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Murphy Denounces Shooting at Cops' Home, Signs Environmental Law, Reports COVID Numbers at Briefing

September 19, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy began Friday’s COVID-19 press briefing on a somber note by expressing his outrage over two gunmen who fired on the home of two Camden County police officers while their newborn baby was inside.

The gunmen shot at the officers’ home in Camden late Tuesday and struck the home at least six times, according to Camden police. The couple were inside ...

NJ Health Commissioner Warns of Possible ‘Twin-Demic’ at COVID Press Briefing

TRENTON, NJ -- NJ Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli today, during the governor's COVID-19 press briefing, warned of a possible “twin-demic” this year during flu season and urged New Jerseyans to get their flu shots.  

“As we enter the fall season, we are also moving into the flu season. This year we are preparing for the possibility of a twin-demic,” ...

Coronavirus Cases Expected in NJ Schools, Elsewhere As People Return Indoors

NEW JERSEY — For many New Jersey school districts, this week will mark the first day of class. 

While all have prepared — opting for in-person, remote or a hybrid of the two — new coronavirus cases are to be expected, state officials said Tuesday. 

“We have all the public health protocols and procedures in place to safeguard our children, our educators, ...

You May Not Know if You Were Exposed To COVID-19, But App Could Tell You

September 23, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – The state is piloting a mobile app that will notify residents if they have been in close, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said state employees as well as students from Montclair State University, Stockton University and Passaic County Community College have been testing the app.

“You ...

This is How Murphy’s Budget allocates $2.4 billion in Federal COVID Funding

Some lawmakers and state-funded organizations worry what will happen when that money is gone.

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For six months the coronavirus pandemic has loomed large over New Jersey, taking an enormous ...

Overdose deaths in NJ may hit record high

Through July, deaths are up 17% as stress from lockdown, COVID added to pressures addicts faced

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Experts warned that drug and alcohol addictions were likely to increase during the ...

Barnegat 67 Filling Up Residential and Retail Space: What’s New?

September 22, 2020

BARNEGAT, NJ - The standalone building in front of Barnegat 67 opens this fall as one of the latest additions to the array of retail and residential space. The general manager of Jersey Mike’s in Little Egg Harbor says he is looking forward to opening up the new eatery in the township.

Barnegat 67 boasts complete occupancy as far as the residential units in the first phase of the ...

Garden State’s Farmers Struggle with Impact of COVID-19 on Agricultural Industry

Those that sold to supermarkets fared better than those that relied on restaurants and schools

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Third-generation farmer Eric Hensel says in March he took what he was growing in his ...

Up to 40,000 NJ unemployment claims still backlogged

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Rockaway resident Alfred Cararo waited weeks for New Jersey’s Department of Labor to pay his unemployment claim.

“Just to not hear anything, just to not get any relief, ...

Breaking News: Injuries in Accident in Ship Bottom

September 18, 2020

SHIP BOTTOM — 11:40 a.m. Police cars and an ambulance are currently on eastbound Route 72 in Ship Bottom between Central Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard. The accident is near the WaWa. 

Police are diverting traffic north or south onto Barnegat Boulevard.

TAPinto will update as more information becomes available. 

 

Route 539 Still Closed North of Route 72 Due to Deadly Crash

STAFFORD — Route 539, north of Route 72 in Stafford has been closed for hours after a deadly truck and auto collision between Route 72 and Harry Wright Blvd according to the New Jersey News Netwrok. 

A dump truck and auto collided.  Police report that one person has died. The name of the victim has not been released.  The Asbury Park Press reported this afternoon that a ...

Three Cars Stolen in Surf City Early Thursday Morning

SURF CITY, NJ — Three cars were stolen early Thursday morning in Surf City according to the Surf City Police Department. The cars were unlocked and the keys were in the cars. 

Two cars were recovered Thursday and an Audi convertible is still missing. 

Surf City police recovered the BMW SUV in the borough and a Dodge Durango was recovered in Newark, NJ by the Newark ...

As More Teachers Stay Out of Classrooms, Schools Struggle to Find Substitutes

September 21, 2020

Many teachers are retiring, asking for leave or not wanting to go to schools in person amid COVID-19 fears

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There’s been a shortage of substitute teachers for years, but the ...

How This Amazing Initiative Is Helping Barnegat Youth

September 14, 2020

BARNEGAT, NJ – The name of the initiative actually speaks for itself. Barnegat’s Communities that Care (CTC) a coalition of local groups that share a common goal. Their emphasis is on promoting positive youth development while coordinating their efforts.

Representatives from twelve different sectors make up the CTC community board. These range from the governing body, the schools, ...

Livingston Sisters Honored for Heroic Actions in Near-Suicide Incident

LIVINGSTON, NJ — When Livingston sisters Victoria and Lauren Belcuore saw a young woman sitting at the edge of a bridge in Seaside at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, they did not hesitate to pull over—risking their own safety until they successfully convinced her not to jump.

In an essay written about the incident, Lauren, a senior at Livingston High School, ...

Amid the Pandemic: What Ocean County Pets Want You to Know

September 15, 2020

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – If animals could talk, they might offer a different viewpoint on their experiences amid the pandemic. Many would brag they enjoyed more encounters with their humans. A whole host of former occupants of Ocean County animal shelters would likely credit COVID-19 with connecting them with fur-ever homes and families.

 “The two Ocean County Animal Facilities ...

Proposed Waretown Redevelopment Project Can Move to Next Phase

September 22, 2020

WARETOWN, NJ – A crowd of 50-75 local residents gathered outside last night at the Waretown Firehouse for a meeting of the township’s redevelopment authority.  The gathering ended with Ocean Township Committee members authorizing a developer to move to the next phase of the approval process for construction of townhouses and a commercial building on Route 9.

Keith Davis, ...

Gov. Murphy: COVID-19 Update, Travel Advisory, and Voter Registration

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy was in Union City Tuesday with Mayor Brian Stack to rally folks to fill out the 2020 Census. There are only eight days left to complete it — it's quick, easy and safe, and can be done online.

COVID-19

Gov. Murphy reported New Jersey has 457 new positive cases, for a cumulative total of 200,580. There are also seven new confirmed COVID-19 deaths, ...

Local Mayor Appointed to Oyster Creek Safety Board

SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – Lacey Township Mayor Steven Kennis joins a select group of state officials this month as the newest member of the Oyster Creek Safety Advisor Panel. Governor Phil Murphy appointed Kennis to the panel led by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe.  

Local residents have lobbied for the creation of a Citizens ...

Three Southern Regional Senior Field Hockey Players Set to Compete in College

September 20, 2020

STAFFORD — Southern Regional Field Hockey coach Jen Lombardo-Adams has three seniors all set for college before their final high school season begins.

Southern Regional Director of Athletics Chuck Donohue Jr. recently released some info about three senior athletes setting to compete at the intercollegiate level in the Fall of 2021.

Kacey Kubarewicz on her commitment to continue ...

Manahawkin's Mike Gesicki Has Best Game of NFL Career in Tough Loss

MIAMI — Former Southern Regional and Penn State star football player Mike Gesicki had a great day on the field for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon.

Gesicki had 8 catches for 130 yards and scored a touchdown in a tough 31-28 loss to AFC East Division opponent Buffalo Bills.  Gesicki averaged 16.1 yards per catch and one was an incredible one handed grab. 

This was ...

Jersey Shore Outdoors: Fishing Update from Jim Hutchinson, Sr., September 19 Update

LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION — The New Jersey summer flounder season ends today, September 19, and with northeast winds gusting to 30-knots and seas of 5-6-feet, few, if any, boats fished on the final day.

Now that the fluke season is over, it is time to look to the fall and begin seeing what other fish are available. Many anglers are already getting their gear ready for the fall run.

Local Mayor Appointed to Oyster Creek Safety Board

September 22, 2020

SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – Lacey Township Mayor Steven Kennis joins a select group of state officials this month as the newest member of the Oyster Creek Safety Advisor Panel. Governor Phil Murphy appointed Kennis to the panel led by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe.  

Local residents have lobbied for the creation of a Citizens ...

Barnegat Municipal Court Session Hit with Zoom Bombs

September 22, 2020

BARNEGAT, NJ - A virtual municipal court session in Barnegat was cut short yesterday when an unknown attacker hijacked the proceedings.  Court officials were particularly horrified when a multitude of “Zoom Bombs” interrupted the scheduled docket.

The courts closed statewide earlier this year in conjunction with the coronavirus crisis. Municipal Court Judge Philip M. Miller ...

Ship Bottom Business Owner Rejects Plea Deal, Case Headed to Grand Jury

SHIP BOTTOM, NJ — A Ship Bottom businessman accused of damaging the vehicles of a local competitor rejected a plea offer from Ocean County Assistant Prosecutor Alexander Becker on Tuesday, September 15.  The underlying matter was first reported by TAPinto Stafford-LBI in March.

Ray Dietrich, owner of Air Technical Services in Ship Bottom, was originally charged with ...

Chamber of Commerce of Southern NJ Hosts CD-3 Candidates Forum

September 21, 2020

NEW JERSEY – Two of the three candidates running in the general election for New Jersey’s Third Congressional District faced off in a virtual informational forum today hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ).

Christina Renna, President and CEO of CCSNJ, asked CD-3 candidates incumbent Democrat Andy Kim and Republican David Richter for answers to a series of ...

Casting Your Ballot in Ocean County: Your Questions Answered

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - News that New Jersey voters would primarily use mail-in ballots for the November general election comes with its share of controversy.  Many Ocean County voters received their ballots this past week and have questions about them.

First and foremost, the deadline to register for the November 3 election is October 13. Registration is accepted online by visiting this ...

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Vitalant First to Provide COVID-19 Antibody Positive Rates for 250,000 Blood Donors in Support of Pandemic Response Efforts

To support pandemic response and preparedness efforts, today, Vitalant became the first U.S. blood services provider to release COVID-19 antibody-positive rates of more than 250,000 blood donors, June through July 2020, including those in the New Jersey area. Those with a positive diagnostic or antibody test result are encouraged to consider registering to become a convalescent plasma ...

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Salvatore J. Cusimano, age 49, of West Creek, NJ., passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2020. He ...
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5 Ways to Make Your Favorite Chili Into a Totally Different Meal

September 22, 2020

Does the cooler weather have you craving chili? A bowl of red is a great way to warm up, and if the leftovers start to bore you, there are plenty of ways you can mix things up.

Make your favorite chili into totally different meals with these simple ideas:

Serve it Cincinnati-style* over spaghetti with shredded Cheddar cheese and chopped onions.

Make it part of a “baked ...

NJ Apple Picking Farm Provides Husky Dogs a Better Life

September 23, 2020

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help rid the orchard of critters and provide a better life ...

Amid the Pandemic: What Ocean County Pets Want You to Know

September 15, 2020

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – If animals could talk, they might offer a different viewpoint on their experiences amid the pandemic. Many would brag they enjoyed more encounters with their humans. A whole host of former occupants of Ocean County animal shelters would likely credit COVID-19 with connecting them with fur-ever homes and families.

 “The two Ocean County Animal Facilities ...