Please be advised that due to scheduled maintenance our website will be down on April 13th, 2022 from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Rocking with Rotary Concert for the community !

Posted: May 25, 2022

Our Rocking with Rotary Concert will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2022, 12 pm – 8 pm RAIN OR SHINE at Huddy Park in Toms River, New Jersey. Great music, food, a beer garden by Battle River Brewery, and vendors all together to help raise money for our community.

We will be featuring great bands for your entertainment:

  • Moroccan Sheepherders
  • Shorty Long & The Jersey Horns
  • Nobody You Know
  • The Mojo Monks
  • Eddie Testa
  • Capt. Eric & The Shipwrecks

Cost: $40 donation/person

Bring your own chair/blanket – NO tents, coolers, or pets. Donation is non-refundable.

SPONSORSHIPS & VENDORS: Looking to get your name out to hundreds of people? Become a sponsor or a vendor! For more information visit: https://bit.ly/RRConcert22

All proceeds of this event go to local charities in our community. For more information on what we do and how we help visit centraloceanrotary.org
Tax-exempt number 20-0193362


Ocean County Water Quality Reports

Posted: May 23, 2022

 

From mid May through Labor Day, the Ocean County Health Department monitors the water quality at public bathing beaches in Ocean County. The salt water sites are sampled every Monday, the fresh water sites are sampled every Tuesday.

Not all beaches may have lifeguards. Please swim only at beaches, which are open with lifeguards. Contact Municipal Offices to find out which beaches are open with lifeguards. Water quality updates can be found on this site, or heard on the Ocean County Health Department Bathing Beach Hotline.

The Ocean County Health Department recommends against swimming for at least 24 hours after a rainfall event at all bay, lake, river and creek bathing beaches. Please check with the municipality for up to the minute status after a rain event.

Even though this web site is not updated on Weekends and Holidays, the hotline is available 24 hours a day and can be reached at 732-341-9700 ext. 7776 in Northern Ocean County and at 800 342-9738 in Southern Ocean County.

Water Reports – Ocean County Health Department (ochd.org)


Movies in the Park

Posted: May 21, 2022

 

Beachwood Recreation presents Movies in The Park. Concessions open at 7:30 pm and the movie starts at dusk.

501 Beacon Avenue , Beachwood


Become an Artist …

Posted:

https://www.ocartistsguild.org/classes

Ocean County Artist Guild, Island Heights

 

 

Date & Time:

August 3rd – 31st, 2022  Time: 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM

This is a 5-week session

$120 members/$130 non-members

Introduction to Water Color Painting

Our studio space gives the student a place to learn and practice watercolor painting step by step. A supply list available at first class, if needed.

Please e-mail instructor (Susanna Anastasia) with inquiries at: artsanastasia@gmail.com Susanna Anastasia is a native of New Jersey and a resident of Monmouth County. Her paintings are images of the beautiful landscape of New Jersey. Anastasia also paints people, flowers, colorful memories and “flights of fancy”.

She has made several cable television appearances, as well as radio interviews. Her gallery affiliates are located in New Jersey and North Carolina.


Signs of Summer in LBI

Posted: May 19, 2022
🌊🌞Signs of Summer in LBI ! 🌞🌊
Please Note for the safety of yourself & others!
Speed limits on the boulevard are now reduced to 35 mph 🚙💨
🚦Monday, May 23rd the traffic lights will no longer blink.. 🚦
 
#101thingstodo #lightson #speedlimit #oceancountytourism #LBI #exploreoceancounty #roadsafety #pleasenote #signsofsummer
 
 
 
Photo Credit: LBI Source

Crafters/ Vendors Wanted

Posted: May 17, 2022

🕊Just Believe Inc is looking for crafters and vendors for their gift auction on Saturday July 30th from 11am-3pm in Lakehurst . 🕊
 
 
#Lakehurst #101thingstodo #vendorswanted #oceancountytourism #supportthecommunity #exploreoceancounty #crafterswanted #supportlocal #buyoceancounty #buylocal

 


Touch -A- Truck …

Posted:

Touch A Truck

Save the date for Touch – a – Truck !

@ Jake’s Branch County Park !

1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood

Friday June 24th

10am-1pm


Ocean County Events !

Posted: May 15, 2022

 

Stay up to date with all happenings in Ocean County

click below 🙂

Welcome to Ocean County – Ocean County Tourism

 

 


Toms River Fire Co. #2 100 Anniversary Celebration…

Posted: May 13, 2022

 

🥳🚒🥳 Celebrate 100 years with Toms River Fire Company 2 this Saturday May 14th @ noon at Huddy Park ! 🥳🚒🥳
 
🚒Thank you to past and present volunteers who have dedicated their time to service to the community ! 🚒
#101thingstodo #tomsriverlocal #tomsriver #celebration #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #huddypark #supportlocal #community

Explore Ocean County

Posted: May 11, 2022

PARKS WITH TRAILS

Park Name Type of Trails Location
Berkeley Island County Park Bike Berkeley Township
Cattus Island County Park All Toms River Township
Eno’s Pond County Park All Lacey Township
Ocean County Park Hike/Bike Lakewood Township
Wells Mills County Park Hike/Bike/Nature Ocean Township
Beaver Dam Creek County Park Nature Point Pleasant
Jakes Branch County Park Hike/Bike/Nature Beachwood Borough
Mill Creek County Park Nature/Bike Berkley Township
Lochiel Creek County Park Nature/Hiking Barnegat Township
Florence T. Allen Conservation Area Hiking Berkley Township
Freedom Fields County Park Hiking Little Egg Harbor Township
Patriots’ County Sports Field Complex Bike Jackson Township
Cloverdale Farm County Park Nature Barnegat Township
Barnegat Branch Trail Hiking/Bike Barnegat, Ocean, Lacey, Berkeley Townships

 

Did you know that Ocean County has 14 County Parks with hiking, biking and nature trails?! The weather is warming up , and there’s a lot to explore in Ocean County !


Happy Mother’s Day !

Posted: May 8, 2022


Help Save the Earth, One Drink at a Time …

Posted: May 6, 2022

The ban on single use plastic began May 4th in New Jersey .

 

About Grass Straws , Lepironia Grass is a natural grass straw that come from the wetland area of Vietnam in the Mekong Delta.  Once the grass is harvested, it goes through a series of rinses including a saltwater, fresh water, ozone rinse and then finally baked in an oven to dry.

Grassstraw is based in Ocean County in Ortley Beach.

Read more below

Grassstraw-official | Grassstraw-official


A Film & Fundraiser for Ukraine : Olga

Posted: May 3, 2022
Looking for a way to show its support for the people of Ukraine, Lighthouse International Film Festival is hosting a benefit for World Central Kitchen and their life-giving work feeding the citizens of that war-torn country on Wednesday May 11th at 7:30pm @lbifoundation
 
 
Specially selected for this benefit is the multi award-winning drama, Olga, which tells the 2014 story of a teenage Ukrainian gymnast exiled in Switzerland while training for the Olympics. As she prepares for competition, back home her friends and neighbors rise up to overturn the brutal dictatorship of Viktor Yanukovych, leaving Olga distant from the land she loves and powerless to help her struggling family.
 
 “We chose this film because it offers a glimpse into the life of a Ukrainian girl forced to make difficult choices during a dangerous time of great uncertainty,” says Natalie Caricato, Director of Lighthouse International Film Society. “And we hope her story will bring the LBI community together for a common cause.”   
 
  While the film is not a documentary, it does star Ukrainian gymnast Anastasia Budiashkina in the role of Olga, and features other members of Swiss and Ukrainian national teams. The film’s French director,  Elie Grappe, explains his strategy this way, “This film is about being exiled—a heroine torn by her loyalties to her country and career in a geopolitical situation beyond her control. I did not want to work with professional actors. I had to try and capture the truth using gymnasts. Which is why I chose these elite young athletes to explore the difficulties reconciling personal desires with the course of history.” 
 
 For Tickets Please Click Below :
 
Lighthouse International Film Festival – Long Beach Island, NJ (lighthouseff.com)
 
 
 
 
 
 Lighthouse International Film Society will not be accepting individual donations for World Central Kitchen. To donate directly, visit https://wck.org/relief/activation-chefs-for-ukraine
 
#101thingstodo #oceancountytourism #LBI #ukraine #exploreoceancounty #fundraiser #promotegrowth #olga

New Adventure Awaits in Ocean County !

Posted: May 1, 2022

Jump on in as we take you on a road trip through Ocean County for National Travel & Tourism Week !

Follow us on Facebook @tourismoceancounty & Instagram @exploreoceancounty

 

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Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Posted: April 29, 2022

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month.

Ticks | Ticks | CDC


Cattus Island Nature Fest !

Posted: April 27, 2022
🌳🦅🐢Celebrating 42 years of connecting the community and nature ….🥳 Come out and Join Cattus Island County Park this Saturday 4/30 from 10am-4pm for The Cattus Island Nature Festival ! 🐢🦅🌳
 
This event is free and filled with lots of fun ! See attached schedule of events !
 
1170 Cattus Island Boulevard
Toms River, NJ 08753
732-270-6960
 
#101thingstodo #countyparks #free #tomsriver #tomsriverlocal #exploreoceancounty #nature #outdoors #oceancountytourism #boostyourmood #boostyourvibe #familyfun

Virtual Salute to Ocean County !

Posted: April 25, 2022


Earth Day Celebrations !

Posted: April 23, 2022

🌍Celebrate Earth Day 2022 at The Ocean County Mall with The Ocean County Health Department !
 
Ocean County Mall celebrates Earth Day with partnership from local organizations and retailers on Monday, April 25, 2022 in Center Court between 12pm-4pm.
 
Stop by to find out more about these organizations, what they do and how you can help. Meet with our Environmental Team and learn ways to help make a positive impact on the planet
 
Press Communications will be here distributing FREE Shopping Bags and awarding prizes to guests.🌍
https://www.simon.com/mall/ocean-county-mall/stream/celebrate-earth-day-2022-with-ocean-county-mall
 
#101thingstodo #earthday #tomsriverlocal #tomsriver #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #supporttheearth #supportthecommunity

Joseph H. Vicari Award !

Posted: April 22, 2022

Celebrating the Joseph H. Vicari Award !

Honoring Ocean County’s outstanding Cultural Organization, Exceptional local artists, historians, preservationists, educators and Government Leaders.


Welcome to Ocean County !

Posted: April 21, 2022

Visit our website for so much helpful information ! Whether you are planning your next trip, looking for business resources, or events county wide… Our website makes it easy to navigate and ‘ Boost your Vibe’ with so many resources at your fingertips!

 

Request Your Jersey Shore Travel Guide below …

Welcome to Ocean County – Ocean County Tourism


Happy Easter !

Posted: April 17, 2022


Hindenburg Lighter Than- Air Memorial Service

Posted: April 16, 2022
Join the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society on Friday May 6th at 6:15pm for the “HINDENBURG/lLighter-Than-Air Memorial Service” on the 85th anniversary of The Hindenburg crash.
 
 
🔵Please Note! 🔵
Strict Security Requirements
 
Everyone wishing to attend must adhere to security requirements and must pre-register by calling (732) 600-8055 or contacting
tours@nlhs.com
 
https://www.nlhs.com/tours/
 
All guests must be registered by May 1,2022.
No walk-ins or additions to the group will be accepted on the day of the tour.

Ecology Oceanography Cruises !

Posted: April 13, 2022
🐳Are you interested in hands on experience exploring the Barnegat Bay and Ocean environments?! Then this 2 hour tour is for you aboard @missbarnegatlight in Barnegat Light for their Ecology and Oceanography cruises ! 🐳🛳 Cruises begin in June & run to the end of August.
 
Captain Lou will lead the group in the bay and then into the ocean. Captain Lou has a BS in Marine Biology and has been teaching high school biology, environmental science and marine biology for over 20 years. Learn about the local environment, the commercial fishing industry, crabs and fish, birds of our area, plankton etc. Dolphin sightings are frequent just out the inlet as are gulls galore, multiple osprey nests from the dock to the inlet and so much more. GREAT FUN FOR ALL AGES!
 
All ages are encouraged to enjoy this trip with us
$40 per adult and $35 per child..
PLEASE BE AT THE BOAT BY 2 PM. RESERVATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED.
Trips run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on June 28th and run through the end of August with 2:30 PM Departure and 4:30 PM Return.
 
https://missbarnegatlight.com/ecologyoceanography-cruises/
 
#oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #explorelocal #ecology #oceanography #marinebiology #setsail #barnegatlight #promotegrowth #businessdevelopment #atlanticocean #barnegatbay #tours #learningisfun

Earth Day Event – Island Heights

Posted: April 12, 2022

Come Join the  Earth Day Event in Island Heights

Come celebrate our beautiful planet with us!

 

The Island Heights Environmental Committee will be giving away seedlings, and seeds, collecting used toys, and textiles for recycling.

 

You can also participate in our townwide cleanup and bioswale planting.

 

Learn more about recycling, composting, and sustainability.

 

https://www.facebook.com/SustainableIH

 

 

 

Location:Island Heights Earth Day 22 flyer

Wanamaker Complex, Island Heights, NJ

 

Date & Time:

April 23rd From 9 am to 1 pm

 

Accessibility:

Wheelchair accessible, Sign Language


Explore Heritage & Hauntings of Downtown Toms River

Posted: April 10, 2022
“Toms River, a town technically older than America itself (founded on 1767), is a hotbed of historic and cultural significance.  There is a great deal known about the town’s role throughout history and even more not known or unconfirmed about is rich and sometime controversial past. From alleged old Indian burial grounds to Revolutionary War battle sites, from locations where scenes of the original horror film Amityville Horror were filmed to the underground tunnels, from Captain’s Row to the 200 year of cemetery…there is a wide array of notable occurrences, landmarks, rumors, and hauntings to be explored. The Hidden History Trail provides an interactive platform for researching, exploring, and possibility expanding our local knowledge of Downtown TR Heritage and Hauntings…”
Home
Photo Credit : @downtowntomsriver  Picture of Downtown Toms River 

Family Health & Safety !

Posted: April 8, 2022
Join us on Thursday, April 21st from 10am-1pm at St. Francis Community Center for the Family Health & Safety Fair! Many free health screenings will be available. Opportunities to engage in conversation with various health professionals and local organizations that offer health/social services to our community. A free continental breakfast will also be provided.   St. Francis Community Center 4700 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach Township   https://www.stfranciscenterlbi.org/

Vendor Opportunities!

Posted: April 3, 2022

Rocking with Rotary Concert 2022

Event by Central Ocean Rotary Club of Toms River

Location: Huddy Park, Toms River

Tickets = $40 donation (on sale now)

Our Rocking with Rotary Concert will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2022 RAIN OR SHINE at Huddy Park in Toms River, New Jersey. We will be featuring great bands for your entertainment:

  • Moroccan Sheepherders
  • Shorty Long & The Jersey Horns
  • Nobody You Know
  • The Mojo Monks
  • Eddie Testa
  • Capt. Eric & The Shipwrecks
  • Gary Frost

Cost: $40 donation/person

Bring your own chair/blanket – NO tents, coolers, or pets. Donation is non-refundable.

SPONSORSHIPS & VENDORS: Looking to get your name out to hundreds of people? Become a sponsor or a vendor! For more information visit: https://bit.ly/RRConcert22

All proceeds of this event go to local charities in our community. For more information on what we do and how we help visit centraloceanrotary.org


Meals on Wheels…

Posted: March 30, 2022

🔵Did you know that Ocean County is home to Meals on Wheels of Ocean County a Non-profit charity that creates and implements social and nutritional programs to enhance the lives of senior citizens in Ocean County NJ.

🔵The demand for Meals on Wheels is extremely high, and increases each year. As a result, we carefully review each case to ensure our limited resources go to those who need it most. In order to qualify, you or your spouse must be:

🔵Age 60 or over

🔵Housebound, i.e. incapacitated due to accident, illness or frailty

🔵Unable to prepare meals safely, or lack the knowledge and skills to prepare meals

🔵Lacking support from family, friends, neighbors, health aides or other caregivers to help secure regular meals

🔵Spouses of home bound older individuals if an assessment indicates that receipt of Meals On Wheels is in best interest of the senior

🔵Disabled dependent child who resides with an older, eligible individual

#101thingstodo #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #promotegrowth #supportthecommunity #mealsonwheels #seniorresources

📸Photo Credit: @Meals on Wheels of Ocean County


Ocean County Health Department …

Posted: March 28, 2022

OCHD REMINDER: FREE POTASSIUM IODIDE (KI) PILL PROGRAM DISCOUNTINUED AFTER OYSTER CREEK SHUTDOWN

(Toms River) – The Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) is reminding residents that since the 2018 closure of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, the free potassium iodide (KI) pill program has been discontinued.

“With the Oyster Creek facility in Lacey Township shut down and nuclear energy no longer being generated, the recommendation for residents to continue to receive the KI pills is no longer necessary,” said Daniel Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator/Health Officer. “Every once in a while we still receive a flurry of pill requests from residents that made it a good habit to stay up-to-date with their supply but we explain to them that the pills are no longer needed or available.”

The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station opened in 1969 and a 10-mile radius of the facility was designated the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ). The OCHD began the free KI pill program for residents living in EPZ in 2002 after concerns related to 9/11.

Potassium iodide, an ingredient found in table salt, can provide protection for the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine and can reduce the risk of thyroid cancer after a nuclear emergency.

“For residents who have expired or unwanted KI pills, they can easily dispose of them in the regular household trash,” Regenye added. “However, it’s important to know that you should never flush them down the toilet or otherwise put them in the water supply.”

To learn more about KI pill toxicity visit www.ochd.org. A list of prescription medication disposal sites located throughout Ocean County can also be found on the OCHD website.


Support the Community !

Posted: March 26, 2022

🥞Join Pleasant Plains Vol. Fire Department and save the date for the 76th semi annual ” Famous” all you can eat Flap Jack Breakfast. 🥞

Sunday April 10th 🥞 7am-12pm

🧡Please consider donating Non Perishable items which will be collected at the breakfast for the local food pantry. 🧡

#101thingstodo #eatlocal #supportthecommunity #tomsriver #oceancountytourim #exploreoceancounty #allyoucaneat #boostyourfood #boostyourmood #boostyourvibe


Summer Filmmaking Institute…

Posted: March 24, 2022

Do you have an interest in learning how movies are made? The Summer Filmmaking Institute is designed for you! Participate in one of our weeklong programs and learn Digital Filmmaking techniques, Camera Operation, Directing Techniques, Editing, and more.

Ocean County Artists Guild, Island Heights

summerfilmmakinginstitute.com

ocartistsguild.org


Local Job Fairs …

Posted: March 22, 2022
For More Info …
https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/jobs

Spring into Ocean County !

Posted: March 20, 2022

Happy 1st day of Spring Ocean County !

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Our Local Zoo …

Posted: March 18, 2022

Popcorn Park Zoo in Forked River was established in 1977 for the sole purpose of providing a refuge for abandoned, injured, ill, exploited, abused or elderly wildlife, birds, exotic and farm animals.

It costs $250+ a week to feed our big cats, each with a specialized diet, likes & dislikes, and for some, medicines. Don’t forget about our month-long Food Drive currently going on. We are raising funds to help cover the cost of food. Check in daily for behind-the-scenes photos and videos to learn about our animals’ diets and what it costs to simply feed our 200+ rescues.

Please Consider Donating

Click to donate: https://ahs.givecloud.co/give

Photo Credit: Popcorn Park Zoo

Happy St. Patrick’s Day !

Posted: March 17, 2022

Join Lava Java this Saturday …

Posted: March 16, 2022

This upcoming Saturday (3/19), Lava Java in Lavallette, they will be donating all profits to the Ukrainian Red Cross Society. Come enjoy your daily coffee while knowing that your purchase is supporting an essential humanitarian service to the people of Ukraine.

500 Grand Central Ave, Lavallette


Public Health Week ..

Posted: March 14, 2022

ATTENTION STUDENTS, SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES!

The Ocean County Health Department is calling for submissions for our Public Health is Where You Are student challenge. Help us recognize how far we have come as a community during the pandemic and celebrate Public Health Appreciation Week from April 4-10, 2022.

Submit your creative, original content focusing on one of three themes.

• Public Health Heroes – How were you a hero during the pandemic?

• Sending Thanks – How would you like to thank our public health heroes?

• Positive Coping Skills – How did you cope during the pandemic?

All elementary, middle and high school students are eligible. A winner, first runner up, and second runner up will be chosen from each grade level. Submissions will be judged by Ocean County Health Department staff, Board of Health members and Ocean County Commissioners.

Submissions are due by March 24, 2022. Call 732-341-9700 x7536 or email healthed@ochd.org for more information.


Postponed …

Posted: March 12, 2022

The Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade scheduled for today; Saturday 3/12 has been postponed due to weather until Saturday April 2nd at noon ! Mark your calendars !


Ocean County Library Prom Dresses…

Posted: March 11, 2022

Prom Dress Giveaway is Back in 2022

Ongoing through Thursday, April 21

Location: Brick Branch
Toms River Branch
Little Egg Harbor Branch
Prom Dress Giveaway is back! If you need a  dress for prom, junior prom or the eighth grade dance , then stop by  Brick, Toms River and Little Egg Harbor on the following dates: Click Here for Flyer
*ALL events are from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Toms River Branch -101 Washington Street – 732-349-6200
Tues., March 29
Wed., March 30
 Thurs., March 31
 
Little Egg Harbor Branch – 290 Mathistown Road – 609-294 1197 
Tues. April 5
Wed. April 6Brick Branch – 301 Chambers Bridge Road 732-477-4513
Tues. April 19
Wed. April 20

Spotted Lantern Biology & Management …

Posted: March 9, 2022

To Register … https://ocean.njaes.rutgers.edu/


Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade…

Posted: March 7, 2022

https://www.ocstpatricksdayparade.com/

Photo Credit: The Ocean County Parade Committee

This Saturday March 12th kicking off on The Boulevard in Seaside Heights at 12pm! Come join the fun !


New Safe Passing Law …

Posted: March 4, 2022

As we get closer to warmer weather, and the summer season, more people are out enjoying a bike ride, it’s important to be aware.

“The state’s new safe passing law goes into effect March 1. It requires drivers to provide at least 4 feet when passing vulnerable road users, like cyclists and joggers.

The law joins the move over law and crosswalk stop law, which require motorists to move over or slow down for first responders and stop for people crossing in crosswalks. The goal of all these laws is to reduce injuries and fatalities and prevent near misses.

The law takes effect after one of the deadliest years on New Jersey roads in decades, according to data from the New Jersey State Police. In 2021, 703 people were killed in crashes, including 222 pedestrians and 23 cyclists. It was the deadliest year on record for pedestrians in New Jersey since 1983 when 229 pedestrians were killed and the deadliest year for cyclists since 1999 when 24 cyclists were killed.

Last year’s terrifying trends seem to be continuing this year. As of February 21, there had been 79 fatal crashes resulting in 84 deaths. This includes 24 pedestrians.

The new law, signed by Governor Murphy in August, requires drivers to use “due caution” whenever they see a vulnerable roadway user, which includes people walking, running, biking, riding a scooter or in a wheelchair.

Drivers must move over one lane if possible. On a single-lane road, drivers must allow a f4-foot safety zone when passing. If they cannot provide 4 feet of space, they must slow down to 25 mph and be prepared to stop until they can safely pass without endangering those sharing the road.

Drivers who violate the law and cause bodily injury, face a $500 fine and two motor vehicle penalty points. If there is no bodily injury, the fine is $100.

Slowing down, moving over, and passing with care will prevent crashes and save lives.” – Point Pleasant Beach Police Department


Ocean County Special Needs Registry

Posted: March 2, 2022


Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer, Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy and Ocean County Police Chiefs Association President Michael DiBella are proud to announce the launch of the Ocean County Special Needs Registry. Effective March 1, 2022, the Ocean County Special Needs Registry will be available to all citizens with special needs who reside, attend school or are employed in Ocean County. The goal of the Special Needs Registry is to ensure all Ocean County residents who may be in need of special assistance are able to get the help and support they need in a time of emergency or during interaction with Law Enforcement, Fire or EMS personnel.

Through the website, https://co.ocean.nj.us/OC/SpecialNeedsRegistry

which can be found at Ocean County residents will be able to register themselves or any family members living in their home who may have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities due to a physical and/or intellectual disability. The registry will provide first responders with vital information regarding a registrant’s special needs, emergency contact information, physical description, and current photograph. Information provided through registration is confidential and will only be shared with law enforcement and first responders during an emergency or for the purpose of planning an emergency response.

Each registrant will be provided with two window decals that can be placed on the front entrance of the registrant’s residence as well as on the window of any vehicle in which they regularly travel. The presence of the OCSNR decal signifies to first responders that someone in the residence or vehicle has some degree of special need and that they should respond accordingly. The use of the decals is voluntary.


The Harvey Girls Go West…

Posted: February 28, 2022

“Kim Hanley from the American Historical Theatre portrays Mrs. Alice Dougherty White in this exciting and entertaining look at The Harvey Girls, the first nationally known female workforce. Learn about how these young ladies along with the Fred Harvey Company helped civilize the Southwest and helped feed the troops during the second Great War in their search for independence and adventure. Sponsored by the Friends of the Brick Branch.” – OCL


Registration Required Below …

https://theoceancountylibrary.org/

Photo Courtesy of Ocean County Library

Senior Resource Directory

Posted: February 26, 2022

“Our seniors are special in so many ways. In Ocean County we make certain our programs and services – from transportation to nutrition sites – provide this population with the assistance they need to live independently and with dignity.

The Office of Senior Services is the focal point that older adults and their families can turn to for information regarding services and programs. Residents are encouraged to call us for information on available services and programs.”- Ocean County Office of Senior Services

For an online resource guide and more info click here….

https://www.co.ocean.nj.us/OC/SeniorServices/


Community Clambake !

Posted: February 24, 2022

Join the 7th Annual Arctic outreach this Saturday February 26th from 11-7pm @mudcitycrabhouse in Manahawkin ! In Loving Memory of Mallory McBrien & profits benefitting Jetty Rock Foundation .

The family-friendly event includes food, beer, wine, hot cocoa, multiple bands, and a huge auction!


Vendors Wanted !

Posted: February 23, 2022

📢Attention Ocean County Food trucks & vendors ! 📢

Now is the time to reach out to : FTApplications@strfas.org if you would like to participate in the 4th annual South Toms River Food Trucks & Craft Beer Festival, held Saturday October 8, 2022 ! Reserve your businesses spot today !

South Toms River Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival


Happy Presidents Day !

Posted: February 21, 2022

The Jersey Tenors

Posted: February 18, 2022
Photo Courtesy of The Surflight Theatre

Join The Surflight Theatre this Saturday 2/19 @ 7:30pm and Sunday 2/20 @ 2pm .

The Jersey Tenors , the newest Opera/Rock Mash-up sensation that creates an explosive blend of the most iconic Opera classics alongside such Rock ‘N Roll industry greats as Queen, Journey, Elton John, and Billy Joel along with Jersey favorites: Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Sinatra, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen to name but a few. From Frank Sinatra to Frankie Valli to Figaro – FORGETTABOUTIT!!!

Get your tickets here … https://www.surflight.org/box-office


Happy Birthday Ocean County !

Posted: February 16, 2022

Happy 172nd Birthday Ocean County!

Ocean County celebrated it’s 172nd birthday yesterday !

“Ocean County was established on February 15, 1850. Ocean County originally consisted of six townships – Brick, Dover, Jackson, Plumsted, Stafford and Union (now Barnegat). Dover (now Toms River) was designated as the county seat and construction began on the Ocean County Court House in 1850!”- OCPO


Happy Valentine’s Day Ocean County !

Posted: February 14, 2022

Good morning Ocean County ! Here are some ideas on how to spread love today !

Remember to be kind and show love each and everyday ! <3


Small Business Grant

Posted: February 10, 2022

Good Morning Ocean County !

Did you know…

The world’s largest market is at your fingertips, and the Ocean County Division of Business Development invites you to explore this website and use it as your navigator.

With the assistance of our Board of Commissioners our mission is to ensure economic health in Ocean County by educating, informing, and working together with businesses, the residents, the community as a whole in each of our 33 municipalities to empower economic growth, strength, and success.

https://www.oceancountytourism.com/frmBusinessDevelopment

Please call our office for further information (732)929-2000.


Preserving Creative Spaces…

Posted: February 9, 2022

https://www.facebook.com/petomuseum


2022 Polar Bear Plunge…

Posted: February 8, 2022
Photo Courtesy of Special Olympics NJ

Save The Date for a great cause Ocean County . Saturday 2/26 from 10am-2pm for the 2022 Polar Bear Plunge. “Each year, the Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside challenges thousands of brave jumpers from around the state. It’s a great way for everyone–individuals, teams, organizations and businesses–to get involved supporting Special Olympics New Jersey. All funds raised go towards programming and events for thousands of athletes statewide.
Can’t make it to the plunge? No need to worry, we’ve got a virtual plunge option. Plunge your way, have fun, be safe.” – @SONewJersey


To Register or Donate click here 👇https://www.sonj.org/events/2022-polar-bear-plunge-at-seaside-heights/


Ocean County Services…

Posted: February 6, 2022

🛠We want to get social with you ! DM us about your Ocean County service today , to be featured on our social media. 🛠#101thingstodo #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #supportsmallbusiness #buyoceancounty #supportlocal #services #boostyourvibe #boostyourmood

Facebook:@tourismoceancounty

Instagram: @exploreoceancounty


Show some Love Ocean County !

Posted: February 4, 2022

❤February is the month of love! Show some love Ocean County for The Maximilian Foundation in Manahawkin . Visit their newly opened Max’s Self -Esteem Craft Market & support a wonderful cause ❤” The Foundation is a non-profit focused on strengthening kids in an effort to PREVENT destructive behavior such as substance abuse. The Maximilian Foundation is dedicated and committed to supporting bona fide programs that work with Children and Adolescents’ insecurities through Counseling, Substance Abuse Awareness and Education. The Foundation’s focus, efforts and mission are to help support those programs designed to strengthen individuals, build character and confidence, thus allowing Children and Adolescents to better cope with life’s challenges, develop strong life skills, and learn to believe in themselves.”
Shop & support their craft market 👇https://themaximilianfoundation.org/craft-market


Happy Ground Hogs Day Ocean County !

Posted: February 2, 2022

Happy Lunar New Year !

Posted: February 1, 2022

Reading Challenge !

Posted: January 31, 2022

“Welcome to Beanstack, your one stop shop for tracking your reading progress and activities at the Ocean County Library. Earn digital badges by logging books, tracking reading times or pages read, attend programming, or write reviews for our year-round reading challenges.”

Join the reading challenge here…. https://theoceancountylibrary.org/beanstack

Photo Courtesy of Ocean County Library

Here’s The Scoop …

Posted: January 29, 2022

Facebook: @tourismoceancounty

Instagram: @exploreoceancounty


Winter in Ocean County

Posted: January 27, 2022

Ocean County, did you know ! There are plenty of activities happening in Ocean County , check out the winter program guide online for more information below….

https://oceancountyparks.org/


You’re the right type…

Posted: January 26, 2022

Show Us Your Heart …

Posted: January 24, 2022

💘 PPB Recreation Committee and the PPB Chamber of Commerce are hosting the 2nd Annual “Show Us Your Heart” Bingo Scavenger Hunt event around the downtown shopping district on Saturday February 12, 2022. (Rain date is 2/13/22).🏹 Preregistration is required.
Event Registration Form:
https://forms.gle/Gb91hebYSCWXkUVJ6Check in between 11:00am-12:00pm at the PPB Chamber of Commerce at 517 Arnold Ave. There you’ll receive the Valentines Day themed bingo card, then stroll or dance around Arnold Ave & Bay Ave looking for your bingo shapes in the store front windows.Once your card is full, and you yell BINGO really loud, bring the cards back to the check in location and receive your prize!🛍! Shop Local Bonus Raffle Prize ! 🎟
Families can show their proof of purchase receipts for anything bought from participating businesses during the event and get entry tickets to win the raffle prizes.
The raffle prize drawing will be held at 2:30pm at the check in location.
Winners do not need to be present, we’ll happily call whomever wins!This is a dog friendly event, bonus raffle points if your dogs name is Bingo!Preregistration is required.
Event Registration Form:
https://forms.gle/Gb91hebYSCWXkUVJ6📩 Email with any questions: RecreationCommittee@pointbeach.org


Ocean County Library Sensory Space…

Posted: January 21, 2022

The Joseph H. Vicari Sensory Space, in the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch exponentially expands the Library’s mission of “connecting people…building community…transforming lives.”

The space is designed to develop the senses, encourage communication and social interactions, relieve stress and anxiety, and promote calmness and well-being. It sends a positive message to people with varying degrees of sensory processing who might feel inhibited in social environments.

Photo Courtesy of Ocean County Library

Click here for more info on visiting … https://theoceancountylibrary.org/sensory-space


Growth in Ocean County…

Posted: January 19, 2022

The world’s largest market is at your fingertips, and the Ocean County Division of Business Development invites you to explore this website and use it as your navigator.

With the assistance of our Board of Commissioners our mission is to ensure economic health in Ocean County by educating, informing, and working together with businesses, the residents, the community as a whole in each of our 33 municipalities to empower economic growth, strength, and success.

Click Here for more info …. https://oceancountytourism.com/frmBusinessDevelopment


” I have a dream!”

Posted: January 17, 2022

The Department of Business Development & Tourism is closed today; Monday 1/17 in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


‘Snow’ Much fun !

Posted: January 15, 2022

Get social with us !


Bonjour Ocean County !

Posted: January 13, 2022

The Lighthouse International Film Society is pleased to present the virtual screening of FRANCE-(French with English subtitles)- a new film by Bruno Dumont. Lea Seydoux primarily holds the center of Bruno Dumont’s unexpected new film, which starts out as a satire of contemporary news media before steadily spiraling out into something rich and darker. Set in contemporary Paris, FRANCE stars Seydoux as France de Meurs, a seemingly unflappable superstar TV journalist juggling her studio show, reporting on a distant war, and her rush of family life. Her high profile world is turned upside down after she injures a delivery man in a traffic accident, triggering a series of self-reckonings and a strange romance that proves impossible to shake. Never one to shy away from provoking his viewers, Dumont’s latest is tragicomic and deliciously ambivalent- a very 21st-century treatment of the difficulty of maintaining identity in a corrosive culture.

The Lighthouse International Film Society will have a VIRTUAL screening of Bruno Dumont’s FRANCE. Screen anytime from January 14- 31. If you are so inclined to have some French wine while watching, head over to Shell Liquor…they are offering 10% off of all French wines during the screening dates. And if you are interested in joining our French Wine, Cheese and Chat Happy Hour, meet us on Zoom on Sunday, Jan 30th from 5:00-6:00pm, link below!

To Screen (Tix $12):

For Tickets and information go to www.lighthousefilmfestival.org

Photo Courtesy of Lighthouse International Film Society; LBI

Ocean Ride…

Posted: January 11, 2022

https://co.ocean.nj.us/OC/Transportation

Call Ocean Ride to get your ride.(732) 736-8989, ext. 1


Recycle your tree !

Posted: January 10, 2022

Where can you recycle your Christmas tree? Check out the drop off locations above. Trees will be accepted at the above locations until the end of January.


Welcome 2022!

Posted: January 1, 2022

Happy Kwanzaa!

Posted: December 26, 2021

Merry Christmas !

Posted: December 25, 2021

‘Dune’ not know what to do with your tree?!…

Posted: December 23, 2021
Photo Courtesy of Island Beach State Park

🌎🎄Recycle those trees Ocean County ! 🎄🌎 @islandbeachpark in South Seaside Park will be accepting Christmas trees to strengthen their dunes .https://www.njparksandforests.org/parks/islandbeachstatepark.html732-793-0506

🎄*Please note Pre-Registration is required ! 🎄#reduce #reuse #recycle #dunes #oceancountynj #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #ohchristmastree #businessdevelopment #boostyourmood #101thingstodo #boostyourvibe 📸Photo Credit @islandbeachpark


Skate your way in to Winter !

Posted: December 22, 2021
https://tomsriver.org/skating/

Photo Courtesy of Toms River.org

Did you know that Ocean County is home to Winding River Ice Rink. Give them a call (732)244-0720 for open skate times and skate your way in to winter !


Get Connected !

Posted: December 21, 2021

Did you know that Ocean County is home to County Connection located in The Ocean County Mall.

Photo Credit : The County Connection

Services

  • Consumer Affairs
  • Senior Services
  • Social Security Information
  • Job Search
  • Surrogate Services
  • Veterans Services & Job Assistance
  • County Maps
  • OCC Calendar of Events
  • Tickets for OCC Shows
  • Newcomer Guides
  • Safety Information
  • Recycle old cell phones
  • Notary Services
  • Health Screening & Services
  • Ocean County College Programs
  • Ocean County Library Services
  • Passport Applications
  • Parks & Recreation Programs
  • First Time Home Buyers Program
  • Government Directories
  • Public Transportation Schedules

https://co.ocean.nj.us/oc/countyconnection/


Calling our future marine biologists !

Posted: December 20, 2021

“Junior Keepers is a great program for those future marine biologists! Come experience the aquarium from an employee’s point of view.  Learn how to provide animal care, training, enrichment, and feeding to a variety of animals. You’ll go behind the scenes, meet live animals, and talk with our care staff.  Campers are required to wear a face mask and sneakers.  Space is limited.

Available Dates: Thursday, December 30th from 8am-11am

$75 per child. Ages 7-10 only. General admission for the day included.

Limited amount of participants
3 hour program

$75 Per Participant (Ages 7-10 years old only)

Reservations:
To reserve your spot for our Junior Keepers, please visit https://jenkinsons.com/aquarium/product/animal-program-junior-keepers-7-10-years-old/
then select the children in your party, the date on the calendar you would like to visit. Available dates are shown in green on the calendar. No Refunds.

All participants must wear a mask/facial covering during the program.” – Jenkinson’s


Sea of Lights !

Posted: December 17, 2021

“Join Jenkinson’s Aquarium on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach for the annual Sea of Lights Holiday Festival on December 15, 16, 22, 23 & 26-30 from 6 pm – 9 pm. Join Jenkinson’s in Point Pleasant Beach as they light up the Boardwalk during Jenkinson’s Sea of Lights. This Indoor Holidays Lights Spectacular inside Jenkinson’s Aquarium is a real gift to your family at the special admission price of only $8. Sea of Lights will be held on December 15, 16, and 22, 23, 26-30 from 6 pm until 9pm.


The Sweet Shop, Aquarium Gift Shop, and Pavilion Arcade will be open! Crafts, Holiday Treats, Photos with Santa & friends, Games, Holiday Gifts and more!” -Jenkinson’s Boardwalk

Photo Courtesy of Jenkinson’s Boardwalk

Dates are added!

Posted: December 16, 2021

Our HOLIDAY LIGHTS DISPLAY at Jakes Branch County Park
has been extended to 4 nights, Dec 17 thru 20 from 6pm-8pm.
So TUNE-IN to your favorite Holiday Music (CD, stream etc.) and enjoy
We added “Nature Riddles” with fun questions for you to answer as you drive through.
RIDDLE LINK: https://co.ocean.nj.us/WebContentFiles/94ed0b6c-1201-483b-be29-1cffdd4e4a84.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0HMMbqkeTJxZPLlrBiC2NmhoWUHXOXekhAGlSnkKLHFqapOza–p2_e30


Did you know…

Posted: December 14, 2021

Ocean County is home to New Egypt Flea Market Village & Auction. It was founded by Esler and Sandy Heller in 1959. 

“In the late 1950’s, the town of New Egypt lost their local farmers market. Esler (Les) Heller had just returned from serving in the Navy and noticed that the vendors were looking for a new market. It was then that Mr. Heller decided to use the land near his home as a new venue for livestock auctions and produce sales. Soon after opening his new market in 1959, Mr. Heller added tables for second hand and antique sales and The New Egypt Flea Market Village was alive and thriving.” https://newegyptfleamarket.com/

Join them this holiday season , #shopoceancounty #shoplocal & #supportsmallbusiness .




Nature Lessons, Virtually!

Posted: December 13, 2021
Photo by Vlad Cheu021ban on Pexels.com

“Teachers, Parents, Students: Our Virtual Nature Lessons are a growing collection of videos done in our Ocean County Parks and hosted by our Park Naturalists.
In these times of COVID-19, with limited class trips and outdoor activities, we wanted to offer you the Ocean County Park’s experience…virtually.
Some of these videos were Facebook Live-streams and they are all now available on YouTube. We are in the process of filming more, non-livestream videos each week, so you can view them on your schedule.”- Ocean County Parks & Recreation

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbvXI_h6bh6y_eHSyuXLHfg


Lighting up Nature !

Posted: December 11, 2021

For more info… https://oceancountyparks.org/frmSpecialEvents

New Jersey Maritime Museum…

Posted: December 9, 2021

Beach Haven is home to the New Jersey Maritime Museum. It’s goal is to preserve NJ’s immense, maritime history. It bolsters two floors of artifacts, shipwrecks, exhibits from the 1800’s, a gift shop and a lending library too!

For Hours and more info… http://NJMM.org/

Photo Courtesy of New Jersey Maritime Museum Facebook .


Set Sail into the past …

Posted: December 7, 2021

Did you know that the current Seaside Park Borough Hall once was a Coast Guard Station built in the late 1800’s. It was turned over in 1954.

-Photo Courtesy of Seaside Park Facebook-


239th Anniversary !

Posted: December 4, 2021

Join Ocean County for The Affair at Cedar Bridge on Sunday December 12th at 1pm. The ceremony commemorates the last documented land engagement of The American Revolution held on the actual site each year. A tour will be available, as well as crafts for the kids & more!

200 Old Half Way Road, Barnegat

https://oceancountyparks.org/frmSpecialEvents

Photo Courtesy of Ocean County Parks & Recreation

12 Days of Shopping & Eating Local !

Posted: December 2, 2021

Follow us on Facebook & Instagram for 12 days of Shopping and Eating Local in Ocean County !

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com

Toy Drive !

Posted: December 1, 2021

Join The Ocean County Commissioners in their holiday toy drive!

New Toys accepted at :

The Administration Building

101 Hooper Ave.

Toms River


Join us Today !

Posted:

Zoom, Zoom… !

Posted: November 30, 2021

For more information click here… https://co.ocean.nj.us/


2 Days !

Posted: November 29, 2021
Join us this Wednesday 12/1 for The Ocean County Tree Lighting Ceremony ! 4:45pm!

Happy Hanukkah!

Posted: November 28, 2021

Small Business Saturday !

Posted: November 27, 2021

Small Business Saturday Checklist!

Posted: November 26, 2021
Making a list… and checking it twice 🙂


Tomorrow is the Day! #smallbusinesssaturday! 11/27/21 ! #shopoceancounty #shoplocal #buylocal #supportsmallbusiness #supportlocal .


~ Happy Thanksgiving ~

Posted: November 25, 2021

Please Join Us !

Posted: November 24, 2021
Please join us at The Ocean County Administration building this Sunday 11/28 at 4pm for The Outdoor Menorah Lighting !


Free Thanksgiving Meals in Ocean County ..

Posted: November 23, 2021
  • Please note locations that require pre-registration

Shop Small Business Saturday …

Posted: November 22, 2021

Counting down to #shopsmallbusinesssaturday this Saturday 11/27 … What’s your reason to Shop Small Business? …


Home For The Holidays Family Event..

Posted: November 19, 2021
Photo Courtesy of Ocean County Artists’ Guild

  On Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Ocean County Artists’ Guild will celebrate family with a visit from Santa and Mrs Claus for traditional photos and a host of fun activities for children and holiday shoppers.

Throughout the Guild, Holiday crafters will be selling beautifully painted ornaments, floral arrangements & wreaths, garlands, holiday decorations, handmade holiday soaps, jewelry, and a host of great holiday gifts.

Santa’s workshop will be open for the children (4-14) to complete a holiday craft project. Santa’s elves will be reading Christmas stories. Children can participate in Santa’s bingo, christmas sing-a-long, and holiday games. The children can do their holiday shopping at Kringle’s Holiday Shop.

  • Santa himself will be there from 10-3:30 PM
  • Storybook time at 11 AM & 3 PM
  • Elf Bingo at 11:30 AM & 1:30 PM
  • Caroling
  • Childrens Holiday Shopping Center 10-4 PM
  • Kids Krafts 10:30-3:30 PM (upstairs workshop)

Music will fill the air and joy will warm the hearts of our families. The day is full of fun and activities for all. Giveaways and more. The event is free for everyone. Stop in for some hot chocolate and delicious holiday treats. We look forward to seeing our family home for the holidays. 

https://www.ocartistsguild.org/events


Something’s Growing in Ocean County !

Posted: November 18, 2021

“Ocean County has launched a Big Tree Registry, a compilation of the largest native and naturalized tree species in the county. These trees, nominated by Ocean County residents will have environmental and historical value and should be conserved for future generations.” – Ocean County Parks & Recreation

Photo by Stacey Gabrielle Koenitz Rozells on Pexels.com

Read More Here … https://oceancountyparks.org/frmBigTreeRegistry


Make Fundraising Fun !

Posted: November 17, 2021
Photo Courtesy of The Shake Shoppe Arcade, Seaside Heights

Did you know that Seaside Heights is home to The Shake Shoppe Arcade. The Shake Shoppe Arcade is not only a place for fun and games but committed to the community by offering Fundraising events for schools/organizations.

For more information click here … https://www.theshakeshoppearcade.com/ or call The Group Coordinator @(732)793-0600.