May 2, 2016 |
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.
April 6, 2016 |
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.
March 20, 2016 |
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)
March 17, 2016 |
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.
March 14, 2016 |
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.
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)...
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.
February 17, 2016 |
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.
December 21, 2015 |
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.