Category Archives: Ocean County

Art is Alive on Long Beach Island

The picturesque beauty of Long Beach Island has inspired a growing cultural community of talented local artists. The LBI Open Studio Tour will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 22nd  and 23rd, from 10am-4pm. The Long Beach Foundation of the Arts and Sciences invites you to experience this thriving community of local artists by visiting them in their own private and public studios during the LBI Artist Open Studio Tour. The LBI Artist Open Studio Tour supports and promotes local artists who work and exhibit on LBI, in order to strengthen the growing cultural community on Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

The LBI Artist Open Studio Tour is a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to learn about the creative process of an artist and buy local art. The tour is self-guided and can be done by foot, bike, or car. Look for the green lawn signs along the path for each studio. A map of the tour can be picked up at the Long Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences the week of the tour.

Lydia Owens, Membership and Events Coordinator at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, has been working closely with the artists of the studio tour. Lydia is excited for the event and says that, “The Artist Open Studio Tour is an excellent opportunity for visitors of Long Beach Island to get an inside look of how artists work in their own personal spaces and environment. Everyone can participate in this free self-guided tour to interact, experience and support the local arts, and even explore their own skills in different mediums during artist demonstrations.”

The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, a year-round center of the arts, sciences, and recreation for the community, is located at 120 Long Beach Blvd, Loveladies, NJ 08008. For more information contact the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences at (609) 494-1241 or visit You can also visit to see this year’s featured artist.


Spend a Night at the Movies and the Beach!

Looking for a unique, relaxing activity to unwind from the day’s excitement? How about a movie on the beach? The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences and Shore Flicks are excited to invite you, your family, and your friends to the brand new Movies on the Beach Series!  Movie Nights on the Beach will be located in Beach Haven in front of The Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club located at 10 South Atlantic Avenue.  The series will feature classic and family friendly films and kicks off on Sunday, June 23rd with a showing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The series continues on July 7th with Endless Summer, July 21st with Madagascar, August 11th with Back to the Future and August 25th with Jaws.

 Movies will begin just after sundown and end around 11 pm. Early arrival is suggested in order to secure a parking space. The LBIF asks for a $5 donation for entrance to the movie. There will also be a collection each night of non-perishable food items to be distributed to food banks and pantries throughout the area.

Amy Carreno, Public Program’s Coordinator at the LBIF, says, “We are thrilled to bring the Movies on the Beach Series to LBI this summer. It is one of many exciting new events the LBIF has to offer.  Working closely with Shore Flicks and Tom Hughes, owner of The Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club, to bring this concept to fruition is another example of how strong our community working together is.” The movies will entertain people of all generations. “Our goal is to bring back the outdoor family movie experience by echoing the nostalgic feel of the drive-in movie theater, which was invented in New Jersey,” said Shore Flicks owner TJ Brustowicz.

The Movies on the Beach is made possible through a sponsorship by Shore Flicks, Fulton Bank of New Jersey, Xfinity, and New Jersey Natural Gas.  The event location was made possible by Tom Hughes, owner of the Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club.

For more information contact the Long Beach Island Foundation at (609) 494-1241 or visit their website at for the summer catalog full of events and classes. You can also join their facebook page at

Line Dancing Date Change

The Lacey Municipal Alliance is changing the day and time for the Line Dancing class for seniors. It will now be held on  Thursday,  downstairs at  Community Hall, Rt. 9,  Forked River from 9:00  AM until 10:00 AM.  Come join us every Thursday for the summer to have some fun and laughs.  It will make you feel good.  We have people of all ages.  Try it, you’ll like it.  There is a $2.00 drop in fee.

For further information please call Heather at 609-693-1100, ext. 2217.

We Are LBI Logo

The We Are LBI logo has made its way to car windows and store fronts across the region, the We Are LBI video hit 10,000 views on You Tube since March, facebook pages and website feature heart felt stories from Southern Ocean County Chamber members on recovery, re invention and renewal. Recent promotions at the recent Big Game Experience Expo in the Meadowlands before Memorial Day and a billboard on the New Jersey Turnpike compelled thousands to learn more of the movement from outside the area. As the summer approaches the marketing committee consisting of volunteers has been working to keep the momentum going to help businesses share their message and drive customers to their door.

As the organization, approaches their 100th anniversary; the area they represent has been through many challenges. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce represents one of the largest chambers in New Jersey, with approximately 600 members within the regional foot print including Lacey Township, Ocean Township, Barnegat Township, Stafford Township, Eagleswood, Tuckerton, Little Egg and Long Beach Island. It receives no funding from municipalities and operates a year round visitor center with the support of local businesses. The We Are LBI campaign was created to give a spotlight to members for their efforts with the causeway bridge identifying that we are all connected.

Next steps, for the committee is advancing the We Are LBI campaign, with creative social media outreach and promotion of the WE ARE LBI logo with flags for participating merchants. For more information go to or friend on social media as we are lbi. Contact Southern Ocean County Chamber at 609 494 7211 or stop into visitor center at 265 West Ninth Street, Ship Bottom.

Keeping to the Beat: Facts and Tips About Your Pet’s Heart

We know you love your pet and want to provide them with the best care.  After all, they make our homes and our hearts (of course) so much fuller!  Here are just a few helpful facts and tips that will help you and your pet enjoy a happy, healthy life together.

* A dog’s heart can beat over 73,000,000 times a year!  A cat’s heart easily beats over 100,000,000 ties yearly!

* A heart murmur is an unusual sound during the heartbeat that can be heard when listening to the heart with special equipment.

* About 10% of all dogs have heart disease and some breeds are more prone to disease than others.  Please talk to us if you have any concern about your dog.

* Coughing, faster breathing, and slowing down on walks are common clinical signs related to cardiac disease.

* The heart sits on a 45-degree angle and between the front legs of dogs and cats, with the top or base of the heart pointing towards the head.

* Human, dog, and cat hearts are nearly identical. Slight differences exist in a few valves and the coronary vessels, or blood vessels, that supply the heart with blood and nutrients.

* Dogs and cats very rarely suffer heart attacks.

* Most cardiac medications used for pets are human health drugs.  There are only a handful of veterinary-only cardiac medications.

* If you ever notice any strange events or episodes in your pets, a video camera can be very informative to share with your family veterinarian.

* The loudness of a heart murmur does not always correlate with the severity of disease.

* Your veterinarian listening to the heart with a stethoscope twice yearly as part of a wellness exam is the best screening test for heart disease.  Talk to us to schedule your next wellness appointment for your pet today!

* An echo-cardiogram is a type of ultrasound image test.  It allows veterinarians to watch the heart moving in real time to help identify potential problems and relay definitive information to pet owners.

heart beat

* Congestive heart failure is a term that means the production of fluid in the body due to heart disease.  This is when medications are adjusted or introduced to remove the fluid.

* Thyroid levels, low or high, can have dramatic cardiac ramifications.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about caring for your pet’s heart or overall health at Lanoka Oaks, 718 Rt. 9, Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734 or 609-971-9669;

Actual Ferris Wheel Coming to ClawStar Spectacular

Fans can ride five-story Ferris Wheel at both Celebrity Hitting Challenge and SAL All-Star Game in June at FirstEnergy Park
The 2013 South Atlantic League All-Star Game logo includes a Ferris Wheel, and the BlueClaws are excited to announce that this logo is coming to life. There will be a 50-foot high Ferris Wheel at both the June 17th Celebrity Hitting Challenge and the June 18th South Atlantic League All-Star Game at FirstEnergy Park.

Both events are presented by Barnabas Health’s Kimball and Community Medical Centers, OceanFirst Bank, and Shore Point Distributing.

The BlueClaws, in conjunction with Cliffhanger Productions of East Rutherford, will bring the Ferris Wheel to FirstEnergy Park. Fans can ride the Ferris Wheel for just $5 at both the Celebrity Hitting Challenge and SAL All-Star Game.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime ballpark opportunity for our fans,” said BlueClaws General Manager Brandon Marano. “With a beach-themed event and a Ferris Wheel a part of the logo, it seemed like a natural fit. We think fans are really going to have a great time riding the Ferris Wheel at the ClawStar Specatular.”

Tickets for the two events are currently available by calling 732-901-7000 option 2 or online at

The June 17th Celebrity Hitting Challenge is a unique hitting contest with special targets scattered all across the field. Among the participants are former Phillies Mickey Morandini, Matt Stairs, and Mitch Williams, former Met and Yankee Doc Gooden, former Giants linebacker Pepper Johnson, former Jets running back Bruce Harper, and comedians Artie Lange and Jim Florentine, and more.

The Celebrity Hitting Challenge also has an on-field VIP area where fans can enjoy the event from behind protective netting on the infield while taking part in an all-you-can-eat buffet and open bar. VIP tickets are $75 and can be reserved by calling 732-901-7000 option 2.

The 54th South Atlantic League All-Star Game takes place on June 18th and will include 50 of the brightest stars in the South Atlantic League. Among the former participants are Ryan Howard, Mickey Morandini, David Wright, Steve Carlton, Nolan Ryan, Don Mattingly, Ryne Sandberg, Bryce Harper, and Manny Machado. Rosters for the All-Star Game are scheduled to be announced in early June..

Day of Action

We need about a dozen more volunteers to fulfill all of the project requests on Day of Action – June 21.  Have a giving spirit and 11 friends?  Or, sign yourself up and we will pair you with an existing team to get the jobs done.  Thanks in advance!  It’s going to be a great day!

United Way of Ocean County, 650 Washington Street, Suite #2, Toms River, NJ 08753

P: (732) 240-0311

Flapjack Fundraiser

Wright Memorial Presbyterian Church is holding a Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast on Saturday, June 22nd from 8 AM to 10 AM at Applebee’s 205 Rt. 72 West, Manahawkin.  The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and a beverage (coffee, tea, juice or soda).  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under and are available at the door or call Sue at 609-971-1860 or Keith at 609-276-4026 to purchase them in advance.  Proceeds will go to church mission projects including Hurricane Sandy relief.

Reflecting on Mary Todd Lincoln’s trials, victories

  Ocean County Library will present “Pass My Imperfections Lightly By-Mary Todd Lincoln’s Journey” in eight branches.

Actor Linda Turash will allow the audience to share an intimate 1876 evening with Mary Lincoln as she reflects on the triumphs and tribulations of Lincoln’s life and demonstrate her resilience in the face of her grief.

Turash, as Mary, will share memories ranging from her courtship with Mr. Lincoln and her support of his political ups and downs, to her bereavement of their sons’ deaths and husband’s violent assassination.

Mary will also recount the praise and criticism of her First Lady’s role in the White House.

Those reflections will continue with scandals of her life after the assassination, including her involuntary commitment to an asylum and her subsequent release.

The program will provide insight into yet another side of the Lincolns’ extraordinary role in American history.

The programs will be held at the following branches:

Berkeley, 30 Station Rd, Bayville, Tue. June 4 at 7 p.m.

Little Egg Harbor, 290 Mathistown Rd., Wed. June 5 at 7 p.m.

Island Heights, 121 Central Av., Mon. June 10 at 7 p.m.

Plumsted, 119 Evergreen Rd., New Egypt, Wed. June 12 at 7 p.m.

Beachwood,126 Beachwood Blvd., Mon. June 24 at 7 p.m.

Tuckerton, 380 Bay Av., Mon. July 1 at 7 p.m.

Pt. Pleasant Borough, 834 Beaver Dam Rd., Wed. July 17 at 7 p.m.

These programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Contact the branch or register online at .


Welcome Spring with Safety & Protection

While we start our annual routine of spring cleaning, it is important to protect ourselves as we discard old clutter. Unfortunately, identify theft is becoming one of the most widespread crimes. “OceanFirst Bank works diligently to protect our customers from identity theft,” said Mark Tasy, Chief Retail Officer. “We use a combination of safeguards to protect customer information, such as employee training, strict privacy policies, and rigorous security standards. You can protect yourself from identity theft by following a few simple precautions.

-Shred or tear up statements and other personal information.

OceanFirst Bank offers

FREE Shred Days thru-out the year at many of our locations.

May 18–9am  to 11am

Brick – Chambers Bridge Branch Brick – Pavilion Branch, 321 Chambers Bridge Road

June 8–9am  to 11am

Bayville Branch, 791 Route 9

August 3– 9am to 11am

Jackson Office, 260 North County Line Road

August 24–9am to 11am

Lacey Branch, 900 Lacey Road, Forked River

September 14–9am to 11am

Brick, Pavilion Branch, 70 Brick Blvd.

September 21– 9am to 11am

Trust Office, 2915 Ridgeway Road, Manchester

-Keep an eye out for any missing mail, particularly account statements and bills.

-Go Paperless!  Many institutions, such as OceanFirst offer FREE eStatements. With eStatements, there’s no hassle and no worry.

-Order free copies of your credit report once a year from each of the credit reporting agencies to ensure accuracy.

-Choose to do business with reputable companies. When conducting business online, use firewalls, anti-spyware and anti-virus software and do not respond to unsolicited requests for personal information.


-Protect your PINs and passwords.  Use a combination of letters and numbers to ensure strong passwords and change them periodically.

-Report any suspected fraud immediately to your bank and the fraud units of the three credit reporting agencies.

OceanFirst Bank, founded in 1902 and headquartered in Toms River, is a federally chartered stock savings bank with $2.3 billion in assets and is the largest community based financial institution headquartered in Ocean County. OceanFirst Bank has twenty-four branch locations throughout Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. For more information, visit