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Ocean County Remembers Sept. 11, 2001

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The Ocean County Government family joined together this morning to remember the thousands that lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and the families that continue to mourn. During a ceremony at the Ocean County Sept. 11 monument near 129 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari (at the podium), and Freeholder Gerry P. Little (center) honored those who lost their lives both on the tragic day and in the ongoing War on Terror. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato and Rev. Peter Hartney also spoke about the lives lost, and the thousands of people, who with the help of brave and fearless emergency responders – police, fire and EMTs – made it to safety. Joining the officials was the Vocal Ensemble from the Ocean County Vocational Technical Schools Performing Arts Academy.

 

“Yes, life has moved forward, but few of us will forget those moments when life stood still on September 11, 2001 and how our lives changed as a result,” said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari.

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 www.co.ocean.nj.us. The page can also be accessed directly at www.njsp.org/info/reg_sexoffend.html.