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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 VoTech, 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 (Holiday - See Page 5)

–Photos by Judy Smestad-Nunn (Top right) Victoria Bambace of Brick Memorial HS, left, and Megan Farreau of Central Regional HS prepare green bean casseroles. (Bottom left)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. (Bottom right) Students stacking and counting pumpkin pies. L to R: Hannah Geoffrey, Southern Regional HS post-graduate; Brian Rand of TR HS East, Tabitha Suarez of Brick HS, John Lambert of TR HS North.

December 3, 2016

Barne�at Appro�es $270K Play�ro�nd Up�rades

By Chris Lundy BARNEGAT – The Township Committee purchased approximately $270,000 worth of equipment to improve parks via Project Playground. In response to residents complaining about the poor condition of parks and playgrounds in town, Barnegat instituted Project Playground, a plan to upgrade them. The committee awarded a $271,575.34 contract to Liberty Parks & Playgrounds, Inc. of Delaware for Miracle Recreation Equipment. The contract includes delivery and installation. Committeeman Albert Bille explained that this cost came in at 40 percent less than expected. It was purchased through a cooperative pricing system, which gives discounts to municipalities because they are essentially buying in bulk along with other towns elsewhere. A resident asked how the playgrounds will be protected so that vandals do not waste the money that is being spent. Bille said that cameras and lighting are being installed before the equipment. The (Playground - See Page 14)

New Stafford Community Center Opens Its Doors

By Daniel Nee STAFFORD The newly-constructed Bay Avenue Community Center was expected to open in conjunction with the township’s annual Christmas tree lighting December 2, officials said. Though the official opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was set for the (Doors - See Page 5)

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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 Memorial High School, was assembling green bean casseroles with about four other students. “There are so many string beans, it’s


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December 2 tree lighting event, there is the possibility that the building would be opened to some groups beforehand so they can begin meeting there. Initially, the township had hoped a certificate of occupancy would have been in-hand by mid-November, however the

The Southern Ocean Times, December 3, 2016, Page 5 crazy,” said Bambace as she searched for additional sheet pans. “Feed the Need is such a helpful thing for people who don’t have as much as us,” she said. That’s true, said Megan Farreau, who attends Central Regional in Berkeley and was helping to prepare the green beans. “This is really wonderful how we prepare so much food; if we didn’t do this people wouldn’t be able to have a good Thanksgiving,” she said. Chef Joe Jakosita, who teaches Introduction to Culinary Arts, said the students prepared 50 gallons of giblet gravy to top 750 pounds of white potatoes and 450 pounds of (canned) sweet potatoes. “We didn’t peel the potatoes, they’re smashed potatoes, which is more nutritious,” Jakosita said. Chef Dennis Melia was teaching his pastry students how to assemble pumpkin pies. “We have already made over 500, and we’re making another 100 tomorrow,” he said.

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

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

Ocean County Soil Conservation District held up the process over the installation of the building’s irrigation system. Additionally, LED lighting and signage must be installed before the C.O. can be granted. “We’re irrigating the area right now, and we want the runoff to be smooth,” said Borough Administrator James Moran, to laughs from the dais at a recent township

council meeting. The cost of the 4,700 square foot building will be covered to the tune of 90 percent by funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In all, the project is expected to cost about $1.9 million. In addition to hosting community events, the building can double as a storm shelter during future hurricanes and nor’easters.

Meadowedge Park Available

BARNEGAT – Meadowedge Park is operated by the Township of Barnegat. It offers recreational, educational and environmental programs throughout the year. For more information, contact Staci Irwin, assistant recreation director, at 609698-1281 or

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C ommentary

Editorial Reflecting On The Holiday Season

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

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


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Letters To The Editor Thanks To Voters

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vote Counts, Voice Doesn’t After a while of hearing and reading other’s opinions on the election of Donald Trump as the next POTUS, I finally feel like saying something. To many, my feelings will be considered cold, lifeless, emotionless, faithless, cynical, and to some, even depressing. And honestly, they wouldn’t be wrong, and I hope in a way, it inspires others. During my time as a voter and as elections passed, I learned to swallow the hardest truth about national politics in America: It’s that your feelings aren’t counted. Your vote is, but not your voice. Your key strokes or pencil marks in a voting booth are all that matters to them. You are a ballot check, not a window into the views of the American People. These parties and party members haven’t changed or adopted the voices of their constituents. They may tell you they have, but I learned quickly it all becomes lies to protect their positions of power and paychecks. At the end point of the most pivotal and divisive election in my lifetime and possibly ever, I look back and wonder, how many of us feel cheated, lied to, and defeated by the political establishments. I cannot think of a single politician who has kept their promises fully, even the best of them cannot do it. I am left wondering if the system works for us or if we work for the system. Think about this, if less than 50 percent of people committed themselves to either of the candidates (about 47 percent for Hillary 48 percent for Trump) then that leaves the majority of us, (the 53 or 52 percent) who feel like we aren’t represented. And that isn’t even mentioning the people that did vote for them, but did so holding their nose and reluctantly doing it. Moreover, this is also leaving out the LARGE portion of Americans who didn’t (Letters - See Page 14)

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S�������� O� G��������� State Agencies Join Forces To Support NJ Small Business Owners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WBNJ To Stage Historic Radio Broadcast Of “A Christmas Carol”


CALL 732.657.7344 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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SHIP BOTTOM – Local radio juggernaut WBNJ is presenting the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” live at the Grace Cavalry Church, 19th and the Boulevard in Ship Bottom, to begin immediately following the town’s annual Christmas parade on December 3 at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m. The production will feature the original Orson Welles 1938 radio script version of the story, and will be performed live in the style of traditional radio plays from that period. “This production is 100 percent a family affair. Parade goers can funnel straight from the parade into the church, and be transported to Christmas past,” said WBNJ Program Director and DJ, Bill Clanton, Jr. “We are hoping it is the beginning of a new holiday tradition around here,” he said. The production is a collaboration between

WBNJ and the Little Egg Harbor Theater Company, and will feature players from both entities. Julie Schutz from the theater company is directing. WBNJ personalities Bill Clanton, Trip Rodgers, James Donahower, and Will Williams will portray the Narrator, Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge, and live sound effects person respectively. The radio play, which is just an hour long, will feature live music, caroling and sound effects: the rattling of chains, the moaning of ghosts. Refreshments will be available. Admission to the shows is free, however they are asking for nonperishable food items to help those less fortunate this season. A special second performance of “A Christmas Carol” will happen December 4 at the Little Egg Harbor Community Center 319 West Calabreeze Way, Mystic Island, at 3 p.m. For more information, go to

Christmas Cantata

FORKED RIVER – “Jesus! The Advent of the Messiah!” by Mary McDonald and Rose Aspinall will be presented by the choirs of the Forked River Presbyterian Church on December 11 at 3 p.m. Through powerful original songs, favored carols, and dramatic spirituals, the church celebrates the season of Jesus’ birth and honor the gift of the Savior.

Gathering music will begin at 2:30 p.m. At 3 p.m. the combined Hand Bell and Chancel Choirs will present the Cantata. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall. Admission is free and a good will offering will be taken. The church is located at 131 North Main St. Contact the church office at 609-693-5624 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.

Nativity Pageant

MANAHAWKIN – The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 333 N. Main St., will host a Nativity Pageant our Gift to the Community. There will be two performances at 5:30 and 7 p.m. on December 17. A rain date is scheduled for December 18. Guests are asked to dress warmly, as the

event is being held outdoors. Following each of the performances there will be hot beverages and cookies. Santa will be available for pictures, so bring a camera. For more information, call 609-597-2696 or visit

Pick Up Organizing Tips

LACEY – Author Jamie Novak will offer tips to help guests succeed in organizing during her program “12 Surefire Strategies to Stop Procrastinating” at 7 p.m. on January 16 at the Lacey Branch, 10 East Lacey Road. Novak, a bestselling author and time man-

agement specialist will include the common reasons why we put things off and what we can do about it. The program is free but registration is required. To register call 609-693-8566 or visit

Family Christmas Breakfast

MANAHAWKIN – A family Christmas breakfast with Santa will be held on December 10 from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Center, 100 Bishop Lane.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 8 to 12. Registration is required by December 5. To register, call Barbara at 609-693-9639.

Breakfast With Santa

LANOKA HARBOR – The Lanoka Harbor Fire Departmentt will host its 29th annual Breakfast with Santa on December 4 from 7

a.m. to noon at the fire station, 2 Warren Ave. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there taking pictures.

Garage Closed Sundays


TUCKERTON – The Tuckerton Public Works Garage, effective December 4, will be closed on Sundays until April 2. During this time

period the yard will only be open on Saturdays. For more information, call Public Works at 609-296-5058.

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Bus Trip To Devils V. Flyers Game

LACEY – The Lacey Township Recreation Department is currently taking registration for a bus trip to the Prudential Center to see the New Jersey Devils face off against their Metropolitan Division and I-95 rivals the Philadelphia Flyers on December 22. The Recreation Bus will leave from the rear Municipal Building Parking Lot at 5 p.m. Tickets for the game are $50 which includes bus transportation to and from the game as well as a game ticket in the 100 level of the arena. They are also offering half-price food vouchers to be used at the Prudential

Center, a voucher for $10 worth of food can be purchased for those attending the trip for just $5. Lacey Township residents can register for this trip at the Recreation Office, 818 Lacey Rd., Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Registration is taken on a first come, first served basis and all checks should be made payable to Lacey Township. For more information, call the Lacey Township Recreation Department at 609-693-1100, ext. 2203.

An Evening To Help Traf�icking Victims OCEAN COUNTY – The Zonta Club of Southern Ocean County will host an evening of fun with friends at Calloway’s Restaurant, 597 Route 9, West Creek, on December 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes

all you can eat pizza, wings, beer and wine. All proceeds will benefit HEAAT, a mission to “Help Educate & Advocate Against Human Trafficking.” For tickets or information, call Debbie at 609-296-8768.

Night In Bethlehem

FORKED RIVER – The Forked River Baptist Church will be hosting “A Night in Bethlehem” on December 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. and December 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. This is a free event where

guests will explore the town of Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born. There are shops, crafts and a live nativity. All are welcome. For more information, call 609-693-2726.

Knights of Columbus Offers Charity Trips

MANAHAWKIN – The Knights of Columbus Annunciation Council 3826 is hosting the following trips: December 7 – Visit the American Music Theater for the “Winter Wonderland” Christmas Show. Fee is $11 per person, which includes transportation, buffet lunch at Shady Maple Restaurant, show

ticket, tax and gratuities. February 7 to 19 – Go on a 12 night Southern Caribbean Cruise on the Royal Caribbean “Anthem of the Seas” from Bayonne. Cost from $1,524 per person. For information and reservations, contact Charles Serwin at 609-978-0970.








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–Photo courtesy Southern Regional High School MANAHAWKIN – Southern Regional Senior Athletes Billy Kubarewicz and Brennan Davis singed their National Letter of Intent with their respective colleges. Kubarewicz signed with Kutztown University in Pennsylvania for Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field. Davis signed

with Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina for Men’s Volleyball. They are pictured with their parents, SRHS Principal Mr. Eric Wilhelm plus Boys Cross Country, Track & Field Head Coach Scott Baker and Head Boys Volleyball Coach Eric Maxwell.

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.

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Olympic Sparring Team Wins Big At NY Event

MANAHAWKIN – Olympic Sparring has come to Manahawkin and it’s known as K-T-C. Team KTC forms itself at Master Moon’s Martial Arts and quickly establishes a name for itself in NY State Tournament. Ten members of Team KTC (Korean Taekwondo Center) of Manahawkin made its inaugural debut at the 2016 NY Open TKD Championships & Korean Cultural Festival 10 year Anniversary event in Uniondale, NY, last month, where more than 300 athletes gathered to compete. By participating in the event, the

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WARETOWN – The Waretown Volunteer Fire Company will hold its annual holiday gift fair on December 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fire house, 117 Wells Mills Rd.

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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 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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cameras will feed directly into the police station. Water And Sewer Rates To Increase There were several other financial matters discussed at the November 15 meeting. Two ordinances were introduced that would increase water bills and sewer bills by 3 percent each. The final reading on these ordinances is planned for the December 16 meeting. Business Administrator Martin Lisella said that the departments need a fund balance for repairs. It was more economic to make a little increase every year rather than hitting residents with a large increase if a major repair was needed. New Vehicle for Administration The Township Committee will be leasing a vehicle for the administration department, which will primarily be used by the business administrator. It is a three-year lease agreement with Manahawkin KIA. It will cost the township $249 a month over a three year period, and includes maintenance costs, Novak said. Resident Jake Taylor took issue with the vehicle. “There used to be one vehicle for the entire building,” he said. “There’s no need to lease another vehicle for administrators.” Verizon Agreement At a previous meeting, a representative


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

from Verizon spoke to the governing body about a 50-year agreement to use an easement for equipment for the town. The mayor and committee declined to accept a 50-year agreement at that time. They had said that they were unhappy with Verizon’s service, and unhappy that Verizon had no plans to bring FiOs, a better product, to Barnegat. Verizon would have to invest considerably in FiOs to bring it to Barnegat. The committee wanted to have a bargaining chip that they could use to negotiate better service in the future. Waiting 50 years would throw away that leverage. At the November 15 meeting, they instead agreed on a 5-year easement. It was the fi rst reading of the ordinance and will require a second reading at the December 16 meeting. Committee members debated giving Verizon as much as 25 years, but ultimately agreed on five. Novak said if the committee agreed on the 50-year easement, then it would take power away from all future committee members to negotiate with Verizon. Regardless, if FiOs is not economically feasible for Barnegat, then whatever future technology exists probably will not be economically feasible for Barnegat, either. Committeewoman Susan McCabe also noted that the Verizon agreement is non-exclusive. In other words, if another communications company wanted to sign the same contract in Barnegat, they could.

I strongly encourage all of you, who feel left out and think the system doesn’t represent you anymore, to consider joining and supporting 3rd parties and their candidates. As I get older, I trust people, major parties and government less and less. I think we all should take the emotions we feel in this election, and put it towards being critical of our leaders. Watch them, question them, scrutinize them and even give them credit where it is due. However, don’t let them think they earned your loyalty when they get one thing right. Loyalty doesn’t exist in politics. Loyalty exists only for oneself, especially when the temptation is power. Don’t let them have power for long, and don’t trust them to use it for good. Sitting on the sidelines has gotten us here, where only half of eligible voters actually vote and it’s enough for the political elite to justify to themselves to do as they please. Don’t let anything slide or go unnoticed. As John F. Kennedy once said, “An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” And in response, “When we make a mistake, it is the obligation of the people through their representatives to correct the mistake, not continue the mistake.” Dr. Ron Paul. Victor Gagliano Howell

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MANAHAWKIN – A family breakfast with Santa will be held on December 10 at St. Mary’s Parish Center, 100 Bishop Lane. The breakfast is from 9 to 11 a.m.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 8 to 12. Registration is required by December 5. To register, call Barbara at 609-693-9639.

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

the County Connection at the Ocean County Mall, located at 1201 Hooper Ave, Toms River. This program is free. For more information, please call 732-597-6057. Diabetes Self-Management Education, December 15, 22, 29 and January 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn how to manage diabetes by attending this four-session diabetes education program focusing on diet, nutrition, glucose monitoring, medications, meal plans, prevention and treatment of diabetes complications, dining out and benefits of exercise. This program is taught by a registered nurse and a registered dietician/certified diabetes educator. This education program takes place at the Center for Healthy Living at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, located at 198 Prospect St., Lakewood. Attendees will need a doctor’s prescription and will be billed to Medicare or your insurance carrier. For more information or to register call 732923-5025.

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

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Page 18, The Southern Ocean Times, December 3, 2016


Dear Joel


By Joel Markel

My Wife Made Me Fat

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

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By Robert C. Shea, Esq. & Christopher R. Shea of R.C. Shea & Associates

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

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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.

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 Sher-

iff’s Office. The form can be found on 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.

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For Rent For Lease - 1160 SF, deli space located in a busy mini mall. Join other businesses like US Post Office, bank, hair salon, weekly flea market, etc. in Holiday City, Toms River. Contact Kate Russo at 732-922-3000 for more information. (50)

Auto For Sale 2000 Ford F-250 - Super duty, supercab, XLT, long bed, 7.3L, auto, 4WD, power windows, seats, locks, Cap with tool boxes. 8 1/2 Ft Western Plow. 240,000mi. $7,000 OBO. 732-684-4922. (t/n)

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Items For Sale Guitars/Music - 4 Yamahas Different models. Epiphone Gibson black all with cases from $90 to $270. Small base amp $65. All-acoustic Martin $1000. Excellent shape. Call Stormy 732-920-7482. (52) Two 1999 Seadoo GTI Jetskis - With double trailer. Less then 50 hours use. $3,500. 908-910-9310. (t/n)

Items Wanted $$$ WANTED TO BUY $$$ Jewelry and watches, costume jewelry, sterling silver, silverplate, medals, military items, antiques, musical instruments, pottery, fine art, photographs, paintings, statues, old coins, vintage toys and dolls, rugs, old pens and postcards, clocks, furniture, brica-brac, select china and crystal patterns. Cash paid. Over 35 years experience. Call Gary Struncius. 732-364-7580. (t/n)

Help Wanted Laundromat Attendant - For PT. Good communication skills, math and min computer knowledge. Transportation needed. Long term commitment only. 732-286-1863. (52) Micromedia Publications is seeking a FULL TIME ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR/NEWS WRITER, with at least two or more year’s experience, to help manage seven of its community newspapers and high-traffic website in Ocean/Monmouth. The assistant news editor will answer directly to the news editor and GM, will be responsible for news gathering and reporting, writing stories for print and web, proofreading and copy editing. Excellent news judgment and communication skills are imperative. The candidate must also be able to meet deadlines and work well under pressure. Knowledge of Ocean and Monmouth County is required. In addition to working out of our Lakehurst office, the candidate must be able to attend municipal meetings and community events – some nights and after hours are required. Car and driver’s license A MUST. Local candidates preferred. Micromedia Publications, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We offer a competitive salary, vacation time and health benefits. Please email a resume, writing samples and three professional references to Jason Allentoff, General Manager, NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!

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PQ Painting & Home Improvement Services - Celebrating almost five decades of service. Visit us online at pqpaintingservice. com. See all our anniversary and monthly specials. Winner of Angie’s List Super Service Award. Free estimates, reasonable rates, fully licensed and insured NJ Lic #13VH06752800. Call 732500-3063 or 609-356-2444. (t/n) Home Health Aide – Light house work, errands, shopping, appointments, personal care. With experience and references. Available. Call Dawn, 908 391-4211. (52)

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House Cleaning - I will clean home. Very good prices. Call 732-552-7513. (51)





Junk Removal – We Haul It All! Furniture, yard waste, construction debris, appliances, metals, concrete, dirt and sand. Call 732-998-4725. Free estimates. (52)

















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Local Chef/Cook – From time to time for private family. Also person for cleaning, ironing and silver polishing. $13/hour. Point Pleasant area. 201-960-0222. (50)

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Certified Home Health Aides Needed for Ocean County area. Hourly and live-in positions avail. P/T and F/T. Call CCC at 732-206-1047. (t/n)

Landscape Services - Leaf clean ups, pavers, mulch, stone, and sod installations. Free estimates. Call with needs. 732-678-8681. (t/n)

Now Hiring Property Inspectors- FT/ PT in your area. Full, free training provided. or 732-7664425, 201-259-0734. Ask for Mel. (t/n)

Roofing Etc. - Roofing, siding, windows, gutters. Repairs and discounted new installations. Prompt service. Insured. NJ license #13HV01888400. Special spring discounts. Call Joe Wingate 551-804-7391. (48)

S n ow Plowers Wan t ed - Must have own truck and plow. Must be available 24/7. Start rate $80/ hour. Call 732-451-1390 or email (48)

My 2 Girls Cleaning Service Bonded and insured. Weekly,bi-weekly, monthly or a one time treat. Let’s get your home ready for the holidays. Please call Donna at 732-232-7058 or 732-9148909. 20 years experience, reliable and professional. References available. (51)

COSTUME/ESTATE JEWELRY Looking to buy costume/estate jewelry, old rosaries and religious medals, all watches and any type of sterling silver, bowls, flatware candlesticks or jewelry. Same day house calls and cash on the spot. 5 percent more with this AD. Call Peggy at 732-581-5225. (t/n)

Carpenters/Glaziers - Experience installing windows and doors. Clean drivers license. Call 732-919-0011 or ATTN: Gary. (51) Caulkers - Needed for storefront company. Experience caulking windows. Clean Drivers license. Call 732-9190011 or (51)

Autobody Work - $99 any dent big or small, professionally done. We come to you. Serving Ocean and Monmouth counties. 347-744-7409. (t/n)

Entire Estates Bought - Bedroom/dining sets, dressers, cedar chests, wardrobes, secretaries, pre-1950 wooden furniture, older glassware, oriental rugs, paintings, bronzes, silver, bric-a-brac. Call Jason at 609-970-4806. (t/n)


Painting - By neat, meticulous craftsman who will beat any written estimate. Interior/exterior. Free estimate. Fully insured. 732-5067787, 646-643-7678. (48)

Loader Or Backhoe Operators Needed - For snow work for season 2016-2017. Must be willing to put a snow box on your machine or have your own. Call 732-451-1390 or email (48)

U s e d G u n s Wa n t e d - A l l types: collectibles, military, etc. Call 917-681-6809. (t/n)

Don Carnevale Painting - Specializing in interiors/exteriors. Very neat. Special senior discounts. Reasonable, affordable, insured. References. Low winter rates. License #13VH3846900. 732-8994470 or 732-814-4851. (52)

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Need A Ride - Airports, cruise, A.C. Save $$$. Senior discounts. Tom. Save ad. 551-427-0227. (3)

HVAC-Service Tech/Installers Hiring now! Experience a plus, will train. Great work environment. Company vehicle. Year round/paid holidays. Call 732-349-1448 or fax resume 732-349-6448. (49)



Computer Tutoring for Seniors – Retired, “Microsoft Certified” instructor. Very Reasonable rates. Very patient with slow learners. I’ll teach you in the comfort of your home on your computer. I can trouble shoot your slow computer! I also teach iPhone and iPad. I set up new computers at less than half the price the retailers charge. Windows 10 specialist. I can also build a beautiful small business website at a fraction of the going rates. Special Projects always welcome! Tony 732-997-8192. (t/n)

CASH, CASH, CASH! - Instant cash paid for junk cars, trucks, vans. Free removal of any metal items. Discount towing. Call Dano 732-239-3949. (t/n)

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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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Enroll Or Change 2017 Marketplace Health Insurance

OCEAN COUNTY – The Outreach and Enrollment team at OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center, is scheduling appointments to help the general public and its patients with enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, which began November 1, and will end January 31. Bilingual certified application counselors are available. Appointments can be made at five OHI sites: Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second St., Lakewood; Toms River Health Center, 301 Lakehurst Rd., Toms River; Manahawkin Health Center, 333 Haywood Rd., Manahawkin; Manchester Health Center, Lakehurst Circle Center II, 686 Route 70, Lakehurst; or SeaOaks Medical Campus,798 Route 539. Building 3, Little Egg Harbor.

Important Dates for 2017 Enrollment December 15: Last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start January 1. December 31: Deadline for reporting exemptions for the 2016 fiscal year. January 1: 2017 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15. January 31: Last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, participants can enroll or change plans only if they qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. To sign up for health insurance at the time of an appointment, enrollees should bring their social security card; proof of income, such as paystubs, W-2 forms, or other income information; their employer’s information; and their date of birth. Eligi-

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ble immigrants who want health coverage should bring their documents. Sasha Andino and Carmen E. Lopez, associates of the Outreach and Enrollment Department, and other qualified OHI staff will answer questions, explain any changes, and help individuals sign up for health insurance. Associates will also help with exemptions, which must be reported before December 31 for the 2016 fiscal year. Those who miss the deadline for reporting exceptions may be fi ned. For Open Enrollment appointments, and questions and information about OHI’s services, call Ocean Health Initiatives at 732-363-6655. For more information, contact Sasha Andino, outreach and enrollment associate, 848-210-0970 or Carmen Lopez at 732-966-3749.

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

Meetings Can Help Gambling Problem OCEAN COUNTY – Do you or someone you know have a gambling problem? GamAnon Family Groups may be able to help you. Call their 24-hour hotline for meeting locations near you, 888-263-1885.

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Animals For Adoption BRICK – The Jersey Shore Animal Center features these two animals this month. Brownie: This sweet boy is up from TN in search of his forever home. He is about 1-1/2 years old and about 35 lbs. This guy is very timid so will need a home with lots of patience. No young kids because he is just too nervous. Another dog in the home is a must for Brownie. It will help him gain his confidence and come out of his shell. A fenced in a yard is also a must because he will bolt if scared. We are hoping a very special person will come and help Brownie learn what it is liked to be loved and part of a family. Brownie appears housebroken. He can be around children ages 14 and older.

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

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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

Where The Stage Is Set For Holiday Magic

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

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

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

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

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

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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.


wolfgang puck’s kitchen

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

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

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

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

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