Cancelled clinics during the cold snap and snow of the past week or so have left blood supplies in dire shape, say officials, who are asking anyone eligible to push a donation date to the top of their calendars.
It's withstood two major boardwalk calamities, a superstorm, and even Snooki. Now, after two disaster-interrupted false starts, Seaside Heights marks 100 years of existence with a party in the center of town and optimism for its second century.
New battlefields open in Ocean County's struggle to slam a lid on its drug epidemic. A sweep of Lacey Township High School this morning advances County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato's rapidly-unfolding multi-tiered offensive.
One by one, candles spread a glow through a quiet room in Toms River. Lights on a simple, sturdy evergreen begin to gleam like a galaxy of stars. Then, the air fills with prayers and hymns that transcend categories and unite everyone gathered. The Tree of Lights ritual at Holy Redeemer Hospice aims to bring comfort and courage to people lost in grief.
More than 50 folks in mourning are attending today's ceremony that begins at 1 PM. Director Jane Lynn Piccolo says that the tradition is in its second year in Toms River but is already well-entrenched throughout its regional system.
Naval Aircrewman Third Class Peter Olson learned something of storm desolation when his hometown of Howell was caught in Superstorm Sandy. Now he's delivering relief to typhonne victims in the Philippines as as part of Operation Damayan.
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