The Official Site of South Toms River

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.

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2015 Document Shredding Program

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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.

Council & Land Use Board Meeting rescheduled for Friday

Due to the weather, tonight’s meetings of the Council (7pm) and the Land Use Board (6pm) are rescheduled for this coming Friday, January 30th.

The Land Use Board will be scheduled to meet at 6:30pm at Borough Hall, and the Mayor and Council Meeting will start at 7pm. Both meetings are at Borough Hall.

Section 1&3 trash collection moved to Friday

Please be advised that due to the impending snowstorm, the Borough is anticipating that Section 1 & 3 trash collection pick up will be moved to this Friday, January 30.

Wednesday and Thursday pick up schedules will continue as normal.

Snow approaching, please remove vehicles from the street.

The National Weather Service late this afternoon upgraded its earlier blizzard watch to a blizzard warning for much of Ocean County.

The NWS is now calling for 18 to 28 inches of snow, with high winds and occasional whiteout conditions. Expect light snow first around daybreak on Monday. But the storm will intensify quickly into a Nor’easter late on Monday.

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. Thank you and be safe.

JCP&L weather message

This is an important message from your electric company, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L). The company is monitoring developing weather conditions for the forecast heavy snow that is expected across the JCP&L service area.

JCP&L has activated its storm restoration plan and has additional line and forestry crews on stand-by to respond should outages occur.

Customers who are without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the “Report Outage” link on Customers should immediately report downed wires to their utility or their local police department. Customers should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris.

For updated information on the company’s current outages, FirstEnergy’s storm restoration process and tips for staying safe, visit the 24/7 Power Center at

Snow Storm Alert

Starting late afternoon Monday till Tuesday .

Our area is scheduled to receive 2 to 3 ” per hour with a possible total of 8-12″. Will post as updates come in.”

Vaccination Clinic is on!

Thanks to our public works who have done an excellent job with the snow , the vaccination clinic is on today! From 1 to 3 PM at the public works yard located at 1 Drew Ln.

Santa’s Coming to town !

Residents of Manitou Park & South Toms River, Santa will be making his annual visit to the streets of town atop the Manitou Park Fire Company engine on December 20th. We will be starting in the Manitou Park neighborhood at 10am.

Fore more information, please follow Manitou Park Volunteer Fire Company, Station 18 on facebook.

Sign-up for Community Notifications and Smartphone App

As the Winter season approaches, be sure to sign up for Community Notifications through Additionally, the Borough has launched a smartphone application for Borough news and resources. With your smartphone, open your app store and search “South Toms River”.

Be connected, be informed, and help us, help YOU !

Happy Thanksgiving

Greetings families,

I pray this short message arrives to you in the best of health and spirit.

Thanksgiving day has differing meaning to so many historically and traditionally. Two common inescapable meanings this day has had in the US is that of charity and family.

On that day, some share a meal and their precious time with their loved ones while expressing their gratitude to each other. Some go out of the comfort of their home to reach out to a neighbor or a long lost friend, an estranged family member or just a complete stranger to give them a warm helping hand. Some just decide to be thankful to their God to see another thanksgiving with health in this beautiful universe.

What ever your reason to celebrate this day, on behalf of my family and the governing body, we wish you a happy thanksgiving day in South Toms River and beyond.

Sincerely yours,

Joseph Makhandal Champagne

Mayor of South Toms River

Energy-saving tips from JCP&L

Before you know it, Jack Frost will be nipping at your nose, but he doesn’t have to be nipping at your wallet, too.  Taking steps now can help prevent high energy usage in the coming months.  

üMake certain that your home is properly insulated.  Adding  insulation to your attic is one of the most effective ways to conserve heat.  

üSet your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees.  For every  degree lower, you can save about three percent on your heating costs.  

üChange or clean your furnace filter once a month.  This allows  your furnace to run more efficiently.  

üCaulk and weather-strip doors and windows to keep heat  from escaping.  

Knowing what to do makes saving energy and money easy, and small changes can add up to big savings.  For more ways to save, visit  



Date: MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Borough Hall. 144 Mill Street. South Toms River


2014 FALL Heartbeat Newsletter now available!

Please following the following link to read the online version of the 2014 Fall Heartbeat.

This has valuable news for the entire community. Enjoy Reading!!

Thank you Veterans

The Borough recognizes all active members of our Armed Forces, those who served, and those yet to serve. We remember and thank you for all that you do for our families. Happy Veterans Day.

Please attend a Veterans Ceremony today with the Submarine Veterans, 11am at Mathis Veterans Memorial Park.

Vitalboards Save Lives – Pick yours up today!

South Toms River First Aid Squad 37 has an extremely valuable, and free, giveaway called Vitalboards. This is placed on your refrigerator (with a decal placed on your front door), and lists your medical information for EMT/Fire/Police in emergencies.

Vitalboards are available at Borough Hall and the First Aid Squad (401 Dover Rd., South Toms River, NJ 08757)

Please visit for more information.
First Aid Squad at 732-341-3339

Fall Festival this Saturday!

Come and join the South Toms River Special Events Committee and Recreation Commission for a Fall Festival this Saturday.

From Noon to 4pm, enjoy crafts and vendors, a pumpkin patch, food and music!  This is a family festival and we hope to see you there!

Event: Fall Festival
Location: Recreation Center
Address: 1 Drake Lane
Time: Noon to 4pm

Become a Master Gardener Volunteer

You are invited!
“Fall into Winter” Program
Thursday, October 30, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
at Rutgers Cooperative Extension Auditorium, 1623 Whitesville Road, Toms River NJ 08755
Join your county Master Gardeners for a morning of gardening information. You will enjoy lectures, demonstrations, door prizes, free gifts and light refreshments.

For more information: call 732-349-1245 or 732-349-1246
Mail to:

Become a Master Gardener Volunteer
Come to an Informational Open House on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30

Find out what being a Master Gardener volunteer is all about.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension Auditorium,1623 Whitesville Road, Toms River, New Jersey

Call 732-349-1246 to reserve your place at our Open House.

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