Toms River, New Jersey
|Toms River, New Jersey|
|Township of Toms River|
|Motto: Great Places. Familiar Faces.|
Location of Toms River Township in Ocean County, NJ
Census Bureau map of Toms River Township, NJ
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|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)|
|• Mayor||Thomas F. Kelaher (term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Administrator||Paul J. Shives|
|• Clerk||J. Mark Mutter|
|• Total||136.969 km2 (52.884 sq mi)|
|• Land||104.863 km2 (40.488 sq mi)|
|• Water||32.105 km2 (12.396 sq mi) 23.44%|
|Area rank||32nd of 566 in state
7th of 33 in county
|Elevation||8 m (26 ft)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2013)||91,583|
|• Rank||8th of 566 in state
2nd of 33 in county
|• Density||870.1/km2 (2,253.5/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||270th of 566 in state
14th of 33 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0882074|
Toms River is a township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, and the county seat of Ocean County. On November 7, 2006, voters approved a change of the official name from the Township of Dover (or, Dover Township) to the Township of Toms River, effective November 14, 2006. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a total population of 91,239, with the township ranking as the 8th-most-populous municipality in the state in 2010 (after having been ranked 7th in 2000) and the second most-populous municipality in Ocean County (behind Lakewood Township, which had a population of 92,843). The 2010 population increased by 1,533 (+1.7%) from the 89,706 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 13,335 (+17.5%) from the 76,371 counted in the 1990 Census.
What is now Toms River Township was established by Royal charter as Dover Township on March 1, 1768, from portions of Shrewsbury Township, while the area was still part of Monmouth County. Dover Township was incorporated as one of New Jersey's first 104 townships by an Act 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).
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.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 History
- 4 Government
- 5 Education
- 6 Transportation
- 7 Community
- 8 Notable people
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Toms River Township is located at United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 52.884 square miles (136.969 km2), of which, 40.488 square miles (104.863 km2) of it was land and 12.396 square miles (32.105 km2) of it (23.44%) was water. Toms River is 70 miles (110 km) south of Manhattan and 55 miles (89 km) east of Philadelphia.(39.994314, −74.166214). According to the
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 north. Toms River Township borders Berkeley Township, Brick Township, Island Heights, Jackson Township, Lakewood Township, Lavallette, Manchester Township, Seaside Heights and South Toms River.
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 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 has a humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers, mild winters, and warm springs and autumns. The township was severely affected by the damage brought by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Many lowlying 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.
|Climate data for Toms River|
|Record high °F (°C)||72
|Average high °F (°C)||41
|Average low °F (°C)||22
|Record low °F (°C)||−19
|Precipitation inches (mm)||3.92
|Snowfall inches (cm)||7.01
|Avg. precipitation days||11||10||11||11||11||10||9||9||8||8||10||10||118|
|Avg. 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.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 91,239 people, 34,760 households, and 24,367 families residing 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 of the township 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. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 7.93% (7,231) of the population.
There were 34,760 households, of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 25.1% of all households 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.
In the township, 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 there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, 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.
Founding and early history
Much of the early history of the village of Toms River is obscured by conflicting stories. Various sources list the eponym of the town as either English captain William Toms, farmer and ferryman Thomas Luker, or a Native American named Tom. 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.
Mid 19th and 20th centuries
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 century
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 international 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. Over 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 4th Mid Atlantic championship.
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 Township
"Toms River" at one time referred only to the village 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.
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 council consists of seven members, four of whom 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 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 2015[update], the Mayor of Toms River is Republican Thomas P. Kelaher, whose term of office expires December 31, 2015. Council members are Council President Maria Maruca (R, 2017; Ward 1), Jeffrey J. Carr (R, 2017; Ward 3), Maurice "Mo" B. Hill, Jr. (R, 2015; at large), Brian S. Kubiel (R, 2017; Ward 2), Alfonso Manforti (R, 2017; Ward 4), John "Sevas" Sevastakis (R, 2015; at large) and George Wittmann (R, 2015; at large).
Federal, state and county representation
New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District is represented by Tom MacArthur (R, Toms River). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).
For the 2014-15 Session, the 10th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by James W. Holzapfel (R, Toms River Township) and in the General Assembly by Gregory P. McGuckin (R, Toms River Township) and David W. Wolfe (R, Brick Township). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
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 2015[update], Ocean County's Freeholders (with party affiliation, term-end year, residence and department directorship listed in parentheses) are Freeholder Director John C. Bartlett, Jr. (R, term ends December 31, 2015, Pine Beach; Finance, Parks and Recreation), Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little (R, 2015, Surf City; Human Services), John P. Kelly (R, 2016, Eagleswood Township; Law and Public Safety), James F. Lacey (R, 2016, Brick Township; Transportation) and Joseph H. Vicari (R, 2017, Toms River; Senior Services and County Operations). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Scott M. Colabella (R, 2015, Barnegat Light), Sheriff Michael Mastronardy (R, 2016; Toms River) and Surrogate Jeffrey Moran (R, 2018, 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 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 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 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 2011-12 school year, the district's 18 schools had an enrollment of 16,981 students and 1,166.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.55:1.
Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Beachwood Elementary School (591 students; K-5), Cedar Grove Elementary School (883; K-5), Joseph A. Citta Elementary School (672; K-5), East Dover Elementary School (757; K-5), Hooper Avenue Elementary School (756; K-5), North Dover Elementary School (648; K-5), Pine Beach Elementary School (440; K-5), Silver Bay Elementary School (661; K-5), South Toms River Elementary School (375; K-5), Walnut Street Elementary School (841; K-5), Washington Street Elementary School (385; K-5), West Dover Elementary School (407; K-5), Toms River Intermediate East (1,468; 6-8), Toms River Intermediate North (1,423; 6-8), Toms River Intermediate South (1,052; 6-8), Toms River High School East (1,719; 9-12), Toms River High School North (2,368; 9-12) and Toms River High School South (1,535; 9-12).
Donovan Catholic High School, Ocean County's only Catholic high school, is located in Toms River, operating under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton. The diocese also operates St. Joseph's Grade School for students in Kindergarten though 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. This is the largest single donation received in OCC's 50 year history. 
Roads and highways
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 and 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 New Jersey 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).
The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders operates the Ocean Ride bus line within Toms River, as well as to Brick Township, Whiting, Manchester Township, Lakewood Township, Lacey Township, Little Egg Harbor Township, Berkeley Township, Barnegat Township, Plumsted Township, Point Pleasant, and Long Beach Island.
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.
- 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 the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex, the only indoor athletic complex bubble 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.
- New Jersey's largest non-teaching hospital, Community Medical Center, is located in Toms River.
- The Pine Belt Arena, a public arena connected to Toms River High School North, is used for major concert events and small local events throughout the year to raise money for the school district.
- Toms River Fest, is held during the summer in Toms River, bringing many people from in and out of the area, with 25,000 attendees at the 2008 event.
- 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.
- Toms River is home to Artisan's Brewery, one of New Jersey's 26 breweries.
- 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 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, due to lack of Post Offices, have Toms River mailing addresses, including South Toms River, parts of Manchester Township and parts of Berkeley Township.
- Home to the Waterhouse Museum, which features the works of painter Charles Waterhouse.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Toms River include:
- Darian Barnes (born 1980), former NFL fullback.
- Alex Blackwell (born 1970), former NBA forward for the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Tom Brown, Jr., naturalist, tracker, survivalist and author.
- Syma Chowdhry, television news reporter in Philadelphia at KYW-TV.
- Danny Clinch (born 1964), photographer.
- Chris Connor (1927–2009), jazz singer.
- Jerry Dipoto (born 1968), former professional baseball player and an executive who is the General Manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
- Frankie Edgar (born 1981), former UFC Lightweight Champion.
- Charlie Frazier (born 1980), former professional baseball player for the Florida Marlins, brother of Todd Frazier.
- Jeff Frazier (born 1982), former professional baseball player for the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs, brother of Todd Frazier.
- Todd Frazier (born 1986), professional baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds, 34th overall draft pick in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, brother of Jeff Frazier.
- Mia Galeotalanza, contestant on Survivor: Vanuatu.
- Brian Geraghty (born 1974), actor, We Are Marshall (2006), The Guardian (2006), Bobby (2006) and Jarhead (2005).
- Jared Gertner, stage actor who played a co-starring role in the first touring and London productions of The Book of Mormon.
- Ted Gillen (born 1968), former professional soccer player.
- J. M. Gold (born 1980), former professional baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Alf Goullet (1891-1995), Australian-born cyclist who won more than 400 races on three continents, including 15 six-day races.
- Bob Grant (1929-2013), radio host.
- Sheree Gray (born 1985), soccer defender who represents Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer.
- James W. Holzapfel (born 1944), member of the New Jersey State Senate from the 10th Legislative District.
- Marty Jannetty (born 1962), professional wrestler, best known as one-half of The Rockers in the World Wrestling Federation.
- Pavle Jovanovic (born 1977), Olympic bobsled competitor.
- Chris Konopka (born 1985), MLS player for the Philadelphia Union.
- Stephenie LaGrossa (born 1979), contestant on Survivor: Palau, Survivor: Guatemala and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, under the Heroes tribe.
- Al Leiter (born 1965), former Major League Baseball player who pitched for both the New York Mets and new York Yankees.
- Mark Leiter (born 1963), former Major League Baseball player
- Leonard Lomell (born 1919), U.S. Army Ranger who destroyed German gun emplacements on D-Day.
- Robert O. Marshall (born 1939), businessman whose 1980s conviction in the contract murder of his wife was the subject of a controversial 1989 book and 1990 television miniseries.
- Demetri Martin (born 1973), comedian, featured on The Daily Show and Comedy Central Presents.
- Robert and Michael Meeropol (born 1951 and 1952, respectively), sons of convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
- Joe Michelini (born 1988) musician, singer, songwriter and frontman for the indie/folk rock band River City Extension.
- Scott Palguta (born 1982), assistant men's soccer coach at Colorado College who played for the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer.
- Sam Porcello (c. 1936-2012), food scientist, developed the Oreo cookie's creme filling.
- Garret Reynolds, professional BMX rider.
- Charles Emery Rosendahl (1892–1977), Admiral United States Navy, commanding officer of Lakehurst Naval Air Station.
- Joe Scott (born 1965), former men's head basketball coach for the United States Air Force Academy and Princeton University; current head coach at University of Denver.
- Jason Snelling (born 1983), NFL running back for the Atlanta Falcons.
- County Subdivisions: New Jersey - 2010 Census Gazetteer Files, United States Census Bureau. Accessed July 9, 2013.
- US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990, United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 4, 2014.
- 2014 New Jersey Mayors Directory, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, as of December 15, 2014. Accessed January 12, 2015.
- Administration, Township of Toms River. Accessed July 11, 2012.
- Clerk's Office , Township of Toms River. Accessed July 11, 2012.
- 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 53.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Township of Toms River, Geographic Names Information System. Accessed March 14, 2013.
- "DataUniverse - 2010 Census Populations: Ocean County", Asbury Park Press. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- DP-1 - Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data for Toms River township, Ocean County, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed February 15, 2012.
- Municipalities Grouped by 2011-2020 Legislative Districts, New Jersey Department of State, p. 6. Accessed January 6, 2013.
- Table DP-1. Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: 2010 for Toms River township, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Accessed February 15, 2012.
- PEPANNRES - Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013 - 2013 Population Estimates for New Jersey municipalities, United States Census Bureau. Accessed June 16, 2014.
- GCT-PH1 Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - State -- County Subdivision from the 2010 Census Summary File 1 for New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- Look Up a ZIP Code for Toms River, NJ, United States Postal Service. Accessed February 15, 2012.
- Zip Codes, State of New Jersey. Accessed September 18, 2013.
- Area Code Lookup - NPA NXX for Toms River, NJ, Area-Codes.com. Accessed September 18, 2013.
- American FactFinder, United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 4, 2014.
- A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey, Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- US Board on Geographic Names, United States Geological Survey. Accessed September 4, 2014.
- Find a County, National Association of Counties. Accessed January 25, 2015.
- Ocean County, NJ, National Association of Counties. Accessed January 21, 2013.
- The Counties and Most Populous Cities and Townships in 2010 in New Jersey: 2000 and 2010, United States Census Bureau. Accessed February 15, 2012.
- Table 7. Population for the Counties and Municipalities in New Jersey: 1990, 2000 and 2010, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, February 2011. Accessed July 11, 2012.
- Snyder, John P. The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 202. Accessed February 15, 2012.
- Morgan Quitno 12th Annual Safest (and Most Dangerous) Cities: Top and Bottom 25 Cities Overall, Morgan Quitno Press, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 4, 2006. Accessed November 26, 2014. Listed as Dover Township, NJ.
- 13th Annual America's Safest (and Most Dangerous) Cities: Top and Bottom 25 Cities Overall, Morgan Quitno Press, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 5, 2007. Accessed November 26, 2014. Listed as Dover, NJ.
- Michels, Chelsea. "Toms River fire company publicizes details of annual Halloween parade", Asbury Park Press, October 1, 2009. Accessed January 10, 2010. "It might not be in the Guinness World Records but organizers for the township's annual parade claim it is the second largest of its kind."
- Romano, Jay. "Ortley Beach Journal; Secession Drive Brings Criticism", The New York Times, February 12, 1989. Accessed July 11, 2012. "Ortley Beach is one of several small communities on the barrier island that runs from Point Pleasant to Seaside Park and separates Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Centered on this island, Ortley Beach is bordered on the north by Lavallette and on the south by Seaside Heights, both independent municipalities."
- Areas touching Toms River Township, MapIt. Accessed December 19, 2014.
- DP-1 - Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data for Dover Beaches North CDP, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed May 15, 2012.
- DP-1 - Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data for Dover Beaches South CDP, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed May 15, 2012.
- DP-1 - Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data for Toms River CDP, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed May 15, 2012.
- GCT-PH1 - Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County -- County Subdivision and Place from the 2010 Census Summary File 1 for Ocean County, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- 2006-2010 American Community Survey Geography for New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- New Jersey: 2010 - Population and Housing Unit Counts - 2010 Census of Population and Housing (CPH-2-32), United States Census Bureau, August 2012. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- Locality Search, State of New Jersey. Accessed December 19, 2014.
- "Average weather for Toms River, New Jersey". Weather.com. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
- Census Estimates for New Jersey April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013, United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 23, 2014.
- Compendium of censuses 1726-1905: together with the tabulated returns of 1905, New Jersey Department of State, 1906. Accessed July 19, 2013.
- Wilson, Harold Fisher. The Jersey Shore; a social and economic history of the counties of Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth, and Ocean. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing. 1953. Vol. 2. Appendix B: Population Statistics. Ocean County Population Statistics. p. 1132. "Dover Township reported 1,882 in 1810; 1,916 in 1820; 2,898 in 1830 and a drop to 2,752 in 1840. In 1846 Union was created from Dover and Stafford, reporting a population of 1,759 in 1850, and Dover's population dropped in that year to 2,385.
- Barnett, Bob. Population Data for Ocean County Municipalities, 1850 - 2000, WestJersey.org, January 6, 2011. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- Raum, John O. The History of New Jersey: From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, Volume 1, p. 280, J. E. Potter and company, 1877. Accessed January 2, 2013. "Dover contained in 1850, 2,385 inhabitants; in 1860, 2,378; and in 1870, 3,044."
- Debow, James Dunwoody Brownson. The Seventh Census of the United States: 1850, p. 140. R. Armstrong, 1853. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- Staff. A compendium of the ninth census, 1870, p. 260. United States Census Bureau, 1872. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- Porter, Robert Percival. Preliminary Results as Contained in the Eleventh Census Bulletins: Volume III - 51 to 75, p. 99. United States Census Bureau, 1890. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910: Population by Counties and Minor Civil Divisions, 1910, 1900, 1890, United States Census Bureau, p. 338. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- Fifteenth Census of the United States : 1930 - Population Volume I, United States Census Bureau, p. 718. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 2, 2009. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- Census 2000 Profiles of Demographic / Social / Economic / Housing Characteristics for Dover township, Ocean County, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- DP-1: Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: 2000 - Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF 1) 100-Percent Data for Dover township, Ocean County, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- DP03: Selected Economic Characteristics from the 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates for Toms River township, Ocean County, New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed February 15, 2012.
- "Dover Township Community Profile", Ocean County Library. Accessed May 16, 2012. "Most believed it was named for Thomas Luker, who came to the area around 1700 and married Princess Anne, daughter of the local Indian Chief. Only in 1992, with the dedication of a small footbridge in Huddy Park to his memory, was Thomas Luker officially recognized as the source of the “Tom” in Toms River. Over 40 of Luker’s direct descendants and their families attended the ceremony where Ocean County Historian Pauline Miller laid to rest the other stories."
- Three Dramatic Scenes in the Closing Hours of the Revolutionary Struggle, Gen. W. H. Stryker, presentation at Doylestown Meeting, January 21, 1885. Provides a comprehensive account of the incident at Toms River in 1782 and its aftermath.
- Multiple Property Submission List, National Register of Historic Places. Accessed August 7, 2006.
- New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, Ocean County, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Historic Preservation Office. Accessed August 7, 2006.
- History of Dover Township, Ocean County Historical Society. Accessed August 3, 2006.
- Kreidler, Mark. "Inseparable: Little League, Toms River - The town from New Jersey is back where it believes it belongs: in Williamsport", ESPN magazine, August 20, 2010. Accessed July 20, 2011. "Just three years later, Gaynor, by then coaching his younger son Casey, took another team to the World Series -- and this time Toms River won it all, defeating an entry from Japan 12-9 to take home the championship trophy. Gaynor's team made the Series again in '99, a staggering run of three Williamsport trips in five years."
- Dyer, Eric. "Toms River Champs On Parade 40,000 Fans Swooned Over The Young Kings Of The Little League Baseball World.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 6, 1998. Accessed July 20, 2011.
- PAST NATIONAL CHEER CHAMPIONS, Pop Warner Little Scholars. Accessed October 15, 2007.
- CIBA-GEIGY CORP. United States Environmental Protection Agency, dated December 14, 2004. Accessed January 31, 2005
- New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Hazardous Site Health Evaluation Program, Division of Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health, & US Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). (Sep. 1997). Childhood Cancer Incidence Health Consultation: A Review and Analysis of Cancer Registry Data, 1979-1995 for Dover Township (Ocean County), New Jersey
- NJDHSS, ATSDR. (Dec. 2001). Case-control Study of Childhood Cancers in Dover Township (Ocean County), New Jersey. Volume 1: Summary of the Final Technical Report PDF 134KB. See also: Dover Township Childhood Cancer Investigation. Accessed January 31, 2005.
- Citizen’s Guide to the Childhood Cancer Incidence Update: A Review and Analysis of Cancer Registry Data, 1979-2000, January 2003.
- Milke, Jean. Population explosion is talk of Toms River, Asbury Park Press, November 11, 2004. Accessed January 4, 2007.
- The 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners - General Nonfiction, Pulitzer Prize. Accessed December 18, 2014. "In an astonishing feat of investigative reporting, prize-winning journalist Dan Fagin recounts the sixty-year saga of rampant pollution and inadequate oversight that made Toms River a cautionary example for fast-growing industrial towns from South Jersey to South China."
- About Toms River, Ocean County. Accessed August 3, 2006.
- Toms River Now: Support the Dover Township name change, Toms River Now. Accessed August 2, 2006.
- Dover Township Election Results, accessed November 11, 2006.
- APP.COM - Dover is over; it's Toms River Township, November 7, 2007. Accessed November 8, 2006.
- Elected Officials, Toms River Township. Accessed January 25, 2015.
- 2014 Municipal Data Sheet, Toms River Township. Accessed January 25, 2015.
- 2015 Elected Officials of Ocean County, Ocean County, New Jersey. p. 12. Accessed January 25, 2015.
- Township of Toms River, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed January 25, 2015.
- Plan Components Report, New Jersey Redistricting Commission, December 23, 2011. Accessed January 6, 2013.
- 2012 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, p. 65, New Jersey League of Women Voters. Accessed January 6, 2013.
- Districts by Number for 2011-2020, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 6, 2013.
- Tom MacArthur Biography, United States House of Representatives. Accessed January 7, 2015.
- About Cory Booker, United States Senate. Accessed January 26, 2015. "He now owns a home and lives in Newark's Central Ward community."
- Biography of Bob Menendez, United States Senate, January 26, 2015. "He currently lives in Paramus and has two children, Alicia and Robert."
- Senators of the 114th Congress from New Jersey. United States Senate. Accessed January 26, 2015. "Booker, Cory A. - (D - NJ) Class II; Menendez, Robert - (D - NJ) Class I"
- Legislative Roster 2014-2015 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 27, 2014.
- "About the Governor". State of New Jersey. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "About the Lieutenant Governor". State of New Jersey. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- Freeholder History, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed January 25, 2015.
- Freeholder Director John C. Bartlett Jr., Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed January 25, 2015.
- Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed January 25, 2015.
- Freeholder John P. Kelly, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed January 25, 2015.
- Freeholder James F. Lacey, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed January 25, 2015.
- Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed January 25, 2015.
- Board of Chosen Freeholders, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed January 25, 2015.
- County Directory, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed January 25, 2015.
- County Clerk, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed January 25, 2015.
- Biography of Scott M. Colabella, Office of the County Clerk. Accessed January 25, 2015.
- Sheriff Michael Mastronardy, Ocean County Sheriff's Office. Accessed January 25, 2015.
- County Surrogate Jeffrey W. Moran, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed January 25, 2015.
- 2015 Elected Officials of Ocean County, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed January 25, 2015.
- Voter Registration Summary - Ocean, New Jersey Department of State Division of Elections, March 23, 2011. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- GCT-P7: Selected Age Groups: 2010 - State -- County Subdivision; 2010 Census Summary File 1 for New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- "Presidential General Election Results - November 6, 2012 - Ocean County". New Jersey Department of Elections. March 15, 2013. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
- "Number of Registered Voters and Ballots Cast - November 6, 2012 - General Election Results - Ocean County". New Jersey Department of Elections. March 15, 2013. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
- 2008 Presidential General Election Results: Ocean County, New Jersey Department of State Division of Elections, December 23, 2008. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- 2004 Presidential Election: Ocean County, New Jersey Department of State Division of Elections, December 13, 2004. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- "Governor - Ocean County". New Jersey Department of Elections. January 29, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
- "Number of Registered Voters and Ballots Cast - November 5, 2013 - General Election Results - Ocean County". New Jersey Department of Elections. January 29, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2014.
- 2009 Governor: Ocean County, New Jersey Department of State Division of Elections, December 31, 2009. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- Toms River Regional School District 2013 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed August 10, 2014. "Toms River Regional School District is the largest suburban school district in the state with a population of approximately 17,000 students, twelve elementary schools, three intermediate schools and three high schools. Respective of our size, the district takes enormous pride in the neighborhood school concept providing high-quality educational programs and services to our four sending towns, Beachwood, Toms River, Pine Beach, and South Toms River."
- Ocean County Economic Development Fast Facts, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed July 12, 2012. "Toms River Regional School District in the largest suburban district in New Jersey, fourth largest overall with 18,000 students."
- District information for Toms River Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 11, 2014.
- School Data for the Toms River Regional Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- Beachwood Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- Cedar Grove Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- Joseph A. Citta School Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- East Dover Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- Hooper Avenue Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- North Dover Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- Pine Beach Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- Silver Bay Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- South Toms River Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- Walnut Street Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- Washington Street Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- West Dover Elementary School, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- Toms River Intermediate East, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- Toms River Intermediate North, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- Toms River Intermediate South, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- Toms River Intermediate East, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- Toms River Intermediate North, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- Toms River Intermediate South, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- Schools, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- New Jersey School Directory for the Toms River Regional Schools, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- Home page, Monsignor Donovan High School. Accessed August 13, 2013.
- School Directory, Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton. Accessed July 20, 2011.
- Ocean County College, Ocean County College. Accessed July 11, 2012.
- Nee, Daniel (May 26, 2014). "Ocean County College Receives $5.7M Donation Donation announced during recent commencement ceremony". The Patch. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
- Ocean County Mileage by Municipality and Jurisdiction, New Jersey Department of Transportation, May 2010. Accessed July 24, 2014.
- Google Maps
- Crane, Mark via Associated Press. "What's right in 'right of way'; Roadway devours homes, farms", The Nevada Daily Mail, March 13, 1981. Accessed September 18, 2013. "The authority finally declared the Alfred E. Driscoll Expressway project dormant last year after almost a decade of planning, legal battles and land acquisitions that totalled $17 million.... Land values have increased significantly in the past seven years and some parcels have doubled or tripled in value since the authority purchased 100 tracts of land from some 30 or 40 owners along a 38-mile strip from Toms River to North Brunswick."
- Ocean County Bus/Rail Connections, New Jersey Transit, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 22, 2009. Accessed July 20, 2011.
- Ocean Ride Route Information, Ocean County, New Jersey Transportation Services. Accessed July 20, 2011.
- Monmouth-Ocean-Middlesex Line, Ocean County, New Jersey Department of Planning. Accessed July 20, 2011.
- R. J. Miller Ocean County Airport, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- Staff. "Thousands flock to state chili and salsa cookoff in Toms River", Asbury Park Press, May 19, 2007. Accessed July 11, 2012.
- Virtual Tour of the Toms River Branch, Ocean County Library. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- Kile, III, William H. "INDOOR TRACK: ‘Bubble’ finally ready for action", Medford Central Record, January 11, 2013. Accessed August 14, 2014. "The familiar sound of the starter’s pistol rang out from the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex on Jan. 2 and it was a welcome sound for track coaches and fans in the area.The South Jersey indoor track and field season finally got underway last week after the Hooper Avenue facility, also known fondly as 'The Bubble,' was repaired after sustaining damage when Hurricane Sandy arrived at the end of October."
- Bennett, Don. "County gets behind hospital's bid for heart certification", Asbury Park Press, March 3, 2008. Accessed July 11, 2012. "Three years ago, Kelly said, Community's bid was approved by all the boards that reviewed it, but was rejected by the then-commissioner of health - despite Community's being the largest non-teaching hospital in the state, with 587 beds, and its affiliation with two cardiac surgery centers: Beth Israel and St. Barnabas."
- Staff. "An estimated 25,000 people attended the return of Toms River Fest", Asbury Park Press, August 4, 2008. Accessed July 11, 2012.
- About Ocean County Mall, Simon Malls. Accessed July 11, 2012. "Ocean County Mall is the only enclosed regional shopping center in Ocean County, New Jersey."
- Pellegrino, Michael. Jersey Brew: The Story of Beer in New Jersey., (Wantage, NJ: Pellegrino & Feldstein, 2009). ISBN 9780976523314.
- New Jersey Craft Beer. "New Jersey Breweries & Brewpubs – contact info, tours, tastings and more", April 10, 2013. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- Taylor, Clarke. "'AMITYVILLE HORROR' IN SOME NEW JERSEY HAUNTS", Los Angeles Times, November 26, 1978. Accessed January 2, 2013.
- Reiss, Fraidy. "Students restore cannon", Asbury Park Press, "Right there in town hall, for all the world to see, the town whose slogan boasts 'Great places, familiar faces' recently began displaying a black, functional, 500-pound swivel cannon."
- Staff. "Shooting of Blind Faith Begins", The Wichita Eagle, November 5, 1989. Accessed February 15, 2012. "Shooting has started in Los Angeles on the NBC miniseries, "Blind Faith." It is based on the Joe McGinniss book about the murder of Toms River, N.J., housewife Maria Marshall."
- The Museum, Waterhouse Museum. Accessed February 15, 2012.
- Edelson, Stephen. "Toms River's Barnes returns to N.J. with Jets", Asbury Park Press, March 9, 2007. Accessed April 6, 2011. "Darian Barnes' professional football odyssey came full circle Thursday when the Toms River native signed a free agent contract with the Jets, nearly five years after he began his NFL career by being released by the Giants during training camp in 2002."
- Denman, Elliott. "Shore Hall of Fame inducts 17", Asbury Park Press, May 13, 1999. "Alex Blackwell, a Toms River North and Monmouth College basketball player who spent a year with the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and several more seasons in international professional competition."
- Osborne, James. "Tracker gains big following even as some say tales stray; Many disciples, and a few skeptics, for outspoken Pinelands outdoorsman.", 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."
- 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 cafe, died on Saturday in Toms River, N.J. She was 81 and lived in Toms River."
- Sielski, Mike. "Heard on the Field", The Wall Street Journal, October 29, 2011. Accessed August 14, 2014. "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."
- Feitl, Steve. "BACK TO HIS ROOTS: Frank Edgar part of fight card in UFC's return to New Jersey", 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."
- UFC Fighter Profile of Frank Edgar, UFC, accessed March 15, 2007.
- Kreidler, Mark. "Inseparable: Little League, Toms River - The town from New Jersey is back where it believes it belongs: in Williamsport", ESPN, August 20, 2010. Accessed January 17, 2011.
- "Former Rutgers Standout Jeff Frazier Called Up To Detroit Tigers", ScarletKnights.com, July 29, 2010.
- Christopher, Chris. "Frazier to Cincinnati; 34th overall", 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."
- Mia Galeotalanza profile, Survivor: Vanuatu at CBS.com. Accessed October 24, 2007.
- 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."
- Kurland, Bob. "METROSTARS MINUS TWO -- DONADONI, RAMOS TO MISS OPENER", The Record (Bergen County), April 12, 1996. "Kearny native Ted Gillen, who grew up in Toms River, was placed on injured reserve due to a slow-healing hamstring."
- Stump, Scott. "STARTING OVER Former Toms River North star J.M. Gold has not given up on his big league dream", Asbury Park Press, May 25, 2004. Accessed January 17, 2011.
- 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 August 14, 2014. "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."
- Sheree Gray, Penn State Nittany Lions. Accessed August 14, 2014.
- 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."
- 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", People (magazine), July 7, 2006. "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."
- Lomell, Leonard. "June 6, 1944", Time (magazine), March 31, 2003. Accessed April 7, 2008.
- 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 (magazine), 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."
- 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."
- Spelling, Ian. "N.J.'s River City Extension opens for Avett Brothers at PNC Arts Center", The Record (Bergen County), 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."
- 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."
- 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", Daily News (New York), 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.'"
- Palmer, Chris. "Meet Garrett Reynolds, the anti-BMX star", ESPN. Accessed September 14, 2010.
- Vice Admiral Charles E. Rosendahl Collection, 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."
- "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."
- Toms River Township web site
- Toms River Regional Schools
- Toms River Regional Schools's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Toms River Regional Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- Toms River Branch of Ocean County Library
- Dover Township: A Brief History - from the Asbury Park Press.
- Toms River Community web site
- Toms River Community web site dedicated to the worlds 2nd largest Halloween Parade
- Toms River Community News
||Jackson Township||Lakewood Township||Brick Township|
|Berkeley Township||South Toms River||Island Heights|