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New Mask Mandate Today in Middletown: Child Care Workers Must Be Vaccinated or Tested Weekly; Indoor Masks a Must for Kids 2 and Older.

September 24, 2021

NEW JERSEY: On Friday, September 24, a new mask mandate takes effect.  Employees of child care centers in New Jersey must be fully vaccinated or be tested weekly, and everyone at these facilities — including children beginning at age 2 — must wear masks indoors, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest coronavirus-related mandates.

While the mask mandate takes effects ...

Rent Moratorium is Over. What Does it All Mean?

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ — The year-and-a-half-long rent moratorium is ending. The moratorium existed due to the economic challenges COVID-19 caused. These protections kept most renters in their homes, even if they were unable to pay rent. Now, as of September 1, the moratorium will lift for many. 

New Jersey households who are considered middle-income, as of September 1, 2021, can be ...

Middletown: You are invited to Monmouth County Clerk’s Annual Archives and History Day, Saturday, Oct. 2.

September 9, 2021

County Clerk Hanlon Invites All to Monmouth County Archives and History Day on Sat., Oct. 2

Featured exhibit and keynote address to highlight Monmouth County’s Response during Times of Crisis

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is inviting all to attend the Monmouth County Clerk’s Annual Archives and History Day on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9 ...

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17-year-old tragically drowns, two additional teens hospitalized after being pulled from the waters at Sandy Hook

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: Tragedy struck Saturday off the coast of the Gateway National Recreation Area, at Sandy Hook Beach B, a beach that does not have lifeguards on duty. This is the third tragedy at Sandy Hook this year.

According to unconfirmed reports, when emergency calls were made from eyewitnesses reporting swimmers in distress, lifeguards, EMT's and rangers with the Sandy Hook Unit of the ...

Rep. Smith Announces October 8th Deadline to Apply for Service Academy Nomination

September 19, 2021

FREEHOLD, NJ – The deadline for students in the Fourth Congressional District to apply for a congressional nomination to attend a United States service academy—as a member of the class of 2026—is Friday, October 8th, announced Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) today.

“Throughout my tenure in Congress, I've had the honor and privilege of nominating more than 1,000 outstanding ...

School opening sprint: Middletown mold review grows to all buildings; Administrators update school leaders

Rolling test results are expected to be concluded by next Tuesday. All buildings included.

"We won't open our doors unless we get the okay and know it's safe for our students." stated Walker

MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Middletown Public Schools have expanded the review for mold to all buildings in the district. The conditions that cause the type of problem, according to ...

Mold Delays: Middletown Schools to Open on September 13

MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Summer is getting an extension in Middletown but not quite for the reasons one would expect. An investigation by one of the districts environmental consultants determined that there was some surface mold in several classrooms. 

In a letter, Superintendent Mary Walker wrote,  "I am writing today to inform you that surface mold was discovered in several ...

Dr. Declan O'Scanlon, Father of Senator O'Scanlon, dies at 92.

September 21, 2021

Above photo: Dr. Declan O'Scanlon with his son, Senator Declan O'Scanlon

Dr. Declan O’Scanlon, Sr., 92, of Colts Neck passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 16, 2021.  He was born in Tuam, County Galway, Ireland and came to the United States in 1955. He graduated from St. Ignatius College and continued his education at the University College, both in Galway, ...

VIDEO-Ed Harris on our Minds and Hearts: Local Family Comes Together to 'Run to Remember'

HOLMDEL, NJ - The Memorial 'Run to Remember' of Ed Harris graced the grounds of Holmdel High School on Sunday. A race that was held on the very same grounds where a young Ed Harris used to run. It was a fitting tribute to a man loved by all who knew him and the hundreds who attended to honor him and is family.

There was a sense of family and wistful remembrances from new ...

WATCH: Patriotism at its Best -- Middletown Honors 9/11 Families. Community will Never Forget.

"Today we gather 20 years later because we have not forgotten. Today we remember the resilience and the indomitable power of the American spirit, the very fabric that binds us all together, despite our differences...Always hold on tight to that American spirit, that binds us all in unity through the toughest of times...never waver in your beliefs in this great country, never bend to ideals ...

BIG BANG: HOLMDEL Chamber of Commerce to Host Nobel Prize Winner, History Maker Robert Wilson and Keeper of the Records; Monmouth County Clerk, Christine Giordano Hanlon.

September 25, 2021


Above photo: Robert Woodrow Wilson at Bell Works, Holmdel. 

Stellar lineup at Bell Works includes Nobel Prize Winner, Holmdel's Robert (Bob) Woodrow Wilson, and Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon. Topic is making and preserving history. Bob Wilson made history right here in Holmdel, that changed the course of our knowledge of the Big Bang Theory. Our County ...

SCAN Celebrates Official Re-Opening of In-Person Activities, Welcoming of New Executive Director, Michael Ciavolino

September 26, 2021

MONMOUTH AND OCEAN COUNTIES: The Senior Citizens Activities Network, popularly known s SCAN, serves the 55 and over community in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. SCAN enriches the lives of many with programming to promote healthy lifestyles, continuing education, and access to community and economic resources. The programs and classes keep many seniors active, healthy and ...

Middletown's We Care Adult Care Celebrates Successful Re-Opening With Ribbon Cutting

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: We Care Adult Care located in the Union Square Shopping Center at 552 NJ-35, South, in Middletown*, celebrated their successful re-opening, on August 2, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Community members, senior healthcare executives and board members as well as local, county and state government officials, gathered to celebrate the successful re-opening, after being ...

A Food Star is Born at CareOne

PARAMUS, NJ - "It makes my day when a good pot of soup makes someone else's day."

That's pretty much Teresa Gaspar's motto in life, and it works well for her as Director of Culinary Services for CareOne Livingston where she gets to share her passion for food with the residents.

"Food is a choice we all have, and in a lot of ways, it's the last choice we ...

Local Author Shari LaRosa, Publishes 'Ring Tail Raffi' -- MUST HAVE BOOK for parents, counselors and classrooms!

September 15, 2021

Local author, Shari LaRosa, shared some time with TAPinto, after recently launching “Ring Tail Raffi – Mindfulness in Madagascar”. It was wonderful to receive an advance copy of this purposeful rhyming story that is sure to provide a wonderful opportunity for parents to address the topic of anxiety with their children, as well ...

Goldfish Swim: Premier Learn-to-Swim Facility in Middletown, celebrates 4th Anniversary with Free Swim Lesson Offer for New Families

September 27, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: For the past four years, the team at Goldfish Swim School Middletown has been providing high quality swim instruction to Middletown-area families. Their highly trained and experienced team has taught thousands of local children how to be safer in and around the water!

Located at 582 NJ-35, Goldfish Swim School provides indoor, year-round swim instruction to children ages 4 ...

'Let's Roll' -NJ Resident Todd Beamer Helped to Retake United Flight 93 on September 11th, 2001

September 11, 2021

CRANBURY, NJ -  On September 11th, 2001 a Cranbury resident was one of the many brave passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 who tried to take control of the hijacked plane and crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Todd Beamer had lived in Cranbury for a year with his wife and two children before being killed in the crash.

Beamer was born in Flint, Michigan in 1968. He graduated ...

AMAZING Giveaways and Prizes at Jeunesse Medical Spa Grand Opening Event, Sept. 22.

September 17, 2021

“Beautiful spa with the nicest staff and most caring, talented doctors! My results are beautiful and I couldn’t be happier with my experience here! I am treated like family every time I go! I have referred so many friends & family members because of how wonderful of an experience I have with Dr. Samra!”  -Sara G

HOLMDEL, NJ: There's a Celebration in Holmdel ...

Third Annual Middletown Mayor's Fun Run or 5K Challenge, to Benefit Pediatric Cancer Families.

September 24, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: In honor, support and to raise funding for pediatric cancer, join Middletown for the third annual Mayor's Challenge! All proceeds will benefit Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer.

Get ready to head back into the woods of Poricy Park. This is a trail run which includes single track, hills, bridges, hills, woods, hills and more hills (The course is not ...

Middletown: IMA Urgent Care & Primary Care Patients Donate Back-To-School Supplies to Fulfill Local Students’ Needs

IMA Donated supplies to 4 Middletown Schools

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ:  IMA Urgent Care and Primary Care Centers give back to the local community with varioius campaigns throughout the year. Most recently, IMA hosted a back to school supply collection. . As a result,  IMA Urgent Care’s patients donated over $10,000 in back-to-school supplies to benefit students at four area ...

WATCH: Monmouth Park Charity Fund Hosts Concert at Blue Grotto, Supports Local Charities.

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ It was an evening to remember as Michael Ghegan, Quincy Mumford, & David Alastre performed live on August 25, at the Blu Grotto Biergarten outdoor stage, at Monmouth Park Racetrack, in Oceanport. The event was hosted by the Monmouth Park Charity Fund, an organization that strategically awards funding to various local charities.

Traditionally, the Monmouth Park ...

Middletown Township Committeeman Ryan Clarke Shaves Head in Honor of Pediatric Cancer Families.

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: During the Tuesday evening Township Committee Meeting, something--or rather someone, looked very different. Committeeman Ryan Clarke, sat up on the dais with a freshly shaved head. Those who are familiar with Clarke know that he usually has a thick head of dark hair, and a full beard. Seeing him with a completely bald head and shaved face, was quite shocking to many.

During the ...

ARE YOU A YOUTH MUSICIAN? NJ State Youth Orchestra, based in Middletown, is offering three Orchestras.

September 28, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: Are you a youth musician interested in being part of something really great? The New Jersey State Youth Orchestra (NJSYO) is offering three Orchestras this 2021-22 Season. Orchestra rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings, beginning Sep 30. Rehearsals will be held at the Middletown Arts Center. Visit to register.

Founded in 1972 by ...

OysterFest attracts large crowds during a perfect fall day.

“Between the food, drink and entertainment lineup, there was truly no better way to kick off the start of fall than Oysterfest!”  said Jamie Edelbach, Marketing Manager for the Red Bank RiverCenter.

RED BANK, NJ: A near perfect weather day with a steady cool breeze welcomed hundreds (probably over a 1,000 at one time), locals and visitors to the Red Bank Oysterfest where the ...


MIDDLETOWN, NJ: The Middletown Arts Center, in collaboration with the Dunbar Repertory Company, presents Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting, written by Ed Schmidt and directed by Mark Antonio Henderson, October 15th through 17th. In this engrossing production, Joe Louis, Paul Robeson, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn Dodgers general manager, Branch Rickey, meet in ...

Entertainer Andy Cooney to Headline South Amboy Irish Fest Sept. 25

SOUTH AMBOY, NJ -- He’s been on the Irish American music scene for as long as anyone can remember. Entertainer Andy Cooney started his professional career in the mid-1980s at age 17 playing in Kennedy’s as a piano player. Paddy Noonan heard about me and hired me. I worked with him for about 8 years and did four albums with him.  Later, he went out on his own at age 27 ...

Rep. Chris Smith Earns Federal Legislator of the Year From Constitutional Officers Assoc. of NJ

September 20, 2021

NEW JERSEY:  The Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ) presented Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) with their 2021 Legislator of the Year Award at their annual Officers Installation Dinner held last week. According to the independent watchdog organization Govtrack, as of January 1, 2021 Smith ranks second among all 435 Members of the House over the last two decades ...

Congratulations to Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, Sworn in as President of Statewide Constitutional Officers Association

County Clerk Hanlon Sworn in as President of Statewide Constitutional Officers Association.

Photo above: Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon, Commissioner Ross Licitra, Commissioner Director Tom Arnone. 

NEW JERSEY–  On Thursday, September 16, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon was sworn in as President of the ...

Congratulations Middletown Township Committeewoman; Kimberly Kratz, Newly Appointed at Tuesday's Meeting

Newly Appointed Committeewoman Kimberly Kratz with Mayor Perry, her husband Willis, their two sons, and Kratz's parents Mary and Joe Kelly. 

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – At the 7:00 p.m. September 7, Middletown Township Committee meeting, the committee voted unanimously to approve Kimberly Kratz, as the new Middletown Township Committeewoman. Kratz will be filling the vacancy ...

Zoning Board in Red Bank Approves 3-Story, 10 Apartments on Shrewsbury Ave.

September 3, 2021

RED BANK, NJ: The Zoning Board met in person last night and approved the single agenda item, an apartment proposal at 273 Shrewsbury Avenue.  Applicant Warren Diamond will demolish the existing building and construct a 3-story mixed-use structure, with ten, 2-bedroom apartments on the second and third floors.

Also included is 1,410 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and 26 ...

WATCH: Election 2021:-Early In-Person Voting Sites Unveiled, Vote-by-Mail Under Way

September 28, 2021

Watch Video by Monmouth County Clerk Hanlon on New Voting Process

FREEHOLD, NJ —There will be 10 polling locations throughout Monmouth County for voters to cast their votes by machine for a nine-day period before the November 2 general election.

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon has announced that early in-person voting will be available from October 23 to October 31 at ...

Firefighters Endorse Solomeno for State Senate

MIDDLETOWN -- Vincent Solomeno, who’s seeking a seat in the State Senate in the Thirteenth Legislative District, was endorsed Thursday by the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (FMBA). The organization represents 5,000 career firefighters, emergency medical technicians and dispatchers statewide. 

“I’m honored that New Jersey’s firefighters, ...


September 24, 2021




HOLMDEL, NJ: According to a report from the Holmdel Police Department: The Holmdel Police Department is seeking the public's assistance to help locate a missing juvenile female. The juvenile is Paris Laster, age ...

In August alone, the Middletown Twp. Police Department responded to 4,214 calls for service, including 357 first aid calls, 92 fire calls, 118 burglar alarms, and 137 motor vehicle crashes.

The following contains information pertaining to arrests and police activities for the Middletown Twp. Police Department during the time period of August 1, 2021 through August 31, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, NJ: During the period of August 1, 2021 through August 31, 2021, the Middletown Twp. Police Department responded to 4,214 calls for service, including 357 first aid calls, 92 fire calls, 118 burglar ...

Middletown: Car Flips on Parkway

MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The parkway was backed up for a time near exit 113.6 at about 6:30PM as police on scene reported a vehicle that flipped - you can see in the TAPinto photograph the incident.

Fortunately, it was reported to only be a minor injury and the victim was not entrapped

'Go Gold' for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: The Brooke Healey Foundation Making a Difference

September 3, 2021

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. "Childhood Cancer is the number one disease killer in children, yet is consistently underfunded," said Steve Healey, co-founder of The Brooke Healey Foundation. Less than four percent of the federal budget for cancer research is dedicated to pediatric cancer. "Awareness leads to action and will ...

Monmouth County Offers Cache of Career Services

September 1, 2021

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ— With federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits to expire on September 4, Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners reminds residents that career services are available through the Division of Workforce Development.

Free services include assistance with job search, resume and interview skills, career counseling, webinars and information on training grants for ...

Monmouth County Charges 14 Men, many from nearby communities, in Child Porn Sweep

September 24, 2021

FREEHOLD, NJ — Four months of investigative work by law enforcement has resulted in the arrest of 14 men on various child pornography charges, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

During the sweep led by Monmouth County’s Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the following persons have charged with second-degree endangering the ...

RECIPE: Butter Bean Burgers

September 3, 2021


1 15-ounce can butter beans, drained and rinsed

1⁄2 cup red onion, finely chopped

1/3 cup carrot, grated and finely chopped

1⁄4 cup celery, finely chopped

1 egg, beaten

1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1⁄4 teaspoon each, salt and ...

Middletown Township Officially Opens Eco-Garden, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Invited to Join Ribbon Cutting

September 26, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Not your typical Department of Public Works! 

Usually there is not a lot of excitement about visiting a local public works site. Not necessarily the case in Middletown.... Local Girl Scout Troops; 127 from Leonardo Elementary School, and Troop 61124 from Nut Swamp Elementary School, were very excited to be invited to the kick-off event and ribbon cutting for ...

Holmdel Environmental Commission Agenda Lists Potter’s Farm Project by Middletown Exit 114

HOLMDEL, NJ - On Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. the Environmental Commission will meet in person in the Court Room at Town Hall. They have a busy agenda including a listing for the dementia center at Potter's Farm next to Country Woods. Potter's Farm is the beloved property full of sheep, goats and donkeys, that is located immediately off of exit ...

You Can Put Kitchen Scraps and Landscape Trimmings to Work in Your Middletown Garden

September 19, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, NJ  — Convert landscape and garden trimmings into valuable compost. Incorporate this soil amendment into garden soil to improve drainage in clay soil and increase water-holding ability in fast draining sandy soils. It also promotes healthy plant growth more resistant to insect and disease problems and keeps plant-based kitchen scraps and garden waste out of ...

The Spotted Lanternfly: Rutgers Entomologist to Present Virtual Update on Invasive Insect Sept. 20

NEW JERSEY - Dr. George Hamilton of Rutgers University will present a virtual program on the spread and management of the invasive Spotted Lanternfly in New Jersey at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 20 as part of the Option Green lecture series at the East Brunswick Public Library.

The program will be available via Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. Attendees will be able to ask questions. Registration is ...

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Planning a Wedding? The Barn on South Holland to Host Elegant Bridal Show, Sept. 30.

September 22, 2021

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HOLMDEL, NJ: Elegant Bridal Productions is hosting a wedding show at The Barn on South Holland in Holmdel, NJ, on Thursday, September 30th at 7:00 pm. As the top-rated Bridal expo company on the east coast running for over 37 years, Elegant Bridal and The Barn on South Holland are thrilled to partner with each other to provide couples with a trendy ...

AMAZING Giveaways and Prizes at Jeunesse Medical Spa Grand Opening Event, Sept. 22.

“Beautiful spa with the nicest staff and most caring, talented doctors! My results are beautiful and I couldn’t be happier with my experience here! I am treated like family every time I go! I have referred so many friends & family members because of how wonderful of an experience I have with Dr. Samra!”  -Sara G

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The Bayshore: Join Historian John Schneider on a fun history cruise in Sandy Hook Bay and the Shrewsbury River.

THE BAYSHORE: Join Historian John Schneider on another safe, comfortable, and enjoyable History Cruise in Sandy Hook Bay and the Shrewsbury River. Saturday, October 2, 2021, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Departure is from the marina in Atlantic Highlands on the MI-JO II. Guests will go on an adventure exploring some wonderful local history while enjoying a beautiful boat ...

WATCH: Kevin Kelly Salon's 'Project Walk' Brings Community Together, Gives Back to RAINE Foundation.

August 29, 2021


HAZLET, NJ: Kevin Kelly, owner of the popular Kevin Kelly Salon in Keyport, had a plan to bring the community together, with local businesses, to have fun with professional entertainment, and at the same time give back locally. On August 14, from 4pm-8-pm at the Holiday Inn in Hazlet, Kelly successfully pulled off his plan with a fundraiser, "Project Walk," to benefit ...

WATCH: Election 2021:-Early In-Person Voting Sites Unveiled, Vote-by-Mail Under Way

September 28, 2021

Watch Video by Monmouth County Clerk Hanlon on New Voting Process

FREEHOLD, NJ —There will be 10 polling locations throughout Monmouth County for voters to cast their votes by machine for a nine-day period before the November 2 general election.

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon has announced that early in-person voting will be available from October 23 to October 31 at ...

Scharfenberger: Keep critical race theory out of the classroom

September 23, 2021

TRENTON, N.J. – Moms and dads have packed school boards meetings because of it. Teachers have resigned over it, saying they don’t want to brainwash their students. Across the country, critical race theory is pitting educators and concerned parents against each other.

Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger believes such advocacy doesn’t belong in the classroom. He plans to introduce ...

TAPinto Presents "Back to School" Magic Show Featuring Magic Bob, September 23

Don't miss TAPinto's "Back to School" virtual magic show with Magic Bob!  The free event will take place on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Atlantic Health's Children's Hospital and TAPinto Local Corporate Office. 


Registration is required to attend.  To ...

Solomeno Scores Key Police Endorsement

MIDDLETOWN – The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has endorsed Vincent Solomeno in his race to represent Monmouth County’s Thirteenth Legislative District in the New Jersey State Senate. 

“As State Senator, I will stand with those who dedicate their lives to keeping our communities safe,” said Solomeno, a thirty-six year old U.S. Army Veteran. “When I was ...


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