Category Archives: Beachwood

Ocean County Library Cook up Winter Vegan Food

Join vegan cooking guide Nancy Bonta Voitko as she prepares vegan soups and stews to warm you up on a cold winter’s day at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18 at the Beachwood Branch, 126 Beachwood Blvd.

Voitko serves as the branch manager of the Lacey branch of the Ocean County Library and has experience in preparing a variety of vegan dishes.  Her program, “Warming Winter Vegan Foods” is sponsored by the Friends of the Beachwood Library. Please alert of any food allergies.

The program is free but registration is required. To register, call 732-244-4573 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org

October Programs at the Berkeley Branch Library

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One – On – One Computer & E – Reader Help

Sign up for a one – on – one class with a staff member who will teach you the basics. Please call the branch to schedule an appointment.

Genealogy Lessons

Discover your family roots. In our one – on – one personalized lessons you will learn how to maneuver various helpful web sites made available on the Ocean County Library web site. Please call the branch to schedule an appointment.

An Afternoon of Mah Jong, Thursdays, October 1st, October 8th, October 15th, October 22nd, & October 29th, 1 PM

If you have your own set, please bring it along. Registration required only for the first visit. This program is for experienced players. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Library.

Dancing and Bumping the ‘Chute, Friday, October 2nd, 2:30 PM

Let’s move to the music. Enjoy dance and parachute activities for parent and child together. Ages 2 – 4 with an adult.

Make It & Take It Crafternoon:  Drop-In Hispanic Crafts, Monday, October 5th, 3 – 5 pm

A bolero is a popular toy in Latin America. Make one and see how many times you can catch the ball in the cup. Then, make a jaguar mask like those worn in festivals in Mexico, Central American, and South America. Ages 3 – 12.  

The Yarn Dolls, Mondays, October 5th, October 12th, October 19th, & October 26th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Knit or crochet with the Yarn Dolls. Bring along your unfinished projects.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting, Monday, October 5th, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Obtain volunteer hours while playing team building games and creating fun art projects. Ages 12 – 17.

Ghost Hunting New Jersey & New York City, Tuesday, October 6th, 7 PM

Join L’Aura Hladik Hoffman, Founder and Director of the New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society, as she discusses the history and haunts of locations in New Jersey and New York City with sight and sound. This presentation is based on the investigative stories found in L’Aura’s America’s Haunted Road Trip books. Included for this updated version of this presentation are Charlie Brown’s Restaurant, the Hotel Belvidere, the Proprietary House, Snug Harbor, the Van Cortlandt Mansion, and the Palace Theater. Sponsored by the Berkeley Friends of the Library.

3 Bears & 3 Pigs: Stories & Crafts, Thursday, October 8th, 10:30 am

Let’s have fun with famous folktale trios. Ages 3 – 5 with an adult.

Book Discussion: Julie and Romeo by Jeanne Ray, Friday, October 9th, 1 PM

Please pick up your book at the Berkeley Branch ahead of the discussion date.

Music and Movement, Monday, October 12th, 10:30 am

Joan Seele-Goold leads music and rhythm activities for parent and child together. Class size is limited. Ages 1 – 5. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Branch.

What the Craft? Thai String Dolls, Monday, October 12th, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Come and create your very own string doll using pipe cleaners, buttons, and more. String dolls are known to have their own special power in the Thai culture that is always positive and helpful. Ages 11 – 17.

Craft for Adults with Special Challenges, Tuesday, October 13th, 10:30 AM

Join us for a morning craft that will begin promptly at 10:30 am. Crafts include, but are not limited to, painting, collage, sand art, oil pastels, and much more. All materials will be provided. Attendees will build lasting friendships with each other while working on their skills and building their confidence. Please register so the library can better prepare materials.

1 2 3 Grow with Me: A Family Place Parent/Child Workshop, Tuesday, October 13th, 10:30 am

Play with your child at the library. This is a four-week series; the other three dates are Tuesdays, October 20 and 27, and Thursday, November 5. Ages 12 to 36 months with parent or caretaker—grandparents welcome! Ask a children’s librarian for details. Register in person before October 13.

Cuddle Up for 1s and 2s, Wednesdays, October 14th & October 28th, 10:30 am 

Cuddle up as we share stories, rhymes, songs, & finger-plays. Class size is limited. Ages 12 – 36 months.

Woof Tales: Read to a Dog, Thursday, October 15th, 4 – 5 pm

Take turns reading to our therapy dogs. All young readers welcome.

Creepy Carrots Puppet Show, Monday, October 19th, 10:30 am

Jasper Rabbit loves carrots.  Every time he passes by the field, he pulls one to eat, until he starts hearing and seeing creepy carrots everywhere he goes. It’s time for the carrots to have their revenge.  Ages 3 & up. Bunny craft to follow afterwards.

Hocus Pocus Pumpkin Decorating, Monday, October 19th, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Revisit a classic Halloween film, filled with songs, spooks, and a slew of eccentric characters. Also, in honor of Halloween, you’ll get to decorate your own mini pumpkin! All materials provided. Open to tweens and teens ages 11 – 17.

DIY Adult Crafternoon: Pumpkin Book, Tuesday, October 20th, 2 PM

Let’s recycle books and make festive pumpkins. These pumpkin books will make great fall decorations. All materials will be provided.

Toddler Art: Leaf Man, Wednesday, October 21st, 10:30 am

It’s fall. Make a leaf man. Dress to make a mess. Ages 1 & 2 with an adult.

Go Away, Big Green Monster, Thursday, October 22nd, 10:30 am

Monstrous stories and a craft. Ages 3 – 5 with an adult.

Senior Movie Matinée: Cinderella, Friday, October 23rd, 1 pm

Charming, live-action remake of the Disney classic. , Updated and with wonderful production design.  Rated PG. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Library.

Afternoon Movie: Furious 7, Saturday, October 24th, 12:30 pm

An action-packed hit for both critics and audience.  Rated PG-13. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Library.

LEGO® Club, Monday, October 26th, 4 – 5 pm

We’ve got the LEGOs®—use them to build your own design. Display your LEGO® creation in our showcase. Ages 6 – 12.

Mobile County Connection, Tuesday, October 27th, 10 AM – 2 PM

Ocean County’s mobile service offers passport applications, Ocean Ride information, and more. Walk – in, no appointments needed.

Friends Meeting, Wednesday, October 28th, 7 PM

The Berkeley Friends of the Library create and manage fund raising activities to support the Berkeley branch. New members are always welcome.

Mini Makers: Masks, Thursday, October 29th, 10:30 am

Make your own masks. Ages 2 – 5 with an adult.

Morning Movie for Adults with Special Challenges, Friday, October 30th, 10:30 am

Join us for a morning movie that will begin promptly at 10:30 am. Movie will be chosen the morning of, but will always be appropriate. Attendees are encouraged to bring a snack and/or lunch. Registration not required, just walk – in.

The Berkeley branch is located at 30 Station Road in Bayville, NJ 08721. Information about these events can be found online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by phone at 732-269-2144.

 

 

Ocean County To Preserve 775 Acres In Berkeley Township

A 775 acre tract rich in natural vegetation and wildlife has been preserved under the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust program.

The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Sept. 16 approved the recommendation of the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Advisory Committee to purchase the site, commonly referred to as the New Jersey Pulverizing property located on Hickory Lane in Berkeley Township and extending north to the Beachwood border.

“This is one of the largest tracts to be added to our natural lands program,” said Freeholder Director John C. Bartlett Jr., who serves as liaison to the natural lands program. “The landscape of the site varies greatly with parts that haven’t been touched, lakes and an area where the Barnegat Branch Rail Trail can work its way through.”

The property is adjacent to the Ocean County Utilities Authority Central Treatment Plant on Hickory Lane – which is an area of Berkeley Township that has seen substantial residential growth in recent years.

“To say we’re ecstatic… would be an understatement,” Berkeley Township Mayor Carmen Amato told the Board of Freeholders during a public hearing on the purchase.

Amato said had it not been preserved, the property located in the middle of the Bayville section of the township could have been used for significant residential development.

“I commend the Board for moving forward with this purchase,” Amato said.

Bartlett noted the property has been formerly mined for sand and has been left untouched for many years.

“There is no mining going on at the site,” Bartlett said. “The previously disturbed areas of the property have become varied habitats which also include grassland and pinelands vegetation. This is a serene and peaceful site.”

The County is purchasing the site with funds from the Natural Lands Trust Fund for $11,225,000.

Bartlett noted the OCUA has an interest in about 60 acres bordering its Central Treatment Plant. The authority would fund its acquisition separately.

And, the property owner would retain about 45 acres for the dry concrete bagging operations which continues within buildings and silos.

“This property meets the criteria for our natural lands program,” Bartlett said. “We are preserving hundreds of acres that are rich in natural vegetation and wildlife.

“The property also contains the headwaters to the Mill Creek which flows into the Toms River Watershed,” Bartlett noted.

Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the Barnegat Branch Trail said this acquisition will assist in the completion of the trail in Berkeley Township. The Barnegat Branch Trail is a 15 mile long linear park that travels from Barnegat Township and will ultimately connect to downtown Toms River.

“This acquisition would provide the missing trail piece in Berkeley Township, allowing us to continue the park to the north to the existing Beachwood bike trail,” Lacey said.

With the inclusion of the 775 acres in Berkeley Township, the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund has preserved 16,604 acres of open space in Ocean County. In addition, 3,339 acres of farmland has been preserved.

Freeholder Gerry P. Little, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Planning Department, said almost 60 percent of the county’s 408,000 acres or 230,682 acres have been preserved for open space including federal, state and county lands.ocean county logo 2

“Half of Ocean County is preserved forever from development,” he said.

Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, who was the former superintendent of schools in Berkeley Township, said an analysis done in 2005 showed a new school would have to have been built if the property had been developed.

“More than just the building you have to add in all the associated costs,” Vicari said. “Development there would have had a significant negative financial impact on the township.”

Star Wars Fans Invade Ocean County Library

Star Wars fans of all ages met Darth Vader, stormtroopers and a young Obi Wan Kenobi from the popular science fiction saga Saturday at the Ocean County Library’s Beachwood branch at the “Star Wars Day” program.

 

This was the first of two library events aimed at Star Wars fans featuring members of Vader’s 501st Legion, an Ocean County based Star Wars fan club.  Members were dressed in highly detailed costumes from the film series. The group performs at conventions, libraries, and charities year round.

Members of the Star Wars fan club of Vader’s 501st Legion wearing costumes from various Star Wars films stand in front of the Beachwood branch of the Ocean County Library during Saturday’s “Star Wars Day.”  A second “Star Wars Day” will be held at 6 p.m., Aug. 20 at the Little Egg Harbor branch of the Ocean County Library.
Members of the Star Wars fan club of Vader’s 501st Legion wearing costumes from various Star Wars films stand in front of the Beachwood branch of the Ocean County Library during Saturday’s “Star Wars Day.” A second “Star Wars Day” will be held at 6 p.m., Aug. 20 at the Little Egg Harbor branch of the Ocean County Library.

Children and their parents came dressed in colorful T-shirts and costumes to meet the 501st Legion.  Other Star Wars characters included a cloaked Jawa who posed for photos with fans during the event.

 

Activities included galactic games and creating light sabers out of freezer pops and duct tape, so little Padawans could take the fun home.

If you missed your chance to explore the galaxy, don’t worry. This program will be repeated at the Ocean County Library’s Little Egg Harbor branch at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20. The outdoor event will include crafts, games, alien face painting and a battlestar balloon game plus a return visit by the 501st Legion.

 

Admission for the Little Egg Harbor branch “Star Wars Day” program is free but registration is required. To register call 609-294-1197 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org . The Little Egg Harbor branch is located at 290 Mathistown Rd.

2015 Ocean County Municipalities Firework Celebrations

Fireworks Grand Finale

Barnegat Light

July 4

Independence Day Parade

Parade Begins at 6:30pm

609-494-9196, www.barnegatlight.org

Band Performs at the Gazebo at the Bayfront at 7th Street after the parade. Decorated kids on bikes, family floats, lots of fun. Fire trucks, etc.

 

Barnegat Township

July 4

Independence Day Celebration and Concert at 7pm

Fireworks at Dusk

Rain date: July 5

Municipal Dock

609-698-0080, www.barnegat.net

 

Beach Haven

July 4

Celebration of Independence Day
Fireworks at Dusk

Bay Village and Schooners Wharf, Long Beach Blvd.

609-492-0111, www.beachhaven-nj.gov

 

Beachwood Borough 4th of July Fireworks

Beachwood Beach, Bayside Ave., Beachwood
Dusk

732-286-6000, www.beachwoodusa.com

The Borough of Beachwood’s 75th Annual Fireworks is a spectacular display seen from the Beachwood Beach along the Toms River.   

Beachwood Beach

 

Berkeley

June 24

Concert at 6 pm

Fireworks at Dusk
Veterans Park, Bill Zimmerman Way

732-244-7400, www.twp.berkeley.nj.us

 

 

Brick

July 2

2015 Annual Summerfest Concerts
Concert
, 6:30pm

Fireworks at 9pm
Windward Beach, Princeton Avenue
732-262-1000,
www.twp.brick.nj.us

 

Harvey Cedars

July 4

Craft Day by the Bay from 10am – 4pm

Sunset Park, West Salem Avenue
609-361-6000, www.harveycedars.org

 

Lacey

July 3

Fireworks
Dusk
Lacey Township High School, Haines Street
609-693-1100,
www.laceytownship.org

 

Lakehurst

July 3

Independence Day Celebration.

732-657-4141, www.lakehurstnj.org

Car show at 9am at Lakehurst Elementary School, Parade at 11am at Union Ave.,

Fireworks at Lake Horicon
Lakehurst Elementary School, 301 Union Ave.

 

Lakewood

July 2

Independence Day Celebration

Lake Caralsaljo, Lakewood Rd., Lakewood

Fireworks at Dusk

732-364-2500, www.twp.lakewood.nj.us

Fireworks and music.

 

Lavallette

July 5

Independence Day Celebration

Concert at 7pm

Fireworks at 9pm
Lavallette Gazebo, Philadelphia Ave.

732-793-7477, www.lavallette.org

 

Manchester

June 27

The Independence Day Celebration & 150th Anniversary Celebration
Festival: Noon, Fireworks at Dusk

Harry Wright Lake, Lake Road

732-657-8121, www.manchestertwp.com

Free Children’s Rides, Magician, Crafts, Vendors, Contests, Food and Live Music Entertainment, WJRZ

 

Ocean Gate

July 4

Independence Day Parade & Festival
Parade at 10am
Ocean Gate Ave

732-269-3166, www.oceangate-nj.gov

 

Pine Beach

July 4

4th of July Parade & Family Field Games at 9am
Parade starts at Pine Beach Chapel

Vista Park, Pine Beach

732-349-6425, www.pinebeachborough.us

 

Plumsted

July 11

Independence Day Celebration
Vendors, Games, and Music at
3pm,

Fireworks at Dusk

Rain date: July 12
New Egypt High School, 117 Evergreen Road
609-758-2241, www.mainstreetne.net

 

Point Pleasant Beach

July 3

Celebration of the United States of America’s 238th Birthday Fireworks
Fireworks at Dusk

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk & Beach, 300 Ocean Ave.

732-892-0600, www.jenkinsons.com
 

Seaside Heights

July 4

Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza
Fireworks at
9:30pm
Seaside Heights Boardwalk

732-830-3700, www.exit82.com

 

Seaside Park

July 4

Patriotic Bike Parade

10 am – Noon

Starting at the 5th Ave. Pier and ending at the 14th Pier.

732-793-3700, www.seasidparknj.org

 

South Toms River

July 4

Independence Day Celebration at Mathis

Mathis Veterans Memorial Park
3pm – 9pm

732-349-0403, www.boroughofsouthtomsriver.com
Enjoy music overlooking the Toms River, with free attractions for kids, vendor booths, crafts, food, and merchandise

 

Tuckerton

July 4

4th of July Parade & Fireworks
Parade at 10am, Baby Parade at 3pm
Fireworks at Dusk
Tuckerton Seaport, 120 West Main Street
609-296-2701, www.tuckertonseaport.org

 

Waretown

June 27

Independence Day Celebration

Waretown Lake & Recreation Park, 182 Wells Mills Rd., Waretown

9:30am

609-693-3302, www.twpoceannj.gov

The program consists of patriotic music and the honoring of civil war veteran’s with the ringing of the bell ceremony for the families that are buried in the Waretown Cemeteries’ with a speaker and bagpipes.  At the conclusion there will be refreshments.  The event lasts approximately 1hour to 1 ½ hours.

Little Kickers Soccer

Freeholder John C. Bartlett, Jr., announces that the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting a beginner soccer  program for children ages 4-7.  Players will learn the fundamentals, as well as strategy, teamwork and sportsmanship.   Please bring your own soccer ball. The fee is $14.00 per child.

soccer ball

*Location: Soccer Field # 1, Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood

Date: Mondays, June 29- July 113

Time: 11:00 -11:45   am………………………….#213312-2A

 

*Location: Soccer Field, Beaver Dam Creek County Park, Pt. Pleasant

Date: Tuesdays, June 30-July 14

Time: 11:00 – 11:45 am…………………………..#213312-2B

 

 

*Location:  Soccer Field C, Patriots County Park, Jackson

Date:  Tuesdays, July 21-August 4…………………#213312-2C

Time:  10:00-10:45 am

 

Note:  Rain days cannot be re-scheduled

 

To register, send a check made payable to the “County of Ocean” to: Ocean County Parks and Recreation, 1198 Bandon Road, Toms River, NJ  08753. Please provide name, address and daytime telephone number, along with program # when registering.

To receive more information or to receive a Parks & Recreation Newsletter call 732-506-9090 or visit our website at www.oceacountyparks.org

Kids Travelin’ Tennis Lessons

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Freeholder John C. Bartlett, Jr. announces that the Ocean County Department of Parks & Recreation will be conducting a “Travelin’ Tennis Program”.  These tennis classes include instructions, use of tennis rackets and balls.  Pre-registration is mandatory, rain days cannot be rescheduled.  The fee is $14.00 per child and all classes are held Mondays through Thursdays.

To register, send a check made payable to the “County of Ocean” to: Ocean County Parks and Recreation, 1198 Bandon Road, Toms River, NJ  08753. Please provide name, address and daytime telephone number, along with program # when registering.

To receive more information or to receive a Parks & Recreation Newsletter call 732-506-9090 or visit the web site at www.oceancountyparks.org

 

Dates:                                 Town                                Location

*June 29-July 2                    Beachwood                   Jakes Branch County Park

10:00-11:00 am             program # 213502-1A

 

*July 7-9                               Ship Bottom                  6th Street

10:00-11:00 am            program # 213502-1B

 

*July 13-16                               Lakewood                      Ocean County Park

10:00-11:00 am            program # 213502-1C

11:00am-12:00 pm     program # 213502-1D

 

*July 20-23                              Beach Haven                  Pearl St. and Bay Ave.

10:00-11:00 am            program # 213502-1E

11:00-12:00 pm            program # 213502-1F

 

*July 27- 30                               Lavallette                       Bayside Park

10:00-11:00 am            program # 213502-1G

11:00am-12:00 pm     Program # 213502-1H

 

*August 3-6                               Pt. Pleasant                     Beaver Dam Creek County Park

10:00-11:00 am               program # 213501-1I

 

Tennis Together with Tots, ages 4-6 years with adult. Ocean County Park, Lakewood, July 14-17 from 9:00-9:45 am.  Program # 213326-4A.

 

Little Rookies T-Ball Basics

Freeholder John C. Bartlett, Jr., announces that the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting T-Ball classes. Please bring your own baseball glove.  Rain dates cannot be rescheduled. The fee for each session is $14.00 per child, ages 4-7.

t-ballLocation: Softball Field B, Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood

Date: Mondays- , Jun 29- July 13

Time:  1:00 -1:45 pm

Program # 213312-1A

Location:  Softball Field, Beaver Dam Creek County Park, Pt. Pleasant

Date: Tuesdays June 30- July 14

Time: 1:00 – 1:45

Program # 213312-1B

Location: Lake Shenandoah County Park, Lakewood, Field 1

Date: Wednesdays July 1-15

Time: 9:30- 10:15

Program #213312-1C

Location: Softball Field, Jersey City Ave. and Rt. 35 South, Lavallette

Date:  Monday-Thursday, July 27-30

Time:  1:00-1:45 pm

Program # 213312-1D

 

To register, send a check made payable to the “County of Ocean” to: Ocean County Park

and Recreation, 1198 Bandon Road, Toms River, NJ  08753.  Please provide name, address and daytime telephone number, along with program # when registering

To receive more information or to receive a Parks & Recreation Newsletter call 732-506-9090 or visit the web site at www.oceancountyparks.org

Spring “How To” Compost Class Scheduled For April 18

A Spring “How To” Compost Class will be held at Jakes Branch County Park, 1100 Double Trouble Road, here, on Saturday, April 18.
The class is being sponsored by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management and the Ocean County Soil Conservation District.
The class starts promptly at 2 p.m. rain or shine. Registration is required.
“We encourage our residents to take advantage of this free class,” said Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the Department of Solid Waste Management. “This class provides the opportunity to learn how to manage household organic waste.”
The class is taught by the Ocean County Master Composter volunteers.
To register contact Mary Jerkowicz, Program Monitor, Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management at 732-506-5047.
The class runs for about an hour and a half and is limited to 25 people.