Category Archives: Lakewood

AC Ballet Announces Children’s Auditions For Nutcracker

We may have a couple of more weeks of summer left but the AC Ballet is thinking about a Sugarplum Fairy and a magical doll! So grab your mistletoe and candy canes and get ready for Nutcracker children’s auditions. In its 35th year, the Atlantic City Ballet is preparing to give area dance students an opportunity to work alongside its professional company of dancers. It is an opportunity most dance students will never forget and memories that will last a lifetime. Over the past 35 years, Ms. Papa, the company’s Founder and Artistic Director, has cast thousands of children in the ballet’s
production. So many, in fact, that now Nutcracker alumni are bringing their children to audition. The tradition will continue this year with performances at Stockton Performing Arts Center and the Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars Hotel in Atlantic City. In addition, the company will also be returning to The Strand Theater in Lakewood and will be accompanied by the Garden State Philharmonic. Auditions will be Sunday September 17, 2017 at the ACBT Performing Arts Academy in Egg Harbor City. All local dance students are encouraged to audition.

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Freeholder John C. Bartlett, Jr., announces that the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting a class in Pickle Ball.  Join us for this game that combines badminton, tennis and ping pong.  All equipment will be supplied.

Meet at the Tennis Pro shop, Ocean County Park, Lakewood, Thursdays Sept.19-Oct. 3 at 9:30 – 11:00. Program # 303495-1A. Continue reading STAY N PLAY PICKLE BALL


Created in 2013 after Super Storm Sandy, “In the Eye of the Storm” explores the impact of nature on mankind and the resilience of spirit that enables people to overcome and transcend even the most devastating circumstances. Inspired by area Sandy survivors, this ballet brings the message of hope and the continuation of healing to all of those who were affected by Super Storm Sandy.


We All Could Use a Good Laugh – Comedy Night at the Strand Theater Presented by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce

At this point, we all could use a good laugh! The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting Comedy Night, Thursday, September 14, 2017, at the Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. A buffet of light refreshments (Kosher food available) and a cash bar begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Gallery. Show time with open seating is 7:30 p.m.

Comedians include Bob DiBuono direct from the NYC comedy scene and Comedy Central; Carie Karavas, a New York, Atlantic City and Las Vegas stand-up who is considered a national headliner; and Richie Byrne who has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, Foxwoods, and Mohegan Sun. Continue reading We All Could Use a Good Laugh – Comedy Night at the Strand Theater Presented by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce


August 16th, 2017 marks 40 years since the passing of the most famous entertainer of our time, Elvis Aaron Presley, “The King of Rock n’ Roll.” Back by popular demand, Elvis tribute artist Richie Santa and his 10-piece band will celebrate the music and career of this American icon! Come join us and celebrate this 40th Anniversary Spectacular! Special Guest Comedian Billy Garan will open!


BlueClaws Extravaganza Returns for Third Season – September 2nd

The BlueClaws Extravaganza returns for a third year on Saturday, September 2nd at FirstEnergy Park. The event is a full day of family fun, starting at 3:30 pm and running through that night’s 7:05 pm BlueClaws game against Kannapolis (White Sox).
When the gates open at 3:30 pm, kids can enjoy free rides and a petting zoo along the outfield concourse. Rides include the Polar Extreme Obstacle Course, Giant Carousel Bouncer, Wild One Obstacle Course, and the Chaos Obstacle Course. Outside the park, there will be Touch-a-Truck and additional games as well.
A BlueClaws game ticket is all that is required for admission. To order, call 732-901-7000 option 2 or click here to order online.
Throughout the day, there will be special craft vendors as part of a Vendor Village. Those interested in becoming a craft vendor and selling items during the BlueClaws Extravaganza can call Jamie Stone at 732-901-7000 ext 110 or click here for more information.
The BlueClaws will have select food and drink specials, plus three food trucks – Empanada Guy, Jake’s Crab Shack, and Fork in the Road – will be there selling food as well.

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Shore Town Baseball Names Joe Ricciutti New BlueClaws President & General Manager

Shore Town Baseball is pleased to announce that Joe Ricciutti has been named President & General Manager of the BlueClaws.  Ricciutti was president of the Staten Island Yankees from 2007 through 2011 and was recognized by Ballpark Digest as the Minor League Executive of the Year in 2008.
Since 2011, Ricciutti has been the Assistant Vice President, University Event Management at Columbia University where he led the division that provides event management, venue rental, and food and beverage services for over 34,000 events annually across the Columbia University campuses.  Ricciutti oversaw a staff of over 150 full-time and 250 part-time employees and the business grew significantly in his six years at Columbia.  He had previously worked for both the Staten Island Yankees from 2001 to 2004 and Columbia University from 2004 to 2007.

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Lakewood Schools Have Bragging Rights!

The residents and community can be very proud of the 2017 Lakewood High School (LHS) graduating class. They won more than $70,000 in academic, community, and sports scholarships, and were recognized by the state with free college tuition for 22 students.

Lakewood Committeeman Michael D”Elia said, “We have good teachers and coaches, and excellent students who should get the credit and recognition they deserve.”

Laura Winters, superintendent of the Lakewood School District, said, “I am extremely proud of the Lakewood School District teachers, staff, coaches and students. It is amazing to see the tireless effort, energy and hard work that the school community puts forth to ensure the success of all students both on the field and in the classroom….Piner Pride!” Continue reading Lakewood Schools Have Bragging Rights!

Lakewood among Top 100 Safest Cities in America

People who live in Lakewood are not surprised. Among 764 qualifying cities, Lakewood Township has been named one if the top safest cities in America.  In its official report of the Top 100 Safest Cities in America, The National Council for Home Safety and Security, made up of companies and individuals in the home safety and security industries, noted that Lakewood, number 63 out of 100, has a comparatively low crime rate and many places in the township for everyone to enjoy safely.

Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles said, “How come we’re not Number One!?!  Just about everyone who lives in Lakewood knows what a beautiful, safe town it is. I have lived and worked in Lakewood for 29 years. My wife and I have raised our family here so I feel qualified to say that we are fortunate to be residents of Lakewood.” Continue reading Lakewood among Top 100 Safest Cities in America