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St. Mary's Parking Lot Mass Continues Today in Manahawkin

May 30, 2020

BARNEGAT/MANAHAWKIN,  NJ - At yesterday's press conference, Governor Phil Murphy said he will make further announcements regarding reopening of churches on June 12th. Meanwhile, St. Mary's Parish will offer a “Parking Lot Mass” at 4 pm today.

Those wishing to participate in the drive-in Mass may park as early as 3:30 PM at the Parish Center. Two entrances will be ...

This Township Working With Religious Institutions on Safe Way to Reopen

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Mayor Matthew Moench has directed Sgt. Jamie Edwards, Office of Emergency Management coordinator, to conduct outreach and provide assistance to all religious institutions in the township to allow them to begin conducting safe and practical religious worship.

According to a release, there are a number of Bridgewater based institutions that are expected to ...

Saint Mary's Parish Offers Special Lazarus Memorial Mass on Wednesday

BARNEGAT, NJ —  In the wake of the coronavirus crisis and state shutdown, local members of the Catholic faith join others in their frustration. Open casket viewings are forbidden by state laws. Churches have been closed.  For Catholics, the grieving process includes gathering for a funeral mass to pray for the soul of their lost loved one.   St. Mary's ...

Matt Axelrod, Cantor of CBI in Scotch Plains, Appears in HBO Series 'The Plot Against America'

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Singing Jewish hymns is part of his very being, but Cantor Matt Axelrod of Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains had never done it in a TV miniseries before.

Axelrod lent his talents and authenticity to the successful HBO production of The Plot Against America, which is based on the best-selling novel by Philip Roth. It presents an alternate ...

Ocean County Jewish Community Commemorates Atrocities and Genocide of Holocaust

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ -  On Monday evening, April 20th, the Jewish community of Ocean County commemorated the atrocities and genocide of the Holocaust.  In what is observed as Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah in Hebrew, rabbis and clergy from local area synagogues and Chabads came together in a virtual memorial service in memory of those who perished.

More than 150 ...

Easter and Weekly Online Worship Services Information in Stafford and LBI

STAFFORD - This Sunday is Resurrection Sunday in the Christian faith.  It is also Passover for our Jewish friends. This is the site to contact local congregations to see if they are offering online services.

Bayside Chapel: 
9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. services are available online at  For up to date info visit

Manahawkin ...

The Passover Seder: The Most Celebrated and Loved Jewish Home Ritual

SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY - We join in celebrating Passover season with our neighbors here in Southern Ocean County. Here is a description of the Passover for our readers to enjoy.

The Passover seder (literally, “order”) is probably the most celebrated and beloved of Jewish home rituals. Many Jews have cherished memories of past family times spent at a seder. It is believed ...

Holy Week: Five Answers from Billy Graham About Easter

SOUTHERN OCEAN COUNTY - As we approach Easter, many ponder the meaning of the holiday. Over the years, people have written Billy Graham concerning their questions about its significance. Here, we have chosen several of the most commonly asked questions about this observance—along with Billy Graham’s answers.

Q: I’ve never understood why people refer to the day that Jesus ...

Spring Holidays no Time to Ignore Coronavirus Physical Distancing Orders, NJ Officials Say

TRENTON, NJ — With religious holidays approaching and changing guidelines for the use of masks, state officials on Friday urged the public to continue to observe a statewide ban on social gatherings as a means to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

The reminders to observe social distancing came during Gov. Phil Murphy’s daily press briefing during which officials reported an ...

Local Funeral Director Mark Tobie Explains Coronavirus Impact on Families Mourning the Death of a Loved One

STAFFORD - Mark Tobie is the owner of Maxwell-Tobie Funeral Home in Manahawkin.  

In this unprecedented time, the health and well-being of the community, the families that funeral directors serve and the safety of their staff is a priority.

Tobie explains the impact of Governor Murphy's order of prohibiting public funerals in New Jersey to help limit the spread of the ...


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Vitalant Begins Testing All Blood Donations for Antibodies to COVID-19

Today, Vitalant became the first national blood bank to test all blood donations for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The nation’s largest independent, nonprofit blood collector—serving hospital patients in the New Jersey and New York region—is providing the test results to donors who complete successful blood donations, which are critically ...

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 ...


Maxwell-Tobie Funeral Home in Manahawkin listed the following obituary: Judith Ann ...
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Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

TAPinto Featured Franchisee: Brett Freeman of Halston Media Group

The featured TAPinto franchisee for the month of June 2020 is Brett Freeman, CEO and Publisher of Halston Media Group.  Halston Media Group owns and operates five hardcopy newspapers and utilizes TAPinto as their online platform for their newspapers.  Halston Media Group's five TAPinto franchises are TAPinto Mahopac, TAPinto Somers, TAPinto Yorktown, TAPinto North Salem, and ...

TAPinto Red Bank Editor Shares Story of Virtual Art Auction to Benefit Neighbors in Need

June 5, 2020

RED BANK, NJ -- Scott Wingerter, Editor of TAPinto Red Bank, joined Host Stephanie Willoughby to share a story from his community about a local nonprofit organization who held an online art auction to raise money to feed the needy.  

Lunch Break is a Red Bank organization founded in 1983 to help underemployed people make ends meet, said Wingerter, but it has evolved into much more.

Powerful Storm Rocks Area on Wednesday

June 3, 2020

STAFFORD and LONG BEACH ISLAND — A wicked storm blasted through the Southern Ocean County region Wednesday around 1 p.m. The storm left behind a large amount of damage to area homes and businesses. 

People have questioned whether the damage was caused by a tornado or just straight line winds. No official word from the National Weather Service this evening. 

By 4 p.m. over ...

Manage Mosquitoes for a Safer and More Enjoyable Summer

Don’t let the buzz of mosquitoes keep you indoors. Most mosquitoes are a nuisance, causing rashes and itching but some species can transmit diseases that can make you sick.  Understanding how they breed and spread disease can help you gain the upper hand in the battle against these pesky insects.

Mosquitoes serve as a carrier (vector) in the spread of certain diseases. It starts ...

NJ Launches $100M Short-Term Rental Assistance Program

TRENTON, NJ - Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver joined the governor and other officials at yesterday’s daily COVID-19 press conference. Donning her hat as the head of New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs, Oliver introduced the implementation of a temporary rental assistance program.

According to Governor Phil Murphy, the state plans to apply at least $100M to begin the ...