Category Archives: Brick

Volunteers Needed to Assist in AARP’s Tax-Aide

FREE Income Tax preparation is available to any one who needs help filing Federal and New Jersey taxes, with special attention to seniors.

Additional volunteers are needed to work in the program and to help in the preparation of electronically file tax returns.  Volunteers must attend approximately 3 days of training during December and 5 days during January, from 9 AM to 3 PM.  Volunteers are required to be available, at least, one half-day weekly from February 2 to April 15, 2015.

This is an AARP program in cooperation with the IRS and the NJ Division of Taxation.   If you interested in volunteering or need more information please call:  609-294-0730 for Lacey to Little Egg Harbor and Long Beach Island areas; for Brick, Point Pleasant Beach and Borough and Jackson call 732-928-8025; for Manchester Whiting, Lakewood, Lakehurst, and Toms River area call 732-793-1806.


Dine to Donate to THE STRAND – Fundraiser

Miss Piggy once said, “Never eat more than you can lift”; BUT, you can at THE STRAND fundraiser at Houlihan’s this September!

The board of THE STRAND is inviting the public to a fundraiser Tuesday, September 23 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Houlihan’s Restaurant, 491 Route 70 East, Brick, N.J. (732-262-5100).  Just present a flyer and eat. Houlihan’s will donate 10 percent of the proceeds for the evening to benefit THE STRAND as long as you present the flyer about this event.

Download the flyer at For more information, call Fran, the office manager, at 732-367-7789 ext. 214.


About the Strand Theater

The Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, opened in 1922 and was designed by world-renowned theater architect Thomas Lamb. Listed on both the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, the Strand hosts up to 50,000 patrons each year. The Strand offers year-round entertainment in plush, air-conditioned surroundings. It is a perfect venue to showcase comedians, musicals, dinner theater, stars from television and movies, and legendary musical entertainers. The Strand also offers educational opportunities for youth through its well-regarded School for the Arts. The reception gallery includes a catering facility for 250 people, a dance floor, and restrooms. It is ideal for theater-in-the-round, smaller events and receptions.



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Opening Soon: Brick, NJ’s New YoFresh Yogurt Café Promises A Wake-Up Call for Your Taste Buds

But now, nobody is safe from the huge variety of flavor and topping combinations at the new YoFresh Yogurt Café opening soon at the Kennedy Mall, 2770 Hooper Ave. in Brick, New Jersey.  In fact, each of the area’s 75,072 residents could create their own yogurt masterpiece, without repeating the same one, according to owner Deneen Rojas of Barnegat.

Often, when something sounds too good to be true, it is. But in the case of YoFresh Yogurt’s menu, not only are the beneficial health and nutrition claims true, but the taste is great, too.

“We are very excited to join this great community and promise to offer a fun atmosphere that is sure to please everyone’s taste buds. Our store appeals to anyone of any age seeking a healthy, sweet organic food at any time of day,” says Deneen Rojas.  She chose to open a YoFresh Yogurt Café because “I love the product.” This is the sixth YoFresh store in New Jersey.

The new YoFresh Yogurt Café store, part of a growing Boston-based national franchise, features delicious, all natural, healthy self-serve frozen yogurt with 100 flavors and a large assortment of toppings customers can add, known as ‘lots o’ toppings.’

Some of yogurt’s popularity is due to celebrity endorsements.  TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz extols the virtues of yogurt as his “#1 super snack.”  On her website Oprah Winfrey promotes yogurt as a favorite “brain food that energizes and revives.” Among celebrities who regularly enjoy yogurt are Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, and Miley Cyrus who said she slimmed down by adding frozen yogurt to her diet.

Yogurt is rich in proteincalciumriboflavinvitamins B6B12 and D.  Its active cultures may discourage some infections and may help one to feel fuller. Some studies show that dairy foods can prevent osteoporosis, can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure, and may help certain gastrointestinal conditions.

YoFresh founder and CEO Chris Gregoris says, ““We’re excited to welcome this latest shop to the YoFresh family. We’re on a dramatic growth curve with about 25 stores in 9 states. Many more are in various stages of launching and new territories are available. We welcome inquiries from entrepreneurs interested in getting into the fun and exciting frozen yogurt industry.” YoFresh Yogurt Café welcomes inquiries from prospective franchisees. For more information, visit  or email:

BRICK, NJ store hours and contact information:

YoFresh Yogurt Café –    Kennedy Mall,  2770 Hooper Ave., Brick, New Jersey  08723

(732) 647-5080     /                     

Red Cross: Add Blood Donation To-Do List

The American Red Cross asks blood and platelet donors to help prevent a summer shortage by making an appointment to roll up a sleeve around the Independence Day holiday.

With blood and platelet donation appointments currently lower than what is needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply, donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.

The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients across the country. This can be challenging during the summer months of June, July and August, when an average of two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two more donors – above what is expected – make an appointment and give blood at each Red Cross blood drive the rest of the summer.

“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Anthony C. Tornetta, External Communications Manager, Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region. “Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”

To encourage more people to make time to donate blood before and after Independence Day, all presenting blood and platelet donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to find a nearby blood donation opportunity or schedule an appointment.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at@RedCross.


Check Megan’s Law Website For Information On Sex Offenders

THE END of the school year is an ideal time to check the Megan’s Law website for up-to-date information on known sex offenders, said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari.

“Children are home and will be spending more time outdoors enjoying the summer weather,” Vicari said. “For peace of mind, this is an ideal time to review the state’s sex offender list for any individuals that may be living in your community.”

The database lists up-to-date information on all convicted sex offenders who are residents of the Garden State.

Towns, counties, zip codes and even individual streets can be easily reviewed.

More advanced checks allow users to input the names of convicted sex offenders or check only newer records.

“This only takes a few minutes and can make a big difference in keeping a child safe,” Vicari said.

Vicari also suggested periodically checking the Megan’s Law database throughout the year.

“It’s important to know what dangers a child may encounter when they travel to and from school,” he said. “It’s also essential that they learn to avoid strangers and how to react if they are approached by an adult they do not know.”

If a child is approached by a stranger in a car, they should be taught to run the opposite way – towards the rear of the car. This way, the driver will have to first turn around before they can pursue the child, Vicari said.

The database can be accessed through a link on the Ocean County Government Homepage at The page can also be accessed directly at

Ocean County Document Shredding Program Continues

Ocean County officials are reminding residents that the Ocean County Residential Document Shredding Program is still in progress. The next shredding date is set for July 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Ship Bottom Borough Hall, 1621 Long Beach Boulevard in the back parking lot. The program is only open to residents and is a safe way to get rid of personal documents in an efficient manner.

“Not only is this a program that has proved to be popular with our residents, but it’s also an efficient, safe way to get rid of any important documents one may still be holding on to,” said Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to recycling. “This program is convenient for our citizens and comes at no cost to them.”
Residents are not required to register for this free program and can bring up to six boxes or bags each shredding day. The program is for all paper documents and paper forms. Paperclips and staples do not have to be removed. However, commercial documents, x-rays, CDs, floppy disks, microfilm and file folders will not be accepted.

“We all tend to collect personal documents and store them in our homes even though we may no longer need them,” said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. “This program helps reduce household clutter and gives our residents peace of mind that the information cannot be retrieved and used for identity theft. It also benefits our recycling program.”

Following the July 19th shredding date the remaining dates, times and locations  for the program are: July 25, 9 a.m to 1 p.m., Toms River Township, Riverwood Park, 250 Riverwood Drive; August 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Manchester Township Public Works Yard, 1360 Route 70; August 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brick Township Public Works Yard, 836 Ridge Road; August 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lacey Township Public Works Yard, 820 Municipal Lane; August 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lakewood Township Public Works Yard, 1 America Avenue; September 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Stafford Township, Southern Ocean County Recycling Center, 379 Haywood Road; September 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Toms River Township, Riverwood Park, 250 Riverwood Drive; September 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lakehurst Borough Public Works Yard, 800 Myrtle Street; October 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Point Pleasant Beach Public Works Yard, 301 Cooks Road; October 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Beachwood Municipal Complex, 1600 Pinewald Road.

All collection dates will run the complete scheduled time or until the truck, which has the capacity to hold 8,000 pounds, is full. Residents can attend any of the sites.

For additional information, call the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management at (732) 506-5047 or visit the department’s website at

Ocean County To Unveil Newest Pumpout Boat

OCEAN COUNTY’S award winning pumpout boat program will welcome its newest and sixth boat at 11 a.m., June 27, during an unveiling ceremony at the Mantoloking Bridge County Park in Brick Township.

Now in its 17th year, the Ocean County Pumpout Boat program has made certain more than 1 million gallons of waste water from pleasure boats using Barnegat Bay was disposed of properly.

“From the first boat, the Circle of Life operated by Seaside Park to the sixth appropriately named the Bay Defender, the program has been very successful in helping Ocean County’s efforts to keep the bay waters clean and also to assist boaters who use the waterways,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, who is liaison to the program.

The new boat, which is operated by Brick Township, is a 23-foot boat with a 420 gallon holding tank.

Ocean County’s pumpout boats are specially equipped vessels capable of emptying the on-board toilets and tanks of other boats, thus keeping waste from entering the bay. The fleet of six boats covers different areas of the bay throughout Ocean County.

While the County provides the initial funding for the purchase of the new boat, the state Department of Environmental Protection through the Clean Vessel Act program fully reimburses the County for the purchase.

The costs to operate all the boats are split between Ocean County and the Ocean County Utilities Authority in order to allow the pumpout service to be provided free of charge to boaters.

“The success and strength of the program is built on the ongoing cooperation of the state, county and participating municipalities,” Vicari said. “The program provides numerous environmental benefits as all the agencies involved work to preserve and protect Barnegat Bay.”

The boats start operating Memorial Day Weekend and run through the end of September. They operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays through Mondays and can be accessed through VHF Channel Radio Channel 9 or through the host agencies.

MADD Testifies in Favor of Lifesaving Ignition Interlock Legislation

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will testify before the Assembly Appropriations Committee urging their support of A 1368 on Monday, June 23rd at 9 AM. A 1368, introduced by Assemblywoman Stender, will require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, including all first-time offenders. Similar legislation has been passed in 23 states and these states have recognized a significant reduction in drunk driving deaths.

“MADD believes ignition interlocks for all offenders is the best solution to eliminate drunk driving across the Nation. New Jersey lawmakers have the opportunity to advance this lifesaving legislation that will protect the public from drunk drivers,” said MADD New Jersey Volunteer and National Board Member Steven Benvenisti, Esq., Partner at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC, who was almost killed by a drunk driver when he attended The College of New Jersey.

Drunk driving is a violent crime. And, drunk deaths are 100 percent preventable. Yet in 2012, 164

people in New Jersey were killed in crashes caused by a drunk driver—representing 28 percent of all traffic fatalities. In addition to the extraordinary emotional burden for victims, drunk driving deaths are an unnecessary economic hardship for New Jersey, costing the state and taxpayers $1.1 billion in 2012.

Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that (1) requiring interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers saves lives and is effective in reducing drunk driving recidivism by 67 percent; (2) license suspension alone is no longer a practical way to deal with drunk drivers, as 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers will continue to drive even with a suspended driver’s license; and (3) first-time convicted DUI offender is not a first time drunk driver

but rather has driven drunk at least 80 times prior to being arrested.

Currently in New Jersey, interlocks are required for all repeat and first-time convicted drunk drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or greater.  Passage of A 1368 would require a first-time convicted drunk driver with a BAC of .08 to .14 to use an ignition interlock for a period of three to twelve months unless a Judge determines that aggravating factors dictate that a license suspension would be more appropriate.  The last third of the time on the interlock must be violation free or the offender will have the time on the interlock extended. A 1368 will help change behavior separate alcohol from driving. Interlocked offenders are able to their jobs and provide for their families.

“MADD’s number one legislative priority is to pass lifesaving laws to ensure the public’s safety and eliminate drunk driving. A 1368 makes sense, ignition interlocks for all offenders will save lives,” continued Benvenisti.

States that are enforcing all-offender ignition interlock laws, such as Arizona and Oregon, have seen a reduction in DUI deaths by 43 to 42 percent, largely due to these comprehensive laws requiring all drunk drivers to receive an interlock.

For more information on interlocks, please visit

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every 8.6 minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP.  Learn more at  or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.


County Receives Grant for Brick Blvd./Hooper Avenue Corridor

 OCEAN COUNTY officials will install technology that will better coordinate traffic signals throughout the Brick Boulevard/Hooper Avenue corridor thanks to a $273,000 grant from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.

“This route is heavily used by commuters and residents and travels through municipalities with growing populations,” said Ocean County Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Road Department and is First Vice Chair of the NJTPA Board. “Better coordinating these traffic signals through Toms River and Brick Township will result in better movement of traffic and safer traveling conditions.”

The grant will be used for the project’s first phase. Traffic data will be collected and analyzed with modeling software to develop improvement strategies for the intersections. A fully interactive graphic model of the corridor will be generated and will provide optimum signal timing and coordination plans.

The County will implement this plan at 37 intersections throughout the 9-mile corridor, which runs from Route 70 in Brick Township to Water Street in downtown Toms River. Additionally, the County will upgrade signal controller equipment at 17 of these intersections.

“I am very pleased Ocean County was awarded this grant from the NJTPA,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. “This technology will help reduce congestion and emissions and that will go a long way in giving our drivers improved driving conditions.”

The project was one of four approved by the NJTPA Board to receive a total of $3.3 million in federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funding. The program supports projects that reduce congestion and the level of pollutants through the use of fossil fuels.

“This project will help to relieve one of the most congested corridors in the county with little disruption from construction crews or detours,” said Freeholder John P. Kelly, who serves as Director of Law and Public Safety. “These improved signals ultimately will save travelers time and money. It will cut down on emissions from idling and will provide for a safer commute.”