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ugust is here and this means the children will be heading back to school sooner than you think. Treasuring this time with your young ones before they return to the classroom is a treat, and Hulafrog, a go to website for parents, scouted out the top 10 summer attractions for all of us to do with the kiddies, no matter what their age. (Hulafrog’s Top 10 Summer Attractions can be found on page 6)

Community Magazine, or “CM”, as some of our readers are referring to us now, always wants to spotlight our celebrated residents and interesting events that happen in and around the area. This month, we have spotlighted Matawan resident Kenny Simmons, a local musician, who has used the experience of Hurricane Sandy to produce a song to inspire people – you can check his story out on page 16. Last month, “CM” had a blast at the ThrowDown with Bobby Flay in Keyport. He challenged local chef Drew Araneo’s famous voodoo shrimp dish, get all the details and view our photo montage on page 18. For up to date articles and our digital editions, please visit us at and remember to “like” us on Facebook at CommunityMagNJ today for local event listings and your chance at free giveaways from local Monmouth County businesses.

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FOR YOuR LIttLE SwEEtIES tHIS SpRINg Let the games begin! Arcades, amusement parks,

water adventures and more. Our area has so many

with warm weather on its way, we can’t wait to get out and about. And nothing makes a day trip or an afternoon of errands more sweet than some sweets. (Not to mention they’re a great way to bribe, err, reward, little ones who wait oh-so-patiently while you get stuff done.) Here’s our list of ten unique shops with sugary delights for sweet tooths of every age.

awesome, family friendly rides and attractions and

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MIDDLEtOwN to put these on your “fun mom” calendar this summer. Atlantic Highlands. 732.291.2555 Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe is known for it’s made

Prepare the taste buds for a sensational mix of retro specialties or classic treats. And if your kiddos can’t decide, grab a bag and go nuts scooping up faves from their bulk bins. A sweet addition? They deliver! 799a River Road. 732.747.8427

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Located in the heart of Dorbrook Recreation Center, this is great Free fun for all ages! And don’t forget to pack a picnic style lunch and make a whole day of it.

Head into the heart of Red Bank, and pick up homemade chocolates of all shapes and sizes. Try a “Jersey Twist”, a chocolate covered Oreo, or the Nutella Chocolate Covered Pretzel Twist—a customer fave! 17 White Street. 732.219.0822

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a trip Ricky’s?view Known Bring the gang and take a trip back in timeWho anddoesn’t enjoy alove ride andinto a scenic of for its wall of candy bins, make your own Wesley Lake on a Swan Boat. The boats are in action, weather permitting every sundaes, and extra sweet birthdays, kids love this Red Bank fave. Cupcakes are on the day, 11 AM till dusk.

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You know your kids will love a trip to beach no matter what the weather especially when 275 Beachway, Keansburg they stop into Jenkinson’s Sweet Shop. Store signatures include saltwater taffy, homemade SugARuSH, RED BANk Grab your sunscreen and bathing suit and plan togiant havelollipops. a splashtacular fudge, and And if you time. don’t Yep,Boasting they sure did name place right. Your speed, feel like makingand the splash trip, youzones, can shop online. over 18 this slides with varying heights large kiddie kiddos can decorate their own cupcakes with 300 Ocean Avenue. 732.892.7576 lagoon area, separate toddler all kinds of toppings at the cupcake Andarea, a crazy lazy river, 2 relaxin’ spa pools, when they’re done, can check . out the everyone will they be smiling candy selection and take some to go! 37 East Front Street. 732.414.9044 CRItERION CHOCOLAtES,

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This80racetrack forShore. MomYou’re & Dad, years hereisatnot thejust Jersey surethey sweet for the havetoafind tonsomething of familyperfectly fun! Kids pretty much rule kiddies, including peanut butter chunks, salt the water placetaffy, everyredSunday during the summer, and white nonpareil pops, and as it chocolate strawberries. just rides, stop in face is Family Funcovered Day. They’ll enjoy Or pony and browse thewho candymake showcase and choose painters, clowns balloon animals, a from an assortment of goodies. bounce houseStreet. and 732.542.7847 live music, all these activities 125 Lewis are Free. Also, check out their event calendar for cool car shows, special race day events, festivals and more! Oh and new this year, three Hulafrog is the go-to website for mini golfparents courses,in right on property! the greater Red Bank They are back better than ever post- Sandy! Whether you are playing a round of tHE FLAkY tARt, Kick it old school at this candy store and area. Visit to AtLANtIC HIgHLANDS (which justwith re- a take your gangmini for agolf trip back in time find thousands of local events, camp “decade box” opened)or or a mix of old school candy, Take your kiddos to The Flaky Tart and they’ll spending the providers, and places to go for kids think astro pops, wax lips and more. And be begging to go back. Trust us you won’t and families. Be sure to sign up for whole day in an arcade, Harrison that’s not all, cupcakes and fresh baked mind one bit. Kiddos love their famous the free “Our Pick” newsletter for a willcandy keepwasn’t the Dribble, Take in all action of the MLS Red Bulls with cookies are anJenkinson’s option (as if the peanut butter shoot, cookies score!! (sometimes dipped in the professional heads up on can’t-miss activities and enough). 88 Leonardville Road. 732.769.2599 chocolate cookies (the bestThe kids willdeals whole family amused! And chocolate), just a short tripchip up the Turnpike. love and the energy the you. new stadium couponsofnear (OMG), mini cupcakes and new for 2013 a 7D Interactive around), and brownies the action on the field. The Red Bulls play home games all summer long, and if slices of coconut cake (delish) and chocolateExperience at the South you can’t make it this summer then they have home games through October. Beach Arcade, which you will not want to miss! Every night in the summer brings different family fun to the boardwalk, be it Thursday night Municipal Marina, Atlantic Highlands Fireworks, Friday night family movies on the beach, Monday night Kiddie Shows, Lets go fish! Grab the gang and hit the high seas with the crew from the Atlantic Community Magazine 22 Wednesday nights feature Radio Disney, hermit crab races and more! Check out the Star. Summer is the perfect time to bring the kiddos fishing for Fluke and Summer fun all summer long! Flounder. They offer trips 7 days a week, with 2 trips daily, one in the morning and


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Six Flags Great Adventure has something for everyone in the family, even a special area for the smaller tykes. The expansive park includes various roller coasters, flumes, and more. And with the summer heat happening plan an afternoon next door at Hurricane Harbor Water Park. And a must do for the summer of 2013 is the brand new Wild Safari Off Road Adventure.

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ince its first year, 1966, the Keyport Fireman’s fair, which this year ran from Monday, July 8 through July 13, has been a great event for family entertainment. It is also a fantastic way to show support to the wonderful firemen of Keyport. I spoke to David Olsen, ex-chief and fair chairman, and Larry Stonerock, ex-chief and the man who helps run the 50/50, in regards to their planning of the fair, the people involved and what they loved about the fair. Olsen said that as soon as the fair ends for the year he and the ten people on the committee immediately start planning for next year. They get current firemen, former firemen as well as volunteers from organizations to help plan, set up and carry out the fair. Olsen and Stonerock agreed that their favorite part about the fair was the end “because the stress is over and we get to plan for next year.” This year was a little difficult to plan because many electrical services were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy, but Olsen and Stonerock made it work. Olsen went on to say that the money raised at the fair is divided up between the fire department’s seven different companies to pay for utilities and other needs. In the past, the fair has raised over 80 thousand dollars. Olsen also said that his fondest memory about the fair was in 2012 when a band called “Rocket” performed and how entertaining they were for the crown. This year the fair had new bands, and a new stage to entertain those who went, which is Stone rock’s favorite memory “just everybody getting together, it’s like a family.” This year the fireman’s fair was held in Keyport, NJ just off of W Front Street, and Olsen said that this location was a better place to set up the booths and rides. Other than the location, the fair hasn’t changed much in its forty seven years, especially the food and family fun. This year had some special nights for the families attending. Tuesday, July 9, Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12 were bracelet nights when anyone who bought a bracelet could ride for free, Wednesday, July 10 was Fireman’s First Aid night when most firemen along with their families come to enjoy the fair. Saturday, July 13 was the final day for the Fireman’s fair and, despite the rain, people still showed up to lend their support for the fireman’s department, as well as to participate in the 9th annual IHOP Pancake Eating contest, started in 2004. I spoke to Cliff Moore, owner of the IHOP in Keyport, who says that his fondest memory about the contest was a couple years ago when four professional eaters



came down to participate and they didn’t win. This year’s winner is a man named Sony whom entered his first pancake contest at the fair, eating 25 pancakes, and while waiting ate a cheesesteak! Sony told me he trained for the event by going to the IHOP in Keyport and eating country fried steak and eggs, butter milk pancakes and a side of toast. Second place winner was Joel “The Cannon” Podelsky, entering his 5th or 6th competition. First prize was 30 dollars, second prize was 20 dollars and third prize was 10 dollars. IHOP may be a big sponsor, but other businesses can get involved. Olsen said that they are always looking for new vendors, new food and people to get involved for the following years fair.

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Blues by the Beach – Long Branch Now through 8.25.13 Local bands playing jazz & blues from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at West End Park. For more information, call 732.923.2044 or visit www.

Wednesdays Enjoy the area’s best seafood along with thoroughbred racing, live entertainment and plenty of fun for the kdidies from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m, at Monmouth Park Racetrack. For more info, call 732.747.4449 or visit www.

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Thursdays by the Sea – Long Branch Now through 8.29.13 Music series featuring local talents at Festival Plaza, Pier Village in Long Branch at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 732.923.2044 or visit


Delicious Italian specialties and food, fun, games and live entertainment on Main Street in Belmar. Satruday – 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday – 11:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more info, call 732.681.3700 ext. 214 or visit www.

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Thursday Concert Series – Freehold Now through 8.29.13 Located at the Hall of Records (1 East Main Street in Freehold). Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 732.333.0094 or visit


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Well-known jazz & blues artists perform. Sponsored by Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation from 12:00 to 9:45 p.m. located at Long Branch Boardwalk. For more info, call 732.923.2044 or visit or

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Concert are free to the public, and each summer thousands of people young and old come out to enjoy live entertainment on the beach at sunset. Located at Beach Area E, Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. For more info, call 732.291.3377 or visit


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Skim USA points-accredited competition – the biggest skimboarding contest on the East Coast. Participants from around the country compete for Skim USA points, prizes. Located at Sea Bright Municipal Beach. For more info, call 732.598.6029 or visit


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Food Pantry Ground-Breaking Ceremony STORY SUSAN MURPHY

Left to right: Community Church of Keyport Reverend Dawn Seaman, Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties Executive Director Carlos Rodriguez, KMFP Executive Director Isaiah Cooper, Union Beach Mayor Paul Smith, and (standing on ramp behind Mayor Smith) KMFP Board of Trustees Chairman Reverend Matt Thiringer stood together just prior to the start of the Groundbreaking Ceremony of July 20, 2013.


groundbreaking ceremony for the new Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry (KMFP) took place on July 20 on the grounds of the Community Church of Keyport in the presence of the Board of Trustees, volunteers, and dignitaries. This moment, which began as a project in 2005, was possible due to the generosity of both public and private donations. The Pantry was founded in 1983 by O. O. John Reed who saw a need and began providing food to a small group of families in the North Bayshore Area of Monmouth County. Over the past 30 years, the Pantry has been housed in various area churches and currently works out of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Keyport. Plans for the KMFP were approved by the township’s zoning and planning board; the Pantry will be attached to the Community Church Fellowship Hall. According to the Pantry’s website in a message by Executive Director Isaiah G. Cooper, the increased space in the facility will allow for private office space, an expansion of refrigeration and freezer capabilities, as well as public restrooms and space for donated clothing. The Pantry’s volunteer base can also be increased. Mr. Cooper thanked everyone for attending the ceremony and explained, “The nine churches of the Ministerium have been very supportive of our efforts to get this started.” He added that although this was a rough year, the Churches, Trustees, and volunteers all came through it together. Congressman Frank Pallone briefly addressed those in attendance and said he understood the need for people to get meals and children to have school lunches, and he appreciated all that the Pantry and its volunteers were doing. Freeholder John Curley presented a framed Proclamation naming July 20, 2013 as Keyport Ministerium Day. He also offered a personal donation of $100. KMFP Administrative Assistant Maria Connors recognized Mrs. Vera Reed, widow of



Left to right: KMFP Board of Trustee Chairman Reverend Matt Thiringer, Community Church of Keyport Reverend Dawn Seaman, Keyport Mayor Harry Aumack, Union Beach Mayor Paul Smith, and KMFP Executive Director Isaiah Cooper initiate the groundbreaking for the new Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry on July 20, 2013.

the Pantry’s founder O. O. John Reed, who sat in the audience with her daughter Donna. Guest speaker Carlos Rodriguez, the Executive Director of the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties acknowledged, “We are all in this together.” He noted that he had enjoyed visiting with the volunteers who serve the nutritious food and seeing how they interact with the clients. “We stand together,” he added. Reverend Dawn Seaman of Community Church of Keyport read a document stating that the Church would lease the land for the new building to the Keyport Ministerium Food Panty for the next 50 years for $1.00 per year. She then handed a golden shovel to KMFP Board of Trustee Chairman Reverend Matt Thiringer of Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Keyport to signify this most important transaction. On the grounds at the back of the Community Center, Reverend Thiringer, Reverend Seaman, Keyport Mayor Harry Aumack, Union Beach Mayor Paul Smith, and KMFP Executive Director Isaiah Cooper dug their shovels into the dirt and back out, completing the official groundbreaking for the new Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry. Mayor Aumack was pleased that the Church and the Pantry had worked together to do this. “This is a great thing and everything about it works perfectly!” Refreshments were served in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the ceremony. Visit for more information about the new KMFP, the opportunity to buy a personalized brick, and food items needed for donation. The Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry is open Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or call 732.888.1986. Once complete, the food pantry building will be located on Warren Street between Division and Osborn Streets.

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Matawan Resident Kenny Simmons Keeping Jersey Strong STORY KATHARINE FRIEDMAN


urricane Sandy affected everybody in the New Jersey area, and one man used it to write a song. Kenny Simmons, lead singer and writer for the past thirteen years of the band called “The Infernos,” a legendary music group for 33 years, has used the experience of Hurricane Sandy to produce a song to inspire people, but Simmons’s career has been going on for a very long time. Simmons has been involved with music since he was a little boy. He was raised by his grandparents in Asbury Park before living with his mother. Simmons was placed in a foster home when his mother, who had been battling alcohol problems, began to beat him, before his father adopted him and he moved to New York. Music allowed Simmons to break free from his problems, starting when he was three with singing, and then at 12 he began to play the drums.

collaborate with any artist it would be Robert Lamm of the band Chicago, whom the Infernos have opened for. Simmons was then approached by Bobby Wells to become a member of then the little known group “The Infernos” after Wells got into an argument with the former lead singer. The band does do their own songs and cover songs, he is always asked to perform Barry White and “America the Beautiful”. The band has performed locally in New Jersey like the PNC Banks Art Center as well as internationally in places such as Hong Kong, Italy, and are currently talking to people about possibly performing in Vietnam. They have also sung for presidents and governors, however the one place that Simmons would love to perform in, and has not yet, is the White House.

Simmons wrote “Keeping Jersey Strong” after seeing the people Simmons was discovered by Benjamin Ashburn, whom at the on his block, scared when food was starting to go bad after Hurritime was managing a little known group called “The Commodores” cane Sandy hit. He wanted to show that “although it was bad now, featuring Lionel Richie, and was asked to become their drummer, no one died, we have each other and we can rebuild.” He didn’t have which included performances at Madison Square Garden. He man- any power during Sandy, he helped out neighbors who weren’t preaged to do some lead singing when Richie left the band. Simmons pared for Sandy, gigs with the band were cancelled and the gas line was forced to leave “The Commodores” after a drug addiction began by his house was very long. to take its toll on him. It temporarily stopped his career, but after Simmons and “The Infernos” are selling T-shirts during their taking a look at what he lost and what he has to gain, Simmons put “Keeping Jersey Strong Tour”, and the money will be directly given his life and music back on track. to the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy relief fund. Their concert schedSimmons has worked with many legendary artists including Mi- ule can be found on their website: Jackson, Odis Retting, Bobby Wells, and one of his idols, Ste- mons’s advice for up and coming artists: “You have to have a vision, vie Wonder. Simmons’s other idols include Isaac Hayes, Seal, Phil believe it is correct and stick with it.” Collins, Sting, Peter Gabriel and Prince. He said that if he could





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Chef Bobby Flay No Match For Chef Drew During Throwdown Event Held At Keyport Waterfront Park


ver 2,000 visitors and residents arrived at Keyport’s Waterfront Park on June 27 to witness firsthand an intense but friendly “Throwdown!” between celebrity chef Bobby Flay and Keyport’s hometown chef Drew Araneo. The dish was Drew’s own “Voodoo Shrimp” that consists of shrimp with a spicy Worcestershire cream sauce that is piled onto jalapeno cornbread.


On a massive stage with large LCD screens for everyone to watch, the two chefs soon forgot about their audience and did what they do best – season, prepare, and cook. Flay announced he would slightly change Araneo’s unique shrimp dish by substituting some new spices and switching the authentic cornbread to grits. Once completed, a panel of three judges sampled the finished products and made their decision. No contest – Drew Araneo beat out Bobby Flay! Judges for this amazing event were New Jersey Net Darryl Dawkins, singer Gloria Gaynor of “I Will Survive” fame, and James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine. “We have a great following with the Voodoo Shrimp dish and people comment online about it,” said Drew. “That’s probably why Bobby Flay chose to have the Throwdown using this dish.”


Drew Araneo stands with his restaurant staff before the ThrowDown began at the Keyport Waterfront.

Voodoo shrimp! Drew said he is not comfortable in front of crowds and usually gets nervous. “But, because I had something in front of me to cook I was okay. I never did anything like and hosted the event. “From the initial this before, never worked with a celebrity meeting with the State to actual stage time chef before. It was definitely a fun day.” was 13 days. This would not have been posPrior to the start of the event, Keyport sible without the help from the Board and Councilman Kenneth Howe announced to staff of the KBBC, the Mayor, Town Counthe large crowd, “Standing where we are cil, Police, Fire and all of the other Township now, eight months or so ago, we would officials participating,” he emphasized. have been under eight feet of water. To be back here now and to have this many people here is phenomenal!” This event was created and funded by New Jersey. President of the Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative (KBBC) and owner of Keyport IHOP Cliff Moore said the KBBC partnered

Moore noted that the main purpose of the event “was to send a message that the Jersey Shore is Stronger than the Storm. Although Keyport was not mentioned on many newscasts or print, it was devastated as much as the other shore communities.” He shared that the area on which

this event took place was damaged by a 17-foot surge. “There were 25 businesses closed due to storm damage and 22 have reopened. Three that were destroyed will not be reopening. We have opened seven new businesses since the storm and will be opening two more by the end of the summer.” The Throwdown was successful in many ways. “It was a great event that showed how different organizations can partner together in a public and private partnership for the good of the community,” said Moore.



LEFT: Left to right: Chef Bobby Flay, Cliff Moore and Drew Araneo hang out backstage after the ThrowDown.

BOTTOM TOP: Drew Araneo takes some time to sign some autographs for his fans after his win against Bobby Flay.

“This was the Kickoff of Keyport Thursdays and was a great opportunity to have 2,000 people visit Keyport to see our great downtown with all the great things to do here in Keyport.” As for Drew’s thoughts on meeting Bobby Flay. “I was really honored and very thankful that Bobby Flay picked Keyport for the Throwdown. He is a very down-to-earth, genuine nice guy and great to work with,” said Drew. He jokingly added, “And now that I had my few minutes of fame I’m back to being a regular chef.” Drew Araneo of Drew’s Bayshore Bistro is anything but regular. He was born and raised in Keyport and is excited to have his restaurant here. Following the loss of his restaurant on Broad Street from Hurricane Sandy, he was finally able to relocate to his current address at 25 Church Street in Keyport. As for this event, he commended those who organized it. “We wanted everyone to know the Jersey Shore is open but is by no means back in full swing. There is still much to do and we are still a work in progress, but as a whole the businesses are coming along.” And so it is on the Jersey Shore – we are Stronger Than The Storm and welcome visitors to return and to enjoy all that we offer – the food, the entertainment, the special memories that can be made here at the Jersey Shore. There really is nothing quite like it!



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earborn Market held its first ever Italian Food Festival outdoors in a tented area of the Garden Center on June 23. The eight-hour event was very well attended and offered a variety of Italian American cuisine that included homemade sausages, peppers and onions, porchetta, cured meats, and cheeses. Delicious desserts included samples of flavored gelato, cannoli, and, zeppoles. Jarred sweet peppers were among the many samplings available from some of Dearborn’s favorite Italian Specialty vendors. There was also a demonstration on how to make fresh mozzarella. Red, green and white balloons served as centerpieces on the tables covered with red and white tablecloths inside the Festival area. Aside from sampling the many items offered, guests could order their lunch from the Festival Menu and sit there to enjoy the company of friends and family. Children enjoyed pony rides, kid-inspired Kawaii jewelry, and face painting by Danielle Gibbs of D’s Faces. In keeping with the Italian Festival theme, DJ Vinnie Petrizzo of Sounds of Excellence, a professional entertainment service, played well-known Italian songs. He greeted guests as they entered the tented area and wished them well as they left. “Once we initially discussed the idea for the Food Festival, we were thrilled with the enthusiasm from our vendors,” said DJ Luccarelli. He added, “We were even more pleased with the overall turnout and all the feedback we received from those who attended. We are looking forward to having it again next year!”





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Board of Directors and Officers Installed The annual Installation Reception for the Matawan Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce took place at MJ’s Buttonwood on June 18. After explaining the nomination process, announcing the selected nominees, then asking if there were any nominations from the floor with the help of Mayor Fred Tagliarini of Aberdeen, the Board of Director members were installed:

Returning Board of Director Members Installed for 3 year terms: Paula Agneta-Holt, Tiffani’s Vintage Closet Kelly Kruchinsky, Provident Bank Kim Saglamdemir, SSS Cleaning

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The newly organized board then met to vote separately on the 2013-2014 Executive Board and announced the following: Paula Agneta-Holt – VP for Fundraising Mark Mayer – VP for Programs Eraldo Maglara – VP for Marketing/Publicity Kim Saglamdemir - VP for Membership Cathy Zavorskas – President Kelly Kruchinsky – Secretary Mona Cach – Treasurer



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Jersey Shore Workcamp Assists Area Residents With Repairs


ersey Shore Workcamp, a non-profit home repair mission project, welcomed 400 Christian youth and their leaders from July 7 to July 13, and about 450 from July 14 to July 20 to Keansburg High School. Gail and Bill Bechtoldt hosted the larger-than-ever-before group, who arrived from all over the United States to assist qualifying low-income, handicapped or elderly homeowners. Throughout the two weeks, these teens painted the interior and exterior of homes, built wheelchair ramps and repaired steps and porches. Keansburg, Union Beach, Keyport, and Hazlet were just a few of the Bayshore towns that received help with repairs. About 150 homes were done at no cost to the homeowners. Local organizations, churches, businesses, and numerous volunteers come together to lend a helping hand to Jersey Shore Workcamp. Holmdel and Keyport Kiwanis members arrived on July 7 and 14 to cook and serve a barbecue-style meal to each of the groups. Donations came in from Foodtown, Dearborn Market, Red Oak Diner, Supremo Foods, Shop-Rite, and Costco. Over 30 volunteers in blue t-shirts, known as “the Blue Angels” made breakfast for the campers; freshly prepared daily picnic lunches and snack packs every day for each camper; and readied fruit to be served in the evening. BRIDGES at the Shore Director Kathy Logan coordinated the volunteers. Youth groups arrived from states such as Colorado, Ohio, North/ South Carolina, Florida, Iowa, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and even British Columbia. Once here, they were assigned to different crews so that no two teens from the same church were together. This encouraged new friendships and the building of trust with someone new. Each camper pays about $450 out-of-pocket to participate in the workcamp, plus their travel expenses. Prior to leaving each morning, a 15-minute worship program that focuses on why the youth are here. When they break for lunch at the worksites, they also do devotions to reflect on how the day is going and any concerns. Following their afternoon site work, they return to the high school, have free time, eat dinner and attend an evening program. Wednesdays the youth work half a day and are free to explore the town or visit other nearby areas. Many wanted to see the Jersey Shore, some visited New York City. The near 100 degree days did not alter the great work done by these teens for the two-week workcamp! Local Coordinator Gail Bechtoldt explained that Jersey Shore Workcamp co-sponsors with Group Cares of Loveland, Colorado, a 501c charitable foundation that holds these camps each summer throughout the United States. “We have held home repair mission projects in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. This summer we will once again be renovating hearts and homes. The youth give their resources and their sweat equity with happy hearts and helping hands. The need is great and the economy has hurt many people on limited incomes. Hurricane Sandy has added to the need for volunteers to help their neighbors.” Over $60,000 will be raised for supplies and materials. Everything is done to code, Sherwin-Williams paint is used, and only the best wood that Lowe’s provides is purchased, noted Mrs. Bechtoldt. Response from the youth is great. British Columbian youth, who

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worked on replacing a porch, said that though they had never slept in a school before it was a good experience. They had fun and enjoyed giving the gift of their time and experience to homeowners who really needed it. Another crew that built a porch and wheelchair ramp described their work as helpful and awesome! Jeremiah Zeltmann guided the crew in the project and noted, “We build up communities through our work for the residents and for the Lord. It’s a powerful week and it changes everyone’s life.” Homeowners Fran and Brian Hansen of Keyport were emotional as they described what it meant to have the youth paint the outside of their home and garage. “I have never met teenagers like them, and I cannot say enough about how great they are,” said Mr. Hansen. Teary-eyed, he added, “This has been the highlight of my summer to spend time with these teens. I have grown to love them and they will be missed!” His wife agreed. “They are amazing. And when they leave they clean up without so much as a wrapper left behind.” Kathryn Gross of Pennsylvania was one of the youth who worked at the Hansens. “They are probably the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life. This experience has been more than just painting their house – they are helping me in my life. They are so sweet and very sincere.” Jodie, who is Director of Jersey Shore Workcamp started as a camper herself, then volunteer, and now is director. She has heard many stories from each workcamp over the years especially from those who were hesitant about the Christian aspect of the program. By the end of the week, Jodie said, “Everyone is transformed in some way. The adults, the staff, the residents, and the youth!” For further information about Jersey Shore Workcamp, call Gail and Bill Bechtoldt at 732.671.1036 or email

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10th Anniversary of Bayonet Farm Arts and Music Festival Sunday, September 22, from noon to 5 p.m.

The Bayonet Farm Arts and Music Festival is recruiting artists to create and display their art on the magnificent Bayonet Farms estate. Artists may come and paint on grounds, sell their artwork and/or participate in a juried art show. Cash prizes will be awarded The juried Art Show comprising of original watercolors, oils, photography and sculpture – many available for purchase - will be held in the stately Red Barn Gallery. All afternoon, en plein air (outdoor) artists will be at their easels capturing Bayonet’s pastoral ambiance and lovely structures. At day’s end, prominent art experts will award prizes to Red Barn Gallery and en plein air selections To obtain a Paint Out entry form, an application for the Juried



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