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Toms River

Author : Dan Fagin
ISBN : 9780345538611
Genre : Science
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • Winner of The New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award • “A new classic of science reporting.”—The New York Times The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All Maladies, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. One of New Jersey’s seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping. A town that would rather have been known for its Little League World Series champions ended up making history for an entirely different reason: a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution. For years, large chemical companies had been using Toms River as their private dumping ground, burying tens of thousands of leaky drums in open pits and discharging billions of gallons of acid-laced wastewater into the town’s namesake river. In an astonishing feat of investigative reporting, prize-winning journalist Dan Fagin recounts the sixty-year saga of rampant pollution and inadequate oversight that made Toms River a cautionary example for fast-growing industrial towns from South Jersey to South China. He tells the stories of the pioneering scientists and physicians who first identified pollutants as a cause of cancer, and brings to life the everyday heroes in Toms River who struggled for justice: a young boy whose cherubic smile belied the fast-growing tumors that had decimated his body from birth; a nurse who fought to bring the alarming incidence of childhood cancers to the attention of authorities who didn’t want to listen; and a mother whose love for her stricken child transformed her into a tenacious advocate for change. A gripping human drama rooted in a centuries-old scientific quest, Toms River is a tale of dumpers at midnight and deceptions in broad daylight, of corporate avarice and government neglect, and of a few brave individuals who refused to keep silent until the truth was exposed. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND KIRKUS REVIEWS “A thrilling journey full of twists and turns, Toms River is essential reading for our times. Dan Fagin handles topics of great complexity with the dexterity of a scholar, the honesty of a journalist, and the dramatic skill of a novelist.”—Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Emperor of All Maladies “A complex tale of powerful industry, local politics, water rights, epidemiology, public health and cancer in a gripping, page-turning environmental thriller.”—NPR “Unstoppable reading.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer “Meticulously researched and compellingly recounted . . . It’s every bit as important—and as well-written—as A Civil Action and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”—The Star-Ledger “Fascinating . . . a gripping environmental thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “An honest, thoroughly researched, intelligently written book.”—Slate “[A] hard-hitting account . . . a triumph.”—Nature “Absorbing and thoughtful.”—USA Today From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Science

Along The Toms River

Author : Ocean County Historical Society
ISBN : 0738512974
Genre : History
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This fascinating visual history features more than two hundred carefully selected photographs that together document the people, places, and events that have defined the city of Toms River and the surrounding area. Located on the banks of the river of the same name, Toms River was first settled in the early 1700s by loggers drawn to the dense forests on the river's banks. During the American Revolution, the village was a constant thorn in the side of the British, and it was attacked and burned to the ground in 1783. The arrival of the railroads in the late 1800s ushered in a new age of expansion which, spurred on by the construction of the Garden State Parkway in the decade after World War II, continues to this day.
Category: History

Schwarze Flaggen

Author : Joby Warrick
ISBN : 3806234779
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Toms River New Jersey

Author : Books, LLC
ISBN : 1156147158
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 37. Chapters: People from Toms River, New Jersey, South Toms River, New Jersey, Dover Beaches North, New Jersey, Mike Bucci, Frankie Edgar, Leonard Lomell, Norton A. Schwartz, Al Leiter, Toms River High School North, Tom Brown, Chris Konopka, Toms River Regional Schools, Monsignor Donovan High School, Piper Perabo, Andy Messersmith, Alf Goullet, Toms River High School East, Ted Gillen, Robert O. Marshall, Toms River High School South, Brian Geraghty, Keith Stokes, Nick Werkman, Jerry Dipoto, Syma Chowdhry, Ocean County Mall, Jason Snelling, Toms River Fest, Danny Clinch, Pavle Jovanovic, Mark Leiter, Poland Spring Arena, Leigh Lezark, Julio M. Fuentes, Seacourt Pavilion, Sheree Gray, Andrew Valmon, Community Medical Center, John F. Russo, Toms River Railroad, Alex Blackwell, Pelican Island, Gilford Park, New Jersey. Excerpt: The Township of Toms River is a large township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, and the county seat of Ocean County. On November 7, 2006, voters approved a change of the official name of Township of Dover (or, Dover Township) to the Township of Toms River, effective November 14, 2006. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township had a total population of 89,706. The United States Census Bureau's 2009 population estimate was 109,356, making it one of the fastest growing cities in New Jersey as well as the eighth most populous municipality in New Jersey. What is now Toms River Township was established by Royal Charter as Dover Township on March 1, 1768, from portions of Shrewsbury Township, while the area was still part of Monmouth County. Dover Township was incorporated as one of New Jersey's first 104 townships by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1798. Portions of the township were taken to from Jackson Township (March 6, 1844), Union Township (March 10, 1846, now Barnegat ...
Category: Health & Fitness

Toms River Was In Flames

Author : Nicholas F. Rakoncza
ISBN : OCLC:166881378
Genre : New Jersey
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The story of the 1782 attack on the village of Toms River, New Jersey during the American Revolution with observation and statements by some of the participants.
Category: New Jersey

Remarks Of Governor Thomas H Kean Route 37 Dualization Toms River New Jersey Wednesday October 17 1984

Author : Thomas H. Kean
ISBN : OCLC:913796589
Genre : New Jersey
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Governor Keans speaks about the Transportation Trust Fund as one of the "greatest bills" in the history of New Jersey. He mentions Senator John Russo, Senator Leonard Connors, Assemblywoman Marlene Ford, and Freeholder George Buchwald for moving this road project up to 1988 from it's original 1990's schedule. The safety of the roadways in Manchester and Dover townships in Ocean County was paramount. Route 37 dualizating incorporates the construction of a wide and safe shoulder.
Category: New Jersey