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From bar fights to chill fire pits, Jersey Shore nightlife remains a COVID-19 work in progress

The first sign of trouble at Donovan’s Reef Beach Bar in Sea Bright came before even entering the longtime Jersey Shore beachfront hangout rebuilt after being destroyed in Hurricane Sandy.

A bouncer advised the line waiting anxiously for some Saturday night fun that the wait could be a while due to a fight being broken up. A bar fight didn’t bode well for the required social distancing ordered for outdoor restaurants in the age of coronavirus.

Once beyond the entrance, I walked the ramp to the upper level of the expansive outdoor bar and surveyed the scene — a sea of 20-somethings in crop tops a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 28th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on From bar fights to chill fire pits, Jersey Shore nightlife remains a COVID-19 work in progress

Murphy to announce outdoor dining will be allowed starting June 15

Masked legislators, restaurateurs and supporters gathered in Sea Bright on May 29 to plead with Governor Murphy to allow them limited reopening on June 5.

Governor Phil Murphy will announce today that he will allow outdoor dining at New Jersey restaurants starting on Monday, June 15, MMM has learned.

The NJ Restaurant and Hospitality Association has pleaded with Murphy to open restaurants on June 5. Murphy’s action will cost these small businesses and their employees 10 days of business, including two traditionally busy late spring weekends.

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Murphy will not reopen NJ restaurants by June 5

Ray Cosgrove, owner of Bahrs Landing in Highlands, center, at Woody’s in Sea Bright for the NJRHA press conference on Friday, May 29. Photo by Art Gallagher

UPDATE 06/01/20. MMM has learned that Murphy will announce a June 15 reopening date for restaurants this afternoon.

Governor Phil Murphy will not allow the State’s restaurants to open for outdoor dining on June 5, as requested by the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association, MMM has learned.

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O’Scanlon: Let’s open the Shore before Memorial Day

By Senator Declan O’Scanlon

“We waited,” Gov. Phil Murphy said, “because we wanted to get it right.”Governor Murphy said that in response to a question about whether he waited too long to call for our state lockdown.

Sometimes hesitating to “get it right” is wise. Other times it’s the hesitation itself that dooms one to failure. Now Governor Murphy faces a similar test of judgment regarding opening our state back up and potentially saving, or killing our economy.

We faced several major health threats in the last century – Spanish Flu of 1918 and Hong Kong flu in ‘68. But if you ask people today to name t… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 4th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, Jersey Shore, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on O’Scanlon: Let’s open the Shore before Memorial Day

Seaside Boardwalk Fire Was Six Years Ago Today

Today marks the six year anniversary of the fire than engulfed the iconic boardwalk of Seaside Park and Seaside Heights.

The blaze that destroyed 1000 feet of boardwalk and businesses that had been repaired/replaced following Superstorm Sandy which occurred only 11 months prior, was determined to have been caused by electrical wiring that had been corroded during the historic storm but not replaced during the rebuild. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 12th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Seaside Boardwalk Fire Was Six Years Ago Today

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, July 27-29, 2018:

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, July 27

  • “Dinner with Friends” by Center Players (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • Indie Street Film Festival (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Red Bank Sidewalk Sale – MORE INFO
  • Night Hike on Sandy Hook – MORE INFO
  • Visionary Tattoo Arts Festival (Asbury Park) – MORE INFO
  • Noises Off at CBA’s Henderson Theater (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • Monmouth County Fair ‘18 (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • The Outsiders at Holmdel Theatre Company – MORE INFO

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Posted: July 25th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, July 27-29, 2018:

O’Scanlon and DiMaso: Don’t tax summer rentals

As part of their compromise with Governor Phil Murphy over how many taxes to raise and by how much in the new state budget, the Democrat leaders of the legislature have proposed taxing seasonal rentals of vacation homes and Airbnb rentals.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso came out against a seasonal rental tax, which will have a disproportionate impact on Jersey Shore property owners, in a statement issued this afternoon.

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Posted: June 28th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County News, New Jersey State Budget, Serena DiMaso | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, June 8-10, 2018

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, June 8

  • Oh What a Night of Doo Wop & Rock N Roll at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Canterbury Fair (Rumson) – MORE INFO
  • Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical at Axlerod PAC (Deal) – MORE INFO
  • Doo-Wop and Rock N’ Roll at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Bayshore Greek Fest (Holmdel) – MORE INFO
  • Denis Coughlin & Belmar Blvd. (Belmar) – MORE INFO
  • Bluegrass Mini Golf at MP (Oceanport) – MORE INFO
  • Simulcast Racing at Monmouth Park (Oceanport) MORE INFO

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Posted: June 6th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, June 8-10, 2018

Quick Action by Congressman Smith and Mayor Reid Keeps Manasquan Inlet Open This Summer

Pt. Pleasant Beach officials; Councilman Andy Cortes, Mayor Stephen Reid, Council President Bob Santanello meet with Congressman Chris Smith and Ray Bogan, legal counsel for the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, Recreational Fishing Alliance, and United Boatmen of New Jersey, at the Manasquan Inlet. June 1, 1018

Quick action by Pt. Pleasant Beach Mayor Stephen Reid and Congressman Chris Smith will ensure that the Manasquan Inlet remains navigable for commercial and recreational marine traffic this summer.

Unexpected shoaling that threatens to block marine traffic has developed in the inlet since January when the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers performed their regularly scheduled survey.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 3rd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Ocean County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino admits he’s guilty of tax evasion

Michael ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino, known for his role on the “Jersey Shore” TV show, admitted Friday to not paying the full amount of taxes for 2011. The reality television star pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion in federal court in Newark before Judge Susan D. Wigenton as part of a plea deal in the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 19th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Jersey Shore, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino admits he’s guilty of tax evasion