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Long Beach Island Trick Or Treat Times

Photo from the Micromedia Archives

  LONG BEACH ISLAND – Most of the towns on Long Beach Island will again trick or treat on Halloween itself, October 31. Ship Bottom will have trick or treating on October 31. Curfews are at parents’ discretion. Harvey Cedars

Barnegat Trick Or Treat Times

Halloween Pumpkin

  BARNEGAT – Barnegat will have its trick or treating on Halloween, October 31. Curfew is 11 p.m., dependent upon the age of the child and at the discretion of the parent/guardian. On October 29, the township will hold a

Candlelight Ghost Tour

Daniel’s Bridge on Wells Mills Road in Waretown will be replaced with a culvert for $1.6 million. (Photo by Daniel Nee)

WARETOWN – The Waretown Historical Society is hosting a Candlelight Ghost Tour on October 29 at 5 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. This event is a guided tour of Old Presbyterian and Cedar Grove Cemeteries by candlelight at

Lacey Trick Or Treating Times


  OCEAN COUNTY – Local municipalities have announced their trick or treat schedules. Lacey Township will have its trick or treating on October 31. The township confirmed that similar to year’s past children’s trick or treating will take place on

Trick Or Treating Times For Berkeley, Toms River Area

Halloween Pumpkin

  BERKELEY – Municipalities have announced their trick or treating times. Toms River will trick or treat the day before Halloween, on October 30. October 31, the township fire department will holds its widely attended Halloween parade. Berkeley confirmed its

Trick Or Treating Times For Brick, Lakewood

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BRICK – Local municipalities have announced trick or treating times. Trick or treating in Brick Township will start at 10 a.m. on October 31. The curfew is 8 p.m. Lakewood Township will have trick or treating from 4 to 8

Approval of Tim Hortons, Rental Complex Continues to Face Delays

The site of ongoing development near Verdana Way, where Sunnyside at Howell hopes to build a Tim Hortons and rental complex. (Photo by Daniel Nee)

By Daniel Nee HOWELL – After proposing a Tim Horton’s donut shop along with 52 residential rental units near the intersection of Route 9 and Verdana Way in Howell, developer Sunnyside at Howell, LLC, has continually pushed back its hearing

Howell Nixes Annual Rental Inspection Proposal


By Daniel Nee   HOWELL – A proposal to inspect rental units in the township on an annual basis has been turned down by the township council, whose members now say concerns over overcrowded units and those not being maintained

Campaigning In Final Days Of Howell Races


By Charles Daye and Catherine Galioto HOWELL – Candidates and their supporters have kept a busy schedule as Howell heads toward election day, where spots for mayor and council are contested. With neither incumbent running, both Republican and Democrat candidates

Four Vie For Three Lacey School Board Seats


By Chris Lundy LACEY – Finances, health insurance, and the future students face after graduation are topics on the minds of candidates running for seats on the Lacey Township Board of Education. There are four candidates running for three, three-year

Four-Way Race For Barnegat School Board

Christya Quelch

By Chris Lundy BARNEGAT – There are four people running for three, three-year seats on the Barnegat Board of Education. Christine Harashinski is running against the team of Christya Quelch, Peter Toth and Francis Sarno. Tosh and Sarno are currently

Tax Rolls One Mark Of Struggle, Growth In Sandy Rebuilding

Homes on Riverview and Island View Drives in Lacey are among the neighborhoods still showing Sandy damage. (Photos by Chris Lundy)

By Chris Lundy and Judy Smestad-Nunn OCEAN COUNTY – A great deal of rebuilding has gone on in the four years since Superstorm Sandy. Individually, it is about people getting back into a home. For the towns, it’s about getting

Dogs Versus Geese? Resident Hopes To Address Parks’ Field Issues

Clune Park, an area one resident said is particularly prone to issues. (Photo by Chris Lundy)

By Chris Lundy LACEY – Wherever there are large fields in a town, geese are a problem. One resident brought up a solution at recent Lacey Township Committee meeting: use dog walkers. Resident Douglas Baron complained about the geese that

Jackson Honors Korean War Vet

Mayor Michael Reina with E. Larry St. Laurent (left) and Wally Jamison (right). (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

By Jennifer Peacock JACKSON – His list of accomplishments and awards is long. Now he can add “street name” to that list. An eleventh-hour change brought the celebration indoors to honor Jackson resident and Korean War veteran E. Larry St.

Three Candidates Vie For Two Jackson BOE Seats


By Jennifer Peacock JACKSON – Two incumbents and one challenger are vying for two open seats in the Jackson board of education election. Incumbents Thomas Colucci and Board President Sharon Dey will try to keep their seats as retired educator

Brick Rails Against Gas Tax

Brick Township Municipal Bldg (Micromedia File Photo)

By Judy Smestad-Nunn BRICK – Resident Tony Matthews said that the governing body should pass a resolution demanding that the state rescind the recently-approved 23 cent a gallon gas hike. On October 7, Governor Chris Christie and Trenton lawmakers agreed

Relief Center Suddenly Closes

The Visitation Relief Center suddenly closed its doors this month. The facility opened to help victims of Superstorm Sandy in early 2013. (Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

By Judy Smestad-Nunn BRICK – The Visitation Relief Center, founded in February 2013 to help victims of Superstorm Sandy, closed its doors suddenly this month without notice. In its early days, the center ‑‑ which is affiliated with the nearby

Nine Candidates, Three Seats In Play For Central Regional Board Election


By Courtney McCann BERKELEY – Nine candidates are in the running, but by the close of Election Day only three will be chosen to represent Berkeley Township on the Central Regional Board of Education. The majority of the candidates vying

Manchester Shares Mixed PARCC Results

Director of Curriculum Diane Pedroza gave the presentation at the October 19 board of education meeting, where she broke down the numbers for the administration, board and audience. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

By Jennifer Peacock MANCHESTER – The results are mixed. While elementary school students consistently performed as well as or better than their peers across New Jersey and those taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC),

Sandy Anniversary Numbers Show Gains, Struggles

The dramatic destruction in Seaside Heights included the Jet Star rollercoaster collapsing into the ocean. Photo from November 5, 2012. (Photo by FEMA)

By Judy Smestad-Nunn and Catherine Galioto   OCEAN COUNTY – October 29 marks the fourth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which was the eighteenth named storm and the 10th hurricane of the 2012 hurricane season. The post-tropical cyclone Sandy moved from

Three Vie For Two Manchester BOE Seats


By Jennifer Peacock MANCHESTER – Three candidates are running for two seats in this board of education race. Incumbents James Kenneth “Ken” Pate and Jackie Bermudez will try to retain their respective seats, while newcomer Patrick Barry will try to

Three-Way Race For Toms River Regional Board Seat


By Courtney McCann TOMS RIVER – There is a three-way race for the three-year term seat representing Toms River on the regional school board. Current board member James G. Sigurdson did not file to run for re-election. Ginny Rhine of

Toms River Ombudsman Reflects On Four Years Since Sandy

Trevor V. Newman was hired in 2013 to serve as the township Superstorm Sandy ombudsman, addressing resident’s problems in the wake of the storm. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

By Bob Vosseller TOMS RIVER – Four years ago, township resident Trevor V. Newman was content to be retired. His work background and his sympathetic manner however brought him back to work following Superstorm Sandy as the township’s first storm

Operation Halloween

Halloween Pumpkin

  BARNEGAT – Operation Halloween is a charity Halloween festival that includes both scary and kid-friendly fun that is hosted by the Southern Ocean Rotary Club and The Jersey Shore Council Boy Scouts of America. The event is held October

Brick Twp. High Drama Club To Present “Arsenic And Old Lace”


BRICK —The Brick Township High School Drama Club will present the play “Arsenic and Old Lace” the weekend of November 4-6. The Drama Club was last year’s recipient of the Ocean County Teen Arts Award. Tech week is underway for

Berkeley Youth Football And Cheer To Host 2016 NJAYF Semi-Finals

Berkeley Youth Football and Cheer

BAYVILLE – Berkeley Youth Football and Cheer will host the 2016 NJAYF Semi-Finals on November 6, 2016. This all-day event consists of 10 football teams and 10 cheerleading teams throughout the Jersey Shore. Over 15 vendors will also be in