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South Toms River Sewerage Authority relocating to 19 Double Trouble

In an effort to streamline services, and provide for a one-stop-shop, please be advised that starting on April 19th, the South Toms River Sewerage Authority will be open and operational at the new Municipal Complex, located at 19 Double Trouble Rd.

Electronic Recycling Drop-off

The Borough now accepts electronics for recycling. STR residents may drop off the following electronics at the Public Works facility located at 1 Drew Lane, Monday through Friday from 8am to 2pm:

Computer monitors
Central processing units
Cell phones
Laser and ink cartridges

Rabies Vaccination Clinic (at new location)

The South Toms River Rabies Vaccination Clinic is still on for Saturday February 6, 2016 from 1pm-3pm.

Please be advised that the location will now be held at the South Toms River Recreation Building, located at 1 Drake Lane.

At the location, residents of South Toms River can license their pets and receive rabies vaccination shots for their pets. Although cash will be accepted to license, it will be easier to accept Checks.

Please make checks payable to the Borough of South Toms River:
$13.20 if spayed/neutered Dog
$16.20 if not spayed/neutered Dog
$10 for Cat license

Please send separate check for dogs and separate check for cats. Thank you

Municipal Court update


Due to the recent storm, the Municipal Court has added an additional court date of February 19th, 2016. Please contact the Municipal Court for further details at (732) 349-1141. Or (732) 349-0403 and follow the prompt.

Borough Offices Open – Court Still Closed

Except for the cancellation of today’s Municipal Court Session, the Borough’s offices are open.

Tonight’s 7pm Council meeting is cancelled.

Municipal Court Closed 1.25.16

Due to the recent storm, the Municipal Court will be closed on Monday, January 25, 2016.

WINTER STORM NOTICE: Office of Emergency Mgt

Information Bulletin for South Toms River
From South Toms River Office of Emergency Management

Our Public Works are well prepared and will make sure our roads are clear. In order for them to do their best, WE ASK THAT ALL VEHICLES BE REMOVED FROM THE STREET before the snowfall.

Additionally, please be advised that in order to have safe passage throughout our town, including students walking to school, Borough Code 13-3.1 states that all residents must clear their sidewalks within 12 hours of daylight. Thank you and be safe.

Information from NOAA’s National Weather Service

A major east coast storm will affect the area this weekend. Important aspects of this storm are as follows:
12 to 14 inches of snow is expected…with lesser amounts near South Toms River . A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect for the entire region for Friday nightinto Sunday for heavy snow. Widespread moderate to major coastal and back bay flooding is expected along RT 166 and flint Rd and SMain St this weekend. A strong onshore flow will persist through three tide cycles. A Coastal Flood Watch is in effect for these areas for late Friday night through Sunday morning. Widespread minor flooding is expected in the low areas of South Toms River. Strong northeast winds gusting between 50 and 60 mph are possible from Friday night into early Sunday morning. Northeast wind gusts in the 25 to 35 mph range are expected further inland.

Hazards and Impacts:
Power outages possible due to heavy snow and/or wind. Widespread coastal flooding with property damage and road closures are expectedespecially Rt 166 Flint Road and South Main Street a the times of high tide on Saturday and Sunday morning. Heavy and wet snow may be difficult to plow and shovel,especially for those with physical ailments. Snowfall totals are expected to cut off sharply closer to the coast given thatsnow is expected to change to rain in those areas. Most likely Snowfall accumulations NOAA’s National Weather Service provides a reasonable estimate of possible Snow Fall.Maximum Snow Forecast for the area is 12 to 14 inches Minimum Snow Forecast for the area is 2 to 4 inches.

Tax Sale occurring December 3, 2015.

Tax Sale occurring December 3, 2015.

Please follow this link for the Tax Sale occurring December 3, 2015.

Busing for Food Trucks on the Waterfront this Saturday



AUGUST 8, 11am-5pm


South Toms River Elementary School

419 Dover Road
South Toms River, NJ 08757

Check out the facebook event page!

This Saturday, South Toms River First Aid Squad and Manitou Park Volunteer Fire Company will have its first Food Trucks On The Waterfront festival from 11am-5pm at Mathis Veterans Memorial Park.

Busing will be provided for pick-up and drop-off at the South Toms River Elementary School, located at 419 Dover Road. We encourage all to take advantage of the busing to reduce traffic congestion.

We look forward to seeing you at Food Trucks on the Waterfront !


Interested in seeing this year’s summer camp schedule? Find out here!2015 summer camp schedule

Mayor of South Toms River, Oscar Cradle, honors those who served on this Memorial Day.


Mayor of South Toms River honors those who served on this Memorial Day.
“It is with reverence that our community is able to celebrate this weekend. The Borough of South Toms River, County of Ocean, State of New Jersey, and Country of the United States’ honors those who fought for our freedom. 
We also recognize the Submarine Veterans, who we honor at Mathis every Memorial Day. Please attend the Memorial Day Submarine Veterans ceremony this Monday just following the completion of the Toms River Memorial Day Parade. In recognition of the Submarine Veterans, thank you for diving , thank you for surfacing, and especially to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. God Bless America.” Mayor Oscar Cradle

Tomorrow last day to register for Borough-wide Yard Sale

To all South Toms River residents,

Tomorrow is the last day to register for the Borough-wide Yard Sale. The yard sale is this weekend (May 16th & 17th), and registration will close tomorrow (May 12) at 3pm. This registration will ensure your address is placed on the Yard Sale map.

To register, contact Laura Ferris at 908.783.8330
Date: May 16th & 17th
Time: 9am-3pm
Cost $15

Flags at half-staff

Our Borough flag is at half-staff today to honor Manchester Officer Thompson. Officer Thompson joined the South Toms River force in 1988 and served there until 1994. Thank you for your dedicated service, Officer Thompson, and rest in peace.

Summer Camp registration

2015 summer camp

The 2015 Summer Camp & Teen Summer Program will have registration at the Recreation Center (1 Drake Lane) on Saturday April 18 10am-11am and Saturday May 2, from 10am-11am.

$75 for 1st camper and $35 for each additional camper in household. Trip fees are extra.

Open to residents of South Toms River and Manitou Park. Camp ages 5-12 and Teen Program 13-17 years old.

For more information, call William Gleason 732.505.3243 or Sandy Ross 908.783.0291

Bulk Pickup Letter From Mayor Cradle

Dear South Toms River Residents,

By now most of you should have received your recycling calendar for April and May. The recycling and trash pickup remains the same for all districts. There has been a change in the bulk pickup schedule and procedure. You will notice the back page of the calendar gives directions for the NEW bulk pickup schedule.

We realize the new procedure adds an additional step for the residents but we believe this will reduce the opportunity for those who abuse the bulk pick up service we offer and will make the process better for everyone.

The two main changes are: 1) We will have one bulk pickup per month, picking up all districts on the same day and 2) We are asking residents to contact the Borough Hall to schedule your pickups. By making these changes we are attempting to make the collection of our bulk more efficient, thus keeping our streets clean and using our tax dollars more efficiently.

The reason there are only two (2) months on the calendar is that we want to see how this new procedure works for the residents of our town. We will look at this schedule for April and May and see how it works.  We would appreciate any feedback, positive or negative, regarding these changes.

In order to answer any questions residents may have regarding these changes or anything else they would like to get answers to I will be available at the Borough Hall every Tuesday evening for the next couple of months between 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Although I am not at the Borough Hall all day, If you need to talk during daytime hours call the Borough Hall and they will contact me.

Thank You,

Oscar Cradle

April & May Calendar

Please be advised that the April & May Community Calendar is now available. Feel free to download it here, or pick-up a copy at Borough Hall.

Upcoming Bulk Trash Pick-up Dates

Bulk Pick-up will be collected TOWN-WIDE on every 3rd Thursday of the month. The dates are as follows:

  • April 16
  • May 21
  • June 18
  • August 20
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19
  • December 17

Please call Borough Hall at-least 1 week prior to place your name on our list. (732) 349-0403.

For more information on what is considered “bulk” please follow this link.


Beginning Monday morning, March 23, 2015, United Water Toms River will begin to flush hydrants throughout its service territory in Toms River, South Toms River, and the Holiday City and Silver Ridge Park sections of Berkeley Township. The flushing program is expected to last approximately nine (9) weeks, concluding on or about Friday, May 22, 2015.

Crews will work Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8 AM and 8 PM and Friday’s from 8:30 AM to 12 Noon. Flushing will not be scheduled during weekends or on Friday, April 3, in observance of Good Friday.

“United Water follows an essential flushing program twice a year, in the spring and fall, in order to remove sediments from mainline pipes to enhance water quality and also verify the ample flow of water for firefighting,” said Jim Mastrokalos, Director of Operations. “During flushing operations, customers may experience temporary incidences of low water pressure or volume and slight discoloration or cloudiness, which is not harmful. It is best to shut the water off, then check clarity by running cold water for a few minutes, allowing new water to work its way into the pipes,” he added.

If residential and business customers observe United Water crews working on streets where their homes and offices are located, the Company advises not to use tap water, washing machines or dishwashers until the brief flushing activity is completed. Customers may wish to fill up clean bottles or containers with tap water ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator to use for drinking or cooking during their own specific street flushing segment. Customers are also asked to be attentive while walking or driving near United Water flushing trucks and crew members to ensure safety.

For daily information on specific areas and streets being flushed, please visit:, and

Customers with questions or concerns may call United Water’s customer service center toll free:


About United Water

United Water Toms River provides water services to more than 50,000 customers in Toms River, South Toms River, and Berkeley Townships. Its parent company, United Water, is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to approximately 5.5 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 16 water and wastewater utilities, United Water operates 90 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements.

Founded in 1869, United Water is a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.

Press Contact
Jane Kunka 732-557-7775

Governor Chris Christie Orders Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Honor of United States Marine Captain Stanford H. Shaw III

It is an honor to reflect on such a brave American, and proud to say this request came from our Borough’s municipal office. We thank those who assisted in this Executive Order.

Governor Chris Christie Orders Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Honor of United States Marine Captain Stanford H. Shaw III

Executive Order No. 176 – Ordering all State buildings to fly flags at half-staff on Monday, March 23, 2015, in recognition and mourning of a brave and loyal American hero, United States Marine Captain Stanford H. Shaw III. Captain Shaw, a native of Basking Ridge. Captain Shaw graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2006 and accepted a commission as a Marine officer. Captain Shaw was a dedicated and decorated Marine and the recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment ribbon with two stars. Captain Shaw was currently assigned to United States Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Captain Shaw tragically lost his life during a training exercise off the coast of Florida.

“Captain Shaw’s patriotism and dedicated service to his country and his fellow Marines makes it appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to remember him, to mark his passing, and to honor his memory,” said Governor Christie.

A copy of the Executive Order is attached.

New Bulk Pick-up guidelines start next month!  Residents may  request a pick-up through the South Toms River smartphone application (http://SouthTomsRiver.mobapp.ator call Borough Hall at 732.349.0403 (Municipal Clerk’s Office). Requests must be at-least a week before the scheduled date.  Bulk Pick-up will be on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Therefore, Thursday April 16th is the next scheduled Bulk pick-up. Each household will have 3 Bulk pick-ups per year.

bulk guidlines

2015 Document Shredding Program

shredding program 2015

Special Events Meeting

Special Events Meeting

Over the next two weeks there will be two (2) Special Events Meetings for the Borough of South Toms River: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM and Tuesday March 17, 2015 at 7:00PM.

The first meeting will be a one (1) hour introductory meeting. The second meeting will be a planning meeting. The meetings will be held at the Borough Hall at 144 Mill Street. These meetings are open to the public and ALL the residents of South Toms River who are interested in helping to plan what special events are offered here in our town are encouraged to come out and let your voice be heard. I look forward to seeing you there.

Rev. Oscar L. Cradle, Sr., Mayor

Snow approaching. Please remove vehicles from the road & clear sidewalks after snowfall for safe travel.

Snow approaching. Please remove vehicles from the road & clear sidewalks after snowfall for safe travel.

The National Weather Service anticipates our area to receive snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches, with a Winter Storm Warning in effect from 11pm this evening to 7pm est on Thursday.

Our Public Works are well prepared and will make sure our roads are clear. In order for them to do their best, we ask for all vehicles be removed from the street before the snowfall.

Additionally, please be advised that in order to have safe passage throughout our town, including students walking to school, Borough Code 13-3.1 states that all residents must clear their sidewalks within 12 hours of daylight. Thank you and be safe.

We still anticipate garbage collection for Section 2

Need a Permit or Certificate of Occupancy?

Need a Permit or Certificate of Occupancy?

To better facilitate the permit or c/o process, please visit this page for forms and scheduling!

Construction-Zoning-Code Enforcement.

Job Openings – Crossing Guard

Job Openings.


The Borough of South Toms River is accepting applications for the following positions:

Job title: Crossing Guard

Closing date: until position filled

A Crossing Guard is required in the Borough of South Toms River.

The Borough of South Toms River has an immediate opening for a P/T Crossing Guard

Application Process: Apply at the South Toms River Police Department at 144 Mill Street, South Toms River, NJ 08757. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  Assembles children and other pedestrians behind curb lines awaiting traffic lulls or signal changes.  Stops traffic and escorts pedestrians into the street allowing them to cross safely.  Instructs children in proper procedures for safe street crossing.  Reports students who do not adhere to safe street crossing procedures to appropriate school officials.  Performs other duties of a similar nature or level. Required Skills/Education/Experience  A minimum of 18 years of age; High School Diploma or GED; Valid New Jersey Driver’s License; Ability to communicate with children and adults effectively. Physical Requirements and Working Conditions: Must possess stamina to stand for long periods of time; mobility to escort pedestrians across streets; ability to work out of doors in all weather conditions and with exposure to traffic; vision to read printed materials and license plates; and hearing and speech to communicate in person. This is a part-time position. Application Process: Apply at the Police Department.  144 Mill Street, South Toms River, NJ 08757. 

$500 College Scholarship

The South Toms River Area Optimist Club is offering a chance to win a $500 college scholarship.

Applicant must be a college-bound senior student and either attend Toms River South High School or  reside in Manitou Park in Berkeley Township.

The scholarship will be awarded based in part on the applicant’s academic performance and also on judging of an essay submitted by the applicant.

For more information and application form Visit: STROPTIMIST.ORG, email:, or call: 908-783-0291

Please Vote Now & Share!

We are extremely pleased to announce that our Borough Clerk/Administrator is 1 of 14 Government Officials IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY that is being considered for a Golden Post Award, in the award category of TOP GOVERNMENT SOCIAL MEDIA LEADER (NON-ELECTED).
It would really mean a lot if everyone can please take 30 seconds to vote and ask others to vote as well!

Please follow this direct link to vote  and click on the “Thumbs Up” icon next to his picture.(Joseph Kostecki-South Toms River Borough)

Voting Link:

Section 1 & 3 Garbage Pick-up THIS FRIDAY

Due to the recent snowfall, Section 1 & 3 will have a Garbage pick-up this Friday, February 20.

Please find the normal pick-up schedule at this link.

If you need to find your District, they are organized as follows:


Ardmore Ave, Belmont Dr, Center Street, Charles Ave, Deauville Ave, Dover Rd (east of GSP), Edgemont Terrace, Flint Rd, Green Ridge Dr, Lakeview Dr, Magnolia Ave, Mil St, So. Main St, Red Maple Ct, Sudsbury Rd, Wiley Way, Worth St


Adelphi Rd, Albright Ave, Alfred Rd, Amherst Rd, Annapolis Ct, Annapolis Rd, Baylor St, Brandies Court, Citadel Ave, Citadel Ct, Colby St, Colgate Dr, Cornell Rd, Double Trouble Rd, Dover Rd (west of GSP), Fairway Dr,


Applegate AVe, Attison Ave, Chamberlain St, Dartmouth Dr, Dittmar Dr, DArake Lane, Drew Lane, Duke Drive, Easy St, Elm St, Hummel Dr, Long Dr,  Troll Ct

Flags at Half-staff today

Gov. Chris Christie has ordered all state buildings to fly at half-staff on Friday to honor Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Detective John Scott Stevens, according to an executive order issued by his office

Boro Hall Closed

Municipal Offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 27. Offices plan to resume normal operating hours on Wednesday.

Section 1 & 3 Trash Collection will be picked up on Friday, and all other scheduled pickups will continue as normal.

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