Winter 20152016

Ocean County tourism, a $4.6 billion industry

The results of 2015 tourism records in Ocean County Tourists love Ocean County more than ever, with record numbers of visitors spending time, and money, here in 2015. Tourism now injects $4.6 billion into the County's economy, up from $4.3 billion in 2014. "There is no question that tourism is the number one industry in Ocean County," said Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari. "These numbers prove that tourism is not only strong, but is growing." A [...]

Getting an early start on spring. Plant a tree.

Getting an early start on spring As soon as the first morning frost appears and the first snowflakes start to pile up, many begin looking forward to spring. Images of green leaves, red and orange blossoms, fresh vegetables and herbs help keep the cold winter days manageable as you wait for the ground to thaw so you can start planting. A good green thumb knows early starts in the garden or yard ensure lush, healthy [...]

International Women’s Day is March 8th.

In 1977, when the women who would establish the National Women’s History Project began planning a women’s history week, March 8th, International Women’s Day, was chosen as the focal date. The selection was based on wanting to ensure that the celebration of women’s history would include a multicultural perspective, an international connection between and among all women, and the recognition of women as significant in the paid workforce. United States women’s history became the primary [...]

The Affordable Care Act and taxes: What you need to know

The Affordable Care Act and taxes: What you need to know While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is no longer new, each year brings changes to the health care law. As you undoubtedly know, the ACA is inextricably linked to taxes so keeping up with annual changes is important. Given tax season is now well underway, here's what you need to know when preparing your income tax return this season. ACA paperwork: things to know [...]

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Why bad science isn’t good for anyone

There is an old adage that the squeaking wheel gets the most oil. If you need proof that adage still rings true, consider where we are with food science research. Much of the time, the loudest are heard, regardless of qualifications, while the more informed and experienced are silenced. For instance, a particular celebrity used her visibility to help lead a movement of parents denying their children the proper vaccinations needed to keep them safe [...]

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Surgery and anesthesia: Making it safer at any age

Anesthesia today is safer than ever. But try telling that to a nervous parent of a 5-year-old about to have surgery, or to a patient in his 70s in poor health. Talking to your surgeon and physician anesthesiologist before surgery is an important step in making sure your experience is as safe and comfortable as possible - regardless of your age. But for children and older adults, that conversation is especially important. Dr. Daniel J. [...]

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Flu Cases on the rise. Free Flu Shots Still Being Offered.

Health officials throughout New Jersey and the United States are seeing increased influenza illness. Locally, the staff of the Monmouth County Health Department is also seeing increased flu activity reporting and they are closely monitoring this year’s flu activity at Monmouth County schools, hospitals and nursing homes. “There are three basic everyday actions that we can all use to protect ourselves and our loved ones from getting the flu,” said Freeholder John P. Curley, liaison [...]

SBA low interest loans for Superstorm Sandy victims

Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration are currently available at the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management, Route 530, here, to assist residents and business owners affected by Superstorm Sandy. “It’s important that our residents and business owners know this assistance is again available to them,” said Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. “Citizens who continue to need assistance as a result of this storm may be able [...]