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he holiday season is in full swing, and this time of year is most festive! The holidays are a time to celebrate and enjoy family traditions. It is also a time to reflect on the events of the past year and plan for the New Year. Rejoice, reflect, and renew. This year, more than ever, it is a time of rebirth.

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Due to Hurricane Sandy and our current state of the economy, New Jerseyans, more than any time in recent history, are facing serious economic hardships. This “superstorm” became the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, and as of now, is the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane, behind only Hurricane Katrina. This storm was nothing less than a natural disaster of epic proportions for New Jersey and New York. Our area was hit hard, especially the shore and bay areas, yet many residents rose up to the challenge to help out their neighbors as well as complete strangers. Though it will be a long recovery, New Jersey has already started to rebuild. At this holiday season, bring a little joy and much-needed hope to those who were deeply affected by Sandy in whatever way you can. I would like to say on behalf of the Community Publications team and myself, that one of the greatest joys of this season is the opportunity to say THANK YOU for supporting us and to wish you happy holidays and the very best for the New Year!

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ohn Merla, owner of Jersey Shore Soups and Subs, set up a Thanksgiving dinner for displaced Hurricane Sandy Victims. “It was just an idea we came up with to give something back to all the communities. Because no one is thinking about Christmas or Thanksgiving, they are thinking about getting their homes and businesses rebuilt,” said Merla.

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Merla and his employees Robert Rommell and Joey Jones began preparing for the feast up to ten days in advance. Merla said, “We set up an ‘Adopt A Turkey’ program and collected 195 turkeys.” The program was publicized through social media and people were asked to cook and donate turkeys for the Thanksgiving feast. It was a 15-hour day, the crew worked from six in the morning to nine at night preparing, cooking and serving food to the guests. Merla had 251 volunteers show up on Thanksgiving, and they were spread out among the six different serving locations. Local businesses like Red Oak Diner and Dearborn Farms contributed by donating food. “The donations are unbelievable and I don’t want to forget anybody,” said Merla. The Thanksgiving leftovers were used to serve lunch to over 300 people. The leftovers from lunch were given to homeless shelters. “We fed over 1,200 people and probably raised about 4,000 dollars worth of food,” Merla said. John Merla would like to give a special thanks to Drew Araneo and staff of Drew’s Bayshore Bistro for prepping all the vegetables and cooking the stuffing and mushrooms. Merla has set up a toy drive, Jersey Shore Toys and More for Bayshore, for children affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. “Our goal for Christmas is to give toys and food to 600 kids,” said Merla. His store has already adopted six families, two from Keyport, two from Union Beach and two from Keansburg. “In its entirety, we’re going to take care of those families,” said Merla. He will be collecting toys for his organization in order to throw a Christmas party for children whose families were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Saint Johns Methodist Church donated their space to present the kids with gifts and goodie bags. “I’ve got a lot planned for these kids,” Merla assured. Some of the drop off locations for the toy drive is Taboo Tattoo, Daisy Lane Florist, and the Jersey Shore Soup and Sub Shop. To learn more information on how to help out, visit their Facebook page, https://www.facebook. com/JerseyShoreToysMoreForTheBayshore or stop into Jersey Shore Soup and Sub Shop on Main Street in Keyport.


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hoppers wiped out the grocery shelves stocking up on bread, batteries and water. Home and storeowners shielded their windows with cardboard and sandbags. The east coast battened down the hatches in preparation for Superstorm Sandy. With mandatory evacuations in numerous towns’ days before the storm hit, Hurricane Sandy was deemed the “worst storm in 100 years” by news reporters alike. On Monday, October 29, Sandy barreled through the east coast, leaving only a trail of damage and devastation. The aftermath looked like something out of a movie. Many were left without electricity, cars, jobs, or a place to call home.


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But Sandy did something else, she inspired many to send help and hope anyway they could. Citizens volunteered in beach clean-ups and at donation centers doing their best to help those in need get back on their feet. “It really felt like all of Sea Bright came together to work toward a solution to the wreckage,” said Sea Bright resident Nicole Estrella. Having lived in Sea Bright for most of her life, Estrella believed she had seen the worst of the floods her town would ever endure. She said, “When we caught word of evacuation, my roommate and I raised some of our furniture and packed a few things to stay with friends until it had all cleared. It never occurred to us that we wouldn’t be back into town for the next 16 days following the storm. Friends and new acquaintances alike have been unimaginably generous. In a time of despair, my heart was humbled by the amount of help that came my way.” Estrella keeps a positive outlook on her future, and credits her family and friends as her support system. Local High Schools and grade schools organized donation stations and clean up volunteer groups. There were about 100 volunteers that met at the Holy Family Church for the Union Beach Clean-up that was held the weekend following Hurricane Sandy. The crowd was broken up into groups of about 10 people who walked through the town of Union Beach asking families if they needed help cleaning or disposing of debris.

“I really felt I needed to help people,” said Old Bridge resident Jessica Arrondo, who participated in the Union Beach clean-up. “It makes me sad that so many have lost so much. I know that I would be incredibly touched if someone offered me help if the situation was reversed, and I wanted to make someone feel happy and optimistic in a time of sadness,” she said. Arrondo reflected on the community relief efforts, “It shows how strong we as a community can be if we all took time out of our lives and helped people. I think the more people help, the closer we’ll become to building our country up again.” Arrondo also cleaned out her closet, donating winter coats, clothes, and bedding to those in need. “It shows that there’s still good in this world and good in people. It’s a feeling you can’t describe, knowing you helped someone even a tiny bit in their greatest time of need,” said Arrondo. Cliff Moore, Northern Chamber of Commerce Member, started Beacon of Hope, a relief effort group that provided clothes, food, and supplies to victims in their time of need. Moore decided the weekend following the storm that something needed to be done. “We donated all the food out of my restaurant to all of the places to process food,” said Moore. After visiting multiple donation sites, he realized supplies one center had an abundance of, other sites lacked. His idea was to set up a one-stop shop for Hurricane Sandy victims. He was able to set up shop at what was formerly known as “Childrens Wear” clothing store in the Staples Shopping Center on Route 35 in Hazlet. Moore partnered with the Raine Foundation and Saint Benedict’s School in order to organize the distribution center. “I have to give the credit to Saint Benedict’s, they had this set up within 24 hours, we just had to set up tables,” said Moore. Two bus companies’ chauffeured people from all the Bayshore towns to the distribution center and back again. “One day, we estimated that we processed 10,000 people. We went through 45,000 pounds of food our first day open,” said Moore. Moore said he was able to spread the word about this organization through social media and

was grateful for all of the generous donations. He said, “We’ve had trailers come up from Florida, Texas, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, Delaware, Connecticut, West Virginia, Ohio, and Massachusetts. It’s amazing.” Clothes were organized by tables which were categorized by age. There were separate tables for infant clothes, toddler clothes, shoes, and so on. While Beacon of Hope started as a relief effort, Moore is unsure of the organizations future. “It could be something someplace for a long time or it could be just for this project. It could be a foundation. Every day we learn something different,” said Moore. (At press time, Beacon of Hope closed its doors on December 2).

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George Lechner, owner of Coastal Air Conditioning Inc., offered advice on what to do when looking for a contractor to repair your home to avoid scams. First, he said to ask for references and get quotes from multiple companies to avoid price gouging. He also suggested taking a look at the Better Business Beaureu. Lechner said, “You can see their profile online, see if they have any complaints, and see their rating.” He stressed taking the time to make sure the company is legitimate. When looking for a contractor, make sure the company is certified and registered in the state of New Jersey. After choosing a contractor, insist they file a permit with the town and you are co-insured on the certificates of insurance. “This protects the homeowner,” Lechner said. Marvin Hyer, founder of ManCave Events LLC set up a day where displaced Hurricane Sandy victims could have a burger and watch some football. He brought his trailer equipped with three television sets and a grill to Union Beach where he served tailgate food and set up chairs for people to watch NFL football. “It’s just a chance for them to somewhat return to normalcy, they get to watch their favorite NFL team while they are coping with the aftermath of the storm.” The aftermath of the storm has caused many to volunteer and donate to those in need, hoping to make the road to recovery a short one.

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estore the Bayshore is an incorporated non-profit organization whose mission is to identify and address short and long term issues facing Bayshore communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. The organization, which was started on November 4, 2012, was initially founded by Lieutenant Jason Gallo of the Matawan Police Department, his wife Kathy, and Christopher Stark, in order to raise awareness of the Bayshore areas needs. In order to do this, Lt. Gallo enlisted the support of the Matawan Police Benevolent Association#179. Two major focuses of Restore the Bayshore are to support the efforts of those groups who are supporting individuals with personal losses due to the storm; and to address the community-based losses, such as educational service, EMS, and town centers in the communities considered “along the Bayshore.”

TOP: Left to right: Restore the Bayshore President Janet Gallo, Board member Katie Moelius, Vice President Christopher Stark, and Board member Tara Szabo at Expresso Joe’s in Keyport. (Secretary Kenneth Howe is not pictured.) BOTTOM: Christopher Stark skyping with seven-year-old Eddie Cristobal during the RTB Board meeting regarding the young boy’s plans for fundraising efforts to help Restore the Bayshore.

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The organization has a five-member Board of Trustees consisting of President Janet Gallo of Keyport; Vice President Christopher Stark of Morganville, who is also a Matawan police officer; Secretary Kenneth Howe of Keyport; and Board members Tara Szabo of Hazlet and Katie Moelius of Matawan. Lt. Gallo is not a Board member. Kathy Gallo personally designed the RTB logo that is in place on their Facebook page. The Board has set up monthly goals for the next two years and plans on distributing to organizations that

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are helping individuals who have experienced losses and those dealing with community-based losses. They are not a direct line to distributing funds to anyone who has suffered personal losses. The organization has developed an alliance with R.A.I.N.E and will continue to support their ongoing efforts in helping those in need. At their third Board meeting on Saturday, December 1, RTB Board members skyped with Eddie Cristobal, a seven-year-old boy living in North Carolina, who used to live in this area. He wanted to raise money to help out his town and neighbors and has set a goal of trying to raise $5,000 through his Facebook page Eddie Cristobal’s Keyport Relief Fund. This young boy has chosen Restore the Bayshore to be the recipient of his fund-raising efforts. President Janet Gallo said, “All of the Board members shared a common concern about the Bayshore area and we recognized the tremendous damage that has been done. Since we are all from the area, we wanted to make sure there was an organization available to meet the needs in what we call “home” along the Bayshore. We wanted to raise awareness and work to obtain the funds being raised to support the needs.” For more information ‘Like’ Restore the Bayshore at To contact the organization or to donate, email them at restorethebayshore@gmail. com.

“We Will Rise above the Tide” A community vigil will be held on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in Airport Plaza located on Route 36 in Hazlet. Come join us as we stand together to listen to words and music of hope and encouragement to help keep us on the path of rebuilding our communities. We have all been affected by the storm, and we all need to support each other through such devastating times. So, come down to the plaza, stand together, and know that we will rise above the tide! Everyone is welcome, and there is no giving necessary to attend. For more information, please call event sponsor Pam at Absolute Music Studio at 732.888.4404.

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Keyport High School Reunion Held to Benefit Keyport First Aid Squad’s Storm Damaged Equipment Story Jenna Dorsi


eyport High School is not only the academic home for Keyport teens, but also the neighboring town of Union Beach. When Hurricane Sandy struck the Jersey Shore in late October, both Bayshore communities were devastated. The storm’s destruction touched every student, past and present, of Keyport High School. Charles Merla graduated Keyport High School in 1976, and has been hosting a “casual class reunion” for alumni since 2007. They are held at his restaurant, Trinity, located on Broad Street in Keyport. After the storm, Merla felt the need to do what he could to help his friends and neighbors. This included transforming the annual reunion into a simultaneous benefit to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. One hundred percent of the donations received, through the cost of admission and gift basket raffles, will be donated to the Keyport First Aid Squad. This volunteer entity is made up of locals and has served the community since 1927. The money will be used to replace the First Aid Squad’s storm damaged equipment, as well as the volunteers and their families, who were personally affected by the storm. “I can see where the money goes and see who’s affected. I know these people,” said Merla. Marlene Flynn-Shea, of Atlantic Highlands, helped Merla plan the November 21 event. “It seems like the whole community is coming together to help one another. It’s amazing.” Keyport councilman Ken McPeek, attended with family. “When there’s an event like this in town, you want


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to try and support it as best you can.” He also revealed moving to Keyport because of the water and hometown feel, and the camaraderie of its residents, noting, “They stick together when the times are tough. It’s great to be a part of.” Michael Orr graduated Keyport High School in 1976, but had since moved to Georgia. After Hurricane Sandy, he was forced to return home for less than ideal reasons. “I work for an insurance company and came back because of all the storm damage.” After finding out about the reunion-benefit, he knew he must attend. “I grew up here, so a lot of people I know [were affected]. My sister’s family owns Petersen’s Marina and they got beat up. They’re working hard to put it back together.” Merla hoped the event would not only raise funds, but spirits as well, allowing residents to forget their troubles for a time. One way he hoped to accomplish this, was by having the band Madison Avenue perform. They used to play at Keyport school dances over thirty years ago. One of the band’s founding members, Bill Marinella, of Union Beach, dreamed of raising “millions” with the benefit. He noted, “It’s good to see all the people from town together focusing on something positive.” Residents are optimistic they will return Keyport to its former glory. Merla’s other Sandy-related efforts included hosting a day of free Thanksgiving meals for first responders and displaced persons from Sandy, as well as organizing a giving tree so local families can be sponsored for the holidays.

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t’s the most wonderful time of year. However, for many, weight gain is a dreaded side effect of goodwill and cheer. Studies show the average person can gain between three to seven pounds from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. But don’t despair! We won’t be Grinch-like and take all the fun out of Who Ville. Instead, here is your very own survival guide with tips to help you maintain, not gain this holiday season so that you may still indulge without the excess bulge!

Turkey, Stuffing and Pies, OH MY! Whether it’s the family table or the office party, pick your favorites. Scope out the buffet first. Select three items you really crave and then add plenty of vegetables and salad. Don’t go back for seconds. You know dessert is coming and you need to pace yourself and consume your calories wisely. Instead of choosing one or two whole pieces of pie or cake, select two half portions of a different variety.

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Don’t Skip Meals to “Save Up” Calories You may think you are outsmarting the scale, but here is the pitfall. You will arrive at your party ravenous. One look at the hors d’oeurves and the floodgates will open. You will undoubtedly consume more foods than you should. Eat your regular meals and snacks beforehand and keep them higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates.

Keep a Glass of Water or Club Soda in your Hand If you tend to be a grazer or mindless eater, then keep one hand busy. It is much harder to grab the cocktail napkin and puffed pastry with a hand wrapped around a glass than it is with two that are free, ready and able.

Make Family and Friends the Focus Celebrate the people in your life not the food on your plate. Have a conversation outside of the kitchen area or away from the buffet table.

And Lastly… Exercise Now more than ever, you cannot make an excuse of why you did not go to the gym or do a workout video. You need to exercise at least 5 days a week for 45 minutes to ward off weight gain.

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Mark your calendars and get your tickets now for these can’t-miss U.S. tours coming our way in 2013. Some are in town for a few weeks and others just for days. So tear this page, post to fridge, pick your faves, and save the date. From Elmo to the Globetrotters, there’s a show for every age.

Seven Fun Kids Shows in the New Year! Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Super Heroes Your tiny tots will get a thrill out of seeing Elmo and his friends live on stage. In the latest Sesame Street Live, Super Grover has lost his super-ness and Sesame Street needs a hero. Never fear, the fabulous five Super Heroes are here— including Elmo as Captain Fuzzy Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their friends are on a quest to put the “super” back in Super Grover. There will be lot of singing and dancing as this fun crew incorporates lessons about healthy habits, exercise, rest, nutritious food and more.Elmo is coming to NYC on February 7 and will be here through February 18th. Tickets range from $20 to $65. Theatre at Madison Square Garden Thursday, February 7 – Monday, February 18 Times Vary

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove Skip the road trip to Florida this year, and just get tix to Disney on Ice’s latest skating adventure, Treasure Trove. Your Disney fans will meet all the latest characters from Tinkerbell to Tiana and they’ll be transfixed by the singing, skating, dancing and more. Your kiddos will be entertained by characters from Peter Pan, The Lion King, Tangled, Alice in Wonderland, and Snow White, too, who will all meet in this one adventure. Don’t worry, your little princesses won’t be disappointed as all the faves will be there, including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Ariel and Tiana. Take the kids for a night out and surprise them with a fabulously fun show they won’t forget. Izod Theatre Wednesday, January 2 - Sunday, January 6 | Times Vary Prudential Center Thursday, January 17 - Monday, January 21 | Times Vary

The Circus Is Coming to Town! Step right up, it’s circus time! Your tots to tweens will have a ball at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s latest show Built to Amaze. Elephants? Check. Tigers? Check. Acrobats. Check They’ll all be there. And of course other talented crew from clowns to tight-rope walkers will thrill the whole family. Most shows have an all access pre-show where kids 20

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can get in on the action and meet the entertainers. And an animal open house allows your fam to see the animals up close before the show begins. You won’t want your kids to miss the opportunity to see the greatest show on earth, so step right up and get your tickets now! Prudential Center, Newark Wednesday, February 27 – Sunday, March 3 Times Vary IZOD Center Wednesday, March 6 – Sunday, March 10 Times Vary Atlantic City Thursday, April 18 – Sunday, April 21 Times Vary

Score Tix to the Harlem Globetrotters! Have a sports fan in the house? Then don’t miss this mix of sport and entertainment—athleticism and pranks—all in a two hours sure to bring of ohhs and ahhs (and many ha ha’s), as the Globetrotters dribble and dunk down the court. And this year, they’re including a new rule in their game, and you can help decide what it is. Should they play with two balls at once? Should they play 6 on 5? What’ll it be? Send in your suggestions and help them decide before this show comes to our area in February. And check out the Magic pass, a chance for your basketball fans to hang with the Globetrotters on the court for 30 minutes before the show for an extra $15 a ticket. Tix will go fast for this one, so score those tix now. It’s sure to be a slam dunk for the whole family. Izod Center Friday, February 15 – Saturday, February 16 7:30 PM & 7:00 PM Prudential Center Saturday, February 16 | 1:00 PM Sun National Bank Center, Trenton Saturday, March 9 | 7:30 PM Collins Arena, Lincroft Thursday, March 14 | 7:00 PM

See America’s Got Talent If you’ve got fans of America’s Got Talent, they’ll get to see the talent from the 7th season live in this event showcasing the best acts. The host? Jerry Springer will liven up the event as your kids watch the acts live and in person--that wowed the nation this last season. See America’s Got Talent at the State Theatre of NJ on March 13. Tix range from $35 to $95. State Theatre of NJ Friday, March 13 | 8:00 PM

Pajanimals Live: Play Date For the first time ever, Jim Henson’s Pajanimals will hit the road for a nationwide tour this spring. Pajanimals Live: Pajama Play date will feature Squacky, Sweetpea Sue, Cowbella, and Apollo singing all of the Pajanimals greatest hits. You tiny tykes can are invited to show up wearing their favorite pajamas, with their favorite Lovie or teddy bear, and come have a play date with the Pajanimals crew. The live show includes lively music, interactive fun, and silly adventure, all set in the cozy comfy environment of the Pajanimal world. This show is designed for kiddos 1 to 5 years old.

Respite CaRe at CaReOne Respite Care is a wonderful service that allows caregivers time to attend to personal needs while knowing their loved ones are cared for in a warm and supportive environment. Respite care can give you the time off to rest up and do all the running around we all do to prepare for the holiday season. Give yourself the gift of time, afterall you can’t take care of your family if you don’t take care of yourself first.

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Scooby Do Live: Musical Mysteries In this new show, Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang have been called upon to help solve an epic mystery. A trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theatre and Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and Scooby are on their way in the Mystery Machine to help solve it. The show features musical numbers including the classic Scooby-Doo theme song, alongside original tunes for the show, including “Round Every Corner” and “We’re Mystery Inc.” Clever staging, and heaps of spooky special effects will have your Scooby fans howling for more! Tix range from $29 to $59.

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Deaborn Market Presents Its

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earborn Market held its annual Holiday Festival on December 1 and 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to kick off the start of the Holiday Season. A new delight was the Hot Chocolate Bar that allowed you to personalize a cup with your favorite flavors as well as a choice of delicious toppings. The Hot Chocolate Bar is available weekends all month long. Select food samplings were also available in the Deli Department. Great holiday music added to the fun, as children enjoyed having reindeers and candy cane painted on their faces. Outdoors, children were able to make a wreath for purchase or pet the live animals in the Living Nativity area. During both days of the event, Dearborn Market helped BRIDGES At the Shore by collecting for their coat drive. For donations of laundered women’s and children’s coats, children’s snowsuits and boots, Dearborn Market gave customers a 12 oz. cup of their Gourmet Coffee and an apple cider donut.


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The children at the preschool have been quite proactive since Hurricane Sandy hit in helping the community recover by collecting household goods, food, and holding a coat drive. They are seen here with their latest collection before bringing it to the Beacon of Hope collection site for donation.



The impact of Hurricane Sandy has affected many of us. We hope you and your families are safe and the recovery process is as quick as possible. Due to the aftermath of Sandy, the original date for this fantastic event was cancelled and postponed to January 18, 2013. For the second year in a row, Holmdel Imaging is proudly sponsoring a fundraising event to benefit STOMP the Monster on Friday, January 18, 2013. Enjoy a night of prizes, food, beverages and live music by The Cause and The Effects.

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inter fun heats up when the temperature drops and snow flies in the Monmouth County Park System. Whether you’re looking to fly down the sledding hill, strap on your cross-country skis or lace up your ice skates, the Park System is the place to be with over 15,000+ acres of parks, gardens and historic sites to explore. Open when there are two or more inches of snow, hours for the sledding hill in Holmdel Park in Holmdel, are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Groomed trails are open to cross-country skiers at Thompson Park, Lincroft, and Charleston Springs Golf Course, Millstone, as weather permits. Marked, ungroomed trails are available for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Clayton Park, Upper Freehold; Hartshorne Woods Park, Middletown; Holmdel Park, Holmdel; Huber Woods Park, Middletown; Shark River Park, Wall; Tatum Park, Middletown; and Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold. Please note that the Park System’s Deer Management Program will be underway until February 16 at several of these sites. (For complete details, please visit at Hours for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are the same as regular park hours: 8:00a.m.-dusk. Need equipment? Head over to Thompson Park in Lincroft. Cross-country ski and snowshoe equipment is available for rent at the Thompson Park Ski Hut, located next to the Three Barns Parking Area. Rentals are available daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. Feel free


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to call ahead and check for size availability as sizes are limited. Cross-country ski equipment can be held for a maximum of two hours. Equipment rented after 3:00 p.m. must be returned by 12:00 noon the next day. The cost is $15 to rent ski equipment and $10 for snowshoes. Evening rentals are also now available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at a cost of $10 (equipment must be returned at the end of the evening.) For more information, please call 732.842.4000, ext. 4312. The fun really starts after a week or so of freezing temperatures and Holmdel, Shark River and Turkey Swamp Parks post their “Skating Today” signs. Hours for ice skating are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Ice skating isn’t the only fun to be had! Manasquan Reservoir, Thompson Park and Turkey Swamp Park open for ice fishing in designated areas. Always check with park rangers before heading onto the ice.

Pick up the winter issue of the Program Directory! Offerings include a trip to The Weirdest Places in NJ, a Funky Fused Glass Jewelry workshop and a Wintersowing Workshop. These are just some of the arts & craft, nature, sports and cooking classes list. Program information and registration are available online at Please be aware that these activities are offered only when conditions permit. Be sure to visit www.monmouthcountyparks. com for the latest updates on conditions. To learn more about these Park System activities, please visit the website or call 732.842.4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the Park System TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks and Recreation agency.

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atawan Borough held their annual Meet and Greet with Santa and Christmas Tree Lighting on December 2 outside the Matawan Municipal Community Center on Broad Street. Children and their parents arrived well before the 6:15 p.m. time set for Santa’s arrival. Thanks to the Matawan First Aid Ambulance, which pulled Santa’s plush animal decorated sled carrying Santa’s big red bag full of toys, the big man received a standing ovation!

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Waving to the little ones, he made his way to the Borough’s tree and following a 3-2-1 countdown with everyone, the tree was lit.”Now let’s go inside and stay warm so I can talk to each of you,” said Santa as he made his way to the Community Center. A special area with a chair, tree, and bright lights awaited the children. Once seated, Santa spoke with each child as parents took pictures. Santa’s elf, whom he called “Grumpy” assisted Santa in handing out chocolate pops. It was a special time indeed for the children of Matawan.

Keyport Garden Club Decorates NJ Governor’s Official Residence for the Holidays


hough only four years old, the Keyport Garden Club has an impressive list of accomplishments. Its members have designed and installed numerous public gardens throughout Keyport in addition to hosting Keyport GardenWalk last summer – an event that brought approximately 1,600 visitors to Keyport and showcased 30 public and private gardens throughout the Bayshore town. The next accomplishment to be added to the list is decorating Drumthwacket – the official residence of the Governor of New Jersey. The Keyport Garden Club joined five other garden clubs from all over the state to decorate the executive mansion. Drumthwacket, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, dates back to 1835 and is a magnificent home located on nine acres in Princeton.

TOP: Front row, left to right: Anne Marie Reedy, Luisa Farina Reilly, and Kim Mundrane Tuohy. Middle Row: KGC Drumthwacket Decorating Chair Diane Calabrese, Vicky Mariocca. Back Row: Clare Skeen BOTTOM:A view of the parlor at Drumthwacket decorated for the holidays.


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The Drumthwacket Foundation chose “Songs of the Seasons!” as the decorating theme for the 2012 holiday season. Each garden club was given a popular holiday

song to serve as inspiration for decorating one of six rooms in the estate. The Keyport Garden Club decorated the parlor – an expansive room that boasts two fireplaces – and was given “The Holly and the Ivy” as their decorating theme. “My mother was a member of the Bridgewater Garden Club years ago and helped to decorate Drumthwacket for the holidays” said Keyport Garden Club member and Drumthwacket Decorating Committee Chair, Diane Calabrese. “I was delighted our garden club was asked to participate this year”. Using a combination of live greenery and silks, Club members built two six foot long garlands to adorn the mantles as well as three tabletop arrangements. “We were able to make use of trees and shrubs felled by Hurricane Sandy. Residents generously let us take clippings from a variety of spruce, holly and pine trees that were affected by the storm” said Calabrese.








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Left to right: Cecelia, Adult Services Librarian, assists Susan Pike and Eileen Reed who are members of the Friends of Matawan Aberdeen Public Library during the “one day only” book donation day held on November 17, 2012.


riends of Matawan Aberdeen Public Library held a “one day only” books/ media donation day on November 17. CDs, DVDs, and audio books were also accepted.


n November 24, Keyport held their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Pictures with Santa. Dozens of children and their parents braved the numbingly cold temperatures to enjoy the night’s festivities. Featured were performances by the Keyport schools choir and band. DJ Pete and his singing accompanist also kept the crowd entertained with classic holiday songs. Once the Christmas tree, embellished with lots of ornaments, was lit, families posed for pictures in front of the decorated spectacle. After the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy to the small Bayshore borough, many questioned if Keyport’s annual tree lighting ceremony would even occur. It has taken place on West Front Street, in view of the bay, ever year. Although the town still has work to do, recent rebuilding efforts allowed the familiar community scene to return.


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“We wanted to see what the town looked like after the storm,” said Erica Needham, of Hazlet, “and it looks great.” Of course, the mother of two also wanted to see the twinkling tree and Santa, and remarked, “It was something nice to get [the kids] out of the house.” The red suit-wearing, “Ho, ho, ho-ing” man himself helped make it a special occasion. Santa listened as excited child, after excited child sat on his lap and told him what they desired this holiday season. His hearty, belly laugh echoing through the street, Santa happily posed for pictures with kids, teens, and adults who were in the festive spirit. Before Santa left for the North Pole, he shared one message. To the children of Keyport, and all over the world, Santa had this to say, “I just hope that everyone is going to have a beautiful Christmas and I’ll do my best bringing everyone everything that I can.”

There are about 20 members within this non-profit organization. Through their donations as well as used book sales during the year, Friends of Matawan Aberdeen Public Library have been able to help in providing staff training, funding for improvements to the youth services area, and funding for additional library material and programs. By mid-afternoon with a few hours left for donations, collections had reached the 1,000 mark which included fiction and non-fiction, as well as children’s and young adults, hard cover and paperbacks, all on a variety of topics, noted Book Committee Chair Eileen Reed. These will be used to replenish the group’s Book Nook near the front of the library. Some books that are in pristine condition become part of the holiday display and can be purchased as gifts. Friends of Matawan Aberdeen Public Library generally meet the first Monday of the month. Due to construction taking place in the Library, their meetings have been curtailed. For further information on membership, meetings, and events, visit http://www.

Seventh Annual Run With Dennis

Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund’s board members and the Zilinskis with Len Lacina (front), who was presented with a hand crank bike during the opening ceremonies.

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n December 2, the seventh annual Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial “Run With Dennis” took place at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. Holding this 3.5-mile run and 2.0 walk is just one of the many ways in which Marion and Dennis Zilinski have chosen to honor their son’s memory and spirit for life. All proceeds raised on behalf of the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund are used to support programs that assist wounded soldiers and their families, and to provide scholarships in Dennis’ name to his alma mater, Christian Brothers Academy. The Fund strives to improve the morale and welfare of members of the United States Armed Forces and their families and provides scholarships that invest in the future of high school students who embody the leadership qualities and community spirit of Lt. Zilinski. During the opening ceremonies, the Zilinskis presented a hand crank bike to Len Lacina, a wounded soldier from South Amboy, who is completely disabled. A monetary donation was made to a wounded warrior, who is an Airman from McGuire Air Force Base. They also issued scholarships to eight students from Christian Brothers Academy. Joseph Salgado, Dennis’ roommate when he was at West Point, arrived from Chicago for the event.

Mrs. Zilinski noted that the family feels blessed having so many volunteers to help with the Run. She believes her son Dennis would be pleased with the results of the event. “I think he would be totally amazed at all we did and all we accomplished in his name. He would be absolutely honored to know how many people participate in this and think about him.” Some of the things the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund has helped with are adopting the entire New Jersey Army National Guard Unit, based out of Teaneck, which consists of 140 soldiers who were deployed to Afghanistan. The Fund has also been able to provide for wounded soldiers who suffer from PTSD and TBI with service dogs which help the soldiers become acclimated to a normal life again. “The first two soldiers receiving the service dogs are from New Jersey, which is really special,” said Mrs. Zilinski. Recently, the Zilinskis were in Washington, D.C. on “The Pet Show” promoting the Sgt. Denny Project, which provides care packages to military working dogs serving our country in Afghanistan. For more information about the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund and the Run With Dennis event, visit: www. Donations may be sent to: Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski Memorial Fund, PO Box 35, Holmdel, New Jersey 07733.

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he 22nd annual Trinity Cookie Walk and White Elephant Sale took place on Saturday, December 2 from 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Matawan. For $8.00, people could fill their boxes with their favorite treats. The scent of homemade baked goods filled the air as shoppers looked for the perfect Christmas gifts and holiday decorations at the White Elephant Sale. Saint Clements Church in Matawan put on the craft show. The vendors set up their handmade crafts, which ranged from ranged from scarves and jewelry to Christmas wreaths. Shoppers could also take their chances to win raffle baskets.

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ig Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties (BBBSMMC) held its 14th Annual Matching Smiles Gala on Friday, October 19, 2012 at Addison Park in Aberdeen. Suzanne & Jeffrey Citron and their Charles Lafitte Foundation were honored at the Gala for their dedication to the mentoring agency and so many children in the community. “We are extremely grateful for the Citron family’s generosity 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. This year’s theme was “Jewels & Jeans” and the event featured a sumptuous cocktail reception, and silent auction followed by dinner and dancing. The gala also included the opportunity to “Make a Match Happen” where guests pledged the cost of bringing a child together with a caring, adult mentor and for professional supervision of the match for the first year.


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Left to right: Olesea Tocan and BBBS Board of Trustee Dinesh Kakwani

The Annual Matching Smiles Gala is the signature event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties and this year 225 guests were in attendance. Some of the agency’s “Bigs” and “Littles” greeted guests and gave testimonials about how their mentoring relationship has changed their lives for the better. “This is our largest event of the year and raises much needed funds to support BBBSMMC’s 1:1 mentoring program for children who need a positive role model in their life” said Director Salcedo. “It was a wonderful evening and we are grateful to all of our guests, sponsors, and donors as well as the community for their support.” The exceptional group that planned the event included 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, Tara Walsh, and Carol Anne Cawley Weshnak. For more information, to volunteer or to donate, call 732.544.2224 or visit

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he truck completed its 825 mile journey to Temple Shalom on Tuesday, November 13 - Rita Carol Temple Beth-El in Northbrook, IL and Temple Jeremiah in Northfield, IL collected coats, diapers, batteries and cleaning supplies which they sent to Temple Shalom in Aberdeen for distribution to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Students attending religious classes, their parents and other congregants of both synagogues boxed and labeled the items, which were then loaded onto a donated semi-truck size trailer. This allowed Temple Shalom to be able to help so many displaced people through its efforts. Donations shipped out as quickly as they came in. The organizational efforts and talents of Jessica Nassof and Felicia Stoller kept the operation running smoothly. The Temple is grateful for the work done by many of the parents of students in the synagogue’s schools, Temple congregants and congregants of Temple Rodeph Torah in Marlboro. As Temple Shalom empties the social hall of donations, it is time to assess and determine the next steps in helping those affected by Sandy. Temple Shalom will keep the community posted as to the donations needed and volunteer opportunities through its Facebook page.

From the Keyport Historical Society If you picked up/found any museum items we need to know. Please post, message us on our Facebook or email us at We are currently working on getting a list of items together. We appreciate your support and hope to get back as many items as we can! Our museum is located on the waterfront in Keyport and was destroyed in Sandy. Thank you from the members of the Keyport Historical Society and please “like” us on Facebook.

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ew Jersey Women’s Expo was held on October 27 and 28 at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. Sponsored by Meridian Health, the two-day event featured over 200 vendors that offered the latest products and services for women, their families, and their homes.

A fashion show, cooking demonstration, Meridian Health Physician Panel, and special guest appearances by Christie Rampone, US Women’s National Soccer Team Captain and Laura Wright, an actress from General Hospital made up the agenda for the two days. Give-a-ways included toothbrushes, pocket-size mirrors, monthly planners, brochures; and many vendors offered a free raffle for their products. Though much of the Expo was health-oriented, there were many vendors who offered unusual jewelry, fragranced candles, skin products, financial information, and specific salon treatments. The best thing about New Jersey Women’s Expo was that anything a woman could ask for was there in the same location, easily accessible and reasonably priced.

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