20th Anniversary of Micromedia Publications

Micromedia Publications marks 20 years in business this week. More »

Jon Bon Jovi Comes To Toms River

The rock star helps welcome a new food pantry concept to the township. More »

Veteran Police Officer, 47, Mourned After Untimely Death

Manchester remembers Officer Scott R. Thompson. More »

Fisherman’s Walkway Fee Near Tice’s Shoal Draws Ire

Island Beach State Park opens a new guarded swimming spot. More »

BlueClaws Open 15th Season In Ocean County

Baseball underway at First Energy Park. More »

Church, Emergency Responders Team To Fight Heroin Abuse

A Community Resource Night will take place April 21. More »

Volunteer First Responders Lauded In Howell

The Township Council presented certificates to recent firefighter 1 graduates. More »


Micromedia Marks 20 Years In Business

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Celebrating Our 20 Year Journey A Time For Thanks It has now been a journey of 20 years since The Manchester Times was born with the publication of its first edition on April 18, 1995, a venture which I launched

Howell Township Sees Grants For Historic Building


By Jennifer Peacock HOWELL – At its recent April meeting, the Howell Township Council announced updates on two historic preservation projects, approved an idling ordinance, and discussed how it manages its municipal records. The Monmouth County Historical Commission awarded a

Council Debates Route 33 Zoning Uses

Howell Council approved amendments to the HD-3 zoning use, as to what businesses could be approved on sections of Route 33. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

By Jennifer Peacock HOWELL ‑‑ The township council recently amended an ordinance defining development along highway corridors. The Highway Development 3 (HD-3) zone in Howell — which is on Route 33 — seeks to strike balances among “social, economic, and

Lacey Police Seek Tips In Store Robbery Investigation

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LACEY – An overnight shift clerk at the 7-11 convenience store located at 524 Lacey Road in Forked River reported a robbery on April 2 at 4:44 a.m. Local police are looking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect.

Construction of White Castle in Lacey Expected to Begin in May


By Daniel Nee   LACEY ‑‑ Construction of a White Castle fast food restaurant location in Lacey Township is expected to begin in May, township officials have confirmed. Deputy Mayor Steven Kennis said White Castle will begin construction near the

‘Garden Of Hope’ Project Breaks Ground

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‘Garden Of Hope’ Project Breaks Ground By Catherine Galioto   JACKSON – A new playground, to be built by volunteers and named in honor of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, has broken ground in Johnson Park and is taking

Jackson School Athletic Budget Poised To Grow 7.7%

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By Catherine Galioto JACKSON – In its budget proposal, the Athletic Department of Jackson Schools is asking for a 7.7 percent budget increase, to cover the increasing costs to use pools, ice rinks, bowling lanes and golf course for its

Boat Yard Subdivided For Home Construction

The zoning map for Havens Cove Road, where an applicant wants to subdivide a boat yard into two lots to build a home there. (Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

By Judy Smestad-Nunn BRICK – A property used for boat storage behind Drum Point Marina will be subdivided to make way for two homes there, according to the township planning board. The subdivision is of a 1.33 acre lot at

Brick Council Decides Summerfest Concerts’ Details

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By Judy Smestad-Nunn   BRICK – After going out to bid twice, and hearings concerns about the cost of rides, the township council ironed out the details for its upcoming Summerfest concerts, and for the second annual Bricktoberfest food truck

Route 9 Dinosaur Steps Closer To Preservation

The landmark Route 9 dinosaur sits damaged outside a vacant business as local officials and a committee work to save it. (Photo by Catherine Galioto)

By Catherine Galioto BERKELEY – The well-known landmark of the Route 9 Dinosaur is closer to being preserved, as township officials announced they are in talks with the realtor for the property where the damaged dinosaur statue sits. At the

Archives: Landfill Equipped To Produce Electricity


This month marks the 20th anniversary of Micromedia Publication’s first edition of The Manchester Times. To recognize 20 years of local news reporting, we’re highlighting articles from the archives and republishing them here in the coming in our column “From

From The Archives: Looking Back At 20 Years

The prospective developers of a Wal-Mart Superstore straddling the border of Toms River and Manchester are asking residents to tell state officials they want their Wal-Mart. (Photo from Manchester Times archives)

This month marks the 20th anniversary of Micromedia Publication’s first edition of The Manchester Times. To recognize 20 years of local news reporting, we’re highlighting articles from the archives and republishing them here in the coming in our column “From

Manchester Library Celebrates A Quarter Century

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By Jennifer Peacock MANCHESTER ‑ Libraries have evolved from card catalogues and microfiche stations to community hubs filled with computers, clubs, and yes, books still. The Manchester branch of the Ocean County Library System is celebrating 25 years of serving

Township Drops Tax Rate By Fraction Of A Penny

Manchester Mayor Kenneth Palmer and his wife Robyn. (Photo Courtesy of Manchester Mayor’s Office)

By Jennifer Peacock MANCHESTER – In the proposed township budget, one councilman calculated that the new tax rate going down by a fraction of a cent would save him a dollar in municipal taxes year over year. Council member Brendan

Habitat For Humanity Volunteers Help With Deck Rebuild


By Judy Smestad-Nunn   TOMS RIVER ‑‑ A tidy waterfront ranch was the site of a bevy of activity recently as volunteers for Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity continued to help Superstorm Sandy victims repair their homes. The Nick family

What’s In the Proposal To Restructure Howell Schools?

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By Jennifer Peacock HOWELL – Here’s a summary of the changes proposed for the Howell Schools K-8 district. The school board’s next meeting is April 15. The proposal: convert the nine elementary schools and three middle schools into five primary