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THE MANCHESTER

Vol. 22 - No. 33

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By Jennifer Peacock MANCHESTER – Driving east on Route 70, one circles at Lakehurst and sees the sun, blazing orange, just peeking over the Manchester water tower in the distance. It’s been light for less than an hour, the sun having risen only 10 minutes before. There are more yellow buses than cars on the road at this time, it seems. Those traveling along Route 70 East leave the circle at its first exit onto Route 37. They are caught for what seems forever at the stop to turn right onto Colonial Drive by the endless stream of other buses coming from that direction. They’re all heading to the high school, with the blue and gold Hawks emblems showing the path. The buses are parked along the front of the school in an orderly fashion, and students disembark from those in tandem at 6:55 a.m. They head to their lockers, then homeroom, then await the morning announcements and pledge of allegiance. Some students will be going on a class trip that day, others will go to the cafeteria for make-up school pictures. It’s an ordinary day. And that’s why they were there.

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December 3, 2016

Feeding A Holiday Need

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

–Photos by Jennifer Peacock (Above) John Feehan discusses the movie poster art project with students in Teena O’Connell’s class. (Right) Board of Education member Chis Nolan watches Lisa Sidorick-Weise teach her history class. The idea wasn’t hatched in Manchester, but they borrowed it—invite local dignitaries to spend the day in class, not just to observe but to step into the (Teacher - See Page 5)

Leisure Knoll Residents Switch To Curbside Recycling

–Photo by Jennifer Peacock The current recycling setup for Leisure Knoll, which will switch to curbside pickup come January.

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By Jennifer Peacock MANCHESER – It was the last holdout for unknown reasons, but Leisure Knoll will finally be getting curbside recycling pickup. The Manchester Council approved adding Leisure Knoll to its contract with Central Jersey Waste and Recycling, Inc., at the cost of $2,458.51 per month for the remainder of the contract. Residents in this gated senior citizen community off Route 70 West will have curbside pickup starting in January. “It is a small increase in cost to the town as part of our recycling (Recycling - See Page 10)

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. (Holiday - See Page 7)

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teacher’s shoes. The mayor proclaimed it “Educator for a Day,” acknowledging that public schools are the “backbone of democracy” and community leaders an “integral part of the education process.” Forty invitations went out; four accepted. Three showed up that morning. “It’s an initiative to bring community leaders into the classroom and give them a taste into what goes on in public education and let them see all the great work that goes on from all the teachers and all the school staff on a given day,” Dan Staples said. He’s president of the Manchester Township Education Association. “We wanted them to experience a day in the classroom, see what the children go through, the children they support through many initiatives, and we just want them to see the end product.” It was a day filled with movie poster projects and Disney movie tracks, King Louis XVI and the storming of the Bastille, and geometry. Teacher Maryann Adams promised that Sarita Dodd would have loved geometry if she had her as a teacher. Dodd, PTA president, was joined by board of education member Christopher Nolan, who shadowed special education teacher Lisa Sidorick-Weise, and Manchester

The Manchester Times, December 3, 2016, Page 5 Residents 365 president John Feehan, who danced and sang Disney ballads with art teacher Teena O’Connell. “I hope he sees the joy in it, but also the sheer exhaustion of it, that it is a constant unforgiving, always thinking when you leave school, when you’re at school, when you’re sleeping part of your life, but that it’s also forgiving as soon as you see their faces,” O’Connell said. It’s a pay-it-forward profession; each teacher and guest could quickly name that one teacher who saw potential, who steered a career, who offered encouragement when thing looked bleak or even when things were seemingly going well. Now it’s their turn to inspire and guide. “I like to think that people do appreciate teachers, that it’s really hard and it’s something that you really have to love doing,” Sidorick-Weise said. “It can be tiring and it can be frustrating at times, not the kids, not that aspect. I always say, when I’m in my classroom, that’s my happiest time of the day. It’s all the other things that go with it. It is a hard job. You spend way more than your seven hours a day doing this job.” And it’s a profession that loses a good portion of its ranks. According the National Education Association, 50 percent of classroom teachers will retire or leave the profession in five to seven years. Up to 20

percent of new hires leave the profession within three years, and the numbers are worse in urban districts. A May 2016 report by the Brookings Institute said the number of teachers permanently leaving the profession is also rising. It did not expound upon the reasons. “I grew up with a family of teachers, my father would be the one I watched for 35 years. My mother’s a teacher, my father’s a teacher, my brother’s a teacher, my sister’s a teacher. I’m the only one that’s not,” Nolan said. “I didn’t see my dad a lot, because he was never home. He was always out doing something else: coaching, refereeing. My mother was a Catholic school teacher, so it was a little bit different. That’s okay, but it was always something. Piles of papers, hours of lectures, that they both did. It’s not an easy seven-month job with the summers off. Not even close.” Adams, who was mentored and inspired by retired Manchester teacher Cindy Singer, agreed. “It’s a lot more than just the seven-hour work day and having summers off. We had a week off last week, and this tote bag came home with me filled with papers to grade and lesson plans to write and I sat down and researched block scheduling and new activities for the block. It’s not just kids leave and I go home and I don’t think about it. I drove the whole way home yesterday think-

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ing, ‘What am I going to do tomorrow?’” At 1:30 p.m., the teachers and guests trickle into the cafeteria. It’s loud, as gaggles of student congregate, most likely waiting for their buses. Staples searches for tacks, wanting to hang a banner commemorating the day, a backdrop on which to pose and hand out certificates of participation. “My day went very well. It was very informative. I know how hard teachers work but seeing Ms. Adams be able to get these kids to do the things she wanted them to do—and, 80 minutes is a long time for math—no complaints, they did the work. It was awesome,” Dodd said. Feehan said he would return next year should the district host another Educator for a Day. “I learned you need a lot of patience,” he said. “I saw the spectrum today of kids that are easy going to some that are not so easy going, and the teacher adjusted to both styles of student. They’re all not going to sit and be quiet. Some you have to give a little bit attention to. The teachers did a great job today.” November 17 was proclaimed “Educator for a Day” in Manchester. The NEA recognizes American Education Week November 14 through 18 this year. It was first observed in December 1921 and cosponsored by The American Legion.

LAKEHURST – The students in Project Academically Talented have started a newsletter, “Roaring News,” which will be published monthly and available on the district’s website, lakehurstschool.org.


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The Manchester Times, December 3, 2016, Page 7 who attended Southern Regional High School, Brian Rand from Toms River HS East, Tabitha Suarez from Brick HS, and John Lambert from Toms River HS North were assembling and baking the pumpkin pies. “Last year we prepared the turkeys, which was like a kitchen assembly line; here we freelance,” joked Suarez. Geoffroy said she liked being in the pastry kitchen. “When you prepared the turkeys, each person did one thing; I like making pies, it’s more fun, it’s a different atmosphere,” she said. The food comes from the Monmouth/ Ocean County FoodBank, who partner with the school for the “Feed the Need” program, and from food drives held at the county vo-tech schools, Lesniak said. Tommy Yanisko, who runs food services at Community Medical Center in Toms River, runs a cash fundraiser and proceeds are donated to the Foodbank and used to fund “Feed the Need,” Lesniak said. Brick OCVTS Principal Lynn Sauer said that in the past, food for the program was all donated, but it was not reliable because frozen turkeys would oftentimes show up too late. “People meant well, but time didn’t allow us to prepare the meals properly and efficiently; now we tell the foodbank directly what quantities we need,” Sauer said from her school office on Monday. “The partnership has been wonderful for us.” The foodbank provides the school with

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

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

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You can plan your year around them. They signal the passing of time; beginnings and endings. They are the holidays of the “holiday season,” and they mean something different to us all. T h a n k sg iv i ng, H a nukkah, Christmas, and m o r e. We’r e a l r e a d y knee-deep in them; already experiencing the full rush of this hectic time of year. The days are ticking by, the stores are mobbed, the gifts are being selected, the good times are being planned. The holidays mean many things to many people; no two people see them the same way. They mean things funny and things sad. Things personal and things joyous. We at The Times cer tainly k now what the holidays mean to us. But what do the holidays mean to you, our valued readers? As a company, these seasonal days of celebration remind us of community. They bring to the front of out minds how valuable a sense of giving and community truly is. They remind us

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

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Letters To The Editor Thanks To Voters

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vote Counts, Voice Doesn’t After a while of hearing and reading other’s opinions on the election of Donald Trump as the next POTUS, I finally feel like saying something. To many, my feelings will be considered cold, lifeless, emotionless, faithless, cynical, and to some, even depressing. And honestly, they wouldn’t be wrong, and I hope in a way, it inspires others. During my time as a voter and as elections passed, I learned to swallow the hardest truth about national politics in America: It’s that your feelings aren’t counted. Your vote is, but not your voice. Your key strokes or pencil marks in a voting booth are all that matters to them. You are a ballot check, not a window into the views of the American People. These parties and party members haven’t changed or adopted the voices of their constituents. They may tell you they have, but I learned quickly it all becomes lies to protect their positions of power and paychecks. At the end point of the most pivotal and divisive election in my lifetime and possibly ever, I look back and wonder, how many of us feel cheated, lied to, and defeated by the political establishments. I cannot think of a single politician who has kept their promises fully, even the best of them cannot do it. I am left wondering if the system works for us or if we work for the system. Think about this, if less than 50 percent of people committed themselves to either of the candidates (about 47 percent for Hillary 48 percent for Trump) then that leaves the majority of us, (the 53 or 52 percent) who feel like we aren’t represented. And that isn’t even mentioning the people that did vote for them, but did so holding their nose and reluctantly doing it. Moreover, this is also leaving out the LARGE portion of Americans who didn’t vote (Letters - See Page 10)


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Senator Jim Holzapfel Assemblyman David Wolfe • Assemblyman Gregory McGuckin

OCEA N COU NT Y – Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin (all R-10) to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse among children has cleared the Assembly Education Committee. The bill, S-1010/A-2422, encourages implementation of the Natural High Drug Prevention Prog ram in school districts throughout New Jersey. The national nonprofit organization inspires youth to discover, amplify and pursue their natural high so they have a reason to say no to drugs and alcohol. The program will focus on key compo-

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

nents of the research-based curriculum developed by Natural High. “We have teamed up with Natural High because this is a positive, life altering program that teaches students to find their natural high through focusing on their passions, whether that is sports, music or art,” said Holzapfel. “This program gives kids another option to resist drugs and adopt a drug-free lifestyle instead of ‘just saying no.’” Natural High was introduced to the legislators by Donald Brown, a Red Bank Catholic High School graduate and seve n -ye a r N F L Ru n n i ng Back who is now a Natural

High Ambassador. Under the bill, the curriculum for the Natural High Drug Prevention Program will include seven key components such as identifying and engaging in positive activities, the benefits of engaging in natural highs and the consequences of drug use, setting goals, peer pressure, personal values, connecting with positive role models and the facts and myths associated with drug use and a drug-free lifestyle. “The passage of this legislation in the Assembly Education Committee is another victor y for the program and we are hopeful the bill will continue

to gain momentum and eventually become law,” continued Wolfe. “We are fortunate to have Donald Brown share his experiences and bring to the forefront the important issue of reducing drug use among youths with this program.” “I’d like to thank Senator Holzapfel and Assemblymen Wolfe and McGuckin for recognizing that this program has the potential to change the lives of so many students in New Jersey,” said Brown. “I have witnessed, firsthand, the benefits of finding one’s passion and focusing attention on a positive, drug free lifestyle with the help of mentors and role mod-

els. My ultimate dream was to play in the NFL and with that desire came dedication to the sport and finding my natural high. My goal is to share my story with as many youths as possible. It is my hope that this legislation will help us to reach thousands of students and teach them how to achieve their own natural high.” Natural High has an educator network of 20,000 teachers, school guidance counselors and mentors who use Natural High’s 50 role-model videos and 150 researched based curriculum guides and worksheets which are also guided by Common Core standards,

Assemblyman Gregory McGuckin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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collection contract, but will be handled within our existing Sanitation and Recycling budget line item,” Public Works director Al Yodakis told The Manchester Times. The community has had a single-location dumpster behind its clubhouse, Timberland Hall. Leisure Knoll Board of Trustees president John Lacki said the seven side-by-side dumpsters took up 13 precious parking spaces. But that wasn’t the biggest problem. “People were putting everything in the re-

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

cycling bins: televisions, sofas, you name it. One guy must have done his roof, because all the roofing tile was piled in the bins,” Lacki said. “Our maintenance guys were constantly carting stuff up to Whiting.” Lacki didn’t have any numbers as to cost or man hours digging through the recycling cost the community but he said maintenance crews dug through the bins every day, never coming up empty handed. He knew some residents skulked out under the cover of darkness, throwing items in the bins that didn’t belong. He called their actions “underhanded.” With the bins to be removed, residents will

now have the convenience of putting a can at the curb, or the inconvenience of having to find somewhere else to dump their large items. Lacki said residents can use any kind of trash receptacle, that specialized bins are not necessary. He hopes more residents will recycle now that they can take the recyclables to the curb, and not have to pack them and drive them to the dumpsters. All the recyclables can go in one bin. Leisure Knoll has a club that recycles newspapers. Lacki said the club takes newspapers, magazines, books and phone books. He hopes

residents will continue to utilize that service. Residents throughout the township enjoy curbside recycling pickup, but can also drop off items to the Whiting Recycling Center, off Route 70 on Sam Pitts Road. Residents must provide a valid driver’s license with a Manchester address and the registration of the vehicle with that same address that will be going to the facility. Residents who don’t have that must bring a utility bill as proof of residency. Water and tax bills are not accepted. The recycling center takes cans, bottles, cardboard, newspaper, mixed paper, magazines, and bulk items and metal.

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

Garden Club To Visit Fairmount Park

WHITING – The Crestwood Village Garden Club will be touring three homes at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia for the Holiday House Tour on December 15. The cost is $62. Call Stefanie at 732-350-2904 for the details.


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR DECEMBER Elf The Musical Jr., 3 and 2 p.m. at the Stafford Township Arts Center, 1000 McKinley Ave. For information, visit ourgang.org. Mrs. Gould’s 15th Annual Holiday Social, 11:30 a.m. at The Mansion, 900 Lakewood Ave., Lakewood. Hear the continuing saga of Edith and George Gould and their seven children, while celebrating the holidays as they did in the early 1900s in the magnificent Great Hall. Cost is $45 per person; includes performance and tea luncheon. Pre-purchase of tickets is required for all performances. 732-987-2263. Dates are also December 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21 and 22. Fifth Annual Christmas On The Island & Parade will be from noon to 5 p.m. along the Boulevard in Seaside Heights. The event is open to all Ocean County residents. Gifts, giveaways, Santa’s Workshop, and a special Santa’s send-off with live entertainment will light Santa’s way back home to the North Pole. Through December 11, Peto in Black and White: The Photography of John Frederick Peto, at the John F. Peto Studio Museum, 102 Cedar Ave., Island Heights. Art exhibition exploring a little known aspect of the artist’s work, photography from the post-Civil War era. The exhibition is presented in the historic home and studio of John Frederick Peto (1854-1907), the renowned 19th century American painter. Me s si ah & More: T he Garden State Ph i l harmonic will start at 4 p.m.

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at Christ Episcopal Church, 415 Washington St., Toms River. Herald the season with the harmonized voices of the GSP Chor us perfor ming one of the bestknown choral works in Western music, Handel’s Messiah, and other seasonal selections. Accompaniment provided by members of the Garden State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and special guest soloists. Albert Music Hall Holiday Show, doors open at 6 p.m. Live music from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Shows featured are “Southern Specific” at 7:30 p.m.; bluegrass Christmas songs with Santa at 8 p.m.; Piney Blues at 9 p.m.; and Basement Musicians at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $1 for children. The hall is located at 131 Wells Mills Rd. in Waretown. First Night Ocean County in Seaside Heights will be from noon to 5 p.m. on the boardwalk. Fireworks will start at 5 p.m., weather permitting. FEBRUARY Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend. What goes better than wine and chocolate? Visitors to New Jersey wineries will get to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Garden State Wine Growers Association’s annual Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend. Each winery will feature their own unique treat for visitors to the trail including wine and chocolate pairings, special entertainment, flowers, local vendor displays etc. For information, call 609-588-0065.

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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.

Travel Bocce Club Village V Presents New Trip For 2017

WHITING – Travel Bocce Club Village V will host a trip to Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills of South Dakota from June 2 to 12. The cost is $1,015 for double occupancy, $1,375 for single occupancy, and $995 for triple occupancy. There is a $75 deposit due upon sign-up. No

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Resident Club Village V New Year’s Eve Gala

WHITING – The Resident Club Village V New Year Eve’s Gala will be held on December 31, from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. It will be held at Hilltop Clubhouse, 325 Schoolhouse Rd. Music will be provided by Don Pesce and food catered by Joey Dee’s. The menu includes sausage and peppers, eggplant rollatini, meatballs, Chicken Francese,

salad, bread and butter, dessert, coffee, tea, snacks, set-up drinks. BYOB. The cost is $35 per person, nonrefundable. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets can be purchased every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon at the clubhouse. Only 250 tickets will be sold. For reservations, call Debbie at 201-6188514.

Holiday Shopping Babysitting

TOMS RIVER – Holiday shopping babysitting will be available on December 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. both days at From A Dancer’s Pointe, 1311 Route 37 West, in the Orchard Plaza. The cost is $15 per child and includes pizza and drink for dinner.

Elf Norrie and her crew will watch the children while parents shop. The children will watch a holiday movie and dance around. Space is limited. Only children ages 3 and older who are potty trained will be permitted. Payment is expected at the time of reservation. To reserve a spot, call 732-286-2002.

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MANCHESTER – Manchester Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 is hosting a breakfast with Santa on December 17 from 8 to 11 a.m. at 545 Commonwealth Blvd. Tickets are $3 for children 12 and younger,

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Tree Lightings In Ocean County

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

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

Travel Bocce Presents San Antonio Trip

WHITING – The Travel Bocce Club presents a trip to San Antonio from September 22 to October 2, 2017. The cost is $925 per person for double, $1,295 for single, and $905 per person for triple. A nonrefundable deposit of $75 is due at

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Winter Coat Drive

MANCHESTER – Through December 7, Manchester Township is working with Jersey Cares to collected clean, used coats for donation. Coats are needed for men, women and chil-

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Holiday Flutes

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MTES’ Holiday Bazaar

MANCHESTER – Manchester Township Elementary School will host its first holiday bazaar on December 3 from 9 a.m. to

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Lakehurst School Honors Veterans

LAKEHURST – Students and staff at Lakehurst Elementary School honored local Veterans and Active Service Members at their annual Veteran’s Day Program on November 17 in the school’s gymnasium. The program featured student presenters, a presentation by the Manchester Township High School Junior ROTC, –Photo courtesy Lakehurst Elementary School and songs by the Lakehurst Elementary School chorus. Following the pro- we get to honor those who have sacrificed for us. gram, the eighth-grade class escorted the guests It’s a privilege to be able to say thank you for all to a luncheon sponsored by the Lakehurst Edu- you’ve done.” During the luncheon, guests spoke cation Association. School Superintendent Loren to students about their service, and answered Fuhring stated in her remarks to the guests, “This questions. Each also received a handmade ornais the program we look forward to all year, when ment from the fifth-grade students as a thank you.

Movie Night MANCHESTER – Pine Ridge South will have a double feature on December 9. Doors open at 6 p.m. The first movie showing is “My Name is Doris,” starring Sally Field. The second movie

showing is “The Santa Clause,” starring Tim Allen. The movies promptly start at 6:45 p.m. Admission is $2 per person and includes coffee and a snack.

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.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance NEW JERSEY – The Home Energy Assistance Program helps very low-income residents with their heating and cooling bills, and makes provisions for emergency heating

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New Life Retreat Drug And Alcohol Rehabilitation And Education

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State Police Thank Public For Help Donating To Domestic Abuse Victims

NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey State Police would like to thank both its civilian and enlisted personnel and those in their communities for their generous support with assisting survivors of domestic violence. Their food drive benefits domestic violence victims and their families living in shelters.

The public’s participation contributed to the State Police’s greatest success to date. In total, they collected enough nonperishable food items to provide 19 domestic violence service providers with substantial donations to assist shelters with stocking their food pantries. According to the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV), approximately 2,924 women, children and men utilized New Jersey domestic violence shelters in 2015, with the average length of stay being 33 days.

Library Locations Delayed Opening

TOMS RIVER – All locations of the Ocean County Library will have a delayed opening December 9 for its Annual Staff In-service Training. All locations, with the exception of the Bay Head and the Whiting Reading Centers, will open at 1 p.m. Both reading centers will reopen December 10. Customers can use the library’s online resources including: databases, ebooks and emagazines, and online classes which are available 24-7 through its website theoceancountylibrary.org. For more information contact Ocean County Library at its website or call the operator at 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514.

New York Holiday Bus Trip TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring the New York Holiday bus trip on December 14. The bus will stop near Duffy Square for those who wish to buy “two for one” show tickets. Participants will be provided with a map and list of holiday activities. The bus will depart from the beach complex of Ocean County Park, 659 Ocean Ave. in Lakewood at 8 a.m. and return at 7 p.m. The fee includes round trip transportation and gratuity. To register, send a check for $35 per person, made payable to the County of Ocean. Mail the check to: Ocean County Parks and Recreation, 1198 Bandon Road, Toms River, NJ 08753. Provide name, address and daytime telephone number, along with program number AB0310. The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders sponsors this program. To receive more information or a Parks & Recreation Newsletter call 732-506-9090 or visit oceancountyparks.org.


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NEW JERSEY -- The launch of the 2016 New Jersey HomeKeeper Program, a foreclosure prevention initiative that will assist New Jersey homeowners who have a track record of making their mortgage payments on time but are now at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure as a direct result of unemployment, underemployment or other demonstrated financial hardships including medical, divorce, disability or death. The program is funded with federal Hardest Hit Funds (HHF) which are used to create locally-tailored foreclosure prevention programs to help families across the country who have found themselves unable to pay their mortgages. “The New Jersey HomeKeeper Program is here to assist homeowners who are struggling to make their mortgage payments because of certain hardships resulting in a reduction in income,” said New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Charles A. Richman, who is also Chairman of the HMFA Board. “We understand that New Jersey families still continue to face difficult economic realities, and we want to help them keep their homes as they deal with these hardships.” The HomeKeeper Program offers qualified homeowners up to $48,000 in financial assistance to cover mortgage arrearages and/ or monthly mortgage payments (including principal, interest, taxes and insurance) for up to 12 months. The assistance is in the form of a 0 percent interest rate, second mortgage loan, and is only repayable should the homeowner sell, refinance, transfer or cease to occupy the property within 10 years from the date of the HomeKeeper assistance loan. The HomeKeeper loan is tailored to assist homeowners who, through no fault of their own, are financially unable to make their mortgage payments and are in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure. Qualifying circumstances include involuntary financial hardship that caused or will cause a homeowner to fall behind on mortgage payments including loss of employment income or a reduction in household income due to underemployment or other demonstrated hardships including medical, divorce, disability or death. The HomeKeeper Program is administered by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA), a DCA affiliate, with

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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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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 finished, 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 percent (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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Feast Of Hope

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

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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 foodbankmoc.org.

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Snowpaw: There’s nothing quite as exotic as an all-white cat. Sweet little Snowpaw came to the center in July. Her owners were in the midst of a divorce and had to move to a place that didn’t accept pets. This energetic two-year-old enjoys climbing to the highest perch on the cat tree where she will wait for you to reach up and scratch her on the head. Then she’ll nod her beautiful white face into your hand, asking for just a little more love. She loves to burrow in the toy box looking for just the right plaything, but will abandon every toy in the box if her owner flashes a laser light in her direction. She hopes to find a place to call her own where she can curl up beside you and share a cozy nap. The Jersey Shore Animal Center is located at 185 Brick Blvd. It’s open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 732-920-1600 or visit jerseyshoreanimalcenter.org.

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TOMS RIVER – The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide has been awarded $10,000 for the Monmouth and Ocean County Suicide Prevention and Intervention Training Program by OceanFirst Foundation of Toms River. The grant will provide funds to help increase the capacity of Monmouth and Ocean County high schools to implement suicide prevention education, help students at risk for suicide, and respond effectively to suicide attempts and deaths through a comprehensive suicide-awareness, prevention, and responsiveness program to help save the lives of at-risk teens. Each year 42,773 Americans die by suicide – a rate of 13.4 per 100,000 which is equal to 117 suicides every day or one every 12 minutes. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for all Americans, and the 2nd leading cause of death for you age 10 to 24. Unfortunately, over the past ten years of available data, the number of youth age 10 to 24 taking their own lives nationally has increased by 20 percent. In New Jersey, suicide is the third leading cause of death for ages 15 to 24. Suicide is a significant public health concern in Monmouth and Ocean counties and nationally. Suicide is preventable. Experts report that 7 in 10 people exhibit warning signs in the weeks,

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

Join Lighthouse Film Society BEACH HAVEN – The Lighthouse Film Society is always looking for new members. Members are a select group of people who actively support independent film on Long Beach Island! They meet artistic people who live and work in the area and are deeply involved in the Lighthouse International Film Festival. The memberships fund events and screenings that would otherwise never happen. All membership levels include a Lighthouse

Film Society Membership Card; advance access to Lighthouse film festival tickets and passes; complimentary festival poster; advance delivery of the official festival program guide; advance notice regarding film society screenings (at least 4x a year, probably more); and a subscription to film society newsletter. Memberships range from $25 a year to $99 a year. For more information, contact information @lighthousefilmfestival.org.

Repertory Theatre Company Performs Comedy At Grunin Center TOMS RIVER – The OCC Repertory Theatre Company will perform Sylvia, by A.R. Gurney, on December 4 and December 9 and 10 in the Black Box Theatre, Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, Ocean County College, Main Campus, College Drive. Tickets are on sale now. Sylvia is a modern romantic comedy about a husband, a wife, and a dog. Middle-aged Greg finds Sylvia, a dog (played by a wom-

an), and takes a liking to her. He brings the dog back to the empty nest he shares with his wife Kate, who does not share the same positive feelings for the dog. Tickets are $15 for adults and seniors, and free for high school students with one adult ticket and a valid high school ID. For performance times and more information, call the Grunin Center Box Office at Ocean County College, 732-255-0500 or visit grunincenter.org.

Of�ice Volunteers Needed TOMS RIVER – The Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity is seeking office volunteers. They need volunteers to help them put the mailing labels on the postcards. The

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Mature Polish Lady - will do housecleaing, has many years of experience and is very trustworthy. Will clean your home the right way. Call Ava 732-581-4726. (51)

Carpet Repair - Restretching, ripples removed, repair work, stairs installed. Call Mike at 732-920-3944. (47) Car Service - 24/7. Doctors, shopping, airports, hospitals, cruise, shops, Atlantic City, family functions, NYC accomodations for large groups. Call for reasonable rates. Kerry 732-606-2725. (45) Wallpaper and Bordering - Hanging and removal of old. No job too big or small. Great references. Call Angela 609-891-8544. (43)

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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.

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BUSINESS PROFILE I&G FARMS

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Omarr’s Astrological Forecast

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

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

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

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

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

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

(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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