The Atlantic City Ballet is returning to the Stafford Township Arts Center on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 and 7 p.m. Hey, it is the holiday season, so the company must be performing “The Nutcracker,” right? Wrong.
Artisans’ Festivus Market: Twelve makers making handmade, local, cool stuff for sale: find artisans Martina Donahower, Robyn Firth, Victoria Ford, Leslee Ganss, Merianne Paul Haug, Nancy Jelinski, Annie Machotka, Cricket McGehee, Steve Miller, Chuck Paul, Karen Ryerson and Dana Zeck at The Tree of Life Pilates, 1064 Main St. (Route 9), also known as The Commons at Royce Run, in West Creek on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food is provided by Nettie’s Cookin’ Now. Free admission.
We’re in the middle of National Influenza Vaccination Week, which runs from Dec. 4 to Dec. 12, a good time for the Ocean County Health Department to remind people it still isn’t too late to get a shot to prepare for the 2016-2017 season flu season.
The Kiwanis of LBI recently concluded its “Happy Feet” project with more than 3,500 pairs of socks donated to help children in need, homeless veterans and victims of domestic abuse.
Hours before any of the bands lined up, long before the floats started rolling down Long Beach Boulevard, and well ahead of traffic being stopped and people started lining the street to see Santa at the annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade on Dec. 3, most of Southern News Network’s work to broadcast the event had been done.
The cold and wind sure felt like December, but that did not deter people from lining up all along Long Beach Boulevard in Ship Bottom to view Saturday’s Christmas Parade, a tradition in the borough for 37 years. Its theme was “A Shell Of a Christmas.”
If you can say “New Jersey Back Bays Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study,” you’ve said a mouthful, and if you realize that it’s meant to cover 3,400 miles of shoreline from Monmouth to Cape May counties including Ocean, Burlington and Atlantic, you wonder, how can scientists and engineers do it? Well, thanks to satellite engineering, they already have the maps, and thanks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Stevens Institute, they have the worst-case-scenario flooding lines superimposed on those maps. Now the Philadelphia District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the help of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and a host of universities (Stevens, Stockton and Rutgers among them) is prepared to assess the best strategies for protecting the coastal residents who live along the back bays.
Leonard T. Connors Jr., the longest running mayor in the state, serving Surf City for nearly 50 years, has passed away. He died surrounded by family Sunday evening, Dec. 4. He was 87 years old.
Urgent Care Now is proud to announce its recent re-accreditation with the Joint Commission Ambulatory Care Program as an urgent care center. The Manahawkin facility is located at 712 East Bay Ave., and northern locations are in Lanoka Harbor and Toms River.
The Pines at Whiting recently featured resident Jane Preiser, former Barnegat Light business owner, in a profile for its full-service senior living community.
Santa, who looks a lot like commercial fisherman Pete Dolan, leaned his ear toward kids’ wishes for three hours at Viking Village Christmas the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
The Sandbox Café’s Surf City restaurant opened its doors to the community on Thanksgiving Day, providing free, full turkey dinners to approximately 50 people in need of a meal. Restaurant owner Dana DiSalvio had been “dying” to host the event for many years and was finally able to do so after opening the café’s indoor location this year.
A forum on Friday, Dec. 9, discussing shellfish resources in Barnegat Bay is open to concerned citizens as well as scientists, government officials, commercial farmers and students. The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) in Manahawkin, 195 Cedar Bridge Rd., behind Southern Regional High School.
The Ocean County Library will observe the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor during a special remembrance program Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. at the main branch, 101 Washington St. in Toms River.
Contractor Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. completed beach restoration operations in Holgate last Wednesday, Nov. 23, marking the conclusion of initial construction of Long Beach Island’s dune and berm system. The Island now returns to a periodic nourishment cycle.
People going to beaches in Ship Bottom next summer will not have to put up with cigarette smoke as the borough council last week adopted an ordinance banning smoking on all areas of the beach between May 1 and Oct. 31.
The Long Beach Island Board of Education declined to take a vote on Ship Bottom’s $4 million bid for the LBI Grade School property despite a request from borough Mayor William Huelsenbeck at its meeting last week.
In recognition of America Recycles Day, Ocean County’s Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Solid Waste Management sponsored a series of brief presentations to give residents the most up to date information on what can be recycled and how. The discussions were led by Mary Jerkowicz, Solid Waste Management senior program monitor, at the Ocean County Connection in Toms River last week.
As work continues on the Route 72 Causeway’s East and West Thorofare bridges, state Department of Transportation officials are preparing for the next phase of the project: rehabilitating the original Causeway Bridge along with Hilliards Thorofare, the westernmost trestle bridge. A $63 million contract has been awarded to George Harms Construction Co. of Howell for the rehabilitation work.
A smaller craft at the Barnegat Light Yacht Basin sank and burned early Monday morning. New Jersey State Marine Police were still investigating the cause the next day, but said “it doesn’t appear to be suspicious.”