Category Archives: Tuckerton

National Coast Guard Day

national coast guard day
Celebrate National Coast Guard Day with  US Coast Guard Life Boat Hull #44355  at Tuckerton Seaport  on Monday, August 4, 2014 with the Ceremony at 2 pm.

Join us to highlight the connection between the beginning of the Coast Guard (Jan 1915) and the New Jersey shore. Meet members of the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, and a former crew member of our Life Boat!

 Free and open to the public

A Free Review of Last Will & Testament

Ensuring that your Last Will & Testament is up to date is an important task that is often overlooked. While most of us don’t like to think about estate planning, making sure that your assets are protected for your loved ones is priceless. OceanFirst Bank is offering a free way for individuals to do just that with their Will Review program.

The program, which is open to all Jersey Shore residents provides access to a free consultation with an Estate Planning Attorney and an OceanFirst Wealth Advisor. Attendees will have the opportunity to get answers to any questions they may have and get an expert to review their will to ensure that it reflects recent tax law changes, life event changes and more. Attendees without a Will are also encouraged to attend and learn more about the benefits of preparing a Will.
OceanFirst Bank Vice President and Senior Wealth Advisor Cathy Farley explains, “The program is a community service for our customers and anyone else who wishes to take advantage of it. You receive thirty minutes with an experienced Wealth Advisor and an estate planning attorney; it’s invaluable. The peace of mind is well worth the time it takes to sit down with an attorney to review your current will. If changes are necessary or even if you don’t have a will, we can point you in the right direction.”
Will Review sessions are scheduled at various OceanFirst Bank branches throughout the Jersey Shore. Upcoming Will Review events are as follows:
• Thursday, July 31st
Route 37 West Office
55 Bananier Drive, Toms River

• Thursday, August 14th
Whiting Commons Office
400 Lacey Road, Whiting

• Tuesday, September 16th
10am – 2pm
975 Hooper Avenue . Toms River, NJ 08753 . 732.240.4500 tel .
Concordia Office
1600 Perrineville Road, Monroe Twp.

• Thursday, September 18th
10am – 2pm
Barnegat Office
845 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat

• Tuesday, September 23rd
10am – 2pm
Little Egg Harbor Office
425 Route 9 South, Little Egg Harbor

• Wednesday, October 22nd
10am – 2pm
Lacey Office
900 Lacey Road, Forked River

For more information or to find out when a program will be available near you, please call (732) 240-4500, ext. 7948 or visit OceanFirst Bank online at
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-three branch locations throughout Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. For more information, visit
975 Hooper Avenue . Toms River, NJ 08753 . 732.240.4500 tel .


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

Barnegat Light

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.


Jester Jim to Entertain Children at 7 Library Branches

“Jester Jim” Maurer, who has performed for 14 years, will present his show that mixes juggling with beatboxing, balancing and comedy to children and their families in seven Ocean County Library branches during July and August.


Jester Jim’s performance is not your ordinary juggling show. With nothing more than a trunk filled with props and his engaging wit, he will have kids cracking up in their seats.


He has performed over 1,000 shows in more than 300 libraries in the tri-state region. He has also performed in area schools and has used his presentation as a motivational device to foster teamwork during business training seminars.


Jester Jim will perform at the following branches:

Tuckerton, 609-296-1470, 11 a.m. Thursday July 17

Waretown, 609-693-5133, 2 p.m. Thursday July 17

Point Pleasant Beach, 732-892-4575, 1 p.m. Friday July 18

Island Heights, 732-270-6266, 3:30 p.m. Friday July 18

Little Egg Harbor, 609-294-1197, 11 a.m. Saturday July 26

Barnegat, 609-698-3331, 2:30 p.m. Saturday July 26

Stafford, 609-597-3381, 10:30 a.m. Friday August 19


The Friends of the Library groups from the Little Egg Harbor and the Stafford branches will sponsor Jester Jim’s appearances in their respective branches.


The programs are free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch or go to the library’s website , click on the “Events & News” icon, and then click on “Calendar of Events.”


Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion that is prominent in much of contemporary hip-hop music. This artistic form produces the sounds of such musical instruments as drum beats, horns, and plucked strings. People are also familiar with its sounds that imitate a physically manipulated turntable.


Free Boat Pumpouts Help Keep Waterways Clean

Ocean County officials are reminding boaters that they can access a free waste water pump out service every weekend throughout the summer season.

“We now operate six pumpout boats that are helping us do our part to keep Barnegat Bay and its tributaries clean,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, who serves as liaison to the Barnegat Bay Partnership. “We encourage all of our boaters who are out enjoying the bay and our rivers to use this free service and stop waste water pollutants from entering our waterways.”

Now in its 17th year, a sixth boat was recently launched and will help in the county’s efforts to keep the northern area of the bay clean.

“The Bay Defender is a 23-foot boat with a 420 gallon holding tank that is here in time for the 2014 boating season,” Vicari said. “It made its debut over Memorial Day weekend and is being operated by Brick Township.”

Ocean County’s pumpout boats are specially equipped vessels capable of emptying the on-board toilets and tanks of other boats, thus keeping waste from entering the bay. The boats cover different areas of the bay throughout Ocean County. The pumpout boats can be accessed by contacting the captains on VHF Radio Channel 9.

The Bay Defender joins the Bay Saver in patrolling northern Barnegat Bay. Two other boats operate in central Barnegat Bay and two boats patrol Little Egg Harbor.

“This program has been a great partnership with the state, our municipalities, the Ocean County Utilities Authority and the Tuckerton Seaport,” Vicari said.

For instance, the County will be reimbursed for the purchase of the new boat by the state Department of Environmental Protection through the Clean Vessel Act program.

The costs to operate all the boats are split between the county and the Ocean County Utilities Authority which allows the pumpout service to be free for boaters.

Vicari said the pumpout boat program is essential for a county like Ocean County which relies on tourism for its economic base.

“We are home to the greatest number of marinas in the state. We want people to use our bays and our rivers,” Vicari said. “But we also want them to enjoy these wonderful natural habitats responsibly and to be mindful of the environment that needs to be protected and preserved.”

When boaters are unable to use the many pumpouts based at the marinas throughout the County, they should be using the pumpout boats.

The boats operate Memorial Day weekend through October each year, including major holidays like July 4th, and have steadily expanded their operations. Last year almost 129,000 gallons of waste water was removed from recreational boats.

“Since the program started in 1998, over 1 million gallons of waste water has been removed and properly treated,” Vicari said. “Without this program, that wastewater could have been discharged improperly sending pollutants into the bay.”

Vicari credited the boat captains for being “our eyes and ears on the water.”

“They can quickly notify us of any problems,” Vicari said. “This was especially helpful following Superstorm Sandy.”