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Rent Moratorium is Over. What Does it All Mean?

September 1, 2021

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 ...

Hackensack Meridian Health Will Host August 26, Informative Webinar for Back to School Health Concerns Regarding the Delta Variant. Registration is Open for Parents/Guardians.

NEW JERSEY: With all the information we are receiving on the pandemic and the recent Delta variant, it can sometimes be confusing to keep updated during an unprecedented time. In an attempt to provide updated medical information, Hackensack Meridian Health will host on Thursday, August 26, 2021, from 12:30 PM-1:30 PM, a complimentary webinar for parents and guardians, and community ...

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 ...

Brookdale Community College and William Paterson University Sign Robust Transfer Agreement

Left to Right:  William Paterson Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Joshua Powers, seated, President, Dr. Richard J. Helldobler next to Brookdale's President, Dr. David Stout, and standing, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Matthew Reed.

Monmouth County, NJ - Brookdale Community College entered into a robust transfer agreement that includes ...

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

September 13, 2021

"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 ...

A Must Watch: 'Monmouth County, 9/11, and Its Aftermath' a Film to Preserve and Honor Our History. Remember the 147 Monmouth County Lives Taken.

147 people who were born in Monmouth County, raised in Monmouth County, or living in Monmouth County died on 9/11 as a result of the terrorist attacks that shook the nation that day. This list of names was originally compiled by Monmouth County's 9/11 Memorial Committee. Click here to view the 147 precious lives taken on that tragic day that changed the world ...

'Light up the Shore' Middletown Community to Meet at Belford Ferry Terminal on Evening of 911

Middletown is recommending community members go to the Belford Ferry Terminal to help "Light Up the Shore" on 9/11. There is generous parking available and Lower Manhattan is visible.

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ: The waterfront from Keyport to Manasquan will be lighting up Monmouth County's coastlines on the evening of Saturday, September 11 to “Light Up the Shore,” ...

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

September 16, 2021

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 ...

'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 ...

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

September 19, 2021

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 ...

McDonagh’s Pub Hosts 1st Annual CBZsride Fundraiser to Benefit NICU at St. Peter's in Memory of Triplets, Christopher, Brayden and Zachary 

Above photo: Many local businesses supported CBZsRide.

KEYPORT, NJ: On August 26, at McDonagh's Pub, 2 West Front Street in Keyport, the community gathered to raise funds for a great cause. The event included family, friends, many local business supporters and healthcare workers, all gathered to lovingly remember brothers; Christopher, Brayden and Zachary, born to ...

'YOU GIVE GOODS' to Aid Afghan Refugees. The need is great, donate diapers and more.

NEW JERSEY — Since last week, nearly 9,500 Afghan refugees have arrived safely, many with only the clothes on their backs, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Now in need of essential items to begin resettling in the United States, regional outreach organizations are stepping up to lend a hand. YOU CAN DONATE ITEMS CLICK HERE. 

United Way of Greater Newark, United Way of ...

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

September 16, 2021

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 ...

Middletown Arts Center: Mark Weiss Inducted to the Metal Hall of Fame. DECADE THAT ROCKED Book Signing, Culmination of Rock and Metal Exhibit, Sept. 12.

“It’s been such a pleasure and so much fun working with Mark this summer and hosting his historic exhibit. We are especially grateful to him for his generosity and support over the past several months, and we are thrilled to celebrate the Rock n’ Roll and Metal era once again with Mark’s closing event." -- Maggie O’Brien, Executive Director, The Middletown ...

Middletown's LeondardoBoyz Productions Presents 'On Our Own' Troy Burbank Brings Sitcom Series Debut to Atlantic Highlands Cinema, August 28.

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ: Local Indie Actor and Director Troy Burbank wrote a new sitcom script for a series he has named 'On Our Own'. The series will debut at The Atlantic Highlands Cinema, 82 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, on Saturday, August 28, at 7:30 p.m. Reserve here.  The sitcom is produced by LeonardoBoyz Productions, with filming throughout Middletown, including the ...

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

September 16, 2021

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 ...

President Biden Approves NJ's Emergency Declaration, Will Tour Areas Hit Hard by Ida

NEW JERSEY -- President Biden has approved New Jersey's Emergency Declaration and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local response efforts due to the conditions resulting from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. 
According to a White House press release, this action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, to coordinate all ...

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 ...

Firefighters Endorse Solomeno for State Senate

September 16, 2021

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, ...

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.

September 9, 2021

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

NJ State Police Seeking Public’s Assistance with Identifying Deceased Male With Unique Tattoo.  

SEA BRIGHT, NJ -- The New Jersey State Police Homicide South Unit and Missing Person’s Unit are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a deceased male in Monmouth County. The deceased man has a unique tattoo that can aid in identifying him. 
On Sunday, August 29, at approximately 11:29 a.m., the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau responded to the ...

'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 ...

#EndOverdose: Over 93,000 DEAD in 2020-TALK ABOUT IT, Holmdel Chamber, August 31--Destigmatizing Addiction.


The August 31, ChamberCast at Bell Works, 9am Lineup Includes: 

-Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Lindsay Ashwal, an advocate for destigmatizing addiction. Among many initiatives, Ashwal oversees the County's Opioid Diversion Program, Recovery Diversion Program, and a 24/7 Opioid Use ...

Blood Emergency Due to Delta Fears. You Can Help, Donate Blood in Middletown, Tues. August 31.

The region has dropped to a 2-3 day blood supply, similar to levels during the peak of the pandemic

NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS) today announced a blood emergency as fears of the COVID-19 Delta Variant lead to canceled blood drives and a drop in donations.

“We are deeply worried by the recent drop in donations and blood drive cancelations -- at this ...

7th Annual 'Rock the Farm' for CFC Addiction Recovery, Sept. 25.

NEW JERSEY:  Get your tickets here. for an amazing 10-hour music festival!

This festival is about connection, friendship, hope and music! Do not miss out of this event. 10 hours of world-class music, family friendly kid zone, beer and wine garden, foam dance floor, and so much more! CFC is committed to helping individuals and families struggling with addiction find, ...

Temple Shalom Offers High Holy Days Tickets

August 28, 2021

ABERDEEN, NJ: Temple Shalom, 5 Ayrmont Lane in Aberdeen, invites the community to celebrate Rosh Hashanah (September 6, 7 and 8) and Yom Kippur (September 15 and 16).  All High Holy Day services will be both in person and streamed live. 

Donations for High Holiday tickets, that include all services, are $118 for one person and $300 for a family of four or more. Ticket purchases ...

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 ...

Remembering Timothy Piazza: Bateman Anti-Hazing Bill Becomes Law

August 26, 2021

BRANCHBURG, NJ - State Sen. Kip Bateman and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to increase penalties for hazing was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy during a ceremony at Raritan Valley Community College Tuesday.

In attendance were Piazza's parents, Jim and Evelyn Piazza; Bateman, Kean, and other state and local elected officials and cabinet ...

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 ...

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

September 8, 2021

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 ...

Monmouth County Named 'Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Zone' Along With These 12 NJ Counties

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ – Monmouth County is joining a growing list of New Jersey counties that have been designated to the spotted lanternfly quarantine zone. 

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher announced on Monday that the department has added five counties to the zone. The counties new to the list are Morris, Monmouth, Middlesex, Essex, and Union. They join the ...

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What are Spotted Lanternflies?

Spotted Lanternflies were first spotted in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. Since 2014, they have spread to more than seven states, including New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Spotted Lanternflies are an invasive species having the potential to cause devastating damage to vegetation and agricultural businesses.

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

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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 ...


PORT MONMOUTH— From kayaking to kite flying, the Monmouth County Park System’s upcoming Wind & Sea Festival is brimming with coastal activities for the whole family to enjoy.  Held on Saturday, September 18, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., this event will take place at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. Visitors are invited to try kayaking, fishing, kite flying, seining, ...

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 ...

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Red Bank YMCA CEO Update

September 10, 2021

RED BANK, NJ: Greetings, YMCA Friends!

Happy Back to School to all eager learners and dedicated educators! Our Y is pleased to be your partner in helping children learn, grow and thrive—particularly through the ongoing pandemic.

Know that we are here with affordable child care, as well as support for physical and mental health as challenges continue and needs grow.

Our Y remains ...

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 ...

Solomeno: Let’s Create Suburban Enterprise Zones

August 30, 2021

OCEANPORT, NJ -- Vincent Solomeno, who’s seeking a seat in the State Senate in the Thirteenth Legislative District, on Saturday outlined his plans to stabilize property taxes and improve the local economy. Speaking at the Marina at Oceanport, the Army Veteran proposed the creation of suburban enterprise zones and renewed his call to end annual property tax assessments.

Highlighting the ...


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Leonard S. Golon, 94, of Barnegat, passed away peacefully Thursday, September 9th. Born in Korn ...
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