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Southern Girls Basketball Falls 56-41 to Toms River East on Tuesday

January 23, 2019

TOMS RIVER - Nicole Platten scored 17 points to lead Toms River East to a 56-41 win over Southern in Toms River. Adriana Hart and Kamryn Lister added 12 points each in the win.

Jacqueline Ward led Southern with 12 points and Sam Del Rio added 10

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Southern Girls Swim Team Defeats Brick Memorial to Boost Season Record to 6-2

NEPTUNE - The Southern Regional Girls Swim team defeated Brick Memorial on Tuesday 124-46.  Southern's record improves to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in Shore Conference Class A South. 

Results:

200 Medley Relay: 2:03.25 (S) - Jacquelyn Kilcommons, Mia Amirr, Kaylyn Iusan, Olivia Auge 

200 Freestyle: 2:17.30 (S) - Veronica Ruoff

200 IM: 2:31.12 (S) - Summer ...

Markley, Deck and Silva Lead Southern Boys Basketball to 65-62 Victory Over Toms River East

STAFFORD - Southern Regional at 43 entering the fourth quarter on Tuesday night against Toms River East. The Rams outscored East 22-19 to take the 65-62 victory at home. 

Southern was led by Cole Markley with 17 points, Vinnie Deck with 13 and Jay Silva with 10. Alex Mannon scored nine points, nine rebounds, four assists and a steal. 

This was a satisfying victory for the ...

Southern Ocean Made Accredited Business Jetty Life, LLC Gets Grant Funding

January 17, 2019

MANAHAWKIN, NJ - The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that partner member and Southern Ocean Made Accredited business Jetty Life, LLC has received a New Jersey State Trade Expansion Program (NJSTEP) grant to cover costs in participating in out of area trade shows.

The award of $11,000 helps offset the cost of the Outdoor Retailer Show in Denver they attended ...

Southern Ocean Chamber Closeup: Jim and Donna Doherty of Smallcakes LBI

BEACH HAVEN - Smallcakes LBI, located in Beach Haven, is a cupcakery and creamery owned by husband and wife team Jim and Donna Doherty.

Smallcakes is a franchise company with over 200 stores across the US and internationally.

The LBI shop is owned independently and was the first to come to New Jersey in 2017!

The Doherty’s are both former teachers who wanted to transition to ...

Southern Ocean Chamber Business After Hours hosted by Breakers Kitchen & Tap on January 23

WARETOWN, NJ - Warm up and network with locals at a winter "After Hours" event on January 23.

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce invites local businesses for a night of networking and great food at their winter after hours event hosted by member Breakers Kitchen & Tap, located on 537 Route 9 in Waretown.

The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. and will offer a ...

Southern's John Stout to Continue His Wrestling and Academic Career at University of Pennsylvania

January 16, 2019

STAFFORD - Southern Regional student and wrestler John Stout recently committed to continue his wrestling career at the University at Pennsylvania.  John has had an extremely successful career wrestling for the Rams. 

John is the son of Head Wrestling Coach John ...

Two Stafford Township Police Officers Honored

January 20, 2019

STAFFORD - The Stafford Township Police Department announced on Monday, January 14 that two patrol officers are recipients of special honors. 

Mike Wade was named Officer of the Year and Ed Kunder received the Rick Drappi Award. These honors are especially significant because they were chosen by the peers.

SThe Rick Drappi Award honors an officer who "displays unselfish ...

Three Barnegat Residents Among Four Arrested in Barnegat Drug Raid on January 15

BARNEGAT - The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Strike Force, Ocean County SWAT Team and other municipal police departments arrested four people from Ocean County, including three from Barnegat on Tuesday, January 15.

They were arrested for possessing and distributing drugs, including heroin and cocaine,.

The SWAT Team raided the home of Ronald Lawrence and Denisha Nash at 465 North ...

Manahawkin Nursing and Rehab Facility Evacuated After Carbon Monoxide Detection

STAFFORD — About 30 patients were evacuated from the Manahawkin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Manahawkin on Tuesday night after high levels of carbon monoxide were detected by alarm.

The patients  were taken around 11 p.m. to the nearby Southern Ocean Medical Center or the Shore Meadow Facility in Toms River, according to Stafford Township police, who said no one was ...

15th Annual Super Plunge on Long Beach Island to Benefit St. Francis Community Center

January 22, 2019

BRANT BEACH - The 15th Annual Super “PLUNGE” Sunday will again take place on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 1 p.m. 

The community is invited to join in this 15th Annual Ocean Plunge.
Are you part Polar Bear?
Do you have what it takes to brave the icy cold Atlantic Ocean in February?

Save the date and meet everyone on the 48th Street beach (in ...

Fourth Annual Arctic Outreach Set for Saturday February 23 at the Mud City Crab House Property in Manahawkin

STAFFORD - We are in the thick of the winter and it is time to look forward to a great event! The Fourth Annual Arctic Outreach in Loving Memory of Mallory McBrien is going to happen on Saturday February 23 at the Mud City Crab House.

The rain, snow or shine event takes place between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

The Fourth Annual Arctic Outreach ~ A Community Clambake of Arctic ...

Stafford Strong US Coast Guard Donation Drive During Government Shutdown

STAFFORD - Stafford Strong, Stafford Township's resident run community group, is holding a mega donation drive to support our Barnegat Light Coast Guard families during the government shutdown. 

Specific needs are listed on the Stafford Strong Facebook page, including specific formula brand needs such as Similac Sensitive and diaper sizes including size 4 through size ...

Fourth Annual Arctic Outreach Set for Saturday February 23 at the Mud City Crab House Property in Manahawkin

January 21, 2019

STAFFORD - We are in the thick of the winter and it is time to look forward to a great event! The Fourth Annual Arctic Outreach in Loving Memory of Mallory McBrien is going to happen on Saturday February 23 at the Mud City Crab House.

The rain, snow or shine event takes place between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

The Fourth Annual Arctic Outreach ~ A Community Clambake of Arctic ...

Stafford Strong US Coast Guard Donation Drive During Government Shutdown

January 18, 2019

STAFFORD - Stafford Strong, Stafford Township's resident run community group, is holding a mega donation drive to support our Barnegat Light Coast Guard families during the government shutdown. 

Specific needs are listed on the Stafford Strong Facebook page, including specific formula brand needs such as Similac Sensitive and diaper sizes including size 4 through size ...

Connors, Rumpf and Gove React Negatively to Governor Murphy's State of the State Address

TRENTON - On Tuesday, there was the big State of the State address by Governor Phil Murphy.  The speech both support and criticism. Some of that criticism included by leaders of how own Democratic party. 

Ninth District representative Chris Connors, Brian Rumpf and Dianne Gove responded citing the Governor displaying misguided priorities, excessive spending and impending tax ...

Ocean County Republican Boss George Gilmore Facing Tax Evasion Charges

TRENTON - George Gilmore, one of New Jersey's top political figures has been accused of federal tax evasion and owing more than $1.5 million while spending lavishly on vacations and multiple homes.

Gilmore, the Republican chairman from Ocean County, faces a six-count indictment . He is charged with evading taxes from 2013 to 2015, filing false tax returns in 2013 and 2014, failing to ...

Trident Fitness and Performance Centers Offer Challenge Combine Event for Area Athletes on February 23

January 17, 2019

WEST CREEK - The Trident Fitness and Performance Center in West Creek is offering an event for athletic competition in fitness, speed and strength.

This is an oppportunity for people to challenge themselves and test their skills against other athletes.

The Combine event will be held on Saturday, February 23 at 11 a.m. 

The Combine Events include:

10 Yard ...

NJ Law Banning Smoking at Public Beaches and Parks Now In Effect

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation signed last summer prohibiting smoking at public beaches and parks in New Jersey goes into effect today. The bill, S-2534, updates the “New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006.”

According to the American Lung Association, more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, making it the leading cause of preventable death ...

Manahawkin Nursing and Rehab Facility Evacuated After Carbon Monoxide Detection

STAFFORD — About 30 patients were evacuated from the Manahawkin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Manahawkin on Tuesday night after high levels of carbon monoxide were detected by alarm.

The patients  were taken around 11 p.m. to the nearby Southern Ocean Medical Center or the Shore Meadow Facility in Toms River, according to Stafford Township police, who said no one was ...

Stafford Man Charged with Selling Heroin That Led to Death of Beachwood Man

January 16, 2019

TOMS RIVER  - A Stafford Township man was arrested Wednesday for his alleged role in a drug-induced death, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office announced.

The Prosecutor's Office announced that Jobe M. Bizzarro, 27, of Stafford Township was charged after an investigation of the death of Steven Large, 56, of Beachwood. Bizzarro was accused of selling heroin to the victim.

The ...

Ocean County Republican Boss George Gilmore Facing Tax Evasion Charges

TRENTON - George Gilmore, one of New Jersey's top political figures has been accused of federal tax evasion and owing more than $1.5 million while spending lavishly on vacations and multiple homes.

Gilmore, the Republican chairman from Ocean County, faces a six-count indictment . He is charged with evading taxes from 2013 to 2015, filing false tax returns in 2013 and 2014, failing to ...

Two Former Barnegat Light Fishermen Die Off the Oregon Coast

BARNEGAT LIGHT - Two former Barnegat Light fishermen who recently moved to the West Coast were two of the three fishermen who died after their boat capsized Tuesday night off the Oregon coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard reported that a response was made to a call for a fishing vessel that needed assistance crossing Yaquina Bay. Using a helicopter, they found the capsized Mary B II.

Police said ...

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Brooklyn Restaurateurs Bring New Flavors to South Orange

January 23, 2019

Two new restaurants recently opened near each other in South Orange, NJ, both with Brooklyn roots.

Owners of the upscale American The Fox & Falcon and Latin street food specialists Miti Miti were drawn to the area first for their families, seeking more space in the New Jersey suburbs than they could find in Brooklyn. It wasn’t long before their culinary roots came ...

Upcoming Events

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Sat, January 26, 2:00 PM

Reynolds Garden Shop + Floral Market, Manahawkin

High Design Floral Class

Arts & Entertainment Education Home & Garden

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Sun, February 3, 12:00 PM

St. Francis Community Center, Long Beach Township

Super Plunge XV

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How One Small Business Achieves Success by Empowering People with Disabilities

January 23, 2019

NEW JERSEY -- The founders of John’s Crazy Socks recently appeared on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to discuss their company and its incredible success. Founded in 2016, John’s Crazy Socks sells over 1900 varieties of socks, but is also driven by a social mission: to demonstrate to the world what people with disabilities can do.

John’s Crazy Socks was founded by the father ...