Boat Ramp Plan Sees Opposition

Construction plans for Gilford Park are not sitting well with some. More »

Local Candlelight Vigil Honors Orlando Shooting Victims

Residents in Ocean County come together to honor those lost. More »

Mayor Palmer Vetoes Redevelopment Plan For Heritage Minerals

The plan has received little public support at both meetings More »

Veterans Park Summer Concerts Begin

Sounds of Summer Concerts begin this week in Veterans Park. More »

Canine Provides Independence For Brick Resident

Meet Beth Detata and her canine companion Vinny. More »

New Soup Kitchen Born Of Inspiration

Volunteers are helping out the new soup kitchen in Jackson. More »

Ordinance Paves Way For Rt. 9 Development In Mayetta

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Volunteers Expand Caregiving Mission To Howell

The Ocean County non-profit opens an office in Monmouth. More »

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Manchester Water Utility Eastern Service Area Customers

Mayor Kenneth Palmer looks back over his first year in office and explains what’s in store for 2016. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

FROM THE DESK OF MAYOR PALMER  Manchester Township Water Utility Eastern Service Area Customers Mandatory Lawn and Landscape Watering Restrictions Effective June 28, 2016 During summer months, customer demands for water increase dramatically due to lawn irrigation.  Over the last

Charity Resale Shop Donates Proceeds To Charities

From left, Dave Applegate, board president of Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity; Maureen Schutz of Charity Resale Shop; Mark Kotzas of the Kotzas Family Foundation and Suzan Fichtner, executive director of Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity (Photo courtesy Charity Resale Shop)

TOMS RIVER – Mark Kotzas, president of the Charity Resale Shop in Toms River, designates the proceeds of the shop to be donated to a various small charity every month. Past recipients include Children’s Specialized Hospital and Tina’s House Ocean

100 Years Later, NJ Shark Attacks Still Terrify

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By Catherine Galioto The nation’s fascination with or fear of sharks ‑‑ whether the movie “Jaws,” Shark Week television programs or tracking the Mary Lee as she pings offshore – is as popular as ever. But it’s been a century

“Pitching The Past” At Allaire

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FARMINGDALE – The Historic Village of Allaire is hosting the 1864 version of baseball on June 25. The Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club, based at the village in Allaire State Park, will take on another vintage team, the Chesapeake Nine

Local Officials Pause, Remembering Orlando Tragedy

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By Charles Daye   HOWELL – With a moment of silence and a call for an end of living in fear, officials began the recent meeting of the township council reflecting on the national tragedy in Orlando and its horrific

Volunteers Expand Caregiving Mission To Howell

The ribbon cutting for the opening of Caregivers in Monmouth County featured local officials and the group’s volunteers. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

By Jennifer Peacock They had to come. Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, operating in Ocean County, opened a new office in Freehold to answer increasing demands for services for the elderly in Monmouth County. Though they opened their doors in

Ordinance Paves Way For Rt. 9 Development In Mayetta

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By Daniel Nee STAFFORD – The township council has introduced an ordinance correcting the zoning of a lot on Route 9 that will allow for the development of a commercial parcel in the Mayetta section. The lot line of Block

Southern Regional Sends Off Class Of 2016

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MANAHAWKIN – The Class of 2016 graduates toss their caps high at the closing of the commencement ceremony for Southern Regional High School. At left, Valedictorian Jordan Shinn, and Salutatorian Avila Reynolds. For more photos, follow Micromedia Publications on Instagram

New Soup Kitchen Born Of Inspiration

Volunteers at the Bread from Heaven Café and Pantry in Jackson help out every Friday. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

By Jennifer Peacock Though she says she’s not a terribly religious person, Helen Ludowig of Jackson said she felt a call 10 years ago to open a soup kitchen, a call she squarely ignored. But when her job at Jersey

Congrats, Class Of 2016 – Jackson

JMHS Valedictorian Victoria McKeown and Salutatorian Gabrielle Wilson. (Photo courtesy of Jackson Board of Education)

By Jennifer Peacock Jackson Township graduated its senior classes at Liberty and Memorial June 16. The skies cleared just in time for both ceremonies to be held outside. “Today marks the beginning of the new history you will create. Your

Brick Celebrates Class Of 2016

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By Judy Smestad-Nunn BRICK – Friday night, June 17 was a cause for celebration as nearly 800 students graduated from the two Brick high schools. The exact count was 367 for Brick High School and 429 at Brick Memorial. Brick

Canine Provides Independence For Brick Resident

Beth Detata of Brick and her canine companion, Vinny. (Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

By Judy Smestad-Nunn BRICK – It’s not easy for Beth Detata, 30, to communicate with non-family members because she is profoundly deaf and has cerebral palsy from birth, but there’s no question about how she feels about her canine companion,

Veterans Park Summer Concerts Begin

Mayor Amato welcomes crowds to a 2014 concert in the Sounds of the Summer series, held at Veterans Park. (Photo courtesy Berkeley Mayor’s Office)

By Catherine Galioto BERKELEY – June 29 marks the start of the township’s popular Sounds of Summer concerts in Veterans Park. The Sounds of Summer Concert series, where live bands play on the band shell, will range from original big

Central Regional Class Of 2016 Celebrates

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BERKELEY – The Central Regional High School Class of 2016 was wide smiles as it took the Golden Eagles field for its commencement ceremony June 16. For more photos, follow Micromedia Publications on Instagram @micromediapubs.

Vandalism Continues At Soccer Fields

Vandalism at the Lakehurst Manchester Soccer Fields. (Photo by Kathleen Peluso)

MANCHESTER – The Lakehurst Manchester Soccer Association continues to see its fields and facilities victim to theft, vandalism and other destruction. Kathleen Peluso of the Lakehurst Manchester Soccer Association said it’s been just over 2 months since the last article

Class Of 2016 Leaves Hawks’ Nest

Salutatorian Dillon Barry (Photo by Manchester Board of Education)

By Jennifer Peacock Providence granted Manchester’s graduating Class of 2016 a gorgeous late spring night June 15 on which to walk across the field one last time as a high school student, but always a Hawk. Principal Dennis Adams gave

Congrats, Class Of 2016 – Toms River

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Toms River South, North and East High Schoolers Celebrate Graduation Photos courtesy Toms River Regional Schools TOMS RIVER – Toms River Regional’s three high schools graduated 1,234 students with its June 20 commencement ceremonies. East and South were held outside

Boat Ramp Plan Sees Opposition

A boat navigates the channel in Dillon’s Creek, where Toms River is planning a free boat ramp. (Photo by Catherine Galioto)

By Catherine Galioto TOMS RIVER – A plan to build a public boat ramp on Dillon’s Creek in Gilford Park is facing opposition from a private marina, a non-profit yacht club, several residents and the Borough Council of Island Heights.

Local Candlelight Vigil Honors Orlando Shooting Victims

From left to right, Tom Early, Tyler Hastie and Kyan Wayman hold up candles and a sign that bears the names of the victims of the shooting. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

By Bob Vosseller OCEAN COUNTY – The emotional wounds of the recent mass shooting that left 49 people dead at a gay nightclub in Orlando Florida were still fresh for those who attended a candlelight vigil on June 20. The

Toms River Youth Services Offers Extended Summer Camp Program

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TOMS RIVER – Wondering what to do with the kids after summer camp is over? Good News! Toms River Youth Services is now offering an Extended Summer Camp Program. Days are filled with games, sports, arts and crafts and trips.

Jackson Spray Park Update

The final touches of the town spray park are hoped to be ironed out by late June for opening the site, officials said. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

From Jackson Township Update on Jackson Spray Park JACKSON – On Saturday, June 25th, the pump house at the Justice Complex will undergo repairs. The contractor is scheduled to commence work first thing that morning and we anticipate completion around

Dump Truck Crash On Route 539 Causes Delays

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MANCHESTER – The driver of a dump truck that struck a utility pole Wednesday morning, causing live electrical wires to fall on his vehicle, escaped without injury after a nearby Manchester Township Police officer provided emergency instruction through his vehicle’s

Mayor Vetoes Redevelopment Plan For Heritage Minerals

Currently sitting as private property with No Trepassing signs at its borders, the Heritage Minerals site is under consideration for redevelopment. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

By Jennifer Peacock MANCHESTER – After council narrowly approved, in a 3-2 vote, the Heritage Town Center Redevelopment Plan that received the Planning Board’s unanimous seal of approval, the mayor and council announced it had withdrawn the plan. June 20,

Heritage Minerals Plans Continue To Evolve

An aerial photo of the large tract known as Heritage Minerals, a former mining operation now slated for redevelopment, possibly with housing and commercial ratables. (Photo courtesy Pinelands Preservation Alliance)

Read our story by Jennifer Peacock FROM THE DESK OF MAYOR KENNETH T. PALMER As you know, Manchester Township has been exploring development alternatives on the Heritage Mineral Tract.  Recently, the Township Council passed Ordinance 16-022, approving a Redevelopment Plan

State To Hold Sandy Home Rebuilding Info Session In LEH

The Drum Point Road area was littered with boats after the storm surge of Sandy. (Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

OCEAN COUNTY – The 35th Information Session will be held June 21 at the Little Egg Harbor Community Center in Little Egg Harbor Township to provide personal assistance for storm-affected homeowners participating in the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM)