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Are you ready to Walk?

Step Forward for Our Heroes
Mark your calendar! Plan to join us on Saturday, May 16, 2015 as we return to the Boardwalk at Seaside Park in Ocean County to walk for Heroes in our lives – those who are in mental health recovery, family members, providers, researchers, advocates and members of the mental health community who fight the battle against mental illness every day.

We invite all of you to join us as walkers, team captains, sponsors and donors to make the 2015 Walk even more successful than the last one.

Why are we walking?
NAMIWalks New Jersey raises funds for NAMI New Jersey programs across the state – statewide programs such as Family-to-Family Education, In Our Own Voice, Hearts & Minds, Multicultural Outreach & Support, School Outreach and Education, Law Enforcement Education, as well as county level support groups, education programs, and advocacy.

Join the Sponsorship Campaign Now!
Sponsors, from the $250 level to the $10,000 level, form the backbone of Walk fundraising efforts. Our Sponsorship Goal for the 2015 NAMIWalks New Jersey is to raise $50,000 before the Walk Kick off on March 21st.
Can you help us meet our goal? 

Here’s what you can do –

  • Contact Aruna Rao, Walk Manager for sponsorship packets. You can also download theSponsorship Brochure here.
  • Make a list of businesses in your community that you have direct contact with – your employer, your dentist, your car dealer, your hair salon – anyone can be a potential sponsor!
  • Tell them why NAMI programs are important to you, and ask them to support the Walk.
  • Follow up as often as possible until you get an answer.
  • Yes, it’s as simple as that!

We welcome our first three sponsors for the 2015 NAMIWalks New Jersey!

Help us get to our Goal!

Here’s where we are now….


Goal: $150,000
Raised: $11,131
Donors: 10
7% of goal achieved
Help Us Get to Where We Want to Be!

Other Ways to Help

We need volunteers to serve on the planning committee, help out on Walk day, help make sponsor contacts…. and a lot more! If you can spare the time, please complete the volunteer form below or contact Walk Manager Aruna Rao for details.

You can also


Christmas Bake Sale & Gift Shop

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Tri-Boro First Aid presents a Christmas Bake Sale and Gift Shop on Saturday, December 6 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm; located at 61 J Street & Blvd., Seaside Park, NJ 08752.

There will be homemade cookies, cakes and pies.  The gift shop will feature handmade items, jewelry, local photographs and more.  As well as the annual Poinsettia sale.  There will be hot dogs, wraps, soup, soda and more for sale.

For information call 732-830-3236.

Carousel Will Stay In Seaside

THERE IS no doubt riding the intricately crafted ponies on the historic carousel on the Seaside Heights boardwalk has over the decades grown to be a summertime tradition for residents and visitors alike.

“I am so pleased that those of us who rode the carousel as kids will be able to continue those traditions with our grandchildren,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. “I want to extend my appreciation and that of the tourism community to the Mayor and Council of Seaside Heights and to Casino Pier, the owner of the carousel, for taking steps that will keep the carousel in Seaside Heights.

“This is wonderful news for the community and the County,” said Vicari, who serves as liaison to the tourism industry in Ocean County.

According to the Seaside Heights website Mayor William Akers and the Seaside Heights Borough Council introduced a plan on Sept. 3 to acquire the historic Dr. Floyd L. Moreland Dentzel-Looff Carousel from the owners of Casino Pier.

As the first step in a multi-step process, the Borough Council introduced an ordinance that would approve the exchange of municipally owned beach property north and south of Casino Pier for vacant property located on the oceanfront between Carteret and Sampson Avenues. Title to the historic carousel will transfer to the Borough of Seaside Heights so that its presence in the town will be ensured perpetually.  Casino Pier plans a major expansion with the property being acquired from the town.

“While there will be steps to take in the future, the action taken by the Borough and Casino Pier to preserve the carousel and have it remain intact and in Seaside Heights is imperative to it being saved from auction,” Vicari said. “This is a beautiful piece of Ocean County history, it has come through a lot including Superstorm Sandy and it means a great deal to so many of us.”

The Casino Pier website describes the carousel as one of only two surviving American made classic carousels in the state of New Jersey. The Dr. Floyd L. Moreland Historic Dentzel/Looff Carousel at Casino Pier is now over 100 years old. A museum piece in itself, it whirls on the Seaside Heights boardwalk bringing delight to young and old alike. The music is provided by the only continuously operating Wurlitzer Military Band Organ in the state. The carousel moved to Seaside Heights in 1932.


Freeholder Vicari Talks About The Columbus Day Parade And Fall Tourism Events On The “Shore Show”

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Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari (right) discusses the October 12  Columbus Day Parade and the fall tourism season during a taping of the Shore Show with host Pat O’Melia on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk. The annual Columbus Day parade on The Boulevard in the borough is just one highlight of the fall season, which also includes popular events such as Chowderfest in Beach Haven and Toms River’s Halloween parade.

Red Cross: Add Blood Donation To-Do List

The American Red Cross asks blood and platelet donors to help prevent a summer shortage by making an appointment to roll up a sleeve around the Independence Day holiday.

With blood and platelet donation appointments currently lower than what is needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply, donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.

The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients across the country. This can be challenging during the summer months of June, July and August, when an average of two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two more donors – above what is expected – make an appointment and give blood at each Red Cross blood drive the rest of the summer.

“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Anthony C. Tornetta, External Communications Manager, Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region. “Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”

To encourage more people to make time to donate blood before and after Independence Day, all presenting blood and platelet donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to find a nearby blood donation opportunity or schedule an appointment.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at@RedCross.


Check Megan’s Law Website For Information On Sex Offenders

THE END of the school year is an ideal time to check the Megan’s Law website for up-to-date information on known sex offenders, said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari.

“Children are home and will be spending more time outdoors enjoying the summer weather,” Vicari said. “For peace of mind, this is an ideal time to review the state’s sex offender list for any individuals that may be living in your community.”

The database lists up-to-date information on all convicted sex offenders who are residents of the Garden State.

Towns, counties, zip codes and even individual streets can be easily reviewed.

More advanced checks allow users to input the names of convicted sex offenders or check only newer records.

“This only takes a few minutes and can make a big difference in keeping a child safe,” Vicari said.

Vicari also suggested periodically checking the Megan’s Law database throughout the year.

“It’s important to know what dangers a child may encounter when they travel to and from school,” he said. “It’s also essential that they learn to avoid strangers and how to react if they are approached by an adult they do not know.”

If a child is approached by a stranger in a car, they should be taught to run the opposite way – towards the rear of the car. This way, the driver will have to first turn around before they can pursue the child, Vicari said.

The database can be accessed through a link on the Ocean County Government Homepage at The page can also be accessed directly at

Ocean County Firework Schedule

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July 5
Independence Day Parade
Parade Begins at 6:30PM
Liberty 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.

July 4th (Rain date July 5th)
Beachwood Borough 4th of July Fireworks
The Borough of Beachwood’s 74th Annual Fireworks is a spectacular display seen from the Beachwood Beach along the Toms River.
Beachwood Beach

June 25
Concert at 6 pm
Fireworks at Dusk
Veterans Park, Bill Zimmerman Way

July 3
20th Annual Summerfest Concerts
Concert, 6:30pm
Fireworks at 9pm
Windward Beach, Princeton Avenue

Harvey Cedars
July 5
Craft Day by the Bay from 10am – 4pm
Sunset Park, West Salem Avenue

July 3
Lacey Township High School, Haines Street

July 6
Independence Day Celebration.
Car show at 9am, Parade at 11am
Lakehurst Elementary School, 301 Union Ave.

4th of July Celebration
Fireworks at 9pm
Lake Caralsaljo, Lakewood Rd.

July 6
Independence Day Celebration
Concert at 7pm
Fireworks at 9pm
Lavallette Gazebo, Philadelphia Ave.

June 28
The Independence Day Celebration
Free Children’s Rides, Live Music Entertainment, WOBM at 4:30 p.m.
Fireworks at Dusk
Harry Wright Lake, Lake Road

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 at Pine Beach Firehouse, 525 Prospect Ave.
Family field events at Vista Park

July 5
Independence Day Celebration
Vendors, Games, and Music at 3pm,
Fireworks at Dusk
Rain date: July 6
New Egypt High School, 117 Evergreen Road

Point Pleasant Beach
July 4
Celebration of the United States of America’s 237th Birthday Fireworks
Fireworks at Dusk
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk & Beach, 300 Ocean Ave.

Seaside Heights
July 4
Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza
Fireworks at 9:30pm
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
3pm – 9pm
Enjoy music overlooking the Toms River, with free attractions for kids, vendor booths, crafts, food, and merchandise
Mathis Veterans Memorial Park

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






MADD Testifies in Favor of Lifesaving Ignition Interlock Legislation

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will testify before the Assembly Appropriations Committee urging their support of A 1368 on Monday, June 23rd at 9 AM. A 1368, introduced by Assemblywoman Stender, will require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, including all first-time offenders. Similar legislation has been passed in 23 states and these states have recognized a significant reduction in drunk driving deaths.

“MADD believes ignition interlocks for all offenders is the best solution to eliminate drunk driving across the Nation. New Jersey lawmakers have the opportunity to advance this lifesaving legislation that will protect the public from drunk drivers,” said MADD New Jersey Volunteer and National Board Member Steven Benvenisti, Esq., Partner at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC, who was almost killed by a drunk driver when he attended The College of New Jersey.

Drunk driving is a violent crime. And, drunk deaths are 100 percent preventable. Yet in 2012, 164

people in New Jersey were killed in crashes caused by a drunk driver—representing 28 percent of all traffic fatalities. In addition to the extraordinary emotional burden for victims, drunk driving deaths are an unnecessary economic hardship for New Jersey, costing the state and taxpayers $1.1 billion in 2012.

Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that (1) requiring interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers saves lives and is effective in reducing drunk driving recidivism by 67 percent; (2) license suspension alone is no longer a practical way to deal with drunk drivers, as 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers will continue to drive even with a suspended driver’s license; and (3) first-time convicted DUI offender is not a first time drunk driver

but rather has driven drunk at least 80 times prior to being arrested.

Currently in New Jersey, interlocks are required for all repeat and first-time convicted drunk drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or greater.  Passage of A 1368 would require a first-time convicted drunk driver with a BAC of .08 to .14 to use an ignition interlock for a period of three to twelve months unless a Judge determines that aggravating factors dictate that a license suspension would be more appropriate.  The last third of the time on the interlock must be violation free or the offender will have the time on the interlock extended. A 1368 will help change behavior separate alcohol from driving. Interlocked offenders are able to their jobs and provide for their families.

“MADD’s number one legislative priority is to pass lifesaving laws to ensure the public’s safety and eliminate drunk driving. A 1368 makes sense, ignition interlocks for all offenders will save lives,” continued Benvenisti.

States that are enforcing all-offender ignition interlock laws, such as Arizona and Oregon, have seen a reduction in DUI deaths by 43 to 42 percent, largely due to these comprehensive laws requiring all drunk drivers to receive an interlock.

For more information on interlocks, please visit

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every 8.6 minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP.  Learn more at  or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.