The Official Site of South Toms River

Halloween and Trick or Treat Information

Please be advised that the Borough of South Toms River will have Trick or Treat on October 31. The Toms River Halloween Parade will be on October 25, 2014, and will start at 7pm. Participants must be in place by 6pm!
Rain Date Oct 27 7pm

Information can also be found here: http://www.occis.com/events/halloweenparade/

Also, please be advised of the curfew as follows.

  1. No one under the age of 18, unless accompanied by an adult, will be permitted on the streets after the hour of 8:00 p.m. on October 30, 2014.
  2. No one under the age of 18, unless accompanied by an adult, will be permitted on the streets after the hour of 8:00 p.m. on October 31, 2014.  (Trick or Treat) Hours 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  3. No on under the age of 18, unless accompanied by an adult, will be permitted on the streets after the hour of 10:00 p.m. on October 25, 2014.  (Parade)

_____________________________

Joseph M. Champagne, Jr., Mayor

Borough of South Toms River

New South Toms River Smartphone Application !

The Borough of South Toms River is proud to announce that community information is now available in the palm of your hand!

The Borough of South Toms River officially launched its smartphone application to provide residents with direct access to resources and information. Such readily available information will include a tab titled, “Report It,” which allows residents to report non-emergency issues such as potholes, missing street signs, and Code Enforcement issues. Other resources are news feeds, live calendars for meetings, one-touch calling to Borough Hall and Animal Control, request Certificate of Occupancies, signing up for Community Notifications through Nixle, and other helpful community weblinks. In the near future, the application will have links for a prospective Buy-Local campaign designed to increase traffic and support South Toms River businesses while reducing property taxes. The smartphone app is available for android/Google Play phones, and will be available within 2 weeks for IPhones. Just go to the GooglePlay store and search for “South Toms River.”

Community Heroes event Tomorrow

On Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 9:00pm, the Borough of South Toms River will host a ceremony honoring those who went above and beyond to assist our community. This event, honoring “Community Heroes,” will take place at South Toms River Elementary School, located at 419 Dover Rd. Toms River, and will honor individuals as well our First Responder organizations such as the First Aid, Police Department and Manitou Park Fire Department. Light food and refreshments will be served

South Toms River Maze of Terror Fundraiser

When: Saturday, Oct. 18th from 6 to 8 pm
Where: South Toms River Recreation Center, 1 Drake Lane, South Toms River
This attraction, which in its previous three years was a small-but-growing component of the annual Halloween party here, has become full-sized and is turning the South Toms River Recreation Center into a walk-through of horrors featuring loud music, strobes, quick movements and periods of darkness which parents of young children or those with sensory issues should heed prior to attending. Admission is $5 per person with all funds going to the South Toms River Recreation Commission for family-friendly events and programs. Volunteers are wanted to aid in the construction and operation of the maze, and those interested can call Andy Howard at (732) 818-3330.

FALL GARDEN DAY OCTOBER 30, 2014 – 9:30 AM to 12:30 pm

FALL GARDEN DAY
OCTOBER 30, 2014 – 9:30 AM to 12:30 pm
Are you thinking about sprucing up your home’s curb appeal? Would you like to have a better garden next year? Is something “bugging” your plants?

Join your county Master Gardeners for a free morning of gardening information. You will enjoy lectures, demonstrations, door prizes, free gifts and light refreshments.

Location of “Fall Into Winter” Program:
Rutgers Cooperative Extension Auditorium
1623 Whitesville Road
Toms River NJ 08755

For info: call 732-349-1245 or 732-349-1246     Mail to:  DFuentes@co.ocean.nj.us

Click here for a flyer on Fall Garden Day.

SAVE THE DATE!  Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 1:00

Have you thought about becoming a Master Gardener? Plan to attend our open house and find out what it is all about. Call 732- 349-1246 to reserve a place.

PRESS RELEASE SOUTH TOMS RIVER RECOGNIZED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EFFORTS

 

PRESS RELEASE:  

September 11, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Joseph Kostecki

South Toms River Municipal Clerk’s Office

732.349.0403

SOUTH TOMS RIVER RECOGNIZED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EFFORTS

With official notice from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection on September 10, 2014, the Borough of South Toms River is honored to be nominated for the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award (GEEA).

The Borough provided expansive efforts to clean-up it’s waterfront area, in addition to other economic, environmental, and recreational projects for an all-encompassing sustainable environment throughout the Borough. The Borough was nominated by Save Barnegat Bay, the local, leading advocacy policy organization for the Barnegat Bay and Monmouth and Ocean County.

xxxx

BACKGROUND

The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards are the State’s premier environmental awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects in the state.

These awards honor and recognize individuals, businesses, educators, institutions, communities, youth and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey. Approximately 135 entities have been recognized since the awards program was established in 2000.

Winners of the New Jersey Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards will be honored in December at an awards ceremony and reception hosted by the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

The awards program is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities

The Borough of South Toms River now has a new way to pay your taxes!

The Borough of South Toms River now has a new way to pay your taxes!

The Borough now allows for tax payments to be automatically debited from your checking or savings account. Simply fill out the Direct Account debit authorization for automatic quarterly tax payments here.

Debit your account automatically on the 5th or next business day; the month taxes are due. Never forget to pay your taxes or get charged delinquent interest again. This service also provides for E-Mail notification several days prior to transaction posting.

Just fill out the form, attach a voided check (or for a savings account a letter from your bank with the AVA number and account number) and sent it to the Tax Office at 144 Mill St, South Toms River, NJ 08757. Forms are available online on the Tax Collector page at http://www.boroughofsouthtomsriver.com, and at the Tax Office.

Recycling Starts Today

Today, South Toms River takes the next step in sustainability. Districts 1 and 3 are to start using the Recycling Robo Cans today.  District 2 will start next Wednesday, August 13. Please feel free to contact Borough Hall with any questions. The telephone number is 732.349.0403.

Learn Master Gardening Tips through Rutgers University

Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), Cooperative Extension, a unit of the experiment station, serves homeowners through factsheets, master gardener hotlines, workshops, and services that test soil and diagnose plant disease. Visit their site here for more information

Back-To-School Backpack giveaway

Announcing the 8th sponsored by the South Toms River Recreation Commission, the South Toms River Area Optimist Club, & the South Toms River Municipal Alliance. On Saturday August 16th Center at #1 Drake Lane we will be giving away backpacks filled with schools supplies, refreshments, and will have many of our local civic organizations and first responders in attendance to meet the kids and the residents. Backpacks are available to residents of South Toms River and Manitou Park only. Come on out and meet your neighbors and bring a friend.

Admission is free and we look forward to seeing all of our friends and fellow residents there.

3rd Quarter Taxes Extended to August 18th

Please be advised that the Grace Period for the payment of the third quarter 2014 real estate property taxes that were due August 1, 2014 are extended to August 18, 2014. Interest shall be charged back to August 1, 2014 or all payments made after the grace period date of August 18, 2014. Questions regarding taxes can be directed to the Tax Department at (732) 349-0403.

TAX INCENTIVES FOR BUSINESSES ALONG ROUTE 166

TAX INCENTIVES FOR BUSINESSES ALONG ROUTE 166

The Municipal Council recently designated Tax Blocks 3, 4, 5 and 6 as an “area in need of rehabilitation”, which designation allows the Municipal Council to, among other things, grant tax exemptions pursuant to the Five Year Exemption and Abatement Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:21-1 et seq., upon the adoption of an ordinance setting forth the eligibility requirements for various property structures.

The Borough will be reaching out to all businesses along Rt. 166 in the near future to discuss these tax incentives. This is an effort to provide Smart Growth, with economic and environmental incentives.

Business Tools & Assistance

Recycling Cans Start Aug 8th

Recycling Cans have now been distributed to Sections 1 and 3, and Public Works is now in the process of distributing them in Section 2. To ensure proper care of the cans, please refer to the Recycling information that is being handed out along with the cans. Also, please do not start using the Recycling Containers until AUGUST 6TH. Starting August 6, please follow your normal recycling pickup schedule.

Please see the Public Works page for further information

New Recycling Containers !

 

The Borough of South Toms River is happy to provide you with a new recycling container for your recyclables. This first can comes at no cost to you; any additional cans will be at a charge of $70. Due to the amount of time it will take to distribute them throughout the Borough, containers will start to be distributed next week. However, residents are not to start using them until August 6th.

START USING YOUR RECYCLING CANS ON

AUGUST 6TH.

KNOW YOUR DISTRICT FOR TRASH, RECYCLING AND BULK PICKUP:

As a community, we all must be committed to protecting and improving the environment by recycling commonly used materials. The Borough recycles not only because it is sound policy, easy to do, and helps the environment, but also because it reduces disposal cost and demonstrates South Toms River’s commitment to sustainable practices. Please review the Borough Public Works webpage materials explaining how to take care of your recycling container, in addition to what is allowed to be placed into your recycling container and your respective pick-up schedule.. Your recycling will continue to be picked up on the normal recycling schedule.

Please contact Borough Hall if you have any questions at (732) 349-0403. We trust that this is a welcomed policy as we continue to improve our Borough policies and go green!

SUMMER ENERGY-SAVING TIPS

SUMMER ENERGY-SAVING TIPS

Courtesy of JCP&L

• Install a programmable thermostat, which automatically adjusts your

central air conditioner’s temperature settings, allowing you to save energy

while you’re away.

• Clean or replace central air conditioning filters as needed.

• Turn off your air conditioner when you leave for several hours. You will

use less energy to cool your home later.

• When using a room air conditioner, turn on an interior fan to circulate the

• Consider using an electric fan at night instead of an air conditioner. An

electric fan is less expensive to run – and to purchase.

• Move any furniture, draperies or other obstructions that may block the flow

of cool air from registers or room air conditioners.

• If you replace an appliance, consider getting an ENERGY STAR rated

• Clothes dryers, ovens and dishwashers produce a lot of heat. This can

make your air conditioner work harder, so use them in the early morning or

late evening, not in the afternoon.

• In the daytime, close window blinds and shades to block direct sunlight.

Heartbeat – Borough Newsletter

We, in South Toms River Borough, strongly believe that communication is the vital sign of a community. That is why we have called this newsletter The Heartbeat! The more we know of your needs and our available resources, the more we can do to improve our services and thus your quality of life. Therefore, the purpose of this newsletter is to increase communication with you by providing you information ranging from departmental contacts, to safety tips and municipal improvements. Our goal with this newsletter is to ensure that you are well informed of all the many ways we continue to improve our little town with a big heart. Read the latest edition here

Road Improvements on Applegate Ave

Greetings family,

I hope this message arrives to you in the best of health and spirit as we continue the much-needed improvements in our town.

As you may have noticed, several projects are ongoing in STR. The most recent and obvious one is the Applegate Ave road repair and improvement.

I appreciate the many compliments that we have received both via personal and public messaging. Notwithstanding the positive, we have received some criticism about the inconvenience these efforts may have caused.

At the outset, I must express my earnest regret for the inconvenience this road repair and improvement may have caused. We are fortunate that during the bulk of that project implementation virtually all of our children are in school expect when they are going to and fro.

Nevertheless, as Thomas has indicated, this repair on Applegate was just too long overdue. So, I strongly believe that the need to repair the deteriorating conditions of Applegate ave far outweighs the incidental inconvenience resulting.

Weather permitting, nonetheless, we expect this $220 thousand grant financed road repair and improvement to be completed by this Thursday the latest.

Please note that recently we have applied and received another DOT grant for $150 thousand for our next road repair project in STR. This time, it will be on Deauville and Charles Ave. in section 1.

We thank you STR for your patience and understanding as we are doing our best to improve this town one project at the time.

Be blessed! Have a good day!

Mayor Champagne

STR First Aid now distributing Vitalboards – Request yours now !

With great appreciation to Kedz Funeral Home, the South Toms River First Aid Squad are now using a life-saving initiative called Vitalboards.

The Vitalboards initiative, which will be Available to homeowners In the local area that reside within Toms River and South Toms River, is comprised of a write-on / wipe-off magnetic memo board that can be affixed to refrigerators. These useful boards will have a Monday through Sunday planner, shopping list, note area and important phone numbers section. A wet erase marker with mounting clip will accompany the board, which should be placed on the front of the refrigerator

What makes the Vitalboards initiative unique is that on the reverse side of each one, there is room for each resident to record critical health information. This vital information includes questions taken from surveyed EMS / Fire / Police and ER staff, and represents a portion of the required documentation needed in the event of a medical emergency. This ‘need to know’ information could help save a life if the resident is unable to speak or is otherwise incapacitated. Homeowners are instructed to fill out this information as accurately and legibly as possible. A small weatherproof sticker is also included, which should be affixed on or near the front door of each residence.

In the event of an emergency at a residence, first responders can identify the location of the Vitalboard on display (identified by a ‘V’ logo at the bottom of each one or located on your window), to retrieve the homeowner’s vital information. These boards can then be easily taken on the ambulance to the hospital, where ER staff can further access this critical information. Remember, time is of the essence when saving lives!

Through the sponsoring of the Vitalboards initiative by Kedz Funeral Home, a generous donation will be made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), a very worthy cause that assists those left behind by Firefighters who have died in the line of duty. For more information on how you can donate directly to the NFFF Squad please contact them at 301-447-1365 or visit: http://www.firehero.org.

Summer Boating Tips from the NJDEP

As we approach the summer boating and tourism season, the Department of Environmental Protection is asking boaters to help our environment by using caution in ecologically sensitive areas while having fun boating on Barnegat Bay, and also using similar restraint when boating in other important ecological areas throughout the state. 

An online interactive map for boaters is available, which can be accessed on mobile devices and computers, so that boaters can easily learn the locations of these 16 designated ecologically sensitive areas. Users also can find helpful services such as the locations of marinas, sewage pump-out facilities, bait-and-tackle shops, launches and ramps, restrooms, and places to dispose trash.

To view the map, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/barnegatbay/plan-watercraft-map.htmImage

Happy Memorial Day

Greetings family,

I pray this message arrives to you in the best of health and spirit as we honor the memory of our veterans today. This holy-day was traditionally observed on May 30 but is now officially observed on the last Monday in May. As such, it provides a nice three-day weekend off. As you know this long weekend is about more than barbecues, blockbusters and the beach. This is a day on which we honor the memory of those who died in active military service. History teaches us that this noble holiday started on May 30, 1868 by Union General John A. Logan who then declared the day an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. In 1888, the name was changed to Memorial Day. On May 11, 1950, Congress passed a resolution requesting that the President issue a proclamation calling on Americans to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace. The resolution also requested that the proclamation designates a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday honoring the men and women who died in all wars. So, to the beloved residents of STR, on this special occasion, please join us and our veterans today at Mathis Veterans Memorial Park (formerly know as Mathis Plaza) at 11:00 a.m. in prayer while honoring the memories of those claimed by wars who have now become ancestors. Thank you from the depth of my heart for your gratitude toward them. Sincerely yours, Mayor Joseph Champagne, Esq.

South Toms River Mayor and Council Present Full Cleanup and Vision for Waterfront Property: Emphasize Clean Shores and Ability to Deliver Beautification for Businesses and Residents Through Grants

 

PRESS RELEASE:  

May 19, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT: Joseph Kostecki

South Toms River Municipal Clerk’s Office

732.349.0403

SOUTH TOMS RIVER MAYOR AND COUNCIL

PRESENT FULL CLEANUP AND VISION FOR WATERFRONT PROPERTY:

EMPHASIZE CLEAN SHORES AND ABILITY TO DELIVER BEAUTIFICATION FOR BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS THROUGH GRANTS

 

(SOUTH TOMS RIVER, NJ) – Today, Mayor Joseph Champagne, alongside South Toms River Environmental Commission Chairman Greg Handshy, the Department of Environmental Protection and other Borough Officials and professionals announced a conceptual for the waterfront property along Mathis Veterans Memorial Park following the cleanup that involved an abandoned boat and an old Naval Tugboat.

 

“Today marks the completion of one chapter, and presents a very viable and vibrant vision for all businesses and residents in and surrounding the Borough of South Toms River,” stated Mayor Champagne.

 

The clean-up involved working hand-in-hand with the Department of Environmental Protection to ensure all necessary precautions were taken to ensure the integrity of the land and water. “Due to the previous use of the abandoned vehicle as a makeshift home, there were some unforeseen delays. However, thanks to all professionals involved, we ensured all remnants of the boat were contained and disposed of properly,” stated South Toms River Councilman Handshy, the Environmental Commission Chair. Clean-up crews expected a two-week time-frame, however was completed in a little over a week, with extended hours to expedite the process due to weather and further assurance of safety related thereto.

 

The Borough Administrator, Joseph Kostecki, maintained a continued presence on-site to oversee the projects completion, working with Special Counsel Robert L. Tarver, Jr. and the Department of Environmental Protection to expedite any and all environmental guidance requested. “The overall cost of project will increase due to the Borough taking extra precautions at the request of the NJDEP, to ensure the safety and full containment of any unforeseen remnants during the removal of the abandoned boats. However, at the end of the day, there is never too great of a cost to protect our waters, our Green Acres, and overall environment. The Borough took the necessary actions to ensure just stat,” stated Borough Administrator Joseph Kostecki.

 

As the removal process progressed, the Borough and professionals working with the Department of Environmental Protection dispersed additional Boom to surround the boat to ensure full containment. Subsequently, additional equipment was brought in to provide additional safety measures before the last pieces of the boat were removed. “The removal of the recent boats, totaling 115 in all, was part of a long-awaited process. Moving forward, the beautification process continues as the Borough of South Toms River has moved forward with a competitive grant process with a plan to reinvigorate the South Toms River Borough which will also positively support neighboring communities,” stated Mayor Joseph Champagne.

 

The cleanup and beautification plans will assist neighboring communities as well.  In attendance at the Press Conference, Beachwood Mayor, Ronald Roma, stated “We (Beachwood) are extremely happy South Toms River is stepping up to the plate with this beautification effort. These efforts and plan greatly assists with the plan of our community and we couldn’t be happier.”

The Borough’s beautification process presents developments on the following:

CDBG-DR Federal Disaster Recovery Funds – NJEDA Neighborhood and Community Revitalization (NCR) Program Streetscape Revitalization Program

The Borough’s Route 166 Streetscape Improvements project is one of eleven projects that has been selected to advance to the next phase of the approval process for this program. With this funding, the Borough will install curb, sidewalk, driveway aprons, decorative pedestrian lights and street trees along Route 166 from Admiral Avenue to Herflicker Boulevard. The project will greatly impact the corridor as curb and sidewalk are for the most part non-existent on Route 166.

The Borough anticipates receiving funding for the total cost of the streetscape project, in the amount of $600,047. The project now moves on to federally required environmental and historic preservation reviews by the DEP to ensure compliance with applicable federal laws and regulations.

NJDOT Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

In addition, the Borough will pursue funding through another Federal grant program, which is administered by the NJDOT, to fund additional improvements along Route 166. The Borough is proposing to acquire an easement along the west side of the roadway in order to eventually extend the Barnegat Branch Trail along Route 166 from its current terminus at Admiral Avenue to Herflicker Boulevard. Such a project, should it become a reality, would create the opportunity for the Township of Toms River to further extend the multi purpose trail along a Township-owned portion of the former Barnegat Branch Railroad right-of-way to connect with the Toms River Bus Depot and beyond.

Additional questions can be directed to the Borough Administrator/Municipal Clerk, Joseph Kostecki at (732) 349-0403, or email joseph.kostecki@boroughofsouthtomsriver.com

xxx

ABANDONED BOATS TO BE REMOVED FROM THE TOMS RIVER, CONTINUED BEAUTIFICATION PROGRESS

PRESS RELEASE: May 5, 2014

ABANDONED BOATS TO BE REMOVED FROM THE TOMS RIVER, CONTINUED BEAUTIFICATION PROGRESS

Officials in the Borough of South Toms River are happy to announce that due to a collaborative effort, both the Navy Admiral steel tugboat and 41’ abandoned, wooden yacht are now in the process of being removed from the Toms River.

The Borough of South Toms River recently solicited proposals to remove both boats along the shoreline of Crabbe Road and along the Mathis Veterans Memorial Park (previously known as Mathis Plaza but renamed last year to honor the memory of our veterans particularly our Submarine Vets). The company providing the removal services is Allied Recycling of Mount Holly, New Jersey, and the total cost is expected to be only $11,750. “Other quotes were expecting to be more than twice the awarded amount, and the Borough is in the process of requesting financial assistance from the Department of Environmental Protection to alleviate this cost completely,” stated Borough Administrator, Joseph Kostecki.

“As a graduate of Vermont Law School, protecting the environment is my passion. This is why upon being sworn in as mayor in 2011, with the support of councils,  one of my first act was to establish the environmental commission. Soon thereafter we began to tackle this age long problem of cleaning up our streets and clearing up our water front properties. Today, after decades, I am happy to announce the removal of the last two of many boats from our property. This victory is yet another example of our passion in restoring the health of our shore and reclaim the prestige of our little town in the league of municipalities. ” stated Mayor Joseph Champagne.

These boat removals are part of the restoration of this shore area, which also recently included sidewalk improvements in front of Mathis; a the project that was fully grant-funded through a Community Development Block Grant. The boat removal has an anticipated start date of May 12, with an anticipated completion-date of Memorial Day.

“The path to progress was long and tedious with many twists, turns and roadblocks to overcome, however we are happy to conclude this process,” stated Environmental Commission Chair, Councilman Greg Handshy.

Borough officials express appreciation to all agencies involved, including that of the South Toms River Police Department, Coast Guard, Marine Police, and NJ Department of Environmental Protection.

xx

 

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps have been released for South Toms River

The National Flood Insurance Program has officially release Ocean County’s Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps, also called FIRMs.  These maps were developed from the Preliminary Working Flood Maps that have been in effect since June 2013.

The Preliminary FIRMs will replace the Preliminary Working Maps and will  be used to determine flood zones as needed for permitting and construction.

Hard copies will be available after April 1 in the South Toms River Municipal Building, Department of Municipal Clerk located at 144 Mill Street between the hours of 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. These maps can also be viewed online at www.region2coastal.com.

The official release date is March 28, 2014, which starts the 90-day appeal process.  Appeals must be filed through the Borough.   South Toms River must file any appeals to FEMA on or before June 25, 2014.  Appeals will be processed through the Borough’s floodplain administrator.

Residents interested in an appeal must contact the Municipal Clerk by May 30, 2014 by phone at 732.349.0403 or via email at joseph.kostecki@boroughofsouthtomsriver.com.

These maps will not effect on flood insurance rates until officially adopted as FIRMs.  After adoption, new flood insurance policies shall be quoted utilizing these FIRMs.

Until that time, the 2006 Flood Maps are used to assess insurance rates.  The time frame for this appeal and resolution process is estimated to be  12 to 18 months from the 03/28/14 release date.

Earth Day – April 26, 2014

Please join South Toms River in its inaugural Earth Day Celebration on April 26, 2014 from 10am to 2pm. The celebration will be at the Recreation Building, located at 1 Drake Lane. South Toms River, NJ. Environmental organizations will be in attendance. Other areas of interest are electronic drop-off and free t-shirts for youths.

 

Daylight Savings – this Sunday

Just a reminder that Daylight Savings Begins on Sunday at 2am. Don’t forget to change your clocks! Also, remember that when you change your clocks, you should change the batteries on your smoke alarms!

 

 

Recognizing STR Police

Mayor and Council recognized the South Toms River Police Department and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office

police proclamation

PROCLAMATION EXPRESSING THANKS TO AND RECOGNIZING THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF SOUTH TOMS RIVER POLICE OFFICERS

WHEREAS, the members of the law enforcement agency of the Borough of South Toms River play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of our community; and

WHEREAS, it is important that all citizens know and understand the duties, responsibilities, hazards, and sacrifices of their law enforcement agency, and that members of our law enforcement agency recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property, by protecting them against violence and disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression; and

WHEREAS, the men and women of the law enforcement agency of the Borough of South Toms River Police Department unceasingly provide a vital public service; and

WHEREAS, on December 1, 2013, the South Toms River Police Department responded to the area of Dover Road and Chamberlain Street in response to a hit and run accident involving a pedestrian; and

WHEREAS, the unfortunate result of the aforementioned incident resulted in the untimely death of a resident of South Toms River, and an investigation was initiated to apprehend the driver who had left the scene of the accident; and

WHEREAS, Detective William Kosh along with Detective Craig Ally of the Ocean County Prosecutor Office worked tirelessly to solve this case and bring closure for the victim’s family; and

WHEREAS, Detective Kosh, Detective Ally, along with instrumental support of Patrolman Michael Schneidt, Patrolman Brian Corvinus, Patrolman Jason Prior and Patrolman Anthony Giacinti, assisted in locating and eliminating several key suspects and vehicles, and

WHEREAS, Sergeant Timothy Meier and Chief Andrew Izatt provided a support system that was crucial in the day to day operations for a fully coordinated effort; and

WHEREAS, on January 17, 2014, Detective Kosh and Detective Ally arrested and charged a suspect with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence; and

WHEREAS, the efforts of all officers involved in this investigation far exceeds those standards normally described as exemplary.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED, I, Joseph M. Champagne Jr., Mayor of the Borough of South Toms River, New Jersey hereby call upon all citizens of our community and upon all patriotic, civic, and educational organizations to observe the tireless efforts of our law enforcement community, and to join in recognition of the law enforcement officers who acted above and beyond their duties to bring this incident to justice, and to further proclaim appreciation for all past and present law enforcement officers, who, by their faithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities, have rendered a dedicated service to their communities and, in so doing, have established for themselves an enviable and enduring reputation for preserving the rights and security of all citizens of the Borough of South Toms River.

Advisory: Winter Weather Statement: State of Emergency – Borough Hall Closed – Snow Plowing continues

Advisory: Winter Weather Statement: State of Emergency – Borough Hall Closed – Snow Plowing continues

As a result of the winter weather and State of Emergency, South Toms River Borough Hall will be closed on Monday, March 3, 2014.

STR residents are advised to keep vehicles off the street to allow for snow plowing.

Please DO NOT call Police with snow related requests or questions. Only call the police when there is a fire, medical or police emergency.

Presently, there is snow falling and all roads are snow covered and icy, but passable. Strong winds are quickly blowing snow back onto recently plowed roads and streets. Snow operations will continue through the day so please be patient as snow plowing equipment will eventually reach all streets in the Borough.

Finally, Borough officials are strongly urging residents to stay off the roads this morning so that snow plowing crews can effectively and safely perform their job.

Winter Storm Warning

 

 

Winter Storm Warning
Alert:
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST MONDAY... 

* LOCATIONS...THE INTERSTATE 95 CORRIDOR FROM THE PHILADELPHIA 
METRO AREA TO CENTRAL NEW JERSEY AND ACROSS TO COASTAL 
NORTHERN NEW JERSEY. 

* HAZARD TYPES...MAINLY SNOW WITH SOME SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN 
POSSIBLE AT THE START THIS EVENING. 

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 8 INCHES...ALONG WITH 
AROUND A TRACE OF ICE. 

* TIMING...ANY RAIN THIS AFTERNOON WILL CHANGE TO A PERIOD OF 
SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN EARLY THIS EVENING THEN TO ALL SNOW BY 
LATE EVENING. SNOW WILL BE MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES EARLY MONDAY 
MORNING BEFORE ENDING EARLY MONDAY AFTERNOON. 

* WINDS...NORTH 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH. 

* VISIBILITIES...BRIEFLY ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS MONDAY MORNING. 

* TEMPERATURES...PLUNGING FROM THE MID 30S LATE THIS AFTERNOON 
INTO THE UPPER TEENS TO AROUND 20 BY DAYBREAK MONDAY. 

* IMPACTS...THE SNOW...SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN WILL CREATE 
HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS TONIGHT. MONDAY MORNING`S COMMUTE 
WILL BE PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT. 

* FOLLOWING THE STORM...NEAR RECORD COLD IS FORECAST LATE MONDAY 
NIGHT AS TEMPERATURES DROP TO BETWEEN ZERO AND 10 ABOVE.
Instructions: THIS WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS THAT SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW AND SLEET ARE EXPECTED. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
Target Area:
Camden
Coastal Ocean
Eastern Monmouth
Gloucester
Mercer
Northwestern Burlington
Ocean
Southeastern Burlington
Western Monmouth

Cold Weather Tips & Heating Assistance

Customers having difficulty with their bills due to the extended cold weather should contact JCP&L at the number above or visit www.firstenergycorp.com/payment-options
Tips for saving energy through continued cold weather include: 
• Make sure your home is properly insulated to preserve heat. Inspect doors and windows and apply caulk or weatherstripping where necessary to keep cold air out. Close drapes, blinds and garage doors to retain heat and keep cold air out.

• Keep extra blankets or sleeping bags for each person inside your home. Dress in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing.
• Use a sturdy fireplace screen when using a fireplace or wood-burning stove.

• Never use a gas stove, charcoal grill or lantern intended for outdoor use inside your home as it could lead to a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide gas.

• Exercise caution with space heaters. Only use heaters designed for indoor use, and keep all heat sources at least three feet away from curtains, carpet or furniture that could catch on fire.

• Maintain a three-day supply of water and nonperishable food. Convenience foods that do not require cooking are good to have on hand.

• Avoid frozen pipes by opening faucets and maintaining a constant drip, or wrap pipes in insulation or layers of newspapers.

• Use care when burning candles, especially around children or pets; open flames are a dangerous fire hazard.

• Charge electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops and tablet computers.

• Keep a flashlight, portable radio and extra batteries handy in the event a power interruption occurs.

• Never use a portable generator inside the house or a closed garage in the event of a power outage. Ensure the proper generator is selected and installed by a qualified electrician. When operating a generator, the power coming into the home should always be disconnected. Otherwise, power from the generator could be sent back onto the utility lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers. 

Free Native Plant Society Lecture- March 4

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Native Plant Society will be hosting a free lecture on soil health at the Hometown Dairy Conference Room at the Toms River Library.  The lecture will be given by Christine Raabe, Director of the Ocean County Soil Conservation District.  Please RSVP to Mary Judge atmjudge@ocean.edu or 732-914-8102.

 

%d bloggers like this: