Thursday, May 9, 2013
66-year-old woman is reported to be in stable condition
A woman suffering from heart failure aboard a cruise ship was rescued early Thursday by U.S. Coast Guard officials while the vessel was 20 miles off Toms River's shore. Personnel aboard the Splendor, a 952-foot Carnival cruise ship, contacted Coast Guard watchstanders in New York at about 12:40 a.m. Thursday and reported a 66-year-old woman aboard was experiencing heart failure, according to a news release. A rescue crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from the Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City was dispatched to the cruise ship to rescue the woman, who was not immediately identified by authorities. The Coast Guard helicopter crew was able to hoist the woman and a nurse aboard and transport them to Jersey Shore University Medical …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Foundation awards six grants to organizations in Sandy-battered communities
OceanFirst Foundation’s Relief and Recovery Grant Program is awarding six new grants totaling $93,000 to organizations in Point Pleasant Beach, Toms River and Monmouth County. The recipients are: Ocean Fire Co. #1, Point Pleasant Beach; Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey, Toms River; Children’s Home Society, Toms River; Homes for All, Toms River; O.C.E.A.N., Inc., Toms River and United Way of Monmouth County, Farmingdale. "The foundation's grant program assists the efforts of nonprofit organizations in the New Jersey shore market area that are helping local families and individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy," says a prepared statement issued by the foundation. The amount awarded to each of the organizations and details about their …
Monday, November 26, 2012
State Senate looking to improve infrastructure, hear from local mayors, police chiefs on Hurricane Sandy specifics
Local officials described in dramatic detail the work of rescue and rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, as state senators listened to how the Jersey Shore is grappling with widespread devastation and how to improve for the future. “This is flooding, devastation, I’d never have imagined in my lifetime,” said Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy, one of the first panelists detailing specific anecdotes and financial spending in response to Hurricane Sandy. The panelists were called by the state Senate Budget Committee, held in Toms River Monday. It was the first of several meetings aiming to equip senators with a better understanding as the state figures out how to fund the rebuilding of a collapsed infrastructure and to improve it in …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Earle Asphalt Company won a $1.3 million bid to replenish dunes in Ortley Beach.
Toms River's Township Council approved on Tuesday a $1.3 million bid for Earle Asphalt Company of Farmingdale to replenish dunes in Ortley Beach after Hurricane Sandy eroded beaches in late October. Earle's bid surpassed those provided by Eagle Paving Corp. and C.J. Hesse Inc., which submitted bids of $1.42 million and $1.47 million, respectively, according to a resolution unanimously approved by the council. The contract term shall be for 30 days, effective immediately.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Plea came in federal court this morning, IRS confirms
Former Toms River Regional Schools Superintendent Michael J. Ritacco pleaded guilty this morning to mail fraud and conspiracy to impede the IRS, officials said. He could face 11 to 14 years in prison, according to sentencing guidelines. In the courtroom of Judge Joel Pisano, where he would have faced trial Monday, Ritacco pleaded to two of the 27 charges he was facing, and admitted his role in years of corruption at the school district, where as much as $2.5 million in bribes were allegedly passed between Ritacco, insurance brokers and intermediaries. Rob Blantz, IRS Crimininal Investigations spokesperson from New Jersey, confirmed that as part of the plea Ritacco will forfeit $1 million dollars, his 2010 Mercedes e550, and $8,960 from his…
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Authorities have confirmed the identity of a man found dead in the water Thursday morning
- POLICE & FIRE
- Tom Dunphy
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Authorities have confirmed the identity of a body found near the shore in the Atlantic Ocean off Avon-by-the-Sea this morning. First Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office confirms that the body of Paul Tran of Oakview Drive in Toms River was recovered from the ocean after a 911 call at approximately 5:27 a.m. The 41-year-old man's death is currently under investigation.