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Southern Regional "Score at the Shore" Girls Holiday Tournament Kicks Off on December 22

December 11, 2018

STAFFORD - The Southern Regional Girls Basketball program is once again hosting the Score at the Shore Christmas basketball tournament from December 22-29.  

The Rams are coached by Tom Bucci with a career record of 85-40. His assistans are Keith Cocuzza and Eric Sharkey.  

The Rams return senior Jacqueline Ward SR, and juniors Kaela Curtin and Alex ...

A Fisherman’s Update: Offshore Wind Power Coming to New Jersey

Thirty-five recreational fishermen recently attended an informational meeting held by Anglers for Offshore Wind Power at the Langosta Restaurant in Asbury Park.

Fishermen listened to a summary of wind-farm development plans scheduled for New Jersey, and Rhode Island charter captain Dave Monti presented to share his experiences with the Block Island Wind Farm through planning, construction and ...

Southern Regional Set to Begin Season While Looking Forward to the "Score at the Shore" Holiday Tournament

STAFFORD - STAFFORD - It is that time of year to see some great basketball played right here in Stafford Township as Southern Regional High School hosts the annual "Score at the Shore" Basketball Tournament.  

The Rams begin their season on Friday night hosting Toms River South at 6:30 p.m.

The tournament kicks off with Preliminary Round games on Saturday, December ...

Southern Ocean Chamber Members Get Crafty at Holiday After Hours Event

December 13, 2018

SURF CITY - There's nothing that gets people more in the holiday spirit than getting crafty and making anything from decorations to presents during the holiday season. 

At last night's Holiday After Hours event, members and business owners made their own fused glass ornament while networking at Swell Colors Glass Studio.

The Swell Colors Glass Studio is located at 1715 ...

Southern Ocean Chamber CEO Sworn in as Vice President of New Jersey Tourism Industry Association

ATLANTIC CITY - At this year's meeting for the New Jersey Travel and Tourism Association, Lori Pepenella, the Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, was sworn in to serve as Vice President of  the NJTIA.

The annual meeting was held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City and is the state's leading tourism advocacy ...

Stafford Chamber of Commerces Celebrates 2018 Success at Holiday Jingle and Mingle

STAFFORD - The Stafford Chamber of Commerce gathered on Monday, Dec. 10 at the Holiday Inn in Manahawkin for their annual Jingle and Mingle Christmas party.  Over fifty businesspersons gathered to celebrate the joy of working together in Stafford Township.

The organization honored outgoing President Rocco Manochio with a special plaque of appreciation for his hard work in the ...

Eagleswood Elementary Teacher Who Lives in Barnegat Arrested for Snorting Morphine in Class

December 12, 2018

EAGLESWOOD - On Monday an Eagleswood Elementary School teacher was arrested and charged with drug offenses that allegedly occurred on school grounds, according to officials at the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. 

Michael Palladino, 43, of Barnegat, is accused of snorting morphine at his classroom desk. He ingested morphine during school hours. The Ocean County ...

Greenbriar in Waretown Residents Make Great Contribution to Educate Area Students on the Dangers of Drug Abuse

WARETOWN - The Greenbriar Oceanaire Community in Waretown held their annual fundraiser at the Greenbriar Country Club recently. 

This year fundraiser was held for Project AWARE, a drug prevention program started 19 years ago by DARE Officer John Reilly (Retired) and Municipal Alliance Coordinator Gail Bott (Retired).

The program has evolved over the years to remain current. The ...

Emma Wilhelm Signs Letter of Intent to Continue Education and Field Hockey Career at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

STAFFORD - Southern Regional's Emma Wilhelm recently signed her letter of intent to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania to play field hockey.  Emma was one of New Jersey's top players this season.  She is joined by her parents, staff members Coach Tabbachino, Coach Jenna Lombardo and Sue Spellman.

Stafford Township Police Conduct Active Shooter Drill at Southern Ocean Medical Center

December 10, 2018

STAFFORD - The Stafford Township Police Department, the Southern Ocean Medical Center, and members of the Southern Ocean County SWAT team conducted a joint, Active Shooter Drill on Wednesday, December 5.

The drill took place in the Southern Ocean Medical Center's "Fast Track" area, and was conducted between 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. During this time, an active shooter scenario was run ...

Coast Guard Makes Rescues in Waters off Manasquan, Cape May

MANASQUAN, NJ — The U.S. Coast Guard, with help from the Manasquan Fire Department, rescued three men and a dog from a sinking commercial fishing vessel in the Manasquan Inlet early this morning.

The Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay reported that it received notification at 2 a.m. on December 8 that the 44-foot Miss Kathleen struck the northern Manasquan Inlet jetty and was taking on ...

Surf City Man Injured in Tuesday Morning Motor Vehicle Crash on East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin

STAFFORD - Stafford Police reported that a motor vehicle collided with a pole on East Bay Avenue near Marsha Drive.  The accident occurred on Tuesday December at 10:11 a.m.  

A 1999 Toyota 4-Runner operated by Andrew Smith, 25 of Surf City was traveling west on Bay Avenue. His vehicle left the roadway striking a utility pole causing his vehicle to overturn. 

Smith ...

Local Family Makes Huge Donation to Stafford Toy Drive

December 12, 2018

STAFFORD –  Stafford PBA Local 297 and Stafford Recreation recently expressed their appreciation to the Wainwright family for their generous donation.

The Wainrights donated an entire truckload of toys and new coats to our 2018 Toy Drive. The Wainright's have been extremely generous in past years also. 

Officer Kunder led a team of volunteers to help unload that ...

Our Gang Players "Winter Wonderland Gift Fair"

STAFFORD _ On Sunday December 9th, come do your holiday shopping at Our Gang Players' "Winter Wonderland Gift Fair" from 1pm - 6pm at the Ocean Acres Community Center, 489 Nautilus Drive, Manahawkin, N.J. 08050.

This event is FREE TO ATTEND and Our Gang Players will be offering FREE GIFT WRAPPING for all your gifts bought at this event if you would like.  Donations for this ...

Our Gang Players Santa & Friends Breakfast Fundraiser

BARNEGAT - Our Gang Players will be hosting a Santa & Friends Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday December 8th with 2 seating options; 8 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. at Lefty's Tavern, 547 N. Main St. Barnegat, N.J. 08005

Enjoy a yummy breakfast that includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage & a beverage along with a basket of assorted goodies at each table.

Each child will enjoy a ...

LBI Real Estate Owner Arrested on Theft Charges

December 4, 2018

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP –  The Long Beach Township Police Department released a statement on November 30 press detailing the arrest of the owner of local Long Beach Island real estate company

Ager Realty owner Donald Pojednic was arrested on charges of misapplication of entrusted property and property of government or financial institutions and theft. He was arrested on Thursday, ...

Southern Ocean Chamber Members Get Crafty at Holiday After Hours Event

December 13, 2018

SURF CITY - There's nothing that gets people more in the holiday spirit than getting crafty and making anything from decorations to presents during the holiday season. 

At last night's Holiday After Hours event, members and business owners made their own fused glass ornament while networking at Swell Colors Glass Studio.

The Swell Colors Glass Studio is located at 1715 ...

This Weekend's Entertainment Lineup for Stafford, LBI, Barnegat and Waretown

STAFFORD - It is hard to believe that it is December in the Christmas season. TAPinto has generated a list of this weekend's entertainment options in the towns we cover.  

Arlington, Ship Bottom

•    Matt Fisher, Friday 7 p.m. 
•    Greg Warren, Sunday 6 p.m.

Buckalews, Beach Haven

•    Earl Sutton and ...

Our Gang Players Santa & Friends Breakfast Fundraiser

BARNEGAT - Our Gang Players will be hosting a Santa & Friends Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday December 8th with 2 seating options; 8 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. at Lefty's Tavern, 547 N. Main St. Barnegat, N.J. 08005

Enjoy a yummy breakfast that includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage & a beverage along with a basket of assorted goodies at each table.

Each child will enjoy a ...

Stafford Township Leadership is Confident New Businesses are Coming

December 10, 2018

STAFFORD - At the most recent Stafford Township Council Meeting on November 20, the outgoing leadership shared some updates about changes in the future.

Old Baptist Church has been undergoing some improvements and the work has been done by the Township Public Works employees as a cost saving measure in the past few years. The exterior of the building is expected to be painted by a ...

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Range Training Through December 10

LAKEHURST, NJ - The Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst will be conducting demolition and mortar training December 6-10 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Expect to hear loud booms from the ranges and please take note that cloudy conditions can make the booms seem louder or closer than they actually are.

They are taking every precaution to keep the service members and surrounding ...

USPS® Suspends Regular Mail Delivery for National Day of Mourning on Dec. 5

WASHINGTON - President Donald J. Trump has declared Wednesday, Dec. 5, as a National Day of Mourning in remembrance of former President George H.W. Bush. Some key U.S. Postal Service operations will be affected.

A statement from the USPS® notes that regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity will be suspended.  Limited package delivery service ...

Five Steps to Better Sleep By A Board Certified Behavior Analyst

December 13, 2018

STAFFORD - Check out this brief video by Samantha Sarin, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Brett DiNovi & Associates, discusses evidenced-based practices to improve sleep.

Clink link below. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9BspucggOQ&feature=youtu.be

Southern Ocean Medical Center Nurses Reach Contract Agreement with Hackensack Meridian Health

STAFFORD - The nurses at Southern Ocean Medical Center reached a tentative agreement recently with Hackensack Meridian Health.  This is the second victory for the SOMC nurses after avoiding a decertification of the union back in November.  

Unionized nurses at Jersey Shore University Medical Center (JSUMC) also reached the tentative agreement with Hackensack Meridian ...

Stafford Township Police Conduct Active Shooter Drill at Southern Ocean Medical Center

STAFFORD - The Stafford Township Police Department, the Southern Ocean Medical Center, and members of the Southern Ocean County SWAT team conducted a joint, Active Shooter Drill on Wednesday, December 5.

The drill took place in the Southern Ocean Medical Center's "Fast Track" area, and was conducted between 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. During this time, an active shooter scenario was run ...

The Presence of Christmas

December 9, 2018

My hope for every person this December is that all would willingly come to the table and experience fully the power of the Christmas present of presence.

The promise of God as far back as the Book of Isaiah was that the virgin would conceive and bring forth a child, and that the holy and anointed one’s name would be Immanuel.

God wanted to be with us. He wasn’t afraid to show up ...

Come and Experience Bethlehem: The Night Jesus Was Born at Forked River Baptist Church

FORKED RIVER - “Come and Experience Bethlehem the night Jesus was born! Come see the child that would change the world forever. Night in Bethlehem has become a holiday tradition for many. Enjoy historic census, visit the marketplace, sample the foods of the time, and interact with the Roman Soldier, tax collector, merchants and beggars

The program will run on ”Friday, December ...

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NJ Recipe Guru Shares her Favorite Holiday Cookie: Double Chocolate Espresso

December 13, 2018

If you love to cook, there’s a fair chance you’ve got a recipe somewhere in your home by Gwynn Galvin, whose cooking blog “Swirls of Flavor” has been picking up steam.

“I have been told that I am ‘well-seasoned,’ having worked in the culinary field for more than 20 years now,” the grandmother of eight said from her home in Montvale, NJ.

In ...

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Fri, December 21

All Saints Regional Catholic School , Manahawkin

All Saints Regional Catholic School Nativity ...

Religions And Spirituality

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Tue, December 25, 12:00 PM

St Mary's Parish Center,, Manahawkin

St. Mary's to Host Ninth Annual Christmas Day ...

Food & Drink Giving Back

A Fisherman’s Update: Offshore Wind Power Coming to New Jersey

December 10, 2018

Thirty-five recreational fishermen recently attended an informational meeting held by Anglers for Offshore Wind Power at the Langosta Restaurant in Asbury Park.

Fishermen listened to a summary of wind-farm development plans scheduled for New Jersey, and Rhode Island charter captain Dave Monti presented to share his experiences with the Block Island Wind Farm through planning, construction and ...

N.J. High School Seniors Can Apply For Ag Achievement Award By Jan. 10

December 7, 2018

MANALAPAN, N.J. — New Jersey residents who are entering their senior year in high school this fall and are planning a career in agriculture or science may apply for the New Jersey Agricultural Achievement Award.  One winner will be selected and awarded a scholarship to honor their achievements.

The New Jersey Agricultural Achievement Award, sponsored by Dr. Amy Butewicz, a former ...

Husky Foster Program at Tree-licious Orchards Provides a Better Life for Rescue Dogs

December 10, 2018

PORT MURRAY, NJ -- Tree-licious Orchards has a great reputation for their varieties of apples, fruits and vegetables, but it’s also known as a foster home for rescue husky dogs. “Our huskies just love life at the orchard,” said Tree-licious partner, Ginger Kesler.

Housing huskies at the farm started as a way to help reduce the orchard of critters and provide a better life for ...