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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.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
OceanFirst Bank, of Toms River, N.J., bought Renault Winery Inc. Golf out of bankruptcy last week and will operate the Atlantic County facility under the new name, Tuscany Resort, while trying to sell it, the bank said. Renault filed for bankruptcy protection last November as OceanFirst, which held a $7.9 million mortgage on the property, was planning to have it sold in a sheriff's sale. Renault's total liabilities were $8.6 million. New Vistas Corp., of Northfield, will manage the property, which straddles Galloway Township and Egg Harbor City.
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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.
SPORTS
December 7, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
When trying to sum up his opponent, Rich Stanzione simply pointed to the bruises on both of his arms, the battle scars from 48 minutes of championship football. "I give them credit," Williamstown's senior quarterback said. "They're a tough team. " Saturday night at Rowan, the Braves fell, 14-7, to a hard-nosed Toms River North in the South Jersey Group 5 title game. Players described it as one of the more physical games they have been a part of. But the loss, they said, did nothing to take away from a season in which they finished 9-2 and fulfilled a promise made to teammate Darius Boyer, who died over the summer.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
OceanFirst Bank, of Toms River, N.J., bought Renault Winery Inc. Golf out of bankruptcy last week and will operate the Atlantic County facility under the new name, Tuscany Resort, while trying to sell it, the bank said. Renault filed for bankruptcy protection last November as OceanFirst, which held a $7.9 million mortgage on the property, was planning to have it sold in a sheriff's sale. Renault's total liabilities were $8.6 million. New Vistas Corp., of Northfield, will manage the property, which straddles Galloway Township and Egg Harbor City.
NEWS
October 23, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Steven R. Brick, 70, of Island Heights, Ocean County, a developer of homes in Burlington, Gloucester, and Ocean Counties, died of pancreatic cancer at home on Saturday, Oct. 17. Mr. Brick was a principal in Medford Holdings L.L.C., which is helping build Wyngate at Medford, a development for those 55 and older, Donna Bittle, his assistant for two decades, said. He was also a principal in, among others, Harbor Properties L.L.C., which is working on a family development in Stafford Township, Ocean County, Bittle said.
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.
SPORTS
July 15, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - Mike Trout won't turn 24 until August, but this week the Los Angeles Angels superstar finds himself as more of a veteran amid the next wave of baseball's young stars. Trout, who will start his third straight All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park, laughed Monday when it was mentioned that he is no longer the youngest player on the field. "You know, it's good to have young talent in here, guys who come in and make an impact for their team," the Millville native said.
NEWS
June 29, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
There's music in the air on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, where Lenny Johnson and Vera Topinka are sharing an impromptu dance outside Bally's Wild West. "The world's a mess," Lenny, who's 82, explains. "But here in Atlantic City," adds Vera, 77, "it's a lovely day. " Vera, a retired keypunch operator from Toms River, is right: The summer is young, the sea breeze is bracing, and the sun plays across the fanciful facades of Boardwalk landmarks. Even the saw-toothed slab of the extinct Trump Plaza is aglow.
NEWS
June 10, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The metal detector was beeping, and that meant it was picking up an object in the ground. Was it an artifact from the Battle of Red Bank in 1777? A lead musket ball? A cannonball? A button? Tim Reno of Toms River, N.J., dug about three inches down and carefully extracted a piece of grooved brass shaped like a bow tie. The find in National Park had probably been there 238 years, ever since England's Hessian allies massed for an attack on the Americans at Fort Mercer during the Revolutionary War. Mercer - along with Fort Mifflin on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River - had prevented British ships from supplying the Redcoat army occupying Philadelphia.
SPORTS
May 4, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union's offensive struggles continued Saturday, but it wasn't from a lack of chances. Maintaining possession for 65.6 percent of the game and applying plenty of late pressure wasn't enough for the Union in a 1-0 Major League Soccer loss to Toronto FC at PPL Park. All that pressure resulted in only one shot for the Union. "We haven't had the quality we would like on the final ball and the final run in the box to get on the end of something," Union coach Jim Curtin said. The Union (1-6-3)
NEWS
April 25, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
They had just come home from shopping that Friday evening when they heard the bell ring. Ken Gurbisz opened the front door, saw three solemn-looking Army officers, and immediately "knew what was going on. My heart sunk. " He walked to the kitchen to prepare his wife, Helen. "I told her, 'You have to be brave,' and she was," he said. "She was very brave. " On Nov. 4, 2005 - a day they will never forget - the Gurbiszes became Gold Star parents, joining countless other New Jersey families who have lost loved ones during wartime service.
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