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What Was the Top Story for Toms River This Year?

The year is coming to an end, what do you think the top story should be?

It's time to say goodbye to 2011.

But before we do, let's look back over all that happened. What, in your opinion, was the top story of the year for Toms River?

Although the trial was rescheduled several times this year, former continued to dominate the headlines — whether buildings named after him were getting or he was the district for unpaid benefits.

Crime seemed to touch every corner of town, whether burglars were entering through unlocked doors or using ladders to break in. Even the Chief's home was burglarized.

Unfortunately several Toms River residents met tragic demises this year. was hit while trying to cross Route 70, while died not far from that spot in a head-on collision just this month. Elsewhere, the roads proved tragic. But so did war abroad, as Toms River resident died in Afghanistan.

The Route 37 corridor appeared to both crumble and get a resurgence of attention this year, with the demolition of into , and of the into the . The auto dealership corridor has lots of projects planned.

Did you think the elections dominated the headlines? Whether the for the school board, the in November, or the of the December fire referendum, which was the top story?

Do you think it's another story not mentioned here?

Project Bluebeam December 26, 2011 at 02:37 PM
My vote goes to a conglomeration of stories: The epidemic of teen drivers and their bloody trail of death and destruction. The Jackson baseball players who killed Bob Vallee, the Steinert baseball player who fell asleep driving back from LBI and killed a William H. Gallant, the teen drunk who drove thought the Holiday Inn and pinned an elderly woman under her bed, the Pine Beach suicide society, and the kid driving the SUV on Congress St. last week. Raise the driving and voting age to 21.
Mr. ? December 26, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Ritacco, The Clean Slate, and the Fire District #1 referendum defeat, all one in the same. Something may be unfolding (unraveling) here, and a story title not yet written. The story line here is citizen, taxpayer, voter intolerance and involvement....we hope!
TomK December 26, 2011 at 05:20 PM
One story not mentioned was the weather. Hurricane Irene, especially - although it didn't cause much damage to Toms River directly, it was a big story in the days leading up to the storm.
SystemIsBroken December 26, 2011 at 05:46 PM
Well said...
1stcav December 26, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Top Story, RVW awoke and after 70 yrs found that the Sheriff was still the same in OC and the under Sheriff was also the same (Now ) again and the Mayor were all classmates of the one and only HS @ the time in TR......and Huddy Park ( just dedicated )had only one scrub pine tree on the property next to the Fort !

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