Category Archives: Little Egg Harbor

Route 539 Slated For Safety Improvements

OCEAN COUNTY officials are moving forward with major safety improvements for an almost 25 mile stretch of Route 539 running from Little Egg Harbor Township to Plumsted Township.

“This is a road that winds through seven municipalities,” said Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. “Motorists who use this road regularly will encounter numerous new safety features when this work is completed.”

The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders is expected to authorize the work to go out to bid during its Aug. 5 meeting.

“Going out to bid for this project is the next step in moving this safety improvement project ahead,” Kelly said.

The project, which is estimated to cost $3.4 million, will be funded by the Federal Highway Administration’s High Risk Rural Road program. Construction is expected to begin in the Spring of 2016.

Improvements include the installation of centerline rumble strips, all-weather reflective striping, new raised pavement markers and new upgraded signage.

“The centerline rumble strips will help to reduce centerline crossover accidents,” Kelly said. “And the all-weather reflective striping will help to improve nighttime visibility especially in bad weather.”

He added that new pavement markers and new signage also help enhance visibility especially during nighttime driving.

In addition, a high friction treatment surface will be installed at six curves along with LED Chevron signs. Together these treatments will provide visual cues both day and night alerting drivers to enter the curves with caution.

“All of this work should help motorists better navigate this roadway,” Kelly said. “Adding all of these improvements and upgrades will create a safer road.”

Route 539 is a two-lane road for the majority of the length of this project.

Portions of the road run through Little Egg Harbor, Stafford, Barnegat, Lacey, Manchester, Jackson and Plumsted townships.

The project was one of five throughout the region approved for a grant through the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority’s fiscal year 2015 High Risk Rural Roads Program, which provides federal funds to counties for high-impact, cost-effective safety improvements.

The project seeks to reduce wet weather accidents, sideswipes and centerline crossover crashes along the route from the Garden State Parkway in Little Egg Harbor Township to Horicon Avenue in Manchester Township.

“County Route 539 is a scenic two-lane road that runs through the heart of the Pinelands and serves as an important access route for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst,” said Freeholder James F. Lacey, liaison to the county’s Road Department and

first vice chairman of the NJTPA. “These improvements target areas along the route where sharp curves and reduced visibility present the worst hazards for drivers.”

Ocean County used cutting edge database tools made available by NJTPA to assess Route 539 and to make application for the High Risk Rural Road funding.

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“The Magic of Chad Juros”

The Ocean County Library will host “The Magic of Chad Juros,” a family-friendly show that will feature magic, music, comedy, and audience participation at five branches in July and August.


Juros has performed and lectured worldwide. He is the youngest magician to ever perform at the White House and has been featured on several television programs, including Food Network’s “Dinner: Impossible” and A&E’s “Criss Angel Mindfreak.”


Chad Juros is noted for his charity work, including motivational speaking and performing for children’s hospitals. Juros was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of three in 1991, and survived, noting the importance of magic and entertainment in maintaining a positive attitude.


Juros will perform at the following branches:


Long Beach Island, 217 S. Central Ave., Surf City, 609-494-2480, 11 a.m. Wed. July 29,

Jackson, 2 Jackson Dr., 732-928-4400, 3 p.m. Wed. July 29,

Toms River, 101 Washington St., 732-349-6200, 6:30 p.m. Wed. July 29,

Little Egg Harbor, 290 Mathistown Rd., 609-294-1197, 11 a.m. Mon. Aug. 17,

and Manchester, 21 Colonial Dr.,732-657-7600, 6:30 p.m. Mon. Aug. 17.

These events are free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch or go to the library’s website: .

2015 Ocean County Municipalities Firework Celebrations

Fireworks Grand Finale

Barnegat Light

July 4

Independence Day Parade

Parade Begins at 6:30pm


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



Beach Haven

July 4

Celebration of Independence Day
Fireworks at Dusk

Bay Village and Schooners Wharf, Long Beach Blvd.



Beachwood Borough 4th of July Fireworks

Beachwood Beach, Bayside Ave., Beachwood


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

Beachwood Beach



June 24

Concert at 6 pm

Fireworks at Dusk
Veterans Park, Bill Zimmerman Way





July 2

2015 Annual Summerfest Concerts
, 6:30pm

Fireworks at 9pm
Windward Beach, Princeton Avenue


Harvey Cedars

July 4

Craft Day by the Bay from 10am – 4pm

Sunset Park, West Salem Avenue



July 3

Lacey Township High School, Haines Street



July 3

Independence Day Celebration.


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

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



July 2

Independence Day Celebration

Lake Caralsaljo, Lakewood Rd., Lakewood

Fireworks at Dusk


Fireworks and music.



July 5

Independence Day Celebration

Concert at 7pm

Fireworks at 9pm
Lavallette Gazebo, Philadelphia Ave.




June 27

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

Harry Wright Lake, Lake Road


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



Pine Beach

July 4

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

Vista Park, Pine Beach




July 11

Independence Day Celebration
Vendors, Games, and Music at

Fireworks at Dusk

Rain date: July 12
New Egypt High School, 117 Evergreen Road


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.


Seaside Heights

July 4

Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza
Fireworks at
Seaside Heights Boardwalk



Seaside Park

July 4

Patriotic Bike Parade

10 am – Noon

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



South Toms River

July 4

Independence Day Celebration at Mathis

Mathis Veterans Memorial Park
3pm – 9pm

Enjoy music overlooking the Toms River, with free attractions for kids, vendor booths, crafts, food, and merchandise



July 4

4th of July Parade & Fireworks
Parade at 10am, Baby Parade at 3pm
Fireworks at Dusk
Tuckerton Seaport, 120 West Main Street



June 27

Independence Day Celebration

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



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.

First Lady Mary Pat Christie Awards Spirit of Hero Scholarships

First Lady Mary Pat Christie has announced that Pinelands Regional High School senior Jon Kubricki is among 25 recipients of the 2015 New Jersey Heroes Spirit of a Hero Scholarship during a ceremony at Drumthwacket, the Governor’s official residence in Princeton. The $5,000 scholarships, which emanate from the Heart of a Hero program for military veterans, continues the Christie Administration’s commitment to assist New Jersey students pursue post-secondary education opportunities.

“This is our third year for the Spirit of a Hero Scholarship program and I am continually amazed by the character and commitment demonstrated by our young people in taking on serious issues impacting communities throughout New Jersey,” said Mrs. Christie. From human trafficking and environmental stewardship to STEM education and programs for individuals with special needs, all of our applicants and awardees are doing outstanding work to give back and help improve the lives of others. With the Spirit of a Hero Scholarship, we are recognizing and honoring these good deeds while helping these young adults to achieve their career goals. This is a truly inspiring day that represents the best of New Jersey.”

Since its inception in 2013 to date, New Jersey Heroes has awarded $335,000 in scholarship funding to 67 students from across the state through the Spirit of a Hero program.

Atlantic County’s 2015 Spirit of a Hero recipient is:

  • Jon Kubricki, Pinelands Regional High School, Little Egg Harbor (Ocean): A self-proclaimed ‘environmental steward,’ Jon Kubricki formed a student community action team called the Pinelands EcoScienteers as a freshman. The group’s goal is to mitigate deforestation. As part of this process, Jon and his team developed a briquette making mini-press that utilizes biomass waste products for cooking, rather than the wood from trees. So far, 100 of these mini-presses have been constructed and shipped to rural villages and orphanages around the world. Jon plans to receive a dual degree in Nanotechnology and Entrepreneurship Management and Information Technology from Louisiana Tech University.







Other Spirit of a Hero scholarship awardees include:

  • Faith Adams, Bergenfield High School, Bergenfield (Bergen)
  • Sankalp Aggarwal, Bridgewater Raritan High School, Bridgewater (Somerset)
  • Russell Arno Bauer III, Seneca High School, Tabernacle (Burlington)
  • Madi Beumee, Morris County School of Technology, Denville (Morris)
  • Laura Elizabeth Cavanagh, Immaculata High School, Somerville (Somerset)
  • Kaela Lyn Denno, Mount Olive High School, Flanders (Morris)
  • Mark Dominguez, Jefferson Township High School, Oak Ridge (Morris)
  • Stephanie Harvey, Eastern Regional High School, Voorhees (Camden)
  • Gunnar Tyler Henning, Warren Hills Regional High School, Washington (Warren)
  • Brianna F. Hoody, Bergen County Academies – Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, Hackensack (Bergen)
  • Abhiram Karuppur, The Pingry School, Basking Ridge (Somerset)
  • Alexander Louie, Hillsborough High School, Hillsborough (Somerset)
  • Mackenzie Ann Olson, Clearview Regional High School, Mullica Hill (Gloucester)
  • Katie Alexandria Ramirez, Elizabeth High School – Upper Academy, Elizabeth (Union)
  • Luisa Rinaudo, Middletown High School, Middletown (Monmouth)
  • Elijah Christian Rodriguez, Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft (Monmouth)
  • Tomas Roberto Sanchez, Highland Park High School, Highland Park (Middlesex)
  • Benjamin Schragger, Hopewell Valley Central High School, Pennington (Mercer)
  • Emily Jane Shapiro, James Caldwell High School, West Caldwell (Essex)
  • Maya Sicherer, Fair Lawn High School, Fair Lawn (Bergen)
  • Lindsay Testa, Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood (Bergen
  • Sarah Wolford, Allentown High School, Allentown (Monmouth)
  • Ellen Wu, Freehold High School, Freehold (Monmouth)
  • Carolina Andrea Zuluaga, Academy of the Holy Angels, Demarest (Bergen)


New Jersey Heroes worked with the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and HESAA (Higher Education Student Assistance Authority) to promote the scholarship. This year, more than 700 students applied for the Spirit of a Hero Scholarship.

To be considered  for the scholarship, candidates must meet several criteria, including a demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and community contribution; be a New Jersey resident and U.S. Citizen; submission of a high school transcript and a letter of recommendation from a current teacher or advisor; be in good academic standing with their secondary school and enroll as a student at an accredited college/university or a vocational training school in the 2015-2016 school year (Fall or Spring Semester).

New Jersey Heroes is an initiative First Lady Mary Pat Christie began in 2010 to showcase the positive and unique ways people and organizations are impacting New Jersey and their communities. To nominate a hero, go to and follow the application instructions to submit the person you believe is a true New Jersey Hero.