Tri-Town News news briefs, July 7


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The Ocean County College Athletics Department has been awarded a grant from the
NJCAA Foundation and the First Point Volleyball Foundation to launch a men’s volleyball program.

The grant will support the addition of men’s volleyball to the Vikings’ sports programs, beginning in the spring of 2023, according to a press release.

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“We are very excited to offer OCC student-athletes the opportunity to compete in men’s volleyball at the collegiate level,” said Ilene Cohen, OCC’s executive director of Athletics. “To that end, we are extremely grateful for the $10,000 grant from the NJCAA Foundation and the First Point Volleyball Foundation that will help us to launch this program as we continue to grow the sport in this state.”

With 12 high schools in Ocean County offering boys volleyball teams, the addition of this program at OCC will provide the opportunity for those athletes to continue to compete and will encourage those who have held an interest in the sport to consider attending Ocean County College, according to the press release.


The Ocean County College Repertory Theatre Company has announced that it will perform the musical “The Fantasticks” on The Grunin Center’s Main Stage in August.

“The Fantasticks” will be performed on the college’s Toms River campus in-person on Aug. 19 at 7 p.m.; Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.; Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.; and Aug. 22 at 2 p.m., according to a press release.

Tickets will be sold in socially distanced pods, in groups of two, three and four, and are on sale online at

If a single ticket or a larger group is required, call the box office at 732-255-0500 to order. The box office will open for walk-up sales on July 12 at noon. Tickets are $26
for adults and $17 for students/seniors.

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