Down the Shore

June 14, 2021

BEACH HAVEN, NJ - Do you go to LBI in the summer? Look for Compassion Café who kicked off their inaugural season with a huge grand opening celebration at their 2021 host location, Barry's Do Me A Flavor on Centre Street in Beach Haven on May 17.  Compassion Café is a registered 501(c)3 ...

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HOLMDEL, NJ:  At 9:58 a.m., TAPinto received a report of a motor vehicle accident near mile marker 115 on the Garden State Parkway, Holmdel. First responders on scene, two lanes of traffic are blocked. If possible avoid area at this time. There are no additional details at this time. 

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TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey is offering another incentive for unvaccinated people to get their shots. As part of “Operation Jersey Summer,” through July 4, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will offer a State Parks Vax Pass – allowing free access to state parks, including Island ...

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BELMAR, NJ — With seals venturing onto Jersey Shore beaches in recent weeks, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center is cautioning people to stay a safe distance away — and that means keeping at least 150 feet back, which is about the length of three school buses. “Recently there have been several ...

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OCEAN COUNTY, NJ — A massive wildfire fire that shut down the Garden State Parkway last Sunday afternoon, March 14 was intentionally set, according to officials.  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said that several agencies collaborated in the investigation of the wildfire, which ...

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ASBURY PARK, NJ -- Asbury Park’s The Stone Pony and Senator Vin Gopal’s Civic Association have teamed up to support the Jersey Shore music and art industry with a virtual benefit concert, Asbury Band Aid on April 20th, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Artists, musicians, and the industry leaders that support them ...

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TOMS RIVER - The Garden State Parkway is closed in both directions from Exit 83 to Exit 90 due to a large forest fire that started off Airport Road, according to the Ocean County Sheriff's Department. The fire was first reported at 1:40 p.m. UPDATE: All lanes of Route 70 are closed and ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ - Barnegat and Ocean Township have many things in common. Beautiful glimpses of the bay, as well as the sun and moon all provide a vision of grandeur.   Barnegat reader Staci Blahut shared one of her recent photographic gems. A national reserve in the community offers yet another ...

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SURF CITY, NJ — The very popular Scojo's Restaurant in Surf City faced a fire overnight Wednesday, January 20. Despite it being a tough year for restaurant businesses due to COVID-19, Scojo's adapted and made sure they operated safely for their customers and employees. This fire is another huge ...

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BEACH HAVEN, NJ - Long Beach Island natives, Rob and Jane Romanowski are proud to announce the launch of Queen City Cycle Boat, making its debut for the 2021 season. The Queen City Cycle Boat will be Jersey Shore's first and original pedal powered party boat, the Beach Haven couple told ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar seasonal beach badges for 2021 are now available to purchase online. Cost per badge remains at $70 for persons age 16 to 64 and $30 for seniors age 65 and over. However, this year there is a processing fee for each purchase — $2 for a regular badge and $1 for a senior badge ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Santa made an appearance along the Belmar boardwalk on Saturday afternoon, a cheerful sight on a gray afternoon in a year like no other for many people. Stationed on a bench outside the 10th Avenue pavilion, “Santa Ed” waved to passing cars along Ocean Avenue, chatted with visitors ...

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BELMAR, NJ — The snowy owl made an appearance this week along the Belmar oceanfront. Local photographer Nancy Orlowski was on the 16th Avenue beach at about 1:30 p.m. on December 8 when she captured the regal bird’s visit in both a photo (see photo gallery) and the video below as it was taking ...

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STAFFORD -Stafford Township Police released to the public a report of a 13-year-old missing since 12:39 p.m. today, Saturday, December 5. The police statement read: The Stafford Township Police Department is attempting to locate a missing, at-risk 13 year old black female named Jomyaah ...

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Editor’s Note: October 29, 2012. It is a day that the Belmar community will never forget. Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Jersey Shore town, leaving a path of destruction that left an indelible mark on its residents, including John Walsh. While he is known for producing short comedy videos — many ...

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LONG BEACH ISLAND - A global pandemic couldn't stop people from enjoying the lovely beaches of Long Beach Island this summer. Labor Day has passed but don't expect to summer to sizzle out too soon.   There will be more people here in September primarily because there are many home owners will ...

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LONG BEACH ISLAND — A potentially record-breaking boat rally took place on Saturday at the Jersey Shore. Saturday’s Jersey Shore parade began at 9:30 a.m. in Toms River. According to a Facebook post promoting the event, the parade split into different groups, with one ending at Morrison’s Marina in ...

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LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ - The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has adapted to COVID-19 and will host a Virtual 2020 Chowder Run + Bike Challenge this year. Get into the spirit of Chowderfest by getting outdoors for the inaugural event that includes official Chowder Run Challenge 2020 ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy on Monday pleaded with New Jersey’s youth and their parents to protect public health by not holding secret indoor parties and other large indoor gatherings. “We have many examples of people congregating indoors without face coverings, without social distancing ...

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Borough Steps Up Communication with Public on Real-Time Beach Updates BELMAR, NJ — During this summer of COVID-19, a day at the beach isn’t what it used to be in Belmar. Beach capacity limits and other coronavirus restrictions have put pressure on Belmar beachfront employees, lifeguards and ...

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STAFFORD - There is automobile accident at the bottom of the large Route 72 westbound bridge in Stafford Township at this time of 4:15 p.m. Traffic off of Long Beach Island is at complete standstill.  The accident took place near the Mallard Island Yacht Club. All lanes off Long Beach Island ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Belmar will sell no more than 7,500 beach badges a day — a number that could be reduced even more based on the number of beachgoers with seasonal badges and the time of high tide on any given day. The Belmar Office of Emergency Management announced the change in an early ...

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LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ - Video footage surfaced Thursday morning of a shark attacking a dolphin right off the shore in Long Beach Township. Video footage was provided by Sean Donohue, who says he witnessed the encounter near 106th Street Beach. There are unconfirmed reports that the dolphin ...

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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. On a warm afternoon at Seaside Heights, Nick Amoresano allowed himself a trip to the beach for ...

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BARNEGAT, NJ — A Barnegat man using a metal detector came to the rescue of a distraught township resident, who lost her rings at the Barnegat Bay beach.  Alicia Bivins says she offered Tom Panik a reward for recovering her treasured keepsakes, but he refused to take it. “He told me just to pay ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses: Casinos, Outdoor amusement parks and water ...

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LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, NJ — With many towns canceling their Fourth of July fireworks due to COVID-19 crowd concerns, Long Beach Township has decided to present them with social distancing in mind. The firework celebration will take place at 68th Street in Brant Beach on the bay, but Bayview Park ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September. Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended ...

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SURF CITY — On Saturday afternoon a small banner plane crashed into the ocean at 13th Street in Surf City.  The Surf City Police Department and Patrolmen Costabile and Rible arrived on scene and found a small banner plane had crashed into the ocean. Surf City lifeguards, Scott Meggitt and ...

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LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP — Long Beach Township leadership issued an emergency order implementing a 9 p.m. curfew for youths 17 and under this summer throughout the township. Officials cited issues with multitudes of large gatherings on the beach and throughout the Township at night. Students have been ...

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