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Colts Neck Architecture Review Committee Presents Awards pose of keeping our heritage alive in Colts Neck. The Architecture Review Committee provides guidelines for new construction, additions or renovations in town. In the past, the Architecture Review Committee rewarded one business and two residences that stood out for architectural design. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, the awarding for Excellence in Architectural Design was not given for several years. In 2016, the Township Committee reinstated the awards much to the delight of the Architecture Review Committee.” Burry added, “This year’s awardees are all recognizable structures with truly exceptional architecture.” Left to right: Architecture Review Committee member For the business award, the Committee awarded Huddy’s Michael Taeschler, awardee Peter LaLima, Architecture Review Committee Chair Lillian Burry, awardee Ray LongoInn, located at 20 Route 537, whose owner is Ray Longobardi, bardi, and awardees Thomas Kober and Abbey Feiler-Kober. Jr. The legendary Huddy’s Inn relocated to its new building, which opened early 2016 and remains a favorite gathering place for Colts Neck residents. Colts Neck Architecture Review Committee Chair Lillian One of the residence awards belonged to Abbey Feiler-KoBurry presented three awards on October 26, 2016 during the ber and Thomas Kober of 86 Montrose Road. They open their Colts Neck Township Committee Meeting, which was held in residence, which is also known as Abbey Farm, for various Town Hall. charitable fundraising events throughout the year. The other Mrs. Burry explained how the awards came about. “Fifteen residence receiving the award went to Peter and Teri LaLima years ago, the Township Committee in its wisdom realized the of 152 Bucks Mill Road. Peter is the owner of Best Landscapneed for an Architecture Review Committee for the sole pur- ing, and his home reflects his profession.

Don’t Miss Saint Leo the Great School’s Annual Christmas Bazaar Saint Leo the Great School in Lincroft’s PTA will be hosting its annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Local crafters will be showcasing their unique items, and this is a great way to shop for everyone on your holiday gift-giving list. Saint Leo the Great is located at 50 Hurleys Lane in Lincroft. For more information, visit

Newcomers and Neighbors Club Plans Holiday and New Year Events Dearborn Market chef Mario Zacarelli, prepared some of his favorite fall side dishes for the members and guests of the Newcomers and Neighbors Club on November 11, 2016. Members were treated to a continental breakfast and went home with innovative ideas for the upcoming holidays.



On December 8, 2016 - the Newcomers & Neighbors Club will hold a holiday luncheon and fashion show at MJ's in Matawan. Members of the club will model formal gowns and holiday cocktail dresses from "Dresses and More" in the Market Place in Matawan. Lunch will include a cocktail hour with a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres, carving stations, various pastas, and much more. The club will ring in the new year with the annual "Game Day" party on January 12, 2017. The meeting will be held at the Colts Neck Firehouse #2 on Conover Road in Colts Neck. Guests are welcome, so feel free to drop by for refreshments, a cup of coffee and some fun! For more information, call 732.577.0875 or 732.530.9543.

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Michelle Figel, Spirits Unlimited in Shrewsbury store manager and Frank Helmka, owner, are ready to help you with your holiday list.

The gift giving season is here and one sure crowd pleaser is the gift of wine, beer and spirits. There are many stores that sell liquor, but Spirits Unlimited in Shrewsbury (near Trader Joe’s) will make your “shopping life” much easier due to owner, Frank Helmka and store manager, Michelle Figel. Michelle amazes customers with her deep, almost encyclopedic knowledge of the stock. You may see her flying around the store, pulling wine from all different shelves, to create a custom basket or fill a special order. She has been in the industry for over twenty years, and a team member with Frank for the last sixteen. She is involved in all aspects of the operation and when asked about her favorite part of the job, her face lit up. “Definitely working with customers. I have a ton of steady customers, all having different tastes and price ranges."

But whether you are a first time visitor wine and beer tasting? Spirits Unlimitor a repeat client, you are in for a pleasant ed in Shrewsbury will make it seamless experience. Frank mentioned that this is and free delivery is available to help ease a family undertaking and his goals are to the process. Another great reason to visbuild strong community relationships it is the variety of price points. See their and to offer unique wines. “In addition advertisement on page 3 of Community to the popular wine labels, we specialize Magazine (CM) for many ways to save. in esoteric wines from smaller cult wine Once you use a coupon one time, you are companies. I have personal relationships issued a VIP card which never expires. In with the vendors and we meet often to addition, weekly specials of 20 % off are try new, harder to find wines.” offered - Medical Monday for doctors Frank and Michelle also go to wine and staff, Senior Wednesday (60 and oldshows and private wine tastings to con- er), Thirsty Thursday for college students, stantly learn more. They welcome ques- and Teacher Friday. Frank just added a tions and ideas and constantly fill special new way to stay informed. Text “wineorders. Custom gift baskets, beautiful spirits” to 56977 to join the Wine Club boxes, novelty figurine bottles, or sin- and you will receive alerts about hard to gle bottles all make a special gift. If you find wines and special discounts. Frank, can’t decide, then think about tying a gift Michelle and the staff look forward to certificate to the wine accessories avail- meeting you and helping you find the able. Are you planning a holiday party? perfect gift! Is your organization contemplating a

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Holmdel is Collecting “Toys for Tots” and Non-Perishables Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Holmdel/Colts Neck is hosting a Toys for Tots collection through December 9, 2016. New, unwrapped toys and games can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office lobby. The office is located at 998 Holmdel Road in Holmdel. Additionally, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Holmdel is a drop off site for The FOODBANK of Monmouth



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Earle with the potential of attacking the base from the inside. We could put our faith in the vetting process and hope that only good people get the housing. But that’s not enough. People have friends and acquaintances. People have guests. People have strangers come to their home to deliver things or do work for them. Who’s going to run a background check on a new girl or boyfriend before they can come to the house?


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Keeping America Safe There really is no higher priority for government at every level than keeping people safe. When people are in jeopardy, nothing else can matter more than putting an end to the threat. Sometimes, as in the case of an active shooter or bombing incident, government has to react quickly to stop the attack and get people out of danger. Today we are faced with a different kind of threat that requires a very different response. I’m speaking of the plan to open housing at Naval Weapon Station Earle in Colts Neck Township to the general public. This plan is based on the terms of a contract with the private company that owns the housing. The terms of that deal allows the housing to be offered to the public if, at the end of a progression of priorities that begins with offering it to active service personnel and proceeds down through contractors, the homes are still empty. Then the Navy puts applicants from the public through a background check designed to weed out people on terror watch lists or with criminal convictions. If they have a clean record, then they’ll get to roll right through the main gate.

The problems with this plan are very clear. Just think of how many people who’ve committed terrorist acts have had clean records – have “self-radicalized” on their home computer and built explosive devices using plans found on the internet. These people have been invisible to the authorities until it was too late. Now imagine someone like that having access to NWS



Now you may think I’m just being an alarmist and no one else sees this potential. If you think that, you would be wrong. The Defense Department’s Inspector General issued a report in April of this year revealing the results of a review of this process. What was found was alarming. The study was limited to three randomly selected bases and found that either the vetting process was inadequate or not being fully implemented. The inspector General said “As a result DOD assumed a higher security risk to military personnel, their dependents, civilians and assets.” It called the lack of screening a national security risk. And none of those bases were filled with munitions like NWS Earle or played the vital supply mission this base does.

There simply is only one way to guarantee the security of the base, its personnel and its mission. That’s to end the practice that looked like good business in simpler, safer times when enemies wore military uniforms, were thousands of miles away, and threats were easily recognized and addressed. We need to adapt our policies to the times we live in now. Whether that means changing the terms of the contract to prohibit the general public from getting this housing or buying it up and tearing it down, it should be done. It will cost money, but the potential costs and consequences we would experience if the worst case came true, far outweigh any possible price in dollars. On this there can be no compromise. I urge everyone to speak out on this to their elected officials at every level. It is a policy that needs to be changed for the security of the nation and the safety of the public. This is a case where prevention is the only certain cure.

LILLIAN G. BURRY, Monmouth County Freeholder Holmdel Turf Fields a Bad Idea The Holmdel Township Committee hastily passed a bond ordinance of $3.3 million in September for upgrades to Cross Farm Park. The improvement plan for the park, as recommended by the Township Committee’s newly appointed Recreation Advisory Committee (RAC), is to construct two artificial turf fields for soccer/ lacrosse play, expand parking facilities, add a toddler playground, possibly 80-foot lighting towers and new bathroom facilities. The question on many people’s minds is whether these fields are needed. There are no meeting notes from the RAC or data made available to the public that support the need for expansion of this park. Nor is there a breakdown of costs for this project related to construction of the fields and their yearly or long-term maintenance. Considering that these fields need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years with an associated million-dollar price tag attached, it is important that the taxpayers of Holmdel get the accurate facts and numbers.

The Holmdel Township Committee tried at a recent meeting

to appease the uproar from residents who think this plan is too extravagant. They reported that the funds for this project would come from the Township’s Open Space Fund, which was created for the purpose of protecting our open space since southern Holmdel is located on the watershed of the Swimming River Reservoir. This fund should be used as originally intended- to protect our open space and our water supply- not used to please a minority of Holmdel residents who feel that they need better recreation facilities in town.

REGINA CRISCIONE | Holmdel I am writing to express my concerns with the Holmdel Township Committee proposal to spend $3.3 million dollars to create two synthetic turf fields at Cross Farm park. While I favor excellent facilities for our youth to pursue athletics and other recreational activities, this is a significant expenditure that is largely unnecessary and will primarily benefit just the private soccer and lacrosse clubs in our town. Cross Farm currently has 13 soccer fields. Across the street at the Village School there are at least 3 lacrosse fields. These fields well serve our township youth. There are also many other opportunities for improvements that would be less costly and more broadly beneficial such as infrastructure improvements at the Holmdel Pool Club, high school stadium lighting upkeep, upgrades to tennis courts, or improving drainage at the Cross Farm baseball fields. The Holmdel Township Committee claims that there will be no new taxes for this. But these fields are being paid for with township money, require ongoing upkeep, and are an expenditure of money that could be better spent. In an era in which my taxes have increased 25% in the last 4 years, when we have closed one of the firehouses in our town, and the township committee has considered selling off open space to raise money, this kind of expenditure is totally inappropriate. The main beneficiary of the $3,300,000 expenditure are the private soccer clubs, in which Eric Hinds, our mayor, is a leader. Furthermore, the Township Committee has been less than forthcoming about this initiative. There is no concrete plan made available, there is no identification of what the ongoing maintenance cost will be, nor a plan for what the ultimate Cross Farm area will become. It is likely that this 3.3 million-dollar expenditure is just the down payment on something much larger. I find it ironic that in Holmdel, a primarily Republican town, tax and spend has become the modus operandi.


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Holmdel Girls Tennis Team Recognized Holmdel Girls Tennis Team was recognized at the October Township Committee Meeting for their accomplishments. The Holmdel High School Girls Tennis team won the NJ Sectional Champions Central Group II title and the NJ State Group II Championship title.

The Holmdel Township Committee agreed unanimously to show its support for the Police Department and Law Enforcement in general. Police form a ‘blue line’, and stand and protect the Community. We wanted to remind people of that truism by painting a blue line down the center of Crawfords Corner Road. Many communities throughout the County and the State have made similar gestures.

Bell Works Tours It has truly been my pleasure to host several tours of the iconic Bell Labs building, now Bell Works. Somerset Development has now filled over 650,000 square feet and more to come! Our tours are very informative and we end each tour with a stop into the space which will house our township library, which we are VERY excited about. It will be a state-of-the-art library at 16,000 square feet – a vast difference from the library space we have now. I am very happy to announce that in addition to the 99-year lease agreement with Somerset of $0.00 to house our library, we have just negotiated with them to contribute over $1 million dollars towards the construction of our of our new Holmdel Library coming at the end of 2017 to its new address: 101 Crawfords Corner Road…Very exciting! Interested in a tour? Contact Deb Brew at 114htwp@

Town Hall Tours – HFEE and Girl Scouts On October 11, 2016 - five winners of the HFEE “Backstage Tour of Holmdel” came to Town Hall to have lunch with the Mayor and find out more about how the township works. They were also treated to a VIP tour of our Police Department thanks to Lieutenant Keith Cannata. The Girl Scouts inquired for a similar tour to earn their Inside Government badge and I was happy to help. Lieutenant Jeffrey Ackerson helped out with the Police tour for the girls. It’s wonderful for the younger residents in our community to learn all about their town!

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ENLIGHTEN YOURSELF and go to a December workshop sponsored by SBDC at Brookdale Community College. Learn all about social media and using Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more information and more classes, contact the SBDC at or call 732.842.8685.



LET’S DONATE the coats we don’t wear to those who need them! Go to the Winter Coat Drive sponsored by Shrewsbury Heritage House, and to benefit Lunch Break. Now through January 31, 2017. Drop coats off at 848 Broad Street in Shrewsbury or call for a pick-up at 732.842.3434

SELFIES WITH SANTA! Breakfast and pictures with Santa at the Danish Café at 2 Bridge Avenue in Red Bank on December 4, 10, 17 and 18, 2016. Reservations needed! Times are 9:00 to 9:45 a.m., 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. or 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. This great event sells out FAST, so call 732.268.7365 today!

A FIRE AND ICE EVENT TO BENEFIT Clean Ocean Action will be held on December 10, 2016 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Windows on the Water at Surfrider Beach Club in Sea Bright. For tickets, visit

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VISIT the 2016 Rooftop Weihnachtsmarkt European Holiday Market at Asbury Festhalle Biergarten on weekends now til December 24, 2016 from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. – weather permitting. Featuring 30 curated vendors with artisanal gifts, specialty foods, handcrafted toys and tons of holiday cheer.

OR VISIT the Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar, which will take place every Saturday & Sunday, now through December 18, 2016, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., in the Grand Arcade of Convention Hall. The Bazaar will feature local and regional artists and vendors selling unique gifts and handcrafted goods including jewelry, accessories, clothing, art, photography, home goods, vintage, food and much more! Visit www.asburyparkbazaar. com for more information.

OR, YOU CAN RING IN YOUR NEW YEAR on Saturday, December 31, 2016 with Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes at Count Basie Theater!

want to find your HEART and SOUL? Visit Count Basie Theater, located at 99 Monmouth Street in Red Bank, on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. for a souled out Christmas Show starring Darleen Love and special guests La Bamba and the Hubcaps. Darlene Love and friends will be bringing the holiday spirit to the stage. Performing both Christmas classics and Love’s own greatest hits. Her Billboard hits include: "He’s A Rebel," "The Boy I’m Gonna Marry," "Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home," "He’s Sure the Boy I Love" and the #1 holiday classic "Christmas Baby Please Come Home," a song that she performed annually with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Symphony Orchestra on The Late Show with David Letterman for 29 years. LaBamba & The Hubcaps will be home for the holidays to get you up on your feet. Philadelphia born Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg's musical roots stem from the Jersey Shore sound. He has toured the world and recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Little Steven and Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, as well as countless others. LaBamba and The Hubcaps teamed up with Jon Bon Jovi for a Special Olympics TV event at the Whitehouse. For over 20 years LaBamba has enjoyed a prominent career on Late Night television with Conan O'Brien, seen nightly on TBS with Jimmy Vivino & The Basic Cable Band. Whether performing with LaBamba's Big Band or LaBamba & The Hubcaps it is the thrill of performing live that continues to drive LaBamba's career and love for music. This event benefits Little Kids Rock. For more information, call 732.224.8778 or visit

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A Country Christmas Presented by The Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee Historic Montrose School at the corner of Montrose Road and Cedar Drive in Colts Neck will open for a traditional Christmas celebration this December.

Photos with Santa Claus, seasonal refreshments, exclusive Colts Neck gift items, and more will fill the historic Montrose one-room schoolhouse from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 11, 2016. The Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee is sponsoring this free, traditional holiday fest at the school at the corner of Montrose Road and Cedar Drive. Santa Claus will take time out from his busy schedule to pose for free photos taken by guests who should bring their own cameras. Seasonal goodies, hot chocolate, and cider will be provided. The fir tree outside the school, is to be replaced by Chris Short, and will be lit during the afternoon. A small Christmas tree in-

side the school will be festooned with decorations appropriate to the period. In addition to its popular maps depicting Colts Neck historic sites, (suitable for framing, $15 each), the committee will be selling its line of commemorative glassware featuring Montrose School and Bucks Mill, created exclusively for the Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee. Items include a set of four coasters ($30), eight-inch plates ($20 each), and hanging ornaments/ sun catchers ($10 each); all pre-wrapped for gift giving. “Our Christmas open house last year was so popular, many have asked us to repeat it,” said Committee Chairperson Lillian Burry, a Monmouth County Freeholder and former Colts Neck Mayor. “Everyone on the Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee enjoys preparing and opening Montrose School for special events that highlight our township’s unique role in American history and help keep our local history alive for future generations. We invite everyone to share in the warmth and historic significance of Montrose School during this community celebration.” Mrs. Burry negotiated the purchase of the school, the only publicly-owned one-room schoolhouse in Colts Neck, for $1 from the township’s former Historical Society over a decade ago. The committee raises funds to continue to upgrade and maintain the school.

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Holiday Festival Concert & Tree Lighting Ceremony A special concert of Holiday and Christmas music is scheduled for Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Town Hall from 3:30 to 3:30 p.m., just prior to the Annual Christmas tree Lighting Ceremony at 3:45 p.m. You are invited to attend this classic concert, guaranteed to place you in the holiday spirit.

Holmdel Plans Holiday Events SANTA NEWS REPORT Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa wants to hear from all the good boys and girls living in Holmdel. “Elf Michele” has set up the special “North Pole Mailbox”. The mailbox is located in front of Holmdel Town Hall. Write out your wish list, tell Santa about your family and friends, or draw a picture. Santa told us that all letters submitted by December 15, 2016 will be answered! Be sure to include your full name and address. Any questions, call “Elf Michele” at the Recreation Office at 732.946.2820, x1226 or email Happy Holidays! CHRISTMAS TREE & MENORAH LIGHTING Celebrate the season at the annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting. The event will be held at Holmdel Town Hall on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy an evening out with family, friends and neighbors. A surprise visitor will be there! Come and help with the countdown for the lights to be turned on. Any questions, please contact the Holmdel Recreation office at 732.946.2820 x1225 or email



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70 Apple Street, Tinton Falls, NJ | 732.224.1100 Coffee, play and dress up. Can you think of a better day than this? Grab your children, computer, tablet and fit bit and head to this cozy cafè/indoor playground where you can work and keep an eye on your kids at the same time. The 3,000-square-foot socks only facility touts itself as your "home away from home." The friendly staff makes sure to keep this nurturing environment as safe and clean as you would keep your own living room. The space is filled with toys and play structures that spark your child's curiosity and social skills. Don't be surprised if your child or even you leave for the day making a new BFF. Extra Perk: Schedule a special play date with five friends and a Coco Beans member will watch and entertain your group as you work. Best part: complimentary tea or coffee.

Little Dreamers Play CafÈ 2153 Highway 35 Store #5, Sea Girt, NJ | 848.469.8733 Parents are still pinching themselves to make sure they are awake because this play cafè is a dream come true. Parents can bring their kids, ages 0-5, for some mommy and me time, a little adventure and learning. The cafè is stocked with beverages; light snacks and provides parents with take-out menus for the pickiest of eaters. Weekly mini-events like brunches and pizza parties are hosted to keep your schedule filled with activities and social experiences to help your little ones strengthen their confidence and independence. Extra Perk: Adults can work and workout at this cafè. Fitness classes are coming soon.

Mama Bears Play CafÈ 2145 Route 35, Holmdel, NJ | 732.858.6161 Help your kids celebrate being kids at this brand new hip play spot. The venue is big enough to house a coffee bar stocked with all your favorite syrups and fancy cafè concoctions, a separate infant activity center and even a salon for your child's American Girl Doll. You'll feel like you took a day trip to NYC. Extra Perk: There is an extensive menu for coffee aficionados and Mama Bear's barista provides the hottest brew trend to hit cafès, the pour over method. *Hope Daniels is a Rumson, NJ resident and founder of A New Mom In Town blog – you can read all about her parenting adventures at

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The Community YMCA Launches Holiday Gift Drive Program Helps Make the Holiday Season Merry for Needy Families Local residents and businesses are invited to help make the holidays brighter for struggling families in Monmouth County by giving to The Community YMCA’s annual holiday gift drive. Coordinated by the Y’s Counseling and Social Services branch, “the gift drive helps to ensure that many of the county’s neediest children and their families can experience the joy and surprise of the holiday season”, said Colleen Verriest, Vice President of Counseling & Social Services. “Strengthening families is at the heart of all we do at The Community YMCA,” Verriest said. “The donated gifts bring great happiness to the children and families who we serve, many of whom are victims of abuse, neglect, in the foster care system or who have special needs.” In 2015, the Y was able to distribute more than $64,000 in gifts to 428 children served by the Y’s Counseling and Social Services branch, thanks to the community’s generous support. “There are many ways to support the holiday gift drive”, said Coordinator Danielle Formica, noting that all gifts are personally delivered to the families and are tax-deductible. For more information on how you can donate, call Formica at 732.544.4544, ext. 520.

"Toast to Dennis- A Night of Remembrance” Raises $225,000 to Support Returning Veterans

Nearly 300 people attended the 8th annual Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski Memorial Fund gala “A Toast to Dennis – A Night of Remembrance” held on September 23, 2016 at the Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club. The event celebrated the life and memory of Zilinski, as well as honored those from Monmouth County who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. A sit-down dinner, dancing with music by The Infernos and a reverse auction were part of the festivities and were held to assist the Fund in sponsoring service dogs for warriors suffering from PTSD and/or traumatic brain injuries. A total of $225,000 was raised from the event including six attendees who sponsored a service dog for $15,000 each. Other donations allowed the organization to sponsor two more service dogs bringing the total to date to 38. Distinguished honorees were Randy and Maureen McDonald of Red Bank, Joseph and Miriam Tort of Rumson and Quentin and Ellen Walsh of Sarasota, Fla. for their dedication and continued support of the mission and continued growth of the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund.

Left to right: Maureen and Randy McDonald of Red Bank, Ellen and Quentin Walsh of Sarasota, Fla. and Miriam and Joseph Tort of Rumson were honorees at the “Toast to Dennis” gala. Photo credit: Dave Wayne Harrill

Lincroft School Second Graders Give Back

Helping others is a great way to foster the understanding of caring and empathy in young children. And so the week after Halloween, Mrs. McCabe’s second grade class at Lincroft Elementary School gathered all leftover candy from family and friends so they could donate it to Holiday Express. These second graders were very enthusiastic about helping spread some holiday cheer!



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ince 1993, Holiday Express ( has been delivering the gift of human kindness for those greatest in need during the holiday season and throughout the year. Founded by Tim McLoone, Holiday Expresss, a registered

501 (c) (3) non-profit, non-sectarian organization, believes no one should be alone during the holidays. Its programs use the healing power of music and friendship to improve the quality of life for those often forgotten. While most of us look forward to the holidays with excitement and anticipation, for some it’s anything but joyful or peaceful. The holidays for those struggling with financial problems, health issues, and loneliness can be a time of increased sadness, and stress. This is often the case for the people Holiday Express serves, which include those with mental and physical challenges, veterans, individuals in addiction and recovery programs, the isolated, the poor, the homeless, and children with serious illnesses. Its signature program provides an interactive holiday musical extravaganza led by a team of volunteer professional musicians,

a delicious meal, fun holiday activities, and a gift bag – a wellstocked canvas duffel bag of brand new, useful and practical items, including a warm blanket, toiletries, gloves, hat, and scarf. Over 2,000 volunteers work year-round to make a difference in the lives of adults and children in need. In most cases, Holiday Express is the only holiday program offered at the organizations it visits. Holiday Express receives no state or federal funding of any kind, and all the money, food and gift bag items are donated or purchased at discounted prices. While a majority of the charity programs take place from early November through December 24th, its staff and volunteers work year-round for these events and fundraising activities. Holiday Express brings hope and joy to thousands of people each year. It is a critical link to the forgotten individuals and society, fostering the healing connection between music and people.

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Animal Advocacy


The Humane Society of the United States encourages pet lovers to reach out and support their local shelters and rescue groups during this holiday season. Approximately 3,500 animal shelters across the United States serve the estimated 6 to 8 million homeless animals who need refuge each year, and many more animals find themselves in need of the services provided by local rescue groups. Here are ten ways to celebrate. Pick the activity, and you don’t have to stop at just one that appeals to you. Then ask your friends, coworkers, classmates, and family to join you in celebrating the people who help make life better for the animals and people in your community. 1.

Share your love. Tell the world how you feel about your local shelter or rescue by sharing their posts and pictures online.

2. Get to know your local shelters and rescue groups. Locate the facilities in your area at You may be surprised how many groups nearby are helping animals. 3.

Learn before you leap. Before you adopt, do your research. You’ll be much less likely to become

frustrated if you understand the challenges and rewards of adopting a pet beforehand. 4.

Say “thanks!” Take a minute to express your gratitude to the people who work at your local shelter or rescue groups. If you’ve adopted a pet, provide an update and picture.


Get crafty. Combine fabric, yarn, recyclables, and imagination to bring much-needed fun into the lives of local shelter and rescue pets. There’s no end to the toys you can make!

6. Become a fan. “Like” the individual groups in your community on Facebook, Twitter, and provide a shout out on Instagram. 7.

Make wishes come true. Shelters and rescue groups always need towels, toys, and other supplies. Check their websites for wish lists or call them to find out what’s in short supply.

8. Volunteer. Even if you can’t adopt a pet just now, you can help make life better for homeless animals by volunteering with your local shelter or rescue organization.


Help at your own home. Outfit your cats and dogs with collars and proper ID (a microchip and ID tags) at all times. As soon as you bring them into your family, have all of your pets spayed or neutered. Keep your cats indoors where you can keep them safe (though it’s great to take them on walks if they are comfortable on a harness and leash), and keep dogs on leashes when off your property.

10. Help your shelter save more lives. You and your family might consider fostering an animal who may not thrive in a shelter environment. This in turn will open more space to save additional lives. By supporting your local shelter or rescue, you will join a network of hundreds of thousands of people working to make the world safe and more humane for all living creatures. You’ll make the jobs of everyone working for animals a little easier by lending a hand and spreading the message of responsible pet ownership and animal protection.

Spread Some Love & Donate to the MCSPCA this Holiday Season provide the basic necessities of shelter, food and medical care, but what every animal needs is a home where he/she is cherished and loved.

The holiday season brings to mind the comforts of home - family, a true sense of belonging, contentment and security. The animals at the Monmouth County SPCA are waiting for homes to call their own. Staff and volunteers


You can help find caring families for homeless and abandoned pets this holiday season. Your donation today will provide the resources to support adoption programs that save lives programs that give shelter, lifesaving medical care and spay/neuter services to animals who deserve a second chance.


Your continued generosity will help provide a home for the holidays to pets in need. Please join us in working to find every animal in need a loving home for the holidays. There is no greater gift we can give them. On behalf of the animals who will be served by your generosity, thank you! Your contribution will make a real and lasting difference. From our home to yours, best wishes for a warm and happy holiday season.

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PHOTO Holmdel residents Anthony LaBate (left) and John R. Green with their four-year-old twins – A.J. and Francesca

Demanding Careers & Energetic Twins This modern family has it all

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” - George Santayana


recently had the privilege of meeting one such masterpiece. Like discovering great art, some of life’s simple pleasures are discovering our neighbors, learning their backgrounds, finding out how we are similar, and celebrating our differences. John R. Green, an awardwinning Executive Producer of Special Programming at ABC News, and Anthony LaBate, a designer of unique jewelry for La’Bate Jewelry, live in Holmdel. It’s not every day you can walk into a beautifully appointed home, with its eclectic array of fine art and furniture - and still feel it’s a warm and friendly space. The lifesized toy stuffed giraffe, horses and lion certainly helped! The big hugs and warm greetings were not surprising and fit perfectly in the whimsical setting.

John and Anthony have traveled the world and decided nine years ago that Monmouth County was where they would settle and eventually raise children. For the last four years they have been raising their twins in Holmdel. Anyone lucky enough to meet the now four-yearolds, Francesca and AJ, will completely



Carpet show every year is a highlight. Having grown up watching that event and wondering what it would be like to be there, it’s exciting. Nothing like it in terms of Hollywood celebrity, the attention it gets from all over the world. It’s very unifying.” As an avid sports fan, he also found great satisfaction in covering Super Bowls, World Series and The careers and adventures of NBA finals, sharing, “To be able to be on each of these men could fill books. the sidelines when you’re just a run of John is a multiple Emmy, Peabody the mill fan” was a particular thrill. Other rare opportunities came about due to and Dupont Award winner, whose resume includes coverage of news, as his fluency in Spanish and French. One well as entertainment specials: the of his favorite assignments was traveling to Cuba in 1998 to cover Pope John Paul’s annual red carpet event “Countdown to the Oscars”; Queen Elizabeth’s visit where he served as producer and translator. While there, he relayed how Diamond Jubilee at Buckingham Palace; “Megastunts - Highwire Over he interviewed the 101 year -old Gregorio Fuentes, the inspiration for Hemingway’s Niagara”; Ground Zero; Earthquake Haiti; Good Morning America; 20/20; classic, The Old Man and the Sea, adding, the new “Game Changers”, and so “How thrilling was that!” His French led much more. Since many of the ABC him to jump on the Concorde to Paris within hours of Princess Diana’s death stories focus on tragedies, I asked John where he stayed for a month translating if there were stories that gave him joy to cover. He thought for a moment, and working on the investigation. John’s and said, “Glamour-- and excitement. humanity shone through even when Being able to produce the Oscar’s Red asked if anyone deeply affected him. understand why John and Anthony are so proud of them. Their amazing vocabularies and earnest, pleasant demeanors could melt your heart. The dads have demanding careers and yet there is no question their priority and their passion are to provide Francesca and A.J. with a stable, loving, fulfilling home.


Anthony LaBate holds his signature piece - the Francesca cuff – at his New Jersey launch party at Gotham in Red Bank on November 17, 2016.

It turns out Matt Damon is one of his favorite celebrities. They met on GMA. Matt was there to promote a movie and he chose to sit in the main Green Room instead of a reserved private one. There, he met a teenage guest who struggled with obesity and learned she was promoting a camp to help others. John witnessed Matt Damon approach the young girl and genuinely become fascinated with her story, saw Matt offer to visit the camp and John concluded, “That is a great guy.” Over the years, John collaborated frequently with news anchor Robin Roberts and one of the most moving specials was “Robin’s Journey,” documenting the ABC anchor’s battle with cancer. John’s legendary energy is now channeled into a new venture with Robin. He is the Executive VP of Programming & Development for “Rock n’ Robin Productions,” managing daily operations and the editorial and creative content for every type of show imaginable for networks, cable and online audiences. When asked about a “dream project” he would like to create, he mentioned his love for musical theater and his desire to present live musical theater for a wide television audience. In actuality, he already is fulfilling his true, more serious dream, and that is to cover stories about cancer research, treatment, prevention and early detection. As a survivor of cancer, John experienced firsthand the toll the disease takes. “Yes it’s great to do journalism when it entertains people, it’s great to do television that entertains - that can also be therapeutic - but really giving hardcore information that can help people live healthier or extend their lives, or get treatments that they need, especially with a life

threatening illness like cancer, that to me feels like the purpose I went into journalism.” To that end, he and Robin just launched “Cutting Edge of Cancer” for WebMD. The passion for cancer research also is reflected in Anthony’s career creating unique jewelry. Anthony finds inspiration all around him and his signature piece is the Francesca cuff, named for his mother who miraculously battled back from stage four lung cancer. Its butterfly motif in diamonds and colorful gems symbolize hope, and a portion of the proceeds is donated to cancer research. His appreciation for precious stones and designing began at a very young age. Imagine his Brooklyn grade school teacher’s surprise when Anthony completed the assignment to bring a sample mineral to class and showed up with his father’s triple diamond ring! His designing talents were first focused more on high fashion evening wear and bridal gowns. After working in Paris, he returned to New York and started Francesca Couture. He gained further acclaim when he created a $300,000 diamond encrusted wedding gown for a private client, even making it into “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.” (The diamonds were eventually used for jewelry.)

John R. Green with Robin Roberts

ethically sourced stones. They are hand forged in India and are lovingly and thoughtfully designed by Anthony. “Each stone - just like a stitch - has a story, which I find fascinating and inspiring.” The jewelry has caught the eye of Andy Cohen, host of Bravo’s nightly series “Watch What Happens: Live” and a lot of the “Housewives”. More locally, the irrepressible Anthony showcased his lines at a launch party in Red Bank at Gotham last month. Over one hundred guests poured over his creations, while mingling, enjoying food, drinks and a DJ. On the spur of the moment, Anthony took the microphone. He quickly organized a “Mannequin Challenge” and the loud upbeat partiers stopped - and struck a pose. This joy for life and playful spirit is reflected in his creations and in his child rearing philosophy.

Throughout my time with them, Anthony and John reflected on family life, while simultaneously laughing, dressing the children, gathering snacks and taking turns for the twins’ bathroom runs. All this is possible because they met through a mutual friend and have been together over fifteen years. They enjoyed a commitment ceremony in Copenhagen in 2003 and a Holmdel backyard wedding in 2014. The twins, And excitement seems to find and each other, bring joy and laughter Anthony. You may recall the story of a every day. Anthony and John hope for a passenger who left behind a case filled safe future for their children, free of fear with $200,000 worth of jewels in a cab. and with no limits on their aspirations or The good-hearted taxi driver returned self-worth. Interviewed separately, both it to - yes, Anthony! When the couple dads expressed the overriding hope that moved to Holmdel, Anthony retired. Francesca and A.J. will be kind and will Not surprisingly, Anthony is now out of know kindness. Their evening game of retirement and has “traded stitches for “I love you because…” is a very positive stones” with the launch of his La’Bate stepping stone, and the twins certainly have very kind and special parents to jewelry line ( Each piece is unique and contains only guide them. DECEMBER 2016


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Bayshore Community Hospital Foundation Hosts Inaugural Benefit for Bayshore Oktoberfest Celebration

Members of the Bayshore Administrative team. From left to right: Rachel Weiss, MS, LNHA, FACHE, vice president of physician and business development, Regina Foley, MSN, MBA, R.N., chief operating officer, Frank Citara, MBA, senior manager of operations, Heidi Rostrom, MBA, assistant director of finance, and Linda Walsh, R.N., vice president and chief nursing executive. Left to right: Event chairs, Phil and Silvia Scaduto (Phil also serves as vice chair of Bayshore Community Hospital Foundation), honorary event chair, Carol Stillwell (Carol also serves as trustee of Bayshore Community Hospital Foundation) and regional president and chief development officer of Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations, Joseph Stampe.

Bayshore Community Hospital Foundation hosted the inaugural Benefit for Bayshore Oktoberfest Celebration on October 7, 2016, welcoming more than 200 guests and raising more than $105,000 in support of Bayshore’s plans to enhance emergency services. The tented cocktail reception uniquely took place on the hospital’s campus at 727 North Beers Street in Holmdel and raised more funds than any other signature fundraising event in the hospital’s history.

Timothy Hogan, FACHE, president of Bayshore Community Hospital and Riverview Medical Center with event committee member and Women’s Heart Fund board member, Patty Micale.

“The success of this event truly marks a milestone for Bayshore and the community, and the excitement in the room was undeniable,” explains Timothy Hogan, FACHE, president of Bayshore Community Hospital and Riverview Medical Center. “We were thrilled to be able to share our vision about the future of emergency services and received tremendous support from the many engaged residents who joined us that evening,” added Regina Foley, RN, chief operating officer at Bayshore Community Hospital. The new signature event featured an Oktoberfest inspired menu and décor, and beverages provided by Spirits Unlimited. It was co-chaired by Phil and Silvia Scaduto with honorary chair, Carol Stillwell, and remarks led by Serena DiMaso, Esq., chair of Bayshore Community Hospital Foundation.

Serena DiMaso, Esq. of Holmdel, chair of Bayshore Community Hospital Foundation addressing guests during the event.


The Benefit for Bayshore Oktoberfest Celebration was supported by top sponsors, Stillwell-Hansen, Inc., Wendell and Judith Smith, the Davis Family, Brian & Jaimie Hynes & Family and Jason & Jennifer Savarese & Family. To make a gift in support of Bayshore Community Hospital, visit or contact Jennifer Smith, senior executive director of Bayshore Community Hospital Foundation and Riverview Medical Center Foundation at or 732.751.5131. To learn more, visit



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Lions Serve Up Pancakes & Family Fun at Annual Breakfast The Colts Neck Lions Club held its annual Pancake Breakfast on October 29, 2016 at the Colts Neck Reformed Church. Families were treated to family fun with prizes, raffles, children dressed up in costumes and a delicious breakfast cooked up by the Lions. Students from the local high schools helped to make this a successful event, volunteering their time to help serve and assist all those who attended. Proceeds from the event benefitted charitable causes in the local community. The Colts Neck Lions Club was formed in 1969 and has been serving the Colts Neck Community ever since. Lions volunteer their time to humanitarian causes in their local and world communities. By conducting service projects and raising funds, Lions strive to help those in need, wherever they are. The Lions’ motto is “We Serve.” The Colts Neck Lions meet the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at Huddy’s Inn. Prospective members are always welcome.

Lincroft Resident Releases Latest Romance Book Penelope Marzec, local Monmouth County romance author, announced her latest release, The Cowboy’s Miracle. The book was released on November 18, 2016. Whether you prefer inspirational romances graced with the spirit of faith, paranormal romances filled with a touch of magic, historicals or contemporaries, books written by Penelope Marzec are packed with adventure as well. Her books are published by Prism Book Group and New Concepts Publishing, but she has also reissued several of her backlist titles. Two

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Saint Leo the Great School celebrates namesake’s feast

The community of Saint Leo the Great School celebrated the Feast of Saint Leo the Great on November 9, 2016. The day began with the celebration of mass led by pastor Father John Folchetti. Following mass, students, faculty and staff gathered to enjoy a delicious turkey feast prepared by Food Services Manager Mrs. Debbie Newberry, her staff and volunteers from the school’s PTA. Over 400 members of the community enjoyed the feast, which is an annual tradition.

Samantha Lane and Madison Vestuto at their school’s Feast of Saint Leo the Great.


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“It’s the best day of the year here at Saint Leo’s, one that the children look forward to each year.” stated Mrs. Newberry.

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Winter Wonders at the Monmouth Museum

The Monmouth Museum is presenting the exhibition Winter Wonders during this Holiday Season through December 31, 2016. The onset of winter inspires many emotions – the beauty of snow and ice, the joy of the holidays and the bleakness of long dark days, all contribute to common experiences during this season. During this time when Jack Frost makes his presence known we are treated to many wonder inspiring sights. And like any visitor who stays too long, as the frigid season drags on we are often desperately and collectively

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During the winter holidays and school vacation breaks, the WonderWing and the Becker Children’s Wing at the Monmouth Museum offer special activities. For the Van Gogh or Picasso in your family, special monthly themed crafts are made in the Green Arts Studio where kids of all ages can access their creative side using recyclable materials. The Museum’s Discover and Exploration Series explores cool science facts, trivia, the arts and more! This is a Docent-led interactive 20-minute program that is perfect for the young scientist in your family! Preschool Story and Craft times are offered in the WonderWing, and family friendly films are shown on the big screen in the Becker Wing Media Center where there is also an exchange library of children’s books.

In this year’s Museum Holiday Exhibition entitled “Winter Wonders”, visual depictions of frozen scenery, holiday scenes and winter activities will be displayed along with the ever popular Winter Wonderland Model Train Display for children of all ages! In addition to the art work and model trains in the Main Gallery, a myriad of talented local artisans is showcased in the Nilson Gallery’s Holiday Gift Gallery, with

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This December 16 through 18, 2016 at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, delve into the world of independent cinema at New Jersey’s newest Premier Film Festival! With over 14 hours of film, Monmouth Film Festival will feature independent films, narrative, documentary, and student - short and feature length - from all over the state, country and across the globe. Featured films include documentaries “Swim Team” (2016) and “Jackson” (2016),


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more! Also attend the Industry Film Panel (December 17th), and awards ceremony (December 18th).

The festival is proud to hold its inaugural event at the Two River Theater in Red Bank. The Two River Theater is the epicenter of the Arts, providing Plays and Educational Programs for audiences of NJ, United States and beyond. It has been designated as a major impact organization with the support of not only the National Endowment of the Arts but local support from celebrities Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. The main Rechnitz Theater seats 350 patrons, centered around a thrust stage; built so as the furthest seats are no more than 36 feet from the stage.

For General admission, tickets range from $12 to $15 depending on whether or not one is eligible for senior/small child or military discount. As for specific events, the networking event starts at $5 per person and the industry panel is $10 a person. All access VIP and Day passes are also available so the more you watch, the more you save! For the complete film schedule and tickets, visit​

Other festival events include the industry networking event (December 16th) where our partnered companies such as Backstage and iPitchtv will be represented by industry members including casting directors, agents and


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Peter C. Paras is a shareholder in the is aFamily shareholder in the Law Firm of Family Law Firm of Paras, Apy & Reiss, P.C. Paras, Apy & Reiss, P.C. Selected as "Super Lawyer" Selected as "Super Lawyer" by NJ Monthly 2006 – 2016. by NJ Monthly – 2016. Included in Best2006 Lawyers in Included in Best Lawyers in America 2015 - 2016 America 2015 - 2016 For more information please For more information please see the firm’s website at see the firm’s website at The information in this information inlegal this articleThe is not intended as article is not as legal advice. Forintended legal advice you advice. For legal advice you should consult your attorney. should consult your attorney.

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olts Neck Cares held a special fundraiser for Vicki Christensen on November 11, 2016 at the Colts Neck Inn Steak and Chophouse. Vicki is a 30-year-old local woman who is battling an aggressive cancer. She is the niece of Kimberly Clemente, who is a member of Colts Neck Cares. Patricia Ronca, Chair of this fundraiser and founder of Colts Neck Cares worked closely with co-founder Virginia Marshall on the event. “Colts Neck Cares is a group of caring residents in Colts Neck who are dedicated to helping those who are in-need who are often forgotten right in our own backyard. Through fundraisers and generous donations, we hope to lend support to those who need it most,” said Ronca.

Vicki’s cousin explained her diagnosis. “For those of you who don’t know, my very close cousin Vicki was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in 2013. Since her diagnosis, it has been a never ending battle. From countless surgeries to radiation to chemotherapy to having a PEG placed for nutrition - this disease has prevented her doing what she always dreamed of doing - working, having a family, and all the other life


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Giants tickets with signed memorabilia. Ronca noted that the 50/50 raffle raised $1,600 and the winner received $800. “It was a successful event,” said Ronca. Other members of the Colts Neck Cares committee include Abbey FeilerKober, Tara Buss, Sheila Olt, Trisa Satter, Lisa Laurence, Sunny Rudko, and many other wonderful volunteers. Ronca added that other people who assisted on this particular fundraiser were Vicki’s best friend Alexis Antonelli, Mary Ann Savettiere, and Stephanie Cudney. “Vicki just got out of a treatment at Sloan and was able to make it to the event. She was overwhelmed by the love and support in the room that night. I thanked her for her courage and inspiration as she never shows anything but a positive attitude to all those that know her. I assured her on behalf of our community, although her battle is long and painfully frustrating, she is not alone. We are with her every step of the way as she battles this terrible illness. We may not be able to cure this disease but through love, support, positive energy and prayer - we are fighting with her. All of the committee members were happily onboard to support Vicki’s fight,” said Ronca.

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‘Tis the season to be jolly! The Monmouth County Park System is making that easy by offering fun, familyfriendly programs including a Holiday Sing-Along and a Visit with Santa. For more programs, visit www. monmouthcountyparks. Creative Arts Center Student/Instructor Show & Sale December 3 & 4 from 11:00 to 4:00 p.m. Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft Join us for this event featuring original artwork of our students and instructors. Kick off your holiday shopping or find that perfect accent piece for your home. Cash or check only please. Admission and parking are free. Ribbons & Canes, Historical Holiday Candy & Craft December 3 & 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold Explore the origins of some of our holiday traditions. We’ll share information about the sweet treats associated with Christmas while you make a simple paper stocking to hold your candy. FREE! The Sounds of Christmas December 4 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel Enjoy wistful music as Larry Mosser and Mary Nagen play Christmas carols on the hammered dulcimer and fiddle. FREE! Christmas Sing-Along December 10 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel Visit with Rick Garland as he plays the piano in the Longstreet farmhouse for an old-fashioned sing-along. FREE! Visit with Santa December 17 & 18 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel Enjoy an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas at the farm. Children can visit with Santa, then take a walk to the farmhouse and have a cup of cider. Be sure to bring your camera. FREE!

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A HOLMDEL STUDENT’S MARTIAL ARTS JOURNEY During the summer of 2016, Holmdel High School’s Jason Zheng, currently a sophomore, traveled around the country competing a form of contemporary Chinese martial arts known as Wushu. He was selected to be part of the U.S national team and represented U.S. attending the 11th Pan-American Wushu Championships. The movement in Wushu mimics gymnastic floor routine and dance. Competitors are judged out of 10 points based on mechanical, jump, and general execution within the performance. A Wushu competition has five different types of events: long fist (changquan), broadsword (daoshu), straight sword (jianshu), staff (gunshu), and spear (qiangshu). Each event

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The November general meeting was held on November 9 at the Colts Neck Township Library. Elections were held for 2017 CNBA Executive Board; the officers will be Sue Fitzpatrick, President; Greg Calderaro and Patty Vollherbst, Vice Presidents, Dino Nicoletta, Treasurer; Sheila Olt, Corresponding Secretary, and Alison Antenucci, Recording Secretary. The upcoming December 14th meeting will be held at the festively decorated Colts Neck Town Hall, and will be a brief business meeting, followed by a holiday breakfast.

The new version of the Colts Neck map is now available. Look for it at all CNBA events, as well as at retail locations around town. Check it out – learn about town history and support your local small businesses!

Put yourself in a holiday frame of mind by checking out the festive windows on the businesses around town, creatively painted in early December by Colts Neck High School students, and sponsored by the CNBA. Thanks to all who participated!

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Monmouth Civic Chorus Brings Holiday Favorites to Red Bank The sounds of the season will fill the air when the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus performs Joy to the World on Sunday, December 18, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. at the historic Count Basie Theatre, located at 99 Monmouth Street in Red Bank. Following last year’s rousing premiere of a Christmas Suite by MCC’s Artistic Director Dr. Ryan James Brandau, the chorus will perform an expanded edition of the Suite featuring newly added carols. Concert-goers will enjoy an array of holiday favorites including O Holy Night, Auld Lang Syne, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Deck the Halls, all artistically arranged for chorus and orchestra by Brandau. Intertwined throughout the Suite will be classical stalwarts from Handel’s beloved Messiah and Bach’s magnificent Christmas Oratorio. Tickets for premium seating are $45 adult, $40 senior, $35 group (10 or more), $10 student. Tickets for regular seating are $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group, $5 student. Tickets and information are available at or by calling 732.933.9333.

Monmouth Civic Chorus Offers Carolers for the Holidays The award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus is sending its singers on the road to brighten your holidays with seasonal music. Groups of carolers are available to add merriment to home, office, and community gatherings. Bring the sounds of the season to your holiday party or entertain your customers while they shop. The chorus will tailor the singing group to fit your needs. Past caroling appearances have included Sickles Market in Little Silver, Holiday Harmonies in Red Bank, Pier Village in Long Branch, and Dearborn Market in Holmdel. For bookings and rates, e-mail c a ro l i n g@ m o n m outh c iv i c c h o r u s .o rg , visit or call 732.933.9333.

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RBC Athletes Commit to Continue Athletic Careers at Collegiate Level ON NOVEMBER 9, 2016 - eleven Red Bank Catholic studentathletes officially signed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Signing to play basketball were Josie Larkins for University of Vermont and Tia Montagne for LIU Brooklyn. Caseys playing lacrosse are Emily Holtz for Monmouth University, Olivia Farrington for Villanova and Erika Recanzone for Florida Southern. Two gymnasts who will be acro-tumbling are Claudia DiBenedetto for Quinnipiac and Sierra Garcia for University of Oregon. Four RBC baseball players will continue their careers as well. Dominic Caraballo will be playing for Rider University, Anthony De Rosa for Rutgers University, Brian Sheehy for Mercer College and Aaron Ahn will be a midshipman playing for the United States Naval Academy.

Front row, left to right: Claudia DiBenedetto (Eatontown), Erica Recanzone (Toms River), Sierra Garcia (Morganville), Emily Holtz (Freehold), Oilvia Farrington (Atlantic Highlands). Back row, left to right: Josie Larkins (Lincroft), Anthony De Rosa (Little Silver), Aaron Ahn (Marlboro), Brian Sheehy (Colts Neck), Dominic Caraballo (Woodbridge), Tia Montagne (Jackson)

SJVHS National Letter of Intent Signing Day SAINT JOHN VIANNEY HIGH SCHOOL (SJVHS) participated in the NCAA Letter of Intent Signing Day on November 9, 2016. Eleven SJVHS student-athletes signed letters of intent to continue their education and athletics in college. The following are the student-athletes: Bailey Foreman (Field Hockey, St. Louis University); Kim Evans (Basketball, Seton Hall

University), Courtney Dobrzynski (Basketball, University of Hartford), Riley Kehoe (Basketball, Dominican College), Abby Anderko (Basketball, Catholic University), Demi Rivera (Softball, Post University), Gianna Mavica (Softball, Princeton University), Matthew Cerniglia (Baseball, Hood College), and Ryan Gilfillan (Lacrosse, Catholic University).

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Ranney Students Accepted into All-Shore Honors Chorus THREE RANNEY UPPER SCHOOL students have been accepted into the 2017 New Jersey All-Shore Honors Chorus: Senior Evan Schultz of Colts Neck, Junior Jack Wingertzahn of Rumson, and Sophomore Ava Jacoby of Long Branch. These students will take their places among the 114 top vocalists from Monmouth and Ocean County area high schools when rehearsals begin in January. A concert is scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Red Bank Regional High School.


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Parish of Saint Mary Happenings “Light Up a Memory” Tree Lighting Ceremony December 10, 2016

Candles on the Memory Tree signify a light in memory of a deceased loved one, or in honor of a living recipient. His/her name will be inscribed in a special “Memory” book, which will be on display in the Church Gathering Space. The joyous tree lighting ceremony will take place after the 4:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The memory lights will twinkle on the tree until the feast of Epiphany (“Three Kings”) on January 8, 2016.

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Join in from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a great community event featuring hospitality, great food, crafts and a special guest - a visit from Santa in Madonna Hall! Tickets purchased in advance are $5.00, children 5 and under are free. Tickets are $10 purchased at the door. The Parish of Saint Mary is located at One Phalanx Road in Colts Neck. For more information, call 732.780.2666 or visit

Chabad Jewish Center Upcoming Happenings Police Appreciation Day/ Chanukah Celebration

Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel is inviting the entire community to a unique Chanukah Celebration, a special ceremony honoring the Police departments of Colts Neck, Middletown and Holmdel (which is Celebrating 50 years of serving our community with honor, integrity and commitment). Come out and stand with the men and women in blue who protect and serve our community December 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at the Holmdel Firehouse, located at 35 West Main Street. Everyone will have a chance to help paint a giant Menorah blue, take a picture with a police officer and enjoy holiday food followed by a menorah lighting and a grand game of Dreidel. “Whatever one’s political outlook or party affiliation may be, I think we can all agree that these men and women put their lives on the line for us every single day,” says Rabbi Shmaya Galperin, Executive Director of Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel, who is coordinating the effort. “How quickly so many have forgotten 9/11 when police officers ran into those towers to save lives, many losing their own lives in the process. This is behavior police officers exhibit all the time. They are heroes in our midst who safeguard our laws and our safe, decent and peaceful way of life.”


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Menorah Lighting

Chanukah, The Festival of Lights, expresses the universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness. In its Chanukah outreach campaign, the Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel, Colts Neck and Middletown communities joins thousands of Chabad centers across the globe in staging similar public displays of the Menorah and its symbolic lights. From Australia to Africa, Colombia to Hong Kong, New York City’s ground zero to the White House lawn, hundreds of thousands will experience the joy of Chanukah with Chabad. Join Chabad in a public display of unity at this exciting Menorah Lighting Ceremony at the Orchards in Colts Neck on December 28, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Bring the kids and make this your special Chanukah celebration. For more information, visit www.jewishholmdel. org, call 732.772.1998 or email info@


Holiday Toy Drive

Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel is holding its annual Holiday Toy Drive, where new toys are being collected to be distributed to underprivileged children and for those who are undergoing medical treatment during the holiday season at Jersey Shore Medical Center. Unwrapped new toys, coloring books and puzzle books can be dropped off at the following locations - ConnectOne Bank in Holmdel, Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel, Snap Fitness in the Shoprite shopping Center of Aberdeen, Elice Dental Care in Hazlet, Brandywine in Colts Neck and Mark Payne Farmers Insurance at the Orchard Shopping Center in Colts Neck. A donation can also be made at that will go to the purchase of a new toy. The drive runs through December 20, 2016.

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OAK HILL STUDENTS ACHIEVE MUCH SUCCESS For students at Oak Hill Academy in Lincroft, the fall is a busy time. Not only are students attending classes, playing on sports teams, and enjoying Halloween; they are also involved with the many extra-curricular offerings at the school. In fact, over a twoweek period, these Oak Hill students were rewarded for their efforts with many awards. It began on October 21, 2016 when the school once again competed at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) Academic Jeopardy Tournament. Teams of four to six students play a traditional game of Jeopardy with five rounds being played. Trophies are awarded to the top three teams. Oak Hill had three teams place in the top five and four teams in the top ten. Receiving a trophy for being the second place team were 7th graders: Aarya Doshi, Alex Mitchell, Elizabeth Wright, Maria Giannakopoulos, and Molly Jain.

Then a group of 17 fourth, fifth, and sixth graders competed in a regional round of the Mathleague Competition at Stuart Country Day School in Princeton on October 29, 2016. Oak Hill Academy was the second place school among the ten that participated! The team of Thibaut Fabricant, Michael Gao, Robert Schweikert, and Audrey Yan came in second place. In the fifth grade, Mitchell Oldham won the 4th place individual trophy and Karan Patnaik came in 7th place. In the sixth grade, Michael Gao won the 2nd place individual trophy, Thibaut Fabricant was 7th, and Robert Schweikert was 10th. Eight Oak Hill students advanced to the Mathleague state competition in the spring. They are Mitchell Oldham, Karan Patnaik, Isabelle Darman, Thibaut Fabricant, Michael Gao, Cadence Li, Robert Schweikert, and Audrey Yan.

Finally, on Friday, November 4, 2016, Oak Hill Academy took a group of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders to participate in the Christian Brothers Academy’s Model United Nations competition. The students did a tremendous job preparing and presenting as was evident by the six individual awards bestowed! Oak Hill Academy received the most awards out of all of the schools at the Model UN Conference. Oak Hill had the largest contingent of students participate and were complimented for their preparedness and seriousness. Receiving awards were: Sydney Yan (Holmdel): Best Position Paper (1st out of 125 students); Mason Garber (Colts Neck): Best Delegate (1st Place) – SpecPol; Nicholas Geissler (Middletown): Best Delegate (1st Place) - Carter Cabinet; Cakie Dym (Rumson): Outstanding Delegate (2nd place) – SpecPol; Emily Robertson (Holmdel): Outstanding Delegate (2nd place) – SocHum; Alexander Mitchel (Red Bank): Honorable Mention (3rd Place) – Kennedy Cabinet

OPERATION: FEED THE SAILORS LOCAL CHURCH PROVIDES THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR SERVICE MEN & WOMEN On November 22, 2016, Colts Neck Community Church embarked on Operation: Feed the Sailors, in which they provided some men and women at Naval Weapons Station Earle with a home cooked Thanksgiving meal. The church’s goal was to show their support for these sailors who sacrifice so much and often spend their holidays away from family. Members of Colts Neck Community Church brought dishes, cooked ham, sliced turkey and served as waiters to say they are thankful for our sailors. Captain Jay Steingold and Petty Officer Trevor Larson were the church’s phenomenal hosts and partners in this event. Pastor Chris Durkin thanked the sailors for their service and reminded them, “This Thanksgiving GRACE can transform our attitudes into true gratitude.” The church also handed out 45 free frozen turkeys to Naval families for them to enjoy on Thanksgiving Day. Operation: Feed the Sailors was a big success!

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Colts Neck Library Happenings Winter Wonderland Concert: Performed by Dave DeLuca December 9th at 2:00 p.m. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, time again to be dazzled and delighted with first rate musical merriment as Dave DeLuca performs the very best holiday favorites. “Winter Wonderland” is a feel-good familyoriented event filled with yuletide whimsy and winter wonder that celebrates the magic of the holiday seasons through songs such as “Let it Snow”, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm”, “Jingle Bells”, and “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” as well as novelty songs like “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas”, and “Dominick The Donkey”. There is no registration for this event, but seating is on a firstcome first serve basis.

Estate Planning Workshop December 14th at 2:00 p.m. When it comes to sorting facts from fiction in estate planning, Paul R. Daniele, Esq. from Milvidskiy Willis LLP will cover the frequently asked questions and common misconceptions regarding this topic. Paul will also go over wills & trusts, asset protection, nursing home issues, Medicaid qualification as well as estate taxes. Mr. Daniele has been practicing law in New Jersey for 49 years. He earned his J.D. at New York Law School in 1967. Since that time, he has become an integral part of the legal community and the


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Happy Holidays Teddy Bear or Elmo - All Ages Wednesday, December 7th at 4:00 p.m. Celebrate the holidays with a teddy bear or Elmo craft, or make both!

Visit with Santa Claus! All Ages Wednesday, December 14th at 4:00 p.m. Share your holiday wishes with Santa and take a special picture. Santa will read his favorite tale to… YOU!

Read to Peaches, Our Therapy Dog - All Ages Wednesday, December 21st at 4:00 p.m. Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading


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LEGO® Club - All Ages Wednesday, December 28th at 4:00 p.m. Hear a LEGO® story and make your own LEGO® creation. Save a memory of your design on Mom or Dad’s smart phone!

WINTER BREAK MOVIE MATINEE Kubo and the Two Strings (PG) Tuesday, December 27th at 3:00 p.m. Kubo, a young Japanese storyteller, must find his samurai father’s magical armor in order to defeat an evil spirit from the past. Feel free to bring a snack from home! No registration necessary. The Library will be closed December 24 & 25, 2016 for the Christmas holiday and January 1 & 2, 2017 for the New Year’s holiday. Colts Neck Library is located at 1 Winthrop Drive in Colts Neck and can be reached at 732.431.5656. All programs are free and open to the public. Be sure to “like” us on Facebook – Colts Neck Friends of The Library.

Christmas Events “A Living Nativity” December 17, 2016 at 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Remember the reason for the season this Christmas by witnessing a live, outdoor dramatization of the Christmas story! There will be two showings on the front lawn of the church with a brief intermission in between. The first showing is at 5:30pm and the second showing is at 6:30pm. We will offer a bonfire, a fire truck, special musical guests, a petting zoo and delicious treats. Your kids will have a great time. This event is completely free to the community!

Two Christmas Eve Services December 24, 2016 Family Service at 3:00 p.m., our early, festive Christmas Eve service is for all people with a special emphasis on younger children and families. This service will feature upbeat, joyous music and a special children’s presentation. Classical Candlelight Service at 7:30 p.m. There is no better way to usher in the beauty, joy and reverence of Christmas than to celebrate with a candlelight worship service. We will be singing the classic Christmas Carols with Robert and Joyce Hayes from America’s Keswick. Bring your friends and family. Everyone is welcome!


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A local magazine highlighting events and residents in Monmouth County, NJ.

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