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TOP EDUCATOR JOINS CALVARY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL By Tom Luicci

Jim Dunne and Dan Simon

The best way for Calvar y Christian School principal Jim Dunne to describe his most recent significant personnel hire is to put it into sports terms. “It’s like finding a really good coach,” Dunne said of the addition of highly-respected Dan Simon as Calvar y Christian School’s Director of Development. Simon, who started at the Old Bridge-based school in mid-February, recently served as principal of both Colts Neck High School and High Tech High School in Lincroft, leading the latter to a No. 1 ranking national according to U.S. News & World Report. His role will “principally be teacher development,” Dunne said. “We see Dan’s resume and experience pouring into our teachers, coaching them to be the best they can be as Christian educators in Continued on page 6

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CHAMBER TO VISIT LOCAL BUSINESSES By Tom Luicci

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@a GLANCE INSIDE OBHS CLASS OF ’99 REUNION SEE PAGE 5

Chamber of Commerce officers (left to right) Russ Azzarello, David Hernandez, Annette Maxwell, Lynette Davis and Christina Conover at the organization’s Jan. 9 meeting. Local business owners looking plan that was launched in February. and child care services in Old Bridge. for assistance from the Chamber Once a month, board members “We’re trying to see if we can of Commerce serving Old Bridge, from the Chamber of Commerce will showcase businesses more than we Sayreville and South Amboy will no arrange to visit an area business to have in the past,” said Russ Azzarello, longer have to leave their workplace interact with owners. The first such president of the Chamber of Comto get the help, support and guid- visit took place on Feb. 27 at Prim- merce serving Old Bridge, Sayreville ance they’re seeking under a new rose School, which offers day care Continued on page 5

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Are you one of those people who have long since forgotten about your New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and to get into better shape? Even with beach season fast approaching, it’s not too late to make up for lost time, says Alberto Siaba, owner of Club Metro USA,

a full-service gym and fitness center located in the Browntown Shopping Center on Route 516. “A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions to either lose weight or to get into shape and sometimes they lose their momentum trying to stick with those resolu-

tions,” said Siaba. “Then before you know it spring is here and they’re thinking about the beach or vacation and they haven’t followed through on their resolutions. “We just want to assure people that it’s not too late. We’re here to get Continued on page 11


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AMBOY BANK ANNOUNCES AMBOY BANK WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE TO $15 Stanley J. Koreyva Jr., President and COO of Amboy Bank, has announced a staff compensation enhancement program increasing the minimum wage for all full time employees to $15 an hour. Commenting on the change, Koreyva stated, “We want to recognize our staff members that serve our clients face to face on a daily basis and reward the skills required to provide our outstanding service. We are proud that Amboy has been Voted “Best Bank” for 20 years in a row and understand this is due to our outstanding employees and an expectation we will never compromise our high standards.” As a special thank you Amboy Bank is ensuring all non-executive employees receive a yearend minimum bonus of $1,000. Many employees have served the bank for many years with over 49%

having more than 10 years of service. Koreyva added, “Banking is changing. Twenty years ago 90% of client activity was transactional in nature. Now we need to focus on educating clients on electronic banking, real estate taxes and fraud plus make sure we are proactively meeting their needs. To be successful we need to ensure we maintain the best people and we look forward to attracting new employees that will offer nothing but the best for our clients.” Founded in 1888, Amboy Bank is a full service commercial bank with assets of $2.5 billion and 24 offices in central New Jersey. Amboy has been voted Best Bank in Central Jersey for 20 years in row.

Present clothing donations to Tina Foley of the Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen and Richard Ferreira of the Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton have exceeded expectations. The donations were collected during Amboy Bank’s

winter clothing drive. Employees and clients from all 24 Amboy offices displayed their generosity in donating over a hundred bags of clothing and coats. “Our client’s needs are many and continue after the holidays,” said Foley. “We are

very grateful to the employees of Amboy Bank for their ongoing support and commitment to serving the needs of its communities.” Founded in 1888, Amboy has been voted “Best Bank in Central Jersey” for 20 years in a row.

(Second from left) Stan Koreyva, Amboy Bank President & COO, and (second from right) Gregory Scharpf, EVP & Chief Retail Officer


A MESSAGE FROM MAYOR HENRY

Mayor Henry As the Mayor of Old Bridge, I Governor Murphy, Superintendent have the distinct honor of being Cittadino, Board President Richard invited to attend several ceremo- Dunn, Captain Jon A. McBride, nies and special events during the and a Retired NASA Astronaut. course of the year. This is defiOne of my other visits this month nitely one of the most enjoyable will be the Goddard School on aspects of the job, especially when Englishtown Road to celebrate those events involve our students. Dr. Seuss Day. This is another March 2, is “Read Across wonderful opportunity to interact America� in Old Bridge Town- with our young readers in town. ship. I am excited to participate And on a final note, I am proud in the program again this year this month to recognize, and and will be reading to the chil- thank, the Kiwanis K-Kids Club dren at Carpenter and Memori- from James McDivitt Elementary al Elementary Schools. What a School for sharing the proceeds great way to start off the month! from their used book drive with Our district teachers and faculty the Old Bridge Food Bank. Each are always finding new and inno- year, the Kiwanis K-Kids Club, vative ways to make reading more under the supervision of School fun and interesting. In conjunction Counselor, Phyllis Bloom, works with Read Across America Day, I hard to raise money in support will be joining other community of- of the Old Bridge Community. ficials at James A. McDivitt ElemenThanks for reading my tary School to celebrate their 50th m e s s a g e t h i s m o nt h a n d I Anniversary Celebration by opening w i l l s e e you arou n d t ow n ! the building cornerstone with NJ

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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT By Himanshu R. Shah, Acting Business Administrator

Himanshu R. Shah, Acting Business Administrator 1. MIDDLESEX COUNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY (MCIA) CURBSIDE RECYCLING C OLLECTION PRO GRAM.

The 2018 curbside recycling schedule for Old Bridge is available on the Township Website at oldbridge.com and on the MCIA Website at mciauth.com. 2. FIRST QUARTER TAX PAYMENTS. The Township Division of Tax Collection will be open Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, during the first quarter tax collection period. The tax office will also be open between the hours of 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM on February 3, 2018 (Saturday) and between the hours of 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM on February 13, 2018 (Tuesday). For additional information, residents should contact the Division of Tax Collection at (732) 721-5600 ext. 2999. 3. 2018 SPRING RECREATION PROGRAM BROCHURE. The 2018 Spring Recreation Program Brochure is now available and includes another exciting lineup of classes, programs and events for residents of all ages. Online registration begins on February 7,

2018. 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. 4. LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY AND PRESIDENTS DAY HOLIDAYS. On February 12, 2018 and February 19, 2018, all municipal offices will be closed for business in observance of the Lincoln’s Birthday and Presidents Day Holidays, respectively. 5. OLD BRIDGE BUSINESS ALLIANCE. Is a dynamic business networking group which has received statewide recognition and is free for any business to join. The next Business Alliance Meeting is scheduled for February 13, 2018 at 8:00 AM to 11:00AM at Grillestone on Rt. 516. For additional information on local businesses and related opportunities, residents should contact the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development at (732) 721-5600 ext. 7920 or e-mail obedo@oldbridge.com. 6. MIDDLESEX COUNTY

RESIDENTIAL PAPER SHRED PROGRAM. On Saturday, March 24, 2018, the Township of Old Bridge, in conjunction with the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, will be hosting the Residential Paper Shred Event from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at the Township Department of Public Works located in the Municipal Complex. This mobile paper shredding service is open to Middlesex County residents only. Please note this is for confidential documents, all other papers and junk mail can be placed in your recycling container. For additional information, residents should contact Middlesex County Solid Waste Management at (732) 7454170 or email the recycling department: publicworks@oldbridge.com

DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT BREAKFAST PROGRAM 

On Sunday, March 18th at 9:30 am, Temple Shalom of Aberdeen’s Caring Committee will host a breakfast program that is open to the community. The program, “Disconnect to Reconnect”, will deal with how technology can isolate an individual from family, friends, work life and the community. Discussions will cover how texting, email and overuse of social media can negatively impact personal interactions and relationships. A panel will discuss how we can connect, with and without technology, in positive ways. A l i g ht bre a k f a st w i l l b e served. There is a $5 charge per family to attend. Please bring an item of non-perishable food (excluding glass containers) to donate to the local foodbank. Temple Shalom is located at 5 Ayrmont Lane in Aberdeen. For more information, contact Barbara Raffel at (732) 816-8665 or at barb.raffel@gmail.com.


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Nora Schmitz, Joanne Bertonazzi-Small, Rich Greene, Annette Hopman and John Hauser discuss business at the organization’s Jan. 9 meeting. Continued from page 1 maybe there’s a better way to do this to attend, although member rep- merce also decided to expand its dez (first vice president); Annette and South Amboy (COCOBSSA). without costing members money. resentation is expected to number scholarship program to graduating Maxwell (second vice president); “If you have a retail establishment, “We’ll still have some meetings about two dozen people per site. seniors to include Calvary Christian Lynette Davis (secretary); Chrisif you have a service organization through the course of the year “We’re really hoping this takes School of Old Bridge. The scholar- tina Conover (treasurer); Vince in Old Bridge, why don’t we host a and some dinners because there off,” he said. “I think it will as ships had previously been limited Blasi (past president); Rich Greene meeting at your location? We feel it might be something ceremonial we get more and more into it. to seniors from Old Bridge High (trustee); Nora Schmitz (trustee); makes for a stronger connection.” that we want to acknowledge. But “We’re asking business owners School, Sayreville High School John Hauser (trustee); Midge Hauser T h e on c e - a - m ont h v i s it s the plan is to visit businesses and to contact us, as well as any service and South Amboy High School. (trustee); Jennifer Zollo (trustee); to businesses will replace the the goal is to raise awareness. We’re organizations that would like us to “We re cog nize we shou ld Rico Vasquez (trustee); Joanne Bermonthly meetings the Chamber looking to create more awareness visit, and to involve their clients and look at other schools,” he said. tonazzi-Small (trustee), and Annette of Commerce hosted for as long for the various businesses in town, have as many people there as they “We want to include any ac- Hopman (trustee). Susan Borsilli as Azzarello can remember. what they do, and to see if they want. That way, not only can we get credited school in our area.” serves as the office coordinator. “We used to hold a dinner every need our help, and we feel this is familiar with the business we are During the Chamber of ComFor more infor mat ion on month, inviting business owners. the best way to accomplish that.” visiting but we’ll meet other people merce’s Jan. 9 meeting, Vincent t he C hamb er of C ommerce But that cost them money to attend. Azzarello said the on-site visits who may be interested and we can Sheridan was installed as the lone and the services it provides for This idea eliminates the expense will be decided on a month by make them aware of the Chamber new board member and will serve local businesses, visit the orfor business owners,” he said. month basis. All 120 Chamber of of Commerce and what we do.” as a trustee. In addition to Azza- ganization’s web site at www. “Our feelings were, as we started Commerce members are sent an At its most recent meeting, Az- rello and Sheridan, other members chamberofcommerceobssa.org. to approach this new paradigm, is email notification inviting them zarello said the Chamber of Com- of the board are: David Hernan-

OBHS CLASS OF ’99 REUNION SET FOR JUNE 23 Did you graduate Old Bridge High School in 1998, or do you know someone who did? We were the first class to go through all four years of Old Bridge High School. It’s been 20 years since you walked across the graduation stage at PNC Arts Center that 22n day in 1998! We are celebrating our 20th High School Reunion on Saturday June 23rd at 6pm, gathering at the Double Tree Hotel, located at 700 Hope Rd, Tinton Falls NJ 07724. There will be music from today as well as throw back jams to the 90’s, so be ready to dance the night away. This event features a cocktail hour, full service open bar for 5 hours, four-course buffet, desserts, beverages, and more; so be sure to bring your appetite. The cost for the event is ONLY $110/PP.

SPACE IS LIMITED! We have over 600 graduates in our class, unfortunately we will not be able to accommodate everyone, so make sure you are registered by purchasing your ticket NOW! To order your ticket go to https:// www.payit2.com/event/98778, if you have questions about the reunion, please email the planning committee at: obhs1998@gmail. com. Keep up with your classmates on Facebook also with the group: Old Bridge- Class of 1998. Looking for ward to catching up, reuniting, and sharing stories of new and old.


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CELEBRATE NJ MAKERS DAY AT LIBRARY ON MARCH 10

By: Nancy Cohen, Library Director

Nancy Cohen, Library Director

The Old Bridge Public Library will once again participate in NJ Makers Day on Sat. March 10, showcasing the Librar y’s Idea Farm makerspace and celebrating popular maker culture. A variety of events will occur between 11am to 3pm, including hands-on activities for makers and creators of all ages. There will be craft projects, robotics demonstrations, tech take-apart sessions, tours of the Idea Farm, 3D printer and electronic demonstrations, and giveaways throughout the day. Some programs will require registration and a final schedule will be available shortly; you are encouraged to consult the Library’s website www.oldbridgelibrary.org, Twitter (@oldbridge-

PL) or Tumblr accounts (#OBPL) for updates and registration. NJ Makers Day is a celebration of maker culture across New Jersey. This fourth-annual event connects individuals with libraries, museums, schools, businesses, and independent makerspaces that support making, tinkering, crafting, manufacturing, and STEM-based learning. In 2016, NJ Makers Day was expanded into a two-day event, which allowed sites not able to host events during the weekend (i.e., schools, manufacturers, local businesses, etc.) to be able to provide programs, demonstrations and other events for their communities. This has grown into a very popular event, and I hope you’ll stop by and par-

Upcoming Events: March Thurs. 3/8 @11am Skinny Breakfast Smoothies ** Sat. 3/10 11-3pm: NJ Makers Day Sun. 3/11 1-4pm Taking Control of Your Health

Tues. 3/13 11am: Socrates Café Discussion: “What is friendship?”

Mon. 3/19 @11am: Qello Concert: David Bowie: A Reality Tour

Tues. 3/27 @7pm & Sat. 3/30 @1pm: Instagram for Small Business **

Sat. 3/17 @2:30pm: Second Saturday Concert: This Train is Bound for Glory

Tues. 3/20 @7pm: Create-a-Scarf Workshop

** registration required

Sat. 3/24 @1:30pm: Pysanky: Ukrainian Egg Decorating

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Continued from page 1 a small Christian school,” Dunne said. “I’m looking to his years of educational experience as a tremendous asset for us. We like to say that after so many years of teaching and leading that you develop quite a tool kit. We feel he will help our teachers tremendously, even if they have a number of years in as a teacher. “You can always learn and grow as a teacher and take your teaching to the next level. Our staff is hungry for some excellence in the classroom.” Simon is no stranger to Calvary

Christian, having been a member of the Calvary Chapel “and a congregant there for many years,” Dunne said. Combined with Simon’s desire to make a career move, Dunne sees his addition as a perfect fit. Calvary Christian School offers classes in grades preschool through 12. The kindergarten to grade 12 enrollment is 300 students. “This worked out well because Dan doesn’t want to be the head of a school anymore,” Dunne said. “What he wants to do is more coaching and consulting, more teacher

development, and that is exactly what Calvary Christian needed. “What makes our school unique is that it’s a school based in Christian fellowship and discipleship, which we do, I think, second to none. The director of development role means taking our staff – and that includes our front office staff and vice principals – to that next level in terms of their output. Now we have this rock star former principal coming in to pour his experience and knowledge into our staff and students.”

ticipate in some of the many interesting activities we have planned. On another note, I’m happy to report that the Library has placed a book drop at Amboy Bank at 1861 Englishtown Road in Ward 6. This will offer a convenient location for residents (especially those in the southern part of town) to drop off their books 24/7 if they can’t make it into the Library. Please note that only books can be placed in the drop box; all other materials, including DVDs, CDs and audiobooks must be returned in person to either the central or Laurence Harbor branches. Hope to see you in the Library!


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5 HEALTHY WAYS TO GET READY FOR SPRING AND ALLERGY SEASON By: Vincent Santorelli

Vincent Santorelli

As temperatures begin to warm up and the sun begins to shine a bit brighter (and later), spring fever becomes very easy to catch. It’s just science: warmer, brighter days put us in better moods! Most look forward to what spring has to offer: warmer weather, blooming flowers, cleaning out the garage,

tax refunds.... Some, unfortunately, are dreading the impending allergy onslaught awaiting them. Let’s take a look at five healthy ways you can prepare yourself for spring. Supplement Your Immune System. We always recommend taking natural, whole food Standard Process supplements. Allerplex is

a supplement used as a preventative suppressant for allergy symptoms. Andrographis, on the other hand, can help with upper respiratory symptoms if you are already feeling the effects. Standard Process supplements are made from organic whole foods (not in a lab) and are only available to purchase through healthcare providers. Ask us about these all natural supplements today! Freshen Up Your Workout Routine. Switching things up in your routine will challenge your body in different ways and keep you motivated at the same time. Try new exercises to work out the muscle groups you want to challenge the most. The smallest changes could give you the best results! Revisit Your New Year’s Resolutions. How are your health and wellness goals coming along? Are you still on track to fulfill what you promised to yourself ? The beginning of spring is a great time to measure adherence to your goals. CLEAN. They don’t call it spring

cleaning for nothing! Ridding your home of excess germs will help your immune system focus on important things, like allergens. A weak immune system will only make it harder to fend off the symptoms of allergies. Don’t Go From 0-100 In The Gym. Doing too much too fast in the gym is a great way to hurt yourself. The upcoming summer months may have you gung-ho to work out, but ease into your exercise routine to avoid injury. The last thing anyone wants on a beautiful spring day is being homebound with back pain. So there you have it: some basic thoughts and reminders regarding prepping your body and mind for the spring. Remember, staying active is the ultimate key to health, wellness, and looking your best for the quickly approaching summer months! Ridding your body of pain, and looking great? Now that sounds like a win-win. Stay Well. -VS


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RARITAN BAY MEDICAL CENTER, MCVTS COLLABORATION PUTS STUDENTS TO WORK IN HOSPITAL KITCHEN A partnership between the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools (MCVTS) and Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy has resulted in culinary students working in the hospital kitchen and others volunteering at the hospital. “It’s a great partnership,” Perth Amboy Tech Principal Robert Fuller said. “Any time we can help out in the community and build these bonds, we will help out any way we can.” Chef Stephen Moir, the school’s culinary instructor, said the collaboration began with an offer from Raritan Bay-Perth Amboy to donate excess produce from their “Learning Garden” to the culinary program at the school. The garden is part of a community nutrition program initiated by the hospital’s Integrative Health & Medicine program, and is funded by Raritan Bay’s medical staff. Since that initial overture, three culinary students have gone to work in the hospital kitchen and other students have begun volunteering. “It’s a nice way to work together,” Moir said. “It’s a good start. We also spoke about getting our kids’ hands dirty and doing some planting next season. Part of the criteria for our certification as a 3-star green restaurant is utilizing locally grown, organic produce, making our partnership with the Learning Garden ideal.” The Green Restaurant As-

sociation granted the certification, which recognizes restaurants that are environmentally sustainable in energy, water, waste, food, chemicals, disposables and construction. Perth Amboy Tech’s carpentry program, led by instructor Edward White, will build above-ground containers for the spring planting at the medical center. Nina Regevik, M.D., ABIHM, medical director of the medical center’s Integrative Health & Medicine program, said Master Gardener Connie Elek, from Rutgers University’s Cooperative Extension Program, has assisted the gardening effort since its launch in 2015, providing her expertise, and educational gardening sessions for the public, which has produced kale, beans, tomatoes, eggplant, tomatillos, peppers, broccoli, potatoes and collards, as well as marjoram and other herbs. “We launched the integrative health program at Raritan Bay in 2004 and have been expanding ever since,” Dr. Regevik said. “Our goal is to empower our community with a healthy balance of mind, body, and spirit, through integrative health initiatives, wellness education, and services. The Learning Garden is a perfect example of Hackensack Meridian Health Integrative Health & Medicine’s Five Pillars of Health and Wellness; including the physical activity of gardening

which provides a sense of purpose and stress reduction, and results in nutritious, organic produce.” Sustainability is also a priority for Hackensack Meridian Health, as the system works to reduce waste, minimize the use of hazardous materials, limit patient and team member exposure to dangerous toxins, prevent pollution, serve healthier foods, and more. “It’s been a wonderful learning opportunity for our students,” said MCVTS Superintendent of Schools Dianne D. Veilleux. MCVTS administrators said they hope to expand the partnership to include the East Brunswick and Piscataway campuses and Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge. “We also want to develop avenues to include our health care programs,” said Sean McDonald, MCVTS director of career and technical education. “That’s the next place to grow.” Students from MCVTS’ Project Employ have also worked in the hospital’s garden the past two summers. Volunteers are needed to help expand and maintain The Learning Garden, for more information call Raritan Bay’s Integrative Health & Medicine program at 732-324-5257. The Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District, the first full-time county vocational school district in the nation, has seven schools on five

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(MCVTS Culinary Students) The collaboration was celebrated Nov. 30 as hospital personnel joined MCVTS administrators and faculty during a luncheon at the Perth Amboy Campus, prepared by culinary students. The menu included sesame seared tuna, sous vide free-range chicken breast and seared black sea bass. Culinary students posed for a photo at the luncheon.

(MCVTS students with TLG produce) Students pose for a photo with a delivery of produce.

(MCVTS Student) At the luncheon a culinary student serves diners the salad course.

campuses, in East Brunswick, Edison, Piscataway, Perth Amboy and Woodbridge. More informa-

tion is available at www.mcvts.net.

LIFESTYLE CHANGES CAN HELP KIDS AVOID TYPE 2 DIABETES

By: Dragana Jokic, M.D.

Dragana Jokic, M.D.

Type 2 diabetes, once diagnosed much more often in overweight adults, now affects kids who have poor eating habits and get little exercise. Why is it so important to watch kids’ weight? Eighty percent of overweight kids become overweight adults, increasing their risk of developing diabetes. Parents can do a lot to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in their kids by following these tips. Ban habits that lead to overe ati ng . Ma ke k i d s u s e a plate and eat at the table. Make sure kids exercise. They need an hour a day, all or most days. Sports teams are one option, but outdoor play like running around and bike riding are other options. Control portions. Don’t let kids

overeat. Switch to smaller plates to encourage smaller portions. Delay providing additional portions at mealtime. Wait 15 to 20 minutes before you offer seconds. D o n’ t b u y j u n k f o o d . Offer low-calorie snacks like carrots, celer y, Italian ices, low-fat cheese, or fresh fruit. L imit or ge t ri d of s o d a and other sweetened beverages. These have a lot of calories with little nutritional value. Cut back television time and other inactive “screen time” like video games and computers. Two hours a day or less is all that’s recommended. The last tip is for parents, it’s important for you to set a good

example and avoid diabetes as well. Be sure to eat in a healthier way and get daily exercise too, and take a Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test, available online at wellnesscenter. hackensackmeridianhealth.com/ Conditions/Diabetes/. An estimated 84 million Americans have prediabetes, and 90 percent of them don’t know they have it. Prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes and its many serious complications. It’s crucial for people to know their risk because prediabetes can be reversed with healthy food choices, weight loss, and exercise. Held the last Tuesday of March each year (March 27 this year) American Diabetes Alert Day encourages everyone to take the risk test.

If you have questions about your child’s nutritional needs, be certain to check with their health care provider. Dragana Jokic, M.D., is part of the Joslin Diabetes Center, Affiliate at Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge. She is board certified in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Internal Medicine. Raritan Bay provides the latest advances in diabetes treatment, patient education, and support services, and is recognized with the American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate. Dr. Jokic is fluent in English and Serbo-Croatian. Offices are located in Suite 420, 2 Hospital Plaza, Old Bridge, NJ. For an appointment, call 732-360-4070.


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2018 BUSINESS GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY IN OLD BRIDGE By Steve Mamakas, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office

Steve Mamakas is the Executive Officer of Mayor’s Office of Economic Development

The Economic Development office and how it assists business. The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development’s mission statement acts as a resource to support business and industry; attract new business to the township; facilitate business retention and expansion; and promote a positive economic growth dialogue in the community. How does a business prosper? There is a saying “The biggest challenge for business Today is Tomorrow.” There are many components that go into making a business prosperous. First and foremost it comes down to ownership and management, then the product or service and location and so on.

ALL AROUND OLD BRIDGE Then patrons shopping, supporting or using the services they provide. Economic Development works on the outside utilizes many ways to help businesses. We provide support while they develop their plan to open or build out their location. We meet first to talk about their business ideas or type of location they seek. Then try to find the right fit. All to help them get up and running quickly saving time and money. Next is a grand opening which we have now developed a great grand opening committee made up of other business owners, managers and council members throughout the town, greeting and welcome them to the community. With the Mayor performing the ribbon cutting and thanking them for investing in Old Bridge. The Grand Opening photos are shared

This month’s highlighted business is Club Metro at 2685 County Rd 516 Browntown Shopping Center, Old Bridge, NJ 08857

MARCH 2018 on the Economic Development social media platforms to broadcast it out to the community getting more publicity for them. Then engage them to join our growing businesses alliance to connect with other businesses in the community and other resources. Next step is to share the innovative programs we have implemented. Connecting them with the advertisement platform we have developed through public private partnerships. Then assist them with the combination of third party advertisement plans we have in place. Like newspaper, billboard, magazine, radio and other promotional ideas. It does not stop there, we do our best to stay connected with them visiting and stopping in regularly. In an effort to keep them up-to-dated and informed of new initiatives we are working on

or know about to assist them. Also try and help them by broadcasting job opportunities to the community they might have open. This even goes for existing businesses. We also conduct businesses spotlight for businesses renewing their exposure to the residents via OBTV or social media. It all comes down to helping all prosper in Old Bridge. We have created a synergy that is now viewed a model to follow. Please visit the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development to check out all the exciting happenings from grand openings to ground breaking events in Economic Development here in Old Bridge @ facebook.com\obetownedo or on Twitter @ twitter.com/obedonj


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Continued from page 1 them motivated again and to help them with physical activity, training regimens and group classes.” Though located in a setting that has housed different fitness centers for years, Club Metro only opened

in January of 2017. It did so with new state-of-the-art equipment and amenities that include personal training, executive locker rooms, a full juice and child care. For those looking to catch up

quickly for their forgotten New Year’s resolutions, Siaba says Club Metro USA can help with that as well. “We have a program called MX4 that’s a group training program,” he said. “You work as a group and

it’s high intensity. It’s designed for rapid results. If you did the program four days a week for six weeks you would see significant results.” Siaba said he is hoping the barely one-year-old facility becomes

“Old Bridge’s hometown gym.” “That’s the type of relationship we’re trying to build with the Old Bridge community,” he said. For more information, visit www.clubmetrousa.com


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Spoiler Alert! Michael Vitale 104 Interchange Plaza, Suite 102 Monroe Township, NJ 08831 Cell: 201.306.5988 Office: 609.655.3066 x255 Fax: 609.655.4959 Email: michael@vitaleinsurance. com Website: www.vitaleinsurance.com My article this month references the acclaimed TV hit “This Is Us”, so you may want to stop reading now if the show is still somehow sitting in your DVR queue. “This Is Us” has become a sensational hit TV show over the past year, receiving viewership that spans generations. Many viewers, like myself, have watched the ebb

and flow of this drama, and relate nearly all the show’s topics to our own families, careers, difficulties, and successes...this show somehow represents OUR lives. It was in the most recent episode where the important question was finally answered...how did Jack Pearson die? I watched the episode as a fan of the show, experiencing the emotions intended by the writers. Yet after

the initial heartache settled, I found myself looking at this devastating tragedy through my professional eyes. Although a fictional character, I sat hoping that Jack had life insurance to provide for his wife and three kids I hoped his homeowners’ insurance was paid and that he had a sufficient amount of personal property insurance for all of his family’s possessions. One of the reasons for this show’s success is simple - it touches on so many real core life and family situations we all experience. In reality, many families tragically have to experience and survive loss - loss of loved ones, loss of personal belongings, and loss of property. Many of us need to still function after losing an income of the family’s primary “bread winner”. As I watched this particular episode unfold, I wondered if this fictional father had a life insurance policy that would cover his family’s current and future expenses - their mortgage, car payment, college educations, and more. Would the Pearsons be

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financially “ok” after losing Jack? If you watched the episode, you would remember that Jack was able to grab a small pillow case containing some sentimental items from their home, before the devastating fire tore through the entire house. The contents of that small pillow case, along with the clothes on their backs, are the only physical belongings the Pearsons salvaged everything else was gone. Although memories cannot be destroyed, after a tragedy, physical property can often be replaced and financial expenses must be addressed. Did Jack and Rebecca have a sufficient amount of coverage? Did they have enough Dwelling Coverage to rebuild their home? Did they have Loss of Use Coverage in order to pay for their temporary motel room and family meals until they could find or build a permanent home? Did they have a Life Insurance policy to adequately cover Jack’s funeral expenses? This may just be a TV show, but again, I found my professional self questioning

the way in which the Pearsons’ insurance coverage, or possible lack thereof, might affect them in both the immediate and distant future. Every day, I help people to assess their own situations in order to protect themselves and their families in the event of a tragedy. Again, “This is Us” may just be a TV show, but it is a show that strikes a very real chord in many of us. We all want our family to never experience a tragedy, but to be able to survive one. We all want to ensure our children have a stable upbringing, but are able to endure life’s unexpected pitfalls. Simply put, we all want to protect our loved ones and secure a financially sound future for them. By taking care to secure the appropriate insurance coverages for you and your family, you are doing just that. M i c h a e l Vi t a l e , Licensed Insurance Professional for Auto, Home, Life, Me d i c are Supp l e m e nt , an d Disability Income Insurances.


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PATRICIA DEMARINIS

Patricia DeMarinis, 85, of Old Bridge, NJ, passed away on Monday February 19, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Old Bridge NJ. The youngest of 10 children, Pat was born on April 29, 1932 to the late William and Helen Maloney of Coalport, PA. She grew up in Madera, PA as well as Waverly NY. When she was 18, she left Waverly for a new job and life in NYC. She loved working in Manhattan and while there, met and married Frank DeMarinis. They started a family while living in Brooklyn NY and as the family grew, settled in Old Bridge NJ. Pat loved music, played the trumpet, was a voracious reader and crossword puzzle whiz. She loved dogs and could often be found with one lying across her lap; especially Daisy. She was loved by all, whether you called her “Ma”, “Aunt Pat” , “Mrs D.” or “Granny”. For those that knew her, the center of her universe was her family. She enjoyed a large and happy family including 5 children, 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and countless nieces and nephews. She MARILYN KARR

Marilyn Karr, 74, of Elizabeth, N.J., entered into eternal rest on February 20, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Marilyn was born in Forest City, Pa., she was a lifelong resident of Elizabeth, She had a Masters Degree in child psychology from Kean University. Marilyn worked as an elementary (gifted & talented) teacher for Elizabeth Board of Education for 31 years. Marilyn was also an Officer in the

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IN MEMORIAM will be greatly missed but warmly remembered in all our hearts. Pat is also well known in Old Bridge as she worked in the Old Bridge Post Office for many years before retiring. Pat was predeceased by her husband Frank. She is survived by her three daughters, Mary and husband Carmen D’Anna, Patty and husband Ron Schloendorn, and Susan and husband Bill McCann; two sons, Frank and wife Karen DeMarinis, John and wife Kathie DeMarinis. Grandchildren Sarah and husband Rob, Kelly and husband Cody, Andrew, Jackie, Patrick, Anna, Joey, Holly, Emily, Lindsey, and Katie and two great-grandchildren, Reagan, and Jackson, as well as three sister-in-law’s, Sue Maloney, Joan Bernadino and Grace and her husband Frank Fidnarick. A Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at 12:30 pm at the St. Ambrose R.C. Church, Old Bridge, NJ. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Patricia’s name to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org. family.

Ladies Polish Legion of America Veterans Post 91, Linden, N.J. Marilyn is survived by her devoted and loving partner of 44 years, Hank “Red” Nadolski, daughter Debra Karr, brother Andrew Strus and his wife Diane, nephew Mark Strus and his wife Jillianne and two grand nephews Harrison, Liam, and many cousins. Funeral services conducted by Old Bridge Funeral Home, Old Bridge, N.J., were held in private.

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ANTHONY L. AFFATATI SR.

Anthony L. Affatati Sr.., 75, of Cranbury, New Jersey, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Anthony was born in Brooklyn, New York and had moved to New Jersey in 1985. He has remained a resident of Cranbury for the past eight years. Anthony was the owner and operator of Applied Title and Abstract Company. He was a proud veteran who served in the United States Air Force from which he was honorably discharged. For those that knew Anthony they can understand his true kind nature and selflessness. Anthony befriended everyone and certainly gave back to the community. He will certainly be remembered fondly by his fellow Kiwanians. Anthony had served as both Lieutenant Governor and Governor for the New Jersey District of Kiwanis as well as Past President of the Kiwanis club of Marlboro and charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Middletown. He received many awards and accolades during his years of service. Anthony MARCO J. GUARINO

Marco J. Guarino, 73, of Old Bridge, NJ, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2018, at Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge, NJ. Born on May 14, 1944 t o t h e l at e Fre d an d Mar y G u a r i n o i n B r o o k l y n , N Y. He worked for many years as a warehouse manager and a Special Police Officer with the Old Bridge Police Department where he made many lifelong friends along the way. Marco was an avid coin, stamp and baseball card collector. He loved crabbing and watching baseball, especially the New York Mets,

was also a Freemason, Past President of the National Association of Independent Land and Title Agents, currently served on the board for Right Your Life as well as was currently working with Bayshore Community Hospital on their endeavors. There’s no doubt that Anthony has left an indelible mark and has certainly enriched the lives of others. He will be missed, but his memory will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. He leaves behind his very special love whom he shared the last 8 years with, Maria Recchione, two sons Peter and Anthony Jr., a sister Mary, and 6 grandchildren. Visitation was held on Friday February 16, 2018 from 5 PM to 9 PM at Waitt Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 501 Highway 79, Morganville, New

but most important to him was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was often found driving them around town. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him. Marco leaves behind his loving wife of 50 years, Charlotte, two daughters and sons in law, Maryann and Michael Martins, Sr. Theresa and Anthony Frizziola, a sister Theresa Libretta, and six grandchildren Michael Jr., Mark, Madison, Andrew, Joseph, and Kevin. He was predeceased by his two sisters Michelina and

Jersey. Military honors took place on Friday at 8 PM. A memorial mass was held on Monday February 19, 2018 at 10am in St. Clement Church, 172 Freneau Ave., Matawan, NJ 07747. The family request those that wish to make donations to please make them to Saint Jude Children’s Hospital by visiting www.stjude.org

Marie, and a brother Michael. Relatives and friends were invited to visit the Old Bridge Funeral Home, on Sunday, February 11, 2018, from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm and on Monday, February 12, 2018, from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. A mass of Christian burial was held at St. Thomas the Apostle, Old Bridge, NJ, on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 10:15 am followed by entombment in the Holy Cross Burial Park and Mausoleum, East Brunswick, NJ. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the family.


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2018 MIDDLESEX COUNTY STUDENT RECOGNITION PROGRAM SET FOR MARCH 7

Students, family members, as well as administrators and school board members from Middlesex County communities will attend the 2018 Middlesex County Student Recognition Program, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 7, at Old Bridge High School. The dinner, sponsored by the Middlesex County School Boards Association and the Middlesex County Association of School Administrators, will recognize a junior and senior from each high school in Middlesex County who has overcome obstacles, faced tragedies, or have disabilities that they have been able to overcome and still successfully complete high school. About 350 people are expected to attend. The honorees are the schools’ unsung heroes/heroines, students who make outstanding contributions to their schools and communities, but who might be overlooked under traditional student recognition guidelines. For example, one honoree in the

past was a teenager, who was living in a car, but despite this obstacle he graduated from high school. This year’s nominees have yet to be announced. In 2017, Vincent Maldonado was selected to represent Old Bridge. He is one of several students enrolled in the ShopRite program at Old Bridge High School. This store is part of the transition Planning Program and is a student-run program that provides real-world, life experiences. “On a daily basis, Vincent Maldonado’s positive energy and happy personality has made the opening of this store a huge success,” Principal Vincent Sasso wrote in a letter nominating the high school student last year. “This year more than ever, Vincent has become an inspiration to all who come to know him. As you think about the challenges that Vincent has gone through, it only magnifies the successes that he continues to achieve.” Another Old Bridge recipient last year was Matthew Rosalie, who was

nominated for his remarkable communication skills and natural talent for assisting others. In particular, he was recognized for his leadership with OBHS special education students in the Project Unify program, which bridges the gap between students with disabilities and regular education students through positive activities outside of the classroom. “I have seen with my own eyes the way Matt interacts with these children and I could not be more proud. Whether it is a team-building activity or a school wide celebration, Matt is always available to lend a hand. I have come across a number of bright students at Old Bridge, but few with the convictions, heart, and leadership acumen of Matthew Rosalie,” Sasso wrote in a letter nominating Rosalie. In 2016, Ji l li an Pep e was recommended as a recipient of the Middlesex County Student Recognition Award. Pepe was born with a bilateral severe and profound sensor

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neural hearing loss that required the use of hearing aids. In 2004, a cochlear implant was surgically implanted in her right ear, and she has never looked back. Another student, who received this award from Old Bridge, is Amber Rizzi. She was nominated in 2014 for distinguishing herself as a “true leader and exceptional student at Old Bridge High School.” Rizzi was born prematurely and experienced immediate life threatening medical issues. She was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and much of her childhood was long and difficult, including several painful surgeries. But she would not give up hope. Many years later, Rizzi became an inspiration when she started an organization called The Children’s Voice Foundation that gives children who are neurologically impaired the chance to have a better, more meaningful life through monetary donations. Old Bridge High school is located at 4209 Route 516, Matawan, NJ.

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SILVER LININGS AT OLD BRIDGE AN ACTIVITY CENTER FOR ADULTS 60+ Are the winter blues ge tt i ng you down? Don’t let that happen. We have a lot of great events Diane Amabile a n d p r o grams scheduled at Silver Linings that you can participate in, meet new friends, and have some fun. During the month of March we are pleased to present our annual ice cream social which will be held on Friday, March 2nd followed by a choral performance and dance performance with our very own Divas & Dudes dance team. Special thanks to Roosevelt Care Center for sponsoring our ice cream for the event. Do you like to gamble? Our monthly Atlantic City trips are beginning again. This month our trip is scheduled for March 8th and the cost is only $35 per person. Please be sure to visit our offices and sign up to reserve your seat on the bus. The bus will depart Silver Linings at 9:00 am and return approximately 5:30-6:00 pm. Our very popular St. Patricks Day party will be held on Friday, March 16th from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. Lunch will be served by the

Middlesex County Senior Meal program. To reserve your lunch, please call Jill at 732-607-1582. There will be DJ entertainment by the popular Randi Rae in addition to our yearly “counting of the green” contest. Wear as much green as possible. You could win a great prize! Hackensack Meridian Health will be making two presentation this month at Silver Linings. The first will be on March 8th at 9:30 am and the topic will be Cardio Wellness in addition to free blood pressure screenings. The second presentation will be held on March 15th at 10:30 am and the educational topic will be “All About Diabetes”. We are proud to present entertainer Kris Phipany who will be performing a 60’s show on Friday, March 23rd at 1:00 pm. This event is sponsored by Brandywine Living & Senior Helpers who will be bringing Carvel ice cream for all who attend. This is only some of the wonderful programs, events and activities offered. For more information or view our calendar of events and newsletter, visit us at www.oldbridge.com/silverlinings or feel free to call us at 732-721-5600 ext. 6615.

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YMCA FOURTH ANNUAL PICKLEBALL MADNESS TOURNAMENT The Old Bridge YMCA will host its Fourth Annual Pickleball Madness Tournament on March 24th beginning at 8:30 am. There will be an intermediate and advanced bracket for both men’s doubles and mixed doubles. This is

a double-loss elimination style tournament, with prizes awarded to first place. The cost to enter is $35 per team, or $20 to enter as an individual. Proceeds will benefit the Ycares Financial Assistance Program, through which the Y subsidizes

membership and programs for low-income community members. For additional information, please contact Ken Cardullo, Program Director, at kcardullo@ymcanj.org.


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MICHAEL LEHRER, OLD BRIDGE PROUD

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The Township of Old Bridge has a new reason to be proud. Michael Lehrer has been selected by the Special Olympics Committee of New Jersey to represent Team New Jersey in the National Special Olympics being held in Seattle, Washington this coming summer. Michael will represent Team New Jersey in swimming as their premiere Breast Stroke competitor. He is the first person from the Township of Old Bridge to be selected to compete in the National Special Olympics for the summer games in any sport ever! Michael started swimming competitively five years ago, winning 49 medals in that time in Special Olympics for the Old Bridge Robins Swim team. He has won Gold medals in the State championship meets in all four years he has competed with Old Bridge team. Michael has also joined a US Masters Swim team, the Raritan Bay Masters and has won 20 medals and ribbons in the two years he has

been swimming with them as well. Michael swims all four competitive Olympic strokes, but specializes in Breast Stroke, and Butterfly, both of which most swimmers agree are the most difficult strokes to master. 60 athletes will represent Team New Jersey in all of the sports this summer at the Special Olympics Games. They were chosen from the 3000 athletes who participated in New Jerseys summer games in June of 2017. Around 150 of the Summer Game participants who won gold medals in swimming were invited in July to the National Special Olympic Trials for the six spots on Team New Jersey. Three boys and three girls were to be selected. After a rigorous selection process, Michael was selected and notified in September 2017. Michael’s swimming achievements came with a grueling workout schedule. He has been swimming at least three times a week, every week for the

past five years (except once on a one week vacation). His current workouts include five swims a week, and diving practice, yoga, weightlifting, and boxing. He is determined to win in Seattle. This summer represents a very important year for Special Olympics because it is their 50th Anniversary. Special Olympics was started in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and has grown to become a sig-

nificant sporting phenomenon. The games this summer will begin on July 1, 2018 with the opening ceremonies, and run through July 6, 2018. The Games will feature 14 sports and is expected to attract some 70,000 spectators to Seattle, as well as a global television audience. You can follow Michael Lehrer and the other Special Olympic athletes on ESPN.

Since the requirements to qualify for the senior and disability discount at the old bridge mua is identical to the requirements to receive a property tax discount, if you meet the requirement for eligibility to receive a property tax reduction, pursuant to n.J.S.A. 40:14B-22.2,

You will also be eligible for a reduction on your water and sewer charges. To be considered for such water and sewer reduction, you must complete the eligibilty application/certification which is available at the township tax office. The application/certification can

also be found on the mua website at: www.Obmua.Com under the link for document categories-senior citizen discounts (located on the left hand side of the home page). If the township approves you for a property tax reduction, then you will also qualify for

a water and sewer reduction. The reduction will be applied to your water and sewer bill in the bill next issued after the township advises the mua that your reduction eligibility has been approved.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A SENIOR/DISABILITY REDUCTION

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LIVING STONES BEYOND BUNNIES AND PASTELS: THE REAL STORY OF EASTER

By Lloyd Pulley, Senior Pastor, Calvary Chapel Old Bridge Bunnies. Candied eggs. Baskets. Pastels. As I stood in a store a few weeks ago, I almost couldn’t believe my eyes. Could Easter paraphernalia actually be donning shelves so early, even weeks before Valentine’s Day? As I stared at the pastel explosion on the wall, I began to wonder what most people actually think about Easter. Is it merely an entertaining holiday replete with egg hunts and baby chicks, or is it something more? Over the years, inter viewers have asked passersby this precise question – what does Easter mean to you – and have heard some fascinating answers.

ALL AROUND OLD BRIDGE “Easter is about candy! I love those chocolate bunnies!” said one New York teenager. “Easter means spring break!” says one man standing on a busy L ondon street cor ner. An older British woman disagrees, “Easter is a religious time of the year, but most people don’t see it that way anymore.” As a pastor for over 35 years, I tend to agree with this woman’s assessment. Few today truly understand the monumental significance of Easter. Easter is a celebration of the historical resurrection of Jesus Christ on the Sunday following His crucifixion on Friday. The Bible teaches, and first century followers of Christ maintained, that Jesus was crucified to pay the penalty for human sin and wickedness. While crosses make nice jewelry today, in Jesus’ day they represented a particularly agonizing method of criminal execution. In fact, the Romans perfected execution by crucifixion, which often followed a flogging so severe that victim’s entrails could be exposed. After just such a scourging, Jesus was crucified between two thieves. On the cross, a victim would have had to push up on his nailed feet in order to fill his lungs with air. Over time, crucified individuals would grow so exhausted that pushing up would become nearly impossible, leaving the victim to suffocate to death. No small wonder

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the term “excruciating” comes from the root, “after the cross.” First century followers of Jesus maintained that after Jesus died, his body was then wrapped in linen and laid in a tomb hewn out of rock. A guard stood watch by the tomb to dispel any rumors of Jesus rising from the dead. However, after the Jewish Sabbath ended, women who were followers of Jesus approached the tomb early on Sunday morning and were stunned to find it empty! Just then, an angel spoke to them saying, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here” (Mark 16:6). This precise account of Jesus’ death and resurrection, also known as Easter, is the single most pivotal aspect of the Christian faith, and yet, according to Barna Research, only 42 percent of Americans associate the meaning of Easter with Christ’s death and resurrection. It’s no small wonder that many think Easter has more to do with bunnies and egg hunts than the physical resurrection of Christ from the dead. But did the resurrection actually happen? Can the Bible’s accounts of Easter be trusted? Years ago, Yale law graduate and journalist Lee Strobel set out to disprove his own wife’s Christian faith by examining historical and archaeological research of Christ’s death and resurrection. Strobel states,

“Everything hinges on the resurrection of Jesus. After all, anybody can claim to be the Son of God as Jesus clearly did. The issue is, did He back it up? If Jesus really did return from the dead, then that is conclusive confirmation of His divine identity.” Strobel’s quest, published in his book The Case for Christ and later dramatized in the film by the same name, took him to countless scholars, archaeologists, and historians. Strobel’s research uncovered five ancient sources outside of the New Testament that corroborate the execution of Jesus on a Roman cross. He unearthed evidence of an early church creed, which stated that Jesus died for human sin, was buried, and rose on the third day. According to Cambridge-trained scholar James D.G. Dunn, this creed was formulated within a few short months of Jesus’ death, and refutes the claims that the death and resurrection of Jesus are merely matters of legend. For Strobel, evidence of the empty tomb was paramount. He explains, “For me the most convincing piece is what the skeptics said. When the disciples began saying that Jesus had risen, what the skeptics never said was, ‘Baloney, go open the tomb and you’ll see the body.’ That would have put the onus on the disciples to prove it. But they never said that. What they said was, ‘Oh, well, the disciples stole the body.’ They’re implicitly conceding that the tomb is empty.”

The conclusion of his quest? Strobel acknowledged that he would need more faith to remain an atheist than to accept the overwhelming evidence that Jesus lived, died on a Roman cross, and bodily rose again from the dead. Clearly the story of Easter is so much more than Easter baskets, egg hunts, and spring break. According to long-time cold case detective and author of Cold Case Christianity and Forensic Faith, J. Warner Wallace, the evidence of Jesus’s death and resurrection is corroborated by evidence that would even stand up in a criminal trial. In fact, close examination of the behavior of those who witnessed the life of Jesus and heard His teaching is backed up by archaeological evidence and plethora of well-accepted Gospel accounts. In the final analysis, Easter – the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ – gives hope to all of who believe, no matter how dire their circumstances. One such believer and outspoken critic of the Nazi regime, German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was tragically hanged by the Gestapo on April 8, 1945, only days before the war ended. As he left his cell on the way to the gallows, Bonhoeffer said, “This is the end – but for me, the beginning of life.” Pastels aside, life eternal for Bonhoeffer, for me, for all who believe – this is the real story of Easter.

sports with unified sports or physical education; whole school engagement (“spread the word to end the word”); and leadership. More t h an 5 , 0 0 0 s c h o o l s across the US currently participate in Special Olympics North

America Unified Champion Schools and it is hoping to double that number by 2020, she said. “Old Bridge is one of our exemplary schools,” Bannon said. Old Bridge High School Principal Vincent Sasso, who was

filmed addressing Lewicki’s Unified Generation class, discussed with the teens the role of the leader at the high school. “ We a r e v e r y p r o u d o u r “TEAM” and look forward to continued success,” said Sasso.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES OBHS PROGRAM A film crew from CLICKON Media visited Old Bridge High School to showcase its Unified Generation class as well as its Play Unify club. The crew captured inclusive interactions of students in Old Bridge’s Unified Champion School for the documentary. The team interviewed students, administrators, parents, and teachers, including Karen Lewicki, who heads Old Bridge High School’s program. Special Olympics North America Unified Champion Schools chose Old Bridge’s program to highlight the leadership component of the Unified Champion School. Lewicki’s program gives students with/without intellectual disabilities the opportunity to take on

leadership roles within the school and the community, Bannon said. The film crew will eventually visit 10 Special Olympic state programs throughout the US to highlight their individual approaches. The case studies (each five- to seven- minutes in length) will reach the desks of administrators across the country to highlight the power of inclusion and the effects of emotional and social learning, according to Leigha Bannon, resources and community manager of Special Olympics North America Unified Champion S chools. According to Bannon, multiple videos will be made highlighting Unified Champion School’s three components. They are: inclusive


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FUTURE CHEF COMPETITION SET FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 24 AT OBHS

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: STUDENTS WILL BE PREPARING THEIR RECIPES FROM 8 A.M. TO 11 A.M.; THE TASTING AND JUDGING EVENT IS FROM 11 A.M. TO 1 P.M. CONTACT: MICHELLE FELICIANO, ONSITE DAY-OF-EVENT CONTACT, 732.832.6051 OR MICHELLE. FELICIANO@SODEXO.COM Sodexo’s 2018 Future Chef Chal- of Michelle Feliciano, Sodexo general The winning student from each lenge is set for Saturday, March manager, on-site service solutions. participating district will be con24 at Old Bridge High School, The national initiative, which sidered for regional finalist awards, 4209 Route 516, Old Bridge. is in its eighth year, was created and the selected regional finalists Fourth and fifth grade stu- to get students thinking about will vie to become one of five nadents will compete with a healthy making healthy food choices tional finalists competing for the Asian-inspired entree. High while also encouraging them to public’s vote on SodexoUSA.com. school culinary arts students get active and creative in the kitchen. Sodexo is committed to taking and Sodexo employees will assist More than 100 elementar y measurable sustainable actions the elementary school students. school students submitted recipes that ensure a brighter future in The students from each of the for healthy Asian-inspired entrees the areas of health and wellness, district’s 12 elementary schools and the 12 best were selected to environmental stewardship, will compete, beginning at 8 a.m. participate in the district-wide and community development. when they will prepare their healthy finals. The students will prepare The Future Chefs program is Asian-inspired recipes. They will and present their creations before one of the many ways Sodexo prepare 75 tasting portions and being assessed on criteria including shares its health and well-being will each place one item on a show originality, taste, kid friendliness, expertise with the clients, cusplate for judging. There will be four and use of healthy ingredients. tomers and communities it serves. judges for the competition plus a Old Bridge joins more than 200 junior judge, who is the winner from other school districts across the last year’s future chef competition. country holding Future Chefs events The contest is under the direction throughout February and March.

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SEN. THOMPSON ALERTS LOCAL VETERANS ABOUT NEW $3,000 TAX EXEMPTION

T h i s y e ar, veterans will have access to a $3,000 state income tax exemption. This new tax exemption allows New Jers e y to b e more affordable Senator Thompson for our veterans. “Our service men and women dedicated their lives to serve for our county, state, and communities,” said Senator Samuel Thompson. “It is our duty to continue to protect them here at home. Now by providing a $3,000 tax exemption we can continue to create an affordable New Jersey for our veterans.” The exemption is accessible to all veterans who were honor-

ably discharged from the United States Armed Forces, regardless of their income status or any other benefits they collect. “It is vital to notify our local veterans before they start their taxes,” Thompson stated. “This exemption will provide critical tax relief for all that honorably served our country, we should not allow information to fall through the cracks.” To apply for the tax exemption veterans must provide official documentation showing that they were honorably discharged, the most common form of documentation is the DD-214. Senator Thompson’s district office is open Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM, and can provide veterans with the information needed to apply for the new tax exemption. Call 732-607-7580 for more information.


CHICKS, DUCKLINGS & BUNNIES REQUIRE RESPONSIBLE CAREGIVERS

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By Anita Greenberg, DVM

D r. An i t a Greenberg and her husband, Dr. Daniel Belli, are the owners and operators of the East Brunswick Animal Hospital for 28 years. Dr. Greenberg has been a member of the Old Bridge Township Council since 2016. Annually thousands of baby ch i ck s , du ck s an d bu n n i e s are purchased as Easter gifts, only to be abandoned or left at shelters, in the days, weeks, or months after the holiday. Animals should not be disposable. The domestic rabbit, chick and duck cannot survive in the wild. They need special care, and in the wild they are preyed on by other wildlife. Bringing an animal into your family could be rewarding, but it is not a decision to be taken lightly. Most children cannot take on this responsibility of caring for a living creature. Are you willing

to care for a pet for the next 10 to 15 years? Do your research on the care and husbandry of these pets, as they have special needs. And of course consider the cost in caring for your pets. Will you have time to interact with them daily? Chicks, ducklings, and bunnies are fragile and can be easily injured by enthusiastically loving children. Never have just one chick or duckling, they thrive in company. Chicks and ducklings are delicate, they cannot maintain their body temperatures and need a brooder’s lamp to help keep them warm. They need to eat every few hours and need constant cleaning. The chicks must be monitored so they do not drown in their water bowls. The ducklings need at least one liter of clean water daily. Baby chicks may grow into roosters and not hens. The roosters can be very noisy and disturb neighbors. Zoning regulations must be followed, as some municipalities do not allow poultry in res-

idential neighborhoods. In Old Bridge, the code restricts poultry to lots of at least five acres. Rabbits are social creatures and should live in the house, not outside in a hutch. Rabbits can be litter box trained. Rabbits are fragile and can easily fracture their backs by

simply being held incorrectly and kicking their back legs. Rabbits, although they like interaction, need a lot of quiet time. Instead of purchasing a bunny, you can find one for adoption through the House Rabbit Society or Petfinder. It is best to stick with choco-

late bunnies, chicks and ducks, or stuffed animals at Easter time. Instead, you may want to add seeds, seedlings or bulbs to the Easter baskets to give the kids the joy and pride of caring for something and watching it grow, with a much more manageable level of care.


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Going out of the country, head to the Library for your Passport. Former HIgh Tech HS Principal joins CCS, Chamber of Commerce engaging the c...

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