Toms River



Toms River is a town located in Ocean County, New Jersey.  

Toms River is part of the Jersey Shore.  

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.

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 only indoor athletic complex bubble in Ocean County. It is one of the largest in New Jersey.
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 has many shopping malls including Ocean County Mall (the only enclosed mall in Ocean County and the 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. 
Toms River has a downtown area, Downtown Toms River, which hosts many community events, including festivals and the second largest Halloween parade in the world.  
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.


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