Oyster Creek Confirms Nov. 2019 Shut Down Date

The future of the site and the spent material is still up in the air. More »

Berkeley To Ramp Up Skate Park Possibility

Questions about the location and how to pay for it have come up. More »

Addressing Drug Problems, One Pill At A Time

The BMAC is getting the word out on how to dispose unused prescription drugs. More »

Sculptor Attempts World’s Tallest Sand Castle

Ed Jarrett is a four-time world record holder for tallest sand castle. More »

“Shop Manchester” Program To Launch

The council finalized its agreement with PropertyTaxCard.com More »

Rebels Girls Track Captures Divisions

The Howell High School girls track and field team is off to a fast start. More »

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Recognize Your Veteran For Memorial Day


Micromedia Publications wants to recognize your veteran for Memorial Day. Submit a photo, name, branch and dates of service, along with a 25-word description, to agradzki@micromediapubs.com. The cost is $25. All submissions are due by Monday, May 23rd at noon.

Police Dept. To Host Open House, Summer Youth Camp

Toms River Police Shield

By Catherine Galioto   TOMS RIVER – An open house May 7 and a summer youth camp later this year are two efforts to involve the community and educate them on police operations amid a fun, family setting. The Toms

Little Egg Harbor Library Branch Celebrates 20 Years

Little Egg Harbor Branch Manager Kelly-Ann Pennel, left, joins Ocean County Library Freeholder Joseph Vicari and Ocean County Library Director Susan Quinn during the April 27 celebration of the branch’s 20th anniversary. Freeholder Vicari serves as liaison to the Ocean County library and presented a proclamation on behalf of the county honoring the library branch. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

LITTLE EGG HARBOR —  Proclamations, party hats, birthday cake, music and magic were all part of the twentieth anniversary celebration of the Little Egg Harbor Branch of the Ocean County Library held April 27. The anniversary began with NJ 9th District

Fire Danger Remains High In Ocean County

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OCEAN COUNTY – Spring’s beautiful dry weather may be a welcome relief after a long cold and wet winter, but there’s a growing danger in the county’s woodlands. The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department has forwarded to the public a fire

World Asthma Day

Health Symbol

May is Asthma Awareness Month OCEAN COUNTY – “Over 22 million people living in the United States have asthma, a chronic lifelong disease that affects the lungs,” stated Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean

‘Chalk It Up’ Event To Draw Crowd To Downtown Toms River


TOMS RIVER — The Ocean County Library and the Ocean Health Department are teaming up to provide a special family event called “Chalk It Up” on Saturday May 7. The free family event that is sure to draw a crowd,

Operation Homefront Star-Spangled Babies Shower


NEW JERSEY — Expectant and new military mothers may register now to be the guest of honor at a special baby shower.  Operation Homefront will hold a Star-Spangled BabiesTM shower here from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8,

Toms River Celebrates Tree City USA’s 40th Anniversary

Toms River celebrates Arbor Day with a tree planting ceremony at Veteran’s Park. Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher with Township staff. (Photo courtesy of Toms River Township)

TOMS RIVER – For the 30th straight year, Toms River has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the program.

Council Welcomes Back Smith

Councilwoman Pauline Smith

By Jennifer Peacock HOWELL – A familiar and long-missed face finally returned. Councilwoman Pauline Smith was back on the dais April 18 after a long absence due to illness. “I would like to welcome back Mrs. Smith,” Mayor William Gotto

Rebels Girls Track Captures Divisions

The Howell High School girls track and field team poses with its trophy after winning the Hudson County Track Coaches Association Relays at Kearny High School. (Photo courtesy Howell High School girls track and field team)

By Chris Christopher The Howell High School girls track and field team is off to a fast start. The Rebels won their first three relay meets of the season, capturing their divisions of the Rebel Relays and the Husky Relays

Beach Haven To Tackle Abandoned Properties, Ban Beach Smoking

A Dock Road resident said abandoned properties remain a neighborhood problem. (Photo by Daniel Nee)

By Daniel Nee BEACH HAVEN – Smoking on the beach will become illegal in Beach Haven this summer, and the owners of abandoned properties in town will be put on notice to improve their properties under two initiatives favored by

Newly Constructed Route 72 Bridge Opens To Traffic

The state Department of Transportation recently opened the eastbound span to traffic, in the ongoing reconstruction of Route 72’s bridges. (Photo by Daniel Nee)

By Daniel Nee MANAHAWKIN – State highway officials have opened up the newly-constructed bridge over Manahawkin Bay to traffic, marking the first time vehicles have traversed two spans carrying Route 72 between Stafford Township and Long Beach Island. The shift

Oyster Creek Confirms Nov. 2019 Shut Down Date

The Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant in Lacey Township. (Courtesy of Exelon)

By Daniel Nee LACEY – The Oyster Creek Generating Station will shut down in November 2019, officials with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a recently released report. While the year of the negotiated closure of the Lacey Township

Residents “Scared” In Spite Of Stronger No-Knock Policies


By Jennifer Peacock JACKSON – “No knock” is not a technical term. If you are on your property, and you are on the no-knock registry in Jackson, you may not be approached by solicitors. “It is for the entire property.

Jackson Memorial Road Renamed “Bud’s Way”

(Photo courtesy Bud McCormick)

By Catherine Galioto and Jennifer Peacock JACKSON – Though no longer walking its halls, Bud McCormick is by name at least gracing Jackson Memorial High School’s streets. The Jackson School Board recently agreed to rename an access road as “Bud’s

Jackson Roads Undergo Repairs

Road Closed

By Catherine Galioto   JACKSON – Several stretches of local roads underwent repairs starting this week, the township announced. Some are county roads projects but others are local drainage work. The list includes: Repairs to North New Prospect Road, between

Sculptor Attempts World’s Tallest Sand Castle

The sand ready to be turned into the world’s tallest sand castle at Laurita West. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

By Jennifer Peacock What’s 60 feet tall and can help build a house? A sand castle. At least that’s what world-renowned sculptor Ed Jarrett and Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity hope (NOHFH). Jarrett and representatives from NOHFH joined with Laurita

Holocaust Remembrance Program

temple beth or

  BRICK – Temple Beth Or will commemorate Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a program at the temple, 200 Van Zile Road. The event will be held at 3 p.m. on May 1. Max Snijders, a holocaust survivor, will

Brick’s Home Demolition Costs Higher Than Expected

The house slated for demolition is on South Beverly Drive. (Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

By Judy Smestad-Nunn BRICK – The first home scheduled for demolition under an abandoned properties ordinance hit a snag when the anticipated cost was about five times higher than anticipated. “We started the Property Maintenance Board here in Brick for

Addressing Drug Problems, One Pill At A Time

Members of the public and the Brick Municipal Alliance Anti-Drug Coalition met recently to discuss its programs. (Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

By Judy Smestad-Nunn BRICK – Most people who are addicted to heroin, officials said, start out by abusing prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin or Vicodin, which are frequently prescribed by doctors and act on the same areas of the brain

NY Jets Honor Clara B. Worth School Efforts

Clara B. Worth School received a $5,000 grant for its students efforts to eat right and exercise. (Photo courtesy state Department of Agriculture)

By Catherine Galioto BAYVILLE – An in-person example of the benefits of eating right and moving more came to Clara B. Worth Elementary School recently. New York Jets linebackers Julian Howsare and Taiwan Jones visited the school to honor students

Ordinance Could Double Commissioners’ Salary

Berkeley Township MUA

By Catherine Galioto   BERKELEY – An ordinance that would allow commissioners on the township water and sewer authorities to double their salaries was adopted, but one resident hopes efforts in opposition could reverse the compensation. Township council approved the

Berkeley To Ramp Up Skate Park Possibility

Photo by Catherine Galioto

By Catherine Galioto BERKELEY – With local youth wondering if the township could have a skate park again, the mayor said it is more a question of when and where, but also how to pay for it. Mayor Carmen Amato

Dozens Sign Up For New No-Knock Registry

Photo by Jennifer Peacock

By Jennifer Peacock MANCHESTER – Less than a month after the registry went live, 75 households have signed up for Manchester’s no-knock registry. The township council adopted its establishment back in March. “The ordinance is pretty tight. It still allows