Board of Chosen Freeholders
2014 Organization Comments by Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari
 Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari
 Director
 Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr.
 Deputy Director
 Freeholder John P. Kelly
 Freeholder James F. Lacey
 Freeholder Gerry P. Little

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Mailing address:
  P.O. Box 2191
  Toms River, NJ 08754-2191

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  Toms River, NJ
  Phone: (732) 244-2121

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Toms River, NJ 08754
Phone: (732) 929-2147
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P.O. Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754-2191
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 Joseph D. Coronato
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119 Hooper Ave.
Toms River, New Jersey 08753
Phone: (732)-929-2027
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Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: (732)-929-2044
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Toms River, NJ 08754-2191
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Green Acres Public Hearing - April 17

Please take notice that the County of Ocean will hold a public hearing on April 17, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Toms River Town Hall, L.M.H. Room, 2nd Floor, located at 33 Washington Street, Toms River, New Jersey, 08753. The purpose of the meeting will be to receive public comment as to the proposed 3.93 acre diversion of a portion of County-owned lands located at Block 394, Lots 136 and 9 in the Township of Toms River, County of Ocean. The said properties were purchased with Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Funds and are therefore encumbered by State of New Jersey Green Acres regulations.

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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.
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Be Prepared for Winter Weather

Ocean County officials are urging citizens to prepare for continuing cold weather.
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Freeholders Organize

The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders organized for the New Year at 3:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 6 in Room 119 of the Ocean County Administration Building, 101 Hooper Ave., Toms River. Freeholders John P. Kelly and James F. Lacey were sworn to new three-year terms on the Board. Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari will serve as the Board's Director in 2014 and Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr. will serve as the Board's Deputy Director.

Superstorm Sandy Housing Recovery Centers Open

Beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 8, Housing Recovery Centers will open in each of the nine counties most impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
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Beware of Scam Artists

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, residents need to be vigilant of scam artists.

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Emergency Lines for Emergency Calls Only

The Ocean County Sheriff's Department asks that residents do not call 9-1-1 or the Office of Emergency Management unless it is an actual emergency. Information on evacuations, shelters and other storm-related activities is available on the county and local municipal websites or by calling non-emergency numbers. For county information please call 732-929-2000.

Reporting a power outage or a street light out?

Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari encourages residents to report power outages and streetlight outages to the utility companies servicing the area.

For First Energy customers which include Jersey Central Power & Light call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) or call Customer Service at 800-662-3115 or visit online at  www.firstenergycorp.com and click on "Report an outage."

For Atlantic City Electric customers call 1-800-642-3780 or go online at  www.atlanticcityelectric.com and click on link to report streetlight outage.

Silver Alert System

Ocean County wants the public to be aware of the state's Silver Alert System which could serve as a lifeline in cases of missing persons who suffer from dementia or other cognitive impairment.

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Grass Too High on State Road?

To report unattractive weeds and grass too tall that might be causing site distance problems along state Highways in Ocean County including Routes 37, 35, 72 and 70, call the state Department of Transportation dispatch number at 609-588-6212. The call is taped and logged into a state data base.
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½ Price Ticket Sales

Location : Seaside Heights Boardwalk
Address : Boardwalk
Town : Seaside Heights Borough
Phone : 800-SEASHOR
Apr. 18 - 20
Casino Pier, Breakwater Beach, Seaside Heights
11am - 5pm
ww.casinopiernj.com,
Join Casino Pier Easter Weekend for their Annual Ticket Sale, If you can’t make it here for all of the fun, you can order your half price Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach tickets right here on our web site

Contact:800-732-7467

 Seaside Heights Tourism

2014 Easter 2 - for -1 Ride Ticket Sale

Location : Jenkinsons Boardwalk & Beach
Address : 300 Ocean Ave.
Town : Point Pleasant Beach Borough
Phone : 732-899-6686
11am - 6pm
Buy tickets at the boardwalk from 11am-6pm or online all weekend at www.jenkinsons.com

Contact:732-892-0600

 Jenkinsons Boardwalk / Beach

Live Country, Bluegrass, and Folk Music Concert

Location : Albert Music Hall
Address : 131 Wells Mills Road
Town : Waretown (Ocean Township)
Phone : 609-971-1593
Every Saturday Night
7:30pm
$1children 11 and under, $5, adults, live stage concert of bluegrass, country, and pinelands music by musicians from the tri-state area, presented by The Pinelands Cultural Society.

Contact:609-971-1593

 Albert Music Hall

April Arts at the Tuckerton Seaport

Location : Tuckerton Seaport
Address : 120 West Main Street
Town : Tuckerton Borough
Apr. 1 - 23
10am to 5pm
$, children five free, spectacular month long celebration of creative expression which includes artists, drama, poetry and music along with classes and demonstrations of South Jersey folk arts for both children and adults.

Contact:609-296-8868

 Tuckerton Seaport

Live Comedy Shows

Location : Uncle Vinnies Comedy Club
Address : 520 Arnold Ave.
Town : Point Pleasant Beach Borough
Phone : 732-899-3900
All Year Round
Wed. - Sat.
Call or check website for show times and ticket prices
Ocean County Comedy Club.

Contact:732-899-3900

 Uncle Vinnies Comedy Club

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park Open

Location : Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Address : Interpretive Center
Address : Broadway
Town : Barnegat Light Township
Phone : 609-494-2016
Open daily
Sun up to Sun Down
Fees are in effect beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
New Jersey State Park, trails through one of the state's last maritime forests, birding site for water fowl, fishing, scheduled nature walks and talks, site of Barnegat Lighthouse on the northern tip of Long Beach Island, regarded as one of the most crucial change of course points for coastal vessels, included as a maritime site on the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail.

Contact:609-494-2016

 Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

Bad Astronomy Myths & Misconceptions

Location : Robert J. Novins Planetarium
Address : Ocean County College
Address : College Drive
Town : Toms River Township
Phone : 732-255-0400
2:30pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors (60+) and OCC Rewards Members with card, $7 children (12 and under), and Family Pack $35 (a $41 value) includes two adults and three children.

Were the Apollo visits to the Moon actually a hoax? Have aliens landed on Earth? Can you tell your future by the stars? Based on the popular book and website of the same name, Bad Astronomy offers a unique and fun approach to learning about the cosmos, join the “Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait as he takes a critical look at popular myths and conceptions to show you how science can be used to evaluate questionable claims, recommended for ages over 10.

Contact:732-255-0342

 Robert J. Novins Planetarium

Kaluoka'hina - The enchanted Reef

Location : Robert J. Novins Planetarium
Address : Ocean County College
Address : College Drive
Town : Toms River Township
Phone : 732-255-0400
Apr. 5 & 19: 5:30pm
June 25, 26, 27: 2:30pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors (60+) and OCC Rewards Members with card, $7 children (12 and under), and Family Pack $35 (a $41 value) includes two adults and three children.
Join Jake & Shorty, two adventurous fish, on an animated quest to save their reef from destruction by learning to touch the Moon, recommended for ages 10 and under.

Contact:732-255-0342

 Robert J. Novins Planetarium

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

Location : Robert J. Novins Planetarium
Address : Ocean County College
Address : College Drive
Town : Toms River Township
Phone : 732-255-0400
Apr. 5, 12, 15, 17, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 21, 25 - 28: 11:30am

$10 adults, $8 seniors (60+) and OCC Rewards Members with card, $7 children (12 and under), and Family Pack $35 (a $41 value) includes two adults and three children.

Sesame Street favorites Big Bird and Elmo welcome their friend Hu Hu Zhu who’s visiting from China, they watch the stars twinkle over Sesame Street, discovering that people around the World see similar stars, children may interact by drawing constellations and counting the time it takes the Sun to set, recommended for ages 10 and under.

Contact:732-255-0342

 Robert J. Novins Planetarium

Wonders of the Seasonal Sky

Location : Robert J. Novins Planetarium
Address : Ocean County College
Address : College Drive
Town : Toms River Township
Phone : 732-255-0400
Apr. 4, 5, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30, 31, June 6, 7, 13, 20, 27, 28: 7pm
Apr. 5, 12, 15, 17, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21, 25, 26, 28: 1pm
$10 adults, $8 seniors (60+) and OCC Rewards Members with card, $7 children (12 and under), and Family Pack $35 (a $41 value) includes two adults and three children.

Tour of the current night sky, beginning with the daytime sky, discuss the Sun, our local star, explore the season’s constellations, bright stars, visible planets, deep sky objects, and celestial highlights, constellation mythology and recent space missions are also included, recommended for ages over 8.

Contact:732-255-0342

 Robert J. Novins Planetarium

Jenkinson's Aquarium Feeding Schedule

Location : Jenkinsons Aquarium
Address : 300 Ocean Avenue
Town : Point Pleasant Beach Borough
Phone : 732-899-1659
All Year Round
Daily
Summer feeding schedule begins on 6/21/13
Seals: 10am, 3pm & 8pm Daily Penguins: 12pm & 7:30 Daily Atlantic Sharks: 9pm Mon., Wed. & Sat.
Off season feeding schedule begins on 9/3/13
Seals: 10am, 1pm & 4pm Daily Penguins: 11am & 3:30 Daily
Atlantic sharks: 1:30pm Mon., Wed. & Sat.
General admission, watch the animals being fed by a staff member.

Contact:732-899-1659

 Jenkinsons Aquarium

Island Beach State Park Open

Location : Island Beach State Park
Address : Route 35
Town : Seaside Park Borough
All Year Round
Daily
Sept. - Apr. - 8am - Dusk
May - Aug. - 8am - 8pm
Park admission, enjoy trails, recreation area, Barnegat Bay access, Island Beach Northern Natural Area (659 acres) and Southern Natural Area (1,237 acres), fishing, waterfowl hunting, canoeing and kayaking, ocean swimming, shower facilities, picnicking, bicycling and horseback riding, sail boarding and surfing, scuba diving, interpretive programs, and Sedge Island Marine Conservation Zone.

Contact:732-793-0506

 Island Beach State Park

Toms River Seaport Society & Maritime Museum Open

Location : Toms River Seaport Society
Address : 78 E. Water Street
Town : Toms River Township
Phone : 732-349-9209
All Year Round
Tues., Thurs., & Sat.
10am - 2pm
A non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the rich maritime heritage of the Barnegat Bay in New Jersey.

Contact:732-349-9209

 Toms River Seaport Society

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum Open

Location : Tuckerton Seaport
Address : 120 West Main Street
Town : Tuckerton Borough
All Year Round
Daily
10am - 5pm
Located on Tuckerton Creek in Historic Tuckerton
$8 Adults, $6 Seniors, Children 6-12 $5, Children 0-5 and Members are free, brings the Jersey Shore's maritime traditions of the past and present to life through people, exhibits and hands-on activities.

Contact:609-296-8868

 Tuckerton Seaport

Free Vineyard Tours

Location : Laurita Winery
Address : 35 Archertown Road
Town : New Egypt (Plumsted Township)
Phone : 609-758-8000
All Year Round
Sat. & Sun.
1pm - 6pm
Weather permitting.

Contact:609-758-8000

 Laurita Winery

NJ Maritime Museum Open

Location : NJ Maritime Museum
Address : Dock & West Streets
Town : Beach Haven Township
Phone : 609-492-3645
All Year Round
June, July, Aug.: Daily: 10am - 5pm
Sept. through May: Fri., Sat., & Sun.: 10am - 4pm
Dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey maritime history.

Contact:609-492-0202

 New Jersey Maritime Museum

The Cottage Museum Open

Location : Island Heights Cottage Museum
Address : 105 Simpson Ave.
Town : Island Heights Borough
Phone : 732-506-9375
All Year Round
Wed. & 3rd Sat.
1pm - 4pm
ihchanj@gmail.com
Preservation about the historical information of the town of Island Heights, NJ.

Contact:732-929-1486

 Island Heights Cottage Museum

Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey Open

Location : Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey
Address : 1800 Bay Ave.
Address : Building # 13
Town : Point Pleasant Borough
Phone : 732-899-0012
All Year Round
Wed. - Fri.: Noon - 4pm
Sat. & Sun.: Noon - 4pm
Free, Antique automobile museum

Contact:732-899-0012

 Vintage Automobile Museum of NJ

Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Tournament

Location : Greater Ocean County Area
Address : Greater Ocean County Area
Town : Greater Ocean County Area
Apr. 1 - Nov. 30
12:01am - 11:59pm
$20 for whole season, Fish saltwater from the beach, inner tube, kayak or from a boat, Stripers, Fluke, Weakfish, Black Drum, Bluefish, Kingfish, Tautog and Sea Bass once or everyday with unlimited weigh-ins at over 50 locations, $30,000 in cash and prizes.

 Beach N Boat

Pastel Art Classes

Location : Pine Shores Art Association
Address : 94 Stafford Avenue
Town : Manahawkin (Stafford Township)
Phone : 609-597-3557
All Year Round
Saturdays
10am-1pm
Explore pastel techniques with Linda Coulter in this ongoing pay-as-you-go class,
$20 members, $22 non-members.

Contact:609-597-3557

 Pine Shores Art Association

Tour of the John F. Peto Studio Museum

Location : John F. Peto Museum
Address : 102 Cedar Ave.
Town : Island Heights Borough
Phone : 732-929-4949
Feb. - May 18
Sat. & Sun.
1pm - 4pm
$5 children, $10 adults, featuring a 2 ½ story historic house museum that documents aesthetic, work habits and lifestyle of American Artists, John F. Peto, museum displays artifacts depicted in many compositions, observe late Victorian décor and Shingle style architecture.

Contact:732-929-4949

 John F. Peto Museum

Scenes from New Jersey's Artificial and Natural Reefs

Location : Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences
Address : 120 Long Beach Boulevard
Town : Loveladies (Long Beach Township)
Phone : 609-494-1241
11am - 12:30pm
FREE to LBIF members, Non-members $5/person or $10
Join Steve Evertt, Assistant Director, Academic Laboratories and Field Facilities and Manager Marine Science and Environmental Field Station, The Richard Stockton College of NJ and assess the population status of fish that orient themselves with underwater structure that has been a challenge for fishery managers, see video footage collected from Stockton's ROV Shearwater during site investigations on the Little Egg Harbor reef and nearby "natural" wrecks.

Contact:609-494-1241

 Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences

Havens Homestead Museum

Location : Havens Homestead Museum
Address : 521 Herbertsville Road
Town : Brick Township
Phone : 732-785-2500
Saturday: 10am - Noon
Sundays: Noon - 2pm
Displays exhibits, administered by Brick Township Historical Society.

Contact:732-785-2500

 Brick Township Historical Society

Art Exhibit

Location : Havens Homestead Museum
Address : 521 Herbertsville Road
Town : Brick Township
Phone : 732-785-2500
Apr. 12 - May 10
Art exhibit honoring the rich cultural heritage of Brick Township’s artists which dates back to Clara Stroud Colvin and a meeting of artists in her Herbertsville studio on September 18, 1939 and the founding of the Laurelton Art Society in 1980 which held its first meeting at Joan of Arts located on the Laurelton Circle now the Laurelton intersection.



This must-see show features an exhibit honoring the extensive shoreline of Brick’s oceanfront, bay, rivers, lakes, and streams. Enjoy the work of 20 artists who celebrate the wonderful waterfront views in their exhibit “Water, Water, Everywhere”. The exhibit includes beautiful watercolors, pastels and oils paintings by some of the most influential artists of Jersey Shore. Included are award winning Elsa Herrmann, Mary Jo Austin, Pauline Mickle, Lynne Salisbury, Ellen Scharfenberg, Jim Larkin, Gail Herbert, Kathy Essner, Robert D’Imperio, Carolyn Anderson, Gail Mauro, Joy Krais, Betty Clayton, Pam Onori, Anne Valletta, and Joanne Zezula.

Contact:732-785-2500

 Brick Township Historical Society

Diane Caravello Art Exhibit

Location : Ocean County College - Arts and Community Center
Address : College Drive
Town : Toms River Township
Phone : 732-255-0500
Gallery Hours: Mon. - Fri.: 8am - 8pm
Sat.: (when classes are in session): 9am - Noon
Art exhibit by a member of the Crestwood Artists Guild.

Contact:732-255-0500

 Ocean County College Arts & Community Center

MasterWorks III: Lights...Cameras...MUSIC!

Location : Strand Theater
Address : 400 Clifton Avenue
Town : Lakewood Township
Phone : 732-367-7789
8pm
Adults $48/$42, Seniors (60+) $42/$38, Students (w/ID) $18/$12, Garden State Philharmonic presents an evening of musical highlights from some of Hollywood's greatest movies.

Contact:732-255-0460

 Garden State Philharmonic

Art Exhibits

Location : Ocean County Library - Waretown Branch
Address : 112 Main Street
Town : Waretown (Ocean Township)
Phone : 609-693-5133
Gallery Hours: Mon.: 1pm - 9pm, Wed.: & Fri.: 1pm - 5pm, Tues. & Thurs.: 10am - 5pm, Sat.: 10am - pm
Display Case - Jeff Ruemeli's art exhibit using glass and wood to create art.
Meeting Room - Annual Waretown Elementary Student Art Show - Talented K - 6 grade students present their own interpretations of famous works of art and the arts of culture.

Contact:609-693-5133

 Ocean County Library

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Location : Laurita Winery
Address : 35 Archertown Road
Town : New Egypt (Plumsted Township)
Phone : 609-758-8000
Call or check website for more details.

Contact:609-752-0200

 Laurita Winery

Six Flags Great Adventure Open

Location : Six Flags Great Adventure and Wild Life Animal Park
Address : Route 537
Town : Jackson Township
Phone : 732-928-2000
Apr. 12 - 21, 26, 27: 10:30am - 8pm
Call or check website for times and admission prices
A 160-acre theme park with thrill rides, family rides, shows and special events and a 350-acre one-of-a-kind Safari Off Road Adventure animal park united as one property to become the world's largest theme park.
Location : Six Flags Great Adventure and Wild Life Animal Park

Contact:732-901-7000

 Six Flags Great Adventure

Celebrating 50 Years of the Ford Mustang

Location : Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey
Address : 1800 Bay Ave.
Address : Building # 13
Town : Point Pleasant Borough
Phone : 732-899-0012
Month of April
Wed. - Fri.: Noon - 4pm
Sat.: 10am - 4pm
Sun.: Noon - 4pm
Open Tuesday April 1 Noon- 4pm to Kick Off the Celebration.
Showcase of the American Icon to celebrate 50 Years of the Mustang, multi-generational collections presents Mustangs from beginning to today.

Contact:732-899-0012

 Vintage Automobile Museum of NJ

Laser Vinyl

Location : Robert J. Novins Planetarium
Address : Ocean County College
Address : College Drive
Town : Toms River Township
Phone : 732-255-0400
8:30pm
$, Laser show to a musical concert to classic rock.

Contact:732-255-0343

 Robert J. Novins Planetarium
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