Amid Warnings, Locals Leveling Up With Pokémon Go

The popularity of the game continues to grow at the Jersey Shore. More »

Mariner Senior Signs To Diamondbacks In MLB Draft

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Boats Save 1.3M Gallons Of Sewage Around Bay

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Court Threats Surround Johnson Lane Zoning Issue

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Lacey Picks New Police Chief

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A Year Since Reconfiguration, Superintendent Weighs In

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Candidates File for School Board Races

School Board Races

OCEAN COUNTY – With the filing deadline just passed, the Ocean County Clerk’s office has announced who is running for local school board seats come November. Here are the candidates for their respective races:

Ocean County Fair Wows All Ages

Courtesy of The Ocean County Fair

By Catherine Galioto OCEAN COUNTY – The 69th Ocean County Fair welcomed visitors to the fairgrounds, Miller Airpark in Berkeley, in a five-day stretch that ended July 17. The festival included such draws as carnival rides, traditional and unique fair

Reconstruction On Route 33/34 To Close Eastbound Bridge

DOT Seal

By Catherine Galioto   MONMOUTH COUNTY – State officials will reveal plans to reconstruct the eastbound bridge on Route 33/34, which would close the span and move all traffic to the westbound side. A public information meeting on the project

A Year Since Reconfiguration, Superintendent Weighs In

Photo by Howell Times

By Charles Daye HOWELL – This time last year, the Howell School District was rushing to move furniture and install playgrounds in time for September, when a district-wide reconfiguration would put new grades at different schools. With a year under

Cape May Town Gifts Siren To Surf City

Surf City fire siren is courtesy of the SC Fire Company

By Daniel Nee SURF CITY – Members of Surf City’s volunteer fire department were devastated when the company’s siren unexpected quit this spring. In the beach community, officials said, the old-fashioned method of summoning firefighters is more important elsewhere since

Lacey Picks New Police Chief

Michael DiBella is surrounded by family as he is sworn in as Lacey Police Chief. (Photo by Daniel Nee)

By Daniel Nee LACEY – Michael DiBella has been appointed the new chief of the Lacey Township Police Department, succeeding David A. Paprota, who recently retired. “We’re very honored, and very proud of you,” said Committeeman Gary Quinn, who helped

Jackson Observes Silence To Remember Police Shooting

Some of the items and messages of support the community has sent Jackson Police recently. (Photo courtesy Jackson Police)

By Jennifer Peacock JACKSON – A moment of silence, and loads of support plus items of thanks, were some more local examples of a community rallying around its police force amid the deadly shootings of police in Dallas and Baton

Court Threats Surround Johnson Lane Zoning Issue

The wood gate that divides Johnson Lane. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

By Jennifer Peacock JACKSON – One resident has demanded immediate action to change a zone from limited commercial back to residential, suggesting some residents on Johnson Lane were ready to file a lawsuit to make it happen. Johnson Lane resident

Funeral Home Decision Appealed

Image courtesy of RC Shea.

By Jennifer Peacock JACKSON – Though they lost the first time, a Jackson couple plans to fight in appellate court against a funeral home being built nearby. Attorney Edward Liston spoke to The Jackson Times about his clients’ appeal in

Secrets Tucked Into Brick Gardens

On the Brick Garden Club Tour, Beth Patterson in front of what used to be her grandchildren's playhouse. She has converted it to be a centerpiece of her garden. (Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

By Judy Smestad-Nunn BRICK – A fairy garden is tucked under a tree. Nearby, garden gnome statuettes are at work tending to perennials and winding paths. There are beautiful gardens everywhere in the township, and the public was able to

Former Jackson Mayor Tapped For Brick Judge Job

Joseph Grisanti

By Judy Smestad-Nunn BRICK – Brick resident Joseph D. Grisanti, 55, is the newest municipal court judge for the township. Grisanti, who once served as mayor of Jackson, has more than a decade in law enforcement and prosecution. “I had

Boats Save 1.3M Gallons Of Sewage Around Bay

A pumpout boat cruises along northern Barnegat Bay. The boats helped offload more than a million gallons of sewage. (Photo courtesy Ocean County Planning Dept.)

By Judy Smestad-Nunn OCEAN COUNTY – In the more than 10 years since the fleet began its rounds, government-sponsored pumpout boats have offloaded 1.3 million gallons of raw sewage from 64,868 boats in Barnegat Bay. Going into the 2016 season,

Residents Advised To Avoid Rattlesnakes; Contact State If Spotted

Photo courtesy of Manchester Township Police

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Township Police Department has received several confirmed sightings of Timber rattlesnakes in the Roosevelt City section of Whiting over the past few days. Timber rattlesnakes are poisonous reptiles that are considered endangered in the state of NJ. Residents

Mayor: Aid Formula Could Mean $20M More To Berkeley Schools

Berkeley Town Hall (File Photo)

By Jennifer Peacock and Catherine Galioto BERKELEY – Local officials believe the governor’s school funding formula could add up to long-awaited tax relief and equitable school aid for Berkeley. The township council endorsed Governor Chris Christie’s school fairness formula, sharing

Manchester Drops Energy Aggregate Months After Joining

The Manchester Municipal Building. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

By Jennifer Peacock   MANCHESTER – Manchester has left the energy aggregate it joined with Lacey and Stafford townships. “One of our initial conversations…was the protection of the residents,” municipal clerk Sabina Skibo told The Manchester Times. The reason was

Christie’s Formula Could Double State Aid To Manchester

Manchester stands to gain double its student state aid and $601 per average household in property tax relief under Governor Chris Christie’s school fairness formula. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

By Jennifer Peacock MANCHESTER – After advocating for changes for more than a decade, local officials see promise in Governor Chris Christie’s school fairness formula, saying it could double state aid to Manchester and ease local tax burden. The formula

100 Years Ago, TR Roads Intersect With Pres. Wilson

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By: J Mark Mutter  One hundred years ago this month, national politics, roadway improvements and federal dollars all came together ‑‑ with an impact here in Toms River. The 1916 Presidential Election In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson was running for

Mariner Senior Signs To Diamondbacks In MLB Draft

Joey Rose, seated center, signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Pictured with Rose are his mom and two brothers. Standing (l to r), Toms River High School North Principal Ed Keller, Toms River Regional Assistant Superintendent John Coleman, Superintendent David Healy and High School North Athletic Coordinator Paul Barnoski. (Photo courtesy Toms River Regional)

By Catherine Galioto and Chris Christopher TOMS RIVER – The latest alumnus of Toms River to continue onto the big leagues is Joey Rose of Toms River High School North. The Mariner third baseman signed a professional baseball contract with

Amid Warnings, Locals Leveling Up With Pokémon Go

The craze has hit Downtown Toms River. (Photo by Catherine Galioto)

By Shawn Smith NEW JERSEY – Around midnight, the streets which are usually quiet are bustling with teens and young adults staring at their phones. Suddenly, someone cries out, “There’s a Ninetails over by Wells Fargo!” The mass of trainers rush

Two-Car Accident, Vehicle Fire, With Three Sent To Hospital

Photo by George Galesky

By Catherine Galioto TOMS RIVER – A two-car accident at Lomell Lane and Route 571 resulted in a fire completely engulfing one vehicle, and three occupants transported by emergency responders to treat unknown injuries. Toms River emergency responders from the

State Extends Property Tax Reimbursement Deadline

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  OCEAN COUNTY – Ocean County seniors who are eligible for a property tax reimbursement from the state of New Jersey now have until October 17 to file an application. Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, chairman of Senior Services,

School Board Candidates Filing Deadline Approaches

Ocean County Clerk

  OCEAN COUNTY – Candidates seeking school board seats have until 4 p.m. on July 25 to file their nominating petitions at the Ocean County Clerk’s Office in order to have their name placed on the November 8 General Election

JCP&L Conducts Aerial Inspections Of Transmission Lines

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

NEW JERSEY – JCP&L will conduct aerial inspections of transmission lines until July 29. The UV/IR Aerial Inspections in the Central JCP&L region typically require about one to two days for completion, depending on weather conditions, as well as other scheduling

Art Star Craft Bazaar Coming Soon

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  ASBURY PARK – The Art Star Craft Bazaar will be at Bradley Park on Ocean Avenue across from Convention Hall and the Boardwalk on July 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p. m. and July 31 from 10 a.m.

Fischer Blvd. Bank Robbed

Photo courtesy of the Toms River Police Department.

TOMS RIVER – Police are investigating a Fischer Boulevard bank robbery reported at 12:32 p.m. July 19. No injuries were reported and an undetermined amount of cash was stolen from Investors Savings Bank, police said. Toms River Police Spokesman Ralph

Seaside Park Gets “Lost In Space”

A “Lost in Space” event drew crowds to a Seaside Park bakery on July 4. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

By Bob Vosseller SEASIDE PARK – For years now the Park Bakery has hosted a special summer event, usually featuring a superhero or science fiction theme, and this year was no exception as customers stopped by to get “Lost In