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Author Nancy Jo Sales Discusses the Impact of Social Media on Young People

Award winning author Nancy Jo Sales recently visited the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library to discuss her book, “American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers.” She also spoke about the dangers young people may encounter if they misuse social media platforms.

Sales, an award-winning journalist and author, has written for Vanity Fair, New York, Harper’s Bazaar, and many other publications. She is known for her reporting on youth culture, crime and profiles of pop-culture icons.

In researching her latest book, released in 2016, Sales said, “I think the book is a little ahead of the curve in how it brings the problem to light. When I first started working on the book people were still saying social media was good and that everything was fine. They were saying that young people were just chatting with their friends.” Continue reading Author Nancy Jo Sales Discusses the Impact of Social Media on Young People

HOLIDAYS ARE THE PERFECT TIME TO “BUY IN OCEAN COUNTY”

In the upcoming days and weeks, downtown business districts and shopping areas – small and large – throughout Ocean County will come alive with the spirit of the holiday season.

“No matter what is on your wish list this year, the place to find that holiday treasure is right here in Ocean County,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, who serves as liaison to Business Development. “From the latest electronic gadgets to unique crafts and household items, our local shops offer everything a holiday shopper could ever want.”

Vicari has led the “Buy in Ocean County” effort for many years emphasizing the many benefits of buying locally. Continue reading HOLIDAYS ARE THE PERFECT TIME TO “BUY IN OCEAN COUNTY”

Giving Thanks to Our Fresh Air Family

This holiday season, many families in Central and Southern New Jersey are thankful for their extended Fresh Air family. Each summer, thousands of children from New York City’s low-income communities visit suburban, rural and small town communities along the East Coast and Southern Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program.  By volunteering as a host family for summer 2018, the spirit of the holiday season can continue in your home throughout the year. Continue reading Giving Thanks to Our Fresh Air Family

GREAT PROGRESS BEING MADE ON BERKELEY ISLAND COUNTY PARK

SURROUNDED BY HEAVY EQUIPMENT and the sounds associated with it, Ocean County Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr. took a recent tour of the Berkeley Island County Park redevelopment project to see firsthand the progress being made at the popular county park site.

“We are well on our way with the rebuilding of this park,” Bartlett said. “We look forward to the anticipated completion next spring. We know many residents and visitors are looking forward to the day they can again access this beautiful county park facility on Barnegat Bay.”

The redevelopment of the park comes with a host of new and exciting features that will be enjoyed by county residents and visitors for years to come. Continue reading GREAT PROGRESS BEING MADE ON BERKELEY ISLAND COUNTY PARK

Dave & Buster’s Opens 1st New Jersey Location in Woodbridge

Dave & Buster’s first New Jersey location is now open in the Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, New Jersey. The restaurant and entertainment mecca boasts more than 34,000 square feet of new food, new drinks, hundreds of the latest arcade games and state-of-the-art sports viewing. The opening of Dave & Buster’s in New Jersey was made possible by recent passage of legislation in Trenton that ended a 56-year, statewide ban on games-based establishments selling liquor. Continue reading Dave & Buster’s Opens 1st New Jersey Location in Woodbridge

Rebuilding Storm-Resilient Homes in Hurricane, Flood-Prone Areas

The immense property damage resulting from this year’s Atlantic hurricane season has been a wake-up call for vulnerable communities, especially along coastal areas. Every year, hurricanes pummel the coastline with torrential downpours, high winds and storm surges. In New Jersey, peak hurricane season begins in mid-August and runs through the end of October. After Hurricane Sandy, homeowners knew that rebuilding efforts had to make resiliency and sustainability a priority. The fear of the next hurricane making landfall weighs heavily as waterfront communities continue to rebuild. Although hurricane season is nearly over, it’s never too early to start preparing for the 2018 season, especially when building a new home.

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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Heroin Dealers Chief Culprits in Elevating Opioid Addiction to Nation Public Health Emergency

In response to President Trump’s declaration of the opioid crisis as a national public health emergency, the 9th District legislative delegation renewed its call for New Jersey to correct a defect in State law that allows heroin dealers to receive lesser sentences as compared to other drug charges. Continue reading Connors, Rumpf & Gove: Heroin Dealers Chief Culprits in Elevating Opioid Addiction to Nation Public Health Emergency

Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce helps raise $1200 to benefit local nonprofits

On Monday, November 6, 2017, Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with local nonprofits, JBJ Soul Kitchen and HOPE Sheds Light held a Business After Hours.  Due to the success of the event the Chamber was able to raise nearly $1200 to be split between the two nonprofit organizations.

GTRCC Business After Hours have been scheduled throughout the year to provide Chamber members, as well as future members an opportunity to network.  These events also benefit the featured nonprofit of the evening by providing exposure as well as monetary donations.

Girl Scouts honors 303 girls with Bronze Award

The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore honored 303 Girl Scouts from Monmouth and Ocean Counties with the Girl Scout Bronze Award on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s Program Activity Center in Farmingdale.

The Bronze Award is the highest recognition for achievement in Girl Scouting for girls in grades 4th through 5th. It is earned by Girl Scouts who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects that address important community needs. Combined, the Girl Scouts honored on November 1, volunteered more than 6,000 hours while earning the Bronze Award. Continue reading Girl Scouts honors 303 girls with Bronze Award

Connecting with Ocean County Veterans

With more than 60,000 veterans calling Ocean County home, veteran service organizations held a meet and greet event at the County Connection at the Ocean County Mall, Toms River, on Nov. 8. Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari along with Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau and Ocean County Clerk Scott Colabella joined members of the American Legion, and the Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau to talk about veteran service organizations and also programs available to members of the military and their families. “We are happy to act as the conduit for our veterans to access organizations that are there specifically for them,” said Freeholder Little. Pictured from left to right are Director of the Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau John P. Dorrity, Freeholder Little, County Clerk Colabella, American Legion Brick Memorial Post 348 Adjutant Ed McBride, Richard Godfrey Sr., American Legion Membership Chairman Department of New Jersey, Ralph Moranz, American Legion Post 129, Toms River and Freeholder Director Vicari.