Downtown: New Businesses Fill Long-Vacant Spots

Tremendous progress is being made in Downtown Toms River More »

First Month As The New Manchester Mayor

Mayor Ken Palmer outlines his goals More »

Central Regional Principal Named Interim Athletic Director

Vincent Casale Suspended With Pay Early February More »

Don’t Call Them Drones

Area Man Takes Up Aerial Hobby More »

Schools Set Forth Policy For Students Who Refuse PARCC

Jackson and other districts outline guidelines More »

Howell Superintendent Recommends Restructuring

Howell schools may shift which grades attend middle, elementary More »


LBI Town Hires Expert Witness As Legal Proceedings Over Dunes Simmer

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will build dunes such as this one in Surf City, in municipalities running the length of Long Beach Island. (Photo by Daniel Nee)

By Daniel Nee LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP ‑ Long Beach Township has hired a Stockton University professor to serve as an expert witness in future litigation involving the taking of property required for a planned dune and beach replenishment project. The

Born Out Of Tragedy, Nonprofit Makes Birthday Bright For Son of Fallen Detective

A collage of photos in the image of Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Detective John Scott Stevens, a Forked River resident who died in January in a car crash on Dover Road. (Photos by Daniel Nee)

By Daniel Nee LACEY ‑ It has not been an easy time for those in law enforcement in recent months. But a police-led nonprofit group born out of the tragic slayings of two New York City police officers in December

Sweetheart Event Gives Seniors A Student Performance

Fifth grade Student Council members helped with the Sweetheart Luncheon. Top, left to right, Sydni Bell, Logan Orlowski, Ruth Daly and Noah O'Reilly. Bottom, Kylie Bitsko, Natalee-Ann Gallicchio, Olivia Visone and Madi Milchman. (Photo by Mary Rose Malley)

By Mary Rose Malley HOWELL ‑‑ Land O’Pines recently hosted seniors from the Howell Senior Center for their annual Sweetheart Luncheon. The turnout was smaller than in previous years, but the approximately 50 attendees enjoyed the event, which featured each

PARCC Test Continues To Draw Public Comment At School Board Meetings

The Howell School Board at its February meeting heard more parent concerns over state standardized tests. (Photo by Mary Rose Malley)

By Mary Rose Malley HOWELL – The PARCC test, an upcoming standardized test aligned to Common Core, continues to be a hot topic, as parents at the Howell school board meeting recently urged officials to “do everything in their power”

Six Flags Largest Seasonal Employer In State

Six Flags Great Adventure has opened its employee center for the coming season, which would employee more than 4,000 seasonal workers this summer. (Photo by The Jackson Times)

By Catherine Galioto JACKSON – Looking to hire 4,000 employees for the coming season, Six Flags Great Adventure has opened its employee center to court applicants in time for opening day, April 3. The safari and amusement park is one

“Parkside At Jackson” Development Advances On Pleasant Grove Road

The layout for the Parkside development shows two dead-end streets and 33 single-family homes for the site. (Image courtesy Lennar’s Parkside At Jackson)

By Catherine Galioto JACKSON – The Parkside development is advancing toward completion off West Pleasant Grove Road, with the two roads and some utility groundwork in place as the developer sells lots. The home builder, Lennar, reports half the units

Counting Chickadees And Gulls For Great Backyard Bird Count

(Left to right) Chris Claus, Chief Naturalist at Cattus Island County Park, at the tripod holding binoculars; in the foreground at the tripod is Becky Laboy, a bird expert who is the education outreach specialist for Ocean County Soil Conservation District. The couple is Bill and Donna Matlosz from Silverton, and Rob Wilkes of Brick. (Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

By Judy Smestad-Nunn OCEAN COUNTY – Was that a yellow warbler or an eastern goldfinch? In several spots throughout Ocean County, nature lovers and bird aficionados helped to identify avian species as part of the recent Great Backyard Bird Count.

“Helping Hands” Event To Benefit Local Boy With Pancreatic Disease

The March 27 “Helping Hands Benefit Basketball Game” serves as a fundraiser for Ryan Magnotta’s family. (Photo courtesy Brick Township PBA)

BRICK – Ryan Magnotta, 10 years old of Brick Township, has a serious illness in the form of pancreatic disease known as hereditary chronic pancreatitis. Diagnosed when he was 5 years old, Ryan has been in and out of Children’s

County To Renew Brick’s Pumpout Boat

One of the pumpout boats used by the county in a previous season navigates Barnegat Bay. (Photo courtesy Ocean County Planning Department)

OCEAN COUNTY ‑‑ Moving into its 18th year, Ocean County is preparing for the coming boating season as the Board of Freeholders prepares to authorize operational agreements for its six pumpout boats. Among them is Brick Township, for the operation

“Going Red” For One Of Their Own

(Left to right) Carly Fetzer's parents, Carly Fetzer, Berkeley Mayor Carmen Amato and Superintendent of Schools Triantafillos Parlapanides go red as part of Team Carly. (Photo courtesy Central Regional Schools)

Middle School Honors Student With Heart Defects BERKELEY — Heart Awareness Month gave Central Regional Middle School in Bayville the opportunity to show support for one of their own. Carly Fetzer, an eighth grade student at the school has been

Captain Parker To Be Named Manchester’s Next Police Chief

Manchester Township Chief of Police Brian J. Klimakowski (Photo courtesy Manchester Police Department)

By JR Warnet & Catherine Galioto MANCHESTER – With the retirement of Chief Brian J. Klimakowski days away, Mayor Ken Palmer said he will name Capt. Lisa Parker to the role of police chief for the township. Klimakowski has dedicated

School Board Pres Goes To Washington

Manchester School Board President Donald Webster is also the president of the NJ School Boards Association. (Photo courtesy Manchester School District)

MANCHESTER – The school board president for Manchester recently headed to Washington, D.C. to advocate for greater decision-making powers to remain in the hands of local school districts. School Board President Donald Webster, who is also the president of the

“Empanada Guy” Fights Town On Food Truck Ordinance

The logo of the Empanada Guy, who is attempting to bring a new food truck to Toms River. (Logo courtesy Empanada Guy)

By Judy Smestad-Nunn TOMS RIVER — A decades-old ordinance is being questioned by Carlos Serrano, AKA “The Empanada Guy,” who attended a recent council meeting in an effort to bring one of his food trucks to town. The ordinance states

Last Deadline Approaches For Sandy-Impacted Homeowners


OCEAN COUNTY – If your primary home was damaged during Superstorm Sandy, you may qualify for the last round of funding in the State’s LMI (Low-to-Moderate) Income Homeowners Rebuilding Program. The LMI Program focuses on income levels and amount of