Toms River is a township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. Its mainland portion is also a census-designated place of the same name, which serves as the county seat of Ocean County. Formerly known as the Township of Dover, in 2006 voters approved a change of the official name to the Township of Toms River, adopting the name of the largest unincorporated community within the township. Located at the heart of the Jersey Shore region, the township is a steadily growing bedroom suburb of New York City in the New York metropolitan area and a regional commercial hub in central New Jersey.
Toms River, New Jersey
|Township of Toms River|
"Great Places. Familiar Faces."
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|Royal charter||March 1, 1768 (as Dover Township)|
|Incorporated||February 21, 1798|
|Renamed||November 14, 2006 (as Toms River Township)|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (mayor–council)|
|• Body||Township Council|
|• Mayor||Maurice B. "Mo" Hill Jr. (R, term ends December 31, 2023)|
|• Administrator||Donald A. Guardian|
|• Municipal clerk||Alison Carlisle|
|• Total||52.89 sq mi (136.98 km2)|
|• Land||40.55 sq mi (105.03 km2)|
|• Water||12.34 sq mi (31.95 km2) 23.32%|
|Area rank||32nd of 565 in state|
7th of 33 in county
|Elevation||26 ft (8 m)|
|• Rank||8th of 566 in state|
2nd of 33 in county
|• Density||1,800/sq mi (700/km2)|
|• Density rank||270th of 566 in state|
14th of 33 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0882074|
As of the 2020 United States Census, the township had a total population of 95,438, with the township ranking as the 8th-most-populous municipality in the state in 2020 (same place as in 2010) and the second most-populous municipality in Ocean County (behind Lakewood Township, which had a population of 135,158). The 2020 population increased by 4,199 (+4.6%) from the 91,239 counted in the 2010 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,533 (+1.7%) from the 89,706 counted in the 2000 Census, and by 13,335 (+17.5%) from the 76,371 counted in the 1990 Census.
In 2006, Toms River was ranked by Morgan Quitno Press as the 15th safest city in the United States, of 369 cities nationwide. In 2007, Toms River was again ranked as the 14th-safest city in the United States of 371 cities nationwide.
Toms River can be seen in various TV and news media including MTV's Made and Jersey Shore (seasons 1, 3, and 5), HBO's Boardwalk Empire and the original The Amityville Horror movie. In 1998, Toms River East Little League won the Little League World Series. The township has what is said to be the second-largest Halloween parade in the world.
Founding and early historyEdit
Much of the early history of the settlement of Toms River is obscured by conflicting stories. Various sources list the eponym of the township as either English captain William Tom, or farmer and ferryman Thomas Luker. In 1992, as part of celebrations commemorating the township's 225th anniversary, official recognition was granted to the tradition that the "Tom" in "Toms River" was for Thomas Luker, who ran a ferry across Goose Creek (now the Toms River). During the 19th century, Toms River became a center for shipbuilding, whaling, fishing, and iron and lumber production. The settlement and the river were usually spelled "Tom's River" in its early days, though its current spelling has been standard since the middle of the 19th century.
Toms River was located in the southern section of the Township of Shrewsbury that obtained a royal charter to secede in 1767 and form Dover Township. During the American Revolutionary War, Toms River was home to a strategically important salt works that supplied colonial militias, as well as a base for privateer vessels that plundered British and Tory ships off the coast. In March 1782, a group of British and loyalist soldiers attacked a blockhouse along the river that housed the colonial militia and captured Captain Joshua Huddy, who was later hanged at Sandy Hook. Also destroyed were the salt works and most of the houses in the village. The incident greatly complicated the tense relationship between the British, loyalist, and colonial and was a factor in prolonging the peace negotiations that were then in progress in Paris until 1783.
Dover Township was incorporated as one of New Jersey's first 104 townships by the Township Act of 1798 of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township were taken to form Jackson Township (March 6, 1844), Union Township (March 10, 1846, now Barnegat Township), Brick Township (February 15, 1850), Manchester Township (April 6, 1865), Berkeley Township (March 31, 1875), Island Heights (May 6, 1887), Lavallette (December 21, 1887) and Seaside Heights (February 26, 1913). The township's original name was for Dover, England, and was changed to Toms River Township based on a referendum passed in 2006.
Mid 19th and 20th centuriesEdit
In 1850, Toms River became the county seat of the newly created Ocean County when it was formed out of southern Monmouth County. During the second half of the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th, many new towns were carved out of Dover Township, including Brick, Jackson, Lakewood and Berkeley. The Village of Toms River attempted twice—in 1914 and 1926—to secede from Dover Township, but residents were unsuccessful. The part of Toms River on the south side of the river stretching down to Berkeley Township incorporated as South Toms River in 1927, but the core of the original village on the north side remains part of the wider township to this day.
Mid and late 20th centuryEdit
In the last two decades of the twentieth century, the demographics of the township changed substantially, adding over 20,000 residents just in the 1990s. While the village is still the center of municipal and county government, the population in the area exploded in the decades after World War II, due in part to the completion of the Garden State Parkway. Whereas the village was the largest and most densely populated section of the township for over two centuries, the vast majority of residents now shop and work in other sections of the town.
Toms River made national headlines in the 1990s with their Little League Baseball team, nicknamed "Beast from the East", which competed in the Little League World Series three times in five years, winning in 1998 when they defeated Japan by a score of 12–9. More than 40,000 people lined Route 37 for a parade following their victory over Kashima, Japan. Toms River Little League made it to Williamsport in 2010 giving Toms River its record fourth Mid-Atlantic championship, returning there as regional runners up in 2021.
Toms River is also home to many National Champion Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading titles. 1996 Toms River Raider Jr. PeeWee Football team won a National Championship. Cheerleaders from the Toms River Little Indians, Toms River Raiders, and the Toms River Angels (formerly the Saint Joe's Angels) have won many National Titles. The first National Championship title was won in 1993 by the Toms River Little Indian Midget Cheer squad. In 2001, 2002, and 2003 the Toms River Angels brought home national titles resulting in the nations second ever three peat (meaning they brought home three national titles on the same level). In 2005, The Toms River Little Indians brought home two more national titles, and the Toms River Raiders won one. In 2006, The Toms River Angels Midget Large Advanced Cheer Squad and the Toms River Little Indians Midget Small Intermediate Cheer Squad won two more National Titles. In 2007 The Toms River Angels brought home one and the Indians brought back two more to add to their history.
In the mid-1990s, state and federal health and environmental agencies identified an increased incidence of childhood cancers in Toms River from the 1970–1995 period. Multiple investigations by state and federal environmental and health agencies indicated that the likely source of the increased cancer risk was contamination from Toms River Chemical Plant (then operated by Ciba-Geigy), which had been in operation since 1952. The area was designated a United States Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in 1983 after an underground plume of toxic chemicals was identified. The following year, a discharge pipe was shut down after a sinkhole at the corner of Bay Avenue and Vaughn Avenue revealed that it had been leaking. The plant ceased operation in 1996. A follow up study from the 1996–2000 period indicated that while there were more cancer cases than expected, rates had significantly fallen and the difference was statistically insignificant compared to normal statewide cancer rates. Since 1996, the Toms River water system has been subject to the most stringent water testing in the state and is considered safe for consumption. Dan Fagin's Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning book, examined the issue of industrial pollution in detail.
Toms River TownshipEdit
"Toms River" at one time referred only to the rural farming community of Toms River, a small part of the vast Township of Dover that included several other distinct settlements. With the United States Postal Service's adoption of Toms River mailing addresses for Dover Township, coupled with demographic changes in the other sections, those inside and outside began referring to all of mainland Dover Township as Toms River. In the 1990 Census, the census-designated place called "Toms River" only included the downtown village area that included fewer than 8,000 residents in 1990. Due to complaints of confusion, the CDP was broadened to include all of mainland Dover Township to better reflect the more common usage for the area.
Over the years, confusion over the name of the township had become an issue for many residents. A movement organized around the Dover Township Name Change Committee, founded by Mayor Paul Brush and supported by the Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, collected signatures to put a name change question on the ballot in November 2006. On Election Day, November 7, 2006, over 60% of residents voted to approve changing the name from the Township of Dover to the Township of Toms River. The name change campaign featured the slogan "Toms River YES", signifying a yes vote for the name change, and the name was officially changed on November 14, 2006.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 52.89 square miles (136.98 km2), including 40.55 square miles (105.03 km2) of land and 12.34 square miles (31.95 km2) of water (23.32%). Toms River is 70 miles (110 km) south of Manhattan and 55 miles (89 km) east of Philadelphia.
While most of Toms River is on the mainland, Dover Beaches North and South are situated on the Barnegat Peninsula, a long, narrow barrier peninsula that separates Barnegat Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. Dover Beaches South adjoins the independent municipalities of Lavallette to the north and Seaside Heights to the south.
Dover Beaches North (2010 Census population of 1,239), Dover Beaches South (1,209) and Toms River CDP (88,791) are census-designated places and unincorporated communities located within Toms River Township. Other unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Andrew Point, Andrews, Bay Shore, Cattus Island, Cedar Grove, Chadwick, Coates Point, East Dover, Gilford Park, Gilmores Island, Green Island, Long Point, Normandy Beach, Ocean Beach, Ortley Beach, Pelican Island, Pine View, Pleasant Plains, Shelter Cove, Silverton, Tilton Point, West Dover and White Oak Bottom.
Toms River includes the ZIP Codes 08753, 08754, 08755, 08756, 08757 and 08739. Ortley Beach (Dover Beaches South) shares ZIP Code 08751 with Seaside Heights. Manchester Township does not have its own Post Office, and parts of Manchester use a Toms River mailing address under ZIP Code 08757.
Toms River Township borders the Ocean County municipalities of Berkeley Township, Brick Township, Island Heights, Jackson Township, Lakewood Township, Lavallette, Manchester Township, Seaside Heights and South Toms River.
Toms River has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen: Cfa), although it can be described as a hot-summer humid continental climate (Dfa) by the 0 °C isotherm because January averages are lower than New York City, even being about 50 miles to the north. The township was severely affected by the damage brought by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Many low-lying areas of the township, including Silverton and the downtown area, saw their worst flooding ever when the storm surge overwhelmed the Barnegat Bay up and down the Jersey Shore. The barrier islands, just across the bridge, suffered even worse devastation from the storm surge brought by the hurricane. Extremes range from a record high of 105 °F on both July 19, 1999 and August 9, 1896 to a low of -24 °F on January 16, 1988.
|Climate data for Toms River|
|Record high °F (°C)||75
|Average high °F (°C)||41
|Average low °F (°C)||22
|Record low °F (°C)||−24
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||3.92
|Average snowfall inches (cm)||7.01
|Average precipitation days||11||10||11||11||11||10||9||9||8||8||10||10||118|
|Average snowy days||4||3||2||.5||0||0||0||0||0||0||.2||2||11.7|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||155.0||155.4||201.5||216.0||244.9||270.0||275.9||260.4||219.0||204.6||156.0||136.4||2,495.1|
|Population sources: 1790–1920|
1850–2000 1850–1870 1850
1870 1880–1890 1890–1910
* = Lost territory in previous decade. 2019 estimation 2020
The 2010 United States census counted 91,239 people, 34,760 households, and 24,367 families in the township. The population density was 2,253.5 per square mile (870.1/km2). There were 43,334 housing units at an average density of 1,070.3 per square mile (413.2/km2). The racial makeup was 89.91% (82,035) White, 2.70% (2,465) Black or African American, 0.17% (156) Native American, 3.58% (3,266) Asian, 0.02% (17) Pacific Islander, 1.96% (1,785) from other races, and 1.66% (1,515) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.93% (7,231) of the population.
Of the 34,760 households, 28.2% had children under the age of 18; 54.4% were married couples living together; 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present and 29.9% were non-families. Of all households, 25.1% were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.10.
21.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.0 years. For every 100 females, the population had 92.3 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 89.6 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $71,934 (with a margin of error of +/- $2,094) and the median family income was $83,924 (+/- $2,842). Males had a median income of $59,860 (+/- $2,733) versus $42,192 (+/- $2,081) for females. The per capita income for the township was $33,423 (+/- $926). About 4.5% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.4% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 89,706 people, 33,510 households, and 24,428 families residing in the township. The population density was 2,189.5 people per square mile (845.4/km2). There were 41,116 housing units at an average density of 1,003.5 per square mile (387.5/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 93.57% White, 1.75% African American, 0.13% Native American, 2.46% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.95% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.54% of the population.
There were 33,510 households, out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.1% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the township the population was spread out, with 23.3% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $54,776, and the median income for a family was $62,561. Males had a median income of $47,390 versus $30,834 for females. The per capita income for the township was $25,010. About 4.0% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.
Toms River has many shopping malls including Ocean County Mall (the only enclosed mall in Ocean County) and Seacourt Pavilion, located across Bay Avenue from the Ocean County Mall. It is home to the corporate headquarters of EGM Green, as well as the headquarters for OceanFirst Bank.
Arts and cultureEdit
The RWJBarnabas Health Arena (formerly Pine Belt Arena), a 3,500-seat public arena connected to Toms River High School North, is used for concerts, sporting events, and some small local events throughout the year to raise money for the school district. Starting in January 2018, the name was officially changed to the "RWJBarnabas Health Arena" after the district signed a five-year deal with RWJBarnabas Health under which the district will be paid a total of $637,500 for the naming rights.
Joshua Huddy Park is located in Downtown Toms River and is host to a replica constructed in 1931 of the Revolutionary War fort that was once standing near the site. The town played host to a short skirmish during the Revolution in which Captain Joshua Huddy was captured by a group of Loyalists while defending the Toms River Blockhouse and hanged without trial. The trail of Captain Huddy can be followed throughout the town.
The Asbury Park Press provides daily news coverage of Toms River Township, as does WOBM-FM radio. The government of the town provides columns and commentary to The Toms River Times, which is one of seven weekly papers from Micromedia Publications.
The John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex is one out of three indoor athletic complex’s in Ocean County and one of the largest in New Jersey. It was severely damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy, reopening in January 2013 after repairs were completed.
Since 2002, Toms River Township has operated within the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law) under the Mayor-Council form of New Jersey municipal government. The township is one of 71 municipalities (of the 565) statewide that use this form of government. The governing body is comprised of the Mayor and seven-member Township Council. The council includes four members who each represent one of four wards of the township and three who are chosen at-large. The mayor and the seven council members are chosen on a partisan basis as part of the November general election in odd-numbered years to serve four-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with the mayor and three at-large seats elected together and the four ward seats chosen simultaneously two years later.
As of 2020[update], the Mayor of Toms River is Republican Maurice "Mo" B. Hill Jr., whose term of office expires December 31, 2023. Township Council members are Kevin Geoghegan (R, 2023; at large), Josh Kopp (R, 2023; at large), Laurie A. Huryk (D, 2021; Ward 3), Matthew Lotano (R, 2023; at large), Maria L. Maruca (R, 2021; Ward 1), Daniel T. Rodrick (D, 2021; Ward 2) and Terrance L. Turnbach (D, 2021; Ward 4).
In February 2016, Kevin Geoghegan was appointed to fill the vacant Ward 2 seat expiring in 2017 of Brian Kubiel, who won election to an at-large seat in the November 2015 general election; Geoghegan served on an interim basis until the November 2016 general election, when voters chose Geoghegan to serve the balance of the term of office.
In December 2017, the Township Council appointed Don Guardian, the former Mayor of Atlantic City to replace Paul J. Shives; Guardian will be paid an annual salary of $175,000, while Shives had been paid $223,000.
Federal, state and county representationEdit
For the 117th United States Congress, New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District is represented by Andy Kim (D, Bordentown). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2027) and Bob Menendez (Harrison, term ends 2025).
For the 2022–2023 session, the 10th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by James W. Holzapfel (R, Toms River) and in the General Assembly by John Catalano (R, Brick Township) and Gregory P. McGuckin (R, Toms River).
Ocean County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members, elected on an at-large basis in partisan elections and serving staggered three-year terms of office, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization held in the beginning of January, the board chooses a Director and a Deputy Director from among its members. As of 2019[update], Ocean County's Freeholders (with party affiliation, term-end year, residence and department directorship listed in parentheses) are Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines (R, 2019, Toms River; Parks and Recreation and Natural Lands), Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Kelly (R, 2019, Eagleswood Township; Law and Public Safety), Gerry P. Little (R, 2021, Surf City; Roads), Gary Quinn (R, 2021, Lacey Township; Human Services and Transportation) and Joseph H. Vicari (R, 2020, Toms River; Senior Services and County Operations). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Scott M. Colabella (R, 2019, Barnegat Light), Sheriff Michael Mastronardy (R, 2019; Toms River) and Surrogate Jeffrey Moran (R, 2023, Beachwood).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 59,987 registered voters in Toms River Township, of which 11,617 (19.4%) were registered as Democrats, 15,749 (26.3%) were registered as Republicans and 32,592 (54.3%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 29 voters registered to other parties. Among the township's 2010 Census population, 65.7% (vs. 63.2% in Ocean County) were registered to vote, including 83.6% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 82.6% countywide).
In the 2016 presidential election, Republican Donald Trump received 64.7% of the vote (28,545 cast), ahead of Democrat Hillary Clinton with 32.4% (14,287 votes), and other candidates with 3.0% (1,315 votes), among the 44,147 ballots cast by the township's voters. In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 57.0% of the vote (22,773 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 42.0% (16,776 votes), and other candidates with 1.0% (408 votes), among the 40,235 ballots cast by the township's 62,614 registered voters (278 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 64.3%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 57.2% of the vote (25,881 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 40.8% (18,439 votes) and other candidates with 1.3% (600 votes), among the 45,215 ballots cast by the township's 62,909 registered voters, for a turnout of 71.9%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 60.7% of the vote (26,203 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 38.1% (16,467 votes) and other candidates with 0.6% (360 votes), among the 43,170 ballots cast by the township's 59,544 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 72.5.
In the 2017 gubernatorial election, Republican Kim Guadagno received 62.3% of the vote (15,744 cast), ahead of Democrat Phil Murphy with 35.3% (8,929 votes), and other candidates with 2.3% (593 votes), among the 25,266 ballots cast by the township's voters. In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 74.5% of the vote (19,317 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 24.2% (6,269 votes), and other candidates with 1.3% (330 votes), among the 26,470 ballots cast by the township's 61,593 registered voters (554 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 43.0%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 66.8% of the votes (19,906 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 26.7% (7,948 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 4.6% (1,372 votes) and other candidates with 1.0% (283 votes), among the 29,782 ballots cast by the township's 61,578 registered voters, yielding a 48.4% turnout.
Students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade attend the Toms River Regional Schools, a regional public school system (centered primarily in Toms River Township) that is the largest suburban school district in New Jersey. In addition to students from Toms River, the district also serves the adjoining boroughs of Beachwood, Pine Beach and South Toms River. It is the largest suburban school district in the state, and the fourth largest school district in New Jersey (after Newark, Jersey City and Paterson). It is also the largest school district in the state that is not an Abbott District. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of 18 schools, had an enrollment of 15,472 students and 1,171.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.2:1.
Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Beachwood Elementary School (with 480 students; in grades K-5), Cedar Grove Elementary School (889; PreK-5), Joseph A. Citta Elementary School (569; K-5), East Dover Elementary School (702; PreK-5), Hooper Avenue Elementary School (720; K-5), North Dover Elementary School (519; K-5), Pine Beach Elementary School (435; K-5), Silver Bay Elementary School (637; PreK-5), South Toms River Elementary School (320; K-5), Walnut Street Elementary School (757; K-5), Washington Street Elementary School (369; K-5), West Dover Elementary School (383; K-5), Toms River Intermediate East (1,420; 6-8), Toms River Intermediate North (1,191; 6-8), Toms River Intermediate South (1,113; 6-8), Toms River High School East (1,416; 9-12), Toms River High School North (2,052; 9-12) and Toms River High School South (1,402; 9-12). Seats on the district's nine-member board of education are allocated based on the population of the constituent municipalities, with six seats assigned to Toms River.
Donovan Catholic High School, Ocean County's only Catholic high school, operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton. The diocese also operates St. Joseph's Grade School for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Ocean County College, a two-year college that offers four-year options in cooperation with other New Jersey colleges and universities, is located on Hooper Avenue in Toms River. In May 2014, The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation announced a $5.7 million donation to establish The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, the largest single donation received in OCC's 50-year history.
Roads and highwaysEdit
As of May 2010[update], the township had a total of 453.89 miles (730.47 km) of roadways, of which 351.13 miles (565.09 km) were maintained by the municipality, 72.45 miles (116.60 km) by Ocean County, 24.04 miles (38.69 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 6.27 miles (10.09 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
Toms River is crisscrossed by several major roadways, including the Garden State Parkway and U.S. Route 9, as well as Route 35, Route 37, Route 70, Route 166, County Route 527, County Route 530, County Route 549, County Route 571.
Two of the most congested roads are Hooper Avenue and Route 37. Route 37 sees extra traffic from travelers to the Jersey shore during the summertime, due to it being a main artery to the shore from the Garden State Parkway at interchange 82. The township is also home to one of the state's only at-grade cloverleafs, at the intersection of Hooper Avenue and County Route 571 (Bay Avenue).
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority proposed in 1971 to build the Driscoll Expressway which was to start from exit 80 of the parkway and end 3 miles (4.8 km) north of exit 8A of the New Jersey Turnpike in South Brunswick Township. This project was killed in 1980.
The major bus station in Toms River is located downtown, off exit 81 of the Garden State Parkway. The township is served by NJ Transit bus routes 67 (to Newark and Journal Square), 137 (to the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) in Midtown Manhattan), 319 (PABT in New York City and the Atlantic City Bus Terminal), and 559 (to the Atlantic City Bus Terminal).
Ocean Ride local service is provided on the OC1 Whiting, OC1A Whiting Express, OC2 Manchester, OC3 Brick – Lakewood – Toms River, OC3A Brick – Point Pleasant and the OC10 Toms River Connection routes.
There are a number of taxi services around and within Toms River. Fares vary depending on the service.
The Central Railroad of New Jersey and Pennsylvania Railroad ended service to the township in the late 1940s. The nearest rail station is the terminus of the North Jersey Coast Line in Bay Head. Service is currently being evaluated to nearby Lakehurst on the proposed Monmouth-Ocean-Middlesex Line.
- Toms River has been featured in television, including MTV which filmed three episodes of the show Made and scenes from MTV's Jersey Shore there.
- The toxic dumping that occurred in Toms River in 2001 was the subject of the 2013, Pulitzer Prize winning book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin.
- Toms River is home to many beaches located along the Jersey Shore, including Ortley Beach, Normandy Beach, Monterey Beach, Ocean Beach, Chadwick Beach and Silver Beach.
- The New Jersey Chili and Salsa Cook-Off, as well as the New Jersey Ice Cream Festival are held in Toms River.
- The Toms River Branch of Ocean County Library is the headquarters of the Ocean County Library system and the largest public library in Ocean County. In January 2006, a renovation project was completed that doubled the size of the facility.
- Toms River is home to Artisan's Brewery.
- The 1979 movie The Amityville Horror was filmed in Toms River, rather than Amityville on Long Island. Local police and ambulance workers played extras. The Toms River Volunteer Fire Company Number One was used to provide the "rain" during one of the exterior scenes. If you look closely, you can see that it is sunny and not "raining" in the background, the next street over.
- Downtown Toms River hosts many community events, including festivals such as Toms River Pride and the second largest Halloween parade in the world. The official logo is a 'T' with a river, forming an 'R', through it. The slogan is "Great Places. Familiar Faces."
- Toms River gained some notoriety in 1984 when local businessman Robert O. Marshall was charged with (and later convicted of) the contract killing of his wife, Maria. The case attracted the attention of true crime author Joe McGinniss, whose bestselling book on the Marshall case, Blind Faith, was published in 1989 and adapted into an Emmy-nominated 1990 television miniseries starring Robert Urich and Joanna Kerns.
- Several surrounding municipalities are served by Toms River mailing addresses, including South Toms River, parts of Manchester Township and parts of Berkeley Township.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Toms River include:
- 18th & Addison, rock band.
- Platt Adams (1885–1961), athlete who won a gold medal in the standing high jump and a silver medal in the standing long jump at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.
- Corey Albano (born 1975), former professional basketball player.
- Casey Bahr (born 1948), soccer defender who played one season in the North American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League, and was a member of the U.S. soccer team at the 1972 Summer Olympics.
- Darian Barnes (born 1980), former NFL fullback.
- Alex Blackwell (born 1970), former NBA forward for the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Rachel Bolan (born 1966), bass guitar player and main songwriter of the metal band Skid Row.
- Tom Brown Jr. (born 1950), naturalist, tracker, survivalist and author.
- Mike Bucci (born 1972), semi-retired professional wrestler best known for his appearances in Extreme Championship Wrestling as Nova, Super Nova, and "Hollywood" Nova and in World Wrestling Entertainment as Simon Dean.
- Andrew Campbell (born 1984), yachtsman who represented the United States in Laser sailing competition at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
- Sean Cashman (born 1987), baseball coach in the Texas Rangers organization who was head coach of the Saint Peter's Peacocks during the 2013 season.
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- Makin, Bob. "Skid Row guitarist Dave 'Snake' Sabo returns home to Sayreville to rock Starland Ballroom", Courier News, November 3, 2017. Accessed November 22, 2017. "After more than 30 years of making music together, Skid Row's three original members – guitarists Dave 'Snake' Sabo and Scotti Hill and bassist Rachel Bolan – never take their success for granted, Sayreville-raised Sabo said.... But when that opportunity went to Richie Sambora, the childhood friends from Robin Place and Robin Hood Drive in Sayreville became management mates at McGhee Entertainment soon after Sabo formed Skid Row with Toms River-raised Bolan in 1986."
- Osborne, James. "Tracker gains big following even as some say tales stray; Many disciples, and a few skeptics, for outspoken Pinelands outdoorsman." Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 26, 2011. Accessed August 14, 2014. "Brown, who grew up near Toms River, N.J., founded his school in 1978 after spending his 20s living in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains and Central America for extended periods."
- Melok, Bobby. "Where Are They Now?: Simon Dean", WWE, August 6, 2014. Accessed October 12, 2015. "Growing up in Toms River, N.J., Mike Bucci was a huge wrestling fan."
- Munson, John. "America's Cup racing comes to Hudson River with N.J. native on Team USA", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, May 6, 2016. Accessed November 22, 2017. "'As a boy from Toms River sailing in the Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association, Campbell learned "to be adventurous and self reliant sailing with myself or one other person and exploring, getting stuck capsized in the river, and figuring out how to problem solve with sailing as the mechanism for that learning'.... At age eight his family moved from Toms River to San Diego where the weather is nearly perfect year round."
- Sean Cashman, The Baseball Cube. Accessed September 23, 2019. "Born Date: 1987 [32.???] Place: Toms River,New Jersey High School: Toms River North (Toms River,NJ)"
- Bondy, Filip. "Figure Skating; Kerrigan And Davis Win Titles", The New York Times, January 24, 1993. Accessed November 22, 2017. "Michael Chack of Toms River, N.J., was the surprise third-place finisher."
- Eichel, Molly. "Temple grad Syma Chowdhry officially joins CBS3", Philadelphia Daily News, October 2, 2013. Accessed August 14, 2014. "Originally hailing from Toms River, N.J, Chowdhry began her career in 2004 in Raleigh, N.C., and was a familiar face on "News 12 New Jersey" in Edison and a reporter for The University Network in Jersey City."
- Cotter, Kelly-Jane. "That Old Bruce 'Magic': Springsteen, E Street Band won't be doing a disappearing act anytime soon", Asbury Park Press, September 30, 2007. Accessed October 19, 2007. "Clinch, whose company is in Manhattan but who lives in Toms River, is especially proud of the portrait that runs across the center panel of the CD sleeve."
- Holden, Stephen. "Chris Connor, Jazz Singer Whose Voice Embodied a Wistful Cool, Dies at 81", The New York Times, September 1, 2009. Accessed April 6, 2011. "Chris Connor, the great jazz singer whose lush, foggy voice and compressed emotional intensity distilled a 1950s jazz reverie of faraway longing in a sad café, died on Saturday in Toms River, N.J. She was 81 and lived in Toms River."
- Staff. "Mayor got his ears wet in politics as a tot", Asbury Park Press, January 27, 1986. Accessed September 23, 2019. "In 1978, he moved to Dover Township and took his first job with Citizens' State Bank, where he rose to assistant vice president."
- Snyder, Kayla. "Kathy Voytko and John Cudia Q&A", USA Today High School Sports, February 15, 2016. Accessed September 23, 2019. "John: I grew up in Toms River, NJ. I think it made pursuing my dreams easier because I was so close to New York City."
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- Sielski, Mike. "Heard on the Field", The Wall Street Journal, October 29, 2011. Accessed June 27, 2019. "Jerry DiPoto, a native of Toms River, N.J., who pitched for the Mets in 1995 and 1996, will be named the general manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during a news conference Saturday, a person with knowledge of the situation has confirmed."
- Stump, Scott. "7-Foot-1 Pitcher Cut By Team In Minors Is Next Big Thing In Beach Volleyball", The Pst Game, November 19, 2013. Accessed October 12, 2015. "Doherty grew up in baseball-mad Toms River, N.J., home of the two-time Little League World Series champions and a trio of strong high school programs. After starring as a hard-throwing right-handed starter at Toms River High School East, Doherty became an All-Big East closer at Notre Dame in 2004."
- Zweig, Jason; and Ensign, Rachel Louise. "Credit Counselor Has Ties to High-Interest Lenders; Consumer-Debt Adviser Howard Dvorkin Has Financial Links to Firms Such as Payday Lenders That Often Drive People Deeper into Debt", The Wall Street Journal, January 12, 2015. "Dvorkin, 50 years old, grew up in Toms River, N.J., where his father was a plumbing-supply distributor."
- Feitl, Steve. "Back To His Roots: Frank Edgar part of fight card in UFC's return to New Jersey"[permanent dead link], Home News Tribune, November 15, 2007. Accessed December 28, 2007. "After an accomplished wrestling career – one that saw him place twice at states while at Toms River High School East and qualify for nationals all four years as an All-American at Clarion University in Pennsylvania – Edgar chose to train for the combat sport that merges numerous disciplines from wrestling to jiu-jitsu to kickboxing."
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- Oglesby, Amanda. "Former prosecutor to lead Ocean County Superior Courts", Asbury Park Press, June 15, 2015. Accessed March 27, 2016. "'There's something about coming home,' said Ford, who lives in Toms River. 'I'm in awe of the responsibility that has been placed on me by the chief justice.'"
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- Christopher, Chris. "Frazier to Cincinnati; 34th overall" Archived August 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Ocean County Observer, June 8, 2007. "She had to do something to honor her cousin, Todd Frazier, the former Toms River High School South standout selected 34th in the supplemental first round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft yesterday by the Cincinnati Reds.... Todd Frazier of Toms River, right, was picked by the Cincinnati Reds yesterday."
- "Judge Fuentes, the School of Law's highest-ranking federal jurist, honored for his career ", University at Buffalo Law School, November 2016. Accessed November 22, 2017. "Born and reared in Puerto Rico, Justice Fuentes grew up in Toms River, N. J., where his mother, a single parent, worked as a practical nurse."
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- Brian Geraghty, The New York Times from Allmovie. Accessed April 6, 2011. "After viewing that performance, Geraghty – unclear after high school about where he wanted to go or what he wanted to do – made a beeline from his home of Toms River, NJ, to New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse, where he plunged headfirst into classical theater – and subsequently received a bid to audition for HBO's organized crime drama The Sopranos."
- Filichia, Peter. "'Little Shop' is good fit for diminutive actor", The Star-Ledger, June 5, 2008. Accessed August 14, 2014. "Jared Gertner, a native of Toms River, stars as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors at the Paper Mill Playhouse."
- Frank Giannetti, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed October 12, 2019. "Born: March 14, 1968 (Age: 51-212d) in Toms River, NJ... High School: Toms River East (NJ)"
- Kurland, Bob. "Metrostars Minus Two – Donadoni, Ramos To Miss Opener", The Record, April 12, 1996. "Kearny native Ted Gillen, who grew up in Toms River, was placed on injured reserve due to a slow-healing hamstring."
- Erin Gleason, Sports Reference. Accessed April 20, 2020. "Born: September 18, 1977 (Age 42.215, YY.DDD) in Dover Township, New Jersey, United States"
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- Hagenmayer, S. Joseph. "A. Goullet, A Legend In Bike Racing", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 14, 1995. Accessed August 14, 2014. "Alfred T. 'Alf' Goullet, 103, whose world-record-setting performances in bicycling races on three continents prompted sportswriters to compare him to baseball's Babe Ruth and boxing's Jack Dempsey, died Saturday at a retirement home in Toms River... He resided in Newark for 75 years and lived in Red Bank and then Toms River for the last eight years."
- Griffith, Janelle. "Bob Grant, father of conservative talk radio, dead at 84", The Star-Ledger, January 2, 2014. Accessed October 12, 2015. "He lived for a time in Woodbridge, where his favorite diner named a dish in his honor, and Manalapan before moving most recently to Toms River."
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- Grifa Confirmed as Community Affairs Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, May 20, 2010. Accessed November 22, 2021. "Grifa was born and raised in New Jersey and grew up in Toms River, Ocean County."
- "The Sandlot TV series With The Original Cast Is Coming Soon", WPST, March 5, 2019. Accessed September 23, 2019. "If you're a fan of the movie then maybe you already knew that one of the main characters has roots in New Jersey. Tom Guiry, who played Scotty Smalls in the film, was born in Toms River, NJ, and grew up in the Mercer County area."
- Larsen, Erik. "Haines appointed Ocean County freeholder", Asbury Park Press, January 26, 2016. Accessed August 30, 2016. "Ocean County Freeholder-designate Virginia 'Ginny' Haines is surrounded by supporters and county Republican leaders following her appointment to the county's governing body on Tuesday night. Haines, 69, of Toms River, becomes only the second woman to serve on the Ocean County freeholder board since 1850."
- Mikle, Jean. "New sculpture exhibit in downtown Toms River", Asbury Park Press, June 7, 2016. Accessed November 22, 2017. "This year, the bronze works scattered throughout downtown are pieces by renowned artist Brian Hanlon, a Toms River resident who owns Hanlon Sculpture Studio. There are sports figures, military heroes, and a leader of the Civil Rights movement – Fannie Lou Hamer."
- "Lutherans Updating Status Of Women", The News-Palladium, July 5, 1972. Accessed October 12, 2015. "The denomination ordained its first woman minister only last year, and now has two of them out of 7,328 clergy—the Rev. Judith Hird, a Toms River, N.J., pastor, and the Rev. Elizabeth Platz, campus pastor at the University of Maryland."
- Hopkins, Kathleen. "Taxes key in 10th District;Hopefuls spar over millionaires surcharge", Asbury Park Press, October 24, 2011. Accessed August 14, 2014. "'I think we've done an excellent job in representing the interests of our district,' said Holzapfel, 67, a Toms River resident who served as Ocean County prosecutor from 1987 to 1992 and who is senior partner in the Toms River law firm of Citta, Holzapfel and Zabarsky."
- Anthony W. Ivins, Washington County Historical Society. Accessed November 22, 2017. "Anthony Woodward Ivins was born September 16, 1852 in Toms River, New Jersey. He and his family emigrated to Salt Lake City, arriving in August 1853 after a 140-day journey."
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- Wallace, William N. "Patience of Dobson May Be the Key To Turner's Success at Cup Trials", The New York Times, July 31, 1977. Accessed November 22, 2017. "Gary Jobson, a 27‐year‐old teacher of sailing from Toms River, N.J.. has the stickiest job of all among the 77 sailors competing for the America's Cup here this summer."
- Araton, Harvey. "Sports of The Times; One Man's Lifeblood of the Games", The New York Times, February 8, 2002. Accessed February 15, 2012. "Yesterday, an American bobsledder, Pavle Jovanovic of Toms River, N.J., lost his appeal of a suspension for flunking a similar test in December at the United States trials."
- Edelson, Steve. "Konopka right at home, in Ireland", Asbury Park Press, March 12, 2008. Accessed April 8, 2008. "Since stepping off a plane at Dublin Airport on Jan. 15 and signing a contract with storied Bohemian Football Club two weeks later, Chris Konopka has experienced a side of soccer he could barely have imagined growing up in Toms River."
- Tan, Michelle. "Survivor's Stephenie LaGrossa Gets Married" Archived January 13, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, People, July 7, 2006. Accessed October 12, 2015. "LaGrossa, a former pharmaceutical sales rep who now models and makes TV and personal appearances, grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia and now lives in Toms River, N.J. "
- Olney, Buster. "Baseball; Mets Bolster Rotation in Deal for Leiter", The New York Times, February 7, 1998. Accessed February 15, 2012. "Al Leiter grew up in Toms River, N.J., rooting for the Mets on television, a die-hard with indelible memories of the 1969 World Series. Now Mets fans will be rooting for him."
- Anastatisa, Phil. "Scout reflects on baseball love affair", Courier-Post, June 7, 2004. Accessed October 23, 2007. "Lynch mentions former Cherry Hill West left-hander Shawn Senior, Lenape left-hander Scott Schoeneweis and Toms River brothers Al Leiter and Mark Leiter among the local athletes who best caught his eye."
- Vogt, Erin. "Phillies call up NJ's Mark Leiter Jr, Unicorn Fraps arrive", WKXW, April 19, 2017. Accessed May 10, 2017. "Another NJ pro ball player has been called up to the Phillies! The Jersey roots don't get any deeper than pitcher Mark Leiter Junior. The NJIT grad from Toms River is the son of former MLB pitcher Mark Leiter and nephew of Al Leiter."
- Mikle, Jean. "Meet the Orthodox Jewish trailblazer from Toms River with a major record deal", Asbury Park Press, July 18, 2018. Accessed April 20, 2020. "Shulem Lemmer and his young family had just moved to Toms River last summer when one of his new neighbors approached and called out his name."
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- via Associated Press. "A look at congressional candidate Tom MacArthur", Asbury Park Press, May 3, 2014. Accessed October 12, 2015. "Residence: Toms River. Also owns homes in Randolph and Barnegat Light."
- Boulard, Garry. Louis Prima, p. 145. University of Illinois Press, 1989. ISBN 9780252070907. Accessed October 12, 2015. "Following the newspaper coverage from Toms River, New Jersey, was twenty-year-old Gia Maione, a waitress at the local Howard Johnson's who studied voice and piano in high school."
- Staff. "Death Penalty Upheld In Marshall Case A Milestone Ruling For N.J. High Court", Philadelphia Daily News, January 24, 1991. Accessed September 14, 2010. "The state Supreme Court today upheld the death sentence for Robert O. Marshall, the Toms River businessman whose conviction for arranging the murder of his wife drew nationwide attention as the subject of a best-selling book and a television movie."
- Dremousis, Litsa. Demetri Martin, The Believer, February 2006. Accessed June 23, 2007. "The son of a Greek Orthodox priest (note: Orthodox priests can marry prior to ordination) and a nutritionist, Martin grew up with his brother and sister in Toms River, New Jersey."
- Staff. "G.O.P. Chief Takes His Life In Jersey; Mathis, 88, Leader in Ocean County, Had Been Sick -A Noted Yachtsman", The New York Times, May 19, 1958. Accessed November 22, 2017. "Toms River, N. J., May 18 (AP) – Thomas A. Mathis, longtime Republican leader of Ocean County, shot himself dead today only two days after he had been released from a hospital."
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- Roberts, Sam. "Metro Matters; Rosenberg Case: Family's Struggle At Reconciliation", The New York Times, June 20, 1988. Accessed February 15, 2012. "His nephews, Michael and Robert Meeropol, planned no special remembrance. Robert intended only to take a long walk alone near his home in Massachusetts to reflect on that afternoon in Toms River, N.J., when his older brother, then 10, was ushered outside to join him after the television broadcast of the Yankees-Tigers game was interrupted repeatedly by news bulletins about the impending execution of their parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg."
- Spahr, Rob. "Current, former professional athletes talk drugs in sports at Ocean County event", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, January 17, 2015. Accessed November 22, 2017. "Tony Meola, a Toms River resident and former MLS soccer star who was the goalie for the U.S. National Team and a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame, told the room that it isn't only illegal drugs that pose problems for athletes."
- Kahn, Roger. October Men: Reggie Jackson, George Steinbrenner, Billy Martin, and the Yankees' Miraculous Finish in 1978, p. 78. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003. ISBN 9780151006281. Accessed October 12, 2015. "As CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers, O'Malley, called the Big Oom, let a bright young righthander named Andy Messersmith, a physician's son from Toms River, New Jersey, pitch for the entire 1975 season without signing a contract."
- "Kurt Metzger talks to young people about sex, we should listen", The Laugh Button, July 15, 2011. Accessed July 22, 2017. "Metzger kicks off the album talking about what he knows best, New Jersey and Guidos. As a Toms River native it's a subject Kurt spent most of his life learning the ways of these Jersey Shore phenomenon."
- Spelling, Ian. "N.J.'s River City Extension opens for Avett Brothers at PNC Arts Center", The Record, September 22, 2011. Accessed January 25, 2015. "Joe Michelini formed River City Extension in 2007, and since then enough members have joined and left the Toms River-based band that the group's founder and lead singer considers their current tour a series of get-to-know-you shows. 'It's like we're forced to overcome a lot of obstacles at once and in a very short amount of time,' Michelini says by telephone from his Toms River home."
- Micko, Lillian. "Real 'League Of Their Own' Players Are Honored Fans Inspired By The Movie Came. So Did Two Women Who Played And Their Coach.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 13, 1994. Accessed October 12, 2015. "Moffet, who now lives in Toms River but grew up in Pitman, retired just last month after 42 years in education."
- Steve Mormando, New York University Athletics. Accessed October 12, 2015. "A native of Toms River, NJ, Mormando resides in Dover, NJ."
- "Obituary: Rocco Neri 1919-2011", Courier News, October 8, 2011. Accessed April 20, 2020. "Rocco Neri, 92 of Toms River, passed away on Thursday October 6th at Fountainview Care Center, Lakewood. He owned & operated the Stuyvesant Auto Body in Irvington for 30 years. Born in Newark, he resided in Irvington from 1951 -1985 when he moved to Toms River."
- Sitrin, Carly. "Gearing Up for the Future: New Jersey Gets its First Innovation Chief", NJ Spotlight, August 16, 2018. Accessed September 23, 2019. "Noveck is a Toms River native with a resume deep in national and international experience integrating technology, government, and an engaged citizenry."
- "Sergey Padukow, at 70; architect, rights activist", Asbury Park Press, October 24, 1993. Accessed December 27, 2017. "Sergey Padukow, 70, a Toms River architect known for his church designs and volunteer work on human rights issues, died Friday morning at Thomas Jefferson Medical Center, Philadelphia, after a brief illness."
- Scott Palguta, Colorado College. Accessed January 12, 2014. "Palguta, a native of Toms River, N.J., was a two-time all-Ivy League selection at Cornell University, where he graduated in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in hotel administration."
- Hill, Todd. "Piper Perabo keeps on plugging; The 'Imagine Me & You' star rebounds from her fair share of flops with a Brit rom-com", Staten Island Advance, February 5, 2006 at Imagine Me & You site. Accessed October 12, 2015. "Piper Perabo has come a long way from Toms River, N.J."
- Phull, Hardeep. "The forgotten New Yorker who changed the '80s music scene", New York Post, February 7, 2017. Accessed March 19, 2017. "Born in 1954, Polsky grew up in Toms River, NJ, as one of four siblings."
- Hinckley, David. "Man who developed Oreo cookie filling dead at 76; Sam J. Porcello was known at Nabisco as 'Mr. Oreo'He died Saturday at 76, and worked at Nabisco for 34 years", New York Daily News, May 20, 2012. Accessed January 25, 2015. "That's not all that Sam J. Porcello of Toms River, N.J., did. But if it had been, that would have been enough. This obituary had me at 'Oreo.'"
- Whitehead, Kate. "Maria Ressa, Duterte critic and ‘guardian of the truth’, says journalists are under attack", South China Morning Post, May 26, 2019. Accessed September 23, 2019. "My parents worked in New York City. They didn’t want us kids growing up in an inner-city school, so they bought a house in Toms River, New Jersey. They commuted two hours to New York City and two hours back each day. My sister and I went to a public school in Toms River."
- Vice Admiral Charles E. Rosendahl Collection Archived June 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, University of Texas at Dallas. Accessed June 23, 2007. "1960: Retired to Toms River to write and to organize Lighter-Than-Air Museum Association at Lakehurst."
- King, Wayne. "It's Not Us, Toms River Says of Portrayal in Book", The New York Times, March 29, 1989. Accessed October 12, 2015. "In the book, the politician is called Raymond DiOrio. But he clearly is John F. Russo, a Toms River lawyer, president of the New Jersey Senate and, until Blind Faith, a man thinking about a campaign for governor."
- Marshall Jr., Tyrone C. "Schwartz Honored for Exceptional Service as Air Force Chief", United States Department of Defense, August 10, 2012. Accessed October 12, 2015. "The defense secretary described Schwartz as a hardworking Toms River, N.J., native, who grew up in a blue collar world."
- "Destined to Coach", The Colorado Springs Gazette, March 16, 2004.
- Garafolo, Mike. "NY Giants Game Day: Look for running game to exploit weak Atlanta defense", The Star-Ledger, November 22, 2009. Accessed April 6, 2011. "The Giants' defenders said all week third-string RB Jason Snelling (a Toms River native who moved to Virginia before high school) is just as dangerous."
- Najafi, Yusef. "Saying Goodbye to CherylAfter apartment fire and battle with leukemia, local lesbian historian dies", Metro Weekly, September 5, 2007. Accessed November 22, 2017. "During the past 20 years, Spector played an active role in Washington's GLBT community. The native of Toms River, N.J., who came to Washington to study Spanish and broadcast journalism at American University, built a reputation for attending and videotaping nearly every GLBT-related event in Washington, whether it be Capital Pride events, the funerals of the many people who died from AIDS in the late '80s and '90s, or even drag performances."
- Sullivan, Al. "'Beam me up, Scotty'; Local writer makes name in Star Trek universe" Archived March 20, 2017, at the Wayback Machine, The Hudson Reporter, March 28, 2008. Accessed March 19, 2017. "A resident of Bayonne since he was 10 years old, William Stape, 39, has become a part of the Star Trek universe, both as the author of scripts for The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine TV series, but also by recently unveiling details concerning the sets of the upcoming Star Trek movie.... Born in Jersey City, Stape moved with his family to the Toms River area before relocating to Bayonne."
- Staff. "Speedy Stokes' World Tour Continues in Philly" Archived January 12, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, ArenaFootball.com. Accessed October 12, 2015. " Originally from Toms River, NJ, most of Keith's extended family still resides in New Jersey and makes regular appearances at his games."
- Whisman, Courtney. "Noël Valis Lecture", Dartmouth College Department of Spanish and Portuguese, April 24, 2015. Accessed November 22, 2017. "A native of Toms River NJ, Noël Valis has lived in New Haven CT for the last sixteen years and teaches at Yale University."
- Hagenmayer, S. Joseph. "Episcopal Bishop Albert W. Van Duzer", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 30, 1999. Accessed November 8, 2015. "Raised in Toms River, Bishop Van Duzer was a 1935 graduate of Toms River High School, where he was manager for the baseball team, a member of the football team, and in the school play."
- Staff. "Renewed Pride for Seton Hall", The New York Times, April 3, 1989. Accessed October 12, 2015. "On Saturday, Werkman had 100 people in his home in Toms River, N.J., to watch the Pirates defeat Duke in the semi-finals. He has also become a recognizable figure again, even if people do not remember that he is Seton Hall's leading career scorer with 2,273 points."
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