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JCP&L Continues Tree Trimming

An example of the helicopter JCP&L crews will fly to inspect power lines in Howell this month. (Photo courtesy JCP&L)

  NEW JERSEY – Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) forestry contractors are scheduled to trim trees in more than 60 municipalities over the next two months as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to maintain proper clearances around electrical

Lakehurst Halloween Bash

Halloween Pumpkin

  LAKEHURST – The Borough of Lakehurst Historical Society will present their Halloween Bash from 1 to 4 p.m. on October 15 at the Community Center, 207 Center St. There will be pumpkin painting, games, candy for the children ages

Caregivers Shares, Laughs With Volunteers

Photo Courtesy CVCJ

TOMS RIVER – After spending time with volunteers from the Presbyterian Church of Toms River, the Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey though world looked brighter. They shared stories, laughed and of course, had coffee and cake. CVCJ treasures all their

Soup Kitchen Seeks Volunteers


  SEASIDE HEIGHTS – Simon’s Soup Kitchen offers a wide range of opportunities including cooking, serving, and cleaning among others. We are fortunate to be able to enlist the help of various school, business, and youth groups. We also rely

Veterans Memorial Dinner, Dance and Auction

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OCEAN COUNTY – The Veterans Memorial Garden will be hosting its third annual Dinner/Dance/Gift Auction from 7 to 11 p.m. on October 15 at the AMVETS Post No. 2, 1290 Toms River Rd. Tickets are $35 and include food, soda and

Bartley Healthcare Walks For Alzheimer’s

Photo courtesy of Bartley Healthcare

POINT PLEASANT – On September 24, Bartley Healthcare teammates participated in The Alzheimer’s Walk in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Every year Bartley has numerous fundraisers to raise money to donate to The Alzheimer’s Association of New Jersey. This year, Bartley

Facing The Surge

Diogo Castro Freire (Photo Courtesy Citizen’s Climate Lobby)

BRICK – Facing the Surge, a 25 minute documentary, presenting the human experience of Sea Level Rise and a solution will be shown at the Ocean County Library’s Brick branch on October 4 at 7 p.m., 301 Chambers Bridge Rd.

Halloween Parade – Important Information

Last year's Halloween Parade in Downtown Toms River (Photo courtesy Toms River Online)

From 78th Toms River Fire Co No. 1 HALLOWEEN PARADE Per the Toms River Police Departments request there will be NO chairs allowed on the parade route till Monday morning the day of the parade due to safety concerns. Any

BlueClaws Stadium Tour

Buster! (Photo by Lakewood BlueClaws / Michael Dill of Michael Dill Sports & Event Photography)

  LAKEWOOD – A tour of FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws, will be sponsored by the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation. The free tour will be held on October 3 at 10 a.m., Program #323466-1A. A second

Roller Derby Final Seasonal Bout

Photo courtesy of Ben Ruset

TOMS RIVER – The Jersey Shore Roller Girls will host a night filled with hard hitting roller derby for their last home bout of the season. Join them as they close out the season with a double header on October

Cattus Island Nature Walks

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TOMS RIVER – Cattus Island’s Weekend Nature Walks have been a time-honored tradition since 1976. Originally led by Mort and Betty Cooper, these walks showcase the plants and animals found throughout Cattus Island’s three distinct ecosystems. Join a park naturalist

Howell Special Council Meeting


HOWELL – The Howell Township Council has scheduled a Special Meeting for September 28 at 7:30 p.m. to be held at the Township Municipal Building at 4567 Route 9 North, 2nd Floor Main Meeting Room. The purpose of the meeting

5 Vie For 3 Howell School Board Spots

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By Catherine Galioto   HOWELL – Three spots are up for grabs on Howell Township School Board, and five candidates have filed to run. Incumbent Mark Bonjavanni of Salem Hill Road, Laurence Gurman of S. Westfield Road, Cristy Mangano of

Fish Mural Unveiled In Toms River

Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher visited the ribbon cutting for the Barnegat Bronte & Friends Mosaic Fish Mural. (Photo courtesy Toms River Township)

TOMS RIVER – Mayor Thomas Kelaher joined the Toms River Business Improvement District in the ribbon cutting of the “Barnegat Bronte & Friends” Mosaic Fish Mural, located at 218 Main St. This project was a collaboration of 72 artists each

Jackson Hydrant Flushing

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JACKSON – The Jackson Township Municipal Utilities Authority will be flushing water mains and fire hydrants starting on September 26, Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 a.m. Flushing helps improve water quality and ensures that fire hydrants function properly.

Downtown Toms River Spooktacular Art Stroll

Halloween Pumpkin

  TOMS RIVER – This year’s final Art Stroll will take place on October 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. in Downtown Toms River. The theme is “Halloween Season” with artists exhibiting Halloween art along with their other collection of

Lakewood Focus Of Next Route 9 Corridor Study Meeting

(Photo by The Toms River Times)

LAKEWOOD – An open house-style meeting on the Route 9 Corridor Study will be held on September 28 in Lakewood at the Municipal Building to detail the study team’s recommendations for corridor improvements. The meetings will be held from 1

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.