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March 18, 2013
Toms River A Story of Science and Salvation By Dan Fagin Bantam. 560 pp. $28 Reviewed by Dawn Fallik   In a time when parents research the origins of their children's toys and diners ask whether their chicken is free-range, antibiotic-free, and locally bred, the chemicals in the local water and air often remain unquestioned. It's hard to read Dan Fagin's new book, Toms River , without glancing at that cup of water and wondering why we're so complacent about the most common elements in our lives.
SPORTS
August 7, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRISTOL, CONN. - Toms River defeated Newark National (Del.), 11-10, to finish 4-0 in pool play and the top spot in Friday's Mid-Atlantic Little League Regional semifinals. Nicholas DeRose coaxed a walk-off bases loaded walk to win the game. Toms River held a 9-4 lead after four innings before Newark scored six runs in the final two innings to take a 10-9 lead going into the bottom of the sixth. With the win, Toms River enters the Mid-Atlantic Regional semifinal as the only undefeated team.
NEWS
March 3, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
A pickup truck crashed through the icy surface of the Toms River early Sunday, setting off an intense search for its occupants, who turned themselves in unharmed more than 12 hours later at police headquarters, authorities said. But the dog belonging to the man police identified as the driver was not so lucky. Shortly before 3 p.m., state police recovered the body of a pet boxer mix that had been trapped in the submerged truck since it sank shortly after midnight. State police and Coast Guard rescue crews spent much of the day searching for the men with helicopters and dive teams, state police Sgt. First Class Gregory Williams said.
NEWS
May 25, 2012 | By Peter Mucha and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 67-year-old Toms River man was arrested Wednesday after sexually assaulting a 14-month-old boy while streaming footage over the Internet, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey. Rodford W. Brindley Jr. was charged with sexual exploitation of a child, an offense punishable by 15 to 30 years in prison, with a possible $250,000 fine. Ohio investigators became suspicious of Brindley and set up online chats with him. During a session in late March, he told a female undercover officer that he had been sexually involved with minors on multiple occasions, and once had sex with a six-year-old girl whose mother he met online, according to the criminal complaint.
SPORTS
September 18, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
During a break in the team wrestling championships last year at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, fans were forced to wait outside in the snow for nearly an hour while the facility was rearranged for the final session. "We were thinking that might be a problem," NJSIAA executive director Steve Timko said. "And I hate to say it, we were right. " Timko announced at the NJSIAA's first executive committee meeting of the school year on Wednesday that the wrestling team championships would move back to Pine Belt Arena on the campus of Toms River North High School.
NEWS
April 11, 2013 | By Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - A 6-year-old South Jersey boy who was accidentally shot in the head by a 4-year-old playmate died of his wounds Tuesday. Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, confirmed the death of Brandon Holt. Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said Brandon was pronounced dead at 5 p.m., nearly 24 hours after the shooting occurred in a neighborhood that residents described as "very quiet. " He declined to provide further details. The two boys were playing outside Monday night when the 4-year-old boy got a .22-caliber rifle from his Toms River home and it accidentally discharged, authorities said.
SPORTS
August 22, 1999 | By Pete Schnatz, FOR THE INQUIRER
For the second consecutive summer, Mark Bernath has watched his friends, neighbors, and now a sibling overcome tremendous odds in leading Toms River, N.J., to a berth in the Little League World Series. So where else would Bernath expect to be this time next year other than squatting behind the plate at Howard J. Lamade Stadium. Tonight, Bernath will celebrate his 10th birthday watching from the stands of the quaint ballpark as his brother, first baseman Steve Bernath, and the other 12-year-olds begin the defense of their world title.
NEWS
January 30, 2000 | By Jon Stenzler, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Michael Gillick, a tiny 18-year-old with cancer, hoisted himself onto the stage and reached for the microphone. On the dais were 20 federal and state health officials. Below, about 1,000 Dover Township residents grew silent. They had packed the Toms River High School North auditorium to find out why 90 of their children had been diagnosed with cancer in 16 years. "I've watched too many of my friends die and too many of my friends get sick over the years to see this all get swept under the rug," the 4-foot-tall teenager said.
SPORTS
August 28, 1999 | By Pete Schnatz, FOR THE INQUIRER
Their dream of winning two consecutive Little League World Series championships died yesterday on a brilliant, sunlit afternoon as the all-stars from the Toms River East American Little League lost, 3-2, to Phenix City, Ala. The South Region champions moved on to face Osaka, Japan, the Far East champ, for the title today (Channel 6, 4:30 p.m.). But the "Beasts of the East" will forever be haunted by visions of the sheets of rain that poured down on Howard J. Lamade Stadium on Thursday night.
NEWS
May 2, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - A crowded city like nothing New Jersey has ever seen is rising over this once sleepy Ocean County township, and its neighbors are on edge. In adjacent Toms River, those tensions started in late 2014 when bearded men in wide hats began knocking on doors. They had friends in Brooklyn, they said, who would pay top dollar for the houses. "The guy who came around our street called himself 'Charles from Brooklyn,' " homeowner Laurie Venditto recalled. He "must have been here 20 or 30 times" to tell her and others on Hunters Court that his fellow Haredi Jews were moving in. "He said we wouldn't want to live here when he was done," Venditto recalled, speaking in the ground-floor office of her corner home.
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May 2, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - A crowded city like nothing New Jersey has ever seen is rising over this once sleepy Ocean County township, and its neighbors are on edge. In adjacent Toms River, those tensions started in late 2014 when bearded men in wide hats began knocking on doors. They had friends in Brooklyn, they said, who would pay top dollar for the houses. "The guy who came around our street called himself 'Charles from Brooklyn,' " homeowner Laurie Venditto recalled. He "must have been here 20 or 30 times" to tell her and others on Hunters Court that his fellow Haredi Jews were moving in. "He said we wouldn't want to live here when he was done," Venditto recalled, speaking in the ground-floor office of her corner home.
NEWS
April 6, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Now that the filing deadline for the June 7 primary elections has passed, it appears the biggest local contest for Burlington County voters will be the battle for the Democratic nomination in the race to unseat Republican freshman Tom MacArthur in South Jersey's Third Congressional District. MacArthur, a former insurance company CEO from Toms River, N.J., is running for reelection in the district, which spans a large swath of Burlington and Ocean Counties. The Burlington County Democratic Committee has endorsed Frederick LaVergne, a loan officer from Delanco.
SPORTS
March 20, 2016 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
TOMS RIVER - Thirty fouls were called in the first half - a 15-15 split. Depending on your definition of basketball, it was either the ugliest or the scrappiest 16 minutes of the season for the Lenape girls' basketball team. Through two quarters, the Indians held superstar guard Kelly Campbell to just two field goals - virtually unheard of. Unfortunately for Lenape, she was also sent to the foul line six times, hitting 10 of 11 free throws in the second quarter alone. The Indians (31-3)
SPORTS
March 17, 2016 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
There were times this week when players walked into class and were greeted by rounds of applause. Strangers high five them in the hallways at school. There have been pep rallies. Buses have been organized to transport the next student section. The Lenape girls' basketball team made history on Sunday when it won the Group 4 state championship with a 50-35 win over Paterson Kennedy. It wasn't just the first girls' hoops state title in school history. It was the first girls' basketball state title in the history of the Lenape School District, which includes Cherokee, Seneca, Shawnee and Lenape.
SPORTS
March 14, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - The perfect half ended with the perfect shot. St. Augustine already was leading Don Bosco by 23 points and was well on its way to what could become an astounding 83-50 victory in the Non-Public A state championship game Saturday night in the Pine Belt Arena at Toms River North High School. The Hermits already were all but a lock to secure the fifth state title in program history, and to improve their record to 30-1 and to advance to the Tournament of Champions.
NEWS
February 29, 2016
Veronica Van Hof's nearest neighbors are ducks, beavers, Pine Barrens tree frogs, and nearly 180 other species of birds, mammals, and reptiles. And she watches over them all. "Black ducks, mallards, hooded mergansers, and of course the Canada geese were here this morning when I walked outside with my tea," says Van Hof, handing me a cup. I need it; finding the Unexpected Wildlife Refuge is not easy, and the road (more like a potholed path)...
NEWS
February 26, 2016
One of the simple yet overlooked joys of beer is that it comes in a bottle or a can, ready to drink. Grab an opener or just yank the pull-tab, and you're good to go. No assembly required. Which is why the arrival of any new, high-tech beer-dispensing gadget gives me pause. Put me in the if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it league. That seems to be the case with the "revolutionary" Fizzics portable draft beer system, a Mr. Coffee-like contraption that sucks beer out of a bottle and pours it into a glass.
NEWS
February 17, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
David J. Lidle, 74, of Ocean Gate, N.J., a certified public accountant with offices there, died of complications from Lou Gehrig's disease on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Community Medical Center in Toms River. Mr. Lidle ran his firm, Death & Taxes Inc., from his Ocean County town for the last 15 years, but returned during tax seasons to an office in a Philadelphia law firm to work for clients there. "He had quite a sense of humor," reflected in his firm's name, his wife, Pamela Noto, said.
NEWS
December 21, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Staff Writer
EGG HARBOR CITY, N.J. - Renault Winery is one of those unexpected kinds of places surrounded by deep southern New Jersey's rolling farmlands and thick pine forests. The winery - the second oldest in the nation - with a golf course, two restaurants, and a 50-room luxury hotel tucked away on a country road off Route 30, is more reminiscent of an Italian locanda than a Jersey Shore roadside attraction. It has survived the cultural feasts and famines of the eras - wars, economic downturns such as the Great Depression, and even Prohibition - since it was founded by French immigrant Louis Nicolas Renault, who planted the first vineyards on the Atlantic County property in 1864.
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