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Southern Regional Wrestlers Capture Robin Leff Tournament Championship

December 15, 2018

STAFFORD - The host Southern Regional wrestling team finished in first place this weekend in the Robin Leff Invitational tournament.  Southern won the team title with 266.50 points. Camden Catholic finished in second place with 229 points.Delsea Regional came in third with 152.50 points. 

Southern had four individual tournament champions.

Robert Woodcock won at 138 ...

Southern Wrestlers Dominate Toms River East in 60-8 Victory on Friday Night

TOMS RIVER - The Southern Regional Wrestling team opened their season with a 60-8 victory over Toms River East on Friday night.  

This was a prep opener for Southern's Robin Leff Invitational Tournament that the Rams host each year in memory of Robin Leff, former long time ...

Southern Drops Season Opener 59-51 to Toms River South in Boys Hoops Action

STAFFORD - The Southern Rams Boys Hoops team lost their season opener to Toms River South at home on Friday nihgt. 

Jalen Folsom led the Indians with 20 points. Southern was led by Johnny Tilton with 11 points, Vinnie Deck and Cole Markley with 10 points each.

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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 ...

Senior Volunteer Fair in Stafford Township on January 16

December 14, 2018

STAFFORD - The Stafford Township Recreation Department is hosting a Senior Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, January 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bay Avenue Community Center located at 775 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin

Looking to give back or get more involved in our community?

Are you looking to get out and about, learn new skills, make new friends, build your self-confidence, reduce stress ...

Local Family Makes Huge Donation to Stafford Toy Drive

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Christmas Eve Worship Service Schedule

December 17, 2018

STAFFORD and LONG BEACH ISLAND -  The following Southern Ocean County churches are holding special services for the celebration of Christmas on Christmas Eve.  

Enjoy a beautiful song from Chris Tomlin first and see the list of services.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jroBAl3WW8
 

Below is the list of services in the area on Christmas Eve:

3:00 PM Bayside ...

All Saints Regional Catholic School Nativity Event December 21-23

STAFFORD - Come see 100 handcrafted, one-of-kind, exquisitely detailed nativity sets from around the world, have milk and cookies with Santa, make Christmas crafts and listen to carolers at All Saints Regional Catholic School.

The cost is $8 per person, children under 12 are free, and refreshments are included. The event will benefit ASRCS PTA.

For more information call (609) 597-3800 or ...

The Presence of Christmas

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 ...

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NJ Shops Take Doughnuts to the Next Level

December 15, 2018

STAFFORD and LONG BEACH ISLAND - We found some of the best places to get doughnuts in New Jersey.

While one of the most recognizable global brands, Dunkin’, is dropping the “Donuts” from its  name, smaller doughnut shops in New Jersey are seeing rise in demand for the tasty treats.

Jessica Dreyer, a fourth generation farmer at Dreyer Farms in Cranford, NJ, ...

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 ...

Caregivers' Stories Sought for Theatrical Performance

December 17, 2018

Morristown, NJ – For the fourth consecutive year, New Jersey Theatre Alliance (“the Alliance”) is inviting professional and family caregivers to submit their personal stories for a theatrical production as part of the Healing Voices OnStage: Caregivers Stories program.

“We have found that this program is a wonderful healing opportunity for individuals to freely express ...

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 ...