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Brookdale's Men's Cross Country Team Finishes 9th in the Nation!

December 1, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: The Brookdale Community College Men's Cross-Country Team finished their season 9th in the Nation. Standout freshman Theodore Purdon finished 7th in the Nation at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Championship meet held at the Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Georgia. 

"I could not have asked for a ...

'Explosive' Holmdel Girls Soccer Defeats Hanover Park, 2-0, in Group 2 Championship Game

Above Photo: Holmdel Blue Showed Up Strong in Union, NJ, to Support Holmdel High School Girls Soccer, Cheering Them on to Victory! 

UNION, NJ -- Your opponents often say it best. In the case of two teams matching up for a hard fought championship, Hanover Park acknowledged Holmdel was hard to stop.

"This is the first time we've ever been here, and the girls were ...

Register Now, Don't Shock Me Flag Football Tournament, NOV. 27, Benefits Rumson's Maddy Massabni Foundation.

RUMSON, NJ: Remembering Rumson's Maddy Massabni and raising awareness to save lives. Join the Don't Shock Me Flag Football Tournament. REGISTER HERE.

The event is November 27, 11AM-4PM, Rumson Fair Haven Turf. It's a First Responders from Rumson VS. First Responders from Fair Haven is the first game at 11AM, all other registered games follow. You can make up your own team.

Rutgers Expands Enrollment for Pfizer COVID-19 Pediatric Vaccine Trial to Children Age 6 Months to 4 Years

December 1, 2021

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers University, which serves as clinical trial site for the global Pfizer-BioNTech research study to evaluate its COVID-19 vaccine in children, is looking for participants for a third clinical trial on children age 6 months to 4 years.

The Pediatric Clinical Research Center at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick — the only ...

Kitchen Table to Classroom: Middletown Schools Discuss Sexual Education Mandates

November 20, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, NJ —  If you thought that discussions about masturbation with fifth graders and anal sex with eighth graders were off limits in school, you haven't been paying attention. That's a small part of sweeping sexual education planned for young learners in 2022 in New Jersey.

Middletown's residents were paying attention, however, and a number of residents spoke ...

Santa Paws is Comin' to Town! Have Your Fur Baby's Picture Taken With Santa at Green Leaf Pet Resort.

November 26, 2021

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ: It's that wonderful time of the year again, and time for one of Green Leaf's best annual events! Back and better than ever, it's time for pictures with Santa Paws and your pets! 
All pets are welcome! Printed Photos are 5x7, and printed or digital is available. 
All proceeds go to the Big Dog Rescue!
Green Leaf is open to the ...

Give the Gift for Seniors That Keeps on Giving: Senior Citizens Activities Network, SCAN Provides Life-Enriching Programs. Honors Community Leaders at Annual Luncheon.

November 30, 2021

MONMOUTH AND OCEAN COUNTIES: So many of us have all the material gifts we could possibly need, especially later in life. The most precious gifts are experiences, especially making memories with loved ones, and being part of an active positive community.

Sometimes the best gifts can be right in front of us and oftentimes the most affordable.

A membership with SCAN, an acronym for Senior ...

Beacon of Life Celebrates Beacon Living Resident's 100th Birthday!

Photo above: Beacon Living resident Ann (also called Bunny by friends and family) is celebrated and honored for her 100th birthday. Pictured here with Beacon of Life team members. 

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ: One-hundredth birthday celebrations can be rare, but it seems that enjoying longevity and active living, is often the case at Beacon of Life, located at 1075 Stephenson ...

NJ Zoo Features Traditional Chinese Lantern and Animal Holiday Light Show

December 4, 2021

PARAMUS, NJ - The Bergen County Zoo at Van Saun County Park is hosting a "Holiday Lantern Spectacular," and spectacular it is!

The display, called "Let It Glow!", is a holiday light show sponsored by the Friends of the Bergen County Zoo in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc., and features traditional Chinese lanterns with a modern twist, including dozens ...

Middletown: Goldfish Swim School Parents Tell All, Testimonials From Goldfish Swim School Families

December 4, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: The swim and water safety experts at Goldfish Swim School Middletown have been providing swim instruction to Monmouth County families for over 5 years. Swim lessons provide essential skills and confidence that last a lifetime. Kids learn safety skills while having fun, making friends, building confidence and learning life lessons. Everyone loves Goldfish’s fun, tropical ...

A Few Tips for this Holiday Shopping Season

 As Thanksgiving passes, and Jingle Bells starts playing on the radio, the holiday shopping season is upon us.

A recent WalletHub study dove into the tendencies of holiday shopping:

Macy’s, JCPenney, and Belk are 2021’s Best Places to Shop on Black Friday, offering an average discount of at least 56.7%.
Around 11% of items at major retailers will be more expensive ...

A Mom and Her Special Needs Son Find Inclusion and Inspiration through Music

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ — “Differently Abled, Musically Inspired: A Teen’s Journey to Inclusion and Resilience” is the title of a special needs family’s story to be shared on Thursday, November 18 at the Belmar Public Library.

Natalie Hiott-Levine and 20-year-old son Zachary will discuss how perseverance, coping and resilience were instrumental in Zach’s musical ...

Give the Gift of Goldfish! Swim Lessons are a Gift that Last a Lifetime!

This holiday season, many families are planning to shop local and give the gift of meaningful experiences. Keep up your kids’ swim skills all year long or give a gift that will last a lifetime by skipping the usual presents and giving the Golden Experience! 

Swim lessons provide essential skills and confidence that last a lifetime. Kids learn safety skills while having fun, making ...

Gift a Toy to a Local Child In-Need: IMA Urgent Care and Primary Care Collecting New Toys for Middletown Helps Its Own.

December 3, 2021

“As long as there are people in Middletown who need help…and people and organizations in Middletown who are willing to help, Middletown Helps Its Own will be there to help."  An excerpt from Middletown Helps Its Own.

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ: IMA Urgent Care and Primary Care is now hosting a toy drive for Middletown Helps Its Own. The collection runs from ...

Help the Family of Holmdel Native Chen-Chuen Hu, as he Battles Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

His current condition is very serious. He has been battling at Temple University Hospital in the ICU/Burn Unit for 4 days now. 40-50% of his skin has been damaged. He will undergo surgery soon to mitigate the effects.

HOLMDEL, NJ: The town of Holmdel comes together when a family needs support. Now is the time.

Friends of Chen-Chuen Hu are asking for the community's ...

Giving Tuesday: Give to the Charity that Gives to so Many Locally, Give to the Monmouth Park Charity Fund.

#Giving Tuesday IMPACT with a donation
Today marks the annual Global Call to Action known as Giving Tuesday where people all around the world come together through acts of generosity to create positive impact in the lives of others. Monmouth Park Charity Fund (MPCF) invites YOU to join us in our movement, and mission, as we make a difference in the lives of thousands in our communities ...

Back YOUR MAC Middletown! Give Back to The Middletown Arts Center

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: Save the Date to support your Middletown Arts Center on or before Giving Tuesday! GIVE TODAY
This November 30th, we join together for Giving Tuesday, a global initiative that inspires generosity and celebrates the missions of organizations like the MAC. Will you join us Tuesday in continuing our efforts to enrich the community through arts programming, education, ...

NJ Zoo Features Traditional Chinese Lantern and Animal Holiday Light Show

December 4, 2021

PARAMUS, NJ - The Bergen County Zoo at Van Saun County Park is hosting a "Holiday Lantern Spectacular," and spectacular it is!

The display, called "Let It Glow!", is a holiday light show sponsored by the Friends of the Bergen County Zoo in partnership with Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc., and features traditional Chinese lanterns with a modern twist, including dozens ...

Don't Miss Saving Santa at Holmdel's Escapology in Bell Works! Hurry and book today, this one sells out quick!

HOLMDEL, NJ: Escapology is an international tourist destination specializing in world-leading Live Escape Games right here in our community! Reserve your holiday escape now! Saving Santa is NOW OPEN! Hurry and book early, this one sells out quick! Come see why everyone loves Escapology! Located in Bell Works at 101 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel. 

Explore all the Escapology Games ...

SCAM ALERT: Holidays are here, tax season approaches, watch out for scams and know these tips for protecting financial information.

November 30, 2021

IRS YouTube Video:

Security Measures Protect Against Tax-Related Identity Theft - English

WASHINGTON — Kicking off a special week, the Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit partners today warned taxpayers and tax professionals to beware of a dangerous combination of events that can increase their exposure to tax scams or identity theft.

The combination of the holiday ...

Safer Measures: Monmouth County holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for New Courthouse Entrance.

FREEHOLD, NJ – Ahead of the projected winter 2022 target date, Monmouth County officials recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completed construction of the West Wing Security Vestibule portion of the Monmouth County Courthouse Improvement Project.

The approximately 3,400 square-foot addition was designed to blend into the existing architecture and character ...

Holmdel resident proposes partnering to save Potter's Farm, a Holmdel and Middletown gateway

HOLMDEL, NJ - The Holmdel Township Committee met for their regular meeting on Tuesday, November 23rd. During the meeting a local resident who lives in Country Woods, Eugenia Samardin, read a proposed resolution into the record in regard to partnering with the new owner of Potter's Farm; United Methodists. Samardin requested that Holmdel, Middletown and the owner meet to discuss ...

Finally, the votes are official, check out who officially won the election in Middletown

November 17, 2021

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ: In the longest wait time for the final countywide official voting results, the votes are finally official. The voting count is managed  by the Monmouth County Board of Elections. You can click here to find out all the official results for the November 2, 2021 election. What was once voting day results are now voting season results, as the official votes were finally ...

Juvenile Fatally Struck by NJ Transit Train in Red Bank.

December 5, 2021

RED BANK, NJ: NJ Transit reported that a male juvenile was struck and killed by a train near Drs. James Parker Blvd., and Maple Ave., about three quarters of a mile south of the Red Bank train station at approximately 1:30 am on Saturday. 

The train was en route from the Meadows Maintenance Complex in Kearny to Long Branch and consisted of two engines with no passenger cars, ...

Son Publicly Thanks Firefighters, First Responders, Community: Fire Rages at Holmdel Residence Monday Morning.

HOLMDEL, NJ: There was a fire Monday morning at a home on Hillcrest Road in Holmdel.  It was initially reported around 7:30 a.m., as a working fire with heavy smoke exiting the rear of a single family home. Holmdel Fire Department was on the scene at that time. A request for extra back-up for more manpower followed quickly. Many neighboring towns assisted with their fire ...

Fifty-three Firefighters Rush to Middletown Thanksgiving Day House Fire, Residents Evacuated Safely.

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At 5:50 a.m. Thursday, November 25, 2021 the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to working a structure fire at 120 Ocean Avenue, North Middletown section of Middletown Township. Upon 5:55a.m. arrival Second Assistant Chief William Kane working structure fire with heavy fire showing from the dwelling and that all residents had evacuated the ...

First Omicron Variant Case Confirmed in New Jersey

December 4, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced the State Department of Health has confirmed a case of the Omicron variant in a traveler to the state.  The person has been identified by the state as an adult female, who is a fully-vaccinated resident from Georgia, and had recently traveled to South Africa.

She tested positive on November 28 ...

NJ Medical Director Named EMS Physician of the Year

NEW JERSEY:  Dr. Matthew Letizia, DO, FACOEP of Trinitas Regional Medical Center was recently named the nation’s EMS Physician of the Year for his commitment to the health and well-being of the City of Elizabeth, as the Medical Director for the City of Elizabeth Police, Fire and EMS.

Each year, the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) presents special awards ...

Bell Works Holmdel: Somerset Development Celebrates Ground Breaking, Flexible Workspace Campus Coming Soon.

December 1, 2021

Set to open soon, in Q1 2022, the workspaces at Campus will provide the option for teams to easily return to an office environment, sized to their current needs, and maintain a physical location amidst a thriving community.

HOLMDEL, N.J. Bell Works is calling it their "official groundbreaking" of Campus. It's not your typical "shovel in the ground" groundbreaking...

NOV. 16, Holmdel Chamber Mtg. at Bell Works Features Jennifer Vieth, Founder of She Runs, Dawn Massabni, Founder of Maddy Massabni Foundation for Toxic Shock Awareness.

HOLMDEL, NJ: All are welcome to Bell Works on Tuesday, November 16, 9AM-10AM, for the Holmdel Chamber Meeting and Video PodCast. Join this wonderful in-person networking, and video podcast featuring Founder of She Runs, Jennifer Vieth. She Runs is a dynamic women's fitness movement in Monmouth County bringing hundreds together regularly, to improve overall physical fitness and ...

Hello Sink Spinner, Goodbye Mess: Middletown Father and Son Realize Entrepreneur Dream With Help From Brookdale Small Business Development Center.

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: What is now a new useful product on the market, all started with a 3rd grade science project for Hayden Alintoff.  Everyone is familiar with the messy sink left behind after routine brushing of one's teeth. Well, Hayden and his father Bryan didn't just complain about the messy sink, they decided to invent a product that would actually make cleaning that ...

Holiday Shopping in Middletown: Nearly 100 Vendors Today, Sunday, Nov. 7, Middletown Arts Center.

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: It's a shop until you drop opportunity at the Middletown Arts Center today, Sunday, Nov. 7th. Use that extra hour of sleep from setting the clocks back to fuel your energy for shopping from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at The Middletown Arts Center, located near the Middletown Train Station at 36 Church Street in Middletown. Parking is free across the street. This event is free ...

Guns for Cash: Two Monmouth County Gun Buybacks Collect Nearly 600 Firearms, including 5 Assault Weapons .

November 26, 2021

FREEHOLD – According to Acting Monmouth County Prosector, Lori Linskey, a combined total of nearly 600 firearms (594 to be exact), were collected for destruction as the result of two separate gun buybacks hosted by the Prosecutor’s Office and partner agencies, since last month.

The most recent buyback was held in Freehold on November 20, at the Bethel AME Church, and ...

Date Night: Celebrate Hanukkah With Some of NJ’s Best Doughnuts

November 29, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Whether you personally celebrate Hanukkah or have friends who do, there are a lot of takeaways from this well-known yet not major Jewish holiday. Much like an action film of today, Hanukkah features conflict between the Maccabees and the Seleucids, a sacred temple as a backdrop and of course a supply chain ...

Thanksgiving Recipe: Easy Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce

NEW JERSEY — Cranberries, those tart little red fruits that are such an integral part of Thanksgiving dinners, are grown right here in the Garden State.

If you've ever seen a cranberry bog, you might think that the berries grow in water. Actually, cranberries grow on dry land, but their fields are flooded for harvesting. The fruit floats to the top because they contain ...

Spruce Up Your Holiday with an Indoor Evergreen, You Can Keep Decorating Throughout the Year.

December 2, 2021

Add a small-scale living evergreen to your holiday celebrations. Consider one that is suitable for growing indoors, so you can enjoy it throughout the year.

The Lemon cypress makes a great miniature holiday tree, centerpiece or gift for a friend. The fragrant chartreuse foliage of this dwarf evergreen continues to brighten your winter décor long after the holidays are over. You can find ...

How to Keep Gardening After First Fall Frost in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN, NJ - There is nothing worse than frost in the forecast and a garden full of vegetables not quite ready for picking. Use some simple strategies to extend the growing season and keep enjoying garden-fresh vegetables.

Fortunately, some vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and brussels sprouts tolerate frost and even taste better after a slight chill. Most of these can ...

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NJ TRANSIT’s Renaissance Plans Focus on a Decade of Enhancements

NEW JERSEY – The state’s most extensive transit system recently laid out plans for a massive transformation intended to make it tops as far as reliability and efficiency.

According to NJ TRANSIT President and CEO Kevin Corbett, President, the company intends to make up for lost time and has already begun the process. Strategic plans made through 2030 bring a promise of increased ...

Reserve Now, Dec. 4, Middletown Arts Center to Host Gingerbread Party for Children, Giving Parents a Time-Out.

December 2, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: Known for making so many great childhood memories, the Middletown Arts Center (MAC) is hosting a Gingerbreak Party for ages 3 and up. This drop-off the kids event is for FOUR festive hours of fun at Club MAC's Gingerbread Party. This gives parents a great opportunity to grab a meal together, or get holiday check-lists done, while your child is having a safe and great ...

Get Your Selfie With the Saxum Elfie

RED BANK, NJ:  Downtown Red Bank is always enjoyable, full of great restaurants and shops. Red Bank is especially magical during the holiday season. On November 26th, #TheSaxumElf took up residency on the roof of Front and Broad (2-10 Broad Street) in Red Bank, NJ.

From this vantage point, he is able to see the whole of downtown Red Bank and watch the community swell with ...

Middletown: Outdoor Christmas Market at Saint Mary's, Dec. 4th.

MIDDLETOWN, NJ:  Get your Christmas Gift List Ready! Join the Parish of Saint Mary's for their First Annual Outdoor Christmas Market. The event is on December 4, from 9am-4:30pm, all are welcome! The address is Saint Mary, Mother of God Church, 19 Cherry Tree Farm Road, Middletown Township, NJ 07748

The Market will feature craft artisans, unique vendors, and food trucks. This ...

GATSBY BASH: Community Affairs Resource Center Honors Outstanding Community Members at 10th Annual Gala

October 24, 2021

photo credit: Eduardo Callirgos

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ: Community Affairs and Resource Center (CARC), a nonprofit social service organization, headquartered in Monmouth County, hosted a Gatsby Bash fundraiser. The event honored the following individuals for their outstanding community service:

Leadership in Healthcare Award: Dr. Michael (Mike) James, Growth & ...

Happy Holidays from Commissioner Director, Tom Arnone

December 2, 2021

Dear Monmouth County Residents,

I hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving with their families! I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.

Speaking of the holiday season, I want to remind everyone to shop and dine local. I was happy to support some of our local small businesses over the past weekend, in honor of Small Business Saturday. Small businesses account for more ...

Juvenile Fatally Struck by NJ Transit Train in Red Bank.

December 5, 2021

RED BANK, NJ: NJ Transit reported that a male juvenile was struck and killed by a train near Drs. James Parker Blvd., and Maple Ave., about three quarters of a mile south of the Red Bank train station at approximately 1:30 am on Saturday. 

The train was en route from the Meadows Maintenance Complex in Kearny to Long Branch and consisted of two engines with no passenger cars, ...

2022 TAPinto Advertising Policies for Primary Election Candidates

December 2, 2021

TAPinto is a great way to advertise your campaign. The following are marketing options available to all candidates for the 2022 Primary Election.  To discuss marketing on TAPinto, please contact your local TAPinto site owner/publisher, click here. 

Site Advertising:

Leaderboard (728 x 90 pixels desktop, 300 x 50 pixels mobile):  $600 per month or $250 per week per ...

Helping Community Nonprofit Recover from Pandemic: Area Business Celebrates 4th Anniversary with Generous Gift to the Bridge of Books Foundation

RED BANK, NJ (Nov. 22, 2021) - At a time of year when celebrations are resuming and business and community leaders look forward to putting the pandemic behind us, a boutique public relations firm in New Jersey is committed to giving back to the community it serves. 

Andrea Plaza, LLC, was founded four years ago by public relations ...

Preferred Behavioral Health Group announces Dr. Alcera as Chief Medical Officer

Preferred Behavioral Health Group (PBHG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Eric Alcera as Chief Medical Officer as part of a shared resources agreement with Hackensack Meridian Health.  Dr. Alcera will continue to serve as Chair of Psychiatry at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank and Medical Director of Behavioral Health Care Transformation Services for the health care ...

Obituaries

Aug 26, 1938 - Nov 25, 2021
Kathleen Ann Gallagher née Duggan, 83, of Aberdeen, passed away Thursday night surrounded by ...
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Jan 18, 1936 - Nov 18, 2021
Irene Vastardis, 85, of Holmdel, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Her ...
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Aug 12, 1934 - Nov 16, 2021
Susie Mazonis, 87 of Keyport died on Monday, Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel. She was born ...
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Apr 23, 1930 - Nov 15, 2021
Ralph N. Battista, 91, of Colts Neck, passed away late Monday night (surrounded by his ...
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Oct 3, 1931 - Nov 12, 2021
Rachel Ann Allocco, 90, of Holmdel, passed away late Friday night. Rachel was born in Matawan ...
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Ann E. Swift passed away at home on November 8th after a long battle with Progressive Supranuclear ...
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