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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, is a pixel matrix, which will sit on the porch to provide scrolling lettering and other effects. He and his family started working on resequencing the songs and the pixel matrix the last week of August. Photos on the Cook’s Christmas Facebook page show the displays being erected on the lawn at the end of October. This year’s display will include a new tune, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” It will join the roster of the usual songs, which include Christmas “techno” versions of traditional songs
–Photos courtesy Michael Cook Jackson Mills Fire Company stopped by November 25 to welcome the display and the holiday. Inset, the display from last year’s show. It takes the Cooks months to create one 25-minute show. from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Manheim Steamroller. Visitors must tune into FM 100.1 to hear the show, which is synchronized with the light displays. More than 3,000 lights were added to last year’s display. The computerized light display usually has 14,000 lights. Cook said he keeps a few standards that he
uses every year. He’s a full-time emergency room nurse at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, so his hours are a bit hectic and his time limited. Seven songs comprise the 25-minute show; each song takes 10 to 12 hours to synchronize with the music and lights. Cook takes the reins (Record - See Page 5)
FEEDING A HOLIDAY NEED
By Judy Smestad-Nunn OCEAN COUNTY – How many turkeys does it take to feed 3,000 people on Thanksgiving? The answer is 328 (or 4,475 pounds of whole turkey) said Gary Lesniak, Culinary II instructor at Brick Vo-Tech, who said the answer changes every year since he and his students prepare first-class Thanksgiving dinners for the neediest in Ocean County. The program, called “Feed the Need,” is now in its 20th year, said Lesniak, who spearheads the project. About 180 culinary students from all over
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. Victoria Bambace, 16, a junior at Brick (Need - See Page 5)
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–Photo by Jennifer Peacock Board President Sharon Dey, far left, stands with, from left to right, school nurses Cynthia McLaughlin, Kathleen McCabe and security officer Gerald Ravaioli, who received certificates of recognition for performing life-saving measures for a colleague at Goetz Middle School. By Jennifer Peacock JACKSON – They saved a life. The Board of Education recognized school nurses Cynthia McLaughlin and Kathleen McCabe and security officer Gerald Ravaioli for saving a staff member using an automated external defibrillator. “Because of the quick thinking, skills and composure of two of our nurses and one of our security officers, a member of the Goetz family is still alive today,” Board president Sharon Dey said at the November 15 board meeting. Specific details were not released. Officials would only say that a “recent emergency” occurred at Goetz Middle School which required staff to use the AED. No additional information on the nurses or security staff was provided. According to the American Red Cross, an AED “is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest and is an easy to operate tool for someone with no medical background.” A person going into cardiac arrest—which is often confused with a heart attack, but rather than being a blockage is when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions, (Nurses - See Page 28)
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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
The Jackson Times, December 3, 2016, Page 5 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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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 facebook.com/ Cookschristmas.
Recycle Properly In Jackson
JACKSON – The township strongly encourages all Jackson residents to bring all acceptable recyclable and residential bulky waste materials to the Municipal Transfer Station and Bulky Waste Compactor. This facility provides residents with a valuable service that is not available in many area communities. Since it is supported with tax dollars, residents should observe the rules and regulations to help the township operate
it efficiently and economically. Any vehicle entering this facility must be registered in New Jersey. Vehicles without New Jersey license plate will not be permitted to enter. The hours of operation are Friday through Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. It’s closed Wednesday, Thursday, and holidays. The station and compactor are for homeowners only, no contractors.
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ECT Is Regarded As The 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. 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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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 as Halloween ends, all the
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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 P OT US , I f i n a l ly fe el li ke saying something. To m a ny, my fe el i n g s will be considered cold, lifeless, emot ion less, fait h less, cy n ical, a nd 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 par t y 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 a nd wonder, how many of us feel cheated, lied to, and defeated by the political est ablishments. I cannot think of a single politician who has kept their promises fully, eve n t he b e st of t he m can not do it. I am lef t wondering if the system works for us or if we work for the system. Think about this, if less than 50 percent of people c om m it t e d t he m selve s to eit her of t he ca nd idates (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 ment ion i ng t he people (Letters - See Page 20)
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SPOTLIGHT ON GOVERNMENT Correspondence & Commentary From Your Local, County, State & Federal Ofﬁcials
Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer 12th Legislative District
Dancer Legislation Strengthens Standards For Private Security Guards
TRENTON – Legislation int roduced by Assembly man Ron Dancer strengthens licensing procedures for security guards employed in New Jersey, better protecting the public from potential terroristic plots. Dancer’s bill (A4104) emphasizes that security guards must pass a criminal history record check before renew-
ing their Security Officer Registration. In addition, the measure clarifies that registered security guards must also undergo background checks when they renew. A r med secu r it y officers are required to renew annually, and unarmed guards renew every two years. The terrorist who murdered 50 people at a Flor-
ida nightclub in June was employed for almost a decade by one of the world’s la rgest secu r it y f i r ms. Despite a year on the FBI terror watch list, repeated reports of antisocial behavior, and being described as “unstable and unhinged” by a co-worker, the k iller remained employed as a n a r med security guard.
“I n tod ay’s e nv i ronme nt , we a re se ei ng a dramatic increase in the u s e of p r ivat e s e c u r ity guards. The Orlando shooter was working as an armed guard for a gated community,” said Dancer (R— Ocean). “The public deserves guards they can trust, who have been vetted and passed a rigid background check. “Pub-
lic safet y demands the most comprehensive and technologically advanced licensing standards for security guards.” Under the state’s Security Officer Registration Act in effect since 2007, applicants must submit their fingerprints and written consent for a cr i m i nal background check to state police. A candidate who
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h a s b e e n c onv ict e d of first-, second-, third-, or fourth-degree crimes, or any offense involving the unlawful use, possession, or sale of a cont rolled dangerous subject would be banned from serving as a security guard.
State Agencies Join Forces To Support NJ Small Business Owners
TRENTON – The New Jersey State Librar y is work i ng w it h t he New Je r s e y D e p a r t m e n t of Treasu r y’s Division of Taxation to connect local business owners and entrepreneurs with vital information through their local libraries. Libraries throughout the state, includ i ng t he L a kewood Br a nch of t he Ocea n County Librar y on December 7 from 10 a.m.
to 1:30 p.m., are hosting half-day Small Business Wo r k s h o p s t a u g h t b y 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 respon sibili-
ties; 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 i ncome and t a xe s , f r o m e m ploye e withholding to sales tax.” “The New Jersey State Libra r y is pleased to p a r t n e r i n t h i s e f fo r t with the New Jersey Depar t ment of Treasu r y’s Division of Taxation and we view this investment in the capacity of local b u si n e s s e s a s a n o t h e r
p o s i t i ve s t e p t ow a r d s 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 ser ve, but i n add it ion, the t raining, resources and suppor t offered will continue to benefit communities beyond the duration of this program. This partnership demon-
strates 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 specif ic situations and get the answers they need. For a list of participating libraries and workshop dates, visit njstatelib.org/ TaxationUniversity.
Legislators Want Portion Of I-195 To Memorialize Fallen Trooper
NEW JERSEY – Legislation honoring a young state trooper killed in the line-of-duty, sponsored by Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton, and Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, earned As-
sembly approval recently. The bill (S2526/A4105) designates a portion of Interstate 195 in Upper Freehold as the State Trooper Anthony A. Raspa Memorial Highway. “This is a fitting way to honor
the memory of a young trooper lost in the line of duty,” said Dancer (R—Ocean). “Trooper Raspa was a courageous leader who made the commitment to serve and protect the residents of New Jersey.”
Raspa was 24 years old when he was fatally injured on May 30, 2015 after his cruiser struck a deer on Route 195 in Upper Freehold. That stretch of road will bear his name under Dancer, DeCroce and Clifton’s bill.
“Trooper Raspa demonstrated an unflinching devotion to the people he served,” said DeCroce. “His memory lives on with his family, friends, and fellow troopers. This bill ensures his name and his sacrifice will
not be forgotten.” “This is a fitting recognition for a young man who made the ultimate sacrifice serving the public,” said Clifton (R—Ocean). “We honor his commitment and mourn his loss.”
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Club News, Activities, Events & Announcements
Free First-Time Home Buyer Open House Attracts A Crowd
NOTICE OF MEETINGS PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE VOCATIONAL SCHOOL IN THE COUNTY OF OCEAN, in accordance with the provisions of the “Open Public Meetings Law,” P.L. 1975, c. 231 hereby establishes the following schedule of meetings to be held during 2016-17. All meetings shall commence at 4:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. Regular
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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.
LAKEWOOD –Christ United Methodist Church will host a harp concert at 4 p.m. on December 3 at the church, 678 5th St. Elaine Christy, harpist, holds a doctorate degree from The Manhattan School of Music and
has been professor of harp at The University of Kansas and Kansas State University. She is currently harp instructor at Princeton University. Tickets are $15 per person. Children ages 8 and younger are free.
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Club News, Activities, Events & Announcements
Jackson Police Investigate Robbery
JACKSON – Jackson police officers responded to the Flair Park located at the intersection of Buckingham Drive and Birmingham Drive on the report of a robbery at gunpoint which had occurred on November 18 at 9:12 p.m. The victims of the incident reported that while at the park, two suspects had brandished a semi-automatic handgun and stole sneakers and a backpack containing personal property. Officers conducted a search for the suspects and the following investigation resulted in three juveniles being taken into custody. Proceeds from the incident along with two Airsoft guns resembling realistic looking handguns were also recovered. A 17 year old male was taken into custody and juvenile complaints were signed charging him with robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose (for utilizing an
imitation firearm to commit a robbery). He was processed and transported to the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center. A 16 year old male was taken into custody and juvenile complaints were signed charging him with robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose (for utilizing an imitation firearm to commit a robbery). He was processed and transported to the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center. A 16 year old male was taken into custody and a juvenile complaint was signed charging him with conspiracy to commit robbery. He was processed and transported to the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center. Police Officers Michael Basso, Alex Crinnian, David Watson, Phil Minissale, Kale Mabey and Sgt. Wayne Olejarz responded. Dsg. Frank Mendez and Det. Robert Reiff also responded to investigate.
Breakfast With Santa
JACKSON – The Cassville Volunteer Fire Company will host a breakfast with Santa from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 10 at the firehouse, 785 Miller Ave. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 10, and free for children 3 and
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Jackson Fire Safety Bureau Offers Cooking Fire Safety Tips
JACKSON – Unattended cooking continues to be the number one cause of fire locally and throughout the country. Every year people in the U.S. are injured or die as a result of fires in the home and cooking related fires cause the most by far. It is important when cooking not to be distracted by other activities like talking on the phone, being on the computer or cooking when tired or medicated. It is also important to make sure there is a working smoke detector in the home. The Jackson Bureau of Fire Safety Fire Districts 3 is offering for free battery operated smoke detectors to local families who need one. If the home does not have one or the current smoke detector is older than 10 years old, contact Fire Official Frank Mc Donnell at 732-9281666, ext. 14 or by e-mail at fmcdonnell@ jacksonfiredist3.org Here are some simple fire safety tips to keep persons safe from fire
while cooking: Be alert and don’t cook when drowsy, medicated, or drinking. Check baked, roasted, or broiled food regularly. Remain home while cooking and use a timer. Keep combustibles away from fire or stovetop – oven mitts, wooden utensils, packaging or towels. If a cooking fire occurs, evacuate, close the door, and call 911. Keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. For an oven fire turn off the heat, keep the door closed and get out. Call 911 once out of the house. Treat a burn right away by putting it in cool water for 3 to 5 minutes. Seek medical attention immediately If the smoke detectors sound during normal cooking, after quickly making sure there is no fire, fan the area around the detector with a towel to clear smoke away from the detector. Don’t ever disable the detector when receiving nuisance alarms. Consider moving the detector further away from the stove if possible, but always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Electrical appliances near water could cause electrocution. Keep children away from appliances when cooking. Create a “kid-free zone” around the stove, and teach children not to play in that area Check regularly for frayed or damaged cords to appliances. Plug one appliance in a receptacle at a time. Never put metallic materials into a microwave oven. If there is a fire, unplug it and do not open the door. Be careful, steam escapes from food cooked in a microwave and can cause severe burns. Always call the fire department for any fire, even if the fire has been completely extinguished. And as always have a fire evacuation plan and practice it with the family.
Jackson Graduate Joins Philosophy Club
JACKSON – Connor Murnane, Jackson, is a member of Ashland University’s Philosophy Club. Murnane is majoring in history. He is the son of Brian and Tracey Murnane of Jackson. Murnane is a 2013 graduate of Jackson Memorial High School. The Philosophy Club at Ashland University provides students with the opportunity to discuss various philosophical concepts and ideas. It is an open forum in which members can examine their current belief systems and evaluate them with those of their peers. Guest speakers also are invited at various points during the year to lecture on current affairs, such as political ethics and religious issues. Ashland University is in Ashland, Ohio.
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OMMUNITY NEWS 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 post-9/11 wounded, ill or injured – may register by December 5 at operationhomefront. net 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 meal. To register, visit operationhomefront.net 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.
Fred Weintraub “What’s New Could Curl Your Hair”
JACKSON – The Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library will be hosting Fred Weintraub “What’s New Could Curl Your Hair” on December 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. This program will discuss what is going on in the world from the mind of Fred Weintraub. Registration is required. Spots are limited.
To register in-person, visit the information desk on the second floor, or call 732-928-4400 and press option four on the phone menu. To register online, theoceancountylibrary.org and click “Events and News.” The Jackson library is located at 2 Jackson Drive.
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JACKSON – Six Flags will attempt to break the Guinness World Records title for most couples kissing under the mistletoe. This national event across seven Six Flags theme parks will take place December 10 at 5 p.m. E.T. Guests can participate locally at Six Flags Great Adventure’s second-annual Holiday in the Park, which is currently running weekends and select days through January 2. The ice-blue trees of Polar Point will provide a “cool” background as couples make history while locking lips under their own live sprig of mistletoe. Registration is free with park admission, Season Pass or Membership. Couples age 18 and older are encouraged to register at the Big Wheel beginning at 3:30 p.m. After receiving their free mistletoe, the historic countdown will take place at 5 p.m. Couples must hold their kiss on the lips for 10 seconds to qualify for the record. Guests at Six Flags Great Adventure will pucker up at the very same time couples in three different time zones lean in for that magical moment at Six Flags Over Georgia near Atlanta, Six Flags Over Texas near Dallas, Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Six Flags St. Louis, Six Flags Magic Mountain near Los Angeles and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom near San Francisco.
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Jackson Branch Library’s December Technology Classes
JACKSON – The Jackson Branch Library is offering the following technology workshops for adults in December. “Genealog y Basics.” December 5 at 2 p.m. Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition to start genealogy research. Participants must have mouse, keyboard, and Inter net skills before signing up for this class.
“Introduction to the Internet.” December 8 at 10 a.m. Learn how to access the Internet, search for a specific organization, and browse for a topic. Participants must be comfortable using a mouse and keyboard. “Microsoft Excel Basics.” December 12 at 10 a.m. Learn the basics of this powerful spreadsheet tool. Participants
must be comfortable using a mouse and keyboard. “Create Your First Email Account.” December 13 at 10 a.m. This class is designed for beginners who have little or no computer exper ience. Topics covered include how to write and send an email, check for new messages, and delete unwanted mail.
“Microsoft Word Basics.” December 15 at 2 p.m. Learn how to write and format a document. Participants should be comfortable using a mouse and keyboard. “Google It!” December 16 at 10 a.m. Designed for people who have used the Internet but would like to learn more, this class focuses on the many features of Google. Topics covered include using the search box, finding images, and getting driving directions. Reg ist rat ion is requi red for each of the above workshops. To sign up, cal l 732-928 - 4 40 0 or go on l i ne t o theoceancountylibrary.org. The Jackson Branch Library is located at 2 Jackson Drive.
Gellman American Dream
JACKSON – T he Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library will be Screening Gellman American Dream: Documentary on December 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. After viewing the film, Gellman will talk about creating family archives. He will explain in detail and provide guidance on how families can create their own family history documentary. He will share how he collected all the material from newspaper articles and old family movies. Reg ist r at ion r e qu i r e d . Sp ot s a r e limited. To register in-person, visit the infor mation desk on the second f loor. To register by phone, call 732928-4400 and press option four on the phone menu. To register online, visit theoceancount ylibrar y.org and click “Events and News.” The library is located at 2 Jackson Drive.
“New Jersey Career Connections” Online Class For Job Hunters
JACKSON – Anyone looking for a new job can go to the Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library on January 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. for a hands-on tour of the powerful New Jersey Career Connections website. Topics to be addressed include: personal budgeting, filing for unemployment, drafting cover letters and resumes, completing online applications, interviewing, and more. Participants may bring copies of their resumes to work on. Registration is required. To sign up, call 732928-4400 or go to theoceancountylibrary.org. This class is funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Career Connections grant. The Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 2 Jackson Drive. Check out Dr. Izzy’s Sound News on Page 18.
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HERE’S TO YOUR HEALTH Dear Pharmacist 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 suzycohen.com and sign up for my newsletter because I have a detailed article which I will email to you. Generally speaking, treatment strategies for akathisias include anticholinergic medications, dopamine agonists, drugs that are “GABA-ergic”
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Is Your Child Irritable, Acting Out? Could It Be Depression?
By Ankur Desai, MD A young child who acts up in preschool may be described as “defiant.” An older child who refuses to go to school, “shy.” An adolescent who doesn’t want to participate in after-school activities, “lazy.” The truth, however, is that all of these children may be suffering from a condition we mostly associate with adults — depression. The risk of depression increases as children age. It affects younger children at a lower rate, while an estimated 11 percent of children age 12 to 17 have had a major depressive episode during the past year. While those numbers are significant, they may not tell the whole story. The symptoms of childhood depression are very different from the symptoms in adults. As a result, depression and other mood disorders in children can go unrecognized. When it comes to a child’s mental health, the most important thing for parents to look out for is not necessarily how a child behaves, but rather notable changes in his or her behavior and ability to perform daily activities. Not like little adults When most people think about someone suffering from depression, they envision a person acting sad or feeling lonely or pessimistic. W hile this can be t r ue for adults and older teens, depression in kids is
different: Young children don’t have the ability to verbally express themselves. For them, depression may first present itself as anger or irritability or even as regression in developmental milestones, such as the loss of bladder control. Depression may also cause a child to experience frequent physical symptoms such as headaches or stomach pain. School-aged children are better able to express themselves, but they may not f ully understand emotions such as sadness. For them, a mental health condition such as depression may appear as a loss of interest in things they used to enjoy, changes in sleeping or eating patterns, a drop in school performance, anger outbursts or a notable decrease in energy. Adolescents experience what we might more classically think of as symptoms of depression. They may feel negative emotions and lack the ability to find pleasure in previously enjoyable activities. They may also become socially isolated and guarded. In extreme cases, adolescents may have thoughts of suicide and engage in self-injurious behaviors. What causes childhood depression? Depression causes changes in the way a person thinks, feels and behaves to a point where he or she struggles with daily life. In the most significant cases, it impedes a child’s ability to grow into a successful, resilient individual. While
a complex mix of genetic and environmental factors contribute to the development of depression, certain risk factors place young people at greater risk. Trauma is often a significant contributing factor to the development of mood disorders in children. Traumatic factors can be easily identifiable — situations involving overt neglect, physical abuse, verbal abu se a nd emot ional abu se. Trauma may also be implicit, where the child is a witness to domestic violence or marital strife. Substance abuse is one of the most important risk factors for the development of depression in adolescents. Alcohol and cannabis, the two most common drugs that children misuse, have a direct impact on neurochemistry. In combination with other psychosocial stressors, substance abuse can bring about and worsen depressive symptoms. In older children, relationship difficulties with friends and family and an increase in academic and social demands can also be important factors in the development of a depressive syndrome. Gender can also be a factor. In younger children, depression affects boys and girls at an equal rate. As children grow into adolescents, girls are affected by depressive symptoms at twice the rate as boys. This difference could be attributed to genetic and hormonal factors, in addition to risk factors such as trauma and substance use.
What can parents do about depression? Any significant changes in your child’s behavior or functional status should be brought to your pediatrician’s attention. This is particularly important if a child has recently experienced a traumatic event — such as a death in the family, accident or divorce. Parents can also proactively try to prevent mental health problems by: Maintaining healthy relationships and providing a supportive, loving home environment. Focusing on general wellness including a healthy diet, exercise and sleep habits. Keeping an open line of communication. Implementing a consistent and supportive parenting style. Developing healthy and adaptive coping strategies and anxiety management strategies. The positive news about childhood depression is that kids are resilient. Milder cases of depression can usually be treated successfully with psychotherapy, while anti-depressant medication is an option for more serious cases. The anti-depressant f luoxetine (brand name Prozac) is approved for use in children as young as 8 years old. As with all health conditions, the key to caring for childhood depression is tr ying to detect and treat a problem as early as possible to prevent it from worsening.
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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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HUD Reports Homelessness In New Jersey Declines In 2016
NEW JERSEY – Homelessness continues to decline in the U.S., specifically among families with children, veterans, and individuals with long-term disabling conditions according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Meanwhile, HUD’s 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found the number of persons experiencing homelessness in New Jersey on a single night in 2016 fell 11.9 percent, from 10,098 to 8,895. Specifically, HUD estimates that in 2016, New Jersey experienced a 14.2 percent reduction among homeless families, a 20.1 percent drop in Veteran homelessness, and a 40.4 percent decline in individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. In making the announcement, HUD Secretary Julián Castro noted that though the nation is making significant progress in reducing homelessness, the number of ‘doubled up’ or rent-burdened families remains a vexing problem. “Every person deserves a safe, stable place to call home,” said Secretary Castro. “The Obama Administration has made unprecedented progress toward ending homelessness and today marks the seventh
straight year of measureable progress. While we know that our work is far from fi nished, it’s clear we’re on the right track to prevent and end homelessness for good.” “With among the highest housing costs in the nation, New Jersey’s drastic reduction in homelessness proves that it can be done anywhere,” said Holly Leicht, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey. “Unprecedented collaboration at all levels of government and innovative strategies backed by federal resources have resulted in nearly 5,000 fewer homeless people in New Jersey now than when the Obama Administration launched its ‘Opening Doors’ initiative to end homelessness back in 2010.” During one night in late January of 2016, tens of thousands of volunteers across the nation sought to identify individuals and families living on their streets as well as in emergency shelters and transitional housing programs. These one-night ‘snapshot’ counts, as well as full-year counts and data from other sources (U.S. Housing Survey, Department of Education), are crucial in understanding the scope of homelessness and measuring progress toward reducing it. “I want to thank HUD’s partners in New
Jersey; all of the Continuums of Care, that count and provide services for the homeless, advocates, and all of the elected officials and their staff that committed to the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, and HUD New Jersey staff that work tirelessly to make homelessness a thing of the past,” said Maria Maio-Messano, HUD NJ Field Office Director. “Their passion for assisting those in need proves their commitment to continue until every New Jerseyan has a place to call home.” On a single night in January 2016, state and local Continuums of Care agencies in New Jersey reported: 8,895 people experienced homelessness, representing an 35.2 percent reduction from January 2010. Most homeless persons were located in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs while 1,353 persons were unsheltered. The number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 53.5 percent since 2010. Veteran homelessness dropped by 20.1 percent (or 696 persons) since January 2015. On a single night in January 2016, 556 veterans were experiencing homelessness. Chronic or long-term homelessness among individuals declined by 40.4 per-
cent (or 704 persons) since 2015. The number of unaccompanied homeless youth and children appeared to decline in 2016 to 533 though HUD will launch a more robust effort to more accurately account for this important population in January of 2017. The Obama Administration’s strategic plan to end homelessness is called Opening Doors – a roadmap for joint action by the 19 federal member agencies of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness along with local and state partners in the public and private sectors. The Plan offers strategies to connect mainstream housing, health, education, and human service programs as part of a coordinate plan to prevent and end homelessness. The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness is a White House initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2014. In New Jersey, Bergen and Middlesex Counties were certified by HUD, the VA and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) as having ended veteran homelessness, and were recognized in a White House ceremony this past Monday. In New Jersey, a total of 36 Mayors and County Executives have committed to the Mayors Challenge.
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Ocean County Collects Toys For Needy Families
OCEAN COUNTY - With the holiday season here, Ocean County officials are encouraging citizens to help those less fortunate by participating in the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Annual Toy Drive. “This is a magical time of year,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. “But unfortunately there are many people
struggling to make ends meet and the holidays can be a very difficult time for them. “With this annual toy drive, under the direction of Sheriff Michael Mastronardy, we have the opportunity to help bring a little holiday happiness into the lives of families that may be going through a difficult time,” Kelly said. Sheriff Mastronardy said that last year the
drive helped more than 300 families and provided toys to more than 900 children throughout the County. “We are working with the Ocean County Police Chiefs Association and local police departments in order to make sure families that are in need are served by the program,” Mastronardy said. “It’s gratifying that so many people in the past have donated and
helped. We are hoping to see the same response this year to helping our neighbors.” New and unwrapped toys can be dropped off at a number of locations throughout Ocean County until December 21 including the Ocean County Clerk’s Office, Ocean County Courthouse, 118 Washington St., Toms River; Ocean County One Stop Center, 1027 Hooper Ave., Building 2, Toms River; Ocean County Administration Building, 101 Hooper Ave., Toms River; Ocean County Southern Service Center, Routes 9 and 72, Manahawkin; County Connection, Ocean County Mall, JC Penney Wing, Hooper Avenue, Toms River and the Ocean County Training Center, Volunteer Way, Waretown. Also toy bins are at the following Ocean County Library branches: Brick Branch, 301 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick Township; Lacey Branch, 10 East Lacey Road, Forked River; the main branch of the Ocean County Library at 101 Washington St., Toms River, Barnegat Township Branch at 112 Burr St., Barnegat Township; Stafford Branch, 129 North Main St., Manahawkin and Waretown Branch, 112 Main St., Waretown. “This effort is supported by the generosity of the Ocean County government family, from the staff at the courthouse and Sheriff’s Office, to the workers in southern Ocean County, the county staff is helping to make a difference this holiday season,” Mastronardy said. “We are collectively asking the citizens to do what they can to help.” For those residents who are in need of some assistance with toys this Christmas, register with the Sheriff’s Department by filling out the Sheriff’s Toy Drive Application Form by the December 14 deadline. The form may be accessed from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office website home page at co. ocean.nj.us/OCsheriff. Or call 732-929-2161 for information on requesting assistance or for providing donations. Toy distribution is scheduled for December 17 and 18. Recipients will be contacted by the Sheriff’s Office with a time, date and location for pickup.
Red Cross Blood Drive JACKSON – The Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on December 28 from 2 to 7 p.m. The drive will be held at 2 Jackson Drive. About one in five people entering a hospital needs blood, so donors are always in constant demand. Patients with cancer, victims of accidents, and those undergoing surgery are just some of the recipients who benefit from blood donations. One pint of blood can help up to three people. Anyone who is at least 17 years old and weighs a minimum of 110 lbs. and is in generally good health can donate blood. The entire process takes about an hour and all blood types are needed. Donors should bring a photo ID. Visit the Red Cross at redcross.org to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Walk-ins are also welcome.
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according the American Heart Association—needs immediate attention. Statistics place fi rst responders arriving at a scene almost 12 minutes after the initial call; the Red Cross said that for each minute a person remains untreated, their chances of survival are reduced 10 percent. “Their efforts are yet another example of the fact that everything we do to keep each other safe matters,” Dey said. “The AEDs we need to fund and test each year matter. The training our staff goes through to keep their skills sharp matters. And above all, the character of the people who work here matters.” New Jersey schools are required to have AEDs. “Janet’s Law” was named for 11-year-old Janet Zilinski, who died of sudden cardiac arrest after cheerleading
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practice on August 10, 2006. It requires that each K-12 public and private school have at least one AED on site, which must be accessible during the school day or during a school sponsored athletic event. The law further stipulates the AED must be within “reasonable proximity” to the school athletic field or gymnasium. It must be clearly labeled and unlocked. While the AED must be available during the school day and at events in which students are participating, the law does not require it be made available to outside organizations. During athletic events, a coach or trainer must be present who is CPR certified. The school must maintain a list of at least five employees who hold current CPR and AED certifications. They must also maintain an action plan in the event of a “cardiac event.” It was not immediately available how many AEDs the district has, what the budget for training staff or maintaining the equipment costs, or what that emergency plan entails. For more information about the law, visit janetzilinski.org.
OC Sheriff’s Of�ice Toy Drive
OCEAN COUNTY – This holiday season the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting its annual Toy Drive in conjunction with the Ocean County Chiefs of Police Association. This Toy Drive enables the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office and the local municipalities to provide gifts for children of families in need within Ocean County. The Toy Drive Form is used to request toys through the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office. The form can be found on co. ocean.nj.us/OCsheriff/Mainpage.aspx. The completed form can be emailed, faxed or mailed. The appropriate fax number and mailing address can be found on the form. The deadline to file for toys is December 14. The deadline for donations is December 21. For more information, visit co.ocean. nj.us/OCsheriff/Mainpage.aspx.
Ocean County Hunger Relief Volunteers
OCEAN COUNTY – Volunteers are the foundation of Ocean County Hunger Relief. From conducting a food drive, picking up, delivering, sor ting, and distributing food, placing food requests, data entry, maintenance, etc. If interested, call the administrative off ice at 732-505-HELP for f u r ther information.
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Business Profile I&G FARMS
Where The Stage Is Set For Holiday Magic
By Donna Frances Madej The flower of the poinsettia During the past months is berry like, located in the while we were enjoying the center of the plant and is showcase of glorious sea- called the bract. I&G’s poinsonal fruits, vegetables and settias are grown right here vegetation presented to us by in greenhouses beginning I&G Farms at their family farm in July, are breathtaking and market, behind the scenes will surpass your expectaactivity continued. Twen- tions. As far as the trees… ty-thousand mums, count- who knows how long ago less number of cornstalks, they were cut down? Here, pumpkins and lots of straw beautiful, healthy, fresh cut later, the leaves fall and we’ve Frazer Fur Christmas trees been anxiously waiting for the are brought in direct from the intermission to end… mountains of North Carolina. Act three and the wait is Irene Johnston refers to the over! If you’re not already staff that assists her througha fan of the “growers for all out the year and helps create seasons,” now is the time to the holiday merchandise as stop by 150 Whitesville Road, “the most incredible, gifted deJackson, for your holiday signers that you’d ever want decorating and floral needs. to see.” They offer pre-made This year, Santa will take and custom made items and time out of his busy schedule lovingly craft their creations and make an appearance on in the market, which has Saturday, December 3rd from magically been transformed 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, into a decorating center. Bins December 4th from 11 a.m. to of embellishments and a large 3 p.m. He’ll be surrounded variety of ribbon enable you to by some of I&G’s beautiful personalize your choice and poinsettias (more about them help create something very later) creating the perfect special. Bows are available, setting for photos that will be pre or handmade, and add available for purchase. Pets the perfect touch to many are welcome. creations. Theme wreaths Thanks to I&G Farms, there’s are popular and if you have no need to settle for “typi- items you’d like to incorporate, cal” wreaths, swags, sprays, including lights, you’re more garland or grave blankets. than welcome to bring them And don’t even think about in. I&G Farms have provided purchasing your poinsettias wreaths for area businesses at a big box or grocery store and always deliver upscale, and your Christmas tree on meticulously craf ted cre a corner or in a parking lot. ations. Ideally, a week is Often when you buy a poin- requested for custom orders settia from somewhere other but the staff has been known than a grower, there’s actually to deliver in less time. no flower left, only colored “With our custom wreaths, leaves, due to it not being people usually request them treated correctly in transit. 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 cele-
bration and decor. Ranging in height from 6-9 feet, Irene considers the Frazer Fur the Cadillac of trees as it holds its needles longer than other types of trees. She deals with a smaller grower, who cuts trees later, resulting in a fresher tree when they arrive at I&G Farms. After purchasing, if the tree will be put up immediately, an additional cut will be made to the stump so that it will take in water, then wrapped and tied onto your vehicle. If it’s not going up right away, it should be kept in water in a cool place and the stump cut when it’s ready to be put up. Irene assures us that the first time you put the tree up after its cut; it will drink a large amount of water. It’s crucial that its receptacle be checked daily and water be
replenished as needed. Contact I&G Farms at 732364-0308, or iandgfarms@ hotmail.com and like them on Facebook; IGFarms. I&G Farms will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Christmas Eve. At the close of business and as the lights dim, a stillness and quietness will envelop I&G Farms until spring. Although I&G will not “officially” reopen until then, Irene says that they’re “always here, growing all the spring flowers, always checking the phones if people need to call for anything, advice about a plant or what to do. I’ll always be there.” Undoubtedly getting ready to return on cue for I&G Farms next major production and endless enc ores…Bravo Irene and staff. Bravo!
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Omarr’s Astrological Forecast
For the week of December 3-December 9 By Jeraldine Saunders
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Flexibility can be your most useful talent. New traditions have to start someplace and you are just the person to lead the way by being innovative and creative. Make a well thought out break with the past in the week ahead. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Put on your thinking cap. Connect the dots and you can get a clear idea of the real picture. Tasks that require uninterrupted concentration will be easy to accomplish in the week to come and help you prove your business acumen. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The best meals are the ones that simmer on the back burner until they are fully cooked. You may have an important decision to make in the week ahead. Wait a few days to be absolutely sure you are on the right track. CANCER (June 21-July 22): If your heart is in the right place you can win the race. Some people won’t appreciate your humble nature. In the week to come Diplomatic skills can help you make headway when the boss or a friend is critical. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You can be the wise advisor when others need feedback. A formal atmosphere won’t keep your flair for the dramatic from shining through as this week unfolds. Improve relationships by talking over plans for the future. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Be happy and contented as this week unfolds. Others may suffer from a lack of ambition but you can continue progressing along a worthwhile path toward higher education, secure finances, and solid accomplishment.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Mend fences with solid wire, not flimsy packaging tape. Misunderstandings can be cleared up this week with a phone call or chat. Business contacts will be happy to put in a good word for you or could offer a promising lead. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Be generous about giving people the benefit of the doubt in the week to come. Wise decisions will keep you at the head of the pack where career and business are concerned. Put important plans into motion. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Be proud to go along with the crowd. You may be popular with the “in” crowd this week and time spent around the water cooler can be fun. You may need extra preparation before launching something new. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Focus on ways to fuel family solidarity and fairness. A few thoughtful words can do a world of good. Act as a sounding board for someone who has a personal problem in the week ahead and receive intangible rewards. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Put some energy behind your actions this week. Heart to heart talks give you a chance to make amends or accept apologies. Outdoor activities, sports, or exercise could lead to better understanding or romantic interludes. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Focus on having faith in the future. Review your dreams in the week to come. You may benefit from subconscious guidance from within. One of your close friends may be acting on your behalf without your knowledge.
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Introducing Two Of My Favorite Utility Players For Your Holiday Table By Wolfgang Puck
Baseball ended just a few weeks ago, and I can’t stop thinking about how the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years. So why am I thinking about baseball as we approach the holiday season. The answer may be found in a term I love from America’s pastime: utility player. This refers to a team member who is good at all the positions, someone you can count on in a pinch to do just what needs to be done to help win. I think of certain recipes as utility players, too. Usually side dishes, they’re easy to make, versatile and capable of elevating any meal to success. Today, I’d like to share two of my favorites, ready to help you throughout the holidays. The first is mashed potatoes, without which many people consider a holiday table incomplete. Yet, you’d be surprised by how many people forget about them, at least almost until the last minute. Fortunately, mashed potatoes are easy to make. I like to use rich-tasting potatoes typified by the now widespread Yukon Gold, and I take care to cook them just until they’re tender enough to be pierced easily; cooked any longer, they’ll turn watery. I also briefly dry out the potatoes, which helps yield fluffier results. For the same reason, I like to puree them by pressing them through a ricer, which easily reduces the potatoes to uniform, ricelike particles into which you can smoothly incorporate butter, warm milk or cream, and seasonings. Speaking of seasonings, mashed potatoes provide a great blank canvas for creating whatever flavor profile you like. Here, I incorporate grated horseradish and some pesto sauce (buy it store-bought or use your own favorite recipe) for a fragrant, festive-looking puree; but you could also incorporate grated cheese, chopped herbs, bits of crispy bacon or anything else that sounds good or goes well with the other dishes on your table. Another holiday side I like to make is often some sort of cranberry relish. Yet, again, that dish often happens as an afterthought, with many people simply relying on something from a can. This year, though, why not consider making your own cranberry dish? As you’ll see from my simple recipe, it takes well under half an hour to produce something truly delicious. And, just like the mashed potatoes, you can easily modify it with other sweet spices, orange or lemon zest, or even a handful of other fruit like chopped apple or dried cherries. You can keep using these utility players all through the coming months. I hope they’ll help you win the game of holiday entertaining! HORSERADISH AND PESTO MASHED POTATOES Serves 6 to 8 3 pounds (1.5 g) Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled,
cut into halves or quarters Kosher salt 6 large cloves garlic, peeled 1 cup (250 mL) heavy cream Freshly grated nutmeg 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks, at room temperature 2 tablespoons freshly grated horseradish or bottled prepared horseradish 2 tablespoons prepared pesto sauce, plus a little oil floating on top of the pesto Freshly ground black pepper Fresh basil sprigs, for garnish Put the potatoes in a large saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover and season with salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Adjust the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Add the garlic. Partially cover the pan. Cook until the potatoes are just tender enough to offer no resistance when pierced with a wooden skewer or a sharp knife tip, about 25 minutes. Drain the potatoes and garlic in a colander. Return to the same pan. Place over medium-low heat, partially cover, and leave until any excess water evaporates and the potatoes are dry, shaking the pan or stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes. Bring the cream to a simmer in a heavy small saucepan. Meanwhile, working in batches, rice the potatoes and garlic back into the same pan you cooked them in. (Or use a hand-held masher, mashing the potatoes and garlic in the pan.) Add just a hint of nutmeg to the potatoes. Place the pan over low heat. A little at a time, stir in the hot cream and the butter. Stir in horseradish and pesto to taste. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer the potatoes to a heated serving bowl and make ridges in the surface with a moistened serving spoon. Spoon up some of the bright-green oil floating on top of the pesto and drizzle over the potatoes. Garnish with basil and serve immediately. QUICK CRANBERRY RELISH Serves 4 to 6 3/4 pound (750 g) fresh whole cranberries or frozen unsweetened cranberries 1/2 cup (125 mL) light brown sugar Kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom In a heavy medium saucepan, combine the cranberries and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar softens, about 3 minutes. Cover and continue cooking until the cranberries pop and turn tender, about 10 minutes, seasoning to taste with salt. Stir in cinnamon and some cardamom to taste, cover, and cook until thick, stirring occasionally. Serve immediately or set aside to cool to room temperature, then cover and chill before serving.
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FROM FLOOR DISPLAY NATURAL LIGHT OR ICE . . . . . . . . . 30 pk. cans$1999 MILLER LITE, DRAFT, 64 . . . . . . . 24-12 oz. btls $1999 BUD-BUD LIGHT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-12 oz. btls $1999 YUENGLING LAGER, LIGHT, BLACK & TAN . .24-12 oz. btls $1999 COORS LIGHT OR BANQUET . . . . . . . 30 pack cans $2299
LIQUOR SELECTIONS MAJORSKA VODKA .........................1.75L $1499 SMIRNOFF VODKA 80+FLAVORS....1.75L$2199 KETEL ONE VODKA..........................1.75L $4199 SEAGRAM’S 7 WHISKEY.................1.75L $1999 FIREBALL WHISKEY...............................LTR $1999 DEWAR’S SCOTCH.............................1.75L $3399 MAKER’S MARK 46......................750ML $3999 BACARDI RUM LIGHT OR GOLD...........1.75L $2199
WINE SELECTIONS YELLOW TAIL “AUSTRALIAN” $ 99
12 All Varietals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.5L $1199 All Varietals. . . . . ..., .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 1.5L
ROBERT MONDAVI WOODBRIDGE
6 PACK SPECIAL!!
95 29 95 SUTTER HOME $ 34 LITTLE PENGUIN $ 3495 GALLO SWEET $
CALIFORNIA - 750ML BTLS
Chardonnay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .750ML $1099
CALIFORNIA - 750ML BTLS
Pinot Grigio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .750ML $2299
AUSTRALIA - 750ML BTLS
All Varietals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .1.5L $899