Please be advised that due to scheduled maintenance, our websites will be down on Monday, December 19th, 2022 from 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

33rd Annual Helping Hands Benefit !

Posted: March 26, 2023

Keep Barnegat Bay Clean!

Posted: March 24, 2023

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Happy Ramadan!

Posted: March 22, 2023

Vendors wanted & save the date for Toms River Macaroni Kid First Special Needs Resource Fair for Families

Posted: March 21, 2023
Vendors wanted & save the date for Toms River Macaroni Kid First Special Needs Resource Fair for Families in the community Sunday April 23rd!
We will have local businesses in attendance that offer ABA services, speech, activities and more. This is a great opportunity to meet professionals in our area that offer services that will best suit your family’s needs.
Subscribe to our newsletter to stay in the know about local events!
Would you like to be a vendor at the Special Need Resource Fair for Families? Email:
Are you a local business, unable to participate that day? Email us to become a part of our Special Needs Resource Guide listed on our website and sent in our newsletter, the week after the event. This guide will run on our site annually.
#101thingstodo #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #tomsriver #tomsriverlocal #supportourcommunity #supportlocal #boostyourvibe #vendorswanted #savethedate

Skate on Over…. ⛸⛸

Posted: March 19, 2023

Ever wanted to try ice skating? Now is YOUR chance for FREE. The Ice Palace will be having a FREE skating lesson on Monday, April10 at 11:00AM. To register, visit

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Ocean County!

Posted: March 17, 2023


Click the link below to see all the great St. Patrick’s Day events in Ocean County today!


Upcoming Events – Ocean County Tourism


St. Francis Counseling Service Clothing Drive

Posted: March 16, 2023
The Counseling Service and the Ocean County Sexual Assault Response Team are taking donations of NEW clothing items for survivors of sexual violence. Donations can be left in the bin in the Community Center’s lobby or sent to the address below. Thanks so much for your support!

Know before you go… 🐟

Posted: March 14, 2023

Spring is nearly here! See what’s in 💐’Bloom’💐 at Ocean County Parks & Recreation

Posted: March 12, 2023


Spring is nearly here! See what’s in 💐’Bloom’💐 at Ocean County Parks & Recreation this season in their 2023 Spring Program Guide!
Check out the guide below!
Paper versions will be in the mail shortly.
Registration begins March 23
Registration Form:
Register by mail or in-person at:
Jakes Branch County Park – Beachwood
Wells Mills County Park – Waretown
OC Parks Administration Office – Toms River
OC Parks Web Site:

📣Downtown Toms River ‘s 2023 Event Season is here! 📣

Posted: March 10, 2023
📣Downtown Toms River ‘s 2023 Event Season is here! 📣
We are currently accepting applications for the following:
Hand Crafters
Food Trucks
Local Small Businesses
Commercial Vendors
Please follow our link here to apply:
#101thingstodo #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #tomsriver #tomsriverlocal #vendorswanted #boostyourvibe #supportlocal #supportthearts #buyoceancounty

Make a Difference, Volunteer today!

Posted: March 8, 2023
Pine Beach Volunteer Fire Company needs you!
525 Prospect Ave, Pine Beach
(732) 349-5639



We are always looking for energetic, motivated people to add to our team. We are accepting applications for several membership categories:

FIREFIGHTER: 18+ yrs. old, must reside within the immediate response area (approx. 2-3 miles). Firefighter I certification preferred, but training will be provided. EMT/EMR certification a plus. Must be willing to run toward things sane people are running away from. Members will be enrolled in the LOSAP program.

JUNIOR FIREFIGHTER: 16-17 yrs. old, in-house training provided. Parental permission required.

ASSOCIATE: Non-firefighting category, assists with social and fund raising functions.

FIRE POLICE: Non-firefighting function. Control of traffic in emergency areas, scene security when needed.

CORPORATE AFFILIATE: Provides professional service and assistance (accounting, clerical, legal, fundraising, marketing, etc.)

If any of these appeals to you, come visit us any Thursday evening between 6:30-7:30 and speak with one of our officers or membership committee and we’ll get the process started.

More heroes wear bunker gear than capes.

Veteran Focused Welding Outreach Program

Posted: March 6, 2023

Just Believe Inc. First Annual 5K & 1K Run

Posted: March 4, 2023
Become a race sponsor & lace up those 👟 sneakers 👟 for a great cause to raise funds for Just Believe Inc First Transitional home called Larry’s’ Home which will help Veterans transition back into society.
📍Winding River Park
147 Oak Ridge Parkway, Toms River
May 13th @ 8:00am
Please Call Linda for Registration & sponsorship information at 732-569-0643.
About Just Believe Inc
People can become homeless for many reasons. But in our experience, substance abuse and other mental health issues are the primary contributing factors. That’s why we formed Just Believe Inc on Aug. 12, 2019 – to provide comprehensive homeless assistance to residents of Toms River, NJ and surrounding areas.
Our homeless charity addresses the mental, emotional and spiritual needs of our homeless neighbors, not just their physical needs. We focus on…
Delivering meals to people who would otherwise go hungry.
Finding permanent housing solutions for people who are living on the streets, in their cars, with loved ones or in other temporary or unsafe conditions.
Coming up with plans to help individuals overcome addiction and other mental health challenges, and ultimately reintegrate into society.
You can help us meet the needs of our homeless neighbors by donating gently used clothing, small appliances, décor and various household items to our second-hand store. We also accept monetary donations via PayPal.
#101thingstodo #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #supportourcommunity #tomsriver #tomsriverlocal #boostyourvibe

Did you know you can recycle an old recycling bin?

Posted: March 2, 2023
Did you know you can recycle an old recycling bin?
Visit our recycling center’s special waste building
– Northern Recycling Center located at 601 New Hampshire Avenue, Lakewood, NJ. Drop off at building 68.
– Southern Recycling Center is located at 379 Haywood Road, Manahawkin, NJ 08050. Drop off at building 105.

” We need your help!”

Posted: February 28, 2023
Have some spare time & want to #supportourcommunity ?! Joel E. Perlmutter Memorial Food Pantry at The Barn in Whiting is in need of volunteers!
📍1330 Route 70, Whiting
#101thingstodo #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #volunteersneeded #whiting #boostyourvibe #supportlocal

𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗗𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗚𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆

Posted: February 26, 2023
Toms River Branch • February 27 – March 1 • 4 pm – 8 pm
Brick Branch • March 6 & 7 • 4 pm – 8 pm
Little Egg Harbor Branch • March 14 & 15 • 4 pm – 8 pm
If you need a dress for prom, junior prom or the eighth grade dance, then stop by our Toms River, Brick, and Little Egg Harbor Branches for our Prom Dress Giveaway Events. Dresses are completely FREE! No registration needed.

Ocean County Residential Document Shredding Program

Posted: February 24, 2023

🌍Ocean County Recycles wants to help make recycling even easier…🌍

Posted: February 22, 2023
Ocean County Recycles wants to make recycling even easier by sharing.
The Recycle Coach app! It is the best tool to find out how to dispose of pretty much anything; and now you can even search with an image too. 🌍
🗑It also will remind you of recycling and trash days, so you don’t forget to take your waste out again! 🗑
#101thingstodo #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #reduce #reuse #recycle #protectourplanet #theresanappforthat #boostyourvibe

Happy President’s Day!

Posted: February 20, 2023

Give the Gift of Life !

Posted: February 18, 2023

26th Annual International Chef’s Night Out & Gift Auction

Posted: February 16, 2023

Happy Valentine’s Day, Ocean County!

Posted: February 14, 2023

🔨🔧🪛Are you handy and looking to give back to the community?… Here’s your chance!

Posted: February 13, 2023
🔨🔧🪛Are you handy and looking to give back to the community? Here’s your chance!
Volunteers needed to perform minor home repairs for seniors in Ocean County with our Fix-It Program. 🪛🔧🔨
Please contact Kristine Santana at 732-363-5322 x3223
#101thingstodo #volunteer #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #boostyourvibe #supportourcommunity

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗢𝗰𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝘆 𝗟𝗶𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆’𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲

Posted: February 11, 2023
Are you looking for your next read? Receive a personalized recommendation selected from the Ocean County Library’s millions of materials available in a variety of formats. Our library staff will work to find the best books for you based on your preferences, and then send you your recommendations by email within 3 business days of your submission. Try it out today:

Southern Ocean Chamber Association Innovations Conference

Posted: February 9, 2023

📣Attention Ocean County! 📣

Posted: February 7, 2023
📣Attention Ocean County! 📣
Ocean County Sheriff 911 has moved onto another alerting system which will inform the public 24-7 of traffic issues, car accidents, and power outages to name a few. We have attached information to what is called SMART911 (RAVE). Signing up for this alert system will give you the public an awareness to your surroundings to help plan accordingly.
#101thingstodo #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #alwaysbenotified #supportourcommunity #supportlocal #boostyourvibe #tourismonthemove

Ocean of Love Sock Hop!

Posted: February 5, 2023

There’s so Much to Love about Ocean County!

Posted: February 3, 2023

Welcome February!

Posted: February 1, 2023

👨‍🍳👷‍♀️💅💇OCVTS District wide open house! 💇💅👷‍♀️👨‍🍳

Posted: January 30, 2023
👨‍🍳👷‍♀️💅💇Did you know that OCVTS has over 30 career training programs?! … Want to learn more? Join them at their 2023 Districtwide open house!
📍 February 2nd 6:30pm-8:30pm
For District wide Locations click below 👇
#oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #promotegrowth #careertraining #tomsriver #tomsriverlocal #brick #jackson #waretown #eggharbor #supportourcommunity #boostyourvibe

Lifeguards Wanted!

Posted: January 28, 2023
🌊Ocean County Parks & Recreation is seeking experienced lifeguards for lake beaches!🌊
(A. Paul King County Park, Manahawkin & Ocean County Park, Lakewood)
🌊Positions available throughout Ocean County for the Summer of 2023.
🌊Applicants must be fully certified in First-Aid, CPR & Advanced Lifesaving.
Reimbursements for certifications available at the end of the working season.
🌊Apply at:
Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department
1198 Bandon Road, Toms River, NJ 08753
*Call Brianna Blank at 732-506-9090 ext. 5956 for more info*
#101thingdtodo #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #nowhiring #lifeguardswanted #tomsriver #tomsriverlocal #Lakewood #manahawkin #boostyourvibe

Ocean County Parks & Recreation Winter Program Guide

Posted: January 26, 2023


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Request your winter program guide below!

Contact Ocean County Parks | Ocean County Government

Harbor Seals on our Beaches…

Posted: January 24, 2023
“Get to know me: “I am a Harbor Seal, and we like to visit New Jersey in the winter. Even though I am only 30-50lbs, I am not a baby, I am a yearling that was born last spring. We only stay with our mothers for about one month, and then we are completely on our own. I am a carnivore with very sharp teeth to hunt live fish, so I don’t need you to try to feed me. I will bite you or your dog if you get too close! The demands that diving put on my body are physically exhausting. Before a dive, I expel most of the air in my lungs, relying on the oxygen stored in my blood and muscles instead. To conserve oxygen my body shunts blood away from most organs except my heart, lungs, and brain. My heart rate slows to only four to six beats per minute. I can stay underwater for about 30 minutes while I hunt. Afterwards, it is very important that I get lots of rest on land to let my body recover as the rest of my organs go back to work filtering my blood and replenishing my oxygen stores. Please don’t disturb me! Stay at least 150 feet away from me and let me rest! Too many people looking at me makes me nervous, so I might flee back into the ocean before my body is ready, which could make me sick or even cause me to drown because I’m exhausted. If you are concerned about me, please call the MMSC 24-hour hotline (609) 266-0538 and trained Stranding Technicians will check on me. Thank you!”
📷 Photo by MMSC Stranding Technician Mackenzie Peacock who was responding to the call for this animal, using a zoom lens on a professional camera. All MMSC photography is conducted with NOAA’s permission under a Stranding Agreement with NMFS under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.”

There’s ‘Snow’ much to do in Ocean County!

Posted: January 22, 2023

The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences

Posted: January 20, 2023
🎨The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences (LBIF), was established in 1948, a non-profit center for culture, education, and recreation. 🎨
📢🎨 Join the LBIF team!
2023 Summer Camp Assistant Art Teachers Needed 🎨📢
✔Assist classroom teachers to create an orderly, safe, and exciting environment for campers ages 7-12.
✔Work with campers to create fun, hands-on, weekly themed projects.
✔Supervise students in outdoor activities, while creating engaging learning experiences.
✔Must be available June 26-August 25, Mon-Fri, 8:45am-12:15 pm.
Contact for more information.
#101thingstodo #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #LBI #supportthearts #boostyourvibe #supportourcommunity
📸Photo Credit LBIF


Posted: January 18, 2023
🏝✈️Does this winter have you dreaming of a warm weather destination?! ✈️🏝
#supportourcommunity & Ocean County CASA by purchasing a raffle ticket for
the ” Trip of a Lifetime!” proceeds go to help foster children of Ocean County CASA .
The winner of our “Trip of a Lifetime” raffle will be pulled on June 16, 2023 at the Turton Talent Show, and the winner doesn’t need to be present.
Partnering with TravelSmiths Inc. of Point Pleasant ( The prize will be a guaranteed minimum $5,000 travel voucher and the winner will be paired with travel experts from TravelSmiths Inc.
🎟Contact Ariane if you’d like to purchase raffle tickets: 🎟
#101thingstodo #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #boostyourvibe #pointpleasant #tomsriver #tomsriverlocal #supportlocal

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted: January 16, 2023
💙Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed each year on the third Monday in January.
MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities! 💙
The Department of Business Development & Tourism is closed today in observance of the holiday.
#101thingstodo #volunteer #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #MLK #boostyourvibe #supportourcommunity

Ocean County Library Prom Dress Collection

Posted: January 15, 2023
Because of your community support, Ocean County Library is proud to announce that we are hosting our Annual Prom Dress Giveaway at three of our branches in February and March.
We are accepting new or gently used prom dresses from now until February 17th. You can drop them off at any branch of the Ocean County Library.

Fishing Friday in Ocean County!

Posted: January 13, 2023

🎣 Fishing Friday in Ocean County! 🎣
The Lacey Township High School Fishing Club in Lacey is proud to host their 13th Annual Fisherman’s Flea Market! Proceeds help fund fishing trips, educational outdoor experiences and scholarships for students at Lacey Township High School. Admission is $5 at the door. Children 12 & under are free.
🎣This Sunday January 15th – 9am-2pm 🎣
📍Lacey Township High School
73 Haines St, Lanoka Harbor
#101thingstodo #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #Lacey #supportourcommunity #fishingfriday #buyoceancounty #supportlocal #buyoceancounty #boostyourvibe #fleamarket
📸Photo Credit Lacey Township High School Fishing Club

Growth in Ocean County!

Posted: January 11, 2023

Business Development – Ocean County Tourism

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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.

Veterans Services in Ocean County !

Posted: January 9, 2023

Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau, located on the first floor of the Ocean County One-Stop Center, 1027 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, provides numerous services to veterans, widows and families of veterans.

Services include initiating and filing veterans claims with both the state and federal government, filing for death benefits, filing for burial benefits and filing for other entitlements.

The Veterans Service Bureau also facilitates transportation to V.A. medical centers, lends wheelchairs and walkers to disabled veterans and serves as a referral source for mental health, medical and social service agencies.

Contact the Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau at (732) 929-2096, or visit the Toms River One-Stop Center or Southern Resource Center Locations for more information.

The Official Web Sites of the United States Armed Services:

Important Information | Ocean County Government

Attention Students.. 🌏🌊

Posted: January 7, 2023
Save Barnegat Bay is seeking students who want to participate in meaningful research in Barnegat Bay, work with mentors in environmental science, earn course credit AND get paid while doing it, we’d like to invite you to take part in our digital Student Grant open house! Join us next Monday, 1/9/23, to learn how you can get involved in this exclusive program!
Link to Register:
Protecting Barnegat Bay & Restoring its Ecosystem – Save Barnegat BaySave Barnegat Bay

Get Connected, Ocean County !

Posted: January 5, 2023

‘Tree’ You Later!

Posted: January 3, 2023

The holidays are over, put that tree to good use & recycle your tree at one of the many convenient Ocean County drop offs!

Happy 2023!

Posted: January 1, 2023

Protect our planet!

Posted: December 30, 2022


This empty truck is waiting for all of your Christmas Styrofoam to fill it… Point Lobster Company has a machine that consolidates multiple Styrofoam boxes into a small block, so to help save the environment a little bit at a time we use it daily. The truck is ready, stop by to drop off your Christmas Styrofoam! Make sure to grab some delicious food too!


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Recycle your Christmas Trees !

Posted: December 28, 2022

Happy Kwanzaa!

Posted: December 26, 2022

Merry Christmas!

Posted: December 25, 2022

Let it Snow!

Posted: December 22, 2022

Visit The Robert J. Novins Planetarium this holiday season & winter break!

“Let it Snow” features a new variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, and includes a stunning multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation, laser imagery, special effects and all-dome scenery in the audiovisual setting of the Planetarium. The 32-minute program is a fun and entertaining experience for all ages, especially families.


Robert J. Novins Planetarium Near Me | Ocean County College NJ

Christmas assistance programs in Ocean County

Posted: December 20, 2022
Low income Ocean County families can get free food, toys or gifts at Christmas or Thanksgiving. A number of churches and charities have holiday resources available to them. Get assistance during the holidays, including from Toys for Tots, the Angel Tree and Adopt a Family programs. Kids from families living in poverty or struggling households are giving priority. Find everything from free Thanksgiving turkey meals to video games, Legos, clothes, books and other Christmas presents.

When reviewing the list below, most of the churches or charities will only provide a meal (or free holiday food basket) to those that apply, such as at Thanksgiving. In some cases a child may receive a small gift, Christmas decoration or stocking stuffer as well. Another service generally offered will be volunteers from a church delivering food to a senior citizen in Ocean County.

Other charities tend to provide Christmas assistance. Children from low income households may be given gifts, toys, games, winter attire, shoes, jackets, and other presents. This too will depend on the work of volunteers from across the county.

Church of Epiphany
Main address: 615 Thiele Road, Brick, New Jersey. Call (732) 458-0220
A free Thanksgiving turkey Dinner is served once per year, with a local delivery to the elderly, disabled, or homebound.

Catholic Charities – Community Services of Ocean County
200 Monmouth Ave, Lakewood, New Jersey 08701. Phone – (732) 363-5322
Struggling families can get Easter baskets, Christmas gifts, Thanksgiving food and other help at the holidays. There are free Christmas presents or gift cards for single mother or dad run homes, immigrants, and the elderly in Ocean County NJ, among others.

Salvation Army
1738 Route 37 East, Toms River, NJ 08753. Call (732) 270-8393
Several programs are offered in Ocean County. Adopt a Family may give children free toys for Christmas, and Hearty Helpings serves Thanksgiving meals. The non-profit also operate Angel Tree, offers shelter, support to veterans, and other holiday as well as year round programs. More on Salvation Army Ocean County assistance programs.

St. Gregory’s Pantry – Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church at St. Mary’s by the Sea804 Bay Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742. Call (732) 892-8105
Assistance includes toy distribution as well as holiday meals. Referrals are needed from churches or Ocean County DSS.

First United Methodist Church of Toms River
129 Chestnut St, Toms River, NJ 08753. Dial (732) 349-8155 for reservations to the meal programs.

Saint Francis Community Center
4700 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Twp, NJ 08008. For applications, dial (609) 494-8861
Partnering with groups such as the United Way, the Gift of Warmth program provides presents, such as shoes, bedding, to children under the age of 19.

St. Martha Church
3800 Herbertsville Road, Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Call 732-295-3630
The poor, unemployed, and homeless among others can get a box of free groceries for Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas meals. There are also small toys or candy for kids, blankets, clothes for the holidays and small personal stuff.

Lacey United Methodist Church
203 Lacey Rd, Forked River, NJ 08731. Telephone number is 609-693-5222.
A Thanksgiving dinner with a turkey and toppings are served by staff.

Ocean County Toys for Tots
The application process depends on whether the family lives in the northern or southern part of the county. Dozens of charities, volunteer groups, and others participate. Free unwrapped toys, games, books, tablets, clothes and more are part of the USMC Toys for Tots program. There may be video or board games, Legos, babrbie dolls, Matchbox cars, decorations and of course clothes for kids from age 0 to 15.

Ocean County North area is covered as part of Toys for Tots. There is also cash assistance, groceries, and more. The Thanksgiving/Christmas meal program is available to the general public. There may also be stocking stuffers for children, toiletries, Clothing supplies, cleaning goods, and more.

Waretown United Methodist Church
27 Bryant Avenue, Waretown, New Jersey. Main phone -609-693-3134 or  732-773-4914
The charity, using volunteers, may have a free Thanksgiving food basket or voucher in Ocean County.

Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church
Location: 685 Hooper Ave, Toms River, New Jersey 08753. Call (732) 349-0018
Members of the church can apply for the Giving Tree. Holiday programs are run. There is help available at Christmas, toys for children, games, and a holiday party held too. Clients are the working poor and even homeless.

Southern Regional Middle School
75 Cedar Bridge Road, Manahawkin/Stafford, NJ. Call (609) 597-9481 or 609-276-5591
They only help current students. Thanksgiving dinners are served, with all the toppings, to students and their families.

Building on the Rock Community Church
89 Beckerville Road, Manchester, New Jersey, 08759. They help families in northern Ocean County. Call 732-664-3527 or (732) 657-7040
Girls and boys can get free Christmas gifts, toys, and holiday items. Some meals may be served too.

Sixth Street Baptist Church
Address is 15 6th St, Lakewood, New Jersey, 08701. Call  (732) 363-1377 or 908-591-4496

Pathway of Life Ministries
One location is at 2119 Whitesville Road, Bldg 2, Toms River, New Jersey, 08755. Phone: 732-901-7100
Both are part of the regional Toys for Tots program. Donations and money from the larger Ocean County community help low income parents, the poor, immigrants and others get gifts or free Christmas toys.

Saint Vincent de Paul of Ocean County
A number of churches participate. A thrift store, furniture, free winter clothes, and gift cards are combined with Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. There is a food pantry and soup kitchen. Small holiday or birthday toys, gift cards and other items are given too. Continue with SVDP Ocean County assistance programs.

Ocean Inc.
Location is 40 Washington Street, Toms River, New Jersey, 08754. Call 732-244-5333
They support northern Ocean County. Struggling families, veterans and others can get free holiday food baskets. There may be gift cards, toys, books, free Christmas presents and holiday events as well.

Ocean Christian Community
Location is 405 Washington St, Toms River, NJ 08753. Call (732) 240-5998
They have a free clothing closet. There may be small toys (including at Christmas or birthdays). Or get winter coats, games, electronic and other stuff year round, including at the holidays.

Island Hts United Methodist Church
Location is 111 Ocean Ave., Island Heights. Call 732-929-0444
Meals are served a few days on each holiday. In some cases, a child may be given a small toy or gift at Christmas as well.

St. Thomas Church
135 Salmon St., Brick, New Jersey. Phone: 732-477-5533

Ocean County Sheriff Department
120 Hooper Ave.,, Toms River, NJ 08754. Call (732) 929-2044
They hold toy drives. Donations are collected throughout Ocean County, and the gifts are given (for free) to children that qualify. The application form can be obtained on the county sheriffs office website.


By Jon McNamara

Happy Hanukkah Ocean County!

Posted: December 18, 2022

Celebrate Solstice with Save Barnegat Bay!

Posted: December 17, 2022

Restoring Barnegat Bay and Protecting its Ecosystem

Save Barnegat Bay is hosting our annual winter solstice party next Wednesday, 12/21 here at our EcoCenter, and we would like to extend an invitation to our incredible community. It is because of every one of you that we have been able to accomplish so much this year, and in thanks, we would like to open our home for a night of fun and festivities. We can’t think of a better bunch to share the holidays with, and we hope to see you there!

‘ Lighting up Nature’

Posted: December 15, 2022
✨Join Ocean County Parks & Recreation for their neighborhood -style drive thru display ‘ Lighting up Nature’ at Jakes Branch County Park in Beachwood! ✨
Dec 16th-19th
6pm to 8pm
This is a free event.

🎅SantaCon is coming to town December 17th! 🎅

Posted: December 13, 2022
🎅Have some fun & support a great cause !🎅
Hooks Bar & Grill will be hosting Chive Charities SantaCon Fundraiser again in 2022!!!! Great day to celebrate the Christmas season while helping others. Your entry fee goes directly to Jersey Chivers Charities. Then we ask that you bring an unwrapped toy and nonperishable food item to Hooks when you check in. Toys go directly to MA22 annual toy drive helping local veteran families, and food will be distributed locally to Vetwork all via the great work of Under My Skin for Life Foundation Inc. Great day and great way to give back to local veteran’s groups.
Participating Bars/Restaurants:
Hooks Bar & Grill
EJ’s Tap House
The Ocean Club
The Sawmill
Links for tickets:
SantaCon Seaside Heights
*Mugs and Patches are selling fast! We only have a limited supply! Get yours today by visiting our website and signing up!
**Important** – You must start your SantaCon experience at Hooks, doors open at 10am. This is where you will drop off your toy and food donations. As well as pickup your mug, commemorative patch, raffle tickets, and poker run slip. Bars & restaurants participating this year Hooks, Beachcomber, EJs, Riggers, Ocean Club, The Sawmill.
SantaCon is a non-denominational, non-commercial, non-political, and non-sensical Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year. It’s your chance to spread holiday cheer in the most magical and absurd way possible. More information can be found on our website:
For anyone looking to stay overnight, Hershey Motel is across the street from Hooks and has rooms for $70. Call (732) 793-5000.
#oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #seasideheights #santacon #supportlocal #supportsmallbusiness #boostyourvibe #buyoceancounty

Did you know?!

Posted: December 11, 2022

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Posted: December 9, 2022


#supportlocal #buyoceancounty #supportsmallbusiness #shopsmallbusiness

Tonight! Ocean County’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony!

Posted: December 7, 2022

Ocean County Board of Commissioners Toy Drive!

Posted: December 5, 2022

Check out what’s 🍻’Brewing’🍻 in Ocean County!

Posted: December 3, 2022
Check out what’s 🍻’Brewing’🍻 in Ocean County!
The Department of Business Development & Tourism is proud to launch Ocean County’s Microbrewery Tour!
Visit & click our easy to navigate ‘ Tour our Microbreweries’ icon pictured & check out one of the many ‘Ocean Made’ microbreweries in Ocean County!
🍺Frye Brewing Company | Point Pleasant
🍺Last Wave Brewing Company | Point Pleasant Beach
🍺Icarus Brewing | Lakewood
🍺Heavy Reel Brewing Co. | Seaside Heights
🍺Battle River Brewing | Toms River
🍺Toms River Brewing | Toms River
🍺Backward Flag Brewing Company | Forked River
🍺Oyster Creek Brewing Company | Waretown
🍺ManaFirkin Brewing Company | Manahawkin
🍺Ship Bottom Brewery | Beach Haven
🍺Pinelands Brewing Company | Little Egg Harbor
#101thingstodo #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #microbreweries #oceanmade #supportlocal #supportsmallbusiness #buyoceancounty #promotegrowth #boostyourvibe

12 Days of Shopping & Dining Local !

Posted: December 1, 2022

🚂Christmas Train Show at the Lakewood Museum🚂

Posted: November 30, 2022

🚂Christmas Train Show at the Lakewood Museum🚂

The Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders, 500 Country Club Road, off County Line Road, Kuser Hall, Pine Park, Lakewood, is inviting the public to a Christmas Train Show at Sheldon Wolpin Historical Museum on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy seeing both modern and traditional trains, both passenger and freight, dual gauge, HO, S, O gauge trains. Thomas the Tank Engine will also be making an appearance. Admission is free but donations are always gladly accepted.
For more information, contact Ted Bertiger, president, at or visit
About The Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders: The Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, open Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Starting December 1, the Club will be open every Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
#101thingstodo #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #lakewood #trains #boostyourvibe #supportourcommunity

You are cordially invited to ….

Posted: November 28, 2022

Small Business Saturday is here!

Posted: November 26, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving !

Posted: November 24, 2022

Ocean County Parks & Recreation Winter Program Guide!

Posted: November 21, 2022

The WINTER PROGRAM GUIDE is ONLINE now. \The printed version is in the mail.
Link to guide:

Registration Form:
Register by mail or in-person 11/30/2022 at:
Jakes Branch County Park – Beachwood
Wells Mills County Park – Waretown
OC Parks Administration Office – Toms River
OC Parks Web Site:
Administration Phone: (732) 506-9090


Posted: November 19, 2022

The Gingerbread Village needs you!

Posted: November 17, 2022
🎄Come #supportourcommunity & get creative for the holiday in Downtown Toms River with @tomsriverartistcommunity and volunteer to help build the Gingerbread Village downtown! 🎄
Donations are also accepted!
#101thingstodo #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #tomsriver #tomsriverlocal

1st Annual OCVTS Foundation 5K Turkey Dash & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk at Barnegat Branch Trail

Posted: November 15, 2022

1st Annual OCVTS Foundation 5K Turkey Dash & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk at Barnegat Branch Trail

Proceeds Benefit OCVTS Foundation and our Feed the Need Campaign

When: Sunday, November 20, 2022

Where:  Barnegat Branch Trail

Registration: At the Waretown Fire House 117 Wells Mills Road, Waretown, NJ 08758

For Registration Information, Entry Fees, Awards, Course Info and Amenities Follow the Below Link


Contact Annie Sayers for questions or concerns.

732-286-5670 ext. 3242

🌏❤️Today is World Kindness Day… ❤️🌏

Posted: November 13, 2022

🌏❤️Today is World Kindness Day… ❤️🌏
What will you do to spread kindness? 
#101thingstodo #worldkindnessday #spreadkindnesseveryday #boostyourvibe #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty

Thank you, Veterans!

Posted: November 11, 2022


Posted: November 9, 2022

Spread The Magic!

Posted: November 7, 2022

Ocean County Library Beachwood Branch to Present
Magician Chad Juros at Mayo Park Center

The Ocean County Library will present award-winning entertainer and
motivational speaker Chad Juros in a family-friendly show of magic, music, comedy, and
audience participation, 6 PM Monday, November 21, indoors at the Mayo Park Center,
Juros has performed at various Ocean County Library branches throughout the past
decade, including an interactive show of illusions and mind-reading at OCL’s 2022 Autism
Resources Fair.
He has performed at the White House and in various spots around the world, and has
appeared on Good Morning America, Criss Angel Mindfreak, Penn & Teller’s FOOL US,
and many other live and televised programs.
Juros began learning magic at age 3, while being treated for leukemia. His father
performed magic at his bedside to ease his fears and pain. The experience led Juros to
create the Spread the Magic Foundation, which raises pediatric cancer awareness.
Registration at is required to attend this free
program. The Mayo Park Center is located at 501 Beacon Avenue, Beachwood. For

Fall at The Jersey Shore!

Posted: November 5, 2022

Fall At The Jersey Shore: An Idyllic Time To Visit (

Tri-Boro Thanks-for-Giving Turkey Dinner

Posted: November 3, 2022
#supportourcommunity at The Tri-Boro Thanks for Giving Turkey Dinner!
Date: Saturday, November 5th
Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: Tri-Boro First Aid located at “J” & Central Ave
Dinner: Turkey Dinner and all the fixins served buffet style Takeout and Delivery available upon request
Prizes: There will be door prizes and much fun
Tickets: $50 donation per person
Tickets can be purchased at Stefanik Realtors located at L & Central Ave from 11am -3pm (call first) 732-793-0812
Call Annie at 732-830-3236 or
Sue 732-250-6472 (will come to your home if needed)
Friends and neighbors this is an important fundraiser for Tri-Boro First Aid. They are always there when we need them. And they often go above the call of duty to assist us. Please help us support them!!

Happy Halloween!

Posted: October 31, 2022

Be Aware, Drive with Care!

Posted: October 28, 2022

In the upcoming days, many Ocean County neighborhoods will be trick or treating, Be Aware, Drive with Care!

2022 Warmest Wishes Coat Drive

Posted: October 26, 2022

Clarks Landing Dockside Grill Help @clarkslandingmarina_nj and @uwmoc collect NEW XS-XL kids coats! HOW TO GET INVOLVED

1) Drop Off New Coats to Clark’s Landing Yacht Club: Bin Located Outside Our Sales Office 📍 847 Arnold Ave. Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

📬Drop Off Times 9AM-5:30PM Monday-Friday 10AM-5PM Saturday & Sundays

2) Shop Our Amazon Wish List

Happy Diwali!

Posted: October 24, 2022


✨The Hindu festival of lights marks the start of the fiscal year in India. It is held in the period October to November. Diwali is associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity. ✨

Help Support our community !

Posted: October 22, 2022

Harvest Fest Fun!

Posted: October 20, 2022

Field of Dreams Comedy Night!

Posted: October 18, 2022
😂#supportthecommunity for an evening of laughs at The Field of Dreams Comedy Night! 😂
Saturday 10/22 6-10pm in Toms River!
WFAN’s Craig Carton and Evan Roberts to host the RWJBarnabas Field of Dreams Comedy Night fundraiser at the RWJ Barnabas Health Arena on October 22, presented by Gotham Comedy Club!
Join special guests, Major League Baseball’s, “The Toddfather” Todd Frazier, New Jersey’s top rated morning show host, and Bill Spadea, for an evening of laughter with top-rated comedians Aaron Berg, Vlad Caamano, Jeff Norris, Mike Yard, and more!
The First Base Beer Garden will offer beer and wine for purchase from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.
The $250.00 VIP ticket includes prime seating, a Meet & Greet with Craig Carton, Evan Roberts, Todd Frazier, and Bill Spadea, from 6:15 – 7:15 PM, as well as private room food & beverages with Beer Garden access!
You don’t want to miss out! Get your tickets today!
See our mission:
#101thingstodo #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #tomsriver #tomsriverlocal #boostyourvibe #supportlocal #promotegrowth #comedynight #buyoceancountycomedy night

LBI Beach Sweep!

Posted: October 16, 2022

Join the Volunteer Effort on LBI for Oct. 22 ‘Beach Sweeps’ – The SandPaper


CLEANUP CREW: Alliance for a Living Ocean will be stationed outside Wally’s Restaurant in Surf City to oversee those participating in the Clean Ocean Action event on LBI, Oct. 22. (Photo Courtesy of ALO)



Chowderfest! This Saturday!

Posted: October 14, 2022

‘ Fall ‘ in to Ocean County !

Posted: October 12, 2022

Here’s the NJ State Fall Foliage Forecast…and while many of the parks within the Ocean County Parks and Recreation system are set deep in the pines, there are hardwoods mixed in all over. Some of the views easiest to access are at Wells Mills, Lake Shenandoah and Jakes Branch County Parks. but they will all offer some color in the coming weeks. The map attached here will give you an idea if you venture elsewhere in the state.

Happy Columbus Day !

Posted: October 10, 2022

Halloween: A Haunted History

Posted: October 9, 2022

Wellness Rocks Health Fair!

Posted: October 7, 2022

Toms River Fire Company # 1 Halloween Parade

Posted: October 5, 2022
26 full days left until the Greatest Halloween Parade this side of the Atlantic Ocean!
Everyone…and we mean everyone is invited. The National Weather Service has a prediction of clear with temps at 63 degrees for the high and 53 for the low. Sounds like great weather for one of the best events that we have in the Toms River area.
Q: Where can I register for the parade?
A: You can register for the parade the day of (Oct 31st) at the Toms River Fire Co 1 firehouse located at 26 Robbins St.
Q: when can I register?
A: you can only register the day of the parade between the hours of 8-4 on Oct 31st at the firehouse at 26 Robbins St
Q: Is there a registration fee for the parade?
A: There are no registration fees at all. The Toms River Vol. Fire Co 1 has been proud to provide the Halloween parade for 82 years with no fees. The company incurs all of the costs with the help from our great sponsors. We also accept donations in any amount….but they are not a requirement.
Q: Can I register early or online?
A: No. you have to come down to the firehouse at 26 Robbins St the day of the parade between the hours of 8-4.
Q: Am I required to have a good time?
A: Yes…you’re not only are required to have a good time, but we ask that you make this a lasting tradition for you and your family for years to come.
Q: When will Trick or Treat take place in the area.
A: Toms River Treat or Treat will be on Sunday the 30th…or check with your local municipality if you live outside of the TR Township area.
All the members have spent the entire year preparing for the Halloween Parade. It’s takes an enormous amount of time and work to coordinate this even. We are looking forward to seeing you all there this year so we care share this time with you.

Silverton Farms Music Festival Benefitting Oceans of Love !

Posted: October 3, 2022

#supportthecommunity and join Silverton Farms for this fundraiser to support Oceans of Love on October 8 featuring music by The Gypsy Funk Squad, vendors, food and fun for the whole family!

1520 Silverton Road

Toms River


Welcome October !

Posted: October 1, 2022


🎃Welcome October ! It’s officially , 👻” Spooky Season ” 👻It’s time for some fall farm fun ! 🎃
Check out Ocean County’s Spooktacular Fall Farm Fun below !
🎃 Lacey
👻 Toms River
🎃 Brick
👻 Jackson
🎃 Waretown
👻 – New Egypt
🎃 – New Egypt


Ocean County Events This Weekend …

Posted: September 30, 2022

The Rave – Ons’ Early Rock & Roll Radio Review

Posted: September 29, 2022

Starting with the king of rock & roll, Elvis Presley, the band pays tribute to rock & roll’s founders. Audience members will sing along to songs by their favorite 50’s artists including: Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Dion and The Belmonts, The Everly Brothers, and of course, Buddy Holly. By the end of the show, you will learn how all these great performers inspired and spawned some of the best bands of all time like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and many other popular 1960’s rockers.


Registration is required.

  Event Takes place at The Ocean County Library Toms River Branch

Support the Community at The 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off!

Posted: September 27, 2022

We hope you are all getting excited for our 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, October 16th, 1-4PM! Our Chili Cook-Off is an amazing way for us to celebrate and give back to our local first responders. Guests will be tasting delicious chili made by our first responder participants. ⛑

A few things to note before arrival 📣:
– Each entry ticket will entitle the bearer to taste and vote for the best chili of the day 🌶🥄👨‍🍳
– $20 Pay-It-Forward Admission, no tickets will be sold in advance 🎟
– Please click “Going” on our Event Page if you plan on attending ✔️

Happy Rosh Hashanah

Posted: September 25, 2022

Clean Communities Matter ! 🌎

Posted: September 23, 2022
🌎 Help Keep our community clean & Join Jackson Clean Communities Saturday 9/24 at 9am for their roadside clean up ! 🌎
Event is 🌧or 🌞!
#101thingstodo #oceancountytourism #exploreoceancounty #jackson #supportourcommunity #protectourplanet #promotegrowth #boostyourvibe

4 – H & Ocean County !

Posted: September 21, 2022

Ocean County 4-H (

The 4-H Youth Development program offers a variety of opportunities for young people. Beginning in Kindergarten through grade 13 (one year out of high school), youth participate in activities, competitions, workshops, and conferences that help them grow into caring, contributing, and confident adults. 4-H was founded in 1902 with the purpose of instructing rural youth in improved farming. By the 1970’s, it broadened its goals to cover a full range of youth projects. Today 4-H serves youth in rural, urban, and suburban communities in every county in every state across the nation reaching 6+ million youth!

Have an idea for a Traditional or S.T.E.P 4-H Club?

4-H staff would be happy to work with you to make this become a reality!
A 4-H club meeting usually includes fun activities, educational opportunities, and a business meeting. 4-H
clubs also get involved in community service through activities like beach clean ups, assisting with local food
pantries, working with community partners, and more. This emphasis on developing youth in leadership
roles is an integral part of 4-H and is why 4-H alumni include many of our nation’s top leaders.

What is 4-H?
The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4-H is a dynamic, informal,
educational program for youth. Its programs reach over 6 million young people across the United States.
4-H programs assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming attitudes that will enable
youth to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of the world.

What makes 4-H unique?
4-H makes learning fun! In 4-H clubs young people work with peers and adult volunteers to learn new skills,
practice leadership, give back to their community, and make new friends. They learn about topics that interest
them through hands-on activities. We believe in learning by doing.
4-H members select one or more topics to learn about during the year. That includes everything from learning
how to cook, caring for an animal, helping the environment, and much more. These topics are referred to as
“projects.” Hundreds of projects are offered through 4-H so members can pick the ones that most interests
The 4-H Pledge is a symbol of the devotion generations of youth that have given to the 4-H program. Its words
embody the goals of 4-H.

We are eager to work with you to find the right club or to start a brand new one!

Vetwork Fall Craft Fair – Vendors Wanted!

Posted: September 19, 2022



The mission and purpose of the agency is to meet the immediate and long-term needs of Ocean and Monmouth County Veterans. We seek to provide a continuum of care with our services and to enable Veterans to maintain, or achieve, self-sufficiency.  All proceeds will be used for the above.  Each space will be 10′ x 10′ @ $30.  There are 40 Spaces available.  Responsible for bringing your own table and chairs, no electricity will be provided.   All crafters welcome.   Home businesses such as Avon, Scentsy etc. will be first come first serve.  only one of each will be accepted.

Ocean of Love Billboard Radiothon !

Posted: September 17, 2022
Save the date!
Join the 2022 Ocean of Love Inc Billboard Radiothon presented by WRAT 95.9FM !
It kicks off at 5:00PM, September 19 and ends Thursday, Sept 22 at 1331 Hooper Ave. Toms River, NJ 08753 inside the Lowes/Target parking lot!
We have entertainment and activities for the entire family. Stay tuned for more details! Please help us meet our fundraising goal for Ocean County children impacted by cancer
#oceancountytoursism #childhoodcancerawarenessmonth #supportthecommunity #exploreoceancounty #tomsriver #tomsriverlocal #radiothon

Fall in to Ocean County !

Posted: September 15, 2022