Drawing concerned Toms River parents, students, teachers and state lawmakers, organizers of the planned Thursday protest in Trenton gathered at High School South this afternoon, to spell out their grievances regarding the state school aid reallocation proposal that would sap about $3,300,000 annually from the Toms River Regional District. Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen David Wolfe and Greg McGuckin added their support to fired-up taxpayers and education advocates who expect to fill a flotilla of buses headed for the State House.

Toms River Schools Supt. David Healy (Bradley James, Townsquare Media)

Other legislators taking a stand include Senators Jennifer Beck (R-11), Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Steve Oroho (R-24). The plan, driven by Democrat State Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vin Prieto, counters Governor Christie's earlier proposal to allocate an equal amount of spending for every student in the state.

Supporters and critics of New Jersey Natural Gas's proposed pipeline through sections of Burlington, western Ocean, and Monmouth Counties place their opinions on the record July 26 at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River. The Pinelands Commission's hearing will help determine the future of the planned Southern Reliability Link, the subject of a lawsuit by the New Jersey Sierra Club.

Time marches on, and leaves the Circus Drive-In in Wall Township behind. Employees and longtime customers snapped photos in the parking lot Tuesday, the final day of operation for the iconic restaurant. Owners have not issued a date on which it would be razed, or whether the familiar neon clown sign fronting Route 35 would meet the wrecking ball as well.

Monday rain looms as the likely culprit for high bacteria counts in the waters of 16 ocean and bay swim spots in Monmouth and Ocean. Re-testing takes place today in Toms River, Brick, Asbury Park, Neptune, Deal, Highlands, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Avon and Long Branch. Beaches registering a second day of escalated bacteria will be closed to swimmers.

In Monmouth's Ocean Township, Ice Cream With A Cop adds a tasty, frosty coda to the first day of summer. The treat's on local police at Joe Palaia Park, 5:30 'til 8:30 PM.

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