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–Photos courtesy Howell Police HOWELL – Township police continued their Thanksgiving tradition with delivery of holiday meals to residents in need for the holiday. This year, about 40 Howell police officers volunteered to deliveer 150 meals to local needy, most from the senior community. The event is organized by Dr. Hal Ornstein and his wife Anna; Gene Young, owner of Young’s Appliance, the Howell PBA, Howell Senior Services Director Melanie Decker, local children who decorated the bags, and the generous volunteers who donated all the food.

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 now20-year-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 their house. All donations go to the Society. The big change to the display, Cook said,

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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. (Lights - See Page 5)

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December 3, 2016

In Howell, Food Truck Desires Spur Debate

By Daniel Nee HOWELL If you want to sell food in Howel l, you better have four walls around you and no wheels underneath you. The township’s zoning ordinances effectively prohibit food trucks from operating in most points within the township’s borders, a facet of the township code that at least one resident would like to see changed. But she is facing backlash from some on the governing body who say allowing food trucks to operate “What about in town would be unfair to tradithe person tional restaurant that’s paying owners who pay thousands in rent $6,000 in rent, or property tax- 200 feet away, es to maintain a to have a food physical building. “I recently had establishment?” a great idea that I –Councilman wanted to start a Robert Walsh food truck business in Howell, only to find out that our ordinance now states that you have to move every hour,” said Colleen Matus, who said she has lived in town for 25 years and would like to bring the food truck craze sweeping the nation to her hometown. Matus asked the council at its recent meeting to consider changes to rules. Mayor William Gotto said officials have recently had discussions on the ordinances governing food trucks, but no decisions have been made. The request by Matus for the township council to look into allowing food trucks in town spurred a lengthy debate at a recent council meeting, with some members raising objections to allowing the mobile businesses to permanently operate within Howell’s borders. “I have a serious problem with it,” said Councilman Robert Walsh. “What about the person that’s paying $6,000 in rent, 200 feet away, to have a food establishment? This is where my difficulty lies. They’re paying (Food - See Page 5)



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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 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


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$6,000 in rent, and someone else is selling some of the products they’re selling, 200 feet away, out of a truck? Is that fair to the person with the $6,000 a month overhead?” “They have the option to buy a food truck as well,” Matus replied, adding that there is plenty of competition in Howell already. “People would have an option. It’s the same thing as having Burger King on one block and McDonald’s on the other.” “I need to know that it doesn’t hurt the business person who’s already there,”

The Howell Times, December 3, 2016, Page 5 limited. Seven songs 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 fi nd new treatments, we want them to fi nd 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 Cookschristmas.

Walsh retorted. Matus said that a provision in the township’s current zoning ordinance prohibiting any mobile food vendors from operating within 1,000 feet of another restaurant would suffice to avoid conflict with neighboring businesses. Councilwoman Pauline Smith raised the most serious objection to allowing food trucks in town, saying that the township’s roads are designed in such a way that it would be a safety hazard to allow the mobile restaurants to operate. “We have narrow roads, it’s to difficult to restrict,” Smith said. “It becomes a traffic

hazard, it becomes a safety hazard.” “Forget it, come up with something else,” she told Matus from the dais. Matus said she has been seeking to open on a lot owned by another business, particularly one which serves contractors or other workers who may want to stop at a food truck for a bite to eat during the workday. She said she has approached the Blewett scrap yard on Herbertsville Road to gauge their interest in hosting a truck. “People are coming onto his land to do business with him, and wouldn’t it be great to be able to have something [to eat] while you’re there?” Matus asked.

Gotto indicated he would be open to allowing food trucks to operate under the right conditions, and requested Township Attorney McKenna Torcivia to work with the governing body to come up with a proposal. “I think it’s not just something the governing body will have to address,” said Torcivia. “Planning and zoning because of parking. It’s really going to be site-specific.” Gotto said officials would continue discussions on the matter and would review any proposals that were forwarded to the township.

–Photo courtesy Michael Cook The display from last year’s show. It takes the Cooks months to create one 25-minute show.

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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 18)

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on G overnment Correspondence From Your Local, County, State & Federal Officials

From The Desk Of Congressman Chris Smith: Six Superstorm Sandy Projects Begin

Congressman Chris Smith FREEHOLD – U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) and the New Jersey Adjutant General, Brigadier General Michael L. Cunniff, broke ground on six Su-

perstor m Sandy-related projects at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt. The projects, totaling more than $20 million, are replaci ng damaged fa ci l it ie s a nd ut i l it ie s on the installation and were funded through the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental package Smith and the New Jersey Delegation successfully en-

acted in the aftermath of the stor m: the Disaster Appropriations Act (now Public Law 113-2). “ T h i s g r o u n d b r e a king is an important step in the ongoing recovery process our state faced in the wake of one of the most d amagi ng stor ms in our, and the nation’s, h i s t o r y,” s a i d S m i t h , who represents Sea Girt. “Many members of the

New Jersey Guard, like our first responders, were called to assist others in need—and did so heroically and without hesitation—while concurrently dealing with damage to their own homes.” Cunniff thanked Smith for his strong support for the projects in the wake of Sandy. “Cong ressman Smith represents Seagirt, and as

always has been a staunch supporter of the Guard,” Cunniff said. “On behalf of the 8,400 soldiers and airmen of the New Jersey National Guard, this is a pretty big deal.” The new facilities include: a $4.842 million medical clinic; a $2.05 m illion d at a a nd communications duct bank; two maintenance shops worth over $6.4 million;

a $1.984 million back-up power generation Station, and; a $4.639 million general instruction building. “ T hese project s also highlight the continued military value of Sea Girt to our national defense and to Nat ional Gua rd readiness: roughly 5,000 soldiers from throughout the Northeast train at Sea G i r t a n nu a l ly,” Sm it h concluded.

Assembly Advances Bucco-Rible-Schepisi School Security Bill

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Republicans Anthony M. Bucco, Dave Rible and Holly Schepisi that will allow public and non-public schools and cou nt y colleges to hire retired law enforcement officers on a par t-time basis to provide security on school grounds today received approval from the General Assembly. “Protecting our children and young adults is paramount today in light of the many incidents that have occurred around the

country. This bill serves two purposes,” said Bucco (R-Mor r is). “First, and most important, it provides school officials with a larger pool of exper ienced retired police officers to hire to protect students on school property, but it will also save taxpayers a lot of money by allowing school districts and municipalities to hire these officers at a much lower rate and without the need for pension and health benefit contributions. It’s a perfect fit.” Boards of Education are cur rently authorized to

hire law enforcement officers and public school resou rce off icers. This measure implicitly allows the hiring of retired law enforcement officers. “School officials want a police presence in their schools due to the mass shootings that have occurred in recent years,” said Rible (R-Monmouth). “Students and their parents shouldn’t have to worry about their safety or their children’s safety while sitting in a classroom. While our schools have implemented enhanced security

measures, allowing school officials to hire trained, experienced retired officers provide another avenue of protection.” “There’s no doubt students today are vulnerable to attack just sitting in a classroom,” said Schepisi (R-Bergen). This bill provides an additional pool of well-trained officers towns can draw from to protect our students, teachers and staff with little cost to taxpayers.” The bill (S-86/A-3629) establishes an additional categor y of special law

enforcement officers, specifically, retired officers who are less than 65 years old. They will be authorized to provide security while on school or college prem ises du r i ng hou rs when the school or college is normally in session or when occupied by st udents or their teachers or professors. These Officers will not replace regular law enforcement officers or school resource officers currently employed in schools. They will have the same authority and duties as

regular, full-time police officers while providing school security and will be under the authority of the local chief of police. There are currently two categories of law enforcement officers. “Class One” special officers are permitted to perform routine traff ic detail, spectator control, and similar duties, but are not authorized to carry a firearm while on duty. “Class Two” officers are permanent, regularly appointed full-time police officers. They are authorized to carry a firearm.

State Agencies Join Forces To Support NJ Small Business Owners

TRENTON – The New Jersey State Librar y is working with the New Jersey Department of Treasury’s Division of Taxation to connect local business owners and entrepreneurs w it h v it al i n for mat ion 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 r un 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 recover y of the state,” said State Librar ian Mar y 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 Administration’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 librar ies and workshop dates, visit TaxationUniversity.

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Lake. Matinee is at 2 p.m. Evening at 7:30 p.m. For information, 732-449-4530. A Christmas Carol, 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Allaire Village, 4263 Atlantic Ave., Farmingdale. The program takes place in our Historic Allaire Chapel and is presented by Maggie Worsdale and the Traveling Literary Theatre. $20. Historic Four Corners Lantern Tours, 6 and 8 p.m., Reservations are required. Christ Church, 380 Sycamore Ave., Shrewsbury. For information, call 732-742-1227. December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, Holiday Spectacular & Train Display at InfoAge, noon to 5 p.m. at InfoAge Science Center, 2201 Marconi Rd., Wall. For information, call 732-801-8054. December 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, Christmas Lantern Tour, 5 to 8 p.m. at Allaire Village, 4263 Atlantic Ave., Farmingdale. Come celebrate the holidays with a stroll through the lantern lit village, and learn about Christmas in 1836. $14.50 per person. December 3, Steve the Magic Conductor & Chestnut the Squirrel, noon. A magic and illusion show that will entertain the entire family. At Monmouth Museum, 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft. For information, call 732-747-2266. Holiday Open House at the Taylor-Butler House, 1 to 4 p.m., Taylor-Butler House, 127 Kings Highway, Middletown. Spring Lake Candlelight Christmas Inn Tour, 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tour Spring Lake’s Famous Inns and B&B’s decorated in their Holiday Splendor. Sponsored by the Historic Inns of Spring Lake. A Holiday Doo Wop, 7 p.m. at Count Basie Theater, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank. Features The Duprees, The Platters and more. For information, call 732-842-9000. December 4, 11, Christmas at Allaire, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Allaire Village, 4263 Atlantic Ave., Farmingdale. Historic buildings open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each building will be decorated and interpreted according to a different Christmas tradition. Events throughout the day. $5 to $7.


Band of Brother In-Laws, 8 p.m. at Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church St., Middletown. $25. For information, call 732-706-4100. A Musical Winter Wonderland, 7:30 p.m. at Wilson Hall, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch. A cavalcade of Holiday favorites featuring the Monmouth University Chamber Orchestra, The Jazz Hawks, The Concert Choir, the Chamber Choir, soloists, and a special appearance by the Colts Neck Reformed Church Exultation Ringers. $15. For tickets, events/arts.aspx. December 9 through 18, “I Do Love the Holidays (Sometimes),” at Center Playhouse, 35 South St., Freehold. For information, call 732-4629093. Fascinating Rhythm: The Music of George Gershwin, 2 p.m. The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, 310 Mounts Corner Drive, Freehold. Tickets $18 members, $20 nonmembers. For tickets, 732252-6990. Vienna Boys Choir, 8 p.m. at Count Basie Theater, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank. Tickets are $45, $35, $30, & $25. 732-224-8778. December 16 to 18, Monmouth Film Festival 2016. Two River Theater, Monmouth Street, Red Bank. For information, call 732-344-0946. Bimah Players, An Afternoon of Jewish Skits and Songs, 2 p.m. at The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, 310 Mounts Corner Drive, Freehold. Tickets are $8 members, $10 nonmembers. For tickets, call 732-252-6990. Monmouth Civic Chorus, Joy To The World, 4 p.m. at Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank. Tickets $5 to $40. To purchase, onmouthcivicchorus. org/orders/ticketsForm.php. The Many Moods of Christmas, The Shrewsbury Chorale, 3 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 90 Kings Hwy., Middletown.



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World Record For Couples Kissing Under Mistletoe

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.S.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.

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Club News, Activities, Events & Announcements

Grateful Patients Are Inspired To Help Others

LONG BRANCH – Two recent patients who underwent joint replacement surgery at Monmouth Medical Center now share something else in common: both are so pleased with their results, they have joined the Joint Replacement Program as volunteers. “I know the anxiety people have,” said Bryan Garnett, who had both knees replaced. “I just want to tell them how positively it impacted my life.” Lauren Sampson, who underwent hip replacement, agrees. “It’s given me my life back - I couldn’t be happier.” Garnett’s knee problems started in college and progressed over time, despite three previous surgeries. By his early 50s, the cartilage in Garnett’s knees – which acts as a shock-absorber and provides a cushion between the bones to reduce friction – had worn away. “My knees were bone to bone,” said the high school teacher and wrestling coach. “It was getting really bad. People were constantly telling me, ‘You’re walking funny.’” The final straw came after some of his wrestlers accidentally barreled into him during practice, knocking him over. Garnett’s knees swelled up and the pain intensified. “I finally said to my wife, ‘I think it’s time.’” The Jackson resident selected Monmouth Medical Center orthopaedic surgeon David Chalnick, M.D., who recommended replacing both knees at the same time. The highly experienced joint replacement specialist felt Garnett was a great candidate for bilateral knee replacement -- which provides a number of advantages for certain patients, versus two separate operations. “Bilateral knee replacement is certainly more difficult than a single knee replacement, however, the overall recovery is quicker,” said Chalnick, medical director of The Joint Replacement Center at Monmouth Medical Center. “In the right patient, typically young and healthy, this can be a great option.” Garnett spent about four days in the hospital, followed by a week in a local rehabilitation facility. He then returned home and attended outpatient physical therapy sessions several times a week for the next month. About six weeks after the surgery, Garnett had his last visit with Chalnick. “He was so impressed with my range of motion and the way my legs look,” said Garnett. “The results were so good, he doesn’t need to see me for a year.” Garnett also credits the support of his family as a key to his success. “From preparing the house for when I arrived home, to driving me to my PT visits, their encouragement was so helpful,” he said. Sampson had been an avid walker and worked out at the gym about four times a week. But several years ago, she developed pain in her thigh after walking just five minutes. An X-ray showed the cause was actually her hip: arthritis had worn away the cushioning cartilage, so her joint was “bone on bone.” The 68-year-old Freehold resident tried physical therapy, but the pain still returned when she walked. That’s when Sampson knew it was time to get the hip replacement she’d been putting off. After interviewing several orthopaedic surgeons, she chose Monmouth Medical Center’s Mark Gesell, M.D. Sampson felt comfortable with the surgeon and

his staff. “They are beyond professional – and I’m very critical about that, because that’s what I teach,” said Sampson, an adjunct professor in business and professional communication at Kean University and a faculty tutor in the writing services department at Monmouth University. Gesell explained everything in detail and connected Sampson with a liaison she could call with any questions. She went ahead with a Mako hip replacement, in which the surgeon uses robotic technology to increases the procedure’s precision. “Sampson’s hip arthritis had progressed to the point that the pain and stiffness was affecting her quality of life and surgical treatment was needed,” said Gesell. “A MAKO hip procedure allowed a very precise positioning of the components in her hip replacement. This procedure allows better reproduction of her leg lengths and optimizes the function of the implant, which will contribute to less complications and less wear on the implant.” Sampson returned home just two days after surgery. Then she went to outpatient physical therapy three times a week for about four months. “Every single person I dealt with at Monmouth Medical Center was unbelievable,” she said. “They were prompt, efficient, kind and compassionate.” About six months after her hip replacement, Sampson walked two miles on the boardwalk and felt fine. “I’m getting my confidence back,” she said. “Last year I couldn’t do this. I was miserable... I even missed out on a trip to Italy. I couldn’t even do day trips!” Now, Sampson is exercising again at the gym and at home. “My physical therapist couldn’t believe what I was capable of doing post-surgery.” In addition to crediting great surgeons and medical teams, both Garnett and Sampson point to Monmouth Medical Center’s joint replacement patient education sessions as an important component of their success. “It helps you to know what to expect and how best to prepare for the surgery – before, during and after,” said Sampson. “I was terrified,” she admits. But once she spoke with Dr. Gesell and took the class, she felt reassured. In fact, during her hospital stay, Sampson offered to help out with future sessions. Today, she makes “rounds” as a volunteer – giving patients a survey and a T-shirt, talking to them and seeing if they have questions or if they need anything. “People seem really responsive; I love doing this!” she said. Garnett has started volunteering with the joint replacement information session group. He wants others to know that joint replacement “gives you your life back.” “You’re not sitting at the edge of the bed in the morning looking for your anti-inflammatories, getting the nerve up to stand because your hip or knees hurt,” he said. For more information on the Joint Replacement Program at Monmouth Medical Center, call 732-923-7666 or visit barnabashealth. org/mmcjoint. To learn about volunteer opportunities at Monmouth Medical Center, call 732-923-6670.








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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.

Workshop On Lung Cancer LONG BRANCH – Lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer of men and women in the United States. Each year, 200 million Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer and fight the disease with a variety of aggressive treatments. To help prepare and better inform patients fighting lung cancer and their loved ones about available treatments, the Cancer Support Community at Monmouth Medical Center will host Frankly Speaking about Lung Cancer on December 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tinton Falls. This free, two-hour workshop, funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Lilly, will feature a discussion with Subroto Paul, MD,

MPH, director of Thoracic Surgical Services for RWJBarnabas Health and Seth Cohen, MD, regional medical director of Oncology Clinical Research, Monmouth Medical Center. Drs. Paul and Cohen will discuss a number of topics related to lung cancer treatment including: side effects, side-effect management and tools to overcome the social and emotional challenges of the diagnosis. Registration for Frankly Speaking about Lung Cancer is required as seating is limited. Dinner will be provided for attendees. The DoubleTree Hotel is located at 700 Hope Road in Tinton Falls. To register, call 1-888-724-7123.

Fathers And Daughters

HOWELL – The Howell Library will have a showing of “Fathers and Daughters” on December 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. An acclaimed writer struggles to care for his young daughter following a car accident that kills his wife and leaves him with a head injury that causes violent episodes. Years later, the daughter, who is now a social worker with long standing intimacy problems, is put

to the test when she tries to connect with an abused child. The movie, directed by Gabriele Muccino, stars Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul, Jane Fonda, Diane Kruger and Bruce Greenwood. The movie is rated R and runs for 116 minutes. The library is located at 318 Old Tavern Rd.

Café Society

HOWELL – The Howell Library will host a showing of Cafe Society from 1 to 2:40 p.m. on December 8. A New Yorker moves to Hollywood in the 1930s to work for his uncle, a powerful and well-connected agent. He soon falls for his uncle’s secretary, unaware that she is secretly having an affair with his uncle. Disillusioned,

he returns home to run a nightclub for his gangster brother. The movie, directed by Woody Allen, stars Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart and Corey Stoll. The movie is rate PG-13 and runs 96 minutes. For more information, call 732-938-2300. The library is located at 318 Old Tavern Rd.

A Christmas Carol: The Radio Show

HOWELL – Revisit 1939 when Campbell’s Soup sponsored a radio show feature of A Christmas Carol starring Lionel Barrymore as Scrooge and Orson Wells as the Narrator. This version, presented by NINE Theatricals, will feature actors dressed in 1930s and ‘40s garb and take on various characters. Sound

effects, vintage commercials and Christmas carols will add to the fun. The event takes place on December 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. This performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Howell Library The library is located at 318 Old Tavern Rd.


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–Photo courtesy Howell Township Police Department HOWELL – Howell Police Officers Richard Robertiello, Daniel Bozza and Nicholas Austin and Telecommunicator Amy Bordfeld were honored in November by Chief Andrew Kudrick and the NJ Chaplains Association for saving a distraught young man’s life in October. Chaplains Bursztyn and Wenger presented their highest recognition - Lifesaving Award while Chief Kudrick issued a department commendation to the officers and TC Bordfeld whose daughter was present to witness the outstanding job her mother did.

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.

Christmas Train Display

WALL – The Garden State Central Model Railroad Club will host their Holiday Spectacular and Christmas Train Display at the InfoAge Science Center located at 2210 Marconi Road now through December 18. Donations to Toys for Tots will also be accepted. Visit for tickets and additional information.

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The Power Of Craft For Health And Healing

SHREWSBURY – Producer, director and writer Callie Lasch will present a program highlighting an appreciation of handmade craft as a transformative tool for learning and healing at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library on December 9 at 11 a.m. Lasch has been addressing and exhibiting handmade craft and use of hands as a means of learning and healing for more than 20 years, and will bring ideas to the table on how using hands in creative work reduces anxiety and depression, particularly important during the holiday season. “Creative handwork is closely linked to parts of the brain that process emotion and memory,” the speaker said, “Science tells us that 60 percent of the brain is devoted to the hands. By engaging our hands constructively and creatively, we stimulate greater wellness through the building of new neurological synapses and support proper communication between both sides of the brain.” Lasch also pointed out how engaging hands in creative pursuits at any age builds areas in the brain that generate calm and solution-oriented thinking, which in turn create a better emotional balance when facing the activities that surround people in their everyday lives. The program is offered at no cost and no reservations are necessary. For further information on this and all other programs within the Monmouth County Librar y system, visit

Culinary Schools Offers Courses

MONMOUTH COUNTY – There is a hidden gem in Monmouth County known as The Culinary Education Center of Monmouth County but everyone calls it The Culinary School. It’s located at 101 Drury Lane in Asbury Park right next to Asbury Park High School. It is a unique collaboration between Brookdale Community College and the Monmouth County Vocational School District. Persons can start a career at the Culinary Education Center of Monmouth County. Potential employment opportunities exist in food preparation and supervisory/chef positions in restaurants, food catering services, and institutional food services in schools, colleges, hospitals, nursing homes, and business establishment facilities. For information call Liz Lehmann at 732-774-3782 The public is also invited to dine at the school for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 10 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and dinner from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Reservations are recommended by calling 732-988-3299.

SHREWSBURY – Representatives of both the National Park Service and the Army Ground Forces Association will join with photographer Daniel Berg on December 17 at a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch, Route 35, to pay tribute to the Centennial Year of the National Park Service. Berg’s work will be featured throughout December in an exhibition of various scenes and sights at Sandy Hook, the National Park Service’s Recreation A rea which includes For t Hancock, the historic former army installation that provided protection to New York Harbor during World War II and has been a part of American history since the Revolution. The recreation area also includes the Sandy Hook Proving Ground, a National Historic Landmark, is home to several batteries and historic Army buildings, the oldest surviving lighthouse in the U.S., and a former Un it e d St at e s Life - Sav i ng Se r v ice station building which bears witness to the maritime history of this unique peninsula. During the reception highlighting the photographer’s works, a representative of the Park Service will explain

Park System Hosts Student/Instructor Show & Sale

LINCROFT – The Monmouth County Park System will host its annual Student/Instructor Show & Sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 3 and 4. Held at the Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Newman Springs Road, this event celebrates the original artwork of its students and instructors. Take this opportunity to pick up the perfect gift or home accent piece. Unique handmade items can be found for all budgets. Cash or check only. The Creative A r ts Center hosts a variety of fine arts and craft classes throughout the year including ceramics, pottery, jewelry and painting. To learn more about the Creative Arts Center or the Park System, visit monmouthcountyparks. com or call 732-842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the Park System TTY/TDD number is 711.

Holiday Meal Appeal

MONMOUTH/OCEAN COUNTY – Support the The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean and their holiday meal appeal. Help a local family by making a monetary donation. Every $1 provides three meals, or volunteers can donate frozen turkeys, chickens, stuffing, canned vegetables, or mixed fruit at either of the FoodBank locations at 3300 Route 66 in Neptune or 1769 Hooper Ave. in Toms River. For more drop-off locations or to donate online, visit

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Park Service Featured At Library the duties of the Park Service at the re c reat ion a rea , a s wel l a s a n swe r general questions. A member of the Army Ground Forces Association will explain the association’s involvement concer n i ng t he m ilit a r y h istor y of Sandy Hook and answer questions from the public on the role the installation played primarily during World War II.

The Army Ground Forces Association is a non-profit association dedicated to promoting and facilitating research, interest and pride in America’s veterans of the Second World War and other conf licts. Members specialize in restoration, preservation and interpretation of the histor y of the A r my’s Coast A r tiller y Cor ps f rom 1895 to 1948,

accenting the World War II era. The association also provides living history based inter pretive programming and preservation and restoration of Army structures and equipment. For further information on this and all other programs at all branches of the Monmouth County Library system, visit

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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.

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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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CentraState: ECT Regarded As Most Viable Treatment For Severe Depression

By Moustafa H. Shafey, M.D. When it comes to modern medicine and healthcare, the only thing that stays the same is – well, quite simply, change. Whether it’s the technology that allows us to peer deep into the body or the medicines and treatments that improve the lives of those with chronic diseases, the pace of change over the years has been profound. This is particularly true in the case of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), a procedure for severe depression and other progressive mental health disorders that is arguably the safest, fastest and most effective when medications or alternative treatments prove ineffective or intolerable. Many call it the “gold standard” therapy, with up to 90 percent of such patients experiencing dramatic functional improvement. This is all the more inspiring when you consider that while ECT is a somewhat common treatment in modern psychiatry, there’s still significant education to be done in combatting negative misconceptions stemming from how the procedure was administered in the past. Safe and controlled procedure has come a long way from the past It’s estimated that over 40 million Americans suffer from depression. Many see therapists and take medication. But for those with severe depression episodes – as well as severe mania, bipolar disorders, psychosis and catatonia – ECT is generally viewed as the most viable treatment modality. How does it work? ECT involves a brief electrical current lasting a fraction of a second to six seconds. This produces a controlled

seizure within the brain of up to one or two minutes. The stimulus is set forth only after the patient is asleep, sedated via general anesthesia, and a muscle relaxer is given to greatly reduce muscular response. The ECT procedure is pain free and takes about 10-15 minutes from beginning to end, with an electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring major brain activity throughout. This is quite a contrast to decades ago when ECT, then more commonly referred to as “shock therapy,” was not medically managed quite so well. Individuals were often given high doses of electricity without anesthesia, were prone to wild body movement, and susceptible to long-term memory loss. Over the years, the media has portrayed ECT as a quick fix to “shock” away depression, and those images and misperceptions unfortunately remain for many. Every day we are committed to educating potential and current patients about just how far ECT has progressed. But the stigma of the past remains a barrier for some. We’ve had patients who underwent ECT many years ago and remain suspect of brain stimulation techniques. We remind them. We teach them. Every year medicine changes for the better and every year ECT treatment becomes safer and more effective. A dramatically improved quality of life in just days to weeks We’ve seen rapid improvement in patients who first visit us for a consultation exhibiting severe symptoms. Many are not eating, losing weight and uninterested in life. Some have suicidal tendencies and are detached

from reality. Others are hopeless, depressed and practically confined to bed. Today, after a normal course of six to 12 treatments at a rate of three per week, these same individuals are now leading happy and active lives. Many patients notice an improvement in symptoms after two to three treatments. Response to antidepressant medications, in comparison, can take several weeks or more. Recently, I treated a middle-aged man who was experiencing severe lethargy. He was severely depressed and withdrawn from daily activities. Our team sat with him and his wife, explained ECT, gained their confidence, and set out a treatment schedule. Within a few short weeks, he was back on his feet with a far better quality of life, and is now even travelling overseas. According to his wife, “he is now enjoying the little things in life. These treatments have proven to be a life saver.” Remarkable progress, though still a mystery in some ways ECT is a sound treatment modality for adults of all ages at our institution. In many cases, ECT is used during pregnancy, when medications can’t be taken because they might harm the developing fetus, or with older adults, who can’t tolerate drug side effects. Still, it’s not for everyone. Once a mental health professional has prescribed ECT, the patient must first undergo a thorough psychiatric assessment and physical examination, including medical history, blood work, chest X-ray, electrocardiogram (ECG) and other lab tests, as necessary. We engage in an open dialogue to explicitly review the risks and benefits. With full consent, we proceed.

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When ECT treatment is provided at the right time in the right way it can be a truly life-saving experience. We are very clear, however, that ECT can produce side effects such as headache, muscle soreness and nausea. Because of the anesthetic drug and the effects of having had a seizure, patients will temporarily feel somewhat groggy. Some patients also may temporarily experience short-term memory loss, which may clear in a few days or few weeks. In comparison to life-threatening risks of mental illness, though, treatment benefits far outweigh these side effects. Why is ECT so successful? No one knows for certain how ECT helps treat severe depression and other mental illnesses. We still have much to learn about how the brain works. What is known is that the seizure caused by ECT releases chemicals in the brain. These chemicals, called neurotransmitters, deliver messages from one brain cell to another. The release of these chemicals makes the brain cells work better. As a result, depressive disorder and other psychiatric condition symptoms can be overpowered by this improved brain cell function. State-of-the-art ECT treatment at CentraState Medical Center Psychiatric Services at CentraState Medical Center offers inpatient and outpatient ECT in our state-of-the-art ECT Treatment Suite. ECT is administered by our team of doctors who have specialized training and experience in this type of treatment, and staffed by anesthesiologists, nurses and our technical team. ECT treatments are administered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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

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

Shots Fired, Police Seek Information

HOWELL – Police are investigating an alleged shooting that took place early morning on November 5 in the area of Lanes Mills Road. Dispatched officers checked the area for any possible suspects, however none were located. A perimeter was established and contact was made with a 38-year-old resident. The resident/ victim reported that he heard gunshots from behind his residence, “saw sparks,” then witnessed two black male subjects run from behind the residence, to a silver Honda Civic that was waiting for them in the street. The victim reported that a third black male was driving. The victim chased the actors on foot to the vehicle. As he got to the car, a round was fired in his direction. Evidence at the scene supports this claim. The rounds fired at the rear of his residence were into a structure housing pitbull dogs. None were hit. As per County policy, the Prosecutor’s Office responded and worked with our detectives to collect evidence and process the scene. The Monmouth County SPCA was notified and is an investigating partner. The investigation continues. If anyone has additional information please contact the Howell Police at 732-938-4111 or direct message the police on Facebook. Tipsters can leave an anonymous tip at crimestoppers. The police will not ask for any identifying information, just the tips. Call 800671-4400 or Text “MONMOUTH” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

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Artist Mary Mihelic Presents Running Girl Paintings

LAKEWOOD – Georgian Court University will host artist Mary Mihelic for a discussion of her series of paintings entitled Running Girl, illustrating the more than 50 Nigerian schoolgirls who made a split second decision to run for their lives when Boko Haram terrorists attacked their school and kidnapped their classmates two years ago. Mihelic’s Running Girl artwork will be displayed at GCU through November. The Running Girl series of paintings captures the courage of these women. Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden.” or “Western influence is a sin.” Officially called Wilayat Gharb Afriqiya, this terrorist group believes that women should not be educated but rather used as cooks or sex slaves. The artist’s work reflects on war, religious freedom, the education of women, and global feminism. “I believe it is critical that artists use their talents for social justice purposes or to make a difference,” said Mihelic. “With my art, I hope people can reflect on how human rights around the world are being abused under the guise of religion.” The Brooklyn-based artist also wants people to understand that broad educa-

tional opportunities offered in the United States are not universal. “Through educating women, you educate the future mothers of the world, then they educate their children, and then you can begin to stop the cycle of violence and poverty,” she said. This event is in addition to many other Critical Concerns 2016 programs featuring well-recognized speakers, authors, artists, filmmakers, and educators. For the past decade, the annual Critical Concerns programs at GCU have addressed the Sisters of Mercy’s five critical concerns—the earth, immigration, racism, nonviolence, and women. This year will focus on Women’s Voices in the Jubilee Year of Mercy. This year’s observance is being held in conjunction with Ocean County College’s Grunin Center for the Arts and the Ocean County Library. Throughout October and November, the three local organizations are exploring the theme Beyond the Classroom & Critical Concerns: Global Education for Women. All sessions are open to the public and free of charge. Learn more and register at or call the Office of Mission Integration at 732987-2303.

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HOWELL – Howell Township offers its residents an online “carbon calculator” to be used to help conceptualize how daily activities emit carbon dioxide that contributes to global warming. This carbon calculator is based on local energy

calculations. Residents should have a recent power, electric and gas bill, vehicle year, make and model, and recent water bill to aid with the calculation. Visit to learn more.

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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. 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 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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MIDDLETOWN – The Shrewsbury Chorale presents The Many Moods of Christmas on December 18 at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 90 Kings Hwy. Neil Brown conducts four suites of favorite carols from The Many Moods of Christmas, plus selections from Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Four Nutcracker Favorites, and more. Includes reception. ADA accessible. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for children. Advance sales are discounted. For tickets, call 732-747-1362, email, or visit

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By Donna Frances Madej the poinsettia is berry like, During the past months located in the center of the while we were enjoying the plant and is called the bract. showcase of glorious sea- I&G’s poinsettias are grown sonal fruits, vegetables and right here in greenhouses vegetation presented to us by beginning in July, are breathI&G Farms at their family farm taking and will surpass your market, behind the scenes ac- expectations. As far as the tivity continued. Twenty-thou- trees…who knows how long sand mums, countless num- ago they were cut down? Here, ber of cornstalks, pumpkins beautiful, healthy, fresh cut and lots of straw later, the Frazer Fur Christmas trees leaves fall and we’ve been are brought in direct from the anxiously waiting for the in- mountains of North Carolina. termission to end… Irene Johnston refers to the Act three and the wait is staff that assists her throughover! If you’re not already out the year and helps create a fan of the “growers for all the holiday merchandise as seasons,” now is the time to “the most incredible, gifted stop by 150 Whitesville Road, designers that you’d ever want Jackson, for your holiday to see.” They offer pre-made decorating and floral needs. and custom made items and This year, Santa will take lovingly craft their creations time out of his busy schedule in the market, which has and make an appearance on magically been transformed Saturday, December 3rd from into a decorating center. Bins 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, of embellishments and a large December 4th from 11 a.m. to variety of ribbon enable you to 3 p.m. He’ll be surrounded personalize your choice and by some of I&G’s beautiful help create something very poinsettias (more about them special. Bows are available, later) creating the perfect pre or handmade, and add setting for photos that will be the perfect touch to many available for purchase. Pets creations. Theme wreaths are welcome. are popular and if you have Thanks to I&G Farms, there’s items you’d like to incorporate, no need to settle for “typi- including lights, you’re more cal” wreaths, swags, sprays, than welcome to bring them garland or grave blankets. in. I&G Farms have provided And don’t even think about wreaths for area businesses purchasing your poinsettias and always deliver upscale, at a big box or grocery store meticulously crafted creations. and your Christmas tree on a Ideally, a week is requested corner or in a parking lot. Of- for custom orders but the staff ten when you buy a poinsettia has been known to deliver in from somewhere other than less time. a grower, there’s actually no “With our custom wreaths, flower left, only colored leaves, people usually request them due to it not being treated cor- large; 24, 36, 48 inches. rectly in transit. The flower of 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 endless encores…Bravo Irene and staff. Bravo!

The Howell Times, December 3, 2016, Page 23

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.


wolfgang puck’s kitchen

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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