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Community News!

Local Students Learn Dangers Of Impaired Driving

New Committeeman Fills Vacancy

Don’t miss what’s happening in your town.

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Letters Page 6.

Government Page 7.

–Photo by Kimberly Bosco Committeeman Lopes was accompanied by his wife as Mayor Frank Caputo swore him into his new position.

Dr. Izzy’s Sound News

By Kimberly Bosco BARNEGAT – At its most recent meeting, the Township Committee received a new member, filling the spot left vacant after former Committeewoman Susan McCabe’s resignation.

Walking Can Be A Real Balancing Act: Identifying And Managing Falls

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Dear Pharmacist

(Committeeman - See Page 5)

Biotin And Probiotics Increase Thyroid Hormone

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Dear Joel Page 16.

Inside The Law Page 17.

Business Directory Page 19.

Classifieds Page 18.

Fun Page Page 21.

Wolfgang Puck Page 23.

Horoscope Page 23.

–Photos by Kimberly Bosco The students gathered around the mats to try out the goggles on the maze. By Kimberly Bosco TOMS RIVER – Students from six different high schools got a first-hand look at what impaired driving really looks like after attending the “3-D Drinking, Drug-

ging, Driving: Always a Choice, Never An Accident” event held at the Ocean County Mall on Feb. 9. Hosted by the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, the event incorporated individuals from the Ocean

County Health Department, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and local police departments to help educate students about the dangers of impaired driving. (Students - See Page 4)

Osprey Counts On The Rise

By Jennifer Peacock NEW JERSEY – The state’s osprey population added 75 new nests over a four-year period, a newly-released report said. The 2017 Osprey Project in New Jersey, released in January, reported that 668 active nests were recorded, a number well above what the study calls “the historic pre-DDT

estimate of 500 pairs.” DDT, a pesticide used for insect control, was banned for agricultural use in 1972. The report showed findings from 1984-2017, with the biggest gains happening between the reporting dates of 2013 and 2017 in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Starting in the 1980s and (Osprey - See Page 5)

–Photos courtesy Ben Wurst, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ

Stafford Proposes To Ban Plastic Bags By Kimberly Bosco STAFFORD – At a recent council meeting, the council discussed implementing a ban on single use plastic bags. According to Councilwoman Sharon McKenna, the council intends to introduce an ordinance relevant to this ban at the Feb. 13 meeting for a first reading. “As a member of the Environmental Commission and the Stafford Township Green Team, I have been using my own bags for years while shopping,” said McKenna. “It is very gratifying to be working with other towns to gain ideas of how best to implement this for Stafford.” McKenna noted that Stafford experiences a lot of business and that the council is working alongside these local businesses to protect the environment in a way that benefits everyone.


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in support of this event, although he could not be in attendance. As he spoke to the students, Rumpf recalled memories during his time as a defense attorney that were relevant to the topic at hand, noting: “If you do drink alcohol or consume drugs and get behind the wheel, it is not something you’ll forget.” “Driving is something we take for granted, but it is probably the most dangerous thing we do every day,” said Curatolo. Curatolo urged the students to never forget that their futures are “worth more than gold,” and to always engage in safe driving practices. “People’s lives get destroyed,” because of impaired driving, he said. This point was driven home when special guest Gabe Hurley took the mic to tell his story. The 33-year old Hurley told the story of how he became the victim of a drunken driving accident, and went from being a normal guy with a job and a girlfriend, to a now blind and disfigured “medical miracle.” “Why would anything bad happen to a guy like me?” he asked himself, describing the sense of invincibility that many teens feel. Hurley was the victim of a near fatal crash nine years ago, when a group of inebriated teens caused an accident that sent a piece of their car’s engine to go flying through Hurley’s windshield and into his face. “This is what happens when you combine youth and inexperience behind the wheel,” he said. Hurley was disfigured and nearly dead when he was placed into a medically-induced coma. He noted that the doctors called him a medical miracle, and it took extensive, hard work to put him back together. Although he lost his eyesight, his sense of smell, and his face may never look the same as it once did, Hurley said that he is grateful to be alive to tell his story today, if it can help save someone else. Finishing up the presentations, Prosecutor Joseph Coronato spoke to the students, imparting a few last words of wisdom. “Go out and speak,” he said. “Convey what you have learned here today.” He urged the students to understand that tragedy can come out of normal activities, such as driving a car, and to be smart and safe when getting behind the wheel. “You’re the ones who can make a difference,” he said.

The students came from high schools all over Ocean County, including Brick, Jackson, Lacey, Lakewood, and Toms River. Committeeman Peter Curatolo of Lacey, also the director of Ocean County’s Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, was one of the facilitators of this event. “We want to take the conviction process out of the government venue,” he said. “We’re trying to impart wisdom and save a life.” The event was held in the open center of the Ocean County Mall, where representatives from the various departments set up tables with information about the services they provide. Many of the tables also provided the students with free items and information about drugs and alcohol. The Lakewood Police Department had a table full of free notebooks and informative pamphlets, the Ocean County Department of Human Services set up a table with premade bags full of pamphlets and booklets for the students to take, and the OCHD even set up an area for blood pressure and glucose testing during the event. Gym mats and a floor maze were set up for students to try out different types of goggles that simulate what it feels like to be drunk or high on certain drugs. Curatolo explained that the students could try out the “drunk” goggles, marijuana goggles, or event LSD and Molly goggles, to feel how different motor skills are affected by each of these different drugs. Students lined up to try out the goggles, administered by the police officers. One line of students waited to try catching a ball over a gym mat with the impairing goggles on. An officer would throw the ball from a distance of about 6 or 7 feet and almost no student could successfully catch it with the goggles impairing their motor skills. Another line of students waited to try walking through a floor maze that simulated driving a winding road; where you could stop at stop signs and swerve for pedestrians and bicyclists. The students that tried this simulation shuffled along slowly, focusing intently on the road and many still failed to successfully make it through the maze without figuratively hitting a pedestrian or swerving off the road. Curatolo noted that part of this event was also meant to create an opportunity for students to interact with law enforcement in a positive way. Although the purpose of these exercises was to show the students how drugs and alcohol really do have a negative effect on motor skills, the students were enjoying trying on the goggles and interacting with the officers in a comfortable environment. Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, Director of Administration and Program Development for the Health Department, made a speech on behalf of –Photos by Kimberly Bosco the Board of Freeholders, not- Mayor Juliano, Lacey Police Chief Michael DiBella, ing that Freeholder Director and Committeeman Curatolo represented Lacey Gerry Little was 100 percent Township at the event.

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Joseph Lopes was sworn in as the newest committeeman by Mayor Frank Caputo. The committee unanimously passed a resolution appointing Lopes before he was sworn in. Lopes took his seat on the stand and thanked everyone for the opportunity to serve the residents of Barnegat and for the vote of confidence. “I want Barnegat to be the best place in the world,” said Lopes, noting that this was a special moment for him. During the committee reports, each of the members took a moment to congratulate Lopes on his new position. “I think he is going to have his heart in the right place,” said Committeeman Albert Bille. Mayor Caputo also wished him the best of success. The position on the committee opened up following McCabe’s resignation in Jan. 1 of the New Year. McCabe resigned as committeewoman to take over a new position with the township, Labor Attorney/Human Resources Director. Following her resignation, Township


Continued From Page 1 continuing through 2009, manned aircraft were used to study osprey populations. However, for the 2013 census, the project used volunteers on the ground—on foot and boat—to record the activity of known nests. Research starts in the spring; the surveys are timed with the nesting period, or when the young are nest-bound. Surveys record the number of young, their ages, and the condition of the nesting platform. Volunteers remove garbage from the nest to prevent suffocation or life-threatening entanglements. The young osprey, those less than threeweeks old, are banded for future tracking. In 2017, 892 young were recorded and 408 branded. That same year, 19 branded birds from New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Aruba, Antilles and Venezuela were encountered. Volunteers found a 16-year-old male, who is the oldest reported osprey found in the state. Despite being the nation’s most densely populated state, New Jersey’s marshes, coastline and open space make it an ideal home for the osprey. The state is home to 86 percent of the recorded osprey population along the Atlantic Coast and Delaware Bayshore. Nests are found from Cape May to Sandy Hook, from the Maurice River to Salem. The Environmental Defense Fund reported that DDT was widely used after World War Two. The pesticide caused birds to lay thinshelled eggs, which broke during incubation. It didn’t affect just osprey; peregrine falcons, brown pelicans and bald eagles all saw their populations plummet. With the banning on DDT and measures to protect open space and remaining bird populations, those populations have increased. The full report can be found at conserve A list of all known osprey nests can be found at

The Southern Ocean Times, February 17, 2018, Page 5 Clerk Michele Rivers previously noted that it could take up to 45 days to fill her vacancy. Mayor Caputo explained at the meeting that the process for filling the open seat on the committee began by advertising the position before a Republican board. Three names were brought to the Ocean County Chairman, where the candidates were then interviewed by the board, he said. From there, the chosen candidate was identified to the township committee and then voted on during the meeting. Many residents wished Lopes success as he takes on this new role with the township. However, those same residents also expressed disappointment with McCabe’s new position. Numerous residents came forward during public session to note that McCabe’s notable increase in pay was disconcerting to many, and that they didn’t believe her new position would be saving the township money. According to a township press release, it stated that the township spent $250,000 plus an additional $43,000 on legal expenses last year when the decision was made to bundle all legal positions together into

one. Now, the township has decided to split legal responsibilities into three positions, including McCabe’s, costing the town an approximate total of $240,000. Township Administrator Martin Lisella, himself a former committeeman, noted that for McCabe’s potion, she will not be paid salary, but rather will be paid on a case by case basis in the amount not to exceed $90,000 for the year. Conflict Attorney Sean Kean will be compensated in the same manner, not to exceed $100,000. Officials made efforts during the meeting to clarify these concerns of the residents relevant to McCabe’s new position. Winter Prep During committee reports, Committeeman John Novak noted that the township is ready for the next potential snow event. Novak said that the township has 500 tons of salt and 9 salt trucks ready. He noted it costs approximately $8,998 for salting for just one snow event. He also said that the township has 30 snow plows ready. “It takes about 11 hours to plow all of our streets for a 2-3” snow event,” he explained, stating it takes even

longer for a larger snow event. Meeting Time Changes Mayor Caputo reiterated during the meeting that March will begin the new committee meeting times for the New Year. The meeting on March 6 will take place at 10 a.m. as opposed to the regular 6:30 p.m. meeting time. The meetings will alternate between morning and evening times every month. The committee now only holds one meeting per month. Residents who spoke at the meeting expressed concern about the meeting changes and were generally not in favor of the idea. Resident Marianne Clemente noted that she thought the meeting changes would, “cut down on the input of the working people,” of Barnegat. Others agreed that 10 a.m. meetings would be difficult for them to attend due to work schedules. Mayor Caputo and Deputy Mayor Al Cirulli noted that the committee plans to revisit the idea of changing the meeting times back in the event that the new times do not work best for both the committee and residents.

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E DITORIAL Murphy’s Law On Marijuana A new governor always brings in new changes. But none of them, it seems, has caused more discussion than Gov. Phil Murphy’s promise to legalize recreational marijuana. Environmentalists focus on his commitment to the environment. Economists are scrutinizing his economic platform. But everyone seems to have an opinion about his campaign promise to legalize. Toms River, Berkeley, and Point Pleasant Beach have taken steps toward banning the use of recreational marijuana. Officials in other towns, like Manchester, have mentioned it. South Toms

River would like to hear residents’ opinion before they make a decision. Ban ning something that is already illegal is strange. I suppose we should be saying that the town “continues to outlaw” the use of recreational marijuana. Even in a town where the drug is banned, the law’s language specif ically bans the recreational use, not the medicinal use. All this will be nothing but talk if the state never legalizes it. What are your thoughts on the matter? Make sure your politicians hear your voice. Chris Lundy News Editor

EDITORIAL Make Yourself Heard

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Congress Should Repeal Limit On Therapy Strokes, surgeries, and trauma from falls or other injuries sometimes result in patients needing extensive care by physical, occupational or speech therapists. But because of inaction by Congress, many seniors on Medicare are facing expensive out-of-pocket costs for treatments they need to remain independent. A failure by Congress to repeal a harsh limit on therapy treatments poses ver y real f inancial and medical threats to seniors already struggling from st rokes or debilit at i ng conditions like Alzheimer’s and Park i nson’s. Some could be forced to ration care. Others may si m ply n o t b e a ble t o afford as many therapy session s a s t hey need , putting them in danger of new injuries. T h is yea r, t he a n nual limits are $2,010 for b o t h p hy sic a l t h e r a py and speech-language pathology (SLP) combined, and a separate $2,010 for occupational therapy. AARP is urging Congress to promptly repeal the limit on therapy services so that millions of vulnerable older America n s a nd p e ople w it h d isabil it ies get v it al ly needed rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation services are critical for seniors to maintain their independence so they can remain in their homes. Therapy also helps to avoid costly nu rsing home care or hospitalizations that can bankrupt those who are

Letters already str ugglingTo with The Editorissue, so voters can make Climate Change high health care costs. Sen iors have worked hard and paid into Medicare thei r whole lives. Congress needs to immediately fix this harmful policy so seniors can get the rehabilitation services they need. Stephanie Hunsinger State Director AARP New Jersey

Go Forth And Multiply This is in response to t he feat u red let ter i n T he Manchester Times on Feb. 3, 2018, about blaming the popes and church for over-populat ion i n t he world. T he Bible tells us about Abrah a m , t he fat he r of a l l religions. Abraham was promised that his descendants would number more than “the sands on the shore.” If God is comfortable with a multitude of peoples, then we have no right to obstruct His covenant, even today. Statistics tell us that wo m e n h ave 2 .8 ch i l dren. The fraction is for women who cannot have children. Look around at your own family. What female has more than 2 or 3 children; it is only a very small percentage. The author accuses the c h u r c h of a d vo c a t i n g i r responsible parenthood a nd cont r ibut i ng to poverty. Statistics also tell us that when people are freed from poverty, the birthrate drops signif icantly. The author’s accusations are preposterous. Marie Pellicano Whiting

Articles Needed I’m writing to urge this publ icat ion t o prov ide meaningful coverage of cli mate cha nge du r i ng the upcoming Congressional election i n NJ District 2. This election is impor tant because voters will choose a successor to our long-time Congressman Frank LoBiondo, who has chosen not to run. Climate change is already impacti ng South Je r sey. A s a st at e, we have poured more than $1 billion and 120 million cubic yards of sand into beach replenishment projects alone. According to NOAA, high tides i n Atla nt ic Cit y re a ch more than a foot higher than they did last cent u r y. A t l e a s t 8 0 , 0 0 0 people and $47 billion of property value in South Jersey are at increased f lood risk due to climate c h a n g e . Wa r m e r t e m peratures also fuel more p owe r f u l s t o r m s , a n d u np r e d ic t able we at he r patter ns threaten South Jer sey ag r icu lt u re a nd fisheries. Looking ahead, the impact to South Jersey will be even greater, as ocean levels are predicted to rise by another 3-6 feet by 2100. There ARE bipartisan solutions to the climate crisis. But we need our elected off icials to act now, both to avoid worse climate problems and to make sure South Jersey h a s a r ole i n t h e n e w clean energy economy. We need news organizations like The Southern O ce a n Time s a nd Je r to help cover this important

informed choices during t he upcom i ng pr i ma r y and general elections in District 2. Please ask all candidates if they will join Congress’ Climate Solut ion s Caucu s, a nd support taking comprehe n sive a c t ion on cl imate change, including solutions such as a carb o n -f e e - a n d - d i v i d e n d approach. Bill Harclerode Co-Chair, CCL South Jersey Chapter Little Egg Harbor

Military Parade Is Madness I am urging my Representative Thomas MacArthur to use whateve r i n f lu e n c e he h a s to conv i nce t he W h ite House to abandon plans for a military parade. Consider how the Unite d S t a t e s’ i m a g e h a s s u f fe r e d o n t he wo rld st age i n t he past few months and then consider what sort of image this will project to the world. W h at t he P r e sid e nt i s calling for is reminiscent of what was seen during the Cold War and what is currently seen in dictatorial regimes - North Korea comes to mind. I have asked Representative MacArthur to encourage the White House to spend the money on o u r ve t e r a n s w h o a r e s u f fe r i n g f r o m u n e m ployment and healthcare concerns. If the President does that and for once shows some empathy for others, there might be a small glimmer of positive light shone on this administration. Re p. Ma cA r t hu r ha s claimed to work for his constituents and veterans in the numerous mailings he has sent. I urge him to work for them now and stop this madness. Kimberly A. LoGiudice Brick

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

Barnegat Bay Must Remain State Environmental Priority CAPITOL COMMENTS 9th Legislative District Senator Christopher J. Connors • Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf • Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove

NEW JERSEY – Protecting Barnegat Bay was elevated to a top state environmental priority several years ago, and rightfully so. Notwithstanding the tremendous progress already made, especially in

terms of raising awareness of key factors impacting the Bay, a continual commitment is necessary to improve water qualit y, safeguard wildlife habitats and reduce pollution. While the enactment of

protective laws and regulations as well as funding have been critical, it has been the efforts of volunteers, largely comprised of local residents including students, who’ve laid the foundation on how best to protect Barnegat Bay moving forward. Mass clean-up efforts led by the Department of Environ mental Protection known as ‘blitzes’ mobilized thousands of people and were highly successful in cleaning up trash in and around the

Bay. Equally important, they afforded civic-minded persons a hands-on opportunity to participate in a large-scale environmental protective effort. Bar negat Bay holds a special place in many persons’ hearts, which is why the effort to protect it elicited such an immediate and overwhelming public response. This is why we remain committed to protecting the traditional uses of the Bay embraced by clammers, waterfowl hunt-

ers and recreational fi shermen and fi rmly oppose establishing conservation zones to cutoff access to designated areas of the Bay, as was once proposed. Since their activities ne cessa r ily de pend on ecologically viable re sources, these individuals have proven themselves great stewards of the Bay. Excluding clammers, waterfowl hunters and recreational fi sherman from their activities, in any way, would be detrimental to

Deborah Hospital Funding To Be Reinstated From The Desk Of

Congressman Tom MacArthur WASH I NGTON, DC – Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-3rd) announced his bipartisan legislation the Fairness for Our Hospitals Act was included in the budget deal that passed the House and Senate, and is now on its way to become law. This will provide Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Burlington County with millions of dollars each year and will allow the hospital to continue its mission of providing patients with access to high-quality care, including the many senior citizens and veterans that Deborah serves. The Fairness for Our Hospitals Act closes an unfair loophole in federal law that prevents rural hospitals in states like New Jersey from participating in the Medicare Dependent Hospital Program (MDH), which helps support small rural hospitals that serve Medicare patients. New Jersey is designated as one of only three “all-urban” states, along with Delaware and Rhode Island. As a

result, local hospitals that would otherwise qualify, like Deborah, are denied additional Medicare reimbursements; this inequality is unfair and against the intent and goals of the Medicare program. MacArthur has worked tirelessly on this issue since coming to Congress, and has advocated directly with the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Kevin Brady, about the importance of this fix for his constituents in South Jersey. This is not the first time that MacArthur has helped South Jersey hospitals better serve his constituents. In 2017, he led a successful bipartisan effort urging the extension of a key Medicare policy— the imputed rural floor—to provide New Jersey hospitals with fair and equitable payments to support physicians and other health care professionals providing care to NJ residents. Congressman MacArthur advocated directly for this extension

with HHS Secretary Tom Price, which provided $36.4 million in federal funding for 17 New Jersey hospitals. He was joined by U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressmen Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) and Frank LoBiondo (NJ02) in this effort. “This is great news for Deborah Hospital and for the seniors and veterans that receive care from the hospital,” MacArthur said. “Many of my constituents depend on Deborah for state-ofthe-art health care, which is why I’ve worked tirelessly with the hospital and House leadership to fix this unfair loophole. South Jersey is proud of the quality care we provide to seniors, veterans, and others in our communities and I’ll continue to stand up for them in Congress.” “We are thankful for the multi-year effort by Congressman Tom MacArthur and Bill Pascrell, Jr. that resulted in bipartisan legislation allowing Deborah Hear t and Lung Center to participate in the Rural Medicare Dependent Hospital program,” said Joseph Chirichella, Deborah President and CEO. “The additional payments, which we believe Deborah was always entitled to, will help Deborah continue to be one of the nation’s leaders in

cardiovascular care. There is a lot of cynicism about the political process, but this is an example of congressmen working across the aisle to right a wrong. Without the persistence and passion of the congressmen, this legislation would not have happened.” Congressman MacArthur and Senator Menendez introduced the Fairness for Our Hospitals Act in their respective Chambers in

2017. It is cosponsored by Reps. Pascrell, Jr. and Lisa Blunt-Rochester (D-Del.) in the House of Representatives and Sens. Booker, Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.) in the Senate. To qualify for rural MDH payments, the hospital must be in a rural area; have 100 or fewer beds during the cost reporting period; cannot already be classified as Sole Community Hospital

any overall Bay protection strategy, given their expertise and vested interest in such an effort. Not surprisingly, the state effort over the past several years to protect Barnegat Bay has been decidedly bipartisan. We anticipate that continuing to be the case and, therefore, look forward to working with the Murphy Administration on Barnegat Bay, open space and other environmental initiatives important to our constituency.

(another rural-only hospital designation); and at least 60% of its patients must use Medicare. Deborah is a not-for-profit specialty hospital dedicated to cardiac and pulmonary care located in the heart of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. It accepts Medicare and other insurance, but has traditionally provided its patients with high-quality care at zero out-of-pocket expense.

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–Photo courtesy Little Egg Harbor Police K-9 Tag confidently sits atop a Little Egg Harbor Police patrol car. By Jennifer Peacock LITTLE EGG HARBOR – The Little Egg Harbor Police Department is mourning the loss of its beloved and popular K-9 Tag. The 11-year-old Belgian Malinois died in the arms of his K-9 handler, LEH Police Officer Tonya Anderson, early Feb. 7. Tag retired from the department in July 2017, but still made a few public appearances. He fell ill and was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer common in dogs his age and breed. He was revived that day and six days later at the veterinarian’s office in Red Bank. After collapsing again Feb. 7, he ultimately succumbed to the illness. “I cooked his meals [three] times a day and he enjoyed lounging around on the couch

snuggling with me and playing with his favorite ball,” Anderson wrote on social media. “He was truly an amazing partner and will never be forgotten.” A police motorcade escorted Tag’s remains to Forever Remembered Pet Cremation in Jackson later that day. LEH Police thanked the crematorium as well as Tuckerton Police, New Jersey State Police (Tuckerton Barracks,) Stafford, Barnegat, Plumsted and Jackson police departments. Tag was born Oct. 18, 2006 in Germany and brought over to the U.S. in November 2007. He was dual-certified as a patrol and narcotic-detection K-9. Anderson said her partner tracked burglars, located missing and stolen items, found lost persons and was involved with numerous drug arrests.

Barnegat Cops: Lock Your Car Doors By Jennifer Peacock BARNEGAT – A rash of car burglaries has hit Barnegat Township. Police took to social media Wednesday morning to tell residents to lock vehicle doors and not leave valuables in their cars. Lt. Jeffrey Ryan, police public information officer, said that while he won’t name a specific time or area of town being hit by these burglaries, residents throughout town should be on watch. The burglar or burglars are hitting “soft

targets,” those vehicles that are left unlocked. Ryan said car burglars typically don’t smash in windows, as they don’t want to draw attention to themselves. They are taking money and any other valuables left in plain sight. “Every now and then we get this every few years, and we push the message. People remember to lock their cars, and then people forget sometimes after a few months when they don’t hear anything,” Ryan said. To report a burglary or tip the police, call 609-698-5000.

St. Patrick’s Dinner

FORKED RIVER – A St. Patrick’s Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 6 p.m. at the Forked River Presbyterian Church. Dinner will consist of corned beef and cabbage, potato, carrots, Irish soda bread/rye bread, dessert and coffee/tea/juice. The cost is $15 for adults, $7 for children aged 6-12 years, and age 5 and under are free.

For a family, consisting of parent(s) and their children under 18 years of age, the cap is $30. Tickets can be purchased at the church office weekdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or by calling 609693-5624. The deadline to purchase tickets is March 4. The church is located at 131 North Main Street and everyone is welcome.

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Some allergy sufferers are known to develop dark circles under their eyes that resemble bruises or “black eyes.” These “allergic shiners” are a symptom of allergies particularly common among those who are prone to “allergic conjunctivitis,” which occurs when their eyes come in contact with an allergen. The dark circles are caused by congestion in the nasal passages and sinuses, which restricts blood drainage from these areas and causes small veins below the eyes to get wider and pool with blood. Treatment begins with avoiding the allergen that causes it, followed by taking antihistamine medication, decongestant nasal sprays, and decongestant eye drops. If needed, the anti-inflammatory montelukast can be prescribed, which reduces the inflammation caused by exposure to allergens. At SUSSKIND & ALMALLAH EYE ASSOCIATES, P.A., our services go beyond writing a prescription. The comprehensive eye exams we conduct not only determine our patients need for vision correction but offer early detection and treatment of eye diseases. To schedule an eye exam, please call 732-349-5622. Our goal is to meet and exceed your expectations by providing friendly service, professional care, and quality products at affordable prices.

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MANAHAWKIN – On Feb. 1, The Titans teachers in the middle school successfully organized and conducted a Collaborative Learning “Team Day” that brought writing to life for 7th graders and challenged 8th graders with a STEAM related, challenge-based project. Seventh-grade students participated in two writing workshops. One was with the administration-sponsored author of “Teaching with Spice,” Mike Donovo, aka The Spice Man. The other workshop focused on applying the skills identified and practiced with The Spice Man to collaboratively plan and create Fractured Fairy Tales. The 8th-grade students worked in groups to collaboratively plan, assemble, and design rockets. While their work appears to have paid off, the true assessment of their




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Southern Regional Theatre Company Presentation

MANAHAWKIN – The Southern Regional Theatre Company will be presenting Sister Act on Wednesday, February 28, and March 1-3 at the Joseph P. Echle Performing Arts Center located in the 9/10 building. All shows will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults. Advance ticket sales are available from now through February 21. After that date, no advance tickets requests will be accepted. Remaining tickets may be purchased at the door on the night of each performance starting at 6pm. For ticket order forms, information, or questions, visit or call 609-5979481 ext. 4454.



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FLU: Area Hospitals Restrict, Instruct Visitors

By Jennifer Peacock JERSEY SHORE – To protect patients from contracting the flu during the height of the season, area hospitals are placing restrictions on visitors, or at the very least asking them to wash their hands. Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin and Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune are all owned by Hackensack Meridian Health. Visitor guidelines have changed because of the flu season; all visitors must be at least 12 years old or older, even if they’ve had the flu shot. Anyone with a fever and cough is being asked to stay home. Healthy visitors are reminded to wash their hands, cover any coughs, and ask for a mask if they are ill but must visit.

Community Medical Center in Toms River and Monmouth Medical Center, with campuses in Long Branch and Lakewood, are owned by RWJBarnabas Health. They are asking that anyone who is sick with a cough or respiratory illness to refrain from visiting the hospital. They suggest calling or using social media applications to visit. Healthy visitors are reminded to wash their hands before and after their visits. CentraState Healthcare System in Freehold has no listed restrictions at press time. The Centers for Disease Control has reported that those seeking medical attention for influenza has increased from a baseline of 2.2 percent to 6.6 percent at January’s end and is the highest reported since the 2009 pandemic.


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County Wants Marijuana To Stay Illegal

By Jennifer Peacock OCEAN COUNTY – When it comes to recreational pot, the freeholders are going to side with the Feds, not the new governor. The freeholders passed a resolution at their Feb. 7 meeting opposing any state law which might allow for the use and sale of recreational marijuana. Berkeley Township and Point Pleasant Beach have proactively banned such sales, with other towns considering such bans. Eight states—Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Alaska, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts—and Washington, D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana. However, the Federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 is still the law of the land, and bans the possession, use, purchase, sale or cultivation of cannabis for recreational use. Freeholder Virginia Haines found it ironic that a government that has spent billions on anti-smoking campaigns over the decades, with a health-care system burdened by smoking-related illnesses and deaths, would even consider legalizing recreational marijuana. The National Institute on Drug Abuse ( does report that marijuana has short- and long-term consequences, both physical and mental, especially with sustained use and high doses. Some problems, such as breathing issues and increased heart rate, mimic the effects of cigarette smoke. Marijuana, along with alcohol and tobacco, are considered gateway drugs. “Now the governor of the State of New

Jersey wants to allow people to smoke marijuana. If this isn’t the complete opposite of what we’ve been talking about for 30-35 years, especially to young people not to smoke. My father died from smoking, so I know exactly what that disease can do to the lungs,” Haines said. “It’s just very ironic that all [Murphy] has cared about is the money it is going to bring in.” The Economy Of Legalization The Medical Marijuana Program Directory ( pointed to Colorado’s economic growth since legalizing pot in 2014. According to MMP, which has a page dedicated to five reasons why New Jersey should legalize marijuana, “the total revenue from taxes, licenses, and fees increased 77% from calendar year 2014 to 2015, going from $76,152,468 up to $135,100,465.” Different reports say legalizing marijuana could add $1.3 billion to NJ’s economy, although Murphy has not said how that additional revenue would be spent. But not so fast, Freeholder John Bartlett Jr. said. Besides questioning how law enforcement can determine an impaired state, he asked how Murphy thinks the state will see revenue. “What makes even less sense is the proposition that the state may gain $300 million in tax revenues from taxing it. That’s preposterous. Do you know why,” Bartlett asked. “Because this has to be a cash economy, be-

cause it is federally illegal. A business selling marijuana in New Jersey cannot deposit that money in a bank. So, if you can’t deposit it in a bank, you can’t write a check. And if it’s cash, it never sees the books. “So how in the heck is the State going to collect tax revenues on a cash economy, which no one knows exactly what it is,” Bartlett said. A New York Times Magazine feature from Jan. 4, 2018, “Where Pot Entrepreneurs Go When the Banks Just Say No,” showed how one Denver marijuana business owner solved this problem: Safe Harbor Private Banking, a division of Partner Colorado Credit Union in the Denver suburb of Arvada, provides checking accounts to marijuana businesses. They are operating in clear violation of federal law, the article makes clear. According to NYT Magazine writer Robb Mandelbaum, clients deposited $931 million in 2017, the most of any bank or credit union willing to defy federal law and provide accounts to marijuana businesses. The article did not touch upon how revenues were or could be collected from such businesses. How The Feds See Pot Marijuana is listed as a Schedule I drug, along with heroin, LSD, ecstasy, methaqualone and peyote. Despite petitions brought to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify cannabis, in 2016 the Administration refused to move it from

Schedule I. “A substance is placed in Schedule I if it has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse. These criteria are set by statute,” Chuck Rosenberg, then DEA acting administrator, wrote in an Aug. 11, 2016 letter to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo of Rhode Island, Gov. Jay R. Inslee of Washington State, and Bryan A. Krumm, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Sage Neuroscience Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “Schedule I includes some substances that are exceptionally dangerous and some that are less dangerous (including marijuana, which is less dangerous than some substances in other schedules). That strikes some people as odd, but the criteria for inclusion in Schedule I is not relative danger.” Rosenberg further stated that legitimate or “meritorious” research into any benefits derived from cannabis has been supported by government agencies. Freeholder Gerry Little noted that it is a Schedule 1 drug during his Feb. 7 comments, which were widely mocked by other media outlets, misinterpreting his statement that cocaine was less addictive than marijuana. Cocaine is a Schedule II substance. “My Feb. 7 comment comparing cocaine (an FDA Schedule II Drug) as less addictive than marijuana (An FDA Schedule I Drug) (Marijuana - See Page 13)

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Continued From Page 12 was inaccurate,” Little said in a clarification to the media Feb. 9. “The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (FDEA) define both Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substances as drugs that have a high potential for abuse and potential for psychological and/ or physical dependence. However, the FDA and the FDEA make no specific reference about the addiction potential between Schedule I and Schedule II controlled substances. “My comment was unclear and I regret the confusion,” Little concluded. Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy spoke on the campaign trail of legalizing recreational pot use. A bill sponsored by state senator

Nicholas Scutari (D-22) would allow for the “taxing, controlling and legalizing marijuana like alcohol for adults.” The bill is currently in review for the 2018 session, but few politicians on either side of the state’s political aisle have expressed support for pot legalization. For Medicinal Use No freeholder spoke against marijuana for medicinal use. Murphy signed an executive order Jan. 23 “directing the New Jersey Department of Health and the Board of Medical Examiners to review the state’s existing medical marijuana program. The goal of the review is to eliminate barriers to access for patients who suffer from illnesses that could be treated with medical marijuana,” press secretary Daniel Bryan wrote.





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Biotin And Probiotics Increase Thyroid Hormone By Suzy Cohen, R. Ph.

There was a medical conference held in San Diego California recently and a physician presented a case study about a woman who took a large amount of B vitamin called biotin. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, it’s the B vitamin that everyone takes to try to get thick hair and strong nails. Anyway, the 55 year old woman’s level of thyroid hormone spiked so high she experienced thyrotoxicosis (extremely high levels of thyroid hormone), yet she had no history of Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or thyroid disease of any sort. The problem arose from the woman taking a high dose of biotin which she was using for multiple sclerosis (MS). Biotin is found naturally in meats, fish, beans, egg yolks and nuts. If you’re deficient, you might look older than you should, your cuts don’t heal as fast, your heart rhythm might be irregular, your hair might be falling out and you’re probably exhausted. She was diagnosed with pseudohyperthyroidism because her thyroid levels went up, but she did not exhibit classic symptoms of elevated thyroid. She was on other medications as well. Her doctors stopped the high-dose biotin supplements for three days and retested her thyroid levels and they got closer to normal. Could this be a coincidence? Doctors wondered that too, so they re-challenged her with high-dose biotin and sure enough, the TSH and Free T4 levels changed, but then normalized again (after stopping biotin).

Biotin would not increase utilization of thyroid hormone, or cellular entry. It would only crank up levels of T4 hormone (which is inactive), it would not increase levels of T3 (the active form), nor would it it drive the thyroid hormone into the cell, which explains why she had high levels in her blood, but did not have associated hyperthyroid symptoms, hence pseudohyperthyroidism, as opposed to hyperthyroidism. If this doesn’t make sense, refer to my book Thyroid Healthy: Lose Weight, Look Beautiful and Live the Life You Imagine. One more reason biotin causes apparent ‘hyperthyroidism’ activity may be due to interference with lab assays. Regardless of how or why…physicians should be informed that it can happen so they can distinguish between this phenomenon versus a true endocrine thyroid disorder. Patients should be aware as well. After all, you want to be diagnosed properly and not pinned with a disorder you don’t really have. You also don’t want your medication altered unnecessarily. If you take a biotin supplement in high doses, stop it 3 to 5 days before you go in for your test so it doesn’t throw off your test results and make it look like you have high levels of thyroid (when you are clinically hypothyroid or normal). If you would like to read more details, I’ve written a more comprehensive version of this article, and it can be emailed to you after you sign up for my free newsletter at

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MANAHAWKIN – Seventh-grade members of History Buffs Club took a trip to the state capital on January 23, 2018. In Trenton, students were given a tour of the Statehouse before participating in an interactive “make

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Help Wanted Micromedia Publications is looking for a high-energy account rep to sell print and online advertising in Ocean County. Competitive base, bonuses & company benefits. Successful applicant should possess good communication skills & a desire to grow with the company. E-Mail resumes to jallentoff@jerseyshoreonline. com. EO E. (t/n) 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 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) 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) 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)

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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) Handyman – All masonry work, repairs, sidewalks, paving, stone, decorative stone, mulch. Call Jerry 848-229-7412. Free estimates. NJ reg #13VH08709600. (12) 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) Custom Shelving – Organize your walk-in closets, kitchen, living room, basement, garage. Solid wood shelving made and installed. Builds bookcases. Strong, beautiful, affordable. Call Gus’s Woodwork 732-363-6292. (40)


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) 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. (9) 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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Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino And Brother, Marc, Charged With Tax Fraud

By Kimberly Bosco NEW JERSEY – Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, of the infamous reality television show Jersey Shore, and his brother Marc Sorrentino were recently charged with several counts violating federal tax laws, officials said. The Sorrentino brothers allegedly took advantage of Michael Sorrentino’s reality television fame to create businesses such as MPS Entertainment LLC and Situation Nation Inc., according to documents and statements made in court. Michael Sorrentino plead guilty to Count 13, which charges him with tax evasion, after he took efforts to conceal the accurate amounts of taxable income he earned in

2011. Attempting to avoid paying his full amount of required taxes, he made cash deposits into bank accounts. These deposits never went above $10,000 each, to avoid signaling suspicious activity to the IRS. His brother, Marc, plead guilty to Count 5, which charges him with aiding in the preparation of fraudulent tax returns. Between the years of 2010 and 2012, he provided his accountant with false information regarding his taxable income and personal tax returns. “What the defendants admitted to today, quite simply, is tantamount to stealing money from their fellow taxpayers,” US Attorney Craig Carpenito, District of New Jersey, said. “All of us are required by law

to pay our fair share of taxes. Celebrity status does not provide a free pass from this obligation.” “As we approach this year’s filing season, today’s guilty pleas should serve as a stark reminder to those who would attempt to defraud our nation’s tax system,” Jonathan D. Larsen, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Newark Field Office, said. “No matter what your stature is in our society, everyone is expected to play by the rules, and those who do not will be held accountable and brought to justice.” Michael Sorrentino’s charges carry with them a maximum of five years in federal prison. His brother’s charges carry a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

Both charges are punishable by a potential $250,000 fi ne. The sentencing of the Sorrentino brothers is scheduled for April 25, 2018. US Attorney Carpenito and Principal Deputy Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the US Department of Justice, Tax Division, credited special agents of the IRS, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen, with the investigation. The government is represented by Assistant US Attorney Jonathan W. Romankow of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark, and Trial Attorneys Yael T. Epstein and Jeffrey B. Bender of the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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SRHS Intergeneration Council Hosts Former Olympian

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–Photo courtesy SRHS Mrs. Pam Golding of Manahawkin talks to The Intergenerational Council about her participation in the Olympics. MANAHAWKIN – The Southern Regional Intergenerational Council held their version of The Olympic Games. Students and adults participated in friendly competitions. The highlight of the afternoon was a presentation by member, Pam Golding. Mrs. Golding shared her experiences as a member of the US Women’s Rowing Team in the 1974 Montreal Olympics. Members had an opportunity to watch vid-

eos, explore memorabilia, and participate in a question and answer session. It was very informative and everyone had a great time. The purpose of the Intergenerational Council is to bridge the gap between the generations. Membership is open to all adult members of the community. For membership or more information, contact Rosemarie Tamarato at 609-597-9481 ext. 2311 or

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Barnegat School District Kindergarten Registration

By Kimberly Bosco BARNEGAT – The Barnegat Township School District has scheduled registration for 2018/2019 Kindergarten students! Registration dates and locations are: Cecil S. Collins School: March 22, 2018 Joseph T. Donahue School: March 21, 2018 Lillian M. Dunfee School: March 22, 2018

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Ocean Township Founder’s Day 2018

WARETOWN – Join us for the Ocean Township Founder’s Day on May 26 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Frederic A. Priff Elementary School, 139 Wells Mills Rd. There will be free inflatable children’s rides, a trackless train, over 130 craft, business and food vendors, Ocean Township Police Department demonstrations, WBNJ 91.1 and local talent for entertainment. The 2018 Children’s Cupcake Decorat-

ing Contest theme will be “Your Favorite Sports Team.” There will also be a Children’s Pie Eating Contest! Stick around for the fi reworks display at 9 p.m. at the end of Bryant Rd. over the Barnegat Bay. Join 3,500 attendees for this annual, fun, free family event! We are also looking for vendors. To register, call Jeanne at 609-548-6319 or email recreation@ You can also visit the website at

SRMS History Buffs Club

MANAHAWKIN – Seventh-grade members of History Buffs Club took a trip to the state capital on January 23, 2018. In Trenton, students were given a tour of the Statehouse before participating in an in-

teractive “make a law” program. History then “came alive” as students visited the Old Barracks, where they learned about eighteenth-century medicine and drilled as a Revolutionary War regiment.

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Tuckerton Branch Library Events For March

TUCKERTON – Join the Tuckerton Branch of the Ocean County Library for events in March 2018. All programs are free and require registration on our website, or by calling 609-296-1470. Adult programs: March 1 and 15, 10 a.m.: Art Chat. All are welcome. March 5, 6p.m.: Free PG-13 Movie. International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives. Please see the printed Ocean County Library Brochure, the Tuckerton Branch’s printed calendar, or call 609-296-1470 for more information on the movie selection. 119 min. REG.

March 12, 6 p.m.: Free PG-13 Movie. When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate starts to attack Earth, it’s a race against the clock for its creator to uncover the real threat before a worldwide Geostorm wipes out everything and everyone. Please see the printed Ocean County Library Brochure, the Tuckerton Branch’s printed calendar, or call 609-296-1470 for more information on the movie selection. 109 min. REG. March, 26, 6 p.m.: Free PG-13 Movie. Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire. Please see the printed Ocean County Library Brochure, the Tuckerton Branch’s printed calendar, or call 609-296-1470 for more information on the movie selection. 134 min. REG.

Children’s programs: March 2, 2 p.m.: Green Eggs and Ham. Do you like green eggs and ham? Find out while you celebrate Dr. Seuss with stories and crafts. Ages 2- 8. REG. March 6, 11:30 a.m.: Snooze fest. Slip in for some sleepy, snuggly stories and crafts. Wear your pajamas. Ages 2-8. REG. March 13, 11:30 a.m.: What Pet Should I Get? Dog, bird or cat; what do you think of that? Join us for pet tales and pinecone pet crafts. Ages 2-8. REG. March 20, 11:30 a.m.: Lots of Dots. Make your mark with our story and doodle dot activity. Ages 2-8. REG. March 24, 10:30 a.m.: Legos/Duplos Fun with Free PG Movie. Gru meets his long-lost more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. 90 min. All ages with

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Understanding Meniscal Tears: How Can Physical Therapy Help You? By: Kimberly Lotito, PTA, Manchester Location

ANATOMY AND FUNCTION OF THE MENISCUS: Within the knee, there are two C-shaped cartilage structures called the medial and the lateral meniscus, which lie on the top of the bone of the lower leg called the tibia. This cartilage provides many aspects of knee function such as cushioning, stability, shock absorption, load transmission, nutrition, lubrication and joint stress reduction. If the medial or lateral meniscus are torn, the knee would lose that support and protection, causing changes within the joint space and on the bony surfaces, eventually leading to possible knee osteoarthritis (OA).

HOW CAN A TEAR OCCUR? A tear in the medial or lateral meniscus can occur by either sudden trauma or gradual degeneration. Traumatic meniscus injuries usually occur when the foot is planted on the ground while the knee is bent, rotated, and compressed all at once. This type of injury to the meniscus is more common to occur in a younger population. Degenerative tears tend to occur in individuals older than 40 years of age. If the cartilage has weakened or worn thin over time, the meniscus can be injured very easily. All it takes is an awkward twist of the knee by any type of insignificant activity such as squatting, getting out of a car or up from a chair, and results in pain, swelling and locking of the knee.

RISK FACTORS FOR DEGENERATIVE TEARS: • Age (> 60 years of age) • Gender (male) • Work-related kneeling, squatting and climbing stairs (> 30 flights)

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF MENISCAL TEARS: If you have a history of some sort of twisting injury, followed by pain, swelling, locking or catching, you

could possibly have a torn meniscus. You may also have pain along the joint line with forced hyperextension (straightening the knee fully) or maximum flexion (bending the knee fully). One of the main symptoms that would stand out as a possible meniscal tear involve locking and/ or catching. You may also experience increased pain with weight-bearing activities such as walking or standing, or experience your leg “giving way”, causing safety problems.

WHAT DO I DO IF I THINK I HAVE A MENISCAL TEAR? If you suspect you have a tear in the meniscus of your knee, it is encouraged to see your primary physician or an orthopaedic doctor. The doctor will then perform a manual test to see if there is a possible tear. One of the manual tests done is the McMurray test where the doctor will bend the knee, then straighten and rotate it, putting tension on the torn meniscus, and eliciting a clicking sound or sensation. To confirm the diagnosis, the doctor may request diagnostic testing, including an X-ray and/or MRI. Depending on the extent of the injury to the meniscus, as well as the location of the tear, recovery could include either surgery or a non-operative approach, which includes physical therapy. Types of surgeries involving the meniscus include total meniscectomy, partial meniscectomy, and meniscal repair or transplant. In the U.S., arthroscopic partial meniscectomy after meniscal tear is the most frequent orthopaedic surgical procedure.

HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP A MENISCAL TEAR? At your first visit, your physical therapist will perform an Initial Evaluation to determine an appropriate treatment plan, addressing your symptoms, to help you return to your prior level of function. At the beginning stages of your injury, you may experience swelling and pain, which your physical therapist can help ease with use of modalities, including ice, electric stimulation and ultrasound, as well as manual therapy techniques such as retrograde massage, passive range of motion and light stretching. After acute symptoms have subsided, the physical therapist will prescribe the appropriate therapeutic exercises to improve strength and endurance in isolated muscle groups, progressing you towards a safe return to performing functional activities, including driving, walking and stair negotiation, as well as recreational and work-related activities.


The answer is Yes! If deemed appropriate for your recovery, your surgeon will recommend to start physical therapy along with protocol guidelines to follow as your knee heals week to week. Your physical therapist will guide you through the appropriate steps of each recovery phase, with the use of therapeutic exercise, modalities, manual therapy techniques and a home exercise program, including any precautions or specific care instructions after your surgery. At All-Care Physical Therapy, we specialize in the treatment of meniscal tears and post-operative meniscal recovery. Our skilled physical therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan, specific to your injury, in order to make your recovery as comfortable and painfree as possible. To schedule an appointment at our Manchester facility, please call 732-657-7900.

KIMBERLY LOTITO, PTA Kim earned her Associates degree in Applied Science for the Physical Therapist Assistant program from Union County College, along with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine from Rutgers University. Her professional focus has been in outpatient orthopedic care and sports medicine since being licensed. Her areas of interest include geriatrics, pre, post, and non-operative care, as well as return to play care for recreational and scholastic athletes. As a student, her clinical affiliations included acute/inpatient experience in a hospital setting, balance and gait training utilizing the Solo Step harness, and soft tissue mobilization and manual therapy in treating a variety of orthopedic dysfunctions in outpatient settings. She uses a variety of techniques such as joint mobilization, soft tissue massage, therapeutic exercise and kinesiotape application methods to treat various pathologies. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and plans to continue her education each year to expand and enhance her treatment approach and skills. Continuing education includes: Kinesio Fundamentals & Advanced (KT1 & KT2)


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Omarr’s Astrological Forecast

For the week of february 17 - february 23

By Jeraldine Saunders

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You might prefer to be a trail blazer and doer of daring deeds but in the week ahead you are more likely to earn disapproval for your efforts. Maintain a low profile and steer clear of disputes. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Speak calmly and clearly and then people will listen to what you say. During the week ahead you can improve your reputation and engender good will by encouraging teamwork. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don’t hide the truth or obscure the facts. Overcome obstacles and objections by holding honest discussions. Emphasize the mutual benefits rather than pointing out the weaknesses this week. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You might take pride in good heart-keeping rather than good housekeeping in the week ahead. Put your best efforts into mending fences and head off misunderstandings in advance. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don’t fall prey to wishful thinking as this week unfolds. Don’t ignore the people who support and appreciate you even if you think you can do better elsewhere. Be romantic, not gullible. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Your artistic and creative side might begin to bloom during the week ahead. Your job might entail some handicrafts or using your imagination. Learn to do something that is inspiring.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Friends and co-workers can be a great resource for financial advice in the week ahead. Make purchases that require good taste in the next two days. Avoid disagreements later in the week. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The upcoming week provides numerous opportunities to be creative or create lasting relationships. Make major purchases and sign agreements as early in the week as possible. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Use every opportunity to clear the air and put relationships on track in the first part of the week. By the end of the week people may easily misunderstand your motives or intentions. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Be honest with yourself as well as others in the week to come. Don’t beat around the bush or cover up financial expenditures. Make key decisions as soon as possible or next week. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Sweet dreams are made of this. You may become more romantic and preoccupied by your inner fantasies as this week unfolds. Use your imagination when purchasing tasteful household decor. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Embrace what is offered. Someone could offer you an incentive to begin a new study, to join a team sports program or to travel early this week. Every opportunity contains a hidden benefit.


wolfgang puck’s kitchen That’s Amore: Plan Ahead To Treat Your Sweetheart To The Sweet Taste Of Italy By Wolfgang Puck

It’s always a challenge when Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of the work week. If you have a job or other demanding activities but want to cook for your Valentine, as many people wish to do, how do you prepare something special after what will probably be a busy day? The simple answer is to do some planning, and at least a little bit of cooking, ahead of time. That is why I’d like to share a special recipe to make for the one you love: a classic recipe from my restaurant Spago for the Italian frozen dessert known as a tartufo. If you know any Italian at all, even the restaurant version of the language with which many people are familiar, you may recognize the dessert’s name from more savory sections of the menu. Tartufo literally means “truffle,” referring first and foremost to the roughly spherical fungi found at the bases of some trees such as oak and hazel. Highly prized for their wonderfully earthy, aromatic perfume, truffles are among the great delicacies of the kitchen. Not surprisingly, the name became poetically attached to another coveted delicacy as well, and this one is sweet: Small, soft spheres of the chocolate-and-cream mixture called ganache, which are sometimes rolled in cocoa powder or grated or melted chocolate or to resemble the earth still clinging to true truffles when they’re dug up. Many of you reading this will no doubt give, or receive, a box of chocolate truffles on Valentine’s Day. But there’s still another type of sweet truffle; this one is a frozen dessert that at least two different restaurants in Italy that I know of - one in the town of Pizzo on the coast of Calabria near the southwestern toe of Italy’s boot, the other in Piazza Navona in the heart of Rome some 380 miles to the northwest - claim to have invented themselves. This tartufo, for which I offer you a simple, delicious version here that we served long ago at Spago in Beverly Hills, is a semisoft frozen dessert (which the Italians call a semifreddo) made by mixing together melted chocolate, beaten egg yolks, a simply made sugar syrup, and some cream. I like to freeze the mixture until firm enough to scoop, and then form it into eggshaped ovals that I roll in grated chocolate before returning them to the freezer to set. It’s a surprisingly simple recipe, but still one that would be wise to make up to a couple of days ahead of Valentine’s Day so you have it ready to remove from the freezer and serve to your sweetheart. CHOCOLATE TARTUFO Makes 5 to 10 servings 9 ounces (255 g) bittersweet chocolate 2 large egg yolks 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar 1/2 cup (125 mL) water 1 cup (250 mL) heavy cream 2 tablespoons Chambord or other raspberry liqueur, or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract Raspberry compote (recipe follows) Cut 6 ounces (170 g) of the chocolate into small

chunks. Put the chunks in a medium heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water; when the chocolate is almost melted, remove the pan from the heat, stir the chocolate, and leave it to continue melting. Keep warm. Over another bowl, grate the remaining chocolate. Set aside at cool room temperature. In the large bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a wire whip or beaters, whip the egg yolks until thick. Alternatively, put the yolks in a large heatproof mixing bowl and beat them with a hand-held electric mixer. Meanwhile, clip a candy thermometer to the side of a small saucepan, Put the sugar and water in the pan and, over high heat, bring the sugar and water to a boil, watching carefully, until the mixture reaches 230 F to 234 F (110 C to 112 C). Large, shiny bubbles will form and the syrup will thicken. Instantly remove the syrup from the heat and, with the mixer running at the lowest speed, carefully pour the syrup into the yolks. (Be careful to avoid pouring the syrup directly onto the beaters or the sides of the bowl.) Once all the syrup is poured, increase the speed to medium and continue beating until the mixture is cooled and very thick. Scrape in the melted chocolate and beat until incorporated, forming a stiff mixture. Still beating at medium to high speed, gradually pour in the cream until smoothly incorporated, stopping as needed to scrape down the sides of the bowl and under the beaters with a rubber spatula. Beat in the Chambord or vanilla. Pour the mixture into a medium bowl, cover, and freeze just until solid enough to shape, 3 to 4 hours. Line a tray with waxed paper. To form the tartufos, use a pair of tablespoons, scooping up the mixture generously with one and shaping it with the other to create a smooth oval larger than an egg. Dip the spoons occasionally into warm water to make it easier to scoop. As each oval is formed, roll it in the grated chocolate to coat completely; then, transfer to a freezer-proof tray lined with parchment paper or foil. (If the remaining mixture softens too much, return it to the freezer and then continue shaping when it’s firm enough.) Loosely cover the tartufos and free until just before serving time. To serve, spoon some raspberry compote atop individual chilled dessert plates and place two tartufos on each plate. Serve immediately. RASPBERRY COMPOTE Makes about 2 cups (500 mL) 4 pints (2 L) fresh or frozen raspberries 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar Grated zest of 1 medium lemon In a medium nonreactive saucepan, combine the berries, sugar and lemon zest. Cook over medium heat until the berries exude their juices. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool to room temperature, and refrigerate in an airtight nonreactive container until needed, up to one week.

(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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