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Advisory: Winter Weather Advisory
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM EST THIS
* LOCATIONS…THE EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND…DELAWARE…MUCH OF
NEW JERSEY…SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA AWAY FROM THE METRO
* HAZARD TYPES…HEAVY SNOWFALL.
* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ACROSS NEW
JERSEY AND DELMARVA…4 TO 6 ACROSS SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA.
* TIMING…BEGINNING BY DAWN AND LASTING INTO THE AFTERNOON.
* IMPACTS…MODERATE TO SEVERE TRAVEL IMPACTS DURING THE MORNING
COMMUTE. ICY ROADS AFTER THE SNOW…SINCE TEMPERATURES WILL
FALL BELOW FREEZING LATE TUESDAY…AND LAST FOR A FEW DAYS.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW…SLEET…OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
For full details, view this message on the web.
Just a reminder that South Toms River’s annual Tree Lighting will be held at Borough Hall TONIGHT, on Monday December 9, 2013. The Lighting starts at 5:30pm, with a reception to follow inside Borough Hall. Families and Children of all ages are welcome, including a special Jolly Ole’ guest to join us in the festivities!
Oyster Creek will be performing their semi annual siren test this morning at 10:00 am.
This will be a full 3 minute test of the new sirens.
The Mayor and Council wish the residents of South Toms River a happy holiday with their friends and family.
WEATHER ADVISORY STATEMENT
Borough of South Toms River, New Jersey
Weather Statement — Coastal Storm
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 – 6:30pm
A strong coastal storm will impact the New Jersey coast over the next 36 hours. This storm will bring heavy rains, strong winds and possible minor coastal flooding along the bay front. The weather will deteriorate Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening, with the heaviest rains and strongest winds occurring during the overnight hours into Wednesday afternoon.
Rainfall amounts of up to 4 inches are possible with this storm. As a result, roadway flooding will occur along with typical flooding associated with areas of poor drainage. Motorist should exercise caution when traveling Tuesday night and Wednesday along with allowing for extra time to reach their destination.
Winds sustained between 20mph to 30mph with gust to 50mph will be experiencedTuesday night into Wednesday evening. Residents are urged to secure or bring indoors all items that could become projectiles in the strong winds. This would include trash and recycling cans along with certain holiday decorations.
Some minor tidal flooding could occur at times of high tide on Wednesday. It is recommended that bay front and lagoon residents monitor tidal conditions on Wednesday and take any action necessary to protect property.
At this time, NO WINTER weather conditions are anticipated for most of New Jersey as this storm will be mainly a rain event. Ice and snow are possible in the higher elevations of Pennsylvania and extreme northwestern New Jersey. For the urban areas of New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore, this will be a rain event. However, this storm will produce significant delays for holiday travelers, regardless of mode of transportation.
Sunny, cool and windy weather is forecasted for Thanksgiving Day and the balance of the extended holiday weekend.
South Toms River’s annual Tree Lighting will be held at Borough Hall on Monday December 9, 2013. The Lighting starts at 5:30pm, with a reception to follow inside Borough Hall. Families and Children of all ages are welcome, including a special Jolly Ole’ guest to join us in the festivities!
Today we honor all those to heroically give their lives to serve and protect our great Nation. Thank you Veterans, and Happy Veterans Day.
Please meet us at Mathis Plaza in South Toms River at 11am, for the dedication of Mathis Plaza as Mathis Veterans Memorial Park.
We are a community and must support each other. Please come out on Sunday (TODAY – Nov 10th) from Noon – 4pm to support Arielle and her family. 12yr old Sweet Arielle has had a brain tumor since 7 months old, and has been a strong fighter ever since. Come out to Midtown Pizza (in the Grand Ballroom) – 399 Dover Road. Tickets are $20. Contact 908-783-8339. Includes pasta, meatballs, salad, bread & soda.
We are proud to announce that the Borough is in the completion stage of having greater communication with you!
We are almost fully integrated and are working out some details. However, with our new auto-attendant, we are more accessible and will be able to process your requests in much greater detail and responsiveness.
Elections & Voting
To find out where to vote (Polling Locations), follow this link
Election Services provided by the Ocean County Clerk
Vote by Mail
Military, Civilian Overseas & Federal Voting
Federal Mail-in Absentee Ballot (pdf)
State of New Jersey Political Party Affiliation Declaration Form (pdf)
Voter Registration Form
Live County Election Results
Please be advised that there are curfews in place during Halloween in order to keep our neighborhood safe,
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, 2013.
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, 2013. (Trick or Treat)
Hours 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For Immediate Release By Pinelands Commission:
Pinelands Commission certifies South Toms River Borough’s Master Plan
NEW LISBON, N.J. – During its meeting today, the New Jersey Pinelands Commission voted to certify South Toms River Borough’s Master Plan and Land Use Ordinances. The decision means that, for the first time since the Commission was established, all 53 Pinelands Area municipalities have adopted plans that comply with Pinelands rules.
“We’re very pleased with the Borough’s decision to comply with the Pinelands Plan,” said Nancy Wittenberg, the Commission’s Executive Director. “We’re also proud to say that all Pinelands municipalities and counties have plans in place that conform to the rules that preserve,protect and enhance the Pinelands.”
“The Borough is committed to a sustainable environment, and we are excited to receive this certification as reassurance of this commitment,” said Joseph Makhandal Champagne, Jr., Mayor of South Toms River. “We are constantly striving for the betterment of our Borough, and we thank the Pinelands Commission, our engineer, and our Governing Body for all of their hard work.”
The Pinelands Protection Act and the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP)require that each municipality with land in the Pinelands Area submit its master plan and land use ordinances to the Commission. The Commission reviews and determines whether the master plan and ordinances conform with the minimum standards of the CMP, which contains the rules that govern land-use, development and natural resource protection in the Pinelands.
South Toms River Borough has a total land area of 1.2 square miles, of which 360 acres (47 percent) lie within the 938,000-acre Pinelands Area. Another 20 acres lie within the Pinelands National Reserve, outside the state-designated Pinelands Area. The CMP designates the entire
Pinelands Area section of the Borough as a Regional Growth Area.
Although South Toms River Borough has been involved with the conformance process since 1981, significant progress was made only recently. The Borough’s history of not pursuing certification is likely due to the very limited amount of vacant land in the Pinelands Area portion of the municipality and the resulting lack of development activity. Nevertheless, in 2012, the Borough made a commitment to completing the certification process and subsequently adopted a revised Master Plan and Zoning Map, as well as other land use ordinance amendments necessary
for consistency with the CMP.
Actual Press Release
South Toms River, NJ – On Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm, The Borough of South Toms River will host a ceremony honoring those who went above and beyond to assist those in need during trying times.The event, marking approximately one year since Sandy’s devastation, will take place at South Toms River Elementary School, located at 419 Dover Rd. Toms River, and will honor individuals as well as organizations that have volunteered their assistance during the rebuilding process of our shore community.
“The true representation of community is reflected in the combined efforts of many. We must recognize those altruistic efforts. It is a simple gesture to honor those who contributed so much to our community,” stated Mayor Joseph M. Champagne.
The ceremony is free for all and we are encouraging all to attend. If you know someone who deserves recognition, please submit their name with a brief description of their volunteer efforts during the past year to firstname.lastname@example.org. Names will be considered for recognition until October 1st, and recipients will be notified shortly after. Businesses interested in sponsoring or donating items for this event should contact Joseph Kostecki at (732) 349-0403.
Today at Noon, The Borough of South Toms River will participate in a Day of Remembrance for the victims of September 11th. A moment of silence will be held outside of Borough Hall to honor all those who lost their lives.
Borough Hall Address:
144 Mill Street.
South Toms River, NJ
As we grow our Borough, we would like to inform you of the fruit and vegetables that we grow.
As a reminder of the need for constant vigilance, we set aside the month of September as National Preparedness Month.
To promote timely and responsible emergency preparedness, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages everyone to join the National Preparedness Community. As a local official, you can promote this effort to help your municipality and all Americans better prepare to face and respond to disasters and emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. As a National Preparedness Month Community Member, your efforts to bring emergency preparedness to your locality can make a difference.
You can visit the National Preparedness Community website athttp://community.fema.gov/connect.ti/readynpm/grouphome to register and to get all the details to share with local families and businesses about FEMA’s four-fold program for preparedness: “Collect, Collaborate, Educate and Empower.”
In accordance with Chapters 5 of the Code of The Borough of South Toms River– if you own, keep or harbor any dogs or cats which are seven (7) months or older, within Township limits, you MUST obtain a cat / dog license from the Municipal Clerk
Licenses MUST be renewed by January 31 of EACH year, and Rabies must not expire to November 1 of each year of renewal – per State law.
Directions for Pet License
1. Complete this 2013 Pet Registration Form for each
dog/cat you own
2. Include your payment with proof of rabies vaccination and Spayed / Neutered Certificate. Note – (these will be returned
to you with your new license)
3. If you are mailing this application to the Clerks Office , please include a STAMPED, SELF ADDRESSED ENVELOPE.
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
$7 late fee applies to all licenses applied after January 31st
Please send separate check for dogs and separate check for cats. Thank you
If you are thinking of having a Garage/Yard Sale, don’t forget to get your permit from the Municipal Clerk’s Office. To acquire a permit, you can fill out this Garage Sale permit form. Permits cost $10.00 for two consecutive days and residents are permitted to have two sales per year as per the Municipal General Code 4-4
Do not post any signs on utility poles, light poles, street signs or trees. Your signs may be staked in the ground and must be removed within 48 hours after the sale. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Good luck with your yard sale!
HURRICANE SANDY REBUILDING TASK FORCE RELEASES REBUILDING STRATEGY
Strategy will ensure families, small businesses and communities are stronger, more economically
competitive and better able to withstand future storms, and serve as a model for communities
across the country
There are other opportunities for affordable housing in addition to the Housing Choice (Section 8) Voucher Program and HUD subsidized public and private housing.
When it comes to conserving water, small adjustments can have a big impact. Here you can sort through nearly 200 water-saving tips, download and print tip posters, or share your favorites on social media.
Gas mileage tips from fueleconomy.gov can help you reduce the amount of gas you use. If you are already following these tips, you are probably getting the best gas mileage your car can deliver.
They also provide some useful links if you are interested in more information.