On the heels of the first Affordability Summit where serious issues about New Jersey’s economic future were presented, Opportunity NJ (ONJ) has released its white paper analysis of the event to the state’s gubernatorial candidates, Legislature and current Administration with an urgent call for a comprehensive state strategic plan for a more affordable New Jersey. For a copy of NJBIA’s outmigration report, visit https://www.njbia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/njbiaoutmigrationreport.pdf.
Mary Judge, BBP Program Assistant, took the photo (right) of Jim Vasslides, BBP Program Scientist, as he paddled “SUP the River.” Karen Walzer, BBP Program Outreach Coordinator, snapped the pic (below) of a group of paddlers launching out into the “deep.” The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2nd Annual SUP the River 2017 Fundraiser on Sept 16 at the Toms River Country Club. A portion of the proceeds was originally earmarked to benefit the BBP. However, due to the catastrophic damages suffered by coastal Texas after Hurricane Harvey, BBP opted to forward these funds on to its sister National Estuary Programs, with $500 going to the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (Corpus Christi) and $500 to the Galveston Bay Estuary Program (Houston) to help with the massive recovery efforts. (Estuary programs also generously contributed to BBP post-Hurricane Sandy.) “For the second year in a row, this event was blessed by great weather and an incredible turnout. What a fantastic way to kick-off National Estuaries Week on the Toms River, one of the major tributaries to the Barnegat Bay. Thanks to the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce for organizing such a great event. We appreciate the generous donation by BHI
TOMS RIVER, NJ – The Ocean County College Foundation has named Kenneth J. Malagiere (Toms River) as Executive Director. He assumed the position on October 9, 2017. Mr. Malagiere formerly served on the Ocean County College Foundation Board of Trustees for seven years. “I am so very humbled and excited to begin my new role as Executive Director for such an outstanding college foundation,” said Mr. Malagiere. “The Ocean County College Foundation’s dedication to the College’s students and the community has had a meaningful and tangible impact on the entire region. As Executive Director, I will continue to live the mission of the Foundation, working with its Board members and our staff to grant scholarships to Ocean County College’s student body, encourage lifelong learning, and provide access to the tremendous opportunities offered on campus and abroad, proving Ocean County is a great place to live, work, and learn,” Mr. Malagiere added. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Mr. Malagiere attended Wroxton College in Oxfordshire, England in 2003, and graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2005 with a degree in Political Science and International Studies. Upon graduation, Mr. Malagiere departed from his field of study, forming the
Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that brings people together to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter in northern Ocean County. Since its founding in 1999, the Northern Ocean County affiliate completed 18 new affordable homes, 60 Hurricane Sandy critical home repairs and over 156 home repairs for the disabled, veterans and residents in the community. Northern Ocean Habitat also operates the ReStore, a furniture and home goods store at 1214 Route 37 East, Toms River. The Habitat ReStore accepts donations of new and gently used items that are sold to treasure hunters and bargain shoppers alike, raising money to support Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. The ReStore provides an affordable avenue for home improvement projects and to date, has kept over 8,255,790 pounds of perfectly good items from ending up in the landfill. The Habitat ReStore is a good deal for you, your community and the environment and helps fund affordable home construction and repair projects for local residents. Last week, members from the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce joined Habitat for an A Brush with Kindness repair project at a 21 Plus, Inc. home.
The CLDDS Team, Navigating the Legal Waters of the Jersey Shore, is now one Member Stronger. Toms River, NJ – Carluccio, Leone, Dimon, Doyle and Sacks is pleased to announce the newest addition to our diverse legal team, former Ocean County Superior Court Judge, Melanie Szuba Appleby, Esq. Ms. Appleby joins us as Of Counsel, with concentration on Real Estate Law. She is a welcome addition to the diverse areas of our practice and an essential part of the team approach followed by the attorneys here at CLDDS. Ms. Appleby joins CLDDS with 17 years prior experience as an attorney in private practice and over five years of public service as an Ocean County Superior Court Judge, in the Chancery Division, Family Part, as well as in the Criminal Division. She was the first woman elected in Toms River as a Council Member-At-Large in the newly formed Mayor-Council form of government in 2007 and her service was recognized when she received the Governor Whitman Excellence in Public Service designation. She is a member of the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, and has earned a Diplomate in New Jersey Municipal Law and has also held the designation of Fellow
NEA Big Read is coming to Toms River. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), NEA Big Read is designed to “broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.” Toms River Regional Schools is one of 75 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host a project between September 2017 and June 2018. The NEA presents NEA Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest. The district received a grant of $14,000 in support of its proposed program. Applicants were asked to choose from a diverse pool of 28 NEA-approved contemporary books, and design around it a relevant and impactful literacy program that includes book discussions, special events, and thematic projects. The district selected Station Eleven, a bestselling, post-apocalyptic novel by author Emily St. John Mandel. In the book, a flu pandemic creates chaos and loss for its central characters, who attempt to keep humanity alive through the arts. Through this lens, the district’s NEA Big Read will facilitate discussions and reflections on Superstorm Sandy and its effect on Toms River. The month-long program will take place throughout October 2017, five years to the month after the storm.
The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce has named the Toms River Regional School District its 2017 “Distinguished Organization of the Year.” In a notification letter to Superintendent David Healy, the Chamber wrote, “This honor is bestowed upon individuals and/or organizations which have shown community concern and demonstrated outstanding, unselfish service in single or multiple fields in the civic, social, legal, cultural, religious, educational, governmental, health, athletic or business life of the Greater Toms River area.” Strides made by the district in recent years have led to noticeable growth and a banner year in 2017. Career Academies opened at each of the three high schools this September. The district has established and enhanced numerous community partnerships to the benefit of students and families. Schools have won national recognition for character, technology, and performance. Grant awards have provided considerable amounts of alternative funding, raised the district’s profile in the arena of highly competitive applications and, most importantly, positively impacted student achievement. Negative factors such as dropout rates, suspension rates and chronic absenteeism have markedly dropped while student performance related to advanced placement participation and SAT scores have increased. Additionally, with the support of the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce, Toms
For years, Congress has talked about their vision for tax reform. Now, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix our nation’s tax code, grow the economy, create more jobs, and put more money in the pockets of hard-working Americans. The last time we had comprehensive tax reform was 1986 – Top Gun was the number one movie and Ronald Reagan was president. That’s too long for the American families and businesses who have suffered under a complicated and costly tax code. The time for tax reform is now. In partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, we’re pleased to announce the launch of www.TaxReformForAmerica.com to drive action and share real stories from your fellow taxpayers. We encourage you to visit the site, contact your legislators, and give us your take on how tax reform could affect your business’s hiring, growth, planning, and strategy. Your testimonial may be included as part of our broader grassroots efforts to drive engagement with Congress. Whether you believe that that real reform will create more jobs, help American families with the cost of living, or create a simpler, fairer system for all Americans, we appreciate your support in telling Congress that it’s
OpportunityNJ’s Upcoming “Affordability Summit” to Bring Together New Jersey Business Leaders, Residents to Propose Agenda for Next Governor
Contact: Bob Considine (609) 858-9502 Scott Goldstein (609) 989-7888 ext. 113 September 6, 2017 OpportunityNJ’s Upcoming "Affordability Summit" to Bring Together New Jersey Business Leaders, Residents to Propose Agenda for Next Governor OpportunityNJ Co-Chairs Michele Siekerka and Tom Bracken today announced the speakers, agenda and goals for the first Affordability Summit, to be held on Sept. 18 at the First Baptist Church at Lincoln Gardens in Somerset. The event, which is expected to be attended by hundreds of state business leaders and residents, will feature a keynote address by former New Jersey Secretary of State Rev. DeForest Soaries, as well as presentations from Steve Van Kuiken (Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company); Dr. James W. Hughes (University Professor and former Dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University) and Tom Byrne (Founder and Managing Director of Byrne Asset Management). Following the presentations, attendees will be invited to participate in breakout sessions for brainstorming discussions centered on tax reform, workforce development and jobs, regulation reform and infrastructure. News media panels, involving several New Jersey reporters, will also be part of the program. The aim of the Affordability Summit is to synthesize the priorities and
By Noelle Carino September 7, 2017 Toms River, NJ – Gary Santos of Lindenhurst, NY visited Toms River, NJ earlier this year. While he was here, he visited the site of the USS Randolph’s anchor near Huddy Park. If you have been to the site, you will remember that the anchor is surrounded by personalized pavers - an initiative of the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce decades earlier. Mr. Santos and his family wanted one of those pavers for a very special reason. When he reached out to Craig Ambrosio, Director of Toms River Parks, Buildings, and Grounds, for more information about securing one, Craig connected him with the Chamber. The request was simple: Mr. Santos wanted a personalized paver. The meaning was deep: his recently deceased father had served on the USS Randolph. The challenge was that the downtown paver project had been completed years and years earlier, and it was not clear how anyone could resurrect it - if only for the Santos family. The request kicked-off months of collaboration between the Township and the Chamber to see that a man’s wish to honor his father’s memory became a reality. The USS