VOL 1, NO 6
OB RIDGE OLD BRIDGE
Mayor's office of Economic Development
A Publication for the community of Old Bridge
LEADERSHIP OB STAR QUARTERBACK TRANSFERS DAY TO SUNSHINE STATE By Matt Agosta Q u ar terb ack Ar tur Sit kowski announced his departure from OBHS via his Twitter account l ast mont h . He t r ans fe r re d to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. IMG Academy is a premier sports recruiting school, most notably producing current and former NFL players such as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Heath Miller, Chad Pennington, Benjamin Watson, and Julius Jones. Sitkowski has been on IMG’s radar for the past few months and now plans to play out the rest of his high school career in the Sunshine State until ultimately committing to a college. Leaving his hometown and a school district filled with friends and longtime teammates was tough for the quarterback, who considered this
Photo of Students of St. Thomas On Friday February 3rd, St. Thomas the Apostle School (STA) presented their 2nd annual Leadership Day which was a wonderful closing to Catholic Schools week. There were over 500 people in attendance, including students, faculty, parents and guests. Among the special guests in attendance were Senator Sam Thompson, Owen Henry, Mayor of Old Bridge, Donna Kanowitz the Assistant Superintendent of Schools of the Diocese of Metuchen and Police Officer Pat D’Onofrio. STA is a licensed Leader in Me School, the first Catholic school in the state of New Jersey implementing the Leader in Me program. This program encourages stuContinued on page 17
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as the “hardest decision” in his life. “I will always be an Old Bridge kid and never forget where I came from,” said Sitkowski, who has offers from a wide range of top Division I schools, including Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Miami, Rutgers, Wisconsin, North Carolina, South Carolina, Penn State, Pitt, Louisville, Ohio State, Iowa, Duke, Ole Miss, Temple, Indiana, Boston College, Michigan State, NC State and Syracuse. They all offered the 6’ 4”, 215-pound quarterback a scholarship and a spot on their rosters. “I want to thank Old Bridge High School’s administration, teachers, and staff for an unforgettable three years,” said Sitkowski. “Thank you Coach (Anthony) Lanzafama and your staff for Continued on page 22
CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION IN OB
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Old Bridge administrators, local politicians, teachers, parents, and students voiced their concerns against a proposed charter school to be located in the township. The proposed school, the Albert Einstein EnergySmart Charter School, calls for a K-5 facility, opening in September with 160 students. The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) school would expand yearly. By the 2020-21 school year, the proposal calls for grade levels K-5 with 360 students. While charter schools are created to help struggling students in towns that may not offer many different
programs, according to Superintendent of Schools David Cittadino, Old Bridge already provides a proper learning environment for all students. “Old Bridge is not a community that has a need for a charter school,” said Cittadino. “Now more than ever our schools are thriving. This is only an attempt by an outside entity to try to duplicate our services and successes on backs of the taxpayers of Old Bridge who would foot the bill and the educators and students who already did the work.” The proposal will cost the district $1.6 million in the first year and by 2020-2021 $3.6 million. Continued on page 22
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IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS), INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE (IBD), CROHN’S, ULCERATIVE COLITIS- THE SAME THING? Most people have heard of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis. These conditions are common, but few people know the difference between them. This is partly because they share similar names and core symptoms. Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis fall under the category of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which should not be confused with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBD is an autoimmune disease caused by an abnormal immune system which attacks the bowels leading to inflammation. Long standing inflammation in the bowels results in damage and if left untreated can lead to severe consequences such as anal fissures (lesions in the anus), fistulas (formation of connections between intestinal folds), or cancer. Although Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis have similarities, they do have some differences. Crohn’s Disease can involve any part of the bowel (from mouth to anus), while Ulcerative Colitis only involves the colon. IBS is short for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and is very different than Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. IBS is not a disease, but rather a syndrome that manifests as a group of gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. IBS is caused by malfunctioning muscles in the intestines and not by inflammation of the bowels. Most patients with IBS alternate between bouts of diarrhea and constipation. Confusion around IBD and IBS is not only due to their similar abbreviations, but also because of their similar symptoms which include abdominal pain/ cramping, diarrhea or constipation, and urgent need to move bowels. Patients with IBD may experience blood in stool, loss of appetite, weight loss, and fever. Patients experiencing persisting GI symptoms such as pain, diarrhea or constipation, should consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and diagnosis. If there is significant bleeding in your vomit or stool, seek immediate medical attention. Treatments for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis aim to regulate the
immune system and reduce inflammation. The goal is to get patients into remission or to keep patients in remission. Treatment options include oral therapies such as corticosteroids (prednisone), oral aminosalicylates (mesalamine), immune modulators (cyclosporine), and antibiotics. Recently developed injectable biologic therapies such as Humira® (adalimumab), Cimzia® (certolizumab), and Remicade® (infliximab), are very effective in improving patient’s symptoms. IBS treatment targets the symptoms. In mild cases, lifestyle and diet changes may be sufficient to control symptoms. For instance, avoiding or reducing triggers like spicy food or stress. Medication options include anti-diarrheals such as Immodium-D, and antispasmodics such as dicyclomine. New products such as Viberzi® (eluxadoline) and Linzess® (linaclotide) target IBS-D and IBS-C, respectively. Colon cancer screening should begin at age 50 for most people. If a colonoscopy doesn’t find adenomas or cancer and you don’t have risk factors, the next test should be in ten years. If one or two small, low-risk adenomas are removed, the exams hould be repeated in five to ten years. At ACE-Rx Specialty Pharmacy in Old Bridge, we specialize in treating patient with gastrointestinal conditions. We work closely with physicians to determine the best treatment regimen and to obtain prior authorization (pre-certifications) for the medications. With our comprehensive Medication Management Program and Counselling services we make sure patients are well-informed so they can start and continue their treatment with confidence. In addition, we work with patients to obtain financial assistance if medications are not covered or if insurance coverage is not sufficient. Our pharmacists are available 24/7 for patients needing urgent assistance.
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A MESSAGE FROM MAYOR HENRY
Photo of Mayor Henry As the Mayor of Old Bridge, I have the distinct honor of being invited to attend several ceremonies and special events during the course of the year. This is definitely one of the most enjoyable aspects of the job, especially when those events involve our students. March 2nd is “Read Across America” in Old Bridge Township. I am excited
to participate in the program again this year and will be reading to the children at Carpenter and Memorial Elementary Schools. What a great way to start off the month! Our district teachers and faculty are always finding new and innovative ways to make reading more fun and interesting. In conjunction with Read Across America Day, I will be joining other community officials at Voorhees Elementary School to read chapters from a chosen book on camera. All of the recorded chapters will be edited and viewable on various school media for students and parents to read along and enjoy throughout the year. One of my other visits this month will be the Goddard School on Englishtown Road to help support their “kick-off ” book drive to support Reach
Out and Read. This is another wonderful opportunity to interact with our young readers in town and also donate some books for their book drive! And on a final note, I am proud this month to recognize and thank, the Kiwanis K-Kids Club from James McDivitt Elementary School for sharing the proceeds from their used book drive with the Old Bridge Food Bank. Each year, the Kiwanis K-Kids Club, under the supervision of School Counselor, Phyllis Bloom, works hard to raise money in support of the Old Bridge Community. Thanks for reading my message this month and I will see you around town! Mayor Owen Henry
By Christopher Marion, Business Administrator Township of Old Bridge
Photo of Christopher R. Marion, Business Administrator 1. NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY BLUE ACRES DEMOLITION PROJECT. A pre-construction meeting for the prime contractor, project design consultant and state project team was held on February 1, 2017. The notice to proceed has been
issued. The duration of the project is fifty calendar days with completion no later than March 23, 2017. 2. 2017 MUNICIPAL BUDGET. The total general appropriation for 2017, including Municipal Library Purposes, is $54,625,906.00 compared to $54,586,359.00 in 2016 as modified. The proposed tax rate for both Municipal and Municipal Library Purposes for 2017 is estimated to be $1.044 which reflects a tax increase of 0.012 cents over 2016 ($1.032). For an average home in Old Bridge assessed at $152,500.00, the proposed municipal and municipal library tax increase would be $18.00 (from $1,574.00 in 2016 to $1,592.00 in 2017). The Township Council has scheduled Council Budget Subcommittee Meetings for March 1, 2017, March 9, 2017 and March 16, 2017 to review the proposed budget in more detail. A formal presentation and public hearing on the Municipal Budget are scheduled for the March 27, 2017 Council Meeting. 3. PROPOSED 2017 CAPITAL B O N D O R D I NA N C E S F O R GENERAL IMPROVEMENTS AND ARENA UTILITY IMPROVEMENTS. The proposed 2017 capital bond ordinances for general improvements and arena utility improvements, in the total amount of $4,467,000.00, was introduced on February 6, 2017. A formal presentation and public hearing on the 2017 Capital Budget are also scheduled for the March 27, 2017 Council Meeting. 4. GENERAL IMPROVEMENT BONDS SERIES 2017. The Town-
ship intends to seek permanent financing for $16,045,000.00 in bond anticipation notes that are scheduled to mature in April of 2017. These notes include funding for various capital improvements that were authorized by the Township in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Previously authorized (but not issued) debt in the amount of $4,255,000.00 from 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 will also be included in the proposed bond issue. Representatives from Administration, Finance, Law, Township Auditor and Township Bond Counsel will be consulting with the ratings agency and completing the preliminary official statement before the end of March. 5. MIDDLESEX COUNTY IMP R O V E M E N T AU T H O R I T Y (MCIA) CURBSIDE RECYCLING COLLECTION PROGRAM. The 2017 curbside recycling schedule for Old Bridge is available on the Township Website at oldbridge.com and on the MCIA Website at mciauth.com. 6. 2017 SPRING RECREATION PROGRAM BROCHURE. The 2017 Spring Recreation Program Brochure is now available and includes another exciting line up of classes, programs and events for residents of all ages. Online registration begins on February 8, 2017. For additional information, residents should contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at (732) 721-5600 ext. 4999 or visit the Township Website at oldbridge.com.
THINK OLD BRIDGE by Economic Development Dept.
Photo of Steve Mamakas is the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office The Economic Development Office plays a vital role in everyone’s success in Old Bridge. The primary goal and function is to improve the town’s economic future and expand the tax base through attracting new business to town. The office works on a daily basis with local merchants, business & property owners, developers, builders, store managers, corporate leaders, realtors,
professionals, not-for-profits, and prospective businesses. The year consists of working on many large and small scale business related projects and building relationships. By partnering with local businesses to encourage investment to strengthen its competitive position, building economic opportunities and improving quality of life for all throughout the Township. Another main focus is to bridge the public, business and non-government sectors togther and work collectively to create better conditions for economic growth and employment generation. The office engages in high profile promotions of the Town utilizing marketing and social media tools to help all existing businesses and socializing the location and demographics to attract prospective small and large companies in all industries to locate in Old Bridge. The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development is also a direct liaison for the business community to work with other agencies in the Township to assist them with any needs they may have. Mr. Mamakas has instituted a proactive process which involves meeting with a prospective business or current busi-
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nesses looking to expand to meet with all departments that would be involved in the process, to assist them to stay on track and completed on time. The office also works closely with county and state divisions to further enhance development, like the Middlesex Department of Business Development and Education, the Lt Gov. Business Action Center and State Economic Development Authority to help define incentives to attract Business to Old Bridge, and help business growth. All these initiatives drive the narrative “Think Old Bridge” a Town that is open for business. This month’s featured business is “All American Ford” for their longtime commitment and generous contributions back to our community.
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WE’RE MORE THAN JUST BOOKS
NEED A PASSPORT? IT’S A SHORT TRIP TO THE LIBRARY!
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By: Nancy Cohen, Library Director Did you know that the Old Bridge Public Library is a Designated Passport Acceptance Facility? Passport applications are accepted on a firstcome, first-served basis. We do not offer appointment times and you do not need to be a resident of Old Bridge to have your passport processed here. We also have the capability to take passport photos for a fee. Please keep in mind that the process of applying for
a passport can be time-consuming. We recommend planning your visit at the beginning of our posted hours. This is especially important if applying for passports for multiple family members. Our service hours are as follows: Mon d ay s - Fr i d ay s : 1 0 A M - 4:30 PM and 5:30 - 8:30 PM Saturdays: 10 AM - 4 PM Sundays: 12 - 4PM
Due to the high volume of applications, there are times when we reach our capacity for the day and must stop accepting applications before our scheduled closing time. You may wish to call our passport department at 732721-5600 x5031 before stopping by to determine wait times. Once processed, we will do everything we can to help you track the progress of your application; however, we have no control over its
UPCOMING EVENTS: MARCH 3RDTH: 10:30AM: ADULT CRAFT: PAPER QUILLING 4TH: 2PM: KEEP THIS, TOSS THAT 9TH: 7PM: TEEN TRIVIA NIGHT 6-8PM: TABLETOP GAME NIGHT
11TH: SECOND SATURDAY CONCERT: VIOLINIST2:30PM: SECOND SATURDAY CONCERT: JUKE JOINT JIVE 13TH: 10:30AM: SENSORY TIME FOR ADULTS 23RD: 7PM: TEEN BOOK CLUB AGENTS OF CHANGE: FAMOUS NJ WOMEN
25TH: 10-5PM: NJ MAKER’S DAY 2PM: TALES WELL TOLD: WOMEN BREAKING LOOSE 30ST: 1-3PM: STROKE AWARENESS 31ST: 11AM: HOME SCHOOL BOOK CLUB
actual processing. Processing time may fluctuate according to workload in the US Passport processing centers. The spring is a particularly busy time for passport processing, and it may take between 4-6 weeks to receive your new passport. For complete details on documentation needed, fees and other relevant details, please consult out website at: www.oldbridgelibrary.org and scroll down to the Passport link.
Coupon: Half-off photo fees. Good for up to two people; value up to $10. Expires: 5/31/17. No reproductions. Old Bridge Public Library 1 Old Bridge Plaza, Municipal Ctr. Old Bridge, NJ 08857 732-721-5600 x5031
YMCA TO HOLD PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT FREEHOLD, NJ, February 8, 2017 – The sport of pickleball has been gaining in popularity throughout New Jersey for the past few years. A racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis, the game was invented in the mid-1960s as a children’s backyard pastime but has become popular among adults. Members at both the Freehold and Old Bridge Branches of the Y of Western Monmouth County play several times weekly. Next month, the Y will host Pickleball Madness, two pickleball tournaments to be held on Tuesday, March 15th at the Old Bridge Y and Wednesday, March 16th at the Freehold Y and open to the community and other YMCAs throughout New Jersey. Both tournaments will include men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles, with prizes awarded for first place and refreshments served. Tournament entry costs $30 per team or $15 per individual for each tournament and all proceeds will go towards the Ycares Financial Assistance Program. All funds raised through the Ycares
Program are used to offer programs and services at reduced rates to all members of the community regardless of their financial status. For more information, please visit www.ymcanj.org or contact Ken Cardullo, Program Director, at (732) 727-0704, extension 305. About the Y The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We are a diverse association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life, joined by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of all people. For over 120 years, the YMCA of Western Monmouth County has the long standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. For more information, go to www.ymcanj.org.
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JESSICA MILLER, M.D., FABPMR, JOINS MEDICAL STAFF AT RARITAN BAY MEDICAL CENTER
-Dr. Miller opens office in 3 Hospital Plaza, Suite 203, Raritan Bay – Old Bridge -
Photo of Dr. Millerl, M.D. Old Bridge, NJ, February 16, 2017… Raritan Bay Medical Center, a member of the Hackensack Meridian Health family, recently welcomed Jessica S. Miller, M.D., FABPMR, to its medical staff. Dr. Miller, board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, opened an office in the Medical Arts Building, Suite 203, 3 Hospital
Plaza at Raritan Bay – Old Bridge. “Our health and well-being is dependent on the relationship between our genetic make-up, daily exposure to toxins, environmental allergens, emotional and physical stressors, gut health, and our nutritional status,” says Dr. Miller. “My goal is to incorporate my traditional western medical training with a more integrative approach to address the root causes of disease states. By altering certain factors such as diet, environmental exposures, gut health, and physical activity, it is possible to modify the severity of disease expression.” To further her education, she is currently completing an Integrative Medicine fellowship under Dr. Andrew Weil at The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. For more information about services or to make an appointment, call 732-631-4410 or visit www.fusionrehabmed.com.
Dr. Miller received her medical degree from New York Medical College in 2000 and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School in 2004. She is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Miller has treated patients with brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, polytrauma, amputation, orthopedic injury, cancer, neurological disorder, spasticity, autoimmune disease, cardio-pulmonary issues. She is trained in Nerve Conduction Studies/Electromyography (EMG), trigger point injections, Botox procedures for spastic patients and prescription of prosthetics and orthotics.
caused by either a lack of insulin or the body’s inability to use insulin efficiently. It develops most often in middle-aged and older adults, but can also appear in young people, particularly with higher body weight. Preventive tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider. Taking the test is the first step toward preventing or delaying Type 2 Diabetes. 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. In 2012, 29.1 million Americans had diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic leg amputations, and new cases of blindness, as well as a major cause of heart disease and stroke. Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans are high-risk ethnic groups for developing diabetes. Symptoms of diabetes can include increased thirst, increased urination, feeling tired, weight loss, blurry vision, tingling or numbness in the hands or feet, and wounds or cuts that heal slower than usual. The good news is that people can delay and possibly prevent diabetes by losing weight and eating healthier. Five to seven percent reduction in total body weight and about 30 minutes of
moderate physical activity five days a week can lead to reduction in risk of developing diabetes. A study called “The Diabetes Prevention Program,” showed that physical activity and a healthy diet helped study participants reduce their risk of developing diabetes more so compared to a diabetes medication. Take the test to see if you are at risk for diabetes. Dr. Patel is the medical director of the Joslin Diabetes Center, Affiliate at Raritan Bay Medical Center – Old Bridge, a member of the Hackensack Meridian Health family. She is board certified in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism and Internal Medicine. The center provides the latest advances in diabetes treatment, patient education and support services, and their education program is accredited by the American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate. Dr. Patel also treats conditions such as thyroid diseases including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, thyroid cancer, osteoporosis, menopause, low testosterone, polycystic ovarian syndrome, adrenal and pituitary disorders, hirsutism and a variety of other hormonal problems. She is fluent in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi and Urdu. To make an appointment, call 732-360-4070.
TAKE THE DIABETES RISK TEST ON MARCH 22
By: Reema Patel, M.D.
Photo of Reema Patel, M.D. American Diabetes Alert Day is March 22nd. On this day, the American Diabetes Association invites you to take a free Diabetes Risk Test to find out if you are at risk for Type 2 Diabetes. The test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history, and other potential risk factors. Prediabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. People with prediabetes are at an increased risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. To take the test, visit www.diabetes. org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test/. Type 2 Diabetes is a condition characterized by high blood glucose levels
NEW RARITAN BAY BEACHFRONT RETAINING WALL COMPETED AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC The devastating effects of Super Storm Sandy in 2012 wreaked havoc on the coastal shores of New Jersey and New York, from the Jersey Shore Barrier Islands to Long Island, New York. The shoreline of the Raritan Bay was also in the path of this destruction, which left many homeowners and commercial property owners in communities along the Raritan Bay beachfront in utter ruins. The Old Bridge MUA Raritan Bay beachfront property in the Knollcroft Development at 71 Boulevard West in Cliffwood Beach was among those ruins. The property at 71 Boulevard West is the headquarters of the MUA’s Administrative Office, and the Sewer Division Operations that includes a Two (2) Million Gallons per Day Sanitary Wastewater Pump Station which collects wastewater from approximately one-third of Old Bridge Township. The beachfront along the Raritan Bay was wiped out by Sandy. Trees and dunes that previously existed along the beachfront that once served to protect the property from violent Northeaster Storms were completely leveled. Pictures from the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy show how much of property was damaged. By the Fall of 2013, the Old Bridge MUA had developed plans, and proposed to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) a storm hardening project which would protect the MUA’s property with a retaining wall and a flood wall that would extend along the entire MUA property of the Raritan Bay beachfront. That project was approved by the NJDEP, funded through a New Jersey State low interest loan program, and construction was completed by November of 2015. The construction cost of the project was $1.8 million dollars. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of the construction cost was completely funded by the State, with the remaining amount funded through a low interest loan of twenty years at approximately one percent (1%). With the completion of this Retaining/Flood Wall Project, the Old Bridge MUA has successfully protected its vital facilities against future severe weather events. The retaining wall also serves as part of the overall beachfront development system for recreational use. Many Township residents can be seen utiliz-
ing the walkway for both fishing and enjoying the view of the Raritan Bay. We are committed to ensuring the safety of drinking water and wastewater collection for all Old Bridge residents for years to come. Please visit our web site at www.obmua.com for further information concerning the OBMUA, or to contact us with any of your questions. Also, “like” us on our Facebook page at Old Bridge Municipal Utilities Authority. 732-679-8565. A r t hu r M . Ha n e y Chair man, Old Br idge MUA
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THE SENIOR SCENE
Diane Amabile, Senior Center Mgr. Join us at the senior center as we Spring Into Health, Our award winning Passport to Health program is back by popular demand. We areexcited to Spring Into Health during the months of March, April and May. We encourage all seniors to get active -- physically and mentally --by participating in our health and wellness exercise programs and seminars. Every time you attend
an exercise class or a health and wellness presentation you will receive a stampin your health and wellness passport. Look for our heart shaped symbol on our calendar of events. When you see that symbol, it means that it is a stamp eligible program. Make sure to get your health and wellness passport stamped at the end of each program you participate in. You will be eligible for our first incentive prize if you receive at least 15 stamps at the end of March. Incentive prizes will be given out on Friday, March 31st. If you need a health and wellness passport, stop by our offices with your senior center identification card and one will designed specifically for you. Our fantastic art program this month will feature two acrylic painting classes on March 13 and March 31 beginning at 10:30 am. Pre-registration is required. If you don’t like to paint, you can always register for one of our sketching classes on March 10 and March 24 at 10:30 am. For more information on these classes, please call us at 732-721-5600, ext. 6620.AARP Income Tax services are available Mondays and Thursdays by appointment only. This program
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is intended to help seniors and low income families. Please make sure to call now to schedule an appointment and we will let you know what you need to bring. You can schedule your appointment by calling 732-721-5600, ext. 6615. Our Reading Buddies will be visiting Shepard Elementary School on March 28th to read with the first grade students. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Buses will leave the senior center at 10:15 am and will return by 11:45 am. If you like to read, please give us a call and be one of our Reading Buddies. Wear your green on March 17th as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an authentic corned beef and cabbage lunch followed by entertainment by DJ Randi Rae. Wear as much green as you can for our counting of the green contest. Please be sure to call the kitchen at the senior center to register for a meal at 732-607-1582.We have so many wonderful programs, trips and events – too many to list. Please visit us at www.oldbridge.com/seniorcenter for our monthly newsletter and calendar of events. Hope to see you soon!
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WHEN THE INHERITANCE COMES, WHAT’S NEXT?
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Written By: Roger N. Levine, J.D., LL.M, CPA We all dream about winning the lottery but perhaps more realistically receiving an inheritance. If an unexpected windfall were to come, would we turn in our jalopy, fly away from our cold winter, or get that new home? Often the unexpected inheritance can give rise to questions and concerns that were never considered. Below are some thoughts regarding concerns related to inheritances. 1. Emotion. You may have had a close relationship with the person who passed away and left you the inheritance. This may create a situation where grieving is more important than the inheritance itself. However, when the grieving process terminates, you may then think about what the decedent’s intentions were when he or she left the inheritance. As with other important decisions in life making rash decisions, or decisions while grieving, is not the best plan and there is generally no reason to rush into these decisions. 2. You May Reject the Inheritance. No one is ever required to accept an Photo of Partners inheritance. There may be reasons Adam Rubin and Roger Levine
that you chose not to want to receive the inheritance and you may “disclaim” the inheritance. You may reject the inheritance if you owe creditors who would then end up with the inheritance or you may feel that the person next in line to inherit would benefit substantially better than you. Additionally, you may not want what is being left to you since inheritances may also include personal items, rather than, or in addition to, financial assets. 3. Income Tax. Generally, inheritances are not subject to income tax. If there is an estate or inheritance tax, those are paid by the state before the assets get to you. The value of your inheritance is not added to your taxable income for the year of receipt. Certain assets will acquire a new “tax basis” which means if you sell those assets after receiving the inheritance, there may be no capital gains tax, even though the decedent purchased those assets at a much lower cost. Once you receive the inheritance, there may be income tax on the earnings of those inheritances after they are
transferred to you. Also, should you inherit an IRA, there may be required distributions which will be taxable to you, beginning the year after this inheritance. Of course, IRA distributions will be fully taxable for income tax purposes in the year received. 4. Being Patient. An estate usually requires significant time to be settled. Often heirs wait twelve to eighteen months before the distributions are actually made. The delay is for purposes of making sure all liabilities have been paid which may include estate or inheritance taxes and settling any inheritance issues, which may be raised by the heirs. Depending upon the state, the court may be required to supervise and approve the distributions and if real estate owned by the decedent is located in another state, the same process may be required to be completed in that state as well. When taxes are due, additional assets may be retained until “clearance” is received from the IRS or State Division of Taxation in case the audit requires additional taxes to be paid. If you are expecting to receive an
inheritance, a qualified estate planning attorney can offer the experience and help you may need to address various issues. For example, a knowledgeable estate planning attorney can assist you in deciding if it is the right decision to disclaim your inheritance, tend to any tax related issues, and make certain that your full inheritance is received without unwarranted wait time. Furthermore, once you have received your inheritance, an experienced estate planning attorney can be valuable in assisting you in creating a new estate plan tailored to your own goals and present-day financial situation. The information in this article is not intended to and does not offer legal advice, legal recommendations or legal representation on any matter. Hiring an attorney is an important decision, which should not be based on advertising. You need to consult an attorney in person for legal advice regarding your individual situation.
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LIVING STONES TRUE HOSPITALITY
By Lloyd Pulley, Senior Pastor, Calvary Chapel Old Bridge In 1942, the Nazis forced hundreds of children she had smuggled. Sendler thousands of Polish Jews into a 16-block alone knew the location of that jar, and area that became known as the Warsaw despite the torture that crippled her Ghetto. Sealed off from the rest of the for life, she refused to surrender the city and unable to purchase adequate names. As a result, she was sentenced food and medicine, nearly 5,000 Polish to death, but her execution was halted Jews died each month in that ghetto. last minute when someone bribed a Watching thousands of children Gestapo agent. She later escaped from starve or die of illnesses like typhoid, prison, but was pursued relentlessly by Irena Sendler, a young Polish Social the Nazis until the war ended in 1945. At the end of the war, Sendler dug Worker, began to smuggle Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto, and up that jar. She had saved a total of relocate them to households, orphan- 2,500 children. An entire generaages, and convents elsewhere in Poland. tion was rescued because one young She smuggled children in gunnysacks, woman took an incredible risk, facing body bags, in the bottoms of crates of torture and death, to do what is right. It wasn’t until decades later that her goods, potato sacks, and even coffins. Once, Sendler even hid a small baby story came to light, and she was honored in the bottom of a mechanic’s toolbox. with various prestigious awards, inWith the help of the local church cluding the Order of the White Eagle, and several associates, Sendler brought Poland’s highest distinction. When a children in through the front door the local newspaper ran her photograph, church, which opened in the Warsaw she began receiving countless calls from Ghetto, and smuggled them out through adults who were once the children she the back door, which opened on the rescued. Through tears, one after the “Aryan side” of Warsaw. She provid- other thanked her for saving their lives, ed each child with a new temporary their future families’ lives, and the future identity. In a jar hidden under a tree of all Jewish Poles. To that, she later in a neighbor’s backyard, Sendler kept said, “Every child saved with my help meticulous records of the children’s is the justification of my existence on names, their families, and where they this Earth, and not a title to glory.” How is it that a woman who endured were sent, in the desperate hope that the children would be reunited with their torture to save 2,500 children from parents after the war. Sadly, that day the Nazis did not consider herself a never came, as many of the children’s hero? Because she understood that parents perished in the ghetto or in Tre- watching out for one’s fellow man blinka and other concentration camps. is a basic tenant of humanity. She The Nazis soon began to suspect saw the plight of Warsaw Jews as her Sendler, and on October 20, 1943, the own. She understood that, in many Gestapo arrested, imprisoned, and respects, she was her brother’s keeper. Sendler’s account raises an imtortured her. Officers broke both of her legs and feet, demanding she give portant question. Faced with similar up the names of her associates and the
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circumstances today, would we do the same? Would we risk our own comfort and security in order to rescue others? Or would fear motivate us to mind our own business? After all, someone else can see to it, right? Sendler’s account challenges me personally not only on the subject of fear, but also on the true meaning of hospitality. So often, we consider hospitality as a picture of a beautifully decorated home, with a stunning table set up for a magnificent meal, and a well-dressed hostess heeding the voice of Martha Stewart on perfect linen colors and accent choices. But surprisingly, true hospitality looks a lot more like Sendler’s work in the Warsaw Ghetto than a Better Homes and Gardens article. For generations, faith-based institutions, like churches, have showed this type of true, compassionate, self-sacrificing hospitality. In fact, in the legendary account of the Good Samaritan, Jesus describes how one outcast, a man from Samaria, provides for the physical needs of a stranger who had been badly wounded, even when the religious leaders of his day had passed him by. Heeding the lessons of the Good Samaritan, churches throughout history have cared for the sick, launching hospitals we know well, including Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City or St. Peter’s in New Brunswick. Sendler herself depended on churches to extend this same hospitality to those escaping the Warsaw Ghetto. She re-
counted, “I sent most of the children to religious establishments… No one ever refused to take a child from me.” In fact, the fundamental difference between faith communities and governments may lie at the heart of the current controversy over America’s handling of refugees. While the government’s main role is to govern and protect, people of faith want to extend compassion and care to all people, including those who come from countries that have threatened America. So while the President’s administration and the courts battle it all out, and opinions flare, our community can rise up now and meet the needs of refugees fleeing Syria and other war torn nations. We can minister to refugees who are already here in the U.S., and those living scattered abroad. In our own church, we have seen groups rise up to do exactly that. Our Training Children to Care (TCTC) ministry, which is comprised of families serving together throughout the community and even the world, began wondering what they could do to help families living in refugee camps abroad. They learned that in some of these camps, rape is a growing problem, so TCTC families bought flashlights and whistles that refugee children can use to sound alarms when in danger. These items were packed by kids, for kids, half a world away. One of our outreach teams hand delivered these packages to refugees in Jordan just last month. While governments of course provide
essential services, non-governmental organizations, like churches, are uniquely positioned to serve in ways governments cannot. Former White House Special Assistant Jedd Medefind puts it this way, “Complex human problems cannot be resolved apart from human relationship. That is why the things that most often prove decisive in elevating a life are things government cannot provide. Belonging. Accountability. Purpose and hope. Truth-telling paired with support. Knowing you’re loved. In short, care rooted in relationship. Government can’t deliver this. Local charities and faith-based nonprofits often can… they offer the relationship and other intangibles decisive in bettering a life for the long haul.” When faith communities offer that care rooted in relationship, something incredible happens, not unlike what transpired with Sendler and others like her. As we welcome the stranger among us and meet his/ her needs, we begin to forget about ourselves, our own complaints, and even our fears. This is the incredible by-product of hospitality and service! You find yourself infinitely happier when you meet the needs of others. When we offer genuine hospitality to refugees, to the sick, to anyone who is hurting, which is fundamentally everyone, we find that we ourselves begin to change. And that, in fact, may be the greatest work of all.
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CARMELLA ANN MACMILLAN Carmella Ann MacMillan, 89, of Old bridge, NJ, passed away on Wednesday February 8, 2017 at the Golden Living Care Center, Old Bridge, NJ. Born and raised in Netcong, NJ, moving to Morristown, NJ in 1950 before settling in Old Bridge, NJ 55 years ago. Carmella loved playing cards with friends and family, she was a great cook and enjoyed cooking Italian food especially make home made pizza’s. Most important to her was spending time with her family. She was predeceased by her loving husband Robert P, MacMillan, and her parents Pasquale and Justine Benavengo as well as 8 of her 10 brothers and sisters. Surviving is her two sons Robert P. MacMillian Jr., Jeff P, and wife Gail MacMillan , a daughter Justine and
husband Scott Burstewitz, six grandchildren Sean, Taylor, Erin, Courtney, Tara, and Ryan a great grandson Owen and one great grandson on the way as well as a sister Mildred Pagano. Relatives and friends were invited to visit the Old Bridge Funeral Home, 2350 Route 516, Old Bridge, NJ on Sunday February 12, 2017, from 2-5pm. A funeral Mass was held on Monday February 13, 2017 at 10:15am at the St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Old Bridge, NJ followed by interment at the Holy Cross Burial Park, East Brunswick, NJ. For more information or to leave an online condolence message please visit our website www. oldbridgefh.com. In lieu of flowers donation can be made in Carmella’s name to St. Jude’s www.stjude.org/donate
DENNIS HOGAN Dennis Hogan, 55 Dear brother and uncle made friends wherever he went Dennis Hogan passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at his home in Old Bridge, N.J., with his family by his side. Born June 18, 1961, Dennis grew up in Staten Island before moving to Lanoka Harbor, N.J., with his mother, Mary Lou. He leaves behind brothers, Bill, Brian, and Michael, and sisters, Carolann and Kathleen. He was a loving uncle to five nieces and dear brother-in-law to Thomas Jerome and Darlene Acosta. He made friends wherever he went and will be greatly missed by the crew at Chuck Costello Complex. Dennis truly had the ability to open people’s hearts through his kind, gentle, and humble nature. His family would like to thank the lymphoma team at Memo-
rial Sloan Kettering and the aides who were so caring and helpful in Dennis’ last few years, as he fought cancer with incredible strength. Dennis was a world traveler and saw many beautiful countries and places with his mother. His favorites were Australia, Alaska, and Switzerland. He loved spending time with his family, fishing with his brothers and playing for hours with his nieces. He enjoyed drawing, painting ceramics and playing video games. He rode his bike every day to his job at ShopRite for more than 20 years. A Memorial Mass was held on Monday, Feb. 20, at 12 noon at Sacred Heart Church on Staten Island, 981 Castleton Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Lymphoma Research Foundation or Easter Seals New Jersey.
CECILE M. THURMAN Cecile M. Thurman, 74, of Staten Island, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and had moved to Staten Island in 1970. Before her retirement she was employed as an executive secretary. She enjoyed bowling and bingo as well as watching Jeopardy. She was also involved with the Girl Scouts and had served as a troop leader. Cecile enjoyed traveling overseas, taking cruises, flying to Las Vegas or trips to Atlantic City. She was devoted to her family and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was predeceased by her husband William Robert Thurman Sr. in 1999, a brother Robert McDonald and a sister Agatha McDonald. She leaves behind a son William Thurman, a daughter and son-in-law Barbara and
Jeff Graham, a brother Jack McDonald and 4 grandchildren Kimberly and J.P. Graham and Amanda and William Thurman. Relatives and friends gathered for visitation on Thursday, February 16, and Friday, February 17, at Old bridge Funeral Home, 2350 Route 516, Old Bridge, NJ. A funeral mass was on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Staten Island followed by interment in Moravian Cemetery in Staten Island.
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JOAN D. HUSSEY Joan DeMont Hussey. 89, of Matawan passed away peacefully on February 12, 2017 at Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel. Joan was born in Bayonne and moved to Matawan when she was a young girl where she lived the rest of her life. She was a member of the Matawan First Aid Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, sewing and traveling. The biggest joy in Joan’s life was spending time with her family and friends. Joan was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 66 years, Timothy. She was also predeceased by her parents John DeMont and Marie (Sharkey) DeMont and sister, Jacqueline Skinner. She is survived by her six children: Marie Pepe and her husband Simone; William Hussey and his wife Kathleen; Kathleen Illingworth and her husband William; Noreen
Reed and her husband Robert; Grace S chuster and her husband Alan; Francine Danish and her husband Flor y ; 16 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Visitation was on Thursday, Febr uar y 16, 2017 from 4pm-8pm at the Waitt Funeral Home located at 501 State Route 79 in Morganville NJ. A funeral mass was celebrated at St. Clement’s Church in Matawan NJ. Cremation will take place privately following the funeral mass. An in-
terment for the cremated remains will take place at a later date in the spring. For more information please visit our website www.waittfh.com
GERARD SMITH Gerard Smith, 81, of Old Bridge, passed away surrounded by his loving family on February 11, 2017 at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge. Gerard was born in Hackensack, NJ and lived in Brooklyn, NY for some time before becoming a longtime resident of Old Bridge since 1966. He was very involved in the community and his church, acting as a Past Grand Knight for St. Thomas Knights of Columbus as well as an active member of the Central Jersey Ski Club, and the Elks
of Old Bridge. Some of his hobbies included skiing, reading, and traveling all over the world with his wife. Gerard is predeceased by: a son, Mark William Smith, and a daughter, Diane Kibala. He is survived by his wife Geraldine of 61 years; 2 sons: Richard Smith and his wife Denise, and Ian Smith and his partner Jennifer Wright; two daughters: Ginger Kilduff and her husband Stephen, and Christine Conklin and her husband John; 11 Grandchildren; and 4 Great-grandchildren.
Family and friends gathered for a visitation at the Old Bride Funeral Home, 2350 Route 516, Old Bridge, NJ 08857 on February 15, 2017 from 4PM-8PM. A funeral mass was at St. Ambrose Church, Old Bridge, NJ. Interment will follow the funeral mass at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Freehold. In Lieu of Flowers, please make all donations in Gerard’s name to Comfort Zone Camp at www.comfortzonecamp. org. For more information please visit our website at www.oldbridgefh.com
BETH OHR’S MENS CLUB Last month, Congregation Beth Ohr’s Men’s Club and Daytimers jointly sponsored a bagel breakfast at which noted tour guide and lecturer Marty Schneit presented a history and virtual tour of New York’s Lower East Side.
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especially the younger ones. Students involved in the presentation shared how everyone contributed and this experience allowed all of them to get closer and reinforced the family closeness in the school. The day was summed up best by Senator Sam Thompson who said “When you look at the world today the future seems bleak but seeing these children today gives me great hope for our future”.
Continued from page 1 dents to gain confidence while learning essential life skills incorporating Christian values while establishing a culture of leadership within the school. The process has been extremely successful transforming the school, allowing students to ultimately emerge as effective leaders in their families, school, communities and the world. A component of the program is to involve our sur-
rounding community in the process, that is why Leadership Day was created. The Leadership Day presentation was conducted solely by the students. Highlights of the program included, explanation of the 7 Habits, expressions of how the student’s lives have been changed through implementation of 7 Habits and incorporating Christian values every day. Skits were
put on by the students showing the habits in action. Deacon Scott launched the 21 Days of Kindness project and at the close of the presentation the whole cast did a dance and invited Ms. Kowit, the Principal, to join them. Many parents in attendance expressed how impressed they were that the students were running the show and so confident in their presentations
Photo Caption: Joseph Mancino Jr. of Colts Neck Firehouse #2 presents a plaque of appreciation to Greg Scharpf, Chief Retail Officer of Amboy Bank. The bank is a longterm supporter of the firehouse and its volunteers, recently helping to re-
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furbish their building. Amboy Bank, with 22 offices, has been voted Best Bank in C entral Jersey for 19 years in a row.
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liability limits work to protect you. Auto insurance policies in NJ provide coverage for five major common areas: Bodily Injury and Property Damage liability coverage, Uninsured and Underinsured liability coverage, Comprehensive coverage, Collision coverage, and Person Injury Protection (PIP). It is in the best interest of a policyholder to understand and apply accurate coverage amounts that are available. It may require the assistance of a licensed insurance professional to understand the coverages. When correctly chosen and applied, a policyholder’s coverage should meet his or her specific needs, while keeping them properly insured. No one wants to overpay for unnecessary coverage, or suddenly realize they are underinsured when they need it most. For pur poses of this ar ticle, let’s focus on Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability limits, starting with brief definitions: Bodily Injury Liability limit - covers claims for medical expenses, legal fees, loss of income, pain and suffering, and funeral costs for people injured or who die as a result of an auto accident caused by the owner of the insured vehicle.
ALL AROUND OLD BRIDGE Property Damage Liability limit - covers claims and lawsuits for a person’s property that is damaged as a result of an auto accident cause by the insured vehicle. These two coverages are typically grouped together as they take care of claims made by those who are affected by the actions of the person at fault or more specific the vehicle they were driving. In casual terms, these two coverages are the “meat and potatoes” of a personal auto policy. The chosen limit should serve to protect one’s home and assets. T h e Ne w Je r s e y s t at e m i n imums are as follows: Bodily Injury Liability limit $15,000 per person/$30,000 per accident Property Damage Liability limit minimum of $5,000 per accident The coverages can be customized, with most companies providing a maximum benefit of up to $250,000 per person/$500,000 per accident and $100,000 of Property Damage coverage per accident respectively. Your insurance carrier will provide coverage up to the limits you choose - claims surpassing those limits can become the insured’s responsibility. Due to the sheer volume of drivers, and average higher-value of the ve-
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OB STAR QUARTERBACK By Matt Agosta Continued from page 1 shaping me into the player I am today.” Sitkowski threw for 1,216 yards and six touchdowns this season. The four-star recruit finishes his career at Old Bridge going 198/390 with 22 total touchdown passes and 2,641 passing yards. “I would not be in the position I am in today without my t e a m m a t e s ,” S i t k o w s k i s a i d . Leading the Knights to a combined 14-8-1 record in the two years as starter was not an easy feat, especially in the tough and hard-hitting GMC conference, where Old Bridge ended with an 11-3-1 record in the past two seasons. With the loss of Sitkowski, Lanzafama has a dilemma at the quarterback position for the upcoming season. The battle for the starting job will be one of the many voids the team will have to address in the coming months, as the team is losing a majority of its offensive and defensive lines to graduation, along with running back Nick Sodano. Sitkowski piloted Old Bridge to a
NJSIAA Group V State Championship game at High Point Solutions Stadium at Rutgers University in Piscataway two years ago, when the Knights were defeated by the Vikings. “I am excited for the new opportunity and ready to get to work,” said Sitkowski.
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CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION IN OB By Joelle Tancred, Editor-in-Chief Continued from page 1
“We don’t need [the charter school] because we have ever ything we need,” said Principal Vincent Sasso. “These are good schools—they’re safe, and we have opportunities.” Old Bridge has been recognized nationally for its above average schools and students, according to Cittadino. Some of these achievements include several National Schools of Character, increased enrollment in AP classes, and above average exam performance. For students who do not take AP classes, there are other opportunities for success, according to Sasso. “We have a lot of hands-on courses as well as AP courses,” said Sasso. “We have opportunities for students to take job skill-related courses, whether it be woodshop or auto shop or the child development program, our business program, cosmetology…” According to Sasso, a charter school would not offer these opportunities.
“[The charter school] just offers the core basics,” said Sasso. “I know that this particular charter school prides itself on being a math-science school, but you’re not going to have the courses that I mentioned and the opportunities that I mentioned at a school like that.” According to Sasso, programs in the Old Bridge public schools would have to compensate for the money that would be allocated for the charter school. Old Bridge officials have been taking action to prevent the opening of the charter school. On Jan. 31, a Superintendents Forum was held at Old Bridge High School to discuss what could be done. The meeting attracted more than 200 residents, teachers, township politicians, and state senator Sam Thompson, who voiced opposition to the plan. D y l a n S c h w a r t z , s e n i o r, and R av i and R oshni G and hi, juniors, spoke at the forum. “I think it’s important to raise
awareness about the charter school,” said Ravi Gandhi. “This school would have a significant impact on our education, and that’s something we need to speak up against.” According to Sasso, educating the public and making sure everyone knows the facts will help create support for Old Bridge and stop the construction of the school. “I think the most important thing is just getting accurate information out to the public,” said Sasso. “I think one of the most misleading things about this charter school is a lot of the information that is coming from their side is inaccurate.” For example, the application for the charter school includes testing data from Perth Amboy to support the need for a school in Old Bridge. The report misrepresented Old Bridge, a town that performed above average.
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