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Congressman Andy Kim Joins Women in Business Meeting

May 25, 2020

SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - Today, Congressman Andy Kim met virtually with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Roundtable participants Chamber’s CEO Lori Pepenella introduced Kim, noting that he was recently appointed to the House Select Committee on COVID-19, and is also the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital ...

Former Southern Regional, Bridgewater State and Copenhagen Football QB Starts Higgins Passing Academy

MANAHAWKIN, NJ - Dan Higgins was a 2 sport athlete at Southern Regional High School participating in football and baseball and has just returned to his hometown of Manahawkin after finishing his college and professional career to start his new business venture, Higgins Passing Academy.

As a junior at Southern, Dan played an integral part in the football team’s 2011 ...

Southern Ocean Chamber Women in Business Meeting Online Friday May 22 to Discuss Reopening Strategies

SHIP BOTTOM, NJ — Join the region’s chamber online as this month's Women in Business features reopening safely and a community COVID-19 Q & A with Southern Ocean Medical Center Chief Executive Michele Morrison.

Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce invites the business community to their online Women in Business meeting on Friday, May 22 at 10 a.m.

 Join ...

New State of the Art Valet Auto Wash Opens in Manahawkin

STAFFORD - Driving towards Long Beach Island you may have noticed the large building that used to house the Causeway Hyundai showroom has had some significant renovations.

The newest Valet Car Wash, part of the larger Valet Car Wash family has now opened in Manahawkin. 

The very first Valet Auto Wash opened in 1994 in a repurposed historical trolley car barn on Lalor Street in ...

Time Is Right for State Reopening Process to Be Expedited

TRENTON - Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove issued the following statement regarding New Jersey’s economic future in meeting the challenges created by COVID-19:“New Jersey needs to expedite the process of reopening the state.

“The responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is in all of our hands. Americans understand the ...

Bipartisan House Bill Strives to Create Jobs for Locals at Joint Base

WASHINGTON, DC -  As New Jersey continues in its shut down, state and federal legislators know economic recovery represents a critical aspect of recovery.  Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03), Congressman John Garamendi (CA-03), Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01), and Congressman Paul Cook (CA-08) introduced a bill regarding awards for military construction contracts.

The ...

Act by Wednesday For Quicker Economic Impact Payment; Timeline for Payments Continues to Accelerate

WASHINGTON – With a variety of steps underway to speed Economic Impact Payments, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service urged people to use Get My Payment by noon Wednesday, May 13, for a chance to get a quicker delivery.

The IRS, working in partnership with Treasury Department and the Bureau of Fiscal Services (BFS), continues to accelerate work to get Economic Impact ...

Don't Be a Knucklehead, Be a Bobblehead! Company Unveils Gov. Murphy Bobblehead

MILWAUKEE – The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum announced plans to make a bobblehead of NJ Gov. Phil Murphy. 

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum will donate $5 from every Gov. Murphy Bobblehead sold to the Protect The Heroes fund in support of the 100 Million Mask Challenge, the same cause that the ...

Beach Haven Opens Beaches and Offers Help to Businesses

BEACH HAVEN — The Beach Haven Borough Mayor and Council released two executive orders on Friday, May 8.  They have to do with rescinding April 7th beach restriction order and some direction for businesses as they prepare for the summer. 

What a time we live in! There are more than a few questions floating through this writer's mind. 

Anyone wondering how all of ...

Playa Bowls Surf City & Playa Bowls LBI Open Friday, May 8

LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ - Playa Bowls LBI is opening two locations on Friday, May 8th.

Playa Bowls LBI first opened their Beach Haven location located at 610 N. Bay Avenue in 2018.

Brooke Mesanko, Playa Bowls Partner said, "Not everyone can say that they love what they do every day, I honestly can. The love and passion I have for my store and my customers who I consider my ...


IRS Provides Tax Relief through Increased Flexibility for Taxpayers in Section 125 cafeteria plans.

May 14, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service today released guidance to allow temporary changes to section 125 cafeteria plans. These changes extend the claims period for health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) and dependent care assistance programs and allow taxpayers to make mid-year changes.


The guidance issued today addresses unanticipated changes in expenses because of the 2019 Novel ...


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Vitalant Calls on Donors to Help Patients Now Launches New Campaign to Motivate the Public to Donate

Vitalant—the nation’s largest nonprofit, independent blood collector—serving the local community here in New Jersey/New York, has declared a critical shortage of blood as supplies have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Shelter-in-place orders led to 260 blood drives canceled since early March in New Jersey/New York alone, resulting in a loss of 6,000 ...

Vitalant Urges NJ to Take Action and Save Lives Amidst COVID-19

The oldest and largest national independent nonprofit transfusion medicine organization, Vitalant, has launched a campaign to help COVID-19 and other patients through life-saving convalescent plasma and other blood donations. The campaign is a prompt to take action and save lives, while reminding our community in New Jersey that donations are both safe and essential.

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Aug 16, 1951 - May 10, 2020
Cheryl Theresa Barrett of Manahawkin, NJ passed away peacefully on Mother’s Day, May 10, ...
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NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

May 23, 2020

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

May is “Better Hearing and Speech Month"

May 18, 2020

Dear Editor:

Members of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) celebrate May as “Better Hearing & Speech Month,” to promote awareness of the audiology and speech language-pathology professions and its impact on the lives of children and adults with hearing, communication and feeding/swallowing issues. 

This year, as we all know, is extremely ...

The History of Memorial Day and How it Became the Start of Summer

May 24, 2020

Memorial Day, as the name implies, was established to create a day of remembrance to honor soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the U.S. Civil War. Our culture today, however, associates the holiday with the start of summer activities, like barbecues and going to the beach. How did this once somber holiday become the signal of summer? 

After the Civil War ended in the spring of ...

Stafford Township Parks, Bathrooms, Tennis and Pickleball Courts Among Those Reopening Friday, May 22

May 20, 2020

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, NJ — On Wednesday, May 20 a Proclamation was signed by Mayor Gregory E. Myhre and Chief Thomas Dellane regarding the State of Emergency and the Parks and Recreation in Stafford Township. 

The Proclamation stated that on Friday, May 22, 2020 Stafford Township will reopen all parks for recreation. This includes the public bathrooms at the parks as well. Masks ...