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e are officially in the “Dog Days of Summer”, where these hot, hazy and lazy days of the season have us running for the air conditioning. But don’t spend too much time inside, because in every issue of Community Magazine, we give you ideas as to where to spend your summer days and nights. Community Magazine – August edition has a piece on Cindi Westendorf, a Colts Neck resident who is the program coordinator for Amanda’s Easel. This creative arts therapy program helps children who have been affected by domestic violence – to read more about it – check out page 60.

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The Colts Neck Barn and Winery Tour will be held on September 10 – all are welcome but you need to register soon. All the barns on the tour are beautiful and this is a rare chance to go behind the scenes and see where champion hunter jumpers and thoroughbreds are raised and trained. After the tour, there will be a barbecue and oldfashioned hoedown – plus, all the proceeds from the tickets will benefit the Ashley Lauren Foundation. For more information, flip to page 8 of your Community Magazine. The fall season is approaching us, and many events around your area will be held, so look to us every month to tell you what is going on in and around your community. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Contents 40

Barn & Winery Tour 8

Tour to benefit Ashley Lauren Foundation

Local Eats 10

Grilled Corn Salad recipe from Dearborn Market

Local Stuff To Do 12

A listing of events to do in your area

Crunches?! Taking That Old Ab Exercise To A New Level

44 Dealing with 16

No Entrance Fees 20 Hulafrog’s top free summer activities


Helping pets affected by disasters

46 Putting with the Kiwanis

Holmdel Kiwanis Club’s annual golf outing

Judge and Attorney 24 50 Eco-Friendly Flea Market Free beach for great troops

Local Library 26 Programs The Long Weekend 40 Slow it Down at the Cape & Islands

A Helping Paw 42

Pet therapy program at Riverview Medical Center

Dorbrook Park Is Setting For Eco Elephant Family Flea Market

54 Colts Neck Fair 2011 Something for everyone at the Colts Neck Fair

56 Bayonet Farm

Music And Art To Take Center Stage In Holmdel

58 Double Duty

Villanova College Student Is Also Wildcats Manager

62 Community Pet Shots & Puzzle Corner

10 Holmdel Section pages 64-69 From the Desks Of…..…...................……………...64 Holmdel HS TV & Film............................…...............65 Holmdel HS Senior Gets $500 Scholarship................66 Local Writer Gets Published........….................…….66 Indian Hill School New Principal...............…………77 Holmdel Stallions NJX Xtreme............................…….77 Colts Neck Section pages 70-73 From the Desk of Mayor Jim Schatzle....…………...70 CN Cougars 12U Division Champs.....……...…….64 2011 Harley Raffled....................................................72 Troop 290 Happenings................................................72 CNBA News...............................................................73 6



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sored the Barn Tour in 2009. “The event was so well received n amazing opportunity that we decided to sponsor it awaits those who purchase this year.” Unfortunately, due tickets for the Colts Neck Barn to the abundance of ticket reand Winery Tour 2011, which quests, the 2009 Tour had to will be held Saturday, Septemset a limit. ber 10. “This is a very exciting secThe tour will include a visit ond opportunity for those who to Wellspring Stables, Stillwell did not go on the previous Stables, Stonehenge Stables, Tour. For anyone going for the Yellowbrook Farm and Helen first time, it will be a wonderGoddard LLC, as well as the ful experience,” shared Ms. Award Winning Four JG’s WinVermeulen. ery. These exclusive farms and Proceeds from the tickets stables are where champion will benefit the Ashley Lauren Four JG’s Winery hunter jumpers and thoroughFoundation, a non-profit orgabreds are raised and trained. This is a rare chance to go behind the nization that offers help and hope to children up to 21 years of age scenes and see where these beautiful horses are cared for. who have pediatric cancer. Tickets are limited and must be purchased prior to this event. Goodie bags and a beautiful ad journal will be given to each perRegistration will be held at Bucks Mill Park at 11:30 p.m. and buses son who purchases a ticket. Any businesses, organizations, or indiwill leave promptly at 12:30 p.m. There are two options for tick- viduals interested in placing an ad, should contact Ms. Vermeulen ets. The Barn Tour only costs $30 per ticket. Going on the Barn at the above number. Tour and returning for a Barbecue and Old-Fashioned Hoedown The Barn Tour will replace the Apple and Pumpkin Festival usuat Bucks Mill Park costs $50 per ticket. For more information and ally held by the Ashley Lauren Foundation. There will, however, be tickets call 732.414.1625 or visit components from the Festival at each of the tour locations. They Monica Vermeulen, Executive Director of the Ashley Lauren include a blacksmith and woodworker who will demonstrate their Foundation, noted that the Colts Neck Business Association spon- craft, as well as a dulcimer player and harpist.




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Local Eats

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6 ears of fresh New Jersey corn 1 poblano pepper, remove seeds, diced small

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1 red pepper, diced small 1 yellow pepper, diced small 1 orange pepper, diced small ½ bunch cilantro, finely chopped Salt, pepper to taste ½ cup lemon juice ¼ cup olive oil

Method: In a large pot, boil corn. When corn is cooked, remove from water and let cool. Remove kernels from ear, and in a large bowl, mix with peppers and cilantro. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil and lemon juice. Combine the two mixtures and season with salt and pepper to taste. Makes 4 servings

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First Saturday Asbury Park

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

Atlantic Highlands Summer Concert Series

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

Belmar Friday Night Concert Series

Fridays, Now thru 9/23 (weather permitting) Mix of performers & genres from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Pyanoe Plaza.

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Summer Concerts on the Beach Mondays, Now thru 9/5 (weather permitting) Enjoy the music at this famous beach town.

StreetLife in Red Bank

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

2011 FREE Sandy Hook Summer Concert Series

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17th Annual Clamfest

Thursdays by the Sea Long Branch

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

8/4 thru 8/7 Located in Huddy Park in Highlands Thursday & Friday, 6:00-11:00 p.m. Saturday, 12:00-11:00 p.m. Sunday, 12:00-8:00 p.m.

Monmouth Park Family Fun Days

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8/5 & 8/6, 8:00 p.m. Outside near Gazebo at Historic Allaire Village in Wall

Blues on the Beach Long Branch

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Sundays, Now thru 9/4, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Local bands playing jazz & blues at West End Park –

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August Sidewalk Sale in Manasquan

Asbury Park 5K

Saturday 8/13 5K race to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County

Atlantic Highlands Historical Society Arts & Crafts Fair

Saturday, 8/20 (raindate 8/27) 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Hand crafters & First Avenue stores sales, local entertainment.

Spring Lake Summer Sidewalk Sale 8/20 & 8/21 (rain dates 8/27 & 8/28)

Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off

8/20 and 8/21, 12:00-5:00 p.m. Monmouth Park Racetrack Shore Chefs compete for the best crab cake award and the coveted People’s Choice Award. Taste fare from your favorite local restaurants. Crab cakes, fried catfish, and clam chowder bread bowls are just a few of the favorites that will be back for 2011.

Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival with Fireworks

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Garden State Wine Festival

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atrick Chanod, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Middletown, is hosting a free educational seminar titled “Key Life Decisions: Are You Prepared?” on August 25, at 9:30 a.m. at Regal Pointe Senior Living, 1800 Highway 35 South, Middletown, and breakfast will be served. The seminar will feature four major topics: • Protecting What’s Important • Estate Planning • What Will Taxes Be in The Future? • How to Prepare Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals -- from college savings to retirement -- and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 11 on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2011, is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones web site is located at, and its recruiting web site is Member SIPC. The seminar is free, but space is limited. To make a reservation, call Sharon, prior to August 11 at 732-2751201.

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

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aking the kids to amusement parks, mini-golf, fairs and other warm-weather outings is a great. But let’s face it. Having those tiny tykes home all summer can get a little pricey. Consider enjoying the second half of the season with some of these fabulously free family activities. Family Flicks Under the Stars Forget that air-conditioned theater. Mark your calendars for these free outdoor movies for kids. Take your tiny tots, tweens or teens to a movie in the park, at the harbor or even on the beach. Be sure to bring a blanket, chairs and some snacks. Some towns even offer concessions. Atlantic Highlands*: Dusk, Mondays, August 8 and 22, Near Gazebo at Municipal Harbor Eatontown*: 8:30 PM, Fridays, August 12 & 26, Wolcott Park Fair Haven*: 8:15 PM, Tuesdays, August 2 & 16, Fair Haven Fields Hazlet*: 8:30 PM, Mondays, August 1 & 15, Veteran’s Park, Marlboro*: 8:30 PM, Thursdays, August 4 & 18, and Monday, August 29, Marlboro Recreation Center Red Bank*: 8:30 PM, Tuesdays, August 9, 23 & 30, Riverside Gardens Sea Bright: 8:30/9:00 PM, Every Tuesday, Municipal Beach Tinton Falls*: 8:30 PM, Fridays, August 5 & 19, Sycamore Ave Soccer Fields * Presented by Shore Flicks. Please bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties. Climb to the Top of Twin Lights Take a trip to Twin Lights Museum and Lighthouse. Your kids will love counting the steps to the top and peering out over Sandy Hook and New York City. The museum might interest the 8 and over crew, but for all others, the breathtaking views from the lighthouse grounds are worth the trip. Bring a cam—and take advantage of the many great family photo ops. Bike Along the Bay Take the family for a fresh aired filled family ride along the Atlantic Highlands bike path.

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You can park in the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Lot and ride the approximately one mile scenic trail with breathtaking views of the bay and Sandy Hook. Feeling adventurous? Don’t stop and turn around in Highlands. Ride all the way out to Sandy Hook, or stop for a bite to eat in Highlands before making your way back. Fun with Your Firecracker End your summer with a bang! Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and plan to keep the kiddos up late for at least one of these fantastic fireworks displays. Head over to Asbury Park on any Wednesday through September 6 or check out the Keansburg display on Mondays August 1 or 8th. Fireworks in Asbury Park 9:00 PM, Wednesdays through Sept. 6 Fireworks at Keansburg Amusement Park Dusk, Mondays, August 1 or 8 Seven Presidents Ocean Front Park & Playground Although you do have to pay for a beach badge to get on this beach, anyone can play in the new playground. With climbing walls and cool hideouts, slides and swings, this brand new park is worth the trip for a change of pace. Jazz It Up There’s still time to catch the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival, which is being didvided into three separate days this year. You may have missed the July fest in Middletown, but there’s still time to break out those blue suede shoes and jazz it up at days two and three. There will be jazz, blues, food, crafts, games, good company and plenty of family fun. Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival (with fireworks!) Great Lawn at the Promenade, Long Branch Saturday, August 27, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM Asbury Blues Festival Mattison Ave., Asbury Park Saturday, Sept. 17, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM Buckets of Fun For Little Ones Beat the heat at the Dorbrook Spray Park, a guaranteed good time for tiny tykes under the age of 4. Even infants can find that one little spray and play for hours. And most

preschoolers just can’t get enough of the buckets dumping water on their heads or the giant spray guns. Dorbrook Spray Park, Colts Neck Open daily through mid-September Rock Out At These Concerts Music is in the air so don’t miss the opportunity to take your family out to a cool evening concert. Sandy Hook Beach Concerts Sandy Hook Beach Area E Every Wednesday, through August 24, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Rock on the Dock in Fair Haven Big Poppa Belle at Sounds at Sunset Concert at Fair Haven Dock Saturday, August 6, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Kiddie Beach Shows at Jenkinson’s Beach YOSI (August 1), T-Bone (August 8), Mutts Gone Nuts (August 15), Magic of John Bundy & Morgan (August 22), Brenn Swanson Variety Show (August 29) Fridays at 7:00PM Take Them Out to the Ball Game! OK, so mom and dad, your tickets aren’t free, but the kid’s tickets are. Head over to Lakewood for a BlueClaws game one of their Sunday Kids Days. Kids are free when you sign up for the free kids club (online in advance or when you show up for the game). Bonus: kiddos get a hot dog, chips and a drink, too. And don’t forget your camera because at each Family Fun Day there’s a surprise character ready to pose for photos with your kids. Sunday, August 14 @ 5:05 pm Kids Club First Pitches Sunday, August 28 @ 5:05 pm Kids Club End of Summer Picnic For more details or to find additional summer activities, check out the events calendar on 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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he Kimisis for Autism Committee will be hosting their 2nd Annual Benefit for Autism Speaks on October 15, 2011 at their community center. Kimisis for Autism is a committee that was started back in December of 2009 under the guidance of the Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Holmdel, NJ. It is a group of eight people from the community who meet on a regular basis planning and raising awareness for Autism Speaks. The members of the committee are Bill Bucco of Lincroft, is the Chairman, Harry Papasavas of Holmdel, is the Vice-Chair, Bessie Drogaris of Colts Neck, MaryEllen Cestone of Monmouth Beach, Stavroula Perdikaris of Marlboro, Theodora Papasavas of Holmdel, and Bill and Martha Parlamis of Holmdel. Last year, the committee raised $21,000.00. With expenses under $100.00, they raised that money through ticket purchases, raffles that were donated by professional sport teams such as the New York Jets, Giants, Yankees, and Rangers, New Jersey Devils and Nets, and the Philadelphia Flyers and Eagles, as well as

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By Anthony V. Locascio, Esq and Louis F. Locascio, J.S.C., Ret. ATTORNEY (Son): Two weeks before the Fourth of July, and just in time for summer, New Jersey gave our troops an appropriate patriotic gift- a chance to enjoy our beaches free of charge. More specifically, since 1955, although towns could not require children under 12 to buy beach badges, municipalities “bordering on the Atlantic Ocean,” had the right to allow senior citizens, and persons with disabilities to use their beaches free of charge or for a reduced fee. Well, on June 21, 2011, this law was amended to allow New Jersey’s coastal towns to give free access to their beaches ( or charge a reduced rate) to “persons in active military service in any of the Armed Forces of the United States and to their spouse or dependent children over the

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age of 12; and persons who are active members of the New Jersey National Guard who have completed Initial Active Duty Training and to their spouse or dependent children over 12 years of age.” What this means is that our coastal towns, with New Jersey’s blessing, have the right to show our troops how much we appreciate what they do to keep us free. However, this very appropriate showing of our gratitude is not automatic; in order for our troops to be able to take advantage of this privilege, the towns bordering the ocean must first pass an ordinance allowing the reduced rate or free pass for the troops and their families. Therefore, to any of our readers who have troops in the family, we suggest you check with the towns adjoining the ocean to make sure they have passed such an ordinance. A very good law. Don’t you agree, Dad?

JUDGE (Dad): I disagree; this is not a good law. It’s a GREAT law. I’ve always been in favor of showing our appreciation to our troops. In fact, before I retired from the bench, I performed many “deployment weddings,” often days before a spouse was being deployed overseas. In such cases, I always took the time and went out of my way to make this a special occasion for the bride and groom. After I

pronounced them husband and wife, I always ended the ceremony with - “Good luck and Godspeed.” After all, our troops put themselves in harms way to protect us and preserve our constitutional rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” To us, happiness is a day at the beach; so yes, this law is indeed a very appropriate way for New Jersey and our coastal towns to show our troops that we are “shore” thankful for their efforts. If you have a general legal question you would like discussed, please email your question to 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 (732936-9901), Morristown, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts. LOUIS F. LOCASCIO, J.S.C., Ret. is retired from serving 17 years as a Superior Court Judge in Monmouth County where he sat in all divisions: Civil, Criminal and Family. He is currently working as “of counsel” with his son on all matters.


Learn a foreign language through your local library By Matthew Ragucci


mong the vast resources available through the Monmouth County Library System is a little known gem called ‘Before You Know It’ (Byki). Byki is a language learning system that uses flashcards to teach you a set of words or phrases. It is the fastest possible way to lock foreign words and phrases in your long term memory. This is perfect for those interested in learning a language quickly for a vacation or introduction to a class. Byki functions similarly to its more famous language learning competitor Rosetta Stone by using easy to learn vocabulary and grammar that is tested in proficiency exams. Unlike Rosetta Stone, however, Byki can be accessed remotely, without the use of clunky software. Byki is also better than Rosetta because it is free. All that is needed is a Monmouth County Library card to create a username and password. Byki can be accessed through the Monmouth County Library website, under the Electronic Resources -- Quick Links tab in the left margin. Follow the instructions for creating an account and you will be learning your new language in no time. Once you have created a login, you will be prompted to select a language. Byki boasts over 100 languages to choose from. These even include transliterated languages such as Chinese (Mandarin), Russian and Farsi that don’t use traditional Roman characters. Here is a glimpse at some of the languages Byki offers: Albanian | Arabic | Armenian | Bosnian | Bulgarian | Chinese | Czech | Danish | Dutch | English (for

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different native speakers) | Farsi | Finnish | French | German | Greek | Haitian Creole | Hebrew | Hindi | Hungarian | Irish | Italian | Japanese | Korean | Latin | Mongolian | Norwegian | Polish | Portuguese | Romanian | Russian | Scottish | Slovak | Spanish | Swahili | Swedish | Thai | Turkish | Ukrainian | Urdu | Vietnamese | Welsh | Zulu Patrons who use Byki are provided interactive and new learning methods which enhance their learning potential. For example, Byki will say words and phrases aloud in the language you are learning, so you can hear them and practice your own pronunciation. And if you find that it’s moving too fast, you can slow down dictations so you can get the annunciation just right. Byki also has blogs, Facebook, Twitter and word of the day pages for each language that promote learning on a consistent basis. This is a great service that is perfect for an introductory course to a new language. All progress will be saved to your account, so you can stop at any time (except during proficiency exams) and pick up where you leave off in your session. Any course you take can be easily supplemented with lending materials from the library such as books (in the 400’s of the non fiction section), DVDs (both grammar oriented and foreign films) or audiobooks that focus on language learning. Benefit from this brilliant free service today or call the library for more information. 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 Programs SUMMER STORYTIME SERIES will run from now to August 19. BABY LAPSIT SERIES Ages 12 months to 23 months (with Parent/Caregiver) August 5, 12, 19- 9:45-10:05 a.m. TODDLER STORYTIME SERIES Ages 2-3 ½ (with Parent/Caregiver) August 4, 11, 18- 10:15-10:35 a.m. PRESCHOOL STORIES and CRAFT Ages 3 1/2–5 years Mondays - August 1, 8, 15- 2:00-2:30 p.m. or Thursdays - August 4, 11, 18- 11:00 -11:30 a.m. SCHOOL AGE CRAFT PROGRAMS Entering grades Kdg- 2 Monday, August 8 - 3:00- 3:45 p.m. Jamaican Woven Fish ~ Create woven paper fish in the style of Jamaican palm woven animals. The School Age Program has a new time for the summer. Registration is necessary. Registration begins August 1. 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, August 17 at 2:00 p.m. In honor of our summer programming Novel Destinations: Brazil! the library will be showing the film “The Mission.” Jeremy Irons plays a Spanish Jesuit who goes into the South American wilderness to build a mission in the hope of converting the Indians of the region. Robert DeNiro plays a slave hunter who is converted and joins Irons in his mission. When Brazil becomes a colony of Portugal, they are forced to defend all they have built against the Portuguese aggressors. This film is rated PG and has a running time of 125 minutes. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

This Summer Make Every Outdoor Meal A Delicious One!

Book Discussion Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, August 19 at 10:00 a.m. Come join the Colts Neck Library and discuss 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) Kickboxing Tuesday, August 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join us for an introduction of the fundamental techniques of Muay Thai Kickboxing and Boxing. Presented by Girl Fight. Permission slips must be signed by a guardian so please arrive early. Dress comfortably. 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.

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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. End of the Summer School Age Program Wednesday, August 10, 2011 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Ages 5 and up Celebrate your summer reading and join us for an afternoon of magical presentation with Mr. Joseph Keppel of ‘Keppels Magical Reading Programs.’ He will be taking you around the world with his ‘Explore the World and Read’ program.

Start the outdoor grilling season off right with a visit to Delicious Orchards. We’ve grown our dining spaces with indoor and outdoor seating where you can enjoy a delicious bite to eat from the Cider Café, Juice & Smoothie Bar or the Fritter Shack.

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Event organizers and swimmers standing, left to right: Lizzie Dunigan, Alyssa Weisman, Michael Zeringue, Katherine Zeringue, Joe Castellano, Patricia Schaeffer RN, Ryan Dunigan, Nicole LoBiondo, Harrison Karch, Lillie Karch, Coach Karin Dooley. Kneeling, left to right: Nicole Castellano, Carly O’Brien, Molly O’Brien, Megan O’Brien

Third Annual ALS Swim-A-Thon


n Wednesday, July 20, under a sunny, blue sky over 150 members of Surfrider Swim Team in Sea Bright held their 3rd Annual ALS Swim-A-Thon. This year, the event was renamed The Denise LoBiondo ALS SwimA-Thon in honor of the swim team’s patron who lost her battle against ALS this past November. Mrs. LoBiondo, the wife of Jim LoBiondo, owner of Surfrider Beach Club, could often be seen cheering on the team from behind the blocks. ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a progressive disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, resulting in muscle weakness and atrophy. Not only is ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) physically debilitating, it is also emotionally and financially difficult for the patient and their families. Three years ago, a group of swimmers decided they wanted to help, and put together the club’s first swim-a-thon.

The pool deck was packed, the DJ was playing, and every lane was filled. Large banners hung over the pool “Helping to find a cure… one lap at a time” and “KICK ALS.” The swimmers did their best to kick and swim lap after lap, raising funds by getting sponsors to pledge money for each lap they swam. The entire event was organized and run by members of the team, both past and present. Swimmers ages 4–18 swam, danced and raced hoping to raise money and awareness. All monies raised will benefit two charities - Joan Dancy & PALS (People with ALS) and Muscular Dystrophy Association – ALS Research Initiative. Over the last two years the swimmers and their families have raised over $25,000 and are on track to exceed last year’s totals. If you would like to help, you can donate by going to https://www. thon/surfriderswimathon or www.

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Fourth Annual Golf Outing in Support of Phillip K. Dorn Marine League Detachment I n July, 100 golfers set out to play 18 holes whom reside in the north Monmouth ing the 18th hole at the Pebble Creek Golf of golf at Pebble Creek Golf Course in County. Dorn Marines have served our Course, players made their way onto the Colts Neck, all in the name of charity to country in WW11, Korea, Vietnam, Af- course to not only win a best in play but support the mission of the Phillip K. Dorn ghanistan, Iraq and in many other engage- also for the hole in one and a chance to Marine League Detachment. ments. The assistance to marines is not walk away with a brand new car. The hot summer humidity and soarThe detachment, hosting its fourth ing temperatures could not keep active annual golf outing, was supported by and retired Marines, friends, family and over 42 sponsors donating items such as golfing enthusiasts from supporting the cars to iPods and of course an array of mission of the detachment. golfing equipment. The detachment offers marines and During the outing, the 6th Motor their families with assistance with mediTransport Battalion was at hand with a cal issues to deployment readiness planstatic weapon display. Chief Armor Maning for both marines and their families, rine Oliver Ventura was at hand with as well as scholarships for the college several other marines to demonstrate bound. The detachment works closely the different types of assault weapons with the 6th Motor Transport Battalion currently used in Iraq and Afghanistan. in Red Bank and their family readiness Winners of the low gross score are front row, left to right: Golfers also had the opportunity to sit program which assists deployed and re- Pat Faugno, Dee Poremski, Joyce Viscomi and Betty inside of a Humvee – a tactical fourMcFayden – back row, left to right: Phillip K. Dorn Marine wheel drive military vehicle. turned marines and their families. League committee members; John Gorman, The Detachment was founded in the Detachment Back at the clubhouse, players were Rich Frost and Jim Siciliano. memory of Marine Lance Corporal invited to relax and indulge in a Texas Phillip Dorn of Red Bank who was killed limited to northern Monmouth County, style barbeque, talk about the game and in action in Vietnam. The Dorn Detach- but to the entire county and beyond. take a chance at the 50/50 and the gift ment has about 100 members most of After a continental breakfast overlook- raffles.

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Annual Kortney’s Challenge

to be held on August 28


he Kortney Rose Foundation will hold its 6th annual Kortney’s Challenge two mile fun run/walk at Monmouth Park on August 28. This event raises research for funding for brain tumors, which are the #1 cancer related cause of death in children 19 and under. The race begins at 10:00 a.m. - but the fun starts at 8:30 a.m. - with free tattoos and face painting, and at 9:00 a.m. a dance exhibition, and The Breeze radio will be on hand with music and giveaways. The fun continues after Kortney’s challenge with door prizes, free kid’s fun including pony rides, spin art, balloon animals, face painting, and more. All participants of Kortney’s Challenge will receive a free ticket to the Monmouth Park Grandstand. We welcome you to join us for a day at the races in our picnic area, watch the races; especially the one named after the Kortney Rose Foundation, enjoy food and drink and a race program.

For more information, visit our website at or email kortneyroseorg@aol. com. The Kortney Rose Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to raising funds to support research and education related to the treatment and cure of pediatric brain tumors. Enhancing the quality of life of children with brain tumors requires access to excellent specialty care, clinical trials, follow-up care, and rehabilitative services. Improving the outlook for these children requires research into the causes of better treatments of brain tumors. The goal is to find a balance between the best available treatments with the best quality of life. Our fundraising efforts will directly benefit the pediatric brain tumor research being done at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

The 8th race was named after The Kortney Rose Foundation and all of the jockeys in that race wore pink helmet covers since our foundation colors are pink and purple. COMMUNITY MAGAZINE 33

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YMCA gets new look, inside and out


ignificant renovations are nearly complete for more active play. Older children will en- physically active,” Christian said. “We’re creatat The Community YMCA’s flagship facility joy the new Youth and Teen Zone with com- ing a Y where you can work toward maintainat 166 Maple Ave. in Red Bank with the recent puters, Wiis, and special cardio and strength ing a balanced spirit, mind and body by fosreopening of an inviting, modern lobby, up- training equipment. tering connections with friends and bringing dated wellness areas, expanded locker rooms An essential element of the renovation is your loved ones closer together through our and new landscaping in front of the building. space for people to interact, Christian said. many family-centered activities,” Christian A host of improvements have been made With that in mind, the new lobby is inviting said. over the past few months throughout the with a coffee bar and free Wi-Fi. Just off the Later this summer, the Y will continue im40-year-old building to better meet the needs redesigned lobby is an updated seating area provements at the facility, with installation of the Y’s 8,000 members and the community. that overlooks the 25-yard pool and on the of a new HVAC system in the pool areas and “It has been more than 10 years since the first level members can relax and chat in an locker rooms on the main level. Over the next Y has undergone a renovation of this scope,” open lounge area. couple of weeks, finishing touches will be said President and CEO Lisa Christian. “We “Being healthy means more than just being added in the redesigned lobby and Youth and are pleased to give our members and the Teen Zone. community a more welcoming environThe exterior of the 65,000-square-foot ment that encourages healthy lifestyles and building also is getting a new look with a place where families and individuals can landscaping improvements designed and spend time together.” donated by Lastella Bros. Lawn Care & The renovation features expanded wellLandscaping. Employees from Morgan ness areas with over 90 cardio and strength Stanley Smith Barney in Red Bank voluntraining machines all conveniently located teered their time last week planting shrubs, on the upper level of the three-floor buildflowers and trees along the front of the ing, along with updated adult locker rooms building. with new steam rooms. Two new studios Christian said the Y looks forward to for yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling, Zumba celebrating its new look at a grand reopenand other group fitness classes are now loing of the facility in September with food, cated on the lower level. games and entertainment. The celebration For kids 7 and under, there‘s a new Child Employees from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Red will be free and open to the public. Watch room, which has more than doubled Bank help spruce up the front of the Y’s Family Health & For more information, visit www.The in size to 1,254 square feet, enabling space Fitness Center in Red Bank.

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Remains Parents’ #1 Choice!

he programs and the success of the children at Home Away From Home Academy all may sound too good to be true…but take it from real parents: it’s not. Children are benefiting more and more from this curriculum every day, every month, and every year. Parents are now beginning to realize the difference between daycare vs. private school. Children are not just ‘playing’ all day anymore; they are playing with a purpose. Parents are finding that their young children, by weaving fun and play into their academic curriculum, are retaining what they learn and have a significant jump on their peers. Within every area of early education, which includes reading, writing, math, social studies, foreign language, science, music, and art, children are also developing socially, emotionally, physically, cognitively, and academically. Marketing studies have shown that an astonishing 70 percent of students who left Home Away From Home Academy after kindergarten remained in the top 10 percent of their classes, while the other 30 percent continued into gifted and talented programs. Lisa Waters of Aberdeen, a mother of two young children in the school, says, “I am certain that the superior education my children are receiving at Home Away From Home Academy will provide them with a solid foundation for their future. Everyday, I know that my children’s best interests are a primary concern.” She couldn’t have said it better, since the school firmly believes that a child’s first experience will be carried with them for a lifetime. As a leader in early childhood education, Home Away From Home Academy is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools as a private school paving the way in excellence for over 18 years. Carmine S. Visone, owner, says, “Given the right tools, balanced with the right kind of play and guidance, delivered during the right stages of development, children would grow into adults who were not only ‘smart’ academically, but smart in a life sense, who would lead productive, abundant lives.” Home Away From Home Academy exists in the centrally located Aberdeen/Holmdel area and boasts over 250 students from infancy through second grade. There are 50 teachers on staff, three-fourths of whom are certified, in addition to a registered nurse on premise. At the top of its class, Home Away From Home Academy is dedicated to ensuring the success of well-rounded children in an environment that is safe, loving, and happy. A child’s brain is said to be a sponge and the Visones are taking every opportunity to allow it to soak up the aforementioned academic subjects, all while emphasizing the importance of the individual child at each stage of

development and keeping the essence of ‘play’ in the core of this curriculum. As the Visones realized their method was unquestionably successful, after the 18 years of practice and researched-based theory, they published their refreshingly new philosophy in a book entitled “The Visone Method: A New Philosophy in Early Childhood Education.” The Visone Method is a common sense approach to early childhood education that happens to be extraordinary; it considers the whole child at every turn. There is an array of small components to this entire philosophy that developmentally prepares younger children for higher learning. The main purpose of the book is to give parents and teachers a complete and new understanding of how a child’s learning develops in the early years, and how a child accumulates 50 percent of lifelong knowledge from ages 0-7. Since its publishing in 2008, The Visone Method has been awarded “Publisher’s Choice,” STAR status within the publishing company, and nominated for “Book of the Year” by Foreword Magazine. Both Carmine and Phyllis have enthusi-

asm, integrity, and love for what they teach, and practice dedication to their profession daily in the professional, yet nurturing, environment they provide as a family-owned business. Community involvement is no small feat for this couple, as they strive to teach the children lifelong lessons through charitable giving. Phyllis Visone, owner and director, states that “giving is just as important as receiving and this is a lesson for children of all ages to embrace.” With that, they immerse themselves in toy drives for Holiday Express and collecting prom wear for Cinderella’s Closet. Carmine has also been the chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association black tie fundraiser, “Visions of Hope,” held every June in Addison Park for the last three years, raising over $100,000 for children affected with neuromuscular disease. Still thinking it’s too good to be true? Take the time to schedule a private tour and see for yourself what hundreds of other parents have. What you read is what you see and what you see is what you get; allow your child to be a part of this growing success story.

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Slow it Down on the

Cape Islands

Cape Cod

Whether you’re on the Upper Cape, Mid-Cape, or Lower Cape you’ll find long sandy beaches, bike paths, and plenty of activities for land and sea. Hike, picnic, or swim at the Cape Cod National Seashore or bike the 25.1-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail. Catch a game of the premier Cape Cod Baseball League. Discover ocean life at the NOAA Aquarium, the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Exhibit, or the ZooQuarium’s live sea lion shows. Along with the traditional Cape Cod trimmings - go karts, mini-golf, and ice cream stands - galleries and antiques can be found along Old King’s Highway (Rte. 6A). Don’t limit your golfing to the miniature kind; there are more than 25 golf courses throughout the Cape. Catch a first-run double feature at the Cape’s only drive-in, Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre. But first, get to know the area with Art’s Dune Tours or the Cape Cod Central Railroad. Hy-Line Cruises and the Steamship Authority get you to the islands and back on high-speed ferries. A name that’s synonymous with long, sandy beaches and rolling dunes, Cape Cod also offers biking, kayaking, summer theater, art galleries, and challenging golf courses -- all this in a peninsula known for its distinctive gableroofed, gray-shingled houses. 40 AUGUST 2011

Check It Out

The Heritage Museums and Gardens features Americana, antique cars, and the exhibits “Going Places” and “A Bird in the hand .” In the port of Woods Hole, the mysteries of ocean life are on display at the NOAA Aquarium and the Oceanographic Institution. The seaside resort of Hyannis is the summer home of the Kennedy family and the John F. Kennedy Memorial and Museum. On the tip of the Cape is Provincetown, a haven for artists, fishermen, and summer visitors. Whale watch trips leave from here and Barnstable Harbor. For a nostalgic evening of fun, bundle everyone in the car and head to the Wellfleet Drive-In for first-run double features. Hungry? Crack open a lobster or order up a plate piled high with fried clams.

Get Active!

Hike through the 27,000-acre Cape Cod National Seashore, pedal the 25-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail, or take your clubs to one of the Cape’s 27 public-access golf courses.

Local Lingo

Asking for travel directions? Here’s what you need to know. The “Upper Cape” refers to the towns and villages just across

the two bridges: Bourne, Sandwich, Mashpee, and Falmouth. “Mid Cape” refers to Barnstable (including the village of Hyannis), Yarmouth, and Dennis. The “Lower Cape” refers to everything else: Orleans, Wellfleet, Chatham, Brewster, Provincetown (often referred to as P Town), Truro, Eastham, and Harwich.

Martha’s Vineyard

A 45-minute ferry ride from Falmouth brings you to Martha’s Vineyard, where you can relish the colors of the sunset at the glacially formed Aquinnah Cliffs. For more color, visit the brightly colored mid-1800s cottages at the Cottage Museum & Tabernacle and Martha’s Vineyard Gin-

gerbread Cottages. Trace history along the African-American Heritage Trail through 17 sites that illustrate the Vineyard’s past. In Oak Bluffs, visit the Flying Horses Carousel, the oldest working carousel in the country! In Vineyard Haven, the ferry port is open year-round and the scenes are always picturesque. Throughout the island, five lighthouses dot the coast, including the Gay Head and East Chop lighthouses. Moshup Beach, East Beach, and Lighthouse Beach are all different but equally enchanting sandy beaches. Just a 45-minute ferry ride from the mainland, the Vineyard features pristine sandy beaches, golf courses, natural beauty, and more than its fair share of sunseeking celebrities.

Check It Out

Oak Bluffs’ brightly-painted “gingerbread” cottages began as a nineteenth-century Methodist summer campground; the town’s Flying Horses are the oldest continuously working carousel in America. Vineyard Haven is a picturesque community and the island’s year-round ferry port. Edgartown is an elegant yachting center, its streets still lined with whaling captains’ stately homes; the Old Whaling Church is now a performing arts center. “Up Island” are the rural communities of West Tisbury and Chilmark and the dramatic, color-streaked Aquinnah Cliffs.

Who’s Martha

When 17th-century British explorer Bartholomew Gosnold discovered the island, replete

with wild grapes, he named if for his youngest daughter, Martha.

Guiding Light

The island has five lighthouses, all originally built in the 1800s and subsequently replaced, and, in some cases, moved back from the encroaching sea. The Gay Head and East Chop lighthouses are open for sunset tours on a limited schedule.

Nantucket Island

This crescent-shaped island 30 miles off the coast is known for its cobblestone streets, opulent sea captains’ houses, and rich whaling history. Jetties Beach, Children’s Beach, and Cisco Beach are just a few of the 10 unspoiled sandy stretches along Nantucket’s coast. Inland, the Nantucket Whaling Museum preserves the island’s industrial heritage, while the 1827 African Meeting House and Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum tell more about everyday life in the 1800s. Almost half the island is conservation land; enjoy Nantucket’s natural beauty and slower pace by renting a bike or taking a guided tour. Thirty miles off the Massachusetts coast, this crescentshaped island is in a world by itself. Cobblestone streets and an array of stately Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival homes reflect Nantucket Town’s history as a prosperous whaling port.

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illy Wonka” trots down the hall of Riverview Rehabilitation Center at Riverview Medical Center and is greeted with smiles and cheers. Willy is there to do his job and he gets right to work, visiting 79 year-old patient and former Hollywood comedic legend, Bob Altman of Middletown, N.J. Willy is not unlike the many dedicated volunteers who regularly take time out of their busy schedules to brighten patients’ days at Riverview. There is, however, one major difference – Willy is a chocolate-colored Standard Poodle. Willy Wonka isn’t your average therapy dog, as shared by Leslie Culver, owner. Willy’s story starts as a very ill pup, born with a bad lung and a bad prognosis that no one could diagnose. “No veterinarian would treat his lung disorder, so he was passed around and crated for the first 11 months of his life. He was unadoptable and ready to be euthanized,” explains Culver. “I had just lost a dog, was heartbroken, and totally unprepared to commit to loving another pet. After some coaxing from Adopt-A-Pet to just consider fostering Willy and a visit to meet him, it was obvious that he needed a person to call his own. He stole my heart and healed it. With love, attention, and exercise to build his stamina, he has progressed consistently and is now a fine, happy dog.” If Willy isn’t your average therapy dog, neither is patient Bob Altman. Bob is a former stock broker better known as the outrageous comedian “B. Altman” in the 60’s and 70’s. Bob was a long-time personal friend of the late George Carlin (just before George passed he sent Bob a letter signed “Your Best Pupil”). Bob appeared doing his standup numerous times on the Johnny Carson Show and The Merv Griffin Show. In addition to his comedy, Bob also appeared in a role in the iconic film “Goodfellas,” and appeared in several episodes of the “Richard Pryor Show.” “Seeing Willy immediately put a smile on my face,” says Altman. “Interacting with Willy confirmed that all dogs truly do go to heaven.” The weekly visits are part of a new animal-assisted therapy program at Riverview. The Pet Therapy program provides patients comfort and companionship in a way that increases emotional well-being and promotes healing for patients. Willy visits the hospital through a partnership with Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs Inc, a nonprofit organization based in New Jersey. Research by the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction (ReCHAI) suggests that visits with animals may improve patient outcomes, decrease length of hospital stay, help with confusion, depression, and manage pain symptoms. Interaction with animals has also been shown to reduce blood pressure, increase sensory stimulation, inspire a sense of purpose, increase social interactions with staff, and reduce loneliness by creating a sense of companionship.


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fter Hurricane Katrina hit, a large number of people refused to evacuate and leave their pets behind. These pet owners sometimes lost their lives because they would not abandon their pets. Those who were forced to leave without their pets suffered the anguish of their loss. In 2006, Congress responded by passing the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act. The PETS Act requires state and local governments to incorporate pets and service animals into disaster planning. As a result of this legislation, the United States Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, and other government agencies have developed extensive informational materials to help you and your community develop emergency preparedness plans that include pets. Run Date: Most of these materials fol7/8 low the same general principles which will be outlined in this article but you are also encouraged to visit their websites as well as others to develop a disaster plan which best suits you and your pet. The following are a few of the websites used in the preparation of this article: animals.shtm; njoem/plan/pets.html; and 1. Prepare a Kit of Emergency Pet Supplies, including: Food, water, medicine and medical records, first aid kit, collar with ID tag, harness or leash, crate or other pet carrier, sanitation needs (litter box, newspaper, trash bags), a picture of you and your pet together, and some of

your pet’s familiar items (blanket or toy). 2. Make a Plan for what you will do in an emergency: • Evacuate: plan how you will transport your pets and where you will go. Keep in mind that most emergency shelters do not take pets. Consider the homes of family or friends outside of your immediate area who would take in your pet in case of an emergency. Investigate other options such as a hotel which allows pets or a boarding facility, such as a kennel or veterinary hospital. • Develop a buddy system: plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to ensure that someone will care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Establish a meeting place outside of your immediate area, where you will meet in an emergency. • Discuss your preparation with a veterinarian: your veterinarian can give you advice on what you will need in your emergency kit, veterinary hospitals outside of your immediate area should you need to evacuate, and possibly microchipping your pet. A microchip can help identify your pet and reunite them with you if you are separated from your pet during a disaster. 3. Be prepared for what might happen. It is important to stay informed about what might happen and know what types of emergencies most often affect your region, as well as, emergency plans that have been established by your state and local government agencies. 4. Prepare your pet for an emergency. • Familiarize your pet with riding in a car. • Know your pet’s favorite hiding places; once disaster strikes you do not have time to find out.

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• Obedience train your dog, being well-behaved may very well save its life during a disaster and make it a welcome guest at an emergency animal shelter or pet friendly hotel. • Practice your evacuation procedures to ensure that your plan is in order for when disaster strikes. After a disaster, the behavior of your pets may change. Normally quiet and friendly pets may become aggressive or defensive. Watch your pets closely. Keep your pets on a leash for the first

few days after a disaster when they go outside and maintain close contact with them. Familiar landmarks may have changed and your pet may become disoriented and lost. Although you cannot prepare for every situation, having a disaster plan in place will mitigate the impact of a disaster upon you and your pet. The material contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional advice.

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behind St. Mary’s Church): • Thursday, September 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. • Friday, September 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. • Saturday, September 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The “Boutique,” with its designer labels, new items, and linens will be located in the Parish Hall – the main building. There will be terrific bargains and great selections in both buildings. Hope to see you there!

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amm Hollow Country Club in Lincroft was the perfect setting for the 16th Annual Dominick J. Luccarelli Memorial Golf Outing held by the Holmdel Kiwanis Club on July 18. About 110 people attended the golf outing, which started 18 years ago and was later named in memory of Mr. Luccarelli, who was a long time member of the Kiwanis Organization. D.J. Luccarelli, son of Dominick Luccarelli, expressed his feelings about the event. “I am really happy to have such a great turnout. Holmdel Kiwanis Club member Michael Mariolis There are so many great was honored as Humanitarian of the Year on July people that support this 18, 2011 at a dinner following the 16th Annual and the money goes to such Dominick J. Luccarelli Memorial Golf Outing. wonderful organizations. I am very proud to be a part of this can Chevrolet of Middletown as with the Kiwanis Club. A lot of the prizes to the persons hitting a holesame people have supported this in-one. Following the afternoon Golf for many years and that is really Outing, a dinner was held inside important to us.” Over the years, the Holmdel Ki- the Bamm Hollow Country Club. wanis Golf Outing has raised well Mr. Allocco noted that time Holover a half million dollars and con- mdel Kiwanis would make donatinues to donate the proceeds from tions to the following charities this event to numerous charities in Frances Foundation, The Rainbow Foundation, Children’s Specialized the area. President Ron DeLuca shared, Hospital in New Brunswick, Jason’s “We are humbled by our sponsors. Dreams for Kids, Saint Ann’s ChilThey help us to help others.” Chair- dren’s Center, and Breast Friends man Frank Allocco added, “Espe- Forever. Michael Mariolis, Jr., a member cially helping the children’s charities that we so strongly support. We of Holmdel Kiwanis Club for over can’t thank our sponsors enough 25 years, was honored as Distinguished Humanitarian of the Year for their support year after year.” The Golf Outing Corporate during the dinner that evening. Sponsors and “Hole Flag” Sponsors He received a plaque from Holmwere Dearborn Market, The Lucca- del Kiwanis members stating that relli Family; Holmdel P.B.A.#239; through his passion, selflessness, Doctor Regan and Doctor Ahlert dedication, and unwavering exDDS; R.J. Brunelli & Company, pressions of Christian Love, he has Inc.; JGS Insurance; Aggressive touched the hearts of many, and Fire Protection; Dugan Provisions has set an example that inspires evCompany; Lomurro, Davidson, eryone. Earlier in the day, at the Golf Eastman and Munoz P.A.; Frances Foundation; ServPro; Boar’s Outing, Michael shared his feelHead; The Rainbow Foundation; ings about the award. “I am very Spano Family Charitable Founda- honored because this is from my tion; J&S Stark; Michael Mariolis; own peers. This is normally not Paul J. Hooker; Thomas Gramigna, given to someone in the club. I am The Warner Companies, Rudnick, very touched and flattered by this Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza P.A.; award.” Michael was born in 1946 at Meridian Health Services; and A. French Hospital, Manhattan from Casola Farms. Three cars were donated by local Greek immigrant parents. He dealers from Gold Coast Cadillac moved to Keyport at age 6 when of Ocean Township, Tom’s Ford his father bought Wilson’s Diner Lincoln of Keyport, and All Ameri- on Highway 35 in Keyport. Michael


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attended grammar school and high school in both Keyport and Hazlet, and graduated from Missouri Valley College in 1971. He had joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves, PLC/OCS in 1966, and in 1973 received an honorable discharge. Michael then joined the family business at the Shore Point Inn, which was started by his parents Michael and Lela, now deceased. “I have cooked all my life,” shared Michael. The joy he gets from cooking combined with the charitable work he does eventually melded together and now they go hand in hand. Michael is well known for his cooking throughout the Bayshore area. Michael’s charitable work began in 1975 when he joined the Masonic Order in Keyport where he is still a member. He continues his charitable work through membership in the Keyport/Matawan Elks Lodge conducting weekly banquets for Special Needs Children; has served as a regular volunteer at St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus; participates in the Monmouth County Food Bank; helps to raise money for the Red Bank Salvation Army; has

been a member of the Monmouth County Boy Scouts of America where he served as finance chairman from 1979 through 1983; and several times a year donates blood to the Monmouth County Blood Bank. Michael is also a member of the Greek Orthodox Church in Holmdel and a member and former president of the Monmouth County Republican Club. Michael is currently employed by Monmouth County. He and his wife Pat have a daughter Maggie; and Michael he has two brothers Peter and Nick. Kiwanis Club of Holmdel has members from all over the Bayshore area and new members are always welcome. Their mission worldwide is, “Change the World, One Child, and One Community at a Time.” Their focus is to assist and improve the lives of families and children “in need” throughout the Monmouth County Bayshore area. Holmdel Kiwanis Club meets weekly at 7:00 p.m. generally at the Ruby Palace Restaurant, Route 35, Holmdel. For further information, visit


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DORBROOK PARK IS SETTING FOR Monmouth County Park System and a Family Flea Market? Perfect together! Over 50 vendors, including businesses, non-profits, and families, participated in the Eco Elephant Family Flea Market held at Dorbrook Recreation Area in Colts Neck on June 25.


Above: Left to right - Monmouth County Park System employees Dave Roche, Rachel Cohen, and Ann Sage directed visitors to various sites of interest at the Flea Market. Right: Shaun Robinson and Morgan Smith were available to discuss the utilization of solar panels to visitors who stopped by their table. Information on the eco-friendly use of solar energy can be seen at

achel Cohen, Cultural Services Representative for the Park System, said the intent was to offer eco-friendly items that vendors recycled or redesigned into selling products. They also wanted to showcase Dorbrook Park, which is just one of over 30 park areas in the Monmouth County Parks System. “We wanted to keep whatever we could out of the landfill,” explained Ms. Cohen. Allowing other vendors to offer items no longer wanted or needed gave the event a flea market edge, as well as some vendors with new and unique items to sell. The Parks System also took part in the event with their eco-friendly tshirts transformed into tote bags. Any surplus t-shirts from various park-sponsored past events, such as walkathons, races, and fairs, were sewn closed on the bottom while the sleeves and neckline were sheared to make a sturdy, washable, easy-to-carry and store tote bag! They were a “hot” item that day,

Twenty-two month old Julia O’Neal could not decide which toy was her favorite during her trip with Mom and Dad to the Eco Elephant Family Flea Market.

Joshua and Cynthia Campbell stand beside pet houses designed by William Michael Campbell, an architect from Farmingdale that are made from sheets of plastic milk jug material.

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Left to right: Seven year old twins Kiera and Bridget try to decide on a purchase of TabTop bracelets made by 15 year old Laura Bartley at the Flea Market.

ECO ELEPHANT FAMILY FLEA MARKET especially at $1 per tote. An amazingly unique item was the recycled Pet House, made from sheets of plastic milk jug material. William Michael Campbell, an architect in Farmingdale, designed and patented a teepee-style pet house that can be rolled up and put in a 12x12 box for shipping, can be custom decorated, and can be utilized indoors or outdoors. Cynthia Campbell and her son Joshua noted the pet house is a very pleasing geometric shape, and is very durable. Mr. Campbell also designs memorial gifts, some of which can be sandblasted on rock or glass. His eBay shop is listed as The Architect’s Design Store. Dogs on the Farm & Cats Too, based in Middletown, showed pictures of their facility which offers daycare, boarding and grooming for dogs and cats. Unique and special rooms are available for dogs and cats. Visit their website at Treats From Heaven offered homemade dog treats for purchase with a menu listing the ingredients of each item was available, as many dogs have allergies to certain foods. Items such as Breath Bustin’ Biscuits, Mini Carrot Cup-

cakes, or Blonde Chicken Brownies, included fresh everyday food. They also made specialty gifts, such as cakes, dog pencils, and dog house frames. They can be reached at Another fascinating and truly incredible eco-friendly item for sale was TabTop Bracelets made by 15 year old Laura Bartley, who has already been making these bracelets for a year and a half! “They take about a half hour to an hour to make. I learned about it from a library program I attended,” explained Laura. Her friends are her advertisers, as when they wear the bracelets others ask where they bought them. She would like to start a website in the near future but for now, enjoys making and selling them for extra cash. Laura has also been expanding her collection to include woven bracelets with character designs. She is definitely an upcoming entrepreneur to follow. Two specialty items, mobiles made from recycled plastic soda bottles and hurricane lanterns made from recycled wine or liquor glass bottles were for sale by Dolores Rutski and her mother Dot Hauser. The mobiles were shaped into fish and one design depicted bride

and groom kissing fishes. Ms. Hauser also crafts a variety of jewelry items. Mrs. Rutski’s hurricane lanterns, which hold a votive and have a strong chain attached for hanging, are beautiful yet practical. A chemical etching process is used for some designs. She also utilizes old glass bowls and glasses that would normally be discarded and turns them into unique, colorful candle lamps. Dolores and Dot call themselves the “D” Crafty Ladies; contact Dolores at 732.614.9267. A fun day to shop, browse, or enjoy the park, this Eco Elephant Family Flea Market was successful. “It was our hope that once people saw what Dorbrook Park had to offer they would return after today and utilize the trails and picnic area in the park. Maybe search out other parks to visit also,” said Ms. Cohen at the close of the Monmouth County Park System event. An October 1 date is set for another event to be held at Turkey Swamp Park at 200 Georgia Road, Freehold Township. Contact Al Weaver at 732.542.1642 extension 31 or email him at regarding the next flea market.

Left to right: Howard Leipzig, Jason, Liz and little Emily explained their business for Dogs On The Farm & Cats Too! Owner Susan Leipzig is not shown, though she attended the event. Boarding and Daycare are available at this facility located in Middletown.

The Palmer family participated in the Flea Market with items no longer needed. The young boys were willing to sell toys they no longer played with so they could use the money earned to buy new toys.

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olunteers are the backbone of the Colts Neck Fair and have been since it began in 1990. The Colts Neck community, both residents and the many businesses in town, come together each year for this much-anticipated event which was held at Bucks Mill Park from July 1 through July 3 this year. Rain dampened but did not deter the dedicated volunteers and residents who attended all three days. It was estimated that several thousand attended the Fair this year. Opening night was Friday, July 1and families arrived ready to have fun, eat, play, and enjoy the entertainment provided by Bullet Bob and the Colts and Jo Wymer and the Itty Bitty Band. A spectacular fireworks display, sponsored by John Kling Custom Homes and Renovations was held later that night. Colts Neck Seniors, who always sponsor Granny’s Attic, tempted shoppers with their many new and gen-

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tly used items. Saturday, July 2 offered a Classic Car Show, music by the Moroccan Sheepherders Unplugged, 3 Chord Symphony, Bad Neighbors Band, and The Two River Band. Life-size costumed characters, such as Buzz Lightyear and Dora the Explorer waved to children and posed for pictures. Stone Soup Circus provided aerial acts and circus workshops, which were popular on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, July 3, the mantra was, “the show must go on” and it did – despite the rain! The Talent Show and Apple Pie Contest were held, as well an award ceremony for winners of the Poster Contest, Scholarship Recipient, and the Volunteer of the Year Award. Following are the winners for each of those categories. The Talent Show winners were: Colin Hassell, 18, Aberdeen won first place; Ryan Wilson, 17, Colts Neck won second place; and Kayla Bogan, 17, Brick, won third place. The Poster winners, which were all students of Conover Road El-

ementary School were: Lucy Hopkinson, first place; Isabella Ottara, second place; Grace Wilson, third place; and Victoria Amplo, Honorable Mention. Volunteer of the Year award was presented to two residents, Kelly Taylor and Martha Leonhardt. The Scholarship winner was Greg Leonhardt and the winner of the Apple Pie Contest was Katie Sullivan. Inflatables for the little ones to jump on, rides geared just for them, pony rides, and a video game trailer that was very busy filled the kiddie Playland area. Colts Neck Lions Club provided a chance for golfers to show their stuff with “A Hole In One,” and win prizes. Supporters who generously sponsored specific areas in the Fair included Colts Neck Racquet Club, Becker Hardware, Slope Brook Farm, and Sakoutis Brothers Disposal as Tent Sponsors; Robert Defalco Realty as Apparel Sponsor; AAFKO, David M. Muldowney Jr., CPA, 4 JG’s Winery, and Green Meadow Restaurant as Site

Sponsors; as well as Patrons Eastmont Orchards and Hemlock Hill Farms. Official Fair Sponsors were Brock Farms, CentraState Healthcare System, Delicious Orchards, Laird & Company, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, and PNC Bank. Colts Neck Boy Scouts Endeavor and Colts Neck EMT Cadets assisted with the parking; staff from Weichert Realty and Coldwell Bankers volunteered at the main entrance to the Fair; and the Colts Neck High School Band and Chorus made certain the dining tent was kept clean.

Colts Neck Fair Co-chairs Jill Valentino, Joe Clark, Martha Leonhardt, and Emory Dedalis worked on the preparations for this year’s Fair for many months and are already considering idea for the 2012 Fair. “The purpose of the Fair is community building and giving back,” said Martha Leonhardt. “Any profit made will go to the non-for-profit organizations that were involved.” As for what is in store for the 2012 Fair? The date is set for Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30, 2012.


Music & Art To Take Center Stage In Holmdel


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 noon until 5:00 p.m. and is sponsored by the Holmdel Department of Parks & Recreation and the Bayonet Farm Festival Committee.

Visual Arts

Featured will be a juried art show in the Red Barn Gallery including painting,

sculpture, and photography, many available for purchase. All afternoon, en plein air (outdoor) artists will be at their easels capturing Bayonet’s lovely structures and pastoral ambiance. Professional potters will display their creations as well as demonstrate the skills of hand-building, using a pottery wheel, and the Japanese art of raku; a glass artist is also expected. At day’s end, prominent art experts, James Yarosh and Peter Trippi, will award prizes to Red Barn Gallery and en plein air selections. The James Yarosh Fine Arts Gallery is acclaimed for its contemporary Russian realists collection; Mr. Trippi is editor of Fine Art Connoisseur, “the premiere magazine for informed collectors.” Artists that are interested in entering the juried show or the en plein air “paint-out” should contact .

Live Music & Dance

Performances will cover the spectrum from ‘40’s Big Band to Blues to Salsa! Back by popular demand will be the Colts Neck Swing Band, Jazz-

funktion, Late 4 Lunch, and Elliot Fischer. International rhythms will be provided by Los Mas Valientes, Celadon Youth Ensemble and Goya Dance Troupe. New to the Festival will be Holmdel High School rock band, Definite No.

Architecture and Style

Upon purchasing Bayonet Farm in the late 1930’s, Miss Laura Harding, an heiress and former stage actress, had the barns built to indulge her love of horses; be sure to note their classic Pennsylvania Dutch construction while enjoying the art exhibits and stage performances. The late Miss Harding also added grand rooms to her historic house to host movie stars of the day. Guided tours of the Harding House are a special treat, especially in its idyllic setting, offering a glimpse into the easy elegance and attention to detail of a bygone era.

Just For Kids!

Little hands will have a chance to experience many artful endeavors: drawing, creating pottery, painting a community mural, and making their own musical instruments. Special guests include The Doodle Dude, who will demonstrate cartooning techniques, and performer Yosi, who will lead the younger set in a fun family sing-along. To round out your visit, please plan on a delicious lunch and dessert at the Red Barn Café.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Be part of the behind-the-Festivalscene 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. Bayonet Farm is the most magnificent ‘passive recreation’ park in the township – is located at 41 Middletown Road (between Crawfords Corner - Everett Road and Route 520) Holmdel, New Jersey, 07733. Admission is $5 per person. Children under 12 are free. Included are all shows, the Harding House tour, and parking. This program is made possible in part by the Monmouth County Arts Council through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

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Villanova College Student Is Also Wildcats Manager


lyssa Critelli, 20, will be entering her junior year and returning to Villanova University this month like many students to their respective schools all over the country. However, the major difference between Alyssa and other students is that between classes and studying, she will also be working closely with the Villanova Wildcats Men’s Basketball Team as one of their Managers. She began her stint as one of the six team managers about a year and a half ago. The process to being chosen as a manager is a long one and knowing someone is the first step. “I knew Tom Critelli, not a relative though we have the same last name, and Michelle Thomas, who was the R.A. on my floor in my freshman year. They were able to get me a first entrance interview,” Alyssa explained. Following the initial interview, there are meetings with multiple coaches and staff for a series of interviews, essays and questions. The department also requires a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA), a background check, and two recommendation letters. A manager position is a full time, year-round job, usually August through May, but extends during off-season. The six manag58 AUGUST 2011

ers each have a specific job to do, as well as being on call to assist the staff. Alyssa and two other female managers Shannon and Nina cover most of the secretarial duties. There is a massive amount of paperwork to handle in order to keep everything up to date for the team. They work with the media, schedule fundraising events, hold tours for incoming recruits, introduce the recruits to the players, and assist the players get the academic help they need. About two hours before there’s a game, families of players need to be escorted to their seats; they must make sure recruits follow compliance, and be certain the players have what they need. At half-time, Alyssa, Shannon and Nina make sure activities and giveaways run smoothly, and check with the players to ensure they have whatever they need. Alyssa spends four to five days in the office and sometimes on weekends, handling the work behind the scenes for the team. During the off-season, she spends two to three times a week in the office. She handles fundraising, plans autograph sessions, benefits, and handles requests for autographed basketballs. During the regular season, she makes certain there are tickets for the players’ families, and the recruits. Villanova shares their homecoming between football and basketball. In addition to a football game, homecoming includes a massive party for basketball, known as Hoops Mania and is the biggest event for basketball during the season. Car companies in the local area donate cars and the players are driven into the stadium

know as The Pavilion, and are introduced one by one. “They usually do a dance number as a team which is their way of showing the school that they can have fun as well as be athletic. It pumps everyone up!” Head Coach, Jay Wright then addresses the fans. A guest performer evens out the event. Alyssa says it is one of the most intricate and detailed events of the entire year. “This year, the team also had the privilege of hosting ESPN Gameday live from Villanova for the first time in the team’s history. It meant a lot of work and planning for the managers but was so unreal for Villanova Basketball to be recognized and to show the “NOVA NATION” on ESPN. This is a trademark term for our student section,” shared Alyssa. In the summer, Alyssa helps to run basketball camps that go from one to three weeks for ages seven to eighteen. There is a young children’s camp and a high school student camp. Coaches and assistant coaches run these camps. The children get to play in the stadium, and all the players come at the end and talk to them and give autographs. Alyssa’s father, Lou Critelli, also went to Villanova, as did his other two siblings, Joseph Critelli and Lauren Altmann. Before Alyssa was born, her father had seasonal tickets to the team’s basketball games, which Alyssa attended religiously since she was a year old. For twelve years she was a part of the CAT Pack Club. They can attend autograph sessions with the players, and receive newsletters as well as exclusive fan packages. Alyssa has met players who have gone on to the NBA like Kerry

Kittles, Randy Foye, and Alan Ray, to name a few. She also formed friendships with current players like Reggie Redding and Corey Stokes. “I have always gone to games and have wanted to be a part of this since I was very young,” emphasized Alyssa. “My mother didn’t go to Villanova but she is the biggest fan you’ve ever met. When there is a game my entire family gets dressed in Villanova team shirts. It is a big deal in my house and with my family when the team plays. We all gather together and have a great time.” Wildcats Coach Jay Wright always stresses in his talks to the team and the managers that they are all family. Alyssa proudly explains, “We work together as a team, so we give the players respect and they return that respect. Being a Manager with the Villanova Wildcats is pretty cool.” Above (left): Alyssa Critelli and Villanova Wildcat player Corey Stokes. Below: Alyssa with cheerleader and roommate Stef Colino.


Program Coordinator for Amanda’s Easel Cindi Westendorf stands beside one of the pictures draw during an art therapy session by a child affected by domestic violence.

Amanda’s Easel Helps

Children & Adults Affected By

Domestic Violence By SUSAN MURPHY Founded by Friends of Amanda Foundation and 180 Turning Lives Around, Inc. in 1996, Amanda’s Easel came about as the result of one family’s belief that every child deserves to be safe.


his nationally recognized creative arts therapy program helps children, ages 4 to 14, and their non-offending parent who have been affected by domestic violence. Through the use of art and music, dance/movement, play and group discussion, both individually and in small, age-appropriate groups, participants learn to express themselves in a safe environment. Program Coordinator Cindi Westendorf worked as a consultant for Amanda’s Easel prior to coordinating the program in 1997. “I have been an art therapist for 27 years, so I know the the power of the creative arts and healing is just appropriate for so many things. Children as young as three to any adult can take advantage of it.” She explained that any trauma gets stored in the brain but is usually not accessible by words. Graphic imagery allows individuals to tap into those pieces of conflicting memories and fears and express them in other ways without words. “To work with people that are traumatized on any different level particularly children, I believe you have to do art. The power of the therapy comes with the 60 AUGUST 2011

presence of the therapist. It’s the art therapist and trained professional that guide individuals through the process of getting to a point of healing. That takes a long time.” Every family takes advantage of a group and individual session and two modalities. Mothers must have individual counseling as well as group. The treatment is evidencebased and extensive assessments are done pre and post treatment. Participants in the program are asked to make a commitment of six months. Since they attend sessions at different times, a child who has attended several times might one day be with a child who is there for the first time. Mrs. Westendorf explained, “That universality of understanding shows them that they are not alone, that this happens in other families, and more importantly what they can do to cope with it, especially if they can’t change it. It is also important to remember that domestic violence comes in so many forms, yet people still believe it refers to a battered woman. It can actually be an insidious, manipulative control of financial abuse, sexual abuse, ver-

bal and emotional.” 180 Turning Lives Around, which as an agency has been in existence in Monmouth County for almost 35 years, now has about 12 distinct different programs that help families of domestic violence as well as sexual assault. Visit for detailed information on these programs. Amanda’s Easel is a free program. It is partially funded by the State of New Jersey, so fundraisers and outreach is necessary to help it remain a free program. There are licensed clinicians that do the therapeutic modalities and a case manager that does the wrap-around services for the families. This program looks at the family as a whole and addresses every need including educational, recreational, financial, and definitely emotional. “This is why we ask families to stay a minimum of six months in intensive treatment and then six months in after care. And we see success, which is our goal.” The therapy programs that the children work with are play therapy, art and music therapy, and dance therapy. One of the studios used for music was recently dedicated in honor of

Amanda’s grandfather, William H. Thomas, who founded The Friends of Amanda Foundation. He was a strong advocate for children and victims rights. Mrs. Westendorf said, “He was a great man and it was a real honor to dedicate the studio to him. He was able to see the music therapy space before he passed away last December.” Amanda’s Easel has two locations in the Monmouth County area. Though it began as an art therapy program, Amanda’s Easel has been expanded with the aid of a PALS (Peace A Learned Solution) grant that was obtained through the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Any organizations or groups who wish to run art supply drives to assist Amanda’s Easel are always welcomed to do so. Scout troops have been very helpful, as have schools. Domestic violence touches everyone, regardless of their social, economic, or cultural backgrounds. For further information about Amanda’s Easel call (732) 787-6503. For other services of 180 call (732) 264-4111.

MDA Visions of Hope: Addison Park O

n the evening of Monday, June 6, 2011, over 250 people attended the fourth annual Visions of Hope Event, an extraordinary evening of food, silent auction and fashion to benefit The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Central N.J. and Staten Island summer camp initiatives. Guests had the opportunity to sample foods and desserts prepared by some of N.J.’s finest chefs, with more than 15 different restaurants as well as a selection of wine and spirits. Restaurant and Wine/Spirits Sponsors included Abbate Bakery, Addison Park, Anna’s Italian Kitchen, Brando’s Citi Cucina, BuyRite Wines, Ciccone’s Italian Deli, CMSC Spirits, DeMarco’s Catering and Gourmet Deli, Ganga Asian Bistro, Grape Beginnings Wine School, McDonagh’s Pub, Pizzuto’s Ravioli, Ocean Wine & Spirits and Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe. The night also included an upscale silent auction and fashion show, featuring the designs of Ivory & Co., Staten Island and Jos. A. Bank, Holmdel, with Salon BellaDonna donating their hair and makeup services to the models. Over the past three years, the event has raised over $300,000 for Jerry’s Kids. Visions of Hope Committee Chairman Carmine S. Visone, owner of Home Away From Home Academy, and Meteorologist James Gregorio of News 12 New Jersey co-hosted the event and presented two awards during the evening. The 2011 Humanitarian of the Year was awarded to Big Joe

Henry of NJ 101.5. The Visions of Hope Award recipient was Dr. Tricia Todisco Gilbert. A special thank you to this year’s sponsors who contributed to the success of the evening: CITGO Petroleum, Addison Park, Home Away From Home Academy, Saker ShopRites, Inc., Millennium Respiratory Services, Hamilton Executions, Pringle Quinn Anzano, PC, and York Telecom Corporation. Other underwriting sponsors included: Crest Florist, Best Buy of Holmdel, VEI Limousine, Schultz Furrier and Royal Jewelry. Committee member Carol Stillwell of StillwellHansen hosted a live campership auction, helping to send children to MDA Summer Camp. Located at Camp Visions in Spring Valley, N.Y., Camp Visions is a completely handicap accessible camp provided free of charge to children ages 6 - 17 who are served by MDA. For one week each summer, children enjoy a myriad of activities such as swimming, fishing, sports, talent shows and more. Children are paired with a volunteer counselor who assists them and provides companionship for the entire week. MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. The majority of contributions to MDA come from individual donors.

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Mayor Pat Impreveduto Deputy Mayor Serena DiMaso

Welcome to August…hot and humid August. Before we go any further, we would like to thank all of you for your donations and support for the First Aid Squad garage sale.


t was a huge success, thanks to all of you. It really is a force of good and captures the spirit of giving in this town, a kindness and generosity that is equal to no other town. Preliminary totals for the wine event are in the $12,000 range, but more importantly several people signed up to be volunteer members and that is an even greater accomplishment. Kudos to our First Aid Squad on a job well done. Our Township budget was adopted in the end of June, with a 5-0 vote. After further deliberations at the adoption hearings, we were able to hold the increase to just $55 for the year, for the average assessed home. This was a great accomplishment as stated before we have undergone a sizeable reduction in our municipal aid from the State, as well as an increase in our pension contributions. So we had to tighten our belt even further. We have made the tough decisions by evaluating layoffs and reducing staff to part-time as a cost-reduction measure, or choosing not to replace those who retire but shift the work load. All of this is more difficult then it sounds with civil service rules. To date the PBA has made concession with their contract and saved the Township dollars while preserving the jobs of three of their fellow officers. The retirement of the three officers from last year will not be replaced, and work loads will shift at headquarters as well. We are waiting to hear back from our Blue and White collar workers on the concessions their representatives agreed to, or sadly an additional lay-off plan will need to be put into place. There is not 64


a day that goes by that we do not try to conserve money for you, and we did our best to hold the tax levy at a minimum. If any of you have been following the State budget, you know that health care and pension reforms have been signed into law, in a bi-partisan effort. We want to thank you and behalf of Governor Christie and Lt. Governor Guadagno for your support of this program. In a recent conference call with the Governor, he expressed his gratitude myself and to our community for all we had done to help tall of their cost reduction measures pass. They have both said that taxes have gone up an average of 69% in the State: here in Holmdel we are proud of our governing body, and in fact we buck that trend, a phenomenal accomplishment. We want to thank you for your comments and suggestions made at the Lucent/Somerset presentation and those you continue to send our way. Just a reminder, that property is privately owned and the Township does not control the property, with the exception of what is allowed in zoning. To that end, we are working diligently on a redevelopment plan, which will be stronger than any zoning changes. The developer of the property would need to comply with all specifications set forth in the redevelopment plan. There will be hearings on this plan both at the Township Committee level and the Planning Board level, for public input. There will also be additional hearings at the planning board once plans start to be submitted. It will need to go through the same steps as any other development plan.

Our search for an administrator is still ongoing and we are beginning to narrow down to finalists. We hope to have a permanent replacement in the next few months. Also, we have made our tax collector, Jeannette Larsson, our temporary CFO until she finishes her courses and then she will become our full time CFO. Jeannette stepped into the roll and never stopped. To date, she has done a wonderful job and continues to do both jobs exceptionally well. We hope you are enjoying your summer, and especially these last few days before the kids all go back to school. We want to remind you once again about pool safety, sadly we had a drowning in July, and while it was an older gentleman, it reinforces the need to have someone always watching while anyone is in the pool. These hot, hazy days seem to go by faster and faster each year, and we want you to enjoy them safely. Please feel free to contact us or any of the Governing Body Members if you have any questions or comments about anything in town. If you would like to reach all five of us at once it is best to call or email the Township Clerk, at 732-946-2820 ext. 1212 or However, to keep informed please log on to our website at and sign up for “e-alerts.” And if I may remind you that you can verify any information you hear with the Township Clerk’s office. They are the keeper of the record and can quickly clear up any misconceptions or questions you may have.

Holmdel High School TV & Film Society

Winners Of State Safe Driving Campaign


olmdel High School TV and Film Society recently competed against eighteen New Jersey high schools to submit a presentation reinforcing the dangers of distracted driving. The contest was a U Got Brains Champion Schools Project sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey and New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group (NJM) and funded by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Submissions could be any type of presentation as long as it reinforced the dangers of being distracted while driving. Each school was awarded a $1,000 stipend to help implement their project. Holmdel High School TV and Film Society chose to make a film to be used as a Public Service Announcement and titled it, “Don’t Press Send Until Your Ride Ends.” The video details the dangers of texting while driving as well as distractions caused by passengers talking to the driver or focusing on a favorite song playing loudly on the radio. All nineteen schools presented their work at NJM in Trenton where they announced two grand prize winners: Holmdel High School and Lenape Regional High School. A $40,000 driving simulator for the school’s drivers education classes was donated by NJM Group. Holmdel senior Aashray Sardana, who graduated this June, shared some of the behind-the-scenes work leading up to the completion of the video. In addition

to being a Holmdel Police Explorer and Holmdel First Aid EMT for two and a half years, Aashray was editor, script-writer, and cameraman for the video, although he was quick to emphasize this was not the result of a few people working together but the efforts of his entire class and members and businesses in the Holmdel community. Pre-production began in December 2010 and was when they formed the script, the storyboard and connected with all the personnel who were involved including: the director, script editor, cameramen, and assistant directors. Production began in April 2011. “We were very fortunate to have the Holmdel Police Department close down Roberts Road, where the video was shot, and for their participation. Holmdel First Aid Squad, Holmdel Fire Company #1, and Dearborn Market volunteered their time to help us. On Saturday we shot the jail scene at the Holmdel Police Department, and the Market scene at Dearborn Market. On Sunday, we had Roberts Road closed down from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to shoot the actual driving scene, and the crash scene.” Scenes shot of the drivers inside the car were done on a flatbed tow truck. Aashray was editor of the entire film. “We accumulated four hours of raw footage, and as the editor, I had to bring it down to a final show of seven minutes. After we completed the shooting, we began post production, which included the editing,


composing original music, and distribution. We were fortunate to have a professional music composer to produce the music you heard in the film.” The producer of the film was David Kaiserman and the director was Monika Marciszewski. The other cameraman was Noah Rauchwerk. The actors in the video included Kelsey Lynch, Rebecca Hidalgo, Marlaina Triolo, Mia Pellgrino, Mat Weisfeld, Holmdel Patrolman Matthew Menosky, Holmdel Patrolman Robert Philhower, and members of the Holmdel First Aid Squad. These are only a few of the many talented students and staff, township departments, and local businesses who assisted in this eye-opening PSA. The video can be seen online at YouTube or by Googling Holmdel High School and viewing “Recent News.” The video is under the date 6-10-11. Please take the time to view it and to follow the ending credits, as it most definitely was a community project. The driving simulator that will be donated to the school is used to teach young drivers safety and how to drive. The simulator won’t let the car turn on if the driver does not have his/her seatbelt on. “The simulator is composed of three screens surrounding you, a seat, pedals, and a steering wheel.” Aashray also noted the simulator has features that allow a student driver to drive in realistic situations, such as how to drive in the rain and how to pass eighteenwheelers on the road.

Aashray Sardana and audio crew of the Holmdel High School Setting up one of the cars in the video for a scene. TV and Film Society prepare a scene for their video on the dangers of distracted driving.

Audio and other crew members prepare to shoot a scene.

All photos courtesy of Anna Lynch. Makeup artist Robert Christie applies makeup to the face of Aashray Sardana explains one of the scenes prior to vidthe teenagers to resemble bruises incurred during the crash eotaping it. shown in the video.



$500 Health Care Scholarship Awarded to Holmdel High School Graduating Senior Benjamin Wang


Benjamin Wang’s father and sister accepting the check with Dr. Mitchel Friedman.

ewman Springs Dental Care awarded Benjamin Wang the $500 scholarship for a Holmdel Township High School graduating senior planning a career in health care. This includes medicine, nursing, dentistry, chiropractic, physical therapy, and other areas of healthcare. Benjamin will be attending Duke University in the fall. The scholarship was presented by Dr. Mitchel Friedman of Newman Springs Dental Care. Newman Springs Dental Care is a dental practice in Lincroft dedicated to

providing general, cosmetic and sedation dentistry to the citizens of Middletown and surrounding areas. “Holmdel has been so great to the team at Newman Springs Dental Care —we wanted to give something back to our community!” says Dr. Mitchel Friedman, a 1976 graduate of the Middletown public school system. Dr. Friedman’s mother, Sheila Friedman Rubin, taught in the Middletown public school system her entire career.

Newly Minted Local Writer Publishes FIRST Book


spiring local writer G.C. Naffin, a senior at Holmdel High School, has self-published her first novel called “Defiance.” A young adult novel featuring 16-year-old Vivian, the concept sprang from G.C.’s love of fantasy as well as a vivid imagination. “After discovering the works of Christopher Paolini and Tamora Pierce, I felt compelled to make my own foray into the world of fiction,” said G.C. “Once I began writing, the story came easily. I spent countless hours creating this fictional world.” The novel begins with a quest of epic proportions: her parents’ - the king and queen of Iledora - country is battling for survival against its arch enemy, the Bulvan empire. But with her parents missing on the front lines, Vivian must find the strength to leave home and become a spy among her own people—in order to discover the fate of her parents and assume the throne in their stead. On the other hand, if Vivian shares their fate, the throne of Iledora will pass 66


to her detestable aunt, Jaileene. Unexpectedly thrust into a tempest of political and imperial intrigue, Vivian is left with only two options. She must find her parents and bring them home, or stand back and watch as her country falls into the hands of the enemy. Armed with only a new alias, two trusted guards, and a stolid determination, Vivian scours the country for any information leading to her parents. However simple her intentions are of returning them to the throne may be, her journey is complicated by challenges she’d not foreseen: encountering love, trusting in the unknown, and being at the mercy of the Bulvan emperor she swore to conquer. G.C. is in contact with a literary agent to ensure that “Defiance” can be available to a wider audience. A four-star review on Book Country, a website owned by Pen-

guin as a showcase for aspiring authors, suggests that she is well on her way. “Defiance,” which was only recently released, has already met with initial sales success and captured the imagination of readers worldwide. G.C. Naffin has been an avid reader her whole life and began writing at 10 years of age. These two factors have significantly influenced her life and encouraged her to experiment with different genres of writing. After discovering her strengths lay in fantasy stories, she began writing “Defiance” at fifteen. G.C. can also be found on her website and Goodreads. “Defiance” is available for purchase through Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites.

INDIAN HILL SCHOOL Welcomes New Principal dents.” Taking this new position was a big decision for her. “I love children and stepping out of the classroom was not easy, but I really wanted to impact education on a more global level and to make schools a better place for everyone. It has always been my dream to create a community for the children, the teachers, and the parents.” Mrs. Tali Axelrod looks forward to meeting students and teachers on their first In every walk of her day back to school. professional life, Mrs. Axelrod has held true rs. Tali Axelrod has been seto always being a teacher. She has never lected to fill the position of principal at Indian Hill School, which lost sight of her vision of building a houses students in third through sixth classroom community. “This is just on grades, in Holmdel. She previously a larger scale,” she stated regarding her served as Vice Principal in Middlesex position as principal. “But it’s the same Borough. Prior to that, Mrs. Axelrod grassroots idea that I have always taken was a teacher for 15 years and taught with me.” As principal, one of her main Scotch Plains, Fanwood, and here jor goals is to get to know the children in Holmdel. Her specialty was in Lan- and their families and especially the guage Arts. During her years of teach- teachers. Mrs. Axelrod explained, “This ing in the Holmdel Schools, Mrs. position is mostly about relationships. Axelrod taught second grade at Village If you don’t have solid, warm, comfortSchool and sixth grade at Indian Hill. able relationships, you really can’t get Returning to Indian Hill School as its anything accomplished and it’s not a principal is the fulfillment of a dream. happy place for anyone.” She believes “This is coming home again for me. teaching truly is a noble profession. It’s a wonderful feeling and experience “When you are in front of a classroom, to come back to Holmdel. I was very the impact you make on the children is tremendous and that’s a huge responsihappy here as a teacher,” she shared. Due to her 15 years of teaching bility that no one should take lightly.” Staying positive is yet another experience, Mrs. Axelrod believes she can better assist the teachers at Indian strong point Mrs. Axelrod plans to enSchool. “Because I taught for so long, courage everyone to tap into. She works I can really put myself in the teachers’ at staying positive and surrounding herposition and understand their needs. self with positive people. “I feel I am I want to make this a great place for a positive force for others and I hope teachers to work, as well as help them that the philosophy of maintaining a to be the best they can be for their stu- positive attitude transcends the whole school.”


In keeping with her goal of being accessible to the children and teachers of Indian Hill School, Mrs. Axelrod has set up her office bulletin board with handwritten thank you notes and positive sayings from parents of former students, as well as pictures of her first class when she was a second grade teacher. Her reason for displaying these memories of her teaching career is to make it welcoming for the students who come to her office. “I don’t want them to be scared or to feel I am unapproachable,” she said. Mrs. Axelrod noted that she could not have progressed to this point in her career without the support of her family. “I just started my Doctorate last month at Rutgers. My husband is extremely supportive of what I am doing and has always pushed me to be the best I can be.” She feels she is a good role model for my sons, who are independent and very proud of her. Mrs. Tali Axelrod and departing Interim Principal, Mrs. Susan McGinty worked together to make the transition as smooth as possible. Mrs. Axelrod was grateful. “She was here in transition with me for five days. It has been great having her. She set aside a file for me over the last few months of the things she felt I needed to know.” Mrs. Axelrod lives in Fanwood with her husband, who is a Cantor and a pilot, as well as their two sons, ages 13 and 15. “We laugh a lot together,” she said. “I think laughter makes everything better. I laughed a lot in the classroom when I was teaching and I think you can get a lot accomplished if you try to find the humor in everything.”



Indian Hill School Receives Substantial

Gifts From Parent Liaison Group By SUSAN MURPHY


n September, as students and faculty of Indian Hill School in Holmdel enter the main entrance, they will step upon a beautiful blue rubber mat with white lettering that reads “Welcome to Indian Hill.” This is just one of several items that the Parent Liaison Group gifted the school with at the completion of the 2010/2011 school year. Lucia Van Name, President of the Parent Liaison Group for the 2010/2011 school year explained that the funds used to purchase the gifts were a culmination

of fundraising efforts of the PLG during the past year including a small balance from last year. Over $19,000 worth of items were purchased for the students and faculty. They include 65 NOOK color reading tablets, which have a 7-inch color touch screen. These award-winning tablets will be dispersed among the Literacy classes. The PLG hopes to one day provide enough nooks so each student will have one for their own personal use in the classroom. Additionally, 15 IPEVOs were purchased to add to the existing ones in the school which now ensures that every classroom in Indian Hill School has their own IPEVO. An IPEVO is the size of a book light and can capture live image for larger-screen presentations. The

Local Cadet Graduates

From West Point


adet Kenneth R. Hettler, son of Lisa and Bill Hettler of Holmdel, graduated from the United State Military Academy in May. Hettler graduated from Holmdel High School in 2006. He graduated from West Point with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and will branch Aviation. He will report to Ft. Rucker, AL where he will attend flight school to fly helicopters for the Army. The Class of 2011 graduated 1,031 Cadets with a class motto of “For Freedom We Fight”. Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the guest speaker at the graduation.



IPEVO can help save on the cost of making copies of a class textbook, as the information need only be projected onto the screen. Monies were also set aside for painting supplies so one of the teachers, Ms. Simonelli, could continue painting her artistic murals on the walls throughout the school. Mrs. Van Name said the PLG was pleased to offer these gifts as they will assist the teachers and directly impact the learning experience of every student at Indian Hill School. We do as much as we can to help out the school and the students. Our usual fundraisers include the Walkathon, Craft Fair, Autumn Boardwalk, and Mother’s Day Plant Sale,” shared Mrs. Van Name.

CILU ANNUAL PICNIC ON SEPTEMBER 10TH Please join us for the annual CILU picnic, to be held on Saturday, September 10, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Veterans Park, Holmdel. The price is $10 per family, and $5 for individuals. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks are included. Participants will be asked to bring salad or dessert to share. You may sign up by contacting Jenni Blumenthal at 732.264.8482 or by emailing On October 10 at 7:30, CILU will host a talk on windmills in Union Beach. The talk will take place at the Holmdel Community Center on Crawfords Corner Road. CILU events are open to the public. More information can be found on our website, please visit:

Holmdel Stallions NJX Xtreme

USYS Region I Finalists


he Holmdel Stallions NJX Xtreme (U12 boys) by virtue of winning the fall NJYS State Cup earned a spot in the recently concluded US Youth Soccer Region I soccer tournament. Region One is the highest level tournament in the USA for youth soccer at the U12 age group. NJX Xtreme are the first Stallions team to win a NJYS State Cup and now the first team to represent the club in the National Championship series as Region One Finalists. The event held over five days in the Lancaster, Pa. area featured over 250 State Cup champions ages 12-19 boys and girls teams. The 12 Xtreme players played brilliantly throughout the event losing a heartbreaking finals match on penalty kicks to the Beachside team from Connecticut. The Xtreme won their group going 2-0-1 and won the

semi-final match 6-1 against the Western Pennsylvania State Cup champs. The Beachside finals match of 60 minutes and two 10 minute overtimes yielded a 0-0 result. Rising 7th Grader at Holmdel Satz Middle School, Brendan Wall, led his age group in scoring with five goals, and teammate Andrew Cosman had four goals. The NJX Xtreme conclude their five-year run (U8-U12) having played in five State Cups; advancing to five semi-finals, four finals and winning three State Cups (2 NJYS and 1 US Club). The team also captured championships in the top flight at the following tournaments: FC Delco, PDA Spring Kick-Off, MAPS Rider Cup, MAPS/ MSSL Cup, NSR Region I, Spirit United, Primo Cup, Marlboro, Manalapan, East Brunswick and Brooklyn Italians. The team also won every league title it

ever played in including MOSA and MAPS compiling a league record of 819-4. Of the 9 losses, only 5 were from teams in their own age group. Team continuity, player retention and player development are at the heart of winning and attractive soccer for Holmdel Stallions Soccer Club. The NJX Xtreme result at the USYS National Championship Series Regional Tournament is a testament to these values. The team is coached and trained by Rich Pekmezian. Congratulations to all NJX Xtreme players: Andrew Aprahamian, Andrew Cosman, Brandon Golden, Weston Maki, Matty Mawson, Ryan O’Conner, Hunter Pinho, Chris Reale, Mason Remondelli, Julian Stifano, Matt Thorsheim, and Brendan Wall.



colts neck FROM THE DESK OF

Mayor Jim Schatzle

Colts Neck Pride

we all share in common, whether you have been a resident for decades or a recent newcomer, is this: pride in our hometown. It is for this reason that I am putting out a call to action, asking for assistance in keeping the pride in Colts Neck strong and visible. Recent years have put a burden on municipalities’ finances, and Colts Neck has not been immune to the stress on the budget. One of the effects of the cuts has been an impact on the appearance of our most treasured “core site” of the community – which includes town hall, the library, court house, police department, and our touching September 11th Memorial. This September brings the tenth anniversary of the attack on America, and your September 11th Committee is planning a ceremony to remember the date that changed America and to remember those that lost their lives that day, including five Colts Neck residents.

I am asking for help in renovating our core site and looking for businesses and individuals to volunteer their time and talent for this project. The needs are many, and those that participate will be recognized throughout the area for their volunteerism. Some specific needs are: Landscaping: general clean-up, mulch, planting Tree trimming Electrical Painting Fencing Mason work (walkways) We’ll also need as many people as possible to help with manpower. I kindly ask those interested to call me at 732.946.4243 or e-mail me at As people contact me, I will build a schedule that will accommodate our volunteers and meet the goal of restoring our “Main Street.” I thank you for your consideration and look forward to working with you!

Colts Neck Cougars 12U Division Champions

included a 240’ homerun against Fairhaven. Shane Spencer and Dominick Ierardi were great lefty hitters for us and Nick Suke was perfect in the lead-off spot. Anthony Kean and Conor Schauer shared the catching duties and were fantastic behind the plate. Michael Federico had 2 hits in the championship game and Jack Molloy made the play of the year late in the championship game deep in the hole at shortstop with runners on base.” They celebrated as friends and teammates with a big pool party. Players, parents, brothers and sisters all joined the celebration. The boys, in addition to throwing Coach John in the pool presented him and the other coaches; Tim O’Shea, Gary Federico and Scott Schauer with a framed championship photo of the team, which all the boys had signed and put their number on. Coach John summed it up best by stating “this is their moment.”


hen you hear the words “Colts Neck,” what do you think about? Family and neighbors, your home and/ or business, great schools, recreation and open space, parks, library, outstanding volunteers, and horses all come to mind. Colts Neck means different things to different people, and this list includes just a few of the many wonderful reasons that make Colts Neck special. What I believe

Congratulations to the 12U Colts Neck Cougars. They defeated the Hamilton A’s in the USABL 12U division championship. The Cougars jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and ultimately won the game with a final score of 7-5. The Cougars finished the season with a 10-2 record. Hamilton had lost only one game during the season, 70


they averaged 13 runs a game and mercy ruled more than half of their opponents. The Cougars prevailed over this team in the championship game with stellar pitching by Eric Lin and Matt Hawkins and aggressive base running, great defense and timely hitting. The Cougars typically held their opponent to 3 or 4 runs a game all season and continued to do so during the playoffs. In addition, they placed second in the Monroe Township Memorial Day Weekend Tournament, losing to tournament favorite, Sayreville, by a score of 3-1. What an amazing year for these boys. Head Coach John Riddle states that Matt Hawkins was an absolute standout pitcher all year – “he clearly was the best pitcher in the league and Eric Lin and Ben Riddle pitched great all year as well.” As for hitting, Chris Tommolino is described by Coach John as the toughest out he has ever seen. “He carried our offense which



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2011 Harley Being Raffled By Colts Neck Volunteer Fire Company


olts Neck Volunteer Fire Company #2 is thrilled to announce a raffle to end all raffles! They are raffling off a 2011 Harley Davidson Road King Classic that is valued at $19,881.95. Donations for the Road King raffle are $20. The drawing date is September 23 at the Triple Crown Room in Colts Neck Firehouse #2. All proceeds of this raffle will benefit the Colts Neck Fire Company #2 Building Renovation Fund. Through the township, these firefighters and fire police are provided with the equipment needed to aid in emergencies. Yet it is the sole responsibility of the firefighters and fire police to provide housing for this equipment. Upgrading the building due to mandated safety and building codes

requires additional funds, so Fire Company #2 must hold various fundraisers so they can meet their obligation. This is an all-volunteer fire company made up of men and women who do not think twice before responding to the needs of residents. Whether it is a brush fire, an overcooked dinner that causes smoke to fill the kitchen, numerous false alarms, entering burning buildings to locate families and their pets, these volunteers are there. They risk their lives to bring you and your family to safety. And they do it all without being paid. You can’t put a price on family, but you can help out the firefighters and fire police by purchasing one or several raffle tickets, which

Colts Neck Troop 290 Happenings


roop 290 did a Flag Retirement Ceremony at Bucks Mill Community Center on June 15. The concept of a Flag Retirement ceremony has to do with how to dispose of the United States Flag when it is no longer a fitting emblem for display. To show respect for the Flag, it needs to be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. This is very different from a flag burning done by a demonstrator who is showing disrespect to the flag and also to our country. The ceremony was attended by a sailor from Earle, Troop 290, Pack 290 and members of the community. The ceremony used explained what was being done, and the symbolism of the flag. The troop has already received many more flags that need to be retired with respect and



dignity, and another flag retirement ceremony is planned for this fall. Three scouts participated in the National Youth Leadership Training course offered at Quail Hill the last week of June. The NYLT course centers around leadership concepts— what a leader must be, know and do. The key elements are taught with a clear focus on how to apply them in their scout troop and other situations. We’re looking forward to the leadership skills and experiences that Alex Gentile, Conor Yuen and Peter Straub can contribute to our Troop! The last meeting of the summer was held on July 13 with a Court of Honor and a family picnic! Eleven rank advancements were awarded and 26 merit badges. One of the scouts

will in turn benefit the Colts Neck Fire Company #2 Building Renovation Fund. Tickets can be purchased at Mulberry Market at 420 Highway 34 North, Colts Neck or online at “We need your help so we can be there to help you when you need us!”

moved up more than one rank at this court of honor, and many of the new scouts reached at least the level of Tenderfoot. In addition, Alex Gentile and Matt Motola achieved the rank of Star, and Peter Straub reached the Life level, the last rank before Eagle. Rob Sherman earned two Eagle Palms (Bronze and Gold). Chris Motola and Rob Sherman were asked to serve as Junior Assistant Scoutmasters. Andy Martinez, our Senior Patrol Leader, received the Scout of the Year Award. Summer camp at Forestburg is imminent, and shortly thereafter they will start fall meetings. If you are interested in joining Troop 290, please contact Joe Lelesi at jlelesi@ for more information.

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Colts Neck Business Association News


n July 13, members of the Colts Neck Business Association (CNBA) gathered at the Colts Neck Library. Local business owners and residents joined to discuss upcoming events, new committees, and how to effectively use our government resources. Member Don Norkus expressed the importance of branding the CNBA and future tactics that will be implemented for the organization, such as creating a logo and tagline to convey the proper vision for Colts Neck. Mike Tormey, head of the Pig Roast Committee shared his ideas for this special card exchange with fellow members. The group showed interest in combining a fun event like this with networking opportunities. An Ordinance Committee is now also in the works that will gather ideas from residents and CNBA members in order to make suggestions to the Colts Neck Town Council. Guest speaker Claire French, Monmouth County Clerk for 14 years, informed meeting attendees of the various

services the Monmouth County Clerk’s office can offer CNBA members and Colts Neck residents. Ms. French shared past projects the office completed, like compiling a historical book about the 53 municipalities in Monmouth Country called “Town By Town.” She also emphasized the importance of the office implementing the electronic recording of documents to make archiving more efficient. Services available include passport issuance, identification cards, real estate property recordings, marriage licenses, archived information, and election applications. Ms. French also offered useful resources like county directories that are available to the public and can be mailed to those who are interested. “I’m very happy to have had an opportunity to visit with residents and business owners of Colts Neck to share information available on the site,,” Ms. French said. Ms. French said it’s crucial for residents to understand how many things are free and available from the local government. She suggested residents head to to see how her of-

fice can help residents and families in the Monmouth County area. 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 Golf Course. September 20 Pig Roast at Bucks Mill Park

COLTS NECK SENIORS EVENTS FOR AUGUST 2011 Provided by GENE GRUBB The seniors monthly meeting was held with a luncheon on July 6 at Doolan’s Shore Club, Sprng Lake Heights. Louis Parisi entertained during the luncheon. The seniors traveled to the NJ Repertory Theater in Long Branch 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 had lunch at Rooney’s before the show. Scholarships were presented to four outstanding students from Cedar Drive Middle School and from Colts Neck High School using proceeds from “Grannies Attic” sales at the Colts Neck Fair. Students receiving the scholarships were: Brianna Discenza, Colts Neck HS; Jonathan Keusch, Colts Neck HS JROTC; and Michael Sokoler and Julia Cianci, both of the

Cedar Middle Drive School. Congratulations to these outstanding students. August’s monthly meeting and luncheon will be held on August 3 at the Lakeside Restaurant in Hazlet. 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 August 4, 18 and 25 at the Colts Neck Library from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. The bridge group will meet on August 4 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Assisted Living Complex on Route 34. Afternoon at the Movies: “The Mission” will be shown on Wednesday, August 17, at 2:00 p.m. at the Library. The afternoon movies are open to all members of the community. The seniors will travel to Long Beach Island to see the play “The Odd Couple” at the Surflight Theater. The cast for the show will feature two female actresses in the roles of Oscar Madison and Felix Un-

ger. This role reversal of characters should present situations with unexpected and unusual humor. Please contact John Walsh at 732.946.0591 for club information and membership forms.



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Colts Neck & Holmdel Community Magazine - August 2011  

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