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KEYPORT KIWANIS ONE DAY SERVICE PROJECT DELIGHTS HAZLET HOMEOWNERS STORY
ivision 5 Kiwanis One Day Service Project was hosted by Keyport Kiwanis on May 5 for a senior couple living in Hazlet. The work involved scraping, caulking and painting the outside of their one story home. They were assisted by several members of their club, Holmdel Kiwanis President Ron DeLuca and members of the Holmdel Kiwanis Club, Henry Chambers from Wall Township Kiwanis Club, as well as students and the Advisor from the Key Club of Marine Academy of Science and Technology (M.A.S.T.), which Keyport Kiwanis sponsors. One of the members of Keyport Kiwanis also volunteers with Jersey Shore Work Camp, which was founded in 2000 by Bill and Gail Bechtoldt. The Work Camp bi-annually accepts applications to assist those in need of repairs to their home. Mr. Bechtoldt knew the Hazlet couple needed work done and through the Keyport Kiwanis member who volunteers with his Work Camp, he was able to okay the project. “This is absolutely wonderful that members of the Keyport Kiwanis were able to do this,” he said. Keyport Kiwanis President Richard Stryker said of the project, “This brings about good fellowship and is a great experience for everyone. We have done
so many of these projects and yet they never get stale. Having the students from the Key Club was a big help. These young people just give of themselves and it makes me feel good.” “Keyport sponsors our Key Club so we came to help them out. We do a lot of fundraisers but with something like this by the end of the day you can see the results and it’s great,” said Alyssa, a sophomore at M.A.S.T. “Our Key Club Advisor Mr. Ellithorpe does a lot for the community. It’s nice to be sharing something like this with him,” said Sheila, a senior. Homeowners David and Esther Reisman were overjoyed with the work being done. “This is just wonderful. We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help,” said Mrs. Reisman. Keyport Kiwanis Secretary Judy Poling noted that the project continued from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. but was not finished. Those who can, will return on June 12 to complete the work within about two hours, weather permitting. A rain date of June 19 has been set. Keyport Kiwanis meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Town & Country Inn, Highway 35 and Broadway in Keyport. Visit www.keyportkiwanis.org for further information.
Left to right: M.A.S.T. Key Club members Erin, Alyssa, and Rachel join Esther and David Reisman for a picture in front of their home, where Keyport Kiwanis One Day Service Project took place. Judy Poling, Keyport Kiwanis Secretary is standing on the front porch behind the group.
Left to right (forefront): Keyport Kiwanis President Richard Stryker, Founder Jersey Shore Workcamp Bill Bechtoldt, and Keyport Kiwanis Secretary Judy Poling get together for a picture outside of the Reisman home.
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Aberdeen Township Honors Volunteers At Special Breakfast STORY SUSAN MURPHY
berdeen Township Council invited township volunteers to a volunteer recognition breakfast on April 28 at Aberdeen Town Hall. April is National Volunteer Month and the Council wanted to acknowledge their volunteers in a special way. Although this was the first time for the recognition breakfast, it will become an annual event. There are approximately 195 volunteers, which include firefighters and first aid responders. Some of the volunteers belonged to more than one department or board, which included the Planning, Zoning and Senior Citizens Advisory Boards; the Recreation Department; the Business Council; the Environmental and Shade Tree Commission; H.A.M. (Hazlet, Aberdeen, Matawan – a group that works with special needs children); Cliffwood Fire Department; Fire Department District 1; First Aid Cliffwood District 2; and South Aberdeen First Aid. Ms. Reycraft read the volunteers’ names as they were presented a Certificate of Appreciation by Deputy ayor argaret Montone, Councilwoman Concetta Kelly, Councilmen Harvey Brenner, James Lauro, and Robert Swindle. Although several volunteers were unable to attend, they were still acknowledged for their commitment and dedication. “Volunteers are the heart and soul of any community and Aberdeen is a shining example of volunteerism at its finest. They do so much for us. Whether they are devoting hours to coaching township youth on the sports fields
serving the community in the toughest of times as part of our fire companies, s uads or C T team or serving on any one of our many boards or committees, Aberdeen’s volunteers are the finest and it is our privilege to recognize their accomplishments during National Volunteer Month,” said Township Manager Holly Reycraft. Councilman Harvey Brenner commented, “It’s nice to be able to enjoy something like this that’s fun and to recognize everyone.” Deputy Mayor Montone thanked Ms. Reycraft for all she did in preparation for this event and commended the groups for all that they do. “You are the backbone of this community. I am honored to be here in the room with all of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” said Deputy Mayor Montone. She then read a letter from Mayor Fred Tagliarini who was unable to attend. He wrote, “Let me extend my gratitude and deep appreciation to all our volunteers. The hours of service that you provide is greatly appreciated by the Manager, Council and our professionals. I am grateful to Holly for planning and hosting this event. Too often people like yourself are not recognized. You are a vital part of the township that helps us achieve the lifestyle that we hope our residents enjoy. On behalf of everyone, I thank you for all your service to our great town.” Following acknowledgement of the volunteers, everyone enjoyed a continental breakfast. “The breakfast was well received and well deserved,” said Ms. Reycraft.
Some of the members of Fire Department District 1 with Township Manager Holly Reycraft and Councilman Robert Swindle (far right)
Members of the Planning Board with Councilman Harvey Brenner and Township Manager Holly Reycraft (far right).
Some of the members of Cliffwood Fire Department District 2 with Councilman Greg Cannon and Township Manager Holly Reycraft (far right).
Members of the Senior Citizen Advisory Board with Councilman James Lauro and Township Manager Holly Reycraft (far right).
Members of the Environmental and Shade Tree Commission with (second in from far right) Deputy Mayor Margaret Montone and Township Manager Holly Reycraft.
Members of the Recreation Department with Township Manager Holly Reycraft and Deputy Mayor Margaret Montone (far right).
Members of the Zoning Board with Councilman Harvey Brenner and Township Manager Holly Reycraft (far right).
Some of the members of the South Aberdeen First Aid with Councilwoman Concetta Kelly and Township Manager Holly Reycraft (far right).
Absolute Music Announces Music Foundation and 7th
bsolute Music, a well-established, family-oriented, Hazlet-based business, is proud to announce the formulation of a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization named “Precision Tuned To Musically Inspire Children.” They have been in business for the past 13 years, providing music lessons, instruments, repairs, and other services for our clients. They have noted that many people have been affected by the recent dips in the economy over the past few years, leading them to discontinue their children’s lessons due to lack of funds. They have also noted that family budgets of late do not include the purchasing of instruments for their children to play. It is primarily for these two reasons we started this foundation. They have been inspired by what we have called our “Absolute Music Angels,” people who have privately funded students’ lessons anonymously, as well as one of our former teachers, whose life was taken much too early but whose infectious spirit and love for music will live on in us forever. It is our heartfelt feeling that through this foundation, we will be able to assist in helping children of all ages to follow their musical inspirations and passions. Their 7th Annual musical recital is slated for Sunday, June 24, at Beers Street School, Hazlet. The recital is named A.C.T.S., standing for “Absolute Community Talent Show.” Each year the students of the studio volunteer to participate in the recital, each learning a song during their lessons; some will learn guitar parts, some the bass parts, some the keyboard parts, drums, congas, bongos, etc. They are then placed together to form bands. They practice as a band, and perform as such. This year we are expecting more than 22 “ACTS,” consisting of approximately 100 students of all ages. John Albino, the owner of Absolute Music, has been in the music business for many years, and has maintained many professional contacts. After speaking with them about the recital, many have offered to help with the event. In the past, these professional musicians and technicians have come out to sing, play, practice with, set-up, and run the stage for this event, asking for nothing in return, except to come back to help with the next recital. People from many different backgrounds come together for this event each year, making it truly a huge community event in support of a worthwhile cause. What started out as an idea for just a talent show has turned into a great learning experience for all who participate in it each year. The day itself should be quite an event, as 300-400 people are expected to attend. Not only will the guests be treated to hearing the amazing talent of the students, but a buffet lunch will be served. In addition, there will be a gift auction filled with items donated by local businesses and families. Absolute Music and Precision Tuned… T-shirts will be worn by all performers, and will also be available for purchase. A DVD will be professionally taped for the families and guests to purchase. Proceeds from this event will be donated to Precision Tuned to Musically Inspire Children. Over the past six years, through its annual musical recitals, Absolute Music has donated more than $35,000.00 to local charities, including POAC and the RAINE Foundation. We have worked with many child service organizations to provide music lessons for children with disabilities. And, they annually assist a local food pantry, The Keyport Ministerium Food Pantry, with a food drive. They believe in community. They believe we all need to work together to make it through these tough times. They believe in giving back to the community, especially those in need. Music is not only inspirational; it teaches dedication, organizational skills, and patience. It builds self-confidence, and gives children a creative outlet. Come out, spend a day with us, the students, have some lunch, and visit our silent auction. We believe you too will be inspired by all that you see and hear. Tickets are available through the studio for all who wish to attend. Anyone who would like to make a donation to Precision Tuned may do so by contacting the studio 732-888-4404.
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Happenings KEYPORT HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORES CLASS HOLDS FUNDRAISER AT COLD STONE CREAMERY
STORY SUSAN MURPHY
eyport High School sophomore students, Class of 2014, held a fundraiser at Cold Stone Creamery in Holmdel on April 26. According to Mrs. Chris Cowen, their Advisor, this was to raise funds for Senior prom. “The Sophomore class will receive 15% of the total sales between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. when customers mention our class,” she explained. The class has already held fundraisers that included a talent show, working the refreshment stand, and a car wash. It all depends on the venue chosen for the prom as to how much money they will need.
The students volunteered to take shifts at Cold Stone to cover the 4-hour event. Those who attended were Jasmine Hay, Class Treasurer; Samantha Rooke, Class Secretary; Taylor Sheridan, Class Vice President; and Rebecca Micholas, sophomore student. “Our class is striving to have a great prom senior year, so I hope all our fundraising pays off,” said Jasmine. “I believe that with the previous and upcoming fundraising our class will have a very successful prom,” shared Rebecca. Cold Stone Creamery uses the highest quality ingredients and mixes nuts, fruits, and candy into their smooth and creamy ice cream on a frozen granite stone. They offer unique ice cream creations, smoothies, cakes, shakes, and just this year introduced their new frozen yogurt creations. Cold Stone Creamery is located at 2111 Route 35 North in Holmdel.
One of the families visiting Cold Stone Creamery on April 26, 2012 who gladly participated in the fundraiser for the students.
Left to right: Sophomore Class Treasurer Jasmine Hay and sophomore student Rebecca Micholas stand with a customer ready to order ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery. He generously agreed to participate in the fundraiser for the Keyport Sophomore class.
KBBC Presents “Keyport Thursdays”
Music, Market and Merchants
he newly formed Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative (KBBC) proudly presents Keyport Thursdays, a weekly event featuring an outdoor farmers market and live music on the Bayfront, along with extended merchant hours. So come out - Shop, Stroll, Dine & Unwind! The Keyport Farmers Market, now in its fourth year, will feature local jersey fresh farm products and fresh food vendors. This year the market will be held in Fireman’s parking lot on West Front Street; so after you make your purchase you can stroll down and enjoy the music in the Mini Park. The market opens at approximately 1pm and closes at approximately 8pm. The “Jazz & Blues on Front Street” concert series is a free evening of music at the Mini Park on West Front Street, overlooking the beautiful waterfront park. All shows will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at approximately 9:00 p.m. The series kicks off with Slim Chance & the Gamblers on June 21. Subsequent shows include The Incinerators on June 28, Rave on July 5, Jonny B & The Blues Blazers on July 19, Special Request on July 26, Jerry Topinka featuring Jackie Jones on August 2nd, the Sandy Mack Allstars on August 9, Classic Vinyl on August 16, The VooDudes on August 23 and The Colts Neck Swing Band, on August 30. All shows are outside, weather permitting. Attendees should bring chairs. In the event of inclement weather, shows will be held next door at American Legion Hall Post 23, 81 West Front Street. Participating retails stores will have extended shopping hours to accommodate concert goers. For additional information, please call 732.739.5138.
KEYPORT’S SCAVENGER HUNT
n April 16, Keyport began to enforce Ordinance 21-11 which pertains to garbage. “Why?” is the number one question asked - everyday money is he Keyport Central School PTO held its 1st annual being tossed into the garbage! At the May 1 Council meeting, Mr. Jim “Townwide Scavenger Hunt and Pizza Party” on Friday, May Brown, Assistant Recycling Coordinator of the Monmouth County Planning Board 4. The fundraising event was a huge success, earning close to Solid Waste/Recycling Section gave a presentation before the Mayor and Council on the benefits of recycling. According to r. Brown, recycling is the law and each $600. of us is re uired to comply. any residents do not see the tangible benefits of About 40 families joined in the 90-minute timed race, which began their recycling program. The fact is that when a hauler bids on a municipal waste at the school cafeteria. The whistle blew promptly at 5:00 p.m., at contract they know how well your town is recycling and how much solid waste which time participants took off on foot down Broad Street toward garbage it is putting out for pickup. The better your town recycles, the better price downtown and the waterfront to answers 20 questions. they can offer. Currently, Monmouth County Class A Recycling Facilities are paying $95.00 n order to win a gift certificate for taking a ton for cardboard, . a ton for mi ed paper, . a ton for white office first, second or third place, the families had paper and . a ton for bottles and cans. The benefits of removing paper and cardboard from your solid waste garbage are huge! Keyport residents are allowed to correctly collect fun facts about our town to throw out up to 150 lbs of solid waste per week. That is 50 lbs more than in the least amount of time, such as “How the national average of waste per family. In addition, each year municipalities are many built in fish cutting boards are on the required to submit a tonnage report to the NJDEP indicating all the materials their pier?” “What type of specialty garden can be town recovered through recycling. The more Keyport can recover the more money found along the new waterfront?” and “How it will receive in its’ annual recycling tonnage grant. many red fire hydrants are lined up ne t to The Keyport Recycling Center is open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 the Keyport Fire Museum?” noon. f you find it difficult to hold onto the paper and cardboard until your district Upon returning to the school, forms were pickup date, then please add a weekly trip to our Recycling Center for disposal. The members of the Keyport Recycling Committee are Coordinator Robin Sheridan, collected and everyone enjoyed pizza and Deputy Coordinator George Sappah, Councilwoman Evelyn Ambrose, Councilman drinks. The winners were the families of Lisa Ken McPeek, Tom Gallo, Hal Perry, Jim Lawson, Ken Howe, Dennis Fotopoulos Rebelo, Mari McCloskey and Gina Hynes. and Tammy Frick. For more information go to www.keyportonline.com. There Due to its popularity, another scavenger hunt are many links with valuable information on how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!
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On Thursday, May 24, 2012, the Bank of America located on Route 34 in Aberdeen hosted “Promoting Art in the Schools” by displaying the artwork of Matawan Regional High School students together with Home Away From Home Academy elementary students. There was a special appearance by local professional artist, Desiree Rose. Comparison of all these works (elementary, high school and accomplished artist) exhibited together exemplified the tremendous growth in art that transpires within young children as they grow into adulthood. Promoting art in schools is an important lesson for people of all ages to embrace.
All school year, the Home Away From Home Academy students have learned the biographies of influential artists, different time periods of art, the various mediums that can be used and more. This event cultivated those lessons by having the children rendition some of the most famous works of art throughout history. The children, ages 5-7, were then encouraged to present and speak about their painting, why they chose it, and the history behind it – all the while building their self esteem and confidence in public speaking. The Matawan Regional High School students presented award winning original pieces from sketches, to oil paintings, photography and more. The high school boasted five Congressional award winners this year: Laina Tollefsen, Cori Denino, Shanna Morehouse, Matthew Gilliard and Paige Seaman. The support of the community inspires the children to continue with their self-expression through creativity. This is a cause that is close to the hearts of Phyllis and Carmine Visone, owners of Home Away From Home Academy as well as Barbara Barnes, Art Director of Matawan Regional High School; they truly believe that art is a powerful expression that promotes self-development so that children can understand themselves in relation to the society in which they live. These academic and social lessons are key components to the development of young children, particularly at Home Away From Home Academy, currently in the process of achieving reaccreditation through the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres were served and local community members and Matawan Aberdeen School District staff attended to enjoy this fabulous showcase. It is no wonder that Home Away From Home Academy remains parents number one choice! For more information on Home Away From Home Academy please call 732-290-0033 or visit www.hafha.com. Just a few of the remarkable pieces that the Matawan Regional High School students created.
HAZLET HAPPENINGS A Message from Mayor Dave Tinker Dear fellow resident, In many cultures, spring is a time of renewal. We look forward to the sun’s warming rays which awakens the dormant plants and seeds. It is a time of renewal. As I look around town I get excited with the renewal and new life that has started. By the time you read this the revitalization of Veteran’s Park should be complete. This includes a new footbridge, sidewalks, walking paths, mulch around the play ground, a gazebo, and sod with an irrigation system. Volunteers have completed a renovation of the horse shoe pits by the Picnic Area. In the near future we should be closing on the McNamee property, 10 acres of wetland around Waackaack Creek that will be added to our open
space inventory. This acquisition is being funded by the Port Authority with help from the Baykeeper at no cost to the Hazlet taxpayers. We look forward to using $200,000 of Monmouth County Open Space Grant money for trails through NATCO Park. Our road program continues to evolve. We are at the planning stage for Laurel Ave Phase I, repaving Laurel Ave from Route 36 to 9th Street. Phase II will run from 9th Street to the Keansburg border. In addition we plan to work on New York Ave, Maple Place and Winthrop Place. We are working to obtain grant money to repave Franciscan Way. This is part of our commitment to you Hazlet’s residence; we are investing in our future. There are other areas of new life in Hazlet that are sprouting, our new citizens groups are becoming a reality. As part of “Hazlet Tomorrow: The Young Citizens Empowerment Initiative” I have met with the Student Governments at both Raritan High School and Hazlet Middle School and proposed giving them an opportunity to have a say in their local government. As
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he azlet Office of mergency West Keansburg. That kind of locally known Management participated in a “table information is too specific for state and county top drill” featuring a simulated Category emergency managers to deal with on a regional Three Hurricane that theoretically hit the scale so we have to be able to react to it quickly Monmouth County Coastline. and efficiently here in HTOEM Coordinator Tom town.” Horner explained, Horner organized the response “We learn something of Hazlet’s resources in a computer simulation that new in every emergency and required emergency managers to anticipate emergency housing Hurricane Irene was needs and non-traditional no exception. Drills evacuations. Township like this are a safe and effective way to put our Administrator Brian Valentino also participated in the drill, stating, “We know plans and skills to the test.” that some neighborhoods like Craig Street and The azlet Office of mergency ycamore Drive can and sometimes do ood Management operates out of the Emergency sooner and faster than neighborhoods like Operations Center in Town Hall. With the assistance of State and County Emergency Managers and the Hazlet Police Department, HTOEM monitors situations around the state on a 24-hour basis and activates our Emergency Operations Plan as appropriate.
we speak they are in the process of defining what role they would like to play. At the same time we will begin working with the Citizens Leadership Council and our Advisory Council of Senior Citizens to actively seek their guidance and input. Our Clergy Council under the leadership of Pastor Barry Mulligan has had their first meeting and are planning the coming year of service to the community. Finally we recently held a new event in conjunction with the Hazlet Swim Club Open House. The Municipal Open House featuring “Touch a Truck Day” was a huge success with the kids. I would personally like to thank our DPW, Fire and First Aid folks who took time out of their busy schedule on a gorgeous Saturday in May to make this event possible. The looks on the faces of the kids climbing through the vehicles was priceless. I would also like to thank our volunteer groups who set up displays as well. Finally we have a new addition to the Hazlet Swim and Tennis Club, the Belly Flop Café. Be sure to stop DAVE TINKER MAYOR by and try some of the delicious food!
CHILDRENS PROGRAMS PRESCHOOL We are accepting registrations for the Fall 2012-2013 school year. A nonrefundable deposit of ½ of the fall tuition is required at time of registration 2011/2012 Fall Session – 12 weeks 3 Yeark Olds - 9:30-11:30 am
4 Year Olds - 12:00-2:30 pm
Tues/Thurs $215 residents $255 non residents M/W/F $305 residents $365 non residents
Tues/Thurs $255 residents $300 non residents M/W/F $355 residents $425 non residents
2012/2013 Winter & Spring sessions 10 weeks each 3 Year Olds – 9:30-11:30 am
4 Year Olds -12:00-2:30 pm
$265 residents $315 non residents
Summer Sports Camps June 18-22: Wrestling camp June 16th: Wrestling Tournament, RHS 7am – 4pm July 9-12: Football camp 10-1pm RHS, $100 Ages 7 & up July 23-26: Soccer camp, boys and girls, 9-11 am July 21st: Wrestling Tournament RHS, 7am – 4pm July 30th Field Hockey Camp, RHS 9-12pm, $150
$305 residents $365 non residents
Art Mondays, 7-8:30 pm, $48/5 weeks begins June 18th. Must bring acrylic paints, red, yellow, blue, black & white and a canvas board.
Jesus Christ Superstar- June 24th- $88 Disney’s Newsies- June 24th- $95 Bus departs 12 pm for both shows
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Township of Hazlet
David Tinker, Mayor Michael Sachs, Deputy Mayor James Brady, Scott Aagre, Joseph Belasco Township Committee
OPEN HOUSES A BIG HIT!
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June 20th, Wednesdays, 6:30-8 pm, $ 135/8 weeks
n Saturday, May 12 Veteran’s Park was home to both the Municipal Open House and the Swim and Tennis Club Open House. More than 1,000 people visited the event to learn about local and municipal community groups like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the Hazlet Library, Municipal Departments and Offices as well as meet local leaders. Families also enjoyed the new TOUCH-A-TRUCK exhibit where they had their choice of more than a dozen fire trucks, construction trucks, police cars, ambulances and dump trucks to climb into and over th
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The annual Swim & Tennis Club Open House also took place with tours of the facility throughout the day—many of which ending with families from throughout the area signing up for a great season of fun and relaxation at the “New” Hazlet Swim and Tennis Club. The grand opening of the Belly Flop Café was also met with critical acclaim. Apparently their World Famous Cheese Bacon Dogs are going to be the hit of the season. With memberships to fit everyone’s needs, the club is the place to be! Sign up online at www.HazletTwp.org/swim.
RECREATIONAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS June 16: Wrestling tournament RHS 7 am – 4 pm June 18-22: Wrestling Camp RHS $115 June 24: Bus trip Newsies $95 June 24: Bus trip Jesus Christ Superstar $88 June 25: Free outdoor movie in Park TBA July 2: Summer Camp Begins July 3: Fireworks (rain date July 6) July 9-12: Football camp RHS 10 am – 1 pm $100, Ages 7+ July 16: Free outdoor movie in Park TBA July 21: Wrestling tournament RHS 7 am – 4 pm July 23-26: Soccer camp boys & girls RHS 9-11 am July 30: Field Hockey Camp RHS 9-12pm $150 Aug 13: Free outdoor movie in Park TBA
Hazlet Recreation Programs Call 732-739-0653 for more information ***Programs held at the James J Cullen Center unless otherwise noted***
Cardio Kickboxing, May 14th , Mon & Wed, 7-8pm, $90/8weeks, 16 sessions Body Conditioning May 15th , Tues & Thurs, 9:30-10:30, 8 weeks, 16 classes, $90
Building a Healthy Family
Tips for Parents:
PARENTS are the most important role model in their children’s lives. What you say and do about drugs matters a lot when it comes to the choices your children make. You can… 1- Set a positive example and get involved in your children’s lives; 2- Get involved in their activities, know their friends, know where they are going and what they are doing; 3- Create clear, consistent expectations and enforce them; 4- Talk early and often about drugs; 5- Discuss the consequences of drug and alcohol use; 6- Show you care enormously about what choices your children make about drugs.
Getting Involved and Staying Involved…
*Get to know the parents of your child’s friends. *Call parents who are hosting a party to assure that no alcohol, tobacco or other drugs will be allowed and that proper supervision (a parent) will be available. *Make it easier for your child to leave a place where alcohol and drugs are being used. Give them a key word to use on the phone that lets you know they want to leave. This way they can save face with their peers but leave an uncomfortable situation. *Set curfews and enforce them. *Encourage open dialogue with your children about their experiences. *Limit the time your teens are left alone. * Never respond to messages or bulletin board items that are suggestive, obscene, belligerent, threatening, or make you feel uncomfortable. Encourage your children to tell you if they encounter such messages. Internet Safety Tips for Parents *Have the family computer in an open area – never in your child’s bedroom *Get to know the Internet and any services your child uses *Tell your child to NEVER reveal their name, address, phone number or any other personal information to anyone online. *Never allow a child to arrange a face-to-face meeting with another computer user without parental permission. *Communicate regularly with your child about WHAT they do online and WHO they talk to online *Choose your child’s screen name, email address or instant message name wisely- don’t reveal age, sex, hobbies and CERTAINLY NOT suggestive online names. *Remind your children to tell you immediately if they read anything on the Internet that makes them feel uncomfortable *Remind your children that people online may not be who they seem and that everything you read online may not be true. *Set reasonable rules and guidelines for computer use by your children *Teach your children the 4Rs of internet safety RECOGNIZE techniques used by online predators to deceive REFUSE requests for personal information RESPOND assertively if you are ever in an uncomfortable situation online. Exit the program, log off or turn off the computer, tell a trusted adult, or call the police. REPORT to a trusted adult any suspicious or dangerous contact that makes you feel uncomfortable. For additional information, visit the Hazlet Alliance web page at www.hazlettwp.org or call Barbara Hilliard, Alliance Coordinator at 732-264-1700 ext 8693
Local Events Greek Festival @ Kimisis Tis Theotokou June 7 through June 10 Located at 20 Hillcrest Road in Holmdel Rides, games, prizes, Greek food and pastries, boutique and souveniers and folk dancing – for more information, visit www.kimisis.com or call 732.739.1515.
25th Annual NJ Seafood Festival in Belmar June 8 thru June 10 Winner of national awards and one of the largest seafood festivals in the nation. Mouthwatering seafood, crafters and live music – all sponsored by Belmar Tourism Commission. This is a free and family friendly event, food prices vary. Located at Silver Lake Park – 5th and Ocean Avenue. For more information, go to www.visitbelmarnj. com or call 732.681.3700.
Keyport Garden Walk June 9 & 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Explore public and private gardens – this is a free event. For more information, go to www. keyportgardenwalk.org or call 732.687.9519.
Annual Ocean Grove Spring Vintage Car Show June 9, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Located on Main Avenue, over 90 cars and live music presents by Ocean Grove Area CC. For more information, go to www.oceangrovenj.com or call 732.774.1391.
St. Leo the Great Church Carnival June 11 – June 15, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. June 16, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For over a quarter of a century this carnival has provided family entertainment to surrounding communities, offering exciting rides, games of chance, freshly prepared foods and the chance to win the Super 50/50. For more information, call 732.747.5466.
1st Annual Taste of Atlantic Highlands Sunday, June 10, 2012 1:00-5:00 p.m. - $30 Approximately 20 Restaurant Stops! Local Retail Stores Participating Offering Raffle Prizes! Tickets Available at Atlantic Highlands Restaurants & Retail Stores now! www. atlantichighlands.org
Atlantic Highlands Classic Car Show June 16 (rain date: June 17) from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Classic cars line First
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Avenue with two stages of acoustic and electric, food, vendors and fun for the whole family! For more information, visit www.atlantichighlands.org or call 732.872.8711.
21st Annual OceanFest
George Sheehan Classic Run
Asbury Park 4th of July Parade & Fireworks
June 16 at 8:30 a.m. This marquee event draws highly competitive racers with a 5-mile race, or a 2-mile health walk and kid’s races. For more information, visit www. sheehanclassic.org or call 732.571.2162.
July 4th Vendors, bands, exhibits, food and fireworks – rain or shine celebration at Oceanfront Promenade in Long Branch.
July 4th Located on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, for information, please call 732.502.5749 or visit www. cityofasburypark.com.
Irish Festival at Monmouth Park Racetrack
June 10, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Celebration of Irish culture and heritage. There will be live music, food, and much more. For more information, call 732.901.7000 or visit www.monmouthpark.com.
Monmouth Park Family Fun Day
17th Annual Cruise to the Jersey Shore June 19, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Classic cars and live music featuring The Party Dolls at Oceanfront Promenade in Long Branch. For more information, call 732.923.2044 or visit www.longbranch.org.
4th Annual International Festival in Keyport June 25, 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. (rain date: June 26) Savor cuisines of Italy, Greece, Mexico, Caribbean, Germany, Ireland and America and enjoy music at the Waterfront and West Front Street. For more information, please call 732.739.5138 or visit www. keyportonline.com.
Atlantic Highlands Historical Society House Tour June 25, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tour homes and gardens of historical notice or importance. For more information, call 732.291.1861 or visit www.atlantichighlandshistory.com.
Win & Wine Weekend June 25 and June 26, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sample the Garden State’s finest wines, featuring over a dozen local wineries. For more information, call 732.222.5100 or visiti ww.monmouthpark.com.
Colts Neck Country Fair June 29 and 30 from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Bucks Mill Park Featuring family fun, food, entertainment, crafts, a Wild West Show and more! Don’t miss the fireworks at 10:00 p.m. both nights! For more information, go to www.coltsneckfair. com or call 732.462.8500.
Sundays, Now through September 4, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Free pony rides, face painters, clowns, live music, the excitement of thoroughbred racing and more. Children under 12 get in free. For more information, call 732.222.5100 or visit www.monmouthpark.com.
Red Bank Food and Wine Walk Upcoming June 10 & 24, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by the RiverCenter and will be presented every 2nd and 4th Sunday in June, July and August. Stroll thru Red Bank and sample food and wine. Purchase wristbands at various locations. For more information, call 732.842.4244 or visit www. onlyoneredbank.com.
Belmar Friday Night Concert Series Concert every Friday night by a variety of performers (weather permitting) at Pyanoe Plaza (9th and Main Street, Belmar) from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 732.681.3700 or visit www.visitbelmarnj.com.
First Saturday Asbury Park Spend the first Saturday of each month enjoying sidewalk sales, shopping, and dining under a variety of different themes. For more information, call 732.775.7676 or visit www. asburyparkchamber.com.
*Events are subject to change, please check event website or call the contact number for up to date information.
Luke is a small breed, Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix, approximately 3 years old. He was rescued from a Brooklyn high-kill Shelter. He was very frightened, but with a great foster home, he has come a long way. He is good with most dogs, doesn’t mind cats, and loves people. He is a little grumpy sometimes so we prefer a home without children for this little pup. He is completely housebroken, neutered, and up to date on all shots. Lucy, a Min-Pin/Chihuahua mix, came from a hoarder with over 130 dogs. She is doing great in her foster home. She is being fostered along with Ethel, one of her sisters from the hoarder house. They are a great pair, but they will also do good separated. They have come a long way, learning to trust, working well with housebreaking, and loving people. They are both shy at first. So they need an adjustment period when brought to their new forever homes, but they understand quickly and want to please. They love their crates. Ethel, a Yorkie mix, came from a hoarder that had over 130 dogs in a Studio Apartment in New York City. We have had her for over a month; working with her and having her learn to trust us. She is fully vaccinated and spayed, and is ready to go into this big world and find her forever family. She is being fostered along with Lucy, who is a min pin chi mix from the same hoarder situation. They are doing wonderful in their foster home, and are wonderful dogs looking for a family that will love them unconditionally. Bubba, a Brussels Griffon mix, is a cutie about 4 years old. He is heartworm positive, but we couldn’t see him dying in the shelter because of it. He’s in NJ now and being treated for heartworm. As soon as treatment is complete he’ll be ready for adoption. Bubba’s had a rough start in life and came into rescue very scared but he’s adjusting and just wants to be loved. He is about 9 lbs. up to date on all shots, and neutered. We want to find him a home that will love him forever, so he will never be neglected again. Murphy is a Chorkie, a Chihuahua/Yorkie mix. He came from a hoarder with over 130dogs. He is a great little guy but does need a lot of attention. So a stay at home mom/dad or a retired couple would be ideal for him, He loves his person, and wants to be with that person constantly. He is a real love bug. This poor little one probably never had attention in the hoarding situation, so he sure wants to make up for it now. He does like other dogs, he is okay with cats, and seems great with children. Murphy just wants to be loved.
Castle of Dreams Animal Rescue is a non-profit 5019(c)(3) organization dedicated to rescuing dogs from high kill shelters up and down the east coast. They also help find homes for dogs displaced due to divorce or economy issues. Castle of Dreams is an amazing network of foster families that take these dogs into their homes until permanent forever homes can be found. We are 100% volunteer operated. All funds raised go directly to the care of the dogs. Last year alone, Castle of Dreams rescued 300 animals, the numbers increase every year as new foster families join the group. For more information, you can check them out at www.castle-of-dreams.com. Anyone interested in adopting from Castle of Dreams should go to the website to fill out an application.
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As a parent, you cannot predict an emergency. But you can take comfort in knowing there is a place designed to help your child if an emergency occurs.The Pediatric Care Center at Bayshore Community Hospital is now open and designed to meet the needs of our youngest patients. As part of Meridian Pediatric Network, the Center offers an established model of care with a team of pediatric and emergency care trained clinicians and physicians focused on treating your child in a kid-friendly environment. The Center also provides access to more than 100 specialists at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center for surgery, trauma, intensive care, and specialty care. Access to the region’s most coordinated pediatric care. An established model of care. A kid-friendly environment. These are just some of the ways in which we are creating a new experience at Bayshore Community Hospital.
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Ten (More) Summer Camps We Love Still trying to decide how to keep your little campers happy and active this summer? If Hulafrog’s first list of Ten Summer Camps We Love didn’t fill your roster, we’ve got ten more for ya. Your kids can walk a tight rope, sail a ship and even belt out The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow if you sign them up for one of these cool camps. (Note: This is not a ranking, just ten camps we love.)
1. The Circus Camp, Atlantic Club
The Circus is back in town! And your kids can be part of the show. Kids will love to learn to juggle, walk the tightrope, walk on stilts and clown around. All acts are taught by professionals from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Be the coolest mom (or dad) under the Big Top, and sign your little clowns up for this circus adventure. You’ll get a glimpse of what your pint sized performers have learned as they head into the ring for a grand performance on the last day. Date: August 27 – August 31 Time: 8:30 AM -11:30 AM; 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM Ages: 6 to 12 years Cost: $225 for a week Location: Manasquan 732-292-4475 http://www.summercamptac.com/index. php?content=circus
2. Learn to Sail, Atlantic Highlands Sailing Education Program
Ahoy there mateys! Your kids can take this twoweek sailing class in the Atlantic Highlands harbor and learn the basics of boating. No experience necessary (but your swashbuckling sailors must be at least 8 years old). Choose from two two-week sessions, which run from 9:00 AM –Noon. The Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club hosts the camp, but you don’t need to be a member to partake. Date: June 25-July 6 and July 9-July 20 Time: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM Ages: 8 to 15 years \Cost: $310 for two weeks Location: Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor 732-872-7326 http://www.ahsep.org/
3. Lions Pride Basketball Camp, Middletown North HS
If your darling loves to dribble and dreams of dunking, sign ‘em up for this basketball camp. Several hundred lay-up lovin’ kids fine tune their basketball skills and learn to love the game at this camp. A typical day includes shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding, defense, daily competitions and more. Kids are put together in groups by age and skill level. Dates: 4 one-week sessions weeks of July 9-July 30 Time: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM Ages: 6-14 years old Cost: $150 per week Location: Middletown North High School Phone: 732-673-0096
4. Irish Summer Camp with Miss Gillian Daly OR Claddagh Na nGael
Are your kids Irish or simply want to be? They’ll love these Irish Summer Camps where they’ll learn traditional Irish step dancing, Irish music and culture.
Miss Gillian Daly Date: 6/19 - 7/26 (Tues-Thurs) Time: 3:00-5:00 Cost: $100 Members $120 Non Members Location: Middletown Arts Center http://www.middletownarts.org/ Claddagh Na nGael Date: July 30-August 3 Time: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM • Cost: $150 Location: Sea Bright Recreation Hall http://www.irishshore.org
5. Multi Sports Camp, Monmouth University
Little athletes are sure to give this camp an A. Kids ages 5 and up will be introduced to all kinds of sports including swimming, soccer, t-ball, softball, tennis, self-defense, track & field, field hockey, lacrosse, golf, and volleyball. Counselors are both teachers and coaches at Monmouth U. BONUS: This camp is from 9-4, mom. You can get tons done, and your kids will be happily worn out when you pick them up. Date: 1 Week Camps June 18-August 10 Time: 9:00 AM -4:00 PM Cost: $240 • Ages: 5 and up Location: West Long Branch Phone: (732) 253-5188 http://www.gomuhawks.com/pdf8/765266. pdf?DB_OEM_ID=14300
6. Annie Week, Count Basie
Calling all Annie wannabes! This camp at Count Basie Performing Arts Academy focuses on the production of Annie for five days straight, honing kids acting singing and movement skills. No hard knock life here—though your kids will be working hard and learning, but they’ll be having a blast while they do it. Date: August 13-18 Time 10:30 PM -12:00 PM Ages: 6-8 • Cost: $165 Location: Red Bank 732-224-8778 x125 http://www.countbasietheatre.org/education/
7. Sports Camps, US Sports Institute
This program infiltrates towns all summer long including Lincroft, Atlantic Highlands, Fair Haven, Red Bank, Rumson, Tinton Falls and others. Camps include La Cross, Multi Sport, Tennis, Soccer, Golf, Field Hockey and more. If the camp you’re looking for isn’t being hosted in your town, it’s likely is in a town nearby. Bonus: We hear the UK instructors are fantastic with kids. Date: Vary • Time: Vary • Cost: $79 Ages: 3 and up Location: Lincroft, Atlantic Highlands, Fair Haven, Red Bank, Rumson, Tinton Falls http://www.ussportsinstitute.com/summercamps-nj.html
8. Figure Skating, Red Bank Armory
This figure skating camp is a serious skate camp teaching footwork, spins, jumps and more. The class includes off ice conditioning and a good four hours a day on the ice. Date: August 6-10 Time: 10:45 AM -4:15 PM Ages: 5-18 • Cost: $395 Location: Red Bank Armory, Red Bank http://www.redbankarmory.com/redbank_8146. html
9. Camp Gymania at Head Over Heels
This camp mixes arts and crafts with tumbling and other gymnastics. Flexible hours and times, with aftercare makes this camp easy to choose. There is a two- hour camp for 3-5 year olds and a four-hour camp for 4 years and up. Mom, you can pick one to five days each week for two weeks or every week all summer. Date: June 25-August 24 Time: 9:00 AM -1:00 PM Ages: 3 and up • Cost: $200 for 5 days Location: Middletown http://www.headoverheelsgym.com/
10.Pirates and Lassies Sing By the Sea, Miss Sherri & Honey Child Music Academy
Your petite pirates can make a splash in this music-based camp all about the ocean blue. Dive into a treasure trove of sea songs and pirate ditties. Through imaginative play, stories, puppets, and movement activities, your kids will learn about what sinks and floats, study sharks, whales, turtles, and jelly fish. Date: June 16-20 Time: 8:30 AM -11:30 AM • Ages: 3-7 Cost: $120 members $132 nonmembers Location: Middletown Arts Center http://www.middletownarts.org/
Hulafrog is the go-to website for parents in the greater Red Bank area. Visit www.hulafrog.com to find thousands of local events and places to go for kids and families. Be sure to sign up for the free “Our Pick” newsletter for a heads up on can’t-miss activities and deals near you.
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RARITAN GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY TOURNAMENT STORY LISA A. MINIERI
he Rocket Field Hockey program at Raritan High School is dedicated to turning each team member into a high skilled individual. Led by head coach Kristine o , the girls’ arsity field hoc ey team is made up of mostly seniors and juniors with one sophomore as well. The dedication and hard work the young women have put in have earned them an invitation to play in the KSA Events 2012 Field Hockey Tournament that will begin at the end of August in Orlando, Florida. KSA Events is the nation’s premier host of High School sporting events. Although KSA Events brings together some of the most elite teams in the country, KSA accepts teams of all skill levels providing everyone an equal opportunity. In addition to field hoc ey tournaments, S also offers the same opportunity in basketball, football, volleyball and many other sports. Coach Cox has said that “the girls in general work hard all
summer and we compete in a difficult conference so this tournament will be a great test of where we stand.” Cox’s motto is all about the “We” factor, “We try many different motivating tactics; the one that works best is acting like a sisterhood.” The team works out up to six days a week throughout the summer. To raise money, the team did sponsorships, sold raf e tic ets, held car washes and put on a volleyball tournament. They even assisted in bagging at Shop Rite to aid the fundraiser. They welcome anyone who is willing to assist in the awareness and money-raising process. In the past, other sports at Raritan High School have also participated in the KSA tournaments. oach o has been the head coach of the field hockey team for nearly four years at Raritan High School. For further information contact Raritan High School 732.264.8411 x1034.
Football Huskies bring home Championship to Matawan-Aberdeen Brian Sheehy, Gerald Stevenson, Scott Bradley
Congratulations to Matawan-Aberdeen Jr. Pee Wee and Midget football teams – they are “2012 NJAYF Jersey Shore Spring Football Champions” in their respective divisions!
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St. John’s United Methodist Church to Hold Annual Clothing Drive On Saturday, June 16, St. John’s United Methodist Church, located at 2000 Florence Avenue in Hazlet will have their Annual Clothing Drive. They are accepting ladies, men’s, children’s clothing, shoes, pocket books, belts, scarves, blankets, comforters, curtains, dish and bath towels, stuffed animals and board games with ALL THE PIECES PLEASE! Drop off at Nursery School entrance from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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INTERACTIVE PRESCHOOL ADVENTURES K-12 SUMMER ACADEMIC COURSES GIFTED AND TALENTED COURSES MUSIC CONSERVATORY AND PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY FINE ARTS COURSES DAY CAMP • TRIP CAMP • SPORT CAMPS Get one free week of day camp with day camp registration and be entered into a drawing for free camp in 2013! REGISTER TODAY AND LOCK INTO HUGE 2013 SAVINGS!
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pproximately 50 student-musicians representing Ranney’s Middle School Band, Chorus and Orchestra ensembles earned individual and group awards at the 2012 Music in the Parks Festival in Hellertown, Pennsylvania on May 18. The first to perform for udges at this annual event, which took place at aucon alley iddle chool, were members of the iddle chool Chorus. After introducing such songs as y ha a a a ocker’s tuck by tephen awrence and reg ilpin’s Why We ing at a iddle School Spring Concert on Thursday, May 17, 2012, the Chorus then proudly presented these same selections through the guidance of director illy Torrente with both poise and confidence at the festival on Friday afternoon. Following a casual picnic lunch beneath a tree on the grounds of aucon alley iddle chool, members from anney’s iddle chool Band and Orchestra ensembles then received the opportunity to compete against eight other schools, including Calvary Christian Academy and Albert Leonard Middle School, by presenting their musical selections on a stage in the high school’s auditorium. First up was the iddle chool Orchestra, which relied on the instruction of conductor Dorothy obieski, D. .A. while performing Crocodile ock by both ir lton ohn and Bernie Taupin, and ozart’s Amadeus, ymphony o. . tudents in the Orchestra have seen such an improvement this school year, said Dr. obieski. Aside from advancing their string technique and the level of music played, they now also put their emotions into their music and truly feel what they are playing. Up next, the Middle School Band performed the following selections led by director evin Cotter O io Bambino Caro by uccini and oker Face” by Lady Gaga. Overall, each parent, faculty member and udge in attendance unanimously agreed that anney’s performances at this year’s festival were, by far, its best yet!
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Left to right: Keyport Recreation Secretary Nancy Jones, Council Liaison Kenneth McPeek, Recreation Vice President Denise Nellis, and Activities Subcommittee member Annie McPeek gather for a picture at Brunswick Zone bowling alley in Hazlet at their recent fundraiser.
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he American Antiques Company in Neptune, NJ, has all the We’re trying to make this a different type of antique shopping makings of a beautiful antique gallery complete with black and experience where we’re using a lot of technology to show our products to white checkered oors surrounded by full length glass windows. the public. t’s where the past meets the future, ehee adds. The new store will be an experience like no other when its doors opened Not a typical antique store, American Antiques Company will use state in early May, backed by more than 40 years of experience in antiques and of the art computers and at screen tv’s to feature different pieces in the memorabilia. showroom that are so small they could possibly be overlooked and will run A breathtakingly massive mural from the film olomon and historical facts about all the items in the store on screen. This will make heeba covers almost an entire wall in the store. t is a ft. the anti ue shopping e perience much more involved and interactive. masterpiece painted by ymeon himin. Displays of e uisite dishware They will also run the film olomon and heba on the at screen to and vases encased in glass surround the counter, while a stunning familiarize customers with the mural. chandelier hangs over a wooden table. The table beneath the chandelier Designed to be clutter free, the showroom will be as showcases an array of collector’s knives. These are only a few of the many beautiful as any of its anti ue pieces. To maintain its look beautiful pieces that are to be e hibited on the oor come opening day. and integrity, it will not accept anything on consignment. ounds of chisels and saws encompass the store parameter as the staff verything is purchased, down to the smallest piece. The works to restore some of the exquisite pieces purchased from collectors partners have been busy since August, building an extensive and dealers. inventory of merchandise for the past several months. The The four partners Brian ehee, erald tevenson, cott Bradley, and entire 1,200 sq ft building was gutted and completely en hwartz have combined years of e pertise and historical knowledge redone, emphasizing on details like the store sign that to provide a uni ue e perience to all those who enter their store. tevenson, was designed by a painter from upstate. The oors and the most seasoned of the four partners, gained his knowledge of antiques carpentry are all custom made and the roof was replaced. from running his own shop in These are only a few of the Atlantic City for years. e is many projects American well known and respected in the Antiques Company has industry, ehee says, while hwartz accomplished since August. earned his extensive expertise in The partners are art and historical documents from planning to acquire more his personal collection of years. movie memorabilia, folk Bradley and ehee are also well art and pieces from well known artists like versed in the language of antiques ustav tickley over time and set it up and collectibles, although they come in different sections, depending on type. from different industries. They They are also looking at Americana pieces each share a common passion for and many other of the ma or finds in the history that surpasses any antique anti ue world to build up their inventory. enthusiast. ehee, a savvy business t will be different from the traditional man comes from Wall treet, while Victorian pieces seen in antique stores, Left to right: Scott Bradley, Brian Sehee, Gerald Stevenson. Bradley has managed several clubs ehee comments. and restaurants and is proficient in the business of entertainment. e Coming from different angles, the store has several plans to capitalize has been instrumental in making several of the purchases for the store, on its location and presence in the community. ome fundraiser events are having worked with tevenson for many years. t’s a good mi of people. on the agenda such as one for the unch Break Charity, an organization veryone brings something different to the table, ehee says. that helps individuals and families receive hot meals. The partners also
founded a charity called Fidelis Charitable Foundation to help people with drug and alcohol addiction. There will be other charitable foundations using the venue for their events as well. We are not ust thinking about the business we are also trying to embrace the local community, ehee says. Located a few blocks from the beach on a well traveled road, the company hopes to attract tourists that visit the ersey hore regularly. t is also setting its sights on New York and Pennsylvania fans of antique pieces and memorabilia in addition to the local community. everaging the digital features in the store such as the at screens and computers, the company also looks to entice a younger generation. This includes the nternet. Collectors are able to find and research pieces much uicker online than they would have in the past, which is why the company is working on delivering a strong nternet presence. ehee e plains how younger people are starting to connect with the past through antiques with reality tv shows like awn tars and ickers. An industry that was once for the older crowd has now become interesting to younger people. evertheless, ehee admits the anti ue business is not recession proof as many establishments have discovered, but there will always be a human interest in something from the past, he e plains. eople like to connect with history somehow. ome people may do it through movies while others might connect with books or furniture. n any case, the store has found its niche and looks to be sticking around for some time. eople are interested in the past and in the history of items. The thing about anti ues is that you can’t make another one. There will always be an interest in the history of it. ome people might be downsizing and parting with things, while other people are interested in the things they are parting with, ehee comments. Banking on the history of history and in tune with human interest, the antique store should be a smash with visitors and local residents and charities. By working so many angles and backed by many years of e pertise, the shop is sure to be a success.
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