W.B. Grant Insurance Agency has deep roots in Ocean County and are the oldest and longest running business in Barnegat that is owned and operated by the same family. The Agency is also one of The Forked River Gazette’s longest advertisers, since issue one in January 1971. Originally the agency was founded by Wallace B Grant as a small newspaper/magazine store in 1936, located on West Bay Avenue, currently Jack’s Barber shop. The store also sold tobacco products, printing services, greeting cards and Insurance policies. Now the agency is located at 344 S Main Street on Route 9 in Barnegat, where they’ve remained since 1950.
Having grown up in Ocean County in a big house in the woods, one thing I never thought much about was homelessness. This just wasn’t something I was exposed to during my childhood in Forked River. It wasn’t until my family began taking me into New York City as a young adult that I even became aware of the concept of people without homes. When I first came into contact with a homeless person there, and saw it manifested before me, I remember feeling deeply rattled and confused. Continue reading People of the Pines: A Unique Examination of Various Ocean County Residents MINISTER STEVE BRIGHAM
According to the Pew Research Center, people identifying as non-religious make up around 1.1 billion people in the world, which is the equivalent of 16.5% of the global adult population. That said, “non-religious” is actually the third largest “religion” in the world, following Christianity (as the first) and Islam (as the second). I count myself as part of this non-religious group, and yet the fascination with the paranormal and supernatural has always been present in me.
For those of us that have never had a direct line to the lord almighty, it’s comforting to think that perhaps someone else does. Or if not a direct line, some kind of connection to the “other side”. This brings me to the subject of this article, the self-proclaimed psychic and Ocean County resident, Barbara Mackey. Currently residing in Toms River, I met with Mackey on a brisk October night at her “enchanted retreat” to get a better sense of all things mystical.
In a society suddenly infiltrated by spark words like “sustainability,” “organic,” and “locally grown,” why is it so easy for us to put on blinders to our own ecosystem and environment? Seemingly, we’re all so self-aware and are single-handedly saving the world by purchasing free-range eggs at the local Shoprite. Meanwhile, we are living in this incredibly unique area filled with a plethora of unusual wildlife, habitats and greenery. Ocean County is a rare gem of world-wide environmental intrigue, with cedar swamps, salt marshes, natural estuaries, pygmy forests and the protected pine barrens; all of which face very real threats. Continue reading People of the Pines: A Unique Examination of Various Ocean County Residents