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COVID-19 Press Information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
July 31, 2020                                                                                              

Driver Knowledge Testing Restarts August 3
MVC Licensing Centers to Offer Testing by Appointment Only

TRENTON – The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission announced today that driver knowledge exams, also known as “written” driver tests, will be available to all drivers, including commercial drivers, by appointment starting August 3. All Licensing Centersexcept Oakland and Flemington will offer the tests.

Appointments can be made up to thirty days in advance, at https://mymvc.state.nj.us/apps/schedule-knowledge-test-appointment.html. Customers are cautioned that demand will be high, so it may take time to secure an appointment.

Road tests, which re-started June 29, continue on a by-appointment basis. More information about road tests is available at the MVC website.  

For more MVC news and updates, customers should visit NJMVC.gov.






 

 




For more information regarding businesses in Neptune that are still open during the current COVID-19, please CLICK HERE.


Community Food Resources

Please CLICK HERE for the complete list


 

County of Monmouth
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 23, 2020

Freeholders to allocate $10 million of CARES Act
funding to County small business community

 

FREEHOLD, NJ – On behalf of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone is announcing that the County will allocate $10 million from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act to supplement the Community Development Block Grant - Coronavirus (CDBG-CV).

The funding will be utilized to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses with up to 50 employees.

“While some other counties have chosen to utilize the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Monmouth County will be administering these grants directly because no one knows our small businesses like we do,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “I have been in constant contact with small business owners and chambers of commerce throughout this pandemic and will continue to work with them to assist in any way I can.”

The CDBG-CV was received through the County’s Office of Community Development in the amount of $1.59 million.

“My fellow Freeholders and I realized that the $1.59 million from the Community Development Block Grant for COVID would not provide sufficient funds to reach all small businesses in the County due to restrictions and guidelines put in place by the federal government and HUD,” said Freeholder Director Arnone, liaison to the Division of Economic Development. “The Board unanimously passed the resolution to share supplemental funds from the CARES Act to the Monmouth County small businesses and nonprofits to provide them with relief during this pandemic.”

The U.S. Department of the Treasury instituted the CARES Act to provide fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families and small businesses. The goal of this economic relief package is to preserve jobs and lessen the economic impacts of the health pandemic.

Congress provided $5 billion in CARES Act funding for the CDBG-CV, a program developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The second round of CARES Act money for CDBG-CV, amounting $1 billion, will target public health, coronavirus as well as housing and economic disruption needs. The Grant was distributed to state and local governments and the County is awaiting further direction about properly allocating funds from HUD.

“Throughout this pandemic in Monmouth County, countless residents have filed for unemployment and small businesses have shut their doors,” said Freeholder Director Arnone. “These grant dollars will help support and recover our County economy as we continue to curb COVID and in the United States.”

More information on the CDBG-CV will be made available in the coming weeks on www.visitmonmouth.com.

 


JUNE 4, 2020

Attention all Neptune Food Establishments and Retailers:

Governor Murphy Announces Outdoor Dining Protocols and Process to Expand Premises for Liquor License Holders

Please CLICK HERE for Executive Order # 150

Please CLICK HERE for the protocols for food or beverage establishments pursuant to Executive Order #150


Please CLICK HERE for the special ruling establishing requirements due to COVID-19 


NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL COURT

The Municipal Court office is open to take telephone calls but remains closed to pedestrian traffic .  Payments may be made at NJMCDIRECT.com, mailed to PO Box 1125, Neptune, NJ 07754 or dropped off at the Municipal Complex.  Please include your full name and address on all payments.  Please print legibly.

Where appropriate, Plea Agreements have been mailed in lieu of in-person appearances for court.  If you have received a Plea-by-Mail form PLEASE indicate whether you accept or decline the offer, provide your telephone number and email address and return the form to the court. 
**You may return the form even if the return date has already passed.

All other cases will be scheduled for a virtual court session via ZOOM.  Please call the court to provide an email address for session notification. 

  Telephone numbers and email addresses are used for CONTACT PURPOSES ONLY.

 


ATTENTION NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP BUSINESS COMMUNITY:

In anticipation of Governor Murphy allowing the further re-opening of restaurants and retail businesses with restrictions and/or modifications, Township has created temporary permits to allow restaurants and retail businesses to open with expanded usage modifications.

Again, this is all contingent upon Governor Murphy lifting some restrictions currently in place. By allowing restaurants and retail to view and fill out these permits in advance, we look to provide our business community more time to prepare for this next phase.

Below is a more detailed explanation

RESTAURANTS: As part of an effort to support the local economy, the Township of Neptune has determined that some local restaurants may be able to temporarily establish outdoor seating for their establishments with the issuance of a temporary use permit.

These permits may allow restaurants, on a case-by-case, limited basis, to expand the areas available for outdoor seating. The temporary use permit for outdoor dining is only for restaurants with an active mercantile license from the Township of Neptune and a physical location within the Township. If the restaurant currently has approved outdoor dining the temporary use permit is only necessary if the restaurant wishes to temporarily expand their approved outdoor dining space.

RETAIL: The Township is also issuing temporary use permits for outdoor retail sales for businesses with an active mercantile license from the Township of Neptune and a physical location within the Township. This is to allow for the outdoor display and sale of merchandise. The temporary use permit is only valid during normal business hours.

Restaurants and businesses interested in applying for a temporary use permit can find the corresponding application below. Completed applications should be sent to the Township Administrator, vgadaleta@neptunetownship.org. There is no fee for a temporary use permit for qualifying restaurants and businesses.

*Temporary use permits shall be restricted to normally permitted current zoning activity and shall be related to the principal commercial activities in operation on the subject property. Temporary use permits shall not be issued to occupy unimproved properties or areas identified as open space, preserve, drainage or detention areas, or landscape buffers. Safe ingress and egress shall be provided to the site, including emergency access measures at all times. If the applicant does not own the area, a letter from the property owner granting permission to utilize the subject area identified within the temporary use permit, during the requested time period, shall be provided by the applicant.

All restaurants and businesses receiving the temporary use permit must comply with the requirements of social distancing and other regulations in accordance with applicable Executive Orders issued by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.

 

CLICK HERE for the application for Outdoor Retail Sales
CLICK HERE for the application for Outdoor Dining

 


PRICE GOUGING CONCERNS?
New Jersey’s Law Against Price Gouging is now in Effect
 
This law prohibits excessive price increases during a declared state of emergency, or for 30 days after the termination of the state of emergency. Excessive price increases are defined as price increases that are more than 10 percent higher than the price at which merchandise was sold during the normal course of business prior to the state of emergency. Consumers who believe they were targeted by a scheme related to COVID-19 or who believe that businesses have unfairly increased their prices are encouraged to file a complaint online or call (973) 504-6240. Consumers should leave their name, contact information, nature of the complaint and the name and address of the business.  
 

 




Our office has received a lot of questions from independent contractors, self-employed workers, gig workers, and sole proprietors about the status of assistance and relief, especially related to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Here’s an update on the programs and relief options available to you right now, and what’s coming down the pipeline.

First: the Department of Labor has released a Frequently Asked Questions document answering questions asked by self-employed workers, independent contractors, and gig workers regarding relief options that are available. It includes an explanation of PUA, a discussion of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and details on records and documents that you will need to qualify for relief.

The Department of Labor also released a guide to filing a PUA claim as an independent contractor, self-employed worker, or gig worker. It contains information about documents and information that you will need to provide to qualify.

Currently, the PUA application is not available. The Department of Labor is working around the clock to make the new PUA benefits system available, but until implementation is complete, I encourage everyone to start the process of qualifying for PUA today.

Here’s what you can do right now to qualify for PUA:

  1. Apply for normal unemployment benefits at the New Jersey unemployment website.
  2. Wait until your application is reviewed. This review process may take longer than expected due to the high and unprecedented quantity of unemployment claims the Department of Labor is receiving. Your application will likely be denied; this is okay. This rejection is necessary to qualify you for PUA benefits.
  3. Assemble all documents and information you will need to apply for PUA, as listed on the DOL guide to applying for PUA benefits.
  4. Wait. As mentioned, the PUA benefits system is not yet implemented - however, our office will let you know as soon as the application is open. In the meantime, I encourage you to continue checking the Department of Labor website and to sign up to receive our office’s email updates for more information.

I am glad to share that the Department of Labor has recently made exceptional strides toward improving their infrastructure and workforce, including:

  • updating IT systems
  • delivering hundreds of laptops to additional claims agents and support staff
  • deploying an intelligent automated reply system to respond to common questions
  • expanding call centers to provide additional phone lines
  • establishing a new tribunal to conduct virtual appeal hearings

This is an incredibly difficult time for thousands of families across our state, and I feel your pain. You deserve help, and you deserve answers, which is why our team is committed to bringing you updates on relief opportunities whenever we can.

If you are a constituent of the 11th Legislative District and need help or assistance with a state program, you can request help from our office by submitting a constituent services request using our online form. If you have a question about how our state is responding to the COVID-19 crisis, or about how you can keep your family safe and healthy, you can submit a question through our question submission form.

Thank you for the continued opportunity to serve you as your representative in the State Senate. We will get through this crisis - together. Until then: Stay healthy, and stay safe.


 

Small Business Assistance 

Please CLICK HERE for the application information 

 


“Guidelines to re-open”

Please CLICK HERE to view


EXECUTIVE ORDER INFORMATION
For a complete list of all Executive Orders, please CLICK HERE. 

Executive Order #105- Elections

Executive Order #107- Businesses that can remain open

Executive Order #110- Child Care Centers

Executive Order #116- School Elections 

Executive Order #117- Student Assessments 

Executive Order #118- State & County Park Closures

Executive Order #122- Cease all non-essential construction work

Executive Order #138- Extend Public Health Emergency 

Executive Order #142- Construction, gatherings and retail business

Executive Order #143- Allowing Beaches, Boardwalks, Lakes & Lakeshores to remain open with social distancing measures in place

Exectutive Order #147- Outdoor Recreational Activities

Executive Order #154- Allowing Personal Care Service Facilities to Open Effective June 22


Executive Order #157Rules for  Indoor Dining, Indoor Recreational Facilities, and Individualized  Instruction at Gyms and Fitness Centers

Executive Order #156- Indoor Gatherings

Executive Order #158- Indoor Dining Restrictions 

Executive Order #168- Contact Sports

Executive Order #170- Extending Certain Statutory Deadlines 

Executive Order #173- Updated Indoor Gatherings

 


 

Fishing Guide during COVID-19

Please click here

 


Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service
** Online Services Remain Available **

Print Version

All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, we are still able to provide critical services.

Our secure and convenient online services remain available at www.socialsecurity.gov. Local offices will also continue to provide critical services over the phone. We are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local governments, and other experts to monitor COVID-19 and will let you know as soon as we can resume in-person service.

If you need help from Social Security:

  • First, please use our secure and convenient online services available at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices. You can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and much more – from anywhere and from any of your devices. We also have a wealth of information to answer most of your Social Security questions online, without having to speak with a Social Security representative in person or by phone. Please visit our online Frequently Asked Questions at www.socialsecurity.gov/ask.
  • If you cannot conduct your Social Security business online, please check our online field office locator for specific information about how to directly contact your local office. Your local office still will be able to provide critical services to help you apply for benefits, answer your questions, and provide other services over the phone.
  • If you already have an in-office appointment scheduled, we will call you to handle your appointment over the phone instead. If you have a hearing scheduled, we will call you to discuss alternatives for continuing with your hearing, including offering a telephonic hearing. Our call may come from a PRIVATE number and not from a U.S. Government phone. Please remember that our employees will not threaten you or ask for any form of payment.

If you cannot complete your Social Security business online, please call our National 800 Number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Our National 800 Number has many automated service options you can use without waiting to speak with a telephone representative. A list of automated telephone services is available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/contact/phone.html.




Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings
Please CLICK HERE for information. 

Killing Corona Virus in your vehicle. CLICK HERE for information 

 

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