Toms River Christmas Tree Lighting With A Birthday Twist

The event kicks off the town semiquincentennial celebration.

The Season For Flu

Roll up your sleeve and be prepared!

Jackson Residents Speak Up Against Sound System, For Video

Snap, Crackle And Pop - No, Not Rice Krispies!

Route 72 Bridge Construction Public Hearing

Construction will continue next year.

Howell’s History As A Tuberculosis Preventorium For Children

A special preventorium was recently held in the township.

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Senior Housing Formally Proposed for Route 9

By Daniel Nee   HOWELL – On Route 9, a revived plan to construct an age-restricted community has been formally proposed to the planning board. MGD Holdings originally proposed a mix of single-family homes and age-restricted properties for a plot

Chain Steakhouse Proposed For Greenleaf Plaza

By Daniel Nee   HOWELL – Developers have proposed a chain steakhouse restaurant for Route 9 in Greenleaf plaza. The application had been scheduled to be heard by the township’s planning board in November, but was rescheduled to be heard

Howell’s History As A Tuberculosis Preventorium For Children

By Charles Daye HOWELL – They came from poorer households, hoping to survive an outbreak. A place to monitor and prevent tuberculosis, Howell’s preventorium housed hundreds of children throughout its five decades of operation. On December 1, The Heritage Group

Route 72 Bridge Construction Public Hearing

By Chris Lundy MANAHAWKIN – Construction on the Route 72 bridge will continue next year, with the eventual goal of opening the bridge up to two lanes each way, with additional lanes for pedestrians. According to documents from the New

Stafford Community Center Opens With Tree Lighting

By Chris Lundy STAFFORD – A December 2 ribbon cutting officially opened the Bay Avenue Community Center in Stafford Township. The original community center closed for four years after Superstorm Sandy. Originally, the community center was located on Mill Creek

Jackson Residents Speak Up Against Sound System, For Video

By Jennifer Peacock JACKSON – It snaps, crackles, pops and sometimes zaps. It’s the sound and recording system in Jackson Township’s main meeting room. Officials realize the system is outdated, and one meeting is lacking an audio recording, while residents

Lighting Up The Holidays In Jackson

JACKSON – The annual tradition of lighting up the holidays was switched on at the township’s tree lighting December 3 at the municipal building. Mayor Michael Reina said it was standing room only inside during the music program portion of

Brick School District Looks To Address Aging Facilities

By Judy Smestad-Nunn BRICK – Only three out of the 12 township schools have central air conditioning, which is one of “many, many projects” that need to be addressed for the aging facilities, said Board of Education member George White,

Lighting Up The Season In Berkeley

By Catherine Galioto BERKELEY – The township’s annual tree lighting ceremony had a strong turnout December 3, keeping families jolly with a visit from Santa, some delicious treats, and a flip of the holiday lights in Veterans Park. “It was

Promotions, Hearings At Manchester Police

MANCHESTER – One Lieutenant and three Sergeants, as well as the hiring of a Patrolman and Class II Special Officer, were all welcomed during a ceremony in the Municipal Complex Civic Center recently. Mayor Kenneth Palmer administered the Lieutenant oath

Energy Aggregation Contract In Place Over In Manchester

By Jennifer Peacock MANCHESTER – They said they didn’t want to be in the energy business, yet only one of the two voted against awarding the energy aggregation contract. Councilman Craig Wallis was the first to speak out against awarding

A Toms River Christmas 100 Years Ago

By J. Mark Mutter   Toms River was a thriving community 100 years ago as it celebrated Christmas. Village Churches The New Jersey Courier –the “pioneer newspaper of Ocean County” — reported Christmas in the Village of Toms River churches.

Toms River Christmas Tree Lighting With A Birthday Twist

By Catherine Galioto TOMS RIVER – It’s Christmas in Toms River, but it’s made special by the township’s 250th anniversary. The evening tree lighting featured much fanfare with caroling, magic and Santa’s arrival by firetruck, which carried over from earlier

The Season For Flu

By Judy Smestad-Nunn OCEAN COUNTY – There has been very low flu activity in New Jersey so far, but it is hard to know what the actual numbers are since long-term nursing care facilities and schools are not required to

Santa Visits The Goddard School

TOMS RIVER – Tis the season. On December 3, The Goddard School on Route 70 in Toms River had its annual Breakfast with Santa. The children were so excited. They loved getting their pictures taken. They all told Santa everything

Tips To Protect Home Deliveries

  BRICK – The Brick Township Police offered these tips to residents to protect home deliveries this holiday season. Ask for a tracking number. Most major shipping companies offer this service at no charge. This number allows a person to

Wreaths Across America To Honor And Remember Veterans

NEW JERSEY – Each year, Wreaths Across America embarks on a six-day journey to remember and honor military service members. Beginning in Harrington, Maine, a parade of trucks travels down the East Coast on a mission to lay remembrance wreaths at

Stafford Special Election

  STAFFORD – Sample ballots for Stafford Township’s special school election on December 13 are available to view on the Ocean County website. Voters in Stafford will decide on a $10,139,398 bond to fund improvements McKinley Avenue, Ocean Acres and

Giants’ Victor Cruz Celebrates With Brick High School

Editor’s Note: This article has been corrected to properly credit the photographer. The original was incorrect. Renee Sandor is the photographer. Micromedia Publications apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused. By Chris Christopher New York Giants wide receiver Victor

Authorities Clear Suspicious Suitcase In Manchester Plaza Parking Lot

MANCHESTER – A suspicious package investigation at Manchester Plaza led to the evacuation and closure of the shopping center Monday morning as the Manchester Township Police and New Jersey State Police Bomb Squad investigated a suitcase left in the parking

Officials Mourn Longtime Mayor, State Senator Len Connors

By Catherine Galioto SURF CITY – With decades of service in multiple levels of government, Leonard T. Connors Jr. was remembered as a tireless advocate and public servant. Connors, who was a former Ninth District Senator and longtime Surf City

Keep Holidays Safe – Don’t Make Deadly Mistakes

OCEAN COUNTY – “The holiday season has arrived before we finished eating the Thanksgiving leftovers,” said Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “Don’t let the holiday season heat up too

Historic Performance Of “A Christmas Carol” Takes Radio Listeners Back In Time

BARNEGAT – Local radio station 91.9 WBNJ-FM and the Little Egg Theater Company recently presented a production of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” on stage as radio drama.  The shows took place December 3rd and 4th. The audience was

Oyster Creek Siren Test Scheduled For December 6

Sirens to sound for three minutes at noon FORKED RIVER – Exelon Generation will conduct its semi-annual, full volume test of the emergency warning sirens on Tuesday, December 6, at approximately noon. This is one of two semi-annual tests scheduled

Barnegat Approves $270K Playground Upgrades

By Chris Lundy BARNEGAT – The Township Committee purchased approximately $270,000 worth of equipment to improve parks via Project Playground. In response to residents complaining about the poor condition of parks and playgrounds in town, Barnegat instituted Project Playground, a

New Stafford Community Center Opens Its Doors

By Daniel Nee STAFFORD – The newly-constructed Bay Avenue Community Center was expected to open in conjunction with the township’s annual Christmas tree lighting December 2, officials said. Though the official opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was set for the December.