Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Donation center will be open today through Friday before the first distribution.
Officials with the Barnegat Division of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE) are accepting donations for tornado victims in Oklahoma, according to their Facebook page. Officials are accepting emergency supplies at their location at the Gunning River Mall. The organization was formed by former Barnegat Township Committeman Jeff Melchiondo and his family and friends after Sandy passed through New Jersey. The distribution center will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. for drop off. A list below will give you suggestions on what is needed. Trucks will be leaving shortly so we will need supplies by Friday evening for the first round, according to the website. Food - (easy preparation) Can Openers Diapers Baby Food Sterno First…
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Field of Flags, parades planned.
Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, and plans for remembrances are in full swing. Rememberances begin on Thursday in Stafford and continue through Monday in Barnegat Township. In what has now become an annual tradition, Southern Regional High School is planning a Memorial Day Field of Flags and ceremony to pay tribute to the military men and women who have given their lives in service to our country. One 12” x 18” American flag will be placed for every service person who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan while serving our country. Unfortunately, this number is 6706 to date and could rise. The flags will be placed on the Thursday before Memorial Day, May 23rd . Every student and staff member will be involved. Students will come …
Resident Jake Taylor questioned why previous meetings that had been recorded by Morris Flory are no longer on Barnegat’s website.
Despite a few delays and setbacks, Barnegat Township Committeewoman Elaine Taylor said that the town website's anticipated overhaul should be ready by June 1. She said that many updates are being made, including the inclusion, on the website, of the mayor’s cell phone number so that citizens can reach him more easily. Mayor Len Morano has stated during several public meetings that he does not check his email and that email is a poor way to reach him. Resident Jake Taylor questioned why previous meetings that had been recorded by Morris Flory are no longer on Barnegat’s website. Flory attended the meeting last night and made his own video of the meeting, which has been posted on YouTube. Taylor said that the films used to be on the site, …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Patrolman Robert Armstrong stopped a vehicle that matched a description provided by Wawa employees.
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Wednesday, May 15
A 40-year-old Barnegat township man has been charged with shoplifting and drug possession after police said he was found with a stolen Snickers ice cream bar and prescription pills. Richard Robins Jr. was arrested and charged May 7 after an investigation of a shoplifter at the Wawa on West Bay avenue, police said. Patrolman Robert Armstrong stopped a vehicle that matched a description provided by employees of the store, and found Robins in possession of the Snickers ice cream bar that store employees said he took without paying for, and oxycontin tablets which were not prescribed to him, police said. Robins was also arrested on an outstanding $500 warrant in Atlantic City, police said. Robins was processed and released after posting bail…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Website overhaul also soon to be unveiled.
Barnegat Township officials say they are in the process of getting bids for local cable access companies to televise the often-lively regular Township Committee meetings, which are held on alternative Mondays throughout the month. Questioned by a resident Monday about where the bid process stood, Committeewoman Elaine Taylor said there are an array of packages that are being offered by a number of different companies, and she is currently reviewing them all to get the most out of the bid process. She declined to give exact amounts of the bids, noting that they would have to be voted on during a meeting before any could be accepted. Meanwhile, resident Morris Flory attended the meeting and made his own video of the meeting, which has been …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Fair provided a range of services from Ocean County Senior Services, Southern Ocean Medican Center, and National Council of Aging.
Barnegat Township hosted the Senior Citizen Health and Wellness Fair at the Recreation Center on May 2, and provided life-saving resources from Barnegat’s own first responders, in addition to quality of life programs and health screenings from health professionals and chiropractitioners. The event included 46 vendors and approximately 200 residents, all at no cost to the township. Committeewoman Elaine Taylor stated in a press release: “This event not only provided life-saving resources and information to our residents, but also provided a pro-business aspect by linking businesses and nonprofits to potential customers.”
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Several overdoses in Southern Ocean County reported in recent weeks.
All last year, there were 53 drug overdoses reported in Ocean County. In the first three months of this year, there have been 43 overdoses - nine of which occurred over an eight-day period in April. Five of those were related to heroin, according to Al Della Fave, with the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office. That spike in overdoses has prompted officials with the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office to team up with Atlantic County officials to form a task force to tackle what several law enforcement officials have dubbed a heroin "crisis" in the area. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato has established a northern and southern task force to "communicate across the board with surrounding municipalities about where the product is coming into …
Monday, April 29, 2013
More than 30 participating locations so far.
Barnegat Township Committeeman Albert Bille recently announced a program which he has dubbed "Buy in Barnegat," and this weekend the list of participating stores was announced. Bille has been working with the Barnegat Chamber of Commerce to encourage residents to "shop locally here in Barnegat." Under the "Buy in Barnegat" program, Bille said interested parties will be encouraged to visit the township clerk's office where they will be able to obtain a free card, which will entitle them to certain discounts at the participating stores and restaurants - 20 so far in all - in May. Bille called the program a "first step toward a vibrant and healthy commercial sector." This promotion will be running from May 1, 2013 through May 31, 2013. As …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
The pedestrian was treated on scene by Barnegat First Aid Squad.
A 17-year-old girl was struck by a car near Ravenwood Boulevard on Saturday night, Barnegat Township police sad. At 8:32 p.m., Barnegat police officers responded to the southbound lanes of Barnegat Blvd North, near Ravenwood Boulevard, for a report of a pedestrian struck by a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. The pedestrian was treated on scene by Barnegat First Aid Squad and was transported to the Elizabeth V. Edwards School where a landing zone was established. She was then airlifted to Jersey Shore Medical Center by MONOC medevac helicopter with shoulder, arm, and leg injuries. The preliminary investigation indicates that the vehicle was in its lane of travel when the pedestrian abruptly stepped off of the curb and into the roadway. There were no …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Middletown topped the list of 540 municipalities.
As municipalities continue to find ways to upgrade their websites to meet the requirements for the Governor's Best Standards Checklist, towns now know where they stand in the state among other municipal websites. According to a Monmouth University poll ranking 540 municipal websites in the state, Middletown, out of Monmouth County, ranks first and Tavistock Borough, Camden County, ranks 540th. Franklin Lakes Borough, out of Bergen County, was second and West Windsor Township, from Mercer County, was third. Barnegat Township ranked 148th, but they are currently upgrading their town's website and that work is expected to be completed in the next few weeks, according to information presented at the last committee meeting. Stafford Township …