Gangwise Project: protecting our youth

TOMS RIVER  –  Three branches of the Ocean County Library will present “The Gangwise Project: What our Community Needs to Know.”

Presented by Edwin Torres, a retired State law enforcement Lieutenant and juvenile gang expert, attendees will learn the general warning signs of gang affiliation. He will also discuss why kids join gangs and offer a brief history of modern gangs.

Torres will give advice for parents and teens to avoid gangs and report on local gang activity. He will also tell where parents can go for help if they know their child is involved with a gang.

The program will be held:

  • Wednesday, May 27 at Plumsted, 119 Evergreen Rd., New Egypt, 609-758-7888
  • Monday, June 1 at Waretown, 112 Main St., 609-693-5133
  • Tuesday, June 2 at Jackson, 2 Jackson Dr., 732-928-4400

The program is suitable for teens, ages 12 and up, their parents, and other interested adults such as educators, clergy and people who work with youth.

The programs are free. Registration is required. Telephone the branch or go to the library’s Web site .

Sign-in for each program begins at 6 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Manchester library offers ADD/ADHD program 6/5

MANCHESTER  –  Representatives from Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) will present the impact of ADD/ADHD on educational experiences, personal relationships, employment and overall well-being 2 p.m. Friday, June 5.

They will also offer strategies to help adults living with ADD/ADHD cope with daily challenges.

The program will be held at Ocean County Library’s Manchester branch, 21 Colonial Dr.

The program is part of the library’s “Chapters of Health” series and is open to the adult public, free of charge. Register online at or call 732-657-7600.

Manchester library to offer Instagram training

MANCHESTER–  Ocean County Library’s  Manchester branch, 21 Colonial Dr., will offer a guided tour of the popular free online photo and video editing and sharing service Instagram 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 9.

Instagram users can take pictures and videos, apply simple edits and filters, and then share them on a variety of social networking platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. You will see the major features of Instagram demonstrated and be shown how to create your own Instagram account.

This free adult workshop is part of the library’s ongoing series on social media websites. Register for the workshop by calling the branch (732) 657-7600 or go online to library’s website

Christopher Mullins joins the OC Library Commission

(Left to right) Library Counsel Franklin H. Berry, Jennifer Mullins, Christopher J. Mullins and James T. Mullins.

(Left to right) Library Counsel Franklin H. Berry, Jennifer Mullins, Christopher J. Mullins and James T. Mullins.

TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Library Commission welcomed its newest board member, Christopher J. Mullins, at the May 18 Library Commission meeting.

Library counsel Franklin H. Berry, Jr. administered the oath of office. Berry was assisted by Mullins’ wife Jennifer and his father James T. Mullins, a former member of the library commission.

Mullins is a Bayville resident. He is the Hazlet Township Public Schools Business Administrator and its school board secretary.

He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Scranton, Scranton, Pa.

The seven-member Ocean County Library Commission is the governing body for the Ocean County Library. It includes Chairperson Sal Baglio, Vice Chairperson Bonnie R. Peterson, and Commissioners Henry J. Mancini, Susan L. Hutler, Ruthanne Scaturro and John A. Ravally.

Ocean County Library Commissioner Christopher J. Mullins.

Ocean County Library Commissioner Christopher J. Mullins.

Dr. Fontana to promote active lifestyle @ Stafford library

MANAHAWKIN –   The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, will present Physical Activity for All Ages with Dr. Michelle Fontana 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4.

Dr. Fontana is a proponent of daily physical activity. She will discuss the benefits of getting more active at any age. She will also explain how people can customize a physical activities regimen that will best suit one’s particular lifestyle while reducing the risk of activity-related injury.

Dr. Fontana will also review the Federal Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion guidelines to help people understand the health benefits of physical activity.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library and is free and open to the public. For additional information telephone the branch at 609-597-3381 or visit the library’s website .

Manchester to present drug awareness program 6/2

MANCHESTER –  Retired police Lt. Joseph Pangaro will  discuss drug abuse issues at a 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 program at the Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Dr.

Parents, caregivers, educators, and teens will find out which drugs are popular, what commonly abused drugs and their associated paraphernalia looks like, and what hidden clues to look for in homes and vehicles.

Participants will also learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug abuse, including depression, withdrawal, hostility, hanging with different friends and increased secrecy about possessions and activities.

The discussion will also cover the increased usage of heroin in the teen population.


This free program is open to adults and teens. Registration is required. To register telephone the branch 732-657-7600 or go online to the library website . Continuing education certificates will be available.

It is part of the library’s Tools for Teens series and funded through collaboration between the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Ocean County Youth Services Commission, Ocean County Health Department, NJSC Ocean County Probation Juvenile Supervision, Ocean County Library, Municipal Alliance Project, and the NJ Governor’s Council on Alcoholism.

Joseph Pangaro is retired from the Ocean Township Police Department where he served for 27 years. He now does training for law enforcement, business and education professionals through his company, Pangaro Training.

Recognizing Teen depression, suicide warnings and how to help

TOMS RIVER –  Four branches of the Ocean County Library will present “Recognizing Teen Depression, Suicide Warnings and how to help” in May and June.

The programs, part of the Tools for Teens series, are designed to help a person recognize and respond to signs of depression and other common behavioral concerns. Special focus will be given to risk factors and warning signs for suicide as well as resources that are available to help.

The programs start promptly at 6:30 p.m. at the following branches:

Lacey, 10 East Lacey Rd., Forked River, Monday, May 18, 609-693-8566.

Toms River, 101 Washington St., Tuesday, May 26, 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514.

Tuckerton, 380 Bay Ave., Monday, June 1, 609-296-1470.

Brick, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., Tuesday, June 9, 732-477-4513.

The programs are presented by Turning the Tides of St. Barnabas Health Center and funded through a Youth Services Commission Grant for Ocean County Library’s Tools for Teens series.

Free Continuing Education Credits are available for educators and professionals who attend this program.

The programs are free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. To register, telephone the branch, stop by the branch in person, or log onto the library website .


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