Higher minimum wage is coming; the question is how gradually it will be phased in, and whether some seashore tourism businesses will be exempted, commerce leaders said at a recent seminar. From the national and state chambers of commerce, area businesses heard the latest on that and other upcoming policies that will potentially impact small businesses. Thomas M. Sullivan, vice president of Small Business Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Thomas Bracken, president and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, spoke at the luncheon held by the Ocean County Commerce Coalition and sponsored by TD Bank. A delegation from the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce was at the event, held in Toms River. “We have a governor who campaigned heavily on a $15 minimum wage,” Bracken began. “I don’t want to speak for the room, but I think it probably scares the majority of folks sitting in this room who look at their business models and say, ‘What do I do with a $15 minimum wage, and how am I going to have to raise prices or who am I going to have to lay off?’ “Minimum wage is going to change; there is no two ways about it,” he
Freeholder Director Little Thanks Local Congressmen For Their Efforts To Stop Gas And Oil Drilling Off The New Jersey Coast
IT LOOKS LIKE Ocean County dodged a bullet, thanks in part to the efforts of US Representatives Chris Smith, Tom MacArthur and Frank LoBiondo, all R-NJ. “Recent press reports say that the Department of the Interior is no longer interested in pursuing off-shore drilling off of Southern New Jersey,” said Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little. Little said the Congressmen met recently with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who indicated that drilling at the Jersey Shore is no longer a priority. According to published reports, the delegation was confident that New Jersey would be removed from the list of potential drilling sites, with Smith going as far as to say, “I think for all practical purposes we won’t be seeing oil drilling off the coast of New Jersey." The Freeholders praised the Congressmen for their willingness to fight for the Shore. “There is no need to tell you about the environmental and economic benefits of the coastline,” the Freeholders said in a letter to each representative. “Tourism is an annual $4.6 billion industry in Ocean County alone. Our sandy beaches and pristine waterways are the reason so many people choose to both visit and live in Ocean County. Protecting these resources has
Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee’s Statement on Federal Tax Reform
If you are following the news in recent weeks, there is no doubt that you have heard details outlining the pending tax reform legislation. The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce business community supports tax reform, but we cannot support the proposed legislation in its current form. While the proposal may result in a net positive for the Country, that would not be the case at the State-level for people of New Jersey. Some of the direct downsides of the proposed legislation include the elimination of state and local tax deductions and limiting the property tax deduction to $10,000 (per the House GOP proposal - the Senate is looking for a plan that eliminates credits and deductions altogether). Additionally, there are various business industries that would, specifically, be harmed by the proposed legislation including the healthcare and higher education sectors. One of the largest, indirect, downsides of the proposed legislation is the continued, and potentially increased, outmigration that we are seeing Outmigration results in the loss of jobs, economic activity, labor income, and household income. Already staggering statistics put New Jersey near the top of the list for the highest, domestic, outmigration in the United States year after
Get to know our #WeAreTR Award Recipient CAREGIVER VOLUNTEERS OF CENTRAL JERSEY “Caring For People by People Who Care” Barbara Devlin, and her husband Jack, returned home to Toms River after visiting her father in West Virginia. Barbara was full of enthusiasm about an interfaith volunteer program in her father’s community that helped those who could no longer drive by taking them to medical appointments, shopping for their groceries, visiting the lonely and providing respite for the family caregiver. They approached Monsignor Ladzinski at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Toms River with this interfaith concept. He recognized the needs in our community to help the elderly homebound and was anxious to start a program here in Ocean County. In January, 1993, Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey opened their first office in Beachwood. A quarter century later, we now have 60 interfaith congregations in our coalition and over 1,200 volunteers in 23 municipalities of Ocean County. In March, 2016 our agency opened in Monmouth County. We now serve 13 municipalities with more than 120 volunteers, and we continue to grow. Collectively, these volunteers reach out their hands and help more than 2,000 elderly, disabled, veterans, lonely and homebound, and provide
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