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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 and First Lady Cancel Events, Enter Coronavirus Self-Quarantine

October 22, 2020

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 ...

Murphy Signs Executive Order Extending Utility Shutoff Moratorium Through March 15, 2021

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his COVID press briefing on Thursday that he has signed Executive Order No. 190, extending a moratorium that prevents New Jersey residents from having their utilities disconnected through March 15, 2021.

The moratorium applies to all residential gas, electric and water utilities, both public and private. The EO also requires that all ...

New Jersey Updates Travel Advisory to Include 38 'Hotspot' States, Territories

NEW JERSEY — Residents are advised to quarantine if they're returning to New Jersey from 38 states or territories - a new high for that total since the state began issuing the list back in June.

Regardless of the mode of transportation - bus, airplane, train, car, etc. - travelers from the "hotspot" areas are recommended to get tested and observe a ...

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

October 4, 2020

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 ...


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, 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 ...

Why I Walk To End Alzheimer's - Judy Salem

The Alzheimer's Association Greater New Jersey Chapter is spotlighting people who make a difference in the fight to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia, by participating in the upcoming 2020 Walk To End Alzheimer’s (WTEA) — the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Today we say thank you to Judy Salem for ...

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 ...

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

October 23, 2020

 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 

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 ...

Give Local: Breast Intentions provides crisis intervention for local women battling breast cancer

MONMOUTH COUNTY: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! There is a local nonprofit organization named Breast Intentions® that provides crisis intervention for women who are facing financial hardship as they battle breast cancer. 

Additionally, through the Breast Intentions Pink Pact™ Initiative, it is the goal of Breast Intentions to educate young women about breast ...

👻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 ...

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

October 22, 2020

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 ...

$14M in New Covid-Relief Funds to Help NJ Residents Get Back to Work Available

BLACKWOOD, NJ — Over 1.6 million people in New Jersey have filed for unemployment benefits since mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic began to ravage the state.

Looking to help individuals out of work, as well as employers unable to hire more people due to the financial impact of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy announced $14 million of new workforce development funds ...

What happens after a disaster that leads to taxpayer relief

No matter how devastating a disaster is, before the IRS can authorize any tax relief, FEMA must issue a major disaster declaration and identify areas qualifying for their Individual Assistance program.

Here's a list of tax-related things that usually happen after a major disaster strikes that needs to be considered:

The IRS gives taxpayers more time to file and pay.
Taxpayers whose ...

Landlords’ troubles deepen as state evictions ban protects nonpaying tenants

September 28, 2020

Some renters are forced out anyway by owners desperate for income in pandemic.

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

In New Jersey’s pandemic-driven apartment housing crisis, there are no winners.

Tenants, unable to ...

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 ...

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

October 21, 2020

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.


Pedestrian struck, killed by train near Hazlet station

HAZLET, NJ - Authorities were called to the area around  641 Holmdel Road early Thursday morning after a report that a pedestrian was struck and killed by a train about 1 mile south of the Hazlet train station. A helicopter was heard overhead by local residents. All trains were stopped per the North Jersey Coast Line dispatcher at the time. Traffic backups continued as of ...

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

October 20, 2020

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.

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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

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

Try These Mood-boosting Foods

As we head into fall, the days are becoming shorter and the weather is turning cooler. When seasons change, our moods can swing with them—bringing feelings of fatigue, sadness and even depression. While we can’t control how long the sun hangs in the sky, we can determine which foods to eat that can give us a great source of energy. Stock up on these foods to give your mood a ...

World Mental Health Day: NJ Psychologist Discusses Resources to Help Cope with the Pandemic

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Clinical Psychologist Meryl Dorf, to help those having difficulty handling the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic. With October 10th being World Mental Health Day, we look to Dorf to provide guidance for navigating the uncertainty a crisis like this can bring. 

“It’s an ingredient of a stressful situation and when it becomes bad, it ...

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 ...

Webinar: Build a Successful Business by Owning a TAPInto Local News Site

Do you want to be your own boss?  Do you want to create financial independence while leaving a lasting legacy?  Are you a community leader?

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: 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 1 p.m.  Click ...

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 - scroll down and ...

Plant Trees Now for Decades of Shade and Beauty

September 28, 2020

Cooler temperatures and warm soil make fall a great time to add trees to your landscape. Make the most of this investment of money and time and give your tree its best chance at survival with proper planting and care.

Select a tree suited to the growing conditions, your landscape design and available space. Make sure it tolerates the sunlight, soil and temperature extremes. Check the tag for ...

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 ...

Colts Neck Polo Match: Successful Sold-Out American Event

​​​​​COLTS NECK, NJ: The celebration of community and country was evident as guests entered the driveway at Bucks Mill Community Park on Sunday, September 13, and were welcomed with American Flags waving proud, lining both sides of the roadway. 

The Colts Neck Business Association (CNBA) hosted their First Annual Polo Classic, and it was a sold-out 500 guest, Americana success! Ticket ...

Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

October 24, 2020

We are very pleased that on October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Treasurer’s office extended the Senior Freeze filing deadline from November 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  This is a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The Treasurer’s ...

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 ...

Long Branch Man sentenced to 35 years for fatally stabbing 16 year old Girl  

October 23, 2020

FREEHOLD – The ex-boyfriend of 16-year-old Madison Wells was sentenced to 35 years in prison for fatally stabbing her in Long Branch and trying to escape from police custody, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

On Friday October 23, 2020, the Honorable Marc C. Lemieux, J.S.C. sentenced Cordero-Castro to 30 years in prison for Aggravated Manslaughter, subject ...

County Clerk Hanlon Launches County-Maintained Ballot Tracking Notification System

Software Launched to Ease Voter Concerns, in Partnership with Board of Elections

FREEHOLD, NJ — Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, in partnership with the Monmouth County Board of Elections, is launching a supplemental system to help voters know when their ballots have been received by the County Board of Elections for counting.

The ballot tracking system — ...

Meridian Health Foundation Hosting Circle of Compassion Virtual Celebration on November 19

Gifts to the virtual event will be 100 percent tax-deductible and will benefit the Hackensack Meridian Health Circle of Compassion program.

Edison, NJ – October 19, 2020 – In lieu of its annual gala, Hackensack Meridian - Meridian Health Foundation will host a virtual program to raise funds for the Hackensack Meridian Health Circle of Compassion program, which ...


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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