Category Archives: Toms River

Women’s Life & Career Event at Ocean County College

What woman has not experienced some form of transition?  Do you need to reclaim your passion and purpose?  Were you impacted by the economy?  Are you an empty-nester?  Have you lost your job … been promoted … or starting a new job?  Must you reinvent your life after divorce or death of a loved one?  Why can some people easily embrace change while others do everything to prevent it?


The Displaced Homemakers Program of Ocean County and Ocean County College’s Career, Employment & Counseling Services will co-sponsor a Women’s Career & Life Event – Embracing Change: How to Survive & Thrive During Transition on Saturday, March 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Solar Lounge, College Center (Building #15), OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.  Open to the public.  Seating is limited.  Pre-registration is requested.


The goal of Embracing Change: How to Survive & Thrive During Transition is to help participants view change as a part of life that cannot be avoided and understand that it does not have to be a crisis.  Guest Speaker Joan Hermann, Host and Executive Producer of the radio show “Change Your Attitude … Change Your Life” will discuss how to grow from change and how to become better equipped to deal with life’s challenges.  Topics include: Why change is important … How the stress of transition can impact physical health … Importance of a positive attitude when reacting to change … Tips/strategies to move through transition … Lessons learned through personal journey … Putting your plan into action.


Admission: $9 (includes refreshments and workshop materials); $6 for current OCC and Kean-Ocean students with valid ID.


Pre-registration is requested.  RSVP by March 21.  Call Ocean County College’s Career, Employment, & Counseling Services at 732-255-0400, ext. 2945.  Visit our website at


Co-sponsoring Organizations include The Displaced Homemakers Program of Ocean County, NJ; Ocean County College Department of Career, Employment, & Counseling Services; Ocean County College Women’s Network; Women’s Studies, Georgian Court University; American Association of University Women – Northern Ocean County Branch; Business & Professional Women of Southern Ocean County; Family Planning Center of Ocean County, Inc.; Jackson Women of Today; New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners; Ocean County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women; Ocean County Woman; and Soroptimist International of Toms River.


Growing Your Own Edible Garden

Spring into spring by growing your own edible garden.  This educational talk will give you all the information you need to grow your garden from seed.  Growing your own garden can save you money, be rewarding and even therapeutic.

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Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County has scheduled a class to help you start your own edible garden.  Come to the Agriculture Center, 1623 Whitesville Road, Toms River, at 10:30 am on Wednesday, March 28 for a discussion led by Berry Jones, Ocean County Master Gardener.  The Agriculture Center is located at the corner of Whitseville and Sunset Avenue in Toms River.  The second-floor meeting room is handicapped accessible.

Soil testing can help you know what your soil needs and soil test kits will be available for purchase after the meeting.

No program fee, but preregistration is required by Monday, March 17 contact Mary Ann at 732-349-4524.


Girl Scout Cookie Booth Sales Begin This Friday

Craving Girl Scout cookies? Then, you’re in luck! Girl Scout cookie booth sales begin this Friday, February 28th at hundreds of local businesses and organizations throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties. Area Girl Scouts will distribute approximately 91,000 cases of Thin Mints, Samoas and six other delicious cookie varieties to customers all over our community. So far, more than 1,100 booth sales have been scheduled.

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Looking for a booth sale in your area? Download the app! The Girl Scout Cookie Locator is once again available online and for the iPhone and Android. This free app lets you search for Girl Scout cookie booth locations by zip code. It also uses GPS data to automatically find the Girl Scout cookie sale closest to your current location. To view the cookie locator online, go To download the app on your cell phone, call **GSCOOKIES (**472665437) and follow the instructions.


Additionally, customers who purchase five boxes of Girl Scout Cookies and fill out an information card will be entered into a contest towin five cases of Girl Scout Cookies, all the variety of your choice. The winner will be selected on Wednesday, April 16, and the results will be shared on the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s Facebook ( and Twitter (@GirlScoutsJS) pages.

Girl Scout cookies cost only $4 per box. For more information about the Girl Scout cookie sale, visit


Photo Caption (hi-res images available upon request):

A portion of the 91,000 cases of Girl Scout cookies distributed throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties arrive at the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore service centers. More will arrive throughout March and April as Girl Scouts sell cookies during booth sales at local businesses. To locate a booth sale in your area, visit  

Buddhist Monks Come to Ocean County College

From March 3 to 7, Ocean County College will host the 2014 Drepung Gomang Monastery Sacred Arts Tour.  Events will be held in the Solar Lounge, College Center (Building #15) on the OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.  All events are free and open to the public.


NOTE: Monks will be working on the Sacred Sand Mandala each day from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Monday, March 3

9:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremony & Begin Sacred Sand Mandala Creation

(Medicine Buddha – Healing)

11:00 a.m.: Historical Background / Slideshow on the Drepung Gomang Monastery

12:30 p.m.: Introduction to Buddhism

2:00 p.m.: Basic Meditation

3:30 p.m.: Cultural Presentation – Dances (Yak)

4:30 p.m.: Daily Closing Ceremony

5:30 p.m. (sunset – exact time to be announced): Puja Purification Ceremony


Tuesday, March 4

9:30 a.m.: Daily Opening Ceremony

9:45 a.m.: Historical Background / Slideshow on the Drepung Gomang Monastery

11:00 a.m.: Four Noble Truths

12:30 p.m.: Introduction to Buddhism

2:00 p.m.: Basic Meditation

3:30 p.m.: Cultural Presentation – Dances (Snow Lion)

4:30 p.m.: Daily Closing Ceremony


Wednesday, March 5

9:30 a.m.: Daily Opening Ceremony

9:45 a.m.: Expanded Cultural Presentations – Visual History Slideshow

Dances, Good Luck Dance, Sacred Chants, Prayers

12:30 p.m.: Art Workshops – Sand Mandala Workshop and Mani Stones

5:30 p.m.: Overtone Chanting / Traditional Tibetan Meal

7:30 p.m.: Daily Closing Ceremony


Thursday, March 6

9:30 a.m.: Daily Opening Ceremony

9:45 a.m.: Traditional Tibetan Buddhist Debate

11:00 a.m.: Lecture on Karma

12:30 p.m.: Traditional Tibetan Meal / Cultural Presentation

3:30 p.m.: Lecture on Impermanance

4:30 p.m.: Daily Closing Ceremony


Friday, March 7

9:30 a.m.: Daily Opening Ceremony

9:45 a.m.: Traditional Tibetan Buddhist Debate

11:00 a.m.: Lecture on Karma

12:30 p.m.: Lecture on Impermanance

2:00 p.m.: Closing Ceremony

4:00 p.m.: Procession to OCC Lake & Ceremonial Disposal of Sand


Merchandise from the Drepung Gomang Sacred Arts Tour will be available for purchase at all events.  One hundred percent (100%) of all proceeds go directly to support, educate, house, feed, and clothe the nearly 2,000 refugee monks at Drepung Gomang Institute in Southern India.


The Sacred Arts Tour is sponsored by the OCC Student Life Committee and Global Education Committee.  The Global Education Committee sponsors and promotes events that heighten student, campus, and community understanding of the interconnectedness of diverse cultures and nations and fosters a college climate of global citizenry.


For more information, contact the Office of Student Life, at 732-255-0400, ext. 2139.

Comedy Comes to Arts & Community Center Theater at Ocean County College

Order your tickets now for the Ocean County College Theatre Company’s presentation of Dividing the Estate, written by Horton Foote and directed by Arthur Waldman.  Shows will take placeMarch 1415162122 in the Black Box Theatre, in the academic wing of the Arts & Community Center (Building #18), OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.  Limited seating is available.


Dividing the Estate is a comedy about a rapacious (greedy) Southern family tangling over finances and contains echoes of A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Little Foxes. Matriarch Stella Gordon is determined not to divide her 100-year-old Texas estate, despite her family’s declining wealth and the looming financial crisis. But her three children have another plan. Old resentments and sibling rivalries surface as the members of this hilariously-dysfunctional family go head-to-head to see who might claim the biggest piece of the pie


Tickets: $22 adults / $20 seniors / $10 students (except as noted below – $10 all seats for the March 13 performance only)


Special Preview Night on Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. ($10 on March 13 performance only).


Other Performances on Friday, March 14 and March 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 15 and March 22at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m.


The Ocean County College Arts & Community Center Box Office is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (please call in advance to confirm Box Office hours).


To charge tickets, call 732-255-0500 or purchase tickets online at


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All performances are subject to change.  Please call ahead for updated schedule or visit our web site


Stage Festival at OCL

New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s “Stages Festival” will present nine programs at 15 Ocean County Library branches in March.  These programs will mark the 17th 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 “Celebrating New Jersey” and “IRL: In Real Life.”


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:

11 a.m. Sat. March 1 at the Waretown branch, 112 Main St., 609-693-5133.

10:30 a.m. Sat. March 8 at the Stafford branch, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, 609-597-3381.

6:30 p.m. Thur. March 13 at the Berkeley branch, 30 Station Rd., 732-269-2144.


“IRL: In Real Life,” presented by George Street Playhouse, examines the perils of cyber-bullying when four students encounter anonymous text message, secret photos, and threatened online conversations.


The program, for teens (ages 11-17) and adults, investigates how students can take an active role to end cyber-bullying.


It will be presented 6 p.m. Mon. March 10 at Manchester, 21 Colonial Dr., 732-657-7600.


“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 6:30 p.m. Tues March 11 at Point Pleasant Beach, 710 McLean Av., 732-295-1555.


“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 6:30 p.m. Tues. March 25 at Brick, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., 732-477-4513.


“Celebrating New Jersey,” presented by Pushcart Players heightens your appreciation of our state on its 350th anniversary. This delightful theatre piece used the art of storytelling to reach across more than three centuries, linking New Jerseyans to their past and breathes life into our history.


The performance will be held:

10:30 a.m. Sat. March 8 at Little Egg Harbor, 290 Mathistown Rd., 609-294-1197.

2:30 p.m. Sat. March 22 at Long Beach Island, 217 S. Central Av., Surf City, 609-494-2480.


“Victorian Magic,” presented by East Lynn Theater Company, brings actor Robert Aberdeen to the stage where he will delight audiences of all ages with his magical sleight-of-hand. Be careful, this family performance includes audience participation!


The performance will be held 2:30 p.m. Tues. March 18 at Plumsted, 119 Evergreen Rd., New Egypt 609-758-7888.


“Bullies in the Hall,” presented by Surflight Theatre, tells the story of a group of students at Woodruff High and how they learn to deal with the constant and mean-spirited bullying behavior that has become the norm, including cyber-bullying. Schools should be a safe place for everyone, and students have the power to make it so.


It will be presented 6:30 p.m. Mon. March 24 at the Island Heights Grade School, 115 Summit Ave., 732-270-6266.


“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:

7 p.m. Thurs. March 6 at Toms River, 101 Washington St., 732-349-6200.

3 p.m. Fri. March 14 at Lakewood, 301 Lexington Av., 732-363-1435

11 a.m. Sat. March 15 at Point Pleasant Borough, 834 Beaver Dam Rd., 732-295-1555.

2 p.m. Sat. March 22 at Lacey, 10 E. Lacey Rd., Forked River, 609-693-8566.


“Happily Ever After- A Cinderella Tale,” presented by Pushcart Players is based on the classic tale. This musical adaptation takes one on that sometimes happy, sometimes say, but always compelling journey, fueled by inner beauty, courage and kindness as they triumph over greed, arrogance and bully behavior.


It will be performed 2 p.m. Sat. March 29 @ Barnegat, 112 Burr St., 609-698-3331.

Officials Urge Use Of Prescription Drug Dropoff Boxes

OCEAN COUNTY officials are urging residents to safely dispose of unused and expired prescription medications at drop-off boxes located throughout the County.

“This is one simple step that we can all take in helping to reduce the growing drug addiction problems we are seeing locally and nationally,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. “I join with my colleagues on the Board of Freeholders and our law enforcement leaders in encouraging our residents to clean out medicine cabinets and dispose of old and unused prescription drugs properly.”

In November 2011, Project Medicine Drop was launched in an effort to halt the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs. Project Medicine Drop is a program in which “prescription drug drop boxes” are installed at various police departments throughout the state. These drop boxes allow our citizens to dispose of their unused and expired prescription medications safely and securely seven days a week, 365 days a year.”

Vicari, who serves as Chairman of Consumer Affairs and Senior Services, noted that once the medication is deposited into a drop box, the participating police agency maintains custody of the drugs, and disposes of them according to their normal procedures for the custody and destruction of controlled dangerous substances.

“The statistics about prescription drug abuse are staggering,” Vicari said.

  • According to the United StatesCenter for Disease Control and Prevention, 100 people die from drug overdoses every day in the United States.
  • In July 2013, the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation reported that a growing number of young people are abusing prescription drugs, and noted a significant trend in which the practice has led to increases, not only in the number of young people addicted to painkillers, but to the number of young people using heroin as well.
  • In 2013, 112 overdose deaths were confirmed in OceanCounty, a 111 percent increase from 2012. Forty-nine percent of those deaths involved heroin.

“OceanCounty is in the midst of a heroin epidemic,” said Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato. “Prescription drug abuse is the precursor to heroin abuse.

“National surveys show teenagers who abuse prescription drugs often take them from relatives, or get them from friends,” Coronato said. “Many people mistakenly believe prescription painkillers are less dangerous and less addictive than cocaine or heroin – but they are tragically wrong. The fight against addiction must therefore begin at home.”

OceanCounty officials agree that the drop-off boxes enable OceanCounty residents to get rid of their unused and/or expired medications in a safe and secure manner.

“Taking the right precautions may help save a loved ones life,” Coronato said.

“I want to commend the police departments in OceanCounty for hosting these drop-off boxes,” said Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. “Education and raising awareness are key components in this ongoing effort. Disposing of prescription drugs safely and properly certainly helps as we work toward a solution.”

Drop off points in OceanCounty are:

  • Seaside Heights Police Department, 116 Sherman Ave., Seaside Heights, or call (732) 793-1800
  • Toms River Police Department, 255 Oak Ave., TomsRiver, or call (732) 349-0150
  • Lacey Township Police Department, 808 West Lacey Road, ForkedRiver, or call (609) 693-6636
  • Lakewood Township Police Department, 231 Third St., Lakewood, or call (732) 363-0200
  • Manchester Township Police Department, 1 Colonial Drive, Manchester Township, or call 732-657-2009