Monday, March 12, 2012
Firefighters extricating victim from downtown Toms River car accident
Hooper Avenue between Dayton and Grand avenues remains closed as Toms River police and firefighters respond to a serious one-car accident there, police said at midnight. Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said the one-car accident was near Orchard Street and Hooper Avenue, where a driver struck a utility pole around 11 p.m. "The vehicle was northbound on Hooper Avenue when it left the roadway and struck a utility pole," said Mastronardy in an email. The name of the driver or if there were additional occupants was not immediately released by police, who are in the midst of an investigation in the accident. The Toms River Fire Companies No. 1 & 2 responded to the accident. "This will require the closure of Hooper Avenue between …
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Plaque dedicated in tribute to Army Sgt. James Harvey
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Sunday, September 18, 2011
One of Toms River's fallen heroes will be honored in perpetuity with a plaque at the Green Island Community Association. A dedication ceremony was held Saturday for the plaque that pays tribute to Army Sgt. James W. Harvey, who was killed in action on June 20 in the Ghazni province of Afghanistan. Harvey, 23, was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service in Afghanistan, where he had been deployed in January after joining the Army in January 2009. The ceremony’s introduction was given by Wayne Zakaras, president of the Green Island Community Association followed by a word of remembrance by Vice President Jeff Coley. Councilwoman Maria Maruca, Councilman George Wittman, Mayor Thomas Kelaher and Congressman Jon Runyan gave …
Monday, July 25, 2011
Corporate officials confirm "America's diner" will close at 25 Brick Blvd. location
Denny's Restaurant, known for its 'America's diner is always open' slogan, will no longer be open in Ocean County. The family-style chain restaurant will be closing its doors at 25 Brick Blvd. near Hooper Avenue on the Toms River-Brick border in the Silverton section. Corporate officials declined to specify when the final days of the Brick location would be. Denny's Restaurant issued the following official statement: “We have chosen not to renew our lease for our Brick, N.J. restaurant. We regularly evaluate each of our restaurants to ensure it is operating up to brand standards and in this case determined we are better off focusing our efforts on our other nearby locations. Guests can still enjoy their favorite Denny’s meal at our other …
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Route 35 experiences short power outage on Friday evening around 7 p.m.
Route 35 areas in Ortley Beach experienced a power outage around 7 p.m. on Friday evening. Causes of the 'blackout' were unknown to Toms River Police, said Sgt. Dan Sysol of the Toms River Police Department. Traffic posts were placed along Rt. 35 north and south for the 15 to 20 minute delay. Traffic was slow moving along Rt. 35 but picked up once street lights were back on. The lights went on by themselves and no immediate causes were found, Sysol said.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Board of Education approves tuition plan for Seaside Park Students enrolled in Toms River Regional Schools on Tuesday.
Approximately $10,000 is the amount of tuition that 10 Seaside Park students' families will each pay to attend Toms River High Schools this fall. The tuition rate was set by the state Department of Education. Toms River Regional School Board approved the tuition-agreement that puts an end to the tuition-free agreement from 2008 when then-Superintendent Michael Ritacco urged the board to approve it. Previously, Toms River Regional was receiving no tuition revenue from the out-of-district Seaside Park students to attend high school here. For several years, a handful of residents continued to press the school board on why the agreement was allowed, and this spring the district began to work with officials in Seaside Park and Central Regional …
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
John F. Lightbody announced his retirement on June 30 after 37 and-a-half years as the Chief Inspector of Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention
As the first chief of the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention, John F. Lightbody retired from a job he helped create. Before 1974, the township operated with a volunteer corps of fire inspectors. Lightbody was among residents who helped build the department up to one that inspected homes and investigated fires. Lightbody retired as of June 30, and was honored with a proclamation at the Toms River Township Council meeting last week. Lightbody has served 50 years in fire services, with over 37 years as the Chief of the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention. He announced his retirement as of June 30 after years of service and recognition, both nationally and within the State of New Jersey. "My greatest memory is that it was a journey that I'…
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Toms River Seaport Society and Maritime Museum holds annual celebration of craft boats
Family-friendly "pirates" delighted children at the annual Wooden Boat Festival, held Saturday at Huddy Park in downtown Toms River. The Toms River Seaport Society and Maritime Museum sponsored the event, complete with food, pirate shows and local vendors. The festival was open to all wooden boats and iceboats and classic fiberglass boats more than 25 years old. Events included family boat building in which a family registers and buys a kit to build at the show, and a childrens' boat-building tent where children were able to build pondboats and sail them in an inflatable pool. There were a number of local artisans and vendors selling food, yard and ship ornaments and apparel. The Valhallas Pirates, led by Capt. Charles W. Black, had three…
Ten ice cream vendors see if they have what it takes to be named Best Ice Cream in New Jersey.
President Ronald Reagan dedicated July a time to celebrate ice cream and designated the third Sunday of the month as "National Ice Cream Day." In keeping with the late president's wishes, people flocked to Washington Street in Toms River Saturday to vote on the Best Ice Cream in New Jersey. The ninth Annual New Jersey State Ice Cream festival featured 80 vendors as well as rides, inflatable tents, local organizations, and arts and crafts for children including face painting and henna tattoos. All attendees voted on two categories: national and local vendors. There were 10 ice cream vendors, with their special flavors, and 12 judges gauging appearance, taste, texture, and color. "Everyone wanted our ice cream and at one point, there were…
Friday, July 15, 2011
Twelve girls hailing from Toms River, Barnegat, Howell, Jackson, and Morristown won first place as part of the UK Elite team in the San Marino Soccer Tournament in Italy.
While the country is focused on the USA Women's Soccer Team's advance to the finals after defeating France on Wednesday, six Toms River girls returned home from a victorious trip of their own with a gleaming trophy, and a new love for Nutella. Summer Beal, Emma Sinanan, Carly Wilhelm, Kayleigh Leschinski, Kaitlyn Galgano and Jackie Manza, all of Toms River, joined Gianna Pelechety of Barnegat, Marissa Siegal of Howell and Danielle Hess of Jackson in the UK Elite team. The girls are part of Toms River Soccer Association all year-round, and tried out for the UK Elite, which was led by Coach Caroline Moran of Somerset, Nova Scotia, in Canada. Moran, a native of Ireland, led three UK Elite teams during the tournament. However, the UK Elite …
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The 9th annual New Jersey State Ice Cream Festival is next weekend and visitors or vendors can purchase tickets and enter the contest online.
Fifty gallons of ice cream is what it takes to be named the "Best Ice Cream in New Jersey." The 9th annual New Jersey State Ice Cream festival will be held on Saturday July 16th from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Downtown Toms River on Washington Street. Winners are listed in a national or local category for Special Judges and People's Choice. Last year's first place national winner in both categories was Gifford's Ice Cream. Hoffman's Ice Cream in Point Pleasant/Spring Lake Heights was named Best Local Ice Cream in the Special Judges category and Zita's Homemade Ice Cream in New Providence was named Best Local Ice Cream in the People's Choice category for 2010. This year's winners will be announced at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the event. With…