Dear HomeTown News Readers, 

 If you are a regular subscriber to one of my two publications; TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck, or TAPinto Middletown, you already know that I love to shine a light on the positive and share the good happening in our local communities that my publications serve. 

I would love to share any positive news going on in our lives right now. If you would like your story published to spread positive vibes, you can email me at jwall@tapinto.net and be sure to include your pics and any video. 

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Right now times are uncertain and downright scary. This call for good news is not to minimize the reality of the pandemic, but to highlight the good happening in spite of it. 

Sometimes during these scarier moments, amazing and beautiful things can happen, or perhaps they bring more meaning or we notice them more. HomeTown News would love to share your stories of special moments of kindness, love, humor, creativity and happiness, during the COVID-19 Crisis.

Maybe the extra time shared with loved ones is creating new healthy habits, like more family meals together, etc. Maybe your spring flowers are starting to blossom and you would like to share their beauty? Perhaps you have calming tips for readers to publish in my mindfulness section? A great pet love story for my pet section... 

What positive things do you notice in your socially distanced neighborhood? Your home?  What good things are happening in your business or organization, that we can highlight? What's a fun recipe to make with the kids? Fun family activities? How has your friend, neighbor, child's teacher, government official, or local police, fire, first aid member helped you or someone else? Anything heartwarming to inspire?

Also, let's talk about how we can help our local small businesses. We know Middletown has started take out Thursdays. Let's support their initiative and think of ways to lift all of our local businesses that way throughout the bayshore area! 

Local businesses, nonprofits and charities, email me directly at jwall@tapinto.net about what you are doing different to help serve your customers, and how the public can help you. I will publish your complimentary message for you through April 30th.

What that means is you can send your business message/promo with your photo, logo, etc. and I will publish an announcement about what your business would like to communicate to my thousands of readers. Look at TAPinto's advertisers. They are community supporters everyday by sponsoring local news, providing you a service every day through great times and not so great news days. Support them through this crisis! The Holmdel Chamber of Commerce Instagram Account is managed by volunteer Joe Castagliola, owner of Painting with a Twist in Holmdel. Joe will post a complimentary shout out/status of your local business. You can email Joe here.  Holmdel Chamber members receive that perk monthly. 

So, community members, organizations and local businesses:  LET'S CHANGE THE SUBJECT! Email me directly at jwall@tapinto.net with your story and photos/video and let's share the good news! You may bring a smile or even laughter to someone who is having a tough day.

Finally, - let's pray for those afflicted by COVID-19.

If you don't pray, maybe send positive vibes out.

Remember, we are all connected. We are in this together! 

Jeanne Wall

Owner, HomeTown News, LLC

Publisher, TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck and TAPinto Middletown

Cell. 732.492.2500

jwall@tapinto.net 

The above is the opinion of Jeanne Wall, the owner of HomeTown News LLC and TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck, and TAPinto Middletown. The above does not necessarily represent the opinions of TAPinto Corporate.