Category Archives: Seaside

OCL to offer 2 English as a Second Language Classes

The Ocean County Library will offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at two locations beginning in early January. The classes and materials are free to participants.

The Lakewood library branch, 301 Lexington Ave., will hold ESL classes 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Those classes will begin Jan. 9, 2016 and end in May.

The Upper Shores branch will hold ESL classes at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 100 Grant Ave., Seaside Heights 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. Those classes will begin Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 and run until mid-March. Participants should attend classes both week days until mid-March. Continue reading OCL to offer 2 English as a Second Language Classes

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.

Visit OHI at the Jersey Shore Festival

Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health care center, will be participating in the Jersey Shore Festival at the Seaside Heights boardwalk, between Hancock and Fremont avenues, Saturday, May 16 from noon to 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, May 17, from noon to 5:00 p.m., with free blood pressure screenings, giveaways, health education, and outreach and enrollment information from OHI’s Marketplace.Certified navigators in the Health Insurance Marketplace of OHI will be available to assist the public.

The Jersey Shore Festival is a free admission music and arts festival that kicks off the summer festival season with exhibits by vendors, dealers, and nonprofits; and performances by more than 250 artists from around the world.

For more information, contact Kimberly Tozzi, Community Relations Liaison for OHI, at 732-719-9015.

About Ocean Health Initiatives

OHI is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) federally qualified health center (FQHC) with locations at 101 Second Street, Lakewood; 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River; 333 Haywood Road, Manahawkin; Lakehurst Circle Center II, 686 Route 70 Lakehurst; a health center within the Clifton Avenue Elementary School, 625 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood; and a Mobile Medical Unit.


OHI provides comprehensive preventative and primary health and dental care to Ocean County’s insured, uninsured and underinsured populations.  A sliding-fee scale is available, based on an individual’s or family’s ability to pay. Services include pediatrics, maternal and child health, prenatal, WIC, universal immunizations, behavioral health, dental, family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, podiatry and social services.


OHI has a bilingual staff available to assist patients and callers. To become a patient of OHI, call 732-363-6655. Visit for further information.


Just a month to Walk Day!!

I Walk for NAMI because….










Let us know why you walk for NAMI! Here’s how:

1. Go to

2. Sign up as a team captain or walker.

3. Get your first donation or sponsorship – email your friends, family or co workers and ask them to support you.

4. Email us a photograph of you holding a sign telling us “I Walk for NAMI because…” to and we will post it on the NAMI NJ website and/or Facebook and Twitter.

5. You must submit this media release giving us permission to post your picture.


Sign up to lead your own team, join a team, walk, or donate to NAMIWalks NJ!

Central Regional Alumni Association’s 6th Annual All Alumni Night


 The spring like weather drew out a record crowd to Spicy’s in Seaside Heights, for the Central Regional Alumni Association’s 6th Annual All Alumni Night.  The Central Regional Alumni Association, a local 501 (c) 3 organization is celebrating its eleventh year of service to the school, providing scholarships to graduating seniors and campus beautification projects.

“This event brings alumni of all ages together for an evening of reminiscing” said Joella Nicastro, chairwoman for this event. “This annual event is one of the highlights of our fundraising season.”

 Photographs from this event are located on our website or the Central Regional Alumni Association Face book site.

 The CRAA is holding the 8th Annual Golf Outing and the drawing of the BIG CASH 50-50 at Cedar Creek Golf Course on Thursday, May 21st.  BIG CASH 50-50 tickets are $100 per ticket, with only 100 tickets being sold.  Tickets and golf information available at Alteiri Chiropractic and Roots Hair Salon.  Sponsors and golfers welcomed. 33

The Central Regional Alumni Association has been helping to fund the CRHS Special Olympic Team.   “The alumni association purchased all the snowshoes and winter gear for our team to compete in the Winter Games”, said Patricia Fortus, alumni member and coach.  “We appreciate everything they do for our student athletes”.

Additionally, the Central Regional Alumni Association supports the newly formed JROTC Eagle Battalion.  “We are able to provide annual funding via a grant we wrote two years ago”, said Eileen Giffoniello, co-chair of this annual event.  “The JROTC helps with the community garden during the spring and summer.  This community garden provides fresh produce for local food banks and charitable organizations, as well as fresh herbs sold at five local restaurants. “She continued, “It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”  

Thanks to The Lenz Photography, Roots Hair Salon, Alteiri Chiropractic, and Spicy’s Cantina.  For information on how to get involved with the Central Regional Alumni Association please go to our website.

Ocean County Document Shredding Program Starts April 4

Ocean County’s free Residential Document Shredding Program will get under way on Saturday, April 4, with its first stop scheduled in Brick Township.

“This is a program that moves throughout Ocean County, offering residents the ability to get rid of all those residential papers, like old bills, files, statements, that are no longer needed,” said Ocean County Freeholder James F. Lacey, who serves as liaison to the county’s recycling programs. “With this program we provide a convenient way to recycle old documents safely and securely.”

Ocean County began its free document shredding program in 2008.

“This program is very popular with our residents,” said Freeholder Director John C. Bartlett Jr. “This board is pleased to provide this service which, in addition to the environmental benefit, is an extra layer of security for our citizens.”

In 2014, Ocean County held 17 collection dates throughout the county and recycled 82.35 tons or 164,700 pounds of documents.

“All of these documents didn’t take up room at the landfill and didn’t get into the wrong hands avoiding identity theft,” Lacey said.

The 2015 Ocean County Residential Shredding Program will run from April until October. The work is being performed by Autoshred of Toms River and is done at no cost to the County.

Residents are not required to register for this free program and can bring six boxes or bags each day. The program is for all paper documents and paper forms. Paperclips and staples do not have to be removed.

Lacey noted the shredding unit features an automatic feeding and dumping system, which eliminates the need for human contact with a resident’s documents.

The dates, time and locations of the program are: April 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brick Township Public Works Yard, 836 Ridge Road; April 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Eagleswood Township Municipal Complex, 146 Division Street; May 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Little Egg Harbor Township Community Center, 319 West Calabreeze Way; May 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Plumsted Township, Lakeview Drive south of Oakford Lake Park; June 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Toms River Township, Riverwood Park, 250 Riverwood Drive; June 20, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Ocean Township Municipal Complex, 50 Railroad Ave.; June 27, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Ocean Gate Municipal Building, rear parking lot, 801 Ocean Gate Avenue.

And, July 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jackson Township Municipal Building, 95 West Veterans Highway; July 25, Stafford Township, Ocean County Southern Recycling Center, 379 Haywood Road, Building 105; Aug. 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Point Pleasant Recycling Center, Arthur Avenue; Aug. 15, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Bay Head Recycling Center, 214 Park Ave.; Aug. 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lacey Township Recycling Center, 820 Municipal Lane; Aug. 29, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Seaside Park Recycling Center, Corner of 14th and Barnegat Avenues, and Sept. 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Toms River Township Riverwood Park, 250 Riverwood Drive.

And, Sept. 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Manchester Township Public Works Yard,

1360 Route 70; Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Berkeley Township  Public Works Yard, 630 Pinewald-Keswick Road; Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Surf City, behind Police Department, 9th Street and Central Avenue, and Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lakewood Township Public Works Yard, 1 America Avenue.

All collection dates will run the complete scheduled time or until the truck which has the capacity to hold 8,000 pounds is full. The program is only open to residents. And, residents can attend any site. Commercial documents will not be accepted nor are x-rays, CDs, floppy disks, microfilm and file folders.

For additional information call the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management at 732-506-5047 or visit the department’s website at


Hundreds Will Walk To Create a World Free of MS at Walk MS Seaside Park on April 18

Nearly 900 people are expected to raise more than $109,000 to support cutting-edge research and life-changing programs and services for people living with multiple sclerosis at Walk MS Seaside Park taking place on Saturday, April 18. Walk MS participants will kick off this event at the Seaside Park Boardwalk.


Walk MS, presented by BAYADA Home Health Care, is an opportunity for people living with MS and those who care about them to connect and join together to be inspired and raise critical funds for the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


Walk MS Seaside Park attracts friends and families of people affected by MS, people living with MS, corporate teams, and individuals who want to help end MS forever. Participants have the option of walking approximately 3.1 miles on our fully accessible route.


Each year, nearly 333,000 people walk to create a world free of MS across the country. Last year, more than 11,000 participants and volunteers came together for the 25th anniversary of Walk MS to raise more than $1.7 million for the New Jersey Metro Chapter.


“It is truly inspirational to see thousands of people coming together to support our mission each year,” says Walk MS Manager Julianne Falgiano. “Walk MS gives us all an opportunity to connect with those who share the same fight each and every day. I am looking forward to the day we come together, to celebrate the cure for MS.”


WHEN: Site opens at 9 AM on Saturday, April 18. Walk begins at 10 AM.

WHERE: Seaside Boardwalk, Seaside Park, NJ

PARTICIPATION/VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION: Visit, call (800) 344-4867 or email to register.

WHY: Proceeds raised will support national and local cutting-edge MS research and life-changing programs and services for people living with MS.



To access an electronic version of this release, visit


About the New Jersey Metro Chapter

The New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National MS Society is committed to helping the more than 10,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren County. The chapter raises funds locally to support the Society’s critical research initiatives and to provide hundreds of comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their family and friends. For more information, visit


About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. In 2014, the Society invested $50.6 million to advance more than 380 research projects around the world in order to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Through its comprehensive nation-wide network of programs and services, it also helped more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives. For more information, visit


About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

This Weekend’s Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights Raised $1.6 Million

On Saturday, February 21, 2015, Special Olympics New Jersey hosted the 22nd Annual Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights, NJ and raised more than $1.6 million.


Nearly 6,000 people plunged in this year’s record-breaking Plunge, taking to the snowy beach despite the air temperature being a mere 30⁰F and the water only reaching 34⁰F.


For the seventh year in a row, the highest fundraising team was the Little Silver Crocs, led by Mike Laverty of Ocean City. This year, the team consisted of 61 people and brought in an astounding $77,060.


The Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights is organized by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey, the largest grass-roots fundraising organization for Special Olympics New Jersey, and is sponsored by the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association and Aerotek.


All proceeds from the event directly benefit the 24,000 Special Olympics athletes who train and compete throughout New Jersey.


For photos from the 2015 Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside Heights, visit

NJ’s Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival

New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s “Stages Festival” will present ten programs at 15 Ocean County Library branches and two local schools in March.  These programs will mark the 18th anniversary of the library’s partnership with the Alliance.


The festival brings professional, Broadway-quality programs to communities throughout March and Ocean County Library presents them to the public free of charge.


Throughout the years the performances have touched people of all ages and this year will be no different.

Preschoolers can enjoy programs like “Stone Soup and Other Tales” and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Seniors and families will be entertained and educated by “Tales from the Garden.”


The presentations are free and meet many of the Common Core Curriculum Standards.


Registration is required for each of the presentations. Telephone the branch to register.


“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” presented by Centenary Stage Company, is an adventurous, fun-filled performance complete with slap-stick comedy. In this family program an innocent milk-and-cookie snack time goes from mishap to calamity to catastrophe faster than the twitch of a whisker.


The performance will be held 3:30 p.m. Fri. March 13 at Lakewood, 301 Lexington Ave., 732-363-1435.


“Stone Soup and Other Tales,” presented by Pushcart Players, is a charming blend of carefully selected folk tales from around the world. Supporting the literacy movement’s emphasis on the joy of reading, this dynamic and participatory program is not to be missed by young viewers and families.


The performance will be held:

2 p.m. Sat. March 7 at Stafford, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, 609-597-3381,

3:30 p.m. Wed. March 11 at Plumsted, 119 Evergreen Rd., New Egypt, 609-758-7888,

2 p.m. Sat. March 14 at Barnegat, 112 Burr St., 609-698-3331,

11 a.m. Sat. March 21 at Lacey, 10 e. Lacey Rd., Forked River, 609-693-1197.


“If You Give a Pig a Pancake,” presented by Centenary Stage Company, shows what happens when a young girl accommodates the demands of a quirky piglet after eating pancakes.  Their adventure is just beginning as they take a bubble bath, tap dance, take a photo, mail a letter, build and decorate a tree house, and of course, go back for more pancakes.


The performance will be held 11 a.m. Sat. March 7 at Waretown, 112 Main St., 609-693-5133.


“Tales from the Garden,” presented by The Growing Stage, is a fun-filled journey through the rich history of the Garden State and examines the unique roles New Jersey has played in American history.


It will be performed 6:30 p.m. Mon. March 30 at Toms River, 101 Washington St. 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514.


“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” presented by Surflight Theatre, tells of Alexander’s day. Not only does he wake up with gum in his hair, but his mother forgets to pack him dessert, and his best friend decides he’s not his be friend anymore.  Alexander’s struggles with life’s daily dramas will not only entertain but will educate young audiences as they identify with him and the obstacles he encounters, encouraging them to share their feelings.


It will be performed:

6:30 p.m. Thurs., March 26 at Berkeley, 30 Station Dr., 732-269-2144,

2:30 p.m. Sat. March 28 at Long Beach Island, 217 S. Central Ave., Surf City, 609-494-2480.


“Pocketful of Rhymes,” presented by Surflight Theater sets classic nursery rhymes to catchy contemporary scores that cover the range of 20th century music. Mother Goose introduces the next generation to her “greatest hits” in this energetic musical revue for ages 3 to 9.


It will be performed:

7 pm Thurs. March 5 at Jackson, 2 Jackson Dr., 732-928-4400,

11 a.m. Sat. March 21 at Pt. Pleasant Borough, 834 Beaver Dam Rd., 732-295-1555.


“Red Riding Hood and Other Stories,” presented by Pushcart Players presents classic tales such as “The Princess and the Pea,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “Little Red Riding Hood” in music and told with a contemporary spin.


It will be performed:

6 p.m. Tue. March 10 at Little Egg Harbor, 290 Mathistown Rd., 609-294-1197,

7 p.m. Thur. March 12 at Manchester, 21 Colonial Dr., 732-657-7600,

6 p.m. Tue. March 31 at Pt. Pleasant Beach, 710 McLean Ave., 732-892-4575.


“Mi Casa Tu Casa,” presented by Dreamcatcher Repertory Company, is a bilingual blend of music and folktales for the entire family. Musicians and storytellers are your guides on this unique journey through time, place and imagination.


It will be performed 3 p.m. Wed. March 25 at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School, 1200 Bay Boulevard, Seaside Heights. Telephone 732-793-3996.


“School House Rock,” presented by Surflight to Go, uses the same clever songs from the Emmy Award-winning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and civics.


It will be performed 6:30 p.m. Mon. March 23 at Brick, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., 732-477-4513.


“New Kid,” presented by the George Street Playhouse, is a play that addresses racism, prejudice, peer pressure and conflict resolution. It prompts its audience to explore issues of moving to a new place, being the outsider, and making and keeping friends.


It will be performed 6:30 p.m. Mon. March 16 at the Island Heights Grade School, 115 Summit Ave., 732-270-6266.


“Tales from the Garden,” presented by The Growing Stage, is a fun-filled journey through the rich history of the Garden State.