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hen I think of November, automatically my mind evokes images of Thanksgiving, especially football, family and pies galore – of course! Thanksgiving is the holiday where you don’t have to break the bank for gifts, it is time to offer thanks for all you have, it’s time to celebrate your family and friends – even in difficult times, there are always things for which to be grateful for. When sitting at the dinner table with your close relatives, look around at your loved ones and be thankful for everyone that surrounds you, because each other are the real things in life that matter. Veterans Day is celebrated in November, and this day is a special one where we honor and thank all who served in the United Sates Armed Forces. Community Magazine would like to take this opportunity to thank all our men and women who have served our country and protected our freedom and safety. This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer Davis All my best to you and yours,

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

Registration was necessary to participate in the Scarecrow Contest for which framework and stuffing was supplied. This was a hit with families as well as some individual younger children who “built” their scarecrow to their own specifications. Entertainment included a puppet show, a sneak peek at snakes, a jamboree, and a little rockers band. Macaroni Anne Cheeze shaped balloons into characters and a pumpkin head stilt-walker strolled the area waving to children. Free activities included a corn maze, canoeing at Marlu Lake, disc golf, meeting the beautiful Mustangs, The Puzzler, and a Zany Zombies game. One of the many highlights each year is the “Strutt Your Mutt” Costume Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Parks and Garden State Veterinary Specialists of Tinton Falls. Food vendors were on hand to squelch hunger pangs with lunch or delicious snacks. Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department offered a K-9 demonstration that fascinated the young ones. The family-oriented day was filled with socializing for children and adults, fun, laughter, and ways to express creativity. A full six-hour day packed with non-stop activity thrilled the children and tired the adults. Another great Thompson Park Day that was worth the wait!


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Colts Neck Lions show their support for their colleague Sil Lutkewitte.


rovidence Medical Clinic of Neptune honored Colts Neck Lions Club member Sil Lutkewitte at a fundraising dinner at The Breakers in Spring Lake on September 29 for his years of service, commitment, and dedication to helping others. He received a plaque and many thanks for assisting the clinic since its opening in 1998.

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Sil was first introduced to the needs of the clinic when his wife Walene became one of the first nurses to volunteer her services. As Sil explains, “Early on she asked me to hang some fire extinguishers for them. And that started it all for me.” He explained that the clinic provided medical care to the working class who were either underinsured or uninsured. The clinic was operating out of a 12 ft. wide by 40 ft. long trailer with only two seats in the reception area. He noted that women stood outside with umbrellas trying to keep the snow off their babies while waiting for their turn to be seen. After seeing this he said, “We knew what we had to do.” What Sil did was visit 44 Lions Clubs to ask for funds to help build a new clinic. They complied, but the project could not continue due to problems with the location. Sil went back to each club offering to return the funds. All of the clubs told him to utilize the donations for operational expenses of the clinic. The clinic moved into the storefront where they are currently housed at 300 West Sylvania Avenue in Neptune. Renovations had to be made and Sil called upon his fellow Lions to help build four exam rooms, a reception area, and two offices – one for the secretary and one in the back for the doctors, as well as a small lab in the back. They also put in a new floor, painted, put in office equipment, sinks and cabinets. “My son, who

lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania spoke with someone who custom-made office cabinets for the clinic and shipped them to us.” Sil emphasized that the work at the clinic has been a group effort by so many caring people. “The original trailer that the clinic used was donated by the Chief of Police in Neptune,” noted Sil. He believes everyone can help someone by utilizing their talent or sharing their time. “My wife was a school nurse in Tinton Falls and the children made an 8x10 foot mural in art class in memory of her when she passed away. The beautiful scene is filled with fairies, the state bird, animal, flower and tree and things the children would recognize. It is hung in the children’s exam room at the clinic. My wife used to play “I Spy” when our children were young and now with this mural, the doctors can do the same with the children who come for treatment,” shared Sil. It is things such as this mural, the donation of office cabinets, the time, talents and funds that numerous individuals and organizations have given to the clinic that continue to spark Sil’s drive to help those in need. A circle of love and caring was started in 1998 by the “small dream” of Dr. Anna Sweany and it continues to grow through people like Sil.

Sil Lutkewitte and his daughter, Martha Leonhardt (Colts Neck Lion) “The clinic has become a vehicle that allows people to give back to others and to the community. The clinic was started because of the kindness of people and it has continued due to the graciousness of people. We are very fortunate to be doing this for 14 plus years.” Sil emphasized that the Lions Club motto has only two words, “We Serve.” He and his wife taught their children to do just that – to give back. Sil proudly boasts of his eight beautiful grandchildren - and of course, his two sons and daughter.

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ndless bins of freshly picked apple varieties lined the market, tempting visitors with their different textures and colors.

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


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7 Ways to Give Back (With Your Kiddos) The holidays are just around the corner, and there are plenty of ways to volunteer or donate with your kiddos. Spread some good cheer this holiday season and get involved with one of these local causes.

1. Give a Kid a Crayon Drop your crayons or coloring books off at Small Factory Productions before December 1st. If you donate 5 or more boxes of crayons, Small Factory will spread a little good cheer themselves and give you a free Kids Night Out Pass at their awesome studio. Holiday Express visits more than 50 organizations during the holidays bringing music, food and presents.

restaurant backed by Jon Bon Jovi and his wife. There are no prices on the menu and be prepared to sit with people you don’t know (gotta love the community aspect!) And most important, your donation for the meal helps feed others who may not be able to afford good meal. A ten dollar donation per person covers the cost of a three-course meal and anything above that goes to support those who can’t afford to pay. Food is made with fresh and often local ingredients. And who doesn’t love their motto Hope is Delicious.

to do something a little different, head over to one of the Food Bank’s Mix, Mingle & Sort nights (the first Thursday of the month). You can mix with other volunteers, mingle and sort food! Your kiddos 13 and older can participate.

What to do & Where to do it: Drop Crayons & Coloring Books at Small Factory Productions, 560 River Road, STE C in Fair Haven

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With the cold air approaching, one cool thing you and the fam can do is keep kiddos in the community warm by donating pajamas to kids in need. The Pajama Program gives new pajamas and books to kids. There will be many Pajama Program drives throughout the area from October through March. Poricy Park in Middletown is one of the central locations where you can ask for more info.

Sponsor a child at Sylvia’s Children, a Holmdel-based charity that helps support 1,000 children in Uganda. Sylvia, a local of Holmdel and NYU professor, started the foundation after a moving visit to Uganda in 2003. You can sponsor a child and get updates from Sylvia’s Children and get the whole family involved. Also be on the look out at Starbucks for Sylvia’s clothing drives. You can drop off old clothes, household items like blankets, sheets, towels, at a participating local Starbucks. Everybody wins: Your kids will get a lesson in giving back, a school in Uganda will get much needed assistance, and mom can grab a latte.

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3. Dine Out With Soul Take the family for a night out at Red Bank’s Soul Kitchen, and help someone in need while you’re at it. Soul Kitchen is a community

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5. Mix Mingle & Sort with Monmouth County Food Bank

Where to go and What to do: The food bank is located at 3300 Route 66 in Neptune. Show up and get to work! Sorting takes place between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Or Call 732.918.2600 for more info.

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red sky k at night, sailor’s delight! l h “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight, Red sky at morning, sailors take warning,” is the inspiration Chef James DeSilvestri used for his new seafood bistro, Red Sky Restaurant, in Keyport. Located at his family’s marina, Keyport Marine Basin, at the former Ray’s Restaurant and Palate Pleasers Restaurant on W Front Street, dishes with charming décor, excellent service and a view of the light and refreshing dishes, expertly prepared and creatively preAfter completing his Bachelors of Science in Marketing from Fairfield University in 2007, Chef James worked in the customer service industry for two years at The Westport Country Playhouse and opted for a career change. In 2009, he enrolled at The Culinary Institute of America where he studied classical French techniques and dabbled in classes such as Cuisines of Asia, Cuisines of Europe and the Mediterranean and Cuisines of the Americas. After graduating in May of 2011 with his Associates Degree in Cuin the Manager in Training program under the guidance of Chefs Brendan Walsh, David McCue, Bruce Mattel, Robert Mullooly, and sense to move back to his hometown of Matawan, and re-open the quaint restaurant at his family’s marina. Red Sky’s menu begins with a selection of appetizers, such as Coconut Curry Mussels steamed in coconut milk infused ner dishes include Seared Sea Scallops with a lemon beurre blanc sauce with seasonal vegetables and roasted lemon-thyme potatoes; Red Sky Chicken layered with roasted peppers, sautéed spinach and crab meat; and Red Sky Ravioli, housemade mushroom ravioli with tomato brandy cream sauce. Red Sky Restaurant is located at 340 W Front Street in Keyport, on the property of Keyport Marine Basin, across the street from Browns Point. Be sure to park in the rear of the building (don’t worry there is plenty of parking) during high tide. Red Sky hours: Wednesday – Saturday 4:00p.m. - 9:00p.m. for dinner and Sunday 9:00a.m.- 3:00p.m. for Brunch (served à la carte). Reservations are highly recommended for dinner. For more information, please call 732.497.0606 or visit 18

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How an Employee Handbook Can Protect an Employer From Liability Provided by Michael H. Ansell, ESQ. Given New Jersey’s presumption of at-will employment, many employers loathe to risk granting any more rights to their employees than mandated by law. However, such a position may often expose an employer to even greater liability. New Jersey courts will enforce provisions and benefits contained in an employee handbook as if it were a contract based upon what the court determines are the reasonable expectations of employees. However, an employer can avoid creating an implied contract by including a clear and prominent disclaimer within the handbook. If such a disclaimer states that the handbook does not create any promises and that the employer is free to terminate employees at will and to change wages and other conditions without consulting employees, then the handbook is unlikely to constitute an implied contract. There are many benefits to an employer in distributing an employee handbook, the most important of which may be protection from harassment and discrimination liability. Although an employer is always strictly liable for certain remedies, such as reinstatement, disciplining the harasser, and paying back pay or front pay; an employer may avoid liability for compensatory damages if the employer establishes, publicizes, and enforces an anti-harassment/discrimination policy. If the policy is effective and distributed to all employees, such a procedure likely limits the employer’s liability for harassment or discrimination that occurs within the workplace. A handbook can also be used by the employer to establish expectations of its employees and create procedures to measure an employee’s performance. An employer who follows that procedure and maintains a paper trail documenting an employee’s performance will be more likely to establish that an adverse action against an employee was unrelated to harassment, discrimination or retaliation. Finally, handbooks can cover topics such as work email and computer usage policies, inspection of employee property policies, drug and alcohol policies, etc. By informing employees of these policies, not only will an employee be more likely to refrain from violating them, but the employer is less likely to be liable for invasion of the employee’s privacy since any expectation of privacy was unreasonable based upon the policy statements within the handbook. Since the potential binding effect of an employee handbook can be so easily mitigated by inclusion of appropriate disclaimer language, the employee handbook is an effective tool for the employer to create a more informed workforce, make it easier to implement proper procedures, and greatly reduce the risk of employer liability for a number of potential claims. If you are an employee or employer interested in interpreting or creating an employee handbook, Ansell Grimm & Aaron, P.C., can assist you in understanding the terms of a handbook or creating a comprehensive handbook that complies with the laws of the State of New Jersey.

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onmouth Museum hosted a special fall benefit, “Tasting at the Monmouth Museum” on September 29 at their location on the campus of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. A delectable array of select wines and gourmet fare were available for guests to enjoy. During the benefit, guests were able to socialize and view the Juried Photography exhibition in the Museum’s Main Gallery and the paintings by New Jersey emerging artist William Waggoner in the Nilson Gallery. Setting the mood for the enjoyable evening, as well as demonstrating his guitar artistry was musician Dave Crowton, who entertained guests as they walked throughout the galleries. All proceeds from this event will benefit educational programs at the Museum. The Monmouth Museum is a private, non-profit organization that presents changing art, history and science exhibitions to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and lifelong learning to the diverse community it serves. The Museum is located at 763 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. For information and hours call 732.747.2266 or visit their site at


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Left to right: Gracious hosts at the Monmouth Museum Wine Tasting held on September 29, 2012 were Nora Mulheren, Benefit Committee; Avis H. Anderson, Museum Executive Director; Lynda Mansfield, Benefit Committee; Mary Randolph, Benefit Committee; and Marianne Ficarra, Museum Trustee.

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he harmonic strumming of a 5-string banjo, the wafting smell of roasted pork and the high-spirited laughter of children resonated throughout a sunny, October afternoon. Wherever a head was turned, one could see the corner of a person’s lip curl upward. With ears, plates and moods filled heartily, it appeared everyone who participated in the Colts Neck Community Church’s Fall Festival left satisfied. Approximately, 200 individuals involved themselves with the excitement of these festivities. Having taken place in the front lawn of the church’s grounds, this community-invited event welcomed an authentic bluegrass band to perform while partakers enjoyed in a flavorsome meal, which included roasted pork, pasta, vegetables and baked goods. While the adults chatted by the buffet line and around the lunch tables, children delighted in a tractor hayride and bouncing about in a moonwalk inflatable. “All in all, I had a lot of fun. It was great to be around such a big group of people. It was a really comfortable and inviting setting!” said 21-year-old Jessica Gorden, an attender of the recently launched College & 20-Something’s ministry. A wide range of age groups and families were present at the church gathering. Between parents running after their little ones in the grass, young adults conversing and stretching out on picnic blankets and elderly couples sitting on lawn chairs and smiling at the scenic sight amongst them, onlookers could tell the festival was a warm and friendly environment, ready to embrace anyone who decided to join. Overall, the outcome of the pig roast proved to be a gratifying experience for not only the church but for the surrounding community as well. One of the hopes of CCNC is to share the love of God by serving the community in many areas, so providing such an event serves as a means to meet this desire. And by the turnout, it seems the church is well on its way in doing so. Visit Colts Neck Community Church at or call 732.462.2779.

ONCE UPON A TIME… Still Charming After All These Years

Twenty-five years has come and gone since this adorable children’s boutique opened in the heart of Lincroft.

For Adorable & Unique Baby Gifts Fun & Trendy Girls Clothes Great Gifts for Birthday Parties $10.00 to $25.00

Kathy Limyanksky, owner of Once Upon A Time in Lincroft, invites you to stop by her boutique to check out the most unique and adorable merchandise around!

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Tues- Fri: 10-5 • Sat: 10-3 Everyone who has shopped at Once Upon A Time knows the owner Kathy Limyanksky, who takes pride in knowing she runs her cozy boutique with all the passion you expect from a mom & pop store. Customer service is the absolute most important aspect of the business to her, she said, “I like to know my customer, I want to help them find that perfect item. Many stores don’t provide you with one on one service anymore, especially if you are shopping online.” Her frequent trips to New York City allow her the opportunity to select the most unique and adorable merchandise that you don’t see in any other store. Once Upon A Time has an amazing baby department which compares to no other – all price ranges are covered for affordable to exquisite. Increasingly popular is their girls 2T to 14 department, with all the popular brands, including Roxy, Billy Girl, Lime Apple, Ragdoll & Rocket – carrying everything from casual everyday clothes and dresses. All the fun accessories attract girls like a kid in a candy store – and make great gifts for the never ending birthday parties ranging from $10.00 to $25.00. This boutique’s latest arrivals are fun bags for dance, cheer and gymnastics – along with “bootie shorts” with cute tops for dance!


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Old-Fashioned Country Fun Harvest Home Festival

At Historic Longstreet Farm Story Susan Murphy


olmdel Park Historic Longstreet Farm held their annual Harvest Home Festival on September 30. This old-fashioned country fair, which had its heyday in the early 1890s, appeared to be just as popular today judging by the hundreds of visitors who attended. On-going activities included old-fashioned games, potato harvesting, wagon rides, demonstrations on cider making, and woodworking. Crafters, who were dressed in wonderfully charming period costumes, demonstrated knitting, quilting, weaving, spinning and rug hooking for the crowd. Musical acts, the Jugtown Mountain Band, Rich Marzec, Chuck Winch, and Chorus of the Atlantic offered entertainment for guests in attendance. Other fun entertainment included a Medicine Show and Flying Flea Circus, as well as a pie-eating contest, guessing the weight of an enormous pumpkin, a chat on baseball in the 1800s, corn husking and plowing demonstrations. Competitions for the best in baked goods, canning, needlework, and vegetables afforded prize ribbons at the end of the day.


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The first people arrived at 5:00 a.m. in the dry, cold early morning. The team of Newman Springs Dental Care had prepared the office the night before to be ready to go. The first patients were treated before 7:00 a.m. and the 135th left with a smile at 4:00 p.m. Everyone who showed up by noon was able to receive dental care. The 31 volunteers were exhausted yet satisfied that they had given their all to help their community. The volunteers were Dr. Mitchel Friedman, Dr. Julia Cintron, Dr. Jeffrey Zatzkin, Dr. John Frattellone, Dr. Allan Ruda, Dr. Kayvon Haghighi, Dr Beth DeAngelis, Dr. Randy Davis, Dr. Dan Winston, Dr. Lauren Picciotto, Jennifer DeMarco, Jean Morris, Erica Loren, Laura Read, Quinn Kowal, Keary Bennett, Monique Sheary, Linda Paris, Roxanne Motley, Amanda Butler, Noah Schayowitz, Colleen Carey, Marcy Buckler, Stefanie Thomas, Ida Whittaker, Tricia McHugh, Kim Brooks, Melissa Muth, Mike DeMarco, Mike Strycharz and Allison Alanya

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Marcy Buckler of LED Dental, developer the Velscope, was on hand to add her expertise. With the Velscope, volunteers were able to perform advanced oral cancer exams to detect suspicious cell changes under the surface of the skin. After consultation with the oral surgeons on hand, several people were offered free follow-up care after the event. Dentistry From The Heart 2012 Facts: 135 patients seen, 540 procedures performed, $53,222 of free dentistry performed by the 31 volunteers. Recent parents brought their two day old new born because they both had been suffering with tooth aches. A homeless couple appreciated the meal offered by volunteers after they received relief from painful infections. “With such a great need in our community, one day is a pretty small thing; however we hope that we made a difference in the lives of those we treated. At the six events we treated over 800 patients. Our motto is always Paying it Forward with Charity and Gratitude,” said Dr. Mitchel Friedman, the event sponsor. “Our hope is that this continues to be an annual event and that by our efforts, others can be inspired to give back to benefit their community.”

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Colts Neck Art & Craft Festival


n late September, over 150 artists from around the country showed their work at the Bucks Mill Recreation Area in Colts Neck. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., exhibitors were able to display their original and creative works of art. With admission being only $6 per person over twelve years of age and having $1 of the admission going towards Autism Speaks, residents from all over the state were able to enjoy the event in addition to donating to a great cause. Julianne Williams has been running this festival for the last five years. The festival itself has been taking place for the last sixteen years. Julianne said,

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“These venues are extremely important. The works of these artists are hurting right now. We don’t want to lose the crafts. This is how they make money”. Julianne herself travels to Florida during the winter months to join these significant craft events. Both the exhibitors and visitors can appreciate the arts and want to keep it alive. In just two days, at least 8,000 admirers of the arts strolled through the multiple tents at the Bucks Mill Recreation Area. The types of crafts included handmade jewelry, candles, hair accessories, paintings, sculptures, granite-made board cutters and so much more.

George Nock, former running back for the New York Jets, now creates bronze pieces. Residing in Georgia, Nock comes to the Colts Neck Festival to display his uniquely crafted sculptures and other various art works. He said “Each piece takes between 6 weeks to 7 months. I do my work at home”.


Brought in Crowds of 12,000+


cattered showers did not deter more than 12,000 locals from enjoying Middletown Day, an annual event that raises pride for the community, on Saturday, September 29. Middletown Day was held at Croydon Hall on Leonardville Road. Middletown Day originally started as a Mayors Cup soccer game between Middletown High School North and Middletown High School South. The game slowly developed into a festival and the location was moved to Croydon Hall. Last year the town was not able to hold Middletown Day due to economic troubles. This is the first time in the history of hosting the event that it was canceled. “What we did was we took a year off, we had to re-group. The economy has been very tough; we faced a lot of challenges with the budget,” said Middletown Mayor


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Tony Fiore. “So what we decided to do was take last year off, get a committee together and try to transform Middletown Day a little bit. We used what worked well in the past, and brought in some new ideas like the community businesses and organizations. Middletown Day was more of a township day (before this year),” said Fiore. The committee members handed out free “Middletown Day” canvas bags to all of the patrons. Local businesses set up tents to advertise their purpose and services to the community. “What we did was try to create a day where we could promote our businesses and our great community as well as volunteer groups, too,” said Fiore. Some of the tents, such as the Martial Arts Middletown station, were interactive. Everyone was given a chance to try and break a piece of wood with his or her hand. There was plenty entertainment for children as well; pony rides, face painting, sand art and jewelry making were just some

of their options. There were also carnival games and blow up attractions set up on the lawn. Typical carnival food such as kettle corn and hot dogs were served. A stage was set up for local bands to showcase their talents to the community. Middletown Fire Department and First Aid squad set up demonstrations to show the Middletown residents what they do. The first aid team demonstrated how to cut open a car to save a victim and the fire department showed the town some emergency drills. There were contests held for children to compete in throughout the day. There was a NFL “punt and kick” contest, a soccer drill contest and a basketball drill contest. “Middletown Day was really fun, and they had a lot of really adorable arts and crafts,” said Middletown resident Kristen Baldasare.

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incroft Elementary School PTA and Molzon’s Landscape Nursery celebrated a 15-year tradition on October 6 when they welcomed visitors, family and friends to their Fall Festival. The exciting fun included face and pumpkin painting, hayrides, crafts, make-your-own treats, pumpkin bowling, a variety of games, and a visit by the “Great Grazini!” Children also sat and read to the therapy dogs participating in the festival. “This is a wonderful event. It’s great to see how many volunteers are here, as well as all of the families supporting this by attending,” said Steven Graziano, principal of Lincroft Elementary School.

Left to right: Gerry, Paul, and Mark Molzon stand with Lincroft PTA Fundraising Chair Anthony Guglielmi and several of the students during the Fall Festival held at Molzon Landscape Nursery on October 6.

The festival co-chairs, Terry Kon and Lori Bennett, were a dynamic duo that made certain every detail was handled, ensuring a successful festival. Lori has been co-chairing the event for the past six years, four of them with Terry. However, this is a bittersweet year for Lori as her daughter will be attending middle school the following year. “I have always enjoyed the sense of community our festival evokes and love that it coincides with the brand-new school year! It not only launches our annual fundraising efforts; it also brings our school community together in a beautiful setting early in the season. Every year I am amazed over the generosity the Molzon family extends to our school. I am proud to say that I grew up with the Molzon family here in Lincroft, as my mother did before me, so I understand completely the ties that bind a community together.” “We are very happy to have Lincroft Elementary School join us once again. This is a great community event with plenty of fun and great food,” said Paul Molzon. “My Dad Henry C., who is 90 years-old now, attended Lincroft School when it was only a oneroom schoolhouse.” Molzon generously donates a percentage of all proceeds from the festival directly to Lincroft Elementary School PTA.


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Letter To the Editor playing for almost two hours, thrilling the dancing, singing, partying crowd with three encores! For an astonishing $20 per person ticket fee, Southside Johnny’s most ardent fans mingled with the many Open Space Pace organizers and volunteers who worked so hard for many months to make the day the wonderful success it was. The festive, congenial atmosphere was punctuated by the important reason for the event’s creation – fighting to keep horse breeding and racing viable in New Jersey where horse-related operations account for some 13,000 jobs. About 42,000 horses reside here; many in the racing industry. Over 176,000 acres of land support more than 70 equine facilities statewide - acreage that could be lost to development. There is no doubt that equine pursuits in New Jersey provide immeasurable recreational, social, cultural and economic benefits. Our precious horse industry has been resuscitated! The first annual Open Space Pace day-long racing and entertainment spectacular at Freehold Raceway on September 29 was an unqualified success! Record crowds came to the track to enjoy the pageantry and excitement. It was a free, spirited, family-oriented day of food, top-flight music and over 30 vendors; complete with celebrity appearances and giveaways. Over 3,000 people took part in the day’s festivities, which began at the Hall of Records in downtown Freehold with a colorful Parade of Horses that led revelers to the track. A wide array of equine groups, governmental organizations, individuals, vendors, sponsors and private businesses took part, including Rutgers University, the New Jersey Farm Bureau, Monmouth County Parks, Agriculture and Tourism, the Monmouth Conservation Foundation, the Standard Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, Trump National Golf Club, Freehold Borough and some of the state’s most notable horse farms and equestrian facilities. Stellar members of the state’s equine industry and a host of volunteers joined forces in the fight to support and sustain this vital source of jobs, revenue, tradition and open space in New Jersey. As the day’s exciting special races enlivened the track, live music emanating from a special stage set up on the grounds kept the crowds entertained all day. The Dani Bochner Band, the Eddie Testa Band, Pat Guadagno with Richard Blackwell, and the Nick Clemons Band played from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Just before 5:00 p.m., none other than the Garden State’s own Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes took the stage before a sold-out audience,

Horse-related operations in New Jersey need strong, ongoing support from the state and they need it now if racing is to remain viable here. Too much of the Garden State’s once-thriving equine industry, including its majestic horses, have already been lured to other states by larger purses and more welcoming policies and practices. New Jersey’s economy, and well as its agricultural traditions will suffer if we allow this to continue. Such changes as allowing racinos at our racetracks and lengthening the number of race days at the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park are critical to this mission. It is up to all of us to keep the momentum going and growing! We must continue to dedicate ourselves to creating awareness of the importance of the horse, our state animal, and what it means to our quality of life. Based on the success of the first Open Space Pace, organizers are already working to make this spectacular equine celebration bigger and better next year. Let’s work together on all fronts! Make your voice heard to your state legislators. Attend equine events and volunteer where you can. Together, those of us who appreciate, revere, and enjoy horses and open space can ensure the preservation of our precious equine heritage and all it affords for generations to come. Keep an eye out for Open Space Pace 2013 and bring your family and friends! You’ll be glad you did.

Thank you, Lillian G. Burry Monmouth County Freeholder



he Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Colts Neck and Holmdel held an autumn brunch on October 11 at the lovely Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank. Amy Lasch, Certified Gestalt Graphologist, gave a fascinating presentation on the science of handwriting analysis. Using examples of many well-known and famous people, she kept her audience totally engrossed in her subject. Amy does handwriting analysis for businesses, gives educational seminars and does individual handwriting analysis for interested persons. She can be reached at or

On December 6, the club will hold the annual holiday luncheon at Trump National Golf Club. More information on pricing, program, and time will appear in the club newsletter. Members of the community may call 732.946.2833 or 732.946.2526 for information or to make reservations. Many other holiday events are in the works. Plans are being made for a “Ladies Night Out” trip to Williams Sonoma and a holiday cocktail party for mid-December. Several trips are being offered to NYC and other venues. All long-time residents, as well as new, are invited to join the club. For information on the Newcomers and Neighbors Club, call 732.526.7648 or 732.530.9543.


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Members and guests of the Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Colts Neck and Holmdel enjoyed a lovely day on the river at an autumn brunch at the Oyster Point Hotel on October 11 in Red Bank.

La Ginestra Opens Its Italian Doors to the Community!


a Ginestra ~ Ristorante Italiano & Pizzeria opened its doors to the Holmdel and surrounding communities in September 2012 and already residents are excited to have an Italian restaurant in the neighborhood again.

Pizza Rustica (grilled eggplant, tomato sauce and smoked mozzarella)

La Ginestra offers catering for your next meeting, open house or holiday party.

Enjoy this Chicken Saltimbocca Dish for dinner at La Ginestra tonight!

Make room for dessert, no meal is complete until you had your cannoli.


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Owners Raffaele and Angela are equally excited to own a restaurant once again, and their staff is comprised of their son, Luigi; daughter, AnnaRita; and son-in-law, Salvatore. Raffaele began working in the pizzeria business at the age of 15 and continued to work in Italian restaurants in New York. Years later he moved to New Jersey and opened his own business with his family, which he owned for 20 years. After selling that business, he continued in the food industry, but missed owning his own business. Thus, the family is back in business, “We are truly thankful for the warm welcome we have received from the residents and businesses here, and we look forward to creating long-lasting relationships with our customers.”

Sal’s Grandma Pizza (crunchy thing crust topped with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and homemade basil pesto)

And don’t forget dessert of course! La Ginestra offers cannolis, sfogliatelle, ricotta cheesecake, lemon, peach & orange sorbet, torta della nonna, and homemade tiramisu to accompany your espresso or cappuccino.

Many customers ask where the name La Ginestra comes from – and AnnaRita, one of the owners, enjoys explaining where the name originates as it ties into her family’s history. She said, “Our family originates from a small town called Monte di Procida located on the outskirts of the city of Napoli, Italy. Monte di Procida lays nestled along Italy’s Western coast across from the islands of Ischia, Capri & Procida. Every morning, the sun’s rays greet the crystal blue Tyrrhenian Sea creating what seems like a bed of sparLa Ginestra is open for kling blue diamonds. Along La Ginestra’s rustic dinner 7 days a week, colors and cheerful Italthe coast, the beaches are ian music create a warm bring your own bottle and bordered by green, lush, dining atmosphere, and enjoy their rustic dining dramatic cliffs blanketed the staff is always ready with waves of a fragrant, raroom with family and to assist you. Open for diant, bright-yellow flower friends. lunch and dinner, their called La Ginestra. In Italy, extensive menu includes a variety of the use of “soprannomi,” which in Italsalads, soups, wraps, hot & cold subs, ian means “above the name,” but acpasta dishes, seafood, chicken & veal tually refers to dialect nicknames, is a dinners, and an assortment of pizza. fairly common and prominent practice. Since very large, extended Italian famiFor lunch, one will find a variety of lies all were apt to dwell in close proxpizza slices on the counter to choose imity to one another, nicknames were from, including cheese steak pizza, saltraditionally used to distinguish one ad pizza, bruschetta pizza, Sicilian pizza, branch of a family from another, and/or grilled eggplant pizza, white pizza, vegone individual from another. “Ginestra” gie pizza and more! Their most popular became a permanent “soprannome,” or pizza is their signature Sal’s Grandma’s nickname, in our town to identify our Pizza, a square pizza with a crunchy immediate family, because the vibrant thin crust topped with tomato sauce, sun-yellow ginestra flowers once enfresh mozzarella and homemade basil circled our family’s farmland and vinepesto. Other popular gourmet pizzas yards.” Thus, no other name seemed include the Pizza Napoletana (broccoli better suited than La Ginestra for their rabe, sausage, and mozzarella cheese), family’s Ristorante Italiano & Pizzeria. Buffalo Chicken Pizza (diced chicken, spicy buffalo sauce, and mozzarella Come hungry to La Ginestra ~ Ristocheese), and Pizza Margherita (tomato rante Italiano & Pizzeria, located at 963 sauce, fresh mozzarella & fresh basil). Holmdel Road in Holmdel, and enjoy dine-in service or take-out for lunch For dinner, many customers enjoy and dinner (BYOB). Catering is also Fried Calamari and Antipasto Italiaavailable for your next meeting, open no appetizers, as well as dinners such house, or holiday party. They will soon as Pasta with Broccoli Rabe & Sausage be offering delivery to local residents and Chicken Saltimbocca. Other popuand nearby towns. To place your order, lar dishes include the traditional chickcall 732.332.0022. Open seven days a en parmigiana, veal marsala, spaghetti week, Monday through Saturday, 10:30 and meatballs, and pasta with marinara a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays, 11:00 sauce. Also ask about their dinner spea.m. to 10 p.m. Buon Appetito! cials.

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Holmdel’s First Annual

Winterfest The first-ever Winterfest

is coming to beautiful Bayonet Farm on Friday, November 30 and lasts through Sunday, December 2. This debut event will be an opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy the unique beauty and sense of community of Holmdel. Enjoy Winterfest with the whole family! As you enter the festival, you will be dazzled as Bayonet Farm comes to life with tens of thousands of lights! Live entertainment, delicious food, coffee and hot cider as you shop in the vendor village. For those over the age of 21, the Red Barn will offer Lairds Apple products, and beer and wine hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Holmdel. Live entertainment will also be featured in the Red Barn. You will enjoy such acts as Greg Roberts, Crangrapes, Allison LaRochelle and many more. Come and see the Township’s new 14’ Christmas Tree. Take a Ride on the 45 foot Ferris wheel or take a spin on the lighted Carousel. Enjoy ice skating on our synthetic rink (ice skates are available). Listen to live music in our main tent where local bands Goldenseal, Beth Anne Clayton, The Jonzes, just to name a few, will play. For the big finale Sunday at 1:00p.m., Brian Kirk and Jirks will perform a very special concert that you don’t want to miss! Santa Claus will arrive just as the festival opens on November 30. He will sit for pictures with children inside the beautiful Harding House on Friday, November 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 1 from 4:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, December 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Holmdel Township will be hosting Toys for Tots in the Red Barn, all attendees of this event are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy. Winterfest hours are: Friday, November 30 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 1 from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and Sunday, December 2 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 per car load. There is no fee for rides, ice skating or live entertainment. We would like to thank our corporate sponsors for making this event possible: Home Depot Team Depot; Jersey Central Power & Light; T&M Associates, Lairds & Co. and ServPro of Aberdeen/Holmdel. For further information, please contact the Holmdel Office of Parks & Recreation at 732.946.2820 x1225 or email

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Local Organization Making Dreams Come True for Children Diagnosed with Life-Threatening Illnesses


ason’s Dreams for Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1992 in memory of Jason Douglas

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tion is devoted to granting wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Bringing a little happiness and putting

Jason Creager was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma on April 12, 1991. He unfortunatly lost his battle with cancer on January 18, 1992. His uncle, Dennis McGinnis founded the organization Jasons Dreams for Kids , Inc. in honor of his nephew, which has raised funds and received donations to put smiles on the faces of hundreds of children suffering a life-threatening illness.

a few smiles on these children’s faces is their goal - and hopefully, the faces of their parent’s too!

Jason Creager was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma on April 12, 1991. Following extensive surgery and an aggressive chemotherapy campaign, he started a bone marrow transplant on his 18th birthday, October 5. Unfortunately, while waiting for experimental chemotherapy to be approved, the wait proved to be too long, and on January 18, 1992, Jason became an Angel. Burkitt’s Lymphoma is a cancer characterized by tumors containing lymphoid cells, occurring especially in children in locations such as the jaw, eyes and internal organs. It is associated with the Epstein-Barr virus. Just before he died, Jason told his uncle, Dennis McGinnis, that if he couldn’t cure him, he wanted McGinnis never to forget him. McGinnis promised his nephew he never would, and he backed that up that same year by forming an organization called, “Jason’s Dreams for Kids, Inc.” Since its founding, the organization has raised funds and received donations to put smiles on the faces of hundreds of children suffering a life-threatening illness. “Jason’s Dreams for Kids is basically my whole life now. I do work in my printing business to put food on the table, but I spend more time with Jason’s Dreams for Kids trying to make a difference in young people’s lives,” said McGinn-


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is. People often ask him what to name one of the big wishes that were granted and he recalls a young man wanting to be in a movie with Sharon Stone, which they were able to fulfill. “Every wish is unique to the child and every child is different,” he added. “One boy didn’t want to accept a wish for himself. Instead he requested a comfortable chair for his mother, like the one she sat in by his hospital bed as she rubbed his arm to ease his pain until he fell asleep. To me that was a big wish,” said McGinnis. Jason’s Dreams for Kids, Inc. fulfills the wishes of children through a variety of fundraising events as well as individual and corporate donations. “We do what we can for the children with the financial resources we have. We have raised a little over $1,800,000 in 10 years and we have helped a lot of children,” said McGinnis. One parent, whose son was one of the first children helped by Jason’s Dreams for Kids, said they went to Disney World when he was just three. “He was on his father’s shoulders, saw Mickey, and had the biggest smile on his face. That was the first smile he had in about a year. My son is now 18 and I will never forget that trip.” She noted that Jason’s Dreams for Kids not only helps the children but also the families so that everyone can get away from what they deal with on a daily basis. She said the gift they give families is “unbelievable.”

McGinnis believes Jason’s Dreams for Kids is different than other organizations because “when a child comes to Jason’s Dreams for Kids I know their name. They are not just a number.” He explains further, “You get a phone call and suddenly you know that what you do is worthwhile. It is time well spent. You can’t measure that in dollars.” McGinnis emphasizes that Jason’s Dream for Kids, Inc. is not all about what he alone has done. “I have a team that believes in me. I don’t want to get all the rewards because without people believing in me, Jason’s Dreams for Kids would be nothing.” Do you want to help this organization? Jason’s Dreams for Kids, Inc. couldn’t exist without the efforts of their many volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, contact them at 732.758.0060 today! Another way to help is by donating, make a donation to Jason’s Dreams for Kids, Inc. so they can continue to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Remember, your donation is tax deductible. For more information, volunteer opportunities, or to donate, call Jason’s Dreams for Kids at 732.758.0060, email or visit them at


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Local Businesses & Individuals Join to Support Catholic Charities’ New Veterans’ Counseling Program Oktoberfest for Vets Kick-Off Fundraiser Held




he Monm o u t h C o u n t y Board of Catholic Charities, with the support of local businesses and individuals, raised $21,000 for a new trauma-focused counseling program for veterans in Monmouth County.

On September 22, 2012 “Oktoberfest for Vets” took place at The Parker House in Sea Girt. The event was co-chaired by Valarie DeFelice of Colts Neck, a member of the Monmouth County Board of Catholic Charities, and Melissa Marshall of Sea Girt. Major event sponsors included Circle BMW, The Allied Group, Advanced Coring and Cutting Corporation, The Guyler family, Manasquan Elks Lodge #2534, McGowan Builders, Inc., Belmar Fishing Club, The Griffin family, Damian Sylvia, George A. Miller, in memoriam, The Parker House and the Paul Marino Band. The counseling program will be available to those who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as veterans of other wars and conflicts and is scheduled to open in January of 2013. Associate Director of Children’s and Family Services for Catholic Charities, Robert Hodnett, said that there is a growing need to provide trauma-focused counseling to returning veterans in Monmouth County. “Symptoms related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are common and, nationally, there are reports that the suicide rates among young veterans is double that of the general population,” explained Hodnett. “These funds will help us get started in addressing these issues.” DeFelice added, “It was great to see so many people come out and support those that have sacrificed so much for all of us.” Ongoing support for the counseling program is necessary and private donations will continue to be gratefully accepted. To learn more about Catholic Charities or to make a donation to the program, visit and specify that you wish your contribution directed to the new Monmouth Veterans’ Counseling program in the additional comments field. Photo: The Monmouth County Board of Catholic Charities, with the support of local businesses and individuals, raised $21,000 for a new trauma-focused counseling program for veterans in Monmouth County. From left to right: Board members Tom Coyle, Barbara Willis and Oktoberfest for Vets co-chair, Valarie DeFelice, present a check to Robert Hodnett, Associate Director of Children’s and Family Services for Catholic Charities.

5th Annual 50/50 Cash Raffle – Drawing December 2nd! St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church kicked off their 5th annual 50/50 cash raffle last month with a tremendous start. Proceeds are currently $40,000 and half of the money will go to three raffle winners with the other half to the parish’s general fund. The previous winners shared in approximately $30,000 of prize money. With about another month to go before the drawing, there’s still time left to purchase your tickets

and get in on the action! Raffle tickets are $25 each. They are available between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the parish office located at One Phalanx Road in Colts Neck. The winning tickets will be selected and announced at the December 2nd Pancake Breakfast and the lucky ticket holders need not be present to win.

St. Mary’s Annual Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, December 2, 2012 • 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Come and join us for a great event featuring: great food, crafts, and a Special Visitor from the North. Adults are $5.00 and children 10 and under are $3.00.

Light Up a Memory for St. Mary’s Memory Tree The “Memory Tree” at St. Mary’s is ready to be decorated again – with an array of beautiful lights that people “purchase” in memory of or in honor of a loved one. A contribution of $10.00 entitles the honored one to a light and the inscription of his/her name in a special “Memory” book, which will be on display in St. Mary’s Gathering Space. Each $10.00 also entitles the donor to a lovely card to send to the recipient or the family of a deceased honoree. The deadline for reserving lights is December 2. Participants are also invited to the joyous tree lighting ceremony, with music by the choir and a reception, with delicious refreshments, after the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, December 22. To sponsor lights or for more information, call St. Mary’s at 732.780.2666 or the co-chairs, Molly Aiello at 732.946.7184 and Freda O’Doherty at 732.577.9541. All are invited to be a part of this lovely Christmas tradition. The memory lights will twinkle on the tree until the feast of Epiphany (“Three Kings”) on January 6. For further event details and questions on any of these events, contact St. Mary’s at 732.780.2666, email or go to NOTE: Since submissions to Community Magazine are made the previous month, please check the Weekly Bulletin or our website for possible changes.

The Sounds of Christmas Concert at Colts Neck Reformed Church What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than by listening to beautiful Christmas music in the sanctuary of the Colts Neck Reformed Church! Bells, instruments and voices of our Celebration Ringers, Alleluia Jazz and Jubilation! choir will combine in an afternoon of Christmas music at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9. Celebration Ringers is a 16-member high school handbell choir directed by Kay Brown; Alleluia Jazz is an instrumental group for high school age and older directed by Lyn Lewis; and Jubilation! is a vocal choir of 35 junior and senior high school age youth di-


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rected by Jeff Brown and Maggie Tripold. These three ensembles will perform arrangements of familiar carols and Christmas songs, along with some original Christmas music by contemporary Christian composers. Invite your family, friends and neighbors to this free concert which will be enjoyed by all ages! The Colts Neck Reformed Church is located at 72 County Road 537 West, ¼ mile west of the intersection of Routes 34 and 537. For more information, call Maggie Tripold at 732.462.4555.

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Raises Money for the Ashley Lauren Foundation

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n September 29, a group of Monmouth County residents were able to get a taste of the equestrian life thanks to the second annual Colts Neck Barn Tour sponsored by the Ashley Lauren Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to help New Jersey families with a variety of needs during every stage of pediatric cancer. An agreeable fall day and a donated school bus aided participants to visit four stables scattered throughout some of Colts Neck’s land that is still mostly untouched by big developers.

“I can’t believe I’m in New Jersey,” said Michelle Olton of Middletown, admiring the charming landscape while traveling to each destination. Olton is a long time supporter of the Ashley Lauren Foundation. Colts Neck spans 32-square miles and is known for, as the town’s name and most of New Jersey would have it, the farm community. Unlike many areas in Monmouth County today, the town still prides itself on the land that is used for horse farms. At Yellow Brook Farm, 27 horses are raised for long-term careers to be as efficient as a racehorse, but also graceful and esthetically pleasing. The 108-acre property is not only home to Hunter/Jumper horses, but also has alpaca, goats, and two Clydesdale horses. The Clydesdales are what keeps Executive Director Monica Vermeulen and the Ashley Lauren Foundation coming back to Yellow Brook Farm. Both horses are very mellow and children from the foundation occasionally come to ride them. To commemorate the farm and the opportunities it has given to some of the children from the Ashley Lauren Foundation, a “tree of hope” was previously donated to the farm. It stands caddy-corner from the stables. On the perimeter of the planted tree lies an engraved stone: “Hope & Help for Children with Cancer.”


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Events like the Barn Tour help the Ashley Lauren Foundation grow in terms of awareness and allow for funds to flow back to the children and families who need it most. Other contributors to the foundation are more than happy to go above and beyond what is asked.

a Jumper. In the large riding arena located just outside the barns, the horse cantered, trotted and jumped various fence heights— an impressive feat to any spectator. Stillwell Stables is also known for a successful program that allows children with disabilities to ride. There are horses specifically ridden for therapeutic purposes, including Sadie, a 30-year-old pony who’s loved by the children who ride her. Stillwell, who is known by many for her philanthropy, was pleased to have shared another experience in which she could combine her love for horses and help others by volunteering her time.

Carol Stillwell of Stillwell Stables first greeted the full bus of participants with a casted arm and a glass of red wine. Stillwell had a broken elbow from a riding accident, but is hopefully on the mend. “You’re our family, our guests,” she exclaimed. She waved her hands and flashed a big, warm smile. “One of the things I was taught was The 2012 Colts Neck Barn Tour was a when you have guests, you give them bread, hit among its participants and most imporfood—wine!” She graciously invited every- tantly helped the Ashley Lauren Foundation one on the Barn Tour to visit her property and raise awareness with yet another successful indulge in lunch and an overview of the two annual event. Vermeulen admits the task of stables where 20 horses currently stay. The heading the organization is always present. stables, where a majority of the horses are “It takes an army,” she says. But this army kept have an old-world feel; they are classic is always prepared to fight in the name of and quaint and the fixtures look as though hope and strength for all the children who they are antiques. The Victorian-style home have been touched by the good graces of on the property is recognized as a landmark the foundation. To find out more about how by the National Historical Society, and Still- to help the Lauren Ashley Foundation, or well is very proud to maintain what she be- find out about upcoming events, visit ashlieves is a very wonderful life. After touring the stables, one of the trainers at the stables gave a demonstration of what is expected of


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The Tradition Continues Holmdel Community United Church Of Christ Country Bazaar


or nearly a century, Holmdel Community United Church of Christ has hosted a country bazaar like no other. Even with the bar set high,

this year was no exception. “This is our 81st Country Bazaar. It’s a tradition,” said Reverend Russell Eidemann-Hicks. “This is the only fundraiser where the proceeds go directly to benefit the church,” he added.

Mouth-watering pies, homemade jams, jellies, pickles, candy, breads, and dog treats were featured at the Country Bazaar. Hot and delicious lunches were available for purchase for the patrons of the event. The church’s youth graciously took lunch orders, served the shoppers and reset the tables for the next guests. Marilyn Snead, coordinator of the bazaar, noted, “The dining room filled almost from the moment we started serving lunch. All of the foods served were homemade and included a variety of 10 to 12 home-baked desserts.” This reporter’s server, Megan, had a friendly smile and courteous manner that was praiseworthy, as did all of the youth, who did a commendable job serving all the guests. Outside, the Trash and Treasure site offered an amazing variety of new and gently-used items that included holiday decorations, toys, furniture, books, and a plethora of household items. The added bonus of searching through the entire area was finding that one item you didn’t even know you needed! No one left the Country Bazaar empty-handed. And so, the tradition continues!


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Custody disputes can be contentious and often require the involvement of one or more mental health experts. Typically a custody evaluation is performed by a psychologist. The evaluation generally consists of clinical interviews of the husband and wife individually and in tandem with the children. If the children are old enough, the expert will also interview the children outside the parents’ presence. Friends, relatives, teachers, doctors and other third parties with information to offer may also be contacted. The custody evaluator also administers psychological tests to the parents and older children. The results of these tests aid the evaluator in reaching conclusions about the family dynamics and the best interests of the children. A custody evaluation could span dozens of hours of interviews, testing and analysis and could take as long as six months to complete. The process culminates in a detailed written report in which the


psychological expert reaches conclusions about the children’s best interests, makes recommendations for the family’s future and explains his/her analysis. Mental health professionals sometimes perform a different, but no less important, role in a divorce case. Therapy or counseling is frequently provided to either or both parties to assist in coping with the enormous stress often caused by the divorce. Just as often, therapy for one or more child is an important ingredient in helping the children cope with the upheaval in their lives brought about by their parents’ divorce. Barring extraordinary circumstances, therapists (both the parties’ and the children’s therapists) are off limits in the divorce litigation. In this way people can be encouraged to obtain needed help for themselves or their children without fear that revealing their innermost thoughts will become ammunition against them. All too frequently, mental health professionals are called upon to conduct substance abuse evaluations. A parent who suffers with substance abuse issues may not be a candidate for custody. However, one who recognizes the seriousness of the issue and takes constructive steps to address it is often encouraged to become and remain an integral part of the children’s lives.

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The Friends of the Colts Neck Library proudly present their Annual Fine Art & Photography Show and Sale. The opening reception will be held on Friday, November 30 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Colts Neck Library, located at 1 Winthrop Drive. The show includes paintings, photography, sculpture, and pottery created by some of Colts Neck’s very talented residents. Consider starting your holiday shopping with the purchase of a piece of fine art. Each of the participating artists has agreed to give a portion of all sales to the Library Fund. These funds help upkeep the library and bring in outside programs for all. The Gallery viewing hours will be December 1, 2, 8 and 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


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n All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Dinner fundraiser was hosted by the Lincroft Inn for the benefit of the Lincroft First Aid and the Lincroft Fire Company Station 10 on October 15. Two seatings were available with each seating lasting two hours. The meal consisted of pasta, meatballs, bread, beverage and cookies. A cash bar was also available.

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Lincroft Fire Company member Ryan Clarke and Lincroft EMS first aider Bridget Matthews chaired the event. “This is our fourth time doing this and it has become more successful each time, which is fantastic,” said Mr. Clarke. He explained that Terry and Martha Daverio, owners of the Lincroft Inn, graciously supplied the food, water, soda and use of the Inn. He also noted that Executive Chef and General Manager Denise Wolf and Manager Brian Rauch have been more than accommodating to the Fire Company and EMS members. “Brian has been an integral part of all this as his staff helped us set up the tables early,” said Mr. Clarke. Close to 50 members served the dinner guests who arrived for the two seatings. Mr. Clarke explained that the proceeds from the pasta dinner would be split evenly between the Lincroft Fire Company and the Lincroft First Aid. The Lincroft Fire Company Station 10 is part of the Middletown Township Fire Department. Photo(Above): Close to 50 members of the Lincroft Fire Company Station 10 and the Lincroft First Aid gathered for a picture on October 15, 2012, with Terry and Martha Daverio, owners of the Lincroft Inn. The Daverios hosted a Pasta Dinner for the benefit of Lincroft’s First Responders.

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Annual Children’s Halloween Party Held at Trump National Golf Club


he annual Trump National Golf Club Children’s Halloween Party proved to be a treat - 250 members and their guests were greeted by the Grimm Ripper and Frankenstein on stilts! The children were taken into the mystical world of Trump with ghouls, mummies, witches and candy apple decorating. Kids gathered around for the Witches Story Telling and they finished up with the Spooky Magic Show! When the children weren’t moving through the spider webs in the clubhouse, they were enjoying the Spook Bounce House. As the kids were being wrapped as mummies, the adults enjoyed tarot card readings.

TRUMP NATIONAL GOLF CLUB Receives Plaque from Marines


ob O’Connell (left) and Ray Tweten (right) from the Marine Corp League of Freehold presented Trump National Golf Club a plaque for being a golf outing gold supporter – Heidi Bryski, General Manager, accepted on behalf of the Club. Trump National has supported the Marine Corp the past two years by donating a foursome of golf. Mr. O’Connell and Mr. Tweten represent 240 former marines from the Corporal Philip A. Reynolds Detachment. The former marines are from Monmouth and Ocean Counties. This detachment supports the Marines and other veterans on the home front and overseas.


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Veterans Memorial Park It is our privilege to say “thank you” to all of America’s veterans, by showing our appreciation for their service and honoring them for their sacrifices. On November 17 the Holmdel VFW post 5918 and the Office of Parks and Recreation will be hosting the annual Veterans Day Ceremony beginning at 10:30a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park (100 Telegraph Hill Rd.). Various Township groups and organizations will present wreaths in honor of the veterans. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend. For further information, please contact the Holmdel Office of Parks & Recreation at 732.946.2820 x1225 or email recreation@

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our hundred people attended the 5th annual Holiday Express Clambake sponsored by Shore Point Distributing Company, on September 23, on the beach at McLoone’s Pier House. An estimated $90,000 was raised to support the mission of Holiday Express. Attendees were treated to an evening of ocean breezes, a lavish buffet, dancing, and Top: Holiday Express office coordinator Ashley Hadar entertainment. The of Fair Haven and Board Member Donna Edington of night was a huge sucColts Neck. Bottom: The Holiday Express tent at cess made possible dusk. Photo Credit: Suzy Graham by generous individuals and companies who donated money, time, and auction items. Established by Tim McLoone in 1993, Holiday Express is a non-profit organization comprised of more than 1,400 volunteers, including 100 professional rock, jazz, folk, gospel and pop musicians. Holiday Express delivers music, food, gifts, financial support and friendship to those with the greatest need for the gift of human kindness during the holiday season and throughout the year. Don’t miss the Holiday Express Benefit Concerts coming this Holiday Season - December 13 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank and December 20 at NJPAC in Newark. For more information, please visit

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As the RSPA’s premiere fall community event each year, Ranney’s 2012 Fall Festival offered games, crafts, rides and activities for children of all ages. Families shopped the gently-used uniform sale, built their own scarecrows, painted pumpkins and sang their own versions of the popular song “Call Me Maybe” during “Ranney Idol” karaoke. Upper School students took turns handling the carnival games, while the Middle School students managed the infamous dunk tank. Students with a more artistic flair helped create the Haunted House, which produced a mixture of screams and laughter from those who entered.



s October arrived, R a nney School embraced the autumn weather with its annual Fall Festival hosted by the Parents’ Association (RSPA) on Saturday, October 6. A cherished tradition, Fall Festival began early Saturday morning with the final touches on the front field near Hope Road. Tents, petting zoos, carnival games and hayrides filled the area as an army of parent and Upper School student volunteers worked to prepare for the hundreds that would grace the Ranney campus that afternoon.

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Always at the forefront of the minds of Ranney families, community service also played a big role in the event. These initiatives included a campus-wide canned food drive to benefit the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and donations of gently-used Halloween costumes for Family and Children’s Services of Monmouth County from Lower School students. The day was an overall success, with happy children, accomplished athletes and families all ending the day with a smile. Although Fall Festival offers a multitude of fun, games, and activities, it is also a representation of Ranney’s values and the true significance of school unity, family, and giving back to the community.

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nce upon a time there was a little girl who loved to do forward rolls, cartwheels and even walk on her hands. Any chance she could get, she would roll out her mat and flip her body any way she knew how. As this little girl grew older, she realized she had a real talent; she realized her star. Her star was gymnastics and boy she really shined. When she did gymnastics it made her feel great, special and super important. Nothing brought her more joy than performing in front of other people and hearing them applaud her every performance.

Dear Boys and Girls, This story is written just for you. We want you to know just how amazing you are. We want to help you discover your star. Your star is what makes you different and unique. Like all of the stars in the sky make the nighttime bright, your star does the same here in your school, community and especially at home. Think about it. What is your star? What makes you different? What makes you special? Take time right now and write down at least five things that makes you special. Maybe you are smart, artistic, caring, creative or athletic. Go ahead and do it now. We will gladly wait. Use the space below.

She shined on the balance beam, she shined on the uneven bars and she shined on the vault. She shined so much that other people began to treat her differently. She was so different and so good that soon some people who used to think she was really good, started to feel really jealous of her. They stopped asking her to play with them. Her own gymnastics teammates wouldn’t even train with her anymore. Now the little girl felt alone and isolated. No one wanted to be near her; no one wanted to be her friend. She began to doubt her love for gymnastics and had thoughts of quitting. In fact, she told her mom, “Mom, if I can’t do gymnastics at another gym, I’d rather quit.” Her star was losing its shine, because of how other people were treating her. She was quickly forgetting how special she was. Fortunately, the little girl’s mother agreed to move her to another gym. The little girl lost quite a bit of her confidence and was very shy when she met her new teammates. To her surprise, all the girls smiled at her and told her they were happy she joined them. After doing gymnastics with her new teammates, she learned that they had stars too that shined just as much as hers. She began to feel comfortable again about her special talent and slowly but surely, the deep sense of joy that doing gymnastics used to give her returned and she was happy again. With thoughts of quitting far behind her, the little girl and her teammates grew older together and found themselves competing for Gold at the Olympics in London, England. The little girl is none other than Gabrielle Douglas, the 16 yearold gymnast from the United States of America who won the “All-around” Gold medal. The little girl who was bullied to the point of quitting, who almost lost her star and who almost gave up on herself, found the strength to overcome her fears and feelings of doubt. Gabrielle became her own “Mona Lisa;” she became and grew into her masterpiece. And she’s not done yet!

Great! See, you are amazing! Remember, no matter what you have been told by anyone else, you are special and amazing. And you will do amazing things with your life. What is great about kids; what is great about you is that you are a work in progress. You are a masterpiece in the making; a Mona Lisa in its beginning stages. It is incredibly exciting to think about what you will become. Did you know that each day is like a brush stroke on your painting and on the paintings of others? Each day is a chance for you to shine in your life and in the lives of others. When you do kind things for others; selfless acts, you are creating bright, bold strokes on your painting and theirs. However, if you are doing or saying negative things to yourself or others, you are creating dark smudges on your painting and the paintings of others. Even your thoughts can create good or bad strokes on a painting, because thoughts effect your actions. Think about it, if you say to yourself, “Today is going to be a horrible day,” most likely it will be a horrible day. However, if you say, “I am going to make today the best day ever,” most likely you will do amazing things and amazing things will happen to you. Do you ever doubt yourself? Do you ever doubt your ability to do something and say things like, “I can’t do it?” We know a lot of people who doubt themselves, so you are not alone. But we are going to share a story with you that we hope will change your way of thinking. Are you ready to hear a really good story? Good, let’s begin. 52

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You are just like Gabrielle Douglas. You have your times of doubt, but you also have your star. No matter what, you must remember how special you are and to never ever let anyone or anything come between you and your dreams! Here’s how special we think you are. We want to challenge you to do something you have never done before. November 17, 2012 is National Family Volunteer Day and we want to encourage you to use your talents; those things that make you shine, to make a difference in your school, community or church. Gather your friends and family and unite together to help those in need. You could help clean a park, visit a nursing home, or help the elderly in your neighborhood. There are lots of ways you and your family can make a difference in the life of someone in need. But you ask, “How is this going to help me?” Good question and here is the answer, “By helping others you help yourself. By giving to others, you make your star shine even brighter!” After you come up with a plan and you decide to go out and make a difference, let us know. We would like to highlight some of our awesome kids who are doing great things in their communities. Please submit your photos and volunteering story to us. You never know, you might just see your story in our next issue! (Please submit stories and photos to Until then, remember you are the greatest you there ever was, ever is and ever will be! Now go and be great!

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Holmdel Township Committee Announces Library Expansion Project


he Holmdel Public Library has been the little engine that could for years: doing its best to serve the Holmdel community despite significant obstacles, particularly its small square footage and an at-capacity collection. All that is about to dramatically change.

With the goal of more adequately and comfortably supporting the needs of Holmdel residents, the Holmdel Township Committee earlier this year formed an exploratory ad hoc committee to seek ways to improve and develop our library. This ad hoc committee consisted of a variety of community stakeholders: Holmdel residents, representatives of the Monmouth County Library Commission, and both local and county government officials.

In an attempt to balance budgetary constraints with the stated goals, the Township Committee has been proactive in defraying the cost of this project through collaborative efforts as well as the use Holmdel Library at its current state. of in-house support services. Township employees will be performing much of the actual construction work for the project. The goal is to raise the majority of outstanding funding needs through private donations. One of the local fundraising ideas will include the opportunity for local residents to purchase a ceramic naming tile in the design of a bookend or historical representation of the town, to be prominently displayed in the newly created library space.

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The focal point of this project, as identified by the ad hoc committee, involves expanding the library into the office space previously utilized by the Recreation Department. This will increase the size of the existing library space by approximately 50%. This expansion will enable much needed and requested enhanced services, such as:

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1. A new children’s area, providing space for the children’s and juvenile collections, and for activities such as crafts and story reading. 2. A separate young adult study area. 3. New meeting/media rooms fully equipped with state of the art audio visual equipment supplied by Monmouth County including new screens and projectors. In addition to enabling the library to expand its program offerings, these new rooms can be used for quiet/group study, as a venue for local community groups to meet or may be rented to local for-profit groups to hold permitted activities. Moreover, as all of the juvenile fiction collection will be relocated out of the current library space, all other collections will have room to grow. Special emphasis will be given to audio CDs and test & study guides and the very popular International collection. The Township Committee welcomes all interested persons to contact Township Committeeman Greg Buontempo at for more information and to find out how you can help in reaching our fundraising goal to make this great project a reality. Please look for our fundraising table display at the Holmdel Winterfest taking place on November 30, December 1 & 2, 2012 at Bayonet Farms. There will also be a display at the current Holmdel Township library during regular business hours.

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Oak Hill Academy supports the Red Bank CROP Walk

This Oak Hill 5th grader composed his own piano piece dedicated to the CROP Walk cause.

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he Cub Scouts of Holmdel Packs 131 and 331 gave back to a place near and dear to their (and their parents’) hearts. On September 22, a dozen scouts along with their parents tended to the landscaping and gardens at Village Elementary School in Holmdel. This was one of their four annual “Adopt a School Program” activities.

Oak Hill’s Student Council performed a rap and dance at the schoolwide CROP Walk rally.


n October 21 at Red Bank Regional High School, the Oak Hill Academy Student Council and their families and friends came out to support the Red Bank CROP Walk. This was the 32nd year of the Red Bank CROP Walk. CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) was created by Church World Services in an effort to end hunger throughout the world. The Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk is a 5-mile Walk/Run to help raise funds to fight hunger in Monmouth County as well as around the world. It is a cause that the Oak Hill Academy community has been supporting for the past 24 years. The Oak Hill Academy Student Council Executive Board and Project Coordinators led by their Student Council Advisor, Mrs. Linda Vacca, had been working in conjunction with Janie Schlidge, the CROP walk coordinator, to get the word out. On October 11, Mrs. Vacca’s group put on a school wide assembly to promote the event and get the OHA community excited to help this great cause. They made posters; performed a rap and choreographed dance routine as well as had one of our fifth grade students performed on piano to an accompanying PowerPoint presentation. Mrs. Schlidge spoke about the walk and thanked the Oak Hill Student Council and students for their support. Those that were unable to join Oak Hill Academy and the Red Bank CROP Walk were still able to help join the fight against hunger by sponsoring a walker or donating rice; beans or peanut butter.


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Inside the front courtyard’s Butterfly Garden, ambitious scouts weeded and planted. And even more scouts planted and tended the gardens near the main entrance and 2ndgrade windows. The beautiful Chrysanthemums and Kale, which were planted were specially purchased from Bayshore Greenhouses in Holmdel using generous donations from Bud and Carol Unanski and the Gestrich family (both of Holmdel). Bayshore Greenhouses also graciously donated several flats of vibrant pansies which were strategically positioned for maximum impact near the main entrance. After an hour of serious work, the scouts posed for group photos and enjoyed Italian ices. A wonderful time was had by scouts and parents alike. All are already looking forward to doing it again in the spring!

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olts Neck PTO sponsored the second annual Fitness Fun Day and Jog-A-Thon for the Primary, Conover Road Elementary, and Cedar Drive Middle Schools on October 5.

Stations offered activities such as tennis, basketball, Zumba, martial arts, obstacle course, and of course the jog around the field. At the elementary and middle schools, TNT Sports manned the tennis stations and Colts Neck Dojo manned the martial arts stations. All other stations at the elementary school were manned by volunteer mothers who were PTO members. At the middle school, Marilyn Piperno covered the Obstacle Course, Lisa Panacalli covered Zumba, and volunteers assisted with the basketball station. The children enjoyed the great music provided by Xplosive Entertainment. This event was sponsored by Colts Neck Dojo, Al Sessa from UBS, Seabreeze Cleaners, Cuozzo Orthodontics, Academy Bus Lines, Colts Neck Invisalign and Orthodontics, Let’s Yo, Sakoutis Brothers, SportsZone, SportsApparel, and Buhler Ford. PTO President Pamela Molloy said the event has now become a tradition. “The children looked forward to it this year and it is nice to see that it has been so well-received by everyone.”

Event Coordinator Justine Buzzetta noted, “It was a perfect day for having fun and getting fit. The Jog-A-Thon is our biggest fall fundraiser where the children reach out for sponsors to donate money as support for their efforts in becoming more active and healthy. All the children from pre-K to eighth grade participated and this year we raised over $15,000. We are very proud of our children and grateful for our volunteers and sponsors for their continued support. All of the proceeds from the Jog-A-Thon will be allocated to the teachers and students for school programs, technology upgrades, and special school-wide assemblies. We would also like to thank the Colts Neck First Aid Squad and Jim Schatzle for their support by spending the day at the Primary and Elementary schools to show the children the ambulance, answering their questions, and attending to any of the children’s needs.” Each student received a Jog-A-Thon t-shirt and was given apples and water.

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eighbors-Helping-Neighbors is a cost free, highly successful peer-led volunteer job search networking and support group targeted to individuals who are actively looking for work and interested in reinvigorating their job search. This group facilitated by Lenny Eng and Tom Finner, now meets at the Colts Neck Library with upcoming meetings on November 13 and 20 and December 11 and 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Membership is open to anyone in career transition, including unemployed or underemployed individuals and recent college graduates in the fields of business, non-profit and education, as well as people re-entering the job market, struggling small business owners, and anyone else who is looking for part-time or volunteer work. This group fosters the “pay it forward” model where group members assist each other in techniques and suggestions to improve their job search, offer strong support, and help with personal and professional networking to find a position. Resources are also available at the library to assist with computer job searches as well as other useful research materials by visiting the library webpage at and then going to the Services/Collections link and then to Career Information Center. All meetings that are library sponsored are free and open to the public. Stephanie Laurino is the branch manager at the Colts Neck Library. If you have any questions about the various programs or job related resources the Monmouth County Library has to offer, please give her a call at 732.431.5656.


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Visions of Hope Winter Ball Benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 6:30pm Addison Park Dinner, Dancing, Live Entertainment Silent and Live Auctions Ticket price: $150 or $275 per couple Proceeds benefit children affected with neuromuscular disease to attend “Happiness is Camping” Summer Camp in Hardwick, NJ during the first week of August. For more information, contact the MDA office 201.843.4452.

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Colts Neck PTO Presents

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n September 19, Dr. Mykee Fowlin, Actor/ Psychologist/Poet, made a visit to the Cedar Drive Middle School in Colts Neck. Mr. Rigby, the school’s principal, asked the PTO to fund the assembly through the mini grant program, which pays for great ideas to enhance the learning in the schools.

This was the kick-off to a change initiative that Mr. Rigby has been working on with the students, staff and parents for months. They are building on an idea of developing a core belief of being a community within the school environment. The school voted on what C-E-D-A-R should stand for and they came up with the acronym of C= community, E= education, D= dedication, A= acceptance and R= respect. As soon as you enter the school’s front door you see this new symbol on the wall to let you know what Cedar Drive stands for. It’s a daily reminder to everyone to stay true to who they are. Along with this new slogan, Mr. Rigby has broken up the school into advisory groups where 14-15 students get together and meet to discuss topics that relate to what kids of the middle school age are going through. Each of the 31 groups has 1-2 staff members, all grade levels represented and a mix of boys and girls. By doing this, the 6th graders will have a familiar face in the 7th and 8th grades and vice versa. If there is an issue that the students want to discuss, they have a forum to do so in and have a teacher that they know a little better if they need any help. It’s been a great way to bring the school together. On the kick-off day, Dr. Fowlin addressed the entire student body as a whole in an inspiring assembly. His approach is to teach everyone to appreciate each other for who they are in a comedic way. He had several characters that he portrayed, and all the students received his message loud and clear. We need to refrain from judgment when first meeting someone and we are all super heroes. “We all have the power to heal with our words.” He even had the entire audience repeat several times, “You are beautiful” and challenged everyone to smile at someone they didn’t know while walking down the school’s hallways. His message touched everyone; the students laughed, some shed a tear and all could identify with one or more of the characters that Dr. Fowlin portrayed. To end the day, the entire school met on the tennis courts in their advisory groups, displayed their team “flags”, were each given a t-shirt and competed against each other in scooter races. Parents were invited to join in on the fun and even donated water and ice pops for each of the kids. The feeling of unity was very strong and continues to grow each and everyday at Cedar Drive Middle School.

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here is something wonderful happening at the Conover Road Elementary School in Colts Neck. Monarch butterflies are fluttering about and the 3rd grade students are learning from them. Mrs. Plumfield, the science lab teacher, has created a hands-on learning experience for the students. She requested funds from the PTO through the mini grant program to develop the beautiful butterfly “Harmony Garden” using perennials and special annuals planted by each of the 3rd graders.

The third grade class was very fortunate to be able to take a special field trip over to Dorbrook Park in Colts Neck to find and gather milkweed, which is where the Monarch butterflies lay their eggs. The students are taught how to recognize the eggs and bring the plant back to the classroom to watch the cycle by which the egg turns into a caterpillar then chrysalis and eventually a beautiful butterfly. Once the butterfly has hatched, they tag each one (shown in the photo) so it can be tracked by the University of Kansas’ “Monarch Watch” program. This year the students tagged 20 butterflies and at the time of this story six were still in the chrysalis stage. The long journey that the monarchs take is taught. It is amazing that these delicate creatures can make the up to 3,000-mile journey to the trans volcanic mountains in Central Mexico. There they mate and make the journey back home to lay their hundreds of eggs. Mrs. Plumfield said, “It’s a very rewarding process and so wonderful to see the expressions on the children’s faces when the butterflies are released.” It’s a school-wide learning process. The 3rd grade teachers all have the book “Gotta Go! Gotta Go!” which is the age appropriate story of a caterpillar becoming a Monarch butterfly and its journey to Mexico. The chorus teacher teaches the students songs about butterflies and even in Spanish the students are learning butterfly words. In the summer, campers in the recreation program make sure to water the garden once or twice a week for Mrs. Plumfield so her garden would continue to flourish. The plans for the future look bright for the “Harmony Garden”. Mrs. Plumfield has a goal to have the garden become a certified Monarch Weigh Station. There are certain criteria that she will need to meet in order to obtain this status. One is to have milkweed growing on sight so Mrs. Plumfield has gathered milkweed seeds and has plans to plant them in the spring. The size of the garden may be getting bigger as well and benches are to be added so passers-by can stop and take in the beauty. Looks like life is in harmony with learning at the Conover Road Elementary School.


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Holmdel Girls 10U All-Shore Softball Association 2012 National League Champions


n Sunday, October 21, Holmdel’s 10U girls’ travel softball team won the All-Shore Softball Association National League Championship at Cross Farms by defeating Matawan 4-3 in the semifinals and Berkeley 16-11 in the Championship game. This championship was a team effort – not won by one person, but a group of twelve hard-working girls who committed to practicing and playing their best throughout the season. The team was known for their exceptional defense and timely hitting and the top-seeded Hornets finished the season 11-1, outscoring their opponents a combined 142-57. This inaugural 10U team, comprised of Holmdel sixth graders and two fourth graders, was newly formed in the summer and geared to play for the fall season. Parents and coaches are extremely proud of the team, the strides they have made, and are looking forward to building on this success for the upcoming spring 2013 season.

SAINT LEO THE GREAT WELCOMES FALL with their First Annual Parish Picnic


n Sunday, September 23, approximately 600 Saint Leo the Great parishioners gathered to celebrate the Church’s first annual parish picnic. Deacon Richard Tucker provided some background on the origins of the event. ”With the encouragement and support of our pastor, Father John Folchetti, our team wanted to host an event that would bring people together, and ensure that everyone had a good time.”

Left to right are the Picnic Committee: Randy Gabrielan, Christina Gisondi, Pat Kohl, Rich Tucker, Erin Cotterell, Rita Cotterell and Phillip Goldman

Front row: Francesca Peloro, second row, left to right: Caitlyn Joyce, Corinne Migliazza, Marissa Campasano, third row, left to right: Anna Briamonte, Jenna Camal, Tara Musialowicz, Allison Yan, Sarah Gonzalez, Kylie Quinn, Isabella Martinez, Abbey Quirk, back row, left to right: Coaches John and Janice Migliazza, Jim Quirk, Chris Briamonte and John Martinez

Holmdel FC U7 Boys Ajax

Left to right: Saint Leo’s principal Neil Begley with wife Jayme, Angela Dwyer, Father John Folchetti and Paul Dwyer

Participated in First Tournament!

Children gather around the ice cream truck at the 1 st Annual Saint Leo’s Parish Picnic

On October 13, the Holmdel FC U7 boys Ajax played in the 2nd annual LMSA Howling Halloween Soccer tournament in Manchester, NJ. This was the boys first ever tournament, and they posted wins against Stafford and LMSA, and a tie against Cherry Hill. For more information about Holmdel FC, please visit their website at www. Photo: Dressed as Blue M&M’s for the Halloween tournament: Joe Nocco, Brady O’Connor, Todd Julian, Luke Brand, Danny Cook, Ryan Cohen, Cade Jacobs, Conor Mellor, Chaz Petruzzi, Kieran McLean, Lawrence Mancino, Alex Kemp and Patrick Sharpe.

The picnic took place in the newly created picnic grove area on the church grounds, which was the perfect setting to share food and fellowship. Many took advantage of the beautiful sunny afternoon to enjoy volleyball, bocci ball, basketball, and other outdoor activities. Children were transformed into flowers and superheroes by a professional face-painter, and then several showed off their vocal skills at the Karaoke Corner. Food was plentiful, masterfully prepared by volunteers from the parish. In the late afternoon, an ice cream truck arrived to provide the perfect cool treat to end the action-packed day. All in all, over 100 volunteers turned out to set up, staff, and clean up the successful event. Father John was gratified at the turnout. “It’s fantastic!” he said, and then added, “Parish is family and families need to gather and celebrate.”

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