet the BOE Candidates Night" with an emphasis on special education. The topics and timing, according to the moderators, are as follows:

Candidate Introductions 2m,
Parental Rights 11m,
Inclusion 19m,
Re-districting 32m,
Virtual ...

Holmdel Chamber In-Person Meeting and Video Podcast, Bell Works, Oct. 27. Expert Business Guidance From Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes

October 23, 2020

HOLMDEL, NJ: Local Business Folks and Community Members: Welcome to the Tuesday, October 27th, Holmdel Chamber of Commerce meeting, in the lecture hall at Bell Works, 9am sharp start time. You can check out last month's Video Podcast HERE. 

Enjoy great networking and introduce your business to everyone present, and those tuning in for the live feed.

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In-Home Senior Care in Shrewsbury by Comfort Keepers. When the Best Care is What You Need.

October 29, 2020

As a leading provider of in-home care and at home senior care services, our expert caregivers provide customized care plans crafted to clients' individual recovery needs and daily living requirements throughout Central New Jersey. Our services focus on elevating the human spirit with meaningful companion care while keeping clients safe at home. 

At Comfort ...

VIDEO: Member of Beacon of Life Family is Celebrated at 100th Birthday Party at Monmouth Racetrack

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ: On Sunday, August 30th, Beacon of Life Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) , located in Oceanport, NJ, hosted a 100th Birthday Celebration for Al, one of their members. A U.S. Army Veteran, Al served in World War II and proudly wore his Veteran hat for his celebration. The Beacon of Life Team knowing Al's passion for The Monmouth Race ...

VIDEO: Member of Beacon of Life Family is Celebrated at 100th Birthday Party at Monmouth Racetrack

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ: On Sunday, August 30th, Beacon of Life Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) , located in Oceanport, NJ, hosted a 100th Birthday Celebration for Al, one of their members. A U.S. Army Veteran, Al served in World War II and proudly wore his Veteran hat for his celebration. The Beacon of Life Team knowing Al's passion for The Monmouth Race ...

Force Plumbing & Heating of Hazlet, Celebrates Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 

October 25, 2020

HAZLET, NJ – Force Plumbing & Heating, a locally-owned full service plumbing, heating, and drain company, recently celebrated its decision to establish a new headquarters on Route 36 in Hazlet. 

On Saturday, Oct. 17, owners Ali and Joseph Zhangi cut the ribbon at their new office at 158 Route 36 East, located just past the S. Laurel intersection, at a festive gathering ...

HUGE TOWN-WIDE GARAGE SALE IN HAZLET, OCT. 17TH, OVER 180 HOMES

HAZLET, NJ: Hazlet Township is hosting a Town-Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, Oct. 17. Over 185 residents have signed up to sell housewares, clothing, tools, furniture, décor, toys and more. The  locations and sale descriptions can be seen on an interactive map on the township website, https://www.hazlettwp.org/426/Garage-Sale-Map. Shoppers can plot their route in advance. A map ...

Donna J. Disko, Beloved Member of the Holmdel Community, Passes on Oct. 2, at 59 Years Young

October 6, 2020

HOLMDEL, NJ: Donna Jo Disko of Holmdel died at 59 years young on Friday, October 2, 2020 at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. The Holmdel community is shocked and saddened by her passing. Many of the children in the Holmdel School District are deeply saddened and reminiscing about all the ways Mrs. Disko went out of her way to make each child feel special, when in her care. She will be ...

Working Families Choose Y Academy Programs for Academic Support and Child Care

October 20, 2020

RED BANK, NJ (Oct. 19, 2020) – When local districts announced they would start the 2020-2021 school year with a blend of in-person and remote learning for students, working parents like Dr. John Vaclavik and his wife Barbara of Fair Haven were worried. They were trying to figure out how they could balance the new hybrid learning model for their four children in grade school and continue ...

The Connection Inc. Celebrates Cybersecurity Awareness Month With Expert Panel at Holmdel's Bell Works.

October 27, 2020

The event hosted a panel of cybersecurity experts seen above. 

HOLMDEL, NJ — October is arguably the spookiest month of the year, filled with horror movies and ghouls decorating your neighbors’ front yards. While most people are familiar with the typical frights, there are unnoticed and unexpected threats lurking in the dark web: cyber criminals.

October is ...

🍁Reminder: You are invited to Bayshore's Oktoberfest Virtual Community Celebration!

October 29, 2020




Dear Friends,

We are excited to invite you to our Bayshore Oktoberfest Virtual Community Celebration, Thursday, October 29th, at 7 p.m.!  We welcome all and encourage you to share the news about the event broadly by sharing these two important links:
• Donation Page: HackensackMeridianHealth.org/BMCOktoberfest
• Virtual Event ...

Middletown Township Committee Honors 110 Year Anniversary of the NJ Blind Citizens Association with Director Stacey Stefanski

 A greeting to the New Jersey Blind Men's Club-- a band of men who each day step into their little field of action with purpose of serving one another. Blind!    They are not blind who see with their minds, and do things that must be done with cheerful courage. If we live in the light of intelligence, life is a wonderful adventure, an education, a testing to try our ...

Volunteers Needed for Middletown Township Police Department Auxiliary Police

MIDDLETOWN,NJ: Looking for a great way to give back to your local community?

The Middletown Township Police Department is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on the Middletown Auxiliary Police. You can download an application at www.middletownnj.org/AuxiliaryPolice. 

The Middletown Township Auxiliary Police duties include traffic control, security, and patrol for major ...

Support the October 17, Frances Foundation Virtual Gala! EVERY Dollar Donated Helps Local Kids Fighting Cancer!

PLEASE DONATE TODAY TO THE FRANCES FOUNDATION TO HELP KIDS BATTLING CANCER! CLICK HERE TO DONATE. Register HERE for the October 17, virtual gala! Everyone is invited and the event is free! 

HOLMDEL, NJ: The country has been in a pandemic since March, but that has not slowed down pediatric cancer. Every day in this country over 43 parents hear the unimaginable words: "Your ...

👻Ghosts Take Over Streets of Red Bank

October 25, 2020

RED BANK, NJ: What makes Red Bank so much fun to live, work or visit?

It's the spirit of the Red Bank Community, both residents and business folks!

The staff of Antoinette Boulangerie, considered one of the best French bakery's in New Jersey, brought some fun and smiles to the community by taking took over the streets in ghost costumes Friday ...

🎉Holmdel's Escapology in Bell Works Celebrates Grand Opening and Official Ribbon Cutting, Offering Special Holiday Promos Now

 

HOLMDEL, NJ - Gigantic golden balloons, personalized cookies and booming music welcomed community members, small business owners, local, county and state government officials who all came together for Escapology’s official grand opening at Bell Works, on September 24th. It was feel good vibes all around, as guests greeted one another in celebration. 

The ...

🎶 I Want Candy! Beacon of Life Hosts Complimentary Community Trunk or Treat!

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ: On October 28th, from 1pm-4pm, get your costumes on and fly your broom over to Beacon of Life! Free candy, giveaways! Dog parade and fun for all!! Beacon of Life is located at 1075 Stephenson Avenue, Oceanport, NJ. Call 732.592.3406 with any questions. Have a spooktacular time!! 

WATCH: BBC Talks Eddie Van Halen With Middletown's Mark Weiss. Meet Weiss at Monmouth Museum Friday, The Decade That Rocked Book Signing, Rock Exhibit.

Photo above is Mark Weiss with his look alike...

WATCH: Middletown's Mark Weiss is interviewed by BBC about his experience hanging out with and photographing Eddie Van Halen. Watch the video below. Meet and greet with Weiss at Monmouth Museum Friday, see article underneath video. 

LINCROFT, NJ: On Friday, October 16th, 2-5 PM: Meet the artist Mark Weiss and tour his amazing ...

Monmouth ACTS in Action: County Organizations Join Forces, Foster Connection Among Youth in Need Amidst Pandemic

October 28, 2020

 

FREEHOLD, NJ – When the COVID-19 pandemic struck New Jersey, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern NJ (BBBSCNNJ)  suddenly had to plan for ways to provide services to families and kids in an increasingly virtual world. BBBSCNNJ Program Manager Brendan Ward acted by tapping into the Monmouth ACTS network.

BBBSCNNJ provides a community-based program that ...

Income ranges for determining IRA eligibility to change for 2021

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced cost‑of‑living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2021 in Notice 2020-79, posted today on IRS.gov.

Highlights of changes for 2021

The income ranges for determining eligibility to make deductible contributions to traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements ...

New Jersey State Employees: Civil Service Commission's Employee Advisory Service to Host Virtual Mental Wellness Symposium

TRENTON - The New Jersey Civil Service Commission’s Employee Advisory Service will host its second annual mental health symposium in recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month. This virtual event entitled, “The Mental Wellness Symposium 2020: How To Cope with Change and Uncertainty” will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 ...

VIDEO: Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon Updates Voters on Mail-in Ballot Process and How to Track Your Ballot.

October 24, 2020

Watch Video on How to Complete a Mail-In Ballot

Monmouth County election officials announced that postcards confirming receipt of ballots to the County Board of Elections will be sent to voters whose ballots are returned by close of business on Monday, October 26, as any mailing after that time may not arrive to voters before Election Day.

Voters whose ballots are received by the County ...

Monmouth: Hazlet Republican Organization Hosts NJ 2021 Candidate for Governor Jack Ciattarelli

Freeholder Kiley (who is from Hazlet) emphasized publicizing a grant program for $10,000 for businesses affected by COVID-19. She is trying to make sure that local businesses know that there is ready money available as a grant. Apply today if you are a business who was affected by COVID-19. "There is still a lot of money there." said Kiley.

HAZLET, NJ - It was a nice crowd of local, ...

Podcast Interview: Republican Candidate for Governor Jack Ciattarelli is making the rounds

HOLMDEL, NJ - As a Councilman, Freeholder and Assemblyman. Jack Ciattarelli is well familiar with running government. Now, after nearly succeeding in a prior run for Governor, he’s running again. The husband and father of four, with a background as a businessman and CPA, is full steam ahead.

While it is expected that he may soon have company from others running ...

Too Late: Wednesday evening accident in Holmdel, may have been avoided with new four way stop signs

October 28, 2020

HOLMDEL, NJ - The new four way stop signs approved recently in Holmdel - after years of accidents and close calls - were not up today. A multi -vehicle accident occurred again at the intersection of South Holland, and South Telegraph Hill Rd. (Holland) and Takalusa Rd. in Holmdel at about 5:50 PM on Wednesday. Avoid area as traffic is still backed up at 6:20 PM.

What ...

Child Porn Sweep in Monmouth County, Nets 15 Arrests in Past Three Months, two in Middletown

FREEHOLD, NJ — Investigations spanning nearly three months have resulted in the arrest of 15 individuals on various first- through third-degree child pornography charges, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

These arrests, which occurred between July 21 and October 15, were designed to reduce online threats throughout Monmouth County to decrease the market for ...

Holmdel Emergency Drone in service for missing juvenile

UNION BEACH, NJ - Search for a missing juvenile at 650 Poole Ave area brings the Holmdel Office of Emergency Management drone into service. Police on scene in search. No other information available at this time.

 

In-Home Senior Care in Shrewsbury by Comfort Keepers. When the Best Care is What You Need.

October 29, 2020

As a leading provider of in-home care and at home senior care services, our expert caregivers provide customized care plans crafted to clients' individual recovery needs and daily living requirements throughout Central New Jersey. Our services focus on elevating the human spirit with meaningful companion care while keeping clients safe at home. 

At Comfort ...

Nursing Homes Will Face New Frontline Staffing Requirements

Nursing assistants will be limited to eight residents as a means of ensuring safe, effective care, while task force will examine workforce recruitment and retention.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Come February, New ...

Small Parties, Family Gatherings Driving Up COVID-19 Case Count

With daily diagnoses at levels not seen since early summer, administration says it has to count on honor system to ensure compliance in small groups.

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Gov. Phil Murphy and state public ...

In NJ, Lakewood Tops State for Rate of COVID-19 Infections

Cases are on the rise statewide, but in Lakewood the number is growing faster

This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

Since September, daily coronavirus infection rates in the state have been on the rise, confirming officials ...

Following Resounding Success of Bell Works, Somerset Development Provides Over $5 Million to Holmdel Township to Fulfill Redevelopment Agreement

October 15, 2020

Landmark transformation of the former Bell Labs facility into thriving metroburb enables Somerset to provide significant support for Holmdel’s affordable housing obligation.

HOLMDEL, N.J.  —   Somerset Development, a team dedicated to reimagining the built world and shattering traditional development models in the process, announced it has provided over $5 million to ...

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If so, consider owning and operating a TAPinto online local news site in your area.  Join us for an informational webinar about this exciting business opportunity: 

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Drive-Thru Greek Food Fest this weekend! Kimisis Greek Fest!

October 8, 2020

HOLMDEL, NJ: Drive-Thru Greek Food Fest this weekend! THIS IS ONE FOOD ORDER NOT TO MISS!! It's that delicious time of the year again in Holmdel where you can enjoy authentic fresh and delicious Greek Food! You can place your order now for delicious easy drive-thru pick up!  Welcome to our On-Line Ordering Section - https://kimisisgreekfest.square.site/s/order scroll down and ...

You Can Extend your Enjoyment of Nutritious Pumpkins

October 26, 2020

Pumpkin is not just for dessert.  Consider using this low calorie, flavorful vegetable, botanically classified as a fruit, in any of the courses of your fall or holiday meals.

The beta carotene that gives pumpkin its orange color is an important antioxidant.  Increasing the beta carotenes in your diet can reduce the risk of developing some cancers and provide protection against heart ...

This NJ family grows ‘giant’ 850-pound pumpkin to compete in multi-state competition

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence resident Doug Pilley, along with his brother John and son Knevin, grew a “giant pumpkin” in their backyard, estimated to be around 850 pounds, to enter into a multi-state annual weighted competition in Ridgefield, CT. 

This year's pumpkin was the family's largest, it was not their first time attempting to grow a ‘giant ...

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Colts Neck Business Association's 11th Annual Pig Roast, a Fun Community Event

October 22, 2020

COLTS NECK, NJ: Wednesday, evening, October 14th, Colts Neck Business Association (CNBA) celebrated their 11th Annual Pig Roast, at Pebble Creek Golf Club. The weather was perfect for a semi-outside event and guests enjoyed a menu of pork, BBQ and sides for all to enjoy.

The event offered great business networking with guests from all over Monmouth County. There was live ...

Colts Neck Community Church Welcomes Fall With Annual Harvest Fest🍁

Above photo: Ron Brooks wows the large crowd with singing The National Anthem, Pastor Chris Durkin is appreciating the patriotic moment. 🇺🇸

COLTS NECK, NJ: On Saturday, October 18th, nearly 500 members of the local community gathered together for the Annual Colts Neck Community Church Great Harvest Festival. It was a patriotic and faith filled community event for all to enjoy! The warm ...

Has The Coronavirus Changed?

October 28, 2020

Three weeks ago we were seeing a rise in Corona cases and the alarm bell was sounded. Of course I’m not in the prediction business and do not know what’s in store the next several months, but so far so good.

Local hospital officials tell me, “Just a few cases and no one in the ICU.”  While our offices have seen a few cases we have not seen the high fevers, ...

In-Home Senior Care in Shrewsbury by Comfort Keepers. When the Best Care is What You Need.

October 29, 2020

As a leading provider of in-home care and at home senior care services, our expert caregivers provide customized care plans crafted to clients' individual recovery needs and daily living requirements throughout Central New Jersey. Our services focus on elevating the human spirit with meaningful companion care while keeping clients safe at home. 

At Comfort ...

COVID-19 puts more children at risk of exploitation Smith’s historic anti-trafficking victims law marks 20th year

October 29, 2020

NEW JERSEY: October 28th marks 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000—the comprehensive, historic law authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) to aggressively combat sex and labor trafficking both within the United States and around the world.

  The TVPA created a new, well-funded whole-of-government domestic and international ...

Scharfenberger: Financial Disaster Looms for New Jersey’s Small Businesses

Middletown, N.J. –Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (R-Monmouth) is calling on Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature to put a hold on minimum wage increases scheduled to take place in the coming months as small businesses teeter on the brink of financial ruin due to COVID-19 and subsequent, continual restrictions:

“With the New Jersey economy in a tailspin, and the ...

Clerk Hanlon Advises of Mail-In Ballot Deadlines and Extended Hours for County Election Offices

FREEHOLD, NJ —Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is advising Monmouth County voters of the deadlines for obtaining a reissued General Election mail-in ballot, and announcing the extended hours of the County Clerk’s Election Office and County Board of Elections Office ahead of Election Day, November 3.

Voters who have misplaced, damaged or have not yet received their ...

Obituaries

Sep 18, 1921 - Oct 1, 2020
Lucretia Caruana, 99, of Middletown passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020 at home surrounded by ...
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Dec 17, 1926 - Sep 28, 2020
Margaret C. Imbeninato, Margie, 94, of Tinton Falls, passed away peacefully Monday, September 28, ...
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Dec 1, 1926 - Sep 28, 2020
Arthur R. Senopole, 93, of Colts Neck, passed away early Monday, September 28th at Bayshore ...
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Aug 11, 1949 - Sep 12, 2020
Lynne Bransfield nee Kirkham, 71, of Holmdel, NJ, died peacefully in her home on Friday, September ...
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Feb 12, 1934 - Sep 7, 2020
Marie E. Greasheimer, 86 of Lincroft, died peacefully at home on Monday, September 7, 2020 She ...
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Dec 28, 1934 - Aug 14, 2020
John J. McLaughlin, 85, of Middletown, formerly of Rumson, passed away on Friday, August ...
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