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EDITOR ow that it is officially the summer season and N school is out, we are left with the question: What to do with the kids? A parent does not want to

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hear the words, “I’m bored!” The great thing about where we live is that we have an array of things to do with the young ones, and even the teenagers – from the beach, to a park, summer concerts, festivals, fairs, local theme parks – you name it – Monmouth County has it! In this issue, we have a few suggestions on where to go to heat up your summer, you can read Hulafrog’s Kid-Friendly Day Trips on page 8, Sandy Hook’s Summer Concert Series on page 30, and also our Local Stuff To Do on page 12. Another treasure Monmouth County has is the Monmouth County Racetrack located in Oceanport. Not only does this park host Family Fun Days that run through Labor Day, and a tour of an insider’s look at what racing’s all about – but this month on July 31st – they will be hosting this summer’s biggest race – the Haskell Invitational, where you get your chance to see a field of the nation’s best three-year-olds battle for the richest invitational prize in the nation, and plus, you receive a commemorative Haskell Hat (I have over 10 in my closet)! Switching gears - I would like to say “thank you” to the Newcomers & Neighbors Club of Colts Neck and Holmdel - as some of you may know, my father received a heart transplant on Memorial Day – and because of this group’s generosity and compassion, they had relieved my family for at least two weeks of cooking due to their caring delivery of packaged meals. I cannot explain how much this thoughtful and caring gesture meant to us. Everyone have a wonderful Fourth of July!

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Contents 40

On the Road! 8

Hulafrog’s cool, kidfriendly day trips

Local Eats 10

Barbeque-Sauced Burger recipe from Delicious Orchards

Local Stuff To Do 12

A listing of events to do in your area

Local Library 16 Programs Happy Retirement! 18

36 Community Pet Shots & Puzzle Corner

38 Pink Ribbon Program

Pilates program to benefit cancer survivors

Major Donald Wells retires from the Marines

Pets in the Water 20 40 The Long Weekend Chicago: The Windy City

Water safety tips for your dog

School’s Summer 28 42 Help, Hope & Smiles How the Ashley Lauren Program The learning never stops at Ranney

Sandy Hook 30 Summer Concerts

Foundation fights cancer

50 Locascio’s Law Column

How to avoid a parent’s worst nightmare

The Shore’s 34 Greatest Stretch 56 Celebrating Tradition Monmouth Park’s

Kimisis Tis Theotokou’s annual Greek festival

history and upcoming events

60 Carnival Fun


Something for everyone at St. Leo’s carnival

Colts Neck Section pages 63-70 CNBA News..............................................…………...63 CN Memorial Day Parade.........................……...…….64 Research to Reality.....................................................67 Troop 290 Happenings................................................67 12U Colts Neck Stampede.........................................69 Holmdel Section pages 71-77

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On the Road to Summer Fun!

’s Cool But Not Classic Kid-Friendly Day Trips

By Kerry Bowbliss & Sherry Lombardi


he summer is here and those kids of yours might be expecting more than just a romp in the park. They’ll be in for a surprise if you take them on one of these unique day trips. All are under two hours from the area. Wolf Watching at Lakota Wolf Preserve, Columbia, NJ You may have heard of whale watching, but wolf watching? That’s right, you and your kids can go on a wolf watch at Lakota Wolf Preserve in Warren County, NJ. See and listen to packs of Tundra, Timber, and Arctic wolves. Your family will learn about the social structure of wolf packs, their eating habits, their interaction with man and many other facts from the people who raised these wolves. You’ll be able to watch the wolves play, interact with each other and maybe even hear them howl (from behind a fence, of course). Tours: 10:00 AM or 4:00 PM (Arrive a half an hour early to register). Fee: Adults $16 Kids (12 and under) $7.50 Under 2: Free (No Credit Cards). Reservations needed for weekdays. More Info: or 877-7339653 Swim with Sharks at Adventure Aquarium, Camden, NJ It sure is nice to go somewhere and not have to say, “don’t touch.” Take a trek to the country’s “most touchable” aquarium and you’ll be relieved to find your little ones can feel jellies, horseshoe crabs, lobsters, grass shrimp, and even feed stingrays. Adventure Aquarium is organized by area of the world and you’ll see just about every kind of water creature you can imagine, including hippos! If you’re up for a real family adventure, swim with the sharks. You’ll come within inches of sand tiger sharks, sandbar sharks, nurse sharks and barracuda. Hours: 9:30 AM -5:00 PM Fee: Adults $22.95, Kids 2-12 $17.95 Under 2 Free. Swim with Sharks: Ages 12 and up. $165 per person. More Info: or 856-365-3300 Climb to the Crown of the Statue of Liberty Take the kids to see Lady Liberty, but don’t just spend time gazing up from the grounds below, reserve tickets to climb to the crown. These tickets are limited (only 240 a day). If you’re not up for climbing 354 steps with the kiddos, get tix to access the pedestal and museum. The adventure begins on the ferry ride from Battery Park City, NY or Liberty Park, Jersey City, NJ. Tickets include access to both


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Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty. Fee: Crown: Adults $15, Kids $8, Pedestal: Adults $12, Kids $5 More Info: 877-LADY-TIX or Visit with 100 Animals at Space Farms, Sussex, NJ If your kids love animals, they will be amazed to see over 100 species of North American animals at this zoo and museum, including bobcats, tigers and lions, buffalo, hyena, wild ponies, timber wolves, various types of foxes, bears and deer, leopards, monkeys, jaguars, coyotes, llamas, yaks and snakes. The zoo also has many exotic species from around the world. The highlight for your young’uns? The animal nursery. Open: May 1-October 31; Daily: 9:00 AM5:00 PM Fee: Adults $14, Kids $9.50, Under 3 Free. More Info: or 973875-5800 Be Knighted at The New York Renaissance Faire, Sterling Forest, NY What could be better than taking your kids back in time to the days of knights, princesses, jousts and duels? The Renaissance Faire is full of non-stop activity that will stir your child’s imagination, featuring 125 performances and 100 craftspeople on 65 acres. Kids can also be made a knight or lady of the realm, join Robin Hood’s Band or participate in the Maypole Dances. Feel free to dress for the occasion! Dates: August 6-September 26, Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 AM -7:00 PM Fee: (at the Gate): Adults $22 Kids 5-12 $11 Kids under 5 Free. (Discounts when purchased ahead) More info: or 845-3515171 Canoe or Kayak Through the Pine Barons, Chatsworth, NJ Pair up with either mom or dad and get ready for a relaxing day paddling down a lazy river in NJ’s Pine Barons. Choose a canoe or kayak (two people per boat, or three can be squeezed in), and select your route (from 2-5 hours). Have some fun splashing with the kiddos and stop at one of the many beaches along the way for a picnic and a swim, or wait till the work is done and dine at the picnic area at the end of the trip. Tip: Sundays are much less crowded that Saturdays. Fee: $55 per boat, includes life jackets, paddles, shuttle to and from river. Age Appropriate: Kids 5 and up. More info: or 609-726-1515

Splash the Day Away at Mountain Creek Water Park, Vernon, NJ If you’ve already been to the Keansburg Water Park and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, switch things up and head out to Vernon, NJ for a day of action packed thrills. Rides and slides include Tarzan Swings, Alpine Pipeline and Cannon Ball Falls. For wee water folk, there’s a Fishing Village; an interactive water fort with spray cannons and water slides, Junior Rapids; a river rapids tube ride designed for younger kids, Lil Dippers; a splash park with frog and whale slides, and Lost Island River; a lazy river for little ones and more. Hours: Vary Fee: Adults $35.99, Kids under 48 inches $24.99, Under 2 Free (Discounts when order online.) More info: www.mountaincreekwaterpark. com or 973-864-8444 Yee Haw! Let’s go to the Cowtown Rodeo, Pilesgrove, NJ The Cowtown Rodeo is professional stop on the Rodeo circuit for real Cowboys and Cowgirls. It’s open every Saturday night during from May through September. The competitions include Bareback Bronco Riding, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Girls Barrel Racing, Brahma Bull Riding and more. When: Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM, Fee: Adults $15, Kids 12 and under $10, Under 2 Free More info: or 856769-3200. Catch Some White Water in the Poconos, Jim Thorpe, PA If you live in Monmouth County, we’re sure you spend most of your summer days at the beach. Try this alternative: Cool off while white water rafting down the Lehigh River. There are specific trips for families, which include an eight-mile (3-4 hour) mild run. The route is described as having “plentiful riffles and mild water occasionally interspersed with a touch of Class II whitewater.” So kick back, enjoy the scenery and even take a swim as you and your family go rolling down the river. During the summer, the trip even includes a riverside barbecue. Fee: Adults: $39.95 Kids $33.95 (ages 4-14) More info: http://www.poconowhitewater. com or 1-800-whitewater Hulafrog Red Bank is the go-to website for parents in the greater Red Bank area. Visit to find thousands of family-friendly events, summer camps, classes and places to go. Be sure to sign up for the free “Our Pick” newsletter to get a heads-up on great activities and deals near you.

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Local Eats

This month’s Local Eats comes from Delicious Orchards. This is one of the many recipes that will be featured in their cookbook that will be coming out soon!

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Delicious Orchards Barbeque-Sauced Burgers Ingredients: • 1 lb. lean ground beef • 1 to 2 tablespoons horseradish mustard • 3 to 4 oz. white cheddar cheese, sliced • 4 Delicious Orchards Kaiser rolls, split and toasted • 1/4 cup Delicious Orchards Barbeque Sauce • Arugula, tomato slices, and/or red onion slices (optional)

Method:: In a large bowl, combine ground beef, horseradish mustard and a teaspoon each salt and pepper. Shape into four 3 to 4 inch thick patties. For charcoal grill, grill patties on rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 14 to 18 minutes or until done (160 degrees), turning once. Top burgers with cheese during the last minute of grilling. For gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover grill as above. Serve on rolls with barbeque sauce. Add arugula, tomato and/or onions. Makes 4 servings Community Magazine invites you to be our resident chefs! Please share your favorite dishes with your community by sending it to:

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Local Stuff To Do First Saturday Asbury Park

Downtown Asbury Park is hopping every First Saturday with sidewalk sales, dining & promotions, gallery openings, and more! Cookman Avenue & surrounding streets – year-round !

Atlantic Highlands Summer Concert Series

Sundays, 7/3 – 8/28 @ 7:00 p.m. Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor

Belmar Friday Night Concert Series

Now thru 9/23 (weather permitting) Mix of performers & genres from 6– 9:30 p.m. @ Pyanoe Plaza

Thursdays by the Sea

Long Branch 7/7 thru 9/1 starts at 7:00 p.m. A music series featuring local talent, at Festival Plaza in Pier Village

Monmouth Park Family Fun Days

Sundays, Now thru 9/4 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free pony rides, face painters, clowns, live music & more. Children under 12 get in free –

Red Bank Summer Series

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays in July & August Movies, jazz & songwriters overlooking the Navesink River starting at 7:00 p.m. at Riverside Gardens Park

Asbury Park Summer Concerts on the Beach

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StreetLife in Red Bank

Saturdays, Now thru 8/27; 6:00p.m -9:00 p.m. Performers stationed on sidewalks throughout downtown Red Bank

21st Annual OceanFest – 7/4

Vendors, bands, exhibits, food & fireworks. Rain or shine celebration at Oceanfront Promenade in Long Branch.

Asbury Park 4th of July Parade & Fireworks – 7/4 Located on the Boardwalk. More info call 732.502.5749 or visit

Spring Lake Garden Tour 7/6 (raindate 7/7) Sponsored by the Garden Club of Spring Lake. More info call 732.449.0577 or visit

Summer Crafter’s Market

7/9 (rain date 7/16) At Historic Allaire Village in Wall 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

25th Annual NJ Sandcastle Contest

Belmar – 7/13; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon 18th Avenue Beach (raindate 7/27) Largest sand-sculpting event in NJ – a great time for participants & spectators. For more info call 732.863.1900 ext. 102 or visit

3rd Annual Bradley Beach Lobster Festival – 7/16

Food, music & fun for entire family. Presented by Bradley Beach CC, 12:00 noon-8:00 p.m. located on 5th Avenue at Beach Front Pavilion in Bradley Beach. More info call 732.776.2999 or visit

West End Cruise Night – 7/16 Popular classic car show located on Brighton Avenue in Long Branch – custom cars and entertainment from 6:00-10:00 p.m. More info call 732.923.2044 or visit

Film One Fest

Atlantic Highlands – 7/16 Street Fair from 2:00-6:00 p.m., music at 7:00 p.m., film starts at 9:00 p.m. Located on First Avenue More info call 732.872.8711 or visit

Red Bank 57th Annual Sidewalk Sale

7/24 – 7/26 Huge discounts, shops & boutiques across Red Bank business district starting at 12:00 noon. For more info call 732.842.4244 or visit

37th Annual Monmouth County Fair

7/27 – 7/31 Opening night fireworks, 4-H events, animal shows & exhibits, rides & amusements, free stage entertainment, home & garden competition. Located at East Freehold Park Showgrounds, 1500 Kozloski Road in Freehold. More info call 732.842.4000 or visit

9th Annual Ocean Grove Boardwalk Art Show – 7/30

Lots of artists selling juried entries from paintings, pastels, jewelry & more! Sponsored by Ocean Grove Area CC, rain or shine, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. More info call 732.774.1391 or visit

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Gorgeous inside and out; you just need to unpack and jump in the pool. 2 story granite foyer is enhanced by twin floating wrought iron staircases, soaring window & dome with crystal chandelier. Custom kitchen with 2 granite couter islands. Terrace level features housekeeper quarters. 9 foot ceiling on both levels. 8 foot solid doors, handmade iron rails & 3 crystal chandeliers, 2 bidets, body shower, 5 zone heat. Master suite with balcony, large walk-in closets. Bath with circular dome ceiling. East Coast pool with water falls outdoor kitchen bar backs to woods.

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Round Hill Run one of the most sought areas in Holmdel. This gorgeous property at the end of the cul- de- sac features a 1,300 square foot finished walk out lower Level to paver patio and Sylvan Pool with Spa. The owners custom designed this 3-sided Brick home with a few octagons shaped rooms. Brick 2 story Portico covered entry with 8 glass doors opening to a world of beauty. Foyer 2 story, with custom moldings, columns and porcelain radiant heated flooring . Formal living room and dining room with butler’s pantry and covered terrace.

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Exquisite custom estate is set majestically on a private 2 acre cul de sac. Approach on the circular drive & enter thru leaded glass doors into the soaring 2 story foyer with sweeping staircase. Entertain in the 32 x 22 great room; the dramatic 2 story family room ; or the amazing finished lower level. Features: custom kitchen., 5 generously sized bedroom’s; 6 1/2 gorgeous baths; & sumptuous master suite with fireplace & whirlpool bath. Overlook the sparkling free-form salt water heated pool from the luxurious 65 foot paver patio.

MANALAPAN — $840,000

Gentleman’s equestrian 6.5 acre farm. 10 stall barn, feed room, heated tack room with 1/2 bath & hay loft. Easy maintenance, heated Nelson waterer’s, lifetime vinyl fencing, paddocks with run- ins & riding ring. Personal trails out back, 1/2 mile to 460 acre State Forest. Ride all day. Split level, 5 bdrm, 3 full baths, hardwood floors, large eat in Kitchen, Great room with Swedish wood stove, 2 zone A/C & Heat. Outdoor living with inground pool, enclosed 6 person Jacuzzi, patio. Private. Close to all!


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Your Local Library By Matthew Ragucci

As part of my bi-monthly column, I try to promote a service the library offers to its patrons. This month’s feature is reader’s advisory through a database called NoveList. NoveList is a great subscription based service that can be accessed with your library card. You can access this on the Monmouth County Library’s website, clicking the Reader’s Corner tab followed by the NoveList link. This service gives you in-depth recommendations for your next choice of reading. Did you love Kathryn Stockett’s The Help but are frustrated because she has yet to publish anything else? NoveList can help. Using it’s intricate advisory system, NoveList will identify an author’s characteristics, writing style, tone, subject, location and more to provide up to nine related recommendations for you. This is a useful tool for those who read popular best selling authors such as David Baldacci, Janet Evanovich and James Patterson and can’t wait for their newest release. NoveList can recommend what else to read in the mean time, and also help you explore other authors and genres. The advanced search function in NoveList will allow users to perform searches on a multitude of different scopes, including but not limited to author cultural backgrounds, series, and publication year. NoveList is the ultimate read-alike tool. And there’s more. Monmouth County Library has subscriptions to NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8. NoveList Plus is targeted to young adult and adult readers. NoveList K-8, however, turns its attentions to younger readers and is easier for them to use. Did your children love Suzanne Collin’s 16 JULY 2011

The Hunger Games series and couldn’t get enough? NoveList K-8 would recommend they try Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game series. It is a great device for getting children who perhaps aren’t entirely interested in reading but loved some of the popular titles or titles on their summer reading lists. NoveList K-8 can be instrumental in keeping your children engaged in reading. In addition to NoveList Plus and K-8 there are many free reader’s advisory websites that can help provide you reading recommendations. Some of the more prominent websites I’d recommend include,, and These websites are edited by their users (read: voracious readers), so you can trust their recommendations. If you sign up for memberships you can even contribute to forums and help recommend books for other readers as well. The possibilities are endless. NoveList is a wonderful service that can be accessed remotely, as are the aforementioned reader’s advisory websites. Make no mistake, I am not advocating for patrons to no longer visit their libraries. Please come in and visit Colts Neck, Holmdel and any other library. Librarians can be the greatest reader’s advisors of all because you can get instant human feedback. Libraries have been and continue to offer NoveList (and other free advisory services) to all it’s card carrying members. Now is the time to take advantage and find what you’re looking for. Matthew Ragucci is the Branch manager of the Colts Neck Library. He considers himself an avid reader and will not rest until he has found you a book you will enjoy.

Holmdel Library Programs 4 Crawfords Corner Road Holmdel Children’s Programming SUMMER STORYTIME SERIES will run from July 8 to August 19. BABY LAPSIT SERIES Ages 12 months to 23 months (with Parent/Caregiver) Thursdays- July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5, 12, 19- 9:45-10:05 a.m. TODDLER STORYTIME SERIES Ages 2-3 ½ (with Parent/Caregiver) Thursdays- July 7, 14, 21, 28 and August 4, 11, 18- 10:15-10:35 a.m. PRESCHOOL STORIES and CRAFT Ages 3 1/2–5 years Mondays, - July 11, 18, 25 and August 1, 8, 15- 2:00-2:30 p.m. or Thursdays- July 7, 14, 21, 28 and August 4, 11, 18- 11:00 -11:30 a.m. SCHOOL AGE CRAFT PROGRAMS Entering grades Kdg- 2 Mondays, July 11, 18, 25 and August 1, 8, 15 - 3:00- 3:45 p.m. The School Age Program has a new time for the summer. Registration is necessary. Contact library for more information. Special Program: “One World, Many Animals” Tuesday, August 16- 6:00-7:00 p.m. Location: Holmdel Public Library All are invited to our end of summer Vacation Reading Club and Read to Me Club celebration. Eyes of the Wild will be presenting, “One World, Many Animals,” featuring animals from around the world. Children 5 years old and under must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.

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FOR ADULTS: Feature Presentation Wednesday, July 20 at 2:00 p.m. The library will be showing the summer blockbuster film “Inception.” Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Book Discussion Thursday, August 18 at 6:00 p.m. and Friday, August 19 at 10:00 a.m. Come join the Colts Neck Library and celebrate Novel Destinations: Brazil by discussing Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. This simple, yet eloquent parable celebrates the richness of the human spirit. Enjoyable and easy to read, this timeless fantasy validates the aspirations and dreams of youth. This book discussion will be moderated by Colts Neck Librarian, Matthew Ragucci. All are welcome to attend, however, registration is required. Stop by the reference desk or call the library to reserve a space today! FOR YOUNG ADULTS: (Teens grades 6 and up) Intro to Robotics Tuesday, July 12 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Learn how to make a robot follow your commands. Program a robot to complete a maze competition. This half day program has you up and robot racing in 2 1/2 hours. Program is geared towards beginners. Teens must be able to stay the full duration of the program. SPACE IS LIMITED! Registration is required. Please call or stop by the reference desk. Juggling Thursday, July 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. In this hands-on activity teens will learn the basic movements of juggling, construct their own juggling balls, and pick up on the patterns involved in juggling three balls. Registration is required. Please call or stop by the reference desk. Glass Painting Thursday, July 21 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Learn how to paint the glass of a picture frame in the traditional Senegalese style. Permanent markers, tempera or acrylic paint, and a book of pictures will be utilized to revamp the glass. Students may also bring their own pictures to work with. Registration is required. Please call or stop by the reference desk. FOR KIDS: Baby Story Time (with parent/caregiver) Ages 10-23 months Mondays or Wednesdays 10:00 to 10:20 a.m. Toddler Story Time (with parent/caregiver) Ages 2-3 ½ years old Mondays 11:00-11:20 a.m. or Wednesdays 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. Preschool Story Time Ages 3 ½ - 5 years old Mondays 2:15-2:45 p.m.or Wednesdays 11:00-11:30 a.m. School Age Programs (Grades K and up) Normally held on Wednesdays from 4:15-4:45 p.m. They usually include a story and craft. Inquire at the library for further information. COMMUNITY MAGAZINE 17

Happy Retirement, Major!

Just-retired Major Donald J. Wells and his wife Irene Bailey pose for a picture in a quiet section of the garden behind the restored home built by Captain Christian D. Emson in 1860.

By Susan Murphy


ajor Donald J. Wells, Assistant Inspector Instructor of 6th Motor Transport Battalion in Red Bank, retired following 20 years of honorable service in the United States Marine Corps on June 3. The ceremony was held in the gardens behind the restored home built by Danish Sea Captain Christian D. Emson in Keyport in 1860. Inspector Instructor Lieutenant Colonel Michael W. Melso thanked Major Wells for working with him and for a job well done. Major Wells thanked the Marine Corps League, V.F.W.#2179, the Red Bank Elks, and Steve Levine of The Windmill and Bill Fosgreen of A.R.M.S. for contributing food on so many occasions prior to deployments, returns, family days and special events. Major Wells thanked Family Readiness Coordinator Kelly Fonville and fellow officers at 6th MTB. To his parents, Major Wells said, “Mom and Dad there are no words to describe the love I have for you.” He acknowledged all of the sacrifices his wife Irene Bailey has made and thanked her for being so supportive. Major Wells earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1990 and was commissioned in January of 1991. After completing the Basic School and Supply Officers Course, he joined 8th Engineer Support Battalion in April 1992 as the supply officer. He continued to receive promotions and in September 2002 was mobilized under Operation Enduring Freedom orders in November 2002. He was promoted to Major in March 2003. Major Wells was transferred to 6th MTB in May 2006 and during this time also assigned and deployed as the logistics officer for Combat Logistics Battalion-46 in support of Operation Iraq Freedom from May 2009 to March 2010. Major Wells, a native of Greenville, New York and resident of Atlantic Highlands is married to Irene Bailey of Tabb, Virginia. At the close of his ceremony, Major Wells addressed fellow Marines, stating, “I now pass the torch from the old to the young.” He wished them well and then addressed the friends and family gathered in the garden. “I will now be the Business Manager for Irene, and will have the pleasure of working for my wife.” Irene Bailey Wells is a National Award-winning artist who has had several portrait commissions from across the country. Earlier this year, her work was on display in the Holmdel Township Municipal Building.

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he summer season provides a great opportunity for you to share some quality time with your pets outside. Many dogs love the water but, despite what you may have seen in the movies cats do not particularly enjoy it. Another common misconception is that all dogs can swim. If you are introducing your dog to the water for the first time, certain precautions should be taken. Breeds with short legs, thick body shapes, and no tail can find it difficult to stay afloat; older or overweight pets may tire easily. Canines with a flat nose will find it harder to breathe while in the water. Gradually introduce your pet to the water to ensure that they can swim and be prepared to assist them if they run into trouble. Teaching your pet how to get out of the water safely can avoid a tragedy, should they fall into the pool accidently. Dogs are also susceptible to infections from bacteria and microorganisms through skin exposure to or ingestion of contaminated water. If the water is not safe for you to swim in, then it is not safe for your pet. If you would wear a life jacket because the water is too deep to touch bottom, it would be wise to put one on your pet as well. A properly fitted life vest is especially important in the ocean since

your pet can be pulled under by a strong current or riptide. The temperature of the water and the length of exposure should be considered since cold water could lead to hypothermia. After a swim in the ocean or even the pool, it is important to give your dog a bath with a mild shampoo. Chlorine, sea salt and other contaminants should be removed from their coat and skin. Don’t forget to rinse and dry the ears and flush their eyes to prevent irritation and infection. Providing your dog with fresh drinking water is also important. If you encourage your pet to drink water from a fresh water supply, they will be less likely to drink water that is harmful to them. While pool water is not toxic to your pet, drinking an excessive amount of the water can cause gastrointestinal upset. Finally, your veterinarian is the best source of advice about your pet and any special considerations that you should keep in mind to protect them during water recreation activities. Your primary veterinarian will be able to advise you as to any vaccinations your pet may also need to protect them against water-borne diseases. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be a substitute for the advice of a veterinarian.


Fitness for Children: Why Is It Important?


he stats are in and they are not good. Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Statistically obese children and adolescents are more likely to become obese as adults. For example, one study found that approximately 80% of children who were overweight at age 10–15 years were obese adults at age 25 years. Obesity is defined in two ways either a person is more than 20 percent over the ideal body weight for their stature or their Body Max Index (BMI) is 30 or over. Some of the culprits: Sugar drinks and less healthy foods on school campuses About 55 million school-aged children are enrolled in schools across the United States, and many eat and drink meals and snacks there. Yet, more than half of U.S. middle and high schools still offer sugar drinks and less healthy foods for purchase. Lack of daily, quality physical activity Most adolescents fall short of the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

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recommendation of at least 60 minutes of aerobic physical activity each day, as only 18% of students in grades 9—12 met this recommendation in 2007. Daily, quality physical education in school can help students meet the Guidelines. However, in 2009 only 33% attended daily physical education classes. Sedentary behavior Children spend a considerable amount of time with media. One study found that time spent watching TV, videos, DVDs, and movies averaged slightly over 3 hours per day among children aged 8–18 years. Several studies have found a positive association between the time spent viewing television and increased prevalence of obesity in children. Participating in physical activity is important for children and teens as it may have beneficial effects not only on body weight, but also on blood pressure and bone strength. Physically active children are also more likely to remain physically active throughout adolescence and possibly into adulthood.

Regular exercise helps children: • Feel less stressed • Feel better about themselves • Feel more ready to learn in school • Keep a healthy weight • Build and keep healthy bones, muscles and joints • Sleep better at night Participation in a better diet and exercise program needs to come from parents/ adults in order to instill it into children and adolescents. The benefits of eating healthier and regular physical exercise far outweigh the bad diet and sedentary lifestyle in the short and long term. Always check with your doctor before embarking on a fitness program. Pat Duffy is the owner and operator of Duffy Personal Training. If you have a question please email us at

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Do you want a nice, black driveway or one that lasts longer? How about both!


s sealcoating your driveway a wise investment? There are people who believe that the only thing that sealcoating accomplishes is to make the driveway black. Well, it does indeed enhance the appearance, however it also helps protect the asphalt. Sealcoat is designed to place a barrier between the asphalt surface and the elements that attack it. These include rain, snow, ice, oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid, salt, sand, tire traffic, snow plow blades and other things. Sealcoating regularly does not mean your driveway will last forever but it will extend its life. It is a truly wise investment. HOW OFTEN SHOULD I SEAL MY DRIVEWAY? If your driveway is sealed properly, with the right materials, under normal conditions it should last for three years. There are many homeowners that believe that if some is good, more is better. To some, April 15 means it’s time to pay your taxes and seal your driveway. WRONG. This is one of the worst mistakes they can make. Yes, it is a good idea to pay your taxes, but you should never have to seal your driveway annually. Over sealcoating is about the worst thing for the asphalt both functionally and esthetically. As mentioned previously, sealcoat is designed to provide a barrier between the asphalt and the elements. Problems arise when a new layer of sealer is not protecting the asphalt but rather the previously applied sealer. The problem is compounded with each subsequent sealing. The reason is that sealer is more rigid than asphalt. New sealer bonds very tightly to old sealer. As each layer builds up it becomes very brittle and eventually begins to crack. The result is that it chips up—in doing so it pulls up a portion of the asphalt that the first coat bonded with. Once this starts to happen there is nothing that can be done to stop it from continuing or reverse the effects of past actions. Because the areas that chipped up look bad, you are compelled to keep sealing to cover them up. A perfect Catch 22. WHEN IS A GOOD TIME (OR THE BEST TIME ) TO SEAL THE DRIVEWAY? The best way to answer this is that any time is a good time to seal as long as it isn’t a BAD time to seal. The two bad times to seal are anytime that forecast calls for rain to fall or temperatures to drop below 50⁰ during the period of time it will take for the sealer to dry completely. A little extra caution should be taken in the spring

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and fall when pollen and leaves are falling. ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SEALCOAT MATERIAL? The two most common sealcoat materials are Coal Tar & Asphalt. Any commonly available sealer that is properly formulated will do a good job. Years ago, almost all sealer was Coal Tar based but in the last 10 years there have been sporadic shortages in the raw coal tar. This led to the popularity of an asphalt based substitute. Further developments created a blended sealer, part Coal Tar and part Asphalt. Within the industry straight coal tar is regarded as the highest quality sealer, followed by a blended product (since it does have some coal tar in it). Then finally a straight asphalt based sealer. You will want to talk to your applicator and find out what material he is using, how much water is being added, is a fortifier being added, and is there sand in the mix? SHOULD I FILL THE CRACKS SEPERATELY OR WILL SEALCOAT DO THE TRICK? If you are given the choice of either sealcoating the driveway or filling the cracks; fill the cracks. When a crack opens up it provides an entryway for water into the base material below the asphalt. This reeks havoc on the pavement. You want to keep as much of that water as possible entering the pavement. Sealcoat material will not do this. What you want is a “hot pour, rubberized” crack filler. Be sure to ask for it. HOW SHOULD I SELECT A SEALCOATING CONTRACTOR? The best way is through a referral or a reference. Talk to him and find out how long he has been in business? What’s the sealer that he uses made of? How does he apply it? What type of warranty does he give? You should feel comfortable with the company that you are dealing with. WHEN SHOULD I REPLACE MY DRIVEWAY? Conventional wisdom says that a properly installed driveway should last 20 years or more. But there are many driveways not properly installed. The day after a driveway is installed, boy does it look great. How can you tell whether the base was properly installed or that the contracted amount of asphalt was laid or that adequate compaction was used? All you know is that it’s flat, black and smooth. You should replace the driveway once it begins to erode at such a pace that regular maintenance can’t keep up with. Sealcoating is not designed to act as a glue to hold a crumbling driveway together.


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Cruising to Kick Cancer Overboard


ancer has affected DonnaLyn Giegerich and Ceylone Booth in different ways, but that hasn’t stopped them from helping Captain Ted Friedli kick off Kick Cancer Overboard last year. Friedli, the owner of Excel Travel, is the founder of Kick

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Cancer Overboard. Giegerich is a cancer survivor of the extremely rare LMS cancer. Booth is the reigning Mrs. New Jersey. She lost her sister to ovarian cancer at the young age of 31, and is a staunch crusader for cancer research and support.

Kick Cancer Overboard’s mission is to give a free cruise to people that have been affected by cancer. The charity’s aim is to offer them a break for a few days, where the most important question is not how to pay for the next medical bill, but whether to play bingo, or get a massage, or sing loud, off-key karaoke. Kick Cancer Overboard’s first cruise in May was a huge success, according to Friedli. It will be followed up by the “Ultimate Islands Marathon Cruise,” beginning on December 10, 2011, which will visit six islands in seven days. On each island, there is a short scenic run of about

three to four miles, and by the end of the week, everybody will have completed a marathon. Non-runners are welcome as well. On May 19, 2012, Kick Cancer Overboard will once again set sail, this time destined for Bermuda from Bayonne, N.J. Kick Cancer Overboard knows that life is not always smooth sailing. It usually and often comes with many waves, and sometimes, even with a few sharks. However, with the help of those who genuinely care and share similar circumstances and experiences, it can be a smoother journey. For a few days, it can even be a wonderful cruise with all the amenities. For more infomation on Kick Cancer Overboard, to make a donation, or to join a cruise, visit their website at




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The learning never stops during Ranney’s summer programs By Kaitlin Severini


anney School, an independent day school for preschoolers to twelfthgraders, doesn’t close its doors when summer arrives. At Ranney, located in Tinton Falls, the learning never stops; the school’s summer program presents students with a unique chance to explore subjects of their choice in a vigorous educational environment. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to delve deeply into certain areas,” Kathleen Deeken, Director of Summer Study and Director of Student Support Services, said. “The program is designed to meet the needs of students and we make the learning applicable to each individual student.” The summer program, beginning July 11 and July 25, is open to both Ranney and non-Ranney students, in grades one through twelve. “We definitely welcome all students,” Deeken said. “Anyone can come. We want to be inclusive to all and we would love to welcome anyone who would like to part in a dynamic learning experience over the summer.” Ranney’s summer program encompass a variety of subjects, including languages

Two participants of last year’s summer programs at Ranney School. (French and Spanish), graphic story (cartooning and storyboarding), architecture, chess, the 21st-century newsroom, an array of science classes, drama and theater, ceramics and sculpture, SAT prep and much more. The program also offers 17 gifted and talented courses, about twice as many as it offered last summer. “It’s a wide gamut,” Deeken said. “There’s a lot going on this summer at Ranney School.” Deeken, a former teacher of gifted and talented classes, is in the process of completing a post-graduate Gifted Education Certification program at Rutgers University, the only college in the state to offer this type of certification. She believes this experience has helped her improve Ranney’s educational offerings. “It’s been a terrific experience,” Deeken said. “One of things

it has helped me to do is provide the opportunity for students to pursue great academic coursework over the summer and pursue it locally.” And not all of [Ranney’s] courses are part of the gifted and talented program,” she continued. “All children have an opportunity to learn at a level and pacing that they might not be able to during the school year. The summer courses were designed to promote a sense of discovery. To tap into the way inquisitive children learn.” Ranney’s gifted and talented program is standards-based, and some of its curriculum is award-winning gifted education curriculum from the National Association of Gifted Children. Several of Ranney’s science courses utilize Johns Hopkins Talent Development curriculum. “We have a beautiful campus, 60 acres of fabulous facilities and computers; it’s a very dynamic learning environment,” Deeken said. “But at the end of the day, it’s fun. It’s learning at its best.” To learn more about Ranney School’s summer program or to print out a summer program application, please visit

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The Special Needs Registry The Monmouth County Office on Aging is assisting the NJ Office of Emergency Management and the NJ Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness in developing a state-wide registry for residents with special needs. This survey is voluntary and free. It is designed to assist first responders and emergency planners in identifying those residents that may need assistance in evacuating during an emergency so that they may develop the necessary plans. It will also aid emergency planners in the development of shelter plans for those residents with Special Needs. What is the NJ Special Needs Registry? The NJ Special Needs Registry has been established to collect information emergency responders will need to help locate and evacuate people with Special Needs during an emergency, when the family or caregiver are unable to help them.

Who should register? You (or someone on your behalf) should register if you may find it difficult to get to safety with family or friends or to a public shelter during an emergency evacuation, because of a physical or cognitive limitation, language barrier, or lack of transportation. Remember, your priority should be to relocate with a family member or friend first.

How to register: • Call TOLL FREE 2-1-1 and register by telephone; TTY/TDD translation services also available. • Go to www.registerready. and complete the online registry If you have questions pertaining to the Special Needs Registry in Monmouth County, you can send an email to: oemspecial.needs@

Sandy Hook Summer Concerts Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Beach Area E Parking is well organized and free

June 15 - Rip Tide (classic and jam rock) June 22 - The Shots (party rock with a Celtic Flair) June 29 - Tim McLoone and The Shirleys (rock/Americana) July 6 - Pat Guadagno & The Candle Brothers (folk rock) July 13 - Brian Kirk and The Jirks (rock and roll) July 20 - BethAnne Clayton Band (country rock) July 27 - British Invasion Tribute August 3 - Tim McLoone and The Shirleys (rock/Americana) August 10 - Quincy Mumford (rock and reggae) August 17 - Rain Date August 25 - Jobonanno & The Godsons of Soul Decision to cancel a concert due to inclement weather made by 2:00 p.m. the day of the show. Visit for updates, or call the office after 2:00 p.m. at 732-291-7733. 30 JULY 2011

2011: The Pinkest of the Pink!

Pink Bank, Pink Beach, and Pink Haven joined forces to raise awareness of the importance of annual mammography


hen thousands of people join forces for a common cause, a few heads will turn with curiosity. This year’s fifth annual Paint the Town Pink, hosted by Riverview Medical Center was no exception; seven days and 14 community events attracted more support than ever before. This year Fair Haven joined the cause, making the event the most represented in the campaign’s history. The three boroughs transformed into a Pink oasis of hope. It all started at Riverview Medical Center, which held the largest event of the week, “Paint Everything Pink Community Day,” a true family event. Held in the parking lot of the hospital, over 3000 members of the community - young and old - came out to support the event. As the activities at Riverview came to an end the excitement began in Monmouth Beach. With over 250 supporters in attendance, 65 courageous men, women, and children took the first “Pink Plunge” in the frigid Pinklantic Ocean. Other signature events included the popular “Girls Night Out” held by Pink Bank’s The Downtown. Over 165 women of all ages and their “breast friends” enjoyed a night of dancing and pink cocktails. Following Pink tradition, residents transformed their houses into “Pinktastic” creations in an effort to support the cause. This year’s participation tripled in size from 2010, and over 320 residents

took part in the “Pinking Process.” The panel of pink judges were faced with their toughest decision yet. Once again, Pink business partners provided Paint the Town Pink with an opportunity to promote awareness and education. With a 25 percent increase from 2010, 205 businesses across the three towns supported the campaign with shopping specials, culinary treats, and the distribution of educational materials. Community members who would like get involved and join the Pink Planning Committee are welcome to attend an informational gathering on Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the newly revitalized Jane H. Booker Women’s Center, 4th Floor at Riverview Medical Center. Please RSVP for this event by October 6 by calling 732.962.7493 or e-mailing For more information about Paint the Town Pink visit www. To see highlights of this year’s campaign in action, visit the Paint the Town Pink Facebook page for pictures of events and contest winners.

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Music and Art to Take Center Stage


f you long for more culture amidst the wilds of New Jersey, Holmdel’s Bayonet Farm Arts and Music Festival is for you! This Festival – in its eighth year – takes place rain or shine on Sunday, September 25, from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Holmdel Department of Parks & Recreation and the Bayonet Farm Festival Committee. Be part of the behind-

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the-Festival-scene by volunteering! High School students may be eligible to earn community hours. If interested, please call Phyllis at 732.332.1112 or Elaine at 732.203.2263.

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Haskell Invitational

Sunday, July 31st Summer’s Biggest Race It’s the biggest race of the summer and the most anticipated day of Thoroughbred racing in the Garden State. Don’t miss your chance to see a field of the nation’s best three-year-olds battle for the richest invitational prize in the nation. Be sure to arrive early to receive your commemorative Haskell Hat.

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Every Sunday to Labor Day 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. All Activities are FREE and include: • Pony Rides • Face Painters • Clowns • Bounce House • Live Music Grandstand admission is $3, children 12 and under are always admitted free. 34 JULY 2011

Get an inside look at what racing’s all about, from the morning to the afternoon! Join host Laurie Lane for an insider’s tour of the backstretch, starting gate, and jockey’s room. Learn all about the life of the Thoroughbred racehorse including training programs and equipment, feed programs and a variety of other topics. This is a great program for kids and adults alike. FREE coffee and donuts for all attendees. Everyone will be given a free daily pass to stay for the races or to be used at a later date. At the conclusion of the program, we ask that all attendees please exit the racetrack until the gates open at 11:30 a.m. It’s FREE, reservations required – call 732-571-5542.



onmouth Park has been a Shore tradition since 1870. Three buildings have carried the name Monmouth Park in the last 139 years. Monmouth Park’s long and storied history dates back to July 30, 1870 when the track opened, just three miles from Long Branch. The track was a result of the innovative ideas of New York businessman John F. Chamberlain, New Jersey Senate President Amos Robbins and Adams Express Company President John Hoey in an effort to increase summer trade for once bustling shore communities. Their ploy worked, and Monmouth Park opened its inaugural five-day meet amid much national fanfare. Due to the high caliber of its racing, Monmouth Park achieved distinction as the “Newmarket of America”– a reference to the famed racecourse in England. Three years after the first Monmouth Park was opened, financial difficulties forced the track to close. Racing returned to Monmouth Park under a syndicate of George L. Lorillard, D.D. Withers, G.P. Wetmore and James Gordon Bennett. They spent four years restoring the grounds and rebuilding the grandstand and in 1882, the rebuilt Monmouth Park opened its gates. Due to its overwhelming popularity, a new racecourse was built adjacent to the existing track, and in 1890 the second Monmouth Park opened. Monmouth Park’s gates were not open for long. In 1891, the Monmouth Park meet was moved to Jerome Park and Morris Park while state legislation tried to suppress pari-mutuel wagering. The state was ultimately successful, and on March 21, 1894, banned wagering on horses. The track was closed and the land sold. Racing would not return for over 50 years.

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Community Pet Shots

Nikki, Bella & Gino

Eddie (with Paul DeSilva)

The Yanchuk Family of Holmdel

The DeSilva Family of Holmdel



The Huang Family of Holmdel

The Stevens Family of Colts Neck

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Pilates on the Edge

announces program to Come learn Pilates under the careful supervision of one of our certified Pilates instructors, either in a private 1-on-1 session or in a small group class. We have highly trained and experienced instructors who know how to tailor a Pilates Program to meet your needs and abilities.

Benefits of Pilates

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• Stronger & Flatter Abs • Back & Neck Pain Reduction • Balance & Flexiblity Improvement • Stress Reduction • And Much More!

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benefit cancer survivors By Susan Murphy


oan Lachiewicz, owner of Pilates On The Edge in Colts Neck is excited to announce a new program being offered at the facility. Joan, as well as Denise Haun, owner of Pilates On The Edge West, located in Freehold, are trained and certified through the Pink Ribbon Program to work with breast cancer survivors. The Pink Ribbon Program is a post-operative workout that enhances recovery. It offers strength, self-esteem and quality of life to breast cancer survivors. Recent studies indicate a link between moderate physical exercise and improved quality of life to breast cancer survivors. The program begins when the survivor is either six weeks past her surgery or has received her doctor’s approval to begin gentle exercises. Founder of the Pink Ribbon Program Doreen Puglisi, M.S. is also a breast cancer survivor. After surgery, either mastectomy or reconstructive surgery, breast cancer patients who are given permission to do some form of exercise would work with a Pink Ribbon Specialist to begin strengthening exercises for their body. This specific program is helpful to clients. The Pink Ribbon Program will help stretch and strengthen the shoulder, chest, back, and abdominal muscles, allowing women to regain full range of motion to those areas affected by breast cancer surgery. This program is suitable whether your surgery was recent or several years ago and accommodates all fitness levels. After surgery, muscles are in a weakened

state and it is important to build them up – slowly and carefully – with the assistance of a trained professional. In this way, clients will build strength, move with better ease and have less discomfort. Pilates, a system of exercises that engage the mind and condition the total body, utilizes a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training that can reduce stress, improve posture, and create long, lean, toned muscles. It works extremely well for clients suffering from fibromyalgia and arthritis, as well as for those who have finished treatment for physical therapy following an injury and now need additional strengthening. Stabilizing the core of the body helps to support the joints and allows clients to move more efficiently. Pilates is suitable for all ages and abilities due to its no to low impact approach. Though it requires patience and practice, the results from Pilates include restoration of your postural alignment, creation of a stronger more flexible spine, heightening of neuromuscular coordination, increased joint range of motion, improvement in circulation, reduction in back and neck pain and increased energy. Other benefits, as noted by Joan, “Pilates is great for bone building and can help prevent or reverse osteoporosis. We have had great success with pre-natal clients and getting the new mothers back into shape after delivery. There are special considerations in exercise when pregnant and after giving birth.” Pilates On The Edge has been opened for six years and is the New Jersey teacher training and certifying studio for The PhysicalMind Institute based in New York City. For further information about the Pink Ribbon Program or Pilates, contact Joan Lachiewicz at 732.431.8760. Pilates On The Edge is located at 273 Highway 34, Colts Neck.

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Modern Medicine. Old World Customer Service. Our team understands what is most important to our patients. Today patients want the very latest in medical care as well as exceptional customer service. Every interaction at our practice puts the patient at the center. From the moment you arrive, our staff will greet you personally with respect and a smile. We work as a truly complimentary team to address the wellness and health of our patients. With more than 35 years of experience locally in Monmouth County, we believe that prevention is the key to good health. We have expertise in all aspects of internal medicine, but particularly in cardiovascular health – including treatment of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes – as well as all aspects of women’s health including osteoporosis. We are focused on keeping our patients well and happy in a relaxed and comfortable environment. In fact, we are so determined to provide an exceptional experience that our lovable dog CoCo makes special appearances to bring a smile to your face! We welcome existing patients to our NEW location and new patients as well!

1012 State Route 36 (The A&P Shopping Center) Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716 Tel: 732.291.3865, Fax: 732.291.3859 Anthony DeNoia, M.D. and Vicki DeNoia, APN, pictured with their dog CoCo, welcome you to their new practice.

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Chicago, coined the “Windy City”, in the summer is a sight to behold. The parks are lush, Lake Michigan glimmers in the hot sun, and the streets bustle with tourists and locals. The to do’s for the Chicago summer range from tours of the city, summer festivals galore, hanging on the beach, checking out the great architecture – there is just so much to do in this city! Here are just a few of the abundant things to do in the Chicago summer.

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Willis Tower

No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago! Enjoy 360 degree views spanning up to 50 miles and 4 states and their most spectacular view 1,353 feet straight down! “Dare to Stand Out” on The Ledge, which are glass balconies extending around 4 feet outside the building - provide a thrilling, once in a lifetime experience!

Wrigley Field

A cold beverage, a hot dog, and a seat in the bleachers at Chicago’s historic Wrigley Field watching the Cubs play – enough said!

Chicago Beaches

There may not be waves, but with the vast blue water of Lake Michigan and the beautiful people lying out in the sun - Chicago’s beaches give any New Jersey beach a run for their money.

Navy Pier

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Chicago, Navy Pier offers tons of summer fun such as a 150foot high Ferris wheel, Lake Michigan boat cruises, live entertainment on the Skyline Stage, and firework shows twice a week.

Lincoln Park Day Trip

Lincoln Park’s vast 1,200 acres along Lake Michigan is a great spot to spend an entire Chicago day in the summer. There’s certainly plenty to do, from the Lincoln Park Zoo, to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to North Avenue Beach to the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

Chicago Air and Water Show

The Chicago Air and Water draws over 2 million people to Lake Michigan’s shores for one weekend each August, and is the oldest and largest free show of its kind in the United States.

Millennium Park

This park is definitely worth a stroll in the summer months, it is absolutely beautiful and your kids can get drenched in the Crown Fountain.

Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain, one of Chicago’s most recognizable landmarks, has a large 20-minute water display during the summer months at the top of every hour. Make sure to visit it at least once at night where the display includes music and multi-colored lights.




Ashley Lauren, 23 years old, is a symbol of hope for the children.

Ashley Lauren was diagnosed with pediatric cancer at just three years old. 42 JULY 2011

he Ashley Lauren Foundation was incorporated in January 2005 and in January 2006 began assisting families. Executive Director Monica Vermeulen started the foundation in honor of her daughter, Ashley Lauren, who at three-years-old was diagnosed with pediatric cancer. Due to the difficulties Monica dealt with, encountered, and overcame - she felt it was important to share her experience with other families. “My family and daughter have endured the hardships on all ends of the spectrum, so I wanted to help others with the same adversities,” she explained. The Foundation offers financial, material and emotional support for families from all over New Jersey. After Ashley finished her treatments, Monica decided to go back to college and get a degree in Non-Profit Management with a focus on Childhood Cancer. She now has the knowledge of how to successfully run a non-profit organization. The Ashley Lauren Foundation assists children from birth through 21 years of age. “Up to that age, they are still in need and we want them to know help is available. Our desire is to bring a smile to their face, relieve their burden, and to make their lives as happy as we can. We want to make a difference in their lives and would like to make their wishes come true. Sadly, there are a lot of last wishes, but fulfilling their wish makes them happy and that is important,” explained Monica. No matter what hospital the child must visit, as long as that

child lives in New Jersey, the Ashley Lauren Foundation, which is located in Colts Neck, will help. The Foundation has partnered with local farms to take the children on outings, such as riding horses and fishing. Birthdays and special occasions are noted and celebrated. The Foundation raises funds for the families through its fundraising efforts so they are always looking for businesses to come on board with them – to join in with their sponsorship program. “Tommy’s Coal-fired Pizza has partnered with us and adopted us as their charity. They have locations in Red Bank, Brick and Ocean,” noted Monica. Volunteers are also needed, as it takes many people pulling together to make a difference. “This is a 24/7 process for me,” said Monica. “I am always working on something. If a child needs a ride to get their treatment, we are there to help. We have become family to these children and we want to let them know how meaningful they are to us.” Ashley is now 23 years old and doing very well and while in college, she took dance performance as her major. This is what the Foundation wants to emphasize – hope and help – to these children. “We want the children to know that no matter what, never let go of your hopes and dreams,” said Monica. Ashley now serves as an example of what can be done. One important part of the Ashley Lauren Foundation is their “Making Dreams Come True” program. Some children

Albert, age 8

Alyssa, age 7

Xander, age 2

wish to meet a celebrity or favorite athlete. One child loved the NY Giants and was befriended by Justin Tuck who took the wish of this boy personally. He made arrangements for the child to hang out with the team and visit the locker room. It made all the difference in his life. Unfortunately, the child lost his battle with cancer but “Making Dreams Come True” was able to provide this special time to bring him some happiness. Bobbie Flay and Rachel Ray have also helped out with this program. In one instance, the Foundation found the perfect Davinash, age 17 dog for a child who always wanted one. Another child loved Batman and they arranged for the caped crusader to visit the hospital. They also hold parties for the children. These children are given opportunities to go places they might otherwise not have been able to visit. “Because I lived through the process of doctors, hospitals, and treatments nothing these children want is too much. I work with a wonderful group of volunteers and an amazing Board of Directors who help me. I cannot do this alone. Everyone who works with the Foundation reaps the benefits of seeing what a difference their efforts have made in a child’s life. After seeing the pain, suffering and injustice these children deal with - it means so much to see them smile.” Besides helping her daughter get through the harsh reality of pediatric cancer, Monica herself is an adult cancer survivor. She also lost her mother to cancer. So

more than ever she is determined to help children and their families any way she can get through the challenges of dealing with cancer. “We are so appreciative to everyone who helps us create awareness, joins us in partnering to make a difference in a child’s life, and the sponsors who help make it possible.” Close to 250-300 families throughout the state of New Jersey have been helped by the Ashley Lauren Foundation since 2006. The Foundation does not fund research but passes all of the money raised to families. They reach out state-wide in New Jersey and have not specified a particular area simply because Monica said it would be too hard to say no to someone in need. All New Jersey hospitals with a Pediatric Oncology department, as well as New York and Pennsylvania hospitals send in referrals. As long as the child lives in New Jersey, the Foundation will help them. Monica shared her own future “wish” for the Foundation. “My long range vision is to have the Ashley Lauren Foundation located on a farm of our own so that on a constant, full time basis we can offer so much to the children and their families. I have seen the interaction of the children and the animals and know firsthand how therapeutic it can be. We would be able to offer families a place to stay for a day or a weekend to get away from the rigorous schedule and relax and not think about it all for a little while.” She keeps hoping that someone has a farm that at some time down the road would love to donate to the Foundation to fulfill this dream of hers, which would benefit the children and their families in such an unforgettable way. Monica believes each of us is a link in helping others and when we each connect with one another the pieces begin to fit together. Helping, hoping and caring are the links that connect the Ashley Lauren Foundation. They offer families financial, material and emotional support. Are you able to be a link in their fight against the insidiousness of pediatric cancer and in the process know you are making a difference in a child’s life? Visit and decide for yourself. Or call Monica at 732-414-1625 for further information on the Foundation, to inquire about sponsorship, or to offer your services as a volunteer.


Summer Fun at the Beach


Catering and Gourmet Deli

By Sheri Nicholson

Creative Director, Mulberry Market

Route 34 & Lloyd Road • Matawan, NJ 07747


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Hors d’oeuvres • Appetizers • Salads • Party Subs Cold & Hot Buffets • Sandwich Trays • Sides • Desserts


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othing says summer to kids growing up at the Jersey Shore like a day at the beach. Growing up in Monmouth County, I always joke that I was born with the sand between my toes. Nothing makes my friends and I happier than a day at the beach. A picnic basket packed with treats for lunch and sometimes breakfast, frozen grapes, and ice cold sodas, and oh how good does a sandwich taste after getting out of the salty water. My favorite childhood memories are at the beach, a nap in the shade of my Dad’s beach chair, walking for what seemed like miles collecting the ocean’s treasures, and of course my Mom always had a project for us to work on. Each year we would make a Sand Cast of our treasures. Ocean Treasure Sand Cast To preserve all the many treasures the kids find on the beach, try this fun and easy way to create art with coastal treasures. You will need to bring: • A zip top bag with plaster of Paris dry mix (follow instructions on box for measurements) • Salt Water or Fresh Water • Beach Treasures (rocks, sea glass, shells, etc.) • A stick or popsicle stick to spread plaster • A 12” dowel Try different shapes like your handprint, your initial, or a fish. This project works only in wet packed sand. But do not do this near the edge of the tide. It

will get wet and needs at least 30 minutes of drying time in the hot sun. Step 1. Dump several pails of sea water onto an area of sand, and pack it down so it is hard. Draw the shape that you would like to fill with plaster, and hollow it out, making a mold for the plaster Step 2. Place your sea treasures into the shape you, in a pleasing arrangement. Get creative, try you name or initial in shells or even the year. Make sure to press the objects into the sand so the plaster can grab them. Step 3. Mix water with the dry plaster in your zip bag (follow the instructions on plaster box for measurements) Step 4. Place the dowel at the bottom of your shape, make sure at least an inch of the plaster will cover the dowel to hold your shape up Step 5. Carefully pour the plaster into you shape, nice and slow so it gets into all the crevices. Once poured spread the top with the popsicle stick to make sure the bottom is smooth. Let the cast dry for at least 30 minutes. When it’s dry dig around the shape and lift. For a tabletop display drill a hole in a piece of driftwood and place dowel in with a drop of glue. Great for Holiday gifts for the family, and a special keepsake to remember your summer beach memories. Have fun this summer and think “Beach!”

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Being a caregiver isn’t easy. You naturally want to give your loved one the best care possible, but it can be a challenge to balance caregiving with your other responsibilities at home and work—not to mention fitting in a little time for yourself. It’s no wonder so many caregivers feel overwhelmed and short on time and energy. YOUR PAR TNER IN C AREGIVING Fortunately, help is available in the form of respite care. Respite care is a short-term service aimed at providing high-quality, uninterrupted care to your loved ones while giving you the extra time you need. Respite services can be used for as little as one week or as long as one month. A COMPLE TE R ANGE OF C ARE Respite care includes: 24-hour nursing support Daily meals Recreation and activities Nutritional monitoring Medication management Assistance with personal care Physical and occupational therapy Spiritual services Memory care

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Left to right: Don Lynch, president Jersey Central Power & Light; State Sen. Joseph M Kyrillos and his wife, Susan Doctorian, Monmouth University counselor to the President, and BenWaldron, Monmouth-Ocean Development Council, enjoy their evening at the Jersey Shore Partnership Summer Celebration.


he Jersey Shore Partnership Foundation hosted the annual Summer Celebration on June 6 at Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook under an open-air tent. The event commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Partnership in its commitment to beach preservation and to the Jersey Shore economy. Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi, Lynda Pagliughi, State Sen. Joseph M. Kyrillos and Susan Doctorian Kyrillos served as Dinner Chairs. The Summer Celebration marks the kickoff of summer and is a reminder of the unique value of our beaches to the millions of people whose destination of choice is the Jersey Shore as residents, business owners, and visitors. More than 400 guests attended the evening, which was marked by superb food provided by New Jersey fisheries and prepared by area chefs. The evening included music by Brian Kirk and the Jerks. The event honored Monmouth Medical Center and Dr. Frank Vozos, Executive Director, with the Tom Gagliano Leadership Award, and Verizon New Jersey and Dennis Bone, President, with the Outstanding Partnership Award. Susan McClure accepted an award on behalf of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and Fishermen’s Energy, as fishermen-owned off-shore wind company also received a recognition award for their contributions to the quality of life and vitality of our shore communities.

Learn to Skate Summer Camp


he Howell Skating Academy of Howell Ice World is proud to present its inaugural 2011 Learn to Skate Summer Camp for children of all ages and skating abilities. This premier skating summer camp program will introduce children to the fundamentals of skating and provide comprehensive basic skills instruction. The skating camp is appropriate for children interested in learning basic skills for recreational skating, figure skating, and hockey. The Learn to Skate Summer Camp follows the US Figure

Skating Association’s (USFSA) program, which includes basic fundamental skills necessary for those wishing to move on to ice hockey or freestyle figure skating. The camp’s low student-to-instructor ratio provides personal individual attention and learning in a safe environment. All children will learn an exhibition program skated to music at the end of the camp program. For more information about the Learn to Skate Summer Camp, please contact Adriana Ryan at aryan@howelliceworld. com or 732.378.6600 ext. 107.


How to avoid a parent’s worst nightmare

By Anthony V. Locascio, Esq. t’s the middle of the night and the phone rings. A friend asks about your child’s condition and how he or she is doing - but you know nothing about what happened, and, still in bed (or perhaps you’ve jumped out of it), you learn for the first time that your child was in a terrible car accident and is in the hospital. But the nightmare gets worse: the accident occurred two hours before, you rush to the hospital, but by the time you get there it’s too late. You weren’t there to comfort your child when he or she needed you the most. Sadly, that’s precisely what happened to Sara Dubinin’s parents in September 2007. By the time they got from their Sayreville, New Jersey home to the hospital, their 19-yearold daughter had slipped into a coma, and died the next day - before her parents could say “goodbye” and “we love you.” Well, Sara did not die in vein. Her parents took it upon themselves to prevent this from happening to any other parents. As a result of their efforts, on April 11, 2011, New Jersey passed “Sara’s Law,” which creates New Jersey’s first Next of Kin Registry, which permits investigating police officers to use the Internet to quickly locate and notify the contact person of anyone seriously injured in an auto accident. This law permits not only


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persons holding a valid N.J. driver’s license or permit, but also holders of a non-driver identification card to “submit, via the Internet, the name and telephone number of two emergency contacts to the Next of Kin Registry, accessible through the Motor Vehicle Commission’s website,” which may be revised or updated at anytime. If the person who registers is in an automobile accident, which renders the person “unable to communicate... resulting in the serious bodily injury, death, or incapacitation,” the law enforcement investigating officer “shall attempt to locate an emergency contact person by accessing the Next Of Kin Registry... and inform the emergency contact of the hospital or other location at which the driver or passenger may be receiving medical treatment.” Although the contact person, who must be at least 18 years old, need not actually be the next of kin of a registered adult, if the person so registered is “under the age of eighteen and is not emancipated”, the contact person must be the parent or guardian of the licensed driver, permit holder or non-driver identification card holder. If requested, the Motor Vehicle Commission “shall issue an identification card to any resident of the State who is 14 years of age or older” and who does not have a driver’s license or permit. If under 17, the consent of the applicant’s parent or legal guardian is required. In applying for a nondriver identification card, the applicant must provide proof of his or her age, identity, and that the applicant is legally in the United States. For those persons concerned about privacy issues, be not concerned. The law provides that any information provided to the Registry “shall not be considered a public record... and shall not be discoverable... by any person, entity, or governmental agency, except

upon a subpoena issued by a grand jury or a court order in a criminal matter”. Because it will take some time for the Motor Vehicle Commission to develop and set up the Registry, the law will not take effect until late next year. New Jersey has now become the seventh state (in addition to Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, and Delaware) to adopt a Next Of Kin Registry. In doing so, New Jersey has shown compassion for the parents of loved ones involved in serious auto accidents. New Jersey citizens owe a debt of gratitude to the Dubinins, who, in grieving for Sara, thought of other parents who may someday receive that dreaded phone call in the middle of the night. Please take advantage of this law so that no New Jersey parent has to ever suffer through their worst nightmare.

If you have a general legal question you would like discussed, please email and send your question to magazine@ mycommunitypublications. com or to Anthony at The names of persons submitting questions, and the specific subject matter shall be kept strictly confidential. This article is meant for informational purposes only, and is not legal advice. No representations or warranties are made with regard to the accuracy or content of this information. Always contact an attorney before taking any legal action. ANTHONY V. LOCASCIO is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as Civil Trial Attorney and is an attorney with the firm of GOLD, ALBANESE &, BARLETTI with offices in Red Bank (732) 936-9901, Morristown, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts.

Run Away to the Circus Colts Neck Fair 2011 with the Colts Neck Fair July 1st - 3rd Bucks Mill Park Friday, July 1st

4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Fireworks, Live Bands

Saturday, July 2nd

11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Car Show, Live Bands

Sunday, July 3rd


ome help celebrate Independence Day at the Colts Neck Country Fair! This event promises to be an exciting, fun-filled event for the whole family! Special events and activities are planned for each day, including a classic car show, live music, a talent show, jugglers, stilt walkers, and clowns. There will also be games of chance and wheels of fortune run by local non profit organizations. There will also be blow-ups and fun rides for smaller kids, and lot’s of exciting surprises! Come hungry to the Fair because there will be delicious food choices, sure to please the whole family! For Italian food lovers, pizza, calzones, and zeppole will be available. BBQ lovers can enjoy seafood, pork, beef, and chicken kabobs, as well as BBQ ribs, brisket and pulled pork. For dessert you will be able to choose from lot’s of ice cold ice cream treats! The Colts Neck Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts will be selling ice cold drinks! Friday, July 1 Opening ceremonies, Color Guard, and members of the New Jersey Elementary Honor Choir. Fireworks, sponsored by John Kling Custom Homes & Renovations. Stone Soup Circus will have jugglers, aerial performers, and circus workshops! Live local bands including Bullet Bob and the Colts, Jo Wymer and the Itty Bitty Band!

Saturday, July 2 Returning this year will be the Annual “Classic Car Show”! Local residents will be on the fairgrounds with their “pride and joy” cars – so bring your camera for a great photo opportunity! For more information send an email to the attention of Joe Clark at Stone Soup Circus will have a roving juggler, Uncle Sam on Stilts, aerial performers, and circus workshops! Live bands will include the acoustic guitars of the Moroccan Sheepherders, 3 Chord Symphony, Bad Neighbors, and the Two River Band. Sunday July 3 The Great American Apple Pie contest, sponsored by The Women’s Club of Colts Neck, will take place at 2:00 p.m.! Pies will be displayed and judged, and prizes will be awarded! The afternoon will also include a talent show, poster contest, distinguished volunteer of the year award, and Scholarship Awards! Stone Soup Circus will again be entertaining audiences with a roving juggler, aerial performers, and fun workshops for the whole family. Mark Miklos will be playing Blue Grass music in the afternoon, followed by the Colts Neck Swing Band! Please visit the Fair website - more information is being added each week. You may also contact the committee via email, at coltsneckfair@, or phone 732.462.8500. See you at the circus!

11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Colts Neck Swing Band, Apple Pie Contest, Talent Show

Fantastic Fireworks: July 1st (Rain date: July 2nd)

Fireworks Sponsor: John Kling Custom Homes & Renovations

Come run away to The Circus with us! There will be a circus theme, with special entertainment, live bands, and Circus Workshops all three days!

25% Off Admission (per person) Limit 6 people per ticket.

Free parking, with a $4 per person entry fee (includes sales tax).

Please visit the fair website for more information, to volunteer or to be a vendor at: COMMUNITY MAGAZINE 51


by and for a lover of the sea...
















SUSAN FAIRGRIEVE 6-28 August 2011

Opening Reception:

“First saturday”

Saturday 6 auguSt 2011 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Visit The Coastal Collection at:

658 Cookman Avenue Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712 (Shoppes in the Arcade, Lower Level, Suite 13)

Call for hours or appt. 732.927.1317

Monmouth County’s Best Kept Secret Scudiery Enterprises 1390 State Route 36 Suite 103 • Hazlet, NJ 732•739•3010

Airport Plaza

“Something for Everyone” Atlantic Wireless 732-335-0999

Absolute Guitar & Music 732-888-4404

Airport Plaza Bar & Liquors


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Oceans 150 Marina 732-739-3010

Oceans 150 Residential Rentals 732-739-3010


Essar Fr eight Systems, Inc. 732-888-3400


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McCauley Construction 732-888-4429

H&R BLOCK Tax Service


Retail Space and 2nd Floor Office Space Available


A tlantic Restoration 732-888-2070

Brooklyn Bagels & Gourmet Deli

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Monmouth County Democrats Chairman’s Office 732-739-3232 Hazlet Office 732-739-8888

Heinzer, Rosalind N. Tax Service 732-739-3728

Frank Giammarino, Pres. 732-566-0523

Turnoff & Company 732-335-1200

& Bianchi, Esq. 732-264-7200

Jewelry 732-264-5861

Carousel of Home Care 732-264-5555


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his year the Holmdel Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit entered the 2010 New Jersey Law Enforcement Challenge. An innovative program designed to stimulate traffic law enforcement activities. The program is sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), who joined forces to strengthen and support traffic enforcement nationwide. The program targets three major traffic safety priorities: Occupant protection, Impaired driving, and Speeding. The Holmdel Traffic Safety Unit was awarded second place for all Municipal Police Agencies with 26 to 45 sworn officers. The entry showed a decline in roadway crashes, a decline in crashes with injuries, and a consistent effort in effecting DWI arrests. These numbers can be attributed to the enforcement and education programs conducted by the Holmdel Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit, which includes Sgt. Kenneth McGowan, Ptl. Robert Philhower and Secretary Valerie Zudonyi. The Traffic Unit has many responsibilities to ensure that all motorists travelling in our community get to and from their destinations safely; including, handling all motorists concerns in regards to those violating any traffic related laws or ordinances in the community. “This award is an affirmation of all the traffic-related work that is done by the entire Department on a daily basis.” said Holmdel’s Police Chief John Mioduszewski. “work that is accomplished through enforcement and education”. By the rules of the 2010 New Jersey Law Enforcement Challenge, all Departments compiled an entry, based on statistics from 2008 to 2010. Entries were required to include the following topics: Policy & Guidelines, Training, Incentives & Recognition, Public Information & Education, Enforcement Activity, and How Effective the Department is in fulfilling its Traffic Safety mission. All entries were judged on the information provided in the above mentioned categories and on the quality & creativity of the presentation itself. The Challenge provides law enforcement agencies with an opportunity to make a significant difference in the communities they serve. The program format allows for agencies to learn from one another and establish future goals in traffic safety enforcement and education. Ultimately, the National Law Enforcement Challenge is about saving lives and reducing injuries.

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A taste of French culture


n Friday, June 17, the seventh grade students studying French in Mme. Laurence Cogger’s class received a special treat. They all got a taste of French culture in the form of croissants, pains au chocolat, brioches, and croque monsieurs, which are typical French foods. Cogger, a native Parisienne who has lived in the United States for the past 21 years, often supplements grammar and vocabulary studies with hands-on cultural experiences. Cogger provided the pastries from local bakeries familiar with French cookery. She prepared the croque monsieurs, made of ham, swiss cheese, and béchamel sauce grilled on white bread, in her own kitchen. In addition to getting a taste of French food, the students got a taste of French culture by playing a traditional French card game, “Le jeu des sept familles,” or “The seven-family game.” This game is played with a special deck of cards. The object is to form as many “families” as possible using memory and observation skills. Cogger, who has been teaching for fifteen years, is completing her first year in Holmdel. She teaches French and Spanish at both the middle and high school level. The supplemental cultural activities she provides for her students underlie her philosophy that, “Learning French is fun and easy!” Holmdel offers instruction in world languages beginning with the seventh grade. A student interested in taking French may do so every year throughout his or her middle school and high school career up to the Advanced Placement level.

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Kimisis Tis Theotokou 2011 Greek Festival is a Tradition

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radition is something members of the Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Holmdel take very seriously. It is passed from generation to generation and it is strong. At the age of nine, both boys and girls begin to learn the traditional Greek dances. The making of Greek pastries and traditional dishes will be taught to the young ones. Children learn all about their heritage by the example of their parents and members of their church. The annual Greek Festival is an opportunity for the children and adults to celebrate their traditions and to share with others

in the community. This year, the Festival took place June 9 through June 12. Chairman Dimiti Geaneas noted that the Greek Festival has been ongoing for 34 years; 17 of those years have been on the grounds of the Greek Orthodox Church in Holmdel. “We have had 5,000 to 7,000 people attend during the fourday festival,” Geaneas said. “It is the most beautiful festival and the only one outdoors under the moonlight. This year we are test-marketing our Ozotini, a mix of Ozo, a Greek wine, and a martini.” Chairman Geaneas added that all of the 15,000 pastries were homemade, which included Baklava, Ravani, Galak-


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These young teens are trying their luck at one of several games at the Greek Festival.


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toboureko, Kantaife, Kourambiedes, Finikia, Koulourakia, and Loukoumades. The menu also included traditional Greek dishes as well as hot dogs and hamburgers. Tables filled with beautiful jewelry, hand-crafted items, and traditional Greek items were housed beneath a large tent. So whether shopping, eating, or socializing, visitors to the Festival had a variety of ways to have fun. The younger children can enjoy the games and rides. One of the most-anticipated portions of the Festival is the performances by the GOYA Dance Troupe. Under the direction of Master Instructor Eleni Chakalos, who has been teaching for 40 years, the children learn the traditional Greek dances and the history behind

each dance. Aphrodite Bucco, also a dance instructor, was taught by Ms. Chakalos, and now her children are students. She noted that Ms. Chakalos founded the Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey, a professional dance group that travels all over the country. They have over 500 costumes, all of which were handmade by Ms. Chakalos. She has taught over 4,000 children the traditional Greek dances. When the dancers are ready to perform and the music begins, so does the hand-clapping from the audience. It is exciting to see the proud smiles on the faces of the children performing and the equally proud faces of the parents and grandparents watching the performances.

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Lincroft’s St. Leo the Great Kindergarten Graduation


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Grandparents Day grows to two-day event at Oak Hill Academy

Left to right: Eighth graders Matthew Chin and Christian Bedrij-Arpa stand in front of their Science project that details the Shape and Height of Skyscrapers to Wind Effects.

By Susan Murphy


ak Hill Academy receives such an overwhelming response to the annual Grandparents and Special Relatives Day that it is split into a two day event. May 19 was reserved for PreKindergarten students, as well as those in Grades 5 through 8; and on May 20 the day was set aside for students in Kindergarten through Grade 4. On each of these days, grandparents and special relatives came to Oak Hill Academy to watch, participate and listen as their special someone performed or shared a story. Families in the school donated a wide variety of light breakfast fare, which was set up in the Scire Student Center prior to the start of the event. An unforgettable student music performance was

given followed by Headmaster Joseph Pacelli’s greeting to everyone. He explained that this year marks Oak Hill Academy’s 30 year anniversary. Headmaster Pacelli emphasized that there are graduates who now live, work and study all over the world. He praised the PTO and their fundraising efforts and thanked PTO President Mrs. Lisa Wicks and her committees for the $160,000 check they recently presented to him for the school. Visitors for the Pre-Kindergarten students remained in the SAC and were delighted to watch the little ones act out the story read by Pre-Kindergarten Director Mrs. Weikes titled “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Fifth grade teacher Mrs. Cotterell offered a math challenge to

Ginger and Bob DeStefano take a moment with their granddaughter, Amanda, who is in sixth grade. Her teacher, Mrs. Duffy, asked the students to interview their grandparents.

Parents, students and fifth grade teacher Mrs. Cotterell watch as Larry Fleisher and his grandson, Luke Johnson, complete a math problem.

students and their grandparents/ special relatives. Luke Johnson went up against his grandfather, Larry Fleisher on a timed math problem and when the time was up – grandfather won! Sixth grade teacher Mrs. Duffy had students get facts about the foods, games and socializing done by their grandparent/ special relative. Listening to the laughter and watching the interaction of the students and their families made it easy to see why this two-day event is one of the most favorite and best attended during the school year. Grandparents and special relatives were also encouraged to visit the Gym where the fifth through eighth grade students displayed their projects for the Science Fair. Fifth grader Erik Wicks chose to compare the difference in taste

of organic and regular milk. His “Got Milk!” project documented the results of taste testers who volunteered to sample both organic and regular milk and offer their opinion. Erik explained that a growth hormone often found in inorganic milk is rGHB, and that its use is controversial. Eighth graders Christian Bedrij-Arpa and Matthew Chin created a project titled “Shape and Height of Skyscrapers to Wind Effects,” for which they visited the Skyscraper Museum in New York City, completed research at Liberty Science Center, and built a model of a wind towel, which they tested at the wind tunnel lab in Liberty Science Center. Both students will attend High Technology High School in Lincroft next year.

Fifth grader Erik Wicks stands with his mother, Lisa, president of the Oak Hill Academy PTO, in front of his science project, “Got Milk!” COMMUNITY MAGAZINE 59

Parish Carnival Welcomes All Ages

By Susan Murphy


pening night at the Carnival held by Saint Leo the Great Parish began Monday, June 13 and almost immediately families entered the special area to enjoy the games and rides. Due to the 6:00 p.m. opening, the Food Court was one of the first stops for a quick dinner then on to the fun. Carnival Chair Dave Jones said, “It was a very successful opening night, and the weather was great.” He noted that there were a few new rides and games this year for the little ones, and that the machine gun booth and dunk tank were back this year. On Wednesday and Friday, the Carnival featured “celebrity” dunkees from the school in the dunk tank. Chili dogs and nachos were new this in the food court. He added that the Super 50/50 would take place on Saturday evening and that following opening night it was already nearing $50,000! A picture is worth a thousand words and these tell how great the Carnival was on opening night.

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n June 8, the members of the Colts Neck Business Association (CNBA) gathered at their regular meeting place in the Colts Neck Library. Bright and early, local business

owners joined to listen to guest speaker Amy Fitzgerald, director of the Monmouth County economic and workforce development (MCEWD). Amy began by indicating

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he mission statement of St. Mary’s Martha Mary Guild proclaims that “We are dedicated to assisting women and children in need”. Due to the success of the annual Clothing/Linen Sale (held every September – more info next month), we were able to contribute to several deserving organizations. Following is a list for 2010-2011: Collier Youth Services Manna House Providence Clinic Sisters of St. Joseph Spring House St. Joseph by the Sea Retreat House St. Mary’s Social Concerns Ministry St. Mary’s Youth Group The Sisters’ Academy/Mercy Center Many Guild members work very hard to earn these funds and we are grateful that the community supports us in our endeavors.

that, currently, small businesses are the biggest type of business in our area, especially because Monmouth County is not a community for large businesses. Thus, it is crucial for these small businesses to focus on their workforce, financing and incentives and general business tools to be successful. To aid the local economy, the MCEWD offers business education institutions, nonprofit organizations, and many useful tips to help businesses grow. Fitzgerald’s mantra is that “the role of local government is to empower local businesses.” Some of the ways that MCEWD can help the workforce are through training, providing grants, and teaching team building skills. These services are provided within our county and should be utilized if your business needs help and you are not sure where to begin with improvements and growth. To discuss options with Fitzgerald, she can be reached at Amy.Fitzgerald@ Also, for those who were not at the Countryside Café on Monday June 13 for CNBA’s Card Exchange, you missed a great

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he senior’s monthly meeting was held on June 1 at the Conover Road Primary School. An excellent presentation was made after lunch on “falls and fall prevention”. During June, the seniors traveled to the Lake Wallenpaupack area in the Poconos to Ehrhardts’s Dinner Theater to see the play “On Golden Pond”.

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The monthly meeting and luncheon will be held on July 6 at Doolans Shore Club in Spring Lake. A bus will be available for those members needing transportation to the meeting, leaving Town Hall at 10:30 a.m. and returning at 3:00 p.m. Members should call Mary Lodato at 732.380.1205 for a bus reservation. Card Parties will be held on July 7, 21 and 28 at the Colts Neck Library from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The bridge group will meet on July 7 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Assisted Living Complex on Route 34.

networking event as well as some delicious food and wine. Owner Janice Rizzo out did herself with delectable arrays of appetizers, cheeses, and wraps, helping us put on a great event. The CNBA is led by president Sal Barbagallo, vice presidents Tom Orgo and Anna Appolonia, secretaries Jennifer Barbieri and Monica Vermeulen, and treasurer Veronica Sullivan. The group is advised by Colts Neck residents and CNBA founders Mario Geneve and Silvan Lutkewitte. The CNBA meets the second Wednesday of every month from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. at the Colts Neck Library at 1 Winthrop Road, near town hall. CNBA encourages all who have interest in Colts Neck to attend. For more details, visit the Colts Neck Business Association’s website at UPCOMING EVENTS August 16 - Card Exchange at the Pebble Creek Gold Club, hosted by Huddy’s.

Computer Classes will resume in September at the beginning of the next school year. The seniors will participate in the Colts Neck Fair on July 1-3 with their “Grannies Attic Sale” of second-hand items and treasures, with all profits going to scholarships for outstanding Colts Neck students. This is always a favorite of children as well as collectors. Afternoon at the Movies will be the movie, “Inception”, and will be shown on Wednesday, July 20, at 2:00 p.m. at the Colts Neck Library. The afternoon movies are open to all members of the community. The seniors will travel to Long Branch and the New Jersey Repertory Theater to see “Just in Time” - the Judy Holiday story by Bob Sloan. This fast-paced romp through the life of the original dumbblond and one of the funniest actresses ever, features Holiday’s famous cohorts: Orson Welles, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Gloria Swanson, among others, in a buoyant valentine to a bygone era. The seniors will have lunch at Rooney’s, always a favorite, before the show. Please contact John Walsh at 732.946.0591 for club information and membership forms. COMMUNITY MAGAZINE 63



Colts Neck Township has held a Memorial Day Parade for over 40 years.


ach year residents line the parade route or gather at Memorial Park for a special remembrance ceremony. Representatives of the many organizations in town marched down the one and a half mile parade route from Town Hall onto Heritage Lane to Heyers Mill Road and stopped at Memorial Park. Residents were dressed in red, white and blue and waving flags as parade participants passed by. Several residents brought their dogs who also wore patriotic neckerchiefs! “Memorial Day in Colts Neck is a special day set aside for remembering the men and women who 64 JULY 2011

died while serving our country in the armed forces,” shared Recreation Director Thomas Hennessy, Jr. “We observe the day with a parade, a true representation of small town American’s tribute to our local and the country’s deceased veterans,” he added. Mr. Hennessy was pleased that after many attempts at securing a military vehicle, they were able to have a 7-Ton military transport vehicle from the Marine Transport Motor Pool in Red Bank, thanks to the efforts of Colonel Jim Sfayer. Master of Ceremonies during the Grave Site Ceremony at Memorial Park was Jim Valenti. The Invocation was given by Pastor Chris

“Memorial Day in Colts Neck is a special day set aside for remembering the men and women who died while serving our country in the armed forces” - Thomas Hennessy Jr. CN Recreation Director Durkin of Colts Neck Community Church. Grand Marshall of the Parade was Bud Wheeler, who arrived in a Revolutionary War uniform. Colts Neck H i g h S cho ol’s N a v y NJROTC initiated the flag raising ceremony and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Carly Dafeldecker (who represented Girl Scouts, Brownies and Daisys) and Christopher Mottola (who represented the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts). Kimberly Maida sang The National Anthem; “Chorus of the Atlantic” Barbershop Quartet sang God Bless America; and Susan Schatzle sang America the Beautiful. Colonel Jim Sfayer asked the Colts Neck Recreation Committee to distribute a remembrance coin to the Veterans in the audience. Colts Neck Emergency Services Group (Police, First Aid, Fire Department),

Colonel Sfayer and Mayor Jim Schatzle placed a wreath by the flag. Grand Marshall Bud Wheeler fired his musket into the air over the grave site of Private Michael Field, a soldier w h o died on June 28, 1778, and is buried in Memorial Park. This firing is a military salute to all the soldiers who have died in wars. To conclude the ceremony, a member of the Colts Neck High School Band played Taps. Refreshments, music, and face painting followed at Colts Neck Firehouse #2 on Conover Road, which offered more opportunities for residents to socialize.




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roop 290 has continued to be active in the community. Some of you may have participated in Scouting for Food when we collected food to donate to a local food pantry. We also marched in the Memorial Day Parade, and jointly led the Pledge of Allegiance with the Girl Scouts. We’re doing a Flag Retirement Ceremony on June 15, and we’ll have more about that next issue. You’ll also see us parking cars at the Colts Neck Fair coming on July 1-3. In May, the Troop went to State Police Camporee in Sea Girt. The scouts had opportu-

nities to earn merit badges like Traffic Safety, and there were also lots of interesting demonstrations by the State Police. The helicopters were definitely the favorite attraction of this troop! There were helicopters taking off and landing, demonstrations of people rappelling down from helicopters and a SWAT demonstration,. This is always one of our favorite events, and there were approximately 10,000 Boy Scouts attending! In early June, several members of the Troop participated in the Order of the Arrow Spring Pow Wow at Forestburg Scout Reservation in New York. The Order of the Arrow is the national honor society of Boy Scouting, and recognizes Scouts who best exemplify the spirit of the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. Activities over the weekend were mainly centered on getting everything

ready for summer camp, but there was plenty of time for fun, fellowship and food. Two members of the Troop were there for the first time—they were voted into membership by the Troop (one of the few honor societies where non-members can elect the members). One scout achieved Brotherhood Rank which means that he has been an active member of the OA for at least 10 months and met the criteria for Brotherhood, Service and Cheerfulness, the three tenets of the Orders. Three members of our Troop were chosen to be Vigil Honor Members, which is the highest level of the OA. These members were Chris Cline, Laurel Cline, and Craig Sherman. Congratulations to all the new members and to those who were recognized at new levels. Coming up is the OA Conclave, the Flag Retirement Ceremony, a tubing trip, and Summer camp! If you are interested in joining our troop, please contact Joe Lelesi at for more information.


Lisa Petillo-Belli, recent graduate and Global Citizenship Award recipient, pictured here with Brookdale’s Professor Phyllis Shafer.


ecent Brookdale Community College graduate, Lisa Petillo-Belli, was not only awarded one of six ‘Outstanding Student Awards’ at the commencement ceremonies held on May 15, 2011, but also received a ‘Global Citizenship Award’ for her research on the plight of the Albino Community in Tanzania, Africa. When presented with an opportunity by her International Business instructor, Professor Phyllis Shafer, to research a country which has a specific hardship and provide a solution, Petillo-Belli, reached far when identifying this unique group. Surprisingly, Tanzania contains the largest concentration of Albinos in the world. In this region, many people suffering from Albinism, a genetic disease which results in the lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes, will not reach the age of 30 due


to the epidemic rates of skin cancer. Many of the jobs they hold are in agriculture, which means excessive exposure to the scorching African sun, and children can not play freely and must stay in the shadows because of the harmful rays. They have very little or no protection from the same sun that many here bask in. This distinctive group is often ostracized and not considered equals because of their appearance. But, even more horrific, is the unfortunate fact that people with Albinism are being hunted in Tanzania for their body parts, hair and limbs, as part of an unbelievable form of witchcraft. Absurdly, people with Albinism are believed to possess magic that will ensure future wealth and prosperity, and young Albino girls are being raped because it is believed that they have the cure for AIDS. Many families must relocate deep into the more rural areas of the country, basically fleeing for their lives. There they have no access to government resources and are surviving on very little, in most cases less than $2 per day. “It is my hope to help this

group by raising awareness, as well as coordinating a fundraiser, to help make their lives just a little easier. They are in desperate need of protective sun gear,” PetilloBelli says. Three very important and high demand items – sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats, will be collected to make a sun protection package. The goal is to make 100 packages – or more! Lisa Petillo-Belli has partnered with a non-profit organization, Under The Same Sun, who will ensure proper distribution of not only monetary contributions, but the sun protection package which will reach those in the most remote parts of Tanzania. “We all have an obligation to be good citizens – locally, nationally and globally. We can all make a difference, large or small,” Petillo-Belli says. Is this an effort you would like to be part of? Would your group or organization like to play an active role in this global initiative? If you would like to learn more about this issue please go to Please contact Lisa Petillo-Belli at for more details on how you can help this effort. COMMUNITY MAGAZINE 67



ongratulations to our top spellers for their achievement! First Place, Ethan Kilmnick, Second Place, Brooks Condon, Third Place Jake Swidryk. Honorable mention went to Daniel Grabowski. This year’s Fourth Grade Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, was held at the library on Friday June 3. In attendance were nervous fourth graders, parents, siblings, grandparents, some of fourth grade teachers from Conover Road Elementary School, as well many other supporters and friends. The fourth graders started out very strong, zooming through page after page of fourth grade level words. Each student who participated received a ribbon, and hearty congratu-

lations. As the words were spelled one by one, the tension and focus grew. The four finalists competed for a few rounds. Then there were two spellers remaining. The word that became the undoing of our fourth graders was “vegetable”. This word was spelled incorrectly, then correctly by the opponent. The final and winning word was “blouse”. All in attendance were impressed by the skills of all of the spellers, especially the final four. PNC Bank, here in Colts Neck generously donated savings bonds, which were awarded to the top three spellers. Beautiful trophies


Fifth grader Joseph Sandbach, who attends a golf camp in the summer, has no problem hitting the golf ball during his practice time.


hird, fourth and fifth grade students at Conover Road Elementary School in Colts Neck were visited by two golf professionals during their respective Physical Education classes on June 8. Physical Education teachers Mrs. Cheryl Mitchell and Mrs. Gianine Ippolito joined students in welcoming Bill Castner, a town resident who runs Plainfield West Nine in Edison, and Greg Zohovetz, a Rutgers graduate, who is one of 300 members for NJPGA. The New Jersey Golf Foundation was founded in 2004 as the official charity of the New Jersey Section PGA. Mr. Castner started the students with simple exercises relating to golf, such as pivots, balancing, and the correct positioning of the hands. He also reviewed the parts of the golf club and their proper names. The students then separated into small groups to begin the practice of hitting the golf balls. Third grade students used SNAG (Starting New at Golf) equipment, which was donated by the NJ Golf Foundation. (They are larger golf clubs for the smaller students.) Eleven year old fifth grader Joseph Sandbach said his father plays golf so he is familiar with the terminology. “I have taken golf lessons at camp during the summer,” said Joseph, then added, “it’s a relaxing game.” Mr. Castner watched as this young student assumed the 68 JULY 2011

Two golf professionals Bill Castner and Greg Zohovetz teach Conover Road Elementary School students the proper way to hold a golf club during their visit on June 8, 2011.

proper stance, pivoted his body and hit the ball. He congratulated Joseph on a job well done. “Before you begin, your posture, grip and aim are important,” shared Mr. Castner. “During the game, balance is key. This student has fantastic balance,” he said of Joseph. Ten year old fourth grader Audrey Rose said she plays golf in the summer with her parents. “When we go to Wildwood I play golf with my cousins.” Audrey followed the exercises she was shown earlier and hit the golf ball. “It is kind of a hard game and hitting the ball is tough for me,” shared Audrey. She just smiled and continued her practice. Mr. Castner said her positive attitude was important and she seemed to be having a great time. One of the reasons he and Mr. Zohovetz work with the students is to give them exposure to the game of golf. “And we want them to have fun,” he said. Audrey was having fun, as well as receiving pointers from Mr. Castner. Both Joseph and Audrey are left-handed but that is not a problem in this game. Mr. Zohovetz observed that many of the students were familiar with the game. “The enthusiasm is there at this age. We want to introduce the game of golf to students who are not familiar with it and emphasize that they have fun with it.” Both golf professionals agreed that Monmouth County is great golf

were also awarded - to the top four spellers. Chairperson LiliAnn Paras has organized this wonderful family event for the past eight years. She reached out to all Colts Neck fourth graders, to come and participate in the Bee. Jeanne Heck (treasurer for the Friends) read the words, assisted by MIchele Battista (member of the Friends). Kelly Taylor (President of the Friends) assisted the spellers. Each year, the Spelling Bee is held at the same time as the world famous Scripps National Spelling Bee. The winning word at the Scripps Bee this year was cymotrichous - which is an adjective meaning to have wavy hair!

By Susan Murphy

Fourth grader Audrey Rose assumes the correct posture and prepares to hit the golf ball during her time outdoors.

country and it was voted number one in the country for public golf courses. The goal of the New Jersey Golf Foundation’s Golf in School program has always been to make golf a part of the physical education classes throughout New Jersey. Conover Road Elementary School is one of 130 schools in New Jersey who offer golf in the school. Following each class session outdoors with the golf professionals, the students reviewed what they had learned. Mr. Castner explained that golf was an honest game. “It’s your job to follow the rules. You sign your name acknowledging that the correct score is on your golf sheet. Golf teaches you responsibility, honesty, and respect. Yet you can have fun playing the game.” Mrs. Mitchell addressed her gym students with a reminder. “You are very fortunate to have these two golf professionals share their time with you. I hope you took the time to learn from them.” Mr. Zohovetz was proud to be a part of the day’s program at Conover Road Elementary School. “We are proud of our success of teaching life lessons through the game of golf.” The NJPGA Golf in Schools program grows larger each year and has already worked with 25,000 children in New Jersey. For more information visit their website at www.njgolffoundation. com.


Back row from left: Daniel Schulte, Joe Hagan, Colton Schoch, Frank Buono, Joseph Sparber, Chris Aquinas Front Row from left: Brendan Clarke, Steve Appolonia, Nick Umbro, Dante Caruso, Brian Sheehy and Tommy Clark


he 12U Colts Neck Stampede went 5-1 in the Sports At The Beach Memorial Day Weekend Tournament in Rehobeth Beach, Delaware. They wound up in third place with the second best record in a field of 20 “showcase” tournament teams from DE, MD, PA, NJ, NY and VA. Along the way, they battled the intense heat as well as incredible competition, and did so in dramatic fashion - such as a walk off steal of home by Joey Hagan and a huge grand slam by Brian Sheehy. There was stellar defense up the middle by Brendan Clarke and Nick Umbro, which

warranted ESPN “web gem” nominations, and allowed Joey Hagan to close out every win unscathed. Tommy Clark was a horse on the mound pitching countless innings. The Quarter Final round provided the most intense drama. A 2-run homerun by Tommy Clark earlier in the game against the Tri-County Titans from Philly cut their lead to 6-2. The final at bat for the Stampede started with back to back homeruns by Frank Buono and Joe Sparber. Dante Caruso, Joey Hagan and Tommy Clark prolonged the rally with big hits only to be capped off with a walk off game winning



ooker T. Wa s h ington once said, “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” These are the words that Christian Collins, a 14-year-old from Colts Neck, strives to live by. Christian understands the importance of helping others and has been setting aside time to help those in need since he was 12. To date, he has volunteered over 65 hours of service. Volunteering at the Red Bank “Lunch Break” and the Asbury Park “Saturday Soup” among others, Christian has prepared meals, set up tables, served food, cleaned up afterward and has generally been an “extra set of hands” where needed. The CYO Challenger Basketball program has afforded him the opportunity to work with kids with disabilities, playing and teaching basketball, one of his favorite sports. He has had the opportunity to meet and socialize with kids around his age and helped many of these young people to feel comfortable and less isolated - part of a bigger world. He has helped the elderly as well by taking

part in the activities at the local assisted living center. Even as a “third party” volunteer at fundraisers, he has been able to help out and grow as a young philanthropist and ultimately as a human being. Christian views his philanthropy as a way to make a difference in the world and sees himself following these issues throughout his lifetime in an effort to truly make a change. As a member of his church’s youth ministry he has had the proper guidance in getting involved in service work and plans to participate in youth group activities through high school. He will be attending the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Howell High School as a freshman in September and plans to join C.A.R.E. - Caring Adolescent “Rebel” Enthusiast, a club dedicated to philanthropic causes. Christian recommends that other kids his age get involved. Look for activities that you have an interest in and volunteer! If you have been blessed, share that with others less fortunate. You won’t be disappointed AND the people you help will have been touched in a way they will remember throughout their lives. “Lifting up someone else” definitely helps you “lift yourself ”.

single by Dan Schulte. Head Coach Joe Hagan added, “We never gave up, we kept fighting, everybody contributed and we really came together as a team, after winning last years Marlboro Memorial Day Tournament, we decided to ratchet up the level of competition and for sure we represented our town extremely well and we should all be proud of these boys. In fact, many tournament veteran players and coaches who took notice of our plays kept asking all of us, ‘Where are you guys from?’ to which we would respond, ‘Oh, just a little town called Colts Neck!’”

Fall Recreation Soccer Registration Registration for the Colts Neck Sports Foundation Fall 2011 Recreation Soccer season is open now through July 15. All Colts Neck residents grades K-8 are eligible. The cost is $125 per child to register for the season. A late fee applies for registrations received after July 15. You may register by visiting our website, Also, if you are interested in volunteering as a coach, you may do so at the time you register your child. The soccer season will begin on Saturday, September 10. For more information, contact AJ Garito, Soccer Commissioner, at






ll summer worship services are at 9:15 a.m. Nursery care and a special children’s activity are offered each week. Iced tea and lemonade are provided on the front patio of the Sanctuary following worship (weather permitting.)




SUNDAY, JULY 17 5th Sunday After Pentecost

Bruce and Laurie Hawley, mission coordinators for the Reformed Church, share about their ministry. The sermon series continues as we consider the SUNDAY, JULY 3 scriptural stories toward the end of the 3rd Sunday book of Exodus. Music is offered by a After Pentecost We celebrate communion by intinc- men’s ensemble. tion, and continue our summer sermon series of an Old Testament overview as SUNDAY, JULY 24 we focus on the latter chapters of Gen6th Sunday esis. Terri O’Neil is liturgist. Music is After Pentecost offered by the Cerny/Applegate family. The biblical stories this morning focus on Joshua. Music is offered by Julianna SUNDAY, JULY 10 Heck; Steve Johnson is liturgist.

4th Sunday After Pentecost

The sermon this morning looks at the early years of Moses’ life. Anna Petrie, a member of our congregation, shares a “moment for mission” before she leaves on a year-long volunteer mission opportunity in Niger. Music is offered by the youth choir, Jubilation! – both current and alumni members.

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olts Neck Reformed Church sponsored is The sermon this morning looks at sixth used bike colthe life of Samuel. Music is offered lection for Pedals For Progress, a by Loran Campbell; Rose Pisarek is New Jersey 501 (c)3 Corporation liturgist. on June 11. Over 85 bikes were collected from Colts Neck residents as well as those in neighboring towns. The suggested $10 per bike donation tallied up to and community programs. The bikes are adapted Reverend Vande Bunte was joined by teens, them.” Another student said, $905 thanks to the generosity of adults and a young child, all members of the “It’s good to see the commu- for use as trash haulers, produce trucks, taxis, and residents. Colts Neck Reformed CN Reformed Church, as they accepted used nity coming together to make farm machinery. Medical personnel in remote arChurch will also donate $1500 bicycles for Pedals For Progress. eas also rely on the bicycle to get them to villages a difference.” from its Benevolent Fund to Pednot accessible by roads. Without Where do the bikes go from here? als For Progress to help defray the shipping costs. these “mobile bike medics”, people in They will be shipped overseas to counFourteen members of the church, made up tries such as Vietnam, Nicaragua, these villages would not get the vacof students and adults, volunteered to accept and Ghana, Uganda, El Salvador, Guatecines or medical attention most of us prepare the bicycles for shipment. Pedals had to be mala, Albania, and Modolva. Accordoften take for granted. removed, placed in baggies then attached to each P4P isn’t just donating used biing to the information on the website bike. Seats were dropped to their lowest height and cycles; it is also helping developing for Pedals for Progress (P4P), every 10-speed bike handlebars were wrapped under the world economies by promoting selfyear, affluent Americans buy 22 million frame of the bikes. Reverend Christopher Vande new bicycles and discard millions of sustaining bicycle repair businesses. Bunte, organizer of the event for the past several In its 20 years of salvaging unwanted old ones, abandoning many more unyears, said there is always a good turnout for this used in basements, sheds, and garages. bikes and shipping them overseas event. Besides the donation by residents, the town to aid developing countries, Pedals Most of these end up in our already donates any bikes they pickup during community For Progress states on its website as overburdened landfills. P4P rescues the clean-up day. Jack Rubin, one of the students who bicycles and ships them to developing receiving, processing and donating volunteered to help, shared his thoughts. “It’s all countries where they are sorely needed Vande Bunte observes as a 130,535 bikes. about making the less fortunate happy. I rememand highly valued. P4P bikes are put to teen volunteer from the church ber how happy I was getting my first bike. Now work not only as basic transportation, removes the pedals from a bicycle donated by residents for these bikes are going to those who truly need but are used as a supplement to school the used bike collection. 70 JULY 2011

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From the Desks of

Mayor Pat Impreveduto

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appy Fourth of July, it’s a try to conserve money for you, and wonderful time of year to we did our best to hold the tax levy celebrate America and each at a minimum. The average assessed other. household of $618,000.00 will see an We truly live in the greatest place increase of $6.60 a month or $80 per on earth and celebrating our liberty is year. a special right, one that we must never 2011 is the year of Mother Nature’s forget. continual gift giving! First snow, then Our Township Budget was adopt- high winds, now its brush pick-up. ed in June . We would like to extend With this past spring’s storms there many thanks to our Township Ad- was more brush then we could have ministrator, staff and the governing anticipated. We have been working body members for working together closely with our Administrator and to achieve the cuts to our budget that his staff to try to come up with a vineeded to be made. As stated before able resolution. We have changed the we have undergone a sizeable reduc- co-chairs of the DPW committee to tion in our municipal aid from the include Mayor Impreveduto, to alState, as well as an increase in our low a more hands on approach. We pension contributions. So we had to are hoping that we can develop a sotighten our belt even further. We have lution in conjunction with the DPW made the tough decisions by evaluat- Superintendent. We will do our best ing layoffs and reducing staff to part to advertise any new schedule in contime as a cost-reduction measure, or junction with using our reverse callchoosing not to replace those who re- ing system. Please check our website tire but shift the work load. All of this or call 732-946-2820 ext 1205 if you is more difficult then it sounds with are not sure how the new schedule afcivil service rules. To date, the PBA fects you. We are also looking towards has made concession with their con- the County for a shared service agreetract and saved the Township dollars ment in our Public Works departwhile preserving the jobs of three of ment. their fellow officers. The retirement On June 15 Somerset Developof the three officers from last year will ment and Mr. Zucker made a presennot be replaced, and work loads will tation about the future of the Lucent shift at headquarters as well. We are tract. Working in conjunction with waiting to hear back from our Blue Township officials and professionals, and White collar workers on the con- a plan was hammered out and was cessions their representatives agreed put forward for your input. The feedto, or sadly an additional lay-off plan back that evening was mostly positive will need to be put into place. There is and almost every suggestion made not a day that goes by that we do not was one that was already thought of

and covered in the plans. There will be plenty more public hearings and opportunity for public comment. Once the redevelopment plan for the property is complete, it will need to go to the planning board for review, then back to the governing body for adoption; all involving a public comment period. Then the project itself will need to go through the regular course of building anything in our Township, by going before the planning board with site plans and engineering studies. We also want to thank you for your continued emails, letters and phone calls on all topics including Lucent, your input is invaluable. We often say it is the most important tool in our toolbox, hearing directly from our residents. Again, thank you. Chief Ray Wilson, now known as administrator Wilson has been doing a wonderful job, albeit interim. The search for a new administrator is continuing. We have narrowed the candidates down and are expecting an interview questionnaire to be returned to us shortly for review, so we can continue to pare down the candidates until we find the right one for Holmdel Township. We want to thank Ray Wilson for his continual and dedicated service to our community. Speaking of dedicated service, the First Aid Garage sale was quite a success, they netted approximately $12,000, due to a lot of hard work and commitment by the members of the Squad. Thank you for your donations, whether in merchandise

or in purchasing something; please know your contribution plays a key role in helping the squad help you and your neighbors. As a simple reminder, both Fire and First Aid are volunteer services in Holmdel and their requests for donations and any money they raise, whether it be from knocking on your door, sending you a letter, or holding a garage sale goes solely to the entity hosting the fundraising event. They do not share dollars raised, as each is its own 501c3, tax exempt organization. They truly are the unsung heroes of our community; whether being rattled out of bed in the middle of the night for a bloody nose, or rushing off to a carbon monoxide alarm, they do it with no hesitation and a great love for our community. So every little bit you give them comes back to you 100 fold. As is usually done in the July issue, we are going to remind you of pool safety. Please be mindful of your children around the pool, and during a party give yourself some peace of mind, hire a lifeguard. If you need help in finding someone, please feel free to call our recreation department. Enjoy your summer, as it will be a fleeting memory before you know it. Have a fabulous Fourth of July, take a moment to thank those who gave us our Freedoms, either in your heart or out loud, but most importantly stay safe.



roop 1248 were very anxious to meet with the new mayor of Holmdel, Mr. Patrick Impreveduto. They informed him of their major accomplishments in obtaining their Junior Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. The girls choose to make a difference in their community by informing and promoting enthusiasm among Holmdel students and staff regarding recycling and other green initiatives. They requested and received, from the Buildings and Grounds Department, new recycling bins for use in every classroom in all Holmdel schools. Kick-off recycling assemblies were provided at both Village and Indian Hill Schools, where educational materials on recycling were handed out to all teachers/ students.

Another major accomplishment is they set-up a daily recycling program in both schools, called Terracycle. Items that are not ordinarily recycled such as fruit juice pouches, individual snack wrappers, markers, glue sticks, to name a few, are packaged and mailed out on a weekly basis to Terracycle. The schools receive two cents for each item recycled. In 2009, the girls received a well-deserved award from then-Mayor DiMaso and the Township Committee for their dedication and outstanding achievements. They presented Mayor Impreveduto with their big plans for their future Silver Award project as Cadettes, the “Beautification of Holmdel,” which will be another major improvement to their Community. The Mayor liked their plans so much and

Left to right: Juliana Magriples, Julia Hamwi, Regina Colie, Mayor Impreveduto, Catherine Geller, Nicolette Buffa, Hayley Shields, Allison Sergi (Not pictured: Rachel Brady and Ashly Yu)

has since presented the Township with their plan. The Troop recently received news that the will be receiving some town funding for their project. The girls are very grateful and are looking forward in beginning this new project in the fall, once they completed their Cadette journey. COMMUNITY MAGAZINE 71




ver go on a treasure hunt? If you arrived at the Holmdel First Aid building for their annual Garage Sale on June 12 you were immediately involved in a treasure hunt! At the Holmdel First Aid

women’s shelter, the Salvation Army and Project Paul that come by and take whatever they need after the Garage Sale is finished. “There are people here shopping for an orphanage in India, a day care in South Africa, as well as shoppers from Mexico and China.” Items purchased at the sale will literally be going from Holmdel around the world. This year, members hope to purchase pulse oximeters, devices that determine the oxygen saturation of a patient’s blood and monitor heart rate. Oximeters cost several hundred dolVisitors to the garage sale ask for help with pricing from Leishing Wu and her lars and one is needed husband Shengchi, EMT members of the Holmdel First Aid. in each of Holmdel’s four ambulances. Garage Sale there were hundreds of Vice President Steve Wolkobitz, “treasures” to be found. Furniture of a life member and Engineer for the all kinds, old and new versions of elec- Squad noted there are about 35 memtronic items, sports equipment for ev- bers assisting throughout the day in ery conceivable sport, televisions, mi- various time slots. The Holmdel Excrowaves, stereo equipment, bicycles, plorers, who are high school students, household items from dishes to glass- are selling hot dogs and soda, as well ware to linens, knick-knacks from as helping customers with large items family vacations, holiday decorations to their cars. with an emphasis on Christmas, books Lifetime member Leishing Wu for adults and children that could fill a has been an EMT for well over ten library, childrens’ toys and games for years. Her husband Shengchi is also every age group, VHS and DVD mov- a member of the Holmdel First Aid ies for education and fun, and baskets Squad. Being an EMT is educational, of varying sizes, shapes and colors that challenging, and can at times be exwould make the Easter Bunny dizzy! hausting when call after call comes in Squad President Mike Nikolis on holidays, as it did several years ago shared that the first Garage Sale was on Christmas. “But when you help to held in 2000 and brought in only $400. save someone’s life you feel happy. It “We have grown into an amazing event is all worth it,” she said with a smile. that is visited by people across the First Aid members are always needed state and New York.” He believes this and the experience of helping others is due to the use of Twitter, Facebook, and giving back to your community is Craig’s List, as well as advertising in worthwhile, noted Leishing. local newspapers. “There were people Young people can join the Explorhere at 5:00 a.m.” Mike said, “and the ers; adults can volunteer to drive or morning rush which is usually from take classes to become an EMT. The 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. has not let up state pays for EMT classes and reat all.” There are several charities, a certification is picked up by the First 72 JULY 2011

One very satisfied customer plays with his toy as his mother prepares to pay for her purchases.

Left to right: Susan Giacumbo and her mother Erica Rehfeld come every year to this garage sale. This year, Susan brought along her brother and sister-in-law.

Holmdel High School senior Aashray Sardana begins to set up the hot dog stand at the Garage Sale. Aashray has been an EMT member for over two years, and a Police Explorer.

A tiny tot examines one of the hundreds of children’s toys for sale at the Garage Sale.

holmdel Garage Sale cont. Aid, said Vice President Wolkobitz. Any time you have to offer, and your commitment in studying to become an EMT will ensure that emergency calls for help from members of your own community of Holmdel, and many times neighboring towns, are answered promptly. Lives are saved, families are helped, and the great feeling of helping others in need will change your life. Visit or call 732.946.3239 for further information.



Holmdel Community United Church of Christ 40 Main Street Holmdel, NJ 07733 732-946-8821 ilies to enjoy time together. We’ll end with a campfire sing-a-long on Friday, July 22 outside with s’mores. Call 732.946.8821 or e-mail at to register.

Racing at Wall Raceway

Evening Vacation Bible School The DeSilva Family and cousin Christian found some great bargains at the Holmdel First Aid Garage Sale on June 12, 2011.

CILU ECO-CRUISE Join us for CILU’s Eco-Cruise through Raritan Bay and around Staten Island on July 10, 3:30-7:00 p.m. Baykeeper Debbie Mans will be our guide as we travel along Arthur Kill and the Kill van Kull, and go under the Verrazano Bridge, learning about Raritan Bay and seeing the New Jersey shoreline from a new vantage point. The trip leaves from the Captain John dock in Keyport. Price, including refreshments of sandwiches, snacks, water, soft drinks, and wine, is $50 for adults and $25 for children. To register, or for questions, please contact Jenni Blumenthal at 732.264.8482 or SAVE THE DATE: CILU’S ANNUAL PICNIC ON SEPTEMBER 10, 3:00-7:00 p.m. AT VETERANS PARK

July 18 to 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The whole family – parents and children – are invited to a fun-filled and educational Vacation Bible School entitled: God and Me @ Sea. We’ll be learning and playing with the stories of Noah, Jonah, and Jesus on the water and at the shore, with creative crafts, games, snacks, song, and worship. This is open to all. It is in the evening so that parents can come with their children. It’s lots of fun, and a great way for kids to learn the stories, and fam-

Saturday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m. This is a Family, Fun event. Church member, Andrew Krause will be competing in two events that evening. Concessions available, bleacher type seating. Gates open at 4:00 p.m., heats start at 6:00 p.m. Those 16 and older can visit the pit and meet the drivers after racing is completed! Cost: Adults $18 ($15 if 20 or more sign up), Seniors (65+) $13, Ages 1316 $10, Ages 6-12 $5, 5 and under FREE. Contact Russ Crook for further details at 732.747.7168 or

Bright & Early Worship Celebration

8:15 a.m. on Sundays All are welcome for an early start on hot summer Sundays in July. We’ll enjoy flowing and moving music, a meaningful sermon and prayers, and then share holy communion together. Feel free to stop in. Or come to our 10:00 a.m. service – with choir and air-conditioning!

Bridges at the Shore

Bridges will be going to Red Bank, Keansburg and Freehold on Friday evening July 15 to hand out clothing, blankets, food, toiletries and conversation to low income neighbors. We’ll be sorting clothing in the sanctuary on Thursday, July 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Contact Kathy Logan, if you can help:





n February, Girl Scout Leaders and Holmdel Event Coordinators Dina Hamwi and Anissa Quirk hosted a Winter Swap Hop for their Community to celebrate World Thinking Day. What is a SWAP you ask? It is a keepsake for a Girl Scout: Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere. The girls got a quick introductory course in ‘SWAP Making 101’ and really enjoyed themselves. In honor of World Thinking Day, the girls created SWAPS representative of the following countries/continents: Switzerland – Swiss cheese Antarctica – ear muffs Japan – sushi rolls on a plate Italy – tied up spaghetti pasta with red, white and green ribbons France – wine corks with various wine region names glued to it USA – we made American Flag pins using red, white and blue beads

There was also an ‘Anything Goes’ table where the girls had free reign to make anything they wanted using a variety of materials – which were generously donated by many Holmdel Girl Scout Leaders. In March, another SWAP theme event was hosted: Swap It Out & Ice Cream Social Event. All Holmdel Girl Scouts were invited to share and trade their SWAP creations. After, they were treated to an ice cream sundae bar filled with a variety of toppings which included seven different colored sprinkles, mini chocolate morsels, crushed Oreo cookies, Gummy Bears, mini marshmallows, chocolate syrup, caramel sauce, whipped cream and of course, cherries to top it off. Both events were a great success and enjoyed by all!



n an effort to help the young women of Holmdel Township better understand the dangers they may face as college freshmen, and also in their everyday lives, the Holmdel Police Department started the Safe not Sorry Program in 2009. This self-defense class for High School senior girls was held this year at Holmdel High School, in June, and forty young women attended. The purpose of the program is to give these young women the knowledge they need to reduce their risk of becoming a victim. The program covered: • • • • •

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Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault Risk Reduction Education by a Trained Victim Support Counselor Self Defense Techniques Personal Defense Weapons Spring Break Safety

“Reducing your chances of a sexual assault may be as simple as being aware of your environment, and responding quickly to it” stated Holmdel Police Chief John Mioduszewski. “Young women, and their parents, learned avoidance and awareness skills, and how to enforce boundaries, both verbally and physically” he added. The class dealt with real-life situations, and real-life solutions. The self-defense portion of the program was a “hands-on” lesson, conducted by Holmdel Police Officers, to teach techniques that can be used to increase the students’ ability to avoid, respond, and escape from a sexual predator. Top: Patrolman Matthew Menosky in the suit, which is used so the girls can practice their self-defense techniques without him getting hurt. Bottom: Patrolman Robert Philhower (the self-defense instructor), showing a kicking technique (Patrolman William Bernard, another assistant, is in the background).






Above: Emily Nesson, 11-years-old, performing her choreographed moves Right: Emily Chang, 9-years-old, performing her sit spin (Photo Credit Vision Photo & Video, LLC)


he 48th Annual New Jersey Council of Figure Skating Club (NJCFSC) Championships was held at the Floyd Hall Arena in Little Falls, NJ from June 3 through 5. This year, a total of 249 skaters and 19 maneuver teams registered to compete in a total of 77 events during this three-day prestigious competition for the state championships. The event was attended by 24 US figure skating clubs and schools from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Two Holmdel girls, Emily Chang and Emily Nesson competed in both the individual well balanced freestyle programs and maneuver team championship events. The girls represented their Garden State Skating Club’s Bronze Maneuver and Gold Maneuver Teams, respectively. A total of 19 maneuver teams competed in five different maneuver events in which each member performed a different required maneuver element.

Emily Chang performed a one-foot upright spin which helped her team clinch 3rd place to win Bronze. Emily Nesson performed a combination spin with one change of foot, which also helped secure a 3rd place finish and a Bronze medal win for her team. Emily Chang, 9 years old in 3rd grade at Village School, competed in the NJCFSC Well Balanced Pre-Preliminary Freestyle event, Group A, and finished in 1st place. She was invited back to compete in the final round placement for her event in which she finished 9th overall. The WellBalanced Pre-Preliminary Freestyle program consists of a maximum of five jump elements in which axels are allowed; maximum of two spins of a different nature; and one step sequence utilizing half ice surface. Earlier this year, Emily competed in the 4th Annual Shore-Skate Basic Skills competition in Howell, NJ, and in the 17th Annual Morris Open competition in Morristown, NJ, finishing 4th

place for her group in both events. Emily is coached by Adriana Ryan, Steven Rice and David DeFazio. Emily Nesson, 11 yrs old in 5th grade at Indian Hill School, competed in the NJCFSC Well Balanced Juvenile Free Skate program and placed in the top ten. The Juvenile program consists of a maximum of five jump elements in which an axel-type jump is required; maximum of two spins of a different nature; and one choreographed step sequence utilizing the entire ice surface. This is Emily’s 5th year competing at the NJ Council of Figure Skating Club Championships and her sixth year as a competitive figure skater. She will be competing at several competitions over the next few months in preparation for the 2012 North Atlantic Regional Figure Skating Championships which takes place this October. Emily is coached by Steven Rice, Adriana Ryan and David DeFazio. COMMUNITY MAGAZINE 75



shrubs, flowers, soil and mulch. “I am so glad we were able to bring in that much money. After I purchase the materials needed for the project I plan to donate any extra to the Bridges program at the church.” On June 11 and 12, Tom gathered his team of volunteers together at Bayonet Farm to perform the project. He had plants and supplies purchased with funds from the previous week’s car wash, as well as donations from area establishments. A big thank you goes out Bayshore GreenLeft to right: Anthony Ristovski, Nicole Rossi, Ben Waldron, Steven house and Farm, Dearborn Market and Ruda, Rajeev Erramilli, Chris Tascione, Tom Rossi, Oren Merhav, AlekHolmdel Garden Center which were all sander Ristovski, Powell Shiau generous in their donation of plants, seed, n Saturday June 4, Tom Rossi, as- fertilizer, hay and mulch. The project took one piring Eagle scout from Boy Scout and a half days and they installed two beds with Troop 331 Holmdel, held a car wash edging adjacent to the house. They planted to raise money to help fund his restoration of boxwoods, hydrangea, lilacs and daffodils, rethe landscaping around the Laura Harding moved a huge stump and repaired and seeded House at Bayonet Farm. The successful car bare areas on the front lawn area. The goal of wash was held at the Holmdel Community the project was to restore the landscaping of the Church on Main Street. “I want to thank Rev- historic Laura Harding house on the property erend Hicks for allowing us to use the facility”, to its historic and beautiful nature. “We tried to Tom said. The weather was cooperative as were choose plants that were indigenous to the area the helpers and the customers. Tom thanks ev- and were previously found on the property”, eryone who worked and supported him by get- said Tom. ting their car washed that day. With the job completed, the Laura Harding A steady flow of cars entered the parking house has fresh landscaping to go with the new lot that day. The charge for a wash was $5.00 siding that was recently installed. Tom and his per car, but many customers left donations. The team agree that Ms. Harding would be pleased event brought in over $900 to cover the cost of with the improvement.


Thanks goes out to the many volunteers, Scouts, friends and mentors on the project: Abby Mills, Aleks Ristovski, Andrew Cornelio, Anthony Ristovski, Arthur Eng, Ben Guaragno, Ben Waldron ,Big Dean LeBarca, Brandon Yip, Brian McMullen, Chris Tascione, Glenn Lauzon, Jason McMullen, Jim Smith, John Guaragno, Justin King, Kevin Franchi, Kevin Lauzon, Laura Tascione, Loy Cornelio, Matthew Ameduri, Michael Boetticher, Mike Scocco, Myles Cork, Oren Merhav, Peter Smith, Phyllis Ameduri, Powell Shiau, Rajeev Erramilli, Robert Boetticher, Robert Migliazza, Ryan Kwong, Scott Blechman, Sede Spang, SJ Merhi, Stephen Wood, Steven Ruda, Tom Wood, Uncle John Contract, Vanessa Merhi and my family, Jeff, Kathy and Nicole Rossi.

Planting boxwoods in the newly designed bed. Left to right: Justin King, Mike Scocco, Tom Rossi, Brandon Yip, Dean LeBarca



n Tuesday, June 14, Troop 331 held its annual year end picnic and Court of Honor at its favorite spot in Holmdel Park. Under threatening skies, the Scouts played games in the meadow while their parents crowded the picnic tables and barbeques readying the wonderful dinner that the picnic has become known for. The crowd was larger than usual and, here and there, a local dignitary could be seen. In addition to the normal festivities there was one more event that brought out many people - Brian G McMullen was ‘retiring’ as the Scoutmaster of the Troop. Mr. McMullen joined Troop 331 in 1997 when his oldest son, Justin, crossed over from Cub Scouts. Since then Justin’s brothers; David, Steven, and Jason have all followed into Troop 331. Over the years all four boys have attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in Boy Scouting. They are part of more than 30 Scouts that have become Eagles while Brian McMullen served as Scoutmaster. 76 JULY 2011

Troop 331 at their end of the year picnic at Holmdel Park.

It is something he is extremely proud of. “We try to give the Scouts an opportunity to learn leadership skills while having fun at the same time”, Mr. McMullen said. “As adults we facilitate what the Scout wish to do. It is the result of a Scout led troop that so many Scouts have gone on to reach Eagle rank”. The Troop held a brief ceremony to honor Mr. McMullen. Numerous guests spoke to the qualities that made Brian McMullen a good Scoutmaster. From Deputy Mayor Serena DeMaso to Josh Gilstein, an Eagle Alumnus of the troop, the words attested to Brian’s dedication to the Scouts and the Scouting way. Recognitions came from Senator Menendez, presented by Neil Granowitz, and the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders who, in appreciation of his volunteerism, declared June 14 as Brian McMullen Day. One of the Scout patrols, the Phoenix, presented Mr. McMullen with a large bronze Eagle and voted him an honorary member of the patrol. In closing Brian McMullen thanked his wife,

Marcy, for her support over the years and all the other adults who “have come to my aid and made the job easier”. Retirement, by the way, is in quotes because Mr. McMullen will continue to work with the Troop as Scoutmaster Emeritus and assist the Scouts to achieve their goals. The evening ended with the Troop holding a Court of Honor. Scouts were recognized for a total of 31 rank advancements and 97 merit badges. The new Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leaders, and Assistant Patrol Leaders were all installed. Finally, the Troop bid farewell to several of its graduating seniors who leave for college in the fall. As to those threatening skies, not a drop of rain fell on the Troop’s parade. If you are interested in Troop 331 please visit their website,, or email the new Scoutmaster, John Guaragno, at




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he Holmdel Stallions NJX Inter boys U9 team captured the top flight of the FC Delco Tournament over Memorial Day weekend. FC Delco is one of the top youth soccer tournaments in the United States drawing teams from all over the country and Canada. Essentially playing the top U9 teams from Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New York, Inter won all five games, scoring 32 goals, while allowing only eight. Most remarkable about the weekend was the team continuing to play collaborative soccer with all 8 players involved in the attacking and defending and goals being scored by seven different players over the weekend. Several times it was noticed that parents and players from other fields

coming over to see Inter play and in particular hearing older players commenting how talented these young lads were. “I was honored to be on the sideline for the semi-final and final contests with Coaches Paul and Marcus. To see the fruits of the training labor against stellar competition really completes my experience as a trainer. It never gets old hearing the final whistle when you’ve earned the result and seeing the kids sprint off the pitch hugging each other and knowing that they just created a wonderful life memory,” said trainer and NJX Director of Soccer Rich Pekmezian To learn more about travel soccer or Holmdel Stallions/NJX, please visit our website at



ecently, Logan and Grant Gallagher, students at St. Benedict School, Holmdel, participated in The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The brothers, originally got involved walking in memory of a deceased family member, Miki Murphy, who eventually lost her battle with cancer. This year, the boys walked as a celebration to their schoolmate, Sammi Whelan, who has been fight-

ing this disease for over a year. The Gallagher’s wanted to do something that celebrated Sammi’s spirit and tremendous courage. Logan made badges with Sammi’s picture and had it signed by a celebrity to present to Sammi along with a tee shirt and some pictures from the day. Logan stated, “Anything that helps to keep a smile on her face in the days ahead is the very least that we can do.”



hile most college students have traded rigorous academic work for relaxing on the beach, Holmdel resident Danielle Critelli will give up summer vacation to remain on campus at Saint Joseph’s University as a member of the Summer Scholars Program. Critelli is one of 101 students who will engage in faculty-mentored research and creative projects at the University this summer. The program, which runs for 11 weeks from May until August, requires students to work exclusively with a faculty member

to produce a written description of their research that will be published by the University, and to present their findings next spring during the Celebration of Student Achievement event. For their work, students receive a stipend of $3,200, on-campus housing, and the opportunity to participate in social and educational programs. Research topics range from local and national issues in the sciences, business, education and history to extended analysis of literature and fine arts. Critelli, a Food Marketing; Minor Faith Justice Major, will worked with Martin

Meloche, Ph.D. on their topic, “Hunger in Latin America,” traveling to Guatemala during May 2011, conducting research, and speaking with residents for personal stories. COMMUNITY MAGAZINE 77

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Colts Neck & Holmdel Community Magazine - July 2011  

A local community magazine serving the Colts Neck - Holmdel area in Monmouth County, NJ. Features include: The Long Weekend, Locat Eats, and...

Colts Neck & Holmdel Community Magazine - July 2011  

A local community magazine serving the Colts Neck - Holmdel area in Monmouth County, NJ. Features include: The Long Weekend, Locat Eats, and...