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

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

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


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

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

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

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The Circus Is Coming to Town! Step right up, it’s circus time! Your tots to tweens will have a ball at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s latest show Built to Amaze. Elephants? Check. Tigers? Check. Acrobats. Check They’ll all be there. And of course other talented crew from clowns to tight-rope walkers will thrill the whole family. Most shows have an all access pre-show where kids 10

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can get in on the action and meet the entertainers. And an animal open house allows your fam to see the animals up close before the show begins. You won’t want your kids to miss the opportunity to see the greatest show on earth, so step right up and get your tickets now!

Prudential Center, Newark Wednesday, February 27 – Sunday, March 3 Times Vary IZOD Center Wednesday, March 6 – Sunday, March 10 Times Vary Atlantic City Thursday, April 18 – Sunday, April 21 Times Vary

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

Izod Center Friday, February 15 – Saturday, February 16 7:30 PM & 7:00 PM Prudential Center Saturday, February 16 | 1:00 PM Sun National Bank Center, Trenton Saturday, March 9 | 7:30 PM Collins Arena, Lincroft Thursday, March 14 | 7:00 PM

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

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

Pine Belt Arena, Toms River Wednesday, April 10 | 6:00 PM show Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank Thursday, April 11 | Time TBD Best Buy Theatre, NYC Sunday, April 21 | 1:30 PM or 4:30 PM show

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

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aniela Olt, a sweet and kind 10 year old girl from Colts Neck, was watching the news with her mom after Hurricane Sandy hit her beloved state of New Jersey. What she saw made her react, seeing the children devastated by Hurricane Sandy saddened Daniela, and she has but one wish – to help every child have comfort and safety, especially during times of sadness, by providing a new stuffed animal and book to each child so they can hug it and call it their own. Her parents and teachers have shared with her the good news that caring people are sending food and supplies, but she started to think about what she could do to help. She was reminded of what keeps her happy—her stuffed bunny and books. She is no stranger to helping others, in 2010, after watching the devastation in Haiti from the earthquake, she sent over 1,000 boxes of cookies and 300 stuffed animals to Haiti. Let’s help Daniela’s goal of 1,000 stuffed animals and books, you can email to learn how you can help OR you can send all packages or donations to: Daniela’s Wish P.O. Box 296 Colts Neck, NJ 07722

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food we eat to live, we also require food in the form of play, fun, touch, romance, intimacy, love, achievement, success, appreciation, excitement and adventure. All of these are essential forms of nourishment that determine the extent to which our lives feel enjoyable, fulfilling and worthwhile. Many times we just scratch the surface in trying to eliminate bad habits or behavior. Instead we need to find the cause or driving force behind it.

e shake our noisemakers, blow our horns and raise our glasses hoping for a new year filled with happiness, health and prosperity. Every year many of us vow that this time we will lose weight, quit smoking, drink less, spend more time with our families or improve our financial picture. Sound familiar? Good question. Do you find yourself year after year making the same resolutions only to be disappointed, yet again, that you didn’t achieve what you resolved to do? Many of us stay committed to our resolutions for a couple of months only to find ourselves falling flat as we become tired of the restrictions and discipline it takes to achieve what we desire. But ask yourself, why? Why do most resolutions fail? The answer may


“I’m so stressed out” is a chart topper and the number one reason people declare as to why they can’t change a bad behavior or habit. Try this easy but most effective solution. Write down the top three things that “stress you out,” and come up with a game plan to eliminate or reduce what is making you most anxious. It’s not as hard as you think and you will be amazed at how much better you look, feel and sleep!


surprise you. Believe it or not, it’s all about the food, primary food that is. Primary foods are not actual foods that feed our bodies, but foods that feed our spirit. As much as we require the

“I don’t have time” is a close second in the race for failed resolutions. Think about it. Feeling like there is no time to stop and smell the roses or enjoy the fruits of your labor can lead to a whole host of negative effects on the body such as aches and pains, lack of sleep, weight gain, and accelerated aging. Father Time waits for no one. Therefore, if you miss your opportunity, you can’t get it back. Take 45 minutes a day for yourself. Yes, you can do that. Whether it’s exercise, reading, a spa service, cooking or meditating, you’ll be much more relaxed throughout your day when you have your special down time to look forward to.


Take a moment and see if any of the factors listed below are responsible as to why you can’t achieve the goals and resolutions you set out to accomplish year after year. Then follow the suggestions to help you conquer the monkey on your back once and for all and be the best you can be!

“I don’t have the money.” For many this is not an excuse, but a reality of the changing economic times. Be flexible and creative. There are many things to do individually or with your family that are inexpensive and budget friendly. Go to a matinee or an early bird dinner. Browse online for coupons or weekly specials. Museums and local parks are a great source of history and entertainment that are fairly light on the wallet. Fitness centers are more affordable than ever and offer many levels of membership.


“If you made me feel more…” appreciated, loved, beautiful, wanted? Sound familiar? What would you do if you did feel all of the above? Would you be happier? Of course you would. However, if you are not in a fulfilling relationship, but rather one that is causing emotional stress or low self esteem, you need to address it with that person immediately. Don’t suppress your feelings. They only manifest themselves in a negative way. Only you can decide what you are deserving of and a loving relationship is one of them.

By incorporating a variety of healthy primary foods into your life and addressing what is missing or needs changing you will undoubtedly stick to the New Year’s resolutions you make this year. This year resolve to pay more attention to what makes you truly happy and make it the best year of your life!

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olts Neck Schools and the PTO held a community-wide event, “Colts Neck Cares” on November 16 at Cedar Drive Middle School to benefit students of Memorial School in Union Beach, as well as several teachers in the district who had significant property losses. During the two and a half hour event, several hundred people dropped by to offer their help.

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Thousands of books were donated so that Union Beach Library could restock their shelves. Hundreds of cards were made by Colts Neck students offered heartfelt messages of support and encouragement. The cards will accompany the books when delivered. Donations of gift cards from Target, WalMart, ShopRite, Lowes, Home Depot, and Best Buy were collected to help district teachers who experienced devastating loss due to the hurricane. Mr. BJ Willis, music teacher at Conover Road Primary School, played his guitar while the younger children sang a variety of songs. An amazing Bake Sale was also held that included several tables filled with cupcakes, cakes, and cookies. Key to this event was the Cedar Drive Hunger Team, who had been collecting for the Food Bank since September. When Hurricane Sandy hit, the Hunger Team was asked to step up its drive because the Food Bank became the primary provider of food to hurricane survivors and utility workers. During the event, the Hunger Team was available to collect cash donations. The Food Bank noted they would be able to provide three meals with a $1 donation. Colts Neck Mayor Jarrett Engel, State Senator Jen Beck, President of the Colts Neck Business Association Glen Dalakian, and Parks and Recreation Director Thom Hennessey stopped by to show their support as well. “We were thrilled with the turnout, from not only the families from our schools, but also by the large turnout from the entire community as a whole. The generosity from everyone there was just so great. We were able to raise over $9,000, and a mountain of books were donated. I am proud to be a member of such a caring community!” said Colts Neck PTO President Pamela Molloy. More than $5,000 worth of gift cards were donated to support the teachers; more than $1,800 was raised to help the Food Bank; and nearly $2,000 was raised from the Bake Sale. Donations are still being accepted. Gift cards for the teachers and checks or cash for the Food Bank should be put in separate sealed envelopes labeled either “Cedar Drive Food Bank Collection,” or “Teacher Gift Card Collection”. Students can bring in the donations to their teachers or parents can drop them off directly at the main offices of each school.

TOP - Left to right: On hand to help at Colts Neck Cares on November 16 are PTO Board members Stephanie Shubert, Patti Riddle, Cathy McNeill, Justine Buzzetta, Tricia Krietzberg, Pam Molloy, and Marian Castner (not pictured is Ellen Schauer). BOTTOM - Left to right: PTO Board member Marian Castner, Conover Road Elementary School Music teacher Mrs. Debra Tarby, and Conover Road Primary School Principal Mrs. Tricia Barr assisted in collecting gift cards for district teachers.

Your Survival Guide For The Holiday Party Season

Provided by Christine Schultz C.H.H.C Certified Holistic Health Counselor


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

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

Cocktails, Mixers and Shots Aside from being mostly sugar and high in calories, alcohol also lowers inhibitions, can trigger carbohydrate cravings and cause us to eat more than we normally would have. The remedy? After every drink, have a glass of water. Water will fill you up and prevent you from overindulging on your favorite spirits and tempting snacks like chips and dips. Best drinks to sip on are wine, light beer, champagne, spritzers of club soda based drinks, which all range from 90-150 calories per glass. Stay away from the sweet holiday martinis (i.e. chocolate, peppermint or cream). They can be up to 400 calories a glass!


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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William Kastning, Executive Director of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation, originally scheduled to speak for Monday, November 12, has been rescheduled to January 14. He will speak on the current work of the MCF as well as Holmdel’s role in development of the Alcatel-Lucent tract. The meeting will take place at the Holmdel Community Center on Crawford’s Corner Road, and is free and open to the public. For further information about CILU and CILU activities, please see our website at 26

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ancer Support Community presented its sixth annual “Celebration of Life” on October 18 at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale. It was a spectacular evening of food, wine, and fabulous fashions that were modeled by brave and gorgeous cancer survivors. This year, the Cancer Support Community welcomed the first “Celebration of Life” Ambassador, rock star and male breast cancer survivor Peter Criss of KISS, as well as Michelle Charlesworth, WABC news anchor, who was the emcee for the evening.

“Our Celebration of Life is always filled with joy, camaraderie, hope, compassion, and love as we honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage,” said Ilene Winters, Founder and Executive Director. Special honorees also recognized included community leader and philanthropist Tim McLoone, Cancer Support Community Board member Gary Weiner and Cancer Support Community volunteer Ellen Levine. Four hundred guests enjoyed a sampling of dishes from Monmouth County’s best restaurants, a variety of libations, delightful desserts and a fabulous auction. Following this, cancer survivors inspired everyone as they made their way down the runway wearing clothes by Stacy Gemma Everywhere and Macy’s. Cancer Support Community noted that donations were continuing to arrive, which added to their hopes of surpassing a goal of $100,000. One of the models, Jennifer Lukowiak, a Colts Neck resident who wrote a book about her journey through breast cancer, shared what this event meant to her. “I became involved in the Celebration of Life event about six months ago. I had always wanted to participate because I have been in the fashion industry for the past 20 years. This was the year I finally made the time to do it and I am so glad I did! Initially, I had asked ‘How can I help?’ and ‘What can I do?’ I figured I could help organize outfits, coordinate accessories, or dress models. But since I am a survivor, the ladies at the Cancer Support Community insisted that all they wanted me to do was model. It was so funny because I had always been on the other side of the runway, never on the runway. I wasn’t sure if I had the nerve to get up there in front of everyone. As our hair and make-up was getting done at the Glen Goldbaum Salon in Red Bank and I had the opportunity to meet and bond with the other survivor models I became more excited. By the time the music began playing I had been reminiscing about all I had been through just to get here. I felt pretty, and powerful, and invincible. So I just jumped up on that runway to my favorite song, ‘Walk This Way,’ and had a great time. It was truly an amazing event, the work and dedication that goes into it is just awe inspiring. I’m grateful for the many wonderful new friends I’ve made that also modeled. It is now a very cherished memory!” The mission of the Cancer Support Community is to help people affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in professional programs of emotional support, education and hope. With more than 100 free programs offered each month, participants are able to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope regardless of the stage of their disease.


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TOP - Left to right: Adria Rothfeld, Barry and Alexis Goldsmith, and Vicky Puckett enjoy the event. MIDDLE - Left to right: Charlie Parton, Trudy Parton, Tim McLoone, and Evelyn Haas gather for a photo. BOTTOM - Celebration of Life Ambassador Peter Criss and cancer survivor/model Stephanie Cartier.

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olts Neck resident Allison Linnell, 22, competed in her first IRONMAN World Championship, which consists of 140.6 miles, and won first place in her age category. The event took place October 13, 2012 on Kona, the Big Island of Hawaii.



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Allison, a 2008 graduate of Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST), ran all four years of high school in both cross country and track at Colts Neck High School. Upon graduation, she attended the University of Washington in Seattle where she ran cross country and track up until the end of cross country in her senior year. Currently living in Miami, Florida, Allison attends the University of Miami and is in the MBA program. Although Allison thoroughly enjoyed running and racing, she had made a pact with herself to stop when she no longer enjoyed it. “This gradually happened throughout my college running career, which was less than stellar and plagued with injuries. I finally made the decision to stop running at the Division I level after cross country in 2011 and instead try cycling. I started riding my bicycle every day and did not think I would ever even run again. Lo and behold, after about a month without running I was itching to get back out running again. I started to run however hard and far I wanted to each day and made sure I was having fun!” she said. Allison noted that she had always wanted to compete in an IRONMAN to test the limits of her body and see how much she could endure. “I decided to start training for an IRONMAN, but not just any IRONMAN race, the World Championships!” After researching on how to qualify, she found that she could do a half IRONMAN distance race and signed up on December 31. Not realizing how much training was required, Allison just kept on riding her bike and running whatever distance she wanted to each day. “In May, three days before a marathon in Tacoma, Washington, I decided to enter myself as a birthday present. I hopped in the marathon and surprised myself by doing quite well.” Through a friend, Allison connected with Larry O’Shea, who coached her for the half IRONMAN, which was only six weeks away. “He helped me immensely. More than just giving me workouts and encouragement each day, he also provided me with knowledge about racing, helped me to quell my nerves, and always had an open ear to my worries and concerns.” After getting the spot for the full IRONMAN World Championships at the half IRONMAN race in June at Buffalo Spring Lake in Lubbock, Texas, Allison put in some serious training over the summer to prepare for October’s competition in Kona. “Over the summer, I was training about 20 to 23 hours per week with one day off, taking long rides and long runs on the weekends, and faster intervals or tempo runs during the week. I am so incredibly grateful for all of the help and support Coach O’Shea offered. I would not have had such a successful year without his guidance.”

In the IRONMAN World Championship competition, Allison competed in the Women 18 to 24-year old category. This Triathlete competed in swim, with a result of 1:03:18; cycling, with 5:41:03, and a run time of 3:27:55. Her TR1 (transition 1), which is when she had to arrange her bike gear to transition from the swim to the bike was 2:12; her TR2 for the run gear for the transition from bike to run was 2:05. Her total time was 10:16:31. Allison placed first out of 27 women in her category. Two days before the race, her sister sent her a message that nearly makes her cry each time she reads it. “I am so excited for you right now! I remember being in the running store in Middle school and you saw an IRONMAN award. You said you were going to do one, and I believed maybe about 1% of it. And now, you proved wrong the 99%. I’m SO, SO proud of you right now…so go out there and own that IRONMAN. You’re amazing. GET IT GURL!!” As for whether Allison will do this again, she enthusiastically says, “Yes, I will be doing an Ironman again! I am addicted and am itching to do another one. Crossing the finish line was literally the most incredible moment of my entire life.” She offers these words to high school students, “I would suggest waiting until you are at least in your 20’s to do an IRONMAN. It is an incredible amount of mental and physical stress on the body, both training and racing. For the next year or two, I will probably only be racing the half IRONMAN distance and shorter. Athletes typically do not physically peak for the full IRONMAN distance until they are in their late 20’s and 30’s.” For anyone who considers doing an IRONMAN, Allison says, “Anything is possible, so never lose sight of your goals. It was incredible to watch the vast diversity of finishers, from people wearing full firefighting suits for the marathon to people who were crossing the line and over 80 years old! It was such an inspirational experience.” In her blog, Allison describes how she felt nearing the finish line. “Tears started flowing down my face, tears of joy, relief, and excitement. ‘Allison Linnell, you are an IRONMAN!’ I don’t remember the announcer saying this but people assure me that it did indeed happen. After hours of training through thunder storms, sideways rain, blistering mid-day heat, and through the breakdowns and setbacks, and the triumphs and friendships, I had achieved one of my goals. Each and every second of my journey, smiles and tears alike, was worth it, for I had become an IRONMAN. To date, this was the most incredible moment of my entire life.” Read more about Allison’s journey on her website at or Twitter her @allisonlinnell.

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n December 2, the sevMrs. Zilinski noted that the famienth annual Lt. Dennis W. ly feels blessed having so many volZilinski II Memorial “Run unteers to help with the Run. She With Dennis” took place believes her son Dennis would be at PNC Bank Arts Center pleased with the results of the event. in Holmdel. Holding this 3.5-mile run “I think he would be totally amazed and 2.0 walk is just one of the many at all we did and all we accomplished ways in which Marion and Dennis Zi- in his name. He would be absolutely linski have chosen to honor their son’s honored to know how many people memory and spirit for life. All pro- participate in this and think about ceeds raised on behalf of the Lt. Den- him.” Some of the things the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund are nis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund has used to support programs that assist helped with are adopting the entire wounded soldiers and their families, New Jersey Army National Guard Unit, and to provide scholarships in Den- based out of Teaneck, which consists nis’ name to his alma mater, Christian of 140 soldiers who were deployed to Brothers Academy. The Fund strives Afghanistan. The Fund has also been to improve the morale and welfare of able to provide for wounded soldiers members of the United States Armed who suffer from PTSD and TBI with Forces and their families and provides service dogs which help the soldiers scholarships that invest in the future become acclimated to a normal life of high school students who embody again. “The first two soldiers receiving the leadership qualities and commu- the service dogs are from New Jersey, nity spirit of Lt. Zilinski. which is really special,” said Mrs. Zilinski. Recently, the Zilinskis were in During the opening ceremonies, Washington, D.C. on “The Pet Show” the Zilinskis presented a hand crank promoting the Sgt. Denny Project, bike to Len Lacina, a wounded soldier which provides care packages to milifrom South Amboy, who is complete- tary working dogs serving our country ly disabled. A monetary donation was in Afghanistan. made to a wounded warrior, who is an Airman from McGuire Air Force For more information about the Lt. Base. They also issued scholarships to Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund eight students from Christian Broth- and the Run With Dennis event, visit: ers Academy. Joseph Salgado, Dennis’ Donations roommate when he was at West Point, may be sent to: Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski arrived from Chicago for the event. Memorial Fund, PO Box 35, Holmdel, New Jersey 07733.


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TOP: Walkers put their best smiles on and wave the American flag around before the start of their 2 mile strut. BOTTOM: Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund’s board members and the Zilinskis with Len Lacina (front), who was presented with a hand crank bike during the opening ceremonies.

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familiar sign sat again on the grounds of Oak Hill Academy during October. It read: “Congratulations! Oak Hill Academy 1st Place – CBA Math Contest.” In fact, it was the fourth consecutive year to win this honor.

The 2012 team, coached by Mrs. Palamara, came in 1st place on October 20! Fifteen schools competed in the private/parochial division. Each school sent eight students with the five highest individual scores being counted for the team score. Eighth grader, Jacob Yatvitskiy, won the entire competition, coming in 1st place! It was quite an accomplishment! Also receiving trophies and placing in the top ten were: Gilbert Rashkovsky (3rd place), Jasmine Shen (4th place), and Harry Jain (5th place). Oak Hill was the only school to place four students in the top 10! No other school even placed three students in the top ten! Also competing were: Aneesha Doshi, Cameron Gruss, Evan Semet, and Matthew Prince.

In a look back over Oak Hill Academy’s 32 years of existence, Oak Hill has been fortunate to have much success in this prestigious math contest. Only the top five schools are awarded a trophy. Oak Hill Academy has achieved 23 years for a top five finish (11 first places, seven second places, three third places, two fifth places) and three years for a top ten finish. For the last fifteen years, OHA has had twelve 1st place individuals, (Richard Tapnio, twice, Laura Budzyna, Matthew Rydzak, Bill Toth, Dmitry Vagner, Steven Castellano, Vicky Lee, Julian Gau, (twice), Gilbert Rashkovsky, and Jacob Yatvitskiy). No other school can claim such dominance!


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ne of the most important issues to be resolved when getting divorced is the distribution of marital assets and liabilities. Houses, bank accounts, stock, pensions, small businesses and a myriad of other assets must be divided. Credit card balances, bank loans and many other types of debt must also be apportioned between the spouses. How is this to be done?

Peter C. Paras is a shareholder in the Family Law Firm of Paras, Apy & Reiss, P.C. For more information please see the firm’s website at www. The information in this article is not intended as legal advice. For legal advice you should consult your attorney.

One misconception is that assets are automatically divided equally. Although in many cases assets are divided equally, that is by no means a foregone conclusion. In fact, our law does not require an equal distribution. It requires an equitable distribution. Thus, different assets can be divided in different proportions in the same case. The facts surrounding the acquisition, maintenance and growth (or loss) of each asset are considered in determining how to fairly apportion that asset. Equitable distribution is a three step process. First, the assets that are subject to equitable distribution must be determined. Second, a value must be established for each asset. Third, an equitable distribution of each asset must be arrived at after considering numerous relevant factors. Generally, assets acquired between the date of the marriage and the date a complaint for divorce is filed are subject to equitable distribution. There are, however, exceptions. Some assets acquired


during the marriage may be excluded (e.g., inheritances). Some assets acquired before the marriage may be included and sometimes assets acquired after the complaint is filed (though earned before it is filed) may be subject to division. Debts are also divided as part of equitable distribution. Commonly considered factors include the amount of each debt, the reason each debt was incurred and the time each debt was incurred. Once the marital debts are identified and the amount of each debt is determined, debt is divided with the assets. Many other factors may come into play in deciding how to divide assets and liabilities. Tax consequences associated with certain assets may be different. Interest rates and other returns on investments may be different. The ability of a party to utilize an asset now or in the future may be significantly different. Some assets may have a longer term for maturity than others, resulting in penalties (and, therefore, a diminishment in value) if cashed earlier. The list of potential additional considerations is nearly endless. As in most areas of family law, these issues are extremely fact sensitive and independent legal advice about the specifics of each case is essential. Generalities are dangerous and may create unrealistic expectations and incorrect decisions.

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Create Blankets for Ronald McDonald House For their first meeting this year, Daisy Troop 363, led by Danielle Cannon, Anissa Quirk and Dawn Zolek made ‘NoSew-Throw’ blankets. The blanket comes in a kit that includes two pieces of fabric where each side is cut and frayed and then bound together by knotting the ends of each of the four sides, right over left and left over right.

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Colts Neck Lions Club members in attendance at their annual Pancake Breakfast.


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olts Neck Lions Club Pancake Breakfast held on October 27 at Colts Neck Reformed Church marked a 17-year tradition that the community graciously supports each year. Although there are generally close to 400 breakfasts served each year, the threat of Hurricane Sandy kept many attendees away. Regardless of the less than usual attendance, the ever-energetic and friendly Lions prepared and cooked the breakfasts and took time to visit with those who did stop by. These Lions take their motto “We Serve” seriously, so whether their were 400 guests or 4, members of the Colts Neck Lions Club gave 110%.

Event Chair David Heck noted that members of the Colts Neck High School Leos Club served the breakfasts and cleared the tables. “They also did face painting, pumpkin painting, and helped out wherever needed.” He added that the numerous local sponsors who support this event help to ensure its success. “We have a great time serving the community through our pancake breakfast and we are thankful to the sponsors who are so loyal to us each year,” said Heck. He mentioned that children are encouraged to come in Halloween costumes, and many of them do.


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The Oak Hill Kindergarten led the Pledge of Allegiance and sang following the presenting of colors by the US Marine Corp 6th Motor Transport Battalion to start off the Veteran’s Day Assembly.

“In Flanders Fields the Poppies Blow . . . “ this was the opening stanza of the John McCrae Poem, “In Flanders Fields” that was the inspiration behind the Veteran’s Day assembly at Oak Hill Academy on November 29. Originally scheduled for November 8, this magnificent performance needed to be moved due to the effects of the super storm; however, no storm could deter Oak Hill Academy from its annual ceremony that intends to honor our veterans as well as teach our children about the importance of service to our great nation. Written, directed and produced by OHA’s own Patrice Murray, this year’s performance utilized members of the Oak Hill Family both past and present to recognize what members of the armed forces have sacrificed for all of us over the years.

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HIS TOWN’S Colts Neck Mayor Jarrett Engel addresses members of the OEM team during a briefing regarding Hurricane Sandy.


his story is about the frustration of a Mayor from a small town who utilized what was available to take care of his community. “This renewed my idea of the strength in the little guy who calls the White House and gets heard,” shared Mayor Engel. Following the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in August, 2011, a JCP&L representative attending a Colts Neck community meeting stated that those communities who are without power and who have septic systems and well water would be a priority by JCP&L. Lack of power to run their septic systems or to get running water through wells meant no toilet usage, no running water, no heat. Colts Neck uses septic systems and well water. Colts Neck Mayor Jarrett Engel.

During Hurricane Sandy, Colts Neck Mayor Jarrett Engel was listening to updates on power outages and heard that towns that were heavily populated were a priority for the restoration of power. He realized that what JCP&L had said about towns with septic systems and well water being a priority was not the case. “I would go to seniors’ homes every night and do house checks to see how they were doing during the storm,” said the Mayor. He noted that many did not have the strength to put buckets of water down the tank of their toilet after using them, so their situation was becoming unhealthy. “It was very sad and I knew something had to be done.”


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He then heard President Obama say that if anyone who was in charge of a municipality was frustrated and not getting answers they should call the White House. “I realized that going through normal channels was not getting us anywhere and I needed to find another solution through another channel. So I called the White House,” said Mayor Engel. After being placed on a conference call with several people, he reached a Senior Official from FEMA who happened to be driving with the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Energy. “I told him about the potentially dangerous conditions for residents who relied on septic systems and well water and who, without power, were also subject to the possibility of hyperthermia, especially the elderly and infants. After hanging up the phone with me he turned to the Assistant Secretary and told him what I had said.” Mayor Engel had explained that the concerns of Colts Neck were unique, that although residents did not lose their homes because of the hurricane, their septic systems and well water needed power in order to be used and lack of both of these meant their homes were inhabitable. Within a short time, the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Energy sent a message to Mayor Engel that he was coming to Colts Neck by Black Hawk helicopter to meet with the Mayor at an undisclosed time and location to discuss the situation. The Mayor, Assemblywoman Carolyn Casagrande, Office of Emergency Management Director and Police Chief Kevin Sauter, Deputy Mayor Michael Fitzgerald and other members of the Colts Neck EMS were present at the meeting with the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Energy. Governor Christie was apprised of

the situation and within 10 hours, over 50 line crews were dispatched to Colts Neck and stationed at Becker Hardware on Route 34. The Department of Energy was treating the situation as a sanitation problem and the extra line crews who arrived were from Missouri and Alabama. “My fellow Committeemen and I drove around Colts Neck checking to see who had power and who did not and then alerting and directing the crews where to go,” said the Mayor. Through the use of the Reverse 911 system, the Mayor was able to alert the heads of all the organizations in town who then passed information on to members in the community. It was an elaborate system of neighbors helping neighbors. “We were like a finely tuned orchestra, from the EMS, volunteers at comfort stations, police department, fire company, even having the trees cut down away from the wires and getting our roads clear so the crews could focus directly on restoring power. It was just incredible how the community came together,” he said. During his meeting with the official from the Department of Energy, Mayor Engel told him that once Colts Neck was up and running, he would offer assistance to Union Beach in their restoration efforts. “I wanted to keep that promise; now the Township of Colts Neck has officially adopted the town of Union Beach. I recently toured Union Beach with a township official and Colonel Jim Sfayer of Colts Neck. I have spoken to the Mayor of Union Beach and will continue to do so weekly. This will be a daunting task, but I am confident the community of Colts Neck is up for that challenge.” The mission to help Union Beach has been called Operation Provide Comfort, and this long term commitment will continue “until they are back on their feet.” At Press time, it was learned that eight containers, 4x20’plus 4x40’ had been delivered to the Union Beach Police Department parking lot to be used for storage of non-perishable foods – just one example of Operation Provide Comfort. Mayor Engel acknowledged and sympathized with communities that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. “I know every town is important and that so many lost their homes and even lives were lost. I feel for the people in those towns.” He explained that ultimately, his priority is to his community. “My job as Mayor is to do what is best for the residents of Colts Neck and that is what I did when calling the White House.” On December 2, prior to the Tree Lighting festivities, a Volunteer Recognition ceremony was held. During this time, the Mayor acknowledged over 100 volunteers who helped during the storm and presented them with the Mayor’s Appreciation pin. Mayor Engel also issued a Proclamation announcing that the day of the hurricane, October 29, would always be known as Volunteer Day in Colts Neck.

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riends of the Colts Neck Library held their opening reception for their thirteenth annual Fine Art Show and Sale on November 30. The show included paintings, photography, sculpture, and pottery created by 25 extremely talented township residents. Portions of the proceeds from the art sale are donated back to Friends of Colts Neck Library. Gallery viewing of the Art Show was held the first two weekends of December.

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Food was donated by Fireside Grill & Bar, Marlboro and wines were provided by Four JG’s Vineyards, Colts Neck for the opening reception. Left to right: Co-chairs Catherine Love, an artist who does pastel and multi-media painting, and Mil Wexler-Kobrinski, who does paintings and pottery welcomed fellow artists to the opening reception for the Friends of the Colts Neck Library Fine Art Show and Sale on November 30.

Left to right: Cathy Mumford, Mike Quinn, Paul Lenz, Harvey Phillips, and Ronit Kobrinski were just a few of the photographers whose submissions were displayed in the Show.



aint Mary’s Community Events Group held their fifth annual Advent Pancake Breakfast on December 2, serving between 500 to 600 people in the four-hour time frame set for the event. Men from the parish cooked the food and placed it buffet-style on a table. Youth from the church served and cleaned the tables. Other members of the Youth Group assisted the younger children in decorating a special bag filled with magic reindeer food.

The Social Concerns Group sold poinsettias and planned to make a donation to victims of Hurricane Sandy. A Super 50/50 offered a percentage of the total collection in three prizes. Crafts in the form of paper Advent wreath-making was offered by the Intergenerational Group, who were assisted by the youth in C.C.D. Of course the big attraction for the little ones was Santa, who stopped by the tables and invited children to meet him in his workshop for a picture. 46

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This year, Ranney School had been asked to collect the following items: blankets, body wash, coloring books for adults, crayons, deodorant for men and women, gloves for men and women, mittens for men, women and children, pens and pencils, playing cards, rain ponchos, scarves, shampoo, socks for men and women (white heavy), socks for children (warm), toothbrushes for both adults and children, toothpaste and washcloths. For the past three Decembers, this holiday-themed show, which also featured Ranney’s Upper School musicians, has not only warmed the hearts of a sell-out crowd, but has also filled students, parents, faculty and friends with the spirit of giving.

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NJX Inter NJYS State Cup Finalists


t has become common for the Holmdel F.C. NJX Inter U11 boys to reach new milestones, and this season was no exception. This group of boys (ages 11 and under) reached a place few teams ever visit: the finals of the NJYS State Cup.

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The march began with a first-round bye, followed by an 8-1 win over Plainfield in round two. In the second week of October, round three, NJX Inter posted its second consecutive tournament shutout with 2-0 win over Toms River, reaching the quarterfinals. In the round of eight, NJX Inter again locked out the opposition, keeping TSF (Morris County) off the board in a 1-0 thriller. At this point, out of nearly 40 teams across New Jersey that chose to enter the NJYS State Cup, only four remained. In the semifinal round on Saturday, October 27, at a neutral site in Wall Township, NJX Inter overpowered a strong Marlboro team with three goals in overtime to win 4-1. Although edged 3-0 by PDA in the finals, NJX Inter not only reached a milestone by getting to the championship game, but also raised the bar for excellence. NJX Inter prides itself on a high-caliber of play. It not only competes each Memorial Day weekend in the prestigious FC Delco Tournament, but it also faces teams on a weekly basis in the Eastern Development Program which consist of the best teams from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. In addition, to provide a constantly challenging environment, the team frequently plays tournaments against competition that is a year older.

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For the second year in a row, Holmdel Imaging is proudly sponsoring a fundraising event to benefit STOMP the Monster on Friday, January 18, 2013. Enjoy a night of prizes, food, beverages and live music by The Cause and The Effects.

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Left to right: PTO President Pamela Molloy joins fellow members Jill Sammarco, and Lisa Geissler at the Bake Sale table.


uch –anticipated and never over-rated is the PTO sponsored annual Frosty’s Winter Shopping Experience held on December 1 at Colts Neck Primary School in the cafeteria. Children were able to meet Frosty and shop for their families with the aide of “elves” who were students from Cedar Drive Middle School. The PTO also held a Book Fair in the library. Along the hallways of the school was Vendor Fair for parents, a Bake Sale by the Cedar Drive Band, wreath-selling by Boy Scout Troop#290 and candy bar sale by CubPack#90. The Cedar Drive Hunger Team were on hand collecting cash for the Food Bank of Monmouth-Ocean Counties, and the Sandy Tree was set up for anyone wishing to buy a gift shown on the trees tag so children affected by Hurricane Sandy will be provided with a gift for the holiday. This year, Frosty’s Shopping Experience combined fun with community-outreach.

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Saint Leo the Great Blessing of the Animals


ctober 4 marked the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Saint Leo the Great School honors Saint Francis each year by holding a prayer service and blessing the pets of its school children. The prayer service drew a sizeable crowd who brought their beloved pets, from hermit crabs and guinea pigs to bunnies and dogs.

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Father John Folchetti performed the prayer service and took the time afterward to give each animal present its own personalized blessing. Parish member Kristen Dinnell and her children who attend Saint Leo the Great School brought their pet guinea pig “Linny” for the blessing ceremony. The family, along with Linny, has attended the event for the past three years. Mrs. Dinnell expressed her gratitude towards the Church for the blessing of the animals. “We consider Linny part of the family!”





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TOP-Left to right: Patrick Dinnell, Father John Folchetti, and Riley Dinnell posed for a picture after Father John gave a personal blessing to their pet guinea pig, Linny. BOTTOM-Father John Folchetti gives a personal blessing to student, Michael Celli’s pet dog.



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Left to right: BBBS Director of Development Marybeth Bull and Gala Chair Stella Price


ig Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties (BBBSMMC) held its 14th Annual Matching Smiles Gala on Friday, October 19, 2012 at Addison Park in Aberdeen. Suzanne & Jeffrey Citron and their Charles Lafitte Foundation were honored at the Gala for their dedication to the mentoring agency and so many children in the community. “We are extremely grateful for the Citron family’s generosity which has enabled our agency to expand our 1:1 mentoring programs and to relocate to a larger office in Asbury Park. The Charles Lafitte Foundation has made a huge impact on many local organizations which helps to improve our community as a whole” said William Salcedo, Executive Director of BBBSMMC. This year’s theme was “Jewels & Jeans” and the event featured a sumptuous cocktail reception, and silent auction followed by dinner and dancing. The gala also included the opportunity to “Make a Match Happen” where guests pledged the cost of bringing a child together with a caring, adult mentor and for professional supervision of the match for the first year.

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

Left to right: Heidi Kiss and Kaycie McGrath help pack a car with donations to be distributed to Village School staff members and local families affected by Hurricane Sandy.


olmdel Teacher Education Association (HTEA) of Village School put out a request to students and their parents that they were collecting items from November 14 to November 16 which would be given to staff members and local families who were affected by Hurricane Sandy that hit the area at the end of October. Darlene Kiss, who is the point person for Village School for the HTEA assisted in transporting the items donated to the Holmdel Community Church. Kathy Logan, a retired Holmdel teacher, has been helping to collect the supplies needed and have them distributed to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Holmdel community promptly heeded the request from the HTEA. “In just three short days, the students and parents of Village School stepped up and united to help the people from the Holmdel community and the staff of the Holmdel school district. They went over and beyond expectations. Hurricane Sandy didn’t just touch one or two communities in New Jersey. Every town, whether it was small or large, was affected,” said Darlene Kiss.

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earborn Market held its annual Holiday Festival on December 1 and 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to kick off the start of the Holiday Season. A new delight was the Hot Chocolate Bar that allowed you to personalize a cup with your favorite flavors as well as a choice of delicious toppings. The Hot Chocolate Bar is available weekends all month long. Select food samplings were also available in the Deli Department. Great holiday music added to the fun, as children enjoyed having reindeers and candy cane painted on their faces. Outdoors, children were able to make a wreath for purchase or pet the live animals in the Living Nativity area.

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During both days of the event, Dearborn Market helped BRIDGES At the Shore by collecting for their coat drive. For donations of laundered women’s and children’s coats, children’s snowsuits and boots, Dearborn Market gave customers a 12 oz. cup of their Gourmet Coffee and an apple cider donut.

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n November 21, 2012 artist David Banegas of Banegas Gallery and renowned rock photographer, Mark Weiss, teamed up to raise money for Lunch Break and the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The two artists raffled off their art with all proceeds to be split by the two organizations, both feeling the strain in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Since the devastating storm struck the shore over a month ago, the food bank alone has distributed food for more than one million meals in our community. The event took place at Banegas Gallery in Red Bank, where Gwen Love, Executive Director of Lunch Break, picked the two winning tickets. The winner of the original Banegas “Marilyn Monroe” painting, valued at $4,000, went to Robin Smith of Monmouth County. Nick

Fabbelle of Red Bank won the unique “Blondie” giclee, a Banegas-Weiss collaboration from a photograph Mark shot of Debbie Harry in 1981 and embellished with paint by David Banegas. The raffle brought in $2,100.00. Weiss presented a check to Gwen Love for $5,000 from the DTS Charitable Foundation, a direct result of his “FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME” campaign, which began a year ago at the October 2011 Lunch Break Gala. Weiss says, “It’s official, this $5,000 check is from Tom Sholz of the Band BOSTON. Tom’s wife Kim sent me this check with the kind words to our community and Lunch Break: ‘Boston sending love to New Jersey. Be well and stay strong.’” Weiss hopes this is just the beginning of larger donations as he reaches out to the rock ‘n roll community on behalf of Lunch Break.

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Artist David Banegas with Debbie Harry of Blondie and photographer Mark Weiss at the Banegas Gallery in Red Bank in August 2012.

Mark Weiss with Tom Sholz of the Band BOSTON backstage at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank on August 29, 2012

CPC’S CULINARY ADVENTURE FOOD TASTING in Deal. The event raised over $25,000 to help the Agency provide behavioral health services to children, teens and adults living and working in Monmouth County, NJ. The evening featured a variety of cuisine, gourmet desserts and specialty beverages including wine and beer. As usual, everyone enjoyed an evening of food and fun, all in support of a great cause.


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This year’s participants showcased the great fare/products of: Bay Avenue Trattoria in Highlands; The Bistro in Red Bank & Zoe’s American Bistro in Little Silver; The Cheese Cave in Red Bank; Clover Hill Coffee Roasters in Colts Neck; Cravings Gourmet Desserts in Allenhurst; DJ’s Baklava in Easthampton; Drew’s Bayshore Bistro in Keyport; 4 JG’s Orchards & Vineyards in Colts Neck; Gaetano’s Restaurant in Red Bank; It’s Greek to Me in Holmdel & Long Branch;

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