Category Archives: Barnegat

A celebration 100 years in the making, Regional business district spotlights begin in Barnegat

Kicking off in November, the Southern Ocean County Chamber has partnered with Barnegat Chamber and WJRZ 100.1 FM to promote businesses and events taking place in the historic bay front town. The spotlight will begin November 9 when Unshredded Nostaglia opens their Military Movie and Theater pre- 1930s poster exhibit in time for Veterans Day with a champagne reception from 5pm to 8pm. The month will continue with After hours at Body 2 Soul Healing and Henbest  Law Office on November 12  Optimist Club Spaghetti Dinner on November 22 at the Barnegat Rec Center,  Historic Downtown Car Show and Special Thanksgiving Farmer’s Market on November 23 and will conclude  early December with Garage Door Guy 10th Anniversary Open House.

The Southern Ocean County Chamber serves as a regional chamber of commerce and prides itself with strong relationships with business leaders and key stakeholders throughout the county. The Chamber will be hosting a Centennial Old Times Luncheon on November 12 which will feature a presentation from Tim Hart, Ocean County Historian and a panel of long time business owners to speak about the challenges and advantages of doing business in our region. This memorable event will be held in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn Manahawkin and is open to the entire business community. Reservations will be required, tickets are $20 and are available by calling 609 494 7211 or stopping into the Southern Ocean County Chamber Visitor Center at 265 W 9th Street in Ship Bottom. The party will continue in January at Tuckerton, March in Lacey and May in Stafford and end with the Centennial Summer celebrations on Long Beach Island.

Silver Liners of Barnegat

Silver Liners are planning a trip to Resorts in Atlantic City on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

The day will include time to try your luck in the Casino, a free ticket to see the “Fat Pack’s Christmas Show”, and a $10.00 free slot play.  The entire day, including, round trip motor coach transportation from the Barnegat Rec Center, is $15.00 for paid up members and $20.00 for non-members. The bus will leave at 10:30am and return about 6:30 pm.

Tickets are available immediately by calling 698-7065.

Volunteer Needed to Assist with Filing Taxes

Free Income Tax assistance to people unable to afford professional help grows each year.  Additional volunteers are needed to work in the program and to help in the preparation of electronically filed tax returns.  Volunteers must attend approximately 2 days of pre-training during December and 4 days in January, from 9 am to 3 pm.  Volunteers are required to be available one half-day weekly beginning February 3 to April 15, 2014.  This is an AARP program in cooperation with the IRS and NJ Division of Taxation.  If you are interested in volunteering or need more information please call 609-294-0730 for Lacey to Little Egg Harbor and Long Beach Island; 732-928-8025 for Brick, Point Pleasant Beach and Borough and Jackson areas; and 732-793-1806 for Manchester, Whiting, Lakewood, Lakehurst and Toms River areas.

Ocean Professional Theatre Company Presents CATS

Where:  Bengal Auditorium on the Campus of the Barnegat High School

180 Bengal Blvd. Barnegat NJ 08005

When:  2:00pm: July 18, 21, 24, 25

8:00pm: July 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27

Price:  $35/Adults

 $20 Children 12 & Under

Ticket Purchases:  Call the Box Office 609-312-8306

Order online @

Purchase at the door on day of show/All seating is reserved

7 Time Tony Award Winner & one of the world’s best known and best loved musicals! Based on ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ and other poems by T.S. Eliot, The local cats are auditioning for their leader, Old Deuteronomy, in the hopes they might be chosen to journey to the Heaviside Layer to be reborn – revealing in the process their secret names and the secret life of felines. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, selections include “The Rum Tum Tugger,” “The Naming of Cats,” and of course, “Memory.”

This production is directed and choreographed by Dodie Pettit who joined the Broadway cast of CATS in 1984 in her very first Broadway show!

We are pleased to announce our featured Community Partner for this show, Associated Humane Societies and Popcorn Park Zoo who will be joining us in the lobby prior to every performance showcasing adoptable Cats.

Audition for Library Battle of the Bands

Barnegat Library is now scheduling auditions for a Battle of the Bands. Auditions will be held at the Barnegat Branch of the Ocean County Library August 20 – 30th.  Bands can call Theresa Foster or Grace Petrowski at the Barnegat Library to schedule, (609) 698-3331. Bands should be composed mostly of middle and high school aged teens, but recent high school graduates will not be excluded. Pre-recorded songs on CD / MP3 will be accepted. A copy of the lyrics must be brought to the audition.

The Battle of the Bands will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 1 – 4pm at the Stafford Twp. Art Center (STAC Theatre) in Manahawkin.

Auditions will decide who will play on October 5 before a panel of judges who will pick the best of the best. 1st prize will be provided by EightSixteen Music Studio in Bayville, NJ.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration for this program has begun and is required. More information about other Ocean County Library programs can be found at 

An Eagle Takes Flight

At a special Eagle Court of Honor to be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013, Brent Lawrence Shiner, of Barnegat, will earn the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve and a new Eagle Scout will take flight.  This honor is but one of the many achievements that make this young man stand out from the others, and the project he completed will stand out in the community for years to come.

To earn this honor, Brent had to demonstrate his leadership ability by completing a project to benefit his community.  Brent is a member of the Sons of the American Legion and Color Guard at Post #232 Barnegat. He decided to honor our veterans and our flag by constructing a large flag retirement receptacle, which is placed on the legion grounds. As a scout in Troop 26, Brent had enjoyed participating in many Flag Day flag retirement ceremonies at the American Legion, and he felt that our flag and our veterans should be respected even as they age. Community members are invited to drop off tattered and worn flags into the new receptacle.

Brent’s leadership abilities were already present when he was introduced to scouting by his step-father and scout leader, Tristan Buck Sr. After joining Boy Scout Troop 26 in Barnegat.  Brent’s scouting experiences took off.  For the troop, he has been the troop historian, patrol leader, instructor, and Senior Patrol Leader.

Brent has had many exciting experiences in scouting.  Brent enjoyed camping, shooting at the rifle range, summer camp and learning valuable skills as a Boy Scout. Brent has been involved in numerous community service projects such as Scouting for Food, Relay For Life , Barnegat Pirates Day, community clean ups, ARC dance helper, Courage From Kyle events, Hurricane and Fire Relief Shelters, and Masonic Lodge and American Legion fundraising breakfasts. Brent has also volunteered his time cooking for functions at the Citta Boy Scout Camp.

Brent is a member of the Order of the Arrow, which is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It uses American Indian-styled traditions and ceremonies to bestow recognition on scouts selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of Scouting.

He was his Troop 26’s Senior Patrol Leader for two years. The Troop won the District 5 Klondike during his leadership. He was also on the winning Klondike Team three other times.

Brent has earned some special awards as a scout.  Brent was awarded a certificate of merit from the Mayor of Barnegat for his work at Disaster Relief Shelters. His Scoutmaster Susan Cornell recognized his contributions as well, with certificates of merit.  He earned many badges including the Paul Bunyan Woodsman, World Conservation, Helping Hand, and Sharp Shooter.

He has also earned awards outside of scouting. Brent was awarded the Ocean County American Legion & American Legion Auxiliary ARTHUR LAVIGNE Scholarship, as well as the John Wesley Taylor Post #232, Barnegat Sons of the American Legion, and the American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships. He is very grateful to his American Legion family and appreciates their friendship and guidance throughout the years. He was encouraged and inspired by some hometown heroes; Mark Sofia, Bob Padavano, Gene O’Grady, Jim Brown, Lenny Sonnenberg and “Sarge”.

He is presently a senior at Barnegat High School.  Brent was a member of the Bengals Football team for three years. He was involved in the Air Force Jr. R.O.T.C. program for four years. He was the Commander of the Fox Trot Flight during his junior year. Under his command they won “Honor Flight.”  He attended Summer Leadership School (SLS),at Fort Dix and was among the members who were awarded “Honor Flight” as well. Brent enjoys camping, hunting, quad riding, boating, jet skiing and tinkering on his jeep.

His future plans include completing training for the Army National Guard, attending The College of New Jersey and the ROTC program at Princeton. Upon completion of college he will have earned the rank of an officer and has plans of continuing a career in the military.

Brent’s mother is Grace Buck, who works as a special education teacher at the Lillian M. Dunfee School, Barnegat, NJ.  His step father and mentor, Tristan S. Buck Sr., introduced Brent to Scouting and kept him motivated and involved. His father, Michael Shiner & wife Nancy, of Waretown, are also proud of Brent’s accomplishments.

Brent would like to thank the following donors for their generous support in completing his Eagle Project.  Universal Supply Co., Manahawkin; Dockside Marine Supply Co. Barnegat;  American Legion Auxiliary Post #232, Barnegat; Mike Meiners, owner and operator Under The Sun Landscaping, Barnegat, and his parents Grace & Tristan Buck

He’d also like to thank his friends and members of Troop 26 for working on the project.

He is grateful to his past scout leaders for helping him reach his goals.  They include: Sue Cornell, Tristan Buck, Tonya Chuderski, Dennis Roberts, Kurt Stofko, Mike Vorpal, and John Derby.

Brent’s Eagle Court of Honor ceremony and reception will take place on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 12:00 at the John Wesley Taylor, American Legion Post #232, 499 N Main St, Barnegat, NJ. For more information please call 609-548-8738.


Tickets Now on Sale for OPTC’s 2013 Season!

S’Wonderful-The New Gershwin Musical– An all-singing, all-dancing celebration of the brilliant and breathtaking music and lyrics of brothers George and Ira Gershwin. Five mini-musicals take you on a ride to the places, times and styles that made the Gershwin brothers the most successful songwriting team in musical history. First it’s New York City in 1916 and Paris in thetheatre 1930s, followed by Hollywood in the ’40s and New Orleans in the ’50s. ’S Wonderful pays a nostalgic tribute to the incomparable Gershwin songbook, featuring nearly 30 classic hits such as “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,”  “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Rhapsody in Blue.”Performed at the STAC OceanFirst Theatre :  2:00 PM May 19;  3:00 PM May 14, 15, 16; & 8:00 PM May 16, 17, 18

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers-A wonderful, youthful, lovin’, kissin’ musical about seven stolen sweeties and their shotgun weddings! Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Millie to marry him that same day. They return to his backwoods home where she discovers he has six brothers – all living in his cabin. Millie sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers’ loneliness. Musical numbers include “Bless Your Beautiful Hide,”  “Wonderful, Wonderful Day,” and “Goin’ Courtin’.”

2:00 PM June 20, 23, 26, 27                                           8:00 PM June 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29

Anything Goes– When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. A shining example of classic musical theater, complete with amazing tap numbers, campy jokes, unlikely happy endings and eminently hummable songs like “De-Lovely,” “I Get a Kick Out Of You” and “Anything Goes,” courtesy of the unforgettable score by Cole Porter.

2:00 PM July 7, 9, 10, 11                                                               8:00 PM July 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Cats- Since Cats first opened on the West End stage in 1981, it has become one of the world’s best known and best loved musicals. Based on ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ and other poems by T.S. Eliot, the show takes place in a junkyard where the local cats are auditioning to be chosen by their leader, Old Deuteronomy, to journey to the Heavyside Lair to be reborn. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, selections include “The Rum Tum Tugger,” “The Naming of Cats,” and of course, “Memory.”

2:00 PM July 18, 21, 24, 25                                                8:00 PM July 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27

Thoroughly Modern Millie— is a high-spirited musical romp that will have audiences dancing the Charleston! In the fast-paced 1920s, a girl from Kansas moves to New York City. She samples the “thoroughly modern” flapper life, makes friends, finds unexpected romance and nearly gets caught up in a white slavery ring. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess you’ll love to hate, the show is perfectly constructed madcap merriment. The jazzy score includes “Not for the Life of Me,” “Forget About the Boy” and “Gimme Gimme.”

2:00 PM August 1, 4, 7, 8                                                     8:00 PM July 31, August 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10

Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story– Buddy Holly was a brilliant musician who changed the face of popular music and paved the way for the next generation of rock’n’rollers. Follow Buddy’s meteoric rise to fame, from his humble country music roots to the top of the record charts and his untimely death in 1959. You’ll be cheering for more and dancing in the aisles with such rousing fifties favorites as “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy,” “Maybe Baby,” “That’ll Be the Day,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.”

2:00 PM August 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28, 29 and  8:00 PM August 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

I Love a Piano-An enchanting revue of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin, the show spans seven decades of American history and includes 64 of Berlin’s most enduring and popular favorites. I Love a Piano captures the spirit of America from the ragtime era of the early 20th century through the swinging elegance of the 1920s and ‘30s. From the songs that inspired a nation through the Great Depression to the innocent optimism of the 1950s, musical selections include “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “There’s No Business like Show Business,” “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.”

2:00 PM September 15              3:00 PM September 11, 12                  8:00 PM September 12, 14

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline– is set in a little country radio station in Virginia where the DJ reminisces about Cline’s tragically short but surprisingly rich career. With twenty of her best-known songs played by a live band, the show is a tribute to her spirit, a magical blend of theatre and music. Country and non-country fans of all ages will be charmed by the story and musical selections including “Crazy,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “I Fall to Pieces.”   Performed at the STAC OceanFirst Theatre:  2:00 PM September 29;  3:00 PM September 25, 26; and 8:00 PM September 26, 27, 28

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow- This World Premiere is adapted by James Rana from the story by Washington Irving. When Ichabod Crane comes to town to be the new schoolmaster, he quickly learns about the many ghosts who haunt the area.  None are as frightening as The Headless Horseman.  No one dares to say the name lest he rise up to terrorize the people of Tarrytown. Like James Rana’s The Poe Mysteries that premiered last season at Ocean Professional Theatre Company, a cast of six plays several roles to bring this haunting classic to life.  Performed at the STAC OceanFirst Theatre:  2:00 PM October 27; 3:00 PM October 23, 24; and 8:00 PM October 24, 25, 26

Holly Jolly Holidazzle–This toe-tapping musical treat comes complete with a score that will warm your heart, lift your spirits and send you dancing into the new year.  Glamour, glitz, goodwill and garland fill the stage with a huge splash of holiday cheer. If you and your family see only one show this season make it Holly Jolly Holidazzle!

Performed at the STAC OceanFirst Theatre Unless otherwise noted, performances will be held at Bengal Auditorium, (on the campus of Barnegat High School), 180 Bengal Blvd., Barnegat, NJ 08005.

Performances of ‘S Wonderful, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Sleepy Hollow and Holly Jolly Holidazzle will be held at STAC OceanFirst Theatre, 1000 McKinley Blvd., Manahawkin, NJ 08050.

 Order your tickets today!  Call 609-312-8306

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