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Two Nursing Homes Close and May Signal a Trend

May 10, 2021

They outlasted COVID-19 but are shuttering amid rising costs and limited funds. Some expect this to be the start of more closings.

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After 83 years as a nursing home that filled a unique ...

Do You Want to Become a Psychiatrist? New Jersey May Pay for Your Residency

NEW JERSEY — For the last fourteen months, New Jerseyans have been in the midst of the worst global pandemic in most of our lifetimes. The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in NJ has just recently reached the 1 million mark. This is one out of every nine people in the state. Just over 25,000 have died due to complications from COVID, while all of us have been suffering under forced ...

Ocean County COVID-19 Infection Rate Lowest Since Last Summer

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - Good news for Ocean County residents as COVID-19 infection rates dropped to the lowest vulnerability levels since last summer.

 “In the last eight days, Ocean County has been under 100 new cases in seven of those days,” announced Commissioner Gerry P. Little at yesterday’s Ocean County Board of Commissioners meeting.  “This is an important ...

New Jersey Residents Can Now Get a "Shot and a Beer"

NEW JERSEY - Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey is launcing a "Shot and a Beer" program, encouraging eligible residents, ages 21 and over to get vaccinated.

Any New Jerseyan who gets their first vaccine dose in the month of May and takes their vaccination card to a participating brewery will receive a free beer. The following are restaurants and brewing companies are ...

Weed For Discussion at Southern Ocean Chamber May Meeting

LBI REGION, NJ - The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce continues to bring customized programming to the LBI Region business community. With the many changes surrounding new sectors of industry, the 107-year organization strives to bring trusted resources to help with sustainable strategies. The May 5 membership meeting will be held via Zoom beginning at 10am. The keynote is Attorney John ...

Proposed Federal Legislation Confronts Solutions to the Opioid Crisis in Communities like Ocean County

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ — The opioid crisis continues to plague residents of Ocean County as federal legislators seek to become part of the solution.

Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) announced last week his efforts to push two separate bills designed to combat the ongoing battle that opioids present in Ocean and Burlington counties, and throughout the country.

“I’ve heard from ...

Amid Big Drop in Deaths, Vaccinations to Continue at Nursing Homes

Fed program will keep immunizations coming at long-term care facilities, where nearly all residents are vaccinated but only half of staffers

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Mobile Assistance Gets One Step Closer for Ocean County Seniors

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ — The Ocean County Board of Commissioners announced plans for what they call a MASH unit last fall. The novel concept is now on its way to becoming a reality.

County officials awarded a bid for the furnishing and delivery for a custom van at their most recent Board of Commissioners meeting. The specifications for the vehicle are all set to become what may be New ...

Heart Attack Survivor from Ocean County Thanks Physicians, First Responders for Saving His Life

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Grateful to be alive, Richard Smekal returned to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset on Wednesday to thank the doctors, EMTs and hospital staff for their quick action in saving his life after he collapsed with sudden cardiac arrest on Main Street March 30.

Smekal, an equipment operator for an electrical company, was working on Main Street in Somerville when he ...

TAPInto Business Spotlight: Hawk Eyes Vision Center in Manahawkin

STAFFORD — TAPinto Stafford-LBI takes this opportunity to spotlight a great local business, Hawk Eyes Vision Center.

Hawk Eyes is located at 399 N. Main Street (Route 9) in Manahawkin. Adam Johnson opened Hawk Eyes Vision Center in 2018.  Adam has 25 years experience in the field of optometry.  He has worked in Monmouth and Ocean counties since he was 18 years ...


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Honor Moms, Get Thanked When Giving Blood this May with Vitalant

Nonprofit blood services provider Vitalant urges all eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma this May in support of mothers and all patients relying on lifesaving blood transfusions. As a token of thanks, all those who come to give May 1 through May 25 will receive a $5 Gift Card* or, for the period from May 26 through June 1, a Vitalant ball ...


Herman “ Bubie” C. Harrison III, age 56 of Manahawkin NJ, passed way Tuesday April 20th ...
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Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

May 8, 2021

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...

On Mother's Day: A Short Tale of a Neurotic Mother

May 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story was written in 2017 and offers a little personal insight on the unspoken trials some face as moms.  It is shared with permission of Writefully Inspired and is intended to bring a smile to the faces of others who can relate.

This is a story about a mother.   And, it might just sound a little more than auto-biographical.  Because it is.

I ...