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ctober is here and we’re happy it’s fall – scarecrows abound, a pumpkin patch, apple bobbing, kiddies (and adults) on hayrides and much more! Our area has some of the best autumn scenes, and the fall foliage is magnificent, so take in the crisp air and apple cider – and enjoy the many “cool” outdoor activities with the family. This month is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this is when public service groups, medical professionals, government agencies and others work to promote awareness of the disease. Promoting awareness involves education about prevention and treatments, fundraising efforts to help find cures, and support for survivors and those dealing directly with the disease. Breast cancer is the fifth deadliest form of cancer worldwide, and this month helps remind women everywhere to practice regular breast self-exams and to schedule regular visits and annual mammograms. The entire world helps promote this month, from the white house turning pink, to NFL players wearing pink ribbons, to the pink Mayan Pyramids in Mexico, and even the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro sports the pink! So get your PINK on this month and support the cause! Halloween is upon us – and that calls for trick-or-treating, costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns, bonfires, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films - I plan on checking off most of this list. While all this sounds fun, please make sure your kids are safe and check with your town for curfews on Halloween night.

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Contents The Ashley Lauren 12 Foundation’s 2011 Colts Neck Barn & Winery Tour

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Was a great success

Friends of Holmdel 18 Open Space

Annual Harvest Dance Help Raise Funds to Preserve and Protect Holmdel’s Open Spaces Newcomers And Neighbors Club Invites You To An Autumn Brunch

34 Going Green 20

Making Whoopie … 22 Pie that is! by Sheri Nicholson, Creative Director at Mulberry Market

Annual Gala for Kids 24 Fighting Cancer The Frances Foundation to Honor Holmdel Kiwanis, Dearborn Market and the Luccarelli Family

It’s Time to Strut 27 Your Mutt

Pet costume contest

Meet Saint John 28 Vianney’s New Assistant Principal SJV Welcomes New Asst. Principle of Academic Affairs

Oak Hill Academy Installs Solar Panels On Five Buildings

36 Long Weekend

See a Breathtaking Landscape Reborn in The Adirondacks

38 Hurricane Help

Colts Neck Mayor And Township Departments Quickly Responded To Needs Of Residents During And After Hurricane Irene

39 CN Kitchen Tour

Autumn In Colts Neck Kitchen Tour And More Set For Friday, October, 14

40 Breast Cancer Support

Breast Friends Forever Offer Emotional And Financial Support

47 Community Y Swim Team Excels at National Meets Bayshore 30

Community Hospital Held 3rd Annual Wine Tasting

Grand Opening 31 Celebration

Held by Gloria Nilson, REALTORS®, Real Living

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49 Local Stuff To Do 50 Community Pet

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54 Local Library Programs 68 Third Annual Colts Neck Rockfest! Local Bands rock Colts Neck!

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VOTE NOVEMBER 8th Vin Gopal is a small business owner who will fight for the residents of Colts Neck. As a small business owner, Vin has experience in creating jobs and growing our economy. In our personal lives and our businesses, we don’t spend more money than we take in.

• Former Volunteer EMT, Colts Neck First Aid Squad (2001-2005) attended hundreds of 911 responses in Colts Neck Township • Member, Colts Neck Business Association (2009-Present) • President, Hazlet Business Owners Association (2010-Present) • Board of Directors Member, Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce (2009-Present) • Board of Trustees Member, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Monmouth County (2011-Present)

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The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s 2011 Barn & Winery Tour

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he Ashley Lauren Foundation’s 2011 Colts Neck Barn & Winery Tour was a Great Success! One hundred and fifty ticket holders enjoyed the graciousness of touring five of the most exclusive stables in Colts Neck - Wellspring, Stillwell, Yellowbrook, Stonehenge, Duncan Thecker - along with Four JG’s Winery.

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Everyone on the tour had the opportunity to stroll through the farms and enjoy the magnificent horses and serenity of the environment - helped out by our volunteer harpists. Afterwards, many stayed to enjoy a great barbeque provided by Tom Michos and a fun hoedown. Thanks to the many supporters of this event, especially Jim and Linda Spinella.


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Letter to the Editor I have been privileged to have a diverse and rewarding private, professional and public life. One of the things that runs strongly through all of these elements is an understanding of the importance of preserving our history in all of its aspects. This included our open spaces and farmland as well as our historic buildings. This is why I have always been a strong supporter of our preservation programs and the dedicated tax that funds them. This is our heritage. This is our bequest to future generations. It unifies our community and anchors our quality of life. It also protects us from the unwanted impacts of development and supports real estate values for every tax paying property owner in Colts Neck. This is also why I am absolutely opposed to the upcoming referendum question seeking to divert this dedicated revenue to purposes that should be funded by other means. All of the benefits that have been discussed are day to day expenses that will disappear as soon as the money is spent. This is a poor use of scarce tax dollars and one more reason why I hope everyone will join me in voting “NO” on November 8th.

Lillian G. Burry Former Mayor

CNBA’s Pig Roast Brought in a Crowd! The 2011 CNBA Pig Roast was held at the Colts Neck Community Center and was quite a success! About 100 people attended this event, and Janice Rizzo, owner of Countryside Café and her staff tempted everyone’s palettes with amazing food. It was a great event with friends and colleagues getting together to relax and enjoy the night.

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Holmdel School “Brags” on Trenton Radio Station Join Us to Savor the Left to right: Julianna Granito, Ryan Granito, Logan Gallagher

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ecently, three students and the Pastor of St. Benedict Catholic Church and School visited Domestic Church Media in a new segment that promotes school and church programs in the Diocese of Trenton. The Rev Daniel Swift answered questions and Neckas spoke about new programs offered to members of St.Colts Benedict, Holmdel well as the local community. October Cheryl Manfredonia and her husband Jim, hosted the Issue radio 2011 show. The segment, which highlights a different parish and school each month, was the first in the series. “St. Benedict is one of the largest parishes in the Diocese of Trenton”, explained Mary Granito, public relations coordinator for the school and church. “We have an obligation to our students and to our parishioners to embark on new programs and offer opportunities that might not be available elsewhere. We are thankful to Domestic Media for allowing us the opportunity to brag about our church and school. We are very proud of what we’ve accomplished at St. Benedict and we look forward to the future.” Cheryl Manfredonia explained her reasons for starting the new and exciting segment stating, “It is a way of broadcasting the hidden treasures that exist in our Catholic community and. provides people hope and a positive spirit.” In the course of our three years on the air (1260 AM-Trenton), we have met so many wonderful people. With all the negative news and press in secular media; we feel it is our duty to proclaim the good news. This program will help us feel more connected, bridging the miles, especially now that we are heard on 89.3 FM in Monmouth County.” Along with various Church programs, the school offers many opportunities to its students. Logan Gallagher, a fifth grade student at the school, was eager to report that St. Benedict School has over 500 students. Julianna Granito, seventh grade, participates in several clubs at the school including drama, newspaper, alter server, softball, and cheerleading. “St. Benedict School makes me feel good about myself and my accomplishments in school.” As a fifth grade student, Ryan Granito looks forward to many of the programs, including basketball, this year. “I’ve waited so long to try out for the team and now it’s finally time! Sports are important to me and I’m glad to be able to play on a team with my school friends. As a fifth grader, I can be an alter server this year too. It’s a whole new world for me at school this year.”

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Holmdel’s 5th Annual Harvest Dance Helps Raise Funds to Preserve & Protect Holmdel’s Open Spaces

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riends of Holmdel Open Space (FOHOS) announces their 5th Annual Benefit Dance will be held Saturday, October 22 from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. The event will be held at the historic restored Gray Star Barn, located on Holmdel’s picturesque Bayonet Farm, 41 Middletown Road in Holmdel. This year’s theme, “A Harvest Dance” will be a celebration not to miss, with an evening of casual fine dining, wine and beer, live music and lots of dancing. Back by popular demand will be the Mountain Heritage Boys Band. They have provided the entertainment at previous FOHOS dance benefits, and were a huge success. All are invited to join the fun! Reservations are limited and attire is festive casual. For reservations, information, sponsorship opportunities, and program listings, please contact event chair; Elissa Cahill at elissacahill@gmail.com. FOHOS’s Mission is to facilitate the acquisition, management, preservation and protection of open lands, historic areas and parks in Holmdel Township, NJ. FOHOS solicits and receives funds from the general public and applies for, and administers, grants from private and public sources. The Friends of Holmdel Open Space was formed in February 2000 as a 501(c)3 organization. For more information, visit www.fohos.org.

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NEWCOMERS AND NEIGHBORS CLUB INVITES YOU TO AN AUTUMN BRUNCH

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n October 13, the Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Colts Neck and Holmdel will hold an Autumn Brunch at the lovely Molly Pitcher Restaurant in Red Bank. All Monmouth County area residents are invited to attend the brunch, learn about the club and enjoy a presentation on “The Positive Power of Humor� given by R o s e m ar i e Poverman. Cost is $35 per person and reservations can be made by sending a check to Newcomers and Neighbors Club, P.O. Box 254, Holmdel, N.J. 07733. For information on the brunch, call 732.946.2833 or 732.946.7644. On October 22, the Newomers and Neighbors Club will hold a wine tasting event in honor

of Rosemarie Szilasi. A scholarship fund has been set up in her name for high school students from Colts Neck and Holmdel. She was president of the club multiple times, served on the board for years and was a kind, generous and outstanding role model for all of us. For information on the wine tasting, please call 732.308.2332. The club will hold the November meeting at Dearborn Farms which will include a breakfast and craft demonstation. The holiday luncheon is set for early December at the Shadowbrook. For information on the club, call 732.946.3334 or 732.308.2332. The club can be reached by email at Newcomers.Neighbors@ gmail.com.

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Making Whoopie … Pie that is!

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t seems everywhere you look, in the grocery store, at the local coffee bar, and even at Mulberry Market, you see Whoopie Pies. Pre-made or in a mix, these little yummy treats have become a popular desert and snack for kids and adults alike. But where do they come from? Who gave them a name like that? Oh, and let’s face it, they aren’t exactly a pie. If you visit New England, they will take credit for inventing the first version of today’s classic Whoopie pie. Maine in particular, takes pride in promoting this little morsel of bliss. Portland is home to the famous Cranberry Kitchen. These gals make Whoopie Pies in every flavor and shape you can imagine. Even Lobster shaped red velvet. For those of you who have traveled to the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, you know that Whoopie Pies are every where and the Amish have claimed them for there own. So who is right? Well, we don’t know. The consensus among Whoopie pie aficionados, an Amish man visited Maine and took home the recipe and made it there own.

Now as far as the name goes … That is anyone’s guess and can be left to your imagination, for some say it’s just as good as (fill in the blank). Local legend from the Amish tells us that Amish children would yell “Whoopie” when mothers served them for dessert after Sunday supper. Now, our last query the name pie…how on earth can it be called a pie? There is no crust, only filling. Traditional filling is a mix of sugar

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and cream cheese squished between two round domed cakes. Chocolate is the classic flavor with red velvet a close second. Whatever the origin of these tasty cakes it doesn’t matter much, because everyone feels a little happier after tasting one.

Have a little fun this fall and make a little Whoopie!


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The Frances Foundation to Honor Holmdel Kiwanis, Dearborn Market and the Luccarelli Family at 7th Annual Gala for Kids Fighting Cancer

Just a few of the courageous shore area children to whom the Frances Foundation has been delivering smiles during the last year as they fight their relentless battles against cancer. Left to right: Justin Condoluci of Brielle, Logan Parker of Ocean, Brian Hack of Old Bridge, Tori Lee of Oakhurst, Sammie Whelan of Hazlet, and Graysen McDow of Howell.

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Family, are the 2011 Gala’s Special Guests of Honor. They have been staunch, generous and caring supporters of children in need and their families for more than half a century. The Frances Foundation is privileged to salute their extraordinary efforts, contributions, and services to numerous children and families, as well as to countless and civic organizations. In recognition and sincere appreciation of their genuine commitment to community service, the Frances Foundation could not have selected more deserving honorees. The delectable fare will include a duet entrée of braised short ribs and cumin crusted mahi-mahi, numerous hors d’oeuvres, pasta stations and a five hour open bar. The cocktail hour ballroom glows with stunning gift baskets galore and awesome silent auction items; and the entertainment included the talented singers from D’Amico Entertainment, Phil Bruschi singing Sinatra, and dancing until midnight. An elegant and enjoyable evening for a cause that makes an immediate and direct difference for those in need by helping children and their families in the midst of indescribable suffering. For more information about the Gala or the Frances Foundation, please contact Bob Heugle at rheugle@lomurrolaw.com or 732.462.7170.


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n Sunday, October 16, 2011 the Friends of the Monmouth County Parks System will be holding their 8th Annual Doggie Costume Contest and Pet Fair sponsored by Garden State Veterinary Specialists. This annual event is an opportunity to bring your dog to Thompson Park dressed in a Halloween costume and possibly win a prize in one of several categories, including: the Best Canine/Human Combo, Most Original, Scariest, Funniest, and Prettiest. Winners in each category will be selected during the pet parades held at noon and 3:00 p.m. The Monmouth County Sheriff ’s K-9 Unit will be demonstrating the skills of their specially trained dogs and their human partners at 1:30 p.m. Pet product vendors will be offering unique items for your pet and the pet lover in all of us during the Pet Fair. The Pet Fair is a great experience for true animal lovers. You can take your dog to the park; enjoy the Pet Fair with them and even dress up for Halloween. While enjoying your day, you and your dog can support the Monmouth County Parks system, including the off-leash dog areas. The importance of off-leash dog areas in an urban environment has been established in research studies. A community which has an offleash dog area provides a place for both dogs and humans to socialize with each other. Play is an important activity for a dog and is pretty important for humans as well. Having a designated space for dogs and their owners reduces the likelihood that dogs will be let loose in other areas where they could adversely affect the rights of other park users. Dogs often help people break the ice,

getting people who share similar interests to socialize while exercising their dogs. The opportunity to socialize builds a sense of community which benefits everyone. The Monmouth County Parks System has designated two off-leash dog areas for Monmouth County, one located in Thompson Park on Newman Springs Road in Lincroft and a second one at the Wolf Hill Recreation Area in Oceanport. The Thompson Park location offers a 1.5 acre space for larger dogs and a ¼ acre “small dog area”. This location offers water to both humans and canines. At the Wolf Hill Recreation Area there are concrete patios with sheltered picnic tables. Both off-leash dog areas are open 7 days a week during regular park hours. Every dollar raised during this event goes to the Friends of the Parks and supports the programs and facilities of the Monmouth County Park System that made the Off-Leash Recreation Areas for Dogs possible. We urge everyone to come out and support this event. Bring your dog on a leash and enjoy the day in the park together while you browse among the pet related displays at the Pet Fair or participate in the Costume Contest. If you would like to enter your dog (or you and your dog) in the Costume Contest you can register ahead of time or at the Fair, for more information on the event call the Friends at 732.975.9735 or visit their website at www.friendsofmonmouthcountyparks.com. To see pictures from last year’s Strut your Mutt Doggie Costume Contest visit www.gsvs.org. Stop by the Garden State Veterinary Specialists booth at the Pet Fair and learn more about veterinary specialty services that are available in your community. See you at the Pet Fair!

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Meet Saint John Vianney’s New Assistant Principal

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aint John Vianney High School welcomes their new Assistant Principal of Academic Affairs, Mr. John Niesz. John comes to SJV from the Monmouth County Vocational School District. He served in the law enforcement program as a head teacher, was a member of the Monmouth County Vocational School strategic planning committee, and was a Skills USA advisor. John was also a Director for a Homeland Security contractor overseeing training, curriculum development, and quality control. His responsibilities included training, professional development, and supervision of a staff of 200 employees. John retired from the Freehold Borough Police Department as a Sergeant due to an injury in the line of duty. He is a member of the New Jersey Police Honor Legion and a life member of the New Jersey

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Policeman’s Benevolent Association local 159. He currently serves on the Legal Affairs Committee for PBA local 600. John is currently a subject matter expert in standardized testing for the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) and is a published author for Thompson Peterson Publishing. He is also a member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and a Certified Quality Improvement Associate. John serves as an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, University of Phoenix, and an adult education teacher at Brookdale Community College. He is a Red Cross First Aid, AED, Sports Injury Prevention, and CPR instructor and plans on training all the staff and teachers at SJV in AED, First Aid and CPR. John and his wife Nancy are both alumni of Mater Dei

High School. Their son Jeffrey is a 2011 graduate of SJV and daughter Lauren will be a 2013 graduate of SJV. John looks forward to working with students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, coaches, and local churches to spread the word on how great SJV is!

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or the third year in a row, the Bayshore Community Hospital Foundation held its 3rd annual Wine Tasting at Addison Park in Aberdeen on September 8, to benefit Cardiac Services programs at Bayshore Community Hospital. The event’s steadfast co-chairs, Fern and Peter Esposito and Mary and Dr. Elias Lehaf ensured that the event was spectacular for all in attendance, with 125 guests enjoying an international wine tasting from around the globe. Special thanks was paid to the Scaduto and Azzolina families of Spirits Unlimited and Food Circus Foodtown, the event sponsors, for donating the featured wines for the evening. Nearly $25,000 was raised to benefit Cardiac Services programs at Bayshore Community Hospital, which is the highest total in the three years of the event’s history.

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OAK HILL ACADEMY INSTALLING SOLAR PANELS ON FIVE BUILDINGS By Susan Murphy

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ak Hill Academy is in the process of having solar panels installed on the roofs of five of their school buildings. The gymnasium, Pre-Kindergarten building, library, Lower School, and the new Science Center building will benefit from these panels. The installation has been ongoing all summer and through September. Headmaster Joseph Pacelli explained that without the state program, which encouraged people to begin using solar, the solar panels would have been very expensive. The program ends on December 31, 2011, however, Oak Hill Academy has already applied for the program, and been certified and approved. They are just now having the solar panels installed. This incentive program states that a family, business or school wants to help reduce the energy used in your community by using solar. “We looked into this and found that this program would fit our needs. The company we chose to install the panels is Mercury Solar Systems, which is nationwide and state certified to do the work.� There is no money out of pocket with this program. It is a lease/purchase program and after 7 years the solar panels will be the property of Oak Hill Academy.

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The new Science and Environmental Center was one building on which solar panels were installed.


At the back of the Science and Environmental Center adjacent to the outdoor classroom is the new greenhouse at Oak Hill Academy. Still in the process of completion when this photo was taken, the greenhouse will have matching stones and drainage surrounding the lower section to coincide with the rest of the building.

Energy made by the sun supersedes energy coming in by JCP&L. Converters were installed on the buildings to monitor the energy produced. Additionally, Solar Renewable Energy Certificates or SRECs are earned according to the wattage produced. Every month the meters are read, data is recorded and the credits earned are noted. These credits are sold and the money made by selling the certificate will now balance out with the energy being pulled in from JCP&L. According to Wikipedia, the additional income received from selling SRECs increases the economic value of a solar investment and assists with the financability of solar technology. “When we first looked at all of this last year around this time, SRECs were selling for $480. Now, in New Jersey they are selling at $680,” said Headmaster Pacelli. The company installing the panels will also donate software for the school’s network that will show the energy being used each day in each building. Another exciting addition to Oak Hill Academy is their greenhouse which was built at the back of the Science Center, next to the outdoor classroom area. “Plants and herbs can be started in the fall outside and then brought into the greenhouse,” explained Mr. Pacelli. The greenhouse will have exhaust fans, a heating unit to supplement if needed, and a sink. Pre-Kindergarten classes will be able to have a greenhouse club. It is an important addition to the new Science Center and an excellent hands-on tool for the students. The final “good news” from Headmaster Pacelli is that IPads were anonymously donated to the school just prior to the end of school last year. Teachers took them home during the summer to do practice work and research how they would work with their students. They returned offering positive feedback and Mr. Pacelli then distributed them to the students’ classes. Eight of them will be shared by the Pre-Kindergarten classes; eight will be for the Kindergarten through fourth grade Heads-On/Hands-On program with Mrs. Vacca; and sixteen of them will go to the Technology Center for fifth through eighth grades.

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THE LONG WEEKEND

See a Breathtaking Landscape Reborn in The Adirondacks Experience the thril of discovery along Adirondack scenic byways, enjoy the delicious promise of crisp, apple-scented mornings and feel the irresistible pull of autumn in the Adirondack Region of Northern New York. With a longer foliage season than anywhere in the northeast, fall showcases the region’s six-million-acres at their finest. Spend your afternoon hiking Adirondack trails under a canopy of brilliant foliage, or delve into Adirondack history with behind-the-scenes tours of historic Great Camps and heritage sites.

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all is a time of celebration in Northern New York, filled with special Adirondack events. From historic reenactments to family friendly festivals - opportunities to enjoy the spectacular Adirondack fall foliage abound. Take a gondola ride to the top of Little Whiteface or Gore Mountain, or a scenic flight over the lakes and mountains for a new perspective on fall foliage. Test your Adirondack history and geography expertise in the Heroic Corn Maze at Fort Ticonderoga. Hints are given along the way, helping you solve the puzzle and navigate to the finish. The Great Adirondack Corn Maze is now open in the hamlet of Gabriels, offering fun for the whole family. Bring a flashlight for special after-dark events like “Fright Night.” For a truly relaxing and enjoyable drive through the Adirondack fall foliage, head out on one of 14 spectacular Adirondack North Country Scenic Byways to discover a world of incredible, rugged beauty. Drive through forests ablaze in golden light, around lakes shimmering in a dazzling sunset and through peaceful villages and towns set against richly hued foliage.

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The Adirondack Mountains – A Brief History of Ancient Rocks Towering above New York’s diverse landscape, the Adirondack Mountains stand as a monument to the ice age. Five million years ago, small alpine glaciers carved their way through the Northeastern United States. As they moved through what is now the Adirondack Region, glacial erratics - stones deposited by the glacier - were scattered across the landscape. Massive chunks of ice broke away from the glacier, and were buried beneath sand and gravel washed from the ice. As these ice chunks melted, depressions, called kettle holes, were formed. When the kettle hole extended below the water table, a pond was created. Many of the small, circular ponds you see while hiking in the high peaks began as kettle holes. Over millennia, as glaciers carved away the landscape, mountains began to take shape. Unlike the Rockies and the Appalachians, the Adirondack Mountains do not form a connected range, but rather a 160-mile wide dome of more than 100 peaks. Although the mountains are formed from ancient rocks more than 1,000 million years old, geologically, the dome is a newborn. The Adirondack Peaks can be anywhere from 1,200 feet tall to well over 5,000 feet tall, and the 46 tallest summits above 4,000 feet are called the High Peaks. Although four peaks were later discovered to measure less than 4,000 feet, they are still considered Adirondack High Peaks. The highest of them all is Mount Marcy, towering 5,344 feet above sea level. It is one of the most distinctive features of the Adirondack landscape. Mount Marcy is home to Lake Tear of the Clouds, the highest lake in New York State at 4,292 feet, and the source of the Hudson River. http://visitadirondacks.com

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COLTS NECK MAYOR & TOWNSHIP DEPARTMENTS

QUICKLY RESPONDED TO NEEDS OF RESIDENTS DURING AND AFTER HURRICANE IRENE By Community Magazine

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eeding to warnings of the destruction Hurricane Irene carried on her “visit” through New Jersey, notably Colts Neck, Mayor James Schatzle and Township Department Heads met on Friday, August 26 to plan for the storm and to review the town’s Emergency Operations Plan. When the worst part of the storm hit on Sunday, August 28, most of Colts Neck Township lost power and many residents remained without power until Friday, September 2. Police, First Aid, and the Fire Department responded to over 100 calls that Sunday. The Emergency Operations Center stayed open on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and was staffed by members of the Township Committee and volunteers. Mayor Schatzle had nightly conference calls with Governor Christie to assess the storm’s impact and its damages. The County designated Colts Neck High School as a County Shelter and at the height of the storm, 830 people were safe, dry, warm and fed. Although no Colts Neck residents went to the high school, Mayor Schatzle said having the shelter was a necessity and a huge accomplishment. Security was a major concern but the Mayor had a plan in place and happily reported that no police problems were reported and there were only two first aid calls. Mayor Schatzle commended the police, first aid and fire department. “They came through with flying colors.” He noted that although Colts Neck has a plan to shelter people in an emergency, they did not have one to offer convenience in an emergency or a storm such as this one. He added that while most residents were not nasty when calling for information about their power outages, they wanted answers as to when it would be back on. Living in Colts Neck all his life, Mayor Schatzle knew what it was like when the power went out. On his mind before and during Hurricane Irene was the concern of loss of electricity, which would mean toilets could not be flushed and showers could be used. “JCP&L told us this would be a multi-day event (loss of electricity), and it was evident that we would need to put something together quickly,” shared the Mayor. By Tuesday, August 30, Comfort Stations were set up at the First Aid and Fire Department that allowed showers, water, and food to be utilized by Colts Neck residents. The Comfort Stations were open for four hours at a time to accommodate those in need. At the Township meeting, Mayor Schatzle publicly thanked Township employees who went above and beyond, Emergency Services, and neighbors helping neighbors, all of whom volunteered throughout the storm. “I am just so proud of the residents in Colts Neck for working together, for interacting with one another. I heard story after story of how neighbors were helping neighbors. Those who had generators shared their power to help maintain refrigerators; others brought food to older residents in dire need during this crisis. It was heartwarming to know that everyone worked together.” Community Magazine would like to acknowledge Colts Neck Mayor James Schatzle for his quick response in aiding the residents. His understanding of what residents had to deal with was genuine and his efforts to ease their discomfort are to be commended.

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Breast Friends Forever Offer Emotional And Financial Support By Susan Murphy

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ctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Friends Forever, an organization started by 15 year old cousins Michael Ruane and Erika Rech, now 18, is encouraging young women to take charge of their health by performing monthly breast self examinations. “Check Yourself Out!” is their reminder to do just that. The goal of Breast Friends Forever is to support individuals and their families who are fighting breast cancer; to help them deal with the consequences of this diagnosis by providing emotional, intellectual, spiritual and financial support, and resources in their time of need. Michael explained, “The idea for the charity came from watching my three aunts fight their battle with breast cancer. My Aunt told me how expensive all of the treatments were and I thought, ‘what about all of the people that couldn’t afford treatment?’ It was then that we started Breast Friends Forever. We have met so many women that are on disability and are having trouble making ends meet, because of their treatments. So we raised money to help them. Everyone raises money for the cure, but we can’t and won’t forget the women struggling now.

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If a walking tour is not your thing, take only your brave brood to The Strauss Mansion in Atlantic Highlands for a haunted tour of this century old museum that is transformed into a mansion of macabre. You’ll hear terrifying tales that will keep you wide-eyed for nights on end. Costumes and décor are sure to spook you out. Tours run from 7:00 PM -10:00 PM on October 28 and 29). Strauss Mansion, Atlantic Highlands.

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Creatures of the Night Hayrides at Huber Woods. Your tiny tots need not be terrified this Halloween. All ages will love this not so spooky but entertaining hayride through the dark in Huber Woods. Even your youngest can have fun learning about nocturnal animals, followed by apple cider and donuts. Call Monmouth County Park System to register. Fee: $8. Various evenings during October. Huber Woods, Locust. Brookdale Haunted Theater Kids Tour If your kids prefer frightful to delightful, take them to the Brookdale Haunted Theater (the kids tour is more tame). They’ll run into some seriously creepy creatures. Potentially some blood and gore on this one so older kiddos only. October 22 and 23, 29 and 30th. Kids Tour: 2:00 PM -4:00 PM, Brookdale Campus, Lincroft. Ghost Tours. Nothing will spook your kids out more than a ghost tour. And the Red Bank area’s got plenty of them. Jersey Shore Ghost Tours is sure that both Red Bank and Keyport and haunted, and they’ll show you why on their Friday and Saturday night walking tours. Ideal age is 9 and up, but custom tours are available for even your youngest gaggle of ghost lovers. $12 per body. Tickets go on sale at 8:00 PM. Red Bank: Fridays, 8:30 PM. Keyport: Saturdays, 8:30 PM. Asbury Park has some ghosts of its own. From the chilling touch of phantom hands to visions of ghostly orbs, Paranormal Books and Curiosities ghost tours include a 90-minute moonlight walk filled with macabre tales of mystique and mayhem along the Jersey Shore. Tickets 42 OCTOBER 2011

Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins! Find your jack-o-lantern-to-be and some Red Rome apples to go with it at these popular orchards. Each has pumpkins galore and every in-season apple you could want. Battleview Orchards also has hayrides on the weekends and Wemrock Orchards, adjacent to Battleview, has a one-acre corn maze and haunted hayrides. Eastmont Orchards, Colts Neck: open daily, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, (6:00 PM on weekends). Battleview Orchards, Freehold: open daily, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (5:00 PM on weekends). Wemrock Orchards, Freehold: open weekends, 10:00 AM -5:00 PM. Thompson Park Day. This fabulous family festival has pumpkin painting, a scarecrow building contest, a corn maze, wagon rides, arts & crafts, kids’ races, inflatables and lots of entertainment. Sunday, October 16, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Thompson Park, Lincroft. All Hallows Eve Your family can step back in time at the historic Allaire Village and see how kids celebrated Halloween a century ago. Your youngsters can bob for apples, take part in 19th century games, and listen to Halloween stories. Beware of the roaming storyteller who spins tales of horror and enchantment! Sunday, Oct 9, 12:00 PM -4:00 PM. Historic Village of Allaire, Wall. Jenkinsons Ascareium. They’ll be more than just sharks to scare you at this beloved Aquarium. Beware of pirates and

other creatures. After 8:30 PM, enter at your own risk, even the fish will be frightened. Fri & Sat, October 21 & 22, Fri & Sat, Oct 28 & 29. 6:30 PM -9:30 PM. Fall Fest at A. Casola Farms. Although you don’t get the “country farm” feel from this nursery in Holmdel, young kids love the petting zoo, pony rides and hayrides. On the weekends, there’s also a corn maze, face painting and even a Wild West show. And new this year are nighttime pumpkin picking and late night hayrides for your teens and tweens (and any younger brave souls.) Daily in September 24-October 31, 9:00 – 6:00 PM Haunted Hayrides in Oct Fri-Sun 7:00 PM -10:00 PM. A. Casola Farms, Holmdel. Green Meadows Petting Farm. Your little guys will love meeting over 100 animals and their babies. And after milking a cow or petting a pig, they can hop on a hayride and pick the perfect pumpkin. Tours depart every 15 minutes. $12 per person. Kids two and under are free. Daily: Sept 30-Oct 30, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM (until 3:00 PM on weekends). Green Meadows Farm, Hazlet. Halloween Arts Festival at Middletown Arts Center. Your artsy kiddos can enjoy an afternoon of Halloween fun with music, dancing, arts and crafts, cartooning with Doodle Dude, and more! Saturday, October 29 1:00 PM -3:00 PM $5 per child, Middletown Arts Center, Middletown. 
 Check out Hulafrog’s website for more details, web links and updates, as well as additional Halloween happenings. And always confirm times with business before going since things often change at the last minute. Hulafrog is the go-to website for parents in the greater Red Bank area. Visit www. hulafrog.com to find thousands of local events and places to go for kids and families. Be sure to sign up for the free “Our Pick” newsletter for a heads up on can’tmiss activities and deals near you.


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Troop 290 Spotlights Christopher Motola

ver the spring and summer, several Scouts were working to complete their Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects. This month, we’ll highlight Christopher Motola, who has completed his project and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Chris is currently a Junior at Colts Neck High School. For his project, Chris chose to transform the 5th Grade Courtyard at the Conover Road Elementary School into an Outdoor Classroom. The Courtyard was an unused and neglected area of the school. Chris raised money through a garage sale and donations from supportive members of the community. Under his supervision, volunteers constructed 8 benches and a podium. A flag and an outdoor blackboard were purchased for the space. In addition, the flower beds in the Courtyard were weeded and mulched and debris was removed. Chris spent 70 hours planning the project and 103 hours supervising its completion. There were 55 volunteers who worked a total of 331 hours. The project took over

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1 year to complete and cost approximately $2900, much of which much was donated. Now the courtyard is a place for teachers to take their students that is peaceful and conducive to learning.

Chris picked this project because he is very interested in becoming a teacher. He knew from personal experience that when the weather gets nice outside, students don’t really want to be in the classroom anymore. He thought it would be nice to have a place where teachers could take

their students to learn and the students could enjoy the outdoors. In addition, he wanted to be able to give something back to the schools that he had already attended. He knew that in the current economic climate, the school system could definitely benefit from this project. Chris received the Colts Neck Board of Education Excellence Award on May 11, 2011 for his contributions to the school system. The award was presented at the final Board of Education meeting for the school year and was held at the Colts Neck In.. The award recognizes him for his contributions to the school system and the enhancements he has made to the school system. He was the youngest recipient this year. Our Troop meetings occur on Wednesday evenings. We have a jam packed calendar of activities for this school year! If you are interested in joining our troop, please contact Joe Lelesi at jlelesi@aol.com for more information.


Colts Neck gallery helps create collections

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rt collectors in Monmouth County have a new place to explore with the recent opening of a gallery in Colts Neck. Balbabyan Gallery, on Route 34, handles the sales brokering, restoration and conservation of paintings, frames, sculptures and more. The owner, Khachatur Balbabyan, a native Armenian and an artist himself, is well-versed in world-renowned artists from the Early Renaissance to 19th century. The gallery’s collection reflects his specialization of Old Masters, Impressionists and European religious paintings. “A painting not just a piece of canvas, it’s unique. It has its own energy and destiny,” Balbabyan said. “Some of the paintings have 300 to 400 years of history, which means they could have been through 6-7 generations.”

Balbabyan attended art schools beginning at the age of eight. He graduated from Architectural University in Armenia with the full course of art and art history classes. He also attended the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York. Balbabyan always tries to collect as much history and information about a piece as he can. According to him, most of the pieces have a collector’s seal or a record of prior owners, known as provenance. Balbabyan keeps anywhere from 30 to 50 paintings in the gallery, so that prospective buyers can come “see and feel” the

selection of artwork available. Balbabyan hopes the display will allow a piece to catch a buyer’s eye at first glance. “The pieces I have prove their value with their age and quality,” he said. “Every piece I have, I found in the same manner. It just caught my eye and I fell in love with it.” Some of the artists Balbabyan showcases include 19th and early 20th century French Expressionists, Eugene Galien-Laloue and Emilie Othon Friesz. There are also paintings by 17th century Dutch landscape painter, Jacob van Ruisdael, and 17th century Dutch painter Gerrit Dou, who was a pupil of Rembrandt. Sixteenth and 17th century Italian painters, such as Annibale Carracci and Guido Reni, are also represented. The gallery also has paintings from the English, German, Dutch and French schools. Balbabyan Gallery also provides conservation and restoration of paintings. According to Balbabyan, after years of being exposed to the elements, dust and smoke create a brownism film on the canvas, so most paintings have to be cleaned. “When I restore a piece, I’m like a doctor,” Balbabyan said. “I give paintings a second life.” Antique frame restoration is another specialty of the gallery. According to Balbabyan, it is rare to find a piece with its original frame, so usually people order a contemporary or replica frame, which may not be the best fit for the piece. “A painting’s frame is a lot like clothing for a person,” Balbabyan said. “You can tell a lot about a painting from the frame.” The gallery takes on the challenge of finding frames from the time period of the painting. It usually takes about a month

Some of the religious paintings on display at the Balbabyan Gallery, including a 16th century depiction of the coronation of Jesus, at center.

of looking for a specific size from a certain time period, but when a match is found, Balbabyan feels like it was meant to be; like the painting and frame found each other. The gallery is planning to host about four exhibitions per year, with the first scheduled for October 15-22. There will be an opening celebration from 4-9

p.m. on Saturday, October 15 with hors d’oeuvres. The exhibition will be open to the general public on October 16-22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on the exhibition or the gallery itself, visit the website at www.balbabyan.com, call 732-577-1157 or 732-890-8130 (cell), or email khachatur@balbabyan.com.

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Holmdel Football Association (HFA) Pee Wee Football Team Began Season in Ohio T

he HFA Pee Wee Football Team gladly accepted an invitation to kick off their season with a pre-season game at the second annual AYF Youth Football Hall of Fame Jamboree in Canton, Ohio on Sunday, August 21, 2011. Over the weekend, the players took in an NFL pre-season football game between the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions. They also visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame and museum - the players had a great time touring the HOF museum and playing a pick-up game on the HOF turf field. The weekend was capped off on Sunday as teams from all over the country played football at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. The Holmdel Pee Wee team faced a very tough opponent in the Spottyslyvania Cougars of Virginia. Despite a 6-20 loss, Pee Wee Head Coach Mike Tedeschi said “I was really proud of the way our team played. We did not back down against a top-rated, Division 1 team and the boys never gave up. It was a great way to start off the season. From start to finish, this weekend gave the boys memories that will last a lifetime. Based on our play in Ohio, I know we are ready for our upcoming season.”

Community Y Swim Team Excels at National Meets T

he Community YMCA’s Aquarockets swim team earned top spots at the 2011 YMCA National Long Course Swimming Championships, held in Atlanta, Georgia in July with the boys team ranking 9th overall and 13 local swimmers earning All American status (placing in top 20 of an event). “Our swimmers continue to excel at Y Nationals and we are very proud of all their efforts,” said Coach Jack Caucino, President of the National YMCA Coaches Advisory Committee. “Our team scored 19th overall out of 230 national teams.” Twenty-three swimmers from 16 local schools qualified this spring to compete at YMCA Nationals: Harrison Cefalo, Joe Connors, Eddie Healy, Sean Dunne, Matt Zebrowski and Daniel Hellman, Christian Brothers Academy; Samuel Lynch, Ocean Township High School; Megan Foran, Middletown South High School; Courtney Delehanty, Shore Regional; Joe Torres, Marlboro High School; Maureen McKenna, Sayerville High School; Dave Carlson, Manasquan High School; Shannon Slate, Sarah Finn, Red Bank Catholic; Andrew Weber and Katie McKay, Holmdel High School; Alex D’Anna, Colts Neck High School; Alex Lin, The Ranney School; Chris Vadala, Middletown North High School; Alexis Walsh, Raritan High School; Chris Tucker, St. Mary’s Elementary School; Jackie Van Lew, Tinton Falls Middle School; and Tyler Kauth, Old Bridge Middle School. The Red Bank Aquarockets is a competitive swim team that competes in the National YMCA Swimming and Diving and the United States Swimming organizations. A program of The Community YMCA, the team consists of approximately 200 swimmers ranging in age from 6 to 18 and is coached by full-time and part-time professional coaches, who are supported by the Red Bank Swim Team Parent Association. For more information on the Red Bank YMCA Swim Team can be found at www.aquarockets.com or www.TheCommunityYMCA. org.

Red Bank swimmers (left to right) Katie McKay and Shannon Slate

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CILU Members Come Together For Thirteenth Annual Picnic By Susan Murphy

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itizens for Informed Land Use (CILU) held their annual picnic of 13 years on September 10 at Veteran’s Park in Holmdel. “The picnic is held so everyone can get together and have a good time,” said CILU President Anthony Cooper. Prior to the start of the picnic the group had a quiet moment to reflect and remember the events of September 11, 2001, said President Cooper. Regina Kaufman, former Vice President of Research for CILU, was honored for her 11 years of dedication to this position. She was presented with a book, “Wild New Jersey, Nature Adventures in the Garden State,” which was signed by the book’s author. “It was very nice to receive the book and especially to have it signed by the author,” said Mrs. Kaufman. Eleven years ago she designed the t-shirt for CILU that is still worn by members and others in the community. In 1998, Holmdel residents concerned about rapid growth and development in town formed CILU to promote informed and thoughtful land use, protect natural resources, and preserve the quality of life. Or as Mrs. Kaufman said simply, that is when CILU began “preserving the ribbons of green” in Holmdel.

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14th Annual Keyport Country Jamboree and Chili Fest

10/8 and 10/9 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. An old-fashioned street fair featuring live music and entertainment, a contest to judge the best homemade baked cakes, pies and jams, and the best Chili around. For more information, go to www.keyportonline.com.

Ocean Grove Fall Harvest Festival & Craft Shot

10/8, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 90+ arts & crafts vendors, sidewalk sales, pony rides, live music, variety of foods sponsored by Ocean Grove CC located on Main Ave. For more info call 732.774.1391 or visit www. oceangrovenj.com

Spring Lake Columbus Day Festival & Art Walk

10/8 (rain date 10/9) Sponsored by the Spring Lake CC, for more info call 732.449.0577 or visit www.springlake.org

Fall Flea Market

10/8, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Located at Historic Allaire Village in Wall

14th Annual Country Jamboree

10/8 through 10/9, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Country-style street fair with BBQ, chili cook-off & live music – located on West Front Street in Keyport. For more info call 732.739.5138 or visit www.keyportonline.com

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Belmar Fall Festival

10/9, 12:00-5:00 p.m. Antiques, crafts, performers, pumpkin decorating contest, food court with local eateries, children’s obstacle course, games & pony rides. Located on Main Street between 8th and 10th Aves. For more info call 732.681.3700 or visit www.belmarchamber.com

All Hallows’ Eve

10/9, 12-4 p.m. Free pumpkins and costume parade with prizes. Located at Historic Allaire Village in Wall

Colts Neck Kitchen Tour

10/14, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Join this self guided tour for a unique opportunity to visit some of Colts Neck’s most gracious homes. See the latest trends in appliances, colors and finishes in Kitchen & Home décor and sample delicious local cuisine from top area chefs. For more information, go to www.coltsneckkitchentour.com.

Halloween Hayrides

10/14, 10/15, 10/21, 10/22 6:00-9:30 p.m. Advance tickets recommended. Located at Historic Allaire Village in Wall.

The Country Bazaar

10/15, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Located at the Holmdel Community United Church of Christ in Holmdel, enjoy with friends a craft sale, bake sale, trash and treasures garage sale and much more!

Thompson Park Day

10/16, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This fall festival features pumpkin painting, a scarecrow contest, wagon rides, kids’ races, entertainment and the Strut Your Mutt doggie costume contest. For more info, call 732.542.1642 ext. 24.

The Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk

10/16, Registration begins at 12:30 5-Mile Walk/Run to raise funds to fight hunger in Monmouth County New Jersey and around the world. Food collection, music, banner/poster contest and fun family activities make it a great way to help those in need. For more info, go to www.redbankcropwalk.com.

4th Annual New Jersey Zombie Walk

10/22, festivities start at 10:00 a.m. All day rain or shine event with makeup artists, guests and more. With over 5,000 “corpses,” the 2010 event broke the Guinness Record for the World’s Largest Gathering of Zombies. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. – walk down the Asbury Park boardwalk. For more information, go to www.njzombiewalk.com.

Red Bank Halloween Parade

10/23 at 2:00 p.m. Located in Downtown Red Bank. For more info call 732.530.2762 or go to www.redbanknj.org.

Atlantic Highlands Historical Society Lantern Tour

10/28 and 10/29, 7:00-9:30 p.m. Halloween tour of Strauss Museum and surrounding areas.

Jersey Shore Restaurant Week November 4-13 Jersey Shore Restaurant Week is a wonderful opportunity to re-visit your favorite restaurants and try new ones. Participating restaurants will offer a three course menu for $20.11 or $30.11 with three appetizer, three entrée and three dessert choices. For more information, go to www. jerseyshorerestaurantweek.com.

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Community Pet Shots

Kayla Minx The Rossotto Family of Colts Neck

Roxie The Truncale Family of Colts Neck

Where’s Moose?

Jax The Malone Family of Colts Neck

Scooby and Daisy The O’Brien Family of Holmdel Community Magazine invites all our readers to send in photos of their furry friends. Every month we will be showcasing local residents’ pets, so please email us at magazine@mycommunitypublications.com. 50 OCTOBER 2011

Moose Moore has gotten free and is roaming around the Colts Neck, Holmdel and Lincroft area. Do you recognize where Moose is? Help us find Moose by emailing his location to pets@mycommunitypublications.com. Please put “Where’s Moose?” in the subject line. Everyone who responds will receive a “Where’s Moose Moore?” T-shirt, courtesy of Community Publications and Market ME Printing in Hazlet. One random correct response will also receive a special prize. This month, the prize is a free massage courtesy of A Kneaded Vacation. Clues can be found on the Facebook pages of Community Publications and Moose Moore.

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A New Year of Hopes & Dreams

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anney welcomed its largest-ever group of students — some old and some new — back for yet another exciting school year on September 7, 2011. Despite gloomy weather, the hallways of each building overflowed with beaming smiles, familiar laughs and heartfelt hugs as students were happily greeted by teachers and friends. Students also received best wishes and sound advice from Head of School Lawrence S. Sykoff, Ed.D. and administrators from their respective divisions during assemblies held in RSPA Panther Hall. After highlighting many positive changes made at Ranney this 2011-12 school year, including an innovative one-toone laptop program and media center, revised six-day rotation schedule, and planned trip to Spain in the spring, Dr. Sykoff recommended a book entitled “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho to a group of approximately

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254 Upper School students. According to Dr. Sykoff, the book — about a man on a journey to treasure-filled pyramids — ends with a transformation in which the protagonist discovers not treasure, but rather his true self. Dr. Sykoff compared the main character’s journey and transformation to the new school year that each student was about to embark on. “It’s a new beginning; a time to be open to new ideas and make new friends,” said Dr. Sykoff. “If you are truly open to growing as an individual, the world and the people in it will conspire to get you there.” Although a cloudy day, the sun shone through for all students who expressed high hopes, dreams and goals for the new school year. With new programs, exciting activities and an unprecedented 819 member student body, Ranney is well on the way to fulfilling its vision.

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“World’s Largest Gathering of Zombies” is in Asbury Park at The Undead Festival Don’t Miss the Mayhem! The “World’s Largest Gathering of Zombies” is happening at The Undead Festival, a three day event! This event pulls out all the stops developing a full-scale horrorfest for you featuring vendors, special guests, musical acts, performances, special presentations, film screenings, and much more! You’re not going to want to miss a single moment of it! The Zombie Walk is on Saturday, October 22 and is (as always) TOTALLY FREE! A Base Camp in the Grand Arcade of Convention Hall will open at 10:00 a.m. with the Undead Festival. Teams of professional artists will once again be offering Zombie Makeovers for a nominal ticket fee, or you can get bloody in the DIY makeup area and Blood Bath on the beach. The walk will begin at 5:00 p.m.

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Asbury Park Convention Hall will be transformed into a post-apocalyptic wonderland from October 21 to October 23 as the Undead Festival takes over the building! There will be over 75 vendors selling all kinds of incredible horror and genre goodies -including posters, shirts, toys, movies, collectibles, edible zombie treats and original art, zombie costume & display contests, a horrific fashion show, haunting music, zombiefied cake, after parties, theatrical performances, special screenings and sneak peeks at some of the hottest new zombie films, shows and video games. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.njzombiewalk.com.


Colts Neck Reformed Church’s 145th Election Day Luncheon, Dinner & Bazaar

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t’s that time of year again for the Colts Neck Reformed Church’s 145th Election Day Luncheon, Dinner, and Craft Bazaar. This year’s festivities will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at the Colts Neck Reformed Church, located on Route 537 in Colts Neck. Luncheon is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (takeout orders are available beginning at 11:00 a.m.) The price is $9.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under age 12. The menu includes a choice of hot turkey sandwich plate with dressing, or turkey salad sandwich plate with chips. Both include cider, cranberry relish, dessert, and beverage. Three reserved dinner seatings will be available at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. (take-out service is available from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. only.) Limited open seating will be available after 7:00 p.m. and will continue until 8:00 p.m. The price for a sit-down dinner ticket is $13.50 for adults and $6.00 for children under age 12. The take-out dinner ticket is $14.00 for adults and $6.50 for children under age 12. The menu includes a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings, served family style. Tickets are available through the church office by calling 732.462.4555 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, October 11. Take-out and reserved seating tickets must be paid for in advance. Due to the popularity of this event, tickets do sell out quickly and are usually not available at the door, so make your reservations early! The Craft Bazaar is held on the lower level of the Education Building from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, and is a wonderful place to start your holiday shopping. The bazaar will feature holiday gifts, handmade crafts and homemade baked goods. This event is a time-honored tradition in Colts Neck. The food is great, the atmosphere is warm and friendly, and all proceeds are given to the ongoing benevolence program of the church. If you haven’t attended this wonderful event – treat yourself and your family.

COLTS NECK REFORMED CHURCH TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE ON OCTOBER 26th

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elp save a life! The Colts Neck Reformed Church will be hosting their bi-annual blood drive for the Central Jersey Blood Center on Wednesday, October 26th from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall, located upstairs in the brick Education Building behind the Sanctuary. Please plan on donating if you are able! You can call the church office (732-462-4555) beginning September 19th to sign up for a time to donate. Questions about the blood drive should be directed to the Central Jersey Blood Bank at 732-842-5750. CNRC is located at 72 County Road 537 West, ¼ mile west of Route 34, and is handicapped accessible. For more information, visit www.coltsneckreformed.org.

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Genealogy at

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By Matthew Ragucci

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nother great resource available through the Monmouth County Library is the world’s largest genealogy website, called Ancestry.com. Ancestry contains over 4 billion records in census data, vital records, directories, and photos. This is the perfect free opportunity to research your family’s origins and document evidence of their birth, immigration, military service, input on the census and more. One of Ancestry’s greatest features is that its scope covers more than just the United States. As a result, you are able to search for records of people who were born outside the country. For example, census data for Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom dating back to the 15th century is available to all users. Immigration records (primarily from the 19th and 20th centuries) are also available for searching. One can easily find a person’s records dating back over a century within a few searches. In spite of its wide international reach, Ancestry is far better utilized when searching for records kept in the United States. These records can include information in census data, birth/death records, weddings, divorces, military enlistments, voter registration, immigration papers, school directories, high school yearbook photos and much more. As with any search, the more information you can provide (birth year, nationality, middle name, etc.) will yield a more accurate search. Ances-

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try leaves no stone unturned when you provide as much information as you can. Ancestry is a subscription based service that is only available inhouse at the library. This means that you cannot access it remotely, so you must come to the library to use it. However, you are not limited to just the library’s public access computers. If you want to do research on your own laptop, smart phone or tablet, you just need to bring your personal device in the building and access the library’s free WiFi network. To complement the resources of Ancestry, patrons are also free to use Newspaper Archive (NA). NA is a database of newspaper articles in the United States and selects foreign countries which date from 1759 to the present. If your family was mentioned in a newspaper, Newspaper Archive may have an electronic copy available for viewing. The NA database is also only available for in-house use. These helpful databases are available for use today. Visit the Colts Neck Library or any other Monmouth County Library to take advantage of these services or for more information. Don’t wait, research your heritage today! Matthew Ragucci is the branch manager of the Colts Neck Library. Thanks to Ancestry, he can trace his lineage back to the small village in Italy in which his great-grandparents travelled from almost a century ago.

Colts Neck Library

1 Winthrop Drive • Colts Neck, NJ 07722 732.431.5656 FOR KIDS: Baby Story Time (with parent/caregiver) Ages 10-23 months Mondays or Wednesdays 10:00 to 10:20 a.m. Toddler Story Time (with parent/caregiver) Ages 2-3 ½ years old Mondays 11:00-11:20 a.m. or Wednesdays 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. Preschool Story Time Ages 3 ½ - 5 years old Mondays 2:15-2:45 p.m.or Wednesdays 11:00-11:30 a.m. New Jersey Rocks Tuesday, October 11 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Ages 6 to 12 Join us for a presentation by Photographer Walter Choroszewski for children ages 6 to 12. Young audiences will be entertained and educated with silly humor on New Jersey, from rocks to rock stars. Required registration begins a week before the event. Lego Robot Workshop Wednesday, October 12 from 4:15 to 5:00 p.m. Ages 5 and up Learn how to build a robot that has moveable arms and legs, along with Lego design-and-construction expert John Keller of Bricks4Kidz. Registration is required.

Holmdel Public Library

4 Crawfords Corner Road • Holmdel 732.946.4118 BABY LAPSIT SERIES Ages 12 months to 23 months (with Parent/Caregiver) Thursdays- October 6, 13, 20, & 27- 9:45-10:05 a.m. TODDLER STORYTIME SERIES Ages 2-3 ½ (with Parent/Caregiver) Thursdays- October 6, 13, 20, & 27- 10:15-10:35 a.m. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME – Ages 3 1/2–5 years Mondays, October 3, 17, 24 - 2:00-2:30 p.m. Thursdays- October 6, 13, 20, & 27 11:00-11:30 a.m. OR 2:00-2:30 p.m. SCHOOL AGE PROGRAM Kindergarten through Grade 2 Monday- October 17 and 24 – 4:15-5:00 p.m. Registration is required. Please call the library for more information. SPECIAL PROGRAM Monday, October 3 at 4:15 p.m. LEGO Robot Workshop with John Keller of Bricks4Kidz Grades 1 and up Registration is required and will begin September 19. WHAT IS THAT!!! INVENT – A- WORD DISPLAY In the book, Frindle, by Andrew Clements, Nick invents a new word. A pen is no longer a pen, but a “frindle.” Your job is to invent a new word, define it and create a poster for it. We will be accepting posters for the library display through October 24. Be creative: • invent something new • create a new name for something • have fun with it!


Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe Offers Unique Treats

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uzi’s Sweet Shoppe owners Susan and Stan Hordych have been satisfying the candy cravings of Monmouth County residents for 14 years by providing new and exciting flavors and concoctions. Bacon, chili flakes, potato chips and wasabi are just a few of the unusual ingredients that are now being incorporated into the shoppe’s sweets. “I’ll dip anything,” Susan said about customer requests for bizarre chocolate-covered candies. “We’re always out there looking for a new things.” Susan and Stan keep up with the latest trends in candy and gift ideas by attending several national shows each year, including the Fancy Food Show, the Philadelphia National Candy Gift and Gourmet Show, the All Candy Expo and the National Gift Basket Convention. With two Monmouth Health and Life’s Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Chocolate and Best Candy in Monmouth County (2010 and 2011), the Hordychs hard work has paid off. “It feels great, and it’s nice to know that we have so many supporters out there,” Susan said. “I love my customers!” The husband-and-wife team is always on the lookout for inspiration (like chocolate-covered Twinkies and licorice, two of their new products) and check out local candy stores when they travel. The Hordychs’ children, Cassandra and Daniel, who work in the Shoppe alongside their parents, have also discovered interesting candy combinations. Recently, they convinced their parents to offer a Rice Krispies Treat dipped first in caramel and then in chocolate; the new double-dipped bar has been a hit among customers. The Sweet Shoppe also caters to patrons, such as diabetics, who have specific dietary restrictions. Stan, who was diagnosed with diabetes in 1998, ensures that Suzi’s vast variety of sugar-free chocolates, gummy candy and truffles taste great without causing digestive issues, an unfortunate side-effect associated with the consumption of other sugar-free candies. “Nearly every day a customer comes in asking for sugar-free candy,” Susan said. “The almond butter crunch, chocolate-covered pretzels and peanut butter varieties are particularly popular.” Customers seeking lactose-free and kosher chocolates and candies will also find a variety of sweets to meet their needs. Those with gluten allergies have a wide selection of treats to choose from (just steer clear of the chocolate-covered pretzels!). Recent data from the past few years regarding the health benefits of dark chocolate (it has a higher cocoa content than milk chocolate so it’s jam-packed with antioxidants) has inspired Susan and Stan to offer more dark-chocolate treats. Vegans will be happy to know that Suzi’s plain dark chocolate is free of dairy, eggs and butter. Dark chocolate customer favorites include the Shoppe’s caramel, plain and almond bark varieties. Dark chocolate with sea salt is another new (and often sought after) treat the Shoppe offers. Susan believes its popularity has increased due to hype over sea salt, which has been touted as a more healthful alternative to table salt (it’s far less processed and thus has a more intense flavor, causing people to use less and reduce their sodium intake). Customers seeking that ideal salty and sweet flavor keep coming back for Suzi’s sea-salted dark chocolate. Coffee drinkers are also sure to find their caffeine fix at the Sweet Shoppe. Chocolate-covered espresso beans offer a perfect cocoa buzz, and chocolate coffee stirrers add just enough sweet to your java and come in several different flavors, including Grand Marnier, raspberry and Irish cream. From month to month, the Sweet Shoppe offers seasonly unique candies. Currently Susan and Stan are making pumpkin pie and apple pie fudge for fall, and candy corn and pumpkin-themed treats line the shelves. In the summer, chocolate-covered frozen bananas and pina colada fudge helped customers beat the heat. Candies for Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day make for thoughtful gifts and are perfect for holiday get-togethers. Sweets can be arranged in customizable gift baskets, adding a personal touch to presents for family members, friends and coworkers. With unique molds, Susan can create fun, stand-out sweets for baskets or as favors for bridal and baby showers, weddings, birthday parties or any other special occasion. “We pride ourselves on our customer service,” Susan said. With its hardwood floors and a window that peaks in on Susan hand-dipping chocolate, the family-owned and operated Shoppe has an old-time feel. But the Hordychs clearly offer the latest in candy and chocolate while satisfying the needs of their customers. For more information on Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe, visit www.suzisweetshoppe.com or stop in to the Shoppe and taste the latest sweet sensations.

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Lincroft Elementary School Welcomes New Principal By Susan Murphy

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taff and students of Lincroft Elementary School welcomed Mr. Steven Graziano as their new principal on September 19. His previous position was that of Assistant Principal at Bayshore Middle School, and also where he had been a student teacher in 1997. Mr. Graziano’s journey as an educator has afforded him the opportunity to teach at Hazlet Beers Street Middle School, and to teach fifth grade at River Plaza Elementary School in Middletown. His five year stint in the Jackson Township school system included one year in middle school and four years at the high school. He taught an Engineering class in which he co-wrote the curriculum via a grant. At the same time that he was teaching, he went back to school at night for his Administrative Certificate. Once he received that degree, he was offered a position in the Manasquan school system as Supervisor of Technology for Kindergarten through twelfth grade, where he worked for three years. Following that, he took the position of Assistant Principal at Bayshore Middle School, where he stayed until becoming Principal at Lincroft Elementary School. “My original degree is in architecture. I attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and received my degree in 1987. From 1987 to the late 1990s I worked as a Junior Architect,” shared Mr. Graziano. When the architectural industry be-

Mr. Steven Graziano is the new Principal of Lincroft Elementary School in Middletown. His position began on September 19, 2011.

gan to falter, he attended Monmouth University and earned his Masters of Arts in Teaching. He later returned to Monmouth University to earn his MSED. Substitute teaching made him realize he wanted to stay in education and he left the world of architecture. As a substitute, he taught rather than have the students read or simply do work sheets. He soon found that he thoroughly enjoyed teaching and sharing his knowledge with his students. Mr. Graziano realized that the give and take of teaching had a positive effect on both him and his students. “I’m learning every day in any position that I

hold and every experience that I have makes me a better person,” explained Mr. Graziano. “Change is good as long as you are changing for the better. If you are going to change or make a move, make a move that is going to challenge you,” he added. Although Mr. Graziano has taught in various school systems, he noted, “Every move I have made, every path I have taken, has challenged me.” Mr. Graziano has set yet another goal for himself in his capacity as Principal of Lincroft Elementary School and it is based on his interaction with students and staff. “I want to offer my knowledge and my support so everyone can work to their greatest potential and be as successful as they possibly can.” He has worked with Mr. Laugelli to make the transition as smooth as possible. “I’m getting to know the community, the staff and of course the students, as a whole and individually. It has been very invigorating and I am looking forward to taking the helm.” Currently, Mr. Graziano is a resident of Atlantic Highlands. He grew up in Middletown and attended Middletown Village School in his elementary years, Thompson Middle School which was Thompson Jr. High at the time and attended high school at Middletown North. Lincroft Elementary School, known as “Home of the Leopards,” has over 520 students in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade.

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More Rights and Protection for Sexual Assault Victims

JUDGE: Yes. If you, unfortunately, are ever a victim of sexual assault, the law is there to help you get through this horrible experience and to bring to justice the person who has wronged you. You owe it to yourself to show that person you are going to stand up for yourself and not let this heinous act go unpunished.

By Anthony V. Locascio, Esq and Louis F. Locascio, J.S.C., Ret.

SON: On August 18, 2011, New Jersey enacted a law that all victims of sexual assaults should be aware of. Should you have the unfortunate and horrific experience of becoming a victim of some kind of sexual assault, this law, in conjunction with already existing laws, requires that you be treated by health care providers and law enforcement officers with compassion and dignity. Specifically, this new law provides that (1) The victim cannot be charged a fee for any services “directly associated with a forensic sexual assault examination, including routine medical screening, medications for prophylaxis of sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy tests, emergency contraception, supplies, equipment and use of space.” Two other laws exist for the benefit of sexual assault victims: (2) unless the victim requires “immediate medical attention”, before submitting to any medical tests, evaluations, or treatment, or before giving a statement to the police, the victim has the right to “have assistance from the rape crisis center or victimwitness coordinator during these procedures”. (3) Each county has a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program (SANE), which provides training for its members in; (a)” the psychological effects of sexual assault and rape trauma syndrome on the victim and the victim’s family and friends,”

Anthony V. Locascio, Esq (Son) and Louis F. Locascio, J.S.C., Retired (Judge)

(b) “confidentiality issues associated with the treatment...and investigation...of sexual assault,” (c) establishing private waiting rooms for sexual assault victims at health care facilities, (d) providing fresh clothing and personal hygiene necessaries for the victims, (e) ensuring that victims are treated with compassion. These laws demonstrate that New Jersey considers sexual assaults to be serious violations of a person’s dignity and not only must the offender be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, but more importantly, the victim must be treated with compassion and respect. What do you think about these laws, Dad? JUDGE: It’s about time! I tried several sexual assault cases when I sat in the criminal division. To think that a hospital, treating a victim after being sexually traumatized would have

the audacity to then send the victim a bill for services rendered is inconceivable. I always felt it was the criminal who should pay the medical bills (in addition to spending some time in jail). Unfortunately, many sexual assaults are not prosecuted because the victims are reluctant to go through all the medical tests, treatment and investigation reports necessary to prepare the case for trial. I think if these unfortunate victims know that they can have counselors available who will treat them with compassion and understanding as they go through the process, and not have to worry about paying for medical care they require as a result of being assaulted, more of them will be willing to come forward and do what’s necessary so, upon conviction, judges can remove these culprits from society. SON: So, Dad any final words of advice for our readers?

If you have a general legal question you would like discussed, please type or print clearly and send your question to magazine@mycommunitypubications.com. The names of persons submitting questions, and the specific subject matter shall be kept strictly confidential. This article is meant for informational purposes only, and is not legal advice. No representations or warranties are made with regard to the accuracy or content of this information. Always contact an attorney before taking any legal action. ANTHONY V. LOCASCIO is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as Civil Trial Attorney and is an attorney with the firm of GOLD, ALBANESE &, BARLETTI with offices in Red Bank 732.936.9901, Morristown, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts. 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.

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Letter From Holmdel Mayor A s things finally get back to normal in Holmdel after Hurricane Irene, there are many people I would like to thank for their efforts during and after the storm. First I would like to thank Holmdel’s first responders for their tireless efforts in helping the residents of our town during this difficult time. The Police Department, Volunteer Fire Department and First Aid Squad all came through with flying colors and pulled together as a team to ensure the safety of all Holmdel residents. As a grammar school student, one of my favorite teachers once told me the keys to success were organization and foresight, and that was certainly the case with Irene. The Township had an Emergency Management Plan and executed it to the best of our ability. (note: if you want to thank someone in particular, maybe your emergency management coordinator, lets do it here) More importantly I’d like to thank the residents of Holmdel for their response to the storm. Your patience and understanding in the face of a once in a lifetime event and the difficulties that came with it was appreciated. I have heard countless stories of neighbors helping neighbors, or in some cases helping strangers; it reaffirms my belief that Holmdel is not just a Township, but a community. One group that did not come through the storm with flying colors was Jersey Central Power and

Light (JCPL). I met with or spoke to many residents in the aftermath of the storm and I share your anger that it took so long to return power to so many residents. I made my feelings clear to JCPL that, even given the circumstances, their response to the event was unacceptable. I have called upon Board of Public Utilities to investigate JCPL’s response to the storm, including the rude treatment given to callers on their customer service hotline. I want to make sure that steps are taken to avoid the widespread power outages we experienced, and if something like this happens again, Holmdel residents are treated respectfully and given the right information. Finally, I’d like to thank you to allow me to serve as your Mayor this year. The Committee and I have continued our efforts to provide services in the most cost effective way possible in this difficult economic climate. If given the opportunity, I hope to continue serving you in the future. Sincerely, Pat Impreveduto, Mayor Holmdel Township

Open letter to Holmdel’s Police & Fire Department

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o merely say “thank you” is insufficient for all your actions during and after “Irene”. You were and remain the backbone of our community. To Chief John Mioduszewski, Dispatchers Holly Stanford, Terry Fairlie and the entire force, and Fire chief John Boyle, firemen Drew Boyle, Jamie Schneider, Chris Donoghue - along with all the others who reached out to the community following the storm - our heartfelt appreciation for actions exceeding expectation. You were there in the days and nights following with the unrelenting passion to help others and avert catastrophe. Holmdel - be proud.

Dorene & Jim Ignatiou Holmdel

Holmdel Community Church GREAT RACE OF October Events MIDDLETOWN Holmdel Community 2011 United Church of Christ

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Bridges will be going to Red Bank, Keansburg and Freehold on Friday evening October 21 to hand out clothing, blankets, food, toiletries and conversation to low income neighbors. We’ll be sorting clothing on Thursday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The group goes every third Friday. Contact Kathy Logan if you can help at bridgesattheshore@hotmail.com.

Old-fashioned Campfire Sing-Along October 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us outside in the back by the flagpole for an old-fashioned campfire and sing along. We’ll sing old and new folksongs, hymns, and the songs we sang as kids around the campfire. Susan Muhler and the HUCC Finn band will be leading the music. Bring a chair; we’ll provide the marshmallows and song-sheets. All ages are welcome! 58 OCTOBER 2011

St. Mark’s Soup Kitchen October 29!

We are always looking for volunteers to help out in the soup kitchen. Our church serves about eight times a year at St. Mark’s located at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Kennedy Way in Keansburg. You can help prepare food or serve a hot meal at 11:15 a.m. on Saturdays. Please see sign-up list in the Hall or call the church office. St. Mark’s needs your help!

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he 22nd Annual Great Race of Middletown will be held on October 22 at High School South. The 2K Health Walk/Run, Competitive 2K and 5K Race is for all ages. It brings together the 17 schools of Middletown and will directly support their PTA’s. For the second year in arrow in 20 years, Lincroft Elementary School has won the Runner-Up Banner. They raised almost $6,000 and were able to help purchase Halloween Party new playground equipment. October 29 at 7:00 p.m. This year, Lincroft Elementary School’s theme will be Come in costume and have a great time with “Team Lincroft – Own the Banner” with a goal of wingames, surprises, and of course our trunk-or- ning first place! To do this they need 100% participation treat out in the parking lot. Weather permit- by purchasing a Great Race T-shirt for each student. ting we hope to have a bonfire and stories for Visit the Lincroft Elementary School website at www. children in the cemetery to round out the middletownk12.org/lincroft for more specific informaevening. Please bring a simple snack/dessert tion relating to the school and the Great Race. For race application, information and results go to type item to share. All are welcome! www.eliteracingsystems.com.


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olts Neck Moms Group held their first meeting on September 17 at Paul’s Place in the Spiritual Center of ST. Mary’s Church, Phalanx Road and Route 34. About 20 moms attended with their newborns and toddlers, and within a short time the adults connected with one another. Even the little ones interacted as they played with the many “new” toys in the room. It was basically a win-win situation for all. Hanna Zerres, Mom of a newborn and toddler shared, “This is a great way to meet new Moms and find new activities to do.” Jennifer Caneiro, who brought her one year old said, “The information I got about local events and places was a help to me.” Jessica Mangold attended with her toddler. “This is a wonderful group and I’m lucky to have found them. I am looking forward to the Mom’s Night Out, the day trips, and the terrific activities planned for the kids.” Coordinator and Mom Kristen Ecklord was pleased with the huge turnout. “It was great that the Moms were able to have conversations with other Moms they had never met before. Even the kids got along. We are all looking forward to having a lot of fun together. We would love more Moms to come out and join us.” October events will include a hayride and pumpkin picking and most likely a Halloween Party. Anyone interested in further information contact Kristen at 732.526.7073 or email her at ayns1974@yahoo.com.

Kateri Halloween Night Hike

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ateri Environmental Center will present The Story of Irish Jack on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2011. For the twenty-fifth year Kateri will present this enchanting live drama that tells the origins of Halloween. The woodland trails are lit with over 250 Jack O’ Lanterns. Visitors walk through the woods and meet the characters along the way as the story unfolds. The event is for children ages 5 through 12 and the accompanying adults. Tickets are $15.00 per person and go on sale on September 6. This event usually sells out so please call soon to reserve a hike time. Imagine walking through the woods on a crisp autumn night; the trail is lit with hundreds of glowing Jack O’ Lanterns. Along the way you stop to meet the characters in a drama that unfolds along the path. Since 1987, children have marveled at the adventures of Irish Jack and the first Jack O’ Lantern, an original drama performed along the winding woodland trails at Kateri Environmental Center. This truly innovative approach to both education and theater was developed before Halloween productions were widespread throughout the county. While other Halloween programs are designed to frighten, this is designed to educate and enchant. Many children are already frightened in the woods, without having ghouls and chainsaw-wielding fiends accosting them. We help the children to feel comfortable in the outdoors, and hope to engender a feeling of awe and respect for nature, all while having fun. Kateri Center is part of Collier Youth Services located at 160 Conover Road, Wickatunk, NJ. For more information call 732.946.9694, or visit us on our website at www.katerinighthike. com.

Over 15 Moms attended the first meeting of the Colts Neck Moms Group at St. Mary’s Church on September 17, 2011, as well as some newborns and several toddlers. Everyone had a great time.

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troupe of musicians and caring “elves” led by founder Tim McLoone, travel to locations from Thanksgiving and Christmas to create a holiday “event” for special individuals, a 2-hour interactive, rock ’n roll, high-energy holiday party, complete with music, gifts, food, and fun. Often these people are severely disabled living at facilities society conveniently forgets. The gift bag we give may be the only gift they get during the holiday season. Work Smarter Now in conjunction with the Lincroft UPS Store is helping to deliver the Gift of Human Kindness to friends at Holiday Express - www.HolidayExpress.org. During this time of year, the elves at Holiday Express are filling 15,000 gift bags to be distributed to the mentally disabled, children with special needs, the hungry, and the homeless, and many others in need of the gift of human kindness this holiday season. Elves need these items in the warehouse starting in October. Gifts in any quantity are appreciated! Gift bag items can be dropped off at The Lincroft UPS Store through October and November at: The Lincroft UPS Store 716 Newman Springs Road - Lincroft NJ 07738 Located behind the Lincroft Inn on Middletown-Lincroft Road 732.450.1701 COMMUNITY MAGAZINE 59


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Mural Puts Nursery Rhymes on Display at a Local School

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emember nursery rhymes such as Little Bo Peep and Humpty Dumpty? Well the children at the Goddard School in Hazlet can admire a beautiful mural of the most popular nursery rhymes thanks to the work of Nussara Cregan, a local muralist. A native of Thailand, Cregan came to the United States to continue her passion and further her education in the arts at New York Institute of Technology. While in Thailand, she taught drawing and perspective rendering to teenagers who were looking to continue their education in the Fine Arts. Before starting her own business in the United States, Cregan worked in New York City for an architectural firm doing rendering and detail work. Cregan collects ideas from her clients and then follows up with some sketches she presents to them. Her research also includes collecting information found on the internet and other sources. This particular piece of the classic nursery rhymes took 15 days to complete and is approximately 31 feet in length. The detail and colors that are displayed in this mural are magnificent and ingenious.

Julie Vanderbilt, one of the owners of the Hazlet Goddard School, spoke extremely highly of Cregan and her work she has done for the school. “The murals are very realistic, while Cregan is professional, prompt and easy to work with,” Vanderbilt said. Vanderbilt also mentioned the positive affect the various murals in the school had on the children who attend. “It’s good for the children to see and study different animals and (the nursery rhyme mural) is peaceful in the infant room,” she said. Cregan’s work can be viewed on her website, www.wondrouswalls.com, as well as in a number of locations in the area including Salon DaVinci, Pizza and Pasta Factory and Romeo’s Pizza, all in Port Monmouth; Glenwood Premier Dental in Hazlet; Regal Pointe and Nicole James Salon in Middletown; and The Training Rim in Belford. In addition to Cregan coming to you for a consultation, you may be surprised to see how affordable a mural can actually be. With prices ranging from $10-$80 per square foot, Cregan also offers her service for not only businesses, but also residential areas.

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Boys & Girls Clubs Of Monmouth County By Susan Murphy

Adults and children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County have their picture taken at a studio by photographer Daniel Sanchez.

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magine having something fun and interesting to do every day after school or on the weekends? Imagine being able to make new friends and building on those friendships every day? And imagine doing all of this in a safe, supervised place? This is all possible when you become involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County (BGCM). The Red Bank Unit, located at 138 Drs. James Parker Boulevard, has a game room, multi-purpose room, computer lab, arts and crafts room, and a teen center. They can be reached by calling 732.530.0065. The annual membership fee is $8; other fees apply for the after school program. In many communities there are children at home with no adult care or supervision and who are left to find their own way to have fun and make friends. Boys and Girls Clubs offer club programs and services that promote and enhance the development of children, and it all takes place in a safe loca-

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tion. The children soon realize that this nonthreatening place is somewhere they can go and interact with other children as well as adults, and where they can learn, have fun, and grow within a positive setting. Dedicated in-house experts from Boys and Girls Clubs of America have developed youth programs and prepared training materials for thousands of Clubs throughout the country. These programs include such areas as Education and Career, Character and Leadership, Health and Life Skills, the Arts, and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. They discuss and offer positive feedback with teen issues, and bullying prevention. Boys and Girls Clubs are located in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and on U.S. military installation around the world. The Mission of Boys and Girls Clubs is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens, states the website. One of the high

priorities in their Core Belief Mission is to provide hope and opportunity to boys and girls. Jaclyn Boruch, Marketing Director for BGCM, said both Asbury Park and Red Bank Units have been well received. “The Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County has always been a staple in the community. Since the first unit in Asbury Park opened in 1939, it has been the safe place for kids to go after school, on Saturdays and in the summer. Our two units in Asbury Park and Red Bank receive a tremendous amount of support from local businesses, residents and families. We’re growing by leaps and bounds every day.” One child shared this simple statement of how the Boys and Girls Clubs have helped him. “They give us all the help we need. I have a homework grade in my class and they helped me get that to an A+,” stated 11 year old Gregory, who is in sixth grade. Goals are just as important for the Boys


Right: One happy fisherman shows his catch during one of the many trips offered by Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County (Red Bank Unit).

and Girls Clubs as they are for the children they nurture. Ms. Boruch explained. “It is always a priority to show what is actually happening inside our Clubs. Many people support the Boys and Girls Clubs and recognize our cause, but don’t really get to see the wonderful things happening here every day. It is my goal to tell Monmouth County and beyond about these kids and the story behind each of them. Raising awareness and creating great relationships with community members are the key factors that will enable the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County to expand and help even more kids each year.” One upcoming event that Ms. Boruch believes the community talking about for years is their fall fundraiser. On November 12, “A Most Unusual Evening,” will take place at Asbury Lanes. This unique event will honor Dr. Charles Dadzie of Meridian Health and celebrate the history of Asbury Park and the Boys and Girls Club. Brian Kirk and the Jerks will perform along with a series of exciting sideshow performers. The event will be unlike any other in Monmouth County, as it will feature bowling, silent and live auctions, upscale boardwalk cuisine, and specialty cocktails. Check www.bgcmonmouth.org for further details. As for the Red Bank Unit of Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County, they held “Day for Kids” on September 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. One of the highlights of this day was the mural painted on the back wall of the building by artists Eleanor James and Frank Toth, members of the Monmouth County Arts Council. They drafted a design that would incorporate aspects and idols of Red Bank. The children then brainstormed and added further details. The torches on the side pillars represent the Torch Club, a group for 11 to 13 year olds; the entrance gate is representative of Riverside Park but reads “Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County;” the fireworks in the sky depict the famous fireworks of Red Bank held each year on July 4; and the hands logo at the top is the national logo for Boys and Girls Club of America. The squares below the entrance gate were strictly freelance art painted by each child/ teen who wanted to share their ideas of what Red Bank meant to them. BCGM Art teacher Cathy Mumford and Director of Volunteer Services Mari McMahon assisted in this venture. Assistant Program Director Aaron Styles kept the children busy with sack races, hula hoop and jump rope contests, and bean bag competitions. Great food and plenty of laughter were also a part of this great “Day for Kids” event. Paint supplies for the mural were purchased through a grant from Monmouth County Arts Council. Boys and Girls Clubs of America established this day for their clubs nationally, along with the help and support of other leading youth-serving organizations. They hope to establish a Saturday in September each year that will be known as BGC Day for Kids, an official day to celebrate America’s children. On this day, adults and children can take a break from their busy lives and celebrate the wonder of life and the fulfillment of spending time together.

Children add their personal vision of Red Bank to the mural painted on the back wall of Red Bank’s Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County building on September 17 during “Day for Kids.” Photo Credit: Cathy Mumford

More children join in to paint the mural and add their ideas to the work in progress. Note the mural design depicting fireworks and bright torches on either side of the painting of the entrance gate. Photo Credit: Cathy Mumford

With paintbrushes still in hand, the smiling children took a moment from their painting to pose for the camera. An especially happy young boy in front was having a great time. Photo Credit: Cathy Mumford COMMUNITY MAGAZINE 63


Kiwanis Club Of Holmdel Holds Inaugural Wine & Brew Tasting Plus Pig Roast By Susan Murphy

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iwanis Club of Holmdel held their first annual fine wine and brew tasting, accompanied with a barbecue pig roast at Dearborn Farms Greenhouse in Holmdel on September 17. Kiwanis President Ron DeLuca, and members Ted LaBarca and Anu Khare, who chaired the event, welcomed 150 guests to the casual event. A TV was raffled off and tickets for a 50/50s raffle were available for purchase. DJ Pete kept the music going and opened the mike for Karaoke. One couple, Captain Bob and Holmdel Kiwanis Vice President Sharon Schultz, sang a duet. Members from any other organizations which the Kiwanis Club supports attended the event. President Robert Heugle, Jr. of The Frances Foundation For Kids Fighting Cancer and several of the Trustees noted they were thoroughly enjoying the evening. Mr. Heugle said that Holmdel Kiwanis has been very supportive of what they do, which is to offer financial assistance to parents of children with cancer. “We bring smiles to the kids because they are living a horrific ordeal,� said Mr. Heugle. Through September, they were able to take three children with cancer to see and meet their idols. A trip to Yankee Stadium, and attending concerts by Selma Gomez as well as Big Time Rush were dreams that were finally realized for these young people. Find out more at www.francesfoundation.net. Key representatives of Breast Friends Forever were also at the event. Marianne Ruane, whose son Michael is co-founder with his cousin Erika Rech, arrived with her sister Joan Antonino and her husband Dominick. Michael and Erika started Breast Friends Forever when they were just 15 years old. Incoming Governor of the New Jersey District of Kiwanis, Rosemarie Gibardi, as well as Lieutenant Governor of Division 5 for 2010-2011, Susan Philpot and incoming Governor of Division 5 for 2011-2012, Anthony Affatati, Sr., stopped by to show their support. The Lieutenant Governors are the liaisons between the 11 Kiwanis clubs in this Division and the District Board. Past President of the Keyport Kiwanis Jack Caddle, who noted that his group was started in 1923, and they now run a Flea Market every Sunday. He attended the event to show support and to enjoy time with friends. Kiwanis Club of Holmdel meets every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Ruby Palace, 2174 Route 35, Holmdel. For further information on membership, upcoming events, and how to help, visit their website at www.holmdelkiwanis.com.

Top - Left to right: On September 17, Kiwanis Club of Holmdel held their inaugural fine wine and brew tasting along with a barbecue and pig roast. Left to right: Committee Chairs for the event were Anu Khare, Holmdel Kiwanis President Ron DeLuca, and Ted LaBarca. Middle - Trustees and President of The Frances Foundation For Kids Fighting Cancer arrived to show their support to the Kiwanis Club of Holmdel. Left to right: Rocky and Denise Flammia, President Robert Heugle, Jr., and his wife Maria, Gail and Robert Baragona. Bottom - Breast Friends Forever representatives Joan Antonino, her sister Marianne Ruane, and Dominick Antonino attended the event.

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Lincroft Bible Church Invites Students to Free Car Wash By Susan Murphy

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incroft Bible Church reached out to Brookdale Community College students on Thursday, September 15 by offering a free car wash as well as free hot dogs. This is the fourth year the event has been held, though in previous years it was held in the spring. The event was spearheaded by the College Ministry and supported by the entire church. College Minister Dan Terracciano explained, “We wanted to bless all of the community and started with the students at Brookdale Community College. We want to be good neighbors so we set up a time when the students could come by on their lunch break.” Dan said they get people other than college students also and that many find it hard to believe they do not have to make a donation, that the “free” car wash truly is “free.” Dan said this is just another way to show others what God’s grace has done for members of the college ministry and all the church members. “We have a great time together and find that we have so much more joy in our lives when we bless other people.” The car wash is their way of being good neighbors in the community. About 25 people assisted in the day’s event, including Pastor Dennis. SPUR (Serve Preach Unite Reach) is a ministry offered to college age students and was designed to help students live out their faith in all areas of

College Minister Dan Terracciano (far left in black t-shirt) is joined by other students and young members of the Lincroft Bible Church on September 15, 2011 at the free car wash.

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Third Annual Colts Neck Rockfest! C edar Drive School Football field was the place to be on September 10 for the third annual Colts Neck Rockfest. Organized by Steve Warendorf, guitarist for the Moroccan Sheepherders, the event highlighted thirteen local bands. “This is a fun family event,� noted Steve. The eleven hour Rockfest brought together teens, couples, and families to enjoy a variety of bands, with some as young as thirteen, play classic rock. Early in the program, the younger bands just starting up had the chance to play on a stage in front of their family and friends, said Steve. By following the scheduled time allotted each band, the program ran smoothly. Surrounding the stage area were tents and tables set up by participating vendors, who displayed unique jewelry, handmade baby hats, handbags, and the popular feather hair extensions. Two school-related groups, Cedar Drive Jazz and Colt Band and Colts Neck American Youth Football and Cheer League, also had tables. Visitors brought their own beverages and some grilled food for their families or shared with friends. By the end of the event at 11:00 p.m., at least 500 people in all had attended Colts Neck Rockfest 2011.

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