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Top Headlines for Toms River

A look at the last week in March in Toms River

March is over and with it came some major municipal and crime news for Toms River.

Here's a look at last week's top headlines.

Sunday the focus turned to Easter as Seaside Heights hosted its annual , which gave prizes to local children who searched for plastic eggs in the oceanfront sand.

In business, announced it plans to close 50 stores, but did not say how the two stores in OCean County would be affected.

In the race for , longtime incumbent Bill Polhemus will face Democrat Bob Armstrong. The two men announced their candidacy this week.

The governor and lieutenant governor visited Ocean County in separate visits this week. Gov. Chris Christie held a in Manchester, while Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno a mental health organization.

off Yellowbank Road in the Georgetown section of Toms River continued a large-scale repaving project of streets, which included Americans with Disabilities Act compliant sidewalks.

In crime news, are looking for a red Cavalier that left a pedestrian injured in a hit and run accident near Vaughn this week.

Taxes for the Toms River Regional School , and for the Toms River business improvement , were both approved this week. Toms River Regional's school taxes are going up an average $149 annually.

The is also planning to increase taxes. The town council submitted its budget, which is up for a special hearing this month. Municipal taxes could increase $79 a year.

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