Ocean County Government Events
In Celebration of Trees : It has been more than 140 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. (Event pictures and more information)
Every 98 Seconds : Every 98 seconds, another sexual assault occurs according to the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. (Event pictures and more information)
Protecting Our Environment : Noting that almost 60 percent of Ocean County’s 408,000 acres or 230,682 acres have been preserved for open space including federal, state and county lands, Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari is calling on county residents to recognize April 22 as Earth Day. (Event pictures and more information)
Celebrating National Library Week : Home to the largest public library system in New Jersey with 21 branches, Ocean County celebrated the week of April 9 through 15 as National Library Week to honor libraries, library workers and supporters. (Event pictures and more information)
Marking 100 Years : Freeholder John C. Bartlett, Jr., joined with members of the American Legion Post 129, area high school students and members of the commujity at the Ocean County Court House in Toms River, to mark the centennial anniversary of the United States entry into World War I. (Event pictures and more information)
A Celebration of the Arts : From teen talent to the recognition of those individuals that have made a positive mark on the arts and cultural heritage in Ocean County, the annual Salute to Ocean County: A Celebration of Arts and Heritage displayed the best of the best in Ocean County. (Event pictures and more information)
Cooper Environmental Center Grand Reopening : Ocean County officials celebrated the first days of spring with a grand reopening of the Cooper Environmental Center at Cattus Island County Park, here. (Event pictures and more information)
Recognizing the Army Reserve : Noting the importance of the United States Army Reserve as it relates to the defense of the Country and its citizens, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently welcomed to Ocean County Major General Troy D. Kok, who assumed command of the 99th Regional Support Command headquartered at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. (Event pictures and more information)
Freeholders Organize for 2017 : Surrounded by friends and family, Ocean County Freeholders John P. Kelly and Virginia E. Haines were sworn to new three-year terms on the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Jan. 4, during the Board’s annual Organization Meeting. (Event pictures and more information)
Redeveloping Berkeley Island : With ceremonial shovels in hand, Ocean County officials joined with Berkeley Township representatives Dec. 13 to mark the start of the long awaited redevelopment of the popular Berkeley Island County Park. (Event pictures and more information)
Collaborating Between Public Health and Law Enforcement : A daylong collaborative workshop hosted by the Ocean County Health Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation focused on recognizing and responding to suspected biological attacks. (Event pictures and more information)
Remembering Pearl Harbor - 75 Years : Ocean County remembered the events of Dec. 7, 1941 when more than 2,400 Americans were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor during a program at the Ocean County Library Dec. 7. (Event pictures and more information)
An Ounce of Prevention : Whether it’s recognizing October as Women’s Health Month or Oct. 19 as Pretty in Pink/Handsome in Blue Day, the message is simply – be proactive when it comes to taking care of your health. (Event pictures and more information)
Breaking the Silence : Surrounded by silhouettes representing victims of domestic violence Ocean County officials joined with Providence House Domestic Violence Services of Catholic Charities in recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. (Event pictures and more information)
Honoring the Greatest Generation : Ocean County Freeholder Virginia E. Haines joined with U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur of the 3rd Congressional District, area mayors and members of the community in honoring veterans of World War II. (Event pictures and more information)
Women’s Advocate of the Year : Bahiyyah Abdullah, who has been involved with girl scouting for more than 34 years whether as a volunteer or in her current position of chief mission officer for the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, was recently honored as the Ocean County Women’s Advocate of the Year. (Event pictures and more information)
Just Being Cool : Taking its cue from Snoopy the world-famous beagle featured in the Peanuts comic strip, the Ocean County Library is calling upon all county residents to be like his version of “Joe Cool” and sign up for a library card. (Event pictures and more information)
Congratulations Ocean Ride : OCEAN RIDE, Ocean County’s public transportation system, has been recognized as the 2016 Outstanding System of the Year by the New Jersey Council on Special Transportation (NJ COST) a statewide advocacy association formed in 1981 to provide information and support for community based transit services. (Event pictures and more information)
A Celebration of Hope : Ocean County government employees took to the Seaside Heights boardwalk on Saturday, Sept. 10 joining with Freeholders Virginia E. Haines and Joseph H. Vicari and hundreds of walkers in support of HOPE Sheds Light. (Event pictures and more information)
Remembering Sept. 11, 2001 : Ocean County Freeholder Virginia E. Haines was joined by Prosecutor Joseph Coronato, Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy, the Rev. James Occhipinti and Ocean County Government staff members, emergency responders, and members of the public in remembering the lives lost and tragic events of September 11, 2001. (Event pictures and more information)
Blazing New Trails : Local children and their families now have the opportunity to access a trail experience that integrates play, physical activity, education and socialization all at Jakes Branch County Park off of Double Trouble Road in Beachwood. (Event pictures and more information)
A Special Homecoming : Conrad “Connie” Hoffman of Toms River was named the Department of New Jersey State Commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was recently feted during a “Homecoming” Ceremony at VFW Post 8867, Brick Township. (Event pictures and more information)
WINGS Over Ocean County : Ocean County Airport, Berkeley Township is the site of the third Interagency Aerial Response WINGS exercise, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and hosted by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The event is being held June 20 through the 24, (Event pictures and more information)
Ocean County Recycling Program Highlighted : The 7,200 mile separation didn’t change the common goal between the staff that implements Ocean County’s recycling efforts and that of the China Resource Recycling Association. (Event pictures and more information)
Pollution Solution Unveiling : With Barnegat Bay as its backdrop, Ocean County officials joined with local representatives from the Northern Barrier Island and Lavallette Elementary School Students to unveil a new pumpout boat bringing the number of boats to seven. (Event pictures and more information)
Protecting Barnegat Bay : Now in its 7th year, the Barnegat Bay Blitz swung into Ocean County on June 3 with thousands of volunteers fanning out to clean trash from waterways that are part of the Barnegat Bay watershed. (Event pictures and more information)
May is Older Americans Month : In celebration of Older Americans Month, the Toms River Senior Center was the backdrop for a Senior Health Fair and Picnic offering agencies and organizations an opportunity to let seniors know of the many programs and services that are available. (Event pictures and more information)
Honoring the Graduating Officers : With months of training at the Ocean County Police Academy completed, the 125 members of the 38th and 39th Special Law Enforcement Officer II Recruit Classes graduated during a ceremony May 26 at Pine Belt Arena, Old Freehold Road, Toms River. (Event pictures and more information)
Remembering the Fallen : Law enforcement, elected officials and community members joined with the loved ones of police officers that have died in the line of duty in Ocean County during the 25th annual Law Enforcement Memorial Day Service held May 20 in Ocean County Park, Lakewood. (Event pictures and more information)
AndThe B.E.A.T. Goes On : The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and the Peoples Pantry officially opened the doors of the B.E.A.T center on May 10 in Toms River. The partnership will provide help to families facing economic challenges in Ocean County. (Event pictures and more information)
The Spirit of Ocean County : Ocean County officials recognized the winners of the 2016 My Ocean County Poster Contest during a meeting of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders on May 4. (Event pictures and more information)
Remembering the Forgotten : New Jersey’s Mission of Honor honored 9 veterans who served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army Air Forces and U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and Korea providing them with a proper military burial after their cremains had been abandoned. (Event pictures and more information)
Celebrating 20 Years : The Little Egg Harbor Township Branch of the Ocean County Library was recognized April 27 for bringing education and recreation to the citizens of Ocean County for 20 years. (Event pictures and more information)
A Star Studded Evening : Individuals who have contributed to the arts and Ocean County’s heritage were honored during the fifth annual Salute to Ocean County: A Celebration of Arts and Heritage. (Event pictures and more information)
Celebrating Our Libraries : The week of April 10 through 16 is National Library Week and Ocean County is encouraging its residents to visit their county library branch to learn all it has to offer. (Event pictures and more information)
Honoring Service Women : With nearly 8,000 women veterans calling Ocean County home and more than 33,000 residing in New Jersey, the Board of Freeholders recognized women veterans at its March 16 board meeting as part of Women Veterans Month. (Event pictures and more information)
Freeholder Haines Takes Office : Virginia (Ginny) Haines was sworn to the office of Ocean County Freeholder Jan. 27 during a brief informal ceremony at the Ocean County Administration Building, Toms River. (Event pictures and more information)
Taking the Oath : Ocean County Freeholder John P.Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety, administered the oath of office to four new Ocean County Corrections Officers. (Event pictures and more information)
'Tis The Season : The Hooper Avenue Elementary School Chorus joined with the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders in lighting the official county Christmas tree on Dec. 2. (Event pictures and more information)
Ocean County gets festive for the Holidays : Staff from the Ocean County Buildings and Grounds Department recently began decorating the downtown Toms River area for the upcoming holiday season. (Event pictures and more information)
Spooktacular Results : With more than 3,000 entries received, it wasn’t an easy task narrowing down the winners of this year’s Ocean County Department of Consumer Affairs Halloween Safety Coloring Contest. (Event pictures and more information)
Sheriff’s Department Promotions : Flocked by family members and with their right hand on the Bible, seven officers of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department took the oath for their new respective titles during a Promotion Ceremony on Oct. 28 in the Ocean County Administration Building. (Event pictures and more information)
Pretty in Pink Day : The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently teamed up with the Ocean County Health Department to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Event pictures and more information)
A Zest for Life : Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, Chairman of Senior Services, joined with family, friends and staff at Tallwoods Care Center, Berkeley Township, to celebrate some special birthdays. (Event pictures and more information)
Food For Fines : The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently recognized staff from the Ocean County Library as well as the Ocean County Health Department for their combined efforts in helping collect 5.4 tons of donated food during the 2015 Food for Fines Program. (Event pictures and more information)
Supporting Our Military Neighbors : The Ocean County Military Support Committee consists of business leaders, community partners and local government officials who are unified by a common goal to provide a broad spectrum of support to our military neighbors and the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst installation of a whole. (Event pictures and more information)
Ocean County Women’s Advocate of the Year : Ocean County, state and local elected officials joined with family, friends, and colleagues in honoring Kathy Durante, Executive Director and Secretary of the Board of OceanFirst Foundation as Ocean County Women’s Advocate of the Year sponsored by the Ocean County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women. (Event pictures and more information)
Ocean County College Ready for The Future : Ocean County College officials joined with members of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Sept. 16 to cut a ceremonial red ribbon. The gathering marked the culmination of about six years of work to prepare the campus off of Hooper Avenue for future student growth. (Event pictures and more information)
REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 : Ocean County officials and members of the Ocean County government staff attended the annual Day of Remembrance Ceremony at the Ocean County Administration Complex, Toms River remembering the thousands of lives lost during the terrorism attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (Event pictures and more information)
Blazing New Trails : Barnabas Health has partnered with Ocean County, the National Recreation and Park Association and CBS EcoMedia to construct a new fitness-themed play pocket trail at Jakes Branch County Park in Ocean County. (Event pictures and more information)
Simple Acts; Big Impact : With more than 1,400 schools participating in 41 states, H&M Potter Elementary School, Berkeley Township, has been named the official grand prize winners of the 2014-2015 Recycle Rally Super Stars Annual Contest. (Event pictures and more information)
Honoring the Fallen : The 24th Annual Ocean County Law Enforcement Memorial Day Service was held May 15 at the Ocean County Police Academy in Ocean County Park, Lakewood. (Event pictures and more information)
A Grand Opening - Cloverdale Farm County Park : Cloverdale Farm is a unique County park, representing both the natural and historic characteristics of the region and is another wonderful addition to the Ocean County Park system. A grand opening ceremony for the park in Barnegat Township was held on May 11. (Event pictures and more information)
Bringing Everyone All Together : The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and the Peoples Pantry announced its partnership to help families facing economic challenges in Ocean County. Joining with the David Tepper Charitable Foundation Inc., the organizations will provide the community with a unique resource center, called The B.E.A. T. Center standing for Bringing Everyone All Together. (Event pictures and more information)
Celebrating Women's History : Ocean County ushered in Women’s History Month with a ceremony on March 2 recognizing the student winners of the Women’s History Month Creative Stamp Contest at the Ocean County Library, Main Branch, Toms River. (Event pictures and more information)
Freeholders Organize for 2015 : The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders held its 2015 Organization Meeting on Jan. 5 in the Ocean County Administration Building, Toms River. (Event pictures and more information)
'Tis the Season : Ocean County ushered in the 2014 holiday season with its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 3. (Event pictures and more information)
Season Wrap up : -Pumpout boat captains meet with Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, who serves as liaison to the program, and program stakeholders to review the 2014 boating season on Barnegat Bay. (Event pictures and more information)
The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War : Ocean County marked the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's fourth year during ceremonies at the Ocean County Library in Toms River. (Event pictures and more information)
Breaking the Silence : Ocean County remembered its victims of domestic violence during the Silent Witness Project Program held at the Ocean County Mall, Toms River, Oct. 23. (Event pictures and more information)
Resiliency Update : Crews building a 3.5-mile-long steel barrier to protect the northern Barnegat Peninsula, which was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, have completed their steel sheet piling work in Mantoloking and are close to the end of that task in neighboring Brick. (Event pictures and more information)
Soroptomist Awards Dinner : Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little presented proclamations from the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders to the 2014 honorees at the Soroptimist International of Toms River’s annual Women’s Hall of Fame Dinner on October 16, 2014 at the Clarion Inn in Toms River. (Event pictures and more information)
Military Visit : Colonel James Hodges, Commander 87th ABW appeared before the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Oct. 15 to extend his appreciation to the County for its ongoing support of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. (Event pictures and more information)
Pretty In Pink : Ocean County recognized Oct. 15 as Pretty In Pink Day to help raise awareness and educate about the importance of early detection through mammograms and clinical breast exams at regular intervals in order to lower breast cancer death rates. (Event pictures and more information)
Blue Ribbon Honors : The Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s Performing Arts Academy (PAA) is one of the 337 schools nationwide to be selected as a 2014 Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education. (Event pictures and more information)
Chamber Address : Colonel Andrew T. Cole, the Commander of the 87th Medical Group, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst addressed the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 14 (Event pictures and more information)
Women's Advocate of the Year : Berkeley Township Police Chief Karin DiMichele was recognized as Women’s Advocate of the Year by the Ocean County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women. (Event pictures and more information)
Italian Festival : Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari was among several local dignitaries invited to greet the folk group Amixi de Bogglasco e del Golfo Paradiso visiting Ocean County as part of the weekend’s Columbus Day celebration. (Event pictures and more information)
An Ounce of Prevention : The Ocean County Health Department is continuing its efforts to prevent residents from getting the flu this year as it hosts numerous flu shot clinics throughout the County. (Event pictures and more information)
Protecting Barnegat Bay : Standing at about 12 feet tall, Manufactured Treatment Devices are yet another essential part of Ocean County’s plans to keep pollutants in stormwater runoff from entering Barnegat Bay. (Event pictures and more information)
Until Today - Forgotten No More : The remains of seven veterans were provided a proper military funeral by New Jersey’s Mission of Honor during a ceremony Oct. 9 at Carmona-Bolen Home for Funerals, Manchester Township. (Event pictures and more information)
A Review of Senior Services : The services and programs provided to Ocean County seniors were the focus of a public hearing on Oct. 9. (Event pictures and more information)
Immediate Care Grand Opening : The Grand Opening of the Immediate Care Medical Walk-In where residents can go for urgent care, physical exams and more. (Event pictures and more information)
Visit Local Farms This Fall : Emery’s Farm is one of the many Ocean County farms and farmer’s markets filled with locally grown produce perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving. (Event pictures and more information)
Woman's Health Month : The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders has proclaimed the month of October as Women’s Health Month in Ocean County. (Event pictures and more information)
State of the Art Showplace : The Pine Belt Cadillac on Route 37 held a grand opening event celebrating the expansion of their business. (Event pictures and more information)
The Dedication of Tina's House : Tina's House, a home for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office's Special Victims Unit was dedicated to the memory of a former Prosecutor. (Event pictures and more information)
Roll Up Your Sleeve, It's Flu Season : Flu season is among us and that means it's time to get the annual flu shot to protect your health and others. (Event pictures and more information)
Environmental Awareness : The Ocean County Mayor's Association hosts a meeting with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin about the extensive work being done to improve Ocean County. (Event pictures and more information)
Grand Opening of New Runway at Ocean County Airport : Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, esteemed guests and community members celebrate the new Crosswind runway. (Event pictures and more information)
Meet Your Military Neighbors : Ocean County residents were invited to meet members of the military community at the Ocean County College Grunin Theater for the Arts where they could learn about activities that take place at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. (Event pictures and more information)
A Seaside Welcome : Residents and visitors alike will now be greeted with a new Welcome to Seaside Heights monument which was dedicated on Sept. 19. (Event pictures and more information)
Be It Ever So Humble, There's No Place Like Home : The OCVTS New Home Construction Program and the Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity build a home for Paul Woodhouse and Colleen McGrath of Berkeley Township. (Event pictures and more information)
Milestone Birthdays at Tallwoods Care Center in Berkeley Township : Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari and Berkeley Township Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. visited the Tallwoods Care Center in Berkeley Township to celebrate several senior citizens' milestone birthdays. (Event pictures and more information)
Ocean County Remembers Sept. 11, 2001 : The Ocean County Government family joined together this morning, Sept. 11, to remember the thousands that lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and the families that continue to mourn. (Event pictures and more information)
Ocean County Programs and Services Are Available To Seniors : Ocean County senior residents were provided information on the many programs and services that are available to them at the Brick Senior Provider Fair. (Event pictures and more information)
The Shore Show Interviews Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari : Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari appeared on the "Shore Show" with host Pat O'Melia to discuss the October 12th Columbus Day Parade and other fall events within Ocean County. (Event pictures and more information)
There Is No Place Like (A Forever) Home : Animals are available for adoption at the Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter. (Event pictures and more information)
A Fond Farewell : Family, colleagues and friends bid farewell and a happy retirement to Ocean County Superior Court Judge Sheldon R. Franklin and Ocean County Buildings and Grounds Maintenance Staff Member Anthony Mazzarella. (Event pictures and more information)
Pieceful Shores Quilters Guild Donates Quilts to Veterans : Quilts made by the Pieceful Shore Quilters Guild especially for veterans living in Ocean County were presented for distribution during the guild’s “Patriotic Party.” (Event pictures and more information)
Welcome to Ocean County Monument Unveiled in Toms River : A monument honoring the resiliency of Ocean County residents in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy has been unveiled at the intersection of Route 37 and the jug handle for Route 166. (Event pictures and more information)
Lacey Little League Wins The State Championship. : Congratulations to the Lacey Little League Intermediate 50/70 Division who recently won the New Jersey State Championship. (Event pictures and more information)
Long Beach Township Resident Celebrates Her 103rd Birthday : Mary Leonardi from the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township celebrated her 103rd birthday at the St. Francis Community Center with family and friends. (Event pictures and more information)
The Grand Opening of The JR Smith Learning Center : The First Tee of Monmouth and Ocean Counties has opened a new facility, The JR Smith Learning Center, at the Ocean County Park in Lakewood, NJ. (Event pictures and more information)
Installing Miles of Protection : The installation of four miles of steel sheet piling into the ocean beaches of Mantoloking and Brick Township will ensure the protection of Route 35 and nearby homes and businesses from future severe storms. (Event pictures and more information)
Unveiling of Sixth Pumpout Boat in Mantoloking Bridge Park : Ocean County welcomes its sixth pumpout boat, The Bay Defender, at an unveiling ceremony. (Event pictures and more information)
The 38th Annual Ocean County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit : Through the month of June, Ocean County held its annual art exhibit showcasing the artwork of senior citizens residing within Ocean County. (Event pictures and more information)
The Musella Family Receives A New Home : Students from the Ocean County Vocational Technical School and the Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity build a house for the Musella family. (Event pictures and more information)
Live Demonstration of Lethal Effects of Speeding in Long Beach Island : A realistic Street Smart NJ pedestrian crash presentation shows life-or-death necessity of slowing down. (Event pictures and more information)
Honoring Our Veterans : A ceremony is held to remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives to protect our country. (Event pictures and more information)
Keeping Our Waterways Clean : Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, staff members from the Ocean County Planning Department, and the pumpout boat captains discuss keeping the bay clean. (Event pictures and more information)
The 2014 Fire Prevention and Safety Poster Contest Announces Winners : The winners of this year's fire prevention and safety poster contest receive certificates of recognition. (Event pictures and more information)
Seaside Park Volunteer Fire Company #1 Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary : The Seaside Park Volunteer Fire Company #1 celebrates its 100th anniversary. (Event pictures and more information)
Students Honored For Outstanding Achievement : Students from the Ocean County Vocational Technical School receive certificates recognizing their outstanding achievements. (Event pictures and more information)