Small Businesses in Ocean County

Now more than ever we should all be working to pay it forward especially when it comes to helping those small businesses that are the heartbeat of our communities, said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari.

“Our small businesses have demonstrated a resilience during many difficult times and they have always been there to lend a helping hand,” said Vicari, who serves as liaison to Ocean County tourism and business development.

“There are many ways to help these businesses, I encourage everyone to help.” “I know we are all trying to do our part to help others during this difficult time,” Vicari said. “My colleagues and I on the Board of Freeholders want our citizens and businesses to know we deeply appreciate every step you take to help. There is no action too small that doesn’t make a difference in this County.”

Blood Drive

Ocean County Government Employees recently donated blood during the Ocean County employee blood drive providing 32 successful blood donations. “So many are stepping up to help others while following state and federal mandates that are in place to help curtail the spread of the coronavirus,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. “A spirit of helping and generosity is alive and well in Ocean County. That spirit has never been diminished.”

Ocean County Coronavirus Testing Site

A drive thru testing site was opened on March 30, 2020 at the Ocean College Campus for Ocean County residents. In order to use the drive thru site all residents must make an appointment and follow the requirements that were put in place.

Ocean County will continue to provide coronavirus tests during the week of April 13 at the drive thru testing site at Ocean County College. Appointments will be available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Appointments must be scheduled in advance for Ocean County residents. The site is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting.

“This testing site for Ocean County residents is the result of the combined efforts of U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management under the direction of Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy, the Ocean County Health Department, Ocean County College, RWJBarnabas Health Southern Region and Hackensack Meridian Health,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. “The drive thru testing site will help with our large senior population and those residents who have been advised to be tested for the coronavirus.”

Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike Toll Increases

On March 5, Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari sent a letter to Governor Murphy in which he both opposed the increases and called for an Ocean County resident to be appointed to an existing vacancy on the Turnpike Authority. Vicari argued that the rise in tolls impacts Ocean County commuters more than residents in most other parts of the state. “We have more parkway miles in Ocean County than any other county and our commuters have a longer drive to the city and northern New Jersey,” he said.

Federal Stimulus Check

“The federal government has reassured us that every senior citizen who receives Social Security benefits will automatically receive a stimulus check, whether they file a federal tax return or not,” Vicari said. “Seniors do not have to take any action.”

Seniors who direct deposit their Social Security benefits directly into their bank accounts will receive their stimulus money in the same fashion, said Vicari, who is also Chairman of Senior Services. Others will receive a check in the mail.

For more details on all of the updates, please visit the Ocean County website – www.ocean.nj.us/home