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By Bob Vosseller BAYVILLE – The Central Regional School District received high marks on its recently completed financial audit. A representative of the district’s auditing firm made no recommendations to the board regarding its financial reporting. Rodney Haines of the auditing fi rm of Holman, Frenia and Allison prepared the 200-page report and commended the district and the work of school administrator and clerk Kevin O’Shea stating all standard financial practices were followed in the preparation of the district’s annual fi nances. “It met all standards for properly reporting,” Haines said. He added that when

–Photo courtesy Berkeley Township Berkeley Township officials and Rolling Thunder Chapter Two dedicated the “Chair of Honor” in town hall recently. BERKELEY – While pointing to a designated empty chair in Berkeley Township’s Town Hall, Charles Webster, Vice President, Rolling Thunder Chapter 2-New Jersey, spoke to Mayor Carmen Amato, Council members, Veterans and Rolling Thunder members to discuss

the “Chair of Honor” program. “There is a special segment of those Veterans that will be honored here permanently. The ‘Chair of Honor’ program is dedicated to remembering all Prisoners of War and those (Honor - See Page 5)

‘The Gaiter Way’ Inspires Generations At HS South

By Catherine Galioto TOMS RIVER It is a literal path, but it also symbolizes the path to greatness. It’s named for a local family whose 10 children left their impact on Toms River schools – and beyond – in spite of tremendous obstacles. It’s the Gaiter Way. Gaiter Way is now the

name of the recently repaved entrance road to Toms River High School South -- the school, which was then Toms River High School, that the Gaiter siblings attended. Led by father Wilfred and mother Ernestine, the Gaiter’s 10 children would be instilled with a hard work

ethic, an emphasis on education and family, that would manifest itself against the odds to success in the arts, sports, their careers and businesses – and would continue for generations. In a special ceremony November 26, the Toms River High School South Alumni Association would unveil

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the new name for the road from Hyers Street to the school, and honor the family for which it is named: Gaiter Way. Several generations of Gaiters came from places as far as Atlanta and New York City to commemorate the occasion. Speakers at the ceremony (Generations - See Page 18)

including expected state funding, the board has more than $2 million going into the new year. One benefit for the district is its being a School Choice District which has provided the district state funds for projects such as curriculum, Wi-Fi, a new roof for its middle school, white boards, tables for math instruction and other items. The state funding has saved the district a considerable amount of money, according to O’Shea. The program involves students who live out of a particular school district’s constituent districts who can apply to go to school there for a fee. As the district is a “choice school” (Audit - See Page 25)

Feeding A Holiday Need By Judy Smestad-Nunn OCEA N COU NTY – 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 VoTech, who said the answer changes every

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

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year since he and his students prepare firstclass 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 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. 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, 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.

The Berkeley Times, December 3, 2016, Page 5 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 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.


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Missing in Action. More than 93,000 service members never made it home from the wars since WWI,” Webster said. “Never forget those who never came back. This empty chair represents 93,000 Americans who are unaccounted for,” Webster added. “This empty seat is dedicated to Berkeley Township as a reminder of the POW or MIA whose remains have not been returned.” The event was held November 28 in town hall. The empty chair is symbolic and will be cordoned off and displayed in a respectful manner in the main entrance area of town hall, Pinewald-Keswick Road. Mayor Carmen Amato said, “This is a wonderful tribute to all of our veterans and the 93,000 who never made it home.” Amato took time to point out veterans in the room, such as 92 year old Wallace Hoffman, a 15-month POW from the Army’s 36th Infantry Division, and Air Force mechanic Staff Sgt. Alan Morris who recently came back from Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. Amato also acknowledged the accomplishments of Councilman Jim Byrnes, a medic who served in the 82nd Airborne Division and received both a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Byrnes thanked the Rolling Thunder members for bringing the “Chair of Honor” to Berkeley Township and keeping the memory of the POW-MIA’s going.

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C ommentary

Editorial 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. T h a n k sg iv i ng, H a nukkah, Christmas, and m o r e. We’r e a l r e a d y 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 remind us

of the dedicated readers we have and the loyal advertisers that allow us to provide this publication to you. Yet Micromedia Publications is not a faceless entity. We are a group of individuals; individuals who live in your home tow n. Each one of us has a different reason why this time of year is special. Our friends. Our family. Our good fortune at still being in business when others have come and gone. But that’s enough about us. We’re not what is important here. You are. Without the people reading this, we would not be here. So what about you? Tell us what you think about the holiday season, how it impacts your life, and what it means to you. Share with us your fondest holiday memories, wishes and greeting. Tell us your holiday stories, or even you r favor ite holiday pictures. We’d love to publish as many as we can. What do the holidays mean to you?


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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 as Halloween ends,

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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 thei r nose and reluctantly doing it. Moreover, this is also leaving out the LARGE portion of (Letters - See Page 24)

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SPOTLIGHT ON GOVERNMENT Correspondence & Commentary From Your Local, County, State & Federal Officials

State Agencies Join Forces To Support NJ Small Business Owners

TRENTON – The New Jersey State Library is working with the New Jersey Department of Treasury’s Division of Taxation to connect local business owners and entrepreneurs with vital information through their local libraries. Libraries throughout the state, including the Lakewood Branch of the Ocean County Library on December 7 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., are hosting

half-day Small Business Workshops taught by staff from the Taxation University, an outreach and training unit within the Division of Taxation. The free workshops will cover basic information about starting a business, including: types of business ownership; registering a business; reporting business income; meeting employer responsibilities;

and understanding sales and use tax. “Acquiring the knowledge to start and run a business is a primary criterion for success,” said Andrea Simzak Levandowski, Project Manager of Small Business Development & Technology at the New Jersey State Library. “These workshops will help prepare new and aspiring business owners with vital information on

how to get their business started, how to apply for needed licenses, and how to manage income and taxes, from employee withholding to sales tax.” “The New Jersey State Library is pleased to partner in this effort with the New Jersey Department of Treasury’s Division of Taxation and we view this investment in the capacity of local businesses as another

positive step towards the economic recovery of the state,” said State Librarian Mary Chute. “The Taxation University training not only furthers the local library’s reach into the communities we serve, but in addition, the training, resources and support offered will continue to benefit communities beyond the duration of this program. This partnership demonstrates the Admin-

istration’s recognition of the strong role that libraries can play as community centers.” The size of the workshops is being kept small to enable attendees to ask questions about their specific situations and get the answers they need. For a list of participating libraries and workshop dates, visit TaxationUniversity.

Freeholders: “Buy Local” Helps Bolster Local Economy; Provides Greater Consumer Protection

OCEA N COU N T Y – Whether you’re looking for that special gift for mom or that hard to buy for aunt, shopping is better and easier when you buy locally. “It’s a simple message that Ocean County promotes throughout the year and especially around the holidays,” said Freeholder Joseph H. Vica r i, who serves as liaison to business development. “When you buy local you are helping to support our ‘mom and pop’ establishments. “These are stores located in our downtowns and th roughout the Cou nt y that offer a host of items, many unique, along with great customer service,” Vicari said. “I am encouraging Ocean County citizens to bolster local businesses during the year’s

busiest shopping time by buying locally. “No matter what is on your wish list this year, the place to find that holiday treasure is right here in Ocean County,” Vicari said. “From the latest electronics to unique crafts and household items, our local shops offer everything a holiday shopper could ever want.” While malls, such as the Ocean County Mall, Toms River and the Jackson Outlets, Jackson Township, remain premier destinations for holiday shoppers, Vicari said the county’s many local dow ntow ns offer unique shops and boutiques. “From Point Pleasant Beach to Tuckerton, across the count y, downtowns of fer some of t he best choices for holiday shop-

ping,” Vicari said. “Many of these stores are owned by long-time residents that continue to be a staple in our communities. Make a day out of it – shop, have lunch and just enjoy the area. There is plenty to see and do in all of our municipalities. The towns are all festively decorated for the holidays. Shopping is fun and easy when you shop locally.” Buying locally comes with many benefits, added Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. “I wa nt to com mend Freeholder Vicari for his continuing effort to help protect local businesses and to protect consumers,” Kelly said. “This program really highlights many great attributes that Ocean County has to offer.”

Buying in Ocean County also offers additional protection for consumers. Each year the Ocean Cou nt y Depa r t ment of Consumer Affairs receives complaints about orders not filled or other concerns residents have when dealing with outof-state mail order companies. “We see the same problems year after year,” said Vicari, who is chairman of the Consumer Affairs Department. “Merchandise is not received in time for the holidays, there are problems with backorders and some received items barely resembling their catalog photos and descriptions.” To make matters worse, it is often difficult to pursue a consumer affairs case agai nst an out- of-st ate company that does not

fall under the jurisdiction of New Jersey’s consumer fraud laws. “When you buy local, you are protected against fraud,” Vicari said. “Our county and state agencies have more authority when dealing with a local business complaint.” It’s also easier to return an item purchased locally. “You can drive down the street and visit the store rather than pack and ship a package across country,” he said. If you’re having trouble finding the perfect gift, Vicari suggested purchasing a gift card from a small business in Ocean County. “What better present to give than a gift card for a great meal at one of our many local restaurants,” he said. “Or how about a gif t cer t if icate for a

haircut or a home cleaning service? Our Ocean County small businesses truly offer something for everyone.” If you need consumer help, the Ocean County Department of Consumer Affairs is located at 1027 Hooper Ave., Buildi ng 2, Toms River or can be reached by calling 732929-2105. A Consu mer Affairs representative also is at the County Connection in the Ocean County Mall the third Friday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. “It’s our goal to promote our local businesses and to make certain the consumer is protected,” Vicari said. “The ‘Buy in Ocean County’ campaign comes with a host of benefits and helps to make the holiday season bright for our retailers and our residents.”

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Club News, Activities, Events & Announcements

Military Families May Receive Free Holiday Meals

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST – Military families – whether active-duty, active Guard and Reserve, or post9/11 wounded, ill or injured – may register by December 5 at to receive a free holiday meal here from Operation Homefront, Walmart and Beam Suntory. Operation Homefront will distribute 300 holiday meals to military families through its annual Holiday Meals for Military program. The distribution event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 7, at the 99th Regional Support Command, 5231 South Scott Plaza, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Only those who register will be able to pick up a meal kit, which will include nonperishables as well as coupons redeemable for those perishable groceries necessary for a full holiday

Berkeley Meetings For December

BEREKELY – The following meetings will take place in Berkeley Township. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will take place at Town Hall, 627 Pinewald-Keswick Road in Bayville. Township Council, December 5 and 19 at 6 p.m. Waterways Committee, December 6 at 6 p.m. Municipal Court, December 7, 14, 21 at

BEACHWOOD – The following meetings will take place in Beachwood during December. Unless otherwise noted, the meetings take place at Beachwood Municipal Building 1600 Pinewald Rd.

Mayor and Council, December 7 and 21 at 7 p.m. Land Use Board, December 12 at 7 p.m. Environmental/Shade Tree Committee, December 19 at 7 pm.

Children’s Christmas Party

BAYVILLE – The Bayville Elks will hold their lodge’s Christmas party for children on December 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. Parents should bring a wrapped gift for their child.

The Elks will have games, crafts, food and visit from Santa. Registration is required at the lodge. The lodge is located at 247 Atlantic City Blvd.

White Christmas

BEACHWOOD – The 1954 Christmas Classic, “White Christmas,” will be playing at the Beachwood library on December 23 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Registration is required at The library is located at 126 Beachwood Blvd.

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8:30 a.m. Economic Development Commission, December 12 at 7 p.m. Zoning Board, December 14 and 28 at 6:30 p.m. Environmental Commission, December 20 at 7 p.m. Town Hall will be closed December 23 and 26.

Beachwood Meeting Schedule

Meetings will be held in the Conference Room in the Administration Building, at 137 Bey Lea Road, Toms River, New Jersey unless otherwise indicated. PLEASE NOTE FURTHER, that the public shall not be permitted to actively participate in the Executive Sessions and that the Board of Education of the Vocational School in the County of Ocean in its discretion may prohibit or regulate participation at any meeting.

meal. To register, visit and click on the event. The links to events are listed at the bottom of the webpage. The Holiday Meals for Military program began Thanksgiving 2009 as the result of a chance encounter in a supermarket in Utica, N.Y., near Fort Drum. A soldier, his wife, and infant had a handful of grocery items they could not afford, so a Beam Inc. employee picked up the $12 cost for the groceries. Since that time, the program has grown from initially providing 500 meal kits to military families in 2009 to providing more than 10,000 this holiday season. In addition to Walmart and Beam Suntory, major sponsors for the program include Thirty-One, P&G, SAS, Navy Federal Credit Union, Ocean Spray, and Boston Beer.

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Detective Honored For Work

BER K EL EY – D et e c t i ve Ja s on Mroczka, accompanied by his wife Jill and members of the Berkeley Township Police Department, was awarded the PBA Valor Award in Atlantic City. This award was given for an act of bravery shown by Detective Mroczka as a member of the Ocean County SWAT Team earlier this year. –Photo courtesy Berkeley Township Police Department

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

TOMS RIVER – 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

Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic BERKELEY – Berkeley Township will hold a Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic on January 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Bayville First Aid Squad building, at the corner of Station Road and Route 9. Only dogs and cats will be vaccinated. Res-

idents bring proof of prior rabies vaccination for a three year shot. If you don’t bring proof, a one year vaccination certificate will be issued. To park, turn onto Station Road and park in the Berkeley Township Elementary School lot behind the First Aid Squad building.


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major, but she is interested in Law, Spanish, or Engineering. As stated on her resume, Kelsey Santucci is a “creative, responsible, and dedicated young woman.” Her consistent high academic marks earned induction into the National Honor Society, and she served as President this year. She has been the Vice President for Class of 2017 since ninth grade. She received Academic Award for World History Honors (shared with Gianna) and Photography. She won the Ocean County Fire Safety Poster Contest in 2015. She received an Academic Letter and the Athletic Academic Award for a weighted GPA of 104. Santucci has been very involved in extra-curricular activities and volunteer work. Her strong leadership qualities are evident in the classroom, on the playing fields, and within the community. Kelsey helped the Field Hockey Team win multiple B-South Championships, and she was a captain this year. She also ran and lettered in track. She was a member of the Key Club, Kindness Crusaders, Interact Club, and a Student Ambassador. She volunteered numerous hours, which included the following: Seaside Beach Cleanup, Read-Across America with Seaside Heights Elementary, Relay for Life, Berkeley Softball Coach, Field Hockey Clinic, Bayville Elks Special Needs Benefit, and Ocean County Library Student Program. She created and ran Ele-Friends Summer Learning Program. Santucci would like to attend Stockton University and study Occupational Therapy.

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Tree Lightings In Ocean County

OCEAN COUNTY – The following is a partial listing of tree lighting ceremonies around Ocean County. Beachwood: December 4 at 7 p.m. at the municipal complex. Berkeley: December 3 at 4 p.m. at Veterans Park, 489 Forest Hills Parkway in Bayville. Brick: December 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the municipal building, 401 Chambers Bridge Rd. Eagleswood: December 4 at 6:30 p.m. at West Creek United Methodist Church, 189 Church St. Harvey Cedars: Does not have a tree lighting ceremony. Island Heights: December 4, time TBD but usually 6 p.m. at Memorial Field. Lacey: December 4 at Town Hall. After the Christmas parade, which starts at 3 p.m. at Lacey United Methodist Church, Santa will light the Christmas trees at town hall.

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.

Holiday City South Women’s Club Trip Schedule

BERKELEY – The Holiday City South Women’s Club has upcoming trips scheduled. On December 31, the club will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Gala. The cost is $50 per person which includes the buffet menu, wine, beer and soda. There will be a champagne toast at midnight. Music will be provided by Pipers Alley. On March 15, the club will attend Doolan’s St. Patrick’s “Ireland to America.” This will

include a complete lunch, a one hour open bar, and a choice of three entrees, dessert, coffee and tea. On May 29 to June 2, the club will be going to Woodloch Pines. The cost is $685 per person. On June 17 to 19, the club will take a tour of Boston Harbor to see the Tall Ships Extravaganza. The cost is $550 for double, $750 for single. For more information, call Alice Patrizio at 732-286-2751

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Gerald La Rocque at 732-503-1875. On December 7, the commander and other members and their wives will hold a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at the clubhouse. All veterans organizations and the public are invited to attend.

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BEACHWOOD – The Beachwood Branch of the Ocean County Library, 126 Beachwood Blvd., will host “The Polar Express” pajama party on December 20 from 10 to

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Annual New Year’s Eve Party

BERKELEY – The Holiday City Carefree Men’s Club will host its annual New Year’s Eve party from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on December 31 at the clubhouse, 98 Bananier Drive. The cost is $55 per person. Tickets will

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OCEAN COUNTY – Monmouth Medical Center is offering different classes throughout the month of December at various locations. Seasonal Affective Disorder, December 12 from 3 to 4 p.m. The Center for Healthy Aging at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus presents “S.A.D”, a discussion on seasonal affective disorder. As the days become shorter, explore the causes, symptoms and treatment of seasonal depression. Refreshments will be provided. Program takes place at the Ocean County Library, Lakewood Branch, located at 301 Lexington Ave. The program is free and registration is required by calling 732-363-1435. Open Health Screenings, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take charge of health by keeping up with health screenings. It is important for people to monitor their health and know their screening numbers. Glucose, blood pressure, bone density, and balance will be tested. This program will take place at

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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 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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“Everyday after school at dinner, Wilfred would go around the table and say ‘What did you learn at school today and what experiences did you have both inside and outside of school?’ And that’s amazing, isn’t it? And a great discussion would follow,” said Correll. Gil Leibrick, in his research for athletes to be named to the South Hall of Fame, only came of the name of Cleveland Gaiter by chance, while researching another athlete in the Indians’ past. “Doc Ricketts said, ‘Have you ever heard of Cleveland Gaiter?’ I never had,” Leibrick said, the way Ricketts described the impact Cleveland had on him, watching Cleveland play, being inspired, lead Leibrick to uncover a lot of details from historical society yearbooks and newspaper clippings. In his speech, Leibrick described the awe he felt for a name and family almost forgotten to history, so deserving of celebration such as renaming this street. Cleveland Gaiter, a three-sport athlete, was cited as one of the first black athletes at the school and one who excelled to the point where he was named the top athlete in its history, by scholars and sportswriters of the pre-1950s era. Speakers told of one shameful incident where iIn a football game between Toms River High School and Point Pleasant in 1924, the Point Pleasant coach instructed his team to “take out” Cleveland from the game. Though they were winning, South coach N.S. Detweiler pulled the team off the field, forfeiting the game, rather than continue. Cleveland got a full scholarship to Columbia University, but was called to help support the family after the death of his father, Wilfred, in 1933. “He stayed home with his mother to help raise his nine siblings. This is just an amazing story,” Correll said. Their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren would go on to their own successful careers, as evidence of the multi-generational impact Wilfred and Ernestine’s lessons would have. Dorothy Gaiter, daughter of Worrell, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize three times for her writing. With a resume that includes the Miami Herald, New York Times and Wall Street Journal, she has reported on race issues but also is known for a weekly wine column. Dorothy explained in her speech all the accomplishments of the generations of Gaiters would go on to achieve, including great-great-grandchildren now in college. “Dad talked endlessly about the value of eduation,” she said of Worrell. “Dad really believed we are all children of the universe. We are all essentially the same.”

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Americans who didn’t vote 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. Ber nie suppor ters 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 happened 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

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meaning that if someone wanted their child to attend Central Regional and they do not live in one of our five constituent districts, they may attend after applying, getting accepted and paying a fee. Because of the sensitivity of choice (meaning any new Governor may take it away upon their time in office), Central uses these funds for onetime purchases only as to not create a hole in the budget just in case it goes away according to district public information officer and mathematics teacher Joshua Eckersley The district’s Humanities Academy recently partnered with Georgian Court University to allow students the benefit to graduate high school with up to 30 college credits. The district’s Leadership Academy, Social Media Academy, and our Army JROTC Program provides a comprehensive education preparing students for real-life career paths. For information on the open house or program call 732-269-1100 ext. 206. Haines said that the Choice program brought in over a million dollars to the district in one year’s time. Board member Susan Cowdrick provided a report from the buildings and grounds committee stating that the middle school’s $900,000 roof replacement project was completed with only a few items left on its punch list. “This was paid for by School Choice money. We are looking at the high school’s overhang roof which is in need of repair. We have $18,640 in Choice money earmarked for that. The project may be around $45,000.” She said other projects being looked at by the district include an upgrade of a public address system that needs to be replaced that would include a lockdown button and strobe light activation in the entire building.

The Berkeley Times, December 3, 2016, Page 25 Additional filter hydrations stations are also being considered within the district. Cowdrick also noted that the district is continuing to collect data concerning a proposed block scheduling plan for the district. Board member Michael Passeri reported on a meeting of the board’s financial committee which also covered areas of the audit report. “I think this shows we are good stewards of the taxpayers money.” Passeri recommended however that closer scrutiny be made in the area of professional development transportation costs. He noted that the cost of that item had increased in the last year. “Travel costs are between $25-$30,000 and that does not include the cost of a substitute to cover the time of the teacher. We are all for staff development but we want to make certain that all the costs are absolutely necessary. We want to take a closer look at this,” Passeri said. “We will be going to block scheduling and we want the staff to be prepared for it and that means staff development to make them prepared for our students sake,” Superintendent Dr. Triantafillos Parlapanides said. He acknowledged however that a review of all costs connected to staff development would be a good idea. Cowdrick added that staff are mandated to take state training that will now be tracked and that some of this training can now be done online. Janet Bell, associate media specialist and Discovery Club Activity Advisor for Central Regional, presented a plaque to the board which was accepted by Dr. Parlapanides and Board President Tracy Minanulli. Bell said that members of the Discovery club which are made up of students and some staff, were planning to go to Disneyland next year and had a trip planned for Europe in June.


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BEACHWOOD – The emergency services annual toy drive Christmas party will be held on December 10 at 7 p.m. at the Beachwood Firehouse, 745 Beachwood Blvd.

The cost is $20 and an unwrapped toy per person. The cost includes dinner, open bar and DJ. For tickets, email

South Toms River December Meetings

SOUTH TOMS RIVER – The following is a list of municipal meetings in South Toms River. Borough Council, December 12 and 27 at

7 p.m. at 19 Double Trouble Rd. Land Use Board, December 19 at 7 p.m. at 144 Mill St., Toms River.



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Page 26, The Berkeley Times, December 3, 2016

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

Where The Stage Is Set For Holiday Magic

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@ 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!

The Berkeley Times, December 3, 2016, Page 27

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.

(Chef Wolfgang Puck’s TV series,“Wolfgang Puck’s Cooking Class,” airs Sundays on the Food Network. Also, his latest cookbook, “Wolfgang Puck Makes It Easy,” is now available in bookstores. Write Wolfgang Puck in care of Tribune Media Services Inc., 2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite 114, Buffalo, NY 14207) © 2016 TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.

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