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Nicholas was a graduate of Point Pleasant Borough High School who passed away in November from a heroin overdose. His family is hopeful that this foundation will help bring awareness of this epidemic in New Jersey, especially Ocean County. Donations to the Nicholas Hudanish Foundation can be mailed to: 703 Hommann Ave., Perth Amboy, NJ 08861


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Students of 08742 Boro’s Kaitlyn Seitter & Julia Fitzsimmons Sign Letters of Intent While millions of high school seniors across the country eagerly await admission decisions from their chosen colleges, the athletic coaches at many of the same colleges are just as eagerly anticipating word from some of the nation’s top student-athletes - students who have been recruited to play sports at the college level.

Wednesday, February 1 was a proud – though somewhat difficult – day for Point Pleasant Borough High School’s Lady Panthers Soccer Team, when Julia Fitzsimmons and Kaitlyn Seitter, two of the team’s top players, officially ended their tenure with the team they’ve helped propel to repeated victory over the last four years and signed the documents that would launch the next phase of their soccer careers as collegiate women’s soccer players.

Feb. 1 was 2017 Signing Day, the opening of the regular National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing period, when elite student-athletes, who compete in the sports football, field hockey, soccer, track & field, cross country and men’s water polo, take the final step in the college recruiting process – the signing of a National Letter of Intent. The signing period extends through the spring, and for certain sports, the summer, during which time approximately 36,000 student-athletes will commit to one of the more than 600 participating NCAA Division I & II colleges and universities.

Julia and Kaitlyn’s families and coaches and school and district administration convened in Point Pleasant Borough High School’s athletic office on Tuesday to bear witness as Julia and Kaitlyn took the ceremonial final step in the college recruitment process with Julia signing with Wagner College and Kaitlyn committing to Appalachian State – both Division I schools.

Among this year’s group of students to sign National Letters of Intent are four members of Point Pleasant Borough High School’s Class of 2017!

“It’s hard to imagine the Lady Panthers Soccer Team without Julia Fitzsimmons and Kaitlyn Seitter,” said Athletic Director Chris Ferrone. “Julia and Kait are outstanding athletes who have repeatedly distinguished themselves through their dedication to and passion for soccer.

On Signing Day, Julia Fitzsimmons and Kaitlyn Seitter became the third and fourth members of the Class of 2017 to ink deals to continue their athletic pursuits at the college level, joining classmates Katie Bragen and Ally Lassen, who, earlier this year, committed to Rutgers and St. Francis College respectively.

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For as long as she can remember, Julia Fitzsimmons’ dream has been to play college soccer. It’s a dream she’s been working to realize since she began playing at the age of six, and come Fall 2017, is set to become a reality when she begins her career as a Wagner College Seahawk. “Wagner had everything I was looking for,” said Julia, 18. “It’s in a good [the Northeast] Conference, the campus is a good size, they have a great education program, which is what I’d like to study, and it’s close to home.”

“More than just incredible athletes, though, they’re also outstanding students and role models and they leave behind an incredible legacy of success,” he said.

“Julia is such a versatile player,” he said. “She can easily play four to five different positions, seamlessly. If they’re smart, they’ll will put her in.” After beginning her soccer career on rec teams at age 6, Julia soon graduated to travel leagues by age 8, later transitioning to club soccer. Julia

“It all comes down to time management,” she said, modestly. According to Coach Edolo though, it’s Julia’s mental commitment that makes her a success, he said, “She’s one of the most mentally tough people I’ve ever met. She is focused and she has this incredible drive to succeed, which enables her to succeed.”

A fact that thrills Julia’s parents – Joe and Gail Fitzsimmons. “It’s comforting to know she’s going to be close to home,” Gail Fitzsimmons said. “We can easily make day trips to watch her play.” Plus, Wagner competes at the Division I level, which is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the NCAA; however, the Division did not factor as heavily in Julia’s decision. “Honestly, the Division didn’t matter, I just wanted to play competitive soccer at the next level,” she said. Julia said she was considering Division II and III schools, including Pennsylvania’s West Chester University, until a visit to Wagner where she had the opportunity to meet her future coach and teammates. An offer from the school soon followed and by summer, she had verbally committed to the school. Julia was one of 10 prospects to commit to Wagner on Signing Day and though there are no guarantees she’ll compete as a freshman, Lady Panthers Soccer Coach Mike Edolo is confident she will.

In addition to playing on the high school team, Julia also played for the New Jersey Wildcats, one of the state’s top women’s soccer teams. And she’s balanced her busy soccer regimen of practice, playing and training as well as daily hour-long workouts with a grade point average well into the 90’s in an academic schedule filled with Honors classes and participation in the National Honor Society.

Dad Joe credited his daughter’s willingness to work hard, saying, “She’s worked very hard and has put in a lot of effort. She deserves it.”

began her high school soccer career competing at the varsity level starting freshman year and serving as the team’s captain during her senior year. She helped lead the team to victory in three consecutive B-South Championships and 2015’s NJSIAA South Jersey Group II Sectional Championship win. And she has twice been voted All B-South and is this year’s team MVP. “When I first saw Julia play during freshman year, I knew she was something special,” said Coach Edolo. “She’s worked hard and she deserves this. I’m as proud as I can be.”

Julia will head to Wagner in August, where she plans to major in education with the goal of becoming either a Physical Education or English teacher. She’ll also begin an intensive training regimen to prepare her for life as a collegiate athlete. “I really hope she has a similar experience to what she had here in Point Pleasant,” Gail Fitzsimmons said. “The team was such a great group of girls and they were really like a family. I hope she has that same experience.” As Julia closes one chapter of her soccer career and begins another, she was asked what advice she had for her younger teammates who will remain with the Lady Panthers next year, she said, “Keep working hard. Push through the difficult workouts and it will pay off.” (Continued on page 20)

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The Power of Positive Thinking Prep for Allergy Season by Allison Feehan, N.D., D.Psc, CRMT

The month of March can have its up’s and down’s weather wise. From one day to the next you never know whether it will be warm or grey and damp. Sometimes the month of March can be a complete wash-out and you’re praying for April to arrive although never too soon if you suffer from allergies. Tree pollen remains high on the list of seasonal allergies that suffers face. You can keep a close eye on the pollen count by going straight to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology at They allow any sufferer to check by state what the pollen and spore count is in that area at any given time. You can even search globally. It’s great for a sufferer who are looking to travel and want to be prepared. Seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever is most often caused by pollen. Most often times the rhinitis starts out as just that but left untreated has been known to result in a sinus infection. Medical intervention is needed at the point of most infections so be sure to stay on top of your allergies as soon as you feel the symptoms begin. There are many different holistic approaches to managing and preventing your seasonal allergies. The first approach is to use the neti pot. Most neti pots come with instructions inside the box if it’s the first time you are using a neti pot. First, boil water in a kettle on the stove. Do not microwave. Allow the water to completely cool before you pour the water into the neti pot. Most neti pots have a saline type solution prepackaged inside. Pour in the saline solution and then add water. You will tilt your head to one side and insert the neti pot gently into one nostril. Be sure to perform this cleansing over a bathroom sink. As you pour the contents of the neti pot into your nostril it will spill out the other nostril. It looks a bit like a circus act of sorts but it really cleanses all that pollen and debris out of your nostrils and sinus area. This approach is used when you are prepping for those allergies as the season begins.

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If your allergies have taken a bit of a hold on you then try Galphimia glauca 6C made by the Homeopathic company Boiron to relieve spasmodic sneezing caused by hay fever. The directions for use are labeled on every tube but dissolve 5 pellets under your tongue 3 times a day. You can decrease the frequency with improvement. You can also try the Sabadil, also by Boiron. This homeopathic medicine is a combination of various homeopathic medicines at various potencies. Sabadil helps to temporarily relieve the symptoms of hay fever or upper respiratory allergies: itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, itchy throat and nose. For children you can simply buy the children’s version of Sabadil. Sabadil is recommended for children 2 years of age and up. You should ask your pediatrician for use in children under 2 years of age. Be sure to check the warning labels on any medication especially in younger children, pregnant and nursing women. If you do not have severe or anaphylactic type reactions to tree pollen and spores you can also try to incorporate bee pollen into your diet throughout the year. Local bee honey from your area is best and recommended. A lot of bee farms sell honey from the plants and flowers that the bees harvest from. Ragweed, grass, etc are just some examples of different plants and flowers that bees harvest from. If you have an allergy to that specific plant or flower then incorporate that honey or bee pollen into your diet. A little bit each day builds a tolerance and immunity to the specific weakness that your body tries to combat during that seasonal time each year. There are also amazing health benefits to bee pollen and bee honey. You know your body better than any doctor out there. Be in-tune to your signs and symptoms and act accordingly. Become your own health agent. External factors to consider as well are; going barefoot at home as to not track pollen indoors, wash your hands throughout the day and your hair before bed, recirculate your car air, and keep your windows closed during this season. In Health and Wellness

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Jr’s Barber Shop — A Shear Delight! By Ashleigh Young

Barbershops first came to America by way of European immigrants in the 1800’s, becoming sanctuaries for men looking for an escape from everyday stress – a place they could joke and talk freely to one another without feeling self conscious.

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The times and techniques may have changed since then, but this was exactly the type of warm, comfortable environment that Jennifer Jarahian was looking to create when she opened Jr’s barbershop in June 2016. “We wanted to create a place where everyone would feel welcome and comfortable and talk to each other, from Moms bringing their kids here to local surfers and businessmen. It’s part of the reason we didn’t choose a trendy name like ‘Beards and Bones’; we chose Jr’s because it sounds familiar. Everyone knows a Junior.” Having grown up in Point Pleasant, Jarahian took the leap into small business ownership after working for a variety of salons over the last 14 years. “The time was right for me. I wanted more flexibility to be there for my family, especially my 13-year-old twin boys. I’ve always loved the community in Point Pleasant. It’s incredibly supportive, which has made me want to do whatever I can to give back.” And give back they have, holding two fundraisers for local schools in their first 6 months of being open with more planned for 2017, as well as offering on-going civil service and military discounts. Located at 234 Hawthorne Avenue in Point Pleasant, Jr’s offers a variety of services including haircuts, straight razor shaves, and beardscaping, defined by the Urban Dictionary as “the act of keeping ones awesome beard neat, tidy, glorious, full of greatness that the Gods Odin, Zeus and Thor would tremble in its epicness”. “The right hair style and beard shape can do wonders for men in terms of making their face seem more balanced and proportional”, says Jarahian. “Most men want to look angled and masculine, but not everyone has a naturally chiseled jawline. So, for example, if someone comes in who has a rounder face, we’ll recommend a cut with more volume on top, stay away from bushy sideburns and angle their beard for more definition so that everything works to elongate the face, making it look leaner and more angular.” If beards aren’t your bag, Jr’s offers a variety of shave packages from a Basic $15 package (hot towel, pre-shave oil, lather and shave) to the $35 Ultimate Razor Shave (multiple hot and cold towels, face cleanser and mask, pre-shave oil, head/neck/face massage and face balm). “A lot of women come in to buy their husbands and fathers gift certificates for the Ultimate shave because it’s such a pampering and enjoyable experience. I also love seeing teenagers whose Moms have been bringing them in for haircuts since they were little, drive themselves to my shop for their first straight razor shave before a big event like prom. It really is such a rite of passage for these guys; something they’ll be able to enjoy well into adulthood.” For friendly, affordable and professional haircuts and shaves that are truly a cut above the rest, stop by Jr’s Barber Shop. Open Tuesday through Sunday.

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Students of 08742 Spring is in the Air! By Elizabeth Black

As we flip our calendars to March, Spring calls to us from a distance. Only three more months until Summer returns. Can you feel it in the air? One of the most significant promises of warmer weather can be found in Daylight Saving Time. This year, the day to set your clocks forward is March 12th. The concept of daylight saving time comes from Englishman William Willett’s idea for everybody to set their clocks forward eighty minutes in the months of April through October. Willett had this idea on an early-morning horseback ride in the year 1905, and he wanted more people to be able to enjoy the glorious sun. Germany was the first to use it daylight saving time nationwide in 1916 to conserve energy. It may seem small, but the days getting longer seems to sprinkle the area with hope. That one additional hour of daylight just means there’s more time to get work done or have some fun.

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Point Boro’s Spring Sports begin on March third. Panther baseball, softball, lacrosse, golf, boy’s tennis, and track teams are preparing for the 2017 season. Congratulations to all of the athletes who participated in the winter season, and best of luck in the spring. Go panthers!

Hype for the Spring production Sister Act is still building. The show debuts March 15th and runs through the 18th. The show appears very promising, with many talented performers working hard, including a whole flock of nuns preparing to dazzle the audience with music and dance. You can keep up with the busy bees of the Point Boro performing arts department on Snapchat by adding ppbhs_arts or following them on Instagram @ppbhs_arts! March is typically characterized with shamrocks and green leprechauns, being that Saint Patrick’s Day falls on the seventeenth. According to the History Channel, 34.7 Million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry! That’s more than seven times the population of Ireland. The real Saint Patrick lived in the fifth century. The future patron saint of Ireland was born in Roman Britain and was brought to Ireland as a slave at only sixteen. He escaped, but later returned to Ireland and is believed to have brought Christianity to its people. Pride is abundant among the Irish and Irish-American people. When the Great Potato Famine struck Ireland in 1845, close to one million poor Irish Catholics flooded the United States. At the time, the majority of America was Protestant. They put up help wanted signs that read “no Irish need apply”. When the Irish took the streets to celebrate St. Patty’s Day, they were viewed as drunk and rowdy animals. It didn’t take long for the Irish, known for their fighting spirit, to take control of the unharvested political power they held and show their strength. Today, people of all backgrounds celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. It is a day for both tradition and enthusiasm among many. So, 08742, maybe don’t worry so much about sprinting through March. Enjoy the days as they come instead!


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Students of 08742 MMS Students Explore Futures at Annual Career Day By Madelyn Killi, Memorial Middle School Student Writer

Though the students gained valuable insight into the various careers of the participating vendors, Career Day also provided some perks to the exhibitors.

A chicken, a duck, a bunny and four dogs walked into Memorial Middle School’s gymnasium on Friday, Jan. 27. That’s not the set up to a joke nor did the school host a petting zoo; the animals were there to work, helping to demonstrate specific animal-related careers at the school’s annual Career Day. The livestock accompanied Allaire Community Farm while the dogs represented Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, just two of the approximately 50 businesses that attended the Career Day to speak about their jobs with the school’s eighth grade students.

“I’ve participated in Career Day for the last few years,” said Val DeNoia, who was representing his company Weyerhaeuser, one of the world’s largest owners of timberlands. “These students are at the point in their educations that they’re going to begin considering their future careers and I appreciate having the opportunity to introduce them to our business, and, hopefully, encourage some of them to consider possibly pursuing a future with us.”

“The purpose of Career Day is to educate our students about the various career fields and paths they need to pursue in order to reach their goals,” said Guidance Counselor Jennifer Kelly, who, along with fellow Counselors Amy Miele and Megan MacDonald and Guidance Secretary Karen Bordzuk, coordinated the event.

Other professionals on hand at Career Day included Purple Iris Flower Shop, the Point Pleasant Police Department, Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, Public Works, Pearce Interior Design, the Ocean County Library, Downtime Dive Services, OceanFirst Bank, The Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, who traveled all the way from Dover, Delaware to participate in Career Day, modern-day vaudeville magician Jack of All Spades and more.

The school’s eighth graders spent their Language Arts period touring the gymnasium to visit the careers on display and interview representatives from the participating businesses and organizations. “The students were given interview sheets to help them initiate a dialogue with the vendors,” Mrs. Kelly said. Interview questions included, “What kind of training or education is required to this job,” “What subjects should I focus on to prepare me for this profession,” and “What is your typical starting salary,” among others.

“There were 52 different vendors representing a wide variety of careers,” said Guidance Secretary Karen Bordzuk who was responsible for securing participating businesses. “I researched different careers that I thought would appeal to all of our students. From banking to fishing, modeling to farming, dentistry, teaching, web design and comic book art, there was something for everyone.”

“After the students completed their interview, they had to indicate whether the profession interests them and their overall impression of the career,” added Mrs. Kelly. Each student was required to complete one in-depth interview in addition to speaking with a minimum of 10 other vendors; however, with participating businesses like radio station 105.7 the Hawk, Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Barbizon, Meridian Health Care and Surf Taco, the students maximized their time speaking with multiple vendors and learning about their careers.

Superintendent of Schools Vincent S. Smith also visited Career Day, saying, “The career landscape is changing due to today’s fast-paced global economy. New professions, facilitated by technology, are being created every day, while other jobs are becoming obsolete, therefore it’s crucial to introduce students to the different occupations that will be available to them when they enter the workforce. By exposing them to different career fields at an early age we are encouraging students to begin thinking about their futures and helping them to develop a vision of what they would like to pursue as they advance through school, so they can immediately begin working, academically, toward that goal.

Students also had the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience with businesses like Balance, Chiropractic & Wellness Center, who were offering massage therapy demonstrations and Allaire Community Farm, who allowed students to hold and/or feed their chicken, duck or bunny. Vendors like Surf Taco and Mandoli’s Custom Cake Confectionary allowed students to sample their wares, providing some unique perspective into their business while others brought tools of their trade like Sea Girt Dentistry, whose representatives distributed toothbrushes to their student interviewers.

“The district is grateful to the participating vendors for providing our students with realistic insight into their professions and for helping them to make meaningful connections between their education and workforce demands. Visit for more about PP Borough Schools.

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Parental Guidance A Local Epidemic By Maureen Whelan

I don’t usually write about such heavy topics, or with this degree of seriousness. I’m doing so this month because I believe it is a topic that deserves all the seriousness I can muster. We are experiencing a heroin epidemic in our towns. Your town and my town. As if heroin wasn’t bad enough on its own, drug dealers are increasing its lethalness by cutting it with synthetic opioids such as Fentanyl, making it up to 50 times more powerful. Statistics don’t lie. • Ocean County experienced 157 opioid related deaths in 2015, and had already surpassed that number by October 2016, the latest statistic found. This has tripled from 53 deaths in 2012. • In 2014 Police and EMT’s in Monmouth and Ocean County began carrying Narcan in an effort to reduce fatalities. • In 2016 there was one heroin death every 43 hours in Ocean County. • Monmouth and Ocean county made up 50% of the heroin related deaths in the entire state of New Jersey. A few weeks ago I attended a presentation at the Point Pleasant Borough High School about the Heroin epidemic in Ocean County. The panel was made up of law enforcement, addiction specialists, recovering addicts and surviving family members. Each member shared their harrowing experiences, and the devastation that is caused by this drug. Much of the evening focused on drug abuse, and sadly the destruction it causes to the addict and those people close to the addict. I have one more viewpoint to share. There are young children whose lives are being impacted by this drug, and they are in every school in every town. There are grandparents, aunts and uncles and foster parents in some cases who have stepped in to raise these children, because their biological parents are dead, incarcerated, in rehab or still using. Imagine being a young child raised by a caregiver that is close to 80, and struggling with their own health issues. In some cases children are coming to school reporting that “the ambulance man had to come wake Mommy up because she had a needle stuck in her arm”. My heart breaks for each and every person impacted by this drug. I also work with these children. Heroin use by both the mother and father can impact the health of their child. This isn’t research based, but it has been my experience. These children are plagued with problems involving attention, behavior, anxiety, learning disabilities, impulsivity and social-emotional health. They require special education and related services. It is not an easy fix. The babies who are born addicted to opiates experience withdrawal symptoms in their first weeks of life. They often require early intervention services to address delays in development. This is preventable, but we can not stick our heads in the sand and ignore what is going on around us. There is no fool proof plan, and the following advice is from the many people who experienced the trauma of heroin use themselves or with a loved one. My hope is that we can learn from them, and prevent this from happening again. 1. Take a hard look at your medication regimen. Do you use painkillers on a regular basis? Are you using them for an extended period or not following prescribed use? Do you misuse alcohol or other prescription medications? These behaviors are often the genesis of opioid use and abuse. Question the prescriptions your doctor gives you and your children. Ask him for alternatives to opioid medications and ask your doctor to screen you for misuse. 2. “There is no 4th amendment in your house”. You are a parent, and it is your home. Help your child to understand it is your job to know what friends your child has, what they bring into your home, where they plan to go, and who they are contacting on their devices. Even if this means search and seizure of their possessions. It is your job, and no one can do this better than you. 3. Communicate. Talk about your expectations, your emotions, how you will support your child, and how you will not enable tham. Talk about their friends and what they are involved in. Talk about decisions, choices and consequences. Talk about heroin, and listen to your child’s responses. 4. Seek help if needed. Schools, doctors, and law enforcement all have resources. Use them without hesitation. New Jersey has recently implemented a hotline for those struggling with opiate and prescription drug addiction. All calls are confidential. Call the toll free phone number for NJ Connect for Recovery, 855-652-3737

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Maureen Whelan is a pediatric Occupational Therapist and mother of 4 children ages 16,14, 12 and 8.

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Shore Recipes Parental Guidance By the time March rolls around I am done with slow-cooker meals. I crave fresh flavors and vegetables but sometimes I get in a rut of dinner boredom. When you are between growing seasons it is a good time to look for those vegetables with longer harvesting times. In this case early spring asparagus is paired with late winter brussel sprouts, and roasted together. Apricot jam and fresh grated ginger liven up the pork and you can almost taste spring! Enjoy!

Apricot-Ginger Glazed Pork with Brussel Sprouts and Quinoa Roasted Vegetables 6 slices of center cut bacon, cut into 1’ pieces 1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3” lengths 1 lb. brussel sprouts, trimmed and sliced 3 shallots, finely sliced 1 TBSP brown sugar Balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper

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Place bacon in a large baking dish and cook for about 12 minutes at 350 degrees until most of the fat is rendered. Remove bacon and set aside. Place asparagus, brussel sprouts and shallots in the dish and turn to coat in the remaining bacon drippings. If using leaner bacon than you may need an additional splash of olive oil. Add sea salt and ground pepper to taste. Sprinkle brown sugar and balsamic vinegar then add bacon pieces on top and roast for 15 minutes.

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Roast Pork with Apricot Ginger Glaze

The Mill Lakeside Manor will utilize its 18,000-square foot venue to host one exclusive wedding at a time. The restaurant will be converted into a new cocktail area that will be comprised of the entire first floor. The outdoor lakeside deck will be renovated and a beautiful bar will be added with the possibility of twelve unique food stations spread throughout all the rooms. Seating will be for 200 plus in the grand ballroom. A future plan for a new private bridal suite and game room is also in the works. The Mill Lakeside Manor is ready to create the perfect setting for you and your guests.

2 lb. boneless pork roast or tenderloins trimmed Glaze: 1 cup apricot jam 1 TBSP fresh grated ginger 2 TBSP champagne dijon mustard Trim meat and prepare with sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder and rosemary. Rub meat generously before roasting to desired doneness. Brush top of meat with glaze and return to broiler for 2 minutes until browned and bubbling. Allow to rest before carving. Serve with remaining glaze.

Much like the other waterfront Clarks Landing venues, The Mill Lakeside Manor’s design will pay homage to the historic nature of the building, while being updated to the sophisticated feel of an elegant estate. The new wedding facility will feature a menu designed by their renowned Executive Chef, who has been able to achieve a perfect 5.0 Wedding Wire rating on food service at all three of the Truesdale properties. Located in beautiful Spring Lake Heights New Jersey, formerly the “Old Mill” will continue its 70 year reputation as one of New Jersey’s finest establishments situated in a beautiful lakeside setting. Since 1938, the Old Mill has been well known by locals and Jersey Shore Patrons for its restaurant and exceptional views of the natural and picturesque Old Mill Pond. Restauranteur William Brauweiler was the first to recognize the great potential of this special place, operating it as a bar and grill with entertainment through the early 50’s. Karl Kost then took over making it into a popular German-American Restaurant and expanding in 1962. Ray Kramer (later the mayor of Asbury Park and a county Freeholder) purchased and operated The Mill until 1975 when Joe Amiel, a restaurateur from New York, took the reigns. In 1985 the Old Mill was destroyed by a fire and then was recreated as a more modern building and reopened in the fall of 1986. In 2001 it came under new ownership of Gary and Tamar Tolchin, who then changed the name to “The Mill” and did a lot of extensive renovations and improvements. Now The Mill, Lakeside Manor will join a family of premier wedding destinations, created by the Truesdale family.

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Kaitlyn Seitter

As Julia Fitzsimmons is acclimating to city life at Staten Island’s Wagner College, her Lady Panthers teammate Kaitlyn Seitter will be settling into the country at Appalachian State University located in the mountains of North Carolina. Hours after Julia’s signing, Kaitlyn Seitter became the Class of 2017’s fourth member to sign not just a National Letter of Intent but to sign with a Division I school, when she officially committed to continue her soccer career at Appalachian State. Parents Kim and Joel Seitter, younger sister Meghan, Coach Mike Edolo, Athletic Director Chris Ferrone, Principal Kurt Karcich, Superintendent of Schools Vincent S. Smith and Players Development Academy Coach Lee Pollard were in attendance as Kaitlyn took the symbolic final step in the college recruiting process and signed the documents that would transform her from a Point Pleasant Borough Panther into an Appalachian Mountaineer. “I was considering Elon, High Point, and UNCW but after visiting Appalachian State, I knew it was where I wanted to go,” Kaitlyn said of her college search. “I could see myself going there.” Though the distance from the ocean might take some getting used to for the self-professed beach lover, Kait’s had a lot of time to get used to the idea, having been verbally committed to the school since the end of February 2016! “My dad and I went for the initial visit in January of last year,” she said. “And I fell in love with it.” The visit coincided with the team’s first winter practice, which Kaitlyn and her dad Joel had the opportunity to watch. “We ended up staying to watch the practice until about 11pm,” Joel Seitter said. “We weren’t even back to the car when Kaitlyn said she wanted to go there [to Appalachian State].” One month later, in February 2016, Kaitlyn attended a camp at the university, and almost immediately after, received an offer from the coach.

“It was a big weight off my shoulders,” Kait said about beginning her senior year with the commitment in place. So while many of her classmates have been spending the past few months agonizing over college application essays and deadlines, Kaitlyn has had the opportunity to relax in the knowledge that for her, the college admission process was complete. But just because she had the opportunity to relax, it’s doesn’t mean she has. Like Julia Fitzsimmons, Kaitlyn has played soccer at the varsity level throughout her high school career, earning accolades like All B-South and Second Team, All Group II and spots on elite teams like the Shore Sports Network’s 2015 All Shore Girls Soccer Team. She was also instrumental in the Lady Panthers three consecutive B-South Championships and their NJSIAA South Jersey Group II Sectional Championship title in 2015. Also like Julia, Kaitlyn competes with an academy team - the Players Development Academy, or PDA, a year-round soccer training program. In addition, she has served in the Key Club, the Future Business Leaders of America, the Spanish Club and the Student Council, on which she currently serves as the treasurer. Kaitlyn is also an exceptional student, currently ranked 10th in Point Pleasant Borough High School’s Class of 2017, maintaining a near-perfect grade point average in an academic schedule packed with Honors and Advanced Placement courses. The ability to juggle her multitudinous activities with her intense academic schedule comes down to time management and balance, according to Kait. According to her coaches, teammates and teachers, however, it’s her drive that makes her successful in just about every endeavor.

“Kait has this incredible drive and determination that you see both on and off the field,” said Coach Mike Edolo. “She’s always ready and always prepared and she want to succeed. “When she started with the team in 2013 it took me about one minute to recognize that we had something unique,” he said. “She’s been part of this core group of players that I consider irreplaceable. They have talent, drive and determination and they’ve pushed hard with relentless effort every step of the way. “But more than just their playing ability, Kait and her teammates are good people,” he continued. “They have demonstrated excellent character, which has earned them the respect of their younger teammates.” Kait’s PDA Coach Lee Pollard also commended his player’s character, saying, “Kait’s a leader and an inspiration. Technically, she’s a great player, who has consistently grown and done whatever’s necessary to improve her game. I have every faith that she will take her commitment, dedication and winning attitude with her to Appalachian State.” Kaitlyn will head to Appalachian State in August, where she plans to pursue a degree in Exercise Science.

“There is no greater testament to our district’s academic and co-curricular programs than the achievement of our students,” said Superintendent of Schools Vincent S. Smith. “And there is no greater achievement for our student-athletes than the signing of a National Letter of Intent – especially with a Division I school.”

“Julia Fitzsimmons and Kaitlyn Seitter’s signings demonstrate the integral role sports can play in a student’s life as well as the level of achievement that’s possible when you combine passion, dedication and hard work,” he said. “I look forward to following their continued successes throughout their college careers.”

Though it depends on the sport, according to recent NCAA statistics an average of only one- or two percent of all high school student-athletes are offered Letters of Intent with Division I schools. In women’s soccer, that number is about 2.4 percent.

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Back to Earth The Blue Mind by Natalie Berko

1. Water is relaxing for our brain. All day long our brains are downloading information from the sensory world. When we’re near, on, in or under water we get a cognitive break because there’s simply less information coming in. This allows us to change pace and let the brain relax.

Since ancient times we have associated healing and transformational properties to water. In early Rome, bathhouses were an important part of culture, a place where people went to find relaxation while connecting with others in a serene setting. In ayurveda, an ancient Indian medicinal practice as well as traditional Chinese medicine, the water element is key to balancing the body and creating a sense of harmony. Water has long been symbolized as rebirth, spiritual cleansing and salvation. In modern times we still turn to water for a sense of clarity and peace. It’s evident in how we spend our vacations on the beach or lakeside, enjoyment from water sports such as surfing, sailing and swimming. We refresh ourselves with long showers and soothing baths, and often build our lives and homes near water. A feeling of enhanced well-being around water seems almost universal. Many studies in the past focused on how our brain is affected by different mediums. From music to television to even specific advertising. While the impact of drinking water on our physical health is well known, cognitive scientists are just now amassing evidence that proximity to water has measurable benefits for our minds, creating focus, creativity, promoting calm, enhancing quality of sleep and overall happiness. Some benefits to the brain may be gained simply from exposure to the great outdoors. Scientists have measured the effects of natural settings on human emotions, showing even casual, non-immersive contact with nature triggers the parts of the brain associated with empathy, positive emotion, self awareness, which are the building blocks of happiness. There’s evidence that people living near water spur more happiness than any other natural setting. If simply being near water can boost happiness, being immersed in it may be even more powerful, an effect akin to meditation. In 2011 Wallace J. Nichols a marine biologist and research associate at the California Academy of Sciences, coined the term blue mind to describe this sense of calm, peace, and happiness that people feel in and around water.

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2. Water can be meditative for our brains. Ever wonder why it is so easy to sit for long periods simply observing the gentle movements of water? Water has a calming effect on your mind creating a soft focus similar to when you focus on breath during yoga or another mindfulness practice. 3. Water can inspire us to be more compassionate and connected. While in the restful, contemplative state associated with observing water its also common to experience feelings of awe. The emotion of awe invokes feelings of a connection to something beyond oneself. 4. A blue mind is a creative mind. Since the sound and sight of water allows for the brain to relax, it is easy for your brain to make new neural connections. With these new connections, you may gain new perspective helping you to get out of any mental ruts and become more creative. 5. Exercising by or in water is good for our bodies and brains. Exercising is a natural and well documented way to reduce stress and stay healthy. Being near water when exercising may give your mood and body an extra boost. Exercising out in nature is a different environment for the brain than being inside a gym with loud music, television and crowds.

The blue-mind effect may result in part from the action of catecholamine neurotransmitters. The neurochemicals that release stress signals in the brain recalibrate in water to low levels similar to those delivered by meditation reducing stress and anxiety. Based on Nichols studies here are five important benefits of finding your blue mind.

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The Book Report “The Whistler” by John Grisham A book review by Brian Favretto

As human beings we were graced with the quality of free will, the intellectual capacity to make our own decisions and choose between right and wrong. The judicial system in this country has created laws that are meant to help guide our free will. We break the law and face penalties when we freely choose to ignore or disobey these rules. We have also created a system of checks and balances whereas a judge and jury oversee the process, in order to objectively maintain the integrity of the system. The problem is that the judges and the juries are human as well, guided by personal prejudices and capable of making their own decisions, some of which poor in nature. So, we now have agencies to oversee the overseers, designed to keep the judges’ free wills in check, and to make sure the legal system doesn’t break down. Most authors will write about topics in which they hold vast knowledge, or topics that are held close to their heart. John Grisham has been an advocate for legal justice for many years. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Innocence Project, an oversight committee tasked with making sure justice is carried out following a conviction. His work as an “overseer of the overseers” has undoubtedly influenced his latest novel, “The Whistler”. In “The Whistler”, we are introduced to two new Grisham characters, Lacy Stoltz and Hugo Hatch, both investigators for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. In short, they investigate judges that have been accused of ethics violations or other misconduct. Lacy and Hugo seem to work well together because of their opposing qualities. Lacy is energetic and single, determined to always do the right thing regarding her work. Hugo is married with four children. “Energetic” is no longer in his vocabulary. He is an honest man that finds it easier to let Lacy make the decisions, preferably while he is napping. The story opens with Lacy and Hugo meeting with a mysterious whistleblower who invites them to “investigate the most corrupt judge in the history of American jurisprudence”. This corruption involves bribery, murder, organized crime, cover-ups, and a casino built on Native American tribal land. As the whistleblower slowly and methodically gave bits of juicy information, I was on the edge of my

seat imagining where this story could go. According to him, Judge Claudia McDover repeatedly bent or broke the rules, issuing favorable judgements for the Coast Mafia, which paved the way for them to build a casino on Tappacola tribal land. In return, she is given enormous amounts of cash, and allows an innocent man to waste away on death row after being framed for murder. As lawyers and not sworn law enforcement, Lacy and Hugo quickly realize that they are in over their heads. They see the danger in stoking this fire, yet they agree that McDover needs to be brought down. They agree to take the case, and ask the gun-toting FBI to assist them. Intrigued as they are, the FBI will not commit to the case until the Coast Mafia catches word of the investigation, and displays their willingness to shut it down at all costs. Can the judge be brought down? Will the Coast Mafia be dismantled? Will the innocent be vindicated? Will Lacy and Hugo win the day? This book had so much potential, but ended up leaving me disappointed. I spent the first half of the book wanting the suspense to build and waiting for something to happen. The climax of the story was early and weak, and the second half of the book was mostly dedicated to listing the aftermath. At times I felt like I was reading a documentary, and began to wonder if this was a true story. That means Grisham did a wonderful job in making the situations feel realistic, but my main criticism is that none of the characters were well developed. I didn’t come to know or relate to any of them. In fact, the best character development came from a minor character, as he vividly described the outward strength shown while grieving the loss of a loved one. Further, I like when an author ties up all the loose ends in the last few pages, so that I’m left with a “mind picture”, or ending snapshot of the plot. “The Whistler” seemed to wrap up for the last 50 pages or more. I got the impression that this novel was being written purposely for the adaptation of a television series or movie. I’ve been a Grisham fan since “A Time to Kill” in 1989, and as all Grisham faithful, I look forward to each new piece of work. I believe he genuinely cares about, and advocates for positive changes in our legal system. I won’t say this book isn’t worth reading. It showed glimpses of Grisham past, but hopefully not of Grisham future. If you’re curious to see whether or not justice triumphs, check out “The Whistler” at any of our local libraries or bookstores. “The Whistler”, 2016, Doubleday

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Shore Decor Welcome to the Jungalow: Spring Break Style By Ashleigh Young

Oh March, a month typically marked by dreary weather and a long stretches of weeks with no vacation days in sight until Memorial Day. No wonder this is the month when so many people head out for quick spring break getaways to tropical locales offering warm, sunny climates and cool, frozen cocktails. No travel plans this year? No problem! Dust off that blender, rustle up some pina colada mix and get ready for the ultimate staycation, because creating your own “jungalow” is one of spring’s hottest home design trends. Interior design often takes cues from the world of fashion. Ever since Prada and Emanuel Ungaro sent their models down the runway this past fall in tropic-inspired clothing and designers like Max Mara have carried this look into their spring/summer 2017 collections, the tropical trend has been firmly planted in the world of home design. One of the easiest ways to create your own tropical escape at home is by bringing in live plants, which go beautifully with the jewel tone and natural materials trends we talked about in last month’s issue. Felder Rushing, HGTV’s expert horticulturist, recommends potted rubber trees (ficus elastica), snake plants (sansevieria), philodendrons, and ZZ plants (zamioculcas zamiifolia) both for their tropical looks and ability to weather low light, low humidity and occasional owner neglect. For those of us not blessed with a green thumb, tropical leaf prints are an equally easy way to add an exotic vacation vibe to any room and can be found on products everywhere from wall coverings to throw pillows. For those of you wondering if it’s worth committing to the expense of wallpapering a room or two with a lush, tropical wallpaper print, consider that the “Original” Martinique Banana Leaf wallpaper has adorned the walls of the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Fountain Coffee Room since 1942, so I think it’s safe to say this particular expression of the tropical trend has staying power. But if you’re still not sure, we found lots of removable wallpaper alternatives (check out Accent Wall Customs’ online Etsy shop). The tropical trend also extends to textiles, with tons of fun novelty fruit, animal and bright geometric designs, like the playful blue otomi animal fabric (pictured) from, that go a step beyond the ubiquitous pineapple prints we’ve been seeing for a while. Just imagine walking into a Dominican Republic or Costa Rican beachfront resort with its layer upon layer of colorful, mixed patterns everywhere. More is more … do not worry about matching pillows. The look is meant to make you feel happy, sunny, vibrant and uplifted (no boarding passes required). Happy Decorating!

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You Go Girl Your Favorite Song by Katherine Kehoe

number of different kinds of music. For me, it’s metal. And my favorite band, without question, is Iron Maiden. I’ve listened to all of their music so many times I often overlook them when I’m trying to figure out what I want to listen to. But this particular morning, they stood out to me, Katherine Kehoe When not writing for and I clicked on the newest album. 08742, Katherine is a Literally the moment the first power chords Librarian and Drexel Graduate Student met my ears, I was filled with a new sense of energy. I had barely pulled out of my spot and paused at the stop sign at the end of my street before I had the volume way up and was singing along (I sound great when the music is louder than my voice!). And by the time I got to work, my mood had totally turned around. I felt full of powerful energy and ready to take on the day.   My point is, I know I’m an advocate for trying new things, but don’t ever underestimate the power of your old favorite song (or songs, or artists, or genres). If there’s a day where you’re having a hard time getting going, or you feel a little slump in the afternoon, or you just aren’t sure how you’re going to pull it together and get dinner together so you and the family can eat tonight – it’s always a safe bet to fall back on an old favorite to pick you up and get you moving again. Put it on in the car, or in the kitchen, or (quietly) in your office, but remember how strong of a force music can be. I don’t care if it’s Miranda Lambert, Led Zeppelin, The Supremes, Billy Joel, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, or Frank Sinatra – whatever music you love, keep it handy, and hang in there for the next few weeks!

Alright, ladies. We’re closing in on the end of that long stretch of cold, gray winter blues. We’ve made it this far; we can hold out just a few more weeks to get some warm, sunny days popping up here and there. But in the meantime, I wanted to give you another fun way to counteract the dreary monotony of these chilly months. I got into my car the other morning to go to work, stuffed into the driver’s seat in my puffy winter coat like a sausage in a casing. My fingers were like frozen twigs as I cranked up the heat and plugged in my iPod. I scrolled aimlessly through the artist options, barely paying attention to what I was reading as I waited for the car to warm up, trying to imagine any reason not to just go inside and get back under the covers.   Then a very familiar band name caught my eye. Now, some of you might be in love with country music, Top 40 pop, rock and roll, electronic, or any

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Rover Rescue Keeping Active by Lauren Kehoe

A new season and the promise of warmer weather often bring about new goals. A commom one: to become healthier and get in better shape. Instead of getting two weeks into Spring and giving up, consider ways that your furry best friend can help you follow through and stick to the course. Having a dog has countless benefits, including helping you increase your physical activity. Most dogs have plenty of energy. They are always ready to play, walk, and run. Creating an exercise schedule with a buddy can help keep you accountable, whether two or four legged. Exercise gets your blood flowing and releases endorphins, and can also help clear your mind and destress.

Jasper’s Story

This dog is part of our shelter outreach program where we take dogs from overcrowded shelters in hopes of finding them a forever home here! We generally do not have much background info on them and cannot guarantee they are housebroken. They are all up to date on vaccines, spayed/neutered and microchipped.

Lauren Kehoe is an avid animal lover and dog owner.

There are many ways your dog can help keep you active, the simplest being walking. Even with a fenced in yard, extra walks are always beneficial. You don’t have to jump to extremes. Small ten or fifteen minute trips multiple times a day will help get you moving and outside. Depending on your goals, you can build up. Setting reasonable steps will diminish frustration and keep you from giving up. If you and your dog are in good enough shape, you can try jogging or running. Make sure to keep an eye on your companion so he doesn’t over-exert himself. It can help to bring water as well. If he has more energy than you can handle, you can bike and have him run beside you. Off leash exercise is just as valuable. Rope toys, stuffed animals, tennis balls, and Frisbees are all good options. Running around the yard with your dog can help him get more involved and increase the quality of the enrichment. It feels like more of a game than exercise. Don’t have a yard? Check out dog parks in your neighborhood. As long as your dog is friendly, fixed, and vaccinated, he will be welcome. Some require pre-registration, while some are more casual walk-in. Check beforehand in case you need to find proof of vaccinations or spay and neuter records. If your dog gets more involved with the other dogs, walk the perimeter while supervising. Cardiovascular activity is great, but it is always good to add balance into any fitness routine. The term downward dog was created for a reason. At home yoga videos are another option. It can be hard sometimes to wind down from all of the pressures in our lives and relax. Dogs are proven to lower stress levels. Try unrolling your mat and petting your dog before getting into the poses. Focusing on him will help bring you into the present moment, directing your thoughts away from the worries. Depending on the dog, he may even join you on your mat and try to get involved!

Jasper is an active boy looking for a dog savvy owner who will be committed to obedience training and lots of exercise! This boy is super smart and would excel in training. If you are a runner, hiker or all around active person, Jasper may be the pup for you! This Southern boy is 2 years old, 40 lbs, and lived briefly in a foster home in TN with kids. Hurry in to see him...he can’t wait to bust out and find his forever family!

Qui & Quintella’s Story

6 months old as of 12/12/16 Qui and Quintella came to us in November after being trapped when a local resident had a litter Qui of kittens born in her garage. Only five months old, both girls were super shy when they first came in, and though her sister is warming up nicely, Qui is still quite timid with people. You can see that she wants to trust you when she looks at you with those big, beautiful eyes, but Quintella she’s still not sure, so she’ll need a bit of TLC to help her come out of her shell. In the meantime, she’s very capable of amusing herself with a toy mouse, and will leap in the air and play with you when you move a string toy in her general direction. She loves playing in her kitty tunnel, where she feels safe. If you have it in your heart to give this little girl a chance, she will surely respond to a loving home where she can relax and feel secure. She’s waiting patiently for her forever home. Please don’t make her wait too long.

Rosita’s Story

Rosita, Daryl and Mchonne (both have been adopted) came to us about 3-4 weeks old. They were sent into foster care until they were old enough to eat on their own. During her time in foster, her care taker noticed that Rosita was more on the reserved side; she was cautious of others but warmed up very quickly. Rosita loved to take naps with you; you would usually find her cuddled up near your head, neck or face, but when awake and playing she had a tendency to want to play alone or with her siblings.

Remember to set small goals and work your way up. Overwhelming yourself with unrealistic expectations will prevent progress. Getting more physical activity is healthy mentally and physically for both you and your dog. Things are more fun with a buddy, so why not make it man’s best friend?

Since she has been back at the shelter, she and the others were fighting a virus that sadly left them alone for majority of the day. Now completely healthy and cleared by the vet they are doing well and are ready to find their forever homes. But because of this time not being able to spend with the staff or volunteers she resorted back into her shell. She is weary of people and will scope you out from afar at first, slowly taking steps towards you to check you out further. She is still young and very playful and we are confident that with the right owners to give her time to adjust and all the love possible she will be one that will never be forgotten! She is truly a sweet heart and once she is settled into her new home, you will be so glad you chose her! Rosita is a beautiful medium to long hair orange tabby that is spayed and up to date on age appropriate shots.

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