Category Archives: Ocean County

Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce to honor Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey

On Friday, December 22, 2017, Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce will honor Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey with the 2017 #WeAreTR Award at their #WeAreTR Holiday Luncheon sponsored by Grunin Holdings & The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation at The Villa, 10 Highland Parkway, Toms River.  The cost of the event is $35 for members and $50 for future members.  Registration and Networking begin at 11:30 am.  Event entertainment provided by Versatile Event Designs.  Donations collected at the event will benefit Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey. Continue reading Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce to honor Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey


Crisis Hotline Volunteers needed for CONTACT of Ocean & Monmouth Counties’ training beginning Thursday, January 11, 2018, once a week for 12 weeks from 6:30-9:30 P.M.  Training will be held at The Chelsea in Brick. CONTACT is a 24-hour crisis intervention hotline that also provides information & referral to community resources.  All calls are free, confidential and anonymous.  Training is free.  BECOME A VOICE TO THOSE IN DISTRESS–Make a difference in your community! – call 732-240-6104 for additional information and registration.


Mary’s Place by the Sea announced today that the organization will be participating in a holiday fundraising challenge hosted by Newman’s Own Foundation and online crowd funding platform Crowdrise.

The Holiday Challenge is an online fundraising competition taking place between November 21st, 2017 and January 3rd, 2018; Newman’s Own Foundation will be giving away $500,000 in funding and matching donations to participating charities. Mary’s Place by the Sea will compete against other non-profit organizations to raise funds, with the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in bonus challenges along the way.  Continue reading MARY’S PLACE BY THE SEA ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION IN THE NEWMAN’S OWN FOUNDATION $500,000 HOLIDAY CHALLENGE

Ocean County Library Presents Teen Dating Safety Program

The Ocean County Library will present a teen dating safety program at four of its branches.

Representatives of Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) will provide an interactive workshop to educate teens, parents, and professionals about the dynamics of dating violence and promote awareness. Continue reading Ocean County Library Presents Teen Dating Safety Program

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.

The Gifts of Grief: Grief as Sacred Work

A deeply healing retreat,
Friday to Sunday,
December 8th to 10th
Register now to receive the early bird discount.
Early bird deadline: November 15th.
Limited to 25 participants.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by a personal loss? Are you feeling anxious about the uncertainties of our global crises? These experiences need not result in despair or helplessness.
In a supportive community, the experience of grieving can be made conscious and empowering. We can intentionally open to the unexpected gifts of meaning, joy, and purpose inherent in what we most dread.

We invite you to become part of an exploration of community grieving. Together we will delve deeper into what particular aspects of grief are heartbreaking to each of us. Throughout, we will learn to involve nature in our healing process, as well as share deeply our grief within the container of everyone’s support.
 This weekend will be facilitated by Carolyn Baker and Terry Chapman. Carolyn’s life’s work and passion have been dedicated to discovering the sacred depths of all of life’s transitions. Carolyn was a psychotherapist in private practice for 17 years and is currently a life coach. Terry is a Clergy and Spiritual Director with over 30 years of walking with people through life’s transitions. As experienced retreat leaders Carolyn and Terry weave together the processes of grieving into a beautiful communal tapestry of healing and transformation.
Visit our website for more information.
Click here to reserve your spot.  
“Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.” – Oscar Wilde
Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center
431 US Highway 9 | PO Box 246
Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey 08734
(609) 693-5558


Jazz saxophonists Peter & Will Anderson present George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess on Wednesday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m. on the Main Stage, Grunin Center, Ocean County College, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.  Please use Parking Lot #2. Tickets: $24-$20. Purchase tickets online, call 732-255-0500, or visit the Box Office, Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm.