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We are continuing our simultaneous countdowns of the Top-10 Most Read Jersey Shore Covid News Stories and Most Watched Jersey Shore Covid News Videos of 2020.

Here is the most read Covid article followed by the most watched Covid video on our social media platforms of Facebook and YouTube across 92.7 WOBM, 94.3ThePoint, 105.7TheHawk, the new Beach 104.1 FM and the Shore Sports Network.

#1 Most Read Covid Article...Sawmill among 3 Shore restaurants, 8 residents found violating executive orders. (39,655 page views), Story Date: May 1, 2020.

The Sawmill in Seaside Park
The Sawmill in Seaside Park (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)

There were eight Jersey Shore residents and three businesses charged or were facing suspensions this week in May for violating Governor Phil Murphy's executive orders in place during the public health crisis.

The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control issued charges against 20 bars, restaurants, breweries and liquor stores for violating executive orders related to COVID-19.

All 20 faced suspension of their liquor licenses for at least 10 days. Two other establishments were issued fines for lesser COVID-19 related infractions.

Under executive orders issued by Governor Murphy in April, businesses licensed to sell alcohol in the state were permitted to remain open during the COVID-19 state-of-emergency, but only for take-out or delivery services of food and alcohol.

No table or bar service was permitted, on premise alcohol consumption is prohibited, and alcoholic beverages “to go” must be in sealed original containers.

Here are the Jersey Shore establishments facing suspension for allegedly violating the orders:

  • Buteco Sports Bar in Long Branch
  • Old Glory Kitchen and Spirits in Keyport
  • The Sawmill in Seaside Heights

3-Jersey Shore residents are facing charges for alleged Assaults and Threats Against Police Officers, EMTs, or Others:

John Hendricks, 19, of Rumson, was charged by Middletown Police with terroristic threats during an emergency, aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and violating the emergency orders.

Andrew Jacome, 18, of Fair Haven, was charged with criminal mischief and violating the emergency orders.

Colonel Callahan said that homeowners called police to report two people who were throwing rocks at their door, vandalizing their vehicle and exploding fireworks in their mailbox.

Police arrested Hendricks and Jacome.

Hendricks also allegedly attempted to flee and physically resisted arrest.

Callahan said that he allegedly screamed at the victim and threatened to return and burn their house down.

At police headquarters, Hendricks is accused of trying to kick police officers and spat on the floor, claiming he had the coronavirus.

Jaymee Tice, 37, of Point Pleasant Borough, was charged on April 26 by Point Pleasant Borough Police with terroristic threats during an emergency.  Tice entered the driver’s seat of an occupied vehicle while the driver was inside getting ice cream at Sundaes on Route 88.

The car owner saw Tice and returned to her vehicle.

She managed to get Tice out, but Tice allegedly shouted at her, saying, “Do you want corona? Do you want to die?”

2-Ocean County residents were charged with alleged Violations of Executive Orders, Including “Stay at Home” Order, and Ordinances

Zachary Novosellar, 62, of Lakewood, was charged by Lakewood Police for hosting an engagement party at his residence on 14th Street.

Lakewood Police found 25 to 30 cars parked on the street and approximately 20 people standing in front of the residence, without social distancing.

Novosellar said he arranged for the parties to meet to pick up engagement gifts.

Janice Lauria, 52, of Point Pleasant, was charged by Point Pleasant Police with violating the emergency orders by ignoring repeated warnings from the police and allowing individuals to exercise in the gym she owns on Route 88, Anytime Fitness.

Violation of the emergency orders is a disorderly persons offense carrying a sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

These violations are charged by summons, without arrest.

#1 Most Watched Covid Video...How Jersey Shore restaurants and diners are getting creative with outdoor dining. (5,596 video views), Story Date: June 16, 2020.

Stage 2 of the New Jersey reopening in June allowed for restaurants and other food establishments to open up for outdoor dining only right now.

There was enhanced cleaning measures, social distancing and people wearing a mask.

While some food establishments are used to having outdoor dining in the summer (in addition to indoor dining) they were facing some challenges by June as are the typically indoor venues that are now getting creative to keep their business open.

At the Marlboro Diner on Route 9 in Monmouth County owner Kara Petrou began running a 1950's style dining experience known as the 'Car Hop'.

"You just sit in your car, give us a call and let us know you're here, we'll bring out menus and you can order from the comfort of your car. We'll then bring everything out on a trey," Petrou said. "It's a good way to bring the community together and bring everybody back to where they like to dine."

They were in the process of adding picnic tables to complete the outdoor dining experience.

Meanwhile, at the Four Seasons Diner in Toms River owner Joe Palmisano was giving people a place to sit and eat outdoors with a summertime vibe to it with some palm tree plants in the parking lot.

"We set up some picnic tables and so far people have been very responsive," Palmisano said.

At the beginning of the pandemic though and the subsequent shutdowns and restrictions, there was some doubt on whether the Four Seasons Diner would remain open but the loyal customers made a decision to stay open easier.

"In the beginning I was going to close that first week and thank God I didn't because the people were very responsive," Palmisano said. "We offered a lot of takeout and deliveries and it's been very worth it. We're obviously not at 100-percent but hopeful within the next couple weeks we can get there."

At Martell's Tiki Bar and restaurants along the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, Assistant General Manager Michael Hull explains that one of the challenges that they've been facing was in the kitchens.

"We have many kitchens here so we had to cut down on how many we can open up because it's just not feasible from the labor standpoint," Hull said. "When you have less clientele you can't open all your kitchens. We have, inside, four kitchens...it's not really logical to open them when we're only serving x amount of people outside so we combined a few menus, scaled down so that we can get the food out quickly, have a little bit of a lower labor cost and still try to make out customers happy."

At their sister restaurant, Martell's Waters Edge in Bayville, Hull explains that they've made adjustments for outdoor dining there as well.

"Aside from the ability to have boats pull up, take their food and go, there's also a new patio area where there's outdoor seating," Hull said. "So in addition to the pier and increased seating, they're going to make out alright, but it's not going to be the same."

Top-10 Covid Stories Recap:

9th Most Watched Covid Video...Monmouth County Covid Business & Primary Plans.

7th Most Watched Covid Video...What Have We Learned About Covid-19?.

6th Most Watched Covid Video...Beach And Boardwalk Covid-19 Safety Tips.

5th Most Watched Covid Video...Six Flags Is Back Open!

4th Most Watched Covid Video...How EMS Squads Are Keeping Safe During Pandemic.

3rd Most Watched Covid Video...Ocean County Summer Beach Plans.


You can follow Vin Ebenau on Twitter and Instagram and email news tips to vin.ebenau@townsquaremedia.com.

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