Councilwoman Maria Maruca is a former small business owner and community volunteer who has called Ocean County home since 1980.
Councilwoman Maruca has served as a member of the Toms River Township Council since 2004 and has a long record of public service. She is the former Executive Director of the Seaside Heights Business Improvement District (2000-2012) and has been an active member of the Ocean County Tourism Advisory Council since 1992.
Councilwoman Maruca has served on the Toms River Chamber of Commerce, American Cancer Society, Ocean of Love, Jersey Shore Region Tourism, New Jersey Tourism Industry Association and the National Alliance for Mental Health.
As a member of the Township Council, Maria represents Ward 1, which includes the Township's barrier island sections, Fischer Boulevard corridor, sections of Silverton, East Dover, Bay Shore and Gilford Park. Her work on the Council has focused on recovery and rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy in 2012. She continues to work with the Building and Zoning departments on permits and inspections and the Land Use Committee on making decisions that will help residents and business owners plan for future development. She facilitated public outreach and community engagement to discuss flood risk and new FEMA elevation maps and worked to secure Sandy recovery grants for Township taxpayers. Councilwoman Maruca has worked diligently with various state and local agencies to get the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dune and beach replenishment project started to protect Toms River's bay and beachfront communities.
An advocate for her constituents, Councilwoman Maruca was part of the Dover Township Name Change Committee in 2006, and supported changing the Township's name from the Township of Dover to the Township of Toms River. The name was officially changed on November 14, 2006. Councilwoman Maruca is also a liaison to the Township's 250th Anniversary Commission. The Township's celebration begins in 2017.
Maria also serves as liaison to the Capital Committee. The Committee meets regularly to review the long term infrastructure needs of the community concerning municipal parks, buildings, roadways, and other improvements.
In the private sector, Maria is manager of the Toms River Motor Vehicle Commission. Councilwoman Maruca graduated from Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville. For years she worked in the family business at Maruca's Tomato Pies on the Seaside boardwalk.
Councilwoman Maruca is an active community volunteer at the People's Pantry, a food and supply organization formed in response to Superstorm Sandy. Today the Peoples Pantry serves more than 4,000 Ocean County families per month, five days per week. She is a member of St. Justin's Church in Toms River. Her hobbies include spending time with her family and traveling.
You can email Maria at email@example.com.