Toms River Council Promotes Small Business Saturday, Honors Local Little League Champions, and Addresses Public Concerns

In a recent meeting by the Toms River Town Council, key focal points included a push to support local businesses on Small Business Saturday, honoring the achievements of the Tom R Little League softball team, and handling public concerns regarding various town matters.

The council meeting began with an emphasis on Small Business Saturday, an initiative aimed at promoting local businesses in the downtown Toms River area. A representative from the area’s business improvement district spoke about the importance of supporting these establishments. The council expressed their appreciation for the initiative, acknowledging the role of small businesses in the local economy and community.

The council also took time to honor the Tom R Little League softball team for their impressive achievements as state champions. Team representative DK Delma highlighted the team’s journey from local competition to placing third in the Mid-Atlantic region. The council members and Mayor Maurice “Mo” Hill Jr. congratulated the team, showing their commitment to community achievements and youth development.

Later in the meeting, Councilman Justin D. Lamb and Daniel Rodrick successfully moved to table two resolutions from the consent agenda. Public participation was evident when Mr. Castle asked for clarification on several items, including matters related to the expansion of Spirits by shopright, a liquor license auction, and a bar license.

One of the meeting’s significant points was the council’s engagement with public concerns. Paul Williams, speaking on behalf of the organization Just Believe, emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts between public agencies and community organizations in providing warming centers and rapid rehousing services for those in need. Mark Mut urged the council to revive the Food Fest, a celebration of the town’s heritage, suggesting it be renamed Founders Day.

Yet, not all public comments were celebratory. Kathy Lazaro voiced concerns about the current mayor making significant decisions before the newly elected mayor takes office and questioned a recent lawsuit against the township. Irene Watson also spoke about the negative atmosphere surrounding the town due to the lawsuit and internal conflicts.

In closing remarks, council members wished residents a safe Thanksgiving, expressed gratitude to those assisting with food distribution, and reiterated the importance of Small Business Saturday. Mayor Hill thanked everyone who participated in the Veterans Day Parade and acknowledged the growing number of people in need via the Tom River code blue program.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Maurice B. “Mo” Hill Jr.
City Council Officials:
Stacy Proebstle, David Ciccozzi, Kevin Geoghegan, Josh Kopp, Justin D. Lamb, Matthew Lotano, James Quinlisk, Daniel Rodrick

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