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Feeding A Holiday Need

By Judy Smestad-Nunn BRICK – How many turkeys does it take to feed 3,000 people on Thanksgiving? The answer is 328 (or 4,475 pounds of whole turkey) said Gary Lesniak, Culinary II instructor at Brick Vo-Tech, who said the answer changes every year since he and his students prepare first-class Thanksgiving dinners for the neediest in Ocean County. The program, called “Feed the Need,” is now in its 20th year, said Lesniak, who spearheads the project. About 180 culinary students from all over

–Photos by Judy Smestad-Nunn Victoria Bambace of Brick Memorial HS, left, and Megan Farreau of Central Regional HS prepare green bean casseroles.

Ocean County are involved in the meal preparation that takes place at the Brick center of Ocean County Vocational Technical School. “The request for holiday dinners seems to increase every year, from our humble beginnings of just under 100 meals to 3,000 now - it’s been quite a leap over the years,” said Lesniak from the school’s kitchen just before Thanksgiving. The kitchen was a bevy of coordinated activity as culinary students worked in groups that were divided by food item or by task.

Culinary Arts II instructor Gary Lesniak, right, teaching Steven Glassoff of TR North how to make giblet gravy. The vat holds 25 gallons. The students prepared two vats of gravy, or 50 gallons total.

Each meal contains roast turkey (2 oz. dark meat, 4 oz. white meat) with giblet gravy, a green bean casserole, candied yams, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing and pumpkin pie for dessert. Toms River High School East seniors,

their house. All donations go to the Society. The big change to the display, Cook said, is a pixel matrix, which will sit on the porch to provide scrolling lettering and other effects. He and his family started working on resequencing the songs and the pixel matrix the last week of August. Photos on the Cook’s Christmas Facebook page show the displays being erected on the lawn at the end of October. This year’s display will include a new tune, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” It will join the roster of the usual songs, which include Christmas “techno” versions (Lights - See Page 5)

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Students stacking and counting pumpkin pies. L to R: Hannah Geoffrey, Southern Regional HS post-graduate; Brian Rand of TR HS East, Tabitha Suarez of Brick HS, John Lambert of TR HS North.

Cook’s Christmas Lights Hope To Meet Last Year’s Record

By Jennifer Peacock JACKSON – Visitors who flocked to Michael Cook’s Christmas light display last year donated $5,800 to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. That well exceeded his goal of $1,600, which is what he hopes to raise this year. It’s personal for the Cooks, whose now-20year-old son was diagnosed with MS seven years ago. The family had been decorating the house with light displays set to music for two years before their son received his diagnosis, Cook said. Because the display gets visitors, the family put a voluntary donation box outside

Inside This Week’s Edition

Business Directory ........................... 21 Classifieds ........................................ 22 Community News ......................... 8-12 Dear Joel ..........................................25 Dear Pharmacist .............................. 17 Dr. Izzy’s Sound News .................... 16 Fun Page ......................................... 23 Inside The Law ................................. 24 Letters to the Editor ............................ 6 Wolfgang ......................................... 27

–Photo courtesy Michael Cook Jackson Mills Fire Company stopped by November 25 to welcome the display and the holiday.

By Judy Smestad-Nunn BRICK – Two township schools have been awarded grants by the OceanFirst Foundation Model Classroom program that would be used to create classrooms with the latest technology, curriculum tools and training for teachers. Executive Director of OceanFirst Foundation Katherine B. Durante, and Senior Vice President of OceanFirst Business Development Nina Anuario presented the pair of $10,000 checks to Brick High School and Emma Havens Young Elementary School during the November 17 Board of Education meeting. Brick High School would be using their grant money to transform its self-contained special education vocational classroom into a modern environment where students can thrive, Anuario said. “The Brick Township’s school district serves the highest amount of special education students in all of Ocean County, with 24 percent of the population receiving special education-related services,” she said. A portion of the classroom would be turned into a functional and fully sustainable business where students would learn how to organize, advertise and sell merchandise in a supported educational setting with teachers and job coaches “guiding them through the journey,” Anuario said. Students would work in centers designed to parallel jobs in the community, giving them the chance to sample and develop work strengths and confidence in customer service. Smartboards and modern (Projects- See Page 19)

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Heather Lewis and Allie Donnini, both 17, spent the week of November 14 deboning the turkeys, and on Monday they were slicing them after their classmates had seasoned the meat with poultry seasoning, salt and pepper and roasted the parts. Seniors do all the deboning, Lesniak said, and the smaller turkeys are easier to handle than the larger birds, which have tougher joints. Victoria Bambace, 16, a junior at Brick Memorial High School, was assembling green bean casseroles with about four other students. “There are so many string beans, it’s crazy,” said Bambace as she searched for additional sheet pans. “Feed the Need is such a helpful thing for people who don’t have as much as us,” she said. That’s true, said Megan Farreau, who attends

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of traditional songs from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Manheim Steamroller. Visitors must tune into FM 100.1 to hear the show, which is synchronized with the light displays. More than 3,000 lights were added to last year’s display. The computerized light display usually has 14,000 lights. Cook said he keeps a few standards that he uses every year. He’s a full-time emergency room nurse at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, so his hours are a bit hectic and his time limited. Seven songs

The Brick Times, December 3, 2016, Page 5 Central Regional in Berkeley and was helping to prepare the green beans. “This is really wonderful how we prepare so much food; if we didn’t do this people wouldn’t be able to have a good Thanksgiving,” she said. Chef Joe Jakosita, who teaches Introduction to Culinary Arts, said the students prepared 50 gallons of giblet gravy to top 750 pounds of white potatoes and 450 pounds of (canned) sweet potatoes. “We didn’t peel the potatoes, they’re smashed potatoes, which is more nutritious,” Jakosita said. Chef Dennis Melia was teaching his pastry students how to assemble pumpkin pies. “We have already made over 500, and we’re making another 100 tomorrow,” he said. Hannah Geoffroy, a post-grad student who attended Southern Regional High School, Brian Rand from Toms River HS East, Tabitha Suarez from Brick HS, and John Lambert from Toms

River HS North were assembling and baking the pumpkin pies. “Last year we prepared the turkeys, which was like a kitchen assembly line; here we freelance,” joked Suarez. Geoffroy said she liked being in the pastry kitchen. “When you prepared the turkeys, each person did one thing; I like making pies, it’s more fun, it’s a different atmosphere,” she said. The food comes from the Monmouth/Ocean County FoodBank, who partner with the school for the “Feed the Need” program, and from food drives held at the county vo-tech schools, Lesniak said. Tommy Yanisko, who runs food services at Community Medical Center in Toms River, runs a cash fundraiser and proceeds are donated to the Foodbank and used to fund “Feed the Need,” Lesniak said. Brick OCVTS Principal Lynn Sauer said that in

the past, food for the program was all donated, but it was not reliable because frozen turkeys would oftentimes show up too late. “People meant well, but time didn’t allow us to prepare the meals properly and efficiently; now we tell the foodbank directly what quantities we need,” Sauer said from her school office on Monday. “The partnership has been wonderful for us.” The foodbank provides the school with the names of organizations and the number of meals requested, she said. For example, DCPP (formerly DYFS) requested 400 meals, Ocean County Hunger Relief would get 1,000, and the People’s’ Pantry in Toms River asked for 1,000 she said. “Feed the Need” also accommodates smaller requests for food, such as Manchester Regional Day School in Jackson, who requested 72 meals, Preferred Behavioral Health Group, who requested 30, and the Ocean County Community Church, who requested 50, Sauer said.

comprise the 25-minute show; each song takes 10 to 12 hours to synchronize with the music and lights. Cook takes the reins on six of those songs; his one son works on the seventh song each year. And despite his hectic schedule, if Cook is home, he will personally dole out greetings and candy canes to visitors. He lost track last year, but believes he handed out about 2,400 candy canes. “I love doing this. The Christmas Spirit is something society is lacking. I try to provide a little bit of that,” Cook said. “My concept of the Christmas Spirit, it’s primary about family and friends and trying to look at the

positive and good in our lives.” His son is doing well, he said. The treatments he receives for MS have helped. The family personally donates to the national society. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS “involves an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. The exact antigen — or target that the immune cells are sensitized to attack — remains unknown, which is why MS is considered by many experts to be “immune-mediated”

rather than “autoimmune.”” “We don’t want them to find new treatments, we want them to find a cure. This is our way of helping to encourage and fund the research,” Cook said. The display lights started up November 26 and shines through New Year’s Day. The show is on a continuous, 25-minute loop. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The display is at their house, 1 Carlson Court in Jackson. For more information, visit the Cook’s Christmas Lights page at facebook.com/ Cookschristmas.


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Reflecting On The Holiday Season

You can plan your year around them. They signal the passing of time; beginnings and endings. They are the holidays of the “holiday season,” and they mean something different to us all. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and more. We’re already knee-deep in them; already experiencing the full rush of this hectic time of year. The days are ticking by, the stores are mobbed, the gifts are being selected, the good times are being planned. The holidays mean many things to many people; no two people see them the same way. They mean things funny and things sad. Things personal and things joyous. We at The Times cer tainly k now what the holidays mean to us. But what do the holidays mean to you, our valued readers? As a company, these seasonal days of celebration remind us of community. They bring to the front of out minds how valuable a sense of giving and community truly is. They

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Letters To The Editor Thanks To Voters We are glad to see the overwhelming support across New Jersey opposing casino expansion. We attribute our success to a broad coalition of community leaders, unions, small businesses and residents who are convinced that North Jersey casinos would be a detriment to the entire state. Thank you for voting no on an expansion of casinos to North Jersey. Bill Cortese Executive Director Trenton’s Bad Bet

Gottheimer Victory A Silver Lining For Clean Water As dangerous and unsettling as the national election results are for clean water, the local results are a ray of hope. Clean Water Action’s field canvass especially played an important role in helping elect Josh Gottheimer and not a moment too soon. Josh is really needed now as a fresh voice against the coming massive efforts to rollback basic public health and environmental safeguards. This is a big win – very few Congressional incumbents get defeated let alone by 10,000 votes! It’s especially big given Garrett received just 13 percent on Clean Water Action’s 2016 scorecard. Clean Water Action spent the past 22 weeks in the 5th Congressional spreading the universal message that

we all care about clean air and clean water now and for the future. We knocked on over 59,000 doors, spoke to over 30,000 constituents, and doubled our membership in the 5th, making multiple contacts with more 23,000 of our members there. Personal one on one in person contact a difference maker? You bet! And that difference-making will be needed now more than ever as we work with our allies like Josh to clean-up Congress, hold polluters accountable, and make government work again for us, the environment and public health. There will be a lot of battles to fight ahead of us, but New Jersey and Clean Water Action has always been in the lead and that won’t change. David Pringle NJ Campaign Director NJ Clean Water Action

Christmas, Not Shopping

President-elect Trump successfully ran on the campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” One of the ways we can do that is by returning to an attitude of Thankfulness to God for all He has blessed us with. You see, even though the holiday of Thanksgiving is still celebrated in America, it is no longer as prominent or important as it once was. When I was a child, Christmas wasn’t even mentioned until Thanksgiving Day was over but today, as soon

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as Halloween ends, all the marketing begins to promote Christmas shopping. Thanksgiving is often referred to as “Turkey Day” now, and more and more, the thing that makes it important is merely that it leads into Black Friday and shopping for Christmas. In fact, Black Friday sales begin before Thanksgiving in some places, and stores are even open on Thanksgiving Day now. People get obsessed with getting (Christmas gifts for others, and themselves) instead of giving (thanks to God for the abundance we have which even allows us the luxury of shopping as we do.) America will never be great again until we publicly honor God again, and restoring Thanksgiving Day to its former meaning is one way to begin that much-needed process. God, according to His Word, is the giver of every good and perfect gift and the Bible urges all of us to continually thank our Creator for His mercies. For the Christian, Thanksgiving should be a daily event but for everyone else, is it too much to ask that we bring back a true, undistracted spirit of Thanksgiving on one day of the year? Chet Jelinski Whiting

Moran And Mulshine: Two Peas In A Pod Well there they go again! The Star Ledger’s “M & M Twins” (Moran and Mulshine ). Gosh! They do exist really show their dark side in politics. Moran has his head in the dark and Mulshine, I can only speculate had his columnist toes stepped on at a Gov. Christie press conference where his questions/comments may have been ignored hurting his news ego! Now that I have expressed my contempt for the “M & M Twins” I can sit back and relax. Bill McPhail Toms River

Vote Counts, Voice Doesn’t After a while of hearing and reading other’s opinions on the election of Donald Trump as the next POTUS, I finally feel like saying something. To many, my feelings will be considered cold, lifeless, emotionless, faithless, cynical, and to some, even depressing. And honestly, they wouldn’t be wrong, and I hope in a way, it inspires others. During my time as a voter and as elections passed, I learned to swallow the hardest truth about national politics in America: It’s that your feelings aren’t counted. Your vote is, but not your voice. Your key strokes or pencil marks in a voting booth are all that matters to them. You are a ballot check, not a window into the views of the American People. These parties and party members haven’t changed or adopted the voices of their constituents. They may tell you they have, but I learned quickly it all becomes lies to protect their positions of power and paychecks. At the end point of the most pivotal and divisive election in my lifetime and possibly ever, I look back and wonder, how many of us feel cheated, lied to, and defeated by the political establishments. I cannot think of a single politician who has kept their promises fully, even the best of them cannot do it. I am left wondering if the system works for us or if we work for the system. Think about this, if less than 50 percent of people committed themselves to either of the candidates (about 47 percent for Hillary 48 percent for Trump) then that leaves the majority of us, (the 53 or 52 percent) who feel like we aren’t represented. And that isn’t even mentioning the people that did vote for them, but did so holding their nose and reluctantly doing it. Moreover, this is also leaving out the LARGE portion of Americans who didn’t vote (Letters - See Page 21)


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Spotlight On Government Correspondence & Commentary From Your Local, County, State & Federal Officials

Capitol Comments 10th Legislative District

Senator Jim Holzapfel

OCEA N COU N T Y – Legislation sponsored by Se nat or Ji m Hol z apfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuck i n (all R-10) to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse among children has cleared the Assembly Education Committee. The bill, S-1010/A-2422, encourages implementation of the Natural High D r u g P r e ve nt io n P r o gram in school districts throughout New Jersey. The national nonprofit organization inspires youth to discover, amplify and pursue their natural high so they have a reason to say no to drugs and alcohol. The program will focus on key components

OCEA N COU N T Y – Noting the staggering statistics of cases of domestic violence, Ocean County officials formally gave their support to proposed legislation that would offer additional help to protect victims of domestic violence. “Domestic violence knows no boundaries,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. “It doesn’t care how much money you make, what your gender, race, religion or nationality is or where you live. Domestic violence is in every community and affects everyone.” In an effort to provide additional protection for victims of domestic violence, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freehold-

Assemblyman David Wolfe

Assemblyman Gregory McGuckin

Senator Jim Holzapfel Assemblyman David Wolfe • Assemblyman Gregory McGuckin

Holzapfel, Wolfe, McGuckin Bill To Help Prevent Drug & Alcohol Abuse By Children

of t h e r e s e a r c h - b a s e d curriculum developed by Natural High. “We have teamed up w it h Nat u ral Hig h be cause this is a positive, life altering program that teaches students to find their natural high through focu si ng on t hei r pa ssio n s , whe t he r t h a t i s sports, music or art,” said Holzapfel. “This program gives kids another option to resist drugs and adopt a drug-free lifestyle instead of ‘just saying no.’” Natural High was introduced to the legislators by Donald Brown, a Red Bank Catholic High School graduate and seve n -ye a r N F L Ru n n i ng Back who is now a Nat-

ural High Ambassador. Under the bill, the curriculum for the Natural H ig h D r ug P reve nt ion Program will include seven key components such as identifying and engaging in positive activities, the benefits of engaging in natural highs and the c o n s e q u e n c e s of d r u g use, setting goals, peer pressure, personal values, connecting with positive role models and the facts and my ths associated with drug use and a drugfree lifestyle. “T he passage of this legislation in the Assembly Education Committee i s a not he r v ic t o r y fo r the program and we are hopeful the bill will con-

tinue to gain momentum and event ually become law,” continued Wolfe. “We are fortunate to have Donald Brown share his experiences and bring to the forefront the important issue of reducing drug use among youths with this program.” “I’d like to thank Senator Holzapfel and Asse mbly me n Wol fe a nd McGuckin for recognizing that this program has the potential to change the lives of so many stud e nt s i n New Je r s ey,” said Brown. “I have witne s s e d , f i r s t h a nd , t he benefits of finding one’s passion and focusing att e nt io n o n a p o sit ive , dr ug free lifestyle with

the help of mentors and role models. My ultimate dream was to play in the NFL and with that desire came dedication to the s p o r t a n d f i n d i n g my natural high. My goal is to share my story with as many youths as possible. It is my hope that this legislation will help us t o r e a ch t hou s a nd s of students and teach them how to achieve their own natural high.” Natural High has an educator network of 20,000 teachers, school guidance counselors and mentors who use Natural High’s 5 0 r ol e - m o d e l v i d e o s and 150 researched based cu r r iculu m g uides and worksheets which are also

Freeholders Support Proposed Law To Protect Domestic Violence Victims

ers today passed a resolution supporting legislation sponsored by state Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer that establishes a four-year pilot program in Ocean County to electronically monitor domestic violence offenders. Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari recently brought the matter before the Board recommending it give its support to the bill (A315). “The victims of domestic violence have been abused mentally and physically,” Vicari said. “It’s important to do all we can to strengthen laws and implement new programs that will heighten safety for the victims. They need to not only feel safe but be safe.” The legislation creates a pilot program that applies

to defendants convicted of contempt of a domestic violence restraining order. When such a defendant is released, the court may order electronic monitoring as a condition of release. Tampering with, removing or vandalizing the device will be a third degree crime which carries a three to five year prison sentence and a fine up to $15,000. Assemblyman Dancer of the 12th Legislative District has said that while the technology exists, no other states currently electronically monitor people convicted of domestic violence or who violate restraining orders. He said the bill has the potential to make New Jersey a leader in using technology to protect people from being re-victimized.

The Freeholders sent the supporting resolution to Gov. Chris Christie and legislators in the 9th, 10th, 12th and 30th state Legislative Districts. “In the United States, an average of 20 people are

physically abused by intimate partners every minute,” Director Kelly said. “That equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. “Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato and

guided by Common Core standards, the Search Institutes research and Social-Emotional Learning principles. Natural High understands that there are life changing principles. “Our district has witnessed the devastating impacts that drug abuse has had on so many of our residents. If programs such as Natural High are incorporated into a school’s curriculum with help of ambassadors and celebrity inf luences sharing their stories, students can see that choosing a drug-free lifestyle and focusing on your natural abilities creates a path to a bright and successful future,” added McGuckin.

his staff work diligently to make certain those committing this heinous crime are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Kelly said. “This legislation is another way to help the victims.”


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Free First-Time Home Buyer Open House Attracts A Crowd

LAKEWOOD – The Lakewood Resource and Referral Center recently held its semi-annual First-time Home Buyer Open House at the Lakewood Public Works Complex in partnership with Solutions to End Poverty Soon and the Township of Lakewood to help attendees get answers, gain a better understanding of what mortgage options are available, and learn how to qualify for them, among other questions. Representatives from local lending institutions discussed topics related to the home-buying process, with a special emphasis on lower interest rates and down payment requirements with no Private Mortgage Insurance. Attendees had the opportunity to discuss and review mortgage products with each lender and receive preliminary prequalification for loans. LRRC and STEPS certified housing counselors were on hand to answer questions. Each participant received a copy of the LRRC’s new Home Buyer’s Handbook, which offers a summary of the entire home-buying

process and important advice for home buyers. Mayer Hoberman, executive director of Social Services at the LRRC, said, “The LRRC and STEPS partnered with the Township to host this program because we recognize that first-time buyers and all home buyers need the understanding and skills to make appropriate and informed decisions during the home-buying process.” The LRRC offers a twice-a-month homeownership education session required by many lenders in order for clients to take advantage of first-time home buyer mortgage products. Everyone who attends the session is given the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one meeting with an LRRC certified housing counselor. To ask a question, register to attend a housing education session, or schedule an appointment with a housing case manager, call the LRRC at 732-942-9292 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Call for specific times of walk-in and telephone hours.

Festive Flutes In Brick And Wall

BRICK – The Festive Flutes, a semiprofessional flute choir, will perform at the Brick Township Library on December 10 at 2 p.m. The library is located at 301 Chambers Bridge Road.

The group will perform at 2 p.m. on December 17 at the Wall Township Library, 2700 Allaire Road. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit festiveflutes.com.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

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Historical Society Honors Members

–Photo courtesy Brick Township Historical Society From left to right, member Ginny Rimback, President Greg Duffy and member Greg Reissner, all of Brick. BRICK –At the November 15 meeting of the Brick Township Historical Society at the Herbertsville Firehouse, society president Greg Duffy presented awards to two members, Ginny Rimback and Greg Resissner. He recognized their service and spoke about all that these individuals contributed. Rimback was recognized for her many years of service as a member and trustee of the society. During her tenure she organized annual installation dinners, worked as a tour guide and helped with the yard sales and other events. She also contributed homemade baked goods and special sandwiches for the Afternoon Teas the society holds. In addition, she compiled scrapbooks of pictures taken at society affairs. She will be moving out of state, but hopes to join in historical society activities when in NJ.

Reissner started volunteering with the historical society in 1994. Being an expert wood worker and carver, his work is evident throughout the Havens Homestead Museum. He made wooden toys to sell in the Lizzie Herbert Gift Shop which is operated by the society. His model Barnegat boat display was in the museum this past spring. In 2007 he started the society’s first Web page, and for nine years, he posted and updated the site with pictures and events. He distributed incoming inquiries and posted their responses. Since the society has a new Web page, he will take a break from that, but will still be active with the Brick Township Historical Society. For more information on the activities of the society, visit bricktwphistoricalsociety.com or call 732-785-2500.

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BRICK – American Legion Post No. 348 of Brick Township recently made a monetary donation to the United States War Dogs Association in care of Mr. Ron Aiello, Regional Director of the NJ Chapter located in Burlington. The United States War Dogs Association, Inc. is a nonprofit organization of former and current U.S. Military Dog Handlers and supporting members committed to promoting the long history of the Military Service Dogs, establishing permanent War Dog Memorials, and educating the public about the invaluable service of these canines to our country. This donation was raised by the members of Post No. 348, their auxiliary members and their guests who attended the Third Annual Yappy Hour on the Creek held on the grounds of their Post in September. During the event, over a dozen dogs and their humans mingled in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The success of this event was due in large part to the generous donation made to the event by Tito’s Handmade Vodka/Vodka for Dog People. Located in Austin, TX, Tito’s is an organization that has made the welfare of American dogs its charitable mission, supporting events like this throughout the nation. Several items donated by Tito’s were won by some lucky attendees, and their pups. According to Post Bar Chairman Rich Kruysman, “This event helped to raise awareness of the role of these deserving four-legged heroes, and their handlers, who serve our country. Our donation will help to purchase items needed for the safety and welfare of our Military Dogs and their handlers.”

Holiday Remembrance For Grieving Families

BRICK – O’Brien Funeral Home offers a holiday remembrance program for their families and the people in the community who have lost a loved one in the past year. The first holiday for a family who has lost a loved one during the year can be very difficult. They offer this program to remember their loved ones and offer words of support and comfort to help the families get through this difficult time. This year, the program will be held at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Rd. on December 17 at 3:30 p.m. The funeral home dedicates its Christmas tree, and each family is invited to personalize an ornament with the name of their loved one and place it on the tree. Ornaments are provided. The event is free but donations of new, unwrapped toys for community children are encouraged. To RSVP, call 732-899-8600.

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Soul.” Seven students of the Hey Class under the leadership of Synagogue Education Chairperson Ann Metnick and Temple Beth Or Spiritual Leader Rabbi Robert B. Rubin supervised this annual activity. For more information about Temple Beth Or’s religious, educational, cultural, community outreach, youth, Sisterhood and Men’s Club, call the office at 732-458-4700, e-mail templebethorbrick@gmail.com or visit TempleBethOrBrick.org.

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JACKSON – Six Flags will attempt to break the Guinness World Records title for most couples kissing under the mistletoe. This national event across seven Six Flags theme parks will take place December 10 at 5 p.m. E.T. Guests can participate locally at Six Flags Great Adventure’s second-annual Holiday in the Park, which is currently running weekends and select days through January 2. The ice-blue trees of Polar Point will provide a “cool” background as couples make history while locking lips under their own live sprig of mistletoe. Registration is free with park admission, Season Pass or Membership. Couples age

18 and older are encouraged to register at the Big Wheel beginning at 3:30 p.m. After receiving their free mistletoe, the historic countdown will take place at 5 p.m. Couples must hold their kiss on the lips for 10 seconds to qualify for the record. Guests at Six Flags Great Adventure will pucker up at the very same time couples in three different time zones lean in for that magical moment at Six Flags Over Georgia near Atlanta, Six Flags Over Texas near Dallas, Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Six Flags St. Louis, Six Flags Magic Mountain near Los Angeles and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom near San Francisco.

Back In Time: A Railway Christmas Tour In Brick

BRICK – The Brick Township Historical Society will sponsor its annual holiday event called “Back in Time: A Railway Christmas Tour” on December 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. and on December 11 from 1 to 5 p.m. at its Havens Homestead Museum, 521 Herbertsville Road. Trains throughout the museum and special decorations will add a festive atmosphere. There will be entertainment and refreshments. A Victorian Santa will be present for picture taking. Tickets are $5 each for

adults, and children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door. The Lizzie Herbert Gift Shop will be open with holiday specials. The other three buildings will be open for viewing. Parking is in a lot 150 feet east of the museum building. The driveway can be accessed by a blue sign that says “Havens Farm.” For more information on the activities of the society, visit bricktwphistoricalsociety. com or call 732-785-2500.


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$10,000 Awarded To Society For The Prevention Of Teen Suicide By OceanFirst Foundation

FREEHOLD – The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide has been awarded $10,000 for the Monmouth and Ocean County Suicide Prevention and Intervention Training Program by OceanFirst Foundation of Toms River. The grant will provide funds to help increase the capacity of Monmouth and Ocean County high schools

to implement suicide prevention education, help students at risk for suicide, and respond effectively to suicide attempts and deaths through a comprehensive suicide-awareness, prevention, and responsiveness program to help save the lives of at-risk teens. Each year 42,773 Americans die by suicide – a

rate of 13.4 per 100,000 which is equal to 117 suicides every day or one every 12 minutes. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for all Americans, and the 2nd leading cause of death for you age 10 to 24. Unfortunately, over the past ten years of available data, the number of youth age 10 to 24 taking their own lives nationally has

increased by 20 percent. In New Jersey, suicide is the third leading cause of death for ages 15 to 24. Suicide is a significant public health concern in Monmouth and Ocean counties and nationally. Suicide is preventable. Experts report that 7 in 10 people exhibit warning signs in the weeks, days or hours prior to taking their life. Lifelines empowers communities with a sustainable model and has been successfully implemented in New Jersey as well as across the country. It is necessary to educate the administration, faculty and staff, students and parents in our local schools to prevent teen suicide. The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide was founded in 2005 by two Monmouth County fathers, who each experience the devastating loss of a teenage child by suicide. SPTS firmly believes that accessible, quality education and public awareness about teen suicide can save young lives. The core values that define SPTS and its founding board are passionate commitment to the value of life, belief in the effectiveness of evidence based suicide prevention strategies, dedication to removing public stigma about suicide and conviction that accurate information and education about suicide can save lives. The mission of SPTS is to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs. SPTS offers a variety of resources on its website that can be downloaded and duplicated at no cost. For more information, visit sptsusa.org.

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Board Approves Slight Rate Decrease For Gas Company

WALL – New Jersey Natural Gas received approval from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on its rate case settlement agreement, as well as Basic Gas Supply Service Conservation Incentive Program (CIP) and Universal Service Fund (USF) rates. When combined with a $48 million bill credit, the net effect of these rate changes is an overall decrease of 0.2 percent on the typical residential heating customer’s annual bills. The new rates went into effect October 1, while the bill credit will be applied to residential and small commercial customers’ bills from November 2016 through February 2017. When combining the bill credits with the rate changes, a residential heating customer using 1,000 therms a year would see their annual bill go from $970.90 to $968.79, a decrease of $2.11. Customers’ total savings will vary based on individual usage and weather patterns over the four-month period. “We are pleased the Board of Public Utilities approved our new base rates,” said Laurence M. Downes, chairman and CEO of New Jersey Natural Gas. “We believe this resolution is fair and in the best interests of our customers and company.” Under the approved base rate agreement, NJNG’s total annual revenue is expected to increase by $45 million, effective October 1. It includes a return on equity of 9.75 percent with a 52.5 percent common equity ratio, and reflects a rate base of $1.37 billion with an overall rate of return of 6.9 percent. The Southern Reliability

New Jersey Resources Announces Executive Promotions

WALL – New Jersey Resources (NYSE: NJR) named Amanda E. Mullan of Wall Township as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer and Timothy F. Shea, also of Wall Township, as Vice President – NJR Energy Services (NJRES). Both executive promotions are effective January 1. Mullan joined NJR in 2015 after serving in executive leadership roles in the field of human resources for over 20 years. She will continue to be responsible for developing, implementing and managing the company’s human resources programs, as well as leading the strategy to maximize the potential of its workforce. Shea joined NJR in 1998 after having served nearly a decade in the natural gas marketing business, working for some of the nation’s leading energy companies. Since 2009, he has contributed his extensive market knowledge and industry experience to NJRES as Director-Energy Trading. In his new role as Vice President – NJRES, Shea will be responsible for natural gas supply acquisitions, transportation agreements and the continued growth of the business. “We are fortunate to have talented people like Amanda and Tim as part of our team,” said Laurence M. Downes, chairman and CEO of New Jersey Resources. “With their proven leadership abilities and commitment to excellence, I am confident they will continue to serve our customers, shareowners and company well.”

Link, approved by the BPU in Board Orders issued in January and March 2016, continues to progress through the permitting process. As construction has not yet commenced, rate treatment for the project was not included in the new base rates. NJNG expects to request rate treatment for the SRL in a future rate proceeding. The BPU also approved a five-year extension

of NJNG’s Safety and Facilities Enhancement (SAFE) program. The $200 million program will replace the remaining approximately 276 miles of unprotected steel main and associated services in the company’s distribution system. NJNG has been routinely addressing the replacement of these facilities, and in 2015 became the first natural gas utility in New Jersey to eliminate all cast iron from its system. As a part

of this program, NJNG will earn an Allowance for Funds Used During Construction rate on its invested capital during construction, and request rate increases for SAFE spending in annual filings. These annual filings will consider the rate impacts associated with program spending of $157.5 million over its term. As a condition of approval of this project, NJNG is required to file a base rate case no later than November 2019.


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Why Is Everyone Mumbling? Does everyone around you seem to mumble? They did not use to. The answer may be that they are not mumbling at all. You may have a hearing problem. People with this problem have difficulty hearing speech clearly. They hear, but they do not understand. A curious and frustrating aspect of this type of hearing loss is a selective loss of high frequency sounds like P, T, K, Th, S, F, etc. - sounds that add clarity to words. If you have trouble distinguishing “free” from “three,” or “shoe” from “sue,” you may have a hearing loss. Why not have it checked out?

See an audiologist who can test your hearing and educate you further on how to manage your specific hearing loss. Audiologists specialize in the non-medical evaluation and rehabilitation of hearing and balance problems. They have degrees in audiology, are nationally-certified and usually have state licenses. Credentials, reputation and personality are key when choosing any hearing health care provider. Credentials like CCC-A or FAAA indicate someone with audiological experience. Make an appointment to have your hearing checked today. It just might stop the mumbling.

Dr. Izzy and his staff are always available to answer most of your questions regarding your hearing health. His offices are in Toms River, Whiting, and Manahawkin. He can be reached at 732-818-3610 or via Web site at gardenstatehearing.com.

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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH Dear Pharmacist Suzy Cohen, R. Ph.

Akathisias Make You Want To Jump Out Of Your Skin By Suzy Cohen, R. Ph.

People have killed themselves over this condition but unfortunately, to the regular person, it is nothing more than a word until it’s experienced firsthand. Since it’s impossible to see, many of you have been dismissed as hypochondriacs. Akathisias create a feeling of internal restlessness as if your limbs are vibrating or like bugs are crawling on you. The ‘motor restlessness makes you want to jump out of your skin. While it hasn’t happened to me, I’ve studied akathisias for a long time. My interest fi rst peaked when I saw patients in my nursing homes attempting to describe the symptoms with tears in their eyes. People with Parkinson’s disease almost always develop akathisias, as well as those with Resteless Legs Syndrome (RLS), but it can happen to anyone. Knowing the cause might ultimately be your cure because for example, if your akathisias are related to your antidepressant, or nausea medicine, you just have to switch medications and wait. Keep in mind any medication that blocks your dopamine receptors can cause uncomfortable (okay, horrible!) symptoms such as akathisias. Those of you who have the courage to withdraw from heroin, cocaine, alcohol, benzodiazepines or opiate analgesics will almost always experience some degree of akathisias but these are thankfully just temporary. Keep reading, but if you don’t fi nd a solution, go to suzycohen.com and sign up for my newsletter because I have a detailed article which I will email to you. Generally speaking, treatment strategies for akathisias include anticholinergic medications, dopamine agonists, drugs that are “GABA-ergic”

in nature, beta-blockers, benzodiazepines, and serotonin antagonists. Now, let’s hack your akathisias: Percussion or vibrating devices: These are sold online at Amazon or Brookstone and other retailers and having one of these to apply to your forearms or legs can be extremely helpful. They work instantly to soothe your muscles and distract you from the awful sensations. Remember, there are more treatment choices, and dosing guidelines in the extended version of this article at my website. Clozapine: this prescription pill is in the category of “Antipsychotic” medications and among other activities in the body, this drug seems to help Parkinson-induced akathisias. Clonidine 0.1mg tablet: Catapres is the brand name of this prescription which helps for withdrawal symptoms, including akathisias. Your limbs might feel like they have heavy bricks in them. Diphenhydramine: Generic to Benadryl this antihistamine might help a teeny bit, but it has a strong ‘drying’ effect on your body, and can make you feel woozy. Vitamin B6: Back in 2004, there was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. This study demonstrated that B6 could be useful for akathisias. Lemon balm: This can be helpful in alcohol or opiate withdrawal cases, it relaxes the body and can help with sleep, it i s c on sid e r e d GA BA- e rg ic me a n i ng it r aises GA BA levels nat u r ally. Eat something: It’s strange but it works. If you get up in the middle of the night and go eat something, the akathisias will often retreat.

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and provide supervision of the match to ensure goals are being met as well as the needs of the child. CEO-Sue Sedivec stated, “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County is so fortunate to have the support of the OceanFirst Foundation, their support of $202,000.00 over the years has enabled the agency to continue to strive to meet the ever growing needs of the ch ild ren i n Ocea n Cou nt y. We a re looking forward to staring this much needed program at Dottie’s House, by putting a positive role model into the children’s lives to guide them and support them; we hope to end the cycle of domestic violence. The children will be meeting weekly with their mentor, a mentor who will afford them the necessary tools to make good decisions, learn to trust and work on improving their self-esteem.”

Education Rights Talk For Latino Families

LAKEWOOD – Ocean County Library’s Lakewood branch will host speakers from the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) to discuss the basic rights in special education for Latino families. The informal discussion, presented in Spanish, will tell parents and caregivers about the help that local organizations provide families to make the best decisions

about their child’s education options. The program begins 6:30 p.m. on December 12 at the library branch, 301 Lexington Ave. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and childcare will be available. The event is cosponsored by Ocean County Family Support, Inc. and the Lakewood library branch.


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technology would be added, she said. A second $10,000 grant was awarded to Emma Havens Young Elementar y School, where the grant money would be used to create a space that would enhance student learning through movement and discovery, Anuario said. “Their current traditional classroom settings - desks in rows and facing the board - would be replaced by a space that looks more like the offices of FaceBook or Google,” she said. The Model Classroom would have yoga ball chairs, stationary bikes and stand up desks that promote brainstorming, creative thin king, in novation and a healthy sensory system, Anuario explained. “A movement for the mind would be set up as a multi-station lab to be visited by all students on a rotating basis. Students will visit nine high-interest, physically active stations throughout the classroom that will provide opportunities for students to collaborate, think, learn, and move,” she said. Anuario said she can’t wait to see both of these classrooms in motion after the changes have been implemented. Sharon Cantillo, who has been a board member since 2003, said the school district has benefitted nearly every year from the OceanFirst Foundation. “They helped us with our STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] programs - I remember the first STEM classroom that went in at Emma Havens, and they were right there, so thank you to them,” Cantillo said. B o a r d m e mb e r K a r y n C u s a n el l i agreed. “The Foundation does so much for the community, and I too have seen it over the years. The scholarships they give out, and what they’ve done for our schools as well as many others, they really are tremendous, and I hope that everyone in the community is aware of that,” she said. Durante said that the grants are made possible through a charitable foundation for med when Ocean First Ban k was going public in 1996 and “they decided to solidify their commitment to the community” by creating a charitable foundation. She said OceanFirst has the

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Lakehurst: December 9 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center, 207 Center St. Little Egg Harbor: December 10 at 5 p.m. at the Little Egg Harbor Community Center, 319 West Calabreeze Way. Manchester: December 9 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 1 Colonial Drive. Mantoloking: December 11 at 4 p.m. at the William Heckman Public Works Building Parking Lot. Refreshments will be served. Santa will be making a visit. Pine Beach: December 4 at 4:30 p.m. at the municipal building, 599 Pennsylvania Ave. Plumsted: December 3 at 6 p.m. at the municipal building. Seaside Heights: December 3, TBD but likely 6 p.m. at Borough Hall, 901 Boulevard. Seaside Park: December 4 at 5 p.m. at the Police Station Lawn.

Harp Concert LAKEWOOD –Christ United Methodist Church will host a harp concert at 4 p.m. on December 3 at the church, 678 5th St. Elaine Christy, harpist, holds a doctorate

degree from The Manhattan School of Music and has been professor of harp at The University of Kansas and Kansas State University. She is currently harp instructor at Princeton University. Tickets are $15 per person. Children ages 8 and younger are free.

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BRICK – BTV is Brick Township’s PEG (Public, Educational, and Governmental) Channel. It is available on Comcast Channel 20 and Verizon Fios Channel 32. BTV programming includes Brick Township Council Meetings, Brick Township Board of Education Meetings, About Brick with Mayor John Ducey and various shows produced by the Brick Township Public Schools and other public agencies. Regularly scheduled programming includes Brick Township council meetings Sundays at 7 p.m., Tuesdays at 10 a.m., Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Brick Township Board of Education Meetings are shown on Sundays at 10 a.m., Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 p.m. When programming is not airing, BTV runs a bulletin board that displays information and announcements about township news, events and programs, school news, information and events and public announcements. The Township offers access to the bulletin board for non-profit, civic and charitable organizations, events and causes. Anyone wishing to place information or event on the BTV Bulletin Board should email btv@bricktownship.net.

Volunteer With CLF

BRICK – The Childhood Leukemia Foundation is a national nonprofit organization devoted to making a difference in lives of children battling cancer. Since its inception in 1992, the organization’s mission has remained resolute in creating innovative free programs to support the emotional needs of pediatric cancer patients and their families too. Located in Brick, CLF welcomes groups and individuals seeking volunteer opportunities. Visit clf4kids.org or call 732-920-8860 for more information.


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and weren’t represented either. So I would speculate that there is a significant percentage of people who did not want these political selections. I call them selections because neither of them was ideologically the “country’s” candidates. Trump wasn’t “our” candidate and neither was Hillary for many people. Bernie supporters understand this completely; they know that they were cheated out of their voices simply because the Democrat Party values super opinions (super delegates) more than their voter bases opinions. The same thing hap-

pened to me when I supported Ron Paul in 2012. Rather than having super delegates whose opinion matters more, Dr. Paul and his supporters were marginalized and alienated by every outlet that the Republican Party had control of and he was effectively labeled crazy and weak. Those alienated voters, the 53 percent of us, are looking for a voice, and I believe that it is in third parties. This election has been the most successful turnout for 3rd party voters in recent history. The number of these marginalized voters and opinions is growing and will continue to grow especially after this disheartening election cycle.

I strongly encourage all of you, who feel left out and think the system doesn’t represent you anymore, to consider joining and supporting 3rd parties and their candidates. As I get older, I trust people, major parties and government less and less. I think we all should take the emotions we feel in this election, and put it towards being critical of our leaders. Watch them, question them, scrutinize them and even give them credit where it is due. However, don’t let them think they earned your loyalty when they get one thing right. Loyalty doesn’t exist in politics. Loyalty exists only for oneself, especially when the temptation is power.

Don’t let them have power for long, and don’t trust them to use it for good. Sitting on the sidelines has gotten us here, where only half of eligible voters actually vote and it’s enough for the political elite to justify to themselves to do as they please. Don’t let anything slide or go unnoticed. As John F. Kennedy once said, “An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” And in response, “When we make a mistake, it is the obligation of the people through their representatives to correct the mistake, not continue the mistake.” Dr. Ron Paul. Victor Gagliano Howell

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In New Jersey, if you sustain an injury arising out of or in the course of your employment, you are entitled to certain benefits under the law. This is more specifically set forth in the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act. Primarily, should your injury require medical attention, the Workers’ Compensation carrier for your employer is to provide this to you. The insurance carrier pays for reasonable and necessary medical care until you reach a medical plateau. In turn, however, the insurance carrier does have the right to direct your medical care. In other words, the insurance carrier has the opportunity to choose the physicians with whom you treat, as well as the facilities where any treatment or therapy is administered. In the event that your injury is such that you are medically unable to work for more than seven days, the New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Act provides that the insurance company is to pay temporary disability benefits. This entitles you to 70 percent of your wages, up to the statutory maximum for the year in which you sustained the injury. These payments continue until the authorized physician permits you to return to work or until you reach a medical plateau, whichever is sooner. Should permanent effects of your injury remain after achieving a medical plateau, you may be entitled to benefits to compensate for those permanent effects. This is based on a statutory value determined according to the part of your body which was injured and the permanent residuals of your treatment and injury. This process progresses after your physician has returned you to gainful employment. In the event that you are deemed medically unable to return to work, you may be entitled to total disability benefits.

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Dear Joel

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My Wife Made Me Fat

Dear Joel, Both my wife and I are overweight. We have busy lives and both work. My problem is that my wife insists that we go out for dinner at least five nights per week. I feel like she is a bad influence and the cause of my being this heavy. Answer: While I agree that eating in restaurants is an easy way to put on pounds, your wife doesn’t control your diet or weight. If you are a regular reader of this column you know what I’m going to say next. Only you can control your diet. My guess is that your wife isn’t force feeding you. There are many

weight centers and good support groups. You can try Overeaters Anonymous or Weight Watchers. My logic here is that you can continue to eat in restaurants (and save your marriage) v. plans that come with food. Kudos to you for taking care of yourself. I wish you luck. Write to joel@preferredcares.com. His radio show, “Preferred Company” airs on Monday through Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. on preferredradio. com and 1160 & 1310 WOBM-AM

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TOMS RIVER – The Feast of Hope – Taste of the Jersey Shore, Sixth Annual Chef’s Night, was held on October 17 at the Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood. Over 20 area restaurants, bistros, bakeries, ice cream shoppes, and catering services prepared their finest creations. Guests were treated to samples of appetizers, soups, main courses, desserts and confections to enjoy. The event included entertainment by singer, Tony G, and acoustic guitarist, Dylan. The evening included an auction of beautiful, themed gift baskets, as well as, a 50/50 Raffle. The HOPE Center started as a hope of those who recognized a need in our community and wanted to meet that need. The HOPE Center is a nondenominational, faith-based, 501c3 non-profit organization which assists those in need in the Ocean County area since it opened its doors in 2008. Now, eight years later, their daily hope is to do all they can for each and every guest who walks through their doors. Their guests are welcomed with warmth and kindness, are listened to with understanding and compassion, and are

offered assistance and advocacy with care and dignity. Within a nurturing place of hope and faith, their mission is to empower individuals and families in need by providing them with mentoring and tools; helping them to become more independent. Their knowledgeable and extremely dedicated staff and volunteers provide resources, counseling, advocacy, coordinating services with partner agencies, food, grocery store gift cards, emergency shelter, utility assistance, housing assistance, gas vouchers, school supplies, coats, toys, and so much more to those experiencing a current life crisis. The HOPE Center is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Pantry, which was recently expanded and converted to “client choice,” is open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Center is located in The House of Hope at 253 Chestnut St. in Toms River. For additional information or to volunteer, please 732-341-4447.

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Business Profile I&G FARMS

By Donna Frances Madej During the past months while we were enjoying the showcase of glorious seasonal fruits, vegetables and vegetation presented to us by I&G Farms at their family farm market, behind the scenes activity continued. Twenty-thousand mums, countless number of cornstalks, pumpkins and lots of straw later, the leaves fall and we’ve been anxiously waiting for the intermission to end… Act three and the wait is over! If you’re not already a fan of the “growers for all seasons,” now is the time to stop by 150 Whitesville Road, Jackson, for your holiday decorating and floral needs. This year, Santa will take time out of his busy schedule and make an appearance on Saturday, December 3rd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 4th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. He’ll be surrounded by some of I&G’s beautiful poinsettias (more about them later) creating the perfect setting for photos that will be available for purchase. Pets are welcome. Thanks to I&G Farms, there’s no need to settle for “typical” wreaths, swags, sprays, garland or grave blankets. And don’t even think about purchasing your poinsettias at a big box or grocery store and your Christmas tree on a corner or in a parking lot. Often when you buy a poinsettia from somewhere other than a grower, there’s actually no flower left, only colored leaves, due to it not being treated correctly in transit. The flower of the poinsettia is

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berry like, located in the center of the plant and is called the bract. I&G’s poinsettias are grown right here in greenhouses beginning in July, are breathtaking and will surpass your expectations. As far as the trees…who knows how long ago they were cut down? Here, beautiful, healthy, fresh cut Frazer Fur Christmas trees are brought in direct from the mountains of North Carolina. Irene Johnston refers to the staff that assists her throughout the year and helps create the holiday merchandise as “the most incredible, gifted designers that you’d ever want to see.” They offer pre-made and custom made items and lovingly craft their creations in the market, which has magically been transformed into a decorating center. Bins of embellishments and a large variety of ribbon enable you to personalize your choice and help create something very special. Bows are available, pre or handmade, and add the perfect touch to many creations. Theme wreaths are popular and if you have items you’d like to incorporate, including lights, you’re more than welcome to bring them in. I&G Farms have provided wreaths for area businesses and always deliver upscale, meticulously crafted creations. Ideally, a week is requested for custom orders but the staff has been known to deliver in less time. “With our custom wreaths, people usually request them large; 24, 36, 48 inches. That’s an inside dimension,

so you have to double that,” Irene explains. “Sometimes they want smaller ones to match and we’ll do that too.” A back room that’s refrigerated, ice, moisture and a cover on them helps Irene preserve the wreaths and keep them looking their finest. “I usually get them the week before we open because we need time to start making them and decorating them to get them outside for people to buy. She advises that fresh wreaths be displayed outside, not inside and warns that heat, especially fireplaces, are a major reason for needles to dry out and fall off. Spraying them with water will keep them moist and increase their longevity once you bring it home. Premium fresh balsam greens from Nova Scotia, Canada is used for some wreaths, grave blankets and sprays. Various greens from the farm are cut and incorporated into the designs to add color, giving them a different look. Wreaths and blankets can be made from Blue Spruce, but these items are special order since although beautiful, the real hard needles cause pain to fingers working with them. Irene and her staff also make their own picks (used in their creative process) and once again need to take precaution to prevent finger injury. “They’re sharp, and when you push them through the wreaths you have to tape your fingers up to protect them from getting poked, which

hurt,” Irene exclaims. “Once I forgot about it (wrapped fingers) and went to a store to get something and the lady said, “Oh you poor thing!” Back to the poinsettias! They’re named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S. Minister to Mexico, who brought them back to the U.S., started to cultivate them and turned them into what they are today. At I&G Farms, you’ll find the traditional red, white and pink colored poinsettias but also Novelties, which are unusual hues and combinations; mauve and peach; marbled and speckled. Names include Picasso, reds and pinks with what looks like a marbled effect and Monet, an abstract with different colors. Pot sizes range from 4 1/2 to 14 inches, the largest having 30-35 flowers. They come with a really nice decorative pot cover and if desired, can be adorned with branches and greens. A Christmassy combo of red and white plants is also very popular. Remember that poinsettias should not be subjected to a temperature below 55 degrees and since they like a dryer condition, should not be overwatered. When a poinsettia gets overwatered it droops, causing people to think that it needs more water. According to Irene, “I always tell people to pick up the pot and feel the weight. When it’s heavy, don’t water it. When it’s light, water it.” A Christmas tree purchased from I&G Farms will surely enhance your holiday celebration and decor. Ranging

in height from 6-9 feet, Irene considers the Frazer Fur the Cadillac of trees as it holds its needles longer than other types of trees. She deals with a smaller grower, who cuts trees later, resulting in a fresher tree when they arrive at I&G Farms. After purchasing, if the tree will be put up immediately, an additional cut will be made to the stump so that it will take in water, then wrapped and tied onto your vehicle. If it’s not going up right away, it should be kept in water in a cool place and the stump cut when it’s ready to be put up. Irene assures us that the first time you put the tree up after its cut; it will drink a large amount of water. It’s crucial that its receptacle be checked daily and water be replenished as needed.

Contact I&G Farms at 732364-0308, or iandgfarms@ hotmail.com and like them on Facebook; IGFarms. I&G Farms will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Christmas Eve. At the close of business and as the lights dim, a stillness and quietness will envelop I&G Farms until spring. Although I&G will not “officially” reopen until then, Irene says that they’re “always here, growing all the spring flowers, always checking the phones if people need to call for anything, advice about a plant or what to do. I’ll always be there.” Undoubtedly getting ready to return on cue for I&G Farms next major production and endles s enc ores…Bravo Irene and staff. Bravo!


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Omarr’s Astrological Forecast

For the week of December 3-December 9 By Jeraldine Saunders

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Flexibility can be your most useful talent. New traditions have to start someplace and you are just the person to lead the way by being innovative and creative. Make a well thought out break with the past in the week ahead. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Put on your thinking cap. Connect the dots and you can get a clear idea of the real picture. Tasks that require uninterrupted concentration will be easy to accomplish in the week to come and help you prove your business acumen. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The best meals are the ones that simmer on the back burner until they are fully cooked. You may have an important decision to make in the week ahead. Wait a few days to be absolutely sure you are on the right track. CANCER (June 21-July 22): If your heart is in the right place you can win the race. Some people won’t appreciate your humble nature. In the week to come Diplomatic skills can help you make headway when the boss or a friend is critical. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You can be the wise advisor when others need feedback. A formal atmosphere won’t keep your flair for the dramatic from shining through as this week unfolds. Improve relationships by talking over plans for the future. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Be happy and contented as this week unfolds. Others may suffer from a lack of ambition but you can continue progressing along a worthwhile path toward higher education, secure finances, and solid accomplishment.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Mend fences with solid wire, not flimsy packaging tape. Misunderstandings can be cleared up this week with a phone call or chat. Business contacts will be happy to put in a good word for you or could offer a promising lead. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Be generous about giving people the benefit of the doubt in the week to come. Wise decisions will keep you at the head of the pack where career and business are concerned. Put important plans into motion. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Be proud to go along with the crowd. You may be popular with the “in” crowd this week and time spent around the water cooler can be fun. You may need extra preparation before launching something new. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Focus on ways to fuel family solidarity and fairness. A few thoughtful words can do a world of good. Act as a sounding board for someone who has a personal problem in the week ahead and receive intangible rewards. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Put some energy behind your actions this week. Heart to heart talks give you a chance to make amends or accept apologies. Outdoor activities, sports, or exercise could lead to better understanding or romantic interludes. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Focus on having faith in the future. Review your dreams in the week to come. You may benefit from subconscious guidance from within. One of your close friends may be acting on your behalf without your knowledge.

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Introducing Two Of My Favorite Utility Players For Your Holiday Table By Wolfgang Puck

Baseball ended just a few weeks ago, and I can’t stop thinking about how the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years. So why am I thinking about baseball as we approach the holiday season. The answer may be found in a term I love from America’s pastime: utility player. This refers to a team member who is good at all the positions, someone you can count on in a pinch to do just what needs to be done to help win. I think of certain recipes as utility players, too. Usually side dishes, they’re easy to make, versatile and capable of elevating any meal to success. Today, I’d like to share two of my favorites, ready to help you throughout the holidays. The first is mashed potatoes, without which many people consider a holiday table incomplete. Yet, you’d be surprised by how many people forget about them, at least almost until the last minute. Fortunately, mashed potatoes are easy to make. I like to use rich-tasting potatoes typified by the now widespread Yukon Gold, and I take care to cook them just until they’re tender enough to be pierced easily; cooked any longer, they’ll turn watery. I also briefly dry out the potatoes, which helps yield fluffier results. For the same reason, I like to puree them by pressing them through a ricer, which easily reduces the potatoes to uniform, ricelike particles into which you can smoothly incorporate butter, warm milk or cream, and seasonings. Speaking of seasonings, mashed potatoes provide a great blank canvas for creating whatever flavor profile you like. Here, I incorporate grated horseradish and some pesto sauce (buy it store-bought or use your own favorite recipe) for a fragrant, festive-looking puree; but you could also incorporate grated cheese, chopped herbs, bits of crispy bacon or anything else that sounds good or goes well with the other dishes on your table. Another holiday side I like to make is often some sort of cranberry relish. Yet, again, that dish often happens as an afterthought, with many people simply relying on something from a can. This year, though, why not consider making your own cranberry dish? As you’ll see from my simple recipe, it takes well under half an hour to produce something truly delicious. And, just like the mashed potatoes, you can easily modify it with other sweet spices, orange or lemon zest, or even a handful of other fruit like chopped apple or dried cherries. You can keep using these utility players all through the coming months. I hope they’ll help you win the game of holiday entertaining! HORSERADISH AND PESTO MASHED POTATOES Serves 6 to 8 3 pounds (1.5 g) Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled,

cut into halves or quarters Kosher salt 6 large cloves garlic, peeled 1 cup (250 mL) heavy cream Freshly grated nutmeg 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks, at room temperature 2 tablespoons freshly grated horseradish or bottled prepared horseradish 2 tablespoons prepared pesto sauce, plus a little oil floating on top of the pesto Freshly ground black pepper Fresh basil sprigs, for garnish Put the potatoes in a large saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover and season with salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Adjust the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Add the garlic. Partially cover the pan. Cook until the potatoes are just tender enough to offer no resistance when pierced with a wooden skewer or a sharp knife tip, about 25 minutes. Drain the potatoes and garlic in a colander. Return to the same pan. Place over medium-low heat, partially cover, and leave until any excess water evaporates and the potatoes are dry, shaking the pan or stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes. Bring the cream to a simmer in a heavy small saucepan. Meanwhile, working in batches, rice the potatoes and garlic back into the same pan you cooked them in. (Or use a hand-held masher, mashing the potatoes and garlic in the pan.) Add just a hint of nutmeg to the potatoes. Place the pan over low heat. A little at a time, stir in the hot cream and the butter. Stir in horseradish and pesto to taste. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer the potatoes to a heated serving bowl and make ridges in the surface with a moistened serving spoon. Spoon up some of the bright-green oil floating on top of the pesto and drizzle over the potatoes. Garnish with basil and serve immediately. QUICK CRANBERRY RELISH Serves 4 to 6 3/4 pound (750 g) fresh whole cranberries or frozen unsweetened cranberries 1/2 cup (125 mL) light brown sugar Kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom In a heavy medium saucepan, combine the cranberries and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar softens, about 3 minutes. Cover and continue cooking until the cranberries pop and turn tender, about 10 minutes, seasoning to taste with salt. Stir in cinnamon and some cardamom to taste, cover, and cook until thick, stirring occasionally. Serve immediately or set aside to cool to room temperature, then cover and chill before serving.

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