Recently recognized as one of the 10 best insect zoos in the nation, Insectropolis, a bugseum at 1761 Route 9 in Toms River offers a great indoor environment to learn about insects and bugs from beetles to tarantulas. Whether static displays or the real thing, the insect zoo attracts Ocean County residents and visitors from a variety of places. The bugseum, opened from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday most of the year and with Mondays added in the summer months, offers a combination of fun and education for all ages. Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari recently was provided a tour of the facility by owner Chris Koerner prior to presenting Koerner and staff members with a Certificate of Recognition from the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders. In an article in USA Today Insectropolis takes its place in the top 10 among national museums and other insect zoos across the country. Pictured from left to right are: Gaby Pintauro, insect handler, Diane Redzinak, manager, Chris Koerner, director of operations, Freeholder Vicari, Valerie Redzinak, manager, and Mario Cunha, insect handler.
One thousand four hundred and ninety-nine (1,499)* students are candidates for associate degrees at Ocean County College’s 50th Annual Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 25 at 6:00 p.m., held on OCC’s Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ. Following the ceremony, OCC will host a cookie reception on the College Mall for graduates, friends, and family.
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From herbs to freshly picked strawberries and vegetables, to a selection of wines, bakery goods, and flowering plants to pierogis and creative spice blends, just to name a few, are all featured at the Downtown Toms River Farmers’ Market which has a new location. Still located in Downtown Toms River, the market has moved to the Ocean County Parking Garage Lawn along Hadley Avenue between Washington Street and Madison Avenue. Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari and Freeholder Virginia E. Haines welcomed the market at its opening on May 24 cutting a ceremonial ribbon with Alizar N. Zorojew, Executive Director of Downtown Toms River, and Noelle Latano, Executive Director, Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce. The market runs every Wednesday from May 24th to Nov. 15th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (May through October) and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays in November. There will be a special Thanksgiving market on Monday, Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is encouraged to come out and enjoy Jersey Fresh and support your local New Jersey vendors. Continue reading OPENING DAY – OCEAN COUNTY WELCOMES FARMERS MARKET
The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Toms River Business Improvement District to honor our military in a big way – 30” x 60”, in fact. Noelle Carino, CEO of the GTRCC, and Nick Zorojew, Executive Director of the Toms River BID have a lot of things in common: the both want Toms River to thrive, they love art, and they are committed to our military. So when the idea of a banner tribute program crossed their desks, it was an easy decision.
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Ocean County College presented 51 awards, totaling more than $63,650 to 77 outstanding students at its 50th Annual Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, on the Ocean County College Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.
The Awards Ceremony will be re-broadcast on Ocean TV 20 via Comcast of Toms River and Long Beach Island Channel 20 and Verizon FiOS of Northern Ocean County Channel 24 on Thursday,May 25 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 27 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, May 28 at 3:00 p.m.; and Monday, May 29 at 4:00 p.m. The ceremony will also be broadcast on the College’s website, www.ocean.edu, with video remaining available for online viewing for several weeks. Continue reading OUTSTANDING STUDENTS HONORED AT OCC AWARDS CEREMONY
Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce along with Jersey Coast Appliance invite you to join them for their Annual Good ‘Ole Summertime BBQ, Thursday, June 8, 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Jersey Coast Appliance, 18 Route 37 East, Toms River, NJ. Proceeds from the event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County. In collaboration with Seacoast Clothing, David’s Culinary Delights, Caneda’s White Rooster & Royal Grill 37. No charge for Members, Future Members: $20. Registration in advance preferred: www.tomsriverchamber.com/chamber-calendar.
The Friends of the Toms River Library will hold its spring book sale during the first week of June at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington St.
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From June 10 to July 6, the public is invited to view artwork created by talented Ocean County artists at the 41st Annual Ocean County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit at Ocean County College, Grunin Center Gallery, 2nd floor, (Building #12), OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Continue reading 41ST ANNUAL SENIOR CITIZENS ART EXHIBIT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The Basically Ballet dance troupe will perform “The Flower Garden” at three branches of the Ocean County Library through May.
The dance troupe’s students will present their talent in a celebration of spring and all things warm interpreted through music and abstract ballet.
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The NJ State Chili & Salsa Cook-Off is set for Saturday, May 20th 2017 along Washington St., between Main St. and Hooper Ave. The event will begin at 11:00am and run until 5:00pm. Admission and parking are both free. Tasting kits to sample The People’s Choice Chili and vote for your favorite are $7.00. Continue reading 28th Annual NJ State Chili & Salsa Cook-Off