Close To Home: Pipe Bomb In Seaside

A recap of the scary events from last weekend along the Jersey Shore. More »

Plan For Restaurant At Trader’s Cove Draws Opposition

The future of the site continues to be a heated debate. More »

Beach Haven’s New Municipal Building Will Cost $5.7M

The old building was wiped out by Superstorm Sandy. More »

Bridging A Language Barrier

A special ESL class in Howell educates seniors. More »

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Monmouth County Master Plan for Howell Township


By Charles Daye   HOWELL – The Howell portion of the Monmouth County Master Plan shows the township as a “limited growth area,” and is one of few towns in Monmouth with a farmland preservation plan. There was an overview

Howell Town Council Issues Proclamations, Remembers 9/11


By Charles Daye HOWELL – The September 12 township council meeting saw a variety of proclamations, and comments, on local and national issues. Deputy Mayor Robert Nicastro led the Town Council meeting, Mayor William Gotto and Councilman Edward Guz were

$3.6M School Building Referendum Before Voters Sept. 27

The plans for Tuckerton Elementary School. (Courtesy Tuckerton School District)

By Chris Lundy TUCKERTON – Tuckerton Elementary School will get improved handicap accessibility and modern technology labs among other improvements if voters approve a $3.6 million referendum on September 27. The total project would cost $3,636,121. Of this, there is

Beach Haven’s New Municipal Building Will Cost $5.7M

An architectural rendering of Beach Haven’s plans for a $5.7 million town hall, complete with a court room that links via live video feed to the county jail. (Photo courtesy Beach Haven)

By Daniel Nee BEACH HAVEN – After a round of rejected bids and a year of waiting since plans for a new municipal building were announced, Beach Haven officials agreed on a $5.7 million proposal to construct a new home

Officials Fondly Recall Former Committeeman’s Impact

Jackson Town Hall (Photo by Jason Allentoff)

By Jennifer Peacock JACKSON – Members of the Jackson Township Council took time to remember former Committeeman Neil O’Connell, who died at home September 9. “Neil O’Connell, past mayor, past committeeman, great church person, one of the most intelligent people

Tax Increase Shrinks Thanks To $1.1M In State Funds

Brick Township Municipal Bldg (Micromedia File Photo)

By Judy Smestad-Nunn BRICK – Municipal taxes would go up 0.9 cents this year instead of a previously announced 1.5 cent increase, since the state announced they would once again fund CDBG Essential Services Grants for Sandy recovery. Brick would

Plan For Restaurant At Trader’s Cove Draws Opposition

Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn

By Judy Smestad-Nunn BRICK – A standing-room only hearing on whether to add a restaurant to Trader’s Cove came with its supporters, but mostly comments in opposition, including those from an environmental group and an Ocean County Freeholder. Before plans

Longtime Field Hockey Coach To Retire

Central Regional High School field hockey coach Madeline Dutton has guided the Golden Eagles to numerous championships. (Photo credit Jennifer Dybas)

By Chris Christopher BERKELEY – An era chock full of championships will end this fall at Central Regional High School. Madeline Dutton has announced she will step down as the Golden Eagles’ head varsity field hockey coach at the conclusion

Berkeley Historical Society Shares Town Memories

Author and Berkeley Township Historical Society President Al T. Stokley stands with his book “Images of America Berkeley Township” in front of the organization’s outreach table during the September 10 Berkeley Township Community Day in Veterans Park. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

By Bob Vosseller BERKELEY – It can be said that Al T. Stokley, a longtime resident of the township and president of the community’s historical society, could write the book on township history, and that is exactly what he did.

Christie Comes To Bayville With School “Fairness Formula” Pitch

(Photo by Catherine Galioto)

By Catherine Galioto and Jennifer Peacock Gov. Chris Christie took his pitch for school funding changes on the road to Bayville, where he announced he has escalated the issue to the judiciary. “For the first time, it’s your governor going

New Griffins Head Coach Welcomed

Junior Jack Hadley will line up at center and defensive tackle for Donovan Catholic High School. (Photo by Chris Christopher)

By Chris Christopher Tom Tarver is again a head high school football coach. Now the Donovan Catholic mentor, the former Jackson Memorial and Rutgers University standout finds himself loving every minute of it. “To have an opportunity to coach again

Close To Home: Pipe Bomb In Seaside

Jessica Sadowski of C Street took a photo of the damaged trash receptacle shortly after it exploded.

By Catherine Galioto With more incidents since, the initial report of a pipe bomb detonating in Seaside Park on September 17 was close to home, causing confusion, traffic backups, closures of major events and beaches, but no injuries. Federal investigators

TV’s And E-Waste No Longer Accepted At Toms River Recycling Center


From Toms River Township Due to a significant increase in disposal fees of electronics, Toms River is no longer able to accept TVs and electronics from our residents. In order to avoid this cost, effective October 1, 2016, the Department

Bridging A Language Barrier

Adriana Limozinere circles the classroom to make sure anyone who had the Bingo number called marked it on their cards. (Photo By Jennifer Peacock)

By Jennifer Peacock HOWELL – She calls out “B-10. B-10.” Her students search their boards, not knowing whether they can place a chip or not. One student, who sees the called letter and number combination on another student’s board, leans

Jackson Marching Bands Strut In Miss America Parade

Photo courtesy Jackson Jaguar Marching Band and Jackson School District

ATLANTIC CITY – The Jackson Memorial High School Jaguar Marching Band and Jackson Liberty High School Marching Band paraded as part of the Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes” Parade, a three-mile parade down Atlantic City Boardwalk recently. The busy

Lakehurst Borough To Build Impound Yard

Lakehurst Council approved a $12,500 plan to build its own impound yard at public works. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

By Jennifer Peacock LAKEHURST – Lakehurst Council approved a plan to build an impound yard at its public works facility. Chief Eric S. Higgins said that in 2015 Lakehurst impounded 72 vehicles, for reasons such as DWI, unregistered vehicle, uninsured

Recognizing POWs, Veteran Sacrifices

Photo by Jennifer Peacock

MANCHESTER – Mayor and Council presented a special proclamation recognizing the sacrifices of all of our Veterans, POWs/MIAs, and proclaiming September 16, 2016 as POW/MIA Recognition Day in Manchester Township. From left, Councilman James Vaccaro, Burt Kaye, Mayor Kenneth Palmer

Caregiver Volunteers To Hold Fall Harvest Event

Caregiver Volunteers

TOMS RIVER – The Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey present “A Taste of the Fall Harvest” on October 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Toms River Country Club, 419 Washington St. The event will feature wine sampling, autumn

Public Input Sought For Improving Route 9 In Lakewood

(Photo by The Toms River Times)

LAKEWOOD – Township residents, businesses and property owners along the Route 9 corridor in Lakewood are invited to an open house September 28 to learn about and comment on proposals to improve congestion and reduce crashes along the corridor. The

Ocean Ride Recognized As Outstanding System Of The Year

Ocean Ride, Ocean County’s public transportation system, has been recognized as the 2016 Outstanding System of the Year by the New Jersey Council on Special Transportation (NJ COST) a statewide advocacy association. Participating in the award presentation from left to right are: Ocean Ride staff members Michelle Arnold, assistant administrative analyst, Kelly Dyson, buyer, Tom Giberson, senior supervisor, omnibus operator, Laurette Gabriel, confidential assistant, with Ocean County Freeholder Virginia E. Haines, liaison to Ocean Ride, President of NJ COST Michael Viera, Director of the Ocean County Department of Transportation David L. Fitzgerald, and Ocean Ride Division Director James Hand.

OCEAN COUNTY – Ocean Ride, Ocean County’s public transportation system, has been recognized as the 2016 Outstanding System of the Year by the New Jersey Council on Special Transportation (NJ COST) a statewide advocacy association formed in 1981 to provide

SUEZ To Begin Limited Fall Fire Hydrant Testing In Berkeley

Water Tower (Micromedia Archive)

BERKELEY – Beginning September 21, Suez will test fire hydrants within its service area in Berkeley. The testing is expected to last through approximately September 27. Crews will work Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Hydrant

Protecting Your Digital Footprint: Education Program

Ocean County Library - Shield

BRICK –  Safety occupies the minds of nearly everyone these days. Daily attacks on one’s computers have heightened people’s awareness of their need to actively take part in self-protection. Ocean County Library’s Brick Branch, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., will present

Holiday Job Fair

Photo by Micromedia Publications.

TOMS RIVER – The 17th Annual Ocean County Mall Job Fair will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on September 24 at the Center Court. Mall stores will be hiring management, cashiers, sales associates, stock clerks, security, counter help,

80th Anniversary Of The Hindenburg Disaster

Photo by Mike Romano, courtesy of Wikipedia

LAKEHURST – The Navy Lakehurst Historical Society is currently taking ticket orders for the 80th Anniversary Memorial Dinner to remember the Hindenburg. The event will be held May 5, 2017 at the Clarion Hotel, Rt 37 in Toms River. A

RWJBarnabas Health And Dart Offer Medicine Drop Boxes


  OCEAN COUNTY – RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and the DART Prevention Coalition joined the New Jersey Attorney General’s “Project Medicine Drop” initiative and provided secure prescription drug drop boxes to four Ocean County Police Departments this month including

Roller Derby Bout To Raise Money For Local Animal Shelter

Two roller derby teams will compete to raise money for Tails of Hope, a nonprofit animal shelter in Oakhurst. (Photo courtesy Of Central Jersey Roller Vixens)

ABERDEEN – A September 24 roller derby bout at Tab Ramos Sports Center in Aberdeen will serve as a fundraiser for Tails of Hope, a nonprofit animal shelter based in Oakhurst. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. September 24, and