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Oyster Stafford Is “Breaking The Silence On Creek Sexual Violence” In The Local Community To Close Ahead Of Schedule

By Jennifer Peacock FORKED RIVER – The oldest nuclear power plant in the United States will close its doors permanently later this year. Oyster Creek Generating Station will close in October 2018, a full 14 months before its original closing date of December 2019. Lacey Township Mayor Nicholas Juliano said the township heard about the plans early in the day on Feb. 2, the same day the general public was notified of the change. The township has been preparing for the site’s closing for some time. “Lacey Township has been working with other entities to bring in an alternative power source to the site,” he said. “In addition, we have been working with the office of state planning for approval on our Plan Endorsement Town Center application that will (Oyster Creek - See Page 4)

–Photos by Kimberly Bosco (Above) Velardi helped McAleer with the gender box activity by writing down audience suggestions. (Right) The audience was filled with Stockton University students and local residents, filling out surveys for St. Francis.

By Kimberly Bosco STAFFORD – Local students and community members got some unique insight and educational tips during a seminar on the importance of recognizing and dealing with sexual violence, held at the Bay Avenue Community Center in Manahawkin on Jan. 30. “Breaking the Silence on Sexual Violence: Media Literacy and Sexual Violence Law,” was the title of the seminar led (Community - See Page 5)

Barnegat High School Shuts Down Student Wireless

By Kimberly Bosco BARNEGAT – At a recent Board of Education meeting, a representative from the district’s Science, Health, and Technology Committee reported that the student wireless connection has been shut down in the Barnegat High School. (Student - See Page 13)

2018 Little Egg Harbor Fire District Budgets

By Kimberly Bosco LITTLE EGG HARBOR – The Annual Fire District Election will be held on Feb. 17, 2018 where residents will have the chance to vote on any fire commissioners that are up for

election as well as the 2018 budget for their fire district. Little Egg Harbor Township has three fire districts, which all aim to “provide the highest level of fire protection and emergency assis-

tance to the community of Little Egg Harbor, County of Ocean, and the State of New Jersey,” according to the Fire District #1 website. Each district maintains its own budget and has its own Board of Fire

Commissioners that act on three-year terms. Fire District #1 The budget for Fire District #1 is $613,117, with $145,250 to be allocated for capital (Budgets - See Page 13)

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Continued From Page 1 allow for more impervious coverage on our commercial ratable properties, allowing for expansion and redevelopment on many of the commercial sites along the Route 9 and Lacey Road corridor to help offset tax base loss from Oyster Creek closing.” Juliano continued: “Long after Oyster Creek ceases to operate they will continue with a team of employees who will remain on site protecting the facility and the public with a highly skilled staff of experts to oversee the entire dismantlement process. (plant owner) Exelon will continue with its safe operation through decommissioning which could take up to 20 years with a strong environmental monitoring program. Oyster Creek’s tax base will remain intact until such time that buildings are dismantled and no longer exist on the site. As to the spent fuel, Exelon, being the current holder of the license, will be responsible for safely maintaining the onsite spent fuel storage systems. (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) regulations requires licensees to manage and provide funding for the management of spent fuel as long as the spent fuel remains on site.” Exelon Generation, the company based in Kennett Square, Pa., that owns Oyster Creek, paid $2,247,300 in taxes for the land the plant operates on in 2017, according to township records. The property

also generated $11,107,588 in Energy Tax Receipts. These are taxes directly given to towns in exchange for allowing utility companies to operate there. The station pays out $68 million in annual salaries, according to published reports. The company did not directly answer questions about what the future holds for the site, only that it would be maintained to the highest safety standards. “For nearly a half-century, the men and women at Oyster Creek have operated our facility with safety, reliability and respect for our environment as their primary focus. That commitment will remain long after the plant shuts down and decommissioning takes place,” Exelon spokeswoman Suzanne D’Ambrosio told Micromedia Publications. Every two years, the station enters a refueling outage: the plant shuts down and a third of the fuel assemblies used in the plant’s reactor are replaced with new ones. That would be happening this October, if the plant had remained open until next December. With the permanent shutdown, all fuel will be transferred to the used fuel pool, and the plant will be “permanently defueled,” she said. Once that’s completed, those systems that are no longer required will be removed from service, to be dismantled or put in long-term storage. “A fuel handler certification program

and shutdown emergency plan will be put into place. Security adjustments may also be made based on the new configuration with all fuel in the pool. These actions allow for facilitating staff adjustments,” D’Ambrosio said. “The schedule and activities for decommissioning described in the Post Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report (PSDAR) will be implemented at the site. Some workers will remain on site for the fi rst few years after the plant is shut down to work through the process of putting the plant in a dormant condition. After that, a smaller workforce will remain at the site until the plant is decommissioned. The number of individuals needed at the site depends on decommissioning activity timing.” Exelon employs 500 people at Oyster Creek. The company is working to place them in-house at other facilities; Exelon operates in 48 states and Canada, and has a station in Mays Landing and other locations in the Philadelphia/Camden metro area. “I want to thank the thousands of men and women who helped operate Oyster Creek Generating Station safely for the past half-century, providing generations of New Jersey families and businesses with clean, reliable electricity,” Exelon president Bryan Hanson said in a statement. “We will offer a position elsewhere in Exelon to every employee that wishes to stay with the company, and we thank

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our neighbors for the privilege of allowing us to serve New Jersey for almost 50 years.” As for providing power for those 600,000 homes Oyster Creek currently serves, D’Ambrosio told Micromedia Publications that PJM Interconnection is solely responsible in ensuring “grid reliability.” She said Exelon is confident PJM will procure the generation resources needed to cover Oyster Creek’s 600 megawatts of generation. The station is “a single-reactor plant that produces 625 megawatts of zero-emissions energy: enough carbon-free electricity to power 600,000 homes,” according to company literature. The plant went online in 1969. A plan was reached by state officials and Exelon to close the plant by 2019. The plant’s closing is welcome news to environmental groups across the region. “It’s important that Oyster Creek is closing early, because it should have closed a long time ago. This is the oldest nuclear plant in the country and it’s falling apart. It leaks radioactive tritium, has problems with storage, and erosion with containment vessels, among other issues. This plant was a disaster waiting to happen so it’s vital for our coast that it’s closing early. This plant is a dinosaur and it’s good that’s its going extinct,” Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, said.


Continued From Page 1 by members from the St. Francis Community Center Counseling Services. The seminar was broken up into three parts, beginning with an introductory presentation about gender roles and sexual violence definitions by Meghan McAleer, LSW, the Sexual Abuse and Assault Prevention Program Coordinator at St. Francis. McAleer began by defining the concept of media literacy. “It is how we understand, or how we interpret the information we’re getting,” from any kind of media source, she said. The concept of media literacy was a large part of the seminar, because as McAleer noted, we need to critically examine the things we interpret daily from the media in order to be media literate about things such as gender and sexuality. She discussed topics such as gender versus sex, hyper masculinity, and what it means to “be a man” versus “act like a lady.” Showing funny commercial advertisements and videos to the audience, McAleer engaged with them by throwing candy out to individuals who shouted out correct answers, getting the conversation about sexual violence started in a comfortable atmosphere. “If you’re laughing, you’re learning,” she joked. Sexual violence is a sensitive topic for many, and McAleer made it very easy for individuals to start a productive discussion around the topic. She helped the audience to describe what we all consider to be stereotypical characteristics of men and women. The transition into a discussion about sexual violence came when she asked the audience: “What happens when a man or women acts outside of the stereotypes?” Jumping from the lighter topics to the statistics, McAleer noted that 1 in every 2 women and 1 in every 5 men has had an experience with sexual violence in their lifetimes. These numbers are bit unsettling, especially when you notice the stark gap between males and female. McAleer did a great job in drawing the audience’s attention to everyday things that contribute to our distorted view of sexual violence; for example, certain movies and television shows that implicitly normalize sexually violent culture, like Beauty and The Beast, among others. “I love Game of Thrones, but what do they always do on that show?” McAleer said, “They fight and rape women.” Following her presentation was Donna Velardi, RN, FN-CSA, the SART/FNE Coordinator from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. Velardi is a member of the SART for Ocean County, which stands for the Sexual Assault Response Team. “New Jersey is special because all 21 counties participate in the SART pro-

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The Southern Ocean Times, February 10, 2018, Page 5 gram,” she said. The SART team is made up of law enforcement agents, a Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate, and a Forensic Nurse Examiner. Additional members that can play a part in the process are prosecutors and hospital staff members. When talking about sexual violence, Velardi said, “It’s really about power and control.” When Velardi helps a patient, or a victim of sexual abuse, she noted that the victim is always in charge. “They get to tell me how they want to do things,” she said. According to her presentation, SART exists to provide victim-centered services, to help minimize re-victimization, to provide forensic medical exams quickly and with quality evidence examination, and to assist in prosecution. The SART program is required by law and is coordinated by the NJ Division of Criminal Justice and operated by the County Prosecutor. The Ocean County SART program works with four different hospitals in Ocean County, including: Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Monmouth Medical

Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Souther n Ocea n Medical Center i n Manahawkin, and Community Medical Center in Toms River. Velardi said that if a victim of sexual assault visits one of these hospitals for help, they need not wait in the emergency room. These patients are taken back to a specially designated room for SART that allows them easy and quick access to advocates that will help them. “I have been a Forensic Nurse for 18 years,” said Velardi. “I’ve done over 200 cases of sexual assault in my lifetime.” She also noted that the SART program and all of the services and resources it provides its patients are all grant funded and free to patients, excluding sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing. Velardi ended her presentation on a positive note, noting that more males have been recorded coming forward after incidents of sexual abuse. “This means that these men are becoming better educated, and stronger,” when it comes to sexual violence, she said. Following Velardi was the final aspect of the seminar, which included comments

from Stockton University Interim Police Chief Cynthia Parker and Stafford Township Police Chief Thomas Dellane. “Sexual violence (response) is not something that the law enforcement department does by themselves,” Chief Parker said. Accompanying Parker at the seminar were officials from Stockton, including the Clery Compliance Coordinator Rosanne Latoracca, Title IX Coordinator Valerie Hayes, and Director of the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Center Laurie Dutton. “The more we educate, it’s all about prevention, but the big thing is consent,” Hayes emphasized. Chief Dellane noted that the department has a very strong focus on providing the needed services to the community, regarding sexual assault. “Our purpose, our goal, is to prevent re-victimization,” he said. Velardi mentioned that, “we would like everyone to come forward (for help)…but not everyone is ready.” To this, an audience member said: “The important takeaway is to tell someone.”

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F EATURED L ETTER The Sickness Of Power And Greed Those who only live for power and greed are never happy, for they never get enough. The more they have, the more they want. They have very little respect for others. They make good use of the weak. For some reason they just follow like sheep. If you ask the weak why they just follow, they can’t give you an answer. Their lives have become rather cheap. If mankind were to stand up for their rights, the power and greed mongers would disappear. Mankind knows right from wrong, good f rom bad. There are some power brokers who know good from bad, so some of them go for the good of mankind. Then there are the others. They only use the power for evil. The same thing goes for greed. These people just want to suck up

the world and everyone around them. In most cases, power and greed go hand in hand. They use their power for all the wrong reasons. The greed brings them nothing but unhappy need in the long run. Both don’t know the meaning of humility. What is the need for a home with 20 rooms and 20 bathrooms, a pool, and a tennis court if others are happy to fi nd a park bench to sleep on? I realize that all things cannot or should not be equal, but there must be some balance to life. Maybe someday man will make up and be a little kinder to each other. For the most part, we have a wonderful world with a few rotten apples. This is one man’s opinion. Herb Greenberg, Jr. Brick, NJ

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Surf & Stream Should Stay Pristine I was disappointed to read your Jan. 20, 2018 front page story about Surf & Stream campground being considered for redevelopment. How sad! The author pointed out the beauty of the location with it’s meandering stream, and the fact that it was an active part time community even though all renters had other permanent homes and activities slowed down in the winter. As a local resident, I have never stayed at this campground other than to use their dump station after returning from my RV trips. Surf & Stream is a valuable asset to Manchester for those that prefer trailer or motorhome accommodations to hotel life or seasonal house rentals. Consider also the large amount of permeable soil that exists in this campground that would be paved or built over if redeveloped. I could go on, but my point is that if the owner cannot keep the property as a campground he should sell it to someone who could lovingly keep it groomed for those wishing to enjoy our towns and beaches without hotel living. My travels across this great country have always relied on campgrounds such as Surf & Stream. We should not lose it. Our elected officials must not allow the land usage to change. Walter Lenskold Manchester

America’s Place In The World We are now faced with a choice: reclaim our position as an international leader or fall victim to closed-door policies pulling our nation backwards. The US needs to support developing nations if we hope to strengthen our international markets and fuel domestic job opportunities.

Letters To Editor marching toward war on nanigans. With the passing of the The African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the Millennium Challenge Act (MCA) Modernization Act (H.R.3445/ S.832) in the House, it is crucial that we urge our senators to protect our national security interests and support this legislation. It is important that we remind the rest of the world that we do not condone word vomit like “sh****** countries,” but do recognize that an act that would cost US taxpayers less than $500,000 over a four-year period and greatly protect our interests abroad is a diplomatic engagement we are happy to take on. I urge Senator Booker and Senator Menendez to support the AGOA & MCA Modernization Act to spur econom ic development across the world. Kelly Garretson Howell

Bipartisan Militarism Endangers Us All Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recently unveiled a new Pentagon strategy for national security. It removes any mention of climate change as a threat, deprioritizes counter-terror effor ts, and instead agg ressively pu rsues a massive arms race with both Russia and China. It also calls for an astronomical spending increase at a time when the count r y’s defense budget is larger than the next eight biggest nations’ budgets — combined. With the context of this year’s State of the Union, it seems clear that the Trump administration is

t he Korea n Pe n i n su la . Tr u mp’s words regarding North Korea closely echoed Bush’s case for the invasion of Iraq. However, many believe this will spill into a greater nuclear conflict. This isn’t a necessary conflict. North Korea has recently shown an unprecedented interest in diplomacy. Next week, North and South Korea will participate in the Olympics under a unified f lag and integrated teams. Tensions have lowered dramatically. This extremely aggressive stance is exactly why law requires the Secretary of Defense to be a civilian, at least seven years removed from active duty. This law was waived for Mattis’ appointment. Shockingly, Mattis was approved in a nearly unanimous 98-1 vote and still enjoys bipartisan support. Recently, Josh Welle, a Democratic Congressional ca nd id ate for NJ’s District 4, stated “General Mattis is keeping the [Department of Defense] on track.” Our militaristic defense priorities are backwards. We continue feeding the bipa r t isa n m ilit a r y-i ndustrial complex, while ignoring the basic needs of our people and the planet. And it’s going to get us all killed. Jim Silverman Holmdel

Trump’s “Treason” Every morning I wake up with a sense of dread. What has that man in OUR Oval Off ice done now? My stomach churns as I listen to his latest she-

Wel l t h i s t i me, he’s crossed the line. By deciding to declassify the FISA email memo, this President should certainly be brought up on charges of t reason. I don’t use that word lightly, but in this case it is certainly appropriate, not only for Tr u mp, but for all t he Republican representatives and senators who stand behind this decision. This email isn’t even an off icial docu’s an inter pretation of the F ISA appl icat ion by a Trump stooge. National security is at stake, and we cannot tolerate this gross negligence. All of our intelligence agencies have advised against the release of this email and state that because it is written out of context, it doesn’t reflect the truth. People need to see this for what it is…a means of distracting and discrediting the Russia investigation. I have used the word treason before. Over the last 7 years, the Republican majority in Congress have refused to do their job..a job we elected them to do, a job we are paying them to do and a job which must be done for the benefit of WE THE PEOPLE. For this refusal to do the business of the country, I felt that these members too should be charged with treason. However, that act pales in comparison to what Trump and his Republican cohorts have managed to do with the release of this email memo. I say - Charge them all with treason. Marianne P. Clemente Chair, Barnegat Democratic Municipal Committee

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

Committee Advances Bill Requiring Turnpike Meetings in South Jersey CAPITOL COMMENTS 9th Legislative District Senator Christopher J. Connors • Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf • Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove

NEW JERSEY – The Senate Transportation Committee passed legislation (S-246) prime-sponsored by Senator Christopher J. Connors and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C.

Gove that would require that at least two regular meetings each year of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority be held on a rotating basis in Ocean County, Atlantic County, and Cape May County. The legislation also propos-

es that one regular meeting of the Authority be held in Bergen County and at least one meeting be held in Salem, Gloucester, and Camden counties on a rotating basis. Currently, regular meetings of the authority are held on a monthly basis in the Authority’s Administration Offices located in Woodbridge. The 9th District legislators issued the following statement on the Committee’s approval of the legislation: “Turnpike meetings should be regularly scheduled in

South Jersey in view of the fact a large segment of the Garden State Parkway is located in our area of the state and, more importantly, local residents pay a significant portion of the tolls that fund infrastructure projects and maintenance. “Residents justifiably want and should be afforded the opportunity to participate in the meetings of a government-established entity that makes large-scale decisions which greatly impact commuters, businesses and communities.

“Bringing government closer to the people is always sound policy, especially when it involves an entity that directly spends taxpayer dollars or more specifically, in this case, toll revenue. “From the outset, our delegation was the leading voice of opposition to the Corzine toll hikes because we saw the writing on the wall in that our constituents were being specifically targeted to generate revenue for Trenton’s coffers not unlike the gas tax increase, which we also

fought against. “This is a bipartisan collaborative effort that we have undertaken with Senator Jeff Van Drew and the 1st District Assembly delegation in that large segments of our respective constituencies rely on the Parkway as their primary means of commuting.” Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove are cosponsors on the Assembly version of the bill, A-798, which is awaiting action by the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee.

Congressman MacArthur Urges Army Corps of Engineers to Finish Beach Replenishment Project Before Summer From The Desk Of

Congressman Tom MacArthur WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman MacArthur wrote a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging them to complete the beach replenishment project in Seaside Heights before the start of the summer season and called for reassurance that, if this project cannot be completed before Memorial Day weekend, that work will be halted until after the second weekend in September to allow an unhindered summer season. “Seaside Heights has done a tremendous amount of work to rebuild the community and local economy, but even five years later, it remains a challenging task,” wrote Congressman MacArthur. “I recognize the essential work that the Army Corps of Engineers is doing to replenish our beaches and build dunes that will help protect us against another event like Sandy. The local economy in Seaside Heights, like so many shore economies, is highly dependent on tourism. To hinder access to beaches during the summer season poses serious economic risk to the businesses and individuals

who rely on summer tourism. Many tourists are making summer travel plans now and they need assurance that the incredible beaches of Seaside Heights will be open.” Seaside Heights Mayor Tony Vas agreed stating, “Seaside Heights had made it clear for years that this dune project needed to be done before or after our summer season. I am disappointed that we do not have clarification on this yet from the Army Corps of Engineers and echo Congressman MacArthur’s request. Seaside Heights has been through enough and I hope we can count on this project helping, not hindering our rebound. “I am thankful that our Congressman, Tom MacArthur, has our back on this and look forward to working with him – and any other interested leaders – to ensure a successful and timely completion to this much-needed project.” Full text of letter: Lieutenant Colonel Kristen Dahle Commander U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District

The Wanamaker Building 100 Penn Square East Philadelphia, PA 19107-3390

January 24, 2018 Dear Lieutenant Colonel Dahle: I write to convey urgent concern from the Borough of Seaside Heights regarding the timetable of the Army Corps of Engineers’ beach replenishment project in Northern Ocean County. As you know, Superstorm Sandy devastated many communities in Ocean County, including Seaside Heights. And, as you also know, Seaside Heights suffered the additional catastrophe of a major boardwalk fire in September 2013. It has been a long, difficult struggle to recover and rebuild. Seaside Heights has done a tremendous amount of work to rebuild the community and local economy, but even five years later, it remains a challenging task. I recognize the essential work that the Army Corps of Engineers is doing to replenish our beaches and build dunes that will help protect us against another event like Sandy. The protection that this project will provide is absolutely vital. However it is a matter of highest priority that this project does not inadvertently end up harming the very towns that it is intended to protect. The local economy in Seaside Heights, like so many shore economies, is highly

dependent on tourism. To hinder access to beaches during the summer season poses serious economic risk to the businesses and individuals who rely on summer tourism. Seaside Heights already relies on state transitional aid to avoid further burdening local taxpayers as the Borough continues to recover from the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in property ratables. Further economic strain is an

unacceptable prospect. On behalf of Seaside Heights, I ask you for two things: Reassurance that the Army Corps of Engineers is doing everything in its power to complete the Seaside Heights portion of its work prior to the summer tourism season, and Reassurance that, if this project cannot be completed before Memorial Day weekend, that work will be halted until after the second weekend in

September to allow an unhindered summer season. Clarity on both matters is necessary as a matter of urgency, as many tourists are making summer travel plans now and they need assurance that the incredible beaches of Seaside Heights will be open. Thank for your attention to this matter. Best regards, Tom MacArthur Member of Congress

NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE BOARD OF SCHOOL ESTIMATE OF THE OCEAN COUNTY VOCATIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that a meeting of the Board of School Estimate of the Ocean County Vocational Technical School District is scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at 3:15 p.m., in the Ocean County Administration Building, 101 Hooper Avenue, Room 304, Toms River, New Jersey, for the purpose of reviewing and approving the proposed budget for the Ocean County Vocational School District for the 2018-2019 school year. Formal action will be taken at this meeting. Frank J. Frazee, CPA Secretary, Board of School Estimate

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Stafford Bank Robbers Found And Arrested

By Kimberly Bosco STAFFORD – Two individuals have been arrested for a series of six bank robberies, and attempted bank robberies, in New Jersey and New York. James M. Buccanfuso, 41, of New York and Sergey Demidenko, 38, of Brooklyn were arrested after an investigation revealed them as the culprits of recent local bank robberies, as well as other robberies in NY, between Jan. 16 and Jan. 26. Their string of robberies included those at Chase Bank on Jan. 18 and Wells Fargo on Jan. 26, both in Stafford. The investigation led police to find that Demidenko was the individual entering the banks with a dark, hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses, slipping robbery notes to the bank tellers. Fleeing on foot from the banks, with an unknown amount of money, Demidenko was then picked up by Buccanfuso in a 2012 green Jeep Grand Cherokee with a NY license plate, according to police. Police said that Demidenko and Buccanfuso would split the proceeds, and travel back and forth from New York to Atlantic City. The investigation began with the Stafford Township Chase Bank robbery on Jan. 18, and investigated the robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank

at 273 West White Horse Pike in Galloway on Jan. 24 as well. The Jan. 26 Stafford Township Wells Fargo robbery was just an attempted robbery; Demidenko fled the scene after being asked to remove his hood and glasses by the teller before any money was stolen. Detective Smith and Detective Sergeant Johnson, the arresting officers in this case, contacted the New York Police Department, who advised that they had similar bank robberies involving a subject matching Demidenko’s description. According to police officials, The New York City Police Department was investigating three bank robberies; one on Jan. 16 at the Capital One Savings Bank in Park Slope, one on Jan. 25 at Roslyn Savings Bank in Massapequa, and another on Jan. 25 at the Chase Bank at 1722 Avenue U/E 18th Street in Brooklyn. The detectives were able to identify the Jeep’s license plate in an Atlantic City casino parking garage. This led them to the suspects in Manhattan on Jan. 30, where Demidenko and Buccanfuso were placed in custody and then turned over to the FBI. Stafford Police noted that they will not be releasing photos of the subjects.

Visit Tuckerton Seaport For Chocolate Week

TUCKERTON – Join Tuckerton Seaport for the Cocoa Cup Miniature Golf Tournament! This tournament will be held daily throughout Chocolate Week, February 11-18. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and brave the cold to win some chocolate covered prizes!

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LBI Foundation Seeks Summer Help

LONG BEACH ISLAND – The LBI Foundation is looking for fun, creative, responsible individuals to join our amazing Summer Camp Staff! We are hiring for all different areas; instructors and assistants in art, science, sports/

games, culinary, and more! There are some great opportunities for teachers looking for a fun summer job and resume building opportunities for college students. Check out our website for further details and to apply.

Forked River Old Guard Meeting

FORKED RIVER – The Forked River Old Guard, a non-affiliated social club for men 55 and older, meets every Monday at the Lacey Township Community Hall on the corner of

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SURF CITY – Join the Long Beach Island Branch of the Ocean County Library for events throughout the month of March! This month’s art exhibit, held in the meeting room from Mar. 1-29, will be Amergael. Adult Events: Mar. 2, 1 p.m.: Friday Afternoon Movie. Register. Mar. 5 and 19, 1 p.m.: Brain Games. Seniors are invited to join in fun and entertaining activities that stimulate your brain. Register. Mar. 6, 11 a.m.: Blood Pressure Screening. Free screening by the Long Beach Island Health Department. Drop in. Mar. 6 and 20, 1 p.m.: Adult Writers’ Group. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Island Library. Mar. 9, 1 p.m.: Friday Afternoon Movie. Register. Mar. 12, 10 a.m.: Friends of the Island Library Board Meeting. All are welcome. Drop in. Mar. 12, 6 p.m.: Italian Cultural Society of LBI. Sponsored by the Italian Cultural Society of LBI. Register. Mar. 14, 10 a.m.: Wearin’ of the Green - Songs from Ireland. Gerry Murray, a musician from County Cavan, Ireland, and a fellow Irish entertainer will perform popular and traditional Irish songs. Sponsored by the Friends of the Island Library. Refreshments courtesy of Amergael. Register. Mar. 15, 1 p.m.: Poets’ Studio. Whether you are an accomplished poet or a new one, our monthly workshop will inspire you. Register. Mar. 16, 1 p.m.: Friday Afternoon Movie. Register. Mar. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Quilting Demonstration. Pieceful Shores Quilt Guild celebrates National Quilting Day with their annual quilting demonstration and display of quilts. The display case in the lobby will feature a month-long exhibit of their small works. Drop in. Mar. 19, 7 p.m.: Ladies of Country Music. Celebrate Women’s History Month with Elaine and the Cimarron Sky Band, performing the classic country songs of singers Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, and Emmylou Harris and other legendary stars. Register. Mar. 20, 2-4 p.m.: Friends Book Sale. Get six books for $1 and help the Friends of the Island Library. Drop in. Mar. 23, 1 p.m.: Friday Afternoon Movie.

Register. Mar. 26, 6 p.m.: Essential Oils 101. Presenter Joan Colandrea will teach you what essential oils are, their benefits and how to use them safely and effectively with demonstrations and giveaways. Register. Children: Mar. 9, 10 a.m.: Mini Makers in Action. Celebrate NJ Makers Day with S.T.E.A.M. stories and crafts. Ages 1 – 4. Register. Mar. 10, 2:30 p.m.: NJ Maker’s Day: Explore, Create, Play. Bring your family for art, sensory experiences, and experiments, including chalkboard slime. Dress for a mess. All ages. Register. Mar. 16, 9:30 a.m.: Wigglers & Walkers. Foster motor, sensory, and social skills. Join us for books, rhymes, songs, and movement, followed by playtime. Ages up to 2 years. Register. Mar. 16, 3:45 p.m.: Books at the Beach: A Book Club for Kids. We’ll discuss a book and do fun activities; best for 3rd grade reading levels and up. Home-schooled families are welcome! Contact the LBI Branch for this month’s selection. Register. Mar. 20, 10 a.m.: Read, Rock, & Rhyme. Let’s get moving with songs, stories, the parachute, and instruments. Ages 2-6. Register. Mar. 26, 10 a.m.: Girl Power! Dance Party. All kids are invited to dance the morning away to pop hits and kids’ songs by awesome women and girls. We’ve got the tunes, you bring the moves. Ages 1-5. Register. Mar. 28, 4 p.m.: The New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival Presents: Tales from the Garden - A Celebration of the History and Folklore of NJ. A collection of folk tales, facts, and prose from New Jersey, this celebration is a fun-filled journey through the rich history of the Garden State from its original settlers to its many legends—as well as some of the more unique roles New Jersey has played in American History. Presented by The Growing Stage: The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey. Register. Teens: Mar. 14, 6 p.m.: Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting. Earn community service hours. New members welcome! Grades 6-12. Mar. 14, 7 p.m.: Teen Takeover: Hot Cocoa. Taste testers and junior chefs alike are invited to experiment with hot cocoa recipes before winter ends. Ages 12-18. Register.

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Free Food Allergy Seminar For Retail Food Operators, Chefs & Staff

By Kimberly Bosco SHIP BOTTOM – The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and the Long Beach Island Health Department will host a Food Allergy Seminar on March 5, 2018. This event is meant to help inform retail food operators, chefs, and staff members about accommodations for guests with particular food allergies. Held at the Southern Ocean Chamber Building, check-in will begin at 8:45 a.m. If you plan to attend the event, you must pre-register through the Chamber. This 2-3 hour information seminar will help

improve understanding of food allergies and anaphylaxis, highlighting laws that protect individuals with food allergies, as well as identifying ways to improve safety of food service. Attendees will aslo be taught proper food handling procedures to ensure the safety of patrons with specific allergies or food sensitivities. This event is part of the Chamber’s Open for Business program. The seminar is free, but space is limited! If you are interested in attending this event, contact 609-494-7211 or info@sochamber. com.

Lacey Man Arrested For Series Of Car Burglaries

By Kimberly Bosco FORKED RIVER – Police recently announced the arrest of a local Forked River man on eight counts of burglary and seven counts of theft related to a recent string of car burglaries. Lance Romano, 47, was arrested after an investigation beginning in the summer of 2017 found him guilty of numerous car burglaries in the Barnegat Pines part of the township. The arrest was made after Lacey Detectives,

Ocean County SWAT and the Berkeley Township Detective Bureau executed a search warrant in the 1300 block of Norwood Street in Forked River on Jan. 30. The investigation of the car burglaries had been ongoing since the summer of 2017, after various incidents pointed to the same suspect. Romano has since been released on his own recognizance in accordance with bail reform. The detectives also intend to return the stolen items to their owners.

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Lacey Branch Library Events For March

LACEY – Join the Lacey Branch for a series of events for the month of March for adults, kids, and teens! Mar. 1-31: Meeting Room Art. Lacey Township Elementary Schools Student Art. Mar. 1-30: One-on-One Computer Instruction. Assistance with computers, library resources, eReaders and tablets. Available by appointment only.

Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 12 p.m.: Mah Jongg Mavens & Masters. Have you always wanted to learn how to play Mah Jongg? You can learn by watching seasoned players. Do you already know? Either way, come join us. Mar. 1, 7 p.m.: Teen Cooking: Scones. For ages 11 and up. Please register. Mar. 2, 1 p.m.: Women’s History Month

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toe-tapping celebration of traditional Celtic music. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lacey Library. Please register. Mar. 6, 6:30 p.m.: The Art of Meditation for Beginners with instructor Shazia Zaman. Learn to still your mind. Please register. Mar. 6 and 20, 2 p.m.: Chair Yoga for Seniors. A gentle yoga practice for adults with limited mobility. Taught by Nancy Bonta Voitko, certified yoga instructor. Please register. Mar. 7, 14, 21, and 28, 1 p.m.: English Conversation Group. Practice English in an informal setting. Mar. 8, 7 p.m.: A Suffragette Tea Party. Learn about women’s fight for the right to vote while drinking tea and eating delicious goodies. Ages 13 – 17. Please register. Mar. 9, 3 p.m.: Make-Up Your Rock. Create your own rocks and inspire others, while spreading kindness in your community. For families. Please register. Mar. 10, 2 p.m.: The New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival Presents: A Cinderella Tale…Happily Ever After. A play performed by the Pushcart Players. For more details, please see page 36 of this brochure or visit or Please register. Mar. 12, 12 and 1 p.m.: Music and Movement with Friends. A musical program for adults with special needs and their caregivers. With Joan Seele-Goold. Please register for one session only. This program made possible by a grant from the KearnyBank Foundation.


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to the wireless was cut off after students were taking advantage of the free connection on their phones during school hours. Nichol said that student activity on their phones was diminishing their lessons throughout the day, thus a change needed to be made. For the new wireless connection, staff members need to go directly to the IT department of the high school to have their phones and personal laptops or other devices connected. “I don’t even know the password,” said Nichol. Now that the students have been cut off from wireless during school hours, Nichol

noted that he has seen an increase in the number of students who come to use the main office phone. He also noted that this change might help students to interact more with each other during free time and lunch periods, instead of staring at their devices. “We are one of the first (schools) to cut it out,” he said. Some schools don’t even have their own wireless connection, so Barnegat HS seems to be ahead of the game on more than one front. So far, through teacher input, Nichol noted that the wireless change has been well-received. From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. - the regular operat-

ing school hours- the wireless connection is only accessible to those who are remotely connected. After 3 p.m., students and other individuals are able to connect to the wireless if needed. This helps people who might need to make calls or look something up who come into the school after hours, such as a delivery person or a parent picking up their child, said Nichol. It also helps if students run into problems during extracurricular activities or need to use their phone for something after hours. In this way, the wireless is both useful to students and staff, but not distracting during class time.


spending on office expenses by $2,500, uniforms and gear by $2,000, training and education, and non-bondable replacement equipment, according to district documents. These added expenses would increase the amount raised by taxation by approximately $19,700, increasing the tax rate from 6 cents per $100 of assessed valuation in 2017, to 6.2 cents per $100 of assessed valuation in 2018.

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was $466,944, with an amount of $433,000 raised by taxation. There would be no significant increase or decrease in budgeted items, and the total debt service would remain the same from 2017 to 2018 for district #3. The amount raised by taxation would increase by $13,000 from 2017, taking the tax rate from 9.8 cents per $100 of assessed valuation in 2017, to 9.9 cents per $100 of assessed valuation in 2018.

Continued From Page 1 Barnegat High School Principal Stephen Nichol confirmed that the wireless had in fact been shut down as of Jan. 2, when school resumed after the winter break. However, a new wireless connection was set up in place of this for only staff members to use throughout the school day. Nichol said that since the change, he has received no complaints from teachers or staff members. “It was wanted by probably 95 percent of the teachers,” he said. As most might assume, the student access

Continued From Page 1 appropriations. Almost the entire total, $612,967, would be raised by taxation. The proposed 2018 budget for district #1 would increase by approximately $19,800 from 2017. The budget from 2017 was $593,366, with an amount of $593,266 raised by taxation. This increase is due to increased

Fire District #3 The budget for Fire District #3 is $473,044, with $446,000 to be raised by taxation. The proposed 2018 budget would increase by $6,100 from 2017. The budget from 2017

Knights Of Columbus Charity Trips MANAHAWKIN – The Knights of Columbus of Manahawkin is hosting trips in the coming months of 2018, including: Sands Casino, Bethlehem, PA – Feb. 26:

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FORKED RIVER – The Vetwork Program, now Vetwork, A Program of Vetgroup, Inc., is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization, and is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The mission and purpose of the agency is to meet the immediate and long-term needs of lower-income veterans. Vetwork provides supportive services to assist the veteran in securing/upgrading employment, obtaining permanent, affordable housing and transportation to access all necessary medical or

basic-needs services. Vetwork seeks to provide a continuum of care with services, and to enable veterans to maintain, or achieve, self-sufficiency. To accomplish this end, Vetwork is committed to advocacy, education and the prudent delivery of direct, quality services. Vetwork is located at 103 N. Main Street, Forked River. Contact Vetwork, Inc. at 103 N. Main Street, Forked River, 609-971-7613, toll-free 1-877971-7613 or fax 609-971-7451.

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H ERE ’ S T O Y OUR H EALTH Dear Pharmacist Suzy Cohen, R. Ph.

6 Natural Remedies For Varicose Veins

By Suzy Cohen, R. Ph.

Sometimes it seems like varicose veins come out of nowhere when you’re least expecting it. Most people over the age of 60 have some degree, and usually they’re not a big deal, but they could be; it depends on the general health of your pipes. When I say “pipes” I mean your veins, they are the pipes that push blood throughout your body. It is estimated that more than 40 million Americans have varicose veins. They mostly impact the legs and feet. It’s different from spider veins which are not nearly as noticeable unless you have “Drinker’s Nose” which causes spider veins to appear on the nose. People are sometimes worried that they’ll be exposed as a heavy drinker or smoker because of these. Varicose veins can become serious and cause pain, throbbing, swelling, and increased risk of blood clots. If these angry, swollen veins occur in the region of your anus, it’s called a hemorrhoid. Unfortunately, your risk to developing problematic veins increases as you age. If your mom or dad has them, chances are you’ll get them too. I’m going to quickly share six ways to help with varicose veins right now. But if you have a serious condition, I urge you to read my longer article which offers more treatment options. You can get that by signing up for my free newsletter at and I’ll email it to you. Weight: You can take some pressure off your legs by losing weight. The less pressure, the less puffy, twisted and distended

your veins are. You see, your veins are weak, and the burden of having 50 to 100 pounds adds pressure to your veins, and making the blood pool. Weird Shower: You will love me, then hate me. When you are taking a shower, alternate between comfortably hot water and colder water. You can do this to your legs only if you want to, versus your whole body, and try each temperature for 10 or 20 seconds each. You should probably ask your doctor about this first. It helps your veins ‘practice’ the process of constriction and dilation. Collagen: Collagen makes you elastic, so think of collagen allowing for healthy firm skin and a tight neck. Without enough collagen, your blood vessels and skin begin sagging. Water: Make sure you are hydrated throughout the day. Did you know that coffee dehydrates you? It makes you more prone to leg cramps through the ‘drug mugger’ effect of magnesium and other minerals. Energy drinks rob the same vein-loving minerals. Diosmin: Bioflavonoids are found in the outer peel of citrus fruits. Diosmin is a well-studied citrus bioflavonoid that has been consumed for years and it’s well known within medical circles to support healthy veins and circulation in the body. Hesperidin: Hesperidin is a citrus bioflavonoid, and it comes from oranges and lemons and it assists your body in the quest to fight varicose veins, hemorrhoids and micro leaks of blood (which causes easy bruising). Hesperidin can help strengthen capillaries.

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Barnegat Middle Schooler Crowned Miss NJ Junior Teen 2018

By Kimberly Bosco BARNEGAT – Barnegat student Alexa Daley was crowned Miss New Jersey Junior Teen 2018 at the International Junior Miss Scholarship Pageant in Parsippany, NJ back in December. Not only did she win the pageant, but she also won the competition’s Spirit Award for embodying the spirit and character of the program. The pageant program is for young women ages 4 to 24 and claims to be more than just a beauty pageant. It is a “platform for young women to feel confident in who they are,” according to the program’s website. Daley will travel to San Antonio, TX to compete in the IJM State Queen international competition in July 2018, representing New Jersey. A student at Russell O. Brackman Middle School, Daley joined this, her first pageant, because she wanted to help others through community service and public outreach and become a positive role model. She noted that she will embrace any opportunity to appear and speak at community events, such as nursing homes, hospitals, and civic and charity events, using her crown to make be a positive influence. Requests for appearances should be

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Townhouse For Rent - 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths. Saratoga section of Toms River. $1,650 per month plus utilities. 1 1/2 month security. Non-smoker. Available immediately. Call 732-270-1750 after 6. (9)

The Goddard School on Route 70 in Toms River - Is hiring for multiple full time and part time positions! We provide a warm, loving environment for children ages from 6 weeks to 6 years. We are looking for fun, energetic teachers. Must be available Monday through Friday, between the hours of 6:30am-6pm. Looking to hire immediately. Salary based on experience. Benefits include Paid time off, 401K, and paid lunch on Fridays. To learn more about our available positions or to set up an interview call 732363-5530 or email your resume to

CNA/CHHA - The Pines at Whiting is looking for experienced CNA’s/ CHHA’s to provide excellence in care to our residents on our Assisted Living Unit and Skilled Nursing units. If you are looking for an environment that rewards excellence, provides a fun work environment you should look no further! FT 7-3 CNA – Skilled Nursing Unit (2 Positions). FT – 7-3 – CHHA (1 Position). FT 3-11 CNA – Skilled Nursing Unit. Part Time 3-11 CNA – Skilled Nursing Unit. 1 FT 11-7 CHHA (1 Position). Weekend commitment positions on all 3-11/11-7. Weekend program requires a commitment of 4 weekend shifts per month. Special weekend rates available for weekend commitment positions.Full Time positions offer excellent benefits including health, dental, life, Paid Time Off and 401(K) with generous match after 1 year.Apply in Person to: The Pines at Whiting, 509 Route 530, Whiting, NJ 08759 or email resume to (11)

European Lady - Seeking livein caregiver position. References on request. Have valid driver’s license and experience. Contact Elizabeth 732-608-4781. (10)

We Unclog All Drains - Including main sewer lines. Toilets repaired and replaced and more. Lic #13VH05930800. 732678-7584, Tony. (11)

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. (12)

Joan’s Dog Training - Force free training. Certified and insured. Puppy training, behavior modification. In home sessions. Call 908759-1196 for information. (8)

Adult 55+ CommunityHomestead Run - Toms River. 1 & 2 BR homes available. Clubhouse & Activities. Call 732-370-2300. (7) Furnished Home - To share in Holiday City. $750/month - utilities, cable/internet included. You get private bedroom and bathroom. Security required. Female preferred 732-977-7321. (10)

Items Wanted 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) $$$ WANTED TO BUY $$$ 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, bric-a-brac, select china and crystal patterns. Cash paid. Over 35 years experience. Call Gary Struncius. 732-364-7580. (t/n) WE BUY USED CARS - Any condition, any make, any year. We also specialize in buying Classic Porshe, Mercedes and Jaguar running or not, DEAD OR ALIVE. 609-598-3622. (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-abrac. Call Jason at 609-970-4806. (t/n) 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) 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) Buying - Jewelry collections and jewelry boxes; costume/estate/antique. Rhinestones, pins, bracelets, all types (watches too). Cash Paid Today! Call “THE JEWELRY GAL.” Brick Area. 732-513-2139. (8)

Items For Sale 14’ Pace Craft Fiberglass Boat & Yacht Club Trailer - Two Minn Kota electric trolling motors, two fish finders, four pole holders, two cushions, one battery, life vests. $1750 or B/O. 732-849-5028. (t/n) 2004 Four Winds Hurricane 32-0 RV - 71,245 miles. Asking $19,500. 848-241-5048. (9)

Help Wanted HVAC-Service Techs/Installers Hiring Now - Experience necessary. Great work environment. Company vehicle. Year round/paid holidays/OT. Call 732-349-1448 or Fax resume 732-349-6448 (9)

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) Receptionist P/T - Toms River CPA seeks P/T receptionist for the tax season through 4/16/18. Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and some Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Position includes processing tax returns (will train), filing and some light typing and clerical work. Pleasant non-smoking office. $12/hr. 732-270-3966. (7) Sales/Marketing - Part time Jackson office. Hours 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 1-800-361-9881. (7) Work At Home - Calling property managers. Need computer and laptop. 9:30 am to 12 or 1 - 4 pm. Salary and bonus. Call 848-222-4887. (7) Secretary Hiring Now - Seeking responsible individual with good phone skills. Exp a plus-willing to train. Great work environment. 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F/OT. Paid holidays. Call 732-349-1448 or Fax resume 732-349-6448. (9) We Need CNA’s, CHHA’s and LPN’s - Full time, part time. Call now 732-288-1600. Training available days or nights, start now. (11) Toms River Printing Company Seeking PART TIME/ON CALL help. Duties include deliveries. Call Rachel at 732-240-5330 for additional information. (11) Registered Nurse – 30 Hours a week The Pines at Whiting is looking for two compassionate RN’s to provide care to residents in our skilled nursing/rehab community. Minimum 1-2 years experience required as well as experience with EMR. One RN 7-3 (30 hours a week e/o Competitive starting rate and excellent benefits package including health, dental, life, vision, PTO time, and 401(K). Part Time or Per Diem RN positions available on 3-11 shift, For immediate consideration apply to: The Pines at Whiting, 509 Route 530, Whiting, NJ 08759, 732-8492047 or email resume to rscully@ EOE. (11) Part Time Food Service - We have an immediate need for Part Time Waitstaff/Servers AM and PM shifts available, Dietary Aides, PT Dishwashers. We are a well established retirement/ healthcare community located in Whiting. We offer competitive pay. Under the direction of great Food Service leadership team, you will be working in an environment where you get the support and training needed to grow in your culinary career. The Pines offers an open door policy and Senior Leadership is always available and visible to our employees every day. Rate of pay starts at $9/hr. Apply in Person to: The Pines at Whiting, 509 Route 530, Whiting, NJ 08759 or email resume to (11)

Services PQ Painting & Home Improvement Services - Over 5 decades of service in NJ. Visit us online at See our 2018 specials on our website. 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) Bobs Waterproofing - Basement and crawlspace waterproofing. Mold testing, removal and prevention. Family owned. Fully licensed and insured. Call Bob 732-616-5007. (t/n) Nor’easter Painting and Staining, LLC - Interior and exterior. Decks, powerwashing. Affordable. Senior discounts. References. No job too small. Fully insured. 732691-0123. Lic #13VH09460600. (6) My 2 Girls Cleaning Service Brrr..Winter Cleaning Specials - A package to meet all your needs. Bonded and insured. Same teams. Please call Donna at 732-914-8909 or 732-232-7058. (7) BUY DIRECT FLOORING - 26oz. commercial and DuPont stainmaster carpet $12 yd.installed. RITZ Luxury Vinyl $2.75ft.installed. Quality remnants. Free no pressure estimates 732-504-9286. (10) Painting - By neat, meticulous craftsman who will beat any written estimate. Interior/exterior. Free estimate. Fully insured. 732-5067787, 646-643-7678. (11) Need A Ride - Airports, cruise, A.C., doctors. Save $$$. Senior discounts. Tom. Save ad. 551-427-0227. (20) Accounting and Tax Services LLC Tax preparation and small business accounting. Reasonable rates. 732-506-9272. 1201 Rt. 37 East, Toms River, NJ 08753. (15) Caregiver - I’m a loving, compassionate caregiver with over 20 years experience to include Alzheimers. Will take excellent care of your elderly/sick loved one at home or facility. Willing to travel. Available 24/7, live-in or live-out. Reasonable rates. Phone 201-589-7269. (11) All Around Yard And Home Maintenance – Outdoor, indoor work done to your satisfaction. Spring thru Winter. Cleaning, home repairs, yard upgrades, etc. References upon request. Very diligent. Fair estimates. Eddie Zsoka 732-608-4781. (50)


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. (10)

Attention - Home owners, bussinesses, contractors, realtors - CASH towards property damage. Don’t hesitate. Call or text Joe 201-852-4417. Free consultation. Licensed/bonded NJ PA. Career oppertunities available. (8)

All In 1 Handyman/General Contracting - Painting, kitchens, bath, basements, etc. Remodeled, flooring, carpentry, roofing, siding, windows, doors, gutters, etc. “Any to do list.” No job too big or small, we do it all. $ave - Veterans discount. Call Clark 732-850-5060. (t/n)

Home Health Care Company Now Hiring RN’s, LPN’s and CHHA in Ocean & Monmouth Counties! Flexible scheduling. Work in your community. Weekly pay. Career advancement. Comprehensive benefits. Call 732-505-8000 today. (t/n)

Don Carnevale Painting - Specializing interiors. Very neat. Special senior discounts. Reasonable, affordable, insured. References. Low winter rates. License #13VH3846900. 732-899-4470 or 732-814-4851. Thank you. (8) I Will Clean Your Home - Very good prices. Call 732-773-5078. (10) Computer Tutoring for Seniors – Retired, “Microsoft Certified” i n s t r u c t o r. Ve r y R e a s o n a b l e 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)

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Dangerous Flu Epidemic Grips The Jersey Shore

By Kimberly Bosco OCEAN COUNTY – This year’s flu season seems to be taking a toll on our local communities as we see record numbers of people visiting the doctor for influenza-like illness and even cases of influenza-related deaths. According to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, “For the week ending January 20, the proportion of people seeing their health care provider for influenza-like illness (ILI) was 6.6%, which is above the national baseline of 2.2% and is the highest ILI percentage recorded since the 2009 pandemic.” New Jersey was one of 39 states reported to be experiencing high influenza activity as of the latest CDC FluView report. The FluView State Summary for week one (ending on Jan.6, 2018) in New Jersey, reported that there has been a staggering total of 1,183 influenza and pneumonia related deaths this flu season. The CDC also noted that there have been 7

flu-related pediatric deaths so far, bringing the total number of flu-related pediatric deaths reported this season to 37. This number includes the death of a four-year old girl from New Jersey. “At this time, no other information can be provided,” regarding the four-year old girl, said Assemblyman Brian Rumpf (R-9th), who also serves as the Director of Administration and Program Development for the Ocean County Health Department. “What is important to note is that the whole State of New Jersey has wide spread flu activity and all residents…are encouraged to take Public Health recommendations to protect themselves and their family members.” Rumpf noted that flu activity is widespread across the whole country this year, making this year’s flu epidemic so striking. “Whereas, in previous years we see higher flu activity in different parts of the country, at different times,” he explained. The H3N2 strain of the influenza virus is

what most people are being affected by, which causes more (and worse) cases and more visits to the doctor, according to the CDC. The most popular method of preventing the flu is getting the flu vaccine. This is the best way of reducing your chances of getting sick and spreading the virus to others, according to Rumpf. “Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization, including among children and older adults, and is an important preventative tool for people with chronic health conditions,” he said. Those who get the vaccination and still get sick, only experience mild illness compared to those who are not vaccinated. The reason that some people opt against getting the vaccine is because they fear the shot will give them the flu, said Rumpf, which is not true. “The vaccines either contain inactivated virus, meaning the viruses are no longer infectious, or a particle designed to look like a flu virus to your immune system,” he explained.

The viruses in the shots are altered so as to not inject someone with the flu. This is the time of year where we are experiencing the peak of flu season. The CDC IFI surveillance has shown that, for our region, January is typically the peak time for flu activity. Rumpf advised that everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated each year before flu activity begins. He also noted a few specific methods that we can take to avoid getting ourselves and others sick: • Cover our nose and mouth with a tissue when we cough or sneeze • Throw tissues in the trash after use • Wash your hands often • Avoid contact with others who are sick • Stay home from work if you are sick • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. “We truly urge the public to not only get a flu shot, if they haven’t already, but to take sensible precautions,” when it comes to the flu, he said.

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Stafford Branch Library March Events

STAFFORD – Join the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library for a series of fun events for adults, teens, and children, throughout the month of March! Adult programs: Mar.1, 10:30 a.m.: Friends Adventure: “Aim for a High Mark.” First person interpreter Kim Hanley brings Annie Oakley to life. Oakley’s motto was to “Aim for a high mark…for practice will make you perfect” and her hope was that all women would reach the “Bullseye of Success.” Presented by NJ Council for Humanities/Public Scholars Project. Sponsored by The Friends of the Stafford Library. Register. Mar. 1 and 8, 1-3 p.m. and Mar. 3, 17, 31, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: String of Purls-Knit/ Crochet. Needle art lovers, whether you’re just learning or already know how, join our group to knit, crochet, embroider, crewel and needlepoint. For beginners, bring size 10 knitting needles and light-colored 4 ply worsted yarn. To crochet, bring the same yarn and size “I” crochet hook. Mar. 2, 16, and 23, 12:30-4 p.m.: Mah Jongg Mar. 4, 11, 18, and 25, 3 p.m. and Mar. 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 11 a.m.: English Conversation Group. Practice your English speaking skills. All welcome. Mar. 7, 1 p.m.: Brain Games. Adults participate in a range of mental exercises designed to keep their minds sharp. Mar. 7, 6:30 p.m.: Adulting 101: Fast, Easy, Cheap Food. Giovanna Carbonello, ShopRite registered dietician, will present a program about eating on the cheap without sacrificing the nutritional benefits of fresh ingredients and home cooking. Register. Mar. 12, 6 p.m.: Pine Shores Art Association, Art History Lecture. Georgian Court Professor Lisa Festa, Ph.D. presents “The Art of Dutch Master Rembrandt.” Reception features Pine Shores artists: Kathy Crocker, Julianna Costa, Dorothy Siclare, and Tom Troyano. Exhibit will be shown through February and March. Register. Mar. 14, 6:30 p.m.: SCORE Workshop: How to Launch a Successful Small Business. The purpose of the workshop is to introduce and teach new entrepreneur the skills they need to succeed, which include: writing, business, marketing, and financial plans, financial literacy, insurance issues, types of legal entity formation, and where and how to find startup capital. Register. Mar. 15, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Friends of the Stafford Library Meeting Mar. 15 and 29, 10 a.m-12 p.m.: Writers Group. Register. Mar. 15, 2-7 p.m.: Blood Drive. Help your community and give back by donating blood today! All healthy adults are invited, walk-ins are possible, but appointments are preferred. Sponsored by the American Red Cross. To register call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go online Mar. 21, 3 p.m.: Make It! Instagram Magnets. Enjoy your favorite images even when away from your screen. Please bring digital copies of some of your favorite photos to use. Register. Mar. 21, 7-8 p.m.: Women of the Armed Forces. Panel discussion with host DiAnne Gove and emcee Rory Wells. The panel will focus on women serving currently and in the past in the United States Armed Forces. Sponsored by the Great John Mathis Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (N.S.D.A.R.). Register. Mar. 22, 2 p.m.: Rutgers Cooperative Exten-

sion Ocean County Master Gardeners – Container Gardening with Herbs. Q&A before and after talk. Register. Mar. 28, 6 p.m.: Feature Film: The Glass Castle (PG-13) 127 min. Children’s programs: Mar. 6, 10:30 a.m.: Bouncing Babies. Lap sit rhymes and songs for our youngest library goers! Ages up to 12 months. Register. Mar. 8, 6:30 p.m.: LEGO® Builders Club. We supply the bricks, you bring the ideas! Ages 5-12. Register. Mar. 9, 1-4 p.m.: Garden Party Maker Day (Part 1). Make decorations and transform the library meeting room into a fancy garden party. All ages. Mar. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Garden Party Maker Day (Part 2). Enjoy a day of fun spring activities for all ages. A schedule of activities will be posted at the branch. Mar. 13, 10:30 a.m.: Parachute Play. Join us for parachute games. Ages 3.5 -5. Register. Mar. 14, 10:30 a.m.: Waddler Time. Rhymes, songs and dancing for our little waddlers. Ages 13-23 months with caregiver. Register. Mar. 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Drop-In Craft


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Associated Humane Societies Receives A New Member

By Kimberly Bosco TINTON FALLS – Associated Human Societies is welcoming a new member to the team! Brian Becker has joined up with the non-profit to become to new Trap Neuter Release (TNR) Program Coordinator, responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of the new TNR programs in both Newark and Tinton Falls. Associated Humane Societies is a non-profit and the largest animal sheltering organization in NJ, with shelters in Newark, Tinton Falls and Forked River, including Popcorn Park. “We are excited to support Brian as he partners with community leaders and volunteers to introduce and successfully execute a TNR program”, said Ronnie Ehrenspeck, Tinton

Falls’ Shelter Manager. “His experience and skills will definitely be an asset in reducing the number of stray animals.” TNR programs are considered to be the most human and effective method of managing feral cat populations. As the new TNR Program Coordinator, Becker plans to improve and expand upon public outreach and education programs for TNR. Becker will also work with Maria Cymanski, the organization’s Animal Control Officer in Forked River, who works with veterinary staff to care for the animals after they are neutered. For more information, you can visit or email Brian Becker at

47th Ocean County Bluegrass Festival WARETOWN – Albert Music Hall is hosting the 47th Ocean County Bluegrass Festival on Feb. 11, 2018 from 12-5 p.m. Join us for a night of bluegrass and fun! This year’s bluegrass festival will feature leading regional bluegrass bands, each playing 45 minute sets, on the Albert Music Hall stage. This is Albert Hall’s 23rd year of presenting authentic bluegrass shows. Come on out and be entertained Pinelands style, with the best bluegrass music this side of the Mason-Dixon Line. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the music will be on from 12-5 p.m. Refreshments and gifts are available from 11 until closing. No alcoholic

beverages or smoking allowed. The schedule for the event follows: 12 p.m.: Bad Dogz Bluegrass Band 12:45 p.m.: Jersey Corn Pickers 1:30 p.m.: Boulevard Express Bluegrass Band 2:15 p.m.: Last Whippoorwill Bluegrass Band 3 p.m.: Intermission 3:30 p.m.: Grassland Bluegrass Band 4:15 p.m.: Dune Grass Bluegrass Band Admission is $10 for adults and $1 for children 11 and under. All proceeds to benefit the Pinelands Cultural Society and the Albert Music Hall Scholarship Fund. For information regarding the show, visit






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Omarr’s Astrological Forecast

For the week of february 10 - february 16

By Jeraldine Saunders

ARIES (Mar 21-Apr. 19): The bigger the reward, the harder you’ll have to work for it. Maintain reasonable ambitions as lofty goals could create unneeded burdens. Your keen attention to detail will be the difference between success and failure. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Nip it in the bud. Mistakes and misunderstandings can easily be avoided by taking your time and explaining yourself clearly and concisely. Family matters may take precedent over business at some point. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Two heads are better than one. Picking someone’s brain for a fresh perspective may offer insights that solve a diffi cult problem. If certain methods have failed you in the past, it is wise to stop using them. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don’t jump to conclusions. Be careful not to react too strongly to rumors or gossip as the truth may be a different story. There’s no harm in broadening your horizons with new knowledge even if you never use it. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don’t let the past come back to haunt you. Learn from previous mistakes by not doing the same thing that you did wrong all over again. Approach existing projects with a desire for perfection but don’t start anything new. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Pay attention to which way the wind is blowing. It may be best to remain non-committal toward an issue. What wins the crowd over today may be unpopular tomorrow. Don’t be suspicious of someone without concrete proof.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): All things in moderation. You may want to indulge in hobbies or guilty pleasures, but more important matters may suffer for it. Set your priorities and you may eventually have time to do your own thing. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. It may be entirely possible that you can achieve goals without making sacrifices or cutbacks. You and a loved one may have differing ideas of how things should proceed. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The odds are against taking a gamble. The potential rewards may make a risk seem worth taking but you stand to lose far more than you’ll gain. Your best bet is to remain frugal and thrifty. Put a rein on spending. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Look before you leap. Taking quick and decisive action without knowing all the facts may lead to unexpected consequences. You may feel like you should be the leader rather than a follower. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don’t get in over your head. Responsibilities and obligations could become overwhelming if you don’t budget time wisely. Don’t allow frivolous distractions to derail you from getting important tasks done. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Concentrate on quality rather than quantity. It is to your advantage to do one task well rather than trying to juggle several things at once. Push doubts and worries from your mind when dealing with matters of the heart.




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wolfgang puck’s kitchen Winter Warmup: Sunny Days Are Here Again, Thanks To Dried Summer Stone Fruit By Wolfgang Puck APRICOT PINE NUT TART Makes one 10-inch (25-cm) tart, serves 8 to 10 1 cup (250 mL) water 8 ounces (250 g) dried apricots 1/3 cup (85 mL) Grand Marnier 1/4 cup (60 mL) orange juice Sugar dough (recipe follows), or store-bought frozen pastry for a double-crust pie, thawed 9 ounces (280 g) shelled pine nuts 1/3 cup (85 mL) sugar 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 tablespoon finely chopped orange zest 2 tablespoons apricot jam Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, for serving First, prepare the filling: In a small saucepan, combine the water, apricots, Grand Marnier and orange juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, remove from the heat, and leave to soak for 1 hour. Meanwhile, divide the Sugar Dough in half and, on a lightly floured work surface, roll out one half to a circle about 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick and large enough to line a 10-inch (25-cm) tart pan. Loosely roll up the dough around the rolling pin, unroll onto the pan, and gently press into the bottom and sides. With scissors or a sharp knife, carefully trim the edges, adding the trimmings to the other half of dough. Refrigerate the lined pan. Roll out the second half of the dough to a 10-inch (25-cm) square; then, using an inverted 9-inch (22.5-cm) round, cut out a circle. Loosely roll up the circle around the pin and unroll onto a lightly floured sheet of waxed paper. Using a 1/2-inch (12-mm) circular cutter or pastry tip, cut out a random pattern of circles, leaving a rim of dough about 1/2 inch (12 mm). Gather up the cutouts and

refrigerate or freeze for another use. Refrigerate the circle of dough. Strain the liquid from the apricots. Transfer the apricots to a bowl and return the liquid to the saucepan. Boil until reduced to 3 tablespoons. Set aside to cool. In a large skillet, lightly toast the pine nuts over medium heat, stirring constantly and taking care not to burn them. Stir the sugar and a third of the pine nuts into the apricots. Using the paddle attachment of an electric mixer, or a handheld electric beater, beat the butter until fluffy. Stir in the cooled liquid and orange zest. Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C). To assemble the tart, spread the jam over the bottom pastry.Arrange the apricot mixture evenly on top. Sprinkle with the remaining pine nuts. Top with the butter mixture. Carefully top with the cutout pastry circle. Bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes. Transfer to a rack. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature, accompanied by vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. SUGAR DOUGH Makes 1 1/2 pounds (750 g), enough for one double-crust tart 2 1/3 cups (585 mL) cake flour or pastry flour 1/3 cup (85 mL) sugar 1/2 pound (250 g) unsalted butter, chilled, cut into small pieces 3 large egg yolks 1 to 2 tablespoons heavy cream In a food processor with the stainless-steel blade, combine the flour and sugar. Add the butter and pulse until it resembles fine meal. In a small bowl, whisk together the yolks and 1 tablespoon of cream. Scrape into the machine and process until a ball begins to form, adding a little additional cream if necessary. Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and press down into a circle. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using.

(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) © 2017 TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.

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2018-02-10 - The Southern Ocean Times  
2018-02-10 - The Southern Ocean Times