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Ocean County: Two Local Organizations Welcome PPE Donations

August 14, 2020

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ –   Two local nonprofit organizations received a helping hand thanks to Korean American benefactors on Tuesday afternoon.  Leaders of the Ocean County YMCA and the 21 Plus, Inc. both welcomed the donation of thousands of face masks.

Minsun Kim, Co-Chair of the Korean American Association of the United States of America, led the initiative in response to ...

Murphy: New Jersey Schools Can Reopen for In-Person Learning in the Fall

Schools must certify to the DOE that they are able to meet health and safety standards

"We know the first day of school is not going to be like any other." -- Gov. Phil Murphy

TRENTON -- At his COVID press briefing today, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he would sign an Executive Order officially clearing both our public and nonpublic pre-K through 12 schools and our ...

Murphy: 33 States and Territories Remain on Quarantine List

TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey has updated its list of 33 states and territories -- near and far -- from which people should self-quarantine for 14 days after visiting. The states include populous states such as Texas, Florida and California, as well as remote locations including Montana, Idaho,and Puerto Rico. Nearby New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware and Pennsylvania ...

Medical Cannabis Dispensary: Will One Open in Ocean Township (Waretown)?

August 14, 2020

WARETOWN, NJ - A medical marijuana dispensary could bring some additional tax revenue into Ocean Township some time in the future. No one has come forward with plans to set up shop just yet – but the business opportunity exists. The township committee approved a zoning ordinance change on Tuesday that permits legal medical marijuana sales in the C-1 general commercial district.

According ...

Where Ocean County Families Can Find Food Assistance This Summer

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – The pandemic has created a greater number of families finding themselves in financial crisis.  Ocean County residents needing food assistance should know there are resources available.

 Even when schools closed to in-class sessions, most districts continued to make meals available so that children would not go hungry. New Jersey government authorities have ...

Potentially Lethal Hand Sanitizer Recalled from the Shelves of Walmart Stores

STAFFORD - If you recently purchased hand sanitizer from any of the Walmart stores in New Jersey, you should immediately check the brand as it may be part of a nationwide recall for a potentially lethal ingredient.  

The 4e Brands North America recently announced a voluntary recall of 10 bottle sizes of Blumen hand sanitizer due to the potential presence of ...

Medical Cannabis Dispensary: Will One Open in Ocean Township (Waretown)?

August 14, 2020

WARETOWN, NJ - A medical marijuana dispensary could bring some additional tax revenue into Ocean Township some time in the future. No one has come forward with plans to set up shop just yet – but the business opportunity exists. The township committee approved a zoning ordinance change on Tuesday that permits legal medical marijuana sales in the C-1 general commercial district.

According ...

Southern Ocean Chamber Sets August Activities

SHIP BOTTOM — The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce announces several opportunities for members to participate with upcoming live streams as well as register for ChowderMonth promotional campaigns. With Covid-19 restrictions and coastal storm challenges adding to high demand of the business community this summer, the chamber has created several options for members to get the ...

SBA & Southern Ocean Chamber partner for Updated Loan Forgiveness Webinar Aug 13

SHIP BOTTOM, NJ -The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled a live stream session for businesses ready to submit their Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness information to their lender. The original date had to be delayed due to power outages from Tropical Storm Isaias. The region's chamber now plans to present  SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan ...

Barnegat Man Charged After Creating Major Disturbance at Manahawkin Costco Store

August 6, 2020

STAFFORD — The Stafford Township Police Department arrested a Barnegat man on charges of Terroristic Threats, Harassment and Disorderly Conduct after a viral video was posted on a number of social media sites.  The video showed a customer at the Manahawkin Costco berating and threatening an employee and caused a scene inside the store on July 29, 2020.

The Stafford Township Police ...

Big Barlow’s BBQ in Barnegat Backs the Blue

BARNEGAT, NJ - Big Barlow’s BBQ in Barnegat hosted a “Back The Blue” fundraiser on Saturday to show support for the Ocean County PBA.  The event attracted over 700 people throughout the day.

Restaurant owner Chris Barlow committed to donating twenty percent of all food sales to the countywide law enforcement organization.  Overall contributions are more than ...

Keith Oler Retires, Stafford Police Department Adds Mocanu, Bush to Department

STAFFORD - Family and friends gathered to celebrate the retirement of Patrolman Keith Oler and welcome the newest members to the Stafford Police Family.

Patrolman Oler, badge # 99, was hired at the Stafford Township Police Department in 2007, and retires after a total of 31 years of service.  Oler also worked in Ship Bottom for a number of years. The Stafford Township Police Department ...

Murphy: New Jersey Schools Can Reopen for In-Person Learning in the Fall

August 12, 2020

Schools must certify to the DOE that they are able to meet health and safety standards

"We know the first day of school is not going to be like any other." -- Gov. Phil Murphy

TRENTON -- At his COVID press briefing today, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he would sign an Executive Order officially clearing both our public and nonpublic pre-K through 12 schools and our ...

New COVID-19 Front Line? Educators, Health Experts Say It Will Be Schools

Special to TAPintoSPF. 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 njspotlight.com.

New Jersey lacks adequate guidance for reopening schools in the fall, say those charged with making it happen

 

While families, policy experts ...

Stafford and Southern Regional School Board Candidates Lined Up for November 3

STAFFORD - Ocean County's filing deadline for school board candidates was on July 27.

The Southern Regional School board will remain the same as incumbents Tom Serpico, Stuart Snyder and Heather Tatur are running unopposed for three year terms.

The Stafford Township Elementary District does have competition except for one position. Erin Sharkey is running unopposed for a one-year ...

Ocean County: Two Local Organizations Welcome PPE Donations

August 14, 2020

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ –   Two local nonprofit organizations received a helping hand thanks to Korean American benefactors on Tuesday afternoon.  Leaders of the Ocean County YMCA and the 21 Plus, Inc. both welcomed the donation of thousands of face masks.

Minsun Kim, Co-Chair of the Korean American Association of the United States of America, led the initiative in response to ...

Chowder Run Registration Opens August 10

SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. — Due to restrictions currently in place, Chowderfest 2020 has morphed into a whole month of activities, chowder purchasing, merchant sales, online Chowderwear store, and a brand new virtual run component. 

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce who is the organizer of the festivities recognizes that this is an opportunity to keep the community safe and ...

Waves of Strength Special Needs Surf Camp Returns Sunday to Brant Beach

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ—At the 68th Street Beach in Brant Beach, of Long Beach Island, NJ, a local nonprofit 501(c)(3) named Waves of Strength will again be holding their special needs surf camp.  They are devoted to helping people accomplish the seemingly impossible.

This Sunday, August 9 the organizatoin will share the empowering feeling of catching a wave surfing with those ...

Murphy Pushes Vote-by-mail Election as President Declines To Help Postal Service

August 15, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – The Nov. 3 general election will be held overwhelmingly via a vote-by-mail model as per an executive order forthcoming from Gov. Phil Murphy, who says this is the safest way to ensure the voting process during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All registered New Jersey voters will receive prepaid return postage vote-by-mail ballots during the first week of October. The ballots may be ...

Thousands of New Jerseyans Refusing to Cooperate with Contact Tracers

TRENTON, NJ – About 1 in 5 New Jersey residents don’t take the call when contacted by one of the state’s COVID-19 contact tracers.

And about half of those who do answer refuse to cooperate.

That was the disturbing news delivered by an obviously chafed Gov. Phil Murphy at his COVID-19 briefing Friday.

Murphy and State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli have continually ...

Murphy: New Jersey Schools Can Reopen for In-Person Learning in the Fall

Schools must certify to the DOE that they are able to meet health and safety standards

"We know the first day of school is not going to be like any other." -- Gov. Phil Murphy

TRENTON -- At his COVID press briefing today, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he would sign an Executive Order officially clearing both our public and nonpublic pre-K through 12 schools and our ...

Ocean County Decoy & Gunning Show goes Virtual

August 12, 2020

TUCKERTON, NJ - The 38th Annual Old Time Barnegat Bay Decoy and Gunning Show, hosted by the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders will be going virtual on September 27.

In a Press Release from the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Freeholder Virginia Haines, who serves as Chairwomen of the Ocean County Department of Parks ...

Stafford Allowing Fitness Centers to Operate Outdoors

STAFFORD — On July 31, Mayor Greg Myhre and Police Chief Tom Dellane signed an executive which allows Stafford fitness centers to offer outdoor activities.

The Township is allowing tents at fitness centers to try to make it easier for gyms and fitness centers to operate during Covid-19,

Fitness centers and gyms are not permitted to bring their equipment outside but customers can bring ...

Waves of Strength Special Needs Surf Camp Returns Sunday to Brant Beach

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ—At the 68th Street Beach in Brant Beach, of Long Beach Island, NJ, a local nonprofit 501(c)(3) named Waves of Strength will again be holding their special needs surf camp.  They are devoted to helping people accomplish the seemingly impossible.

This Sunday, August 9 the organizatoin will share the empowering feeling of catching a wave surfing with those ...

All of Long Beach Island Remains Without Power

August 5, 2020

LONG BEACH ISLAND - As of 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, all of Long Beach Island remains without power. Atlantic City Electric is reporting that some of LBI might not regain power until 11 p.m. Saturday. 

However, the outage map reported that Ocean Acres residents without power would not be restored until Saturday at 11 p.m.  Last evening and early morning just about all of Ocean Acres ...

Tropical Storm Warning in Effect: Rain and Wind on it's Way

STAFFORD and LBI — The National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service have issued a Tropical Storm Warning in all of New Jersey.  There is also a flash flood watch in effect from Isaias. 

The "prime time" window for Isaias's peak impacts on New Jersey will be about 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.  It is expected that there will be 5-6 hours of nasty ...

National Hurricane Center Issues Advisories for Isaias

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - The National Hurricane Center operated through National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an advisory this morning as the once Tropical Storm Isaias is now a Hurricane Category 1 and is expected to hit portions of Florida's east coast late tonight. With Hurricane warnings in effect, preparations for heavy rains, flash and urban flooding are ...

Supreme Court Arguments over NJ’s New $9.9B Borrowing Law Focus on What’s a Real Emergency

August 6, 2020

Republican challenge also questions limits on what state can pay back

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 njspotlight.com.

Arguments before the New Jersey Supreme Court Wednesday over Gov. Phil Murphy’s $9.9 billion borrowing ...

A Tearful Plea from US District Judge Esther Salas After Her Son's Murder

NEWARK, NJ - US District Judge Esther Salas released a video message two weeks after her son was killed and husband was shot multiple times during an attack at their North Brusnwick home. While barely holding back tears, she described the days before her son was killed and the moment when she heard the gunshots. 

Her message is that Federal judges need better protection. Their home ...

Stafford and Southern Regional School Board Candidates Lined Up for November 3

August 9, 2020

STAFFORD - Ocean County's filing deadline for school board candidates was on July 27.

The Southern Regional School board will remain the same as incumbents Tom Serpico, Stuart Snyder and Heather Tatur are running unopposed for three year terms.

The Stafford Township Elementary District does have competition except for one position. Erin Sharkey is running unopposed for a one-year ...

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Escalating Need for Blood Donations; 58 Units Collected at NJ Event

While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has played havoc with New Jersey’s and the nation’s blood supply – triggering shortages while simultaneously escalating need – there’s been some good news recently. An exceptional total of 58 units of blood were recently collected at an event hosted by the iPlay America entertainment venue, sponsored by The Jersey ...

During Nationwide COVID-19 Surge, Blood Donations from Northern NJ Can Assist Healthcare Facilities in Hardest-pressed Areas

Because of the current, nationwide surge in COVID-19 infections throughout the Sun Belt, along with the constant importance of bolstering the local blood supply, there’s now significant need for:

Residents to donate blood and, if possible, convalescent plasma.  The nonprofit, blood-collection organization Vitalant is offering residents of northern New ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Make it a Breakfast Date, Al Fresco

August 11, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Some think it’s the most important meal of the day and others say it’s reserved for champions. When it comes to breakfast, it doesn’t take a titleholder to know it’s a tasty way to start your day, and your date! A little flirtation over a short stack and a little wink with a ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Darlene Cullen of TAPinto South Plainfield

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of August 2020 is Darlene Cullen, who owns and operates TAPinto South Plainfield.  With a background in business development, Cullen has built a profitable online local news business while providing high-quality, objective local news for the residents of South Plainfield.   

Q. Why did you want to franchise a ...

NJ Comedian John Poveromo Stars in Duppet, a Short Film About Depression

August 13, 2020

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Brian Brodeur, TAPintoTV’s Executive Producer, recently spoke with Comedian and Writer John Poveromo, about his latest project, a short film he co-wrote and stars in called Duppet. 

Poveromo and Brodeur spoke via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which has been reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the ...

Wednesday Night Storm Causes Damage Across LBI

July 22, 2020

LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ - Wednesday night's storm came quick and didn't last too long, but the cleanup is not going to be fun. 

Rain, thunder, lighting and wind made for an unfortunate mess of many businesses outdoor spaces. 

Howard's outdoor dining tent was blown across the boulevard into Fritzies' Wine & Liquor parking lot, which closed ...