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Indoor Sports Back in Action, Clearing Way for Start of High School Winter Season

January 3, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — After a forced time-out of nearly one month, indoor sports in New Jersey returned this weekend, clearing the way for the start of the high school sports winter season.

Since Gov. Phil Murphy did not extend his December 5 ban placed on organized indoor sports — practices and competitions for youths and adults — these activities resumed on January 2 but with ...

New Jersey High School Sports Winter Season May Resume on Jan. 2: Murphy

TRENTON, NJ -- In a highly anticipated announcement , Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday at his COVID-19 press briefing that Indoor sports may resume on Saturday, January 2, 2021, with safety protocols in place. However, the regional suspension of interstate youth hockey competitions will continue through at least January 31.

NJSIAA, the governing body for high school sports in the state, ...

Great Gift: Swing Loose Indoor Golf Offers World's Most Realistic and Reliable Golf Simulator

Last minute gifts to buy? You can relax! The perfect gift is so easy to click and reserve! Swing Loose Indoor Golf in Holmdel's Bell Works offers a great golfing experience for all ages!  To Get Your Best gift ever. Go to to buy now for the ones you love. An indoor golf experience leveraging today’s cutting-edge golf simulation technology ...

Smokers Deemed Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine in Stage 1B Rollout

January 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and the NJ Department of Health are taking heat for putting smokers in the 1B category for people registering to receive the coronavirus vaccine. 

On Wednesday, the governor announced that all residents over age 65, not just those in long-term care facilities, would be the next in line to get the vaccine, along with people who have conditions that ...

NJ Using Honor System at COVID-19 Vaccine Sites Meant to Prioritize Frontline Workers

NEW JERSEY — Be sure to remember scout’s honor when seeking a COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey.

Roughly 300 locations, including as many as six mega-sites, will rely on the honesty and goodwill of residents in its mission to vaccinate the 1A priority group: frontline healthcare workers, law enforcement and firefighters.

“We are trusting the integrity of all of ...

See if you are Eligible to Pre-Register for your COVID-19 Vaccine.  

NEW JERSEY: Governor Murphy announced last week that the website to pre-register for the vaccine is live. The response was so big that the site could not handle the heavy traffic at first, but was soon after working great again! The system allows individuals who are immediately eligible based on screening questions to schedule an appointment. 

If you are interested ...

Safe Spaces: Low infection rates keep schools open in Holmdel

January 15, 2021

HOLMDEL, NJ - Holmdel schools - fully open to in-school education 5 days a week -  are sharing data with parents and the community to provide a clear picture of positive COVID-19 cases in the schools. Nearly half of the positive cases are already virtual. Of the approximate student body of 3000, about 1% became positive for COVID-19 as of January 12th, 2021.

According to ...

Teachers, HS Seniors Will Not Be Evaluated the Same in New Jersey this year.

NEW JERSEY — A new executive order will mean sweeping changes for the way teachers and students are evaluated for the 2020-2021 school year.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who has long said this isn’t a normal school year due to COVID-19, announced the changes during a Monday press conference on pandemic updates.

As part of the order, high school seniors won’t have to pass an exit ...

Brookdale Community College Partners with the University of Delaware

Lincroft, NJ – Brookdale Community College recently signed a new partnership agreement with the University of Delaware (UD). This new articulation agreement allows for Brookdale Human Services, Pre-Social Work Associate Degree graduates, with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher to be automatically accepted into the baccalaureate program at UD. Brookdale graduates will be accepted as ...

Middletown Township Board of Ed. Welcomes New Leadership, 3 new members. Board President Joan Minnues, Newcomer Frank Capone Vice President.

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: Middletown Township community members got to witness the arrival of new members and leadership to the Middletown Township Board of Education (MTBOE), as well as announcements of changes to how the Board meetings will operate, during the Board’s Jan. 5th meeting held virtually on Zoom.

The meeting, which the MTBOE livestreamed on Facebook rather than YouTube due to ...

Longtime Middletown Matriarch Marie Conti Passes Away at 97

January 14, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, NJ -- Perhaps it was Marie Conti’s childhood growing up in Atlantic City’s heyday during the roaring 20s that gave her that sparkle all of her life.  Perhaps it was her love of the Jersey Shore beaches that made her a breath of fresh air in every room. Perhaps it was growing up in a large family that made her love hers so much as it continues to grow.

Marie ...

Middletown's Poricy Park Offers Outside Fun for Everyone.

January 14, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: Looking for some fun science to do outdoors? Poricy Park is offering small group programs! Families can book these instructor-led programs for themselves and their friends. Programs are 90 minutes in length, and include a hands-on science experiment, guided outdoor activity, and something to take home. There is a limit of 15 children and up to 5 adults allowed; not a drop-off ...

Road Trip Memoir by Local Author Promotes Time with Teens, Country

BELMAR, NJ — When Belmar author Merry Brennan first got serious about a family road trip to 20 national parks, a few friends called her crazy. How could she stay cooped up in a car or campsite with a trio of teens? At the mercy of their adolescent moods? For a whole summer?

After she told them she wanted to ditch the devices, or at least keep use to a minimum, they knew she really lost ...

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Announces Registration for Outdoor Day Camp

Getting a Jump on Summer 2021

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ  – It may be winter, but many working parents are already thinking about child care arrangements and activities for their children in summer 2021. Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore is pleased to announce that online registration is open for outdoor summer camp adventures June 21 to August 20 at Camp Sacajawea in ...

With Roots in Holmdel: Altrui Foundation Receives $3000 Donation From Aurobindo Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

January 12, 2021

     Altrui Foundation with roots going back to Holmdel High School student founders, started 2021 with a generous donation from Aurobindo Pharmaceuticals USA  Inc., setting a solid foundation and high hopes for the Foundation’s upcoming endeavors in the new year. 

    On Tuesday, January 4, 2021, Co-Founders Shreya Kavuru, Rahul Kavuru, and ...

Atria Tinton Falls and Comfort Keepers In Home Care Holiday Drive Collects Over 200 Toys for Tots!

MONMOUTH, NJ: December 16th brought the first snowstorm of the season, but that did not slow down Atria of Tinton Falls and Comfort Keepers In Home Care to proudly host the Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive!  The show went on!  Community members, friends and business associates braved the storm and delivered BIG! The season of giving was just that and 200+ smiles on children's ...

Middletown School District Food Provider Whitsons with Farmers to Families Provides 500 Generous Boxes of Food, Supports Middletown Helps Its Own and LunchBreak.

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: During the pandemic we have seen the good shine through as giving back in many ways continues. In Monmouth County, 20% – 27% of households earn less than $35,000 annually, and the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment at $1,500 or more a month. One in every four families must pay half of their income or more just for housing. This leads to a balancing ...

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Maggie O'Brien: The Business Maestra of the Middletown Arts Center Delivers High Notes During Pandemic Challenges.

January 6, 2021

The Middletown Arts Center is Back! Check out the Winter Session of IN-PERSON classes: Theater, Dance, Art, Music and more! Click here.  

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Rockit Academy, Voted New Jersey's #1 program for aspiring young musicians, hosts auditions for 2021 winter session. All instruments and levels of experience welcome!

2021 Winter Session Auditions for Rockit Academy held on Brookdale Community College Campus. 

Rockit Academy, New Jersey's #1 program for aspiring young musicians, is holding auditions for its 2021 winter session. We welcome all instruments and levels of experience.

Congresswoman Calls for Arlington Cemetery Burial for Officer Brian Sicknick

January 11, 2021

SOUTH RIVER, NJ -- Congresswoman U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, who represents Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, has contacted senior military leaders to request that U.S. Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The 42-year-old South River, NJ, native was killed during the siege on the Capitol Building on Wednesday, Jan. 6, when a pro-Trump mob ...

Treasury issues millions of second Economic Impact Payments by debit card

WASHINGTON – Starting this week, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are sending approximately 8 million second Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) by prepaid debit card.

These EIP Cards follow the millions of payments already made by direct deposit and the ongoing mailing of paper checks that are delivering the second round of Economic Impact Payments as rapidly as ...

Middletown Reorganizes: Mayor Tony Perry and Deputy Mayor Rick Hibell at the Helm

Committeewoman Pat Snell, surrounded by family members, is sworn into her second three-year term as Committeewoman. Tony Fiore, who retired from the Middletown Township Committee, administered Snell's oath of office. 
MIDDLETOWN, NJ: Middletown Township reorganized on Sunday morning, January 3, virtually via Webex Event Center. The community was invited to join in what ...

Movin' Out: New Jersey Tops List of States with 70% Outbound Moves

January 6, 2021

NEW JERSEY – United Van Lines has released the company’s 44th Annual National Migration Study, revealing in 2020, Americans continued to move westbound and southbound – and the COVID-19 pandemic factored into and accelerated many of those decisions to move.

According to the study, which tracks the company’s exclusive data for customers’ 2020 ...

'Jacked' Up: Law Partner Doug Steinhardt Quits Governor's Race Due to 'Professional Obligations'

January 12, 2021

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NEW JERSEY - If New Jersey residents were not justifiably distracted with a deadly assault on the Capitol of the United States of America, they may have noticed the implosion of a top candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of the State of New Jersey, Doug Steinhardt.

A month after he jumped into the race as the only candidate ...

"A Good Man and a Good Friend"; Governor Murphy Defends Controversial Redistricting Commission pick Gary Taffet

TRENTON, NJ - Sometimes the questions go off COVID-19 and onto politics for the Middletown, NJ based Governor Murphy. With a near daily schedule of COVID-19 briefings however, he tries to allow a robust question and answer period.

During the COVID-19 briefing question and answer period on Monday, December 28th, Murphy was asked about big changes due to the 10-year census and ...

2021 Middletown Fire and EMS Chiefs Sworn In.

January 11, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: On Sunday, January 3rd, Township Committee members showed their support for Fire and EMS Chiefs, as Mayor Perry had the privilege of swearing them in for 2021. The event was held at Brevent Park Fire Company in Leonardo. 

The Township of Middletown is the 16th largest municipality in NJ, with 11 fire companies and one department.

Congratulations went out ...

Murphy Orders U.S. and NJ Flags to Be Flown at Half-Staff on Jan 11, in Honor of Officer Brian Sicknick

NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that all U.S. and New Jersey flags be flown at half-staff on Monday, Jan 11, 2021, in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick of South River, who died following injuries sustained while defending the U.S. Capitol when it was under siege on Jan. 6.

In a statement, Murphy said: 

“United States Capitol Police Officer ...

Chapel Hill: Family Pet Lost in Middletown Home Fire

MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The devastation of a house fire reported by TAPinto Middletown on Sunday night has come into clearer focus after the Middletown Fire Department's Public Information Officer Dennis Fowler released details about the fire in the Chapel Hill section of Middletown Township. The fast moving fire at 248 Chapel Hill Road was reported by a neighbor and resulted in the MFD ...

🎉Start the New Year with Healthy Fun Routines for the Whole Family at the Y!  

January 1, 2021

The Y is here to strengthen lives. A non-profit charity, the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County has served community for over 146 years with programs that support healthy living and well-being for people of all ages, interests, and backgrounds. All are welcome and no one is turned away for the inability to pay.   

A New Year is always filled with the promise of positive change and ...

As 2021 Approaches: Details of NJ's Vaccination Program Released, List of Sites for EMS, Healthcare Workers to Receive Shots

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey has begun its program for administering the COVID-19 vaccine. The state currently has in place a two-phase plan to administer the vaccine to the general population. Stage 1A that provides vaccine access to Health Care workers and Long-Term Care residents is currently in effect as of December 15. The overall goal is to have the vaccine reach a majority of the population by ...

Gov. Murphy Announces COVID-19 Counseling Services for Health Care Workers, First-Responders

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has established two helplines offering COVID-19 crisis counseling to front-line medical workers and first-responders.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the creation of HEAL for health care workers and RISE for police, firefighters, emergency responders among others during his December 23 press briefing. "For countless front-line workers, the ...

Common Myths about COVID-19 Vaccines Explained

Clinical Contributors to this Story

Thomas Bader, M.D. contributes to topics such as Medical Quality.

With countries across the world beginning their COVID-19 vaccination process, there’s a lot of information to consider before signing up to get your first shot.

As always while making a medical decision, you should talk to your doctor about the vaccine. Your doctor should have the ...

Chabad House Invites You to a Special Evening With Rabbi Manis Friedman, Jan. 23.

January 12, 2021

Join Chabad House for a special evening with 

 World-renowned author, counselor, lecturer & philosopher  RABBI MANIS FRIEDMAN 


Saturday evening, January 23rd at 7:00 PM

Reply here by email and receive the Zoom Link

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas.

Sensing a Vast Unity 

As I stand in my own small space of the planet

reveling in the power and beauty of the heavens, 

I feel a great unity with all beings.

I know that somewhere there is a herdsman

in the Sahara Desert who is also gazing

at the stars of our common universe.

I know there is a lamb in New Zealand

romping in sunlight that also bathes my skin.

I ...

Businesses have Feb. 1 deadline to provide Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC to recipients

January 15, 2021

WASHINGTON − The Internal Revenue Service today reminded businesses and other payors that the revised Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, and the new Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation, must be furnished to most recipients by Feb. 1, 2021.

Redesigned Form 1099-MISC

The IRS revised Form 1099-MISC for the 2020 tax year to accommodate the creation of a new Form 1099-NEC. The ...

Small Businesses Can Benefit from SBA's Changes to the PPP Lending Program

NEW JERSEY -- The newly issued guidelines on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) lending overseen by the SBA and the U.S. Treasury Department will better target New Jersey's small businesses, especially those owned by minorities or located in low income areas.

The Economic Aid Act makes it possible for hard-hit businesses to get second loans from the PPP lending ...

NJ Minimum Wage Rose to $12/Hour for Most Employees on Jan. 1

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey’s minimum hourly wage rose by $1 to $12 per hour, for most employees, on January 1, 2021, per the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Increases are less if you are a small employer or operate a seasonal business, which makes $11.10, while employees who work on a farm for an hourly or piece-rate wage will see their minimum hourly wage ...

Treasury and IRS begin delivering second round of Economic Impact Payments to millions of Americans

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department began delivering a second round of Economic Impact Payments as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 to millions of Americans who received the first round of payments earlier this year.

The initial direct deposit payments may have began arriving and ...

Defunct Red Bank Financial Firm Hit with Additional Fraud Charges

December 29, 2020

RED BANK, NJ: First Standard Financial Company, LLC, of Red Bank, a now-defunct broker-dealer whose agents defrauded customers as part of an excessive trading scheme, was charged with additional actions by New Jersey Bureau of Securities in announcement today by Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

The Securities Bureau previously revoked First Standard’s broker-dealer registration after ...

Mocktails are the Key to Enjoying Dry January — Try Ginger ‘Mock-jito’ Recipe

January 12, 2021

NEW JERSEY — Every January for the past three years, Shivam Patel voluntarily trades in a beer for a bottled water at his favorite Jersey dive bar. Patel is one of many who participate in Drynuary, or Dry January, abstaining from alcohol for the entire month in an effort to be healthier.

Originating in the UK as an advocacy campaign, the wellness trend started with just 4,000 people ...

Restaurant Workers Share How You Can Help Business Survive This Winter

NEW JERSEY — Restaurant staff are up against more than the flood of holiday reservations and takeout orders this winter. A rise in New Jersey coronavirus cases and temperatures too low for most outdoor dining are creating the perfect storm in an already tough year for the state’s eateries.

We asked people in the restaurant business how patrons can help their local spots weather ...

Hazlet Native, Chef David Burke Opens "a Majestic Place" in East Brunswick

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Chef David Burke didn’t actually know anything about the town of East Brunswick when he was contacted about opening one of his restaurants in the New Jersey town. Though a New Jersey native, born and raised in Hazlet, NJ, Burke had never been to East Brunswick before, and was largely unfamiliar with Middlesex County. But where others may have seen a town where fine ...

Save Coastal Wildlife: Zoom into the Bayshore Regional Watershed Meeting This Thursday evening. 

January 13, 2021

Join your friends from Save Coastal Wildlife for a Bayshore Regional Watershed meeting this Thursday evening. 

Meeting Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Time: 7:30pm 
Location:  ZOOM Video Conferecing (it's FREE and you can joins us from the comfort and safety of your home!)  If needed, please check out ...

Middletown Recycles: Township Christmas Tree Pick-Up Begins Soon. See details.

MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP, NJ: It's that time to say goodby to the beloved tree! Pick up begins this Saturday, January 9th for the North Zone. For the South Zone pickup will be Saturday, January 16th. Trees will also be recycled if brought to the Middletown Recycling Center located at 52 Kanes Lane during regular business hours. 

Take the Survey to Return Oysters Back to the Navesink River

RED BANK, NJ: With over 2,100 acres of natural waterway, several groups have taken stewardship of the Navesink River by monitoring the water quality, pollution issues, marine habitat, and nurturing fish stocks.

It’s a bounty of beauty to behold the wildlife the Navesink supports – Ospreys, Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets and Bald Eagles just to name a few. 

And why are they ...

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Congressman Chris Smith: January 6th Remarks in the House of Representatives

January 7, 2021

​​​Remarks by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)

​​​In the House of Representatives—January 6, 2021

Madame Speaker, after rigorous analysis and much reflection, I will not oppose the counting of certified electoral votes from any state.

I share some of the concerns about election irregularities. Today’s proceedings give Congress the opportunity to raise concerns about alleged ...

Businesses have Feb. 1 deadline to provide Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC to recipients

January 15, 2021

WASHINGTON − The Internal Revenue Service today reminded businesses and other payors that the revised Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, and the new Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation, must be furnished to most recipients by Feb. 1, 2021.

Redesigned Form 1099-MISC

The IRS revised Form 1099-MISC for the 2020 tax year to accommodate the creation of a new Form 1099-NEC. The ...

Hackensack Meridian Health Foundations Recognized by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy as High Performers

January 15, 2021


Edison, NJ – January 14, 2021 – Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce that Hackensack Meridian – Meridian Health Foundation and Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation have achieved High Performer status within the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s (AHP) 2020 Report on Giving.

Hackensack Meridian ...

Last Chance to Register for Free Virtual Panel Discussion Featuring Distinguished COVID-19 Experts

TAPinto will host a panel discussion featuring distinguished COVID-19 experts on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. This virtual gathering is free for attendees, but registration is required. 

The panel, presented by Atlantic Health System and moderated by Communications Consultant Bruno Tedeschi, will feature Dr. Michelle Cholankeril, ...

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso Criticized Governor Murphy’s State of the State Address.

O’Scanlon & DiMaso: Governor Painting Nice Picture Despite Numerous Failures

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon and Asw. Serena DiMaso criticized the Governor for his unrealistic portrayal of conditions in the State. (

“The administration seems to be painting a much rosier picture of what has, and is, happening in the state right now,” said O’Scanlon ...


Oct 30, 1931 - Jan 12, 2021
Anita S. Bonfiglio, 89, Middletown, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 12th. Born and ...
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Oct 30, 1931 - Jan 12, 2021
Anita S. Bonfiglio, 89, Middletown, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 12th. Born and ...
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Oct 20, 1933 - Jan 8, 2021
Mae Frederick Jubinsky, 87, Colts Neck, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 8, 2021 ...
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Jun 6, 1940 - Jan 9, 2021
Patricia (née Howard) Morin, age 80, of Malverne, NY passed away on January 9, 2021, at Care ...
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Aug 31, 1939 - Dec 30, 2020
Elaine Everwijn DeVito, 81 of Holmdel, died at home in her sleep on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, ...
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Jan 27, 1934 - Dec 28, 2020
Victor S. Rhodes, Sr. 86 of Aberdeen passed away at Bayshore Community Hospital on Monday, Dec.
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