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Route 70 Paving Project

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Two Vie For Ward 2 Council Seat

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Time Capsule Dedicated, To Be Opened 2041

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Two Contested Races For Barnegat

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OCVTS: Opportunity Of A Lifetime For Middle School Students


OCEAN COUNTY – Ocean County Vocational Technical School is holding admission information sessions for the 2017-2018 school year for the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) and the Performing Arts Academy  (PAA). MATES and PAA are four-year public high schools administered

Complaints Surface Over Park Conditions

Conditions in Georgetown Boulevard Park. (Photo courtesy of Doreen Carone and Jason Elliott)

By Chris Lundy BARNEGAT – The township parks are grappling with litter, broken equipment and unsafe conditions, said residents who complained at a recent Township Committee meeting. Residents Doreen Carone and Jason Elliott attended the meeting with their two children,

Two Contested Races For Barnegat

Barnegat Town Hall (courtesy of

By Chris Lundy BARNEGAT – Barnegat has a contested election for one full-term committee seat and one unexpired term. The candidates said taxes and recreation are the most important topics in the race for Barnegat Township Committee. Incumbent Republican Albert

New Lacey Super: I Want To ‘Change Perceptions’ Of District

Craig Wigley speaks to the Lacey school board. He will take the position of superintendent for the district this summer. (Photo by Daniel Nee)

By Daniel Nee LACEY – The new school superintendent says a little bit of good news can go a long way toward “changing perspectives” in the community when it comes to the school district. Crag Wigley, who said he spent

Group At Odds With School District Over Property Taxes

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By Daniel Nee HOWELL – A group of Howell residents, battling what they see as excessive property taxes making their age-restricted community unaffordable, have said the township’s K-8 school district has increased the cost per pupil 21 percent over three

Dinner And Auction Raise Funds For Vets Memorial

N.J. Assemblyman Ronald Dancer spoke to the guests about his bill, A3740, which would require the DMVA to provide a central website registry of unclaimed veteran cremains for veteran organization locating services. It also requires funeral directors to report possessing unclaimed veteran cremains. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

By Jennifer Peacock JACKSON – More than 250 people gathered at the AMVETS on Toms River Road on October 15 to honor all veterans while raising funds for a memorial doing the same. The Veterans Memorial Garden held its third

Howell Trick Or Treating Times

The village werewolf and one of the many zombies populating Allaire’s wooded trail have some fun—or attack each other?—before the evening’s festivities as part of Allaire’s Haunted Hayrides and Haunted Village. Julia P., the werewolf, and sister Quinn P., the zombie, have volunteered for the event for two seasons. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

HOWELL – Local municipalities have announced their trick or treating times. Howell will have trick or treating on October 31. Curfew is 10 p.m. for juveniles. Farmingdale is having its trick or treating on October 31, all day. A curfew

BOE Candidates Discuss Conflicts Of Interest, New Funding Formulas


By Judy Smestad-Nunn   BRICK – As Election Day approaches, we asked the candidates to their thoughts on the so-called Fair Funding Formula proposed by the governor, and also if there were conflicts of interest that could require they abstain

Fees Now Waived If You Sign Up For No-Knock Online

The decal sticker residents can use to denote they are on the “No Knock” registry. (Courtesy Jackson Township)

By Jennifer Peacock JACKSON – Some residents are out the buck, but homeowners interested in joining the township’s no-knock registry will likely have the $1 fee waived from now on. The issue of the fee—which covered the cost of the

Celebrating The Season In Brick

(Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

By Judy Smestad-Nunn BRICK – Gerry Mailley brought her husband, Chris, and their three young sons to the Fall Fest & Food Truck Event, held at Windward Beach Park October 15. “It’s fun just being out as a family –

Berkeley Poised To Get $400K In New Sandy Aid

Berkeley Island County Park has portions still closed due to Superstorm Sandy. (Photo courtesy Ocean County Parks)

By Catherine Galioto BERKELEY – The township hopes to receive between $400,000 and $600,000 in state reimbursement of its Superstorm Sandy costs, under a program now open to local government. The state is funneling $42 million more in funding to

Five Candidates Vie for Three Open Seats in Howell School Board Elections

Photo by Howell Times

By Courtney McCann HOWELL – Voters have a range of personalities and levels of experience to choose from as they prepare to vote for who they want to fill the three open seats on the Howell Township School Board on

Mayor: Pave Route 70 Now

Route 70 through Manchester to the Toms River border will not see much-needed improvements until early 2019, something Mayor Kenneth Palmer finds unacceptable. He’s urging residents to write to the DOT to demand that repaving be moved to a sooner date. (Photo by Quinn Peacock)

By Jennifer Peacock MANCHESTER – The good news is, Route 70 will get a long-past-due resurface and rehabilitation. The bad news is, the highway won’t get those things until 2019. But Manchester Mayor Kenneth Palmer wants residents to write letters

Time Capsule Dedicated, To Be Opened 2041

The time capsule will be opened in October 2041 (Photo by Catherine Galioto)

By Catherine Galioto BERKELEY – Twenty-five years from now, what will the residents of Berkeley remember us by? It will be the year 2041, and they’ll crack open the 2016 time capsule and see all the school spirit and other

Witches In Lakehurst

Photo by Jennifer Peacock

LAKEHURST—The Lakehurst Historical Society welcomed Alisa DuPuy, aka The Witch, to its annual Halloween Bash on October 15 at the community center. DuPuy took the audience through the history of witches and witchcraft throughout the world.

Two Vie For Ward 2 Council Seat

Toms River Town Hall (Photo by Jason Allentoff)

By Courtney McCann TOMS RIVER – An appointed councilman and a returning challenger will vie for a Ward 2 seat on the township council on Election Day. Incumbent Republican Kevin Geoghegan of Daisy Road is facing off against Democrat Daniel

Ocean County Sees Spike In Turnout For Mail-In And Primary Voting

Ocean County Clerk

By Catherine Galioto   OCEAN COUNTY – No doubt, a hot presidential contest that grips headlines has led to increased voter turnout, as seen in the June primaries and in the mail-in ballots so far, officials said. Voter turnout saw

Questions Raised About Drinking Water Safety

Department of Public Works director Al Yodakis is often seen filling his cup at the water fountains around town hall. “The water is safe,” he said. (Photo courtesy Manchester Township)

By Jennifer Peacock and Catherine Galioto OCEAN COUNTY – He walks Manchester town hall with a cup in his hand. It’s not filled with electrolyte-infused designer water or Hawaiian volcanic water or even the water bottled in Maine. No, Manchester

10 Years Ago, A Switch From Dover Township To Toms River

A copy of the then-newly signed resolution certifying the name change from Dover Township to Toms River, in 2006. (Photo from Toms River Times archives)

By J. Mark Mutter It’s hard to believe, but this month marks 10 years ago that our community changed its name to the Township of Toms River. History In The Making 2006 was not the first time that efforts were

Freeholders Support Proposed Law Protecting Domestic Violence Victims

Ocean County Logo

TOMS RIVER – Noting the staggering statistics of cases of domestic violence, Ocean County officials today formally gave their support to proposed legislation that would offer additional help to protect victims of domestic violence. “Domestic violence knows no boundaries,” said

Donate Your Halloween Candy To Make Overseas Troops Happy


TOMS RIVER – Last year, area children donated 257 pounds of their Halloween candy stash during Rotem Dental Care’s Halloween Candy Buy-back Contest. Rotem Dental Care, Toms River, will send the candy to our troops serving overseas AND pay you

Now Hiring: Freelance Writer

Help Wanted

Micromedia Publications is seeking a part time reporter to cover various town meetings and special events. Candidate should have writing/reporting experience. Candidate must be available to cover evening meetings of the local government, generally one night per week, and may

Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle In Silverwoods Parking Lot

Manchester Police would receive upgraded vehicle cameras thanks to a recent bond ordinance. The township would like body cameras for its police too, but is waiting before investing in the equipment. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

MANCHESTER – A Manchester Township resident was struck by a backing vehicle as she walked across the parking lot in the Silverwoods Independent Living complex on Monday morning. 64-year old, Catherine Burt, was walking through the parking lot when she was

Freeholders Respond To Gas Tax Increase

Gas prices in Jackson as of July 8 hovered around the mid-$1.90s (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

OCEAN COUNTY – Arguing that Ocean County drivers will be the hardest hit in the state now that the 23-cent gas tax hike has become law, Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari is calling on New Jersey legislators to offer an income

Oyster Creek Returns To Full Power After Refueling Outage

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

FORKED RIVER – Oyster Creek Generating Station resumed full-power operations at 8:08 a.m. today, successfully completing a planned refueling and maintenance outage that began September 19. During the outage,  Exelon employees and supplemental workers performed more than 4,000 maintenance activities and

Howell Officials To Vote On Annual Rental Inspections


By Daniel Nee   HOWELL – Elected officials appeared poised to move closer to adopting an ordinance requiring annual fire safety inspections for rental units in town, a measure that has spurred some uneasiness from landlords. “You’re putting a burden