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n a beautiful Saturday in late September, the residents and company owners from Hazlet Township and surrounding towns came together for a day of fun at Veterans Memorial Park. This free and open to the public event provided free rides for the children including rock climbing, trackless train rides, tiger belly bouncer, an obstacle course, rock wall/bungee trampoline and even pony rides. These rides were available thanks to the generosity of both the Hazlet Recreation and The Provident Bank. Some of the vendors at Hazlet Day included Metlife, Asana Yoga & Dance, Hazlet Thunderettes, Cub Scout Pack 137, Liberty Tax and many others. The food available included sausage and peppers, hamburgers and hot dogs, funnel cakes, kettle corn, and fresh squeezed lemonade.

Members of Hazlet Recreation are: Colleen Rush (bottom, left) Barbara Ronchetti (bottom, right), Bob Dispenza (top right) and Joe Rozing (top left)

The event ran from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At 2:00 p.m., the Bella Dance Company performed a variety of dance routines. Boys and girls from ages four and up performed gymnastics, ballet, modern dance and hip hop performances took place in the center of the festivities. Barbara Ronchetti has been with the Hazlet Recreation for twenty-two years. She stated that “Hazlet Day usually takes place in September or October and has been running for over forty years. An average of 1000 people will attend this event”. About thirty volunteers are in charge of setting up the tents, putting out the benches, cleaning up afterwards and other responsibilities. A majority of the vendors come to Hazlet Day year after year because of the positive feedback and attention they receive. In addition to food and consumer vendors, Hazlet First Aid Squad provided a blood pressure check for free. Rullo Chiropractor also provided free massages and posture screenings. Visitors of Hazlet Day were also able to enjoy Green Meadows Farm free of charge. The farm has been leasing their space from Veterans Park for seven years. With a staff of thirty, the farm offers an ideal learning environment for both children and adults with hundreds of farm animals. Mary Beth Somerville, manager at Green Meadows Farm, said “Our goal is to educate children and adults about farm animals. That is accomplished through guided tours”. Hazlet Day turned out to be a huge success. With over one thousand people in attendance, local businesses were able to be both profitable and receive plenty of exposure.

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ver 100 guests that included friends, business owners, and township council members attended the second annual fundraising party for the Keyport Garden Club at Trinity Restaurant on October 21.

Keyport Garden Walk Chairperson and secretary for the Garden Club Claire Skeen noted, “Charlie Merla very graciously offered us his venue last year and again this year. He has been very supportive of us and we are so grateful.” A silent auction included 64 gift items donated by Keyport and area businesses. Some of those items included gift certificates for restaurants, tickets for theater company shows, luxury perfume and makeup beauty baskets, book baskets, oil paintings, basket of cheer, Keyport Commemorative Book, the original artwork for the Keyport 2012 Garden Walk, and a handmade afghan by Keyport residents that was inspired by the gardens of Keyport Garden Walk. Keyport Garden Club was formed in early 2008 and its members include college professors, lawyers, artists, and teachers. Garden Club President Nancy Carew said the very first mission of the Garden Club was to get pots planted in the center of town. Next was the library where the biggest plantings were done. Club members have also planted in front of the Senior Center and continue to maintain those plantings. One special project was an interactive garden done in June, 2011 by Club members and Keyport children. It is known as the “READ” garden and is located on the Third Street side of the library. There is a 17th century herb garden on the side of the library where culinary and medicinal herbs of that time period are grown. The Club has also installed three rain gardens at the waterfront which filter storm water before it returns to the Raritan Bay.

TOP: Left to right standing: Keyport Garden Club President Nancy Carew, member Nuray Aykin, Treasurer Anne Marie Reedy, member Kim Mundrane-Tuohy, and GardenWalk Chairperson and Club secretary Claire Skeen; in front: member Beth Advani and member and caterer Diane Calabrese gather for a group picture during the Keyport Garden Club Party held on October 21, 2012 at Trinity Restaurant. BOTTOM: Left to right: Keyport Councilwoman Joy-Michele Tomczak, Sophia Lamberson, and Council President Christian Bolte attended the Garden Club Party to show their support.

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atawan Day was a true celebration of Matawan borough, which has been in existence for over 300 years. Along Main Street, hundreds of vendors offered unique, practical and fun items for purchase, with free items available at many tables. Borough organizations offered information about their programs as well as the opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns. The event was hosted by Moyers Insurance Agency in association with the Recreation Commission of the Matawan Borough. Mike Moyers noted that this was his third year hosting Matawan Day. He felt there was a good mix of vendors and equally good amount of food vendors. Numerous volunteers assisted in making Matawan Day a success. Free children’s rides, carnival-type games, several live bands, DJ’s playing great music, and performances by four local dance companies offered something for every age group. Adults had the option of shopping or enjoying the beer and wine garden provided by La Riviera Restaurant. Matawan Recreation held a Halloween coloring contest for three age groups in which the winners from each would receive a $20 gift card to The Hobby Shop, explained Recreation Director Deirdre Ring. Matawan-Aberdeen Public Library Director Kimberly Paone noted that although there is construction being done at the library it is open. Friends of Matawan-Aberdeen Public Library reminded visitors that on Saturday, November 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. they would be accepting books and media donations inside the library for one day only. Call 732.583.9100 for details on donation guidelines. One 96-year old organization, the Woman’s Club of Matawan, was selling tickets for the 50/50 cash raffle at the event, just as they have done each year. They utilize these funds to offer financial support to local charities. The organization assists in many Borough-wide events that cover the Arts, Home Life/Social Services, and much more. More information about programs, use of their facility, or joining, call 732.290.3169.

Left to right: Superintendent of schools David Healy, Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School Principal Radisch welcomed Tyler and Ashley, students in the Borough, at Matawan Day.

Left to right: Library intern Liz Ryan, Library Director Kimberly Paone, and Friends of Library member Eileen Reed.

Left to right: Matawan Recreation Director Deirdre Ring, Councilwoman Linda Clifton, and volunteer Joy Derechailo.

Chamber of Commerce Board member John Ambrose, members Sean O’Donnell and Jim Martoza, and Board member Tracy Gibson.

Chamber of Commerce Office Administrator Linda Martin, Chamber of Commerce President Cathy Zavorskas, and member Alan Leckner.

Left to right: Past Vice President of Woman’s Club of Matawan Harriet Nolet, member Jane Costello, and current President Ann Quinn.

Matawan Day and Food Festival was attended by well over 1,000 visitors. Its success could be measured by the smiling faces of the young children, the busy vendors tending to customers, and the contented expressions of adults who were enjoying the family-oriented day.

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A MESSAGE FROM MAYOR FRED TAGLIARINI Dear Fellow Aberdeen Residents: We are very pleased to report that Aberdeen Day 2012 was, by all accounts, the most successful in the 17 years our township has been running this event. Key to this year’s accomplishment was the decision by our Council and administration to take Aberdeen Day beyond its traditional home at Matawan Regional High School and stage events from morning to night at venues all over the community. But make no mistake, from planning to ultimate execution, these exciting new events could not have happened without the support of dedicated volunteers, most notably the Aberdeen Economic Business Council, which devoted most of its first year to making this a true community-wide celebration. Indeed, for two years, members of the Township Council and administration had been talking about ways to incorporate the entire town into Aberdeen Day; in other words, taking this beyond our ‘main event’ at the High School. Earlier this year, we came up with a list of events designed to draw residents and visitors to our beautiful waterfront in Cliffwood Beach, to our merchants in various parts of town, and, ultimately, to Fireman’s Field in Oak Shades. Working closely with the Economic Business Council, we came up with the day-long agenda that began at 11:00 a.m. with a fishing contest at Cliffwood Beach coordinated by Frank Huza, chairman of the Aberdeen Township Environmental Board and ended at Fireman’s Field with a night-time fireworks display generously sponsored by Tom Roman, principal of The Quality 1st Companies, a contracting firm that is relocating its headquarters from Perth Amboy to the former 84 Lumber site on Route 35 in Cliffwood. The fireworks immediately followed a Mayor’s Trophy softball series at the field game that included four teams from our Police and Public Works Departments, and Volunteer Fire and EMS companies (the Aberdeen P.D. took home the trophy). In between, there was the main event at the High School run by Recreation Director Jim Colabelli and his team of volunteers that drew an estimated 3,500 to 4,000 people and featured more than 100 vendors (up 25% from a year ago). In the Strathmore section, shopping centers hosted several events, including food samplings courtesy of DeMarco’s Catering & Gourmet Deli and Livoti’s Old World Market. The afternoon was capped off by the first-ever Aberdeen’s Got Talent competition run by Susan McGowan of Better Homes Realty and DJ Mike Pantina of Total Sound Entertainment at the AMF Shopping Center which featured 31 performers and an enthusiastic audience of 300 guests. At our October 16 meeting, the Aberdeen Township Council paid tribute to these key volunteers, awarding certificates of appreciation to Frank Huza, Tom Roman, Susan McGowan and Mike Pantina, as well as the Aberdeen Economic Business Council, which includes Chairman Carmine Visone of Home Away From Home Academy, Michael Ali of Livoti’s, Jason Bigelow of Advanced Tire and Auto Center, Eugene DeMarco of DeMarco’s, Luigi Falco of Fun Time America, Arthur Hirsch of Snap Fitness, Aberdeen Township Zoning Officer Maxine Rescorl, and Melanie Straniero of Flowers by Melanie. Without their tireless efforts, Aberdeen Day 2012 would not have been the roaring success it was.

Members of the Aberdeen Economic Business Council (EBC) were honored by the Aberdeen Township Council for their contributions to Aberdeen Day. On hand for the presentation were (left to right) Mayor Fred Tagliarini, EBC Chairman Carmine Visone of Home Away From Home Academy, Melanie Straniero of Flowers by Melanie, Aberdeen Zoning Officer Maxine Rescorl, and Jason Bigelow of Advanced Tire & Auto.

Aberdeen Environmental Board Chairman Frank Huza (center) is presented certificate for his coordination of Aberdeen Day fishing contest by Councilwoman Connie Kelly and Councilman Harvey Brenner.

Councilman Greg Cannon (left) and Deputy Mayor Margaret Montone (right) present certificate to Susan McGowan of Better Homes Realty for her efforts behind Aberdeen’s Got Talent.

Tom Roman of Quality 1st (2nd from left) was honored for his sponsorship of Aberdeen Day fireworks by (left to right) Mayor Fred Tagliarini, Councilmen Robert Swindle and James Lauro.

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“Pep Rally” Cornhole Tournament was held at McDonagh’s Pub in Keyport on October 13 for Ron Peperoni. The 34-year old Keyport resident was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma in September 2011. He and his wife Stacy have two children, Ty, 6, and Danica, 4. “Only one in a million people get this rare type of cancer,” said Ron.

He explained that his bone marrow transplant, done by Dr. Michele L. Donato at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center was possible because of a 23-year old woman who had donated to the National Bone Marrow Donor Bank. “It was a 100% match and that’s hard to get,” said Ron. “My family and I would eventually like to meet her and share how she has helped us through her donation. People don’t realize the importance of being on the national donor lists – you can truly help save someone’s life. This is the only donation where you can see the outcome of what you do. Knowing that by donating, my donor was saving and extending my life is an unbelievable feeling.” The “Pep Rally” Cornhole Tournament, organized by Ryan Killeen of Forever Hope, Inc., had about 250 attendees. Allan Evans, a good friend and co-worker of Ron’s suggested the organization hold the benefit that included a buffet lunch, adult beverage specials, free water and soda and dessert. A silent auction with over 40 gift baskets donated by local businesses, family and friends, 50/50 raffles, and Event T-Shirt Sponsorship that enabled businesses to have their name and logo on about 300 t-shirts given away at the event. Ryan noted that the event was very successful and allowed Forever Hope, Inc., to help Ron and his family with some of his medical bills and expenses. In addition, Stomp the Monster, LLC conducted a cheek swab stand for anyone who wanted to have their name/bone marrow submitted into the National Bone Marrow Donor Program. According to Ron, 60 people signed up to donate.


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“We wanted to do something great for others like what was being done for us,” said Ron of the cheek swab stand. “The benefit itself was just great. There was such an outpouring of love,” he said about the event. Anyone wishing to make monetary donations for the Peperoni family should make the check out to Forever Hope, Inc. and put Ron Peperoni in the memo section. Mail checks to Forever Hope, Inc., P.O. Box 644, Middletown, New Jersey 07748. “Cancer has no timetable. I was sick for two Christmases and a lot of people helped my family out. We want to help take care of families just as others took care of us. We are collecting toys for the first annual PEP RALLY Toy Drive,” explained Ron. Donations will be accepted from now until the end of the year. All gifts should be new in the package and unwrapped for ages newborn to 18. Contact Stacy and Ron Peperoni for more information and drop off locations at Gifts will be donated to The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center as well as local families through The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation. A Facebook page, “Pep Rally,” is the tagline for all events regarding the Peperoni family.

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Dearborn Market held their first Apple Festival on September 29 and 30 to celebrate the arrival of fall and to offer customers and their children a full weekend of family fun. Tons of apples, hot and cold apple cider and delicious apple pastries were available to all who attended. Whether shopping in the market or visiting the Garden Center, adults and children alike found something just for them. Pumpkin picking started the same weekend and pumpkins of all sizes were available for purchase. For the little ones, there was a plethora of activities to be enjoyed: a climbable hay bale pyramid, face painting, wagon rides, music by DJs from Sounds of Excellence (who played a great Halloween mix), a small petting zoo and pony rides. Adults enjoyed perusing the colorful variety of mums and many other garden items available for purchase for display in their homes. “This was our first apple festival and the turnout was better than we expected. The weather was beautiful, the fields are open and everyone can pick their own pumpkins. The hay bale pyramid seemed to be a big hit and the children are having great fun. The music seems to be getting everyone in the mood for the fall and for Halloween,” said Frank Luccarelli, president of Dearborn Market. For upcoming events visit


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n Oct. 6, St. John’s United Methodist Church held its Fall Festival. The event was open to all, and saw a nice turnout. Children and their families enjoyed such activities as a bouncy house, a “fitness fun on wheels” fun bus, and a fire truck.

Inside, dozens of crafters were set up selling their homemade wares, as well as other family-friendly entertainment. This included: pumpkin, rock, and face painting, as well as craft-making, zumba, karaoke, and square dancing. DJ services, and live performances by such groups as the church’s own “Gospel Gang” band also occurred throughout the day. Tiffany Rowald brought her 2-year-old, Nicholas, out to enjoy the amusement. “My son is having fun. He liked the fire truck,” said the Union Beach resident. The Fall Festival has taken place, in some form, for 18 years. The biggest fundraiser of the year, church organizer Joan Rhodes, of Holmdel, estimated it would raise $2,000. Proceeds from the event go to the church operating fund. Rhodes explained how the festival is now especially important. Money is still needed to repair damage caused by last year’s devastating hurricane, Irene. “We got flooded out with Hurricane Irene. We were out of commission for nine months. The main purpose [of the Fall Festival] is to fundraise through community support.” An equally integral part to St. John’s festivities was raising awareness about the church and its works. Rhodes said its purpose was to “encourage young people to attend church, and education.” The day is about celebrating their community and faith, and attracting potential followers who also value charity. Carol Gallagher was one of many volunteers who came out to help support the church. A resident of Lincroft, she has been a member for 25 years. “We have a very active church,” which is sustained by St. John’s parishioners, she explained, “we have a lot of willing hands.” While Gallagher manned a booth educating the community on the church’s work with food banks, others happily maintained activity stations, collected donations, prepared food, or conducted traffic. All worked together to carry out a successful event. Next up for the church is participating in the 32nd Annual Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk, and planning next July’s home repair mission work camp. The latter will conclude with the repair of 75 homes in the Bayshore area.

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ersey Dream Machines Car Club hosted a show for car enthusiasts in the parking lot of the United Methodist Church in Matawan on Saturday, October 20. The show was open to all classic and antique cars as well as motorcycles. There was music, food, door prizes, and gift cards awarded to participants.

Ron Hinz was in charge of organizing the car show. Hinz handed out flyers and advertised the event on a number of car web sites. “This is the first year we’ve hosted a car show here. We wanted to support the food pantry,” said Hinz. “It’s been tough with the cut backs and everything. There are still 50 million people in this country that don’t have food.”

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Normally to enter a car show, members have to pay money to display their cars, but Jersey Dream Machines just asked for non-perishable food donations instead. Along with the car show, there was a bake sale and garage sale inside the church. “My wife always has rummage sales. So I said if the club wants to do a car show and we go through the church and they approve, we could combine the two. And they were all for it,” said Hinz. Display cars filled the parking lot. “So far it’s been very successful for the first time out,” said Ron. “This whole thing was very last minute,” said Lou DeDonno, Jersey Dream Machines Club Member. “Maybe next year, if it pans out and they want to do it again, I can upgrade it and plan it earlier. I’ll have a little more time to plan it out and advertise and maybe get a trophy. We just have to see how it goes,” said Hinz. Car shows are normally held during the summer, so this show was considered late for the season. They lucked out with a beautiful, sunny day. Members of Jersey Dream Machines Peter Bruncati and his brother set up a tent to sell car detail products and from their personal business, Wax Daddy. “It’s a side business, we do it as a hobby,” said Bruncati. “We used to host a few shows, years back, this is our first one in years,” said DeDonno. Even though they have not hosted any car shows recently, Jersey Dream Machines has attended many events. Recently, they attended Aberdeen Day and a Vietnam Memorial. “They did a great job with Aberdeen Day and we had a lot of turnout at the memorial,” said Hinz. “The car was a gift from my husband,” said Terry Thein of Middletown. Thein had her 1991 hunter green Mazda on display for the show. “It’s fun. We get in it, pop the clutch and down Main Street I go.” Jersey Dream Machines plan on hosting more car shows in the future. “This will probably be our thing now,” said DeDonno. “We always try to help out the churches when we can.”

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onmouth County Park System held their annual Thompson Park Day on October 14, a highly-anticipated event for well over a thousand families and individuals. Every age group was included from the Diaper Derby for crawlers to the video game trailer for older children. Tickets were needed for pumpkin painting, the climbing wall, wagon rides, mini golf, archery, and the inflatable rides.

Registration was necessary to participate in the Scarecrow Contest for which framework and stuffing was supplied. This was a hit with families as well as some individual younger children who “built” their scarecrow to their own specifications. Entertainment included a puppet show, a sneak peek at snakes, a jamboree, and a little rockers band. Macaroni Anne Cheeze shaped balloons into characters and a pumpkin head stilt-walker strolled the area waving to children. Free activities included a corn maze, canoeing at Marlu Lake, disc golf, meeting the beautiful Mustangs, The Puzzler, and a Zany Zombies game. One of the many highlights each year

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Matawan’s 7th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Race to Benefit Matawan’s Parks, Recreation Programs & Events The Matawan Recreation Commission will be sponsoring the 7 th Annual Matawan Turkey Trot, a 5K Race/Fitness Walk, on Saturday, November 24, 2012. Registration is at 8:00 a.m., race time is 10:00 a.m. A Kiddy Dash, for younger runners, will take place following the race.

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