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ctober is here and we’re happy it’s fall – scarecrows abound, a pumpkin patch, apple bobbing, kiddies (and adults) on hayrides and much more! Our area has some of the best autumn scenes, and the fall foliage is magnificent, so take in the crisp air and apple cider and enjoy the many ‘cool’ outdoor activities with the family. This month is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this is when public service groups, medical professionals, government agencies and others work to promote awareness of the disease. Promoting awareness involves education about prevention and treatments, fundraising efforts to help find cures, and support for survivors and those dealing directly with the disease. Breast cancer is the fifth deadliest form of cancer worldwide, and this month helps remind women everywhere to practice breast self-exams and to schedule regular visits and annual mammograms. So get your PINK on this month and support the cause!

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Sixth Annual

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Celebrates 50th Birthday of Saint Benedict School STORY ALEXIS ORLACCHIO


he sixth annual Saint Benedict Parish Fair was held on Sunday, September 9. This year was extra special because the community also celebrated the 50th birthday of Saint Benedict School. “They honored the faculty today. Father Dan blessed us,” said Patricia Tuttle, Saint Benedict School Faculty member. Reverend Daniel F. Swift has been the leader of the Saint Benedict Roman Catholic Church parish since October of 2005. “The fair was conceived as a ‘community building’ event for Saint Benedict Church and School,” said Mary Granito, Saint Benedict School Public Relations Coordinator. “(It is) intended to bring the community together for a day of fun and camaraderie for all ages.” Giggles and screams echoed in the Saint Benedict School Courtyard. The scent of popcorn and cotton candy floated through the air. For just a two dollar admission fee for children six and older, kids could play games to try and win prizes, make their own jewelry, get their faces painted and more! The Parish Fair takes place every

September, except for last year. The fair would have fallen on the date of September 11, so a special memorial service was held instead. “We have seen upwards of 2,000 attendees,” Granito continues, “It is a shared effort with some 400 volunteers involved in producing the event. The funds that are raised are used to offset the cost of holding the fair.” Conrad Corpus has two children enrolled at Saint Benedict School and volunteers for many different departments for the school. “I help out as much as I can,” said Corpus. “You can tell (how much fun the kids have at the fair). It’s pretty much family-oriented. The best part is you bring your own family from outside. My mother–in-law and my cousins, who don’t even go to this school or church (are here) and they enjoy themselves.” Kids could participate in games to try to win prizes, which ranged from stuffed animals to frisbees. For the thrill-seekers, there was rock climbing, a blow up slide, and spinning teacups. Kids could test their aim at the dunk tank or bocce ball

and there was entertainment provided by various dance teams and a magician. “It reminded me of old parish fairs that I used to go to when I was a kid and they were always a lot of fun,” said Lori Woodcock of Matawan. Jackie Orcurran performed with her husband Joe who plays guitar for their band, Hair of the Dog. They have a son in third grade at Saint Benedict School. “It’s really fun. A lot of parents can’t make it to see us when we play in town. So this is good, because they get to bring the kids,” said Orcurran. There was entertainment for adults, too. A beer garden equipped with television sets playing Sunday night football were set up. “I think the best part of the fair is just the sense of community that it builds. I think it brings the school community together with the parish community. It’s just a great day for Saint Benedict’s. Period,” said Saint Benedict School Principal Mary Ellen Lilly. This is Lilly’s thirteenth year as Principal at Saint Benedict School. “It is still the best job in the world.” October 2012


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he Northern Chamber of Commerce and Holmdel Recreation sponsored Cross Farm Park’s free movie night on Friday, September 14 at 5:00 p.m. “Northern Monmouth Chamber covers the whole Bayshore region. It’s a great group of local businesses,” said TJ Brustowicz, board member of the Northern Monmouth Chamber. Michelle Frazzitta, Holmdel Township Office employee, said, “This is the first time they’re doing a car show, a movie and a du-wop band,” she continues, “Maybe it will be an annual event.” Previously, Holmdel Township has helped put together some movie nights in the summer sponsored by Vonage at the Holmdel Community Center. “The Executive Director of the Chamber and I came up with the idea to do a movie night for the chamber and it’s also a good way for the chamber members to get their business out in front of the community,” Brustowicz continues, “You’ve got a big reason for folks to come in, with the movie and all the other attractions, and they can show off what the Chamber is all about, too.” After the movie ended, the night concluded with a beautiful fireworks display in the park.

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Matawan Regional High School National Honor Society Holds

Car Wash For Autism STORY SuSAN MuRPHy


atawan Regional High School National Honor Society (NHS) seniors held their first “Car Wash for Autism Speaks” fundraiser on August 30 in the parking lot of the school. The five-hour event, which was spearheaded by NHS President Amanda Costantino, brought in $723. “I originally decided to give it a try because we had never really done anything as a “society” before. I thought it was a great idea to have us raise even more money together for an organization that is special to all of us.” Amanda explained that each NHS member is required to raise money for Autism Speaks through their personal goal. The amount is set at about $100 or more, she shared, and if a student cannot raise the entire goal, they donate whatever amount they can. This individual goal amount, plus funds raised at the car wash will be donated in a few weeks to Autism Speaks.

Seniors from the Matawan Regional High School National Honor Society gather for a picture on August 30, 2012 at their fundraiser, Car Wash for Autism Speaks.

The cost of the car wash was $8, but Amanda said some customers gave even more than that. “I honestly couldn’t tell you how many cars we washed, because after a while people started coming up and just donating money,” she said. Of the 45 seniors in NHS, about 28 members participated, as some were on vacation or attending the start of their school sport activity. Each NHS member brought in a sponge, bucket, and several towels. Amanda noted that the members were able to form a system to wash and dry the cars efficiently. “We all cooperated and got along wonderfully and I couldn’t have asked for a better team. I felt that it was a great way to bond with each other, as well as raising more money than any of us had expected!” Officers of Matawan High School National Honor Society include President Amanda Costantino, Vice President Greg Roberts, Secretary Alexa Schykerynec, and Treasurer Carlos Reyes. The NHS Co-Advisors are Louise Tomasello and Andre Baldasserini. Mrs. Tomasello said the members came up with this idea and planned each step, including using social media to promote the car wash. All of the NHS members agreed that the Car Wash for Autism Speaks was a success. “I think our car wash went extremely well, definitely better than I had anticipated, and I hope this can become an annual event. We will be handing in our money in the next couple of weeks to add to what we have already raised,” noted Amanda. The Matawan National Honor Society members took part in the Walk for Autism, as well as selling Puzzle Pieces for Autism at Aberdeen Day that was on September 22. It is Amanda’s hope that the NHS inductees in future generations will continue the tradition of helping others by holding either a car wash or another event of their own.

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o you want to avoid serious foot problems that can lead to a toe, foot, or leg amputation? It’s all about taking good care of your feet and wearing the proper foot gear. This is why most insurances will reimburse for diabetic shoe gear. Foot care is very important for every person with diabetes, but especially if you have: • Loss of feeling in your feet • Changes in the shape of your feet • Foot ulcers or sores that do not heal Nerve damage can cause you to lose feeling in your feet. You may not feel a pebble inside your sock that is causing a sore. You may not feel a blister caused by poorly fitting shoes. Foot injuries such as these can cause ulcers, which may lead to amputation. There is a lot you can do to prevent serious problems with your feet. Here’s how. You may have serious foot problems, but feel no pain. Check your feet for cuts, sores, red spots, swelling, and infected toenails. Find a time (evening is best) to check your feet each day. Make checking your feet part of your everyday routine. If you have trouble bending over to see your feet, use a plastic mirror to help. You also can ask a family member or caregiver to help you. Make sure to call your health care team right away if a cut, sore, blister, or bruise on your foot does not begin to heal after one day If you have corns and calluses, check with your doctor or podiatrist about the best way to care for them. Do not cut corns and calluses. Don’t use razor blades, corn plasters, or liquid corn and callus removers — they can damage your skin. Have a Podiatrist trim your toenails if you can’t see well, if you cannot reach your feet, if your toenails are thick or yellowed, or if your nails curve and grow into the skin. Trim toenails straight across and smooth them with an emery board or nail file. Do not cut into the corners of the toenail. Wear shoes and socks at all times. Do not walk barefoot – not even indoors – because it is easy to step on something and hurt your feet. Always wear socks, stockings, or nylons with your shoes to help avoid blisters and sores. Check the insides of your shoes before you put them on to be sure the lining is smooth and that there are no objects in them. Check your feet often in cold weather to avoid frostbite. Shoes are made all over the world so shoe sizes are not always the same. Be sure to purchase shoes toward the end of the day when your feet swell. Proper footwear is very important for preventing serious foot problems. This is why most in-


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surance reimburse for diabetic foot wear. These shoes look like normal shoes, but have more room in them. The extra room allows for different shaped feet and toes. When buying shoes, make sure they are comfortable from the start and have enough room for you to wiggle your toes. Don’t buy shoes with pointed toes or high heels. They put too much pressure on your toes. Ask Dr. Stein whether you qualify and would benefit from the use of the Diabetic shoes, to help prevent foot problems. You may be able to get the cost of shoes or inserts paid for by your insurance. Dr. Stein is offering a FREE consultation, so call today at 732.888.0110. Information courtesy of National Diabetes Education Program

32nd Annual Red Bank CROP Walk

The Red Bank Crop Walk continues their 4th decade of raising funds to feed their hungry neighbors with their 32nd hunger walk! The Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk is a 5-Mile Walk/Run to raise funds to fight hunger in Monmouth County, New Jersey and around the world. Food collection, music, banner/ poster contest and funfamily activities make it a great way to help those in need. Join your friends, family and neighbors as we walk to end hunger one step at a time! The walk is Sunday, October 21, registration begins at 1:00 p.m. and the walk begins at 2:00 p.m. Red Bank CROP Walk, one of almost a 100 Hunger Walks in New Jersey, is the state’s largest and most successful walk. Of over 1,600 CROP hunger walks in the United States, the Red Bank CROP Walk is honored to be considered the largest all volunteer Hunger Walk in the country! For more information, or how to help, email

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n September 22, the 6th Annual KeyportFest 5K occurred. Presented by the Keyport Recreation Commission, the race saw a big turnout by both athletes and spectators. The sunny, Saturday morning saw 274 runners complete the 3.1 mile course, which wound itself throughout the Borough. “It was a big success,” said race director Nancy Jones of Keyport. “The weather was good; we had a nice day, and a good group of people.” Aided by the Spanish American Club, whose members volunteered and provided DJ services, KeyportFest also saw others donating massages, reusable water bottles, and refreshments. It is largely a combination of sponsorship, donations and volunteerism that allows Keyport Recreation to continually keep the entry fee for the race low. The 5K acts as the organization’s fundraiser and has made a profit every year, according Jones. Jones, an avid runner, competed in high school and college. A graduate of Rutgers University, she still holds the 10,000 meters record. Because of her history, she was elected to become the director of the race in 2006. Among the participants were many students from Keyport High School, including the entire Field Hockey team, and their coach Sal Principe. From tweens to senior citizens, every age category was represented, as the diverse group showcased stamina and determination. “I only run 5K’s,” said Scott Sarno, of Barnegat, “I like to challenge myself.” Sarno won the race with a time of 17 minutes, 55 seconds. He decided to partake in the Keyport event after researching area races for the day, and chose the Bayshore town based on its scenic beauty. “It was a really nice course - uphill, downhill. I liked going on the [Henry Hudson] trail, and I always love run-


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ning by the water when it’s breezy.” Second and third place overall winners were Ronald Dickson of Neptune City (18:19), and Hazlet’s Anthony Mazza (19:47), respectively. Rachel Kenny of Matawan joined her school’s track team last year. Just twelve-years-old, she was excited by her time of 23 minutes, 23 seconds, the second fastest time of any woman in the race. “I run almost every day,” she said, “I want to do cross-country [this fall] at my school.” After completion of the race, there was an awarding of trophies. Many raffles were also conducted, with prizes including gift certificates to local eateries and other businesses. “Raffles are nice for someone to win, if they [didn’t] get the chance to win a trophy. It also gets out-of-towners back in town,” offered Jones. This year the 5K was incorporated into the Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative’s “Keyport in Motion Day.” This town-wide function also included a skate park and clinic, soap box derby, and car show. These events were attended by several members of the community and those nearby throughout the day.

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ussara Cregan’s vibrant murals have been popping up all over the area with depictions of bygone eras that look refreshingly modern. A native of Thailand, Nussara earned her BFA at the Silpakorn University of Art and her MA at the New York Institute of Technology before relocating to Keyport in 2003. Since that time, she has worked on more than 50 projects in both homes and businesses in New Jersey and New York. Nussara’s most recent project, featured at The Seaport Diner in Keyport, features classic ‘50s automobiles that complement the classic feel of one of the few remaining trolley car diners in the area. At Romeo’s Restaurant in Jamesburg, her Italian style painting transports guests to an imaginary place somewhere between the country and the city with magnificent Roman forums and a 14-foot piece entitled Manhattan of Italy. Watch out for more exciting pieces from this up and coming area artist, including a piece at The Goddard School in Hazlet. For more information on the artist, as well as contact information for interested clients (both home and commercial), visit

Tara Hansen Foundation Hosts Fall Fundraiser for

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he Tara Hansen Foundation will host its first annual Octoberfest, An Event to Prevent on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Dive!, located in Sea Bright for a wine and beer tasting. Taking place from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., the goal of the event is to raise funds to help advocate for the advancement of maternal health awareness. In addition to the tasting featuring local wineries and breweries, there will be a silent auction that you won’t want to miss.

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Tara Hansen was a special education teacher in Freehold for six years, she gave birth to her first child on March 25, 2011 and passed away due to complications associated with childbirth six days later. In honor of Tara Hansen, The Tara Hansen Foundation was formed by her husband, Ryan.

Tara Hansen was a special education teacher at the West Freehold School in Freehold. For nearly six years, Tara had the pleasure of teaching children in her hometown. She was able to give back to the community and enjoyed every moment she spent in the classroom. On March 25, 2011, she and her husband Ryan welcomed their first child, Brandon Ryan, into the world. Then, only six days later, Tara passed away due to complications associated with childbirth. “I never anticipated that Tara could die from childbirth,” says Ryan Hansen, founder of the Tara Hansen Foundation. “My goal through education and advocacy is to increase awareness about maternal mortality in the United States and help prevent another child from losing his/her mother.” Tickets may be purchased in advance for a donation of $40 at the Tara Hansen Foundation website at or on Facebook. For more information, please email the The Tara Hansen Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of maternal health awareness in an effort to improve maternal health care. We also give back to the West Freehold School 4th and 5th grade special education department where Tara taught.

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Local Events 15Th ANNuAl CouNTry JAMboree AND ChilifesT oCTober 13 & 14 1:00 To 6:00 p.M.

Vendors and crafters line the streets of keyport in this old-fashioned street fair. Live music, entertainment, food vendors and the best chili around – an event for the entire family! For more information, call 732.739.3900 or visit lATe fAll fleA MArkeT oCTober 13 8:00 A.M. To 3:00 p.M.

Over 125 vendors will display old, new and hand-made items of all types. This event is a fundraiser benefiting the historic and educational programs presented at Historic Village at Allaire by the non-profit organization, Allaire Village Inc. For more information, visit ThoMpsoN pArk DAy oCTober 14 11:00 A.M. To 5:00 p.M.

Autumn fun for the whole family at Thompson Park in Lincroft. Free admission and free parking! Featuring maize maze, strut your mutt dog costume contest, scarecrow contest, pumpkin painting, wagon rides, food, crafts and live entertainment. For more information, call 732.842.4000 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks. com. All hAllows eve iN The 1830’s oCTober 14 12:00 p.M. To 4:00 p.M,

Visitors to this living history recreation of 19th Century Halloween activities held in the restored iron works company town can bob for apples, take part in 19th Century games, and listen to traditional Halloween stories. Visitors to the Managers House can see cider

pressing being demonstrated on the front lawn, using authentic 19th Century methods, or visit the kitchen where period recipes are being prepared. Perhaps tales of the macabre are more your taste, if so we invite you to visit our storyteller as she spins her tales of horror and enchantment. For more information, visit www. Jersey shore spookTACulAr oCTober 20 AT 12:00 p.M.

get ready for 2012’s Jersey Shore Spooktacular! Join the fun at Camp Sacajawea in Farmingdale for a Spooktacular time. Hike through the haunted ghost walk, visit the teens’ scary skits, enjoy the spooky hayride and more. How much more? Don’t forget about story telling, marshmallow roasting and the Monster Mash DJ dance party. Hot dogs, snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, visit 32ND ANNuAl reD bANk Crop wAlk suNDAy, oCTober 21 regisTrATioN AT 1:00 p.M. wAlk begiNs AT 2:00 p.M.

The Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk is a 5-Mile Walk/Run to raise funds to fight hunger in Monmouth County, New Jersey and around the world. Food collection, music, banner/poster contest and fun family activities make it a great way to help those in need. Join your friends, family and neighbors as we walk to end hunger one step at a time! kATeri hAlloweeN NighT hike oCTober 26 & 27

For the twenty-sixth year, kateri will present this enchanting live drama that tells the origins

of Halloween. The woodland trails are lit with over 250 Jack O’ Lanterns. Visitors walk through the woods and meet the characters along the way as the story unfolds. The event is for children ages 5 through 12 and accompanying adults. Tickets are $15.00 per person (non-refundable donation). Please call 732.946.9694 to purchase tickets or visit www. 2ND ANNuAl New Jersey woMeN’s expo sATurDAy, oCTober 27 11:00 A.M. To 6:00 p.M. suNDAy, oCTober 28 11:00 A.M. To 5:00 p.M. brookDAle CoMMuNiTy College iN liNCrofT

gather your gal pals and treat yourselves to the best local shopping, fashion, entertainment, food, travel, cosmetics and so much more at the 2nd New Jersey Women’s Expos. Take some time from your busy life to enjoy the best of your area! The New Jersey Women’s Expo will showcase the area’s very best products, services, seminars and attractions created especially for women! Admission is $10.00. For more information, visit www. 1830’s fAll hArvesT fesTivAl oCTober 30 - 1:00 To 4:00 p.M.

Harvest Festivals have been celebrated for centuries and at the Historic Village at Allaire we carry on the tradition with our Fall Harvest Festival. Apple bobbing, snap apple, apple toss, puppet show, musical presentation, cider pressing and wagon rides – a great day of fun for the entire family! For more information, visit www.

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AberDeeN DAy 2012



berdeen Day 2012, a town-wide celebration for the township and its residents, was held on September 22 and could easily be labeled “the most perfect day of the year.” Ideal weather combined with exceptional participation by businesses, non-profit groups, youth organizations, delicious food, sidewalk sales, and cooking demonstrations was enjoyed by well over 3,000 people attending the many venues throughout Aberdeen that emphasized family fun and excitement. Matawan Regional High School hosted the biggest attractions including favorites such as a classic car show, dance performances by local dance studios, children’s rides, a crafts fair, and displays of emergency services vehicles and equipment. Other treasures included unique jewelry, beautiful gifts, scented candles, pet photography, as well as a salon which was offering on-the-spot haircuts. A salute to Armed Forces was new this year. Representatives of both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were on hand, as were representatives from a local pet adoption organization, complete with adorable puppies and small dogs just waiting for a “family.” Adding to the feel-good atmosphere of the day was continuous music that played throughout the afternoon. Elsewhere in town other events took place, which extended the celebration that had begun at Matawan Regional High School. A fishing contest was held at Cliffwood Beach; special events were held at certain shopping centers on Route 34; and an Aberdeen’s Got Talent competition at the AMF Shopping Center on Route 34 offered the opportunity for township residents to shine. Members of Aberdeen Township Committee were at the Matawan Regional High School event site to meet and greet families. Deputy Mayor Margaret Montone noted this was the first time Aberdeen Day was held as a town-wide event. “It’s a beautiful day and it’s a wonderful turnout. It’s so exciting. This year’s Aberdeen Day was the biggest and the best we have ever had.” Committeeman Harvey Brenner shared, “We want to thank the sponsors, the business community, the various organizations that supported Aberdeen Day and especially the people who attended.” Aberdeen Day came to a close with a fireworks display and the “Mayors Trophy” softball game between Aberdeen’s fire companies and the police department at Fireman’s Field. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.


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Left to right: Aberdeen Township Committeemen Harvey Brenner and Greg Cannon, Committeewoman Connie Kelley, and Deputy Mayor Margaret Montone were pleased with the turnout for Aberdeen Day held on September 22, 2012.

October 2012


Red Sky Restaurant

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The Hidden Pearl Of Bayshore Resurfaces! Red Sky Restaurant Opens at the former Ray’s Restaurant & Palate Pleasers in Keyport

a seafood bistro

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red sky at night, sailor’s delight! “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight, Red sky at morning, sailors take warning,” is the inspiration Chef James DeSilvestri used for his new seafood bistro, Red Sky Restaurant, in Keyport. Located at his family’s marina, Keyport Marine Basin, at the former Ray’s Restaurant and Palate Pleasers Restaurant on W Front Street, Red Sky offers a contemporary menu that blends classic seafood dishes with charming décor, excellent service and a view of the marina and sunset. The result is truly a dining experience full of light and refreshing dishes, expertly prepared and creatively presented.   After completing his Bachelors of Science in Marketing from Fairfield University in 2007, Chef James worked in the customer service industry for two years at The Westport Country Playhouse and opted for a career change. In 2009, he enrolled at The Culinary Institute of America where he studied classical French techniques and dabbled in classes such as Cuisines of Asia, Cuisines of Europe and the Mediterranean and Cuisines of the Americas. After graduating in May of 2011 with his Associates Degree in Culinary Arts, he stayed at The Culinary as a staff member enrolled in the Manager in Training program under the guidance of Chefs Brendan Walsh, David McCue, Bruce Mattel, Robert Mullooly, and Scott Swartz.   At the conclusion of this program, it only made sense to move back to his hometown of Matawan, and re-open the quaint restaurant at his family’s marina. Red Sky’s menu begins with a selection of appetizers, such as Coconut Curry Mussels steamed in coconut milk infused with cinnamon, lemon grass, cloves and curry.   Signature dinner dishes include Seared Sea Scallops with a lemon beurre blanc sauce with seasonal vegetables and roasted lemon-thyme potatoes; Red Sky Chicken layered with roasted peppers, sautéed spinach and crab meat; and Red Sky Ravioli, housemade mushroom ravioli with tomato brandy cream sauce.

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Red Sky Restaurant is located at 340 W Front Street in Keyport, on the property of Keyport Marine Basin, across the street from Browns Point. Be sure to park in the rear of the building (don’t worry there is plenty of parking) during high tide. Red Sky hours: Wednesday – Saturday 4:00p.m. - 9:00p.m. for dinner and Sunday 9:00a.m.- 3:00p.m. for Brunch (served à la carte). Reservations are highly recommended for dinner. For more information, please call 732.497.0606 or visit


Home Away From Home Academy FOR NEW MATH STUDY! SELECTS

It all ‘adds’ up for the students at Home Away From Home Academy as they begin a new adventure in mathematics.


oted for its philosophy in early childhood education and outstanding academic curriculum, the private school was approached by two Senior Research Assistants at the Robert B. Davis Institute for Learning at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University to assist them with a brand new math application. “We are excited, thrilled and honored to have been accepted for this prestigious research study”, says Phyllis and Carmine Visone, owners of the Academy. Dr. Anoop Ahluwalia (Ph.D) and Dr. Kevin Merges (Ed.D.) have researched at great length how very young students build ideas in mathematics. They strongly believe that all students should be exposed to challenging problem-solving tasks at an early age and are in the process of publishing this study. Through their research, an application was developed for use specifically with the iPad technology along with several hands on manipulatives. Completely supporting this new study, the Visones have purchased brand new flat screen televisions for every classroom as well as Apple televisions and iPads for the elementary students. “The financial aspect of this endeavor was well worth what we hope to gain from the students, their families and the professors through this study”, says Visone. The application will focus on mathematical reasoning skills relating to patterns and beyond.

The professors will conduct a pre-test, personally teach lessons in the classrooms twice a month and track the success of the students concluding with a cumulative end of year test. Over the summer, the staff of Home Away From Home Academy trained with the professors to gain a thorough understanding of how to implement these new ideas into their lessons. As documented in their published educational philosophy, “The Visone Method”, Phyllis and Carmine have always instilled math initiatives in the daily curriculum that help students develop critical thinking skills in hopes to create a life long love and appreciation for math. Drs. Ahluwalia and Merges have stated that, “it was a perfect match to document these research results with such a well established private school”. Home Away From Home Academy is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools. The school is located on the border of Holmdel and Aberdeen on Route 34 and has been receiving outstanding recognition from its parents and families over the last 20 years. For more information on the school or “The Visone Method”, please call 732-290-0033 or visit

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efore heading to Grandmother’s house this November, be sure to tell all your friends, family, and neighbors to bring their holiday lists and meet you on November 8 and 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and November 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for three fun-filled days of bargain hunting to find treasures galore! The location is 5 Ayrmont Lane in Aberdeen. With wall-to-wall oodles of costume jewelry, handbags and leather goods, designer items, gently used clothing, children’s books and toys, and small housewares, everyone is sure to have the Happiest Pre-Holidays Bargain-Hunting Time Ever! You can also drop off your treasures for

this Sale on Sunday, November 4 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.; November 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and November 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You may call 732.566.2621 if you have any questions. So pull out your smart phones and call or text or tweet and tell everyone you know to save these dates and meet you at the Happiest Hunting Sale of the Year! Come as often as you wish; stay as long as you want. Don’t worry - you’ll still have plenty of time to get to Grandma’s house! October 2012


Fall & Winter 2012 Shows Your Kids Won’t Want to Miss! If you’re looking for that extra-special night out or want to score some Awesome Mom (or Dad!) points, check out these shows your kids will love! There’s still plenty of time to get tickets. Go ahead and print out this list, stick it to the fridge and plan ahead to see a spectacular show with the family in the coming months. Lowly Worm & Huckle Cat’s Bustown October 18, Count Basie go ahead and join in the adventures of Huckle Cat, Sally Cat, Lowly Worm, Sergeant Murphy and many of their friends as they prepare to compete in the Busytown talent contest on the stage at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank! This show incorporates problem solving and learning (perfect for your little tykes), with catchy sing-along songs and audience interaction. This is a one-time performance on Thursday, October 18 at 4:00 PM. 2012 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions November 10, Prudential Center your kids will flip for a chance to see some of the “Fab 5” women’s gymnastics team straight from winning gold at the Olympics! get your tickets now to see these champions plus Nastia Liukin (2008 Olympic medalist) and many more as they perform rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics as well as trampoline and tumbling routines. Root for the home team as local area gymnasts like Atlantic Highlands resident and trampoline Olympian Steven gluckstein, participate in this Tour! Tickets range from $28.50 - $203.50. Angelina Ballerina, The Musical November 11, The Strand Move your arms and give a wiggle. Make your tail go jiggle, jiggle. get up and dance with Angelina and her friends as Angelina Ballerina, The musical comes to The Strand Theater in Lakewood for two performances on

November 11. The story line has Angelina and her friends hosting a special guest at the Camembert Academy, all while performing hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig and of course, ballet. Tickets $18. Disney on Ice Presents Rockin’ Ever After November 14-18, Prudential Center & November 20-25, Izod Center Disney princesses Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle and Merida are taking the ice this fall as Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After. Watch these royal rockers compete to be the next superstar in this year’s show. Highlights include a skating horse, enchanted servants and amazing sets. you’ll be dancing in your seat and your lil’ Disney fans will love you for it. Tickes range from $20-$80. Disney’s Phineas and Ferb – LIvE! November 23-24, NJ State Theatre Phineas and Ferb fans, you’re gonna love this. your favorite friends get into all kinds of mischief during in this live show. The escapade is so awesome that even Candace can’t help but join the hilarious hijinks. Check it out and see Phineas and Ferb create their biggest invention yet. Tickets range from $30 - $100. Buddy valastro Live Homemade for the Holidays Tour November 26, Count Basie Candy canes, cookies, cakes and carols kick off the holiday season Buddy style as the Cake Boss comes to town! Bud-

dy Valastro from TLC’s hit Cake Boss brings a special holiday family show to Count Basie in Red Bank. Sharing the holiday traditions and stories from his family at Carlo’s Bakery, this show is full of holiday spirit as Valastro demonstrates the techniques that have made him the most famous cake artist in the country. November 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $35 and up. velveteen Rabbit December 2, NJ State Theatre Has your little one ever wondered if toys become REAL? Then you’ll want to make time for this production of the Velveteen Rabbit at the NJ State Theatre on December 2. your kiddos will love the imaginative costumes, life-sized puppets, and original music. With just one showtime, you’ll want to reserve your seats early. Tickets are $15-$30. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical December 13-30, MSG Don’t be a mean one this holiday season... teach your kids the true meaning of the holiday season with the help of the quirky characters from “whoville”. you won’t be able to help but to sing along to “you’re A Mean One, Mr. grinch” and “Welcome Christmas”. your kiddos will love a day in the city to kick off the holiday season, starting with this upbeat show. Tickets range from $40-$149.

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nion Beach Fire Department and the Bayshore Active Fire Chiefs rallied together to hold a benefit pasta dinner for Ronald Burkhardt, Sr., 42year member and ex-chief of the Union Beach Fire Department on September 9. At least 500 people attended the event which was held at North Centerville Fire Company, Middle Road, Hazlet. Union Hose Fire Co#1 cooked and served the dinner. Boy Scout Troop#134 assisted in serving and cleaning tables. Gift baskets for the silent auction were donated by members of the Union Beach Fire Department. Members of Old Village Fire Company of Middletown Township and Matawan Borough Fire Department attended to show their support. Matawan Fire Chief Peter Berliner shared the reason members attended the benefit. “This is what we do; we support one another as a family.” Acting President of Union Beach Fire Company Michael Murray noted that social media was used to pass on the details of the dinner. Everyone came together to make this a success, he said, and he thanked North Centerville Fire Company for donating the use of their banquet hall for the dinner. Union Beach Fire Department Chief Robert LaBerta, who is also the National President and founder of Knights of the Inferno, a motorcycle club whose members are firefighters, said the turnout was great. Members of the Bayshore and North Ocean County Chapter of the club attended the dinner. Ronald Burkhardt, Sr., is an active member of Union Beach EMS, a First Responder, and active with Union Beach Fire Company. His son, Ronald Burkhardt, Jr. is Deputy Chief of Union Beach Fire Company and will serve as Fire Chief in two years. Ronald Sr., who is battling cancer, was overwhelmed by the community’s support. “I just can’t believe this. It shows people care. You are a firefighter for so long and you don’t expect all this. My dad was a fireman and then I became one; now my son is a fireman. I love it. It’s the best thing in the world. I have never regretted being a firefighter. It has been very rewarding.”


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Members of the Union Beach Fire Department gather for a group picture with (center) Helen and Ronald Burkhardt, Sr.

Members of the Union Hose Fire Company#1 of Union Beach were the chefs and servers of the benefit pasta dinner held at North Centerville Fire Company Banquet Hall, Hazlet.

Left to right: Ex-chief of Union Beach Fire Company Ronald Burkhardt, Sr., talks for a few minutes with Matawan Borough Fire Chief Peter Berliner.

Joe Rice, who is Vice President of Bayshore Active Fire Chiefs as well as Union Beach Fire Chief, noted that the Burkhardt family is very humble. They prefer to be on the giving side rather than the receiving side. “We had this benefit because we give to our own. Ronnie gave 42 years of his life to the fire department and it is only fitting to give back to him in his time of need.” He added, “We are grateful to the Union Beach Fire Department and the Union Beach community as well as residents from surrounding towns for their help. We received great support from North Centerville Fire Company. They were wonderful, as were all of the other local fire companies that supported us.” Donations from surrounding businesses included Jake-a-Bob’s By The Bay, Pluggy’s Too, Union Beach Pizza, Jersey Shore Sub and Soup Shop, and Anchor Inn. Left to right: Advancement Chairman for Boy Scout Troop#134 of Union Beach Lynn Esbrandt and members William, Adam, Patrick, Billy, and Bret assisted in serving dinners.

Some of the members of Old Village Fire Company, Middletown attended the benefit dinner.

Matawan Borough Fire Department members including Fire Chief Berliner attended the dinner to show their support. Front left to right: Helen and Ronald Burkhardt, Sr., with Union Beach Fire Department Chief Robert LaBerta take a photo with Knights of the Inferno, a motorcycle club made up of firefighters.

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irefighters and residents gathered outside North Centerville Fire Company on Middle Road in Hazlet as two steel beams, pieces from the World Trade Center, were delivered on August 29. The beams, which will become part of a memorial to be built outside the firehouse, were picked up at John F. Kennedy Airport at Hanger 17 at about 10:00 a.m. and arrived at North Centerville around 2:00 p.m. that day. An escort from the airport was given by both the New York Police Department and the Port Authority Police Department. The steel beams are approximately five feet in length and 200 pounds each. Hazlet Fire Company 1, West Keansburg and Keyport met the procession on Route 36 and joined the escort to North Centerville Fire Company. Union Beach and Keansburg fire companies awaited the arrival of the steel and had the American flag raised over Route 36 outside Holy Family Parish. “The significance of having the steel beams at North Centerville Fire Company is important in many ways, but they are very hard to put into words. It will give me great pride looking at them and knowing the sacrifice my cousin, Dennis P. O’Berg, and others made on that terrible day,” shared North Centerville Fire Captain. His cousin was with FDNY Ladder 105, Dean Street, Brooklyn, New York on September 11, 2001 when terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center and thousands of people lost their lives, including 12 from Hazlet Township. Captain Sasso explained the importance of receiving the World Trade Center steel beams. “The reason that the fire company received these pieces is due to members of North Centerville responding to the attacks and searching for victims. I think the people of Hazlet should be proud to have such dedicated First Responders.” A Committee has been set in place to discuss the details of the Memorial. No further information is available at this time.

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Aberdeen Resident Pens Entertaining Children’s Book “My real motivation for writing the book was to change, or at least create an awareness of the way people think about their actions and their impact on the environment.”


hen Aberdeen resident, Brian Murray, first put pen to paper to create an entertaining children’s book with the hope it would positively impact its readers’ attitudes toward environmental conservation, he knew it would be a challenging task. “When I first toyed with the idea of creating a children’s book, I knew the market was supersaturated, thanks in no small part to the Madonnas and Tiki Barbers of the world.” Murray admits. “The only way I could justify jamming another book onto those crowded shelves, was to make it different – have it carry a substantive message while remembering that kids must enjoy reading it.” Murray succeeded masterfully in his mission with Belle Curve by using witty, accessible writing to drive home the book’s important and timely message of resource conservation. “My real motivation for writing the book was to change, or at least create an awareness of the way people think about their actions and their impact on the environment.” said Murray. “I believe people can rationalize an attitude of environmental indifference through the vastness of both our planet and the population – ‘I’m just one person, what difference will my actions make.’ I believe that philosophy to be self-fulfilling in its defeatism.” Murray continued, “The much more productive question when weighing an action is, ‘What if everyone did what I do?’ Framed in that light, even seemingly small things – fully participating in your town’s recycling program, using canvas bags at the grocery store, not idling your car – really do make a difference. Individual actions do make a difference is the point I hope I get across to readers of my book.” Murray encountered the Tragedy of the Commons, the driving concept behind his book during one of the economics courses he took during his undergraduate studies at The College of New Jersey. Murray considers the idea a powerful illustration of the danger of overconsumption. “In a society that, at times, appears to celebrate indulgence,” Murray said, “I thought it a worthwhile pursuit to produce something that stands for the idea that sometimes less is more.” Despite its strong message of conservationism, Murray avoids browbeating his audience, instead employing the allegory of a children’s neighborhood lemonade industry to make his point.


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Murray explains, “I want to challenge young minds to formulate their own thoughts through familiar concepts and situations. I think my book found a nice tone in that it is not patronizing but still retains its readability and entertainment value for children.” Belle Curve’s vibrant illustrations, also done by Murray, engage the younger audience and make it an ideal parent/child bedtime read for ages three to six. Seven to 11 year olds will find Belle Curve an enjoyable book through which they can hone their reading skills. Belle Curve lends older children a fun gateway to the literature for young adults. “I’ve been tremendously pleased with the feedback I’ve received from both parents and younger children, who have read Belle Curve together, as well as the older kids who have ventured out to read it on their own.” Murray said. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the way it appears to capture a wide audience. I even tried to put some references and jokes in [Belle Curve] that parents could enjoy.” Murray hopes that he is correct in his original justification for publishing Belle Curve – that Belle Curve is a unique children’s book that will not only fuel its readers’ love of reading but also raise their environmental consciousness. After reading Belle Curve, and with apologies to Mr. Barber and Ms. Madonna, Belle Curve in Lemonade into Lemons is a children’s book that breaks the mold and is well worth reading. Belle Curve in Lemonade into Lemons is published by PublishAmerica and can be found for purchase online at or other electronic retailers. To purchase a copy of Belle Curve in Lemonade into Lemons at a discounted price, visit or call 336.575.6210.

HAZLET HAPPENINGS A Message from Mayor Dave Tinker Dear Fellow Hazlet Residents: As we say farewell to a busy summer filled with great capital construction projects and citizen initiatives, we also look forward to an exciting autumn of academics, outdoor activities and continued community improvements. Since I last wrote you, your township committee has overseen the rehabilitation of the last phase of the improvements to Veterans Park. This work includes the installation of a new Gazebo and walking trail though the Great Lawn at Veterans Park and replacement of soil and the installation of a beautiful new sod lawn throughout the pond and playground areas. We also restarted the township’s capital improvement plan which was largely abandoned several years ago. Authorized was the paving of Winthrop Place (Phase I), New York and Maple Avenues (Phase I) and Laurel Avenue (Phase I). This work will also include concrete and drainage improvements. We have also completed the federally-funded “Safe Route to School” project that now provides a safe sidewalk-based route through Knoll Terrace, Peach Drive, Bedle Road to the Beers Street School. We have also applied for grants to reconstruct Franciscan Way and Laurel Avenue (Phase II). We are preparing to do the first year of our new long-term Park Improvement Project which will invest $50,000 a year into our other community parks—parks and neighborhoods that have been neglected for far too long. On the operations side of our municipal government, we have purchased the first new police cars in more than five years and will retire many older cars—some with nearly 150,000 miles on them. We have hired the first new police officers in years. We have hired three new public works employees and have deployed new and much needed equipment into your neighborhoods to help make improvements. Our new Joint Court with Matawan and Keyport is a great success. The rebirth of the Hazlet Swim & Tennis Club is approaching its zenith after nearly closing several years ago. A club that was losing tens of thousands of dollars every season has beat our revenue projections by nearly $100,000. With hundreds of new members enjoying our world-class facility (not to mention our public-private partnership with our new “Belly Flop Café”), a financially successful pool utility, and more improvements on the way, it is easy to see how the Club is returning to its glory days. In closing, every Hazlet resident can be justly proud that the difficult choices we made as a community of citizens over the last two years of financial uncertainty have paid off. Our operations budget is flat and every penny of new tax revenue has been spent on making real improvements to our neighborhoods, streets and facilities. Our government is working better and costing less and meeting our never-ending goal of KEEPING HAZLET A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE.

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Hazlet Township participates in the Community Rating System program. Since portions of our low-lying areas are prone to flooding, please contact the Township at 732.264.1700, ext. 8660, or visit our website html for additional information regarding flooding and services offered by Hazlet Township.


Three new citizen groups are advising the Township Committee and other municipal leaders on matters of community importance. The Citizens Leadership Council is comprised of residents who are receiving briefings from municipal department heads and are discussing a wide array of topics from park improvements to code enforcement and finances. Hazlet Tomorrow, the Township’s Youth Empowerment Initiative, brings together interested young people and town business and civic leaders to plan events and work on community-wide projects. Finally, the Advisory Board of Senior Citizens will meet with key officials to discuss concerns and issues important to our senior community. If you would like additional information on any of these groups, contact the Mayor’s Office at 732.217.8682.


Leaf bags are now available from the Hazlet Department of Public Works at the recycling yard. The bags may be picked-up now thru December 15, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

VOLUNTEERS RECOGNIZED Two of Hazlet’s most active volunteers have been recognized for their long history of service and devotion to the welfare of our community. PEGGY KING was named “Monmouth County’s Volunteer of the Year” and was honored at the Governor’s Summit. Peggy has served as an active member of the Hazlet Municipal Alliance for over 17 years and thrives in the role of public relations/awareness representative for the Alliance. Her commitment to the work of the Alliance, her strong advocacy and her long tenure as an active volunteer have made her the cornerstone of the Hazlet Alliance program. Among Peggy’s many contributions is her active recruitment of volunteers to participate in the various programs administered by the Hazlet Alliance. If there is a community need, Peggy promptly springs into action and helps to organize whatever needs to be done. She has recently been named as co-chairperson of the Alliance. BARBARA HILLIARD was recognized by both the Monmouth County Freeholders and the Township Committee of Hazlet. Barbara was honored when the Freeholders named a day “Barbara Hilliard Day” throughout Monmouth County in recognition of her service as Chairperson of the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) of Monmouth County. She has been a member of PAC for more than 10 years and has served as an officer for the past 6 years. The Hazlet Township Committee also honored Barbara by proclaiming a day as “Barbara Hilliard Day” in the Township of Hazlet. She helped start the Alliance in 1990 and served as a volunteer until 1993 when she was hired by the Township as the Alliance Coordinator. She continues to serve as the Alliance Coordinator, County PAC and is an active member of the Monmouth County Suicide Prevention Task Force. Her passion is educating the community, parents and students on making the right choices regarding alcoholism and drug abuse and keeping the community safe. Congratulations to both Peggy King and Barbara Hilliard for their untiring devotion of service to our community, our county and the Alliance.

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azlet Township held its third annual 5K Run/Walk Event on August 25 with a 7:00 a.m. registration at the Swim and Tennis Club parking lot. Runners and walkers took off at 8:30 a.m. The event was sponsored by The RAINE Foundation and the Hazlet Recreation Commission. Tremendous volunteer support came from the RAINE Foundation volunteers, set-up and clean-up from Raritan High School’s football team, Hazlet First Aid, and the Hazlet Recreation Committee. Middletown Fire Police provided all barricades and traffic equipment and volunteered to set-up and clean-up throughout the 5K trail. Stretching, warm-ups and massages were provided by Pro-Care of Hazlet, and Meridian Fitness and Wellness. Participants in the race received custom t-shirts, awards and giveaways. Refreshments included donuts, oranges, bananas, and bagels. Sponsors included IHOP Restaurant, The Belly Flop Café, Meridian Fitness and Wellness, ProCare Rehabilitation, LLC, IFF International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc., OCTANE Strength and Conditioning, Hazlet Business Owners Association, Cervino’s at the Holiday Inn, Hazlet PBA Local 189, The Provident Bank, AIRPORT PLAZA, Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, Salerno’s Pizzeria, and Complete Tire and Auto Repair. The RAINE (Reaching All In Need Everyday) Foundation was pleased to be a part of the event. President Michael Fabozzi said, “RAINE was very proud to be a recipient of the Hazlet 5K. We are grateful to have the support of the Hazlet Community, as well as the other neighboring communities. RAINE would not be able to continually help those children and families throughout Monmouth County who are in need without the support of these volunteers and participants. We want to thank Joe Marques for selecting us as a recipient and would like to acknowledge the amount of hard work and dedication he provided to make the Hazlet 5K Race successful.” Three young runners Donovan, Daniel and Andrew who are members of the HUSA Cobras U-13 travel soccer team were a bit nervous, but anxious to get started. Donovan has participated before; Daniel and Andrew were running for the first time. Lin-Mark Computer Sports, Inc., recorded the times for the 176 participants in the race. Men’s Overall first place winner was Andrew Herschmann, 22, Hazlet, 17:13; second place was Brian Decker, 39, Point Pleasant Beach, 17:20; and third place was Joseph Cowley, 15, Hazlet, 18:21. Women’s Overall first place winner was Dianne Deoliveria, 41, Brick, 19:21; second place winner was Meagan Drapkin, 28, Brick, 20:17; and third place winner was Anne Brown, 24, Toms River, 22:32.


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Top: Left to right: RAINE Foundation President Michael Fabozzi, Hazlet Township Committeeman Joseph Belasco, Hazlet 5K Committeeman Joe Marques, RAINE Foundation Founder Patti Dickens, Hazlet Township Committeeman Scott Aagre, and Andy Bace take a moment before the start of the race. MiDDle: Left to right: Winners in the Men’s Overall were Joseph Crowley, third place; Brian Decker, second place; and Andrew Herschman, first place. boTToM: First place winner for Women’s Overall was Dianne Deoliveria.

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Walking to raise funds for research to help end neurofibromatosis (NF)

Photo credit: David Pfeffer

Come to beautiful Holmdel Park, New Jersey as we walk and run to raise funds for NF research and promote NF awareness. Food and snacks will be provided. In addition to the walk, there will be a 5K run, stroller derby parade, a kid’s race, and more fun activities!!

Sunday, October 14, 2012 8:00 AM - Pre-race registration 9:30 AM - 5K RUN start 9:45 AM - Walk start

10:30 AM - Kids races 11:00 AM - Awards Kids’ activities all morning


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Register online at: Entry fees: Adult - $20 Children 4-10 – $5 Children under 4 - Free Questions? Contact John McCarthy at

If you are in a position to help us underwrite the cost of this event in support of the children and adults who live with NF, or you are unable to walk but would like to make a donation please visit Please make checks payable to “Children’s Tumor Foundation” and turn in at event or mail to Children’s Tumor Foundation, 95 Pine Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10005.


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Dust off your lederhosen and join us for a traditional celebration of the fall season!

Saturday, October 20 12:00 – 3:00 pm Feast on traditional German dishes of kielbasa, sauerkraut, potato salad and apple strudel, then wash it down with a cold mug of German beer. Joey Sudyka will be entertaining all afternoon. RSVP by October 17 by calling 732-957-0083. 1800 Highway 35 South Middletown, NJ 07748


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he second annual guided walking tours of the Rose Hill Cemetery, including exciting new stories will be held on Saturday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday, October 21 at 2:00 p.m. The tours are approximately two hours long and they are sponsored by the Matawan Historical Society and Rose Hill Cemetery. Tour costs are $10 per person, the proceeds will be going to the painting of Burrowes Mansion and Rose Hill Cemetery beautification. Local historian Al Savolaine of the Matawan Historical Society and the Rose Hill Board will tell the stories. They include fascinating stories about deceased Matawan/Aberdeen residents such as the 1916 shark attack victims Lester Stillwell and Stanley Fisher, and Captain Thomas Cottrell; the GREAT Matawan fire of 1901 and the ugly repercussions on the suspected arsonist; unusual ghost sightings at Rose Hill - which is considered the most haunted cemetery in New Jersey; a funeral attended by two United States presidents – who and why?; Pirate Captain Kidd’s use of Rose Hill; Civil War casualties; 1918 Spanish flu victims; unnerving freak accidents; and a 1896 gruesome murder. For additional information, please contact


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The Borough of Matawan will be holding its annual Matawan Day & Food Festival on Saturday October 13, 2012 with a rain date of Sunday, October 14. Matawan day will be held on Main Street, in Matawan beginning at 1:00p.m. and ending at 6:00p.m. This year’s event will feature a wide assortment of activities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. In addition to the more than 100 vendors that will be present, Matawan Day will feature a wide variety of entertainment; including bands & DJ, games, crafters, performances by local dance companies, and FREE RIDES for the children. There will also be an outdoor beer & wine garden for our adult patrons in front of LaRiveria Restaurant. Matawan Day is made possible with the support of our sponsors, and we are inviting local and corporate sponsors to partner with us to bring this fun & festive event to Main Street. For more information on how to become a vendor or sponsor contact the event organizer, Mike Moyers, of Moyers Insurance Agency at 732.414.8818 or email


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Members Of The Saint John Vianney High School Community Bless The New Vianney Activities Center (VAC) LEFT: Father Bill O’Brien blesses the Vianney Athletic Center (VAC). BOTTOM LEFT: Inside of the Vianney Athletic Center BOTTOM RIGHT: Saint John Vianney’s new Strength and Conditioning Room.

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n September, SJVHS administration, faculty and staff joined Father Bill O’Brien in blessing the new Vianney Activities Center (VAC). Physical Education classes, athletic practices, club activities and other events will take place in the VAC during the 2012-2013 school year. The indoor facility was constructed with funds from generous gifts to the Capital Campaign. The Capital Campaign began in 2007 and ended June 30, 2012. President Joseph Deroba said excitedly, “This activity center is a dream come true. We are the only Catholic School with a 12,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility that really enhances the educational and athletic opportunities for our students.”

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Other facilities at Saint John Vianney have been updated and remodeled for the upcoming school year. A new strength and conditioning facility is now available to all students with over 3,600 square feet of space and new equipment. The music department now has a multi-tiered room for practicing and storing equipment. Principal Steven DiMezza stated, “The SJVHS community is excited about all the changes to our campus. We are eager for everyone to use the improved facilities here at Saint John Vianney High School.


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speCkles is 5 years old, 12 lbs, terrier mix that came from a hoarding situation in Tennessee. When he arrived in NJ, he tested positive for heartworm and was treated. He was adopted out earlier this year, but escaped twice from his elderly owner (once when a relative left the door open, the second time the owner accidentally dropped the leash). Each time Speckles spent over a month on the run, the first time he was found three miles away, the second time he was found a mile away. Once captured, he tested positive for Lymes and was treated for 21 days with an antibiotic. Speckles is a bit timid around new people. He prefers women over men (though he does seem to like younger men). While he is dog-friendly, he would be happier (and more comfortable) as an only dog. He is relatively cat-friendly, but it also depends on the cat (he’s been fostered with six cats, most of which he’s gotten along with). He needs a quiet home, one without children as that would be too stressful for him (though he is very tolerant of older, calm children). He can be a bit skittish at times and is often fearful of loud noises. Speckles is very sweet and lovable. He just wants a lap to crawl into to snuggle.

gus is a long haired Doxie rescued from a Sanctuary gone under. He is such a happy guy, full of love and life. When we first took him he was playing with a rock, but once brought to his foster homes and given a few toys, he is the happiest little guy around. He loves playing with toys!!! He is such a love, and to think he may not have had toys for the first part of his life really breaks our hearts. He gets along with other dogs, he barks at cats a little, but it seems he only wants to play with them. Great being held, with children and just about anyone. Mrs. brADy’s a 45 lb Shepherd-mix with three blonde pups. She’s about 2.5 years old and very social. Knows sit and shake. Very friendly and loves people. Great mommy dog rescued from a kill shelter in West Virginia, now in NJ searching for a home to call her own. sAMMy is an almost 3 year old smooth coat red Dachshund weighing 11 lbs. He is super sweet and loving and would love a home where he can get cuddles all the time and sleep in the bed with you. He loves to burrow under the blankets and in his cuddle cave.

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“Jewels and Jeans” Theme Will Highlight Fundraiser

2012 BBBSMMC Gala Honorees, Suzanne & Jeffrey Citron with their children, Kyra and Noah.


ig Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties (BBBSMMC) will hold its 14th Annual Matching Smiles Gala on Friday, October 19, at Addison Park in Aberdeen. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a sumptuous cocktail reception, and silent auction at followed by dinner and dancing. A live auction will feature the opportunity to “Sponsor-A-Match” where attendees can pledge the cost of bringing a child together with a caring, adult mentor and for professional supervision of the match for the first year. This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters will honor the Citron family and their Foundation at the Gala for their dedication to the mentoring agency and many children in the community. “We are extremely grateful for the Citron’s generosity to Big Brothers Big Sisters which has enabled our agency to expand our 1:1 mentoring programs and to relocate to a larger office in Asbury Park. The Charles Lafitte Foundation has made a huge impact on many local organizations which helps to improve our community as a whole” said William Salcedo, Executive Director of BBBSMMC. In addition, there will be “Bigs” and “Littles” in attendance to greet guests and to give testimonials about how the mentoring relationship has changed their lives for the better. The Annual Matching Smiles Gala is the signature event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties. This year’s exceptional Gala Committee includes Gala Chair Stella Price and committee members Lauren Cesario, Amy Beth Dambeck, Kristin Gaul-Spitale, Christine Higgins, Debra Littleson, MC Mayer, Theresa Murphy, Dana Perrotta, Anne Roslin, Joanna Shearer, Tara Walsh, and Carol Anne Cawley Weshnak. Individual Gala tickets may be purchased for $250. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 732.444.3538, email or visit www.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer On Sunday, October 21, Temple Shalom Walkers, organized by the Temple Shalom of Aberdeen’s Sisterhood, will be joining a “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Walk-aThon. The team welcomes women, men and children to walk with them to raise funds to help save lives from breast cancer. Team members will ask friends and family to support their efforts with a donation. The 5K walk begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Arnold Avenue Band Shell in Point Pleasant Beach preceded by an opening ceremony at 9:00 a.m. and a 9:40 a.m. warm-up. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Team members may choose to walk the full 5K or shorter distances. Participants walk at their own pace in a noncompetitive setting. Temple Shalom Walkers is also looking for sponsors to support the fundraising efforts of either a specific participant or of the entire group. Team members may register online. Sponsors may also make their donations online. All donations benefit the American Cancer Society. The website to register or make a contribution is available at: http:// Questions may be addressed to the team captain at

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Hazlet’s Volunteers Presents Donations TO ORGANIZATIONS IN NEED


n September 5, Hazlet Fire Official John Beslanovitz presented checks to the following organizations at Hazlet Townhall: St. Barnabus Burn Unit, S.T.A.R.S., R.A.I.N.E., NJ Run for the Fallen, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Deborah Heart & Lung.

John Beslanovitz, along with Hazlet’s volunteer fire departments and various Hazlet volunteers have been soliciting donations on a multitude of weekends to raise funds for these wonderful charities. Checks were presented in amounts from $500 to $2500 denominations. Front row seated, left to right: Tom O’Neill, Anna Barney, Leah Heister, Andy Bace, Patti Dickens, Michael Simpson St. Barnabus Burn Center, Deborah, St Jude Childrens Hospital, S.T.A.R.S., R.A.I.N.E., NJ Run for the Fallen; 2nd row: Beth DeMichele, Rosemary DiMichele, Cecilia Smith, Joe Sarro, Ildike Nemeth, Sophie Lieinski, Anthony DiMichele, John Beslanovitz, Barbara Ronchetti, Jim DiNardo, Joe Belasco, Joe Sarro, Russell Langill; 3rd row: Michael Beslanovitz, Bryan Charomanski, Cory Hannwacker, Tom Hesse.


A Christmas Celebration The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is celebrating 85 magical years. The show was recreated last year with new scenes, music and costumes, as well as twists on cherished traditions like “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and breathtaking special effects. It promises to lift your holiday spirits to exciting new heights. Seating is in the third mezzanine. Spend a day with family and friends and see this world famous show! Extra time has been allowed for lunch out at an area restaurant or to just walk around the city before the show. Radio City Christmas Spectacular Saturday, November 17, 2012 Showtime: 7:00p.m. (approx. 1½ hour) Fee: $63 per person (includes coach bus) Bus departs the Library, 251 Middle Road (overflow parking lot) at 4:00p.m. and returns at approximately 10:00p.m. Purchase tickets at Hazlet Recreation, Cullen Center, 1776 Union Ave., Hazlet

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Aberdeen • Hazlet • Keyport • Matawan - October 2012  

A local magazine to Monmouth County, NJ covering spotlights on events and residents.

Aberdeen • Hazlet • Keyport • Matawan - October 2012  

A local magazine to Monmouth County, NJ covering spotlights on events and residents.